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Apple iPhone covert operations

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Gizmodo have a sneaky picture of the iPhone factory line. So I guess these phone aren’t forged in the lava’s of Mordor. In fact, quite the opposite, looks a little like Tesco’s packaged donuts.

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Orange mobile broadband + free laptop

logo Orange (again) have announced they will be providing a new deal for those looking for a mobile internet solution outside of their phone. This will directly compete with 3’s slashing of mobile broadband package deals. Mobile New International reports:

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Statement from Orange regarding Wi-fi

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Orange have released a new service for finding local Wi-fi networks that work for you wherever you might be. Sounds like a must have link on any mobile phone with Wi-fi. We have the full statement after the break.

Thanks to Noor Kheir

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Papercraft iPhone

iphone_papercraftThose Germans are odd folks. Here is one of the hilarious things the mobile companies get up to over there in Germanland. Those whom have ordered an iPhone and are currently awaiting stock are receiving a nice papercraft iPhone to keep them happy in the interim. Hilarious if you haven’t ordered one, but I know if if I was waiting I would be fuming.

Story from Gizmodo

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HeroCraft Travel Genius

Today HeroCraft announced their latest game, Travel Genius. Looks like it’s going to be a fun and education game when it’s launched next month. Check out the press release below have a look at the at the game trailer on HeroCraft’s website.

clip_image001HeroCraft announces the forthcoming release of an unique geographical quiz Travel Genius for PDA & Smartphones.

Whoever said learning couldn’t be fun? Travel Genius sets out to prove otherwise.

Meet a smart geographical quiz which helps you to test your world knowledge, get to know more about our planet and make the whole world seem a smaller place.  This ingenious new game puts you, the intrepid explorer, through your paces as you navigate your way to capital cities, oceans and seas, mountain ranges, famous battlegrounds, landmarks and much more.

Play a simple game, progressing level by level through exotic locations or test your mettle in a timed game where speed is of the essence as you track down those hard-to-find places.  Perform well enough and you’ll be able to access the frantic finger flexing bonus game!

Travel Genius – go travelling the world from the comfort of your armchair!

The detailed information about the game, including screenshots and trailer will be available soon on the HeroCraft PDA sitehttp://smart.herocraft.com.                                              

 

Official Date Release – August 25, 2008.

clip_image003     Game features

  • Simple and Timed game modes
  • Joystick or stylus compatible
  • 8 different themes
  • Arcade bonus mini-game
  • Over 700 locations across 6 maps
  • Detailed statistics

clip_image003     Supported platforms

  • Palm 5.x OS
  • Windows Mobile 2003
  • Windows Mobile 2003 SE
  • Windows Mobile 5.x
  • Windows Mobile 6 (Classic / Professional / Standard)
  • Symbian 7 / 8 / 9.x OS (S60)
  • Symbian 7 / 9.x OS (UIQ)

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By July 27, 2008 Read More →

Zune Phone to run Windows Mobile 7

zunephone Over at PMP Today is a article about the rumoured ZunePhone. It would be a nice entrance the new incarnation of Windows Mobile to be packaged on a dedicated phone from Microsoft. Everything is pure speculation at the moment so I guess you could throw anything into the mix.

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iPhone: Everyone, Unslow and Work Friendly.

6800-500 Apple have posted 3 new 3G iPhone adverts to encourage you to take the plunge. The adverts are pretty straight forward with no gimmicks or arty concepts. It explains some of the nice features and breaks down some techno babble into layman’s terms.

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Stephen Fry’s take on the HTC Diamond.

normal_4x04blackadder019 Actor, writer, director and all round funny guy Stephen Fry has announced his dislike of the little HTC Diamond. Mr. Fry doesn’t appear to be the biggest fan of the Windows Mobile platform and seems to greatly prefer the Apple movement at the moment. He points out a number of the flaws already know however as Edward J. R. points out over at msmobiles.com "Stephen Fry is wrong because HTC Touch Diamond has no multi-touch display at all."

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How mobile tech has changed how we do things, Part 1

Having just arrived in the South of France it got me thinking how this trip relied on Mobile Technology and how much it has benefited us compared with making a trip some 10 years ago. First off the Gete (French Farmhouse) was all sourced through the Internet, the various on route hotels again booked online along with the tickets to get through the Channel Tunnel. These details were all emailed and stored on my iPhone for a paperless system.

