Earlier this week the Sky+ app, which allows subscribers to control their Sky+ HD box at home and on the go, received an update that caused its main features to stop working, and now two days on the issues continue. This is despite Sky's attempt at a temporary fix by allowing customers to rollback their app to a previous version, with the problems continuing regardless of which version is being used.
Earlier this morning the Sky Help Team tweeted that they were "still working hard to fix the latest Sky+ app update ASAP," but at the time of writing no fix has been issued and the app has even been pulled for the iTunes app store. Considering how the Sky+ app is one of the main draws for its TV service, this is a fairly embarrassing blow. Hopefully the problem will be sorted out sooner rather than later, but we'll keep you updated on the situation as it develops.
Sometimes, all you want to do is make a call and send a text, so Microsoft's latest Nokia handset is going back to basics. The new Nokia 105 will offer a no-frills experience similar to its predecessor, offering 15 hours of talk time, the ability to store 2000 contacts, FM radio, a 3.5" jack for headphones, a few basic apps like calender and calculator, and two classic games (with Snake naturally being one of them.) There's even a built-in flashlight as well.
With it being a fairly basic handset, it will only feature 2G connectivity, meaning no WiFi functionality, but as long as classic ringtones such as the Kick Ringtone are included we'll be happy. The new Nokia 105 will be going on sale later this month, with the current price being stated as $20. That's around £13 for us, so expect it to be somewhere under the £20 when it finally hits our shores. You can read more about the new Nokia 105 by heading over to the Microsoft website.
Worrying news emerged yesterday, as it was discovered that network operator Three will be be introducing mid-contract price increases. All contracts that have been made from May 29th onwards will feature this price hike, with the first changes appearing on consumer bills in May 2016. The move goes against Three's stance from last year, where they stated that monthly rates would remain as they are for the duration of a contract.
Despite guidelines issued by OfCom last year which aimed to stop mid-contract hikes happening, there is in fact a clause included that allows for this to happen. It's all thanks to the Retail Price Index, which measures the change in the cost of a representative sample of retail goods and services. This is what Three will be basing their increases on, taking the RPI from February 2016 and applying it to all contracts in May later that year.
Considering how the takeover of O2 is going ahead, along with the recent report that consumers are paying millions more for their handsets than they need to, the future is looking rather expensive for Three customers. Let's just hope that this isn't also an uncomfortable glimpse at the future for customers with other networks as well, especially at a time where mobile contracts are continuing to fail us (courtesy of Bitter Wallet.)
After months of being told it would arrive at some point in the summer, Microsoft have official confirmed that Windows 10 will be launching on July 29th. As previously confirmed, anyone with a copy of Windows 7 or 8 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free during the first 12 months of Windows 10's release. Additionally, it appears that users of Windows 8.1 are getting pop-ups allowing them to reserve their upgrade, which will be pushed to them as soon as it is available. If you haven't had it yet, don't worry - it will happen at some point today, but if you're really interested in forcing the pop-up to appear we've got a helpful way to do so. Hit the jump to find out how.Click here to read more...
At long last GIFs have been integrated into Facebook! You can now post and view them using both the desktop and mobile sites, as well as the application. At the moment you can only add them if they are hosted elsewhere on the internet first, by copying and pasting the links into a status or comment box. If you try to upload directly from your computer you will find they become nothing more than a frozen image at the moment. Obviously with GIFs being a new addition to Facebook, things may change regarding the direct uploads.
Of course this update can only mean one thing though, right? Prepare for never ending unrelated GIFs in the Facebook comments! I must admit, i have often had a good laugh at what some people manage to find! What's your favourite GIF?
Microsoft are set to release Cortana for Android and iPhones as well as a Phone Companion app on Windows 10
Included the up coming release of Windows 10 will be the new 'Phone Companion' application. The idea behind this is to bring your mobile devices and PC together in a way we have not yet seen, making it easier to manage your phones content with little fuss or messing around.
The benefits of having all of your devices synced together via the Phone Companion application means that will be able to share documents, music playlists, photos as and Office documents across all of your devices by using just one app. One of the things i loved about Windows Phone was the way everything worked seamlessly from PC to mobile phone. Having the same experience on Android and iPhone handsets would certainly be a good thing, right?
