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Any Tech news » iPhone http://anytechnews.com Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:43:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.9 iOS 11 'cop button': Shortcut disables your iPhone's Touch ID and calls SOS http://anytechnews.com/ios-11-cop-button-shortcut-disables-your-iphones-touch-id-and-calls-sos/ http://anytechnews.com/ios-11-cop-button-shortcut-disables-your-iphones-touch-id-and-calls-sos/#comments Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:35:33 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/ios-11-cop-button-shortcut-disables-your-iphones-touch-id-and-calls-sos/

Image: Kia/Twitter/Apple

iOS 11 has a new safety feature that could help when your back’s against the wall.

The iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor is great for quickly unlocking your device, but it’s also been used by law enforcement to circumvent legal restrictions on demanding a passcode.

Reverting to passcode access only currently requires a restart via long pressing the sleep button and swiping power off the screen, which is neither discreet nor fast enough if you’re being accosted in the street by someone in a position of authority who wants access to your device.

Also: iOS 11 public beta 5 – Should you run it? | How to safely test iOS 11 public betas on your iPhone or iPad | Top iOS apps for productivity

But in iOS 11, disabling Touch ID can be done within seconds with one finger or thumb. All it will take is five quick clicks on the sleep button, and the phone will require the passcode to access data on the device.

The feature is actually part of a new Emergency SOS mode in iOS 11, which allows users to configure the phone to automatically call an emergency number.

The feature also automatically sends a message to “in case of emergency” contacts to let them know of the call for help and the user’s current location. Emergency contacts are set up Apple’s in-built Health app.

That ability makes iOS 11’s overall SOS feature similar to Google’s Trusted Contacts app, which notifies select contacts with the user’s location in an emergency, albeit with the additional benefit of protecting the iPhone data in the event the user is pressured to unlock it with their fingerprint.

Twitter user @ait_kia discovered the new feature, which is being called the ‘cop button’, in the current public beta of iOS 11.

After activating the SOS feature, iOS 11 displays a screen with the option to slide to power off and a second SOS Emergency slider. Selecting the SOS option opens a second page with an Emergency button, and a field to enter the passcode to enable Touch ID.

As The Verge notes, this feature will be relevant to both Touch ID and Apple’s new face unlock, which are reportedly coming in the next iPhone.

Previous and related coverage

Virginia police can now force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint

A circuit judge likened police forcing smartphone owners to unlock their device with a fingerprint akin to providing a DNA sample or an actual key.

Google’s Trusted Contacts safety app is now available for iOS

Google updates Trusted Contacts with more control over location sharing.

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Is a massive iPhone price drop incoming? http://anytechnews.com/is-a-massive-iphone-price-drop-incoming/ http://anytechnews.com/is-a-massive-iphone-price-drop-incoming/#comments Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:25:04 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/is-a-massive-iphone-price-drop-incoming/

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We’ve been talking a lot lately about the iPhone 8, and how it could come with a hefty $1,000+ price tag. But people willing to pay the big bucks could be subsidizing an iPhone price cut for everyone else.

See also: It turns out the iPad was just too expensive after all

In a note to Above Avalon newsletter subscribers, analyst Neil Cybart pondered the following:

“Call me crazy, but we still don’t have enough evidence to completely rule out Apple cutting pricing for the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD models by $100 next month. If a $999+ OLED iPhone ends up representing half of iPhone sales, iPhone ASP (average selling price) will still go up even if the new LCD models see a $100 price reduction.”

This isn’t the first time that Cybart has mulled about this price cut, and I have to admit that it’s an interesting idea.

And it’s also one that has precedent. After all, the iPad saw a hefty price cut following the introduction of the iPad Pro, and that price cut seems to have given sales a much-needed kick.

A price cut for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus could allow it to do away with keeping the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on in the store, essentially simplifying the lineup. And there’s evidence suggesting this, in the form of Apple dramatically cutting iPhone channel inventory last month.

But Apple would need to be more cautious when it comes to slashing the price of the iPhone. iPad sales were already in the dirt and slashing the price will have been a last ditch move from Apple. While iPhone growth is weak, a $100 price cut for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus could have a deleterious effect on the ASP if Apple couldn’t sell enough iPhone 8 handsets (either because of lackluster interest, or, more likely, shortages).

