LG plans to tackle the Note 8 with Australian V30 Plus release

While the regular LG V30 ended up passing us by Down Under, the LG V30 Plus, a much better version of the same phone, has now been confirmed for an Australian release in early November 2017.

Among the various improvements that LG V30 Plus can boast over the regular version are the inclusion of Quad DAC audio features and QuadPlay earbuds, as well as a larger storage capacity of 128GB, twice that of the 64GB capacity that came with the V30. 

It's got a 6-inch, 2:1 HDR/Dolby Vision-ready display, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 3,300mAh fast-charging battery and is IP68-certified against water and dust. It's also got a dual camera (13MP + 16MP) setup on its rear and a 5MP snapper on the front. 

Set for release early next month, the LG V30 Plus will be available from JB Hi-Fi for $1,199, putting the price of LG's premium flagship handset well below its flagship rivals, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ($1,499) and the Google Pixel 2 XL ($1,549) in Australia. 

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The Pixel 2 is borrowing one of the best features from iOS 11

As the dust settles on Google's mammoth hardware event from Wednesday, we're slowly learning more details about the Pixel 2 phones that are heading our way when they go on sale and start shipping in the next few weeks – and one new revelation matches something we've already seen in iOS 11.

The upcoming feature in question will automatically put your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL phone into a Do Not Disturb mode while you're driving, muting notifications and letting you get on with the important job of keeping your eyes on the road.

As spotted by Android Police, Google has released a new app called Pixel Ambient Services, which takes care of the automatic driving detection and gives you the option of having Do Not Disturb activate without any input from you once your phone recognizes that you've started to hit the road.

It's oh so quiet

One potential problem – which affects iOS too – is that your phone won't be able to tell if you are actually driving or if you're sat in the passenger seat trying to queue up some tunes for the long journey ahead. At least the feature is optional so you can disable it if it's causing too many problems.

Do Not Disturb has been around in stock Android for several years now, letting you set 'quiet times' when notifications still appear on your phone but won't cause any kind of vibration or audible alarm.

It looks like the new feature will see if your phone is connected to a Bluetooth car stereo, just like the equivalent option in iOS 11. It's another of those little tweaks – like the always-on music detection on the lock screen – that might tempt you to invest in a Pixel 2 rather than another Android phone.

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ROK Mobile has a cheap unlimited data plan for just $50

ROK Mobile is now offering what it claims is the cheapest unlimited data plan available on the "nation's best network," Verizon.

ROK is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), so it offers mobile service on the network of another cellular service provider.  Beyond Verizon, ROK also offers service on Sprint's network. And, its plans lean heavily on the affordable side.

The new plan offered by ROK is particularly appealing because it's just $50 a month for unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data, and it runs on Verizon's extensive network. The price is better than most.

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A highly competitive unlimited data plan

Next to the data plans offered by other major carriers like T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and even Verizon itself, ROK's plan stands out as a compelling offer.

At $50 a month, it beats the regular price of an unlimited data plan for a single line from most other carriers. Since it's a no-contract plan, it also doesn't require any credit check.

There are limits to the service, such as no Wi-Fi hotspot usage, streaming video limited to standard definition and data deprioritization after 20GB of use. But, these limitations are similar to those found in other carriers' unlimited data plans.

A unique perk that comes with ROK's unlimited data plan is free roadside assistance, which can be valuable to drivers, especially with winter approaching. ROK also provides free international calling and access to 30 million Wi-Fi hotspot that can be found by users on the MyROK App.

For anyone that prefers Sprint's network, ROK offers another unlimited data plan for $45 that runs on Sprint.

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Best travel apps 2017: make traveling a joy

Best travel apps 2017

Travel season may be ‘officially’ over, but it will soon be that time of year again when we start buying all the sunscreen and booking flights. (Plus, when has that stopped anyone?) It's exhilarating, but traveling brings with it a myriad of problems. Fortunately, many of these hassles are easily remedied with apps for your mobile device.

