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I wonder who these new Ikea wireless charging ads are aimed at

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Ikea a few years ago started selling furniture that contains circuitry that charges devices wirelessly. That’s not something new. But now that the iPhone 8 and iPhone X are going to be the first Apple products to support wireless charging out of the box, Ikea is launching a brand new campaign to promote its products. The new advertising initiative targets Apple fans directly, and it’s hilarious.

“IKEA has been very progressive with wireless charging, and we are thrilled that new iPhone owners finally can make use of one of the most powerful lamps we’ve ever made,” Creative Director at IKEA Creative Hub Morten Kjær told Design Taxi

Ikea is using some of Apple’s signature slogans and adapts it for its needs. That’s how This changes everything becomes This charges everything.

Similarly, Apple’s Think different becomes Ikea’s Link different.

Image Source: Ikea

The iconic One more thing… is also prominently featured in an Ikea ad version. It now says: One more thing… It’s also a lamp.

Image Source: Ikea

Then there’s also your regular Siri jab: Siri, what lamp should I buy reads an ad.

Image Source: Ikea

Apple juice is also one other iPhone-centric commercial from Ikea.

Image Source: Ikea

Expect to see these ads everywhere, now that Ikea is looking to relaunch its wireless charging products.

As for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, they work with regular Qi wireless chargers, including the ones that power Ikea’s own furniture and lamps. Apple doesn’t sell a charger of its own yet, but it will launch AirPower at some point in the future.

Week 38 in review: Google acquires parts of HTC as new Pixels leak

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The past seven days brought confirmation of the ongoing negotiations between the troubled HTC and Google. The Android maker agreed to acquire parts of the Taiwanese company’s smartphone business to boost its Pixel lineup in a deal worth $1.1 billion.

Meizu and Huawei announced a couple of mid-rangers – the M6 and Maimang 6, respectively. vivo had a couple of more interesting devices to show – the X20 and X20a.

In camp Apple the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus officially went on sale, while DxO completed its review of the iPhone 8 duo. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium also got its own DxO test published.

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL leak in many colors, have prices revealed

The smaller model will reprise the pricing of its predecessor, but the bigger phone is getting more expensive.


HTC and Google announce a $1.1 billion agreement for the future of Pixel

HTC and Google have reached a deal where HTC employees will join Google and the company will have access to HTC’s intellectual property.


Huawei Maimang 6 goes official with Kirin 659 SoC, four cameras

The device carries a tag of CNY 2,399, which currently translates into around $365.


Professional photographer's take on the iPhone 8 Plus camera

This photographer shot hundreds of pictures with an iPhone 8 Plus while touring in India.


Huawei Mate 10 poses for a photo

Razor-thin side bezels keep this large-screened phone compact.


iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 now rule DxOMark's rankings with best smartphone cameras ever tested

The iPhone 8 Plus is the current holder of the gold medal, while its smaller sibling takes silver.


Sony Xperia XZ Premium camera scores 83 on DxOMark

Sony’s latest flagship smartphone isn’t impressing DxOMark in the camera department.


Nokia 8 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage officially confirmed to be coming next month

According to a new report, HMD has confirmed that the variant will be made available in Europe (Germany, specifically) next month on October 20


Just-in: Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact hands-on

We saw it in a glance at IFA 2017 and now it arrives for our complete review.


Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro pricing leaks

The regular version costs between $653 and $850, while the Pro can set you back up to $1100.


Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review roundup

The early reviews are in – here’s the scoop.


HTC reportedly has a huge announcement for tomorrow

HTC will sell the phone division to Google, claim sources with insider info. Vive stays put.


PSA: Turning off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth from Control Center in iOS 11 doesn't actually turn them off

Oddly enough, this is a feature, not a bug – if you want Wi-Fi or Bluetooth fully off, you need to go to Settings.


Meizu M6 arrives with octa-core CPU, 5.2-inch display

The handset carries a starting price tag of CNY 699, which currently translates into around $105.


Xiaomi sells over 1 million smartphones in India in 2 days

“This achievement marks an industry first, and is a key milestone for Xiaomi India,” the company said.


ZTE nubia NX595J promises to be a 5.73

ZTE calls this “Full View Display 2.1”, suggesting that handsets like the Mi Mix 2 are slightly behind.


LG's new V30 smartphone begins shipping

It’ll first be available in the company’s home country of South Korea, something which will happen this week.


HTC U11 Plus rumored for November with 6-inch 18:9 bezel-less screen

Such a ‘full screen’ device would be quite the departure from the bezel-heavy U11.


vivo X20 and X20 Plus unveiled with 18:9 Full View screens, Snapdragon 660

The company’s newest smartphones arrive only a few months after their predecessors.


