Archive for September, 2011

By September 21, 2011 Read More →

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray unboxing video

se-xperia-ray-ofic Sony Ericsson seem to be churning out Android phones with impressive frequency and this week we have another, the Xperia ray.

Upon first inspection the ‘ray’ looks a bit like a smaller Arc with similar design elements. The thing that really stands about about the ray, though, is the display. Despite it being only a 3.3 inch screen SE have managed to cram 480×854 pixels in to that small space and the result is an extremely sharp screen with high pixel-density and it looks great.

Other specs are impressive with 1Ghz CPU and 1GB ROM to name just a few. Check out the benchmark score in the unboxing and demo video below!


Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By September 20, 2011 Read More →

The HTC Rhyme is announced


Over in New York today HTC have announced a new Android device , the HTC Rhyme, which has a nice range of accessories. The Plum colored version will be offered to UK customers exclusively on O2.

HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile devices, today unveiled HTC Rhyme, a new kind of phone created for people who require advanced features but want a phone that is sleek and fits seamlessly into their lives. The result is the elegant HTC Rhyme that delivers a fresh approach of integrating distinct colors, HTC Sense and complementary accessories for a natural personal experience.

“HTC Rhyme represents an entirely new approach, based on recognition that there is a substantial group of consumers who want their phones to be more personal and complimentary to every moment of their day,” said Scott Croyle, vice president of design, HTC Corporation. “HTC Rhyme is focused on delivering this through a fresh new style and experience that includes a family of innovative accessories like the HTC Rhyme Charm and Docking Station that are meant to naturally integrate into people’s lives.”

Posted in: Press Releases
By September 20, 2011 Read More →

Shortmail reinvents email and then breaks it

`Shortmail-1 Many of us have a love hate relationship with email but like it or loathe it email is still ubiquitous. One company trying to make email a little less painful is Shortmail.

Shortmail is a web service whose aim is to simplify email. Not only do they restrict messages to only 500 characters but they don’t allow attachments or any kind of folder or label management. On the face of it that all sounds great. As they say: "Just communication – with any email user, anywhere. All emails are limited to 500 characters. Messages are always short and to the point."

Great, I’m in. And then I used it. The reality of Shortmail is somewhat less interesting. If someone sends you an email longer than 500 characters it gets put into a Quarantine area which I didn’t even know existed. The sender gets sent email saying their message was too long which they don’t understand as there is an expectation with email which Shortmail breaks. It all gets very messy very quickly and I found myself managing my emails even more than before.

Read on for more.

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By September 20, 2011 Read More →

Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 10 & Adobe Premiere Elements 10 Bundle

adobe-logo Adobe Systems Incorporated  today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 10 & Adobe Premiere Elements 10 bundle for Windows and Mac, the newest version of Adobe’s award-winning, Number. 1 selling consumer photo- and video-editing software*. This milestone release celebrates 10 years of bringing powerful, easy-to-use technology to consumers. Available as standalone products (see separate press releases) or as a single retail package, the Photoshop Elements 10 & Adobe Premiere Elements 10 bundle offers two complete solutions that redefine what it means to bring photos and videos to life.

“The Photoshop Elements 10 & Adobe Premiere Elements 10 bundle brings together all the functionality people need to easily create, perfect and share both photo and video memories,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products, Adobe. “The new features expand the creative possibilities with photos and videos. And now, more than ever, people who capture photos are experimenting with video, so we’re offering new tools and technology that bring video editing to photographers in a way that is natural and easy for them.”


Posted in: Press Releases
By September 19, 2011 Read More →

App applause – Summify

Summify_logo If you’re anything like me (god help you) you get most of your news via Twitter, Facebook and/ or an RSS reader and not direct from the original source. OK, if you’re not then move along. There’s nothing to see here.

In fact I gave up on RSS last year and depend totally on Twitter and Facebook for news. The one downside of getting rid of the tyranny of the unread item count in RSS is that it’s easy to miss stories as they fly by on Twitter.

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By September 19, 2011 Read More →

Acer beTouch E210 review

Acer beTouch E210 review There are plenty of phones on the market now with a keyboard, but surprisingly, in a market bursting with choice, there doesn’t seem to be many portrait qwerty devices running Android despite it being the world’s most popular platform. It seems like it isn’t the most popular form factor to say the least, but this hasn’t stopped Acer – they’re trying their luck with the E210.

