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Apple closed down by rivals!
Jun 8th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The news is out! Apple’s smart phone and tablet contract sales in the UK are being rivaled by its competitors HTC, Samsung and Motorola. This has been conformed from the latest reports according to the retail staff in UK.

The report states a huge demand for ‘high-quality-but-relatively-cheap’ HTC models like the Desire HD, Flyer tablet and the Desire S. Another fast moving product is the Motorola XOOM. Seen as a rival for Apple iPad, the Android-powered XOOM is reportedly witnessing a high-level demand from the seekers.

Even with the competition breathing down its neck, Apple has stuck to its position with its flagship products – iPhone 4 and iPad 2. These are still the most wanted models in the UK market.

According to the staffers at Orange, the iPhone is still the benchmark for most of the customers. Apart from the other questions, the common query is the comparison of the handset vis-à-vis iPhone.

The staffers at Carphone have reported that HTC Flyer and XOOM are more popular. If reports from them are anything to go by, the popularity of XOOM is such that, it is being sold out within no time.

Another model that is living up the competition is Samsung Galaxy S II. Tagged as the best-selling Android handset during its launch last month, Galaxy S II seems to be in line to challenge iPhone. The handset is well received by those looking for a non-iPhone model.

Apple still leads the pack but the seemingly invincible difference is being tracked down.

Google turns to tablets to take on Apple
Apr 9th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Google is trying to turn the tables on Apple iPad. And now is the turn of tablets. Only time will tell if and when Apple’s domination would fade

If ever there is a device that has garnered favor all over the world, it is Apple’s iPad! It is one device that has brought more headlines to Apple than what even Steve Jobs might have hoped for. iPad was successful in shaping the perceptions of the future of computing. Come next week, customers in UK would finally discover that Apple has got competition.

There have been tablets before but the proposed launch of Honeycomb – Google’s Android tablet operating system would be the first to rival the aura of iPad; an aura that is nothing short of “magical”. The OS is supposed to be lapped up by many manufacturers.

iPad scores because of its intuitive web browsing, video experience in an elegant design plus all those Apps that allow people to augment the features on their device. The whole experience is tightly controlled and is consistently user-friendly which is what makes iPad what it is.

Honeycomb which would be a late entrant to the party has yet to reach or even rival the Apple experience. To expect the OS to deliver on the lines of iPad would be too premature. There are manufacturers who are trying to offer extras – like Asus offering a rival version of MS Office. It is nowhere close to what a perfect solution would be; however, it’s helping them plug the gaps. A look at the new apps such as Pulse News and CNN would reveal that Android can deliver news in a more engaging manner.

It’s no hidden fact that Apple is the benchmark to uphold for Google. If tablets are the future of computing, then they are not quite ready yet. However, if you are looking for a brilliant mail experience and bright prospects then Apple has competition. Expect Google to turn the tables and expect us to put the news across for you!

UK launch of iPad 2 fails to meet demand
Mar 29th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The much awaited Apple iPad 2 in UK was sold out completely in just a  few hours. It just took two hours to sell out the second-generation tablet which went on sale in UK.

Apple’s leading London stores on Regent Street and in Covent garden saw hundreds of eager buyers line up outside much earlier than the launch at 5pm on friday. The iPad 2 is a lighter, slimmer version with dual-camera and dual process capabilities. For the first time, iPad 2 users can choose from either a black or a new white version. The iPad is available in a two models with the 16GB Wi-Fi only model starting at £399 to the high end 64GB Wi-Fi +3G model priced at £659.These two models cater to the requirements of a range of markets and end users.

The apprehension on the availability of stock was ascertained with the main stores running out of iPads to sell. Even the third party retailers like Currys and PC World could not meet the demand.

Apple’s Regent Street store could not confirm on the new stock availibility. However, a spokesperson for the outlet did inform that Apple’s website would post details on possible reservation for hopeful iPad 2 buyers willing to pick up the device from a store because online orders are expected to have a 3-4 week wait time currently.

