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By January 27, 2010 Read More →

Live Updates From The Apple Event

I am gonna attempt to post updates as and when they happen at the Apple Press Event which is rumoured  to be launching the new Apple Tablet. This won’t be an easy job to do on a blog site however I would urge you all to press F5 every so often to ensure you get the latest updates on this post.

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Event Items:

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REFRESHING FREQUENTLY:

 

17:56 GMT The event will begin in 4 minutes, people have been told to silence their phones

18:05 Announcing the iPAD!

18:15 Looks just like the leaked images. Has iPhone style interface with more space

18:18 E-mail demo: Looks very much like iPhone OS version of e-mail

18:22 virtual keypad is half screen size in height and full length, In widescreen mode, the iPad shifts the homescreen

18:24 Built in ipod; more BobDylan music being played, Being reffered to as BIG iPhone

18:25 New Calendar lets you switch views and easily tap on events to see more detail. Contacts application address book resembles an actual book.

18:26 iTunes built in – device handles zooming on maps very easily, not struggling at all – Youtube in HD format Videos show cover artwork when you want to select things rather than just text

18:30 hardware: 1/2 inch thin, 1 1/2 lbs, 9.7″ display, multitouch. 1GHZ Apple A4 chip. 16-64GB of flash storage. Chip developed by Apple. WiFi 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Accelerometer, compass, speaker, microphone, 30-pin connector – battery life: Apple can get 10 hours of battery life.

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18:33 Can run all iPhone apps unmodified out of the box: Can run pixel for pixel accurate black box in the centre of the screen, or pixel double to run the apps in full screen. Facebook can run in the centre of the screen with a glossy frame around the image. You can hit a 2X button to scale application up to full screen.

18:38 iPhone SDK now supports development for the iPad. every iPad comes with the app store on it

18:40 Gameloft one of first devs to work on it, Mark Hickey of Gameloft. N.O.V.A. on iPad.

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18:43 price is speculated $699 (I’ll have one please!)

18:45 Electronic Arts. Has over 40 titles already in the store – processor handles games so quickly not jerky at all "Building for the iPad is a little different — it’s kind of like holding an HD display up to your face. It’s really cool."

18:52 Chad Evans from MLB.com — "We were excited to build something for the iPad. We had to create a whole new experience for this display."

18:54 Back with Steve Jobs – ibookstore integrated to get e-books, most books to retail at $4.99 You can turn pages slowly – really fast animation between flicking pages, iBooks use the epub format

18:59 iWork office suite to be included, new items designed spec for iPad (spreadsheets look great)

19:08 simple to use word processor, menu’s built for ease of use

19:11 the virtual keypad changes dependant on the app being used

19:13 Actual price confirmed to be $829 (for 64GB 3G) – still quite good!

19:14 Steve Jobs: "Now I’d like to talk about wireless networking. Every iPad has WiFi… but we’re also going to have models with 3G."

19:15 Two awesome plans for iPad owners. The first one gives you 250MB of data a month for $14.99. "We have an unlimited plan for just $29.99 a month."

19:16 Free use of AT&T wifi hotspots throughout the US "So how do you turn this on and manage it? You can activate this right on the iPad. And there’s no contract  it’s prepaid."

19:18 International deals by June and uses new GSM micro SIMs

19:20 iPad 3g’s are unlocked

19:21 "And just like we were able to meet or exceed our tech goals, we have met our cost goals… iPad pricing starts at $499." Wifi – 16GB $499 – 32gb $599 64gb $699, WiFi & 3G $629 for 16gb, $729 for 32gb and $829 for 64gb

19:22 "We will be shipping these in 60 days. 3G models will ship in 90 days."

19:23 "We’ve got some really great accessories. First one is a dock. You know the slideshow I showed you? When it’s in the dock you have a great picture frame. We have another dock that’s interesting… the keyboard dock."

19:30 Some demo videos playing, probably drawing to a close.

19:38 Yep we’re all done. Will have some official photos and specs etc. when we can!

 

 

The offical Apple iPad press release is now live on site.

Posted by: John

Posted in: Press Releases
By January 27, 2010 Read More →

HTC Says Windows Mobile and Android both to stay

HTC’s CEO Peter Chou yesterday said, when delivering the company’s Q4 2009 figures, that even with a 30% year on year sales rise caused by the Nexus One they would be sticking with the Windows Mobile Operating System as part of their portfolio.

