Thursday, 5 September 2013

Microsoft to Release Xbox One with Another Big But

When the Xbox One was first revealed in May, Microsoft stated that users would be able to expand the system's internal hard drive with an external USB storage device. But, when it first releases it won't have this functionality because Microsoft are confused all the time.

Speaking during a live podcast recorded at PAX this weekend, Xbox Community Manager Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb said that, while the external storage feature is being worked on, "my understanding is that feature will not be there at launch because the team's working on other things. It's definitely on the list; I don't know when it will come in, though."

This will most likely result in most people waiting till next year before they buy the console because my guess is this will be one of many things for Microsoft to me up.

In comparison, according to Sony Head of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida, the PlayStation 4 will not support external USB storage for installed games, but PS4 users will be able to replace the 500GB internal hard drive in the system with expanded storage. (The Xbox One will not offer direct physical access to the internal hard drive for replacement.) Nintendo's Wii U supports external USB hard drives of up to 2TB in size.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

One Touch Hero Unveiled

Alcatel's One Touch Scribe HD has been replaced with a newer sibling. The One Touch Hero.

The Android 4.2 smartphone upgrades to a 6-inch 1080p LCD screen, and gives a choice of optional cover accessories that enhance the pretty big display.

An E-Ink cover for example, lets owners read books without using the power-hungry main screen. There's also a wireless charging cover available and a MagicFlip cover for LED notifications. Even without those extra bits, the Hero is a hell of a lot more powerful than its Scribe HD predecessor. It carries a faster 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, a sharper 13-megapixel rear camera, an improved 2-megapixel front shooter and either 8GB or 16GB of expandable storage.

For those interested, the One Touch Hero will be available in October in the "high-end" price band. According to stats, this wont be the best on the market as the galaxy S4 has a whopping 1.9Ghz processor but to get a truthful comparison we will have to wait till it comes out. However, it does look much nicer than the S4 and will probably gain sales because of that.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Pressy, "The Almighty Android Button"

Most famous Kickstarter campaigns all share some crazy high of raising outlandish sums of money to create some next gen android consoley shit and it takes months or years to get to the target. Well, Pressy still had a pretty high goal of $40,000 (£25,682) managed to get an outstanding $60,000 (£38,523) in one day alone.

Yes. They destroyed their goal by over £10,000 in one, single day.

So, why all the hype?  Pressy is an accessory that plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack on your phone, giving you the ability to “perform your favourite and most common actions with a simple, intuitive physical button.” The free Pressy application that comes with it allows you to configure custom actions based on a variety of button press sequences. Using Pressy, you could launch your camera and take a picture with two short presses of the button, or call your mates with one short press and two long presses. If like me, you use headphones with your headphone port, fear not. The Pressy app can also be used with the in-line button on your headphones. So it also works as an app for use with headphones, wonderful.
      
All of the “early bird” Kickstarter deals for Pressy have already sold out, but you can still grab one for as little as a tenner. With so much funding, the Nimrod Back team should have no issues getting the product manufactured in the 4 month time-frame they have set for themselves.

The currently have 16,135 backers, £245,969 raised and 41 days to go! If you would like to back the project click here to get to the Kickstarter page

Saturday, 31 August 2013

BlackBerry Prematurely Announce Multidevice BBM Release

Yes. BlackBerry have made the ultimate noob move. They successfully managed to state the release of the Android and iOS BBM apps before they become available.

There are 2 things to gain from this. First of all, this gives the impression they have successfully made either one or both of the apps and they will be released soon and a friendly reminder that BlackBerry are very bad at everything. Unless they are purposely building up hype but I don't think that's the case.

So yeah, just thought id let you know this happened. BYE!

JUST SO YOU KNOW: This was first discovered by CrackBerry

Thursday, 29 August 2013

New Z1 Trailer Released by Xperia to Give us a Nice Peek

The Xperia Z1 hasn't really caught my eye but it seems that completely leaking your new device before you even launch it is the way firsts. In this treat from Sony, we get a teaser video for the device that shows off almost the entire phone.

The all revealing video shows off the crazy ass 20MP camera with a Sony G lens and circular power button on the side. Another nice touch is the dedicated camera button. So any instagram hipsters and photo happy people should be pleased as these buttons have disappeared throughout the evolution of phones.

Looking at the design of the phone, it seems it has a glass back (this is often used to make your phone look and feel more expensive). Seeing as the phone is submerged in water at one point, it appears the Xperia Z1 will be just as waterproof as the Z model.

So you can see why I have turned a blind eye to this but the post felt necessary so there you go. The video is somewhere in this post if you want it.

Windows 8.1 is Ready. But.....

Yep, you guess it, it's a massive but! It will be unavailable to the average human being until October.

Only yesterday, Microsoft completed Windows 8.1 it has been seeded to manufacturers. But us less important must wait until October 18th. Strangely, MSDN and TechNet subscribers won’t get an early look in despite the face they ARE developers, but that's just how Microsoft rolls I guess.

The reason this matters to technological society is this means Microsoft get another shot at getting into the glorious tablet market as this will only be available for tablets. This also seems like Microsoft are slowing down the whole PC market thing as tablet's are supposedly taking over the pc (I personally disagree).

So yeah, that happens. Windows 8.1 in 2 months

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Xbox ONE: First Thoughts


The Xbox's specs were briefly mentioned as an 8-Core CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard disk drive, Blu-ray drive (FINALLY), Wi-Fi direct, USB 3.0 and 1080p wide camera. Basically the same as PS4 but with a camera. Microsoft had shown the Xbox and the controller straight away, the X(box) is just a box and the controller is another bog standard controller. 


First of all: NO!!

What I understand from the stream, is that the new features consist of an OS that makes use of Voice Control and gestures. I am not to keen on this as people like to talk freely and move there arms without wanting a response. They also talked about the Skype features and a new peek thingy which lets you do 2 things at once. STILL NOTHING ON GAMING

It also uses Explorer, Windows 8 and etc

They then went on to talk about their TV things. Basically, a freeview box. The problem is, I Smart TV can do all this and this doesn't work well when you have a subscription box.

The first piece of gaming news was that all games run on the cloud and it is constantly online. Does this mean I don't buy discs? or don't save games locally? I don't know. They also said that the Xbox Live still costs money and it will have 300,000 servers, so some good news.

They introduced an EA Sports guy with 2 watches but the stream broke. 

The last thing they did was show of Call of Duty: Ghosts first they showed a trailer and boasted their new engine along with a dog. When they said they will show gameplay, they showed another trailer, when that ended, the stream stopped. No goodbyes, No thank yous, NOTHING

Final Thoughts: If I want a TV I will buy one, a games console is not a TV, what did you actually change in terms of gameplay?, and what makes you think this is better than the PS4?

Please comment your thoughts below. Any pro Xbox comments will face my rage

I am severely disappointed in you Xbox

Monday, 20 May 2013

BBM For Android and Apple??

Hey Guys,

What are your thoughts on BlackBerry? Boring? Not innovative? Only good for BBM?

Well that will change soon..
Last week at BlackBerry Live, CEO Thorsten Heins announced that they will be making BBM available to download for Android and iOS devices. This basically means that BlackBerry is just turning BBM into a WhatsApp or Kik messenger service.

Heins tries to rectify his decision in saying that it is a "state of confidence" and “The BB10 platform is so strong and the response has been so good that the time is right for BBM to become an independent mobile messaging platform.”

The app will be free on both Android and iOS. Much like other messaging apps, it will be a standalone application. iOS 6 or Ice Cream Sandwich will be required.

To begin with, the app will only offer basic messaging and group features. But Heins promises that the rest of BBM will eventually make its way to the Android and iOS versions including screen sharing, BBM voice and the just-announced BBM channels.

Heins proudly stated "We are making the BBM platform more powerful than ever!" but he is obviously an idiot because people only buy BlackBerry's because of it's quick messaging and the BBM service. 

I will obviously downloading this app because it will support my argument in saying BlackBerry phones are pointless and only have the ability to browse and chat, making them an average instead of Smartphone. 

There is still no sign of BBM on Windows Phone but no doubt, they just forgot about it. It is likely that the Windows OS will soon have an app.

Thanks for reading! Please let me know your thoughts and your opinions by commenting below. 

Sunday, 19 May 2013

FUNNY GOOGLE GLASS PIC ALERT

Hey Guys,

As I said before, I never have enough time to post but.....


OMG FUNNY LOLS


Thursday, 25 April 2013

Larry Page Confirms that Android Run's Google Glass



Hey Guys,

I have more beautiful Google Glass news!

So, recent interview, Google’s very own Larry Page has confirmed that Google Glass definitely runs the Android operating system. While it was widely assumed so, an almost obvious to me, no official confirmation has been made until now. While it is a modified version of Android, it is nice to showcase the immense flexibility of Google’s operating system and it’s diversity in cross-platform.
You might be thinking, what is the relevance of this? Well, integration with Glass and your Android powered smartphone or any other device would be incredibly easy and most likely recommended.

So everyone, does this confirmation make you guys any more excited for Google’s Glass’ impending release? If so share you point of view in the comments below!!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Google Glass Companion App, “MyGlass” Arrives in Google Play Store

Hey Guys,
Following the information on Google Glass I delivered a couple days ago, I have found out a companion app made by Google from the Google Play Store, MyGlass. The app will be used to configure and manage a Google Glass device. It should be pretty obvious that the app is of no use to anyone unless they have a Google Glass device, but Google makes that quite clear with their description:
If you don’t have Glass, then downloading this will be a waste of time. Sorry about that. But if you swipe the screenshots to the right you’ll see there’s a picture of a puppy in pajamas. So not a total waste of time after all.
So basically, a Google Glass app is in existence, Google can't spell pyjamas and PUPPIES IN PYJAMAS.
If you wish you can take a look at the puppy below!!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Google Glass, Stuff That I Forgot to Talk About




Hey Guys,

You may have heard of Google Glass before or you may not have. I for one had heard about it a while back but it seems I have forgotten to talk about it her. I apologise about that. As I have not told you anything about it I feel I should do so now.

Google Glass has not been released yet but they are "smart" glasses, so to speak, engineered by our future overlords, Google. This actually revolutionary product that look a lot like sun glasses but have very intelligent Android type features such as video recording, searching, video calling and many other commands.




The idea is that you have a small, partially transparent screen on the top corner of your glasses and line of view includes that corner. This means you can easily see your navigation route or viewing your calendar just by looking a little to the right. I mean, who doesn't want a virtual computer interface in the corner of your eye? To have more of an insight on what the interface looks and feels like be sure to click here!

