Archive for September, 2011

By September 30, 2011 Read More →

Twitter does it differently

twitter_newbird_boxed_whiteonblue Ever since Google+ emerged, commentators have been trying to work out who is competing with who in the realtime social world. For my money Facebook and Google+ are locking antlers in the identity/ social fight while Twitter has one eye on both in it’s rear view mirror as it happily gets on with developing the news/ information space.

On both Facebook and Google+ it really matters that you are who you say you are. Real identities are at the core of how both companies are monetising or plan to monetise us. Facebook and Google have set themselves up as the arbiters of identity. Twitter on the other hand couldn’t care less who we are. After all, as I’ve always said and, as Kevin Thau Twitter VP for corporate and business development said the other day: "Twitter is for news. Twitter is for content. Twitter is for information." It’s not for ‘socialising’.

Of course both Facebook and Google+ update in realtime like Twitter, and Facebook’s new Ticker is effectively Facebook’s own Twitter but so what? The whole web is going realtime.

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By September 30, 2011 Read More →

Vodafone launches reward scheme for pre paid customers


Orange do it with Orange Wednesdays and O2 have Priority Moments. Now Vodafone are giving something back to pre paid customers.

Vodafone Freebee Rewardz will apply to all customers who top up £5 or more and they will receive a voucher code in an SMS. These vouchers can be used with Vodafone partners such as BLOCKBUSTER, confectionist Thorntons and Merlin, the people who do vouchers for the likes of Alton Towers and Thorpe Park theme parks.

Vouchers can also be saved up for future offers and I would imagine more partners will come onboard as time progresses.

“Vodafone Freebee Rewardz is a unique scheme as we’re giving our customers something more than just discounts and customers can take part with whatever pay as you go phone they have,” Vodafone consumer director Srini Gopalan said.

Nice work Vodafone.


Posted by: James

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By September 30, 2011 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Unboxing Video

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It seems we have been waiting for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for ages. With a market that is now saturated with Tablets can the Galaxy 10.1 get a slice of the Apple pie?

I am not a huge Android fan but my first impressions of the Tab are really positive. It feels great, is lightweight and Android Honeycomb seems much better than when I reviewed the Motorola XOOM some time back.

This particular model has been sent to us by Vodafone who have the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in stock if you fancy picking one up. I shall be shipping this one of to Gareth who will do the full review over the next couple of weeks. He is the perfect man for the job as he uses the original Tab on a daily basis. Can he handle this new bigger version?

In the meantime you can see the unboxing video below:


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By September 29, 2011 Read More →

Phones 4U new TV advert – Terrifying!


Phones 4U have produced some great, and also annoying TV adverts in recent years. The new advert has a slightly different concept to previous attempts and I am hoping it wont be shown at a time when children can see it. Titled ‘Missing Our Deals Will Haunt You’ they have a ghost promoting special deals. Bizarre!

You can see the video below, if you dare!

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By September 29, 2011 Read More →

Motorola DEFY Plus–Now In Stock at Clove

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Are you after a water proof, scratch proof and dust proof high end Android device? If the answer is yes than you may well want to consider the Motorola Defy Plus which Clove now have in stock.

The lightning-fast 1GHz processor lets you keep up with your social networks and browse the web with ease, even on the go. Android 2.3 gives you the latest Android smartphone experience with Adobe Flash Player.

Motorola Media Link let’s you sync, back up and share your phone’s content. The 5MP camera features a dual LED flash and automatic capture mode adjustment, so you know your pictures and videos will turn out great.

Plus, with a selection of great preloaded apps like Zinio digital magazine reader, 7digital music store and Cardio Trainer, your phone is not only lifeproof, it’s boredom proof, keeping you entertained and informed on the go.

For more information or to order yours at just £205+VAT you can do so HERE.


Posted by: James

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By September 29, 2011 Read More →

Amazon is doing an Apple

kindle_fire,jpg Jeff Bezos is smart. He’s no Steve Jobs but who is? However, Amazon’s Kindle strategy has, and continues to, successfully ape what Apple did with its first iPod and iTunes.

Apple decided to focus on selling people on music. Initially their own music on CDs and then ultimately through the iTunes store. They released a low specification but simple way to listen to your music on the go. Nothing more. They iterated and evolved this one basic thing – portable music – into the Apple behemoth we have today.

Amazon are repeating the idea but they started in reverse with their core strength – selling books. They made a basic ebook reader to serve those books and have been iterating on that simple idea ever since.

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By September 29, 2011 Read More →

Jessie J talks BlackBerry

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I’m sure you saw me post last week where I told you about the BlackBerry party I attended in Central London. You know, the one where Jessie J performed.

As a BlackBerry fan Jessie was happy to talk to the guys at RIM on video and detail why she loves her BlackBerry so much.

With the party celebrating the launch of BBM Music as well as the new BlackBerry 7 devices Jessie tells us what her favorite apps are as well as who she would listen to on BBM music.

You can see the video below:

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By September 29, 2011 Read More →

HTC Explorer announced

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HTC have today officially announced the HTC Explorer, their lowest priced Android device to date. The Explorer will not be a contender for you Smartphone geeks however it will provide a perfect platform for consumers to switch to their first Smartphone due to its low price. Although prices will be carrier dependant the Explorer should be around the £100 mark. I got hands on with the device last week and it really is a beauty, although small with a 3.2 inch HCGA screen.

You can see the official press release below:

HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today unveiled HTC Explorer, its most affordable Smartphone and the latest addition to its global portfolio of devices. HTC Explorer brings an advanced smartphone experience to first time smartphone customers.  With a curved and compact design, a 3.2″ HVGA touchscreen and 3MP camera, HTC Explorer offers smartphone performance in an attractive and affordable phone.

“HTC Explorer is an easy-to-use smartphone that puts the customer in control, providing quick access to their most important content and information,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing, HTC Corporation. “HTC Explorer is simply a smarter phone for anyone and it represents another clear demonstration of HTC’s global commitment to expanding the market for advanced smartphones.”

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By September 29, 2011 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 138: Rubbing shoulders with the stars

Web bannerGareth and James are in tonight for some fun with phones. Probably worth mentioning that Matt is on the podcast as well, ahem. James gives us an update on his social life including Blackberry, HTC and snubbing Jessie J. There is a whole bunch of little bits of news to cover this week rather than any big announcements, that’ll be next week.

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By September 28, 2011 Read More →

Online storage to go mainstream with Apple’s iCloud

iCloud Apple’s iCloud is a big deal. A very big deal. As with iTunes before it (which will be tightly integrated with iCloud) where Apple goes the industry usually follows.

That’s not to say Apple invented the online audio business or the online data storage business or even the graphical user interface or portable mp3 players. No, Apple’s iCloud is just the latest example of them taking an existing ‘niche’ technology and bringing it to the masses – one of their core skills just as much as the more often quoted industrial design. You can look at almost all Apple’s most successful products and find many antecedents. What Apple does is simplify and make them better.

Online data storage has been around as long as the web itself and there have been many attempts to bring it to the mainstream. Believe me, I’ve tried all of them including Xdrive, Elephant Drive, Windows Live Mesh, Windows Live Sky Drive and latterly and currently the best of the bunch by a long chalk, Dropbox.

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