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By August 15, 2013 Read More →

Tablets vs. Laptops: The Pros and Cons

With the rise of tablet sales in the market today, there’s an ongoing debate about what type of computing device is better, a tablets or laptops. This year, manufacturers are seeing a huge increase in sales for smart devices, including tablets and smartphones, while laptop sales are declining.

In March, CampusTechnology.com reported that smart devices hit one billion sales. It also projected that by 2014, tablet shipments will surpass portable PC shipments. But does that make the tablet better than the laptop?

This ongoing Tablets vs. Laptops debate means a lot to consumers and helps fuel their decisions when purchasing new devices. So get ready to join the debate and come along on our journey as we explore the pros and cons of both tablets and laptops. After you get a better understanding of each device, you can decide on your own which one wins the debate and claims the title of “The Better Device.”

Tablets

Tablets vs. Laptops

Believe it or not, the history of tablet computers reaches as far back as the 1800s. In 1888, someone had already picked up the patent for an electronic tablet, but it wasn’t until the 1980s when the first companies started using commercial tablets. But wait. Aren’t tablets fairly new?

Although the technology has been around for a long time, 2010 marks the year that they really started becoming popular among consumers. So is it the new popularity that makes them better, or do they really perform better? Let’s take a look.

Pros

Portability: One of the biggest advantages that tablets have over laptops is that they’re more portable. Since they come without a keyboard, they’re easily thinner, and many of the bigger tablets only reach about a 10-inch screen width. With laptops, it’s hard to find devices with a screen smaller than 12 inches. This small size makes them a lot lighter, sometimes less than a pound, and easier to transport. Plus, tablets boast long battery lives, many lasting 10 hours or more with normal use. A good laptop only has about a seven hour battery life.

Function: With portability comes a number of various tablet PC uses. Today, people enjoy the luxury of a tablet’s portability, and they use them in a number of settings. Let’s look at how different people use tablets.

  • Students take handwritten notes in class
  • Designers transfer tablet drawings into software programs
  • Business people take notes during meetings
  • DJs use them during shows to mix music
  • Regular consumers read books straight off the device

Price: Tablets also win over laptops on price. Some tablets start as low as $200 while many sit in the $500 range. The lowest end of laptops start around $300, but you could up pay over $1,000 for a top-of-the-line model.

Cons

Durability: While the small, slim appearance of a tablet aids in its portability, it does little for durability. When compared to laptops, a tablet is much less durable, and because their parts aren’t standardized yet like most laptop computers are, they’re also expensive to repair.

Memory: Compared to a laptop, tablets far fall behind when it comes to memory. Today, tablets only come with 64 GB of memory maximum. Most laptops feature 10 times the memory. With tablets, you have to be more careful about what you store on your device whereas you rarely have to store files externally with a laptop’s massive hard drive.

Laptops

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While it may seem that laptop computers have been around longer than tablets, the history of the portable computer really only dates back to the 1970s. Portable computers have been popular since the 80s, slowly evolving into the fairly compact yet capable devices we have today. Let’s see what makes them great and where their drawbacks lie.

Pros

Multitask Ability: One huge complaint that comes along with tablets is that it’s hard to multitask on them, but you won’t see those complaints with laptops. Laptops make it easy to switch between programs, so you can research online while working on a slide show or word document. Some new laptops even allow you to compare windows side-by-side to help you get things done faster and more efficiently.

Sharp Display: Laptops usually have an advantage to tablets when it comes to a clear display. The average notebook features a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution while some of the top tablets only feature a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.

Accessories: A 2012 survey found that nearly half of consumers prefer a full QWERTY keyboard to touchscreen, number pad, and voice command features on their smartphone. If people love their QWERTY keyboard on their smartphone, think about how much they love their physical keyboard on their laptop compared to the virtual keyboard on a tablet.

Most people would agree that you can type faster and more accurately with a laptop. When it comes to navigating your device, the accessories that come along with a laptop, including the keyboard and the mouse, win out when compared to a tablet, making a laptop a bit easier to use.

Cons

Size: While people generally prefer a bigger screen when working on projects, the whole point of a laptop is to be able to carry it with you and work on-the-go. Compared to tablets, laptops are much less convenient in this aspect. Some laptops weigh up to nine pounds, although some get down to three pounds. Plus, they’re generally a lot wider and thicker, making their size a bit more of an annoyance to carry around.

