The Nokia Lumia 520 has proved to be a massive success, becoming one of the best selling budget phones of all time. However, it now has some competition in the face of, well, the new version of the Lumia. The Nokia Lumia 530 has recently been announced by Microsoft and it promises to provide another affordable entry level phone. Classed as the “most affordable Lumia to date”, the 530 is expected to sell for around £70 in the UK. It looks very similar to the Lumia, with the main changes being an improved 1.4 quad core Snapdragon processor...

Another security breach at eBay has led to more than 1,000 customers of Stubhub having their accounts broken into. Unlike the last time though, this problem hasn’t come about through the company’s servers being hacked. Instead, the attacks were carried out with the help of user IDs that the hackers had obtained in other attacks on other sites or directly on people’s computers. It seems that the hackers gathered a large number of user passwords for the site and then started accessing those accounts in 2013. Once they had broken into...

Karcher have been at the forefront of power washer and pressure cleaners for years, yet I’ve never reviewed one, until now. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been thoroughly testing the Karcher K4 compact pressure washer; blasting patios, concrete, decking and dirty cars in the name of science. In the box – K 4.600 MD Base unit – Quick clean Hose and Gun Vario Lance – T250 Patio Cleaner – Plug & Clean Detergent System – Full Instructions – 0.75 inch Garden Hose adaptor Getting Started...

A novel idea to reduce stress in workers’ joints is being tried out at a BMW production plant in Germany. The Munich factory has given out 3D printed thumbs to workers, for them to use while they are putting together car parts. These so-called super-thumbs are more correctly known as thermoplastic polyurethane thumb protectors. They are made to size for each BMW worker by using a mobile scanning device to measure their hands. The thumb protector is then printed off using a 3D printer and fits snugly over the worker’s real thumb like...

The controversy caused by the removal of many links from Google has led to some of them now being reinstated. The issue came about thanks to the internet giant starting to comply with the European Court of Justice “right to be forgotten” ruling. The initial batch of removed links, to articles in the Guardian newspaper and other sites, included details on the former Merrill Lynch boss Stan O’Neal and Scottish referee Dougie McDonald, who was caught lying about a decision he had made. However, the articles whose links had been...

Rumours about the supposed released of the new Microsoft smartwatch are heating up, with October said to be when we can expect it so in shops. Of course, we have heard about the possibility of a Microsoft watch hitting the markets for some time now. However, it now seems possible that it will finally be released around the same time as the Apple iWatch, which would seem to make sense if Microsoft doesn’t want to miss the boat. Interestingly, the latest reports suggest that the Microsoft smartwatch will be compatible with other mobile...

Google TV looked like a good idea when it was first announced a few year ago so what went wrong? More importantly, what has changed since then to make Android TV from Google something that it more likely to be successful? The plans for Google TV were unveiled a long time ago now but it never really took off in the way that the internet giant expected it to. However, there are some differences with Android TV that might make the difference. For a start, it has been designed to fit in more easily with the technology we already have in our...

A controversial and secret Facebook experiment has led to criticism of the social media giant. The psychology experiment by Facebook involved them manipulating news items, which were then seen by close to 700,000 people who didn’t know that they were seeing a news feed that had been tampered with. The idea behind this experiment was to see if “exposure to emotions” caused users to then post in a different way. The work was done by Facebook in collaboration with a couple of US universities and they said that it didn’t involve any...

The new messaging app Yo has turned out to be an unexpected runaway success. Let’s face it; all it lets you do is send a message with the word “Yo”. Despite the limited nature of the app, Yo has shot to the top of the app download charts and raised £600,000 in investment funds. However, it has now been found to have a serious security flaw in it. The creator of Yo is called Or Arbel and he has confirmed that the app does presently have some “security issues”. In fact, it appears that a few college students discovered a loophole...

It has been reported that both Google and Microsoft will be adding kill switch functionality to their future phones. This change would ensure that Android and Windows phones could be made utterly useless if they are stolen. Of course, the idea is that this stops people from stealing them in the first place. The figures on mobile phone theft across the world are pretty shocking. For a start, US figures show that over 3 million devices were stolen in 2013, which was an increase of close to 100% on the previous year. In Europe, it has been...