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Today (24th April) the company called IDAPT have posted a new product on Kickstarter called Modulo which is a expandable portable battery.


Here are the specification’s on the Modulo


At the time of writing the Modulo portable battery on Kickstarter has 50% of the original $30,000 in funding already done, but that not just it there is more.





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First off you may notice that the TP-Link 3G Mobile WiFi and 5200 mAh Power Bank (M5360) is a little different to most 3g mobile Wifi devices as it combines two of the handiest portable accessories, with a 3G wireless hotspot and a USB battery pack, into a single unit.


The TP-Link M5360 comes neatly packaged in a slide-out box. Included with the 3G Mobile WiFi are instructions, a charger, USB-to-microUSB  cable and some SIM adaptors which hold the smaller SIM sizes (Micro, Nano) and the M5360 uses the Mini sim size. The 3G Mobile WiFi itself is larger than the normal size mobile hotspot but this hardly unexpected with an additional 5200 mAh battery stashed in there. Overall, it’s 44 x 29 x 100 mm and weights about 150g.

Full Specifications taken from the website

Specs M5360 - 1

Specs M5360 - 2

The M5360 3G Mobile WiFi is white with a clear plastic cover over the OLED screen. On the top of the device is a microUSB socket to charge up the Power Bank. With on the right side on the device, is a power button turns the unit on, off and toggles between charging only and simultaneous 3G sharing and charging. There’s a reset button if you need to use, with a covered slots for the SIM and micro SD cards.


On the bottom is USB socket that can be used for charging other devices. With only rated at 1A, so it’s more suited to charging smartphones and small media devices.


All you need to do is to slip a SIM in and power the 3G Mobile WiFi up. As the unit is not network-locked you can use whatever SIM you choose, and helpfully on the rear of the device is all the information necessary for connecting to the WiFi network, including SSID and password. The 3G Mobile WiFi generally self-configures, but if you need to change anything, you can log on to the unit via a web browser and make changes.

I used a 3 sim in the UK, that I was using for this testing the TP Link M5360, everything went very smoothly.

With the small display on the M5360, the screen gives all the usual information about the 3G Mobile WiFi side of the device, that includes the signal strength, connectivity, how many people connected to the device, battery and any SMS messages you get on the device.

It shows the download rate, as well as the upload rate and data volume are shown on it too. The unit supports the usual GSM protocols up to the HSPA+ standards. The M5360 is a little different as with most mobile WiFi devices as it does 11b/g/n and up to 10 clients can connect at one times.

The internal battery of the M5360 will run for over two (normal working days) without recharging. With TP-Link quoting about 16-17 hours under heavy use by a single person and upto 26 hours will lighter use. I’m inclined to agree with TP-Link as I was able to use the 3G Power Bank for two and a half working days of relatively light use before recharging.

In addition to powering the 3G Mobile WiFi, the battery can be used to charge another device as well. There are two options, wireless sharing and charging, and charging only; a quick double press of the power button toggles between the two modes. The 5200 mAh battery is roughly double the size of a smartphone battery, so expect to fully recharge your phone twice from the Power Bank.

The TP-Link 3G Mobile WiFi and 5200 mAh Power Bank is a useful combination of the two. The ability to run the hotspot for a full working day (and then some) with several connected clients is attractive.

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Here you can change the default password and SSID for the TP-Link M5360

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You can change the default device name and password by login into the TP-Link webpage for it when you are using the device.

You can’t go wrong with this device, I had no problems at all and the battery life will keep you going longer than most smartphones now days.

Priced at around £70 or less if you shop around.


Today Mircosoft have announced that the first proper update coming to the Xbox One next Tuesday the 11th February.  This update will features many new improvements, including lots of behind-the-scenes updates for developers building apps and games for Xbox One, several new features that Xbox One fans will love, stability and product updates to improve the customer experience, and continuous improvements to the quality of Kinect voice so commands become more fluid and responsive over time.

Some of the features you can expect to see on February 11 include:

  • The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.
  • The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.
  • And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.

But this update next Tuesday isn’t the last one with a second update coming on the 4th March to get ready for Titanfall. This update will contain  many new features and improvements, most significantly to Xbox One party and multiplayer systems.

Today Samsung have confirmed that it will hold its Unpacked 2014 press conference at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on 23rd February.

With Samsung is expected to showcase its next-generation TouchWiz user interface at the event, and even been tipped to announce its Galaxy S5 smartphone.

leaked evleak S5 UI

Picture from @evleaks

Rumour is that the Galaxy S5 will be unveiled at 6pm that same day, and will arrive on the market at the same price as its predecessor, Samsung Galaxy S4.