Longevity: Laptops really don’t last a long time. To begin with, most laptop batteries only last about seven hours, but as you continue using them, that battery life can quickly drop to just a few hours. But it doesn’t end there. Most manufacturers design laptops to only last three to five years before they start having serious issues and you need to replace them.

It’s clear that there are some great benefits and some drawbacks to each, but now that you know what each device has over the other, which one do you think is “The Better Device?”

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By August 14, 2013 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 206: For those of you just joining us…

Web bannerGareth, Matt and Dan are here with another UK update on the mobile front. HTC announce a big mini and Gareth gets excited over Three’s plans.

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By August 13, 2013 Read More →

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite Announced

image001Samsung Mobile UK today announced that customers in the UK can now purchase the ATIV Book 9 Lite from the Samsung Experience Store at Westfield Stratford City and selected retailers, including John Lewis and the Dixons Group. In addition, the ATIV Book 9 Plus will also be available to customers in the UK from the end of August.

Packed full of intelligent features for business travellers, students and those on the move, both devices mean you can consume, create and share content whenever and wherever you are – whether that’s on the commute to work, in a business meeting or on holiday.

Redefining personal computing, the ATIV Book 9 Plus and ATIV Book 9 Lite both boast a sleek and stylish design but also deliver a great performance. Featuring Samsung’s SideSync technology, the new devices allow you to share content between your PC and Samsung smartphone.

Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said: "We’re excited to be bringing our ATIV range to the market and giving our customers that chance to enjoy a new kind of personal computing. At Samsung, our ethos is to provide people with more choice, as well as added convenience so they can stay connected at all times, wherever they are."

The ATIV Book 9 Lite is lightweight, less than an inch thick and features a premium finish. It also has a ten-point Windows 8 touchscreen, a Quad Core Processor and a 128GB SSD. The ATIV Book 9 Plus on the other hand, has a sleek aluminium finish and uni-body design. Featuring a Windows 8 optimised touch screen, you can view documents, photos and videos in the highest quality and benefit from 12 hours battery life so you can browse the web and access content for even longer."

The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus to follow later this month.

Key Specifications:
  • Details: ATIV Book 9 Lite
  • Display Size: 13.3"
  • Resolution: FHD (1920 x 1080) with Windows 8 Optimal resolution of QHD+ (3200 x 1800) with Windows 8.1 when available 1366 x 768 (Touch and non-touch options available)
  • Performance: OS Windows 8
  • Processor: Core i5 ULT Quad Core Processor (up to 1.4 GHz)
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400 Shared
  • Memory: available capacity varies and storage is less due to phone software 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB SSD
  • Camera: 720p HD
  • Battery Life: 12hours, 8.5hours (Non-touch)
  • Dimensions: 319.6×222.9×13.6mm, 324x224x16.9mm (Non-touch)/17.4mm (Touch)
  • Weight: 1.39Kg, 1.44Kg(Non-touch)/ 1.58Kg(Touch)
  • Colour: Ash Black, Black/ White
  • I/O Ports: 2xUSB 3.0, micro HDMI, mini VGA, RJ45 (Dongle), SD, HP/Mic, 3 in 1 Card Reader Slim Security Lock

Post by: Chris

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By August 13, 2013 Read More →

Acer Liquid E2 now available on Three

Acer Liquid E2 The new Acer Liquid E2 is a powerful yet affordable smartphone that is now available on Three. The 3G network is offering the Acer Liquid E2 in white and with no upfront cost if you choose one of the 24 month contract plans. You can choose from the following plans:

  • £17 a month on the Ultimate Internet 100 plan or £20 a month on the Ultimate Internet 500.
  • The One Plan which gives you all-you-can-eat-data, 2000 minutes of talk time and 500 Three to Three minutes, plus 2000 texts, for just £23 a month.

All the above plans are available with all-you-can-eat data.

The device is also available on Three’s new market leading Pay As You Go rates of 3p a minute, 2p a text and 1p a MB of data for £149.99. For even better value, all-you-can-eat data add-ons are also available. ‘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, 3000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.

Sylvia Chind, head of devices at Three, said: “The Liquid E2 is the first smartphone from Acer that we are offering to our customers. This device provides a rich, Android experience and a quad core processor that will give you the performance you need to enjoy the reliability and speed of our network.”

