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Twitter SMS alternatives

image If your a Twitter user and outside of the USA, Canada or India you will have noticed that SMS updates are no longer being delivered to your phone. We reported this a few weeks back and because of this Twitter has lost a lot of it’s sparkle. For me the beauty of Twitter was its social networking ability without having to do anything other than read a simple text message. When one of your friends has something to say you get it with the minimum of fuss. This was Twitter’s killer addictive quality and now it has been taken away from us. A couple of companies have spotted this gap and are currently offering their own services, they are tweetSMS and twitMobile.

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Pictures of the HTC S740 from IFA 2008

image The guys over at newmobile have been at the IFA 2008 fair in Berlin Germany and managed to get the new HTC S740 in their hands. According to HTC though the device does not yet have a Windows Mobile product version yet so they were not allowed to play around with the software. A few of the pictures are after the break.

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Mobility Today’s iPhone security awareness video

imageDave at Mobility Today has posted an important video for all to get an idea of just how easy it is for someone to gain access to your iPhone. Its seems that using "favourites" is the problem. Video is after the break.

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GO!View review

GO!View is Sony’s attempt to grab a slice of the ever increasing on demand TV pie. Powered by BSkyB In theory the Service works in perfect harmony with your PSP downloading shows on your PC using the GO!View subscription service and then simply transferring them to your PSP to enjoy when and wherever you wish, So is this the case or are Sony simply full of hot air?

Well the first thing that is perfectly true is that GO!View is a subscription service meaning it will cost you however with prices starting at just £5 a month it is not bad value for money. So what do you get for your money?

Similar to Sky digital television the GO!View service is split into various Packs and access to each varies depending on which subscription you choose, the three packs you have to choose from are:

  • Entertainment
  • Sport
  • Comedy


Each of the categories offer a large number of shows and clips which can all be downloaded and transferred to your PSP for you to enjoy. On top of these packs the service offers the rental of a large selection of the latest & classic movies and TV shows which you will be able to rent however this is at an extra charge and is not included in your subscription fee and costs between £1.50-£3.50 for any one show or movie.


Once you have made your choice with regards to package and subscription downloading shows and clips could not be easier simply browse the library select the item you wish to download click and then just a further click to transfer the item to your PSP (note, items cannot be played on your PC) Of course as most PSP owners will understand I was worried about my PSP’s 2 GB memory stick duo would quickly become useless when downloading full episodes however this was not the case with a 1 hour show using around the 330-340mb mark allowing for a good few shows to be stored on your PSP at any one time.


So overall is GO!View worth investing in? In a nutshell yes I would say it is as it allows great shows and clips to be downloaded and transferred to your PSP easily and more importantly quickly! This service is perfect if you are going on holiday on a long journey as if your PSP is equipped with a decent sized memory card you can load it up with your favourite shows to watch at your leisure. I do have some problems with the service however I do feel the pay per view service is great for movies but for TV shows is a little steep considering you are already shedding out £5+ for your chosen pack(s) also I think it would be a lot more beneficial if the service could be used wirelessly on your PSP and allowed for downloads straight to the PSP without the need for a PC but these aside it a great service and will certainly help Sony get a feel for this sort of product as the release of there Play TV is just around the corner which if you have a PS3 as well as a PSP from what I have seen so far Play TV will be a another excellent product for watching shows on the move.

So how do you get GO!View? Well simply visit download the GO!View application and sign yourself up and another bonus is a months FREE Trial is currently available so you can get a good feel for service before committing.

* Our Go!View competition is now live and you can enter HERE. *


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HTC Touch Diamond named European Smart Phone 2008-2009

image The HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Corporation’s flagship handset has been named “European Smart Phone 2008-2009” by the members of EISA, the European Imaging and Sound Association. EISA is a unique association made up of some the most influential lifestyle and gadget publications across Europe; consisting of 49 member magazines spanning 18 European countries. The Touch Diamond was elevated above the competition thanks to its combination of innovative design and impressive functionality, applauded by EISA members.

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Android Market Place revealed

image Google have confirmed the Android Market download service, and released screenshots and further details on the system that will allow users of Android-based devices to browse and install software while mobile. A beta version of the service will be included on the first commercially available handsets, that will support free apps, with an update allowing for paid software soon after launch. Further details and screen shot after the break.

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Nokia E71 review


This week I was asked to review the Nokia E71, and as soon as I was asked if I would like to review it my eyes lit up. I have been trying to get hold of one of the Nokia E Series phones for a while so I was very excited to review it.

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The Nokia E71

The E71 is one of Nokia’s most attractive smartphones to date. Many phones with QWERTY keypads lack a certain finesse, but the E71 wouldn’t look out of place in an Aston Martin. Not only does it look good, its attractive metal casing feels very classy and it’s not too heavy or bulky.

What’s in the box?

  • Nokia E71
  • Battery (BP-4L)
  • Stereo Headset (HS-47)
  • Data Cable (CA-101)
  • Lanyard
  • Pouch
  • Memory Card
  • Mains Charger (AC-5)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 2GB MicroSD Card

Don’t forget to check out Matt’s Nokia E71 unboxing video for more details.


