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  • 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…
  • Amazon Fire Phone: Too expensive to matter today

    19 June 2014, 6:46 pm by: Ewan

    At $649, the Amazon Fire Phone appears to be a really good piece of engineering and software design. It’s just too expensive to matter at the moment. This is a turning point to remember though. The ramifications of yesterday’s launch are likely to be seen…
  • Amazon’s Fire Phone: 12 executives give their opinions

    19 June 2014, 10:39 am by: Ewan

    What did executives across the wider mobile industry in the UK make of last night’s launch of the Amazon Fire Phone? I asked a series of executives from a wide variety of companies to give us their viewpoints. I also asked them to give us a one liner…
  • Job: Head of Mobile EMEA — could this be you?

    19 June 2014, 4:27 am by: Ewan

    I had a call from a chap earlier today hunting for a Head of Mobile EMEA position for a very well known brand. I suggested I post a blog to see if there are any readers interested.  It’s based in the South West (Reading/Bracknell-ish) area, it’s interim…
  • AO.com: Absolutely flipping brilliant (John Lewis: Total Fail)

    13 June 2014, 6:44 am by: Ewan

    I needed a Fridge. A tall free-standing one. We’ve got some work going on in the kitchen but it’s going to be quite a while before that’s complete so I determined, with a bit of persuasion of my wife, that we should just order a big temporary fridge……
  • London Taxi “flashmob” sends Uber sign-ups 850% higher; delivers wall-to-wall media coverage for…

    11 June 2014, 12:16 pm by: Ewan

    Heh. I was just reading this post from Nick Summers over at The Next Web who’s reporting that Uber has seen a huge 850% increase in sign-up volume today. He writes: Across the city, Uber is reporting an 850 percent increase in sign-ups compared to the same…
  • Yes, you do need a £599,999 152″ Plasma TV for the World Cup!

    11 June 2014, 11:36 am by: Ewan

    I was quickly browsing through the latest edition of the CostCo newsletter and wondered if I’d spotted a typo with this: I clicked. I suspect almost everyone reading the newsletter clicked. Sure enough, yeah… 152″ 4K2K display… “fully installed”:…
  • SocialSign.in: The marketing layer for guest WiFi

    11 June 2014, 11:09 am by: Ewan

    I just came across this service and thought it worthy of a post. If you know anyone who’s looking to deploy (or already has) Guest WiFi access they might want to leverage SocialSign.in to capture some useful metrics and even boost awareness. Here’s the…
  • The next generation 3 MiFi from Huawei… brilliant!

    10 June 2014, 4:12 am by: Ewan

    I have been testing out the latest generation of MiFi units from mobile network 3. It’s fair to say that the mobile broadband revolution in the UK was kickstarted by the ever-enterprising 3 network. They were the first to bring decent priced USB dongles to…
  • Motorola’s smart try-before-you-buy direct sales concept

    9 June 2014, 5:52 am by: Ewan

    This is a rather unique try-before-you-buy concept from Motorola as The Next Web reports: The company is asking for just $0.01 upfront, in exchange for which interested customers are given a no-contract phone which they are free to try out for up to two…
  • I absolutely love the bttn: “the simplest internet user interface in the world”

    3 June 2014, 6:15 pm by: Ewan

    I just came across this new standalone button. It’s connected to the internet, right? Press it and it will do something that you have predefined. That’s it. Hah! The simplicity is absolutely breathtaking. So it’s a physical button that’s wirelessly…

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