What’s the next iOS got in store? What’s the latest with Google Glass? Do I need Retina display? The answers to all your mobile related questions here.
EE brought out their Harrier handset in order to sell their WiFi calling service to those unwilling to shell out for an iPhone. For £200, it has very decent spec, a good camera and 4G capabilities. What could possibly go wrong? An awful lot, as it turns out.
EE Harrier Software Update
WiFi calling wasn’t compatible from the word go, and users were eagerly awaiting the software update that would enable it. However, upon applying the update, the phone would be stuck on this boot screen:
No problem, you would think, just hard reset it and turn it back on again. However, as soon as you turn it back on again you are met with the same screen and you will never get past this point.
You can enter recovery mode, however you don’t really have a lot of options from there.
The ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option looks an appealing one, but it doesn’t actually solve the issue and you will be guaranteed to lose all your data. The best thing to do would be to contact EE to explain the situation. There is talk that they will repair/replace phones affected by the update, but currently this is unconfirmed.
If your business has handset issues you’d like to speak about or you’d like to know more information about WiFi calling, call us on 0208 232 1190.
Up until the early 1990’s the idea of a touch-screen surface with the ability to browse the internet, play games and capture images was a mere fantasy. Things have hurriedly moved on since then and it’s a common sight to see the average person using a tablet. Now the important question is how can you possibly choose the best value tablet for your needs? Read on to find out!
Now these may not be the smartest or the fastest but for the price they’re going at, these tablets could be worth it if you’re looking for a device that does it all without the hefty price tag attached.
The Best Value Tablets Of 2015
LG G Pad 8.3 – (Black, 16GB)
Interestingly, LG have really taken the limelight in the recent years, producing the LG G4 smartphone, which you can read about in our Top 3 Android Phones blog. So, why exactly should you buy their tablet?
• The manageable 8.3″ screen boosts a full HD display providing a beautiful viewing experience.
• Metal rear cover and easy-to-hold rounded edges.
• Universal controls featured for the ability to control your TV and cable set-top boxes from any room.
• LG’s ‘Quick Memo’ allows you to write or draw on any screen and then share the memo between your tablet and smartphone.
Amazon Fire HD 6 – (Black, 16GB)
For the past half a dozen years or so, Amazon have become increasingly fond in producing their own tablets, but what do they have to offer?
• Rear-facing 1080p HD camera and a front-facing camera to make those all important video calls.
• Unique profiles for each family member so families can share a tablet whilst still keeping their personalised settings and accounts.
• If you are an Amazon prime member you can enjoy thousands of Prime Instant Video movies and TV shows and unlimited streaming on your tablet.
• A downloadable selection of Android apps and games
Tesco Hudl 2 – (Black, 16GB)
The thought of a Tesco-branded tablet is one that many may not even think to consider. However, the results may be surprising. Check out what they have to offer below.
• Full high-definition screen with a resolution boosted to 1920 x 1200 pixels, making colours rich, vibrant and easy on the eye.
• Soft-touch plastic back meaning you can have a snug grip on your device at all times.
• Colourful, child-friendly options with colours such as Tropical Turqouise and Bubblegum Pink make this the perfect cheap tablet for a child.
• Directional quality of sound making audio more immersive and detailed.
UPDATE: You can now pre-order the iPhone 6s from 12/09/2015 from 08:01 onwards.
It’s that time again. Established iPhone users are somehow slowly getting bored of their once shiny new handsets, whether they own an iPhone 4 or a newer model. As the cognoscenti will know, new iPhone models are released every year, around late September/early October. Since 2010, more than one model has always been released a time, usually an ‘S’ version of the previous model.
Will there be an iPhone 7?
There have been a wave of iPhone 7 rumours with varying degrees of truth, but any niggling doubts surrounding the authenticity of the next iPhone models have been pretty much dispelled now, as reports in trusted US publications such as the Wall Street Journal have confirmed that Apple have ordered a record-breaking number of iPhones to be manufactured in China, hinting at a new model: the iPhone 7.
When will the next iPhone be released?
Knowledgeable sources have cited a release date of 25th September, with pre orders available from the 18th September – and although this is yet to be confirmed, an apparent leaked internal email from Vodafone was reported by site Mobile News backing up these dates.
There is no actual confirmation of the names of the devices, but the iPhone 7 seems most realistic. As with the iPhone 5/5S, there will be little cosmetic differences. The screen sizes will likely remain the same and there will be no improvement on screen resolution.
So what will be new iPhone 7 features?
The always-impressive iPhone cameras look like they’e due to be upgraded again. The code for Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 9, suggests that the front camera will have the functionality to record 1080p video at 60fps, record slow motion and include a flash. Force Touch technology, a screen technology implemented to MacBooks and Apple watches already. This will mean that the phone will be able to differentiate between a light tap and a hard press.
There are also whispers of a new colour for the device – ‘Rose Gold’ – to go along with the current options of Space Grey, Gold and Silver. You can already get Apple Watches in Rose Gold. Under the stylish casing it is likely that the processer and RAM will get a small upgrade.
