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Opera Mobile 9.5 beta download out now

imageOpera brings you the best Internet experience on any device, from computers and cell phones to portable media players and game consoles. Opera Mobile, first launched in 2000, and with over 100 million installations since 2004, was the first to bring the full Web to the small mobile screen. Opera Mobile for feature phones and smartphones has pioneered and set the standard in mobile browsing, supporting the latest technologies and receiving industry acclaim. Today, Opera continues to provide the best mobile Web experience with the first beta of Opera Mobile 9.5. Full details after the break.

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Sky and Sony launch GoView PSP video-on-demand

goview Sony and Sky have teamed up to deliver a video-on-demand service for the PlayStation Portable. Go!View on PSP has just gone live in the UK and Ireland, and offers users a range of content including TV shows, movies and sport for playback on their PSP.

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Sony PSP gets Video-On-Demand

Sony and Sky have just launched the first on-demand TV service for the PSP. This service has just gone live, and with Go!View, PSP users are now able to create their own TV schedule from Sky’s line-up for entertainment, sports, movies and TV series. Content can easily be transferred to their PSP via a PC.

From the Sony Press release:

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sky are pleased to announce that Go!View, the official PlayStation Portable (PSP™) video-on-demand service in the UK and Republic of Ireland, is now live. From today, content spanning TV, movies and sport will be regularly added to this new service for PSP users to enjoy in addition to their usual gaming experience.  With everyone who registers for the service at www.goview.tv receiving a free month’s subscription, there’s no better time to be a PSP owner!

PSP Go!View

Go!View makes portable, video-on-demand a reality, now PSP users are able to easily transfer content to their PSP via a PC. Through agreements with distributors and broadcasters including Disney-ABC-ESPN Television, BBC Worldwide, Sony Pictures Television International, NBC Universal International Television Distribution, National Geographic and Sky Sports, Go!View can offer PSP users an excellent range of content. Programming will range from US dramas such as library series’ of Lost and Desperate Housewives (produced by ABC Studios) to hit UK shows such as Doctor Who and Top Gear (from BBC Worldwide) through to FA Premier League football action and blockbuster movies.

Comedy, Sport and Entertainment Packs are available by monthly subscription, whilst selected movies and TV series can be transferred via the rental service on Go!View. Subscription packs are priced at £5 (€7) for 1 pack, £8 (€11) for 2 packs and £10 (€14) for all three packs and users can trial all three packs free for a month.  Rental TV is available from £1.50 (€2.00) per episode and a range of movies is available from £2.50 (€3.20) each.

This initial launch phase will see the Go!View service constantly growing from now through the autumn. ‘We are working with our content providers to secure a quality range of programming and ensure that PSP™ owners are getting the best possible service on-the-go and on-demand.’ said Alison Turner, General Manager, Go!View Entertainment UK

www.goview.tv

Go!View is a joint venture between Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sky who have established the joint venture ‘GO!VIEW Entertainment UK’.  This is being used to bring the PSP video-on-demand to market in the UK, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands & the Isle of Man.  Sky is providing their expertise in building successful video-on-demand platforms as well as content acquisition.  Sony Computer Entertainment is providing the marketing for the service.

 

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Blackberry Bold compared to the iPhone

iphone3gblackberrybold11 Boy Genius has posted a long and rather thorough look at the iPhone and the Blackberry Bold. Which one is better? One cannot say, a consumer phone vs. a business phone. They both perform differently and I guess it really is a pointless exercise but still worth a look if you have the hots for both phones.

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By July 16, 2008 Read More →

HTC Advantage X7510 review

image Just received delivery of the HTC Advantage X7510 for review from (www.superetrader.co.uk) and thought I would post some first impressions before I start doing the review. Well it is big but we already knew that but I have to say it looks great. From the packaging right through to the device it looks solid and well made. I showed it to my wife and she instantly loved the form factor and design as a UMPC like device not a phone and thought she could use it easily. This is interesting, it is on charge right now before I put it through it’s paces over the next few days. Any questions leave a comment and I will try to cover them in the review.

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T4 Show video review iPhone Facebook and Myspace apps

image Michael over at the the T4 Show has just posted another of his great video overviews of iPhone apps. This time he is taking a look at the two main social networking apps namely Facebook and Myspace. Both apps are available free from the iTunes store. You can see the video after the break.

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Vodafone £500,000.00 phone bill

image A Vodafone customer from Norwich has pitched his claim for the largest ever single-person phone bill after getting a demand from Vodafone for £588,198, and fifteen pence. James Abdale, who posted the details on the Vodafone forum, was initially quite jovial about what was so obviously a clerical error, though after two hours trying to get Vodafone to fix the problem his patience started to wear thin.

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LG KF750 ‘Secret’ review

Introduction

The LG Secret (KF750) is the long awaited third offering from LG in their Black Label series. The secret with its carbon fibre back and tempered glass front teamed with a 5 megapixel camera, neon touch navigation and an accelerometer to boot it is no surprise it has been a huge success since the phone went on sale around the beginning of May, so can the Secret seriously compete with it’s competition?

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The LG KF750 Secret

What’s in the box?

The box Contains:

  • The LG Secret device
  • Mains Charger
  • User Guide
  • Key Features Guide
  • Software Disc (Containing LG PC suit & DIVX Converter)
  • USB Data cable
  • Earpiece
  • LG Secret Specification:

  • 240 x 320 pixels, 2.4" touch screen
  • 5 megapixel digital camera with flash
  • 102.8 x 50.8 x 11.8 mm
  • 116 grams Touch-sensitive navigation panel with haptics
  • GPRS, EDGE, UMTS & HSDPA
  • MPEG4/DivX(up to 640×480) player
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • microSD card slot (supports up to 4gb)
  • Built in email client and web browser
  • MP3/WMA/AAC/AAC+ player FM radio with RDS
  • General

    The phone is sleek and rather bare button-wise however, this seems to work with the overall look and styling of the phone.

    The Front Consists of a four way neon navigation in the centre of which is the main action button, then you have the standard call buttons and a cancel button. The front also houses an inner camera lens for video calls.

    The phone just like the two black label series phones that came before it is a slider and when open you have the standard numeric keypad which consists of soft keys as appose to touch sensitive alternatives.

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    LG Secret front

    On the Back you’ll find a 5 megapixel camera with flash as well as the carbon fibre battery cover that adds to the phones toughness and overall styling.

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    LG Secret back

    The left side of the phone is home to a single proprietary input used for the headset, Charger and data cable.

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    LG Secret left side

    The right however has slightly more to offer in the way of buttons from left to right you have a camera capture button, button to open multi tasking menu and an interesting Touch media button which if pressed allows you to use a number of applications that utilise the touch media functionality allowing you to use your finger on the LCD to play games view photos and access music and files, however this is not a feature available for all functions on the phone by any means, the volume controls are also located on this side of the phone they are used to control ring volume aswell as speaker volume and also used with the media features such as the MP3 player.

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    LG Secret right side

    Highlights and Lowlights

    + Great Functionality

    + Slim Design

    – Over sensitive neon touch

    – Poor Battery Life

    Review

    The LG secret comes full of promise and it delivers in so many ways, the phone is a great addition to the series and if a phone could be sold on looks I am sure this one would be right up there. However looks are not everything especially in the world of mobile technology. The “innovative” neon touch navigation is a great addition to the phone however due to it’s over-sensitivity can often feel clumsy and temperamental, The phone offers all the feature we have come to expect from an LG black label series phone and adds to them. The 5 megapixel camera is a welcome introduction and teamed with the fun editing function is perfect for those feeling creative however adding flowers and hearts to your city snaps is not going to be to everyone’s taste.

    The phone is well laid out and despite the unpredictability of the neon navigation is easy to use and is well equipped for the average persons needs. The usual LG layout is present and offers no surprises in this regard.

    Sliding the screen up reveals an attractive looking numeric phone pad consisting of 12 large and well spaced keys. The keys themselves have a nice positive action to them without requiring too much pressure. The only complaint here is that they are rather flat which makes using them without looking a little more tricky. The key illuminate nicely at night though.

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    LG Secret keypad

    The touch media function is an interesting one it allows the user to access music view photos and play games using the LCD as a touch screen however it seems like it would have made more sense to utilise the touch screen capabilities for all of the phones applications rather than a select few, that said this is still a solid feature and works well.

    As a media player the Secret does a sterling job. Very impressed with the sound quality of the few sample MP3 files and easily out-performs a number of dedicated MP3 players that we’ve reviewed in the past. The secret has a MicroSD card slot situated under the battery cover but this only supports up to 4GB memory cards and not the MicroSDHC variety. Still, 4GB is good for hundreds of tracks and when you run our of pre-recorded content you can switch over to the FM radio. You can also change memory cards without removing the battery which is handy.

    LG have included a pretty decent set of headphones with the Secret. These are the proper in-ear sound isolating kind and are probably the best headphones I’ve ever seen (of heard) included with a mobile phone. And if the headphones don’t suit you for any reason then that’s ok too as you can plug in any of your own that have a standard 3.5mm jack plug thanks to the in-line mic and volume control that’s part of the standard package. Why don’t all phone manufacturers do that?!

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    LG Secret headphones

    As mentioned earlier the phone houses an inward facing camera lens that is great for video calls. Another great feature of the Secret is the ability to use the multi tasking function that is accessed using the button on the right hand side of the phone, this allows for the minimising of files and applications while running several at once.

    he web browser on the LG Secret is adequate and does a reasonable job of rendering standard web pages. You navigate the web pages using a virtual mouse pointer that jumps between links. However, just like the one on LG KF600, the mouse pointer moves rather illogically, which can become irritating on more complex pages.

    As a final comment I feel I must say that for call quality and clarity the LG Secret is possibly one of the best phones that I have ever used. There’s plenty of volume through the earpiece and it seems to be large enough to produce a good range of sounds. Call quality from the other end is also good to LG must have included a decent MIC too!

     

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    Conclusion

    Over the Secret is a great addition to the black label series and is certainly a future proof phone with great styling and functionality. The phone would be perfect for the studious university goer as the touch tempered glass front and carbon fibre battery cover means the phone would survive even the toughest nights out, however with hefty price tag the Secret carries it is sure to add to their student debt. That said if you have the money to spare and are looking for a feature-rich, future-proof phone then you could do much worse than the LG Secret – it’s just a shame that I’ll have to give it back now!

    Review by: Nick

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    Designer phones were you are the designer

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    Hiptop3.com have an interesting article regarding T-Mobile’s personalisation plans for the Gekko’s casing. It’s a nice idea with a lot of potential. It would be nice for other phones to appear with this form of customisation. The dozens of black N95’s I see daily for example.

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    SlideIT Windows Mobile Keyboard

    image SlideIT is a speedy and intuitive way to write text on touch screen enabled devices. Instead of the current method of tapping each letter on the screen, the user points to the first letter of a word and slides the stylus to the subsequent letters. Video demo after the break, all looks a bit messy to us and 40$ to buy the full version although there is a trial.

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