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mumford glasto win.jpgSo who was the most popular act at the Glastonbury festival this year? Well it has to be The Stones right whose Saturday night performance was the festival's biggest, and some have said best, gigs ever.

However when it comes to Twitter the Stones actually ran out in second place. According to research undertaken by MC Saatchi the band that got the most Twitter action was actually Sunday's headliners - folk pop troubadours Mumford and Sons

The company reports that

At its peak, nine of the 10 UK trends on Saturday night related to the festival.

However on Sunday The Mumfords notched up over 70,000 tweets an hour, nearly 10,000 more than the veteran rockers had the night before.

So how can the Mumfords beat The Stones? Here are few theories

1 The Mumfords have a younger audience than The Stones - and therefore more likely to be on social media sites

2 A lot of people were tweeting about how much hated the Mumfords. I would love to know the negative/positive sentiment of the tweets on Sunday (how about it MC Saatchi?) The Mumfords really are the Marmite of UK pop.

3 More people were out on Saturday night, whereas on Sunday they were preparing for the return to work with a spot of Twitter powered TV.

Or it could just be that Mumford and Sons are more popular than the Rolling Stones. And on that bombshell...

Btw here's Ronnie accepting defeat gracefully

At the moment if you want to buy a Phablet aka a big screen mobile, your best bet is clearly the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It has a striking screen, lightning quick processor and one of the best cameras on a mobile.

There's also a good selection of cases available for the phone too

Check these out.

Pink gadgets are back! Here's the evidence


Round about five years ago the stores were awash with gadgets in all manner of pink. Pretty much every consumer electronics maker had a selection of phones, music players and more in salmon, fuchsia, coral or just shockingly loud.

But then along came the iPhone and the market for girly pink gadgets seem to die almost overnight.

There are however signs that pink gadgets might be about to make a comeback. So if you want pink gadgets here are a few that are of the more recent contenders.

There are thousands of iPhone 5 cases, but not many of them are as quirky or as lovable as this lot.

Quickie guide to Apple iPad mini cases

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Here's a round up of some of the latest Apple iPad mini cases. Includes cases from fashion houses alongside smart models that incorporate Bluetooth keyboards and more.

At some point in late summer Apple will take the wraps off its Apple iPhone 5. The new phone is expected to keep the body and styling of the iPhone 5 but boast some new innovative features. At the moment the speculation is that it will have some software innovations and a much enhanced camera.

Coming even later in the year, or more likely in 2014, will be the iPhone 6 which will be complete revamp of the Apple mobile. At the present time no one really knows what that handset will feature, but the rumours are coming thick and fast.

The handset is likely to be pivotal one for Apple for so far 2013 has been comparatively turbulent year for the maker in the phone market. Let us not forget firstly though that Apple is still selling ridiculous amounts of phones. It is just that, well other makers are working on mobiles that put the iPhone 5 in the shade. For the first time in a long time Apple is having to play catch up

Apple is however a company that when it does play catch up, it plays its hand brilliantly. It wasn't the first maker to deliver an MP3 player, touch screen phone or tablet PC, but when it did it produce models in those form factors they were way superior to anything that had gone before.

So it will be fascinating to see how it responds both in the late summer and early next year.

Here then are the key areas that other makers are focusing on in their bid to create new markets, increase market share and steal punters away from Apple and other mobile makers.

Samsung Galaxy S4 High-End/luxury Cases

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Samsung's Galaxy S 4 continues to be one of the fastest selling phones ever. And if you have bought one then you'll need one of these high-end-ish, luxury cases to protect your lovely new mobile.

The best BlackBerry Q10 Cases

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Since its launch the Q10 has become very popular with BlackBerry devotees. This could well be because its keeps the company's trademark keyboard at the expense of a few inches off the screen size.

Naturally there has already been a large number of cases for the mobile. Here is our pick of the bunch.

PS4_10.jpgThere was a time when Sony was the ultimate name in consumer electronics. It had a superb range of high-end products in a number of sectors that were just better designed, better built and crammed with more useful and innovative features than its rivals.

Then about a decade or so ago things started to go a little awry. Hamstrung by its ties to content companies it let some of its leading brands ie the Walkman slide to be superseded by the brilliant products coming out of Cupertino.

The level of innovation declined and even in gaming it found itself running a poor third behind Microsoft and Nintendo.

More recently there has been a subtle change at the company. Maybe it has just focused more on product design (maybe taking a cue or two from Apple) or maybe it has decided to really give consumers what they want (and not agonise about the impact on its music, games and video sles) but its products have once again become, whisper it, rather cool.

The ditching of the unwieldy Sony Ericsson combination has certainly helped and the arrival of 4K TVs and tablets has opened up new opportunities for the company, but it just feels like Sony has rediscovered its mojo.

Here then are five examples of how Sony has returned to form.

