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Is the OnePlus really a $1 smartphone?

Is the OnePlus really a $1 smartphone?

Google’s Nexus does not seem to the only modestly priced powerhouse on the market. OnePlus have launched the inexpensive One, a $300 high end phone with some killer features.  OnePlus will be available at some point between April and the end of June in America, UK, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, […]

By April 24, 2014 Read More →
New rumours Google eyeballing HTC for another Nexus

New rumours Google eyeballing HTC for another Nexus

This rumour has been heard before, however this is supposedly “supply chain” intel to corroborate them. According to this newest report, Google is still considering teaming up with HTC on a new Android Tablet. This may be an 8-inch device. The second part of this rumour suggests that Google is considering eliminating the Nexus line […]

By April 23, 2014 Read More →
The Mobile Tech Addicts Show 20-04-14

The Mobile Tech Addicts Show 20-04-14

Tracyandmatt.co.uk present this quick look at the technology news for the last week. Gareth Myles comments on some of the more interesting stories including Project Ara, The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and US Airways legendary twitter activity. This is our second show and we’re aiming to make this a regular feature so, as always, your […]

By April 23, 2014 Read More →
Nokia to become Microsoft Mobile yet still be known as Nokia

Nokia to become Microsoft Mobile yet still be known as Nokia

Nokia and Microsoft have sent a joint email to Nokia account holders talking about the process of data transfer between the two entities. It would appear with the sale of Nokia’s Devices & Services business to Microsoft, a Microsoft Finnish affiliate named Microsoft Mobile will assume “responsibility for your personal data and the contractual relationships for […]

By April 22, 2014 Read More →

Reviews

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Review

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Review

Since their split from Ericsson in 2011 Sony have battled hard to achieve a status they once owned in the mobile arena. 2013 has been a very successful year for Sony after releasing an array of satisfactory phones using a lot of the alphabet for their names they came across their most successful at the end of the alphabet. […]

By March 7, 2014 Read More →
Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review

You may have seen the review that I did for the “regular sized” Sony Xperia Z1 a short time ago and if not I suggest you take a few minutes to read that review as most of it is true of the Z Ultra but in a super-sized way. Sony Xperia Z1 review If you […]

By February 19, 2014 Read More →
Motorola Moto G Review

Motorola Moto G Review

Here we are again with another review of an exciting new device, the Motorola Moto G. This phones has had a lot of press recently and it has even been suggested that this is the bargain of the decade by some. The phone is the Motorola’s second successful smartphone behind their hugely successful Moto X […]

By February 16, 2014 Read More →
Sony ACX-2 Case for DSC-QX10/QX100 and Xperia Z1

Sony ACX-2 Case for DSC-QX10/QX100 and Xperia Z1

Having recently acquired a Sony Xperia Z1 for myself and already owning a DSC-QX10 Lens I decided to get myself a case for the Z1 which would allow me to attach the lens to the camera without the need to use the slightly chunky mount that comes with the QX10. Sony now produce cases that […]

By February 15, 2014 Read More →

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Online Gaming Technology Trends For 2014

indexLike virtually all aspects of daily life, modern technology has redefined recreation by enabling the creation of online gaming venues. eCasino platforms afford easy access to the best of all possible worlds.  Besides obvious perks of convenience and privacy, odds of hitting bigger jackpots at Euro Palace casino are much higher and more frequent. 

Other fringe benefits begin even before the first spin or draw is taken with hefty sign-on bonuses worth up to thousands of dollars. Moreover, constant entry into free-play tournaments and games are standing orders of every day at eCasinos.

Of course, very well is never good enough for e-vendors.  Instead, they constantly view to gain the lead with improved editions and entirely new additions to existing product lines.

Below is a sneak preview of five major online gaming technology trends for 2014.

Fiber Internet

Popular expert consensus holds that fiber Internet technology will set a new standard of true high speed online gaming in 2014 and 2015.  Fiber optic accessibility transmits data via light rays so fast it turns copper DSL cables dinosaur relics of a distant past.  Even better news is no need for special devices or apps to access exponential speed.  This capability could also allow web-based games that are 100% guaranteed for fairness and fast-paced play.

Second Screen

Recent close of 2013 4Q commenced the opening season of Second Screen technology.  Its main attraction is full access to advanced functions without distraction of disrupted play.  Instead of constant mouse clicking to switch HD maps and inventory lists, players could access those items via interactive second screens.

eSports

Variously called “competitive online gaming,” eSports technology has recently gained tremendous popularity.  Its growing visibility is most often given credit to a global focus that brings gamers across the world into direct contact for virtual combat.  Many commentators express firm belief in eSports as the next format of multi-casino online tournaments with huge cash prizes.