Microsoft have also announced that their AI assistant Cortana will be built in to WIndows 10 at launch and will also be coming to both the iPhone and Android operating systems! Cortana on these mobile devices will effectively be slimmed down versions, meaning that voice commands, toggling settings and opening your applications will not be possible at launch. It is currently unclear if there will ever be plans to implement these features, although there are technical implications that would certainly make a fully featured Cortana difficult to integrate into other devices. If you already own a Windows Phone you will already be good to go upon the release of Windows 10.
The Cortana companion application will be heading for Android phones at the end of June 2015, while iPhone users will have to wait until the end of the year.
Earlier today Sony lifted the lid on its flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3+. Known as the Z4 in Japan, the initially familiar-looking handset hides some decent specs and a few key differences from its predecessor. The Z3+ will be powered by the Snapdragon 10 processor and 3GB RAM, its battery has been downgraded to 2,900mAh as a compromise for its thinner 6.9mm thickness. Sony has reportedly stated that despite this change the phone will still deliver "up to two-day battery life." The upcoming phone will also feature a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display, 20.7-megapixel main camera with an improved 2-megapixel front camera.
The biggest change comes from the new placement of its mini-USB port, which is now on the bottom of the phone and no longer hidden behind a cap. This also means that the Z3's IP65/68 dust and waterproofing certifications won't apply to the Z3+. Whether this will be enough to see off competition from Samsung, Apple, and LG remains to be seen, but we won't have to wait long to find out as expect to see the Z3+ launch in June.
We've been teased about it for the last few weeks, but earlier this morning Samsung finally unveiled its Avengers: Age Of Ultron branded Galaxy S6 Edge. The limited edition handset sports the red and gold colours of Iron Man, and features 64GB of storage, a 16-megapixel camera, a 5.1–inch super AMOLED screen, 4K video recording and 4G speeds. There is some bad news though - it is only being sold in South Korea. It will also be making an appearance in China and Hong Kong next month, so if you really want to get one to show off your Marvel fandom you'll most likely have to deal with some hefty import fees. You can see the phone in all its glory by watching the unboxing video by clicking here.
Not so long back Samsung tweeted a teaser regarding the already rumoured Galaxy S6 Iron Man Edition handset.
Samsung have yet again released another tantalising image of the highly anticipated Iron Man handset. This time we can clearly see an Iron Man insignia on the back of the phone, whereas before we simply got a look at the packaging. So far there is no information indicating which countries will be seeing the device, or indeed any new features the Iron Man edition may ship with. The latest image was first seen appearing on Samsung's Korean Facebook page with the text "Coming Next Week" This was on the 22nd of May 2015, so hopefully we we will hear more in the coming days! We have our eyes peeled and will update as we find out any further information.
Spotify announced a few pretty cool additions to it's popular service this week, introducing video playback and podcast support, behavioural recommendations and a new host of tools for runners.Click here to read more...
While we had already figured it was on the cards, it appears Apple have spoiled their own surprise by mistakenly confirming the existence of the iPhone 6c. It's all due to an image on the Apple Store listing for the iPhone Lightning Dock, which includes a picture of an iPhone for demonstrative purposes. However, while the device in question appears to have the same colourful plastic case of the iPhone 5c, it also includes the TouchID fingerprint reader as well - something that was never included in the 5c range when it was released back in 2013.
With Apple's continued push of its Apple Pay features it makes sense that the TouchID functionality would be made a universal feature of all iPhone products, but the unintended publication of the image will no doubt have spoiled the party for the folks in Cupertino (or, at the very least, has got someone in trouble.) We expect we will get official confirmation of both the iPhone 6c and the 6s this September when Apple do their next big press conference.
[Via The Guardian]
Unsurprisingly support for the CS2 has now ceased to exist due to it's old age. Meaning that we can now get our hands on a pretty neat bundle of software free of charge! CS2 includes a lot of great tools that could make your life that little bit easier, especially if you happen to be running running an older system. The suite of course includes and old but still very useful version of Photoshop!
