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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 July 29, 2014 Read More →

The HTC Nexus tablets

HTC-generic-Tablet-concept-renderSupposedly, HTC is working on three different Android tablets and supposedly they plan to release later this year. On top of that, one of them will could be the Nexus 9 tablet for Google. 

HTC Nexus tablets specification:

  • 8.9-inch display with 281ppi
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB storage options
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 3-megapixel front-facing camera

According to the dude @evleaks, a Nexus 9 will have the model name T1 (and could have internal names of Volantis/Flounder as previously rumoured), while the other two unknown HTC tablets will be models T7 and T12. On top of this rumour, it has been speculated that the T7 will be the next Nexus 7 tablet, and that the T12 might be a successor to the Nexus 10.

Posted in: News, Rumours, Tablets
By July 29, 2014 Read More →

Olixar BoomBrick Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Unboxing

Boom-3aMobilefun.co.uk have very kindly provided us with an Olixar BoomBrick Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. Gareth shares his initial thoughts.

High fidelity audio for rich, room filling sound

The BoomBrick Wireless Bluetooth Speaker allows your crisp wireless sound to go wherever you go. The BoomBrick features two powerful 3W drivers, providing you with a total output of 6W that will enable your media to fill the room with engaging high fidelity audio.

Passive radiator for a great bass sound

With small speakers it’s hard to achieve great sounding bass tones. The BoomBrick tackles this problem by featuring a passive radiator, which extends the bass response of the two existing full-range drivers – providing you with impressive sound, whatever genre of music you enjoy listening to.

Stylish and portable design

The BoomBrick Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is designed to be stylish, light and compact with its dimensions of 180 x 65 x 48mm making it easily portable.

Bluetooth and line-in connectivity so you can connect any audio device

The BoomBrick is Bluetooth enabled, so the pairing process is incredibly simple – connecting to your device wirelessly with no need for passwords. It supports any Bluetooth music device and you only have to turn the speaker on and search for it using your device.  This sound system however also includes a standard 3.5mm jack to allow you to connect devices without Bluetooth technology such as iPods, Laptops and MP3 players.

Built-in microphone for hands-free calls and conference calling

The BoomBrick’s built-in microphone makes it easy to take calls hands-free or in a group. You can easily switch between playing audio and receiving calls with the multifunction button on top of the BoomBrick. The internal microphone is compatible with Bluetooth enabled phones, Facetime, iChat, Skype and other applications (not all phones will support these features) – making it a perfect item for office conference calling or family Skype chats.

Built-in 1200mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery

Fully loaded with a rechargeable 1200mAh lithium ion battery, which provides you with up to 8 hours of play time – so you can enjoy your music all day. Recharging the BoomBrick’s battery from flat should take around 3 hours with the included USB charge cable.

Technical Specifications:

  • Bluetooth: CSR 2.1 +EDR
  • Dimensions: 180 x 65 x 48mm
  • 3.5mm port: Yes
  • Power input: DC 3.7V
  • Power output: 2 x 3W
  • Driver size: 2 x 1.75″ + 1 bass radiator
  • Battery size: 1200mAh
  • Play time: 8 hours
  • Charge time: 3 hours

You can order one from Mobilefun.co.uk here.

 

By July 28, 2014 Read More →

Rhino Shield iPhone 5S, 5C, 5 Screen Protector Unboxing and fitting

7Mobilefun.co.uk have very kindly provided us with a Rhino Shield iPhone 5S, 5C, 5 Screen Protector. Here Gareth attempts to fit it and resists the urge to take a hammer to it.

Highly impact-absorbent

Render your phone’s screen practically invincible to all extremities that everyday life could possibly throw at it by applying the Rhino Shield Screen Saviour, which absorbs five times more impact energy than Gorilla glass.

Incredibly easy to install

Applying the Rhino Shield could not be easier, as the self-adhesive silicone sticks to the screen and stays there exactly as it is meant to, so no more sticky residue or air bubbles.

Just 0.029 mm thick!

Despite its outstanding shock-absorbing properties, the Rhino Shield is just 0.029 mm thick, making it unbelievably discreet. Furthermore, the screen protector features exceptional transparency and keeps your screen responsive at the same time. You will hardly be able to tell if it’s on!

Fingerprint and dirt-resistant

The Rhino Shield prevents fingerprints and dirt from impeding the screen clarity, so you can enjoy your iPhone without horrid distractions getting in the way.

