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Turn an old smartphone into an in-car entertainment system

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Dashboard satnav

We’ve all got an old smartphone that’s keeping a box of matches and the instruction manual for the washing machine company in a kitchen drawer. Why not put the thing to good use and turn it into an in-car satnav and entertainment system?

You can use pretty much any last-generation smartphone for this project, either Android or iPhone, although there are a couple of specialist pieces of equipment you’ll need for the perfect set-up.


How to create and view 3D photos with your iPhone: meet Poppy

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Poppy3D cameraI’m a bit of a cynic when it comes to 3D, but this little optical box of tricks – on show at CES 2014 and now on sale via – caught my imagination.

Perhaps it’s because it looks so wonderfully retro, reminding me of those optical illusion boxes that were all the rage in the 70s and 80s. Or perhaps it’s the outrageous enthusiasm of Poppy’s co-founder, Ethan Lowry, on show in the video below.


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Switching from iPhone to Android? Switch off iMessage

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

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Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, wrote a much derided 900-word guide to switching from iPhone to Android the other day. I should have read it more closely, because in there – aside from the slightly eccentric suggestion that you email your photos from one phone to the other – is a very useful nugget of information about iMessage.

I made the switch from the iPhone 4s to an HTC One at the weekend, and while the transition has been remarkably smoothly, one thing I didn’t notice until I switched my iPhone back on last night was that I’d been missing out on text messages, because I neglected to switch off iMessage on my old handset.


iOS 7 on iPhone 4S and iPad 2: life on the edge of Apple’s lifecycle

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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Apple has released iOS 7 as a free upgrade to existing iPhone and iPad users. But how does Apple’s revamped OS work on two of the oldest supported devices: the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2? PC Pro editor Barry Collins is installing iOS 7 on both, and will post updates on his experience of life on the edge of Apple’s lifecycle. (more…)

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Google Now draining iPhone battery

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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Google Now was added to the Google Search app for iPhone and iPad earlier this week, and already appears to have infuriated many users with excessive battery drain.

Google Now provides a series of cards that deliver location-based data, such as how long it will take you to get home from your current location, local restaurant reviews, and how far you’ve walked this week. This obviously requires the app to make use of the iPhone’s GPS chip, and users of the app may have noticed that the GPS notification icon is now almost permanently displayed in the status bar at the top of the home screen.

GPS is one of the more battery-intensive tasks on a phone. Anyone who’s used a satnav app, such as TomTom, will attest how quickly the battery drains when the GPS is in constant use.


How to move from iPhone to Android

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

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For the past three years – since the launch of the iPhone 3GS – I’ve been firmly in the iOS camp. For the past week, however, I’ve been testing the HTC One (you can read my verdict on the device in our HTC One review).

Making the move from iOS to Android was a damned-sight less painful than I anticipated. Within a matter of minutes, I had all of my contacts, music and other data transferred or accessible from the HTC One.

If you’re thinking about making the move from iPhone to Android, here’s how to make the transition as easy as possible.


Is Apple rattled by Samsung? Let’s hope so

Monday, March 18th, 2013

The new anti-Android page at the Apple website

Defensive, prickly and occasionally flat-out disingenuous, Apple’s attempt to swing undecided buyers to the iPhone is great news. For Android users, it confirms that the long wait for an alternative mobile platform that you can bring home to your parents is almost over. Apple’s anti-Android potshots are an indication that Android has finally come of age for consumers.

That’s good news for everyone. If Apple now sees Android as a real threat, it will have to find ways to stop users drifting away. In the long run, Apple on the back foot should mean nicer, better-value products. In the short term it means snippy, linkbait anti-Android marketing barely worth the HTML it’s written on – but still, Apple’s rattled. That can only be a good thing.


The one iPhone accessory that I wish was at CES 2013 but isn’t

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

We’re drowning in iPhone accessories here at CES 2013. Cases, speakers, even sensors – you name it, you’ll find it. But the one thing that I wish was on show here sadly isn’t. Now, draw!

The techs to watch in 2013

Monday, December 31st, 2012

ChipmakingWith the January sales looming, you might be wondering whether it’s time to grab a bargain, or whether you should  hold out a little longer and see what technologies the new year brings. I’ve been closely watching the industry in 2012, and keeping track of announcements for the coming year – and below you’ll find my predictions of what’s going to happen in various areas of technology in 2013.


How to “fix” an unresponsive home button on an iPad/iPhone

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

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Last week, my iPad 2’s home button – the physical button in the bottom bezel – started behaving erratically. It would take two or more presses to return me to the home screen, or occasionally register double-clicks when I only tapped once.

So I did what any member of modern society does: I moaned about it on Twitter. Before you could say “trip to the Apple Store”, my old chum and editor of iOS magazine Tap, Chris Phin, shot back “Google ‘recalibrate home button’”.

I did as I was told, and followed the top result detailing a simple procedure to supposedly recalibrate the home button. In a nutshell, you launch “one of the stock apps” (such as Weather or Calendar), hold down the top power button until the “slide to power off” prompt appears, release it  and then quickly press and hold the home button down until both the power-off prompt and app disappear.







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