Archive: Oct 2012

  1. Google’s Big News Day

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    Yesterday Google announced three new portable devices. The Nexus comes in small, medium and large, and all run Android 4.2. The updated OS includes new features, as well as the latest version of Google Now. Although there are no groundbreaking achievements in the new range of products, they’re certainly exciting. By combining the user-friendly operating system with high spec hardware, Google are certainly making their territory in the industry.

    The smallest device, the Nexus 4, is a powerful new smartphone.  Developed alongside LG, the phone has a quad-core processor, 4.7’’ 320 ppi display, and wireless charging; all features that make it stand out proudly amongst its competition. With the popular ‘Google Now’ function being given extra functionality, the phone is likely to be a big hit with Android users, although whether it will be able to tear consumers away from their current favourite brand is yet to be seen. The newly implemented panorama feature allows users to take a number of photographs around 360 degrees, and convert this into one ‘panoramic’ photo shot.

    The medium sized device, named Nexus 7, is designed to incorporate the functionality of a tablet, but with a size reduction. The Nexus 7 should fit comfortably in your hand, and has the optional add-on of 3G, however, this will cost you a premium. Given that most tablets are sleek and portable anyway, it’s yet to be seen if this is an innovative product, or just a less powerful, cheaper, alternative to the bigger tablet.

    The Nexus 10 is the biggest device. It’s clearly aimed to be the king of the tablet world, boasting a high resolution 10.055’’ at 300ppi, 9 hours of battery life during video playback, 500 hours of standby battery life, and front-facing stereo speakers. Perhaps the most enticing new feature is the possibility for multiple users to use the same tablet. On the Nexus 10, there is a user change system on the lock screen, so everybody can have their own home page, high scores, and private access to emails, apps, and documents.

    All three of the new devices will be available in the UK from November 13th, just in time for some Christmas shopping. The smartphone has a maximum memory of 16GB, whereas the two tablet devices offer maximum storage of 32GB. Prices were only confirmed in dollars in Google’s blog post, but will definitely hear more news in the coming days. With Christmas just around the corner, will Google be able to force their way into the Windows, Blackberry, or Apple markets? The iPad has dominated tablet sales thus far, but competition has driven prices down, and Apple may find that their hardware isn’t worth what it was two years ago.

  2. Jazz night – 30th October 2012

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    The Tony Webster band play a great selection of music from Latin Jazz, The Blues and Ska. Covering the works of artists such as: Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, George Benson, Miles Davis, Ernest Ranglin, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin etc. The band features a wonderful Vocalist who’ll captivate the audience with her brilliant singer style and artistry. The band in the main alternate between Instrumental and vocal tunes and tend to play with a Latin feel that adds vibrancy to the numbers. This Leicester based band  have been together 3.5 years and have develop a loyal following due to their versatility and range of music.

    Kate Szejnmann – Vocals/percussion
    Peter Nicholls – Saxophone
    Roger Foster - Keyboard
    Ian Morris – Percussion
    Risto Makinen – Drums
    George Dunseth – Bass
    Tony Webster – Guitar

    James Redford is a well established local musician to Leicester who you can often find touring the UK and world with his two other bands XOVA and Johnny2bad. James is a versatile musician who performs across a number of genres and can give any audience the style of music they like but maintain the highest quality.

    Accident a band again from Leicester who give audience a mix of popular jazz ballads and classics from the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. Despite being that was only formed within the last couple of years, there is no question about the quality and attention to detail you are going to experience with this great band.

  3. Orange Music Monkey

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    For those of you in the UK, you may have seen that Orange are advertising a music service with unlimited access to 300,000 tracks online and on your mobile phone that you can get for free (Orange Monkey).  Artists who are with Horus Music will benefit from this as we are director providers so any artist who signs up to our online music distribution service automatically benefits from having their music on the Orange music store.  Unlike many of our competitors, this is not something you have to pay for, we just do it as we are here to help you.

    How does Orange Monkey Work?

    • There is a £5.00 per month charge by Orange.
    • Find hundreds of thousands of tracks and albums, including Horus Music Distributed artists.
    • You can create play lists.
    • You can share your music.
    • And you can listen to your music, on your mobile and on your computer.
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