Sent from my HTC Sensation XL
With the quad-core running HTC One X about to hit the high street (and the net), last year's flagship device, the HTC Sensation has only a small window with which to still enjoy the limelight, but HTC has no intention of leaving it for dead and has been periodically rolling out an Ice Cream Sandwich flavoured update carrier by carrier, starting with Vodafone.
Officials at Vodafone explained last night:
"Great news. The testing of the ICS update for HTC Sensation is complete, and we plan to start rolling out the update tomorrow, 29th March. The update will be rolled out in phases by the Over The Air service, so if yours doesn’t appear right away, you can either wait for it to appear, or go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check now."
The original HTC Sensation was in fact the first of a series of premium devices all bearing its name, including the first Beats-branded HTC Sensation XE and the HTC Sensation XL, their large-screened cousin.
The HTC Sensation was HTC's first dual-core phone and it still has a competitive spec list, considering the price drop it has undergone since launch (it's now around £330 sim free). That being said, So pick up your Sensation, download the update and enjoy. It is worth noting that despite the Sensation's step up to Android's latest and greatest OS, HTC's overlay Sense, won't be receiving quite the same treatment. Although improvements to Sense in its current form are on the cards, the Sensation won't be getting the full-fat version of Sense 4.0 as seen on the HTC One X, HTC One S and HTC One V.
Seven candidates have thrown their hats into the ring in the fight to be mayor of London.
Contenders in the 3 May election include the Conservative incumbent, Boris Johnson, the Labour former mayor Ken Livingstone and the Liberal Democrat candidate, Brian Paddick, a former Metropolitan police deputy assistant commissioner.
All three stood in the 2008 election, when Johnson narrowly ousted Livingstone after the Labour man had served eight years in office.
The Green candidate is the party's London assembly group leader, Jenny Jones. Standing for Ukip under the slogan "Fresh choice for London" is Lawrence Webb, its former chairman in the capital. The British National party is fielding Carlos Cortiglia.
Siobhan Benita, a former senior civil servant, is standing as an independent.
The full list is:
• Boris Johnson (Conservative)
• Ken Livingstone (Labour)
• Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat)
• Jenny Jones (Green)
• Carlos Cortiglia (British National party)
• Siobhan Benita (Independent)
• Lawrence Webb (Ukip)
International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge says he is 'very happy' with preparations for the London 2012 Olympics after his final inspection visit.
The Forum for Health and Wellbeing are contracted by London Borough of Newham to act as the host organisation for the Newham Local Involvement Network (LINk). The LINk brings together local people and make sure they have more of a say in shaping and overseeing health and social care services in the borough.
We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic Community Intelligence and Data Officer– Full-time until end March 2013.
Salary : £29,604 per annum including outer London allowance.
The Community Intelligence and Data Officer will be responsible for collating and maintaining a bank of evidence of resident, service user and patient experiences and views on health and social care services in Newham. They will also be responsible for developing and carrying our qualitative and quantitative research to further evidence experience and use this combined information to provide recommendations for improvement to services and systems of engagement.
The Community Intelligence and Data Officer will play a pivotal role in ensuring that Newham LINk and its partners can evidence and promote the impact of successful resident, service user and patient engagement. They will also assist the LINk Leadership Board to effectively prioritise their work and evaluate the effectiveness of Newham LINk.
The Community Intelligence and Data Officer will work in partnership with LINk members to assist and support them to undertake research and/or gather data themselves and to draw up conclusions from and develop solutions in response to research findings.
Closing Date for Applications: 16th April 2012.
Interviews will be held during the first week of May.
For an application pack please contact:
The Forum for Health and Wellbeing
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HTC is shutting down its online backup services at HTCSense.com as it gets the builders in to do some major works on the site.
HTCSense.com “is undergoing a renovation to improve the services and value” the company said in a statement to users.
The end date is 30 April 2012 and HTC has warned users that their data won’t automatically transfer over to the new system.
It urges anyone who has backed up their contacts, call history, messages or geotagged photos to download them before that deadline or have them wiped from the system.