After all, the effect on iPad ASP has been profound — it’s now at $435, while a year ago it stood at $490.

Previous and related coverage

Apple is banking on gimmicks and old technology to sell the iPhone 8

Can AR, face unlocking, wireless charging, and an OLED display really get people to part with over $1,000 for a smartphone? [August 9, 2017]

Ten Apple products you shouldn’t buy (and three that you can’t buy anymore)

Here’s a list of Apple products that you shouldn’t buy, along with one that you can’t buy anymore. [August 1, 2017]

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RED shows off its $1,200 holographic display Hydrogen One smartphone http://anytechnews.com/red-shows-off-its-1200-holographic-display-hydrogen-one-smartphone/ http://anytechnews.com/red-shows-off-its-1200-holographic-display-hydrogen-one-smartphone/#comments Thu, 03 Aug 2017 22:17:37 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/red-shows-off-its-1200-holographic-display-hydrogen-one-smartphone/

RED’s Hydrogen One is slim but tall and wide, easily dwarfing the iPhone 7 Plus.

Image: Marques Brownlee/YouTube

High-end cinema camera maker Red has been teasing its forthcoming holographic smartphone for the past month, and has now offered the first full view of its prototypes.

RED’s cameras have been used to shoot hundreds of films since 2005, such as Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and most Netflix hit TV series including Stranger Things season two. Earlier this week it struck a deal with Apple to sell some of its high-end kit exclusively at apple.com.

But in early 2018, RED may be competing with Apple — amid its push into augmented reality (AR) on iOS — with the 5.5-inch holographic display Android-powered Hydrogen One smartphone.

It won’t be cheap. The unlocked phone will cost a whopping $1,595 when pre-ordered for the titanium model or $1,195 for the aluminum variant. RED founder Jim Jannard has suggested it will be more expensive if and when it is released.

But for that price, it’s promising a phone that can deliver a holographic view or ‘4-View’ without a wearable display and “multidimensional audio” powered by its H3O algorithm.

The device will also offer modular attachments for shooting video, stills, and holographic content. The phone also integrates with its cinema cameras as a user interface and monitor.

That approach would dovetail with REDs modular camera business, which offers the $49,500 Weapon 6K camera without a screen or other essentials.

On Wednesday, YouTube star Marques Brownlee published his hands-on with three prototypes showcasing the full design without a functioning display or camera, the body with an attached RED camera sensor, and a third prototype with a functioning holographic display.

The Hydrogen One has an industrial hard-edge design with finger grips along the side, presumably for more secure handling when loaded up with modular attachments.

The phone is slim but tall and wide, easily out-sizing the iPhone 7 Plus, with a top and bottom Kevlar panel and a metal mid-panel featuring a large red dot embossed with ‘RED Digital Cinema’.

The power button on the right-hand side will double as a fingerprint reader while on the left are separated volume buttons embedded in two ridges. There’s also a dedicated video record button on the right-hand bottom.

The prototype design has a USB Type-C port on the bottom alongside a headphone jack that is due to move to the top on the final build. The lower rear features a high-speed data bus to support attachments. The front lower bezel space houses dual speakers and additional speaker on the top bezel between two sensors.

The design prototype didn’t have a working display or camera module. RED only allowed Brownlee to show his reaction to the prototype with a working holographic display. He said he was “pretty impressed” with the holographic view.

According to Brownlee, within the next 45 days RED will have a working prototype with the fit and finish, and the holographic display in the same body.

ZDNet sister site CNET has dug up several camera-module patents that offer promising signs that RED’s claims are achievable. The patents are also consistent with RED’s success in selling high-end modular digital cameras.

REDs Jannard has offered a few additional details on the company’s user forum. The built-in camera won’t deliver cinema-quality images, which is where the modular system comes in to add “image quality well beyond any other camera short of our professional cameras”.

Attachments will also be required to create 4-View holographic content, according to Jannard.

The phone won’t have a lenticular display like Amazon’s 3D Fire Phone or LG Optimus, but rather “technology you haven’t seen before”.

