Why Are Trains So Technophobic?

NationalRailWe live in a society where everything is transitioning over to 0s and 1s. People are ditching Sky to watch TV online through services such as BBC’s iPlayer and we are consuming more mobile data over 3G networks than ever before.

Despite this, certain industries are finding it more difficult than others to make the transition over to the digital age. As I write this, I’m sat in a railway station waiting to catch the last train home, because I missed my earlier one by 30 seconds. Why? Partially due to my horrendously bad planning skills and partially due to the fact that I had to print my pre-ordered tickets as I entered the station. [Read more...]

AppleCare Review: A Worthwhile Investment Or Money Down The Drain?

applecare-boxFor the uninitiated, AppleCare is an additional insurance option offered by Apple, that provides you with extra protection for your Macs, iPhone and iPad. Many people unfamiliar with Apple products may question why you’d need such a plan; after all, when you buy any other electronic item such as a TV, the likelihood of you taking out extra protection on it is minimal.

Maybe it’s the transparency of AppleCare that makes it such a tempting offer for many buyers. It can be quite comforting for someone buying an Apple product for the first time to be taken through the plan step by step by a genius in a brightly coloured t-shirt, and let’s face it, who can say no to a lovely genius in the Apple store? [Read more...]

Burnside Easy Answer II Helps Seniors To Cut The Cord, Leaving Their Landline Phones Behind

Burnside-easy-answer-iiWhen you think of “cutting the cord”, you would tend to relate it to tech savvy individuals who want to change the way that they consume media and take calls. It’s certainly not a phrase that you would often associate with the older generation.

Landline telephones have been around for a considerable amount of time, and their reliability is still better than that of a mobile phone when you want to make a call. That being said, there are numerous disadvantages to owning a landline phone, too, the most obvious of which is the line rental fee that you have to pay to stay connected, regardless of whether you actually use your phone at all.

For seniors living in the UK, this just adds to the already high cost of living in many areas. According to Burnside’s press release, ‘four million people over 65 now live alone and 2 million are still living on less than 60% of the median UK income, after housing costs’. Clearly, cost matters. [Read more...]

iTunes Match Now Live In The US

apple-icloud-splashApple’s quasi-streaming service, iTunes Match, has finally gone live in the US today! The service, which will upgrade all of your iTunes library to 256kb/s regardless of whether you originally bought the tracks from iTunes, was initially announced at WWDC in June but has seen delays since.

If you’re in the US, you’ll have to upgrade your iTunes to 10.5.1 before you can begin to use the new service. Once you’ve signed up to iTunes Match for $24.99 a year, your library will then sync with Apple’s servers, and anything that isn’t on the iTunes store will be uploaded manually. After this, you will be able to listen to your entire library from your PC or an iOS device without actually syncing your music across. [Read more...]

Jak and Daxter HD Collection Announced

jak_and_daxter_imageAs you may know, I have quite a love for the Jak and Daxter franchise so you can only guess my excitement when the Jak and Daxter HD Collection was finally announced.

Ever since I played the first Jak and Daxter game back in 2001, I’ve been completely hooked with the loveable duo and have bought ever iteration of the game since. I was quite disappointed with The Lost Frontier which was released on the PSP and ported over to the PS2 and wasn’t a proper Jak and Daxter game in my opinion. I’ve been dying for Naughty Dog to bring us the sequel we’ve all been screaming for, and this goes some way to filling that void.
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Hackers Gain Access To Steam’s Database, Compromise User Information

steam-logoIf you’re a user of Steam, the popular digital game distribution service, then you may want to log on and change your password the next chance that you get. Last week, Steam forums were hacked, with posts containing redirect links to Fkn0wned.com.

Now, it has been revealed by Gabe Newell, the co-founder of Valve, that the forums weren’t all that were compromised during the attack. [Read more...]

iPhone 4S Review

iphone-4sIf the blogosphere was to be believed in the build up to Apple’s new iPhone, I should be sitting down to review an incredibly thin new device right now. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. From afar, the iPhone 4S is indistinguishable from the iPhone 4. In fact, it’s indistinguishable up close as well, except for a slightly altered antenna around the edge of the device.

That doesn’t mean to say that this upgrade is insignificant, though. Far from it, in fact. Shipping with the brand new iOS 5 and improved internals, the 4S makes for a solid upgrade to what many consider to be the world’s best smartphone. If you’re thinking of making the jump yourself, read on to see what I make of Apple’s latest and greatest. [Read more...]

iOS 5 For iPad Review

apple-ios-logoHaving already taken a look at iOS 5 for iPhone, you may be wondering why we’re taking a second look at Apple’s latest mobile operating system for the iPad. Although it is indeed the same operating system running on both devices, there are subtle differences between the iPad and iPhone versions of the software, and some features are more prominent on the big(ger) screen too.

With that said, if you’re an iPad owner wanting to upgrade to iOS 5 then take a look at what the new software has in store for you after the jump!

Note: For our full review of iOS for the iPhone, check out our original post. This review concentrates mainly on Newsstand, iMessage and notifications.

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iOS 5 For iPhone Review

apple-ios-logoTwo good things happened at Apple’s event earlier this month: firstly, we finally got to see the new iPhone which, although not as extravagant as the rumour mill would have had us believe, is a great jump from the previous iPhone thanks to the introduction of Siri in iOS 5. Secondly, we actually got a release date for iOS 5, and it will be landing on an iPhone near you today!

If you’re a little cautious about downloading new software before reading some reviews first, then worry not, because we’ve done all of the leg work for you!

Note: This review does not include ‘Siri’, the voice control software found on the new iPhone 4S. If you want to read about Siri, head over to our iPhone 4S review, and you will find all of our thoughts there.

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Huawei E586 MiFi For Three Review (Mobile Broadband Modem/Hotspot)

huawei-e586We took a look at the Huawei E367, a 3G broadband dongle on Three UK, a few months ago back in the summer, and despite a sleek looking exterior, it failed to impress when it came down to setting the unit up and running real life speed tests.

Fast forward a few months, and I’m sat here with the latest mobile wi-fi offering from Three: the Huawei E586 MiFi which is the lastest model of the Three Mobile MiFi that we also reviewed earlier in the year and really liked.

This MiFi unit has a number of fundamental differences from the traditional broadband dongle most mobile networks have on offer, the most obvious of which is that it doesn’t connect to a computer over USB. Instead, it broadcasts its own wireless signal so that you can connect more than one device at a time, and use devices that don’t support USB, such as the iPad. [Read more...]