Archive for January, 2014

By January 19, 2014 Read More →

The ZTE Blade Q Mini

ZTE Blade Q Mini ZTE and Virgin Media announce the arrival of the hotly anticipated ZTE Blade Q series in the UK. The 4’’ ZTE Blade Q Mini, which is available exclusively with Virgin Media, has been snapped up by leading retailers Sainsbury’s and Argos and will be available to purchase initially from Argos for £59.99.

ZTE have been quite busy releasing new devices recently and this new Blade Q Mini promises to deliver better specs for a bargain price. Howerver, with just 4GB of internal memory you’ll definitely want to invest in a MicroSD memory card.

You can see the full press release below and we hope to have some hands-on time with the ZTE Blade Q Mini soon.

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By January 18, 2014 Read More →

Moto Maker Motorola Android Tablet

motorola-xoom_wifi-angleHow does a Moto Maker customized Motorola Android tablet sound to you? That’s the idea that Motorola is supposedly mulling over right now. Here’s a quote with the details,

Motorola Android Tablet Quote:

CEO Dennis Woodside unveiled in a recent interview that not only Motorola is considering a tablet, but that Moto Maker, the service used to customize the Moto X, might branch out: “we are looking at tablets. A lot of people have asked us to build a tablet using Moto Maker, to customize their tablet. There might be a day we do that, but the bigger opportunity for us is the five billion people without smartphones,” the CEO added. Of course, Motorola’s top priority, aside from the five billion people without smartphones, is, as Woodside puts it, mobile internet: “We have to decide and convince consumers we stand for something and what we are focused on is the mobile internet.”

It doesn’t sound like he is too committed to the tablet plan, but that could obviously change at a moment’s notice. What do you guys think of this? If they had the same competitive pricing and innovative features found in the Moto X and/or Moto G could Motorola surge back into a strong Android tablet position?

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By January 17, 2014 Read More →

Google Glass wearing driver escapes prosecution

abadieIn what was the first case of motorist being stopped and given a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving the defendant was found not guilty in a San Diego court yesterday.

The court ruled that Cecilia Abadie was not guilty as she had been cited under a code that makes it illegal to watch or use video or TV on the front of a vehicle while it is moving. Under the code it is a requirement that there be proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the device was in operation. This is something that the officer that stopped the defendant was not able to provide.

This seems like a positive outcome for Google and supporters of Google Glass, like me. However, Commissioner John Blair did state, following the ruling, that the he felt that there is sufficient scope in the code that bans the use of TV and Video to include Google Glass.

Whilst this ruling may not in itself set a legal precedent relating to the legality of Google Glass and usage while driving and this is likely to rumble on for some time to come until there is a definitive ruling and laws passed.

 

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By January 16, 2014 Read More →

Bowers & Wilkins and Maserati P5 headphones

Screenshot 2014-01-16 06.55.05Bowers & Wilkins and Italian car manufacturer Maserati are dropping a special-edition pair of P5 portable headphones in the coming weeks. Having previously released an Maserati Edition 805 loudspeaker this makers the second collaboration between the two companies. The over-ear headphones sport the iconic Masterati Trident motif and feature a racing blue colour scheme. Whilst the “cans” have no active noise cancellation, they are made Apple friendly, with in-line microphone . Features also include gold-plated connectors, a remote control and sealed-leather earpads.

By January 16, 2014 Read More →

Tesco Online Offering Big New Year Discounts On Electrical Items

tesco_logoFor those who are yet to buy anything from Tesco online, it’s important to start by giving a short description of the online store. Tesco online is an online store just as the name suggests. There is a variety of products ranging from household goods, electrical appliances, groceries, clothing, electronics, and phones to jewellery and even toys at very cost-effective prices from the Tesco online store.

There Are Discounts Right into the New Year 2014

After the excitement of the end year festivities come to an end, the dust seems to be settling down on many shopping malls but Tesco is yet to relent. It seems the company has decided to extend the end year celebrations by giving its clients a New Year gift. With the New Year, all shoppers buying electrical items at Tesco online are getting discounts of up to 40%. Anyone who missed out on the end year sales offered by many stores towards the end of 2013, there is a great opportunity especially for anyone who is intent on buying any kind of electrical appliances. It is even better to note that you can easily redeem your discounts at Voucherbox.co.uk for a host of other offers.

Tesco Has a Swift and Flexible Delivery System

There are important factors that many clients consider especially when shopping online. One of these factors is the delivery system. This is important because one cannot enjoy any products bought from an online store unless the item can be delivered on time. As a major online shopping store with a vast number of clients, the company seems to have invested in a reliable delivery system that ensures clients can easily get their items within the next day of purchase. With a dynamic website and a large inventory to meet the needs of almost every client, shopping from the store gives online shoppers a great experience.

It Is Easy To Manage Returns and Exchanges

Every once in a while, one might buy something online only to realize it is not the right one upon delivery. If this happens, a client wants a system that can help them return the item and organize for an exchange as soon as possible. This is an essential feature for any successful online store. At tesco online, there is a system that completely understands and swiftly resolves these challenges to ensure your satisfaction as a client. With these kinds of systems in place together with a large inventory, this store seems to have an irresistible offer on electrical appliances as well as a host of other products.

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By January 15, 2014 Read More →

Asus TF502T is the Android version

Transformer-tf502tIt looks like Asus has made the TF502T a reality. For the most part it is just a rebranding of the TF600T, but instead of a Windows RT OS, it now has Android 4.2.

Specs-wise the Asus TF502T a pretty good offering: 

  • NVIDA Tegra 3
  • 2GB of on-board RAM
  • 10-inch 1366 x 768 display – Super IPS with screen brightening technology and is protected by Corning Fit Glass – 178 degrees viewing angle
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth V4.0 and NFC
  • F/2.2 8MP camera with flash on back
  • 2MP camera on back
  • Includes four speakers along with ASUS’ SonicMaster technology – (stereo sound can be used in landscape and portrait modes)
  • 32GB or 64GB models

Of course, the tab can batch up with a dock that includes a keyboard. It also has its own battery which can charge the tablet’s internal battery when it drops to a set level. The tablet and dock combined have a battery life of 16 hours. Their website doesn’t offer a price yet, but we can expect something soon at Mobile World Congress.

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By January 15, 2014 Read More →

An new Nexus 10 tablet gets the @evleaks treatment

Nexus 10Yet another scoop arrives from @evleaks. His latest is confirmation of a Samsung made Nexus 10 tablet. Not only did he list the specs for the device, he also made mention of Android 4.5. Of course, more than likely, it will be toward the middle of this year before this tablet is officially announced, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that it will sport a new version of Android. The question remains, “Will it be simply an updated version of KitKat or will it be a completely new dessert?” 

Here’s the Nexus 10 specs he mentioned in his Tweet:

  • Samsung’s own Exynos 5
  • WQXGA Display (upgraded from the current model)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16 or 32GB storage
  • 5MP/3MP Cameras
  • Android 4.5

Also, by chance it would appear the Nexus 10 is completely sold out on the Google Play Store at the moment. How odd…

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By January 15, 2014 Read More →

Four Major Problems That Can Be Resolved by Upgrading POS Hardware

POSWithin the average retail work environment, anything can go wrong at any time. One of the most important aspects of your business where these problems can occur frequently is with your point of sale (POS). Whether you have a traditional brick-and-mortar business or an eCommerce online store, resolving any issues to do with equipment and procedures associated with your POS is essential in order to increase your conversion rates and keep your customers happy. By making simple POS equipment upgrades, you will be able to go a long way toward resolving these problems fully.

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By January 15, 2014 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Podcast 09: Back to 1993…

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.

As this is the first show of 2014 and as we say goodbye to 2013 we do a retro year in review and look at 1993. This was an important year in both the PC and console market with companies such as Nvidia emerging for the first time and several manufacturers having significant releases. This year saw the launch of one of Gareth’s all-time favourite consoles, the Atari Jaguar.

 

By January 14, 2014 Read More →

No KitKat for HTC One X and One X+

No KitKat for HTC One X and One X+Just a few weeks ago we brought you news of HTC’s new pages that allowed us to track the progress of OS updates for the HTC One and several other HTC phones.

On that list you’l find the HTC One Mini and One Max and Desire 601. However, there are a couple of devices that HTC have apparently confirmed that will not see Android 4.4 KitKat and these, most significantly perhaps, include phones like the One X and One X+.

Both the HTC One X and One X+ were hugely popular and can still be found on sale in many locations. Whilst it could perhaps be argued that the One X is getting towards end of life, being two years old on February, but the One X+ is far newer, at October 2012 so its a little worrying that HTC will not be continuing to update these ‘older’ devices and we certainly hops this isn’t a taste of things to come in terms of cutbacks.

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