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Dixons releases 7-inch and 10-inch Android Tablets in the UK

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 10th, 2010

UK retailer Dixons has just launched two new Android tablets in the UK. The Advent Amico and the Advent Vega. The Amico is a 7-inch tablet that runs the Google Android 2.1 OS, while the Vega is a larger 10.1-inch model with Google Android 2.2, a capacitive multitouch display and a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core CPU.

The Vega also features a 1.3MP camera, Wi-Fi and an SD card slot for expansion. The Advent Amico and Advent Vega are priced at £129.99 (or $207) and £249.99 (or $398).

Samsung Galaxy Tab UK price drops below £600

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

When we first heard news about prices for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, many of us shuddered at how expensive it would be. The Samsung Galaxy Tab originally turned up on Amazon with a list price of £799.99 ($1,243) SIM-free.

The price was then reduced to £680 ($1,056), And since then it been reduced to a more respectable £600 price point. Hopefully it will get even cheaper in order to compete better with the iPad. We love lower prices.

iPhone apps save UK government millions

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2010

The UK take their apps seriously. The government is reportedly saving millions of Pounds (about $350 million US dollars) just by developing iGovernment apps that help citizens. The Local Government Association (LGA) implemented the apps to allow iPhone users to get information on road conditions, pay for parking and lots of other stuff.

They can send in complaints or inform the government about any issue they want. One app allows users to send in hygiene ratings of local restaurants, another is used to complain about vandalism, snap a picture and send it in as a report.

Toshiba’s Android-powered AC100 Netbook now available for order in the UK

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2010

Many Toshiba fans have no doubt been drooling over the company’s AC100 Android-powered netbook and waiting patiently to get their hands on it. Well, it’s now available to order. You’ll need £293 (or $451 yankee dollars) for the Wi-Fi-only version.

The 3G version is called the 10U, is currently still in development, so you’ll need to wait on that one. In the meantime, the Wi-Fi version will give you a 10-inch display, Android 2.1, NVIDIA dual-core Tegra 250 chip, 512MB of RAM, Up to 8-hours of battery life, 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.1 and HDMI output.

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Gumdrop Bins let Britain recycle old chewing gum

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

This is a great idea. Take your worn out, chewed to death wad of gum, you know that old ABC gum(Already Been Chewed) and put it to good use, instead of under a table or on the sidewalk. Britain has launched a program to recycle your tired worn out chewing gum and “repurpose” it into tires, childrens toys and even mobile phone covers.

This government initiative runs from August 18th through September 15th and encourages people to toss their used chewing gum into special Bins at locations throughout twelve towns in the UK.

Kindle Store in the UK now open

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2010

Amazon.co.uk has started to ship its recently announced Kindle to those living in the UK, and while they were at it, they have also opened the UK Kindle Store. £149 will get you the 3G model, while for £119 you can get the Wi-Fi-only model. Digital books range from £3 to £11.

The UK Kindle Store will have a wide range of titles, with the usual New Releases and Bestsellers. You can pick from more than 170 top UK and international newspapers and magazines. All subscriptions will be delivered automatically to your Kindle, and there’s a free 14-day trial.

Nintendo DS R4 Game Cards are now illegal in the UK

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Never heard of R4 cards? R4 game cards are basically blank cards for the Nintendo DS that can be used to load homebrew software on to the DS. They can also be used for pirated Nintendo DS games.

But now the High Court in the UK has just made selling, importing and advertising the sale of R4 cards illegal in the UK. Needless to say, Nintendo is happy about this. They released the following statement:

Nokia C3 priced and dated for the UK

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2010

Nokia has announced that the Nokia C3 will hit the UK on June 18, where it will retail for £109 as an unlocked handset. If you would rather have a 2-year contract, you can wait until June 22nd and get one from Vodafone, while if you prefer O2 you’ll have to wait until this August.

The Nokia C3 looks good for texters, featuring a new QWERTY keyboard along with integrated social networking functions, allowing you access Facebook and Twitter from the home screen itself. Some other features include a 2-megapixel camera, GPRS and Wi-Fi.

iPad 3G buyers in UK can get cheap data plan by being sneaky

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 14th, 2010

Here in the US AT&T did us a solid with nice data plans at a good price. Over in the UK fans of the iPad looking to get the 3G version might be looking to save some coin on a data plan and there is a way to save even more than the already cut rate pricing on iPad data.

ITProPortal reports that if you have an account with Orange that has a SIM card at the £5 monthly rate for 500MB of data you can use that SIM in your iPad 3G with some tweaking. Presumably, you can buy the dongle before the iPad just to get the SIM card as well.

Samsung Galaxy S headed to Vodafone UK

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2010

Looks like the Samsung Galaxy S is headed to Vodafone UK if you are looking for a Nexus One alternative. The 16GB model is listed on Vodafone’s website. You can’t pre-order it just yet, but you can register for updates. Expansys has the 8GB version for pre-order at £499.99 ($738).

Some specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S include: A-GPS, 4-inch 800 x 480 SUPER AMOLED touch screen display, HSDPA, Android 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Memory card expansion, microSDHC card expansion, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Best Buy opens in UK, breaks global sales records

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on May 6th, 2010

Here in the states we take Best Buy for granted. Most countries still do not have their own Best Buys. Well, in the UK they have just opened their first Best Buy store last Friday. And Best Buy has seen its best-ever opening weekend sales since they first set up shop in 1983.

Best Buy’s first store is in Thurrock, Essex, which is East of London. So the Brits apparently love Best Buy. Electronics were flying off the shelves to sound of thousands of Cheerio’s and morning gov’ner and an occasional “This place is bollucks”

Police unveil new metal detecting glove to find hidden knives

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2010

In between donuts and coffee and giving out tickets, police officers face some dangerous situations. The bad guys never sleep. And most of them are armed.

Enter the e-Glove. It can be worn discreetly and will help police detect hidden knives during a pat down. When it detects metal on a person’s uh person, the glove vibrates silently to warn the officer. It costs about $153 per glove right now and is bound to make police safer.

LG GW620 Android Smartphone now available in the UK

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

LG’s first Android powered smartphone is now available in the UK. The LG GW620 packs in a 3 inch touchscreen, a five megapixel camera and a slide out QWERTY keyboard, with WiFi and Bluetooth.

Folks in the UK can get the LG GW620 through T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile. T-Mobile is offering the handset for free with a £20 a month two year contract with unlimited data access. Virgin Mobile is offering the LG GW620 free with a £22 a month contract, which lasts for eighteen months, with unlimited data and texts.

Sony Ericsson Satio emits more radiation than most UK phones

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2009

While it won’t turn you into the Incredible Hulk or anything, the Sony Ericsson Satio is apparently leaking some serious radiation. The Satio is considered to be the highest emitter of radiation, compared to all of the phones available in the UK.

The levels are about 1.5W/kg of radiation emission, according to an article by Olga Naidenko, which involved the top ten emitters of radiation, from all the phones that are available on the UK market.

Nokia Booklet 3G available in the UK in January

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2009

The Nokia Booklet 3G has been available in the US for a few weeks now, and soon it will be available in the UK starting in January. Nokia has the Booklet 3G listed on their online shop for £649, and you can pre-order it now and it will ship in January.

Some features include an Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of DDR2 533 MHz RAM, a 120GB 1.8 inch 4200 RPM SATA hard drive with 8MB of cache, with a 10.1 inch LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720. While £649 seems pretty steep for a netbook, probably some UK mobile phone operators will offer a subsidized version with a contract.