WSJ: Samsung contemplating ‘major leadership shake-up’

WSJ: Samsung contemplating ‘major leadership shake-up’

Lewis Curdie  1 hour ago

A couple of weeks ago, we were saying that Samsung Mobile boss JK Shin had to make do with a paltry £400,000 salary for Q3 this year. Oh, the humanity!

There’s yet more bad news here as sources of The Wall Street Journal say Samsung is considering big changes at the top. Eek.

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Facebook Groups iOS review

Facebook Groups iOS review

Lewis Curdie  2 hours ago

I’ve written quite extensively about Facebook – in particular Facebook apps – here on Mobot, most recently in A trifecta of terribleness, a rambling feature covering the various irksome features of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and of course plain old Facebook.

Somewhat surprisingly, there’s now a third prong to the Facebook app assault (WhatsApp being entirely independent), with the introduction of Facebook Groups. What the…?

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ENDED *** Lightning Deal! *** Three £15 PAYG SIM, £9.99 delivered @ Amazon

ENDED *** Lightning Deal! *** Three £15 PAYG SIM, £9.99 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  3 hours ago

Get this Three PAYG SIM deal @ Amazon

At the time of writing, you have just over 1h 20m to grab this Three PAYG SIM from Amazon, preloaded with the All-in-one £15 add-on, but selling for – 33% off, effectively - £9.99.

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Samsung Galaxy S4, black, SIM free, from £273.68 @ Argos

Samsung Galaxy S4, black, SIM free, from £273.68 @ Argos

Lewis Curdie  3 hours ago

Get this Samsung Galaxy S4 deal @ Argos

Argos is selling the SIM free, black Samsung Galaxy S4 for the slightly unorthodox – but significantly appealing – price of £273.68. Was £369.95.

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Google Nexus 6 has a hidden RGB LED for notifications

Lewis Curdie  4 hours ago

Oddly, someone asked just the other day if many current phones use an LED for notifications, and there’s a surprise addition to the group.

Turns out the Google Nexus 6 has a secret RGB LED, one that can be activated if you’re happy enough to root your device.

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Kindle Fire HDX 7, third-gen, 16GB, from £99 delivered @ Amazon

Kindle Fire HDX 7, third-gen, 16GB, from £99 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  5 hours ago

Get this Kindle Fire HDX 7 deal @ Amazon

Amazon has knocked £100 off the 16GB third-generation Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, bringing it down from £199 to £99. Pay a further £10 to get rid of sponsored screensavers, if you fancy.

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Plex for Android, £1.27 @ Google Play

Plex for Android, £1.27 @ Google Play

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Plex for Android deal @ Google Play

What the heck is Plex? Check it out: “Plex organizes all of your personal media, wherever you keep it, so you can enjoy it on any device,” and it’s currently less than half price at £1.27 on Google Play.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

What happened this week? The 0-10 Oakland Raiders beat the 7-3 Kansas City Chiefs; that was pretty weird. We won’t dwell too much on Scotland vs. England in the soccerball; that was just a friendly.

In mobile (that is, after all, why we’re here), Nokia surprised us with an Android Lollipop tablet, the N1, and Finnish startup Jolla secured over $1m in three days for its own take on the tablet thing.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 refurb, gold, £29.99 up front, effectively £270 delivered @ O2 Refresh

Samsung Galaxy S5 refurb, gold, £29.99 up front, effectively £270 delivered @ O2 Refresh

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Samsung Galaxy S5 refurb deal @ O2 Refresh

Bit of a strange one here, but bear with us. On O2 Refresh, you can grab a refurbished Samsung Galaxy S5 in gold for £29.99 up front. We don’t care about the Airtime Plan, because we’re going to cancel that immediately and pay off the monthly £10 Device Plan, so that’s £10 (Device Plan) x 24 (months) = £240 + £29.99 (up front) = £269.99 for a Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Jolla Tablet secures over $1m funding in 72 hours

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

I’d admittedly grown to feel a little sorry for Jolla, a group of well-meaning individuals seemingly doomed to live in the shadow of the big money-grabbing mobile players.

But the Finns clearly don’t need any sympathy, as their Jolla Tablet has secured a ridiculous $1.1 MILLION funding in just three days.

