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STAR N9599 - 5.7 Inch HD (1280*720 pixels) huge Screen Tablet Phone Android 4.2 MTK6589 Quad Core 1.2GHz with hand-write stylus (Grey, White)
STAR N9599 - 5.7 Inch HD (1280*720 pixels) huge Screen Tablet Phone Android 4.2 MTK6589 Quad Core 1.2GHz with hand-write stylus (Grey, White)
Offered by Mini Kitty
Price: 111.65

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE SPYWARE!, 21 Jun 2014
According to the BBC, eBay have removed this phone (the Star 9500) because it " is pre-installed with spyware in its Chinese factory". This is the British Broadcasting Corporation, not some random rumour generator.

The BBC article continues: "A German security firm reported on Tuesday that the Android-powered Star N9500 sent personal data to a computer server in China, adding that the Trojan could not be removed.

It said the malware was disguised as the legitimate Google Play Store app.

The handset remains on sale on Amazon, which could not be reached for comment.

But eBay said it was rolling out the ban globally.

"Due to reports that some Star 9500 smartphones are loaded with spyware, eBay is not allowing the sale of these devices as a precautionary measure," a spokesman told the BBC".

You can read the article here:

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Live! In The Air Age
Live! In The Air Age
Price: 7.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent live performance, 11 May 2014
This review is from: Live! In The Air Age (Audio CD)
I hadn't heard this for 35 years. It was one of the favourite albums a bunch of friends and myself used to play in a shed we'd rebuilt and fitted out with all sorts of cool stuff. And yet, despite all this time when I played this album yesterday it came back with crystal clarity. Compared to some of the other nonsense we listened to at the time (Tarkus? What a load of garbage..) this still stands up. The songs are great, the performances are just fantastic and Bill Nelson's guitar is very, very good indeed.

On CD the listening experience has been robbed of a little of the ritual. When this album was on vinyl you got a 12 inch disc and a 7 inch disc, both 33rpm. You played side one of the 12 inch first. Side two was the first side of the 7 inch, side three was the second side of the 7 inch. Then for the last 3 songs of the set you played the second side of the 12 inch (labelled 'side four').

The track 'Sister Seagull' was a big favourite but actually this album is all good. It does sound like a product of its time but in this case that's just fine. It makes me yearn for that fabulous period between 1977 and 1979 when so much excellent music was being produced. There are touches of the Blockheads sound on 'Shine' and the whole set reels happily between rock, funk and even a little ska. And it's tight as hell. This band can spin on a sixpence and are clearly very well rehearsed. This is a classy recording and not without some proper thrills. I'm still astonished by the quality of 'Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape'.

Lyrically it's also excellent not least for the concept of the 'Phantom of the bingo hall'.

I quickly checked YouTube and was surprised to see Be Bop Deluxe looking so glam. Big lapels and some decidedly disco haircuts. You'd never guess from the stark, black and white Metropolis cover with its graffiti style lettering. We all just assumed these were ground breaking guys and of course they were.

In an age where pop has well and truly eaten itself and now mostly craps out pale imitations of the past it's stuff like this that shows that it's absolutely possible to create great sounds that raise the bar.

But in the end the most important thing about this album is that it's so rewarding. Repeated plays bring out more and more from it's lush melodic songs and nuanced performances. It's only rock 'n' roll, it's only entertainment but god, what good times can be had if you get it right.

Highly recommended.


Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit - Black (24.2MP) 3 inch LCD
Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit - Black (24.2MP) 3 inch LCD
Offered by berlin foto
Price: 349.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but beware back focus error!, 2 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Most people will gravitate to this camera because of the excellent reviews that appear for it all over the respected photography websites. That and the currently lavish 24 megapixel sensor. And it's a good camera for sure but not the massive leap in quality you'd expect if you're migrating from compact camera to SLR.

My previous camera was a Panasonic Lumix TZ8 which was a great camera for its class. A really nice compact that worked extremely well and turned out some great photos. I expected the D3200 to shoot me into another league and it didn't really. It was better but it didn't really knock my socks off. But why?

Partly this was to do with the 18-55mm kit lens you get with the camera. It's good but not great. But I also bought a superior Nikon 55-300mm lens and the photos were still distinctly lacking. So what's going on?

