Palm Pre 2 To Go On Sale From Tomorrow In UK

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HP’s latest smartphone, the Palm Pre 2, which was announced last month will go on sale from tomorrow in the UK. Palm Pre 2 is the successor for Palm Pre and it runs on the webOS 2.0 operating system. This handset was launched last month in France, but it is still not available in the US and UK.

Palm Pre 2 comes with a 3.1 inch touchscreen display, 320×480 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor, webOS 2.0 OS, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, Wi-Fi, Built-in GPS, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 5.5 hours of talktime and more.

Earlier, HP posted on their HP for Students Facebook page that, the device will be available for pre-order from November 8th, but the handset is still not available in the US. Hewlett Packard has confirmed to Pocket-lint that the unlocked version of Palm Pre 2 will be available from tomorrow in the UK. The price of this handset is not announced yet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Now Available On Orange UK

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Orange recently announced the launch of Samsung’s first tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab in the U.K. This powerful device is available immediately for purchase through selected Orange retail shops and Orange telesales. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is available on one month and 12 month price plans from Orange.

The Galaxy Tab is the perfect complement to our smartphone and mobile broadband device portfolio, and we’re giving our existing customers the best value packages on offer. We believe that with Christmas fast approaching, and these great offers, the Galaxy Tab will prove popular with UK consumers,said, Pippa Dunn, VP of Propositions for Orange.

Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with a 7 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display, 1024×600 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 1GHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and 4000mAH battery.

Galaxy Tab is priced at £529 for one month plans, and at £499 for 12 months options. On select Dolphin price plans, customers will receive an additional 1GB quiet timedata allowance (from midnight until 4pm), and have the option of unlimited data through BT OpenZone public WiFi. Samsung Galaxy Tab is also being sold by Vodafone, Orange, O2, Talkmobile, Carphone Warehouse and Amazon in U.K.

Nokia N8 Now Available On Three UK

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Nokia recently launched the much anticipated smartphone, Nokia N8 on the airwaves of Three UK. The Nokia N8 comes with the new Symbian^3 Operating System, which brings three fully customizable home screens to life using widgets.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Branded Devices at Three said, It’s important for us to offer all the best smartphones with a range of operating systems to our customers. The new features of Symbian 3, particularly how it makes the most of widgets, means a strong 3G network is needed to support all the live streams of data they use. With 97% of traffic on our network coming from data, our network is built for data use.

Nokia N8 features a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display, 640 x 360 pixels resolution, Symbian^3 Operating System, HD (720p) Video recording, 16GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, social networking integration and more.

Other features include HDMI with Dolby Digital Plus sound, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 680 MHz processor, 3D Graphics hardware accelerator, Ovi Maps, Ovi Store, A-GPS support, DivX, up to 390 hours stand-by time, up to 12 hours 30 mins talktime and a 1200 mAh battery.

The Nokia N8 is available on The One Plan for £35 per month, with 2000 any network minutes, 5000 Three-to-Three minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB data. Nokia N8 is also available on the Pay As You Go plan for a price tag of £469.99.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Now Available At Three UK

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BlackBerry Torch 9800 was recently launched on the airwaves of Vodafone in the UK and now the RIM’s flagship product is also available for the customers of Three UK. BlackBerry Torch 9800 is an extremely cool device which has a touch-screen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Branded Devices at Three said, When paired with Three’s high speed network, the BlackBerry Torch really comes into its own, allowing users to access their favourite web pages and social networking sites with ease.

BlackBerry Torch features a 3.2 inch HVGA+ touch screen display with 480×360 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard with backlighting, optical trackpad, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with continuous auto-focus, image stabilization, 2X digital zoom, VGA (640×480) video recording, geotagging and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, light and proximity sensor, hands-free headset capable, bluetooth headset capable, 512 MB flash memory, 512 MB SDRAM, MicroSD card slot, 4 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 4 GB media card included, Built-in GPS with BlackBerry Maps, up to 30 hours music playback, up to 18 days Standby Time, up to 5.5 hours talk-time and 1300 mAHr lithium-ion battery.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 is available in black for £249 on contract at £35 a month on The One Plan which includes 2000 any network minutes, 5000 Three-to-Three minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB data.

Get Android 2.1 On Dell Streak

It was just yesterday we reported that the Dell Streak would be getting direct upgrade to Froyo, and skip the Éclair update totally. However, Streak owners in UK should rejoice as an Android 2.1 ROM for the phone leaked onDell-Streak2 the internet a few days ago. The sad news was that this leaked ROM would only work for Dell Streak handsets in UK, and not for the US handsets.

