Archive for February, 2012

By February 23, 2012 Read More →

Red Bull Charges Onto Samsung SMART TV

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Samsung Electronics, the UK’s number one TV brand with the most awarded TV range, today announced the availability of Red Bull TV on its SMART TV platform. The high-octane channel brings extreme sports coverage and original programming to the world’s most engaging home entertainment system.

Red Bull TV brings the world of sports, urban lifestyle, music, games, pop culture and live events into the homes of viewers as a live channel as well as offering video-on-demand which is perfect for today’s hectic lifestyle.

2012 is a major year for UK sport and with the Red Bull TV app, users will be able to access all the extreme sporting action they could want via their SMART TV.

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By February 23, 2012 Read More →

Everything Everywhere’s 4G LTE getting closer

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Everything Everywhere, the UK’s biggest communications company, has unveiled significant progress in its network integration and evolution and outlined the path toward the roll out of 4G LTE.

The roll out of a nationwide HSPA+ (3.5G) network – the latest milestone in the company’s network evolution project – will provide 50% faster data speeds for T-Mobile and Orange mobile broadband customers. In addition, further trials of 4G technology across the country will continue to lay the foundation for a new digital backbone for Britain.

  • Roll out of 3.5G HSPA+ 21, will mean faster speeds and improved network performance for T-Mobile and Orange customers
  • Subject to regulatory approval by the spring, Everything Everywhere ready to roll out 4G this year
  • New trial in Bristol to test 4G LTE using existing 1800MHz spectrum
  • £1.5bn network evolution project progressing, with £1.4m being invested every day

 

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By February 23, 2012 Read More →

ZTE set to unveil LTE, Windows Phone and multi-core Android devices at MWC 2012

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ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) will next week announce a significant extension of its Smart Terminal capabilities – both in its product range and routes to market – including a major new quad-core flagship handset.

ZTE will unveil eight new devices, delivering significant advances in power, high definition multimedia capabilities and design. Based on technology innovations including multi-core chipsets, LTE, 4G radio and the latest Android and Windows Mobile platforms, the new devices form a core component of ZTE’s ambition to become a top three handset provider by 2015.

On the infrastructure side, ZTE will be demonstrating a wide range of application scenarios covering LTE/LTE-A, smart networks and cloud computing.

“There is no doubt that this year’s Mobile World Congress will again see some exciting device launches. The new devices from ZTE will demonstrate how ZTE is without doubt among an elite group of handset providers as next generation telecommunications networks roll out globally. ZTE returns at least ten percent of its revenues back into R&D to ensure that it sustains its position as a true market innovator – and we’re counting down to being able to showcase this to the world’s mobile industry next week,” said Mr. He Shiyou, Executive Vice President and Head of the Terminals Division at ZTE.

The devices will be officially unveiled in a press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday 27th February at 10:30 CET. The new devices, together with a comprehensive portfolio of ZTE terminals, will be on display at the ZTE booth in Hall 8, stand B145. 

 

Good stuff!

 

Posted by: James

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By February 23, 2012 Read More →

The Acer A510 looks pretty smart

a510Acer’s next high-end Tablet, the Iconia A510 has just passed through its FCC certification hoops. The tablet is due to come out in Europe sometime in April. The tab has some fairly impressive specs:

  • 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 10.1-Inch screen with resolution of 1280 x 800
  • 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions
  • A microSD slot, mini-HDMI and mini-USB

There is no word yet on a potential price as yet however Acer do tend to come in a little lower than the competition.

 

Poster by: Gareth

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By February 22, 2012 Read More →

UK launch date announced for Samsung Series 9 notebook

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Following the recent global launch at CES, Samsung today announced the highly anticipated new look Series 9 premium notebook will be available in the UK from 25th February 2012.

