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By July 11, 2012 Read More →

The ZTE kis heading to Virgin Mobile

Kis Front Home screenZTE today launched  the Kis smartphone to be distributed in the UK through Virgin Media from today.

Available exclusively from Virgin Media at launch, the ZTE Kis is a feature-packed Android handset entering the Pay As You Go (PAYG) market as the best value Android available at just £49.99.

Key functionality

· Display: 3.5”, HVGA 480*320, 262k colours, TFT, Capacitive

· Processor: 800MHz

· Camera: 3.2MP Auto Focus, 2 x digital zoom

· OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

· Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, GPS, WAP 2.0, Tri band

· Storage: Internal 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM.  External memory up to 32GB, 2GB micro SD card included with device

· Dimensions: 114.3 x 61.6 x 11.5mm, 120g

· Battery: 1400 mAh Li-Ion


Full press release below:

Posted in: Press Releases
By July 10, 2012 Read More →

Join the hunt for the Xperiabots


Just a reminder that the Xperiabots have escaped and Sony need you to find them. What’s in it for you? Prizes! If you find a Xperiabot, which could be anywhere in the UK or online, just take a picture of it or scan its QR code and upload the code to the Sony Facebook page. You could win Xperia NXT handsets, movie premieres, DJ sessions, gig tickets, and loads of other ‘money can’t buy’ prizes.

You can follow the action on Twitter and there is also a short video explaining about the Xperiabots here.

In addition you may want to keep your eyes peeled next week. We may just have a Xperia phone to giveaway ourselves.


Posted by: James

Posted in: News
By July 10, 2012 Read More →

BlackBerry Tag video – rather amusing

The below video cropped up on YouTube last night. It hasn’t been published RIM themselves so I can’t confirm its validity but either way it is jolly funny. The video focuses on using the BlackBerry Tag feature which allows users to share information using NFC. Should RIM go down the comedy route with marketing?

BlackBerry Tag



Posted by: James

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By July 9, 2012 Read More →

Upgrade to 76Mbps broadband from Sky

fibre The prospect of super-fast broad band is so tantalising but if, like me, you are stuck with a slow broadband connection you may want to look away now.

Sky have just announced that they are to make up to 76Mbps broadband is available to new and existing Sky customers. However, you’ll have to live in an area covered by the fibre optic network (which I’m not grr)

The satellite broadcaster launched the product in April, but it was initially available only to new subscribers who did not already have Sky Fibre or Sky Broadband.

However, the company has now revealed that everyone can sign up for its fastest connection. "All our broadband products are open to all customers covered by Sky’s network," a Sky spokeswoman told ZDNet UK.

The up to 76Mbps proposition hit the market at the same time as Sky’s up to 38Mbps product, with both of these packages supported by BT’s fibre-to-the-cabinet infrastructure.

More than ten million homes and businesses across the UK are currently served by BT’s fibre broadband networks.

The telecoms giant is aiming to increase this coverage to two-thirds of properties by the end of 2014 under its £2.5 billion national rollout.


Posted by: Matt

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By July 8, 2012 Read More →

Feligan PowerBrick unboxing video

feligan There’s no shortage of power and charging solutions out there for mobile devices, indeed we have looked at several of these in the past including those from PowerMat as well as lesser known small companies.

This time I’m taking a look at the PowerBrick from the Italian based company Feligan.

The PowerBrick system has space for up to 6 different charging ‘blocks’ boasting compatibility with Apple, Nokia, Samsung, HTC, Kindle, LG, Motorola… the list goes on. When you buy the PowerBrick you get to choose the 6 power connectors that you would like to to be configured with.

It doesn’t just stop with the 6 connectors though. On the front of the unit you’ll find an additional 2 USB sockets that allow you to plug in those bespoke-type power cables that come with some devices. And as if that isn’t enough there’s also two mains-power sockets to boot that you can use to plug in other power adapters. These also allow you to plug in adapters from other countries, accepting UK, European, US and Australian style plugs to name a few.

In the video below you can see a quick unbox of the one I ordered.

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings

Competition: Win a BlackBerry Curve 9320


It is giveaway time again. The nice people at Research in Motion have been getting some stick lately so they are going to make a few of you very happy. They have donated three BlackBerry Curves 9320’s to us as prizes for a competition.

As usual we are going to make this very easy for you.

To enter, all you have to do is follow tracyandmatt on Twitter and retweet the following tweet: "RT @tracyandmatt I want to win a new BlackBerry Curve 9320 from tracyandmatt and #UK_BlackBerry:" You can also click the retweet link below to save you copying and pasting the phrase. Your twitter name will be entered in to the draw. You’ll have to keep following us as we’ll notify winners via DM.


Your twitter name will be entered in to the draw. You’ll have to keep following us as we’ll notify winners via DM.


The winner will be picked Friday 13th July. Will that be a lucky day for you? Entrees are welcome worldwide so no restrictions on this one.

Good luck.


Posted by: James

Posted in: Competitions

Win some goodies with the Sony Xperiabots


Starting next Monday Sony are launching a new campaign that will see thousands of ‘Xperiabots’ released around London and Manchester. They are the small robots featured in Sony’s TV advert.

If you manage to capture one of the Xperiabots you can win one of a range of prizes just by uploading the alpha numeric or QR codes to the Sony Mobile Facebook page. Simples.

The prizes on offer are:

  • Latest Xperia NXT Series handsets
  • Sony 4-Screen packages 
  • Tickets to movie premiers
  • DJ sessions
  • Tickets to gigs etc

Make sure you head on over to the Facebook page and ‘like’ Sony Mobile.


Posted by: James

Posted in: News
By July 5, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 175: A Game of Cat and Mouse

Web bannerGareth is joined by James to debate the recent announcements of BlackBerry and the outcome of the Apple vs Samsung/Google in the patent war. There is an ingenious solution to all your problems with the Nexus 7 and cracking a competition!

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New to the iPad – ‘London – A City Through Time’


Fancy buffing up on your knowledge about London? This new iPad app looks to be the perfect tool to do just that.

Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning director, Richard Loncraine (of Band of Brothers fame) has developed an iPad app called ‘London – A City Through Time’ that offers the most advanced and complete digital portfolio of London ever produced.

In an effort to reinvent Pan McMillan’s London Encyclopedia and make learning about London fun and engaging, Loncraine developed the app in partnership with the Museum of London to create an indispensable 2,000-year reference to the world’s most complex city using modern technology for a progressive audience.

Some of the key features include:

  • 6,000 full text articles on London’s cityscape
  • 2,000 rare prints including works of art, portraits, watercolours and etchings
  • HD zoomable images allowing users to view panoramas of London – both through time and today
  • Dynamic timelines detailing history from the 17th century to the present day
  • A plethora of interactive activities that both engage and educate users

You can see a demo video of the app in action below:

Posted in: Press Releases

Research in Motion: It isn’t all doom and gloom


Unless you are blind I am sure you will have read somewhere about the situation that Research in Motion are currently in. We told you last week that BlackBerry 10 would be delayed until Q1 2013 instead of the planned Q4 2012 scheduled release. Combined with the planned job cuts and the drop in sales the media has been having a field day. As a huge BlackBerry fan I have been taking a back seat and ingesting all the information that has come to light over the past week or so.

The RIM senior management team did various press events yesterday where they stated their reasons for the delay in BB10 and I think this was done to try and reassure the public as well as the media. Now it is my turn to share my thoughts on where RIM are at right now.

Read on to see what I think and where I set a the record straight on one or two things.


Posted in: Phones