Nintendo have launched their first mobile game called Super Mario Run, initially this is only available for the iPhone but will be on Android soon priced at £7.99 it isn’t the cheapest app out there but with the level of play you experience it’s certainly worth every penny.
The min difference between this version and the Wii console version is the lack of the run button, hence the name Mario Run. Mario run automatically on the mobile version which means you have no time to pause or run faster if you are trying to avoid danger. This does give the game an extra dimension over the console game.
There are 24 levels to progress through and each one is completed by reaching the flag but there is a further dimension of collecting five coloured coins on every run. If you manage to collect all the coins it opens a new and more difficult run which will make you restart the level several times as you don’t want to miss these new runs. There is even a black coin run for the super gamers out there who collect all these special coins.
So this is a fabulous edition to your iphone or iPad gaming collection, the only downside is that you have to be online to play these levels well at least to move onto the next level.
Apple phones are one of the most sort after pieces of tech. Any new product they launched by them is eagerly anticipated, and the queues are always long regardless of where you are in the world.
They have a reputation for making phones, Macbooks and tablets that work flawlessly, as well as look good. For the most part they do function well, but after heavy use any gadget, regardless of how well made it is will eventually start to wear out, and go wrong. Unfortunately, that is certainly the case with the iPhone. There are a few common issues that users are likely to experience, after a couple of years. Fortunately, all of these issues can be repaired, providing you use someone that has access to the right tools, and enough relevant experience.
Poor signal problems
One of the most frustrating iPhone issue is a poor signal. There is nothing worse than not being able to make a phone call or browse the web when someone sitting next to you has no problem whatsoever.
Sometimes removing unnecessary software, or doing a factory reset is enough to solve signal problems. If that does not work, do not worry, because the problem is likely to be the antenna, which can easily be replaced.
Any phone or tablet screen is likely to break if you drop it on a hard surface. Unfortunately, this happens a lot, so repairers everywhere are kept busy replacing device screens.
Some people try to fix this issue themselves, and in theory, it is possible to do so. The problem is that you need specialist tools to be able to do the job right. Usually by the time you have bought the necessary tools, and learnt how to use them, you may as well have sent it off for repair. The fact that repairers buy screens in bulk means that they can often carry out the repair for a fraction of the cost it would cost you to do the job yourself.
All makes and models of phones will eventually have charging issues. This is largely down to the fact that batteries degrade over time. Often replacing the battery solves the issue. If that does not work, you need to eliminate a faulty charger as a possible cause. You can easily do this by borrowing a friend’s charger, and seeing if that solves the problem. If that does not work, the charging port may need replacing, by a iPhone repair specialist.
Fix Apple Now is one such company. They offer their services in North America, but this service is also available in other parts of the world. The fact that most of them offer repair via the mail, or use courier services, means that there really is no reason to throw your old tech away anymore. This is good for you, good for the planet, and a great way to pass your old kit on to friends, family or charities that can make use of them.
If you would like to learn more about narrowing down the root cause of any problem you have with your iPhone, you can do so by clicking this link.
Ok so when I was sent these wireless speaker bulbs to test I must say I was very excited, the thought of solving a the old problem of keeping your room clutter free but also enjoy listening to music was right in front of me.
What’s in the box
So when you open the box the first thing that strikes you is how clean and minimalist everything looks, Sengled have gone to a lot of effort to make the packaging and the product match the expectations of the buyer, who lets be honest is going to be someone who lives this clean smart lifestyle.
What to do first.
To be honest this is very intuitive as when you take the bulb speakers out of the box they are basically a bulb with a screw thread so you just do what you would do with a bulb and screw it into the bulb holder in your lamp.
Ok so when you look at the bulb in the holder it does look a little strange especially being red perhaps the white casing would look better, however turn on the lamp and once the light is on you can’t tell it isn’t just a conventional bulb in the lamp.
So we have light what about the sound?
