If you use an Android phone and are (rightfully!) thinking about digital privacy, you’ve probably taken care of the basics already. You’ve deleted the snoopiest of the snoopy apps, opted out of tracking whenever possible, and taken all of the other precautions the popular how-to privacy guides have told you to. The bad news—and you might want to sit down for this—is that none of those steps are enough to be fully free of trackers.
Or at least, that’s the thrust of a new paper from researchers at Trinity College in Dublin who took a look at the data-sharing habits of some popular variants of Android’s OS, including those developed by Samsung, Xiaomi, and Huawei. According to the researchers, “with little configuration” right out of the box and when left sitting idle, these devices would incessantly ping back device data to the OS’s developers and a slew of selected third parties. And what’s worse is that there’s often no way to opt out of this data-pinging, even if users want to.
A lot of the blame here, as the researchers point out, fall on so-called “system apps.” These are apps that come pre-installed by the hardware manufacturer on a certain device in order to offer a certain kind of functionality: a camera or messages app are examples. Android generally packages these apps into what’s known as the device’s “read only memory” (ROM), which means you can’t delete or modify these apps without, well, rooting your device. And until you do, the researchers found they were constantly sending device data back to their parent company and more than a few third parties—even if you never opened the app at all.
Here’s an example: Let’s say you own a Samsung device that happens to be packaged with some Microsoft bloatware pre-installed, including (ugh) LinkedIn. Even though there’s a good chance you’ll never open LinkedIn for any reason, that hard-coded app is constantly pinging back to Microsoft’s servers with details about your device. In this case, it’s so-called “telemetry data,” which includes details like your device’s unique identifier, and the number of Microsoft apps you have installed on your phone. This data also gets shared with any third-party analytics providers these apps might have plugged in, which typically means Google, since Google Analytics is the reigning king of all the analytics tools out there.
As for the hard-coded apps that you might actually open every once in a while, even more data gets sent with every interaction. The researchers caught Samsung Pass, for example, sharing details like timestamps detailing when you were using the app, and for how long, with Google Analytics. Ditto for Samsung’s Game Launcher, and every time you pull up Samsung’s virtual assistant, Bixby.
Samsung isn’t alone here, of course. The Google messaging app that comes pre-installed on phones from Samsung competitor Xiaomi was caught sharing timestamps from every user interaction with Google Analytics, along with logs of every time that user sent a text. Huawei devices were caught doing the same. And on devices where Microsoft’s SwiftKey came pre-installed, logs detailing every time the keyboard was used in another app or elsewhere on the device were shared with Microsoft, instead.
We’ve barely scratched the surface here when it comes to what each app is doing on every device these researchers looked into, which is why you should check out the paper or, better yet, check out our handy guide on spying on Android’s data-sharing practices yourself. But for the most part, you’re going to see data being shared that looks pretty, well, boring: event logs, details about your device’s hardware (like model and screen size), along with some sort of identifier, like a phone’s hardware serial number and mobile ad identifier, or “AdID.”
On their own, none of these data points can identify your phone as uniquely yours, but taken together, they form a unique “fingerprint” that can be used to track your device, even if you try to opt out. The researchers point out that while Android’s advertising ID is technically resettable, the fact that apps are usually getting it bundled with more permanent identifiers means that these apps—and whatever third parties they’re working with—will know who you are anyway. The researchers found this was the case with some of the other resettable IDs offered by Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, and Huawei.
To its credit, Google does have a few developer rules meant to hinder particularly invasive apps. It tells devs that they can’t connect a device’s unique ad ID with something more persistent (like that device’s IMEI, for example) for any sort of ad-related purpose. And while analytics providers are allowed to do that linking, they can only do it with a user’s “explicit consent.”
“If reset, a new advertising identifier must not be connected to a previous advertising identifier or data derived from a previous advertising identifier without the explicit consent of the user,” Google explains on a separate page detailing these dev policies. “You must abide by a user’s ‘Opt out of Interest-based Advertising’ or ‘Opt out of Ads Personalization’ setting. If a user has enabled this setting, you may not use the advertising identifier for creating user profiles for advertising purposes or for targeting users with personalized advertising.”
It’s worth pointing out that Google puts no rules on whether developers can collect this information, just what they’re allowed to do with it after it’s collected. And because these are pre-installed apps that are often stuck on your phone, the researchers found that they were often allowed to side-step user’s privacy explicit opt-out settings by just... chugging along in the background, regardless of whether or not that user opened them. And with no easy way to delete them, that data collection’s going to keep on happening (and keep on happening) until that phone’s owner either gets creative with rooting or throws their device into the ocean.
Google, when asked about this un-opt-out-able data collection by the folks over at BleepingComputer, responded that this is simply “how modern smartphones work”:
As explained in our Google Play Services Help Center article, this data is essential for core device services such as push notifications and software updates across a diverse ecosystem of devices and software builds. For example, Google Play services uses data on certified Android devices to support core device features. Collection of limited basic information, such as a device’s IMEI, is necessary to deliver critical updates reliably across Android devices and apps.
Which sounds logical and reasonable, but the study itself proves that it’s not the whole story. As part of the study, the team looked into a device outfitted with /e/OS, a privacy-focused open-source operating system that’s been pitched as a “deGoogled” version of Android. This system swaps Android’s baked-in apps—including the Google Play store—with free and open source equivalents that users can access with no Google account required. And wouldn’t you know it, when these devices were left idle, they sent “no information to Google or other third parties,” and “essentially no information” to /e/’s devs themselves.
In other words, this aforementioned tracking hellscape is clearly only inevitable if you feel like Google’s presence on your phones is inevitable, too. Let’s be honest here—it kind of is for most Android users. So what’s a Samsung user to do, besides, y’know, get tracked?
Well, you can get lawmakers to care, for starters. The privacy laws we have on the books today—like GDPR in the EU, and the CCPA in the U.S.—are almost exclusively built to address the way tech companies handle identifiable forms of data, like your name and address. So-called “anonymous” data, like your device’s hardware specs or ad ID, typically falls through the cracks in these laws, even though they can typically be used to identify you regardless. And if we can’t successfully demand an overhaul of our country’s privacy laws, then maybe one of the many massive antitrust suits Google’s staring down right now will eventually get the company to put a cap in some of these invasive practices.
