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Review: Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen Smart-phone

Three months with Motorola’s SIM-free smart-phone  – £129 as at Dec 2015 – and one thing’s for sure: there’s no going back to contract phones filled with telecoms carriers’ bloat-ware crap. With a fine, full HD screen, good performance, a pure, unsullied Android experience with automatic updates, it’s a reminder of Motorola’s place as a … Continue reading

Opinion: Android Hacks and the Stagefright from Hell

You may have read about the multiple-hack affecting Stagefright, the code in Android that plays back media in MMS (multimedia messages). An enterprising hacker (allegedly) needs only send an MMS containing the exploit to the phone number of an Android 2.2 or later device and Stagefright will write code to any part of that device … Continue reading

How-to: Understand GSM and CDMA (phones) II

Last time, we started looking at the various phone standards, trying to avoide ending up in acronym hell. We got as far as GSM, CDMA, Edo, HSPA+ and roaming. This time we move on to 4G, LTE and into the future. While GSM and CDMA work using radio waves in a ‘traditional’ fashion; 4G works … Continue reading

How-to: Understand GSM and CDMA (phones) II

Last time, we started looking at the various phone standards, trying to avoide ending up in acronym hell. We got as far as GSM, CDMA, Edo, HSPA+ and roaming. This time we move on to 4G, LTE and into the future. While GSM and CDMA work using radio waves in a ‘traditional’ fashion; 4G works … Continue reading

How-to: Understand GSM and CDMA (phones)

You would think, by now, we’d have one global standard for mobile telecoms. But no. Depending on your country of residence, you may have a bewildering choice of cellphone standards. You want to buy a piece of technology to make your life better and easier: instead you end up in acronym hell. In the UAE, … Continue reading

News: What Was Ubuntu Edge [Guest Post]

Article by Copil Yáňez originally appeared in regular column Ask the New Guy in Full Circle Magazine issue 76. Q: I’ve been hearing a lot about the Ubuntu Edge. Is that something that can help me with my golf game? A: No, the Ubuntu Edge isn’t something you get when you chug a can of … Continue reading

What is Ubuntu Touch? [Guest Post]

From Command & CONQUER: Ubuntu Touch by Lucas Westermann from Full Circle Magazine issue 71. I originally wanted to write this article on my first impressions for the developer preview of Ubuntu Touch. However, as I couldn’t get the work-in-progress version working on my TF101 (Asus Transformer), and as I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my … Continue reading

Opinion: Why Ubuntu Phone Will Fail [Guest Post]

Guest post by Ed Hewitt Earlier this month, Canonical held its first press event to unveil its phone operating system, Ubuntu for Phone. This is a product many have speculated would happen after the launch of Unity, providing a touch interface, as well as Canonical bringing Ubuntu to Android devices. While Ubuntu for Android allows … Continue reading

How-to: Text-speak

The pollution of the English language continues apace (‘OMG, I sound like a member of the Academie Francais!’). Text-speak and the Internet are driving the latest short-hand in verbal and written communication. Literal short-hand, I mean thumb-typing. You don’t get shorter hands than that. You may think this is the End of th World as … Continue reading

How-to: Safely Clean Your Tablet or Smart-phone’s Touch-screen

Cleaning a screen on a phone or a tablet should be simple. You don’t need special cleaning solutions or purpose-made cloths. You should know what to avoid; Windowlene, washing up liquid, most soaps, paper towel, tissues and kitchen towel. Anything you touch is going to build up a layer of finger grease. This is inevitable. … Continue reading

News: Mark Shuttleworth Demos Ubuntu Phone 2013

In a video released over the New Year, Mark Shuttleworth demos the new Ubuntu Phone operating system. In a glossy, well produced (if slightly long 8mins 37secs), Canonical founder and CTO Mark Shuttleworth talks us through Ubuntu Phone, a product he hopes will challenge Ios, Android and now Tizen in the mobile market. We wait … Continue reading

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