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SanDisk Sansa Fuze review

INTRODUCTION

This is the third MP3/Media player from SanDisk that I’ve reviewed. The first was the Sansa e260 over a year ago and the second the Sansa View was about 6 months ago.

The most impressive thing about the entire range has to be the battery life. Using the e260 for about an hour each day for example it’s almost a month between charges. The only downside to that is the risk of loosing the power cable between charges!

The SanDisk Sansa Fuze
The SanDisk Sansa Fuze
 

As with other models the Fuze comes in a very small package – with just a carton inside holding the mp3 player itself, connection cable and earphones. Take a look at our unbox video for a more detailed look at the Sansa Fuze.

 

SanDisk Sansa Fuze specification:

  • 2GB internal flash memory (4 & 8GB model available)
  • 1.9" 220 x 176 Colour TFT screen
  • FM Radio
  • Built in microphone for recording
  • Expandable MicroSD/SDHC card slot for additional storage
  • MPEG4 and WMV video support
  • Battery Life: MP3 playback 24 hours, Video playback 5 hours
  • 1.9 x 0.3 x 3.1 in

DESIGN

The Fuze is a very compact MP3/Media Player that, to be honest, looks like an iPod clone. Taking a look at the front of the Fuze there’s a small, 1.9" display. The display is quite low res at just 220×176 pixels. There’s also a jog dial that rotates as well as working as a d-pad style navigator. There’s also a simple HOME button on the front.

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Sansa Fuze Front View

 

On the left there’s a microSD card slot which is, fortunately microSDHC compatible. Below that is a simple MIC which means you can use the Fuze as a voice recorder.

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Sansa Fuze Left Side

 

The right side is fairly bare, just a simple two-function switch which serves as a power switch and a hold switch.

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Sansa Fuze Right Side

 

On the bottom there’s a 3.5mm headphone socket which will allow you to use any standard headphones. The bottom is where you’ll find the proprietary sync and charge socket. I know I frequently moan about proprietary connectors almost all player manufacturers have their own connector type.

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Sansa Fuze Bottom

 

SOFTWARE

Once again SanDisk have used the same interface as on previous models. The scroll wheel suits the interface perfectly – and much better than the latest non-touch iPod. The main menu is icon based, but changes to text as we go deeper into mp3/video lists.

The main menu consists of Music, Photo, Voice, Video, Extras and Settings, all selected with the scroll wheel.

The music library filters are pretty standard to both Sandisk players, and players in general, with Play All tracks starting us off at the top, along with Artist, Album, Songs, Genres, My Top Rated, Recordings, and Playlists as options. On the playback screen, you get thumbnail album art, track info, and a time-elapsed meter. Pressing the select button takes you to a neat graphic-level meter, full-size album art, and the next song.

 

Sound Quality

The sound quality of the Fuze is once again on-par with it’s predecessors and still far better than the iPod Nano. Comparing the same MP3 track and using the same headphones the Fuze beats the Nano hands-down. While I don’t have the equipment to demonstrate this with fancy graphs the Fuze simply sounds better and more full-range and compression artifacts seem a lot less noticeable and the audio is a lot more pleasing.

There are various EQ modes and sound level adjustments available in the menu too which will help get the sound perfectly suited to various audio devices.

 

Pros:

  • AMAZING battery life. Seriously, I hardly charged it. I’ll try and add the SanDisk quoted figures later today, but take it from me – they are good.
  • Massive storage. 16gb. The Nano doesn’t even attempt more than 8GB, so another 1-up for SanDisk
  • Price point. These aren’t expensive, and like everything in this industry, its price will only drop.

Cons:

  • Not an iPod. this might sound a bit sad but everyone that’s seen my Fuze thinks it’s an iPod knock-off!
  • Poor low-res display.
  • Memory Capacity. The model on review is only 2GB and while there are models that have up to 8GB and each can be supplemented with microSD memory to give a maximum of 16GB this works out quite expensive compared to other 16GB native products.

 

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CONCLUSION

Once again SanDisk have done a good job with this Media Player. If you want a small unit with excellent battery life and you wont be rejected by your friends for not having an iPod then the Fuze is well worth considering. This is the sort of MP3 player that you can set playing, stick in your pocket and then forget about.

Unfortunately the screen that SanDisk have put in the device is really only adequate for using the on screen menu. It’s far too small and low-res to be useful as a video player.

 

Review by: Matt

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