Android 4.0 ICS for the Samsung Galaxy Note Available on Orange

The latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy Note Available on the Orange network in the UK.

SGS2 Samsung Galaxy S2 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) Android Update Available Now For T-Mobile

The mobile phone operator T-Mobile in the UK has finally released Androids latest offering, version 4 aka Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) via download from the Samsung Kies Application. T-Mobile are the last UK network to give S2 users this welcome update, after Vodaphone and Orange brought out their versions this week. Among new features such as face unlock, the new operating system seems to be a lot quicker and crisper particularly when surfing the web. Although T-Mobile don’t seem to have announced this, the update is there in samsung kies.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich Android Update Available Now For Three Mobile

The UK’s Three Mobile network have announced that they have released the much anticipated Android Ice Cream Sandwich ICS update for the Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone. Although this update has been in the wild for some time, this is the first UK mobile network to bring out this update for this mobile phone. The update should be available via the Kies software and should hopefully be coming to other UK networks S2 phone over the coming weeks.

Latest Computer Hardware

Of the latest computer hardware products to hit the market Intel has had some of the biggest impact with its storied i-series Sandy Bridge processors which are the first SoC, system on a chip, which combines the number crunching processing with the graphical processing on a single piece of silicon. This leads to great power efficiency, greater speed as well as the practicality of having a graphics card with the chip. It also strengthens the case for applications making use of the number crunching power of graphics processors to do integer and flaoting point maths, speeding some tasks up hugely. Following the recall, caused by the discovery that the SATA disk drive chips would fail early on the first version of the core, the new version has been released quickly and is now a major competitor to all other desktop and mobile chips in the market place as Intel follow a very aggressive pricing policy. The entry level dual-core i3 will be available for as little as £110, competing comfortably even with AMD`s deliberately low priced offerings. At the top end the i7-2600K, a quad core chip with impressive self-overclocking capabilities available for £288, running at 3.4 GHz, new top end processors have never been this cheap and in fact were often more than twice this price.

Intel`s other release has been the new generation of SSD, solid state disks, offering silent, low power and far faster performance than conventional spinning platter disks. The 6 Gbps 510 series comes in 120 GB and 250 GB versions and offers a reading speed of over 500 MBps along with writing at more than 315 MBps, using the new 34 nm production technology. These have struck the market as rather disappointing as the expected fall in prices for SSDs has failed to materialise, with these priced at £212 and £446 they are certainly not cheap, compared to a 1 terabyte platter disk at a mere £75 it is a difficult item for many consumers to justify the purchase of to themselves. It`s not clear if the technology has simply failed to deliver expected gains and price decreases or if the producers have decided to remain an upmarket and more luxurious item rather than attempt to compete with conventional methods of storage. The advantages of SSD- of silent running and very fast operating system loading and program responsiveness will only justify the steep price for the most serious of users.

The SSD will be facing competition from the next version from Sandforce, with Intel attempting to compete on their name recognition rather than offering a competitive price, nor especially competitive performance.

Intel`s Sandy Bridge system will also soon be facing competition as their competitor in the processor area, AMD will be bringing out the Fusion system on a chip, very much like Intel`s Sandy Bridge, this will be an ATI graphics core on the same silicon as an AMD processor aimed at fast gaming systems. It`s unclear what we can expect from Fusion in desktop computers to compete with Intel, their process is not as small as Intel`s so chips are inherently more power hungry with the heat limiting their speeds as they must be cooled though the ATI graphics may significantly outperform the Intel onboard graphics.

Modern High-Tech Lifestyle

Some people are just natural technology freaks that drool over the latest innovative gadgets and every new device which is launched in the market. Their homes are typically very technology-based, and the older, more traditional styles of furniture definitely do not blend in with the modern accoutrements. These people would do well to look into all of the modern styles that are now available in the furniture marketplace. With all of the latest technical advances in furniture, there are now lots of cool and trendy pieces available that will be right at home in the high-tech household. In fact, some of the state-of-the-art pieces of furniture available in today’s marketplace look like something that the Jetsons might have had in their home.

Most people are familiar with old-style sleeper sofas that were popular in the 1970s; these pieces were intended to serve as guest beds when family or friends came to visit. The problem with sleeper sofas is that they were terribly uncomfortable, both to sit on or when opened as a bed. Add to that the fact that they were terribly difficult to open up into a bed, and they did not get much use in most households. Luckily, the latest incarnations futon sofabeds and others nicknamed “click-clacks” are much easier to use, and more comfortable. Some serve as sofas during the day, others as oversized chairs, and typically they open up with just a few flips.

