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CAT S60 – The World’s first thermal imaging smartphone


– The World’s first thermal imaging smartphone



The CAT S60 is the World’s first thermal imagery phone, designed to be robust enough to survive any job site. Although the design is rather chunky and almost twice as thick as the iPhone 6S, the durability of the S60 makes up for the extra weight. As well as being drop proof from nearly 2 metres onto hard concrete, the S60 is also dust proof and can be submerged in 5 metres of water for up to an hour. In fact, the S60 boasts one of the best levels of waterproofing available on any modern smartphone. You can take photos and record videos when underwater. And the screen operates perfectly when wet – even when you’re wearing gloves, with an extra thanks to the conveniently big and easy to press buttons and the weaved etching on the back panel for gripping. Built from a mixture of hardened polymer and sturdy metal, you’ll definitely struggle to put a dent in the S60.

Thermal Imaging

The S60 is the only smartphone in the world to pack a thermal imaging camera, allowing you to visualise the temperate of objects. The camera is located on the back of the phone, above the standard 13MP rear camera and next to the microSD and SIM card slots. A useful tool in a variety of work, DIY and extreme sports environments, with the new feature from CAT, you’ll be able to identify gaps in insulation, electrical faults, frozen pipes or even check the gas cylinder levels on the BBQ. With the micro SD port allowing you to add an extra 256GB of spaces to the S60’s built in 32GB of storage, you’ll be able to save all your images from the thermal sensor worry-free.

Specs & Further Features

The CAT S60 is powered by a Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. The specs are below average for a smartphone in this price bracket, but for a rugged handset it’s a huge step up, and still offers a solid performance. The S60 runs on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 operating system, which was recently updated to include a more user-friendly design, Google Now on Tap, Doze and advanced privacy controls – you can find out more about Marshmallow here. CAT has made some tweaks to the OS to include a few custom applications and services designed for labourers, DIY fanatics and professionals working in hazardous environments. Highlights include FLIR, Speaker Dry, and Location alert apps, plus the Toolbox Marketplace.

  • FLIR:  the control centre for the thermal imaging sensor.
  • Speaker Dry: a useful app that helps you to clean the S60’s speaker after it’s been submerged in water.
  • Location Alert: a safety feature that feature’s an SOS button that can be customised to fulfil various functions, including calling emergency services and sending out location alerts to team members nearby via SMS. 
  • Toolbox Marketplace: an app marketplace that collects useful services in specialised, CAT-specific categories. These include sections for specific industries like agriculture and construction, plus areas for interests, such as “rugged work” and sports. Examples include a downloadable spirit level and a digital tape measure.


  • 4.7″ display covered by Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
  • FLIR thermal imaging camera
  • 13Mp rear facing camera and 5Mp front facing camera
  • Can survive in 5m of water for an hour
  • Drop proof from 1.8m onto concrete
  • Qualcomm octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow – more details here
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Adreno 405 GPU
  • 32GB internal storage
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 3,800mAh battery

The CAT S60 is priced at £599, and is highly recommend for those working under hazardous conditions or with an active, outdoorsy lifestyle to make the most of the thermal imaging technology and industrial design. Contact your account manager for more details on the S60 via email on or phone 01252 854352, we are always more than happy to help.

How to use Apple iOS 10’s new iMessage features

How to use Apple iOS 10’s new iMessage features

How to dramatise your bubbles

With iOS 10, you’ll be able to choose how your iMessage bubble will animate on your recipient’s screen. To do so, you’ll need to type your message or select your image, then before hitting the blue arrow to send your iMessage across, tap and hold the button instead. Options for ‘Slam, Loud, Gentle, or Invisible Ink‘ will then appear. Slam offers a slap-on effect animation. Loud enlarges the font and wriggles the message. Gentle writes the message in a small font that slowly reverts back to the default size font, and finally the invisible ink option hides your message until your recipient swipes to reveal it. When you tap and hold to get the effects up, you can also switch from Bubble to Screen at the top and apply full-screen effects, complete with audio.

