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iPhone OS 3.1 now available

iphone31 After much anticipation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone OS 3.1 software update at the "Rock and Roll" media event on Wednesday, September 9th. The new firmware, a free download for iPhone OS 3.0 users, adds the following fixes and changes:

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Apple Launches iTunes LP


Well well well! Looks like iTunes has skipped ahead and pre-announced iTunes LP, the rumored “Cocktail” album format from Apple.

Apple [iTunes link] says:

The visual experience of the record album returns with iTunes LP. Get a gorgeous, immersive version of select albums — right in your iTunes library. So while you listen to your favorite songs by your favorite artists, you can also five into beautiful animated lyrics and notes, performance videos, artists and band photos and more.

Guess this is the flip side of D45s, we’ll be getting the details when It’s only rock and roll, but we like it kicks off in a few minutes! (Come join our live blog now!)

[Source – theiphoneblog]

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Orange outages in Edinburgh


Orange are experiencing complete failure on 11 cellsites , from 5 pm yesterday. This covers the whole Edinburgh University area. Orange can’t comment on this as it contracted to a third party. Our source’s cellphone can only keep up 1 bar for GSM, no 3G, 2G, Edge and GPRS. Nasty.

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Free Bluetooth headset from

573cb0d0ce1b08791399df1e26ea1720 I recently made a little order with as I was pleasantly surprised quite a few phones that are quite difficult to get a hold of on their list. For example, you can get the Touch Pro2 outside of Vodafone’s business contract and they have a clearance on the Touch HD and Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 on O2. You can pre order the Pre.

Their contract bundles do seem to be a good bit better value than the standard offerings from the Networks.

Also, I used a promotional code with my order and got a free Jabra 2010 Bluetooth Headset. If you are in the market for a new phone I suggest you look here as they have most deals from the networks plus more options and other free stuff.

Check them out. 

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 Gemini unboxing video

It’s been a good few months since we last looked at a BlackBerry. That was the BlackBerry 9500 Storm which has in itself seen pretty mixed reviews. This Curve 8520 (Gemini) is RIM’s latest and greatest addition to the successful and popular Curve range.

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 Gemini

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 Gemini


The Gemini certainly has the BlackBerry look with a QWERTY keyboard that could be from any number of other handsets in the range. However, ROM have added some new features to the 8520 that you wont find elsewhere. First of all there’s the optical optical trackpad instead of a trackball or D-Pad and then, on the top of the unit, there’s three additional media control buttons right where you’d need them.

Personally I think that RIM have done a decent job with the design and I like the rather understated black finish more than the typical silver of other curve models.

James is finishing up the review of the BlackBerry Curve 8520 Gemini at the moment and we’ll have the review for you in a day or two. In the mean time have a look at the unboxing video. If you have any questions of comments be sure to share them with us using the forum link at the bottom of this post and we’ll do our best to respond.


BlackBerry Curve 8520 Gemini unboxing video


Blackberry Curve 8520 Gemini specification:

  • Dimensions:- 109 x 60 x 13.9mm
  • Weight: 106g
  • Battery:- Talk Time: 4.5 hrs / Standby Time: 408 hrs
  • Display:- 320 x 240 pixels/2.46"
  • Network:- GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-Band)
  • Camera:- 2 mega-pixels (auto-focus)
  • Video:- Supported formats: MP4, 3GP, H.264, & WMV
  • Music:- Supported formats: MP3, AAC, eAAC+ & WMA
  • Messaging:- SMS / MMS / E-mail (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, BlackBerry, MS Exchange)
  • Instant Messaging (MSN)
  • Memory:- 256 MB (internal) / microSDHC (external)
  • Navigation:- BlackBerry Maps
  • Security:- Remote Lock / Device and memory card encryption
  • Features:- Optical Pad, Dedicated Media Keys


Posted by: Matt

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Palm Pixi Videos

9525_158210250478_32915930478_4025145_6305443_a has a hands on video with then Pixi, I’ve attached both videos below. Thin, touchstone, 2mg cam, 8gb, 3.5 headphone jack, removable back covers. Looking quite a bit like a cartoon flattened Palm Treo Pro without most of the nicer lines the Pro had. It’s kind of bland and the screen looks like it could have been bigger, but obvious the gesture zone need to take up a certain amount of space. Specs and vids after the break

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Samsung Omnia HD & Nokia N97 Software Updates

We recently reviewed both the Omnia HD and the Nokia N97 and found them to be good devices. Now with software updates due shortly both handsets will give an even better user experience.

The Samsung updates include a new QWERTY keyboard, 3D task switcher like on the Omnia2, new widgets and bug fixes for the web browser and media player.

The Nokia will receive kinetic scrolling, the keyboard will show an alternative character when the key is pressed and held,  music player improvements and a few new widgets.



Samsung i8910 Omnia HD




Nokia N97


The Samsung update has already been released in Russia and Hong Kong so im sure it wont be long until we see it here in the UK. Unfortunately Nokia users will have to wait until next month for their’s.

Release confirmation will be posted in our forum.


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New Palm Pixi

9525_158210250478_32915930478_4025145_6305443_a Palm wouldn’t be trying to steal a little thunder from Apple’s announcement today? Well here is the Palm Pixi, Nifty little device spotted on Facebook earlier today.

All the power of Palm webOS — including multitasking activity cards, Palm Synergy, intuitive notifications, and universal search — will soon be available in a striking new form factor. Palm Pixi — due on the Sprint network in time for the holidays — is Palm’s thinnest phone ever. With a visible full keyboard and rubberized back cover, Palm Pixi is especially handy for extensive messaging and social networking.

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