HTC Flyer £479.99 @ BEST BUY UK – Super Sale or Super Screw-up?
After seeing the HTC Flyer over the weekend I am now dying to get my hands on one. After a recent search to see what other tablets were available at this price range or for even less I stumbled upon this.
Chaos erupted on twitter when hundreds of thousands of people started seeing tweets in their time line from a mysterious Rob Twizz.
This is a brief update for auto-retweeting on Twitter. Some time ago I wrote a post about my experience with Yahoo pipes, but now I don’t need to “invent” anything anymore.
RoundTeam provides quick and convenient solution for retweeting automatically anything we want. RoundTeam is online service, which is created to do automatic retweets on behalf of your Twitter account. Using this tool you can define what to retweet: #hashtags, @mentions or just keywords. Also you can define from whom to retweet: from your followers, from those who are followed by you, or from all Twitter. Another useful feature – you can set up retweeting from any Public Twitter list. That means you can retweet from any particular Twitter account or even a group of accounts just by including them into Twitter list.
Let’s have a look on how it works. Login to RoundTeam. No registration needed. You will see the dashboard like this:
Link Twitter account which will make automatic retweets. It can be either account you used to login or any other your Twitter account. I added the same account which I used to login. (Note numbers of your followers/following at the next screenshot – brilliant idea! – it also shows the +/- difference in numbers since last login, so you can always track your progress!):
Define any retweet parameters you want. First, choose the auditory you want to retweet from. I chose “Followers”. Then add #hashtag, @mention or keyword you want to be retweeted.
You are done now! Enjoy your retweet feed! You can make changes to your settings anytime. Hope you’ll enjoy user-friendly interface of this service.
And here is the simple screenshot illustrating how “List” feature looks like:
More details about configuring Lists feature you can find here: RoundTeam FAQ
One more thing, there is a very useful in my opinion feature called “Email aliases”. If you want to register new Twitter account for your retweeting purposes, you will need to provide new email address. RoundTeam saves your time by providing email aliases – create your “roundteam.co” email and link it to your current email address (Gmail, Yahoo etc.). Just 2 seconds and you are done:
Here what we finally got:
In conclusion, I can mention several use cases RoundTeam can help you with:
- you can fill your Twitter feed with interesting retweets, relevant to your account’s topic. More about it here: Aggregate Updates.
- you can promote your Twitter account – it is not a secret that people follow those, who have bright, the most up-to-date information in their feeds;
- you can engage the interest of other Twitter users by retweeting them (nobody knows that you do it automatically! RoundTeam just saves your time and effort, but on Twitter nobody can find out if it is manual RT or auto-RT unless you’ll tell them!)
- unique opportunity on Twitter – you can establish conversations among your followers. No one other application or Twitter itself can allow you to do this! Right now Twitter is just micro-blog, but using RoundTeam you can create and develop communities. All you need to do is just to think about your unique #hashtag, add it to be retweeted from Followers in your RoundTeam account and inform your buddies to tweet with this #hashtag when they want to say something to the community. RoundTeam will retweet this message and every your Follower will see it in your account’s feed without the necessity to follow or be followed by other community members. More about community building with RoundTeam here: Community Building.
Using the service is completely free. Moreover, they have nice customer support and you can get your problems solved at the quickest. You should give RoundTeam a try now!Continue Reading »
A common problem and mistake made on windows computers is that when you have a computer that has an international keyboard, for whatever reason, people seem to always make the same mistake when changing the keyboard layout. It is an easy mistake to make but can cause absolute chaos when using office applications as it instantly changes the language of whatever document you are working on to the language of your keyboard which in most cases isn’t what you want.
To help people with this I decided to create my first screen-cast, showing how to change the keyboard layout on your computer without changing input language:Continue Reading »
What is the one thing all techies can’t life without but can’t get abroad without taking out a loan? Fast, reliable access to the internet where ever you are. There is however a company that claims to offer this. Tep Wireless is a company from the UK that can offer mobile broadband and smartphones within Europe for just a slight premium above a local buying internet locally.
