Archive for July, 2008

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iPhone 3G queues start in New York already….Crazy

image There are already 10 people in line for the Apple 3G iPhone a week ahead of its release, according to a GearDiary report.
“According to police they began this morning. Number one in line is a man and woman with a baby whose goal is to set a record for time in line and the first baby to wait with them (or some such nonsense).”
“This is the first line forming for the 3G iPhone at the flagship Apple 5th Avenue Store in New York City.

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ComputerWeekly.com IT Blog Awards 08

I’ve just found out that tracyandmatt.co.uk has been nominated in ComputerWeekly.com’s IT Blog Awards 2008.

I have to say that this really is a very nice surprise to even be nominated so whoever is responsible for putting our name forward Tracy and I sincerely thank you, it’s things like this that make blogging worth while!

Looking at ComputerWeekly.com’s award page I see that we are up against several other excellent blogs, even my friend Jason Langridge is there!

If you enjoy reading our blog please could I ask you to show your support and click on the link below to vote for us. We’re in the ‘Wireless and mobile blogs’ category at the bottom of the vote form.

Thank you!

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O2 iPhone 3G launch details revealed. or just another rumour!!

image A PC Advisor reader has revealed the secret plans for the UK launch of the Apple 3G iPhone. These include VIP passes for people who pre-order the phone online.

Callum McCormick claims that a member of staff at his local Carphone Warehouse showed him details on his computer that spelt out times and dates of the second-generation touchscreen smartphone launch on July 11. The iPhone will also be available at UK carrier O2’s stores.

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O2 iPhone 3G pay and go, not till later in the year

image If you recall the story we posted last week about the pricing of the iPhone 3G on a pay and go non contract agreement which subsequently disappeared from O2’s site. Well the reason for this seems to be that it will not be available to buy from O2 at launch on July 11th. The new display benches in O2 stores for the iPhone 3G which are appearing in stores now clearly show "Pay and Go available later in the year" in large text on one side. This is disappointing news but was expected as I am sure they want to sign customers in to 18 month contracts and the lure of being an early iPhone 3G user might just sway you to commit.

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Pre Order iPhone 3G from O2, we don’t think so.

image O2 staff have been freely telling customers over the last few weeks that from the 4th July you could come to any O2 store and pre-order the iPhone 3G, sign up for service, go through the credit checks and even arrange porting your number in advance so everything will be ready to go on Friday the 11th. Well it is total rubbish as apparently after speaking to the manager in a local O2 store today they have changed their mind and now will not offer any pre-orders on the iPhone 3G.

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HTC Touch Pro or "Chunky Monkey"

HTC-Touch-Pro-Raphael-17-thumb Slashgear looks at the HTC Pro in detail. It looks chunkier than the Kaiser/Tytn II however the dimensions seem to be roughly the same. There is even a video so click on after the break to see the Diamond’s tubbier, younger brother.

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Telus announce the HTC Touch Diamond

When HTC unveiled the HTC Touch Diamond in May, they promised that it would be coming to North America later this year. Today Telus is announcing it will be the first carrier on thoe other side of the pond to carry the HTC Touch Diamond. With this announcement; “HTC continues our tradition of creating a family of devices, bringing the HTC Touch Diamond’s unique style and exceptional features to a number of form factors and wireless protocols.”

Telus will launch a CDMA version of the HTC Touch Diamond later this summer for $149.99 with a 3 year contract. To make the HTC Touch Diamond even more attractive, they offer subscribers very affordable unlimited data plans like $15 per month for unlimited email and IM, or $30 for unlimited email, IM and web browsing.

You can learn more about Telus and the HTC Touch Diamond at: http://promo.telusmobility.com/smartphones/index.html?landing=product&sku=DIAMOND

Note also the subtle design change of the HTC Touch Diamond on the Telus CDMA version.

Are three year contracts becoming common in Canada and the US? I honestly cant imagine ANY phone lasting three years!

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Samsung i740 Windows Mobile announced but no 3G

image Samsung i740 is a quad-band GSM/GPRS phone with no 3G support or even EDGE. Samsung i740 has a standard 2.8" TFT display with QVGA resolution. As a phone running on Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro OS, it is important to know that i740 can rely on a powerful 624 MHz processor. Fortunately, there’s at least a built-in GPS receiver.

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By July 3, 2008 Read More →

HTC Touch Pro price revealed

If like me you are eagerly awaiting the HTC Touch Pro (aka Raphael) then you might want to head over to Devicewire.com as the have just revealed the RRP of the HTC Touch Pro, £468.07 ex VAT or £549.99 inc VAT. It’s set to arrive on September 1st and, if you didn’t know already, it’ll add a QWERTY keyboard to the existing HTC Touch Diamond! You can now pre-order from Devicewire to ensure that you get yours on release day.

HTC Touch Pro

HTC Touch Pro

As I said above, the provisional release date of the Pro is September 1st but that’s certainly subject to change. Full details can be found HERE.

