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BEST DEALS: Huawei Blaze £29 on PAYG, plus £10 top-up

If you’re in need of a triple-redundant Android spare or a clunker replacement to tide you over between contracts, this one would do. Phones 4U is selling the Huawei Blaze for £29.99 plus £10 of calling credit, a rather bonkers price for what was a decent enough Android phone when it launched last year.

Don’t go expecting stellar multi-tasking performance, but if you just need something for Twitter and email because you dropped your “main” phone in the toilet, it’d do. Phones 4U is selling this with T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2 PAYG Sims.


Also an ideal starter smartphone for the under-9s. A bit crappy, but cheap. You get the idea. Get it here if you are in need.

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Pocket Warwick Review

Available On: Android, iOS

Price: Free

Download: Google Play | iTunes

Chances are that you have never heard of Pocket Warwick, as its only recently released on iOS, and has just been ported to Android. Pocket Warwick is a game featuring famous British actor Warwick Davis. Now, Pocket Warwick isn’t a game full of action, mind-bending puzzles or anything like that. It is a extremely casual game where you have Warwick Davis as the character you play as. Your job is to make sure he’s entertained, his energy levels are doing well and etc. If you’ve ever played the Sims before, you’ll know exactly what to do almost right away. On top of making sure Warwick’s levels are being maintained, you also have the ability to accept jobs from your agent, which earns you experience and coins to spend in the store.

That’s pretty much the main goal of the game, but that does not mean Pocket Warwick isn’t loaded full of comedic features. Some things you can do with your pocket Warwick is touching his head to grab him and hold him up in the air. That or you can constantly tap his head until you knock him over (the sounds he makes is literally amazing). Keep in mind that by doing this you quickly knock down his happiness levels, which isn’t really a good thing to be doing if you plan on doing jobs from his agent consistently. Another thing you can do with Pocket Warwick is tilt your device to the left or right. This will act as if Warwick’s room is literally turning, thus he will slide down whatever way you are tilting the screen. Little features like these make the game worth it to play.

Overall it’s a very well designed game. I like how doing different things within the game will affect different meters. You’re always in a constant state of trying to keep Warwick maintained, which is what makes the game fun — you constantly have something to do. One thing that I don’t like about Pocket Warwick is how the economy works. Some tasks require that you buy a new piece of clothing or buy a new book to read. Buying those things prepare you for the task, but when you complete the task they don’t give you enough money to reimburse those purchases. That said, most of the time you barely have any coin to do anything with. It makes it extremely hard to upgrade things like your TV, couch or computer desk. Paying 25 coins for something and getting a return of 5 coins just seems a bit odd to me, I guess.

Pocket Warwick is a great game, in fact it was better than what I was expecting after watching an interview with him on the upcoming game. I hope the developers of the title end up giving you a bit more of a reward payout than the measly amount most tasks will give you.

At the end of the day, it is a free game that requires you to purchase absolutely nothing (although micro transactions are an option). You can pick up on either the iTunes store and Google Play.

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EE increases data caps for 4G mobile broadband plans, introduces SIM-only 30-day option

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EE, the UK's only 4G LTE mobile network, has announced that it's increasing the amount of data available to its mobile broadband customers — that's anyone using one of EE's data-only plans with a compatible device.

Customers on a 2GB allowance will see that increased to 3GB, 3GB users will get bumped up to 5GB, and 5GB customers will have their data cap increased all the way to 8GB. Monthly fees will remain the same.

EE is also launching a SIM-only data-only plan on a rolling 30-day contract, which offers 5GB for £15.99 per month. EE doesn't currently sell any 4G-capable Android tablets, but if you've already picked one up (and it supposed LTE on 1800MHz), you'll be able to use it with this new price plan. To sweeten the deal, EE says the first month of service will be free for those signing up before Dec. 23.

Unfortunately the new price plans don't extend to EE's smartphone SIMs, which require a minimum commitment of 12 months on SIM-only, or 24 months if you include a phone.

More details in the presser after the break.

