T Mobile and Orange to EE

The company behind Orange and T-Mobile, Everything Everywhere, has undergone a huge transformation, launching a new brand called EE. In terms of numbers of customers, they could already boast of being the largest network in the UK and now they can also lay claim to being the only true 4G network for at least the next year. Their new flagship stores opened on October 30th, the same day on which their 4G network went live and ended its test phase. This new high-speed network will cover 16 major cities in the UK by Christmas with the goal of being able to offer 4G to 70% of the population by this time next year. While this is all huge news to the UK phone-landscape, it has undoubtedly caused confusion amongst existing customers and has people wondering just what it is exactly that they’re being offered.

If you’re already signed up to a plan with either orange or T-Mobile, you’ll still need to sign a new contract and basically join a new service if you wish to take advantage of EE’s 4G network. That being said, if you’re happy with your current plan, that won’t disappear and everything that you enjoy about your existing contract will stay the same, including your number, mobile service and plan details (and, perhaps more importantly for some, your Orange Wednesdays benefits). If you do choose to upgrade to 4G, discounts are available with the possibility of being able to shift over with no penalty.

EE has stated that ‘eligible’ Orange and T-Mobile customers will be provided with a ‘straightforward’ way changing over to their newly launched 4G service. Bear in mind though that in order to make use of the 4G coverage, you will need a 4G compatible phone, a 4G SIM card and a 4G plan directly from EE. It’s also not an entirely inexpensive move, with contracts only available for 24-months at a time, starting from £36 per month for a mere 500MB of data and going up to a maximum limit of 8GB for £56, with no unlimited plans on offer. That being said, the new tariffs are flexible, and if you find yourself nearing your data limit regularly, you can shift up a tariff. Also, in an attempt to eliminate any chance of buyer’s remorse, you’re still afforded the option to move back down to your original plan should things not work out. Keep in mind though that you won’t be able to go lower than the tariff which you originally signed though.

Currently, the only phones to offer 4G and LTE services are, rather unsurprisingly, the higher end models. As such, expect an upfront cost for your plan as well in order to purchase the handset as only the Ascend P1 is offered free of charge, but only from tariffs price at £41 a month or higher. EE have also confirmed that there won’t be any pay as you go plans available at Launch but haven’t ruled out the possibility in the future, likely when the other networks finalise the 4G spectrums they’ll be using and are able to compete with EE directly.

It’s also worth noting that no handset bought before mid-September will work on the 4G network with the sole exception of the UK version of the iPhone 5 which just happened to be on the compatible 1800MHz spectrum. Regardless of what the specifications for any other phones might say, the modems and antennas are different enough to make them incompatible with the current 4G network from EE. As such, any phones you’d want to use on their contracts would have to be bought directly from them. Luckily, the range of phones on offer from EE is respectable, ranging from Android equipped devices such as the excellent Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, Apple’s iPhone 5 and even Nokia’s Windows 8-based 920, all high-performance, high-quality (if expensive) phones.

While EE is very much pushing the message that it wants to create a network for everyone, not just the elite, upgrading is still a pricey proposition for most people. Although, with the speeds being offered, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see data allowances slowly being pushed up for all. If that happens, we’d soon be caught in a space-war between the major operators once they pitch in with their 4G offerings and, with any luck, we may well see the unintended benefit of skyrocketing mobile data usage over the next few years. At 4G speeds, it’s going to be pretty easy to tear through those 500MB data caps after all.

Cool Mouse That You Can Use In Windows

Here are five windows operations that you can use on some occasions with windows or associated software.

 

1 – Open new links in brand new tabs on Windows Internet Explorer

 

If your mouse has three buttons – then use the middle one to open new tabs. Hover the mouse pointer over the link and press the mouse wheel to open up new tabs.  All you need to do is place the mouse pointer over a link and then press down on the middle mouse button (the mouse wheel).

The middle mouse button is able to roll forward or back, however, it is also able to be pressed down and clicked just like a button.  If you do this on a link then it will open up that link in a new tab.  This is a lot quicker than pressing right-click and clicking on “open in a new tab.”  It is an easier way to research certain items by simply clicking in order to open new tabs.

If you are feeling the super lazy you can hold CTRL and press Tab to scroll through your tabbed windows – or you can even hold Alt and press Tab to see a screen of windows – which shows all of the items you have active at the moment, including your tabbed windows.

