HONOR VIEW 20 REVIEW: TOP-NOTCH PERFORMANCE WITHOUT THE NOTCH...


A 48-megapixel camera, all-screen display, giant battery, and a humane price punch a hole in the OnePlus armor.



Over the past three years, OnePlus has reigned mostly unchallenged as the “flagship-class Android phone with a midrange price” champion. Fast performance, tons of specs, and a respect for a customer’s wallet have earned that company a loyal and passionate following. But 2019 sees a challenger for the affections of the budget-conscious crowd emerging, and it’s none other than the Honor View 20. This new smartphone ticks many of the same boxes as OnePlus’ latest 6T while also adding a few advantages all its own. With prices for both phones starting at an identical £499 in the UK (the View 20 is set for a US launch later in the year), there can only be one winner, and I’ve come to a surprising conclusion about my favorite.
The eye-grabbing features of the View 20 include a hole-punch display with a 91.82 percent screen-to-body ratio, a 48-megapixel AI camera, and a gorgeous chevron-patterned glass back design. More about them later, but the things that make this phone truly compelling to use are its insanely fast performance combined with a reassuringly huge battery. The View 20 is as nimble as any Android flagship on the market, irrespective of price, with the response times of a spooked hare and the smoothness of a Roger Federer backhand.


Energizer says it's creating phones with spring up cameras, 18,000mAh batteries, and foldable displays.

They look like monster batteries.


As if the simple fact that Energizer sells smartphones wasn’t surprising enough, the company is unveiling 26 new models at Mobile World Congress this year, with flagship features like spring-up cameras, a massive 18,000mAh battery, and a foldable display. And before you get any ideas, just know that these are all separate phones (though a phone with all three of these features would truly be a sight to behold). In fact, the silhouettes of the pop-up camera models make the phones look like giant batteries, which is weirdly appropriate.
According to 9to5Google, the phones will be part of four lines: Power Max, Ultimate, Energy, and Hardcase. The bulk of the 26 new models will be basic feature phones, part of the Energy and Hardcase lines. The Power Max line will include the 18,000mAh model (the largest battery ever in a phone, followed by Energizer’s own 16,000mAh Power Max P16K Pro), and phones in the Ultimate line will have features like the pop-up camera and teardrop notch displays.

PUBG begins testing free form to all the more likely interpretation of Fortnite.

Limited to Thailand for now...




PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has begun testing a new free-to-play version of the game called PUBG Lite in Thailand, which is designed to offer the popular battle royale shooter that can run on less powerful hardware than the full, paid PUBG experience.

PUBG Lite is a chance for PUBG to better compete with its biggest competitor, Fortnite. Despite coming to the battle royale genre later than PUBG’s pioneering efforts, Fortnite has become an international cultural sensation due to its low barrier of entry and the fact that the game can be played on basically any device.

PUBG Lite is a completely standalone game from the paid PUBG. The company says that there will be a separate, dedicated dev team for the free version that will work on exclusive content, including maps and other features that will eventually trickle down from the paid game.

The head of Android Auto on how Google self controls the vehicle of the not so distant future.

Local Android infotainment frameworks are coming, and they'll change the manner in which we connect with our vehicles




Google has spent the most recent couple of years working (to some degree discreetly) on an Android-based working framework for vehicles that don't require the utilization of a cell phone. Based on Android P, it's intended to be definitely further developed than the current form of Android Auto, which just activities a telephone interface onto a vehicle's infotainment screen. It's likewise expected to be a more powerful arrangement than some past infotainment frameworks that were based on forked (and exceptionally old) adaptations of Android absent much assistance from Google if any whatsoever. 

We're going to get increasingly acquainted with this new in-vehicle Android encounter, however. Google has hit manages Volvo and Audi to begin revealing these frameworks in 2020, and throughout the most recent year, we've seen a couple of instances of what they will resemble.




The Folio is a special workstation, however, it isn't immaculate...

There's nothing extremely very like HP's new Specter Folio. For as far back a couple of years, the idea of a "PC" has been steady. There are the conventional, clamshell plans, which are to a great extent subordinate of Apple's MacBook Air structure. There are the 360-style convertibles with screens that flip the whole distance around for tablet capacities, similar to Lenovo's Yoga line. And after that, there are those convertible PCs with completely separable screens that can be utilized as independent tablets, for example, Microsoft's Surface Pro or Surface Book. 

The $1,299 and up Specter Folio fits into… none of those depictions. It doesn't resemble a MacBook Air, it doesn't have a 360-degree pivot, and it doesn't have a separable presentation. However, it's as yet a 2-in-1 with the capacity to switch between a standard clamshell workstation and a tablet-style gadget. We haven't seen a workstation with an equipment structure this diverse since the strong long stretches of Windows 8's insanity. 

In addition, the Specter Folio is enclosed by calfskin, making it outwardly and tactilely not quite the same as any PC I've at any point utilized previously. It is genuinely a standout amongst the most fascinating workstations discharged in years. 

Fascinating and one of a kind don't mean great, be that as it may, and the Specter Folio is anything but an ideal gadget. Be that as it may, the issues it has can't be faulted for the shrewd pivot or the cowhide wrap up.

Can You Run A Business Via A Smartphone?

