Asus begins countdown to the future

In the past we’ve seen Asus “In Search of Incredible”, and here the Taiwanese manufacturer is counting down to the future. Literally.

In just over three days (i.e. Tuesday, October 28), Asus will kindly “UNLOCK THE FUTURE”, which seemingly plays host to a new smartphone and smartwatch.

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SanDisk Ultra 16GB class 10 microSD card, from £4.99 delivered @ Amazon

SanDisk Ultra 16GB class 10 microSD card, from £4.99 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  9 hours ago

Get this SanDisk microSD card deal @ Amazon

This SanDisk Ultra 16GB class 10 microSD card has dropped from £17.70 to £4.99 at Amazon, so that’s a saving of £12.71 or - if you prefer - 72%. Not too shabby.

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Project Ara modules to get their own Google Play-style marketplace

I touched on Project Ara the other day in What’s next for Apple, Samsung and Google. Yes, Big G has just launched the next generation of Nexus hardware alongside Android Lollipop 5.0, but there’s still plenty going on at Google HQ.

The story here is that Project Ara components will be given their own marketplace when Google’s modular phone thing happens next year.

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LG G3 Screen uses in-house 8-core NUCLUN processor

LG always promised more G3 variants, and while we’d resigned ourselves to largely uninspiring spin-offs like the G3 Beat (it “sets a new standard in mid-tier”, meh), this new guy is all sorts of interesting.

I speak of the LG G3 Screen, a massive phone powered by LG’s first in-house mobile application processor. Meet: NUCLUN.

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EE selling more Eagle tablets than iPads

EE selling more Eagle tablets than iPads

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Here’s a vaguely interesting little titbit to come out of the obligatory quarterly earnings word splurges.

EE says it’s selling quite a lot of its 4G-enabled Eagle tablet, more – in fact – than it’s selling Apple iPads.

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No UK release for the HTC One M8 Eye

No UK release for the HTC One M8 Eye

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

In the space of just a week, HTC’s wares went from reasonably-easy-to-follow to WHAT THE ACTUAL MOTHER OF F, thanks to the Desire Eye and One M8 Eye, and the rumoured E8 Eye. Eye phones for all (get it?).

As we suggested when it first launched, the HTC One M8 Eye ain’t coming to the UK. Should you be upset? Not one bit.

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Nokia Lumia 530, PAYG upgrade, £29.95 delivered @ Carphone Warehouse

Nokia Lumia 530, PAYG upgrade, £29.95 delivered @ Carphone Warehouse

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Get this Nokia Lumia 530 PAYG upgrade deal @ Carphone Warehouse

If you’re eligible for a PAYG upgrade through Carphone Warehouse (terms and stuff here), you can grab the Nokia Lumia 530 – in black, green, orange or yellow – for £29.95.

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Google Nexus 6 vs. Google Nexus 5: what’s the difference?

The long-rumoured Google Nexus 6 is finally a reality. Of sorts. That is to say it’s been announced, though it hasn’t been released just yet. US pre-orders open on October 29, Wednesday of next week, while it’s seemingly “not available” in the UK. Zuh?

Anyway! Even in the absence of, y’know, the actual phone, we’re still in a position to compare specs; rather than a modest upgrade, the Google Nexus 6 is in fact a radically different phone. Full story below.

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Apple iPad Air 2 bests NVIDIA Shield tablet, Google Nexus 9 in benchmarks

At the iPad keynote last week, Apple said the spanking new iPad Air 2 was capable of console-quality graphics, and ultimately a bit of a gaming beast.

That notion is given credence by spanking new benchmark results that see the iPad Air 2 giving the former champion a run for his money, namely the NVIDIA Shield Tablet.

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Skullduggery iOS review

As I’ve mentioned before, lying on the couch playing mobile games isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be, particularly when a game drags on and on and on some more, and/or when it’s simply no good.

