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Check out the leaked Press Renders of Google’s Pixel Phone

Check out the leaked Press Renders of Google’s Pixel Phone

Evan Blass @evleaks is at it again, leaking press renders of Google’s upcoming Pixel phone, which won’t look extraordinary on the outside, but promises to pack in plenty of new software tricks.

google pixel

The Pixel handset will reportedly coming in two variants;  Pixel X with a 5-inch 1080p resolution screen and a larger 5.5-inch Pixel XL with a QuadHD screen. Both handsets will reportedly run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chips, house 12-megapixel rear cameras, 8-megapixel front cameras, 4GB of RAM, and storage ranging from 32-128GB (with no memory card).

Design-wise, the Pixels will continue the aesthetic tradition of Google’s Nexus devices, will apparently be built by HTC.

Keep your eyes on our Twitter feed for up to date news on Google’s Pixel handsets and up coming Nexus devices.

Time to drop the Chat: Snap launches their very own Video Spectacles

Time to drop the Chat: Snap launches their very own Video Spectacles

Over the weekend, Snap Inc (previously Snapchat) unveiled a pair of colourful retro styled video camera-equipped sunglasses called ‘Spectacles’.

The new shades (which will retail at approx £100) will allow social media users shoot 10-second videos to upload to Snap Inc. The video is recorded via a 115 degree angle lens to match the eye’s natural field of vision, with flashing lights on the front of the device to indicate it’s recording.

via Business Insider: Youtube

The funky round glasses will come in three colours (black, teal and coral), will connect seamlessly to the Snap app and will transfer footage from the glasses to iOS devices via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (on Android devices it will transfer via Wi-Fi only.)

CEO Evan Spiegel called the new product a “toy” to be worn “for kicks at a barbecue and outdoor concert.” ”It’s about us figuring out if it fits into people’s lives and seeing how they like it,” (via The Wall Street Journal).

Alongside the new product launch, the Los Angeles-based Social Network also shortened its name to just Snap Inc. A sign that the app company want to broadened its vision to strengthen its continuing lead against competitor Twitter.

Purchase the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, to connect to your Snap Spectacles today.

Tech News: Will Disney acquire Twitter?

Tech News: Will Disney acquire Twitter?

Rumours are circulating that the entertainment giant Disney are “working with a financial adviser to evaluate a possible bid for Twitter,” according to a Bloomberg News report.

disney twitter

It has been reported that Disney (DIS -1.31%)  are looking at the potential benefits of combining the two companies, but the process is far from confirmed or definite. It has been suggested that Twitter could fetch up to $30 billion, news that has helped push Twitter’s share price (TWTR 3.09%)  up 21% in mid-day trading last week.

The Walt Disney Company would be expected to develop Twitter’s streaming-video strategy, in an attempt to rival Facebook and Snap who recently launched their Snap Video recording Spectacles.

 

5 Reasons to buy the LG X Power: New Video

5 Reasons to buy the LG X Power: New Video

Head over to our Youtube channel if you’re interested in LG’s mid tier X Power with an incredible 4100 mph battery.

We’ve outlined 5 reasons to buy, but here’s the full specs at a glance:

Connectivity: GSM / HSPA / LTE

Size: 148.9 x 74.9 x 7.9 mm (5.86 x 2.95 x 0.31 in)

Weight: 139 g (4.90 oz)

Display: 5.3 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 720 x 1280 pixels (~277 ppi pixel density)

OS: Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)

Chipset: Mediatek MT6735

CPU: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53

GPU: Mali-T720

Internal Memory: 16 GB, 2 GB RAM (expandable via microSD)

Primary Camera: 13 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, LED flash, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama

Video: 1080p@30fps

Secondary Camera: 5 MP, f/2.4, 1080p

Comms: WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP, LE

GPS

Sensors:

  • Accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • Messaging
  • SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
  • Browser
  • HTML5
  • Java
  • No

Features:

  • Fast battery charging (Pump Express)
  • MP4/H.264/Xvid player
  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
  • Photo/video editor
  • Document viewer

The LG X Power K220 is available Sim Free today.

Learn to Code with Swift Playgrounds: the Interactive Puzzle App

Learn to Code with Swift Playgrounds: the Interactive Puzzle App

Anyone can now learn to code thanks to a revolutionary new app for the iPad and iOS 10 supported handsets.

Swift Playgrounds makes learning to code fun. Solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Learn to Code” lessons to master the basics of coding. Explore code and create programs that are engaging and unique with the additional challenges within the app.

swift playground, learn to code
You do not need any prior coding knowledge to enjoy Swift Playgrounds, making it perfect for students of any age. And because it’s built to take full advantage of iPad and the real iOS SDK, Swift Playgrounds is a first-of-its-kind learning experience.

Purchase an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to get coding today. Also check out 3 Awesome Augmented Reality Apps for iOS (that aren’t Pokemon Go).

