Galaxy Note 9 – Review

Galaxy Note 9   Review

Specs:

  • Review Price: £899
  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED HDR display
  • Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810
  • 12-megapixel variable aperture main camera, 12-megapixel secondary 2x zoom camera
  • 6GB/8GB RAM
  • 128GB/512GB storage
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1
  • S Pen w/ Bluetooth

Good Points:

  • Absolutely gorgeous screen
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Build quality
  • Loads of features
  • Wireless Charging
  • 3.5mm headphone jack is still here
  • Fully waterproof
  • S Pen
  • No notch
  • Samsung Dex

Bad Points:

  • Expensive
  • Still not on Android 9
  • S-Pen a little fiddly to get out, worse in a case
  • Quite a bit of Samsung bloat
  • Bixby Button and Bixby Home just annoying
  • All glass construction
  • A bit of a fingerprint magnet
  • Face Unlock not as quick as others
  • Fingerprint sensor fiddly to find, but improved massively once in the Spigen Rugged Armour Case

Design:

If you’ve seen the Note 8 then you’ve seen the Note 9. Samsung has kept the overall design similar, which let’s be honest, isn’t entirely a bad thing. Although the curved glass front and glass rear design has been around for a year, the device doesn’t feel dated and looks modern. Despite being copied by many others, none seemed to have achieved the highly engineered finish that Samsung has achieved.
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The problem with this all-glass design is it remains a complete fingerprint magnet, and the whole time of this review I was terrified of dropping the device. That was until I fitted a Spigen Rugged Armour case. A side note on this case, not only did it provide some drop protection, it gave the phone an overall better feel, as I found the Note 9 sometimes an uncomfortable phone to hold mostly due to the rather sharp chamfered rim. The Spigen case made it a bit smoother and softer, and I found that finding the fingerprint sensor was dramatically improved with the case fitted.

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The glass back enables wireless charging – a Galaxy staple. The device also has IP68 water resistance rating, but keeps the headphone jack and expandable storage. Thankfully, the Note 9 foregoes a notch, that annoying cut-out that features in the display of so many 2018 smartphones.

One issue I had with the design of the Note 9 is the Bixby button. It sits just below the volume key, and I constantly kept pressing it rather than the volume down button. This, in turn, launched the Bixby app which to be honest, I found to be completely useless. I did find an app in the play store called bxActions, which gives the ability to remap the button action. I set mine to launch Google Assistant.  

Galaxy Note 9   Review

Display:

The display on the Note 9 is a 2960 x 1440 panel, with sloping ‘Infinity’ edges and support for HDR content. It is truly a stunning thing to look at, and you won’t find a better display on any current phone. Samsung produces its own displays (alongside those of other phones, such as the iPhone XS) and they are the best for a number of reasons.
The Note 9 uses an OLED panel. Compared to LCD, OLEDs use less power and only power on the required pixels, therefore displaying perfect blacks. This means that when you’re watching content with plenty of dark scenes, they’ll actually look black rather than slightly washed out. In the default mode, everything looks vibrant and punchy, without sacrificing too much colour accuracy. There might be slightly more punch to reds than you’d see in real life, but I think that’s more pleasing to the eye here. In their infancy, OLEDs on phones suffered with poor brightness and as a result had difficulty with poor outdoor visibility. That’s not the case here: the panel is ridiculously bright and I tended to not even feel the need to push it past 45-50%. The brightness will also boost in super-bright environments, making the display easy to read.

Galaxy Note 9   Review
Galaxy Note 9   Review
Galaxy Note 9   Review

S-Pen:

