Archive for September, 2012

By September 30, 2012 Read More →

Warning – HP in Attack mode!

hp-logo-shadowedIt seems that HP is going to jump back into the tablet market big time. In fact, they are also planning to "aggressively attack" the smartphone market as well, and they plan to use the Android OS to do it. Here’s a quote with some of the details,

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HP will “aggressively attack” both the smartphone and tablet markets, according to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek recent note to investors.
“While the move makes sense strategically, we see it as a high risk move,” Misek explained. “On top of adding costs and working capital burdens to an already stressed balance sheet, there could be additional write-offs.”
HP’s last attempt to enter the mobile space was a short-lived one. Just around a month after it launched the webOS-based HP TouchPad, the company pulled the plug on webOS, cancelled its HP Pre 3 project, all under the strong influence of then CEO Leo Apotheker.
Newly appointed Meg Whitman seems to renew HP’s somewhat lost focus in consumer products and the mobile industry and we can only hope the company brings a great Android device, competition is always welcome.

This seems like a daring move by HP. We are looking forward to seeing what they can come up with. Would you consider moving to an HP phone or tablet?

 

Posted by: Gareth.

 

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By September 29, 2012 Read More →

Giving Your Mobile the Personal Touch

sim-card Although no person wants to be alone, each one wants to be unique. When it comes to possessions, we want our things to have a personal touch. We want to express ourselves through our essential possessions, like the food we eat, the home we live in, the car we drive, the clothes we wear, the bags we carry, and the mobile telephone we use.

Do you want to personalise your cell phone or your smartphone? There are many ways to add a personal touch to our phones. These range from displaying unique wallpaper to having outrageous cases. The possibilities are endless, and it’s up to you to have some fun with your phone.

Wallpapers, screensavers, logos and icons can be customised by making your own. You don’t have to be a Leonardo or a Michaelangelo to do this. There are lots of programs to help you out. Besides, you can take pictures of yourself, your loved ones, your favourite celebrities, your favourite things or foods, or your pets, and set them up as wallpapers and screensavers. Your pets’ cute face would make a beautiful icon.

There are phones that have banners. Put in a nice or funny quote. Or, you can use a silly quote and smile every time you read it. Your handset’s themes, colours, fonts and skins can also be set according to your preference. The good thing is you can change these settings every time you feel like it.

Ringtones, ringback tones, message alerts and other tones can also be customised by making your own. There are phones with composer software that produces monotone ringtones. You may also download a clip of your favourite song or you can sing yourself and use your song. A pet’s bark or meow will make a nice message tone.

Now, let’s see what we can do with the physical part of our phones. A wide range of colourful cases are available online and in stores. Some cases are formal like black, white, beige and dark blue. However, there are plenty of colourful and fun cases, too, with prints ranging from polka dots to tribal patterns. Some even have letter initials or full names printed on them.

Some stores offer services such as customising your handset’s cases. However, if you want to personalise your case, how about doing it yourself. You can buy stickers, rhinestones and other embellishments, and the fun begins!

You may also add your own drawings and doodles. Or, you can imprint your hands or your pet’s paws, and use it for your phone’s cover.

Cell phone pouches and tote bags are also available, which of course you can customise too. You can make your own, if you’re a little crafty, or you can put stickers, rhinestones or patches to existing bags. Keychains, accessories and even blings are also available for your phone.

The ultimate personal touch, however, that you can give your phone is to give it memorable mobile phone numbers. You can have a set of numbers that are dear to your heart, or just a set that looks unique and remarkable. For interesting and exciting mobile numbers, visit Unique SIMs.

 

Posted by: Matt

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By September 28, 2012 Read More →

BlackBerry 10 Facebook app demo – Video

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This week has been rather enlightening on the BlackBerry 10 front with plenty of new features being shown off at BlackBerry Jam Americas. The new BB10 Facebook app was included in the demonstrations and it certainly looks pretty awesome, if not very similar to the Android Facebook app. With Facebook being so popular this one is well worth a watch. I am still a bit limited on what I can and can’t say about BlackBerry 10 but for those who have been doubting its success I hope this weeks news has made you think twice. BlackBerry 10 is going to kick butt for sure!

You can catch the video below:

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By September 27, 2012 Read More →

ZTE V9A Light Tab 2 gets a price drop at Clove – A Nexus 7 alternative?

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The ZTE V9A – Light Tab 2 may not be as great specs wise compared to the Google Nexus 7 but it does have a 3G modem built in which you can’t ‘currently’ get with the Nexus. With a discount on the tablet at Clove the price is only £142.80 including VAT which for what you are getting is a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

Yes, it only runs Android 2.3 and only has 4GB of internal storage but the 3G capabilities kind of make it attractive,.

You can pick up the ZTE Lite Tab 2 at Clove here.

 

Posted by: James

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By September 27, 2012 Read More →

BlackBerry 10 Sneak Peek – It’s all about the flow

 

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By September 27, 2012 Read More →

Bad Piggies released by Rovio

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Rovio Entertainment released its newest game, Bad Piggies, for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. Told from the pigs’ point of view, this innovative game lets fans build amazing machines that crawl, roll, crash, and fly the pigs to the eggs!

