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Ad-blocking functionality coming to iOS 9

Ad-blocking functionality coming to iOS 9

Carl P  Jun. 11 at 11:30

It's something that Android users have enjoyed for some time now, but it has now been confirmed by  Apple the iOS 9 will feature the ability to block pop-up adds in Safari. As explained over on the Apple Developer website, the Content Blocking Safari Extensions will provide third party apps with "a fast and efficient way to block cookies, images, resources, pop-ups, and other content." From what we can tell, this doesn't mean that in-app ads will be disappearing, so it isn't a complete win for iPhone users, but it's certainly a move in the right direction for the consumer. It's not great news for advertisers though, who make a considerable amount through iOS adverts and will now have to re-think their strategy.

[Via Apple / uSwitch]

 

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Vodafone seem to be having problems when it comes to porting your old mobile number to their services

Vodafone seem to be having problems when it comes to porting your old mobile number to their services

Neotrix  Jun. 10 at 18:40


It seems Vodafone have been having issues when porting their new customers numbers over to the network. It normally takes up to 24 hours for a number to transfer from your old provider to Vodafone, although in some cases it appears there have been a mix-up on Vodafone's part causing huge delays.

Understandably customers are getting rather annoyed at this point, and contacting customer support to resolve the issue seems more hassle than it’s worth, especially after being passed from pillar to post to get a resolution.

In some instances there have been phone numbers that have been with the same customer for a number years, but when calling it you are greeted by another customer who is also waiting for their number to be ported over to Vodafone! This problem can and has affected small businesses that rely on such services to be swift and accurate, as being without a contact number for just a few days, could indeed lose you a lot of potential business. If you opt to have your banking alerts sent to your phone, or even medical information regarding appointments. Someone at the other end of the country could rather innocently be receiving them. We will of course update you if we hear any further information regarding these issues.

[via BBC]

 

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Vodafone launch home broadband service, discounts for existing customers

Vodafone launch home broadband service, discounts for existing customers

Carl P  Jun. 10 at 13:00

Vodafone have expanded beyond their mobile business today by launching their own home broadband and phone packages. The service, which makes use of the Cable & Wireless assets that were purchased many years ago, will offer three tiers, with Vodafone customers capable of making extra savings during the first 12 months of the contract. Prices start as low as £2.50 a month (£5 after 12 months) for unlimited downloads with speeds of up to 17 Mbps, while new customers will be charged £10 a month. Meanwhile, the Ultrafast Fibre package, which offers unlimited downloads with speeds of up to 78 Mbps, will cost £10 a month for existing customers (£20 after 12 months) while new customers will have to pay £25 a month.

All packages come with home phone as well, which offer inclusive evening and weekend calls to UK landlines. Additionally, it's worth noting that if you don't already have a BT Openreach connection you may have to pay a new line provision charge of £60. You can find out more info on the service and the various packages available by heading over to the Vodafone Connect website.

 

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Apple are inviting members of the public to test iOS 9 and OS X 10.11: El Capitan

Apple are inviting members of the public to test iOS 9 and OS X 10.11: El Capitan

Neotrix  Jun. 9 at 18:37

Hop on board and test the latest Mac OS and iOS 9 before anyone else

During the Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday, we found out all about the improvements and features that iOS 9 and Os X 10.11: El Capitan will bring to the table. To help shape the upcoming operating systems Apple are looking for Beta testers! All you need is an Apple ID  to get involved, so no need to be in the Apple Developer program to get access. You will get to test the new software before anyone else and report any issues as you find them. All of this should of course mean a more stable and smooth release, hopefully in the not to distant future - Click Here to sign up

If you missed the live WWDC15, you can catch up on all the good bits Here

Thanks jasoncardoz52 @HUKD for spotting this!

 

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WWDC 2015 Round-up | Apple Music, Apple Pay, and El Capitan

WWDC 2015 Round-up | Apple Music, Apple Pay, and El Capitan

Carl P  Jun. 9 at 13:00

As expected, no new hardware was unveiled at during this year’s keynote, but there were many notable announcements made as Apple previewed the next iterations of OS X and iOS, confirmed Apply Pay will be making its way to the UK, and finally showed off Apple Music in all its glory. We’ve wrangled up all the info for the big announcements and put them in one place for your convenience. So, without any further ado, let’s dive in.

OS X 10.11: El Capitan

There won’t be any huge changes to OS X with this update, but there will be plenty of quality-of-life improvements across the board. Split-screen multi-tasking windows will be introduced, and the Spotlight search feature will become more user-friendly, allowing for users to type in “pictures created in 2014” and get the desired results. Other improvements includes new mouse gestures, the ability to mute open tabs in Safari, a new way to pin websites while browsing, and the introduction of the Metal 3D SDK, which will improve app launch times and the performance of games. Expect the full rollout of El Capitan in the Autumn.

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WWDC15 Starts at 6pm - Watch it on your PC or mobile device in a few easy steps

WWDC15 Starts at 6pm - Watch it on your PC or mobile device in a few easy steps

Neotrix  Jun. 8 at 17:57



The Worldwide Developer's Conference kicks off 6pm! We thought we would give you a heads up on how you can watch it from your Windows PC, Mac or mobile device! For Apple users, if you are using OSX or iOS on your iPhone you can simply Click here and view via Safari.

