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Do you have the dropsies? Try the Phone Catcher

Now, I could try and build this up to be something quite clever and inventive. To a degree it is, there’s a strong and quick-retracting cord and a clip which goes onto your pocket. However, I don’t think we can dress up the fact that it’s a bit …

Amazon to open a store without a checkout

Online retail giant Amazon has decided to do away with any kind of checkout process in a new store. Customers will instead show their phone when they walk in, pick up their goods and just walk off. Grabbing anything off the shelves, stuffing it in your bag and walking out. …

Urbanista Berlin – Review

You may recall a recent article about the latest earphones by Urbanista, called Berlin. Well, I managed to get my hands on a set for review! Watch the video to see what I thought of them! You may recall a recent article about the latest earphones by Urbanista, …

Android 7.1.1 Nougat is out (for some)

Today Google is rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat to some devices. This isn’t a big release, but adds a few features to Pixel and Nexus devices and tidies up things with bug fixes and optimisations. The list of devices getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat from Google is as follows: …

Meizu M5 Note launches officially

Last week Meizu announced the Pro 6 Plus and Flyme 6. Now it is the turn of the Meizu M5 Note to be officially unveiled in China. The Meizu M5 Note is a super midranger with an amazing spec sheet in value for money terms. All metal body …

flic – smartest buttons in the hands of Pete!

Recently we heard about the world of smart buttons, in particular, “flic” which have a number of purchasable buttons to make your life easier. I got my hands on the buttons, and had some fun! Recently we heard about the world of smart buttons, in particular, "flic" which …

Arhon MOVE Fitness Tracker, now £49.99

You know how this goes by now. The PR people have already assumed that you’ve bought all your Christmas presents, so now they’re prepping the fitness gear you’ll be needing after noshing on turkey, mince pies and chocolates all over the festive season. In reality, you’ll probably be …

Solve iOS storage anxiety with an OLALA iDisk

Small storage options for phones have been around for so long they are almost ignored by the tech community. Apple especially has been guilty of making the entry level price point as cheap as possible just for a great ‘from’ price. Capacity restraints are a very real for …

Coolsmartphone Podcast 187 – S Club & Peppa

We would like to thank John for his stewardship and work on the Coolsmartphone Podcast since 2015. Thanks John, the CSP Podcast would not have been as much fun and have had as great guests had you not been looking after us. We wish you all the very …

Newton Mail App – Review

Remember all those years ago when you’ve got your first email account and you couldn’t wait to set it up with a stupid account name? Now, many years later, it’s quite embarrassing having to pass those details to any prospective employers, hospitals or friends.  So what do you …

Apple reveals intentions to build self-driving car

It’s only a few weeks that reports suggested that Apple’s ambitions to enter into the car market had pretty much ground to a halt. Despite lay-offs and hints to suggest priorities have changed, Apple is very much back in the self-driving car game according to recent letters. A recent letter from …

How to be an idiot

Another day and yet another driver being a complete melon with a smartphone. This time it’s a full lesson on what not to do at the wheel. Holding a phone, filming yourself, speeding at around 116mph and switching between the front and back camera for added effect. Not …

Wireless power for your smartphone by Aircharge – Review

Keeping your devices charges whilst away from home is a continued nightmare. After dragging around a bulking power adapter, you struggle to find a power outlet. This is where a brand new Kickstarter campaign steps in. https://ksr-video.imgix.net/projects/2682888/video-723673-h264_high.mp4   Aircharge is looking to secure £20,000 with backers providing over …

Save money without even thinking – Chip

This one kinda raised some immediate red flags with me. Sure, the idea is great – it’s an app which will automatically put money into a special savings account based on your affordability. It’s a great idea, but when the developers told me that you had to “link …

Coolsmartphone Podcast 187 Live

We’re doing the Coolsmartphone Podcast Live this evening on Youtube. Matteo is joined today by Greg and Majid as they make announcements, discuss announcements and happenings in the world of tech, consumer electronics and the internet. You  can watch live on this embedded video or on Youtube itself. …

Euro Data Pass ditched, Travel Data Pass appears instead

Using your phone abroad is still something we have to think about ahead of our flight. Operators like Three have their Feel At Home service and other networks have packages and bolt-ons or a certain amount of roaming minutes and data included. EE have today unveiled the Travel …

Smanos launch ‘UFO Panoramic Wi-Fi HD’ Camera in the UK

A while ago, I carried a review of the Smanos Wireless home alarm which you can view here. Well smart home security experts, Smanos, launched their quirky UFO Panoramic Wi-Fi HD Camera today as a new addition to its comprehensive range of easy-to-use smart home security products. The …