The Galaxy phone Samsung fans have been waiting for will launch TODAY

The top tech tipster has published a ream of official screenshots which show many of the Fan Edition’s best features and there’s certainly lots to be excited about.

It appears the S20 Fan Edition will get the same triple rear camera as the S20 with a wide, ultra-wide and telephoto lens all packed into the rear shell. This camera system could offer up to 30X zoom and a Night Mode for shooting images in low light without the need for a flash.

For browsing the web and watching Netflix, users could find themselves staring at a 6.5-inch FHD Infinity-O display which is sure to offer Samsung’s usual pin-sharp and colourful experience.

Tucked under the shell is a large 4,500mAh battery which should make sure you can use it all day without things running flat and this battery appears to have fast and wireless charging capabilities.



What you need to do NOW to avoid unexpected phone bills and other issues on EU holidays

The UK has left the EU – and that means the guarantee of free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will end on January 1 2021.

Using your phone or tablet abroad outside of the UK or EU has long been a headache for travellers scared of running up huge bills for calls, texts and data while on holiday or travelling for business.

So to prepare as we transition to our new relationship with the EU, it’s important we are all aware of how things are about to change for those holidaying in Europe from next year.

Many operators have indicated they will not charge for roaming, but as the guarantee of free roaming will end, it’s best to check with your provider.

From January 1, a new UK Government law will also come into force to stop your mobile phone spending getting out of control.

Once you reach £45, you need to opt in to spend more so that you can continue using the internet while you’re abroad. Your phone operator will tell how you can do this.

Travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will also change from January 1 2021 – and we all need to make sure we’re ready for this exciting new chapter.

Travellers should continue to follow official advice during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Things we ALL need to check before travelling to the EU

Check your passport is valid

Check your passport is valid for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021 and if it’s not, renew your passport to make sure you can travel as planned.

To check if your passport meets these requirements, visit gov.uk/checkpassport

Get travel insurance that covers your healthcare

Make sure you get travel insurance with healthcare cover for travel to the EU. Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may not be valid from 1 January 2021.

It’s important you get travel insurance that has the right cover for your needs, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Visit gov.uk/guidance/foreign-travel-insurance to check what your travel insurance should cover.

Be sure you have the right driving documents to drive in the EU

You might need an international driving permit to drive in some countries.

If you’re taking your own vehicle, you might also need a ‘green card’ or valid proof of insurance and a GB sticker.

Organise pet travel

Contact your vet at least four months before you go – don’t leave this to the last minute.

From 1 January 2021 you will not be able to use your existing pet passport to enter the EU.

Follow the guidance about pet travel to Europe from 1 January 2021. 



Prince Harry caught tampering with Queen’s phone in hilarious ‘wild child’ prank

The practical joke was revealed by royal author Karen Dolby, in her book The Wicked Wit of the Royal Family. As a young royal Harry was seen as a “wild child” known for his sense of humour. The Queen is also known for her dry sense of humour, and once shocked Prince Charles with a joke of her own.

According to Ms Dolby, Harry tampered with the Queen’s phone to leave a joke voicemail.

She said: “Prince Harry… is known for his sense of fun, and is said to have once recorded a message on his grandmother’s mobile phone so that anyone calling was greeted by ‘Hey, wassup? This is Liz.’”

The Duke is believed to have got his hands on the Queen’s smartphone, which is highly guarded and encrypted.

Brian Hoey, royal author and journalist, said she never goes anywhere without her ultra-slim smartphone that can slip into a pocket or handbag.

READ MORE: Meghan and Harry told lack of ‘dignity’ meant they didn’t get ‘beneficial’ a Megxit deal

Paul Burrell, former royal butler, claimed Harry was the “only one” who could get away with tricking the Queen, which he took full advantage of as a child.

He said to OK magazine: “I know the Queen very well and I know she’s very fond of Harry.

“As William would sit and have tea with her after school, Harry would come and put plastic flies in the sugar bowl!

“It was hilarious. Harry was the only one who could trick his granny.”

The Queen has also pranked Charles by using a fake voice while driving to Ascot.

Ms Dolby added: “Once when Prince Charles and the Queen were driving to the Ascot races in an open carriage, there was a loud shout from the crowd.

“Charles did not hear what was said and asked his mother.

“‘Gizza wave Liz!’ the Queen replied in her best South London accent, waving obligingly at the spectators.”

Bishop Michael Mann told Business Insider he once saw the Queen mimic the noise of the Concorde.

He said: “The queen imitating the Concorde landing is one of the funniest things you could see.”

Angela Kelly, dressmaker for the Queen, also revealed in 2007 Her Majesty can speak in a perfect Scouse accent.

