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A new Samsung watch might be round… the corner

A new Samsung watch might be round… the corner

Round smart watches seem to be in garnering most of the attention at the moment, aside from a certain square Apple offering. Motorola has the 360, LG has the G Watch R and the Watch Urbane, and even Huawei are showing off a most delicious model, so it’s been rumoured for a while that Samsung’s […]

By April 24, 2015 Read More →
Google launches a slick promo for something Fi

Google launches a slick promo for something Fi

A new, beautiful promo has been launched by Google to … advertise (?) Project Fi. A promo that actually contains no information about the service, merely a hint of what they are doing. According to the website “Project Fi is a program to deliver a fast, easy wireless experience in close partnership with leading carriers, […]

By April 23, 2015 Read More →
ChatGrape Arrives As An Open Beta

ChatGrape Arrives As An Open Beta

Promising to shake up the enterprise and team messaging app world ChatGrape injects fresh, new life into the ever growing list of messaging apps. With a colourful design and an interesting approach ChatGrape is a platform that might turn some heads. Touching on a few features that other popular messaging client overlook or choose to avoid […]

By April 22, 2015 Read More →
Unboxing the Microsoft Lumia 640

Unboxing the Microsoft Lumia 640

Gareth takes a look at the latest Microsoft Windows Phone, the Lumia 640. This wallet friendly refresh adds a lot of the mix combining some very attractive features to a decent build and some impressive addition value in Office 365 for one year. For only £120 the Lumia 640 packs quite the punch: 5” Display […]

By April 20, 2015 Read More →

Reviews

Unboxing the Inateck Bluetooth 3.0 ultra slim keyboard

Unboxing the Inateck Bluetooth 3.0 ultra slim keyboard

Coming in at an exceptionally low price whilst retaining a fine build quality the Inateck Bluetooth keyboard is a low cost solution to increasing comfort when travelling and the need for a more desktop like environment. Also available in black, this revised bluetooth keyboard is much more attractive than the typical affair you would expect […]

By April 22, 2015 Read More →
iMend smartphone repair review

iMend smartphone repair review

No matter how careful you are, at some point many of us end up dropping their mobile phone. Sometimes you get lucky and end up with just a little scratch but other times the damage can be a little more catastrophic. Generally your choices are to get a new phone or to get the phone […]

By December 8, 2014 Read More →
ExpressVPN keeping you safe and secret

ExpressVPN keeping you safe and secret

There 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 […]

By November 25, 2014 Read More →
Unboxing Inateck 2 in 1 Micro USB Cable + Apple Lightning Adapter Cable

Unboxing Inateck 2 in 1 Micro USB Cable + Apple Lightning Adapter Cable

Inateck have provided us with a 2 in 1 Micro USB Cable + Apple Lightning Adapter Cable 1.2m (4ft.) This is ideal for charging your iPhone 6/ 5/ 5s/ 5c /iPad 4/ iPad air/ iPad mini mini2/ iPad 4th gen, whilst also providing a cable for a MicroUSB based device. The cap on the top can […]

By October 27, 2014 Read More →

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Unboxing the Inateck 4 Port USB Desktop Charger

vlcsnap-2015-04-20-22h21m02s72Inateck, a reliable and price concious hardware brand have send over a 4 Post USB dekstop charger a head of the holidays for Gareth to take  a look at. This type of device, as Gareth outlines, is perfect for a holiday to allow users a charging solution for multiple USB devices.

  • Weight 120g / 4.23oz
     
  • Size 100 x 105 x 30mm / 3.94 x 4.13 x 1.18in
     
  • Interface 4 x 5V / 1.5A charging ports

You can purchase one for £13.99 from Amazon here!

 

| April 21, 2015 | Read More →

The Top Titles for Mobile Gamers

14758403742_704f51fa09_bGaming via a PC, tablet or smartphone is one of the more popular modes of play nowadays. With 2015’s new devices able to host graphical and processing abilities that were once merely the preserve of consoles and high-spec gaming PCs, high spec gameplay is no longer out of reach to the common gamer.

 

Mobile games have become the avenue of choice for many people wanting to play, however with so many out there, it can be hard to sort the good from the bad. To help you choose, here are some of our favourites!

