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App update Google Maps Google have pushed out a new UI to the super Google Maps app. It looks a lot cleaner and feels easier to get around.

It isn't all about looking good though. Functionality is key and one particular new feature is when swiping up when looking at the new bigger map when you've selected destination and transport method you get not only a list of when you need to take a left but anything important such as accidents or info such as private roads.

Each mode of transport now shows you how long it will take to get you from A to B. Swiping from left to right at the bottom of maps allows you to change your mode. You may notice that some destinations may automatically have a route chosen as per the cycle route below or did that already happen?

It all looks very nice and certainly feels much better when working around the app. Although it may not have it your notification bar as being ready on Google Play but Android Police have the apk file available here

The new popular times option shows you how busy Lidl is at any given hour on a particular day. You can swipe through the days or choose from the drop down menu. Whenever you go it's that wait at the checkout that kills the whole experience.

APK Mirror have the apk file as it may not have landed on Google Play for you just yet. Get that here - http://goo.gl/WBw9aa or keep an eye over on Google Play via this link - https://goo.gl/3mUJCH



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Nice update, I've been using it for a few days. I unexpectedly got the update pushed to me early and didn't realise no one else seemed to have it :-) I wonder will Waze social ever be added :-(
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Shall I just buy an Android phone?
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how the hell the app got on to app store?
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App update - Pocket Casts It's always fun when Shifty Jelly update their super Pocket Casts app.

Get the update from Google Play here - https://goo.gl/CAcBQQ

Keep in touch with the developers here - +Shifty Jelly​​

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Good deals and good causes +The People's Operator (TPO)​ have some very nice offers available for both SIM only and PAYG users.

Check out their website here - https://goo.gl/q7kTfw - where you can learn more about what they do and how they do it.

I wonder if they have any jobs going.........
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+Three UK​ have ROK Mobile where you get mins, texts and data plus music - http://goo.gl/ynANbf

Shebang is another service running off Three - http://goo.gl/6e3Gkk - but by all accounts isn't all that good. On the first page of Google their is a link to the Consumer Action Group about them and references to them targeting people with bad credit.

Our no credit check options mean that we can guarantee a pay monthly contract SIM and a handset for everyone over the age of 18 even if you have been refused by other networks. Plus we offer exciting upgrade options to the latest smartphones

You've then got iD from +Carphone Warehouse​ . 
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The Huawei Watch Doing a quick conversion sees the cheapest watch come in at £324.99 which might just be a little bit on the expensive side for some.

With the most expensive sitting at £521 based on current exchange rates you'd either have saved some money up or have plans to make one of your staff members redundant.

Cost aside it does look very nice and should be available on September 2nd. Couldn't see it on Amazon UK but when announced back at Mobile World Congress Huawei did say availability would spread across 40 countries.

Take a look over on Amazon here. - http://goo.gl/FovNbo

Source - @tmoore4075

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Wow, looks fantastic! I like the black/black and the Steel/black the most. Wonder when it'll be available over here.
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It's another Samsung product annoument This time round we have the Samsung Gear S2. Both versions of the Gear S2 run their own OS that goes by the name of Tizen.

They both allow for notifications such as calls, emails and texts so nothing all that different from what my LG Urbane can do.

Spec wise the Samsung Gear S2 is 11.4-millimeter thin, has 1.2-inch circular screen with a 360 x 360 resolution (302 ppi), 4GB internal with 512MB of RAM.

The only real difference between the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic are the dimensiona. The Gear S2 comes in at 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4mm and weighs 47g whilst the Classic is 39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4mm and is slightly lighter at 42g.

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Might put quite a few off more likely lol 
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#WalkofBritain is a Great cause The only association with mobile is you can use your phone to donate

A great deal of respect for everyone involved especially to the UK and US service personal doing all the walking.

A lot of amazing numbers involved from the 5,280,000 steps, 1,440,000 calories that'll be burned and more.

Check out all the info on the Walking with The Wounded website - http://goo.gl/aQPcB0 - 
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Those short URLs Some people are worried about hitting a short URL. I hope that by now you'll know that I'm not going to be pointing you to a dodgy website where horrible things will happen.

The reason I do it is because a short URL fits better than a long one and it looks better.

Here's an example:

Long URL - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.pocketcasts

Short URL - https://goo.gl/CAcBQQ

Lots of trusted people use them as do some you can't trust but I'm one you can.


We love podcasts, so we made a podcast player that is full featured, beauti...
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Lee Child - Make Me Another Jack Reacher book from +Lee Child​ hitting shelves on 10th of September and Google Play on the 20th.