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Nomad iPhone 7 Plus leather case and Apple Watch Sport Strap: Blue Horween leather and hypoallergenic band http://anytechnews.com/nomad-iphone-7-plus-leather-case-and-apple-watch-sport-strap-blue-horween-leather-and-hypoallergenic-band/ http://anytechnews.com/nomad-iphone-7-plus-leather-case-and-apple-watch-sport-strap-blue-horween-leather-and-hypoallergenic-band/#comments Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:04:33 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/nomad-iphone-7-plus-leather-case-and-apple-watch-sport-strap-blue-horween-leather-and-hypoallergenic-band/

Nomad designs and manufactures excellent mobile products, and has recently released a new color for its iPhone leather case and an Apple Watch sport band. I’ve been testing both for a couple of weeks and am extremely pleased with each accessory.

A couple of months ago, I purchased the Nomad Modern Leather Strap for my Apple Watch Series 2, as I wanted a band in leather instead of always wearing the simple black sport band that came with my Apple Watch. The Horween leather, black buckle and securing pins, and wear over the past couple of months confirms it was $60 well spent.

Let’s take a closer look at the two new Nomad products I used over the past couple weeks.

Nomad Leather Case for Apple iPhone 7 Plus

There are an incredible number of case options available for the Apple iPhone, from stick-on skins to rugged bulky protective cases. I prefer cases that add some personal style while also offering some corner protection while also not adding much in size to an already overly large phone.

Nomad’s brown leather case has been very popular with Apple iPhone owners. The new one has the same design elements, but with a midnight blue Horween leather.

Horween leather comes from Chicago and clearly meets my desire for a unique case due to the fact that it ages differently over time. I personally like the rugged patina look that develops as you use the case. We’ve seen this leather used popularly on Motorola phones in the past and people tend to either love the look or hate it. I think it imparts some character to the case and look forward to long term use of the Nomad case.

The interior of the Nomad leather case is lined with soft black material with the Nomad branding on the inside. Your iPhone 7 Plus snaps securely into the Dow Dupont polycarbonate core frame and ensure the case will not fall off the iPhone. There are ample openings for the cameras, flash, Lightning port, speaker, and mics. There is also an opening for the ringer switch, but I had a hard time flipping the switch because I have short fingernails and the case is a bit thick around this opening.

The frame wraps around all four sides and protrudes just a bit above the display so that your screen is protected when you set your phone down on a table. The back and sides are covered in midnight blue Horween leather and look fantastic. The leather even smells good and holds up well to daily usage.

The Nomad Leather Case is available now for $39.95 for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Nomad also has a midnight blue Leather Folio Wallet case for the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Nomad Sport Strap for 42mm Apple Watch

My Apple Watch came with the black Apple sport strap, which sells separately for $49 if you want another color. I’ve been satisfied with the Apple strap, but it’s nothing special. I’ve been thinking of picking up the black/volt Nike sport band from Apple, but haven’t done so yet. Nomad sent along its new Sport Strap in black and volt (highlight yellow) that is priced at $49.95.

The Nomad Sport Strap is constructed of vulcanized LSR silicone material. This is a naturally biocompatible, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic material so should be safe for everyone to use.

The first thing I noticed about this strap is that it matches the width of the 42mm Apple Watch with interesting chamfered edges that transition into the Apple Watch. The rest of the surface of the band has a crosshatch finish that adds a nice look to the band.

The volt color is present on the underside of the watch band and is visible through the openings in the strap so it is a very subtle sporty look. The securing mechanism is similar to Apple’s sport strap with an oval post that fits into a notch and then an opening where the remainder of the bitter end of the strap slides down and into for a closed loop band experience. It is a waterproof band designed to withstand a 72 hour salt mist test.

The Nomad Sport Strap is very comfortable and I was able to wear it daily for about 18 hours and barely even noticed I was wearing my Apple Watch.

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Will the iPhone 8 cost as much as a MacBook Pro? http://anytechnews.com/will-the-iphone-8-cost-as-much-as-a-macbook-pro/ http://anytechnews.com/will-the-iphone-8-cost-as-much-as-a-macbook-pro/#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:57:10 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/will-the-iphone-8-cost-as-much-as-a-macbook-pro/

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Rumors suggest that the upcoming tenth-generation iPhone 8 — let’s call it that for now although it seems unlikely that it will be the final name — will retail for over $1,000, with some going as far as to suggest that the starting price — yes, you read that right, starting price — will be in the region of $1,200.

You can buy a MacBook pro for that.

Could the iPhone 8 seriously cost as much as a MacBook Pro? Let’s find out.