Getting stuck by loose springs or sinking into a stiff chair to play Call of Duty or watch your favorite movie on Blu-Ray isn’t much fun; the newest furniture pieces are built for total comfort and relaxation. Theater style chairs are very popular for media rooms, and they often have cup holders and foot rests for more comfort. Theater chairs offer more comfort in less space than traditional furniture.

Most of the latest high tech furniture is unique and suits multiple purposes, making it a good value. Add to that the latest technology and durable materials that are used in these pieces enhances their useful life. Furniture available can make your home décor both more appealing and much more functional for the way you live today.

Today’s furniture is built with ergonomic designs that cradle the body and prevent normal spine pain and other posture disorders which arise due to poorly designed furniture. In the past, the style of the furniture was seen as most important, often neglecting to take into account the people who would be using the pieces. Some of today’s latest furniture is available in adjustable modes with your own customized fittings, and you can also order pieces designed just for your size and shape.

Reclining sofas are one great innovation that can suit your home, in many colors and patterns to match the style of your rooms. Many of these units have dual reclining sections, and there are armless units and corner wedges, one arm love seats and double armed rocking loveseats, so many different configurations are available to suit your space. There are double rocking mechanisms and glider recliner styles, and these sofas are easy to recline and fix at your favorite angle.

Tips For Choosing Mobile Phones

The UK is one of the most mobile phone-hungry markets in the world and despite the limited number of consumers packed in to its green and pleasant landscape, there are more than enough active phones to account for over 122 per cent of the populations. This means that many people have two or more mobiles to their name. Because of this level of obsession, the UK is used as a proving ground for mobiles by many manufacturers who want to see whether a particular technological innovation will work in a wider market.

The number of mobile phones on the offer today is staggering and every possible budget and need is catered to many times over. Choosing the right mobile can therefore be a daunting and lengthy task. To make things a little easier, let us take a look over the top five mobile phones to hit shops in 2010.

HTC Legend
This is the follow up to the poplar Hero smartphone that landed last year and it brings the Android 2.1 operating system along with an overhauled Sense interface to the table. Sense now has a useful new app called the Friend Stream, which is similar to other social networking services from rivals like Motorola. It lets you log in to multiple social profiles and then get your updates delivered to a single screen, with Facebook, Twitter and many other services supported.

LG Cookie Fresh
LG`s original Cookie sold ten million worldwide and more handsets are joining the Cookie family in 2010. The Cookie Fresh is an entry level touch screen mobile with a low price and few modern features. There is no 3G networking, but the touch screen interface has widgets to play with and a 2 megapixel camera will serve you well.

Samsung Galaxy Portal
This smartphone gives those with less money to spend a way to get into the Android operating system. There are no fancy software tweaks, but Android is fine to use in its plain vanilla edition. Access to the Android Market will let you download free or paid for apps whenever you like and with Wi-Fi connectivity you can surf free of charge.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
With a 4 inch touchscreen, this is one of the most imposing mobiles on the market. It uses Android, but has a highly customised Sony Ericsson interface designed for multimedia and multitasking. This is a high end handset for those with deep pockets, but it is also a return to form for a manufacturer that has had a few failures in recent months.

Apple iPhone 3G S
Though the iPhone 3G S is due to be replaced with a next generation handset in the summer, it is still the smartphone against which all others are judged. Cheap mobile phones are ten a penny, but the iPhone stands alone as a design classic and a trend setter. With a powerful processor, a 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen and the unrivalled App Store with over 150,000 downloadable nuggets of software in its library, the iPhone really needs no introduction. That is why it continues to be one of the most popular mobile phones in the UK today.

Popular Gadgets and Gizmos for 2010

Over the next year a whole host of brand new gadgets and exciting gizmos will arrive. Some will attempt to enhance our lives, whilst others will just want to keep us entertained, but all will interest and stimulate those who are interested in the latest technology. With that in mind, read on if you want to find out what is going to be big in the gadget world during 2010.

