Archive for June, 2013

By June 30, 2013 Read More →

Huawei doing a new tablet this a confused identity

Huawei-MediaPad-7-Vogue-3It looks like Huawei didn’t want Sony, LG and Samung to be the only brands to carry a supersized, crazy phablet category device. On the same day that Sony announced their new Xperia Z Ultra 6.44-inch phablet, Huawei just announced a 7-inch phone called the MediaPad 7 Vogue. We will simply share the press release (with specs bolded).

Some will call it a phablet and others a straight up tablet, but lets not forget that 7″ tablets do frequently come with a 3G modem, an ear speaker at the top, a microphone at the bottom alongside the ability of make calls. This doesn’t enter the tablet into the phone arena.

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By June 28, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Podcast -4: Release Candidate 2

RTA Logo 1Gareth and Matt enjoy a warm and fuzzy recollection of days gone by in this the third installment of the Retro Tech Addicts podcast.

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By June 27, 2013 Read More →

EE adds 4G to 11 more towns

4g_ee Everything Everywhere have been busy updating their 4G network and have enabled 4G coverage in a further 11 towns in the UK, bringing the total to 85.

  • 4G arrives in Aldershot, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bracknell, Hitchin, Horsham, Leatherhead, Letchworth, Stevenage, Warrington and Weston-super-Mare
  • EE now delivering superfast 4G mobile to businesses and consumers in 85 towns and cities across the UK
  • 4G reaches more than 55% of the UK population, just eight months after launch

June 27, 2013 – EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, today announced that 4G is available in 11 more towns across the UK. The superfast mobile network now covers 85 towns and cities across the UK.

Today, EE 4G is being switched on in Aldershot, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bracknell, Hitchin, Horsham, Leatherhead, Letchworth, Stevenage, Warrington and Weston-super-Mare as the rapid pace of the roll out continues. 4G from EE now covers the homes and businesses of more than 55% of the UK population.

Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive Officer, EE, said:

“Today’s launch sees us continue to extend the reach of superfast 4G mobile to more consumers and businesses across the UK, from Warrington to Weston-super-Mare. With double-speed 4G launching this summer, as well as Shared 4GEE plans and Pay-As-You-Go 4G Mobile Broadband, we continue to innovate and enable the best possible digital experience for our customers.”

EE 4G mobile customers have instant web access while on the move: can download large files quicker than ever, watch live TV on mobiles without buffering and play live multiplayer games on the go. Consumers and businesses have access to the UK’s widest range of 4G mobile handsets, tablets and dongles including iPhone 5, iPad mini, Huawei Mobile Wi-Fi, Blackberry Z10, HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4, all available from EE stores and


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By June 26, 2013 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 203: T-T-T-T S-s-s-s ga-ga-ga muuuuu

Web bannerGareth, Matt and Dan are here with another UK update on the mobile front. Suffering a little lag from Skype the boys explore the Q10, the privacy fiasco, HTC’s bank balance and other stuff.

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By June 25, 2013 Read More →

Sony goes Phablet

Sony-Xperia-Z-Ultra-Snapdragon-800-officialFor months now we have heard rumours about Sony’s new entry into the "phablet" market. The original rumours dubbed it the Xperia ZU. In the end, that name was close. It is called the Xperia Z Ultra and that name sees to fit both its specs and its size. The display measures out to a whopping 6.44 inches, and the processor inside is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 running at 2.2GHz. Here’s a spec breakdown:

  • 6.44 inch 1080p Display with Triluminos and X-Reality Engine
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 4G LTE radio (with HD voice capabilities)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 16GB of on-board storage
  • A microSD slot
  • IP58-certified (water resistant)

As you can see, it has some intriguing new buzzwords attached to it. Below we have included a link to some cool videos showcasing the new superphone from Sony:
Sony Xperia Z Ultra Phablet Videos

Here’s the full press release below explaining things further,

Here’s the eye watering press release:

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By June 25, 2013 Read More →

eXpansys 0% Finance Offer on the HTC One and Galaxy S4

eXpansys Fancy picking up an HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4 and spreading the cost over the next 10 months interest free?

Well you can do exactly that courtesy of the guys over at eXpansys.

So now you can get your hands on one of the year’s best handsets without the big upfront cost and low interest free monthly payments.

How eXpansys finance works:

  • Choose finance at the checkout
  • Complete simple/short application
  • Get an instant decision
  • Pay 20% deposit on a credit/debit card
  • Get your awesome, shiny new smartphone
  • Pay balance interest free over the next 10 months

HTC One:

Handset Only:

  • – £100 deposit
  • – £40/month for 10 months

Handset + Accessory Bundle:

  • – £102 deposit
  • – £40.80/month for 10 months

Offer ends at midnight on Sunday 30th June

Plus you will get automatic entry into the Red Letter Days comp to win one of two Experience Days (Flying Experience or Rural Escape for Two)

Samsung Galaxy S4:

Handset Only

  • – £108 deposit
  • – £43.20/month for 10 months

Handset + Accessory Bundle

  • – £114 deposit
  • – £45.60/month for 10 months

Offer ends at midnight on Sunday 30th June

Plus you get the FREE personalised case worth £24.99 – AND automatic entry into the Red Letter Days comp to win one of two Experience Days (Flying Experience or Rural Escape for Two)

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By June 24, 2013 Read More →

BlackBerry Q10 unboxing video

blackberry-q10-qwerty-black A few weeks ago James treated us to a first look at the new BlackBerry Q10. The version of the handset he had was a pre-release from BlackBerry so I managed to get myself a retail BlackBerry Q10 from the guys over at eXpansys to unbox and demo.

