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By March 7, 2012 Read More →

Apple iPad event

ipad3event We’re just about 5 minutes away from the event starting. It’s action stations and I’m live blogging the event as it unfolds. Refresh this page frequently for updates as we go along!

 

17:55 – Getting excited now and everyone is being asked to settle and take their seats. Most are doing as they are told!

18:00 – Tim Cook takes the stage, looking remarkably Jobs-like!

18:02 – We’re kicking off with a run down of the post-PC devices that Apple brought to market. Apparently 172 million post-PC devices were sold last year. Accounting for 76% of apple revenue.

18:05 – Apple now has 362 retail stores and 110 million visitors.

18:06 – Video tour of Apple’s latest retail store.

18:07 – Tim’s back and talking about Siri now. Siri is your best friend! Funny thing is, it hates me!

18:08 – Siri now has a Aussie, French and German accent. iOS 5.1 will be rolling out later today including Japan?

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18:10 – 100 million iCloud users. 585,000 apps available in the app store, 25 billion downloads.

18:11 – Movies now to be avaialable in 1080p on your new AppleTV with simple streamlined interface.

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18:13 – Third-party apps mentioned for AppleTV also! Photostream comes to the device too.

18:15 – The price of the new AppleTV will be the same as the old $99 – bargain! Available from next week and pre-order today.

18:16 – Over 15 million iPad’s sold last quarter.

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18:19 – More than 200,000 iPad specific apps in the app store

18:21 – Everyone has been wounding who could possibly come up with a product to be more amazing than the iPad2

18:22 – Tha company is Apple and here is the iPad 3!

18:24 – Yippee, retina display! 2048 x 1536 resolution! Over 3 million pixels 264 pixels per inch!

18:26 – iPad3 to boast a 40% better colour saturation

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18:27 – A5X Quad core CPU

18:28 – New feature – iSight camera. 5 mega pixel sensor and 5 element lens (lets hope it’s way better than that iPad2 then!) Image processing built in to the A5X chip!

18:31 – 1080p video recording

18:32 – Voice dictation added to the iPad at last!

18:33 – Built in 4G LTE. Great for those in the US! LTE up to 73Mbps download speed!!!!

18:36 – Demo of photos downloading on LTE 4G in half the time.

– Notice that the design seems not to have changed a lot looking at the photos. Nothing on the physical size and weight as yet.

18:36 – International roaming thanks to the multi-band support. Can even act as personal hotspot if the carrier supports it.

18:38 – But what about the battery life.? For iPad2 we said 10 hours battery life – iPad3 will have the same battery life despite the new CPU and retina display.

18:40 – Physically – 9.4mm thick and 1.4lbs – slightly heavier!

18:41 – $499 for the 16GB – $599 and $699 for the 32GB and 64GB – Adding the 4G adds $130 to the price

18:42 – On sale from the 16th March and pre-orders from today! UK, USA, Japan, France and Germany all on the same day.

18:43 – Same price as existing models then.

18:44 – Existinng apps can be scaled up and rendered on the new display (same as iPhone apps did/do on the iPad)

18:45 – Some awesome game demos now on the big screen in the theatre – console-quality games.

18:46 – Chris Cheung from Autodesk now on stage – starting off by talking about desktop customers. Blah, blah, blah!

18:48 – Talking about sketchbook pro on the iPad – There’s a new engine for ink that "takes advantage of the incredible graphics power of iPad." Can support drawings of up to 100 mega-pixels.

18:50 – Mike Capps, president of Epic Games: demo time methinks. Oooh, Infinity Blade:Dungeons – HDR graphics and tone-mapping. Looks of beautiful lighting and action. "The Unreal engine is unleashing the power of the new iPad."

18:53 – iPad 3 "more memory or screen resolution than either the Xbox 360 or the PS3."

18:56 – Back with Phil:  iWork apps updated to take full advantage of the retina display

18:58 – iMovie updated too!

