Archive for September 21st, 2011

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Archos 80 G9 available to order

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Looking for a low cost but highly specced Android tablet? Well the Archos 80 G9 could be a contender. Available for only £199 the price is right. Running Android Honeycomb this 8 inch tablet could well be one to watch.

  • 1GHz OMAP4 Dual Core processor
  • 8 inch (4:3) capacitive touchscreen
  • Android Honeycomb 3.2 with Google Mobile Apps Suite including Android Market
  • ARCHOS made multimedia apps for extra format and codec support including H.264 HP support
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and upgradable to 3G via the ARCHOS G9 3G Stick (sold separately)

Order here

Full specs below:

 

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Posterous’ last hurrah?

`Posterous-logo Simple (cough) blogging service Posterous has relaunched itself for what may well be the last time. Now called Posterous Spaces the the revamped offering has been given a complete redesign.

The old adage "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it" clearly holds no truck at Posterous as the UI on the web and both iPhone and Android apps has been completely redesigned to the point of self-destruction.

Far from making the service easier to use for newbie bloggers they have managed to complicate the UI so much even I can’t figure it out, and I’m an experienced user. By comparison Tumblr goes from strength to strength precisely because they keep it simple. Features are removed rather than added. The new Posterous Spaces seems to have been designed by a committee of Word engineers. Ironic since the founders launched the product with the aim of making blogging simple for ordinary folks who only knew how to use email.

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Amazon Android App Store back to the US

b_500_274_16777215_0___images_stories_news_amazon_amazon-android-appstoreYesterday I spent some time trying to get it to work, in the end it just wouldn’t work so I didn’t mention it again. It seemed as though Amazon had finally opened up the App Store for Android to the entire world making many people very happy. However, this was too good to be true to last and Amazon has shut down the service for everyone outside of the US once again.

Whether it was opened up by accident or it was a test run is unknown right now and there is no word from the Amazon camp as to why it was available for everyone for one day. The end result though today is that it is shut down and there is no indication as to when it will open back up for everyone outside of the US to use it.

It is possible they are getting ready for the official launch of the Amazon App Store for Android on a worldwide basis when they announce their tablet plans. It makes sense considering Amazon didn’t officially announce anything about the service becoming available worldwide yesterday so it could have been a test run.

So for those of you who got to use it for a day, we hope you enjoyed it. For those of you who missed out don’t worry, the fact that it was working worldwide is a good sign. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long to use it again. You can also just use the workaround to get by the blocking of outside countries if you really want to use the Amazon App Store badly.

Posted by Gareth

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Adobe Enables 3D Games with Flash Player 11, AIR 3

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Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3 software to enable the next generation of immersive application experiences across devices and platforms including Android, Apple iOS (via AIR), BlackBerry Tablet OS, Mac OS, Windows, connected TVs and other platforms. As the game console for the Web, Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 allow game publishers to instantly deliver console-quality 2D and 3D games over the Internet to nearly all PCs and many other devices. Media companies can take advantage of new features to seamlessly deliver protected feature-length, cinema-quality HD video through the Web, in mobile apps, and even with surround sound for connected TVs. Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 provide a cross-device entertainment platform, enabling the best in online gaming and premium video while helping content publishers to reach the broadest possible audience with highly-leveraged development investments.

Dozens of new features in Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 allow developers to deliver a new class of gaming and premium video experiences, as well as sophisticated, data-driven applications with back-end systems integration across devices, including the iPhone and iPad via AIR. AIR native extensions add support for unique device features and native code libraries, empowering developers to freely choose the right mix of Flash, HTML5 and native code to provide powerful user experiences across PCs and devices. Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 will be publicly available in early October. Flash Builder and Flex, Adobe’s open source framework for building mobile, Web and desktop apps, will offer support for the new features in an upcoming release before the end of the year.

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A BlackBerry secret party

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Last night in Central London RIM held a party to promote their new BlackBerry 7 devices as well as the launch of BBM Music. It has been a while since BlackBerry have had a UK party on this scale and what a fun night it was.

There were plenty of celebrities on the guest list. As well as a host of actors and actresses there were musicians galore, most who I didn’t know as I’m not cool and down with the kids! I did get to chat to three of the guys from McFly though. Nice chaps.

The main attraction of the night was Jessie J who performed a fantastic set. She really is amazing live.

It is great to see BlackBerry hosting something of this scale here in the UK. Looking at twitter during the evening the party was clearly a big success. I dread to think how much the bar bill came too!

Nice one RIM. Let’s do it again soon.

 

Posted by: James

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Sony Ericsson Xperia ray unboxing video

se-xperia-ray-ofic Sony Ericsson seem to be churning out Android phones with impressive frequency and this week we have another, the Xperia ray.

Upon first inspection the ‘ray’ looks a bit like a smaller Arc with similar design elements. The thing that really stands about about the ray, though, is the display. Despite it being only a 3.3 inch screen SE have managed to cram 480×854 pixels in to that small space and the result is an extremely sharp screen with high pixel-density and it looks great.

Other specs are impressive with 1Ghz CPU and 1GB ROM to name just a few. Check out the benchmark score in the unboxing and demo video below!

 

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