Acer have previously dipped their toes into the mobile phone market, but, let’s be honest, their lack of advertising and support from networks means they’re a rare sight at best on the high street, be it in shops or in shopper’s hands – the first thing that many say when presented with an Acer smartphone is “Acer makes phones?!”. For Acer, that is a worrying thing. That level of brand and product knowledge is never a good start, so is the E210 good enough for a place in your pockets?

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By September 19, 2011 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S III specs leaked by anonymous masked phantom

samsung-galaxy-s-III-blur-550x451The time is almost upon us again that Samsung should be updating their flagship device, I mean it’s been over 6 months since we first saw it. We know Samsung has been hard at work on the Galaxy S III and they’ve even semi-announced that it will be dropping sometime in 2012. But just how much better could a device get than the Galaxy S II? I mean, you can’t go above 1080p video recording, right? Well, according to anonymous 4chan user, things can get a lot better.

The specifications for the SGSIII are of course subject to change, but are Samsung-developed 2.0GHz quad-core CPU (no codename given), 1.5gb RAM, 32gb internal memory (with sd card slot), and a 4.65 inch screen. A new display called Super AMOLED III is being developed specifically for the phone (SGS had Super AMOLED, SGS II had Super AMOLED Plus, SGS III has Super AMOLED III) with 1280×1024 resolution, giving the phone a ppi of 352, which they emphasized that a 352ppi will make it the highest ppi mobile phone.

It also has a 2250 mAh battery, 10 megapixel camera and is capable of shooting 1080p video at 60 frames per second, and will come with an inbuilt NFC chip. The device is 9mm thick, has a metal and glass body (a really clean, shiny look to it in the pictures), has a 2250mAh battery, 10 megapixel camera and is capable of shooting 1080p video at 60 frames per second.

The reason for no demo phone was that the screen technology was still in the final stages of design and production of them have not started.

The phone will have Androids latest Ice Cream Sandwich software and an all new TouchWiz 5 which has been in co-development with Google during the development of the Galaxy Nexus, so according to the Samsung representatives, it isn’t as "intrusive to Android" as previous TouchWiz versions were. It seems TouchWiz will play a minor role and only have little improvements to ICS. It won’t control the user experience.

One of the reasons why they’re not going with a full TouchWiz experience is for a few reasons, one being that the ICS experience is very user friendly already and also it will also Samsung to update software on their phones at a faster rate than they have in the past.

Okay, if there’s anything that questions this “source’s” credibility, it would be this Galaxy S III leak. However, by next February these kind of specs, might just be feasible. The Galaxy S II was a pretty impressive piece of kit and 6 months before we first got our hands on it, those specs seemed a little over the top.

Posted by: Gareth

Posted in: Rumours
By September 18, 2011 Read More →

The T-Mobile parking ticket: full video


We posted a teaser video earlier in the week of a new TV advert T-Mobile have made. The full version is now online with a shorter version being used on UK TV.

Once again T-Mobile have proved they do a sterling job when it comes to adverts.

You can see below what happened when thousands of motorists across Britain, got a surprise they didn’t expect.

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By September 18, 2011 Read More →

Quick Review: Conqu for BlackBerry PlayBook


Conqu for the Blackberry PlayBook is a to-do list and planning application. I personally use it almost as a calendar replacement and I find it replaces a calendar well.

The layout of Conqu is very basic and easy to use, which is why this app appeals to me. When you open the app you are shown a display that gives you your information you need. You have a multiple pane view, which has become common on Note applications for tablets. On the left pane you have your categories: Inbox, Today, Next, Future, Waiting, Projects and Notifications. On the right pane, you have your selected category’s necessary information, if you select ‘Inbox’, it’ll show your Inbox; if you select ‘Today’, it’ll show you things you need to get done today. In the bottom right hand corner you have four buttons; you have your ‘Archives’ button that allows you to see events you have already checked. Then you have ‘Back Burner’, which shows you all the events you have changed to do at a later time using the ‘Back Burner’ option. You also have deleted items and the option to search through your events. Finally, you have a ‘create a task’ bar to type in a task and the ‘Add task’ button.


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By September 18, 2011 Read More →

Zombie Highway for iOS – Video


Zombie Highway is another one of those games that you stumble upon and become hooked. Unlike any other game I have played on the iPhone the idea of the game if to drive as far as you can without being destroyed by the Zombies that will jump onto your truck.

You can shoot them off with a selection of weapons or just crush them by slamming into parked vehicles. Fun!

The game is free at the moment so go get it.

You can see a demo video below:


Posted in: Videos/Unboxings