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The Amazon Phone with Holograms?

The Amazon Phone with Holograms?

The Wall Street Journal are reporting that online superstore Amazon is finally ready to make a smartphone, with a release scheduled for this summer. In the wake of their set top TV box, Amazon will be covering pretty much all bases when it comes to tech aside from a phone. Sources say Amazon has already started […]

By April 14, 2014 Read More →
Samsung Galaxy S5 delayed

Samsung Galaxy S5 delayed

Clove Technology are reporting that On-line retailers have suffered a set back in shipping the Samsung Galaxy S5 today, they did not arrive with the retailers in the first place. Inside it looks as though the S5 will instead arrive on April 14th. Not the worst delay in the world however enough to generate a […]

By April 12, 2014 Read More →
Work emails illegal after 6pm!

Work emails illegal after 6pm!

France is such a strange place. An aluring draw is felt with thinking of french bread, wine and le romancing! Another addition might just be a winner for those who hate the bleep of a blackberry when relaxing at home with a Bourgogne Chardonnay and a saucy french movie. If working in Franceland you will no longer […]

By April 11, 2014 Read More →
EU court rejects requirement to keep data of users by telecom companies

EU court rejects requirement to keep data of users by telecom companies

On Tuesday the European Union’s highest court overthrew a rule that required telecoms companies to store the communications data of EU citizens for up to two years, on the grounds that it infringed on basic rights. The court ruled that the directive “exceeded the limits” of proportionality. “The Court takes the view that, by requiring the […]

By April 9, 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 →

Other Recent Posts

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 →

Gigaset SL930A Unboxing

91VRAGXPpZL._SL1500_Putting a smartphone’s functionalities into landline phone is the name of the game here. The Gigaset SL930A not only handles your home phone responsibilities but connects to the Internet and allows you to download apps from the Google Play store is Android is running the show. The Gigaset SL930A has a 3.2″ capacitive touchscreen with a full-touch user interface for quick, easy navigation. One of the interesting features is the included HDSPTM sound performance. With a standby time touted of up to 140 hours the Gigaset SL930A also comes with a preinstalled answering machine app with up to 55 minutes recording time.

 

 Gigaset SL930A specification:

  • 3.2″ (TFT-VA 320×480 )capacitive touchscreen
  • 1GB Storage
  • MircoSD card support
  • 1GB RAM
  • ECO Mode – manual reduction of transmitting power by 80%
  • Expandable to up to 6 handsets
  • Dimensions handset (H x W x D in mm) 134 x 58 x 16
  • Dimensions base station (H x W x D in mm) 105 x 132 x 46
  • Standby time: 200 hours
    • Talk time: 20 hours
| April 13, 2014 | Read More →

HP Chromebook 14 unboxing

hp-chromebook-14_3HP have updated their Chromebook 14 for 2014 with a stylish and modestly priced machine that brings a lot to the table.

Taking many queues from the excellent 11″ HP this bigger brother has a few extras included to separate it from the rest somewhat similar line up of Chromebooks available now. Combining some of the best looks on a Chromebook to date with a generously proportioned keyboard and a beefy Haswell enabled processor this is a serious contender for the most desirable Chromebook on the market.

In the video below, you’ll see me unboxing our HP Chromebook 14 review unit and then checking out the hardware as well as starting up and having a look…

HP Chromebook 14 specification:

  • 14”, 200-nit display with 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 20mm thin – 4.08 lbs / 1.85 kg
  • Up to 9.5 hours of active use
  • New Intel Processor
  • 100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage2 with 16 GB Solid State Drive
  • 60-day free trial with Google Play Music All Access, and £9.99/month pricing after that3
  • Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G modem (opt)
  • HP TrueVision HD Webcam
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
  • Full size HDMI Port
  • Bluetooth®4.0 Compatible
| April 10, 2014 | Read More →

Snapdragon Reveals 808 and 810 Chips for Next Year

qualcomm-snapdragon-810-2It looks like Qualcomm is just never satisfied with impressing mobile tech geeks. They continue to push the envelope, even when we are already blown away by the amazing tech they show off. Their latest creations scheduled to debut next year are the Snapdragon 808 and 810. Here’s a quick spec breakdown of these powerhouse chipsets, 

Snapdragon 808 MSM8992: (The 808 differs from the 810 primarily with a different core arrangement and slightly slower GPU and memory interface.)

