When Apple first announced the Apple Watch series 4 they mentioned that the new ECG (EKG) feature would be available in the USA at launch and would gradually roll out to other countries once they had approval.
Since the launch of the series 4 we have seen several countries including the UK have recieved the ECG along with software updates. Canada could be the next country to get ECG as Health Canada’s website shows approvals for two active licenses from Apple: 102864 for the ECG app and 102866 for the irregular rhythm notification feature.
Now that the licences have been granted Apple has to enable the feature and could possibly be released with the next watchOS software update.
Today Apple released ios 12.4 beta 2 to registered developers just four days after releasing the first beta to.
The changes for this beta are minimal with the only changes are a Modem Firmware being updated from 1.05.03 – to 1.06.01 And changes to prepare iPhones and iPads for Apple Card, the new credit card coming from Apple later this summer.
We are expecting everything is are bug fixes, as Apple prepares to release the first iOS 13 bet on June 3rd 2019.
A few weeks back we covered how you could get a free google home mini through Spotify, shortly after this was published the story was picked up on several major sits and stock quickly ran out. Now Amazon is running a similar deal where if you sign up to it’s music streaming service you can get an echo dot for just 99p.
The terms state you must sign up to its family plan which costs £14.99 a month and you will then be given a code to get the echo dot at the reduced price. The offer won’t last long and if you don’t fancy paying £14.99 for music check out our deals for 4 months free Apple Music, 3 month Spotify for 99p or 3 month free Google Play Music.
If you want to take advantage of the Amazon offer simply click here.
Google has officially terminated Huawei’s Android licence following new rules from the Trump administration.
The new rules
Last week the president Trump added Huawei to an “Entity List,” which preventing it from buying from American businesses without a license demonstrating there’s no national security risk.
President Trump also signed an executive order blocking corporations from using telecoms equipment from firms deemed a national security risk such as Huawei.
What that means for Huawei
Huawei has been planning for this event for years and has created its own operating system (OS) ready for this exact situation. The OS is built on Android Open Source Project which is rumoured to already be running on some of its Chinese’s phones Huawei already uses its own OS.
How does this affect existing customers
The ban won’t affect owners of Huawei phones immediately, since they’ll be able to update individual apps through the Google Play Store. Huawei will have to use its own system to push broader OS updates to customers once they’ve been published through Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
“Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android and will not be able to get access to proprietary apps and services from Google,” says a source for Reuter’s.
Why the ban
The Trump administration initiated the ban because they are concerned that Huawei’s ties with the Chinese government could lead to backdoors in its software that can spy on users. A recent report claimed the discovery of such activity in the Netherlands.
Huawei has always denied any such threat, and argued U.S. actions are really meant to thwart Chinese business in the US. The U.K. has agreed to using some of Huawei’s technology in the 5G network, however, they say the technology will be closely inspected and will not be used in any. National Security infrastructure.
The Mimic Skin by Braz is version 6.0.0. It’s a shameless amalgamation of features from his favorite skins. Including Aeon Nox, reFocus and Arctic Zephyr.
This will be last (for now) in our series of Kodi 18 / Leia Skin reviews, the Mimic Skin is the most recent. While most of the settings are of the basic nature, there are a few nice changes that are appealing to use. But for now lets proceed with installing the Mimic Skin.
How to install the Mimic Skin
Step 1, select the Cog icon found in top left corner of the main home page.
Step 2, Click on Interface.
In Step 3, Highlight Skin, then move the cursor to the right and select Skin again.
Step 4, Move the cursor to the right and click on Get more... Mimic will be found at the bottom of the next screen. Click to install.
IF you do not see it listed, you can download the zip file from github from here.
After downloading the zip file and installing the skin, select YES when prompted to switch.
In the next screen you’ll be prompted again to keep the change, select YES. There will be an installation notification show at the top of your screen.
Once Yes is selected, you will see two screens as shown above. 1. Is the immediate screen shown and 2. is what you will see after selecting the back button or using the right button on the mouse. Hit back button on the remote or right click mouse to open the “Home Page”.
