Have Apple leaked the new iPhone 6C?

May 22nd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

People get very giddy with every murmur and whisper about new Apple products. So what’s the fuss this time? Well, it looks like Apple may have leaked their next phone by accident, in what is being referred to as the iPhone 6C.

As you can see in the image below, swiped from Apple’s website, there’s three phones on show and one of them looks a lot like the iPhone 5S but with the coloured plastic backing of an iPhone 5C.

Apple-haters will be absolutely mystified why anyone would care. Don’t worry – everyone’s heard you tutting.

iphone 6c 500x280 Have Apple leaked the new iPhone 6C?

Super Apple fans will have noticed that the phone in question looks a lot like an iPhone 5C, however, this one features a Touch ID sensor. Apple have replaced the image on their site to feature a 5C, which means this could be an accidental leak.

Or Apple could just be trolling.

It would make sense for the 5C to be phased out in favour of something new, but similar. It is the only Apple phone they’re selling that isn’t equipped with the security. A new 6C would see the inclusion of that, as well as Apple Pay.

Touch ID and the NFC chip are needed for Apple Pay, and with rumours that Apple Pay will be launching in the UK this summer, Apple will be keen to have all their newest phones rigged up to use it. How do we know about Apple Pay? Well, in a now-deleted tweet, Belgium’s KBC Bank said that it would be available in Europe this summer and Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference is going to happen in June, and they’ll need something to announce.

A lot of hearsay and pinches of salt are to be added to all this, but it all seems very plausible indeed.

It isn’t good to mess around on your mobile while your hands are covered in chicken grease. With that in mind, KFC are pulling a stunt where they serve fried chicken on trays that come with disposable Bluetooth keyboards.

The tray syncs up with your mobile, allowing you to troll friends and be ignored by celebrities on Twitter without making your touchscreen a complete mess.

It has been named the ‘Tray Typer’, the mega-slim Bluetooth keyboard is so thin and flimsy that it can be folded up.

KFC Keyboard 500x332 Finger clickin good disposable keyboards from KFC

Regrettably, this was only available in KFC Germany for a week, but we do hope that this gets tried out elsewhere, so we can try it out. It was so popular in Germany that every single keyboard was taken home (aka ‘nicked’).

WE WANT ONE.

Tesco offer 18 month SIM-only contracts

May 19th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

mobile apps Tesco offer 18 month SIM only contractsTesco Mobile are offering a new thing to customers in the shape of some 18-month SIM-only contracts. They reckon they’re the first to do it and we can’t be bothered to check out whether or not that’s right.

What we’re more interested in, is the prices. Deals start from £10 a month and come with 4G and Capped Contracts, in a bid to help you avoid any nasty, surprise phone bills.

SIM-only contracts tend to be 12 months in length, but Tesco’s chief marketing officer Simon Groves reckons that customers want to make more of a commitment and would like to have longer deals, provided they’re getting decent value for money.

“These data rich deals are available for anyone who is in the market for making savvy mobile choices and are happy with their handset,” said Groves. “Our customers told us that they are happy to commit to a deal for a longer period of time if it means they don’t have to worry about looking around for the best deal.”

Tesco think that customers will be able to save hundreds of pounds per year thanks to these SIM-only deals. You’d have to assume the main saving comes from not having to pay off a handset in the bargain.

The two 18-month tariffs being introduced by Tesco are £10 a month for 1,000 minutes, 5,000 texts and 1GB of data, or if you prefer, you can get the £12.50 a month deal for 1,500 minutes, 5,000 texts and 2GB of data.

With these, you’ll be able to access Tesco Mobile’s Anytime Upgrade package, which allows you to upgrade your handset, but you won’t have to pay the remaining time on your contract and there’ll be no termination fees.

Starbucks app hack may be losing you money

May 18th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

starbucks logo 300x300 Starbucks app hack may be losing you moneyDo you use the Starbucks app which allows you to pay for drinks and food? You should change your password, because there’s a hack about which could be taking money from you.

The hack sees ne’er-do-wells able to take funds from customer credit cards, bank accounts and PayPal accounts. You see, the app is linked to an online payment service and hackers have found a way in, so they can take advantage of the cash auto-reload function and online gift cards that a lot of people use.

