Archive for June 26th, 2012

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Carphone Warehouse releases ‘Bill Angel’ app to tackle mobile wastage

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Carphone Warehouse has stepped up its campaign against wasteful mobile tariffs by launching a free smart phone app, designed to tackle the £4.8bn excess wasted on unsuitable minutes, texts and data deals every year. The launch marks the first time a major retailer has developed a mobile usage app for customers and comes as new research by the UK’s largest mobile retailer has found consumers are now more concerned about mounting mobile phone bills than other household costs such as gas and water.

The free Bill Angel app, available on Android, iOS*(due 27 June) and Blackberry (due 7 July) monitors call time, text messages and internet data usage; automatically sending alerts to users when they approach and go over their contract limits.

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HTC Desire C Review

HTC Desire C ReviewIn the not too distant past the ‘Desire’ range of smartphones from HTC were their flagship range, this was until MWC 2012 when HTC announced the excellent ‘One Series’. At that point I didn’t think that we would see a Desire branded handset from HTC again, but to my utter surprise here I have the brand new Desire C for review.

It’s the beginning of a new range of devices from HTC aimed at giving absolutely everyone a chance to own an Android smartphone on any budget.

So how does this little device fair against its competitors? And does it do the Desire brand name the justice it no doubt deserves?

Well to find out you will have to read on.

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Windows Phone 7.8 home screen – Video

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Following on from last weeks announcement by Microsoft where they detailed Windows Phone 8, many current Windows Phone users were left initially disappointed as Microsoft confirmed that current hardware would not be upgradable to WP8.

However, they then went on to explain how Windows Phone 7.5 would get an update to 7.8 to allow for the same home screen user interface as on WP8. This came as a breath of fresh air to me being a Windows Phone user as I am not sure I can make the financial commitment to invest in new hardware.

Microsoft have released a nice new video via their YouTube channel giving a quick demo of the new user interface that all Windows Phone users can expect in the coming months.

You can see the video below:

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‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy becomes best selling book on Kindle

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Amazon.co.uk today announced that E L James, a former Kindle Direct Publishing author, has become the first author to sell over one million books in the Amazon.co.uk Kindle Store with her internationally best-selling ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy.

Despite the trilogy only being published in March 2012, E L James has become the #1 best-selling author on Kindle and her debut novel, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, is now the #1 best-selling Kindle book of all time at Amazon.co.uk. The Kindle edition of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is currently outselling the print book at a rate of more than 2 to 1.

“E L James’ books have become both the fastest-selling and the best-selling series ever on Kindle. That’s an exceptional achievement for a debut novelist and we’re excited to see her pass the one million sales milestone,” said Gordon Willoughby, Director, EU Kindle. “Following a stint of self-publishing, first online and then via KDP, E L James found a fan base and her success has rocketed from there. Her books have become a worldwide phenomenon demonstrating what a powerful launch pad KDP can be.”

In addition to the sales success seen on Kindle, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ and ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ are the #1,2 and 3 best-selling print books at Amazon.co.uk and their combined sales have also made her the best-selling print author of the year so far.

I myself downloaded the Kindle version. For research purposes of course.

 

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What we expect from Google I/O

google-i-o-2012-appGoogle’s developer conference, Google I/O, will begin tomorrow and there are some high hopes for this one. The conference has become just as much of a PR media announcement hub for Google as it is a tool for developers. Not only that, but it keeps getting bigger. This year, the conference will go on for three days instead of the two days of previous events. The stakes are high for Google’s Android, especially in the tablet arena. Smartphones using the OS have risen to dominate the world market, but Android tablets have struggled against Apple’s iPad. Still, Google I/O is more than just Android, and there are a host of other interesting things we expect to see from Google. In fact, we thought it might be interesting to share a list of the many things that could conceivably show up at the conference this year. We’ve done our best to cull as much info from the web as possible to highlight everything that we might see. Some of it could simply be wishful thinking, but some of it has already been rumoured for quite some time. Here’s a taste of what might potentially be at Google I/O this year.

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