Review – Crash Bandicoot XL Smartphone and gadget holder

Review   Crash Bandicoot XL Smartphone and gadget holder
We recently had a look at the Cable Guys Spiderman smartphone holder. This one is similar, but far taller and look – it’s Crash Bandicoot!

Available from Amazon for £24.99, there’s free delivery in the UK.

Review   Crash Bandicoot XL Smartphone and gadget holder

This is 32cm hig and weighs in at 1.1 KG. It’s a sturdy and well-made thing, with the ability to hold tablets, phones of all sizes plus the Nintendo Wii U we’ve got here. You can also whack in PS4 / Xbox controllers and anything else that might come to hand (a picture frame, some keys perhaps).

Review   Crash Bandicoot XL Smartphone and gadget holder

This is officially licensed and has a quality fit and finish to it. The paintwork and construction is of very high spec. Sure, it’s useful for a child or teenager, but you can also see this positioned in a collection – it’s that nice to look at.

Review   Crash Bandicoot XL Smartphone and gadget holder

There’s a lengthy cable in the box which means, when you place your phone or controller into the hands / arms of Crash Bandicoot, you can plug into the wall charger and boost your device up.

This is great for a bedside cabinet, as a holder when you’re watching a film or TV show, and also as a holder for your gadgets. Nice.

Head to Amazon to buy one for £24.99 with free UK delivery.

Review   Crash Bandicoot XL Smartphone and gadget holder

 

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Review   Crash Bandicoot XL Smartphone and gadget holder
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Review   Crash Bandicoot XL Smartphone and gadget holder
Review   Crash Bandicoot XL Smartphone and gadget holder
Review   Crash Bandicoot XL Smartphone and gadget holder
Review   Crash Bandicoot XL Smartphone and gadget holder

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Don’t just renew your contract. Go SIM only.

You’ll see me writing about SIM only deals quite a bit here. My journey with SIM only started a few years ago, when I reached the end of my contract. I was, like many, fairly comfortable with renewing my contract after 24 months and getting a new phone. It was like a present to myself in a way.

However, I noticed that over the years my £36 monthly contract had somehow ballooned to north of £55.

Sure, some would call that inflation, but the super-expensive phones were hitting my pocket hard. That’s when I started to look at handsets from Honor and Xiaomi – they were offering better value phones which were so close to the expensive Samsung and Sony handsets that I really couldn’t warrant paying extra for them.

Dont just renew your contract. Go SIM only.

However, when you look at SIM-only you’re met with an immediate problem. Getting even a well-priced phone requires a few hundred quid. Most of us don’t have that in the bank account, and the temptation to go with a contract via a smaller monthly proves too much. It isn’t as difficult as you think though. There’s plenty of trade-in options and online recycling sites that will pay you for your old phone. You can, if you have a dig around your garage or loft, probably find a load of old kit you could sell too. In addition, there’s now finance options which will let you do a small monthly payment to get you the phone. These are moatly better than a contract because you have more control over how long you want to be paying – a 12 month 0% finance deal on a £300 smartphone will cost you £25 per month, then it’s just a matter of finding you a SIM only plan.

Oh and of course, after that 12 months has passed, you only have to pay for the SIM only deal.

Then it gets even better, because you can swap and change most SIM only deals more often. A 30-day option is great if you want to try out a network, and now with the text-to-switch facility, you can carry your number around really easily. It means that you can also get the best deal, using any of the “big four” (EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three) or one of the many “virtual networks” that operate on their masts.

As an example, you can get 8GB monthly from Three for £10 per month or the same deal with Sky (operating on the O2 masts) for the same price.

Best of all? Next time you’re down the pub and your mate is moaning about paying over £50 per month for his mobile (and the fact that he’s stuck in a lengthy contract), you can tell him that you only pay a tenna.

I tend to compare it to a package holiday. Sure, you can just go to a travel agents and give them a whole load of cash, or you could get the flight and hotel yourself and grab a cab. Go on, give it a try.

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Google Maps Adds Real-Time Bike Sharing Info

Google Maps now includes real-time data on how many bikes (and empty spots) are at each bike-sharing dock station in 24 major cities. Available in both iOS and Android version of the Maps app, the information covers Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal, New Taipei City, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco Bay Area, São Paulo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zurich. To use the feature, search in a covered city for a phrase like “bike share”, or the name of the local system, like “Bixi”. Result cards include an indicator in the top-right showing the current number of bikes and the total number of spots.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Protect your smartphone from intruders

Protect your smartphone from intruders

We live in a world where most of the services and applications we use on our phones are free. We rarely pay, but at the same time we rarely worry about why all this stuff is free!

