Archive for February, 2013

By February 7, 2013 Read More →

EE to enable 4G in 27 more towns by June 2013

ee EE are going to enable 4G LTE connectivity in in Aldershot, Ashford, Basildon, Basingstoke, Blackpool, Bracknell, Camberley, Colchester, Crawley, Farnborough, Guildford, Horsham, Huddersfield, Leatherhead, Maidstone, Milton Keynes, Oldham, Oxford, Redhill, Reigate, Sevenoaks, Stevenage, Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Warrington, Wigan and Woking. EE is aiming for 98% of the UK population to be covered by the end of 2014

EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, today announced that 4G will be switched on in a further 27 towns across the country by June 2013, expanding superfast coverage to more than 65 UK towns and cities in total.

The 4G rollout, which offers customers speeds up to five times faster than 3G, is proving a huge success with UK businesses, including Addison Lee, Foxtons, Gatwick Airport, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Kier, Microsoft, Morrisons, Sony Music, TNT Post and Urban Outfitters, who are already reaping the benefits of increased efficiencies and productivity both in and out of the office.

Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive Officer, EE, said:

“Our business customers want a 4G network that covers the markets in which they operate, and that is exactly what we are building for them – and at a phenomenal rate. We’re set to cover more than half of the UK population by Summer, staying ahead of the schedule that we set for ourselves at launch, and continuing to demonstrate the amazing value of 4G mobile to many organisations with different challenges and different needs.”

Between April and June, 4G will be launched in Aldershot, Ashford, Basildon, Basingstoke, Blackpool, Bracknell, Camberley, Colchester, Crawley, Farnborough, Guildford, Horsham, Huddersfield, Leatherhead, Maidstone, Milton Keynes, Oldham, Oxford, Redhill, Reigate, Sevenoaks, Stevenage, Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Warrington, Wigan and Woking.

The EE 4G network currently covers 45% of the UK population, and is forecast to increase to more than 55% by summer, as the network grows to cover more than 65 towns and cities as well as much of the suburban and rural areas that surround them. At the end of January, nine new 4G towns were switched on, and this week 4G coverage from EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator, landed in Newbury – the 28th live 4G town.

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By February 7, 2013 Read More →

mophie Announces first battery case for iPhone 5

mophie Yesterday I mentioned about an iPhone 4/4s battery case but today Mophie got in touch with me to tell us about their new Helium battery case for the iPhone 5, the first certified case to hit the market for the new iPhone.

Looking at the specs this is way more than your average extended battery pack. It’s got a gorgeous, slim design with microUSB charging connector and LED’s on the rear to indicate the charge level.

Ultra-thin, 1500mAh protective battery case made for iPhone 5. 13% thinner than any of our previous iPhone juice packs. You may not feel the difference between this and regular cases, but your battery will.


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By February 6, 2013 Read More →

ZTE Blade III arrives in the UK

ZTE-Blade-III-1 ZTE has launched the ZTE Blade III 4-inch smartphone in the UK. The latest addition to the Blade family, the ZTE Blade III features a larger screen, memory capacity of 2.5GB which can be further expanded with a 32 GB memory card and Android 4.0.

The expanded storage memory of the Blade III offers extra space for music, apps, pictures and games while the 4-inch WVGA touch screen and upgraded operating system provide a sharp multimedia experience. The Blade III can be purchased in store or online from Virgin Media from today for £79.99 PAYG or from £13 a month.


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By February 6, 2013 Read More →

iPhone 4/4S Battery Case bargain

portable-iphone-4-battery-case Fed up with running out of battery power on you iPhone 4/4s? Here’s a bargain that you should check out. eXpansys have a 1500 mAh battery case for the iPhone 4/4s for just £3.99! These packs effectively double the battery life of your iPhone and also help to protect it.

Check it out:


Extra Power:

The high capacity 1500 mAh doubles your iPhone 4’s run time, letting you talk, play and game for longer. Simply press the power on on the case when your iPhone is running low and the iPhone 4 Battery case will charge your phone.


