Archive for August, 2010

By August 23, 2010 Read More →

HP confirms webOS tablet hitting in early 2011 Inbox X


Despite all the hubbub about CEO Mark Hurd, Hewlett-Packard posted great earnings for its quarter and the company confirmed that it will soon have multiple tablets to compete with the Apple iPad.

The company said the Apple iPad may have hurt the sales of some of its laptops but it said a Windows tablet will be coming soon, maybe even as soon as the next few weeks. This device will likely be based on Windows 7 and should target the enterprise market with corporate-friendly features like video conferencing and integration with back-end business databases.

What really gets me excited is that HP also confirmed it will bring out a webOS tablet in early 2011 and this will be a mass-market device. HP spent $1.2 billion to acquire Palm earlier this year and it plans to “double down” on the webOS platform by putting it in a variety of devices like smartphones, tablets and even printers.

I’m a fan of webOS because I think it’s an elegant and beautiful smartphone OS – in fact, it’s probably the best 1.0 version I’ve ever seen. The Palm hardware didn’t do it justice and I think the “cards” user interface metaphor would work extremely well on a big tablet.

Let’s hope the HP webOS tablet has at least a 1 GHz processor, WiFi, GPS, multiple cameras and a few USB ports. I could see 3G being useful but I think tablets will mainly use WiFi connections.

An HP webOS tablet couldn’t come soon enough, as the Apple iPad is gaining some serious momentum – it has sold more than three million units in a few months. We may even see a revamped Apple iPad in time for the holidays.

It’s not just Apple HP has to worry about, as we’re about to see a slew of tablets from companies like Samsung, Research In Motion, Asus, Toshiba and others. We’ve put together a list of the five most-anticipated tablets and you should check it out.

[Via VentureBeat]

Thanks Kevin

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By August 23, 2010 Read More →

webOS 2.0 and mystery Roadrunner HD device spotted in app logs Inbox X


That mystery webOS 2.0 device with the codename Roadrunner has been spotted for a second time within the usage stats of another webOS application. Last week, the app logs of a Foursquare app for webOS coughed up a single reference to webOS 2.0 and identified a mystery device with a codename of Roadrunner. This week a second app produced yet another reference to webOS and fingered a second device with the codename Roadrunner HD.

This second and exciting reference is from a gaming app titled Cloud Hopper and adds “HD” to the end of the Roadrunner moniker. Similar to the original leak, this information was gleaned from the usage data provided by Metrix, an analytics package for webOS developers. The Metrix data in this second leak suggests that the Roadrunner HD device sports a 640×960 resolution, which is nice a jump from the 320×480 of the original Roadrunner leak.

Adding some credibility to this rumor is the fact that Cloud Hopper is closed source, making it difficult to spoof the webOS 2.0 and Roadrunner HD user agent strings. The usual warning to take this rumor with a grain of salt applies as we can not verify the authenticity of these claims. Nonetheless, we can’t help but ponder the thought of a high-end webOS smartphone or a smaller-size tablet out in the wild. It is a tantalizing idea, no?

[Via PreCentral and Twitter]

Thanks Kevin

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By August 23, 2010 Read More →

BitDefender Total Security 2011 competition

bitWe’ve teamed up with our sponsors of, BitDefender to bring you a fab competition. We have five copies of the new version of BitDefender’s award-winning Total Security product, worth almost £60 each, to give away.

BitDefender Total Security 2011 offers comprehensive and customisable protection against the latest viruses, spyware, phishing and identity theft attacks. It includes firewall and network management tools, file encryption, online back-up, and automatic hourly updates. New performance optimisation features help you keep your entire system safe without slowing it down. You can adapt it to match your unique needs or most demanding applications, and create shortcuts to gaming or laptop modes. All BitDefender products include streamlined installation, smart user tips, a video library of tutorials to guides you through the product features and configuration and free 24-hour professional technical support.

Entering is about as simple as it gets. All you have to do is follow tracyandmatt on Twitter and retweet the following tweet: "RT @tracyandmatt I’m hoping to win a copy of #BitDefender Total Security 2011 – Find out how you can enter too:" You can also click the retweet link below to save you copying and pasting the phrase. Your twitter name will be entered in to the draw. You’ll have to keep following us as we’ll notify winners via DM.


You can enter throughout the rest of August the first week of September, the competition will close at midnight on Saturday 11th September. BitDefender will pick a winner at random and will announce who’s won, via Twitter, during the second week of September.