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Three, SIM only, 200 mins, unlimited texts and 4G, £15PM 12M @ Three

Three, SIM only, 200 mins, unlimited texts and 4G, £15PM 12M @ Three

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Three SIM only deal @ Three

Not exactly a new deal, admittedly, but this is definitely your best bet if you’re on the lookout for unlimited 4G data. Specifically, this Three SIM only deal comes in at £15PM with a minimum 12-month agreement.

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Google patents app for real-time conversations in two languages

Google patents app for real-time conversations in two languages

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Having spent a couple of decades growing up without all this newfangled mobile technology, I find it endlessly amusing that you no longer need to know anything; just “Google it”. In that sense, the internet’s almost like external storage for your brain.

Similarly, Google wants to make things easier for us unilingual idiots, with an app that enables a real-time, local, screen-based conversation with someone else in an entirely different language. Sacré bleu!

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Gorilla Glass 4: drop your phone from 1m and the screen (probably) won’t smash

Gorilla Glass 4: drop your phone from 1m and the screen (probably) won’t smash

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 is found in a multitude of phones, from the wallet-friendly Motorola Moto G, to high-end flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 and HTC One M8.

The inevitable Gorilla Glass 4 has been officially announced, and needless to say it’s “dramatically improved” with the headline feature being its ability to laugh off 1m drops on rough surfaces. Er, most of the time.

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Anker Astro Mini portable charger, gold or silver, £10 delivered with code @ Amazon

Anker Astro Mini portable charger, gold or silver, £10 delivered with code @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Get this Anker Astro Mini portable charger deal @ Amazon

Using code ASTROMSG, you can knock £3.99 off this Anker Astro Mini – wait for it – “Ultra-Compact Lipstick-Sized Portable Power Bank Pack External Battery Charger with PowerIQ Technology” (3,200mAh), so that’s £10 instead of £13.99. Neat!

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How to create a freemium mobile game, by South Park

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

This ties in quite nicely with not only How to access US South Park Studios from your UK Android smartphone or tablet, but also No more ‘Free’ games on the App Store, but you can still ‘Get’ them. Nice work, me.

I speak of South Park’s tongue-in-cheek guide (though it is remarkably accurate) for building the perfect money-grabbing freemium mobile game.

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LG G3, SIM free, £299.99 delivered @ Ebuyer

LG G3, SIM free, £299.99 delivered @ Ebuyer

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Get this LG G3 deal @ Ebuyer

Even better than the recent £315 mobilephonesdirect deal, it's the LG G3, notable for being one of the first phones with a QHD display (2560 x 1440 = 3.7 MILLION pixels), now yours for £299.99 SIM free from Ebuyer.

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BlackBerry Rio: high-end, all-touch, launching 2015?

BlackBerry Rio: high-end, all-touch, launching 2015?

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

It’s amusing that every time a new high-end BlackBerry phone is rumoured, the collective blogosphere wonders: ‘Could this be BlackBerry’s saviour?’ Never say never, I guess.

The latest candidate for reversing the Canadian manufacturer’s ailing fortunes is something called the BlackBerry Rio, an all-touch flagship.

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Motorola Moto X, 16GB, SIM free, £230 delivered @ Expansys

Motorola Moto X, 16GB, SIM free, £230 delivered @ Expansys

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Get this Motorola Moto X deal @ Expansys

Floating around in the increasingly interesting no man’s land between Motorola Moto G-esque affordability and wallet-punching flagship territory, it’s the Moto X 2013 – SIM free, white and with 16GB storage – going for £229.99 at Expansys.

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Huawei Honor 3C: 5in 720p, 8MP/5MP, quad-core, 2GB RAM, £110

Huawei Honor 3C: 5in 720p, 8MP/5MP, quad-core, 2GB RAM, £110

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Following on nicely from our Four of the best phones under £150 feature, Chinese manufacturer Huawei has today introduced the spanking new Honor 3C, with a wallet-friendly price tag of £109.99.

The Huawei Honor 3C certainly offers plenty of bang for your buck, following the grand Chinese tradition of decent-but-affordable phones, but the picture's not entirely rosy.

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