Virtual Reality

Largely driven by enormous popularity of Facebook’s recently acquired Oculus Rift platform, virtual reality is likely to make a long-awaited appearance by year’s end.  VR players don specially designed goggles to get an overall effect of direct participation from perspectives inside the game. This means saying goodbye to screens as barriers to final frontier of online gaming with physical presence from remote distances.

Augmented Reality

A very close second runner-up and relative of VR, augmented reality allows solitary interaction with customized interfaces to suit players’ wildest imaginations.  This surreal experience is enabled by artificial intelligence for truly interactive engagement by manipulating integrated electronic controls.  Combined with exponentially enhanced motion sensing technology, net effects like pushing virtual buttons or being dealt real cards by live dealers could be possible.

Final observations of 2014 online gaming innovations

Regardless of whether players use a desktop PC, laptop, Smartphone, iPad or tablet for remote access to hot gaming action, one reality cannot be denied.  Great things lie just ahead that make it very worthwhile to keep close tabs with vigilant watch of virtual gaming venues.  After all, if early birds get the biggest worms, it’s a safe bet that newest players get the best perks.

| April 24, 2014 | Read More →

Baldur’s Gate casts itself onto the Play Store

Screenshot 2014-04-20 21.21.44The Classic RPG Baldur’s Gate from Black Isle Studios has come to Android. Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition is now available for Android and can be found on the Google Play Store for £6.99. The RPG is one of the most beloved on the PC, many will have played it and shall rejoice at the news.

Here’s a quote from the Google Play Store with a full game description:

The dawn is especially cruel this morning…

For as long as you can remember, your view of the world has been limited to the heavily fortified walls of Candlekeep. Your foster father, Gorion, has done everything in his power to protect you and keep you out of harm’s way.

All of that is about to change. Forced to leave your home under mysterious circumstances, you find yourself drawn into a conflict that has the Sword Coast on the brink of war. An iron shortage of unknown origin threatens to plunge the city of Baldur’s Gate into conflict with Amn. Meanwhile, there is something else at work, far more sinister than you can even begin to fathom…

Since its release in 1998, this classic saga of mystery, intrigue, and adventure has set the standard for Dungeons & Dragons™ computer roleplaying games. Customize your hero’s traits and abilities, recruit a party of brave allies, and explore the far corners of the Sword Coast in your search for adventure, profit… and the truth.

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition contains the original 60-hour epic, as well as the following expansions:

* Tales of the Sword Coast: Explore the fabled Durlag’s Tower and more locations from the original Baldur’s Gate expansion.
* The Black Pits: You have been captured and forced to fight in Baeloth’s marvelous arena. A myriad of monsters await, as well as countless other adventurers who face the same fate. Maim, murder, and maul your way to freedom… if you can!
* Discover countless improvements we’ve made to the original game, including high-resolution fonts, an improved interface, dynamic zooming, and more!

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition also offers the following premium content available for purchase:

* Brothers Lost: Lend your aid to Rasaad yn Bashir, the Sun Soul monk, as he scours the Cloud Peaks in search of his lost brother.
* Neera and the Red Wizards: Save the wild mage Neera from the cruel machinations of Thay’s dreaded Red Wizards.
* Path of the Bloodied: Join the blackguard Dorn Il-Khan in taking revenge against those who betrayed him in Luskan.
* Gallery of Heroes: Reimagine your character with eleven never-before-seen character portraits from acclaimed Icewind Dale artist Jason Manley!
* New professionally recorded voice sets to choose from to further customize your character.

 

| April 21, 2014 | Read More →

The Quest for E.T. is on

atari-2600-et-the-extraterrestrialLegend has it that Atari buried a massive stock of unsold E.T. cartridge alongside Atari hardware and other games in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill after the famous 1983 video game crash.  The Alamogordo Daily News reported in September 1983 that between 10 and 20 semi-trailers from an Atari facility in El Paso, Texas were buried at the landfill. Sounds like an urban legend and you would wouldn’t be alone in thinking that. However, the story even appeared in The New York Times, and an Atari spokesman confirmed the report at the time.

No specific Atari merchandise was mentioned to have been dumped, many reports have stated that upwards of 3.5 million copies of the 2600 game E.T. The Extra Terrestrial be found in the mythical landfill. It seems entirely probable that the Atari dump contains a wide variety of Atari game consoles and computer hardware not to mention unsold video game cartridges.

Fuel Entertainment has received permission from the city to excavate the site on April 26, 2014. They plan on creating a documentary film surrounding the myths, facts and exploration of this legend. The general public has been invited to attend this dig, so if you’re an Atari fan and in the area, be sure to attend! 

