Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge crowned phone of the year at the Mobile Choice Awards

October 7, 2016 at 11:42 AMAdministrator

The Mobile Choice Consumer Awards are the tech awards that give members of the public the chance to vote for the phones, tablets, and networks they've been most impressed by this year.

 

The awards returned for their 16th year, and it was a good one for Samsung – not only did the smartphone manufacturer pick up the award for the best phone of the year with its Galaxy S7 Edge, it won the award for manufacturer of the year as well, beating out tough competition from Apple and Motorola.

Other big winners of the night included the Huawei P9 for best camer hone, with Mobile Choice readers impressed by the images its dual-lens is able to capture. Apple's iPad Pro 12.9 walked away with Best Tablet of the year and HTC Vive was crowned king of the virtual reality headsets – a category in which the Oculus Rift didn't feature at all.

The best of the best

Mobile Choice readers decided Lenovo's Moto Z deserved to win the award for Most Innovative Device thanks to its interesting and effective snap-on modular accessories as well as its super thin design.

EE took home the award for Best Network, beating out other big players Three and Vodafone but didn't win the award for Best Value Network which went to Virgin Media instead.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge starts getting September security update as well

September 30, 2016 at 3:39 PMAdministrator

 

Just a few days after the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge started receiving it, the September security update has begun rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ as well. Weighing in at 160MB, the update is currently hitting the international variant of the device.

 

Aside from the latest security patch, the update also beings along several other changes, although a detailed change-log is currently not available.

 

As is usually the case with OTA roll-outs, it may take some time for the update to hit your device. Meanwhile, if you feel impatient, you can manually check for the update by heading to your handset's Settings menu.

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Coolpad Note 5 launched in India for $165

September 30, 2016 at 3:34 PMAdministrator

Coolpad has launched the Note 5 in India, which is the successor to the company's Note 3 (don't ask us what happened to the Note 4).

 

 

The Note 5 has a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 IPS LCD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage with microSD, 13 megapixel f2.2 rear camera, 8 megapixel f2.2 front camera with LED flash, dual SIM, 4G LTE with VoLTE, metal back, fingerprint sensor with gestures, 4010mAh battery, and Android 6.0 with Cool UI 8.0. The phone will be available in Royal Gold and Space Gray.

 

The Coolpad Note 5 is priced at INR 10,999 ($165) and will be available exclusively from Amazon.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) is finally official with a 5.7" display

September 30, 2016 at 3:29 PMAdministrator

The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) has been visiting the rumor mill quite frequently these past few months. We got to see the full set of early benchmarks, including GFXBench and AnTuTu, followed by a set of pretty detailed renders. However, despite all the available information, there were still some points of confusion, like the display size.

Today, Samsung finally took the wrapper off the Galaxy A8 (2016) in its home market. Design-wise, this year's model come surprisingly close to its predecessor. And frankly, considering the slim and flush metal unibody design, that is more of a bonus then anything else. The display sits is a 5.7-inch AMOLED panel of 1080p resolution. Other specs include 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The chipset is actually borrowed from last year's S6 flagship line. And just like the design language, Samsung's own Exynos 7420 is still a relevant and formidable powerhouse with its four Cortex-A53 and four Cortex-A57 cores, built on a 14nm process.

As for cameras, the Galaxy A8 (2016) is rocking a 16MP main shooter and an 8MP front-facing one. More details are yet to be disclosed, but we are likely looking at the Galaxy S6 camera. On the software side, the handset boots Android 6.0.1 out of the box and features the new Grace UX, which debuted on the Note7. There is also an Always On Display feature and a fingerprint reader in the home button, compatible with Samsung Pay. All this is powered by a 3,300 mAh battery.

As already mentioned, the Galaxy A8 (2016) was made official in Samsung's home market and there is still no info whether an international release will follow and if so, when. The phone will be exclusively available for pre-order in blue color from SK Telecom, starting October 1. The asking price is KRW 649,000 or around $580.