Report suggests iPhone X production hasn't even begun yet

Finding the anniversary iPhone might be a hard task.


Quad-camera Huawei Maimang 6 to be sold outside China as Mate 10 Lite, not G10

It’s the first in the Maimang series to be rebranded Mate, but with its four cameras and near bezel-less front, it’s probably worthy of that name.


Watch the iPhone 8 get scratched, burned and bent

Spoiler alert: It survives


Huawei Mate 10 Lite leaks in hands-on video, showing off its four cameras and 18:9 screen

Just yesterday we saw a bunch of press renders for it, and now we’re already treated to a video of a live unit.


Oppo R11 'King of Glory' edition coming next week

The limited edition device will go on sale next week on September 29.


Moto X4 arriving in India in October, Motorola confirms

The confirmation came in the form of a tweet which revealed October 3 as the date.


The 7 best free iPhone games of the week

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Now that iOS 11 has arrived, you’re probably looking for as many reasons as possible to mess with your iPhone, especially if you got an iPhone 8 on Friday. Why not download a bunch of free games that just hit the App Store, some of which take advantage of iOS 11’s ARKit? And if you don’t see anything that tickles your fancy below, feel free to check out the ever-expanding archive of free games.

Flat Pack

Flat Pack. A 2D and 3D platform mix-up!

Features:
• Cool traps and enemies that escape the confines of the level.
• Take to the skies and explore 30+ levels each with there own unique twist.
• Featuring brand new AR Mode! Manoeuvre around levels in a real world environment.
• Wrap your brain around this 2D and 3D hybrid!
• One handed platforming at its best.
• Epic Boss Fights!!!
• Explore and find all of the secret stars to unlock a secret ending!

Download Flat Pack


Golden Arcana: Tactics

Welcome to the world of Arae! A place where fantasy and science coexist in harmony and civilizations bask in a golden age thanks to the power of Cards to solve their issues. But this is not a time of peace, and tactical conflicts between nations are very common.

But a new threat has descended upon Arae. The Voraces race is ravaging all life and it looks like nothing can stop them.

Take the leadership of this adventure and, along with your allies, unleash the power of the Arcana, ages-old Cards with legendary abilities. Will you be able to save the world from the Voraces?

[Features]

—–EPIC ONE PLAYER CAMPAIGN—–
Get new Arcana in order to defeat powerful enemies and save the world of Arae in a gripping story!

—–BE THE ARCANA SUMMONER—–
Unleash the power of the Arcanes to recruit new allies and create the perfect group. Each character has unique skills in all shapes and forms!

—–INNOVATIVE RTS BATTLE SYSTEM—–
Fight real time battles where the action never stops! Use your cards wisely if you want to emerge victorious!

—–FREE GAME—–
Nothing needs to be paid for! Everything can be unlocked by playing the game, such as recruiting new characters or improving their skills!

Golden Arcana combines RPGs and card games in an incredible sci-fi and fantasy adventure to save all of humanity.

Download Golden Arcana: Tactics


Homescapes

Welcome to Homescapes! Help Austin the butler bring warmth and comfort back to his wonderful family’s mansion. Come on in—adventures await you from the moment you walk in the door!

Beat colorful match-3 levels to renovate and decorate rooms in the mansion, unlocking ever more chapters in the exciting family story along the way! What are you waiting for? Make yourself at home!

The game features:

● Unique gameplay: help Austin renovate the house by swapping and matching pieces!
● Interior design: you decide what the house will look like.
● Exciting match-3 levels: tons of fun, featuring unique boosters and explosive combinations!
● A huge, beautiful mansion: discover all the secrets it holds!
● Fantastic characters: watch them live their lives and interact with each other in the in-game social network.
● A cute pet: meet а naughty and fluffy cat.
● Invite your Facebook friends to help you create your own cozy atmosphere in the house!

Download Homescapes


Micropolis!

Micropolis is a city building game with a civilization theme that that spans through thousands of years. Construct and level up buildings to gain gold. Expand your cities and use skills to increase production. Advance in time to unlock new cities and powerful technologies which take you through the ages.

Micropolis has been created as optimal iPhone and Apple Watch experience that can be played with either device.

FEATURES:
* Four different ages and unique cities
* Simple and intuitive game design for quick gameplay sessions
* Powerful technology tree that unfolds by completing different ages
* Skill system which enables faster progression through the eras
* Challenges and rewards

HOW TO PLAY THE GAME:
* Use Digital Crown or swipes to move in the game world
* Construct buildings that generate gold
* Level up houses to gain more population
* Expand your empire to new districts
* Visit Shop for free gifts and use skills for faster progress
* Unlock new Technologies by Advancing into future Eras

Download Micropolis!


