We review the MadCatz MOJO, the latest Android games console. Is it good enough to replace your Xbox?
Traditionally, if you were looking for a quality gaming experience you’d turn to a games console. Playstation or Xbox for the more seasoned player, Wii for fun family game time, perhaps a PC for the hardcore gamer. Almost certainly a Nintendo handheld if you wanted to take your gaming mobile.
Times are changing however, and increasingly powerful mobile devices are drawing people away from conventional gaming experiences and high quality, low cost games on mobiles could spell trouble for the gaming incumbents. Players are moving towards having their game time at their convenience on devices that they are already own and carry with them.
Madcatz are looking to create a blend of the two concepts with hardware that’s strikingly similar to your phone or tablet but played on the big screen and with a conventional controller. An interesting concept and certainly the idea of paying a few pounds per game instead of £50+ is appealing, but does it work?
We review the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014. Does the high res screen and innovative S Pen justify the high price tag?
Samsung revolutionised tablet computing with its Galaxy Note bringing stylus based input to the smartphone and tablet worlds. The stylus concept has been emulated by some, but for many Samsung still reigns supreme.
The 10.1 inch tablet sized, stylus receptive Note launched in 2012, and this latest edition, with its rather ungainly name of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition updates the unit.
You do pay a premium for the stylus based features with the Wi-Fi only version we reviewed starting at £450 and with 4G support added starting at £599. These are prices for the 16GB version.
The Galaxy S5 looks set to launch on 24th February, with leaked specs showing a WQHD display, 16MP camera and KitKat on board
Samsung looks set to unveil the Galaxy S5 on 24th February, after sending out invites to a launch event entitled ‘Unpacked, Episode 1′ where its latest flagship device is expected to be previewed.
Although the S5 was not specifically mentioned on the invite, Samsung was dropping some big hints with the number 5 appearing prominently. The event will take place in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress.
It will also be live streamed at www.youtube.com/samsungmobile.
Tresorit is a cloud storage app for Android. Can it compete with the likes of Dropbox? Find out in our review
This app is a client for the Tresorit cloud storage service, which has been designed with privacy and security as priorities.
On the Tresorit website the developers tempt hackers with a financial reward if they crack the servers, which might not be the best idea if you want to convince potential users that your service is secure. The free plan offers 5 GB of storage and you can quickly double that by downloading this app. If you don’t have an account already, you can sign up directly in the app but make sure that you write down your password.
That’s because the company behind Tresorit claims to keep its distance from your data and therefore won’t recover it. Once your account is set up, the Tresorit app acts like those available for most other cloud storage services. You can set up folders or access any you have turned into ‘tresors’ on an internet-connected PC or Mac somewhere.
Dayframe is an Android app that turns your device into a digital art gallery
If you’ve just upgraded to a more recent model of Android tablet and don’t know what to do with your old device, this app could give it a purpose. Basically it’s the equivalent of the iPad’s old Picture Frame app but with a social angle and many more features.
To get started you have the option to sign in to Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr, Dropbox, 500px, Google+ or Twitter and grant the app permission to access images on your timeline. You can also pick one or more photo streams from a selection provided by the app that includes a range of artistic categories such as Street Art, Digital Art, Pop Music, Cinema and Graphic Design.
Because social networking feeds are constantly updated, you receive a self-refreshing stream of images that can reflect your activities or include some awesome, eye-catching pictures from the developers’ well-chosen sources.
Molto is an Android email app that makes your inbox exciting again
Most e-mail software is mundane because it attempts to emulate Outlook or Gmail or just conform to a layout in which messages are listed in conventional text form. Molto does things differently by integrating previews of images or videos embedded in messages. If an image is not present but a message has an attachment such as a PDF file, Molto shows a coloured icon for that instead. Moreover, all messages are accompanied by an avatar that distinguishes the sender. The result is a much brighter e-mail browsing experience.
Molto for Android supports Gmail, iCloud, AOL, Yahoo!, GMX and IMAP accounts. To set up the former you enter the login information for your account, while for the latter you need to know the hostname, username and password for your incoming and outgoing mail servers. Once Molto has accessed your account it takes a few seconds to set up your Inbox and then you’re good to go.
What you give up for the benefit of a more colourful layout is that Molto can only fit a few messages on the screen at a time. That might be why the developers have so far made it only available for Android tablets and it only works in landscape mode. These are minor flaws, though, because it’s easy to browse message folders by swiping right to left to see messages that don’t fit on the screen.