19.00 – Garage Band updated to include collaboration over wi-fi

19.02 – iPhoto for iPad launched

19.05 – iPhoto includes multi-touch editing and easily share through email, Flickr and Twitter

19.12 – Still talking about all the effects in iPhoto

19.15 – iPhoto will be priced $4.99 and released today

19.20 – Video playing

19.21 -  iPad2 to continue with a $100 price drop – 16GB $399

19.23 – New iPad commercial is being played

19.25 – and thats it – The new iPad it is!

 

 

Posted by: Matt

Post Tags: [Apple, iPad 3, iPad HD, iPad mini, iOS 6, tracyandmatt.co.uk]

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By March 7, 2012 Read More →

Vodafone partner with South Central Ambulance Service

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After a formal procurement process using a government framework agreement, the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) NHS Trust has appointed Vodafone UK as its communications partner.

Vodafone will provide fixed-line services, mobile connectivity and its 999 call centre infrastructure support and maintenance. Bringing together SCAS’s communications under one supplier will create savings estimated at half a million pounds over the next five years and help the service’s 2,500 staff communicate more efficiently as they deliver vital healthcare services across the region.

SCAS was created five years ago through the merger of the ambulance trusts in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire and covers an area of approximately 3,500 sq miles with a residential population of over four million.

As a result of the merger, the service had several communications suppliers covering different areas so it was looking to replace them with a single supplier who could provide resilient fixed, mobile and unified communications across its footprint. Having one supplier will maximise efficiencies, helping the service to continue to provide high quality healthcare services to patients.

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By March 7, 2012 Read More →

No more out-of-bundle data charges for Three

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On 8th March, Three will launch a new range of price plans that bring an end to out-of-bundle data charges for all new smartphone contract customers.

New customers will be able to choose a plan with Three’s ground-breaking all-you-can-eat data offering, or a 250MB allowance with a guarantee of no out of bundle data charges; giving them a fear-free mobile internet experience. They can then choose from a simple range of minute options to create the best value plan for their needs.

The new plans have been driven by the massive increase in mobile data usage over the last 18 months, and insight from customers that they want to keep better control of their costs. They ensure that smartphone customers can enjoy all the benefits of internet on the move, without fear of data bill shock.

For customers wanting plenty of everything, The One Plan – the original all-you-can-eat data plan – continues to offer all-you-can-eat data and more than enough minutes and texts. Alongside it, Three now introduces two new tariff families, with data firmly at their heart.

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By March 7, 2012 Read More →

Apple (iPad) event later today

apple_event Today’s press event being held by Apple is just hours away and there’s a hell of a lot of speculation around it. However, one thing seems to be pretty universally accepted; it’s going to be a very important event!

Important, perhaps, in many ways. It will be the first major announcement by Apple since Steve Jobs passed away last year. The host later today is expected to be Tim Cook but I’d imagine we’ll see a variety of Apple execs take the stage for various portions of the presentation.

So we think we are going to see the latest coming of the iPad today. Will it be called the iPad 3? That would be my guess but many others think it could be called the iPad HD because of the expected hi-res or retina display. The new quad-core A6 CPU is also high on the list of guesses along with larger amounts of memory, up to 128GB perhaps.

iOS 6 could well be on the cards. That seems to be coming up in logfiles from various popular websites so it could be that Apple have been testing the OS internally.

How about a mini-iPad? That too has been mentioned on more than one occasion. Personally I think it less likely but not impossible.

The event starts at 6pm UK time and I’ll be covering the highlights live on the site and twitter so be sure to stick check back in on us later.

 

Posted by: Matt

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By March 6, 2012 Read More →

Samsung announce the Galaxy Pocket

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Samsung Electronics today announces the latest addition to its Android powered Galaxy portfolio, the Galaxy Pocket. Featuring Android 2.3, this new smartphone offers those on the lookout for a new handset, a stylish portable option.

The Galaxy Pocket’s slim design makes it ideal for use whilst on the move and features a 2.8″ display so that content and images can be viewed easily. The device features an upgraded TouchWiz user interface making menu navigation a smooth and efficient experience.