After a bit of research I found that part of the problem was quality control. It turns out that the manufacturer of the actual product in China is known for shoddy final setup. That's to say the camera is fine but the final adjustments aren't performed correctly.

This means that the D3200 ships with a back focus error. It's a small error but it really means that the photos you get are a bit soft and the overall effect is that what should be a 24 megapixel camera produces shots that look like a 12 megapixel one.

It's important to note that I've had two of these cameras. The first I returned to Amazon who quickly sent me a replacement. The replacement had exactly the same problem.

So, what to do? Well I rang Nikon and told their extremely helpful support people about the issue. The chap I spoke to didn't sound surprised and organised a return for repair. They paid for postage and the turnaround was quick.

Now my D3200 works very well. The shots are sharp and my faith has been restored.

There are some sites on the net that have identified this error and recommend a 'home fix'. This involves removing the lens, flipping up the mirror and adjusting one of the mirror stops so that the mirror shifts the focal plane a little. Apparently this will bodge it satisfactorily but you do sacrifice autofocus point placement accuracy. The actual error lies in the position setting of the sensor itself which is raised and lowered by a few screws - an adjustment which the casual punter most certainly cannot do.

So, a good entry level SLR that might need to go back to the lovely people at Nikon for adjustment. But if it's still under guarantee then that's an inconvenience rather than a disaster. It's worth noting that this might also occur in the newer D3300 since it's a manufacturer final setup error and not a model fault. Incidentally, at the moment of this review, the D3300 is significantly more expensive than the D3200. There are some very minor differences between the two but read between the lines before you shell out for a camera that may not be a whole lot better than the D3200.


Thief (PS3)
Thief (PS3)
Offered by The Game Collection
Price: 18.89

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a crime, 9 Mar 2014
This review is from: Thief (PS3) (Video Game)
It's seemed to a lot of us that this long-awaited game project was stuck forever in 'development hell'. That it's made a release at all is remarkable. It bears all the hallmarks of a project that has been jerked around all over the place. Perhaps the stunning success of 'Dishonored' provided the electric shock necessary to bring this corpse of a game back to life.

Like a lot of big name games that have suffered in this way it's not totally awful. Just very, very disappointing. The initial feel of this offering seems encouraging. Some really nice visuals along with a bucket full of high hopes raise expectations which are quickly dashed by the rather crappy execution. There are bad decisions everywhere. The developers have upped the specs of this game almost unrealistically whilst still delivering a game that looks like it should really be on Playstation 2. It actually feels a bit insulting. Ever get the feeling you've been ripped off?

There's clearly some considerable talent on show here but what good is it when so many other parts of the game are so shoddy? I'm sure there are a few very frustrated people at Eidos Montreal right now. Imagine working your heart out on this thing and finding that on completion the game should be let down by such bad audio, bad mechanics and a limp dead dog clunker of a story.

It looks like a project that was mothballed and then given a vigorous pimping in order to get it out there.

Thief represents a massive missed opportunity. A loyal and faithful fan base (including myself) for a terrific franchise with some excellent previous titles would have ensured a respectable longevity for this title.

But the worst thing of all is that this game will bury Thief once and for all. That's it. Dead and gone.

And that really is tragic. Since the old games are not playable on modern systems the Thief franchise is destined to be just a fond memory. No matter how much Garrett has stolen in his previous incarnations, his crimes are nothing to this.
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iBoutique IB64GUSB2 USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Elite Flash Drive (64GB, Jet Black)
iBoutique IB64GUSB2 USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Elite Flash Drive (64GB, Jet Black)
Offered by SechsiTech
Price: 11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars May need re-formatting for Kenwood Car Head Units!, 15 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I bought my 64gb iBoutique memory stick to use in my Kenwood car stereo ( model KDC BT73DAB ). I put a shedload of mp3s on it and the Kenwood couldn't recognise it! It simply said 'N/A Device'.

The 64gb version is formatted for exFAT which the Kenwwod doesn't recognise. It needed to be re-formatted to FAT32. Normally this would reduce the capacity to 32gb but I easily tracked down a tiny re-formatting program ( just Google 'HP USB disk storage format tool' ) which formatted it to FAT32 with a capacity of around 60gb in no time.

I've just loaded 12gb of music on it and now the Kenwood's happy. Stunning really. I can fit just about all the music I have on this little stick. No more CD wallets/changers & mucking about in general.


Hozelock Flood Pump
Hozelock Flood Pump
Price: 42.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT FLOOD PUMP BUT TAKE NOTE!, 5 Feb 2014
This Hozelock flood pump is a very powerful for such a small thing. Once in water it pumps at a fairly ferocious rate. We bought it because here in February 2014 the heavy rain just will not stop and our garden is flooding again and again. This flood water fills the soak away, floods the garden then flows down to the patio and unchecked can come in through the patio doors.

We're on a clay soil which is now saturated. The water pools in several areas of the garden and then runs on down. But with this pump in place I'm managing to pump away, at a rough estimate, around 900 - 1000 litres an hour.

The pump draws in the water from two slots in its base and then chucks it out with great force through a 32mm nozzle on the top of the base unit.

BUT TAKE NOTE: It does NOT come with a hose to carry the water away and we spent a long time and a bit of money trying to locate a suitable hose to do the job properly. Hozelock make a `lay flat' hose but this is NO GOOD. It takes too much pressure to open up the full length of the hose to work properly so don't waste your time and money. We were told by the manager at B&Q Leatherhead that we could use a regular garden hose pipe but this is totally incorrect. It won't fit and it's the wrong diameter. Thanks a bunch B&Q! THE RIGHT HOSE IS ESSENTIAL. Read on:

Instead buy a length of 1.25in (32mm) Corrugated Black Pond Flexi-hose and a good hose (or jubilee) clip. The length you need will depend on how far you want to send the water. I bought a 30m length from a supplier on Amazon.co.uk and cut it to length. This reinforced hose is the right diameter and this is essential. The amount you can pump is governed by the length, the diameter and the ground gradient. So keep the hose level and flat and send it to a drain.

It's very important to know that when you first start it up you need to do so with the hose detached. This allows any air block to pass through the pump. The instructions that come with the pump are pathetic. When the water starts gushing then attach the hose and tighten it right up with the clip.

It's also important to know that there's an attachment that automatically shuts off the water flow. It's a sort of red bulb on a short piece of hose which needs to be clipped to the top of the pump if you don't intend to use it. I understand other reviewers have had problems with this attachment but I find it works just fine and is easy to stow away so that the pump functions as it should.

I've set the pump in the area that pools the deepest, run a power cable safely to the house and run the hose to the drain. Now when the rain buckets down I check the garden and switch the pump on once it's deep enough from the warmth of the house. And off it goes, gushing water into the main drain.

This pump works extremely well for us and pumps the muddy water away so fast I have to keep an eye on it so it doesn't run dry.

I am one happy flood pump owner and this is one mother of a pump.


Canon Pixma IP 4950 Inkjet Colour Printer
Canon Pixma IP 4950 Inkjet Colour Printer

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware - Ripoff Machine, 26 Sep 2013
Before you decide to pay out your hard earned money on this machine you need to know it's main drawback. It is made to waste ink. When the machine cleans itself (something over which you have no control), it cleans away ink from the cartridges. Expensive ink. When you turn it on it automatically cleans itself. Then every 3 or 4 minutes it cleans itself. If you leave it on overnight it will clean away all its ink and you'll have to buy another 5 cartridges. And when you turn it off it also cleans itself.

In this way Canon has made it so that you must buy lots and lots of their expensive ink. You have no choice in this and very soon you'll grow to hate this machine as it simply throws your money down the toilet. I have contacted Canon about this and they say the ink is also used as a lubricant in the machine. What nonsense. They also say that when all this ink that you've paid for fills up the waste ink reservoir then you have to send the whole machine back to Canon to be serviced.

Avoid this ripoff machine! I will never buy another Canon product.


Barrettine Methylated Spirit 500ml
Barrettine Methylated Spirit 500ml

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Grail for the unemployed, 11 July 2013
Since being made redundant from the BBC I found myself in an unfortunate position. Do I tell my wife and kids that daddy's been let go (with a really insulting severance package), or do I still get up every day, eat breakfast, kiss the Mrs and head, not for the recently closed BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane, but to the Westfield shopping mall opposite. There to sit disconsolately whilst pondering the wreckage of my career.

