Archive for June 13th, 2008

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O2 Brings 3,000 New Wi-Fi Hotspots to iPhone Customers

image O2 today announced a deal with BT Openzone to enhance the unlimited Wi-Fi package offered to all iPhone customers. From July 11th, iPhone users will have access to more than 3,000 BT Openzone premier Wi-Fi hotspots as part of their monthly tariff, for no extra cost.

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Review : ASUS EEE PC 701 XP

image I have had the Asus Eee PC 701 in my hands or should that read hand, for the last few days and to be honest I wasn’t expecting very much from this as I have used quite a few UMPC devices before all running Vista and found the compromises to be too great to be useful and performance very poor.

Well I have to say my opinion has turned full circle after using this little device for a couple of days.

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Review: SMS-Chat and Fun Contact from Vito for WinMo

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Vito software, a Russian mobile software development house has recently updated to of their applications SMS-Chat and Fun Contact.  Both applications make SMS and Contacts on your Windows Mobile device far more finger friendly.  I’ve been using them every day for a while and after the jump you’ll find some more details on these excellent applications, available for sub £10 each.

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Apple limiting what Apps can use GPS on the new iPhone

Having launched the new iPhone and with the new SDK on the way Apple have added in a couple of clauses to curb what developers can do with the GPS built into the new iPhone.  According to Electronista the agreement states that the GPS cannot be used for real time navigation applications.

Looks like Apple are planning to keep the navigation pie all to themselves.  TomTom are known to be working on an application, so the question is do they have an exclusive agreement?

So, what’s the use of GPS if you can’t get real time data out of it?  I think we’ll see the most innovative GPS aware applications coming from areas outside of navigation.  Some sort of "what are people listening to near me" type of app is going to be a good bet!

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Astraware announces Bubble Babble

Another new software title from Astraware, this time Bubble Babble, a cute word puzzle game. Full details in the press release below:

Astraware is excited to announce the release of Bubble Babble – a brand new word game for Palm OS and Windows Mobile smartphones and PDAs.

Challenge your word power with this undersea bubble-bursting brain teaser! Link together letter bubbles to form words and impress Wordsworth Smartygills – your friendly fishy host! Bubble Babble includes a fun interactive tutorial to teach you how to play with the bubbles and make words from them. Score points for each word you make. Impress Wordsworth with more complex or unusual words and he’ll reward you with shiny shells for your collection!

Bubble Babble has 4 entertaining play modes which are perfect for both adults and children, for all levels of skill or vocabulary:

  • Challenge – create a set number of words against the clock
  • Target – reconstruct the separated word from the letter bubbles
  • Mystery – try different permutations of letters to find the hidden word
  • Freeplay – just enjoy making words to boost your points score
  • Each day Wordsworth Smartygills will tell you the Word of the Day. Make this word during play to earn a special award!

    Use multiplier bubbles to enhance your points score, and get help from Stella Starfish, in her wildcard bubble! Unlock higher difficulty levels as you play – it can help you keep your brain sharp and maybe learn some interesting new words!

    Bubble Babble is available for smartphones and PDAs running Palm OS(R) 5 and above, and Windows Mobile Professional, Classic and Standard devices running Windows Mobile 2003 and later. The game is available from http://www.astraware.com/bubblebabble priced $19.95, with a limited time new release discount.

    Posted by: Iain

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    QIK for iPhone coming soon

    image Qik has a video showing off a demo app for the iPhone, bringing the popular video streaming service to the Apple platform. The iPhone isn’t designed to record video, but Qik has not only made it possible to record, but also stream it to their lifecasting site, where people can watch your handiwork. Much like the video apps from Sling and Flixwagon, Qik appears to be running an unofficial app on a jailbroken iPhone. The demo looks very plain, in terms of UI, but the video streams to the Qik site like any other phone client. Qik expects to get alpha versions of the software out soon.

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