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By November 22, 2012 Read More →

Orange launch Libon – a free iOS communication app

LibonOrange today launched Libon, a free iOS communication app available in 90 countries. Libon enables users to make free High Definition voice calls, send text messages and create personalized voicemails all from one simple-to-use app. Libon works on any network. Libon will be available on Android in early Q1.

Free HD calls – Libon users will enjoy completely free high quality voice calls between Libon users, wherever they are, in the same country or on the other side of the world. Your contacts only need to download Libon for free from the App Store to begin enjoying free HD crystal clear calls between each other, all you need is 3G or Wi-Fi connections.

Free messages – Libon’s instant messaging is as easy to use as SMS. Conversations – not just calls. For each of your contacts, Libon summarizes your recent conversations, pulling into one place instant messaging, calls, and voicemails so you can have insightful contextual communications. Best personalized voicemail: make your callers feel special Libon’s voicemail offers advanced features including customized greetings for individuals or groups, and text transcription of voicemails.

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By November 22, 2012 Read More →

Samsung announce the HMX-F90 camcorder

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd today announced the launch of the Samsung HMX-F90, a camcorder with 1280×720/30p HD recording, a 52x Optical Zoom and a 5 Megapixel CMOS sensor. The HMX-F90 has been designed to give every family the opportunity to capture and enjoy priceless memories in brilliant quality. The affordable new camcorder comes with an array of features, including a 2.7″ TFT LCD display, that makes recording and editing both easy and enjoyable.

With a 52x Optical Zoom and a 70x Intelli-Zoom, users will notice how sharp even the tiniest details from their HD videos are. The HMX-F90 records in 1280×720/30p HD resolution, great for enjoying and replaying memories on large HD TV screens. The camcorder also incorporates a 5 Megapixel CMOS sensor and F1.8 lens to capture movies in perfect colour.

Editing videos has never been easier with the HMX-F90. The camcorder’s software makes editing video simple and fun for any user – even those with little editing experience can get to grips with it easily. The ‘My Clip’ feature allows users to select and tag a number of scenes within a longer video file and merge these into a new file to be enjoyed at once. The refreshed Smart Background Music function allows users to add background tracks to their videos. Users can now automatically adjust the background track’s volume throughout the clip.

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By November 16, 2012 Read More →

Rent a phone with Vodafone Red Hot

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Vodafone UK is launching Vodafone Red Hot, its first plan designed to allow pay monthly customers to rent some of its hottest phones, changing them every year, without the need to make a large payment upfront.  Building on the successful introduction of Vodafone Red, Vodafone Red Hot gives customers unlimited calls and texts, 2GB of internet and WiFi on a 12 month contract.
From £47 a month, Vodafone Red Hot is available on three handsets and includes insurance, a screen protector and a personalised phone case as standard.  At the end of 12 months customers can either choose to extend their contract, or swap the phone for a newer model.

The decision to offer customers the ability to rent a phone comes on the back of customer research that demonstrated that many people wanted to change their phones more regularly, but did not wish to make a large initial contribution at the start of their contract. Florie Brizel, Mobilologist and CEO of Los Angeles-based Brizel Media, explains further on our official blog, Vodafone Social http://blog.vodafone.co.uk/redhot/

Srini Gopalan, Consumer Director, Vodafone UK said “We’ve been working incredibly hard to simplify the price plans we offer to customers. Vodafone Red Hot marks another way for customers to stay one step ahead of their friends, having the latest technology in their hands.  Coupled with unlimited calls, texts and a massive amount of internet, we think there will be many customers who will see this as a great choice.”

Vodafone Red Hot plan offers unlimited calls to all UK mobiles – not just other Vodafone customers – and standard UK landlines, with no restrictions on how long a customer can talk or how many people they call.
Vodafone Red Hot will be available through Vodafone’s retail stores across the UK.

For further information visit vodafone.co.uk/redhot

 

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By November 15, 2012 Read More →

Three adds a million customers and upgrades network to accelerate growth

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Three, the UK’s fastest growing mobile operator grew by more than 1.04 million customers over the past year to 8.8 million, adding 301,000 customers in the last quarter alone.

The growth in customers, driven by Three’s smartphone focus, is being supported by a nationwide programme to upgrade its network. Three is deploying DC-HSDPA technology and increasing the speed of its backhaul, the data pipes used to connect its sites to the internet, as it moves to an Ultrafast network experience.

Three’s new Ultrafast network will reach over half the UK population by the end of 2012, with more than 80% of the population covered by April 2013. 39% of the population already have access to the Ultrafast network, with coverage currently focused on 50 of the UK’s biggest cities and towns.