Pinball Cadet

The year is 2030 and mankind is being threatened by Invaders from a nearby galaxy. We need an intergalactic Pinball hero to protect us!

Only those with outstanding Pinball skills will be chosen to defend Earth.

Pinball Cadet, we have selected you as our new captain!

But not so fast! Before you are deployed into space to fight off the Invaders, you must first prove yourself in the MMS Pinball Trainship – the ultimate Pinball Warfare Simulator.

Pinball Cadet Features:

– Easy to learn, hard to master gameplay.
– Humanity has never seen a 2D Pinball game with physics this realistic.
– Trap, Cradle, Post Pass, Dead Flipper Pass, Backhand Shots and many more real life Pinball Skills.
– Innovative Mechanics bring Pinball to the Digital Age.
– Huge “Open Board” game. Explore every nook and cranny on board the MMS Pinball Trainship.
– EPIC BOSS FIGHTS!
– COMING SOON: Pilot your ship to the top of the Galactic Leaderboards and get the highest insignias for your merit.

Cadet? Do you have the Pinball skills needed to captain the MMS Pinball Battleship and save humanity?! We are counting on you!

Download Pinball Cadet


Stormbound

Tactical gameplay, card collection, and gorgeous 2D and 3D art combine in Stormbound: Kingdom Wars!

Immerse yourself in the rich world of Stormbound, as four kingdoms struggle for dominance. Construct a deck of unique and powerful cards and then dive into real-time battles against other players.

Novel gameplay combines your favorite aspects of collectible card games with the tactical strategy of board games. Play cards from your hand to the game board and then watch your units march on the enemy base.

FEATURES:
*Tactical gameplay that rewards the most clever strategists
*Real-time PVP battles against players all around the globe
*Dozens of powerful cards to collect and upgrade!
*Incredible 2D and 3D art immerses you in the world of Stormbound
*Four distinct kingdoms with unique advantages and playstyles

Download Stormbound


Terra Battle 2

Terra Battle 2 brings a completely different game-play experience, while preserving the highly-praised core battle mechanics in a fantastic epic RPG.

The new world map lets players travel alongside their companions and allows for more strategic gameplay as you set up your formation before entering a battle. The countless encounters and farewells throughout the course of your heroes’ journey promise to be even more emotional and intense than ever before.

How will the people who live on “Terra” unravel the truths and mysteries of their planet? An epic fantasy RPG awaits you.

Download Terra Battle 2

Weekly poll: how do you feel about screen cutouts?

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For better of for worse, Apple is a trendsetter in the mobile world. It was for the better when it kicked off the screen resolution wars, but it made things worse when it killed the 3.5mm audio jack.

In some cases, Android manufacturers genuinely try to compete, but sometimes they just blindly copy. When HTC went with USB headphones, they enabled USonic – a unique feature. But we think a couple of Chinese brands dropped the 3.5mm jack just to make their phones look even more like an iPhone.

With that in mind, how long do you think it will be before screen cutouts become popular on Android phones? LG had something of the sort with V10’s and V20’s secondary screen, the Essential phone jammed the selfie camera in the middle of the status bar, so it’s already happening.

Of course, Apple had to cram an entire Kinect so the large cutout was unavoidable. Essential could have put the selfie cam below the screen, like the Xiaomi Mi Mix did. Still, putting it at the bottom means the selfie cam is looking up your nose.

So, how do you feel about screen cutouts? Are they worth it to get a great feature (like iPhone’s TrueDepth camra) while keeping the bezels slim? Are only smaller cutouts acceptable or not at all?

Are screen cutouts acceptble

Top 10 trending phones of week 38

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As the new iPhone trio lived through its second week of existence, the initial hype is starting to wear off. Even the start of the sales of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus on Friday didn’t help much and the Plus dropped from our top 10 chart.

The iPhone X held on to the first spot, but it’s advantage over the Note8 is now minimal and chances are we’ll have a new leader come week 39.

The iPhone 8 slipped to third, ahead of the resurgent Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro. The Xiaomi Mi A1, also improved and is now in fifth.

The Galaxy S8 got sixth, ahead of the third Apple smartphone on the chart – the returning iPhone 6s.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is another phone to come back to the top 10, snatching the eight spot, while the vivo V7+ maintained its ninth position.

The Nokia 6 just held onto the last spot on the popularity chart.

