Review: RhinoShield Playproof and Crashguard

RhinoShield has some inexpensive Apple iPhone cases for sale that claim to offer big protection with a minimal footprint. The Playproof case and Crashguard bumper do keep your phone safe, but perhaps not as safe as you might wish. Here is our review.

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OnePlus 3 and 3T Receiving Maintenance Update

OnePlus is pushing out a minor system update to both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones. OxygenOS 4.0.3 chiefly resolves some bugs, but does manage to add a few new features. For example, the phones gain a toggle for switching on WiFi IPv6, as well as the Amazon Prime app in some regions. OnePlus says OxygenOS 4.0.3 improves the the way both phones transition from poor WiFi to LTE data when the hotspot connection drops. Other fixes include increased stability and optimized night time photos in the camera; updated audio parameters and cleaner audio recordings; and updated APNs for select global carriers. OnePlus says the update will roll out in waves over the next few weeks.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Sprint Pitching 5 Lines with Unlimited Everything for $90

Sprint today announced a new promotion that will give customers unlimited talk, text, and data on up to five lines for $90 per month total. The promo has a handful of requirements and a big limitation. First, the deal is only available to new customers and they must enroll in AutoPay. The first line costs $50 for unlimited everything. The second line costs $40, and lines three through five are free, leaving the total monthly cost for up to five lines at $90 (plus taxes and fees). This rate, however, is only good through March 31, 2018. After that date, subscribers to this promotion will see the first line jump to $60 per month, the second line stays at $40, and lines three through five increase to $30 each. All five lines will be subject to data deprioritization when the network is congested. Moreover, streamed video, music, and games bit rates are capped. Sprint said this promotion will only be available for a limited time.

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Strava Launching Standalone Smartwatch App

Strava Launching Standalone Smartwatch App

I would consider myself a pretty fit person, in fact fitness tracking is my number one reason to have a smartwatch strapped to my arm. Although no one has managed to get all of the features completely phone free yet, and running with a phone strapped to your arm can be a real pain.

Thankfully running and cycling app Strava are making tracking your exercise much easier. They have announced an incoming stand alone smartwatch app for Android 2.0. This might not seem like a huge deal to those going out to do a couple of miles. However their service has a massive user base amongst runners that compete over very long distances, so the ability to leave you phone at home can be a massive deal.

At the moment Android 2.0 is only on the two new watches launched by Googles partner LG, but if your watch supports GPS then very soon you might be in luck. Android Wear 2.0 support is coming to the Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch 2/3, Fossil Q Wander and Founder, LG G Watch R and Urbane, New Balance RunIQ, Polar M600, Nixon Mission, and some other fashion brands.

Strava Launching Standalone Smartwatch App

I’ve been a Strava user for more than a year now, and it is great to see them developing on the Smartwatch platform. Unfortunately for me the Apple Watch is not receiving a stand alone app at the moment. This is more than likely due to being blocked by the platform, Techradar spoke to Strava and got the following response.

”We are excited to see that Apple is introducing a native GPS into the Series 2 of the Watch. We are actively looking into how we can extend Strava’s existing Apple Watch app to take advantage of the native GPS.”

So it looks likely that an update is in the works for us Apple Watch users, as the app extension already in place is pretty great. Bear in mind that in order to use all of the features of Strava it requires signing up as a Premium member, this ultimately costs £4.49 per month and could be a stretch for some. However in exchange for the the increased levels of reporting this could well be worth it for those wanting to push onto the next level.

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  • WhatsApp Improves Message Security with Two-Step Verification

    WhatsApp is implementing a new two-step verification process to boost security for users.
    The optional security feature significantly increases the hurdles that a third-party would have to get over to break into a user?EU?s account.

    The feature, which has been in testing since November, is rolling out in stages. To turn on two-step verification, users need to log in to WhatsApp, navigate to Settings, then Account and enable Two-step verification.

    If activated, users will need to enter a six-digit security code in addition to their phone number and text message or voice call verification. They will also be asked to enter their security code once every seven days. Should users forget their security code, they can register an email address with WhatsApp and use it to turn off two-step verification.

    WhatsApp said : ?EU?We do not verify this email address to confirm its accuracy. We highly recommend you provide an accurate email address so that you?EU?re not locked out of your account if you forget your passcode.?EU?

    Users who do not register an email address with WhatsApp will be able to log back into the service if they forget their two-step passcode, but only after seven days of last using WhatsApp.

    WhatsApp said: ?EU?After seven days, your number will be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp without your passcode, but you will lose all pending messages upon reverifying — they will be deleted. If your number is reverified on WhatsApp after 30 days of last using WhatsApp, and without your passcode, your account will be deleted and a new one will be created upon successfully reverifying.?EU?