2014 would appear to be the biggest year of the E.T. game since 1983 as the Angry Video Game Nerd has also based his first feature film about the landfill with an outlandish quest to discover it.

| April 20, 2014 | Read More →

SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive Unboxing

sandisk-SDWS2-032G-A57-9-lThe SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is a simple little USB peripheral that opens a wifi connect and allow off device storage with streaming capabilities. The big bonus here is allowing the user the ability with swap out the MicroSD card inside creating limitless possibilities for storage on the go. 

Here I’m unboxing and setting up the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive…

 

 

 

SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive features:

  • Wirelessly store, share, stream movies, photos, music, and documents across your smartphones, tablets and computers

  • Simultaneously connect & access data stored on up to 8 devices via Wi-Fi

  • No internet connection, cables or router required, works on all Wi-Fi enabled devices

  • Up to 4 hours of video streaming on a single charge

  • Access with free app, compatible with iOS 5.0 or later, Android 2.3 or later and Kindle devices

  • Access with internet browser, compatible with all Wi-Fi enabled devices

  • Charging and accessing with USB 2.0 connection interface or higher

  • Optional Wi-Fi password protection and 128-bit AES encryption

 

 UK stockists are Amazon (£41.90)  Currys (£49.99) and PC World (£49.99). Those prices relate to the 16GB size. 

The 32GB size is priced at £59.99 whilst the 64GB size is priced at £99.99.

| April 20, 2014 | Read More →

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact unboxing

xperia-z1-compact-gallery-02-1240x840-dad66cd05b7d66abf67ab3f1e7cee212Sony released the Xperia Z1 Compact a little before the Z2 and the it seems to be a happy medium between the Z1 and Z2 in a smaller form factor.

Here we take an initial look at Sony’s modestly priced, smaller, high-end phone. This device has almost everything you would expect from the Z1 and more, combined into a smaller handset. Also features the water resistant technology, Walkman software and and elegant design.

 

 

 

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact specification:

  • Dimensions -127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm (5.0 x 2.56 x 0.37 in)
  • Weight - 137 g
  • Display – 720 x 1280 IPS LCD
  • Data - HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Camera - 20.7 MP, 5248 х 3936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash + 2 MP, 1080p@30fps
  • Processor - Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
  • Internal memory - 16 GB, 2 GB RAM

 

| April 19, 2014 | Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 224: Cellular modular interactive ovular

Podcast-Logo.jpgGareth, Dan and Phil are back for more phone and tablet chit chat from the UK

In this week’s show we discuss Windows Phone 8.1 developer software, Google Camera going standalone on Google Play, The Amazon Phone, Project Ara and much more.

Google release Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android

Project Ara reveals some interesting prospects

 

Featuring Gareth, Matt and Phil

 

| April 18, 2014 | Read More →

Project Ara reveals some interesting prospects

project-araFor those who are not aware Project Ara is the fruition of a much fabled modular phone, a phone with interchangeable parts. The idea of being able to add functionality to your phone by purchasing a module, be it a larger screen, better camera or some such and clicking it into the appropriate bay. Project Ara developers’ conference is currently taking place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. An exciting announcement yesterday was their first Project Ara “gray phone” will launch in January of 2015 for $50. Quite a bit aways although it’s great to have is on the map, for now.

To spice things up there is $100,000 up for grabs for one lucky developer who comes up with the best module. Obviously the will really help as an incentive to push creativity beyond standard bluetooth, camera and wifi modules. Developers will be judged on novelty, functionality, elegance, quality, impact, and commercial potential. Two runner ups will be receiving all-expense paid trips for up to 3 people to the next Project Ara devcon and will be guaranteed hardware for their project.

The challenge will kick off in May, Google will make available around 100-200 units of the prototype hardware to developers and it will draw to a close in mid- September.

| April 17, 2014 | Read More →

Google release Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android

chromeGreat news, Google today released the official Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android. This has a short run as an invite only beta however here is the free full version. Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser, a Chromebook and now Android.  Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files.  All connections are fully secure. Once installed and configured, This app can connect to your Windows, Linux or OSX computers from Android. 

| April 17, 2014 | Read More →

The Mobile Tech Addicts Show Pilot Episode

vlcsnap-2014-04-14-17h44m50s213Tracyandmatt.co.uk present this quick look at the technology news for the last week. Gareth Myles comments on some of the more interesting stories including the Samsung Galaxy S5 launch, an unboxing of the HTC One (m8,) a slew of Lenovo tablets and much more.

Free iPhone 5c at £23.99 pm on EE – with voucher IPHONE5C99 normalls £34.99

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Black) £368.40 Amazon.de

Pre Order Oppo Find 7a free 32GB SD card,Spare battery and Easy-Cover £330.00 @ Oppo

This is the essentially a technical demo for a proposed series. If you have any tips or suggestions let us know.

| April 15, 2014 | Read More →
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