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Sony Xperia Z handsets continue to have power problems… but here are some fixes!

Sony Xperia Z handsets continue to have power problems… but here are some fixes!

Carl P  Jun. 8, 2015 at 17:00

It’s fair to say that the Sony Xperia Z range are among the better Android smartphones out there. The Z2 in particular was well received last year thanks to its great build quality, long battery life and large screen. However, for some reason the Z range has continued to suffer from some rather bizarre problems, with the most notable one where users are unable to turn their devices on at all. The issue can happen abruptly, switching off the device without warning and causes all buttons becoming unresponsive. Even connecting it to a computer doesn’t help, as the devices are no longer recognised.

Here’s the thing – there are solutions available to remedy this problem, and we’ve got them listed for you to check out after the jump.

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Free Windows 10 Upgrades: Which edition will you be entitled to?

Free Windows 10 Upgrades: Which edition will you be entitled to?

Neotrix  Jun. 6, 2015 at 16:40

It's no big secret that many Windows users will be getting a free upgrade to the upcoming Windows 10 release on July 29th. Although what may be a little unclear, is which version each user will be entitled to upgrade to. So to make things easier, we have created a little info-graphic along with a written breakdown. Click here for a full sized image


Upgrade breakdown

  • Windows 7 Starter, Home and Premium users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate will get the Windows 10 Professional edition.
  • Windows 8.1 Users will be entitled to an upgrade to Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 8.1 Professional and 8.1 for students  will also move to the Professional version of Windows 10

To qualify for the upgrade offer you must be running the latest version of your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system. If you're wondering why W8 isn't mentioned above, this is purely because W 8.1 is a free upgrade from W8. If you haven't applied the update yet, i would recommend you do so, for the best support for your OS and of course the free upgrade offer. Find out how to upgrade from W8 to W8.1  Here

There will also be an W10 update for Windows Phone 8.1 users, who can make the switch to Windows Mobile 10. Microsoft do state that the upgrade availability may vary by OEM and mobile carriers.

Excluded from the free upgrade: The Enterprise Editions of Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 7. Windows RT/RT 8.1 versions will also miss out on the offer.

For a full FAQ including further upgrade terms, visit the Microsoft Windows 10 FAQ





 

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Sky and TalkTalk to launch 1GB U.F.O broadband in York this year

Sky and TalkTalk to launch 1GB U.F.O broadband in York this year

Carl P  May. 27, 2015 at 11:09

In what (we hope) could be the first step in improving internet speeds up and down the country, Sky and TalkTalk have announced they will be launching their new U.F.O broadband service later this year. Standing for "Ultra Fibre Optic", the new service will allegedly be "one hundred times faster than standard broadband" with speeds of 1GB (although we thing the operative words of "up to" are missing there.) The scheme will initially be tested out in York later this year, and interested residents can sign up to be one of the first to use it by heading over to the Ultra Fibre Optic website.

 

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Another fine selection of apps gone free and juicy price drops (if I do say so myself), including apps for stargazers, painters, travellers, kids and gamers. Full selection below.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

A trio of thoroughly awesome games down to 79p on the App Store today, namely Jack Lumber, Girls Like Robots, and AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration). Throw in a handful of freebies for seasoning, and that's one delicious treat. Grab all seven apps here for £2.37 total, and save yourself £13.94.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Highlights in today's best free apps and price drops include Dark Echo, a horror "masterpiece" according to TouchArcade (it's now free); "console-quality" third-person shooter Shadowgun, down a few quid at both the App Store and Google Play; and Tiny Defense, which has an average 5/5 rating on the App Store after 1,300+ reviews (also free; was £2.29).

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Tons of gaming-related freebies and price drops today, perhaps most notably RPG Symphony of the Origin, down from £6.99 to 99p at the App Store, and the hugely popular Soctics League, usually £1.49 but currently free. Or if those don't appeal, heck, why not work on your abs?

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

A battery monitor, an introduction to coding, a highly-rated weather app, an interactive 'Seek & Find' book for kids, a currency converter for travellers, one of my favourite mobile games of recent years... All this and more in today's Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Another completely mixed bag of goodies in today's Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android, encompassing time-lapse video, media playing, contact moving and syncing, farmyard animals, colouring for adults, an RPG, a puzzle game, a music player, and an audio recorder thingy. Phew! Full selection below.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Today we have - among several other highly-rated freebies and price drops - a trio of apps to shut little ones up for a few minutes (maybe more, if you're lucky), some good old mahjong for us slowly settling into our twilight years, and an app I'm off to buy immediately simply because it has the Best Name Ever: Mighty Switch Force! Hose It Down!. AMAZING.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Question: What do "Spankos", a mind mapper, Blockbeard the pirate, jetpacks, rockets, zombies, running, walking, and prismatic art have in common? Yep, they all feature in today's roundup of the best free apps and app discounts! Full selection below.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Easily the biggest price drop today is PalmEM for iOS, an emergency medical reference app down from £14.99 to just 79p. On a lighter note, kids will inevitably love Editors' Choice Toca Builders, temporarily 99p @ the App Store (was £2.49). There's also the Free Amazon App of the Day, World Escape, and half a dozen more freebies and price drops below!

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Almost £15 of free apps and app savings today, encompassing a highly-rated app for budding artists, a thunder simulator to help you sleep (seriously!), an offline map of Berlin, a couple of camera tools, and a handful of games - phew!

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Review of the week in mobile (MWC 2015 edition)

Unless you’ve been sleeping in some sort of hi-tech iso-booth, you’ll know the past seven days were very much about Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 over in Barcelona.

The highlights were of course the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, but there was plenty of other interesting stuff on display, too.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9 spec comparison

In the wake of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 launches last Sunday at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, we’ve wondered if the Galaxy S6 edge is good-looking if a little pointless, and pointed out six key differences between the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

Here we’re pitting Android’s latest flagship arrivals against each other in a fight to the death. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves for a blood-soaked Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9 spec comparison.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Today in free apps and app discounts: Robots! Princesses! Orcs! Selfies! More selfies! Workouts! Edgar Allan Poe! Popcorn! Full selection below.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

The highlight of today's free apps and app discounts is the astoundingly popular My Talking Pet, which takes a picture of your cat or dog or hamster or whatever, and makes it look like it's talking. It's now free!

There are plenty of game discounts, too, and if that's not your thing, we've got you covered with highly-rated apps for contact syncing, cardio, and document management.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Today we have apps for a whole ton of random stuff, including gaming, recording video in reverse (seriously), shining a light on something and magnifying it (yep, seriously), keeping the kids entertained with an interactive story, maintaining a To Do list, scanning stuff and converting into PDF format, and tracking your finances. Phew! Ten delicious app freebies and price drops below.

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of the best free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Today's selection of free apps and app discounts is typically eclectic, including a comic book maker and George Romero's 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead (seriously), and we're spicing things up with an array of Android icon packs, too. Enjoy!

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Daily free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android

App prices on both the App Store and Google Play are constantly changing, and as such it’s easy to miss a sweet freebie or temporary bargain. Good idea, then, to check out our daily roundup of free apps and app discounts for iOS and Android!

Another completely mixed bag of free apps and app discounts today (in the good pick-and-mix type way), including a couple of sweet deals for Android fitness apps. Got a spare 20p to your name?

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