Full iPhone 5S, 5C, 5 screen compatibility

Specifically designed to fit the iPhone 5S, 5C and 5 screen perfectly, Rhino Shield is the perfect screen protector.

You can order one here:

 

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By July 27, 2014 Read More →

4-in-1 Charge and Sync Cable Unboxing

4-in-1-charge-and-sync-cable-apple-galaxy-tab-micro-usb-white-p38954-300Mobilefun.co.uk have very kindly provided us with a 4-in-1 Charge and Sync Cable for Apple devices and MicroUSB.

Supports use with Apple Lightning, Apple 30-pin, Galaxy Tab and Micro USB devices

Designed to be the only cable that you will ever need – this 4-in-1 cable features Apple Lightning, Apple 30-pin, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Micro USB connectors – designed to charge any device which uses any of these adapters.

With more and more devices using Micro USB charging adaptors, this cable is also designed to be future proof – so you won’t need to keep purchasing new cables to match your numerous devices.

Provides quick and easy charging of a wide range of devices

Quickly and easily charge your mobile devices with the 4-in-1 cable.

Designed to give you complete freedom, the 4-in-1 cable allows you to charge all of your devices without having to carry around different cables with you all the time.  

This is the perfect solution for on-the-go lifestyles and multiple device owners.

Charge and Sync Apple Lightning devices

Not only charge your Apple Lightning compatible device, but also sync data to and from your computer to your smartphone or tablet and vice versa. Ensure that your music, video and photos are transferred from your computer to a more portable device using your Lightning compatible Apple smartphone or tablet.

This 4-in-1 cable is also iOS 7 compatible and will function perfectly.

Dual use connector – flip the Apple 30-pin connector and use it on Samsung Galaxy Tab devices

The Apple 30-pin connector on this 4-in-1 cable also doubles as a Samsung Galaxy Tab connector. When you place it in one way, it will fit into Apple 30-pin devices – flip it over and it will now fit into Samsung Galaxy Tab devices.

Simultaneous charging – charge all devices at once

With this 4-in-1 Charge and Sync cable you can charge all of your devices at the same time, using just one USB cable.

You can purchase one here.

 

By July 26, 2014 Read More →

NVIDIA Unveils The Tegra-K1 Equipped Shield Tablet

Screenshot 2014-07-23 21.53.50We have seen to rumours, however now we have the details, Nvidia are putting out the Tegra-K1 Shield Tablet. We also have pricing details. Whilst the details are for the US we shall still share them. The Shield Tablet 16GB/Wi-Fi version will cost $299, and the 32GB/LTE model will sell for $399. Additionally, the optional Shield controller will cost $59.

Now for the juicy parts… here’s the primary spec-list:

  • 8-inch Full HD IPS LCD display
  • Built-in stylus that works with Nvidia’s new DirectStylus 2 tech
  • Tegra K1 SoC – 192 Kepler-based GPU cores (with support for some desktop class graphics)
  • Quad-core Cortex A15 processor spinning at 2.2GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi only version with 16GB of built-in storage, and an LTE-equipped version with 32GB of storage
  • Both feature an expansion card slot for up to 128GB of additional storage space

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That’s not all though. This new tablet is more than just internals. NVIDIA have gone all-out by including what they claim are some “world’s first” features for this super-gaming tablet. Here’s a quote from their presser with the details,

String of World Firsts

The SHIELD tablet provides a range of firsts for a tablet:

  • PC Streaming: First to stream games from a PC desktop or notebook, from anywhere in the home – using NVIDIA GameStreamTM technology to stream from systems powered by an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 6xx series or greater GPU.
  • Cloud Streaming: First to stream PC games from the cloud. Gamers can access the NVIDIA GRIDTM cloud gaming beta, available exclusively to SHIELD owners in Northern California, to instantly stream a library of high-quality PC games, and then save them in the cloud.
  • Twitch and NVIDIA ShadowPlayTM: First to feature Twitch – the leading video platform and community for gamers – which is also integrated with ShadowPlay, an advanced game-capture tool that lets users save and stream their greatest gaming moments. Gamers can stream titles from the SHIELD tablet to friends and foes worldwide. SHIELD Tablet also includes a 5MP front camera to enhance the image of the gamer overlaid on the Twitch gamecast.
  • Console Mode: First to feature NVIDIA Console Mode, which takes your tablet gameplay to your big screen TV. Console Mode transforms the device into a full living-room gaming and entertainment experience. Gamers can set up their SHIELD wireless controller, sit back on their couch and play Android games, browse the web and watch their favorite movies — all in native 1080p HD.