  • CPU: 2 Cortex A57 cores + 4 Cortex A53 cores (hexa-core, big.LITTLE arrangement)
  • ISA: 32-bit/64-bit ARM v8-A, 20nm
  • GPU: Adreno 418
  • Memory bandwidth: 64-bit LPDDR4-933
  • LTE: Cat 6/7 LTE, built-in
  • eMMC interface: 5.0
  • Wi-Fi: no (requires separate Wi-Fi module)
  • Camera ISP: 12-bit dual-ISP
  • H.256 encode/decode: no/yes

Snapdragon 810 MSM8994: (The 810 is the higher-end of the two chipsets, and is designed to follow-up the Snapdragon 805, which is coming later this summer.)

  • CPU: 4 Cortex A57 cores + 4 Cortex A53 cores (octo-core, big.LITTLE arrangement)
  • ISA: 32-bit/64-bit ARM v8-A, 20nm
  • GPU: Adreno 430
  • Memory bandwidth: 64-bit LPDDR4-1600
  • LTE: Cat 6/7 LTE, built-in
  • eMMC interface: 5.0
  • Wi-Fi: no (requires separate Wi-Fi module)
  • Camera ISP: 14-bit dual-ISP
  • H.256 encode/decode: yes/yes

It looks like Qualcomm is now starting to make excellent use of the big.LITTLE architecture, which makes their stuff a bit more similar to Samsung’s Exynos. Regardless of how things are evolving in the mobile tech world, Qualcomm seems to be on the leading edge.

| April 8, 2014 | Read More →

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 tablet due in April

chips-graphic_sun_1-600_1Very soon the first Snapdragon 805 equipped device will be available, but it won’t be for the average consumer. Qualcomm will soon release their next developer tablet so that the engineers of the world will have their first crack at the silicon. 

Here’s the full breakdown of specs for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805:

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Qualcomm’s unreleased Snapdragon 805 processor – quad-core CPU clocked at 2.7 GHz with Adreno 420 GPU
  • Hexagon QDSP6 V5A (600MHz) DSP chip – for inerpreting sensor data
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of internal storage
  • 2560 x 1440 10-inch Display
  • 13 megapixel rear camera – with 4K video capabilities – and included front facing 3D infrared gesture camera
  • 2 megapixel front camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi radios, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC
  • A microSD card slot
  • HDMI port
  • USB port
  • Its microphones can record sound from an ultrasound stylus
  • Fingerprint scanner on the back
  • 3,400 mAh battery – small because the device is meant to be used on a desk dock

 

| April 7, 2014 | Read More →

Website Trends That Improve Your ROI

shutterstock_183682943 copyFacebook is king when it comes to user engagement and return on investment. Brand engagement on the social networking site continues to grow, up 438 percent in 2012, notes Econsultancy. Along with having an engaging, consistent social presence, your business must catch up with website trends to boost your ROI.

These four website trends will not only improve the user experience, they will improve your ROI by making it easier for users to convert. They work best with a clean, fresh website design. If your website has a clunky or stale design, or it does not match your branding, start from scratch to have the best chance of increasing your return on investment. Implement these trends and use analytics to regularly track your progress and refine your approach.

Conversion optimization

Conversion optimization boosts your ROI by making it easier to convert the traffic your website already captures instead of focusing on driving more traffic to your website. Paid conversion optimization tools include Crazy Egg (which offers a 30-day free trial and plans from $9) or Optimizely (which offers a 30-day free trial and pricing plans from $17 per month). Google Analytics offers some free conversion optimization tools that can help you get started.

Bounce prevention

Similar to conversion optimization, this trend targets the traffic you already get. Bounce prevention measures intend to stop the user who visits your site from leaving and forgetting about you. They might include remarketing ads that target users who have left, or targeting users with a pop up offering a free ebook download or an opt-in newsletter option. You’ll get direct feedback on how effective many of your bounce prevention measures are by seeing how many users opt in.

