iCloud Drops iPhone Activation Lock Search Tool

Apple has removed a tool within iCloud that allowed people to easily check the Activation Lock status of iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Activation Lock was introduced as a part of iOS 7’s Find My iPhone feature in 2014. Any iPhone owner who activates Find My iPhone automatically locks the device to their Apple ID. The idea behind Activation Lock is to make it so stolen iPhones can’t be activated on new accounts without first disassociating them from the original owner’s account. iPhones with Activation Lock still in place are unusable with new Apple IDs, and thus not worth stealing in the first place. Until recently, iCloud provided an easy tool that allowed potential iPhone purchasers to check the Activation Lock status of a device by entering the IMEI or serial number. The tool is no longer available within iCloud, and the former web site returns a 404 error. Moreover, Apple has removed the language associated with the Activation Lock search tool from its support documents. Instead, Apple suggests potential buyers and sellers work together to ensure iPhones, iPads, and iPods are properly unlocked and erased before any sale or transfer takes place. This approach may work between legitimate transactions, but doesn’t help people who’ve purchased stolen devices.

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CCAM Welcomes Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

PRINCE GEORGE, VA — January 30, 2017 — The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) today announced Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has joined CCAM at the Affiliate Member level and will have a seat on CCAM?EU?s Technology Advisory Council. CCAM is an applied research center providing solutions in adaptive automation, surface engineering, and additive manufacturing. Hexagon will participate in CCAM research and provide expertise in optical non-contact 3D measuring systems for industrial manufacturing applications. Hexagon is a leading metrology and manufacturing solution provider, specializing in the collection, analysis and active use of measurement data to increase production speed, accelerate productivity, and enhance product quality.

CCAM bridges the gap between research and commercialization to accelerate new developments to market. Hexagon will contribute its metrology expertise and the AICON StereoScan neo 3D scanner and a DPA photogrammetry system. These optical, portable solutions are a part of AICON’s portfolio of non-contact 3D measuring systems used to enable efficient, high-precision monitoring, quality assurance and control in manufacturing production. CCAM research and development is conducted at its 62,000 square foot facility just outside of Richmond, VA.

“Hexagon looks forward to our newest collaborative partnership with the CCAM consortium of leading manufacturers and research institutions,” states Director of Strategic Business Development Michael Mariani, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. “We are pleased to make a technology contribution to the CCAM metrology center, adding another level of capability in support of the innovative work conducted at this leading research facility for advanced manufacturing methods.”

“CCAM is delighted to have Hexagon become our newest member,” says Jaime Camelio, CCAM Chief Technology Officer. ?EU?Their inspection tools fully complement our research agenda, providing CCAM the opportunity to develop enhanced algorithms to optimize inspection processes.?EU?

The CCAM industry and government consortium now numbers 31 members, including Aerojet Rocketdyne, Airbus, Alcoa, Chromalloy, Kyocera SGS Precision Tools, Newport News Shipbuilding, Oerlikon…
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Tesco Mobile slash the price of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

With Mobile World Congress just around the corner and a raft of new handsets about to be announced, it’s a good time to check for deals on the handsets that are out there now.

Tesco Mobile have just been in touch and they’re offering a pretty good deal on both the iPhone SE and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Not only that, but they’ve also let us know about their “Double data for £10 a month” offer, which is now available to SIM only customers, and you can get 20GB for £20. These SIM only offers are only available until February 26th so you have to be a bit quick. New and existing customers can sign up to this.

Tesco Mobile slash the price of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Meanwhile, on contract for just £35 per month, you can bag the Samsung S7 Edge with 2GB of 4G data and there’s no upfront cost. In addition, the iPhone SE can be taken home for £22.50 per month with no upfront costs, and you can add just £1 per month to double data to 1GB every month.

All monthly deals come with a cap to ensure there’s no “bill shock”. Just choose a plan and select a monthly safety buffer to get going.

