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Getting Good Value Monthly Tariffs

The following article is sponsored. -Ed.

What are the best networks for a monthly mobile package?

With the recession, saving money and cutting costs has become a bigger incentive than ever for the average Briton. One area of our finances where we seem willing to spend large amounts is on our mobile phones and internet connection.

AOL Money revealed that millions of Britons overspend on their utilities and household bills, including gas, electricity, telephone and internet. With so many costs to balance, as well as the hard work and organisation which goes into changing habits to reduce the cost of our leisure and pleasure expenditure, finding the time and presence to focus on the most money-saving schemes for each utility in your life can prove overwhelming – are there enough hours in the day?!

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Fall Is Here, Time To Take Some Pictures

This post is sponsored by eBay. From the new to the hard to find, when it’s on your mind, it’s on eBay.

The summer came and went in the blink of an eye, and now we’re all getting ready for the winter months ahead. But in the meantime, let’s not forget that autumn can bring with it some pretty spectacular photographic opportunities. With that in mind, you would do well to arm yourself with a few essentials before you head out into the the great outdoors. Let’s look at three.

The Nikon D800

Really, if you want to be taking professional looking photographs, dSLR cameras are probably the way to go. The D800 is not Nikon’s flagship camera, but has garnered a “better quality to price ratio than the D4″ from DxO labs, which is high praise. Its most notable feature is the megapixel count: 36 million. That’s three times the amount of the camera it replaces, the D700. It’s a full-frame camera, which means its sensor is the same size as a 35mm film frame.

The Sony NEX-5N

If you really want to avoid dSLR cameras altogether, there’s a new type on the market that might bridge the gap between boring point-and-shoots, and their bigger cousins. The Sony NEX-5N is a mirrorless device with interchangeable lenses, which gives it the best of both worlds. Much of the quality of dSLR pictures come from the top notch optics in the lenses, and this particular camera can be had with an adapter that opens the door to an entire world of lenses. Its sensor is of 14.1MP, which is plenty enough for most uses, especially in this price range.

The Think Tank Streetwalker

Once you start taking pictures, you realize that you need something to carry all this gear in. You buy one lens, an extra flash, and next thing you know, a dedicated solution is a must. As long as your collection is still relatively small, the Think Tank Streetwalker is perfect for you. It’s compartmentalized and can hold a couple of lenses aside from the main camera and related gear. There’s even a removable seam-sealed rain cover if your timing is off and get caught outdoors during a downpour.

It’s Back To School Time: 3 Essential Gadgets For University Life

This post is sponsored by eBay. From the new to the hard to find, when it’s on your mind, it’s on eBay.

Sadly, summer came and went and you barely noticed. This means that for a large chunk of the world’s population, it’s time to get back to school and work to get that degree. But university life means more than just showing up for class and getting your assignments done on time. A lot of you will be living in dorms, or getting an apartment near or on campus, and aside from paying for your tuition, you’re going to have to think about what else to get to make the best of what could turn out to be the best years of your life. Books, bags, phones, calculators… the shopping list is long. This article is going to look at three articles we think are essential.


The Macbook Pro With Retina Display
Let’s take care of the serious gear first. For pretty much any discipline, we think having a solid laptop is essential. You will take notes on it, do your assignments on it, research your papers on it, you’ll… do everything on it. And granted some of you will argue that the MacBook Pro with Retina display is overkill for many fields, but we beg to differ. While you might find it has too much horsepower right now, a couple of years down the line it’ll still be near the top of the stack, performance-wise, and you won’t be feeling the need to swap it out for something faster. Packing quad-core Core i7 processors with specs up to 2.7GHz, 6MB of shared L3 cache, and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7GHz, you’ll tear through any application today… or three years from today. It’s slim and svelte at 0.71 inches and 4.46 pounds, but most importantly, its display has 5 million pixels. That’s right, 5 million. It’s only a matter of time until the web adjusts to this new resolution and starts producing websites that will look larger and larger on regular laptops, but just right on the Retina display. And like the iPhone changed the smartphone landscape, there’s a good chance these displays will do the same to websites in a few years.

A Vizio TV
Now we move on to something less serious, but we think just as essential: a good TV. You’re going to want to watch movies now and then, whether you’re alone or with friends, because let’s face it, you won’t be studying all the time. A good place to start is with a Vizio TV. Vizio is an American company founded in 2002, and does brisk business on the back of the quality of its products as well as its reasonable prices. Sets range in sizes from 32″ to 65″, as well a pretty stunning 58″ 21:9 aspect ratio 3D TV called the XVT 3D CINEMAWIDE® RAZOR LED® SMART TV.

A Polk Audio Sound System
Of course as much as we like the picture on most LCD TVs these days, we wouldn’t necessarily want to listen to their integrated speakers. It’s not a bad idea to invest in a separate set, like some Polk Speakers. These come in all shapes an sizes, like the Polk SurroundBar 6000 IHT Speaker System, or the RTiA1 High performance bookshelf loudspeaker. Both of these will satisfy your audio needs, although any of their current products would too. We’ve come across some pretty solid reviews of their subwoofers by the way, but we wouldn’t want to suggest you getting anything that’ll make you a bad neighbour, right? Right?…

Oh, we’re lying. We’re tying these speakers in with the TV above, but really, we’re not fooling anyone: these will be essential to have any kind of party with. It’s not college if you don’t have a bit of fun.

And with this, we wish you the best of luck with your upcoming semesters. We hope you have fun shopping if you haven’t already done so.

Sony Xperia S

The following article is sponsored. -Ed.

Usually when buying a smartphone it makes sense to aim for one of the established manufacturers. After all, with a few notable exceptions, they are the ones who have the necessary funding to spend on research and development – the most crucial element when sculpting a smartphone from a mere also-ran to a real technological marvel. However, the competition in this field is intense. Here’s a quick assessment of where your money might be best directed.