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Huawei Ascend G 330 lands on UK shores through TalkTalk

Huawei Ascend G 330 lands on UK shores through TalkTalk

Huawei left us wondering whether the Ascend G 330 would venture beyond mainland Europe with its tempting blend of solid specs and a low price. The smartphone is spreading its wings — if only just, with a launch on TalkTalk in the UK. When it ships to the carrier in December, the 4-inch, 1GHz dual-core smartphone will be tuned for British audiences with preloaded BBC iPlayer and news apps as well as EA’s Sims Freeplay for some casual gaming. Most of the appeal may come from a cheap-as-chips price, as the G 330 will be free on contract for as little as £10 ($16) per month. If you can bear going without an all-out flagship like the Ascend D1 Quad XL, it’s a tempting lure.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini coming to the UK on Nov. 8

Android CentralSamsung has announced that its miniaturized, mid-range handset, the Galaxy S3 mini, will be making its way to British shored from next Thursday, Nov. 8. In its announcement today, Samsung also reveals that UK S3 Mini buyers will also bag free copies of mobile games The Sims 3 and Bejeweled 2.

Naming aside, the Galaxy S3 Mini doesn't share a whole lot in common with its full-sized sibling. It's powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, packs a 5MP rear camera and a 4-inch WVGA SuperAMOLED screen. However, it is at least running the latest version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean, along with Samsung's most recent TouchWiz Nature UX.

Samsung promises a release across all major UK mobile networks and independent retailers from next Thursday. Anyone planning on picking one up? Shout out in the comments.

We've got Samsung's full press release after the break.

More: Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini forum

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Zynga internal memo confirms layoffs, closures

The days of pulling out your phone and indulging in a moment of Words with Friends or Draw Something might be coming to an end. Earlier today, Zynga workers were greeted with a notice that they had two hours to pack up and get out. Now an internal email by the company’s CEO Mark Pincus confirms that the company plans to cut 5% of its workforce and close the Boston studio.

In addition to closing down the Boston studio, Zynga is also reducing the workforce at its Austin branch, and is considering closing its offices in Japan and the UK. A “small number” of partner teams are also on the chopping block. Thirteen games are to be retired, and The Ville is slated for a significant reduction, according to the email.

Thus far, which 13 games are going to be retired is unknown, although the email did mention that they’re older titles. Zynga is currently being sued by EA over The Ville, which claims that the game is a rip off of The Sims Social. Earlier this year, Zynga’s revenue had dropped enough to garner a $22.8 million loss.

All in all, things are looking pretty dismal for Zynga. The company’s financial woes combined with its continual struggle to monetize mobile gaming seem to have finally caught up with it, with a lot of employees ending up blindsided. CEO Pincus stated in the email, “This is the most painful part of an overall cost reduction plan that also includes significant cuts in spending on data hosting, advertising and outside services, primarily contractors.” The company’s financial report will be released tomorrow.

[via Joystiq]

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Need for Speed Most Wanted racing towards Google Play

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EA has announced that Most Wanted, the latest iteration of their Need for Speed franchise, will be arriving on Android this month. Takedowns, vehicle damage, and a whole bunch of recognizable vehicles from Porsche, Dodge, and Maserati are going to be available in this racing game. Firemonkeys are behind Need for Speed Most Wanted, which is great since they already have plenty of experience with these kinds of games after doing Real Racing. 

There's no mention of pricing, but I wouldn't be surprised to see this one placed in the premium $6.99 tier along with other Firemonkeys / EA games like Dead Space, Mass Effect: Infiltrator, and The Sims 3. Still, it looks like it would be worth it, especially if you're a fan of high-end racing games on Android. Gamers, do you prefer moderately realistic racing titles like this, or do you prefer goofier arcade-style racers like Asphalt 7? 

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X-Plane 9 Now Free To Play On The Google Play Store

We’ve all had our chances at trying a version of a flight simulator (which was most likely the Microsoft Flight Sims), but now one of the best flight simulators for mobile handsets, X-Plane 9, is now completely free of charge in the Play Store. X-Plane 9 features 21 different scenery regions along with a whopping 53 plans to take charge of. That is not all that is featured in X-Plane 9 though. The game also has Wi-Fi multiplayer, simulated system failures, and even bird strikes! A lot of flight simulators, I would say, are not that enjoyable. X-Plane 9 specifically, is a fun title though.

X-Plane 9 was previously $2.99, but this extremely powerful mobile simulator is now entirely worth it due to the recent change to free-to-play. The free version of X-Plane 9 will be offering you 6 different scenery regions and 10 planes to choose from. If you wish to unlock the other regions and various plans, you will have to make an in-app purchase to do so. Honestly, if you aren’t into flight simulators, I would highly recommend giving X-Plan 9 a shot. Besides, it is now free-to-play, what do you have to lose? If only Torchlight II would make its way onto the Android platform. At that point and time, I think my life would be nearing perfection.

