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  • Episode 10 of 361 Degrees: The Death of Tablets

    18 August 2014, 6:23 pm by: Ewan

    We’ve just published episode 10 of Season 7… (SEVEN!) of the 361 Degrees Podcast. If you haven’t checked in recently, I (perhaps rather obviously) recommend you have a listen. We’re finishing this series by exploring the question of whether we will…
  • “I’m calling from Three with informations of benefit to you”

    12 August 2014, 7:42 am by: Ewan

    It’s that time again dear reader: Three UK’s CRM system has, as I predicted, chucked me back into the call queue for their sales team. The last time the calls began was back in May. I ignored them for a few days and eventually answered on May 14th (I…
  • It ges worse for Android: IBM uncovers Android banking vulnerability

    8 August 2014, 6:23 am by: Ewan

    The message for Android is increasingly bleak in the context of security. I really do wonder whether the average normob (“normal mobile user”) is beginning to form the view that ‘Android is insecure’. I don’t know if the message has penetrated widely…
  • Bromium’s Android remote code execution experiment: Pretty shocking

    6 August 2014, 5:13 pm by: Ewan

    Have a read of this scenario from the labs at enterprise security specialist, Bromium: You walk into a coffee shop and take a seat. While waiting for your coffee, you take out your smartphone and start playing a game you downloaded the other day. Later, you go…
  • Is it time for Samsung to dump it’s handset unit?

    6 August 2014, 3:55 am by: Ewan

    Stefan over at Tab Dump posts a stimulating viewpoint today suggesting to that Samsung, “pulls a Qualcomm,” — that is, dump it’s handset business and focus on supplying key components to every other manufacturer. He has a point, I think. Have a read:…
  • Would anyone like to rent my LG G3 for a month?

    31 July 2014, 1:07 pm by: Ewan

    I think I should check out the new Nokia Lumia 930. It’s been a while since I gave Windows Phone some decent usage attention. I need to use the 930 for at least a month. So I’ve got to buy another phone. Yet again. I therefore don’t need the LG G3. Not…
  • Guest Post: Wanted – the latest advances in technology – Travolution.co.uk

    30 July 2014, 12:36 pm by: Ewan

    The team over at Travolution have just published this guest post. Have you got some rather nifty technology relevant to the luxury travel sector? Read my post then drop me a note! This September I need your help. I will be presenting to 60 of the most…
  • 68% of global travellers still SWITCH roaming off

    30 July 2014, 6:11 am by: Ewan

    Starhome Mach is the global leader in mobile roaming services (or, to use the proper definition, inter-carrier network and clearing services). A huge number of operators use them to manage their roaming services. Therefore, via their Unity real-time analytics…
  • Android is far too unpredictable for my business critical use

    30 July 2014, 5:34 am by: Ewan

    The latest version of Android is still driving me round the bend. You’d have thought they’d have fixed all this nonsense after many iterations. As it stands today I’m still getting emails from Android apologists telling me that ‘these things should be…
  • If you’re a regular international traveller, you need the Uros Goodspeed MiFi hotspot

    28 July 2014, 10:45 am by: Ewan

    For quite a while I have been searching for the ultimate MiFi device service. While I religiously use my EE 4G MiFi here in the UK, I’ve always had problems when I go abroad, whether it’s getting charged stupid rates or spending a silly amount of money…
  • What would you buy for your home? British Gas Hive or Google Nest?

    24 July 2014, 4:13 am by: Ewan

    We’re leaning very heavily on changing our electricity supplier. Right now it’s EDF. I’m thinking of swapping to British Gas. And in doing so, I’m thinking of taking them up on their Hive offer (£60/year, payable £5/month) to enable me to control and…
  • My top of the range LG’s 3,000mAh battery was toast in 5 hours today

    23 July 2014, 3:36 pm by: Ewan

    Let me first say I am quite enjoying my enforced experiment with the LG G3, LG’s newest flagship model. I like what they’ve done with the device. The operating platform is fcukng shIt. There we go. Let me further revise that statement. The power management…
  • Update on the WiFi/IP camera post for monitoring an elderly relative

    22 July 2014, 6:13 pm by: Ewan

    Thank you to those who commented on my post last week (“Can you recommend a good IP/Web camera for monitoring an infirm pensioner?“). After a good amount of additional research I actually ended up going for a UCAM247 product. This is the one I eventually…
  • What powerline/homeplug adapters do you use for WiFi at home?

    22 July 2014, 5:56 pm by: Ewan

    I’ve got another question for you, dear reader. Do you have problems with the WiFi in your place of residence? If so, do you use the powerline/homeplug adapters to serve you WiFi via your electricity connection? We seem to have an array of dampening fields…
  • Is this why Amazon needs to get into mobile?

    16 July 2014, 5:21 pm by: Ewan

    As I was setting up my new LG G3 piece of Android joy the other week I inevitably searched for the Amazon app. I was looking for the main Amazon app — the one I use almost daily on the iPhone to order all sorts of things (Most recent purchases: 4x 9V…
  • Can you recommend a good IP/Web camera for monitoring an infirm pensioner?

    16 July 2014, 5:15 pm by: Ewan

    I’ve got a challenge that’s been presented to me by a relative (I’m keeping this one as anonymous as possible). One of my relative’s parents is becoming increasingly infirm. The parent lives in elderly accommodation and they have one of those ‘red…
  • Update: I bought an LG G3 smartphone!

    10 July 2014, 9:30 pm by: Ewan

    This arrived today. If you don’t recognise it immediately, it’s the LG G3 (press release), winner at the Global Mobile Awards at Mobile World Congress (it says so on the box!). I thought I’d opt for the LG as it’s been far too long. I don’t know the…
  • Which top spec Android phone did I just buy?

    8 July 2014, 3:46 pm by: Ewan

    I don’t think you’ll guess. I’ll tell you on Thursday. Meanwhile Hetty’s HTC One M8 arrives tomorrow, complete with the little dot-matrix screen cover. How do you think she’ll react to it? I shall be documenting the experience for your reading…
  • Will the new airport phone battery regulations FINALLY give us phones that work the whole day?

    8 July 2014, 11:33 am by: Ewan

    All across the news today is this announcement from British Airways (see Telegraph): British Airways says it will turn away passengers booked on US-bound flights if their electrical devices will not switch on The underlining issue being that if your phone…
  • Here’s my backup strategy for my 300GB Picturelife account

    8 July 2014, 8:01 am by: Ewan

    Picturelife has done it again: They’ve just released the latest version of their service on mobile and it’s even better than before. The price plans have had a total re-jig and now for $15/month, you’ll get unlimited storage for all your photos and…
  • Have you ever bought a phone from Simply Electronics?

    8 July 2014, 5:15 am by: Ewan

    After my post yesterday about my wife selecting an Android phone, I decided to have a look at the most efficient way of buying an HTC One M8 online. I checked out Google Shopping to see what the cheapest rate was with them. I never tend to have a brilliant…
  • Are you a wallhugger?

    8 July 2014, 5:03 am by: Ewan

    I do like the new Samsung ‘wallhugger’ advert… Have a watch:
  • What top of the range Android phone did my wife choose?

    7 July 2014, 4:42 pm by: Ewan

    I’ve this following challenge to my wife: You’ve got to select an Android phone to buy and then use for a month. The last time she used Android, she had a T-Mobile G1 running Android 1.6 (“Donut”, specs at GSM Arena). Remember that device?   “I…
  • I’m synching my 101GB DropBox at 21mb/sec right now

    30 June 2014, 6:38 pm by: Ewan

    …thanks to Amazon. I’ve setup an instance using Amazon Workspaces to see how it performs as a secondary ‘backup’ computer that I can always access wherever I am.  I’ve installed DropBox on the desktop instance and it’s whirring away nicely. …
  • Survey: 27% of UK consumers would consider purchasing Amazon Fire Phone

    19 June 2014, 7:07 pm by: Ewan

    While I’m writing about the Amazon Fire Phone, here’s a survey conducted by Gorkana THIS morning (i.e. the day after the launch). Depending on how you read it, it’s not brilliant news. Let’s get into the guts of the release: Amazon has taken its first…

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