News Articles
Amazon launches Spotify/Netflix-style Kindle Unlimited in UK

Having debuted the service on its home turf of the United States of Americans in July this year, Amazon is bringing its Kindle Unlimited service across the Atlantic.

Coming in at £7.99 per month, Kindle Unlimited is essentially the ebook equivalent of streaming services like Spotify and Netflix. Lovely.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date brought forward as consumers go iPhone 6 crazy

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date brought forward as consumers go iPhone 6 crazy

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

The halcyon days of Samsung being almost effortlessly dominant at the top of the smartphone food chain appear to be well and truly over.

Sources from out east last night suggested the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date might be brought forward in light of the iPhone 6’s outrageous popularity, and the South Koreans have now confirmed that’s the case – without mentioning Apple by name of course.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

iPad Air 2 next month, iPad mini 3 in 2015?

iPad Air 2 next month, iPad mini 3 in 2015?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 23 at 16:00

Considering we’re almost certainly on the verge of meeting a new iPad or new iPads, we haven’t heard a great deal about Apple’s next generation of tablet-shaped goodness.

Here, a source from out east reckons the iPad Air 2 will land next month, followed by the iPad mini 3 in early 2015. Hmm.

 Click here to read more...

5 Comments

Android M: already being discussed by developers

This story follows on quite nicely from yesterday’s article, wherein we discovered – thanks to developer chatter – that Android L might be coming to the two-year-old Google Nexus 4.

Here we’re hearing developers openly discussing a little something called Android M, and the “experimental” features thereof.

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

iPhone 6 sets new sales record in opening weekend, humiliates Samsung Galaxy S5

iPhone 6 sets new sales record in opening weekend, humiliates Samsung Galaxy S5

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 23 at 12:00

To be fair, there was never much doubt that the iPhone 6 would prove insanely popular. Apple has essentially taken an already-popular phone and stretched it to an increasingly popular size.

And indeed, “insanely popular” is now official, as Apple has confirmed the iPhone 6 sold 10 million units in its first three days – that’s almost 10 times the rate of initial Samsung Galaxy S5 sales.

 Click here to read more...

6 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 price to drop 34% in 3 months?

If you were slightly taken aback by the suggestion that Samsung Galaxy Note 4 price will come in at £575 SIM free, well, we’ve some good news for you today.

According to the lovely Katy P (not Perry) at idealo, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 price could drop by as much as 34% after just 3 months in the wild.

 Click here to read more...

4 Comments

Google Nexus 4 Android L update on the cards?

Google Nexus 4 Android L update on the cards?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 22 at 14:00

Google lifted the lid on Android L at the end of June, and while the release is just about visible on the horizon (mid-October, probs), we’re still not entirely sure which existing Nexus devices will see the update.

There was a definite question mark over the near-two-year-old Google Nexus 4, but fresh evidence suggests it might be good for Android L action after all.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

WSJ: Google aiming to avoid Android tablet monopoly with HTC-built Nexus 9

HTC’s record in the tablet industry is – how do I put this? – less than stellar, with the 2011 Flyer having emphatically failed to set the world on fire. The US met the equally uninspiring HTC Jetstream shortly thereafter, and that was the end of that.

Fast-forward three years and HTC might seem like a strange choice for Nexus tablet duties, but sources of The Wall Street Journal reckon the Taiwanese manufacturer is the perfect fit.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

Google Nexus 9 tipped to arrive alongside ‘tube-shaped’ waterproof camera

Google Nexus 9 tipped to arrive alongside ‘tube-shaped’ waterproof camera

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 20 at 16:00

Here we’re tentatively tying two rumour threads into one knot. I say “tentatively” because I’m not entirely convinced with the result, but we’ll give the hybrid story an airing regardless and let you make your own minds up.

I speak of HTC’s mysterious October 8 Double Exposure event, and the seemingly imminent Google Nexus 9. Put them together, throw in the notion of a “tube-shaped” waterproof camera, and, well…

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

Samsung Galaxy A5 pictured, looks a bit like an iPhone 5s

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has proved to be one of the most divisive phones of late, with some claiming it’s the dawn of a new era for the South Koreans, while others wonder why it even exists.

Samsung is charging ahead regardless, as the Alpha marks – as reported – the first in a series of phones, and here we’re getting a closer look at the iPhone 5s. Sorry! The Samsung Galaxy A5.

