Huawei Watch 2 now available to buy

Wearables. I’m still falling off the fence regularly about these. I like the idea, I like the notifications and the whole geeky wonderness of them, but practically… I just end up with the one device every day, and that’s my phone.

No matter though, because if you’re after a smartwatch, Huawei have told me all about their new one, and we absolutely have to type it in BLOCK CAPITALS. Apologies in advance.
Huawei Watch 2 now available to buy

The HUAWEI WATCH 2 is now available right here in the UK. It’s got a stack of sportiness and performance coaching, but has a “stylish classical wristwatch appearance”.

It’s available here on Amazon for £329 and will be available in other stores from May 17th. The 4G version is £379.

Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 CPU and the 4G connected version of this will let you make calls (it has VoLTE support too) and send texts without your phone. That should mean that you can head out on your bike or go for a run without having to worry about a heavy phone bouncing around in your latex and causing untold chaffing (believe me, I know). Plus, it’s got GPS, heart rate and step counting technology inside so it can track your exercise. Not only that but, when you stop off for a cheeky bag of chips or a “sports drink” at the local pub, you can pay with the NFC technology embedded into the watch.

I’ve totally never done that.

Huawei Watch 2 now available to buy

Other specs include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It also has a workout app which you activate with one tap on the crown. You get a range of quick-start running modes and it has real time guidance on distance and target completion.

The watch also has a step counter, on-board music and gentle nudges when you’ve been sat too long. It’ll also let you grab more apps via Google Play for additional watch-friendly apps and the battery lasts for up to two days with regular use or up to 10 hours in “training mode”. If you want longer life, set it to “watch mode” and you’ll get three weeks of battery life.

Huawei Watch 2 now available to buy

It is compatible with standard 22mm straps and there’s over 40 watch faces to choose from. Not only that, but you can get all sweaty thanks to the IP68 water protection.

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  • Facebook Ramps Up Its Response to Violent Videos

    Facebook is stepping up its efforts to keep inappropriate and often violent material — including recent high-profile videos of murders and suicides, hate speech and extremist propaganda — off of its site.

    On Wednesday, the world’s biggest social network said it plans to hire 3,000 more people to review videos and other posts after getting criticized for not responding quickly enough to murders shown on its service.

    The hires over the next year will be on top of the 4,500 people Facebook already tasks with identifying criminal and other questionable material for removal. CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote Wednesday that the company is “working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner — whether that’s responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down.”

    Facebook, which had 18,770 employees at the end of March, would not say if the new hires would be contractors or full-time workers. David Fischer, the head of Facebook’s advertising business, said in an interview that the detection and removal of hate speech and content that promotes violence or terrorism is an “ongoing priority” for the company, and the community operations teams are a “continued investment.”

    Videos and posts that glorify violence are against Facebook’s rules, but Facebook has drawn criticism for responding slowly to such items, including video of a slaying in Cleveland and the live-streamed killing of a baby in Thailand. The Thailand video was up for 24 hours before it was removed.

    In most cases, such material gets reviewed for possible removal only if users complain. News reports and posts that condemn violence are allowed. This makes for a tricky balancing act for the company. Facebook does not want to act as a censor, as videos of violence, such as those documenting police brutality or the horrors of war, can…
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    Review: BlackBerry KEYone

    The KEYone is made by TCL and it runs Google’s Android operating system, but this phone clearly has the heart and soul of a BlackBerry beating within. BlackBerry and TCL designed the KEYone together to ensure it offers the best from BlackBerry, TCL, and Google. With a physical QWERTY keyboard at your disposal, feel free to get your emailing and messaging on while enjoying epic battery life and powerful performance. Here is Phone Scoop’s in-depth review of the BlackBerry KEYone.

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    Pay for fuel from the comfort of your car

    I have a local Shell garage which has just been built​. There are screens mounted on each pump to sell you stuff but what it doesn’t have is a pay at the pump system.

    Pay for fuel from the comfort of your car

    Some of their stations do though, and many are now finding it strange to park the car, fill it and then walk into the station and queue to pay.

    Shell are now showing off a new system, which builds on their existing in-car payment technology, inside new Jaguar vehicles. It lets you pay from the comfort of your car with a touch screen. Yes, you will still have to get out of the car to put your petrol or diesel in, but you can sit in the car and use your connected vehicle to pay for your fuel via card or PayPal.

    The video below shows the system in action ..

    It’s restricted to certain filling stations (check the Shell Service Station finder) and certain cars right now. Jaguar and Land Rover owners with vehicles from 2014 that have the “InControl Apps” technology installed can use it, and it’s only on iPhones at the moment according to their press release, although you can use the Android or iOS app for the normal Fill Up & Go option which I’ll explain in a bit. You can get a bit more information on the system from www.shell.co.uk/fillupandgo.

    Of course, you could just mount a card reader on the side of the pump and use the contactless technology, but there’s a lot of safety issues using a phone next to a pump so for the rest of us you can use the existing Fill Up & Go system. This involves you using the Android or iOS app in a similar way…

    After filling up using the system, an electronic receipt will be displayed on the touchscreen and it’ll be emailed to you. You’ll probably also get funny looks from other drivers who might assume that you’ve not paid, but it’s a cool bit of geekery nevertheless.

