Archive for October, 2012

By hook or by crook Nook plans to take over UK e-reader market

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

When it comes to Kindle competitors there aren’t many that can hold a candle (or reading light) to Amazon’s e-reader but a new Nook device has gone on sale in the UK this week which should give e-bookworms something to ponder over. Earlier this year creator of the Nook Barnes & Noble announced its intentions to take on the e-reader market over the course of the Christmas Season and as of Monday its Simple Touch GlowLight e-reader led the charge. (more…)

Windows 8 hits stores, gets the fanboys queuing, the critics moaning

Monday, October 29th, 2012

The techworld has been buzzing lately with new announcements and releases left, right and center and Windows 8 has been no exception for its contribution to the buzz. This buzz, admittedly, hasn’t always been positive. In fact a lot of it has been negative, but this didn’t stop the faithful from queuing around the block when the new OS was released on Friday. (more…)

Apple announces smaller iPad – Mini Me or Mini “Meh” ?

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Whether you’re a hater, a fanboy, or someone inbetween who doesn’t really care, you couldn’t really fault Steve Jobs on how well he generated hype for Apple’s devices or for delivering exactly what the company’s fans wanted. Kind of like the Simon Cowell of gadgets. However since Tim Cook took over things just haven’t been the same and the result, to use another simile, is what I’d imagine it to be like if Smithers took over the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant after Mr Burns dies. It still functions perfectly well but it’s slightly less eeeeexcellent. (more…)

The Wii U Marketing Blitz Begins in the UK

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Any Nintendo fans watching Homeland on Channel 4 over the weekend may have noticed the first Wii U ad to air in the UK was shown during the programme (presumably going after the parents who are going to have to fork out for it rather than their children) signalling that the pre-Christmas marketing blitz for the console has begun. (more…)

Is it a tablet? Is it a phone? no…. it’s a PadFone 2!

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

There’s a growing trend in recent years of companies mixing and matching devices to see what happens. Some of which have been successful – like Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablet, and some which haven’t – like Asus’ first PadFone. However the latter company took the covers off its PadFone 2 last week and it’s a little bit impressive, thanks to some boosted specs and an improved design which makes the whole docking feature look a little less naff. (more…)

Microsoft Surface tablets enter pre-order phase

Friday, October 19th, 2012

A new cowboy moseyed into tablet town this week, putting itself up for pre-order and its name is Microsoft Surface. Following a premature leak of the critical information which is its pricing the tablets appeared on Microsoft’s store for eager beavers to lay down some cold hard digital cash for the devices. In just a week it will become apparent if all those beavers are going be legion enough to damn the river that’s called Apple, or rare enough to let it flow unhindered as the tablets are due to go on sale October 26 . (more…)

Forget smart phones, look forward to smart clothes

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

With technology getting continually smaller and more powerful it’s only a matter of time before our underwear will also double as a super computer. Until then however there’s plenty of wearable technology on its way which will enhance your wardrobe and your life. From top to toes below are some of the coolest/craziest Gucci gadgets of the future. (more…)

Microsoft starts singing a different tune with Xbox Music

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Hold on to your hats music streaming fans (assuming you’re not a Mac) as this week will see Microsoft’s music streaming/downloading/playing service go live, and it’s called Xbox Music. It’s no secret that it has been on its way and now the new service is finally set to replace Zune and pose a significant threat to music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. A Hell vs a snowball kind of a threat. (more…)

Is flexibility the future of smartphones?

Friday, October 12th, 2012

It’s hard to think of ways smartphones could surprise us in the future but one innovation that might not be so far away is the flexible screen. Aside from the obvious advantages of having a smartphone that can resist being sat on, i.e it won’t crack, the latest display tech should lead to a flood of innovative phone designs. (more…)

4G Handsets Get Ready for Everything Everywhere

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

The end of October is going to see the flip switched on the UK’s first 4G LTE network, turning on super-fast internet that will put 3G to shame. Everything Everywhere, as the network is optimistically called, may not be offering the phones itself just yet but T-Mobile and Orange (who are owned by EE) are. Below are the four phones which can be purchased now for use on the two carriers’ 3G networks, with the option to switch to EE when the time comes. (more…)