Nook ereaders now start at just £29. Tablets from £129

Earlier today I wrote about how didn't think it would be too long before content companies and retailers gave away hardware like tablets and ereaders. Well Barnes & Noble are not quite giving away their Nook range just yet, but they almost are. The company has just announced some price rejigging and the Nook Simple…

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Ashley NorrisNook ereaders now start at just £29. Tablets from £129

Flashback: the first guy to buy the original iPhone (video) and the low-key UK iPhone launch

So Apple today has made the original iPhone obsolete, which could be bad news for Greg? So who is Greg? Well he was the first person to buy an iPhone in New York as he was first in the queue in the Apple Store back in the summer of 2007. It is fascinating to compare…

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Ashley NorrisFlashback: the first guy to buy the original iPhone (video) and the low-key UK iPhone launch

Apple says farewell to the original iPhone – a groundbreaking but flawed mobile

Got an original first generation Apple iPhone - this one rather than this one? Well your phone if you are still using it, is about to be labelled obsolete by the company which means that it will no longer be serviced by Apple's retail network. if you want to get it fixed then you have…

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Ashley NorrisApple says farewell to the original iPhone – a groundbreaking but flawed mobile

Has the day of the free tablet/iPad with a media subscription arrived?

I have always thought that one day publishers would start offering tablets for free as long as you subscribed to their packages. Well, we aren't there yet, but things are moving in that direction. The Times has announced that it is offering a special deal to potential readers and that if they sign up for…

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Ashley NorrisHas the day of the free tablet/iPad with a media subscription arrived?

Pre-order your Apple iPhone 5S on June 20th!?

Here is a slightly odd one. French tech blog Nowhere Else has published a roadmap that suggests the iPhone 5S will be available to pre-order from June 20. The document comes from Japanese telecom KDDI's "au" wireless service and says that the June pre-order will be followed by a July launch. Details about the phone…

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Ashley NorrisPre-order your Apple iPhone 5S on June 20th!?

WhatsApp and iMessage – now more popular than text messaging

Last week Nokia unveiled the Asha 210 - the very first phone with a dedicated WhatsApp button. Now the FT has run a story claiming that chat apps like WhatsApp and Apple's iMessage are now more popular than text messaging. It suggests that the network's cash cow could be under serious threat. In case you…

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Ashley NorrisWhatsApp and iMessage – now more popular than text messaging

BlackBerrry Q10 is Selfridges' fastest ever selling mobile!

Some rather good news for BlackBerry. Apparently the Q10 - the new phone with the integrated QWERTY keyboard has become the fastest-ever selling consumer electronics product in Selfridges. This is quite probably because it was an exclusive partnership with the store and the brand but nevertheless the stock sold out in a very impressive two…

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Ashley NorrisBlackBerrry Q10 is Selfridges' fastest ever selling mobile!

The Shiny Shiny Guide to posh picnics – from gadgets to hampers

Or dining Al Fresco as the papers refer to it these days, like we're all in some Manet painting. Comparing today's outdoor dining experiences is a whole world away from those jam sarnies with curled-up corners washed down with a warm bottle of pre-diluted orange squash from yesteryear (- I recall there being a distinct…

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Ashley NorrisThe Shiny Shiny Guide to posh picnics – from gadgets to hampers

My Social Petwork – Facebook for Felines (and Canines) on its way

So you have loads of fun on Facebook chatting away to your pals - so why shouldn't your pooch or kitty keep in touch with their friends in the same way? That's the theory behind a new UK based site that is set to launch very soon. My Social Petwork enables you to create a…

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Ashley NorrisMy Social Petwork – Facebook for Felines (and Canines) on its way

Nike+ Fuelband update so you can share your sweaty pics

Want another way to brag about how busy you have been exercising? Well there's an update to the Nike+ FuelBand app will let you add photos of your workouts through the app to share with Facebook friends, with location tags and exercise achievements all attached. The update also means you can customise your networking photo…

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Ashley NorrisNike+ Fuelband update so you can share your sweaty pics

BlackBerry out of top ten smartphone brands by sales says analyst

So who are the top ten smartphone manufacturers in the world? Samsung check, Apple check. Coolpad? Who? Well the Chinese maker has just delivered its Q1 sales figures and according to this analyst has moved into the world's top ten smartphone brands replacing - get this - BlackBerry. Apparently Coolpad's sales are 6.8 million, way…

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Ashley NorrisBlackBerry out of top ten smartphone brands by sales says analyst

What is WhatsApp and does it really have more users than Twitter?

It is one of the hottest things in mobile. Its owners claims that it has more users than Twitter. And it might be about to revolutionise how we use mobile phones. So how come so few people have heard of WhatsApp? Ok, so you might be a hardcore user, but for many people the announcement…

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Ashley NorrisWhat is WhatsApp and does it really have more users than Twitter?

Quilted protection for your iPad – Barbour now does cases

The (accidental?!) reinvention of the Barbour brand from one that's forever associated with hunting, shooting, fishing brigade to one that even the coolest Shoreditch hipsters can wear is one of the most bizarre transformations of the past few years. And if you can't quite get enough of quilted stuff then now you can give your…

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Ashley NorrisQuilted protection for your iPad – Barbour now does cases

Samsung does an Apple – S4 shortages because phone is too popular

You really couldn't make this one up. Samsung have done an Apple. Several times in the past Apple have had supply issues with their new launches (especially in the UK) blaming the popularity of the device for the lack of on sale units.. Now in classic Apple style Samsung has said that they expect the…

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Ashley NorrisSamsung does an Apple – S4 shortages because phone is too popular

Is BlackBerry's next phone a big screen (Phablet) slider?

So BlackBerry needs a big touch screen phablet to keep up with its rivals. But its hardcore fans love that keyboard and want it on board too. Now it could add a keyboard to a big five inch screen, but that phone would not exactly be pocketable. So what should BlackBerry do? Well how about…

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Ashley NorrisIs BlackBerry's next phone a big screen (Phablet) slider?

The Shiny Shiny guide to Retro Desk Lamps

We spend more time at our desks these days than ever before, and desk space are fast becoming essential 'zones' to be planned within our homes. However how much time do we spend actually styling our desk space as we do endlessly for other areas of our homes? Essential office furniture - like a good…

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Ashley NorrisThe Shiny Shiny guide to Retro Desk Lamps

Forget QWERTY – boffins says you can type much faster with KALQ

A group of researchers at the University of St Andrews, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Montana Tech, are calling time on the QWERTY keyboard for touch screen devices. They say that the QWERTY layout is ill-suited for tablets and other touchscreen devices. They claim that you will be able to type 34 per…

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Ashley NorrisForget QWERTY – boffins says you can type much faster with KALQ

Two thirds of Britons have used a phone or a tablet in the bath…

Ever used Facetime on your iPhone when in the bath? Thought not. Someone is though according to some research from a UK online bathroom retailer. Apparently as many as two thirds of us are happy to use our prized and pricey gadgets in the bath and not just receiving phone calls either. The report by…

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Ashley NorrisTwo thirds of Britons have used a phone or a tablet in the bath…

BBC iPlayer Radio for Android launches

About time too. The BBC has announced this morning that it is bring its excellent iPlayer Radio app - which iPhone owners have had access too for a while now - to Android devices. The player is now available in the Google Play store and will shortly be in the Amazon app store to enable…

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Ashley NorrisBBC iPlayer Radio for Android launches