Gadget Helpline: The perfect gift for technophobic mums this Mother's Day
Are you the technological whizz-kid of your household? Know your component cable from your HDMI, or have reached a zen-like level of interconnectivity between all of your social networks so that half the world knows what you're doing at any…
Is the iPhone a poisoned chalice for mobile phone networks?
Put simply the views of American iPhone owners and UK ones about their network are uncannily similar.
Spotify is wonderful, but it has five problems
It’s no secret that I love, adore, and worship Spotify. It’s far and away my favourite piece of software that’s emerged over the last year. The reason I love it so much is its simplicity, and the way it does nearly everything exactly right. You can see exactly why I love it from my original writeup here.
Yesterday, Spotify removed its invitation-only status in the UK. It’s been possible to sign up without an invite, via a bit of URL trickery, for a little while, but now it’s open to anyone. Go get your sisters, brothers, parents and neighbors signed up – they’ll love it. However, Spotify, for all its awesomeness, isn’t quite perfect. Here’s five reasons why.
ZlideOn solves all your zip-related problems
Got an old coat, rucksack, or perhaps a gimp suit, that you can no longer wear because the zip’s broken off? ZlideOn has the answer. It’s an awesome zip replacement that comes in two halves, which you just snap together over the zip’s teeth. Instantly your PVC catsuit is back in action.
These nifty things will sell for about $9 (six quid or so) and are available now.
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Orange recalls Sony Ericsson W910i phones due to calling problems
Oof. There’s nothing worse than launching a hot new wannabe iPhone-killer, only to find it’s having problems, er, making and receiving phone calls. Such appears to be the case with Sony Ericsson’s new W910i, or at least the models sold on UK operator Orange.
Nokia Music Store update: it's broken!
Well, to clarify: it’s broken for me. I reviewed the Nokia Music Store last week, based on a morning using the web-based store on my Windows Vista PC. The review was broadly positive, highlighting some of the niggles, but generally concluding that it was a decent start. I’m not quite so impressed now.
Apple iPod Touch under fire for dodgy screens, battery life
If you’ve been scanning the reports online, you might’ve heard the reports that the iPod Touch’s screen isn’t as good as the iPhone, contrary to expectations. Users have been complaining that it’s particularly noticeable when viewing dark photos or videos.
Well, it seems they weren’t making it up. Apple (via influential Wall Street Journal hack Walt Mossberg) has confirmed that some of the initial batch of iPod Touch devices DID have dodgy screens, and are working to sort the problem out.