Foodie Yama iOS review

Lewis Curdie  14 hours ago

Random lesson of the day: Yama, in Japanese, means mountain, so when people say “Mount Fujiyama”, they’re actually saying “Mount Fuji mountain”. Either “Mount Fuji” or “Fujiyama” gets the job done.

And so to Foodie Yama, an App Store title that challenges you to eat a mountain of food. Er, that’s the on-screen “you”, as opposed to you, you big meat sack.

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More Motorola Moto X+1 pics emerge with just days till launch

More Motorola Moto X+1 pics emerge with just days till launch

Lewis Curdie  19 hours ago

This week can only be described as “stupidly busy”. As if IFA 2014 wasn’t enough to contend with, we’ve got US/Chinese manufacturer Lenovorola (er, Motorola) carrying a veritable sackful of goodies o’er its shoulder.

The premier device – in terms of specs, at least – is the Motorola Moto X+1, and again we’re seeing the flagship in pictures ahead of the official unveiling.

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Motorola Moto E, Virgin Mobile, £49.99 delivered @ Virgin Mobile

Motorola Moto E, Virgin Mobile, £49.99 delivered @ Virgin Mobile

Lewis Curdie  20 hours ago

Get this Motorola Moto E deal @ Virgin Mobile

Existing Virgin Mobile customers can currently grab the Motorola Moto E for £49.99. Not a customer? Don’t worry! You can sign up for a free SIM here, and instantly take advantage of the offer.

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Vodafone PAYG goes 4G with Freedom Freebees (sigh)

Lewis Curdie  20 hours ago

The rollout of 4G in the UK continues its steady crawl, and the latest gang to join the speedy data party is the Vodafone PAYG crew – only a year behind their pay monthly cousins.

Confusingly, despite costing a fair few bob, Vodafone opts to describe its PAYG 4G packages as Freedom Freebees. Oh for fff…

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Lenovo Vibe X2 to debut this week… with Android Lollipop?

Lenovo Vibe X2 to debut this week… with Android Lollipop?

Lewis Curdie  21 hours ago

We’re looking forward to hearing more from the likes of Nokia, Huawei, LG, Sony, Samsung and HTC at IFA 2014 later this week. Have I forgotten anyone? Only China’s other Global Top 5 player, Lenovo!

The Chinese chappies have unleashed a cheeky teaser for their IFA event, telling us to brace for the Vibe X2 smartphone – and poking fun at Apple in the process.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

"Why put off till IFA what you can do the Thursday morning beforehand?" has always been a favourite saying of Samsung's, and with that in mind it fired out a press release this week detailing its latest wearable, the Gear S, a standalone Tizen-fuelled smartwatch with a SIM slot.

Elsewhere, it's very much the calm before the IFA 2014/iPhone 6 storm. No idea what I'm talking about? Check out September mobile madness: full preview, bro.

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Sony Mobile to churn out metal-bodied phones in 2015?

Sony Mobile to churn out metal-bodied phones in 2015?

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Time was, HTC was your go-to guy if you wanted a premium Android phone in a metal body, but with the One and One (M8) generally pleasing eyes the world over, it was only a matter of time before the Taiwanese manufacturer’s peers jumped onboard.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has a dash of metal on its sides, but we’re told Sony will go the whole hog next year, with sexy metal-bodied phones.

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HERE for Android is here, exclusive to Samsung Galaxy phones

HERE for Android is here, exclusive to Samsung Galaxy phones

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Samsung and Nokia might seem like an unlikely alliance in the current mobile climate (the world’s number one and the world’s former number one; Android hero and Windows Phone lackey), but the two cosied up this week with the announcement of “HERE for Gear”, which puts Finnish mapping goodness on the spanking new Gear S wearable.

And the fun doesn’t end there. The big news… wait for it… here (badum tsh!) is that HERE is finally coming to Android, but exclusive to Samsung Galaxy phones. Are there any other Android phones? I jest, I jest.

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Apple iWatch: preview September 9, release in 2015?

