Archive for September, 2013

By September 10, 2013 Read More →

Sony Xperia Z Ultra now available on Three

Sony_Xperia_Z_Ultra4_small With Sony’s largest HD smartphone screen yet, at 6.4″, the lightweight Sony XperiaT Z Ultra smartphone on Three is perfect for those that want to enjoy entertainment on the move and is available now from Three stores.

The Sony XperiaT Z Ultra is 4G ready and when Three rolls out its 4G network, a simple, free software upgrade will mean the speedier technology will be available to customers at no extra cost.

Three is offering the Sony XperiaT Z Ultra with an upfront cost of £99 on a 24 month contract plan. Choose from £34 a month for the Ultimate Internet 500 or £36 a month for the Ultimate Internet 1000 which are both available with all-you-can-eat data. Otherwise for £38 a month you can opt for The One Plan that includes all-you-can-eat-data, 2000 minutes of talk time and 5000 Three to Three minutes, plus 5000 texts.

Sylvia Chind, head of devices at Three, said: “The Sony XperiaT Z Ultra is an exciting addition to our growing range of 4G Ready devices. Its stunning screen and suitability for watching movies or playing games means you can make full use of Three’s all-you-can-eat data plans and enjoy an immersive entertainment experience without being tied to your living room.”

The hardwearing device is dust resistant and *waterproof and you can even write or draw on the screen using any stylus or pencil allowing you to watch, read, write and play anytime and anywhere.
The Sony XperiaT Z Ultra will also be available to order online from October 18 at www.three.co.uk.

 

Key features:

  • 6.4 inch Full HD TriluminosT display to maximise the viewing experience in stunning clarity
  • Thin and lightweight
  • *Waterproof and dust resistant
  • 8MP HDR camera with Exmor RS sensor
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By September 9, 2013 Read More →

Sports Fans Go Mobile

MobileSport If you have a mobile phone or an iPad or other connected device, you must have used it to check on the progress of your team online. There are a number of great apps that you can get on your phone that can help you keep up to date with all the latest goings on from the world of your favourite sport.

Sports fans who can’t watch the game, match or tournament would do well to download the BBC iPlayer Radio app. Unlike the BBC Sports app which is little more than a mobile-friendly version of the website, you can use this app to listen to sporting events such as the Ashes lives on your mobile on Radio 5 Live or Sports Extra while you work or while you are on the move. The app is easy to use, and you can programme in alerts so you don’t miss your favourite games.

If you don’t subscribe to Sky but want to see some of the games, then the Sky Sports TV app is for you. The app itself is free and you can subscribe to the sky sports channels, including the four Sky Sports channels, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports News and Sky News for only £4.99 per month plus VAT. You’ll have to watch over a WiFi connection to make sure you don’t rack up some really high bills though.

If it’s the thrills and spills of Formula One for you, then the F1 2013 Timing app is the one. At £19.99 the price is quite high, but if you are a dedicated fan then this app is totally worth it. There’s so much more information to see from 3D driver tracking which lets you see who is where on the track. Additionally, there are also lap times, info on the cars and tyres, control messages, text commentary live and more.

When it comes to betting on your favourite sports, there is a move from the bookies to the computer, and now with the increase in the number of people using mobile phones, onto mobile. You can check all the latest odds at Freebets.org on your tablet or phone while you watch the game and download the appropriate app that will get you the biggest payout.

With apps from William Hill, Betfred and all of the other bookies, you can be sure that you will be able to place your bets and win big.

If you love sports, but struggle to find people to watch them with, you should download Fanatic. This social sports app lets you find out where you can watch your favourite team, and lets you chat with fellow fans and arrange meetups in venues showing the match.

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By September 8, 2013 Read More →

The MeMo 8 and 10 are coming soon

asus-memopad-10Here’s the scoop on the other new Android tablets that Asus announced at IFA this year. They revealed their next-generation MeMo 8 and MeMo 10 tablets. Here’s a quote from their press release with the specs.