 

 

 

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

In-App Purchases do not a free game make

83f43adc59ca108ddac072c327b554b2After many complaints, and in order to abide by laws set up by the European Commision, Google will no longer be labeling games with in-app purchases (IAP) as free. The complaints are due to children charging up their parent’s credit cards, without parents knowledge, from games that were labeled as free, however offer IAP.

As gamers on the Android platform, we are all familiar with how some of these “free” games work. While some can be played in their entirety with the purchases being completely optional, other games have a pay wall, or a pay to win model where the game becomes extremely difficult or tedious to play without spending money.

Google’s plans to prevent children from making IAP and follow laws set up by the European Union goes into effect at the end of September. On the other side of the fence, Apple has yet to give a solid plan on how to deal with the issue on the App Store, but did issue a response concerning the matter after a scolding of sorts from the EU.

Apple takes great pride in leading the industry in parental controls that are incredibly easy to use and help ensure a great experience for parents and children on the App Store. The parental controls in iOS are strong, intuitive and customizable. And over the last year we made sure any app which enables customers to make in-app purchases is clearly marked. We’ve also created a Kids Section on the App Store with even stronger protections to cover apps designed for children younger than 13.

These controls go far beyond the features of others in the industry. But we are always working to strengthen the protections we have in place, and we’re adding great new features with iOS 8, such as Ask to Buy, giving parents even more control over what their kids can buy on the App Store.

Our goal is to continue to provide the best experience for our customers and we will continue to work with the EC member states to respond to their concerns.

Source [Engadget]

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

Acer are top of the pops on Chromebooks

chromebook-shipments-in-q2-2014Data from global research firm TrendForce claims that Acer has seen the biggest growth in the second quarter shipments of Chrome OS notebooks, jumping 6 percentage points on its performance for the previous quarter. This rise means almost one third of all Chromebook shipments in the last three months were Acer models. The Taiwan-based tech giant now edges ahead of rival Samsung to become the most popular Chromebook maker, having been narrowly beaten by the South Korean electronics company earlier in the year.

Acer recently announced that its consumer Chromebook sales in the U.S. hit nearly 47% during the first quarter of the year. A mix of higher pricing of the second-generation Samsung Chromebook 2 and reportedly average performance from the eight-core Exynos Octa processor used seems to have resulted in cheaper and more powerful Intel-based devices flourishing. 

Posted in: Laptops
By July 23, 2014 Read More →

Google Chromecast hitting Éire

chromecast-irelandGreat news for Chromecast fans from Ireland, Google is now selling Chromecast through Play Store there. Here is the official announcement from Google Play on Google Plus:

Ireland, time to play your heart out!

Your favorite films are now available on Google Play. Stream hits like +The LEGO Movie instantly on the web or your Android or iOS device http://goo.gl/BwGyXG, then download a few old favorites and take them with you wherever you go on your tablet or phone—no internet connection required. Hopefully we’ve made some Irish eyes smile. http://goo.gl/UXDSCj

Lets hope the Irish Government can’t mess this up like with that greedy Garth Brooks fella.

Posted in: Gadgets
By July 22, 2014 Read More →

NVIDIA Shield Tablet leaked online

nvidia-shield-tablet-leaked-picThere have been many rumours of a NVIDIA Android gaming console over the last few weeks. We don’t have anything new to report on that front, but we do have a solid leak regarding NVIDIA’s upcoming gaming Android tablet from one of the most reliable sources, out pal @evleaks

The NVIDIA Shield Tablet could be one of the most interesting things to happen to Android gaming. In fact, it’s entirely possible there won’t necessarily be an Android gaming console from NVIDIA because, with the proper input/outputs, this could easily become a portable gaming console. We do know that this device is supposed to come with the NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC or if the newly leaked NVIDIA gaming controller is meant to pair with this device, a likely situation however. 

Either way, Android gaming is only just now evolving to reach a more mainstream gaming audience. This device could be a big step in that direction.

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Posted in: News, Tablets
By July 22, 2014 Read More →

Energy Challenge Day 1 – The Set Up

Energy Day 1Gareth shows how and where he has installed the energy monitors for the Moneysupermarket.com challenge. From the insertion of the monitor on the live feed to the monitor on the kettle’s plug, Gareth’s dusty setup covers some of the most used item’s around the house. Don’t feed the giraffes.

 

 

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