Verizon Rolls Out Trade-In Offer to Match New Unlimited Plan

Verizon Wireless today announced a promotional trade-in offer that will give a free flagship-class phone to those who switch from other carriers. The offer requires users to select Verizon’s new $80 monthly unlimited plan. It also requires a working trade-in that is fully paid off. Customers will need to port their number in from a competing service provider. Customers can then select the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, or LG V20. Verizon will provide up to $792 toward the cost of the phone spread out over 24 months. In order to get one of the above phones for free, switchers will need to trade-in the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung Note 5, LG G5, LG V20, or the HTC 10. Customers who have an older phone to trade, such as the Apple iPhone SE, Samsung Note 4, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G4, LG V10, or HTC M9, will need to pay $5 per month for the “free” phones being offered by Verizon. Verizon Wireless didn’t say how long this promotion will be available.

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Listen to music and hear your surroundings while you cycle – Coros Connected Helmet now available

Cycling can be a lonely pastime, especially if your mates can’t join you or your heading to work and back to keep fit. Many cyclists will wear headphones to make their journey a bit more entertaining but, of course, the major problem with wearing them is the fact that you can’t hear traffic. That upcoming truck? The car accelerating behind you? You can’t hear a thing.

Listen to music and hear your surroundings while you cycle   Coros Connected Helmet now available

For £179.99 (yes, that is a lot) you can get this, the Coros Connected Cycling Helmet. It comes equipped with safety features and technology which allows you to make phone calls, listen to music and listen to navigation – all whilst protecting your head and able to hear your surroundings.

The helmet syncs with your phone via Bluetooth, so you get all your favourite musical content. It’ll also let you chat to friends and relatives on the phone via the speakers which are mounted just in front of (not on) your ears. If your friends have similar helmets, you can stay in touch as you ride – ideal for road bikers who tend to get split up sometimes.

Listen to music and hear your surroundings while you cycle   Coros Connected Helmet now available

The headphones, as we’ve seen here before, are bone conducting speakers, so will transmit sounds into your ears without obstructing the ear canal. It means that you can still hear traffic and people around you. Meanwhile, a microphone is placed inside the temple of the helmet which protects it from outside noise and lets you speak clearly even when you’re peddling along quickly.

In addition the helmet has a feature which is only just available in cars – an accident detection system which will alert a predefined emergency contact (set via the app) if you have a fall. If you’re OK then you have 30 seconds to let the accompanying Coros App know. There’s a handlebar remote which lets you accept phone calls and adjust sounds without having to faff around too much.

Head to the Amazon listing if this sounds like something you’d like to try out.

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  • TopSpin Security Wins 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Award

    SAN FRANCISCO (RSA Conference 2017 Booth No. N4715), Feb. 13, 2017 — TopSpin Security, Inc., the leader in intelligent deception and detection solutions, today announced that it has won the 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Award. Organized by the Information Security Community on LinkedIn, this annual awards program is a competition honoring individuals and companies that demonstrate excellence, innovation and leadership in information security.

    TopSpin?EU?s DECOYnet™ Intelligent Deception and Detection Platform was named as the winner in the ?EU?Cybersecurity Product — Threat Detection, Intelligence and Response?EU? awards category. The winners were selected based on the strength of their nomination and the popular vote by members of the Information Security Community (both ratings and comments).

    ?EU?Congratulations to TopSpin Security for winning the Threat Detection, Intelligence and Response category in the 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards,?EU? said Holger Schulze, founder of the 350,000 member Information Security Community on LinkedIn which organizes the awards program. ?EU?With more than 450 entries, the 2017 awards were highly competitive, and all winners and finalists reflect the very best in leadership, excellence and innovation in today?EU?s cybersecurity industry.?EU?

    TopSpin will demonstrate the advanced capabilities of its award-winning DECOYnet platform at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Feb. 13-16; North Hall, Booth Number 4715. New functionalities include the industry?EU?s first enterprise internet of things (IoT) security based on intelligent deception technology. The company?EU?s unique traffic and security analysis engine enables it to uniquely discover all types of IoT systems in the enterprise. Leveraging the ability to create the industry?EU?s most diverse set of deception traps, TopSpin can emulate enterprises?EU? unique IoT systems for attackers to find, resulting in a tripped alarm and alerts.

