Archive for July, 2013

By July 19, 2013 Read More →

Images of the Nexus 7 2 surface

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Last night, some pictures and a video leaked of the next-generation Google Nexus 7 Android tablet appeared on AndroidCentral. This particular version of the device is labeled, ME571K_PR1_SKU2.

Here’s a list of specs that came along with this leak,

  • 7-Inch LCD display (unnamed resolution at this time)
  • 4 gigabytes of DDR3L RAM (although the final shipping version may only be 2GB – this is unconfirmed at this time)
  • 1.2-megapixel camera on the front, and 5-megapixel camera on the back
  • Dual speakers
  • Android 4.3
  • 32GB and 64Gb storage

These specs seem pretty impressive, especially if it ends up keeping 4GB of RAM. We will keep a close eye on this, but in the mean-time enjoy the video:

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By July 18, 2013 Read More →

HTC announce the One mini

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HTC have today officially announced the HTC One mini – bringing a smaller brother from the HTC One to the market. I was lucky enough to go hands on with the new handset recently and what a beauty it is. Specs wise, it may be lacking in a few places compared to the flagship device, but size wise I actually prefer the One mini. It just feels the right size for me.

In terms of pricing things are not yet confirmed but imagine the HTC One on a 24 month contract and then drop two price tiers. That is where this one will sit – so I am told by HTC.

Design wise the HTC One mini mimics its big brother being made from a single piece of aluminum and has the same robust feel to it. With a 4.3 inch display the mini may well appeal to a larger market of average consumers. Powered by a dual core processor as opposed to quad core on the HTC One this thing is still a speedy little son of a gun. The camera on the One mini is the same as the One so potential buyers will have piece of mind that they can get some quality photographs and video from the device.

Some sweet accessories will also be available for the One mini – there are a selection of different coloured flip style cases as well as a rather nice windscreen mount for in the car.

You can view the full specs/press release along with some photos below:

Posted in: Press Releases
By July 17, 2013 Read More →

Samsung 4K displays now available in the UK

samsung4k Fancy getting your hands on a new 4K UHD display? Well you now can thanks to Samsung releasing their 55″ and 65″ 4K screens.

Full press release follows but we’re hoping they’ll be sending us one to review! 🙂

Samsung Electronics Co. UK Ltd, the UK’s number one TV brand with the most awarded TV range has today revealed that its 55 and 65-inch UHD F9000 TVs will be available to buy in the UK in July.

Offering four times the resolution of current full HD TVs, the availability of the new 55- and 65-inch UHD TVs comes after the UK launch of the 85-inch S9 UHD 4K TV in April 2013. Samsung’s unparalleled reputation in picture quality, functionality and design is seen across the series, as it continues to strengthen its leadership in the UHD market with various sized TVs.

Samsung’s expanding 2013 UHD TV range delivers superior picture quality. These Ultra High Definition 4K  55″ and 65″ TV’s produce the brightest, clearest images with four times the detail of Full HD to deliver a truly immersive viewing experience. Driven by the Samsung Quadmatic Picture Engine they deliver superior contrast, brightness and detail. Precision Black combined with Samsung’s unique Micro Dimming technology provides deeper blacks, purer whites and enhanced colour and detail to every image, while the proprietary UHD panel displays amazingly bright and vivid pictures. Powered by Quad core processing even SD and HD content  is transformed by the 4 step up-scaling technology to produce stunningly sharp images on these UHD screens, so you can continue to enjoy all your favourite TV shows and movies.

Samsung’s latest UHD TVs feature a host of different functions, including: 

  • Future Ready UHD TV: Smart Evolution technology completely reengineers the TV, allowing viewers to  experience the latest Samsung technology and features and can be updated to the latest UHD standards
  • Smart viewing: Samsung’s built-in S Recommendation with voice interaction technology means viewers can more quickly and easily search and find content and get recommendations based on their previous viewings and ratings. They can also now control their TV using everyday language and search for content by actor, title or genre via Samsung’s proprietary voice interaction technology
  • Captivating sound: The powerful 70W Speaker output, combined with the DTS Premium Sound 5.1 capability, provides an immersive simulated surround sound experience, creating a cinematic environment right in your own living room

Pricing:

The UE55F9000 has an RRP £3999.99 and the UE65F9000 an RRP of £5999.99.

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By July 16, 2013 Read More →

Nokia Lumia 920 Flash Sale

nokia-lumia-920-yellow News here from eXpansys. They’ve just announced a sale on the popular Nokia Lumia 920 and you can now get all 4 colour versions of the Nokia Lumia 920 for just £329.99 SIM Free (inc delivery) – a saving of £100

They are also all available with 0% interest free credit – only £26.40/month (+20% deposit)

http://www.expansys.com/nokia-lumia-920-flash-sale/

The offer runs until Monday 22nd July and has limited stock – so when they’re gone, they’re gone!

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Phones
By July 14, 2013 Read More →

Unleash your inner geek with HTC

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July 13th marks international “Embrace Your Geekness Day” and the chance to celebrate that little bit of techy geekiness inside us all.  HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has put together the top “geek” facts on its game-changing HTC One so users can learn how to take advantage of the handset’s unique design, specification and features.