See also: How to make sure your charger or power bank doesn’t blow up your expensive smartphone

I’ve seen a lot of pricings for the iPhone 8 bandied about, but most of them seem to be just numbers plucked out of the air with little or no data to back them up. So, in an attempt to bring a little grounding to these rumored pricing, let’s try to pull together some data to see if there’s some reality to these pricings.

Let’s start off by looking at Apple’s existing iPhone line up. And just a cursory look shows that an iPhone 7 Plus with 256-gigabyte of storage will currently set you back $969.

Just with that bit of information, all of a sudden that $1,000+ price tag doesn’t seem so crazy.

But let’s leave that uber-pricey iPhone 7 Plus and take a dive into what makes modern flagship smartphones expensive. The best way to do this is to take a look at the teardown bill of materials (BOM) for some flagship devices. Let’s take a look at the BOMs for the iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S8. A look through these will show you that the bulk of the cost of a smartphone is made up of the display, the mainboard, and the camera module.

But I want you to pay attention to three things:

  • The BOM costs are only a fraction of the retail price of the handsets (remember that R&D and all the other myriad costs associated with bringing a product to market aren’t included in this costing — however it’s likely that Apple is making around $250 profit per iPhone)
  • The whopping cost of the 5.77-inch AMOLED display in the Samsung Galaxy S8 ($85, compared to $39 for the iPhone 7)
  • That the total BOM and manufacturing cost of the iPhone 7 comes to $220, while the handset retails for $649

The takeaway here is that an OLED display is going to be expensive for Apple (and buyers), and more so if it’s going to have components such as the Touch ID sensor embedded into it.

Even given how ruthlessly Apple drives down supply chain prices, OLED displays are going to be expensive given that not many companies have the capacity to produce high volumes, and given the poor yield.

If Apple wants an OLED display — especially one that has components integrated into it — then that’s going to weigh down the price tag considerably.

Another thing to bear in mind is that Apple has no problem charging customers an arm and a leg for things that at a production level only cost a few dollars. 32-gigabytes of storage and 2-gigabytes of RAM in the base iPhone 7 costs Apple under $17, and while Apple charges an extra $100 for a storage bump to 128-gigabytes, that’s not costing Apple anywhere near that price (the actual price is likely under $20).

But is it possible to bring the bill of materials up to a point where Apple could charge $1,000+ for the iPhone 8?

Yes, it is.

Remember, the BOM usually falls around a third of the retail price, so in reality we only need to bump the BOM price up to around $330, and remember that an OLED display could easily add $45 to that $220 for the iPhone 7, and perhaps as much as $55 for the costs of integrating components into the display, that now only leaves us looking to add about $60 to the cost.

Throw in the improved cameras needed for AR and retina/facial scanning, and more RAM and we’re not far.

Throw in wireless charging and we’re in that $330 range ballpark. Comfortably.

If we assume that the tenth-anniversary iPhone isn’t going to be offered in a measly 32-gigabyte offering, then that gives Apple the ability to slap the premium storage tax onto the iPhone 8.

Then, consider that this is the much-hyped tenth-anniversary iPhone, so there’s room for a hype tax.

So, yes, the iPhone 8 could retail for $1,000. Easily. A starting price of $1,200 would be pushing it based on what the (think) we know about the iPhone 8, but if Apple ships the iPhone 8 with 256-gigabytes of storage as the baseline, then even this isn’t a crazy price (well, OK, it is a crazy price, but not for what you’re getting).

Anticipating the question on how Apple could justify charging $1,000 for a smartphone with a BOM of $330, remember that this price doesn’t include costs such as R&D (this iPhone seems like it’s going to be a radical departure from the existing line up, both in terms of cosmetic appearance and user experience, and that costs money), marketing, stores, and so on. Based on past figures and estimates, I’d say that these costs would add some $330 to the BOM price.

But that does mean that Apple would be making around $330 per iPhone 8 sold. Which isn’t bad at all.

The real question isn’t whether Apple could attach a $1,000+ price tag to an iPhone, but whether people will pay that price. And if they are willing to pay, how long until we see other manufacturers offering their own “limited edition” smartphones with eye-watering prices?

