Swype, one of the most popular alternative Android keyboards, has finally moved passed the beta phase and made its way over to Google Play, where it’s available for $1. The official version comes bundled with Dragon Dictation for enhanced voice-to-text, and adds a few new features.

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Some of the cooler features include Swype’s “living language” which crowd-sources and updates your dictionary with the latest trending words; “next word prediction” where Swype is trained on your device to learn your unique vocabulary and predict your words based on previous usage; smart editor that analyzes an entire sentence, flagging potential errors for a quick fix, and includes suggestions for the most likely alternatives, and more updates and fixes.

The $1 price (£0.65 UK) is for a limited time only and Swype isn’t saying when that will change, but it’ll likely increase, so I’d recommend you get it now!

Swype @ Google Play

Yahoo have just released a new iOS weather app that has a beautiful user interface that shames all others. It’s as easy to use as the default iOS weather application, with more information, and is all gussied up.

Yahoo weather uses Flickr photos based on the specified locations (or current location) as backdrops to display the weather on its home page, with a big temperature indicator for quick access of current temps, as well as highs and lows for the day. Scroll down and you’ll see more info including the daily forecast, the weekly forecast,  radar map (with weather overlays), wind speed and pressure, and even information on sunrise, sunset, and the moon phases.

You can try out the app for free using the link below – I’d recommend that you do.

Yahoo! Weather

Facebook have released the 5.2 update to their iOS app. This introduces the long sought after ability to re-share stories, images, video etc from users news feeds, as well as tagging people within post, comment and image content (and not just at the tail end). Also included was support for emoji and other emoticon within messages, for those smart phones that have it enabled.

Have you downloaded the app? Do you like the new additions or think something is missing – let us know in the comments.

After the release of the new iPad, everyone’s now chomping at the bit for rumours of the new iPhone (who knows if it will be called the iPhone 5 or “the new iPhone”), so fans, like they have done in the past have resorted to designing what they want themselves. And this concept design makes me wish this was the next incarnation of the popular smart phone!

Designed by Antonio De Rosa with an edge-to-edge capacitive screen on a thin all-glass body, surrounded by a lightweight polycarbonate band where the antenna would be on the current iPhone 4S model. To increase the wow factor of this mock-up, De Rosa even included a 10 megapixel rear camera and an A6 processor, whilst doesn’t exist, should eventually have quite the processing wallop. The SJ designation Antonio uses for his version of the iPhone stands for the late “Steve Jobs.”

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Here at Mobile Sacrifice we love Dropbox for its seamless ability to sync all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere across most platforms and devices. If like us however, your on the low side of your available free space for Dropbox storage, there is now a great and free way to gain extra GB’s of space – just by using your smart phone and the latest build of the Dropbox computer software.

Dropbox are, for a special beta period, testing their automatic photo and video uploading feature when you plug your smart phone into your computer that has the latest version of their software installed. In return for trying their experimental build, you can get up to 4.5GB of extra space for free. This experimental Dropbox build 1.3.12 imports photos and videos automatically from cameras, phones, and SD cards and batch uploads and downloads files. The forum post on Dropbox says:

During this beta period, we are also offering additional free space to test automatic uploading of photos and videos. For every 500MB of photos and videos automatically uploaded, you’ll receive another 500MB space bonus, up to 4.5GB total.

The downloads for Windows, Mac and Linux are only available from the forum post. Note that you are STRONGLY advised to make a backup of what’s in your Dropbox before upgrading to this build, and give the linked forum post a read through as there have been some issues with Linux and Mac.

After I installed the new client and plugged in my iPhone 4, the Windows 7 Autoplay option appeared in which I selected to import my media using Dropbox, which it put it all (over 4.5GB’s worth of videos and pictures that I had on my iPhone) into a new “Camera Uploads” folder and after uploading to my account had the extra 4.5GB automatically credited. Super easy!

Let us know how this works for you and any issues you might have in the comments below, as well any other great ways to generate extra Dropbox space you might know.

Via Get Up to 4.5GB of Extra Space on Dropbox for Uploading Photos and Videos / How-to-Geek.

Nokia Lumia 800 sells out in the UK

Nokia Lumia 800 sells out in the UK

by Roraz on November 25, 2011 · 0 comments

in Windows Phone 7

According to BGR, despite analyst’s predictions, Nokia’s Lumia 800 has sold out in the UK. The handset, which runs on Window Phone 7, was predicted by Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette to have an initial sales of 2 million units for the fourth quarter, which he then cut to 500,000 citing early checks indicating lower than expected sell-through. Bernstein Research analyst Pierre Ferragu also chimed in, writing this week that Nokia’s new phones offer no “breakthrough innovation” or price advantage that might draw attention away from the competition. However the day after Faucette shared his new estimates, Nokia confirmed that its hotly anticipated Lumia 800 smartphone was sold out across the United Kingdom.