Apple iPhone X

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WAS: 1

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Samsung Galaxy Note8

RANK: 2

WAS: 3

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Apple iPhone 8

RANK: 3

WAS: 2

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Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

RANK: 4

WAS: 8

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Xiaomi Mi A1 (5X)

RANK: 5

WAS: 6

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Samsung Galaxy S8

RANK: 6

WAS: 7

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Apple iPhone 6s

RANK: 7

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

RANK: 8

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vivo V7+

RANK: 9

WAS: 9

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Nokia 6

RANK: 10

WAS: 10

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Counterclockwise: making everything wireless

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Apple’s new iPhones support wireless charging – a feature that has been slowly gaining popularity in recent years. But the Qi standard has been kicking around the mobile world for about 8 years by this point, pioneered by the Palm Pre smartphone (and the Touchstone charger).

Wireless headphones are nothing new – Bluetooth has been able to carry audio since the early days. Apple took this to the extreme with the AirPods, they don’t even have a wire connecting the two ear plugs!

But pairing your handset to your headphones can be a pain, what if it can be done wirelessly? We’re talking about NFC, of course, first appearing on the Nokia 6131 in 2006. The first Android with NFC was the Nexus S and Apple later adopted the tech but in a restricted fashion.

Apple AirPods A Nokia wireless charger with NFC
Apple AirPods • A Nokia wireless charger with NFC

That would be mobile payments. Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay all work over NFC. The tech is occasionally still used for pairing, but more advanced features – like sharing web pages and files – rarely see any actual use.

Before Bluetooth or Wi-Fi there was Infrared. It didn’t require expensive hardware so it was embedded in many feature phones, allowing them to transfer data (be it files or contacts). But it was slow and only worked in line of sight. The old geeks among us still remember the pain of nudging your phone halfway through sending a huge file (like a single MP3).

Infrared got a second lease on life as an IR blaster, allowing phones to act like remote controls for the tech at home. That feature has been rapidly disappearing though, with “smart” appliances getting a big marketing push. Alexa, turn on the TV.

Samsung Pay Miracast
Samsung Pay • Miracast

Of course, we’re not going to watch broadcast TV, instead we’ll cast the screen of our phone to the TV with Miracast. This was adopted with Android 4.2 and first used in phones like the Nexus 4 and Xperia Z. This feature marked the sharp decline of HDMI ports on phones.

Voice commands have been available on phones for years. Of course, the implementation on feature phones over a decade ago was almost comically bad. A new breed of voice assistants have improved the experience of commanding your phone at a distance – Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant and Bixby, everyone seems to have an assistant now.

Apple is trying to make biometric authentication wireless – replacing the fingerprint reader you have to touch with FaceID you just look at. What else do you think will go wireless?

Weekly poll results: the iPhone X is the only one worthy of fan love

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If you’re going to have an iPhone – and our poll shows that maybe you don’t – get the iPhone X. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus barely registered on the charts – they didn’t improve enough, making them boring (not a great thing for an expensive phone).

The voters liked the iPhone X, it’s a massive departure from the traditional iPhone design that has gotten quite stale. The upgrade to AMOLED was a welcome one and the TrueDepth camera/animoji seem fun.

It’s damn expensive though. Not that Apple’s phones were ever cheap, but the X is a hard hit to the wallet – especially if you’re paying in euros rather than dollars.

Anyway, we think that Apple has nothing to worry about when it comes to iPhone X sales – those will sell out as fast as Apple can make them. Things are looking good for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales too, but it remains to be seen if they will be better or worse than iPhone 7 sales.

The iPhone 8’s glass back comes at a hefty price

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Apple’s newly released iPhone 8 may look just like Apple’s last few iPhones, but the device features an important material design change on the back. Specifically, the iPhone 8 features a glass black to facilitate wireless charging, a welcome feature to be sure but one which may make the iPhone 8 more prone to experiencing damage when dropped.

With the iPhone 8 now available in stores, AppleInsider has since confirmed that even AppleCare+ users will have to shell out some serious cash in the event that the back shatters. If you drop your device and the glass back shatters, the replacement fee will be $99, a steep increase from the $29 Apple charges to replace a cracked front screen.

AppleInsider spoke with an assortment of Apple employees, with all of them confirming that a broken back-glass did not qualify for a $29 screen replacement. Instead, the back glass is generally subject to the $99 “other damage” fee, plus tax.

Notably, the first two times a user comes in with a damaged back panel, they’ll be charged $99. The third time, though, the price shoots up to $349 for the iPhone 8 and $399 for the iPhone 8 Plus. Of course, if you experience a shattered glass back three times, you might want to invest in a heavy-duty case or start being much more cautious when using it.

Incidentally, AppleCare+ for iPhone 8 models costs $129 while AppleCare+ for Apple’s flagship iPhone X will set you back a cool $199.

