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  • Quibi had a launch day outage
    by Anthony Ha on April 6, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Looks like things haven’t gone completely smoothly with Quibi‘s launch. The issue appears to have been resolved, but the Quibi customer support account tweeted this afternoon that “some users may be experiencing problems with the Quibi app,” only to add an hour later that “Users should once again be able to use the Quibi app

  • The US is formalizing Team Telecom rules to restrict foreign ownership of internet and telecom assets
    by Danny Crichton on April 6, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    It has the simplest name, but the sort of shadowy overtones that national security writers lust after. Team Telecom, a mostly informal working committee of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice (along with affiliated agencies) has for years been quietly tasked with evaluating and maintaining the security of America telecom infrastructure in concert

  • Daily Crunch: Quibi finally launches its mobile streaming app
    by Anthony Ha on April 6, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Quibi launches its mobile streaming service, Apple sources 20 million protective masks and Red Hat announces a new CEO. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 6, 2020. 1. Quibi launches its mobile streaming service in the middle of the quarantine era The much-hyped mobile app promising to deliver “quick bites” of video entertainment is finally

  • Lydia lets you donate to hospitals and charities
    by Romain Dillet on April 6, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Fintech startup Lydia is the dominating mobile payment app in France with most of its 3.3 million users in its home country. That’s why the startup has been working hard over the past ten days to ship a feature that was originally planned for this summer — donations to charities and hospitals. Starting today, Lydia users

  • Quibi launches its mobile streaming service in the middle of the quarantine era
    by Anthony Ha on April 6, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Quibi, the much-hyped mobile app promising to deliver “quick bites” of video entertainment, is finally here. The company has been in the headlines for more than two years, thanks to the involvement of founder Jeffrey Katzenberg (who previously co-founded DreamWorks Animation) and CEO Meg Whitman (previously the CEO of eBay and Hewlett Packard Enterprise). Plus,

  • Oppo Reno Ace 2 official renders surface online
    on April 8, 2020 at 5:39 am

    The Oppo Reno Ace 2 is expected to arrive on April 13 and we already have a pretty solid idea of what to expect thanks to a TENAA listing. It will adopt the 65W Super VOOC 2.0 fast charging from the Reno Ace, but this time it will have mind-blowing 40W wireless fast-charging capabilities. The phone is now listed at JD.com, and the Chinese retailer uploaded the official renders of the phone, revealing at least two colors and three memory options. Oppo Reno Ace 2 The Reno Ace 2 is coming with a Snapdragon 865 chipset, accompanied by a 5G modem. The memory combinations will be...

  • Oppo A92 and A52 surface through Google Play Console listings
    on April 8, 2020 at 4:48 am

    Oppo has recently revamped its smartphone product families, and so now we have the flagship Find models, the upper-midrange Ace line (with the soon to arrive Ace2 shedding its Reno origins), the mid-range Reno series, and the entry-level numbered A devices. Two more of these should be launching real soon. We're talking about the Oppo A52 and the Oppo A92. Both phones have been outed through the Google Play Console, which has done its fair share of leaking lately. Both the A52 and A92 have the Snapdragon 665 chipset at the helm, and both sport displays with 1080x2400 resolution and...

  • Bose disproves conspiracy theories regarding reduced noise canceling performance with QC 35 II update
    on April 8, 2020 at 3:39 am

    Bose has decided to finally end the discussion around bogus claims from some customers that the company deliberately reduced noise canceling performance on its headphones with a software update. After rigorous testing by the company and a third party, no evidence was found supporting any of these claims. In a blog post that chronicles the entire saga, Bose states how the murmurs initially started back in January 2017 when the firmware version 1.2.9 did cause an issue with audio quality with the QC35. Upon close inspection, Bose learned that this was due to the headphones using the wrong...

  • The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is selling much better than expected
    on April 8, 2020 at 2:44 am

    With the current COVID-19 situation, it's no secret that almost all hardware launching right now is struggling with sales. That's not exactly the case with the most expensive phone from Samsung's S20 lineup - the Galaxy S20 Ultra. We've heard this one before and analysts say that even though the S20 lineup isn't doing great as a whole, the S20 Ultra in particular is selling better than expected. Now we have confirmation coming straight from one of the suppliers saying that Samsung is ramping up production of the rear 12MP ultra-wide sensor and the front-facing 40MP selfie cam, both...