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“We continue to believe both Windows Mobile and Android offer unique experiences to different consumer segments in their respective ecosystems”

This news came on the same day that we posted news of the HTC Diamond 3 and will I’m sure it will prove to be music to WinMo users ears.

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Speaking directly about the partnership with the Google Brand Chou said:

“Our partnership with Google on the Nexus One shows our strength in innovation. It’s very good for our brand”

The data released by HTC shows that they shipped a staggering 11.7 million mobile phones in 2009 without breaking it down by phone or by operating system.

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Looking back at the history of HTC and seeing how they have developed from a company who manufactured devices only for other company’s / carriers under the name Hong Kong and Taiwan Computer Corp. into a market leader under the brand name HTC (no abbreviation) and their own mobile’s makes for really interesting reading. Have a look at a profile on the company if you have some time.

Posted by: John

Posted in: News
By January 27, 2010 Read More →

Nokia X6 – Comes With(out) Music

For those of you that wanted the Nokia X6 but just found it a little bit out of your price range then this post will come (maybe) as great news.

Nokia have now confirmed that they will be releasing a Pink on White, Black on Black and Yellow on White X6 without the “Comes With Music” subscription.

Excluding the fact that it has no “Comes With Music”, the biggest difference from the original X6 is the size of the internal memory. The Original X6 came with 32GB and the new version comes with just 16GB (massive drop).

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Original X6 in the Blue on Black Colour Variant

Not to fret over the memory size though as it’s expected there will be a significant price drop when it’s released later this quarter with the WH-500 headphones instead of the WH-701 headphones that came with the original X6.

This new variant of this Nokia favourite will also feature the new Ovi Maps with free drive and walk voice guided navigation as well as the Michelin and Lonely Planet guides.

Matt has already played with the original X6 so why not have a look at the Unboxing Video before making your mind up

Posted by: John McKenzie

Posted in: News
By December 17, 2009 Read More →

Motorola Enzo or is it Backflip?

Rob over at phandroid.com just got himself a nice scoop on the new Motorola (we will call it) Backflip, so we thought we would share it with our community too.

The “going straight to AT&T” Moto Backflip is another Android based handset but the first one for the AT&T network.

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Moto Enzo / Backflip

Apart from the name what else can we tell you? Well the handset model number is MB300 and it will come with an older revision of the Android O/S which is the 1.5 Cupcake release. Apart from that info here is the specifications that are rumoured.

Motorola Backflip Rumoured Specifications:

  • Yahoo Search (Weird?)
  • AT&T Nav
  • AT&T Music
  • AT&T Mobile App store
  • Google Maps
  • Android Market
  • 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 3.1 inch display 320 x 480 (HVGA)
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • WiFi / Bluetooth 2.0 / GPS
  • OS Android 1.5 with Motoblur
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 W-CDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
  • Reverse flip keyboard
  • Rear directional touchpad

I’m not sure if I like the idea of the camera being on the QWERTY keyboard and not on the front of the phone but hey, what do I know? The other point to note is that the backflip will always have a visible QWERTY as its at the back of the phone which means the screen flips out to join it (bizarre if you ask me).

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I have to admit though that the spec list does look ok and that it would be interesting to have a “wee shot” of it.

Posted by: John

Posted in: Rumours
By December 16, 2009 Read More →

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness Released

Like most mobile phone manufacturers Sony Ericsson have decided to release a nice novelty based phone just before Chrsitmas.

You may well be asking what the novelty of a phone that will cost around $990 (£676) would be? Well the answer is that the Pureness has the Concierge Service which the Vertu phones have at a fraction of the price. Not only that but it also has a transparent screen which in itself is a huge novelty.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness

The name “Pureness” comes from the fact that SE have stripped out all the unnecessary things from both form and function and left only the essential phone functions.

SO what does this little baby have then (apart from the obvious)? Well it has a 1.8″ monochrome display capable of video streaming and viewing and. well that’s really it but on the brightside the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Pureness comes with a 12-month membership to the Pureness concierge service which is available 24/7 via phone or email and it can get you perks like room upgrades in hotels, a VIP welcome, free champagne, discounts, tickets with better seating and so on. Point to note though as the service is country dependent.