 

101-in-1 Games

Developed by Nordcurrent, the massive collection of games in this app gives players well over 101 names to play, for free, and all within one click! Puzzle games, racing, action, sports, cooking, shooting, drawing; practically every genre one could want is featured, and they all come in a variety of languages, for ease of use.

 

Mr Smith Casino

For lovers of pulse-ripping casino games, there’s no better host than Mr Smith Casino. This exhaustive gaming site is a dream to use, and features games from the traditionally popular poker, to fun new titles, such as the Starburst slots. You can either choose to play the site’s free to play games, or kick up the excitement with a wager or two, giving yourself the chance to win big!

 

Game Booster

Even if you think your gaming device is up to scratch in terms of technology, there’s always more you can do to tweak your settings and processes in order to boost those graphics and get those games running a little smoother. Game Booster let you do this by allowing users to turn off background processes to free up processing power, and its tweaking and diagnostics tools mean you’ll never suffer a tedious gaming crash again!

 

The Walking Dead: Season One

Fans of the ever-excellent Zombie-romping series The Walking Dead may have chanced upon this wonderful title from Telltale Games, but even if you haven’t caught the zombie bug yet, this app should be at the top of your download list. Winner of the 2012 Video Gaming Awards Game of the Year prize, this is unlike other gaming apps. With an utterly emotive, immersive story, gameplay that is both riveting and captivating. Featuring the ability for players to actually change the outcome of the story depending on their in-game actions, this is far more than a freemium or puzzle title, but should be played on a tablet instead of a smartphone, given its fairly meaty processing requirements.

 

| April 17, 2015 | Read More →

Huawei adds some stunning phones to it’s line up

huawei-p8_w_450Yesterday saw the lanuch of not three but two Huawei devices. We had been expecting the P8, P8 Max and the P8 Lite however only the P8 and P8 Max made it into the limelight. This is quite understandable as the two phones Huawei unveiled are quite easily two of the most exciting and extraordinary devices of the year.

First is the Huawei P8. This top end phone packs a HiSilicon Kirin 930 octa-core CPU that includes a cluster of four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2 GHz and another four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz. A GPU. The Kirin 930 SoC uses the Mali-T628MP4 GPU. Fronted by a 5.2″ screen with a Full HD 1080p resolution there is a second screen on the back, a built-in 4.3″ E-ink screen. The screen is always-on and can be used to read books or view notifications.

The P8 comes with a 2,600 mAh battery. Whilst the battery size might meet with some critics the P8 has an app power consumption firewall. The purpose of the firewall is to block all apps that have abnormal power usage. The company said the device should last an extra 2.3 days of standby time thanks to this feature. This will be an interesting feature to test and some may turn it off if it decides to block their Whatsapp. To facilitate things there is 3 GB of RAM and a choice of either 16 or 64 GB storage.

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Huawei also let loose the P8max, which comes with a slightly more powerful processor, the Kirin 935. The GPU is clocked at 2.2 GHz, giving it a 10 percent boost in performance. This is to help with the larger 6.8″ screen, which also happens to be the largest Full HD display in the world. To power such a beast of a screen the P8max has a much larger 4,360 mAh battery. This translates to 2.23 days of normal usage and 1.4 days of heavy usage, according to Huawei, obviously taking into account the afore mentioned firewall addition. 

Both P8′s feature a 13MP camera featuring OIS and a “DSLR-level” independent ISP from Altek, and it features 4-colour RGBW imaging for brighter images in high-contrast conditions, and far less noise in low-light situations. A lot of time has been spent by Huawei of late developing their camera technology and implementation. The P8′s OIS is should be twice as good as the iPhone 6′s brag Huawei.

One area Huawei seek to improve and one generally ignored by a great many manufacturers is the antenna. Huawei have put two antennas in the P8 to avoid any issues with signal blockage due to hand placement. The P8 intelligently switches the signal depending on where your hand is located.  In an effort to keep you connected the P8 will switch networks depending on where you are — such as your living room or at work — and it also appears to intelligently switch to a 3G or 4G alongside a Wi-Fi+ feature that’s designed to automatically connect to the best available Wi-Fi network.

