Mobile Phones – JVC Europe Wed, 23 Nov 2022 06:36:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mobile Phones – JVC Europe 32 32 Jagex support recognizes a problem connecting to Old School RuneScape Mobile Wed, 23 Nov 2022 06:03:03 +0000

New updates are added at the bottom of this story…

The original story (published December 09, 2021) follows:

Old School RuneScape is one of the most popular MMORPGs available on both PC and mobile. Developed and published by Jagex, the video game came to mobile in 2018 and has a larger player base than Runescape.

It features all the core gameplay mechanics of the original game along with new features like God Wars Dungeon. It takes place in a fictional place called Gielinor.

Unsurprisingly, the game’s frequent updates cause bugs and glitches that sometimes make it unplayable and spoil the experience. Now Old School Runescape players are to complain (1,2,3,4,5,6,seven,8,9,10) that they can’t log in, some saying the game crashes for them.

Many say they are automatically disconnected every few minutes. Players suggest that the problem appeared after the recent update. Generic solutions like erasing data and reinstalling the game don’t help either.

Most of the time, users are kicked when teleporting to another location. Old School Runescape players are frustrated with the developers because they can’t log into the game for a while.


There is a problem on mobile that keeps deleting my account from the account. Do not log out, go to the OSRS home screen and the account stays logged in. This happens when I’m teleporting, crafting involving jars, having my infernal axe, or just being idle. @JagexSupport

@JagexSupport Hi there seems to be a problem with mobile. Every time I log in it takes about 3 seconds and then instantly returns to the login screen. It only started today after the 3 hour maintenance? I tried redownloading the app, but it’s the same.

Thankfully, Jagex Support said they are aware of the Old School RuneScape connection issues and advised that it is currently under investigation. They also suggested users play the game on PC in the meantime, as there is no ETA on when a patch will be released.

Hi! We are currently aware of the issue you describe and are currently investigating a resolution for this issue, in the meantime please use the PC client to resolve your issue in the meantime. Thanks! – Mod Pixel

We hope they find the root cause of the problem and release a fix as soon as possible. Rest assured that we will update this article when the developers fix the issue, so be sure to keep checking this space for more information.

Update 1 (December 10, 2021)

IST 11:35 a.m.: Reports now indicate that Old School RuneScape Mobile is finally back online.

@OldSchoolRS game worlds are now back online!

Update 2 (July 26, 2022)

IST 7:33 p.m.: A recent update to the Old School RuneScape mobile client has caused the connection issue to reappear (1, 2). The Jagex team is currently working on a fix.

Update 3 (22 November 2022)

IST 2:25 p.m.: Several reports indicate that there is currently an outage on the RuneScape servers. The issue prevents players from logging into their accounts.

@RuneScape no response from login server and I was on but before I logged out I couldn’t do any GE offers

I killed Arch Glacor. DC and can’t reconnect, sequence disappeared? @RuneScape @JagexSupport Account name: eerste1

The issue affects both RuneScape and the Old School RuneScape version.

Was just fighting the final boss of Legend’s Quest then the #osrs servers went down lol

@JagexSupport login servers are down for rs3 and osrs

Fortunately, the development team is already aware of the problem. However, there is still no ETA for everything to work normally again.


IST 8:44 p.m.: OSRS Support has shared a new status update regarding the issue where players cannot connect:

We believe we will be able to provide a better indication of the return of Old School RuneScape services within the next hour.

Although our news pages remain unavailable, we will continue to provide updates through our social networks as far as we are able. (Source)

Update 4 (November 23, 2022)

IST 11:00 a.m.: Many OSRS players were encountering various errors while trying to load the game configuration due to server issues. However, these issues were later recognized and fixed by the developers.

old fashioned runescape

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Overwatch 2’s Controversial SMS Protection System Finally Supports Prepaid Phone Numbers Thu, 17 Nov 2022 21:08:59 +0000

Blizzard has rolled out a new Monitor 2 patch that includes balance changes for several heroes, a Mei bug fix that allows her to return to the game, and much more.

One of the biggest updates, and one that isn’t mentioned in the patch notes, is to the SMS Protect system, a controversial aspect of Blizzard’s plan to prevent banned cheaters and toxic players from return to free play. Starting today, players who haven’t purchased Monitoring 1 will be able to use a prepaid mobile phone to access Monitor 2.

“Starting today, Blizzard is expanding global access to SMS Protect to prepaid phones, welcoming more players to Overwatch 2 and continuing its commitment to combating disruptive behavior and protecting the integrity of the user experience. players,” a Blizzard spokesperson said. “This update may take several hours to fully roll out.”

Blizzard provided more details in a forum post. Not all prepaid phone services will be supported, although Blizzard expects most to be. “While we expect most prepaid service plans to be eligible now, mobile carriers sometimes define their plans differently,” wrote community manager Andy Belford. VOIP, Wi-Fi, text, and Internet phone services are still not supported, and each phone number can only be registered to one account.

This is the latest development in a major shift from the original stance of requiring all players to connect a post-paid mobile number to their account. Blizzard quickly dropped this requirement for most people who came from Monitoring 1 — veteran players do not need to connect a phone to their account. However, the system still prevented many potential new players from checking out. Monitor 2.

Blizzard has other ways to detect cheaters and toxic players, as well as measures designed to protect the game and decent players from these jerks (though you may still encounter some jerks on occasion). There’s a new system, for example, that allows Blizzard to review voice chat transcripts after a player has been reported. Allowing new accounts to register a prepaid phone won’t necessarily open the floodgates to more toxicity, although smurfing might be more problematic. In any case, as Belford noted, “since the introduction of Defense Matrix, our new initiative to stop disruptive actors in Overwatch 2, we’ve successfully taken action on thousands of accounts that we believe violate Blizzard’s in-game code of conduct.

Ultimately, one of Overwatch’s core principles is inclusiveness. Lowering the barrier to entry for new players, especially those without access to a post-paid phone, is a positive move for accessibility after many people have been left behind. Hopefully this will fix the issue that Cricket Wireless and Metro by T-Mobile users are having when linking their phones. Plus, it could help Blizzard increase that already impressive player count.

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Borrowers will get 50% off Mobile Non-Performing Loans Mon, 14 Nov 2022 08:37:21 +0000

Borrowers will get 50% off Mobile Non-Performing Loans

By Jane Muia / Posted on November 14, 2022 | 11:24


The CBK is targeting over 4.2 million mobile phone digital borrowers who are negatively rated by CRBs to repair their credit rating.


The total value is about 30 billion shillings, or 0.8% of the banking sector’s gross loan portfolio of 3.6 trillion shillings at the end of October 2022.

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) on Monday announced the rollout of a credit repair framework by commercial banks, microfinance banks and mortgage finance companies.

According to the CBK, the framework aims to improve the creditworthiness of digital mobile phone borrowers whose loans are non-performing and have been reported as such to credit reference bureaus (CRBs).

The framework will see financial institutions grant a discount of at least fifty percent on non-performing mobile phone digital loans outstanding at the end of October 2022, and upgrade the creditworthiness of borrowers from non-performing to performing.

“The limited framework will expire on May 31, 2023. Affected institutions will contact their eligible borrowers to provide further details on the framework,” the CBK said in a statement.

Institutions will then be required to enter into a repayment plan with borrowers for a period up to May 31, 2023, for the balance of the loan. At the expiration of the framework, the creditworthiness of borrowers on these loans will depend on their repayment performance over the six-month period.

The framework will cover loans with a repayment period of 30 days or less that have been offered by these institutions via mobile phones. The CBK is targeting over 4.2 million mobile phone digital borrowers who are negatively rated by CRBs to repair their credit rating. The total value is about 30 billion shillings, or 0.8% of the banking sector’s gross loan portfolio of 3.6 trillion shillings at the end of October 2022.

The framework simultaneously targets borrowers who are primarily in the retail and microenterprise sectors and who have been hit hard by the covid 19 pandemic through, among other things, job loss and the closure of their microenterprises.

“The adverse effects of the pandemic continue to linger for covered borrowers. Accordingly, the framework should enable this segment of borrowers to access credit and other financial services as they rebuild their lives and livelihoods,” reads part of the statement.

The regulator has called on the public to meet their payment obligations on its credit facilities as they come due, as this will allow them to build up a good credit history based on their payment behavior and thus obtain loans at better rate.

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]]> Professional photography goes mobile again with Leica’s Leitz 2 released in Japan Fri, 11 Nov 2022 15:56:36 +0000

You might be wondering why the name Leica sounds so familiar to you. Well, if you’re a geek like us, you’ve heard of many partnerships on Huawei phones. But that wasn’t enough, so last year Leica entered the phone market with a Japan-exclusive device.

The Germany-based company is a strong contender in the photography market. They produce a wide range of cameras, from point-and-shoot units to high-end DSLRs. But now they’re making a comeback with a camera-centric phone.

The Leitz series of phones are named after the company’s founder, Ernst Leitz, who introduced the first 35mm camera in 1924. With such inspiring roots, the new phone is sure to have unique features beyond mere aesthetics.

What is special about the Leica Leitz 2?

Given the topic, it’s fitting that we start with the capabilities of the camera. The phone is equipped with a 1” 47.2MP image sensor, making it one of the very few smartphones with such a large sensor. 1” sensors are a big deal now and are sure to grow in popularity when adoption rates start to rise.

A larger image sensor allows more light to be absorbed, giving photos greater clarity and dynamic range. With a sensor of this size, low-light performance should be solid, and images should have even more pleasing bokeh (the effect of depth that results from good foreground-background separation).