Full details area available on tescomobile.com, or head below for the press release. The MVNO is 10% owned by O2 and uses their network.

Tesco Mobile’s family friendly offers just got even better


•    Monthly prices slashed for Samsung S7 Edge and iPhone SE

•    Double data for £10 a month SIM only customers, and 20GB for £20

•    Double data for pay as you go Rocket Packs

•    Capped contracts ensure no nasty bill surprises for families

Tesco Mobile is giving families peace of mind in 2017, by slashing prices and letting them cap their spend to ensure no nasty bill surprises. Today the network has launched a range of cut price pay monthly options for customers to find a contract that suits their wallet.

The Samsung S7 Edge, with 2GB of 4G data, is now just £35 a month, with no upfront cost.

The iPhone SE is also just £22.50 per month, with no upfront costs, and customers are able to add just £1 per month to double their data to 1GB per month.

Tesco Mobile has also doubled the amount of data that new and upgrading SIM-only customers get. For a short time only, customers who join the network and existing customers who are looking to upgrade can get a £10 a month tariff with 2GB of data, instead of 1GB. Customers can also sign up for a whopping 20GB per month for just £20 on a SIM-only contract until 26th February.

With many customers in need of flexibility on the move, Tesco Mobile has also announced it is giving even more value to its pay as you go deals, now with more data than ever before.

Customers will benefit from refreshed Rocket Packs: the all-in-one packs that give customers all the 4G data, minutes and texts they need, in one simple bundle.

From today, customers will receive double the data they had before on £10, £12.50, and £15 top-ups with this handy bundle. For example, a £10 top-up will now receive 1GB data (previously 500MB), 500 minutes, and 5000 texts.

All monthly deals come complete with Capped contracts, to ensure that bills will never be a shock for families. They simply choose a monthly tariff, a monthly safety buffer (just in case they want any extras) and relax with the knowledge that unexpected mobile bills will be a thing of the past.

For more on these deals and other savings to be had, head to tescomobile.com


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  • New Chromebooks released – for the education market.

    New Chromebooks released   for the education market.

    Yeah, Yeah. A couple of Chromebooks, but who cares, they’re for the education market. Why is this a thing? You’re probably right in your thinking. If you were going to get a Chromebook and money was no object, you might decide to grab the Chromebook Pixel, or even one of the specced out versions of the HP Chromebook G1. Maybe you’ll have read up on the reviews that seem to really like the Dell Chromebook 13. Nah, this writer thinks that if you were going to get a new Chromebook, then it would be a new one.

    You know what I’m thinking – and no, it isn’t actually the Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro, or the Asus Chromebook C302 (the big brother to the original Flip).

    Enter Asus, Acer, and Dell. All three of them have put out Chromebooks over the last couple of weeks, during BETT.

    New Chromebooks released   for the education market.


    BETT (the British Educational Training and Technology Show) which closes on 28th Jan, is kind of like an educational hub, which explains why the technology companies would want to show off these Chromebooks here. The specs aren’t what you’d call premium, as they’re built to survive the little pockets of hell that are also called classrooms. Accidents happen. Sometimes, they happen frequently, so if you can ruggedise a device, then the education market will appreciate it. Take Dell. They alone announced three Chromebooks for education: there’s an 11-inch convertible, and topped it off with 11 and 13-inch ‘standard’ Chromebooks. All three of these comply with the MIL-STD 810G standard, which means that the touchpad and keyboard are sealed to stop spills and leaks getting into the chassis, and as Dell advised,

    “a metal bracket adds torque-resistance to the power port. Dell delivers fully rugged products for the harshest environments. Drawing from Dell’s experience building mobile devices for field services, law enforcement, first responders and the military, the new education laptops are designed to ensure students and teachers have the most durable products to rely on, every day.”

    Weirdly (or perhaps not so, considering the price bracket Dell is aiming for), there isn’t any stylus support on the 11-inch convertible. There is one on the Windows variant of the same machine, however. While we don’t have UK prices for these devices as yet, Dell has advised that the US pricing will be $219 for the Chromebook 11, $299 for the Chromebook 13, and the 11-inch convertible will start at $349.