On another note, X-Plan 9 is supposed to be one of the most flexible and realistic simulators on Google Play and your standard desktop. The developers claim that they offer realism that is unmatched by any other simulator, which to an extent, I would agree is entirely truthful. X-Plane 9 really does offer a unique experience due to the way they handle things. The only problem I have with the game so far, is that, there just isn’t any sort of cockpit view, which is really essential to most Flight Simulators. A radar to view the nearest airports would be really awesome to have too. While that isn’t a game changing feature, it would definitely be helpful to have on the right corner of your screen or something.

Aside from all of that, this specific simulator is really smooth, and has a lot of realism to it (as stated above). I guess the other thing that would be nice to see is 3D structures. The developers have seemed to not take on the full potential of what Android can handle. Of course, we could be seeing the full potential down the pipe line, but currently things are just “ok” in terms of graphics and such.

Android users who want to take advantage of this awesome new free application can head on over to Google Play and give it a download. Of course, to download the game you are going to have to have Android 2.2 Froyo or above. It won’t work on anything below that (as was stated on the Google Play description page of X-Plan 9).

Here is some of the features you can expect to see in X-Plan 9 if you haven’t played this title before:

  • 6 scenery regions included (15 more available for purchase)
  • 10 different aircraft of varying types (43 more available for purchase)
  • Fly Dawn, Day, Dusk, Night
  • Fly in VFR/IFR conditions from clear skies to overcast.
  • You control the weather!
  • Simulated system failures!
  • Bird Strikes!
  • Multiplayer over WiFi!
  • Installs right to your SD card (Froyo/2.2 support required)

Has anyone played the game yet? Are you enjoying it? Let us know in the comments below!

source: talk android

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Sony Xperia tipo and tipo dual reach the US in unlocked form, give Americans a taste of dual SIMs

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Few of us who live outside of Asia or Eastern Europe know the potential convenience of a dual SIM phone. Own one and you can globetrot, or else keep separate home and work lines without the bulk of an extra device in the pocket. Sony is gambling that enough Americans have that multi-line desire by selling the Xperia tipo dual and its regular, single-SIM counterpart in the US as unlocked GSM models. Neither of the Android 4.0 phones is what we’d call a powerhouse with the same 3.5-inch screen, 3.2-megapixel camera and 800MHz Snapdragon inside, but both can latch on to HSPA 3G on AT&T, refarmed T-Mobile coverage and 2100MHz carriers abroad, even if the single-SIM tipo curiously has 900MHz 3G support that the tipo dual lacks. It’s undoubtedly price that Sony is counting on more than anything: at respective contract-free prices of $180 and $190 for the tipo and tipo dual, the pair of Xperias may be sold most often as travel-only phones for the jet set.

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Sony Xperia tipo and tipo dual reach the US in unlocked form, give Americans a taste of dual SIMs originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon iPhone 5 is unlocked, able to accept GSM SIMs right away

Verizon iPhone 5 is unlocked, able to accept GSM SIMs right away

Great news for those waiting anxiously at the door for their UPS / FedEx delivery… well, for those awaiting a Verizon iPhone 5, anyway. We’ve already broken down the differences between the trifecta of iPhone 5 models, and it seems that the one VZW is hawking is a real gem for travelers. Aside from handling Verizon’s LTE waves just fine, the nano-SIM slot will also accept cards from any other GSM carrier worldwide. In other words, AT&T nano-SIMs will get you onto its HSPA+ network, and T-Mobile nano-SIMs will play nice as well. If you’re heading overseas, you can pick up a local nano-SIM on arrival and plug it straight in — no unlocking code necessary. To confirm, this even applies to Verizon iPhone 5 units that were purchased under contract. You can hit the video after the break for proof, but heed one word of advice: wait until you find a legitimate nano-SIM to throw in there. It looks as if the cut-and-stuff approach leaves a bit to be desired.

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Verizon iPhone 5 is unlocked, able to accept GSM SIMs right away originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Zynga Hits Back By Claiming EA Copied Its Games

Zynga files a countersuit against Electronic Arts after the latter alleged that Zynga copied its game ideas. Zynga claims that EA violated copyright  of their game, The Ville. The social network game maker also said that EA’s move to take legal action was “”anticompetitive and unlawful business practices.”