Basically, they can transfer money to themselves.

So what’s the deal? Well, Starbucks say that they know there’s a problem, but rather than this being their fault, they say this is an issue with weak passwords. While they’re seemingly not willing to do anything about this security flaw, they are saying that customers won’t be held responsible for any charges that someone else is responsible for.

Starbucks said in a statement: “If a customer believes their account has been subject to fraudulent activity, they are encouraged to contact both Starbucks and their financial institution immediately.”

“Customers are not responsible for charges or transfers they did not make. If a customer’s Starbucks Card is registered, their account balance is protected.”

If you’re worried about this, change your password and disable the auto-reload feature, and you should be fine.

mobile apps Hail the UKs first free SIM only mobile planThe people at FreedomPop are all set to bring their free SIM-only monthly phone plan to Britain this summer, and the whole thing sounds a bit too good to be true. Basically, the idea is that this plan will allow you to phone people up, text and muck about online, without having to spend a penny.

They aren’t even charging for the initial SIM card and the freebie version gives you 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of data.

FreedomPop also lets you make free international calls to more than 60 countries, as well as unlimited calls and texts to other FreedomPop customers.

Co-founder Steven Sesar says: “We see ourselves as the no-frills mobile carrier. We want users to feel liberated, getting the basic services for free. We’ll start with around a dozen add-on services that customers can choose to pay for, and extend that to 20 or so within a year.”

Of course, if you use loads of data, this might not be the thing for you. If you go over your bundle, then you’ll want to look into how much they charge as, presumably, that’s where FreedomPop make their money.

FreedomPop said that the European launch is “imminent”.

Are Tesco going to flog their mobile wing?

May 12th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

tesco Are Tesco going to flog their mobile wing?As Tesco aim to streamline so they can claw back all that money they lost, one of the surprising things that could be getting sold-off is Tesco Mobile.

These are desperate times for the supermarket giant as they are under huge pressure to reduce their estimated £21.7 billion debt. They’re going to have to scale down the way they operate to recoup what they’ve lost, as well as try and make ground on Aldi and Lidl who have been chomping away at their market share.

Tesco have already sold their broadband arm and Blinkbox streaming service to TalkTalk. With that, it looks likely that TalkTalk might be willing to buy Tesco Mobile too. It makes sense as Tesco’s MVNO is a partnership with O2, and TalkTalk just so happen to be moving their MVNO from Vodafone to the O2 network.

O2 could also be in with a shout, but you imagine that they’re too busy dealing with the whole Being Sold To Three thing. The rumoured price for that is somewhere in the region of £10.25 billion.

When Tesco Mobile launched in 2003, it was a decent and cheap alternative to the big guns, but since then, it has lost its way as EE, Vodafone, Three et al. With Sky and Carphone Warehouse moving into mobiles and BT making a comeback, it might be a good time for Tesco to sell their mobile business.

id mobile 264x300 Price plans for Carphone Warehouses iD networkCarphone Warehouse have revealed the price plans for their new mobile phone network, iD. It officially launches today.

So what’s the craic? Well, you’ll be able to take out a ”shockproof” 4G contract from £7.50 per month, which are designed so you avoid any “nasty surprises” according to those at Carphone Warehouse. With that, you get 150 minutes, 5,000 texts and 250MB of data and a Lumia 635 smartphone for no up-front cost.

There’s also a bunch of “takeaway” plans from £25.50 per month for 24 months, which gives you free roaming abroad (22 countries), which is handy if you work away a lot. If you prefer, there’s SIM-only plans from £7.50 per month, and data-only plans from £5 a month.

As well as these, there’s a number of ”go to” plans, which gives you a load of data and 12 month deals start at £13.50 per month and 24 month plans from £11.50 per month.

“iD gives increased flexibility and value to customers who are getting increasingly frustrated with the ‘one size fits all’ approach,” said Graham Stapleton, UK chief executive at Carphone Warehouse. ”Launching with a range of plans – including 12 and 24 month contracts alongside 30 day options – means we can offer solutions based on how customers actually use their mobile phone.”

Boris Bikes now available through app

May 11th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

bike cycling Boris Bikes now available through appTransport for London has launched a new app so you can hire a Boris Bike – now sponsored by Santander, so expect people to be desperately trying to convince you that you should start calling them Santander Cycles – without mucking about with those docking stations.

