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Sprint Joins Verizon, Announces HTC 10 Release Date, Pricing Details, And Ability To Run On Faster LTE Plus Network

Sprint Joins Verizon, Announces HTC 10 Release Date, Pricing Details, And Ability To Run On Faster LTE Plus Network

Sprint customers hoping to get their hands on the new HTC 10 will be pleased to know the wait isn’t much longer. The carrier will begin selling the smartphone on May 13.
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Verizon recently announced it would be the first carrier in the U.S. to offer the HTC 10. Sprint has just announced it will begin selling the HTC 10 on May 13 for $0 down and $26 per month for 24 months and the handset will run on its faster LTE Plus network. HTC’s 2016 flagship smartphones, the HTC 10 has been receiving favorable reviews from the tech community and fans of the company’s handsets in the U.S. are waiting to get their hands on the new device.

Verizon1 has already confirmed that it will be the first U.S. carrier to offer the HTC 10 and has just begun taking preorders for the smartphone through its online store.

Now, Sprint has become the latest U.S. carrier to announce2 its HTC 10 launch plans. The HTC 10 will go on sale on May 13 and it will run on Sprint’s faster LTE Plus network. The HTC 10 features an updated chamfered edge metal design and uses a 5.2-inch Quad HD Super LCD 5 screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 and its pixel density is 565 pixels per inch (ppi), and It uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB of RAM found in the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7, and S7 edge. It also runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and HTC Sense 8.0, which the company has toned down and made the skin appear and function more like stock Android.

Users will find 32 GB of internal storage and can increase it via the smartphone’s microSD expansion slot. HTC promised3 the handset would feature “World First, World Class, Front and Back” cameras and it delivered a 12-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus, OIS (optical image stabilization), dual-LED flash, and 5-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, selfies, and capturing 1080p videos. HTC has introduced updated HTC BoomSound speakers for the HTC 10, embedded a fingerprint scanner into its home button, and ships with a large 3,000 mAh non-removable battery that supports Quick Charge3.0 and will provide up to 27 hours of talk time and 456 hours of standby time.

Sprint’s HTC 10 comes with the ability to access the carrier’s advanced LTE Plus network and explains4 what it means for customers:

“According to Sprint’s analysis of Nielsen Mobile Performance Data, the Sprint LTE Plus Network beat Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile by delivering faster download speeds2. Key LTE Plus benefits include:

  • Faster service with double the network capacity and speed, and peak speeds in excess of 100Mbps on capable devices.
  • Stronger service with smart antenna technology that extends the cell signal further at 2.5GHz.
  • More reliable service using three bands of spectrum – 1.9GHz for broad coverage, 800MHz for better indoor service, and 2.5GHz for even faster data speeds.”

The Sprint HTC 10 will go on sale on May 13 through the carrier’s online store5 and retail stores and has been priced at $0 down and $26 per month for 24 months.

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  5. ^ online store (www.sprint.com)

Mobile Designer Hacks Apple Watch To Run Windows 95 For Wrist-Mounted Retro Goodness

Are you nostalgic for the days of POGs, Beanie Babies, and Surge? Are you the type of person who constantly pounds out in all caps, ONLY 90S KIDS WILL REMEMBER THIS ? Then Windows1 95 must be the smartwatch operating system for you. Mobile Designer Hacks Apple Watch To Run Windows 95 For Wrist-Mounted Retro Goodness
It lives! (Credit: Nick Lee)
Developer Nick Lee managed to get Windows 95 working on his Apple Watch. And Apple Watch definitely has the specs (check our full review)2. The watch packs in a 520 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. Compared with Nick’s original $3,000, 300 MHz Pentium II powered PC with 256MB of RAM, the Apple Watch is practically the Computeress from Dexter’s Laboratory. There were quite a few hurdles to overcome, however, before Windows 95 was up and running.

First, Apple does not provide a direct way to install new operating systems. Apple s WatchKit SDK also does not allow one to access user touch locations directly. Lee therefore patched files within WatchKit and loaded his own application code.