Sony Xperia S
In the nineties and early noughties Sony Ericsson was seen as the most likely manufacturer to topple Nokia from its perch of domination. How times have changed: neither Nokia nor Sony (as it is now having divorced Ericsson) could be deemed the champ. However Sony is clearly not prepared to accept this state of affairs, and has come up with the Xperia S as their latest ruse to enter and dominate the smartphone market. Its biggest selling point, at least in Sony’s eyes, is the prevalence of HD technology. Whether you’re taking photos or capturing video.

Using the same Bravia engine that fires their award-winning range of TVs Sony is clearly hoping for the Xperia S to be taken not simply as a smartphone, but a potential option for budding moviemakers. This is not to say it doesn’t have the tech-specs you’d expect from this kind of product. Using an internal flash-memory system, it packs a 32GB punch, as well as a 1.5 GHZ processor. But the real gem of the Xperia S, it’s worth emphasising, is the camera. The iPhone 4S has 8 Megapixels as does the Samsung Galaxy III. The Xperia S has 12.1 Megapixels! If what really matters is the quality of image you’re going to be taking or capturing and sharing with your circle, this will be one of the most popular mobile phones.

Sponsored Video: LG Experiments With 3D Facebook Feed

The following article is sponsored by LG. – Ed.

Whether you like it or not, it looks like 3D display technology is here to stay. When well implemented, it actually adds to the experience, and more movies and TV shows are now coming out in 3D. I actually enjoyed Avatar in 3D, more so than in traditional flat mode. And while it’s also pretty obvious that some games benefit from the added dimension, one has to wonder what else can be done? LG has decided to start some experiments to answer that question. They created LG 3D Studios and in their debut project, they tackled the Facebook feed.

It took the form of an application which converts all the posts on your feed into three-dimensional stacks of varying heights. Each stack’s height and width is determined by the number of likes and comments, visually drawing your attention to the items that may warrant it most. If you select a particular stack, you can navigate the post using your hands and participate in the conversation with a connected keyboard.

Wondering what it looks like but don’t have a 3D TV? That’s alright, LG has made the app available for you to try out either in 3D or not. I just gave it a go, and it works just as it’s supposed to. If you like it and have ideas of your own on how and what LG could be doing with this particular app, just let them know: there’s a form for that on the app.

[ LG 3D Studio Facebook Page ]
[ LG Nederland ]

Sponsored Video: Samsung Has A New Viral Campaign With A Model And Some Familiar Faces

By David Ponce

Samsung is an undeniable leader in the HDTV market, but that doesn’t stop them from having to spend some time marketing their wares. Their new line of televisions, which they’re calling Smart TVs, feature motion controls. This allows you to wave at your screen to control what’s happening. And it’s also the basis for the video you see above, which has already garnered more than 10 million views. It features a stunning model waving at her TV, a wave which is then misunderstood by a throng of admirers to be a flirty invitation. Hilarity ensues.

You can find out more about the Smart TVs and visit Samsung’s Facebook page by clicking on the links below.

Sponsored by Samsung.

[ Facebook Page ]
[ Info On Smart TV ]

Take Nice Instagram Pics? Energizer Has A Contest Where You Could Win $2,000, A Nikon S6300 Camera And Some Batteries

By David Ponce

We’d like to inform you guys that our longtime partner Energizer is sponsoring a contest for anyone that likes to take pictures with Instagram. After its acquisition by Facebook, the Instagram ranks swelled from 30 million users to 50 million, so there’s a good chance some of you are part of that group. You get to potentially win $2,000 in cold hard cash, a Nikon S6300 camera and some lithium batteries. Even if you don’t win, the next 9 runners-up still get a camera, while the next 99 will get a set of batteries. Here’s how it works:

1) It’s open to legal US residents, 18 and over, only.
2) You have to visit this Facebook page and enter the contest.
3) You can submit your pictures there and starting June 4th, people can vote for the best submissions.
4) Voting is allowed once per day on up to 5 photos.

Detailed instructions are available on that Facebook page, so if you want your chance at a cool two large, a camera and some batteries, hit the link below.

[ Energizer Instagram Facebook Contest Page ]

Deal Of The Day: $221 Off On Panasonic Viera 50 Inch HDTV

By David Ponce

Laptops and desktops, that seems to be the bane of this column. So it’s pretty refreshing to see some new blood, even if that blood isn’t all that exciting. The Panasonic Viera TC-P50ST50 is a 50 in. 3D plasma HDTV. Here are some specs:

The Panasonic Viera TCP50ST50 50″ Plasma HDTV features VIERA CAST, 1920×1080, Infinite Black 2 Panel, 600Hz Sub-field Drive, VIERA Connect Wi-Fi Ready, 3 HDMI inputs, 3D-Ready, HD Tuner, and more.

Down to $1,178 from $1,399, it’s shipped to your door for free despite its probable heft.

[ $221 Off On Panasonic Viera 50 Inch HDTV ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Deal Of The Day: $257 Off On Dell XPS 14z

By David Ponce

While this laptop clearly wouldn’t qualify as an Ultrabook at nearly 1 inch thick (0.9in.), it’s still fairly thin and packs and packs a decent punch for the price. “This base configuration also includes 6GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive, 58 WHr 8-Cell Battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS. At 0.9″ thin and less than 2kg starting weight, XPS 14z sports 1GB GeForce GT520M graphics, 1366×768 WLED display, HDMI v1.4 port, miniDisplayPort, one USB 3.0 port and more.” Usually selling for $999, today’s deal has it sitting at a very affordable $743.

[ $257 Off On Dell XPS 14z ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]