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Here's how to clear all your iPhone notifications with a single tap http://anytechnews.com/heres-how-to-clear-all-your-iphone-notifications-with-a-single-tap/ http://anytechnews.com/heres-how-to-clear-all-your-iphone-notifications-with-a-single-tap/#comments Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:54:08 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/heres-how-to-clear-all-your-iphone-notifications-with-a-single-tap/

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Sometimes, I’ll go days (or even weeks) before the clutter begins to get to me, and I want to clear them all out. The annoyance factor is that I really don’t like having to clear out each day’s set of notifications individually.

Oh, yeah, I know it’s pretty much a first world problem, but still, every tap eats up a small amount of my soul.

Fortunately, the solution is one tap (and hold) away. That’s the idea behind our new one-click wonder series (which we’ve creatively extended to allow a quick tap or two, as well). Every so often, we’ll share with you simple solutions to eradicate minor annoyances.

In this case, all you need to do is press and hold the little X on your notifications. This is a 3D touch move, so you’ll need an iPhone 6s or newer phone (sorry, SE owners, you don’t have 3D touch). If your notifications aren’t visible, just slide them down from the top and then tap and hold the X.

Poof! No more notifications.


Image: Apple

For you Apple Watch owners, clearing notifications work pretty much the same way. The Watch has 3D touch as well, although for some reason they call it force touch on the Watch). In any case, drag down your notifications from your watch face screen, press and hold, and then dismiss all your notifications.

It’s almost like magic.

Are there any other one-click wonders you can suggest or wish for? Go ahead and share in the TalkBacks below.

You can follow my day-to-day project updates on social media. Be sure to follow me on Twitter at @DavidGewirtz, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DavidGewirtz, on Instagram at Instagram.com/DavidGewirtz, and on YouTube at YouTube.com/DavidGewirtzTV.

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Mophie Charge Force cases for iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8, Juice Packs for Galaxy S8: hands-on http://anytechnews.com/mophie-charge-force-cases-for-iphone-7-and-galaxy-s8-juice-packs-for-galaxy-s8-hands-on/ http://anytechnews.com/mophie-charge-force-cases-for-iphone-7-and-galaxy-s8-juice-packs-for-galaxy-s8-hands-on/#comments Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:52:40 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/mophie-charge-force-cases-for-iphone-7-and-galaxy-s8-juice-packs-for-galaxy-s8-hands-on/

Android phones have had wireless charging capability for years and indications are that Apple may finally be adding it to the next iPhone. Mophie delivers products that add wireless charging capability to iPhones and the latest cases I tested are designed to be paired with a small battery pack for mobile wireless charging.

Mophie also continues to release its traditional Juice Pack products, this time for the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, and Google Pixel XL. As the battery life of mobile devices improves, there is less of a reason for these battery packs. However, there are still events, activities, and periods of time when you need extended battery life to get work done and Mophie offers a couple of different ways to help you top off on the go.

Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Charge Force Case and Powerstation Mini

Android smartphones have had wireless charging capability in their phones for years. Rumors of the next iPhone show that it may also add wireless charging this year, likely with Apple labeling it as some new technology it invented.

Mophie sent along its new Charge Force case for the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 case is tan and black while the 7 Plus case is black. Mophie offers each in five color variations; black leather/black, tan leather/black, brown leather/black, red leather/black, and blue leather/black.

The back and half way down the sides is soft leather fabric that looks good and offers a texture for easy holding. The rest of the case is hard black plastic.

This Charge Force case is designed to add wireless charging to the Apple iPhone. It does this through the Lightning port so there is a small Lightning plug on the bottom that is attached to a wireless coil piece that together slide up and down in the back interior of the case.

The bottom of the front of the case has openings for the speaker and mic. Thus, the bottom speaker is redirected towards the front of the iPhone so you get a bit better sound directed at you. There are ample openings for the camera, flash, and ringer switch with raised volume and power buttons.

Secure your iPhone into the shell case and then slide the Lightning port attachment up and into the Lightning port to enable the wireless charging functionality. If you want to use your Lightning port for headphones or external charging, you can keep your iPhone in the case and slide out the attachment since the coil patch slides up and down within a track inside the case. You can connect what you need and then secure the bottom when you are done to enable wireless charging again.