Power Mats
Most people will now be familiar with wireless internet connectivity and wireless peripheral tethering with Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth coming integrated into many mobile phones and laptops. But wireless electricity transfer is a very different advance altogether. Power Mats are just one of the several new branded devices that are offering people the ability to recharge their battery-powered devices without the need for tons of different plugs and physical connection. At the moment devices like the iPhone, Nintendo DS and BlackBerry smartphones are supported, though you will need to equip them with a dedicated Power Mat receiver sleeve. You will also need the Power Mat itself, which can sit on any flat surface and charges devices fitted with compatible receivers whenever they are placed onto it. This uses inductive charging, which makes the system completely safe to touch and place non-electronic items on without fear of shock.

Pico Projectors
A decade ago it would have been incredible to display a mobile phone with a built-in digital camera, but now even the cheapest phones have them. In 2020 it is likely that most mobiles will also feature a built-in projector, capable of displaying video in a large format. Various companies are working on pico projector technology and some claim that the first mobile phones featuring integrated projection will appear in 2010. The portable entertainment and presentation possibilities this will create are impressive.

iPhone 4G
Expected to be released at some point in June 2010, the next generation of the iPhone will introduce even more power and versatility than its forebears. Rumours suggest that it will have an OLED screen, a 5 megapixel camera and even a touch sensitive case similar to Apple`s Magic Mouse technology for gesture inputs. Whatever happens, the whole of the mobile manufacturing industry will be looking to the iPhone 4G to see which trends it will create next.

Project Natal
Microsoft`s Xbox 360 is getting a brand new hybrid motion and video capture accessory this year, which has been undergoing development with the Project Natal moniker. It will allow for unprecedented immersion in rich gaming worlds and should rival the Wii in terms of how much physical energy you will need to expend when playing a game.

2010 should also be a good year for accessories, which piggyback on existing gadgets to make their mark. Expect the availability of the next generation in mobile networking technology, referred to as both 4G and LTE, to result in many mobile internet dongles with high speed connectivity to hit the market. Choosing between these and other accessories and gadgets can be difficult and to get the best deal price comparison is always advisable.

Choosing Wireless Computer Speakers

Fundamentally, wireless computer speakers operate in the same way as all loudspeakers; an electronic audio signal is translated, by a process involving magnetism and electromagnetism, into the physical vibration of the loudspeaker cone, reproducing audible sound. The difference between wireless and wired speakers, of course, is that wireless speakers are not constrained by any form of physical connection to the source of the sound. Instead, a transmitter connected to your computer – often, nowadays, by USB (“Universal Serial Bus”) – provides a wireless link to the speakers, which can, therefore, be positioned to your liking around your listening space.

Wireless Computer Speaker Features, Benefits & Considerations
One of the great advantages of wireless computer speakers is that they can be truly “wireless” – unlike wireless home cinema speakers, which typically require mains power – operating on standard, alkaline AA, or AA, disposable batteries, or rechargeable batteries. This means that they can be positioned around your desktop, or throughout your home office, and beyond, without the need to be near a mains power outlet, and without trailing wires.

Wireless computer speakers are also available in a number of different configurations to suit specific applications. A so-called 2.1 channel wireless speaker system is capable of reproducing two main sound channels, plus an LFE (“Low Frequency Effects”) sub-channel, and therefore comprises two loudspeakers, plus a specialised loudspeaker, known as a subwoofer. Cables Unlimited Wireless Speakers, for example, are “two way” speakers, capable of operation on disposable or rechargeable batteries, and offering arrange of up to 150`. A 2.1 channel configuration is fine for everyday music, video clips, gaming, etc., but for a lifelike, immersive, listening experience, you may also like to consider a 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 channel configuration. These configurations – provided, of course, that they are supported by the sound card in your computer – add extra satellite speakers, which can be positioned to the rear, and sides, of the listening position, so that sound emanates from a full 360°. Creative GigaWorks G550W Speakers, for example, offer 36 Watts RMS per channel, on each of 5 main sound channels, and a 130 Watts RMS subwoofer.

Wireless speakers are available in a number of slightly different forms, utilising RF (“Radio Frequency”), WiFi, or Bluetooth® technologies for “through the air” transmissions. These transmissions are typically in the 900MHz, or 2.4GHz, frequency bands of the radio spectrum, and may therefore be susceptible to other domestic devices, such as microwave ovens, cordless telephones, etc.. You may therefore need to give due consideration to any of these devices – and, indeed, any other 802.11 wireless devices – that you may already have in your home.