The phone’s aperture is set at f/1.9, which allows for fast point-and-shoot action, while not creating too much of a risk factor regarding high contrast or darker settings, given the sensor bigger picture that will surely handle.

The focal length of the camera is 19mm. An easy way to explain focal length is to describe it as the camera’s field of view – and it’s quite wider with the Leitz Phone 2 compared to phones like the iPhone 14 Pro (24mm) or the Galaxy S22 Ultra (23mm).

Usually lower focal lengths such as 19mm are used for shooting landscapes, but Leica presented portraits that aren’t bad at all. This is where the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 comes in to mimic some of the company’s most iconic lenses, namely:

  • The Summilux 28, intended for action plans
  • The Summilux 35, often used in street photography
  • The Noctilux 50, designed for portraits

With a phone focused on surpassing photographic performance, the ability to export to JPEG and RAW formats is essential, and that’s exactly what the Leitz 2 is capable of. Users are also empowered to use full manual control, allowing them to fine-tune settings as they hunt for the perfect shot.

Here’s a quick demo of what the Leica Leitz 2 camera is capable of at different settings.

We also have to mention the unique design features of the phone. Most important is the phone’s knurled frame, presumably to improve grip when taking photos. A really well thought out and fitting addition is a lens cap, which magnetically attaches to the phone. A minimalist case is also presented. From what we can see in the image, it will be possible to use it with the magnetic cap, but its sides are not jagged like those of the phone, which seems like a missed opportunity.

Why is the Leica Leitz 2 exclusive to Japan then?

Well, to put it plainly, the Leitz 2 is much less a Leica phone and more a special Leica edition for the Japan-exclusive Sharp Aquos R7. Everything from the 5,000mAh battery capacity to the 6.6-inch OLED display to the Snapdragon processor and image sensor is the same on both devices.

The design of the Aquos 7 is noticeably simpler than that of the Leitz 2. Naturally, the extra grip and red logo don’t appear, and we can safely assume that the full manual camera controls and the Leica camera post-processing isn’t present either.

So, does this phone have anything other than Leica vibes?

The Sony Xperia 1 IV is also a photography-focused phone, coming from one of the leaders in the camera industry. It’s priced a bit over the top, but it also offers a lot more camera-centric options.

For starters, it doesn’t rely as much on post-processing, instead offering a camera app with a steep learning curve, but rich manual control options. This philosophy even extends to separate apps for cinematography and vlogging.

While the Leitz 2 definitely conveys Leica’s aesthetic to the physical body of the phone, compared to a photography-centric phone like the Xperia 1 IV, that statement about the German company’s phone feeling like an over-the-top special edition begins to feel appropriate, to say the least.

That being said, Leica has proven in the past that it can achieve magical results with its cameras, so who’s to say some of that technical magic can’t be carried over to its latest phone?

The Leica Leitz Phone 2 is only available in the white color shown and is set to go on sale later this month on November 18 for JPY 225,360 (~$1,540). For now, there are no plans to release the device from Japan.

Zhiyun Smooth 5S: price, date, release date revealed Tue, 08 Nov 2022 13:02:45 +0000

Gimbal manufacturer Zhiyun has announced the Smooth 5S one-handed gimbal stabilizer, with many improvements over the previous version that make it an ideal solution for larger and standard-sized mobile phones. The all-new, pro-level 3-axis gimbal is packed with features designed to give filmmakers a creative edge in a small, highly portable package.

The Smooth 5S is the latest version of Zhiyun’s Smooth line and offers a range of enhanced features that are more suited to the latest line of mobile phones.

The new gimbal is more powerful than ever and can fit larger smartphones, providing superior stabilization. New to the model is the ability to mount two modular accent lights to augment the already decent light output of the built-in lamp.

This innovative lighting design offers a quick fix for increasing lighting power in darker locations and offers plenty of control over brightness to let you capture the video you need for your production.

Other design tweaks include a modified axis to allow for a wider angle of view and an intuitive control panel with integrated dials and direct control buttons to make gimbal adjustments and control quickly. and easily.

Xin Wang, Product Manager, Zhiyun, said, “Our creative tools enable content creators to achieve their filmmaking goals and allow them to explore the furthest limits of their creativity. With its innovative features and second-fill light, the Smooth 5S elevates your smartphone into the perfect one-person movie-making tool, day or night. It’s perfect for content creators or anyone who wants to express themselves creatively.

New fill light

The Zhiyun Smooth 5S has a new fill light on its tilt axis. This offers a color temperature of 5000k, a CRI of 90+ and an output power of 2W.

The new accent light adds to the built-in 300 lumen light that featured on previous Smooth models and provides full 360° illumination for areas up to 15 square meters. This light will allow you to enhance shadow detail and increase contrast and brightness wherever you shoot and in any lighting condition.

Unbreakable Stabilization

Updated magnetic steel motors powered by new algorithms help deliver shake-free footage for standard and larger mobile phones. The new larger phone clamp has also been designed to support tethered phones with additional lens options.

New levels of control

The redesigned axis configuration means that the Smooth 5S’s rear motors have changed position to allow for wider vision capture. This added freedom of movement allows for extremely wide-angle shooting and therefore puts more creative control in the hands of the creator.

The direct control feature on the gimbal handle allows the user to quickly access options and settings and options to adjust and change settings. Visual shooting modes and round cap joystick allow for easy one-handed control.

Up to 25 hours of use

One of the great features of the compact Smooth 5S is the exceptional battery life that Zhiyun cites with the output. Taking just 2 hours to fully charge via the PD quick-charge USB Type-C port, the Smooth 5S provides up to 25 hours of non-stop shooting.

Full compatibility with the ZY Cami app

As you’d expect, the Smooth 5S is fully compatible with the ZY Cami app and offers multiple templates, filters, music, transitions, and stickers, including:

  • Multiple quick-switch shooting modes including PF, L, F, POV
  • Support for zoom and focus switches and adjustment of focal length via the control wheel allow beginners to shoot professional zoom effects.
  • Smart Follow – secures the spotlight for your subject. Remotely control the camera via gestures.
  • MagicClone Pano, Slow motion, Timelapse functions.

Zhiyun’s professional StaCam app is an add-on designed for dedicated video shooting. This app has a simple multi-functional interface that will let you shoot videos with a cinematic feel.

Dimensions and weight

Dimensions 311x168x52mm

Weight 660g.

Zhiyun Smooth 5S Price and availability

Zhiyun Smooth 5S is available for £169 from the Zhiyun or Amazon store.


169 USD, 189 Euro, 169 GBP

For the SMOOTH 5S combo, the price is:

219 USD, 239 Euro, 219 GBP

10 Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters to Improve Your Mobile Reception Thu, 03 Nov 2022 02:10:00 +0000

With the iPhone 14 releasing in September and the Google Pixel 7 in October 2022, mobile consumers are bound to look for new ways to boost their cellular signal. Whether you’re on the road, stuck in the office, living in an apartment, stuck between Wi-Fi hotspots, or just in an area with a weak signal, it’s always worth investing in technology that boosts the power of telecommunications.

Fortunately, there are several specialized applications, antennas and hardware devices that consumers should consider in 2022 and beyond, all of which should be considered by owners of newer and older mobile phones.


WeBoost Multi-Room Cellular Signal Booster

With an Amazon rating of 9.9 stars, the weBoost MultiRoom Cellular Signal Booster is often considered the crème de la crème when it comes to boosting cellular signals over large areas. FCC-approved technology boosts saggy cellular signals up to 5,000 square feet in multiple rooms for multiple users. As such, it is ideal for large families or businesses that operate in large office buildings.

Although pricey ($569), weBoost MultiRoom is compatible with all US mobile carriers and supports 5G, comes with 72dB max gain, a 2-year warranty, and is compatible with iOS and Android. The only downside is that it uses a directional antenna which requires pointing them directly at a nearby cell tower. As long as users follow suit, their signal will increase dramatically.

Cell-Fi Go X

For those with extremely weak cellular signals in their home or workspace, the Cel-Fi Go X Booster offers even higher maximum gain than the weBoost MultiRoom Booster. Thanks to its specially tuned amplifier, the Cel-Fi Go X can amplify the signal strength by 100dB, which is well above the average rate of most competitors. It also costs about twice as much ($1,099), so keep that in mind as well.

The FCC-certified 5G Booster gives users the ability to control a single dome or antenna panel kit, providing more flexibility to suit their home or office layout. While the Cel-Fi Go X can only support one carrier at a time, few boosters promise such a massive increase in signal strength.

Cell-Fi Pro

While the Cel-Fi Go X is the best overall booster for those with the weakest cellular signals imaginable, the Cel-Fi Pro is the most effective booster to use specifically for those who live in apartments, duplexes or other shared living spaces. Typically, those who live in apartments are too far from the source or cell tower to receive excellent mobile service.

In addition to amplifying a 100dB signal, the Cel-Fi Pro is equipped with 2dBm uplink and 16Dbm downlink power, the plug-and-play smart booster is very easy to install by simply placing it near a window and activating the Cel -Fi WAVE application. Like the previous Cel-Fi booster, the Pro version supports one carrier at a time, so keep that in mind as well.

SureCall Fusion4Home

Those looking for a quality signal booster at a fraction of the cost of the aforementioned models should look into the SureCall Fusion4Home device. At just $290, the FCC-approved device is not only one of the best budget boosters to get in 2022, but it supports all mobile carriers, improves 4G LTE and 5G phones possible, and upgrades voice, text and data signals. The only real downside is the limited 2,000 square foot range, making it ideal for smaller homes or officers.

