There are many weather apps to choose from, but the average ones are bloated, confusing, and sometimes even annoying. Today Weather, named one of the Play Store’s best apps of 2017, strips away all the clutter and provides a great deal of information in a clear, elegant way. And to entice you to check out their new and improved radar functionality, you can get Today Weather’s Premium features for $ 2.49 for a limited time, a $ 2 discount.
Here at Sony we know you don’t just use your Xperia for calls, it’s all about entertainment on the move, keeping up-to-date with the latest news and scouring social media. This means you need a device that keeps you going throughout the day.
Well now you don’t have to worry as our new Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact have been certified as having the best battery performance of the leading premium smartphones* – the result of increased battery capacity and improved power consumption & energy efficiency, with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform.So whether you’re in the market for a new phone or just looking to treat yourself, pre-order the new Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact here.
*Based on the results of battery performance testing Sony’s Xperia XZ2 and Sony’s Xperia XZ2 Compact, Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9, LG G6, Huawei P10 and Oppo R11 (being the “Leading Premium Smartphones” as defined by Strategy Analytics as top selling smartphones globally). Research was conducted by Strategy Analytics from 15th – 20th February and 20th – 21st March 2018. For more information, go to: www.sonymobile.com/testresults/
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At a press conference today in New York, Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced the world’s first premium electric self-driving car. The first collaboration of a planned long-term partnership with British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover, the Jaguar I-PACE will form part of Waymo’s autonomous car fleet in 2020 after testing begins later this year.
Krafcik started by talking about different use cases for its self-driving cars, and how they can improve people’s lives.
Waymo and Jaguar announce world’s first premium electric self-driving SUV was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Logitech has been making webcams for many years, and a while back it turned its attention to the burgeoning home security market with the Logitech Circle camera. I thought that device was a surprisingly good value that competed well with established players like Netgear and Nest. There’s a second generation camera now, and it improves on that first camera in almost every way. If you don’t mind a few minor foibles, this could be the right camera to keep an eye on your humble abode.
Logitech Circle 2 wired camera review: A feature-packed premium camera was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Having trouble enrolling your Galaxy S9 or S9+ in Samsung Premium Care? You’re not alone – but fear not: Samsung says post-purchase enrollment is opening in the coming weeks, and that you’ll be notified once it’s available.
Samsung Premium Care is one of the better extended warranty programs out there for smartphones in the US, and Samsung made it available starting with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Basically, you pay Samsung $ 12 a month for an extended warranty – including accidental damage protection – and Samsung makes the process of replacing a damaged or inoperable phone a lot easier.
All US Galaxy S9 and S9+s will be able to enroll in Samsung Premium Care “in the coming weeks” was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Samsung Electronics announced a new application processor (AP), the Exynos 7 9610. Manufactured on Samsung’s 10nm FinFET process, it offers premium features to mid-tier smartphones, boasting deep learning-based image processing and slow-motion video capture capabilities.
Comprised of four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four Cortex-A53s at 1.6GHz, plus a Mali-G72 GPU, multimedia is the focus with the Exynos 7 9610. The highlight here is the neural network engine powering the improved image and vision processing.
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Lydia launches Lydia Premium
French startup Lydia announces two new things today. First, the company is launching a financial hub with multiple new products. Second, Lydia is announcing a new premium subscription to access those new features.
“Today, we’re lucky enough to have you here to announce you the biggest thing we’ve done since Lydia’s launch,” co-founder and CEO Cyril Chiche said in a press conference. “We’ve been working on this for a while — and it’s not a challenger bank.”
Lydia is no longer just a peer-to-peer payment app with a few other features. The company says it is now building a meta-banking app, sitting above other financial products. So you’ll find and control a handful of financial products in the Lydia app.
“We didn’t want to stop at aggregating services,” Chiche said. “But we tried to think about people-centric, exclusive features that you can’t find anywhere else.”
The only banking app you need
Let’s go through the new features. There’s a new IBAN menu where you can add new recipients using a good old IBAN account. Lydia also asks you if you want to add specific IBANs to your own bank accounts. This way, instead of opening BNP Paribas’ app to copy and paste an IBAN into Société Générale’s app, you can add recipients from Lydia.
And of course, you can also send money to your recipient. You can use money from your Lydia e-wallet or from one of your own bank account. You don’t have to open your banking app anymore. Lydia leverages Budget Insight for this feature.
Lydia also supports recurring transactions. “It’s been the most requested features for multiple years,” co-founder and CTO Antoine Porte said. For instance, you can pay for your share of the internet bill every month using Lydia. The app sends you a notification every month to confirm the transaction.
Finally, there’s a brand new tab to get an overview of multiple accounts. You can see your bank account and Lydia sub-accounts. For instance, if you’re going on vacation with a few friends, you can create a Lydia sub-account and manage all your expenses from Lydia without any fee.
Interestingly, you can create a URL and send it to friends who are not using Lydia. Other users can then pay using your debit card. It feels like a streamlined version of Lydia’s existing money pot feature.
This is a big step for the company as Lydia is launching Lydia Premium for those new features. You can connect to your bank accounts, create recurring payments and sub-accounts for a monthly post. It’ll cost €2.99 per month ($ 3.69).
Existing features are still free. You can send and receive money in a just a few seconds with a Lydia transaction. You can pay in Franprix stores or on Cdiscount with your Lydia account.
You can try some of the new features with a free account. For instance, you can link one bank account, you can create one recurring payment, you can generate one virtual card, you can create money pots with some fees, etc.
Just like before, you can generate a virtual card for free so that you can pay on the internet or use Apple Pay with it. But if you’re a Lydia Premium subscriber, you’ll be able to generate multiple virtual cards to manage your online subscriptions. For instance, you can stop a subscription by deleting a virtual card or change the payment source for this card.
A Lydia MasterCard and IBAN for all your transactions
If you want to get a good old plastic card, you can pay an extra euro. For €3.99 per month ($ 4.92), you get everything I just described and a MasterCard. When you pay, the card uses your Lydia e-wallet and sends you a notification. You can open the app and choose one of your bank accounts to debit your bank account instantly.
Personal IBAN numbers and direct debits are no longer available for now — you could generate one for free. They’ll be back as part of Lydia Premium with new features as well as shared accounts. You’ll be able to pick a bank account for each transaction. For instance, you can say that you use LCL for your electricity bill and Fortuneo for your taxes. Lydia partners with Treezor for IBANs, virtual and physical cards.
Lydia currently has a little bit over a million registered users. And the startup is currently attracting around 2,000 new users every day. Over 80 percent of this user base has less than 30 years.
Lydia is currently available in France, Ireland, the U.K., Spain and Portugal. The startup also recently raised $ 16.1 million (€13 million) from CNP Assurances and others.
It’s interesting to see that Lydia isn’t competing head-to-head with challenger banks, such as N26 or Revolut (soon). The company thinks you can provide more value by partnering with multiple companies and building the interface that makes everything work together.
Over the last week, we’ve reported on Calendar 2, an app from Qbix that seemingly added cryptocurrency mining as an alternative to paying for premium features. Qbix itself acknowledged issues with the model and Apple said such practices are not allowed in the Mac App Store, but that almost certainly won’t stop developers outside of the Mac App Store from doing it.
Would you be willing to let an app mine cryptocurrency in the background in exchange for premium features?
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