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Find an iPhone bug, bag $1.5 million

September 30, 2016 at 3:13 PMAdministrator

While Android exploits are worth up to $200,000

No one likes buggy software, but certain bugs can now make you rich if you find them before anyone else.

That's thanks to Zerodium (an exploit broker), which is offering large sums of money through a bug bounty for zero-day (previously unknown) exploits, with the bounty topping out at $1.5 million (around £1.15 million/AU$2 million). But to grab that much cash you'll need to find a way to remotely jailbreak an iPhone running iOS 10.

 

Jailbreaking your iPhone opens it up to apps and features that aren't officially offered by Apple, but it's never been quite this rewarding.

 

Bug bounties aren't new, in fact Apple itself offers payouts for vulnerabilities in its secure boot firmware components, but these top out at $200,000 (roughly £155,000/AU$260,000) and are only available to a select group of researchers.

Bounties for all

Zerodium's bug bounty is available to anyone, and the company is prepared to make multiple $1.5 million payments.

Finding Android bugs isn't quite as lucrative, but Zerodium will pay up to $200,000 for zero-day Android 7 exploits, according to a report by Wired.

Both its Android and iOS payouts are by far the highest they've ever been, with payments last year topping out at $100,000 (roughly £77,000/AU$130,000) for Android bugs and $1 million (around £770,000/AU$1.3 million) for iOS ones.

 

The increased prices on both platforms reflect the increased security offered by iOS 10 and Android Nougat, so the good news is our phones should be becoming less vulnerable to exploits. The bad news is that there's clearly a huge market for them still, and anyone with the skills to find them could become very rich indeed.

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Samsung's Galaxy S6 Mini

October 20, 2015 at 2:02 PMAdministrator

Samsung's Galaxy S6 is one of the best phones of the year and a new rumour suggests it may be getting shrunk down as per previous versions.

 

A new listing has appeared on the GFXBench website, revealing a bunch of specs for the phone currently named the Samsung SM-W2016. Samsung has yet to release a Galaxy S6 Mini even though it has done so for every other flagship in the S series.

 

This listing includes a 4.6-inch display with a 1280 x 768 resolution as well as the same Exynos 7420 processor seen in the Galaxy S6. There's also 3GB of RAM when other leaks suggested it'd only have 2GB.

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Apple Pay launches in the UK today

July 16, 2015 at 3:29 PMAdministrator

 

Californian manufacturer’s customers can use payment service at more than 250,000 locations

 

Apple Pay, the Californian manufacturers mobile payments system, has launched in the UK today.

 

From today iPhone 6, Apple Watch, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users will be able to use their device to pay for items at more than 250,000 locations. According to Kantar there are approximately three million Apple Pay compatible devices in the UK.

 

Apple Pay uses NFC technology integrated into the devices to allow it to communicate with the reader.

 

For iPhone users they can pay by holding their phone near the contactless reader while keeping their finger on Apple’s fingerprint reader, Touch ID. Apple Watch users double click the side button of the device and hold the face towards the reader.

 

Apple Pay users must upload their card details to iCloud before beginning to use the service. Apple says the service has “industry leading” security credentials to ensure that card details are never shared with retailers or compromised.

 

Launch retailers for the service include Boots UK, Transport for London, BP, Costa Coffee, Dune, JD Sports, KFC UK & Ireland, Liberty, LIDL, Marks & Spencer (M&S), McDonald’s UK, Nando’s and Subway.

 

Banks to support Apple Pay at launch include American Express, Mastercard, First Direct, NatWest, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. HSBC, Bank of Scotland, Barclays, Coutts, Halifax, Lloyds Bank, MBNA, M&S Bank and TSB will add the service for their customers over the next few months.

 

“Innovation in UK payments means it’s fast becoming the most advanced market in the world and the arrival of Apple Pay heralds this new era. We will see more change in the next five years than we’ve seen in the last 50, bringing even more convenience and security for consumers,” said MasterCard UK & Ireland president Mark Barnett.

 

“Regardless of the device they use, our aim is to give consumers a safe and seamless payment experience that offers all the benefits and guarantees of any MasterCard transaction. Our work with Apple embodies the digital transformation of our company and solidifies our commitment to more secure, digital payments.”

