Friday, December 19, 2014

Stick with Kitkat, Lolipop sucks!

Rockem Sockem Androids!
KitKat vs Lollipop!

Hey everyone do you get a sense of excitement when you know we are all getting the latest Google update. I know I do, hoping for new neat, fun changes to make our lives even easier.


So far we've had all these brand new yummy updates BUT how often are our hopes dashed as we start to find things that are wrong.
This was the case with Lollipop aargh! 


 Nexus 10 and Samsung S4.
All on charge both with their Lollipop problems!

My Nexus 10 finally got the new update. I really loved the new look central drop down panel combined with the settings....although I had some problems opening it; but just assumed that I was swiping wrong..doh...as if!
Next I couldn't get online at all as my wifi was playing up. I simply assumed again it was me; as we do occasionally have problems in middle of nowhere with our wifi so wasn't unduly worried...at first. But after rebooting, re-putting in my password etc, changing hz settings I thought no way is this is all me.

But I now haven't been able to get online for over a week and most my apps are useless as they are online based....grrr!

So luckily I have my phone which I downloaded the latest Lollipop update a few days ago; so I can use that cant I...?

A few nervous minutes as I checked my phone over...yes I was online...with wifi no problems..woohoo...result....er...yes...but I spoke too soon and after a few days I had noticed that my battery power was bad. Lasting less than 12 hours and even less if playing games and watching Utube....#/*@\

So next; onto my main PC thank God I have another internet means. Where I discovered hundreds of you having major problems with your Android devices through this 5.0 Lollipop update.
Phew...however so relieved it's not me doing something blonde...!

But I still have no wifi on my Nexus 10 and serious battery problems with my S4..argh!

Next step is checking the forums for what to do next and there's so many amazing people offering great advice thank you.
I've rebooted, turned wifi on off, re-put in passwords, changed hz settings, cleared out all useless apps made more space, cleared cache you name it I've done it...except factory reset. But then some of you have warned us of major problems after doing this. I also discovered the wifi problems have hit the 2012 version Nexus 10 the worst...guess what version mine is...sigh!

Many people on the forums have had success by rolling-back to KitKat 4.4.4;
so I'm now off to email Google themselves for advice to see if I should roll back to Kitkat or if I should I sit tight until Google have Lollipop 5.0.1?

So for now my poorly Nexus 10 is an expensive paperweight and my S4 is drinking power like no tomorrow.



 I have my S4 permanently on my Qi wireless charger (review here) so its trickle charging constantly; its perfect for this right now!
The battery problem is dealable as at least I can still use it; unlike my Nexus 10!
When tech goes wrong you turn to the tech which always goes right; thank you Mobile solar chargers!




Google help please get 5.0.1 out ASAP!!!

So has anyone else had problems with Lollipop or any advice of what's worked for you or what have you tried; I'd love to know.

I'll keep you all updated for the next update which is said to be coming soon as 5.0.1 so fingers crossed I get my Nexus 10 working again or....Anyone for a game of  Frisbee?



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Caseflex Stars and stripes Retro S4 USA flag case Review


Since getting my Samsung S4 I just love changing my cases around and always looking for unique cases.

One of my all time favorite cases was from Mobile Madness the Strawberry Red Bling case which I reviewed during the Summer so I know already the quality is good.
So when I was offered another case to review I couldn't wait.

I couldn't resist choosing the stars and stripes case....sorry Britain.

Checkout my photo-loaded review after the jump.

ASBO A Novel of extreme terror By Iain Rob Wright Book Review

By Iain Rob Wright

 Blurb

-- 70,000 word page-turner / thriller novel
-- Features additional, bonus spin-off story, 'When Frankie met...'
-- Latest novel by top selling horror and thriller author, Iain Rob Wright

YOUR FEAR IS THEIR ENTERTAINMENT...
Andrew’s life is one of bored contentedness: a teenage daughter, a faithful wife, and a middle-class job. He even has a Mercedes. His life is without drama, and the comfort of middle-age is setting in.

