Tag: tech

Get down to Comet, take your riot shield and helmet

Comet. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that they’ve gone into administration. It’s now looking increasingly likely that we’ll lose that lovely big electronics shop and we’ll no longer have anywhere to measure up TV’s, fiddle with laptops or buy completely unnecessary extended warranties. But …

Coolsmartphone Podcast – Episode 8

Many are hailing this as our best episode yet, granted those are the 4 people that were actually on the podcast but its still a valid opinion. This week we discuss the Circus that is Apple vs Samsung, What we’d like to see in a new iPhone, more …

HTC all set for world domination. 2011 to be a big year

It's getting to that time of year again when we start looking ahead at how the next year will pan out. HTC seem to have decided that the best bet is to pretty much floor it. They're projected to shift 20 million devices in 2010 but, according to …

Got $50,000 Spare?, Buy A Ulysse Nardin Chairman

Nokia have their Vertu range, iPhone can be put in diamonds and gold but what does the Android fan with too much cash and an itch for bling decide to buy?. The answer is the Ulysse Nardin Chairman which will set you back a cool $50,000 (£34,600...

In video – Google Android on my HTC Touch Dual

Thanks to some rather nifty work by the guys at xda-developers.com I've just managed to do something rather special with my HTC Touch Dual. What is it? Well, I've got Google Android working on it. Sure, it's a little hit-and-miss right now and it took...

Another reason I love doing this site – Let your phone fly!

Sometimes I look around this site and think, "I love this. I really, really do". It's not an egotistical thing - I just love the community aspect and the interesting ideas and news that you guys find. We always try and "give back" with free money, cha...

Slingbox and SlingPlayer Mobile – The review

A few weeks back the guys at SlingMedia lent us a Slingbox and said... "Hey, would you like to review it? Try the SlingPlayer software on your Windows Mobile phone too." ..so we did, and boy it's good. This has to be one of the best gadgets we've …

European Satellite Radio coming soon?

Every now and then we like to bring you a slightly off-topic post which may interest you. Today I spotted this news item about old satellites being re-used for new in-car entertainment systems in Europe.Cast your mind back a few years. Remember when S...

Want a Smartphone? Eat me!

The guys at software shop Pocketland.net have a rather interesting new product on their books - it's a Marziphone! Yup, it's mobile and edible ! This is better than any Chocolate phone - 100 grams of pure marzipan from Lübeck marzipan maker J.G. Nied...

iTheater Glasses – TV without the TV!

I love Firebox.com - it's a great place for getting Christmas gifts. Right now they have these rather cool glasses that show your favourite film on miniture TFT screens. It's apparently like watching a 50" screen from a distance of 8.5ft and it comes ...

Live radio on your Windows Mobile

Here in the UK we've got a fairly unique setup with TV and radio. There's a huge amount of commercial TV and radio stations but, if you have a TV or radio you have to buy a TV / Radio licence. The money from this goes to fund …

Firefox 2 now available

The new version of Firefox is now available for preview here. Although not really relating to Windows Mobile, this is a web browser you should be aware of. Many may have seen Internet Explorer 7 and the various parts it "lifted" from earlier versions ...

Free Broadband for all Sky Customers

Whilst not really Windows Mobile news this needs covering as it signals a massive change in the way you connect to the internet. UK TV giants Sky are today launching free broadband for all 8 million Sky TV customers. All customers, regardless of packa...

The Slingbox comes to the UK

We've already mentioned the Slingbox a few times. It's simply a widget that sits on your TV and lets you control and watch your TV, PVR and DVD recorder from any internet connection. You can use your Windows Mobile device to connect in via WiFi or 3G ...

Sky TV begin streaming trials with MediaFLO

TV giants Sky are to trial the MediaFLO Technology from Qualcomm. They're going to be testing the FLOTM technology, which is a wireless multicasting technology allowing delivery of video services to mobile devices in the United Kingdom. This, along wi...

Mail2Web – Instant email for everyone!

We've all seen those people walking around with BlackBerry handsets haven't we ? Yes, we Smartphone / Pocket PC owners can now get "instant email" too, but it's just not as easy to setup is it? Well, thanks to the guys at Mail2Web Live it is now! Just...

TVGenius – Get reminded about your favourite TV shows

Philip Nowlan has messaged in about a UK based service called TVGenius it's a website you can access on your handset by browsing to www.tvgenius.co.uk/mobile.html then bang in your favourite TV show and it'll remind you when it comes on! Hoho! Just wh...

Even broader-band

Despite heavily misleading marketing campaigns from certain ISP's saying that "8Meg broadband is now available", it's not and it hasn't been. It will however be possible to get 8Mbit/s broadband from the end of this month providing your pretty close t...

3GSM – Orange 3G Glasses

Orange are at 3GSM with these video glasses. This pic, via TechDigest shows them in use around Barcelona. Although not that new it is interesting to see a mobile network promoting video to this extent, and we presume Orange intend feeding 3G video int...

