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Top new phones launched at the 2017 Mobile Congress

Top new phones launched at the 2017 Mobile Congress

BlackBerry KEYone

Blackberry Keyone Top new phones released at the Mobile CongressBlackBerry has released it’s new ‘KEYone’ handset, featuring the trademark BlackBerry keyboard with a fingerprint sensor built into the space bar. With durability in mind, the  4.5″ HD display is made of Gorilla Glass 4 for scratch and impact resistance and sports an aluminium frame. The KEYone runs on the latest version of Android, 7.1, and features BlackBerry’s Hub, however as always, it’s the renowned BlackBerry security that sets it apart. Featuring the DTEK software, your operating system and apps are monitored, with notifications sent if your privacy is at risk. Further specs include a 12MP rear camera and it’s 3,505mAh battery can be charged up to 50% in 36 minutes.

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra

Sony Xperia XA1 Top new phones released at the Mobile CongressThe XA1 and XA1 Ultra were released as Sony’s ‘mid-range’ phones for those on a budget. The XA1 is the smaller of the two devices with a 5.2″ display, while the ultra stretches to a 6″ full HD screen. Both phones feature 23 MP rear cameras, have 32GB of storage that can be expanded via MicroSD and USB-C charging. However going for the Ultra will give you a 16 MP front camera with flash, clearly overshadowing the XA1’s 8 MP front camera. The Ultra’s battery is also more powerful at 2,700mAh compared to 2,300 mAh.

LG G6

LG G6 Top new phones released at the Mobile CongressMoving away from the aluminium body sported by the previous G5, LG’s new flagship features a metal frame and glass body with 3 colour choices – Ice Platinum, Astro Black and Mystic White. Further improvements include the ability to view 11.3% more content on the G6 screen compared to the G5, thanks to LG’s almost bezel-less design. Specs include 32GB of built-in memory – expandable via MicroSD, a 13 megapixel rear camera and the latest version of the Android operating system, Android Nougat.

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

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The new Huawei flagships are made of glass and metal, and have a similar look to the Apple iPhone. The P10 features a 5.1″ display, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 3,200 mAh battery and a 20 MP monochrome sensor with a 12 MP main sensor. The P10 Plus has similar specs but the includes a 5.5″ display, a larger 3,750 mAh battery, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and the rear camera has a larger aperture.

Moto G5 and G5 Plus

Image result for moto g5 and g5 plusBoth the G5 and G5 Plus feature a metal body design, however the G5 is the smaller of the two with a 5″ display, with the G5 Plus sporting a slightly bigger 5.2″ screen. You’ll be able to choose from 2GB, 3GB or 4GB RAM and 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage variants.  The G5 specs include a 2,800 mAh battery and 13MP camera, while the G5 plus boosts a 3,000mAh battery and 12MP camera.

Samsung’s smart aid for the visually impaired

Samsung’s smart aid for the visually impaired

Samsung is due to show case their new augmented and virtual reality projects at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, later this month, including a smart aid for the visually impaired. The aid also know as ‘Relúmĭno’, will help the visually impaired to watch TV without the need for expensive visual aids.

It works alongside Samsung’s Gear Virtual Reality headset and a mobile app, to enable users to read books and watch TV with better clarity. The app inserts into the Gear VR which enhances the quality of visuals and even text on screen. Blind spots can also be remapped by displacing images and distorted images caused by metamorphosia can be corrected using an Amlser grid.

Alongside Relúmĭno, Samsung is also expected to unveil Monitorless – a pair of glasses that supports both AR and VR, VuildUs – an app that allows you to what furniture looks like in the house before you buy it and finally traVRer –  a 360-degree platform that will let you “experience realistic virtual travel before and after a real-life trip”.

Watch this space for more.

EE Air Masts to cover 4G ‘black spots’

EE Air Masts to cover 4G ‘black spots’

EE has unveiled it’s new airborne technology – Air Masts also formally known as ‘Helikites’. Each balloon is powered by helium and can accommodate mini masts used to provide mobile coverage to areas with little or no 4G reception.

Air Mast

“When we look at our network, rural areas are where most of the work and focus is now needed. But it’s also where it’s the hardest. Connecting rural Britain is one of the hardest things we have to do,”
– EE CEO Marc Allera.

The new tech is made up of 3 pieces:

  • The heli-kite hovers up to 300 feet in the air and can provide 4G coverage over a 4km circumference. It can be deployed in around an hour, and is tethered to the ground from a solid base.

  • The tether also provides power to the balloon, and interestingly this is delivered as digital power in the form of packets, lessening the danger if the tether should be cut while in use.

  • The drone is the fastest deployment option, at 15 minutes, although has a smaller range at 1km. EE said this would be ideal for short-term coverage, ideally for emergency services teams working in a remote area.

There’s still a while to go with patents and further testing that should begin later this year. However wider deployment of the Air Mast balloons may not happen until 2018 or 2019.

