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BlackBerry officially announces DTEK60, available now for £475

The BlackBerry DTEK60 has been no secret, we’ve known it’s been coming for some time now, the Canadian company even accidentally leaked the specs itself and a German retailer said it would go on sale on 25 October. Those leaks have rung true and it’s now official and available to buy.

  • BlackBerry DTEK60 all but confirmed with leaked pre-order page

The DTEK60 is BlackBerry’s flagship Android phone for 2016 and has been made by TCL, the same company responsible for Alcatel’s range of smartphones, which is why is bears a similar design.

As was previously leaked, the DTEK60 has a 5.5-inch Quad HD display with a scratch resistant glass and a special coating that the company claims protects against smudges and fingerprints. There’s a fingerprint scanner for unlocking the phone and authorising purchases via Android Pay and BlackBerry’s own Smart Keyboard promises to learn your typing speed and accuracy to help better predict words you want to write.

It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM, so it’s a little behind other flagships fitted with the 821 processor, but it’s sure to be no slouch in day to day use.

You’ll find a 21-megapixel camera on the back with dual-tone LED flash and autofocus, and an 8MP snapper on the front. BlackBerry has also fitted a 3000mAh battery which it says is good for 24 hours of use and the 32GB of internal storage is expandable up to 2TB via microSD card.

And of course, being a BlackBerry device, it will come with the security that have made the company famous and even comes with a DTEK app to monitor the OS and your apps and will let you know when your privacy may be at risk.

You can buy the BlackBerry DTEK60 now from BlackBerry’s online store for £475 which includes a case and rapid charger free of charge.


Samsung Galaxy S8 to launch in March and come with 5.5in 4K display?

Following the demise of the Galaxy Note 7, many analysts thought that Samsung would bring the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge forward to try and regain some customer loyalty. Those predictions could well come true as the company is expected to unveil the new flagship on 26 February, at least that’s according to a leakster on Weibo which has been picked up by Phone Arena.

  • Samsung could bring forward S8 launch in wake of exploding Note 7

The leakster also says the S8 will come with a dual edge curved screen, similar to the recently launched Xiaomi Mi Note 2. Given a dual edge curved screen is rumoured, the leaked specs will likely refer to the S8 Edge, but it’s interesting to note that no flat screen version has been mentioned. However it would tie in with rumours from the Korea Herald which said there would be no flat screen variant for 2017.

The S8/S8 Edge is also said to come with a 5.5-inch 4K display, which of course will only show its full potential with native 4K content and there’s been two different processors listed. They include an Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 830, it could be that Samsung will make two versions of the phone, destined for different markets. The fact the post on Weibo says there’ll be 6GB and 8GB RAM versions could tie in with this theory.

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 specs leak; 30MP camera, Snapdragon 830 processor and built-in projector
  • No flat bezel Samsung Galaxy S8 for 2017, tipped to have Edge screen only 

Other features are said to include NFC, Samsung Pay and an 80 percent screen to body ratio.

The post says the S8 will be announced on 26 February, a day before Mobile World Congress. If true, we’d likely see the Galaxy S8 on sale in March


Uber’s self-driving truck company completes a 120-mile beer run

If you’re in Colorado and grab a can of Budweiser, it’s possible that you might be sipping beer delivered by Uber’s autonomous truck company. Today, Otto confirmed that on October 20th, it “completed the world’s first shipment by a self-driving truck,” a delivery that involved transporting 2,000 cases (or 51,744 cans) of Bud from Fort Collins, Colorado to Colorado Springs along Interstate 25.

Although impressive, this “world first” is mostly promotional. The Verge reports that a human driver first navigated the truck from a Anheuser-Busch depot to a weigh station in Fort Collins. From there, Otto’s self-driving technology was deployed and the Volvo big rig drove the remaining 100 miles to Colorado Springs without any outside assistance. Once it entered the city, the driver — who monitored the journey from the sleeper berth in the back — resumed control and completed the final manoeuvres.