Made from touch shell, with a soft rubberised coating means your iPhone is kept safe. Dedicated cutaways allow full access to your iPhone, with dedicates speaker and microphone grills, protection without compromise.

On Tap:

The status LED on the back of the iPhone 4 Battery Case lets you know instantly how much power is remaining, you choose to charge as much or as little as you like. The universal microUSB connector lets your charge your iPhone and Battery Case from any standard microUSB charger.


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By February 5, 2013 Read More →

Raspberry Pi ‘lite’ version hits the shelves

raspberry-pi Here at Tracy & Matt towers we’ve been using Raspberry Pi’s for a while now, they are a good development platform for hardware controllers etc. Although I still prefer the MBED platform.

The Raspberry Pi has been hugely successful, mainly because its reasonably cheap while still packing a punch when it comes to hardware performance. It can be used for movie streaming and even runs several versions of Linux.

As if the current version was not cheap enough a new lightweight or ‘bare-bones’ version has just gone on sale.

The new Model A has the same CPU and footprint as the B model but has less memory (256MB), no Ethernet and just a single USB socket.

The Model A goes on sale today at a variety of outlets for just £16. If you are looking for something to tinker with for a DIY project they are definitely worth a look!


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By February 5, 2013 Read More →

Sky+ Android app brings remote control

sky+ app The Sky+ app has been available for Android and iOS devices for some time but one feature has been missing from the Android version; remote control.

For those of you that haven’t seen it, the Sky+ app allows you to manage you planner, set up recordings and review the Sky guide. Now, with the update coming today for Android OS devices, you’ll be able to use your mobile device as a full blown remote control for your Sky+ box.

This could be fun for changing the channel when you aren’t even at home! 🙂

Press release below.


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By February 4, 2013 Read More →

Samsung’s new Smart TV Line-up

F8000_001_Front_Black Today Samsung have announced its 2013 Smart TV and AV line-up with some gorgeous looking new models hitting the shelves later this year.

There are some awesome features to be seen, and heard, with the new range including UHD displays and valve amp based speaker systems.

The full press release can be seen below. I cant wait to physically see some of these UHD units!


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By February 4, 2013 Read More →

Countdown to Valentine’s Day: Today only get £10 off the price of a Kindle

image003 Wondering what to get your loved one for Valentines Day? Yes, I just had that panic too with Valentines Day just 10 days away it’s difficult to decide what to get!

Folks at Amazon have an idea for you with £10 off the price of a kindle to try to entice you, that means you can pick one up for just £59!

Full details below.


Countdown to Valentine’s Day: Today only get £10 off the price of a Kindle

10 days to go and still no any idea what to give your loved one for Valentine’s Day?

This Valentine’s Day, Amazon has thought about all the lovebirds that are looking for that special gift, with a great discount. For today only – 10 days before Valentine’s – offers the Kindle for a fabulous price of only £59, leaving you plenty of change for chocolates and flowers.  This great offer starts today, February 4th at 7AM and ends at 10PM.

At only 170 grams, Kindle is Amazon’s lightest e-reader so it can fit easily in a pocket or small handbag. The 6-inch electronic ink display that reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight, with no glare – and lets you download books in 60 seconds with the built-in Wi-Fi. Wherever you are on Valentine’s Day, you and your sweetheart can take your whole library with you, including city guide books, romantic novels and weekend papers.

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By February 4, 2013 Read More →

4G from Three with NO premium

three Thinking of getting a 4G LTE phone or do you have a phone and want to get a 4G SIM? At the moment your only option is to get one from Everything Everywhere, but a 4G SIM and contract from EE carries a premium (we call it the 4G tax).

So if you are thinking of taking the plunge you may want to hold fire for a while before you sign up to that 18 or 24 month contract. The folks over at Three have just announced that they will have 4G LTE capability later this year and that they will be offering the service with NO PREMIUM.

You can see the full press release below.


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By February 3, 2013 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 194: BlackBerry Balls

Web bannerAhem… a new podcast after a *slight* delay due to natural disasters, alien invasion and a severe case of the lazies. Blackberry is the order of the day with new hardware and software analysed, criticised and praised where necessary.
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