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    by Published on 08-13-2018 03:00 PM
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    For those who can remember way back to the fall of 2016, OnePlus saw a literal hole in the market, created by exploding Samsung Note 7 batteries. They decided to put some new internals into their already popular OnePlus 3 and release a mid-season refresh called the OnePlus 3T. Then, last year, they upped the ante a bit with the OnePlus 5T—not only did it run on a newer processor but had a brand-new 18:9 screen as well.

    So here we are in mid-2018 already talking about the successor to a high-end phone that's barely two months old. I tells ya, this business is nuts...

    Anyway, the news: Android Authority reports that Oppo has just announced the R17, shown in the image above. It features an in-display fingerprint reader and, perhaps more importantly, an acceptably-small display notch. Why is this important? Because one, Oppo and OnePlus share the same parent company (BBK Electronics) and two, previous Oppo phones—the R11, R11s and R15—have designs virtually identical to the OnePlus 5, 5T and 6. Google those Oppos if you don't believe me.

    I don't think the fingerprint reader is going to make it over to the 6T, and that's not necessarily a bad thing; it likely wouldn't be as lighting-quick as what OnePlus users currently enjoy. But if that smaller notch shows up on the 6T then my patience in holding out for it will have been justified.

    Oh, and fast wireless charging would also be acceptable.

    Sources: Android Authority, Deccan Chronicle

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    by Published on 08-10-2018 07:30 AM
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    If you thought that every Google Play-enabled Android phone and tablet could play YouTube videos you're not wrong; in a move that reeks of a pointless branding exercise Google has decided to publish a shortlist of recommended "signature devices" for their video-streaming service.

    Here's their criteria for making the list:

    These smartphones can deliver the best-in-class YouTube experience by combining next generation technologies, video performance, and reliability. With a Signature Device, you can enjoy vivid HDR videos, immersive 360° video, and fast video load times—all while using less bandwidth.

    To qualify as a Signature Device, a phone must support high dynamic range, high frame rate, reliable DRM performance, 4K decoding, and use next generation video codecs. We’ve worked with manufacturers to verify these devices meet or exceed our performance expectations.
    And here are the 19 anointed "signature" devices:

    Google Pixel 2
    Google Pixel 2 XL
    Huawei Mate 10 Pro
    HTC U12+
    LG G7 ThinQ
    LG V30
    Nokia 8 Sirroco
    OnePlus 6
    Samsung Galaxy Note8
    Samsung Galaxy Note9
    Samsung Galaxy S8
    Samsung Galaxy S8+
    Samsung Galaxy S9
    Samsung Galaxy S9+
    Sony Xperia XZ2
    Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
    Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
    Xiaomi Mi 8
    Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

    If you own an Android device that's not on this list—or any iPhone, for that matter—you can go ahead and throw it in the garbage now. That, or switch to Vimeo.

    Source: YouTube Device Report via The Verge

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    by Published on 08-09-2018 07:45 AM
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    Way back in the long long ago my trusty sidearm was a Handspring Treo 270, a forebear to the circa-2003 Palm Treo 600 that you're seeing above. We smartphone users take such things for granted now, but back then having a PDA, mobile phone and Internet connection in a single device was nothing short of amazing. My Treo didn't even have a camera.

    That was, of course, some sixteen years ago—ancient history by mobile tech standards. So it's with some bewilderment that I report to you today on a 2018 Palm-branded device which has just stopped by the FCC and WiFi Alliance.

    The Palm PVG100 was spotted by Android Police this week. PVG apparently stands for Palm Ventures Group; it turns out that TCL, which acquired BlackBerry's handset business in 2016, owns the rights to another storied PDA phone brand as well. And as BlackBerry has migrated to Android this new Palm device will likewise be powered by the world's dominant OS.

    If TCL is really going for the whole nostalgia experience here I'd be very interested in seeing what kind of skin this thing ships with.