    ?EU?Being recognized with the top honor in the 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards Program is especially rewarding since winners were voted on and selected by InfoSec professionals in the industry,?EU? said Yoel Knoll,…
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    Sonos hike prices in UK due to Brexit

    Sonos hike prices in UK due to Brexit

    Unfortunately the UK is in for a rough ride in the next few months as the decline of the pound starts to affect prices of just about everything. We have already seen price jumps from OnePlus, steep hikes from Apple, and now Sonos are increasing their prices considerably.

    Customers have started to receive emails containing ‘advanced notice’ of the increased prices which Sonos say they “aren’t something we take lightly”. Prices will increase from 23rd February with all of their current models receiving significant increases up to £100.

    Sonos hike prices in UK due to Brexit

    The email itself feels very sales orientated, and is more based on pushing customers that may be mulling over another purchase into buying before the price goes up. Stressing very heavily that “there is still time to take advantage of our current pricing”. Just incase you were thinking about another speaker, more information is available on their support site.

    Sonos With Alexa

    Sonos have seen their market attacked recently, with the home becoming the next big market for everyone from Belkin to Amazon. Although new CEO Patrick Spence has been swift to introduce support for platforms like Apple Music and also relinquish control of the speakers to the Spotify smartphone app.

    After a long delay while they mulled over options, Sonos are also set to bring in Alexa voice control through Amazons Echo and Echo dot this year – although an exact date is hard to come by. Despite the prices set to increase Sonos still maintain a well thought of market position in wireless speakers.

    Their products produce great sound and contain features such as room set ups and linked products that others are still lacking. So if you are thinking about adding in Sonos to your home the time is now! You can buy direct from them, or speakers are available from most electronic retail stores.

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  • Device Authority Expands Partnerships with GE Digital and AT&T

    Device Authority, a global leader in policy and device-driven security automation for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announces its attendance at the RSA Conference and the expansion of its partner network.


    This week Device Authority is at the RSA conference in San Francisco with DigiCert, which recently revealed their digital certificate auto-provisioning for IoT devices, powered by Device Authority?EU?s breakthrough technology. Demonstrations will be shown at DigiCert?EU?s booth S633 throughout the show.

    This announcement coincides with Device Authority joining two leading partner programs in North America, led by GE Digital and AT&T. The GE Digital Alliance Program is dedicated to growing the digital industrial ecosystem, connecting systems integrators, telecommunications service providers, independent software vendors, technology providers and resellers with the technology and digital industrial expertise of GE. Similarly, the AT&T IoT Partner Program provides a framework for positioning qualified IoT foundational providers in the AT&T Internet of Things ecosystem.

    Device Authority has joined these partner programs as they are both creating value added partner ecosystems to deliver robust IoT solutions that bridge the IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) convergence and deliver exceptional time to value. These alliances will support Device Authority?EU?s position with customers using GE?EU?s and AT&T?EU?s platforms.

    ?EU?We continue to see traction within the North American market, with the adoption of the IoT growing rapidly and the acceptance of the need for strong security,?EU? said Darron Antill, CEO of Device Authority. ?EU?Our partners and alliances are important for delivering comprehensive solutions as no one can do this alone. We look forward to working with GE Digital and AT&T, and believe our unique technology provides added value for their customers.?EU?


    Technology innovator, Rao Cherukuri who recently joined the Device Authority team as Chief Product Officer will be at RSA. A video showing automated certificate provisioning for IoT devices can be seen…
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    Lenovo Yoga Book – Review

    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review

    Intro

    I love tablets. I love the idea of carrying something thin and light around that has enough computing power in it to keep me up to speed with all my musings on this very site. I also love being able to just pull out something from my bag and get working whenever the moment strikes. This is something that I have not been able to replicate in the real laptop and computer world with much success. Don’t get me wrong, my Chromebook does come close to this, but it’s not quite there for what I really want.