Huawei’s latest wearable impresses me on multiple fronts. The Watch GT 3 Pro features three major strengths that have me enamoured. But it also has a couple of faults that could make it an imperfect choice for some.
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been using the Watch GT 3 Pro Ceramic, the smaller, more elegant variant of the GT 3 Pro series. There’s also a titanium version, but its size was too large for my dainty wrist.
Let’s get into it.
The smartwatch’s design is what I like most about the Watch GT 3 Pro Ceramic. The device sports a 42.9mm case size; not the smallest on the market, as the Galaxy Watch 4 comes in a 40mm casing and the Apple Watch Series 7 features a 41mm casing. However, I recently got my hands on the Watch Series 7 in its 41mm size and thought it was too small.
I like the size of the Watch GT 3 Pro Ceramic and think a casing between 42mm and 43mm is optimum for me. It also weighs 50g, which isn’t the lightest smartwatch out there, but it’s manageable for someone like me who doesn’t typically wear a watch.
The device looks like a high-end elegant smartwatch thanks to its golden accented stainless steel bezel, crown, and white ceramic body with a matching ceramic strap. The bezel itself is pretty unique as it also features what Huawei calls a Shell-printed design.
“Inspired by the ripples of time, 24 shell curves rise and fall witnessing the change of day and night,” reads the company’s site. I don’t buy into that flowery description, but I do think it adds an extra flair to the watch’s design. That said, I keep trying to rotate the bezel like it was Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, but I’m unsuccessful and disappointed each time.
What is rotatable is the ceramic gold accented crown that doubles as the power button. The rotating bezel allows you to scroll through the watch’s display, but I also find it fun to just play around with.
While I believe the smartwatch is fashionable with its white nano-ceramic body and sapphire glass screen, the material also protects the watch from annoying scratches. I’ve reviewed several Galaxy Watch devices in the past, and unfortunately, I’ve scratched a few Gorilla Glass displays in the process. I thought this was my fault, but I’ve yet to scratch the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro screen with Huawei’s sapphire glass. Apple’s Watch Series 7 also uses this same glass technology.
From a fashion standpoint, I like the look of the Watch GT 3 Pro. I’m no expert in this field, but it is something I’ve been trying to improve, and I’m happy that I have a watch that adds to my outfits.
As for the real display of the smartwatch, the GT 3 Pro sports a 1.43-inch display with a 466 x 466-pixel resolution. This is pretty standard for smartwatches. Personally, I don’t care about how good a smartwatch’s display is, and it’s not like I’m watching videos on it. I have a picture of myself and my partner for my watch face; it looks good, but it’s only a watch, so I’m not expecting fantastic quality.
Another strength of the Watch GT 3 Pro Ceramic is its battery life. The smartwatch can survive up to a week with Always On Display turned off. The device comes with this feature off to optimize battery life. I kept the display off for testing purposes, but I’m typically someone who prefers to turn it on. With Always-On Display functionality turned on, the device survived for about three days.
It’s worth mentioning that I tested the battery with constant heart rate, skin temperature, SPO2, and sleep tracking turned on. If you want to experience a better battery life than me, I would turn these features off. However, even with these features turned on, the Watch GT 3 Pro Ceramic is outliving most other smartwatches on the market.
For the tech-heads, the Watch GT 3 Pro Ceramic features only a 292mAh power cell. Huawei says that with Harmony OS, the wearable can get optimum performance from its battery, which is how it survives so long. The Titanium variant offers a 530mAh battery that’s reportedly able to get almost double the battery life as the Ceramic version, although I haven’t tested this.
The Watch GT 3 Pro Ceramic has a ton of functionality and can track sleep, exercise, stress, SpO2, blood pressure, skin temperature and more. Unfortunately, the watch doesn’t offer ECG in Canada because Health Canada hasn’t approved the feature. Once Huawei gets the go-ahead, it says it will release an update. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch series recently received approval, so hopefully, Huawei’s device won’t have to wait too long.
Sleep tracking seems to work well, and while the wearable doesn’t offer much information other than to say how long you slept. The Huawei Health companion app can supply you more detail, including REM Sleep, deep sleep, light sleep, how many times you wake up throughout the night and breathing quality. The watch will also tell you your sleep range. It told me that I wake up too often throughout the night, and my deep sleep continuity is low.
You can get even more information about the issue and how to Improve it. I can’t say how accurate everything is, however. Recently, I did a sleep study that said my breathing quality when I sleep on my back is poor and that I require a CPAP machine. It’s possible that I don’t typically sleep on my back, which is why the watch isn’t studying that my breathing isn’t all that bad. The sleep study also said my deep sleep is on the low side but still within regular limits, as shown on the watch.
Workout-wise, the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro can regularly recognize when you’re starting exercises like walking, cycling, swimming, jumping rope or using the elliptical. I tested this out when I went to the gym and started using the elliptical, and the device could automatically tell that I was on the machine and asked if it wanted to start capturing the workout. On one occasion, I activated the watch’s workout feature when I was sweeping in the backyard, which I thought was pretty funny.
The heart rate, skin temperature, and SpO2 tracking all seem good, but it’s difficult to tell if the data is accurate, just like it is with all wearables. I hope it is because I’m doing well on both accounts. The Huawei Health app offers more details about SpO2 so you can understand exactly what it means.
A big selling point of the device is that it features 5ATM water resistance, which lets you go up to 50m underwater with the watch for up to 10 minutes. As I never plan on going that deep, I’m happy the watch offers the ability to measure diving and laps. Unfortunately, the swimming pool at my gym is closed, so I haven’t gotten the chance to test it out. Another cool feature is that the device works in saltwater. Early next month, I plan on being in and out of pools and the ocean, so I’ll report my findings very soon.
Huawei’s GT 3 Pro is a great device, and I like it a lot — it offers great features, is beautiful and offers an appreciable battery life, but there are negatives. The downside isn’t Huawei’s fault, but how other companies interact with the brand.
