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First Direct to launch new #@&? Jar saver app!!!

First Direct to launch new #@&? Jar saver app!!!

Finding new ways to put aside a bit of extra cash is not easy, so first direct has created a unique way to help its customers get in to the savings habit. The new #@&? Jar app allows people to put money aside for a rainy day, without changing their day to day behaviour. The […]

By April 1, 2015 Read More →
Unboxing the Piper NV from iControl

Unboxing the Piper NV from iControl

Piper are a high end home security system innovator. The Piper nv is their latest hardware combining an attractive design with simple accessibility to make you and your home more secure. Priced at roughly £217 this camera features night vision, easy to installation and a clean and intuitive control software. The app is only compatible […]

By March 19, 2015 Read More →
The Mobile Tech Addicts Show 232 : All hands on the One

The Mobile Tech Addicts Show 232 : All hands on the One

Gareth, Jay, Dan, Phil and Matt get together for another chat about the most recent tech news. Matt has spent a stolen weekend with the HTC One (M9,) Net Neutrality becomes a bit of a problem here in the UK and  Featuring Gareth, Jay, Dan, Phil and Matt Direct Download iTunes Download the iPhone App Download […]

By March 18, 2015 Read More →
Samsung LifeLIVE bring parents together

Samsung LifeLIVE bring parents together

As we all know, babies are dropped by storks down the chimney late at night to annoy an otherwise happy couple and throw their life into turmoil for the next 18-36 years. However, Samsung’s latest video uses the craziest of notions that babies are actually born of a physical person and they are using this […]

By March 17, 2015 Read More →

Reviews

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 →
Unboxing Inateck  4 Port USB3.0 Hub  With 1 Port Charging

Unboxing Inateck 4 Port USB3.0 Hub With 1 Port Charging

Gareth unboxes Inateck’s 4 Port USB3.0 Hub With 1 Port Charging, the cheapest USB 3.0 hub on around. This hub is equipped with both a 5V 4A power supply and built-in surge protection, 4 Port USB 3.0 + 1 fast charging port (5V 2A) for SamSung tablets and smart phones etc.  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 supports transfer […]

By October 23, 2014 Read More →

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D-Link Wi-Fi Motion Sensor Unboxing – mydlink Home Part II

vlcsnap-2015-03-30-18h18m30s60We continue with the selection of home security items D-Link sent and explore a simple solution. This is the second of three products we will be looking at that work on the same platform and help notify you of any activity around your home you might not be aware of.

The mydlink Wi-Fi Motion Sensor is a simple plug with sensors built in to help monitor and area of your home for alert you of movement and perhaps take action.

You can see the first part here, the D-Link Smartplug Unboxing

 

| March 31, 2015 | Read More →

D-Link Smartplug Unboxing – mydlink Home Part I

vlcsnap-2015-03-30-07h38m58s120D-Link have sent a selection of their home security gizmos and together they work as a team to keep your home a little safer. Over the next three days we will be looking at three products that work on the same platform and help notify you of any activity around your home you might not be aware of.

The mydlink Home Smartplug is a simple automated plug system for activating or deactivating a piece of hardware whilst not being in the same area. Be it a lamp switching on in the evening whilst on holiday, regulating children’s game console playtime or simply turning off a TV at the wall to save a little power, the Smartplug helps give a little piece of mind.

 

| March 30, 2015 | Read More →

Unboxing Kitvision Escape Action Camera

vlcsnap-2015-03-29-15h50m47s166The Kitvision Escape Action camera is a cheap GoPro alternative. Costing as little as £35 on some websites the Escape is more than capable of capturing the action with little to worry the user if it were to be lost or broken.

In addition to the camera Kitvision also includes several useful add-ons to make mounting the camera easier. Included are a Bicycle mount, Helmet mount, Adhesive mounts, Tripod adaptors and Camera adaptors.