  • Oppo conducts the first VoNR call in partnership with Ericsson and Mediatek
    on April 8, 2020 at 1:50 am

    The future of communications is 5G, and today three major companies jointly made a big step towards the next-gen connectivity. Oppo announced in a press release that it has conducted a VoNR call on one of its own modified smartphones with a Mediatek Dimensity 1000L chipset over a 5G SA network environment, provided by Ericsson. Luca Orsini, Head of Networks and VP, MNEA, Ericsson and Andy Wu, VP of Oppo and President of Software Engineering The press release stated that the VoNR had significantly lower latency, improved sound quality and picture quality, which will eventually lead...

  • A brief history of OnePlus: Looking back at all OnePlus phones since 2014
    by Harish Jonnalagadda on April 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Take a walk down memory lane and see all the phones OnePlus launched over the last six years. OnePlus burst onto the scene back in April 2014. Its first phone was released in partnership with Cyanogen, and from the very beginning, OnePlus set itself apart by focusing on its user community. Whereas other manufacturers flooded the market with phones, OnePlus released just two flagships a year, with the brand laser-focused on the value category. Six years and 18 phones later, OnePlus is a dominant player in the smartphone industry. OnePlus defined the value segment for several years, and its penchant for delivering the best possible performance has led to some of the fastest phones money can buy. OnePlus also managed to turn its OxygenOS user interface into one of the best skins on Android. With the OnePlus 8 set to be unveiled on April 14, I thought it would be interesting to see how OnePlus phones have evolved over the years. While OnePlus has switched to more exotic materials in r...

  • Protect your browsing sessions with one of these great free VPNs
    by Jared DiPane on April 8, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Did you know that some of the best VPN services are free to use? By now you've likely heard the phrase Virtual Private Network or VPN, but you may not have already signed up and started using one. A great VPN service can add an extra layer of security to your phone, tablet, PC, and even gaming console. They've become increasingly popular over the past few years, and for good reason. Best Free VPNs Hotspot Shield: Our top pick ProtonVPN: Unlimited bandwith TunnelBear: User friendly Windscribe: Earn extra free data Hide.me: No data logs at all Speedify: Did we mention fast? SurfEasy: Built in to Opera We live a lot of our lives online these days. We enter our banking information, log into private accounts, and do so much more every single day without even thinking twice about it. How many times have you connected to a public Wi-Fi, like at Starbucks, the airport, or another local business around town without even second guessing what you were doing? Unfortunately, those unsecure...

  • The 'Super Pink Moon' is tonight — here's how to take pictures of it
    by Joe Maring on April 8, 2020 at 2:21 am

    Essential reading before the moon rears its head tonight. Times are pretty tough and stressful right now, but thankfully, Mother Nature has a little pick-me-up planned for tonight. During the evening on April 7, 2020, through the following morning on April 8, you'll be able to see the gorgeous "Super Pink Moon" in the sky. The Super Pink Moon is the first of a couple Supermoons that'll be visible throughout 2020, but this particular one is expected to be the largest and brightest. The moon itself won't be pink, but it gets the "Super Pink Moon" name thanks to the abundance of pink flowers we typically see around this time of the year. Along with seeing the Super Pink Moon with your own eyes, you might find yourself wanting to take a photo of it in order to capture its majesty so you can look back on it later on. Taking pictures of the moon isn't easy, however, so here are some tips that should help your photos turn out as good as possible. Make sure you have a good, clear view of...

  • Sky: Children of the Light is now available on Android
    by Samuel Tolbert on April 7, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    Android players can dive in on this experience. What you need to know Sky: Children of the Light is a social experience developed by thatgamecompany. Pre-registration opened several months ago. It's now available to play on Android devices. A few months ago, we reported that Sky: Children of the Light, the next title from thatgamecompany, was coming to Android and was available for pre-registration. Today, we can confirmed that Sky: Children of the Light is now available for players on Android! It's a free-to-play game, with some in-app purchases that allow you to customize your character in different ways. There seven different realms to explore, which can do alongside other players. It's worth noting that it requires your device to have Android 8.0 or higher installed. Sky: Children of the Light is intended to grow and expand over time. thatgamecompany is known for developing visually moving games, such as 2013's Journey on PlayStation 3. Soaring high Sky: Children of t...

