Android 7.1 Developer Preview coming this month

Android 7.1 Nougat

Google has today announced that the Android 7.1 Developer Preview is coming out later this month to the Developer Preview programme.

In a blog post on the Android Developers website, they have confirmed they have been working with their device partners to get them ready for Android 7.1 (Nougat). This release will also allow app developers to prepare their apps for the new Android version.

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The end of the road for Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Discontinued

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Discontinued

After days of silence by Samsung, regarding reports by consumers of replacement Galaxy Note 7 exploding. Samsung has on the 11th of October 2016 released a statement addressing the issue. Samsung has stated that they will be asking all global partners to stop sales of the Galaxy Note 7 and requesting all clients of the device to power down their devices and stop using their devices with immediate effect. This is for all Galaxy Note 7 devices, including the replacement devices, which were thought to be safe.


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Is this the end for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7?

This year, like everyone else I looked forward to the Samsung Unpacked event in August. Why? Because they were going to announce the next Galaxy Note. Hours after the event reviewers and tech journalists praised the Galaxy Note 7 as the best Samsung device yet and highly recommended it. Who would have guessed that almost 2 months later they would be telling you to return it.

Galaxy Note 7

Galaxy Note 7

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The rise of the Pixel and the fall of the Nexus

This week on the 4th of October 2016, Google announced their Pixel phones line, Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, putting to rest all the rumours floating around the web and confirming one rumour that most Google fans had been hoping wasn’t true, the Nexus line was no more and the last Google Nexus phones would be the Google Nexus 5X and 6P, from here onwards it is Pixel brand, “Made by Google”.

Google Pixel - Made by Google

Google Pixel – Made by Google

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Google releases Google phones launch teaser

So today Google decided to release a teaser to the up coming Google Phones, supposedly they are going to go under the “Pixel” brand and not “Nexus” brand anyone.

It seems that the launch date for these phones is going to be 10th of October, so only a few weeks away, and to tease us they have released an ad.

Earlier this week Google Nest ad leaked the new phones briefly, so I guess someone at Google really likes teasing us.

Go check out the ad over at Google YouTube account.


Lenovo ThinkPad X260 Review

So after many years of using a Dell E6220 as my go to travel/work laptop, I acquired a Macbook Air Mid 2012 why, you may ask? Well because it was lighter, had a better screen and a better battery .
It’s now 2016 and we are on the 3rd quarter, so after both laptops being older than some of my other tech in the house, I decided it was time to upgrade the laptop. I’ve been on the lookout for a Ultrabook, with great battery stamina and also a good build quality,  but I needed the laptop to meet certain criteria, as following:

  • Great battery life
  • Great build quality
  • Good performance
  • Lightweight, less than 1.5Kg
  • Upgradability/Connectivity

Well the wait is now over, I’ve acquired recently a Lenovo ThinkPad X260, and it meets the vast majority of my criteria with some shortfalls which I’ll explain later. Some may ask why I got a business laptop, the simple reason it fits the bill for obvious reasons it is made for business travellers, light and powerful enough for business applications on the go.

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WizzAir problem with National ID without an Issue Date

Plane wing

Flying high above the sky.

So I was going to do a long post about this issue, but seeing as I found the solution I thought it might be beneficial to just post the solution.

So if you have a National ID or Citizen Card and your ID does not have a start/issue date, you won’t be able to check-in through WizzAir website, the start/issue date is a requirement and is not optional. So as an example, if you happen to have a Portuguese “Cartão do Cidadão” Citizen Card, it does not have a issue date only an expiry date, you will be prevented from performing check-in on their website as the Issue Date entry will drop-down a calendar for you to choose a date and won’t let you save the details until that has been entered.

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A blast from the past

Recently I had a bout of nostalgia and wanted to relieve the 90s, thankfully this was limited to playing games.

My options were a Sega Saturn which I’ve had in storage for a few good years, when I last felt nostalgic, or a Sega Master System. I decided on taking out the Sega Saturn instead, so I could play games like Dragon Force, Shining Force 3, Street Fighter Zero 3, Sega Rally just to name a few.

Sega Saturn games console

Sega Saturn with games collection sample

Having had the console in storage for a while, there was some nerve racking moments after plugging it to my Plasma TV, there wasn’t video output, thankfully I had a spare TV and worked out the issue was my Plasma TV ext scart connection and not the console.

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