Archive for 2010

The first ever iPad gig

Source: Shiny Shiny

Manchester band Everything Everything are making a musical first this evening by streaming their London gig live to iPads. There’s a custom-made app for the occasion called ‘Man Alive – Everything Everything: Live at Union Chapel’.

It’s free.

Band frontman Jonathan Higgs said he wanted to make the gig available to people who couldn’t get tickets because the show sold out. He told NME.com:

“We wanted to try something unique. The concert sold out and we wanted to do something special for fans who couldn’t get tickets. We couldn’t hijack a TV channel but now we can play live to people on the bus, or wherever they want to hear it.”

Well – not every fan on the bus of course, only the ones with iPads… Still, it’s a nice perk for fans and a good example of iPad app as TV channel. It will also be available to stream on Livemusic.tid.es.

Celebrate St Andrew’s Day with Proporta

St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, it’s his white cross on a blue background that forms the Scottish saltire, and November 30th is the day to celebrate him and all things Scottish.

It might not have all the razzmatazz that surrounds St Patrick’s Day in Ireland, but as Scotland’s official national day and because every patron saint deserves to be commemorated, Proporta is offering all its customers (Scottish or not) 15% off today on all of its products to help commemorate the occasion.
Simply enter the promotion code STANDREWS at the cart page to receive your discount.

So whether or not you are to help celebrate St Andrew this Monday, raise a glass of the finest double malt in toast, and celebrate with Proporta 🙂 .

iOS 4.2 released for iPad and iPhone

Apple has just released iOS 4.2 for the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad so now all iOS devices are running the same version of the OS, thus unifying the OS platform.

Until now, the iPad has had some of the same features as iOS for the iPhone and iPod touch — but has lacked others. Apple has also added some iOS 4.2 specific features — namely AirPrint, AirPlay and a few tweaks and changes to the rest of iOS.

The update — which is free — hit iTunes yesterday.

Kite surfer jumps over Brighton Pier

Being based in Brighton the team at Proporta is used to all kinds of weird and wonderful goings-on in the city. However, even the least faint-hearted of us were amazed to see a local kite surfer jump 50ft in 60mph winds over Brighton Pier. Rather him than us 🙂

Click here to see the video.

Samsung Nexus S- fact or fiction?

Tipped to become Samsung’s flagship Android device with an announcment rumoured to be early next year, the Samsung Nexus S is reported to run on the new Gingerbread (Android 2.3) operating system.
Tech website Engadget was the first publication to get pictures of the rumoured device.

The mythical successor to the Nexus One is said to boast a 4-inch AMOLED screen, curved back, hosts a front-facing camera and will be available on T-Mobile. It’s expected to be announced at the same time as Google’s official Gingerbread announcement.

Neither Samsung nor Google have confirmed the existence of this device, Engadget contacted Google for comment and were told that the company doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation.

20 Million Android Devices Sold in Q3 of 2010

A new report from Gartner has found 80.5 million smartphones were sold worldwide in the third quarter of 2010, a 96% increase compared to the same period last year. Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are leading the way in this smartphone revolution.

Android (Android) accounted for 25.5% of worldwide smartphone sales with 20.5 million handsets sold, which makes it the second largest smartphone platform, behind Nokia’s Symbian and Apple’s iOS, which now has 16.7% market share with 13.5 million handsets sold in Q3 2010.

Symbian and RIM both show growth in number of devices sold, but it is abundantly clear that Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are the front runners and are gaining momentum, and this is unlikely to change in the near future. Microsoft’s market share fell dropped dramatically from 7.9% in the third quarter of 2009 to 2.8% in Q3 2010, with only 2.2 million devices sold.

Gartner sees two ways to succeed in the smartphone market, one fitting the description of Apple’s iOS and the other of Android. “Any platform that fails to innovate quickly — either through a vibrant multi-player ecosystem or clear vision of a single controlling entity — will lose developers, manufacturers, potential partners and ultimately users,” said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner “Unfortunately, RIM, Nokia and Microsoft’s smartphone strategy have only recently starting to take shape resembling one or the other, and it’ll take time for them to catch up with Apple and Google” (Google).

Looking at Gartner’s numbers for all phones , worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 417 million units in the third quarter of 2010, a 35% increase from the third quarter of 2009, with the top five mobile phone makers being Nokia, Samsung, LG, Apple and RIM.

Proporta loves Ethical Hedonism :)

Ethical lifestyle writer Alison Jane was one of the first journalists to champion ethical fashion, beauty and style in her features. She recently interviewed Proporta’s very own “Swampy”, Managing Director, Guy Monson, about the Proporta Smart sustainable accessories range, and also the impact the ever-burgeoning mobile phone and accessories market is having on landfill across the globe.

Check out Alison’s blog, The Ethical-Hedonist, the Proporta team particularly love her feature on the historical town of Lewes which is just a stone’s throw from Proporta HQ.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Now Available in the UK

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is now available for purchase in the UK.

The tablet is available at a variety of prices with various contracts attached, ranging from £99.99 and a £40 monthly plan with a two-year contract, to £499.99 and a £10 one-month Talk Mobile plan at the Carphone Warehouse.

The Galaxy Tab should also be coming to the stores of the Dixons Store Group and T-Mobile, as well as other major UK mobile carriers today.

Click here to see what Engadget have to say about the newest addition to the Samsung family.

Apple Back to the Mac event

Yesterday Apple hosted a special event at its Cupertino headquarters, for selected members of the media. When the invitations were sent out last week it became clear what the focus of this special event was; with the title “Back to the Mac” it seems clear that Apple wished to move away from the focus on iOS and iPods to return to the company’s roots.

Apple announced the release of several new products including two new versions (13″ and 11.6″) of the ultra-thin MacBook Air, a new Mac operating system with multitouch support, an App Storeand FaceTime for Mac, and an updated version of its iPhoto software.

Further hints were dropped about future additions to the Apple family, such as a MacBook that’ll have a touchscreen, rumoured to be released next summer.

An official announcement of the split of the App Store from the rest of iTunes was also made. Steve Jobs went on to say that this App Store would be in the dock for easy access, and that instant updates and all that good stuff would come with it.

Some impressive sales figures were also unveiled at the event: Macs make up 33% of Apple’s revenue — that’s $22 billion in a year and a 27% growth over the previous year — and that Macs now account for one in five PCs sold at retail in the U.S.

Both versions of the MacBook Air are on sale now Starting at just £849 inc VAT.

Tony Curtis buried with iPhone

Hollywood Legend Tony Curtis passed away in his home last week aged 85 due to a cardiac arrest.

His funeral was on Monday and it’s reported that he was laid to rest with some of his most treasured possessions including an Armani scarf, driving gloves, a Stetson hat, his favorite novel…. and his iPhone.

The model of the iPhone is at present unknown.