Archive for May, 2012

ZTE launch new video conferencing systems

T700 A100 Remote02

ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) has launched today the first of its new high-definition video conferencing solutions into the UK market in association with UK distributor Touchline Video UK. The ZTE T700 4MX and T700 8MX video conferencing systems provide superior call quality and outstanding visual communication for small to medium business environments.

Creating a more natural meeting experience that can be deployed in any working environment, the ZTE T700 series delivers pin-sharp 1080p HD video resolution, crystal-clear high fidelity audio and an integrated, wide-angle PTZ camera which provides exceptional quality video and audio and high performance at a very competitive price.

The ZTE T700 is ideal for small and medium business users, remote office locations and home tele-workers requiring cost-effective videoconferencing solutions with true-to-life video quality and easy set up.

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Carphone Warehouse teams up with Norton to offer mobile security


Norton by Symantec today announced a partnership agreement with Carphone Warehouse.  Under the terms of the agreement, Carphone Warehouse will offer Norton’s award-winning Norton Mobile Security throughout its footprint of over 800 stores across the UK.

The agreement sees Norton Mobile Security offered along with every new Android handset purchased at Carphone Warehouse. Norton Mobile Security provides Android customers with protection and security for their mobile devices and the personal information that is saved and stored on them. The technology features remote locate, lock and wipe to secure the device, if it is stolen, plus call and text blocker and anti-phishing web protection to protect against the growing number of mobile threats and scams.  The findings from Symantec’s recent Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) show that mobile vulnerabilities increased by 93 per cent in 2011.

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Everything Everywhere sim card allows for remote control cooking with the iTotal Control Oven


Yes, you did read the title correctly! This one strikes me as being a little odd but I suppose it is a natural progression in technology.

Everything Everywhere, the business that runs Orange in the UK and the country’s biggest communications company, has today announced that AGA Rangemaster has selected its proprietary M2M Management Platform and SIM cards from Orange for the new AGA iTotal Control oven.

By integrating Orange SIM cards into the new AGA iTotal Control oven, AGA customers can maintain complete remote control over their ovens, wherever they are. Those with no internet connection can text their oven with simple commands such as “baking oven on” or “all ovens off”, and will receive a reply confirming the action has been taken.  It takes less than one hour for AGA ovens to reach temperature, and the new functionality will enable customers to plan ahead when it suits them.

For customers with a smartphone or tablet, applications can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store that provide a visualization of the AGA iTotal Control oven, which can be controlled by touchscreen.  For those people not on the move but not at home either, a dedicated web portal has been designed to allow them to control their AGAs from a PC or laptop.

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Nvidia Kai – Cheap Quad Core!

kaiforcheaperquadtabs23NVIDIA is working hard to make good on their promise to make $199.99 Tegra 3 quad-core tablets possible. NVIDIA’s VP of Investor Relations, Rob Csongor recently revealed during a recent stockholder meeting that the company is working on what it calls the "Kai" platform. He didn’t go into detail about it, but indicated that it will be a low-cost architecture that will allow for budget priced quad-core tablets. The stockholder meeting is pretty long at about 33 minutes, but we have included it in the source links below. Here’s a quote from the audio:


Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point, and the way we do that is a platform we’ve developed called Kai. So this uses a lot of the secret sauce that’s inside Tegra 3 to allow you to develop a tablet at a much lower cost, by using a lot of innovation that we’ve developed to reduce the power that’s used by the display and use lower cost components within the tablet.

Source: Nvidia


Posted by: Gareth

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Angry Birds Friends – Video

Angry Birds Friends


It looks like Angry Birds on Facebook is getting a boost. The above video was released on Rovio’s YouTube channel today and says that users will be able to compete with friends in weekly tournaments to win power-ups, with new levels to play each week.

I haven’t personally tried Angry Birds on the web. Maybe I will now.


Posted by: James

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings

HTC announce Android 4.0 road map


The nice people at HTC have published a road map showing us which devices will receive an update to Android 4.0 and when. There are a few of the lower end devices that are not on the list such as the Cha Cha and Wildfire S but overall the support looks pretty good and it is a big list.

And as you will see it is not only recent phones that will receive Ice Cream Sandwich. The Incredible S for example has been around since early 2011 and the same with the Desire S.

