Monthly Archive: September 2017

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T-Mobile is finally getting its first 600MHz device next month

T-Mobile is spending billions to roll out a new 600MHz network, which should finally close the coverage gap between T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T. That’s not new — the first 600MHz sites are already live — but if you walk into a T-Mobile store right now, you can’t buy a phone that will work on 600MHz.

That’s all changing next month. The LG V30, T-Mobile’s first 600MHz-capable phone and the most important device for the network in years, will be available for pre-order on October 5th, and lands in stores October 13th.

The LG V30 costs $800 unlocked, but as ever, networks are offering it on installment plans and leases. T-Mobile is charging $80 down and $30 a month on a 24-month Equipment Installment Plan, which is the same kind of deal you’d get on AT&T or Verizon.

But what exactly is T-Mobile’s new network, and why should you care? Simple: earlier this year, T-Mobile spent $8 billion on spectrum licenses for the 600MHz band covering the entire country. 600MHz is low-band spectrum, which means it’s particularly good for coverage in rural areas and inside buildings.

Historically, a big part of the advantage in coverage enjoyed by Verizon and AT&T has been down to its low-band spectrum. Verizon in particular is famous for having great coverage in the middle of nowhere, and a good part of that is down to its low-band signal travelling further than T-Mobile’s mid-band signal.

T-Mobile is working hard (and spending serious money!) to nullify that advantage. It plans to have a million square miles of the country covered by its new 600MHz LTE network by the end of the year, and the first two locations (in Wymoing and Maine) are already up and running.

That brings us back to the LG V30, and why it should be at the top of the wish list for every T-Mobile customer today. In order to take advantage of this brand-new network, T-Mobile customers will need a band 71-compatible device, and right now, that means the LG V30.

If you’re a T-Mobile customer that’s on the fence about which phone to buy — and you plan on keeping the device for more than a year — the LG V30 is a no-brainer. It’s a great phone in its own right, and the addition of Band 71 support makes it the only realistic choice. Sure, the Galaxy Note 8 is a stellar phone, but that won’t be much use next year when you still can’t get an LTE signal on it, but your buddy with a V30 can.

More devices are definitely coming. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray has told BGR that a B71-compatible Samsung device will launch by the end of the year, although that likely won’t be a flagship device. If you can hold on until next year, expect every flagship device starting with the Galaxy S9 to support B71.

Here's When You Can Buy The LG V30 From Verizon, AT&T, And T-Mobile

LG has finally given its latest flagship a U.S. release date, but it’s all bit confusing. For starters, the V30, tipped as one of this year’s best phones, will reach stateside Oct. 5.

The confusion lies in the phone’s varying availability dates. Verizon will be the first to launch the phone on Oct. 5, but hasn’t given it an official price. AT&T, by contrast, will offer it one day later on Oct. 6 for $810 or $27 per month on a 30-month contract. Meanwhile, T-Mobile says it’s going to launch Oct. 13 for $800 or $80 down and $30 per month on a 24-month contract.

The V30 is going to be the first phone to support T-Mobile’s 600 MHz LTE spectrum, a technology the company has been heavily boasting about. On AT&T, meanwhile, the phone is described as “5G Evolution capable.”

Reviews for the phone have been extremely positive so far. The Verge says it’s the best flagship LG has ever made. Digital Trends has very few complaints about it; and a cinematographer on Game of Thrones even raved about its camera performance. The phone is getting major points for its design, performance, and revamped user interface. It also has nice little extras such as the onboard DAC, dual cameras, and cinematic video filters.

The V30 has a gorgeous 6-inch HDR-capable OLED display with a FullVision 18:9 aspect ratio, which means its screen is a bit taller than traditional 16:9 phones. This is the first device in the V line to drop the secondary ticker, which LG replaced with a floating bar that the user can invoke or hide whenever they please.

Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of onboard storage. There’s also a hi-fi Quad DAC, as mentioned, which is a necessary component for optimum audio experiences. Audiophiles will surely love the V30 for that feature alone.

On the back are dual cameras — one normal, one wide-angle. LG has opted for this dual camera system approach instead of making the other camera zoom lens or a monochrome sensor.

The V30 offers plenty of camera controls as well, in addition to a dedicated Cine Video mode that has color grading presets to make videos look richer, more professional, and a tad bit more dramatic than a flat, plain video.

The phone also features water resistance, wireless charging, and a lot more. It’s a flagship device through and through, and it’s really a good thing that LG is continuing to go back to basics, a trend it first implemented on the G6.

Will you get the LG V30? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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Uzmobile plans to serve 84% of country by year-end

Uzbek mobile operator Uzmobile, a subsidiary of national operator Uztelecom, plans to extend the coverage of its CDMA network to 84 percent of settlements throughout the country by the end of this year, up from 68 percent at the end of 2016. The GSM-900 network will serve 25 percent of settlements by the end of the year, up from 12 percent at the close of last year.

Since April 2015, the operator has built more than 3,400 GSM, 3G and LTE base stations. It plans to bring 1,500 base station into operation this year. 

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There's no I or iPhone in this Melbourne Storm team on march to NRL grand final

Scott Barbour

Tight team. The Melbourne Storm’s culture has thrived since a mobile phone ban was introduced.

Something wasn’t quite right with the Storm culture in the two years following their 2012 premiership.

They went out backwards in 2013 and the following year lost 28-4 to Canterbury at home in the first week of the semi-finals.

Apart from the usual problems inevitable at any club – injuries, lack of depth in certain positions, tired players – there was a communication breakdown between the older and younger members of the squad.

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Cameron Munster and Cooper Cronk ham it up at a photo shoot.

Nothing serious in the sense of personal hostility, or even mutual dislike, but an absence of the gentle banter you hear in successful dressing rooms where no one needs offer a penny for another man’s thoughts.

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In early August of 2014, during a camp on the NSW Central Coast between two away games against Wests Tigers and Newcastle, the problem was identified.

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Coach Craig Bellamy at a Melbourne Storm training session.

It took some time to resolve, although the Storm’s loss to the Cowboys in the 2015 preliminary final was more to do with injury in the forwards and weakness in the outside backs.

Rugby league is a war game, with its lines of attack and defence. Great armies are not built overnight, nor are communication breakdowns between its constituent parts resolved quickly.

That night in 2014 at the Storm’s hotel, the Crown Plaza in Terrigal, the coaching staff noticed something bizarre at dinner. There were two tables, each of 10 players and only two players were talking to each other.

Eighteen were speaking on mobile phones, texting, scrolling through emails or using apps.

An immediate ban on the use of mobile phones at team meetings and meals was imposed, with $50 fines levied, even for a phone ringing that went unanswered.

I witnessed the result of this in June this year, on a trip from Melbourne to Sydney for a Thursday night match against the Sharks. The three days away with the Storm demonstrated how much in rugby league has changed, yet how little has changed.

The ease with which players transfer from bus to airport lounge to plane to luggage carousel to bus to team hotel is achieved with militaristic efficiency.

A Storm official hands players their boarding passes immediately they retrieve luggage and dispenses room keys at the hotel. No one waits, unlike the time wasted years ago sitting in hotel foyers while the club secretary actioned everything only on arrival.

Yet it was after the match where I was most surprised.

Given my love of a beer, the modern NRL dressing room doesn’t do much for me. Soggy watermelon, grapes, nuts, raisins and kiwi fruit might be appealing to an exhausted player, but not those of the old school.

But in the visitors’ dressing room at Cronulla the Eskys were rolled out and players sat about, most still in their jumpers and shorts, drinking beer. Sure, the mood was aided by a win over the Sharks and the announcement by football manager Frank Ponissi of Billy Slater’s recall to the Queensland State of Origin team.

Shark Park was dark and deserted by the time everyone filed onto the bus, some two hours after the game.

A small band of supporters had waited faithfully by the bus for autographs, which were forthcoming with apologies for the late hour.

Back at the hotel, the players had dinner and then broke up into groups of about eight, playing cards and chatting.

It was then I noted the absence of mobile phones.

Captain Cameron Smith sat with the youngest players, but it seemed more by seat availability than design.

The beer continued to flow and I was the first to bed, at about 2.30am.

Melbourne’s next game, against the Cowboys at home, was nine days away, plus it was a farewell to the Storm’s Queensland players for the second Origin match.

As it transpired, the match against the Cowboys was won courtesy of a field goal from Brodie Croft, a player who did not make the trip to Sydney and may not, therefore, have been affected by this cultural retreat.

The Cowboys are a different team now, with Michael Morgan’s precision advantage-line passes, Jason Taumalolo’s inspiring charges and hooker Jake Granville’s dangerous dummy-half forays, especially down the blind side.

They also have a clever kicking game, trapping opponents in the corners of the field.

The Townsville team has relied on their high completion rate for success in recent weeks and, provided the Storm match this, the minor premiers should win.

I tell many an ex-player about my journeys with the Storm, if only to counter their suspicions the modern NRL man is a latte sipper obsessed with everything beginning with I, including himself, iPhones and iPads.

“We don’t do it every away game,” coach Craig Bellamy said of the beers flowing after the Cronulla match, and, indeed, there has been a total beer ban during this year’s finals.

Bellamy’s next challenge must be to visit the White House on his annual education trip to the US and ask the tweeting US President Donald Trump to join the Storm’s mobile phone ba

 – Sydney Morning Herald

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Major Windows 10 Photos app update may be rolling out to all

Microsoft is pushing out an update to the Photos app for Windows 10, taking it to version  2017.39081.15820.0.

The update brings 3 new features – the ability to search by tags, the Story Remix feature, which creates a video from your pictures and media automatically and a video editor, which lets you do the same, but manually.

The features have been under extensive testing by Insiders, and after being in the Release Ring a few days ago, now appear to be rolling out to regular users on the Creators Update.

Despite testing the Remix feature does not seem to work too well yet, not offering any manual control at the minute, and on my PC appearing to crash if you click on the edit button.

The video editor appears more complete but lacks the 3D features and special effects Microsoft is still working on.

The new software features can be found by checking the store for new updates.



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