Get a protective case… for your PlayStation?

The PS4 that my son has is an expensive piece of kit. I’m forever telling him to be careful with the games too, as I’m sure you guys do at home. Just one scratch, one mark, and that ever-so-expensive game will refuse to load.

Get a protective case... for your PlayStation?So, when I came home the other day to find discs, headsets and controllers all over the floor, I had a bit of a meltdown. Why? Well, the whole thing is expensive, and it needs taking care of. So, while clearing it all away with my son I tried to talk about the value of money. To him, like a lot of kids, it doesn’t mean a great deal right now. So, I’m trying to install some values about how hard you have to work in order to have nice things. The PS4, once you’ve got it, needs “feeding” with more money too, whether it be from games or a monthly subscription fee for the PlayStation Plus membership. Whilst this gives you access to 24 free game downloads each year, it’s still something you need to pay for if you want to keep up with your peers.

Kids now live in a different world to the one I remember. I was lucky if I had a TV in my room, and there wasn’t anything connected to the web! Now, with the likes of PlayStation Plus and Twitch, YouTube or Reddit, you can connect to like-minded people around the world.

However, that costs money too, and my son wants an iPad so that he can call friends.

However, if we switch back to the PS4 rant .. I got interrupted when he mentioned some special boxes and cases that he wanted to use for his PlayStation. Now, I’ve obviously heard about phone cases, but there’s gaming cases too. He showed me some of them on the web, and that’s when I got totally distracted. If you’re serious about gaming, and you visit tournaments or simply shiver at the mental image of gadgets and games scattered on the floor, you can get hard protective cases to protect your kit from dust, water and knocks. Have a look at the range over on the Case Farm. It’s a whole world I’d never seen before!

Get a protective case... for your PlayStation? Get a protective case... for your PlayStation?

I’ll try not to mention how my son also then mentioned how my “expensive phone was always being dropped on the floor and didn’t have a cover”.

Ahhh.. busted.

 

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  • PrimAcc Qi Quick Wireless Charging Stand – Review

    PrimAcc Qi Quick Wireless Charging Stand   Review

    It seems that there’s no a week that goes by that we don’t have some sort of charger for review here at Coolsmartphone. Today we’ve got this PrimAcc wireless charger, and it takes the form of a stand.

    Out of the box, it looks pretty swish stood on your desk or even (as I’ve got it setup) on the microwave in the kitchen. It’s great for dropping compatible phones onto and, provided you’ve got it plugged into a compatible fast charger (Qi / Quick Charge) it’ll charge one and a half times faster than a standard wireless charger.

    PrimAcc Qi Quick Wireless Charging Stand   Review

    The unit is tilted perfectly, with a small but decent “lip” with a rubber layer for holding your device. This is a great angle for holding your device but, if you want to have the device in landscape format to watch a video, you can do that too. It’ll still charge. Good for my terrible kitchen cooking skills.

    PrimAcc Qi Quick Wireless Charging Stand   Review

    The fast charge modes work on the Samsung devices, notably the Galaxy Note 8 / S8 / S8 Plus/ S7 / S7 Edge / S6 Edge Plus (not the S6 Edge) and the Note 5. You get standard charging on other devices. The speedy Quick Charge 2.0 wireless charging means your phone can go to absolutely flat to absolutely full in just over 2 and a half hours.

    Connected via a supplied microUSB a cable, it stays stable with the four rubber feet at the bottom. There’s also a safety system to ensure that your battery is protected. An LED is up front so you know when the charging is happening too.

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    The magic behind this is two-fast charging coils, and means that you don’t have to be overly precise when positioning the phone on the stand. All good.

    The price for this one, via Amazon, is £17.99 and I found that it worked through the case on my wife’s Galaxy S6, which was great. This also comes with an 18 month warranty and, I have to say, there’s really nothing negative that I can find about it. This is well designed, well put together and does the job perfectly. Just make sure that you have a wireless-compatible phone. Not all smartphones (even in 2018) have wireless charging. If you’ve got a Lumia 920, 1020, Google Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7 or one of the Samsung phones I mentioned earlier, you’re laughing. It has a 75% efficiency too.