Second, Apple Watch typically hibernates when not in use. To fix this issue, Lee created a motorized tube that constantly turns the Watch’s crown and prevents the watch from falling asleep. Third, Windows 95 is controlled through a mouse, while Apple Watch is controlled by swiping. Lee altered the Watch’s software to let Windows 95 track a single fingertip. The mouse can now be moved by tapping on the screen. If you are willing to wait at least an hour for installation, Windows 95 will work on the Apple Watch. Windows 95 is emulated, not virtualized. Emulation allows software to behave like hardware while virtualization interacts directly with hardware. Emulation lets a person run an operating system meant for other hardware, run software meant for a different operating system, or run legacy software after its comparable hardware is no longer available.

This is how software intended for a PC, such as Windows 95, with a little tweaking, will work on Mac hardware. embedded content

If you are interested in trying this out for yourself, you can check out Lee s step-by-step directions here.3

Would you install Windows 95 on a smartwatch? What do you miss most about the 90 s?

Let us know below.

References

  1. ^ Windows (hothardware.com)
  2. ^ specs (check our full review) (hothardware.com)
  3. ^ Lee s step-by-step directions here. (github.com)

NS&I cuts premium bond prizes

01 May 2016

NS&I Cuts Premium Bond Prizes

The odds of your premium bond being a winner are lengthening to 30,000 to one

An estimated 300,000 fewer prizes will be handed out to premium bond holders in June.

As a result, the odds of each bond landing a prize each month have lengthened to 30,000 to one from 26,000 to one. While there will still be two winners of the top 1m prize, the number of 100,000 winners will fall from five to two and the number of people scooping 50,000 will be cut from 12 to five. There will also be reductions to the number of smallest prizes available, with the number of 25 winners set to be reduced from 2.3m to 1.9m.

However, the number of both 100 and 50 prizes will increase from 18,500 to more than 64,000. The annual prize fund interest rate – which indicates the average payout – is currently set at 1.35%, but from June 2016 this will fall to 1.25%.

Premium bonds vs cash Isas and savings accounts

Premium bonds

Premium bonds don’t pay interest. Instead, they’re entered into a prize draw each month, giving holders an opportunity to win tax-free cash. The annual prize fund interest rate (which drops to 1.25% in June) determines how much money is issued as prizes every month.

Essentially, it means someone with average luck may get an annual return of around 1.25% from June 2016. You could win a life-changing amount of money. On the other hand, there’s a possibility you may never win a prize and your savings will be eroded by inflation.

Cash Isas and savings accounts

Unlike premium bonds, cash Isas and savings accounts offer a guaranteed return. The best instant-access rate currently available in the Which? Money Compare cash Isa tables (excluding Isas with certain qualifying conditions and restrictions on withdrawals) is 1.65% AER, offered by Punjab National Bank. Click here1 to visit Which? Money Compare and learn more about this Isa.

The best rate in our instant-access savings account tables is 1.5% AER offered by NatWest, although this rate drops to 0.1% AER after 12 months. Click here2 to visit Which? Money Compare and learn more about this account. The best non-teaser rate in our tables is 1.45% AER offered by RCI Bank. You could earn more interest if you deposit savings in a fixed-rate account. All interest earned in cash Isas is tax-free, and you can now earn up to 1,000 ( 500 if you’re a higher-rate taxpayer) in interest in traditional savings accounts before you have to pay tax. The Which? Money Compare savings and Isa tables let you search hundreds of savings accounts and Isas from providers large and small to find a great savings rate based on quality of service as well as cost and benefits.

Which? Money Compare table – Cash Isas and savings accounts3 – hundreds of deals compared

NS&I premium bond prizes

The table below details how many cash prizes were available up to June 2016 and how this is likely to change in next month’s draw.

NS&I premium bond prizes Prize Number of prizes up to June 2016 Number of prizes in June 2016 (estimate) 1m 2 2 100,000 5 2 50,000 12 5 25,000 22 9 10,000 53 24 5,000 110 46 1,000 1,352 1,257 500 4,056 3,771 100 18,503 64,198 50 18,503 64,198 25 2,267,978 1,879,199 Total 2,310,596 2,012,711

More on this…

Which? Limited is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Which? Financial Services Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 527029). Which? Mortgage Advisers and Which? Money Compare are trading names of Which? Financial Services Limited.

