Protect Your Bubble Blog

  • World's First iPad-only Newspaper Arrives

    by PYB James
    The worlds’s first iPad only newspaper has arrived – the brain child of News Corporation’s Rupert Murdoch. The digital, touch-screen newspaper, called The Daily, will cost 99 cents (60p) a week and will be sold exclusively via Apple’s iTunes store. It is initially available only in the US, and News Corp have employed 100 journalists to […]
  • BBC iPlayer app set to arrive for iPad

    by PYB James
    BBC’s iPlayer will be launched as an application for the Apple App Store in less than a month. The BBC iPlayer is the media streaming service featuring programmes and radio from the BBC’s channels, also available on the PS3, Wii, the Internet and some mobile services. The app was approved by the BBC six months […]
  • O2 Retains Carbon Trust Standard Accreditation

    by PYB James
    UK mobile operator O2 has won the Carbon Trust Standard award for the second time. The mobile network was recertified with the accreditation for “successfully measuring, managing and improving carbon efficiency across its business by nearly 18%, based on turnover.” O2 were awarded the Carbon Trust back in January 2009 and have become the first […]
  • Google Translate App for Apple iPhone

    by PYB James
    Douglas Adams infamous Babel Fish is one step closer to reality with the release of the Google Translate App for iPhone. Although nobody is suggesting one should insert your iPhone into your ear, the app is certainly likely to prove useful, especially for travellers. It allows you to speak or type a phrase in any […]
  • Apple iPhone Nano – Cheaper alternative to iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4

    by PYB James
    One of the barriers to entry for potential UK iPhone users is the price. The iPhone 3GS, 8GB version is the cheapest, currently from the Apple Store it is £428, and for the 64GB iPhone 4, this rises to over £600. They only become more affordable when tied in to a 24-month contract with one […]
  • Top 10 new features for the iPhone 5

    by PYB James
    Nothing scientific, we had a quick straw poll in the Protect your bubble office to try to find out what features the next generation iPhone (5?) will have – or should have… 10. It should be tougher. Most iPhone owners seem to be concerned about how easily the glass screen can break. Personally, I have […]
  • Top 5 possible names for the next iPhone

    by PYB James
    Rumour has it that the next generation iPhone will be radically different from the current iPhone 4, not just in terms of look and feel, but that the internal processor will have a major upgrade, keeping Apple ahead in the smartphone innovation arena. While there are many features requested by users, from the obviously useful, […]
  • iPad 2 Focus On Screen Visibility

    by PYB James
    iPad 2 Focuses On Screen Visibility Rather Than Resolution The hotly anticipated new iPad will not feature an increase in resolution, according to a report. An industry analyst is reported to have told Apple Insider that the next device will use the same 1024×768 resolution, because of cost and time issues to manufacture a 2048×1536 […]
  • Downloaded Mobile Apps Only Used Once

    by PYB James
    New Study Shows Mobile Apps Downloaded Are Used Just Once New findings show that almost over a quarter of all the mobile phone applications that were downloaded in 2010, were used just once. The research, by analyst Localytics, reveals that 26 per cent of the downloaded apps over the year were just used one time, […]
  • Samsung enjoys record profit increase

    by PYB James
    Mobile unit producer Samsung has posted a record profit jump, with smartphone profits up by 38% compared to 2009. The company posted profits for the fourth quarter of 2010 of $1.3 billion, driven by 280 million sales of their popular handsets, including the Galaxy S. The quarterly sales of mobile devices stood at 80.7 million […]
  • Ericsson to upgrade O2 Northern Network

    by PYB James
    Telecommunications provider Ericsson have begun a project with O2 to expand and upgrade the company’s network in the North of England. The scheme will provide better coverage for customers, as well as more reliable audio fidelity and data transfer. Whilst initially supporting 3G and HPSA download speeds of 42 Mbps, the technology is fully future-proof, […]
  • Orange to roll out mobile payments

    by PYB James
    Mobile operator Orange is to implement the first payment system controlled exclusively by mobile phones. Anticipating the 2012 Olympics, the scheme, called Everything Everywhere, is run in conjunction with banking and payments firm Barclaycard. The scheme will run from summer 2011, and companies that have taken up the technology include cafe chain Pret A Manger […]
  • BBC iPlayer to be available via iPad and iPhone

    by PYB James
    BBC’s iPlayer will be launched as an application for the Apple App Store in less than a month. The BBC iPlayer is the media streaming service featuring programmes and radio from the BBC’s channels, also available on the PS3, Wii, the Internet and some mobile services. The app was approved by the BBC six months […]
  • HTC to launch new smartphones in UK

    by PYB James
    Chinese telecommunications supplier HTC has announced two new handsets set to compete on the UK smartphone market. Distribution partners Brightstar and Brightpoint will be bringing the HTC 7 Pro and the HTC Gratia to British stores from from Feburary 2011. The HTC 7 Pro will run Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 and has an impressive 1 […]
  • Samsung to release new Galaxy handsets

    by PYB James
    In anticipation of the Mobile World Congress event to be held in Barcelona in February, handset manufacturer Samsung has revealed four new handsets in their popular Galaxy range. Following the Galaxy S, the Ace, Gio, Fit and Mini are all designed to run with Google’s open-source Android operating system. The Ace features an 800 Mhz […]
  • UK-wide Wi-Fi network proposed by O2

    by PYB James
    The size of Britain’s free wi-fi network is set to be doubled by 2013 in a new scheme announced by O2. 450 new sites, with many more planned, will be available for free via a quick sign-up process. Non-O2 customers will also be able to use the service, unlike previous schemes such as The Cloud, […]
  • Orange To Sponsor UEFA 2012

    by PYB James
    Mobile phone tariff provider Orange will be the official sponsor of the UEFA football tournament in 2012. The tournament is being held in Poland and Ukraine. The sponsorship will provide the French company – who have one of the largest market shares in the UK – with access to promotional material and exclusive mobile coverage […]
  • Vodafone Onenet user total reaches 10,000

    by PYB James
    British-based telecommunications provider Vodafone has reported that its Onenet service has reached 10,000 users spread over 1,000 business contracts in the UK alone. The service, which streamlines business landlines and employee’s mobiles to make them far more accessible, was launched in 2009. The company aims to spend £1.5 million in Feburary 2011 on marketing and […]
  • Orange To Sponsor UEFA 2012

    by PYB James
    Mobile phone tariff provider Orange will be the official sponsor of the UEFA football tournament in 2012. The tournament is being held in Poland and Ukraine. The sponsorship will provide the French company – who have one of the largest market shares in the UK – with access to promotional material and exclusive mobile coverage […]
  • Britain to send mobile phones into space

    by PYB James
    British scientists are planning to send mobile phone technology into orbit to test its durability and usefulness in the vacuum of space. The Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) at Guildford will be sending an unknown make of phone running the Google-developed Android operating system into space. The mission is dubbed the Surrey Training Research and […]

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