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Miami Ink comes to London

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Yes, this has nothing to do with mobile tech I’m afraid however you may have noticed from the unboxing videos I have done that I am heavily tattooed, in fact I even have the BlackBerry logo tattooed on my leg!

With one in three people in the UK having at least one tattoo you may well have seen the TV shows Miami Ink or NY Ink. Well, the good news for fans of those shows is that the star of the shows Ami James is opening a new shop in London with Huey Morgan (Fun Loving Criminals). Although most people associate Miami Ink with the name of the shop it is in fact called LoveHate and that too the name of the new London shop which can be found in Notting Hill (LoveHate Social Club).

The new studio opens this Friday (16th November) and I shall be attending the evening launch party. However, so I can relate this to mobiles in some shape or form I’m going on a mission to check out what phones at the party people are using. I will be armed with my video camera so hopefully I can catch some celebs with their smatphones in hand. It will be interesting to see what the mix of BlackBerry, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone are like in the tattoo world.

If you fancy getting inked then check out lovehatesocialclub.com

 

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Windows Phone 8S from HTC – Video

 

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BBM Voice coming soon to your BlackBerry

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Fresh from the announcement from RIM regarding the launch of BlackBerry 10 we now get notified of another new super feature for all BlackBerry users – BBM Voice.

For the times when you want to hear a friend’s laughter instead of reading LOL, BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM) is taking the social networking experience to a whole new level with an exciting new feature called BBM Voice. Research In Motion (RIM) today announced BBM version 7, a free update for the globally popular mobile social network, which will allow customers to make free voice calls to other BBM customers in the world over a Wi-Fi® connection*.

BBM is a fast, convenient and inexpensive service for BlackBerry® customers that gives them the ability to instantly chat with a friend, family member or colleague, and know when their message has been delivered, and read. With the new version of BBM, customers have a new option – they can talk with their BBM contact across the globe for free over a Wi-Fi connection. In an instant, customers can switch between texting and talking, or talk and text at the same time. For consumers, especially in developing markets, the BBM Voice feature offers an attractive way to talk with friends and family near and far, and staying in contact will be easier than ever as the holiday season approaches. For business customers, BBM Voice allows for enriched collaboration.

“BBM is the quick, easy way to stay connected to the people that matter to you, and with today’s announcement we’re expanding the capabilities of the service for deeper social engagement and even greater collaboration, beginning with voice functionality,” said T.A. McCann, Vice President of BBM and Social Communities at RIM. “The new BBM Voice feature is for when you’re travelling and you want to call home without worrying about phone charges. It’s for when you have news you can’t wait to share, for quickly explaining complicated details, and collaborating with colleagues. Whenever your ideas are too big for text, there’s BBM Voice.”

BBM Voice includes a number of convenient features.

  • Customers can initiate a BBM Voice call directly, or instantly switch from a BBM text chat to talk, and back again.
  • The split-screen feature allows customers to talk and text at the same time, so for example, they can send a picture to their contact while talking with them. They can also check other BBM text chats, check email, or navigate to other apps while engaged on a BBM Voice call.
  • BBM provides a visual indicator that shows when contacts are available for a voice call.
  • BBM Voice is compatible with any accessories a customer has now for making voice calls on their BlackBerry smartphone, such as a Bluetooth® or wired headset. Customers can also use BBM Voice over their BlackBerry smartphone’s speakerphone.
  • If it’s not an ideal time to talk, customers can simply choose to respond by texting back.

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Acer Chromebook selling now

unnamedA rather unexpected addition to Google’s device list on Play was the announcement there would be an all new Chromebook for sale. Whilst we don’t have the $249 Samsung Chromebook for sale to the mass market yet we do have this Acer sitting in the Play store at £199.

Much is being made of the Acer selling for $199 Stateside and the exchange rate being left out of the mix. By comparison to Samsung’s Chromebook that is likely to sell for about £50 more there are a few big differences to justify the pricing. Firstly we have a Intel Celeron processor running at 1.1ghz, whereas the Samsung has a slower atom processor. Battery apparently lasts an alarmingly short 3.5 hours. A standard hard drive that will no doubt run slower than the included 16gb flash drive on the Samsung however it packs 320gbs. The Acer is also larger and heavier.

Could this be a flooding of the market with ultra cheap laptop’s running Chrome like we saw several years ago when Android was taking a tight robotic grasp of the mobile market. Only time will tell and it’s going to jolly exciting finding out, Chromebooks will be the way forward in this writer’s opinion.

Here is the press release from Acer:

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Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 190: 10 more until party time!

Web bannerGareth, James and Dan chat about their experiences with EE. Dan and Gareth both manage to purchase a new device from Google. James gets an invite to the Blackberry 10 launch even (next year)

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