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HTC U11

HTC U11

Design

The new U11 by HTC features a liquid glass surface, formed by layering highly-refractive minerals across the phone’s back cover. The new design means the U11 reflects vivid new colours that transform light with movement. HTC has updated the design further with a new seamless curved look. Finally, the U11 sports a 5.5″ 3D glass screen designed to preserve the authenticity of the image, making for a pretty impressive viewing experience.

Key Specs

  • 5.5″ 3D glass screen
  • 12MP camera
  • Android 7.1
  • 64GB storage – expandable via MicroSD card slot
  • 6GB RAM
  • 3000mAh battery

Key Features

Most notably, the U11 features HTC’s new ‘Edge Sense’ technology. Edge Sense means the sides of the phone react to your touch and you can give the U11 a ‘squeeze’ to perform a command. For example one squeeze could open Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest or you could use the gesture to summon Google’s Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa.

Beyond virtual assistants, the U11 also provides an ‘Al companion’ that is smarter than ever before. The HTC Sense Companion learns your daily patterns over time in order to offer you convenient and useful support, for example your companion will learn your tastes and recommend new restaurants for you to try. Further features include weather updates, fitness tracking and goals, interesting places nearly by and reminders to power up your battery.

HTC U11 Al Companion

Finally, HTC USonic has been updated to include active noise cancellation technology. The new technology continuously monitors the sound levels in your environment and adjusts to new noises or disturbances to reduce distractions around you.

Get in touch

For more information on the HTC U11 or for SIM-free and pay monthly tariff prices, please do not hesitate to get in touch via sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. We are always more than happy to help.

How to set up Samsung Find My Phone

How to set up Samsung Find My Phone

Samsung Find My Phone takes a few minutes to set up and will allow you to remotely lock your device, block access to Samsung Pay and even wipe data from your device in the unfortunate case that it is lost or stolen.

Samsung Find My Phone

1) Head to your settings via the homescreen

2) Tap the ‘Lock screen and security’ icon

3) Go to ‘Find My Mobile’

4) Tap ‘Samsung account’

5) Enter your Samsung account details

How it works

Once set up, you’ll be able to use Find My Phone to locate your device and make your phone ring at its maximum volume if it’s nearby. While you’re on the hunt, you can remotely lock the screen to automatically lock Samsung Pay as well as the power button, and check the call logs for up to 50 missed calls.

Samsung Find My Phone

Better yet, you can even set a notification so when someone changes the SIM card on your lost device, you can find out the new number at the Find My Mobile website. You can also register a family member, colleague or friend as a ‘guardian’ at Find My Mobile, allowing them to locate your device, make your phone ring and activate Emergency mode.

At CMM we offer a free service which includes being able to lock and wipe devices, as well as an Enterprise version for ultimate control and security of your business mobiles – with a free 14 day trial available. Click here to find out more.

Samsung Pay now available in the UK

Samsung Pay now available in the UK

As of May 16th, Samsung users will be pleased to know Samsung Pay is now available as a contactless mobile payment service in the UK – a year after the release of Google’s Android Pay and two years behind Apple Pay.

Compatible devices

Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy A3 & Galaxy A5 (2017) and the J series (2017).

Credit and Debit cards

MasterCard or Visa Cards by mbna, Nationwide, HSBC, First Direct, M&S Bank or Santander can be added to the Pay feature, with Samsung due to partner with more banks and building societies in the future. Up to 10 payment cards can be uploaded and you’ll be able to choose and change your default card as you wish.

Samsung Pay - S8 with Santander card

You can also upload up to 300 loyalty cards at selected merchants in the UK allowing you to accumulate and redeem points. And you can set up a card as a ‘transport card’ to use on TfL (Transport for London) services. Included services are the Tube, London Buses, London Trams, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus and most National Rail services in London. With the transport card you can simply touch the middle section of your phone against the card reader without the need to wake your device or verify with a fingerprint, iris scanner or PIN. Not only will this give you a shortcut when you’re running late for your train but it’s also covered by the same fraud protection that your bank gives your credit and debit cards so you can pay confidently even without the verification process.

