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    by Published on 07-18-2018 08:00 AM
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    3. Commentary and Analysis



    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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    2. Devices,
    3. How-To



    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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    2. Devices,
    3. News



    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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    2. Devices,
    3. Tips



    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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    2. Devices,
    3. Rumors



    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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    2. Devices



    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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    2. Devices,
    3. Rumors,
    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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    2. Devices,
    3. News



    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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    by Published on 06-27-2018 10:45 AM
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    2. Devices,
    3. Rumors



    For whatever it's worth, reputable leaker Steve H.—aka @OnLeaks—has posted some renders of the new Pixel phones set for release this autumn. Image galleries and video renders of both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can be found on a site called My Smart Price. I've no idea why, either.

    Steve was pretty spot-on with renders of the 2nd-gen Pixels that were making the rounds this time last year; these new renders are also based on factory designs, so there's good reason to believe that they're similarly legit. Those in the market for a new Pixel this year will be pleased to see that the dual front-firing speakers on both models make a return appearance, along with what looks like dual-lens selfie cams. The differences? The Pixel 3 XL will have a 6.2 inch 19:9 display with notch, while the Pixel 3 will have a 5.4 inch 18:9 display and will be notch-free.

    I'm not embedding the video renders here only because they pale in comparison to the stunning high-resolution images. Check 'em out at the first link below!

    Source: My Smart Price News via @OnLeaks on Twitter

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    by Published on 06-26-2018 06:44 AM
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    2. Devices,
    3. Rumors



    If you hadn't yet heard, the 9th edition of the original phablet is to be announced at an event in New York City on August 9th, and shipping a few weeks after that. Droid Life has apparently found the device's listing at the FCC, with the model number SMN960F.



    The 'F' in SMN960F likely indicates an international version, so there's no need to panic if you don't see your LTE band in the screen grab above.

    Aside from the expected processor upgrades and the almost certain inclusion of a variable aperture camera system similar to the Galaxy S9, the Note 9 is rumoured to have a whopping 4,000mAh battery and an available version with 512GB of storage—but only for China and South Korea. There will be no display notch, but there will be a 3.5mm audio jack.



    Here's a render of the Note 9 from 91Mobiles and Onleaks. The lead graphic at the top of the post is from another reputable leaker on Twitter.

    Sources: 91Mobiles, Droid Life, @Universeice

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    by Published on 06-21-2018 07:15 AM
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    2. Devices,
    3. Rumors



    If Mac Otakara is to be believed, this is Apple's iPhone lineup for 2018. And why should Mac Otakara be believed? Apparently that same site first broke the news that Apple was ditching the headphone jack on 2016's iPhone 7.

    What we're looking at here are dummy units—that is, 3D-printed shells designed using leaks from Apple's supply chain. An updated 5.8 inch iPhone X (centre) will be joined by a 6.4 inch Plus model (right) and a 6 inch budget model with larger bezels (left). We don't yet know what the nomenclature of the phones will be, but it does appear that Apple is going all-in on the notch.

    The dummy units were purchased from an unnamed seller on Alibaba. To give you a better idea of their size Mac Otakara also uploaded a video to YouTube:



    From the video you'll see that the budget iPhone has only a single camera lens assembly on the back. It will apparently have an LCD display as well, whereas the other two models with have an OLED panel like the current iPhone X. According to Forbes the budget iPhone will retail for $400 USD less than the supersized Plus model.

    Of course, we won't know anything for sure until September, but this leaker does have some credibility, for whatever that's worth.

    Source: Mac Otakara (Japanese) via Forbes

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    by Published on 06-18-2018 07:15 AM
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    2. Devices,
    3. Rumors



    Before anything else I need to make it perfectly clear that this is only a render. There has been no firm indication from Motorola that their iconic Razr, the impossibly-thin feature phone that conquered the world in the early 2000s, is making a comeback. All we have at the moment are unsubstantiated rumours.

    There is, however, some hard evidence that Moto is planning some sort of foldable smartphone.



    These illustrations, courtesy of the Dutch site Let's Go Digital, are from a filing submitted by Motorola to the World Intellectual Property Organization, clearly showing a device with a flexible hinge and display. Unfortunately that display bends along the device's vertical, rather than horizontal, axis. What difference does that make? Back to the render we go!



    Again, this is only one fan's flight of fancy, and in no way represents any confirmed hardware designs from Motorola. But hey, we can still dream, right?

    Sources: Let's Go Digital (Dutch), T3

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    by Published on 06-15-2018 06:30 AM
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    2. Devices,
    3. Apps



    Rebble.io, the small outfit with the lofty goal of replacing Pebble web services with their own, are taking names—literally. In a blog post yesterday they announced that accounts can now be created using an existing sign-in from either Facebook, GitHub, Google or Twitter.

    It's important that interested users do this sooner rather than later, and take the additional step of connecting their existing Pebble account to Rebble. This will ensure that your Pebble data will be imported before the servers shut down on June 30th. Registering will also help the Rebble team gauge just how many Pebblers they'll be providing service to.

