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Huawei launches Honor View 10 smartphone

Huawei launches View 10 smartphone

The new View 10 from Chinese Manufacturer, Huawei, boasts a 5.99” display with the World’s 1st Al processor. The built-in NPU (neural-network processing unit) means the View 10 allocates resources by anticipating your behaviour. For example, the View 10 will learn when you want to launch an app or perform an action, to speed it up, or when features and apps aren’t going to be used to save power. You’ll also be able to take advantage of facial unlock, an al accelerated translator and ‘smart tips’.

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The dual-camera is difficult to criticise, packed with intelligent photography algorithms that can identify 13 different types of scenes and objects. This means your camera settings will automatically adjust, providing you with professional images, irrelevant of your expertise. Not to mention Al motion detection and smart configuration. Powered by a 3,750mAh battery, Huawei claims the View 10 can be used for 5.5 hours of gaming, 19 hours of video playback, 160 hours of music playback, 21 hours of 4G browsing, or 23 hours of 3G talk. Better yet, the View 10 runs on the latest version of Android, 8.0 Oreo.

Spec overview

  • 5.99″ display
  • 20MP + 16MP dual-lens rear camera
  • 13MP front camera
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 6GB RAM
  • 3,750mAh battery with supercharge
  • 128GB storage

How does the View 10 compare?

The only improvement that would take Huawei’s flagship up a notch would be water resistance, a feature that is near becoming a staple specification in the smartphone market, particularly after being introduced in the Apple iPhone 7 in 2016. Despite the inability to withstand rainier weathers, the View 10 offers profound value for money for a flagship device, with prices starting from just £499 SIM free. For more information on the View 10, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager on 01252 854352 or email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk, we are always more than happy to help!

All Samsung products will be IoT enabled by 2020

All Samsung products will be IoT enabled by 2020

Samsung has announced that all it’s products, from mobile devices to Samsung fridges, will be IoT (Internet of Things) enabled by 2020. IoT allows objects to be connected to the internet, be recognised by other devices and collect and exchange data. Smart Home is arguably the most popular IoT application, with Amazon Echo being a prime example of an IoT enabled device.

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Wearables are another example of IoT in action, from the Apple iWatch to Fitbit. Samsung’s IoT plans will allow them to gather a wide range of data from their users, to provide a deeper understanding of how their products are used and consequently how they can be developed to offer a better user experience. Further benefits of IoT include communication between you and your devices. For example, the Samsung fridge could have the ability to notify you when food will go out of date or when the milk’s running low.

If you’re a business considering upgrading the technology you use, we offer a alternative to IoT, Machine to Machine technology (M2M). M2M is an exchange of data between a connected device and a central system that monitors or controls that device. It allows machines to communicate directly with each other to convey information.

How can M2M help your business?

With M2M you can take advantage of real-time data, remote monitoring and analytics. For example, receive information on:

✓ How a remote asset in your business is performing, even down to the detail of it’s temperature and minimise the need for routine maintenance visits. But better yet, catch problems before they could affect your customers.

“If a machine or device can report back that it has broken down or that it needs refilling, then that saves, for example, a field-force employee driving around checking on these things. Because of the improved visibility, they only need to go where the attention is needed. That has a hard ROI for operations.” – Telsyte senior analyst.

✓ Where something is, allowing you to recover lost assets and prevent thefts.

Overall, M2M can help you increase profitably, launch new products and services, improve your customer relations and allow your business to become more agile and responsive. We offer M2M technology via dedicated sims that will connect over mobile networks. To find out more, please get in touch via sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.

O2 reveals World’s first wearable tech nail

O2 reveals World’s first wearable tech nail

Mobile giant O2 has partnered with inventor Sean Miles and beauty brand Nails Inc to create the world’s first wearable tech nail. The new nail extension features an embedded miniature Bluetooth chip that can be paired with your smartphone. With the press of a button, you’ll be able to answer a call, play a song or redial the last dialled number. The Mobile Nail will be customisable with various nail art designs available with a range of manicures exclusively designed by Nails Inc.

