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Google have just opened up their new music service to customers in the UK, enabling us to download music directly from the ‘Google Play’ multimedia store.

As the Google Play store already sold apps, movies, and books, the addition of music to the store was the logical final piece to the puzzle. The MP3 store can be accessed both online at Play.Google.com and via the Google Play app on your smartphone (you may need to restart your phone!).

The launch of the music service outside of the US was announced back in October when Google unveiled Nexus 4 and Nexus 10.

Price-wise the cost per track is competitive at 79p for individual MP3s, with albums also similarly priced to iTunes and Amazon.

The main selling point of the service is the cloud based Music Manager tool that enables you to upload up to 20,000 of your own tracks to the cloud and listen to them anywhere from your Google account be it on your smartphone or any other PC for no additional cost. The service does however require the Google Play Music app, which can be downloaded free from the store.

Will you be checking out the service or are you happy with the download stores you already use, namely iTunes or Amazon?

Feel free to comment below.

 

Windows 8 is finally here and despite a lot of scepticism there is definitely a chance that it will be very well received and Microsoft’s ‘big gamble’ will have paid off. In this blog I’ll be taking a look at a handful of reasons why I think Windows 8 will be a success…

It Appeals to a younger demographic

With a more fluid, hands on operating system Microsoft will be able to compete with Apple for the younger multimedia-hungry audience of tomorrow. Younger users are more likely to be embracive of the new operating system, and without sounding too cheesy – they are the future, so their support will benefit Microsoft greatly.

We’ll get used to it

While people don’t like change when it comes to computers, when they have to they will eventually get used to it. Windows 8 is a big change from previous incarnations but once people are used to it their initial objections to it will disappear. When Microsoft debuted the first Windows a lot of people complained about it’s icons and use of a mouse, but in the end it became the world’s leading operating system.

It has added functionality over Windows 7

It wouldn’t be a true update if it didn’t better the previous version. Windows 8 makes some solid improvements on Windows 7, doing a lot of things better or that Windows 7 didn’t even do. The operating system is a lot faster than the previous version and has more of a ‘live’ feel to it with content on the desktop being pumped in from the Internet – for example live social media updates & email notifications.

It will give Microsoft a much-needed boost in the smartphone market

Perhaps the hidden gem of the mobile world, Windows Phone is actually a very good OS, some would say that it is better than iOS and Android. If you know how to use Windows on a PC you’ll know how to use Windows Phone, and the new Windows Phone 8 will further cement its place in the smartphone market.

It will continue to push the use of tablets

With tablets being the evident ‘next step’ and potential future of the computing industry, an operating system designed heavily with touch screen use in mind will better place Microsoft in a position where they can get some traction in the market alongside rivals Apple.

While many remain unconvinced, the possibility of Windows 8 taking off is not a far shout, however Microsoft has a lot to prove with what some critics are calling a very big gamble!

 
Queues outside St Albans during the launch

Queues outside St Albans during the launch

The latest release from Apple: the iPhone 5 possesses everything that you require from a smartphone. From having 4G LTE, to a larger screen, free turn-by-turn navigation, a speedier A6 processor and a lighter, sleeker redesign, it is no wonder that stores are struggling to keep up with the stock demand. Last week we saw queues decrease but “Out of stock” signs appear, repeatedly being showcased in mobile phone store windows.

Despite this, individuals are still eager to make their orders as no one is getting put off this must-have gadget. Not only does it boast a redesign with new features, it has given developers the platform to make the next level of generation apps. From covering every day recommended apps, to entertainment and social media apps we want to show off the 5 greatest apps in all their glory.

Find my IPhone

With a sleeker design, the chance of misplacing your IPhone could be even higher. This app not only will help you locate your phone but it will also protect your data. It is simple to use, as you will need to login using your Apple ID and then you’re good to go. It works by using GPS to determine your location, and then producing a noise so you can hear it. This noise will also work when the phone is on silent. This is currently rated 4.5 stars on iTunes and if you are often forgetful this app can save you a lot of stress and protect you from potential thieves.

