Archive for August, 2008

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Egress RSS Reader Quietly Updated to Version 4.0.2

animation One application I used some time ago was Egress. I liked it a great deal however the E-Ten M600 I was using it on didn’t seem too stable when the application was running with a full load. Now they have updated to a whopping v4.0.2 and given the features I will be encouraged to look again.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U8: The MID sibling of the S9, S10 Netbooks

u8_0 Aside from the IdeaPad S9 and S10 netbooks, Lenovo has also launched a new ultra-portable MID called the IdeaPad U8. It runs on an Atom Z500 800MHz processor that’s complemented by a 1GB RAM, a 4.8-inch touch screen, 6GB SSD, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFI, rear and front video camera, EDGE, 3G, CMMB tuner (China Mobile Multimedia Broadcasting), and a Linux OS. The U8 was unveiled during the recently concluded Olympics, thus the rationale behind the Olympic-themed rear design.

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HTC Dream in pictures

htc-dream-g1-real-pictures-first-google-android-phone-t-mobile-2-300x225 Phone Report have posted some nice pictures of the HTC Dream. Interestingly the device here is still white yet all talk seems to be of the device being released in black, perhaps this will be an exclusive to a network. Pictures after the break.

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SIMable demonstration video

A few weeks ago we saw SIMable mentioned on some other websites and thought that it sounded like a great idea. What the SIMable chip does is allow you to use any SIM card in a SIM locked mobile phone without the need to have the phone unlocked. In their words: "Unlock your SIM card, not your phone!"

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The SIMable chip

Unlocking a phone can be complicated and can require that you flash the ROM and install software etc. Some require special hardware to do the job and you have to take them to a dealer or send them away. Same handsets are more simple but in almost every case, unlocking the handset will invalidate the warranty and where it isn’t a simple free solution will cost you £20 or more.

The SIMable chip makes the whole process much easier and because you are not altering the handset in any way it wont invalidate the warranty. It works by sitting between the phone and the SIM card thus ‘unlocking’ the SIM and not the phone. This also means that you can use it on multiple handsets, when you upgrade for example, for a one off cost!

The only downsides to the SIMable solution is that it wont work with every handset out there, although there are lots that are supported (see the SIMable site for an up to date list). Secondly you have to punch a tiny hole in the end of your SIM card to accommodate the SIMable chip.

You may think that making a hole in your SIM is a terrible idea but it’s really quite safe and simple to do as the punch tool required to do the job is included in the kit.

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SIMable punch

As you’ll be able to see in my video demonstration the process is dead easy and takes just a few seconds to perform.

 

SIMable demonstration

 

Once you make the tiny hole in the SIM card the SIMable chip sits in the space than the whole lot fits in your phone’s SIM card socket.

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SIMable and SIM stack

Possibly the best thing about the SIMable solution is that it costs less than it would typically cost to unlock just one handset but you can use it with many.

Take a look at SIMable’s website for more information and to see the most up to date list of supported handsets. Please bare in mind that this video is intended to show you how simple the SIMable solution is, you should check with SIMable for a list of devices supported by the latest versions of the chip.

 

Posted by: Matt

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By August 31, 2008 Read More →

Kinoma Play reviewed

image We were talking on the msmobiles podcast yesterday about Kinoma Play software for Windows Mobile devices and it got me thinking as to why the iPhone is my device of choice at the moment. The main reason for me is the excellent interface to your media compared with Windows Mobiles clunky UI. Well having just watched the WMExperts video of Kinoma Play and read their review it has got me thinking again. Check out the video after the break of this great looking software and if your using it let us know what you think in the comments or in the forums.

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By August 30, 2008 Read More →

Nikon Announce the D90 – The First Digital SLR Camera With HD Video

Here comes the Nikon D90, a camera that manages to outshine features from its current professional line-up as well as claim the honour of being the first digital SLR with HD video recording capabilities.

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Nikon D90

 

Not happy at showing off with its 12.1MP it shoots continuously at up 4.5 frames-per-second. With an impressive power up in just 0.15 seconds and a shooting lag of just 65ms this camera sits at the forefront of the camera world just now. The new HD video party trick, called D-Movie Mode, allows snappers to capture 720p video in Motion JPEG format at 24fps with sound. The camera has low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200 and there’s a 3in 920,000-dot LCD display with 170-degree viewing angle.

 

Other key features include built-in image sensor cleaning, 11-point AF system with face priority and fast auto-focus, one-button Live View, 5 scene modes, in-camera image editing and GPS geo-tagging.

 

It’s not as highly specified as the Canon EOS 50D but then it is cheaper, with a US price tag of around £500. There’s also a new lens, the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, and the kit price is around £650.

 

Obviously, those prices will inflate the closer it gets to its UK "expected" release date of September 5th but, it also means that the existing D80 will be getting a serious price cut bargain hunters.-Martin Lynch

 

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The Cell Phone Junkie Unlocked 002

logo2 Whilst this isn’t particularly useful to those who reside in Europe Mickey and Joey have put together a great podcast worth listening to as they spell out those definitions for folks confused by the terms they read. Its a clear and concise review of the US cellphone operations, covering phones, plans and networks. Excellent for beginners.

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Charge whilst you walk

1220020800.gif Saw a VERY interesting article at jkOnTheRun that mentions the scenario of converting your everyday movements into charge for your mobile phone battery, awesome! Read on for more info!

The project sounds to be in it’s infancy, but from what I read – sounds VERY promising! Imagine going through your everyday routine: shopping, vacuuming, washing dishes, just playing with your children and at the SAME TIME, charging your phone battery in the process.

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Xperia X1 what is going on

image When this device was announced way back in February this year it looked like this could be the phone to have in your pocket, great enhancements to Windows Mobile 6.1 matched with great specifications. Now nearly 7 months later it is looking increasingly likely that we will not be seeing this device at all this year or ever for that matter. According to Engadget who were talking with a Sony Ericsson representative at the IFA show the device will be delayed until December 2008 at the earliest.

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By August 30, 2008 Read More →

Go!View competition

Further to our review of the Go!View video service for the PSP yesterday I am pleased to announce our Go!View competition.

In association with our Go!View friends we are offering you the chance to win one of  five PSP games and an exclusive Go!view t-shirt.

Here are the game titles:

  • Shinbido – Tales of the Ninja
  • B-Boy
  • Secret agent Clark
  • Key to Heaven
  • Echochrome

Our usual competition rules apply. Simply send us your name and email address along with the answer to the competition question below using our normal contact page. One entry per person please, but feel free to get your friends and family to enter too!

Competition question: ‘How many steps are there to use Go!View?’

EDIT: The competition is now Closed.

Good luck!

 

Posted by: Matt

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