Archive for June, 2010

iPhone 4 antenna problems? Proporta has the solution

The hotly anticipated iPhone 4 went on sale on 24 June, with thousands of people queuing outside Apple stores across the country for the launch.

However Apple enthusiasts’ joy was short lived as within hours reports started to surface of issues with signal strength dropping when the phone was held in users’ left hands.

In a statement, Apple said: “Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.”

Well as it turns out Proporta has just the thing. Keen to put the “use a case theory” to the test we did just that and discovered that our Antimicrobial Silicone Case with SteriTouch does indeed stop the reception issue 🙂

Available in 3 colours its Antimicrobial coating guards against germs and bacteria and is in stock and available now from www.proporta.com.

Calling all parents

On the 28th June a new groundbreaking Internet protection device will be released by Atlantic Surf Ltd which will allow parents complete control over what their children surf on the Internet. CYBERminer comes as a set of physical keys available for different age ranges. It’s a unique idea, very simple to use and parents can rest assured that this new device will prevent children from accessing inappropriate websites.

All you have to do is attach one of the age-appropriate PROTECT keys into your PC and it will filter your Internet browsing, not to mention give the parent peace of mind.

“We wanted to develop a device for parents with limited computer and Internet experience who want to protect their children without compromising parent-child trust”, says Stefan Lampinen, spokesperson for Atlantic Surf Ltd. “Short of hands-on supervision, before CYBERminder, the only way to protect children from online dangers is to download Internet child protection software on to their PC. Many parents are not comfortable with this. CYBERminder provides a swift and easy solution”, continues Lampinen.

CYBERminder is available from June 28th, priced at GBP 29.95 and is available from: www.proporta.com and www.amazon.co.uk

iPhone 4 accessories from Proporta

iPhone 4 accessories from Proporta, including Soft Feel Silicone Case and Aluminium Lined Leather Pouch. All cases will be in stock end of next week so check out www.proporta.com to pre-order now. Also, get 10% off all iPhone accessories using promocode LUCKYFEW, available until 2nd July.

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Come on England!!!

So today is the day – will they, won’t they? Can they pull it out of the bag? This is their last chance to show the world what they’re made of.

Everyone at Proporta wishes them the best of luck and we’re sure you all do too, so there’s only one thing left to say…

COME ON ENGLAND…..

Potato Power?

A university in Jerusalem have discovered a radical alternative to the traditional but now outdated lead-acid battery.

Spotted: First iPhone 4 camper

Wow, some people really are keen. We have our first official camper.

Apple iPad Magic by a Street Magician Shinya

Click here for some iPad magic.

Goings on at WWDC 2010

Depending on how you feel about Apple, you’ll either see the unveiling of the iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010 this week as the latest step in Steve Jobs’ campaign to own the world, or the release of the most exciting device since… the last iPhone. Or possibly the iPad.

Either way, as always, this new plaything from Apple is pretty impressive. Built from stainless steel and a type of glass that’s 30 times tougher than plastic (apparently), it is described by Jobs as “the most precise, beautiful thing we’ve ever designed”. High praise indeed – but then he’s not likely to say anything else really.

Powered by the Apple A4 processor, it boasts superior speed and performance, and improved battery life will relieve those frustrated by the number of charges needed by older models of the iPhone. It has a new operating system, iOS4, that promises better multitasking and app organisation, a new video calling app called FaceTime, and features a gyroscope for more precise movement measurement, which could be great for gaming. It is also thinner than ever, and predictably easy on the eye, with some reviewers hailing it’s heftier feel and high build quality.

The thing that’s been getting the most praise, however, is the new display. Four times the resolution of the iPhone 3GS, the website Engadget describes it as “truly outrageous…we’re not being hyperbolic when we say its easily the best looking mobile phone screen we’ve ever laid eyes on”. Other reviews have been equally impressed with the quality of display, photos and the new ability to capture HD video, and, crucially many sites are also praising it for its beefed up processing power and speed.

So even if it doesn’t feel like a revolution, it certainly doesn’t seem to have disappointed anyone yet. No doubt it’ll be as popular as previous incarnations, and with its UK release due for the 24th June, you don’t have long to wait to get your hands on one. And never fear, as always, Proporta will be waiting with a whole new range of cases and accessories.

iPhone dominate Android in the USA

A new survey of U.S. smartphone owners conducted by Nielsen found that 28 percent use a device running the iPhone OS, compared with just 9 percent on Google’s Android mobile operating system.

The poll of 11,724 users Apple revealed that iPhone is now the No. 2 smartphone after gaining a 2 percent market share in the first quarter of 2010. The top smartphone, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry, lost 2 percent and now sits at 35 percent.

Windows Mobile, which had a 19 percent market share in the first quarter is down 2 percent from the previous quarter. Google’s Android came in fourth, with 9 percent. Palm took fifth with 4 percent, Linux sixth with 3 percent, and Nokia’s Symbian came in seventh in the U.S with 2 percent.

According to the study both Android and iPhone users are mostly male, but those on Android are typically younger, less wealthy and less educated. The average for all smartphones has 34 percent of users earning six-figure salaries with 28 percent of Android users and 40 percent of iPhone users earning more than $100,000 a year

Both iPhone and Android users are extremely loyal to their brands but yet again Apple came out on top with 70 percent of Android users said they will stick with Android for their next device while 80 percent of iPhone users want their next device to run the same operating system.

But Android users are also twice as likely to try the iPhone than iPhone users are likely to try Android. Among those surveyed, 14 percent of Android users said they would switch to an iPhone, while 7 percent of iPhone users said they would buy an Android device instead.

The Nielsen data shows Apple with an even greater lead over Android than the AdMob data released in late May. That study found that iPhone OS devices are twice as large as Android in the U.S., and 3.5 times greater globally.

The data collected by Nielsen also shows that use of the iPhone has persisted in the market, helping Apple to keep its commanding lead over Android, even as sales of Android devices have grown significantly

So Smart it’s award winning :)

Despite not even being two months old the new Proporta Smart range is already winning awards.

We sent out a sample of our Recycled Leather Case for Apple iPad to the lovely people at Mac World who decided it was more than deserving of an Editors Choice Award 🙂

Mark Hattersley at Mac World had nothing but praise for our eco-friendly offering, “It doesn’t play into the traditional Hippy-vibe design of an eco-product, it looks every bit as smart (actually, smarter in most areas) as other cases and Proporta hasn’t compromised anywhere, either materials, design or build quality”

You can read the whole review on the Mac World website along with a whole host of other techy news and reviews.