Security features

When it comes to other cards you’ll be able to authenticate transactions by your fingerprint, pin number or iris scanner. In the unfortunate case that your device is lost or stolen, you’ll be able to remotely lock or erase your Samsung Pay account with Find My Mobile. Samsung’s Knox technology is also in place to constantly monitor your phone ensuring your information is safe, while tokenization creates a unique randomised set of numbers at each new transaction so your real card number is never used from your phone.

How to use Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay can be downloaded from the Samsung Galaxy Apps store. Once you’ve signed into your account, you’ll go through the security authentication process – scanning your fingerprint or iris and entering a pin. To add your cards you’ll need to snap a picture and provide your signature where necessary then you’re ready to use the new service virtually anywhere you can tap your contactless card – however it’s worth noting a limit of £30 may apply depending on merchant policies. As long as you have an internet connection you’ll receive a push notification to your phone after each transaction so you can keep track of all your transactions – you can also do so via the app for each card by tapping on it.

The best & worst UK cities for 4G Coverage

The best & worst UK cities for 4G Coverage

Analyst OpenSignal partnered with Which? to measure data from mobile phones in 20 cities across the UK. After analysing 535,415,861 measurements from 30,793 devices between December 1st 2016 and February 28th 2017, they ranked 20 of the biggest towns and cities from top to bottom based on their 4G availability.

OpenSignal & Which

Top 5

  • Middlesbrough/Teesside – 82.7%
  • Sheffield – 79.3%
  • Sunderland – 79%
  • Leicester – 78.6%
  • Leeds/West Yorkshire – 78.2%

Bottom 5

  • Bournemouth/Poole – 67.5%
  • Southampton/Portsmouth – 69.6%
  • Cardiff – 71.8%
  • Nottingham – 73.3%
  • London – 73.6%

The report also looked at average 4G download speeds across the UK, finding Stoke-on-Trent to be the fastest city and Brighton the slowest. Which? says big cities often suffer from sub-par mobile networks because it is more difficult to build towers and masts in built-up urban areas.

The findings will be of particular concern to businesses which see good mobile connectivity as vital to a competitive economy – BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.

Full results

Full results

Apple Siri Smart Speaker Rumours

Apple Siri Smart Speaker Rumours

Rumour has it, Apple will be releasing a Siri Smart Speaker to compete with Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo speaker and the Google Home Speaker. It’s expected that the new iOS device will be announced at the WWDC (Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference). The 2017 conference will be held from June 5th – 9th.

WWDC

Apparently the new device will use Siri as a voice interface to stream music, control HomeKit, report weather and news and even perform Web searches. The HomeKit feature of the Speaker would include the ability to control smart home accessories like lights, locks, and curtains all through voice activation. It’s also believed that the new speaker will carry some form of Beats technology, unsurprisingly after Apple bought head-phone maker Beats electronics for $3bn back in 2014.

Image result for beats technology

Apple Maps integration is also a possibility, which Apple is considering so Siri could alert you exactly when to leave the house for an appointment. Finally, it’s rumoured that the device will also feature facial recognition after Apple’s acquisition of Faceshit and Emotient, which may help the device act based on who is in a room or by your emotional state. The Siri Smart Speaker would notably be the first new piece of Apple hardware introduced since the Apple Watch and we can only hope Apple will go ahead with the release and combine Beats renowned audio capabilities with your own personal assistant.

EU Roaming Charges end this June 2017

EU Roaming Charges end this June 2017

From June 15th the new EU Roaming regulations will come into effect, which means you’ll pay the same prices for calls, texts and mobile data that you do at home, whenever you are in the EU. This is fantastic news for our UK mobile customers that have been caught out by huge bills when downloading films or other data during European holidays or Business trips. Finally you’ll be able to relax about bill shock while you’re away and pay the same prices as you would at home.

EU Roaming Charges scrapped from June 2017

Better yet, you don’t need to opt in as the changes will be automatic and any add-on’s that are no longer relevant will be removed. If you opt for pay as you go, you will be billed the usual rate for minutes, texts and data. If you have a monthly contract, you will be able to use your usual allowance of minutes, SMS and data wherever you are in the EU with no extra charges. However it is worth noting that roaming will be subject to your operator’s fair usage policy.