Archive for September, 2012

By September 9, 2012 Read More →

Lenovo ThinkVision USB monitor unboxing video

lenovo-thinkvision-lt1421-14-usb-powered-169-8ms-led Are you someone that’s always on the go with your laptop or someone that has to do presentations for a small group of people? Them perhaps the Lenovo ThinkVision monitor is worth a look.

Lenovo have come up with a monitor that not only connects to your PC to get its display but is also is totally USB powered, so in terms of portability you only have to carry the screen and no other power adapters etc.

You may think that a portable USB monitor would have limited spec but in fact the ThinkVision is a 14″ display with 8ms refresh rate and 1366×768 pixels. Great for laptop power users that simply must have two displays.

 

Less than one inch thick (2.1cm) and at 839g the LT-1421 will slip into your laptop bag without weighing you down. The 14.1 inch LCD screen is very bright (adjust using the rocker) with 200mi, and has a good screen resolution (1366 x 768 pixels) so it will nicely match your laptop screen. It’s got a matte display so the viewing angles are very good even at over 45 degrees and has a simple but sturdy fold out arm to prop it up and change the tilt. To stop your screen getting scratched or damaged it comes with a case, like the Lenovo ThinkPad laptop lid, which does add weight but retains the quality build and sleek Lenovo satin black finish, but the cover also doubles as a stand! The Y cable has two USB ports but you’ll most likely only need to use one, the second port is in case your notebook is not powerful enough to deliver juice to the ThinkVision monitor.

Check out the unbox below for a little more detail or head over to eXpansys to order one now!

 

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By September 8, 2012 Read More →

Free AntiVirus Software That’s Better than Norton

clip_image002Antivirus software is used to protect computers from Internet hackers, viruses and malware. Titles such as Norton AntiVirus are popular but require an annual subscription fee. However, there are several free antivirus titles available, which could be better alternatives than paying for Norton.

Pros And Cons Of Free Antivirus Software

 

Pros

When you use free anti-virus software, you can choose from a variety of titles to find the one that works best for you. Each software title has its own advantages and disadvantages. When you are able to compare software at no cost, then you can make the right choice for your situation.

Another advantage to using free anti-virus software is you are not obligated to stick with one title while other titles are offering upgrades. If you see that a free piece of software has released an upgrade that exceeds the functionality of your software, then you are able to make the switch without cost.

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By September 7, 2012 Read More →

Get the ultimate screen protection from Expansys

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Looking for the ultimate screen protector for your smartphone? Expansys may well have the answer with Crystalusion Liquid Galss.

Layer your tech in Liquid Glass for cutting edge protection: Crystalusion Liquid Glass is a futuristic and effective way of protecting your smartphone, laptop, tablet, iPod, PSP or PC monitor. Using nanotechnology, it provides a resistive layer that protects coated surfaces from dirt, oil, dust, abrasion and bacteria for up to 12 months. Rather than a solid layer of plastic it is actually a liquid that you wipe onto your device. This then sets, in a matter of minutes, to form a protective layer that is approximately 500 times thinner than a human hair. As it’s a liquid there won’t be any annoying bubbles that form and you can apply it to the whole of your device for all round protection. You can even use it for your sunglasses, goggles or glasses all for the great price of only £6.99.

So what are the benefits of Crystalusion  Liquid Glass? Well, when it comes to protecting your AV, media or communications device it offers some amazing benefits to protect not only the screen but the entire device!

  • Being applied as a liquid it provides bubble-free protection
  • Doesn’t impair functionality or vision
  • Protection against abrasion
  • Can improve the visible appearance of minor hairline scuffs
  • Reduces finger marks
  • Provides an easy to clean surface
  • Gives antimicrobial protection
  • Resistant to both acid and alkaline
  • Protection against water and humidity (Hydrophobicity)
  • Protection against oil and oil based substances (Oleophobicity)

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By September 5, 2012 Read More →

Nokia announce the Lumia 920 & Lumia 820 running Windows Phone 8

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Espoo, Finland and New York, USA – Nokia today announced the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820, the first devices in Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 range.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone, including the latest advances in Nokia PureView imaging innovation. Using advanced floating lens technology, the camera in the Nokia Lumia 920 is able to take in five times more light than competing smartphones without using flash, making it possible to capture clear, bright pictures and video indoors and at night. It also compensates for hand movement while the photo is being taken.

“Nokia PureView continues to deliver cutting-edge technology to make it possible for a smartphone camera to take the kind of images usually only seen on a standalone SLR camera,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices. “With the Nokia Lumia 920 we have made it possible to shoot pictures and video at home, outdoors, in a restaurant or even at night, and come out with professional-looking results.”

“We view imaging as a core area for differentiation in the smartphone space,” said Crawford Del Prete, Executive VP WW Products and Chief Research Officer, IDC. “Low light photography has been a weak point for smartphones. Nokia has addressed this with PureView to create real customer value. By applying its rich expertise in imaging Nokia has created a best of breed experience for everyday use.”

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By September 5, 2012 Read More →

Nokia to debut new Windows Phone 8 devices today

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Nokia will be holding a press event later today where we are expected to see the first working Windows Phone 8 device from them. Thanks to recent leaks it would appear that we will get to see the Lumia 920 and 820 in a whole host of colours.

With Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft it will be interesting to see what new features they will be bringing to the platform that wont be available with other manufactures. On the Windows Phone 7.5 devices we clearly had the likes of Nokia Drive and Music, just to name a couple. Will there me more with WP8 I wonder?