Callmaster Mobile to CMM

Callmaster Mobile to CMM

We’ve come a long way since we went it alone in 2008 after a successful MBO from parent company Callmaster. Nearly 10 years on, we’ve trebled in size with a great mix of techies for product knowledge and know how, account managers to get to know and understand customers’ businesses, and sales, marketing and operations to aid the smooth running and growth of Callmaster Mobile. But most importantly, we now support over 500 customers of all shapes and sizes.CMM Meet the Team 3

To ensure there’s no longer any confusion with the original Callmaster for our customers, our next step is to move away from Callmaster Mobile to a full re-brand as CMM. We are also excited to continue expanding our own VoIP and Fixed Line services, alongside mobile, so all your telecoms needs are covered. For more information on our other services, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager on 01252 854352, we are always more than happy to help, or you can view more information via the links below.

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How to use Apple ‘Bedtime’

How to use Apple ‘Bedtime’

Apple ‘Bedtime’ was introduced in iOS 10 to offer you helpful alerts and reminders pre-bedtime to let you know it’s time to un-wind and get to sleep on time. Alongside reminders, Bedtime keep’s track of your sleeping habits. The new Bedtime alarm can be found and adjusted via the native clock app where you’d normally go to set your alarm.

Getting set up

Tap Bedtime, select Get Started

Open the Clock App > Tap the Bedtime tab > Tap Get Started

Choose your time, days of the week, and sleep hours

Select your desired wake-up time and tap Next > Select which days of the week your alarm should go off and tap Next > Choose how many hours of sleep you want and tap Next >

Choose alert time, wake up sound, and save

Choose when you would like your Bedtime Reminder and tap Next > Select your wake-up sound and tap Next > Hit Save in the upper right corner of the screen >

Once set up, you can change your settings by heading back to the Clock app > Bedtime tab > then tap Options in the upper left corner of your screen. Here you can adjust days of the week, your bedtime reminder, wake-up sound, or volume of said wake-up sound. You can also drag the moon icon to change your bedtime, and the bell icon to change your wake up time on the Bedtime dial.

Change bedtime or wake up time

Not only does Bedtime calculate how much sleep you’re supposed to get each night, it also figures out when you actually wake up by monitoring when you pick up your phone and move around,  giving you a far better idea of your sleeping habits. The feature also uses new alarms that steadily increase in volume, and new vibration patterns for a more pleasant wake up.

LG reveal Watch Sport and Watch Style

LG reveal Watch Sport and Watch Style

LG has revealed the Watch Style for the fashion conscious and the Watch Sport for fitness fanatics. Both smartwatches were designed in collaboration with Google and show case Android Wear 2.0 which has also just launched. Some of the best new features include: a new darker design, standalone apps, better notifications, on screen keyboard, fitness challenges, Google Assistant, Google Play and more.

DesignLG Watch

The LG Watch Sport is the chunkier of the two measuring 45.4 x 51.2 x 14.2mm with a 0.18″ larger screen and rubberised fixed strap. It is also slightly more durable with 1P68 water protection compared to the Style’s 1P67 protection. There are three buttons to the right-hand side of the Watch Sport’s circular face, while an optical heart rate scanner sits underneath.

The LG Watch Style is smaller and slimmer, measuring in at 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79mm and featuring an interchangeable Italian leather strap for a more premium look. Both watch’s feature stainless steel casing. The Sport is available in titanium and dark blue, while the style is available in Silver, Titanium and the much-loved trend – Rose Gold. There is only one central button on the right of the Style’s circular display and the bezels surrounding the screen are narrower than the Sport.

LG Sport & Style

Specs

Watch Sport

  • Full circle 1.38-inch OLED display
  • Android Wear 2.0
  • Nano-sim
  • Stainless Steel
  • 4GB, 768MB RAM
  • 430 mAh battery
  • 45.4 x 51.2 x 14.2mm
  • Titanium, Dark Blue
  • 1P68 water protection
  • Optional LTE connectivity within the strap
  • NFC and GPS
Watch Style

  • Full circle 1.2-inch OLED display
  • Android Wear 2.0
  • Stainless Steel
  • 4GB, 512 MB RAM
  • 240 mAh battery
  • 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.8 mm
  • Silver, Titanium, Rose Gold
  • 1P67 water protection

Both smartwatches feature Google Assistant and are thus the first wearable to ultilise Google’s take on Apple’s Siri. Using Google’s Assistant you’ll be able to take notes, send a text or email, set a timer or alarm or in the case of LG Sport, request a step count update or heart rate scan.

Overview

A huge bonus of the LG Watch Sport would have to be LTE connectivity. Using LTE you could stream music while you’re out and about and take calls if you put in a Nano-SIM, without the need for your phone. The Sport also has more RAM and a large battery. However, the Style is advertised as a cheaper alternative at $249 (around £199) compared to the Style at $349 (around £279). Check back at the blog for updates on the UK release and pricing.