Neighbors pirating your Wi-Fi? Comcast’s new alerts will tell you – CNET

Comcast’s Xfinity xFi customers will get more insight into their home network starting today with a new push notification feature.

These real-time alerts will pop up on a smartphone or TV screen to let you know when someone has made changes to your network.

Comcast’s Xfinity xFi customers will get more insight into their home network starting today with a new push notification feature.

These real-time alerts will pop up on a smartphone or TV screen to let you know when someone has made changes to your network. Comcast launched xFi last year, which gave customers a digital dashboard that’s accessible via an app, browser or TV from which they can customize and monitor their networks.

The new notifications will tell you when:

A new device joins your network, allowing you to name it and assign it to someone in your home.
The Wi-Fi credentials are updated, so you can reconnect devices if you need to.
Someone sets your network to “open” and removes the password or adds a password if it is set to “open.”
Your SSID/network name has been set to hidden or viewable among local networks.
Xfinity Internet and xFi Gateway has been activated for the first time.
Your IP address has changed.

Even if you don’t enable this feature for push notifications, you can still monitor these activities in the xFi Notification Center.

xFi is available to 15 million Comcast subscribers with their fiber-ready xFi Advanced Gateway or the xFi Wireless Gateway. Customers can use it to quickly set up their internet, set parental controls, manage and organize network devices, use voice control with the X1 TV remote to monitor the network, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi issues.

These new alerts seem to be more security related, which is important with all the recent Wi-Fi security issues. Some other mesh Wi-Fi systems include apps with similar notifications, but the convenience of having everything tied into your ISP will be helpful, especially for troubleshooting.

With all the different internet service providers (ISPs) available, Comcast sounds like it is making strides with xFi to provide better service and security for its customers. It also said last year that it has no plans to offer fast lanes once net neutrality rules are rolled back. These fast lanes would allow companies, like Netflix or YouTube, to pay ISPs for faster service to customers.

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Brewie+ Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

Brewie wants to help speed up your brew day. The startup that created an automatic beer-making robot of the same name back in 2014 on Thursday launched an updated version, called Brewie+.

Brewie wants to help speed up your brew day. The startup that created an automatic beer-making robot of the same name back in 2014 on Thursday launched an updated version, called Brewie+.

The Brewie+ promises a number of improvements to the original machine (now called the B20). The company claims it’s replaced many of the internal parts with new custom-designed hardware. As a result, Brewie+ should be able to brew beer 15 percent faster than its predecessor. Otherwise, the company is promising a better Wi-Fi connection, more storage for recipes, a more polished look and easier controls on the machine’s display.

The upgrade looks mostly like quality-of-life improvements, but Brewie’s also launching a fully functional app to let you control your brew remotely.

IDG Contributor Network: How to choose the right SD-WAN transport and why it matters

Businesses and their distributed enterprise locations grow more dependent on connected resources every day. That’s because employee and customer expectations and behaviors are evolving and having quick access to business information or constant connection to personal applications is changing the game for business networks.

Businesses and their distributed enterprise locations grow more dependent on connected resources every day. That’s because employee and customer expectations and behaviors are evolving and having quick access to business information or constant connection to personal applications is changing the game for business networks.

Every report I see indicates that our dependence on connected systems will continue to skyrocket. In fact, Cisco recently predicted that global IP traffic is set to nearly triple by 2021.

It’s no surprise given that cloud-based apps and critical business systems are becoming the lifeblood of every business, and branch offices need the same capabilities that headquarters has. At a time when businesses are reimagining and disrupting themselves, IT leaders must also reimagine how best to support tomorrow’s unprecedented and growing connectivity demands.

Consider the proliferation of streaming music, video and social media in the workplace and its impact on enterprise networks. I recently spoke with a construction company that encouraged employees to access YouTube on-the-job for training resources. Unfortunately, its network couldn’t accommodate the heavy bandwidth demands, so this valuable training resource had to be shut down.

In another instance, a large fitness center chain wanted to stream music and video through its treadmills and other exercise equipment for its members. The intention was to add these services to existing networks that had been handling only point-of-sale transactions. Adding the music and videos crashed their multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) networks, because, not surprisingly, they couldn’t handle the demands of those additional bandwidth-intensive applications.

A new wide-area network (WAN) strategy is needed to accommodate the changing makeup and delivery of both business and personal applications across corporate networks. Faster speeds, higher capacity pipes and smarter connections, starting in the last mile and progressing to the core of corporate networks, are critically important to our businesses.

There’s good news. The speeds we need now and well into the future are here today. A new gigabit last mile is being created that delivers lightning-fast bandwidth over ubiquitous, affordable broadband. It’s a game changer for businesses of all sizes.

