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Apr

Best cases for Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Protect your new Huawei phone


Huawei has recently released the P10 and P10 Plus flagship phones. Not only are they the company’s best phones to date, they’re more than able to hold their own in a sea of top-performing Android handsets.

We’ll be the first to say they look strikingly similar to the Apple iPhone, but when that’s already a good-looking device, we’re not complaining. And since they’re such good-looking phones, we’re sure you’ll want to keep yours looking as spotless as possible. 

And that’s where a decent case comes in. Yes, they may cover up the rear of the device, and add that little bit extra width and depth when the phone is in your pocket, but that’s a small sacrifice to keep it looking brand new.

We’ve rounded up some of the best cases out there for the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus and will keep updating this feature as and when new ones get released.

  • Huawei P10 review: Android’s iPhone-killer, or flawed imitator?
  • Huawei P10 Plus review: Plenty of plusses from Huawei’s colourful 5.5-inch phone 

Huawei

Huawei

Huawei’s official case for the P10 and P10 Plus offer protection around all the corners of the phone, while leaving access to the buttons, ports and cameras. The rear has a textured and leather-effect finish to it and it’s available in a range of colours.

Price: From £25.50 on Amazon.co.uk

IVSO

IVSO

IVSO has a range of colourful cases for your P10 smartphone. They’re made of a soft silicone material for shock-absorbing protection, and edges that wrap around the front of the screen to keep it protected should you drop it face down.

Price: from £6.99 on Amazon.co.uk

Terrapin

Terrapin

This Terrapin folio style case offers protection for the front and rear of the P10, has space for your cards and some money, and can be turned into a stand for when you want to TV shows and movies on its glorious 5.1-inch display.

Price: £14.25 from Amazon.co.uk

FYY

FYY

This FYY clear case for the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus not only offers protection around all four corners, but it’s available in four colours, but are clear enough to show through the colour of your Huawei smartphone.

Price: £5.99 on Amazon.co.uk

Huawei

Huawei

Huawei has another official case for the P10 and P10 Plus in the form of this flip view case. The right hand portion of the front cover is translucent and shows the time and any notifications you haven. When you open the cover, the screen reverts back to its normal format. 

Price: £19.24 on Amazon.co.uk

Momostore

Momostore

We think everyone should have a clear silicone case for their smartphone and Momostore has the perfect one for the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus. It offers shock-absorbing protection all-round, while still showing off the good looks of your phone.

Price: £3.85 from Amazon.co.uk

Top Ace

Top Ace

This Top Ace folio style case is specifically designed for the Huawei P10 and is made of a high quality PU leather, with a polycarbonate rear panel to offer complete protection for your phone. It has a cut-out window on the front to give you a quick glance at the time and notifications.

Price: £4.99 on Amazon.co.uk

Olixar

Olixar

For extra protection for your Huawei P10, the Olixar ArmourDillo is the best bet. It comprises an inner TPU case that surround the entire phone, and a tough exoskeleton piece that clips on to add an extra layer of protection.

Price: £12.99 from Mobile Fun

Love Me

Love Me!

For the ultimate protection for your Huawei P10 Plus, look no further than the Love Me! aluminium protective case. It’s designed to withstand shocks, drops, water, snow, dirt and dust. It needs a special key to open it up to get your phone out, for added security, and the oil-resisting outer layer prevents fingerprints from being copied.

Price: £22.99 from Amazon.co.uk

10
Apr

Russian-owned Livejournal bans dissenting speech to please Putin


Russia’s hardline stance against LGBTQ media is back in the news. This time it’s because a change in the terms of service for LiveJournal strictly prohibits users from posting “political solicitation materials” and anything “contradictory to the laws of the Russian Federation.” As AdVox notes, what constitutes as such is wide open for interpretation. But it’s feared that given recent history, this will be a uniform crackdown on posts that don’t fit the express purview of Russia, including political dissent and pro-LGBTQ stances.

More than that, the Russian version of the ToS is the only legally binding one. Yup, even if you’re outside the aging social network’s new-ish home country. “Attention: this translation of the User Agreement is not a legally binding document. The original User Agreement, which is valid is located at the following address,” the top of the page reads.

