You may have heard of FreedomPop at some point, they’re an MVNO offering free (as in beer) minutes, texts and data every month with no strings attached (unless you count the requirement for their app as part of the deal). They launched in the UK in 2015 and have been slowly making a name for themselves both for the free service and their low-cost plans for when the free tier is not quite enough. I’ve been making use of their services infrequently over the last couple of years for test devices and tablets which mostly live near WIFI, but may … read more.

With minutes before 2016 officially comes to an end, I’d like to continue my yearly tradition of listing my top Android apps over this and previous years. This year my aim is to offer a fresh list of applications not previously featured, mostly as I’m still very much using those highlighted in 2015! Without further ado and in no particular order.. HoloIRC I recent addition towards the end of this year. As I’ve become more heavily interested in open source software and with the myriad of projects that I have to started to rely upon, a common theme is the … read more.

The Android N beta program has been open to to the public for a couple of hours as of writing this, and after an excruciatingly slow ~800MB OTA download following my immediate opt-in I’ve got the first development build running on my Nexus 6. What’s new It feels immediately as though something’s changed on first boot, with a lockscreen that’s visibly different. The notifications catch the eye straight away. Gone are the adequately spaced cards in favour of a new, tighter, simpler design. In addition similar notifications are grouped together, expanding on a quick tap near the arrow beside the notification time. Once … read more.

My Top Android Apps 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, it’s that time again to reflect on my favourite apps over the last year or so. It has been two years since I last published my top apps list; this time last year I’d thought about writing an article but hesitated for two reasons – 1. my fiancée and I had just welcomed a little boy into the world, as such my hands were a bit full (to say the least!) and 2. the lists I’d published in 2012 and 2013 covered a lot of what I consider to be my favourite apps even to this … read more.

BlackBerry have been in the news a lot recently with the announcement of their first ever Android device – the BlackBerry Priv. Although I’d love to get my hands on one (shameless request) I’m not here to talk about the Priv, rather its larger, square-er brother the Passport. Now I appreciate the Passport has been on the market for over a year, but given they’ve recently announced the Passport Silver Edition I figured a window of opportunity has re-opened and now is as good a time as any to pop some thoughts down about their self-proclaimed king of productivity. I’ve … read more.

Lenovo have come out guns-blazing this year to take on the competition with the release of their new line of Android tablets. These budget friendly wedges come with a surprising twist which Lenovo are hoping will redefine how we use tablets going into 2014. Meet the Lenovo Yoga Tablet: Out of the box The Lenovo Yoga Tablet is an Android JellyBean Apple Trackpad-looking device boasting a large, cylindrical, 18 hour* battery with a modest price tag. It has a unique shape that allows it to be more comfortable in the hand and practical on the table. The battery compartment holds a … read more.

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