    Source: Android Police

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    by Published on 08-08-2018 01:01 PM
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    Article Preview



    Until recently, my wife and I used Bluetooth speakers when we wanted to listen to music at home. I figured Bluetooth speakers were the most flexible solution. Pretty much every phone, tablet and computer sold in the last 10 years has it. Bluetooth support is also built right into Android/iOS/Windows so you don’t need any special software to use it. There are also many, many different Bluetooth compatible speakers available at all price points.

    Still, Bluetooth isn’t a perfect solution. I won’t cover all of them here, but for us the 3 biggest shortcomings are the range, support for multiple users or lack thereof, and the fact that the Bluetooth speaker will playback everything that’s playing on your phone including alerts.

    In terms of range, our phones will only stream reliably while we’re in the same room. This is inconvenient if we need to leave the room temporarily with our phone.

    However, the bigger problem is the lack of multiple users. When you turn a Bluetooth speaker on, it usually tries to connect to the last device that was using it. This is fine if I’m the only person trying to use the speaker. However, what happens when I’m around and my wife wants to use it? Switching users can be a hassle.

    Then there’s the fact that Bluetooth speakers playback alerts from your phone. It can get quite irritating when you get a bunch of alerts during your favorite song.

    With these problems in mind we figured we’d try out a Sonos. Sonos has been around for a while, so they have a fairly mature lineup of speakers. I’ve actually wanted to try one for a while but various issues with them me from trying it. ...
    by Published on 07-31-2018 07:30 AM
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    Over the weekend Digital Trends published their findings from tests on the battery life of five high-powered Android devices, plus the iPhone X. The tests included extended sessions with the following activities:

    Facebook
    Gaming
    Google Maps
    Instagram Explore
    SoundCloud
    Video recording
    YouTube

    And here are the results:

    1st place: Huawei P20 Pro (4,000 mAh)
    2nd place: OnePlus 6 (3,300 mAh)
    3rd place: Galaxy S9 Plus (3,500 mAh)
    4th place: iPhone X (2,716 mAh)
    5th place: Pixel 2 XL (3,520 mAh)
    6th place: LG G7 (3,000 mAh)

    With the largest battery of the bunch, it's no surprise that the Huawei P20 Pro lasted the longest. But it's interesting that the OnePlus 6 outlasted the Galaxy S9 Plus and the Pixel 2 XL, which itself was beat by the relatively tiny battery in the iPhone X.

    For more on the testing methodology, and also a video summary, see the link immediately below.

    Source: Digital Trends

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    by Published on 07-30-2018 07:15 AM
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    XDA Forums member dr.guru says:

    I present you some pictures of the pixel 3 xl in white, taken by me. Unfortunately the phone doesn't boot because it was remotely erased by google.


    Despite all the redacted info Android Police deems the photos to be legit, and that this is indeed an engineering prototype Pixel 3 XL in Clearly White. The display notch, signature front-firing speakers and dual selfie cams are consistent with what we've already seen—that is, the leaked CAD renders and screen protectors posted here previously.

    The Pixel 3 XL's code name is apparently "crosshatch", and the variant shown in these photos is the SKU with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Additional photos of the leaked device are available through the links immediately below.

    Source: XDA via Android Police

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    by Published on 07-27-2018 07:45 AM
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    If you've ever wondered how Google employees protect their online security (and yours), it's with these in-house hardware security keys—USB for desktop and laptop computers and Bluetooth, which can additionally be used with Android devices. Google has branded this pair of products "Titan" and, as CNET reports, will soon be selling them in their online store for $25 USD each or $50 for both.

    It's the Bluetooth key in particular that seems a bit contentious. On the one hand you've got security key competitor Yubico, already throwing shade:

    While Yubico previously initiated development of a BLE security key, and contributed to the BLE U2F standards work, we decided not to launch the product as it does not meet our standards for security, usability and durability. BLE does not provide the security assurance levels of NFC and USB, and requires batteries and pairing that offer a poor user experience.
    And on the other you've got CNET itself, which wonders why multi-factor-authentication via Bluetooth can't just be embedded into a Wear OS device.

