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UK All Set for Large Scale Surveillance of its Citizens

According to a report on Telegraph, British authorities are planning on setting up a large scale surveillance programme of its citizens. The report, which did not cite any sources, says that landline, mobile and broadband companies will be asked to store customer data so that they could provide it in real-time to the authorities if needed.

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This stored database will not have actual content of the call, but the details of the sender and recipient. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter will also be included in this monitoring program.

For the first time, the security services will have widespread access to information about who has been communicating with each other on social networking sites such as Facebook.

Direct messages between subscribers to websites such as Twitter would also be stored, as well as communications between players in online video games.

The Home Office is understood to have begun negotiations with internet companies in the last two months over the plan, which could be officially announced as early as May.

All this data will be stored by the respective companies rather than the government itself. This move can be highly controversial since this database can be of high significance to the companies themselves as well as some third parties.

Telecom companies can track a customer’s behavior from his/her communication in order to provide targeted advertisement. Also, this kind of database will be of extremely high value to the hackers around the world and what kind of security measures, the telecom companies will implement to protect this database is a very valid question.

The report states that legislative time for this programme (called Communications Capabilities Development Programme or CCDP) will be allocated in the Queen’s Speech in May.

Privacy advocates have already raised their concerns.

“This will be ripe for hacking. Every hacker, every malicious threat, every foreign government is going to want access to this. And if communications providers have a government mandate to start collecting this information they will be incredibly tempted to start monitoring this data themselves so they can compete with Google and Facebook. The internet companies will be told to store who you are friends with and interact with. While this may appear innocuous it requires the active interception of every single communication you make, and this has never been done in a democratic society”, Guy Hosein of Privacy International said in a statement.

UK is already in the line of fire, after the News of the World phone tapping scandal. Now, how its citizens are going to react to legislation that will legalize monitoring their communication activities is to be seen.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Announced; Comes With 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor, Android 4.0 OS

Samsung recently launched a new tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. This tablet is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab 2 runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and it comes with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, instead of the 1 GHz single-core processor found in the original Galaxy Tab. This tablet comes with the Samsung’s Music Hub and Readers Hubs, which allows you to access more than 17 million tracks and 2.3 million e-books respectively.

“Two years ago, Samsung Galaxy Tab began to offer customers more possibilities on the go. Since then, Samsung has actively enhanced our tablet line-up with several tablets in different sizes,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “The new Galaxy Tab 2 will provide people with delighted multimedia experience and allow efficient communication.”

samsung galaxy tab 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 features a 7 inch WSVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear camera, VGA front facing camera for video calls, etc.

It also comes with the usual Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Game Hub, Video Hub, Samsung S Suggest, Samsung ChatON, Music Player with SoundAlive, AllShare Play and Polaris Office. This device allows you to access more than 400,000 apps from the Android Market.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, 3G Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB/ 16GB/ 32GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, A-GPS and 4000 mAH Li-ion battery. This tablet measures 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm and weighs 344g.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will be first available in the UK, followed by the global markets from March. The price of this device in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark is mentioned below.

Sweden:
Wi-Fi: 2,995SEK ($450)
3G: 3,695 SEK ($556)

Finland:
Wi-Fi: 349EUR ($463)
3G: 429EUR ($568)

Norway:
Wi-Fi: 2,400NOK ($420)
3G: 2,990NOK ($523)

Denmark:
Wi-Fi: 2,350DKK ($419)
3G: 3,995DKK ($712)

Samsung Galaxy S Advance Up For Pre-Order In The UK

Earlier this week, Samsung announced the fourth variant of the highly popular Galaxy S smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S Advance comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display and a powerful 1 GHz dual-core processor. This handset will ship with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance comes with the curved glass design, which was previously seen in the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus smartphones. The curved glass design enhances the handling of the device and fits the user’s facial form easily. Three UK already announced that the Galaxy S Advance will be soon available for its customers. However, the company failed to announce the exact price and release date. On the other hand, Clove, a popular online retailer in the UK have already started taking pre-orders of this smartphone.

samsung galaxy s advance

Samsung Galaxy S Advance features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz user interface, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 8 GB internal memory, 768 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, ChatON, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Social Hub, Polaris Office, stereo FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA connectivity, Samsung Kies 2.0, A-GPS, Samsung Apps, Android Market and a 1500 mAh Li-ion battery.

