smartphones

It’s good to get Goo.ey

Goo.ey is the ingenious new accessory that grips to smooth surfaces, so that you can use your device ‘hands free’. This advanced material does not feel sticky, yet holds fast to flat, glossy surfaces – in the home, office, gym or car.
By sticking goo.ey to your tablet or smartphone, you can place the device in a convenient place and it stays put. Apps like Facetime, iTunes and Googlemaps are now easier and more fun to use. Goo.ey also gives you far more freedom to use the inbuilt camera for ‘selfie’ photos and videos.

It is extremely handy when keeping the children entertained (YAY!) as you can fasten your iPad / iPhone out of reach of ‘grubby’ fingers so your children can watch FaceTime, films etc.
The company was actually founded by busy mum Rachel Verghis as she always felt she needed an extra pair of hands! Her son was her first product tester in fact.
Goo.ey is great, it’s removable, reusable and won’t leave any sticky mess!
Price £15 for smartphones, £16 iPad mini, £18 for iPad.
Check out  www.gooeyskins.com
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Tech News: Study shows the internet is the new home intercom

A national poll for Asda indicates that parents and kids are increasingly communicating within the home via mobile phones, laptops, PCs and tablets.

• Asda Pulse of the Nation poll finds that one in five parents routinely use technology to communicate with their kids within the home.

• Mobile phone calls, Facebook and texting are the most common methods.

• “Dinner’s ready” is the most frequent electronic message exchanged between parents and kids at home!

One in five parents polled said that they routinely use gadgets to communicate with their kids at home.  Many of the messages exchanged are requests.  The most common message is “dinner’s ready”, the poll found, with 13% of parents passing this message on electronically.  Other common messages include friendly “clean your room” and “do your homework”.

Asda’s technology expert Nathan Mills said: “The fact is that technology puts us in touch with more people more often than ever before – and this is as true at home as it is when we’re out and about.  Communicating with teens, for example, has never been the easiest thing for parents, and now low-cost gadgets are giving us a hotline to their rooms.”

The study found that texting is the most common in-house form of electronic communication with kids, used by 55% of parents, followed by Facebook (20%) and mobile phone calls (16%).

Television programmes on Saturday nights such as the X-Factor have also seen a huge increase in so-called “two-screen viewing” as families congregate in front of the TV and tweet or use Facebook at the same time.

Nathan Mills added:  “The good thing about social networking is that encourages dialogue between viewers, whether they’re inches away or hundreds of miles away.  It isn’t instead of conversation.  It’s in addition to conversation.”

Asda is offering a range of affordable devices this Christmas that are sure to be in demand with kids and teens.

T-Mobile Rapport Android Smart Phone – £49.00

This great value Smart Phone comes with 6 months of free Internet access and £20 worth of free apps.  Built in Wi-Fi means you can check Facebook, tweet and send email wherever you are.

Blackberry 8520 – £99.00

At the market leading price of £99, this feature packed Smart Phone comes with £10 of free air time on the Orange network. Blackberry messenger enables unlimited free text messaging between Blackberry users.

iPod Touch (8GB) – £150.00

Not just a music centre, the super sleek iPod Touch is crammed full of applications including Facetime for free face-to-face video calls with friends and family. Complete with Wi-Fi connectivity and free text messaging with iMessage.

Dell Inspiron M5040 Laptop – £279

The Dell Inspiron comes with a 320GB hard drive, built-in webcam and microphone and provides over 6hrs of battery life when fully charged

Asus Eee Pad Transformer – £397.00

With a slim profile that weighs only 680g, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is comfortable to hold from any position.  This is the perfect tablet for browsing online whilst the battery can last for up to 16 hours when docked.

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Five top phone releases for Autumn 2011

There are always new mobile phones emerging on the market and the autumn release window is looking pretty exciting this year because a fifth iPhone is promised. Here are five other recently rumoured handsets that might pique your interest ahead of the Christmas rush.

BlackBerry Curve 9360

 Appealing to the budget-conscious buyer, the Curve 9360 will pick up from where its predecessors left off, providing a compact, slim smartphone with great email and messaging credentials. With BB OS 7 onboard it will be geared towards social networking to a greater degree than previous BlackBerry handsets and as contract phones go this should be an affordable option.

Nokia 700

 Nokia has proved that the Symbian operating system is not as dead and buried as many had assumed with the speculation circulating around its new 700 smartphone. Running Symbian Belle, the latest augmentation to this ageing platform, the 700 will reportedly have a 3.2 inch OLED screen, a 1GHz processor and an interesting, elongated design which helps it to stand out from the other contract phones on the market at the moment.

Samsung Galaxy M Pro

 An alteration in the naming strategy for the Galaxy range has seen Samsung announce the M Pro, a mid-range Android 2.3 smartphone with its eye firmly on the business and enterprise market. Like the Curve 9360 it has a full physical QWERTY keypad and a modest display, although it is actually thinner than the BlackBerry rival, measuring just under a centimetre thick. A five megapixel primary camera, 1GHz processor and custom TouchWiz interface will make sure that the Galaxy M Pro is competitive despite its inevitably affordable price point.

Google Nexus Prime

 Details about this handset are thin on the ground, but it is likely to be manufactured by Samsung and feature a range of class-leading hardware features to make even Apple quake in its boots. Recent rumours suggest that it could have a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a native resolution of 1280×720. A dual core processor is a certainty, with clock speeds of up to 1.5GHz per core implied via industry insiders. Google has already confirmed that a third Nexus-brand smartphone will be emerging and given that the Nexus S was built in partnership with Samsung it would make sense for it to continue using this manufacturer in the future.

HTC WP7 Mango

 HTC has been working on a new batch of contract phones designed to run the Mango update for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform and an early September launch is anticipated to coincide with the software’s release. Specifications are still hazy at this point but it would not be a surprise to see dual core processors, full HD video capture and larger displays put on the table by this Taiwanese firm in an attempt to win over more users to WP7.

For more details on any of these handsets go to www.expansys.com

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