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Apple is definitely showing off something week after next (September 9, if you’re marking your diary), and while consensus is it’ll be the iPhone 6, some believe the Californians’ first wearable will make an appearance as a “one more thing”.

This latest rumour subscribes to that notion, but throws a wild curveball with the suggestion that it might be a further four months or more before the Apple iWatch actually goes on sale.

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WWE SuperCard iOS review

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

I touched on wrestling many moons ago in He Is Pile Driver, and here we return to the World’s Greatest Art Form (drama! Comedy! Music! Athleticism!) in WWE Super Card (free @ App Store, free @ Google Play).

2K revealed this week that the app was downloaded a whopping 1.5 million times in its first week, so I looked out my tightest spandex, oiled myself up and challenged WWE SuperCard to a no holds barred grappling session.

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Acer Liquid Jade smartphone, Liquid Leap band definitely coming to UK soonish

Acer Liquid Jade smartphone, Liquid Leap band definitely coming to UK soonish

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

If there’s one thing that really annoys us, it’s when manufacturers start teasing products early, and take freakin’ ages before making the blasted things available. Can you see where I’m going with this?

I first mentioned the Acer Liquid Jade smartphone and Liquid Leap band FOUR MONTHS AGO, and now we’re finally told that they’ll definitely go on sale in the UK. At some point.

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iPhone 6 rumour mania: three colours, dead expensive, NFC support?

iPhone 6 rumour mania: three colours, dead expensive, NFC support?

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

With the iPhone 6 launch date officially set for September 9, and the release likely following on September 19, you’d be forgiven for thinking that we were done talking about Team Tim and the California Cooks for the week. Not by a long shot, buddy.

Here I’m combining three rumour yarns into one action-packed story. Specifically, we’re told the iPhone 6 will come in three colours, be more expensive than the existing models, and support NFC (Near Field Communication) with the contactless payments and whatnot.

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LG G2, SIM free, white, 32GB, £295 delivered @ Expansys

LG G2, SIM free, white, 32GB, £295 delivered @ Expansys

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Get this LG G2 deal @ Expansys

The LG G2 is still less than a year old, and here it’s going for £294.99 – SIM free, white and with 32GB storage – at Expansys.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 on sale now! No announcement necessary!

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

In this day and age, absolutely nothing gets past the internet. It doesn’t matter if it’s the mention of an as-yet-unannounced device buried deep in some low-level code, or the brief and entirely “accidental” appearance of a new gadget in the background of some promo shot.

Naïve old Samsung clearly thought it could quietly launch the Galaxy Mega 2 in Thailand and Malaysia without anyone else noticing, but now the whole world knows the phone – inside and out.

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Apple announces 9 September event: iPhone 6 definite, iWatch likely

Apple announces 9 September event: iPhone 6 definite, iWatch likely

Martin James  4 days ago

Well, it's official. Apple has sent out invites to an event in Cupertino on 9 September, where it will finally put an end to the speculation and unveil the iPhone 6.

For the first time Apple's iconic smartphone will come in two sizes – 4.7in and 5.5in – while it's looking increasingly certain Apple will also use the event to launch its iWatch wearable.

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Sony teases Xperia Z3 trio ahead of pre-IFA unveiling

Sony teases Xperia Z3 trio ahead of pre-IFA unveiling

Martin James  5 days ago

Sony has a trio of new mobile devices lined up to debut at its pre-IFA 2014 launch event on 3 September: a pair of smartphones and a tablet.

And it's just put out a minute-long teaser video giving us a glimpse of all three of its incoming stars in one shot – literally.

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Ascend P7 with sapphire crystal display: the first ‘shocking product’ from Huawei?

Ascend P7 with sapphire crystal display: the first ‘shocking product’ from Huawei?

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Huawei chairman Richard Yu teased “shocking products” a few weeks ago, and while the Ascend Mate 7 will likely make a decent splash at IFA 2014 next week, “shocking” is maybe a bit of a stretch.

This guy, however, this guy is a little more interesting. I speak of the Huawei Ascend P7 with sapphire crystal display, which might just land before the iPhone 6.

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