Usually it’s because your personal information is being shared. Facebook and Google Maps are two great examples where your personal information and location is used to gear services and adverts to your preferences. This all happens under the hood, and you’ll only ever notice it when it clever and nice things start happening.

However, if you start to install apps from outside the Google Play store or you head to shady parts of the internet, it’s not nice things that happen, it’s bad things. Sure, you might be able to find an APK for a paid-for app and you’ll pay nothing for it, but you’re opening yourself up to some harmful background tasks that are hard to notice. While you’re happily plugging away talking to friends on Facebook, writing a new blog post, or shopping for some shoes, they are exploiting holes in the defence of your smartphone to pull out personal data, financial records, while also planting trackers and malware into your system to track where you go, your contacts, your purchase history, and other critical identifiers.

Smartphones come with their own set of defences now including Google Play Protect, however you can also check to see if an app had altered your call settings too. There are certain codes that you can put into your phone dialer which help to identify your call settings. You can find out if your phone has been compromised and the dial settings have been altered.

This is just part of it of course, because you should also check into smartphone antivirus software.

Know Your Codes

Smartphones come in all shapes and sizes, but they have a few universal codes that can be used to determine who might be eavesdropping on your life.

  • *#21#: This code shows the settings of your call forwarding, including voice, data, fax (remember that!), SMS, sync, and more. If someone is moving your data along, this how to find you about it.
  • *#62#: This code is just for where calls are being redirected when your phone doesn’t have service. Messages and data are also revealed.
  • ##002#: If you think there’s illegal call forwarding going on, this is the way to turn it all off.
  • *#06#: This code delivers your International Mobile Equipment Identifier (IMEI), which is unique to that one piece of hardware. Even if a new SIM card is put in, this code will tell your network operator where your phone physically resides.

Invest in Antivirus Software

Protect your smartphone from intruders

Plenty of people will tell you that your phone doesn’t need antivirus software and that the built-in editions are plenty fine for keeping your device safe. The truth is that most malware that gets loaded onto smartphones is a lot less aggressive than the stuff that plagues laptops and desktops, making it harder to recognize. You might consider yourself safe, but that doesn’t mean the manufacturer of every app on your phone is as vigilant. Plus, if you are downloading and sideloading APK’s, it’s even more important to get AV.

Just because you live in a gated community with security guards – would you still leave your doors and windows unlocked when you weren’t home? Check out your antivirus options.

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Vodafone 5G network – growing already.

Vodafone 5G network   growing already.
I spent 16 long years of my life working in Stoke-on-Trent. It was definitely an experience. They love their tea and say things like, “I’m goin’ shop Duck” or “You wanna brew Duck?”

Then there’s oatcakes.. oh my days, I could tell you about the oatcakes. You have to got to Stoke just for a proper oatcake. None of those mass-produced ones in a supermarket – a proper oatcake with sausage, beans, bacon and some black pudding inside. Perfect.

Where was I?

Vodafone 5G network   growing already.

Oh yes, so .. if you’re in Stoke and you’re polishing off an oatcake, you can now get 5G speeds on Vodafone. They’ve just enabled the technology so if you have a compatible phone, you can browse at super-fast speeds. Currently it’s just around the Shelton area (as you can see in the map here), but it’s a start and you can keep an eye on their Vodafone network status checker for updates.

That’s not all though, because Birkenhead, Bolton, Gatwick, Lancaster, Newbury, Plymouth and Wolverhampton are now live too. They join Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London, which all went live with 5G on July 3rd.

Vodafone is also widening its 5G roaming footprint today by adding 20 towns and cities across Germany to the 35 places already on the 5G European roaming network, which will go live soon.

The network has recently announced a selection of unlimited data plans for you to choose from, so you don’t have to worry about busting any limits.

