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MSI Wind Top AE2020 all-in-one hits the UK

Posted in MSI by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2009

MSI Wind Top AE2020 all-in-one hits the UK MSI has been busy as ever. The Wind Top AE2220 just started shipping here last month and now the company is all set to drop another model on the UK. As far as design, it’s pretty identical, but the new Wind Top AE2020 has a slightly smaller and lower resolution 20-inch, 1,600 x 900 display.

It hangs on to the same multitouch functionality. Aside from that you’ll get an Ion chipset with a 2.1GHz Pentium T4300 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a DVD burner, and Windows 7.

Free public Wi-Fi for one UK town

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2009

Free public Wi-Fi for one UK townLooks like a major Wiltshire town is buzzing with excitement as they are about to become the first in the UK to be able to enjoy free public wireless internet access. Swindon Borough Council plans for all 186,000 citizens to soon be swaddled under a blanket “Wi-Fi mesh” by April 2010.

With no connection charge while line rentals are free. The service will be called Signal, but here’s the catch. You will have limited access unless you pay for 20Mb upgrades. The fee is said to be “significantly less” than current broadband suppliers.

Palm Pre starting stronger than the iPhone in the U.K

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2009

Palm PreLooks like people in the UK are really digging the Palm Pre. The Palm Pre is more anticipated than the iPhone with 26% of mobile users having some interest in getting one. The iPhone scored just 16% of interest back in 2007.

Many users want to switch to O2 from another carrier just to get the Palm Pre. This is really saying something, because as we all know, the iPhone still has the upper-hand as far as marketing and awareness. Very interesting. We will have to watch and see what happens. Any predictions?

Orange UK to Sell Apple’s iPhone Later This Year

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on September 28th, 2009

Orange to sell the Apple iPhone in the UKFrance Telecom’s Orange announced on Monday that it will start selling the iPhone in the UK later this along with Telefonica’s O2. O2 has previously had exclusive rights to sell the iPhone in Britain however the contract is set to expire.

Orange announced that both the 3G and the 3GS versions will be available to UK customers later in the year, but gave no more details of exact dates or expecting pricing for the handset or plans.

LG GD910 watchphone goes on sale in UK this August

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2009

LG's GD910 wrist phone with touchscreen & cameraI know you’ve been patiently waiting for LG’s GD910 ever since December of last year, when we first heard about it. It was supposed to hit shelves this month in Europe, but now it looks like you’re going to have to wait until August, at least in the UK.

The price remains elusive, but it will likely cost over $1,000. That’s a lot of dough just to look cool talking on your watch. We will surely know more by August, so stay tuned.

Folding design thins down the obese UK plug

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

I’ve never been to the UK myself, mostly because I don’t trust their large and obese outlet plugs. Yep, your plugs are enough to keep me away from your country. I mean, if you can’t figure out a small plug… Well, I don’t want any part of that. The large UK plugs may soon change however, thanks to one designer.

The video is slow side, but here’s a breakdown. Like us, the UK is filled with slim electronics, but those gadgets have actually become skinnier than the required 1.8-inch-thick power plug. This new design can collapse to just 1cm (or .4 inches) when not in use, allowing it to squeeze into small bags and pockets. And no more unnecessary pressure on the prongs when your bag is set down the wrong way.

Wowwee Cinemin Swivel gets UK launch

Posted in Projectors by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Wowwee Cinemin Swivel gets UK launchWowWee’s Cinemin Swivel pico projector first showed up back at CES, when it was announced along with the Stick and Station models. This DLP is the first of Wowwee’s iPod-compatible multimedia pico projectors powered by Texas Instruments’ DLP Technology. It boasts 480 x 360 resolution, an adjustable 90-degree hinge so you can do things like project onto the ceiling easily, and a three-hour battery life to boot.

We now have official release and pricing information. Well, for the UK. It will be making it’s debut in the UK this September, where it will retail for £349 or around $571.

Samsung i8910 HD now available in the UK

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

Samsung i8910 HD now available in the UKThose living in the UK will be able to get the Samsung i8910 HD, aka the Omnia HD. The Symbian S60-powered device is a reasonable £97.50 on a £35 monthly plan.

That sounds like a bargain since some features include: a 3.7″ capacitive touchscreen at 640 x 360 resolution display, an 8-megapixel camera and a modified TouchWiz 3D implementation that works in the S60 environment. That’s some good value for money. We don’t often get such good value in the states.