That all changes when he refuses to buy a pack of cigarettes for the local gang of youths. Led by the emotionally unstable, and sadistic, Frankie, the gang target Andrew and his family in an escalating campaign of terror and violence that threatens their very lives. It isn’t long before Andrew starts to wish that he’d just brought those damn cigarettes.


A shocking horrific read, with no vampires, zombies, aliens or monsters. The only monsters are human-kind...at its worst.
Iain has certainly done his homework with creating a sick soul like Frankie as the cruel character and his brother Peter who with brilliant character development from Iain we watch as he starts to realize his brother one sick puppy...but does he have the guts to go against his own brother....?

Iain has brought terror and depravity on his main character Andrew a normal guy with a wife and a lovely daughter he would do anything for.
Today's Britain is sadly not far from the truth that could be found in this book;  this in itself makes it even more frightening as it could happen to anyone of us at anytime. One wrong totally innocent glance at a neighborhood lout could unleash all sorts of terror on yourself and your family. How often have you been back chatted by a Jack the lad kid in the street and Im sure you made a simple remark back; never in a million years expecting to be terrorized, beaten and worse.
This is an excellent well written character driven read resulting from an innocent man refusing to buy a cocky teen some ciggies. 
Iain has shown both sides making the reader think and you almost...I said...almost....feel sorry for Frankie. Its another fantastic fast paced read from Iain and even though there were no zombies I still found this book quite horrific and frightening; probably because its so close to home and could easily be any one of us.

 Buy yours from Amazon UK/US and Goodreads


 Author Bio

Published author, Iain Rob Wright, was born in 1984 and lives in Redditch, a small town in the West Midlands, UK, with his loopy cocker spaniels, Daisy and Oscar, his fat old cat, Jess, his many tropical fish, and the love of his life, Sally. Writing is the passion that fills his life during the small periods of time when he isn't cleaning up after his pets.
Horror is his beloved genre, and his many inspirations range from Stephen King and Richard Laymon to J A Konrath and Brian Keene, as well as a whole host of other twisted minds. 


All my thanks goes to Iain for sending me a copy for this review.
My views and opinions are my own.
I will be continuing to read many more of Iains books soon; I have already read these below so feel free to checkout my full reviews.





Friday, December 12, 2014

The My Doodles Kids Speaker Dock Review; listen, watch and charge!



Those of you that follow Gadget Girl will know I did a Kickstarter post last month on this adorable new speaker dock from My Doodles and Kitsound. 
They were kind enough to send me one to review so Im excited to bring you a fab gift for the kids and big kids this Christmas which will be available very soon.

We all know most kids nowadays are so tech savvy especially when it comes to tablets as many kids have their own tablet or smartphone....or borrow yours. How many of your kids have fallen asleep and dropped your £200-300+ device on the floor...eeep?


Well now Kitsound have collaborated with My Doodles to produce one of the very first Kids speaker docks in the choice of 2 adorable designs. The monkey and the owl; giving a safe place to stand and charge the device and watch their favorite film or TV program's wirelessly by Bluetooth in high quality audio.

Checkout my photo-loaded review and sound video after the jump.



The Final Winter by Iain Rob Wright Book Review

The Final Winter
by Iain Rob Wright

Blurb
THE SNOW WAS JUST THE START...

On the night it begins snowing in every country of the world, an ordinary group of people gather at a rundown English pub. At first they assume the weather is just a random occurrence and nothing to worry about - but as the night goes on, weirder things happen, and they start to realise that something far more sinister is at hand. Something that none of them could ever have imagined.

By the end of the night, not everyone will make it, and those that do will wish they hadn’t.

