Monthly Archives: August 2017

Samsung unveils Note 8 phablet

Samsung unveils Note 8 phablet

Design

The handset sports a 6.3in Super AMOLED Infinity Display, complete with curved edges; it’s essentially very similar to the Galaxy S8+ but 0.1in bigger. However, this does mean the S Pen has the largest screen yet to play with. Better yet, the Note and the S Pen are water and dust resistance (IP685) allowing you to write even when the device is wet.

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Features

Following in Apple and Nokia’s footsteps, Samsung’s Note 8 features a dual camera lens as seen in the iPhone 7 Plus and Nokia 8. It has two 12MP rear cameras, allowing you to create depth effects and zoom further. When it comes to power, the Note 8 supports the most advanced wireless charging capabilities yet, so you can get a quick, convenient charge without having to mess around with ports or wires. An ideal business phablet, Samsung has upped the security on the Note 8.

Iris Scanner

Offering a choice of biometric authentication options, including both fingerprint and iris scanning. While Samsung Knox7 provides defense-grade security at the hardware and software layers and with Secure Folder, keeps your personal and professional data separate. Finally, Samsung ‘DeX’ enables a desktop experience, powered by your phone. This means you can keep files on your device, conduct work on the go, and use Samsung DeX when you need an even bigger screen. The Note 8 also includes Bixby8, Samsung’s virtual assistant, that learns from you, improves over time and boosts your productivity.

Key specs

  • 6.3″ display
  • 12MP dual pixel sensor
  • Wireless charging
  • Dual SIM
  • Expandable memory
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Biometric authentication
  • Android 7.0
  • 6GB RAM

How to pre-order

To pre-order your Samsung Note 8 and find out information on pay monthly and SIM free price plans, please get in touch with your account manager on 01252 854352 or email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk, we are always more than happy to help.

How to charge your phone at Bestival while supporting children across the globe

How to charge your phone at Bestival while supporting children across the globe

Featured at some of the UK’s most renowned festivals including Reading, Leeds, Download, Latitude and V festival, Music angel will also be on hand at Bestival this year. Music angel offers an unlimited phone charging service, with all profits going towards powering brighter futures in developing nations across the globe.

All you need to do is purchase your unlimited charging pack which includes a portable Social Power battery and your unlimited charging wristband.

Image of Unlimited Charging Pack | Bestival 2017

At the festival, all you have to do is bring the empty battery back (and your wristband), and they’ll swap it for a fully charged one. Unfortunately, iPhone users will need to remember to bring their own Lightning cable or be prepared to purchase one from Music Angel at the festival.

How to purchase

You can purchase your pack at the festival for £25 or pre-order on the Music Angel online store for £22 which will either be available for collection at the festival or for delivery to your UK address.

You can also follow our top tips for preserving battery life:

iPhones

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EE TV now features Amazon’s Alexa

EE TV now features Amazon’s Alexa

Not only was EE the first TV platform in the UK to partner up with social giant Twitter, bringing you ‘Watch with Twitter’,  but is also now the first UK TV top box to offer Amazon Alexa integration.

 “We’re continually looking for ways to further enhance the accessibility and usability of EE TV – so we’re pleased to work with Amazon to launch the first Alexa skill on a set top box in the UK.” – Max Taylor, EE Managing Director of Marketing.

EE TV now features Amazon's Alexa

Through Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, you can now request information about what’s on, or record your favourite programmes. For example, ask “Alexa, ask EE TV what’s on tonight?” and Alexa will respond with three recommendations provided from the same source that supplies Freeview Picks. You can also ask about shows on any Freeview channels either now or the following day. You’ll then have the option to record any or all of the recommended shows using just your voice. Better yet, this works whether EE TV is on or in standby mode, great for when you’ve lost the remote or are heading out the door in a hurry.

How to link EE TV to Alexa

Firstly, you’ll need the EE TV box and a compatible Alexa device, such as the Echo or Echo Dot. To enable the Alexa control on your EE TV, simply set the device up using the Alexa app on your phone or tablet. On the app, enable the ‘EE TV’ skill.

Vodafone Roaming update

Vodafone Roaming update

New and upgrading customers on Red price plans on the Gemini billing platform will be subject to new Vodafone Roaming rates. For most destinations, this will mean you’ll reap the benefits of a significant price drop, with rates far cheaper than before. However, in some destinations, the prices have increased. For more information, click here to view the tables on pricing and roaming zones or click the image below.

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Zone 1

Afghanistan, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Bermuda, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Congo (People’s Republic of), Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, French Polynesia, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saba (Netherland Antilles), Samoa Western, Serbia, Singapore, Sint Eustatius (Netherland Antilles), Sint Maarten, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sudan (South), Sri Lanka, St Kitts And Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, Uganda, Ukraine, United States  of America, Uruguay, Us Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen and Zambia

Zone 2

Algeria, American Samoa, Belarus, Bolivia, Cameroon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liberia, Macau, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan

Zone 3

Andorra, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Gambia, Libya, Mali, Namibia, Nepal, Tunisia, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

Zone 4

Ascension Islands, Angola, Belize, Bhutan, Comoros, Cook Islands, Cuba, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Greenland, Lebanon, Madagascar, Maldives, New Caledonia, Saint Helena, Sao Tome And Principe, Somalia, Syria, Timor (East), Turkmenistan

Existing customers (including those already on the listed Red Plans) will not be affected by the changes listed above and will be subject to their current roaming rates, until otherwise informed.

If you have any questions regarding the new roaming changes, please do hesitate to get in touch. You can email us at support@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. We are always more than happy to help.

New: invite a guest to your live Instagram stream

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.

Instastream

The screen will split in half to accommodate both co-streamers, with the usual “likes” and commenting functionality left intact.

Instastream

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

Android O new operating system

Update 23/08/2017:

Android O has been unveiled as Android ‘Oreo’.  The newest update will be available to more devices than ever before, thanks to an initiative called ‘Project Treble’. Confirmed manufacturers include Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones LG and Sony.

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.