Nice job HTC.  You can see the full list below:

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Everything Everywhere launches Smart Signal Sharing – the final phase of the ‘big switch-on’

EE Logo

Everything Everywhere, the UK’s biggest communications company, has completed the final stage of the ‘big switch-on’ – Orange and T-Mobile’s signal sharing project. Smart Signal Sharing will mean that if a customer’s smartphone, tablet or dongle 3G signal starts to fade, it will automatically and seamlessly prioritise signal from the other network. This means customers will get access to fast, uninterrupted 3G in more places, more of the time.

Olaf Swantee, CEO of Everything Everywhere, said:

“Smart Signal Sharing marks the completion of the Orange and T-Mobile signal integration project, which provides our 27.5million customers with the widest 2G and 3G coverage available in Britain today. The launch is yet another proofpoint to our commitment to provide our customers with the best network in the UK – now and in the future.

Our continued investment into the network, including the launch of 50% faster 3G speeds through HSPA+, allows our customers to access the internet, social networks or download emails faster in more places than ever before.”

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Everything Everywhere confident in providing 4G this year


Earlier on today I met up with experts from the Everything Everywhere team that are responsible for the future roll out of 4G across the two networks (Orange and T-Mobile).

The company are steaming ahead with plans to roll out the upgrade this year despite a final decision to made by Ofcom. Although the decision is still pending EE are under the opinion that it should all go through fairly painlessly and are under the impression that why wouldn’t Ofcom want the evolution in new technology. Even if the ‘go ahead’ is delayed, fear not as Everything Everywhere are still going ahead and installing the required hardware and software into existing cell sites so a role-out can begin as soon as the approval is met.

This will leave Everything Everywhere with a clear advantage over the other UK networks as they are yet to focus on 4G, so I am told. With HSPA+ 42 up and running we may well see the counties largest network grow even more?

Thinking about it, the company have done a wonderful job over the past year or two. Not only have they merged the Orange and T-Mobile networks together they have then integrated firstly 2G roaming and then more recently 3G.

Some of the current speed caps etc may not be perfect but I have a feeling that things are on the shift later on in the year.


Posted by: James

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No more traffic jams with INRIX for iPhone and iPad

Inrix iOS

We have covered INRIX in the past over on the BlackBerry but announced today is the welcomed iOS version.

INRIX, a leading international provider of traffic information and driver services, introduces a new app for the iPhone and iPad that helps drivers take control of their commute and avoid traffic. INRIX Traffic helps cut the cost of gridlock with the following time-saving features:  

· Your Fastest Routes to Home & Work:  Drivers can easily decide which route is the best choice to get around today’s traffic. Only INRIX analyses the impact accidents, sporting events, concerts and other unique local events have on traffic to deliver the fastest routes with the least delay. 

· Recommended Departure & Travel Times:  The INRIX Traffic Forecast Slider shows drivers the best options for avoiding frustrating delays now and in the future. 

· Share INRIX Arrival Times:  Easily send your INRIX Arrival Time instantly to any contact with just a few taps.

· Personalised Traffic Alerts:  Drivers can uniquely tune their app to only alert them to accidents and other incidents causing delays along their route.

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Samsung Galaxy SIII “fastest selling pre-order of 2012” according to Carphone Warehouse


With one week to go before the handset arrives, Carphone Warehouse today revealed customers have pre-ordered thousands of the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy SIII. More than 800 stores will stock the SIII upon launch, making Carphone Warehouse the largest distributor in the UK and the only retailer to offer deals with all major UK mobile networks.

Graham Stapleton, Chief Commercial Officer at Carphone Warehouse, says, "Pre-order demand for the new Galaxy SIII has surpassed expectations since the handset was first unveiled two weeks ago. The first 24 hours alone saw thousands placing their pre-order at Carphone Warehouse."

Graham adds, "The Galaxy SIII is without a doubt the fastest selling pre-order of 2012 so far. We’re gearing up for an exceptionally busy launch day at the end of the month as the handset lands on shelves at our stores across the UK."
On 29th May, the Samsung Galaxy SIII will be available from 7pm for pre-order customers at selected stores, with general sales starting on the 30th across all Carphone Warehouse stores. The handset will be free with monthly tariffs from £28 per month.


Available from Carphone Warehouse  or 0800 925 925.


Posted by: James

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