Google's GBoard Keyboard for iPhone Finally Lands Dictation

Google today announced a significant update to GBoard, its advanced keyboard application or the iPhone. Voice dictation is the most significant new feature added to the tool, allowing GBoard users to press a microphone and speak their messages rather than type them. GBoard also gains support for 15 more languages, a wider set of emoji, and Google Doodles. The emoji, in particular, include the entire set of characters from iOS 10. GBoard is free to download from the iTunes App Store.

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UPS Test Drone Deliveries

UPS Test Drone DeliveriesThings didn’t go all that well for the initial press event but it looks like courier firms are also looking to drones to help with parcel deliveries. This YouTube video shows how UPS are envisaging the process, with the drone able to assist the delivery driver on normal delivery routes.

The drone can take off with one parcel while the van continues on to the next delivery, effectively splitting the one van into two smaller delivery units. It means that deliveries can be sped up and the drone can rendezvous again with the main UPS van further along the route. All of this happens automatically, with only minimal input from the driver..

As you can see in the video, the parcel is mounted to the drone and then it’s sent off via a roof-mouted launch pad. Nice huh?

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  • Mobile World Congress / MWC – Why all the fuss?

    For quite a number of years now we’ve been lucky enough to head out to Barcelona. We go armed with ultra-portable gadgets and good running shoes. The event, held in the city since 2006, is basically where all the big mobile companies such as LG, Huawei, Sony and Samsung show off their latest kit. It’s also where we see networks, apps, services, gadgets, accessories, innovations and pretty much anything associated with a mobile phone.

    I’ve been lucky enough to attend for many years now and I’ve seen brands, manufacturers and trends rise and fall. Last year we saw a push towards modular smartphones, VR and lots of wearable tech. This year, who knows?

    Mobile World Congress / MWC   Why all the fuss?

    The event is held in a cluster of huge halls and, when you’ve seen the size of them, it’s a lot like running from one airport terminal to another. They house the biggest companies plus those smaller ones tucked away, way back in Hall 8. This is where you tend to find hidden gems, such as like this flexible screen from last year.

    We’re lucky enough to be heading out earlier this year – on the Saturday – and I’ve got quite a surprise for you later on in the week. I say “surprise” but, if you’ve been round these parts for long enough, you’ll know that we prefer to go “ultra portable” and work on the move. Our HQ is going to follow that same ethos. 🙂

    So do join us from Saturday and all next week. Matteo and I will be hitting you with story after story, so tune in on Twitter and via our YouTube channel for all the very latest video and written content, delivered fresh and in our own unique style. We’ll also hopefully have a live on-site podcast for you to enjoy.

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  • Another flying Selfie Shooter – AirSelfie

    Another flying Selfie Shooter   AirSelfie
    Just the other week we had the SELFLY. It was a flying camera which, when it wasn’t in the air, formed a case around your phone. Now, we’ve got a competitor in the form of the AirSelfie.

    It looks to be a smaller and ultra-portable. The people behind it are actually showing it off in their London offices next week, so this isn’t just some CGI thing either. Four powerful propellers lift the unit into the sky and a 5 megapixel video camera shoots footage or takes a photo of you from on high. It’s smaller than a smartphone and can fly up to 66 feet up. You control it with your smartphone via the WiFi hotspot that is generated and it’s powered by a rechargeable battery.

    Another flying Selfie Shooter   AirSelfie
    Another flying Selfie Shooter   AirSelfie
    Another flying Selfie Shooter   AirSelfie
    Another flying Selfie Shooter   AirSelfie
    Another flying Selfie Shooter   AirSelfie

    As before, this lives in a case on your smartphone so you can launch it a and when you need. It’ll then land safely and smoothly onto your open hand, or you can simply grab it while it’s hovering.

    It’s up for pre-order, but do check that your phone has a compatible case for this. It’s perhaps a little expensive for a lot of selfie fans (prices start at €249) but I guess you could perhaps tie your existing smartphone to a balloon to get a cheaper option…

    OK, that was a daft idea..

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  • EE look to the skies for emergency coverage

    EE look to the skies for emergency coverage

    We all tend to have a bit of a whinge regarding coverage. Indeed, I’ve mentioned that even outside network stores in cities you can struggle to get a decent signal.

    However, when disaster strikes then getting a connection to the outside world is even more important. In recent years here in the UK we’ve seen floods wash away bridges and railways, so keeping those communities in touch with the outside world is key – especially when the various agencies are deployed to the area in an attempt to fix the problems.

    EE look to the skies for emergency coverage

    EE have shown off some of their possible fixes for this, and you can experience this in a 360 degree YouTube video below…

    The solutions will provide communications in disaster areas for rural communities, delivering emergency 4G voice and data services when existing coverage has been lost. There’s an EE patent-pending balloon and a howevering drone to redeliver a signal. EE have also got Rapid Response Vehicles to keep the emergency services network running during essential maintenance and local site outages.