Vodafone is Subsidizing iPad in UK
Dec 9th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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After Orange, T-Mobile and Three networks, now Vodafone also announces its subsidized plans for iPad in UK.

Vodafone has recently announced its plan for iPad, which includes a subsidized and cheaper price for the device, whose cost is being absorbed into monthly charges. In other terms monthly charges are pegged at a bit higher rate. Though exact details of the plan are yet need to be out, Vodafone is expecting to roll out it as an offer to its customer in early next year. Initially plans were to roll it out as festive offer, but now it seems will be happening only in the next year.   

Amid of many manufacturers unveiling plans for their own tablet devices, with expectation of increased competition in the market, network providers are coming with best of their options to lure the customer taking advantage of being first in the market, before the rates of the devices comes down.

iPad game for Flash Games, courtesy iSwifter
Sep 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Apple approved an app designed to play Flash-based games on the iPad with the help of remote streaming. Christened iSwifter, the app will make iPad owners to jump in joy; the users will now be able to play hitherto unsupported Flashy stuff on their tablets via web platforms like AOL Games, Facebook, Kongregate, and Yahoo Games as per insidesocialgames.com.

YouWeb has developed the game streaming service based on the cloud which works just the way YouTube video streaming works or the way Netflix buffers a movie. Crowdstar, Sibblings, and AuroraFeint have all got development firm YouWeb behing the scenes.

Close on the heels of Apple’s decision to revoke its ban on Flash based apps, iSwifter gets a nod from Apple and turns up on the iTunes App store.

The app is available for free on Apple iPads and uses Wi-Fi for connectivity. 3G connection for the same functionality is under development.

iSwifter has plans to add more gaming platforms to its supported list as it develops the app for Windows Phone 7 and Android operating systems.

UK launch of BBC News app for iPhone and iPad
Jul 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Finally, the much awaited free-to-download BBC News iPhone and iPad app has been released in the UK. The apps for Apple products were actually supposed to be released in April 2010.

Apps for devices such as Android phones will be released in the later part of the year. Also, similar apps for iPlayer and BBC Sport are also in the coming soon pipeline.

The apps however do not show any significant change to the already existing public services of BBC. There are other news organisations already in the market which provide apps to people so as to keep them updated with the happenings.

The Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA) had a fear earlier that nascent market for apps would be spoiled if free apps made an entry in the market. The newspaper industry was worried as the major independent news organisations largely depend on platforms other than print to make money so as to survive.

The apps market is so large which cannot be ignored by BBC. BBC will also have to attract new readers on new platforms in order to save itself from being doomed.

Universal app for iPhone and iPad, Zen Bound 2
Jul 15th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Zen Bound 2, the iPad toy from Secret Exit will soon get a facelift to be transformed into an app for the iPhone along with the iPad. This is based on the news that a request for approval has been sent by the developer to the Apple Appstore.

The game which helps people relax has something for everyone, whether you have a snazzy iPhone at hand, an iPod Touch, a classic iPhone or the bigger iPad tablet at your disposal as it comes loaded with graphics native for each of the above mentioned devices. And there are graphical enhancements for 3rd gen devices including Gyro sensor support on the iPhone 4.

Priced at £4.99 / $7.99 / €5.99 initially, the new universal version of the game will cost £1.79 / $2.99 / €2.39. Secret Exit has provided discount keeping in view the upcoming updates.

And to add icing on the cake, the developer has launched the official soundtrack for free into the market through its website, zenbound.com. This has been done to celebrate the ultimate Zen bound version.

The Zen Bound 2 update should be on your gadgets in two weeks.

iPlayer for iPad beta from BBC
Jun 1st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Along with the official launch of iPad in UK, BBC released iPlayer beta, a popular version of its iPlayer web service compatible with the iPad. The ‘Bigscreen’ iPlayer service has become very famous in the UK since its launch thereby pushing ahead the IPTV market.

iPlayer’s desktop version needs Adobe Flash support. But given the fact that Apple denied to allow the Flash support on its iPhone, an iPhone compatible version of iPlayer has been designed by BBC which uses QuickTime.

It is not surprising that iPlayer has been released for iPad. BBC says that the integration of the iPad’s high quality display and free access to the BBC’s wide range of television content should be a strong reason for British customers to own an iPad.

A wide catalogue of television channels like BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC News, BBC Parliament, BBC Alba, CBBC and Cbebies along with 10 radio stations are supported by the iPlayer for iPad. Only Vodafone provides streaming over the 3G network whereas iPlayer has to be accessed via Wi-Fi connection by other iPad owners.

There is another Web service too called Seesaw with which BBC has a partnership. However, this service needs Flash support.

You can access the iPlayer at beta.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/bigscreen. UK-based ISP users can only avail the iPlayer.

iPad 3G data plans from Orange on pay per MB
May 8th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Mobile services provider, Orange has come out with pricing details about the data usage including an outside-the-box “Pay as per Use” data plan.

Data usage will be billed on per-megabyte basis at five pence till it reaches the monthly limit of 800 MB or £40.

Daily and weekly one-off connectivity will also be made available by Orange. Surfing a day will cost you £2 with 200 MB data and it would cost you £7.50 for a week with 1 GB data limit. For every extra MB, you would be charged 5 pence per MB.

For those who are looking for a monthly deal, there is a £15 or £25 plan which come bundled with 10GB of data plus 750MB Wi-Fi internet browsing via the BT Openzone. The same 5p per extra MB is applicable.

Orange is offering a credit of £10 against activation of any of the plans. Starting May 10 when Apple UK starts accepting pre-orders for the iPad, Orange will also accept orders for the microSIM cards used by the iPad.

iPhone code tools taken off by Adobe
Apr 23rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Adobe will not make software tools which would allow the Apple iPhone to use Adobe’s Flash technology on Apple’s devices though it earlier promised support to Flash on gadgets.

Adobe Flash is widely used on the internet for animations, and multimedia. However Apple does not support Flash and has been critical of the technology in public.

Adobe released software called Creative Suite 5 which translated flash code into programs which can run on iPhone, in mid-April and shortly before that, Apple came up with a new set of terms and conditions that iPhone and iPad app makers need to adhere to.

Application developers across the board criticized Apple’s move and the new rules simply ban all such apps which use code translators like the Creative Suite 5 from Adobe.

Apple stated on CNet that the Adobe Flash technology was closed and proprietary and went on to say that it would prefer to support more open standards technology which can do all that Flash does.

Adobe will now be concentrating on Google’s Android OS to make sure that Flash technology works on it, as per official reports.

PrintCentral 1.2 Improves iPad File-Handling
Apr 18th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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EuroSmartz, a UK and NewZealand software company has come up with version 1.2 of the popular PrintCentral application, which caters printing capabilities to iPhone and similar devices. PrintCentral is an application that can be installed on an array of devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad; however most of what has been developed in this new version is for the much hyped tablet PC, Apple iPad.

Document sharing feature of the iPhone OS 3.2 can be leveraged by PrintCentral with this version. And thus PrintCentral gets a chance to get shown in the “Open in … ” option which comes up when you tap a file to view it in supported applications. A file can thus be received over mail and sent to the PrintCentral application so as to print it or save it. You can send the file to other applications on iPad as well using PrintCentral.

The app can also be used for syncing documents (two-way) with a computer by using the apps tab in iTunes similar to the way the Apple’s iWork app does. PrintCentral can also open files from a WebDAV cloud storage without any need to download them first hand.

PrintCentral at $10 on the App store works with iPhone and iPod Touch with iPhone OS 3.1.3 and above and with iPads with 3.2 or higher version.

Apple iPad to go on sale in late April
Mar 5th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Gadget fans and freaks in UK will have to wait an extra month than expected to experience the much talked about Apple iPad.

Putting to rest the rumoured reports doing rounds till yesterday, Apple officially confirmed that it would only be in late April that both the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi and 3G versions of the iPad would be available in the UK. Analysts have been warning us about some delays caused due to unknown manufacturing problems at Apple’s unit and the launch date does apparently confirm those reports.

Shoppers in the US meanwhile would be able to lay their hands on the Wi-Fi only iPad starting April 3, while the Wi-Fi and 3G model would be available later in the month. Pre-orders will be accepted online as well as in stores starting March 12.

To put it in the Apple Chief Executive, Steve Jobs’ words “The iPad is something completely new. We’re excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

With a 10in touch-screen, the iPad can be used for a host of day to day usages for which we use computers today. We can browse the web, listen to music, read e-books, watch movies, and download apps.

While entry-level model will cost $499 in the United States, it is rumoured that the Wi-Fi only, 16GB iPad will cost £389 in the UK.

Apple iPad out on 26th March
Mar 4th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Despite no official news coming out from Apple regarding the launch date for its tablet-style, touch-screen computer, the buzzword is that the Wi-Fi only version of the iPad will go on sale from March 26. It will be another month for the Wi-Fi and 3G model to be available.

As per Apple website, MacRumours a source close to the company has stated that the iPad would go on sale at 6pm on March 26. And tipster says that gadget freaks who queue up to pick the first few iPads will receive a “special gift”.

Apple iPads are believed to start arriving into the Apple stores by March 10th so that the employees get enough time to get accustomed to the device. The advertising streak is expected to start from March 15.

Short supply of the iPads can be anticipated given the problems at Apple’s manufacturing plant as per analysts. A production problem at Hon Hai Precision, the iPad’s manufacturer, will in all likelihood limit the number of iPads available to around 300,000 in the month of March and the region to the US. The initial estimate of one million units is far higher than this number.

While the entry-level, Wi-Fi only iPad will be sold at $499, it is expected to cost around £389 in the UK.

What will the Apple iPad cost in the UK?
Mar 2nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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If you want to believe the relatively lesser known tech blog, Geeky Gadgets, Apple’s iPad is set to cost just £389 in the UK but may be delayed until April.

The rumoured £389 price is for the Wi-Fi-only 16GB version of the iPad; while the 32GB version would cost £439 and the 64GB would cost £489, though Apple themselves have not confirmed these prices, as yet.

As per the source, the tablet device which is currently being quoted on Apple’s website for a March release date is expected to hit the UK only around April.

People awaiting the 3G+WiFi version will have to wait for another 30 days in all probability. Prices for the 3G+WiFi iPad are not known, yet but they would be at $130 more than the Wi-Fi counterpart, coming in at $629, $729, and $829 respectively in the US.

There is no confirmation yet from Apple about who eventually gets to provide the 3G network and data access. Prospective major players like Orange, O2 & Vodafone are already holding talks with Apple.  AT&T has got exclusive rights to market the 3G iPad in the US, and it’s possible that O2 may strike a similar deal as the one that was made for the iPhone.

Who gets the UK rights of the Apple iPad?
Feb 3rd, 2010 by Stuart Tottman

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With Apple’s announcement of the UK release of its recently launched multi-media gadget, the iPad, the bidding war between UK mobile operators for the UK rights of the device seems to be getting fiercer. A lot of speculation is floating around as to who is negotiating with Apple to provide internet services via 3G for the iPad.

The usual suspects are O2, Vodafone, Orange and T-mobile with the exception of 3 which seems to be staying out of the race.

On the retail side, there are rumours that the mobile phone giant Carphonewarehouse is interested is selling the iPad in its stores. However, it is unclear what Apple’s strategy will be, an exclusive provider or unrestricted mobile rights.

In an announcement on its UK website, Apple said it will be shipping Wi-Fi models of the iPad in late March and 3G models in April. However, the UK price of the device is still unknown and so is the service provider. In the US, Apple has once again chosen AT&T as the 3G provider, continuing the association since the iPhone.

UK mobile service providers are trying to establish their foothold on the European iPad market as well where T-mobile is said to have leaked its price at EUR 499.

Until official announcements are made its speculation galore!

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