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Samsung Galaxy A10e Launches on Boost, Coming to AT&T

Boost has started selling the Samsung Galaxy A10e, Samsung’s entry-level phone in its newly expanded A-series. The $140 phone is currently offered for just $100 by Boost, in a two-day introductory sale. The A10e has an all-screen design with small notch in its 5.8-inch, HD LCD display. The phone has a 3,000 mAh battery, 8-megapixel main camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a memory card slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Samsung’s web site also reveals a version for AT&T, which has not yet gone on sale.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

LG Adds Magnetic Stripe Payments to G8

LG’s flagship phone — the LG G8 ThinQ — now supports magnetic-stripe payment terminals with the LG Pay app, similar to a key feature of many recent Samsung phones. The feature can emit a magnetic signal when held near magnetic-stripe readers, which emulates a credit card being swiped through the reader. LG has signed up a list of just a few, but major, banks to support the feature, including Chase, PNC Bank, US Bank, and Regions Bank. LG says the feature will roll out to additional LG phones soon.

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How popular is repairing your own phone?

Let me tell you a story. Right now I have a poorly Honor View20. It’s a fantastic phone and I wanted to enjoy the rather cool rear panel. It reflects and bends the light as it hits, displaying a “V-shaped” shimmer which looks incredibly cool. To enjoy this properly I didn’t bother with the case. That, right there, is where I made a mistake.

I figured, as a fairly sedentary office worker, that a cover wouldn’t be needed. That I wouldn’t need a great deal of protection. But I was proven wrong pretty much immediately.

A small crack appeared on the back. It wasn’t overly concerning and didn’t really cause much of a problem, but somehow it joined the front and a crack appeared there too. I then, rather too late, put a case on. It stopped me scratching my fingers on the rear panel for a bit but it didn’t stop the cracks getting worse.

Finally I had to admit defeat, and I stopped using it. This, though, is where I started to hit a bit of a problem. Getting the thing repaired.

How popular is repairing your own phone?

Do a search online and it’s really incredibly difficult to find a company that will repair it. The Honor phones don’t appear to have grabbed enough custom to have lots of repair centres, and I quickly ended up on mobile phone insurance websites instead. Sure, they would fix the phone, but I’d have to have insurance first.

One thing I did find though, was that any search for “Honor View20 repair” resulted in a raft of DIY kits so that you could repair the phone at home. Given the right parts and the right tools, you should be able to do it. It’s just having the confidence to start taking it apart, and that’s perhaps isn’t something I’ve got. I recently found that a study from iParts4U has shown that home phone repairs have now become quite popular, and the endless supply of screens, screwdrivers and batteries on eBay seems to bear that out. If you’ve got a well-lit and clean area, plus if you have a chunk of patience and determination, you can repair the phone yourself.

How popular is repairing your own phone?

In addition to it being the only way with some handsets (as there’s no widespread repair knowledge for absolutely every phone on the market), you can also…

  1. Save money

If the warranty period has lapsed and you don’t have insurance, repairing it yourself and getting some more “life” out of the phone will mean that you’re not spending a whole load of extra cash. Sure, you’ll need to buy the parts and perhaps a few tools to do the job, but it’ll definitely be cheaper than taking it into a mobile repair shop and having someone else do it. You can perhaps also make yourself a bit of cash by repairing other handsets for friends and relatives if you get familiar with doing it!

Some jobs are easier to do than others. A screen repair on some phones is fairly quick. A battery swap on others can be relatively painless. Provided you take care and remove separate the front and back of the phone without damage then you should be fine. Ensure that you get a good “pry tool” to do this bit. It is cheap and is ideal when separating any two parts that are pressed together.

  1. You can do it again if you need to

Even if you change your phone, once you’ve repaired a phone yourself, you’ll have the confidence and the knowledge of how to do it. You can maybe even advertise your services on eBay if you’ve got a unique phone. Oh, and if you do – I’d be particularly interested if you can repair my Honor View20 because I can’t find anyone who seems to be able to!

With all the parts readily available on eBay or Chinese Import sites, you can easily get the kit you need. To learn how to do the repair, YouTube is a great place to learn how to do the various repairs and take the phone apart. Also, perhaps more importantly, how to put the whole thing together again.

If you’ve tried it, and if you’ve succeeded, do let me know. I’d be genuinely quite interested to hear your experiences.

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Comcast Xfinity Mobile Now Supports BYOD

Comcast’s mobile service — Xfinity Mobile — will now let customers bring their own phone instead of requiring a new phone purchase. Recent high-end Samsungs are supported now, with additional Android device support coming later this year.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News