We still need to connect the many assets of our distributed enterprise—whether in the cloud, branch offices, a company data center—in ways that will deliver the business benefits of these widely available and affordable broadband speeds. Companies have historically relied on MPLS that is, even today, too often delivered over legacy 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps) T-1 circuits. Software-Defined Wide-Area Networking (SD-WAN), however, creates the opportunity to quickly and easily unlock the power of this new gigabit last mile.

Even as SD-WAN brings a network into the future, it also enables “hybrid” configurations that allow a business to transition gracefully from its legacy MPLS environment to a gigabit infrastructure. In a hybrid configuration, SD-WAN enables network traffic to be routed dynamically across the new broadband WAN or a legacy path such as MPLS. This allows customers to begin unlocking the price and capabilities of gigabit broadband, while also creating time to comfortably migrate applications from the legacy service to SD-WAN.

The last mile: easily overlooked but critically important

Any WAN is only as good as the last mile that connects it to end users in their actual business locations. Application performance, cost and overall user experience are heavily influenced by the last-mile transport chosen.

As virtually every IT workload migrates to the cloud, it becomes a reality that just about 100 percent of a business’s activities traverse the last-mile connection between the users and the cloud-based applications. What’s more, having direct connections to the internet—versus backhauling internet traffic through a MPLS choke point operating in a hub-and-spoke configuration—is a much more efficient way to access applications throughout the enterprise. Of course, as enterprise traffic makes its trip across the network, those pathways must provide the performance, security and reliability that CIOs and CISOs require.

As the last mile is revolutionized by widely available gigabit bandwidth, it’s critically important that IT leaders “skate to where the puck is going to be, not where the puck is” when designing and purchasing their next-generation network solutions.

Where to start

As basic as it sounds, the first step in selecting network transport is determining what’s available at the locations to be served: cable (fiber optic, coaxial or both) and/or cellular long-term evolution (LTE). LTE is useful as a backup transport connection today, but it should only be relied on as a primary access technology when no other cost-effective solutions are available. For absolute speed and price/performance, wireline fiber and hybrid-fiber coax (HFC) networks are the critical foundations of next-generation networks.

The cost of construction and related expenses required to procure high capacity last-mile bandwidth is an important consideration in evaluating an SD-WAN plan. The capabilities of fiber optics in terms of speed are widely understood and modern Metro Ethernet networks are fantastic options for very high capacity connections. Unfortunately, last-mile fiber is far from ubiquitous—particularly outside of major metro centers—and, when available, is often very costly. HFC networks, particularly those now broadly deployed gigabit services based on the new DOCSIS 3.1 technology standard, bring massive bandwidth to millions of business locations that were previously unable to access gigabit speeds.

Anyone considering a high capacity last-mile connection to power an SD-WAN deployment should be sure to assess the availability and applicability of both Metro-E and gigabit broadband solutions. Between the two technologies, IT leaders are likely to find the right mix of price and performance to power bandwidth-hungry corporate and consumer applications.

6 critical questions to ask when choosing SD-WAN transport

In planning an SD-WAN implementation, I would offer six foundational questions to consider when evaluating and selecting the right SD-WAN and transport solutions:

How tight are the latency, jitter or packet loss requirements of the planned applications? Many modern applications are highly resilient in the face of modest network variations. Failing to understand the true requirements may lead to buying more expensive bandwidth than is actually necessary.How will a transport solution meet the business’s compliance mandates, especially in highly regulated verticals such as healthcare (HIPAA), financial services (Sarbanes-Oxley) and retail (PCI)?Are there specific accommodations, such as segmenting or layering confidential or sensitive information, that must be designed into the transport and SD-WAN plan?How will the chosen service provider meet its quality of service agreements? Will a hybrid transport solution help ensure quality performance in the face of network outages?What mix of upstream and downstream bandwidth is needed to optimize application performance and bandwidth expenditure? Many cloud applications—particularly consumer applications, training, Wi-Fi and media streaming applications—drive far higher downstream capacity needs.How can traffic be classified—and how will the service provider deliver classifications—to ensure that business critical or regulatory compliant transactions always have the available bandwidth they need?

A thorough understanding of the answers to these six questions, along with a comprehensive evaluation of the connectivity options that are available within reasonable costs, will set the right course to choosing the transport that strongly supports a great SD-WAN implementation for years to come.

I frequently point out that our networking industry is at a generational moment, as the dual forces of SDN and gigabit broadband combine to reshape the price, complexity and capabilities of modern enterprise networks. As IT leaders tap into this next generation, it’s a critical time to lay the right foundations in terms of a new last mile and SD-WAN infrastructure.

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Galaxy S9, 5G and more: Everything we learned at MWC 2018 – CNET

One of the best things about coming to Mobile World Congress is getting away from the cold, dreary weather in London and much of the US to spend a few days on the sunny and pleasant Mediterranean coast of Spain.

One of the best things about coming to Mobile World Congress is getting away from the cold, dreary weather in London and much of the US to spend a few days on the sunny and pleasant Mediterranean coast of Spain.

The 2018 show started off that way, but Barcelona on Tuesday, like much of Europe, was hit by frigid weather thanks to Siberian weather that even brought a light dusting of snow.

But we come to Mobile World Congress for the phones and with heavier coats than usual, we pushed on to find what was happening. And as it turned out, there were a lot of news to tell. From Samsung to a banana phone to 5G, here are the big stories from Barcelona that give some clues as to what we’ll see from wireless in 2018.


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MWC 2018: All the phones and gadgets announced so far

Galaxy S9 takes over everything

Where does the 8,000 pound gorilla sit? Anywhere it wants to.

Samsung came to Barcelona to win. And with its announcement of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, phones shaping up to be two top handsets for 2018, win it did.


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It didn’t matter that the devices only offer a minor upgrade over last year’s models, or that two iPhone X copycat features fell flat (seriously, what were they thinking with AR Emoji and Face Unlock?). A flashy presentation, high-end specs and bold new colors were enough to whip up excitement and suck out all the oxygen at the show, leaving only Nokia phones to fight for recognition (more on that below).


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LG V30S ThinQ brings AI smarts to a familiar face

Even MWC stalwarts LG and Huawei essentially bowed out, rather than risk their flagship phones being swallowed whole by the Samsung hype machine. Instead, LG launched a variant of the V30, a phone that already exists, and Huawei showed up with two Android tablets, teasing the press conference for its upcoming marquee phone for March.

BlackBerry, which used the show to stage its comeback in 2017, was oddly silent, but promised future moves. HTC and Motorola, both of which hosted large launches in the past, were MIA this year.

Samsung: 2, Everyone else: 0.

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Everyone’s talking about 5G

It’s almost here! Over the last three years, 5G has progressed from a lot of hype and grand promises to actually becoming a reality. If the Galaxy S9 dominated all other phones at the show, 5G dominated the conversation.

AT&T, which already promised a dozen cities with 5G by the end of the year, said a few days ahead of MWC that the first three cities to get the next-generation service would be Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas. Sprint on Tuesday upped the ante by naming six cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas, getting 5G. A few hours later, T-Mobile topped them all by promising that 30 cities, including New York and Dallas (AT&T’s headquarters, by the way), would get 5G this year. Verizon hasn’t provided much details, but Chief Technology Officer Hans Vestberg said he expects to beat everyone on both fixed and mobile 5G services.

“You have to say you’re doing it, otherwise you’re seen as a laggard,” said Dan Hays, a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

But a word of warning: You won’t actually be able to access Sprint or T-Mobile’s 5G service until next year — when the first 5G-capable smartphones are slated to arrive. You’ll be able to use a wi-fi hotspot to tap into AT&T’s network.

Some of the show’s biggest booths are put up by the network equipment makers like Ericsson and Huawei, so they were geeking out over 5G event more.

iPhone X copycats

Imitation, as the say, is the sincerest form of flattery and Mobile World Congress proved that adage with iPhone X copycats. Though taken design from a competitor is hardly new in the phone world, sometimes it lurches into outright cloning.


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The Asus ZenFone 5 aims to take on the iPhone X

Take the AsusZenfone 5. Though it’s larger than the iPhone X, there’s distinctly familiar “notch” at the top of the screen (where have I seen that before?), it has curved metal edges and the rear dual camera is an iPhone X doppelganger.

Asus CEO Jerry Shen says his the Zenfone 5 will differ from the iPhone X in a few important ways: Its notch is bigger and it will have a far more affordable price than the phone from “the fruit company” (that’s only how Shen would refer to Apple). Our price will be very affordable and attractive and for everyone to enjoy compared to the fruit company,”

Meanwhile, while Huawei and LG were keeping a low profile at the show, they were apparently showing their next big handsets behind closed doors. They’re already all over the web, of course, thanks to phone leaker extraordinaire Evan Blass. And guess what? If the leaked photos are accurate, the upcoming Huawei P20 and LG G7 also feature an X-style notch, too.

Notch envy goes beyond big players like Asus, Huawei and LG, too. We spotted a handful of smaller companies also playing the imitation game. Take Leagoo, a manufacturer we’d heretofore never heard of that appears to be based in China. Its S9 phone is the iPhone copycat with the Galaxy S9 copycat name (killing two birds with one stone, we guess). It also has a notch above a nearly bezel-less display.

Creativity isn’t dead

Phones these days are all black rectangles, right? Well, not exactly. HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the Nokia brand, stormed into Barcelona with a new edition of one of its most famous phones from the 1990s, the 8110 “banana phone.” Also called, “the Matrix phone,” because it appeared in the 1999 film, the 8110 has the same sliding case that you flick open and snap shut. Features are minimal, which is the point, but now there’s a color display and 4G support.