The service is offered in several European countries including the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany offering different packages for the different countries which you can go to. There are fixed prices for each country depending how long you plan to stay in that country with the cheapest for 30 days being Italy, which is just £2.50 per day.
How it Works?
The way it works is that Tep Wireless have deals in the countries they allow travel to with the network providers where they pay the local rates. They can then rent the devices to their customers for the length of time they require without the needs for them to take out lengthy contracts or having the hassle of trying to communicate what they want in a foreign mobile shop.
What you get?
With the pocket Wifi you get a Tep branded pack that contains:
- Your pocket wifi
- A USB Cable
- A UK universal USB Charger
- An adapter to use the charger in the country you are travelling to
- A 12V Car Charger (optional)
- An additional battery and charger (optional)
Data (Pocket WiFi and Smartphone)
In the countries where unlimited data is offered (just Italy, Spain, Germany and the UK at the moment) you are provided with PAYG sim that is topped up by
In all other countries you are provided with
Ordering from Tep
You may be wondering how to get your hands on this deal so let me explain the whole process with the advantage of personal experience. The first step is to order the device you want. For both Pocket WiFi and Smartphones you will first need to pick the country you are travelling to. From the next page you can then set your dates of travel, choose whether to have both a Pocket WiFi and a Smartphone, and then have the cost of your rental calculated. When I ordered mine it stopped calculating the price at 30 days so essentially you could have ordered these products for many years for the cost of one month but this glitch was soon resolved, which is unfortunate for everyone looking for a real bargain.
Once all this is calculated
Tep Wireless Website
Tep has a contemporary looking website with great images of people using their products and bright colours however, although the site looks great, it can be hard to navigate and find the information that you are looking for.
It is also glitchy in a few areas. One particular area is the savings calculator. I cannot for the life of me get this to work. It appears to have everything it should but doesn’t allow for a user to enter numbers and see how much would be saved!
What fair usage? One thing you should always expect from any company that offers an “unlimited” service of anything is a fair usage policy, however with Tep Wireless there is no fair usage policy to be seen meaning that on their unlimited services you can actually get unlimited internet!
The Future of Tep
I have been reliably informed of some upcoming changes to the Tep service to improve it further. With the non-unlimited plans they have promised to be upgrading this service to 150MB per day as apposed to the 50MB per day for the same price which is a much more reasonable amount of data for the standard user.Continue Reading »
I accidentally found this out but it is really handy. All you have to do is flip around the HTC scribe pen and it works as a fantastic capacitive stylus:Continue Reading »
This is the hardware review of the HTC Flyer where I will take a look at the hardware features and specs of the device. See full specs bellow the video.
HTC Flyer Specifications
- 600 x 1024 pixels, 7.0 inches LCD capacitive touchscreen (with digitizer input)
- 1.5 GHz Single Core
- 32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
- Android OS, v2.3.3
- 5 MP rear facing camera with 720p video support
- 1.3MP front facing camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi hotspot
- Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
- Quad-band GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 3G HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100
- HSDPA 14.4 Mbps (Download), HSUPA 5.76 Mbps (Upload)
- Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
Due to a lack of time at the moment, I have decided that in future I will separate my videos of devices from the reviews and then create a separate review when I have the time.
So here is the unboxing video for the HTC Flyer:
Included in the box for the HTC Flyer, you get:
- The HTC Flyer
- A white leather case
- The HTC Scribe Pen (included in the UK, but not in the US) – with AAAA battery
- A wall charger for your locale
- A USB cable for PC data sync
- A pair of HTC headphones (with ear buds and clips)
On Sunday I made my way to west London to go in search of the HTC Roadshow that was in town at Westfield Shopping Centre. It took me a little while to hunt down the road show but I did eventually find it! While there I took a look at all their latest products but the devices I was most interested in were the HTC Flyer and the HTC Sensation. After having a quick play arround with the Incredible S, Desire S and HD7 I got chatting to a friendly HTC worker. Started talking about all the old HTC phones (in particular the ones I had owned) and was just reminiscing with someone who could actually remember the HTC Universal!