    There will inevitably be some compromise between safety and security. I can't imagine a world where smartphone users have hardware keys dangling from their USB or Lightning ports, so I guess Bluetooth is better than nothing.

    Source: CNET (1) (2), Yubico

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    by Published on 07-26-2018 07:30 AM
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    While Fitbit repurposes old stock for children, Xiaomi has gone in the other direction, releasing the rather bonkers Mi Bunny 3. For CNY 599, the equivalent of about $90 USD, here's what you get:

    1.41 inch 320 x 360 pixel AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 2.5D
    2 megapixel camera with HD video capture
    Nano SIM slot with LTE support
    GPS / A-GPS
    IPX7 water resistance
    Blue or pink band, 140-220 mm

    Battery capacity is not known, but should last up to 30 hours between charges, similar to a typical Wear OS device. You can also get up to 11 hours of service from just a 10-minute charge. That service includes standalone voice and (I think) video calling; when paired to a smartphone, an app can be used with the watch's camera to identify plants and other real-world objects.

    All this comes with the requisite kid-tracking ability, at least until the kid takes off the watch and leaves it somewhere. Given everything that this particular watch can do, I somehow don't think that's going to be a concern.

    Source: Xiaomi via GSM Arena, Wareable

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    by Published on 07-25-2018 07:15 AM
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    In case you missed this in yesterday's news round-up, Evan Blass has leaked no less than three press images of the next Note on Twitter. And here they are:







    Note that the fingerprint sensor is in a more sensible spot, directly below the camera assembly instead of within it, as on the current Note 8.

    Other details about Samsung's forthcoming phablet remain elusive. It will almost certainly have a 3.5 mm audio jack, will probably have a variable-aperture lens on at least one of its cameras, and there might be a SKU with 512 MB of RAM and a 4,000 mAh battery. We'll know for sure when the Note 9 is officially unveiled on August 9th.

    Source: @evleaks via Android Police

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    by Published on 07-24-2018 07:00 AM
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    Bloomberg dug through the latest report from Ookla and came up with an interesting conclusion, that high-end Android handsets enjoy faster download speeds than the latest iPhones from Apple. There isn't a huge difference in numbers, but in this age of the $1,000 USD smartphone it's certainly something to consider.

    Here are the ranked average download speeds for current flagship devices across the USA:

    Samsung Galaxy S9 - 38.9 Mbps
    Samsung Galaxy S9+ - 38.4 Mbps
    Google Pixel 2 - 34.4 Mbps
    Google Pixel 2 XL - 33.9 Mbps
    iPhone X - 29.7 Mbps
    iPhone 8 Plus - 29.4 Mbps
    iPhone 8 - 28.6 Mbps

    It's especially interesting that the data comes from Ookla and their Speedtest app. Unlike OpenSignal, which uses a content distribution network (CDN) to indicate typical network speeds, Ookla uses servers as close as possible to the end user, and is thus more likely to skew network numbers towards their very best.

    Another factor which might be affecting the results is sample size. Bloomberg admits to a disparity in the test pools between Apple and Samsung—over six hundred thousand samples from the iPhone X were collected, compared to less than two hundred thousand tests each for the two variants of the Galaxy S9.

    Source: Bloomberg via iPhone in Canada

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    by Published on 07-18-2018 08:00 AM
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    Blancco Technology Group, apparent specialists in mobile device diagnostics, have released a report naming and shaming the least reliable smartphones and smartphone brands. The report includes both Android and Apple devices, and all results are based on data collected during the last quarter of 2017.