Lumia 800 sales in the U.K. are off to an excellent start,” Nokia said in a statement. “Based on earliest data the sales start of the Lumia 800 is the best ever first week of Nokia smartphone sales in the U.K. in recent history. By our measures, we have gained significant smartphone sell-out share in the channels in which we are operating in the U.K

There’s no initial sales figures for the new handset, as Nokia tends not disclose these outside of quarterly reports, though there is more on the statement made by Nokia over at BGR.

Purl Soho iPhone 4 & 4S Cross Stitch Cases

Cross-Stitch Your Own iPhone Case

by Roraz on November 24, 2011 · 0 comments

in Accessories, iPhone

Want a protective case for your new iPhone, but want something a bit unique? Design studio, Purl Soho might have what you’re looking for, that is if you’re a dab hand with a needle and thread. On their site, they are selling a iPhone 4 & 4S Cross Stitch Case that you can cross-stitch yourself, enabling you to show off how geeky and unique you truly are with your own custom design. Heres their description:

Technology and craft meet in this ingenious kit! This cross stitch kit comes with a 33 by 69 grid cross stitch case, three colors of thread, a needle, and a booklet of designs. Get creative – we love the idea of making this with a vintage cross-stitch pattern for a wonderful juxtaposition of the new and old! Fits both the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.

There’s some great examples on their design blog, and this phone case seems like a great idea for those who want to combine tech with crafting and home-made gifts. If you have purchased this case, or know of other unique phone protection, let us know in the comments!

via Hello Brit - Cross-Stitch Your Own iPhone Case

BBC report on O2-UK testing 4G

BBC report on O2-UK testing 4G

by Roraz on November 24, 2011 · 0 comments

in Carriers/Networks

Over on the BBC News website, technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones has a report on various UK mobile networks testing 4G, including O2 and Everything Everywhere. In the report he manages to download an episode of David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet on iPlayer in about a minute and viewed YouTube videos in the middle of London without buffering or lag. In one of the videos he even tested a live broadcast using nothing but a laptop connected to a mobile phone network. All done using a 4G connection – a technology which is already being rolled out in many parts of the world including Sweden, Germany and the USA but won’t be widely available in the UK until 2013 at the earliest.

Two big 4G trials are now underway. In London, O2 has launched a test network covering various parts of the centre of the city, and soon out to Canary Wharf and the Docklands. And in Cornwall, BT and Everything Everywhere – formerly known as Orange and T-Mobile – have begun testing 4G under very different conditions. The aim there, is to work out whether part of the spectrum which is being auctioned late next year will give a mobile broadband alternative for people who struggle to get a decent service down a fixed line.

Check out the interesting report on the BBC site, including eBays’ Angus McCarey take on the UK’s slow expansion in mobile infrastructure.

So your itching to try iOS 5 on your iPhone or other iOS device, but you don’t want to wait till October 12th and you don’t have a developer’s account. Have no fear, we can tell you how (we’ve tried it on an iPhone 4 GSM and it works) without developer’s access and for free. A couple of point before we start;

  • Back up your device first (just in case).
  • Make sure you do this when you have a bit of free time. When I tried this process it completely wiped my device and reinstalled everything including backups, photos, mp3′s etc, so if you have a lot of those then it will take a while!
  • You do this at your own risk – its highly unlikely anything will go wrong, but we’re just covering our asses. Also its unlikely Apple will do anything about this process, considering the official launch is only a week away, but you never know – they can be touchy sometimes.

Now that you’ve read the above warning’s, let’s get on with it!

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iOS 5 Release Date Is October 12th!

iOS 5 Release Date Is October 12th!

by Roraz on October 5, 2011 · 0 comments

in iPhone

So last night Apple finally had their WWDC keynote which was about this years new iPhone – the 4S. Whilst I was not blown away about the actual iPhone announcement itself (that might change once I get my hands on the actual device), my main reason for following the live coverage was to see any updates about the release of iOS 5. Again disappointment; But that’s because I was hoping that iOS 5 would be released yesterday. Instead the new update to the mobile operating system will be released to the public on October 12th through Apple’s update systems, that is if you don’t have a developers account with access to the Gold Master release!

Lifehacker have a great article covering how to get iOS 5′s best features now through jailbreaking, that is, if you can’t wait the 8 days till release?