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According to O2’s survey results, consumers are looking forward to body augments with 66% believing advances in technology will make life easier and 56% looking forward to augmenting and adapting their bodies, including implantation. The prototype trial took place at the Nails Inc bar in Harvey Nichols, London, up until the 24th of December 2017, however it’s unclear when the new technology will be officially released on the market.

 

Google’s Project Loon connects 100k in Puerto Rico

Google’s Project Loon connects 100k in Puerto Rico

Although many view the Internet as a global phenomenon, more than half of the world’s population are still without Internet access. Project Loon is an initiative by Google designed to extend Internet connectivity to people in rural and remote areas worldwide,  using a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space. The new technology can not only help fill coverage gaps but it can also help to bring people back online after disasters, as seen in Puerto Rico after cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria.

“In times of crisis, being able to communicate with loved ones, emergency services and critical information is key,” – Alastair Westgarth, project lead at Project Loon

A Loon balloon on its way to Puerto Rico from Nevada

This is the second time Loon has been tested during a disaster relief effort with balloons sent to flood zones in Peru last year. The balloons have helped enable texts, emails and basic web access, however Alphabet, Google’s parent company, have stressed that Loon is still new and unpredictable despite the recent success.

How does Loon work?

Loon is a network of balloons travelling on the edge of space. The Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as air planes and the weather. In the stratosphere, there are many layers of wind, and each layer of wind varies in direction and speed, the balloons go where they’re needed by rising or descending into a layer of wind blowing in the desired direction of travel.

Google has partnered with various telecoms companies to share cellular spectrum to allow people to connect to the balloon network directly from their phones and other LTE-enabled devices. The signal is then passed across the balloon network and back down to the global Internet on Earth.

5G government competition with million pound grants

5G government competition with million pound grants

5G is expected to be capable of delivering extremely fast data with estimates between 10 – 50 Gbit/s compared with today’s average 4G download speed of 15 Mbit/s. In fact, back in 2013 Samsung tested 5G at 1Gbps and journalists reported that a HD movie could be downloaded in less than 30 seconds. In 2014, Samsung set a mobile speed record of 7.5Gb/s in another 5G trail, while estimates predict the speed will reach 10Gb/s, with transfer rates as high as 800Gb/s further down the line, taking your download time of a full length film to around a second!

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“We are determined to be one of the first countries in the world to use 5G. In these very early stages we want all ideas, from all parts of the country, that will help us get the technology and the roll-out right to have a nationwide network of 5G innovators.” – Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital

Fast track to 2017 and the government is hoping that the UK will be ‘at the forefront of 5G’, with a new competition ‘5G Testbeds and Trials’. The competition aim is to encourage the development of a UK ‘5G ecosystem’ with technology and deployment, testbeds and trials to stimulate the development of 5G use cases and business models. Applicants will have the chance to win grant funding of between £2 million and £5 million, out of the £25 million total budget.

“ The Programme is designed to help address some of society’s biggest challenges, such as those faced in health and social care, focusing on areas where the Government’s role can have the most impact. ” – Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital

Two groups of organisations will make use of Testbeds: connectivity providers and their supply chains; and industry and public sectors that could uncover new ways of working with 5G capabilities. Here are some examples:

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The competition opened on October 23rd 2017, and will close registration on December 6th 2017.

Will Samsung release a foldable smartphone?

Will Samsung release a foldable smartphone?

After six years of trial and error, Samsung, could be the first company to commercially launch a ‘foldable phone’. In 2011, Samsung’s prototype was able to remain intact after a whopping 100,000 folds with only a 6% drop in brightness at centre (where all the folding happened), however various manufacturing issues prevented the real deal – until now.

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Rumour has it, the South Korean multinational giant could be releasing two new devices, known as the ‘Samsung Galaxy X’ series at the CES consumer technology show in January, 2018. The devices will have a foldable 4K display, so that the resolution will remain high even when the phone is folded. Supposedly, one version will fold from a 5″ handset to an 8″ tablet, while the second version will fold in half to become more compact. Below is a video of Samsung’s futuristic ambitions:

Further whispers suggest that the foldable devices will initially be released in Korea to see demand levels for a flexible phone. Hopefully Samsung’s latest venture won’t go down in flames…