Reggie Davis, general counsel of Zynga said: “Today we responded to EA’s claims which we believe have no merit. We also filed a counterclaim which addresses actions by EA we believe to be anticompetitive and unlawful business practices, including legal threats and demands for no-hire agreements. We look forward to getting back to focusing all our efforts on delighting our players.”

EA commented that Zynga’s recent move is “predictable”, and that it’s meant to divert attention from its usual copycat attitude.

“This is a predictable subterfuge aimed at diverting attention from Zynga’s persistent plagiarism of other artists and studios,” said John Reseburg, an EA spokesman.

” Zynga would be better served trying to hold onto the shrinking number of employees they’ve got, rather than suing to acquire more.”

EA had previously accused Zynga of copying significant characteristics of EA’s The Sims Social. Zynga denied the allegations and demanded a jury trial to settle the case.

Zynga’s demands for a trial by jury reads: “The two games at issue in EA’s Complaint, Zynga’s The Ville and EA’s The Sims Social, belong to a longstanding and well-developed genre known as ‘life simulation’ games. No one, including EA, may lay claim to the exclusive right to develop and release games in that genre, or to employ the common modes of expression and functional elements that must of necessity be used in the genre and that have come to characterize it.”

Zynga believes that  The Ville continues the company’s tradition of coming up with games similar to YoVille, created in 2008. EA’s The Sims Social was released 3 years after YoVille.

Zynga also criticized EA for its lack of innovation to successfully compete in today’s  modern market for social games that can be played on mobiles and internet. EA CEO, John Riccitiello once admitted that Zynga left his company in the dust by saying that Zynga “lapped us three times.”

Zynga mentioned that despite EA’s billion-dollar effort to compete in the social gaming market, it did not become successful. EA also lost talents to gaming leader Zynga in the process. According to Zynga, EA tried to check the loss of talent by engaging in “anti-competitive and unlawful scheme to stop Zynga from hiring its employees and to restrain the mobility of EA employees in violation of the spirit of the antitrust laws and California public policy.”

While Zynga has managed to lure employees of EA away, the firm has also witnessed its own exodus of employees. The wave of departures came at the time when Zynga’s stocks dived about 68% last year’ s initial public offering.

source: joystiq

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iPhone 5 confirmed to use nano-SIM, current SIMs not compatible

Nano-SIM cardWhile Apple was busy announcing the iPhone 5, it left out mention of whether the device would use the recently approved (and Apple-designed) nano-SIM standard. Sure enough, the leaks were right once more — Apple is relying on that even tinier subscriber module for GSM, HSPA and LTE networks. The company also makes clear that there’s no going back, so you’ll have to chuck your earlier micro-SIM card if you’ve got one. Such is the price of progress.

[Thanks to Johannes Knapp for the nano-SIM]

Brad Molen contributed to this report.

Check out all the coverage at our iPhone 2012 event hub!

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iPhone 5 confirmed to use nano-SIM, current SIMs not compatible originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nano-SIM for next iPhone makes appearance ahead of launch?

First we saw a supposed leak of the next iPhone’s nano-SIM tray, and now we’re seeing alleged photos of the nano-SIM itself. iFun posted an image of what it says is a new T-Mobile nano-SIM that has just started arriving at the German carrier. The package apparently came with a message telling carriers that these SIMs are for smartphones about to go on the market, and that they’re not to be given to customers — yet. Cupertino, of course, tweaked its nano-SIM design earlier this year, and this photo does come ahead of an Apple announcement event rumored for next week.

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Nano-SIM for next iPhone makes appearance ahead of launch? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 04 Sep 2012 08:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy S Duos goes official: launches in Europe next month

Samsung Galaxy S Duos juggles two SIMs, looks like one of the other phones

Aside from that minor labeling at the top, the Galaxy S Duos appears to be trading heavily on the looks of Samsung’s latest flagship. That said, it does have its own trick; space for two SIMs. The phone will be able to keep both SIMs running concurrently, with the ability to chat on Carrier A while still fielding incoming calls on Carrier B. The rest of the hardware is less likely to wow, with a now pretty humble 1GHz processor, 1,500mAh battery, 4GB of built-in storage and a five-megapixel camera on the back. The screen seems big enough, with a 4-inch 480 x 800 TFT housed within the 120g frame, happily running Android 4.0. A European launch is pitched for September, with an unspecified roll-out “across other territories” following soon after.

