Maybe times are changing in the mobile world with the introduction here in the UK of the first free mobile phone service. It sounds good and I believe if handled correctly, it could be a life saver..
Here’s a quick breakdown and here’s my reasoning on why it could be really important.
For (as of writing) a mere £6.99 as a one off payment including postage and activation fee you can have a mobile phone 3G SIM that will give you 200 minutes of talk time to any UK mobile or regular Landline, 200 SMS (text) messages and 200mb of data a month… FOR LIFE !
Surely that’s a bargain ?? Well if you apply carefully, it is !
They must somehow have a way to make money, you ask ? Yes, as usual the devil is in the detail.. When you apply take careful note of the small extras.. Things like more pro or premium answer phone features.. Double the minutes and data offer….. Free but for a month or so….
They’re all there and actually quite clearly stated but before you do the usual clicking agree / next / next… Make sure you read the small print, often at the bottom of the screen.. The trial of free double data/talk/text automatically starts charging your card when times up.
Another point of note is the automatic top up that occurs. To be fair they seem good value prices for minutes and data but I see this as a much better deal for a different reason.
The leave in the car / at work / holiday shack / bug out bag or den SIM in a simple phone that’s always available for emergency.
My SIM is on the way… Check back shortly for my experiences and thoughts along with my recommendation on a handset.
I have been playing with the Live Streaming service from YouTube.. It’s great, pretty easy to use and assuming you have a reasonably fast upload speed, it’s reliable.
I have put together a video on how to use the rather brilliant ManyCam studio software. It has a great feature in that you can connect to the YouTube live streaming and include lower thirds, switch between cameras and even use a mobile phone as a remote reporting camera !
You can download ManyCam from www.manycam.com and they have a useful free version (doesn’t support streaming though).
Check back for the link and a more in-depth write up..
We have been using Windows 10 for a little while now and the bottom line is a BIG thumbs up..
It’s running on a Lenovo Yoga 2 and has proven to be solid as a rock.. in fact i’m writing this up on the flexible beast right now.
Being a Windows 7 fan and a reluctant user of Windows 8/8.1, which I added Classic Shell for a feeling of normality, Windows 10 seems very natural. I look forward to testing Cortana properly in the coming weeks.
The ‘returned’ start button is a great and welcome addition, merging what was actually quite nice in windows 8 with what we all wanted from windows 7.. Full marks here..
So far, driver and update handling has been perfect and the only real problem was that of a failure to come out of standby mode.. it cured itself via a driver update which was automatically applied.
The Lenovo Yoga 2 is one of these new breed of 2 in 1’s. It works in landscape and portrait mode, detecting when to change, plus it has a fold back keyboard so it’s like a ‘large’ tablet.. well windows 10 seems to love it! not a glitch so far.
Sorry all for my recent quietness (lack of updates). Things have been really hectic in my main daily work.. new CCTV installation with full audio recording and monitoring.. Network server changes and lots of new workstations, bonded broadband installation and much more..
Anyhoo, got lots of new gear to review including a new GoPro 3plus silver (WiFi model)..
Our new Android App will be available on the Play store in two days..
Its a pretty simple and straightforward App that showcases some very cool 3D videos for the Google Cardboard or similar VR adapters for your smartphone.. these are quite simply a MUST HAVE for anyone that likes tech stuff.. For around a fiver you can have your very own occulus rift !!! Just so impressive..
Our App has templates for making your own headset, links to websites and sample clips to see what all the fuss is about… Oh and its FREE 🙂
This is a first look at my new 7 x Cree XM-L T6 LED Torch.
It’s painfully bright, the documentation quotes 10,000 lumens.. I can’t verify the numbers but I can say it’s VERY bright.. painfully if you happen to glance at it on full power.
It run’s from 4 x Li-ion batterys (18650) that take a fair time to charge via the supplied charger.. we’re talking maybe 10 hours a pair !
Colour quality and range is excellent. The light is very white and looking at surrounding colours they all appear pretty close to daylight colours.. blues, reds, yellows and greens are very clear and sharp so a broad spectrum light.
I bought mine through eBay for around £40 inc p&p, mains charger and batteries.