Archive for 2014

By November 26, 2014 Read More →

Alcatel Onetouch Pixi 7 at Three store

PictureThere is a new Alcatel Onetouch tablet hitting the market in time for Christmas, – the PIXI 7 – a wifi tablet which has gone on sale in Three stores nationwide today for £69.99.

This 7 inch Android tablet features a 960 x 550 pixel screen, a 2840 mAh battery, a low quality 0.3 mp camera on either side of the tablet and an unusual triple core processor. Combined with KitKat and a price of £70 this might just be enough to catch a little attention from those not so sure that they need a tablet but are happen to have one somewhere.

 

ALCATEL ONETOUCH today launches the PIXI 7 to the UK market, a 7 inch WiFi tablet which offers affordability without compromising quality.  

The ALCATEL ONETOUCH PIXI 7 is designed to be compact and light, weighing only 285 grams, making it one of the lightest 7-inch ULC tablets on the market. Available in Bluish Black the ALCATEL ONETOUCH PIXI 7 has a sleek and modern design with rounded edges.
Powered on Android 4.4 (KitKat) the PIXI 7, comes with a selection of pre-installed apps making the tablet user friendly straight out of the box. This Android operating system delivers optimised memory and touchscreen functionality and redesigned e-mail.
The PIXI 7 is equipped with two cameras: a front camera and rear camera, so photos can be quickly uploaded to social networks thanks to the built-in high speed WiFi.
The ALCATEL ONETOUCH PIXI 7 is also the ideal TV companion. It contains an infrared port which transforms the tablet into a universal remote control and the PIXI 7 also allows you to stream content straight from your tablet to your TV.

The ALCATEL ONETOUCH PIXI 7 is available in Bluish Black from Three stores nationwide priced at £69.99.

For more information regarding ALCATEL ONETOUCH please visit www.facebook.com/alcatelonetouchuk.

Posted in: News, Tablets
By November 25, 2014 Read More →

ExpressVPN keeping you safe and secret

Screenshot 2014-11-19 at 15.03.24There is no shortage of Virtual Private Network solutions out there, they really seem to be all the rage this side of the NSA reaching into the search engines and online storages to harvest our very personal data and to build a profile on each and every one of us. It seems in the future a Virtual Private Network, or VPN, will be requirement for anyone wanting to “close the curtains” and keep themselves to themselves online. Much like Anti-virus and Malware scanners you can pick up something fit for purpose for not a lot of money. ExpressVPN promises to cover your tracks on your mobile device and provide you peace of mind when browsing on your phone.

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Using ExpressVPN couldn’t be simplier. Loading the app takes only a few seconds and you are greeted with a list of networks available to you. This is were you can take advantage of simple services no matter where you are in the world. For example, if you happen to be a UK citizen and wish to access BBC Iplayer whilst on a trip to New York, you can select a Network in London and this will in turn tell BBC Iplayer that you are in fact in the UK and will let you connect.

In the screenshot above I have selected Los Angeles as a recently connected server. This will scramble any trace of where I am for the duation of my connection to the server and make it impossible for a service to track, or spy on your location. 

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By comparison to some other VPN’s out there there is a short delay as the app connects to the required server. Other VPN packages can connect automatically to a random server and in the case of F-secure Freedome connect instantly. ExpressVPN is notably cheaper F-Secure’s offering and whilst not as pretty the savings are worthwhile.

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Once connected, that’s it. A little key icon will appear in the notification panel to let you know you are safe. You are on-line, in that country and various online services, trackers will believe this. It is important to point out that online stores might present prices in the currencies pertaining to the country network you have connected to and to remedy this you will need to switch the VPN off. However, this can also be handy for price matching and even finding cheaper deals for the international travellers.

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A subscription to ExpressVPN is available for $99.95 for a year. This is an incredibly good deal if you take you online privacy seriously. There are a lot of threats out there and alongside the security come some of the bonuses of not having to worry about local internet service providers limiting what you can see and where you can see it. In addition ExpressVPN brags round the clock support and a money back guarantee if not satisfied.

Posted in: Apps & Games, News, Reviews
By November 24, 2014 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 hands-on video

SM-T800NTSABTU-353218-0In the battle for thin, Samsung may well be the sinner with their Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. This 10.5″ tablet boasts a gorgeous hi-res Super AMOLED display and 8 cpu cores but packs it all in to a form just 6.6mm thick.