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The Nokia 8110 banana phone makes a triumphant return

Nokia’s nostalgia trip is nothing new. You may remember that HMD took Mobile World Congress by storm last year (when Samsung largely skipped the show), with the reissue of the Nokia 3310. Is it a bananas move? Not quite, says Katie Collins. As she says, people are clamouring for something different than a black rectangle, and the 8110 is more about fun. The 8110 won’t be coming to the United States for the time being, though. Americans will get the new Nokia 6, but not through carrier partners.


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You’ve never seen a phone camera like Vivo’s Apex concept

Creativity also lurked in the Apex concept phone from Vivo. It has a selfie camera that pops up from the phone’s top edge. Is it practical? Maybe not, but it’s fun. It also has an in-screen fingerprint scanner for two prints — an improvement from the single-finger in-screen scanner the company showed off just weeks ago at CES — and OLED panels that vibrate to create the sound for your videos, calls and gaming.

Betting on AI

Artificial intelligence was another major theme at the show, even if the term has different definitions based on who you ask. Huawei hooked up its Mate 10 Pro smartphone to a Porsche, essentially turning it into a self-driving car. The experiment wasn’t about Huawei getting into the autonomous car business, but to demonstrate how its Kirin 970 processor was smart enough to recognize objects like dogs and soccer balls.

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LG offered a slight — really slight — upgrade to its LG V30S ThinQ (pronounced thin-cue) and focused on more AI capabilities like the ability for the camera to recognize the object in front of it (sound familiar?) and optimize the settings for the best picture.

It follows along LG’s big focus on AI for other products like televisions and washing machines.

Network equipment makers like Nokia also talked about AI will be critical for — what else? — 5G. AI will be able to direct mobile traffic zipping across at a rate that’s far faster than a human can react, or be able to automatically detect and repair problems with the network.

Net neutrality debate goes overseas

You know you’re going to get fireworks when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai shows up. Pai, a controversial figure for his move to dismantle the existing US net neutrality laws, should’ve had an easy time with his keynote address at the show. After all, he’s surrounded by telecom executives, and their calls for less regulation are as reliable as a rooster call at sunrise.

But his speech was preceded by Andrus Ansip, EU commissioner for the union’s Digital Single Market and a staunch net neutrality supporter who talked up the rules in Europe. After their respective individual comments, they had a polite back-and-forth with Ansip.

The rules are scheduled to be repealed on April 23, but the fight is just getting started. This week, it happened to spill into Barcelona.

Random bitsIf you’re not into nostalgia, HMD also showed the Nokia 8 Scirocco. It looks and feels like the premium device and it comes packed with a full load of features.
Bullitt built on its Cat S60 phone, which was a hit of Mobile World Congress 2016, with the new Cat S61. Its thermal-imaging camera can now sense temperatures of up to 400 degrees Celsius and it adds an air quality sensor and laser-assisted distance measuring. Bullitt also showed the Land Rover Explore phone, a rugged handset with everything you need for climbing a mountain in extreme weather.
With two new phones in Barcelona, Sony didn’t phone it in like Huawei and LG. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact have welcome design updates, and as Andrew Hoyle puts it, every bit of tech it could find lying around its R&D lab.Haier’s Asu smartwatch has a tiny projector that uses the back of your hand as a screen. Why would you want it? We’re not quite sure.
Use your Bitcoin to buy the SikurPhone, which has a built-in cryptocurrency wallet.
Doogee, a new Chinese company, promised to show “the first flexible full-screen smartphone with an In-display fingerprint sensor.” But after a painfully long press conference, it only showed a plastic dummy phone with stickers instead of a screen. Sad trombone. It also demonstrated a flexible screen concept (without a phone attached), but we’ve seen that before.
Just like CES, Apple doesn’t officially come to Mobile World Congress, but it always makes its presence felt. And we’re not talking about the iPhone X copycats. According to a Bloomberg report this week, Apple is designing what would be its largest iPhone ever, an upgraded edition of 2017’s iPhone X and a cheaper iPhone with the iPhone X’s design.

Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: Hands-on with Samsung’s iPhone X fighters.

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Connexient Partners with Vizzia Technologies to Integrate Indoor Navigation, Digital Wayfinding and Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) for Healthcare Organizations

NEW YORK, March 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Connexient, a market leader in Digital Wayfinding and Indoor Navigation for over 45 hospitals in North America, announced today a partnership with Vizzia Technologies, a leading provider of fully managed real-time location systems (RTLS) for healthcare organizations nationwide.

