The First Facebook Phone? – 3 Mobile’s INQ1

3-mobile-inq1You have all almost certainly heard of the main iPhone rivals: the Blackberry Storm, G1 and….not a lot else. The recent Nokia offering has been miles below expectations, and no-one else seems to be able to drum up the interest or performance that the market leaders have. Admittedly both are class acts, and would be very difficult to displace, but I think there may be a phone that will… introducing 3 Mobile’s INQ1.

The INQ1 Specifications

I think it is only fair that I give the INQ1 (pronounced ink-one to those in the know) an overview first, before explaining why this could be big, so here it is. The INQ1 is a new phone handset being released by 3 Mobile – the mobile phone network running in Hong Kong, Australia, and Europe. The INQ1 is a mobile phone brushed metal finish – it looks quite cool.
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A Basic Mobile Phone? Can You Get One These Days?

nokia-3310-basic-mobile-phoneDo you get asked about which basic mobile phone people should get? Why do people want a basic mobile phone? Most people these days are always chasing the latest and greatest in terms of technological advances, especially on their mobile phones, however I think a lot of the mobile phone manufacturers are potentially missing a substantial market altogether.

If you’re anything like me and particularly around Christmas, people come up to you asking which simple, basic mobile phone would be best to buy for their older relatives, be it their parents/grandparents who might only require a mobile phone as a means to contact them in an emergency.
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Yahoo Fulfils Grim Promise to 1,500 Staff

yahoo-logoI think it would be putting it lightly to say that it has been a bad year for Yahoo, who started the year with high hopes of seriously challenging Google’s growing domination but are now in serious financial trouble. And when the going gets tough, people get made redundant and Yahoo have started to carry out the 10% job cuts that they promised to do by the end of the year.

Obviously like everyone else they are trying to cut back in expenditure due to the economic slow down, but their problems have been exacerbated by a series of disasters that have seen their share prices plummet and income decrease. They have watched their grip on Internet search slip through their fingers and they are in danger of slipping into the worlds of anonymity and the pages of history.
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Viigo Beta: Project Tango Updated

viigo-logoI’ve spoken about Viigo: Project Tango a few times now, in case you’re not aware of it, it’s a great little application that you can download and install for free onto your Blackberry or Windows Mobile smartphone and provides you with a host of information and media all on the one application platform.

I’ve currently got this running on my HTC Tytn II mobile phone and use it primarily as a mobile phone news reader as I find it a very useful way of checking RSS feeds. However, this clever little application has developed beyond just that kind and now has lots of other features, such as even downloading audio podcasts should I want to listen to something to stop me from getting bored on long train journeys.
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What Hi-Tech Gadgets Have People Been Buying in 2008?

cheap-nintendo-wiiAs the New Year looms expect to be bombarded with tonnes of lists about what has happened in the last year: the most searched word of the most visited website. However eBay have been a little ahead of themselves and have released their ‘end of year’ figures already, but although they may be a month early, they give a good indication as to what has happened in the commercial world within the last year and what is popular.

So, here is the top 15 tech toys and gadgets that were sold on eBay in the last year including related items (such as controllers):

  1. Nintendo Wii: 2,056,866 related items sold
  2. Microsoft Xbox 360: 1,297,903 related items sold
  3. Sony PSP: 350,591 related items sold
  4. iPod Touch: 281,361 related items sold
  5. Nintendo Wii Fit: 266,584 related items sold
  6. Apple iPhone 3G: 212,837 related items sold
  7. BlackBerry Pearl: 207,688 related items sold
  8. BlackBerry Curve: 193,788 related items sold
  9. Sony Playstation 3: 103,333 related items sold
  10. Guitar Hero III: 98,159 related items sold
  11. Halo 3: 91,067 related items sold
  12. Grand Theft Auto IV: 43,005 related items sold
  13. MacBook Air: 12,423 related items sold
  14. Guitar Hero Aerosmith: 3,749 related items sold
  15. Rock Band 2’s: 1,650 related items sold

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R2D2 USB Hub (Star Wars)

r2d2-usb-hubI seem to be on a real R2D2 theme in the last week what with the R2D2 projection alarm clock and now this R2D2 USB Hub, perhaps it’s because I’m watching the Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon on TV and the last couple of episodes have been about everyone’s favourite little droid!

Functionally this is the same kind of thing as the Transformers All Spark Cube USB Hub I recently wrote about, in that it plugs into one of your USB sockets and then allows you to plug in up to 4 USB devices into it which is especially useful if you’ve run out of USB sockets on your computer and don’t want the hassle of opening your computer to add further sockets.
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Mobile Phone Antivirus From ESET

mobile-phone-antivirus-esetESET have announced that they will be a releasing a mobile phone antivirus software application in January 2009.

ESET are the producers of one of the best antivirus (NOD32) and security suites (ESET Smart Security suite) currently available – I’ve personally been using their NOD32 software for over 4 years and have recommended it to many people over the years. One of the best things about it is that it combines good protection while taking up small amounts of resources, so your computer isn’t noticeably slowed down by it.

When I begin using a new computer or set up a new Windows installation, installing a form of anti-virus software on it is one of the first things I do, if not the first thing! Will people want to have to do this with their mobile phones? Or perhaps the handsets will come pre-installed with mobile versions of antivirus applications – I’m not sure if this would be a good thing or a bad thing!
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The iPhone and the Windows Guy

iphone-3gIt’s a bit of a strange one, this. I was going to write a straight review of the iPhone 2.2 Firmware, but I don’t think the circumstances under which I came to use it really qualify me to write a fair review, so I won’t. Instead, I’ll tell you about my experiences with Firmware 2.2, which I hope is perhaps just as interesting.

I’ve never paid a penny for an iPhone, and the one I have now is an 8GB first-gen model which was given to me by my Dad, who’s decided that he doesn’t need all the bells and whistles and just wants a phone (I know exactly how he feels).

Obviously it doesn’t work as a phone anymore, but it still works over Wi-Fi and functions in every way, apart from voice calls, cellular data and SMS. It’s not got GPS or any of the other enhancements in the new generation of iPhone 3Gs and this is the primary reason I chose not to do a straight review, because a lot of my iPhones failings may because of the hardware, so to make summary judgment over the Firmware alone would perhaps be unfair.

Anyway, the iPhone is basically a big fat lie.
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USB AA Rechargeable Batteries

usb-batteriesThese USB AA rechargeable batteries have been around for a while now, I’ve not really looked into these before, however I’m now starting to run out of batteries for my various devices and remote controls. So instead of just buying a load more standard AA rechargeable batteries I thought I’d take a look at these to see how they compare.

The USB batteries are pretty useful as rechargeable batteries go – AA batteries that you can flip the top off (positive terminal end) to then reveal a standard USB connector that can be plugged into one of your computer’s USB ports and be re-charged from your computer of choice, be it your desktop or laptop (useful if you’re on the move), plus you could even plug them into your Xbox 360!
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iPhone TV Advert Banned

iphone-3gApple has had another of their iPhone 3G TV adverts banned here in the UK for apparently being misleading and exaggerating how fast the actual speed of the device was when trying to access the Internet-based features. There were 17 viewers who complained to the Advertising Standards Authority.

The advert claims that iPhone 3G offers “really fast” performance because you can “download pretty much anything, really fast” – Apple argued that it was only meant in comparison with the first generation iPhone which only used the 2G mobile network and as such the internet speeds were much slower.
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