Category: Features

Capturing Family Memories with Technology

The set-up. The days of relying on traditional (and expensive) photography film are long gone. Now precious memories can be captured using consumer device in high-quality video and pictures. To put some of the latest devices to the test, I set out with my son, his go kart, …

Teen Developers – Tillson Galloway

Could you start by telling me a little about yourself? I’m a 16 year old high school sophomore who lives in Charleston, SC.  I develop iOS and web applications. You’ve won two WWDC student scholarships. What was the application process like? How did 2015 differ from 2014? The …

Teen Developers – Gustaf Rosenblad

Could you start by telling me a little about yourself? My name is Gustaf Rosenblad and I was born in 1998 in Gothenburg, Sweden. I love programming! Programming runs in the family. I’m the third generation of programmers. I started programming when I was 8 years old. I got …

Z3 or Z3c owner? Want to test Marshmallow?

I like the Sony Z range. They look like well-designed and distinctive pieces of kit, but I was a little hesitant. I never knew what their upgrade strategy would be from handset to handset, so when I heard about this Concept for Android initiative, where Sony allows you …

Honor 7 – Photography special

Hello. I’m reviewing the Honor 7 handset at the minute and, as I always do, it’s my main device for the next week or so. As part of my testing, I’ve been playing with the camera. The camera, let me tell you, is really rather good. At the …

Teen Developers – Alex Choi

Could you start by telling me a little about yourself? I’m Alex Choi, a 14 year old teen developer from the United Kingdom. I first gave coding a try when I was 11 and from there I found that I had a passion for it. I’ve enjoyed building …

Get cash for your old device

If you’re looking to replace your smartphone or tablet and would like some cash towards a new device, selling it is definitely the way forward. Sure, you can head off to eBay but you’ll have to pay a sizeable final listings fee and there’s the possibility that the …

Teen Developers – Darshil Patel

Sorry for being quiet over the last several weeks, everyone! I’ve been busy adding more developers to the list, and trying to branch away from the typical iOS developers. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re interested in an interview! I love hearing from people! Could you …

Inside Huawei – Part Two. [FEATURE]

After far too much alcohol, I’m experiencing a painful ride across Shenzhen in the warm morning heat. The three hours of sleep and my 30-second “panic repacking” of my suitcase hasn’t gone well. I felt a lot like this guy.. After mixing my drinks and visiting a number …

Inside Huawei – Part One. [FEATURE]

I enter into the Huawei Cloud Park. It’s a modern office complex with relaxed-looking staff holding coffee as they scan through security terminals. I walk past some PR girls wearing the now familiar Honor T-shirts. They’re holding teddy bears and flowers. I’m not entirely sure why, but it’s …

China – The land where your smartphone was born. [FEATURE]

This week you’ll see special series of posts documenting my trip to China and my inside look into Huawei. China has the world’s biggest economy, and people buy more smartphones than anywhere else. One in five people on Earth are Chinese, and as I begin to fly over …

Teen Developers – Sergen Gönenç

Woo! Happy one year anniversary of our teen developers series! We have an anniversary post here, along with another interview for the day! Enjoy your 14th of August, everyone! Could you start by telling me a little about yourself? Hello! I am a 12 years young iOS Developer and …

BBC News on your wrist.

The latest update to the BBC Worldwide News app version 3.2 sees the inclusion of Android Wear support, meaning short news snippets will be sent to your wrist. Articles are presented in a RSS style layout, with the ability to swipe horizontally and vertically: go up or down …

Teen Developers – Peter Campanelli

Hard to believe it’s already been a year of these developer interviews! Next Friday will be our one-year anniversary and in celebration, I will post a list of all my favourite online tutorials for getting started developing for mobile devices! But right now, we have another interview to conduct! …

11 Million sign up to trial Apple Music.

According to Senior Vice President of Apple Internet Service, Eddy Cue, Apple’s month old music streaming service – Apple Music – has had 11 million members sign up to for the trial service. The trial gives customers access Apple’s catalogue of 30 million songs for 3 months free, …

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820, 35% faster.

According to a leaked image posted on social networking site Weibo, the next new processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 820 (which is expected to be launched later this month) is 35% faster than the current leader the Snapdragon 810. Right here’s the geeky bit. The 820’s newer Hydra …

Skyscanner Flights – A real world test

What with the delightful weather we are having here in the UK, you may not have noticed that it is, in fact… summer. Do you feel that you need to get a bit of sun on your bones, or you fancy whisking your loved one away on a …

Teen Developers – Junaid Abdurahman

From now on, our popular “teen developers” feature will be posted Fridays rather than Thursdays. To kickstart our new schedule, we have Junaid Abdurahman from South Africa! Could you start by telling me a little about yourself? I’m 16 years old and live in Durban, South Africa. I currently …

In the middle of no-where, blogging with just a phone. Day 1.