Whilst the majority of the P8′s sold will feature a single-SIM variant, there’s also a dual-SIM model that supports two 4G LTE SIMs. The P8 has two nano SIM slots, although one of the two can also handle a Micro SD card.

The Huawei P8 “Standard” with 16 GB of storage will arrive in Titanium Grey and Mystic Champagne and cost 499 euro, while the “Premium” model with 64 GB of storage will come in Carbon Black and Prestige Gold and cost 599 euro.

The Huawei P8max “Standard” with 32 GB of storage will cost 549 euro and arrive in Titanium Grey and Mystic Champagne, while the Premium model with 64 GB of storage will cost 649 euro and come in Titanium Grey and Prestige Gold.

There was little to no mention of the P8 Lite, however we hope this will roll out in a timely fashion saving the best to last. The P8 is easily a line that is worthy of your attention.

 

| April 16, 2015 | Read More →

The Mobile Tech Addicts Show 234 : It’s Superfly!

Podcast-Logo_thumb.jpgGareth, Jay and Phil chit chat about the latest tech revelations from the UK

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Whats news?

SuperFly USB cable – Android and Apple flavours

LG G4 – Yay

Unboxing Archos 50 Diamond
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will launch with Windows 10 this Summer
EE expanding signal in every home using your wifi

The original Apple Watch – $2.5k

Apple II Watch

Blackberry Leap Launched

Bargain Basement

Elephone P6000 Android 5.0 MTK6732 64-bit Quad-core 4G £81.34

Honor 4X 4G 5.5-Inch 8 GB Dual SIM-Free Smartphone £144.99

Motorola Moto G™ + 4G White £95.00 @ Tesco Direct

 

Email us: Podcast@tracyandmatt.co.uk  Tel: 0208 123 3757

 

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Jay Garrett – @JayGarrett

Dan Carter – @mobilemandan

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Phil Lain – @low405

| April 15, 2015 | Read More →

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will launch with Windows 10 this Summer

image-left-cyan-hero-e1400563125164Microsoft are breaking the mould and releasing two laptop replacements this year. On top of the Surface 3 it looks like we will be getting a high end refresh of the Surface Pro 3, crudely dubbed the Surface Pro 4 at this point. As usually we are expecting the Surface Pro 4 to cater for those with deep pockets, much like the previous three models however there looks to be a sizeable upgrade this year that will justify keep the high price. Whilst the device will run Windows 10 and will likely be the ideal scenario for which Windows 10 should be used rumour has it that Microsoft are placing the Skylake Processor inside. Intel have been talking up this processor however it was not to be released until sometime in 2016 however it looks like Microsoft may have twisted their arm enough to get into their most desirable hybrid. The Skylake is touted to be much more powerful than previous Intel predecessors, requiring less power and offering better battery life.

There is bad news however, the device will not feature a USB-C port, as rumoured earlier, as it is too soon for such integrations. It also looks as though Microsoft will be axing the RT line of tablets in favour of the Surface line as a lower cost solution to the Surface Pro devices. Windows 10 will bring a larger amount of new features for the Surface and desktop experience worldwide, for example the Spartan browser that is due to replace Internet Explorer. This comes bundled with Cortana, reading view and most importantly, a support for on-screen hand drawn notes.

 

| April 14, 2015 | Read More →

EE expanding signal in every home using your wifi

5gUWENg5EE yesterday announced the launch of WiFi Calling, making calls and texts available in every WiFi-connected home and small office in the UK.

The UK’s first launch of WiFi Calling will help over four million people who say they lose mobile connection in at least one room in their house. The recent survey of connectivity in the home also found that a quarter of people in the UK work from home at least one day per week and 20 percent of those lose connectivity during the day, so WiFi Calling will be a big benefit to the country’s increasingly mobile workforce.

As well as helping people across the UK in homes and small/home offices, WiFi Calling can also change the value of your home. Simon Gerrard, President, National Association of Estate Agents said: “Mobile coverage is becoming increasingly important to people when they’re buying a house – innovations like this can help sellers ensure they are maximising the value of their home and are not losing out due to poor mobile coverage.”

WiFi Calling from EE is not like ‘over the top’ services that enable calls using WiFi. WiFi Calling from EE uses the phone’s normal dialler and contacts book to make calls, and the normal text button to send text messages. There is no need for an app, and friends don’t need to be using the same closed user group services to talk to or message each other.