“For those seeking the ultimate notebook, it doesn’t get any better than this. We have tailor made the components so that they fit into the notebook’s single shell body ensuring it’s as slim and light as possible. We’ve taken performance to a whole new level to deliver impressive memory capacity, faster web browsing and a 10 hour battery life. What’s more, the Series 9 looks very slick and sophisticated,” said Damian Cusick, General Manager, Computing, Samsung UK and Ireland.

“The original Series 9 we launched in 2011 was a huge success for us. Since then, further innovations in technology have enabled us to improve on the design and functionality to deliver a truly revolutionary premium notebook,” Damian Cusick continued.

Boasting an updated premium look – the result of 33,000 hours of craftmanship, the Series 9 features a mineral ash finish with contrasting natural matte aluminium sides, and has also been sand-blasted to offer a fingerprint resistant surface.

The second generation Series 9 is the world’s thinnest and most compact premium notebook. The 13″ Series 9 measures only 12.9mm (0.5″) and, thanks to the notebook’s single shell body, is fitted with super-slim components which enable the device to weigh in at just 1.16kg (2.6 lbs).

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By February 22, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 157: Blackberry Playbook updated

Web bannerThis week Gareth and James are joined by Chris Vesey, a writer from Tracyandmatt.co.uk to discuss the latest mobile news. RIM launch Version 2.0 of the Playbook’s operating system and James is quite excited by this, Chris is playing with the HTC Explorer and Gareth continues his quest for value from Vodafone.

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By February 21, 2012 Read More →

Remote Control on the BlackBerry PlayBook – Video

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One of the many new features in OS 2.0 for the BlackBerry PlayBook is the ability to control the PlayBook from your BlackBerry smartphone. The feature is part of the latest version of the Bridge app that got an update last night.

While it may not be a feature that is used every day I can see two big benefits with it. Clearly for business presentations it will allow the user to control the PlayBook remotely therefore letting he/she free to move around the room.

Secondly, and where I will use it is just plugging the PlayBook into the TV via HDMI. I can now sit back on the sofa and have full PlayBook control without having to worry about a long cable.

You can see a quick demo of the app in action below.

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By February 21, 2012 Read More →

Samsung announce two new additions to their smartphone range

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Samsung Electronics today announced two new additions to its Galaxy smartphone range; both the Galaxy Ace 2 and the Galaxy Mini 2 which will be available in UK from April. Building on the success of their predecessors, the Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2 are ideal for people that enjoy an active lifestyle who want a handset that’s both stylish and affordable but is also packed full of great features.

Simon Stanford, UK & IRE Telecommunications & Networks Division said: “The Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Mini have both been hugely successful handsets for us since they launched last year so we’re excited to be bringing our customers refreshed versions of both devices. Anyone who buys one of these new devices will benefit from even more functionality, including improved processing speeds so they can quickly connect to and browse the internet when they’re out shopping, travelling to work or out with friends. Both devices join our existing Galaxy Family of smartphones again reinforcing our commitment to providing a smartphone for everyone.”

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By February 21, 2012 Read More →

New Video Chat features with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0

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The below highlights the new video chat features in PlayBook OS 2.0 as brought to us by RIM Product Manager Vivek Gupta over on the BlackBerry Blog.

Now that the upgrade to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet – BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 – is here, I wanted to give you a sneak preview of some of the great new features that are available in the updated Video Chat! We think you’ll agree, whether for work or play, it’s an easy and fun way to connect with people.

Simply put, Video Chat on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet allows you to make and take video calls with your friends, family, and colleagues who also have a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. (Note: Both users of the Video Chat feature must be connected to the Internet for a chat to be enabled.) With just one click, you’ll be able to have virtual face-to-face conversations using the HD video cameras and stunning high-resolution screen on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

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By February 21, 2012 Read More →

New BlackBerry PlayBook TV commercials

Research in Motion has popped a couple of new PlayBook commercials on their YouTube channel now that PlayBook OS 2.0 is available. The adverts concentrate on the remote control option and the social integration within the PlayBooks new messaging application.

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