With inexpensive and convenient flights to pretty much anywhere in the world, it's never been so easy to travel the world. Still, traveling brings with it many unavoidable hassles that can drive you mad. To help make the entire experience of traveling less of a hassle we have gathered the best travel apps available on the market right now. 

This list includes a large range of different kinds of apps to span every part of travel, from how to get there, to activities you can enjoy once you arrive, how to speak with the locals and even apps that take the struggle out of paying for stuff.

So, before you pack your bags and squeeze into your swimwear, make sure you've got one or more of these downloaded on your iOS or Android device.

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Airbnb

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

Over the last several years, Airbnb has become ludicrously popular, but it wasn't all that long ago that it revolutionized the way people booked their accommodations on vacation overnight. Back in the day, if you were going on vacation, you pretty much had to stay at a hotel – or a hostel. 

Airbnb then appeared from out of nowhere, and now you could stay in a beautiful house in the center of a city or a quaint little cottage out in the beautiful countryside.

Airbnb makes booking your accommodations simple, and also has guides for local sightseeing and a section for booking activities.

Netflix

  • Free to download, requires subscription
  • iOS, Android

Netflix has always been one of the best travel apps, but now they’ve added the ability to download all of your favorites straight to your mobile device for offline viewing. This makes it the quintessential app to bring with you on those lengthy trips. If you've got hours to pass waiting in departure, or even if you'd rather just watch your movie in-flight without having it interrupted by annoying announcements from the flight crew, this is a must-have app.

Just remember to throw it into airplane mode when flying, and get those movies downloaded at home over Wi-Fi in advance of your trip in order to save on those absurd data roaming charges.

App in the Air

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

App in the Air might have a weird name, but there’s a reason this app is an Editor's Choice on the App Store. App in the Air gives you real-time flight updates, gate changes, airport navigation maps and tips – meaning you will never find yourself desperately rushing through an airport terminal again.

That’s not even all that it can do! You can even still receive updates offline, so you'll incur no roaming charges when using the app abroad.

Booking.com

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

Booking.com is one of the world's most popular hotel booking websites. The Booking.com mobile app builds on its already solid model, permitting you to search for the best booking deals on over 1 million hotels and homes all over the world. If you're still trying to decide where you want to book, there are over 100 million user reviews to help you figure it out.

Plus, once you have finished your booking, you will receive an instant confirmation of your booking, complete with paperless check-in and offline maps of the surrounding area.

XE Currency

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

With more than 55 million downloads, XE Currency is the most renowned currency exchange rate app on the market, and not without reason. 

It gives precise conversion rates for every currency you can think of, updated every minute and stored offline so that even if you lose internet connection or want to avoid roaming charges, you can still use the app.

British Airways 

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

The British Airways app, plainly, is the companion app to British Airways. What is surprising, however, is how useful it is.

It allows you to book flights, check in, select seats and download a digital boarding pass so you don't have to inconvenience yourself by having to print one out or wait in line for a check-in desk when you only have hand luggage. 

The British Airways app has live departure gate and in-flight info, meaning you can decide which movies you want to watch while waiting for your flight to board.

Cleartrip

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

Cleartrip is useful for booking flights, hotels and trains. Cleartrip was initially created in India, and while its success means that it now has well over 10 million users around the world, there are still areas it doesn't support, so make sure to double check to make sure you're in a supported location.

Now, with the ability to safely store card information, you can do 1-click purchases of plane tickets, meaning you can scroll through deals and purchase tickets – all within 60 seconds. 

Cleartrip can shop for the best bargains on hotel rooms in over 15,000 cities worldwide, as well. 

Citymapper

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

Citymapper is indispensable if you want to be able to navigate around like a local while abroad. Supporting many major cities around the world, Citymapper is a map app that you can use to chart a route using any kind of transport the city has. It gives live updates on delays and closures, and it’s very easy to use.