Nevertheless, the modding community did not lose hope and have found a workaround to flash this UK ROM on a US Dell Streak. However, users need to root their phone before proceeding with this process. Luckily there is an application call Universal Androot which will make the job of rooting the phone a lot easier. Also flashing this Android 2.1 ROM will wipe your Dell Streak clean so users are recommended to make a backup of their data.

Here is the step-by-step process on how to update your Dell Streak to Android 2.1.

UK Officials Suggest Moving To FOSS To Cut Cost

The UK Government is facing a budget shortfall of around 155 Billion Pounds. So, UK Prime Minister, David Cameroon, had called upon the  government  officials to suggest measures to cut cost.

Two of the thirty one proposed ideas published by the Treasury department cost calls for moving from Microsoft products, like Windows, Office etc., to open-source ones like Linux, OpenOffice etc.

This is what a proposal says:

In terms of spending less, what about migrating the whole of government (the NHS, education etc.) from Microsoft products to Linux and open-source software like Openoffice.

There are plenty of open-source alternative to the Microsoft products. Linux distros, like Ubuntu, Mint, OpenSUSE etc. can easily replace Microsoft Windows for almost all applications. Another open-source software, OpenOffice is a very strong competitor to Microsoft Office. The best thing about all these open-source products is that almost all of them are free. So, you can save a lot of money which would have otherwise been spent on the license for the Microsoft products.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is already in  favor  of switching to open-source software. Last year, in The Times Of London, he had written:

We need to follow the example of businesses all over the world and take advantage of open-source technology.

This is all good news for the open-source community but bitter news for Microsoft, for whom Windows and Office are reportedly the biggest source of income.

[source: BussinessWeek]

Canada and UK to Get Unlocked iPhone 4

Looks like AT&T is paying a hell lot of money to Apple since they have been the only exclusive provider for the in US since its launch. However, countries like UK and Canada are more lucky since they will be getting unlocked in their countries.

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Though users in these countries will still have to sign contracts with their phones, they can always exchange the SIM with another one without having to Jailbreak iPhone or unlock it. Sigh, wonder when Apple will offer a “commitment-free” iPhone 4 in the US now?

If you want to see which providers will be selling the iPhone 4 in your country, you can view a list of Official Network Providers for iPhone 4.


Apple iPhone 4 Official Network Providers Confirmed In 7 Countries!

All set to buy the iPhone 4? Well its better you know which carrier will be selling the iPhone 4 in your country before you start saving money for the new iPhone 4.   iPhone 4

In the U.S, AT&T is the official iPhone 4 carrier. Yes, users still won’t be able to use the iPhone 4 legally on the Verizon network. Users need to pay $199 for the iPhone 4 16GB version in the U.S. Along with the $199; they also need to sign a two-year contract with AT&T. In Germany, T-Mobile remains the exclusive iPhone network carrier.   T-Mobile will also be offering the iPhone 4 in Netherlands. In Japan, Softbank will be the official iPhone 4 network carrier.

In France, U.K and Canada users are spoilt for choices. In France, users have the option of Orange, Bouygues Telecom and SFR. However, until now, only Orange has confirmed that they will be selling the iPhone 4. In the U.K – O2, Vodafone and Orange will be offering the iPhone 4. In Canada, MobileSyrup has confirmed that Rogers, TELUS, and Bell will be offering the iPhone 4 to their users.

Except for Canada, the iPhone 4 will be launched on 24 June in the countries mentioned above. The pre-orders will begin from 15 June onwards. Apart from AT&T, no other operator has revealed their price tag for the new iPhone 4.

Motorola Rolls Out Android v2.1 Update For Motorola Milestone In UK

Motorola Milestone users in UK rejoice! Motorola has finally released the long-awaited Android 2.1 update for the Milestone users in UK. Motorola made this announcement through their Facebook page. Sadly, users can’t upgrade using OTA (Over-The-Air). They must use their PC and should make a backup of their data before proceeding with the update. The update is available on the official Motorola website, and users should follow the instructions givenMotorola Milestone there.

The new update brings with it Live Wallpapers, up to 9 new homescreens, speech-to-text, and performance and stability improvement. Motorola has been rolling out the Android OS v2.1 update from March 22 to various parts of the world.