And I'll admit life was bleak until I discovered Barretine's Methylated Spirit. No more hanging around Westfield, making a cup of tea stretch until lunchtime. Now I simply fill my thermos with Barretine's finest and spend the day in Shangri-la. As shopper come and go I regale them with my hilarious stories about Jeremy Paxman's pilchard fetish and how I stole Anne Robinson's shaving brush.

Some might say that the weather's gone wrong and that the world's all going to hell but I say, simply get yourself a Barretine's my friend and you'll be OK!


The Original Star Trek Box
The Original Star Trek Box
Price: 21.03

1.0 out of 5 stars Buy Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection (Seasons 1-3) Box Set instead!, 22 May 2013
Why buy this when you could get the 'Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection (Seasons 1-3) Box Set' from amazon.com instead?
Seriously, if you're a Star Trek fan you should at least consider this comprehensive set.

It's a limited edition of 6000 so take a look now.

The first thing that hits you when you play these discs is the quality. LaLaLand have done an fantastic job here and these recordings sound amazingly good. Most of my generation recall the music with fondness but in those early days we were all listening to these sounds through a little TV speaker. Even when Crescendo released a few choice soundtracks from the series they were good but not particularly overwhelming.

It's not only a testament to the skill and dedication of everyone at LaLaLand but also to the sound engineers who made these recordings in the first place. Their standard was clearly very high even though at the time this was just another show made on a tight budget.

This technical marvel of sound recording has been given new vitality and the effect is stunning. It was clearly a labor of love and all for a mere 6000 copies. As someone else has mentioned, that makes this release a potentially serious investment.

And it's so complete. All the tracks that were used in the show plus a whole load of other quality stuff too including a few sound FX. The sound of Captain Pike bumping the window of his prison cell in 'The Cage' is here and it's strange how such a little thing can transport the listener back to that amazing first episode. These recordings also deliver quite an emotional punch. Some of the very best and most moving cues have simply not been released before and the effect is sensational.

But in all the many hours included here I was particularly delighted to hear Fred Steiner's music for 'Charlie X' conducted by the man himself in August 1966. This score contains some of the very best Star Trek music ever produced and is truly evocatve. It brilliantly conjures up Robert Walker Jr's disturbing and deeply moving performance of the tragic Charlie Evans.

I was also pleased to hear the darkly impressive score for 'Spectre of the Gun'. Both relentless and poignant by turns, one of the finer achievements in the Star Trek TOS collection.

In fact there are so many wonderful moments here it's easy to just put on a disc, any disc, sit back and just let it flow.


Diamond Select Toys Star Trek: The Original Series Black Handle Phaser
Diamond Select Toys Star Trek: The Original Series Black Handle Phaser
Offered by Autolink Automatics Ltd
Price: 36.82

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 'Hero' Phaser Toy, 22 May 2013
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
You've really got these choices: Locate a 'Playmates' Phaser (discontinued but still available on eBay), on which the MK1 doesn't detach. This is fine for fancy dress events. it makes good sounds but is still regarded as a 'crapozoid' phaser. It's a bit fat and silly compared to the actual prop. Or you could locate a Master Replicas Phaser - quite rare and very expensive and although it's not particularly robust. Or this one which is actually very good.

If you're a real geek you can get bits to update it like aluminium dials and emitter bits and you can strip it to fit weights to make it more hefty but be honest, do you really want to do that? There are people making excellent modded ones with built-in lasers but you've got to start thinking about your mental state or at the very least your social life before you go that far. With this one, you can go to a convention, get horribly drunk and drop it and it doesn't really matter.

Remember, the real ones, the props they used in the TV show, weren't as well made as these. Most of them were rubbish vacuum-moulded bits of crap and the ones that 'worked' were still rickety cheap things which is why so few survive.

So be honest with yourself. Don't buy one for your son, buy it for yourself. And if you're one of those convention-going trekkers who has a like-minded girlfriend (they must exist, surely), get two. After all, if you get bored you can always set it to self destruct and lob it at a Klingon.


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