In the video below you’ll see me fondling this little beauty. We take a look at the hardware before looking closer at the OS and UI.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is available now from Currys.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 specification:

  • 2G Network:     GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network:     HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G Network:     LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600
  • Micro-SIM
  • Dimensions:     247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6 mm (9.74 x 6.98 x 0.26 in)
  • Weight:     467 g (1.03 lb)
  • Display:     Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 10.5 inches (~288 ppi pixel density)
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Card slot:     microSD, up to 128 GB
  • Internal Storage:     16/32 GB
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth:     v4.0, A2DP, LE
  • Infrared port
  • microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2.1)
  • Primary Camera:     8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, dual camera, panorama, HDR, 1080p@30fps video
  • Secondary Camera:     2.1 MP
  • OS:     Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
  • Chipset:     Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Exynos 5420
  • CPU:     Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 (S800), Quad-core 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (Exynos 5420)
  • GPU:     Adreno 330 (S800)
  • GPS:   A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Battery:           Non-removable Li-Ion 7900 mAh battery
By November 21, 2014 Read More →

Panasonic AX802 TVs now compatible with Netflix Ultra-High Definition 4K streaming

Screenshot 2014-11-19 at 15.01.48Panasonic have very kindly made one of their most popular models compatible with that, most cutting edge of services, Netflix 4K. This important move will see all current 4K content and upcoming content viewable on the AX802 screen that has been wowing audience across the UK. Netflix have recently unveiled a massive upcoming list of productions, all of which they plan to shoot in 4K. Very soon the library for the Panasonic AX 802 will jump from somewhat shallow to a veritable feast thanks to Panasonic’s recent partnership with Neflix. Press release follows:

 

Existing AX802 owners will receive a firmware update when they connect their set to the internet which will allow them to begin enjoying 4K Netflix movies and shows such as “House of Cards”, “Breaking Bad”, and beginning in December with “Marco Polo”, a new slate of Netflix Originals.

In addition, Panasonic’s newly released AX902 TVs are compatible with Netflix streaming in 4K right out of the box.

About Viera AX802

Superb 4K Images meet Cutting-Edge Connectivity Options

Ultra HD LED TV with 2000Hz (BLS) – exceptionally fast panel for impressive motion picture quality and 3D

  • my Stream – enjoy content recommended to match your preferences, easily via an intuitive interface
  • 4K Studio Master Drive – for more accurate colour and richer, smoother gradation at virtually any brightness
  • Info Bar – walk by the TV in standby and immediately get the time, weather, any new messages and more
  • Hexa Processing Engine PRO – fast processing power, with HEVC decoder, delivers thrilling 4K entertainment

 

About Viera AX902

  • Ultra HD LED TV with 3000Hz (BLS) – superior highest-speed panel for amazing images, motion clarity and 3D
  • Premium Furniture Design, available in 65” and 55” screen sizes
  • Local Dimming Ultra – highest class of dimming delivers dynamic images with deepest blacks and ultra whites
  • 4K THX Certified – Experience stunning 4K content, just as the directors intended
  • 4K Studio Master Drive – for more accurate colour and richer, smoother gradation at virtually any brightness
  • Studio Master Colour – The wide colour gamut is able to reproduce colours accurately and faithfully
  • Quad Core Pro5 – powerful processor, with HEVC decoder, for next-generation 4K entertainment and ultimate images
  • TV Anywhere – your entertainment, from the TV to your Web-enabled mobile device, even outside the home
  • my Stream – enjoy content recommended to match your preferences, easily via an intuitive interface
  • Info Bar – walk by the TV in standby and immediately get the time, weather and more

 

Posted in: News, TV & Home Cinema
By November 20, 2014 Read More →

The Nokia N1: A yawn or celebration?

nokia-n1-tabletRight now, we are dealing with a tablet influx. Many manufactures are rallying to get their tablets out in time for Christmas and with the Nexus 9, iPad Mini and Air refreshes alongside every company from Acer, Archos and Binatone to own other brands Tesco and Argos hoping to make some fast cash. This year is all about the upgrade as everyone who wants a tablet probably already has one and it’s going to take quite a push to get some to release their beloved companion.

I sit here with my Nexus 10. A device that has is simply a media player on my daily commute. Aside from a little gaming in the evening I rely on Chromebook for work and phone for communications. The Nexus 10 is merely a good screen for entertainment. With Lollipop on it’s way to the device I have no need to be looking elsewhere. Of course as an enthusiast I was curious about the Nexus 9 and having played with one for a day I really would only consider getting one if Lollipop does not speed up the now aging Nexus 10. 