ASUS today announced two new affordable Android tablets, the MeMO Pad 8 and MeMO Pad 10, with an 8-inch and 10-inch screen, respectively. Both tablets feature a 1280 x 800 resolution, a quad-core processor and microSD card storage.
Designed for easy one-handed use, ASUS MeMO PadT 8 measures just 127mm from side to side and weighs only 350g, yet packs an 8-inch display that gives 30% more screen space than a 7-inch tablet. ASUS MeMO PadT 10 is equally portable, at just 522g.
Vibrant IPS displays and ASUS SonicMaster-enhanced sound
ASUS MeMO Pad 8 (ME180A) and MeMO Pad 10 (ME102A) both feature an LED-backlit display with a 1280 x 800 resolution and IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology for a bright and vibrant image, with wide viewing angles and great daylight visibility. High-quality dual speakers with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology give great sound quality, too.
MeMO Pad 8 also features a rear 5-megapixel camera that captures great quality photos, while MeMO Pad 10 features a 2-megapixel rear camera. Both models also capture 720p HD video and have a 1.2-megapixel front camera for video chat.
Powered by 1.6GHz quad-core processors for a perfect balance of multi-tasking performance and energy efficiency, MeMO Pad 8 has up to nine hours battery life with HD video playback and MeMO Pad 10 up to 9.5 hours. MeMO Pad 8 has 8GB of onboard storage, while MeMO Pad 10 has 8GB or 16GB. Both models also feature a microSDXC card slot. As we can see, the Transformer Pad Infinity isn’t the only Asus tablet to up the ante. Asus didn’t share any details on pricing or availability for these two tabs just yet, but that should be forthcoming fairly soon. These two tabs are likely designed to cover the mid-range and budget-friendly market segments.

Posted by: Gareth

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By September 6, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Podcast 02: The Computer Game

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.

This week we talk about IBM’s first Ddisk storage unit, eBay’s formation and what HTC were up to this dau in 2006.

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By September 5, 2013 Read More →

Asus Transformer announcement coming

transformer-pad-tease-for-sept4It looks like September 4th just got even busier for big tech announcements. Not only are both Sony and Samsung holding big press events that day, Asus will be reveal something in the realm of the Android tablet. Asus just this weekend teased a new Android tablet will be announced on September 4th. They didn’t use that date specifically, but their teaser indicates something big will be coming in four days and they sent the announcement out on the 31st of August.

From the pic it is safe to say this is a new Transformer Pad, and although no details were shared other than the countdown, it’s a good bet that it will have a Tegra 4 chip in it, due to Asus’ close ties to NVIDIA. It’s worth noting that a previously unknown Asus tablet made its way through the FCC just a couple of weeks ago.

Posted by: Gareth

 

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By September 5, 2013 Read More →

ZTE Blade V for Virgin

ZTE Blade VToday, ZTE and Virgin Media introduced the 4” ZTE Blade V in the UK, ZTE’s most competitive smartphone yet. The ZTE Blade V is available to purchase in store from the 4th September, and online shortly after, only from Virgin Media from £71.99 PAYG.

Read on for the press release.

 

Posted in: Phones
By September 4, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Pickups 04-09-13

StillGareth’s pick ups from the last week include one semi-rare beat ’em up on a forgotten console and one of the Holy Grail collectors items for a handheld. Warning: If you are a collector you might be a little jealous.

 

Retro Tech Pickups

 

 

Posted by: Gareth

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By September 4, 2013 Read More →

A new Kindle for the hardcore reader

ScreenClipIt looks like Amazon have been p[using the boundaries of e-paper once again with a new display technology that promises big things for your reading experience. Continuing at the typical wallet friendly price the new Kindle looks to enhance the experience for reads without all the bloat of the typical tablet. Read on for the press release

 

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By September 3, 2013 Read More →

Kitkat is 4.4

Android-KitKatIt looks like Google was pulling some "sleight of hand" on us. Not only did we think the next iteration of Android was going to be Android 5.0, but was also won’t be called Key Lime Pie! According to Sundar Pichai himself, the next version of Android will actually be version 4.4 and shall be called "KitKat" instead of Key Lime Pie. Was it not the Android team themselves  referring to the next Android as Key Lime Pie?

Apparently, after reflecting on this, the folks at Google believe that not enough people know what "Key Lime Pie" is. They decided that a KitKat, which is a bit more universally recognised, would be a better dessert to choose for the next Android codename. John Lagerling, the director of Android partnerships said, "very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie." He added that the company "decided to reach out to the Nestle folks." An agreement was reached allowing Google’s Andy the Android to use the KitKat name although it’s "not a money-changing-hands kind of deal." A new chocolatey version of Android depiction is breaking onto the net as you read this.

