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By October 21, 2014 Read More →

Unboxing Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Unboxing Samsung Galaxy Note 4Gareth has gotten his hands on, and unboxed Samsung Galaxy Note 4. This latest Phablet offering from Samsung is due to spark all manner of uncomparable iPhone 6+ vs Note 4 debates, battle and stand offs. Here Gareth, a Note veteran,  unboxes the phone and takes a couple of days to adjust to the features and form some some early opinions of the feature set.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specification:

  • Dimensions - 153.5 X 78.6 X 8.5 mm / 176g
  • Display - 5.7” Quad HD Super AMOLED (2560 x1440)
  • Processor - 2.7GHz Quad Core Process
  • Memory - 3GB RAM + 32GB Internal memory
  • Supports microSD up to 128GB
  • Network - 2.5G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
  • 4G (LTE Cat.4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat.6 300/50Mbps)
  • Camera - Front Camera 3.7MP + F1.9/ Selfie (90º), Wide selfie mode (120º)
  • Rear Camera 16M+ Smart OIS/ Fast AF, Live HDR(Rich Tone)
  • OSAndroid 4.4 (Kitkat)Connectivity - Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2X2 MIMO)Download Booster
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth® v 4.1 (BLE),ANT+ , 
  • USB2.0, MHL 3.0
  • IR LED (Remote Control)
  • Battery3220mAh Fast Charging
  • S Pen – 15g, Hovering 15mm, Pressure level 2,048
  • Sensor - Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB ambient light, Proximity, Barometer, Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner, UV, HRM

By October 20, 2014 Read More →

ALCATEL ONETOUCH introduces the IDOL 2 MINI S

image001Alcatel Onetouch has launched the IDOL 2 MINI S 4G LTE smartphone through Carphone Warehouse. This good looking Android smartphone has been built with performance and usability in mind. Its brushed metallic finishing and diamond cut perfectly complement its Quad Core processing power and a sharp IPS display to create a smartphone perfect for style-conscious consumers. With an 8 megapixel rear camera for HD video capture and crisp photos with image stabilisation enhancements, the IDOL 2 MINI S is a premium choice without the price tag.

With a screen size of 4.5”, the IDOL 2 MINI S is compact and fits in the palm. Despite its size, the IDOL 2 MINI S doesn’t compromise on the user experience. Innovative, user-focused features like One Finger Zoom ensure that it can genuinely be used with one finger.

The IDOL 2 MINI S is available in Slate from Carphone Warehouse priced at £12 per month on pay monthly. 

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IDOL 2 MINI S

  • 4.5” qHD IPS display
  • 8.5 mm thin
  • Quad Core 1.2 GHz
  • 4G LTE – Cat 4
  • 8 Mpxl 1080p main camera
  • 2 Mpxl front camera
  • Android 4.3 (4.4 FOTA)
  • NFC
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By October 16, 2014 Read More →

50% off a Personalised Phone Case

5SmyoThese days, no matter what type of smartphone you own, a phone case of some kind is pretty much essential. Obviously there are 1000′s of designs out there but if you want to stand out and be individual then there’s no substitute for a persoanlised phone case.

The folks over at magicyourband.com have cases for Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices. Their 3D cases allow you to wrap your own photos, logos, images and text right around the whole case which not only looks cool but provides a high degree of protection.

The magicyourband.com design tool employs both Flash, WebGL and HTML5 technologies so should work on almost any device/platform.

The company has provided us with discount code NOVCASE50 which will give you 50% off any phone case that you purchase. The discount code expires at the end of November 2014 and is limited to one use of the code per customer. Just enter the coupon code in the checkout to have the discount applied.

Head over and check out the cases on offer!

Posted in: Deals & Offers, News, Phones
By October 14, 2014 Read More →

Gadget Lovers Guide to Halloween

digitaldudz-1As Halloween fast approaches, now is the time to stock up on everything you need to celebrate this spooky event. It is the one time of the year that both adults and children get to dress up, eat candy and enjoy a little spooky fun. Morph Costumes is one of the leading suppliers of Halloween fancy dress outfits. If you’re a gadget lover you will be interested to know that there are plenty of gruesome, impressive Halloween themed gadgets available on the market.