  • These are the best Galaxy Note 10+ screen protectors
    by Marc Lagace on April 7, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    For the first time, Samsung is releasing a Plus-sized version of its larger Galaxy Note phones. This release means an even larger screen option for those interested in the latest in the Note series. That also means more display real estate to protect from scuffs and scratches. Don't let your display get damaged by your daily use; keep your Note 10+ protected with a screen protector! Trusted wrapper IQ Shield Screen Protector Staff pick IQ Shield is well-known for its super thin smart film that blends into the screen almost imperceptibly. This two-pack comes with everything you need to install the screen protector onto your Note 10+ without bubbles or hassle. $9 at Amazon $8 at eBay Trusted tempered glass Whitestone Dome Glass The Whitestone Dome Glass is a premium option for protecting the display of your Note 10+. This kit includes a phone holder that ensures a perfect installation and acts as a guide for the UV light that cures the screen protector to the display....

  • Xiaomi patents a smart speaker design which looks similar to Apple HomePod
    by Jeet on April 8, 2020 at 5:43 am

    Xiaomi has many times been accused of copying Apple’s design and it seems that the company has no issues with this. Xiaomi has patented a new smart speaker which looks very similar to the Apple HomePod. The patent has been published on the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) website and the included schematics for The post Xiaomi patents a smart speaker design which looks similar to Apple HomePod appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • Huawei Korea to reportedly enter GPU server market later this year
    by Jeet on April 8, 2020 at 5:29 am

    Huawei, the Chinese giant which is the world’s leading telecom equipment manufacturer and the second largest smartphone maker, has been actively in the process of becoming self-sufficient and dominate various markets ever since the U.S. government put the company on Entity List last year, effectively banning it. While Huawei already is one of the very The post Huawei Korea to reportedly enter GPU server market later this year appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • OPPO Ace2 teaser poster confirms Snapdragon 865 SoC and quad rear cameras
    by Jeet on April 8, 2020 at 5:11 am

    OPPO has recently confirmed that the company will be launching the OPPO Ace2 smartphone in its home country on China on 13th April, after the company’s Vice President Brian Shen teased the same. Now, ahead of the launch, the company has shared a teaser poster which gives us a partial look at the upcoming smartphone’s The post OPPO Ace2 teaser poster confirms Snapdragon 865 SoC and quad rear cameras appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • OPPO 40W AirVOOC wireless charger certified by WPC
    by Habeeb Onawole on April 8, 2020 at 1:29 am

    The Find X2 and Find X2 Pro are OPPO’s latest flagship phones but they do not support wireless charging. However, the manufacturer has a third flagship phone coming soon called the OPPO Ace2 that will support 40W wireless charging. Ahead of the launch of the phone, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has published the details The post OPPO 40W AirVOOC wireless charger certified by WPC appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • Infinix Note 7 vs Redmi Note 9S vs Realme C3: Specs Comparison
    by Michele Ingelido on April 7, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Despite Infinix is not a “global” brand, it is highly competitive in India and releases affordable devices which have nothing to envy to the smartphones released by mainstream brands in the global market. The latest arrival is the Infinix Note 7, bringing a huge display and a powerful chipset to the market at a very The post Infinix Note 7 vs Redmi Note 9S vs Realme C3: Specs Comparison appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • Special one-off MoDaCo / Coolsmartphone podcast. An essential lockdown listen!
    by Leigh Geary on April 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Writing about smartphones and covering everything relating to them has been part of my life since 2002. This site first appeared way back then and it’s about the time I first met Paul O’Brien. A lot has changed over the years – big mobile companies have come and gone, operating systems too – but what’s happening right now is bigger than all that. So, we had a chat the other night and, just for old times’ sake, we’re going to do a very special one-off podcast. It’ll be live on YouTube and Twitch at 7.30PM UK time today. That’s 8.30PM The post Special one-off MoDaCo / Coolsmartphone podcast. An essential lockdown listen! is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • Board games that have moved online
    by Leigh Geary on April 7, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Keeping the kids entertained right now is of key importance during this extended period of lockdown. The latest PS4 or Xbox games are great and YouTube, Netflix and so on will definitely keep everyone amused for a while but after that you’ll be looking for more. The classic board games which are under the bed or on top of the cupboards are definitely getting a new lease of life right now. Head into the loft and you’ll find classics like Snakes and Ladders, Cluedo, Uno, Risk, and of course, everybody’s favourite friendship destroyer – Monopoly. Indeed, for us at home The post Board games that have moved online is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • Doro 8050 Senior Smartphone now on sale
    by Leigh Geary on April 6, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Keeping in touch right now is more important than ever. Now Doro, the leading supplier of telecom solutions for seniors, has added the Doro 8050. This isn’t all about specs – the connectivity, the “In Case of Emergency” button and the £200 price-tag are more important here. That being said, it’s got a 13 megapixel rear shooter, a 1440×720 screen, GPS, 4G, WiFi, 16GB on-board storage and 3.5mm audio port. Available soon on Amazon, the Doro website or on contract with EE, this is a sleek and modern Android device with all the cleverness of any other Android phone but The post Doro 8050 Senior Smartphone now on sale is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • Online pop-up prepped for OnePlus 8 Series launch
    by Leigh Geary on April 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    A phone launch in the middle of a lockdown means a distinct lack of food on sticks and no hands-on time with the devices. However, we’ll still be at the live launch on April 14th and there’s going to be abn online pop-up event for its community across Europe which will go live straight after the launch at 5PM BST. Instead of queues, Tuomas Lampen, Head of Strategy at OnePlus Europe tells us.. The pop-up is an opportunity for us to engage with our community by creating a special experience around the latest launch. In the past, we have seen The post Online pop-up prepped for OnePlus 8 Series launch is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • Home Active – DJ Mixes and videos to keep you moving
    by Leigh Geary on April 6, 2020 at 11:42 am

