Can You Cut the Cord? – Guest Author: @ThePhilFactor

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Guest post written by Phil Taylor:

In the 1980’s cable television spread like a technological weed until everyone felt they had to have it. A few free, airborne terrestrial channels were no longer enough. With cable television came choices and with those choices came opportunistic businesses that promised to deliver us the best broadcast entertainment possible, at a price. When the cable companies had a monopoly on delivering us entertainment we had no choice but to pay their ransom. We now have choices, but the question is, are you bold enough to really do it? Are you ready to cut the cable and venture out into that wild wi-fi world?
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Google Glass Review – Guest Author: @SubaneAbdi93

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Guest post written by Subane Abdi:

Google Glass… What exactly is Google Glass?

Well, this topic has been circulating the net for the best part of two years, ever since testing began in the spring of 2012. Google Glass is essentially wearable tech…? I know right, wearable tech, we have indeed advanced that far (I am, for the purpose of this article, ignoring smart watches, they’re completely different but I won’t ponder on that). This particular wearable tech comes in the form of glasses that fit snuggly where glasses ought to be… I assume you know where that is.

This article will cover some basic facts concerning the Google Glass, contain some very bias viewpoints of my own and round off by asking YOU the reader, where you stand on this quite fashionably sassy looking accessory. Continue reading

Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Review – Guest Author: @MrFuZ16

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Guest post written by Zayne Fulat:

So, what happens when the girl from Avatar, the loveable idiot from Parks and Rec, the Iron Giant, the cool guy from the Hangover and a former wrestler all become superheroes in charge of saving the galaxy from utter annihilation?

You get a film called The Guardians of The Galaxy. Yes, you’ve probably heard about it over the past year and thought, ‘well, that sounds a bit extreme? Like, are they Avengers IN SPACE??’

Hmmm… not quite

At the first chance given, I accompanied a few friends to see the new film, admittedly possessing high hopes, being an avid Marvel Comics ‘fanboy’ for a number of years, and so the possibilities were simple: I would either be extremely satisfied with the movie or massively aggrieved. This could either be the something brilliant like the X-Men or Avengers franchises, or another Ghost Rider (sorry for referencing that God awful flop).

And so, the pressure was on GOTG to impress!

What was the eventual outcome? Well! Read on and you will find out…

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Google IO 2014 highlights – Guest Author: @NaimC93

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Guest post written by Naim Cassambai:

 

Google IO is an annual developer conference held by Google. The latest conference, IO 2014, was

held in San Francisco on June 25-26 and featured many new exciting announcements such as

Android L, Android Wear, Android Auto, and Android TV and also gave us release dates for, the

highly anticipated pieces of hardware, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. While it has been just

over a month since Google IO, not everyone knows about these new announcements. I’m going to

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Papa Pear Saga Review – The NEW Candy Crush? – Guest Author: @SubaneAbdi93

Guest post written by Subane Abdi:

As the already-popular mobile and Facebook game Candy Crush is still captivating an ever-growing audience, the company King’s latest game is set to be just as enthralling.papa-pear-saga

Papa Pear Saga involves the use of Papa Pear to bounce on as many objects as possible to rack up the points before ending in each bucket on the bottom.

It already sounds exciting does it not?

As you control 10 Papa Pears, the objective is simple. Get them all to get you a high score! It’s as simple as that! Continue reading

Is Android really as open source as we think? – Guest Author: @NaimC93

ff_android_fGuest post written by Naim Cassambai:

This is a question that has been asked a lot recently. Is Android as open as source as we think? How has it changed from AOSP? I will use the Nexus 5 as an example.

If you have seen my Nexus 5 review, then you know how much I praise this phone. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazing phone. However, I’ve mainly discussed the hardware. What about software?

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released 2 years ago and since then, we’ve only seen incremental upgrades i.e. 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and now 4.4. What has really changed besides back-end performance enhancements and themes?
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Full Nexus 5 Review – Guest Author: @NaimC93

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Guest post written by Naim Cassambai:

It’s finally here. The god of all Androids, Google’s flagship device, the LG Nexus 5.

I finally got my hands on it, 4 days after release…

The Specs:
Quad-core 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800
2GB RAM
Adreno 330 GPU
5-inch 1080p IPS screen 445ppi
Android 4.4
8-megapixel camera with flash and OIS

The Nexus 5 is available in both 16GB and 32GB. Unfortunately the phone does not have any expandable memory slots but this isn’t a huge issue! These days a lot of things are stored in the cloud. The 16GB version is available for £299 and the 32GB version for £339. (Shipping is an extra £10) Continue reading