The Acer Liquid E2 also features an instant shutter so you never miss the perfect picture and dual stereo speakers with DTS sound, which turns it into a great little portable stereo. Its large 4.5″ screen is ideal for eBay window shopping or even playing the latest games, such as Minion Rush, following this summer’s blockbuster film. When it’s not in use you can use the phone’s Daydream function to turn the screen into a digital photo frame.

Acer Liquid E2 Key features:

  • Fast 8 megapixel camera with instant shutter and HD video
  • Dual stereo speakers with DTS sound
  • Large 4.5-inch display
  • Daydream function that turns the screen into a digital photo frame

You can find this device and access to all of the above plans here: http://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Devices/Acer/Liquid_E2

To give you a quick glimpse at this new device here is Brendan Arndt from three with a short video:

Acer Liquid E2

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By August 12, 2013 Read More →

HTC Announces ‘Change’ Platform

Envelope HTC have today announced a new brand platform called ‘Change’ this new strategy is designed to move the company forward further than ever before with a special Two year partnership with Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr (that’s cool in itself!) Certainly with this announcement it will bring about a new kind of rivalry between HTC’s biggest competitors because as most of you will know by reading on this site and others that HTC’s One products have severely outshone that of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on design and build quality but hasn’t so9ld nearly as many of their devices due to lack of a decent marketing strategy. Well today that will all change with ‘Change’ (sorry for the awful pun!) It remains to be seen if this new strategy will improve HTC’s fortunes but it’s a positive beginning, mainly because they have the best super hero ever marketing their products! Sorry geek moment there.

See the Press Release below:

 

HTC CHALLENGES STATUS QUO WITH NEW GLOBAL BRAND PLATFORM

‘Change’ marks bold new move by HTC in new brand position

Taipei, Taiwan – 12 August 2013 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today unveiled its most powerful marketing campaign to date. The Change brand platform is a long-term strategy that celebrates HTC’s disruptive impact on the mobile industry over its 17-year history. Ushering in an innovative new approach that will transform the industry, the campaign represents HTC’s largest-ever investment in marketing and will reach consumers through a broad spectrum of traditional and digital media outlets.

To mark the launch of the global platform, a new above-the-line campaign will be rolled out from August 2013. Featuring acclaimed actor and director, Robert Downey Jr., the first ad creative will screen on YouTube on 15th August, to be immediately followed by a series of cinema and TV executions.

Ben Ho, CMO of HTC comments, "HTC’s innovation, authenticity and boldness have made us the change-makers in the mobile industry and led us to launch what influencers regard as the best phone in the world, the HTC One. Our original and playful Change platform is different to anything else out there and aligns our brand with the same qualities our phones are already known for. With this campaign, we are affirming what HTC’s role is in the mobile market which is to define change and to lead the industry in developing the newest and most innovative technologies."

The face behind the Change

Recognised as one of the most popular faces on the big screen, Robert Downey Jr. has signed a two-year deal with HTC. In addition to starring in the ad, he has injected his own style, working closely with HTC’s global agency 171 Worldwide (WWP Group) to shape its creative direction, putting change at the core of HTC’s brand by offering a variety of unique interpretations of the HTC acronym.

Celebrating the change-makers

The brand platform will roll out in three phases with the initial advertising campaign highlighting HTC’s brand with a playful take on what it means to different people. The second phase will feature executions which highlight how HTC innovations-like BlinkFeed, Video Highlights and BoomSound-have changed the face of the mobile industry. The following ad spots will then focus on how HTC products empower individuals to drive change in their own lives.

Changing the media mix

Aligning with the preferences of HTC’s target audience, the ATL campaign will be heavily weighted to cinema, online and digital media. Experiential events in key markets, like the UK, US and Taiwan, will also bring the brand message to life for consumers, who will be able to experience the various creative interpretations of HTC for themselves. Extending the interpretation to consumers, a word randomiser app hosted on HTC.com and promoted via a range of social channels including Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, has also been developed to allow people to identify the most outlandish possible interpretations of HTC, building on the variety of permutations first introduced in the ATL campaign.

About HTC
Founded in 1997, HTC Corp. (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by the HTC Sense® user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.

For more information on HTC BlinkFeed’s content partners, visit the HTC Blog.

Post by: Chris

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By August 11, 2013 Read More →

Portable gaming

portable_gaming If you enjoy playing games at home then no doubt you would enjoy playing them while waiting for a train or bus, fortunately there are many devices that allow you to do this these days.

For example the PS Vita and the Nintendo 3DS are great portable gaming consoles, however phones are also a great option for anyone looking to game on the go. With many innovations in the portable gaming world people are now starting to take these smaller games more seriously, with some of the biggest titles and industry coming out of a possible games consoles such as Mario games and uncharted for the PS Vita the portable gaming industry is no longer a small one.

The great thing about these games consoles is just how much innovation goes into making them as in order to get an interactive and different experience out of the consoles they have thought of many different ways in which you can use the consoles play the games. For example both of the PS Vita and the 3DS have touchscreens that let you control the games as well as tilt sensitive gyroscopes inside. All of this together makes for an interesting and fun gaming experience on the go.

But if you don’t want to put out one of these expensive game consoles then your mobile phone is the tool that you need to play games. If it is a modern smartphone like the Sony Xperia Z then no doubt you have an inbuilt App Store that allows you access to thousands of games instantly. If you don’t however then shops such as Phones4U will be more than helpful in your search for a new phone. Modern smartphones have touchscreen  functionality built straight into them so many game developers use the same techniques on these as they would on the bigger portable gaming consoles.

 

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By August 10, 2013 Read More →

Angry Gran Toss Review

Angry Gran Toss ReviewA rather bizarrely named app, this pretty much hits the nail on the head! I could describe this app in one word; Music.

Angry Gran Toss has literally THE most addictive music in the world. After you’ve played the app this app’s soundtrack will stick with you for the rest of your day, and to be honest, the rest of the week. It’s a strange relationship I found myself having with the music; hating it and yet loving it simultaneously. It’s so frustrating that you want to turn it off and yet it makes the game so much more appealing with it on.

Ok, so we’ve established the music on this game is an experience you must have first-hand. But what about the rest? In this review, we will talk about the graphics, the gameplay and the price.

 

Graphics

clip_image004The graphics are consistent with the tongue-in-cheek vibes that the app chucks out in bucket loads. The characters are all cartoon-based, with changing backgrounds as you fire Gran further and further afield!

It is so common for mobile app games to feature soft graphics, which almost entirely are cartoon based, to make the game feel less intimidating and serious. It allows for casual gamers to just pick up the game and enjoy it rather than having to get stuck into the game to start to get any enjoyment from it.

The character animations are also comical and over exaggerated, for example when Angry Gran hits a walking pedestrian, falls in a skip or hits a mid-air obstacle!

 

Angry Gran Toss Gameplay

So, the gameplay. What is this game about? Well, basically you have an Angry Gran. And you’re aim is to catapult that Angry Gran as far as you can. As Gran travels through the air and gets further away, the background changes to different environments. So you start off in the city, you go to the suburbs and then into the countryside. There are probably more after that, but these are for you to discover!

clip_image006You get given a cannon to start with, in which you need to angle the cannon to get the best firing distance along with getting the power bar at the optimum launch power (which goes up and down quickly so you have to time it right). As Gran flies through the air, there are obstacles which will either hinder or help her progress, and you are equipped with a gun (which in the game feels normal, but now I’m writing this it’s a pretty macabre concept) with which you shoot Gran when she gets too close to the ground to keep her in the air and travelling for longer distances.

You get given a set amount of ammo to do this, and there are mid-air bullet stashes that if Gran hits you get your ammo replenished. These are hard to come by though and I’ve yet to find any skill related way of hitting them.

Other mid-air obstacles such as blimps can propel you further, but others will send you crashing to the ground even quicker.

There are more obstacles on the ground, which can either help or hinder you when you fall. There are skips, which stop Gran dead when she falls in them. Or there are water pipes that when you hit, Gran gets thrown into the air and travels further. You also get more points for causing damage to the telephone boxes and pedestrians.

There is a built-in shop, in which you can purchase upgraded cannons, upgraded guns, perks such as a DaVinci flying machine (that allows Gran to fly further) along with loads of other perks and upgrades that will aid you in getting as far as possible.

 

Price

The app is free. However, you are able to make in-app purchases to upgrade your weapons, cannons and perks quicker than doing it naturally. These vary in price depending on how many coins you buy, but are in line with normal in-app purchase levels. Of £0.99+.

Due to it being a free app, it does feature advertisements. These are only seen on the menu’s and not whilst mid-game. These are quite intrusive adverts and do take up quite a lot of the screen real estate.