Through the app, you register your bank card and you’ll be able to get a release code delivered to your phone.

Obviously, a simple app that just gives you what you need is out of the question, because app-developers need to offer you loads of things so they can justify their wages. Well, this app will let you also see up-to-the minute info about which docking stations have cycles and spaces available, which is cool. You’ll also be able to plan your journey on a map and get notifications about the cost of your hire period and all that.

“The new Santander Cycles app will make finding and hiring a bike in our great Capital city even more of a doddle,” said Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. “The app is packed full of handy new features and is part and parcel of our plans to take the cycle hire scheme to the next level and encourage more people on to two wheels.”

Of course, the Santander Cycles app is available on Android and iOS smartphones and is a free download. For those who don’t live in London, just buy a normal bike and forget all this nonsense.

Rude emoji – now a thing

May 8th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Unhappy with the general election result? Generally unhappy with absolutely everything and everyone? Too jaded and furious to bother typing out insults as actual words?

Well, help is at hand as Microsoft has added an emoji that allows you to flip the bird with the greatest of ease via Windows 10. And here it is in action.

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According to Emojipedia, Windows 10 users will soon be able to give the middle finger to people through their mobile and desktop computer.

Emoji have been ever so cute and nice and it is about time they started reflecting real, adult emotions. The new emoticon even comes in all the skin tones (and grey, for you mobile-having corpses and aliens), so no race needs to go without the ability to insult each other.

We only hope that someone releases an emoji to replace the infamous ‘eggplant’ one, if you catch our drift.

There’s no sign of whether or not Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platform will join suit, but they should. For the time being, Windows 10 will be the only big player that allows you to be offensive to others. Someone needs to pull their finger out and get these working across the board.

android logo 300x225 Google to give privacy back to users Android MGoogle are ushering in a thing called ‘M’, which looks like it’ll be bringing Android in line with Apple’s iOS user privacy. It seems that Google want to give users back the control when it comes to controlling their own data in apps.

Android is going to let users control personal data like phone numbers, names, location, and addresses, and how apps access it.

Users have been irked at the fact that, when installing apps, permission requests give users the choice to either accept all permissions or not install the app at all. This isn’t an ideal scenario for those who want to be more careful with the information they give out.

Only those with third-party customised versions of Android could control their permissions. At developer conferences at Google I/O, it looks like that is all about to change, with a lot of the talk being about user permissions, which look key to Android M. Now, the system will look to protect users from permission-request overload, and to create a culture where users refrain from blindly agreeing to permission requests without reading what they are actually agreeing to.

A nice idea, but will people really start wanting to read the small print?

samsung logo Different cameras found in Samsung Galaxy S6 handsetsSamsung has had to confess that, in their Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets, there might be different cameras. Looks like some come with a Sony IMX240, while some others have Samsung’s own ISOCELL sensor.

A Samsung spokesperson said: “The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge use camera sensors from several different vendors. Like all of the technology used in our products, they meet our strict global quality and performance standards.”

Looks like Samsung have been having issues with stock.

SamMobile decided to do a comparison of the two, to see if there were any differences – and there are. The image quality is regarded to be pretty much the same, but there’s some things that do differ.

They say: ”We think that the images shot using the IMX240 display [have more] vibrant and warmer colours than the ones using the ISOCELL sensor. Also, the images captured using the Sony sensor appear to have more depth. In bright conditions, the IMX240 captured original colours, but it was the opposite otherwise. The ISOCELL sensor captured truer-to-life colours during low-light conditions.”

It seems odd that Samsung wouldn’t offer something uniform across all their handsets – this is not a problem you could see iPhone users ever having.

There’s been other troubles with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge – some have been complaining of issues with WiFi stability and battery life. Samsung themselves have confessed that there’s been a RAM management fault. All this seems remarkably tinpot doesn’t it? Are Samsung going to balls everything after having great swathes of the mobile market, just like HTC did?

Three’s Home Signal boxes fail

May 6th, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

three1 300x292 Threes Home Signal boxes failThree decided to try and shore up the mobile blackspots of the UK with some booster boxes. Nice idea right? Well, it is great if they actually work.