Looking forward to it. Still have a few to get through though......
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will be getting this for sure
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O2 rebrand their stores for the Rugby World Cup Move over football (soccer), it's time for a real sport to take the spotlight.

To get things going +O2 in the UK​​ have rebranded their 377 high Street stores to show support for the +England Rugby​​ team.

O2 have also travelled the country with their O2 Touch camapign and given away an incredible 50,000/official England tops.

The mobile network has been an O2 has been an England Rugby sponsor since 1995 but as they are not associated with that Works Cup they won't be allowed to have any visual sponsorship on any tournament merchandising or around the stadiums.

The World Cup kicks off on September 18th with England taking on Fiji. England will also face Wales, Australia in their group so we've got some great games to look forward to.

The US and Japan are in Scotland's group and the mighty Ireland will prove a formidable force with among others Canada having the pleasure of taking them on.

You can download the Rugby World Cup app from Google Play here https://goo.gl/jurjrs - or keep up with all the news from the website via this link - http://goo.gl/x2KDll

Source - Campaign Live - http://goo.gl/oh9Jxt

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Selfie stick sales up despite many places banning them

Who owns a selfie stick? I can see them being very useful in some circumstances but having had to dodge a few now and again I don't want one for fear of clonking someone with it.

Many places have banned them but even so sales have increased by top attractions such as Disney and Wimbledon.

According to figures below 2 million of the things are sold everyday here in the UK. Places that allow you to use them include Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Chesington World of Adventures but the O2 Arena, Old Trafford and more giving them the thumbs down.

If you want one Carphone Warehouse sell them on their website here - http://goo.gl/xF5TN3 and below is the press release:

SELFIE STICK SALES UP BY THOUSANDS DESPITE BANS

·         300% increase after Disney announced ban

·         160% increase after Wimbledon announced ban

·         More than 2 million selfie stick pics taken in the UK per day

 

28 August 2015, LONDON: Selfie sticks hit the headlines this summer following several high profile bans – yet UK shoppers can’t get enough and ‘arm extenders’ have been flying off the shelves more than ever before.

 

Carphone Warehouse has revealed that sales of selfie sticks spiked sharply during the first May Bank Holiday, when sales rose 160% on the previous week, and have remained high ever since.

 

A Carphone Warehouse spokesperson says: “Customers don’t seem to have been put off by any of the selfie stick bans. In fact, we’ve sold thousands over the course of the last two months alone. The biggest week for us was at the end of June - the same week that Disney announced a ban across all parks – when sales rose by nearly 300% compared to the beginning of summer.”

 

A recent survey by the retailer found that 14.5 million selfies are now taken every day in the UK and, perhaps unsurprisingly, selfie sticks are used to capture one in seven of them – that’s more than 2 million selfie stick snaps each day.

 

Selfie lovers in London, the South Coast and Northern Ireland bought the highest number of selfie sticks this year; while people from Yorkshire, Merseyside and the South West bought the least.

 

With selfie stick vendors now commonplace at busy tourist sights - including Tower Bridge and Stonehenge, on beaches and even in bars in popular holiday destinations - it’s a trend that shows no sign of slowing.

 

To help avoid getting your beloved selfie stick confiscated, Carphone Warehouse has identified the top ten attractions that still allow them and those have banned them:

 

Top ten attractions you can use your selfie stick in the UK

1.      Buckingham Palace

2.      Chessington World of Adventures

3.      Stonehenge

4.      Tower Bridge

5.      London Eye

6.      London Dungeons

7.      Kew Gardens

8.      Hampton Court Palace

9.      Lord’s Cricket Ground

10.  Madame Tussauds

 

Top ten attractions you can’t use your selfie stick in the UK

1.      Emirates Stadium

2.      Hammersmith Apollo

3.      St. Paul’s Cathedral

4.      02 Arena

5.      Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford Upon Avon

6.      Old Trafford

7.      Anfield Stadium

8.      White Hart Lane Stadium

9.      The Roundhouse London

10.  The National Gallery
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i refuse to do selfies in general... accept in very rare special occasions like saying hi to the boy from a hospital bed this morning.

i saw one being used by a samsung owner using one in a harvester the other day... over the head of a friend that could have easily take the picture with the rear, far superior camera!
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Paper Gods by Duran Duran Of you're looking forward to the new album from Duran Duran you can pre-order it now on Google Play. This will be their 14th studio album and will no doubt be very popular.

There are two albums to choose from. One album comes in at £9.99 and the Deluxe album is a couple of pounds more at £11.99. What you get for the extra will I guess be a few more tracks.

The album will be available on September 11.

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Hope it's as good as their last album, but I'll be listening to it on Google Play Music all access
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