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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play launches in the UK March 31st

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2011

We’ve all been waiting for Sony Ericsson’s new gaming smartphone and now it looks like the Xperia Play will go on sale in the UK on March 31st. The Xperia Play will come with six games installed at launch and UK customers can expect it on Thursday the 31st of March, for a still unknown price.

Sony Ericsson says that the Xperia Play will have the biggest UK marketing campaign ever, so get ready for mega advertising. The games that are included at launch are Fifa 10, The Sims 3, Tetris, Bruce Lee Dragon Warriors, Start Battalion and Crash Bandicoot. There will be fifty different games available to download at launch through Sony’s PlayStation suite, so you will have plenty to play with more coming.

Asus Eee Tablets hitting the UK in April

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

Asus’ new range of tablets will be available in the UK in April, with the new Eee Slate being available in the beginning of April. In the middle of April, the new Eee Pad Transformer tablet and the Eee Pad Slide will be available in the UK and the company will also be launching the new Eee MeMo in the UK early in quarter 3. So you will certainly have your choice of Asus tablets.

The models will be available in three screen sizes, and a choice of either Windows 7 Home Premium or Google Android operating systems. So which one to buy?

Dell Venue Pro arrives in the UK: £459 off contract

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

Remember the Venue Pro? Well, it has been struggling to meet demand in the US due to some reworking, the nature of which is a mystery. But there’s good news for those of you living overseas. Beginning today, Dell’s UK store is taking orders for the unlocked slider for £459 (that’s $745).

The first deliveries are expected to arrive in 10 days. Let’s hope that they do. You’ve been waiting long enough, right? Germany is also getting the Venue Pro today for about €534.

HTC 7 Pro arrives in the UK

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2011

Last month we heard that the HTC 7 Pro would be available in the UK in February, and right on schedule, UK retailer Clove has just started selling the HTC 7 Pro, since it is listed as ‘in stock’ on their website. The HTC 7 Pro is a Windows Phone 7 smartphone that features a 3.6 inch WVGA display, a slide out QWERTY keyboard, and the 3.6 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.

Some other features include a 1GHz processor, a five megapixel camera, and 16GB of built in storage. It also has Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR and 802.11 b/g/ WiFi.

Samsung Wave II now available in the UK

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2011

The Samsung Wave II smartphone was announced last year and is now available in the UK with several mobile operators including Orange, O2 and Vodafone. The Wave II features a 1GHz processor, a five megapixel camera with an LED flash and a 3.7 inch Super Clear LCD display with a resolution of 800 x 400 pixels.

Other features of the Samsung Wave II include 802.11 WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and HSPA connectivity, built in GPS and the latest version of Samsung’s Bada OS.

Samsung adds Lovefilm streaming to UK Blu-ray players

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2011

Europe may not have Netflix, but they have an equivalent called Lovefilm. You might remember that Amazon recently bought the company. Well, now Lovefilm is in the news once again.

Samsung has announced its intententions to include Lovefilm movie streaming as an app on all of its Blu-ray players in the UK. This will enhance both the subscription service’s profile and its own ability to providing the user with multifunctional, “smart” technology. If others start including Lovefilm on their devices, Amazon just may end up owning UK TV screens at some point.

Amazon to buy UK movie streaming and rental service Lovefilm

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2011

Amazon has announced that it has some spare change and has agreed to buy up all the remaining shares of Lovefilm that it didn’t already own. The British company is a subscription-based movie rental and streaming service for the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Looks like Amazon might have the final piece in place to battle Netflix. The acquisition is expected to be complete by the end of Q1 of this year.

UK teen buys $750,000 of his own music online using stolen credit cards

Posted in iTunes by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2010

Credit card fraud is always going on somewhere and the latest example is a UK teen who recently got caught using stolen credit cards to purchase about $750,000 worth of music. His own music that he and his band offered on Amazon and the iTunes music store between January 2008 and June 2009. By doing so, he earned himself some nice royalty fees. Not that this will help him when he is behind bars.

The group allegedly downloaded the songs 6,000 times during that period. Crime doesn’t pay kids. And if you have to buy your own music to make it sell, maybe you should get a new gig.

Google Nexus S UK delayed until December 22nd

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

The Google Nexus S was scheduled to go on sale in the UK today, but now Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy have just announced that the Nexus S wont go on sale until the 22nd of December. We don’t have any details on why the Nexus S has been delayed, but it could be due to the bad weather in the UK right now.

It could be that the units just can’t get where they need to get to. Earlier today there was news that the price of the Nexus S had dropped to £429, and it is now also cheaper on contract than what was previously announced.

PS3 to start streaming ITV and Channel 4 in the UK

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on December 13th, 2010

The Guardian is reporting that both ITV and Channel 4, two of the nation’s largest commercial channels, are bringing their video catchup services to the PlayStation 3. The ITV Player and 4OD have had web-based services for some time and now they have both made deals with Sony, who expects their overall traffic to improve by 10 percent.

ITV says they are open to adding their content to “other consoles,” web-connected TVs, and tablets, while Channel 4 has had no luck with Xbox 360 deals and the Wii isn’t for them since it doesn’t support advertising. Sony however is very open to more content and welcomes them.

Jolicloud netbook may launch in the UK on Friday

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

We know that Jolicloud will be introducing its own netbook, the Jolibook, soon, and word is that those in the UK will be getting theirs this Friday, with a launch in other countries after that. Don’t expect the Jolibook to wow you with awesome specs, though.

There’s an Intel Atom N550 1.5GHz dual core processor, a 250GB hard drive and the Jolicloud Linux-based operating system, specially optimized to run on netbooks. The Jolibook may make a name for itself in educational institutions in the UK since Jolicloud is currently talking to education suppliers over there.

Lovefilm now live on UK PlayStation 3 consoles

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2010

The PS3 really does do everything. It just got Hulu Plus in the US recently, and now the console has just started streaming movies action in the UK, with Lovefilm. If you are in the UK, it is free. You just have to have a £5.99 or above monthly Lovefilm subscription.

Just be aware that there’s a limit on how much streaming you can do at that price point. Those restrictions go away on the £9.99 top tier, letting you enjoy as many movies as you want.

ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Android Tablet now available for pre-order in the UK

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2010

The ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Android tablet is now available for pre-order in the UK in Misco’s online store. The tablet will cost you 399.99 GBP (or about $638). The ViewPad 7 features a 7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen display, along with a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor.

Some other features include 512MB of RAM, 512MB of flash memory, a full-sized SIM card slot, a microSD card slot (up to 32GB), a 3-megapixel camera, a front-facing VGA camera for video calling, G-sensor, A-GPS, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and Android 2.2 Froyo runs the show.

PS3 and Lovefilm get official

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

The earlier leak came directly from Sony itself, so this isn’t a suprise, but Eurogamer has confirmed that British film streaming service Lovefilm will indeed be coming to the PlayStation 3. If you have never heard of them, it is basically the UK answer to Netflix.

The partnership will allow people to buy pay-per-view movies or, if they’re on Lovefilm’s £5.99 subscription or above, let them stream content. In this case on the PS3.

Lovefilm could be headed to UK PlayStation 3 consoles

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on October 11th, 2010

Many Americans may not know what Lovefilm is and may have never heard of it, but for those living in the UK, it’s basically their Netflix. So UKers are probably very happy about a video that has since been pulled from Sony’s YouTube channel.

Basically Lovefilm streaming will be coming to UK-based PS3 owners sometime this autumn, with a bunch of search options available and free trials offered to those who’ve yet to try it out. We’ll likely hear more from Sony soon, but for now keep your fingers crossed.