Tell your story

Your website should tell your story in a clear and compelling manner to really engage the user. Elements that help you tell your story include clear writing, crisp images, engaging videos, and a rich social media promotion strategy that continuously puts your message out there. You don’t have to be a professional photographer or videographer to do this. Take advantage of resources like Shutterstock, a stock photo database where you can purchase images for your website, and freelance marketplaces like Elance or oDesk to connect to freelance writers, videographers, or web marketers.

Focus on perceived value

Increasingly, it isn’t just about putting your product out there but about finding ways to demonstrate value. Blog regularly about ways to use your product (or service), create tutorial videos, or use targeted email marketing to show value. If you create shareable content that will demonstrate perceived value, you’ll also gain an organic traffic boost when users share your content. Social shares will continue to be an extremely important, relevant way to increase your return on investment. Getting out in front and being active in promoting your brand socially can benefit your ROI.

| April 5, 2014 | Read More →

Lenovo’s new A-Series Android Tablets

A8-50Lenovo today announced a line-up of new A-series Android tablets, offering configurations and screen sizes to match consumer needs for both ultra-portable tablets and multimedia performers. The portfolio, which also boasts quad-core computing power for a responsive, smooth tablet experience, will be available starting in the second quarter 2014.

The new range starts with the A7-30 seven-inch devices, designed for optimal music or multimedia enjoyment through exceptional Dolby®-enhanced dual-front speakers while still packing a performance punch. The A7-50 is the affordable on-the-go reading companion with a 7-inch, wide-view HD display for sharper text and web pages, while the larger screen A8 is the mobile “home entertainment” center that comes in a variety of bold colors to suit different personalities and lifestyles. Rounding up the new A-series is the A10, which is equipped with a superb 10.1″ wide HD display and Dolby® enhanced dual front speakers for an amazing movie watching experience on the move.

  • A7-30, Pocket Studio with Dolby®: The Lenovo TAB A7-30 delivers an audio experience normally reserved for more expensive tablets in a seven-inch device. Armed with exceptional Dolby®-enhanced dual-front speakers, it is an ultra-portable tablet that music lovers will want to take everywhere. The brilliant 7-inch display and powerful quad-core processor make it a versatile performer for everything you do on the go, while SIM card support means it can be used to stay connected constantly with friends and family.
  • A7-50, Crystal Clear Multimedia Reader: The Lenovo TAB A7-50 is the ultra-portable on-the-go reading companion for those on a budget. The 7-inch, wide-view HD display reveals sharper text and web pages. Powered by a quad-core processor and equipped with a 2MP front-facing camera and rear camera, it’s the perfect companion to read, surf, and stay connected with friends with optional 3G connectivity. It is also available as the A7-40, which comes in a stylish Ebony color, 8Gb capacity and front-facing camera only.
  • A8, “Home Entertainment” On the Move: The Lenovo TAB A8 comes in a range of bold color options to suit different personalities and styles, while providing total entertainment on the go. The sharp, colorful 8″ HD display plus Dolby® audio and responsive quad-core power make it the perfect choice for playing games, watching videos, listening to music, socializing with friends and more.
  • A10, Mobile Home Theater System: The Lenovo Tab A10 provides an amazing video watching experience, without staying at home. Watch full-length high quality movies on the go with a superb 10.1″ wide HD display and Dolby® enhanced dual front speakers. The responsive quad-core processor ensures smooth video playback all day long. This is the tablet for movie lovers.

“Lenovo’s latest A-series tablet family is designed to meet the demands of today’s young, active users who are always on the go, and have lifestyle requirements that are as diverse as their own personalities. With these latest additions to our tablet portfolio, we’ve introduced devices that speaks directly to each consumer’s habits, whether it’s enjoying music, reading e-books or watching videos on the go,” said Shao Tao, vice president Lenovo and head of Mobile BU, “Our Android family of tablets will appeal to users around the world as we’ve built our products to be highly flexible to serve multiple needs and budgets.”