    More information on the Dells can be found here.

    Asus and Acer

    Onto the others. As mentioned previously, Asus and Acer also released a model each, called the Asus Chromebook C213 and the Chromebook 11 Spin respectively. This is where is gets interesting. Both of these use USB-C to charge. In this instance, they’re ahead of the game as Google has decided to standardise on the USB-PD spec for all future devices.

    Here’s the kicker. Along with what is now being marketed as a ‘world view camera’ (still not fully sure what this means), there is a low-end Wacom stylus in both the Acer and Asus models. Naturally, it’ll mean both models will have a digitizer. Together with the version of Android 7.1.1 Play Store being included on Chrome OS, stylus support will become interesting indeed.

    New Chromebooks released   for the education market.

    Acer’s Chromebook has a 360-degree flip hinge, and is likely to ship with 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage. Asus’ own device, the Chromebook Spin 11, is also due to come with 2 USB-C and 2 USB A 3.0 ports, a microSD card slot for expandable storage, and hit the mllspec MIL-STD 810G standard.

    Why I’m so interested? Mostly because of the shot in the arm this may give developers to build better tablet versions of their apps. Let’s face it, it isn’t any surprise to say that Android is lagging in this department, and always has been. Now you have the ability for Android apps to be used on a laptop sized device (let’s call it from 10.2 inches upward), then having the ability for your mobile app to be used on a tablet as well as a laptop is going to have consumers asking devs to up their game.

    Added to that, we now have proof that you can build in touchscreen and stylus support at an attractive price point.

    That can only be a good thing.

    More information on the Acer Chromebook can be found here.

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  • UMI-BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds – Review

    UMI BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds   Review

    The people from UMI have sent us these UMI-BTA8 Bluetooth in-ear headphones. They’re designed to be used if you’re out running or at the gym, but you can wear them if you’re sat on the sofa eating crisps too I guess 🙂

    First up, I should perhaps mention the good things about these headphones. They’re selling on Amazon UK for £19.97 and for $27.99 on Amazon US. They connect to your device via Bluetooth 4.1, so out of the box just need to charge up and get going. It takes around 3 hours to do this and the 100mAh battery sits inside the control buttons so that your earpieces aren’t too heavy. When you plumb them into your ears you’ll find a little voice guide which tells you when the battery is running low and there’s an element of noise cancellation too. The headphones themselves are, in my opinion, no heavier than regular in-ear headphones.

    Other good points? They’re comfortable definitely, and the rubber in-ear attachments hold them in well. These small rubber hooks, when combined with the bendy over-ear cabling, mean that you won’t see them falling onto the floor or out of your ears. It’s also sweat and waterproof – to a degree (rain and sweat yes, but don’t go swimming in them).

    UMI BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds   Review

    Now, sadly, onto the more negative points. Whilst these fit in my ears comfortably and I’m happy to report that the cabling and control system is fine, the sound quality just isn’t good enough. Despite assurances on the Amazon listing that these have “powerful, bass-driven stereo sound”, I found absolutely no evidence of this.

    UMI BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds   Review

    Sure, the quality isn’t terrible and it’s not overly tinny, but there’s no bass to speak of whatsoever, even if you push them further into your ears. I’ve tried these with an iPhone and an LG G5 – same deal on both. They’re fine for a podcast or perhaps some background noise, but these definitely fall into the first of my infamous “Bluetooth headphone categories”, which are as follows..

    1 – Small in-ear headphones which have great battery life but no bass response.
    2 – Small in-ear headphones which don’t have much battery life but deliver excellent bass response.

    These will go for quite some time on the battery – some 6 hours depending on your volume level – but the sound has no bottom end at all. No heftiness, no deeper tones. Just a “tappy tappy” where there should be a “BOOM BOOM”.

