Category: Website news

Getting a proper web presence for your business – now easier than ever

Have you spent the lockdown thinking about starting your own business? You’ll have several ways of doing it. For many, you can start easily and sell on Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Gumtree, or Shpock. That’s simple enough, and, during the lockdown, that’s what our local cake shop has been …

We’ve been awarded a thing. Yay.

It’s one of those awards again, and they want us to include a link to their site – definitely not for SEO ranking. Oh no. This one comes from Vuelio, who describe Coolsmartphone as follows… Both cool and also very smart is Leigh Geary’s blog Coolsmartphone, which has …

Donald Trump uses Twitter to attack Twitter

Following the revelation that he’s taking the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine, and after calling nearly every verifiable fact a “hoax”, man-baby Donald Trump has now threatened to close down social media platforms. It came after Twitter dared to question the accuracy of the raging orange mentalist, as shown below… …

Holiday at home, with Beavertown

Fancy a beer? Fancy a holiday? With Beavertown Brewery you can do just that… sort-of. Instead of heading down to the beach when you should be social distancing, you just take a rest on your own sofa with a can of their new Staycation beer. I offered to …

Free movies on Saturday

We’re now getting more and more emails from music and movie PR teams. Not sure why, but today Lionsgate got in touch to let you guys know that, over the next four Saturdays, they will be making four of their movies available for absolutely nothing on YouTube. Whilst …

Site / server update

We’ve now been online for over 18 years and, it’s fair to say, we’ve seen quite a few things during that time. In the last few months we’ve seen our traffic increase dramatically – properly off-the-chart and like nothing we’ve ever seen before. This has led us to …

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, …

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 …

Yowser. We created a bit of rage!

Following our look at the various coronavirus conspiracy theories, we’ve received a number of quite angry emails. Angry emails aren’t new to us, believe me. We’ve been online since 2002 and, in that time, we’ve had swearing, takedown notices and all manner of threats and criticism. The internet …

Farewell dear reader…. for now

Some of you may have noticed that I have been less active on the site lately and now it is time to fill you in on the reason. I have taken on new employment and, with the demands of the job and learning new skills, it’s been all-consuming. …

Ofcom to try and manage the internet

You’ll have probably seen us mention Ofcom quite a bit here. They are the communications regulator in the UK and currently cover TV, radio, video, telecoms, mobiles and postal services to name just a few. Today the government here will add social media to that list, as they’re …

Yet more speed

There’s no big IT team behind this site. We don’t have SEO specialists, marketing teams or designers. So, it usually falls to me to do all that. In addition to writing the stories, the server setup and the database back-end is something I’ve constructed. In the last few …

Why HTML5 is the future of web

Over the last week I’ve been playing with the next phase of Remote Desktop Services. What is that exactly? Well, for those of you who have used a “SaS” (Software as a Service), you might already know. It’s the way of delivering desktop applications to your machine via …

Building a modern, mobile-centric website

Websites, as you have most probably noticed, have changed immensely over the last decade or two. For us here at Coolsmartphone it’s been quite a transition. We had a separate website for mobile phone users, which was a slimmed down and low-tech version. To get the full experience, …

Merry Christmas you guys!

Since 2002, when things looked like this, I’ve written about smartphones. I’ve seen the rise and fall of Microsoft and the rise and rise and rise of Android, iPhone, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The biggest driver for me is the tweets and the emails from you guys. The …

5 Common blogging mistakes

If you’re old enough, you’ll have seen me writing on this site for some 17 years now. Back then there was no social media, no iPhones and no Android phones either. A lot has happened in that time and blogging has become more mainstream. I sometimes get asked …

When a VPN isn’t enough

A VPN is something that we’ve written about numerous times here. They’re great and they will anonymise your browsing whilst also changing your location and getting around and location restrictions which may have been applied by streaming providers. However, if you’re using a VPN to access things like …

Ahh, when the internet was young

After my post on Friday I kinda took a walk down memory lane and ended up in the 90s. A time when there were no smartphones and, if you wanted to get on the internet, you had to block the phone line and crank up a modem that …

I’m on my bike. Watch live!

Each year, in order to stop my belly hanging over my trousers and to help a very worthy cause, I get on my bike for a lengthy and very exhausting ride. It’s all to help a charity called Edwards Trust. They provide bereavement support to parents and children …