References

  1. ^ Click here (moneycompare.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Click here (moneycompare.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Cash Isas and savings accounts (moneycompare.which.co.uk)

HTC 10 Unlocked Model’s Pre-Orders Will Commence Shipping Next Week

Great news for those wanting to get their hands on a HTC 10 because pre-orders of the device will start to ship out starting from next week. This was confirmed by an HTC employee on his Twitter account.

HTC 10 Unlocked Model's Pre-Orders Will Commence Shipping Next Week

Jeff Gordon Confirms That HTC 10 Pre-Orders Will Begin To Ship Out Starting Next Week

Senior Global Online Communications Manager at HTC Corporation, Jeff Gordon managed to tweet out that the company will start to ship out pre-orders of HTC 10 from next week. Details are currently scarce at the moment, since the executive did not give us an exact date, but we do know that it is going to be for the unlocked model.

@Eak15701 Unlocked HTC 10 begins shipping in the US next week.

Jeff Gordon (@urbanstrata) April 29, 20162

Coming to the hardware of the flagship smartphone, HTC 10 features a 5.2-inch QHD display (2560 x 1440), and sports a Super LCD5 display that has been reinforced with a curved edge Gorilla Glass. Powered by a Snapdragon 820 and 4GB or RAM, the smartphone comes in two internal storage variants: a 32GB one and a 64GB one, with a storage expansion slot that is able to accommodate a 2TB MicroSD card. One thing that HTC has capitalized upon is the speaker quality of its devices.

HTC 10 Has Been Officially Announced Here Are All The Details

HTC 10 Unlocked Model's Pre-Orders Will Commence Shipping Next Week

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That being said, HTC 10 features the company s BoomSound audio profile, that improves the overall sound experience when you want to get down to using it for entertainment purposes without using headphones or earphones. Additionally, the device sports a 3,000mAh cell underneath its unibody chassis. Despite featuring a 3,000mAh battery, HTC states that you can get up to up to 27 hours while being connected to the 3G and 4G networks.

HTC 10 Unlocked Model's Pre-Orders Will Commence Shipping Next Week

On top of that, you can also experience up to 19 days of standby time while connected to the same networks. There is also a power saving mode that will allow you to rake battery life up to 2 whole days and guess what? HTC 10 is compatible with Qualcomm s Quick Charge 3.0 technology thanks to the bundling of a compatible charger. With this, you will be able to increase the battery life up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.

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The phone accommodates a nanoSIM card and sports a Type-C USB port, Bluetooth 4.2 chip and an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter. HTC 10 will ship in four colors: Carbon Grey, Glacier Silver, Topaz Gold, and Camellia Red, and they ll come in two versions with different Qualcomm Snapdragon processors depending on the market.

Has HTC finally made a phone that is worthy to duke it out with the big guns of the Android smartphone family?

Let us know your thoughts right away.

HTC 10 Price Tag Leak That Shows Company Is Not Following An Effective Strategy

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Lawsuits states Motorola violated its express warranty

Something must be really wrong with Motorola mobile division as the company continues to face different challenges.

Lawsuits States Motorola Violated Its Express Warranty

Georgia resident Douglas Lynch claims that Motorola took several months to replace his first gen Moto 360 smartwatch. And when the company finally did contact him regarding the replacement, they provided him with a lower-priced model. The complaint was filed on April 21 for unfair, unscrupulous, immoral, and oppressive business practices and claims that Motorola owes thousands of people compensation. The lawsuits state that Motorola violated its express warranty, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and the Fair Business Act while also being unjustly enriched. As for a timeline of what happens now, TrustReviews says that all parties need to meet in court and a court needs to decide of there should be a jury trial.

If it doesn t go to trial, a resolution could still be worked out, but it could be months and months before anyone sees compensation, assuming they are entitled to any.

In the end, I think the important takeaway is that companies do need to be held accountable when they are drastically inconveniencing customers.

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