République: Episode 1 iOS review

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

I’ve had République in my virtual Must Review pile for a while now, and with the third episode arriving on the App Store later this week, and indeed all three episodes touching down on Google Play, I figured this was as good a week as any to turn the spotlight on Camouflaj.

There’s been a lot of talk – from the developers and critics alike – that République sets a new standard in mobile gaming, but I’ll be the judge of that. Verdict below.

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Spotify Family welcomes up to five users on one account, savings aplenty

Spotify Family welcomes up to five users on one account, savings aplenty

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

The ability to register your Spotify account across several devices is all well and good, but the notion of account sharing goes to pot as soon as two devices attempt to rock out at the same time.

Realising that there’s obviously a market for the sharing thing, Spotify Family will soon welcome up to five users on the same account for a discounted price.

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Don’t expect a Facebook ‘Dislike’ button

Don’t expect a Facebook ‘Dislike’ button

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

It’s been discussed since the dawn of time itself (give or take); the possibility of a Dislike button on Facebook for those occasions when “Liking” something simply isn’t appropriate.

Alas, one of the chaps behind the Like button says the likelihood (pun intended) of a Dislike button is not, er, likely. DISLIKE.

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100MB monthly 4G data for life, free SIM, £5 top-up req'd @ EE

100MB monthly 4G data for life, free SIM, £5 top-up req'd @ EE

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Get this 100MB data deal @ EE

Grab a free EE PAYG SIM and top it up with £5, and you'll get 100MB of 4G data free. Every month. For life. EE says that’s roughly 2,000 Whatsapp messages, four hours browsing, 200 social media updates, 20 downloaded tracks, or 2-3 game downloads (depending on size, obviously). Better than a kick in the privates.

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Microsoft smartwatch: great battery life, November arrival?

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

We first heard about the rumoured Microsoft smartwatch back in May, and of course anyone who’s anyone has a piece of “wearable tech” on the go at the moment; Motorola has the Moto 360, LG has the G Watch, Apple’s Watch is coming soon…

As such, it was only a matter of time before the inevitable Microsoft smartwatch emerged officially, and indeed a fresh report reckons it could be here “within weeks”, boasting muchos battery life.

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South Park Pinball iOS review

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Every couple of months, Zen Studios comes along with a spanking new pinball table, most recently The Walking Dead, which was based on the Telltale videogame of the same name – as opposed to the comic (yes) or the TV show (YES).

The latest addition to their burgeoning arsenal is South Park Pinball (£2.49 @ App Store, £2.49 @ Google Play), which is, well, pretty much exactly what you’d expect.

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Lenovo Yoga 8, 16GB, £119.99 delivered (save £80) @ Argos

Lenovo Yoga 8, 16GB, £119.99 delivered (save £80) @ Argos

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Get this Lenovo Yoga 8 deal @ Argos

Argos has knocked £80 off the Lenovo Yoga 8, bringing it down from £199.99 to a significantly more palatable £119.99. And heck, have a free ‘£10 off when you spend over £100’ voucher, too.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Crazy week in the world of mobile, easily one of the craziest this year, thanks to these guys: the Motorola Google Nexus 6, HTC Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus Player, Android 5.0 Lollipop, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Phew!

In comments, you guys agreed that the 6in Google Nexus 6 is just too big, while Jan indulged in some verbal sparring over the Samsung Galaxy Note's S Pen.

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Samsung ‘Facebook phone’ on the cards?

Samsung ‘Facebook phone’ on the cards?

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

In the name of the great dragon lords above. Just when you thought it was safe to banish the phrase “Facebook phone” to the burgeoning annals of mobile disasters, it’s back for another spin on the rumour mill. Oh for f…

Seemingly undeterred by the utter embarrassment that was the almost-immediately-discontinued HTC First, Facebook has reportedly flown into South Korea to talk hardware with Samsung.

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Oppo N3 to feature self-rotating camera?

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

For those unfamiliar with Chinese manufacturer Oppo and its various wares, all you need to know is that last year’s Oppo N1 featured a rotating 13MP rear – and technically front – camera.

We’re skipping right past the Oppo N2 (no such thing) to the Oppo N3, and wondering what craziness the manufacturer has in store this time around. The latest batch of teasers suggests a camera that’s capable of rotating by itself.