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Samsung Galaxy S Duos goes official: launches in Europe next month originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 20 Aug 2012 07:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung announces Europe launch for dual-SIM Galaxy S Duos

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It leaked around a month ago, but today it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S Duos is officially official. The phone is a 4-inch dual-SIM entry-level dealie, powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 CPU, backed up by 512MB of RAM and running Android 4.0 with Sammy's TouchWix Nature UX. There's also 4GB of on-board storage — expandable via microSD card slot — as well as a 1500mAh battery and 5MP rear camera. And unlike some dual-SIM phones, the S Duos allows both SIMs to be active at the same time, so you can take a call on one while receiving on the other.

Normally dual-SIM phones are limited to developing markets, where phone users often have two or more SIMs because individual network coverage is spotty. What's unique about the Galaxy S Duos is that it's aimed at the European market. We imagine this type of phone might be useful to frequent European travelers, who might be interested in keeping two SIMs from different countries in the same device.

There's no release date given for this device just yet, but we imagine we'll learn more about the Galaxy S Duos at the IFA show in Berlin next week.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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Samsung Formally Announces The Galaxy S Duos Dual-SIM Smartphone


Samsung is no stranger to dual-SIM devices and there is now another device on the way. We previously told you about the Samsung Galaxy S Duos that leaked late last month, but now Sammy has made the ICS-powered device officially official with its formal announcement. In case you’ve forgotten, this interesting device features 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, 1GHz single core processor, 512MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, VGA (640 x 480) front camera, a 1500mAh battery and 4GB of internal storage. Of course the real kicker is the fact users of S Duos allows both SIMs to be active at the same time– allowing you to do things like taking calls on one SIM, while receiving another on the other.

The device is aimed at users who balance fast-paced work and social lifestyles— which looks like most of us. Expect the device to fully launch in both European and Asian markets soon.

source: Samsung Tomorrow


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Samsung Galaxy S Duos launches in Europe next month

The Samsung Galaxy S Duos may share much of its design philosophy with the Galaxy S3, but it bests the 2012 flagship phone in one way: the number of SIM cards it supports. As a member of Samsung’s Duos lineup, the handset is privy to dual-SIM cards to go along with a 1GHz process, 4-inch display, and Ice Cream Sandwich. Even better, both SIMs can operate simultaneously to make transitioning between networks a totally seamless experience. The Galaxy S Duos will launch in Europe next month with pricing to be disclosed at a later date. Head over to Samsung’s blog post about the phone to learn more.

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GameStop Mobile will not be an MVNO; company still testing sales of prepaid SIMs from other carriers

GameStop Mobile will not be an MVNO company still testing sales of prepaid SIMs from other carriers

In a recent interview with us, GameStop CEO Paul Raines confirmed that GameStop Mobile — an entity that appeared to be on the brink of selling prepaid GSM SIM cards to GameStop patrons — is nothing more than “a mockup.” If you’ll recall, an entire website launched back in May showcasing what appeared to be GameStop’s portal for hawking SIM cards that relied on AT&T’s network to provide service. At the time, the collective held its breath awaiting a confirmation of truth — after all, it’s not exactly easy to pry a data-only SIM out of AT&T’s hands, particularly one that’s free of a contract. Sadly, the CEO informed us that it was “just a creative thing,” noting that it “wasn’t even an idea being pitched.” Continuing, Raines stated:

“We don’t have an MVNO (laughing). If you are trying to provide your customers with a bundle that comes with a pre-owned phone and will allow them to play games, make calls, and everything else — you don’t have to have a network to do that; you can sell SIM cards and pre-paid plans, those things exist, and we are in the process of testing several to see which ones makes sense.”

Of course, accidentally publishing an entire website dedicated to the idea seems a bit crazy for something that wasn’t even being pitched — what kind of designer has that much free time? — but at least the story has an ending for now. “For now,” we say, because the aforementioned pitch could finally happen now that AT&T’s Mobile Share plans are debuting this month.

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GameStop Mobile will not be an MVNO; company still testing sales of prepaid SIMs from other carriers originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhone 5 to use nano SIM

Apple is known to try out new things with each launch, and with iPhone 5’s launch, it is confirmed that Apple will be using nano SIM card slots.

Apple has been assertive about its “nano SIM” standard and has been offering royalty free licensing for its own “nano-SIM” standard, but competitors have objected this move and are said to have submitted their own designs for a compact next-generation SIM card, but on the contrary, The Financial Times reported this week that carriers in Europe are stockpiling nano SIM cards in preparation for iPhone 5’s launch.

It has been rumored that the next gen iPhone will be carrying a smaller SIM tray and will be using even smaller SIM card standard than what it is using now.

Multiple carrier sources have exclusively told BGR that Apple is supplying nano-SIM adapters so its carrier partners can test how nano-SIMs work on their networks in standard test devices before they are widely deployed when the new iPhone is introduced. This includes AT&T.

One reason why operators are piling up their stock of nano sim is because when iPhone 4 and original iPad were launched two years ago, both the devices were using micro SIMs and carriers were caught struggling to meet the demand, and hence this could be a precautionary measure. iPhone 5 is expected to be similar to iPhone 4 in size, however it will be featuring a slimmer metal body, and will be making use of nano SIM in order to keep things compact.

Previously in May, an iPhone parts vendor had posted images which were supposedly legitimate images of iPhone 5’s SIM tray. The SIM tray was found to be identical to what is found on iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. It also had a flat edge which suggests that iPhone 5 will have be having a flat edged form factor as a tapered surface is required for the device to have rounded edge. The tray, however was nearly identical to a micro SIM card tray, and if the image was legitimate, seems like Apple has made a last minute decision to go for nano SIM.

Apple will also be using a micro dock connector on all the future iOS devices as opposed to 30 pin dock connector found on all the iOS devices and some of the products from iPod lineup.

The next gen Apple iPhone will be featuring 4G LTE, 1GB of RAM and NFC and seems like the company will be targeting a September – October timeframe for launch of this device.

via BGR

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Orange France begins nationwide NFC SIM rollout in the name of ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’

Orange France begins nationwide NFC SIM rollout, takes that whole 'Libert, Egalit, Fraternit' thing seriouslyNFC’s potential uses are numerous — contactless mobile payments, automated actions and content sharing to name a few — but aside from its scattered inclusion in a limited number of handsets in the US and overseas, we’ve yet to see it truly take off. Cue Orange France. The wireless carrier’s taking a non-traditional route to spur adoption by sidestepping manufacturers and bringing the near field communication tech to all 27 million of its subscribers directly. To do this, the operator’s implementing Gemalto’s UpTeq SIM, a secure NFC solution the company claims is on par with existing chip-based implementations. Going forward, the enhanced SIMs will be standard issue for new post-paid users throughout the carrier’s home footprint, while current subs will have to contact Orange to specifically request it. Head on past the break to check out the company’s official PR.

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Orange France begins nationwide NFC SIM rollout in the name of ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’ originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Get exclusive items in selected games during Collectibles Week on Google Play

Collectibles Week

Google is kicking off a fun little promotion in the Google Play store today, and for the next week you'll be able to get exclusive content inside more than 20 games. The items and the games themselves are a pretty eclectic mix, some are Android themed like a t-shirt in Stardom or an Android monster in Monster Park, others are more mundane, like patio furniture in The Sims Freeplay.

This promo is available for everyone and not limited to the US only (Hooray!). If you're a fan of games with premium content, and want to grab some exclusives, hit the source links for more information.

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Samsung Galaxy S III to go global on Verizon… at some point

Samsung Galaxy S III to go global on Verizon at some point

If ever there were a way to distinguish jetset types from stateside-bound citizens, it’d be by the flavor of their wireless network. While GSM and its easily swappable SIMs have long been the world standard, CDMA networks like Verizon have had to offer special global-ready handsets to accommodate the flighty. It wasn’t until Big Red’s latest crop of LTE devices (see: Droid 4 and LG Spectrum), that the carrier’s begun the process of enabling previously inaccessible world roaming capabilities. Now, joining that very shortlist is none other than Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S III. As the operator confirmed to the folks over at PhoneScoop, the feature won’t be accessible in time for the phone’s launch, but will, instead, come in the form of an OTA at an unspecified date. As if you needed any more reason to run out and pre-order this svelte beauty come tomorrow, the operator’s just sweetened the pot.