Wireless charging works via the Qi standard so you can connect to Mophie charging accessories or other Qi-enabled chargers. Coil to coil alignment is critical for optimal charging. If the case is not optimally aligned with the charger, charging may start, but then stop or may not start at all. If the charging device has a charge indicator light, the light should be solid when charging. If it is blinking, there could be an alignment issue.

The magnets in the Charge Force case and Mophie-branded charging pads ensure optimal alignment between the case and pad. The addition of the magnets in the Charge Force case also enable connection to a Charge Force Powerstation Mini. This is a small 3,000 mAh battery pack that secures to the back of the Charge Force case to wirelessly charge up your iPhone.

The cool thing about the Powerstation Mini is that you can slap it on when you need a charge simply by setting it against the back of the case and the magnets hold it very securely. It charges via a microUSB port and weighs in at 90 grams.

The Charge Force case is priced at $59.95 while the Powerstation Mini is $49.95. You do not need a Powerstation Mini to use a Charge Force case, but understand the Charge Force case does not have any kind of battery capacity in it. The case is designed to add wireless charging capability, along with some protection for your iPhone back and sides. The case feels good in the hand and weighs in at 48 grams.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Charge Force Case and Powerstation Mini

Mophie also sent along Charge Force cases for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. You may be thinking, as I was, why you would need a case on a phone that already has wireless charging technology integrated into the phone with a couple of wireless charging standards. The Charge Force case for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is designed to provide some protection for your Galaxy smartphone while adding support for Mophie charging solutions, such as the Powerstation Mini, Powerstation, vent mount, desk mount, and wireless charging base.

This means that the Charge Force case includes magnets on the back for optimal alingment to these Mophie charging accessories. You can also use the Galaxy Charge Force case with any existing Samsung or other wireless charging solution you already have.

The Charge Force Case is $49.95, the same as the optional Powerstation Mini 3,000 mAh battery pack. The case weighs in at just 28 grams and definitely enhances your ability to hold onto your Galaxy smartphone. The black leather fabric, there is only one color option available, feels great in your hand and keeps the Galaxy from sliding around on a table.

There are large openings for the camera, fingerprint sensor, headphone jack, and USB Type-C port. The nice thing about the headphone jack is that you do not need to use any kind of dongle cable to connect to your headphones while using this case.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Juice Pack

Mophie is probably most well-known for its Juice Pack batteries that act as an external battery and case in one. I’ve purchased a couple of these at airports around the country when I needed to add battery life to my smartphones and had no option to charge via an external power source.

The Mophie Juice Pack for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are available now for $99.95.

The Juice Pack adds a 3,300 mAh battery to the S8 Plus and a 2,950 mAh battery to the S8. These are rated to provide 39 hours of talk time to the S8 Plus and 33 hours to the S8.

The Juice Pack is a two piece system where the top sixth or so of the case is removed to slide your Galaxy smartphone down and onto the integrated USB Type-C port. Soft touch material lines the inside and outside of the case to protect your phone and make it easier to hold onto.

As with most Juice Pack cases, you likely need to use the included headphone dongle to use the 3.5mm headset jack since the bottom piece is deep and not many headsets have such a long connector to use them without the extension cable. You can use your standard USB Type-C plug to charge the case and your phone through the case though.

The case does not hamper your ability to use the edge screen panels on your Galaxy. Raised corners of the case do offer some drop protection though, which is often the worst area to drop your phone.

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Apple opens China data center to comply with new law http://anytechnews.com/apple-opens-china-data-center-to-comply-with-new-law/ http://anytechnews.com/apple-opens-china-data-center-to-comply-with-new-law/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:46:08 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/apple-opens-china-data-center-to-comply-with-new-law/

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Apple on Monday said it will open its first data center in China to comply with new cyber security laws enacted in June.

Apple is partnering with local data management firm Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry to build a data center to host iCloud services. It will build the center in the southern province of Guizhou, as part of a planned $1 billion investment into the province.

“The addition of this data center will allow us to improve the speed and reliability of our products and services while also complying with newly passed regulations,” Apple said in a statement to Reuters. “These regulations require cloud services be operated by Chinese companies so we’re partnering with GCBD to offer iCloud.”

Like all of Apple’s data centers, the new Chinese operation will be powered by renewable energy. Chinese users’ information will be moved to the new facility in the coming months.

The new cyber-security law that went into effect on June 1 requires foreign firms to store data within China. Apple told Reuters: “No backdoors will be created into any of our systems” for third parties.

