Archive for May, 2011

Acer ICONIA SMART next generation Smartphone wins Best Choice and Design & Innovation awards at Computex 2011


Acer ICONIA SMART perfectly combines the capabilities of a tablet in a smartphone format: a huge 4.8″ widescreen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a super cool chassis. Its revolutionary design, characterized by a stretched out, thin and slightly curved shape, makes it a fascinating device that will not go unnoticed. Surely enough, the ICONIA SMART captured both the Best Choice and Design & Innovation awards at Computex Taipei, the most influential global IT event held in Asia.

Each year, the jury of the Best Choice awards selects Taiwan’s best ICT products in the overseas market. While the Design & Innovation awards, organized in cooperation with world-leading industrial design institution iF Design, honor products that stand out through excellent design. Their evaluation criteria include degree of innovation, design quality, choice of materials, environmental friendliness, functionality and brand value, among others.
Acer ICONIA SMART’s full metal body, enriched by subtle wavy patterns, conveys a sense of timeless elegance. What’s more, it offers a perfect fit in your hand thanks to its smoothly curved back and minimal width (64mm). This truly innovative device is perfect for fashion addicts or tech savvy people looking for the latest and cutting edge technology available ensuring superior browsing and excellent multimedia entertainment.


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WP7 ‘Mango’ update due this Autumn


Microsoft today previewed the next major release of Windows Phone, code name “Mango,” through a series of media events around the world. “Mango” will deliver more than 500 new features to push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps and the Internet.  The Mango release will be available for free to Windows Phone 7 customers and is scheduled to ship on new phones beginning this fall; More details on device update timing will be provided closer to availability.  Windows Phone will also add support for additional languages, expand access to apps by launching Marketplace in new countries, and partner with new OEMs to enable expansion to new markets.*

“Seven months ago we started our mission to make smartphones smarter and easier for people to do more,” said Andy Lees, President of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft. “With Mango, Windows Phone takes a major step forward in redefining how people communicate and use apps and the Internet, giving you better results with less effort.”


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Win a BlackBerry PlayBook

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With the UK launch of the PlayBook just a few weeks away now RIM are kindly giving away ten of the new tablets. All you need to do is head over to and sign up for email updates. Ten lucky people will then be picked to win a PlayBook.

If you are looking to pick up a PlayBook when they are released you can do so at the following retailers:

  • Carphone Warehouse
  • BestBuy
  • phones4U
  • Dixons
  • Currys
  • PC World


Our full review of the PlayBook will be online this week so pop on back and see what we think of RIMS’s first tablet.


Posted by: James

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Epson Stylus Office BX625FWD review

bx625fwd This week we’re continuing our look at all-in-one printers available at the moment with the Epson Stylus Office BX625FWD, a 4-in-1 office printer.

This model features duplex printing, faxing, copying and has built in WiFi and 6.3cm colour screen on the control panel.

The machine is by no means small but with so many features crammed in to one package does it do everything well or are there compromises being made?


Posted in: Printers, Reviews

WP7 Mango update could contain 500 new features


Speaking at the Japanese Microsoft Developers Forum today, CEO Steve Ballmer said that the forthcoming ‘Mango’ update will contain 500 new features. Holy smoke!

What those features are we will have to wait and see but remember that we are attending a Windows Phone 7 event tomorrow in London for a preview.

Our man Phil will not only be attending the press event but also a round table discussion afterwards. I’m not sure if the table will actually be round though!

Stay tuned tomorrow afternoon for some updates of what we can expect to see from Windows Phone 7 in the near future.


Posted by: James

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Orange and Vouchercloud to offer mobile customers exclusive special offers


Orange today announces the launch of a new partnership with Vouchercloud, which will give pay monthly and pay-as-you-go customers access to eight exclusive discount offers every month, straight to their pockets. Orange mobile customers can access the discounts through the Vouchercloud iPhone app or via the Vouchercloud website.

With more and more people counting on discount offers and vouchers to treat themselves when money is tight, Orange has teamed up with Vouchercloud to reward all mobile customers with great discounted offers on treats, such as a day out with the family, beauty treatments and shopping, tailored just for them.

Orange customers will be entitled to a minimum of eight exclusive special offers at any given time, and these offers will be updated monthly to make sure there is always something new and exciting to experience at a bargain price. Vouchercloud is already used in over 5,000 retail chains and leisure outlets across the country, and the May offers for Orange customers include Habitat, Malmaison, Headmasters and Fitness First.

Spencer McHugh, Brand Director at Orange UK, said: “We are joining forces with Vouchercloud to show our appreciation to all of our mobile customers with a series of extra special deals – designed exclusively for them. As the first company to launch a free iPhone, and Android smartphone app offering a huge number of location-based discounts (with Windows 7 to follow shortly), Vouchercloud was the perfect partner for Orange’s latest reward scheme. This is just one of the many innovative ways we strive to reward Orange users, and feel this partnership ticks all the boxes to deliver even more incredible savings to our customers.”

Greg Le Tocq, Managing Director, Vouchercloud, continues: “More people than ever are redeeming vouchers so that they can enjoy the latest shopping and leisure experiences at discount prices, so it makes perfect sense to offer people these deals straight to the palm of their hands. We’re excited to be offering Orange customers great deals exclusively, where they can access money-saving gems in a matter of seconds.”

To learn more about Orange and Vouchercloud, please visit for more details.


Posted by: James

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Kodak Easy Share Max – Unboxing Video


If you love taking pictures, then the KODAK EASYSHARE MAX Camera is exactly what you’re looking for. When inspiration strikes, whether in direct sunlight or sitting by a campfire, this high-performance camera jammed full of features makes it a breeze to capture what you see. The result? Crisp, beautiful pictures that boost your reputation as the best photographer in the family, if not the neighborhood. And thanks to Kodak’s Share button and the world’s only digital cameras with 3-step sharing, sharing those shots is simple. Just press Share to e-mail to friends and to KODAK PULSE Digital Frame or upload to KODAK Gallery, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, YouTube, FLICKR, ORKUT, YANDEX, and KAIXIN001 sites. Take your photography to the next level and share proudly. So Kodak.

That is clearly what Kodak have to say and I included that as I don’t know much about cameras but with Matt away on his holidays it is down to me. In the video you will see me unbox the Kodak Easy Share Max and have a brief look around the device. Don’t worry, I am not reviewing it. I wouldn’t know where to start!

You can see the unboxing video below:

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Windows Phone 7 Preview Event

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If you currently use Windows Phone 7 or are looking to get one in the near future we should have some interesting news on Tuesday.

Microsoft have invited us to a VIP preview event in London on May 24th. But what are they going to preview you are probably asking yourselves.

Well we don’t know what they are going to show us so it is guessing time. Personally I think it can only be one of two things. The first being a preview of the new features and improvements in the forthcoming Mango update. Or secondly some new phones although I would put my money on option one.

Anyway, we will have the news for you after the event so keep your eyes peeled.


Posted by: James

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AR.Race – A customisable individual or multi-player race for the AR.Drone


AR.Race is a race game, downloadable for free on the App Store that allows  1-4 pilots challenge each other on the same circuit. Inflatable items, 2 pylons with a finishing line and a donut, are also available to add spice to the race.

After activating the Bluetooth of the iDevice, each player has to connect via wi-fi to the AR.Drone and launch the AR.Race application. Once the number of pilots is decided, five game levels are available, with or without the use of the inflatable items.

Additional Information: players can choose to activate a piloting assistance option enabling the AR.Drone make high speed turns.

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RIM responds to alleged bad PlayBook sales

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BGR posted the other day that they had heard from one big retailer that the BlackBerry PlayBook sales were not quite as good as we were led to believe. The post even went as far as saying that 90% of PlayBooks were being returned. RIM have responded to this with the below quote:

The source of the reported comment is anonymous and unknown to RIM, but the comment is certainly inconsistent with the positive feedback we have received from our main retail partners. As previously indicated, RIM will provide a business update on BlackBerry PlayBook results on June 16.

For reference, here is a public statement recently offered by Best Buy:

“Best Buy has had great success selling BlackBerry smartphones in North America, so our sales expectations for the BlackBerry PlayBook were very high. To date, we have far exceeded those expectations and we’re finding that customers are even more interested in purchasing once they’ve tested the PlayBook in the store.”

I didn’t believe the original post so as Matt is in the USA i sent him down to BestBuy to investigate. Not only were BestBuy out of stock of the PlayBook due to good sales but a member of staff told Matt that he had had no returns. Good news for RIM.


Posted by: James

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