Archive for January, 2009

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Review SPB Weather 2.0

image Don’t forget your heavy coat, it’s going to be a cold one.

How did I know that? Because I have SPB Weather. A great weather utility from the people who brought us Mobile Shell and Time, Weather integrates fully into your Today screen or (appropriately enough) Mobile Shell, Pocket Plus, and Diary. Read on for the full review.

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Top 5 Alternatives to the iPhone

Before any of you iPhone fans flame me let me start by saying that I’m not an iPhone hater, in fact I have iPhone as a second phone. However, the iPhone isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and even if you do want an iPhone you may not want to make the jump to the O2 network in order to get it.

So we’ve been asked frequently in the past what’s the best alternative to iPhone. One of the best features of the iPhone is its excellent and generously sized display. With that in mind we’ve got 5 iPhone hopefuls for you.

LG KC910 Renoir 

  • 3 inch hardened glass touch screen
  • 8 mega pixel camera with a Xenon Flash
  • LG interface

LG KC910 Renoir

Samsung M8800 Pixon

  • 3.2 inch touch screen
  • 8 mega pixel camera with a dual LED Flash 
  • Samsung interface

Samsung M8800 Pixon

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

  • 3.2 in touch screen
  • 3.2 mega pixel camera with a dual LED Flash
  • Symbian 9.4 Series 60 5th Edition

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

HTC Touch HD 

  • 3.8 inch touch sensitive VGA screen
  • 5 mega pixel camera
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional

HTC Touch HD

Samsung i900 Omnia, 8gb and 16gb

  • 3.2 inch touch screen
  • 5 mega pixel camera with a LED flash
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional 

Samsung i900 Omnia

 

 

Posted by: Matt (courtesy of eXpansys)

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By January 31, 2009 Read More →

Mozilla Fennec Alpha on video

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Brandon over at Pocketnow has put together a video of Mozilla’s upcoming mobile browser currently known as Fennec. As this will be the mobile version of Firefox its pretty exciting to see what they have in store after the huge success of the desktop version. In the video, they give you a tour of Mozilla Fennec Alpha running on an HTC Touch Pro. Although the program is totally unstable and difficult to use, you get some glimpses of what Mozilla has in store for its upcoming mobile browser, which brings several elements of Firefox 3 to handheld devices.

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By January 30, 2009 Read More →

New Palm Pre video

image The guys over at Mobile Divide have posted a video of the Palm Pre and it is by far the best video of the phone that we have seen to date. Its over four minutes of pure Pre goodness and now after things had calmed down in my mind its all of a frenzy again with desire and want for this amazing looking phone. Check out the video after the break, its well worth a look.

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By January 30, 2009 Read More →

eXpansys Friday deals

These deals are available on Friday the 30th of January 2009 between 11am and 4pm by following the links above only. Normal pricing will apply outside of these hours*.

image TomTom ONE Classic Special UK Email Offer
All you need in a portable car navigator. Combining even greater ease of use with quality navigation at a very affordable price.
Normally £99.99, Now £79.99, Save £20
http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=176280&partner=tracyandmatt

 

 

image Wharfedale 160GB Hard Drive/DVD Recorder with HDMI
Record your favourite TV shows straight on to the hard drive or a DVD – it features Freeview and HDMI upscaling to 1080i!
Normally £79.99, Now £59.99, Save £20
http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=177416&partner=tracyandmatt

 

 

 

image Motorola Bluetooth Headset H800 & Siraya Bluetooth GPS
Want wireless convenience without comprising your style? Then slip into something a little more fashionable.
Normally £39.99, Now £29.99, Save £10
http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=178301&partner=tracyandmatt

 

 

image eXpansys USB Travel Charger Special UK Email Offer
A complete international travel kit for use with USB sync/charge cables.
Normally £11.99, Now £5.99, Save £6
http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=178299&partner=tracyandmatt

 

 

 

Voucher codes do not apply with these deals. Limited to 2 units per customer, available while stocks last.
Prices and availability subject to change, www.expansys.com website price and availability always applies.

 

Posted by: Matt

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By January 30, 2009 Read More →

Microsoft files patent application, combines smartphone and desktop

Microsoft has filed a patent application for a device that bridges the gap between your desktop computer and your mobile phone. The device is essentially a microsoft-smart-interface-systemsmall  computer with its own CPU and OS, but when docked with a compatible mobile phone it can create a powerful computing platform, that can interface with a number of peripherals, including keyboard, mouse, monitor and others. The Patent Application titled “SMART INTERFACE SYSTEM FOR MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES” sounds like a beefed up version of the Redfly desktop Smartphone Terminal that Celio was showing off at CES a couple of weeks ago.

This seems like a natural progression for computing as our mobile phones become more and more powerful. Just as laptops started out as lumbering expensive supplements to desktop computers, but now a laptop can replace a desktop in terms of cost, and speed. It’s easy to foresee a time when smartphones can also bridge that gap. Maybe this device will help herald in a new era of computing, one which a lot of us in the tech community have been waiting for for a long time.

Source: Unwired View

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Orange launch UKs first PAYG Blackberry

Until now, if you wanted a Blackberry device you had to have a pay-monthly account and have a Blackberry subscription. Orange are about to change that though as from February they will be offering the Blackberry Pearl for just £145 with their Blackberry Internet Service for just £5.

 

Orange today announced it will be bringing the BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8120 to its Pay As You Go (PAYG) customers. The smartphone, which provides exceptional phone; email, messaging, organiser, web browser and multimedia capabilities, will be priced at £145, with customers now able to take out a BlackBerry® Internet Service that provides email, messaging and web access whilst on the move. The new offering comes as a result of the growing demand for a BlackBerry® smartphone with PAYG service.

With a quick set up, the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 connects customers to Facebook®, MySpace®, Flickr™ and Windows Live Messenger (MSN® Instant Messenger), meaning you’ll never miss out on a friend’s update or party invitation. Webmail users are also catered for, with easy access to Hotmail®, Yahoo!® Mail and Gmail®.

To take advantage of the Orange PAYG BlackBerry smartphone offer, customers must first purchase the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 for £145, which is exclusive to Orange in indigo. They can then choose one of Orange’s existing PAYG Animal packages, offering a choice of free rewards before taking out Orange’s PAYG BlackBerry Internet Service for just £5 per month, on a monthly rolling subscription.

The BlackBerry Pearl 8120, combines chic styling with full BlackBerry smartphone functionality. Features include a 2 megapixel camera with LED flash, Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi® and  media player (MP3, video, etc.); it’s designed to help you do everything you want with your life.

Pippa Dunn, Director of Pay As You Go, Orange UK said, “With nearly two thirds of UK mobile customers now using pay as you go , we are really pleased to be bringing  one of the most popular email  and multimedia devices to the masses as the first operator to offer BlackBerry on pay as you go in the UK . At Orange, we’ve always been known for innovation and great value, and with the launch of this service, we continue to lead the market – giving UK pay as you go customers the choice they deserve.”

The BlackBerry 8120 is available from early February for just £145, for more details visit Orange shops or www.orange.co.uk/shop

 

Posted by: Matt

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By January 29, 2009 Read More →

3D phone coming to Japan

image Japanese operator KDDI has unveiled a phone with a 3D display. The recently announced Ketai H001 has a 3.1in hinged screen – made by Hitachi, and named after its HD TV brand, Wooo – that’s able to display games, pictures and video content in 3D. A 3D button on the phone takes the user through to a dedicated channel which streams 3D content to the phone over an integrated 1Seg receiver. The rest of the phone’s features are pretty high spec too. It has a 5Mp camera with autofocus. Images are stored on Micro SD cards. E-Wallet support lets the owner pay for things using the H001, and the clamshell’s top surface is a display in its own right. The 51 x 111 x 18.6mm device is available in “Flame Red”, “Solid Silver” and “Neon Purple” body colours. A UK launch date or price, no chance this will be a Japanese only release, Boooo!!!!

via The Register and Akihabaranews

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More Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots

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The guys over at XDA-Developers have posted up a few more screenshots of the soon to be announced Windows Mobile 6.5. The pictures on the left are the new Internet Explorer 6 and you can see the new zoom bar and the other pictures are of the new home screen and launcher honeycomb layout. Not sure if this is just a today screen enhancement / overlay or something deeper like a new programs menu, guess time will tell.

via Xda-Developers and WMExperts

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iBluetooth for iPhone – Bluetooth file transfer video

image As you can see in the video after the break, iBluetooth will bring you just that, allowing the iPhone to transfer files to any other device using Bluetooth. In this case, the application developed by MeDevil is working with an iMac and a Sony Ericsson handset but, once it is finished and available through Cydia, it will work with any device supporting the Bluetooth file transfer protocol.

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