Mimic Skin Home Page
The menu by default is listed Vertically, I’ll show you how to switch it to Horizontal further on in this review. Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos and Favorites are where you’ll find any of the above added by you, the user. I’ve not added anything so there’s nothing to show you.
If you’ve added any of your own personal Music files, they will appear as shown above.
Above is an example of what will be shown when Add-ons is highlighted. Of course your selection will/may be different from the above photo.
Consequently, after selecting Add-ons, you will now be shown all the Add-ons Installed on your version of Kodi.
Selecting Search will open a new window where you are able to do search of what’s installed or related to Kodi 18.
Once you have selected Settings, you will have access to heart of Kodi 18 where you will be able to configure to your own personal settings.
Accessing File Manager is quite easy, but unfortunately it did not show in the Settings Photo above. When highlighted with the cursor, you will see an Arrow pointing down. Moving the cursor over it will show you four (4) additional options including File Manager. Select to continue.
Select Add Source as shown in Photo 1.
Click on None as indicated in Photo 2.
Photo 3– A new window will appear with a keyboard.
Enter the url address and select Done when completed. Please ensure the spelling, punctuation is correct, many mistakes are made at this point. If an error occurs, this would be the first place to examine.
Photo 4– You will then be asked to give the url source a name. Once entered, select OK to continue.If everything is correct, you’ll be taken back to the same screen shown in Photo 1 above.
Power or Quit Options
Locating the Power Off or Quit option is done exactly the same as File Manager.
Menu Option Position
As explained earlier, if you prefer to have your Menu Icons listed Horizontally along the bottom as opposed to the default Vertical position, do the following steps.
Move cursor to the right and select Skin.
Highlight Home Window as shown above.
Click Menu Position and Vertical will change to Horizontal. That is Option 1.
As a result, you now have the Menu Options listed at the bottom of the page, which to be honest is preferred by most. To access any of the sub-menus, just use the down arrow on your keyboard or the down direction on the remote.
The Option 2 shown above will be enabled only in the default Horizontal Position. Once Vertical is selected, the above option is disabled. This is a personal preference but easily changed either way.
The Mimic Skin isn’t as “flashy” as some other skins available for Kodi 18, but it is a very easy, clean skin for anyone to use.
Until more Skins for Kodi 18 become available, I’ll be taking a break from these reviews. I’ll be concentrating on some other blogs/reviews about Kodi in the very near future. I’d like to thank all of those who took the time to read these articles and hope it’s made your journey using Kodi 18 Skins a bit more enjoyable. Please follow our other topics of interest here at Geeks Corner.
We have recently seen reports that Ring are still working on HomeKit support, the company has been saying for several years that they plan on adding HomeKit support but smart hole maker August may have beat Ring to the punch.
A Reddit user has reported that their August doorbell has suddenly shown up in their HomeKit app with no setup on their end. The user states that when they leave the vicinity of their home it stops and so this may be a beta test by the company. August’s webpage still doesn’t mention HomeKit support for their doorbell yet but this may change soon. The user also provides a video of the feature itself but shows the doorbell video does t actually play just yet.
Google has a new 3-month free music offer that users are reporting works even if you have had a subscription within the last 12 months. Deals like this often require you to not have held a subscription within the past year so make sure you check the details when signing up.
Like all offers, once the 3-month trial is up you will be automatically charged for each month after so we would advise all users to cancel immediately after confirming the free trial this way you will still get to enjoy the 3 months and then you won’t have any nasty surprises.
To take advantage of the offer simply click the link and follow the steps to sign up, to cancel follow the appropriate steps below for your device.
On an Android device
Open the Google Play Music app play music.
Touch the Google Play Music Menu icon> Settings> Cancel a subscription.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the termination of your subscription.
Groupon has a new 4-month free music offer that allows you to choose either a single or family package deal. Deals like this often require you to not have held a subscription within the past year so make sure you check the details when signing up.
Like all offers, once the 4-month trial is up you will be automatically charged for each month after so we would advise all users to cancel immediately after confirming the free trial this way you will still get to enjoy the 4 months and then you won’t have any nasty surprises.
To take advantage of the offer simply click the link and follow the steps to sign up. Currently this offer is only available for US accounts, however, the UK site shows “currently unavailable” so we hope to see it come here soon.