Archive for November, 2011

By November 30, 2011 Read More →

Acer ICONIA TAB A200 video

Acer Iconia TabThis leaked video shows the A200 containing the Acer Ring, the company’s overlay software to the Android operating system which has a customisable virtual ring. This is along with USB 2.0 connectivity, a micro SD slot and the Acer Clear.fi feature offering DLNA for the connecting, sharing and watching of media.

The site also has it that the Acer Iconia Tab A200 will arrive with a 10.1-inch 1280×800 touch screen, with an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM, whilst running from the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich.

You can see the video below.

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By November 30, 2011 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 146: James’ 40th Birthday Party

Web bannerIt’s just Gareth and James this week covering what was a pretty quiet week in tech. A review of the HTC Titan and a first look at the Nokia Lumia 800 top the show with some superb bargains in the run up to Xmas.

 

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By November 29, 2011 Read More →

SkyDrive gets simple app-centric sharing for Office, powerful file management, HTML5 upload, other updates

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Today, Microsoft  announces the release of an upgrade to SkyDrive.com to address key feedback as a part of an on-going set of investments in SkyDrive. The release includes simple app-centric sharing, particularly for Office documents; Powerful new file management features; HTML5 uploads and CSS transitions in Internet Explorer 10; Photo improvements including geo-tagging support; Support for more file types like PDF and RAW; and performance improvements across the board.

Significant work has been undertaken to improve the way in which sharing works on SkyDrive.com in a number of areas. Single files can now be shared easily rather than entire folders, and sharing options have been embedded directly into the Office Web Apps such as Word and Excel meaning that users don’t need to leave the document they are working on in order to share documents. Sharing with users of other email services is now as simple as sharing with Hotmail users, and files can be shared easily on Facebook or LinkedIn.

You can see more info and a video below:

Posted in: Press Releases
By November 29, 2011 Read More →

Motorola Mobility Unveils MOTOACTV in the UK

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Burn more calories, beat that personal best and train even harder with MOTOACTV, the new device marrying fitness and music from Motorola Mobility UK Ltd. MOTOACTV is a lightweight, wearable fitness performance tracker and smart music player in one – it’s the equivalent of having a professional fitness instructor and your favourite DJ helping you train at all times. MOTACTV will be available starting December 1 from Sweatshop, the UKs leading running retailer.

Whether your goal’s the completion of a fun run, marathon, or everything else in between, sync MOTOACTV with your PC, and you’ll be able to check out the music you perform to best. You will be able to track your workouts over extended time periods, set goals and even create workout competitions with your friends via MOTOACTV.com. With MOTOACTV’s easy to navigate touch-screen display you can instantly launch a new workout or find that one song you’ve been dying to hear.

“Motorola has created a new category of smart device that support your active lifestyle with the addition of MOTOACTV,” said William Ripley, general manager, Companion Products EMEA, Motorola Mobility. “Workout smarter without using multiple devices or even wires, with the first multi-activity music and fitness tracking device with the brains to push you beyond your limits.”

“We are thrilled to announce that Sweatshop are partnering with Motorola Mobility to bring MOTOACTV to our UK customers,” said Nick Pearson, managing director of Sweatshop UK. “This is the most exciting product in the sports device market for years, and Sweatshop will help our customers get the most from it. We believe MOTOACTV can deliver real benefits to the training of our customers, whether you’re an experienced marathon runner or somebody looking to get fit.”

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By November 29, 2011 Read More →

RIM Announces BlackBerry Mobile Fusion – The Next Generation Enterprise Mobility Solution for BlackBerry, Android and iOS Smartphones and Tablets

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Research In Motion (RIM) today introduced BlackBerry Mobile Fusion – the Company’s next-generation enterprise mobility solution and RIM’s entry into the multi-platform Mobile Device Management (MDM) marketplace. Building on years of leading enterprise mobility management solutions from RIM, BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will simplify the management of smartphones and tablets running BlackBerry, Google Android and Apple iOS operating systems.

“We are pleased to introduce BlackBerry Mobile Fusion – RIM’s next generation enterprise mobility solution – to make it easier for our business and government customers to manage the diversity of devices in their operations today,” said Alan Panezic, Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Marketing at Research In Motion. “BlackBerry Mobile Fusion brings together our industry-leading BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology for BlackBerry devices with mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices, all managed from one web-based console. It provides the necessary management capabilities to allow IT departments to confidently oversee the use of both company-owned and employee-owned mobile devices within their organisations.”

