iPods save lives – it's official


A 14 year-old girl’s iPod could have been her saviour after the headphones attached to it diverted a lightning bolt away from her body during a storm.

Sophie Frost and her, quite brilliantly named, boyfriend Mason Billington were taking shelter under a tree when the incident occurred. Frost wasn’t listening to music at the time, instead the headphones were hanging around her school uniform. She received burns to her chest, stomach and legs and is currently recovering in hospital.

Sophie’s mother Julie told the Sun: “I just thank God my daughter is still alive. The doctors say her iPod saved her. Her nan only bought it a few days ago. Luckily, she wasn’t actually wearing the headphones. If she had been, she might not be here today. Mind you, the only thing Sophie seemed worried about was that her new iPod was frazzled.”

Great PR for Apple then. Surely not even Steve Jobs can conjure up lightning bolts though – can he?

(via The Press Association)

UPDATED: BlackBerry Storm II due in September


Although we weren’t massive fans of the BlackBerry Storm when it arrived in our office, we’re still pretty excited about this rumour. Sources suggest that RIM will be releasing a second iteration of the touchscreen BlackBerry in September this year.

One of the biggest failings of the original Storm, aside from the horrible touchscreen, was that it didn’t support Wi-Fi. The new version apparently will, which will make BlackBerry fans happy. If you ask me, though, they’ve got a long way to go before they can reach the user experience delights of Nokia or Apple phones or the G1.

(via SlashGear)

SHINY VIDEO: BlackBerry App World – first look

RIM has launched their app store for BlackBerry devices, as of midnight, known as BlackBerry App World.

Once downloaded the software gives users access to 500 or 600 hundred applications, from today, expected to rise to 1,000 by the weekend. Categories included Games, Maps & Navigation, Personal Finance & Banking with the full list after the jump.

From my first view of the service, it runs surprisingly smoothly over even the GPRS signal and looks a hell of a lot more user friendly than the likes of the Android Marketplace. The front page holds 12 featured apps as chosen and rechosen on a daily basis by BlackBerry. You can also navigate by the top downloads, by category or straight keyword based search.

Developers receive an 80% / 20% split of the profits of downloads with RIM and they can also choose which countries can host their apps with the store changing on your handset depending upon where you are and what software your device can cope with.

App World will work on all BlackBerrys with version 4.2 OS and beyond.

App Categories

  • Entertainment
  • Games
  • Maps and Navigation
  • Music and Video
  • News and Weather
  • Personal Finance and Banking
  • Personal Health and Wellness
  • Productivity and Utilities
  • Professional and Business
  • Reference and eBooks
  • Social Networking and Sharing
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Travel

BlackBerry App World

SHINY VIDEO REVIEW: BlackBerry Storm Part One

Here’s Susi’s initial thoughts on the Blackberry Storm. On the model we got sent, there’s a bug with the browser, so we can’t give it a proper proper review until that’s fixed, but in the interests of keeping you lot as informed as possible, Susi filmed some thoughts on the build of the handset, and her initial impressions.

Want one? More than an iPhone? Really? Personally, I’m not convinced just yet. Let us know your thoughts on the Storm in the comments.

BlackBerry Storm

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Vodafone taking pre-orders for BlackBerry Storm, still no release date


Reminiscent of the iPhone 3G launch, but still without an actual release date, Vodafone is now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Storm 9500.

Presumably it’s expecting a lot of pent-up demand for RIM’s new consumer-friendly handset, but it would be nice to know when exactly it’s arriving here.

What we do know is that, if you want it for free, it will cost you a minimum of £40 per month on an 18-month contract, or £35 per month on a two year contract. All plans seem to come with unlimited texts, but unlimited email and Internet usage appear to only be available on higher tariffs…

Vodafone keeps BlackBerry Storm hopefuls hanging on with lure of free handset competition


As we’re still waiting for the BlackBerry Storm to launch in the UK, Vodafone has decided to tease hopefuls with a competition to win one of RIM’s elusive smartphones.

Of course, it’s all a big marketing ploy. As more and more mobile phones are announced way before they’re launched, it gives companies a chance to build up a nice fat mailing list of impatient consumers…