 

Specifications
Video: HD 720p, 1280×720 pixels
Lens: 120 A+ HD wide-angle lens
Video Resolution: 1280 x 720 / 30fps, 640 x 480 / 30fps
Still images: 1.3MP
Video format: AVI
Photo format: MJPEG
Screen: 1.5 inch LCD
Micro SD card slot: Yes, up to 32 GB
Built-in rechargeable battery: Yes – 900mAh
Photo Modes: Single shot / Timed / Continuous
Frequency: 50 Hz / 60 Hz
USB Interface: USB 2.0
Power Consumption: 260 mA @ 4.2V
Recording Time per charge: About 90 minutes (based on highest settings)
Operating System: Windows XP / Vista or Above / Win7 / Mac OS
Dimensions (mm): 59.27 x 41.13 x 29.28
Weight: 58 g

| March 29, 2015 | Read More →

THE INSURANCE T&Cs YOU WISH YOU’D SEEN – GADGET EDITION

470807_TotalCoverage_PQ_v4.psbComplaints about insurance are commonplace, but now buyers of gadget insurance may have more reason to complain than others.

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) recently stated that it had seen a doubling of the number of complaints about gadget insurance throughout 2014 – more notably, it found that approaching half of all claims turned down were incorrectly turned down.

The FOS found that insurers had applied the terms of the contracts incorrectly to valid claims – that or, as the BBC reported, the terms were “so ambiguous it was hard to see how anyone could make a successful claim”.

 

The best gadget insurance – or is it?

This prompted Bought By Many to look at the best gadget insurance policies on the market and see if the terms were clear to us. Our review included Gadget Cover Supercover, i-Digital Premier, Insure My Pocket Platinum, Insure My Mobile Phone Gold, Protect Your Bubble,Gadgetbuddy.com, Switched On Insurance, and Helpucover.

What they found was surprising – so, they have laid out the top unexpected policy terms to help you be armed when you go looking for your policy.

 

How to tell if you have the best gadget insurance

1. 14 days…

Many people are familiar with a “14 day cooling off period” from phone and broadband contracts – that is a period after purchase when you as a customer can cancel the contract with no penalty.

Several of the top gadget policies reviewed contained a 14 day cooling off period but also a 14-day ‘exclusion period’. This stipulates that for 14 days after purchase, you cannot make a claim. It’s reasonable to expect you are covered from the moment you have bought your insurance, but here that may not be the case.

2. Travel

Some travel insurance policies won’t cover you for high value electrical items (a select few will), so people naturally expect their gadget policy will. All of the top end policies sampled allowed a period of time abroad per year, but the lowest was only 30 days – 3 long holidays could put you close to that limit, and the strict wording we reviewed would then mean any claim (relating to the travel or not) could be denied.

3. Not all gadgets are created equal

All policies reviewed had an age restriction on the gadgets – the lowest required that the gadget had to be under 18 months old on the day you take the policy out.

Some others required that the gadget were bought from a UK retailer, therefore excluding online auctions like eBay or foreign purchases brought back from holidays. Some also specified different excesses, depending on the gadget type insured.

4. Unattended?

Some would say that if you leave your phone on the dash in your car window then you deserve what you get. Insurers would tend to agree as they commonly had a definition of “unattended” which might include leaving a gadget in a car, leaving it out of sight or even in one policy “beyond arm’s reach”.

The terms may be more stringent than expected – in some policies reviewed, it was ambiguous over whether leaving your phone on a table with a friend was considered “unattended” or not.

 

Home insurance for gadgets

Those who have been listening in their insurance classes will know that your boring old home insurance can include cover for mobiles and other gadgets as named items.

The cover can sometimes work out cheaper than buying gadget insurance separately – though you do need to take care to make sure you’re getting the same kind of cover, as most home insurance policies would require upgrade options to ensure you are covered for accidental damage and when taking your items out of your home. By contrast, these are standard features on many gadget policies.

