HTC hosting media event September 15th in London

By on August 13, 2010 at 11:32 AM.

HTC hosting media event September 15th in London

HTC is circulating the above invite to members of the press taunting them to visit London on September 15th to see exactly what they’ve “dreamt up.” We’re secretly hoping that this will be the unveiling of the company’s first Windows Phone 7 handheld, but we have a feeling that it may be a little early for WP7 just yet; in that case this probably is a new Android device (hopefully not just for those folks who live across the pond). Rumored HTC devices on the table thus far are the Vanguard/Vision, Desire HDGlacierSchubert, and Mozart. Any guesses and/or preferences as to what HTC might have in store for us?

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Google navigation coming to the iPhone and other mobile platforms

By on April 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM.

Google navigation coming to the iPhone and other mobile platforms

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Google has been slowly extending its Maps Navigation feature throughout its Android platform starting with Android 2.0 devices, then Android 1.6 devices, and most recently to Android-powered handsets in the UK. As part of its UK announcement in London, Google re-confirmed its intention to bring this free navigation to other platforms including the Apple iPhone. No timeframe for release was mentioned for any of the alternative platforms, but with Google and Apple’s relationship a bit strained, hell may have to thaw a bit before this comes to fruition on the iPhone. More →

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O2's network in London buckles under the pressure of the iPhone, other devices

By on December 29, 2009 at 8:33 AM.

O2's network in London buckles under the pressure of the iPhone, other devices

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AT&T is apparently not alone in struggling to cope with the demand that data hungry devices like the iPhone have placed on its network. Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2 UK, has publicly apologized to Londoners for the poor performance of its network over the past 6 months, blaming the explosion of demand for data by smartphones such an Apple’s iPhone for its woes. Londoners on O2 have struggled with intermittent data outages and occasional periods where they could not make or receive phone calls, a scenario all too familiar for AT&T customers in the US. To cope with this surge in usage, O2 UK has dumped 30 million pounds ($48 million USD) into its network and has added 200 mobile base stations. O2 is also working closely with Nokia Siemens to help better equip its network infrastructure and is in talks with both RIM and Apple to help identify data-intensive applications, a strategy which sounds a bit troubling. With a bit of good news, Mr. Dunne claims O2’s London network has shown improvement in the month of December and that any  “short-term blip” in their network reputation will be ameliorated by these efforts. More →

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London police welcome you to report crimes via SMS

By on February 8, 2009 at 3:11 PM.

London police welcome you to report crimes via SMS

The next time you’re in London and witness something that isn’t quite right (perhaps a Chav stealing a bottle of Buckfast Tonic Wine at the local offie) don’t be shy – hit up the Metropolitan Police Service and report what you’re seeing via SMS. All you need to do is send your location, what you saw and your name to 07940 500 500.  Okay, so the service was created with those who are hard of hearing or have a speech impediment in mind, but that’s not to say those without the aforementioned conditions can’t report a crime via SMS. You’d not only be doing your civic duty by reporting a crime in progress but you’d also be saving your precious talk time minutes.

[Via Phone Arena]

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