So this is where the Sengled Pulse comes into its own so let’s recap you have a LED bulb which uses a lot less power to a conventional bulb only 8Watts and an LED bulb will last for 25000 hours that’s a lot of time for a light to be on so you never have to worry about replacing this bulb.
So these are wireless bluetooth speakers so yes you have guessed it you need a smartphone or tablet to make these speakers work. So you need to download the app on either android though Google Play or Itunes on your Apple device.
So once you have put the other speaker into your second lamp (and you can have up to 8 in total) on the other side of your room and turned this on you have now created the ability to listen to stereo sound.
So open the App, now the app will sync with the speaker and once are connected you are good to go and begin steaming your music through your new bulb speakers.
I was using Spotify and I must say it was amazing!! it was so weird hearing music playing and not seeing any speakers anywhere.
The app lets you alter the volume, graphic equalizer setting and even dim the bulbs (both control at the same time) for that more moody lighting to match your choice of music.
Ok the sound is excellent but of course its never going to match a full hifi system but I don’t believe this is what it was intended for. This is a smart way to light your room and listen to music all controlled through your phone or tablet without the unsightly stereo, speakers and cables etc.
Colour-rendering index: 80 Dimmable: yes, using an app, not through external dimmers
Energy supply: 120 VAC, 60 Hz, 170 mA or 230 VAC, 50 Hz, 120 mA
Energy consumption: 13 watts (average) 30 watts (maximum, LED light + loudspeaker)
Loudspeaker: 13 watts with surround sound e ect
Frequency response: 100 Hz – 20 kHz
Housing colour: pearl white, tin or red
Dimensions: height 140 mm, diameter 98 mm
Weight: approximately 420 g
Bluetooth standard: v2.1 + EDR (Class 2)
Bluetooth Profi le: A2DP, AVRCP, SPP and others
So to sum up this is a great way to make your speakers totally blend into your room and become invisible with the added advantage of being a bulb for your lamps, ingenious!! and the best bit is when you have your friends over what a gadget to show off ! you will find them all looking around to try and work out where the sound is coming from.
As a gadget lover and geek I totally love this, it solves a problem of space, sounds great, has dual uses and let be honest is one totally awesome gadget.
To find out more go to https://www.sengled.com/product/pulse
NFC – or Near Field Communication payments are literally the wave of the future. While there is an NFC payment thrust in the mobile phone industry, there is slow, but steady acceptance of NFC payments in the retail arena too.
NFC Technology can be contactless – NFC payments can be made through just the mobile phone as well as by tapping an NFC-enabled terminal.
NFC technology definitely trumps the Bluetooth, as it consumes less power, and no pairing code is required either.
Since NFC technology is less power-consuming, it means your phone has a longer battery life. This is important, especially if you are to adapt to the NFC payment lifestyle!
NFC payments render the need to lug around a wallet full of cash, change and cards completely unnecessary.
To become part of the NFC technology family, and conduct NFC payments with a tap, sometimes all you will need is a mobile phone with a SIM, as the SIM acts as your identity tool with the NFC network.
More and more smartphone systems have incorporated NFC technology, so you may already be ahead of the game!
While many people prefer traditional means of payments, with NFC payments, you are safeguarded from theft, or financial fraud.
NFC payments are even more secure, because once you tap the Point of Sale terminal for a payment, you will be asked to confirm your NFC payment via a password, fingerprint scan, or other security measure.
You can pay for a variety of services with NFC technology – in retail stores and online, and for micro transactions such as parking fee or bus fare too!
NFC technology is fun – it allows your phone to ‘read’ NFC tags which may offer discount vouchers, helpful information, or the ability to pay instantly for something.
Like most credit card systems, your NFC technology savvy mobile phone will allow you to make payments all over the world!
NFC payments are travel-friendly: because all NFC payments are safe and secure with the advantage of PIN approval.
NFC technology uses your phone to connect your bank account or mobile account to other people and businesses for payments – but at no point does any of your personal information go to the payee!
No wonder then NFC technology is poised to take over the world of retail and ecommerce.