NEW YORK, March 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Connexient, a market leader in Digital Wayfinding and Indoor Navigation for over 45 hospitals in North America, announced today a partnership with Vizzia Technologies, a leading provider of fully managed real-time location systems (RTLS) for healthcare organizations nationwide. This alliance will drive enterprise efficiency and ROI through the integration of Digital Wayfinding, Indoor Navigation and Real-time Location Services applications.

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Vizzia is focused on leveraging best-practices and technologies that improve enterprise efficiencies and patient outcomes for leading health systems, hospitals and clinics. Connexient’s mission is to Navigation-enable the Enterprise, providing Digital Wayfinding and Indoor Navigation to address the challenges of wayfinding in large, complex facilities to improve patient and visitor experience, operational efficiency, safety and security.

“We see a growing need in the Healthcare IT marketplace to support diverse use cases such as Wayfinding, Asset Management, and Patient/Staff Flow, all on a fully managed location services infrastructure. Currently, hospitals are forced to implement multiple wireless networks, using a combination of Wi-Fi, Infrared and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technologies – as well as multiple maps – to support different location-based use cases,” remarked Mark Green, CEO of Connexient. “Connexient and Vizzia are combining their Best of Breed solutions in both Digital Wayfinding and Process Improvement, to allow hospitals to implement on a unified RTLS platform with a single navigation quality map and navigation services layer.”

Andrew L. Halasz, Vizzia’s Founder and CEO added: “By combining our solutions we provide a much better, lower cost value proposition for our clients who want to improve their patient experience with wayfinding while enabling process improvement cost savings in asset management.” “We believe that integrating Connexient’s navigation-quality maps and services into a single, managed platform will bring major additional efficiency gains for hospitals.”

As part of this relationship, Vizzia will become a Trusted Implementation Partner for the Connexient Digital Wayfinding solution, leveraging their extensive experience in Process Improvement and Location-based Technology.

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Connexient & Vizzia executives will be attending HIMSS 2018 on March 5-9 in Las Vegas. HIMSS (Healthcare Information Systems and Management Society) is the largest health IT conference in the world. Please contact us to schedule a meeting at HIMSS 2018.

– Connexient: Phone (888) 850-4920 | Email sales@connexient.com
– Vizzia Tech: Phone (855) 849-9421 | Email info@vizziatech.com

About Vizzia Technologies
Vizzia is a leading provider of fully managed real-time location systems (RTLS) and advanced wireless technology solutions (RFID) for healthcare organizations nationwide including Piedmont Healthcare, Grady Health System, Mission Hospital and John Hopkins Health System. Founded 2005 in Atlanta by a former General Electric executive, Vizzia is focused on leveraging best-practices that improve enterprise efficiencies and patient outcomes for leading health systems, hospitals, and clinics. For more information, please visit http://www.vizziatech.com/

About Connexient
Connexient (www.connexient.com) provides innovative Indoor Mapping, Navigation and Location-based services for hospitals and healthcare networks with large, complex buildings and campuses. The MediNavTM Navigator Edition Patient Experience solution helps to increase customer satisfaction and loyalty, reduce missed or late appointments and improve HCAHPS scores.

More than just a mobile app, Connexient’s mission and vision is to navigation-enable Enterprise IT. The Connexient Mobile Application SDKs and Web APIs enable its clients to integrate its rich, navigation quality indoor maps and location-based services across Enterprise IT in areas such as asset tracking, staff and patient flow, facility management, safety and security and more, with use cases that bring compelling value to users and direct ROI in capturing lost revenue, reducing costs and increasing operational efficiency and intelligence.

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August’s Google Assistant updates deliver less talk, more lock – CNET

August Home is improving support for Google’s Assistant in its August Smart Lock and August Smart Lock Pro, the company announced in a blog post on Thursday.

August Home is improving support for Google’s Assistant in its August Smart Lock and August Smart Lock Pro, the company announced in a blog post on Thursday.

August’s line of locks began including support for Google Assistant speakers last year, allowing you to control the lock using voice commands. Now, August is expanding integration to include Google Assistant support for DoorSense, its technology that lets you know if your door is open or closed, locked or unlocked.

With DoorSense added to the Google Assistant, you can say, “Hey Google, is my door closed?” to confirm the status of your door.

August is also adding extended support for Google Assistant beyond speakers, so you can use it on eligible Android smartphones, iOS devices, smart speakers, wearables, TVs and other devices supporting Assistant.

In addition to DoorSense, it’s now easier to communicate between Assistant and your August locks with voice commands. You’ll no longer need to include the “Ask August” phrase in your command. A request like, “Hey Google, lock my front door” will execute the appropriate action. Here are the instructions from August to set up Google Assistant:

Launch and log into the Google Assistant app
Tap the blue drawer icon in the upper right corner
Select Settings > Home Control
Tap the + icon in the bottom right corner to add devices
Select August Home
Sign in with your August account information to see your August locks listed in Google Assistant’s Devices section

The August blog post says that if you were already using Google Assistant to control your August Smart Lock by saying, “OK Google, ask August to lock the front door,” you’ll need to link your lock again (using the steps above) to speak directly to Google Assistant without the extra “Ask August” phrase.