How to use Apple iOS 10's new iMessage features

How to use Emoji suggestions

You’ll be able to replace words with Emoji’s by tapping on the smiley face button located at the bottom right-hand corner of the keyboard within the iMessage app. Once you’ve tapped the icon, words in your message that can be associated with a relevant Emoji will appear highlighted in a gold colour. If there’s multiple options, you’ll be given a selection to choose from, or if there’s just one option, Apple will automatically convert the text to the most appropriate icon when you tap it.

How to use Apple iOS 10's new iMessage features

In a hurry? How to use Apple’s Tapback

Tapback allows you to quickly respond to incoming messages. Simply double tap on the message and the Tapback menu will appear above. Giving you six different ways to react, whether that’s a quick thumbs up, or a laugh, it’ll appear on the top of the relevant message. Once you’ve selected your Tapback, there’s no need to hit send, the reaction will go immediately. If you accidentally send a Tapback, you can remove it by holding down the iMessage with the Tapback that you want to change. Then tap the Tapback you want to remove, for example if you want to remove the heart, tap the heart.

How to use Apple iOS 10's new iMessage features

Further iMessage features we love in iOS 10

Website preview in Messages

When pasting in links, you would previously be accustom to a URL with no preview or idea of what the website looks like to your recipient. With the new Messages update in iOS 10, iMessage now automatically pulls in the main image from the website and provides a nice preview for your recipient.

How to use Apple iOS 10's new iMessage features

Better still, if you are pasting in a YouTube video link you can watch the video directly through the Messages app. This means you can now watch videos directly in Messages without having to open up the YouTube app or browser.

Take pictures directly from Messages

With iOS 10, you can take selfies, live photos and videos directly from the iMessage app. To do so, tap on the camera button to the left-hand side of your text box and the camera will operate. You’ll see a live stream of your camera from the bottom half of your Messages application. If you swipe to the side, you can have full access to your camera or photo library or add previously taken photos as an iMessage. Better still, you can edit your photos before sending by tapping on the image you’ve inserted.

Handwriting capabilities and personalisation

If you’re looking to handwrite personal messages or even take a photo/video of something and add annotations to it, you’ll be able to do so through the new feature within Messages. To activate the feature, tap on the heart icon on the left-hand side of the text field box and you’ll be presented with a small black pallet allowing you to draw or interact with your iOS device by drawing or sending animated gestures.

How to use Apple iOS 10's new iMessage features

If you want to use your camera, press on the small arrow on the right-hand side of the new section and you’ll be given the option to take a photo by clicking on the small video logo on the left-hand side of the screen. From here you can record or take a photo with your camera and animate it by drawing something on your screen.

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EE Roaming Charges

EE Roaming Charges

EE European Roaming Prices reduced:

Calls whilst roaming in Europe Making a call will cost 3.63ppm (down from 13.8p), Receiving a call will cost 0.82ppm (down from 3.6p).
Texts whilst roaming in Europe Text messages sent when you are abroad will now cost no more than 1.45p per message (down from 4.4p).
Data whilst roaming in Europe EE’s EU data roaming prices have also reduced and you’ll pay just 3.63p per MB, instead of 14.6p. These changes do not affect any add on bundles.

EE Euro Pass

EE offers Euro Pass which gives you unlimited calls and texts and 500MB of daily data for £3.33 per day for those on small business plans.

EE Roaming ChargesOpt in once by texting EUROPASS to 150 before you go or when you’re abroad and within 24 hours it will available to use. You’ll receive a text to let you know when it’s all set up. Once opted in, you will only be charged for the days you use your phone in the Europe Zone.

The daily charge will be automatically triggered each day when you make or receive a call, send a text or use mobile data when you’re abroad in the Europe zone. Please note that if your phone has apps that automatically update in the background, this will also trigger the charge.


  • Calls and texts to standard UK landline and mobile numbers
  • Calls and texts to standard Europe Zone landline and mobile numbers
  • All calls and texts you receive
  • 100MB each day at full speed – then an additional 400MB a day at a slower speed (for no extra charge).

Countries included:

Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Islands, Romania, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City.