This is the 4th book Ive read from Iain Rob Wright now and Im completely hooked on his style of compelling horror writing. I didn't know what to expect with The last Winter as the blurb doesn't give much away which made it even more intriguing...was it going to be a murder mystery, paranormal, sci-fi, we don't know till approx a third into the book and even then were not entirely sure what happening.
This for me kept me on the edge of my seat and made this "chilling" (Pun intended) heart pounding read.
Again with all Iain's characters they are recognizable as people you can relate to; whether you like them or not. I found myself relating to a few of the characters; be it completely hating a few or completely rooting for another.
I loved how we meet the characters Damian and Harry for the first time from the book Savage and get to know a bit more about their backgrounds.

This is a completely unique read Ive never read a horror like it; as we meet the characters working in a supermarket, video shop and a public house called The Trumpet; so to say they all eventually endup at this very British pub as the plot gets stranger and stranger...no really it does!
The Winter cold and snowfall gets worse and colder and the freak extreme weather is freezing around them but what is causing this; it seems to be based around just one of the characters but a few of the characters are not who they seem either. 
This read has quite a few facets to it with the temperature dropping dangerously fast, visibility next to nothing and no hope of rescue; your not entirely sure where its going...genius!
This is a fantastic character driven plotline; I honestly cant tell you much as its one of those books that I will give too much away and I hate spoilers; other than it could be the end of the world by freezing, murder, fire, disintegration or just simply the end....are heaven and hell working together. This was yet another amazing compelling read from Iain; his writing vivid and spine-tingling with a good amount of gore for those that love the more bloody horror.
Its a fast paced apocalyptic even with an incredible twist!

Plus dont forget you also get another fab read as a extra bonus stand alone publication The Peeling of Samual Lloyd Collins.


Buy yours from Amazon UK and US Goodreads


 Author Bio


Iain Rob Wright is one of the UK's most successful horror and suspense writers, with novels including the critically acclaimed, THE FINAL WINTER; the disturbing bestseller, ASBO; and the wicked screamfest, THE HOUSEMATES.
His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences. He is an active member of the Horror Writer Association and a massive animal lover.
Check out Iain's official website for updates at: http://www.iainrobwright.com or add him on Facebook where he would love to meet you.




All my thanks goes to Iain for sending me this copy for an honest review.
*I am now reading through many more of Iain's novels and will be posting regular reviews on them.

Please see my other reviews for Iain Rob Wrights Books below








Monday, December 08, 2014

The MeCam Classic Review


Ive an exciting gadget for all you gadget-aholics out there today.
Wearable technology has gone through the roof this year in terms of popularity with GoPro's and so many other small video cameras, but these are still quite large.


Meet MeCam the wearable badge size video camera; this amazing teeny weeny camera is something even James Bond would love to try...but...he's not....I am, just to show you guys how clever this little bit of kit is.
Small, lightweight, shoots in low-light with infra-red; think of the fun you can have with this.
Stay hands-free and carry on enjoying the fun without having to concentrate on holding a camera or video. Capture your Bike rides, snowboarding, barbeques, pub trips and birthday parties. Its endless what you could use mini affordable video camera for.

Keep reading for my full photo-loaded review and video.



Sunday, December 07, 2014

Seasick by Ian Rob Wright Book Review


by Iain Rob Wright

Blurb
IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE RELAXING…
Police Officer Jack Wardsley’s life ended the moment his partner died, stabbed to death by a deranged druggie. Now, years later, Jack is a changed man, with a head full of secrets driving him insane. His recent record of police brutality and a reputation for not following the rules has prompted his seniors to give him an ultimatum: take a few weeks off, relax, and find some way to let go of all the anger – or else find another job.

That’s why Jack is about to board The Spirit of Kirkpatrick, a cruise liner built for relaxation and fun. Pretty soon, however, Jack realizes that a little R&R is the last thing he’s ever going to get aboard the cursed ship. There’s a virus onboard, making people insane and bleeding from the eyes. The whole ship is overrun with blood and death, and there is nowhere to escape.