The ongoing network programme will see customers benefit from increased speeds that will be more than enough for data-hungry services like HD video streaming.  Three customers in existing Ultrafast areas using DC-HSDPA devices like iPhone 5, the Sony Xperia T and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC are already reporting peak speeds over 20Mbps. iPad mini, iPad with Retina display and the Huawei E3521 dongle are also DC-HSDPA enabled.

Three will add further capacity to its Ultrafast network in 2013 by deploying LTE technology. This follows Ofcom’s approval of Three’s acquisition of 2x15Mhz of radio spectrum at 1800Mhz.  The transfer effectively doubles Three’s overall spectrum capacity and provides further room for customer growth.

Dave Dyson, Chief Executive of Three UK, said: “We have led the adoption of smartphones in the UK by giving our customers great coverage, fast speeds and compelling price plans.  These network improvements are designed to maintain our position as the fastest growing UK mobile operator. 

“Our Ultrafast network is giving more people in more places access to an even faster mobile internet experience.

“But mobile internet is about more than just technology.  All-you-can-eat data at prices to suit everyone and peace of mind bundles that guarantee no surprise data bills are designed to allow customers to get the most enjoyment from their smartphones.”

Three’s growth plans are being matched by the launch of an 800-strong recruitment drive in October that will add nearly 400 sales and service roles at its Glasgow office and 400 across its high street retail stores and Maidenhead office.

 

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By November 12, 2012 Read More →

RIM announce BlackBerry 10 launch event!

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I have been waiting for today for many months but at last we know that BlackBerry 10 is still on track and RIM will hold a launch event on January 30th, 2013 – WOOP!

You can catch the official press release below:

Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) announced today that it will hold its BlackBerry® 10 launch event on January 30th, 2013. The event will happen simultaneously in multiple countries around the world.  This day will mark the official launch of its new platform – BlackBerry 10, as well as the unveiling of the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones.  Details on the smartphones and their availability will be announced at the event.

“In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs.  Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features combined with a best in class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities.  All of this will be integrated into a user experience – the BlackBerry Flow – that is unlike any smartphone on the market today,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of Research In Motion.  “Thanks to our strong partnerships with global carriers and a growing ecosystem of developers, we believe our customers will have the best experience possible with BlackBerry 10.  We are looking forward to getting BlackBerry 10 in the hands of our customers around the world.”

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By November 6, 2012 Read More →

Clothes Show Live launches revamped smartphone app

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Clothes Show Live has unveiled a brand new version of its free smartphone app featuring everything fans need to know about the UK’s biggest fashion and beauty event plus fantastic shopping offers, competitions and fashion street style 24/7.

The app allows users to view the latest show news, celebrity announcements, exclusive discounts, expert style and beauty blogs as well as the hottest street style looks from every major city in the UK – a must have for beauty addicts and slaves to fashion. 

New for this year, a dedicated tab on the app allows fans to enter a host of great ticket and product competitions run by Clothes Show Live in partnership with a number of great exhibitors. The Style Scout feature gives eagle eyed fashion spotters the opportunity to upload images when out and about, documenting the hottest street style looks for everyone to see and providing constant outfit inspiration.

Clothes Show Live, fronted this year by model Daisy Lowe, takes place from 7-11 December at NEC Birmingham celebrating British fashion at its finest. The five day event features non-stop catwalk shows, designer guests, celebrities, makeovers, champagne bars, hundreds of fashion and beauty brands to shop from as well as the spectacular Suzuki Fashion Theatre performance featuring over 40 handpicked models and dancers.

Clothes Show Live Show Director Maryam Hamizadeh added: ‘Our brand new app brings Clothes Show fans fast news to their fingertips, allowing them to keep up to date with the latest celebrity, fashion, and beauty news about the show. This year we have packed the app full of content so whether on the move or waiting around, Clothes Show Live fans can be part of the action.’ 

The Clothes Show Live app is free to download and available now from Google Play at the AppStore. Search for ‘Clothes Show’. 

 

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By November 6, 2012 Read More →

BlackBerry PlayBook 3G+ announced

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Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the new 3G+ BlackBerry® PlayBook tablet with built-in support for cellular networks in now available for customers in the UK. The new 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook maintains a sleek and ultra-portable form while delivering an overall faster performance than the original BlackBerry PlayBook, as well as support for high-speed 3G+ networks.

“The new 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is a powerful, portable, and versatile tool that helps customers be more productive than ever and to make the most of their time on the go,” said Johnathan Young, Head of Consumer & Retail Channels, UK, Research In Motion. “It includes all the connectivity a customer needs to make their work time more effective, as well as access to a wide variety of apps and multimedia content for when they want to stay entertained on the move.”