Competitors Amazon and Microsoft already have data centers in China.

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Qualcomm calls for US regulators to ban import of Intel-powered iPhones http://anytechnews.com/qualcomm-calls-for-us-regulators-to-ban-import-of-intel-powered-iphones/ http://anytechnews.com/qualcomm-calls-for-us-regulators-to-ban-import-of-intel-powered-iphones/#comments Sun, 09 Jul 2017 21:41:34 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/qualcomm-calls-for-us-regulators-to-ban-import-of-intel-powered-iphones/

Alleging that Apple is infringing on Qualcomm patents, Qualcomm on Thursday filed a complaint with a US regulatory agency, asking it to bar the import of some iPhones and other products into the US.

More specifically, Qualcomm is asking the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to issue a Limited Exclusion Order (LEO) against iPhones that use cellular baseband processors other than those supplied by Qualcomm’s affiliates.

Additionally, Qualcomm is seeking a Cease and Desist Order to bar the sales and marketing of any allegedly infringing Apple products already imported. The chipmaker also filed a patent infringement suit against Apple in the US District Court for the Southern District of California.

The complaints represent the latest blow in the ongoing feud between Apple and Qualcomm. Last month, Apple filed a brief in federal court complaining that Qualcomm’s attempt to charge a license fee for every iPhone manufactured amounted to an illegal business model.

The legal saga between the two companies started in January, when Apple filed a suit against Qualcomm accusing the semiconductor giant of overcharging for chips and withholding nearly $1 billion in contractual rebate payments.

In response to Qualcomm’s actions on Thursday, Apple reiterated its prior comments:

“Qualcomm’s illegal business practices are harming Apple and the entire industry,” the company said when it filed its suit against Qualcomm last month. “They supply us with a single connectivity component, but for years have been demanding a percentage of the total cost of our products – effectively taxing Apple’s innovation.”

The six patents in question, Qualcomm said Thursday, all enable high performance in a smartphone while extending battery life. Each does so in a different way for different smartphone features. The patents are “vital to iPhone functions,” Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm EVP and general counsel, said in a statement.

“Qualcomm’s inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and extend well beyond modem technologies or cellular standards,” Rosenberg said. “Apple continues to use Qualcomm’s technology while refusing to pay for it.”

Qualcomm expects the ITC investigation to begin August and for the court case to be tried next year.

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Sugarlock video editor hands-on: Play, cut, and share your action camera footage in minutes http://anytechnews.com/sugarlock-video-editor-hands-on-play-cut-and-share-your-action-camera-footage-in-minutes/ http://anytechnews.com/sugarlock-video-editor-hands-on-play-cut-and-share-your-action-camera-footage-in-minutes/#comments Sat, 08 Jul 2017 21:40:59 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/sugarlock-video-editor-hands-on-play-cut-and-share-your-action-camera-footage-in-minutes/

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Do you dread sitting in front of a PC going through videos to find a few pieces of action to share with family and friends? The Sugarlock is here to ease the pain and make editing fun.

Action cameras improve each year (see my Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 review) and some are even available for just $70 (see my recent take on the Aukey 4K sports action camera). While we enjoy capturing bike rides, hikes, adventures in the snow, boat trips, fly fishing trips, and more on various action cameras, editing is not fun.

The new $99 Sugarlock Instant Video Editor was created to address this exact pain point and after testing one out for the last couple of weeks I am convinced this is the way to go.

I was able to view several clips, cut out all the dead air time, and pull together a clip that showed me catching two fish within about 3 minutes. All with just my smartphone, a 65-inch LCD TV, and the Sugarlock device.

For millions, a Chromebook or iPad is perfectly acceptable as a primary computer. Video editing has always been one function that people pointed to as a shortfall for these types of computing devices. A $99 Sugarlock device may be the perfect companion for these folks who don’t want a full-blown Windows PC or Apple computer.

Hardware and setup

The Sugarlock is a small device about 4 x 3.5 x 1 inches in size with black casing and blue Sugarlock branding. On the front you will find an ethernet port, microUSB port, and microSD card slot. On the back is the detachable Wi-Fi antenna, reset button, Wi-Fi setup button, microUSB port for the power connection, and full size HDMI port (an HDMI cable is included in the package).

