Author: Leigh Geary

Masts on fire as insane 5G coronavirus conspiracies continue

We spoke about the wild rumours connecting 5G to coronavirus cases over a month ago and, well, we got some “interesting” emails after that (mainly threats). Over the weekend, in the midst of a global pandemic and a lockdown here in the UK, some people have taken it …

Home Active – Improve your IT skills

Pluralsight, which is a great online IT learning platform, is now offering all their courses for free during April. It’s a great opportunity to learn some additional skills during the lockdown. Head to this page and you’ll get a whole month of their IT videos and training. There’s …

Podcast 252 – Coronavirus Lockdown Biscuit Special

Normally I record these podcasts whilst driving to and from work. However, the world has turned upside down of late and I’m instead sitting at home eating far too many biscuits. It’s all a bit weird isn’t it? The coronavirus has changed things so much, and despite the …

Vodafone offering 30 days of unlimited data to NHS staff

NHS staff are having to suffer quite a bit at the moment. There’s concern over a lack of protective equipment, COVID-19 testing, and their own already-long hours and stress. This has led Vodafone to launch an unlimited data initiative for NHS staff. Their existing 30 day unlimited data …

Huawei P40 Series – All you need to know

Interested in the upcoming Huawei P40? Well, we know that Google Play won’t be on there due to the Trump Trade Termination, but you do get the Huawei AppGallery instead. What we also know is that all phone launches, right now, are happening in a very uncertain world. …

No more O2 deals with Carphone Warehouse

Although physical stores are closed right now, you can still get a phone or a SIM-only deal online. Networks available with Carphone include Vodafone, Voxi (sitting on Vodafone), Virgin Mobile (on EE masts), their own iD Mobile network (using Three infrastructure), EE and, until yesterday, O2. Carphone Warehouse …

Daily Joe Wicks PE Lessons – All ad-revenue heading to the NHS

We recently mentioned the Joe Wicks daily workouts which are keeping us all active. With schools mostly shut down and kids stuck in the house, his daily PE lessons have been part of the morning routine for many. His YouTube channel, as you can see from the numbers, …

BT Sport – Now you can pause your subscription…for a bit.

We earlier stated that BT Sport and Sky Sports wouldn’t let you pause your subscription despite the distinct lack of sports right now. The reason, of course, is the coronavirus pandemic, which has stopped our lives in many ways. Sky Sports, just a day after we ran that …

OnePlus 8 Series launch. No more delays – event due April 14th

With the obvious coronavirus concerns putting a lot of events off, some are also delaying or cancelling web events too. OnePlus was one such company and, as you can see from the tweets coming from Pete Lau (Founder & CEO of OnePlus) they’ve delayed their OnePlus 8 launch …

Cool little timer – Ticktime

Asking Alexa to set a timer is one thing, but what if you had a gadget that took less time to set and went with you everywhere? This is Ticktime. The makers tell me that it’s “more than just a timer” and they’ve reinvented how timer looks and …

New iPad Pro available from Vodafone

If you get the iPad Pro from Apple you’ll be looking to pay around £769. However, if you want to pay in monthly installments, Vodafone are now offering it with 6GB of data from £53 per month and a £60 upfront cost. In addition, you can get it …

Dell Mobile Connect adds further features

Since the launch of this particular system back in January 2018, over one million people have exchanged 150 million phone calls and text messages using Dell Mobile Connect. Today they’re announcing new features, including the ability to fo file transfer on iOS devices. In addition you can do …

Disney+ now live in the UK, with an extra treat

Here in the UK, as we all sit in a lockdown situation, we’ve now got Disney+. Yay. Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic and The Mandalorian. However, although it’s £5.99 a month (or £59.99 per year), they’re now offering a 7-day free trial, so you can dip your toe …

Home Active – Carol Vorderman offers her services for free

The Maths Factor was set up by Carol Vorderman a decade ago, and – for about £2 per week – you get a website which will help unlock every child’s confidence in maths. The maths tutoring site is for 4-11 year olds. It follows a 5-step philosophy – …

Home Active – Free audio books for kids

I’m properly annoyed with the amount of companies profiteering out of the coronavirus crisis. I’d like to see far more companies doing their bit. Audible has stepped forward with a good gift for the kids – free streamed audio books. Their website states that.. For as long as …

New Nokia handsets announced, including the Nokia 8.3 5G

We should be attending a number of launch events at the moment, but the world has changed quite significantly lately. Last week it was a supposed to be a big London launch for a range of new Nokia devices from HMD Global, but instead we got a web-delivered …

Coronavirus – Emergency government texts being sent

If you’re in the US, you’ll probably be familiar with emergency broadcast messages. However, here in the UK it’s rather unusual to receive a text with an emergency update. These, though, are not “usual” times. Today all mobile networks will be sending out emergency messages to keep everyone …

Home Active – Daily PE lessons

We covered some free fitness lessons just recently but, if you want to keep a schedule going, Joe Wicks has setup a live daily workout on his YouTube channel. As I type there’s nearly a million viewers watching his daily 9AM workout, which he’s broadcasting from his home. …

Home Active – Lessons online

With schools closed down and kids spending more time in the house, parents will all have the same concerns. First, we’ve already hit the point where kids simply can’t go to each other’s homes. We’re also at the point where kids are sat all day playing on a …

YouTube and Amazon Prime reduce video quality

Following moves by Netflix, Amazon and YouTube will now also be lowering the quality of video content. There’s also rumours that temporary measures may also be put in place by the BBC with their iPlayer service and by Disney+, which is set to launch shortly. Amazon stated .. …

Home Active – Church and cathedral services online

During the cornavirus crisis, we’re continuing with our mission to keep you mentally and physically fit. At times like this, many will look to religion to cope. However, with the UK government advising against “social gatherings”, it’s going to become more difficult to run these. So, it’s good …

Home Active – Keep fit at home for free

We’ve started our “Home Active” feature as a way to keep you mentally and physically strong through these very strange times. Stuck at home, or limited on what you can do outside of home, we’re looking at the options that are available. Today this one comes courtesy of …

Sky – Yes, you can now pause your Sky Sports subscription

After a raft of criticism, Sky appear to have changed their tune slightly. Before, despite not being able to deliver the expected live football, golf, rugby and other sports events, they were refusing to refund those who had paid the additional Sky Sports subscription. This, though, is something …

Stop panic buying. Just stop.

I had to put my headphones on last night when hitting the local supermarket. There’s a definite air of hysteria and madness which goes against all those “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters that people tended to connect to the British outlook. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy which …

Netflix notches down the video quality

We’re certainly living in very strange times at the moment. As most of Europe enters a prolonged lock-down period, internet usage has shot through the roof. Indeed, Vodafone got in touch with us to state that their network has seen a 50% rise in usage. This strange and …

OnePlus unveil new logo and knock £50 off the 7T

A new visual identity has just been updated by OnePlus. It looks pretty similar to us, but their creative people tell us that it has a … ..new curvilinear “1” that is easier to read, while adjusting the weight of the logotype for better overall balance. The “+” …

Sky Sports and BT Sports – No sport, no refunds

Recently I’ve written about Sky subscription prices and leaving Sky. What has also popped up though is that fact that those paying for the rather expensive Sports packages aren’t getting the sport they were promised. The reason, as you may know, is the fact that lots of tournaments, …

Vodafone announce new coronavirus measures

If you’re at home and fighting over the broadband bandwidth, Vodafone have some options. The first is their short-term and mobile broadband packages. These can deliver solutions such as the Vodafone Gigacube, giving you fast broadband via the Vodafone masts. Secondly, Vodafone have also got in touch with …

Coronavirus – Online supermarket Ocado closes

If you’re looking to shop online right now, you can either put on some padding and go to the insane scrums at the local supermarket or try and get an online delivery slot. The latter is becoming an incredibly rare thing, and until the delivery capabilities are boosted, …

Home Active – Carpool Mixing and Raving

As part of our quest to keep everyone in a good mood during the coronavirus closures, we’re doing everything we can to keep you healthy, happy and sane. We’re calling it “Home Active” and, although we can’t pretend to fix everything, we’ll hopefully make the time pass a …

Carphone Warehouse close all standalone stores

Actually getting your hands on a phone – to touch it and check the dimensions of the thing – is going to get slightly more difficult now. In addition to the obvious coronavirus restrictions, Carphone Warehouse have announced that all standalone stores will close. This means that 2,900 …

Home Active – Sky delivering movies on the same day as the cinemas

With the coronavirus closing leisure activities, restaurants, pubs, coffee-shops and cinemas; we’re all spending a lot more time at home. So, with TV, radio and the internet our connection to the outside world, Sky have bit of good news for us. I actually decided to cancel Sky TV …

Everything is changing..

Just a few short days ago I doubt we knew quite how life-changing this situation would be. The coronavirus outbreak has become a massive health and economic emergency across the globe. Now, today, we’re coming to terms with the hard realisation that nothing will be the same for …

The Motorola e6s arrives

Available in “Peacock Blue” or “Sunrise Red”, this is going to be available shortly in selected parts of Latin America, Europe and Asia. Motorola have announced the new phone, which is powered by Android 9 (Pie). Inside there’s a MediaTek Helio P22 CPU running at 2.0GHz. The e6s …