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By September 7, 2012 Read More →

Get the ultimate screen protection from Expansys

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Looking for the ultimate screen protector for your smartphone? Expansys may well have the answer with Crystalusion Liquid Galss.

Layer your tech in Liquid Glass for cutting edge protection: Crystalusion Liquid Glass is a futuristic and effective way of protecting your smartphone, laptop, tablet, iPod, PSP or PC monitor. Using nanotechnology, it provides a resistive layer that protects coated surfaces from dirt, oil, dust, abrasion and bacteria for up to 12 months. Rather than a solid layer of plastic it is actually a liquid that you wipe onto your device. This then sets, in a matter of minutes, to form a protective layer that is approximately 500 times thinner than a human hair. As it’s a liquid there won’t be any annoying bubbles that form and you can apply it to the whole of your device for all round protection. You can even use it for your sunglasses, goggles or glasses all for the great price of only £6.99.

So what are the benefits of Crystalusion  Liquid Glass? Well, when it comes to protecting your AV, media or communications device it offers some amazing benefits to protect not only the screen but the entire device!

  • Being applied as a liquid it provides bubble-free protection
  • Doesn’t impair functionality or vision
  • Protection against abrasion
  • Can improve the visible appearance of minor hairline scuffs
  • Reduces finger marks
  • Provides an easy to clean surface
  • Gives antimicrobial protection
  • Resistant to both acid and alkaline
  • Protection against water and humidity (Hydrophobicity)
  • Protection against oil and oil based substances (Oleophobicity)

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By September 5, 2012 Read More →

Nokia to debut new Windows Phone 8 devices today

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Nokia will be holding a press event later today where we are expected to see the first working Windows Phone 8 device from them. Thanks to recent leaks it would appear that we will get to see the Lumia 920 and 820 in a whole host of colours.

With Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft it will be interesting to see what new features they will be bringing to the platform that wont be available with other manufactures. On the Windows Phone 7.5 devices we clearly had the likes of Nokia Drive and Music, just to name a couple. Will there me more with WP8 I wonder?

We will of course bring you the details later today.

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By September 4, 2012 Read More →

Download shows to your mobile with BBC iPlayer

photo Today the BBC have made a new version of their BBC iPlayer App available to iPhone and iPad owners. This new version not only allows them to stream shows to their mobile but also download them to their device to watch later.

Users will be able to save any programme for up to 30 days – but once you hit play, have to finish watching it within a week.

Available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, the feature will be coming to Android devices soon.

Last month alone there were 30 million requests for iPlayer programmes via a mobile or tablet, according to the BBC.

"With mobile downloads for BBC iPlayer, you can now load up your mobile phone or tablet with hours and hours of BBC television programmes, then watch them on the road, on the Tube, on a plane, without worrying about having an internet connection or running up a mobile data bill," said Daniel Danker, general manager of programmes and on-demand for the BBC.

We understand that ITV are considering adding a similar feature to their app but that they would be charging for it.

 

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By September 4, 2012 Read More →

HTC Desire X and Xperia J prices announced

xperia-j-black-android-smartphone-620x440 The HTC Desire X and Sony Xperia J were announced last week and already we’re able to give you the price and availability of these two new handsets.

SIM free pricing is as follows:

 

Desire X is due late September, priced at £190 (£228 inc VAT) and due to be available in black and white.

http://www.clove.co.uk/htc-desire-x

Xperia J is due late October, priced at £159 (£190.80 inc. VAT) and also due to be available in black and white.

http://www.clove.co.uk/sony-xperia-j

We’ve also had stock of the AllShare Cast Dongle for the S3 in today, although there’s still no word on when the wireless charger is due to be here unfortunately. 

http://www.clove.co.uk/samsung-allshare-cast-dongle-samsung-galaxy-s3

 

We are still SIM-free pricing for the Note II, Ativ S and Galaxy Camera, but should have that to follow soon as well.

 

Posted by: Matt

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By September 1, 2012 Read More →

Apple and Google behind the scenes

Google_vs_Apple1According to industry sources, Google and Apple are supposedly conducting "secret talks" behind the scenes in order to come up with a patent settlement agreement. Reuters reported that Larry Page, CEO of Google, and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple have recently had a private phone conversation in which they discussed "a range of intellectual property matters, including the on-going mobile patent disputes between the companies." Additionally, according to Reuter’s unnamed source, the two CEOs will likely talk again soon to continue negotiations for some kind of cease fire. Here’s a quote from the Reuters article with some final details,

Quote:

The two companies are keeping the lines of communication open at a high level against the backdrop of Apple’s decisive legal victory in a patent infringement case against Samsung, which uses Google’s Android software.
A jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages last Friday and set the stage for a possible ban on sales of some Samsung products in a case that has been widely viewed as a "proxy war" between Apple and Google.
One possible scenario under consideration could be a truce involving disputes over basic features and functions in Google’s Android mobile software, one source said. But it’s unclear whether Page and Cook are discussing a broad settlement of the various disputes between the two companies – most of which involve the burgeoning mobile computing area – or are focused on a more limited set of issues.

