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These days, almost everyone is attached to their phone, and a phone can do just about anything. People already use their phone for watching movies, but with apps, film fans can go a little deeper and connect with their favourite films even more. For film lovers, there’s nothing better than an app that allows them to interact with the movies they love and get more information about them. People no longer have to be content with just sitting and watching a film; there are so many ways to make the movie-going experience more interactive. There are some great apps out there for looking up movie times, getting reviews, and finding out more about a film.

IMDB

IMDB

IMDB 

One of the top free movie apps is the IMDB app. IMDB is one of the largest movie databases and the app can be used to find movie ratings, watch trailers, and find out information about upcoming movies. The IMDB app also allows users to look at photos, keep up their must-see lists, rate the films and TV shows they watch, and look up the actors and actresses. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

RunPee

RunPee

RunPee

The RunPee app allows users to look up the film they are seeing and find out when it’s safe to take a bathroom break. It tells them their cue to leave and how long they have so that they don’t have to worry about missing the best part of the movie. The app finds three to five-minute scenes that don’t have plot twists, funny moments, or any major action. It also lets users know if there is anything in the credits worth staying around for. Download it here.

Film Study

Film Study

Film Study

This great little app (sadly only on iOS), allows you to enjoy a large array of public domain movies, as well as import your own, and make notes on the film whilst it’s playing. You can also tag sections of the film making it easy to search, and when you finish, email your notes to yourself, and it’ll send along screenshots with it. Really handy little app for those studying film!

Turner Classic Movies

TCM APP

TCM APP

For the classic film buff, the Turner Classic Movies app is a must-have. This app has on-demand classic films available and it allows users to access the network live. It’s available on all platforms, and has photos, movie history, trivia, and scheduling. It also has a feature that allows users to take a virtual tour of classic Hollywood. The TCM app is available for phones and tablets.

Disney Creativity Studio

Disney Creativity Studio

Disney Creativity Studio

For children, there is the Disney Creativity Studio app designed by Worry Free Labs. This app is designed to promote creativity in children and allow them to make art. They can learn how to draw the Disney characters that they love. The app features advanced software and an extensive colour palate that allows for lifelike drawing. Drawings can be saved and shared. The app is compatible with iPad Retina display.

There are a lot of great apps out there for film lovers. These apps make it easier to connect to the world of movies. Not only that but they also allow users to learn more about films and to interact with them.

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MITASHI PLAY THUNDERBOLT

MITASHI PLAY THUNDERBOLT

 

The name may not be familiar to many but in recent years Mitashi has not only been offering us a range of budget handheld gaming consoles. But it has always been edging closer to bringing us something a little different. And now it has introduced the Mitashi Play Thunderbolt has this latest gaming smartphone got what it takes to compete with its high spec peers?

MITASHI PLAY THUNDERBOLT

MITASHI PLAY THUNDERBOLT

The layout of the new phone includes a 5-inch display screen, with 1280×720 resolution, centered between 6 function buttons down one side and a frictionless thumbstick along the other. This sturdy little device also features green plastic beveled highlights around the edges of the gadget giving it a cool slick look which just further enhances its appeal.

The Thunderbolt unfortunately does weigh in at a not so impressive 300 grams, which isn’t exactly lightweight when you consider other smartphones out there on the market. But we’re not just here to reflect on the aesthetical aspects of the new gaming device, we need to know how it handles itself as the next handheld gaming experience.

Powered by Android Jellybean, with a KitKat version also currently in the works, and kitted out with a 1.2Ghz MediaTek quad core MT6589 processor with a PowerVR SGX 554Mhz GPU it certainly has just about enough under the hood to appease gamers out there. However, being packed with only 1GB of RAM there’s bound to be some frustrating moments when it comes to the loading up and ongoing advanced play of the many more memory heavy games out there that may prove a little too much for the handset to handle.

With the mobile gaming market set to explode this year there’s no better time than now to bring a fresh-faced gaming smartphone to the table. There’s already a predicted $25 billion in sales for both smartphone and tablet gaming during this year which is huge 42% increase from that of 2013. A boost that’s influenced greatly by the increase of online mobile operators and the likes of popular sites and services such as freebets casino going mobile and bringing their games to the mobile market.

It’s an exciting time for the industry and this is definitely another positive step for Mitashi. It might not be quite on par at the moment with its rivals out there but the Mitashi Play Thunderbolt certainly has a lot going for it and there’s some clear and exciting potential from the newbies.

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Headphones

Headphones

Headphones are no longer just for listening to music, as a good pair of headphones can enhance your gaming experience while a great pair can take it to a whole new level. Whatever style of gaming you enjoy; be it classic platform games, shoot-em ups or even online gambling such as roulette or poker, there are gaming headphones for you. There are some amazing headphones currently on the market; many of which were showcased at this years’ Consumer Electronics Show (CES). If you are eager to find out more, or are even interested in owning a pair yourself, read on for our guide of the best.

Koss Porta Pro Headphones

The Koss Prorta Pro Headphones are, in our opinion, the best budget headphones on the market. They are dynamically designed with collapsible stereo headphones that provide quality sound output with good clarity and a decent base. The headphones are also comfortable to wear as the pads adjust to ensure that their pressure is balanced to your ears. The headbands even adjust and pivot for your comfort. These headphones will also stand the test of time as they come complete with a lifetime warranty.

Logitech G35 7.1

Logitech G35 7.1 Headphones are the best mid-range headphones on the market. Their reputation for cutting edge design, innovation and reliability makes any purchase of their gaming technology a sound investment. Their new G35 7.5 headphones are no exception. These are a great all round pair of headphones that reliably deliver both quality input and output. The second generation Dolby technology they are equipped with produce the effect of a full home theatre system only without the expense and with the convenience of being portable. This makes them incredible to use with action shoot-em up games like Call of Duty. They are not, however, just limited for those that enjoy these types of games though. They are also ideal for those that like to play games which require great concentration and the ability to deliver clear and concise instructions. Thanks to the fact that the enclosed ear design not only makes them comfortable but also effectively reduces the risk of the player from any background noise that may be present. If you like to play mobile slot games, these headphones represent an ideal choice.

Bose Quiet Comfort

The Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones are the best top of the range headphones on the market. They have ear cups that designed to improve the sound. This clearly works as they deliver excellent sound clarity and reduce noise. They do this by identifying noise in your environment and then drastically reducing it. They are also portable and easily storable as they are smaller than the other headphones and even have cups that can be folded flat.

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There’s a memorable scene in How I Met Your Mother where the gang lament that smartphones have taken the mystery out of life. With all the world’s information available to you in your back pocket, there could never be a factual dispute which couldn’t be resolved inside 10 seconds.

Its certainly true that modern smartphones give you the capacity not only to search for relevant news and information, but have that information filtered to your interests and delivered automatically. News apps can send you push notification based on particular keywords or topics, and hyper-specialist news sources allow you to hone in on your specific interests. For example, within the last 24 hours I have received news that:

  • North Korean activists are attempting to smuggle controversial film “The Interview” into their country
  • An exciting new antibiotic has been discovered
  • Britain’s Martin Adams has made the semi-final of the BDO World Darts Championship

So what are the best apps for presenting you with relevant news when you need it? Lets take a look at some of the contenders.

Flipboard

Flipbook

Flipbook

Flipboard is a beautifully designed news reader app which offers a lot of convenient features. All of its news sources are repackaged as “digital magazines” for mobile, preventing you from becoming stranded on non mobile sites. What’s more it allows you complete control over which news sources and topics are displayed, meaning you can refine its parameters to be as broad or narrow as you choose.

The app can even be set to accept content from social media such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as your favourite blogs.

Pause: Curated Music Stories

Pause - Curated Music Stories

Pause – Curated Music Stories

An app for audiophiles Pause collects reviews, features and audio samples published by other music magazines, and presents them in a “well-curated music periodical” updated every quarter. Although you won’t be getting push notifications every 5 minutes, Pause’s thoughtfully put together review has attracted a wide following.

Although not for everyone, Pause has a good balance of news articles, blogs and other reports; cutting out the dross and presenting simply the best of the best new music. Availible for iOS & Android

AP Mobile

AP Mobile

AP Mobile

Formed in 1846 by a consortium of New York newspapers, the Associated Press is one of the largest and most reputable press agencies in the world. Their tagline ‘Where the news gets its news’ is no exaggeration – AP reports are picked up by newspapers around the globe.

The AP app does a good job of displaying its reports conveniently, and has options to filter how news is displayed and on which topics. Interesting stories can be saved for later, and the app will automatically determine your location and deliver local news.

Although the AP app is nothing special in terms of functionality, its a must for hard news junkies. You’ll get responsibly reported, accurate news from reputable reporters and in a timely manner, for free; what more could you ask for?

Coral

Coral App

Coral App

An absolute must for men of the turf, Coral’s app allows you to keep track of thousands of events, and even stream live sport straight to your phone. The integrated streaming service offers 5,000 events from horse racing to football and also, topically, darts, whose World Championship is currently in full swing.

Bookmakers Coral are a British High Street institution, and have released the most comprehensive gaming app to date. Available on iOS, Android and Blackberry; the app gives you access to Coral’s full sportsbook of advance and in-play markets. You’ll even get push notifications of match events if you have a bet on.

Casino players are also catered to, as the app comes loaded with 50 of Coral’s most popular games, including table classics and slots.

At the moment the Coral app is miles ahead of the pack in terms of both ease of use and functionality. As an added incentive new mobile customers get a £20 free bet.