Your data is up for grabs as well as it will be “available to [Live Journal] and may be used at its own discretion legally, including targeting the advertising to the User.” And if you allow it, your IP address “may be available” to other users on the service.

But since LiveJournal is Russian-owned and its servers reside on Putin’s soil, the most that can happen to non-Russian users is their accounts can get shut down. Folks in-country, however, may face a different set of consequences.

Who’s using LiveJournal anymore anyway? Well, according to English-language Russian marketing blog Russian Search Tips, around 15 million people a month (Facebook is at 21 million). Perhaps the most prominent user is A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin. Maybe this will convince him to finally kick the service and finish Winds of Winter.

Via: i09

Source: LiveJournal

10
Apr

Spain arrests Russian citizen for connections to US election hack


The evidence that Russia hacked the US to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election continues to grow. The latest comes from AFP, which says that that a Russian “computer expert” was arrested in Spain today at the Barcelona airport on suspicions of hacking the US presidential election campaigns. Furthermore, the US has already put in an extradition request so that the subject Piotr Levashov would have to stand trial here for his alleged crimes.

The US has 40 days to present its extradition request to Spain; given that Levashov’s arrest reportedly was the result of an “international complaint,” it’s reasonable to guess that the US is the one who asked the arrest to be made. Indeed, Piotr Levashov’s wife Maria told Russian TV that her husband was detained at the request of American authorities. She also said that the arrest was in connection with a computer virus “which appears to have been created by my husband [and] is linked to Trump’s victory.”

We should learn more from the US extradition request, but this could be a potentially notable development in the ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged hacking of the US during the presidential campaign and exactly how it might have influenced the election. Back in January, US intelligence officially accused Russia of ordering an “influence campaign” meant to destabilize the US voting process, with the alleged hacks a major component of that process. The country specifically was cited for undermining public faith in the election process and attempting to sway the election to Russia’s preferred candidate, Donald Trump.

Source: AFP

10
Apr

‘Persona 5’ took me back to Tokyo


Two years ago I took my first trip to Tokyo. The city exceeded my wildest expectations, an addictive blend of ramen, neon nightlife and tranquil parks. I spent a fortnight exploring the place, absorbing every street, shrine and video game store that wandered into my peripheral vision. It was a glorious adventure, and I would give anything to go back there.

Tokyo, however, is an expensive place to visit, especially if you live on the other side of the world. Lacking the funds to make a return trip, I’ve turned to video games as a substitute. The World Ends With You, Jet Set Radio and the Yakuza series all do an excellent job of imitating the city I fell in love with. None of them come close, however, to Persona 5, the latest in Atlus’ long-running JRPG franchise. The game delivers a phenomenal representation of Tokyo, capturing its sights and sounds with pinpoint precision. For more than 50 hours I’ve strolled through its pixel-perfect neighborhoods, hanging out in karaoke bars, bombastic arcades and relaxing bathhouses. For me, it’s virtual tourism at its best.

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Touring Tokyo

The Persona series has tackled Japan before. Persona 3 was set in a city called Iwatodai while Persona 4 unfolded in the rural town of Inaba. While both locales are fictional, they’re clearly based on real-world places. It meant the team could portray Japan and its culture, from architecture to social norms, without worrying about geographical accuracy. With Persona 5, however, Atlus has embraced the challenge of recreating Tokyo in a way that is both authentic and enjoyable to play through.

Like so many anime TV shows, you play the game as a high school transfer student. The character, like you, is new to the area and doesn’t have any friends. You live above a coffee shop in “Yongenjaya,” a small neighborhood just west of Shibuya, and slowly discover new places through story missions and exploration. As soon as the school bell rings, you can head to Shibuya and walk up to the iconic Hachiko statue, or dive into a 7-Eleven store (the branding is ever so slightly different) and pick up some supplies. The choice is yours.

