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The ‘Mobile WiFi Challenge’

by Ben Smith 24th September 2010
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Is it possible to live by mobile broadband alone…? No broadband, no WiFi hotspots and (thank goodness) no dial-up? What about giving up dongles too…? Is a MiFi enough? Well, un-clench your thinking muscles… I’m about to find out for you in a side-project I’m calling a Mobile WiFi Challenge (I know… snappy).

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Vodafone users angry over slow response to personal data leak

by Ben Smith 23rd September 2010

Vodafone‘s online account management system has turned out to be leakier than a Welsh vegetable convention is week… And it has, to quote a man who knows, been “kicking off” in their online support forums as angry users who had heard the news mixed with those confused by unsolicited password-reset emails. First spotted by Denny […]

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Breaking: New Nokia CEO Stephen Elop takes to the stage

by Ben Smith 15th September 2010

Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO in waiting (he starts next week), has taken to the stage to give a $1 million prize to the winner of the Nokia Growth Venture Challenge competition at the Calling All Innovators Awards Ceremony. Describing himself as ‘completely unemployed’ he referred to his ‘old supervisor’ Steve Ballmer’s catch-phrase ‘developers, developers, developers’ […]

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Dell Streak Give-away: We have a winner!

by Ben Smith 8th September 2010

Congratulations to Geoff Airey who was randomly selected from commenters and tweeters on our post about the Android 2.1 upgrade for the Streak and will soon be the proud (we assume) owner of one of his own.

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Where’s that Dell Streak 2.1 update? It’s here! [Final Update]

by Ben Smith 1st September 2010

We blogged the exclusive news direct (and official) from O2 that they were releasing Android 2.1 for the Dell Streak today and jolly pleased we were too. We’re giving one away (thanks to O2) too. So, it’s early evening time in the UK and we’re impatient so we got back on the phone to them […]

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Dell Streak goes Android 2.1

by Ben Smith 30th August 2010
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The Streak – Dell’s first Android device for the UK – offered exclusively by O2 – has suffered from a noticeably ageing OS since it launched running Android 1.6 in June.  However, new and existing owners will be able to upgrade to (the much improved) version 2.1 from the 1st September (Wednesday). Update: It’s now […]

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Introducing the Vodafone Mobile WiFi R201 (next to the Three MiFi E585)

by Ben Smith 18th August 2010
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Vodafone’s Mobile WiFi R201 is fresh out of the blocks. However its most important test will be how it shapes up against Three’s popular 2nd generation MiFi. Now we have our hands on both, side-by side, we’ve lined them up for a detailed comparison ahead of some real-world testing. Here’s the short version: They’re practically […]

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Vodafone Mobile WiFi in the house. Any questions?

by Ben Smith 17th August 2010

Hot on the heals of yesterday’s announcement we have an actual Vodafone Mobile WiFi device (an R201 to its friends) device in from Vodafone to test.

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