HTC One top “quirky facts:

· The phone weighs 143g – the same as around three lemons or a baked potato

· You would need to lay down more than 45 million HTC Ones to match the distance between London and New York, 65 million to reach Sydney from Shanghai, and 60 million from Tokyo  to Moscow

· The HTC One is made out of one sheet of metal (aluminium) – the most abundant metallic element in the Earth’s crust

· The handset has won 37 awards to date, way more Oscars than Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis put together

 

Posted by: James

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By July 13, 2013 Read More →

What’s New (and Improved) on the PS4?

arcade If you thought the PS3 could do everything, just wait until the PS4 comes out later this year. However, if you were hoping that the PS4 would be able to make you coffee and do your taxes, you may have to wait for the PS5 for that. The PS4 introduces some cool new features like improved controllers, social sharing, facial recognition technology and the ability to stream games using cloud technology-not to mention that the PS4’s CPU is discernibly more powerful than the PS3’s. Let’s take an in-depth look at some of these new improvements.

Improved Hardware

Although the leap in graphics from the PS3 to the PS4 isn’t as big as the one we saw from the PS2 to the PS3, it is still significant enough that hardcore gamers will be impressed by the improvement, according to the Los Angeles Times. What stands out on the PS4 is the 8 GB unified memory and a GPU that has 18 processing clusters with 64 cores each. This means faster response time and increased parallel computing power.

DualShock 4 Controllers

The new controllers are fitted with motion sensors, and the PS4’s new camera will be able to track each attached controller with pinpoint accuracy. The controllers also have a high-resolution touchpad. If that isn’t enough, the controller also features a share button. Since the PS4 automatically records the previous several minutes of your game, you can simply push this button and share those recordings with your friends.

Playstation Move

If you have been waiting for facial recognition capability from a game system, you won’t have to wait much longer. The new Playstation Move will track the light bar on your controller and then identify your face to your game avatar. The new Move will also have two dual-color cameras, a three-axis tilt sensor and four wide-baseline microphones. It is not yet known whether the PS4 will launch alongside the new Move controllers and Eye Camera or if it will be a console upgrade that updates the current camera and sensors, as explained on TechRadar.com.

Sony’s Cloud and Streaming Games

Unfortunately, the PS4 will not have backwards compatibility for PS3 games, or PS2 games and PS1 games for that matter. However, the Official Playstation Magazine – UK stated that GaiKai (a cloud technology provider that Sony acquired in 2012) is claiming that after the PS4 is released, we are likely to see PS1, PS2 and PS3 games be made available through the Playstation Network. So eventually, every game on every PlayStation could be available via the cloud.

Of course, identity theft is still on the rise and there is always the possibility that the PSN could be hacked like it was back in 2011. So if you’re afraid of having your identity stolen, take the advice of an article published in the USA Today and get an identity theft monitoring service like Life Lock in addition to making your password more unique and trickier to crack.

Confirmed Games

It’s easy to get caught up in all the new game console features and forget about the actual games. If you don’t like the games you are playing, what good does an expensive game console really do you? The good news though is that Playstation does have a pretty awesome list of games debuting with the PS4. Some highly anticipated game releases include Diablo III, Knack, Assassin’s Creed 4, Infamous: Second Son, and Killzone: Shadow Fall among others.

Posted in: Editorial
By July 12, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Podcast -6: Release to Manufacture

RTA Logo MTAGareth and Matt enjoy a warm and fuzzy recollection of days gone by in this the latest instalment of the Retro Tech Addicts podcast.

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By July 11, 2013 Read More →

The Nokia Lumia 1020 arrives

models_465Today the Nokia Lumia 1020 was announced in New York notable for Nokia’s massive 41-megapixel sensor and optical image stabilisation (OIS) the likes of which we saw on the Nokia Pureview 808 last year. The Lumia 1020 is said to combine unmatched picture detail and quality with an effortless capture, edit and sharing features. Nokia Pro Camera takes over as the default camera app on the Lumia 1020.

A truly impressive addition to the Windows Phone 8 line, this could really be the device to make some noise. Have a read at some of the specs and take a gander at the video below. he 1020 will launch in the US first on 26 July. It will launch in Europe shortly after on an undisclosed date.

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By July 11, 2013 Read More →

The Television Revolution Continues

TV Wikipedia-rfSatellite television revolutionised viewing opportunities; live events beamed around the world became common place.  The Internet followed and these two factors have ensured that the revolution has continued. Everyone can get access to information and entertainment day or night.

Sport value

One of the major beneficiaries has been sport and its stars have suddenly found their incomes multiply out of all proportion because the major stars can expect earnings from business that wants to reach the consumer.
The value of sports clubs has risen dramatically as business has diverted its promotional budget towards popular sport and its stars. What better way to persuade consumers of the quality of their products, whether luxury or everyday than to get them associated with world sports stars in soccer, golf, tennis and beyond?
Marketing strategists understand that a prominent logo on clothing sends a positive message to the audience that for major competition can be spread right around the world.

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By July 10, 2013 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 205: MEGA

Web bannerGareth, Matt and Dan are here with another UK update on the mobile front. HTC suffer, Samsung enlarge, Three rule, Nokia release and HP update.

Featuring Gareth, Dan and Matt

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