What will be the iPhone 7 Price?
There have been no reports or leaks regarding the iPhone 7’s price in the UK, but you can expect it won’t be far different from the current iPhone models. You can pick up a Sim-Free iPhone 6 from £539 inc. VAT, while the iPhone 6 Plus starts at £619 unlocked from Apple.
If you’re looking to use the new edition of the iPhone as a business tool, you can contact us or call us on 02082321190 and we will be able to advise you on this.
Following the trend set by Barclaycard back in 2008 when they released the first contactless payment card, there is a now a new way to shop without carrying a wallet. With Apple Pay, you can now use your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for anything up to £20 at any contactless payment terminal.
The Apple Pay UK launch
This is the first launch of the product outside of the US. This is because contactless payment is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with the major banks already offering cards that eliminate the need to type in a pin.
Coupled with the fingerprint security that prevents access by anyone but those authorised by the owner of the phone, Apple believes its new payment system is a secure, practical solution. You no longer need to remember your wallet to get on a bus (if you live in London), or to buy yourself lunch.
How to use Apple Pay
Apple Pay is in essence a digital equivalent to a wallet. It allows users to use payment cards through its own proprietary app. You can use it in two ways – in an actual shop and online.
If you’ve got the latest generation of iPhone (The 6 or 6 Plus), or an Apple Watch, you can use it in shops. It works in exactly the same way as contactless cards do, but without the need to carry an actual card.
However, unlike any kind of card payment, Apple Pay use a method known as tokenisation (similar to BitCoin). This means that instead of passing on card details to the retailer, the payee recieves a ‘token’ which means that they can only debit the payment amount one time.
And instead of entering your PIN each time you want to buy something, your Apple Pay purchases are verified using the Apple’s slicker and more secure fingerprint scanner.
Which cards can I use?
Nearly all the major UK banks are compatible with Apple Pay.
The list includes:
- Nationwide Building Society
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- Santander and Ulster Bank
Other banks such as First Direct and HSBC will be compatible later this summer.
The following banks will join during the Autumn:
- Bank of Scotland
- Lloyds Bank
- M&S Bank
- TSB Bank
If you’re a Barclays customer, they have unfortunately not yet reached any agreement with Apple so you might have a while to wait.
Where can you use Apple Pay?
You can use Apple pay at any retailer already accepting contactless payment cards.
The list includes:
- Marks and Spencer
- Post Office
- Costa Coffee
- LePain Quotidien
- Pret A Manger
- The Trainline
- Transport for London
Will people really use Apple Pay instead of contactless cards? Only time will tell, but this is a major rollout and Apple are seemingly very confident. If you’d like to explore the option of having Apple Pay enabled iPhones as a part of your organisation’s set up, please contact us. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 02082321190 and one of our dedicated advisors would be happy to help.
Set to release to the public in Autumn of this year, Apple’s latest iOS update is always one of the most highly anticipated tech-related events of the year. So, what do Apple have to offer this year?
iOS 9 Release Date
For the first time, Apple are releasing a beta version of iOS 9 to the public this month. For the rest of us who can wait, the update will come hand in hand with the newest iPhone which, as per usual, will probably be arriving in September. That being said, it may be worth waiting those extra months to get the final version of iOS 9 as the public beta version will be rammed full of glitches and bugs which are bound to reduce your fondness of the update.
Longer Battery Life?
According to Apple, many “under the hood” changes to features have been made that will mean that iOS 9 will in fact improve your device’s battery life. Thanks to an all-new Low Power mode, iPhones will be able to manage an extra hour of usage. Not only does the update drain less battery, it also takes up less space. iOS 9 supposedly only needs 1.3GB of storage whereas 4.5GB was needed for 2014’s iOS 8 – quite a mighty difference.
Android to iOS Migration
If you’re currently an Android user but are planning to delve into the Apple world then it could be worth waiting till iOS 9. This is because your new Apple device will come with an Android Migration feature. The app securely transfers your message history, photos & videos, contacts, internet bookmarks, wallpaper, calendars, songs and books. It will also help you rebuild your app library as any free apps you previously used will be suggested for download from the App Store.
There are now 3 different ways of multitasking on iPads. The first is ‘Slide Over’ which is able to bring up a second app by sliding it up beside your current app. The second is ‘Picture-in-Picture’ which allows you to put FaceTime calls and videos in the corner of the display when you press the home button. YouTube also boasts this certain feature, unfortunately only within its specific app. All iPads compatible with iOS 9 are able to use ‘Slide Over’ and ‘Picture-in-Picture,’ however, the final mode is ‘Split View.’ This is only available on the iPad Air 2. ‘Split View’ allows you to have two apps open side by side which are both active at the same time and are fully usable.
Officially, Apple Pay comes to the UK this month and will be backed by almost 70% of credit and debit cards available, including Nationwide, NatWest & HSBC. With that being said, in the US at least, Apple will be renaming Passbook to be ‘Wallet’ which will be where Apple Pay resides.