Persona 5’s Tokyo is comprised of small, isolated hubs. Walk down a back alley and you’ll soon find a dead-end or an on-screen prompt asking you to fast-travel someplace else. It’s a brave design choice given the industry’s trend towards large, seamless open worlds. In Grand Theft Auto V, Watch Dogs 2 and Infamous Second Son, you can run around for hours and never encounter a loading screen. At first glance, Persona 5 seems primitive by comparison.

The game uses its smaller scale as a strength rather than a weakness, however. Each location is a vibrant postcard packed with color and detail. “Yongenjaya” is based on Sangenjaya, and if you head there in real life you’ll find the same cafes, bathhouses and batting cages portrayed in the game. The fences, the awnings, the signage, it’s all perfect. Persona 5 does take some creative liberties, condensing and eradicating huge parts of the city to keep the game world compact. But what it does decide to show is packed with style and cultural insight. It’s like walking into a cell of your favorite anime.

I couldn’t help but grin because I had stood in that exact spot two years earlier.

At one point, the game’s heroes gather in a walkway inside Shibuya station. As they lean against a railing and plot their next heist as the ‘Phantom Thieves,’ you can see the iconic ‘Scramble’ crossing through a window behind them. I couldn’t help but grin because I had stood in that exact spot two years earlier. I remember peering through the glass and shooting pictures with my camera, wondering if I could take a selfie at ground level as throngs of people crossed the road around me. Other famous Tokyo spots, like Inokashira Park, Odaiba and Akihabara all conjure up a similar sense of deja vu.

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Mind games

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Taking the Ginza Line to school.

Persona 5’s small, connected hub structure is advantageous because it forces you to imagine the spaces in between. Walk to the end of the road outside your school, for example, and a pop-up will appear for the nearest train station. Confirm and the main character will take out his phone, showing a map with potential destinations. You can see the train lines that connect each neighborhood, understand their proximity and then visualize the journey as the game loads your next area.

Your mind wanders, creating perfection where a traditional open world might falter.

From a technical standpoint, Persona 5 is pretty average. The game is one of the last to come out on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and it shows. On polygon count alone, it doesn’t compare with the likes of Final Fantasy XV or Horizon Zero Dawn. The environments and character models are less detailed, requiring a strange cacophony of visual styles for cutscenes. Some are presented in-engine, with large anime faces next to each dialog box at the bottom of the screen. Others are presented in full CG, while a few are shown as traditional 2D animation.

These limitations are forgivable, however, because Persona 5 has near-flawless art direction and UI design. Walk into a store for airsoft guns, for instance, and you’ll be greeted with a bright, kinetic set of menus that perfectly match Tokyo’s neon color palette.

It’s more interesting and expressive, I would argue, than watching two character models awkwardly exchange money, or wondering why a huge item has suddenly disappeared after purchase. The developers have made smart, stylistic choices elsewhere, too. Board the subway and you’ll notice that none of your fellow commuters have faces — that’s because they’re supposed to be mindless drones, adhering to society while you act as a rebellious hero in the shadows.

Persona 5, like previous entries, has a stellar soundtrack, too. Led by Japanese composer and musician Shoji Meguro, it’s an upbeat, jazz-infused collection that matches the rebellious swagger of the main cast. All of the game’s heroes have been abandoned, manipulated or misunderstood by older members of society. The hero has a criminal record (of course, he’s actually innocent) and spends much of the game with his head down, trying not to draw attention to himself. He’s a curiosity, one that classmates love to gossip and whisper about at school.

I’m no lawbreaker, but in Japan I often felt like a bit of an oddity.

I can relate, to a degree. I’m no lawbreaker, but in Japan I often felt like a bit of an oddity. A no doubt confused-looking Westerner bumbling his way through the country’s culture and traditions. (It probably didn’t help that I can barely speak Japanese.) That sense of being an outsider, a lost soul in an overwhelming city, permeates Persona 5 and its vibrant, youthful score. When I dash out of class and ‘Tokyo Emergency’ plays in the background — one of many tunes that signalize downtime in the game — I always feel like an upstart, ready to take advantage of Tokyo’s sights and sounds.