WiFi Calling from EE will be available from launch on the Lumia 640 and from Friday 10th April on the brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. More new and existing devices will be added to the WiFi Calling range in the coming weeks, and by summer 2015 more than five million EE pay monthly customers will have access to WiFi Calling.

EE CEO Olaf Swantee said:

“Losing coverage at home is a major frustration, and WiFi Calling will make a real difference to millions of customers across the UK, from basement flats in London to the most rural homes in the country. Our customers want to be able to call and text no matter where they are, and they don’t want to have to think about which app they need to use or if their friends have a particular third party service.”

Research carried out by ICM on behalf of EE in March 2015 found almost one in ten people have one room or more in their home where they have no mobile connectivity, and this increases to 15 percent for those living in rural and semi-rural areas. 

WiFi Calling will be available to EE pay monthly consumer and small business customers with compatible devices. WiFi Calling will be available to corporate 4GEE customers with compatible devices this summer. 

| April 8, 2015 | Read More →

Unboxing Archos 50 Diamond

vlcsnap-2015-04-03-16h19m35s145Archos are still pushing out phones and tablets to maintain their position as a respectable budget brand. The Archos 50 Diamond is their latest wallet friendly smartphone and this time they have gone for style above all else. Rather than push out another slab that is somewhat lost in the line up of the current generation Archos has been dipped into the fashion tank and a zesty yellow device with a modern jet black glass have been launched. Easily a head turner but does the Archos have what it takes to capture consumers with anything other than some striking looks?

Display – 5.00-inch
Processor - Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1GHz  octa-core
Front Camera – 8-megapixel
Read Camera - 16-megapixel
Resolution – 1080×1920 pixels
RAM – 2GB
OS Android 4.4.4
Storage – 16GB
Battery capacity 2700mAh
Dual Micro-SIM, MicroSD up to 128gb
Dimensions - 146.00 x 70.40 x 8.00
Weight - 142.00

 

| April 3, 2015 | Read More →

The Mobile Tech Addicts Show 233 : Home Security

| April 1, 2015 | Read More →

Top 3 Things to Consider when Buying a TV

Plasma_TV_Panasonic_TX-P_46_G_15_E_Front-650x447When considering buying a TV, most people only think of two factors; size and cost. To get a TV that is worth your money, you must look at other important aspects. The level of complexity that is compounded by the ever changing technology makes it hard to differentiate a great TV from a poor one; to the eye, they all look the same.

 

Source: www.gadgetreview.com

Here are some of the important aspects you should consider before buying a TV. 

Finance:

When it comes to buying the TV you may have to consider a tv on finance option. Many online stores now allow you to buy now and pay later or spread the cost over several months. Some even allow you up to 12 months interest free credit.

Display type:

The different display types available include LCD, LED, OLED, and plasma. Plasma display is ideal for relatively big TVs as they tend to have higher contrast ratio and excellent color quality. The problem with plasma TVs is low brightness which makes them prone to ambient light. LCD TVs are cheap and are more energy efficient than plasmas however, they have limited viewing angles. LED TVs are just LCD TVs that uses LEDs as a backlight and are more energy efficient compared to LCD TVs. OLED TVs feature one of the latest technologies to offer a more superior picture quality though they still get affected with glare.

Colour Depth:

This is the ability of the TV to reproduce more realistic images that are satisfying to the human eye. For a real bargain-priced TV, the bit depth should be “8 bits per channel’’ or more. TVs with a low colour depth give images that look exaggerated. 

Inputs: 

Most TVs comes with most essential inputs such as the coaxial F connector. But if you are planning on watching HD content, you should always choose one with a HDMI input. The higher the number of inputs, the better as you get many options to choose from. You can even enjoy old school movies from your old video recorder. HDCP input technology allows you to watch content from Blu-ray players. 

Manufacturer:

A TV can range in price massively depending solely on the brand name. Checking out customer reviews of the model you’re looking to buy is a great way of determining if you’re money is best spent elsewhere. There are a lot of new brands on the market offering TV’s for very cheap prices, however, the TV itself may only last a few months!

 

| April 1, 2015 | Read More →
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