Ministers want to Double the Punishment for the illegal use of a Mobile Phone while Driving

Ministers want to Double the Punishment for the illegal use of a Mobile Phone while Driving

A word of warning for drivers, Ministers are looking to double the punishment if you are found using your handset behind the wheel.

Under the current law, motorists who are caught using a handset while driving will be punished with three penalty points and a minimum fine of £100. However, this could be increased to a six point penalty (resulting in an instant loss of licence) and a minimum fine of £200.

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Drivers that were distracted by their phone resulted in approx 492 accidents in Britain in 2014, according to figures from the Department of Transport.

The RAC have also published figures suggesting that 31% of motorists have admitted to using a handheld device whilst driving,  compared to just 8% two years ago. Users admitting to sending a message or using social media behind the wheel also rose from 7% to 19% in the same period. These figures are only likely to rise with the increase in popularity of wearable tech and easier access to tech on the go.

 

Looking for the Shuffle on the new Music app for iOS 10? Let us help.

Looking for the Shuffle on the new Music app for iOS 10? Let us help.

The launch of iOS 10 saw the much needed update for Apple’s Music App, but many have been left baffled by the layout of the music player.  In the old Music app of iOS 9.x, the the Repeat and Shuffle buttons were at the bottom of the Now Playing screen – a logical place for frequently used features.

iOS10 Music shuffle

However, with iOS 10 things have shifted. The Up Next screen is now a swipe instead of a button push (making it easier to swipe when running or walking) and the Shuffle and Repeat buttons accompany this on the ‘Now Playing screen’. Here you’ll also be able to access Apple’s latest addition, live lyric viewing – a must for all karaoke fans out there.

Purchase the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Sim Free today and enjoy the iOS 10 experience for yourself. Also check out 3 Awesome Augmented Reality Apps for iOS (that aren’t Pokemon Go) for a fun filled iOS experience.

Set Up Your Personal Audio Profile on the HTC 10

Set Up Your Personal Audio Profile on the HTC 10

The HTC 10 offers some incredible features, including unparalleled performance, superb 24-bit Hi-Res sound and the world’s first Optical Image Stabilisation in both front and back cameras.

But do you enjoy a personal experience? Let us introduce you to the Personal Audio Profile feature which allows you to customize how you hear music, games, videos and all of your mobile media. For the best audio experience, you simply have to work through a quick and easy frequency hearing test in each ear and create a custom mix specifically for you.

Watch this video created by HTC to find out more about how to set up your Personal Audio Profile today.

Purchase the HTC 10 Sim Free today and enjoy next day delivery.

More ways to make Android yours with Android Nougat’s top Personalisation Features

More ways to make Android yours with Android Nougat’s top Personalisation Features

Android Nougat was released earlier than expected this year. Unlike previous Android Operating System upgrades, Android 7.0 Nougat was released before the new Nexus phones and first hit the market first with the LG V20.

If you like to personalise your OS experience here’s what you can do within Android Nougat:

android nougat

1. Data Saver

Data Saver allows you to limit how much data your device uses. When the Data Saver option is turned on, apps in the background won’t be able to access cell data.

2. Notification Controls

When a notification pops up, just press and hold to toggle the settings. This allows you to silence future alerts from an app in the notification itself.

3. Display Size

Not only can you change the size of the text on your device, but the size of the icons and the experience itself. Making it a perfectly personalised visual experience.

4. Enable developer settings

To turn on the developer settings, head into Settings > About phone. Scroll to the bottom and repeatedly tap on the Build number. After a number of taps, you’ll unlock the developer options.

5. Use adoptable storage

Turn the external storage of your Micro SD slot into integrated internal storage. Simply Click on Setting > Storage & USB. At the bottom you’ll see the SD card details, with the option to format and use as internal storage.

3 of the Best Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality apps on Android

3 of the Best Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality apps on Android

A few days ago we highlighted three interesting AR apps for iOS, and today we’re offering up the best on the Android Market.

Augmented reality is simply ‘a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view;’ basically Pokemon hiding in the bushes as you travel to your local supermarket.

Here’s our top 3 Android offerings:

1. Google Translate

GOOGLE TRANSLATE

Perfect for keen travellers, Google Translate lets you translate text in several languages by simply opening the app, clicking the camera and pointing the required text to translate. The app has recently expanded to include a total of 27 languages, as well as a smooth and fast voice translation.

2. Titans of Space

titans of space

Explore the sky with Titans of Space‘s short guided tour of our planets and a few stars in virtual reality. An informative Narration add-on is now available to provide even more information about the stars, making it a perfect choice for teachers and students alike. (N.B This app Works with Google Cardboard VR Kit.)

3. Insidious VR

insidious

This one isn’t for the faint hearted. Confronting the terror of Insidious, Elise Rainier (actress Lin Shaye) acts as your guide to the horrors of the afterlife. Navigate your way through the Further’s darkest reaches and see if you have the nerve for this chilling Virtual Reality experience.

Order any of our Android handsets, including the Sony Xperia XZ, LG V20 and the HTC 10 and download these incredible AR apps today.

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