 

2 – You may find hidden menus within context menus on Windows

 

Some article and icon buttons on Microsoft Windows may be right-clicked on to reveal a context menu. Some icons you are able to hold shift upon in order to reveal an even bigger listed menu.  You should try it on your hard drive file.  This is a very nice little trick to use if you are a hardcore windows user.

 

3 – You are able to select columns of text with some Windows applications

 

On some applications you are able to select text on a vertical level as opposed to on a horizontal level.  You do this by holding the ALT key and then dragging the mouse across the text you would like to highlight.  This may be done on some versions of Microsoft word and many advanced editors that word have created.  You will even find that you can use this technique on the fantastic code writing software known as Notepad++.

 

Most Popular Mobile Apps

These apps have added to the scope of communication, location tracking, learning, gaming and entertainment thereby causing a sudden boost in the mobile application development industry. They are fast gaining significance for companies who wish to promote their products and services to smartphone users.

Trend wise, it is the mobile game applications that are most popular in the mobile app stores. We expect more game applications will be created by mobile application development companies to engage users while teaching them more about business activity.

Most Popular Mobile Apps in 2013
We expect the following top applications to lead others in terms of popularity in 2013.

Facebook:
The most popular application of 2012, Facebook can be used to market a company’s products and services while keeping connected to the target market. Customized Facebook applications allow companies to launch specials, showcase products and organize polls and giveaways for all mobile users on the go. The use of a company logo and corporate colors add a corporate look and style to the mobile app.

Mobile Tracker:
Companies such as movers, cab companies and car sales can create an application similar to the Mobile Tracker to allow users to track their friends anywhere in the world. All you have to do is enter their phone number, and using Google Maps the application will point the location of your friend.

Evernote:
All entrepreneurs who use smartphones or tablets and want to organize their day will use Evernote (there are free and subscription versions). It allows them to keep track of meetings, seminars and conferences. It also lets sales people save notes on client meetings and share the same while on the go. Most startups like the ease and convenience of using this app as it is more cost effective than commuting.

EchoSign for iOS by Adobe
This mobile app allows users to use digital signatures instead of signing hard copies and scanning the same. This helps traveling sales reps to get all contracts signed quickly. Users are able to send, sign and manage all sales documents from within the application. No need to carry paper-based contracts, now you can send the contract using EchoSign. Mobile app development companies can create e-signatures to promote your business

How for Choosing the Tablet PC

Tablet devices are not cheap. Even the good starter models are going to cost you over $150. So you have a moral obligation to make sure that you pick one that going to be right for you. It is in your best interest to purchase a tablet device that is going to have a clear return on investment for you in particular. The tablet must provide you with both a short term and long-term use. You must ensure that the return on your investment is more than just having another gadget to fill your drawers at home. This article has seven tips that will help you to pick the right tablet device for you. It features tips that are less about technical specifications, and more about real-world issues revolving around usability, usefulness and practicality.

 

1 – The feel, shape and grip of the device

This should be the most obvious factor when you are choosing a hand held device, specifically because it is a “Hand held device,” which indicates that it is going to spend a lot of time in your hand.

 

Why should the feel of the device affect how easy the tablet is to hold? A tablet may be heavy, slippery and wide, yet feel fine when you hold it. The trouble is that when you hold it for an hour your wrists, hands and fingers hurt. When you hold it for two hours every day then by Sunday your wrists, hands and fingers are aching.

 

The feel of the device relates to its size. The thicker a device is then the harder it is to hold for long periods. However, you should be aware that the size of your hand plays a part in this. Take your hand and rest the tip of your index finger on the tip of your thumb and you will make an oval shape. The distance between your two fingers (width, not length) is the ideal size for you to hold your tablet. So obviously a large mans hands is going to be able to comfortably hold a paving slab sized tablet, where a tiny 3 foot tall woman will not.

 

A tablet device with a good grip will mean that you will not have to grip the tablet as tightly, which is going to save your fingers and wrists from getting tired too quickly.

 

2 – The weight of the device

The weight of the device plays a big part when it comes to tablet use. This is because a tablet is meant to be held on one had for long periods of time whilst the other hand operates the device. This means that not only does a person have to hold the device in one hand, but also has to resist the force of their other hand pushing upon it. When using a Smartphone, only one hand is used and even then, the device is operated by the thumb of the same hand. Portable game consoles are controlled using two hands holding the device (except the Nintendo DS). A tablet device however is a one handed device unless a person is reading; therefore, it cannot be too heavy. When you are testing a tablet device, ask yourself if you would feel uncomfortable holding its weight for an hour.