“We’ve never done anything like this,” said Petri Järvilehto, EVP of Games. “Where Angry Birds was all about destruction, Bad Piggies is all about the joy of construction. It’s not just about getting three stars — in this game, failing is almost as much fun as succeeding!”

The game is set on Piggy Island, where the Bad Piggies are after the eggs again — but as usual, nothing is going according to plan. They need help in creating the ultimate flying machine and steering it safely to their destination.

With more than 60 levels, and free updates coming up, there’s hours and hours of pig-crashing, exploding, and flying fun. Fans can unlock an additional 30 levels by getting three stars, and four sandbox levels let them stretch their creativity to the utmost. With 33 objects available to create the ultimate machine, the sky’s the limit — if you can navigate around all the obstacles first!

This is the first time the Bad Piggies are protagonists of a game, but it’s just the beginning of a series of Bad Piggies related games and other entertainment.

Bad Piggies is available now on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC, with Windows Phone coming soon.

 

Posted by: James

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By September 27, 2012 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 – Wi-Fi 16GB price drop from Expansys

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If you are in the market for a new tablet we have good news regarding the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Expansys are now offering the tablet for £209.99.

  • Processor: 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2
  • Memory: RAM: 1GB / ROM: 16GB
  • OS: Android Honeycomb
  • Display: 8.9" capacitive TFT LCD widescreen with 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n,

If you fancy it head on over to Expansys.

 

Posted by: James

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By September 27, 2012 Read More →

Sony Xperia T comes to Three

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Sony’s new Xperia T is now available if you fancy picking it up on Three.

Featuring in the next James Bond film, Skyfall, the Sony Xperia T offers the ultimate HD experience with a great HD screen, Reality Display providing razor-sharp clarity and HD connectivity for linking with bigger screens. The 13 megapixel Fast Capture camera goes from sleep to snap in just over a second with a single key press and as there’s an Exmor R Sensor built into the device, it’s much easier to take perfect photos even in low level light conditions.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three said: “Sony’s flagship handset is packed full of smart features to impress you and the slim, ergonomic curved design shows off the stunning display making it easy to use and hold. And with 50GB of online storage with Box, there’s no need to hold back when downloading apps, games and music on Three, the network that was built for the internet.”

The Sony Xperia T is available for £30 a month with an upfront cost of £29 on the Ultimate Internet 500 plan and a guarantee of no surprise out-of-bundle data charges or £34 a month with an upfront cost of £29 on The One Plan.
The smartphone is also available on Pay As You Go for £399.99 plus a top-up. All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to All-You-Can-Eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and All-You-Can-Eat data for a 30-day period.
Key Features

  • 4.6″ HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • 13 megapixel camera with Exmor R sensor and Fast Capture
  • Super fast 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 16GB internal memory and 50GB online storage with Box
  • NFC compatible with two free XperiaT SmartTags in box

 

Posted by: James

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By September 26, 2012 Read More →

RIM show off more of BlackBerry 10 ay BlackBerry Jam Americas

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BlackBerry®Jam Americas 2012, formerly the BlackBerry Developer Conference, has kicked off on September 25 in San Jose, California.  The conference is a showcase for the bold, new direction BlackBerry is heading with the upcoming BlackBerry® 10 platform. The flow of ideas, passion for the platform, and drive to succeed is in full display at the conference.

During his keynote, Thorsten Heins, Chief Executive Officer at Research In Motion (RIM), clearly demonstrated that the company is delivering on its vision for BlackBerry 10 to a global audience of partners and developers.  More sneak peeks of BlackBerry 10 were also shared.

BlackBerry 10 is designed to make users more productive and more efficient.  With Flow, which is at the core of BlackBerry 10, home buttons are gone and there is no need to exit an app to open a new one.  Users can move easily from task to task, and check in on their conversations, wherever they may be. With BlackBerry 10, RIM is expanding its leadership in communications, NFC, mobile social media, as well as collaboration in the enterprise.

You may want to check out the video below where Vivek Bhardwaj of the BlackBerry 10 product team shows off a few new features of the OS. It’s impressive stuff.

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By September 26, 2012 Read More →

A little more evidence to suggest a Padfone 2 is on the way

padfone-2-leadThe Padfone does feel like it got a full release over here in the UK and save for a few online retailers you probably wouldn’t realise it was released at all. In an effort to “keep up with the Joneses” Asus have refreshed their combination device with some exciting specs, if the above pic is of an actual product and isn’t fake. The picture is supposedly of the packaging of the device and lists the specs. Here is what is listed on the box,

  • Quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 13 MP rear-facing camera with Auto-Focus, LED Flash, Zero Shutter Lag, and FullHD recording.
  • The phone’s display is listed as a 4.7-inch Super IPS+ HD with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and the icon below the list shows “SuperAMOLED.”
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 2,140 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, GPS and A-GPS

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