A rant about Three Mobile

A rant about Three Mobile

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

I love Three Mobile. Not, like, any more than a man normally would, could or should, but you have to love free 4G, all-you-can-eat data, and not forgetting Feel At Home, which lets you use your domestic allowance abroad. Brilliant.

But recently our relationship has become slightly strained, largely thanks to Sky and their inability to shoot broadband beams into my new house. Twenty-first century rage: activated.

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Sony Xperia Z3X: camera-focused smartphone flagship rumoured

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

The Sony Xperia Z2 has barely slipped out of the womb, but already we’re talking about the Sony Xperia Z3. Is this 6-month refresh cycle really necessary, Sony?

Crazier still, we’re getting a glimpse of what’s supposedly another Sony flagship, this time with a firm focus on camera smarts. Meet the Sony Xperia Z3X.

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Three new LG smartphones spotted creeping into India

Three new LG smartphones spotted creeping into India

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

The flagship LG G3 recently went on sale, and the LG G3 Beat was launched earlier this week, but there’s no sign of the LG conveyor belt slowing down any time soon.

Indeed, no less than three as-yet-unannounced phones have been spotted moving from South Korea into India, and their respective specs conveniently recorded.

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Google Play’s freemium games won’t be labelled ‘free’ much longer

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

The European Commission loves sticking its political beak into the world of mobile, but to be fair, we’re usually pretty happy with the results – such as the recent lowering of data roaming caps.

Similarly, I’m quite happy with the decision that freemium games shouldn’t really be labelled free on app stores like Google Play and, well, the App Store.

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LG G3 Beat seemingly reasonably priced

LG G3 Beat seemingly reasonably priced

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

The LG G3 Beat is essentially the obligatory “mini” version of the flagship G3, but at 5in, at least the South Korean manufacturer had the good sense to ditch the “mini” moniker.

When the LG G3 Beat launched earlier this week, we were told it would sit at a “lower price point than was previously possible”, and now we gots more specifics.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, 16GB, £219 delivered @ John Lewis

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, 16GB, £219 delivered @ John Lewis

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Get this Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 deal @ John Lewis

John Lewis has knocked a cheeky £60 off the price of the 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, bringing it down to an intriguing £219. Offer ends August 12.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Sweet Moses, what a week. Note to self: don’t ever buy a house ever again, and definitely don’t count on your broadband being activated in a timely fashion. This edition of Review of the week is brought to you via the magic of tethering. Sigh.

Anyway! What happened this week? Smartphone rumours, tablet rumours, smartwatch rumours… the usual; check it out below. Mostestest comments went to Three makes 0800 calls free for SIM-only customers but ends unlimited tethering.

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet leaked in picture

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Remember the original NVIDIA Shield? It was – and indeed still is – a portable gaming thingy with a built-in controller capable of streaming PC titles and playing Android games.

Its successor, the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, has been leaked in picture format, revealing a device that recalls the HTC One M8, and – appropriately enough – the NVIDIA Tegra Note 7.

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Report: 4.7in iPhone 6 production to start next week

Report: 4.7in iPhone 6 production to start next week

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Ready for your daily Apple iPhone 6 rumour? Of course you are, Jeeves! OPEN WIDE.

The headline here is that the smaller, 4.7in iPhone 6 will supposedly go into production next week, bringing it one significant step closer to being in your sweaty paws. Y’know, assuming you fancy buying one.

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SanDisk 8GB class 4 microSD card x5, £13.99 delivered @ eBay

SanDisk 8GB class 4 microSD card x5, £13.99 delivered @ eBay

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Get this SanDisk microSD card deal @ eBay

What could be better than one SanDisk 8GB class 4 microSD card? If you answered two, three or even four, well, I’m afraid you’re not quite right. The answer I was looking for was five. Yes, FIVE SanDisk 8GB class 4 microSD cards, currently selling for £13.99 at eBay (gizzmo_heaven).

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Google unhappy about Samsung’s Tizen-fuelled wearables?

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

I was saying the other day that Tizen was – at one time – tipped to come between Google and Samsung, with the world’s top mobile manufacturer potentially forsaking the world’s top mobile OS, Android, in favour of what essentially amounts to its own software.

It doesn’t look like that’ll happen any time soon with smartphones (the first Tizen phone appears to have been delayed indefinitely), but it’s a different story in wearables. Oh, the drama!

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Microsoft ditching 18,000 staff... and Android

Microsoft ditching 18,000 staff... and Android

Martin James  7 days ago

As expected, Microsoft has just announced significant staff cuts, with 18,000 employees set to lose their jobs in the near future as part of a broad restructuring.

But that's not the only cut revealed by CEO Satya Nadella in an email to employees today. Microsoft is also seemingly calling time on Nokia's curious Android adventure.

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iPhone 6’s A8 processor: dual-core but super-fast?

iPhone 6’s A8 processor: dual-core but super-fast?

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

To Apple’s credit, it’s never really been one to join in the smartphone spec race. The iPhone’s camera, for example, has technically been 8MP since 2011’s iPhone 4S, with the Californians opting to make the technology better (shock horror) rather than half-heartedly upping the megapixel count.

Similarly, we’re told that the inevitable Apple A8 processor powering the iPhone 6 will be dual-core, same as the A7, A6 and even A5 before it, but with significantly better performance.

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HTC One M8, Glacier Silver, SIM free, £430.97 delivered @ Unlocked Mobiles

HTC One M8, Glacier Silver, SIM free, £430.97 delivered @ Unlocked Mobiles

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

Get this HTC One M8 deal @ Unlocked Mobiles

Unlocked Mobiles is currently offering the HTC One M8, SIM free and in Glacier Silver (+£18 for Gunmetal Grey or Gold), for £424.98. Not convinced? Have three months’ insurance, on the house.

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First Android One phone landing in October?

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

Ironically, in the world of mobile, there’s more than just one One. HTC, for one, has several Ones, and not forgetting the OnePlus One. One? One.

Room for One more? How about Android One? Launched at this year's Google I/O, it’s aimed squarely at emerging markets, and we’re hearing that the first handset might land as early as October.

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LG G3 Beat ‘sets new standard in mid-tier’: 5in 720p, QS400, 1GB RAM, 8MP

LG G3 Beat ‘sets new standard in mid-tier’: 5in 720p, QS400, 1GB RAM, 8MP

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

Well, looks like those rumours of the LG G3 mini being 4.7in – same as the LG G2 mini, or even a tad smaller at 4.5in, were wide of the mark.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the LG G3 Beat (or LG G3 S as it’s occasionally referred to), essentially a more affordable, mid-tier version of the flagship G3.

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Paperama iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 16 at 17:00

I really should stop reviewing free games, as it’s always the same story: you’re out for a “free” meal but you have to wait several hours between courses unless you pay extra, and not forgetting the surcharge for cutlery.

I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this. Meet Paperama. It’s free on both the App Store and Google Play! Yes, FREE… to download. Lots more rambling below.

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