For instance, for the most part, I’ve been using the Huawei GT 3 Pro with my iPhone 13 Pro, and while both devices play relatively nicely with one another, I’m missing out on some functionality. I can’t get any third-party apps because that requires Huawei’s AppGallery online store, and that’s only available on Android. I also can’t reply to text messages or control my music on iOS, which is frustrating. Thankfully, most of the other features work with the GT 3 Pro and connecting the smartwatch to my iPhone was quick and painless.
I also connected the device to a couple of Android handsets as well. Oddly on Android, adding the watch is a bit more complicated. Not only do you need to get the Huawei Health app, but you also are forced to update the app through the App Gallery, which requires you to allow a variety of permissions. This process took a bit longer than connecting the watch to my iPhone. Next, on Pixel 6 Pro, I couldn’t allow notifications on the Watch due to restrictions on Google’s part. This wasn’t a problem on my TCL 30 handset. Android gives you access to Huawei’s AppGallery, though you can get Petal Maps and the My Workout app, which all work with your smartwatch. You can also control your music and reply to texts on Android.
It’s great to see that Huawei’s Watch GT 3 Pro works on Android and iOS, as Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 only works with Android devices and the Apple Watch only works with iOS handsets. However, I’d like to see these companies work with Huawei so that the device functions as intended on either platform.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Ceramic is a luxury device, and its Canadian price reflects that. The Ceramic model costs $798, which is definitely more than most people are looking to spend in Canada for a smartwatch. Further, Huawei is offering a free Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick with the purchase of the GT 3 Pro, saving you $350, if you’re in need of wireless earbuds. The Watch GT 3 Pro Titanium costs $548.99, which is more affordable but has a larger form factor that’s not as stylish.
I liked the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro; it works well and does almost everything I need a smartwatch to do. If other companies worked better with Huawei’s wearables, it’d be an exceptional smartwatch, but its battery life and design still excel.
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Digital technologies are gradually entering all areas of our lives. The industrial sectors are no exception, and they are being digitalized very quickly. According to the forecast from Huawei, conducted with Oxford Economics, digitalization will reach 24.3% of global GDP by 2025, which is about $23 trillion. Among the innovative tech tools used by industrial sectors is blockchain. In this article, I’ll discuss the areas where distributed computing technology is being used and the benefits it offers.
Blockchain appeared in 2009 as the core technology of bitcoin, which was created by Satoshi Nakamoto. A few years later, blockchain became independent, affecting markets such as online finance, insurance, law and logistics, as well as other areas. Now, blockchain is also being used by various players in the industrial sectors.
What Exactly Is Blockchain?
Blockchain is a structured database based on chains of data blocks. The structure is subject to certain rules laid down by its creators. The difference between blockchain and all other databases is the complete absence of a single center. In this case, the database is available simultaneously to all users. If someone changes something, then all data from other users is almost instantly synchronized.
The advantage of the technology is that the data added to the database cannot be deleted or changed by one user without displaying the changes to all the other owners. All changes are fixed; you cannot hide any operations. These properties make blockchain the most important tool available for exchanging data and protecting information.
The benefits of blockchain are attractive to businesses. According to a study from PwC that polled 600 executives across the globe, 84% of respondents said they already use blockchain in their organization. In addition, 10% to 20% of the global economic infrastructure could operate based on blockchain. According to forecasts made by analytical agency Gartner, by 2030, the blockchain solutions market will be worth about $3.1 trillion.
As co-founder of a blockchain investment platform, I have the opportunity to observe the blockchain market moods closely. From my point of view, now that they are quite familiar with blockchain's capabilities, industrial enterprises are beginning to implement it. Oil and gas companies, mining companies, pharmaceutical corporations, manufacturers of consumer goods and network technology developers, among a host of others, are beginning or continuing to implement blockchain technology.
The Oil And Gas And Energy Sectors
Blockchain in the energy sector allows users to monitor transactions, control output and verify the origin of certificates.
There is a blockchain-based trading project with participants such as BP, Shell, and Statoil, as well as Gunvor, Koch Supply & Trading and Mercuria commercial enterprises and, from banking, ABN Amro, ING, and Societe Generale. They developed a digital platform for managing transactions in the energy market. The goal of the project’s authors is to reduce the dependence on traditional paper contracts and the kilograms of paper documentation used in favor of a digital registry.
My opinion is that blockchain will supply the energy sector the chance to reduce operating costs, accelerate domestic trading operations for all its energy supply chains and increase the reliability of their operations. Most projects are currently under development, but their relevance and importance have long been understood by representatives of industry. There is no doubt that over time, the number of blockchain solutions in various sectors of the economy will increase significantly, and the benefits of their implementation will become quite apparent.
The Auto Industry
Blockchain in the automotive industry is seen as a tool for the storage and transmission of data by smart cars. In addition, the technology can be used to store data about specific cars in various registries. Blockchain will not allow for the falsification of data about a car. For example, after a vehicle is put on the market, all data about it, including information about service and repairs, will be stored using blockchain. As a result, the owner of a car will be able, at any time, to check the number of repairs it has undergone, accident data and other information.
Auto industry players have been exploring the possibilities of blockchain for several years. Two years ago, Toyota announced a new program to introduce blockchain into its smart car technology where a distributed registry is used as the basis for exchanging data between smart vehicles. A similar project is being implemented by General Motors, which patented its own technology in 2019. Volkswagen is developing a type of blockchain technology that allows smart cars to exchange information about road conditions. According to its developers, the project could reduce the number of accidents caused by poor-quality road surfaces, difficult weather conditions or other accidents.
Consumer Goods Manufacturing
Blockchain technology makes it possible to track the entire path of manufactured goods, from the shipping facilities at a factory to customers in stores. Due to the fact that blockchain is completely transparent, it makes it possible to coordinate transaction details among all participants in the production chain.
One example of this is the tracking of counterfeit spare parts. In appearance, it is often difficult to distinguish these spares from the original ones. The percentage of low-quality spare parts among all after-market parts is quite high, and many of them quickly fail, which damages the reputation of dealers and car manufacturers alike. Using blockchain, an identifier can be created for each part that permits the tracking of the entire path of the spare part from the manufacturer to the client.
For the world's largest companies, blockchain is no longer just technology of the future. Many companies are already implementing and using blockchain solutions. I believe that blockchain will have a positive impact on the fundamental principles of the systems that dominate the world today. I believe that blockchain has the potential to change this world more than the internet did.