With Uber’s self-driving cars taking to US streets and Otto now starting to make its first shipments, the company is finally starting to realise its vision as a logistics company. Right now, deliveries are marketed as a step towards a “safe and productive future” across US highways, allowing drivers to rest while their vehicle does the hard miles. However, with Uber’s rapid expansion into cities worldwide, it likely won’t be long until it’s self-driving trucks can negotiate confusing inter-city streets too.

To mark the Budweiser milestone, Uber is now inviting potential partners to enquire about its haulage offering, which it’s now calling Uber Freight. “Our partnership with Anheuser-Busch is just beginning,” says the company in a blog post. “Our companies are excited to transform commercial transportation together.”

Via: The Verge

Source: Otto Blog


Mophie co-founder launches an electric scooter

Daniel Huang, co-founder of Mophie*, wants to change the way that we think about transport. That’s why he quit the company that made him famous to start Immotor in April of 2016. Now, Huang is on a mission to “define the future of personal transportation.” The result is the Immotor Go, a battery-powered foldaway scooter that’s designed to travel for up to 30km on a single charge.

We’ve seen plenty of other pedestrian-level electric transports, from ZBoard’s electric skateboard through to whatever the hell we’re calling Hoverboards these days. But Immotor is hoping that its battery tech savvy and almost Tesla-like approach to building a vehicle will give it an edge. For instance, the company says that the Go will receive periodic software updates that’ll bring future upgrades to the vehicle whenever you buy one. In addition, the unit packs intelligent GPS, device tracking, cruise control and the ability to autonomously follow you around.

Rounding out the spec list is Immotor’s “safe and functional Super Battery,” which it promises won’t combust like so many other devices over the last few years. The company claims that its proprietary power cells come with a customized operating system that’ll keep the cells balanced and regulate efficient power draw. In addition, these batteries can be puled out and used as a standard power pack for any number of consumer devices like hairdryers and laptops. At least, so long as you’ve got the necessary adapters.

The company also offered up a credibility-straining claim that its Super Batteries won’t explode, even when they’ve been punctured. When I pushed them for more explanation, the response could be boiled down to two points: firstly, the units are built with a thick metal casing that’ll make it difficult for anyone to damage one by accident, and second because they just won’t, okay, so stop being such a narc. Then again, Huang was CEO of Mophie for a decade and has been joined in his new firm by Christian Sheder, a former executive at XPal Power. So they’re going to get an inch-worth of trust to demonstrate how these claims will operate out in the real world.

The Go itself has two slots inside its neck-based battery compartment that enables users to swap in one or two of the 99W cells. With one installed, the device has an ultimate range of around 15km, while two cells will effectively double that journey time. The scooter has two modes: one that prioritizes range over speed and a power assist setting that’ll boost the power when you’re carrying heavy loads. Oh, and so long as it’s folded, Immotor claims that it’s perfectly safe to take onto an airplane. The vehicle’s top speed is 30km, although that will inevitably have an effect on your overall range.

There’s also a series of features just for millennials, including the ability to charge your phone from a USB port in the handlebar. You can even use a button on one of the handles to activate the camera on your smartphone should you want to snap images as you ride. Each Go also comes with an always-on link to the company’s customer service team, which should help with tracking if your ride goes missing and any technical issues.

It all sounds like the sort of thing a hip urban commuter would love to zoom around with, but you can’t buy one just yet. Instead, you’ll have to pledge some cash to Indiegogo and wait until March or April 2017 for your device to ship. Early birds can grab one of these for the tasty price of $399, while latecomers will have to stump up $599. For that, you’ll receive an Immotor Go with one 99W Super Battery and an AC adapter.

* Or, more accurately, the company that went on to buy Mophie, adopt its name and turn it into a battery case sensation.