    Due to the reasons listed above, I was very excited by the concept of the Yoga Book from Lenovo. With that in mind, as soon as I was able to get hold of one to test, I was all over it. I have used various different Lenovo Yoga grade machines over the years; in fact, my current works machine is a ThinkPad Yoga 12 which I really enjoy using even with the somewhat archaic use of Windows 8.1 as its OS. I have also used a laptop with a non-moving keyboard before in the guise of the Dell XPS 11 which was, to be, honest diabolical. I am pleased to say that this is so much better room that aspect (the keyboard).

    So without further ado let us dive in.

    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review

    Design
    I have already covered the build quality of the machine pretty extensively in the unboxing article that can be found here.

    Here is the unboxing video as well:

    In that unboxing process, we discovered all the little toys that the Yoga Book comes with. And I have to say that you are getting a pretty good bang for your buck here, especially for £449 as the asking price. That is of course for the Android version. If you wish to embrace what Windows 10 can offer this form factor, then you’ll need to stump up another 100 quid. If you require LTE as well, then the price does start to get a little silly. Especially since theYoga Book isn’t being sold in the UK market so you will be looking to be importing. Something I do need to add is that the device I am using is a US variant, therefore, you do have to settle with the US keyboard layout. This is something that cannot be changed, so be aware of this if you’re planning on buying abroad.

    Here are the specs of the machine for those that may have missed them on the unboxing post the other day.

    Operating System: Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
    Display: 10.1-inch FHD IPS (1920 x 1200) @ 400nits
    Processor: Intel Atom x5-Z8550 Processor (2Mb Cache, Up to 2.4GHz)
    Storage: 64GB
    Expandable: microSD Up to 128GB
    RAM: 4GB LPDDR3
    Rear Camera: 8MP
    Front Camera: 2MP
    Charging: micro-USB with Fast Charging
    Battery: 8500 mAh
    Dimensions: 256.6mm x 170.8mm x 0.96mm
    Weight: 690g

    For a full tour of the device, I would encourage you to refer back to the unboxing post here

    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review

    One aspect I really didn’t go into in the unboxing was the brains behind the machine. The Yoga Book features the Intel Atom X5. This may be one of the last devices that we see with this chipset as Intel has effectively killed off that chipsets family. This is a shame, as the Atom series were and to an extent still are perfectly suited to powering this type of machine. I have used a couple of different devices with this chip in it, mainly the Surface 3 which was my main device for last year. This chip will cope admirably with the daily tasks of word processing, spreadsheets and some light photo and video editing. All of this whilst providing a very good battery life with very little drain when dormant.
    Alongside the CPU, we will also find 4 GB of RAM, which allows the Android OS to have sufficient overhead so that you will never feel that you are getting bogged down. I have full benchmarks to discuss later on, so you can see how this device rates against some of the other options out there in this segment.

    Software

    The software on the Yoga Book is based very closely on the standard Android 6.01 that you would expect from any up-to-date tablet, however it has some subtle tweaks to make it better suited for use as a tablet with a keyboard attached. These additions come in three main areas:

    1. The use of TouchPal for the keyboard and its interpretation
    2. The use of resizable apps
    3. The use of a dock style feature that Windows sees will be more used to seeing

    Now let’s cover them in more detail.

    First and foremost on the Yoga Book we have got the “Halo keyboard”. Now this keyboard will work admirably with the GBoard app that comes as standard for most Android tablets these days. That being said, as the keyboard is lacking any physical feedback, it can be quite tricky to ensure that you are pressing the correct ones. This is where TouchPal comes into play. TouchPal will intelligently correct what you are typing to ensure that you are not just bashing out gibberish. It works in a similar manner to the predictive text engines we used to know from the old T9 days of numeric keypads. Each key has a predefined touch area, and if you hit in the right place you get the right key. However, if you are slightly off centre then it will give you the wrong letter when using GBoard. TouchPal, however, is prepared for this and it will learn where you tend to hit the keys and adjust the detection points to compensate. It works very well and it has allowed me to write 90% of this review on the device itself without me wanting to pull my hair out.

