Archive for January, 2011

By January 16, 2011 Read More →

No Home button on iPad 2?

icon_iphonesdk4 If you’ve been following the iPad2 rumours this week you may have also seen that there are rumours to suggest that the iPad 2, and indeed all future iOS devices, will not have the ever-present Home button.

Initially this sounded like a ridiculous notion. iOS devices only have a few hardware buttons and the Home button is used for so many things, not only for switching between an Application and the homescreen but also, more recently, invoking the task list for the multitasking support. So not only does the removal of the Home button sound like a bad idea, it also would seem to be impossible with the current user interface. To me this seemed like one of those made-up daft rumours.

HOWEVER. Just a few days ago Apple released iOS 4.3 Beta 1 to developers. Along with some minor changes including full screen iAd support and new FaceTime and AirPlay support there’s a couple of more significant changes that do lend support to a possible removal of the Home Button:

The iPad 4.3 beta 1 iOS software now has multi-touch gesture technology. This means you can use four or five fingers to:

  • Pinch to the Home Screen.
  • Swipe up to reveal multitasking bar.
  • Swipe left or right between apps.

 

So what do you all think? Personally I like the comfort of a physical home button and, having used the features in iOS 4.3 Beta 1 I have to say I’m not totally convinced. There are bound to be some apps out there that use multitouch that are going to get confused and you’ll end up closing them. At least it can be switched off.

Time will tell.

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Rumours
By January 16, 2011 Read More →

Real Racing 2 for the iPhone – Video

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It’s that time again when I find an iPhone game that really gets me addicted. Real Racing 2 has been out a couple of months or so and although quite expensive (£5.99) it is well worth the money.

I have the original Real Racing on my iPad and still play it but now the new version is out for the iPhone I decided I had to part with my money as I knew it would be excellent.

I’m not going to waffle on about it any more. Check out the video demo after the break and then enjoy the game when you purchase it for yourself. I’m confident you will?

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By January 15, 2011 Read More →

Flip Ultra HD Camcorder unboxing video

UltraHD These Flip cameras have been around for a while. Their compact, no-nonsense design coupled with decent quality recording and relatively low price has made them quite popular and they are offered for sale on a wide range of stores in many countries. I’m sure this is a trend fuelled by the likes of YouTube and the rapid expansion of other social networking vehicles. You can even design your own Ultra HD now with customisable colours and even upload images to be printed on the case.

New UltraHD Family
The world’s best-selling shoot-and-share video family – the Flip Video UltraHD – now offers two new models with even more reasons to own one. For the first time, the UltraHD line offers personalization through the Flip Online Store (TheFlip.com) with thousands of designs for users to create a video camera showcasing their own personal style. Along with always-on image stabilization and newly enhanced 720p/60 fps video quality, the new Flip Video UltraHD 2 hour also features a new slimmer design that fits easily in a pocket or purse. The UltraHD 2 hour is the first Flip video camera to feature FlipPortT – a proprietary Flip-designed connector enabling new add-ons options as part of the newly announced Designed for FlipT accessory program.

Review coming up over the next week or so, for now you can check out the unbox below.

 

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By January 14, 2011 Read More →

Is this the BlackBerry Storm 3?

storm3BGR have had a goldmine of a scoop lately, leaking the Curve, Bold and Torch models of RIM’s lineup. They’ve rounded it off with images and specs of a third successor to the Storm. The first two iterations brought a quirky, clicky touchscreen which didn’t really take off as much as RIM would have hoped; maybe a name rebranding will help wash away the poor reception of the Storm? Codenamed the Monaco or Monza , it has the same 1.2GHz processor as the leaked Torch 2, and a nice 3.7″ touchscreen.

There’s no information as of yet whether that SurePress screen will stay, but the other specifications are pretty tasty – click through to see them.

 

Posted in: Rumours
By January 14, 2011 Read More →

Is this the BlackBerry Torch 2?

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We posted earlier today that BGR.com had reportedly got the specs of the next BlackBerry Curve and it was seem that they have done the same for the next BlackBerry Torch.

