Archive for 2010

By October 11, 2010 Read More →

The HTC Windows Phone 7 collection

HTC WP7 Family A

As I am sure you are aware, today sees the official announcement of Windows Phone 7 from Microsoft. As this post goes live I will be at the event to get the low down and see what’s what.

However last week I was lucky enough to get a preview of the HTC devices and have a quick hands on and I must say they all seemed jolly nice.

On to the juicy bits. Below you will find the details of them all and some photos. I am told that the HTC HD7 Pro will not be launched here in the UK straight away but will be here shortly and open to all carriers. The HTC 7 Surround will be a AT&T exclusive in the USA and the other three will be UK carrier exclusives.


HTC Mozart:

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By October 11, 2010 Read More →

Orange & Windows Phone 7


Orange to exclusively range the HTC 7 Mozart, as well as offer the Samsung Omnia 7 across all its retail channels  from 21st October
Orange Windows Phone 7 customers have quick-link access to Orange services via their handsets along with industry leading Microsoft Windows Phone 7 customer support
All Orange customers now also benefit from having the broadest network coverage in Britain meaning they can call and text in more places

11th October 2010, London: Orange today took its place as the number one destination for Smartphones, announcing the delivery of two new handsets based on Microsoft’s latest mobile operating platform, Windows Phone 7.

As Microsoft’s key UK partner, the move builds on the long-standing relationship between the two companies and sees Orange exclusively offer UK customers the flagship HTC 7 Mozart, as well as range the stylish Samsung Omnia 7 device across all its retail channels later this month.

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By October 11, 2010 Read More →

LG a bit over keen with Windows Phone 7

LG Optimus 1

With the launch of Windows Phone 7 not until later this afternoon someone at LG decided to publish the details of their offering a little early! The Optimus 7 appeared on their blog but has since been removed. Chris from Slashgear spotted it though and the info is below. Naughty LG!

Today LG Electronics announced the UK launch of its first Windows Phone 7 handset, the LG Optimus 7. Utilising Microsoft’s brand new operating system, the LG Optimus 7 heralds a new era for smartphones and consumers.

The LG Optimus 7 represents the product of close work between LG and Microsoft to create a user-friendly handset that combined the glance and go experience of the Windows Phone 7 combined with the best features that are exclusive to LG devices. These include the DLNA-based Play To, augmented reality and Voice-to-Text, which can all be added as Live Tiles on the Windows Phone 7 to personalise your device and can be accessed via integrated “Hubs”.

The Optimus 7 was developed to fit at the heart of our digital lives. The Play-To feature was exclusively developed for the Optimus 7 to allow DLNA based multimedia-sharing. This allows users to access their multimedia including pictures, video and music via any DLNA compatible device meaning you can listen to the music on your phone through your favourite speakers or view you pictures on your TV.

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By October 11, 2010 Read More →

Virgin Mobile VM800 Review

Virgin Media VM800 Here we have one of Alcatel’s latest mobile handsets, the VM800 now this one is the virgin media version but there are sim free versions that go by the name OT-800. As there are so many mobile phones manufacturers producing entry level handsets these days how will this with its full QWERTY keypad cope?

Intrigued? Read on to find out more.


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By October 10, 2010 Read More →

Canonical releases Ubuntu ‘Maverick Meerkat’


The time has come again for another release of an LTS version of Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distributions. Being the 10th of October (10.10 edition), Canonical have seen it fit to unleash the Maverick Meerkat on Linux users and abusers, and this version is apparently the best yet. Personally I have installed the new version and there’s an even simpler idiot-proof installer, and a new custom Ubuntu font, which I have to say, looks very nice. This also comes with a new-look interface which, with the effects on, has the wow factor of a truly modern OS; commercial applications are now integrated into a new Software Centre. Just like the previous edition, Canonical is embracing the cloud with Ubuntu One with 2GB of free cloud storage for each and every penguin out there. Notably, there is also mobile access on Androids and iPhones, as well as a music sync function to said devices.

The Netbook Remix edition also includes the new ‘Unity’ interface, designed specifically for smaller screened devices that even includes support for touch gestures – click through for a short demonstration video.

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By October 10, 2010 Read More →

X-Plane 9 for iPad/iPhone – Video


It’s Sunday once again and that means it is time for an app video demo. This week I look at X-Plane 9 which is available for the iPad and iPhone.

At £5.99 it is not cheap but it certainly is good value for money. X-Plane 9 is no ordinary flight simulator and with the added bonus of pinch to zoom on iOS you will see that you get some beautiful ways to view the plane in flight.

Enjoy the video below and please feel free to let us know if there is anything in particular you would like us to demo. I think we have phones on all platforms so tell us what you want.

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By October 9, 2010 Read More →

IM+ updated for iPad/iPhone

IM You may have seen some time ago our review of IM+ for the iPad. If you now use it you will be pleased to hear an update is available that will bring you the following features:

  • VoiceOver: incoming messages instant playback without tapping
  • Extra wallpapers available for downloading
  • UI improvements
  • Large contact list management improvements
  • History saving in IM+ Web at
  • Lock Orientation repaired for iPhone

If you don’t currently use it why not try IM+ Lite. It’s free which always helps.


Posted by: James

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By October 9, 2010 Read More →

Windows Phone 7 Launch Event

Windows Phone Event

Monday is the big day for Windows Phone 7. Microsoft are holding an event in London, that we have mentioned before, to officially launch the new OS. I will be there at the event and will be tweeting the news as it happens so please keep an eye out in your Twitter timelines for me.

At the event I would imagine we will get a confirmed date for when we can expect devices to be available to buy. I know the 21st has been knocking around the web as a strong possibility.

Fingers crossed we will also get to see some devices from the manufactures that are supporting Windows Phone 7. It will be interesting to see how many each are unveiling and on which networks.

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Oooh, it’s so exciting!


Posted by: James

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By October 8, 2010 Read More →

ÜberTwitter gets an update for BlackBerry users

If you use a BlackBerry then chances are you may use UberTwitter. The app has received an update today to bring you the below features and improvements.


  • Map Provider – Allow users to select either MapQuest (default) or BlackBerry maps to display users locations. User action to retrieve a map You now have to click the ‘Retrieve Map’ button after opening a tweet in order for the map to be retrieved. This will result in substantially lower bandwidth requirements and improved battery life.
  • UberChannel date display bug fix – Fixed a bug where tweets in UberChannel streams had the date incorrectly displayed.
  • Resetting tweets to retrieve bug – Fixed bug where on an upgrade the number of tweets to retrieve would reset to 60.
  • Highlight color in Midnight Theme bubble layout – The highlight color in the Midnight theme when using the bubble layout is now much easier to discern.
  • Text Ad color -  We changed the color of the text ads to conform to the them colors. The ads are still clearly marked as an advertisement.
  • GPS Radio Activation -  The GPS radio will now only be activated when you open the compose tweet screen IF you have selected to use the GPS radio to determine location. This should greatly reduce battery drain, but may result in the location mechanism falling back to the cell tower method on some occasions.


ÜberTwitter is a free Twitter app but there is a paid version if you don’t want the adverts on it. You can subscribe by clicking here.


Posted by: James

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By October 8, 2010 Read More →

Firefox beta available for Android and Maemo devices


Firefox is the latest alternative browser now available for Android as long as you are running version 2.0 and and above. The Nokia N900 is also supported.  Want to check it our? just click here.

Here are the all important features you will get with Firefox beta for Android:

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