If your schedule gets a bit hectic, to the point you start forgetting things, well, you should do something about that. There are ways to bring some sanity into such situations, and using a good calendar app can certainly help things. Luckily for you, there are tons of calendar apps available for Android. They can help you organize your everyday life, no matter if we’re talking about your business-related tasks, or something else entirely.
In the list below, you’ll find 10 calendar apps that we’ve decided to highlight. These apps are not listed in a specific order. All of them are quite compelling, though, in their own regard. Some of them focus on specific parts of your everyday life, such as family life, or the business side of things. Others are trying to be everything at once. If you’re looking for a good calendar app, those apps are worth checking out.
Below is a quick overview of the top 10 best calendar Android apps for 2022, including any get and in-app purchase costs.
|Download Cost||In-app cost (per item)|
|Business Calendar 2||✕||$1.49-$6.99|
|My Study Life||✕||✕|
|Cozi Family Organizer||✕||$0.99-$29.99|
Below is a little more information on each app, and a direct link for easy downloading.
All get links go to the app’s Google Play Store listing. Users are always recommended to get apps from Google Play or an authorized app store.
Google Calendar is an excellent choice for a calendar app. Truth be told, this is probably the best choice for the vast majority of people. Why? Well, the app comes directly from Google, so all your information is tied to your Google account. On top of that, the app works great, and it also looks great at the same time. It’s easy to use, and it delivers all the necessary functionality most people need.
Events from Gmail will appear in your calendar, while the same goes for reminders that you make via Google Assistant, or via Google Keep. If you’re using Google Tasks, fret not, as information from that app will also appear in Google Calendar. If you’re using a lot of Google services, using Google Calendar is more or less a no-brainer, unless you really don’t like its design, or some other aspect of the app.
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If this app’s name leads you to believe it’s easy to use, well… that’s true, but the app itself may surprise you. This calendar app is not exactly as bare-bones as its name may lead you to believe. It’s a full-featured calendar app that has a lot to offer. In fact, it’s one of the most customizable calendar applications that I’ve personally used. If you like colors, well, then you’ll love this app.
Simple Calendar allows you to combine a lot of colors here. You’ll get access to a customizable schedule planner. You’ll be able to change the sound, looping, audio stream, vibrations, and more. The app has been translated into over 30 languages as well, while it has a bunch of additional features. The Activity Scheduler is included in the mix, while you can quickly switch between daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and event views.
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If you use calendar widgets regularly, or want to start doing that, DigiCal may be the app for you. If you’ve been having issues finding the right widget for you to use, DigiCal is here to help you. This app comes with six different calendar widgets, all of which are customizable. So, you can fine-tune that widget to fit your specific needs. There are also 9 pre-set themes available for you to choose from, when it comes to widgets.
This app offers way more than that, though. Believe it or not, a global weather forecast is also a part of the offering. 42 colors are available for easier organizing, while the dark theme is also available. DigiCal allows you to choose between 7 agenda views, while there are a lot more features included here. DigiCal is also one of the better-looking calendar apps I’ve seen, and is definitely worth trying out.
Business Calendar 2, as its name says, is business-oriented. If you’ve used the Business Calendar before, you’ll appreciate this change with the Business Calendar 2. This new version gives it a much-needed UI refresh. The app looks modern and approachable, which is quite important when it comes to user experience. It does a great job of combining features and design.
This app represents a calendar, schedule planner, and task organizer in a single place. You can choose between 6 main views, including month, week, day, agenda, year, and tasks. You can sync this app with Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, Exchange, etc. So you can essentially use it instead of other services, but with the info intact. The app will also offer you smart suggestions for a title, and more.
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My Study Life is an excellent choice for a calendar app if you’re a student or a teacher. This app caters to those two in a great way. Its design is clean and straightforward, its goal is to make your studying, class-handling, and everything school-related, easier. You can track your tasks via this app, including homework, assignments, reminders, and revision as well. Storing exams is also possible.
If you’re having issues keeping track of your classes, well, that’s not a problem, as this app will make sure you never forget something. The app can remind you of some tasks you haven’t finished, of upcoming exams, and so on. Once you set up everything, you can color-code your assignments, and utilize different calendar views, just to find the one that best fits your needs.
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If you want to let someone else get in on your schedule and its planning, TimeTree is an excellent choice. This app is all about sharing your calendar and scheduling, you can invite whoever you want. The app also comes with a memo feature that you can share with other users. So, they can see your events, to-do lists, and notes, while they can also help you plan them, if you want.
The app comes with several calendar views, including the full month one. You can chat with users you’ve invited, and also send photos, if you want. There is a tiny messaging app built into TimeTree, for such purposes. You can access TimeTree from your PC as well, if you want. This app is also great for planning family events. On top of everything, the app looks great. It offers that clean UI design that most people really like.
This calendar app features a really simple name, ‘Calendar’. This app is, in fact, formerly known as ‘Proton Calendar’, and it’s a great app. There’s a reason why this app currently holds a 4.8-star rating in the Google Play Store. It delivers an extremely clean design, and it has that emphasis on simplicity. It’s really simple to use, even though it packs in quite a few features that you may be interested in.
You can create events, to-do lists, and goals in this calendar. Viewing and managing your appointments is also possible, and the same goes for birthdays. There are several different ways to see your calendar here. This app doesn’t exactly try to go overboard with features, even though there are quite a few of them included. If you take a look at the image provided above, you’ll see how clean the UI is.
If you’re looking for a really good app that will put your different calendar services in one place, well… One Calendar is a good choice. It has support for Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, iCloud, Office365, Yahoo, Mailbox.org, Nextcloud, Synology, GMX, ownCloud, Exchange, and more. It supports tons of calendar services, so chances are that you’ll be able to add whichever of them you use.
This app doesn’t exactly offer out of the box features, but it has all the essentials you may need. It integrates all your calendars into an easy-to-read overview. You can, of course, view and manage all your appointments, events, and birthdays via this application. The app also looks really good, which is quite important for a hub app. The design is minimal, and your appointments are easily visible.
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If you’re looking for an app dedicated to organizing family events, or whatever else family-related you can think of, try out Cozi Family Organizer. This app is actually envisioned as a way to manage everyday family life. It offers a shared calendar, reminders, grocery list, and more. This app is available on both your smartphone, and on a computer, in case you need to access it.
