Microsoft and Samsung announced an extension of their existing partnership this week. Both are working together to more tightly integrate Microsoft Outlook, OneDrive and its Your Phone app with Samsung’s just-announced Galaxy Note 10 phones. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella appeared on stage with Samsung officials at the Samsung Unpacked event to show the ijmportance of the announcements to Microsoft, which no longer has a mobile phone platform of its own.
The Note10 phones will come pre-loaded with the Office Mobile app, which allows you to view documents and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. This app has been preloaded on a number of Samsung phones since earlier this year,” a Microsoft spokesperson told me, in response to me double-checking whether the key Office apps would be pre-loaded.
Huawei says bans will not slow them down and it’s” full steam ahead”.
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Two of the biggest Chinese smartphone makers are on the list of phones that emit maximum radiation. Four smartphones of both Xiaomi and OnePlus were named in a report released by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection called Bundesamt fur Strahlenschutz. The list revealed that Xiaomi’s Android One smartphone, MiA1, is the worst offender closely followed by the OnePlus 5T. Smartphones manufactured by other Chinese companies Oppo and Vivo were not tested. Samsung phones, on the other hand, have found a place in the list of phones that emit the least amount of radiation.
According to the report, Xiaomi Mi A1 gives out 1.75 watts per kilogram of radiation, followed by the OnePlus 5T (1.68), the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 (1.58) and the OnePlus 6T (1.55). The higher ‘Watts per kilogram’ score mean higher radiation emission from the smartphone. Eight of the top 16 smartphones in the list carry one of Xiaomi’s and OnePlus’ brands.
However, the big names like Apple and Google have not performed too well either. Apple’s iPhone 7 came just below OnePlus 5 with a specific absorption rate (SAR) score of 1.38. Apple’s iPhone 8 and Google’s Pixel 3XL and Pixel 3also emit high levels of radiation.
In contrast, Samsung phones do not feature in the list of smartphones emitting high levels of radiation. The Galaxy Note 8 has logged the lowest scores of all with a SAR score of 0.17 watts per kilogram of radiation. The Samsung Galaxy A8 (0.24), Samsung Galaxy S8+ (0.26) and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (0.29) are among the phones that have performed well in terms of limiting radiation emissions during device usage.
Other names on the list incude the LG G7 ThinQ (0.24), the HTC U11 Life (0.28) and the Motorola Moto Z (0.30) have also performed much better. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Honor 8 Pro have registered 0.4 watts per kilogram of radiation and 1.28 watts per kilogram of radiation respectively.
Currently there is no universally accepted parameter for a safe level of phone radiation. However, Der Blaue Engel, a German certification for environmental friendliness, certifies models that come with a precise absorption rate of less than 0.60 watts per kilogram.
A smuggling ring has been using DJI drones to enable the transport of refurbished iPhones into Shenzhen, China. According to customs officials in the city, those responsible were caught after flying 500 million yuan ($79.8 million) worth of smartphones from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.
Chinese authorities have arrested 26 people who were part of an iPhone smuggling operation between Hong Kong and the mainland city of Shenzhen. The criminals used aerial drones to connect two 660-foot cables between two high-rise buildings, and then passed as many as 15,000 iPhones per night across the border.
7-Eleven would like to reminded the world that it had already completed 77 drone delivery flights a month before Amazon completed its first one last week. 7-Eleven’s unmanned aerial deliveries are powered by a startup called Flirtey, which bills itself as the “world’s leader in the drone delivery industry. 12 shoppers were invited to participate in a trial. They ordered items via a smartphone app for a drone to drop off at their houses, and the merchandise included everything from hot and cold food items to over-the-counter medicines. Deliveries were completed an average of less than less than 10 minutes after the orders were placed, Flirtey says. Instead of landing on the customer’s lawn or roof, the drones hovered in place while lowering their payloads to the buyers. The 77 delivery flights were completed on weekends in November, and the company intends to continue flying 7-Eleven deliveries in 2017.
US Senate staffers will no longer be issued BlackBerry smartphones, according to a memo released earlier this week.
The change is the result of Blackberry discontinuing production of devices running on BlackBerry OS 10, as reported in the email sent to staffers. (In a statement, BlackBerry clarified that the company will “continue to support our BlackBerry 10 platform while expanding our device offering to include Android-based devices,” adding that they are working on updates for Blackberry OS10.