Everything operates via voice command and brags it's convenience and mostly awesome. The glasses themselves look quite stylish and they claim to be strong and light. To find more information on what potential it has click right here!

Unfortunately, I've been too late to tell you about this for you to apply for a free pair :( But you can still get involved in the conversation with the hash-tag #ifihadglass, and if you would like to stay informed visit here regularly or fill in the form here!

Next iPhone Rumoured to Have 12MP Camera?

Hey Guys,

The iPhone 6 or 5S or whatever dull name they to call it, you can bet a next-gen model is coming, and I'm starting to find a few rumours of what we can expect inside it. According to a new report, it’s packing camera tech to take on the likes of HTC and Nokia with a 12-megapixel camera and some crazy-ass-low-light super powers.

A source at Wonderful Saigon Electrics, the Vietnamese branch of a Japanese company that supplies cameras for the iPhone, has revealed to the guys at Tinhte.vn that the next-gen iPhone will come packing an improved camera, upping the eight-megapixel sensor inside the iPhone 5 to a whopping 12-megapixels, just like the S4's 13MP camera.

If the source is right, other added imaging features too, such as improvement in HDR video recording, a feature that’s making its way to some of the higher end Android phones and greatly improves performance in shots of extreme brights and blacks.

The Vietnamese site has been spot on with information before as they posted a hands-on video of Apple’s new Earpods before they came out, and correctly predicted that the iPhone 5 would have an 8-megapixel camera too. Of course, it’s worth taking the rumour very lightly until Apple unveils the next iPhone, but I’ll do my best to keep you updated on all the news along the way!!

So.. what are your opinions on the camera? Still feel 8MP is enough? Or will you be going for the extra 1 MP with the S4? Share opinions in the comments below!!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Sony PS4 UK Price and Release Date Revealed. And It's Reasonably Priced!!

Prepare for some next-gen gaming, as a next-gen console will be coming later this year, the Sony PlayStation 4 is set to sell in October and according to a new report, you can get one for £300. Which is pretty awesome!!


The Sun states that Sony will be launching its new console in October, which matches up with what Sony said when the console was announced last month, that it would be released before the end of the year. The launch price, however, looks to be a lot less than what Sony wanted for the PlayStation 3 when it first launched back in 2007 for a crazily priced £425. That’s a big drop, but it makes sense in a world where £99 Android consoles and the free to play businesses exist, threatening both Sony and Microsoft’s expensive consoles.

Although this is all speculation from The Sun, not the most reliable newspaper at the best of times, at this point all hints are proving it to be reliable info, and I'd be disheartened if I heard anything different later down the line. Sadly we still don’t know what the console will look like, as Sony is keeping quite about the design and some of the specifics, but we do know it’ll come with a revamped DualShock 4 with a new touch pad, stream down PlayStation games and let you brag to all your friends with that new Share function.

Will you be keeping October free in your spending calendar so you can get your hands on the PS4 or are you firmly holding out for the next-gen Xbox? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Google Translate Finally Gets Offline support on Android!

Hey Guys,

So I'm sure at some point in your lives, you have been abroad and struggled with the language. What is the solution?? A phrasebook may seem useful, but you won't seem fluent. And using for phone for Google Translate will incure major roaming fees, until now...

Google have sent out an update for their Google Translate app that allows you to translate languages OFFLINE!!!

As long as you own an Android phone with 2.3 or up, you can grab the updated app from Google Play and translate 50 different languages offline to your will. You’ll need to download the desired language pack first to use it without a connection, so plan ahead before you leave, and once you’ve got them saved to your phone, you won’t need to scramble around for a free Wi-Fi hotspot again just to ask a local where the IT cafe is, or the cheese shop.

Google says that the offline translation dictionary is slightly less comprehensive than any online result, but it should still prove useful and help you in a situation where you need to ask someone directions or try and have a conversation.

So, will you be using this useful feature, or do you have an iOS device? Share your opinions in the comments below!!

Friday, 5 April 2013

Galaxy S4 Up For Preorder

Hey Guys,

The Samsung Galaxy S4 doesn’t hit the shelves until the 26th April, but if you just can’t wait to get hold of the full HD, turbo-charged Android smartphone, there's some good news for you; it’s now up for pre-order with your network of choice.

Vodafone, EE and Three have all now made the Samsung Galaxy S4 available for pre-order, as have stores Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U, and you can predict that O2 won’t be far behind.

Each network are trying to give their own offers with it: EE is providing accessory packs worth £55 thrown in for pre-orderers, while Phones4U is offering up to £100 in Google Play vouchers for those who opt for a Samsung Galaxy S4 on EE 4G through the store. I would go for the Phones4U deal.

If you can cope without 4G super speeds (or you don’t yet live in an area with LTE coverage), the best deal so far is with Three, which is offering a free Samsung Galaxy S4 on a two year contract for £35 per month, with unlimited data, 500 minutes and 5,000 text messages. That offer is crazy!!

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is shaping up to be a true iPhone slayer, with a massive 1080p screen, quad-core processor and 13 megapixel camera, plus the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on board!

What is your opinion on the best deal? Share your opinions in the comments below!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Digg to Create an Improved Google Reader Replacement

Hey Guys,

In hearing Google’s latest decision to drop the Google Reader, Digg has announced their efforts to replace it with another RSS reader of their own. In a recent outline released by Digg, they hint at what their new feed reader design goals will be. According to Digg there are four “key points” behind the basis of the
design: 
I created this picture with the Digg and RSS logo's
All myself!!
  1. Keep it simple, stupid
  2. Make it fast (like, really fast)
  3. Synchronize across devices
  4. Make it easy to import from existing Google Reader accounts
Although I'm guessing that most RSS readers aim to be that way.