Author’s Bio: Syed Irfan Ajmal is a serial entrepreneur with his latest project being Inbound.Zone. His Twitter handle: @SyedIrfanAjmal
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were just released and for those who aren’t jumping ship to buy the newest item in Apple’s long lineup, there’s great news. Several Android phones are going neck-to-neck to deliver features that (quite possibly) blow the iPhone 6 right out of the water.
At first glance, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus look amazing and sleek externally—but you have to really examine what lays under the hood. The iPhone 6, features a 4.7” screen that is slightly smaller than ones found on most smartphones. The much larger 5.5” on the iPhone 6 Plus, push it into “phablet” territory— although the phone is much narrower (and longer) than most others. The iPhone 6 and 6 plus models are fairly light; weighing 4.55 ounces and 6.07, respectively.
The regular iPhone 6 features a LED backlit IPS and retina display with a 1334×750 resolution; the iPhone 6 Plus comes with a better 1920×1080 resolution.
Both feature only an 8 MP camera and 1.2 MP front-facing one, which are surprisingly much lower than expected. The video option looks more promising—as it will record in continuous autofocus in 1080p HD. Like other Apple produces, both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus come only in fixed 16, 64 and 128 G storage options; why there isn’t a 32 G, is a mystery. Neither phone includes a removable storage option (via a microSD card slot) — so whatever storage option you buy is exactly what you’ll get.
So if you want something other than one of the new iPhone 6 models, these 4 top Android models deliver the most bang for the buck and will undoubtedly give Apple a run for its money.
1. Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1” Full HD Touch Screen Display, which is slightly larger than the iPhone 6’s 4.7” screen. Its screen comes in a super AMOLED screen display with 1920x 1080 pixels (the same as the iPhone 6 Plus). There is hardly anything comparable with the S5’s brilliant 16 MP camera. It also has a 2 MP front-facing camera.
Though it comes with 16 GB of storage, the S5 can be expanded via a microSD card (unlike either iPhone 6 model). In terms of operating systems, the S5 runs off of Android 4.4 Kitkat® (where the iPhone runs off of iOS 8). The S5 is a heftier, but more solid phone in the Galaxy’s lineup (5.59 oz)—heavier than the standard iPhone 6, yet much lighter than the iPhone 6 Plus.
2. LG G3
The LG G3 features a large 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS display (the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus screen). At, 5.28 oz. the LG G3 is remarkably nearly a gram lighter than the iPhone 6 Plus! Its 13 MP camera blows the iPhone 6’s 8 MP camera out of the water. Like the Galaxy S5, the LG G3 has an Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system.
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be released on Oct. 17th. This phablet holds a lot of promise and will go neck-to-neck with the iPhone 6 Plus. With a 5.7” HD screen, it’ll be bigger than the Plus’s 5.5”. At 6.21 oz., it’ll also weigh more. Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus’s fixed storage, the Note 4 will come with 32 and 64 GB memory options, as well as expandable storage space.
Unlike many other devices on the market, the Note 4 will come with a 16 MP camera and impressive 3.7 MG front-facing camera. The Note 4 will also feature a metal frame, unlike many in Samsung’s Galaxy lineup. It’ll run off of Android 4.4 KitKat, have an AMOLED display and have a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440.
4. HTC One M8
The HTC One M8 features a 5” full HD screen and weights 5.64 oz. — lighter than a nice middle ground between the two iPhone 6 models. Unique to the M8 is a Duo Camera with “UltraPixel” and a Smart Flash. They allow users can add unique 3D features to photos after they are taken. There’s also a feature called, “Zoe Highlights” that create 30-second photo montages with different themes.
If you haven’t yet run out to get the new iPhone 6—or aren’t ever planning to—don’t worry. Android phones continue to push the boundaries of today’s mobile technology. These four phones will definitely out shine the iPhone—and you can avoid those long lines and backorders.
Andrea Fisher is a digital marketer and content specialist for digitaltvbundles.com. She has been published in a variety of publications, including the Chicago Tribune and Business Insider.
