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Samsung Touchwiz renamed in new Galaxy Beta Programme update

Android skins are one of the most polarising subjects in the geek world, and Samsung’s Touchwiz receives most of the love and hate in equal amounts. Once the do it all approach of weird gestures and strange features, it has become much tamer in later editions. Now, it …

Review – Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge cases from 32nd Shop

I often find it hard to review cases – most people have their own preferences, whether they’re flip cases (either sideways or up/down), shell cases, rubber cases, no cases etc.  Most cases tend to do what you expect of them, and often the cheaper they are the poorer …

New patent suggests a future Apple Watch could be round

I always find it mildly hilarious to see how much credence tech writers attach to patents.  Herewith a case in point.  In December 2015 Apple submitted a patent with the catchy title ‘Electronic Device Having Display with Curved Edges’, followed up by a related patent in January 2016. …

Rumours circulate about the Samsung Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 is going to be an important phone for Samsung in 2017.  In the wake of the utter disaster that was the Note 7, the company arguably has a lot of ground to make up in winning over buyer’s confidence.  Rumours of what the S8 will …

Capture and clone contactless cards easily. Dodgy as.

I saw this particular item appear on a promoted tweet this morning and had to check I wasn’t going mad. For just over £126, it’ll capture your tap-to-pay card information and will then clone it. The result, after just a few minutes carrying the thing on the tube, …

Android app updates will now be a lot smaller

Next time you’re around your parents have a look at how many app updates are pending – I bet its lots! Convincing Joe public to update their apps is difficult enough at the best of times, many just ignoring the pop ups and warnings. Afraid they will break …

Coolsmartphone Podcast 188 Live

We’re now back to weekly episodes of the Coolsmartphone Podcast and we’ll be live this evening on YouTube. You can watch the Coolsmartphone Podcast 188 Live on the video embedded below. Join Matteo, Greg and Garry while they discuss the happenings int he world of consumer electronics, gadgetry …

Coffee-powered pictures

Fancy a coffee mug that can display pictures on the side? No batteries required? Well, that’s what you’ve got here and they’ve decided to call it a “Muki”. They even pronounce it “mucky” too. Available online from PauligShop.com, this has an e-ink which lets you “communicate with your …

Aukey tech goodies discounted on Amazon for our readers

We’ve recently reviewed a number of Aukey products here at Coolsmartphone Towers and, as a thank you, the lovely folk in the Far East have provided our readers with a series of money-off codes on their products: Quick Charge 2.0 Car Charger https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B014FHIJ1U  £6 off code: ZNED2Q2I USB Wall Charger …

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 …

Archon 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 …