    I myself am interested in Rebble for two critical Pebble features: voice replies and weather data. Those features may or may not be ready when the Pebble servers go dark and Rebble lights up. I'm certainly willing to give them a chance; my Amazfit Bip is currently taking a break while I'm getting reacquainted with Pebble, and its music (and podcast) controls plus the critical features mentioned above make it a better smartwatch than the Bip.

    Source: Rebble Blog

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    by Published on 06-11-2018 07:15 AM
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    2. Devices



    If you're not a fan of dongles, subpar Bluetooth audio or user-hostile design choices then you might appreciate this rather exhaustive list of currently available smartphones with onboard 3.5mm audio jacks. Put together by The Verge, it includes 41 Android devices and a single iPhone. For your reference, here's a condensed version of the list:

    High-end

    ASUS ZenFone 5z
    LG G7
    OnePlus 6
    Samsung Galaxy Note 8 / Galaxy S9 / Galaxy S9+
    Vivo V9

    Midrange

    BLU PURE VIEW / VIVO ONE PLUS / VIVO XL3 / VIVO XL3 PLUS
    HTC Desire 12+
    Honor View 10
    iPhone SE
    MEIZU 15 / 15 LITE / 15 PLUS / E3
    Moto G4 / G5 Plus / G5S / G6 / G6 Play / X4
    Sony Xperia L2 / XA2 / XA2 Ultra
    Vivo X21 / Y71

    Low-end

    Alcatel 1X / 3V
    ASUS ZenFone Max Plus
    BLU STUDIO VIEW
    LG K20 / Stylo 3
    Moto E4 / E4 Plus / E5 Play / E5 Plus
    Samsung A6 / Galaxy J7 V
    Sonim XP8

    The Verge has pledged to update the list as (hopefully) more headphone jack-enabled phones come to market. If there's anything missing, feel free to add it below...

    Source: The Verge

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    by Published on 06-07-2018 10:19 AM
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    2. Devices,
    3. Reviews and Hands-on
    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. After all, 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.

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    by Published on 05-31-2018 07:00 AM
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    2. Devices



    Xiaomi announced a whack of new products yesterday, and here's the pick of the litter. Say hello to the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, featuring a see-through back, in-display fingerprint sensor, 3D face scanner and (unfortunately) a display notch. About the only thing missing is a 3.5 mm audio jack, but Xiaomi will at least include a USB-C to audio adapter in the box. Other specs are as follows:

    6.21 inch 1080 x 2248 pixel AMOLED display @ 402 ppi
    Snapdragon 845 processor
    8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage
    12 MP OIS + 12 MP 2x telephoto rear cameras
    20 MP selfie cam
    3,000 mAh battery
    Dual nano SIM (no microSD)
    MIUI 10 / Android 8.1

    The unlocked price for this beast is expected to be the equivalent of around $580 USD. Whether or not the Mi 8 will support North American LTE bands has yet to be confirmed. And here's the really bad news: this Explorer Edition will only see a limited production run, so it's going to be especially hard to find.

    Sources: Engadget, GSM Arena

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    by Published on 05-30-2018 06:45 AM
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    2. Devices,
    3. News



    A student a the University of Guelph has been fined $400 CAD for distracted driving, with the presiding judge ruling that an Apple Watch qualifies as a handheld device.

    The student was stopped at a red light when a campus police officer pulled up beside her. The officer saw her head facing downwards and a glow from an electronic device lighting up her face. She failed to proceed when the traffic light turned green and was charged on the spot with driving while holding a handheld communication device, prohibited under the Province of Ontario's Highway Traffic Act.

    After the case was heard in court the justice wrote the following in his ruling:

    “Despite the Apple Watch being smaller than a cellular phone, on the evidence it is a communication device capable of receiving and transmitting electronic data. While attached to the defendant’s wrist it is no less a source of distraction than a cell phone taped to someone’s wrist. It requires the driver to change their body position and operate it by touch.”
    The student pleaded that she was only checking the time—which she's either really bad at or is lying about altogether. The only thing I can say in her defence is that checking the time on a smartwatch would indeed be easier if that smartwatch had an always-on display.

    Source: Guelph Today

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    by Published on 05-29-2018 06:45 AM
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    2. Devices,
    3. Rumors



    The only thing I can say with any confidence about this photo is that the timing seems right. Google's third pair of Pixel phones will almost certainly be announced this fall, and it would make sense that their design would be more or less finalized at this point. But the source of this alleged leak? Well, that's another matter altogether. It's literally some random Weibo account (crossposted to Slashleaks) and purports to show the tempered glass screen protectors for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

    If the photos and what's in them are legit, they give us a pretty good idea of what the new Pixels will look like, at least from the front: the smaller Pixel 3 will have a 2:1 screen ratio for the first time and the Pixel 3 XL will have a notch—entirely expected given that notch support will be native to Android P. The top and bottom cutouts would also suggest front-facing stereo speakers for both devices, and perhaps dual selfie cams as well.

    Looking back at last year's Pixel 2s it wasn't until June that we even found out what the codenames were. So this "leak" may in fact be a lie.

    Source: Slashleaks via Android Central

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