You can keep track of everyone’s schedule in one place, and the calendar can be color-coded. Setting reminders for yourself or your family members is a breeze, while you can also send out automated daily or weekly agenda emails. Creating to-do lists is also quite easy, which is great for shopping purposes, for example. The app also includes widgets that you can use. There is also a paid version of the app, which removes ads, and adds
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Calendar 2022 is yet another really compelling calendar app, and one of the best-designed ones as well. This app doesn’t try to be something that it’s not, but it has a lot of calendar-related features. You can set schedules, events, appointments, notes, and daily tasks via this app. The app also offers seasonal-themed calendars that some of you will probably enjoy quite a bit.
The app allows you to use your fingerprint for security purposes, or alternatively a pin lock. There are month and year views that you can choose from, while the “Diary” option is also included here. If you ever feel the need to add a voice note in the calendar, instead of something in writing, you can do that via Calendar 2022. Calendar 2022 is worth trying out, that’s for sure.
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If you’re looking for an affordable smartwatch, check out our list of the 10 best budget smartwatches you can buy in the Philippines in 2022. Also, these smart wearables are trendy, and stylish and boast an impressive array of features. Everything is being digitized in today’s fast-paced world, and watches are no exception. Notably, smartwatches are more advanced than traditional analog watches that just show time. They come with a myriad of useful features.
So, it isn’t surprising that smartwatches have garnered skyrocketing popularity among consumers lately. A smartwatch can keep an eye on your health while helping you achieve your fitness goals. They are relatively compact than traditional watches as well. On the downside, most smartwatches aren’t easy on the pocketbook. So, if you’re a budget-conscious buyer looking for a smartwatch that doesn’t cost a bomb, look no further.
The feature-laden Amazfit GTS 2e takes the No. 1 spot in our list of 10 budget smartwatches in the Philippines in 2022. To recap, Amazfit had unveiled the GTS 2e alongside the GTR 2e. Both smartwatches offer a longer battery life. Now, the GTS 2e adopts and slim and bezel-less design. It also sports an HD Always-on AMOLED display. The device features a 2.5D curved glass with a glass vacuum coating. It comes in an Aluminum alloy body and has a Matte bottom case. Moreover, this premium-looking smartwatch helps you monitor your health.
First off, the GTS 2e comes with a BioTracker, and two PPG high-precision optical sensors. Aside from this, the device has a highly competent sensor engine. So, it is capable of providing comprehensive health protection. Further, the smartwatch comes with a SpO2 measurement function that allows you to test your SpO2 level. It also supports a 24-hour heart rate. stress level and sleep quality monitoring. The Amazfit GTS 2e supports Alexa voice assistant.
Moreover, the GTS 2e has a speaker that lets you answer calls directly from your watch. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Also, the smartwatch has 90 built-in sports modes and carries a 5 ATM rating. So, you can even wear the GTS 2e when swimming. The smartwatch has a robust battery that can last up to 14 with typical use. However, the battery life extends to up to 24 days with basic use.
Despite being a mid-range smartwatch, the Watch Fit offers a slew of impressive features. For instance, it sports an eye-catching 1.64-inch Vivid AMOLED display with an HD resolution of 280×456 pixels. Further, this 2.5D curved glass supports a pixel density of 326PPI. Also, it has a screen-to-body ratio of 70 percent. Huawei lets you choose from a wide range of watch faces to match your everyday look. You can also customize the functions and set them in a position as per your viewing habits.
The smartwatch comes with a soft, colorful strap that further complements its premium design. The watch frame is made using matte textured polymer fiber. So, it is not only durable but also smooth. It has SPO2, sleep, and basic heart-rate monitoring features. On top of that, the watch brings 97 workout modes, including 12 animated modes. You can choose between four highly appealing color options. Now, the Watch Fit offers a 10-day battery life. Even with a 5-minute charge, this cell can last a whole day.
If you are in the market for a smartwatch with long battery life, the Haylou LS05S smartwatch will fill the bill. To recap, Xiaomi crowdfunded the Haylou smartwatch for 99.9 yuan (about $14). The smartwatch offers a battery life of 15 days. However, it still carries a reasonable price tag. Further, the smartwatch has gained positive feedback on Shopee, as well as Lazada. This is understandable given that it comes with a slew of noteworthy features.
The smartwatch adopts an eye-catching curve wrist-fitting design. Further, it comes with a soft silicone strap that fits comfortably around your wrist. Also, the Haylou LS05S has several sports modes for yoga, cycling, running, and other sports. Moreover, it uses precise sensors for monitoring the wearer’s heart rate, steps, sleep quality, and more. Also, you can select your favorite watch face from the Haylou Fun App.
Despite being loaded with features, the Watch 2 is an inexpensive smartwatch from Realme. The Realme Watch 2 costs under P3,000 in the Philippines. However, the smartwatch provides highly advantageous functions. For instance, it comes with a hundred watch faces and a whopping 90 sports modes. Also, it sports a 1.4-inch high-resolution touchscreen with 323 PPI and 600nits of brightness. The durable smartwatch weighs just 38 grams.
Moreover, the Watch 2 packs a 315mAh battery that can last for 12 days. The watch supports magnetic charging. You can transform the Watch 2 into a control center for your Realme AIoT devices as well. The device carries an IP68 rating for water resistance. It comes with PPG sensors that facilitate 24×7 heart-rate monitoring. Further, it is capable of tracking the blood oxygen levels and sleep quality of the wearer.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 smartwatch adopts a minimalistic aesthetic design. Further, it has a top-quality glass face that provides a bezel-less vision. Under the hood, the Watch GT 2 packs a powerful Kirin A1 chipset. Huawei targets sports and fitness enthusiasts with the Watch GT 2. So, the device is capable of tracking your workouts. Moreover, it even monitors your heart rate using the precise TruSeen 3.5. Aside from this, the smartwatch supports the Bluetooth calling feature.
Also, the Huawei Watch GT 2 comes with TruSleep 2.0 sleep tracking feature. Other notable features include TruRelax, Message Notification, and in-device Music. Since the watch weighs just 41 grams, it doesn’t feel bulky even if you wear it on your wrist for a whole day. The device can double up as a virtual sports trainer. It has a precise GPS for real-time monitoring. It determines your previous activities and provides a personal workout guide.
If staying fit is your priority, you might want to consider buying the Inspire 2 fitness tracker. Now, this is an easy-to-use tracker that comes with several useful functions. For instance, it can track your sleep and heart rate. It comes with easy-to-understand controls so that people of all ages can use it. Notably, it has a myriad of health features such as food logging and breathing sessions. Moreover, it can track menstrual cycles as well.
The Inspire 2 has high-quality sensors for highly effective workout sessions. Also, it has an Activity Zone Minutes feature. This highly advantageous feature notifies the wearer once they reach their target heart rate. It uses the All-Day Activity feature to track steps taken, and distance walked with calories burned. To ensure better sleep quality, the watch comes with a silent alarm and Do Not Disturb mode. It also has a sleep mode.
The Band B1 is a lightweight smartwatch and a perfect companion for any adventure. Although it is a small device, the Band B1 offers a slew of useful features. It sports a durable, scratch-resistant 2.5D curved glass for additional protection. Also, the Band B1 can withstand water up to 50 meters. Aside from this, the smartwatch supports SPO2 monitoring. It can track the wearer’s sleep cycle and heart rate as well. The Oppo Band B1 has 12 workout modes.
The smartwatch notifies you when there’s an incoming call or text message. Likewise, it enables you to set alarms, check weather updates, and even play music. Moreover, you can use Band B1 to track your smartphone. It syncs seamlessly with Oppo smartphones. So, if you have an Oppo smartphone, the Band B1 is an ideal smartwatch to have.
The Huawei Watch Kids 4 Pro carries a steeper price than most smartwatches on our list. However, it can turn out to be a great investment for your kids. The smartwatch adopts a 9-System AI Positioning system. This system enables you to keep an eye on your child even when they are out. Also, the Watch Kids 4 Pro supports the 4G video calling feature. So, your little one can get in touch with you in case of emergencies.
Further, the watch comes with a Sunlight Exposure tracking feature. This feature allows parents to check the number of hours their kids is spending outdoors. It also supports an auto brightness adjustment feature to reduce the strain on the eyes of your child. There’s an LED light that flashes at nighttime when your child walks. This lets you see them even from far. Also, it has a convenient Shake to Add Friends feature. Other notable features include fast charging and waterproof capabilities.
Koala is a leading Filipino brand that offers a wide range of fashionable wearables at affordable prices. So, it is ideal for those looking for budget smartwatches in the Philippines in 2022. The Fuzion Smartwatch from the brand that’s ideal for important meetings. It is a classy smartwatch with a circular watch face. Moreover, it has a premium leather strap. Also, the strap is interchangeable. So, you can change it depending on your mood and occasion. However, the Fuzion is more than a mere aesthetic accessory. The smartwatch boasts impressive features.
For instance, it supports a voice command feature for making calls and more. Also, it provides notifications for incoming calls and text messages. The smartwatch even supports music playback. Moreover, the Fuzion has several health-related features including a heart rate monitor. The smartwatch has a sleep tracker and sedentary reminder. On top of that, the Fuzion has an anti-lost alarm.
If you find navigating on a small display of a smartwatch difficult, the Aolon I8 Pro is a perfect smartwatch for you. The side edge houses a knob for easier navigation on the display. Also, it supports wireless charging, which is pretty fast. Moreover, the Aolon 18 Pro can prove to be an ideal companion during your workout sessions. It can monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, and SP0s levels when you are working out.
Moreover, the 18 Pro supports temperature monitoring. It comes with a slew of sports modes and an accurate pedometer. Further, the device is capable of tracking the wearer’s sleep quality. You can even play audio and answer calls directly from the 18 Pro. It supports a mute call feature as well. Notably, the smartwatch is made using an aluminum alloy shell. It has an adjustable strap that comes in five color options.
So, that was our list of the 10 best budget smartwatches available in the Philippines in 2022. Smartwatches are amazing wearable devices. However, you must know how to choose a smartwatch that suits your lifestyle and budget. You can select features that you need, and check if it is compatible with your other smart devices. Also, ensure that the smartwatch supports Bluetooth and other connectivity options.
Moreover, make sure that the smartwatch carries a waterproof rating. Also, check if it can offer a battery life of at least 12 hours. You can choose between an AMOLED or LCD depending on your budget. That’s where our list of budget smartwatches in the Philippines in 2022 comes into the picture. Further, decide whether you want a smartwatch with a touchless or touchscreen display. Lastly, go for a smartwatch that adopts a design that suits your overall style. A smartwatch can be your fitness companion and more. So, choose wisely.
HDFC to expand overseas loan to $1 billion on easier foreign borrowing rules
Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) is set to become the first Indian borrower to take advantage of the central bank’s relaxed norms on external commercial borrowings, upsizing its foreign loan to around $1 billion from $750 million earlier. The State Bank of India (SBI) will join the syndication process that already has participation from Mizuho Bank, MUFG and Standard Chartered Bank.
Why it’s important: The funding costs will remain the same, but the mortgage lender will be able to provide more loans for low-cost housing. The firm is in the process of merging with HDFC Bank, creating a financial behemoth.
NTPC to raise Rs 5,000 crore by selling stake in new green unit
NTPC plans to raise Rs 5,000 crore by selling a stake in a new green energy arm. The state-owned power utility has engaged SBI Capital Markets to advice on the sale process, which could be launched in October. It is hurry to retain a majority stake in the arm after infusion of funds.
Why it’s important: NTPC is hiving off 15 of its renewable energy projects into NTPC Green Energy. The stake sale is expected to attract strong interest as the company has sovereign backing.
Government to remove cap on individual holding in state-owned banks
The central government may remove the 10 percent shareholding cap for individuals in public sector banks. It may bring in the changes by modifying existing laws. By removing this cap, the government may empower the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to notify fresh shareholding thresholds from time to time.
Why it’s important: The lifting of the shareholding cap will allow wealthy individuals and private equity firms to buy a larger stake in banks on the block for privatization. It will also widen the pool of buyers eligible to bid for the lenders.
Top listed firms may post double-digit earnings growth on low base
India’s top listed companies are expected to report strong double-digit growth in fiscal first quarter earnings due to a low base in the corresponding period last year. There could be a big jump in earnings of oil and gas majors like Reliance Industries (RIL) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). The combined net profit of index companies is expected to grow 32.8 percent year-on-year (YoY) to Rs 1.43 lakh crore in the three months to June, against Rs 1.08 lakh crore a year ago.
Why it’s important: Despite the double-digit earnings, they are likely to decline on a sequential basis due to weak demand, decline in commodity prices, and rise in interest rates.
Rising costs and declining rupee to squeeze margins in June quarter
The earnings growth of India’s largest companies is poised to slow in the June quarter. While revenue growth will be aided by last year’s low base and price hikes to offset input cost increases, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization is likely to decline 32 percent from a year earlier, according to an analysis by Mint.
Why it’s important: Corporate margins are being squeezed because of inflationary pressures, sharp depreciation in the value of the local currency and rising interest rates that has made borrowings costlier.
Government to monetize Rs 8,000 crore worth of highways through InvIT
The central government plans to monetize an additional 500 km of completed highways worth Rs 8,000 crore through the infrastructure investment trust in the next six months. In October, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) monetized a road bundle of 390 km by transferring it to the InvIT. So far, it has raised about Rs 7,000-8,000 crore through this route.
Why it’s important: Roads form a significant portion of the national monetization pipeline. InvITs are popular among investors as they help provide stable and long-term yields. Analysts expect road InvITs to generate 9-12 percent annual returns in the long term.
Retail inflation likely to remain unchanged at 7 percent in June
Consumer price inflation likely remained unchanged in June as cheaper fuel and a base effect offset sequential price hikes from food inflation, according to a Mint poll of 27 economists. The survey’s median estimate put June inflation at 7 percent, marginally below 7.04 percent in May
Why it’s important: Despite accurate measures by the RBI and the government, retail inflation is still higher than the central bank’s upper tolerance limit of 6 percent. The rate of price rise has stayed above the limit for every month in 2022.
Wipro plans to promote best performers every quarter
Infotech major Wipro plans to offer employee promotions every quarter, a first for the Bengaluru-based company, and boost salaries of most of its workforce by 10 percent in September, with top performers receiving more than 15 percent hikes. India’s fourth largest software services firm reported an attrition rate of 23.8 percent in the March quarter.
Why it’s important: India’s IT firms are looking at innovative ways to contain high attrition and attract fresh talent as the sector sees a boom in hiring that started during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Large retail chains post sales at pre-Covid levels in first half of 2022
Sales at large retail chains have recovered to pre-pandemic levels in the six months from January to June due to low infection rates, a rise in consumer mobility and withdrawal of COVID-19 curbs. This was also helped by a slowing of the pace of ecommerce channels compared with the previous two years.
Why it’s important: With the fears of the pandemic receding, people are going back offline to purchase products. This has come at the cost of online shopping, which has slowed slightly.
Huawei requests funds repatriation to pay overseas vendors on India orders
Huawei Telecommunications India has urged the Delhi High Court to modify its April order that restrained it from repatriating money abroad as it can’t pay overseas suppliers. On April 21, the court had barred the firm from sending money overseas until the next hearing without its nod. It also stayed the provisional attachment of Huawei India’s bank accounts and trade receivables of Rs 1,500 crore by the income tax department.Why it’s important: Chinese firms have been under the scanner of Indian authorities as they are suspected of evading taxes. The high court has asked Huawei to file specific details regarding payments to overseas suppliers and asked the income tax department to respond to Huawei’s demand within two weeks.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has advised residents and visitors who need their academic certificates and other documents issued outside the country attested to follow the necessary procedure to avoid being rejected.
These include ensuring that all the documents are authenticated by the concerned authorities in their home countries before submitting them to the ministry for attestation.
MoFAIC attestation in the UAE is (in most cases) a mandatory procedure to validate the authenticity of important certificates and documents required for employment, visa, study, medical or any other purposes.
All UAE attestation services in the country, for documents issued outside or inside the UAE, are provided by the MoFAIC.
The ministry has pointed out that to certify educational certificates issued outside the country, it is necessary to ensure that the documents are Tested and attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country of issuance of the document, and to ensure that the document is ratified by the UAE embassy or consulate abroad or the foreign mission inside the country.
All documents submitted to MoFAIC for attestation must have been issued by the concerned authorities in that country.
Earlier, the MoFAIC warned Emiratis and students about fraudulent messages asking for financial support to help those studying abroad.
The ministry said some fraudsters claiming to be from UAE’s foreign missions in various countries or their employees, were sending the messages through mobile phones or emails asking for financial support to help students be admitted to various universities or for payment of their tuition so they can complete their studies. The ministry urged the public not to respond to such messages as they are fake.
It is worth noting that the ministry provides a smart certification service for documents, commercial invoices, medical documents and marriage contracts through its official website and smart application.
STEP 1: Register yourself
>Open the MoFAIC registration portal
>Select the customer type (individual or company)
>Enter the information in the required fields and submit
>People who already have a SmartPass account can use their credentials to log in. You may have to create a SmartPass account if you don’t already have one. The SmartPass account for individuals allows them to access all the UAE smart services available for both nationals and foreigners.
Step 2: Apply for MoFAIC attestation in the UAE
>Once you log in to the portal, the page redirects you to a smart form
>Fill in the form with the required information
>Attach the document that you want to get attested
>Select the intended authority for attestation and submit
After submission, your application will be sent for review to your chosen authority. If the application meets all the conditions, an approval is sent to you so that you can proceed with the payment.