As always, these features require your August lock to be connected to Wi-Fi using August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge or an August Doorbell Camera. For more information on using Google Assistant with your August Smart Lock, see August’s support page.

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Best antivirus for iPhone in 2018

Apple’s iPhones and iPads can’t be affected by malware in the same way as Windows, but your devices will still be vulnerable to a host of other threats. Whether it’s malicious websites, annoying ads, web trackers or just someone grabbing your device when you’re not looking, there’s plenty to be concerned about.

Apple’s iPhones and iPads can’t be affected by malware in the same way as Windows, but your devices will still be vulnerable to a host of other threats. Whether it’s malicious websites, annoying ads, web trackers or just someone grabbing your device when you’re not looking, there’s plenty to be concerned about.

Fortunately there are lots of big-name antivirus and security vendors that can help. Installing the right app can protect you from both web-based threats and local snoopers, with powerful extras available from cloud backup to VPNs and high-end identity theft protection.

Not all these apps deliver on their promises, but we’ve found five top-notch contenders that definitely deserve a closer look. Keep reading to find out more.

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German-based Avira is one of the most effective antivirus engines on the desktop, and although Avira Mobile Security doesn’t have the same malware-hunting focus, it’s still crammed with useful features.

Phishing protection does a good job of blocking malicious websites, an excellent first step in keeping you safe online.

An Identity Safeguard automatically scans the email addresses of you and your contacts to check whether they’ve been leaked online, and alerts you to any security breach.

An unusually versatile Contacts Backup feature can protect your address book by emailing the details to yourself, or backing them up directly to Google Drive or Dropbox.

Elsewhere, handy management tools enable analyzing memory and storage use, as well as providing monitoring reports on recent security events, plus the suite is rounded off with a simple anti-theft module.

Put it all together and Avira Mobile Security is a versatile suite which uses multiple layers to protect you from web-based and other dangers. Go grab a copy immediately.

You can download Avira Mobile Security here

Mobile Security is a popular freemium app which offers an interesting mix of privacy and security-related functions.

Free features start with the Vault, a simple tool for securely hiding your most confidential files and photos. A Safe Browser allows for private and ad-free surfing, and a security alarm aims to prevent device theft.

Upgrading to the Premium plan – from $8.99 (£6.40) a month – gets you cloud backup and a “premium security VPN”. Using a VPN is more about privacy than security, but the developer claims it can also “identify unsafe websites and connections, and block them” before they can cause you any harm, which could be useful.

Getting access to a VPN is an unusual plus point, but probably not quite enough to justify the price. The Mobile Security website has barely any details on the VPN service and what it has to offer, and you could sign up with one of the top specialist VPN services for little more than half the cost.

Still, a three-day trial allows you to run your own tests before you buy, and Mobile Security’s free services alone are probably enough to justify the download.

You can download Mobile Security & Anti-Theft Protection here

Lookout is an unusually complete security app which shields your iDevice with four layers of in-depth protection.

Powerful security tools check for common security vulnerabilities (missing updates, a jailbroken device), monitor running apps for suspect activity, and raise an alert if you connect to a dangerous Wi-Fi network.

An effective set of anti-theft technologies include various device location tools, an alarm that works even if your device is on silent, and the ability to display a custom message on the lock screen to help you get the device back.

Simple backup options are on hand to keep your contacts and photos safe from harm.

The $9.99 (£7.15) a month Premium Plus version adds a full-strength identity theft protection service. This includes alerts if any of your personal information is exposed in a data breach, along with social media monitoring, lost wallet recovery to help you quickly cancel and reorder credit cards, 24/7 support if the worst happens and $1m identity theft insurance to cover any damages or legal fees.

Some poor reviews for recent releases have seen Lookout’s App Store rating drop to a miserable 2.7, but there’s still a lot of functionality here, even in the free version, and it deserves a few minutes of your time.

You can download Lookout: Security and Identity Theft Protection here

McAfee Mobile Security won’t exactly surprise you with its functionality. Anti-theft, contacts backup, secure local storage for your media files: it’s all very familiar. But don’t let that put you off – the app is more interesting than you might think.

The Media Vault hides your photos and videos, for instance. That’s not unusual, but you can also snap photos or videos directly from the app, and have them automatically encrypted and stored in the vault. And you can quickly reopen the vault with Touch ID or even Face ID on the iPhone X.