LG Viewty Smart headed for the UK

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2009

LG Viewty Smart headed for the UKThose living in the UK will soon have a chance to pick up LG’s Viewty Smart handset as it will be available in that part of the world next month. To refresh your memory, it sports a 3″ touchscreen display, WVGA resolution, 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity, aGPS support, Wi-Fi and the 3D S-Class UI.

If you Brits like what you see, you’ll want to pick one up next month. You’ll also dig this handset’s 8-megapixel camera, which should give you nice crisp images. No word yet on pricing.

Giant snakes to power 50,000 UK homes

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 7th, 2009

Giant snakes to power 50,000 UK homesGiant snakes powering homes? What is this, the Flintstones? Are we to play our non-vinyl granite records with bird beaks? Man, I hope not. But as it turns out, reptiles are a good source of energy. Not real ones. Fake snakes. A company called Checkmate is using these creatures to help provide cheap and clean power for up to 50,000 UK homes within five years.

The company is testing 200m long rubber devices which would be tethered to the sea bed and are designed to swim against the current and produce up to 1MW of power each. The waves cause a bulge to ripple down the length of the snakes and power turbines at the tails.

LG GD900 Crystal headed to the UK

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2009

LG GD900 transparent phoneWe first saw the LG GF900 Crystal back at MWC 2009. Its LGs sexy phone with the transparent keyboard, which gives it a luxurious look. Those who have been captivated by it in the UK should be able to pick up the device in mid-May, since Carphone Warehouse has confirmed that they will be releasing the device then.

The GD900 features LG’s S-Class Touch UI, an 8-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, TV-out and Dolby Mobile audio technology. The display and transparent sliding keypad should support multi-touch input and handwriting recognition as well.

Samsung intros the AMOLED-screened Lucido

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2009

Samsung intros the AMOLED-screened LucidoSamsung UK has announced the upcoming release of a new candybar handset, the Lucido. The name means”sleek” in Italian. The slim, 11.8mm thick body is all dressed up in brushed aluminum. Some of the set’s standout features are a 2.2-inch AMOLED screen for richer colors, an assisted GPS sensor that uses Google Maps, and 3G network support over HSPA for fast downloads and browsing.

Some more common features include: a media player, FM radio, up to 8GB of storage via an external memory card slot and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, anti-blur, face detection and smile capture.

Sony OLED Walkmans are UK bound with prices & dates

Posted in Walkman by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2009

Sony OLED Walkmans are UK bound with prices & datesThey’ve done it again. By “it”, I mean once again another country gets first dibs before us. Duh! Those in the UK will be receiving the new line of Sony’s OLED touchscreen Walkmans soon. Amazon UK has already started taking pre-orders.

The X Series will be available in 16GB and 32GB sizes, and will have a shipping period from a two to five weeks. The 16GB and 32GB models will retail for £214 and £283. It’s a great looking device. Are you sold at those prices?

KIT Eco Charger for Nokia phones

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

KIT Eco Charger for Nokia phonesIf you’re a Nokia cell phone user, you’ll want to check out the KIT Eco Charger from Carphone Warehouse, now for sale in the UK for £23. The KIT Eco Charger is a bit different from other chargers in that it can turn itself off automatically once your phone is fully charged. That way, you can leave your handset connected to it as long as you like and not have to worry about wasting electricity. Always a good thing.

According to a company spokesperson, “If everyone in the UK used a KIT Eco Charger we would save approximately 300,000,000 kwh of electricity per year. At an average cost of 28.5p per kwh, that would be a collective saving as a country of £85m!” Sounds pretty good. Sadly not everyone in the UK uses a Nokia.

Philips 21:9 52-inch LCD gets priced and dated in UK

Posted in Philips by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

Philips 21:9 52-inch LCD gets priced and dated in UKWe’ve been following this one for you for awhile now. And why wouldn’t we? Philip’s 52 inch LCD has us drooling. Now we have some price info to drop on ya, along with a June release in the UK.

The 52-inch ultra wide Cinema display will cost you £3535/$5044. It’s slightly expensive in cost per viewing inch, but it does offer a true anamorphic widescreen aspect. Now all we have to do on this side of the pond is wait.