Digg says that Google Reader had room for meaningful improvement, despite doing a lot of things right. Its goal is to create a “clean and flexible” service which ”bends easily and intuitively to the needs of different users.”

Apparently, social services like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, LinkedIn, and Hacker News will also be linked in to the reader platform. Which were not given any attention during Google Reader’s lifetime.

They say that they "don’t expect this to be a trivial undertaking. But we’re confident we can cook up a worthy successor." They also say that "In order to pull this off in such a small window, we’re going to need your help. We need your input on what you want to see in a reader. What problems should it solve for you? What’s useful? What isn’t? What do you wish it could do that it can’t today?"

To send them or input or if you would just like to know the latest news about it click here!! Or if you would like to see the original Digg Blog post click here!!

What do you think is necessary in an RSS reader? Already found an alternative? Please share you thoughts in the comments section below!!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Alternatives to Google Reader



Google has announced the closure of Google Reader and we need to find an alternative to read RSS feeds. After my research, I have narrowed down the top 3!!

Feedly!

Feedly is an RSS Reader for the Google Chrome browser, as well as, iOS and Android platforms. 
Much like Google Reader, Feedly allows you to sort your feeds, use keyboard shortcuts and share stories to friends via Facebook and Twitter. This also has an auto "mark as read" feature. Below will be a first look at Feedly in the form as a video. Carry on reading for more alternatives.
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Pulse is a picture based reader where the first thing you see is a picture from the post and a title. When reviewing it didnt work and you were unable to change the layout and I couldnt import my Google Reader data. Carry on reading to see the last alternative.
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The Old Reader is designed to look like the old Google Reader, this is perfect if you prefer the retro over the modern look. The only problem is, it doesn't yet have a mobile app, but they are working on it. Another major flaw is that since the announcement of Google Reader shutting down it no longer works properly, so my review of The Old Reader is actually a tutorial of how to export subscriptions on Google Reader found here.


Goodbye Google Reader :'(

I apologise for this blog being dormant over the past few weeks, I have been overloaded with school work.
But now it is the holidays, I can get on with posting here!!

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Hey Guys,

A sad moment on the interweb has happened, Google has announced the retirement of Google Reader and many other applications. But more importantly, the retirement of Google Reader.

I and many others will be sad to see it go. I use Google Reader almost constantly, it's where I get my technology news to talk to you about. Luckily, all hope is not lost as they are giving 3 months, until the 1st of July to find a new RSS reader. Google will let you export you feeds via Google Takeout so you can import them into an alternative reader. Click here to view alternatives to Google Reader.

Google will also be saying goodbye to:

  • GUI Builder and five UiApp widgets, the GUI builder will be available until September
  • CalDAV API, except this will be whitelisted
  • Google Building Maker, also known as, Google Sketchup. Which is perfect for creating 3D models of houses
  • Google Cloud Connect, which is a plugin that automatically backs up Microsoft Office files. Seeming a bit useless with the existence of Google Drive
  • The Google Voice App for Blackberry
  • Snapseed Desktop, but the iOS and Android Apps will still be avaliable

Many of these applications have been completely unused by me, but nevertheless, people will be missing them. Google state that "These changes are never easy. But by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on building great products that really help in their lives.And I agree!

For more information, visit the Google Blog to more information on this matter.

For help on exporting your subscriptions view the video below!
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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Google Play Gift Cards Now Available in the UK, Tesco and Morrisons Confirmed as Retail Partners

Hey Guys,

Google launched it's gift cards for its for the Play Store in US retailers just over six months ago, now they are finally arriving in the UK. You'll be able to pick them up in the same categories in the US - £10, £25 and £50. The confirmed retail outlets for the cards so far are Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets, but it would be surprising if that list didn't grow quite soon. As for online retailers, none have been spoken. There will be no restrictions on what type of content you can redeem them against, with books, movies, music, magazines and  apps are usable too.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Nokia Reveals the Budget Smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 520

Hey Guys,

Nokia showed off the Lumia 520 at this year’s Mobile World Congress, and it’s shows that the Finnish giant has its sights set firmly on the budget smartphone sector. Following on from the reasonably-priced and pretty awesome Lumia 620, the 520 model offers even more bang for your buck, with an estimated retail price of around £120.

Surprisingly, the budget phone runs on Windows Phone 8. Most recent and lets admit it, the most favourable version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. It also boasts a five-megapixel autofocus camera, 8GB of internal memory, microSD card support and a 4-inch touchscreen which is so sensitive it even works through gloves, this will possible lead to destruction of the new touchscreen, but will be a prime consideration during those cold mornings that hit my face everyday.

So... is there any bad things about this? Well to be honest, the only problem I have found is that the Lumia  isn’t coming to Europe right away. It will be first released in the Far East. But, with those kind of specs and that kind of price, I'm pretty confident that it will be worth waiting for, and it should make the 2013 smartphone decisions much harder to make.

There is also a beautiful promo vid below!


This is one of the best promo vids I have ever seen. It is perfectly composed will bright colours and happy music. It's just one of those videos that just make you smile and make the phones look elegant and more personalisable with all the different colours. I really think Apple just their book and learn how to create adverts, rather than creating monotonous ads with no life to them at all.