Things might not as simple if you are an Android or Windows device user though! Thankfully there is a work around courtesy of the guys at 9to5Mac and it is all pretty straight forward. Before we go ahead it's worth mentioning that some Android device users can simply click here hit play to launch the WDCC15 just fine. If this isn't the case for you, just follow the steps below and you should be good to go.

Firstly you will need to download the relevant VLC player for your device.

  • Windows devices - Here
  • Android devices - Here

Now you have the VLC player installed, you will need to launch it and find the "Media" tab and select "Open Network Stream" Once there you will need to copy and past the following link into the URL text box: http://p.events-delivery.apple.com.edgesuite.net/15pijbnaefvpoijbaefvpihb06/m3u8/atv_mvp.m3u8
and then hit the "Play" button.  It is as simple as that, besides grabbing a coffee and putting your feet up. Enjoy!

[Via gizmodo]

 

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Apple's music streaming service to be unveiled today, confirms Sony Music CEO

Apple's music streaming service to be unveiled today, confirms Sony Music CEO

Carl P  Jun. 8 at 11:15

The probability this was going to happen was already very high, but CEO of Sony Music Doug Morris confirmed that Apple will unveil its new music streaming service during WWDC 2015, which is happening later today. During an interview at the Midem Music Festival in Cannes, Morris didn't reveal any further details such as pricing, but simply stated “It’s happening tomorrow,” in regards to an official announcement. Considering how it was now over a year ago since Apple bought Beats Music - from which the new service will be based on - it's not too much of a surprise that it is finally happening.

Of the venture, Morris stated that it will be the shot in the arm that the streaming business needs. "They’ve got $178 billion dollars in the bank, and they have 800 million credit cards in iTunes" Morris said at Midem Music festival. "Spotify has never really advertised because it’s never been profitable. My guess is that Apple will promote this like crazy and I think that will have a halo effect on the streaming business."

As well as Apple's new streaming service, we're expecting appearances from iOS 9, the latest update for OS X, and a focused look at the Apple Watch. It's already been confirmed that Apple TV will be missing this year's event, and reports suggest that we shouldn't expect any other new hardware to be shown either, but hey - we're ready to be surprised. You can watch this year's WWDC keynote at 6PM by heading over to the Apple website.

[Via VentureBeat]

 

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The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 8GB only has 1.26GB of free storage space

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 8GB only has 1.26GB of free storage space

Carl P  Jun. 8 at 10:24

The more savvy tech users out there will expect that, when it comes to computing devices, you're always going to get a little less storage space than advertised, but this is really pushing the limits of acceptability. It has been discovered that the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, which has 8GB of internal memory, only has 1.26GB of it free before customers even get it in their hands. A report over on the Xperia Blog shows that Android 5.0 takes around 4GB of space, but then a further 2GB is being used by pre-installed applications - most of which cannot be removed. While a microSD card slot is available, it effectively forces users to invest in some expanded memory if they want to take photos or listen to their own MP3s (or, if they're feeling particularly crazy, download a film to watch.) So, consider this a friendly heads-up if you're thinking about getting Sony's mid-range phone (which currently lies around the £200 mark.)

[Via Xperia Blog]

 

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Sky+ app problems continue to affect customers

Sky+ app problems continue to affect customers

Carl P  Jun. 4 at 12:30

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.

[via uSwitch]

 

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Microsoft unveils the new Nokia 105

Microsoft unveils the new Nokia 105

Carl P  Jun. 4 at 12:00

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.

 

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Three to introduce mid-contract price increases

Three to introduce mid-contract price increases

Carl P  Jun. 2 at 10:41

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.)

[Via ISPreview]

 

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Windows 10 launches July 29th, Windows 8.1 users able to reserve the upgrade now

Windows 10 launches July 29th, Windows 8.1 users able to reserve the upgrade now

Carl P  Jun. 1 at 11:00

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...

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GIF support has finally been integrated into Facebook website and app!

GIF support has finally been integrated into Facebook website and app!

Neotrix  May. 29 at 17:32


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?

[via theverge]

 

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Microsoft are set to release Cortana for Android and iPhones as well as a Phone Companion app on Windows 10

Microsoft are set to release Cortana for Android and iPhones as well as a Phone Companion app on Windows 10

Neotrix  May. 26 at 20:13

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.

[Via Windows Blog]

 

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Sony announces the Xperia Z3+

Sony announces the Xperia Z3+

Carl P  May. 26 at 14:00

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.

[Via uSwitch]

 

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Samsung unveils Avengers: Age Of Ultron Branded Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung unveils Avengers: Age Of Ultron Branded Galaxy S6 Edge

Carl P  May. 26 at 12:00

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.

[Via Engadget]

 

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - Iron man Edition "Coming Next Week"

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - Iron man Edition "Coming Next Week"

Neotrix  May. 25 at 17:17

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.

 

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Spotify takes on Youtube- Check out the latest additions to Spotify service

Spotify takes on Youtube- Check out the latest additions to Spotify service

admin  May. 23 at 16:04

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...

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Apple mistakenly leak the existance of the iPhone 6c

Apple mistakenly leak the existance of the iPhone 6c

Carl P  May. 21 at 17:00

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]

 

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Adobe Creative Suite 2 - free and legal for both Mac and Windows systems!

Adobe Creative Suite 2 - free and legal for both Mac and Windows systems!

Neotrix  May. 20 at 20:57

Adobe Creative studio 2 is free for mac and Windows users!

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

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