    Now, as I mentioned, the price is £17.99… but wait!! If you’re quick, you can grab the PrimAcc wireless charger for £15.99. Just enter our code – it’s YXU6PJTF. This will reduce the price at checkout 🙂

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  • Why Social Media Bosses Don't Use Social Media

    Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t use Facebook like you or me. The 33-year-old chief executive has a team of 12 moderators dedicated to deleting comments and spam from his page, according to Bloomberg. He has a “handful” of employees who help him write his posts and speeches and a number of professional photographers who take perfectly stage-managed pictures of him meeting veterans in Kentucky, small-business owners in Missouri or cheesesteak vendors in Philadelphia.

    Facebook’s locked-down nature means mere mortals can’t see the private posts on Zuckerberg’s [pictured here] timeline, but it is hard to imagine him getting into arguments about a racist relative’s post of an anti-immigration meme. And it is not just Zuckerberg. None of the company’s key executives has a “normal” Facebook presence. You can’t add them as friends, they rarely post publicly and they keep private some information that the platform suggests be made public by default, such as the number of friends they have.

    Over at Twitter, the story is the same. Of the company’s nine most senior executives, only four tweet more than once a day on average. Ned Segal, its chief financial officer, has been on the site for more than six years and has sent fewer than two tweets a month. Co-founder Jack Dorsey, a relatively prolific tweeter, has sent about 23,000 since the site was launched, but that is a lot less than even halfway engaged users have sent over the same period. Dorsey rarely replies to strangers and avoids discussions or arguments on the site. He doesn’t live-tweet TV shows or sporting fixtures. In fact, he does not really “use” Twitter; he just posts on it occasionally.

    It is a pattern that holds true across the sector. For all the industry’s focus on “eating your own dog food,” the most diehard users of social media are…
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    Samsung 128GB and 64GBMicroSD cards – CHEAP!

    Samsung 128GB and 64GBMicroSD cards   CHEAP!

    If you’re looking to up the storage capacity in your phone, a massive 128GB should do it, right?

    Well yes, but normally decent quality microSD cards of this size are over £50.

    Not, however, right now. Amazon are selling this Samsung card, which comes complete with a free card reader, for a mere £41.17, and that includes the free delivery. That’s 45% off (£33.82) the normal price. It has 100 MB/s read and 90 MB/s write speed with class 10 and U3 compatibility. If that’s too much space, you can get the 64GB version for £16.99 – that’s £20 off the previous Amazon price. Don’t go for the 32GB one though, because that’s currently more expensive than the 64GB one! 🙂

    There’s also a U1 version here for £36.50, which delivers “A1” performance up to 100MB/s. That comes with a card reader too.

    Samsung 128GB and 64GBMicroSD cards   CHEAP!

     

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  • Verizon Debuts Discounted iPhone Promo

    Verizon Wireless said customers can save big on select iPhones with a new offer that kicks off January 29. New and existing customers who add a new line of Verizon Unlimited service will be able to buy the iPhone 8, iPhone 8+, or iPhone X and get a $699 discount off a second iPhone 8, 8+, or X. In order to qualify for the offer, both devices will need to be purchased on a monthly installment plan. The promo also requires a trade-in, the value of which can be put toward the purchase price of the new iPhones. Verizon will provide the $699 discount on the second iPhone via monthly bill credits over the course of 24 months. This Verizon deal is similar to one it rolled out for Android handsets earlier this month. Verizon said this iPhone promo will only be available for a limited time.

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    Google's Bulletin App Lets Everyone Be a Local Reporter

    Google is testing a new application called Bulletin, a way for people to contribute stories about their own community. The free app lets people capture photos, videos, and text on their phone and then publish those microstories directly to the web without forcing people to create a blog or build any sort of web site. Google believes Bulletin can help communities highlight stories that aren’t be told in regional newspapers or larger news sites. Stories published on Bulletin are public and easy to find via Google Search, social networks, and direct links. Bulletin relies on smartphones and no setup is necessary. The idea is to let more people share in creating the voice of their community. Google is testing Bulletin via limited pilots in Nashville, Tenn., and Oakland, Calif. People who live in those markets can request early access to the program.

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    Walmart Challenges Amazon with E-Book Move

    Walmart plans to sell e-books and audiobooks, its latest effort to encroach on an area of Amazon strength. The nation’s largest retailer said Thursday it has struck a deal to use Tokyo-based Rakuten Inc.’s e-reading service called Kobo to sell e-books and audio books. It will also offer e-readers in Walmart stores and online in the U.S. starting later this year.