Featuring the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 software, the 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet gives customers access to high speed 3G+ mobile networks around the world. It offers a high-fidelity, fast web browser that delivers an exceptional experience for consuming web content, videos, and HTML5 applications. The software’s powerful unified inbox allows customers to easily manage multiple personal and work email accounts, as well as messages from Twitter®, Facebook® and LinkedIn, all from one place. The built-in Calendar and Contacts apps offer features to help customers better manage schedules and prepare for more effective meetings, while the apps’ unique integration with social networks ensure that customers have a wealth of information about their contacts at their fingertips.

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By November 2, 2012 Read More →

EE are clearly proud of their work this week

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In a statement tonight from EE, Marc Allera, Chief Sales Officer says:

“This has been a tremendous week, and we are hugely proud to be pioneering the UK’s first 4G mobile and fibre broadband network.

“We’ve seen an outstandingly positive response to the EE brand and the introduction of our superfast 4G and fibre services. In line with expectations we’ve already connected thousands of consumers and businesses to our new 4G and Fibre Broadband plans, with fantastic customer interest.

“And this is just the start. We’re investing every day to make our 4G coverage stronger and wider. EE engineers are busy increasing 4G coverage by over 2,000 square miles every month, as well as continuing to strengthen our 4G network for customers in EE’s launch cities.

“By the time other 4G services launch, possibly in the middle of next year, our customers will already  have been enjoying an unrivalled 4G experience on a wide range of exciting devices across the UK for many months.”

 

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By November 1, 2012 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini to go on sale on November 8th

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Samsung Mobile UK today announced that the Galaxy S III Mini, a compact version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, will be available in the UK from Thursday 8th November with free content, including The Sims 3 and Bejewelled 2.

The stylish and compact design offers a comfortable grip and an impressive 4.0-inch AMOLED screen, allowing people to enjoy a fantastic range of features such as Chat On, Buddy Photo Share, Social Tag and the Official Top 40 Charts app.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, Telecommunications & Networks, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “Our latest addition to the Galaxy portfolio, the Galaxy S III Mini brings the high performance, intuitive ease-of-use and nature-inspired design of the Galaxy S III in a new elegant yet compact form. Following the massive success and popularity of the Galaxy S III and all its features, we are confident customers will enjoy the Galaxy SIII Mini when it hits the shelves on the 8th November.”

The Galaxy S III Mini is powered by AndroidT 4.1 (Jelly Bean), the latest version of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, benefitting from fast, fluid and smooth graphics along with a new Google SearchT experience featuring Google Now.

Packed with the key features that have made the Galaxy S III, one of this years’ most sought after smartphones, including intelligent technology designed to make interacting with the phone natural and intuitive, this compact version features the ability to understand human gestures, S Voice; which provides customised commands as well as Direct Call which allows customers to automatically call that person simply from the motion of lifting the phone to their ear collate to make an efficient and natural user experience.

In addition, the Galaxy S III Mini gives customers access to the Samsung Video and Games Hub, as well as a 50GB Dropbox which is free for two years. Smart Stay and Best Photo features are also provided, helping to capture the prefect shot when using the 5 mega pixel camera. The Galaxy S III Mini will be available to buy in the UK across all major networks, key high street and out of town electrical retailers and online retailers from 8th November.

 

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By October 30, 2012 Read More →

Free CoPilot GPS app for iPhone gets an update

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ALK Technologies, leading developer of mobile navigation applications, is pleased to announce a major update to its free CoPilot GPS mapping and planning app for Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Also perfect for the new iPad Mini with GPS!

The latest update (v9.3) optimised for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 brings updated offline maps, and new and improved navigation features for the popular free version of CoPilot, which has been downloaded by two million users since it was launched in the summer 2012.

New in v9.3 are:

  • Optimised for iPhone5 – full screen navigation on the iPhone5’s new taller screen
  • Free map update – the latest NAVTEQ street maps, including the addition of the Hindhead tunnel, the M74 extension in Glasgow and the second Tyne Tunnel
  • Google search – CoPilot’s Local Search is now powered by Google
  • Apple maps integration – navigate with CoPilot from Apple Maps
  • New info display – including Current Road
  • Themes – four new free colour schemes are available to personalise your CoPilot
  • Drive for a cause – a paid-for pink theme in support of Breast Cancer Awareness (all proceeds go to charity)
  • Numerous user interface enhancements

CoPilot GPS is the free edition of the award-winning CoPilot navigation range. It includes powerful trip planning and offline maps. Turn by turn navigation is available via in-app purchase.

CoPilot GPS v9.3 for iPhone and iPad is available now as a free download from the iTunes store.

 

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