    Secondly, we all know that Android has been primarily designed for phones and phone UIs. That is great if you are using a phone, or at a stretch, an 8″ tablet. It is however not so great when you scale up to a 10″ device. Things start to look a bit weird and stretched. So this has been countered by the ability of some apps (I emphasise some) to resize to the phone UI size. In turn, these apps can be used as a means of multitasking. In the example below, we can that I have both Google search and YouTube open at the same time with both working as normal. Behind this, I am still working on this very review! This a great and easy-to-use solution, I just wish you could actually use a full half screen option as it would make it even better. (Ed notes: Our consultancy fee is not that high Lenovo…)

    Thirdly, the dock-style taskbar which has been carried over from Windows works very well at allowing you to quickly and easily multitask. Essentially the apps that you open will sit in a dock at the base of the screen and you can easily jump into another app whilst the others will sit dormant until they are called upon again. This allows for lot more fluidity whilst working and creates a really user-friendly environment. We have seen something like this before in the form of Remix OS. It really is nice to see other companies trying to make Android more productivity-oriented.

    So that about covers the software improvements that Lenovo added on top of what is a very near-stock Android interface.

    Create Pad

    The next big thing that differentiates the Yoga Book over other Android tablets, is the use of the “Create Pad”. The best way to show this off is most certainly by showing it in action. So I have tried to do so in the video below.

    As you can see in the videos, I have tried to focus on the usage of the “Real Pen” and the included notepad. This is a really great and useful tool, especially for those who wish to make physical copies of the notes that they are taking. I can envisage this being particularly useful for college and university students for taking notes during lectures. If I am completely honest, it isn’t a feature that I see myself using particularly often. However, that being said, the combination of the “Real Pen” and the stylus will make this very handy for note-takers and artists alike.

    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review

    What I was really looking for this device to do for me was to give me the best of both worlds. I wanted it to be a tool for consumption of media, and also a tool for writing whilst on the go. In this respect, with a little adjustment needed (mainly on the typing front), I have found it to be really proficient.
    Now to come onto performance.

    Performance

    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review

    I have conducted my usual array of tests for the performance grading of the machine. I have used the same benchmarks that I use on phones to see what this is capable of.So. Let us dive in and have a look how the Atom X5 performs on the Lenovo Yoga Book.

    And so. Let us dive in and have a look how the Atom X5 performs on the Lenovo Yoga Book.

    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review
    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review
    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review
    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review

    Sunspider 1.0.2 Quadrant Antutu Ice Storm Unlimited
    Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact  1230.4  24617  62565  18215
    Acer Iconia Tab10 1262.9 15716 40520 6958
    Chromebook R11 (Android Apps)  671 9043 59491 16195
    Lenovo Yoga Book  774.4 311959 88698 25633

    So as we see from the results in the tests above, it is very much a mixed bag. What surprised me was the sheer level of score that was achieved in the Quadrant test. I have not ever seen a score that high. I can only surmise that this has something to do with the Atom chip. As for the rest of the numbers, it does perform very well. It is one of the faster devices when it comes to loading up Sunspider, which can only bode well for intensive web browsing sessions. The gaming test through Antutu shows that it can certainly hold its own, and this is backed up by the Ice Storm Unlimited result as well.

    As we all know though, these benchmarks don’t paint the full picture. So to try and get a clearer picture of the real world performance, I have also run a test of playing Asphalt 8. Have a look at the video below.

    True to what I expected given the results of the benchmarking test, the gaming performance of the Lenovo Yoga Book is really not that shabby. If I have one complaint, it is that the tablet is quite awkward to hold whilst playing games. But be advised that this is more of an ergonomic issue rather than a performance one.