Simply plug in the HDMI cable to your TV, plug in the power cable (included in the package too), and insert a microSD card from your action camera. Install the Sugarlock app on your iOS or Android device and launch it. Connect the Wi-Fi on your smartphone to the Sugarlock device that is found locally in your Wi-Fi settings. A Wi-Fi Direct connection is used to connect your smartphone to the Sugarlock device.

Editing video on your TV

Once the Wi-Fi connection is made and after you launch the app, a display will appear on your smartphone in landscape (should appear in this orientation automatically) with four icons on each side of a large purple box. The large purple box is actually the touch remote control for the Sugarlock and the display on your TV. Let’s jump over to the TV interface for a second.

On your TV you will see thumbnails along the left side and top. The left side contains videos from the same day and then moving to the right advances you to different days. Once you select a thumbnail, the video will start playing on the main display.

Over to the right you will see the video details (name, format, and length) and below that some other details of the experience (Wi-Fi connection, smartphone you are controlling Sugarlock with, the video source, and free space on the video source).

Tap on your smartphone to enter the full screen viewing mode of the video and then you can perform edits to the video or control the viewing experience.

Back on the smartphone app you will find the back, capture thumbnail, switch, and settings icons on the left side. Capturing a thumbnail will allow you to assign a thumbnail to the selected video so when you go back to the main navigation panel on your TV you can see what the video contains rather than a blank box. Settings is where you can manage your connection.

On the right side you will find the cut, share video, snap and share photo, and delete buttons. Snap and share still photos from the video if you desire, but then let’s get to the video cutting.

Tap on the big purple box to play or pause the video. To edit, you must first pause the video at the beginning of where you want to make the first cut. Tap the cut button, move the cut line to the right of your first cut, and tap the cut button again to make your second cut. Keep making as many cuts as you want along the video timeline.

Now move the play pause indicator between the cut lines where you want content removed and swipe down on your smartphone display. Notice that the video timeline now changes to a bunch of vertical lines rather than the solid line. Move around the timeline and cut between cut lines, or to the left of the first and right of the last, to cut out the sections of the video you want removed.

Lastly, press the share video button to render the new video from your cut version. After it is rendered and mastered, you can share it to social networks or save it to your phone’s storage.

Experiences with Sugarlock

I already edited my fly fishing photos for my Aukey 4K review using the old Windows Movie Maker software on my Surface Pro 4. I could have done the same thing in minutes on the Sugarlock and may soon pick one up for myself.

Given that fly fishing is about 95 percent casting and standing with 5 percent catching fish, I appreciate the ability to make multiple cuts throughout the video so that I can create a video that makes it look like all I do when I spend three to five hours on the river is catch fish. (Just don’t remind my family that the video is only 15 minutes long and I was gone for hours.)

Browsing through your video library and scrolling through your video content is lightning fast on the Sugarlock device. It is quick and easy to cut sections of your video with a few finger movements. It takes a few minutes to “master” the video and download it so that you can share it or save to your smartphone for later viewing or editing.

In addition to editing though, I enjoyed the simple viewing experience provided by the Sugarlock. My family enjoyed watching my captured footage on the river since none of my girls fly fish and it was easy for me to quickly swipe through boring parts of my casting.

The full screen viewing on a large high definition TV was a better experience than editing and sharing to Facebook or YouTube where they would then view the video on a smartphone. The cool thing is that you can take the Sugarlock with you and friends can pop in their action camera footage so you can have a viewing party after an adventure.

What’s missing?

The Sugarlock device makes cutting videos and sharing them quickly and easily, and for many people capturing action camera footage, getting the content out for family and friends is the most important function. Some people like to do more with their videos, but the Sugarlock is not really designed for professionals.

Here are the limitations I noticed with the Sugarlock:

  • Footage cannot be moved around within the editing function so everything must be in sequence
  • You cannot splice in multiple videos to make one long video
  • There are no tools for adding titles or animations to your video

Even with these limitations though, you could still use the Sugarlock for quickly collecting the best segments and then saving them to your smartphone. Take those key clips and then edit them as you desire in a full blown editor on your computer. The Sugarlock will still save you time cutting out the content you don’t want and may be worth it for professionals as well.

The Sugarlock is available now for $99 and I plan to pick one up and save myself a ton of time editing my action camera footage.

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