Source: Indiegogo


Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones Up For Order With November Delivery on Various Non-U.S. Apple Sites

A few users on Reddit in countries outside of the United States have noticed that the Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones have been made available to order from, outlining arrival windows of as early as next week for users in the areas. In the U.S., the Bluetooth earphones simply state “coming this fall” on

The United Kingdom and France display the earliest delivery estimates for the Powerbeats3 earphones, currently sitting at November 2-9 on Apple’s website, and Australia is a few days later on November 4-8. Otherwise most countries, including Germany, Spain, Italy, and Sweden, all mention vague 1-2 week shipping estimates that fall within the window of the dates for the U.K., France, and Australia, without being specific. in Australia depicting a delivery window of November 4-8
The takeaway appears to be that the new Beats earphones will be launching on a large scale sometime in November, most likely early in the month, ahead of the holiday shopping season. When the device was announced at Apple’s September 7 iPhone event, the company mentioned that the Powerbeats3 and BeatsX would be coming sometime later in the year but didn’t say when.

With Apple’s Mac-focused “Hello Again” event just two days away, it’s possible that the company will put up the new Beats earphones in tandem with the launch of new Macs that’s expected to happen following the event. If orders begin on October 27 in the United States, the earphones could hit the shipping estimates of early-to-mid November displayed today in these various countries around the world. The Powerbeats3 also appear to be featured prominently in next week’s Target circular, suggesting a wide online and retail rollout is imminent in the United States.

For the BeatsX earphones, most versions of still say “coming this fall,” while Apple’s upcoming AirPods are listed as “available late October” for every country.

(Thanks, Sai!)

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Google Play Music: the Ultimate Guide


There is more music than you can imagine right at your fingertips.

There are plenty of different apps out there that deliver all the streaming music you’ll ever need. Not all music apps are created equal though, and Google Play Music manages to do a great job. It lets you stream music, buy new music, and even upload music from you personal collection so that they can be listened to no matter where you happen to be. There is a lot going on, but we’ve got all the details for you here.

  • How to upgrade into an unlimited membership
  • How to upgrade to a family plan
  • How to search for music
  • How to find a station
  • How to curate a station
  • How to create a playlist
  • How to find a podcast
  • How to purchase music
  • How to download music to your device

Upgrade to an unlimited membership

For free, you can listen to radio streams and previews of full tracks. But to get the full experience from Google Play Music, you’ll want to subscribe. An unlimited membership with Google Play Music will run you $9.99 each month, and gets you access to tons of new features.

Launch Google Play Music from your home screen or app drawer.
Tap the overflow icon in the top left of your screen.

Scroll down and then tap on Settings.


Tap on Start free trial.
Tap Upgrade now and follow the instructions to upgrade your membership.


Note: Google offers a three-month free trial to all new subscribers, per account. If you don’t want to upgrade to the paid service right away, come back to these instructions when your trial is finished.

Upgrade to a family plan

While you can use Google Play Music for free, to get all of the features and benefits you’ll need to upgrade and pay for the service. When you upgrade, you can choose to grab a family plan. For only five dollars more than the standard membership, up to 6 people can share a membership which includes a Family Library to share your music.

Launch Google Play Music from your home screen, or app drawer.
Tap the overflow icon in the upper left hand corner of your screen.

Tap *Settings** at the bottom left of your screen.


Tap Start free trial (This may say individual unlimited if you are paying for an Unlimited membership).
Tap Other Plans.

Tap Family.


Tap sign up and follow the instructions to upgrade your account.

Search for music

You can search for what you’re looking for by genre, artist, band and song title.

Launch Google Play Music from your home screen, or app drawer.
Tap the search icon in the upper right corner of your screen.

Type in the band, or song title you are searching for.


Tap the search icon and browse your results.

Find a station

Stations are a great way to find new music that you haven’t heard before, or when you want to set a mood during a party. You can find stations based on genres, activities, moods, decades, and more.

Launch Google Play Music from your home screen or app drawer.
Tap the overflow icon in the upper left corner of your screen.

Tap Browse stations in the menu that opens up.


Choose between the stations or search for a specific station.

How to curate a station

Once you’ve started a station, you get to decide what plays and what doesn’t.

Launch Google Play Music.
Open up your music station of choice.
As songs play thumbs up, or thumbs down to decide whether you like them in the station or not.