The Q10, with its fixed QWERTY keyboard is likely to appeal to many die-hard BlackBerry fans for whom a BlackBerry isn’t a BlackBerry unless it has a hardware keyboard.

eXpansys have both black and white BlackBerry Q10’s in stock and you can see the full unboxing below.


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By June 23, 2013 Read More →

Streetcar Not Desired: Privacy Issues Stunt Google Initiatives

googleview Those who have never used the Google Street View application on their laptops or Google phones are missing out on one of the coolest features of Google Maps and Google Earth. Once you’ve zoomed in as far as the satellite images allow, Street View images, where available, can be accessed for an up-close-and-personal look at college campuses, historic landmarks, and even a home you are thinking of purchasing. The technology brings several cities across the globe right to your desktop, but the way the images are gathered have caused several governments to halt Google’s operations in their respective jurisdictions.

Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office accused Google of using its Street View cars to gather and store data from unsecured wifi networks it encountered in the process of taking photos and videos. Google initially dismissed the charges as "a simple mistake" on their part, according to the Daily Mail, but a follow-up investigation by U.S. regulators discovered Google specifically engineered software for the purpose of data hoarding. The ICO re-opened its investigation last summer and has requested Google reveal any personal information was gathered and what steps it took to prevent privacy breaches.

Around the same time Australia’s Privacy Commissioner discovered Google failed to destroy data it said it "inadvertently" gathered through 2010. According to ZDNet, Google informed the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, in March of 2011, that all the data it collected from open wifi networks had been destroyed. French authorities not only ordered Google to delete private data it gathered from its citizens, but also requested the actual data disks be surrendered to them.

Self-Driving Cars

The next big endeavor Google hopes to introduce to the general public is its self-driving cars. Company co-founder Sergey Brin told Time magazine he expects their automated vehicle technology to be a reality in the next five years. A vast majority (93 percent) of fatalities as a result of vehicle accidents are due to human error, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Google reasons their self-driving vehicles will save lives, lower auto insurance costs, and revolutionize transportation in general.

The fact Google’s self-driving cars rely on the data Street View cars gather may limit their geographic reach. Big Brother Watch, a U.K. civil liberties organization, has repeatedly referred to Google’s operations as "spy-fi" and said Google continually makes excuses instead of admitting its spying activities. China has already blocked access to most Google services, while authorities in Bangalore, India banned Google Street View cars in June of 2011.

More Trouble for Google

Privacy issues aside, the sheer cost of Google’s self-driving technology will hinder sales even if the cars are made available by 2017. Developers at Oxford University have been touting their own version of automated driving technology. The major difference between theirs and Google’s is the price, which Oxford claims would cost about $150 per car, compared to the six-figure price tag for Google’s automated cars. Oxford also claims it does not need the mapping data Google uses to navigate its cars.

The one place Google has been relatively free from scrutiny is its home United States. Other than the U.S. Department of Defense banning Google from publishing pictures of military bases, the company has endured just a few scattered lawsuits. The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging Google violated the Wiretap Act and Federal Communications Act. The FTC, however, failed to prosecute the case.

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By June 22, 2013 Read More →

Who is the highest paid person at HTC? Iron Man of course!

iron-man-embattledIt looks like shareholders of HTC took the decline of the company last year very seriously. According to a report at the Wall Street Journal, HTC Execs including the CEO Peter Chou all had pay reductions last year that amounted to a 50% drop. Here’s a quote with more of the details,

The embattled Taiwanese smartphone maker paid 31 executives a combined 660.5 million New Taiwan dollars (US$22 million) in salary, retirement pay, bonus and profit sharing last year, down 51% from NT$1.36 billion in 2011, according to the report.

The belt-tightening comes after a slide in HTC’s market share and earnings over the past two years amid product delays, unsuccessful marketing campaigns and growing competition from Samsung Electronics Co. and low-cost Chinese smartphone makers.

HTC Chief Executive Peter Chou and President of Engineering and Operations Fred Liu made less than NT$100 million each in total compensation last year for the first time in two years, while other high-level executives also moved to lower compensation brackets.

~ WSJ Meanwhile, it looks like the executives aren’t just banking on the HTC One to save them, they are trying to enlist the aid of Iron Man too! Seriously, HTC just signed Robert Downey Jr. to a $12 Million USD marketing agreement, in which he will assist them with a variety of television, print, and billboard advertising. There’s no word on if he will actually be in "Iron Man mode", but that seems unlikely. HTC would have to secure IP rights from Marvel to make that happen, so he will probably have to leave his repulsor beams at home.
Still, they are probably banking on the fact that people associate him with the character. In the long run, it could be a real adrenaline shot in the arm to HTC at a time when they need to keep the forward momentum going with the success of their HTC One.

Sauce: Phandroid

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By June 21, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Podcast -3: Release Candidate 1

RTA Logo 1Gareth and Matt enjoy a warm and fuzzy recollection of days gone by in this the third instalment of the Retro Tech Addicts podcast.

Featuring Gareth and Matt



This day in the past

HTC Kaiser

The Smartphone?
Matt: Orange SPV

Gareth: Palm Treo 650

The First significant game

Matt: SpyHunter

Gareth: Sorcery +Screenshots


Ben Hills
The Retro Tech Addicts podcasts have been good so far. All it needs now is for Gareth’s wife to pop in half way through bringing in a retro desert! Arctic roll or black forest gateaux perhaps? 🙂

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