The Google Pixel does not exist

The Google Pixel, the best Android phone if you ask the majority of tech gurus, does not exist.
It is a delusion, an Android fan’s mirage.
It is vaporware. Vaporware definition: software or hardware that has been advertised but is not yet available to buy, either because it is only a concept or because it is still being written or designed.
The phone that Google launched in early October 2016, some six months ago, and was widely seen as a rival to the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy is …

Fire Safety and its Role in Health and Safety Law

No disaster is a personal and as frightening as fire. We are programmed by our past to fear fire in a profound way and it has the greatest potential for personal and business losses. Fires can start with a minor oversight and spread with terrifying speed to engulf whole block of flats or shops. The UK has shown its resolve regarding the prevention of this terrible threat with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety order 2005. The only aspect of fire safety not covered by this comprehensive reform is domestic premises.

Health and Safety Governance

The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005, which is casually referred to as the RRO or the RRFSO, was put into effect October of 2006. The primary purpose of the RRO was to replace the larger, existent body of local legislation and regulation and consolidate all of the various functions and responsibilities at the national level. This has given health and safety governance a significant tool in the insurance of the public safety.

The RRO is applicable to all non-domestic premises throughout England and Wales. This includes all public buildings, buildings with public areas, commercial structures, and blocks of flats. Some details should be reviewed such as the fact that a contractor who is responsible for working on part of a structure must comply with the regulation for the whole structure. If you are in business, operate a retail operation or have employees, regardless of the facility that work occurs in, you are considered responsible and must comply with the RRO.


If you are a responsible person under the guidelines of the RRO, then you must insure that the regulations are complied with. The most important aspect of that responsibility is to conduct a Fire Safety Risk Assessment, also known as the FSRA. You are permitted to assign the task to another, competent person within your organization; however, you will still be answerable for the assessment should anything go wrong afterwards.

The primary responsibility that is placed on the responsible person is to insure that all persons that may be on the premises, or nearby, can escape in the event of a fire insomuch as it is reasonable and practical. This is a considerably more comprehensive that under previous legislation as it extents responsibility to encompass all persons, whether employee, visitor or member of the public, to be protected under the legislation while they are in or on your premises. You will be expected to provide for special access and egress requirements that may be needed for disabled persons, special needs and others.

While you are permitted to allow an assigned person to conduct the FSRA you will be held responsible if you fail to address the shortfalls (if any). There is no onus on the responsible party to employ certified persons to conduct the FSRA, however needed modifications mandated by compliance must be performed by certified individuals and inspected by local fire authorities. Individuals should consult with legal authority, or local fire and safety agencies regarding any questions.

Source by: Katrina Wagner

Motorola's Moto X (2017) might have just shown us its curves in live pictures

A couple of photos showing the alleged Moto X (2017) have just surfaced online. It’s possible that Motorola is already working on such a device, but judging by what’s revealed in the leaked pictures it will be foolish to think that the Moto X (2017) is a high-end smartphone.

Two of the pictures leaked directly from China give us an idea of what the phone will look like since they show the front and back sides of the Moto X (2017). The third image is meant to confirm some of the phone’s hardware, which fits perfectly to that of a mid-range handset.

First off, it looks like the handset …

T-Mobile announces three new prepaid plans including one with unlimited high-speed data

T-Mobile has announced two new Simply Prepaid plans. The first one, priced at $45 a month, features unlimited talk, text and data. But only 4GB of the data is of the high-speed 4G LTE variety. You can keep your current number and current device, or purchase a shiny new phone from T-Mobile. Spend $55 a month, and you can raise your high speed 4G LTE data cap to 6GB. Both tiers come with Wi-Fi Calling, Music Unlimited (which streams music without dipping into your data bucket), and Data Maximizer (which streams video for free at DVD quality 480p.

With these two Simply Prepaid plans you can …

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge get March security updates, Nougat still no-no

We have some good news and some bad news. Let’s start with the good news! True to its promise of monthly security updates for unlocked smartphones in the US, Samsung is updating the unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with the latest security patches from March. Yes, they were ready by March 1, and the update was only listed March 27, but still – B+ for effort!

Samsung – putting the ‘No’ in ‘Nougat’Now here’s the bad news. Yep, you probably expected it. The unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are still on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. All this time, they never saw a glimpse of Nougat, while carrier versions …

Samsung will not sell (or rent) refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones in the US

What started as a rumor a few months ago was confirmed earlier today by Samsung, as the South Korean company announced it would eventually sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphones later this year.

The moment Samsung chose to make the announcement, just two days ahead of the Galaxy S8’s big reveal, is a bit awkward. Still, in the end, the Galaxy S and Note series have different targets even if the new S8 models will boast larger displays this time.

Concerning the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung said that it would only sell refurbished units after consultations with …

Nokia reports 400% increase in malware infection rates, mostly on Android smartphones

Nokia is back in the headlines with its second bi-annual ‘Threat Intelligence Report’ where the crafty Finns explore mobile infections and vulnerabilities for the first and second half of the year (2016). The report paints a rather bleak picture – last year saw a 400% increase in malware infection rates, with smartphones being 85% of infected devices.

Unsurprisingly, Android phones and tablets are most vulnerable, for Android is the world’s most popular operating system (yes), and therefore most targeted by attackers. In an interesting twist, infections among Windows PCs have fallen, which …

eBay rolls out major update to its Android and iOS mobile apps

If you’re an avid seller and use eBay on a daily basis to list your items that you want to get rid of, then you’ll be pleased to know that the mobile app has just received an important update that makes it easier to sell stuff on the virtual store.

According to eBay, the update is available for both Android and iOS devices, as each version of the app comes with features that are native to these mobile platforms.

Basically, this means that depending on what mobile device you’re using, you will find various improvements, especially to the ease of listing items …

'A battery is like a bomb': check out how LG tests the G6 before letting it out of the door

Armed with Samsung’s Note 7 experience, LG has embarked on a heavy production testing spree for the G6, and recently let Korean media stroll the facilities where the phone is put through its torture paces. LG says that it ships 50,000 G6 units a day now, and has put safety as a first priority for every single one of them. We know you are most interested in how the battery holds up to pressure, but LG does other things to the G6 as well, like controlled drop tests where the phone falls from waist heights on steel, wood or carpet floors, and the results recorded by cameras lying around …