Archive for January, 2012

By January 25, 2012 Read More →

Sony is the self proclaimed champ of Android tablets

sony_tablet_s1_sideSony claims that it’s distinctive Android tablets are leading the race to dominate sales in a crowded market. A company spokesman said that Sony’s products accounted for 26% of the UK market in October, the most recent period for which independent data is available. Sony also claims it has had a successful Christmas, but conceded that it was likely to have been beaten on tablet sales by aggressively priced BlackBerry Playbooks.

Wonder if they will learn anything from Blackberry on that strategy?

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By January 25, 2012 Read More →

Google announces privacy settings change

photoGoogle look to be changing their privacy agreement, whether you like it or not. Google said on Tuesday it will require users to allow the company to follow their activities across e-mail, search, YouTube and other services, a shift in strategy that is expected to invite greater scrutiny of its privacy and competitive practices.
Consumers will have no choice but to accept the changes. The policy will take effect March 1 and will also impact Android mobile phone users, who are required to log in to Google accounts when they activate their phones.

The change to its privacy policies come as Google is facing competition for the attention of Web users. It recently disappointed investors for the first time in a couple of years, failing last week to meet earnings predictions. Apple,for the same period, reported record earnings on Tuesday that blew past even the most optimistic expectations.

Some said Google’s move is aimed squarely at Apple and Facebook, which have been more successful at capture people’s attention. A Google executive said in an interview that the company wants to create a much more seamless environment across its various offerings. Alma Whitten, Google’s director of privacy for product and engineering, wrote in a blog post.

If you’re signed in, we may combine information you’ve provided from one service with information from other services. In short, we’ll treat you as a single user across all our products, which will mean a simpler, more intuitive Google experience.

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By January 25, 2012 Read More →

Win an iCrado Neo desktop stand for your smartphone

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The nice chaps at Clove have sent us over the iCrado Neo desktop stand which is a universal cradle with some style. They also said we can give it away!

The cradle is made from metal and is very rigid, and feels solid and well made. The colour finish is too of a high standard and rubber feet on the base of the cradle avoid it slipping on a desktop.

Rubber grips provide a soft and protective resting place for the phone on the stylish cradle and because of the cradles design it means you can dock a phone even if it is in a protective case.how many others offer such a feature? What about docking it in portrait and landscape mode? Not many cradles offer this, the iCrado Neo does. Holes within the cradle itself give it a unique design but also help with cable management, keeping them neat and tidy.

If you would like to win this fantastic accessory just keep on reading.

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By January 25, 2012 Read More →

Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale extend successful 4G LTE trial

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UK’s first live multi-operator trial of next generation 4G LTE mobile broadband in Cornwall extended to end of June 2012

  • Ofcom agrees to extend licence for UK’s first mobile and fixed line broadband network collaboration
  • Landmark trial successfully highlights the potential of 4G LTE technology for broadband ‘not-spots’

Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale today announced an extension to the UK’s first live multi-operator customer trial of next generation 4G LTE broadband.

The trial has seen the two companies collaborate to provide wireless broadband to 180 customers living in and around St. Newlyn East in Cornwall since October 2011. The extension until the end of June 2012 has been granted by Ofcom to enable the companies to continue to investigate the application of 4G LTE in rural areas. This will be beneficial to the rollout of any potential subsequent commercial service.

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By January 25, 2012 Read More →

Apple just getting bigger and bigger

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Yesterday Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 first quarter which spanned 14 weeks and ended December 31, 2011. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06 billion, or $13.87 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $26.74 billion and net quarterly profit of $6 billion, or $6.43 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 44.7 percent compared to 38.5 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 58 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
The Company sold 37.04 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 128 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 15.43 million iPads during the quarter, a 111 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 5.2 million Macs during the quarter, a 26 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 15.4 million iPods, a 21 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

“We’re thrilled with our outstanding results and record-breaking sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple’s momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some amazing new products in the pipeline.”
“We are very happy to have generated over $17.5 billion in cash flow from operations during the December quarter,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the second fiscal quarter of 2012, which will span 13 weeks, we expect revenue of about $32.5 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $8.50.”

 

Is there not stopping them?

 

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By January 24, 2012 Read More →

Is this RIM’s 2012/Q1 2013 road map?

