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Google Cutting Off Play Store Support for Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Google today said that it will no longer update Google Play Services for Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich. Google says the active device count for Ice Cream Sandwich is below 1% of all users and has been for some time. The company will deprecate support for the seven-year-old platform in future updates to Google Play Services. Google Play Services is a core functionality of Android and is used to update…

T-Mobile iPhone eSIM Support On Track for Launch By Year's End

T-Mobile hopes to offer support for the newer iPhones' eSIM by the end of the year, according to a report from PCMag. The carrier is distributing training materials concerning its eSIM app to staff this week. T-Mobile will allow iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr owners to sign up for prepaid T-Mobile service on the eSIM using this new app. T-Mobile will continue to require physical SIM cards for primary…

How (and when) to use Apple Watch ECG feature

watchOS 5.1.2 launched to the public this morning and finally activated the ECG feature on Apple Watch Series 4. For now, the ECG app can only be used in the US and US territories, but it gives wearers the ability to take an electrocardiogram to see whether your heart rhythm shows signs of atrial fibrillation. […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Verizon Offering First Responders Discounts On Personal Lines

Verizon Wireless today said it is extending first responder discounts to the personal lines of state and local police, fire, and EMS employees. Current and former first responders, including volunteers and retirees, can sign up for the Go Unlimited plan and receive per-line savings. A single line saves $15 per month, two lines save $35, and three or more lines save $40. A family of four can enjoy Go Unlimited…

Huawei Investigation Suggests Bank Fraud Involving HSBC

Reuters today reports that the U.S. investigation into Huawei's potential violation of sanctions involves "an alleged scheme to use the global banking system to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran." The U.S. has been looking into Huawei's behavior since 2016, and recently focused on the company's use of HSBC to hide transactions made with Iran. HSBC was itself investigated by the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn for violating sanctions and money-laundering…

Sorry, iPhone: U.S. consumers just aren’t that into you

2019 isn’t shaping up to be an good year for Apple. A survey of potential customers in the U.S. and in China found lower interest in iPhone than last year. Market-analysis firm UBS found that 18 percent of U.S. consumers are considering getting an iPhone in the next 12 months. That’s down from 21 percent […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

New Apple Watch videos will melt your heart

Apple shared two videos on YouTube this morning highlighting the life-saving power of the Apple Watch and its heart rate sensor. In one of the videos, numerous Apple Watch owners share their stories of how Apple Watch alerted them to a serious heart condition. The videos come on the same day that Apple’s ECG feature […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

AT&T and Verizon Turning On Support for iPhone eSIM

AT&T and Verizon Wireless have confirmed that the latest system update for iPhones from Apple has made it possible to support the eSIM on their networks. AT&T is activating eSIM support on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR starting today. It won't cost AT&T subscribers to use the feature. "AT&T does not charge for a SIM Card/eSIM Card for device upgrades or new lines of service," said…

WatchOS Update Adds ECG App and Heart Rhythm Monitor

Apple said owners of the Apple Watch can expect to see watchOS 5.1.2 arrive later today. This update targets the new Series 4 smartwatch and introduces features Apple first revealed earlier this year. The Series 4 gains an ECG app, which gives people the ability to take an electrocardiogram (ECG). Electrodes built into the back of the Digital Crown support the feature. Watch owners need only launch the app and…

Blu Vivo XL4 Boasts Wide-Angle Selfie Camera and Facemoji

Blu Products today unveiled the Vivo XL4, an affordable device with a large screen. The XL4 has a curved glass front and a metal chassis. The notched display measures 6.2 inches across the diagonal and has slim side bezels. The display resolution is HD+ with 1,520 by 720 pixels in a 19:9 aspect ratio. The XL4 is powered by a 2.0 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor with 3 GB…