She also recalled the monarch’s “wicked sense of humour” and regarded her as a “great mimic”.



Xperia 5 II release: Sony's new phone brings Xperia 1 features at a cheaper price

Sony is back with a big new update to its Xperia 5 flagship and there’s plenty of new features that make it a worthy successor. As with all of Sony’s latest phones, the new Xperia 5 now gets the “mark 2” branding but there’s more to this device than just a change to its name.

The Xperia 5 II is packed with bonus features including a stunning 6.1-inch OLED screen which not only includes that unique cinema-style 21:9 design but also gets a silky smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

That should make everything you do on this screen feel more fluid and there’s another bonus from Sony.

To improve things even further the Japanese tech firm is taking mobile gaming up a notch with a clever 240Hz effect that reduces motion blur making action-packed titles look more impressive.

In fact, Sony is boasting that the Xperia 5 II is now 35% more responsive compared to the previous model which should help gamers feel more immersed in what they are playing on the screen.

As you’d probably expect from Sony, they have used some of their TV knowhow to make sure this OLED panel delivers impressive colour accuracy with a Creator mode, powered by CineAlta, making the image appear exactly how Hollywood wants it to look.

READ MORE: Xperia 1 II review: Easily the best Sony Xperia phone in years …if you ignore the price

This allows the Xperia 5 II to capture and playback up to 5x slow-motion when recorded at 24fps.

Under the hood is the latest and greatest Snapdragon 865 processor and this phone also gets access to 5G data speeds. As long as you have 5G in your area, this phone will be able to download files at over 300Mbps.

A 4,000mAh battery should last a day and, once it runs dry, you can quick charge it to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

If audio is what’s most important to you then there’s a standard 3.5mm headphone port to plug in your cans and the device is compatible with Dolby Atmos.

There’s also a fingerprint scanner on the side of the device and a new button just above the camera shutter will now summon the Google Assistant.

“Sony’s heritage has been rooted in technology and engineering, and our portfolio has expanded to include the field of entertainment from music, movies, games and much more,” said Mitsuya Kishida, President of Sony Mobile Communications. “With this unique background, Xperia smartphones are feature-packed with Sony’s advanced technologies in a compact body, with a profound passion to push the boundaries of what is possible.”

Sadly all of this new tech doesn’t come cheap with the Xperia 5 II costing £799.

If that price hasn’t put you off then it will be available in Black and Blue in the UK and Ireland from this Autumn.



AT&T thinks you might watch ads in exchange for a cheaper phone plan


“I believe there’s a segment of our customer base where given a choice, they would take some load of advertising for a $5 or $10 reduction in their mobile bill,” Stankey told Reuters. AT&T confirmed those comments to CNN Business. (The phone carrier owns CNN’s parent company, WarnerMedia.)

The new plan could come as early as “in a year or two,” he told Reuters.

While advertising-supported phones haven’t taken off in the past, despite efforts from Virgin Mobile and Sprint, AT&T (T) said it has the advantage of better ad targeting. Ads will be tailored to customers identified across multiple devices, a strategy that could also help the company sell ads for more money, Stankey said.

Stankey told Reuters the company would also benefit from running an ad-supported version of the HBO Max streaming service next year.

AT&T’s advertising business called Xandr works with data outside of the company to tailor ads, but over the long term it could face legal scrutiny and privacy concerns over using that data.

Stankey told Reuters, “I don’t know if we can count on it in perpetuity.”

New app allows you to control your hearing aid from your phone

A new mobile phone app is helping hearing aid users take full control of their device with a simple tap of a screen.

Amplifon, a global-leader in hearing health for 70 years now, has developed an app that allows people to fully control their hearing aid settings.

The Amplifon app is available on Android and Apple and gives users the ability to listen to phone calls as well as music, audiobooks or other media, directly through their hearing aid.

Not only this, the app also has noise reduction control that allows users to focus on speech by regulating any background disturbances.

As well as audio features, the app has a wealth of information from guides on how to look after a device to the ability to look up local Amplifon clinics and book an appointment with one of their specialists.

Click here to try Amplifon’s new hearing aids FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS!

The app also checks daily usage, so aid wearers can optimise all benefits of their device.

The app works across the most of Amplifon’s products, meaning no matter what type of hearing aid you prefer, you can benefit from this new technology.

One such device is the ampli-mini (seen below) – a best seller and the smallest device in the Amplifon range. Needless to say, this is the product for anyone wanting an aid that is completely discreet as it fits inside the ear canal.

