Archive for February 22nd, 2010

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SPB Mobile Shell 5.0 for Android

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February 15th, 2010 – SPB Software, a leading mobile applications and games developer announces the release of SPB Mobile Shell 5.0, a major upgrade to the world’s bestselling mobile application, popular among both end-users and OEMs. Unlike all the previous versions of SPB Mobile Shell available exclusively for Windows Mobile smartphones with touchscreens, version 5.0 is to be released for Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian. Thanks to the new portable SPB UI Engine, SPB Mobile Shell is planned to be spread to more mobile platforms.

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The X10 Mini and Mini Pro video

screen One of the lovely Booth Babes takes me on a tour of the five new devices and in particular the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro. These are two funky devices that I think Sony Ericsson with sell a shed load of. Whilst the Vivaz and Vivaz Pro are quite nice and the X10 has mostly been covered the video below spends more time on the little brothers of these and it’s nice to see a pretty full feature set on such a small device. Check after the break for the video:

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By February 22, 2010 Read More →

Garmin Nuvifone A50

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I had a quick look at the Garmin Nuvifone A50 at Mobile World Congress as I had heard that the OS was slowed than a asthmatic snail with bags of shopping. I’m please to report that it isn’t and the only slowness was a result of the, probably quite clogged, 3G reception in the venue. Whilst the Sat Nav isn’t exactly the prettiest in the world, the Operating System overlay by Garmin was quite pretty and extremely finger friendly. Read on for the Video:

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By February 22, 2010 Read More →

A brief look at the Toshiba TG02

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I was given a brief tour of the Toshiba TG02 by someone who knew less about it than my Granny (happy 94th today Granny.) Oddly the TG02 was running SPB Mobile Shell and not a Toshiba created GUI. Size-wise it’s quite nice but lacks many of the refinements we see in offerings from HTC and Samsung of late. Video after the break:

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By February 22, 2010 Read More →

Watch Sky on your Nokia!

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It looks like Sky and Nokia have been working on something rather cool.  Within the Ovi Store you can now find a Sky app!

Users will be able to watch Sky Sports live on their phone, Barclays Premier League goals and match highlights with 24-7 Football, record their favourite programmes straight to their Sky+ box using Remote Record and have access to breaking Sky News headlines.

The first compatible handsets are the N97, N97 mini (pictured), 5800 XpressMusic and the 5530, with the 5230 and X6 following shortly. A version of the application with non-mobile TV features will also be available on 10 further handsets, which are yet to be announced.

 

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By February 22, 2010 Read More →

Mobile Broadband bill from Orange for nearly £8,000.00

A university student ran up a bill of almost £8,000 on his mobile internet broadband abroad in one month because rules introduced last year to prevent this have taken nine months to implement.

Although EU rules will be introduced in the UK on 1 March to protect users against “bill shock”, 22-year-old William Harrison (below) was initially told by Orange that it would have infringed the company’s customer privacy policy to monitor his usage.

Harrison, a third-year Nottingham university student, started a six-month internship in Paris last September and wanted temporary internet access in the flat he was renting there. He and his father, Roger, asked an Orange store in Hertfordshire about the best way to access the internet abroad and queried whether a dongle, a small piece of hardware that connects to a laptop or desktop computer allowing wireless internet access, would be suitable.

“The woman in the store said the dongle would work perfectly in France, especially for a short-term contract,” says William. “She said there was a 3GB (gigabyte) limit on data use but that this would be ‘perfectly ample’.”

In France, William used his internet account to access Skype, a software application that allows users to make voice calls over the internet, on a daily basis. “I was unaware of how expensive this was. On my computer at home it’s free,” says William. He says he did not use the internet to download anything that would have been data-heavy, such as videos.

On 17 October, his first bill arrived. It was for £6,101.56. “I immediately questioned it and asked for the dongle to be blocked,” he says. “But there was a further charge which covers the cost of the dongle use between the bill being sent and the dongle being blocked. I am now faced with a bill of £7,648.77.

“It is an absolutely awful situation, both in the short term because of the £8,000 debt and in the long term because the potential damage to my credit rating could be disastrous.”

Roger contacted Orange on behalf of William to query the bill, and was told by a shocked operator that there should be a £40 monthly limit on dongle usage. However, what he was not told, and which Orange’s own operator did not seem to be aware of, was that this does not apply to overseas use.

“I sent Orange a cheque for £158.66, which is what I had worked out to be reasonable from the bill. However I never received a response from Orange.”

He says: “I am concerned William was given unlimited credit. There was nothing to stop this going up to £100,000. I think it is wrong the way this [dongle] has been sold and that there was no ‘flagging up’ to highlight that a bill of this size was being built up. Even Orange said the size of this bill was exceptional. For my son, at his age, to be saddled with this amount of debt is terrible.”

Full story at The Guardian

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By February 22, 2010 Read More →

LG BL20 Review

BL20-angled-open The LG BL20 is the "New Chocolate". It has a very similar look to the BL40 (which was reviewed by us last year). It has a glossy black finish to it and has the stylish red metallic trim – but this time it’s a slider-style handset. It’s a lower end model too in the sense that it’s a bit more basic compared to its fancy touch screen predecessor.

 

What’s in the box?

  • BL20 handset
  • Battery (900mAh)
  • Mains charger (microUSB connection to the phone)
  • USB cable (again, a microUSB connection)
  • Stereo earphones/handsfree (connects via microUSB)
  • Userguide and mini CD
  • Phone recycling bag from O2

 

Overall the BL40 was a hit with us so please read on to see how this LG BL20 shapes up…

 

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