    Top 10 Android Models by Failure Rate

    Xiaomi Redmi 4 (9%)
    Moto G5 Plus (6%)
    Lenovo K8 Note (5%)
    Nokia 6 (4%)
    Samsung Galaxy S7 (3%)
    Samsung Galaxy S8+ (3%)
    Samsung Galaxy S7 Active (3%)
    Xiaomi Redmi Y1 (2%)
    Samsung Galaxy S6 (2%)
    Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (2%)

    Top 10 Android OEMs by Failure Rate

    Samsung (34%)
    Xiaomi (13%)
    Motorola (9%)
    LG (7%)
    Lenovo (6%)
    InFocus (4%)
    Nokia (4%)
    Huawei (4%)
    OnePlus (3%)
    ZTE (2%)

    Keep in mind that the top two offenders also have the lion's share of the global Android market.

    Top 5 Android Issues Worldwide

    Performance (27%)
    Camera (5%)
    Microphone (4%)
    Headset (4%)
    Speaker (3%)

    Top 10 iPhone Models by Failure Rate

    iPhone 6 (26%)
    iPhone 6S (14%)
    iPhone 6S Plus (9%)
    iPhone 7 Plus (9%)
    iPhone 6 Plus (9%)
    iPhone 7 (8%)
    iPhone 5s (6%)
    iPhone SE (6%)
    iPhone 8 Plus (2%)
    iPhone 5 (2%)

    It's unclear from the report whether Apple's failure rates are compared against just other iPhones, or all devices tested.

    Top 5 iOS Issues Worldwide

    Bluetooth (3%)
    WiFi (3%)
    Headset (2%)
    Mobile Data (2%)
    Reception (1%)

    Failure Rates by Market

    Asia
    Apple (26%)
    Android (21%)

    Europe
    Android (40%)
    Apple (36%)

    North America
    Apple (12%)
    Android (9%)

    Feel free to add your own anecdotal observations below!

    Source: Blancco PDF via TechSpot

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    by Published on 07-17-2018 06:45 AM
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    In honour of the continuing Prime Day festivities, Brad Linder of Liliputing has put together a helpful guide to making that cheap and cheerful Android-powered Amazon tablet a bit more useful. Take it away, Brad:

    In a nutshell you can root the Amazon Fire HD 10, but not the latest Fire HD 8 or Fire 7 models. But you can install the Google Play Store and/or alternate app launchers on any of Amazon’s current tablets.
    Further to that, the Fire HD 10 isn't actually available to Canada—so if, like me, you're a Canadian who wants a rooted Fire tablet I'm afraid you're out of luck. There's still some neat tricks you can pull on the HD 8 or 7 model, though... Brad posted a separate guide on how to get Google Play on the HD 8 (which also works on the HD 10); for the Fire 7 there's either a sketchy-looking Windows tool or a more straightforward collection of downloads from the reputable APKMirror, run by Android Police.

    As for the Fire HD 10 there are at least two known exploits tested by XDA. Unfortunately none of Amazon's tablets have unlockable bootloaders like the Nexus tablets of days gone by. Anyway, all the links you need are in the post directly below. Happy modding, and be careful!

    Source: Liliputing

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    by Published on 07-12-2018 08:00 AM
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    Patrick Wardle, a former hacker for the NSA, found an unusual bug in iOS. Found in v11.3 it has since been fixed in v11.4.1, but what makes the bug so interesting is that it seems to originate from code written specifically to appease the Chinese government.

    A Taiwanese friend complained to Wardle that her iPhone crashed every time she typed the word "Taiwan" or received a message with the Taiwanese flag emoji. Wardle was easily able to reproduce the bug using iMessage, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. The device in question was not jailbroken and fully-patched, and its region was set to the USA. What ended up triggering the bug was the additional option of a Chinese-language keyboard.

    What's supposed to happen—and only when the phone's region is set to China (as in "People's Republic of...")—is that any input of "Taiwan" returns a null value—that is, a blank emoji or "word not found". This is because the PRC does not recognize Taiwan ROC ("Republic of China") as a sovereign nation.

    While Apple can be criticized for kowtowing to the PRC, at least they limit the censorship to within China itself. Other businesses, like Air Canada, display Taiwan as a province of China in their destination listings for all markets worldwide.

