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Xperia Z3 proves to be a photo pro

Don’t ask me quite how I do it, but I can easily make any low-light photograph look like a hideous mess. The resulting images are either pasty white faces or blurry dark ones, so to see such stunning photos from a phone is always a strange thing

Blogging like a train!

This weekend we’re doing something a bit different. It’ll involve one phone, a few battery packs and a lot of train journeys. From Friday all of my posts, pictures and updates across the weekend will be created and sent purely from my phone. We’re going to see

BT in talks to buy O2

If you’ve watched football on TV recently you’ll no doubt be aware that BT aren’t afraid of splashing their cash. They’ve already upset Sky TV by grabbing a big chunk of Premiership matches and viewers t’boot. So, if you’re gunning for the “quad play” market (broadband, TV,

Review – LuguLake Bluetooth speaker and built-in stand

This is a pretty decent idea if you think about it. Having a Bluetooth speaker is good, but you’ll find that your phone is usually placed on a worktop somewhere. Listening to podcasts, streaming media or internet radio is a little better if your phone is propped

LG G3 unlocked for less than £300

I do rather like the LG G3. It’s the first LG device I’ve owned in a long, long time and overall I’m very impressed. It packs a 1440×2560 5.5″ inch screen at 534ppi WiFi, Bluetooth 4, 4G and a 13 megapixel camera at the back with laser

Gift Idea – How about this WikiPad?

Well now, I’m not totally sure on this thing. It starts off as a pretty decent cheap tablet – this is £69.99 and has a Tegra Quad Core CPU. There’s 16GB storage, 1GB RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 7″ screen which is 1280×800. It has a

Cortana puts this guy in a spin.

Well this guy just takes the biscuit. There was me, pedalling on a mountain bike from London to Paris a few months ago for charity. I was pretty impressed with myself, but no – this guy has done a loop-the-loop on his bike. Pah… not fair. Microsoft,

Gift Guide – Quirky Converge. Dock and charge without the faff

Here is a pretty neat idea for keeping your devices tidily stored and charged at the same time. Available from Amazon and various other stores (including Maplin etc), this is the Quirky Converge dock. It’s around £45 (although if you can get the Amazon free delivery you

Onaji Pawa charger review

Remember me mentioning the Onaji Pawa recently? It’s a slender battery, complete with USB cable (for charging the in-built battery) and an interesting three-port connector for plugging your iPad, iPhone or other smartphone into. Straight out of the gate, I have to tell you that this isn’t

Nokia reveal a new Android tablet – The N1

Nokia, yes, Nokia – not Microsoft or Lumia or anything in-between, have just announced an Android tablet. It’s only a matter of months since the phone unit got sold off to Microsoft, but here’s there N1 Android tablet now that the company have regained control of the

TalkTalk switch from Voda to O2

You may remember our look into the world of virtual network operators, which can offer a great alternative to the main networks. MVNO’s, as they are known, use one of the original “big four” for connectivity but the pricing, plans, services and branding are all very different.

Hey, what’s your thoughts on the new Android ads?

You’ve seen the iPhone and iPod adverts. They’ve been copied quite heavily by other manufacturers. You’ve seen the Windows Phone ads too, which are currently pushing Cortana quite heavily and showing how it performs up against Siri.. But, at the moment for me at least, the raft

Garmin vívosmart activity tracker now ready to buy

It seems that almost everyone is doing a “sports band” or “activity tracker” now. Garmin have just nudged us about their new vívosmart, which is £139.99. It’ll connect to your smartphone and has a 7 day battery life. You get text, email and call notifications which are

Got yourself a free mobile phone delivered? Watch out

People tell me that this is a known scam, but to be honest I’d not heard about it. However, a neighbour (at least according to the Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter I seem to get every week) had scammers do this to him. Luckily the guy realised, but this

Acer Leap now available to buy

It’s a hard time of year to start a new exercise regime. The days are short, it’s cold and Christmas is right around the corner. Come on, we’re going to pig out and we’ll probably love every minute of it. The diet and exercise starts in January,

How did your relationship start?

I hate to admit it, but I’m old enough to remember a time before mobile phones were available. When I was a teenager we then started getting mobile phones, but apart from the odd text and a play with the ringtones there wasn’t a great deal you

Skype for Web announced by Microsoft

It’s still in beta, but it’s hope for those who can’t install the relevant Skype client. This should be good news for those wanting Skype on a Chromebook, but to be honest we’ve already sorted that one and I couldn’t get the Skype for Web beta working

That whole cartridge-buying nightmare. Sorted.

Watch out everyone, because I’ve had a few days off. This usually means that I have a number of articles where I need to get something off my chest. This is the sort of blog post that usually ends up on my personal blog but I guess,