Chromecast – a second review

Having read Terry Hughes’ Chromecast review I eventually got round to rushing out (metaphorically) and buying one from Amazon. It was forty two quid or so ($35 in the USA) but the cheaper ones involved longer shipping from the States or an additional postage charge so ripped up the budget and clicked. The Chromecast is now […]

Google Chromecast has arrived at the Davies household in the UK

I was so impressed with Terry Hughes’ review of the Google Chromecast that I decided I should get one meself. It arrived yesterday and I’ll be plugging it in later today. I’m not much of a TV watcher but we’ll see how we get on. Let’s hope there are no cookery, DIY, self build etc […]

Comparison of Samsung firmware load versus the base Android version

Bumped into Florian Jensen (@flosoft) whilst out and about in London doing some 4G speed testing. He has a Samsung Galaxy S3 which he had rooted with CarbonRom based on Android 4.3. He wanted to increase the phone’s performance and improve battery life. I was surprised to see that there is a very noticeable improvement […]

Review of @ITISLENNYHENRY & @colinmcfarlane in #Fences at the Duchess Theatre

One of the nice things about writing a blog is that you get invited to all the top showbiz parties in London. I very rarely go to them but on this occasion I happened to be in town anyway so took them up on the offer.  Ok I can’t continue with this lie. I’ve never […]

ICO Annual Report and nuisance calls from 08432890049

The Information Commissioners Office has 355 staff. Hadn’t realised it was such a big outfit. When you think about it with the world moving online and with so much information about us being kept in so many places the ICO has a huge brief. Also the ICO website has been changed from .gov to .org […]

Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8 compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3 when using social media

My next observation on my play with the Lumia 920 relates to the user interface. It’s a very smooth phone for moving around mechanically. A swipe of the finger take you to another relevant screen – more so than the S3 which feels as if you have to return to the main screen more often. […]

Nokia Lumia 920 camera compared with Samsung Galaxy S3

I’m not going to go into a detailed comparison/review of the Nokia Lumia 920 camera compared with Samsung Galaxy S3 camera but I will share a few observations. First two photos:           The one on the left was taken with the Nokia Lumia 920 and the one on the right with the […]

A stroll through the Lincolnshire countryside with Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung Galaxy S3

I’m just doing a lot of work with Microsoft Windows 8 at the moment and am running it on the desktop and on the Nokia Lumia 920. It is taking me a while to get into the OS but it is going to be on the menu on trefor.net for the next few weeks. I […]

BlackBerry Z10 smartphone comparison with Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone

We have a BlackBerry 10 and have put it through some rudimentary comparisons with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4s1. The iPhone5 may perform differently but I don’t think it hugely matters as the comparisons are not particularly scientific. Bootup iPhone4s 38seconds BlackBerry10 79 seconds Samsung Galaxy S3 26 seconds Galaxy S3 wins hands […]

Windows8 Windows8 Windows8 Windows8 short review

Had my first play with Windows 8 yesterday. I now have two family members with the OS and it is going to be unavoidable. There have been some really scathing reviews and this prompted me to take a look myself. I’m not, btw, going to link to any reviews. A search for Windows8 reviews comes […]

Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll and a quiet cup of tea backstage? – Rolling Stones at the O2

I’d like you to hold out an arm at full stretch with your little finger sticking out. Left or right arm – it doesn’t matter which. In the mid 80s I went to see Bruce Springsteen at Roundhay Park in Leeds. There was an enormous queue of cars coming off the M1 to get there […]

Looking forward to getting my Samsung Galaxy S3 back

Quick brain dump. I’ve been using the HTC One S for just over a week now. You may recall I’ve had to send the Samsung Galaxy S3 off for a new screen. The keyboard keys on the One S are smaller than I’m used to and I have to be very careful when typing things […]

Unstructured user review of the Samsung Galaxy S3 & comparison with S2

I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy S3 for three days now. I don’t think you can sensibly rush out a review within hours of getting your hands on a device particularly as these phones are not simple gadgets anymore. They are highly complex and despite any focus on usability and simplicity there is so much […]

crystal ball gazing – mobile tech style

I’ve been gazing into that mobile market crystal ball again. I can see nooootthhhinggggg. That’s because all the main phone vendors have sued themselves into the ground in every single market they operate in. This time Samsung is ringing the changes by suing the Australian Patent Commissioner. I don’t need to say more – you […]