1 The new PS4 trumps the X Box One

The two new games consoles are fairly similar in terms of looks, hardware and range of games. But the Sony has a few trump cards. Firstly it has removed the restrictions regarding the playing of used games - which has been massively well received by gamers. Also you don't need an online connection to play games and the console is region-free. The clincher though might just be the price, with the PS4 coming in at £349, which could be as much as £80 cheaper than its Microsoft rival.

2 Sony has the only Android tablet to seriously rival the iPad

In fact a few writers have even suggested that the Sony Xperia Z tablet has the edge over its 10inch Apple competitor. It is an absolute stunner. Incredibly thin and light, yet a breeze to use and has a superb screen and excellent sound quality. It is waterproof so you can watch movies in the bath too. If you have £400 to spend on 10inch tablet you need to look at this beauty first.

3 Sony is leading the way in 4K TVs

Super high resolution 4K TVs are set to become big news later in 2013 and Sony is already setting the standard. On its books it has the flagship monster screen 84-inch 84X9005 and coming soon are the Sony KD-55X9000A and the Sony KD-65X9000A.55 and 65inch screen sets respectively which have prices tags starting at £4,000. This will start to begin the coast of 4K Tvs down and Sony is very well placed to dominate the 4k market.

4 It is rumoured to have an amazing smartphone on its way

As if the excellent Xperia Z with its groundbreaking waterproof screen wasn't enough, there's already quite a buzz about the next big smartphone from the company. The rumours are that the Honami will pack Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip clocked at a staggering 2.3GHz - way faster that any of its rivals. It will also be powered by a huge 3,000mAh battery pack that will deliver running times that are well clear of rival smartphones. The screen is rumoured to be stunning too in that it is a 5-inch Full HD 1080p display running 'Triluminos' technology. The phone will be made from glass, metal and carbon fibre, and be absolutely stunning to look at. And to top it all it will sport a 20-megapixel camera accompanied by a huge 1/1.6-inch Exmor RS sensor.

5 It is making great laptops again

For while now Sony laptops have been also rans. Which a shame because there was a time when if you wanted a Windows laptop the extra you paid for design and build quality for a Sony was a very sensible investment. The new Vaio Pro is definitely a return to form. It is light, made from carbon fibre and has an Intel Haswell heart. There's a lovely screen, very good quality battery life and a decent keyboard - which not all Sony laptops have featured recently. It might be pricey at around £1000 but this might just be the best Windows 8 laptop on sale.


The other day we took a peek at some of the most interesting men's watches on sale, You know the ones that pack gadgets, sport unusual features or simply require a degree in astrophysics in order to tell the time.

But why should the blokes have all the fun? Here is a selection of our favourite women's watches.

mega-631.jpgIn a few weeks time Samsung will unleash its latest high-end large screen handset the Mega on the UK.

It comes in two varieties - a model with a 6.3inch display and a smaller screen 5.8inch version.

When the first whispers hit of a new big screen handset from Samsung it seemed as if the company was jettisoning its high-end large screen Note range and going for something slightly different.

It became clear pretty quickly though that the Mega was aimed at a new audience and that the Note would remain as Samsung's monster screen flagship.

Big screen, reduced specs

When I saw the spec of the Mega I did a bit of a double take. I have been a Note owner for a year and a half and am looking for an upgrade. Like a lot of Note users I mainly use the phone for the web, reading ebooks etc, so I was prepared to accommodate a mobile with a 6.3inch screen.

Yet the Mega's spec was something of a let down. The screen might be huge on the 6.3inch version, but at 720p resolution it is significantly lower than the 1,920 x 1,080 pixels screen of the Galaxy S4. Then there's the 1.7GHz dual-core processor, again not as impressive as the S4's 1.9GHz Quad Core Processor. The camera is just eight mega pixels as opposed to the S4's 16 mega pixel snapper.

I had assumed that the Mega was the Korean brand's new flagship handset, and I was very wrong. So personally I won't be buying the handset, I'll probably wait for the Note 3.

However as time has gone by I have worked out just who the Mega is aimed at and why it could be a very smart move by Samsung.

A new market?

Samsung is going to market the Mega at students and youngsters who want a tablet, but cannot afford one or don't fancy carrying round a pair of devices. The company has said 'the Galaxy Mega is for customers who want the "most out of one device" that brings both quality and value.'

The key here is that the reduced spec has meant that Samsung has kept the price down.The Mega is likely to be significantly cheaper than the Notes or the S3. It might still be pricey for a phone, but if you look as it as a tablet and phone replacement it is very good value for money.

As tablet it shapes up pretty well too. Sure it is nearly two inches smaller than say the iPad mini, but it has plenty of advantages over many tablets namely an eight mega pixel camera as opposed to lower res snappers that are standard on most eight inch tablets.

In some way the Mega really does fulfill that much maligned term the Phablet. This handset with its large screen really is a hybrid between the phone and the tablet and replacement for both.

So what do you think? Will this autumn's number one college accessory be the Samsung Galaxy Mega? Or will the phone sink as potential buyers stick with separate phones and tablets? It'll be interesting to see who this one pans out.

Btw there's more on the Samsung Galaxy Note III here.

