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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.

Goodbye to EU Roaming Charges

Goodbye to EU Roaming Charges

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

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Better yet, you don’t need to opt in and any add-ons/bolt-ons you had that are no longer needed will be removed automatically.  If you have a pay as you go contract, 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. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch: support@cmmtelecoms.co.uk.

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.

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.

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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.

O2 unveils new virtual reality experiences

O2 unveils new virtual reality experiences

O2 is set to launch three new VR experiences across 90 of it’s stores nationwide, as well as at Twickenham on matchdays and at The O2 later this year. The first VR experience will mark the first time O2 Academy venue’s have given 360 degree ‘behind the scenes’ access. You’ll be able to virtually transport yourself to an O2 Academy venue and experience a pre-performance, as either a fan or member of the band. Can’t decide? Throughout the experience, you’ll be able to swap between the perspectives of the band members on stage or as a member of the audience.

“Through a combination of world first CGI characters and unique interactive gameplay, each experience has been designed to give the user unprecedented access to O2 Academy venues, The O2 and our relationship with the England Rugby team.” – Gareth Griffiths, O2 Head of sponsorship.

The second VR experience will allow you to immerse yourself in the world of England Rugby and compete against CGI characters. The interactive experience uses Xsense motion capture to provide in-game player movement, taking cues from England Rugby players’ weight, mass and average speeds to ensure their character’s movements are as realistic as possible.

Finally, the third experience will allow you to experience some of the biggest moments at the London O2 arena. The experiences will be available for download later this year on compatible VR headsets including the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.