EE Euro Data Pass

EE’s Euro Data Pass offers 500MB of data for £2.50 a day, useful for those on a plan that includes calls and texts in Europe but not data.

Opt in once by texting EURODATA to 150 before you go or while you’re abroad, and you’ll only be charged on the days you use mobile data in EE’s Europe Zone – if you have apps that automatically update in the background, this will also trigger the charge. You’ll be able to use Euro Data Pass within 24 hours and you’ll receive a text to let you know when you’re all set up.

If you use more than 500MB data you can buy an additional roaming data add-on for either £2.50 for 75MB or £4.17 for 150MB (both exc. VAT) to use until midnight UK time that day.

Countries included:

Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Islands, Romania, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City.

*Please note that Euro Data Pass is not available where there is already monthly roaming data on your price plan.

Roaming add-ons


Get 500MB data per day for just £2.50 (exc. VAT) with EE’s Euro Data Pass (Business Extra plans) – or Unlimited calls, texts and 500MB of data for £3.33 a day (exc VAT).

EU and USA

180 minutes and 180 texts to call and text to and from Europe and USA for £7.50 a month (exc. VAT – 12 month contract).

More EU

Get 2GB of data for just £50 ex VAT (12 months, only on EE, purchased while abroad).

Get in touch

If you have any further questions about roaming with EE, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager, we are always more than happy to help.

Email: or Phone: 01252 854352

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O2 Doubles Data Offer for Customers heading to Brazil this summer

O2 Doubles Data Offer for Customers heading to Brazil this summer

O2 has doubled their Worldwide Bolt-On Data Allowance in time for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  You’ll get twice as much data to check emails, download documents and browse the internet, without having to rely on your hotel’s Wi-Fi.

O2 Doubles Data Offer for Customers heading to Brazil this summer

O2 offers two options to suit a quick trip or an extended stay:

  • Worldwide 24 hour data Bolt On
    – £7.50 for 200MB (was 100MB) for up to 24 hours.
  • Worldwide data Bolt On
    – £99 for 2GB (was 1GB) for up to 30 days

The offer will be valid until the 31st August 2016, allowing you to eliminate bill shock when travelling to Brazil this year and share every success at the Olympics worry free. For tricks on how to keep your roaming data usage down follow our quick tips for reducing mobile costs abroad.

To add a Bolt On to your O2 account or for any questions or further advice on roaming please feel free to contact your account manager on 01252 854352 or email, we are always more than happy to help.

Android Nougat 7.0 Release

Android Nougat 7.0 Release

Android Nougat 7.0 Release

What performance and security updates can I expect?

Performance wise, Google has focused heavily on graphics and run-time. In fact, it’s introduced the new Vulkan 3D graphics API, which has a much lower CPU and allows developers to squeeze more much graphical detail into frames. Better yet, the introduction of the JTI Compiler, means your app installs will be 75% faster, and the compiled code size will be reduced by 50%. Android Nougat also has new platform features that aim to optimise battery life and memory consumption such as Doze – see below – and new background optimisations.

Android Nougat 7.0 Release

For security, Android Nougat introduces file-based encryption, media framework hardening and seamless updates. In particular, these ‘seamless updates’ mean that your phone will silently download new software images in the background and prepare them for the next time you restart your device. It’s also been reported that Android Nougat will stop password-reset ransom-ware,

“The new operating system will no longer allow users or software to invoke a command that clears already-set passwords.”

However, in order to protect your device, a password will still need to be set in the first place.

What are the key new features?

Multi-Window support

Nougat introduces Multi-Window mode, which works on both tablets and phones and mirrors what you can currently get on some Samsung and LG devices. The new feature is easy to operate, you’ll simply need to hold the Overview (square button) to activate Multi-window mode with the primary app you want to have open. The screen splits in half and the other half displays a rotating carousel of recent apps. You then select the secondary app you want to use, which fills the remaining half of the screen. Or — from the homescreen: you can tap the overview button to bring up the recent apps carousel as usual, then, tap and drag one of the cards over to the edge of the screen to put it into Multi-window mode.