But that's just my opinion, and I want to know yours. What kind of ad makes you want to buy a product? Thinking of getting this phone? Please comment below to share your views.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

BBC iPlayer FINALLY Coming to a Windows Phone Near You

Hey Guys,

Whilst Windows Phone's are cool, there’s no doubt that even two and a half years after launch, it’s still missing many apps, all the way from Instagram to Google Maps, but at least they have more than BlackBerry. Anyway here’s some good news for the mobile Windows users, at last, BBC iPlayer is finally coming to the platform... ish.

Shown on the BBC’s blog, business development manager, Cyrus Saihan, has announced that the BBC is teaming up with Microsoft to bring BBC iPlayer video streaming to Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8. There’s no timeframe for a release just yet, but he says to look out for updates in the “coming months”.
There’s a catch though, BBC iPlayer on Windows Phone won’t be a full app. Instead, you’ll be have to download a Live Tile shortcut to your homescreen, which will then let you jump to the mobile website and catch up on your missed TV which you haven’t been able to do on Windows Phone until now.

This means the BBC are doing a quick botch job in order to make it's Windows Phone customers a little happy buy created a mobile website rather than taking the time to develop an app. I feel that the BBC should spend a little more time and to create an app rather than a mobile website, an application is a lot easier to navigate than an app and will make customers a lot more happy.

What are your thoughts?? Please leave your opinions in the comments below!

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

YouTube for Android Updated!!



Hey Guys,

The YouTube app for Android was updated recently and along with it came some long awaited features. One of these features includes Google+ integration that allow users to +1 videos from within the app itself. You can now pause and skip videos in your playlist via through the notification bar. This is most useful for the Smart TV app for YouTube. I would am also very happy to reveal that the full screen button bug has been fixed!!

So, If you haven’t already, click the link here and update your YouTube app now. OR if preferred use the QR code below


QRCode

Google Play Celebrates It's First Birthday! Free and Discounted Downloads For Everyone!!

Hey Guys,

It has been a whole year since the Google Play Store first got it's new name from Android Market exactly 1 year ago.

Back when it was called the Android Market, it only offered Games and Apps with a not so amazing UI. Google Play now has a great new UI and has allowed us to purchase films, books, music and even devices. It has definitely caught up with Apple's iTunes and will go beyond

To celebrate, Google are offering an assortion of party favors throughout the week, basically more cheap stuff. Unfortunately, unlike in the US, there are only 12 discounts available in the UK, but that may be only for today.

To join the party get most discounted apps, books, films and games Click Here. Or for exclusive free games, Click Here

There is also a celebration video below! (Which was only released one hour ago)




BBC Sports Finally Arrives On Android


Hey Guys,

Over a month after the iOS version, but the BBC's dedicated Sports app has recently made it onto Google Play store. The free mobile app has been designed to work best with screen sizes up to 7-inch tablets, meaning you 10-inch screen owners may not get the best experience.

It'll work with all versions above Android 2.2 (Froyo) onwards. If you're still lagging on Eclair (2.1) then you should've installed a custom ROM about a year ago. Like I did

Like the iOS app before it, the Android app brings sporting news, live scores, commentary and analysis as well as live and on-demand video because seeing sport happen is much more exciting than just reading about it. But reading technology news is super duper fun. Right?

The video and audio features may require you to download the BBC's Media Player app too, depending on your handset.

To get the app. Click Here

There may be a review if I have time. If you want to express your thoughts on the app, please comment below

Sunday, 3 March 2013

"Retina" Macbook Air to Come Up Again

Hey Guys,

I've heard Apple is working on a new "MacBook Air" for later this year, according to a new report. That’s not too surprising, but what’s got most people excited is the suggestion that the next stupidly thin laptop from Apple will pack a super sharp "Retina Display." They don't use that phrase too much at all do they?

The Economic Times says Apple is prepping a new MacBook Air for the third quarter of this year (July to September), and it’ll come packing Intel’s speedier Haswell processor, and some new “external features”.
But unfortunately, the report doesn’t specify what exactly those might be.

Apple first introduced the Retina Display on the iPhone 4 back in 2010, but later rolled it out to the iPad and MacBook Pro as well, so Apple’s popular Ultrabook rival would be the next logical step.

Want a Retina MacBook Air? Retina or Super Amoled? Please express your wonderful opinions in the comments section below!

Thursday, 21 February 2013

PS4 Games

Hey Guys,

Here are all the games for the PS4 and the trailers to go with them. Enjoy!

Knack!

Killzone 4: Shadowfall

inFamous 2nd Son


The Witness


Deep Down



Watch Dogs



What are your opinions on these games? Expecting any others? Which looks best? Please leave your opinion in the comments below!


PlayStation 4 Revealed Last Night!!

Hey Guys,

I stayed up to watch the Playstation 2013 meeting last night and live on stage was the revealing of the PlayStation 4!

Here are all the details you need to know.

The Specs

PlayStation still haven't shown us the box itself, but lead system architect Mark Cerny announced on that the PlayStation 4 will pack an eight-core processor with 8GB of memory, the processor uses very similar technology to PC chips, so it’ll make porting high-end Windows games over a doddle. It can pause games and boot straight into them, or switch between them, and download games can be played even while they're still downloading. Unfortunately, the new tech does mean that PS3 discs won’t run on the PS4, but Gaikai CEO Dave Perry hinted that they would run not just on the PS4, but on your phone, all courtesy of the cloud.