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  • Microsoft reveal a Chromebook competitor (almost)

    Microsoft reveal a Chromebook competitor (almost)

    Here at the Coolsmartphone hive of activity, a number of our writers use Chromebooks. I and the editor-in-chief Leigh use them predominately – I must use my Asus Flip easily 95% of the time.

    The Chromebook has been a runaway success, with it being an inexpensive device with a quick boot up, safe from viruses, the majority of work being completed in the cloud, and with the lions share of Chromebooks being used in education.

    Well, for some time there has been rumours that Microsoft was building their own device to pinch some of the market-share from the conquering Chromebook.

    At an event today in New York, Microsoft announced its new piece of hardware that is meant to compete with the Chromebook, the education-focused Surface Laptop. Designed to showcase the new Windows 10 S operating system, the surface laptop as the name suggests is a traditionally styled device, with no flipping mechanism, detaching screen etc.

    The specs of the new Surface Laptop are.

    • 13.5-inch, 1080p ‘PixelSense’ Display
    • 1 USB-A port
    • 2.76 lb
    • 3:2 aspect ratio
    • Core i5/ Core i7 Kaby Lake processor options
    • Intel HD 620 (i5) or Iris Plus 640 (i7) graphics
    • 4/8/16 GB RAM
    • 128/256/512 GB SSD
    • 14.5 hours battery life of video playback
    • Dolby Premium audio
    • Comes in Cobalt Blue, Burgundy, Platinum, and Graphite Gold (colours only on the i5 256GB model)

    Microsoft reveal a Chromebook competitor (almost)

    The new Surface Laptop comes in four distinctive colours, and the keyboard is covered in the same Alcantara material used on the Surface Pro, which gives this new laptop a warm touch.

    Microsoft reveal a Chromebook competitor (almost)
    Microsoft reveal a Chromebook competitor (almost)

    According to Microsoft, this new device will have an amazing 14-15 hours of battery life and on the performance front, it will be faster than a 13 inch MacBook Pro.

    One of biggest draws to buying and using a Chromebook is how competitively priced they are, and its here the new Surface Laptop has failed. It is priced at $999 (£770) up to $1299 (£1000) for the core i5 model, and $1599 (£1235) up to $2199 (£1699) for the i7 model. It’s available for pre-order today for a June 15th delivery, but there’s no news on U.K. release dates as yet.

    That’s a lot cheaper than the Surface Book, but not quite the affordable Chromebook competitor we hoped for.

    Source Microsoft

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  • Moto Z Play – Review. “Hello Moto!”

    Remember recently when I reviewed the Lenovo P2? I received some excellent feedback and it’s definitely a fantastic phone for an amazing price.

    However, there is another range of phones from the same company. Lenovo also have the Motorola brand is their cupboard, and for the past few weeks I have been using the new Moto Z Play.

    The Z range brings an interesting twist to Android smartphones. Here we have magnetic attachments that snap onto the back. It means that you get a great modular handset you can customise to your taste easily.

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    Hardware

    The front of the Z Play has what looks like the “2017 standard”. A large touchscreen with a front-facing camera plus a small fingerprint reader at the bottom. There is one big difference here though, and I go into this shortly.

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    The camera up top is a 5-megapixel lens and can capture 1080p video for mobile vlogging or if you just fancy making a video call. Here though, if it’s dark, you also get a front facing camera flash to help illuminate you.

    Other phones tend to brighten the screen to take selfie photos, but the Z Play has a dedicated flash which is REALLY bright and fantastic to use when in poorly-lit conditions.

    That screen is a 5.5″ Super AMOLED panel with a 1080p resolution. It delivers 403 ppi, which is 2 ppi up from the Lenovo P2 I looked at. It’s a great screen to use even though it’s not 2k resolution.

    The fingerprint sensor at the bottom is square and right in the middle. In actual fact, it is actually NOT a button, it’s just a fingerprint reader that you can use to unlock the device or use for mobile payments on Android Pay.

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    Turn over to the back and you have a strange design, mainly because this is where the mods come into play to cover it over.

    Up top you find the 16 megapixel camera with dual tone LED flash. This takes great photos in good lighting conditions. Sometimes in poor lighting, the flash kicks in and has a negative impact on the photo, making part of it darker. It might be worth trying a snap without a flash in this case.

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    Right in the middle is the now famous ‘M’ logo, which obviously stands for Motorola.

    Below this is a strange array of gold connector pins. These are used for attaching the mods to the Z Play. Connect up and it’ll kicks into action.

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    The back is shiny and can annoyingly become a complete fingerprint magnet. If you’re not careful then it’ll also scratch easily too, so your best bet is to put one of the back plates on. You can hopefully see this in the photos. This will help to protect it and will also make the phone flush to a table due to the camera hump.

    The left side of the Moto Z Play is completely plain with no buttons or switches. These are all positioned on the right side instead.

