Data Meme

What are your most Data Draining Apps?

We all love our data and back in the day there was a stupid amount charged per MB! So, wouldn’t we all like to save MB’s where possible? We all don’t like that dread text message towards the end of the month that you’re about to run out of data. Therefore wouldn’t you like to know which apps are sucking the life out of your data plan? Well we’ve got some data for you! (See what we did there) A study, conducted by Mobile Phones Direct, explored the data usage of a number of apps that hurt your data balance.
First of all, daily video and music streaming is doing you more harm than good and it’s hitting your data, HARD. If you use BBC iPlayer and Channel 5’s My 5 then you’re gonna have to cut back. As they’ve been named as the worst offending video apps for data drainage. Taking up to a gig, a GIG of data for an hour of streaming.  Suprisingly Netflix uses very little data at 314mb. See the handy chart below for more:

Quick Tip: 

Download on Netflix to allow videos to be played offline to save data. However, if you don’t wish to download videos, let the show buffer whilst you are on WiFi network and then watch on your mobile network. Therefore you aren’t using any data as the file has already buffered on your phone! Furthermore on YouTube you can head into settings and make sure that the ‘limit mobile data usage’ option is ticked. This will force the app to only watch videos in HD when connected to a WiFi Network.

Music Streaming however, there may be a different way to save data, if you’re a Spotify user. Tthere’s a way to help limit the way that it uses your data! As well as changing the quality of the music, making the music available offline, or downloading the music that Spotify (and many other apps) offer you, you can do more.
With Spotify only there’s an app called Spotify Lite (Currently only available on Android). This version of the app only takes up 15mb of memory compared to 100mb. Most of all, the app doesn’t allow HQ music to be played. If you’re an Apple Music or a Tidal user however, then they take up the most data when listening for an hour. Tidal gobbles up 184mb compared to Spotify using almost 100mb less.

(Deloitte)

(Mobile Phones Direct) 

*Mobile Phones Direct watched 5 minutes of content from each app and multiplied it to determine the total data usage over an hour. Each video was watched on both an  iPhone 7 plus and XR in HD using 4G. Results may vary.

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10 year Challenge for Phones

#10YearChallenge – Smartphone Edition

The #10YearChallenge has only just finished sweeping the world. However, what would the #10YearChallenge look like if our smartphones undertook this challenge instead? CompareMyMobile have undertook a really cool study on how the smartphone world looked 10years ago. It’s very suprising to be fair! We’ve come a very long way!

For example 10 years ago only 17% of adults had a smartphone, compared to a whopping 78% of adults currently. Which as a result we are more addicted to our smartphones than we ever were. They’ve also changed in a number of other ways

  • Costs – the mobile phones of today are in some cases 7 times more expensive than they were in 2009
  • Memory capacity – it has increased 16 times in some cases
  • Display is twice as big (or more!) compared to mobile phones in 2009
  • Camera – smartphone cameras today have at least 3 times (or more pixels) than in 2009

CompareMyMobile.com has compiled a list of the most talked about phones in 2009 and compared them to their 2019 rivals from the same manufacturer. They also took a look at what contracts were on offer to punters in 2009 too!

Contracts

They discovered that in 2009, upfront costs for phones and monthly payments were a lot cheaper (unsurprisingly) however, what is shocking is that some of the 2019 prices compared to their 2009 equivalent have TRIPLED! Whereas mobile devices were affordable in 2009 when looking at upfront costs. While in some cases monthly payments are fairly similar. The one thing that is surprising. If you look at all of the contracts today for smartphones. It’s normal to expect Gigs of data. It’s crazy to think now, but in 2009, some networks were charging  £5 per megabyte for internet usage!!

In 2009 500 texts per month, which was deemed as quite good. Minutes were 100-900minutes. Fast forward to 2019 and both those are often listed as unlimited. (Who calls these days anyway?)

(CompareMyMobile)

Please see two examples below!

For a much more detailed look at the #10YearChallenge Smartphone edition please click here! There’s a look at past popular smartphones developers such as Blackberry’s (remember BBM!?) and the ever favourite Nokia.

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When is the best time to sell your Samsung?

Are you planning on getting the latest Samsung Galaxy, the Galaxy S10 once it launches on February 20th 2019? Do you already own a Samsung smartphone, or have an old one around your home somewhere?

Well, trade in site musicMagpie have got some news for you! If you want a new one, the best time to sell is NOW! They’ve got a handy chart (seen above) which depicts the value of a range of smartphones after 12 months.

Why is the best time to sell NOW? Well musicMagpie found that Android devices. Such as Samsung handsets. Could lose as much as a 35% decrease in value once the latest handsets release. In this case, the S10.

Trade-In Value

musicMagpie figure that the Samsung Galaxy S9 since its release in 2018, could fetch £300 if they trade in now. Those that have the larger handset, the S9+ can see a return of £340. However, once the S10 drops the value decrease is said to drop! If users were to trade in early, they will ensure a very good return on their initial investment.

The research from musicMagpie also found that both handsets the S9 and S9+ both decreased in value by 64% over a 10month period. Which was more than any other previous generation Galaxy handset over a 10month period. Suprisingly and interestingly, if the S10 follows the same decrease in value than it’s predecessors, it is set to lose at least 50% of it’s value in the FIRST MONTH after launch.

Thoughts

“With the S10 launch just around the corner, consumers looking to upgrade to the S10 can get more money for their old device now rather than after. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ lost the same amount of value in the same time and we’ve never really seen that in any other device range – usually, the newer version of the handset takes longer to lose value.

While cars typically lose approximately 20% when driven off the lot, technology items can lose up to an average of 65% once they are taken out of the box, depending on the brand. It’s well documented in our bi-annual depreciation studies that iPhones hold their value better than Samsung devices, and it’ll be interesting to see how much more the Samsung Galaxy S9 will drop in value once the S10 is out.” Liam Howley, Chief Marketing Officer at musicMagpie

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Porn Block

UK Government Porn Block : Update

Porn Blocks, who woulda thought eh?

Way back in 2015 the UK government were looking to restrict access to porn. A porn block if you will. However, they can’t just block it, there needs to be some legal measures first. Firstly, the changes introduced in the Digital Economy Act 2017, states that commercial providers of porn should have age checks on them to stop children from seeing explicit images and videos.

The government planned to introduce age verification (not of the honor system kind, the give us your credit card info kind. Digital ID’s are also said to be used also.) in April 2018. Sites such as RedTube, Pornhub and xHamster have all said that they will comply with the changes. Yet, there were some technical challenges of implementing the law across thousands of websites. Subsequently, the law was postponed. However, a year later, April 2019, the age checks are said to appear online. Wired are reporting that this is yet to be confirmed however.

Websites that operate under a commercial basis will have to comply with this new law.  The Online Pornography (Commercial Basis) Regulations 2018 sets out stipulations as to what counts as commercial pornographic content and it’s not only cash which classes as ‘commercial’ either. If the person making the content receives some kind of benefit, cash or not, then it will be classed as commercial.

There are a range of age verification systems that a website can use, each with different methods of confirming ages. Five comapanies are said to be creating different age verifcation systems: Yoti, Verime, GBG, AV Secure and AgeID.

Work Arounds

It can be quite easy to get around this block, for anyone with a bit of technical know how. Which won’t be too surprising as kids these days are growing up with computers and by their late teens know a lot more about computers than 90’s babies. VPN’s would be able to be used to circumvent these checks, by connecting to servers in other countries.

Privacy Worries

Unless you’re Google or Facebook, you wouldn’t be able to match up someones real identity with their online behaviour. It’ll be nigh on impossible. However, if people are using their real names, real emails and real credit card details, you’ll be able to to find out everyone’s taste in porn. A HUGE privacy concern.

Checks

Even though the government want to implement the porn block, it’s leaving it up the to the industry to fix the issue. One small problem is one company called MindGeek, they are developing AgeID, MindGeek own a LOT OF PORN SITES. Such as PornHub, YouPorn and RedTube.

So by giving MindGeek, via the AgeID system, everyones information, you’re letting your card company know that you’re looking at porn. Wired are reporting that AgeID’s privacy policy is limited to an email address and password, which is protected. However, a previous privacy policy stated that company could collect names, addresses, date of birth and browsing data. Furthermore MindGeek also state that the policy can be updated at any time!

Is there a good reason for a Porn Block?

Wired are reporting that the policy was launched off from the results of an NSPCC report. Which claimed that more than half of children and teenagers who accessed porn ‘stumbled’ across it. Wired quite rightly note that if children do come across porn, then it will most likely be on social media. But the legislation doesn’t cover social media.

According to Wired, the same report states that almost a tenth of 12-13yr olds were ‘addicted’ to porn. Which is shocking, which of course caught a lot of media attention. However it turns out that the research was all a bit silly. The NSPCC research was from a group called OnePoll. OnePoll are a survey firm which pays people to fill in online questionnaires. Questionnaires which pulled results like  “German men are the world’s worst lovers” and “Fifty percent of British adults think Mount Everest is in the UK”. The porn related questionnaire had a total of 11 questions, which users were told to hand over to a child. If one was available.

(WIRED 1 / 2)

For a more extensive look at how the government are looking to block porn to the UK please check out two of WIRED’s great articles here and here.

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IKEA Smart Home Invasion

When we think of smart home tech we think of the Apple’s, the Amazon’s, the Phillips’ of the world. When we say to you flat packed furniture the company that springs to mind is IKEA. IKEA smart home invasion is coming your way in 2019.

However, that soon may change in 2019, with IKEA set to become a major player in the smart home market. Wired are reporting that by playing to it’s strengths, not only in brick and mortar stores. One can assume that their displays is the perfect opportunity to show off how the tech works, before a customer buys it. But, furthermore by building inline sales and partnerships with the big boys in Sonos, Apple and Xiaomi.

Weapons in their arsenal

IKEA already have smart home kit in their Arsenal, with smart home light bulbs (TRÅDFRI) and smart electrical outlets (KADRILJ and FYRTUR) both systems are low cost and near invisible tech. They both work manually as you’d expect and automated controls. Not only that, but they also work within the main ecosystems of the three big players within this market. The Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s HomeKit. If IKEA are smart enough they could put smart home tech into all aspects of the home, be that kitchen gadgets, home entertainment or garden accessories.

As you would expect IKEA are implementing the same DIY aspect of their furniture into their smart home tech.

“It is as simple to install KADRILJ and FYRTUR as all our other blinds….You can even change from an old HOPPVALS or SKOGSKLÖVER to this one, using the same bracket. This means that the customers can easily install the smart blinds themselves, a unique IKEA property.” Lena Engman, business leader home textiles at IKEA

Wired are reporting that Björn Block, business leader of IKEA Home Smart confirms that we will see more smart products in 2019. This smart home push begins with the smart blinds that are releasing in ‘some markets’. The highest profile product will be a smart speaker: SYMFONISK, this will be in collaboration with Sonos. Which, consequently, is part of a long-term Future Home Sound Project.

SYMFONISK was first teased in June last year and is expected to hit stores ‘mid to end of the year’. The smart speaker was designed to fit in to various pieces of IKEA furniture. Which not only makes sense in the home of customers but even easier for the retail powerhouse to show off it within their stores.

(WIRED)

An outlook…

Will this foray into the Smart Home market dent the grip that the big boys have on it? Will people take IKEA seriously in the tech world? Only time will tell, but if done right IKEA have a great outlook on things, after all, we all buy our flat packed furniture from there, why not our smart home tech if it were integrated perfectly?

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Toyota GT86

Toyota Gt86

Toyota GT86

February is the Month of Cars for #HowToKillAnHour – 'Pure Driving Pleasure' is what Toyota UK promised with the GT86 Club Series: Blue Edition – does it deliver? Find out with our full review by clicking here: http://www.howtokillanhour.com/gadgets-tech/toyota-gt86Keep up to date with everything How To Kill An Hour by signing up to our newsletter by clicking here: http://www.howtokillanhour.com/newsOur website is here http://www.howtokillanhour.comOur podcast is here http://www.howtokillanhour.com/showsTwitter: https://twitter.com/HowTokillAnHourFacebook: https://facebook.com/HowTokillAnHourInstagram: https://instagram.com/HowToKillAnHour

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Tuesday, 12 February 2019

We here at How To Kill An Hour are also reviewing CARS! We like cars, people kill a lot of time driving their cars in the most luxurious of places, and the Toyota GT86 is no different.

GT86

The Club versions of the Toyota GT86 focus on the coupe’s style and performance, with the new GT86 Blue Edition offers an option of a performance pack for even sharper handling!

The car is a beautiful blue, with an Electric Blue Bodywork contrasting black styling details and including front grille, rear spoiler and diffuser, door mirror housings and front fog light surrounds. Inside, the cabin is finished in sporting black leather and Alcantara.

If a customer was to go for the optional Performance Pack, the car will deliver a more focused drive. Consequently due to the introduction of a Sachs-tuned suspension upgrade. It includes Sachs Performance dampers, larger Brembo brakes which provide a supreme stopping ability and an improved pedal feel. The car has some incredible, beautiful large 17 inch black alloy wheels, which compliment the large red Brembo callipers wonderfully.

The Toyota GT86 Blue Edition has a poised and balanced chassis with a low centre of gravity and low set driving position. It has a front engine – a 197bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer unit – and rear-wheel drive.

The car comes in either manual or automatic transmission, both options come with a total of 6 speeds, the Toyota GT86 has a top speed of 140mph while the automatic is 130mph. It can hit 62mph in 7.6seconds of acceleration, while automatic will take a little slower at 8.2seconds. Yet, it is still really quick!

Tech

TECH! We love tech, we are a tech brand after all and the GT86 doesn’t let us down. It comes with a Toyota Touch 2 Multimedia system, dual zone climate control, dusk sensing headlights, heated front seats and cruise control!

(Toyota)

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FORD EDGE: Ice Driving

 

Ice Driving with the Ford Edge ST Line

Well Feburary is the month of love for some…..but for #HowToKillAnHour it is the month of CARS!As well as our usual talk around the world of tech we will be looking at a few whips that are packed full of tech….Kicking off with the new Edge ST Line from Ford UK which we took for an icy spin in temperatures as cold as minus 15! See the lin in the comments for more info!

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Saturday, 9 February 2019

Recently, thanks to the lovely guys over at Ford, Marcus wrapped up warm and traveled to the Icy heights of Northern Sweden to experience ice driving to test their brand new motor, the Ford Edge.

Tech Heavy

The Ford Edge not only looks amazing, but it drives wonderfully well too! Not only that but it’s packed with tons of amazing tech! Just what we love here at How To Kill An Hour! For example, the Ford Edge comes with adaptive cruise control, radar sensors which help you see your blind spots, lane centering and Ford Co-Pilot 360, a driving assistant.

Plus, what’s really cool, the Ford Edge has Ford’s FordPass Connect. Which allows for everyone in the car to stay connected through it’s in-car Wifi hotspot that connects to 4G! Therefore saving all that precious phone data! FordPass Connect also gives drivers up to date live traffic information and the chance to make an eCall if you were ever to get in danger. In the case of a serious accident FordPass will automatically make a call to the emergency services and ping them your location! However, the Edge will also do it’s best to avoid situations like this, as the Edge has a Pre-Collison assist. The Ford Edge keeps everyone safe and sound by anticipating your next move and the cars around you. Intelligent and impressive stuff!

Each Ford Edge also comes equipped with B&O tailor made speaker systems. Now B&O are a huge name in the audio industry and they bring 1000 watts of power to the car’s speaker system. Don’t turn it up too loud will you!

When is it available?

The Ford Edge is available in 8 colours: Oxford White, Ingot Silver, Magnetic, Chrome Blue, Shadow Black, Ruby Red, White Platinum and Burgundy Velvet. It comes with a 4 cyclinder 2.0L diesel EcoBlue engine and is available in both manual and automatic transmission. Furthermore the Ford Edge also comes in 3 different models: Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale & is available now!

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Chrome DARK MODE

In what seems to be another program/OS adopting the beautiful dark mode phenomenon. Let’s be honest it does look GOOD! Apparently there will be a Google Chrome Dark Mode!

According to 9to5Google reports there will be a dark mode for everyone’s favourite browser. Allegedly macOS and Windows10 will get this feature and is currently in the testing phase in the Canary development builds of the latest build of Chrome. Furthermore the dark mode is said to be enabled by default, as part of your system settings on either OS. Though this is not entirely clear, with the Verge reporting that on some of thier builds it respected the dark mode on the system and others it did not. (Click the featured image above to get a good view of it!)

This new dark mode looks glorious and enables a dark default page for brand new tabs, introduces darker chrome borders and context menus. According to the Verge, the dark mode version of Chrome is said to be rolled out in April. We shall soon see! However, we for one are very excited!

(The Verge)

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ESkate Hub

ESkate Hub

Eskate Hub

Eskate Hub

We’re big fans of electronic skateboards here at How To Kill An Hour! We’ve been informed about an incredible website dedicated to one of our favourite ways of getting around. It’s called Eskate Hub. Eskate Hub has got a LOT of information on Electronic Skateboards.

For example, it details what exactly an E-Skateboard is. Plus it has a ton of reviews on the latest and greatest E-Skateboards that are available to buy today. Furthermore there’s a section dedicated to the best E-Skateboards available on the market! Not entirely sure which one to buy? Look at the handy comparison table to peruse over before you go ahead and make a purchase.

We especially love the guide! It’s very interactive and gives anyone, especially an absolute novice to the E-Skateboard community what the different parts of an E-Skateboard does. It’s definitely a website that we will be taking a look at when looking for our next E-Skateboard to review on the show!

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Pure Siesta Charge

Pure Siesta Charge

This brand new DAB radio from PURE will bring you some incredible sound AND charge up your phone! We don’t know why anyone else hasn’t thought of this before! It’s called the Pure Siesta Charge and is available for £130

The Siesta Charge combines all the great features of Siesta range from Pure but there’s a twist. It comes with the added convenience of a wireless charging pad. The sound quality on it too isn’t bad either. Infact it’s incredible. It comes with stereo sound built in, furthermore you get Bluetooth music streaming built in! Listen to all your favourite DAB/FM stations, as well as all your personal playlists via Bluetooth.

 

Features:

  • DAB/DAB +
  • FM
  • Qi Wireless Charging
  • Bluetooth
  • Alarms via Radio Station or Tone
  • USB Powerpoint charging
  • Auto Dimming display that won’t emmit bright lights
  • 40 Station Presets
  • Sleep Timer, Kitchen Timer
  • Headphone Out

 

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