BBC uses Smartphones to trial mobile TV

Neil Bird has just emailed me about BBC iMP. This is an application which is in development to offer UK viewers the chance to catch up on TV and radio programmes via their phones or PC's. Using peer to peer technology (like BitTorrent) it allows you t...

TV is changing – part 3

We previously did some stories on the evolution of TV here and here. Well, now it's going to go another stage further with the implementation of IPTV - a new way of pushing TV down your broadband line. Sure, we've already got something like this, but ...

Ebay buys Skype

A good day today for Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. They're bosses of Skype and first burst onto the scene coding Kazaa - the (still widely used) file sharing program which allows people to swap music and more. Although - hey - they're seeking to ...

TV is changing – part 2

I mentioned yesterday about the new Sky TV widget called the Sky Gnome. It's a fantastic idea, and welcomed, but it's the stepping stone onto something bigger. Wherther you've noticed or not, the way we're watching TV is changing by each passing day. ...

Evolution of Radio and TV

See this ? It's called a Sky Gnome. It's gonna be available soon and won't bump up the cost of your Sky TV. It runs on batteries and connects via wi-fi to your Sky box. It'll let you listen to the wide variety of radio stations available on …

In a terrible accident ? Why not take a photo and sell it ?

Following my blog post the other day, in which I mentioned how bizarre it seemed to take photos on camera-phones in the middle of emergencies, things have just gone one step further. New site Scoopt.co.uk encourages you to log in and sell your news-wo...

Windows Vista

A little off-topic, but worth mentioning this. The Microsoft code-named "Windows Longhorn", which is the next generation of Windows on your PC - has been given a name today. It'll be called "Windows Vista" and will start appearing as a Beta in a few d...

A solution to a night-time problem :)

Way back in the day I used to have a Nokia (yes, I know - I was young and inexperienced, I only have myself to blame) which was absolute pap in comparison to the C500 I have today. However, it did used to be able to turn itself …

BBC Launches PodCasting trial

I see that the BBC are doing a Podcasting trial featuring some of their own radio shows. Very promising. This comes on the back of news that BBC Radio 1 is being picked up and re-broadcast the following day on the US Sirius service. Looks like Podcast...

BT Livetime uses Windows Mobile Phones

BT are using Microsoft powered mobile phones for their BT UK Livetime trial. The trial, currently in London, allows users to get access to Sky news services, a music channel and 50 radio stations. BBC News states.. "BT has drawn up its own designs bec...

Right! That’s the last time I miss Top Gear!

I can't remember the last time I sat down to watch some TV because I had nothing else to do. I always miss the good TV shows or I only catch part of it. So, I decided to find a way to work around this problem without having …

Get HDTV right now!

I've been checking out these videos on wmvhd.com and it's pretty damned excellent to see high-definition TV on your PC. If you've got a fairly pokey PC then you NEED to flex your broadband and download some of some of these vids. This is the next big ...

Free call revolution

MSMobiles have picked up on a TV Show called The Money Programme that was shown on BBC2 Friday. In the show a group of elderly people were given the chance to use Skype and call their friends for free across the planet. The programme found that the AL...

Follow-up for developers – LocateMe!

You may remember some months back we mentioned an event at Kingston Uni telling you how to build and deploy applications on Microsoft mobile devices. Well, Keni - who chaired the event - has now followed this up by blogging some blogging some code cal...

Text a normal phone today!

One rather clever development from BT that you may not be aware of .. Yes, I said BT, the landline provider that provide a lot of the UK's standard phones. How do they warrant a story on CoolSmartPhone ? Well, you can now send a text message to …

Locate any mobile!

This is pretty good - a new "locate any mobile" service which costs just 5 quid a month and includes... - Locate service on up to 5 mobile phones - Cost per additional mobile - 50p per month - Includes 10 Location Requests per month - Includes 10 …

Find a local pub :)

This story caught my eye. Mainly because I like lager.. and pubs.. :) I wouldn't normally recommend SMS cash-sucking systems, but this one sounds like a great idea.It uses the ITagg system to triangulate between transmitters to pinpoint your position ...

New Smartphone magazine

Richard Tivey has emailed in about the new Smartphone magazine which has just hit the shelves. It covers all manner of smartphones, from the superior Windows Mobile-Powered handsets all the way down to the Nokia rubbish ;) Check out the cover of the ...

SkypeOut

Ok, so you've heard of Skype yeah? This free software allows you to make phone calls across the internet for free to other Skype users. Brilliant, but it's always been an underground-app because you have to ensure that the other person is online and r...

OQO – No more Pocket PC?

It's not often - if ever - that I post news about stuff that's not related to the MS Smartphone, but after seeing that Gary at GadgetAddict.com has taken ownership of his OQO, I think it's well worth a mention. What is the OQO ? Well, it's a …