World’s Largest Game Boy Makes A Man Out of Nintendo’s Handheld

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The tech world constantly swings back and forth between making products bigger and making them smaller. Larger devices can fit more features but smaller devices are more convenient. Whether it’s the iPhone or Nintendo DS, we just can’t seem to make up our minds about whether bigger is better or not.

However, for 21-year-old Belgian software developer and multimedia student Ilhan Ünal the answer was obvious. He’s set a Guinness World record by building the biggest functioning Game Boy ever: the Game Boy XXL.

Check it out!

The Big Game Boy (Game Man?) is 101 x 62 x 20 cm and features oversized versions of everything on Nintendo’s influential original 1989 gaming handheld from the D-pad and buttons to the battery light to the pea-soup green display. But we don’t know if it can survive a Gulf War explosion like some other Game Boys.

On the back is the familiar cartridge port where you can slot in and play real Game Boy games like Tetris or Pokemon, all powered by a Raspberry Pi. However, as Ünal demonstrates, grappling with the huge controls makes fast twitch actions a bit tougher with our weak and tiny human bodies. It’s a pretty big prop for small hands.

Ünal said to Guinness he wanted to build this humongous piece of retro tech because he thought it would make people happy, and with all of the information available online, he believed he could pull it off. It wasn’t easy. The Game Boy genius had to fit the project in-between classes, jobs, and his personal life while making use of school lab laser cutters. But once finished the boy-sized Game Boy became widely popular throughout school and eventually the world now with Guinness noticing it. Hopefully Ünal can use this attention to work on other inventions.

You can read more about Ünal’s massive nostalgia handheld over at Guinness World Records as well as in this year’s Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition in bookstores. Finally, a Game Boy worthy of God’s pocket.

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SMB Telecom Voice and Data Services Market in the US – Drivers and Forecasts by Technavio

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Technavio analysts forecast the SMB telecom voice and data services market in the US to grow at a CAGR of over 6% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the SMB telecom voice and data services market in the US for 2017-2021. Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources.

The US is a technology-driven market, especially the enterprise segment in the country. The carriers are now more focused on improving data services to the small and medium business in the US market. The carriers are focusing on improving the quality and affordability of their services that are offered to the SMB business segment of the US enterprises. The carriers have begun capital allocations to make upgrades to the core connectivity infrastructure, especially with the developments in IoT technology.

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Technavio analysts highlight the following three factors that are contributing to the growth of the SMB telecom voice and data services market in the US:

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Demand for quality over voice services in the US

The benefit of VoLTE is that the quality of the call is better than 2G and 3G connections and also more data can be transferred over 4G as compared to 2G and 3G. Traditionally, voice networks transmit voice calls using 8 Kbps codec, but VoLTE transmits voice calls using 13 Kbps codec. This results in clearer phone calls compared with a typical cellular phone call.

Jujhar Singh, a lead M2M and connected devices research analyst at Technavio, says, “Fast, more reliable, and richer services have the potential to encourage subscribers to switch to VoLTE. The high-value mobile subscribers are ready and willing to swap providers to avail the desired services. Being the first fully packet-based radio technology, LTE provides fast access rates with low latency, enhancing the user experience.”

Increasing demand for mobile UC

There is an increasing demand from mobile enterprises for mobile and cloud unified communication (UC) solutions because of their faster network speeds. Mobile network operators fulfill the demand by delivering UC applications via LTE and provides the end-users a better user experience by improving the LTE network.

“VoLTE can be unified with enterprise PBX systems. This feature is of relevance to businesses. This integration enables a UC experience with corporate presence, messaging, and video and allows end-users to experience better quality of services at an optimum price. Also, VoLTE requires advanced smartphones and timely software updates,” adds Jujhar.

Growing small and medium businesses in the US

Small and medium businesses are growing across the US. This segment of overall US enterprises accounted for more than 50% of the US revenue in 2016. In 2016, there were more than 30 million small and medium businesses in the US. Since 1970, close to 60% of the US job vacancies originate from the small and medium business sector.

SMBs get the maximum gains from new VoIP services that are offered by the operators. SMBs outsource their communications requirements that save them from clunky, on-site PBX equipment and reduce the cost by cutting the monthly phone bills. The proliferation of UC has also helped smaller companies improve productivity. Operators have been delivering converged voice and data services to SMBs.

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Talari Networks: SD-WAN Event Speaking and Sponsorships Worldwide

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Talari Networks innovator of the most reliable SD WAN technology � announced its upcoming fall schedule for executive speaking and corporate sponsorship IT infrastructure and networking industry events in the United States and Europe.

