Author Archives: Robert Wright

Non-gamers are now a minority in the UK

It would now appear the non-gamers are a minority in the UK as a recent report from the Internet Advertising Bureau has found that non-gamers are becoming increasingly rare. The report titled ‘Gaming Britain’ found that 32.9 million of Britain’s estimated 62 million population have played games online via either iOS, Android, Xbox or Playstation. The report also found that ” …82 percent of people aged between 8 and 65 play games, the majority of which fell in the 25-45 category.” The poll found that only 23% of gamers preferred first person shooters and revealed that puzzle /quiz games are the most popular genre with 49% listing them as their preference. Jack Wallington, head of industry programmes for the Internet Advertising Bureau...

iOS 5 to be released as a free update from October 12th

Apple’s new mobile operating system is going to be released on the 12th October as a free update. It is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3gs, iPad, iPad 2 and iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen) The new OS comes with many new features such as a new way of handling notifications, lock screen access to the camera app, which now works quicker than ever before, Twitter integration, Reader for Safari and a feature aimed squarely at the blackberry crowd, iMessenger, a free messaging service which works between all iOS X devices   One of the key new features of iOS X 5 is its ‘PC free’ design that allows users to sync, back up and set up devices without...

Has the Japanese Apple store jumped the gun? iPhone to launch Oct 14th?

With now less than 30 minutes till the Apple iPhone event it appears that their online Japanese store has jumped the gun and announced the iPhone 4s before the event has begun. Perhaps it was timezone issue or just a simple mistake, but either way it seems to confirm that Apple is to launch the iPhone 4s and not the iPhone 5. For more information as it happens follow our live blog   [update] Further information from the Japanese website suggests the new iPhone is to be released October 14th.  

Apple to launch iPhone 4S today featuring an 8 megapixel camera.

With now only hours to go to the Apple iPhone event information is filtering through that Apple is to announce an upgraded iPhone 4 to be known as the iPhone 4s which is to feature an 8 megapixel camera and new GPS features. Sources have told the people over at The Next Web that: “Apple will indeed debut the new iPhone 4S today, featuring an 8-megapixel camera with “enhanced optics” and “more definitive GPS features” thanks to Apple’s new A5 processor.” The reports echo many of the rumours which have been circling the web over the past couple of days and further strengths yesterdays discovery of listings for an iPhone 4s in both white and black being present in the...

Google Chrome to overtake Firefox by 2012

Google’s web browser Chrome looks set to overtake Firefox into second place as new statistics released this month by web statistics firm Net Applications show that search giant’s browser continues to grow. Extrapolation of the data suggests that Google’s well promoted Chrome browser should overtake Firefox by 2012 and with the release of the Google Chromebook earlier this year; which has seen Google opening its first pop-up stores in the UK yesterday, the future for the browser looks bright. Microsoft’s Windows Explorer is still the dominant browser on computers but is continuing to show minor signs of shrinkage whereas Firefox, which was once seen as a realistic challenger to taking the number 1 spot from Microsoft is also shrinking with...

iPhone 5 may not be announced tomorrow [Updated]

As usual prior to an Apple event rumour online is rife as to what will be announced, a brilliant marketing ploy which Apple surely manipulates to its advantage. It is now being suggested by a number of sources that the widely anticipated iPhone 5 will in fact not be announced tomorrow following evidence found in the latest iTunes beta, however they may release an updated iPhone 4. The ninth beta of iTunes 10.5 was released on Friday, included with the update was a modified devices list file (Info.plist). Hidden within this file, which was uncovered found by Apple Insider and others, were entries which explicitly lists both iPhone 4s Black and iPhone 4s White as devices that iTunes will recognise.    (Image from AppleInsider.com)...

New UK rules on broadband speed claims.

Changes to current advertising regulation will see UK ISPs scaling back their broadband speed claims as they will now have to ensure that a “fair proportion” of users can achieve the advertised speed. The new rules governing broadband speed, due to come into force at the start of April 2012, were developed by the Committee of Advertising Practice, the government agency responsible for writing advertising codes. James Best, chairman of the committee, stated of the new regulations that: “This new guidance directly responds to consumer concerns by setting an appropriately high bar for advertisers who want to make speed and ‘unlimited’ claims in ads.  Advertising is only effective if consumers trust the messages they see and hear.  This guidance will...

Creators of Flickr launch Glitch.

Tuesday saw the launch of the Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game Glitch, created by the minds behind Flickr. The game takes place within the imaginings of eleven giants with the users given the ability of grow and shape the world they inhabit. Unlike traditional MMOs the game contains very little fighting or conflict, don’t let this give you the impression it’s a game aimed at children, while it does have cutesy almost Little Big Planet, if it were 2d, like graphics, the makers of game Tiny Glitch clearly have ensured that young and old alike can get something from the game. Equally do not think of this game as being like a Farmville type of pyramid scheme game, while it...

Apple to discontinue iPod Classic and Shuffle (Rumour)

Rumours are circling the web today which suggest that Apple is to stop producing both iPod Classics and iPod Shuffles this year, with the announcement of their demise due at its October 4th mobile event where they widely expected to demonstrate a range of touch only iPods as well as the widely anticipated iPhone 5. The Apple Blog TUAW claim to have been sitting on the information for some time now from a source which they state is “NOT an analyst” suggesting that it came from inside the company. TUAW write that: “It seems that the “product transition” Apple mentioned on the last earnings call could very well be within the iPod line. Specifically, if you want to buy an iPod...

Mobile operator Three to offer all customers unlimited data plans.

Mobile operator Three has announced that they are to offer all new and current customers unlimited All-You-Can-Eat (AYCE) data plans for an extra £3 per month as of October 7th. The move comes as statistics from Three unsurprising show that, with the rapid growth of smartphones, the amount of data being used by customers is rapidly increasing; for example the average data usage from the iPhone 4 in February was 488MB, by August this had almost tripled to 1.2gGB. Three first offered all-you-can-eat data in December 201o with the launch of The One Plan contract, and this was extended to Pay-As-You-Go customers via a £15 bundle in March 2011. They express the reason they are now extending this offer to...
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