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App deal of the week At 10 pence a shot this weeks promotions aren't all that bad. As usual you've got an app and a game on offer and they are Tiny Planet and Guns n Glory.

Tiny Planet probably doesn't need much of an introduction. It allows you to add a tiny planet effect to your pictures that you snap and those you've already taken. It comes with loads of features including:

Filter like Fisheye Effect!
✔ Small world effect!
✔ Circular worlds!
✔ Exif support.
✔ Full resolution support.
✔ Choose any directory to save your images.

Tiny Planet is available here - https://goo.gl/QRti4X

Guns n Glory is a western style tower defense game where you'll be ambushing settlers, stagecoaches and the gold train. There are a host of features:

Defense Strategy-Action game with mobile units
✔ Recruit the craziest Wild West Gang ever
✔ Choose between lots of unique units
✔ Upgrade your bandits
✔ Discover new land in Alaska, Nevada and Oregon
✔ Collect mighty power-ups
✔ Arm trains and boats to fight from all side
✔ Awesome cartoon graphics
✔ Fun and innovative gameplay
✔ Full tablet support

You'll find it here - https://goo.gl/3iIic2
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Really Blue Pixel available at EE According to the email this morning the Really Blue Pixel and Pixel XL is a UK exclusive. That makes it available in only three countries with the others being the US and Canada.

Not all that sure about the colour myself but if you are looking for something different from the current 'Quite Black' and 'Very Silver' you can check it out over at EE here - https://goo.gl/8V0je0 .

There will be a wait though from 7 - 28 days depending on which version you opt for. The Pixel in Really Blue has a 7 day turnaround whilst the Pixel XL has a 21 day lead time in Very Silver.

There are a few extras to be had with any Pixel device to try and comfort the costly monthly payment that starts at £45.99. You get 3 months free BT Sport access via the BT Sport app, six months free Apple Music access and there is also an option that comes with a free Google Daydream VR Headset.

#Google #Pixel #EE 
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RCS rolling out to Telenor customers

It's available to 214 million Telenor customers in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, and India. RCS is already available to millions of customers globally including those using the Vodafone network here in the UK.


For Telenor customers there'll be an update to the Google Messenger app enabling customers to send a host of extra things besides text including images and more that would ordinarily see you have to opt for something like say...... WhatsApp. The roll out will also see Google Messenger become the default messaging app on devices distributed by Telenor.

Partnering with Google and rolling out RCS support networks keep you firmly in their grasp and so negates the need for you to use other message apps. However it works I just want one app that allows me to communicate with everyone regardless as to what messaging app they are using. Is that too much to ask?

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Vodafone are jumping on the bandwagon. If you took a pay monthly plan on or after the 5 May 2016, you will have an annual price adjustment in April, in line with the RPI figure which will be announced in March.

Expect it to be around the 2.5% mark. The other point they'll have to confimr is who will see the increase. Both EE and O2 have dumped it across the board including SIM only customers. 
EE and O2 customers have a price increase on the way From March 30th this year EE will be increasing the cost of your mobile deal by 2.5% in line with inflation. In April this year O2 customers will be hit with a 2.6% increase in their bills. No word yet from Three or Vodafone but expect them to follow suit.

Here's how the cost will effect EE customers

Pay monthly, Sim-only and mobile broadband customers whose current EE contract started since 26 March 2014 will see their monthly bill increase by 2.5% from 30 March.

Pay-as-you-go customers aren't affected by the price hike.

Anyone who joins EE or upgrades their current plan from 1 March 2017 won't be affected by the RPI price rise this year, and will instead see their first increase in March 2018.

O2 customers

Pay monthly and Sim-only customers, including those on O2 Refresh airtime plans and O2 Refresh family sharer plans, plus mobile broadband customers will see their monthly bill increase by 2.6%, with the higher price applied from their April bill onwards.

Pay-as-you-go customers aren't affected by the price hike.

Of course both networks had a representative coming out to defend the increase with the usual stuff about investment in the network and it's only 80p a month and all the other guff.

Some of you might be wondering if you're able to ditch your contract in light of the increase. The short answer is no unless you're outside of your minimum term. If that is the case.check before you go calling them up and asking for your PAC as you might already be on the cheapest and or best tariff.
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EE and O2 customers have a price increase on the way From March 30th this year EE will be increasing the cost of your mobile deal by 2.5% in line with inflation. In April this year O2 customers will be hit with a 2.6% increase in their bills. No word yet from Three or Vodafone but expect them to follow suit.

Here's how the cost will effect EE customers

Pay monthly, Sim-only and mobile broadband customers whose current EE contract started since 26 March 2014 will see their monthly bill increase by 2.5% from 30 March.

Pay-as-you-go customers aren't affected by the price hike.

Anyone who joins EE or upgrades their current plan from 1 March 2017 won't be affected by the RPI price rise this year, and will instead see their first increase in March 2018.

O2 customers

Pay monthly and Sim-only customers, including those on O2 Refresh airtime plans and O2 Refresh family sharer plans, plus mobile broadband customers will see their monthly bill increase by 2.6%, with the higher price applied from their April bill onwards.

Pay-as-you-go customers aren't affected by the price hike.

Of course both networks had a representative coming out to defend the increase with the usual stuff about investment in the network and it's only 80p a month and all the other guff.

Some of you might be wondering if you're able to ditch your contract in light of the increase. The short answer is no unless you're outside of your minimum term. If that is the case.check before you go calling them up and asking for your PAC as you might already be on the cheapest and or best tariff.
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App update - Nest I've only got one Nest product. That's the Nest Protect so the Nest app doesn't really get much use so this update won't serve much of a purpose until I expand my Nest equipment. Having not long opted for a Hive thermostat.and lights that probably won't be happening.


That's enough about me. You want to know what the new update brings:

For Nest Aware subscribers, Nest Cam detects doors and automatically creates Activity Zones, and sends alerts that are most important to you.

Nest Protect alerts show your Nest Cam video feeds.

Jump to a specific day in your Nest Cam video history by tapping the date in Sightline.

Nest app shortcuts for Android 7.1 users. Press and hold the Nest app icon to open a specific Nest product.

Nest Aware subscribers will see an image preview of Nest Cam activities within notifications.

On a closing note the Best Protect is linked in with my Hive set up so if it does pick up CO2 it'll shut down the boiler via Hive. That's all thanks to IFTTT though. 

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App deals of the Week If you've got all health conscious you might want to keep check on your drinking habits. Wine, beer and Sailor Jerry doesn't count. Water is the way forward and your smartphone with the help of Aqualert can nudge you in the right direction. It's only 10 pennies . Get notifications when you should neck some.of the good stuff based on a number of variables such as sex, age and the like.

Aqualert -https://goo.gl/HdbsDu

The game offering is Whispering Willows and with only 1k in downloads the 10p price tag should see that increase. It's got a.story based in a 2D hand drawn world seeing you solving puzzles with your character Elena Elkhorn trying to find her missing father.

Whispering Willows -https://goo.gl/2EfxI4
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App update - Google Clock Those icons at the top of the Google Clock app now have some meaning and you now know instantly how far behind or indeed ahead some of those wonderful cities around the are. Here I've gone with Vancouver. Banff, Jasper and Melbourne are also beautiful places.

Here's everything you'll find in the update thus far as found by Android Police:

Top icons now have labels in addition to icons, spaced evenly across top

Timer and stopwatch buttons now text-only

App font is bolder

Smoother alarm expanding animation

Time zones in clock now show how many hours ahead/behind

Style setting now a drop-down instead of a pop-up menu

Option to display time with seconds

Screen saver mode hides navigation buttons

The update is rolling out now but you can always pick it up via APK Mirror of you don't want to wait for the update to filter through Google Play.

Don't know about you but I prefer waking up to music Instead of an alarm so when it's time to get my backside out of my pit I prefer +TuneIn​ to bring me round with some soothing music.
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Share your favourite places with others from Google Maps The custom list feature in Google Maps isn't one I haven't got much use out of. It was rolled out back in August last year for those at Level 4+ of the Google Local Guides programme. Google Local Guides is well worth joining as you do see quite a few new features before they go live to all. They currently have a feature where they can share their reviews.

The new list sharing feature will see you able to not only share your lists with others but also follow lists from others without having to leave Google Maps. If you haven't already created a list take a quick look at the video below and then give it a whirl yourself.

I can see this being particularly useful for those planning a weekend away or a night out or even when you want to give olk visiting you or somewhere you've been some ideas as to where to eat or get their head down.

Google say the feature is rolling out today.

#GoogleMaps #Android 

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App update - Capital One Android Pay support is still something that Capital One are yet to implement and that's a real pity. Until such time you'll have to make do with the following new features:

- You can now view your Direct Debit information to check when your Direct Debit will be taken and for how much.
- Give your different Capital One card accounts nicknames. You spoke, we listened!
- Jump to the parts of the mobile app you visit most with App Shortcut support.

With all the they have also sorted a few bugs out. All in a good update from Capital One UK.

#Apps #CaitalOne
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