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By March 13, 2012 Read More →

Sony announce the Xperia sola

Xperia Solar

Only a couple of weeks after Sony announced three new smartphone’s at MWC and now we have yet another, the Xperia sola. Sporting a 3.7″ Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor the Xperia sola looks to be a beautiful handset set to rival the 3.7 inch screen offerings from the likes of HTC and Samsung. 

Complete with Sony technology, premium entertainment and innovative floating touch navigation, the NFC enabled Xperia sola comes equipped with Xperia SmartTags, allowing consumers to change their smartphone’s settings and applications to fit their lifestyle in an instant. Xperia sola will be available to consumers globally in black, white and red in the second quarter.

 

 

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By March 13, 2012 Read More →

MOTOACTV Review

MOTOACTV ReviewLooking to track your fitness regime? The MOTOACTV may be just what you have been looking for. Announced late in 2011 the MOTOACTV is a lightweight, wearable fitness performance tracker and smart music player in one.

There are two types of sports people I think this product is gunning for. At one end of the scale, you have the hobbyists, like me, that go running a couple of times a week and maybe enjoy a spot of cycling and the pretence of being a triathlete. Having a training aid, whether that’s an app on your phone or iPod can be a real help to keep the motivation going. I’ve personally been using Endomondo on my BlackBerry for a couple of months now and find it’s a real help in pushing me to run that little faster as the kms clock by. I have however been thinking I might upgrade so something a little more technical. Here, MOTOACTV looks to be offering a step up from the mobile app to include the possibility for heart rate monitoring and easy to upload training cycles.

At the other end of the scale you have the purists for which only the best product will do. They need measurable stats for heart rate, performance, lap times, optimum speeds and so on. The MOTOACTV here is looking to offer this functionality whilst adding the more friendly benefits of an mp3 player to boot.

Is it worth well purchase? Read on to find out my thoughts.

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By March 12, 2012 Read More →

Eye Check – Boot Opticians Android App Launches

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Following a successful launch for the iPhone in October 2011, the Eye Check by Boots Opticians app is now available for Android users to download.

The app was developed by Boots Opticians to encourage people to be more aware of their vision and eye health. Since the iPhone launch, it has been downloaded for free by nearly half a million people and reached number one in the iTunes free download chart. 

The app is not designed to replace comprehensive professional eye examinations by an optometrist. It offers people a simple and accessible way to better understand the significance of looking after their vision and eye health. Ultimately, the app aims to highlight the importance to users of having regular check-ups with a qualified optometrist.

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By March 12, 2012 Read More →

How I use my BlackBerry PlayBook on a daily basis

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This article is aimed at those who don’t currently own PlayBook and how I (a seventeen year old college student) uses his PlayBook in a daily situation.

Okay first, I’ll talk about how I use my PlayBook on a day when I’m at college; I’ll admit I use it less on one of these days as a day I don’t go to college. I’ll usually begin the day by checking my emails and Facebook and Twitter mentions all from my PlayBook. I do this with the new PIM Messages application for the emailing side of things. There is an Official Facebook application that I use to check any notifications that I may have received. Blaq is the Twitter application of my choice as it sends push notifications when open and is live and in general just feels and looks like the most Twitter application on the PlayBook.

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By March 11, 2012 Read More →

Prada Phone by LG 3.0 unboxing video

LG-Prada-3_thumb[8] LG have quite a history of working with Prada and as the name of this one’s title suggests, it’s the third LG phone to also carry the Prada name.

You may think that these fashion phone tie-ins are all style over substance but with the new LG Prada phone that could be set to change, under the hood we have a 1GHz dual-core CPU and 1GB ram which, looking at the benchmarks, makes the phone tick along nicely.

Then there’s the 4.3″ Nova Plus display. At 480×800 pixels this may not be the highest res on the market but it’s a really clear and bright display and seems to have an ultra-white backlight.

You can see the full spec list after the video below.

 

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By March 10, 2012 Read More →

How to Choose your Ideal Laser Printer

rtaImage Laser printers were once so costly that only businesses could afford to use them. With office supply stores like Ryman now selling home laser printers, even colour versions, from around the £100 mark, their popularity as a home printing option is on the increase. Quieter, faster, and cheaper to run than standard inkjets, laser printers have some serious advantages for the home user too, particularly when it comes to printing high quality text and large volumes.

If you’ve decided to make the switch to laser printing, here are some of the aspects to consider before you make that purchase.

 

By March 9, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 159: iPad-O-Rama

Web bannerIt’s ALL about the iPad tonight. Well, when I say ‘ALL’ I don’t mean wall to wall iPad talk. In fact there will be a few other interesting stories for those who aren’t interested in the iPad. Quite a few stories… and a few bargains too. Some listeners have also written in. In fact we might not have time for the iPad… we’ll see if we can fit it in. At the end…

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By March 9, 2012 Read More →

The Motorola MOTOLUX goes on sale at T-Mobile

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MOTOLUXE, the ultra-stylish, ultra-vogue smartphone from Motorola launches today with T-Mobile.

UK fashionistas get ready for a smartphone with a price as attractive as the device itself:  MOTOLUXE is available free on contract with T-Mobile, starting from just £21 a month on a 24 month plan.

When it comes to panache, this Android 2.3-powered smartphone sets the bar high. With a 4-inch touchscreen that’s perfect for writing emails, surfing the Web and watching movies, you’ll always be connected, clued-up and entertained – whether at work, hanging out with friends or out on the town.

For photo buffs, an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with flash lets you shoot like a pro. You can even instantly share the pics with friends and family using the phone’s pre-loaded social networking apps.

But there is a reason this is called a smartphone! Incorporating Motorola’s MotoSwitch user interface, MOTOLUXE learns who you talk to and which apps you use the most, and puts all that information front and centre.

Check out the Motorola website for full product specs and images, and the T-Mobile website for pricing and availability.

 

Posted by: James

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By March 8, 2012 Read More →

Angry Birds Space – Preview

Angry Birds Space

 

 

Posted by: James

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By March 8, 2012 Read More →

ZTE keep on growing

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ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”), ranks fourth in terms of smartphone patents globally, with 972 total applications, according to a report by the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China, published the global rankings.

The state report also states that ZTE ranked first in China for smartphone patent applications, with 1,019. According to the report, applications for smartphone patents increased rapidly around the globe from 2003 through 2006. In China, applications for smartphone patents began to increase rapidly in 2005. During that year, applications filed by domestic applicants outnumbered those filed by overseas applicants for the first time.

“Patent applications are important to ZTE,” said ZTE Executive Vice President He Shiyou. “Our global and domestic rankings in smartphone patent filings show the company’s commitment to R&D and innovation.”

ZTE has over a decade of experience in handset R&D. To date, ZTE has acquired more than 8,000 total cell phone patents at home and abroad. Of those, over 6,000 are Chinese patents. It also holds more than 2,000 international PCT patents, with more than 70 per cent of those related to 3G and cellular.

In 2011, ZTE’s handset business grew more than 50 per cent year-on-year, and its global shipments of smart terminals topped 12 million, a year-on-year increase of 400 per cent. According to a report by research firm Gartner, ZTE is the second-fastest-growing smartphone maker in the world. In the fourth quarter of 2011, the company became the world’s No. 4 handset manufacturer in terms of shipment volume.

 

Posted by: James

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