The anti-theft features take a similarly thorough approach. Yes, there are the standard options to track your device on a map, or activate a remote alarm which sounds even in silent mode. But the bundled CaptureCam feature can email you with a snapshot of anyone trying to get into your vault. You’re able to initiate an alarm from your Apple Watch for easier location. The app can even save your device location when the battery is low, giving you a better chance of tracking it down.

Bonus features include automatic contacts backup, remote wiping of contacts if your device is stolen, and a battery indicator which allows checking your iPhone battery level on your Apple Watch.

McAfee Mobile Security may not have the most imaginative of feature sets, then, but there’s a lot here, especially for a free app from a big-name vendor. If you don’t have some of these functions already, it’s well worth a closer look.

You can download McAfee Mobile Security here

Your iOS devices may not need antivirus software in the traditional sense, but there are plenty of other threats out there online, and Trend Micro Mobile Security tries to combat them all.

Built-in web filtering works with Safari and other browsers to prevent you accessing malicious or unwanted websites. Integrated ad and tracker-blocking maintains your privacy while cutting data usage and speeding up website load times.

A Social Network Privacy feature scans your Facebook and Twitter account settings and reports on any potential privacy concerns.

Trend Micro’s Safe Surfing is a secure browser which supports its own private surfing mode, giving you extra reassurance that your history isn’t being recorded.

A bundled anti-theft feature enables locating missing devices via GPS, Wi-Fi or cell towers.

All this functionality comes at a price. $2.99 (£2.15) a month, to be specific, dropping to an equivalent $2.08 (£1.49) if you pay for two years upfront.

Trend Micro Mobile Security does allow for testing all its premium features via a time-limited trial, though, and even if you don’t sign up, the app has a couple of useful free features. The Device Access Status module checks your system to ensure it’s configured properly, and a Secure QR Code Scanner provides a safer way to open mystery links.

You can download Trend Micro Mobile Security here

Can 5G make smart glasses cool? – CNET

I put on a pair of smart glasses and I look up at the mock living room before me.

On top of the grey wall, I see a colorful digital bull’s-eye symbol with the number two on it.

I put on a pair of smart glasses and I look up at the mock living room before me.

On top of the grey wall, I see a colorful digital bull’s-eye symbol with the number two on it. Next to it is a bag of balls — still not real. I center my glare at the target and tap a button on the right temple of my ODG R9 glasses. The bag releases, and the balls begin falling down, bouncing along the white shelf that is actually there.

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I look to the left, and there’s an empty fireplace. I point my glasses at another nearby bull’s-eye, click the button and watch as digital flames flicker to life within the fireplace.

This is a demonstration of augmented reality, or the technology that overlays digital images and other data over the real world. Think of the way Pokemon Go’s pocket monsters appear on your phone sitting on top of a real-world fire hydrant, or the way you canplace digital IKEA furniture in your own living room. In this case, the items don’t just hover over real world objects — the system is smart enough to interact with them as well.

But this demo, set up by engineers from Ericsson for the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, was more than just about AR. The point of the experiment was to illustrate the idea that much of the processing power to make such an AR experience work could be offloaded from the smartglasses to another piece of hardware through a speedy 5G connection.

The result: A pair of smart glasses that wouldn’t need to be weighed down with powerful components, and which could be thinner, lighter and potentially last longer. Smart glasses were once billed as a new wearable trend with the debut of Google Glass, but consumers rejected them as unwieldy and ugly.

Yet an AR experience wearing glasses makes too much sense not to happen. And using 5G as a bridge to handle a lot of the processing power away from the device itself could enable smaller and sharper designs.

It’s just one of the ways 5G — the hottest topic at MWC — is poised to change your life with a faster, more responsive network. One of the potential benefits is a called “edge computing.” It’s the idea that some of the processing and number crunching that’s currently done by mobile devices — anything from phones to cars — can be rerouted to a nearby network server handled by the carrier.

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In an interview on Monday, AT&T Chief Technology Officer Andre Fuetsch talked about the possibility of using edge computing to handle the massive amounts of data that will come out of cars in the next few years. Another company at MWC, Vasona Networks is showing off an edge computing application that allows an iPhone to play the PC version of Doom in all its high-res glory with an LTE connection. The processing of Doom, which could never run on an iPhone by itself, is actually done on a cloud service run by another company called LiquidSky. The connection and latency is fast enough that gamers don’t notice that computer running the game is located elsewhere.

The Ericsson demo works in a similar manner. The smart glasses draw from a 3D rendered map of the living room that was stored on a nearby computer. The idea is the glasses only need to send back bits of data (such as the act of the ball falling) and the server handles the calculations that let those balls detect the real-life shelf, since it already has that information.

The tech has potential real-life applications, and could even be used by firefighters entering a building. If the firefighter’s wearing glasses that can grab a pre-rendered 3D model of the location, a remote system can figure out where the victim is and send digital directions.

“The tech is catching up to what we thought was possible,” said Tony Sanchez, director of the reseller program for ODG, who said this feature could enable more interactions in AR.

It is important to note that the demo was more of a proof of concept. There was actually no 5G being used here, according to Zsolt Parnaki, senior product manager for IoT at Ericsson. That’s because the ODG R9 doesn’t have a 5G connection, so the employees used a Wi-Fi connection instead. But Parnaki stressed the AR experience and the remote processing was legit.

If this all pans out, it may finally make smart glasses cool.


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Xiaomi Mi TV 4A may be launched in India soon

Xiaomi maybe launching Mi TV 4A 32-inch and 43-inch in India. Manu Kumar Jain tweeted that something new is coming to India and further leaks show that this may, in fact, be a new series of Mi TVs.

Xiaomi maybe launching Mi TV 4A 32-inch and 43-inch in India. Manu Kumar Jain tweeted that something new is coming to India and further leaks show that this may, in fact, be a new series of Mi TVs.

After the tweet, gizmochina found the two variants of the Mi TV 4A listed on the official Xiaomi website. According to the leak, the Mi TV 4A 32-inch variant will cost Rs 12,999 and the 43-inch variant will cost Rs 21,999.

Temporary listings on Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4A

The temporary listing doesn’t contain any images but the same Mi TV was already launched in China last year. Expectations are that the specifications will be the same.

The 32-inch HD display will sport a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels running on an Amlogic T962 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. Equipped with 1GB RAM, 4GB storage, MIUI’s Android Patchwall, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 2 HDMI ports, Ethernet and a USB 2.0 port, it’s going to bring in some very tough competition to the Indian Smart TV market. Its audio capabilities include 2 5W speakers

The 43-inch variant was also launched alongside the 32-inch Mi TV 4A but has slightly different specs. It’s powered by the same processor but has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Connectivity options also increase with 2 USB ports and Bluetooth 4.2. The audio component also improved with 2 6W speakers and support for Dolby Virtual Surround Sound, DTS and Bass Boost.

The Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4 was just launched in India last month at the price of Rs 39,999. This was the first time that a Xiaomi TV was launched outside of China.

Squad goals: why Harley Quinn is THE reason Suicide Squad is the movie to download and keep

If anyone can stand out in a crowd, it’s Harley Quinn. She’s funny, wild, completely unstoppable and in 2016’s Suicide Squad, she’s the star that grabs your attention and never lets go.

If anyone can stand out in a crowd, it’s Harley Quinn. She’s funny, wild, completely unstoppable and in 2016’s Suicide Squad, she’s the star that grabs your attention and never lets go.

It says everything about Margot Robbie’s Harley that her theme song in the movie is ‘You Don’t Own Me’ and even though we wouldn’t dream of trying, her character definitely makes us want to own Suicide Squad.

Sure, we could rent the movie – with the rise of streaming and digital services, renting movies is far more convenient than it used to be. But buying and downloading a movie to keep is no less convenient and it has some big benefits. The biggest one for us is the freedom. And we think that’s something Harley Quinn would approve of.

Play by your own rules

By downloading Suicide Squad you’ll be able to watch it as often as you like. On your first viewing you might be blown over by the action and Harley’s loud brashness, but on repeat viewings you’ll get the chance to pick up on the subtleties of her character development and all of the references to her history in the DC Comics.

If you’re a big DC movie fan, it makes sense to start building a digital collection that you can dip into whenever the notion takes you. Streaming services may have large libraries you can scroll through, but their constantly-changing lineup means there’s no guarantee they’ll always have the exact movie you want. Our favorite movies also become our favorite memories and owning all of your DC classics will make them easier to cherish.

Even if you’re buying Suicide Squad to watch for the first time, there’s no rush to do so right away. When you’ve bought a film, you don’t have to watch it in a designated time like you do with rentals – you make your purchase work for you and watch it when you’ve got the time to really enjoy it.

Watch on any device

If the only time you have is on a long journey armed with your mobile phone, that’s completely fine. The great thing about owning a digital film is that you can watch it on whatever device you want, whether that’s on your brand new home TV, your sputtering laptop, or your diminutive smartphone screen. You could watch Suicide Squad in installments, like a series of comics; start it on your home TV and finish it on your morning commute; or watch it on your home cinema set up as part of your next DC marathon. It’s completely up to you.

Don’t be at the whims of your Wi-Fi

Your home Wi-Fi network may be heroic, but when you’re visiting relatives, using public transport or relaxing on holiday you’ll find that not all connections are made equal. When you buy a digital download, though, you’re not caged by anything, especially not a Wi-Fi connection. Banish buffering and watch Suicide Squad wherever you please.

When it comes to blockbuster anti-hero hits like Suicide Squad, it’s always better to buy rather than rent. Especially if you want to be able to play by your own rules like Harley Quinn.