Archive for September 27th, 2010

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RIM announce the BlackBerry PlayBook – Tablet

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A short while ago at RIM’s DevCon event in the USA they unveiled the PlayBook tablet that has been rumored for some time now.

We will bring you more on the tablet over the next day or so but in the meantime here are some juicy bits including a video. I am sure our friends over the pond will get some hands on time later.

Specifications:

  • 7-inch hi-res widescreen display, is 9.7 mm thick.
  • Flash 10.1 with hardware accelerated video, HTML 5
  • Supports 1080p video
  • Connects direct to BlackBerry Enterprise Server
  • Non-proprietary HDMI and USB connections
  • Full-HD front and rear-facing camera
  • 1 GHz dual-core (with symmetrical multiprocessing capabilities) processor
  • 1 GB RAM

 

See the PlayBook preview video here!

 

Posted by: James

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3 Named Best UK Carrier

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Broadband Expert took a survey of over 11,000 people from January to August 2010 of the UK carriers. It turns out that Vodafone has the fastest network with an average download speed of 1.78 Mbps. 3 comes in next with 1.76 Mbps then Orange with 1.46 Mbps, O2 with 1.42 Mbps, and T-Mobile bringing up the rear with 1.07 Mbps. However, when it comes to customer satisfaction, T-Mobile comes in first with a rating of 71%. Then 3 with 69%, Vodafone with 68%, O2 with 65% and in last place Orange with 64%. T-Mobile also gets the fairest pricing award because they don’t charge extra if you go over the download limit, while O2 has the best pay as you go prices. But where it gets good is with coverage. Usually the winner is Vodafone, yet the it turns out it is actually 3.

Which means that because 3 also won the mobile dongle category, 3 has been named as the best overall mobile broadband provider in the by Broadband Expert in the 2010 Mobile Broadband Awards.

Posted by Patrick

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Archos 8 Home Tablet review

Archos 8 Home Tablet review

Introduction

The Archos 8 Home Tablet is a confusing lump. Having crept onto the market without too much in the way of marketing the “8” is something of an odd choice for those looking for an internet media tablet. Archos know their stuff when it comes to portable entertainment but does this device have a market? Lets have a look.

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BlackBerry DEVCON 2010

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Today sees the start of BlackBerry DEVCON 2010 taking place is San Francisco. The BlackBerry Developer Conference is the developer community event that everyone talks about. It’s a premier showcase for what can be done with BlackBerry apps, attended by thousands of the world’s most enthusiastic developers, BlackBerry experts, and Research In Motion (RIM) partners.

A little too technical for me but if you are a BlackBerry developer the Conference is the place to learn about creating the most compelling applications for the avid consumer audience. The conference gives developers a look into what the future holds for the BlackBerry development platform, and what the new BlackBerry 6 and all of it features and APIs mean for the mobile community and for you as a consumer application developer.

What I want to know is will we get any new device news. It is rumored that the forthcoming BlackBerry tablet may be showcased at the event. I will be keeping an eye on the conference news so if RIM give us anything good I will be sure to share with you.

 

Posted by: James

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Windows Phone 7 Coming October 21st?

According to Neowin‘s anonymous sources, (we’ve heard that before) Windows Phone 7 will arrive in France Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK on October 21st and that Microsoft is preparing one hell of a marketing plan to go along side an unveiling of WP7 on October 11th in New York. As Microsoft is supposedly going to partner with a “big London based radio station, ” along side huge amounts of TV, Radio and print ads all over the place throughout October to market WP7 to the General Public.

But as with every rumour, be prepared for disappointment. Yet this one does seem to tie into the supposed October launch said by Microsoft. So all we can do now is hope that we will see WP7 hit the market by this time next month.

 

Posted by: Patrick

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