This week we chat about the Google Chromecast, a very nice little thumb sized gadget that allows your to stream your videos, images and music from your Android phone, Tablet, iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac (providing you are using Chrome browser) or Chromebook.
Google uses the term ‘casting’, similar to cast a fishing rod, but put more simply you are controlling your audio or video using your mobile device and then playing it to a TV connected to the Chromecast.
Jack reviewed the Chromecast back in July, you can read it here.
Google and HTC have officially announced their newest line of Nexus devices after months of speculation that the Nexus was no more.
With pretty impressive specifications, form factor and screen size to rival the iPad, the Nexus 9 comes with brand new 64bit Tegra K1 processor, Android 5.0 Lollipop and optional magnetic connect keyboard. Along with HTC’s much vaunted Boomsound™ front mounted stereo speakers, this could be the device that HTC has been waiting for to claw back some market share for it’s old rivals.
HTC was responsible for launching the Nexus range with Nexus One back in 2010, but since then has conceded to standing back and watching Samsung, LG and Asus steadily produce Google’s products. However it looks like the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 have been removed from Google’s Play Store. Leaving the Nexus 5 (from LG), the brand new Nexus 6 (from Motorola, lets hope Philip K Dick’s estate have given the OK for this naming).
Full specs can be found here, the tablet is priced at £319 for the 16gb version and £399 for the 32gb model. Available in Lunar White and Indigo Black with an interesting Sand coloured model ‘available soon’. You can pre-order now, with shipping in 2-3 weeks.
This week we chat about the alternatives to iPhones that are available.
Most popular is the Samsung Galaxy S5 with its faux leather back and amazing functions. We also talk about the LG G3 which has an amazing Quad HD screen and laser focus camera technology. Both devices can record 4K video and a massive amount of other functions.
Thanks as ever to Iyesha and Laura at Kazoo for the loan of the Galaxy S5 and also thanks to LGOne for the loan of the G3
This week we review the Renault Zoe Electric Car. This is a full sized 5 door hatchback and it really was absolutely amazing to drive. If you haven’t test driven an electric vehicle, you should. You will be surprised at the performance and comfort.
Massive thanks to ‘Electric’ Pete Frost at Bristos Renault for being so helpful at a very busy time!!
Above image displayed in the Renault Zoe over the weekend!!
Matt was asked for his take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge which has become an Facebook and Twitter sensation. Mark asked Matt where it started and if it is the most viral craze seen so far on social networks.
Scroll down the our audio player to hear what Matt had to say.
Below is Matts Ice Bucket Challenge and Marks reply which he bravely did in front of a packed house at Ipswich Town Football Club at Portman Road Stadium.
Matt Porter – Ice Bucket Challenge
Mark Murphy – Ice Bucket Challenge
To donate to MND you can text ICED55 £5 (or other amount) to 70070 (only available in the UK), visit their Just Giving page or call 01604 611860 referencing the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’.
Over the past few weeks, we have been testing the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet and Nokia Lumia 630 smart phone. Both excellent devices in their categories; Matt talks to Mark Murphy about them Mark gets hands on.