Apple announces iPhone 6 launch date amongst other product launches.
It’s the most hotly anticipated technology of release of the year and now Apple have confirmed what we’ve all been waiting for: the launch party date for the iPhone 6.
“9.9.2014. Wish we could say more,” says a teasing a press release for the official launch party, which will take place at in Cupertino, California. The exclusive event at the Flint Centre for the Performing Arts will have a nostalgic theme to it, as it’s the same place in which Apple founder Steve Jobs first launched the Apple Mac some 30 years ago.
The event is expected to be the launching platform for a number of Apple products, including both a 5.5 inch and a 4.7 inch version of the iPhone 6 handset.
Amongst its already varied roster of products is the highly-speculated ‘iWatch’, a hand-held device which is rumoured to monitor the health of its wearers, amongst other futuristic features. (Geeks Have Landed first wrote about the apple iwatch back in May 2013)
Apple wishes it could reveal more, but the rumour mill is already churning out a whole host of highly advanced upgrades for the new device. After releasing the iPhone 5S and 5C last summer, Apple has this time round promised a complete re-invention of the iPhone we know, rather than a few upgrades.
The newest handset will be a gamer’s paradise as it’s alleged it will feature a flexible, scratch-proof sapphire screen with a Retina display+ which will boast a 1,704×904 screen resolution. With mobile games like www.riverbellecasino.com/ca/online-blackjack taking over smartphone users’ time at an exponential rate, the newest release from Apple will only serve to prolong the shelf life of the mobile gaming industry.
Amongst other rumours surrounding the new phone are those of the highly anticipated iOS 8, which will have a huge focus on the aforementioned health monitoring. As part of the iWatch’s features, heart rate and fitness monitors will allegedly come as standard, and users will be able to track their progress with their smartphones.
All these new features are not likely to come cheap, and the market retail price is rumoured to start at around £550 / $650 / AU$869. This is hardly likely to deter technology freaks however, and with an official release date set to be one week after the launch party, Apple could soon find itself selling out of its latest products in a matter of hours.
Apple has quite a lot to live up to if the rumours turn out to be true, but with the success of its previous models considered, it shouldn’t have any problem making it to the top once again.
Apple phones are immensely popular all over the world, and fall into a significant brand category. The company is all set to launch a new phone called Apple iPhone 5c 8GB, and is a budgeted phone. iPhone 5c is a reasonable smartphone and is Apple’s first venture into this segment. The first iPhone product was launched way back in 2007 June, and till today iPhones deliver an everlasting youthful image, and each time iPhone commercials are released the phones look brand new.
The uniqueness of iPhone design is it emits waves of vibrancy, and iPhone 5 follows Apples’ legacy of a slender and trendy piece. The material used is top quality plastic. An important point to note is the framework of iPhone 5c is vastly different from the first few iPhones that were launched. iPhone 5c is not the first plastic made phone, and is draped in quality metallic chassis. The phone is tailored with high-end plastic material, and the rigidity effect is highlighted by the presence of premium steel that enables firm dexterity movement. iPhones always come in amazing and pulsating colors, and iPhone 5c will be sold in white, pink, yellow, blue and green shades and the aftermath effect is an awe-inspiring one because of the fine shine.
iPhone 5c weights 132g, and is sturdier and bigger than iPhone 5, and measures 124.4×59.2×8.97mm. There are already positive reviews about iPhone 5c months before launch, sources have stated that the phone offers a light and feel good effect.
iPhone 5c operates on 640×1136 4inch display capacity, and is not as significant as the 5inch display power of Android phones. Apple will improve on its competitive display measurement with the launch of a bigger display in 2014; detailed information on this topic is yet to be disclosed. Although the display output is smaller compared to Android phones, iPhone 5c offers one of the most rewarding usage experiences in recent times. The color generation capacity is splendid, even under peak sunlight, and the visualizing angles are outstanding. iPhone 5c is offered with iOS 7 software, and the software design technology packed into the phone is world class called skeuomorphic graphics, and the image projection is out of this world and can be compared to live replications of real objects. The new skeuomorphic look makes the handling process smooth with interesting apps like Calendar, App Store, Safari and Mail. The touch screen technology used in the phone is called Control Center, and users can browse through various apps through an up or down swipe. Apart from Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, apps the other toggles used are Flashlight, Orientation lock and Do Not Disturb. Users can adjust the volume and brightness and music output. There is an alarm, camera and calculator apps.