MyFitnessPal

This is more of an every day app, taking into account your eating routine. If you want to lose or gain weight then this app is for you. It is a free calorie-counting app that allows you to enter your weight, your goal weight and how many calories you should be eating each day to achieve that goal. You can then use the daily diary to calculate how many calories are in the food you’re eating. The calorie counter has more than 2 million food items in its database, more than any other iPhone counter. You can also use the daily graph, weekly graph and monthly graph to monitor how many calories you are under or over within these time periods.

GarageBand

This is a music-making app, which has been designed by Apple itself. If you are looking to get in touch with your musical side and get creative, this will definitely help kill your boredom. It has virtual instruments as well as the ability to loop and edit your track. This is great for making music on the go so you won’t miss an opportunity if you have some ideas that spring to mind.

IMovie

For just £2.99 this app is another Apple bargain. You will now be able to view your movies in HD, with the ability to stream them at a much faster rate. If you’re travelling on the bus or the train, you will now be able to watch movies as you travel. You can also record and edit videos to publish to YouTube or your email. You can even export different size videos from medium, to large, to HD.

Instagram

This retro photo app enables you to take photographs and apply different effects to each one. You can also upload one of your current photos in your album and then apply the effect. Effects include: normal, amaro, rise, Hudson, x-pro II, Sierra, Lo-fi, earlybird, sutro, toaster, brannan, inkwell, walden, hefe, Valencia, Nashville, 1977 and kelvin. Over 80 million users love Instagram so you can see their photographs as well.

 

After months of hype, Apple have finally launched the newest addition to the iPhone family, the iPhone 5.

The new handset will feature a slight design overhaul incorporating a larger 4” display, as well as the latest A6 processor chip – which is twice as fast as previous models. The new processor has been engineered to maximise graphical performance whilst optimising battery life.

Apple have really gone to town when it came to making the new model lighter and thinner – they have managed to make the iPhone 5 only 7.6 mm in thickness. They also reduced the size of the SIM card by 44% and the size of the camera, whilst improving its capabilities. Despite increasing the size of the screen to 4 inches, they have maintained portability, practicality and comfortable user experience, in stark comparison to other phones on the market.

The Genius’s at Apple have also optimised the retina display to support 16:9 ratio, equivalent to that of a widescreen TV display, thus vastly improving video playback.

The new device is the same price as the previous 4S, but is packed with more features than its predecessor.

As with the older models, the iPhone 5 will come in either black or white, but these have been combined with either silver or slate to provide a higher quality finish.

The interface has also been modified to include another line for apps and a more responsive display. Continue reading »

 

Innovation is to be expected amongst the world’s best electronic brands − how else can they possibly stay relevant when the market is flooded with copycat clones of each other’s products? But has Sony passed the loopy post with their two-screen foldable tablet device?

The Japanese conglomerate has filed with the US Patent and Trade Office for a two-screened tablet that rotates on multiple axes, meaning the screens can be configured a number of ways. With more hinges than one can imagine necessary on a tablet pc, the setup of the new screens will allow users to flip, rotate, slide, glide, maybe it will even rocket out of the store and land upright on your lap ready to use with the screen still in tact.

As posted by TechRadar, who have reportedly had access to the exclusive document, the use of “connection apparatus,” as the patent filing puts it, allows two “casings” to be “rotated relatively in one of a first rotation direction and a second rotation direction orthogonal to each other between a first state and a second state.”

Plenty of jargon in there that for now consumers don’t need to be too concerned with but website, Engadget.com where the news first broke translate it to something a bit more understandable: “a sort of next-gen Jacob’s ladder with hinges that open up on both sides of a right angle, which would allow you to set screens side by side or on top of one another.”

It’s not an entirely fresh concept, Sony themselves released an earlier version of Tablet P last year with dual screen that retails at anything between £170 – £400. What consumers are going to make of this new patent should they go ahead and turn it into something, well it’s far too soon to tell but readers on Engadget don’t seem too enthralled with one user commenting: “More Sony stupidity. Are those guys affected by radiation? Sony is the new RIM it seems like. Last few devices from them have been less than satisfactory when Sony used to mean the very best.”