New notifications panel

The notification panel has been completely re-designed. Icons above the notification shade are now more prominent, and on the far right there is a drop-down toggle to expand the panel. You’ll have the ability to reply to messages and IM via the notifications menu, which appears to have gone system-wide with support for all messaging apps, including WhatsApp.  Notifications can also now be ‘stacked’, optimising the space in your notification area. Finally, notifications can be set manually at any one of six levels of importance for each of your apps:

Android Nougat 7.0 Release

  • Blocked – never show notifications
  • Min importance – silently show at the bottom of the notification list
  • Low importance – silently show notifications in chronological order
  • Normal importance – allow these notifications to play sounds
  • High importance – peek onto the screen and play sounds
  • Urgent importance – show at the top of the notifications list, peek onto the screen and play sounds

Doze mode

The energy-saving Doze mode, designed to kerb excessive power consumption when your phone is laid idle, has been improved in Android Nougat 7.0. Previously in Android Marshmallow, the Doze feature had only worked when your phone was completely undisturbed for a long period of time, for example when you’re sleeping, but now Google says Doze will also save battery anytime your display screen is turned off.

VR support with Daydream

Daydream is a set of a software and hardware standards for creating virtual reality experiences powered by smartphones. Companies such as Samsung and Huawei will be releasing Daydream-ready handsets later in the year, but with the underpinnings already baked into Android Nougat, the experience is expected to be much sweeter.

Android Nougat 7.0 Release

Native number blocking

You’ll no longer have to look to a third party solution as number blocking will be featured in Android Nougat. The number blocking functionality will prevent calls and messages from blocked numbers getting through, and your block list will survive through restarts and resets of your phone, so even if you wipe your handset, it’ll keep tabs on the blocked numbers when it’s being set up as new.

Why Nougat?

Google has always named it’s Android OS updates after sweet treats and in alphabetical order. So far, Google has released Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop and Marshmallow. After a public vote open until June 8th on Android’s website, Nougat came out on top over various suggestions including Nutella.

Android Nougat

When will Android Nougat be available on my device?

Android Nougat is expected to be available “later this summer”, according to Google. However, when – and if – you get the update depends on the type of phone or tablet you own. Each manufacturer can take time to tweak the OS updates, for example some devices are yet to have the Android Marshmallow update, but if you own a Nexus you can rest assured that the new software will be pushed to these devices first. HTC has also confirmed that it will be bringing Android Nougat to the HTC 10, One A9 and One M9 and Motorola has confirmed the Moto G4 Plus will get Android 7 software in the future. Although other manufacturers have remained tight-lipped, it’s likely that if you have a recent flagship phone or tablet from Sony, Samsung or LG, you’ll see the update rolled out within the first new months of 2017.

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Facebook tests self-destructing messages

Facebook tests self-destructing messages

With over 1.65 billion monthly active Facebook users and 800 million monthly active users on Facebook Messenger, the giant social network has announced it’s testing end-to-end encryption and message expiration for Messenger on mobile, branded as ‘Secret Conversations’. The messages will not be able to be read by anyone but the sender and the recipient.

“We’ve heard from you that there are times when you want additional safeguards – perhaps when discussing private information like an illness or a health issue with trusted friends and family, or sending financial information to an accountant,” explains Facebook.

Keen to give users complete privacy, the new feature is currently rolling out on a limited test basis in France for Android & iOS users. The new feature will not be a default setting in Messenger, but an opt-in, and will be only be available for mobiles devices.

The feature can be turned on by tapping an hourglass icon on the top-right corner of the conversation. Sent messages will either disappear an hour after they’re sent or users will be able to choose their own time-limit, whether that be 1 minute, 15 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours or after a day, depending on which potential version of Secret Conversations Facebook opts for.

Tapping the hourglass icon again will turn off the feature and settings will go back to normal. Beyond safeguarding user privacy, Facebook said “Disappearing messages gives people another fun option to choose from when they communicate on Messenger. We look forward to hearing people’s feedback as they give it a try.” However, the company hasn’t yet revealed if and when the Secret Conversations feature will be available in the UK and other countries.