Digital Dudz Halloween gadgets

When searching for Halloween gadgets, Digital Dudz is one of the main brands to focus on. They offer some of the most advanced, high tech gadgets on the market. The company has a particularly impressive Halloween t-shirt collection. The ‘Frantically Moving Eyeball’ and ‘Beating Heart Zombie’ t-shirts are extremely realistic. Featuring realistic animations, these t-shirts are sure to provide quite a few scares!

These are some of the first t-shirts to feature wearable technology. You will need to download an app on your smartphone, place the phone in your pocket and then place a shirt over to get the full effects of the beating heart flesh wound skin suit. Other t-shirts in the collection can be worn alone, though you still need your phone to activate them.

Digital Dudz has a great range of costumes and most feature animations. Take a look at the full collection today. 

Re-enact the famous shower scene from Psycho

Ok, so you won’t actually be re-enacting the famous gruesome shower scene, but you’ll certainly feel like you are! As featured by NBC News, the electronic serial killer shower curtain is a unique, spooky addition to your morning shower! Scare your friends and family by fitting the curtain on Halloween morning. As they shower they will hear the Psycho theme music along with horrific screams. It works by detecting motion and sound so the more noise you make, the longer the terror will continue.

Front door animated axe killer

If money isn’t an issue, the axe killer animatronic prop is an excellent gadget to invest in. Seen on THEFW website, this impressive animated screen features a real-life looking axe wielding maniac trying to smash through the glass. Place it on your front door to scare any visitors. Beware that this may prove a little too terrifying for young children!  

Affordable Halloween gadgets

You don’t need to have a lot of money to enjoy spooky gadgets this Halloween. There are plenty of smaller gadgets that have a similar spooky effect. The haunted toilet roller is a good example. Simply place it on your toilet roll holder and tell people your bathroom is haunted. As they grab the toilet paper screaming, howling and moaning sounds will be released. This is definitely going to cause quite a few shocks!

As you can see, there are plenty of gadgets available to add an extra spooky quality to the home. No matter what your budget, there is always something you can afford to make your Halloween more memorable and fun. 

 

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By October 14, 2014 Read More →

The most hackable luxury cars of 2014

8856128220_21eef475e1_zTechnology always seems to come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. Recently the media has been reporting on ‘hackable’ cars, not in terms of being physically hacked into, but technologically. The ability to hack into a car may not yet be fully possible, but is it only a matter of time?

Does the thought of buying a new luxury car seem less appealing due to the fact that there is a chance that it may be ‘hacked in to’ in the future? This may make it more appealing to buy a second-hand luxury car but, from the study, “A Survey of Remote Automotive Attack Surfaces” some older cars may still be at risk.

We’re all aware of the drawbacks and data security risks of modern technology, but one industry where we don’t tend to think in terms of cybersecurity is the motor trade. “Connected cars” are becoming standard; new vehicles come laden with GPS, Bluetooth and there’s a general trend towards software based management systems. This has led to the study above attempting to highlight the ‘most hackable cars’ on the market.

‘Hackability’ was judged in terms of three key areas: Network Architecture, Attack Surface, and Cyber Physical Features. Roughly, the network architecture is the location, build and design of each of the computers within a car.  The attack surface is any location where a hacker can try to modify, alter or enter anything into the system, such as any accessible ports, or points where malicious code can be entered.  Cyber physical features include how the computer networks, and interacts or measures its environment, such as in collision detection within cars.

The 2006 Ford Fusion illustrated how anyone interested in older model used cars have far less to worry about in terms of connectivity and ‘hackability’. The 06 Fusion scored double minuses in all categories, but more to the point, this score shows how cars have come on technologically in the last eight years.

The 2006 Prius and the 2006 Range Rover also scored very low, further serving as benchmarks for old car safety. Contrast this with the 2014 Range Rover Evoque and the 2014 Prius which both scored plenty of +’s.