The SureCall Fusion4 Home Booster makes up for its limited range with its industry-best 3-year warranty, ensuring a higher durability rate than most of its competitors. Thanks to its omnidirectional antenna which attaches directly to the amplifier, the booster is very easy to install and does not require drilling holes or adding wall brackets.

SureCall Flare 3.0

While the SureCall Fusion4Home is the best budget booster for smaller homes in particular (2,000 square feet), SureCall Flare 3.0 is the most affordable and efficient device for those who live in homes between 2,000 and 3 500 square feet and use multiple appliances in 2-4 rooms. For around $350, this is arguably the best automated smart home device and signal booster on the market.

With its easy-to-install omnidirectional Yagi antenna, the SureCall Flare 3.0 boosts gain by 72dB, covers nationwide 5G data signals, comes with a 3-year warranty and is FFC approved. Fast, flexible and reliable, the only downside is that SureCall Flare 3.0 does not yet boost T-Mobile signals.

WeBoost Drive Reach

When it comes to mobile users on the road, weBoost Drive Reach is the most recommended signal booster in 2022. The on-board booster firmly secures a user’s cell phone in a fixed position inside the drive. automotive with cradle support and supports all mobile carriers through 4G LTE and 5G, boosting up to 50dB while driving. As such, it will reach the farthest cell towers and deliver lightning speeds on the go.

The biggest deciding factor over the weBoost Drive Sleek booster, for example, is how Drive Reach can boost multiple devices at once rather than just one. Plus, with its magnetic roof antenna, users don’t have to worry about losing gear in bad weather.

SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 VR

The perfect middle ground between a home booster and a car booster, SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV is the most ideal device for those who spend most of their time in a larger RV or RV. Since these vehicles tend to stay in motion, the booster’s multi-omnidirectional antennas ensure that the user’s cellular signal remains strong even in the most remote areas.

Supporting all major US carriers on 5G, the FCC-approved booster for use with Google Pixel 7 comes with a 3-year warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee, indicating its durability and effectiveness. Although not as powerful as a home booster, SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV is ideal for large vehicles and drivers who stay on the road for long journeys.

For those looking to boost cellular signals over the largest areas imaginable, settle for nothing but the HiBoost 15K Smart Link Booster. As the name suggests, the device boosts signal strength to 15,000 square feet, which is triple what the weBoost MultiRoom booster offers.

As such, those who operate giant houses, office buildings, stores, etc. would do well to look into the HiBoost 15K Smart Link. As well as promising the biggest range increases of any device on the market, the HiBoost 15K Smart Link supports all mobile carriers over 2-5G and promises to boost signal strength and speed by 100x. Best of all, it comes with a 3-year warranty.

AmazBoost A2 Indoor Signal Booster

While the AmazBoost 1 is equally worthy, the upgraded AmazBoost Indoor A2 is an affordable workhorse that can increase signal strength by 300x, including a maximum gain boost of 65dB. Even more convenient, Amazon’s excellent home product offers a whopping 3-5 miles of communication distance. Supporting all major US mobile carriers over voice, text and 2-5G data signals, it’s hard to believe the device only costs $350.

With a coverage area of ​​5,000 square feet, the FCC-approved booster has a special feature that automatically changes system power and gain rates, requiring no manual labor for consumers. Perhaps most importantly, the booster operates on 5G Band12, 13, 17, 5, 25, 2, and 4 frequencies.

WeBoost installed at home complete

For the full-fledged techies who use countless devices at home or in the office at the same time, weBoost Installed Home Complete is the most comprehensive and comprehensive booster to check out. The $1300 configuration is among the most expensive boosters on the market, those willing to invest in the device will instantly see where the money is going. Compatible with all US carriers on 5G, this is the best price you can buy.

As the name suggests, the device includes installation that simply requires a fixed appointment for technicians to come and professionally direct the antenna to the nearest cell tower. With a maximum gain of 72 dB, weBoost Installed operates on the 12/17, 13, 5, 4, and 2/25 frequency marks without compromising signal strength. As such, weBoost Installed won the CES Innovation Award and the Gold Edison Award for Innovation.

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]]> How easy is it to fix your broken phone screen yourself? Mon, 31 Oct 2022 13:39:58 +0000

Breaking your phone screen by dropping it on a sidewalk like an idiot doesn’t have to invite gadget-shaming followed by a screen repair bill. Rather, it may result in a gadget shaming followed by a DIY buyback at a cheaper price.

And while at-home screen repair kits have traditionally involved spare parts (with the occasional risk of a phone rejecting the transplant), this spring Apple and Google have made their own components available to DIY types. .

The latter’s partnership with iFixit to sell Pixel phone parts got personally interesting in late September when I smashed my Pixel 5a’s screen by dropping it on a sidewalk like an idiot.

