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Seasoned tech blogger. Host of both the Mobile Tech Addicts podcast and The Mobile Tech Addicts Show.

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By December 14, 2014 Read More →

Win a new Panasonic Blu-ray DVD Player worth £90

Screenshot 2014-12-02 15.01.54To celebrate the new Viera TV range, Panasonic’s offering one lucky reader a Blu-ray DVD player worth £90, so they can enjoy watching high quality films at home.

Panasonic Viera TVs, which I got to see in IFA, Berlin, as part of the Viera VIP Club, produce stunning images and are packed with ‘beyond smart’ technology, allowing you to make your TV your own.

All Viera TVs from the AS650 and up let you catch up on shows when you want with inbuilt Freeview, and you can watch them anywhere on a mobile device with ‘TV Anywhere’. Plus, there’s the super smart ‘my Stream’ which recommends content to match your preferences easily via an intuitive interface. ‘My Home Screen’ also lets you customise your very own screen with social media, widgets and sites that you like, plus there’s a voice control mode and much more.

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As usual we are going to make this very easy for you.

To enter, all you have to do is follow tracyandmatt on Twitter and retweet the following tweet: “RT I want to win a new Panasonic Blu-ray DVD player from @tracyandmatt and @Panasonic – See how you can enter too: http://bit.ly/1wi5oyq” You can also click the retweet link below to save you copying and pasting the phrase. Your twitter name will be entered in to the draw.

 

RETWEET ME!

Your twitter name will be entered in to the draw. You’ll have to keep following us as we’ll notify winners via DM. 

Entry is open until midnight on the 31st December 2014 and the winner will be picked on the 3rdst January. Will that be a lucky day for you?

We’ll contact the winner via twitter so make sure that you are still following us!

Good luck.

To find out more about the Panasonic Viera TV range, visit http://viera.panasonic.co.uk/

Posted in: Competitions, News
By December 12, 2014 Read More →

Samsung’s Gear VR in sight with 11 games

downloadSamsung’s virtual reality headset, the Gear VR, is now available for purchase. You can pick it up for roughly £160 without a gamepad or £190 with. Alone side the release of this new virtual reality device, comes a list of games that are available for its launch.

In total 11 games will be available for download when you get your new Gear VR headout set. Using the marketplace from the Oculus Rift right now and they are all free!

Here is the list of games you can expect to see:

  • Anshar Wars
  • Bombsquad
  • Darknet
  • Dreadhalls
  • Esper
  • Herobound
  • Ikarus
  • Minotaur Rescue VR
  • Proton Pulse
  • Romans from Mars
  • Viral

Of course these are just the games and doesn’t include applications that will also be available for use with the Gear VR as yet. With this device becoming available and a rather attractive price point you can expect more games and applications to hit the Oculus Rift marketplace quite quickly.

By December 4, 2014 Read More →

Hands on with the Panasonic Viera TX42AS740B 42 inch 3D LED Smart TV

vlcsnap-2014-12-03-16h17m20s205As part of the exclusive Viera VIP Club, Gareth spends some time getting familiar with the new Panasonic Viera AS750 42 inch 3D LED Smart TV from Panasonic. This smart television has a highly customisable overlay and some significant social network integration.

  • Full HD LED TV with 1200Hz (BLS) – high-speed panel for brilliant, smooth motion picture quality and 
  • my Stream – enjoy content recommended to match your preferences, easily via an intuitive interface
  • Built-in camera – take Skype video calls, or get your personalised My Home Screen from Face Recognition
  • TV Anywhere – your entertainment, from the TV to your Web-enabled mobile device, even outside the home`

    Find out more at http://viera.panasonic.co.uk/

By December 3, 2014 Read More →

Vodafone Ireland customers first to experience 4G+ in Ireland

Screenshot 2014-12-02 15.06.44@VodafoneIreland is the first operator to deliver Ireland’s first 4G+ technology providing speeds up to twice as fast as first generation 4G, and speeds exceeding the standard fixed-line broadband experience. From 1 December, Vodafone customers in Waterford city will have access to data speeds of up to 150Mbps with 4G+, while Cork, Dublin and Limerick cities will be switched on by the end of December.

With 4G+, customers can now experience the fastest speeds available on mobile to enjoy services like, instant video streaming in HD, live TV with high reliability and the potential to broadcast live from events. In addition, business customers can download higher volumes of data even faster than ever before.

4G+ is available to Vodafone RED Super Business and RED Extra Super bill pay customers at no extra cost until April 2015 using one of three select Samsung 4G+ enabled smartphones; Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha.

Celebrating the launch of the first 4G+ network in Ireland, Vodafone Technology Director, Madalina Suceveanu said “Vodafone customers in Ireland already have access to the widest 4G footprint across six cities and 377 towns and villages – covering over three quarters (79%) of the country and 95 per cent of 3G coverage nationwide. In tandem with our 4G roll-out, we are modernising our network nationwide, providing customers with improved voice call quality and data services to all areas with existing voice services. This new addition of 4G+ services is an even greater boost for our customers. Quite simply, 4G+ downloads, streams and delivers chosen content even faster than before.”

Commenting, Vodafone Enterprise Director, Anne Sheehan, “With 4G+ super-fast speeds now available in Ireland – it opens up a new world of mobilisation for our business customers, with video calls and Cloud based applications really coming into their own”.

4G+ speeds are delivered by combining two 4G bandwidths. Location coverage maps will be available as areas are switched on. For full details of 4G+ please see www.vodafone.ie/network/4g.

Posted in: News
By November 29, 2014 Read More →

Unboxing Archos Activity Tracker and Connected Scales

vlcsnap-2014-11-24-14h40m28s186Gareth unboxes the Archos Activity Tracker and Connected Scales. These now budget fitness accessories cost £50 a piece and promise to enhance your fitness tracking.

The Activity tracker is a simple pedometer that connects, by bluetooth, to your smartphone, Apple or Android. An app collated the information and presents you with targets and results from your daily activities.

The Connect Scales are another simple addition. To keep you weight loss (or gain) in check the scales can differentiate between four different people can record results to the same app as the activity tracker.

By November 27, 2014 Read More →

ALCATEL ONETOUCH adds two new smartphones to the affordable POP C range

image004ALCATEL ONETOUCH has released the POP C5 and the POP C7 to the UK SIM free market. The latest smartphones to be added to its range of easy to use POP smartphones, the POP C5 and POP C7 are designed with the first-time smartphone buyer in mind.

The POP C5 has a 4.5” screen and 5 megapixel camera, which comes with a panoramic picture function as well as a front camera, enabling video chat.

The POP C7 features a 5” display with a Quad Core 1.3 GHz processor to accelerate all tasks and apps. The POP C7 also features a 5 megapixel camera capable of taking great quality images, perfect for instant sharing.

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 Both the POP C5 and POP C7 run the Android operating system. Based on the ethos of the POP smartphone range: ‘easy to choose, easy to use’ the POP C5 and the POP C7 come preloaded with popular apps, such as Facebook, What’s App and Twitter, so the smartphones are ready to use, straight out the box.

 The POP C5 and the POP C7 are available in Bluish Black from Freemans.com.  The POP C5 is priced RRP £85 SIM free and the POP C7 is priced RRP £115 SIM free.

Posted in: News, Phones
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 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
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