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A week with Oneplus One CyanogenMod in the UK

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 20 October, 2014

After I got my Samsung Galaxy S4 back from the menders, again, the screen was fixed but the microphone seems to have been totally jiggered. At least broken enough to not be able to rely on it for phone calls. A little research and the Oneplus One CyanogenMod jumped out of the web page at me. I was thinking...

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By: Paul Hayes | Thursday, 9 October, 2014

Those who build or sell VoIP systems need to begin coping with BYOD, because soon enough it will inevitably be on your system’s spec sheet. welcomes VoIP Week contributor Paul Hayes, ProVu Communications Ltd.’s Product Development Director Whether you’re a developer of IP PBX or a provider of hosted VoIP telephony services, you need to be doing something about...

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VoIP Hardware: Giving a British Icon a 21st Century Makeover

By: Mark Williams | Wednesday, 8 October, 2014

Repurposing a 20th Century British classic for the new millennium. is pleased to welcome “VoIP Week” contributor Mark Williams, Director of Sales at Obihai Technology. The GPO746 is loved by many – it’s hard to ignore the classic look and high quality construction of the original — but with most of us now using VoIP it is often left...


A week with the iPhone 6 Plus

By: Dan Lane | Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

After a week with the iPhone 6 Plus Dan Lane endorses the bigger screen after using it instead of his laptop on a day out in London. After a week with the iPhone 6 Plus Tref asked me to write up my experience with the behemoth, but I’m not going to do that. There are hundreds of reviews out...


A Virtual Tech Gadgets Smorgasbord!

By: Kory Kessel | Friday, 5 September, 2014

September brings word of new gadgets — smartphones, tablets, cameras, wearables, whatever else — and it all looks so tasty! Ah, September. Summer holidays fading into memory, work ramping back up, children getting settled into new school routines, a hint of a nip in the air (at least once the sun goes down) as autumn begins baby-stepping into place,...


iPhone 6 release date – trial web marketing

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

iPhone 6 release date – blog post used for metrics trial The iPhone 6 release date is no no interest whatsoever to me other than the fact that the event itself is as usual stirring up lots of interest in the online media. The reason for this is simple. Web based businesses usually make their money in three main...

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Mobile Phone in Spain – Holiday Tech

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 1 September, 2014

Mobile phone in Spain is very useful whilst on holiday – this post was written mostly in the shade by the pool. Some of you will have noted on my Facebook timeline that I have been on holiday for most of August. At the moment I’m in Cala D’Or in Mallorca. Sat in the shade on the hotel terrace...

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iPhone 6 photo leak points to rounded edges – oh!

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 12 August, 2014

leaked iPhone 6 photo points to rounded edges – analysis Am on the Isle of Man ferry and have a bit of time to kill.  Now that I’ve managed to book tickets for Wales v AllBlacks. This was an achievement that involved an hour’s wait in a queue, most of which was whilst I was also waiting to get...

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OK Google – we interrupt this holiday…

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 7 August, 2014

OK Google ad on TV made me try it out and it worked brilliantly An ad for OK Google came on the TV. It was all about where to find the nearest cake shop. I immediately tried it. It worked perfectly. Just liked it did on the telly. It was astonishingly accurate. I’ve since tried it for other things....

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The Hump Day Five (23-July-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

The Hump Day Five this week goes to the pictures, gets the picture, migrates the pictures, wants a phone that takes the pictures, and offers a picture of Paris on Summer holiday. 1 A few days ago a filmmaker friend of mine asked if I would be interested in screening a rough cut of a documentary he has been...

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The Hump Day Five (16-July-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 16 July, 2014

The Hump Day Five is on Red Alert this week, getting all Google-y powerful on music in the cloud, Leftovers, and Ping Pong Mania. 1 Started watching a new TV show a couple of weeks back called “The Leftovers”. If you haven’t haven’t seen or heard of it, the premise is quite simple. On 14-October at a precise moment in...

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The Hump Day Five (2-July-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 2 July, 2014

1 Friday afternoon found me riding the Eurostar rails, on KoryChrome (new Samsung Chromebook 2*), pounding out on a “First Impressions” piece…on KoryChrome. Using Writebox, one of those sometimes-useful writing applications that are intended to take the distraction out of the process, I was about 700 words into it when for reasons unknown I decided to go exploring. A...

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Flying Away on a Wing and a Prayer

By: Kory Kessel | Thursday, 19 June, 2014

I’ve been daydreaming about technology. Again. Oftentimes you will see me, fingers unmoving on my keyboard, my mind skimming the clouds (not “the cloud”), blissfully imagining features that I want/need/must have in my next computer. **Cue dreamy fantasy, Fender Rhodes-ish, 1970s-era TV comedy music. Cue LOUD thunder crack.** …a monster SSD (I recently carved a Samsung M9T 2TB HHD...


Fruity Simulation

By: Kory Kessel | Tuesday, 17 June, 2014

Watching the World Cup matches over the weekend I was struck not for the first time by the lightning-quick tendency on the part of the players to flop to the turf at the slightest contact with a member of the opposing team. “That guy’s elbow touched my arm. I am gravely injured and in need of a Free Kick!”...

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Me and My Pebble Steel

By: Steve Hodges | Thursday, 15 May, 2014

Steve Hodges is the Managing Director of Astro Communications, Ltd. So I am a fully ‘out’ closet techie. Really. Having starting in comms when ADSL was a pipe dream and you could get 9.6Mbs on your Nokia phone, I suppose I joined the technology industry just after those that created it and ahead of those lucky enough to feel...

