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Just how secure is your smartphone?

Whether you’re playing World of Goo, Candy Crush Saga, a full-on RPG, or the latest real-money casino games, every mobile user needs to be concerned about security. No-one wants personal details stolen, logins compromised, or credit card information hacked into, but the truth is that attacks are on

Vodafone change excess call and text charges

Due to Ofcom changing the way service numbers (0845, 0870 etc) Vodafone are simplifying their excess charges. These out of bundle charges are what you pay if you exceed your monthly allowance or if you don’t have one. From the 10th August 2015 there will be a

Anywhere SIM launches national roaming

We’ve written a bit about not-spots and the various methods the networks and government are using to try and eliminate them; including here, here and here  if you missed it. As you may have noticed, progress has been pretty slow to say the least… so Anywhere SIM have taken

Vodafone SIMs become flexible

Vodafone SIM only deals are becoming more flexible. I don’t mean the SIM card will bend more (please don’t try that at home), rather Vodafone are relaxing the upgrade rules. Previously if you were on a 12 month SIM only plan then you could only upgrade to

Apple Pay for Visa, Mastercard and Santander

Apple announced that Apple Pay will be coming to the UK next month, and so all the banks seem to be tripping over themselves to announce they will be supporting the service. We have had press releases from Visa, Mastercard and Santander saying they will be supporting

Vodafone announce Connect home broadband

Vodafone today became the latest network to join the home broadband market, with their Connect offer. Vodafone Connect is a fibre service offering speeds of up to 76 Mbps with unlimited downloads. Rather than charging for different usage amounts, Vodafone have different tiers based on speeds, up

EE announces 4G action camera

Not content with mobile phones, home broadband, mobile broadband and in-car WiFi devices, EE is now branching out into action cameras with the 4GEE action camera. The EE connected strategy focuses on 4 main areas: home; you; car and business. The new action camera is part of

Sony SmartBand 2 all but official

The SmartBand SWR10 was Sony’s first fitness monitor and linked in with the Lifelog app to keep track of all your movements, sleep and phone activity. Since then the wearable market has moved on with heart-rate monitors being the main addition. So it should come as no surprise that

O2 having signal problems

It appears O2 is having a rough time this evening. The network says it is having intermittent problems affecting some of its customers in various parts of the country including London and Birmingham. You can see from their with their own status checker that there’s a number

MixRadio now available on iOS and Android

MixRadio, the music streaming service previously found only on Nokia Lumia before appearing on other Windows Phones and other Nokias, is now cross platform and available on iOS and Android devices. The service allows you to choose from a selection of over 10,000 pre-selected mixes (10,409 according

Avengers cases and charging pad announced

Any fans of the Avengers might have noticed a lot of promotion alongside of the Samsung Galaxy S6, with downloadable themes and now there are Avengers cases and wireless charging pad. These official Samsung cases feature some of Earth’s mightiest heroes (Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America

Samsung S6 hogging all the RAM

Are you lucky enough to own a Samsung S6 or S6 Edge? If so, then you may not be quite so lucky as you think. It seems that a number of S6 and S6 Edges are being a bit greedy with the RAM. It’s not a lack

Google’s Project Fi to run on 2 networks

Before we start I should put in a slight caveat that this is just in America at the moment, but it is still an interesting development, especially given the network rivalry over the pond. Google are going to rent network capacity for voice, texts and data from

OnePlus to announce something on April 20th

OnePlus, the company that brought us the OnePlus One with the weird invite system have announced something will happen on April 20th. That’s about as much as we can tell you. The date could refer to the end of the invite system, the OnePlus Two, a mini version,

EE giving out free PowerBanks with unlimited refills

EE has announced the launch of a new reward scheme for its customers – EE Power. The new scheme is available for all active EE customers, both mobile and broadband customers. According to a YouGov poll commissioned by EE: Almost 60% of smartphone users find their battery

£100 cap for lost/stolen phones announced

It used to be that the case that if your phone was lost or stolen and some little toerag ran up a huge bill calling premium numbers or some random far away land then you would liable for the whole amount. In the not to distant future,

PowerpackXL Medium review – the one with lights on

We have reviewed several powerbanks over the last few weeks and months (here, here and here for 3), now it’s my turn. The PowerpackXL medium is a 4000mAh portable battery pack in a very nice finish, with a 5V 1A output. The powerbank has a shiny black

EE commits to expand 4G and improve rural coverage

EE has just committed to spending £1.5 billion, that’s £1,500,000,000 or 5,084,745,763 pints of beer, between now and 2017 as part of a snazzily named new manifesto called “Signalling the Future”. This new manifesto is designed to tackle the digital infrastructure needs of the UK and lay

Samsung tease S6 in Unpacked 2015 invite

Over the last few years Samsung has tended to keep things quiet at MWC, preferring to hold a separate Unpacked event a few weeks later. This year the Unpacked event will be held at MWC on Sunday March 1st according to the invite sent out. The invite

Windows Phone 8.1 to be replaced by Windows 10

Windows Phone 8.1 is officially on the condemned list. Microsoft today held a media briefing and announced that Windows Phone is to be fully integrated into the Windows fold when Windows 10 is released later this year. There will be two new versions of Windows, the only