Archive for October 6th, 2011

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HTC Announce the Sensation XL

HTC Sensation XL

Just as we predicted earlier in the week, HTC have this afternoon announced the HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio. Sporting a 4.7-inch WVGA display, 16GB of internal storage and running a 1.5GHz single-core processor the XL is a real beast of a device.

With a rear facing 8MP camera and capable of recording video in 720P HD the XL is essentially a HTC Titan but running Android.

We will bring you the full spec and press release when we have it.

You can however see a quick promo video from HTC below:

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OS update for BlackBerry PlayBook


A new version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS is now available to all BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users. BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.07.3312 contains an updated version of Adobe® Flash Player. This free update can be downloaded over-the-air from your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

On September 21st, Adobe issued an update for Adobe Flash Player, as noted in Adobe Security Bulletins APSB-11-26, which addresses issues that can potentially affect any PC, tablet, or other device with an operating system that supports Adobe Flash.

While there are no known reports of any BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users being affected by these Adobe Flash issues, we (as always) encourage all BlackBerry PlayBook users to update to the newest version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS. For more information about what these security updates mean to the BlackBerry PlayBook, please see our security advisory.

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 now available on Orange

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If you are one of the people who has been holding out to get the BlackBerry Bold 9900 on Orange then today is a happy day for you. The device is now available to order online and I presume in retail stores too but I would phone and ask before heading to a local shop.

The device has been around for a wee while now but like many handsets Orange perform rigorous testing on the device prior to launching. It will be interesting to see if they have added or removed any features from the standard ROM.

If you need a reminder of what the device is all about and our views on it check out our extensive review.

You can order online here.


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App applause – Simplenote

Simplenote-logo Cloud addict that I am my search for an online text editor had produced many options but few winners. I had always disliked MS Word and was glad to be able to switch to Writely on the web which was subsequently purchased by Google and transformed into Google Docs. GDocs do what they do very well but personally I don’t like the feature-creep as they battle with MS Office Live. To much of what I don’t need. Mobile access and editing was non-existent to poor so I started to look for an iPhone app that had a web interface.

Hello Simplenote from Simperium. Currently available specifically on the web, iPhone and iPad, Simplenote is pretty much what the name suggests. A basic notes app that syncs seamlessly between devices and the web. The free version features the most unobtrusive ads I’ve never seen and the paid version ($19 a year) removes the ads you don’t notice and features Dropbox sync, email note creation, extended version history and RSS.

Notes can be markdown formatted, printed, shared publicly or privately on the web and tagged for easy searching and retrieval. The native iPhone and iPad apps have superb interfaces which, quite literally, disappear so you can get on with what you’re doing and not be bothered by how you’re doing it.

There are a whole host of third-party apps for Windows, Android, Mac OS X and well as a multitude of browser extensions.

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Steve Jobs passes away


Screen Shot 2011-10-06 at 02.04.20 Sad news for the tech world today. Just a day after the iPhone 4S was announced Apple has confirmed that former CEO Steve Jobs has died after a long battle with cancer.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit, will forever be the foundation of Apple.

Our condolences go out to Steve’s wife and family. Rest in Peace Steve.


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