But by the end of the week, I had become less distracted and more productive.I ended up redownloading my apps at the end of the experiment — but not all of them.It was also the culmination of other steps I've taken to distance myself from my phone: I've already managed to completely give up texting, I keep my phone on silent 24/7, and recently, I started putting my phone on airplane mode for the entire work day.So I figured, why not go a step further and remove any temptation to use the apps on my phone by removing them completely?First, I counted all the apps I'd installed on my refurbished Samsung Galaxy S9.I thought about how many of the apps I actually used and imagined I'd miss some of them much more than others: Facebook Messenger — since I mostly live abroad, it's my primary mode of written and verbal communication with friends and family; Instagram — to connect with other travelers and bloggers; Spotify — when I need to drown out distractions while working; Amazon Kindle — since it's not practical to carry physical books from country to country; and Google Chrome — for obvious reasons.
Mobile app down, website 'may be working slowly or unavailable'"Exciting, revolutionary UK high street bank" Metro Bank is having an exciting, revolutionary lie-down today as its mobile app falls over and its website totters.Problems first surfaced at around 11am today (UK time) as users of the outfit's mobile banking app began encountering issues.Thank you for your patience.— Metro Bank Help (@MetroBank_Help) March 29, 2019By 12pm the bank's Twitter orifice admitted that the wannabe financial heavyweight (which currently has 1,620,000 accounts on its books, according to its 2018 (PDF) report) was "currently experiencing difficulty with its services".
Looks like Apple doesn’t treat customers with the same “high standard” of care it apparently reserves for its hardware quality.It’s an uncharacteristically sloppy move for the “it just works” company.Apple clearly knew AirPower was borked before launching the new AirPods wireless charging case on March 20th.It should really find some way to make it up to people, especially given it has $245 billion in cash on hand.TechCrunch broke the news of AirPower’s demise.“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project.
If you've had your eye on a Google Home smart speaker and you're not stuck in a fixed broadband contract, the universe might just have aligned in your favour.BT's latest deal gives you a free Google Home and up to £90 of prepaid credit cards with some of its Superfast Fibre packages.Considering the Google Home retails for £129, that's over £200 of rewards on some of the packages, which is not bad going -- especially if it's something you were going to order anyway.For instance, if you order Superfast Fibre Essential (36Mb on average), you get the Google Home and the package costs £29.99 a month.If you order Superfast Fibre 1 (50Mb on average), you get the Google Home and an £80 BT reward card (which you can spend at most places that take Mastercard).If you go for the big package – Superfast Fibre 2 at an average of 67Mb – you get the Google Home and a £90 BT reward card.
Heads up, Nintendo Switch owners: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for $56.99.This full-size gamepad features motion controls, HD rumble and built-in "amiibo functionality," which will no doubt mean something to you if you are indeed a Switch owner.Although $13 isn't a huge savings, it's still a savings -- and this is actually Amazon's lowest price to date on the controller, which hasn't seen a decent sale since way back Black Friday.CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Questions about the Cheapskate blog?
Private bank, Federal Bank Ltd. in India, has partnered with Ripple XRP to facilitate international payments.In an announcement to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the Federal Bank confirmed its partnership with blockchain technology firm Ripple.The partnership will see the bank use Ripple’s blockchain solutions for cross-border remittances.Unfortunately, it remains unclear whether the partnership will involve the use of cryptocurrency.Shyam Srinivasan, Federal Bank MD and CEO, and John Mitchell, Senior Vice President at Ripple, signed the partnership agreement between the two parties.It might come as surprising news to some as India and cryptocurrency have certainly had a tumultuous past.
Hard-pressed Huawei today chortled at the US government's "loser attitude" as it reported (PDF) healthy double-digit bounces in both its top and bottom line, lifted by the rise of its smartphones and enterprise gear.Privately owned Huawei said revenue for 2018 was up 19.5 per cent year-on-year to ¥721.2bn (£82bn, $107bn), in spite of a long-running campaign by the US to scare Western allies off buying Chinese-made tech over fears that backdoors are being built in to aid espionage.The consumer business – Huawei is now the third-largest smartphone seller worldwide – jumped an impressive 45.1 per cent to ¥348.9bn (£39.7bn, $52bn).The enterprise division – think data centre kit, all flash storage and Wi-Fi networking hardware, as well as cloud, big data, AI – grew 23.8 per cent to ¥74.4bn ($11.1bn, £8.47bn).Other business – unspecified – was ¥3.929bn ($585.5m, £447.23m), down 26.1 per cent year-on-year.Sales in China came in at ¥372.162bn ($55.46bn, £42.37bn), up 19.1 per cent; EMEA generated ¥204.536bn ($30.48bn, £23.29bn); Asia Pacific some ¥81.918bn ($12.21bn, £9.33bn), up 15.1 per cent; Americas ¥47.885bn ($7.14bn, £5.45bn); and Other ¥14.701bn ($2.19bn, £1.67bn).