The tools in a Pixel 5a iFixit Kit.

Especially since iFixit is charging $99.99 for a Pixel 5a screen repair kit, well below the $236.35 price (after credit for returning broken parts) at the Apple Self Service Repair Store for a screen kit for an iPhone 12 or 13 with a slightly smaller screen.

Unfortunately, iFixit had run out of the 5a screen repair kit two days before my losing battle with gravity. “Sales exceeded expectations,” CEO Kyle Wiens wrote apologetically when I emailed him for comment. But he was able to find one to ship about a week later, and the kit is back in stock.

The box that arrived contained two smaller boxes of repair tools and one of spares, but no printed instructions beyond a “Repair is noble” warning. Instead, iFixit offers online instructions: an illustrated 15-step guide whose reviews you really should read.

The first steps, softening the adhesive holding the screen, then gently removing it, were by far the most difficult. You’re supposed to heat the kit’s “iOpener” gel-filled bag by microwaving it for 30 seconds, lay it along the right edge of the phone for a minute so the heat will weaken the glue, then use the suction cup on the kit to remove the screen.

But the suction cup kept jumping out of a glued-in-place screen, even after repeated iOpener heat treatments and my use of a comment-suggested solution of covering the cracks in the screen with tape to give to the cup a smoother surface. An attempt to release the screen instead shook a piece of glass which grazed a seam and added “slight blood loss” at my expense.

An opening pick pushed into the space between a Pixel 5a's screen and the rest of the phone.

An opening pick pushed into the space between a Pixel 5a’s screen and the rest of the phone.

Finally, I tried using the kit’s extremely sharp tweezers to probe any space between the screen and the phone, and I felt a little loose. I pressed one of its plastic “opening pins” in the same place, heard a slight pop, and was able to slide the opening pick over the edge of the phone to make it easier to open.

The instructions had me insert the other five screen selections around the edges of the phone, leaving it to look like some weird cybernetic beast that had grown blue fins. After cutting away the remaining adhesive with the kit’s “spudger”, a pointed carbon fiber stylus, I finally opened the screen, leaving it attached to a ribbon cable.

The rest was easy, certainly compared to my adventure of replacing an old iMac’s hard drive with an SSD or even replacing the battery in my HP laptop. A few turns of a T3 Torx screwdriver bit (the kit included this and two other Torx bits) removed the bracket holding this cable, after which I freed it with the spudger.

A Pixel 5a is opened, with its damaged screen tilted away from the viewer.

The result of a successful struggle with the suction cup, the opening picks and the repair kit spudger.

This is where the guide inexplicably left off, leaving it to customers such as “Lisa McManis”, “craig potts” and “barely_diy” to step in with informative comments below step 15 on how to fix the new screen.

I first used this ever-handy spudger to run an alcohol wipe down the channel around the edge of the phone to remove any remaining adhesive. Then I attached the new adhesive, which comes sandwiched between layers of protective plastic. I peeled off the bottom layer, draped the rest so it nestled just inside the phone, and peeled back a top layer of blue plastic to leave that sticky strip.

Securing the new display’s ribbon cable required aligning connectors that I couldn’t see. I gently pressed one end with the spudger until I felt the pins click into the underlying socket, after which I put the rest in place and replaced the strap and screw to secure this connector.

A screwdriver with a Torx T3 bit placed on top of the screw that holds a strap in place on the ribbon cable that connects the screen and the body of a Pixel 5a

The repair procedure only required fiddling with a single small screw.

After a final check of the new screen – the guide’s comments reminded me to remove a tiny plastic cover from its selfie camera opening – and the removal of a final strip of plastic covering the top of the adhesive strip, I I put the new screen in place and pressed firmly all around. It reminded me of achieving a major milestone in assembling a model airplane, just without the smell of glue.

I’ve never been more relieved to see a Google logo than when one flashed on the 5a’s new screen after turning it back on, after which the phone booted up as if nothing had happened.

Two hours and changes had passed since I first microwaved the iOpener. I probably would have saved the time by taking the 5a to the nearest uBreakiFix location, which also has genuine Pixel parts and estimates $159.99 for a 5a screen replacement.

But the payoff from this exercise was not so much the travel and money I saved – having zeroed in on my time, a mind trick worth playing around in DIY endeavors – but the psychic reward of righting my mistake with my own hands.

Fund raise of £500,000 by Virgin Me… – News Fri, 28 Oct 2022 13:28:51 +0000

The UK is known to produce the most electrical waste, and according to the Waste Electrical and According to the World Electronic Equipment Forum (WEEE) report, 5.3 billion mobile phones will be thrown away this year and e-waste will reach 74 million tonnes per year by 2030

Virgin Media O2 and environmental charity Hubbub launch £500,000 fund to find
innovative ways to tackle the growing problem of electronic waste, which is the fastest
increasing flow of waste in the world.

