This Week’s Chitter Chatter – the First Lumia from Microsoft (the 830) and the Sequel to Flappy Bird

nokia-lumia-830-leakSeptember is going to be a bumper month for new smartphone launches – the Samsung Note 4 and the iPhone 6 to name but 2 – and Microsoft are anticipated to be unveiling the latest handset in the Lumia series at IFA in Berlin on 4th September. The Lumia 830 will be the very first Lumia smartphone to be released since Microsoft took over Nokia early on this year. The premium 830 smartphone is thought to feature a 4.5-inch display with a 720p resolution, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera and will be powered by a Snapdgaon processor. Also likely to be included in the Lumia 830, which is expected to be available in an arrray of bright colours, is 16GB of expandable on-board storage. We’ll bring you more details on the Lumia 830 as soon as we get it.

Fans of cult game Flappy Bird may be interested to know that it’s creator, Dong Nguyen, has just released a new game called Swing Copters. Available on Android and iOS, Swing Copters is looking to be just as addictive as its predecessor. Like Flappy Bird, Swing Copters is also an arcade style of game where you have to control your mini helicopter person and guide them through the obstacles. It’s similar to Flappy Bird in that it’s fairly tricky to play although this time you’re having to dodge swinging hammers and control the wildly lurching and fast moving helicopter! If you fancy a challenge then it’s worth downloading.

And finally news of an complete revolution in smartphone design – the NoPhone. It’s battery free, waterproof, shatterproof and has no need for troublesome software updates. However, it features also include no camera, no bluetooth and an inability to actually make calls, send texts or even download SnapChat.  That’s because it’s just a smartphone shaped slab of plastic designed to help those trying to overcome smartphone addiction.  Just leave your actual phone at home for a few hours and you can still have the reassuring presence of the NoPhone in your pocket whilst no longer foregoing direction interaction with your surrounding environment

In truth it’s an internet prank, but you have to love the ‘how to use your NoPhone’ video on its site.