For the last two series of BBC One’s Consumer Affairs show Rip Off Britain I’ve appeared as the Telecoms and Technology Expert primarily offering hints and advice to the millions of mobile phone users in the UK.
This week sees the second season of its successful spin-off show, Rip Off Britain: Holidays, and once again I’m delighted to be on hand to help.
With Britain in the grip of one of the wettest and windiest winters in a generation our thoughts naturally turn to an escape abroad to warmer and sunnier climes.
However, in an increasingly connected society, among the challenges of travelling abroad is how safely to use your mobile phone without getting a nasty surprise from an unexpectedly large bill upon your return home – so-called ‘bill shock’.
This is just a short iPlayer excerpt from a longer item, to see the full shows visit the Rip Off Britain website.
The BBC has also published a downloadable guide featuring my handy hints for taking your mobile abroad which you can download here.
Rip Off Britain: Holidays broadcasts on BBC One at 11am each day from Monday 6th to Friday 10th January 2014, repeated the following weekday on BBC Two at 7am.
With head mounted displays such as Google Glass augmenting spectators’ viewing experiences off the field, and sportsmen and women on the field sporting connected shoes, belts and even gumshields, wearable technology is at the very heart of this sporting revolution.
Fast Forward from O2 Guru TV explores future technology and trends; in previous episodes I’ve been hands on with Oculus Rift for a Next Generation Gaming Special, visited the world’s largest 3D printer store for Future of 3D Special and visited the future at the Future Technology Zone at The Gadget Show Live.
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Planet of the Apps is the top show on television for mobile apps and technology, and I’ve been a regular guest throughout this series.
Hosted by Adam Savage and produced by Ginx TV, Planet of the Apps airs on Challenge (Freeview channel 46) every Sunday at 10am. On Sunday 29th December I’ll be joining Adam on the sofa once again to review all that’s been good and great in tech during 2013.
This season I’ve appeared talking about how the Internet of Things will change our world, flying the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 quadricopter around Wormwood Scrubs and showing off what a professional smartphone filmmaking rig looks like:
Tune in to Planet of the Apps on Challenge on Sunday 29th December at 10am, or watch the repeat at 1am.
Nikki Dean is familiar to many as host of Strictly Come Dancing for BBC online or as regular gadget girl on Something for the Weekend.
However, it was in her alter-ego as a Brand Detective that I caught up with her last month at the Gadget Show Live London at Earl’s Court.
The Brand Detective is a leading gadgets and technology blog run by Nikki and her fellow detective Kelly Allen.
Keep up with The Brand Detectives’ latest antics over at www.thebranddetective.com.
Each Christmas I take a break from talking about technology on the telly and on the internet to run away to the theatre and appear in panto. This year I’m thrilled to be at The Cresset Theatre in Peterborough with Beauty and the Beast.
In this most magical of family shows I’m appearing as the Beast playing alongside Ricky Groves from EastEnders, Jackie Travers from Big Brother and the lovely Lucy-Jane Quinlan as Beauty.
Laugh-a-minute comedy and breathtaking dance routines feature alongside the classic story of love, good and evil. But to see whether this particular fairytale ends happily ever after you’ll have to come along to The Cresset Theatre and see for yourself!
Beauty and the Beast opens on Saturday 14th December 2013 and runs until Monday 30th December with two shows most days.
For dates and tickets visit the Cresset Theatre website. I hope to see you there!
Love it or loath it, and Apple’s products seem increasingly to polarise opinion, the annual iPhone release is a big day in most technology journalists’s diaries, mine included.
Yesterday I recorded a quick interview for ITV’s Daybreak and then first thing on launch day today I went hands-on to present both an iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c unboxing video for O2.
There’s no denying that they’re both accomplished and stylish handsets; as an iPhone 5 owner I was surprised at just how taken I was with the coloured polycarbonate-backed iPhone 5c. On the iPhone 5s the Touch ID fingerprint tech worked very well for me, and I’m interested to see how app developers will exploit the M7 motion coprocessor at 64-bit A7 processor.
Pop over to O2 Guru TV to watch my iPhone 5c unboxing video.
A brand new series of Rip Off Britain hits the BBC One schedules this September and once again I’ll be popping up as a guest expert to help disgruntled viewers with their telecoms and technology gripes.
As well as the hugely successful Pop Up Shop I worked on several items for the current series including a piece with my daughter Evie about in-app purchases on smartphones and tablets, plus a workshop with Gloria on top tips for using your mobile phone abroad.
Rip Off Britain has a great team of experts who, like me, regularly appear to help viewers who feel they have been victims of a rip-off. The team includes Dominic Baliszewski from Broadband Choices; Dr Jessica Barker, an independent cyber security expert; Sarah Pennells, founder of SavvyWoman.co.uk and The Independent’s Travel Editor, Simon Calder.
Series 5 of Rip Off Britain is on BBC One every day in September at 9:15am. You can catch up with whole show or watch individual clips on the BBC Rip Off Britain website.
The latest episode of Fast Forward, my future technology show on O2 Guru TV, is out now and this one is a bit special: a 3D special in fact.
With the BBC announcing only last week that it is pulling the plug on its 3D programming citing a ‘hassly’ viewing experience, I embark on a journey to investigate if today’s 3D tech is more than just expensive televisions and embarrassing glasses.
In the show I get creative in the world’s largest 3D printer store, go hands on with the world’s first 2D/3D dual-dimension interchangeable compact camera lens from Samsung, take a look at an innovative 3D pen and visit the world’s leading lenticular and 3D artist Jeff Robb.
Think 3D tech is tired and underwhelming? Watch this and then let me if you still think so.
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