HTC Touch Pro specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • Qualcomm MSM 7201A @ 528MHz
  • 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM
  • 7.2MB HSDPA / HSUPA
  • 2.8″ VGA screen
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • eGPS
  • 3.1MP Camera with flash
  • Forward facing VGA camera
  • TV out
  • G-sensor (same as the Diamond)
  • FM Radio
  • microSD card slot (thank goodness!)
  • 1350mAh battery
  • 51x99x17mm
  • 145 grams
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    Polaroid officially launches the PoGo!

    A few months ago we were invited to a Polaroid press event where we were one of the first to see their new instant digital printer the Polaroid PoGo.

    Polaroid today made an official announcement about the PoGo which you can see below. We’re hoping to get our hands on one to review pretty soon too!

    Polaroid PoGo

    Polaroid PoGo

    The magic of instant photos is going digital. Polaroid, the company that pioneered instant photography 60 years ago, is launching the first in a new line of digital instant photo products. Using a revolutionary, pocket-sized inkless printing process, the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer, unlocks photos trapped on mobile phones and digital cameras.

    For fans of the original Polaroid instant camera, the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer, short for Polaroid-on-the-go, provides a new way to continue the magic of instant printed pictures, and is the biggest innovation for the brand since the commercial launch of the iconic instant film in 1948.

    Weighing just eight ounces, the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer uses a Bluetooth or USB connection to receive pictures and creates full-colour digital photos without the need for ink cartridges or ribbons. The pictures print in 60 seconds – instantly dry to the touch, removing the need to ‘shake it like a Polaroid picture’. “For decades, the name Polaroid has been synonymous with white-bordered pictures, although change and innovation have always been, and will continue to be, a key part of this business,” explains Tom Petters, Chairman and owner of Polaroid.

    “Dr. Edwin Land, the founder of Polaroid, reinvented this company many times through its 70-year history – from polarized lenses to eyewear to the iconic instant camera,” said Petters. “With the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer, we’re reinventing the magic of instant printed pictures for the 21st century.”

    The Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer was exclusively unveiled by popular Hollyoaks actress, Leah Hackett, at PC World on London’s Tottenham Court Road today and will go on sale nationally tomorrow at retail outlets for £99 including PC World, selected Curry’s and John Lewis stores, Play.com and Amazon.com.

    Polaroid PoGo™ products employ Zink™ Zero Ink™ Printing Technology from Zink Imaging, using a unique composite paper which houses cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals in a protective coat. The millions of crystals embedded within the special Polaroid paper are colourless before printing, so the paper appears white. The secret to the process is the heat activation which brings the photos to life through colourising the crystals, printing high quality images in less time than a traditional Polaroid photo.

    More than a decade in the making, the ZINK™ Zero Ink™ Printing Technology originally hatched within the research and development department of Polaroid, before spinning out as a separate company. As the company’s namesake innovation reaches the digital age, it’s only fitting that Polaroid will pioneer this inkless printing technology through its new digital instant printer.

    Facts about Polaroid:

  • Polaroid reinvents instant photography with the launch of the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer, the world’s first such product.
  • In 1936 Edwin Land and George Wheelwright demonstrated the world’s first polarised, anti-glare car headlights
  • Polaroid the company was founded in 1937 by Edwin Land and a group of small investors and unveiled the first commercial instant camera, the Land Camera, in 1947
  • When Polaroid first started trading, its main product was polarised sheet glass to be used for sunglasses and windows of railway observation cars in the USA
  • Edwin Land was so innovative, that he stands second only to Thomas Edison with the number of US patents granted to him (over 500)
  • During World War II, Polaroid technology was used to help pilots with anti-glare goggles, with the same Polaroid technology used by fighter pilots in their visors today
  • In 1952, the first instant x-ray print was created – taking just 60 seconds to produce
    While the initial application for Polaroid was for sunglasses and scientific work, it has been key to many other products including LCD flat screen TVs
  • Hip Hop band Outkast bought Polaroid to a whole new generation in 2003 with their hit song ‘Hey Ya’, which included the immortal line ‘Shake it like a Polaroid picture’
  • The Polaroid instant picture has long played an important role for many professions and trades including the police and forensic crime teams, insurance companies, artists, film & TV directors for continuity purposes and of course photographers – to name but a few.
  • While the Polaroid photo has a plethora of fans and admirers world wide, artist Andy Warhol was one of the most significant users of Polaroid instant film, which was instrumental to the creation of some of his most famous pieces
  • Polaroid enters new segments of consumer electronics business with the launch of portable DVD players and LCD TVs in 2003
  • By the end of 2004, Polaroid is the number one selling brand of portable DVD players
    Just a few years after launching its portable DVD player, Polaroid achieves top ten rankings among global brands in other CE categories such as LCD TVs and digital cameras
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