If you reside in the UK and own an Amazon Fire 7-inch tablet or Fire Kids Edition 7-inch tablet, you may want to stop using the charger supplied with the device because Amazon UK has just issued a Voluntary Recall and Exchange Programme for the adapter. The retailer has determined that there is a risk of electrical shock when the charger is removed from the wall socket, with the possibility that its assembly, or casing, may detach from the rest of the plug. Read more
In 2015, Alcatel’s Idol 3 burst onto the scene as one of the best off-contract phones for anyone wanting to unchain themselves from carriers without compromising the quality expected from a flagship. The price of the phone has always been very attractive at $279, but Amazon currently has the Idol 3 for an even better price.
Although the Motorola Moto G (2015) starts at $179, the fully-featured model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage sets you back $219. But for one week only, you can get the better model for a discount.
Sprint has teamed up with European wireless retailer Dixons Carphone to try and pierce the tough US market. The two companies will be working together to open 500 new Sprint-branded stores across the US, with both companies splitting costs 50/50. Dixons Carphone will be responsible for running those stores. Read more
Xiaomi took the wraps off of its latest flagship, the Mi 5, in Barcelona at MWC 2016 last week, and I think it’s fair to say that the Chinese handset maker blew everyone away with the design, pricing and specifications of the device. The highest spec variant, with its 3D ceramic body, will launch initially in China, and it would seem that Xiaomi’s new handset has been well received in the company’s home territory. Read more
We’ve been hearing great things about the HTC Vive for quite a while now, with HTC and Valve’s VR headset being demonstrated at the various trade shows in the past year of so. Last week the U.S. pricing was unveiled for the HTC Vive, and it wasn’t an easy pill to swallow, at $799 it is $200 more expensive than the Oculus Rift. But what about the international pricing for the HTC Vive? Well, I’m afraid it doesn’t make for pleasant viewing either. Read more
Amazon debuted season three of “The Fashion Fund” slated for a 10-episode run that introduces some new wrinkles to the retailer’s on-line streaming offerings. To watch the series, viewers do not need to be an Amazon Prime member, but they do need to sit through the advertising that is included in each episode. This is quite different from Amazon’s normal ad-free videos available through Prime and has some wondering what Amazon may be planning. Read more
A few months have passed since Google launched the Chromecast Audio, a device that plugs into a speaker via its 3.5mm audio jack and allows you to stream your favourite music via WiFi, with support for 24bit audio. There probably isn’t an easier or cheaper method of bringing new life to old speakers than the Chromecast Audio and it really is a simple device to use, as Doug explains in his review. If you live in the UK and don’t have a Chromecast Audio just yet, you may be interested to find out that the device is currently on offer for just £15. Join us after the break for more details. Read more
When it comes to smartphones, the display panel is possibly the easiest part to break, so naturally it can also be one of the costliest things to fix. You can bet that replacing the display on either the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge won’t be a cheap venture, which makes the news that accessory maker, Zagg, has announced a range of InvisibleShield screen protectors for Samsung’s latest and greatest handsets quite welcome. Read more
Today’s the day! Just two days after announcing them, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are able to be pre-ordered. The phones will then ship by the March 11 release date.