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Winning World Cup offers

Winning World Cup offers

Posted on11. Jun, 2010 by .

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Unless you’ve been living in a hole in the ground or are currently in a coma (in which case, kudos for still being able to read this), you’ll know that today is the opening ceremony of the World Cup and even though Scotland somewhat surprisingly didn’t qualify to play with the big boys, the TotalPDA team are still super excited.  Like most places we’ve had a whole host of World Cup activities to keep us amused and get us all in the spirit for the month to come.  I would appreciate some support from you all for South Africa to win, I get my grubby paws on the sweepstake money if they do. [...]

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Sharp 3D camera module announced

Sharp 3D camera module announced

Posted on12. May, 2010 by .

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Japanese mobile phone uber-giants Sharp, today revealed the first 3D video camera module for mobile and smartphones.

Fairly soon you could be filming your very own ‘Alice in Wonderland’, or the unstoppable ‘Avatar’ (which James Cameron is planning on re-releasing back into the theatres, can anyone say cash-cow?) on your mobile or smartphone. [...]

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Smartphone sales set to exceed PC sales by 2011

Posted on25. Aug, 2009 by .

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htc-hero1All-in-one functionality is the in-thing at the moment and is one of the contributing factors towards the huge growth of the smartphone market.

An extension of the humble mobile phone, smartphones offer users increasing features and functionality, often cramming features such as 3.5G/HSDPA data transfer protocols, web browsing, Bluetooth, multi-media, Wi-Fi, digital camera functionality and GPS to name but a few, into the one handset.

Consumers are drawn to the variety of tasks which can be accomplished using a smartphone, opting for the complete all-in-one solution, rather than carrying around several dedicated devices to accomplish the same task. With the increasing sophistication of the technology integrated into today’s smartphones, the line between the quality of a dedicated device versus that of a fully integrated handset has become decidedly blurry.

Business users also enjoy the vast array of options presented to them when out of the office. Many Windows Mobile based handsets, for example, feature quick and easy access to emails via Outlook Express Mobile and Microsoft Push technology for access to remote Exchange servers. With large touchscreens, and/or slide-out QWERTY keyboards on some handsets, writing and sending emails is almost as effortless on a smartphone as it is at the office. Plus, with tools and applications for viewing and editing Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, working away from your desk is as simple as switching on your smartphone.

Manufacturers are also noticing the current trends, and many companies traditionally associated with the PC market are now taking a plunge into the lucrative world of smartphones.

Carolina Milanesi, research director at Gartner, a global research organisation specialising in IT and the economy, said, “Given the higher margins, smartphones offer the biggest opportunity for manufacturers. It is the fastest-growing market segment and the most resistant to declining average selling prices “.

As can be seen in the chart below, smartphone sales are estimated to exceed those of PC sales by 2011. With the publicity surrounding handsets such as the Apple iPhone, or some of the latest products by HTC, this trend can only be set to continue.

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Chart courtesy of Silicon Alley Insider

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Satellite Navigation for the Masses with the A-GPS SIM Card

Posted on27. Nov, 2008 by .

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As technology grows ever-more sophisticated, the convergence of complimentary technologies is inevitable. Where smartphones and PDA phones of past years have included features which feel more gimmicky than functional, todays devices include functionality to rival that of even dedicated devices.

Take integrated digital cameras for example. Five years ago, you might be lucky to have a 1 megapixel resolution with a top of the range smartphone – not much use for taking those all-important wedding photographs, but a handy gimmick for sharing fun snaps with your friends.

Today however, it is a completely different story. A smartphone with any less than 3 megapixels is a budget option, with the standard fast become 5 megapixels and upwards. [...]

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