    Also…

    As a small treat, I have also taken the time to record the process of rendering the above video for you using Cyberlink Power Director on the tablet, to show that this is entirely possible on an Android device. In fact, this is one of my requirements of any Android tablet that I purchase. It is also a bit of a behind-the-scenes look into the review creation process. Enjoy

    I should quickly talk about battery life. In short, it is really good and I have been very pleased with what I have been getting from the Yoga Book. I can charge this up, use it sporadically for a few browsing sessions during the day, and I will get about 3 days of light use. If I am to use it all day, then I will need to plug it in at night but after a 3-hour charge. It is good to go again for another day.

    I also love that I can charge it from one of the power packs that I have for my phone, which is awesome for when I’m on the move.I have only one complaint. Lenovo chose Micro USB instead of Type C. This is only an issue for me as I have now moved to Type C for all my devices, other may not experience similar trauma.

    I have only one complaint. Lenovo chose Micro USB instead of USB Type C. This is only an issue for me as I have now moved to Type C for all my devices. Other may not experience similar trauma.

    Camera

    I am not going to dwell on this one too much as a camera is really not what this device has been designed for. On the front, we have a 2MP fixed-focus unit which will be perfectly adequate for Google Hangouts/Allo. On the keyboard (which would become the back in tablet mode), you can see an 8MP auto-focus unit. It will produce images that are reasonable… but not much else. If you are looking to take a picture, just use your phone as it will be better, I promise you.

    Here are a few shots that I have taken on the device

    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review
    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review
    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review
    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review
    Lenovo Yoga Book   Review

    Value for money

    This is always a bit of a tricky one, if I am honest. The Android version of this tablet (my review unit) will cost £449 from most retailers. The Windows version of the Yoga Book is about £100 more. I have not used the Windows version, but from what I can see of the Android Yoga Book, it should be just as good.

    Is this a good tablet to buy? Well yes, as in my opinion, bar the Xperia Z4 tablet from Sony and the Pixel C from Google, there are really not that many good 10″ tablets out there right now. Just to clarify: whenever I say good, I am looking at this as a productivity device, not something to just watch Netflix on.

    For less than the cost of either of these other devices, you get a gorgeously-designed device with plenty of power and style. The keyboard is extremely useable for typing on for a reasonable length of time. The added bonus of the stylus and “Real Pen” do certainly differentiate this from the normal mundane tablets that we are used to seeing. The best part though, is that all these things come include in the box so short of maybe having pad refills for the note pad your good.

    Perhaps the biggest threat to the Yoga Book is going to come from within Lenovo themselves. They have just announced a cheaper, slightly larger version of a Yoga Book, the Yoga A12. The Yoga A12 is not going to be including the Create Pad and other stylus-related goodies, yet it will have a lot going for it –  especially if it is priced right.

    Conclusion

    I have been really happy with the Lenovo Yoga Book over the last few weeks. This is something that I would happily recommend it to anyone who wants to get stuff done without having to carry a bulky laptop around, or worry about keeping it tethered to a charger.

    I am hoping to get a look at the Windows version soon to see if is worth the extra money. For now though, I am going to leave you and go and indulge in some Yoga.

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  • ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 mAh Portable Charger – Review

    ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 mAh Portable Charger   Review
    For £19.95 on Amazon UK or $19.95 on Amazon US, this isn’t a great deal bigger than the battery inside. Plus, with this particular portable charger, you can actually unscrew the bottom and get at the battery – like an old-school torch / flashlight. Not only that, but you can buy the batteries to go in it if you wish. To change, you simply unscrew the bottom and put a new battery in.

    ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 mAh Portable Charger   Review

    In this diminutive 92.8mm x 25mm cylindrical unit is a 3400mAh battery – probably as big (capacity-wise) as your smartphone battery. You charge it via your standard smartphone wall charger (not supplied) via the microUSB port. Then, with the aid of the supplied microUSB / USB cable (or your own), you can charge your own device when you’re out and about.

    ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 mAh Portable Charger   Review

    When it’s charging, you’ll have a blue LED appear at the top and, whilst discharging, this will be a purple colour. It outputs 3A max and is made from an “aircraft aluminium body”, so weighs in at just 38g before you put that battery in.

    ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 mAh Portable Charger   Review

    The charger itself is nice to hold and has a brushed silver finish apart from the top and bottom sections, which are grippy and allow you to unscrew that bottom section. On the top, the small plastic section has all the ports you’ll need to charging / discharging and a tiny button for waking the device to start it charging.

    ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 mAh Portable Charger   Review

    The people from ThruNite say that it can also be used to recharge “flashlight batteries”. You’ll apparently also find these 18650 batteries in e-cigarettes, bike lights, head torches and more – so if you need a charger for one of those, just take the battery out of your device and pop it in here to charge from a wall socket.

    ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 mAh Portable Charger   Review

    Overall, it’s a great little charger for the money. Don’t forget that you’ll probably only get one recharge out of this and there’s no battery meter on here, but it works very well indeed.

    If you want one, it’s £19.95 on Amazon UK or $19.95 on Amazon US. You can also buy the batteries to go in it, but you get ONE battery included if you buy the charger shown in this review.

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  • Hard-wearing hardware – ICZI USB-C cables – Review

    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review

    The Cables

    It’s hard to get good cables, and it’s almost unheard of to get good, good cables. This is why I like this ICZI range of USB-A to USB-C cables.

    I crossed over to using the USB-C standard over a year ago now, when the Nexus 6P came out. Unfortunately, this piece of future proofing meant I was introduced to living the #donglelife way sooner than I’d wanted to. Charge in the car? Need a new cable and charger. Charge my phone in someone else’s car? Seriously, forget it. Need a top-up in the office? New everything. The same goes for the cable in my bag that I take to work, because, data and travelling and charging, and pretty much anywhere else for any significant amount of time.

    Now add to that, the problem of not knowing whether the cables were up to spec, and not prone to helping send my phone to the great Nexus Graveyard in the sky prematurely because it didn’t follow the USB standard, and you have… an unhealthy fascination with cables.

    So, ICZI. I’ll be honest. I hadn’t heard of them before. But it was worth a try. I’m glad I did so.

    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review
    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review
    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review
    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review
    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review

    Packaging and presentation

    First of all, ICZI USBC-C cables, and more specifically, the cable pack I got, are available through Amazon. They’re currently retailing at a penny under £18. I know that sounds kind of expensive, but give it a moment and let me explain. As have most of us, we have gone through life with our phones seemingly taking longer and longer to charge from the charger. Sure, there may be wear and tear from the battery degrading in your device after how many thousand cycles. There is also the small fact that cables can also degrade over time. Especially if you tangle them up, fold them, stuff them into small pockets, wrap them up into as small a space as possible. You know, using them like a normal person. If you have Mr Cheap Knockoff’s bargain cable from the pound store, you’ll have probably found that charging and/or data speeds are slightly slower than normal. Maybe you have to nudge the cable in the right way half the time.

    The point is, cheap cables aren’t always worth the trade-off. With the ICZI USB-C cable pack containing four cables, it makes it a lot easier to understand paying about £4.50 for each one. Especially when you can get a little bit of reassurance from the sturdy but not ostentatious cardboard packaging. It doesn’t bring the same level of luxury you’d get when you unpack, say, a single cable from other manufacturers we won’t name. It’s at this point that you open the well-sealed box carefully, and realise that there are mini-compartments. The feeling of engineering continues when you reach in and lift out cables that could easily be 3.5mm across the diameter.

    In one fell swoop, I went from being quietly reassured that I was getting my money’s worth to being wowed by these USC-A to C cables.

    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review
    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review
    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review

    The Pack

    As mentioned before, there are four cables inside the pack. ICZI has put two USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 cables. 

    The ICZI USB-C cables aren’t measly sized either. Although they’re measured in feet, a quick conversion soon tells you that they’ll stretch easily more or less anywhere.

    The larger USB 2.0 cable is 10 foot long, which loosely translates to just over three metres. While I had no reason to have one permanently yet, it’s really nice to have the option. It will come in useful when you want to charge your handset or laptop on the couch, but the charging socket is just that little bit too far away. Seeing as USB 2.0 doesn’t impact your ability to charge the phone, it allows you to fast charge if your phone is using the USB-PD spec.