How to create a playlist

If you want to personalize the music that is about to be played, there is always the options of creating a playlist. This way you can make sure you’re only hearing the music that you wanted to hear.

Launch Google Play Music from your home screen, or app drawer.
Open the music you want to add to a playlist.

Tap the icon with three dots on the right side of the screen.


Tap Add to playlist.
Tap Create new playlist.
Type in a name, description, and adjust the privacy settings before tapping create playlist.


Subscribe to a podcast

Google Play has plenty of podcasts that you can explore and subscribe to.

Launch Google Play Music from your home screen, or app drawer.
Tap the overflow icon at the top left of your screen.

Tap on Podcasts.


Tap Your podcasts at the top of your screen.
Tap Search.

Type in the name of the podcast you are searching for.


Tap the podcast you were searching for
Tap the icon of three dots on the right side of your screen

Tap the Subscribe button.


Choose your preferences, and tap Subscribe.

How to purchase music

Today, it’s easier to purchase music than ever. Google Play Music allows you to buy music from right within the app, meaning you can keep everything in one place.

Launch Google Play Music from your home screen, or app drawer.
Tap the overflow icon in the top left corner.

Tap Shop.


Search for the music you wish to purchase.
Tap the orange box with the price.


Download music

Google Play Music also gives you the option to download your music, so that you don’t miss out if you lose signal.

Launch Google Play Music from your home page or app drawer.
Navigate to the music you want to download.
Tap the download icon on the right side of the screen, and the selected music will be downloaded to your device.


Your turn

This is by no means everything that is going on in Google Play Music. It does give you a good place to start from, and explore to find both awesome new music, along with the tunes you’ve been jamming out to for years. Do you still have questions about using Google Play Music? Did we miss something integral? Be sure to drop us a comment below and let us know about it.


Londoners will soon benefit from Link’s 1Gbps wi-fi booths

BT is teaming up with LinkNYC, Intersection and Primesight, an outdoor advertising company to bring free wi-fi to the streets of London via Link booths. The booths will give out a wi-fi signal of up to 1Gbps that anyone in the vicinity of will be able to connect to get free wi-fi and free wi-fi calling to UK mobiles and landlines.

The Link booths will also let you charge your devices via two USB ports and provide access to maps, directions and various other local services via a touchscreen tablet.

The best part of the new service is that it will all be free thanks to digital advertising paying the bill.

The plan is to first install around 100 Link booths in the borough of Camden and they should start appearing in 2017, a total of 750 booths are expected to be installed over the next few years. Link booths will also replace existing BT phone boxes around London as they take up less space and will give more users access to phone services than the phone boxes can.

Link booths originated in New York City in January 2016, making London just the second city to benefit from the free public wi-fi.

Rajesh Agrawal, London’s Deputy Mayor for Business said: “I welcome this exciting new addition to London’s streets. Expanding London’s digital infrastructure is a priority for the Mayor, and LinkUK can play a big part in improving connectivity for Londoners and visitors to our city, while reducing street clutter by upgrading and reducing the number of phone boxes”.


Best Wireless Speaker 2016: EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards nominees

It’s almost November, which means Christmas is only weeks away and more importantly, so are the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards. The Awards are turning 13 this year and there are 14 categories, ranging from best smartphone and best car, to best wireless speaker and best VR device.

Each category has between five and seven shortlisted nominations, all of which have been reviewed by us in full at some point over the last 12 months. There are some excellent contenders across the board and as you might have discovered, we have been diving a little deeper into each category over the last couple of weeks through a series of features.

Each feature presents the nominations in more detail and explains what we loved about each device when we reviewed it, all of which you can find in our Awards hub. Today, it is time to look at the category for the Best Wireless Speaker 2016. There are some brilliant nominees, as with all the categories, but only one can be king of sound.

Will it be the BeoPlay A1 from B&O, Devialet’s Gold Phantom, Libratone’s Zipp, Naim’s Mu-so Qb, the Zeppelin Wireless from Bowers & Wilkins, or the Boom 2 from Ultimate Ears? 

Click here to see the nominees for 2016’s Best Speaker in a little more detail to help you decide who should get your vote.

Voting in the 13th annual EE Pocket-lint Awards is now open so you can let us know which one of these great devices you think should win the Best Wireless Speaker award for this year and give us your verdict on all the other tech across the 13 select categories.

Winners will be announced at the exclusive event in London on 23 November in association with EE. For now, keep an eye on the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2016 hub for all the latest on how the voting works, who the elite judges are and the EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards shortlist.


Best smartwatches 2016: The best smart wristwear available to buy today

Smartwatches used to be gadgets only James Bond would have access to, but that’s no longer the case. These wrist-worn phone companions that can receive calls, texts, emails and social network notifications have been whipping the wearables sector into a storm over the past couple of years, with more and more companies after a slice of the pie.

Many attempts have been made, some more successful than others, some much better looking than others and some smarter than others. But for those looking to take the smartwatch plunge, you’ve come to the right place. We have rounded up the best out there that we have had the pleasure of reviewing in full.

Options remain limited for Windows Phone users, while things have improved significantly for iOS users since smartwatches first appeared. Apple offers its own closed-platform Apple Watch, now available in two editions, and Google’s Android Wear platform is also compatible with iOS devices, though the experience isn’t as seamless as it is for Android users.

If you want to know how well Android Wear works with iPhone before picking the smartwatch right for you, you can read our separate feature and if you are only interested in Android Wear smartwatches, we have a separate feature for that too.

As usual, we will continue to update this feature as we get our hands and wrists on more but for now, here are the best smartwatches available to buy today.

Click here to see the best smartwatches available buy today.


The Morning After: Tuesday October 25th 2016

While you were sleeping, we found out where you can still buy a Galaxy Note 7 (don’t), Apple added Portrait mode to its flagship iPhone 7 Plus, and we’re thinking about what Microsoft has planned for later this week.

iOS 10.1 is herePortrait mode brings blurry backgrounds to iPhone 7 Plus photos


While it’s a mostly minor update, the iPhone 7 Plus will pick up another way to utilize its duo of rear-facing cameras. Yes, the once-teased portrait mode is now here to blur your backgrounds and make those portraits of loved ones really pop.

Disable in-app purchasesDoctors say your toddler can use your tablet — as long as you’re around to supervise

The American Academy of Pediatrics has softened its guidelines when it comes to screenwatchin’ for the under-twos, stating that they can watch “high-quality programming” (Sesame Workshop, for example) so long as you’re there to help understanding and monitor use. If your wee ones are younger than that, you should limit them to video chat for now. The AAP reiterates that, regardless of your children’s age, it’s important to both set “consistent limits” and ensure that device time doesn’t affect physical activity, play and sleep.

Tune in, turn on … TrumpSocial media isn’t just for apologies and insults


There’s no “Trump TV” yet, but the campaign has launched a daily show for its Facebook followers. So far, it’s not outdrawing Chewbacca Mom, but you all know those viewing counts are rigged anyway.

Scratching the surfaceHere’s what to expect from Microsoft’s ‘Imagine What You’ll Do’ event


New Surface? Sure, but in what shape — maybe an all-in-one? Perhaps, perhaps. While we probably won’t see a Surface Pro 5, we do expect Microsoft to explain what’ll happen in the next Windows 10 update, likely to launch in early 2017.

GastlyPokémon Go’s first global event is Halloween-themed

To celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, Pokémon Go creators Niantic Labs is increasing the encounter rate for its spookier Pocket Monsters. Gastly, Gengar, Golbat (ugh!) and more will appear far more frequently, while each monster caught will net you double the number of candies. In true trick-or-treat style, you’ll also get more candies from your Buddy Pokémon, and even from Professor Willow when you send him your Pokémon.

Just because you can doesn’t mean you shouldIf you want a Galaxy Note 7, they’re still on sale in Hong Kong


Because people like to risk carrying around something in their pocket that might explode in a burst of smoke. Read how Engadget Chinese editor-in-chief Richard Lai fared while trying to buy one — and why they’re still on sale in the first place.

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