June 26th, 2011 by Samantha
The telecommunications giant Orange has come up with an innovative solution for festival-goers who find themselves running out of phone charge and with no access to a plug socket.
Orange has created the ‘Sound Charge T-Shirt’, a garment fitted with a piezoelectric film material which absorbs festival noise in the form of vibrations and turns it into electrical voltage to be used for charging mobile devices. The user needs only to connect their phone to the T-shirt’s battery pack to give their handset a quick boost.
On full charge, one T-shirt should have enough electricity to fully power up two standard mobiles or one smartphone.
June 16th, 2011 by Isabella
Is your phone looking a bit battered and bruised, in desperate need of replacing? Or do you just have your eye on the very latest smartphone? Unfortunately, most decent phones cost quite a bit of cash, especially if you want one of the very latest, feature-filled models.
A great way to raise some extra cash, and quickly, is to play online bingo. Sites like cheeky bingo are jam-packed with huge jackpot prizes, as well as loads of fun and friendly players waiting to have a chat and a laugh with you.
Offers for new players
If you’re thinking of signing up and joining the long list of cheeky bingo winners, now is an excellent time to do it as the site is offering a few pretty exciting welcome offers. These include free bingo, as there are six free bingo rooms to enjoy at cheeky bingo. You can play for free and potentially take home jackpots of £50!
In addition, cheeky bingo is also offering to triple all first deposits made by new players at the site. This means that if you deposit £20, you’ll end up with a total of £60 with which to play.
So, go on, start playing bingo and winning cash to spend on your brand new phone!
June 14th, 2011 by Joseph
According to a new survey conducted by internet security firm Bullguard, a total of 53 per cent of UK phone users said that they didn’t think they needed online security.
Bullguard’s researchers spoke to 2,000 people as part of the survey, and found the following:
• 49 per cent admitted that they had never had concerns when accessing the internet from a mobile phone
• 42 per cent said online security when using mobile phones had never even crossed their minds
These results are very worrying, especially as spammers, hackers and virus writers tend to target the technology that is the most popular, such as smartphones.
June 9th, 2011 by Isabella
Everything Everywhere, the new brand created out of the merged phone companies T-Mobile and Orange, is to open a total of 30 new phone stores in the UK this year.
The new Everything Everywhere shops are expected to create around 150 new jobs, and will also have benefits for customers. Visitors to the stores will be able to download apps directly to smartphones, as well as having a choice of phones and tablet computers to purchase, including the brand new Apple iPad 2.
In addition, the stores will offer phone repairs, mobile phone battery recharges and free wi-fi access to customers.
June 6th, 2011 by Joseph
Sony Ericsson’s much-anticipated new smartphone, the Xperia Play, has now been released.
Whilst being described by its creators as a “smartphone first”, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is really for gamers; specifically, for fans of old-school PlayStation games.
The model is forgivably chunky, as it has a 4-inch, 480 x 854 screen, a long-lasting battery (five and a half hours) and a gamepad which slides out smoothly. It is sturdy yet responsive, and powerful enough to run most games.
Downsides to the Xperia Play, however, are that some games tend to crash and the touchpads don’t quite cut the mustard.
June 26th, 2010 by Samantha
A mobile phone called the Geemac phone has gone on sale and is targeted directly at the older generation. The phone has large buttons and a big screen for the short-sighted, has been and is designed to help elderly people who struggle to use modern mobile phones due to finding them far to complex. Many of us will have seen the same thing time and time again, a neibour or a relative struggling not only to use their mobile phone, but struggling to hear it ring also! The Geemarc Clearsound CL8200 is believed to be the loudest mobile available on the market, so let your mums of dads of your grandparents know that they can get a mobile which is possibly more suited to their needs!
June 25th, 2010 by Samantha
There are always new mobile phones launching and I am always intrigued to hear about new phones, with a new modern twist. Motorola are launching a new mobile phone, which flips out and is square in shape.
It is being aimed at the younger generation with features which include, a full five line Qwerty keyboard, it will run Googles Android 2.1 software along with featuring Motorola’s Motoblur interface, which aims to offer enhanced functionality, such as built in social media features like Twitter and Facebook etc. My mobile phone contract is nearly due to expire so I am on the lookout for something a bit different!
June 19th, 2010 by Samantha
Samsung have recently released the Samsung Wave – which I now have, and love! – which is the first (of hopefully many) handset that will run the companies new Bada OS.
The OS, being new, means that it doesn’t (yet) have many developers for it, so at the moment it only has a few apps. But, to be fair to Samsung, they are doing what they can to entice new people to their Bada OS – and we all know that the more customers = the more developers will want to build and make apps for the platform.
Samsung is currently offering a driving game, which I believe to be ‘need for speed’, to the first 1,200,000 customers who download it. When I jumped on to download it myself, it was down to only 500,000 people left to get it free – so the offer is going well, and I suggest you go get yours!
I wonder what else they will bring in to help the OS gain some solid roots in the fight against Apple’s Mac OSx and Google’s Android.
June 15th, 2010 by Samantha
Further evidence that Apple are having issues with their latest phone has been found by EndGagdet – Apple are advertising for three new positions, available within their iPhone division.
Bizarrely these new positions are for antenna engineers!
The whole new style of antenna, that Apple and all their fanboys/fangirls have been ranting on about for a while now, isn’t actually that good… You should be aware that if you hold the phone in a certain way the signal will drop, although it mainly only affects left handed people out there, (sorry but Apple just doesn’t love you lefties).
The matter hasn’t been helped by Apple, and certainly not be Steve Jobs himself, when he responded with, “’just don’t hold your phone that way”. Meow! This has lead Nokia to come out with their slogan of ‘how do you hold your phone’.
I think this Is an Apple own goal here, but instead of offering free repairs or things to help, Apple are advising owners to buy a £28 piece to cover over and solve the issue.
Clever marketing, or the beginning of the end?
June 5th, 2010 by Samantha
Nokia have announced the release of the N8, with the latest incarnation of Symbian; the much awaited Symbian3.
This is going to be a great SmartPhone, with its 12mp camera amongst other great features. However, they have also announced that it will be the last N series phone to use Symbian – boo!
So that means every flagship phone Nokia have released recently has been the last of the OS that it carries. Looking back over the last two years, we have had the Nokia N97 with Symbian, that was then replaced by the Nokia N900 with Maemo, which flew off the shelves, until Nokia announced the software is no more as it is merged to become Meego.
Nokia have now announced the N8 running Symbian3, which has been told its software will be sold for basic phones only, rather than the much loved N-series, so the next flagship that’s in the pipeline, the N9, will most likely be running Meego.
This really isn’t going to attract new developers to Nokia, as it seems every year they change the OS on their handsets, so any apps that are made won’t have the time in the market to really bring the cash flow back to the developer.
I believe this will cause issues to Nokia if they can’t keep to a firmware soon.