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Thirty hours into the game, I smile once more. I’m stood at the precipice of Harajuku, watching trendsetters pick their way through various boutique fashion stores. Ann, a friend and fellow ‘Phantom Thief,’ asks if we can people-watch for a bit. It’s a small moment, but one that triggers another wave of nostalgia. I remember walking down that boulevard myself, and stopping off in a cafe just to watch the world roll by. I’ve never cared for fashion, but I was intrigued by the culture, just like Ann. In the game, we talk for a few minutes, discussing our hopes and dreams before parting company and heading home.

Once again, I feel like Atlus has nailed the essence of Tokyo and what it must be like to grow up there as a troubled youth. It’s not a perfect representation, but that’s a good thing. The developers have focused on the places and social activities that matter — the ones I remember with fondness from my own vacation in Tokyo. I don’t know when I’ll next be able to travel to Japan, but until then, I’ll always have Persona 5.

10
Apr

Tesla overtakes GM to become the most valuable US car maker


Tesla just managed a symbolic but important win in its quest to make electric cars popular. Shortly after the start of trading on April 10th, Tesla’s stock market cap overtook that of GM — it was worth about $51 billion, or $1.7 billion more than its established rival. While it’s not clear that this will last (we’ve seen some give and take as of this writing), it’s no mean feat for a company that has made just three car models in its brief 13-year history. The big question is whether or not Tesla can back up that value with raw sales numbers.

To a large extent, Tesla’s valuation is based more on its potential than what it has done so far. All of its existing cars are luxury models that have sold in modest numbers — it’s happy to have sold 25,000 cars last quarter where GM sold nearly 690,000 vehicles (including commercial sales) in the same period. Even when you consider Tesla’s premium prices, it’s relatively a small player in the automotive industry. It’s not exactly profitable, either. While Elon Musk’s outfit occasionally turns a profit, it tends to bleed cash due to its combination of high investments and relatively low output.

Most of the hope rests on (you guessed it) the Model 3. Tesla has racked up hundreds of thousands of deposits for its more affordable EV, and it’s increasingly looking like the first car company to sell EVs in truly large numbers. The high market cap really amounts to a bet, a prediction that Tesla represents the future of transportation. That’s not an outlandish wager (Chevy plans on selling just 30,000 Bolts in 2017), but it’s not a reflection of actual performance.

Source: Bloomberg

10
Apr

‘Minecraft’ adds a shop for mobile add-ons


For many, the biggest limitation of Minecraft’s Pocket and Windows 10 Editions has been the lack of community material. What good is playing on your phone if you can’t try out that sweet new texture pack you saw on your PC? You’re about to get that option. Microsoft and Mojang are launching a Marketplace that lets both Pocket and Windows 10 gamers download content from community creators, including skins, textures and whole worlds. You don’t buy any paid content directly — instead, you buy “Minecraft Coins” that let you snap up the add-ons you want. It’s ostensibly to help producers set “flexible prices,” although it also helps mask the value of what you’re buying. You might not want to let kids have unfettered access, in other words.

The Marketplace only permits creators with registered businesses, so it’s not going to take your just-for-fun project. However, those that do get in receive a 70 percent cut of the revenue, much like typical mobile app stores. A successful merchant stands to make a healthy amount of money, even if it’s not as much as they might make by selling directly.

Access to the Marketplace will be limited at first. A public Android beta is launching in mid-April, and there won’t even be any creator content — that has to wait until a formal launch later in the spring. Still, this should do something to bridge the gap between your Minecraft experiences on computers and mobile devices.

Source: Minecraft

10
Apr

Most of Jay Z’s albums are already back on Apple Music


Hip hop legend Jay Z pulled most of his music off of Spotify and Apple Music last Friday. It wasn’t a huge surprise given Jay Z’s involvement and stake in competitor Tidal, but it looks like things aren’t quite so cut and dry here. After confirming that the majority of his discography was indeed gone from Apple Music in the US and UK last Friday, we’re now seeing that the majority of his albums have already returned to Apple’s streaming service.