Talari spokespersons will be focusing on a central theme across all global events: seamless migration of enterprise apps from WAN-edge to cloud. Organizations that incorporate Talari’s SD-WAN technology into their edge network architecture gain the control and oversight enterprise customers demand to trust running business-critical applications in the hybrid-cloud. Leveraging Talari SD-WAN technology, organizations with distributed data centers and edge networks can treat the cloud like any other WAN link, meaning seamless access to SaaS and cloud apps via Talari’s secure, resilient and intelligent-bandwidth conduits.

– Channel Partners (Avant), Austin, TX, 25-28 September – George Just, VP-Sales

– SD-WAN Summit, Paris, 26-28 September – Atchison Frazer, WW Head of Marketing

– IPExpo Europe, London, 4-5 October – Atchison Frazer/Jeff Zeichick, VP-Sales

– ConvergeOne Summit, Albany, NY, 17 October – Liz Barnhart, Director of Channels

– ONUG Fall, New York, 17-18 October – Atchison Frazer/Jeff Zeichick/George Just

– Tech Data Partner Summit, Scottsdale, AZ, 6-8 November – All

Talari is the original innovator of SD-WAN (Software-Defined WAN) technology, helping multi-site organizations transform their remote and branch-office networks by intelligently allocating more bandwidth at less cost, while delivering superior QoS for greater business continuity, operational agility and application control. Talari provides a ‘failsafe’ SD-WAN solution offering dynamic capacity, improved reliability and greater quality of experience. Our patented hardware and virtual solutions have proven so effective at delivering optimal WAN-path determination that Talari is uniquely trusted to broker real-time, VoIP traffic in large metro 911-emergency contact centers. Talari provides the most resilient and responsive edge network, delivering stable and redundant packet-level performance across hybrid-cloud IT infrastructures, regardless of the underlying transport technology or application architecture. Talari is deployed in over 400 organizations in 40 different countries with more than 9,000 aggregated SD-WAN sites.

ArriveHome Launches Real Estate App with REcolorado, Giving Home Shoppers the Fastest Way to See a Property for Sale

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GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. , Sept.� ArriveHome LLC, a real estate technology company, and REcolorado, the provider of the top home search site REcolorado.com and largest multiple listing service (MLS) in Colorado , today announced the launch of the new ArriveHome app for iOS and Android mobile devices. Additionally, the two companies announced a partnership that will give REcolorado’s 22,000 subscribers exclusive access to the app.

ArriveHome is a first-of-its-kind home search app that that gives prospective homebuyers the fastest way to access a real estate agent and tour a home for sale in their desired neighborhood. By showing “live” locations of real estate agents within the app’s map, homebuyers can select a home, pick a nearby agent, and see the home immediately.

“In today’s competitive housing market, time is of the essence. ArriveHome is excited to work with REcolorado to deliver an all new home buying experience, that makes seeing a home as quick and simple as requesting a ride with a smartphone,” said Jeffrey Narlinger , ArriveHome co-founder. “With ArriveHome, home shoppers see available agents who are “live” on the app in their desired neighborhood and waiting for their request, or they can use the app to work more efficiently with their existing agent.”

Using ArriveHome, home shoppers can see customer reviews of agents, read the agent profiles, and watch video profiles of the agents. Then, the home shopper can find agents who are immediately available and within minutes of a home they are interested in viewing. To immediately contact the agent, they can shoot agent’s a quick text or give them a call, all while inside the app.

REcolorado provides listing information to ArriveHome directly from the MLS. This means home shoppers can see the latest homes that hit the market, view a home’s features, and connect with a real estate agent in real time to see the home immediately. If consumers have a relationship with a real estate agent, the app lets them track their agent’s location and availability.

“REcolorado is committed to bringing new and innovative technology tools to the market that streamline the process of bringing agents and consumers together, while providing up-to-the-minute information,” said Staci Wood , vice president and chief product officer of REcolorado. “ArriveHome gives agents the tool they need to reach active home shoppers, connect immediately to potential leads, and instantly respond to requests. This maximizes the agent’s time and efficiency by driving real-time location and availability connections, which will result in a dramatic shift in the current real estate home search process.” 

Today’s home shoppers want to see homes immediately. According to a recent study conducted by the National Association of REALTORS®, 94 percent of home buyers said response time was very important. The same study found that 88 percent of home buyers expect a response from their agent within one hour, and 42 percent of buyers expect an instant response from their agent.

In addition to being a platform for instant responses, ArriveHome is a cost-effective marketing tool for agents. Unlike many other home searching apps, ArriveHome’s service-based platform is driven by agent activity and not an agent’s ad campaign, which provides more transparency for everyone.