We hope this helps you in getting to grips with your gadget cover, demystifying some of the world of insurance and helping to navigate if you have a complaint!

| March 27, 2015 | Read More →

HTC One M9 Hands-on video

onem9w2.0A few weeks ago HTC announced their latest flagship smartphone in the form of the HTC One M9. Building upon the successes of last year’s HTC One M8, the M9 shares a lot of the design heritage of its predecessors. You’ll find the aluminum uni-body construction is still a key focus of the range, albeit that this model has a new and attractive two-tone finish.

One of the more significant differences is in the camera department. Remember the 4mp camera with Ultrapixel technology that HTC have been trying to win us over with for the past two years? Well in a 180 degree u-turn, literally, the 4mp shooter has been removed as the primary camera and transplanted on to the front of the M9 as a its ‘selfie’ camera. While the primary camera now a more ‘conventional’ 20mp unit. In fact, having an Ultrapixel camera as the forward facing makes a lot of sense.

The M9 packs a decent spec, details of which you can find below, but it has been met with something of a mixed reception with claims that it’s nothing but a refresh from one side and those that hail it as a revolution.

In the video below you can see me going hands-on with the M9 and I’ll show you some of the hardware features and then run a benchmark.

There a a few more videos to follow where I look at the OS/UI in more detail as well as going in-depth with the cameras.

 

 

HTC One M9 Specification:

  • Dimensions :    144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm (5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 in)
  • Weight:     157 g (5.54 oz)
  • Nano-SIM
  • Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • HTC Sense UI 7.0
  • Android OS, v5.0.x (Lollipop)
  • Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810
  • CPU:     Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57
  • GPU:     Adreno 430
  • microSD, up to 128 GB
  • Memory:    32 GB, 3 GB RAM
  • Primary Camera:     20.7 MP, 5376 x 3752 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Secondary Camera:     4 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
  • Bluetooth     v4.1, A2DP, apt-X
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • NFC
  • Infrared port
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3.0 TV-out), USB Host
  • Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
  • Non-removable Li-Po 2840 mAh battery

 

| March 18, 2015 | Read More →

Sky made to give customer details to Copyright Troll

Sky-HQWe have seen this before and we will likely see this again. Some Sky Broadband subscribers suspected of illegally downloading movies could have their personal details handed over to what is know as a “copyright troll”. The service provider is obliged to turn over the names and addresses of the requested broadband customers to The Company You Keep (TCYK,) this action follow the loss of a long running court battle last year.

TCYK will then request compensation from the suspected torrent user by way of an IP address Sky attributed to the customer over the period suspected. TCYK are pushing to settle the case out of court under the threat of implied legal action,. The company monitors file-sharing websites for illegal activity and has internet service providers release details about the accounts holders suspected of infringing the copyright law.

“A company called TCYK LLC, which owns the rights to several copyrighted films, has claimed that a number of Sky Broadband customers engaged in unlawful file-sharing of some of its films,” Sky wrote in a letter to affected customers. ”In support of this claim, TCYK LLC says it has gathered evidence of individual broadband accounts (identified online by unique numbers called IP addresses) from which it claims the file sharing took place. It’s likely that TCYK LLC will contact you directly and may ask you to pay them compensation.”

Sky is unable to vouch for the validity of TCYK’s claims, however they are advising customers to closely examine the wording of any letters they receive before parting with cash, and consult the overly burdened Citizens Advice Bureau if they have any additional concerns.

If you have received a letter from your internet service provider regarding a lawsuit by TCYK, LLC. or you have been named as a defendant, you should contact an independent copyright attorney that can assist you in the case.

Moving forward we have looked at a couple of Virtual Pirvate Networks over the years and whilst they are never 100% they can keep you a little safer when browsing. There is currently a deal running on VPN  Unlimited who are offering their Lifetime Subscription for $39, or a 3 year subscription package for $19. A small price to pay for a little piece of mind.

Say goodbye to all your online privacy worries, for life. VPN Unlimited is your one-stop shop for protecting your WiFi connection, securing your online activity, and bypassing web content restrictions.