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Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 goes on sale in UK this month

July 16, 2015 at 3:26 PMAdministrator

 

“100 per cent reversible” smartphone costs £210 for 4.7 inch version and £260 for 5.5 inch model

 

Alcatel Onetouch’s “orientation-free” smartphone the Idol 3 will go on sale on July 20, the manufacturer announced.

 

The Idol 3 was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress in March and is the follow-up to last year’s Idol 2 device.

 

The manufacturer said the device comes with an in-built gyroscope which lets users pick up their phone quickly without having to check if its the right way up. The user interface will automatically flip so the phone can never be upside down.

 

The Idol 3, which comes in either a 4.7 inch or 5.5 inch model, has a symmetrical design with a speaker and mic at each end of the phone, meaning that users can make calls even if the phone is upside down.

 

It packs a 13MP rear facing camera, with the larger device also including an 8MP front-facing “selfie” camera – the front camera on the 4.7 inch version is just 5MP.

 

The 5.5 inch is powered by a Snapdragon 64-bit octa-core processor while the smaller device also has a Snapdragon processor, but its only quad core.

 

Both run on Android 5.0. You’ll also find a 2,910mAh battery, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion of up to 128GB in the larger phone, but the battery is 2,000AmH in the smaller device.

 

The 5.5 inch Idol 3 will retail at around £260 while the 4.7 inch version will start from around £210.

 

It will be available from Talk Mobile, Freeman’s Gratton and JD Williams on July 20, Amazon on July 21, and Sainsbury’s and Clove Tech on August 1. It will also be available from Shop Direct but Alcatel Onetouch did not disclose when.

 

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O2 Recycle has paid £100m to customers since 2009

February 19, 2015 at 4:55 PMAdministrator

Operator has received more than 1.4 million gadgets since the scheme’s launch nearly five years ago, with over 420,000 devices recycled last year alone

O2 has revealed it has paid out £100 million to customers and received more than 1.4 million devices since the launch of O2 Recycle in 2009.

The scheme is available to both O2 and non-O2 customers, offering cash payments of up to £260 for recycled gadgets such as mobile phones, tablets, wearables, MP3 players, handheld consoles, digital cameras and SatNavs.

The mobile operator said that if it was to stack all these devices it has received on top of each other, they would reach a height of 135 miles – the same distance to go to Space and back.

Additionally, through this recycling, 142,000kg of waste has been removed from landfill, the equivalent of 12 London Routemaster buses.

Last year along, more than 420,000 devices were recycled, with various models across the Apple iPhone range accounting for 41 per cent of that total – making it the most common gadget to go through O2’s system.

The operator added since its launch, O2 Recycle has paid out to over 1,200 businesses, with many of them choosing to donate all money received from recycled devices directly to O2’a Think Big youth initiatives. So far, O2 Recycle has raised £3 million for these, which funds social action projects by 13-25 year olds in the UK.

Geographically, Bristol is the top city in terms of the number of O2 customers recycling a device when visiting a store, with one in every 82 doing so, followed by Sheffield (one in 108) and Glasgow and Birmingham (both one in 114). London is 11th on the list, with one in 155.

O2 UK CEO Ronan Dunne said: “When we launched O2 Recycle in 2009, our ambition was to offer people a simple, environmentally friendly way of disposing of their old tech, and to reward them for doing so by giving them money back, which is why we’re proud to have reached this landmark figure.

“Furthermore, O2 Recycle not only gives customers money back for recycling their unwanted gadgets, it also helps to support young people, with money raised through O2 Recycle helping to fund social impact projects in local communities.”

Source: http://www.mobilenewscwp.co.uk/2015/02/19/o2-recycle-has-paid-out-100m-to-customers-since-2009/

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New review system on RecycleMyDevice.co.uk

February 19, 2015 at 4:52 PMAdministrator

A new feature has been added to RecycleMyDevice.co.uk that allows users to rate and review the phone they are going to sell. This will give users first hand reviews about potential phones

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