The defining feature of the Galaxy Note Series is the S Pen, and this still remains one of the Note’s biggest selling points. The Wacom-powered stylus is now Bluetooth enabled, and comes in a few different colours. For example, the Ocean Blue Note 9 (which is the colour I have for review) comes with a yellow S Pen, while the black and lavender handsets sport colour-matched S Pens.
In use, the S Pen is as good as ever – it’s fluid, smooth and uber-responsive. There’s almost no lag when you’re writing, and the fantastic palm-rejection software means you can write naturally without accidentally drawing over other parts of the display.
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The latest addition to this year’s Note is Bluetooth, and this lets you perform functions with the pen when it’s further away from the device. I thought at first this was just a gimmick. For instance you can use it as a shutter button when taking photos, which I did use a lot typically when taking family pics. The Note 9 was in a mount and lined up, and I could then get in the frame and just click the S-Pen. Long exposure meant I was away from the phone before starting the process. My favourite S Pen feature remains screen-off memo. With the display off you can pop out the pen and immediately start note-taking. Slide the pen back in and the note saves itself.  It’s a slick process that is genuinely useful.
I did find that the S-Pen was a little fiddly to get out, (I really should stop biting my nails), and this was exaggerated once I’d put the Note in a case.

Performance:

My review unit is the European model, meaning it has Exynos 9810 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Our friends over the water in the US get the more common Snapdragon 845 variant. Even though the Note 9 isn’t the first handset to be released with these specs, they’re still pretty much up there with the best you’ll find in any device currently on the market.
Out of the box, I found the Note 9 was lightning fast, but Samsung devices are renowned for slowing down dramatically after time, however long-term reviewers have reported that this is not the case with the Note 9 as time goes by. The lag that dominated Samsung’s software in previous years has been banished, replaced by a smooth UI that reacts instantly to your every swipe and tap.
 If you’re interested in how the Note 9 scores in synthetic benchmark tests, check out the tables below.

Galaxy Note 9   Review
Galaxy Note 9   Review

Software:

I haven’t used a Samsung device for a number of years now (I’ve been well and truly in the OnePlus camp), the last one being a Note 4 with the dreaded TouchWiz interface. This has now being replaced with the ‘Samsung Experience’ and is set to change again with Android Pie to Samsung One UI. I did find using this interface a refreshing change, swiping up from the homescreen to view your apps and down to your notifications is fluid and natural, while icons and widgets fit very much with the aesthetic of the phone.
But there’s always a but. I found there was a bit too much bloat, and too many Samsung specific apps, meaning the doubling up of similar apps. There are two browsers, email clients, app stores, clocks, calculators and payment services. You’ve also got two voice assistants: Bixby and Google Assistant, and a Biby homepage which just like the Google version, is to the far left. I just couldn’t get on with Bixby and I disabled it at every opportunity.
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That said there were some handy features within the interface. Being able to alter the screen resolution to save power, as well as being able to turn on the performance mode to stop extraneous processes when gaming, along with Samsung’s battery saver modes are great, with multiple options for customising areas that affect usage. For instance, you can tweak by how much it lowers the brightness, throttle the CPU speed, or temper background data usage. It also tells you how much extra juice you’ll gain by enabling these modes – perfect, if you’re trying to stretch the battery life. I found the battery life more than acceptable and I was able to use the device for 15.5 hours (I’m only a light user) and still had 40% battery left.

Galaxy Note 9   Review
Galaxy Note 9   Review

Biometric security is present here on the Note 9. There’s a  fingerprint sensor on the rear, plus an iris scanner on the front; and a facial unlocking system. This is going to upset some people, but I found that my OnePlus 5T unlocked quicker on both the fingerprint and facial unlock systems. I know that the systems are more secure on the Note 9. I found iris scanning was slow and needed a bright red light to burst from the phone every time it’s used.

Samsung Dex is present in the Note 9. I originally thought that I would need the Dex dock to take advantage of this feature. But no, I just connected the Note 9 to my TV using a USB Type-C to HDMI lead, and I was given the choice to either mirror the phone screen, or use the Dex operating system. Its a pretty neat system for watching some media while out and about, and keeping the young one happy.

Camera:

The Note 9 has a new camera system on the back. This is now the same setup as the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, its a 12-megapixel camera with a variable aperture (f/1.5 + f/2.4). Next to it is a second 12-megapixel camera, this time with a longer focal length for 2x zooming. The main sensor has 1.4µm pixels, and even has a small of RAM allocated to speed things up. Both the rear sensors have optical stabilisation. The biggest feature with the camera here is that dual aperture. This lets the camera change depending on the environment: when it’s dark, the lens will open up to f/1.5 to let more light in (essentially giving you a brighter picture), and when there’s more light available it’ll switch to f/2.4.