    OK, you’re trapped at home but, in order to keep fit and healthy, we’re bringing a selection things to keep you mentally and physically strong during the COVID-19 crisis. We might be on lockdown but we can keep things moving hopefully. I’ve just finished off my daily P.E. Workout and want to do more moving around. How about watching some Lockdown DJ Sets? There’s quite a lot of these right now because the big DJs just can’t go and play their tunes anywhere else. Here’s a selection of the ones I spotted during the weekend. Subscribe to the various channels The post Home Active – DJ Mixes and videos to keep you moving is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • TCL's New 10-Series Lineup Includes First Midrange 5G Smartphone
    by Steven Winkelman on April 6, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    After years of creating white label handsets for Alcatel and BlackBerry, TCL now has its first lineup of branded smartphones. The midrange TCL 10 5G, TCL 10 Pro, and TCL 10m all sell for less than $500. Chinese electronics giant TCL, best known for its Alcatel and BlackBerry lineups, announced the TCL 10-series today, a trio of three midrange smartphones and the company's first TCL-branded smartphones. The TCL 10 5G is the first midrange 5G smartphone to hit the market. It features a ...

  • Google Fi Increases Data Limit, Temporarily Set at 30GB
    by Justin Herrick on April 4, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Customers on the Flexible and Unlimited plans will receive the increased limit of high-speed data at no additional charge. Google announced that it'll increase the limit of high-speed data for customers on the Flexible and Unlimited plans. Each user gets 30GB of high-speed data, which appears as a significant improvement compared to what both plans normally include. Fi customers on the Flexible plan ...

  • LG V60 5G ThinQ
    by Steven Winkelman on April 3, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    The LG V60 5G ThinQ is a handsome and powerful flagship phone for a relatively reasonable price, but its lack of multi-band 5G on most carriers limits its prospects for the future. As flagship smartphones continue to cross the thousand-dollar mark, LG is bucking the trend with its new V60 5G ThinQ. Starting at $799, the V60 looks lovely, boasts top-of-the-line specs, and has a battery that will easily get you through the day. But while it costs considerably less ...

  • Apple Store Confirms Low-Cost iPhone Is Called iPhone SE
    by Matthew Humphries on April 3, 2020 at 10:30 am

    A listing on the Apple Store for a Belkin screen protector and AppleCare+ confirms the new, low-cost iPhone launching this year won't be called the iPhone 9. We're all expecting Apple to launch a new low-cost phone this year, but until now it's been unclear what the official name would end up being. Now we know, thanks to Apple's online store. As 9To5Mac reports, a listing for the

  • Exclusive: OnePlus 8 Series Aces DisplayMate's Lab Tests
    by Sascha Segan on April 2, 2020 at 11:00 am

    The new OnePlus 8 phones match or beat leading competitors like the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the iPhone 11 Pro Max in a rigorous series of display tests. We have the exclusive stats. The new OnePlus 8 series phones aced DisplayMate's lab tests, with super-bright, low-reflectivity screens, high color accuracy, and excellent viewing quality at an angle, according to test results given exclusively to PCMag.com. "OnePlus clearly wanted to make an outstanding display," said Dr. Ray Soneira of

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