Archive for May, 2013

By May 13, 2013 Read More →

Rumours surrounding the Nexus 7 2

nexus-7-3498We have bit of intel from an "analyst" in the mobile industry. As usual, feel free to be sceptical of this news. Supposedly, this analyst was privy to the new specs of the next-generation Google Nexus 7 Android tablet. Here’s what was "revealed,"

  • 7-inch LTPS display with 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) resolution
  • quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (APQ8064)
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • HD front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • 4000mAh battery with Qi wireless charging support
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

These specs are pretty enticing, especially considering the tablet is supposedly going to stay at its original price-point. As you can see, this new version will come sans NVIDIA hardware in the next go-around assuming this rumour turns out to be true. It will also come with an upgraded screen and the Android 4.3 version we have seen rumoured for the past week or so. Finally, it’s also interesting to see the added rear camera and wireless Qi charging support. Overall this new Nexus 7 is turning out to be a hardcore competitor.
As an interesting side note, this story came with some additional intel. Supposedly, Google will sell this device at a loss again when it hits the Google Play Store. Unfortunately we have no idea when that will be, although Google I/O next week should clear that up.

Posted by Gareth

Posted in: Tablets
By May 12, 2013 Read More →

Why buy a 7 year old Mac Mini?

morph31tools I’m sure seeing the title of this post you’ll thinking that there really is no good reason to buy hardware that’s so old, and normally I would agree with you. So why have I just splashed some cash on a 7 year old Mac Mini on eBay?

A few weeks ago I started to clear out some garage space and came across my old Amiga collection. I have an A500+ and an A1200 still. Having spent so much time with them in my youth I simply cannot bring myself to throw them out, they are the main reason I ended up doing what do now.

Seeing these old machines got me thinking.

I knew that the Amiga brand had gone through numerous other companies including Escom in 1994 and Gateway 2000 in 1997. The current trademark owner, Amiga Inc, licences the rights to sell hardware using the Amiga or AmigaOne brand to computer vendors Commodore USA, Eyetech Group, Ltd. and A-Eon Technology CVBA.

Since I last booted up my Amigas, maybe 8 years ago, a couple of AmigaOS 4 systems have been released and most recently, in 2012, A-EON made the AmigaOne X1000.

What has that got to do with an old Mac Mini I hear you ask. Well with a sense of nostalgia I started reading up on the still alive-and-kicking Amiga scene. I came across MorphOS. MorphOS is an Amiga compatible operating system that has been continuously developed since 2008 and the latest version, 3.1 was released less than a year ago. The interesting thing about MorphOS that since version 2.4 in 2009 it has supported G4 Mac Mini’s.

I went on to eBay and found myself a bargain Mac Mini G4 for just under £80. I picked up the last version of the G4 with the 1.5GHz CPU and the 64MB graphics card.

The Mini arrived with OSX Leopard pre-installed but with just 512MB of RAM it ran like a proverbial dog and was pretty much unusable. Not to worry though as I didn’t want it to run OSX.

Having downloaded the trial ISO of MorphOS I booted the Mac from its DVD drive and set about installing MorphOS. The process took about half an hour and was soon ready for its first boot.

This is where it really surprised me. The boot time from cold with MorphOS is about 5 -10 seconds. The OS is blisteringly fast breathing new life in to that old hardware.

There’s good networking support, a webkit browser and mail client as well as various other tools and applications that make MorphOS a completely usable OS. There’s also a whole raft of other applications out there that cover almost every topic and if that not enough, you can still run the majority of Amiga applications on there.

I’m not suggesting for a moment that MorphOS is going to be a contender against the likes of OSX, Windows or Linux but for anyone like me that grew up with their Amiga it’s definitely worth having a play with and is a great lightweight alternative to Linux.

If you have a Mac Mini sitting around then you can bring that box back to life with a usable OS and can download a trial version of MorphOS for free.

Have Fun!

 

Posted by: Matt

The Motorola RAZR i now available from Three and it’s pretty cheap

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The Motorola RAZR i is available for £17 a month with no upfront cost on the Essential Internet 100 plan. It is also available for £20 a month with no upfront cost and offering all-you-can-eat data on the Ultimate Internet 100 plan. Both plans come with a guarantee of no surprise out-of-bundle data charges.

The device is also available on Pay As You Go for £249.99 plus a top up. All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.

The Motorola RAZR i has an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch screen which fits snugly within the phone’s compact design. This vibrant display is protected by aircraft-grade aluminium, a Gorilla® Glass front and even has a splash proof coating, so people won’t need to worry about accidental spills or splashes.
An 8 megapixel camera with dedicated camera button launches the camera in less than a second, even when the phone is on standby. Plus, in burst mode the Motorola RAZR i can take up to 10 shots a second which means it’s even easier to capture the perfect shot.

