Wednesday, 20 October 2010

NME cool list 2010

This is of course NME's cool list for 2010. Personally I don't think its a great list.

Let me know who you think should of been in there, or you would take out! 
I really don't understand how Laura Marling got to No.1...
1. Laura Marling
2. Janelle Monae
3. Kanye West
4. Beth Consentino, Best Coast
5. Romy Madley Croft, The XX
6. Paul Weller
7. Jonathan Pierce, The Drums
8. Jack Barnett, These New Puritans
9. Carl BarĂ¢t
10. Darwin Deez
11. Marcus Mumford, Mumford & Sons
12. Simon Neil, Biffy Clyro
13. Hayden Thorpe, Wild Beasts
14. Zola Jesus
15. Robyn
16. Yannis Philippakis, Foals
17. James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem
18. Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts
19. Kele Okereke
20. Ritzy Bryan, The Joy Formidable
21. Jay-Z
22. Jack Steadman, Bombay Bicycle Club
23. Dee Dee, Dum Dum Girls
34. Marina Diamandis, Marina & The Diamonds
35. Jonathan Everything
26. Giggs
27. Jenny Lee Lindberg, War Paint
28. Jamie Reynolds, Klaxons
29. Skream
30. Nicky Wire, Manic Street Preachers
31. Akiko Matsuura, The Big Pink/Comanechi
32. Dan Devine, Flats
33. Willow Smith
34. MNDR
35. Win Butler, Arcade Fire
36. Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance
37. Alex Hewlett, Egyptian Hip Hop
38. Lee Spielman, Trash Talk
39. Orlando Weeks, The Maccabees
40. Ariel Pink
41. Ethan Kath, Crystal Castles
42. Nicki Minaj
43. Honor Titus, Cerebal Ballzy
44. Andrew VanWyngarden, MGMT
45. Jack Donoghue, Salem
46. Dave Sitek, TV On The Radio
47. Alexis, Sleigh Bells
48. Plan B
49. Katy B
50. Lady Gaga
51. Josh Homme
52. Tim Harrington, Les Savy Fav
53. LoneLady
54. Julian Casablancas
55. Rose Elinor Dougall
56. Gucci Mane
57. Daniel Blumberg, Yuck
58. Jack White
59. Cee-Lo Green
60. Eva Spence, Rolo Tomassi
61. Ryan Olson, Gayngs
62. Glasser
63. Ernest Greene, Washed Out
64. Tom Hudson, Pulled Apart By Horses
65. Elizabeth Sankey, Summer Camp
66. Cher Lloyd off X Factor
67. Avi Zahner-Isenberg, Avi Buffalo
68. Nathan Williams, Wavves
69. Matt Bellamy, Muse
70. Soulja Boy
71. Bradford Cox, Deerhunter
72. James Blake
73. Caitlin Rose
74. Lewis Bowman, Chapel Club
75. Rivers Cuomo

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Three Mifi [REVIEW]


Recently I was introduced to Threes new mobile broadband device - Mifi. And was given a trial run for a few weeks. I've always heard of the mobile broadband devices you can get that plug into your USB slot in a laptop for traveling. But yet to hear about this concept for mobiles devices, as well as laptops. 
So to say the least, I was very interested in trying the product.

Most days I have a long commute on the bus to work, so this was of course my first point of call for testing the device. I charged it up the night before, and I was on my way the next morning.

Straight away I was impressed with the device, it was light weight, meaning I could keep it in my pocket, and simply forget about it being there. Whilst the device gave me full Wifi signal the whole time on my 25/35min bus journey.

Soon as I realised the device was giving me Wifi signal, I straight away tested out some apps on my iPhone. I  have recently got hold of the BBC News 24 app (where you can watch live stream of the channel). However this option is only available on Wifi. So of course I thought 'is this really going to happen?'
Without any trouble I was instantly watching live coverage of BBC News 24 stream straight onto my iPhone whilst traveling on my bus journey. This impressed me greatly.

Because I was getting my internet through Wifi I could turn the 3G off and enjoy the luxury of a longer battery life, which I thought was a great added bonus. Then, I realised if I had the iPhone 4, then the task of using 'Facetime' on the move would be a reality (as its only available on Wifi). Which in my opinion would be hilarious on a commute.

Throughout the day the device worked perfectly, and the battery life lasted a good day and a half. However this was from minimal use from the device.

Few days later, I went ahead and tested the device at my university. I wanted to do this because my university is a rather dead space for phone signal as well as 3G.
To my surprise this device again worked perfectly throughout the day. Of course there were a few places where the signal was rather weak.

But the most thing that impressed me, was the speed of the device. I'll be honest I wasn't sure on the speed of broadband I was getting with this device, but it was still impressive....

I would highly recommend this product to someone who commutes to places daily, and hates the struggle of receiving 3G in sometimes, and wishes they had Wifi instead to control their battery life on their smartphone. Also for people who need to use the internet on their laptops whilst communting. Because this device can connect up to 5 devices!
So you could have your smartphone, laptop and any other devices that needs to suck up some Wifi... iPad?

Great product!

4/5

M x

Friday, 8 October 2010