After about half an hour just chatting we got down to business and he showed me around the HTC flyer (apologies in advance for the “Yep”ing):
As you can see the HTC Flyer is just an amazing device…
The other device I looked at was the HTC Sensation. After seeing the Flyer this was a rather disappointing experience. Of course it was very snappy and very fast and would make for an amazing phone to own, but there was no real innovation like in the Flyer. It was just another android phone and that’s exactly what it felt like.
I am not saying that as a phone it is a let down, or that the performance did not meet up to the specs that it had (because it most certainly did and if I was to buy a new phone, this would be the one I would get) but in terms of a new product on the market, the Sensation was just HTC’s version of a dual core phone whereas with the Flyer and its pen input, it was a real change.Continue Reading »
After seeing the HTC Flyer over the weekend I am now dying to get my hands on one. After a recent search to see what other tablets were available at this price range or for even less I stumbled upon this:
Yes… You have read it right. The 3G/WiFi version of the HTC Flyer for the price of the WiFi HTC Flyer. To me this looks like a mistake for the very reason just mentioned (they have got it mixed up with the price of the WiFi Flyer). However it is not just that. They clearly State that it has a 32GB capacity which is ONLY available for the 3G version and my other theory that this was the US version (without a pen) was proved wrong by the description.
Obviously I had no choice but to buy one of these at that bargain price and you can do the same, providing they don’t change anything! I will keep you updated with the status of my order and obviously when it arrives I will do a FULL unboxing and review!
UPDATE: The description on the best buy page has now been modified for the WiFi, 16GB version. However, the tablet I ordered has arrived and it is indeed the 32GB, 3G version. Hope you all took my advice and ordered when you could in order to save £120 on the HTC Flyer. I suppose I owe a big thank-you to Best Buy for sending what the desription said and honouring their part of the transaction.Continue Reading »
This is a quick tutorial made to explain how to copy fonts for backup and sharing.
- Navigate to C:\Windows\Font or click Start>Control Panel>Fonts
- Find the font you wish to send. The name of the file may not necessarily be under the name you might expect and there may be a suffix to the font like “Regular” or “Compressed Light”.
- To back these fonts up, slect the fonts for backup and copy them to your backup location. For sharing, copy this to a removable media device or copy into a folder which can then be zipped and emailed to the recipient.
- To restore or install the font, you should right click the font file and select “Install”
Last night chaos erupted on twitter when hundreds of thousands of people started seeing tweets in their time line from a mysterious Rob Twizz. Most people’s initial reaction (including mine after my sister told me about the strange tweets popping up in her time line) was that their accounts had been hacked to start following him, or RTwizz had found an exploit to get people to follow him without permission (similar to a bug twitter had a few years ago) however after some research I found this to be quite different.
Apparently this Robert Twizz is a “Rapper with a sense of humour”. He already had a moderate on-line presence before this event with YouTube videos and a group of fans following him on his ‘old’ and supposedly hacked twitter account. Apparently for this wannabe rapper, his 2,000 followers on his old profile just wasn’t enough and he needed to do something big to get more followers and he had been planning this for a very long time.
Despite not being as interesting or as ingenious as finding an exploit to make users follow him or being able to hack into peoples account directly and change make them follow him, what Robert Twizz did was more deceptive, cunning and to be totally honest; simple. Robert Twizz (or a friend of his if you are to take his tweets in defence as truth) had an account under the name of Justin Lee Collins which he created 2 years ago and left dormant for people to start following, in the thought that it was the official Justin Lee Collins. After accumulating 130,000 followers under the name of someone else the account was then totally re-branded to the identity of RTwizz in every way possible. The user name and name on the account were change, the profile picture and background picture, the bio and anything else that could link this account with its previous identity was removed and then last night Robert Twizz sent his first tweet.