The Controller

The leaked images were perfect. The new controller for the PS4, the DualShock 4, packs in a touch pad in the middle, as well as a “Share” button (which lets you easily tag and upload footage from your gameplay, like a console PVR), it also includes the headphone jack.

I don't particually like the positioning of the 2 analogue sticks and the concave layout but I do like the share and touchpad features that come with it.

You’ll also be able to play PS4 games on the PS Vita using Remote Play.

Cloud Features

Sony partnered with the game streaming service Gaikai last year, and now we know what it’s for. Live on stage, Gaikai CEO Dave Perry announced that you’ll be able to log on to the PlayStation Store and instantly play any demo of any game you like, using the power of the cloud. With a tap of the Share button, you can share a live feed of your gameplay, let your friends watch you play, give you tips and even take over your controls for you if you’re stuck on a hard level. You’ll also be able to broadcast your games over the web to anyone – not just your friends – through the Ustream service.

The Games

The PlayStation 4 wouldn’t be much without games, and several have been announced for the system already. Here are some trailers and game titles for you to look forward to.

Want to Watch the Announcement Yourselves? 





What do you think of the PS4? Looking forward to it? Not impressed? What are your favourite features? And did this announcement surprise you in anyway? Please leave your opinion in the comments below

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Sony Xperia Z Rooted Before Release!

Hey Guys,

I know this post is a bit short but I have been low on time and haven't posted for 2 days

Just because a device hasn’t been released, is in limited release, or isn’t in the hand of a developer doesn’t mean that developers cannot root the device. XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has rooted a pre-release device a few times, such as when he remotely rooted the Samsung Galaxy S III. Today, we are
talking about Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root in a roundabout way.

XDA Recognized Developer, the legendary DooMLoRD took the Nexus 4 version of CF-Auto-Root, modified it a bit, did a dance to the rooting gods, and crossed his fingers. Using TeamViewer, to remotely attempt rooting, he was successful. Thanks to Chainfire’s app and DooMLoRD’s dancing, the
Sony Xperia Z now has root.


This is amazing stuff, don't you agree? Comment below to leave your opinion.


Where to Watch the PlayStation Announcment

Hey Guys,

For those of you who are unaware how and where to watch the PlayStation announcement that will most likely be the PS4 announcement here is some information for you.

The announcement will start at 11.00pm GMT, 12.00am CET or 10.00am Sydney (21st Feb). You can watch it via the normal PlayStation website or the Streaming service, Twitch.

To watch it on a mobile device, download the Twitch app on the Google Play Store or the iOS App Store

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Sony PS4 to be Unveiled Tomorrow

Hey there!
Sources suggest that the PlayStation 4 is coming this month. Sony’s teasing fans to come see the “future” at an event on 20 February, and one newspaper in the US has already confirm it’ll be the next PlayStation on show. Keep reading for a look at the teaser video.

The PS4 will still use a disk drive, so not reliant on "The Cloud", and will reportedly focus on “social gaming aspects”, suggesting you’ll be able to connect with friends better while you play. 

There is a pretty unrevealing teaser video below


PlayStation 4 controllerThere are also leaks on the new controller. It appears to have a touchpad and to feature PlayStation move features. As of yet we don't know whether it will be a touchpad similar to the back of the PS Vita or an LED screen to display game features. We will find out soon. The leaked picture is on the left
Doesn't really give much away.




What are your opinions on the new controller, or can you see any revealing details in the teaser that I have missed? Please leave a comment down below!!


Monday, 18 February 2013

Samsung Officially Sends Out Jelly Bean Update to Jelly Bean via Kies or OTA

Hello Everyone!

I was unable to post last week as I had been too busy, but here is a positive post for you to enjoy!

It's been a long time but Android 4.1.2 has finally arrived for the phone that began the whole ''half phone, half tablet'' malarky. The original  Samsung Galaxy Note. The Jelly Bean update brings a number of improvements to the first phablet, with a brand new Nature UX UI that will help it look and feel more like the sequel phone. It'll also get features such as Multi-Window, Page Buddy, Smart Rotation and the awesome Google Now.

The update will roll out in phases depending on your country or carrier and is available via Kies or OTA.

Any opinions on this article? Do you have any news suggestions? Please comment or contact me via the Facebook page, my Twitter page or the Google+ page

Don't worry, I will post about Blackberry 10 and PS4 rumours when I have time to do an in-depth post!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

ASUS Released 7-inch MeMO Pad Last Month.

Hey Guys,

7-Inch tablets seem to be coming out all the time. After the Nexus, all of the tablet manufacturers have been jumping on the small, more convenient tablet trend.

Asus released a 7-Inch Tablet called the MeMO Pad last month. It's quite a reasonable little device for only £149. Anything special here? No. Apart from the very nice price.

It will feature a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display, 1GHz CPU, Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of storage, microSD slot, 1MP front camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The only really bad thing, apart from the display, is that the battery only lasts for 7 hours.

Below is a trailer for the device and some specs if you are interested. Click here to visit the Official page.