You can save maps offline and can access the maps for transport services like Tube maps, so if you want to find your own way, you can do that too. 

iTranslate

  • Free to download, requires subscription
  • iOS, Android

If you're anything like us, traveling to a country where that speaks a language other than yours makes you yearn for the Babel Fish from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; a little mechanical device that you put into your ear that immediately translates any language you hear. 

While iTranslate isn't quite there, it is a step in the right direction. With the simple push of a button you can speak into your phone and it'll translate into your choice of 90 different languages. The person you're speaking to then talks into the phone and it translates into your language. Easy!

The implementation is still a long way off being perfect, but it does allow you to converse in another language, which is very useful. What's even better is that the most frequently used languages have a downloadable pack so you can use them offline. 

Duolingo

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

If you're not happy letting an app do all of your translation work for you, you may want to give Duolingo a try.

Duolingo is a language education app that makes learning a new language simple and fun. If you want to be able to communicate with the locals, there are few ways of learning that will get you there as quickly as Duolingo. The simple layout and game feel of the app makes learning a new language a pleasure.

The list of languages that Duolingo offers is continuously growing. Right now you can choose from 23, including Spanish, German, Swahili, and Vietnamese. What's more, it's completely free.

Expedia

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

The Expedia app is one of the world's most well known all-in-one-place booking apps. You can reserve flights, hotels, rent a car, even book tickets to tourist attractions and theme parks all with the one app. 

Expedia has recently rolled out the ability to book bundle deals, so your hotel and flights are all included in the booking, possibly saving you even more money. 

Guides by Lonely Planet

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

Lonely Planet made its name making in-depth travel guides. With Guides, you can now get a concentrated version of what they’re best at, on your phone.

In the app, you can download the guide for the city that you are going to be visiting, then select what category you want information on. These include things to see, restaurants, bars, places to sleep, places to shop and places to play. 

Crucial information, including maps and explanations are all stored offline on your device, so you don't have to worry about roaming charges while you're traveling. What's more, there are even phrasebooks included so you can speak with the locals. There are over 100 cities covered with Guides.

Google Trips

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

Google Trips is the travel planning app from the search titan. Where Google Trips is different from the other travel planners is that you don't actually book through Trips – this is the app you use to parse through all of the information about your trip, and being Google, it provides plenty of suggestions of things to add once you're there.

The app pulls in all of your bookings for your trip from your Gmail account and brings them together, meaning if you find deals from a number of different places, rather than having to have a number of different apps, emails and print-outs all giving you separate information, you always have your entire itinerary in one app. 

What's more, Google has recently announced that they are introducing a feature allowing you share your itinerary. 

Google Translate

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

Google Translate is fairly phenomenal if you haven't used it before. There are a few different methods of translation that it offers: text translation, where you type a phrase and it is translated into whichever language you choose, Conversation Mode, where you can actually talk to someone in a different language with the app translating as you speak, and camera translation, where you point your camera at text (like signs) and the translation appears on your screen.

This technology has been around for a while now, but still feels magical somehow. 

It is a given that most places you go in the world people speak English, but this is an incredibly useful app for overcoming language barriers.

KAYAK

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

KAYAK is an app that fishes through travel sites to get you the best deals on flights, hotels and car rentals. Once all of your bookings are finished, it pulls all of the information into an easy to manage itinerary.

Where KAYAK really comes into its own is its knack for tracking not only where the best deals come from, but even changes in the price over time, sending you notifications when the deal you are looking for becomes even better.

There is even a function where you can enter in your budget and it tells you places you can afford to visit.

PackPoint

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

PackPoint simply helps you pack. You tell PackPoint where you're going, when you're going, and what you plan to do there and PackPoint compiles a list of things to pack. You can add or remove items from the list, then check them off once you have them packed.

It works with TripIt too, so you can get suggestions based on your travel schedule automatically imported from that app. 

You won’t ever have to deal with those 'Did I pack my…' feelings ever again.

Splittr

  • $1.99 (£1.99)
  • iOS

Splittr allows you to easily split costs between a group, meaning if you are travelling with a group of people, you no longer need to squabble over who paid for what. 