If you look over all of Rob’s tweets he is trying to come across as genuine in an attempt to keep the followers that he has ‘obtained’ and in some cases is close to begging people not to unfollow however it is these tweets on his feed that allowed me to uncover everything about what Rob was up to. The first clue was thanks to a response which lead me to a tweet sent to him from @CarlyBunny.
Not only did this tweet make me realise that these people were probably following this user before (as he was not showing in any of the affected users recent follows) but also gave me a name to work with. Despite having this, I was still uncertain on whether on not this was a fake account just re-branded or a famous person’s account hacked or if it was something all together different. What really confirmed that it was not a twitter exploit of some sort was his later tweets to other people accusing him of hacking.
In all of his responses he mentions that someone else “built” the twitter account. The way it was phrased was subtle but most certainly suggests that the account was created through deception. Now armed with the method and a possible name for the previous identity of this account I had to find some convincing evidence that this account was previously owned by Justin Lee Collins or was under his name. To do this I thought of something that identifies a twitter account that not only would be impossible for Rob to remove but would actually be something that he would want to keep: the places that the account was listed.
Surely enough this lead to confirmation. The lists were typical of all the sorts of things that Justin Lee Collins would be listed in: “celebs”, “comedians”, “famous”, “tv” and my personal favourite, a list for all the Justin’s of the world, “@justingould/justins“.
After speaking with many people who this has affected they have all confirmed that they may have followed a fake Justin Lee Collins account or even a real Justin Lee Collins account that was hacked. To clear up the arguments I was having on twitter as to whether or not this was the real account of Justin Lee Collins hacked or a fake one built with the intention of re-branding in this way I had a bit more investigation to do. I did a search on the net for the official account of Justin Lee Collins and soon stumbled upon a website confirming that there was a fake twitter account set up in Justin Lee Collins’ name.
Unfortunately the site didn’t mention the user name of this account or give a link to it but what it did give was some dates. The post shown above was published on the 4th of February 2009 with the confirmation from Justin’s Agent on the 16th. Looking at these dates I notice something. Earlier in my investigations I was interested to see when the account was set up to see if that would give any clues. As soon as I saw the date on this article I instantly realised!
If this wasn’t confirmation enough then I don’t know what is. In the fast moving world of twitter and the internet, if a mildly convincing fake twitter account was set up for a relatively famous person, it would not have taken long from the date of creation to the date when the fake was uncovered and confirmed. The dates here line up perfectly and with the other facts (especially that all affected users seem to know who Justin Lee Collins is and think they may have followed him some time in the past) there is no arguing that Rob Twizz (or someone he knew) set up the account in 2009 with this outcome in mind.
In conclusion, whether you are now following @officialrtwizz or not we need to show Mr. Twizz that deception is not the way to get followers – you need to do it the hard way like everyone else. Please block and report that account for spam. When enough people have done this, the account will flag up for twitter as suspicious activity and will then hopefully get deleted as in my opinion this is just as bad as spamming these people, who don’t want to read his tweets or even be following him! Oh and if you really don’t like R. Twizz’s audacity, feel free to block his old account too: @rtwizz!
UPDATE: He has now named himself @newforyou321 and once again attempted to delete all identifying features of his account, including tweets and profile picture and name! Think he is waiting for the heat to die down to make ANOTHER attempt! Will this guy ever give up?
UPDATE: He changed to @MatthewKader for a bit and now he is @Shallowking! I don’t quite know what he is up to? Is this another fake identity he is taking to try and boost his following again? Does he not realise that as tweeting as Matthew Kline Kader he is still going to loose followers that wanted to follow Justin Lee Collins? Has it now been sold on to someone else?Continue Reading »