  • Operating System
    AndroidTM 4.1
  • Display
    7" LED Backlight WSVGA (1024x600) Screen
  • CPU
    VIA WM8950
  • Memory
    1G
  • Storage
    8GB/16GB *1
    5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space *2
  • Wireless Data Network
    WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz
  • Camera
    1 MP Front Camera
  • Audio
    Hi-Definition Audio CODEC
    High Quality Speaker
  • Interface
    1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
    1 x micro USB
    1 x Micro SD Card Reader(SDHC)
  • Sensor
    G-sensor
  • Application
    ASUS launcher
    MyLibrary
    MyCloud
    asus webstorage
    File manager
    ASUS sync
    SuperNote Lite
    App Locker
    App Backup
  • Battery
    7 hours; 16Wh Li-polymer Battery *3
  • Color
    Sugar White/Titanium Gray/Cherry Pink
  • Dimensions
    196.2 x 119.2 x 11.2 mm
  • Weight
    358 g
  • Note
    *1: May vary by SKU and country.
    *2: Please visit www.asuswebstorage.com for more details.
    *3: Battery life tested under power saving mode, playing 720p video playback, Brightness:100nits, default volume with headphones.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Next Gen Xbox Specs Leaked

Hey Guys,

VGLeaks are reporting an exclusive claim that they have the information behind the GPU that will be in the next gen Xbox, codenamed Durango. People are classifying this as a huge rumor, so keep that in mind. Until Microsoft releases any official information, we know nothing, but for those who are interested, keep reading.

"The following table describes expected performance of the Durango GPU. Bear in mind that the table is based only on hardware specifications, not on actual hardware running actual code. For many reasons, theoretical peak performance can be difficult or impossible to achieve with real-world processing loads," the 
report states. Take a look at the table below:

Xbox GPU

ESRAM

Durango has no video memory (VRAM) in the traditional sense, but the GPU does contain 32 MB of fast embedded SRAM (ESRAM). ESRAM on Durango is free from many of the restrictions that affect EDRAM on Xbox 360. Durango supports the following scenarios:
  • Texturing from ESRAM
  • Rendering to surfaces in main RAM
  • Read back from render targets without performing a resolve (in certain cases)

The difference in throughput between ESRAM and main RAM is moderate: 102.4 GB/sec versus 68 GB/sec. The advantages of ESRAM are lower latency and lack of contention from other memory clients—for instance the CPU, I/O, and display output. Low latency is particularly important for sustaining peak performance of the color blocks (CBs) and depth blocks (DBs).
I have no idea what any of the above means.

For information on what all of this jargon means click here as I know nothing about the topic.

iPad Mini 2 News.

Hey Guys,

It's midnight at the time of writing and I promised to post at least once a day but I was busy with revision. But even thought yesterday is over, I am still going to post this as if it was yesterday because I am hardcore! So excuse me if this iss a bit shit.

It is believed that the iPad Mini 2, Apple’s sequel to the 7.9inch iPad is to arrive in the coming months. The roumor also stated that it will feature a Retina display (Already gone through the stupid name thing) when it was released but didn’t say what exactly that include. But according to a new report from investment news service BrightWire, alleged sources from within Apple’s foreign supply chain say the iPad Mini 2 will feature a 7.9-inch Retina Display with an identical resolution to the full-size iPad 4 with Retina display.

The resolution on the alleged iPad Mini 2 is said to measure 2048 x 1536 pixels, 324 pixels per inch(Nexus 7 has 216) To compare, the iPad 3 and 4 both have display densities of 264 ppi, while the iPhone 5 has a similar density of 326 ppi.

This rumor sounds like a very realistic piece of news considering how Apple gave the screen resolution of the iPad 2 to the original iPad Mini.

I have a feeling it will be

The iPad Mini 2 isn't really that new or innovative, despite what the future video ad may say. It is literally another iPad Mini but most likely thinner and will a better display. I feel Apple should be changing the product a little more then that.

What are your thoughts on a second iPad Mini? Pleae leave a comment below with your opinion

Monday, 4 February 2013

Apple iPad 4 128GB Revealed

Hey Guys,

iPad release info as promised!
Apple has just announced an iPad 4 with Retina display (If you don't know, the retina is the thing in your eye that allows you to see, therefore everything is retina display, stupid name) model with  128GB storage.

The larger sized iPad follows rumours that Apple was getting ready to introduce a new model. The new iPad 4 128GB is now the iOS device with the largest amount of storage. Previous iPad models have only offered up to 64GB storage. To be honest, Micro SD support would be much more useful as it would give you more choice on how much data you have and you can transfer it to other devices.

The iPad 4 will be available in october and will cost £639 for the iPad 4 128GB WiFi model, or £739 for the WiFi with Cellular model, which allows internet access away from hotspots.

Here is a TechRadar Review!


I think it would be silly for the new iPhone's and iPod's to have this much storage space. It really does seem unnecessary  but this is coming from a guy with a 120GB micro SD card, so it really depends on the Apple fans.

It would be good to know what your opinion is on massive memory iPad's, do you think it's necessary and worth the cost? And do we really need that much memory on smaller devices such as iPhone's and iPod's? I would be great if I could see some comments that I could reply to. BYE!!!!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

January News The Finale


Hey Guys,

Let's finish this one and for all, eh?

17th January



BlackBerry 10 Release date and 2 New BB10 Phones Unveiled

Looks like the rumours I posted are right. I will post more detailed info this week!

18th January

GAME confirms interest in buying HMV stores

High street video game retailer GAME has confirmed that it is interested in purchasing the HMV stores in towns where it doesn't already have an outlet.
The company, which itself went into administration last year, but has since recovered quite well, is one of 50 potential suitors who have approached. Thank god for that!

