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New spectrum for mobile TV in the UK


image The prospect of mobile TV in the UK had a major breakthrough this week, as it emerged that the European Commission could release a new band of spectrum, earmarked for satellite companies, next month.

The move, which will be voted on in May, may see mobile operators forming MVNO-style partnerships with satellite companies to use the spectrum for new services, as well as expanding their 3G networks.

The European Commission has decided to pool the ‘S-band’ licence, rather than allocate it on a country-by-country basis, and is expected to give it to two satellite companies for use in 27 countries across Europe. It has said it would like the spectrum to be used to develop services such as mobile television.

It is expected that the 18 year licences will be awarded to the UK satellite operator, Inmarsat, as well as to Solaris – a joint venture between Luxembourg-based SES Astra and French company Eutelsat – who could then partner with mobile operators to make TV services available in countries including the UK.

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HTC Touch HD ROM Upgrade available

image An updated ROM is now available for HTC Touch HD users to download. [The update is available for the following languages: English (Pan Europe and UK), Italian, Dutch, French, Finnish, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish.]

1. Updated the Connection Setup Database.

2. Improved emergency call connections while using Airplane Mode.

3. The GPS position updating speed has been enhanced.

4. A Title bar display flicker in TouchFLO 3D has been corrected.

5. Fixed multiple browsing issues.

Available from HTC right here

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SanDisk Extreme IV compact flash review

As soon as you hear the mention of SanDisk’s name I’m sure that memory cards will spring to mind. SanDisk are arguably the top memory card manufacturer and certainly the choice of many a professional photographer.


Here we are looking at the SanDisk Extreme IV Compact Flash card. So what’s the Extreme IV part all about? Extreme IV refers to the fact that this Compact Flash is UDMA so should be capable of up to 45MB/s transfers. 

One of the ways you’ll know that you are looking at a quality product is that it comes neatly boxed and well presented rather than in a plastic blister pack that you’d find cheaper memory cards in.


You may be wondering why speed is so important and why not simply focus on capacity? As DSLR manufacturers continue to push the boundaries with their sensors we’re starting to see even the entry level cameras with 15 megapixel sensors with the higher end going to 25+. If you add the RAW shooting capability in to the mix then you’ll find that each photo can be upwards of 17MB. That’s a fair amount of data to write to a memory card every time the shutter it released and if you add in high speed burst shooting you can start to see why memory card speed might be important. The faster the memory card the more photos can be recorded in a burst. So taking the Extreme IV for example and recording JPG images to the memory card on the Canon EOS-50D you can record in bursts continuously! Pretty important if you are photographing a lot of action.


So in order to see how much difference the UDMA technology makes to the Extreme IV I’ve compared it to another unbranded 8GB compact flash card.

In the test I wrote a series of RAW photo files to the memory card and timed the overall write speed. I performed the test several times with each card and took the average of each. I’m writing 6 RAW files to each memory card and the images are 17.1MB each.

SanDisk Extreme IV 8GB CF 6.03 seconds
Generic non-branded 8GB CF 14.94 seconds

So just simply looking at the results above you can see that the Extreme IV is more than twice as fast as the generic compact flash, this will certainly make a noticeable difference.

However, it’s not just about write speed, we should also consider read speed.

Having used the generic no-name memory card in my Canon 50D for such a long time and reading a few hundred images in from the card at a time this can take a few minutes. I’ve been using the Extreme IV for the past few weeks and it’s obvious that it’s a much faster card when it comes to downloading images, in fact I’m pretty sure that the memory card is faster than the USB connection on the camera and the card reader, so we’ll be looking at a Firewire reader soon.



Is the SanDisk Extreme IV compact flash card worth the extra money? That al depends on how much you use your camera. If you are a casual photographer then I’d say the Extreme IV isn’t going to be worth the additional cost (more than twice as expensive as a generic brand). If however you are a very keen amateur or a pro then you might want to invest in one of these. I’m sure that the time you’ll save at the end of the shoot will mean that the SanDisk Extreme IV will pay for itself in no time!


Review by: Matt

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Toshiba Portege Smartphones now under £200

eXpansys just dropped me an email with details of two great deals on Toshiba Portege Smartphones, you can now pick up the Toshiba Portege G810 or Toshiba Portege G910 for under £200.

image Toshiba Portege G810 order now for £159.99
If you have a requirement for a touchscreen-only Pocket PC Phone, the Toshiba Portege G810 will fit the bill. With an excellent list of specifications including wireless high-speed HSDPA data connectivity, a built-in GPS receiver and Windows Mobile 6.1 professional, it is a fantastic bargain at the new price of only £159.99.
Stock is limited, so place your order today!




image Toshiba Portege G910 order now for £199.99
The Toshiba Portege G910 has a stylish clamshell design, giving the look, feel and functionality of a mini-laptop. With a full QWERTY keyboard, a 3-inch Wide-VGA touchscreen, fingerprint security, wireless HSDPA data connectivity and an in-built GPS receiver, it also has a new price of only £199.99.





Stock is limited, so place your order today!


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