No such worries with ClutchPlay Games’ Skullduggery, a wonderful physics-based thingamajig with the skulls and the skulduggery and whatnot. Praise below.

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Google publishes ‘Switch to Android’: how to switch from iOS to Android

Google publishes ‘Switch to Android’: how to switch from iOS to Android

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Thinking about making the leap from iOS to Android but can’t be bothered working out the small details, with the music and the photos and the contacts?

Well, Google wants to make the switch as simple as possible, you lazy bugger, with a spanking new guide called ‘Switch to Android’.

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Android Lollipop 5.0: ‘Ambient Display’ wakes your phone when you pick it up

Android Lollipop 5.0: ‘Ambient Display’ wakes your phone when you pick it up

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Android L was first detailed back at Google I/O in June, and became a proper thing last week, officially launching as Android Lollipop 5.0.

In typically prescient fashion (*flexes muscles*), I mentioned that “more features will become apparent in the coming days”, and here we’re learning about something called ‘Ambient Display’.

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Impressive Xperia Z4 specs leaked as Sony kills the bi-annual flagship nonsense

Two interesting bits of news here, as pertains to Sony smartphone flagships. Firstly, the Japanese manufacturer has reportedly realised that releasing not one but two new flagships every year is a really silly idea. Yeah, we've been saying that for years, guys.

Furthermore, the first batch of Sony Xperia Z4 specs has leaked, and it sounds like a beast. Most powerful phone in the world? Probably.

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LG G Watch, black, £101.98 delivered @ Amazon

LG G Watch, black, £101.98 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this LG G Watch deal @ Amazon

According to Amazon, the RRP for the LG G Watch is £169.99, but they’ve knocked a whopping 40% off to bring it down to a significantly more wallet-friendly £101.98.

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Lenovo on the verge of buying BlackBerry?

Lenovo on the verge of buying BlackBerry?

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

It’s been a tumultuous time for BlackBerry of late, to say the least. In fact, I’m not even gonna try and sum it all up in a single opening paragraph; I’ll detail recent goings on below.

The headline here, however, is that Chinese manufacturer Lenovo is again tipped to be on the verge of snapping up the Canadian OEM, with BlackBerry’s shares up 3% as a result.

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Tim Cook: iPhone 6 supply and demand are ‘not on the same planet’

Tim Cook: iPhone 6 supply and demand are ‘not on the same planet’

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

It’s par for the course that demand for the latest iPhone outstrips supply. Some would even argue it’s an intentional tactic to keep consumers ravenous, but Apple seems to have been genuinely taken aback by response to the iPhone 6.

Tim Cook confirms that supply of the Apple iPhone 6 hasn’t yet caught up with the colossal demand. In fact, it’s not even close.

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What’s next for Apple, Samsung and Google?

Last weekend, in the 4,063rd instalment of Review of the week, I joked that we might be about to enter pre-CES/MWC hibernation. After some shower-based contemplation, I’m thinking I might actually be right – certainly as far as the big players in the west go.

It kinda makes sense, what with Christmas coming up ‘n’ all, but in any case, I figured I’d fire up the speculation machine and ask it: What’s next for the likes of Apple, Samsung and Google?

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iWantit Micro USB to USB cable, 97p click and collect @ PC World

iWantit Micro USB to USB cable, 97p click and collect @ PC World

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Get this Micro USB to USB cable deal @ PC World

You can never have enough of these things lying around. PC World is currently selling iWantit Micro USB to USB cables for 97p (formerly £4.99).

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Google Nexus 6 UK release date weeks behind the US?

We’re not huge fans of this whole launching-something-but-not-specifying-the-release-date nonsense. TELL US WHEN WE CAN BUY IT, you maniacs.

Google failed to specify the Nexus 6 release date when it launched the phone last week, but it looks like pre-orders will commence on October 29, a week from tomorrow. Well, across the Atlantic, anyway.

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République: Episode 1 iOS review

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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