Rollout starting in North AmericaMicrosoft is adding a range of new “intelligent” features to its email and calendar service Outlook.These include relevant material suggestions to help users prepare meetings they are going into a little blind…The new features draw on Microsoft Graph, a developer platform that draws on Office 365 APIs to add the AI-powered functions.They are initially only being rolled out in North America, however.Gabriel Valdez Malpartida Prod Marketing Manager, Outlook at Microsoft Corporation wrote in a blog that supportive information “includes files that have been shared with you in email, public files on SharePoint or OneDrive, emails you’ve had on the meeting topic, content shared during the meeting, meeting notes, and post-meeting content.”
If you've got Amazon Prime as a way to get your parcels delivered fast and for free, as a side effect you'll also have Twitch Prime.The service, which gives users a free monthly channel subscription as well as free games and in-game loot, has now partnered with Nintendo to give away up to a year of free access to the Switch's online features.Here's the deal: if you currently have Twitch Prime, and are in the UK, you can click here, select to receive three free months of Switch online, sign into your Nintendo account, and bam, done.You can redeem these free three months no matter how recently you joined Twitch Prime, and you can redeem them even if you have a current paid subscription to Switch Online – they just stack on top.Then, 60 days after you redeemed the first code, you can then go back to this page here, and click to redeem an additional nine months of free Switch Online, once again redeemable even if you already have an active paid subscription.Now, there is one caveat: family accounts.
The P30 Pro may well redefine what to expect from smartphone cameras given the fact that it boasts a quad-lens main camera, a 32-megapixel front-facing camera, and a ton of artificial intelligence to process everything.But another phone redefined mobile photography last year — the Google Pixel, the biggest of which is the Google Pixel 3 XL.158 x 73.4 x 8.41 mm (6.22 x 2.89 x 0.33 inches)158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm (6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches)2,340 x 1,080 pixels (398 pixels per inch)2,960 x 1,440 pixels (523 pixels per inch)
MWC is over for another year, and what an amazing event it was.These included Digital Twin technology for designing antenna sites, the new Cloud IoT Platform, and — of course — Huawei's new Mate X foldable phone, which stole the show on the first day and continued to draw the crowds on the following three days.The official theme of MWC19 may have been "Intelligent Connectivity" but having spent a few hours on the last day taking a look at what the rest of the industry was promoting, I began to think that the unofficial theme was "Fun Connectivity."Many operators were demonstrating the new businesses and applications that are going to take full advantage of the massive mobile bandwidth and near-instant response time of 5G.I was particularly impressed by the live demonstration of a "Cyber Jam Session" that featured a remote keyboard player appearing by hologram with a live guitar player.At the same time, the car industry itself is using IT and connectivity to change its business models to meet the changing needs of urban travelers as it predicts that personal car ownership will steadily drop and both car-sharing and ride-hailing will continue their inexorable rise.
Apple’s second-gen AirPods are here, and iFixit is already on the (wireless charging case) with its latest teardown, showing off almost the exact same technology that was inside the original AirPods along with the same nearly impossible to repair design.But this time, you can charge them wirelessly.As expected, there’s just a single charging coil in the case, so you’ll want to make sure that you actually place them facing the right way up when you do drop them on a wireless charger (the LED indicator should help with that, though).On the plus side, Apple has apparently made some improvements to the design, adding a studier hinge to the case and a new, more water resistant coating to the circuit board in the case, which should help them avoid damage a bit better.You’ll need those improvements, too, because like the original AirPods, iFixit has ranked these at a zero out of ten for repairability— essentially unfixable once they break or if the batteries wear out.Still, the AirPods pale in comparison to the recently released Samsung Galaxy Buds, which are far easier to disassemble, aren’t held together entirely by glue, and even can (in theory) have their rechargeable batteries replaced or easily removed for recycling.
Despite the transformative impact of technology on society, there is still a digital divide between those who have access to technology and those who do not, giving rise to inequalities in access to opportunities, information, services, and goods.Technological change means that digital skills are increasingly important for connecting with others, accessing information and services and meeting the changing demands of the workplace and economy.The reality is that 4.5 million UK adults have never used the internet.Furthermore, 21% of British citizens lack at least one basic digital skill, leaving the equivalent of 11.3 million adults ‘digitally excluded’.It is also forecast that in 20 years, 90% of all jobs will require some element of digital skills.Yet, research published from the House of Commons Library shows that almost 4,000 public computers have been cut from public libraries and job centres in England since 2010, with some 680 internet-connected machines lost in the past year alone.