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

Vodafone acquires 140 Phones 4u stores, but redundancies hit Newcastle HQ

Vodafone acquires 140 Phones 4u stores, but redundancies hit Newcastle HQ

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 20 at 12:00

Having pulled its support for Phones 4u and ultimately crippled the retailer (with a little help from EE), Vodafone has donned its shining armour and come to the rescue of 887 jobs.

Yep, Big Red has kindly (ahem) snapped up 140 – what were formerly – Phones 4u stores, and announced that the 887 staff members will each be given a brand new Vodafone polo shirt. However, it’s not all good news. More below.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 20 at 10:00

What. A. Week. I'll resist the temptation to turn Mobot into an impromptu political forum (though mobiles did play their part in recent goings on), and instead focus on... Apple's iPhone 6!

Yep, the iPhone 6 is on sale now having set all sorts of pre-order records, and pretty much the last thing you would've wanted to do is emerge from the Apple store and immediately drop your new purchase in front of the world, right?

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

Tizen latest: first phone in November, not the Samsung Z?

Tizen latest: first phone in November, not the Samsung Z?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 19 at 16:00

Incredibly, Tizen was first announced back in September 2011 – three years ago, and while we’ve met various bits and pieces of wearable tech with the OS on board, the first Tizen smartphone has yet to see the light of day.

The latest rumours suggest it’ll be released in November, and while there’s no specific mention of hardware, it probably won’t be the Samsung Z. Y’know, the phone that was supposed to be released in July?

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders open ahead of 10 October availability

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders open ahead of 10 October availability

Martin James  Sep. 19 at 14:30

The big news today is that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are officially now available to buy. But if that's not your particular cup of tea, how about some news on one if the iPhone's high-flying rivals, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 4 will be hitting the streets in the UK on 10 October – that's in two weeks' time – and can be pre-ordered from today.

 Click here to read more...

2 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 to get Android L by late November?

Android L is a real thing, in the sense that it’s been detailed by Google, and the release is expected to fall next month at some point, accompanied by some tasty new Nexus hardware.

Eager beavers are already starting to question when their devices will be updated, and for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5, the answer could be as early as late November.

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

Porsche Design is back, this time with the BlackBerry Q10-based P'9983

Porsche Design is back, this time with the BlackBerry Q10-based P'9983

Martin James  Sep. 19 at 12:30

As BlackBerry watchers will know, the intriguingly different BlackBerry Passport is now less than a week away from going live, and even if it's a complete flop, the Canadian firm deserves credit for trying something different.

But it turns out the Passport has been pipped to the post by another BlackBerry – the Porsche Design P'9983, which was unveiled this week in Dubai.

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

Apple iPhone 6 on sale now, don’t drop it on the pavement

Today’s the day many have been waiting for, as the Apple iPhone 6 is now available to buy across, er, many many countries, including – of course – the UK, which still encompasses Scotland.

Needless to say, if you’ve been queuing for the iPhone 6 for days (as many have), the last thing you want to do is drop it on the ground outside the shop, right?

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

EE revises its SIM only plans: wee bit cheaper, cheeky incentives

EE revises its SIM only plans: wee bit cheaper, cheeky incentives

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 18 at 16:00

Fresh off sticking a knife through the heart of Phones 4u, which was actually doing alright until this week, EE has announced revised SIM only plans.

The upshot is that they’re a wee bit cheaper, with the usual thing where you get more data if you sign up before a certain date. “The sooner, the better!” is what Olaf Swantee would probably say.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

Amazon outs new Fire HD 6.0 and Fire HD 7.0, prices start at £79

Amazon's mobile hardware adventure started with the humble Kindle Fire tablet, and the company has kept faith with the original's budget billing in announcing a host of new Fire HD tablet options.

The Amazon Fire HD 7.0 – the Kindle name has been dropped – is present and correct in an array of colour and storage options, plus there's an all-new Fire HD 6.0 size option and a Fire HD Kids Edition for, well, you know.

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

New iPads for 2014 to be announced on October 21?

New iPads for 2014 to be announced on October 21?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 18 at 14:00

Earlier this month (already feels like a lifetime ago), Apple unveiled the spanking new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, while giving us a taster of the much-discussed Apple Watch (which I still insist on calling the iWatch, hmm).

But if you thought the Californians were about to take their foot off the hardware gas, think again. The brand new iPads will almost certainly launch in a matter of weeks, and the latest guess is October 21.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments