The recently released HTC Sensation, dubbed as a ‘multimedia superphone’, is probably the biggest iPhone competitor on the market right now, with impressive specs which include a 4.3-inch qHD display and dual core processor. Running Google’s latest version of Android with HTC Sense 3.0, it’s certainly a tempting choice for many people not wishing to buy an iOS device at the moment. We’ve been very interested to see how it performs ever since we first heard about the HTC Sensation announcement. But how does it stack up against other Android phones available to buy, including our old favourite the HTC Desire? Let’s find out!
HTC has gone all out on the Sensation to make it look absolutely perfect. Whereas most phones with large screens feel unnaturally big in your hand, HTC has done a great job of making the device feel sturdy yet comfortable to hold. The unibody exterior is under 5 inches tall and less than half an inch thin, with capacitive buttons placed underneath the gorgeous, glass contoured display.
Everything inside the Sensation is powered by the 1.2GHz dual core processor, and this is coupled with 768MB of RAM making it one of the fastest available phones on the market at the time of writing.Continue reading »
Whether you’re the type that prefers to play in the ballpark of substance, rather than style, aesthetics will undoubtedly play some part in your choice of speakers. Of course, there will be iPod speakers out there that produce great quality audio, but lack the necessary attraction in the looks department. Sometimes, it may be preferable to opt for the opposite, and go for the looker. Or if you’ve got an annoyingly fat wallet, go for both. Here, I’ve compiled a short list of the very best looking iPhone and iPod speakers around, and of course, if you have your own suggestions, feel free to post in the comments section at the foot of the article.Continue reading »
There are two distinct ecosystems developing in the mobile industry. They are emerging from two phenomenally powerful camps: Apple and Google. Apple has iOS; Google has Android. We all know that, we see it every day, and the way the industry is heading, and the coverage of the industry in the world media, it seems the common opinion that tablets and smartphones go hand in hand. The success of an OS on a tablet is bred from the success it’s had on the smartphone and vice versa. Well, here’s a tip: maybe that’s not the case.Continue reading »
On the lookout for a new application to manage my to-do items after I decided that ‘Things‘ was priced ridiculously high for such an inherently basic app, I headed over to the Mac App Store and began scouting around. What I was confronted with was a host of apps priced well over and above what I was willing to pay, with very little justification for it. Then I was recommended Wunderlist. Not restricted to the Mac, instead being open to a wide range of the most popular platforms.
What I like most about Wunderlist is that unlike its pricey competitors, it won’t set you back a dime. On all platforms, including OS X, iOS, Android and Windows, it’s free to download from various sources. There’s no catch hidden away either, registration for use of the service is also as described. Free.Continue reading »
Since the arrival of Windows Phone 7, one of my more major gripes with it (and I have a lot of gripes, believe you me) has been the lack of an instant messaging client besides the third party serving of Windows Live Messenger. Of course, the future Mango update has taken care of that, as well as Facebook chat, but if I wanted to sign into Gtalk or Skype chat, there really wasn’t an option for me. I believe the US Marketplace bore an app named Flory monopolised the instant messaging arena, before being discontinued before the impending release of IM+, a fearsome competitor if ever there was one, an app that has enjoyed outstanding success on other mobile platforms already.Continue reading »
If you ever find yourself lost whilst browsing files on your Mac, you may struggle to get back to where you want to be, because the path bar isn’t shown by default in your Finder windows. Fortunately, there’s a quick way to enable it.Continue reading »
Moving from one computer to another or upgrading your present computer is a laborious task at best. Going through each file manually to make sure you have all your documents, music and photos is just the start. What about all those bookmarks you have? What about your settings that have your PC running just as you want it to?
Under a regular backup, even when using a program such as Cloudberry or Carbonite, these things would often be forgotten, but if you’re moving from one Windows computer to another then you can make use of Windows Easy Transfer instead.Continue reading »
It appeared an odd coincidence that on the day I realised my MacBook Pro would need to go in for some potentially pretty hefty repairs, I would receive delivery of the Dell XPS 15z, the high performance laptop that can only be described as a keen admirer of the machine that I hold dearest at the moment. From almost every angle, it would seem an obvious replica of Apple’s flagship portable, a machine which has won hearts and minds for its craftsmanship and its beauty. And here, in an almost mocking fashion, I’m being stared in the face by something which in truth, is kidding no-one.
The model I’ve been given to review for Zath is actually at the top end of the three which are available here in the UK, with the entry level model setting you back a modest £899 and offering a Sandy Bridge Core i5 clocked at 2.3GHz, 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive, however if you make the step up to the intermediate option, for £100 extra you’ll get a 1920 x 1080 display as I have in this, even more lucrative model.Continue reading »
Why would you want an Android app with a name such as ‘No Root Screenshot It’? Well, taking a screenshot on your computer is a fundamental principle. Everyone knows how to do it, most people take advantage of it, and the world keeps on spinning. For some reason, though, Google never quite grasped this concept of a ‘screenshot’. Android is getting pretty mature nowadays. It has a phone and tablet version, but there is still no way to take a screenshot without hooking your phone up to the SDK and using developer tools (really Google, really?!) or downloading a third party application.
Furthermore, such third party applications often require a rooted Android phone, which is a no-go for most regular human beings, and an additional step for willing nerds. Fortunately, I just came across an application in the Android Market that can take a screenshot on your phone without you having to root it first. There are, however, a couple of catches…Continue reading »
Newzbin2 has today become the first website to be blocked by an ISP on the grounds of distributing illegally copied material. I’d personally never heard of the site, so I’m certainly not going to lose any sleep after being told I can’t make use of it anymore, however there are, I’m sure, plenty of members on the website, which scours the Usenet forums for content and distributes anything it finds, who might take it a little harder.
This case is not about the size of the website being blocked though, nor is it a move to stamp out piracy once and for all. Not yet, at least, instead it’s more a mere landmark. A case that will be looked at as the first of many, I assume, and one that paves the way for a succession of other websites meeting a similar end.Continue reading »
In a world where there is so much dependance on the accessibility and security of digitally stored data, the corporate scene is crying out for substantial methods of holding it. Even small businesses can rack up terabytes of data, and unfortunately in few cases, without even a second thought for backing it all up. What we have here today is the Startech Infosafe RAID enclosure with four SATA hard drive bays, which aims to help you achieve just that.
The setup supports up to 4 drives, and though maxing it out isn’t necessary you can have as few as you like in there. My tests proved that the unit can handle any capacity of SATA drive up to 2 terabytes, giving you a maximum of 8, however I won’t rule out at this point that the unit will handle the newer 3TB drives just emerging onto the market at the time of writing.Continue reading »
Our Lion in the Spotlight feature has been pretty comprehensive; we’ve talked you through no less than 14 features, all of which deserve to be spoken about, but I think we’ve saved the best service ’til last in this case. Strictly speaking, iCloud isn’t exactly a feature of Lion, but a separate cloud offering outside the realms of Mac OS X and iOS. It does, however, work very well with both.
Currently in limited beta to developers, iCloud is expected to be released to the public around the same time as iOS 5, and will be compatible with Mac OS X 10.7.2. We’ve been able to get a little sneak peak at the iCloud beta running in Lion, so let’s take a look!Continue reading »
Living in the supposedly wireless age that we do, you would think that it would be easy to do something as simple as transfer a file from one device to another without the need for a cable tethering the two together.
You’ve been able to share files wirelessly over a network for some time now, but only if you had access to the computer which you wanted to send those files to. That, and you need to be on the same wireless network as the computer you’re sharing with. Bag of hurt anyone? Just grab a pen drive and let us do this the old fashioned way.Continue reading »
If apps were in the dictionary, Photo Booth would probably lie somewhere in between recreation and procrastination. It’s an Apple Store favourite, and its effects are pretty good at breaking the ice over a video call too when the situation arises.
Fans of the application will be glad to know, then, that it has been given a fresh lick of paint for its Lion debut, and it has some pretty cool new effects that you will want to goof around with as well.Continue reading »
Full screen applications are one of the main selling points of Mac OS X Lion. That’s right, the full screen revolution has finally arrived! Wait.. what? Haven’t we been able to maximise windows since the 90′s? How is this any different to that?
Although Windows users may disagree here, full screen applications aren’t merely maximised like they would be in Windows or Linux. Oh no, you see when an application enters full screen mode, it gets rid of any distractions that you may still have with an application which is maximised. The dock hides itself beneath your screen, the menu bar disappears until you hover over the top of the screen, and all you’re left with is your application.Continue reading »
Everyone running Windows needs an anti-virus program, but not everyone wants an entire Internet Security Suite running in the background and monitoring every website they visit and every email that they receive for fraud and spam. As good as some internet security packages are, they can get too intrusive for some people.
If you don’t want a full security suite slowing down your machine, but still want an effective malware barrier present, then PC Tools’ Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus – priced £10 lower than it’s beefier cousin and a little lighter on the resources front – may be a good option.Continue reading »
I’ve never been a massive fan of Mail in Mac OS X. If I wasn’t having a technical issue with it, I’d be yearning for more advanced features such as conversation view that I needed a program such as Postbox to access, and more often than not I’d revert back to Postbox every time I chose a mail client on my computer.
With Mail 5 in Lion, however, Apple has made some major strides with its e-mail client, tweaking the UI to better fit widescreen layouts, offering full screen support and adding a host of other new features which make it one of the best mail clients available. In fact, I’ve been using it for a few months now and I haven’t even installed Postbox in Lion…Continue reading »
If you’re working on a long project or report, then it can become pretty difficult to keep track of all the content that you have to manage. Also, if you make a change that you don’t like, then it may be hard to remember what things were like originally a few days down the line when you look at it again.
Versions in Lion aims to solve this problem by keeping track of every change made in your document since you first started it, so that you’re less likely to lose content that you want, and you can feel more free to play around with content layouts and text without worrying about whether it will turn out worse than it was before.Continue reading »
In case you needed reminding, digital downloads are the future. I definitely subscribe to that vision, and clearly so does Amazon. In the wake of it launching its own Android app store, it’s come to the PC game distribution party in a bid to rival the likes of Steam, which has dominated the market for years now.
Having been made available in the US over 2 years ago, the store has a sure foothold in the industry already, however it’s also been a long time coming to the UK, with many users still having to wait for the postman to arrive with the new title they’re itching to play. It’s a terrible period of waiting once you’ve ordered a game online to the actual delivery, so as long as your broadband has the clout, then this is a preferable method.Continue reading »
When I’m on Mac OS X, iCal is always my go-to calendar application. It does its job with no fuss, it’s lightweight, and it’s easy to use. Until Lion came about, it looked great too!
In Lion, iCal seems to be stuck in a Marmite-like situation with some of its users liking the new iOS inspired changes and others yearning for a nice metal theme instead. I myself could do without having a piece of leather on my virtual desktop, so I’ve decided to enlist the help of Fantastical: a calendar management app that interacts with iCal, Outlook or any other web based calendar you can use, and sits on your menu bar out of the way until it’s needed.Continue reading »