So I was surprised when my friend in Cleveland told me that a band would be playing Mega Man 3‘s soundtrack in a bar that is within walking distance of his apartment.The band, Bit Brigade, would provide the classic sidescroller’s music themselves as the player, Noah McCarthy, stomped his way through evil robots and Dr. Wily.I had to go to this show.It was more spectacular than I could have imagined.He did all of this in front of an audience while sitting three feet away from the band’s drums.Starting with a Contra pun
"We will maintain market leadership", says Kristian Elvefors, president and ceo of Volvo Cars Sweden.Several loaded alternative, but still a hole in the range.But during the year, the manufacturer has accelerated the roll-out of electrified cars and the team with the rechargeable has been expanded with several options– currently, we have laddhybriderna T8 Twin Engine, where V60 is the latest to be launched.To Volvo a few years ago targeted an electrification of all cars means that you are way ahead of the phasing out of purely fossildrivna drivetrains.the Reason why it is like this is that we have two occasions per year to introduce changes in production, a new model year and one in the fall.
When the 2020 Hyundai Sonata launches in the US later this year, it'll offer a choice of two different four-cylinder engines.The most powerful of the two engines only produces 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque -- numbers that fall short of other midsize sedans.Happily, Hyundai says a more powerful Sonata is in the cards."There's more to come later," Albert Biermann, Hyundai Motor Group's head of research and development, told Roadshow at the company's R center in Namyang, South Korea, on Friday."You'll see a big step more of power and fun to drive."Hyundai will offer a 2.0-liter, turbocharged version of the 2020 Sonata in China and several other markets, but this engine is not currently planned for the US market.
If you frequent pubs in the United Kingdom that bear the Samuel Smith name, you might want to watch your smartphone usage.According to a new internal company memo leaked by Manchester Evening News, the pub chain — which boasts more than 300 outlets — is banning all customer smartphone calls.If a customer wants to make a call, they will have to exit the building and do so outside, similar to how smokers have to do the same when they want to smoke.The phone call ban is an effort to keep the face-to-face conversational atmosphere of a traditional pub intact.The use of tablets and laptops are also banned, both inside and directly in front of pubs.It should be noted that smartphone use isn’t banned completely: you can still check emails and text messages.
Walking up the blustery path to Apple's big event Monday, I had a lot of questions about the gadget giant's big-league streaming TV ambitions.But I left the Steve Jobs Theater with few answers.Apple stopped putting on a show for me, a tech reporter at her first Apple event, the moment the lights went up to reveal Steven Spielberg to a standing ovation.Instead, from Spielberg to Oprah Winfrey and all the stars in between, Apple brought its Hollywood talent to Cupertino, California, to publicly worship them and their craft."It appeared to be an advertisement to the industry that they're able to attract high-quality talent and they're willing to spend," BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk said in an interview Thursday.Not only did it get Hollywood icons and up-and-comers to praise Apple, Monday's presentation showed Apple itself has enough star power to get Oprah- and Spielberg-level wattage to show up and effuse about their excitement to work with the company.
Ruth was quickly ejected but still removed his cap and bowed to the crowd anyway.The series’ staples — Road to the Show, Franchise, and Diamond Dynasty — feel incredibly familiar, but two new game modes, March to October and Moments, offer a fresh way to experience the increasingly refined gameplay on PS4.In March to October, teams are separated into four categories — favorites, contenders, underdogs, and longshots — based on their real life 2019 outlooks.Playing as a favorite or contender will make the journey a bit easier as you won’t have to significantly outperform your team’s projected win total, but going in as an underdog or long shot can be rewarding.If you succeed, your team gains momentum which helps in the simulated games.It’s refreshing to strip the game down to its core essentials in March to October.
Genesis is no stranger to wowing audiences at the New York Auto Show.Back in 2017, the GV80 SUV concept gave us a shapely look at the future of tall motoring.Last year, the Essentia coupe left us lusting over its long, low shape and 3D-printed structure.In 2019, the company's looking to do it again with a new, electric-powered vision for the future."You'll have an electric show car for Genesis," Luc Donckerwolke, head of Hyundai Group design, told Roadshow at an event in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday.He didn't share any further details, but the fact that this concept will be electrified should come as no surprise.