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Invest Wisely to Get the Best from VoIP

By: Dan Winfield | Friday, 9 May, 2014 welcomes VoIP Week contributor Dan Winfield, Co-Founder and CEO of Voxhub and 2014 ITSPA Council member. Starting in, I want to say that this is only my second blog piece on (the first being The Smoking Rooms of Net Neutrality, published yesterday), so please excuse me if I state the bleeding obvious. Yes, I know this site’s readership...

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The Conception and Birth of a New IP Handset

By: John Bennett | Tuesday, 6 May, 2014 welcomes John Bennett, Managing Director snom UK Ltd There are five mainstream manufacturers of IP handsets active in the world today, and for the business client, service provider or reseller seeking to select a handset supplier it can be difficult to evaluate the differences amongst them. Price is an obvious criteria but that reveals little about the expected...

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Ten Years of VoIP – Happy Birthday!

By: Colin Duffy | Tuesday, 6 May, 2014 welcomes VoIP Week guest contributor Colin Duffy, CEO of Voipfone and ITSPA Council member ITSPA and Voipfone are both 10 years old this year so perhaps it’s a good time to look back at how the industry has developed. Back in 2004, VoIP was just becoming sexy; Skype had made a big impact on international telephony revenues and was in...

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Zee — Double Oh — Em!

By: Kory Kessel | Monday, 5 May, 2014

Regular readers — at last count there were five of you out there — are no doubt on pins and needles waiting for me to once again pick up the narrative of the search for my next phone, and today is the day I scratch the associated itch. Not that I have made a decision and followed through on...

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Day 8 without the SGS4 – all callers are anonymous and Spitfire-less posts

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 4 May, 2014

There is light at the end of the dark tunnel of phonelessness. Emails have been received: (from the insurance people) Good news, Your mobile phone has been repaired and is on its way back to you by our courier DPD. Kind Regards,The Repair Team. (from the courier) Your Lifestyle Services Group order is due to be delivered on Tuesday...

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Day 5 without the SGS4 – big screen/little screen/responsive screen

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 1 May, 2014

Almost sounds as if I’m someone talking about being in rehab when I say it’s day 5 without the phone. I still find myself picking up the temporary replacement, the Galaxy Mini, as if I’m about to use it to access twitter and my other regular internet haunts. I don’t use it for anything other than voice and sms. Kid4,...

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The global nature of business today – Samsung Galaxy K launch in Singapore

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 29 April, 2014

Just Googled “Samsung Galaxy K launch”. The first two results were websites in India – NDTV and Times of India. This surely highlights the global nature of the world in which we live in. Admittedly the launch was in Singapore but what difference should that make? The accompanying adverts were for UK based products and services. What is amazing is...

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Day 3 without a phone #broken #SGS4

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 29 April, 2014

This is my third day without a phone. It isn’t completely true to say that as in Kid4’s Samsung Galaxy Mini I do have a means of making phone calls. It just isn’t much use for anything else and even as a mobile telephone it has limits – the battery life is totally pants. I’m sure I could buy...

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First night without a phone

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 27 April, 2014

Yesterday I smashed the screen on my S4. Correction. I accidentally dropped it and the screen smashed. This wasn’t a wanton act of vandalism by a man frustrated with the inadequacies of his communicator. Although I’ve stuck my SIM in Kid4’s Galaxy Mini i’ve decided that to use that device is too much of a hassle. It wouldn’t let...

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Mobile phone insurance claims

By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 26 April, 2014

Just had to claim on my Lloyds Bank current account insurance for a repair to my mobile phone. Dropped it whilst getting into the car this morning. Doh! Took me 3 minutes to get through the ivr tree only to end up with a person who could not answer my question and forwarded me to another ivr tree whereupon...

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Mildly interesting Microsoft news on the wireless #Nokia

By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 26 April, 2014

I know it’s the weekend but there was some mildly interesting technology news on the wireless (Home Programme) with the ratification of the sale of the Nokia mobile phone division to Microsoft. Microsoft have an uphill battle to catch up with iOS and Android. Although commons sense suggests there has to be room for a third mobile market player...

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How to avoid twitter spam from O2

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 23 April, 2014

O2 are encouraging you to sign up for spam tweets. The above promoted tweet might seem innocuous enough. Chance to win a super new HTC One M8. Good stuff. However buyer beware. Once signed up I can't see how there can be an unsubscribe mechanism. O2 are hardly going to waste some of their 140 characters with a message...

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Gaining Focus

By: Kory Kessel | Tuesday, 15 April, 2014

As readers of last week’s Conscious Uncoupling already know, I am making moves to unhitch myself from my iPhone 4 of the past 3 years and start anew at some point in the near future with an Android KitKat device. And as I am always looking to put the latest tech into my hands when the time comes to...

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Cycle Gear

By: Peter Farmer | Sunday, 13 April, 2014

A long time ago I used to cycle everywhere; then I learned how to drive……. then I learned how to drink and how to hail (and afford) a taxi….. then I moved to the countryside with idiot drivers like me that didn’t really look out properly for cyclists….. then I moved to the Surrey / London border and the quack...

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Conscious Uncoupling

By: Kory Kessel | Thursday, 10 April, 2014

In early 2010 I gave up Windows Mobile and my HTC TyTN II and made the leap to an iOS-saddled iPhone 3G. Making the switch was not necessary — the TyTN II still had a good amount of life in it, and I know it kept its next owner happy enough for roughly two years following — but when...

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