For the next six months, Virgin Media 02 and Hubbub have set up a ‘Time after Time’ fund for the next six months, which will award grants between £10,000 and £75,000 for UK projects aimed at reducing e-waste, recycle electronics or support devices used over and over again.

Virgin Media O2 and Hubbub’s “Time After Time” fund aims to focus on projects that support the reuse, repair and recycling of small waste electrical and electronic equipment, from smartphones and laptops to toys and sports equipment. DIY.

Nicola Green, of Virgin Media O2, said: “With millions of devices hidden in
closets, left in lofts or gathering dust in garages, our Time After Time fund will tackle e-
waste by investing in eco-projects to help people live greener lives.

Gavin Ellis, co-founder of Hubbub, said: “Electronic waste is a pressing environmental issue, so this
funding is welcome and will help us support a range of initiatives that may have a
significant impact.

“Whether it’s a research project that supports a reduction in e-waste, a campaign that educates key audiences, or a project that directly addresses the causes of e-waste.

“We particularly welcome applications that engage people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not
only heavy users of electrical devices, but are essential to help solve this problem in the future.
Hubbub and Virgin Media O2 invite applications from charities, academic bodies,
community interest enterprises, social enterprises, registered enterprises, local authorities
and business improvement districts working to reduce e-waste.

The application process opens from October 28 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on December 14.

Who is Apple in China? In-Depth Analysis of China Globalization of Consumer Brands Report 2022 Tue, 25 Oct 2022 13:33:33 +0000

Equalocean has continuously paid attention to the performance of Chinese brands in the overseas market. China has a large number of mainstream brands that perform well in various fields in domestic and overseas markets. In previous articles, we have presented the performance of Chinese home appliance brands (The Initial Achievements of Chinese Home Appliance Brands on the Way of Globalization) and beauty brands (Industry Watch: Chinese Cosmetic Brands In Japan) on the way to globalization. This article will bring you the first look at the consumer electronics chapter of the 2022 China Globalization of Consumer Brands Report, recently released by EqualOcean.

Some Chinese smartphone brands, such as Xiaomi (Chinese: 小米) Vivo and OPPO, are still in the top 5 in the global market. This article will first introduce the overview of the smartphone market in the global consumer electronics category. After that, the export of Chinese smartphone brands will be analyzed in detail, especially in terms of overseas market distribution and website performance.


In recent years, Chinese brands have started to globalize their layout. In particular, Chinese consumer electronics brands enjoy a good reputation and brand power around the world. Consumer electronics, the electronic products used in their daily lives, are closely related to life, work and entertainment, achieving the goal of consumers’ free choice of information and entertainment. In terms of scope, consumer electronics mainly focuses on personal or family products.

The consumer electronics category mainly includes mobile phones, laptops, tablets, audio devices, wearables, drones and other electronic products. Mobile phones and laptops are the two categories dominating the current shipment, with mobile phones accounting for the highest proportion. In addition, the mobile phone also ranks first in China’s consumer electronics export volume. Therefore, this article will focus on the globalization of Chinese mobile phone brands.

Profile of the global mobile phone market

In 2021, the global consumer electronics market scale reaches USD 1,090 billion, up 7% year-on-year. Smartphones have a huge impact on the entire consumer electronics market, and the overall revenue has been steadily increasing. One of the determining factors is the property of intelligently connecting everything.

Taking the example of smart home devices, consumers can control them on their mobile phones, which makes it possible to have a smart and systematic home. In the future, new technology products such as virtual reality and augmented reality can also connect with smartphones to explore a connected ecology, generating better acceptance and new opportunities for the entire consumer electronics market. .

The mobile phone penetration rate in China is high, rising from 92.5 units per 100 people in 2015 to 116.6 units per 100 people in 2020. The Chinese mobile phone market is now saturated with a large number of national brands and growing competition. Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO and VIVO dominated most of the market, while other smaller brands are gradually exiting the market.

The export of Chinese smartphone brands (compared to Samsung and Apple)

1) Market share and geographical distribution

According to Canalys and Statista, global smartphone shipments reached 1.35 billion units in 2021, up 7% year-on-year. Samsung (Chinese: 三星) remains at the top of the list, with a market share of 20.1%, up 6% year-on-year, while Apple (Chinese: 苹果) ranks second, with a market share of 17.4%, up 15.9%. year over year, and the ranking remains the same for the first half of 2022.

Chinese mobile phone brands accounted for around 30% of the global market in 2021. In particular, Xiaomi ranks third, with a market share of 14.1%, up 29.3% year-on-year. other, while OPPO and VIVO rank fourth and fifth respectively. with global market shares of 9.9% and 9.5%, up 20.1% and 14.8% year-on-year. Xiaomi has the largest increase in international shipments of 29.3% in 2021.