In reality, we tend to err towards technology despite its pitfalls, and it’s not often we’ll get cybercriminals with a laptop invading our car for unknown gain; but the study does provide food for thought. Those who wish to stay on the safe side of technology could probably do well to buy older versions of marks like the Audi A8. A 2005 version of the Audi A8 on Carmony.co.uk can easily sell for a lot less than the 2014 version with very little risk of software malfunction.

 

By October 13, 2014 Read More →

Unboxing RAVPower FileHub

vlcsnap-2014-10-11-20h36m23s122Gareth takes a look at the RAVPower FileHub a Wireless SD Flash Card Reader, USB Storage Media Sharing, NAS File Server, power bank, Wi-Fi portable hotspot device. This new pocketable device is available from Amazon for £29.99 and manages to not only improve on the basic portable power source but add in some pretty neat hardware features to reduce the contents of your gadget bag. Check the video to see what it’s all about.

A FileHub is a revolutionary device that you can use to: 

  • Transfer files (photos, movies or videos) between your SD card/USB Portable Hard Disk Drive and your Kindle Fire, Android/iOS smartphones and tablets 
  • Transfer files between your iOS and android devices 
  • Move files (photos/Movies/Music) from your mobile device to SD card / USB HDD / Flash Disk
  • A built-in 3000 mah power bank that you can use to charge your mobile devices.

Portable WLAN Hot Spot – Bypass your internet access to your existing Wi-Fi router,so you may access any data in the SD or HDD while surfing the internet simultaneously.(Allow 5 maximum connections at the same time for data sharing,or connecting to the internet service.

Specifications:

  • CPU: Ralink RT 5350 MIPS24KEc 350 MHz
  • WiFi Frequency : 2.4 GHZ Speed: 72Mbps at 20Mhz / 150 Mbps at 40MHZ
  • External Battery Pack : 3000 mah 1.5A Max Input 1A Output
  • SD Card Speed: Read: 3MB/S Write: 3.5MB/S
  • USB Interface: Micro USB 2.0 

Product Notes:

  • Please download AirStor app or Solid Explorer first from iOS or Android app store.(You can also manage filehub by ES File Explorer (Android)/ File Browser (IOS) ) 
  • You have to connect the filehub with your existing Wi-Fi router to have internet service.
  • RP-WD01 only support hard drives with DOS/Windows format.
  • Due to the limitation of Apple iOS system, you can not open the folder in your iPad, so you cannot copy it out to your external storage devices.
By October 9, 2014 Read More →

Unboxing Binatone HomeSurf 844 tablet

vlcsnap-2014-10-07-07h02m40s24Gareth takes a look at a new low end, budget offering from Binatone. Taking a few queues from Apple and Samsung’s similarly sized devices the Binatone Homesurf is a £75 alternative that might suit someone not chasing that high end feel or experience.

Binatone HomeSurf 84 specification:

  • Android KitKat 4.4.2
  • 8” multi-capacitive touch screen
  • Dual core 1.5GHz processor
  • Latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system
  • 1GB RAM and 8GB flash memory
  • Expandable Micro SD storage up to 32GB
  • 0.3MP front camera
  • 2.0MP rear camera
  • High quality loudspeaker
  • Integrated microphone
  • Audio file supports MP3 player
  • Video file supports MP4 player
  • 4 dimensional gravity sensing
  • Battery life 2800 mah

By October 8, 2014 Read More →

Is your Belkin broken?

F9K1113_AC1200_herowb_116It would appear that for some reason Belkin routers can no longer connect to the Internet. As of midnight EDT many Belkin router owners took to Twitter to all point out their Belkin routers were suffering from some sort of fault or demonic possession. At 9:30am PDT Belkin acknowledged the issue and an hour later, issued a workaround. Belkin has not yet revealed the cause of the mass outage. There are many, many annoyed users out there furious at Belkin and their ugly side can be seen on Twitter. One thing is for sure you can take away power, gas and water but don’t meddle with someone’s internet connection.

Update #2: Belkin says all routers should now be fixed.

We have confirmed that the internet connectivity issue is now resolved.