Sony PS4 to be Roumors and Release Date Leaked

I really don't think there is a need, the PS3 alreeady packs in just about anything you can want. What more can it give? We just have to wait and see. A more detailed post to come shortly!



Galaxy S4 Stuffs!

1.8GHz processor? More details another time!!

21st January



RIM To Sell Blackberry After BB10 Release

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has admitted that the company would still consider selling BlackBerry after the launch of BlackBerry 10 saying "we do not want to limit our options."
Let's just hope whoever buys the company decides to fix the god damn thing


HMV VOUCHERS CAN BE USED!!


YAYAYAY!!! TESCO AND ASDA WILL ACCEPT THEM TOO!!


22nd January

Next-Gen Xbox Specs Leaked

The specifications of the next-gen Xbox, codenamed Durango at this stage, have been leaked online.
I will obviously write a more detailed post in the coming week


24th January

Sony to appeals PSN hack fine


Sony Computer Entertainment Europe says it will appeal a decision by UK authorities to fine the console manufacturer £250,000 for what has been judged to be a "serious breach" of the Data Protection Act. The Information Commissioner's Office says that its investigation has concluded that the attack "could have been prevented if the software had been up-to-date." The ICO recognises Sony was the victim of “a focused and determined criminal attack,” that “there is no evidence that encrypted payment card details were accessed,” and that “personal data is unlikely to have been used for fraudulent purposes” following the attack on the PlayStation Network."

25th January

Steve Jobs Film 'jOBS' Appear in April

Featuring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak the film with follow the entrepreneurs from their first personal computer the Apple 2 all the way to the launch of Apple's first iPod. I will only watch this so I can either take the piss or compare it to The Social Network! I will do a review when it comes out but for now here is a quick clip.
Doesn't look very promising to be fair. Time will decide.

YouTube Capture App now supports 1080p HD recording for iOS

Literally a video app that is better than the default. Why the fuck are google releasing this on iOS before their own OS, Android??

28th January

128GB iPad 4 to be Released with iPad Mini 2

A leaks have shown what appears to four new iPad configurations including a new 128GB iPad 4 with Retina Display (For those who don't know, the retina is in the eye and allows us to see things, therefore everything has a retina display), marking a huge increase in storage space for the Apple tablet. Although SD support would do the job just fine!


29th January


Google Nexus 7 2 set for Google I/O May release date?



Leaks once again tell us that,Google will apparently launch the second-gen Nexus 7 in partnership with Asus at Google's I/O conference in May. The tablet will reportedly feature a Full-HD display along with some design improvements. Looks like iPad Mini 2 will have some competition heading it's way

It is now Illegal to Unlock a Phone In The USA

For those who don't know, people unlock their phones to enable the use of other Sim Cards inside there phone. This is usually done to get a better mobile deal after your contract ends.

It is not the same as unlocking or jailbreaking.

30th January

Apple iPad 4 128GB announced with February Release Date

Well it looks like the rumours were right. This will be first to get a more detailed post so more information and specs later on.

White Nexus 4 Leak

A white Nexus 4 handset could be just around the corner as an image has leaked online showing the white version of the handset in all its beauty.



We have finally finished the new of January. I have quite a few indepth posts from last moth to post. I hope I can get a logo ready soon and start building up my audience. I hope you enjoy these posts and posts to come. I really appreciate all your views and comments. As for now, Goodnight

Saturday, 2 February 2013

January News Part 2

Hey Guys,

This is a continuation of yesterdays post as it was taking way to long to do in one day.

11th January

Microsoft to shut down Windows Live Messenger (MSN) for good on March 15

Microsoft has announced the switch-off date for its age old and iconic Windows Live Messenger service, with all users having to switch to Skype by March 15 if they wish to continue exchanging instant messages with their pals. I feel as if this has been a long time coming as I haven't used Messenger for about 4 years now. It's practically nothing to anyone anymore.

Pay £60 to Message Mark Zuckerburg

Facebook is offering the opportunity to contact the CEO Mark Zuckerberg in personal inbox for £60 ($100). Let's just hope a load of rich fags don't spam him with Timeline hate.

15th January

HMV in Administration

Following Jessops, the high street HMV has also gone into administration. Resulting in 4,000 people losing jobs. At the moment, I am unsure whether HMV gift cards and vouchers are being accepted but research tells me they just might be. Check will your local store as soon as possible for the highest chance of being able to use the card

iPad Mini 2: Release date, price, specs, news and rumours

The terrible iPad Mini is going to get an update apparently. Let's just hope this isn't exactly the same thing but 0.0003 inches shorter. There will be a more in-depth post about this another time.

600,000 UK Facebook Members Deactivated

Over 600,000 UK Facebook members left the site in December, a fall of 1.86%. The figures, released by social media monitoring firm SocialBakers, reveal that the UK is the only country in Facebook’s top ten busiest to experience a fall in numbers.

16th January

Blockbuster Heads into Administration

Blockbuster, the DVD and videogame rental and second-hand retailer has called in administrators putting more than 4,000 jobs at risk. Looks like it will be joining HMV, Comet and Jessops. Who needs it anyway, we have Netflix and LoveFilm


LOOKS LIKE I RAN OUT OF TIME AGAIN. I SHOULD BE ABLE TO FINISH THIS TOMORROW