    This isn’t just pie in the sky either (pardon the pun). EE expects to deliver a deployed balloon solution in a rural environment as soon as this year.

    EE look to the skies for emergency coverage
    EE look to the skies for emergency coverage

    Full details in the press release below. Meanwhile, for “normal” coverage, EE is busy upgrading more than 100 sites to 4G every week as they head towards a 92% geographic coverage this year. They’re also rolling out 3,000 sites using the lower frequency 800MHz spectrum. This goes further in rural areas and improves indoor coverage.

    EE PIONEERS AIR MAST TECHNOLOGY FOR RURAL MOBILE COVERAGE AND DISASTER RECOVERY

    · EE to use own patent-pending balloon and drone-based mobile coverage solutions for keeping rural communities connected
    · ‘Air mast’ solutions key to maintaining coverage for consumers during disaster recovery and for search & rescue
    · Rapid Response Vehicles unveiled as vital capability to keeping Emergency Services Network running through essential maintenance and local site outages

    21 February 2017, London – EE today showcased a vital mobile technology of the future, demonstrating how it will use its patent-pending balloon and drone ‘air masts’ to connect the most remote parts of the UK and keep communities online in the wake of disasters such as major flooding.

    EE, the mobile network with the largest 4G coverage in the UK, showed how it can use mini mobile sites attached to a helium balloon – a ‘Helikite’ – to provide wide area 4G mobile coverage where permanent sites have been damaged or in areas where there is no 4G coverage. EE also showcased the use of drones equipped with mini sites, each including a basestation and antenna, that could be used to provide targeted coverage, including in search and rescue operations.

    EE’s unique solutions demonstrate the use of small cells connected back into the EE network over satellite or using EE’s 4G spectrum to be able to make calls and access the internet from even the most remote areas. EE’s tethered and powered mobile ‘air mast’ solutions are currently in patent-pending status.

    EE expects to deliver a deployed balloon solution in a rural environment in 2017.

    As well as aerial solutions for replacement and remote consumer coverage, EE is also deploying a fleet of Rapid Response Vehicles that will support the new Emergency Services Network, keeping this vital service live during local site outages and essential maintenance.

    EE CEO Marc Allera said:
    “We are going to extraordinary lengths to connect communities across the UK. Innovation is essential for us to go further than we’ve ever gone, and deliver a network that’s more reliable than ever before. Rural parts of the UK provide more challenges to mobile coverage than anywhere else, so we have to work harder there – developing these technologies will ultimately help our customers, even in the most hard to reach areas.

    “Looking ahead, I see innovations like this revolutionising the way people connect. In the future, why couldn’t an event organiser request a temporary EE capacity increase in a rural area, or a climber going up Ben Nevis order an EE aerial coverage solution to follow them as they climb? We need to innovate, and we need to think differently, always using customers’ needs to drive the way we create new technologies.”

    EE is upgrading more than 100 sites to 4G every week as part of its network expansion on the way to 92% UK geographic coverage in 2017. Some of those 100 sites per week add new coverage and some increase signal strength, capacity and reliability in areas with existing coverage. EE is also rolling out a further 3,000 sites using low frequency 800MHz spectrum that reaches further in rural areas and improves indoor coverage.

    EE’s breakthroughs in developing innovative aerial solutions have been achieved with the support of the most innovative partners from the mobile industry and beyond: Nokia has provided world class, lightweight, compact and portable Flexi Zone small cell basestation solutions; Parallel Wireless has delivered a unique technology with self-configuring and self-optimising basestation, in-band backhaul capability, and network meshing techniques; Avanti has enabled a fast, reliable satellite backhaul connection; VoltServer has provided touch-safe and flexible Digital Electricity power over data cable/tether; uVue has evolved drone designs to meet the specific requirements of providing mobile coverage; and Allsopp Helikites has provided the ‘Helikite’ solution that makes a stable, high altitude service possible.

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  • Coolsmartphone Podcast 198 Live

    We’re heading off to MWC in Barcelona. The things we do for you…  Anyway, before we set off we thought we would record another podcast to give you something to listen to while we are away. So here you have it: Coolsmartphone Podcast 198 Live. Here on Coolsmartphone and on YouTube.