  • Secure public Wi-Fi connection: your data is hidden & encrypted
  • Unlimited traffic bandwidth: no need to worry about your data usage
  • Unlimited high-speed connection
  • A growing selection of servers globally
  • VPN Unlimited 3.0 added features
  • Fully downloadable global servers list
  • Fast server switching & app operating
  • Added servers in Romania, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ukraine, Japan, Texas (USA)
  • Hands-on statistics for each device (mobile & desktop)
  • iPhone 4 and up 
  • Android 4.0 and up
  • Mac: OS X 10.7 and up
  • Windows: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
  • Linux: Debian GNU/Linux 7.0, Ubuntu 12.04+
  • Not compatible with Windows Phones
| March 15, 2015 | Read More →

Huawei Honor 6 Unboxing #ForTheBrave

vlcsnap-2015-03-13-14h27m46s56Huawei have two flagship phones out at the moment The Honor 6 and Honor 6+. Whilst these are not quite up to the level of excellence you might expect from Apple, Huawei isn’t afraid of having a go at a decent high end device. The Honor 6 we have here is a premium mid-range phone with some very respectable specifications and a build quality that will make any prospective customer look twice.

  • Hisilicon Kirin 920 Octa Core Processor
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 5 Inch Full HD IPS Touch Screen Display
  • MicroSD
  • 13 MP Rear Camera With Dual LED Flash
  • 5 MP Front Camera
  • 4G
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3000 MAh Battery

 

| March 15, 2015 | Read More →

Inateck 3 Ports USB 3.0 HUB with Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter Unboxing

vlcsnap-2015-03-13-13h37m33s154Inateck have kindly sent over a three Port USB 3.0 adapter with Gigabit ethernet network adapter. This simple connector makes life on the move a little more tolerable for the user by combing 2 USB 3.0 ports for the every growing arsenal of peripherals alongside a rather important Ethernet network connector for those who might have a laptop without one built in. Certainly most do however some, like my personal Acer C720 Chromebook, happen to be missed one and as a back up  when a wireless signal is not terribly reliable or non-existent an Etnernet adapter is almost essential. 

● Supports up to 1000Mbps and downwards compatible with 10/100Mbps.
● Support IEEE 802.3az (Energy Efficient Ethernet). Compatible with IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab.
● Supports full duplex operation with IEEE 802.3x flow control and half duplex operation with back-pressure flow control.
● Usage of highly robust ABS plastic during production, compact and light structure, high mobility and flexibility, stable composition.
● USB 3.0 super speed (theoretical maximum transfer of up to 5 Gbps), complete utilisation of Gigabit ethernet connection resources. Supports IPv4/IPv6 protocols, dual channel transfer mode, automatic transfer and data stream reversing regulation.
● Supports Hot Swap and Plug & Play at all USB ports, simple and intuitive handling. Theoretical transfer speed of up to 5 Gbps (The actual transmission speed is limited by the setting of the device connected), reciprocal compatibility with USB 2.0/1.1/1.0.

You can order one from Amazon for £19.99 

| March 14, 2015 | Read More →

Fancy designing helping Huawei design the Honor 6? #HonorDesign

lYCtxiDO-oOlh4eJPsI-UKh8Yo6ELEDx57izixVV9isHuawei are currently running a competition to design icons, wallpapers and the back cover for their new flagship, the Honor 6. This is the first time Honor is launching their design competition in Europe. Designers from different design disciplines are invited to enter their visionary concepts on our special theme of “#ForTheBrave”. If you have a strong visionary conception in graphic design for the Honor 6 then this is your chance to shape the look and feel of the phone for the masses, perhaps even for the future of Huawei and Android!

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Take a look into the future and develop new, bold, challenging designs for User interface Icons, wallpapers and back covers all in the theme of “#ForTheBrave”. Hauwei will be implementing the winning designs into their devices present and future.

Find out more HERE.

| March 13, 2015 | Read More →
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