Archive for February, 2012

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Microsoft Announces Availability of Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview – the next milestone of the Windows operating system. This latest preview will be made available for download starting today at http://preview.windows.com. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers a more robust experience for testing the world’s most popular operating system and is available to the widest range of people yet following the initial release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview late last year. The Developer Preview received more than 3 million downloads.

“With Windows 8, we reimagined the different ways people interact with their PC and how to make everything feel like a natural extension of the device, whether using a Windows 8 tablet, laptop or all-in-one,” said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft. “The Windows 8 Consumer Preview brings a no-compromises approach to using your PC.”

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By February 29, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 158: Mobile World Congress 2012 Part One

Web bannerIt’s device city this week as Gareth, James and Matt have a look at the newly announced devices from Sony, HTC, Nokia, ZTE, Samsung and a few other companies. James has had a little time with the Sony and HTC devices and provides an early take on what’s hot!

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By February 28, 2012 Read More →

Pre order the LG Optimus 4X HD

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Clove have dropped us a line today to let us know that the LG Optimus 4X HD is now available to pre order. At £456 including VAT it isnt cheap but you do get a lot for your money. Clove are listing the 4X HD to arrive in June.

The Optimus 4X HD is LG’s first quad-core smartphone, following on from the manufacturer’s introduction of the first ever dual-core smartphone just 12 months ago. Combining NVIDIA’s latest 1.5GHz Tegra 3 with True HD IPS display, the LG Optimus 4X HD delivers PC-like performance in the palm of one’s hand.

It’s not just the power of a quad-core handset that the 4X HD offers, but an HD multimedia experience. The NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor is the world`s only 4-PLUS-1T Quad-Core mobile processor designed for high-level multimedia performance but utilizes a fifth battery-saver core to handle less demanding tasks such as active standby and music playback. When running at full speed, the 12-core graphics processing unit (GPU) in Tegra 3 delivers a visually rich experience and console-quality game playability.

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By February 28, 2012 Read More →

ZTE Goes High Definition with the PF112 Smartphone

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ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) today announced the ZTE PF112 – a high definition smartphone with exquisite image quality.

The ZTE PF112 has a 4.5-inch HD screen giving 1280×720 pixel image quality with 16M colours and is the latest in a new portfolio of ZTE smartphones running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).  Launched today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the ZTE PF112 packs exceptional video, audio and comms capabilities into a high-end metallic 130 x 66 x 8.5mm candy bar form factor handset with capacitive touch screen.

Equipped with an 8 MP auto-focus and LED flash camera, a front-facing 720p camera for video calls, face recognition, touch focus and HDR exposure bracketing, the ZTE PF112 is aimed at anyone who demands a high quality screen experience from their smartphone.  Also included in the device is HD Voice, Dolby audio and HSPA+ and WiFi connectivity with UMA, together with 8GB eMMC and 1GB RAM memory.

“The ZTE PF112 raises the bar in Android smartphones,” said Mr. He Shiyou, Executive Vice President and Head of the Terminals Division of ZTE. “Consumers increasingly expect High Definition and, with this new Android 4.0 smartphone, we have made this HD experience accessible so that more people can enjoy their visual content such as videos and photos to the maximum.”

 

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By February 28, 2012 Read More →

TAT show off some BlackBerry PlayBook funkiness

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TAT (The Astonishing Tribe) have been showing off what they do best at MWC this week. The Swedish UI design company were purchased by Research in Motion a while ago and at MWC they have been demonstrating why.

In the following video you can see several BlackBerry Playbook’s integrating with one another in a way I have not seen with any device before. It is truly remarkable.

Whether you are a BlackBerry fan or not you have to see this. It is the cleverest thing I have seen in a long time. I can certainly see why RIM made the acquisition.

You can see the video below:

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By February 28, 2012 Read More →

Rovio and Samsung collaborate with Angry Birds Space

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Samsung Electronics and Rovio today announced a collaboration for the upcoming Angry Birds Space game launch.

The leader in smart mobile devices and the leader in mobile gaming have partnered to launch the latest title in the world’s most successful mobile game franchise. As a part of their strategic partnership, Samsung and Rovio will cooperate to promote Samsung’s smart mobile devices and Rovio’s upcoming new game.