Smartphones have come so far in the last decade. But could you ditch your laptop for one?
According to ComScore, mobile digital app use has grown by roughly 50 percent in the past two years, with more than 75 percent of that growth "directly attributable" to the mobile app. "Mobile has grown so fast that it's now the leading digital platform, with total activity on smartphones and tablets accounting for 62 percent of digital media time spent, and apps alone now representing the majority of digital media time at 54 percent," ComScore adds.
But has mobile app technology grown so advanced that an entrepreneur or small company owner run 100 percent of their business on smartphone apps?
Increasingly, it's becoming apparent that companies think it's doable. For example, Sappho's Micro App Platform sits securely on top of existing enterprise systems and identifies important business events and changes so that employees can work from their mobile devices easily.
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Or how about the Superbook, from Androidium, a shell that turns your Android smartphone into a complete laptop? Or if you want to alternate between and Windows and Android phone, there's the $299 Mirabook. It connects any phone with a USB Type-C connector. These and other emerging smartphone apps are giving backbone to the notion that, from a hardware standpoint, at least, small business owners can run their companies with a mobile device, and a host of helpful apps.
"Yes, absolutely, you can do so," says Sinan Eren, enterprise mobility expert and vice president of Avast Mobile Enterprise.  "Actually, you can especially run a small, mid-size business with mobile apps much more effectively over legacy desktop software. Anywhere from contract drafting, payment processing all the way to e-signature apps are the mainstay of scaling an SMB business."
Others agree, adding that the proof really is in the pudding.
Yuval Scarlat, chief executive and co-founder of Capriza, a computer software firm located near San Francisco, Cal., says small business owners can easily run their businesses from their mobile device, and growing businesses are actually the ideal candidates to go mobile-only.
"Smaller businesses can be more agile because they likely don't have as many complex legacy technology systems as key parts of their infrastructure compared to larger companies, allowing them to have an easier and shorter path to adopting a mobile-only approach," Scarlett explains.
When Scarlet cofounded Capriza in 2011, he made the decision to practice what he'd been preaching and run the company from his phone. "Over the past 25 years I'd grown frustrated using too many different systems of record in the workplace, spending unnecessary time trying to find pieces of information," he explains. "I realized that instead of needing in-depth access to the various backend systems, software and applications at all times, what mattered was having snippets of information readily accessible to me. Essentially, having a one-minute experience through an app on my mobile device was much more productive than sifting through multiple systems on a desktop."
Now, Scarlet oversees and runs every aspect of Capriza from his mobile device. "When I open my phone, I'm able to see a snapshot of our company forecast, sales leads, marketing dashboards, and approvals and associated costs," he adds. "Running my business from my phone allows me to be exponentially more productive."
As an example, Scarlett says that if he's waiting for a flight at the airport and wants to quickly see how his different departments are doing, mobile apps make it easy to do so. "If I need to approve anything urgently, I'm able to quickly pull out my phone and check, rather than trying to find a Wi-Fi connection and get my laptop up and running," he adds. "Also, I'm able to highly customize my work experience by setting up my mobile apps and device the way I want, not the way that IT may dictate on a desk."
On the downside, apps don't exactly excel at business-oriented tasks like storing vast amounts of company data or hosting company-wide meetings. Plus, there is a risk of cyber-theft when company business owners rely solely on smartphone apps.
"The advantages far outweigh the drawbacks," says Eren. "With that said, a business can be exposed to increased risk of data theft due to lost or stolen smartphones. Thankfully this risk can be effectively managed."
Those concerns may melt away once business owners the benefits they earn by going mobile to run their companies. "First, the rapid handling of order flows saves businesses and their employees from repetitive and tiresome clerical work," Eren adds. "You also have painless legal contracts, payroll and benefits management, simple payment processing and invoicing all come in a mobile package nowadays. These apps perform as good, if not better than their legacy desktop counterparts."
To get your mobile-only campaign rolling, Scarlet advises knowing exactly what a mobile-first working environment looks like. "That can be the first major obstacle," he says. "A major reason is that for mobile employees to be productive, applications need to be user-centric instead of business-centric."
Scarlett says that many of the systems that businesses have in place were developed with little thought given to user experience. But in a mobile environment, the user experience is vital. "Considering how to best condense business functions into one-minute experiences that can be accomplished on a mobile device is pivotal to any mobile strategy, and shifting to a user-first model is the first major challenge many companies – regardless of size – face," he says.
Given fears that corporate data could be stolen or leaked through a mobile device, Scarlett says it's important to select mobile software and applications that have security built directly into them. "In addition, the process of transitioning existing applications and software into mobile apps can be costly and time intensive if the business relies on numerous different legacy on-premise or cloud systems," he adds.
For a small business owner or even an entire business looking to transition to a mobile-only approach, a mindset shift is required, Scarlett adds.
"For generations, corporate information was built by the business to serve the backend office, but missed out on providing an easy-to-use experience for a regular user," he says. "In our personal lives, we expect a user-centric experience on our mobile devices and mobile apps, and this same expectation is now being carried into the workforce. We're in the midst of a mobile revolution – one that could very well make everyone mobile-only in the next few years."
Ask any tech-savvy business owner whether they can run their business from their mobile phone, and you'll likely get "yes" for an answer. Expect that chorus to grow louder as more advance business-friendly mobile apps hit the marketplace.
Brian O'Connell
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