Seems customers have been hopping mad that Three’s devices aren’t doing what they’re supposed to, with the femtocell Home Signal units creating blackouts.

Previously, Three have described the Home Signal as “a great way to make calls and send texts if you have trouble getting signal indoors”. Basically, by using your internet connection, you can make and receive calls. However, it looks like they’ve been failing and customers are irked.

“Three are usually very good and I’ve not had any issues with them before, but the scale of this seems big and no one at Three has bothered to make any kind of statement or press release,” one customer told Giz. ”It’s not good for those who are sat at home with no way to call Three and find out what’s going on.”

This appears to have been a problem over the whole of the Bank Holiday and there’s still problems now, with no word on what’s going on. So if you know someone who lives in the sticks and they’re on Three, they might not be ignoring you. At least you can tell yourself that anyway.

TalkTalk 300x225 TalkTalks SIM the cheapest in the UK, apparentlyTalkTalk say that their new unlimited SIM is the cheapest in the UK. Of course, they’ve made claims to be the cheapest before, and they got told off for that.

This is a different product though, so we should stop being so cynical, obviously.

So, if you’re a TalkTalk customers, you can get a contract with unlimited minutes, texts and data, and unlimited everything for £12 a month on a 30 day rolling contract. How wonderful is that? Well, bad news folks – this deal isn’t for a 4G contract, so that means you’ll be on 3G speeds. And tethering is not supported.

Not all peaches and cream, clearly.

On top of that, you have to be a TalkTalk broadband or TV customer. You can’t just wander in from the street and start asking for these things. Don’t be silly.

That all said, TalkTalk promises that anyone signing up for this will get 99% UK network coverage, which is good if you’re not bothered about 4G speeds. One to look at if you’re already a customer… but not so alluring if you’re not.

Carphone Warehouse to launch own mobile network

April 23rd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

really nice mobile phone action 300x231 Carphone Warehouse to launch own mobile networkCarphone Warehouse have announced that they’re going to launch their own mobile network, which they say is going to offer everyone increased flexibility with their contracts and a better access to free data roaming and “the best value 4G available on the UK market”.

This network is going to be called iD and will launch next month, in May.

The retailer will piggyback on Three’s network, in what is known as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Through it will be a range of capped and controlled plans, so customers won’t get any nasty surprised when they get their bill. There’ll be 12 month contracts on offer too – fancy that!

The first deal on iD will allow you to get a Samsung A3 on a 12-month 4G plan with 300 mins, 5,000 texts and 1 GB data for £19.50.

“People want greater flexibility from their plans and are fed up with the ‘one size fits all’ approach,” said Graham Stapleton, UK CEO at Carphone Warehouse. “We are also a generation obsessed with the mobile internet and accessing data and services on the move – things people are either paying too much for or just aren’t getting. Addressing these challenges forms the basis of the first wave of plans from iD.”

With all this undercutting going on, there could be some really favourable deals going on in the mobile world in the coming months, which naturally, we’re all for. Once we’ve worked out what the various catches are, naturally.

With Google launching their own network – Project Fi – things are hotting up in the normally infuriating world of mobile phone contracts.

080 charges to change

April 23rd, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

woman on the phone 243x300 080 charges to changeThere’s going to be some changes to the way 08, 09 and 118 are charged. The whole thing is going to get simpler for all concerned, hopefully.

So what’s the craic? From 1 July 2015, Ofcom is changing the way we’re charged and they’ll be telling everyone about it through a campaign called UK Calling.

From July, the cost of calling these numbers will be split into two parts.

There’ll be an access charge and a service charge. Basically, the cost of connecting your call to the network will be charged in pence per minute, which will be added to the service charge, which is how much the rest of the call will cost you.

One charge is decided by your network, while the other is decided by the organisation you call. Splitting them up helps you to decipher exactly who is trying to rinse you of pennies and pounds when you call them.

Companies have to communicate all this very clearly from July, which means that, if the service charge was 20p a minute, the organisation you are calling might say: “Calls cost 20p a minute, plus your phone company’s access charge”.

Confused? Watch this video, which has the mandatory ‘friendly acoustic guitar music’ which is designed to make you feel at ease.

UK Calling – Clear Call Rates for Everyone from Ofcom on Vimeo.