If your service has not yet been restored, please unplug your router and plug it back in after waiting 1 minute. Wait 5 more minutes and the router should reconnect. If you have any further issues, please contact our support at (800) 223-5546.

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience to our customers. We are taking a number of actions to eliminate this sort of incident from reoccurring

Update #1: Belkin’s official statement.

 

Starting approximately midnight on October 7, Belkin began experiencing an issue with a service configured in certain Belkin router models that causes a failure when it checks for general network connectivity by pinging a site hosted by Belkin. We know this issue has affected select older Wireless-N Belkin router models including F9K1102, F9K1105, F9K1113 and F9K1116. We are continuing to investigate other possible routers that may have been affected. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Until there is a fix in place, we have identified a workaround for customers that are using the F9K1102 and F9K1105 routers to regain internet connectivity. That work-around as well as ongoing updates can be found at our outage status page for more information:http://www.belkin.com/outage

By October 6, 2014 Read More →

ZTE Blade L2 Unboxing

vlcsnap-2014-10-05-13h10m18s252Gareth takes a look at ZTE’s new quad-core smartphone with a 5 inch screen and generous 2000mAh battery. For the low price of £89 on Virgin pay as you go it all sounds to good to be true. 

ZTE Blade L2 specification:

  • Android 4.2 
  • Dual-core 1.3GHz
  • Memory card slot 
  • 5in TFT LCD, 854×480 pixels
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  • MicroUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 5 megapixel with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 2000mAh Battery 
  • Size 143 x 72 x 9mm
  • Weight 166g

Posted in: Phones, Videos/Unboxings
By October 2, 2014 Read More →

Making the iPhone 6 more affordable

iphone_6_pricesApple have done it again and have brought users a brand new, larger, handset, however, the only problem is how you make purchasing the iPhone 6 more affordable? As with the launch of any new piece of tech, the cost is substantially high and as such people franticly shop around for the best contract deals available. The only thing is, while you may be able to save the odd pound here and there by researching which network and tariff is best for your budget, there are other ways to make bigger savings to make the cost of the latest handset more affordable.

There is no denying that selecting a contract iPhone 6 or 6 plus will be the cheapest short term option, you don’t have to pay too much up front and you get a gorgeous new phone. Sadly, however, the costs start to sting your bank account when your monthly contract payments go out – new phones are notorious for being quite pricey when selecting contracts, so long term you’ll end out paying a lot more than you expected or would like.

Another option, and probably one of the cheaper in the long run is to choose a SIM only contract. Although this means you pay for the handset upfront, you benefit from being able to move freely between networks and deals without having to deal with the confines of a locked contract. The issue with this decision is most people don’t make it because they feel they can’t afford to spend that much money in one go. If that sounds like where you stumble when purchasing the new iPhone you could turn to Apple’s finance payment plan to help you make that handset obtainable.

The finance package with Apple means you buy directly from the company and then pay back what you owe, with interest, over a select period of months, the most common being 24 months. However, while it definitely sounds a lot more money savvy, you do have an APR rate of 14.9% added onto your repayments, which obviously means you end up paying more than what the handset is worth. This is where you might want to consider a 0% credit card instead, as this option means you can enjoy a long interest free period (maximum of 20 months), and only pay for the handset with no added extras.

By breaking it down and comparing the two options, the latter is more financially sound. When you buy an iPhone 6 (16gb) via Apple finance, you’ll pay £620.54 with repayment costs of £25.86 monthly for 24 months, however, when you buy an iPhone 6 via an interest free credit card, you’ll pay the SIM-free cost of £539.00 and pay back £26.95 monthly for 20 months. Despite the fact that you’ll pay out a little bit more each month if you choose the credit card option, you pay off the handset sooner and essentially make a saving of £81.54; and the saving for handsets with more storage is even greater.

As expected with a new phone, it’s all about shopping around for the best deal, however, that doesn’t restrict you to just what contracts are on offer in the high-street stores. There are many other avenues to research and consider before making a final decision, and weighing them up first and making the right decision can save you money in the long term.

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