With rumours of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Specs are the device will feature a 20-megapixel camera with 4K video capabilities also with a new optical image stabilisation. Which includes a 2K QHD display, a “finger print scanner” for security purposes, and a 2900mAh battery.

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Earlier this month we told you about the Nokia Lumia 800 PR 1.2 1600.2487.8107.12070 update, and now it’s rolling out.


The fixes include:

• Enhanced battery standby and talk time performance
• Battery capacity icon instead of question mark on top right of screen
• Improved bass in audio performance
• Soft-key illumination at all brightness levels
• Fixes for device performance issues including self-reboots, freezes and call-ending

Do you have a Lumia 800? What do you think of it?

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Nokia have announced today the Nokia Lumia 800 PR 1.2 1600.2487.8107.12070 update is rolling out.


The fixes include:

• Enhanced battery standby and talk time performance
• Battery capacity icon instead of question mark on top right of screen
• Improved bass in audio performance
• Soft-key illumination at all brightness levels
• Fixes for device performance issues including self-reboots, freezes and call-ending

Do you have a Lumia 800? What do you think of it?

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There have been lots of comments and discussion around the battery issues on the Nokia Lumia 800, not least of which have taken place on Nokia’s support forums. Now one of their Community Managers has responded.


This is what was posted on the discussion forum by a Nokia Community Manager:

We have today received this information from the Lumia 800 team regarding this discussion:

“We’ve seen your comments on the latest update for the Lumia 800 and wanted to take the opportunity to quickly address some points.

First of all, the primary target of the latest Lumia 800 update(1600.2483.8106.11500) was to enhance standby time as well as to bring an improvement to the issue reported by some customers in December, that their phone wasn’t able to access the full battery charge capacity correctly. We can confirm that we have successfully tested that those improvements are working. Additionally, we’ve noted your concerns regarding audio and camera settings and are going to address those in a series of future updates, ie. these will not be included in this specific update. It is also important to understand that only the Nokia Update for Lumia 1600.2483.8106.11500 will introduce the mentioned improvements. If you want to see what update you have installed or what software version you currently have on your Lumia 800, please check Settings>System>About and then tap the box for “More information”. The “Firmware revision number” shows 1600.2483.8106.11500 if you have installed the latest Nokia update for Lumia successfully. To make sure that your Lumia 800 is up to date and always gets the latest features, go to Settings > Phone Update and select “Notify me when updates are found”. Then, as soon as a new update is available for your Lumia 800, your phone will automatically display a notification.

Also always use the original Nokia Fast USB Charger AC-16 or the Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-185CD that came with your Lumia 800, as they are specifically designed to charge the Lumia 800 as efficiently as possible. Only a charger with an output of 1000mA will fully charge your Lumia 800 battery. If you have several Nokia chargers at home, just check the respective labels or plastic parts as the product name is mentioned there.

Last but not least, the Diagnostic App was designed for internal testing purposes. In general, your battery is fine as long as the full charge capacity is more than 1000mAh. For the future, if you are checking your battery life, more useful information on the Battery status can be found by focusing on Settings>System>Battery saver. It will tell you both your remaining battery life in percent as well as the estimated time remaining, plus the time since you last charged your phone (as soon as you have disconnected your phone from your charger). If you have concerns about your battery capacity, please contact Nokia Care (phone numbers and locations can be found via www.nokia.com/support).

Do you have a Lumia 800? What do you think of it?

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Nokia have announced that they acknowledge the battery problems on its new Lumia 800 Windows Phone and that a fix will come in the next update.


Here is Nokia’s press statement:

On Monday 12th December some of our customers started to comment in various social media that the preloaded diagnostics tool in some of the Nokia Lumia 800 phones was showing lower battery capacity than expected. We immediately started to investigate these reports and can now confirm that while the battery itself is fine, a software problem on certain variants is limiting the phone’s ability to access the full battery capacity. We want to stress that this issue has not been found to affect the recently introduced Nokia Lumia 710.

The good news is that as this is a software problem it can be easily resolved. The planned software update in early 2012, as well as including many performance enhancements, will also include a fix that will enable the affected phones to access the total battery capacity. For anyone who does not want to wait for the software update, Nokia can arrange for a replacement phone. Anyone who requires any further clarification should contact Nokia Care (Care contact details and locations can be found at www.Nokia.com/support).