Amplifon has a wide variety of products to suit every person’s needs. These aids are split into three main categories – in the ear (ITE), receiver in the ear canal (RIC), and behind the ear (BTE).

ITE hearing aids have the latest digital technology contained in a custom moulded casing that fits in the ear. Although this type of hearing is visible in the ear, ITE hearing aids have easy access controls.

Known as the sleeker option, the RIC uses a small tube that extends from the main part of the hearing aid which sits behind the ear. This device can produce great sound quality and uses less energy.

BTE is an especially comfortable option that directs the sound into the ear canal, leaving the ear open. Although visible, this option comes in a variety of colours to match any skin tone.

If you are unsure which hearing aid you and your ears need, Amplifon’s experts will be able to help. Below we showcase Amplifon’s range of exclusive ampli-family hearing aids…

ampli-mini

Discreet and custom-fit to sit inside the ear canal. These hearing aids are popular with customers who are looking for devices that can’t be seen. The ampli-mini are small in size.

ampli-energy

These hearing aids come complete with innovative rechargeable technology making them simple to use, with no need to remove or replace batteries. All of which allows you the freedom to carry on with your active life thanks to a hassle-free charging dock that can be used whenever suits you best.

ampli-connect

The ampli-connect can be small in size, and slip behind the ear for an almost invisible result. A customisable case colour makes it even more discreet, allowing you to match it to your skin or hair colour.

Ampli-connect are equipped with the latest connectivity features, allowing you to link it to your smartphone and listen directly to your TV, phone and music through your hearing aids.

Choosing Amplifon means you are cared and looked after by qualified and experienced audiologists who can help change the way you listen to the world around you. Amplifon takes the time to understand your hearing health and the impact it’s having on your life. Not only that, but Amplifon also offers a 60 day money back guarantee, up to four years warranty, up to four years free batteries and flexible payment options.

Click here to try Amplifon’s new hearing aids FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS!



Galaxy S10 just got a unmissable update from Samsung: check your phone NOW

Galaxy S10 owners would be wise to check the settings menu on their phones as Samsung has started to roll out its unmissable One UI 2.5 operating system upgrade to these popular devices this week. As spotted by the team at SamMobile, this update began appearing on S10 phones last week in Germany with a wider release expected over the coming days and weeks.

This is a major upgrade from the South Korean firm and arrives packed to the brim with improved features, including a better DeX connection, new keyboard options and an improved Pro Video mode on this device. One UI 2.5 should soon be available on all models of last year’s flagship including the Galaxy S10, cheaper S10e and larger S10+.

To find out if your phone is ready to receive this upgrade you simply need to head to Setting > Software Update > Download and Install. This is a 1GB file so you’ll need to make sure you have a solid Wi-Fi connection before attempting to install it on your S10 but once downloaded here are some of the best new features you’ll find included.

Samsung DeX

Samsung’s Dex is now improved in One UI 2.5 with users able to connect their S10 to an external display or TV without the need for a dock or wires.

READ MORE: Switch off your 4K TV, Samsung reveals a new way to watch on the big screen

Wi-FI

There’s a couple of cool new features when connecting to the web including being able to instantly access a new network without needing to type in a password.

This is made possible if you’re trying to switch to a network that someone in your contacts is already connected to. You’ll also get instant information on how good the speeds are with Very Fast, Fast, Normal, or Slow displayed on the screen.

Keyboard

A new feature has been added to the keyboard search feature that allows the user to search YouTube without opening the app. There’s also support for the Split Keyboard when using the phone in landscape mode.

Camera

Samsung says that the Pro Video feature has been enhanced although more details on what this includes are yet to be announced.

Messages

A feature has been added to messages that allows the user to call a person who is saved as a pre-configured SOS message contact.

There’s also the addition of being able to send SOS location-sharing messages every 30 minutes for 24 hours.

…And A Few Other Improvements

Along with all of these new features, there’s also all of the usual device stability improvements, bug fixes and improvements to the overall performance of the operating system



Reading this WhatsApp message will crash your phone instantly: here's how to avoid it

If you’re one of the two billion(ish) people worldwide who rely on WhatsApp to keep in touch with friends and family, you need to be aware of a new “crash code” that is circulating online. As the name suggests, this code causes your chat app to crash indefinitely – with the only solution to reinstating your beloved conversations and group chats appearing to be deleting and reinstalling WhatsApp. Ouch!

The “crash code” was discovered by the clever folks at @WABetaInfo, who usually spend their time trawling through the latest beta code to find clues for as-yet unannounced features coming to the world’s most popular messenger. It explained: “A contact might send a message that contains many weird characters. If you read them entirely, they have no sense, but WhatsApp might interpret the message in a wrong way.

“Sometimes WhatsApp is also unable to render the message totally, because its structure is so weird: the combination of these characters create a situation where WhatsApp isn’t able to process the message, determining an infinite crash. Infinite crash means that, when you open WhatsApp, it is frozen and it crashes. If you try to open the app again, it still crashes.”

With several reports of the code already being shared widely in Brazil, WhatsApp users need to be on the lookout for messages with the app-dooming code.

The “crash code” is incredibly similar to one that impacted iMessage users earlier this year. Fortunately, unlike the code that caused iMessage to kick the bucket, there is a way to protect yourself against friends who think they’re “funny” by sending the code to your smartphone.

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According to Ray Walsh, Digital Privacy Expert at ProPrivacy: “To help protect themselves all WhatsApp users should go into their settings to change ‘Who can add me to groups’ from ‘Everyone’ to ‘My Contacts’, as this will reduce the risk of being added to a group used to pass over the malevolent message.

“Anybody who finds that they have received a message containing a long string of random characters is advised to login to WhatsApp Web to block the sender, delete the message, and alter their group privacy settings to “My Contacts” or “My Contacts except..” This should allow anybody suffering from a locked up mobile WhatsApp app to reinstall it and clear up the issue.”

Got that?

Hopefully, your contacts are mature enough not to try to completely destroy your WhatsApp remotely by pinging you the code, which we post here – just in-case, but it’s good to know there’s something to do to shield yourself. We’d wager WhatsApp is working on a more permanent solution for the “crash code” too.



Boris and Macron forced into urgent Brexit phone call as EU negotiations on brink

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron earlier today.

“They discussed the shared challenge of illegal small boat crossings from France to the UK. The Prime Minister set out that the UK’s aim is to stop the smuggling operations and prevent boats arriving on our shores, and they agreed to work together in a spirit of co-operation to address the issue.

“The Prime Minister and President Macron expressed their outrage at the attack on Alexei Navalny and reiterated that Russia must urgently explain how the opposition leader was poisoned with novichock.

“They also discussed UK-French co-operation on tackling coronavirus and on other international issues, including the crises in Libya and Lebanon and the Middle East peace process. The Prime Minister offered his condolences for French casualties in Mali this weekend.

“On the negotiations to reach a trade deal with the European Union, the Prime Minister and President Macron agreed on the importance of making progress this month and reaching a conclusion on talks quickly.”

This is a breaking story. More to follow…



Google bans more Play Store apps now Android phone owners must delete them immediately

It’s not often that a week goes by without Android fans being alerted to yet another threat. And sadly, September has got off to another bad start with fans of this hugely popular operating system alerted over a number of apps that could contain sinister Joker malware.

This nasty bug has the ability to install hidden spyware and premium dialers onto smartphones which can then sign unsuspecting users up to expensive premier subscription plans that they never wanted or can afford.

Joker was rife throughout 2019 and some apps were also found to contain this threat earlier this year.

Now it seems it’s back yet again with the security team at Pradeo saying they have discovered another six Android applications which can fill phones with the hidden Joker malware.

Explaining more, Pradeo’s Roxane Suau said: “Joker is a malicious bot (categorized as Fleeceware) which main activity is to simulate clicks and intercept SMS to subscribe to unwanted paid premium services unbeknownst to users.

“By using as little code as possible and thoroughly hiding it, Joker generates a very discreet footprint that can be tricky to detect.”

“Pradeo once again identified infected applications on Google Play, showing the store’s struggle to prevent malicious activities on its platform.”

READ MORE: Android can now tell you when your passwords have leaked with just a single tap

It’s thought that the apps featured in this latest attack amassed more than 200,000 installs which means a considerable amount of users could now be infected.

Google deleted four of the applications from its Play Store immediately although two did remain until yesterday evening, September 1.

That’s all changed overnight with all of the apps now removed from the Play Store.

Here’s a list of the apps and whether they have been deleted from the Play Store

Safety AppLock • 10,000+ downloads
DELETED FROM PLAY STORE

Convenient Scanner 2 • 100,000+ downloads
DELETED FROM PLAY STORE

Push Message-Texting&SMS • 10,000+ downloads
DELETED FROM PLAY STORE SEPT 2

Emoji Wallpaper • 10,000+ downloads
DELETED FROM PLAY STORE SEPT 2

Separate Doc Scanner • 50,000+ downloads
DELETED FROM PLAY STORE

Fingertip GameBox • 1,000+ downloads
DELETED FROM PLAY STORE

If you think you may have any of these apps on your phone then Pradeo is advising that you immediately delete them from their device to avoid fraudulent activities.