“What else can you do, Siri?”
iOS 9 is said to make Siri 40% more accurate and 40% faster. Arguably, the most impressive feature is that Siri will now be able to understand words such as ‘it’ and ‘this’ in context. For example, if you were having a conversation with someone in iMessage, you could ask Siri to “remind me about this at 7 tonight.” Siri would then scan the app and try to figure out what “this” means.
iOS 9 Compatibility
iOS 9 will be available to a grand total of 15 Apple devices. These are: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s. iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus. iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad 2, iPad 3rd generation, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3 & iPod touch 5th generation! So, luckily Apple are still yet to cut some of their original devices from being updated to the latest iOS.
If you’d like to read more about latest in mobile phones, internet security and technology news, take a look at some of our recent blogs including ‘What Are BitCoins?’ and ‘The Top 3 Android Phones 2015.’
The Android market is massive. In fact it reportedly has over 1 billion users from 190 countries. But as the power of Android grows stronger, the smartphone market grows larger. And with so many smartphones available, how do you know which are the best?
Here we feature our Top 3 Android Phones of Summer 2015.
1. Samsung Galaxy S6
What does it do?
Arguably Android’s most highly anticipated phone of the year is the Samsung Galaxy S6. First released on 10th April 2015, the stunning S6 with a 32GB memory is available for £559.99 on the Samsung website. Some of its features include:
- Wireless capabilities – including cordless charging.
- Fast charging – “10 minute charge = up to 4 hours of battery life” according to Samsung.
- Camera Quality – 16MP on the rear and 5MP on the front.
- Stunning Display – A 5.1″ Quad HD Super AMOLED screen.
- Lightning Fast – A 64-bit, Octa-core processor.
2. LG G4
What does it do?
The LG G4 has fastly become the breakthrough Android smartphone of 2015. Released on the 28th May 2015, the G4 is available for £489.90 from Amazon. Some of its features include:
- Innovative Design – A choice between genuine leather or metallic & ceramic.
- Camera Capabilities – An f/1.8 low light lens on an 16MP rear sensor and an 8MP sensor on the front.
- Improved Display – The 5.1″ screen features 25% increased brightness & 50% increased contrast – not to mention Quad HD resolution.
- Powerful Battery – A removable 3,000 mAh battery and smart power saver mode let’s you stay connected without running out of power.
3. Huawei Ascend Mate 7
What does it do?
The Ascend Mate 7 is the successor of 2013’s Ascend Mate 2. Noticeably less than its competitors, it is available for £379.99 sim-free on the Carphone Warehouse website. Some of its features include:
- A Phablet Sized Screen – 6″ screen with an impressive 2.9mm narrow bezel.
- Convenient Fingerprint Scanning – Placed on the back of the device the scanner has 360° accuracy.
- Live Privately – Authorised users can use your phone in visitor mode, only allowing access to certain features.
- Quick & Efficient – Features Cat6 4G LTE technology and a download rate of up to 300 Mbps.
Top 3 Android Phones 2015 – These are just 3 of hundreds of Android phones available so if these didn’t tickle your fancy, make sure to fish around on phone comparison and review websites such as gsmarena in order to find the phone most suitable for you. If you choose price over personality then check out our post of the best affordable Android phones.
Home Automation is a bit like something you’d see in Back to the Future, or a sci-fi film. It’s the concept of being able to control accessories and technology in your home by simply stating commands; for example turning off your lights by saying “it’s bedtime”.
These futuristic ideas may soon become a reality. Apple has been developing a new system called the ‘HomeKit’ which will give users the ability to have control of their home and its features all hands free.
No, you can’t get your hands on a HomeKit yet, but Apple has spilled the beans on some of it’s key features.
Firstly, manufacturers have to add support for HomeKit to their devices for it to work. You can’t control an ordinary light switch with an iPhone. However, when Apple first showed off the HomeKit in June of 2014, it had already tied up partnerships with many manufacturers, Phillips, Belkin, iHome and Kwikset, as well as announcing that they’d be compatible with all Apple devices.
The way HomeKit works is that you name each device and function, so that Siri can understand your commands. The devices then communicate with eachother to fulfill a users request.
When will Apple HomeKit be released?
Well, HomeKit actually came onto the scene along with iOS 8 last fall. However, it’s not been launched by Apple. There’s lots of speculation surrounding the HomeKit but I wouldn’t expect it to be available to consumers in the immediate future.
What is Google Nest?
As with most areas they move into, Apple should keep on eye out for Google’s competition in the Home Automation field. Instead of going down their own route, they bought a company called Nest Labs for $3,200,000,000 in January 2014. June 2014 comes along and as Apple introduced the HomeKit, Google announced their developer program for the Nest, allowing companies to create products with Nest compatability. Google would argue that they’re at least neck and neck with Apple in the battle for Home Automation domination, however Google’s poor reputation for monitoring users personal information may shoot them in the foot here.
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