“It’s been done for years, how can they be allowed to patent it?” remarked another and “Yeah…because the Tablet P sold like hotcakes. Do it up Sony!” definite mockery there.

So what do we reckon Sony are planning to do with this patent? Is it going to infuriate the likes of Google, Apple and Samsung? Share your tech thoughts at the end of this post.

 

The need for high broadband speeds at home and on the go falls in line with the fast pace of life. Most of us access broadband religiously each day and it’s never more frustrating than when low internet speeds disrupt what you’re doing online.

Clamping down on internet service providers (ISPs), the ASA asked the Advertising Code writing bodies (CAP and BCAP) to review the broadband speed claims in advertising, leading to a set of guidelines being published stipulating that ISPs be more honest with the customer. Under the new rules, which came into play on the 1st April 2012, internet providers are no longer able to lead on the highest possible internet connection they can offer, but what at least 10% of their service network can actually receive.

We’re all familiar with the deception of ISPs who grab your attention with colossal claims of broadband speeds “up to” certain megabits per second. In actual fact, most of those promises are a myth as the majority of households never experience such high-speed connection, which is exactly what forced the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) to act.

The new move is a step towards protecting the consumer and is why a lot of you have noticed what appears to be a drop in printed broadband speeds. Rest assured, there’s no actual change to the quality or speed of your internet connection  they’re now just being sold with more integrity. For the most part it’s a good call, but in the same breath it hasn’t helped to remove the confusion entirely as some of the larger ISPs have removed all talks of broadband speeds altogether, replacing it with more ambiguous phrases that do nothing to inform you of anything.

Terminology like “unlimited” have also been addressed in the guidelines and can only be used if the customer incurs no additional charge of suspension of service as a consequence of exceeding their usage threshold. The ASA maintains that any limitations likely to affect the speed or usage of a service to be moderate and clearly explained in any advertisements.

What do you think of the new advertising guidelines? Have they given clarity or yet more confusion? Share your thoughts with us on the Dekko Technology Blog.

If you’re having difficulty with your ISP provider or want satellite broadband installed in your home please visit our website to contact us.

 

As we near towards the much anticipated Apple iPhone 5 launch in Autumn, expected rumors have surfaced online this week suggesting an earlier release date and detailing complications with the model’s battery pack.

Apple batteries: Are they up to Jobs’ standards?

The speculation started on Chinese website, Sina.com who hinted that Apple’s battery providers were having trouble keeping up with the demand for the upcoming handset, in line with Apple’s strict quality standards.

According to Topeka Capital Markets analyst, Brian White who picked up the rumors and then shared details of a report with AppleInsider.com, the unnamed manufacturer has only fulfilled 30 per cent of the orders placed by Apple but are working to solve the problem with the penned release less than two months away and no confirmed date for Apple addicts.

Off the back of the battery rumors, another website suggested that Apple may want to push the release date forward, aiming for the end of August rather than September as anticipated. White, however, disputed the claims. “If there is a battery challenge, we trust that Apple will be able to figure it out in time for a September launch,” he wrote.

Maybe September, but possibly August

Contradictory release dates for the coming iPhone model are baffling consumers, but an early release looks unlikely if DigiTimes are anything to go by. The website posted that its sources in Apple’s “upstream supply chain” say they “have not yet seen any significant increases in iPhone component supply for July,” which would go towards a late-August launch.

If plans stay at September, this is still a month earlier than originally expected and some have suggested this is Apple’s way of rivalling Samsung’s plans to release the Galaxy Note 2 in the same month. Samsung are expecting sales of its Galaxy S3 to exceed 10 million units by the end of July, according to one of its top executives, making it the fastest-selling device. Meanwhile Apple’s iPhone sales figures leave more to be questioned and are said to have “taken a dip.”

The fantastic features of the iPhone 5

Excitement is brewing over the promising features of the latest handset, but it looks definite that the iPhone 5 will have wireless charging, including one for an IOS docking station.

There’s been a lot of talk about whether the model will have NFC (Near Field Communication) after Apple firmly said last year that it was out of the question, but it seems as though there’s been a change of heart. The iPhone 5 will include their version of Google’s Wallet, letting you pay for items wirelessly and tap into information from embedded items.

NFC-based payments can only be used through an NFC chip and the software can’t just be updated onto an existing handset, making it exclusive only to new users. But with the Apple iPhone being dubbed “the leading smartphone in 2013” we don’t anticipate this being a problem for the media company.

What we do anticipate though are even more Apple rumors between now and August, so to find out the latest as it happens come back to Dekko’s Technology Blog for more Apple news and more.

 

We’ve all been there. Accidents happen, a small slip or knock and before you know it your phone is no longer the same. It can be frustrating, but rest assured it’s more common than you think!

 Using our experience, we bring you the most common ways to damage your iPhone, iPod or iPad…

1. Dropping it on concrete

Sometimes it can survive this test, but if it just so happens to land in a certain position you could find the glass smashed or cracked. The frame can also take a knocking this way, and you may find dents and scratches.

2. Washing machine

It can happen. You’ve been running or you’ve been to the gym, and you used your iPhone or iPod to listen to music. You come home and without thinking you put your clothes in the washing machine and turn it on. And then you look for your phone, realising that it was last in your pocket. By then it’s too late….

3. Swimming pool

This could be on holiday…and to think, all you wanted was some lovely pool-side pictures!

4. Toilet

You might laugh at this one, but it has been known to happen quite frequently! We guess we don’t really need to paint the scenario….

5. In the sink

Balancing your iPhone precariously near the sink can be dangerous should it suddenly slip or have a slight knock….

6. Run over by a car

Amazingly, it is possible for an iPhone, iPod or iPad to survive this, which we find extremely impressive! It has been known for people to forget their briefcase behind a car and then reverse before realising the briefcase was not in the boot like they thought!

7. The kids got to it

All kids love exploring new technology, but sometimes accidents can happen (bring on the dribble and accidental falls!)

 8. Damage on the job

Your job might entail regular construction site visits, which might open the possibility that your phone could fall from great heights…

9. The dog ate it

It may sound like an age old excuse, but it is possible for your much-loved pet to accidentally damage your phone out of curiosity!

10. Spill a drink on it

From hot tea to a can of your favourite fizzy drink, this can happen on any desk, anywhere in the world!

Have you managed to damage your iPhone, iPod or iPad in another way? If so, why not share your story on our Facebook wall by clicking here.

If you’ve damaged or broken your  iPhone, iPod or iPad , contact Dekko’s repair service on 01908 371488 or contact us using the form on our website.

 

Electronic Waste and Recycling

Everyone needs to get rid of outdated computer equipment at some point, but we often put it off because it can be a time consuming exercise to dispose of properly. After all, sensitive data and personal information often needs to be removed – not to mention the strict government guidelines that need to be adhered to.

So how do you guarantee that your computer equipment disposal is ethical and up to legal standards? Contact Dekko Projects.

At Dekko Projects we have the necessary expertise to arrange efficient computer equipment disposal to the recommended government and ethical guidelines. Whatever your individual or business requirement, we can provide professional solutions for data erasure and computer equipment disposal that leave you with complete peace of mind.

Our Disposal Service
Our service extends to disposal and destruction of all types of IT equipment. Items include monitors, computers, towers, servers, laptops, printers, plotters, scanners, racks and cabinets, fax machines, and photo copiers as well as accessories in any quantity or condition.

Our disposal service adheres to the European Community directive 2002/96/EC on waste electrical and electronic equipment – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive). Together with the RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC, which became European Law in February 2003, our setting collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods are administered to high legal standards.

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We can provide a certificate and guarantee that all of your data has been removed and the process completed to lawful standards.

Call us on 01908 371 488 for more information or to arrange a computer equipment disposal.

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