Posted by: Gareth

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By September 3, 2013 Read More →

HTC announce the Desire 601 and Desire 300 plus some sweet accessories

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HTC have unleashed a selection of new treats for us this week – both smartphone and accessories.

There’s been much speculation about a bigger and better addition to the One series but if that’s coming it isn’t right now. The two devices that have been announced are mid to lower end but HTC are offering some great specs and larger screens for this segment of the market.

I was lucky enough to go hands on with the phones last week and although not top of the range they are still quite glorious. The Desire 601 in particular resembles the HTC One X in many ways and for a mid range device its sporting a 4.5 inch qHD display which is pretty big for its target audiance. Build quality doesn’t seem to have suffered either, which should give some of the other Android manufactures something to compete with.

Prices are not yet confirmed and as usual will be carrier dependant, however, I’m pretty certain these ones will be flying off the shelves if priced competitively – which I’m sure they will be.

 

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HTC Desire 601

HTC Desire 601 Specifications:

  • SIZE: 134.5 x 66.7 x 9.88mm
  • WEIGHT: 130 grams
  • DISPLAY: 4.5" qHD
  • CPU SPEED: Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 400, dual-core, 1.4GHz
  • PLATFORM: Android with HTC Sense & HTC BlinkFeed
  • Memory – Total storage: 8GB, RAM: 1GB, Expansion card slot: Supports microSD memory card for up to 64GB additional storage (card not included)
  • Network: 2G/ 2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G/ 3.5G – UMTS/ HSPA: EMEA: 900/1900/2100MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps, 4G – LTE: EMEA: 800/900/1800/2600 MHz
  • MicroSIM
  • SENSORS: Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
  • Audio supported formats:Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3,.wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9), Recording: .amr
  • Video supported formats:Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows), Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3) Recording: .mp4
  • BATTERY: Capacity: 2100 mAh, Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
  • Talk time: Up to 12.8 hours for 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 440 hours for 3G
  • GPS – GPS/AGPS + GLONASS
  • CONNECTIVITY: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptXTM enabled,  Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from
    the phone to a compatible TV or computer, HTC Connect
  • SOUND ENHANCEMENT: HTC BoomSound,  Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers, Sense Voice
  • CAMERA: 5 MP Auto Focus Camera,  BSI sensor, Pixel size 1.4 ?m, Sensor size 1/4"" ? HTC Image Chip, Continuous shooting and VideoPic,  F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens, Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject, 1080p video recording, Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback, VGA front camera, Front Camera: VGA Camcorder encoding, HTC Zoe with Sequence Shot, Always Smile and Object Removal, Gallery with Video Highlights and HTC Share

 

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HTC Desire 300

HTC Desire 300 Specifications:

  • SIZE: 131.78 x 66.23 x 10.12mm
  • WEIGHT: 120 g
  • DISPLAY: 4.3-inch WVGA
  • Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM S4, dual-core, 1GHz
  • PLATFORM: Android with HTC Sense, HTC BlinkFeed
  • MEMORY: Total storage: 4GB, RAM: 512MB, Expansion card slot: supports microSD, memory card for up to 64GB additional storage (card not included)
  • microSIM
  • SENSORS: Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
  • CONNECTIVITY: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack,  Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • CAMERA: 5 MP main camera with auto focus, F/2.8 aperture and 34 mm lens, WVGA video recording, VGA front camera
  • Audio supported formats:Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9) ? Recording: .amr
  • Video supported formats:Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3), Recording: .mp4
  • BATTERY: Capacity: 1650 mAh, Removable rechargeable Li-polymer battery
  • Talk time:: Up to 11 hours for 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 625 hours for 3G

London, 3 September 2013 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced the addition of the HTC Desire 601 and HTC Desire 300, to its popular smartphone family enabling consumers to enjoy a premium experience at any price point. Changing the face of the mid-range, the HTC Desire 601 introduces LTE speeds and innovative features from the flagship One family, including HTC Zoe with Video Highlights and HTC BoomSound. Setting a new standard for entry- level smartphones, the HTC Desire 300 offers a powerful, large-screen browsing experience and HTC BlinkFeed.

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In addition to extending its range of affordable Desire smartphones, HTC is also bringing new choice and performance enhancements to its acclaimed HTC One family. HTC BoomBass, a Bluetooth subwoofer, combines with the One family’s HTC BoomSound to offer a fully-immersive audio experience like no other. A new ‘Vivid Blue’ HTC One and One mini also introduce a bold new option for those who want a handset that stands out from the crowd.

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The Vivid Blue HTC One

“For the last 17 years HTC has challenged the mobile industry to develop innovations that change the way in which people use their mobile phone. Now we’re not only changing the way people view the mid-range and entry-level market but setting the bar even higher when it comes to our premium devices and capabilities,” commented Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “We are committed to offering the most innovative portfolio of products on the market. Our Desire family has become synonymous with affordable quality. Offering some of the most advanced capabilities of any smartphone, these phones truly represent premium quality in a more affordable price bracket.”

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HTC BoomBass

The HTC Desire 601 comes complete with many of the features that have led the HTC One to be crowned the best phone in the world. HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe with Video Highlights and HTC BoomSound make this the most advanced mid-range smartphone available on the market today.
The rear-facing 5MP camera captures HTC Zoes, bringing images to life in three-second videos. The simple editing capabilities of HTC Zoe support advanced features such as Sequence Shot, Always Smile and Object Removal, making it easy to achieve incredible results with minimal effort.
Video Highlights takes the camera experience to the next level by creating highlight reels displayed on the HTC Desire’s 601’s 4.5" qHD screen. Accompanied by a range of pre-set themes for a more personal memory, these stunning 30-second video montages are simple to create and instantly sharable.
Superfast streaming, sharing and browsing

The HTC Desire 601 combines a Qualcomm® Snapdragon 400, dual-core, 1.4GHz processor and LTE connectivity to enable superfast HD video and music streaming with no compromise on quality. Changing the way you experience media on the go, dual, front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers join with the large screen to create a completely immersive audiovisual experience. Delivering richer, sharper tones, the raw power of the speakers lets you take the “big screen, big sound” home entertainment experience with you, wherever you go.

The HTC Desire 300 enhances the entry-level browsing experience with HTC BlinkFeed making personal and up-to-date content and social media updates available instantly on your home screen. Its stunning 4.3″, full lamination display is perfect for reading your customised HTC BlinkFeed updates, watching videos, viewing photos and surfing the web, whilst the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM dual-core, 1GHz processor means that you’ll never be short on performance.
Boosting the bass for HTC One

In the HTC One, HTC redefined the smartphone sound experience with HTC BoomSound and has now raised the bar again with the introduction of a new accessory for the HTC One family. HTC BoomBass, a compact, Bluetooth-enabled subwoofer with a dedicated amplifier, provides clearer, more powerful bass when combined with the HTC One family’s BoomSound. The subwoofer enables HTC BoomSound’s speakers to produce enhanced quality of lower range frequencies so, no matter what music you’re playing or video you’re watching, you are guaranteed immense and exceptional sound that can travel with you.

The new HTC Desire 601 will be available with mobile operators and major retailers in select markets across EMEA from September 2013. The HTC Desire 300 will be available in select markets from October 2013.

The new Vivid Blue HTC One models will be available in select markets from Q4 2013 and HTC BoomBass will be available from the HTC Accessory Store from mid October 2013.

Also recently added to HTC’s spectrum of accessories are the HTC Fetch and Mini+, both of which are pretty darn sweet.

 

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HTC Fetch

If you’re tired of losing your phone or leaving it behind, the HTC Fetch is your solution. Just press the button and the sleek, compact keychain device activates your phone’s ringtone within 15 meters*. Pair it with your phone and you’ll get a warning beep if you leave it behind. If you lose both, a convenient map location feature lets you know where your HTC Fetch and phone were last together.

 

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HTC Mini+

Multi-tasking solutions for everyone: take calls while using your phone to surf online, watch videos or play games. Instant notifications of texts, events, and emails ensure you won’t miss a thing. Hands-free remote camera control lets you take pictures from your phone at a distance. It even doubles as a TV remote control, and pairs with select HTC devices to operate multimedia streaming through your HTC Media Link HD. Built-in laser pointer and slideshow remote control capability give your presentations a professional polish. Use your HTC smartphone like never before with the HTC Mini+.

Not a bad range of goodies don’t you think? While we wait for the next flagship it’s great to see HTC not forgetting about the consumers that don’t need the biggest and the best smartphone.

 

Posted by: James

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