Being stuck with a flat smartphone or tablet is a pain. Even being smart about charging doesn't help when you're away from home or your desk for an extended period of time. Here's a battery pack that'll charge any phone and pretty much any tablet from zero to 100 per cent charge, all while you're on the go.
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A UPS — or uninterruptible power supply — beneath your desk can be a lifesaver if your building loses electricity while you're working. However, most people don't own one because a UPS is typically designed for power-hungry desktop computers and end up being heavy and expensive — but not APC's new tiny and cheap Back-UPS Connect 70.
China's got a new beastly toy to mow down the massses: the YLGA01 8x8 SWAT APC. It's rugged, armoured and scary looking — exactly what you want from an APC. But on the inside? Pure comfort!
There's one thing that I just don't get about pre-paid. You pay someone money for something - either an amount of time to talk on a phone or an amount of data - and it's yours to do with as you see fit. Until that stuff that you paid money for expires after 30 days. Well, David Flynn over at APC tells us that Telstra is making its iPad plans a little bit better value by allowing customers to roll over excess data for an extra 30 days if you top up before your credit expires.
Now that Telstra's trying to fix its public image, is Optus trying to fill the role of telco villain? Neerav Bhatt over at APC magazine reveals that Optus – no stranger to criticism over its handling of Android – is actually blocking people purchasing paid applications for Android phones on their network.
As picked up by David Flynn at APC, Telstra CEO David Thodey has responded to a comment on the Telstra Exchange blog to announce that the company is "working with Apple to enable tethering on the iPhone", although he can't reveal any specific dates. It's kind of mind blowing that it hasn't happened already, although I'm sure it's what happens when you get two companies so focussed on doing things their own way that neither is willing to make the sacrifice necessary to bring this service to their customers.
David Flynn over at APC just loves his mini-notebooks. And it looks like they love him as well, considering that he's gotten the scoop on the Australian pricing and release dates for the S10 ultra-portable that was announced overnight.
We can expect the Ideapad S10 at the end of September for $699, which is for the 80GB model (a 160GB model is also expected).
Head over to APC for more details, including which colours won't be coming to Australia.
That's why HP are looking at following up the 2133 with a low-cost model, sacrificing some of the durability and premium hardware and software options for price, according to APC.
If you're hanging out to get your hands on a HP-branded mini-notebook, apparently they'll be landing later this year, although there's no word on what kind of engine will be running under the hood - the 2133 currently uses the Via C7-M processor, although APC reckons HP will follow the rest of the market in moving to the new Intel Atom chip.
If you weren't too keen on Walt's review of the iPhone 3G, Dan Warne over at APC has gone and written his own review - and it takes an Australian viewpoint as well. How he got his hands on an iPhone, I have no idea. But I commend him for the effort - it's a pretty solid review. If you're wondering what he thinks of it... well, hit the link. I'm not going to rewrite it for you.