 

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By November 28, 2011 Read More →

Ice Cream Sandwich coming to LG’s Optimus range

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Over on their Facebook page LG has confirmed that Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich will be initially available for the following high-end LG smartphones which were introduced this year: the Optimus 2X, the Optimus Black, the Optimus 3D and the Optimus LTE.

We are also continuing to evaluate the ICS OS to determine whether it is compatible with the functionality, features and performance of other LG smartphones to make the ICS OS available on as many LG smartphones as possible.

In December this year, the forthcoming upgrade schedule and additional specific models for the ICS OS upgrade will be posted on the LG Mobile Global Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LGMobile).

Good news!

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: Press Releases
By November 28, 2011 Read More →

The Acer Liquid Express is announced

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Following the launch of the first Acer Liquid smartphones equipped with Android, Acer are now extending their range with a new model – the Acer Liquid Express - the company’s first NFC-equipped device.

‘As a technology of the future, NFC is a priority for Acer as it can be used for multiple purposes: payment, transport, tickets, loyalty cards, cultural information… and that’s without having explored the thousands more applications that will follow.’ says Allen Burnes, Vice-President of Acer’s THBG division.

Together with Orange UK and T-Mobile UK, Acer promise to make these new services widely accessible thanks to an affordable and easy-to-use smartphone. The Acer Liquid Express offers usage patterns now previously associated by premium smartphones.

Posted in: Phones
By November 28, 2011 Read More →

HTC Titan Review

HTC Titan ReviewThe Titan is one half of the newest phones released by HTC with the latest version of Windows Phone 7 but this is the most interesting device. Mainly because of the gargantuan 4.7 inch screen, a fast 1.5 GHz processor and Windows Phone 7.5. There is no doubt that it certainly impressive on paper but how does it perform in real life? Has HTC been too ambitious with the screen size? Should you choose the Titan over anything else? Read on to find out!

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By November 28, 2011 Read More →

Best Buy to close stores on January 15th

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We mentioned just a couple of weeks ago the demise of Best Buy here in the UK. The joint venture between Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse has failed to make expected  profits and the company will close its eleven UK stores on January 15th.

The good news is that Best Buy will have a closing down sale so expect some bargains in the coming weeks.

To our valued Best Buy customers, vendors, suppliers, and friends,
We’ve loved bringing our passion for the latest and greatest technology to Britain over the past 2 years, and have always had the utmost appreciation, respect, and commitment to the entire UK marketplace, our customers and stakeholders.
However, as you may know, based upon the outcome of our employee consultation, we intend to cease retail trading at our Best Buy UK branded stores & website by the 15th January 2012.
We are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause you.
We are still committed to making sure your needs are well served up until our closing and beyond. Our on-going services are described in the "Customer Notice" and in our stores.
We’re also committed to on-going global relationships with our many vendors and suppliers, and appreciate your patience as we work to contact each as soon as possible to discuss our plans for the future.
Should you need to talk to us before then, please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 380 00 00. As a vendor or supplier, you are welcome to get in touch with your Best Buy relationship contact at any time.
We look forward to completing all of our remaining business together in the most respectful and professional manner possible.
Many thanks from everyone at Best Buy UK.

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: Press Releases
By November 27, 2011 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy Nexus benchmark

Galaxy Nexus-main Earlier this week I got my hands on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and recorded a pretty long unboxing and demo video. Normally, as part of the demo video, I include a quick run through using Quadrant to benchmark the relative performance of a new device and this time was no different.

I commented in the video that I was surprised that the benchmark results were not much higher given that the Galaxy Nexus has a dual-core CPU. However, as several viewers pointed out Quadrant is not optimised for the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system so the results were somewhat queued.

In order to resolve that and to give a fairer representation of the speed I decided to record another benchmark video, this time using AnTuTu Benchmark, this gives a far more realistic benchmark and to see how that compares to another device we’re running up against the XPERIA Arc which has a 1GHz single-core CPU.

Check out the video below to see how the Nexus does!

 

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
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