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All the usual video recording features are present as well: video can be recorded at up to 4K resolution, along with 960fps Super Slow Motion, normal slow motion and Hyperlapse are also present. 960fps Super Slow-Motion https://youtu.be/4Z9YuRlgBBg

Hyperlapse Footage https://youtu.be/f2jDDIO_d3s

Conclusion:

I absolutely loved my time with the Note 9. Yes, I know it’s nearly double the price of my beloved OnePlus devices, but it’s just a truly gorgeous screen to look at, with a fantastic feel in the hand ( improved in a case). The battery lasted me the whole day with plenty to spare at bedtime. The 3.5mm headphone jack is still here and even though the S Pen has its own silo, the device is still fully waterproof. The S Pen adds some nice features, but not something I would use all the time. Although there’s no Android 9 Pie, it is rumoured to becoming available in Feb this year and that will add the Samsung One UI. Yes its expensive at £899, and we all know that in a few months its will be half that, and at that point I’ll be seriously looking at getting one.

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Anker Soundcore Life 2 Headphones – Review

Anker Soundcore Life 2 Headphones   Review

I am quite fortunate to have a couple of pairs of Bluetooth headphones in my collection and use them in different scenarios. However recently I have been finding that one of the sets that I have are uncomfortable when I am wearing them for long periods of time. This is was a discovery I made while I was on a train back from London last month. The headphones I was using at the time are great to listen to stuff on and have good battery life. The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology is a bit hit or miss as to when it works correctly, but otherwise, I can’t complain. These headphones have been my go-to when travelling for nearly the last year.

The other pair I use often is more for short commutes or when I am exercising. These do not have noise cancellation and are not that loud, so are not suited to use when I am on the road. But they are very small and compact and can easily be carried in a bag and charge in their case, which is very convenient.

A few months back when I was meeting Anker at IFA 2018, I was introduced to the Soundcore range of audio products. This stirred my curiosity and when they offered to send me a review unit of over-the-ear headphones, then it was a no-brainer to try them. So here they are; the Anker SoundCore Life 2’s.

Anker Soundcore Life 2 Headphones   Review

These headphones are of the over-the-ear style, and as a result are larger than my other ones. Because of this, they eliminate one of my issues – but more about that later.

Anker Soundcore Life 2 Headphones   Review

The Life 2’s are powered by 40mm drivers that are ultra efficient and give out a good clear and undistorted sound. They are also capable of working with Hi-Res audio, which given that these headphones are half the price of the other pair of cans that I have is very impressive.

They feature ANC on board and will run for 30 hours of playback with this enabled. This would equate to flying from London to Brisbane via Dubai with a 3-hour layover and you would still have some juice left to get to the hotel. If however, you prefer to have your music piped to your ears via the means of cable then this will allow you to do the same journey, grab a quick drink at the hotel, then hop on a plane back to London via the same route!

That right there is some pretty stellar battery life. I have been using the Life 2’s for a few weeks and I have only charged them twice: once when I got them out of the box, and again earlier this week as they were running a bit low. If I am honest they could have gone for a few more days had I needed them to, it was more a force of habit.

Anker Soundcore Life 2 Headphones   Review

The charging is done via a Micro USB cable that is included with the headphones but sadly there is no plug. It does however only take a few hours to charge the Life 2’s.

Anker Soundcore Life 2 Headphones   Review

To be fair, the Life 2’s are quite a big set of headphones, but thanks to the well-designed hinge they will fold down to a compact size which is great for travel. Even more with the include custom travel case, which will also be great for housing the 3.5mm to 3.5m cable.

Anker Soundcore Life 2 Headphones   Review

Each of the cups have very handy L and R logos printed on the inside, in case like me you tend to put your headphones on the wrong way around a lot!

Anker Soundcore Life 2 Headphones   Review

On the right cup is where you will find the main power key and the ANC On/Off switch. A long press of the power key will initiate pairing, which is very easy to do.

Anker Soundcore Life 2 Headphones   Review

On the left cup is where you will find volume up and down, these will also pull double duty to skip forward a track and back one with a long press. Nestled in between these buttons is the Play button that also works to turn on BassUP mode with a double press and a long press will activate Google Assistant or Siri, depending on your phone of choice.

So the really important thing about headphones is how do they sound. Well I could give you spiel from the website which states that

From precise highs, to smooth mids, and intensely deep lows, every part of the song shines.

However, I would like to offer my totally untuned ear’s impressions instead.

Firstly I have found them very clear and crisp both for music and spoken word. This is important as I listen to both podcasts and music during my commute. I have found that they are good for watching a video, but they can get a bit muddy near the deeper tones of boomy explosions etc. I do like the fact that you have an optional BassUP function that can be turned on or off with a simple long press of a button.

I have not had the need to talk to anyone over the phone while wearing the Life2’s, as call me old fashioned, but if am able to I would prefer to use my phone up against my ear! The ANC is okay, but it is not the best and I have heard better. If you are in an environment with a fairly monotonous tone then it will block it out to a certain extent, but it could be better if am being honest with myself. This is certainly an area where my pricier set outperforms the Life 2’s. Another thing that I noticed whilst walking to get my bus today was that I could hear a small thump everytime my foot hit the ground, which I haven’t noticed with other headphones. I think this may be an issue with the fact that my ear is fully enclosed by the ear cups. This is not a major issue for me, but maybe not the best headphones for people that are using whilst exercising, as I feel that this could be distracting.

Anker Soundcore Life 2 Headphones   Review

Secondly, and I teased this earlier – these things are comfy to wear. This is mostly in part to the memory foam-embued, soft grain leather ear cups that actually go around my whole ear. Whereas my previous cans sat on my ears, and after a while started to cause pain. This has not occurred to me while wearing the Life 2’s. I have to wear glasses and this can be a real pain with headphones, but for the Life 2’s it is no problem those memory foam filled earcups just mould around the frame, Genius! I am seriously impressed with the comfort of the Life 2’s and as a result, these will now become my travel headphones for long trips. Side note they are also great at keeping your ears warm in the winter, as is the case at the time of writing.

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The third part of my impressions is where things start to unravel slightly. This is all about the controls. On either ear cup, we have a variety of buttons which are just downright unsightly. I have been spoiled by having touch gesture enabled headphone as my daily use set for a year so I may be biased, but the buttons just look cheap and they take an age (well it feels like it anyway) to respond to actions. I mean they are not cheap but they don’t half look it. The actual button press is firm and after second or so the appropriate action will occur, which is good to see. I am not a massive fan of the layout, either which you can see in the pictures below. I suppose they had to put the buttons somewhere to accommodate the large drivers but did they need to be so damn big and ugly? Also, I would be willing to pay a bit more for touch controls as it can’t cost that much more to implement.

Anyway moving on from that.

I have on the whole been impressed by the headphones, and am happily using them. As such I will be continuing to use them albeit mostly for when I am travelling and if I am not moving around a lot. They will most likely not replace the in-ear ones that I use on my daily commute as I like the compactness of them and my commute is quite short, so long-term comfort is not really a factor. If you are like me and need some headphones that don’t cost the earth and do 90% of what the bigger brands higher priced sets do, then these are definitely worth a shot. I was and continue to be very pleased with them. The Soundcore Life 2’s certainly do pack a punch for an affordable cost.

If you are interested in any of the SoundCore products then check out their site here. If this review has spurred you on to try a set then you can buy them here as well. Alternatively, if you fancy something a bit more special to give as a gift then there is this gift set that comes bundled with a 5000 maH Powerbank, a braided Micro USB cable, a braided 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable and an airline adaptor.

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Your phone is filthy, Let PhoneSoap clean it – Review

We all use our phones as fundamental tools in our day to day lives, and most of us will clean them from time to time. However, cleaning the visible dirt is only half the battle as there is also the microbial “dirt” that is always present on our phones. This can be “cleaned” by the use of anti-bacterial wipes, which are basically a low percentage of ethanol impregnated into a lint-free cloth. It will do some good, but it is still a breeding ground for those nasty little bugs. These are bugs that can easily make you sick and are also commonly found on the toilet seat of public restrooms! Yes, the thing that you handle and place next to your face on the daily is about as dirty as a toilet seat! So how can I clean it without obsessively wiping the phone down every second? Well, the answer comes in the form of Medical grade UV-C lights. But you don’t really want to be exposing yourself to this all the time either do you? This is where the Phone Soap comes into play.