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Vodafone Smart Tab 4G is the network’s 'best ever tablet'

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

If you liked the look of the Vodafone Smart Tab 4 back in May this year, but mourned the absence of 4G, Big Red has the answer to your tablet-flavoured prayers.

Meet the Vodafone Smart Tab 4G, described as the network’s “best ever tablet” and the “most affordable 4G tablet on the market”.

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iPad mini 2, 16GB, silver, £219 delivered with code @ Tesco Direct

iPad mini 2, 16GB, silver, £219 delivered with code @ Tesco Direct

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

Get this iPad mini 2 deal @ Tesco Direct

The iPad mini 2 is a pretty good buy these days, since it’s essentially an iPad mini 3 without the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and a good £80 cheaper. Better still, at Tesco Direct, you can use code TDX-HPNY to knock a further £20 off, so that’s £219 for the 16GB iPad mini 2 in silver.

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iPad price at a glance: iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 16 at 21:15

Unless I’m very much mistaken, Apple’s current tablet line-up is the largest it’s ever been, with no less than five iPads offered simultaneously at different price points.

They are, in vague order of price, the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, and we gots full at-a-glance pricing below.

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Apple iPad mini 3 specs not so impressive, bit of an iPad Air 2 afterthought?

Apple iPad mini 3 specs not so impressive, bit of an iPad Air 2 afterthought?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 16 at 20:30

Last year’s iPad mini 2 was a fantastic little fella, essentially offering everything that impressed about the iPad Air, but in a smaller package. There was very little in the way of compromise. And let’s face it; when you’re paying hundreds of pounds, no one wants to compromise.

Perhaps realising that the tablet world’s definition of “better” is swinging back towards Big, Apple’s iPad mini 3 doesn’t impress nearly as much as the spanking new iPad Air 2. Full tear-stained story below.

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iPad Air 2 specs: 6.1mm thin, A8X processor, 8MP rear camera, Touch ID fingerprint scanner

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 16 at 19:30

Even the mighty iPad isn’t immune to slowing tablet sales, but Apple put a positive spin on things tonight by announcing that it’s sold 225 million of the things globally – that’s the iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini 2 - since launch in 2010.

Here we’re meeting the eighth member of the iPad family, the iPad Air 2, essentially an upgraded version of last year’s iPad Air, with a slimmer body, faster processor, enhanced camera and fingerprint scanner.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note 3: what’s the difference?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 16 at 13:00

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been available for three weeks on its home turf of South Korea, and tomorrow – October 16 – marks the phablet’s global launch, including the good old United Kingdom.

The obvious question is: What’s the difference between the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3? What can the Galaxy Note 4 do that the Galaxy Note 3 can’t? Join me below as I detail an as-yet-undetermined number of (EDIT: six) key changes.

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AVG AntiVirus Pro, Android, 59p @ Amazon Appstore for Android

AVG AntiVirus Pro, Android, 59p @ Amazon Appstore for Android

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 16 at 11:00

Get this AVG AntiVirus PRO deal @ Amazon Appstore

AVG AntiVirus PRO is £8.99 on Google Play, but just 59p over on the Amazon Appstore for Android. I think that’s what they call a “no-brainer”.

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Google Nexus Player: first Android TV device made official

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 15 at 19:45

The Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 have arrived as predicted, but before you close down Mobot for the night and head off to your specialist chat rooms, there’s a third prong to the Android hardware assault.

Meet Google’s Nexus Player, built by trusty old Asus. Available shortly, the first-ever Android TV device looks to take over your TV, with the movies and the music and the streaming and whatnot.

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Google Nexus 9 launches with impressive specs, magnetic keyboard accessory

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 15 at 19:15

We’ve already detailed the flagship Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphone this evening, namely the Motorola-built Google Nexus 6. Here we turn our attention to its big brother, an 8.9in tablet.

I speak of HTC’s Google Nexus 9, a premium beast with a Microsoft Surface-troubling magnetic keyboard accessory and brushed metal sides. Sounds good, yes, but it ain’t cheap.

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Google Nexus 6 specs are crazy good: 6in QHD display, QS805, 3GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 15 at 18:45

Last year, LG’s Google Nexus 5 was pretty much as top-of-the-range as you could get for the time, including a 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. A slouch it was not.

This year, Motorola is Google’s smartphone manufacturer of choice, and the resultant Nexus 6 doesn’t disappoint. Not one bit. Ok, maybe one tiny bit. Full story below.

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