    UMI BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds   Review

    The in-line volume and multi-function on / off / pair button works well, but I wouldn’t try making or receiving calls on it unless you totally want to re-think how you wear the headphones. I, as many others, put the cable behind my neck instead of having it angle in front of my neck. This seems to be the natural thing to do so that you can pop one earpiece out should you want a conversation with someone, then it’ll drape over your shoulder. However, the in-line controls sit behind your neck – and guess where the microphone is? Yup, it’s in the controls. This means that nobody can hear you talking unless you change the way that you wear them.

    UMI BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds   Review

    All in all, these are well built but the microphone placement and audio quality needs to be improved. I can perhaps wear them if I’m taking the dog for a walk or if I’m going for a job – they won’t fall out and they’re comfortable to wear, but they’re not going to deliver those banging bass lines unfortunately.

    UMI BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds   Review

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  • Fancy a flying tripod?

    Fancy a flying tripod?

    We’re all aware of drones. They float around and, based on my experience, seem to fly off into neighbours gardens so that I have to sheepishly ask for it back.

    Here we have a new idea. It’s a smartphone case which houses a drone. Just snap it out of the case, set it flying and it’ll do everything else itself. The team behind this call it a flying tripod, as it’ll hover by itself to get the perfect shot.

    This is a great intro just to explain it..

    HD video is recorded onto the device and a lower quality view is sent to your phone so that you can adjust the flight path. Once done, it’ll fold down into a universal flip cover case or dedicated phone case.

    If you want to be part of the action and back the project, head to Kickstarter, where they’ve actually already reached their goal.

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  • Toshiba Wants Out of the Chip-Making Business, and Fast

    Electronics giant Toshiba Corp is looking to sell off a major chunk of its memory chip business, and may eventually look to spin off the unit as a public company. The company said Friday that it is currently seeking an investor to acquire a less than 20 percent stake in the unit as it seeks to offset losses incurred from a multi-billion dollar write-down in its U.S. nuclear business.

    According to reports, the company is hoping the stake sale will generate as much as $1.7 billion for the company. But the stake sale may be only the beginning, as Toshiba may eventually seek to either sell the unit off entirely or take it public.

    Major Shakeup for the NAND Market

    The move is likely to significantly shake up the memory chip sector. Toshiba is the second-largest producer of NAND flash memory after Samsung electronics, and the unit generates the majority of the company?EU?s overall profits.

    The division could prove attractive to a number of strategic and financial buyers, thanks to its role in producing the microchips that power everything from smartphones to digital cameras. Foxconn, for example, is reported to be interested in acquiring microchip production assets to build up its display business.

    Western Digital may be another natural acquirer for the stake, given that it already operates a NAND plant with Toshiba in Japan. Canon, another Japanese company that uses Toshiba?EU?s chips in its digital cameras, has already expressed interest in the stake. Canon also acquired a medical device unit that Toshiba sold in 2015, and that history may help grease the wheels for a second purchase.

    Not Much Time To Sell

    But while Toshiba said it values the unit at anywhere from $9 billion to $13 billion, it may have trouble obtaining the price it wants, given the timing of…
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    Does Trump's Old Android Phone Pose Major Security Threat?

    Donald Trump is a big fan of the phones in the White House. ?EU?These are the most beautiful phones I?EU?ve ever used in my life,?EU? he told the New York Times in an interview this week. It?EU?s not their aesthetics he?EU?s drawn to, but the security built into the system that ensures no one is tapping his calls.

    Unfortunately the president?EU?s love for security doesn?EU?t seem to extend to his smartphone, revealed in the same interview to be an ?EU?old, unsecured Android phone?EU?, which he carries around the White House ?EU?to the protests of some of his aides?EU?. This contradicts previous reports suggesting Trump traded his handset for a ?EU?secure, encrypted device approved by the Secret Service?EU?.