Your phone is filthy, Let PhoneSoap clean it   Review

So what is the Phone soap then?

It is an enclosure that you place your phone inside and then as soon as the lid is closed it will start emitting UV light to bathe your phone in. This UV-C light is set at just the correct wavelength that it will kill 99% of most commonly found bugs on your phone. In the space of ten minutes, your phone will bug and bacteria free.Your phone is filthy, Let PhoneSoap clean it   Review This is not new technology – it has been around for years. In fact, it has been utilised in laboratories and medical facilities all over the world for decades. It is a great solution to cleaning your device as it requires no contact that in turn can just move the dirt and bacteria from one surface to another.

Your phone is filthy, Let PhoneSoap clean it   Review

The light that the Phone Soap emits is actually harmful to bacteria and it is this that is what actually kills them off and also stops them from breeding, therefore stopping the spread of bacteria on your device. Now, unfortunately, I don’t have access to a lab environment where I can cultivate and grow bacteria to demonstrate this for real. However, the people over at PhoneSoap have put this through lab tests and here s a video showing this below.

In the above video, you can see that the bacteria picked up from various surfaces is then incubated and grown in lab conditions and then sprayed onto phones. One of the phones will then be sanitised via the PhoneSoap while the other will not be. After this, the phone’s surface is imprinted onto Ajar Petri dishes and then the results are shown. If you want to just see the results, then feel free to skip to the crunch point by clicking here. I am very impressed, to be honest.

Another cool feature you may have noticed is that the PhoneSoap has a pass-through hole that will allow you to charge your device while it is being sanitized. The idea behind this is that you pop your phone into the PhoneSoap and plug in your charging cable. When you wake up in the morning and take your phone out, then you have a clean phone; at least for the first few minutes anyway!

Your phone is filthy, Let PhoneSoap clean it   Review

Don’t get me wrong, I have to say that going into this review I was a bit sceptical about the actual functionality of this item and that scepticism is still there for me. I am not a lab tech, and I don’t have access to the sort of equipment you would need to perform the actual tests that would prove or disprove the PhoneSoap’s effectiveness requires. For that I will have to rely on other testers opinions. I have found a few videos online that have done more extensive testing and for your ease, I have included a few of these below.

This one stops being relevant after the 5-minute mark so you don’t need to watch it all the way through

For me, these tests show that the PhoneSoap is effective but that the phone will invariably get “bugged” up again after some time, which is par for the course unless of course, you live in a bubble!

The real crux is would I buy one for myself. Well the answer is no I would not, BUT and this is a big one for me at least. I work in a job where I literally handle about 50 to 100 phones a day and god only knows what is on them when they come in. So for that reason, I would actually recommend that my employer gets one of these to use at my place of work. In fact, the actual device I have used for the testing (albeit very limited) is now in place in my workplace for that very reason!

So if you are a germaphobe or just someone who uses your phone in the bathroom (we all do it!), then this may be worth getting one either that or just buy lots of wet wipes! You can buy one from Amazon here and you can also get a wireless version which is coming soon to the UK market. If you are looking to sanitise on a larger scale, then you do so using the beast that is linked here.

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Two Blu Phones now Work on Verizon

For the first time, Verizon customers can use an unlocked Blu phone certified by Verizon for use on its network. Two models are compatible: the recently-launched Blu Vivo XI and Vivo XI+. The phones can be used with Verizon’s Bring your Own Device Promotion, where customers will get a $150 prepaid MasterCard and free SIM card with activation. Best Buy is also running a sale today of $20 off the Vivo XI. Customers who have already purchased one of these phones can request a software update from Blu that will add official Verizon compatibility.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Fake gadget porn or new foldable Xiaomi device?

Fake gadget porn or new foldable Xiaomi device?
The jury is out on this one, but it comes via Mr Blass, who’s the kind of leaks round these parts. Is this real? Is this fake? It’s up to you decide.

Even if it is real, would you use or want something like this? Or are we all doomed to use slab devices forever and ever? Head down to the video and see for yourself…

Well, I can see creases on the device where it folds, so does that mean that it’s a real prototype? The interface also seems to react to the fold, so … maybe, just maybe….

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Tesco Mobile deals launched

Tesco Mobile deals launched
Yes, there’s a January sale at Tesco, but it also extends to their mobile section too. The network, which runs on O2, is offering some healthy savings on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone X

You can also get the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, now available from the network for £40.99 per month. This gets you 5GB of data with 5000 minutes of talk-time and 5000 texts.

In addition, you can pick up the Samsung Galaxy S8 for £22.49 a month, although that is only for 1GB of data and it’s a 3-year deal.

If you’re after an Apple iPhone, the iPhone X is now £36.99 a month with 2GB of data. The iPhone 8 is elling for £35.99 per month until January 27th, and that gets you a healthy 20GB of data.

All of the plans I’ve mentioned here come with 5000 minutes and 5000 texts.

You can also pick up 3GB of data on a SIM-only plan for £9 per month. That gets you 1000 minutes and 5000 texts.

Head to www.tescomobile.com for further details on the offers.

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Jump into the Vodafone Winter Sale

Jump into the Vodafone Winter Sale
OK, so all of these deals are available until February 4th, so you’ve pretty much got a month exactly. Here goes, as we dive into the offers.

First up, SIM-only plans. There’s unlimited texts and minutes on all of these, but the 10GB data plan is now £20. That gets you a 12-month contract with your choice of Amazon Prime Video (good for The Grand Tour etc), Spotify, NOW TV or Sky Sports Mobile for the entire time. They’ve also now put the 25GB plan down to £25 per month and the 50GB plan down to £30 with the same 12 months of entertainment.

If you’re eyeing a new contract, the Huawei P20 Pro has had £116 taken off it, making it £42 per month with a small £9 upfront cost. This gets you 16GB of data and unlimited everything else. The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is now £56 per month with a £29 upfront for a massive 100GB of data and unlimited everything else. Meanwhile, you can get the iPhone X 64GB for £50 per month with a £29 upfront cost for 26GB of data and unlimited everything else.

Head to the Vodafone website to get all the details.

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Virgin Mobile January Sale Deals!

So it’s January, and as we all pretend that we can still sit around eating chocolates in our pants, there’s the harsh reality that we actually have to go out and do some work… or shopping.

Yes, more shopping. If you want the best deals, these next few posts should be perfect for you.

Virgin Mobile January Sale Deals!

First of all, Virgin Mobile customers can grab themselves a £108 saving on the new(ish) iPhone X and a £72 saving on iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max. You can also bag an iPhone 7 for £21 a month. You can also get the Huawei P20 Pro with the Watch GT from just £28 per month as you can see above.

That’s cool, but what if you’re after a SIM-only deal, the network is offering a massive 30GB of data for just £16 per month. Don’t forget, Virgin operates on the EE network, so you get all their 4G coverage and speed. The 30GB deal ends on January 31st, but you can also get 6GB of data for £9 a month if you’re quick, as that deal ends on January 21st.

Get the deals on the Virgin Mobile website here.

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LA Launches Earthquake Early-Warning App

Residents of Los Angeles can now download an app that can provide early warning of many major earthquakes. The app, offered by the city, is called ShakeAlertLA and is available now for both Android and iOS. The app was developed under contract with AT&T and is powered by the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) earthquake early warning system. The USGS system currently includes 615 earthquake-sensing stations in California, with another 500 to be added by 2021. Similar services are already available in Mexico City and Japan, and have proven effective in giving citizens time to find safety in the event of a quake.

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USB-C Gains Protection Against Chargers with Hidden Malware

The USB Implementers Forum today announced the USB Type-C Authentication Program, which provides a way for devices with USB-C connectors to securely confirm that attached devices are authentic and do not contain hidden capabilities. For example, the new protocol can be used to prevent a phone from connecting to a charger that contains hidden malware capability. “Using this protocol, host systems can confirm the authenticity of a USB device, USB cable or USB charger, including such product aspects as the capabilities and certification status. All of this happens right at the moment a connection is made – before inappropriate power or data can be transferred.” The new protocol must be adopted by phone and accessory makers to be effective.

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