Archive for September, 2010

By September 30, 2010 Read More →

iPad gets Tethering in iOS 4 and infiltrated by Google

ipadtethering Although an iPad is more likely to be a tethered device not the device to tether to, Apple have seen fit for the ever-so-useful function to be added to its forthcoming (and long overdue) update for the company’s successful tablet device.  Running in much the same way as the tether on previous iOS devices that offer the function – hidden in the settings – it’s a boon for those with the 3G iPad as their main internet device.  This may sound unlikely but with the iPad no doubt finding its way into student halls up and down the country this autumn, it provides an excellent way of getting devices like the Nintendo DS connected to the cloud, sharing the iPad’s data connection.  Of course this is all subject to the iPad’s airtime provider allowing this in the terms and conditions so don’t go crazy just yet or you may get slapped with a bigger bill than you anticipated.

In other magical and revolutionary device news, an enterprising hacker named Hexxeh has claimed to have injected the iPad with a Google poison.  Sadly not Android but the next best thing – Chome OS.  He’s published a video to dispel the faker comments but beyond this hasn’t given any clue how it’s done.  Speaking personally I’d welcome the chance to break out from the iOS prison and try a few different things out on the undoubtedly excellent Apple hardware, maybe even teach it a new trick or two (but maybe pass on Windows 95)

Tether picture courtesy 9to5mac

 

Posted by: Ian

Posted in: Rumours
By September 30, 2010 Read More →

Buy an O2 mobile at Sainsbury’s

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O2 has opened its first concession store with a Sainsbury’s supermarket.

This first new venture has taken place in the recently refurbished 100,000 square foot Sainsbury supermarket in Crayford, near Dartford.

O2 trained staff and managers will run the concession and will sell the same products and services found in a typical high street store, including both prepay and contract, the Apple iPhone 4 and fixed line services O2 Home Broadband and O2 Home Phone.

O2 claims the concession will operate to the same level as its retail stores offering the same levels of customer experience.

O2 is expected to open further concession stores within Sainsbury’s, which has a footprint of 537 supermarkets and 335 smaller convenience stores.

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: News
By September 30, 2010 Read More →

Nokia N8 starts shipping

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Good news if you pre ordered the Nokia N8. Nokia have confirmed they have now started shipping so fingers crossed it wont be long until the N8 hits your door step.

Nokia’s latest entertainment smartphone, the highly anticipated Nokia N8 with Ovi services, has started shipping. Customers who have placed a pre-order for the Nokia N8 in Nokia Online Shops and Nokia retail stores will be the first to receive their Nokia N8. Market availability will vary by country and by operator, with broad availability in the coming weeks.

Posted in: News
By September 30, 2010 Read More →

Buy a BlackBerry Torch 9800 in the UK

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Desperate for a BlackBerry Torch 9800? Well you can get one from the high street tomorrow morning, 1st October.

Phones4U will have the Torch in store and online in the morning so if you have been patiently waiting and you don’t mind shopping there head on down. I’m not 100% which carriers it will be available on but I guess it will be Vodafone.

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: News
By September 30, 2010 Read More →

Windows Phone 7 hands on video

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As I mentioned previously I was lucky enough to pop along to Microsoft’s HQ in London this week for a demo and a go myself with Windows Phone 7.

The device I used was an LG one which we have seen knocking about the web for some time. It is very much a prototype so please ignore the handset and focus on the software.

So how did I find WP7? Well I was reasonably impressed. My time with the device was limited so I will reserve final judgment until I have a review device but it certainly has some positive features. I am still not that keen on the home screen user interface but I think it will be one of those things that grows on you as you get more used to it.

Anyway, enough of me. Check out the video below and we have another to follow later with some demos from a Microsoft dude.

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By September 29, 2010 Read More →

MSN Music to integrate with Zune in UK

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Microsoft today announced plans to integrate MSN Music with Zune, Microsoft’s digital entertainment service.

There is a natural synergy between MSN Music and Zune. MSN Music will create links in its music editorial to related content on Zune.net, giving users quick and easy access to the music they care about in the Zune Marketplace.

On Zune.net users will be able to browse the Zune Marketplace and purchase music from a 100% MP3 catalogue or use a Zune Pass music subscription to stream music directly through their Internet browser.

Posted in: Press Releases
By September 29, 2010 Read More →

Win an OtterBox iPhone 4 Defender Case

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You may have seen a while ago that we posted an unboxing video of the Otterbox iPhone 4 Defender Case. The case was supplied to us by Clove Technology and they have kindly said that we can give it away so it’s competition time!

This will be a very simple competition. To win the Otterbox Case all you need to do is follow both tracyandmatt and Clove on Twitter and retweet this post when it hits Twitter.

How easy is that. The winner will be picked in seven days and will be notified both on the site and via Twitter.

Good luck.

http://twitter.com/clovetechnology

http://twitter.com/tracyandmatt

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: Competitions
By September 29, 2010 Read More →

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review

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At last the Torch has reached UK shores and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a review unit straight away. You may have seen some time ago I did a demo video with the Torch. This was not final software for the UK but now the software is finished we should see it arriving with the networks very shortly, unless delayed again!

The Torch 9800 gives us a double whammy. A new phone and an updated OS, now called BlackBerry 6.

The BlackBerry Torch has had mixed reviews in the States where it has been available for some time. If you fancy reading what I think of the device plus BlackBerry 6, and if I believe there is a market for it here in the UK you will have to read on.

Posted in: Reviews
By September 29, 2010 Read More →

MS Office for Mac 2011 launches October 26th

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Available now for pre-order, the new Office suite 2011 for Mac will be launching in late October, Microsoft have confirmed. The last version released in early 2008 is getting a little long in the tooth, and Microsoft have seen it fit to finally bring it up to date with some notable additions. Probably one of the first you’ll notice is the speed at which the programs fire up – Microsoft claim they have greatly improved the speed not only at start up, but in the program itself. Another new feature is a look similar to the current Windows counterpart, Office 2010 and its ‘ribbon’ menu interface. Entourage is also being replaced with a new Outlook client, though it’s unclear whether it’s actually new or just a rebrand.

However, if you’re desperate for the Office suite and need it right now, you can purchase Office 2008 and get a free upgrade to the newer edition when it’s available.

In true Microsoft style, there will be a plethora of different versions at different price points. The cheapest being the Home and Student Edition is £89.99 for a single user licence and includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The top end Home and Business adds the Outlook email client and, for two licences, rounds off at the top of the range with an RRP of £239.99.

 

Posted by: Vince

Posted in: News
By September 28, 2010 Read More →

Sony Ericsson announce LiveView

LiveView__PP_01_Facebook_read-1Today sees the announcement of the Sony Ericsson LiveView. This innovative accessory is another step in Sony Ericsson’s commitment to help consumers get the very best mobile phone experience through the open Android platform. The Sony Ericsson LiveView is part of the Sony Ericsson Extras portfolio – a division which offers a total product experience and enhanced mobile possibilities.

The Sony Ericsson LiveView uses Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly pair up to a compatible handset and allows consumers to control the phone without taking it out of their pocket or handbag. Read text messages, see incoming calls and keep up to date with the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

The Sony Ericsson LiveView allows the user to control Sony Ericsson music features of the handset from the micro display, selecting tracks and controlling volume.  The product also serves as a calendar reminder, displaying calendar events and other phone applications.

Posted in: Press Releases
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