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Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 65

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James Richardson, Matt Davis, Gareth Myles and Andy Lee are back chatting about … well the iPad. they also manage to get in a little bit of chat about RIM, WebOS and Windows Phone 7.

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Sony Ericsson Aspen review

Aspen-main-image In comes the phone call from Matt as usual, “I’ve done the unboxing, (which can be seen here) want to play with the Aspen?”, so I had a look around to make sure it wasn’t just another Sony Ericsson release, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a full fixed QWERTY phone that had passed me by. Being a fan of the HTC Snap, it looked interesting enough to have a play.

Will it shape up? From the off, it has to be mentioned that this is a prototype model and comes with no bells and whistles, not even any cables (I had to scrounge a microUSB off Matt), manuals, CD’s or anything, so forgive me if I miss any benefits that could be hidden as my usual trawl through the user guide is not possible at this moment.

I also would imagine that the final could well be tweaked and updated as time goes on towards the actual release date, which according to the Sony Ericsson website states that “You’ll be able to get your hands on the Sony Ericsson Aspen within 6 months”.


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Android review: Armageddon Squadron


To date there have been many addictive Android games and they have all relied on content over style. Rarely has a game struck me for it graphical accomplishments. Armageddon Squadron is ambitious but does it soar to new heights or crash and burn?

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Apple to hold iPhone OS 4 event

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Only days after the release of the iPad Apple are keeping us on our toes with the announcement of an iPhone OS 4 event this week on Thursday, 8th April.

Although I’m not an iPhone user this maybe the event that changes my mind. Could we see multi tasking in 4.0? It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest.

I would love to say I will be at the event but its taking place in the USA so we will have to reply on press releases. We will be sure to keep you in the picture though.


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3 hope to increase customer base


Having recently announced they will be rejigging their pay as you go tarrifs to remove more money from their customers 3 believe that they will be able to increase their customer base thanks to their involvement with the Terminate The Rate initiative.

3 will start to aggressively grow its customer base after termination rates were slashed last week, its CEO Kevin Russell has pledged. Russell said the changes outlined by Ofcom, which will see the rates cut to 0.5p over the next five years, meant he could focus on the mobile operator’s market share.
The existing charges have impacted on 3, which is still to report a profit since its launch in 2003, because it has a small customer base. With a base of just over 5 million, 3 pays out more in charges to rivals than it receives for connecting calls to its network. However, the reduction in termination rates will allow 3 to make more from voice calls and aggressively target new customers with competitive rates

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SPB TV for WebOS


April 5th, 2010 – SPB Software, a leading mobile applications and games developer announces the release of SPB TV for webOS. This is the very first application from SPB Software for this eye candy Linux-based mobile operating system. SPB TV is a mobile IPTV viewer with TV-like usability,  designed for tuning in to publicly available digital TV channels from all over the world.
SPB TV features exclusive and patent-pending usability innovations and gives the mobile subscribers easy access to over a hundred and twenty of international TV channels, directly from their phones. The application supports must-have TV features, such as a TV browser with quick channel previews, an instantly accessible TV guide for all offered channels, quick channel switching and more.

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HP Slate will be upon us soon

The year of the tablet continues. HP are pushing out their snazzy gizmo with an ad campaign that points out a few features Apple could have put in their iPad but didn’t. The only thing that is missing is a kid at the end with his thumb on his nose, wiggling his fingers and blowing raspberries. Like the iPhone I doubt these will make a huge dent in Apple’s sales but at least there will be a device somewhere along the lines that ticks all the boxes be it from Archos, Dell, HP etc.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 unboxing video

X10-_Front2 Well I finally got my hands on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 last week. This is a handset that I’d waited a long time to review as it’s one we’ve known about for months but for some reason the actual release seems to keep being pushed back. However, I understand that the X10 will go on sale any day now and is already available on O2 and the white version will be an Orange exclusive.

The X10 is a large Android powered device and with a 4″ capacitive touchscreen it is of a similar overall size to the Toshiba TG01 or the HTC HD2 although just a little smaller. I believe that it’s currently the largest-screened Android phone available at the moment.

Having had the handset for a few days now there are some things that really impress me about it. First of all the 4″ screen is really good. At 480×854 pixels it’s of a high enough resolution and of a large enough physical size to make watching videos and using the web browser a pleasurable mobile experience.

The camera too is great. Sony Ericsson are known for having good quality camera-phones and the 8.1 megapixel shooter in the X10 is no exception. I think this too is that highest resolution camera in an Android handset at the moment.

So it’s unboxing video time and below I have a slightly lengthy one for you. As the Desire videos I recorded last week seem to have been popular with a combination of unboxing and brief demo I thought I would stick to that format with the X10. Check it out after the jump:


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iPad given the Will It Blend? experience

Ok I actually hate these videos but I am sure some of you will enjoy this one as there has been so much iPad news over the last few weeks that it has become a bit unbearable.

Enjoy Tom doing his stuff:-

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