Nokia E71 Specification:

  • Symbian OS 9.2, Series 60 v3.1 UI
  • 2.36” TFT, 320 x 240 pixels, 16M colours
  • Built-in Assisted GPS
  • Integrated Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Tri Band HSPDA
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth V2.0
  • UMTS (3G)/HSDPA Connectivity
  • ARM 11 369 MHz
  • ROM : 110 MB internal memory  RAM: 128 MB SDRAM Memory
  • 3 Megapixel Camera
  • MicroSD Slot
  • Standard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAh (BP-4L)
  • 114 x 57 x 10 mm
  • 127 g


A 10mm thick profile ensures it fits inside a pocket comfortably, even though it’s wider than your average handset. The screen and Qwerty keypad are well laid-out, a series of shortcut keys below the screen make it easy to access your emails, calendar and contacts.

Nokia E71 front view

Nokia E71 front view

Although the keys are small, they’re very usable, because each is raised, making it easy to distinguish between them. In fact, the E71’s keypad is one of the best QWERTY keypads I have ever laid my fingers on.

Nokia E71 keyboard

Nokia E71 Keyboard

The left side has an iRDA port at the top followed by the microSD card slot and the USB sync socket under their respective rubber covers.

Nokia E71 left side

Nokia E71 left side

On the right we can find the headphone/headset socket at the top then below up/down buttons for volume control and scrolling with a menu button between the two.

Nokia E71 right side

Nokia E71 right side

The top of the E71 has a power button (in red) and a loudspeaker grille. Great idea having this on the top of the unit as it makes it easier to hear in your pocket.

Nokia E71 top view

Nokia E71 top view

There’s not much to be found on the bottom of the E71, just a small connector for the charger.

Nokia E71 bottom view

Nokia E71 bottom view

On the back of the E71 you’ll find the 3.2 Mega pixel digital camera complete with mobile LED light and a mirror for self portraits. The back has a shiny metalic finish which certainly attracts the finger prints as you’ll see below.

Nokia E71 back view

Nokia E71 back view


  • Ruggedness
  • Very Responsive
  • Email push (When used with Exchange)
  • GPS (Used With Nokia Maps)


  • Headphone socket on the wrong side for me
  • metal casing Finger print magnet


Email-centric, business-oriented phones can be dull as ditch water, but the E71 isn’t lacking exciting features. Like the Nokia E90, this smart phone boasts more features than your average Nokia.

Having said that, it gets the basics right first. I can happily say that setting up your personal email, such as Gmail or Yahoo, is really easy, All you have to do is put in your email address and password, The E71 also supports Microsoft Exchange, although it’s a little harder to set that up, so you might want to get some help from your office IT guy, depending on your phone skills.

Connecting to the Internet to receive emails and browse Web sites is possible almost everywhere you go, via HSDPA (3.5G) or Wi-Fi. Using the built-in Wi-Fi scanner, it’s easy to find a hotspot and connect to it. To save battery life, you should turn off Wi-Fi scanning when you’re not using it.

Surfing the Net is better than with most built-in browsers. Pages are displayed in full and, interestingly, the E71’s browser supports Flash and lets you watch YouTube videos, although it’s fairly sluggish — audio streams faster than video.



Because it runs on the S60 operating system, you can download a variety of programs, including my favourite mobile apps, Opera Mini , Google Maps and Garmin, though I must say I would have liked to have seen the same OS as the Nokia N95 on this phone, it would have been the cherry on the cake!!!. The E71 packs GPS, so you can use Google Maps’ sat-nav feature to accurately track your location and get directions.

You can also use the pre-installed Nokia Maps for navigating around town. It does everything that Google Maps Mobile does, but with a few extras, including being able to save a screenshot and voice navigation, but you will have to pay for the latter.

Email on the E71 is a dream. Accounts are easy to configure and you can have multiple POP3 and IMAP4 accounts on the handset. If you use Microsoft Exchange that too is easy to configure and gives you full push email support in much the same way as Windows Mobile.

A small but noteworthy feature is the E71’s start page. It cleverly lets you display emails, apps and other features, but that’s not all. You can set up one start page for home and one for work, flicking between the two depending on what you’re up to. It’s useful if you like to keep certain aspects of your life separate, such as work and personal emails.

The only feature that left me very disappointed was the 3.2-megapixel camera. Its shutter speed was slow and it took blurry photos. I hope the next model in the E series offers a better camera such as the 5 Mega Pixel camera on the Nokia N95.

For a phone with so many features, I was really impressed with how long it could last on one charge. In a real-world test, I have been using GPS, Wi-Fi and HSDPA regularly throughout the day, and I managed to squeeze two days out of the battery before it needed recharging. If you want to expand battery life even further, switching off all non-essential connections, such as Wi-Fi and HSDPA, helps significantly.

Nokia E71_angled_right


Most business phones leave you yearning for something a little more refined, something that will get the job done but also work well as a phone for home. The Nokia E71 is the business phone we’ve (Mostly me!!) been waiting for.

It looks gorgeous, it works well and most importantly it packs enough features to deal with a smorgasbord of situations. I was disappointed with its camera, but I think this is one of the best Nokia email phones to date, and highly recommend it if you’re looking for a phone with a Qwerty keypad.


Review by: Phillip

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