Apple has introduced six apps into iPhone 5c called Keynote, Numbers, pages, Garage Band, iMovie and iPhoto. Besides these apps Apple has launched a new site which is business and recreation specific to manage presentations, spreadsheets, create documents, record and edit movies and manage photos.
The camera installed in iPhone 5 c is similar to that of iPhone 5, which stands on top of the game in camera quality. The camera resolution surpasses the illumination power of Lumia 925 and HTC One. The inbuilt iOS7 software technology used in iPhone 5 has the new UI camera feature where users can access various capturing models such as Panorama, Square, Photo and Video. On top of screen there are back and front cameras, HDR or flash recording. The versatility ability of iPhone 5c is magnificent and in accordance with the cut-throat competition that exists in smartphone industry. Photography buffs and consumers can expect to have lots of fun with the phone. The photography apps used are old and new videos strategized to a particular location, automatic image organization, monuments, collections and years.
The hardware fitment in iPhone 5c is similar to that of iPhone 5, and hence similar performance output. iPhone 5c is an up gradation from iPhone 4S, and has all the convenient features a modern techie buff can ask for in terms of quick access to apps and webpages. The software system used is called dual-core processor, and the performance output of iPhone 5c is on par with octa and quad rivals.
An interesting feature to note in iPhone 5c is the AirDrop feature which is a direct connection to Wi-Fi, through the Control Center. The significance of AirDrop feature is users can share contacts, videos and photos via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The battery power output of iPhone 5c is 1507mAh which is slightly more powerful than durability effect of iPhone 5 where the battery output is 1440mAh. Users can use the phone for hours on end and the lasting effect is so enormous that there will still be about 20% battery space.
iPhone 5c is another addition to Apples’ list of world class products, first and foremost customers will be attracted by the mere vivacious and youthful appearance, which is not unusual, and evident in all iPhone pieces launches. So what makes iPhone 5c different, it lies in the fitment of a more powerful and innovative steel material that increases the sturdy effect and the phone lies firm on palm even under slippery conditions.
Owning a phone as chic and cool as iPhone 5c is too exciting for words, and owners would hence want to capture as many images as possible to feel the effect of a super elegant phone. There is a back and front camera, as well as HDR or flash recording on top of screen, and photography apps are too many where users can store heaps of life-remembering images in various folders segmented in various eras in time and place such as a particular location, automatic image organization, monuments, collections and years. An innovative feature to look forward to is the AirDrop feature which is a direct source to internet.
Those who are keen to buy the iPhone 5c, the launch date is 31st of March 2014, and it is a great buy for business and recreational purposes.
Handheld consoles used to be the only option for gamers on the go. Pretty much everywhere you looked someone was playing a Gameboy and mobile phones were reserved for Snake and Snake only. But with the rise of smartphone and tablet accessibility, things have started to shift dramatically.
According to research by the IDC and App Annie , combined sales of game content on the iOS App Store and Google Play outsold expenditure on dedicated gaming devices, such as Nintendo’s 3DS or Sony’s PlayStation Vita. Although titles for handheld consoles cost significantly more than apps, the amount spent on mobile games were still around three times higher than the portable console market last year.
This signifies a change in the gaming demographic, with the majority of players now content to play more casual titles from a multi-functional device. With the consumption of games changing so significantly, console developers are concerned how their sales may be impacted.
Sony experienced disappointing sales of their flagship Vita device. Fergal Gara, the UK Managing Director of PlayStation says that tablets and smartphones have a part to play. “The market Vita entered was more complicated than it was when the console was originally thought about and designed,” he said. “Games on tablets and phones have changed the marketplace and people can’t carry too many things around at one time.”