The new A-series Android tablets will be available worldwide from Q2, 2014. The A7-50 tablet is priced from £99.99. Prices for the A8-50 start from £139.99 and the A10-70 tablet will be available from £169.99.

| April 4, 2014 | Read More →

Qualcomm powering Amazon’s Fire TV

AmazonFireTV-FireStandingIt feels like it came out of no where, Amazon have announced a new set top entertainment system called Fire TV. This will run a customized version of Android, just like the Kindle Fire tablet. Here are a few hardware specs of the device:

  • Quad-core processor (supposedly is three times more powerful than Apple TV and other rival devices)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Dedicated graphics processor
  • Will ship with a tiny, plastic remote control that has only seven buttons and a directional pad
  • Voice command search queries
  • Support for Android gaming ( Amazon has launched a studio internally to develop in-house games)

This is a new device that plugs into your television and lets you stream video content from the Internet. Much like Apple TV, and Google TV before it Fire TV is more of a lounge/living room solution than the Chromecast however it essentially fulfills the same goals. The primary focus of Fire TV will be Amazon Prime Video however it will also support third-party content, like Netflix and Plex. As per usual this is geared towards the US market with Hulu and HBO being some of the touted apps. There is little news as to when we can expect to see it on UK shores and there will have to be negotiations with likes of BBC and Sky over their delivery services before it arrives. According to Amazon, more third-party apps will be coming to the Fire TV in May. This includes music apps like TuneIn, Pandora, & iHeartRadio.

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In addition to TV and movie content the little black box is boasted as a gaming platform also. We will see some rather tasty games, obviously the finest Android can provide. The Fire TV is being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. As the first product of its kind to go live with a Snapdragon 600 processor, the Fire TV will utilize the processor to enable new and improved user experiences, essentially redefining the living room experience. Multimedia performance with 1080p HD video, 7.1 Dolby surround sound, a graphics accelerated UI and console quality gaming. The Qualcomm processor also provides the Wi-Fi connectivity.

The device will be available to buy today for $99, and a gaming controller for it will cost $39.99, Stateside of course.

| April 4, 2014 | Read More →

Samsung unveils new Galaxy Tab4 series

Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-4-70-leaked-press-render-1Samsung Electronics has today announced its next-generation tablet, the Galaxy Tab4, offering a unique and vivid viewing experience for the whole family. The Galaxy Tab4 has a premium look and feel combined with a lightweight and portable design. 

Available in 10.1-inch, 8.0-inch and 7.0-inch screen sizes, the Galaxy Tab4’s vivid WXGA display with a 16:10 screen ratio makes watching content even more enjoyable. Its Multi Window functionality means you can seamlessly switch between apps and windows, as well as drag and drop different content easily.

The new Galaxy Tab4 range comes equipped with a number of fun and shareable services allowing you to access content and stay connected with friends and family wherever they are, including:

  • Group Play: Share and play music, documents and games with friends in real time
  • Samsung Link: Share and play content across smart devices anytime, anywhere
  • WatchON: Watch TV shows and movies on any device, anywhere in your home or on the go

The new Samsung Galaxy Tab4 line will be offered in a choice of Black or White globally beginning in April, 2014. UK availability and ranging will be announced in due course.

Galaxy Tab4 10.1 Product Specifications:

  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core
  • 10.1-inch WXGA (1280 X 800),
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • 3MP camera + 1.3 MP Front facing
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n , WiFi Direct, BT4.0, USB2.0
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 6,800mAh Battery

Galaxy Tab4 8.0 Product Specifications:

  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core
  • 8.0-inch WXGA (1280 X 800)
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • 3MP camera + 1.3 MP Front facing
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n , WiFi Direct, BT4.0, USB2.0
  • WiFi/3G/LTE versions
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 4,450mAh Battery

 

Galaxy Tab4 7.0 Product Specifications:

  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core
  • 7.0-inch WXGA (1280 X 800)
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • 3MP camera + 1.3 MP Front facing
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n , WiFi Direct, BT4.0, USB2.0
  • WiFi/3G/LTE versions
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 4,000mAh Battery
| April 3, 2014 | Read More →
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