Connecting with others and sharing content is quick and easy thanks to the Galaxy Pocket’s social networking and communication features. Samsung’s ChatON cross-platform communication service connects all phone users into a single community, enabling spontaneous messaging, group chatting and content sharing so customers can stay in touch more easily.

In addition, the Galaxy Pocket’s Social Hub enables owners to see their Instant Messaging, social network and email communications in a single inbox for added convenience when they are travelling to and from work or out shopping.

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By March 5, 2012 Read More →

RIM hold a Twinterview from the House of Commons

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Research in Motion are holding a #BBEMEAChat that takes place tomorrow, Tuesday 6th March. Follow the conversation with MP Rob Halfon (@halfon4harlowmp) from 9.30am when he’ll be giving an insight into what goes on inside the House of Commons and how his BlackBerry helps him balance his work and personal life.  

Rob Halfon is the current Member of Parliament for Harlow and was elected at the 2010 general election. He is a big advocate of using social media to keep in touch with his constituents and is a self-proclaimed lover of mobile technology.

You can get involved by asking a question using the hashtag: #BBEMEAChat and follow @BBEMEABusiness.

 

Posted by: James

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By March 4, 2012 Read More →

Win a Xperia PLAY courtesy of Sony Mobile

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We’ve teamed up with Sony to give one lucky reader the chance to win an action-packed, Sony Xperia PLAY!

The PlayStation certified smartphone is jammed with superfast graphics and dedicated game controls to make each game the most immersive experience possible. Powered by a zippy 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, you can master your favourite games on its and an awesome 4" screen – your enemies don’t stand a chance!
What’s more, there are now more than 200 games optimised for the Xperia PLAY, including all-time-favourites  FIFA 12, GTA III and Dead Space.

So what are you waiting for?

Entering is easy. All you have to do is follow tracyandmatt on Twitter and retweet the following tweet: "RT @tracyandmatt I’m hoping to Win a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play – Find out how you can enter too: http://bit.ly/Ayy8Jq" 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.

RETWEET ME!

The competition will run until the end of the month when we will select the one lucky winner. Entries will only be accepted from UK residents due to postage and insurance.

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: Phones
By March 3, 2012 Read More →

Asus might be building the Nexus tablet

AsusEeePadTransformer-550x475So fresh off of the press is a new rumour which Android and Me are reporting on regarding the rumoured Google’s 7-inch Nexus Tablet that would be selling for $199 when it is released, if it actually exists. According to two reliable sources that Android and Me spoke with at MWC 2012, Asus will be the company building the device.

Asus has seen quite the success with the Transformer and Transformer Prime line-up of tablets. We really are not surprised if the rumour is true regarding Asus being the company that will build this Nexus Tablet. Other information about this tablet, which is also rumoured to be coming Q2 2012, is that it will sport a Tegra 3 quad-core chipset which is not really surprising at all. Nexus devices have always been the flagship of Android so stuffing as much good hardware into one is essential.

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By March 2, 2012 Read More →

HTC Explorer Review

HTC Explorer ReviewIn 2011 HTC became an even bigger player in the Smartphone market, possibly due to them releasing phones at a fair rate of knots! Here I have one of their lower end devices with a very nice low price tag attached to it, the HTC Explorer. One of this handsets main selling points is without question its low price tag as it is way below the 150 mark on both pay as you go and SIM free.

The question though is does this device have any more selling points, or is it just another cheap phone for the kids?

To find out you will have to read on.

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By March 1, 2012 Read More →

BlackBerry PlayBook TV commercials

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Now that the latest version of the PlayBook software has been with us for a couple of weeks RIM have put together a couple of videos which I presume are aimed for the television at some point.

As you will see below the videos really highlight the capabilities of the BlackBerry PlayBook and focus on the social integration that works so well.

Whether you are a BlackBerry fan or not I urge you to have a go of the PlayBook if you have the opportunity in store. You may well be pleasantly surprised!

You can see the videos below:

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