Google Android 4.1; Jelly Bean Announced

Posted on: June 29th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Google has announced their latest Operating System upgrade for their Android phones.

Dubbed ‘Jelly Bean’, the latest OS features new functionality such as voice control – seen to be a direct competitor to Apple’s Siri personal assistant.

With security enhancements, new functionality and minor quirks in other areas, Jelly Bean seems to be the perfect Operating System for a smartphone, although unfortunately most people aren’t likely to see this any time soon.

The majority of users are still running Android Gingerbread, with only a few on the latest ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’; the blame is being put on manufacturers for not pushing these updates out to their users.

Apple iPhone 5 – Smaller Data / Charging Port Confirmed

Posted on: June 25th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

According to reports the next generation of iPhone will feature a 19-pin socket for data and charging rather than the current 30-pin socket.

The move, confirmed by three independent manufacturers is a surprise to those awaiting the next generation device.

As of the Apple iPod third generation Apple has used a standard socket size for all it’s iPhones, iPads and iPods, all in a bid to make them compatible with any Apple data / power cable.

It is unknown how the next generation iPhone will work with docking stations – the previous larger socket provided stability for the iPhone, but it seems unlikely that due to the decrease in size this will be used for that purpose any longer.

Apple iOS 6 Officially Unveiled

Posted on: June 12th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Apple have officially announced the next update to iOS – iOS 6.

The new iOS features a new 3D mapping system, useful for deciding routes, finding places and as an integrated SatNav system.

Dubbed ‘iOS Maps’, the system features traffic information in real-time and enables users to see detailed information about the places around them.

Developers of Apple Apps have access to a limited ‘beta’ version of iOS 6, but everyone else will have to wait until the autumn – the same time the iPhone 5 is expected to be released.

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Rumoured iPhone 5 Specifications Revealed

Posted on: June 6th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

According to an undisclosed but trusted source, the iPhone 5 will feature double the amount of RAM than the iPhone 4S, a much faster (although unspecified) CPU and a screen size of just over four inches.

Not to mention the retina display.

Whilst Apple tend to keep their innovations and new products secret until they’re released, the iPhone 5 is so highly anticipated that even Apple are finding it incredibly difficult to keep the specifications and release date secret.

The iPhone 5 is expected to be released sometime in October 2012, but unfortunately due to Apple’s secrecy the release date can’t be confirmed until Apple officially announce it themselves.

Facebook Creates New iPhone App – Mimics Instagram

Posted on: May 25th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Facebook has released a new app designed for the iPhone.

This app, named ‘Camera’, is very similar to the popular social networking app called ‘Instagram’ – a tool designed for users to take a picture, add effects and instantly upload it to the social network for everyone to see.

Whilst ‘Camera’ isn’t as aesthetic as Instagram, it’s main benefit over the popular social networking app is that it can upload multiple photos at once, meaning that members can share photos of events, days out and gatherings all at once rather than uploading them one at a time.

Facebook recently put in a bid to purchase Instagram for $1.1bn, and despite the deal having not been completed yet it seems that Facebook are looking to maintain their dominance in the mobile social networking market.

4G Mobile Services – Will Cause Interference with Freeview

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Experts have warned that the 4G spectrum, expected to be launched next year, will cause interference to those using Freeview to access digital television.

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2012 is the year that the last analogue transmitter will be switched off, and digital television will be available to the majority of the United Kingdom.

Mobile companies have been waiting for this to happen so they can utilise the unused frequencies for terrestrial television to broadcast the 4G mobile spectrum nationwide – the benefit of this being faster mobile Internet speeds and better penetration of the mobile signal inside buildings.

Unfortunately, utilising this old spectrum will cause interference to many Freeview receivers in the United Kingdom, resulting in loss of TV signal and potential ‘noise’ coming through your TV set speakers.

Ilse Howling, head of Freeview has put the onus on the government to supply homes affected with a ‘filter’ to reduce this interference. Hopefully the government will subsidise this otherwise the digital switch-over might cause more problems than it solves…

Metropolitan Police To Store Mobile Phone Data

Posted on: May 18th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

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It has been announced that the Metropolitan Police are to be able to download and store the data from your mobile phone and keep it indefinitely.

If you are suspected to have used your mobile phone to commit a crime then they will confiscate it, download the data, browse through it and then store it even if you’re not charged.

This has already led to complaints about the police being in breach of Human Rights laws and that is a “disturbing expansion of police powers”.

It looks like the government are looking to expand their evidence against potential criminals, but I can’t agree with indefinite data retention on those who haven’t committed crimes.

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Apple iPad 3 – Not 4G Compatible!

Posted on: May 14th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Apple has now publicly confirmed that the iPad 3 – Apple’s latest innovation in the iPad range will never be 4G compatible, despite it being advertised as the “iPad 3 WiFi + 4G”.

The reason Apple gives for labelling their latest iPad as 4G is because the whole concept of 4G is open to interpretation – they believe that a faster 3G connection is equal to 4G, despite it not being a 4G connection.

Either way, the iPad 3 cannot connect to a 4G network in the UK (when they’re released) as it isn’t even compatible and never will be.

Apple have actually modified the sales page on their website – it no longer brands the iPad 3 as 4G, but instead labels it as “Wi-Fi + Cellular”.

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