There's not long to go now and if you are going to get your dad a little something then you better get into gear.

Here then are a few gadget and gift ideas.

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samsungglaxys4figs.jpgThere has been a fair bit of speculation in the last few days as to how many Samsung have sold of its flagship Galaxy S4 phone in the month since it launched.

Well today it offered up the figures and claimed to have cleared 10 million handsets since the end of April. Pretty impressive stuff eh, and all the more impressive when you consider that the Galaxy S III took 50 days after its launch to ship 10 million units, while the S II took five months and the original Galaxy S took almost seven months.

And then the phone isn't on sale globally yet with Samsung promising to deliver the handset to another fifty or so countries imminently. To celebrate the company is going to ship the S4 in other colours too including; "Blue Arctic", "Red Aurora", "Purple Mirage" and "Brown Autumn".

The big question then is how do sales of the S4 compare with the iPhones?

Interestingly Apple sold over five million iPhone 5 handsets in the opening weekend of sales. And as Apple Insider points out here that was in just nine countries and that figure was deemed by some analysts as disappointing.

The iPhone 5 went on to sell 33 million units in 2012 which was roughly the same number that Samsung sold of the S3 in the same period.

The iPhone 4S also got off to a flying start in with four million units sold in the first three days of release.

We don't have the exact figures for the first month of iPhone sales but hazarding a guess they are likely to be in excess of ten million.

Ultimately the S4 sales figures tell us two key things. Firstly that Samsung has produced a hit phone that even if hasn't usurped its Apple rivals in popularity is breathing down their necks. Secondly that Apple will need to post some pretty impressive stats for the iPhone 5S and 6 to keep its critics and the financial institutions happy.

There are two types of StarTrek gadgets. There are those that featured in the films and the TV series - that one day might actually become a reality.

And then there's the fun stuff. the things you can collect and display to show that deep down you are and always will be a Trekkie. Here is the best (and worst) of what's available now

As you would expect one of the fastest selling phones in mobile history has spawned a huge number of cases and accessories.

Interestingly there is already quite a number of high-end luxury style cases for the mobile and here are our favourites.

Though if you want a really flash phone then go here.

Bought yourself a lovely new iPad mini? Well the range and the quality of the cases for your new device gets better all the time.

Here are our favourite new high-end iPad mini cases.

Seems like there's a festival for everyone these days - even for us less naturally out-doors types. So even better news is there are lots of festival gadgets and gear, perfect for those not wanting to suffer out in the cold: There's nothing like a wonder-widget-that-does-it-all to make us happier campers, so here's our top ten gadgets and cool comforts we would definitely pack into our camper van...

At the moment we love all things vintage, and find nothing more satisfying than stumbling across the perfect artefact that brings a bit of chic to an otherwise practical item, like a chair. However it takes time rooting through your local second hand furniture shops and auction rooms (fun though it can be), and the randomness of what's current can be frustrating if you're looking for a particular item.

Fortunately whether you are the down-the-line authentic vintage or open to replica variations, there's lots of cool retro desk chair choices to choose from. When opting for used vintage, there's the usual risks when buying second-hand anything, so be prepared to invest more than the purchase price to restore it to it's former glory, or upcycle further by selecting the fabric of your choice and getting it re-upholstered.

Beware of purely going for aesthetics with a desk chair, as we all know spending a long time hunched over your desk in a not-so-comfortable chair can result in 'vintage backache'. So, at the risk of sounding like your mother, the first thing to consider when shopping around for a desk chair is how much time you will be spending at your desk, as some chairs are more suited for longer use and comfort, ie height adjustment, padding and arms should be top of your list if you're the WFH type.

times-nexus.jpgI 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 their Digital Pack - basically The Times and Sunday Times downloaded each day to a tablet, plus full website access and the smartphone app - they would throw in a device for £50. In this instance it is is the Google Nexus 32 gig version.

Usually the tablet costs around £200, so that would mean £150 off the tablet's price.

I think this is just the start. It would make so much sense for say Amazon to offer a free Kindle provided you agreed to spend a certain amount of money on books each year - think a Spotify type subscription.

Then there are other magazine publishers who could in theory offer cheaper tablets as an incentive to pay for yearly subs too. It makes so much sense - if they want to ensure that their tablet readerships goes up why not offer readers a tablet?

I don't think you will be getting a free iPad with your Daily Star just yet, but if you are thinking about buying a tablet it might be worth seeing if you can get it free or cheap with some great content too.

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 lack of lashings of ginger beer).

Now there's a whole host of must-have picnic equipment that you didn't realise existed, until you look around and notice infinitely posher picnics being devoured. Outdoor concerts can bring out the worst with this kind of one-up-personship: When candelabra's and Irish lace linen are laid out sur l'herbe, you know your yellowing tupperware maybe best kept inside that picnic basket.

There's no need to go spending your summer holiday budget on rustling up a tasty hamper, as picnic accoutrements don't have to cost the earth. Here's a selection of good looking ware that we'd like to pack up with us on our next sunny day out...

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