While the three Blueprint albums and his solo debut Reasonable Doubt aren’t available, his other eight main studio albums are all available again on Apple Music. The same albums are currently missing from Google Play Music as well — but that’s still a lot more than what’s available on Spotify right now, where Jay Z’s catalog is just as limited today as it was on Friday.

Spotify’s new deal with Universal Music Group may have something to do with this change. Jay Z’s Roc-A-Fella records label is part of Universal, and the massive music distributor just reached a new deal with Spotify which includes the controversial provision that artists can hold new albums back from Spotify’s free tier. This provision wouldn’t affect Jay Z’s back catalog, but there certainly could be something else in the deal that does. As for why a specific handful of Jay Z’s albums are missing from Google and Apple’s streaming services, there’s no good answer right now — but given how quickly things change in the streaming music world, an entirely different set of Jay Z’s albums could be pulled at a moment’s notice. If you’re a big fan but don’t want to actually purchase his music, Tidal seems to be the safest bet.

10
Apr

Amazon orders two seasons of ‘Gilmore Girls’ creator’s next show


Netflix may be the frontrunner in the race between online video channels to produce original content, but Amazon is trying hard to close the gap. It has just commissioned two seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which is written and directed by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. The series follows the titular character, a 1958 New York City woman, as she “discovers a previously unknown talent” as a standup comic that takes her from her perfect, wholesome life to… “a spot on Johnny Carson’s couch.”

A multi-season commission is a first for Amazon, and follows several big moves in the past few weeks. It’s nabbed Oscar-winning writer and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins for an adaptation of The Underground Railroad, earned an Emmy nod for its behind-the-scenes NFL series, and seems to be turning gaming-centric Twitch into a portal for its original shows as well.

The Mrs. Maisel pilot was one of five that were voted on by Amazon subscribers to get made into full-fledged series, and its popularity is already evident. It has a 4.8 (out of 5) rating, and 92% of the votes were 5-star reviews, and you can already check it out on Amazon Video. A release date for the series was not announced.

Source: Amazon

10
Apr

Apple to Open Flagship Store in Mexico City and Potentially São Paulo


Apple has secured a lease at the Antara Fashion Hall shopping center in Mexico City, where it will open a new flagship retail store, according to a person familiar with the matter. The store’s design will be similar to Apple’s multi-level World Trade Center location in New York City, the person said.

Antara Fashion Hall will mark Apple’s second retail location in Mexico after opening its Via Santa Fe store last year, also in Mexico City.

Elsewhere in Latin America, Apple will soon decide whether to open two additional stores in Brazil, potentially including a flagship store in São Paulo, according to our source. Apple is also said to be exploring leases for its first store in Argentina, which is expected to open by the end of 2018.

Meanwhile, in the United States, Apple continues to revamp a number of its older retail locations. Apple said its Burlington, Massachusetts store will be temporarily closed for renovations starting April 23, while GeekWire recently uncovered plans for a new University Village store in Seattle.

MacRumors has also received unconfirmed tips about Apple’s plans to relocate its stores at Valley Fair in Santa Clara, CA and Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL. Apple now has over 35 next-generation Apple Stores in the United States, including its newly reopened Woodland Mall store in Grand Rapids, MI.

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10
Apr

Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 10.3.2 to Developers


Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3.2 update to developers, nearly two weeks after seeding the first iOS 10.3.2 beta and two weeks after introducing iOS 10.3, which included features like a new Find My AirPods feature and Apple File System. Apple has also released a minor iOS 10.3.1 update, which focused on security improvements.

Registered developers can download the second iOS 10.3.2 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

We don’t yet know what features or improvements are coming in iOS 10.3.2 as Apple doesn’t offer detailed release notes and nothing notable was discovered in the first iOS 10.3.2 update.

As a minor 10.x.x update, we can expect iOS 10.3.2 to offer bug fixes and performance improvements rather than outward-facing features. Apple has said that the update fixes SiriKit car commands, which should be working as expected.

If we find anything new in the second iOS 10.3.2 beta, we’ll update this post.

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