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Living with the HTC Shift (Part 4)

Part 4 – Travelling with the HTC Shift!

I’m putting the HTC Shift through it’s paces, we’re off to Milan for a few days and unfortunately in this world of flexible working I have to attend a web and audio conference whilst we are away. The thought of lugging my notebook away on hols and all the Italian goodies I’d have to leave behind was a bit annoying (you just can’t guarantee that public machines have the right plugins)…… HTC to the rescue.

Fabulous idea the whole kit an kaboodle including a mini Brother printer fits easily in my hand luggage. There is one word of warning though, due to it’s diminutive size the security staff took some convincing that the shift was actually a notebook, had to do the whole turn it on and show it working thing for the resident security geek. When I did it elicited the usual grunts of approval.

Seems portability is gained at the price of smooth passage through the airport. Anyone else out there had similar experiences with the shift or any other gadgets?

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Astraware and Idigicon release Platypus

Atraware and Idigicon have just released a new shoot-em-up called Platypus, and in so doing prove that a shoot-em-up can be cute!

From the press release:

Astraware and Idigicon are excited to announce the release of Platypus – the squishiest shoot-em-up ever – for Palm OS and Windows Mobile smartphones and PDAs.

Based on the cult classic for PC and Mac, Platypus is a fast, frantic and fun side-scrolling arcade shooter with a difference – the entire game is made from clay! The vast continent-spanning city of Collosatropolis has finally reached the limits of its expansion, and tall buildings cover every available space. The Collosotropolan leaders have decided the simplest solution is to invade the neighbouring country of Mungola. They don’t anticipate much of a struggle – Mungolans are simple, earthy types without much love for industry. In fact, Mungola’s entire defence force consists of a single squadron of fighter planes – the venerable F-27 ‘Platypus’.

Your mission is to pilot your trusty Platypus and save peaceful Mungola! Fly across the squashy fields and trees, avoid the snowy mountains and protect your planet. Shoot down the enemy ships and marvel as they disappear in a splat! Collect fruit bonuses and a range of power-ups to aid you in your quest!

Platypus is a fantastic, fun arcade game featuring 4 massive worlds each with several challenging levels. It’s the perfect casual game for arcade gamers and the perfect arcade game for casual gamers!

Platypus is optimised for play with 5-way or stylus and is available for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) smartphones and PDAs, priced $19.95, from the Astraware website: Versions for Symbian(R) S60(R) and UIQ(R) will be released in Q2 of 2008.

Posted by: Matt

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Samsung i780 now SIM-Free

A few weeks ago we reviewed the Orange version of the Samsung i780. Our reviewer, Steve, quite liked the device but as Orange were the first to bring the device to market it left those on other networks wanting.

However, yesterday Clove Technology received what they believe is the first UK stock of SIM-Free and Unlocked Samsung i780’s. You can pick up the device for £320 + VAT.


The Stylish Samsung i780 will be an ideal tool for your mobile messaging and communication requirements. Equipped with a 2.6″ touch screen Bluetooth, Wifi and a HSDPA there are few limits with the Samsung i780.

Ergonomic design and a QWERTY keyboard make text and data entry simple.

Added functionality comes from a 2 megapixel camera and a VGA camera for video calling. Utilise the MicroSD card slot for additional storage of media and files, especially for files such as images and movies that you may wish to enjoy.


  • Windows Mobile 6
  • QWERTY Keypad
  • 2 Megapixel Camera
  • Bluetooth & WiFi
  • GPS
  • VGA Camera for video calls
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