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By May 26, 2012 Read More →

Xperia Play loses the support

Bought the Xperia Play? It’s going to stay just as you have it. Unfortunately Sony have announced that achieving a consistent and stable experience with Android 4.0 on the Xperia Play wasn’t something that they could successfully make happen after all their in-house testing. Whilst most of the other phones launched around the same time frame will be receiving an update the Play is is being cast aside into a dark and murky corner beside many of the other devices Sony have discarded. Say ‘Hi’ to the Mylo from us!

"In regards to Xperia PLAY, after extensive in house testing with our developer teams and working with our partners, we have concluded that a consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, cannot be guaranteed for this smartphone on Ice Cream Sandwich – therefore, we will not make the Android 4.0 upgrade available for Xperia PLAY."

"This decision was also verified when we received similar feedback from the developer community; both experienced developers and advanced users, along with game content providers following our ICS beta ROM for unlocked Xperia PLAY smartphones."

"Our priority has and always will be, to provide the best possible user experience on Xperia smartphones. In this instance the ICS upgrade would have compromised stability, where we look to ensure a quality gaming experience with games optimized and developed for Xperia PLAY."

Source: Sony Blog

Posted by: Gareth

Posted in: Phones

T-Mobile announce pricing for the Sony Xperia U

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If you are in the market for a reasonably priced Android smartphone the Sony Xperia U may be right up your street. T-Mobile have today confirmed pricing and you can get the device for free from just £15.50 per month with a 24 month contract.

Features:

The Sony Xperia U is the ideal smartphone if you like your sound crisp and powerful. It offers xLoud for beats with impact when listening on earphones or speaker, or even when streaming to wireless speakers via DLNA. The Xperia U also offers Sony 3D surround sound audio technology to give films the dramatic range they deserve.

Personalise your phone to match your mood, or your outfit. The Sony Xperia U lets you swap bottom caps to a choice of different colours, and select from a wide range of themes. The Xperia U also has an illuminated section that changes colour to match album art when you’re playing music, or the shades in your photos as you’re browsing.

Thanks to lightning-fast capture, a single key press takes you from sleep to snap in just over a second. You’ll never miss a perfect picture again. They’ll look great as well, thanks to 5 megapixel resolution. Or if you want to catch all the action, the Xperia U will let you film in detailed HD video.

Posted in: Press Releases

Orange preparing for the launch of the Intel powered Santa-Clara (Codename)

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We have known about the Intel powered Santa-Clara for quite a while now but it seems its launch in now imminent. Orange are holding a press event next week for the media to go hands on with the new Android smartphone. Santa-Clara is its codename and the Orange website states that its real name will be revealed at launch.

Pricing is not yet available but if Orange can follow suit with the likes of the San Francisco and Mote Carlo they may be at a real advantage as they were great value for money. The only downside I can see is that it is running Android 2.3 but I expect we will have confirmation on its upgrade to 4.0 at launch.

Specs wise the Santa-Clara is impressive. As well at the Intel processor it sports an 8mp camera that can take ten shots a second, HD video recording, 16gb of onboard storage and all presented on a bright 4.03″ display.

Sounds pretty impressive. Roll on next week.

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: News

International Medical Corps and BlackBerry – Video

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The International Medical Corps are another organization that utilize the BlackBerry solution. Dealing with disasters in any part of the world communication is paramount and it is great to see yet another important service relying on the BlackBerry as their smartphone of choice.

The following video was released on the official BlackBerry YouTube channel and shows the importance of why the BlackBerry is such a valuable tool to the International Medical Corps.

When it comes to saving and rebuilding lives having the confidence to depend on your smartphone is vital.

You can see why the IMC choose BlackBerry below.

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings

Apple take the comedy route with Siri TV advert

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Posted by: James

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings

ZTE launch new video conferencing systems

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ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) has launched today the first of its new high-definition video conferencing solutions into the UK market in association with UK distributor Touchline Video UK. The ZTE T700 4MX and T700 8MX video conferencing systems provide superior call quality and outstanding visual communication for small to medium business environments.

Creating a more natural meeting experience that can be deployed in any working environment, the ZTE T700 series delivers pin-sharp 1080p HD video resolution, crystal-clear high fidelity audio and an integrated, wide-angle PTZ camera which provides exceptional quality video and audio and high performance at a very competitive price.

The ZTE T700 is ideal for small and medium business users, remote office locations and home tele-workers requiring cost-effective videoconferencing solutions with true-to-life video quality and easy set up.

Posted in: Press Releases

Carphone Warehouse teams up with Norton to offer mobile security

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Norton by Symantec today announced a partnership agreement with Carphone Warehouse.  Under the terms of the agreement, Carphone Warehouse will offer Norton’s award-winning Norton Mobile Security throughout its footprint of over 800 stores across the UK.

The agreement sees Norton Mobile Security offered along with every new Android handset purchased at Carphone Warehouse. Norton Mobile Security provides Android customers with protection and security for their mobile devices and the personal information that is saved and stored on them. The technology features remote locate, lock and wipe to secure the device, if it is stolen, plus call and text blocker and anti-phishing web protection to protect against the growing number of mobile threats and scams.  The findings from Symantec’s recent Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) show that mobile vulnerabilities increased by 93 per cent in 2011.

Posted in: Press Releases

Everything Everywhere sim card allows for remote control cooking with the iTotal Control Oven

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Yes, you did read the title correctly! This one strikes me as being a little odd but I suppose it is a natural progression in technology.

Everything Everywhere, the business that runs Orange in the UK and the country’s biggest communications company, has today announced that AGA Rangemaster has selected its proprietary M2M Management Platform and SIM cards from Orange for the new AGA iTotal Control oven.

By integrating Orange SIM cards into the new AGA iTotal Control oven, AGA customers can maintain complete remote control over their ovens, wherever they are. Those with no internet connection can text their oven with simple commands such as “baking oven on” or “all ovens off”, and will receive a reply confirming the action has been taken.  It takes less than one hour for AGA ovens to reach temperature, and the new functionality will enable customers to plan ahead when it suits them.

For customers with a smartphone or tablet, applications can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store that provide a visualization of the AGA iTotal Control oven, which can be controlled by touchscreen.  For those people not on the move but not at home either, a dedicated web portal has been designed to allow them to control their AGAs from a PC or laptop.

Posted in: Press Releases
By May 24, 2012 Read More →

Nvidia Kai – Cheap Quad Core!

kaiforcheaperquadtabs23NVIDIA is working hard to make good on their promise to make $199.99 Tegra 3 quad-core tablets possible. NVIDIA’s VP of Investor Relations, Rob Csongor recently revealed during a recent stockholder meeting that the company is working on what it calls the "Kai" platform. He didn’t go into detail about it, but indicated that it will be a low-cost architecture that will allow for budget priced quad-core tablets. The stockholder meeting is pretty long at about 33 minutes, but we have included it in the source links below. Here’s a quote from the audio:

Quote:

Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point, and the way we do that is a platform we’ve developed called Kai. So this uses a lot of the secret sauce that’s inside Tegra 3 to allow you to develop a tablet at a much lower cost, by using a lot of innovation that we’ve developed to reduce the power that’s used by the display and use lower cost components within the tablet.

Source: Nvidia

 

Posted by: Gareth

Posted in: News

Angry Birds Friends – Video

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It looks like Angry Birds on Facebook is getting a boost. The above video was released on Rovio’s YouTube channel today and says that users will be able to compete with friends in weekly tournaments to win power-ups, with new levels to play each week.

I haven’t personally tried Angry Birds on the web. Maybe I will now.

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings