Archive for June, 2012

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Microsoft announce Windows Phone 8 along with a bunch of great features

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An event was held today with only people with invites from Microsoft being able to attend. A total of eight brand new features were announced for the platform which are aimed at finally competing with the likes of Android and iOS.

For many the most important feature announced today was multi-core support! This feature will support the same brands of processor that we are used to seeing, but in the newer devices we will be seeing more powerful versions of these processors from Qualcomm and ARM.

The start screen is another feature that has been completely redesigned to give you more choice, but also to allow you to cram more on the screen at once and just like all of the features announced this will come to all ‘new devices’. The only huge downside is the fact that windows phone 8 is incompatible with all current Windows Phone 7 devices! This is going to be disappointing for those who have bought a Windows Phone on a two year contract as you will be stuck on either 7.5 Mango or Tango.

The reason for this incompatibility issue is due to the support for much higher resolution screens, the resolutions that will be supported with Windows Phone 8 are: 1280 x 768, 1280 x 720 and also it will support the current 800 x 480 display resolution used.

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By June 20, 2012 Read More →

ZTE announce another Android device: The Grand X LTE

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This new device from ZTE has been announced earlier this week to be released in both Europe and Asia in Q3 of 2012 which doesn’t seem too far away. The key thing to note here is the fact that the phone possesses an LTE chip for Europe! This is a huge announcement by all accounts because as far as I’m aware this is the first announcement of such device for Europe as particularly in the UK we don’t yet possess a 4G network.

The device will possess a very respectable 1.5GHz Dual-Core CPU, 8 Megapixel camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, unfortunately though these are the only specifications we could get hold of so far. The one thing that ZTE are priding themselves on though along with Qualcomm is the fact that this phone will be the worlds first single- chip LTE device.

You can see the official press statement below:

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By June 20, 2012 Read More →

Samsung to use NFC wristbands at Red Hot Chilli Peppers gig

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Gone are the days of a normal wristband. Samsung are to use NFC enabled ones for the first time next month when the Red Hot Chilli Peppers play Knebworth in Hertfordshire.

Fans will be able to use their wristbands to enter competitions at the event as well as check in on Facebook at the Samsung stand: groovy.

Samsung UK and Ireland vice president of telecommunications and networks Simon Stanford said: “We’re delighted to announce our involvement in the first rollout of ticketless technology this country has seen.

“In future, everyone will be able to use their mobile phone as their ticket, whether they are music fans going to a gig, or a commuters travelling to work. So we’re excited to be aligning ourselves with that technology and to be bringing a new experience to both our customers and to music fans across the country.”

Nice to see NFC being used for something useful at last. It is one of those features that many of us now have on our smartphones but don’t really get the opportunity to utilize.

Source: mobilenewscwp

 

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By June 20, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 173: Wampon Fever

Web bannerGareth and James take on the new tablet from Microsoft, the Galaxy S Advance is debated and James gives us another run down on Blackberry 10.

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By June 19, 2012 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy SIII Outsells Competition

clip_image001It’s official that the Samsung Galaxy SIII is the most pre-ordered mobile phone in history. The last pre-order figures before release had topped a stunning 9 million handsets.

The pre-order numbers have probably benefitted from the new JUMP contracts (which stand for Just Update My Phone) and allow customers to switch between mobile phone deals, service providers and the latest models with minimum fuss. The Galaxy SIII is being called the ‘iPhone killer’, and in the UAE it’s even being subsidised.

The phone has received positive feedback overall. It’s been praised for being comfortable to hold in the hand, despite its large screen size. The 1.4Ghz quad core processor is also touted to be incredibly fast and indeed this is one of the Galaxy’s leading new features. Indeed perhaps the only thing that seems to be worth criticising is the battery cover, which remains as thin and plasticky as it did in other models. This has become something of a running joke with the Galaxy models and it’s a design flaw that Samsung just can’t seem to find a way around.

In the US, AT&T will be carrying a special edition red version of the phone but it will not be offering customers the 32GB version, leading to some speculation of a compromise. The phone is yet to launch in the US, and other regions will only be carrying the standard Marble White or Pebble Blue editions.

Meanwhile, Samsung continues to hit home runs with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate. The Exhilarate phone will features 80% consumer recycled material and has an incredibly efficient charging system that alerts the users when the phone has sufficiently charged. It has also been certified by UL Environment. Samsung is currently on a winning streak of establishing itself as an innovator in the mobile market.

 

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By June 19, 2012 Read More →

Spotify updates its iOS app bringing streaming to non-premium users.

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The music streaming giant have announced that ‘in the next few days’ an update will roll out for iOS devices. The update will bring with it a feature that was introduced last year just for the desktop application, Radio. The key thing here though is that the feature will be available to both the premium users and the free users!
Users will be able to generate ‘Radio stations’ using artists, albums, songs and spotty playlists, one other thing that also remains is the feature that Spotify loves so much, this is of course the social functionality which means that songs and the radio stations will appear in your friends’ Facebook timelines. Also with this feature comes the ability to create a playlist based on what your friends listen to.
The radio feature according to the company themselves will be coming to all major platforms in due course but for now iPad, iPhone and iPod users can expect the update in a few days.

You can see the full press release below:

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By June 19, 2012 Read More →

Sony Smart Headset Pro – Unboxing Video

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I tend not to use headphones very often but when I do it is normally when taking a trip into the big smoke for a press event or business meeting. When Clove offered me the Sony Smart Headset Pro for review I jumped at the chance as I don’t particularly having a wire running from my ears to my phone.

The thought of using Bluetooth coupled with the brand name Sony had me excited and when they arrived I was pleasantly surprised how nice they were.

So below you can see the unboxing video, however you will have to excuse one rather larger error. Well, not so much an error but an oversight (that makes me feel better). I failed to realise that the headset had an LCD screen hidden under a sticker! What a doofus!

Anyway, we will have a full review coming soon but in the meantime you can check out the hardware, minus the screen of course!

 

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By June 19, 2012 Read More →

Microsoft announce the ‘Surface’ tablet – with two variations

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Over in Americaland Microsoft have unveiled the ‘Surface’ tablet which as expected many will say may rival the Apple iPad.

Let’s get straight down to the facts and what we know about the device or should I say devices as there are two variants.

  • Software takes center stage: Surface sports a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio – the industry standard for HD. It has edges angled at 22 degrees, a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use, letting the hardware fade into the background and the software stand out.

  • VaporMg: The casing of Surface is created using a unique approach called VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch. Starting with magnesium, parts can be molded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.

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By June 19, 2012 Read More →

Microsoft Surface promotional video – sexy!

 

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