Archive for November, 2009

Win an iPod with Proporta this Christmas

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Proporta is running a special Christmas competition throughout December. Any order placed once the advent calendars have opened will give you the chance to enter and win yourself a 2G iPod Touch (32GB) (worth £229), USB Turbocharger 3400 World Pack or Twisted System – Portable Speakers. Winners will be announced in January.

The first iPhone band

It had to happen didn’t it really? With all the music apps for the iPhone, as well as its ever growing popularity, it was only a matter of time before the first iPhone band came into being, and here they are.

Not that inspiring so far, it has to be said – but from little acorns mighty oaks doth grow, and we think you’ll be seeing many more where this has come from. All joking aside, it’s an intriguing idea, and has the potential to create some really interesting possibilities for portable electronic music. Because someone will get beyond vaguely retro piano noodlings some time soon, and then, who knows where this new idea will take us? They laughed at the Moog when it first came out, but no one’s laughing now…

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Spotify spreads to Symbian

Well, it seems that Spotify’s increasingly successful mission to take over the world of digital music is gathering pace. Having already taken control of the way that many people listen to music at work and at home, they’re now making a substantial effort to conquer the mobile market.

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By releasing its first mobile app for the Symbian platform, following successful iPhone & Android releases in August, Spotify can now be used by millions of Nokia and Sony Ericsson users wherever they are. Even better, the new app lets you use other phone functions whilst playing music, and you can sync playlists from the desktop app. Premium subscribers, who pay £9.99 a month for ad-free streams can access the new service, and whilst lots of people were content to put up with the ads so long as they didn’t have to pay, we’re betting that many more will be tempted by the prospect of mobile streaming…

Proporta is looking for affiliates

As you all know, we are a leading brand for mobile device accessories and are looking for companies to join our internal affiliate programme.

Our internal affiliate system provides many benefits including commission on every sale, so even you can start to earn some pennies if your visitors purchase from us. Please click here for more information and contact sarah@proporta.com if interested.

Remember Remember the 5th November…

There is only one place in Britain to celebrate Bonfire Night — that’s Lewes in East Sussex.

On November 5th thousands of people squeeze into the small county town of East Sussex to watch Lewes’s bonfire societies march up and down the steep old streets. The costumed members (Vikings, smugglers, Zulus, Elizabethans and so on) carry burning kerosene-soaked torches — even the little kids and the parents pushing, with their free hand, babies in decorated buggies.

It is an awesome sight: black sky, rammed streets, and burning crosses and torches snaking into the distance. There are prayers in honour of Lewes’s 17 Protestant martyrs, burnt at the stake in the 16th century, after which “bonfire boys” run with burning tar barrels to Cliffe Bridge, where they toss them, flaming, into the River Ouse. The processions include fabulous, towering effigies — the Pope of 1605 is always there, along with whoever the societies choose to lampoon. Later these elaborate “enemies of bonfire” are blown up on the Downs surrounding Lewes at one of the giant firework displays and bonfires that see the night out.

Very handy for us Proportians as we live moments away, even if Lewes County Council urge people from outside the Lewes locality to celebrate in their own area. Ooops.

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Orange names date for iPhone launch

The iPhone will retail in all 402 Orange shops, online, Orange HMV concessions, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U and elsewhere.

The company has developed offers such as a free iPhone for a 24 month contract at £30 a month. The 3G and 3GS handsets will be available to Orange pay-as-you-go, pay monthly and business customers.

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A number of Orange stores will celebrate the arrival of the iPhone with early opening at 7am on 10th November.

The company has seen more than a quarter of a million customers register their interest on their website.

Vodafone is also poised to start selling Apple iPhones.

Nokia Booklet 3G version 2 coming in 2010?

Nokia is busy working ahead of time on version 2 of the Nokia Booklet 3G, which hasn’t even started shipping in the US yet. Nokia’s manufacturing partner Compal is working overtime to keep up with demand for Nokia’s first Netbook.

It isn’t known yet what features the new Booklet would have, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Nokia threw one of those innovative Intel Pine Trail processors in there. The next generation Atom chips will combine CPU, graphics, and memory controllers onto a single chip which helps conserve energy. The current version of the Nokia Booklet 3G uses the Intel Atom Z530 processor which uses less energy than the Atom N270 chip found in most Netbooks. But the Z5xx series of chips tend to be slower than the N2xx processor line. Bit of technical blurb for you.

Watch this space I guess for the Nokia Booklet 3G version 2.

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