    The content will be accessible through a Walmart-Kobo app on Apple and Android devices. Kobo offers nearly 6 million titles from thousands of publishers.


    Walmart is aiming to narrow the gap between itself and Amazon online by expanding its services and adding new items. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer has long offered entertainment including streaming movies through Vudu or the digital game cards it sells in its stores.


    It sees getting into the e-book business as a way to offer new choices for consumers. But Walmart is late to the game. Amazon has been selling e-books for years, and they grew in popularity with readers shortly after the company introduced the Kindle e-reader in late 2007. Amazon expanded its audiobooks content in 2008, when it acquired Audible.


    Apple and Barnes & Noble also sell e-books for their devices and apps. Apple apparently is stepping up its game, reportedly overhauling its e-books app with a new design and a better online book store.


    “Working with Rakuten Kobo enables us to quickly and efficiently launch a full e-book and audiobook catalog on Walmart.com to provide our customers with additional choices alongside our assortment of physical books,” Scott Hilton, chief revenue officer at Walmart’s U.S. e-commerce division, wrote in a company blog post.


    Walmart declined to talk about prices for the e-books.


    As part of the alliance with Rakuten, Walmart will also launch a new online grocery delivery service in Japan starting in the third quarter. Walmart has operated a…
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    Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9 Images Offer a Glimpse of Smartphone

    We’ve just been given our best look at the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus to date, with a full-frontal shot of each handset popping up online.


    The image was tweeted by renowned leaker @evleaks, who posted the message “These are the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+” alongside the shot.


    Evan Blass — the man behind the @evleaks handle — has an excellent track record with these sort of things, which gives this particular leak a good level of gravitas.


    However, it’s not totally convincing.

    Incremental’s the name, minor updates the game


    What you’ll notice right away is the Galaxy S9 duo look almost identical to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices they’re set to replace.


    The arrangement of cameras and sensors in the bezel above the displays appear to match the layout on the S8, while the expansive 18.5:9 aspect ratio Infinity Displays also feature.


    On screen there’s a new wallpaper, and it’s worth making a note of the date too. Friday, March 16 could well be a hint to the official Samsung Galaxy S9 release date. We’ve already heard rumors that the phone may launch in mid-March, so this does fit nicely.


    Something that does make us a little dubious about the shot is the size of the bezel around the displays.


    Versus the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus appear to have chunkier bezels, spoiling the visual effect of the Infinity Display.


    The buttons on each side of the handset also look to be bigger, for no obvious gain.


    We had no trouble hitting the power/lock, volume and Bixby buttons (yep, it’s there on the S9 too) on the S8 handsets, and we see no reason why Samsung would extend them for its upcoming flagship pairing.


    It means we’re left feeling a little uneasy about this particular leak. The source is…
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    Twitter Says It Has Improved the Way It Crops Images

    Photos that appear on Twitter should begin to look better over the coming weeks. The company says it has changed the algorithms it uses to automatically crop images and the results are much improved. Before this week, the company used a face-detection method to determine which portion of the image to show in users’ feeds. Twitter eventually came to realize not all images contain faces, and even when they did the face-detection method sometimes focused on the wrong face or region of the photo. Moving forward, the company is employing a new method in determining how to crop photos. It is focusing on salient image regions, which are areas of high-contrast that contain objects such as people or animals that human eyes often seek first when viewing pictures. Scanning image saliency is often slow, so Twitter created several new techniques, called knowledge distillation and pruning, to speed up the process. The result, says Twitter, is a system that can scan photos for saliency in real-time as users post them. Photos with better cropping will appear on Twitter.com, as well as on the Android and iOS Twitter apps.

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    Google's Files Go Storage App Now Works with Tablets

    Google has improved the reach of its Files Go app, a utility that’s meant to help people manage the limited storage space of mobile devices. First, the app is now compatible with SD cards. Users can filter through and locate files stored on SD cards with a simple tap in the file finder. Second, Files Go now runs on tablets. The app functions the same way on Android slates as it does on Android smartphones, making it possible to share files from one device to the other simply and quickly. Third, and last, Files Go users can now customize which apps open specific files. A new “open with” flow gives people more control over the way files interact with other applications. Google believes these new features will improve the experience of managing device-side storage. Files Go is free to download from the Google Play Store.

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