    The roll out of the improved security comes weeks after the revelation of a vulnerability in the implementation of WhatsApp?EU?s encryption protocols.
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    New Google Chromebooks Cross Laptops and Tablets

    Samsung is releasing two new “premium” Google Chromebooks that offer hardware and software improvements not available on most standard models. They borrow many features from Samsung’s tablets, including a touch screen, a stylus and an Android app store to extend the app offerings.

    The hope is that the new versions will attract a broader range of consumers than the K-12 students who mostly use Chromebooks now. Currently, Chromebooks are stripped-down laptops that don’t function well in the absence of a Wi-Fi connection.

    Here are some details on the new laptops:

    — PRICING: Samsung’s Chromebook Plus starts selling Sunday for $449. The Chromebook Pro, with a faster processor, will come out in late April for $549. That’s cheaper than MacBooks and many Windows laptops, but still high for Chromebooks. Budget models sell for less than $200.

    — BECOMING A TABLET: Both new Chromebooks have 360-degree hinges so that the screens can flip over into a tablet mode. This makes them similar to “2 in 1” Windows offerings, which use hinges or have detachable keyboards to turn laptops into tablets. One oddity: With the screen faceup, the keyboard is on the back. Though typing is disabled in that mode, it feels odd in your hands.

    — A WRITING INSTRUMENT: The Chromebooks borrow a design element from Samsung’s Note phones. Fortunately, it’s not the battery found in the fire-prone Note 7 phone, but a stylus that fits into a spring-loaded slot on the side when not in use. Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface tablets don’t have any slot, making it easy to misplace the stylus.

    — ANDROID’S ARRIVAL: Google is bringing Android apps to Chromebooks, broadening their possible uses and allowing people to use the devices even when an internet connection isn’t available. Many Android apps are already designed to work with phones and tablets, even when offline….
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Beats X finally released in UK

    Beats X finally released in UK

    A long five months after initially being announced at the iPhone 7 launch, Apple’s Beats X are now available in the UK. The new Beats X, designed by Dr. Dre of course, earphones are priced at £129.99 and are on sale now in white and black, although the black version is slightly more difficult to find available.

    They promise up to 8 hours of battery on one charge, with 2 hours of battery life crammed into the unit from just a 5 minute charge. Interestingly the Beats X charge through a supplied lightening cable and not the usual micro USB. They also include the same Apple W1 chip as the AirPods, but undercut them by £30. The proprietary chip that only functions when connected to Apple hardware controls Bluetooth connection strength, manage battery life and make paring as easy as a button tap.

    The Beats X still retain a “flex form” cable connecting the two earbuds together, which means the chance of loosing them is much smaller. Which believe it or not has been a serious concern for some users of the AirPods. The two earbuds also magnetically stick together so users can hang them around their neck when not in use.

    Beats X finally released in UK

    The price point although still quite high, is excellent value if you are in the market for some Bluetooth headphones for your iPhone. They are cheaper than many rival products, with an included carry case and also different sized tips. Something that is distinctly lacking from the AirPods. The price also includes three months of Apple Music included in the box.

    Initial reviews have been positive, although not many people have gotten their hands on them yet. YouTuber Johnathan Morrison commenting on the excellent sound isolation when compared to others. The Apple website also features the Beats X in Blue and Grey, however these are not available as yet. They are also available from third party sellers such as Argos, and Curry PC World.

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  • T-Mobile Brings Back Free Pizza and Tablet Promos

    T-Mobile today announced several promotions that customers can take advantage of over the next few weeks. To start, the company is offering a free pizza to customers who use its T-Mobile Tuesdays rewards program. T-Mobile said every line enrolled in T-Mobile Tuesdays can score a free pizza from Papa John’s during one of the next four weeks. During the other three weeks, customers will be given a coupon for 25% off a regular menu item at Papa John’s. On Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day), T-Mobile is also including a free Lyft ride and free movie rental from FandangoNOW. Separately, T-Mobile is bringing back its free tablet offer. Any customer who finances either an LG G Pad X 8.0 or Samsung Tab E on a T-Mobile Equipment Installment Plan is eligible for free monthly reimbursements over a two-year period. In order to get the free tablet, customers will have to put the device on a T-Mobile One or other mobile internet plan with at least 6 GB of high-speed data. T-Mobile said the free table offer is available for a limited time.

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    WhatsApp Makes 2FA Available to All 1.2B Users

    WhatsApp today rolled out two-factor authentication to all users worldwide. The feature is still optional, though it provides a second layer of account security. When enabled, users will need to provide a user-defined, six-digit passcode to verify their phone number. People can also provide their email address so WhatsApp can help them reset their security settings if the passcode is forgotten. WhatsApp will occasionally ask people to reverify their phone number with the passcode. The reason for this is twofold: it protects users and, according to WhatsApp, will likely help them remember the passcode. A number of messaging and email services provide two-factor authentication for security purposes.

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    Edifier MP700 RAVE Bluetooth Active Speaker – Review

    Edifier MP700 RAVE Bluetooth Active Speaker   Review

    The first thing you notice about this particular Bluetooth speaker is the price. It’s £229 on Amazon. That, I have to say, is a massive price-tag for a Bluetooth speaker.

    It weighs in at 1.6 kg and measures 29.4 x 6.7 x 17 cm. At 1.6Kg it isn’t light but you soon find out that this is due to the metal construction, with a strong metal handle which folds back 90 degrees – you can use it to prop the speaker up if you wish. The sturdiness and build quality is pretty stunning actually.

    Charge it for 2.5 hours and you’ll notice a strip of LED power lights on the side. These blink until fully charged, then all the lights will go off.

    Edifier MP700 RAVE Bluetooth Active Speaker   Review

    Producing 36 watts of sound, there’s some large rubber control buttons up top to control the audio. They sit next to an LED indicator which illuminates red when you’re getting audio from the 3.5mm audio port and blue when Bluetooth is active. There’s a power button and volume controls in the centre – that power button will turn the device on or select an input source by pressing once. Press and hold to turn it off. Meanwhile, the volume controls also let you move forward and backwards through tracks – just press and hold or tap once to adjust the audio volume. You’ll probably also notice the NFC symbol on the right – this shows the location of the NFC receiver, which will work with your phone to start the pairing process.

    Edifier MP700 RAVE Bluetooth Active Speaker   Review

    On the right panel, behind a strong rubber flap, there’s the 3.5mm line-in, the power in and a USB output too. Yes, the battery inside is strong enough to let you charge your device and power the speaker. All good, but sadly I can’t find the exact specs or mAh rating of the internal battery. What Edifier will tell me is that it’ll last for up to 8 hours, although you don’t get to know how long you’ve got left as there’s no battery meter.

    This isn’t powered by a microUSB input by the way – instead there’s a supplied charger with supplies a healthy 14V at 1.4A.

    Edifier MP700 RAVE Bluetooth Active Speaker   Review

    Behind the rather sexy-looking grill there’s 36W of audio power. Two 70mm drivers and two 19mm tweeters plus three passive radiators. It’s splash proof and dust proof and connects via that supplied 3.5mm cable to over Bluetooth 4.0. It comes with aptX and DSP frequency control to ensure that your tunes sound as good as they can.

    Edifier MP700 RAVE Bluetooth Active Speaker   Review

    Although not overly heavy, this isn’t as portable as most Bluetooth speakers and the cost of it is going to perhaps stop you from moving it around a great deal. The handle / stand does make it easy to carry though.

    The grill wraps around the front and back but the sound only comes out the front, and it will take you a couple of seconds to figure out which side is the front. Usually you can tell by closely inspecting the buttons, the LED position or which way the handle tilts (it only tilts back if you’ve got it facing forwards).

    Edifier MP700 RAVE Bluetooth Active Speaker   Review

    The sound then, and this is definitely where a lot of the price-tag is justified. The build quality and design is spectacular enough, but the sound is really solid. The weight and presence of the speaker is also apparent in the sound quality. A deep bass, balanced mid-tones and the ability to hear every part of the tune without distortion, vibration or warping. The volume, at full whack, is definitely enough for a room and the DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and DRC (Dynamic Range Control) performs very well indeed.

    The sound is rich, with a balanced mixture of tones presented smoothly through the various speakers. You can tell that there’s different speakers in there for different notes and it functions beautifully. For a speaker of this size it presents the sound clearly and loudly, but won’t quite vibrate the fence panels in your garden.

    Edifier MP700 RAVE Bluetooth Active Speaker   Review

    A good all-round speaker which is a definite step-up from the myriad of portable Bluetooth speakers we see here at Coolsmartphone.

    The materials used, the design and the sound quality – all fantastic, but the £229 price-tag is a smidge high for me. That said, this is a very different beast to the standard £50 or £60 Bluetooth speakers that you see in the shops and the Edifier MP700 RAVE definitely delivers a big bang for your buck.

    Edifier MP700 RAVE Bluetooth Active Speaker   Review

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