We will of course bring you the details later today.

Posted by: James

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By September 4, 2012 Read More →

Download shows to your mobile with BBC iPlayer

photo Today the BBC have made a new version of their BBC iPlayer App available to iPhone and iPad owners. This new version not only allows them to stream shows to their mobile but also download them to their device to watch later.

Users will be able to save any programme for up to 30 days – but once you hit play, have to finish watching it within a week.

Available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, the feature will be coming to Android devices soon.

Last month alone there were 30 million requests for iPlayer programmes via a mobile or tablet, according to the BBC.

"With mobile downloads for BBC iPlayer, you can now load up your mobile phone or tablet with hours and hours of BBC television programmes, then watch them on the road, on the Tube, on a plane, without worrying about having an internet connection or running up a mobile data bill," said Daniel Danker, general manager of programmes and on-demand for the BBC.

We understand that ITV are considering adding a similar feature to their app but that they would be charging for it.

 

Posted by: Matt

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By September 4, 2012 Read More →

HTC Desire X and Xperia J prices announced

xperia-j-black-android-smartphone-620x440 The HTC Desire X and Sony Xperia J were announced last week and already we’re able to give you the price and availability of these two new handsets.

SIM free pricing is as follows:

 

Desire X is due late September, priced at £190 (£228 inc VAT) and due to be available in black and white.

http://www.clove.co.uk/htc-desire-x

Xperia J is due late October, priced at £159 (£190.80 inc. VAT) and also due to be available in black and white.

http://www.clove.co.uk/sony-xperia-j

We’ve also had stock of the AllShare Cast Dongle for the S3 in today, although there’s still no word on when the wireless charger is due to be here unfortunately. 

http://www.clove.co.uk/samsung-allshare-cast-dongle-samsung-galaxy-s3

 

We are still SIM-free pricing for the Note II, Ativ S and Galaxy Camera, but should have that to follow soon as well.

 

Posted by: Matt

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By September 2, 2012 Read More →

Nikon D3200 unboxing video

intro-001 A little over a year ago I got my hands on the Nikon D3100 to review. Up until then I had been very much a Canon fan having had a Canon 350D, 450D, 40D and then a 50D. I never really had much interest in Nikon.

The D3100 though, was something of a turning point for me. Having it in for review ‘forced’ me to take a proper look. Although I didn’t dispense with my Canon gear the D3100 really impressed me as being a simple to use and light-weight digital SLR and it became a camera that I would carry for casual photography, anything more serious I would stick to the Canon 50D and the plethora of Canon lenses I have.

One nice thing about the D3100 was the ability to record HD video (720P) and to have a degree of auto focus whilst in record mode. This is something that the new Nikon D3200 extends being capable of 1080P video recording and improved autofocus.

The D3200 looks almost identical to the D3100 that is replaces but there are lots of feature changes, not least in the sensor department as this has now been increased to an impressive 24.2 megapixels. Amazing for an entry-level DSLR!

If you want to see a little more of the D3200 check out the unboxing video below.

 

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By September 1, 2012 Read More →

Huawei Ascend P1 unboxing video

Huawei Ascend P1 Until fairly recently the Huawei name was relatively unknown yet they have quickly managed to establish themselves as the smartphone manufacturer that makes some of the best value and entry-level models on the market. You’d never call them a luxury brand.

Perhaps with the launch of the Ascend P1 Huawei are looking to change things a little though as this latest launch from them combines some high-end specs with an attractive, slim design.

It features a 1.5GHz dual core processor and a stunning 4.3 Super AMOLED screen. With an 8 mega-pixel camera and high quality 5.1 Dolby sound also included. This high specification has been enclosed within an elegant slim design, which has been created for ease of use, as much as looks. It has a comfortable width of 64.8mm, making it easy to be held within in your hand.

The latest version of Android, 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has been included. This means that you have the most up-to-date features of the Android platform, and benefit from a smooth and interactive user experience. Huawei has added a stunning 3D user interface to the Ascend P1 making it easier to navigate between applications. It also shows off the power of the 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

Check out the unboxing and demo video below to see more.

 

By September 1, 2012 Read More →

Apple and Google behind the scenes

Google_vs_Apple1According to industry sources, Google and Apple are supposedly conducting "secret talks" behind the scenes in order to come up with a patent settlement agreement. Reuters reported that Larry Page, CEO of Google, and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple have recently had a private phone conversation in which they discussed "a range of intellectual property matters, including the on-going mobile patent disputes between the companies." Additionally, according to Reuter’s unnamed source, the two CEOs will likely talk again soon to continue negotiations for some kind of cease fire. Here’s a quote from the Reuters article with some final details,

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The two companies are keeping the lines of communication open at a high level against the backdrop of Apple’s decisive legal victory in a patent infringement case against Samsung, which uses Google’s Android software.
A jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages last Friday and set the stage for a possible ban on sales of some Samsung products in a case that has been widely viewed as a "proxy war" between Apple and Google.
One possible scenario under consideration could be a truce involving disputes over basic features and functions in Google’s Android mobile software, one source said. But it’s unclear whether Page and Cook are discussing a broad settlement of the various disputes between the two companies – most of which involve the burgeoning mobile computing area – or are focused on a more limited set of issues.

Hopefully a more businessly gentleman’s agreement can be reached.

 

 

Posted by: Gareth

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