    The longer ICZI USB-C 3.0 cable is 6.6 feet, which is equivalent to 2 metres. Both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 cables have a 3.3-foot option, again, translates to about two metres. I’d rather have a couple of 2-metre cables than longer or shorter variants, because it’s easy enough to keep extra length wrapped up. It’s a royal pain to have a cable that just isn’t long enough.

    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review
    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review

    Feels

    As I said, the ICZI USB-C cables look like they’ve had some attention to detail put into them. The wire is braided, which will help stop tangling. Also nice is the main connector part being a mid- grey to contrast against the black cabling and base, and the actual USB-A socket. It doesn’t look cheap.

    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review
    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review
    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review
    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review

    Conclusion

    I haven’t played with these cables on a long-term basis, so can’t speak to their endurance. Having said that, I’d be surprised if they wore out anytime soon. I’d have no hesitation in recommending this to other people who are starting to live the donglelife.

    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review
    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review
    Hard wearing hardware   ICZI USB C cables   Review

     

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  • Verizon to Resurrect Unlimited Plan for $80 per Month

    Verizon Wireless will on Monday offer unlimited data plans to its customers for the first time since 2011. Verizon’s new offer costs $80 per month for a single line with unlimited talk, text, and data; mobile hotspot; calling/texting to Mexico and Canada; and 500 MB of 4G LTE data per day when roaming in Mexico and Canada. The total monthly cost for two lines (before taxes and fees) is $120, the cost for three lines is $160, and the cost for four lines is $180. Lines five through 10 will cost an additional $20 each. Paperless billing and auto-pay is required to qualify for these prices. Verizon says domestic mobile hotspot usage is limited to 10 GB per month; customers who exceed that limit during a single billing period will see their speeds dropped to 3G for the remainder of the month. Verizon says unlimited data customers who consume more than 22 GB of data during any single billing period may see throttled speeds when the network is congested. “While we don’t expect to do that very often, network management is a crucial tool that benefits all Verizon customers,” said Verizon Wireless. Connected devices such as smartwatches and the GizmoPal can be aded for $5 per month. For roaming countries other than Mexico and Canada, Verizon still offers its TravelPass data plan, which costs $10 per day for 500 MB in most countries. Verizon will continue to offer its 5 GB, small, medium, and large service plans. Verizon’s new unlimited plan will be available from Feb. 13.

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    Adidas miCoach crosses the finish line

    Adidas miCoach crosses the finish line

    Members of the Adidas miCoach community have started receiving emails informing them that the service is no more. They are “passing the baton to Runtastic” and won’t be updating their existing website nor the Trail and Run apps. With the service finally shutting down for good on 31 December 2018.

    With Runtastic joining the adidas family, we’re excited to be able to offer you a FREE PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP to their platform and apps to help you keep your training on track – and make 2017 your fittest year yet.

    Adidas purchased Runtastic in 2015 for a reported $220 million (£153 million) and clearly had no long term plans to run both services side by side. It make sense for Adidas to merge the platforms together, although miCoach is a good service, Runtastic is by far the larger brand.

    There is no great rush though, users will have until December next year to keep using miCoach if they so wish. Although there will be no new memberships available, you will be directed straight to the new platform. Runtastic allows you to set all sorts of running goals as well as compete with friends.

    If you are perfectly happy, and want to get cracking on transferring your data and see what Runtastic has to offer you can drive right in. A new Runtastic account is needed, but providing you link your old miCoach account most data will be transferred.

    Adidas miCoach crosses the finish line

    Unfortunately there is no facility available to transfer your miCoach training plan to Runtastic, whereas all of your personal information will be moved over. If you are a miCoach user and want to know more about your options in transitioning there is a full FAQ available here.

    There are rumours of a new Adidas wearable dubbed the Chameleon, aimed at the fashion fitness tracker market that is expected later this year. So expect Adidas to push Runtastic with all their future endeavours.

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