Posted by: Matt

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By August 22, 2010 Read More →

Froyo coming to HTC Desire on Vodafone tomorrow-ish


The HTC Desire for Vodafone will finally be getting Android 2.2 Monday, 23rd of August, tomorrow, according to Vodafone. This comes after the carrier was pressured by their users to release the upgrade amidst an arguably “pointless” non-Froyo OTA update that seemingly had no other purpose than to add bloatware beyond belief.

you may or may not get it Monday as they’re employing a staggered upgrade process. The wait will probably be a bit longer for a lot of you, but rest assured that updates will finally be going out. At least Vodafone’s committed to helping you get rid of the Vodafone 360 software (aforementioned bloatware) from your device once you finally do receive the upgrade. I’m sure many will appreciate that just as much as Froyo itself.


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By August 22, 2010 Read More →

Nokia C6 unboxing video

nokia_c6_3 Hopefully you will have seen the cool NokiaBox video that we recorded in central London. We were invited to take part in the #NokiaBox event which took place in 4 cities around the world. This ended up being on of the biggest unboxings that we’ve ever done and the first one we’ve done outside in front of an audience!

So what was in the big box? Two Nokia C6 boxes. So this here is the follow up full unboxing video of the new Nokia C6. You’ll see me take a look at the hardware before doing a little demo of some of the basic features of the handset. Over the next few weeks I will be using the reviewing the Nokia C6 and will have a full written review for you here on site. For now I hope you’ll enjoy the little video below.


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By August 22, 2010 Read More →

iPhone 3G speed increase in next update


Rumour has it that Apple will be addressing the sluggish nature of the iPhone 3G in their next software update. Some say it might come as early as next month, other say that’s too long a wait and it should here today. In the meantime Neowin have offered this quick fix to get things going on the 3G:

To remedy the sluggish performance (or at least one cause of it) go to “Settings->General->Home Button->Spotlight Search-> deselect every option” and this will stop background indexing on the phone. Several users reported that the fix showed immediate results and Neowin has observed improvements on two separate iPhone 3G devices.

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By August 22, 2010 Read More →

LG c900 Windows Phone 7 pics

lg-c900-itw-02-smEngadget managed to get a sneaky look at a strangely sexy new LG running Windows Phone 7. There isn’t too much information that isn’t already obvious from the pictures. A four row Qwerty keyboard with generous buttons and a three, forward facing, button configuration on the front. More pics after the break:

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By August 22, 2010 Read More →

Winstar USB 2 to DVI adapter review

USB 2 to DVI There are many ways of connecting a monitors to computers, the number of usual ports such as VGA, DVI or HDMI manufacturers can fit to their machines is limited. Whatever is your reason to connect one more display to your computer, a USB-to-DVI display adapter may the only solution.

Read on to find out more!

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By August 21, 2010 Read More →

LG OLED TVs to grow to 31″!

lg-oled While 31″ is positively monitor-like in the ever growing world of LCD and Plasma display technology, 31″ in OLED terms is a minor miracle.  The forever next-big-thing display technology has, until now, been strictly portable TV sizes – Sony’s 11″ XEL-1 being the most prominent and expensive example, although Samsung has previously displayed a 31″ device a couple of years ago at a trade show.  As of yet though, no commercially available model has left the Korean’s factory.  AMOLED has of course risen in prominence with its inclusion on HTC’s Legend and Desire handsets as well as the Super AMOLED variant appearing on Samsung’s higher devices, and has noticeably better contrast do to it’s local illumination switching per pixel.  For some time OLED screens have been hampered by issues with certain parts of their RGB spectrum expiring before the others but manufacturers believe this is becoming a thing of the past so while LG does not yet have a release date or price, it does show that the technology is viable for larger panels and could be on its way to a front room near you soon.


Posted by: Ian

Posted in: TV & Home Cinema
By August 21, 2010 Read More →

LaCie LaCinema Mini HD multimedia player unboxing video

IMG_1445 That’s a big ol’ post title for what is actually a really small and neat networkable HD media player.

When you hear the name LaCie you may not immediately think of media player products, LaCie are perhaps more commonly associated with storage media and external drives. However the LaCinema Mini HD Connect is just one of a range of products from LaCie to fall in to the Media Player category.

I’ve been looking for a product like this for a while. I have a lot of films and TV shows recorded on my Mac and wanted a way to watch them on my large screen TV. I’ve considered Apple TV but that’s quite an expensive solution. The LaCinema Mini HD Connect is about ah third of the cost of the Apple product but can it perform? You’ll have to wait a while for our full review to find out but for now you can check out the brief unboxing video below.

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