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Get the most out of your #summerholiday  with these five top holiday planning #apps  , as chosen by the #o2guru  

#travel   #holiday   #tech  
Stop dreaming and start booking - our O2 Gurus have picked the five best apps for planning your travels.

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It's always possible to keep up with the football, even if you're not next to a TV. There are apps for the stats-addict, the pub-goer and the social media-fanatic. The O2 Gurus give their rundown of the best. #O2Guru #Football #Apps #technology  
Never miss a golazo and shame your mates down the pub with your pass completion rates. The O2 Gurus run down the best apps to keep the beautiful game by your side.

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Technology is changing music – the way we listen to it, how we consume it and the tools we use to create it. But in this age of rapidly progressing ideas and expertise, it can be hard to keep track of how to make the most of developing music tech. Here are six of our most loved apps guaranteed to transform the way you interact with your favourite tracks and artists. #technology #tech #music #apps #

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Need to Know: Firefox OS and the $25 Firefox Phone - MWC 2014
Mobile World Congress this year has been abuzz with talk of the $25 Firefox Phone, but just what is it and who would want one?

Many will know +Mozilla Firefox  as a popular and powerful open-source web browser for PC, Mac and Android smartphones.

With more of what we do every day taking place through the web — email, word processing and even gaming — it stands to reason that a web browser on its own might make a solid platform for an operating system. Just ask Google, whose Chromebook laptops run nothing more than the +Google Chrome web browser yet accounted for 2 of the 3 best selling laptops at Amazon last Christmas and 20% of all notebooks sold in the US last year.

Firefox OS then is a fully-featured free operating system for mobile phones, tablets and even televisions complete with its own app store.

At Mobile World Congress this year there were several announcements from Mozilla, the not-for-profit organisation which develops Firefox, including availability of 7 new handsets running the Firefox OS. 

At the moment the operating system is predominantly used in smartphones destined for developing markets such as India and Africa, seen as a potential upgrade path from the less-functional ‘feature phones’. Aside from the commercial lure for handset manufacturers to expand their business into countries not already saturated by smartphones, affordable devices such as those running Firefox OS can be enablers for individuals, providing easier access to online resources such as banking, learning and retail. 

Among the new handsets announced this week is the ZTE Open II. A budget smartphone running the latest version 1.3 of Firefox OS it sports a 3.5-inch display, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 2 megapixel camera and 256 MB of storage. Paltry specifications in comparison even to low end smartphones in maturer markets but, at the right price, it’s an affordable and attractive upgrade from a candy bar feature phone in many countries.

The so-called $25 Firefox Phone unveiled this week is another developing market device, although it won’t be available quite yet. Mozilla has, in collaboration with a mobile chipset supplier Spreadtrum, shown a prototype handset which it claims manufacturers will be able to build and retail for as little as $25. That's right, just £15 for a smartphone.

Again, the specifications aren’t great — on your 15 quid phone you won’t even be able to download data over 3G networks, but as a relative experience it’s significantly better than the handsets they’re set to replace. 

While it’s unlikely we’ll see a £15 Firefox Phone making a splash in the UK any time soon, other handsets running Firefox OS have been a hit closer to home, particularly in some Eastern European countries. And thanks to a partnership with Mozilla, Firefox OS is now set to power a new range of smart TVs from +Panasonic Corporation  — if only they could cost as little as £15... ^DM
 
Are you excited by Firefox OS? Would a £15 smartphone have a place in your pocket?

  #mwc   #firefoxos   #firefox   #mozillafirefox   #mozilla  
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YotaPhone 2 preview from Mobile World Congress 2014. What do you think of dual-screen smartphones?
YotaPhone 2 at Mobile World Congress 2014

Is it a smart phone? Is it an E-reader? NO! It’s the device you’ve probably never heard of, the second-generation, YotaPhone.

Although only in prototype stage this device, expected in Q4 of 2014, is a two-faced underdog. One side of the YotaPhone features a 5-inch, 1080p AMOLED screen  running Android 4.4 KitKat powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset.

However, flip the phone over and you’ll find a 4.7-inch, curvy, E-Ink screen, great for reading and battery life. Although you can’t use all of the Android features on the e-ink screen, you can handle calls, texts, emails, browsing and tweeting with its fully touch sensitive display without having to access the LCD power hungry side.

The future of the YotaPhone is unclear but what is crystal is that it’s SO refreshing to see a device pushing boundaries and displaying heaps of originality.

What do you think of this dual-sided phone, is it innovative? Or an unnecessary gimmick? We’d love to know your thoughts. ^MM

#yotaphone2   #mwc2014   #yotaphone   #smartphone
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YotaPhone 2 at Mobile World Congress 2014

Is it a smart phone? Is it an E-reader? NO! It’s the device you’ve probably never heard of, the second-generation, YotaPhone.

Although only in prototype stage this device, expected in Q4 of 2014, is a two-faced underdog. One side of the YotaPhone features a 5-inch, 1080p AMOLED screen  running Android 4.4 KitKat powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset.

However, flip the phone over and you’ll find a 4.7-inch, curvy, E-Ink screen, great for reading and battery life. Although you can’t use all of the Android features on the e-ink screen, you can handle calls, texts, emails, browsing and tweeting with its fully touch sensitive display without having to access the LCD power hungry side.

The future of the YotaPhone is unclear but what is crystal is that it’s SO refreshing to see a device pushing boundaries and displaying heaps of originality.