You can pre-order the SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S Advance for £295 (approx $470). This handset will be launched during the last week of February. You can expect the availability of this handset around the time of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012. To pre-order this handset, head over to this page at Clove.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance Coming Soon To Three UK

Samsung recently announced the new Galaxy S Advance smartphone. This handset comes with the curved glass design, which enhances the handling of the device and fits the user’s facial form easily. Sadly, this handset runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The folks living in the UK has a reason to cheer. Three UK recently announced that the new Samsung Galaxy S Advance will be exclusively available for its consumers in the coming weeks.

Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three said, “The Samsung Galaxy S Advance combines eye-catching design with powerful technology specs that make for an outstanding smartphone experience. Coupled with Three’s fast 3G network, videos will download quickly so you won’t be left in the dark waiting for the latest movie trailers to download.”

samsung galaxy s advance

Samsung Galaxy S Advance features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz user interface, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, stereo FM Radio with RDS, 8 GB internal memory, 768 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, ChatON, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Social Hub, Polaris Office, Samsung Kies 2.0, A-GPS, Samsung Apps, Android Market and a 1500 mAh Li-ion battery.

Three UK customers can get the new Samsung Galaxy S Advance for free with a 2 year service agreement. Other major carriers such as O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange has not yet announced the availability of this smartphone in the UK.

Sony Xperia S Launch Delayed In The UK

Earlier this month, Sony announced the powerful Sony Xperia S smartphone at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. Play.com, a popular online retailer in the UK has already started taking pre-orders of this smartphone. According to the retailer, the Sony Xperia S was expected to release on January 30. However, we have bad news for those who have already pre-ordered this device in the UK.

The much-awaited launch of the Sony Xperia S has been delayed in the UK. Play.com customers will have to wait till next month to get their hands on this amazing device. According to the retailer’s pre-order page, the new release date is February 13. If you are planning to get this device, then check out the complete specs below.

sony xperia s

Sony Xperia S features a 4.3 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, 32 GB eMMC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Android Market, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, up to 25 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min video playback time, up to 7 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 450 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Play.com is expected to release the device on February 13, however we are still not sure if the device will be released on the date mentioned by the retailer. Clove, another popular online retailer in the UK is expected to sell the SIM-free Sony Xperia S from the first week of March. According to the retailer, the device will be launched after the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 and the stock is expected to arrive on the 6th or 7th of March.

LG Prada 3.0 Now Available In The UK For Free On Contract

Last month, LG announced the much-awaited LG Prada 3.0 in Germany. The LG Prada 3.0 is the first smartphone in the Prada series. This handset runs on the Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The LG Prada 3.0 will also get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update during the Q2 of 2012. Within a few days of its official announcement, LG launched this handset in South Korea. After waiting for nearly a month, this handset is finally available for purchase in the UK. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

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LG Prada 3.0 features a 4.3 inch Nova Plus display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz dual core TI OMAP 4430 processor, Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0), Prada UI, 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, A-GPS, NFC (Near Field Communication), microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1540 mAh battery.

Phones 4U, a popular online retailer is selling this handset for free, with a 2 year service agreement and £31 monthly plan. If you buy this handset from Phones 4u before the end of February, you’ll get 12 months free unlimited 4u Wi-Fi. This service allows you to access Wi-Fi from your handset whenever you’re in one of The Cloud’s 6000+ hotspots across the UK. To get this handset, head over to this page.

Motorola Unveils The Rugged Defy+ JCB Edition In The UK

Motorola and JCB recently announced the new Motorola Defy+ JCB edition. Motorola Defy+ is the successor of the widely popular Motorola Defy smartphone. Thanks to the visco-elastic protective sleeve from JCB, the powerful Motorola Defy+ JCB Edition offers work-orientated protection for those operating in construction and engineering sectors as well as for those working in rugged outdoors and in extremely demanding conditions.