“The truth is that the number of people that want the core experience (that the PS Vita offers) is not as big as the number that simply want any sort of game available on the move…”
It seems clear why people would reach for their smartphone over a DS or Vita. Aside from the fact that the device offers far more functions than a handheld console, the range of game titles is much more vast and affordable. Last year, the App Store sales topped $10 billion, and online and console franchises such as Rush Poker and GTA are beginning to focus more on the mobile platform too. It is clearly a viable venture, with hit releases like King’s Candy Crush Saga generating as much as $900,000 per day.
This is leaving the future looking very uncertain for even the most successful of handheld hardware. Nintendo has been feeling rising pressure from analysts and shareholders to offer their software titles on the mobile platform, following a huge cut in the Wii U consoles predicted sale figures. The innovative Japanese brand have remained reluctant though, instead placing more attention into the potential health market.
But according to IDC Insight’s analyst Spencer Izard, a failure to evolve with the times may cause issues for Nintendo further down the line. He said: “With the continued adoption of smartphones as gaming platforms in the mobile space, I believe that Nintendo will see a further erosion of their market position in this space.”
Don’t you just love a iPhone case that is just a little bit different to the main high street stores and this is what I have found at ‘The Dairy’
The Dairy’s (own words)
‘Slap some personality into your favourite geek device and break through the ranks of uniformity with our amazing case designs or even create your own’.
I was trying to find a new case for my iPhone 5s when I came across this fantastic iPhone store based in Australia called ‘The Dairy’ (Don’t worry they ship all over the world for free) which had an absolutely fantastic range of cases not just for the iPhone but the following devises.
Cases available for:
iPod Touch 4th Gen onwards
iPad 2 onwards
Samsung Galaxy S / S2 / S3 / S4
Samsung Galaxy Note
The Dairy is a 100 % Australian company with all the designs made and printed in OZ.
The company is all about fun and bringing personality back into the mobile phone case world, after all we do carry our phones with us all the time (if you are anything like me you can’t live without it). The Dairy’s high quality phone cases feature some of the best designs I have seen for a very long time they are stylish but also fun and very unique especially if you design your own.
The cases have been added to various collections, which is great if you want to check out a particular area which resonates with you. Personally I just loved looking at the full range on the gallery as I wouldn’t want to overlook any designs
What I loved about this company is that the designs are absolutely fantastic like this Jelly Bean design, they also have a range called the The Candy Shop including Gummy Bears, Smarties etc.
The very best feature is the design your own case how about showing your baby pics, holiday snaps or wedding photo’s and if you have the money get a case to match your outfit for the night now that is living the high life.
Every one of our polycarbonate cases is printed using the latest sublimation technology that allows designs to be embedded onto the casing. This is NOT your regular sticker affair but a high-tech process that ensures you get a durable, long lasting case you can use for ages (yep the image won’t fade or rub off, not like those cheap and dodgy cases). – Couldn’t have said it better myself
‘Geeks Have Landed’ would look fantastic on a case or even our logo on :
I’m liking this
Plenty of designs available, or just create your own and free delivery although you might have to wait a couple of weeks depending on where you live, and with Christmas coming up that has to be one present in the bag.
I thought I would share this new fun Penguin game with you.
This is a FREE app (the kind I like the best) available through the Apple App store.
The game is very simple a little Penguin has sneaked on-board a Royal Caribbean ship, the aim is to get as far as you can without getting caught.
The user is encouraged to avoid sprinklers, dodge basketballs, and slide under inflatables to keep the penguin running for as long as possible without being caught by the crew.
Easy to play with simple touch and swipe controls, users can also invite and compete with their friends to see who can collect the most coins, cupcakes, special powers and gain extra lives. How far can you run? Are you the best?
Here is a promotional trailer for the game.
This App is from Royal Caribbean International, in partnership with Hi Mum! Said Dad a mobile marketing agency based in London.