    Source: Objective-See via Ars Technica

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    by Published on 07-11-2018 07:00 AM
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    Mobvoi's TicWatch Pro went on sale yesterday. This new Wear OS device promises up to 30 days of battery life, even with its power-hungry Snapdragon chip. To accomplish this feat its OLED display hides under a second film-compensated super twisted nematic (FSTN) screen. It's an idea similar to what Casio has done with Pro-Trek smartwatches—when not in use only the top layer is lit. In the case of the TicWatch battery life can be extended for up to five days, and the FSTN screen has the added benefit of being readable in bright sunlight.

    That's what Mobvoi calls "smart mode". Now the bad news: to get that 30 days battery life you'll have to switch to "essential mode", which actually powers down Wear OS entirely and just gives you the FSTN display. It's better than nothing, but hardly a smartwatch. Speaking of smartwatch, here are the specs:

    1.39 inch 400 x 400 pixel OLED + FSTN display
    Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor
    512 MB RAM / 4 GB storage
    Heart rate sensor / NFC
    415 mAh battery
    IP68 water resistance

    Mobvoi was selling the TicWatch Pro on their own site yesterday, but now seem to be pushing it exclusively through Amazon. It retails for $250 USD, and also ships to Canada. If I'm not mistaken this is currently the cheapest option to get Google Pay on your wrist.

    Source: Droid Life
    by Published on 07-10-2018 07:00 AM
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    Yesterday Microsoft announced a new Surface tablet aimed at education markets, seeking to do battle against cheap Chromebooks and entry-level iPads. They're calling it the Surface Go; notable specs are as follows:

    10 inch 3:2 "PixelSense" display @ 1800 x 1200 pixels
    Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor
    8 MP rear camera / 5 MP front camera
    4 or 8 GB RAM / 64 GB eMMC or 128 GB SSD + microSDXC
    9 hour battery life
    3.5 mm audio jack, Surface Connect, USB 3.1 Type C
    Windows Home S (downloads from the Windows Store only)

    The first available variants will have WiFi connectivity only; upmarket options with LTE and/or a 256 GB SSD will go on sale at a later date.

    Starting price for the Surface Go is set at $399 USD or $549 CAD. The optional Type Cover will set you back an additional $99 USD / $128.99 CAD, and the mouse an additional $34.99 USD / $44.99 CAD. No word yet on Canadian pricing for the $99 USD pen accessory.

    Pre-orders for the Surface Go start today, and will start shipping on August 2nd.

    Sources: Mobile Syrup, XDA

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    by Published on 07-09-2018 07:15 AM
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    Gadget Hacks has published a list of more than one hundred dialer codes specific to OnePlus devices. Some are also specific to certain carriers; others I've not seen posted anywhere else, so I'm sharing them for OnePlus users here.

