Google Pixel glass back

Google Pixel Rear Glass Shattered? Here’s Your Options

I recently shattered the glass back panel on my Google Pixel whilst at the gym. The rear glass shattered close to the fingerprint sensor, with a cob-web shatter that spread across the rear glass. I was absolutely distraught, but thankfully, I got my Google Pixel repaired within just a few days – although finding a solution to my problem wasn’t an easy process.

So, to help fellow Google Pixel owners out who have shattered the rear glass on their phone, here’s what I learned whilst looking for a repair:

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NOW TV Smart Box

NOW TV Smart Box Features and Price

The NOW TV Smart Box was released in 2016 as an upgrade to the standard NOW TV Box, although the regular box is still on the market. The NOW TV Smart Box offers the ability to pause and rewind live TV, and lets you watch over 60 Freeview channels including 12 in HD (i.e. regular TV) over the internet instead of having to rely on a satellite dish.

Those Freeview channels are provided in addition to Sky’s own content. The Smart Box connects to your TV via HDMI, and it has its own power source and remote control.

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Best Google Cardboard kits

The best third-party Google Cardboard kits

Google Cardboard is a fascinating product, a product which puts virtual reality into the hands of regular Android smartphone users at a fraction of the price of what most people would assume virtual reality kits cost.

Cardboard went from concept to project to product in what seems no time at all, and while Facebook bought into virtual reality technology for a mind-blowing $2 billion, Google settled for something a little more simple…

…cardboard.

Google Cardboard was created under Google’s 20 Percent Policy, a company policy that allows employees to spend some of their normal working hours on side projects. This is the first indication that this policy is indeed an effective one, and it has spawned a market for third-party Google Cardboard kits as well as a new hobby for DIY-ers.

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Wireless mechanical keyboard

Wireless mechanical keyboards are rare, aren’t they?

I’ve been typing on a¬†Microsoft Wireless Comfort Keyboard 5000 for over two years, and I’ve not got a bad word to say. It lasts well over two months on AA batteries (with at least four hours of daily use) and the accuracy is top notch. I rarely mistype a word.

But I like to change things up and while the 5000 would no doubt continue to serve me well into the future, I want a mechanical keyboard. I had the pleasure of using a Das Keyboard 4 Professional for a couple of hours this week and I was blown away by how good it felt to work on a mechanical keyboard – when I was growing up, my family home had two computers both with mechanical keyboards, and I forgot just how nice it feels to have a robust click under your fingers.

It helped that the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is full size like the 5000 with similar spacing and key sizes, so I was able to jump straight onto it and type away.

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Choosing a smartphone operating system

How to… choose a smartphone operating system

Buying a smartphone should be easy, and you probably already have an idea about what you want. But with so much choice on the market, it’s important to take a step back and assess your needs and look at what the current crop offers as well as the crop of the near future, as there is always a smartphone just around the corner that boasts more speed and a sleeker design.

But the biggest consideration when buying a smartphone should be the operating system it runs on. You are essentially buying into an ecosystem, an ecosystem dominated by apps, cloud services and home-grown syncing. This is the most important consideration because some operating systems won’t have the apps you need and some operating systems won’t offer the features you need – which is why we have written a handy guide on choosing a mobile operating system below.

Have a read and make sure you buy into the right mobile ecosystem.

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Roth Oli RA1 review

Roth OLi RA1 speakers review

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What we have in the Roth OLi RA1 speakers are a pair of speakers that punch beyond their modest price tag, delivering audio quality that’s really rather good. Stick to a sound level on the sociable side and you’re going to be blown away by the quality of these speakers for the price. In nutshell, we highly recommend them.

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why are tomtom updates slow

Why are TomTom updates so slow?

And not just slow… they’re horribly slow.

I went to view a house recently, and like many people, my sense of direction is awful. A lot of the time I put my trust into my TomTom to guide me to unfamiliar places and after two years of ownership of the TomTom XXL Classic, it’s never put a foot wrong.

Keen to ensure that my TomTom had up-to-date software to guide me to my house viewing, I plugged it into my Windows 8 machine and downloaded TomTom HOME, TomTom’s desktop software to update the maps. I did this two hours before my house viewing stupidly thinking – expecting – any updates to be downloaded and installed well before it was time to set off.

But how wrong I was.

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Crossy Road review

Crossy Road review

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“Stop getting angry”…

“Stop punching your phone”…

“It’s just a game!”…

My girlfriend doesn’t get it.

I have invested an hour and a half into Crossy Road, and I’m no closer than I was to begin with at being able to cross the road. It should be simple – child’s play. But it isn’t. I keep getting squashed by cars, smashed by trains, engulfed by water or swooped up by a hawk… being a chicken has never been so hard, and I’m going through them at a rate faster than KFC does.

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