In Colorado , ArriveHome is exclusively available to REcolorado subscribers on iPhone and Android. ArriveHome’s full-time development team is constantly making upgrades and enhancements to the platform. Nationwide expansion plans for ArriveHome are already taking shape as the company forms partnerships in additional markets.

 

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Moleskine’s smart planner requires too much effort to use

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As a tech reporter, I sometimes find my reliance on physical planners and paper notebooks embarrassing. But there’s something about the act of writing my appointments down that makes them feel more official. As my friends will tell you, though, all too often I double- or even triple-book myself because I’ve forgotten to transfer my plans to my phone’s calendar, which is what reminds me of upcoming meetings. So when I heard about Moleskine’s latest product, I was intrigued. The company’s new smart planner builds on its existing connected writing set by letting you jot down appointments and have those meetings show up in your online calendar. But, as I found out after a few days of testing, the effort required to get the system up and running ultimately isn’t worth it.

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Before you can even set up the pen, the app asks that you agree to Moleskine’s privacy policy and terms and conditions. You have to check several boxes on each page before you can proceed to the next one, and there’s no way to skip any of this. Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue; we agree to terms and conditions all the time. What bothered me was that on the last page, you must check the box that says you agree to Moleskine sending you promotional or informational material if you want to move forward. This is usually optional; making it mandatory is an oppressive move on Moleskine’s part.

A company spokesperson told Engadget that its privacy policy states that you may be asked in the future to provide an email address and password to access the app. “This is completely optional, so you’re not required to enter an email or password to use the app or product,” the company said. If you do provide an email, Moleskine said, it would send promotional emails from respective channels, and it won’t if you don’t supply your contact info. For the purpose of this hands-on, I checked the box, crossed my fingers and moved on.

I was intrigued by the premise of the connected planner at first. Using the smart pen, you write down your appointments on the physical planner and the system will send them to the digital calendar of your choice (iCal, Google or Outlook). The planner also has plain lined pages on the right, where you can jot down ideas or to-do lists, which then sync to the app.

Linking the pen to the Moleskine app was relatively easy: I held down a button until a light on the device turned blue, then placed the pen next to my iPhone. The app found my pen after a few seconds. Once I started writing in the planner, the app detected the new book, it jumped to the page where my pen was, and my scribbles appeared on my phone in real time. Just as with the existing smart writing set, you can use the pen to tap on the envelope icon on the top right of each page to send a PDF copy to yourself or your friends.

To get the planner to sync with your digital calendar, though, you have to make sure to follow these steps. Go into the Moleskine app’s settings, then select “Authentication Center.” Pick the calendar you prefer and give the app permission to sync. Each time you want to write anything in the planner or notebook, you have to make sure the pen is switched on, or nothing will sync. So if your pen is out of power, too bad; nothing you write will be saved to the app. Moleskine says the pen will last through up to 13 hours of “average use” and about seven hours of nonstop writing (hope they don’t mean that literally).

After I finally got the planner to link to my iCal, I activated the pen and wrote down a few dummy meetings. There are three ways to create an appointment: start your entry with the time of your meeting, and the app will save a one-hour block to your calendar; specify a start and end time, and the app will set aside a slot for that duration; or, if you don’t use any times at all, the app will save your entry as an all-day event. That all sounds nifty in theory, but because the system is so bad at recognizing my handwriting, it kept reading my 2s and 1s as Zs and Ls. This made it save 2pm and 1pm appointments as all-day events. It also failed to recognize my cursive or block writing, and labelled several of my meetings with gibberish. I had to be extremely careful when writing my entries before it would work.

When it did recognize what I wrote, though, the Moleskine app accurately set up appointments in my calendar. But for now, the software still feels too unreliable to justify buying the planner (a $30 add-on) specifically for the digital benefits. I also find the purchasing option unnecessarily complicated. To use the smart planner, you need the smart pen, which is available only with the $199 writing set for now. That means you’ll have to get the regular notebook no matter what, which I find unnecessary, since you have lined notebook pages in the planner anyway. But Moleskine says customers of its paper products tend to buy both notebooks and planners, and the company believes they’ll want to get both of the connected versions as well.

I happen to not be a Moleskine customer, so I don’t know if that’s true. There also aren’t very many alternatives available — Livescribe’s and Evernote’s options are either partnerships with Moleskine to begin with or, in the case of the latter, discontinued. The reusable Rocketbook appears to be a cheaper option with features similar to those of the smart notebook, but it doesn’t have the premium quality of a Moleskine and doesn’t offer scheduling tools. All told, Moleskine’s smart planner is a compelling concept that I’d embrace — if only it were more reliable and didn’t require so much effort.