You simply add expenses to the app as you go, then at the end of the holiday Splittr divides the bill and sends a PDF to all parties involved. 

Skyscanner

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

Skyscanner is a booking app for flights, hotels and car hire. 

The Skyscanner website's calling card has always been easy customisation and the app is no different, allowing you to adjust your trip using flight duration, airline, stop-overs, flight class, and arrival and departure times. It even has a color-coded calendar that shows you when the best time to book your trip is to get the best deal.

Time Out

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

Time Out is an app that helps you figure out what to do in a city. With restaurants, art galleries, night clubs, and pretty much everything in between this app is hard to beat if you're in a strange city at a loss for something to do.

Time Out has been helping people discover hidden gems since the 1960's so it knows what it's doing. Once a magazine that focussed on London, the app now covers 30 cities worldwide, with more being added soon.  

TripAdvisor

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

TripAdvisor is the app of choice if user reviews are important to you. The app has over 500 million user reviews for hotels, restaurants, and events. Consumers can rate, review and even include photos, so if you want the full story before you decide to book something, this is the app for you.

Once you've waded through all those reviews, you can reserve a table, a concert, a plane ticket, all with the app.  

You can also download maps, saved destinations, and reviews so that if you want to wait until you're already there to make final decisions, you can do so without incurring roaming charges.

TripIt

  • Free
  • iOS, Android

TripIt is a travel itinerary app that makes it easy to see your whole trip in one place. You simply forward all of your booking emails to TripIt and the app collates all of your information. The information is available offline so you don't have to worry about roaming charges.

What's more, TripIt works with App in the Air and PackPoint (also in this list) so you can get flight notifications and packing advice based on your itinerary. 

In order to use all of the functions TripIt has to offer you will have to upgrade to TripIt Pro for $49 per year (about £37, AU$65) but the free version does include all the basics you need like manual changing of plans, syncing with your calendar, compiling travel documents in one place, and sharing of your itinerary. 

Momondo

  • Free
  • iOS / Android

We're big fans of being meta here – providing comparisons of flight comparison engines. Momondo is one we've used regularly and would recommend to anyone looking to get a good deal – it's got a huge database to trawl through and often comes up trumps with good deals as well as options on hotels.

There's a neat graph that shows you the cheapest times to go, and it can also help you work out if direct flights or layovers can be the smartest way to travel. The app also dovetails nicely with the online portal if you fancy getting a bit more power into your searches.

Nokia 8 may arrive in India on September 26

Nokia had announced its latest flagship device, the Nokia 8 last month. Now, there are reports that the dual camera flagship from company will be launched in India on September 26 at an event in New Delhi. 91Mobiles has received this information from a distribution partner of HMD Global.

The Nokia 8 is expected to go on sale early October, with Nokia hoping for good sales during Diwali. Considering its pricing in Europe, the Nokia 8 is expected to be priced below Rs. 45,000 and will be available both online and offline. It will be interesting to see how a flagship from Nokia that is costlier than the OnePlus 5 but cheaper than the Samsung flagship devices performs in India.

To recall, the Nokia 8 is a dual camera device from Nokia that is made up of 6000-series aluminium unibody design and comes with a polished mirror finish. It comes with IP54 splash resistance.

It comes with a dual rear camera setup consisting of a 13MP RGB sensor with OIS and a 13MP Monochrome sensor. The primary camera features Phase detection autofocus, f/2.0 aperture, 76.9-degree wide-angle lens, IR range finder and dual tone LED flash. On the front, it has a 13MP secondary camera with Phase detection autofocus, 78.4˚ lens, f/2,0 aperture and display flash. Nokia has used ZEISS optics for all three sensors.

The Nokia 8 runs on Android 7.1.1 nougat, with a promised upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo and features a 5.3-inch quad HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and comes with a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

In terms of performance, the Nokia 8 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card.

Powering the device is a 3090mAh battery that comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support. For connectivity, it comes with 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 and NFC.