Just when Jack thinks his number is up and his life is over, he wakes up. The day is exactly the same. In fact, everything is the same. Jack is forced to witness the viral outbreak again and again as it ravages the ship and its passengers over and over, day after day. Jack finds himself trapped in a repeating hell.

It won’t be long before Jack realizes there are others onboard just like him – and that some of them know more than they’re letting on.

This is the third book Ive read from Iain Rob Wright and his fast becoming one of my favorite authors. 
Sergeant Jack Wardsley was sent on a cruise on the Kirkpatrick to relax and recuperate after not coping with the death of his partner & girlfriend; but the cruise isn't what it seems in so many ways.

When I first read the blurb I wasn't sure if a groundhog day storyline would work for me? I just couldn't see how it could be written to sound like a believable read and could seem too corny. But I needn't have worried as I was completely hooked from the first till the very last page.

Jack is your typical drinking revengeful bad tempered copper with a chequered history and family love loss which I've read a hundred times in other books...BUT...NOT...with the day resetting time at the same time everyday. He has to find whose responsible and why?
It's Walking dead, Stephen King cross Agatha Christie who did it; all rolled into one cruise ship with nowhere to go.

I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced plot which I read in one sitting. Plus a unique twist on your zombie reads...believe me I've read a lot. Further into the book you get, the more the plot thickens and the more you get to know Jack.

Everyday Jack can start again and explore the ship, question the occupants and witness the zombie breakout and even die but then the day resets to begin it all again the very next day; where he is learning and gradually trying to discover whats going on and whose causing this.
Seasick is an incredibly involving read which is sooo creatively thought out.

Iain has done it again with yet another well written book with well developed likable characters and plenty of horror and gore for the zombie fans.
You are swept along "on a wave" (pun intended) on Jacks race against time to save the world and his own fight for survival as he discovers someone is trying to stop him anyway they can.
Does he just want to sit down and drink his sorrows away or will he fight? Enjoy a wonderful mix of horror, suspense, witchcraft, deceit, murder with a large dash of zombies.

If you love murder mystery, zombies and apocalypse style reads you need to just click buy now!

Buy yours from Amazon UK / US / Goodreads


Author Bio


Iain Rob Wright is one of the UK's most successful horror and suspense writers, with novels including the critically acclaimed, THE FINAL WINTER; the disturbing bestseller, ASBO; and the wicked screamfest, THE HOUSEMATES.
His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences. He is an active member of the Horror Writer Association and a massive animal lover.
Iain Rob Wright, was born in 1984 and lives in Redditch, a small town in the West Midlands, UK, with his loopy cocker spaniel, Oscar, his fat old cat, Jess, his many tropical fish, and the love of his life, Sally. Writing is the passion that fills his life during the small periods of time when he isn't cleaning up after his pets. He is the author of several novels, including the critically acclaimed, The Final Winter, and the deeply disturbing thriller, ASBO. Check out his official website for freebies, news, and updates at: http://www.iainrobwright.com



All my thanks goes to Iain for sending me this copy for an honest review.
*I am now reading through many more of Iain's novels and will be posting regular reviews on them.

Please see my other reviews for Iain Rob Wrights Books below


FREE Zombie & Apocalyptic Books on Amazon today!






Today is a quick post for those of you who love zombies and apocalyptic reads. 

I went in search on Amazon for new zombie and/or apocalyptic reads and discovered to my surprise 10...yes I said 10 books from authors Ive not read before.

To top it all they were all FREE at the time of posting this; so I just had to share these amazing finds with you all. Its an early Christmas pressie for me I cant wait to start reading them. Its a perfect chance to try some new authors you wouldn't normally read.

Just click the books to take you directly to Amazon UK


I also bought these 2 books as well, as they were under a pound so still an amazing bargain.
Make a zombie/dystonian-aholic happy this Christmas with any of these books they will think you've spent a fortune on them. ;-)
Which books take your fancy or if you've read any of these books let me know what you think? Plus you will of course be seeing my own book reviews as I read them.
Bye for now!


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