What do you think of this dual-sided phone, is it innovative? Or an unnecessary gimmick? We’d love to know your thoughts. ^MM

#yotaphone2   #mwc2014   #yotaphone   #smartphone
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Check out our review of the latest wearable technology at #MWC2014  
Wearable Technology - The Huawei TalkBand B1 at MWC 2014

In the technology world right now wearable is where it’s at, but as we’ve been seeing at Mobile World Congress this week it’s not all about what fits around your wrist...

At first glance the +Huawei TalkBand B1 follows the model of other fitness bands with an intelligent removable capsule secured in a simple wristband. It sports a 1.4-inch curved OLED screen and captures your activity through a accelerometer — so far, so standard, you might say. But, pop out the water-resistant capsule from its rubberised wrist support and you’ll find that it doubles as a Bluetooth headset so you make and receive calls from your smartphone. Huawei describes the TalkBand B1 as world’s first ‘Hybrid Smart Band’ and with prices slated at 99 euros we think it might tempt many into the world of wearable tech.

Alcatel has taken a different approach with its OneTouch Pop Fit, zapping a smartphone with a shrink ray (although we’re confident there’s more to it than that) to produce a 2.8-inch touchscreen wearable. While in the past we’ve seen media players miniaturised to within an inch of their lives the OneTouch Pip Fit stands out because it still functions as a fully-fledged phone. Pre-loaded with RunKeeper and with 16 or 32 GB of storage for many marathons worth of music the OneTouch Pop Fit comes with an armband and selection of colourful covers and is set to retail at 89 euros.

Mobile World Congress 2014 promised to be big on wearables and, with exciting products from the likes of Sony and Samsung plus intriguing statements of intent from HTC and Motorola, it hasn’t disappointed. What wearable technology innovations would you like to see between now and next year’s Mobile World Congress? Let us know in the comments below.  #huawei   #alcatel   #mwc   #wearabletech  
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Wearable Technology - Huawei TalkBand B1 and Alcatel OneTouch Pop Fit at MWC 2014

In the technology world wearable is where it’s at right now, but as we’ve been seeing at Mobile World Congress this week it’s not all about what fits around your wrist...

At first glance the +Huawei TalkBand B1 follows the model of other fitness bands with an intelligent removable capsule secured in a simple wristband. It sports a 1.4-inch curved OLED screen and captures your activity through an accelerometer — so far, so standard, you might say.

However, pop out the water-resistant capsule from its rubberised wrist support and you’ll find that it doubles as a Bluetooth headset letting you make and receive calls from your smartphone.

Huawei describes the TalkBand B1 as world’s first ‘Hybrid Smart Band’ and with prices slated at 99 euros we think it might tempt many into the world of wearable tech.

Alcatel has taken a different approach with its OneTouch Pop Fit, zapping a smartphone with a shrink ray (although we’re confident there’s more to it than that) to produce a 2.8-inch touchscreen wearable. While in the past we’ve seen media players miniaturised to within an inch of their lives the OneTouch Pip Fit stands out because it still functions as a fully-fledged phone. Pre-loaded with RunKeeper and with 16 or 32 GB of storage for many marathons worth of music the OneTouch Pop Fit comes with an armband and selection of colourful covers and is set to retail at 89 euros.

Mobile World Congress 2014 promised to be big on wearables and, with exciting products from the likes of Sony and Samsung plus intriguing statements of intent from HTC and Motorola, it hasn’t disappointed. What wearable technology innovations would you like to see between now and next year’s Mobile World Congress? Let us know in the comments below. ^DM 

#alcatel   #mwc   #wearabletech
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Blackberry announced two new handsets at Mobile World Congress yesterday including the Q20:
This morning at MWC Blackberry announced not one but two new handsets, with the flagship Blackberry Q20 taking centre stage.

The +BlackBerry Q20, a phone which CEO John Chen refers to as the “Classic”, marks a return to Blackberry’s roots, appealing to loyal fans of the trusty Qwerty. Although the devices full details are yet to be released the Q20 will incorporate a sizeable 3.5 inch touchscreen alongside the familiar ‘Belt’ of ‘Menu’, ‘Back’, ‘Send’ and ‘End’ buttons with an integrated trackpad.

What do you think about Blackberry’s decision to go, ‘back to basics’?

#blackberry   #Q20   #mwc2014   #tech   #smartphone   #qwerty  
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Hands On with the Sony SmartBand - MWC 2014

The Sony SmartBand actually debuted at CES last month but was shown off in full colour at MWC alongside the new Sony Xperia Z2. The Core is the brain inside the SmartBand, essentially a GPS and accelerometer capsule which slips in and out of a rubber wristband, with Sony teasing that in future it could also slip into trainers or other clothing. 

Connecting with your smartphone using low-powered Bluetooth LE, the accompanying Sony Lifelog application is where things get really interesting. Lifelog, available on iOS as well as Android, collects far more than just your steps, combining your location, the music you’ve been listening to, the photos you’ve been snapping and more to create a living timeline. You’re even encouraged to wear the SmartBand at night to monitor the quality of your sleep.   

The SmartBand also includes a 'bookmark button' to remember specific locations, and can vibrate to notify you of incoming calls, tweets and messages from your smartphone.

We really liked the Sony SmartBand and the Lifelog app, and what’s more they’ll work with both Android and iOS devices so you can enjoy logging your life whichever smartphone you use. ^DM

#mwc    #wearabletech   #sony   #smartband   
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