Tag: online

The best random video chats of 2020

For most people, the social circle is limited to friends, work colleagues, and relatives. Indeed, right now your social circle could be even more limited due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although this is enough for some people, others are looking for ways to meet new and interesting people. …

LuckyCrush – Chat and pair up easily

The coronavirus lockdown has certainly taught me some things. Firstly, the idea of being at home more seemed like a dream at some point. However, now all I want to do is go outside. Despite the restrictions easing, there’s still limits to what you can and can’t do, …

5G Means no limits

Technology has always played a big role when it comes to the developments in the online games industry. The online gaming sector has come a long way since it appeared in the 1990s. Back then, online casino games can only be played on computers. Then rose the mobile …

Centreforce radio. This is why I love technology.

I’ve spoken previously about my annoyance with the selection of music available when you’re out and about. In the “old days” we’d perhaps get in the car and have a crummy selection of FM radio stations which all sounded very similar and very dull. Heart FM, Free Radio, …

Traditional brick and mortar stores struggle as times change

The coronavirus lockdown has forced even the most smartphone illiterate customers to begin doing more of their shopping online. Shops that were already geared up for delivery and “click and collect” have performed really well, including stores like Screwfix, which I’ve visited many times during lockdown for DIY …

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, …

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, …

Free TV being given out with Virgin Media deal

If you don’t need a new LG Smart TV, you can instead bag yourself a £150 credit on your bill. That is, of course, if you take the appropriate TV, broadband and phone bundle with Virgin Media. Either option is available if you bag the Bigger bundle + …

Boxing Day Sport ahead! Grab your phone

Gambling has evolved over the years. Technology has improved mobile sports betting to make it more accessible, more understandable and more obtainable. Now, thousands of sportsbooks such as Betway cover a variety of sports events. The number of punters who place mobile bets has soared of late but, …

A smarter way to send money online

As money transfer service providers look for ways to efficiently and safely send money online, Ria has taken the game to a whole new level. Realising the struggles customers were going through in accessing international money transfer services through websites and physical agents, Ria Money Transfer developed the …

I bought a car that I’d never even sat in

In the last year we’ve continued to see changes in our shopping habits. However, based on the recent Black Friday sales and a range of recent surveys, we’ve seen thing change far more than ever.. Payment Methods The traditional high-street has seen a huge amount of transformation of …

Google Stadia now available.

Hey, we almost forgot to mention this one, but Stadia from Google is now available. Ideal for Christmas, this is now £119 with free delivery. What is it? Well, imagine a PS4 or an Xbox, but without the actual console. You get a controller in the box and …

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 …

Shadow comes out of the .. shadows. Smartphone gaming in the cloud.

With “cloud gaming” now becoming a hot topic in the Coolsmartphone office, we’re all waiting for Google Stadia. For £119 you’ll get a Chromecast Ultra and three months of Stadia Pro. It’s due to arrive on November 26th here in the UK, which really isn’t that far away …

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 …

Why online dating can be dangerous

I’ve not really been involved in dating for over two decades now, but in that time the whole process has changed massively. Back in my day, you’d meet women in pubs and nightclubs. You’d never see them in advance or get a look at their pictures. That would’ve …

We’re all over your social media… plus, PODCAST NEWS!

Apparently people quite like this whole Facebook thing, so do join us on our official Coolsmartphone page. You can join in, share and follow all our news stories, reviews and tips on your social media feed. It’s great! Come on, join the fun! Don’t forget that we’re all …

Instagram is a child grooming hotspot

The NSPCC has today revealed that sex offenders are grooming more children on Instagram more than any other online platform. In 32% of the recorded police incidents, Instagram was used to send sexual communication. It was closely followed by Facebook, which was used in 23% of the tim. …

Create your own online shop easily

Mobile phones have made it easier than ever to browse and buy things. Amazon and eBay are the most well-known, but you’ll regularly find my wife on Next, Very or another clothing website. They’re big, they’re well-designed and they’re full of choice. Not only that, but they look …

Hotel Hideaway. Another home for online grooming.