    Android Central analyzed images of Trump using his phone and suggested he likely owns a Samsung Galaxy S3 [model pictured above], first released in 2012 — a phone so old that it would no longer receive any new security updates or major software releases.

    If Trump is still using this device, it represents a major security threat.

    Perhaps the greatest risk, as highlighted by security expert Bruce Schneier, is possibility that the phone could be hacked and turned into an eavesdropping device, listening in on classified conversations.

    ?EU?That Android has a microphone, which means it can be turned into a room bug without anyone?EU?s knowledge. That?EU?s my real fear,?EU? said Schneier.

    In order to turn Trump?EU?s phone into a bug, a malicious hacker could use a phishing attack by sending a link or attachment from a seemingly trusted source — in an email or even a tweet. If Trump were to click on the link or attachment, his phone could become infected with malware that could record what he types, spy on the network the phone is connected to, track his location and start listening to his conversations via…
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    Tesla's New Autopilot Boss Sees Cars as Appliances

    As self-driving electric cars evolve, one of the most interesting changes to watch will be how cars are used, owned and treated. So it’s useful to hear how the people building autonomous-driving technologies think about things.

    Chris Lattner, who is joining Tesla soon as its new VP of Autopilot software — that’s the software that allows Tesla cars to drive themselves — made his thoughts and ambitions clear in a recent interview.

    “I want to accelerate the path to cars being appliances that solve people’s problems,” he told the hosts of Accidental Tech Podcast, a popular and influential show that mostly focuses on Apple and related technology topics.

    Lattner is joining Tesla after 11 years at Apple, where he led several software projects and most recently created Swift, the company’s newish, from-scratch programming language.

    “I obviously need a car,” he said. “Cars are really important. But I’m what I consider to be an ‘un-car person’.”

    “I’m personally not the kind of guy who loves doing oil changes and fiddling around with them. I just want something that is reliable, that works, ideally drives me everywhere I want to go, and I don’t have to think about it,” he said. “It’s solving my problems, it’s not something I have to care for, feed and maintain. That’s the way I look at cars.”

    So why did he want to join Tesla and work on cars?

    “I admit that I never considered going to work at a car company before,” Lattner said.

    “But that’s because I always considered car companies to be not in need of the kinds of skills that I bring. But Autopilot, I think, is a really exciting and really big problem and it kind of fits with my desire to solve nearly impossible problems and take on new things, and so I’m really excited about it.”

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    Facebook Is Copying Yet Another Popular Snapchat Feature

    Here we go again. Facebook is copying another key Snapchat feature: Stories, short user-generated photo and video montages that disappear after 24 hours.

    The new feature is only live in Ireland, the same market where Facebook is testing a few other Snapchat-like features, and a company spokesperson referred to it as a “test.”

    But that test may not last long. “We’re hoping to bring Stories … to the rest of the world in the coming months,” the spokesperson added.

    Instagram already copied Stories back in August and has seen a lot of success with the product. Instagram claims 150 million people use it every day, which is a group as large as Snapchat’s entire user base.

    Given the way Instagram is thinking about Stories, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that parent-company Facebook is adopting it, too. Instagram product boss Kevin Weil recently told Recode that Stories is a format he expects a lot of people will start using, similar to how the hashtag (which started on Twitter) is now widespread online.

    “[We] built on a format that Snapchat invented,” Weil admitted in late December. “We believe that format will be universal.”

    Still, Facebook has not been subtle about its efforts to stomp out Snapchat. It spent most of 2016 cloning Snapchat features, and Stories is yet another sign that CEO Mark Zuckerberg is worried about Snapchat’s rise.

    A report from The Information last April found that “original sharing” on Facebook was declining in 2015; the same thing was happening on Instagram. Adding Stories to Instagram appears to have helped fix that problem, and perhaps it will do the same for Facebook.

    It’s hard to find a silver lining here for Snap, Snapchat’s parent company. CEO Evan Spiegel is about to take the company public and user growth expectations will no doubt be a metric investors look at….
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