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With the release of the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, users have been able to benefit from a wide array of features. One of the most prominent options is the reinvented and more powerful version of Android Beam, which creates a seamless process for sharing large files and applications between devices. This also has connotation for Android gaming, as it is easier for a community of players to share titles and experiences in real-time. Given that Android is already considered as a power house of gaming, this will only enhance such a reputation further.

With this in mind, let’s consider three of the leading Android devices on the current market as we head towards Christmas.

iBen L1

 

iBen L1

iBen L1

Although it has been a little overlooked in recent times, the iBen L1was actually the first quad core, Android gaming handheld on the consumer market. It earned rave reviews across a host to technology sites, while it was also credited with being well-built, easy to use and equipped with seamless game playing qualities. It was also fitted with large and high quality display, which present outstanding graphics whether you are playing free online roulette or interactive sporting and combat games. While the platform may have been overshadowed by recent releases, it still offers good value as an entry level product.

The GPD G5A

The GPD G5A

The GPD G5A

From the old to the new, the GPD G5A is one of the most recent products to have entered the Android gaming market. In essence, it includes many of the features that distinguished previous products while also boasting a unique ergonomic design and exceptionally quick processing speeds. This is thanks primarily to the presence of a RK3188T processor and an excellent 480p resolution, while it also has easy to navigate analogue sticks and an extremely responsive D-Pad. In terms of sheer technology and specification, it is arguably the highest quality product on the market.

The Nvidia Shield Tablet

Without any shadow of a doubt, the recently released Nvidia Shield Tablet is the single greatest Android handheld available on the market. This is especially true with regards to gaming, as its incredible processing power and advanced graphics engine are simply far greater than any competing product. It also offers an outstanding PC streaming function, so games can be shared and accessed from the hard drive of your personal computer in real-time. This is an extremely innovative and attractive benefit, even when you consider the inflated price tag of the device when compared to similar option.

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It may still be October but already people across the nation are starting to put together Christmas wish lists. Smartphones are pegged as one of this year’s hottest gifts and with the huge selection of cutting-edge models out there, it’s easy to see why. From super-sized screens and HD displays to front end cameras and all new operating systems, 2014 has seen some exciting new upgrades to all your favourite handsets. To help you navigate the market, we’ve put together a curated collection of the top phones that will be making an appearance under the Christmas tree this year!

iPhone 6

When it hit shelves earlier this year the Apple iPhone 6 caused a huge amount of buzz. It’s the biggest model to date, in both size and popularity! As well as a larger 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch display screen, users are also treated to a wafer thin handset, 8MP camera, enhanced optics and a lightning-fast processor. Check out GiffGaff’s leading offer and simple plans.

Nokia Lumia 930

Windows is one of the newer smartphone OS players and the Nokia Lumia 930 has emerged as the software giant’s flagship device. The cutting edge 8.1 operating system offers users a range of exciting new features including the ability to customise lock screens, set unique wallpaper for each individual title and even access Cortana, Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant. With a 5-inch HD display screen, 20MP camera and state-of-the-art sound pick up, the Nokia Lumia 930 is a tech lover’s dream. O2 are currently offering this on their popular refresh contract and on payg.

Huawei Ascend Y530

It may not be the most sophisticated smartphone on the market but when it comes to value for money, nothing beats the Huawei Ascend Y530. A 4.5-inch screen makes it ideal for viewing pictures and movies, a 5MP camera snaps crystal clear shots and the Android operating system makes using the device amazingly easy. At less than £80 Sainsbury’s are hoping to pull in the punters looking for an affordable smartphone this Christmas.

Samsung Galaxy Note IV

Samsung Galaxies have taken the smartphone world by storm and nothing confirms the series’ reign more than the latest IV model. This version has shunned the plastic body and replaced it with a robust metal frame and sleek leather backing. Screen size still remains at 5.7-inches however developers have boosted resolution to an impressive 2K.

Sony Xperia Z3

While changes to the latest Sony Xperia are relatively minimal, it does feature a handful of new features that make it smarter and more practical than its predecessors. Soft rubber corners safeguard the device against accidental drops while the 5.2-inch screen is capable of playing HD movies and shooting in 4K resolution. Users also enjoy an incredible two days of battery life!

HTC One M8

For self-confessed ‘selfie’ addicts, the 5MP front facing lens on the HTC One M8 is a major draw card. The 2014 model builds on its forerunner though still retains the flagship features that won the HTC One so much attention. Speakers are a huge 25% louder while the handset itself has been given an up-to-the-minute makeover. It’s available in Pink too exclusively at Carphone Warehouse.

Samsung Galaxy S5

For those who prefer a slightly more manageable handset, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the perfect alternative to the enormous Note IV. The latest version of the series features a slightly larger display screen, 16MP camera, water resistant casing and even a built in heart rate sensor. It’s sleek, stylish and inherently smart.

 

With such a great range of next generation phones out there, Brits across the nation are set to be unwrapping shiny new handsets on Christmas day! From budget friendly smartphones to state-of-the-art technological masterpieces, there’s something for every festive shopper.

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