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The Tech Addicts Podcast

Dec 10, 2023

Gareth and Ted get together for a *festive* epic as they chat about The Day Before, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, ChatGPT, Windows 10 support, Duracell Battery, Logitech Astro, Yamaha CD-C603, Rotor R550X, Murena 2, vivo Y100i, final UX3000 and the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.

With Gareth Myles and Ted Salmon
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Chad Dixon with his 2021 Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Review
I mostly use a tablet for browsing the internet, maps, light gaming, watching streaming video content and video calls & conferencing. I can report that the A8 is excellent for all of these on its clear and bright 10.5" LCD screen. Audio quality is very good on its four Dolby Atmos speakers. There's no booming bass but it's definitely loud enough when watching music and concert videos and there’s a 3.5mm jack. Battery is pretty decent, 7040mAh. I could go a whole week with light use. 64GB I've filled already but there is an SD card slot. My gaming is mostly puzzles so I'm not pushing the graphics capabilities of its Unisoc Tiger T618 (12nm) Octa-core processor. Build quality has proved to be good so far. It's been in a folding case since day one. But even naked, its 508g 6.9 mm thick body feels very sturdy in the hand. The back does warm up a bit during a long video viewing session but no real problem. Overall, I'm very pleased with my purchase and at under £170. I would highly recommend this tablet for everyday use. You're getting a whole lot of tablet for a budget price.

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Xerxes Hodivala on Samsung Store at Kings Cross

It’s a beautiful space with all their current products on display. I had to get my Fold 4 repaired under warranty. The S-Pen digitiser had failed on each side of the crease. They are going to replace the digitiser, inner screen, metal frame, hinge and both batteries as part of the service. It will basically be a new device when I get it back. The experience was first rate, as good as customer service at an Apple Store. This was actually the reason why I decided on a Samsung rather than a Pixel or OnePlus for my first folding device. I wanted something that I could take to a physical shop for repair if needed.

News, Mews and Views

China sinks tens of thousands of powerful servers in fresh seawater as it grapples with demand for more power

ChatGPT says that asking it to repeat words forever is a violation of its terms

The UK could require facial scans or photo IDs to view online porn

Windows 10 support doesn't end in 2025 after all, if you pay up

Hardline on the hardware

This Giant Duracell Battery is an Absolutely Packed Portable Charging Station

Astro's latest headset doubles as an HDMI 2.1 switcher

Yamaha just unveiled a 5-disc CD changer like it’s 2002

Rotor R550X: A full-size autonomous helicopter anyone can buy

Phone Zone

Murena 2: Switch your privacy on!

vivo Y100i brings 50 MP camera and 512 GB storage on the cheap - Blimey! 512GB half-decent mobile phone for £200?!

Microsoft Phone Link may soon let you use your Android phone as a webcam

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra gets side-by-side comparison with S23 Ultra, showing subtle differences

The Name of the Game

Netflix adds three classic Grand Theft Auto games to its growing library

Xbox app for PC gets Compact mode for handheld gaming PCs

The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered's No Return trailer reveals all the playable characters

The Day Before - The day after - The Day Before on SteamE

Flap your trap about an App

Microsoft launches new Windows App to keep up with the “Chromebook threat”

Move over Dolby Atmos, a new rival from Samsung and Google is coming

Bing Image Creator from Microsoft Designer

Samsung Internet shows up on Microsoft Store, available for Windows PC

Google Gallows & Chrome Coroner

Google Drive on Android tablets now looks even more like the website

An update to Google News magazine support

Google Messages for Web readies account-based pairing with an emoji twist

Google Drive rolling out new default 'Home' page on the web

New Chrome update shows you which sites are slowing down your PC

Bargain Basement: Best UK deals and tech on sale we have spotted

Nokia X30 5G £299/£249 free buds with some, down from £439 and £399

final UX3000 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones - Hi-Fi Sound Quality - Hybrid Noise Cancelling - Maximum 35 Hours Music Playback - aptX Low Latency - Multipoint Connection - Designed in Japan - £105.00

Was: £119.00

Asus ROG Ally (AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme model) - £699 to £549 (and 12-months to pay)

instax SQUARE SQ6 instant camera, Blush Gold -  Now £89.00 RRP: £124.99 

UGreen Revodok Pro 313 Docking Station Triple Display, 13-in-1 USB-C Dock with Dual HDMI and DP, 10 Gbps USB-C and USB-A Data Ports, 100W PD, Ethernet, SD/TF, 3.5mm Audio

UPERFECT 13.3 Inch Portable Monitor - £93.49 +£30 off discount using link = £63.49 Was: £109.99

Echo Show 5 (3rd Gen, 2023 release) £44.99 (£9 x 5 months too, for me), 3 colours [or £72.98 with the stand]. A good bedside companion for casual viewing/news/data/clock? I’ve never used Alexa/Amazon Smarts before. You?

LG UltraGear Curved Gaming Monitor 49GR85DC - 49 inch, 1440p, 240Hz, 1ms GtG, VA Display, HDR 10, AMD FreeSync compatible, Smart Energy Saving, Displayport, HDMI

A freebie? Nero suite for free

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