If the photo here is correct there are not any noticeable changes on the outside of the device but when it comes to the inside we can expect some impressive improvements, although certainly not groundbreaking. It would just bring the Torch inline with all the other smartphones out there right now.

BGR has reported the the Torch 2 can be expected in Q3 although we have no official word from RIM.

See the alleged specs after the break:

 

Posted in: News
By January 13, 2011 Read More →

Is this the BlackBerry Dakota?

BlackBerry Dakota

BGR.com has posted yet another new BlackBerry on their site, this time the BlackBerry Dakota which could be the perfect BlackBerry for millions of users. The Dakota is rumored to be of a Bold form factor but this time with a touch screen. That sounds pretty perfect if you ask me.

The Dakota allegedly comes sporting a mobile hotspot, HD video recording and BlackBerry 6.1

You can see the full specs after the break:

 

Posted in: Rumours
By January 13, 2011 Read More →

BlackBerry Curve “Apollo” info hits the web

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The guys over at Boy Genius Report appear to have scored a bit of a scoop – information about the next generation Blackberry Curve codenamed Apollo – including the image on the right.

According to BGR the new device is going to have a 480×360 screen, a 5-megapixel camera, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSPA 7.2Mbps radio with NFC capabilities.

Other highlights include Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, 512MB of eMMC, 512MB of RAM, a 1050 mAh battery, a Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU all running BlackBerry OS 6.1 and squeezed into a unit just 11mm thin.

For the full article head over to BGR at http://www.bgr.com/2011/01/13/exclusive-next-generation-blackberry-curve-appears-brings-specs-with-it/#

Posted by: Iain

Posted in: News
By January 13, 2011 Read More →

SSD bypass for a Netbook

OCZ With Christmas coming, I decided to give my netbook a present – performance upgrade in the form of a 64 GB SSD hard-drive from OCZ. Was it a practical gift or just an expression of love for the undeperforming cutie?

Remember when Apple charged an arm and a leg and a kidney for a 64GB solid-state drive in the original MacBook Air? Fortunately, those days are gone. With SSD drives prices in a slow free-fall, a very decent drive can be had for less than £100 pounds.

That still wasn’t the case a year ago when I purchased my Toshiba NB200 10Z. A great netbook with superb battery life but limitations of netbook-grade hardware were sometimes too annoying. Having maxed out RAM already, transplanting the hard drive was the only performance upgrade left.

I do confess, though. The final impetus in my decision-making were the new MacBook Air’s benchmarks – supposedly underpowered machine achieved surprisingly good results. I know, it uses different solid-state storage technology, but it convinced me that the upgrade would be beneficial.

Posted in: Editorial
By January 12, 2011 Read More →

T-Mobile change their minds about data usage

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After absolute uproar yesterday when T-Mobile slashed their data allowance from 3GB to 500mb they have today back tracked a wee bit and decided that this will only apply to new and upgrading customers!

 

“On Monday 10 January 2011 we announced that, in line with the rest of the industry, T-Mobile would be reducing its Fair Use Policy for data usage to 500MB a month for all mobile phone customers. Following a further review of our policy, these changes will now be introduced from 1 February, to new and upgrading customers only – not existing customers.

There will be no change to the data packages for existing customers  for the duration of their contract and we apologise for any confusion caused. The revision to the Fair Use Policy is designed to ensure an improved quality of service for all mobile internet users."

Lysa Hardy, VP, T-Mobile UK

 

So my understanding of this is that if you were thinking of joining T-Mobile don’t bother. And if you are an existing customer and use a lot of data you had better start shopping around for a new network. Sounds harsh but they have nobody to blame but themselves.

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: News
By January 12, 2011 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy Player 50 – Unboxing Video

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Up until now nothing could touch the Apple iPod Touch for music, video and playing games but now that Samsung has released the Galaxy Player 50 Apple may have a bit of competition. Running Android 2.1 the Galaxy Player is not dissimilar from the Galaxy S in terms of look and its user interface. With many Apple haters out there this could well be very nice alternative. At £149.99 the Galaxy Player is cheaper than the iPod Touch 4th generation but it does lack a few features that the iPod has. It does however have a few that the iPod does not have.

 

Check out the unboxing video below and watch out for the full review coming soon.

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings