Archive for July, 2011

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Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 126: You are great whoever you are

Web bannerHaving reviewed the HTC Chacha, this week Gareth, James and Matt take a look at the big sister, the HTC Salsa. Matt has had some time to play with the LG Optimus 3D and draws comparisons with the HTC Evo 3D. Orange announces a few new exclusive devices and we have a first look at a new Samsung Galaxy, the Mini.

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Free keyboard and mouse when you buy a Motorola XOOM


Either Motorola are feeling rather generous or they are feeling desperate because for this month only when you buy a Motorola XOOM you also get a FREE wireless keyboard and mouse worth £74.99/€89.99 (UK and Ireland only, while stocks last).

Which of the above options are true, if any, is anybody’s guess but if I was a betting man I would choose option number two.

If you remember when I reviewed the XOOM I didn’t think it was the best option when looking to purchase a large Android tablet. Anyway, if you are tempted by the above offer head on over to the usual retail outlets and snap up a bargain.


Posted by: James

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Toshiba launches World’s first glasses-free 3D laptop in UK


Want a 3D laptop but don’t want the hassle of wearing glasses? Toshiba now has the answer with the Qosmio F750 3D.

Toshiba UK today announces the launch of the Qosmio F750 3D – a revolutionary new laptop with the ability to display mesmerizing 3D images without the need for 3D glasses. The Qosmio F750 3D can also display a combination of 2D and 3D images on screen at the same time, while a range of powerful, high-performance multimedia features ensures the laptop is perfect for even the most demanding tasks.

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The Qosmio F750 3D is designed for those looking for the ultimate 3D experience.  Like the world’s first glasses-free 3D television – the Toshiba REGZA GL1 – the Qosmio F750 3D uses a special lenticular 3D screen to give users the freedom to experience all the benefits of 3D entertainment, without the restrictions of having to wear 3D glasses. Glasses-free 3D technology adds a truly immersive element, perfect for experiencing 3D in a more natural and comfortable way, particularly for those that may already require prescription glasses. The 39.6cm (15.6″) screen also offers Full HD resolution for clear, vivid images, while a 120Hz refresh rate eliminates blur or ghosting with the fast moving images seen in action films and games.

You can see the full press release, specs and more pictures below:

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By July 5, 2011 Read More →

Nexus Contraptions game arrives on YouTube

ScreenClipGoogle stops for nothing these days. Hot on the heels of the lovely Google+ comes Nexus Contraptions. Obviously to coincide with the release of the 4G Nexus S the game is a simple Incredible Machine style game whereby you must safely see the ball over to the exit funnel using all manner of contraptions along the way. Simple, fun, challenging and rewarding. The graphics are quite simplistic however the robotic arm animation in between the levels provide a little humour as they toss the ball from one to another. Whilst there are only four levels and the game can be completed in 15 minutes, you can click the Google ball and enter the designer mode once completed. This will allow you to create your own levels and have some fun with all the contraption pieces.

Oddly it runs through YouTube and shows makes for some rather interesting use of the client. Perhaps we will see YouTube becoming a gaming client in the future?

Posted by: Gareth

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Barcelona from Orange available now

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We mentioned a few weeks ago that the Orange Barcelona was coming soon. The front facing QWERTY Android device made by Huawei looks to follow hot on the heels on the San Francisco in terms of value for money. Priced at just £99.99 plus a £10 top up on PAYG the Barcelona will be joining the likes of the HTC ChaCha and Motorola Droid Pro at trying to grab a chunk of the BlackBerry market.

Running 2.2, supporting HD voice and with a touch screen this one could be another huge hit for the network.

We should have an unboxing video up on the site soon followed by the full review.

You can see a reminder of the Orange Barcelona’s specs below:

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LG Optimus 3D now available at The Carphone Warehouse

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Hopefully you saw our Optimus 3D hands on video last week with LG’s latest and greatest, the Optimus 3D. If the device is what you have been waiting for you can now get one at the Carphone Warehouse. The LG Optimus 3D is available both on contract and sim free for £499.99 plus a £10 top up.

With the recent announcement of the HTC Evo 3D heading our way soon the Optimus 3D will soon get some competition. But if you want a 3D phone at the moment here in the UK then the LG is currently your only choice.

Watch out for our full review in the coming weeks and you can see a reminder of the devices full specs below:

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Samsung Smart TV’s 3D Video-On-Demand service hits 1 million content views worldwide

Samsung TV Samsung Electronics Co. UK Ltd, the UK’s number one TV brand with the most awarded TV range, has announced that its 3D Video-on-Demand (VOD) service has passed the 1 million content views mark in just three months.

The number of 3D VOD content views passed the millionth milestone within 100 days since it was officially launched in March. This means that Samsung Smart TV users worldwide have played back 3D VOD content on average 10,000 times per day – an increase from 5,000 views per day in April.

The 3D VOD service, the only such service in the UK, allows consumers to access 3D content free and on-demand from Samsung Smart TVs. Samsung’s 3D VOD service currently has 28 types of free 3D content including films, music videos, children’s classics, documentaries and trailers from partner DreamWorks and by the end of 2011, 70 free 3D videos will be available through the ‘Explore 3D’ App.

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Roaming Data Costs in EU to be Slashed


The average cost of using smartphones and tablets in the EU is to be more than halved under plans from Brussels to introduce price caps.

The EU wants to abolish premium charges for roaming data services – and is set to extend caps on mobile phone call roaming charges for a further four years to 2016.

It will be announced that from next year new price caps will be imposed on data downloads.

Surfing the internet or receiving emails while abroad will cost no more than 81p per megabyte from July 2012, falling to around 40p by 2014, compared with a current average of around £1.80.

It comes after an EU directive was introduced to force down the cost of making and receiving mobile phone calls while in Europe.

The proposals are part of a series of measures by Neelie Kroes, the EU commissioner responsible for telecommunications, to cut down on roaming charges by 2015.

Operators had hoped that special offers on roaming tariffs, including day passes and passport deals for offers while in other countries, would be enough to convince Brussels to drop price controls.

They were originally due to expire next July, five years after they were imposed despite industry objections.

Source: Sky News


Posted by: James

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Sony Ericsson Xperia neo in Red – available now exclusively on Vodafone

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Exclusively available to Vodafone in red, the brand new Sony Ericsson Xperia neo is powered by the latest version of Android, Gingerbread (2.3). With refined technology for easy use and a 3.7 inch touchscreen -  the quality is top notch.

The neo combines Sony BRAVIA image quality technology with HD video capabilities and an 8.1 megapixel camera. In addition, the device boasts a 2-megapixel front facing camera with face recognition, making it great for video calling.

Plus, with access to the thousands of apps available on the Android Market, you can improve everything on your handset from how you text and email through to how you like to receive the latest news and views.

The neo is available now, free on £26, 24 month price plans including 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. For more information, visit the Vodafone online shop.

If you missed our unboxing video you can see it here.


Posted by: James

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Samsung scoops three awards at the Independent Business Awards


Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, won three awards at this year’s Independent Business Awards, which recently took place at the Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club in Birmingham.

The Independent Business Awards are hosted by Independent Electrical Retailer magazine, who convey that the awards are the highest acclaimed celebration of excellence in the electrical industry, with the ceremony paying tribute to the people and companies operating within this marketplace.

Samsung scooped the Technical Innovation Award – Consumer Electronics for its Smart TV offering. The accolade recognises Samsung’s Smart TVs as the most innovative products with effectiveness being demonstrated via operational features and consumer benefits.

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