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Devices

Is your house Siri-enabled yet?

How do you like the idea of turning your heating up by telling Siri to sort it out? I like that a lot. A *lot*. I don’t want to have to arse about going into the kitchen — which is where our boiler/thermostat is — and open up the sodding boiler thingy and then screw […]

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Devices Operators

Orange: Free XBOX 360 when you buy a Nokia Lumia 800

Have you been hearing about this deal from Orange? It’s been capturing the imaginations of quite a few normob (“normal mobile user”) friends and family. I’ve overheard people discussing it multiple times a day so — anecdotally at least — it’s certainly gathering a lot of attention. Here’s the offer: If you upgrade to the […]

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Opinion

Batteries: Can we stop talking about mAh and start talking “Feels like”

Geez. I can’t seem to read a press releases these days without being told about a handset’s amazing ‘1,650 mAh’ battery life. Or 1,800 mAh. Or whatever. I really don’t care. Let’s take the specs of one phone I was just looking at. It’s got a 1,500 mAh battery. That, the vendor reckons will deliver: […]

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Services

The Data Capacity Crunch: Are we still in it?

It has now been almost exactly a year since I published the Data Capacity Crunch video series (kindly supported by Amdocs). I produced the series in conjunction with the team at Mobile Entertainment. We interviewed a number of leading executives from around the industry discussing the issue of the ‘data capacity crunch’. Broadly speaking, it […]

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Devices

The Nokia Lumia 800: It’s business-ready

I’ve been using the Nokia Lumia 800 for just over a week, full time now. It has temporarily replaced the BlackBerry Curve I normally use for business work (I also use a Bold 9900 and an iPhone). I most certainly miss the physical keyboard of the BlackBerry, however I have to say that the Nokia […]

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News

Bet this chap rues the day he bought a smartphone

Hello from the BA Lounge at Terminal 5. This chap is using one of those new breed smartphones that we are all buying. It looks like a top of the range HTC Android — from the back, anyway. The brand doesn’t matter. All smartphones suffer from this arse. Our collective problem is that we still […]

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Operators

Being ripped off by one of Vodafone’s sales agencies: An outrageous example

Goodness me I’m shocked by what I’m about to narrate to you: It’s a tale of woe, desperation and sleight of hand and it involves: a) A relative of mine b) One of those ‘independent phone specialist’ agencies who cold call you regularly c) And the great company of Vodafone I should point out now […]

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News

Cannot Get Mail: The most annoying prompt on the iPhone?

Is this the most annoying prompt on the iPhone? I think so. For all it’s brilliant user experience innovations, you’d have thought they could have fixed this by version 5 of the operating system. For those unaware, if you are out of signal range and try checking your email, this prompt helpfully appears. If you […]

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Opinion Services

I’m getting serious pain from Apple’s ‘services’.. enough to move away? Quite possibly.

I think my problem with Apple began when, without any flipping explanation at all, the latest version of their operating system required me, by default, to start scrolling upwards instead of downwards. Or was it the other way around? I can’t remember. I don’t care. I don’t want to care. This is why I pay […]

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Opinion

Do take a look at Dell’s Evolving Workforce report

I was delighted to be asked to participate in Dell’s Evolving Workforce research project. The future of ‘work’ is something that’s interested me since before I entered the work force. I always found getting on a train and going to a place of work rather 18th Century. Like being back in the industrial age. Fair […]

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Devices News

Polycom’s RealPresence for iPad 2: Utterly brilliant

This morning I did a video conference call from my office at home in Ascot. My equipment was simply a BT Infinity internet connection along with an iPad 2 running Polycom’s all new RealPresence app. My colleague’s equipment? £15k’s worth of Polycom kit attached to a whopping 42″ screen. He even has a little control […]

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Operators Opinion

MMS NOT INCLUDED – a classic operator mistake?

In the first of his columns, regular Mobile Industry Review reader Neil Ramsay gets stuck into multimedia messaging. Over to you Neil: – – – – – Remember when you were a kid, rushing excitedly down the stairs on Christmas morning to unwrap and play with your newest toy only to be reduced to a […]