 

Conclusion

Overall, this is a highly entertaining game. The music and the light-hearted vibes make the game (and the concept) highly comical and it’s a game that is perfect for just picking up on the go for a quick game, but you can also easily get sucked into a longer session on it!

This app is by Ace Viral, and they have a whole host of other similar apps. For example, Words with Angry Gran, Angry Gran Radioactive Run and Angry Gran Run!

This review was written by Greg Mosley, editor of GTM Mobiles Reviews. Check out his Smartphone blog for Android Game Reviews.

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By August 9, 2013 Read More →

Huawei Ascend P6 unboxing video

Huawei Ascend P6 We’ve reviewed a variety of Huawei smartphones in the past and I’m pleased to see that the build quality and design of the phones is improving nicely. In fact, the latest Ascent P6 is a fine example of what Huawei can achieve when they want to, with clean lines and minimalist design perhaps the most striking thing about the P6 is that it measures just 6.18mm thick!

Huawei have managed to achieve this thin design without compromising the the specification. In fact you’ll find a quad-core 1.5HGz CPU, 2GB RAM and 8 megapixel camera all stuffed in there.

In the video below you’ll get to see the Huawei Ascend P6 unboxed as well as a demo of some of the features followed by a benchmark. Our review will follow soon.

By August 8, 2013 Read More →

The UK Rural Broadband Initiative – How Fast will it get Here?

clip_image002In July 2013, the National Audit Office (NAO) reported that the UK Government’s plan to roll out its “Rural Broadband Programme” was likely to miss its 90% coverage target by nearly 2 years. May 2015 is that target date and the 90% coverage applies to a speed objective of at least 24 megabits per second (Mbps). The remaining geography is planned to be able to connect at 2 Mbps or better. Specific wording of the NAO report’s key facts indicates a revised March 2017 date for completion of the programme.

Other aspects of the project highlighted as not up to speed included the aspect of fair competition as, so far, there has been a monopoly on the business being awarded to provide the infrastructure. To date 26 of the 44 local projects have reached that particular milestone. Additionally the local rural residents’ feedback on the progress is reported as “poor” – although with a government run project, perhaps eliciting feedback and hoping for something positive might be a long shot.

Purpose

One of the driving factors behind the programme, officially referred to as “The Rural Broadband Programme”, is that of business growth – it is recognised that superfast broadband access is essential for the UK economy to recover from the current recession. The global business world is reaching into the corners of the globe and being run out of small corners of the country, including more and more home run businesses. Comprehensive superfast broadband coverage is considered the catalyst for world class communications and thus world class services.

In the UK, as expected, a large proportion of the rural landscape is centred on the farming industry. Already under pressure from large supermarket chains in terms of competing in the modern world, this sector contributes to approximately 20% of the British economy.

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Businesses need to be run from far afield

The aim to create “The best superfast broadband network in Europe” already has a pretty good head start, with the UK having a high 70 plus per cent broadband coverage at the initiation of the programme in December 2010. This figure was ahead of Euro-business heavyweight Germany, the United States and even Japan. The UK does have a wide and competitive selection of internet service organisations fuelling our need -this is the website of UK broadband provider TalkTalk.

Implementation

Delivery of the programme is the responsibility of a specific unit, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) – which is itself an entity within The Department for Culture, Media & Sport. This organisation essentially administers grant funding to the local body handling the rural area’s infrastructure build, which then receives support in providing the coverage. This assistance includes a contract framework for use by the local authorities which also includes safeguard assurances with the objectives of addressing:

1. Processes for the procurement of potential suppliers – intending to promote healthy competition.

2. Some assertion that the bidding cycle will be reduced risk by means of a call-off procedure.

3. The provision of mechanisms for in-life contracts as this is the phase where ultimately the initial expenditure needs to be returned.

This strategy of assisting funding and providing “support” allows the implementation to be technology-neutral, as the reliance on and re-use of existing infrastructure and differences in geographical challenges means there isn’t a one size fits all solution. It is thus envisaged that a blend of fixed wireless, satellite or cable may be required. It is hoped that a healthy dose of fibre optic cable will be used further into the outlying rural network although the Fibre To the Cabinet (FTTC) and Fibre To The Home (FTTH) solutions will have to be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Despite the previous seemingly impressive figures for the UK’s broadband capabilities, the download speed compared to Europe is far from the gold medal placing due to the legacy copper metal construction.