 

 

16 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to watch that Kingsman: The Golden Circle sequel that’s opening this week. And I’ve yet to see that scary movie that everyone is talking about — I think you know exactly what It is. But before any of that, it’s time for some brand new movie trailers, and we’ve got quite a few fresh ones to show you.

All I See Is You

October 27th isn’t just the day when the iPhone X becomes available for preorder. It’s also when All I See Is You launches. It’s a thriller about a woman (Blake Lively) regaining her eyesight and discovering some pretty scary things about her husband and their lives.

Breathe

Breathe marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, so that’s a good enough reason to be curious about the movie. But the movie is also interesting because it’s based on the real story of a family dealing with a terrible disease. Breathe launches on October 13th.

Cook Off!

Ok, so Cook Off! isn’t necessarily something to watch in a theater because it may never launch in one. It’s a mockumentary about strange TV competitions that was made all the way back in 2007, and will launch online on November 17th. Melissa McCarthy and various other comedians are in it.

Ferdinand

Ferdinand is a big, scary bull. But don’t judge a bull by its cover. He’s a lot more than that. The animation launches on December 15th:

Isle of Dogs

Wes Anderson fans, you’ll probably want to add this title to your list of Wes Anderson movies to watch. Like Fantastic Mr. Fox, this is a Wes Anderson animation. And it’s got an amazing cast voicing all the dogs and humans in it. Isle of Dog launches on March 23rd.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

On December 20th, the next Jumanji reboot hits theaters. But it comes with a huge twist. This board game is now a computer game, and the players are sucked right in it, where they’ll have to survive playing as different avatars. Here’s a brand new trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle:

Just Getting Started

I just love these movies that are made for a specific type of actor: the aging one. Just Getting Started stars Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman, which should be a great pair up. They’re playing a former FBI agent and an ex-mob lawyer in the witness protection program who have to work together to survive a mob hit.

Murder on the Orient Express

Time for a brand new Murder on the Orient Express mystery, especially with a cast like this: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, and Kenneth Branagh. The latter is also the director, and he plays detective Hercule Poirot.

November Criminals

Baby Driver str Ansel Elgort plays a regular teenager who decides to take up a murder investigation on his own. November Criminals launches on November 7th.

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit seems like a fun animation judging from this first trailer. We’ve got James Corden starring as the rabbit, and an amazing cast joining him for this feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s tale. Look for it in cinemas on February 9th.

Revolt

When aliens invade earth, you’ll probably want to Revolt. The movie will see a limited release in November, so you’d better look for it online if it sounds like something you want to watch. Those robotic aliens do look interesting, I’ll give you that.

The Commuter

We talked about Liam Neeson’s The Commuter last week, but we have a new trailer version for this crime-on-a-train mystery. Come to think of it, this is just a modern-take of Murder on the Orient Express.

The Meyerowitz Stories

I’m hardly interested in Adam Sandler anymore, but The Meyerowitz Stories might be different. For starters, it’s made by Netflix, which means I’ll see it from home when it launches on October 13th. But it also has a great cast, which makes me think this might be more than a regular Sandler nonsense movie.

The Secret Scripture

A woman’s stay at a mental hospital is extensively documented. By that woman, who happens to keep a detailed diary of her life’s story. The Secret Scripture launches on October 13th.

Tomb Raider

Angelina Jolie tried to turn the Tomb Raider gaming franchise into a successful movie series, and one could argue that she was somewhat successful, as her Lara Croft movies brought in more than $400 million at the box office. But they were not well received Tomb Raider movies. Alicia Vikander picks up the baton, with the new Tomb Raider movie set to launch on March 16th.

Wonderstruck

Amazon’s Wonderstruck is a drama about a boy and a girl separated by 50 years in time, with both of them looking for the same mysterious connection. Wonderstruck launches on October 20th.

Apple's former GPU maker Imagination agrees to £550 million sale

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Losing Apple as a customer can be rough for a supplier, as Imagination Technologies found out. In April, the UK chipmaker announced that the folks in Cupertino planned to develop their own mobile GPUs and would no longer rely on its PowerVR tech for iPhones and iPads. The A11 Bionic chip inside Apple’s new iPhone 8 series and upcoming iPhone X is the company’s first-ever self-designed GPU. While still in dispute with Apple over the breakup plans, Imagination lost over 70 percent of its value and put itself up for sale. Now, it has found a buyer in Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, a China-backed fund.

Recently, Donald Trump used his presidential power to block the fund from completing a $1.3 billion buyout of a US chipmaker, Lattice Semiconductor, over security concerns. Canyon Bridge is snapping up Imagination (minus its MIPS arm, which is being sold to other investors for $65 million) for £550 million ($743 million) in a move that it says will not cut staff or move the company’s headquarters.