Matt and Tracy are back on the podcast after visiting Orlando and mucking about at the theme parks, the big kids that they are. This week the panel discuss the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Motorola Atrix, Sumsung Wave 2 and some new devices spotted in the wild from Blackberry.
Archive for May, 2011
If you are in North America or one of the few people over here in the UK to have a BlackBerry PlayBook it is good news all round if you use Twitter. Blaq is now available in BlackBerry App World priced at $1.99.
Since I got my PlayBook a few weeks ago the fact that it did not have a decent Twitter client was more than frustrating to say the least.
Our prayers have been answered! Blaq is not perfect and has fairly basic Twitter use at present however, for an initial release it is super and I look forward to updates in the future. As you can see from the screen shot the colours and user interface are much the same as on the BlackBerry Smartphone version.
It is now just over two weeks until the BlackBerry PlayBook is released here in the UK. Our full review will be on the site this week so keep your eyes peeled.
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- 7-Inch Screen with 1024 x 600 resolution
- Google’s Android 3.0.1/Honeycomb OS
- HSPA+ connectivity
- A pair of cameras, one on the front and one on the back
- Tegra 2 dual-core processor
- An HDMI-out
- Super-light weight 380g design
There is no word yet on pricing, availability, or even storage options, but we should know more within the next couple of weeks. Below is a link to the full press release of ViewSonic products that debuted at Computex this year.
Press Release and full details belowk:
Acer liquidmini has refreshed its look and is now available in new vibrant and trendy colors: a bouquet that encompasses all the colors of your summer.
Cherry, lagoon, pearl and steel: these are the four new colors that evoke summer, vacation and the longing for relax and have fun with friends. You can pick and choose since there’s something for everyone with liquidmini! But there’s much more to it than meets the eye:
The first Nokia phones featuring Symbian Anna, the Nokia E6 and Nokia X7, are now shipping. The X7 will be available in Europe, Eurasia, China, India and other Asia/Pacific countries, while the E6 will be available in Europe, Eurasia, Asia/Pacific, as well as the Middle East and Africa. As a hardcore fan of the Nokia E71 and E72 form factor, I’ve been dreaming of the day when I could touch both QWERTY and screen – and here it is with the E6.
- Faster and better web experience with an all new browser.
- The long-awaited portrait QWERTY plus split screen text input.
- All new Ovi Maps with public transport routes and other enhancements.
This is the second leaked BlackBerry video in the last few days. First we had the BlackBerry Torch 2 and now the forthcoming Curve. This latest video comes courtesy of a Vietnamese tech site so don’t expect to have a clue what the chap is saying!
The device sure looks like a Curve but with some nice improvements. It is now a lot thinner and has 480 x 360 resolution display plus a 800MHz processor. That sounds pretty amazing for a Curve. Like the Torch 2 video this device is still unannounced officially by RIM so we cant say when you are likely to see it in the shops but if I was a gambling man I would say Quarter Three maybe.
Anyway, you can see the video below and please feel free to leave your comments/thoughts on the forum.
MSI introduced a range of slates at Computex 2011 this weekend. The WindPad 100A runs Android, hense the ‘A’. A 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS slate weighing 740g, the WindPad 100A has an unspecified dual-core Cortex A9 processor along with 1GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage and WiFi b/g/n. Bragging over 8hrs of runtime from a single charge. It weighs 720g and has a G-Sensor, ALS, an SD card reader and a USB port.
There’s also an HDMI port, g-sensor, ambient light sensor, an SD card slot, USB port and audio output; cameras front and back complete the deal. OS is “the latest Google Android operating system” which certainly suggests Honeycomb. No word on pricing yet or when it will hit the shelves.
The WindPad 110W, running Windows and cunningly titles with a ‘W’, has 2GB of memory, WiFi b/g/n, a G-Sensor, ALS light sensor, and an SSD hard drive offering up to 64GB. It weighs 850g and, MSI reckons, will last for over 6hrs of runtime. Both have twin cameras, front and back, and SRS PC Sound.
MSI has also added some touch-sensitive smart keys on the side of the Windows slate, along with face recognition for auto-login. No word on pricing or availability at this stage for either model.
Check out the Press Release below:
Introducing the Asus Padfone, a high concept tablet/phone combination that was announced at Computex 2011 this weekend. A package consisting of an 4-inch Android smartphone which can dock into a companion 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 tablet. The tablet’s separate battery can be used to recharge the phone, while the phone’s 3G connection can get the slate online when away from a WiFi hotspot.
ASUS is promising a “seamless” transition from the phone to the tablet UI, with whatever you’ve been looking at on the handset automatically expanding to suit the slate, along with the improved web browsing experience you’d expect from a bigger display. If a call comes in while the phone is docked, then it can either be removed or answered with a Bluetooth headset.
Phone and slate can access the same storage in the handset, and since there’s only one 3G radio then you don’t have to swap your SIM between two modems or sign up for a second data connection. The UI has been modified to suit both displays, either showing mobile sites on the phone or full sites on the tablet. The phone itself has two cameras, a front-facing webcam – just like the tablet – and a 5-megapixel camera on the back which can also be used through a hole in the PadFone dock.
ASUS is saying that finalized hardware specifications haven’t been decided on yet, and nor have pricing or availability, so don’t get your hopes up too much. Still, as concepts go, this is an intriguing one.
Those cheeky monkeys at technobuffalo.com have managed to get themselves a BlackBerry Torch 2 to play with. The device is still unofficially announced by RIM so I don’t suppose they are particularly happy with the device being out in the wild but these things happens from time to time.
As we have seen before in photos the Torch 2 shares the same body with its predecessor, although now being silver instead of black, but inside it is a whole new phone. With a 1.2GHz processor, better screen resolution and running BlackBerry 7 you will see in the video that the OS runs extremely smoothly.
We know the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is coming in the near future. I wonder how much after that the Torch 2 will be. I want to play!
You can see the hands on video here compliments of technobuffalo.com.
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IP security cameras aren’t particularly new, I remember trying my first one out for a client about 15 years ago. They used to be extremely expensive even for the most basic models. They weren’t very good either.
However, a few weeks ago I started looking for internet or IP cameras to install here at home while I was on holiday so that I could keep an eye on the place and on the building work going on at my home while I was away. I was surprised to find this IPcam from storage options for around £60. When you consider what you get for the money; motorised pan and tilt functionality, wireless and wired network connectivity and both day and night modes, it sounded like a bargain. I bought one!
I’ve recorded a brief unboxing video for you below and have been using the camera for a few weeks now. It’s quite impressive. IQ is acceptable but only VGA resolution. I like being able to control everything from the web interface though so you can move the camera around as well as set up email alerts when it detects movement or upload images via FTP and thanks to the infra-red LEDs you can see in total darkness too.