So what will  a Nokia N1 bring to the tablet? Well, it’s not quite a Nokia device, we are seeing something designed by the geniuses at Nokia but built by Foxconn. There is the complicated Microsoft / Nokia relationship that probably confuses most and can really only be summed up by a re-badging exercise. It might say Nokia but this is a Foxconn product.

I guess the easiest way to view this device is the bastard child of so many. Built by the iPad people, designed by the Microsoft people and running the Google stuff. Could this be Expendables the Tablet? All the greats in one device?

Inside the Nokia N1 comes with a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor clocked at 2.3GHz and 2GB of RAM. There is a PowerVR G6430 GPU. The N1 offers 32GB onboard storage, but there is no microSD card slot to expand it further. The camera is an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera.

Decently speced and nicely priced the Nokia N1 will likely be a hit this Christmas. Enough to tempt folks away from the Hudl II with the Nokia name and oddly the Nexus 9 as it’s main competitor and higher price that should see it as a threat. Personally, it’s not enough to get me on-board. Those who want the ultimate tablet are best spending a little extra and getting the iPad Mini 3 or Nexus 9, or sticking the a yearly purchase and picking up the Hudl II.

 

 

 

Posted in: Editorial, Tablets
By November 17, 2014 Read More →

Ultimate Ears Boom Social Speaker Unboxing

vlcsnap-2014-11-15-21h02m13s63Gareth takes a look at the Ultimate Ears Boom Social Speaker. This pricey Bluetooth speaker pushes itself as the wireless speaker made to rage, riot, party and play the music you love, out loud. UE BOOM’s 360-degree design blasts bold, immersive sound into any space. Its versatile, go-anywhere shape is designed to be as spontaneous as you – it brings the music, you bring the friends. And with a water and stain resistant acoustic skin and 15-hour rechargeable battery, you’re ready for wherever the day or night takes you.

RRP: £169.00 and you can order one from here: UE BOOM.

 

Posted in: News, Videos/Unboxings
By November 13, 2014 Read More →

Online security: stay safe

symantec_padlockIt is important to know how to stay safe when you are using the internet. You should never give out any personal information about yourself to anyone online that you do not personally know; no matter who you think you’re talking to.

There are thousands of sites on the internet that allow you to communicate with just about anyone, anywhere in the world and get an instant reply. There are also hundreds of forums available for you to ask questions and get advice within the hour. However, it is important that you keep in mind that anyone can pretend to be someone they are not on the internet. Here are a few top online security tips to keep in mind when browsing the web safely.

Chat room safety

Chat rooms have become increasingly popular with their ability to allow you to talk to just about anyone about anything you like. However, it is vital that you remember not to give out any personal information to strangers, including your full name, address or phone number.

Websites asking for personal details

If you are doing a bit of online shopping, you may have to give out some personal information, such as your credit card details. Of course this is perfectly normal in order for you to make a purchase. However, you should always ensure it is a reputable business and a trusted website.

You can check whether it is a trusted website by the look of the URL: if it is ‘https’, has a green URL box or a locked padlock symbol it means that the website has an SSL certificate – this is a safe website. If however, it has none of the safety signs highlighted, you should rethink about inputting your card details.

Online threats

Protecting yourself and your computer from online threats is really important and therefore the simple answer to this is to ensure you are always using up to date firewall software. By ensuring you update your anti-virus software you are protecting your computer and yourself from viruses and hackers. There is a reason why companies update their software – you must update it also.

By being vigilant when you are online, you can ensure you are safe and protected from any threats.

Posted in: Editorial
By November 12, 2014 Read More →

Microsoft Lumia 535: “5x5x5”

Chakra_Back_OrangeToday Microsoft Devices Group welcomes the Microsoft Lumia 535 to the Windows Phone 8.1 range, bringing the latest Microsoft experiences to more affordable price levels with five great integrated Microsoft experiences, a wide-angle 5MP front facing camera, and a spacious 5 inch display to help people do more of what they want, for less:

  • Fit more into your Skype video calls with the 5MP wide angle front facing camera
  • Pre-installed Office suite and OneNote – to access, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and OneNote notebooks anywhere
  • 15GB of free OneDrive cloud storage to save and sync your media across devices
  • Experience a truly personal virtual assistant with Cortana on hand to anticipate your needs and make tailored suggestions
  • Built in Microsoft Outlook to connect with work and personal e-mails while on the go
  • A 5 inch qHD display to showcase photos and videos or get even more productive with Office
  • Dual SIM variant for maximum flexibility

Available in both Single and Dual SIM variants, Lumia 535 will begin rolling out to key markets in November, with UK availability expected in Q1 2015. Lumia 535 will be available in bright green, bright orange, white, dark grey, cyan and black and is estimated to cost around 110 EUR before taxes and subsidies. 