Samsung Galaxy S III to go global on Verizon… at some point originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New smaller SIM format gets standardized, shrinks 40 percent (update: Nokia gives bitter OK)

New smaller SIM format gets standardized, shrinks 40 percent

ETSI has given the nod to a new SIM format standard, which will be 40 percent smaller than the existing micro-SIM design. Agreeing to the design in Osaka, Japan, the shape will be 12.3mm by 8.8mm and will measure the same thickness as existing SIMs at 0.67mm thick. The design promises to work with existing hardware and appears to fly closer to Apple’s suggested size, following plenty of crossed words between manufacturers over the next iteration of the card.

Update: Nokia has since put out a statement saying it will honor ETSI’s decision and license out the needed patents on fair terms after the standards group made sure the vote was fair. We detect more than a small number of sour grapes from Espoo over having its own design rejected, though: it still sees Apple’s nano-SIM as “technically inferior” and thinks the existing micro-SIM will still be the “preferred option.” We can think of a couple of reasons why Nokia might not be so keen to switch.

[Thanks Prodan]

Jon Fingas contributed to this report.

New smaller SIM format gets standardized, shrinks 40 percent (update: Nokia gives bitter OK) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jun 2012 07:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Men in Black III game for Android released

It’s official, the Men in Black are here on Android although they technically don’t exist. Today Gameloft has launched MIB III for Android and it’s available right this minute for free in the Play Store. If you are a fan of Android gaming or love the Men in Black series (who doesn’t) you’ll want to check this out.

You can’t play Will Smith, and you won’t be smacking any reporters either, but the game sure looks pretty awesome from my limited time playing it. Honestly the controls aren’t the best and the feel and play reminds me a lot of The Sims, but the graphics are cool and hey, it’s free. Here’s what you can expect from the all new MIB III from Gameloft for Android.

• Train your agents and assign them to missions
• Access a wide range of MIB weapons and gadgets like the Neuralyzer, the Deatomizer and the infamous Noisy Cricket.
• Build dozens of different rooms to upgrade your weapons and develop your agency.

• Travel in time to fight aliens in different areas of New York including Brooklyn, Times Square, and Central Park
• Utilize your agent’s futuristic weapons and equipment
• Meet dozens of aliens faithfully inspired by the Men in Black universe

• Invite your friends from Gameloft LIVE! & Facebook to play
• Ask for your friends’ help during fights to defeat powerful aliens
• Visit your friends’ headquarters and get rewarded for lending a hand


After the initial download the game only needs about 68 MB of additional download space for the game, so it isn’t much compared to many. The game is a freemium title so it’s free to play, but users can make in-app purchases for weapons and the further advance into the world of the Men in Black. Like most titles from Gameloft not all devices are supported but at least it’s available in the Play Store instead of their own site only.

Check out the new MIB III game today and drop us a few comments below letting us know what you think.

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Windows 8 booting is too quick to interrupt

If you are a power or a semi power user of your Windows computer, you will be knowing something about the POST and the BIOS, that appear before a system boots. These two are very important for any computer. If you want to reach the safe mode of an operating system, or if you want to boot from a CD or DVD ROM, or from a USB stick, you will have to change the boot priorities in the BIOS boot options. And for this, you will have to go to the BIOS settings, which appear to you only before the operating system on your computer starts booting. You would have noticed the option, “Press F2 to enter setup”, on your computer before the operating system boots. This is what we are talking about.

Now, on present computers, a user has a few seconds to respond to this and enter into the BIOS setup mode. This is because the time required for the bootstrap loader to get the operating system files from the secondary memory (your hard disk) and load into the primary memory (RAM) is long. This is because the magnetic disks, which are our hard disks, have low speed of reading and writing data.

But the new age flash based hard disks have extremely high speed data access times. Also, the new Windows 8 has got a lot of tweaks in the area of booting so that the time required to boot into the operating system is as less as possible. This has led to a new problem. The user of a Windows 8 computer will now get only 200ms to hit the F2 button to enter into the setup mode, and that is not practical at all. The optimized booting with the flash hard disk is taking only 7 seconds on a Windows 8 computer to load.

But Windows 8 is said to be giving other options to enter the BIOS setup mode, and for that info, read the detailed blog post written by Chris Clark himself over here.

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Huawei Ascend Y 100 budget phone exclusive to O2, for £80 on PAYG

UK network O2 has joined Vodafone in supporting Huawei’s push into the UK market, announcing it’ll be stocking the Huawei-badged Ascend Y 100 Android model. It’s very much the “entry level” option, offering a 2.8″ display, 800MHz processor and 2MP camera, with Android 2.3 arriving as the Ascend Y’s operating system.

The Ascend Y is not yet featured on O2′s web site, although it’s apparently ready to launch very soon for £80 on PAYG SIMs, or from £10 per month on a contract basis.


That looks like a slightly rejigged Vodafone SMART to us, which was being rebranded by all the networks last year (see also: T-Mobile Rapport and Orange Stockholm) and sold for a similar price.

You would be much, much better off stealing an extra £20 out of your mum’s wallet and picking up the £100 Huawei Ascend G300 from Vodafone if you’re after a budget Android phone in 2012. Good luck with it all the same, O2.

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Unnecto Quattro hands-on (video)


It’s Italian for the number four and also the name of a certain German auto, but Unnecto’s latest device bearing that very moniker has little to do with either. In fact, the star feature of this low-end Android 2.3.5 handset, shown off on the CTIA 2012 show floor, is its ability to accommodate dual-SIMs. Yes, much like the touchscreen-only TAP that preceded it, this phone offers users with multiple lines the option to pack two SIMs — full-sized and micro — for easy account switching.

Spec-wise, the 4-inch handset’s not much to get hot and bothered about, loaded up as it is with a middling 800 x 480 TFT display, VGA front-facing / rear 5 megapixel cameras, 4GB of storage (augmented by a pre-loaded 8GB microSD) and a 1,400mAh battery. There’s no dual-core running under the hood either, just a lone 650MHz MediaTek 6573 processor and it shows given that our brief hands-on with the preliminary software was riddled with lags and stutters. Keep in mind the phone’s still a work in progress and that mostly stock UI will eventually ship sometime this June with a customized overlay. An upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is also purportedly on deck for Q4, but we’re somewhat skeptical the single core handset could even support it. As for the price, well that all important bit is still up in the air, although we’ve been told it should retail between $150 to $200. If you’re interested in buying what Unnecto’s selling, check out the gallery below and hop on past the break for a brief video demo.

Terrence O’Brien contributed to this report.

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Unnecto Quattro hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 May 2012 15:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BlueStacks enters beta-1, brings 450k Android apps to Windows

Angry Birds Space running in BlueStacks

After we got wind that Bluestacks was going to be releasing a beta soon, we could only wait with bated breath at what exciting new enhancements would be dropped on us come unveiling time. Finally, that time has arrived, and let us tell you, Bluestacks has made good on their promise to up the ante in terms of Android emulation.

Using their new "Layercake" technology, Bluestacks allows any​ Android app to run without issue on x86-based PCs. Games like Angry Birds Space run flawlessly, and hardware acceleration is not enabled, but works like a charm.

While this might seem like purely a novel concept at first, there's some far-reaching implications as far as pricing structures go. Angry Birds Space is roughly $8 or so for the PC version, but you can get the Android version for free and run it in BlueStacks.

The Sims: 3 for Android is about a third of the price of its PC counterpart, and you can run the Android version in BlueStacks as well. It's hard to tell this early if Android apps can eat into a PC version's market share, but the potential is there.

BlueStacks beta-1 is an exponential improvement over the initial alpha that launched a while back, and we're glad to see such powerful features in its latest iteration. If you're interested in the nitty-gritty of it, we've got an official beta demo and​ press release after the break.

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Motorola Atrix 2 heads to Malaysia

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The Motorola Atrix 2 may not be the newest device out there, but its global release continues to grow. The latest nation to receive the device is Malaysia, with the launch announcement today in association with EA Games. EA will be providing a selection of their titles on the device at launch.

There are 10 EA titles available to Malaysian Atrix 2 owners will be: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Need for Speed Shift, Dead Space, FIFA 10, The Game of Life, Monopoly, The Sims 3, Tetris, Worms and Bejeweled 2. Regardless of the device, that is a pretty stellar list of games. 

The Atrix 2 will be available across Malaysia from selected retailers for RM1,399.

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New Zealand gets the Motorola Atrix 2

Motorola Atrix 2

Motorola has announced that the Atrix 2 Android smartphone (read our full review) is now available on Telecom in New Zealand. You can snag it for $299 on a two-year, $100-a-month plan, or $799 outright. It's got 10 EA games available for download, including: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Need for Speed Shift, Dead Space, EA SPORTS FIFA 10, THE GAME OF LIFE, MONOPOLY, The Sims 3, Tetris, Worms and Bejeweled 2

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