Anyone who wants to know if their phone is affected can run the battery status test from the diagnostics tool already installed on their phone. (The tool is designed for service use and only displays approximate values.) Dialling ##634# opens the diagnostics tool. By accepting the disclaimer and then selecting ‘Battery Status’ from the list of options, anyone will be able to see their available battery charge capacity. If your full charge capacity reads less than 1000 mAh then your phone is affected with this specific issue and you may find it is necessary to charge your phone more frequently than normal. Once the software update has been applied, you should experience much better battery life. In the meantime here are some tips on how to increase your battery performance and you should also make sure you are using the charger that came with the phone, as older chargers may not be as effective at charging the new Nokia Lumia 800.

So it’s not just Apple iPhones that can have battery issues when they are first released!

Do you have a Nokia Lumia 800 and are you affected by the bug? Let us know….

via: MobileTechWorld

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Nokia have announced that they have started rolling out an update to it’s new Lumia 800 Windows Phone.


Over the course of the next two weeks, starting today, a new software update for the award-winning Nokia Lumia 800 will be rolled out in the countries where the phone has been made available.

The update brings a number of performance and usability enhancements including:

  • Charging improvements
  • Voicemail notification improvement
  • Replying to mail improved for Microsoft Exchange 2003 users
  • Improved display switching in bright light
  • Improved audio quality

Not everyone will get the update at once – the number of simultaneous downloads has to be limited – but it should be delivered in all the initial launch countries over the course of the next two weeks. The software will be downloaded through Microsoft Zune.

A further update is planned for early 2012 to deliver more improvements to the software. There’s more information on the update process on the product support pages.

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If you have a 1st generation iPod nano then you will want to get it replaced by Apple as they said it may overheat and pose a safety risk.


Here is what Apple has said:

Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in the iPod nano (1st generation) may overheat and pose a safety risk. Affected iPod nanos were sold between September 2005 and December 2006.

This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect. While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages.

Apple recommends that you stop using your iPod nano (1st gen) and follow the process noted below to order a replacement unit, free of charge.

Note: This battery issue is specific to the iPod nano (1st gen) and does not affect any other iPod.

Replacement Process

You may order a replacement unit via the web. Click here to begin.

Your iPod nano serial number will be checked to verify that it is eligible for this program. You will receive a replacement unit approximately 6 weeks after we receive your current iPod nano (1st gen).

If you have a personalized iPod nano, you will receive a non-personalized replacement. Make sure to use iTunes to back up any data on your current iPod nano before sending it in for a replacement unit.

Additional Information

Identifying an iPod nano (1st gen):

  • It has a black or white plastic front and a silver metal back – later iPod nano models have a metal front and back. See images on this web page.

If you need assistance with placing an order, please visit an Apple Retail Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) and bring your iPod nano with you for serial number validation.

Your replacement iPod product is warranted to be free from defects for 90 days from the date of service.

So if you still have one of these, get it swapped out today.

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We reported that we had experienced poor battery life on the new iPhone 4S and iOS 5 recently, and a few days ago Apple released an update to fix it. For some, myself included, this fix didn’t work!


According to Apple, the update “Fixes bugs affecting battery life”. Personally I haven’t experienced any increase in battery performance, and it is just as poor as it was before the update.

Worse still, after applying the update I noticed that I had problems with my email on the iPhone. I had a number of messages that simply said “No Sender” and “No Subject” even though prior to the update they were proper emails.

Removing the accounts and re-adding them fixed that, but it shouldn’t have happened.

One good thing though was the over the air (OTA) updates from Apple worked like a charm (all be it not fixing the problems) and it was nice for one to only have to do a small download for the update instead of the usual 650MB+ per Apple device.

Regarding the battery problems, website AllThingsD are reporting:

“The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices,” the company said in a statement given to AllThingsD. “We continue to investigate a few remaining issues.”

So, come on Apple, fix this issue and fix it soon!

Did the fix work for you? Let us know…..

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Apple have just released the iOS 5.0.1 update to fix the battery life problems – hurray!


iOS 5.0.1 Software Update

This update contains improvements and other bug fixes, including:

•    Fixes bugs affecting battery life
•    Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
•    Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
•    Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

Products compatible with this software update:

•    iPhone 4S
•    iPhone 4
•    iPhone 3GS
•    iPad 2
•    iPad
•    iPod touch (4th generation)
•    iPod touch (3rd generation)

My iPhone 4S is downloading the update right now!

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