    Ping us on Twitter @CSP_Podcast if you would like to interact. Are you ready? We aren’t. That’s why we have 40 minutes to get ready…

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  • Instagram Now Lets You Add Up to 10 Photos to a Single Post

    Instagram today made it possible for users to create posts with up to 10 photos. The idea is to allow people to publish a single event that includes multiple pictures and videos, rather than post a string of single images to their feed. Instagram says users will have full control over each image shared in the event post, including order and image appearance. Once live, people will be able to swipe through the events to see all the photos. Multi-image posts will be highlighted with a little icon in the corner. Instagram says event photos/videos will be limited to square shapes for now, and support only a single caption for the lot. Android and iOS users will see the new feature in an update rolling out over the next few days.

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    T-Mobile Rolling Out LTE-U

    T-Mobile today said it is beginning to upgrade its 4G network with LTE-U this spring. LTE-U allows LTE to operate on the unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band, which is typically reserved for WiFi. Devices equipped with LTE-U will take advantage of available 5 GHz spectrum when needed to boost speed and capacity. If or when that 5 GHz spectrum experiences an uptick in WiFi use, the LTE-U devices will scale back their presence on the unlicensed spectrum and return to T-Mobile’s cellular network for coverage. T-Mobile is relying on equipment from Ericsson and Nokia to make LTE-U a reality. At the same time, the FCC today approved the first devices to operate on LTE-U. The FCC’s chief concern is that LTE-U doesn’t interfere with the WiFi operation of 5 GHz equipment in the shared spectrum. The LTE-U Forum, WiFi Alliance, and myriad other technology players have helped shape LTE-U over the last few years. T-Mobile expects LTE-U to help it eventually deliver gigabit speeds over its wireless network. T-Mobile didn’t say what mobile devices might have access to LTE-U once it goes live.

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    Send a postcard from your phone, anywhere in the world, for just £1.99

    Send a postcard from your phone, anywhere in the world, for just £1.99

    Now yes, I know that there’s probably a few services out there that’ll do this, but I stumbled upon this particular one today and thought it was worth bringing to your attention. It’s a simple (and pretty cheap) idea. It costs nothing for the initial download and is available for Android and iPhone.

    It’s perhaps best suited to those who love to received traditional mail / post through the letterbox. Remember in the old days, when we used to go on holiday and buy a postcard, then stick some stamps on it and send it to our parents or a grandparent? You’d head into a local gift shop, buy a postcard with a photo of the beach or the complex you were staying, then you’d write a message and send it off. It would probably arrive after you’d returned but it was a nice little memento, and it was a way of saying, “We’re thinking of you” which is much better than a simple text.

    Send a postcard from your phone, anywhere in the world, for just £1.99
    Send a postcard from your phone, anywhere in the world, for just £1.99
    Send a postcard from your phone, anywhere in the world, for just £1.99

    Send a postcard from your phone, anywhere in the world, for just £1.99

    So, with the MyPostcard postcard app you can do it the more modern way. Include a photo or photos of yourself and your friends / family, then add your own personal greeting on the back. Prices start from just £1.99 and the company will ship anywhere in the world.

    It’s not just for postcards either – you can send personal birthday cards, thank-you cards, wedding, valentine or Christmas cards too. Greeting / folded cards cost £2.99.

    It’s had stacks of downloads and over 4,000 5-star ratings so it’s got to be good.

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  • Verizon To Bring 5G Tests to 11 Cities this Year

    Between now and mid-year, Verizon expects to begin pilot tests of next-generation, 5G wireless services in 11 metropolitan regions across the U.S. Aimed at select customers in those regions, the tests will explore a variety of deployment scenarios.

    Compared to today’s 4G technology, the next generation of wireless communication promises far faster speeds with lower latency and many times more network capacity. Those working to advance 5G say it will enable a wide range of new broadband services for entertainment, education, mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT).

    Launched in collaboration with its 5G Technical Forum (5GTF) partners, Verizon’s pre-commercial tests are set to take place in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville, NJ, Brockton, MA, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

    ‘Industry Groundswell of Support’

    Since launching the 5GTF in late 2015, Verizon has seen “an industry groundswell of support for 5G,” said Sanyogita Shamsunder, the company’s director of network infrastructure planning. Together with its forum partners, Verizon began early-stage testing of the technology last year.

    Verizon’s 5GTF partners include Apple, Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, Samsung and Qualcomm.

    “In this phase of the trial, we are going beyond the prototype equipment in exactly the configuration that we will be eventually building out our commercial network,” Shamsunder said. “We wanted to be able to test and understand the challenges as well as the opportunities in various geographies, various topographies, various building materials.”

    Based on the specification developed by the 5GTF, Verizon said, forum partners are “well on their way to commercializing chipsets, infrastructure products and consumer devices” for the next generation of wireless broadband.

    FCC Spectrum Rules Promoted 5G

    Verizon is not the only wireless company testing 5G services in the U.S. AT&T last December claimed to have launched the nation’s first 5G business customer trial in Austin, TX, and it…
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