Yes, it’s me again. Recently I wrote about the dangers of kids using smartphones. The truth is, if you let them have a smartphone, you’re opening them up to a host of dangers. There’s absolutely nothing you can do to protect them unless you sit next to them …

The Daily Mail dislikes company which tells the truth about The Daily Mail

This particular newspaper seems to have perfected something that many want to emulate. Newspapers are struggling. The traditional printing presses are getting quieter and newspaper circulation figures are falling through the floor. Recent figures show some double-digit declines in the actual physical newspaper sales figures. The Sun is …

Mr Bet Review

There is, without doubt, a lot of competition out there when it comes to gaming. The truth is, if you’re watching TV after 9PM, you’re going to see a lot of casino ads and they will target the fact that you can use your smartphone. Your phone is …

Research reveals our tech-addicted kids

If you’ve got children then you’ll probably be having the same tech battle as many other parents up and down the land. You’ve no doubt remembered how you used to play outside as a child but now, in 2018, kids find the lure of a gadget, a TV, …

Why every business needs to go all-in on smartphones

We’ve mentioned it before, and it’s something that hit me even more strongly whilst watching a recent TV show. They were discussing how businesses now get more complaints than they ever did before smartphones. The reason? We now have instant access. In years past, if you had a …

Making the most of your online business, without threats

If you run a business, even if it’s just a chip shop or a barbers, you generally have to be online at some point. There’s various reasons for doing this – you can advertise for free on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere. However, even the most “non-techy” shop might …

At least I’ve got one skill

When I was a kid, we used to go on holiday in a camper van. We didn’t have gadgets, smartphones or iPads. We sat there, in the British weather, playing cards and actually talking to each other. In the dark, with the wind blowing against the awning, we’d …

Blogging for 16 years, and counting..

Over the weekend I got chatting with an old friend. The subject of my “strange hobby” came up they asked if I was still doing “that website thing”. Well, yes. Yes I am. The conversation went on for a while and it made me realise just how long …

Mobile-Friendly Point of Sales Solutions: What you need to know

We’re now at a point where 27 per cent of all online purchases are made via a mobile device such as a smartphone or a tablet. As this continues to increase in size as well as influence, it is important that business owners keep pace and update their …

Honor 9 Lite now on sale

Want to get the Honor 9 Lite we revealed the other day? Well, now you can. Splash out £199 on the Honor Store and then get yourself a good SIM only deal. Boom. You’re done. Why they’ve called it “Lite”, I really don’t know. OK, it’s got a …

Smartphones and kids. Perfect for sexual harassment and grooming

If you’ve been around the website for a while you’ll probably be aware that I tend to talk about how we should protect kids from potential dangers online. As I’ve said before, there’s no magical group of people looking after your kids. YouTube, Facebook, Musical.ly, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope, …

Are we doing just a bit too much online?

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while but it kept slipping off my radar. On Saturday, whilst at the local Tesco, it popped up in my head again as I spotted a lengthy queue at the lottery counter. There’s still a fair amount of people who, …

Online abuse. People think they’re in another world.

I’m always writing about the need to protect kids from their own mobile phones. In the house, when they’re in front of you, you can keep an eye on them. However, when they’re away from you – even in the other room – you could assume that “someone” …

Peugeot announce new car dealership… in a phone box

The local Audi dealership I recently visited has the usual “showroom stuff” inside. Salesmen wearing sharp suits, mechanics wearing super-clean overalls, a TV, a free coffee machine, a masseur, a steam room and an open bar. It also has cars. However, as a company called “Daewoo” (remember them?) …

How mobile gaming has impacted the casino industry

I’m a big gamer. Absolutely love it. There was a time when, if you wanted a “proper” game, you’d have to wait until you got home. An expensive console was needed. Some expensive games. It was a costly business. Still is. Now, though, if you have a look …

MWC – Behind the scenes. Our truly mobile HQ.

Here at Coolsmartphone we live and breathe mobile, so we figured that being shackled to a LAN connection just wasn’t the thing to do, especially when you’re in Barcelona covering the biggest mobile conference around. So I decided not to spend all my time in a hotel and …

More transactions performed on mobile, but less apps downloaded

New figures released by the Gambling Commission show that the amount of bets placed in the traditional local bookmaker is on the wane. Now 33% of all gambling is done online and, despite what the high street in your local town might look like, the report shows that …

Explore a Marriott hotel, before you get there

Traditional shops have a bit of a problem, and it was brought into sharp focus during the Black Friday sales. People are, unfortunately, a bit lazy and a bit time poor. Shopping online, via a smartphone, is an easy solution. There’s cash-back deals and vouchers which help to …