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    Flip over to that right side and you’ll find the volume controls. These are normal flat keys but the power button has ridges on it, so you can easily identify it without looking.

    At the top of the Moto Z Play is a built-in microphone and the SIM tray. When opened you can insert a Nano SIM on one side and a microSD card on the other to expand storage.

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    The bottom houses a 3.5mm headset jack. It might not be the standard for some people, but for many they’ll be pleased to see it.

    Charging however is via a newer USB-C connection. It might annoy people who prefer their older micro USB standard that they have chargers to fit, but with USB-C being a new standard it is time to move on. The best news is the speedy ‘turbocharging’, giving 9 hours of use in just 15 minutes.

    In my testing, the built-in 3510mAh battery was more than enough for daily use, and never ran out before the evening. This is something a lot of phones struggle with.

    If you are worried though, there is always the Incipio magnetic back mod that gives an additional 2220mAh of battery power. This should be more than enough for even the most power-hungry users out there.

    Performance-wise, you get a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor. This is paired with 3GB of RAM which is plenty for multitasking, multimedia and gaming if you want to play on the go.

    Storage comes in at 32 GB with the option to add expandable memory via a microSD card. This slots in behind the SIM card in the tray.

    Camera

    The camera on the back is a 16-megapixel snapper with f2.0 aperture. This will give you some decent everyday photos in good lighting and variable quality if you use the built-in flash.

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    Here are some samples and screenshots of the camera interface. It’s very simple to use but does give you a few options to get the best out of the camera. If you’re familiar with advanced settings and you know how to play with these then you can add some flare to your snaps.

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    The video mode is 4K as expected in a device with a 16-megapixel camera. Quality is…well… OK. It does lack a ‘wow’ factor and seems to struggle with any type of movement.

    Software

    Ever since the days of Google-owned Motorola, software on their new smartphones is as close to “stock” as you can get without buying a Nexus or Pixel directly made by Google.

    Thankfully this has rolled over to the Lenovo purchase and software is snappy. It’s speedy and includes some great enhancements.

    Twist your wrist twice and the camera loads. The Z Play will also listen to your voice even when the screen is off and you can also see notifications on the lock screen without needing to wake your phone.

    Oh and best of all, do a double karate chop and on comes the torch!

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    There are a whole load more of Moto specific movements and commands available on the Z Play, and that makes this a very interesting device to play with.

    MotoMods

    Incipio Power Pack 

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    I was sent two of the available mods with my review unit, and the first was the Incipio power pack which is a snap on magnetic 2220mAh battery giving you extra battery should you need it (the built-in battery is huge anyway).

    Worth £60 at time of writing, the extra battery is not cheap and it does add some extra bulk. But, if you are on the move all the time and want a HUGE battery without the worry then it is a worthwhile investment, especially as it is easy to remove. Unlike a battery case like from Mophie, for example.

    JBL SoundBoost Speaker

    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!
    Moto Z Play   Review. Hello Moto!

    The other mod I was sent was the JBL speaker. This adds stereo sound to your Z Play and has a little kickstand on the back so that you can stand the device up on a desk. It’s very handy for watching the F1 or football if you are into sports, plus it’s also great for YouTube and Spotify for music.

    At £70, this is a handy additional item to own. The results were a little quieter than I was expecting from a JBL stereo speaker setup. It was however, very clear and had lots of detail… plus at time of writing, you can get one FREE with your order of a Moto Z Play.

    Conclusions

    I was lucky enough to have the Moto Z Play in my hands to review for a good few weeks to make sure I was able to get the most from it, as well as the mods that came included.

    In my testing I used the Moto Z Play as my main device. I regularly accessed 3 email accounts, Twitter, Facebook and watched 25 minutes of Netflix on my lunch breaks. Then I listened to another 15 minutes worth of music on the way home from work.

    The camera is another area I tend to look at quite heavily, and thankfully the Moto Z Play also handled this very well provided there were good enough lighting conditions.

    Where the Moto Z Play really stands out is with the range of magnetic attachments Motorola call ‘Mods’.

    I was sent the JBL Speaker, as well as the Incipio battery case which were both really simple to use, and brings even more enjoyment from what is already a great smartphone.

    At £369 on the official Motorola site right now, you also get the JBL speaker thrown in worth an extra £70. It’s a fun addition for watching videos or listening to music.

    In the tightly-contested price bracket between £300 and £400, there are quite a few options to pick from, such as the OnePlus 3T. Even cheaper is the battery beast also made by Lenovo in the P2. Can the Moto Z Play win your money?

    If you want the most flexible option on sale right now with a great battery, decent camera and a handy front-facing flash, then the Z Play is an amazing choice. The free speaker makes it a great deal.

    If you want to get even more mods, you have the option of a camera with 10x optical zoom and xenon flash, and a projector, as well as a wide range of colour back plates to stop it scratching.

    This is a modular phone done the right way!

    Find out more on the Motorola website.

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    Source: Mobile Magazine

    Facebook Replaces Oculus Computer Vision Head Because of Underage Sex Scandal

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    Researchers Use 1938 Study to Compare ‘Key to Happiness’ Then and Now

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