Archive for October 4th, 2011

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Apple iOS 5 coming 12th October

ios5A taster of what is to come was shown at WWDC a few months ago but today the finer details of what iOS will feature have been revealed. iOS 5 is probably the biggest release yet with a lot of new features, from iCloud to Newsstand. The new OS will be available to download on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, iPod touch 3G & 4G.

Apple claims there are many minor updates including ones that us users won’t see, but for a quick look at all the (important) new features, click through after the break.

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Apple unveil iPhone 4S

iphone 4sAfter a ridiculous stream of rumours, the iPhone 4S is now official. The first thing to note is that it looks identical to the old iPhone 4, 3.5″ retina display, glass and all, for better or worse. As expected though, it has new internals, namely the dual core A5 chip. With dual core graphics too, performance is supposedly 7 times faster than the A4 in the iPhone 4, and graphically intensive games such as the new Infinity Blade 2 will be industry leading (for now). The battery life is rated at 8 hours of talk time, 14 hours of 2G talk time, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music, and 9 hours of Wi-Fi browsing.

The camera has also been subject to a nice meaty upgrade, up from 5 to 8 megapixels as expected, f/2.4 aperture, and 73% more light on the sensor thanks to backside illumination. There’s also more bells and whistles such as a ‘Hybrid IR filter’ for better colour accuracy, 30% more sharpness, and face detection. It’s also supposed to be faster to shoot the first picture – 1.1 seconds for the 4S, compared with 2 and 2.1 seconds for the Samsung GSII and HTC Sensation. Video recording on the iPhone 4 was already excellent, but that too has been bumped to full 1080p recording, video stabilisation, and noise reduction.

The internals are up to date now, and after all of the iPhone 4 antennagate malarky, Apple have made sure they mention the new antenna which switches between different areas for best signal quality – we’ll see if that’s actually the case when we get our hands on it soon.

Update: The iPhone 4S will come in 16gb, 32gb and 64gb flavors. It will be available here in the UK on October 14th. Pre-Orders start on the 7th.


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Cards app for iOS detailed

b1a4a5b1-a19b-4a1a-940b-912a6597c19aCan’t say that this was one the rumour mill picked up on, but you can’t blame them – it’s kind of bizarre. The short of it is that Apple have a new app called Cards, where you can choose from 21 designs of a greetings card to send. Once customised, Apple will actually create it and mail it to your addressee. Of course, it comes at a price, one that hasn’t been detailed for the UK. We’re not actually sure if the service will be available to us here, but it does seem like Americans can address it to outside the USA.

Is this a way of marketing to your recipient with an Apple branded card, or a genuine desire to make our lives easier? Who knows, but it’ll be available free on October 12th, for the Yanks at least.


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Apple boasts some impressive numbers

apple-logo-2It’s hard to deny that recently Apple have been doing very well in all the markets they compete in, from desktop PCs to music players. At Apple’s keynote today, they showed off some impressive numbers to say the least:

  • 6 million downloads of OS X Lion; Macs are no. 1 selling computers in the US
  • 23% year on year growth in the PC market vs 4% Windows, with almost 60m users
  • 23% of the total PC market share
  • Over 300m iPods sold in the last decade, 45m since June
  • 16 billion song downloads on iTunes!
  • No. 1 selling tablet in world, 95% satisfaction rate, 92% of Fortune 500 companies adopting the iPad
  • 250 million total iOS devices, making iOS the number 1 mobile OS, accounting for 61% of the mobile browser market
  • Half a million apps on the App Store, 140,00 iPad apps, and 18 billion app downloads


Whether you like Apple or not, it’s clear that they are doing extremely well lately. Well done to them.


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CoPilot Live Premium for Android gets an update


CoPilot for Android has had an update today bringing a variety of improvements and enhancements based on customer feedback.
Here’s what’s new:

  • Favourites improved. Now you can easily give any favourite a name using an on-screen pop-up. Favourites are also now listed in alphabetical order and you can create a new favourite from My Places.
  • Better routing. We’ve added a new ‘list view’ in alternate routes so you can check out the detailed itinerary before making a choice. We’ve also made some additional tweaks to the way that alternate routes are calculated – based on customer feedback.
  • Improvements to parking. We’ve changed the UI for this – and watch this space, because there’s more to come in our next update.
  • Improvements to Wikipedia and Bing Searches. Searches are now faster and you can choose a search location.
  • Clearer directions. We’ve increased the font size for road names in 3D view.
  • Speed limit displayed when no destination entered. We have some further improvements for driving without a destination coming soon too.
  • Save Current Location. Back by popular demand. Although you can save any location as a favourite by tapping on-screen, you can also now save current location from the More menu
  • Improvements to Android tablet screen resolution detection

The update is available now from the Android Market


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HTC Sensation XL to be announced


Listen up Android fans. You thought the Sensation was a beast. Well imagine an Android phone based on the HTC Titan. That is what HTC will announce this week according to our tipster.

Like the Sensation XE, the XL will be pumping Beats Audio so expect those super headphones in the box. A few other sites have reported similar things over the past couple of weeks and indeed listed specs. Now, I cant confirm the specs so I am not going to list them but if we are going to get a 4.7 inch Android device I think it is pretty fair to say we would get a 1.5Ghz processor at least.

With the next iPhone being announced later today at least you Android fans now have something to look forward to in the coming weeks. The HTC Sensation XL sounds wonderful. Lets see if our reliable source is as reliable as we think.


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HTC Sensation XE in stock at The Smartphone Centre


The HTC Sensation XE has arrived at The Smartphone Centre. This latest device includes a 4.3″ qHD display, powered by a 1.5GHz processor, the Android Operating System and sound by Beats Audio, the HTC Sensation XE is provided with custom made Beats headsets, engineered to deliver extraordinary sound.

HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio comes inbox with custom made Beats headsets, engineered to deliver extraordinary sound. The specially tuned software and user interface delivers the ultimate mobile audio experience we know you’ll appreciate. Featuring an aluminium unibody construction and designed with touches of red, the phone feels premium and looks beautiful inside and out.

HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio is powered by a blazing fast 1.5 GHz dual core processor. Now, you can easily multitask and surf the most visually rich websites at blazing speeds. Your apps will start up instantly and switching between multiple apps has never been easier.

HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio’s 4.3 inch expansive qHD display brings you an unprecedented movie watching experience when you are on the go. The audio experience is just as immersive. The phone automatically detects your Beats headset and optimises the output so your audio experience sounds extraordinary, just like the artist intended.

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Motorola Defy+ Unboxing Video

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We posted the other day that the Motorola Defy+ is now on sale and the chaps at Clove have been kind enough to send one over for review.

I reviewed the original Defy and the main selling points for me were it being shock, water, dust and scratch resistant. This new version of the Defy does most of those however it seems to have lost the shock resistance which is a real shame.

That said, it has had an upgrade to its processor, now at 1Ghz which will please buyers. Running Android 2.3 the Motorola Defy+ comes with a reasonable price tag of only £246.00 including VAT sim free.

We will of course have a full review of the device online in the near future but in the meantime you can see the unboxing video below:

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