Good morning. Today I’m in a place called Kirkby Stephen. It’s roughly around that small silver pin and is small market town in Cumbria, near the Lake District. I’m on my mountain bike, and have a 170-something-mile journey using the Pennine Bridleway. We’ll be heading to Harlington, in the …

Teen Developers – Charley Hutchison

Sorry it’s a little late folks, but better late than never! This week I interviewed Charley Hutchison, a 15 year old iOS and web developer (he likes math too)! Could you start by telling me a little about yourself? I’m 15 years old and I’m a web and …

Teen Developers – Peter Soboyejo

Sorry it’s out a little later today, folks! But do not worry, today’s teen developer interview is here! As for why we didn’t have one last week, I was at WWDC and nobody had time to do an interview, including myself! But rest assured, I was still hard …

A review of WWDC 2015, from a student’s POV

Introduction I attended WWDC 2015 this year on a Student Scholarship. For those that don’t know, it’s the annual conference Apple holds in San Francisco, California where they announce their newest updates to iOS and OS X, as well as some surprised! It was an amazing experience and …

Teen Developers – Lars Schwegmann

Great response to the changes we made with our last interview. If you have any suggestions for ways we can improve this segment, don’t hesitate to reach out! Continuing with the new format, we have Lars Schwegmann!   Could you start by telling us a little about yourself? …

The 100MB data challenge

First, a bit of detail about how all this came about. Phones. I get a lot of them to review. I borrow them then send them back, but with different sizes of SIM cards and some handsets offering dual-SIM functionality, it can result in me using Pay As …

Teen Developers – Harrison Weinerman

Wow. It’s been over a month since our last interview. I apologize for the delay, but I’ve been hard at work getting together a new lineup of developers to interview. If you have any ideas for this segment, or know someone who would like to be interviewed, let …

Broken phone? No insurance? No time? Try this..

Last year we took a look at a company called iMend who repair tablets and phones. We gave them a rather poorly iPad to look at which had a broken button surround and cracked screen. However, they don’t just do iPads. They do iPhones, Samsung and other devices …

Thinking of getting a signal booster? Wait right there..

You young kids might call it “bantz” now, but I was having a “discussion” on Twitter with a few people about the in-building penetration provided by networks operating on 900MHz. The likes of O2 and Vodafone both seem to get through the walls of my home but, using …

No, I don’t want an app for that.

I did something I’ve done before last night. It didn’t take long and, after I’d done it, I felt better. I reset my Android phone. Why? Well, I’m sure we’ve all been there. Many call me an Android fanboy but I’m fully prepared to point out the faults …

Today I ran out of data on giffgaff. Guess what happened..

I’ll be up front and honest here. giffgaff have not sent me any cake, beer or phones to say any of this. I’ve started using them because the in-building coverage on my previous network wasn’t great and giffgaff are offering plenty of data plus a fuss-free service for …

An afternoon with the LG G4

I’ve been quite a fan of the LG G3 for a while now. Until I actually had one in my hand I’d perhaps not considered LG as an option and, to be honest, that’s a bit of a shame. The new LG G4, like the G3 before, is a …

Skyscanner, who are they and what do they do?

Those of you who are regular listeners to the CSP towers podcast will no doubt have heard of Skyscanner and its resident mobile guru Matteo. Although it sounds from his name that he would be a resident of warmer climes, he actually harks from my neck of the …

Teen Developers – Erik van der Plas

Erik is our youngest developer to be interviewed, at only 13! Despite this, he’s accomplished a lot! Could you start by telling me a little about yourself? I’m a 13-year iOS Developer and Designer from the Netherlands. I started building apps when I was 11 years old. Since then …

The Gadget Show Live 2015 – Report

Over recent years The Gadget Show Live Exhibition has become one of major consumer technology shows on the calendar, attracting thousands of visitors through its doors. The appeal of the show is obvious – a great venue in the Birmingham NEC, access to the TV shows presenters and …

Huawei’s profits rise by 33%

The world’s second biggest telecoms equipment maker Huawei said profits jumped a third last year, its net profit was 27.9bn yuan ($4.5bn; £3bn), up from 21bn yuan in 2013. The Chinese firm, which is also a major smartphone maker, saw revenues rise by 21% over the year. Our cash …

Teen Developers – Patrick Balestra

Amazing that we’ve come to 15 interviews now! That means we’ve been doing this segment for about 30 weeks! As such, the list of new people to interview is slimming down. If you’re interested in an interview for you or someone you know, email me! Thanks! Could you …

giffgaff 4G vs 3G tested. Is there really a huge difference?

Every network is pushing 4G at the moment, even the MVNOs – those networks that use the likes of O2, Vodafone, Three and EE as the back-end infrastructure but supply their own service on top. giffgaff is probably one of the most well-known, mainly due to their community …

Smartphones – Killing conversation, stopping friendships.

You guys come here, hopefully, because you love your gadgets and smartphones. Even those who don’t have a vested interest in the latest technology probably still have a smartphone of some kind, and they’re probably more than capable of surfing the web, getting Facebook updates and plugging themselves …