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Microsoft Corp. announced today the Microsoft Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM smartphones running the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, bringing the latest Microsoft experiences to more affordable price levels.

Offering five great integrated Microsoft experiences, a wide-angle 5 megapixel front facing camera, and a spacious 5 inch display – all for an affordable price – Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM help people do more of what they want, for less.

  • Make memorable Skype video calls and seamlessly switch between voice and video with built-in Skype integration
  • Access, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and OneNote notebooks wherever you are, with the pre-installed Office suite
  • Save and sync photos, videos and Office documents securely with 15GB of free OneDrive cloud storage
  • Experience Cortana, a truly personal virtual assistant that anticipates people’s needs and makes tailored suggestions
  • Connect with work and personal e-mail while on the go, with Microsoft Outlook built-in
  • Showcase photos and videos or get even more productive with Office on the large, 5 inch qHD display
  • Fit more memorable backgrounds or add more friends into Skype video calls and selfies with the 5 MP wide angle front facing camera
  • Never miss a call or text, and be reachable on both SIM cards at any time with Smart Dual SIM for maximum flexibility

“Lumia 535 comes with our “5x5x5” proposition,” said Jo Harlow, Corporate Vice President for Phones at Microsoft. “Innovation should be available to everyone, and we are doing this through the very best integrated Microsoft services free and out-of-the-box, a 5 MP wide-angle front-facing camera and a spacious 5 inch, qHD screen – all at an affordable price.”

 

Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM will begin rolling out to key markets in November, and will be available in bright green, bright orange, white, dark grey, cyan and black. Pricing for Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM will vary by market and operator, but is estimated to be around 110 EUR before taxes and subsidies. 

Posted in: News, Phones, Press Releases
By November 10, 2014 Read More →

HTC Nexus 9 hands-on video

N9-grid1-1600A few weeks ago HTC held a small press conference and announced the new HTC Nexus 9.

The Nexus 9 is one of the first devices featuring the latest Android 5.0 Lillipop. This new OS version breathes new life in to Android and unusually for HTC, the Nexus 9 has no HTC Sense overlay so there is a nice clean feel to the UI.

It has been quite some time since HTC produced a tablet and we have high hopes for the Nexus 9. In the video below we start with a short unboxing and then go hands-on with the hardware and a look at the OS and UI.

 The HTC Nexus 9 is available now from Currys. Our thanks to them for the for the review device!

 

 

HTC Nexus 9 specification:

  • 2G Network:     GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network:     HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G Network:     LTE
  • Dimensions:     228.2 x 153.7 x 7.9 mm (8.98 x 6.05 x 0.31 in)
  • Weight:     425 g (Wi-Fi) / 436 g (3G/LTE) (14.99 oz)
  • Display:    IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors,   1536 x 2048 pixels, 8.9 inches (~281 ppi pixel density)
  • Protection:     Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Stereo loud speakers
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Internal memory:      16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth  v4.1, A2DP, apt-X
  • NFC
  • microUSB v2.0
  • Primary camera:     8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, 1080p@30fps, stereo sound rec.
  • Secondary camera:     1.6 MP, 720p
  • Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Chipset     Nvidia Tegra K1
  • CPU     Dual-core 2.3 GHz Denver
  • GPU     Kepler DX1
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Battery:  Non-removable Li-Po 6700 mAh battery
By November 8, 2014 Read More →

Adonit Jot Touch hands-on

jottouchQuite some time ago I decided to get myself a stylus for my iPad as I wanted to hand right notes. At the time I chose the Adonit Jot Flip

Things have moved a long quite a bit and the folks at Adonit have just released their latest incarnation, the Adonit Jot Touch. Boasting features such as 2048 pressure levels and feature buttons that allow access to menus or other items the Jot Touch has a Pixelpoint™ fine point stylus. 

Jot Touch with Pixelpoint™ works seamlessly with tons of your favorite digital creation apps. Connect it to a Jot-Ready App to take advantage of features like palm-rejection, pressure sensitivity and shortcut buttons.

 

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