Why not have a look at their microsite for some more details?

Posted by: John McKenzie

Posted in: News
By December 16, 2009 Read More →

Google Nexus One Specification Leaked

Where would we be without the ROM hackers of this world?

The techy intelligent folk over at These Are The Droids have managed to break down the 2.1 rom system files only to find some of these features:

  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetic Compass
  • WiFi
  • Stereo FM Speaker
  • Noise Cancelation Chipset
  • OpenGL ES 2.0-capable graphics
  • Auto-focus camera with LED flash (which shows that I was right on the money)
  • Possible Snapdragon Processor
  • 802.11n wireless chipset

If the phone really has the features above then we can be certain that the phone will top speeds of 1GHz for processing and gaming fans now have an i-Phone similar device  as far as graphics go.

On another note, if you have not yet seen the start-up video that has been floating around then here it is.

 

Posted by: John

Posted in: Rumours
By December 15, 2009 Read More →

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2: DELAYED

Those of you looking to get your hands on the new Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 will now need to wait until somewhere around the first week in January 2010 according to the official Sony Ericsson Xperia blog.

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Xperia X2 Delayed Release

The Xperia X2 is the company’s second Windows Mobile smartphone and although not directly the reason for the delay they have said that there were some issues when they started to integrate it with some of the network specific apps. According to the blog posting the changes are all minor and include things like extending the battery life and speeding up aspects of the software.

If you cast your mind way back to the X1 release it also faced massive delays before hitting the market so who knows where the future of Windows Mobile and Sony Ericsson lies.

Posted by: John McKenzie

Posted in: News
By December 15, 2009 Read More →

TeliaSonera launches the first 4G network in Scandinavia

For a lot of people in a lot of countries 3G is still the most amazing thing since.. well, sliced bread but now if you live in either the Sweden or Norwegian capital cities (Stockholm and Oslo) you can get yourself this new spangled 4G 100mbps network.

OK, I hear you ask when we are getting it but don’t get too excited because there aint even a phone on the market yet that can make use of this new network, although I’m more than positive that they will come very soon (maybe not at the top speed though). Although the handsets aren’t there yet they do offer the connection to laptop users through Ericsson in Sweden and Huawei in Norway.

So what’s next? Well Finland will have their 4G network up and running in Q1 of 2010, and O2 is already testing theirs in the UK, with the disappointment there being that they aint allowing me to test it for them.

Only time will tell and I for one can’t wait for the time when we can have a mobile network 10 times faster than that of HSPA enabled 3G networks of today.

Posted by: John

Posted in: News
By December 15, 2009 Read More →

Google’s Mystery Clock

Not sure if anyone has seen it yet but when you go to http://www.google.com and leave the search field blank then click I’m feeling lucky you get hit with a countdown clock.

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With basic mathematics it looks like this is the countdown to New Year in seconds however there are some weirder theories out there like the countdown to Nexus One or even the Countdown to the End of the World.

I’m sure you will have your own theory on it and we would like to hear them.

Posted by: John McKenzie

Posted in: Editorial
By December 15, 2009 Read More →

What’s Nexus for Android?

The simple answer is the HTC Nexus One which will be released, unlike the rest of the Android handsets on the market, directly under the Google brand name. 

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So what do we already know? Well not a huge amount to be perfectly honest but we do know the it will be released on the Android 2.1 software release along with some nice new 3D elements for the app tray, more home screens and a new “preview all” home screens grid at the bottom of the home screen.

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New Menu Style & Grid View of Home Screens

From the pictures alone we can see that the it works on T-Mobile (the Rumoured Partner) and that it has WiFi (which is kinda obvious).

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Home Landing Screen

The design is very much like a number of the latest HTC Handsets with the flush buttons on the LCD although for me it has the downside of having no QWERTY in there. From the back I’m not 100% sure if it’s a self portrait mirror or a flash, let’s hope and pray that it’s the latter.

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Nexus One Back (Includes Free Post-It)

Only time will tell but the rumours estimate a release in the early part of 2010.

Posted by: John McKenzie

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Posted in: Rumours