Posted in: Press Releases

Pick up an iPhone for just 50 pence a day

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Carphone Warehouse is giving customers the opportunity to get their hands on an iPhone for the super value price of 50p a day (£17 a month), making it cheaper than a chocolate bar, pint of milk or bus ticket. This is the first time that an iPhone contract has been available for under £20 a month at Carphone Warehouse, and will allow a new group of customers to get their hands on the premium Apple iPhone 4 handset.

The new tariff, available on Friday 10th May, has been introduced by Carphone Warehouse in response to a growing number of consumers who want smartphones at consistently accessible price points.

Posted in: Press Releases
By May 6, 2013 Read More →

BlackBerry Q10 demo video

blackberry q10 demo The BlackBerry Z10 has now been on sale since the end of January but many die hard fans have been waiting patiently for the Q10 as it sports the traditional hardware QWERTY keyboard that BlackBerry have been so renowned for.

The Q10 made its debut a week ago at Selfridges and I’m pleased to say that of the two thousand SIM free devices they had in stock they sold out! It seems that the Q10 Is off to a flying start.

Running BlackBerry 10.1 the Q10 software is the same as on the Z10 however it’s also the first BlackBerry to have AMOLED display and to get the most out of this many of the apps on the Q10 now have a black theme, such as BBM and the Calendar.

By May 4, 2013 Read More →

Sony Xperia Z Review

Sony Xperia ZSony have been trying their best over the past months since buying the Ericsson half of the company to release smartphones that are capable of competing with the ‘big boys’ as it were. Their issue with that idea though has been timing, what I mean by this is the fact that last year their flagship device was the Xperia T, which they released a long time after HTC’s One X and even the Samsung Galaxy S3 and we all know how good they both were and still are!

So Sony have some ground to make up you could say, well their latest and greatest device is what I have here, the Xperia Z and it is an absolute beast! Both aesthetically and on the hardware side too so maybe 2013 will be the year that Sony can absolutely compete with their considerable competition?

To find out all of the answers that you seek please do read on, but not before watching the Sony Xperia Z unboxing video from Matt, unless you already have of course!

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Samsung Knox approved by department of defense for use in the US Government

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today announced that Samsung Knox-enabled devices have been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for use in DoD networks. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has finished successful testing of Samsung Knox devices.

With the official approval, Samsung Knox-enabled devices, including smartphones and tablets, will be listed as approved products for use by U.S. government and military officials within DoD networks. The DoD security requirement guidelines for mobile operation systems are one of the highest security standards in the world and this marks the first time for Android-powered devices to meet such high security requirements.

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By May 3, 2013 Read More →

Top 5 Apps for Mobile IT Professionals

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There’s never been a more exciting time for IT professionals as they have the means to work effectively wherever they are, thanks to their invaluable ally and constant companion: the smartphone.

Not only do the latest generation of smartphones offer an unparalleled suite of communication tools, the real innovation that has revolutionised working while on-the-go is the apps industry. For every conceivable business task there is a multitude of viable apps to help turn your smartphone or tablet device into a mobile office.

The problem isn’t finding a suitable app for your chosen task; it’s trying to narrow down your choices! With competition in the apps market at an all-time high, there’s usually a bewildering array of available options, whatever you’re looking for.

So check out our list of 5 must-have apps that no self-respecting mobile tech professional should be without:

Posted in: Apps & Games
By May 3, 2013 Read More →

A Nexus 11 coming?

nexus_10_large-full-frontalThere’s a new rumour hitting the web regarding the next generation Nexus Tablet from Samsung. Supposedly, Samsung is working on the Nexus 11, which will actually be an 11-Inch Premium style tablet. We’ve heard mention about this previously, but today we have a few more specs supposedly leaked. Here’s the skinny:

  • 11-inch Super PLS TFT display
  • 8-megapixel rear camera & a 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • A microSD slot
  • Samsung’s Exynos 5 octa-core processor (this was rumored previously)
  • Most likely Android 5.0

What is obviously new about this is the odd 11-inch display. If this intel is accurate, we may be seeing three new Nexus style tablets this year. Earlier rumours suggested a new generation Nexus 10 and Nexus 7. Of course, if Samsung is doing a Nexus 11, it may instead replace the Nexus 10 in the lineup. What do you guys think of a tablet this size?

Posted by: Gareth

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Posted in: Tablets
By May 1, 2013 Read More →

HTC One (retail) unboxing video

htc-one It’s been about six weeks since I first got my hands on the HTC One and I recorded the typical unboxing and demo video.

The unit I unboxed back then was a pre-release unit and although it was final hardware it wasn’t final ROM nor was it in final retail packaging, coming instead in the customary plain white box from HTC.

So for the sake of completeness I thought I would record another video now that I have the retail version in my hands to show what you get if you buy an HTC One on the high street, and also to recap the specs.

If you are looking for a bit more detail please check out the earlier HTC One demo video.

 

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings