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Nokia introduce their first Windows Phone devices

Nokia have announced their first, long-awaited Windows Phone  handsets – the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710. Both handsets are running Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango).

LUMIA 800

The Lumia 800 has a uni-body design, which means that it does not have a user-removable battery. Set inside the shell is a gorgeous 3.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display ( the term ClearBlack means it has a built-in polarizing filter that helps it look good under bright sunlight). Interestingly, the display is actually curved outward slightly this resulting in a smooth side-to-side swiping motion. Other specs of the phone include 1.4Ghz processor and 16GB of internal memory; however, users will get 25GB of free cloud-based storage courtesy of Microsoft’s SkyDrive service.

Nokia has always been known for its excellent cameras, and we’re happy to report that the Lumia 800 does have an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and dual LED flash. It can record 720p HD video at 30fps and the camera app offers a few extra features like red-eye reduction, motion blur reduction, and more.

NOKIA LUMIA 710

Nokia’s Lumia 710 is a lower-cost sibling to the Lumia 800. It has less flash memory at 8GB but will ship in more colours. With a 3.7-inch LCD screen which also also employs Nokia’s ClearBlack display technology. While not nearly as stunning as the Lumia 800’s AMOLED display of the same size, it still looks nice and bright and colourful. Itcomes with the same  1.4GHz processor butswaps the 8-megapixel camera for a 5-megapixel version. The camera still supports 720p HD video capture at 30 frames per second.

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Apple announce iPhone 4S

Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook announced the launch of its new iPhone 4S, at this evening’s ‘let’s talk iPhone’ conference at Apple’sCupertino campus. Whilst the new version looks much the same as the iPhone 4, Apple insist it is “all new” inside.

There will be 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, in both black and white.

Features on the device include a dual core processor, an 8-megapixel camera and HD video capture. The battery has also been improved to offer 8 hours of talk time on 3G or 14 hours of 2G talk time.

The camera also includes an A5 chip which provides additional features such as face detection. The device will also include Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 5, which can also be downloaded to previous models, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS.

Details on tariffs and price are expected in the next few days.

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Visa to launch new mobile services

Visa Europe is launching two new mobile services in October.The first is a person-to-person payments service which has been developed in partnership with mobile money firm Monetise. The service allows a visa customer to use an app to send money to an address book contact, mobile number or a visa account.Visa claims that the service is as secure as a normal visa transaction and will be useful for making payments to individuals. A typical example might be splitting a restaurant bill between friends.

Visa is also launching an alert service called Visa Alerts. The service sends real-time notifications to a person when their card has been used.The alerts can be sent by either SMS or email and can be triggered when a person makes an overseas transaction, withdraws money from an ATM or buys something online, Visa said.

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Two new handsets from HTC

HTC has unveiled two new handsets – the TITAN™ and Radar™ which are both Windows® Phone smartphones.
The Titan sports a large 4.7 inch display, which is HTC’s largest phone screen ever, it also has an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for live video calling. The handset features a super-slim 9.9mm curved body made from a brushed aluminium shell.

The Radar makes the most of the Windows Phone software with the People Hub. It keeps you up to date with your contacts’ latest news showing all of your communication history with each person, as well as their recent social network updates and photos. You can also send and receive SMS, Facebook chat and Windows Live® Messenger without having to switch applications. It also features “face-to-face” chat with video calling on the 3.8 inch screen.

Both handsets include a dedicated hardware camera button which enables you to capture images without unlocking the phone. The camera features an f/2.2 aperture lens and back-illuminated sensor for improved low-light performance. It also has a 28mm wide-angle lens which features a panoramic setting for landscape and architecture. Both devices can shoot 720p HD videos.

“The new HTC TITAN and HTC Radar smartphones raise the bar with new advanced photography, multimedia and social capabilities that enable you to take full advantage of the latest Windows Phone innovations,” said Jason Mackenzie, President of Global Sales and Marketing, HTC Corporation. “With its large, cinematic display, the HTC TITAN packs an amazing amount of power and innovation into a device that is unlike anything you’ve ever held before and the HTC Radar’s aluminum uni-body, compact size and finish will capture people’s attention.”

The Titan and Radar are expected to be available from October 2011 globally, beginning in Europe and Asia.

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Apple announce iOS 5

Apple has officially announced iOS 5, which will be compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3rd Gen, iPod Touch 4th Gen, iPad, and iPad 2. Here is a full list of features that have been announced:

  • Notification Center: With Notification Center, you can keep track of new email, texts, friend requests, and more – all in one convenient location.
  • iMessage: Apple have created a new messaging service for all iOS 5 users. You can send unlimited text messages via Wi-Fi or 3G from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to anyone with one of those devices.
  • Newsstand:  iOS 5 organizes your magazine and newspaper app subscriptions in Newsstand: a folder that lets you access your favorite publications quickly and easily.
    Reminders:Reminders lets you organize your life in to-do lists — complete with due dates and locations.
  • Twitter: Integrated right into iOS 5. iOS 5 makes it even easier to tweet from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • Camera: Enhanced features include grid lines, pinch-to-zoom gestures, and single-tap focus and exposure locks to compose a picture on the fly.
  • Photos: Enhanced photo enhancements. Turn your snapshots into frame-worthy photos in just a few taps. Crop, rotate, enhance, and remove red-eye without leaving the Photos app.
  • Safari: iOS 5 brings even more web-browsing features to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Safari Reader displays web articles sans ads or clutter so you can read without distractions.
  • PC Free: Independence for all iOS devices. With iOS 5, you no longer need a computer to own an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Activate and set up your device wirelessly, right out of the box.
  • Mail: You can now format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts. Searching and Organising emails has also been improved.
  • Calendar: Tap to create an event and drag to adjust the time and duration. Add, rename, and delete calendars directly from your device. And view event attachments without leaving the Calendar app.
  • Game Center: Gaming experience has been improved.
  • Wi-Fi Sync Wirelessly sync your iOS device to your Mac or PC over a shared Wi-Fi connection.
  • Multitasking Gestures for iPad: iOS 5 includes a few new moves and shortcuts to help you get around even quicker on your iPad.
  • AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2: You can wirelessly — and securely — stream whatever’s on your iPad 2 to your HDTV via Apple TV.
  • Accessibility: iOS 5 comes with innovative new features that make it easier for people with mobility, hearing, vision, and cognitive disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices.

 

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Microsoft announces Windows Phone 7.1

Microsoft has announced the latest version of their Windows Phone operating system 7.1 aka “Mango”.

The 7.1 update has more than 500 new features including ‘threads’ for messaging, Facebook, email and Windows Live Messenger and deeper integration with social networks.

Full multi-tasking has been added and apps will now intelligently hibernate improving the power consumption of Windows Phone smartphones.

Microsoft also say that the inbuilt Office app has been improved to provide a desktop class experience. Corporate customers will have access to Office 365, which is available on subscription basis.

Microsoft has also integrated a version of Internet Explorer 9 that supports HTML 5 and full hardware acceleration.The newly redesigned Bing features Bing Vision, Music Search and Voice.

For gamers Windows Phone 7.1 has redesigned the Xbox live hub, which now features a more social experience, and greater customization options for Xbox live ‘Avatars’ similar to that on the Xbox 360.

The ‘live tiles’ in the operating system have been upgraded and will provide real time information related to the apps without opening them.

The Windows Phone 7.1 update be available for free to all current Windows Phone 7 customers later this year and will come preloaded on all new Windows Phone powered smartphones.

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Windows Phone 7 update released

Microsoft has started to distribute its first full Windows Phone 7 update.

The update brings faster app and game performance, the long awaited cut and paste function, streamlined Marketplace search, improved Wi-Fi connectivity, Outlook and MMS as well as some tweaks for the Facebook account sync experience.

Copy and paste should be very simple. Just touch a word and tap the copy icon, then tap a place you want to paste the word and hit the paste icon. It works the same way with highlighting more that one word. You just tap and then slide your finger.

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