Hopefully a more businessly gentleman’s agreement can be reached.

 

 

Posted by: Gareth

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By August 31, 2012 Read More →

HTC Desire X – First look

 

HTC Desire X

 

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By August 31, 2012 Read More →

Amazon AppStore arrives in the UK

21632From today Europe now has access to the to the Amazon AppStore. The AppStore has been running successfully in the States for a long time now and Europe has been awaiting it with great anticipation. Bringing with it the free games/apps of the day, the promotional deals and so on. While not all countries will get access right away, a few of will including the U.K., France, Germany, Italy and Spain. This also means that when a game is exclusively released onto Android through the Amazon AppStore for a limited time, you will also be able to access those finally.

It’s nice to see Amazon making the effort to include Europe. You can expect more countries to gain access down the road a bit. As a perk, it looks like Angry Birds (ads-free version) is today’s free game.

 

Posted by: Gareth

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By August 30, 2012 Read More →

HTC Desire X full specification

HTC Desire X White 3-4 Left_Front Following HTC’s announcement of the new HTC Desire X I’m pleased to be able to share the full spec sheet with you.

Really excited by this handset, it looks beautiful and has a decent spec sheet to boot!

HTC Desire X specification:

  • SIZE: 118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm
  • WEIGHT: 114 grams with battery
  • DISPLAY: 4-inch touch screen with WVGA 480 x 800 resolution, super LCD screen
  • CPU SPEED:Dual-core 1 GHz (Snapdragon S4)
  • PLATFORM:Android 4.0.4 (ICS) with HTC Sense 4
  • MEMORY: Total storage: 4 GBi
  • RAM: 768 MB
  • Dropbox: 25 GB of free online storage with Dropbox for two years
  • EXPANSION SLOT: Supports micro SD memory card for additional storage (card not included)
  • NETWORKING: 3G (WCDMA): Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz, ANZ: 850/2100 MHz
  • 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA 5.76
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • G-Sensor
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 aptX enabled with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit
  • Wi-Fi®: 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz)
  • DLNA compliant for wirelessly streaming media from/to a compatible TV, computer or electronic equipment
  • Micro-USB (cable included) (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
  • CAMERA: 5 megapixel camera, F2.0 aperture, wide angle 28 mm lens, Auto focus and Tap to focus, LED flash with SmartFlash
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChip
  • Face and smile detection
  • Intelligent group shot mode
  • Geo tagging
  • Instant Capture with quick access from lockscreen to activate camera instantaneously
  • Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio built in
  • Enhanced Bluetooth stereo audio quality (APT-X CODEC for BT A2DP)
  • HD voice compliant (subject to network availability)
  • FM radio

Posted by: Matt

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By August 28, 2012 Read More →

Apple trying to ban 8 Samsung handsets

samsungchart Following Apple’s success in court against Samsung last week Apple have now requested a temporary injunction against 8 Samsung phones, preventing their sale in the US.

According to The Verge, in order for Apple to successfully have the devices banned it must convince the court that the company face irreparable harm if sales were allowed to continue. The court is scheduled to address the injunction in a hearing set for September 20th.

 

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By August 26, 2012 Read More →

Tim Cook memo leak

apple-vs-samsung The recent court ruling on coming down on the side of Apple in the Apple vs Samsung case is a very significant landmark. It sets a huge precedence that’s going to echo through the smartphone industry as a whole.

A total of 5 of Apple’s patent claims were upheld, these included:

  • Some of Samsung’s handsets, including its Galaxy S 4G model, infringed Apple’s design patents for the look of its iPhone including the system it uses to display text and icons
  • All the disputed Samsung devices had copied Apple’s "bounce-back response", which makes lists jump back as if yanked by a rubber band
  • Several Samsung devices incorporated Apple’s facility allowing users to zoom into text with a tap of a finger
  • Pinch and pull with two fingers on the display in order to zoom in/out

Following the Apple victory, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, issued a memo which 9to5mac were able to get hold of a copy of:

Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere.

Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than we knew.

The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.

I am very proud of the work that each of you do.

Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.

Tim

Apple had wanted $2.5bn in damages. Samsung had sought $519m.

It may also seek to use this ruling to block other devices powered by Google’s Android software that it believes replicate elements of its user-interface, including current models by Samsung as well as other firms.

Samsung said that they will appeal.

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