Victoria McManus, UK marketing director, Motorola Mobility said,

“We’re thrilled to be working with JCB on this bespoke Motorola DEFY+ device. The unique protective sleeve will pull on JCB’s years of expertise in the construction industry to help us reach a new audience who we know are in need of a life and work proof handset.”

motorola defy plus jcb edition

Motorola Defy+ JCB Edition features a 3.7 inch FWVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, 1 GHz OMAP processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread Operating System, MotoBLUR UI, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 512 MB of RAM, 2 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card bundled, Adobe Flash Player 10, Android Market, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, FM Radio with RDS, up to 7.1 hours of talk time, up to 16 days of standby time and a 1700 mAh battery.

The Motorola Defy+ JCB Edition comes pre-loaded with JCB applications such as a spirit level, theodolite, decibel meter and recorder, torch, unit converter, calculator and DIY store locator. This handset comes with a price tag of £260 (approx. $400) in the UK.

BlackBerry PlayBook Price Drops To $299 In The US

Last week, Research-In-Motion (RIM) slashed the price of its first tablet device, the BlackBerry PlayBook in India. Now, the company has dropped the price of this tablet in the US. BlackBerry PlayBook was announced in late-2010 and it was later showcased at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

The 64 GB version of this tablet was originally priced at $699, but folks living in the US can get this device for just $299. Even the 16 GB and 32GB variant of this tablet is priced at $299. RIM has also slashed the price of BlackBerry PlayBook in the UK. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the specs after the break.

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BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with 1024 × 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GB RAM, 5 megapixel rear camera, 3 megapixel front facing camera, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback and more.

Other features include microHDMI, microUSB, HDMI video output, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB internal memory, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing (US):

  • 16 GB $499.00
  • 32 GB $599.00
  • 64 GB $699.00

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing (US):

  • 16 GB $299.00
  • 32 GB $299.00
  • 64 GB $299.00

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing (UK):

  • 16 GB £399
  • 32 GB £479
  • 64 GB £559

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing (UK):

  • 16 GB £169
  • 32 GB £199
  • 64 GB £329

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing (India):

  • 16 GB Rs.27,990
  • 32 GB Rs.32,990
  • 64 GB Rs.37,990

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing (India):

  • 16 GB Rs.13,490
  • 32 GB Rs.15,990
  • 64 GB Rs.24,490

The BlackBerry PlayBook offer in India is extended only for a week. Folks living in the US can order this device at a discounted price till February 4, 2012. To order the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, head over to this page.

HTC Sensation XE Now Available In UK For Just £19.99 On Contract

HTC Sensation XE is the successor of the popular HTC sensation smartphone. It is the company’s first smartphone to sport the Beats Audio tag. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. HTC Sensation XE was announced in September and it was later released in October, exclusively or the O2 customers in the UK. This handset was available for free with the £36 per month contract. Now, Phones4U, a popular online retailer in the UK is selling this handset for just £19.99, along with discounted monthly plans.

htc sensation xe

HTC Sensation XE features a 4.3 inch qHD display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front camera, 4 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 768 MB RAM, Internal GPS antenna, Gyro sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light Sensor, Micro-USB port, DLNA, Stereo sound video recording, up to 9 hrs 16 mins talk-time, up to 540 hours stand-by time an a 1730 mAh battery.

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Phones4U is selling this handset for just £19.99 with a 2 year service agreement. You will also need to subscribe to the £21.50 per month plan, which will give you 200 minutes, 3000 texts and 500 MB of data. To get this handset, head over to this page at Phones4U.

Acer Launches The Liquid Express Smartphone In The UK

Acer recently launched its new Acer Liquid Express smartphone in the UK. It is the company’s first NFC-enabled Android smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available for the customers of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK. Acer Liquid Express runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

“Even if contactless technology has only just started spreading across the UK, it is important for the customer to take into account future need when choosing a new model. In a few months’ time quite a number of smartphone users, whose new smartphones don’t include NFC functionality, will have to change their mobile in order to benefit from this new technology”, says Allen Burnes, Vice-President of Acer’s THBG division.

acer liquid express

Acer Liquid Express features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 800 MHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Acer Breeze UI, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, geo-tagging and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card included, up to 480 hrs stand-by time, up to 6 hrs talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

T-Mobile UK customers can get this handset for free, with a 2 year service agreement and a £15.32 monthly plan. On the other hand, Orange subscribers can get this device for free, with a 2 year contract and a £20.50 monthly plan.