Invite a guest to your live Instagram stream
Instagram introduced their live-streaming feature for iOS and Android devices across the globe nearly a year ago. Allowing you to broadcast content to your followers in real time. Instagram is now adding the ability to tag a friend to join in on your latest casts.
Currently in testing for a select number of users, Instagram’s new feature not only allows you to have a guest co-star or colleague on board, but you can also select anyone currently watching the stream and invite them into the action. Not only will this give your business an interactive edge but it could also make for a great Q&A session.
The screen will split in half to accommodate both co-streamers, with the usual “likes” and commenting functionality left intact.
During the show, guests can choose to sign off whenever they choose and the original broadcaster can then opt to post their latest stream to Instagram’s stories, save it to their phone or delete it from the app entirely. While co-streaming is still in development, rumours suggest the feature will be released globally within the coming months.
Android O new operating system
Google’s latest operating system is Android O, set to debut on the new Google Pixel 2. In fact, the newest update will be available to more devices than ever before, thanks to an initiative called ‘Project Treble’.
Android O features
Picture in Picture (PiP) mode
Apple iPad example
As already seen on the iOS 9, one app or background is displayed in full at the same time as one or more other apps are displayed in set windows. This will make multitasking less of a compromise than split-window mode and offer you a more relaxed experience.
Restricted background activities
After releasing ‘Doze mode’ in Android Nougat 7.0, Google has optimised power consumption further by restricting background activities. The feature de-prioritizes app functions running in the background to ensure your battery lasts. Combined with updates to Doze, it’s likely Android O could keep your phone running for a few extra hours each day.
Faster boot times
Google has unveiled that Android O will offer a boot time twice as fast as previous versions. And it’s not just the operating system that becomes faster to load up, but the apps on your phone can start running faster, too.
Contextual press-to-hold options
In an e-mail trying to copy an address so that you can paste it into Google Maps? By using machine learning, Android O can recognize which app is best for the string of characters you’re working with. Another example included being able to highlight a phone number and pop right into the dialer.
Notification dots & new emojis
Android O will offer at-a-glance notification bubble to app icons on the homescreen. However, unfortunately unlike iOS, you won’t be able to see how many notifications you have for each app. But the new fairy, mermaid and wizard emojis may make up for that.
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Top upcoming smartphones
Apple iPhone 8
The iPhone 8 is rumoured to showcase the latest smartphone technology. Considering the 10th anniversary of the Apple iPhone is coming up this year, we’re not surprised that Apple has been holding back some major updates and improvements. Whispers suggest a complete re-design with the home button removed and the camera and Touch ID integrated into a new OLED edge-to-edge display. When it comes to the inside, rumours have suggested a faster A11 processor, wireless fast charging and even facial recognition technology. Click here for full rumours.
The 8 is set to be Nokia’s all new flagship device. Expected to feature a metal design with rounded corners and take durability up a notch with 1P68 water and dust protection. But most anticipated is the Nokia 8 camera. Leaks suggest that the new Nokia device will feature a high-end Zeiss dual-camera. Further rumoured specs include a 5.3-inch display (2560 x 1440), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and dual-SIM models. Click here for full rumours.
Google Pixel 2 & XL2
The new Pixels are rumoured to include waterproofing and an improved camera that excels with low-light photography, as well as a curved screen and the Snapdragon 835 processor. The larger Pixel XL2 is set to feature a 5.99″ Quad-HD screen and the smaller Pixel 2 a 4.97″full-HD panel. The new devices will be the first to run on Google’s new Android O operating system. The new OS features multi-windowing mode, autofill (as seen in Chrome but for you apps) and smart text selection (automatically recognises names, addresses and phone numbers so you don’t have to fiddle around with selection handles; it can also suggest a relevant app). You can find out more about the new Android O here
Microsoft Surface Phone
Finally, the Surface Phone is expected to arrive in 2017 with a 5.5in Quad-HD AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 64- and 128GB storage options (with microSD support), a 64-bit Intel processor and 21MP rear- and 8MP front cameras. The Surface Phone could also get a Surface Pen and a USB-C port.
“The ultimate mobile” – Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO.
Free Wi-Fi now available on the London Eye
O2 has announced the World’s first free, HD Wi-Fi network on a continually moving structure, allowing visitors of the London Eye to capture and share their experiences as they go around – irrelevant of the country they are from or the network provider they use.
“We’re delighted to help Merlin Entertainments take their customers’ experiences to new heights. Our innovative, high density O2 Wifi solution is a world-first, offering seamless connectivity for customers throughout the iconic London Eye adventure. So whether it’s sharing a selfie, posting a photo of the stunning skyline or finding information about London attractions, visitors will be able to do this seamlessly and for free as they go around.” – Robert Franks, Director of Digital at O2.
The system has been designed to beam Wi-Fi coverage between 16 fixed access points on the iconic London Eye structure, without using fixed cables or satellite technology. To access the service, you simply need to register using your mobile number, while O2 customers will be connected automatically.
With views as far as Windsor Castle, it’s no surprise the Coca-Cola London Eye is the UK’s most popular paid for visitor attraction. With O2’s free Wi-Fi as yet another perk, alongside the 4D Cinema and interactive Samsung Galaxy Tab guides, we’re excited to see what other technology updates the London Eye will take advantage of in the future.
Nokia 8 release date, features and specifications
When it comes to design, leaks suggest the Nokia 8 will sport a metal design with rounded corners and a 5.3″ or 5.5″ display (There could also be two versions). Theres also been talk of 1P68 water and dust protection. It’s rumoured the Nokia 8 will feature a high-end Zeiss camera lens and have a fingerprint sensor. It’s also been suggested the new flagship will feature the latest version of Android Nougat – click here for more information.
Finally, the Nokia 8 is likely to feature USB Type-C charging. Capable of supplying far more power, up to 100W, compared to a conventional USB 2.0 connection at just 2.5W. It also supports different “protocols” which means you can have adaptors that can output other types of connections including HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, etc – from a single USB-C port.
Rumoured specs overview
- 5.3-inch or 5.5-inch screen
- 2560 x 1440 pixel display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
- Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem
- 4GB or 6GB RAM
- 64GB storage
- 23-megapixel single camera or 13-megapixel dual camera (by Zeiss)
- MicroSD card slot (up to 256GB)
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- USB Type C charging port
- Android 7.1 Nougat operating system
Rumoured price and release date
Although the official release date is yet to be announced, Nokia has scheduled a launch event for an unnamed product in London on August 16th, 2017 so it’s highly likely the Nokia 8 will be unveiled. Also keeping a tight lid on price, we can only assume that as Nokia’s new flagship device, it’s likely the 8 will be around £599-£699.
Nearly half a million Brits had a mobile phone stolen in the last year
In March 2017, Protect Your Bubble analysed the latest mobile phone theft data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, which revealed 446,000 mobile phones have been stolen in the latest 12-month period.
On average, 1,220 mobile phones are stolen every day in the UK
The favourite methods of the thieves are pickpocketing and snatch theft, where a phone is grabbed from the victim’s hand. More than 40% of phones are stolen this way compared to just 5% that are taken during a mugging.
But just over a third (35%) of stolen mobiles go missing when they are left out and unattended, for example if a mobile phone owner leaves their handset on a table and takes their eyes off it briefly. Figures show this happens on public transport and other public places more often than it does in bars and clubs. And 15% of such thefts happen at work.
We highly recommend you take the following security measures:
- Use a PIN or lock code
- Invest in mobile phone insurance
- Use an app to lock your phone remotely
- Record your phone’s serial number
- Install anti-virus/spyware
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