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BGR has posted what they believe to be RIM’s roadmap for the coming year or so. Whether the details are correct or not we will have to wait and see but the details look promising. The devices I am actually most intrigued about are the two new Curve’s that BGR are reporting will launch this year. Could these be a successor and in the same price region as the Curve 8520 which nearly every teenager I see has? If so then RIM looks to retain those customers and a low end Curve makes sense to me. Although we now have the Curve 9360 and 9380 they are still a lot more expensive than the 8520 on PAYG/sim free and to be honest that device is a little dated now to say the least with it running OS 5.0, although still hugely popular in many counties including the UK.

Anyway, here is what BGR say we will see:

  • RIM plans to introduce two new Curve smartphones within the next few months: the BlackBerry Curve 9230 and the BlackBerry Curve 9320. The 9230 will be an EDGE smartphone and the Curve 9320 will be an HSPA device.
  • While we don’t have confirmation on the size, we have heard that RIM will introduce a new PlayBook tablet with 1.5GHz processor, built-in HSPA+ 42Mbps cellular data support and NFC around May or June.
  • RIM’s BlackBerry London is still on track for a September launch.
  • There is now another BlackBerry 10 smartphone in the works that will launch as part of RIM’s Bold series. The phone features a touchscreen display and QWERTY keyboard, and it is planned for a December release.
  • A QWERTY slider running BlackBerry 10 has been talked about for the first quarter of 2013.

 

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By January 24, 2012 Read More →

Thundercats and Ben 10 toys brought to virtual life with Aurasma

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From today children can play with toys before even opening the box as new technology will allow them to see fully formed 3D models from the box packaging, allowing them to examine every part of the toy before purchase.
The innovative technology pioneered by manufacturer Bandai, is set to transform the way consumers view toys as they can use a smartphone to view the 3D virtual models from the packaging anywhere in the world.
Selected toys including the brand new ThunderCats action figure of Lion-O, will showcase the technology as fans will be able to see a lifelike model of the toy projected from the box, simply from using a smartphone directed at the toy packaging.
Bandai has become the first toy company to work with Aurasma bringing their toy boxes to virtual life with the augmented reality app, meaning consumers can use the technology, whenever and wherever, not just in a toy shop. The new 3D engine will be showcased at London Toy Fair in Olympia today using Lion-O from ThunderCats and Ben 10 action figures. Users just point the camera of their mobile device at the boxes and using the app, a 3D augmented reality figure of the toy inside magically appears on top of the box.
Consumers will also be able to watch the corresponding toy TV commercials for Power Rangers, Ben 10, the highly anticipated ThunderCats range, and Harumika, a fashion design product for girls by pointing their smartphone at the toy packaging using the Aurasma app.

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By January 23, 2012 Read More →

Nokia Lumia 900 coming to the UK

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Carphone Warehouse have opened up pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 900, the device that was announced at CES with a U.S exclusivity to AT&T. Carphone Warehouse are showing the device as arriving in June 2012 so we have a little while to wait. Although pricing is not yet confirmed, as are which carriers will sell the handset, it looks to be a top of the range Windows Phone unless another manufacture announces something better.

The Nokia Lumia 900 has an amazing 4.3" screen ideal for videos and pictures, and an 8MP camera with a super wide lens for spectacular wide angle photos. It’s also capable of recording 720p HD video. The wide lens on the forward facing camera enables great video calls and there’s even built-in voice guided navigation and a music player that finds new music you’ll love.
Stylish and smooth iconic looks.
The 4.3" AMOLED screen of the Nokia Lumia 900 will really catch your eye. ClearBlack display technology makes colours vibrant, super clear and cuts out glare. The one piece body is stylish and sturdy and, along with Corning® Gorilla® Glass protection, the Lumia 900 is one hardy smartphone. Don’t worry about battery life either as there’s a giant 1830mAh battery built-in.

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By January 23, 2012 Read More →

LOVEFiLM Player for iPad – Quick review

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All eyes have been on NetFlix recently who rolled out their service here in the UK. I was tempted to give it a try but as I was already a LOVEFiLM customer I thought I would stick with what I know.

So instead of me now getting DVD’s delivered through the post I use the LOVEFiLM Player for iPad and it has been a real godsend. For £4.99 per month I can stream as many movies as I like, which is pretty good value if you ask me. I was lucky enough to be ill last week and spent five days in bed. Now normally this would have been really bad news but I managed to get through three or four movies a day on the iPad which at least helped the days to go quicker.

If you still prefer to get your movies via the post then the app will allow you to watch trailers and add movies to your delivery list so it is worth a download for sure. And the app is free.

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By January 23, 2012 Read More →

Meet Thorsten Heins the New President and CEO of Research In Motion

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Source: RIM

Posted by: James

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