The Angry Birds are preparing a rescue mission to boldly go where no bird has gone before, with low gravity environments and brand-new never-before-seen worlds. Working with Samsung and its internationally renowned range of Galaxy smartphones and tablets, Rovio is bringing exclusive content and a fantastic new adventure to fans.

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By February 28, 2012 Read More →

A mysterious new Toshiba tablet appears at MWC 2012

toshiba-quad-core-77-1For some reason, Toshiba decided to sneak out a new quad-core screamer of a tablet at Mobile World Congress this year. It’s a 7.7-inch device with a NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor powering it. The device is called the AT270, and is ultra-thin and blazingly fast! In fact, the guys from SlashGear said it was the thinnest at the show and left them thoroughly impressed. Here’s a list of its specs:

  • Tegra 3 quad-core
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16-64GB of internal storage.
  • Rear facing camera and micro-SD slots
  • Barely thicker than the 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 1280 x 800 AMOLED HD 7.7? screen – extremely vivid and crisp images

Right now, this one is just a prototype, but looks to be something Toshiba plans to bring to market at some point… hopefully soon.

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By February 27, 2012 Read More →

QNX powered Porsche 911 at Mobile World Congress 2012

 

porscheqnx_1 If you missed seeing the QNX powered Porsche 911 at CES last month we now have another opportunity as the car is being showcased at MWC.

The Porsche supports NFC so one touch from the BlackBerry Smartphone will tell the car you are in it and then activate the car options. With the BlackBerry PlayBook mounted on the dashboard you will see that the PlayBook can control media in the car, phone calls and voice recognition for satellite navigation.

If you have not seen the QNX powered Porsche before I suggest you take a peek at the below video as it just goes to show us the power of the operating system and how well it can be integrated into cars.

Now I wonder if RIM will send me one to review?

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By February 27, 2012 Read More →

Renault equips its New Twingo with CoPilot Live GPS navigation

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ALK Technologies, leading provider of mobile navigation software, today announced that its CoPilot Live GPS navigation app has been selected by Renault as an integral part of an iPhone-based infotainment system for the new Twingo.

CoPilot Live is fully integrated in-car as part of the revolutionary Oxygen Audio O Car system* available for the new Renault Twingo. Simply place your iPhone into the cradle and it becomes part of your car’s dashboard, allowing control of all car stereo functions through a dedicated app: e-Renault. The “most needed” tasks such as your Music, your Phone, your Navigation and the new Eco-Driving Renault feature are all easily accessible with a single tap while on the road.

The system brings outstanding interaction between phone and car. CoPilot Live’s voice-guided navigation instructions are seemlessly played through the Twingo’s audio system and speakers. Auto-muting of radio programmes and music ensure that Renault drivers won’t miss a turn, and navigation automatically pauses and resumes during and after phone calls.

Klaus Kremer – Director Business Development EMEA at ALK Technologies said “We are very proud that CoPilot Live has been selected as navigation provider by Renault for this ground-breaking project. It’s a demonstration of how the smartphone is becoming the hub of today’s connected vehicle.”

The Oxygen Audio O Car system is available as a dealer-fit option with the New Renault Twingo.

The e-Renault app will be available for free via the AppStore, and includes a 30 day navigation trial. After 30 days all features remain functional except for the navigation component. Users can purchase a full navigation license directly from the app.

 

Posted by: James

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By February 27, 2012 Read More →

ZTE Orbit – Windows Phone announced

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ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”)  has expanded on its commitment to the Windows Phone platform and introduced the new ZTE Orbit smartphone.

The ZTE Orbit joins the ZTE Tania smartphone in the company’s portfolio of Windows Phone-based devices. The ZTE Tania is commercially available in the UK and Sweden and other countries around the world. 

“Microsoft is excited to continue partnering with ZTE to bring new Windows Phones to market.  We look forward to the availability of ZTE Orbit in major markets around the world in the second quarter of 2012,” said Mark Linton, Senior Director of the OEM Division, Microsoft. 

“The Windows Phone platform is as powerful as it is intuitive, enabling us to create and deliver exciting new devices that meet real consumer demand,” said Mr. He Shiyou, Executive Vice President and Head of the Terminal Division of ZTE. “Our partnership with Microsoft is a key component of our strategy to grow our share of the smartphone market. ZTE is proud to be at the forefront of device manufacturers who are using the Windows Phone platform.”

 

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