Funding

Nothing comes for free, even if it comes really slowly, and the need to help out the remote but vital areas of the economy is in conflict with the business cases for those providing this infrastructure. The numbers make sense in the more densely populated regions – where the subscriptions more quickly make up the initial outlay – but this is not commercially viable in the isolated towns, villages, hamlets, farmsteads and smaller communities.

For this reason some incentive in terms of finance was required and a government subsidy to stimulate the commercial activity which has until now been absent.

The government has set aside £530 million of public money for this rural broadband programme and this funding was approved by the EU in November 2012. When an application for a grant is accepted, the local body is usually required to match the grant, but with an option to pay more in return for a superior level of coverage. This money is then available for the winning telco to use to complete the work.

At the outset of the programme 44 areas were identified as being in need of assistance, some quite large – Scotland and Wales – and others at county level size. The funding allocation model was not just a measure of area, but considered other factors and as of July 2013 £462 million had been assigned.

Timeline

Referring to the original milestone target of May 2015, the delay in roll-out is partly because of an extended period of negotiation with the EU, which was required under the State Aid Rules for this nature of government funding, that took 6 months longer than planned. There has been an official revision in timing and definition of the milestone: with “securing delivery by December 2016” and expecting the actual reach to be 4.6 million premises in total by March 2017. Additionally, a slight shift in the coverage statistics is anticipated, with an increased figure of 92 per cent of premises in areas covered by the Programme having access to superfast broadband, although with four of the 44 local areas now falling short of the target 90%.

The Final 10 Percent

Once the programme is complete to whatever definition finally evolves, it is clear that around 10% of the country will still be in the slow lane. This is already prompting local community groups to come up with imaginative solutions – in the form of sort of hi-tech neighbourhood watch teams.

One such example Lancashire co-operative is B4RN – BB for the Rural North – whose members are taking matters into their own hands with 3.5m funded by share issue. Once operational, the broadband connection subscriptions will eventually cover the costs. This project was featured recently in a BBC Countryfile broadcast.

The Future

This ambitious project was never going to be a walk in the park (or the woods, fields or farmland). Even the local wildlife seems opposed to their natural habitat being information superhighwayed – badger setts in the way of broadband rollout. However, those of us living in the connected areas must understand what an advantage this provides whether for business or pleasure – it’s nice to visit the country to get away from it all, but there are occasions when communication is essential.

Related government projects are underway to likewise improve the quality and coverage of mobile phone voice and data services (the Mobile Infrastructure Project) and create super-connected cities.

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A super-connected vision of the future

The average speed of UK broadband at home recently hit double figures at 12Mbps and many are in the position to further upgrade their packages to 30Mbps and beyond. Hopefully the rural areas won’t be running hard just to standstill or worse still continue to be left behind.

What’s clear is that the landscape is changing on an almost daily basis and there could be more to add to this superfast broad-brush resume of the superfast broadband situation very soon.

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By August 8, 2013 Read More →

Super sized LG G2 hitting Three

displaymediaThe new LG G2 coming soon to Three. Equipped with the latest cutting edge technology and design, the new LG G2 handset is coming soon to Three.

This high-end device includes a useful rear button which allows people to quick-launch applications in seconds, make volume adjustments or lock the screen. It also delivers sharp, crystal clear images even in dark or shaky conditions, thanks to its 13 megapixel camera and Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS). Once you’ve captured your image, you can then utilise the rear button to open up SnapChat and easily share your pictures via Three’s reliable network.

The speedy, slim line and compact LG G2, boasts a 5.2″ HD screen with a best in-class battery capacity. Coupled with Three’s all-you-can-eat data, this smartphone is perfect for catching up on the latest YouTube videos or watching your favourite programmes on BBC iPlayer, without the worry of encountering hefty out-of-bundle data charges.

Sylvia Chind, head of devices at Three, said: “LG has created a true powerhouse smartphone in the G2 that combines their technological expertise from design through to features. We believe this phone will encourage greater use of more demanding data applications which makes Three the perfect partner.”

Key features:

  • 5.2″ Full HD IPS display with narrow bezel
  • Stunning 13MP Optical Image Stabiliser Camera
  • Large 3000 mAh capacity battery
  • 2.3 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • Instinctive design and innovative rear control button
  • Available in black or white

 

Posted by: Gareth

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