According to the distribution figure, it is clear that overseas Chinese consumer electronics mainly focuses on emerging markets such as Southeast Asia and South Asia. In Europe and America, the South Korean brand Samsung and the American brand Apple dominated the market. In addition, Samsung and Apple also account for a large share of emerging markets; thus, Chinese mobile phone brands still face a fiercely competitive environment.

According to data from Google Trends, the three Chinese brands have a minimal share in developed markets, while Apple and Samsung are doing well in both developed and emerging markets.

Xiaomi has a high market share in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe, VIVO is mainly expanding in Latin America and Southeast Asia, and OPPO’s overseas market is mainly focused on Asia from the South East. Currently, the export strategy of Chinese consumer electronics brands is basically profitable. The threshold for entering developed markets is high, so the most appropriate choice is to explore emerging markets first.

Moreover, data from Similarweb shows that the gender ratio of consumers of the three Chinese brands is around 7:3, while the proportion of users aged 18-34 is around 60%. Therefore, Chinese brands can pay more attention to the needs of Generation Z (people born between the late 1990s and early 2010s) and male users when exploring foreign markets and also consider women. and older users.

2) Website performance of Chinese smartphone brands overseas


Overall, the number of visitors for the three Chinese brands is much lower than for Samsung and Apple. Among them, Xiaomi has the highest monthly visits, while VIVO and OPPO are similar. The data shows that the volume of Chinese mobile phone brands overseas is relatively small, and there is plenty of room for expansion. It should be noted that Xiaomi’s website has the lowest bounce rate, indicating that its overseas independent website has higher information efficiency than the other two. However, all three bounce rates are relatively high, suggesting that they need to improve on their freelance website creation.


Google Trends data shows that at the beginning of Black Friday every year, the popularity of Samsung and Apple will peak; Xiaomi also has this cyclical characteristic, but its advertising efforts are much lower than those of Samsung and Apple from the magnitude peak; OPPO’s change in trend is not apparent, while VIVO shows an opposite trend. Therefore, when going abroad, Chinese brands should seize the opportunity of major overseas festivals and sales, increasing publicity to enhance their power and popularity.


Direct Visit: Traffic from users entering the URL directly, using a bookmark or saved link, etc. Direct traffic can be used as a barometer of brand strength (awareness and demand).

Organic Search: refers to search results from a search engine that cannot be influenced by paid advertising. Is the site well optimized for SEO? When there is a correlation with direct traffic, it indicates strong brand awareness, as many organic visits are driven by branded terms.

Social: This section displays the top social networks driving traffic to the selected site on desktop. This includes sites like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Douban and others. A website that generates consistent high traffic from social media is likely to have a community of loyal users.

Referrals: The website that receives a large amount of referral traffic is likely to have a strong affiliate strategy or get significant media coverage.

Paid search: The website that generates a large amount of traffic from paid search spends advertising budgets to increase brand awareness or target relevant audiences for specific products.

Other: including direct links to brand websites via email and advertising sites.

In terms of overseas traffic channel sources, the direct visits and original search traffic of the three Chinese brands are similar to those of Samsung and Apple, which shows that they have succeeded in developing their brand power. However, the traffic share of the three brands in social media and paid search is lower, indicating that user loyalty and uptake are still low. In the future, Chinese brands may increase their overseas marketing efforts, especially through social media, to broaden their reach to consumers and build user loyalty and brand influence.

The Spanish government will test sending disaster alerts to mobile phones and yours could be one Sat, 22 Oct 2022 09:58:19 +0000

The Spanish government is to test its disaster warning system by sending messages to cellphones over the next three weeks.

The Civil Protection Service said on Saturday October 22 that it would start testing the ES-Alert system from Monday with tests carried out in different regions on different days. The test was confirmed by the Larazon news agency.

They assured residents that they shouldn’t be alarmed by the test or think it’s a scam, but should take note of how the test will work.

Phones that receive the alert will hear their device whistle and vibrate until the user acknowledges receipt of the message. The alert will contain a written message which, once acknowledged, will stop the alarm and vibration.

Apart from the acknowledgment of receipt, you have nothing else to do.

So when could you expect to receive a message?

October 24: Cantabria, Andalusia and Asturias.

October 27: Extremadura, Valencia and Galicia.

November 2: Murcia, the Balearic Islands, Madrid, Aragon, Navarre and Catalonia.

November 10: the Basque Country, Castile and León, the Canary Islands and Ceuta

November 16: Castilla-La Mancha, La Rioja and Melilla.

The government initially considered using SMS, but they opted for cell broadcasting which provides better, faster and wider coverage.

According to the company involved SIA, “the antennas broadcast to any phone connected to the system.

“Among the advantages of the system are its immediacy, the fact that it uses very little bandwidth and that it works automatically for all devices within an antenna’s coverage.”

The only downside to the system, which the Spanish government will test, is that it only connects to smartphones.

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