    IMEI/MEID
    Code:
    *#06# .....show IMEI and MEID
    *#66# .....show and encrypt IMEI and MEID
    Firmware and Software
    Code:
    *#1234# or *#*#1234#*#* ....check firmware and build number
    *#6776# OR *#*#1111#*#*.....view full software details
    *#*#4986*2650468#*#* .......check firmware versions for pda, phone, hardware and rfcalldate
    Weather App
    Code:
    *#*#1288#*#* ......select from a list of cities, add new cities
    *#*#33344#*#* .....weather location selection
    *#*#3345678#*#* ...weather option setting
    *#*#55688#*#* .....weather app full screen
    Reset
    Code:
    *#8778# ...............resets device, with confirmation
    *#*#7780#*#* ..........erases google account, third-party apps, and all associated data, with confirmation
    *#*#947322243#*#* .....instant data wipe, no confirmation
    *2767*3855# ...........completely wipes device and reinstalls firmware
    Engineer Mode
    Code:
    *#36446337# .......enter engineer mode
    *#268# ............view qualcomm settings
    *#888# ............view hardware pcb version and qr code
    *#9090# ...........diagnostic configuration
    *#*#2222#*#* ......fta hardware version
    *#*#2663#*#* ......touch screen version
    *#*#3264#*#* ......ram version
    *#12580*369# ......software and hardware information
    *#*#232337#*# .....shows bluetooth device address
    *#*#232338#*#* ....shows wifi mac address
    *#*#1472365#*#* ...gps
    Manual Test Mode
    Code:
    *#808# ..........enter manual test mode
    *#99# ...........toggle always-on display
    *#800# ..........log test settings
    *#801# ..........engineering switch test mode
    *#802# ..........gps time-to-first-fix test mode
    *#803# ..........engineering wifi setting
    *#804# ..........automatic disconnect test mode
    *#805# ..........engineering bluetooth test mode
    *#806# ..........engineering aging test mode
    *#807# ..........engineering automatic test mode
    *#809# ..........enter engineering mic echo test mode
    *#814# ..........automatically searches for available tdscdma carriers
    *#824# ..........automatic search for available wcdma carriers
    *#834# ..........automatic search for available lte carriers
    *#844# ..........automatic search for available gsm carriers
    *#900# ..........test photograph rgb
    *#*#0*#*#** .....lcd display test
    *#*#0283#*#* ....packet loopback
    *#*#0289#*#* ....melody test
    *#*#0588#*#* ....proximity sensor test
    *#*#0673#*#* ....melody test
    *#*#0842#*#* ....test vibration and backlight
    *#*#1575#*#* ....advanced gps testing
    *#*#2664#*#* ....touch screen test
    *#*#7668#*#* ....checks for root
    *#*#232331#*#* ..bluetooth test
    For carrier-specific codes, plus a list of secret codes with unknown functions, see the link immediately below.

    Source: Gadget Hacks

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    by Published on 07-03-2018 06:45 AM
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    Just a few weeks ago I posted about the escalating arms race in smartphone cameras—specifically the rising number of lens assemblies on the backs of premium units. In that post was a photo of the Light L16, a $2,000 USD compact camera capable of stitching together a 52 megapixel image from its array of 16 lenses.

    And wouldn't you know it, Light is making a phone now.

    The photo above is a prototype sporting no less than nine lenses (plus flash), published by The Washington Post in a feature on future phone tech. Depending on your subject as few as five lenses will be needed for any one shot, but the resulting photo will have a resolution of 64 megapixels—even better than Light's current standalone camera.

    The first Light-branded smartphone will almost certainly run Android, and will likely be built by Foxconn, which has enjoyed a strategic relationship with the company since 2015. There's no word yet on when it's coming to market, but look for an official announcement later this year.

    Source: Washington Post via Tom's Guide

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    by Published on 07-02-2018 09:15 AM
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    Best. Canada Day. Ever.

    For the past two weeks or so I've been cycling through my small collection of Pebbles (a Time, Time Steel and P2SE) and have come to realize that there's still nothing quite like them. The Amazfit Bip does have a similar always-on display but Pebble has buttons, live updating weather (the Bip has only a daily forecast) and voice replies. The Bip has better battery life and fitness tracking, but the Pebble is the better smartwatch of the two.

    Weather and voice dictation were set to be cut off from Pebbles yesterday, as Fitbit (who acquired the company's assets in November, 2016) prepares to shut down the legacy app store and web services. So imagine my surprise and delight when I came across this post on reddit from a member of the Rebble team, informing Pebblers that Rebble Web Services were powered up and ready to go:

    Enter the Rebble Era

    As detailed in our last blog post, existing Pebble users had the option to retain their Pebble account data by linking their Rebble accounts before the Pebble service End of Life on June 30th. Even if you missed out on the chance to link accounts, or are a new user (welcome!), the process for transitioning to RWS is the same:

    • log into (or create) your Rebble account at https://auth.rebble.io/ on your mobile device (it should already have the official Pebble app installed)
    • (optionally) subscribe to get weather and dictation services (and even better: support the project!) via your account page
    • visit https://boot.rebble.io/ from your mobile device to switch the Pebble app to Rebble Web Services!!!
    Without a paid subscription to RWS you'll still get access to all the old Pebble apps and watchfaces, but if you're willing to pony up a mere $3 USD per month (or $33/year) then your Pebble will have access to voice dictation and weather, just like before. There are currently over thirty-six thousand Pebblers subscribed to r/pebble—if half of them got a yearly subscription Rebble would take in well over half a million bucks for their efforts. If Eric Migicovsky had only thought of this, maybe Pebble would still be around.

    The next best thing is Rebble; thanks to them my favourite smartwatch is back from the dead!

    Source: rebble.io via r/pebble

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    by Published on 06-29-2018 07:15 AM
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    4. Carriers



    PCMag had a sit-down with OnePlus CEO Pete Lau at the Shanghai, China edition of Mobile World Congress, where it was revealed that the upstart OEM was not only working on a 5G-capable smartphone for next year, but looking to sell it through a carrier channel in the U.S. as well:

    Lau said OnePlus wants to go with carrier sales because it lets more people in the U.S. have hands-on time with phones before buying them, which so far people have only been able to do at periodic pop-up events.

    Lau didn't specify a carrier, or whether he is talking to more than one carrier. The OnePlus 6 currently works well on AT&T's and T-Mobile's networks, but as the company uses common Qualcomm chipsets, it's conceivable that it could make a phone that works with any US carrier.
    As a OnePlus user myself I'm skeptical about this, and not just because of the company's prevalence towards #HYPE. Since their second release OnePlus has made it their mission statement to sell dual-SIM hardware, and I can't ever see AT&T selling a phone that could undercut their revenue by allowing a SIM from another provider. Also, OnePlus currently sells a single SKU (plus available upgrades for storage and RAM) that supports most networks around the world. Unless their 5G modem is going to support CDMA-based networks as well, they're going to have a fragmentation problem on their hands.

    On the other hand, it was a joy to see OnePlus hardware on display in the carrier shops of Copenhagen; if they can score a similar deal with a carrier in the U.S. then good for them. I just don't think it's ever going to happen.

    Source: PCMag.com

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    by Published on 06-28-2018 07:00 AM
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    This is some next-level phone protection right here. If you drop your device while it's in this prototype case, a built-in motion sensor will immediately detect the fall and deploy a set of eight metal springs to cushion the impact. The case can then be reset by folding the springs back into the case, not unlike the knife on a switchblade.

    It works better than you might think, and can be seen in action right here.



    The clever mind responsible for this feat is German engineering student Philip Frenzel, seen here modeling a T-shirt with a snazzy logo for his invention. Frenzel took home the top prize from a national competition put on by the German Society for Mechatronics; something tells me we'll be seeing his invention on Kickstarter sometime soon.

    Source: PREVIEW Online (German) via TechCrunch

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    This didn't take long. A buyer contacted me directly with a reasonable offer $175 as family friends payment. I took it. Not the $230 I was asking, but considering fees and shipping it comes out to...

    GPz1100 Today, 03:39 PM Go to last post
    cali_stud

    nope i am dumping my moto z3 for a sammy s10 5g...

    nope i am dumping my moto z3 for a sammy s10 5g as the z3 is the worst phone i ever owned. i just opened up another line and added the sammy and i plan to swap sims and suspend the moto and pay it...

    cali_stud Today, 03:38 PM Go to last post
    bowen43

    Thanks - I'll give that a try

    Thanks - I'll give that a try

    bowen43 Today, 03:34 PM Go to last post
    SaOn

    Could you elaborate on exactly what I need to...

    Could you elaborate on exactly what I need to tell/ask the Tracfone support? Do I simply say "I would like to transfer my existing Tracfone minutes/text/data to this new phone with IMEI ***", or do...

    SaOn Today, 03:30 PM Go to last post