New research could explain why people with dyslexia are drawn to certain professions – including the arts, engineering and entrepreneurship. The University of Cambridge says dyslexics are better at exploring the unknown – and have “enhanced abilities” when it comes to discovery, invention and creativity. Celebrities who suffer from dyslexia include Cher, Keira Knightley and Richard Branson – as well as legendary figures such as Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso. Those behind the study say the world needs to change its perspective and stop treating dyslexia as a neurological disorder. Sky News
The smart meter rollout is facing a fresh crisis as a shortage of microchips leaves energy companies unable to meet their installation targets and facing multi-million pound fines. Global shipping chaos and fierce competition from other electronics companies has led to a severe lack of critical parts for the devices, which track households’ energy usage in real time and send this data to suppliers. Every home is meant to have a smart meter by 2025 as part of the Government’s net zero plans, but the rollout is far behind schedule because Covid disrupted appointments and millions of consumers are reluctant to have the devices installed. Telegraph
Music fans have been calling on Spotify to bring the Friend Activity sidebar from the desktop version to mobile for what seems like a lifetime, and it now finally looks like they’re about to get their wish. Up until now, the feature, which allows you to see what your Spotify friends or Facebook contacts are currently streaming ,has somewhat inexplicably never been available on Android or iOS mobile versions of the app. But it now looks like that functionality is set to finally be available at last to music fans on the go. Tech Radar
Apple’s long-rumored mixed reality headset, which will reportedly offer a combination of augmented and virtual reality experiences, will “likely release” in January 2023, according to respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a new analyst note seen by 9to5Mac, Kuo notes that the headset is “the most complicated product Apple has ever designed” but that its release could help fuel “rapid growth” in the market for head-mounted displays. The Verge
Instagram is exploring new ways for teenagers to verify their age and comply with platform rules. The Meta-owned app is testing video selfies with facial analysis software as a new age-verification method. Some users on Instagram try to skirt its 13+ age rule by editing their date of birth to make them appear over 18. But US teens attempting this will now be given three ways to verify age: upload ID, ask three adult users to vouch for them or take a video selfie. Meta says it hopes the new methods will ensure teens have an “age-appropriate experience” on Instagram. BBC
Rimac Group made headlines in June after it raised €500 million ($537 million) in a Series D round led by Goldman Sachs and SoftBank Vision Fund 2. The deal valued the Croatian startup at $2.2 billion, prompting the question: How has this company succeeded where so many other EV makers have struggled? Rimac, which merged its hypercar division with French supercar maker Bugatti in November, has taken a two-pronged approach the industry has not seen before: It’s continuing to make hypercars as Bugatti Rimac while using the knowledge gleaned from that process to develop technology to supply other automakers through its Rimac Technology subsidiary. Tech Crunch
Perhaps the biggest consumer event of the year is upon us: Black Friday.
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, customers rush to snatch up all the best deals on big-ticket items for holiday gifts or just that new gadget they’ve had their eyes on for a while.
Often, buyers are looking for a new phone or a great new plan, and Canadian carriers offer up promotions accordingly.
Below, find all the carrier deals for 2017 in one convenient location. This post will be updated as more deals are revealed.
The Quebec-regional carrier is offering discounts on several premium handsets, including the below:
Find more details here.
Shaw-owned budget carrier Freedom is offering three Black Friday deals until November 26th. The offers are as follows:
Find more details here.
Bell is offering 1GB of bonus data per month on certain two-year plans for both activations and upgrades. Additionally, it has reduced prices on a wide range of devices, including the following:
Bell is also offering a minimum $100 trade-in credit for old devices in good condition.
More details available here.
Bell’s sub-brand Virgin is offering 2GB of bonus data for activations and upgrades on certain plans. It’s also offering discounted prices on device, including the following:
The offers extend until November 27th.
More details available here.
BellMTS’ Black Friday offers are similar to those of its parent company. The carrier is offering 1GB of bonus data with activations or upgrades to certain two-year plans. It’s also highlighting sale pricing on three main devices:
More details are available here.
Telus is offering the following smartphones and tablets at reduced prices:
The carrier is also offering up to 50 percent off certain accessories, a selection of which are shown below:
Offers end November 27th.
Find more details here.
Telus’ sub-brand is offering $150 bonus credits for the activation of certain phones, including the following discounted devices:
Additionally, the carrier is offering an extra 2GB of bonus data on certain plans.
Find more details here.
The centerpiece of Rogers’ ‘Wrapped in Red Event’ is the offer of a free Google Home (regularly priced at $179.99 CAD) with the activation or upgrade of any Android phone on two-year Smart, Premium or Premium+ tab 10GB Share Everything plans or higher.
Additionally, the carrier is offering discounts on a range of popular Androids and iPhones, as shown below:
As for rate plan bonuses: in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and throughout its Atlantic footprint, Rogers is offering a 2GB data bonus for 24 months when customers upgrade their phone or activate Share Everything plans with 1GB to 10GB on a primary line.
The carrier is also offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab E LTE tablet for $0 down when bundled with S7, S8, S8+, and Note8 on a two-year tablet additional line plan for $10 per month. Previously it was $49.
Finally, if any of those new devices buyers pick up need accompanying cases — Rogers is offering 50 percent off certain accessories, including cases, speakers, and headphones.
More details are available here.
For Fido’s Black Friday promotion, it’s offering the following device discounts:
Additionally, Fido is providing a 2GB data bonus for 24 months on certain plans, as well as a $10 discount for 12 months.
Fido also has a promotional two-year contract tablet plan that offers 3GB of data per month for $15. The plan competes closely with Freedom Mobile’s new $15 4GB tablet promo plan, which ends November 23rd.
More details are available here.
SaskTel is offering a $200 sign-up credit when customers sign up on a two-year voice and data plan, along with a variety of sale prices on devices, including those listed below:
Additionally, the carrier is offering discounts on TV, internet and accessories, as indicated below.
More details available here.
At Atlantic-regional carrier Eastlink’s Black Friday event, the carrier is offering up to 2GB of bonus data on 2 GB, 4 GB, and 10 GB Data Plus plans. Customers can also get a $5 discount when adding a new line to their account.
As per usual, all devices are $0 down at Eastlink through its easyTab program. This includes the Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Additionally, the outright prices of some phones are now reduced through easyTab.
For instance, customers can save $200 on the outright price of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ ($1,116) if they pay out their $38.17 easyTab over two years, amounting to $916 total.
The carrier is also advertising 30 percent off ‘refreshed,’ or previously used, smartphones and promises to buy out contracts for those who switch from another carrier.
The offers are valid until November 28th.
More details available here.
As mentioned earlier, we’ll update this post when other carriers reveal their Black Friday deals. Let us know if you spot a worthy deal by leaving a comment!