Manchester Airport Busy Times: Trying to predict if there are big queues today

TLDR: It is a bit hit and miss due to the current situation We have all seen how awful Manchester Airport is at the moment, and that’s putting it politely. Post pandemic staffing issues and continued covid related sickness leave mean that both the airport and flight operators are woefully understaffed. This is causing massive … Read more

Google Search Console Down With 500 Error [Google Webmaster Tools]

[Update @ 07:50 BST / 06:50 UTC] It is now working for me but the search console data is still stuck on Friday While this is not quite my usual consumer tech news, it will likely be affecting many website owners this morning. Currently, when you log into Google Search Console, formerly Webmaster Tools, and … Read more

Huawei P40 Pro Review – Still the best camera in the business, but does it work without Google?

[Update] I now have Google Play Store and mobile services working – it is not an easy process, but it works well and makes a huge difference Huawei’s first flagship phone of 2020 has landed, the P-series always sets the bar for camera performance throughout the year with few devices coming close. Last year we … Read more

Huawei may get trade ban exemptions very shortly. Mate 30 Pro could finally get Google Apps

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was recently interviewed by Bloomberg where he stated that licenses allowing US companies to deal with Huawei would arrive “very shortly at the same time it has been reported that a trade agreement with China gets closer. Currently, companies on the trade ban list are prohibited from doing business with American companies … Read more

The Best Home Automation Systems & Devices for 2019

Originally posted in March 2018, I have now updated the post for 2019 to reflect some of the new tech and suggestions. This includes some reader recommendations too In the past couple of years, the home automation industry has boomed, and the traditional Z-wave based systems have lost ground to the new wave of AI-based … Read more

Google Stadia Instant Access Game Streaming Service via Chrome to Launch this Year. Doom Eternal will run at 4K60

We have been promised game streaming for years with OnLive being one of the bigger names that I personally used, but it shut down in 2015 and any games that you had bought went with it. Things have come on a long way since then, PlayStation Now is probably the biggest company offering the service. … Read more

Google Pixel 3 ($799) & Pixel 3 XL launched ($899) along with Pixel Slate & Google Home Hub

Google has officially launched their latest Pixel 3 smartphones following weeks of leaks and even hands-on reviews. Both phones have identical internal but their screen and overall size differ, the increased size of the Pixel 3 XL allows them to squeeze in a 3430mAh battery whereas the smaller model has just 2915mAh. The screen of the XL is 6.3-inch … Read more

Android 9.0 Pie is here, but most of us won’t get to use it for many months

The most important part of today’s news is what the P stands for in the new Android OS. I was rooting for Peanut Butter, but sadly they have gone for something more basic with Pie. Now we know the name, that means a final build of Android 9.0 Pie is ready for the masses and … Read more

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One Phone Review

Xiaomi is the $100-billion tech giant that doesn’t even sell their phones in western countries. If you are willing to go through the import process though, you can end up with a phone that is cheaper than companies such as Samsung, LG and Sony, while also offering the same level of build and software support … Read more

Home Automation Christmas Gift Guide 2018

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.91″ background_layout=”light”] Thanks to Amazon Echo devices and Google Home the home automation trend has boomed this year. So, what are the best gifts to get for the people wanting to get into home automation? Smart Assistant / Speakers The first obvious choice is a smart speaker/assistant with the following options: [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column … Read more

Google Pixel 2 XL burn in problems being investigated

Over the past few days, the internet has been a flurry of reports of screen burn-in issues with the OLED display of the Google Pixel 2 XL. Alex Dobie, an executive producer at Android Central posted an image to twitter showing his Pixel 2 XL with a large grey overlay which clearly shows the navigation … Read more

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