Products available are:
Acrobat 3D 1.0 for - Windows
Acrobat Standard 7.0 - Windows
Acrobat Pro 7.0 - Windows
After Effects - Mac/Windows
Audition 3.0 - Mac/Windows
GoLive CS2 - Mac/Windows
InCopy CS2 - Mac/Windows
InDesign CS2 - Mac/Windows
Photoshop CS2 - Mac/Windows
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 - Windows
If you're looking to get a pay-monthly contract from Vodafone in the near future, then this voucher code should be of great interest to you. We had thought it was expired, but it turns out that all Vodafone have done is knock the 15% off 24-month contracts down to 10% when you order from their website. Just put in the code 24MonthsILS at the checkout to claim your discount. Alternatively, if you only want a 12-month contract the discount remains 15%, so hopefully you'll be able to get a good deal no matter what contract duration you're after. Thanks to crocodileniall @ HUKD for the heads-up!
Samsung recently posted an image of the rumoured S6 Edge Iron Man edition packaging on their Twitter account. This of course sparked some huge interest within a very short space of time. Although Samsung later removed the post seemingly without reason.
There are rendered images circulating at the moment, depicting what the Iron Man themed smartphone may look like. Currently there are no official images of the phone itself or indeed a release date, although we can probably expect further information in the coming weeks.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has curved 1440p display measuring 5.1 inches and is powered by an Exynos 7420 octa-core processor with 3GB of Ram.
Here's to hoping that it comes with Jarvis installed!
Yet another MVNO will be launching in the UK this year, but this one aims to do things a little differently. FreedomPop, a US-based network provider that offers free minutes, texts, and data to its customers, will be bringing its services to the UK this summer. Once again it's Three that will be hosting the MVNO, although a second network will reportedly be joining the venture and announced in the near future.Click here to read more...
In a bid to help out those who forget when apps are releasing, Google have begun rolling out a new pre-register feature for the apps on the Google Play store. The feature allows customers to receive a push notification once the app is available to buy without committing to buying it (as you would with a pre-order.)
The first app to take advantage of the pre-register service will be Terminator Genisys: Revolution, a third-person action game that will tie-in with the upcoming film. As of now there are no other apps that are using the feature, but we expect it will roll out to other future releases in the coming months.
We've seen a few budget-priced smartphones emerge recently, such as the Moto G and EE's Harrier Mini, but today Vodafone has launched it own low-price handset. The Smart Prime 6 costs £79 on pay-as-you-go, and boasts some impressive specs for the price. Featuring a 5-inch IPS screen capable of 720p HD visuals, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor, 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, 8GB internal storage (with microSD support), the Android handset will run on Lollipop and include 4G connectivity. You can learn more about the Smart Prime 6 by heading over to Vodafone store.
The more savvy mobile users out there will already know this, but it appears many mobile users in the UK are paying mobile operators money they don't need to. In a report by Which? that was posted last month, it states that around 46% of people continue to pay the full price of their monthly contracts even after their duration is over, which on average works out at overpaying £92 a year. Collectively, that's an estimated £355 million per year that the UK is giving to networks unnecessarily.
This is mainly because a large number of providers do not separate out the handset charge from the monthly airtime cost. There are exceptions, though, as O2, Virgin Media, Tesco Mobile and Utility Warehouse do allow monthly costs to be dropped once the handset is paid off. You can learn more by reading the Which? report on their website, along with details on their Unlock Better Mobile Deals campaign which aims to stop unnecessary charges to customers.
Just a quick heads-up to let you all know that, in light of the devastating earthquake that has struck the country, both the O2 Network and Skype have decided to drop all fees for calls in and out of Nepal. The move has been done to help provide extra lines of communication between friends and family who are currently in region. O2 customers will not be charged until Tuesday May 5th, and any calls made since Saturday 25th April will have their charges refunded. At this time there is no word on when Skype will discontinue the initiative. For more information you can visit the O2 website and the Skype Blog. Many thanks to taurus_the_bull on HUKD for the heads-up.