“If you have been using HTCSense.com to sync your Contacts, Messages, Footprints or Call History, you can download your data through April 30, 2012. After April 30, your data will no longer be accessible and will be deleted,” the official HTC statement said.
Information can be downloaded as a zip file by following these instructions:
1) Visit http://htcsense.com and log in with your username and password.
2) Click the 'Download' button in the Account Overview section.
3) A .zip file containing your data downloads to your computer.
If the promises made in a letter to users are true then this isn’t the end for the HTCSense cloud services.
“We apologise for any inconvenience. You'll be among the first to know when the new and improved services are ready,” a letter sent to users continued.
German carmaker Audi makes special horns for its vehicles sold in India where local drivers hoot so much as they fight their way through chaotic traffic, the firm’s country director has revealed.
“Obviously for India, the horn is a category in itself,” Michael Perschke, director at Audi India, told Monday’s Mint newspaper.
“You take a European horn and it will be gone in a week or two. With the amount of honking in Mumbai, we do on a daily basis what an average German does on an annual basis.”
Perschke said the horns are specially adapted for driving conditions in India, a booming market where Audi is one of many foreign car brands competing for increasingly wealthy customers.
“The horn is tested differently — with two continuous weeks only of honking, the setting of the horn is different, with different suppliers,” he said.
Perschke also added that so many Audi owners in India have personal chauffeurs that car interiors have been redesigned so that “you can be more in command from the rear seat.”
Roads in India are often in poor repair, ranging from pot-holed major highways to dirt tracks in cities, while bullock carts, cows, rickshaws and bicycles often compete with cars and trucks for space.
Two more days of warm, sunny weather are promised for most people in the UK before the spring reverts to type with duller skies and – for drought-stricken southern areas – some welcome showers.
Records have continued to tumble as chilly nights and foggy mornings turn rapidly into a daytime bask that is comfortably beating temperatures on the continent, from Athens to Madrid.
The UK's hottest-ever for March – 25C (77F) in 1968 – is still comfortably out of reach but diligent researchers say that Monday was the warmest 26 March since records began, with Aboyne in Aberdeenshire claiming the honours at 22.9C (73.2F). The challenge now moves a little south to Yorkshire where the idyllic Dales village of West Witton holds the current record for 27 March of 22.8C (73.04F). That was in 1926, little more than a month before the general strike, just as 1968's record coincided with the political warmth of student revolution.
Yorkshire will be lucky to keep the crown, according to forecasters, with the sun breaking through misty eastern areas earlier than on Monday. Lindsay Dovey of MeteoGroup said: "Today will be dry and sunny, with clear blue skies across the whole of the UK. Temperatures will be similar to yesterday. Tomorrow will be dry and sunny again, but there will be some cloud in northernmost Scotland, as well as patchy drizzle."
Although wetter and cooler weather will target Scotland first, as the current area of high pressure finally releases its hold on the British Isles and slides eastwards, the hottest places in the UK are likely to remain north of the border until late on Wednesday. Other hotspots in Aberdeenshire are expected to be the ski resort of Aviemore and Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games, whose 22.3 (72.1F) and 22C (71.6F) on Monday outdid Barcelona, Nice, Faro and even the Balearic islands.
England's best in the current delightful spell has been Otterbourne in Hampshire and the Welsh champion, Porthmadog with 21.1C (69.9F). Central London reached 19C (66.2F) but further eastwards the mist and cooling effect of the North Sea saw seasonal average figures such as 9.5C (49.1F) at Weybourne in Norfolk and little better in Kent, where Manston recorded 12.1C(52.8F).
Things are expected to revert to type by the weekend – a well-known habit of UK weather – and the traditional doomy approach to Easter suggests little chance of chocolate melting. The Meteorological Office has the familiar summary for the end of next week: "Unsettled conditions are likely to spread south to all areas."
Dovey said: "Cloud will start to move further south tomorrow night. By Thursday much of northern and western Scotland will have drizzle but everywhere else will be dry and fine. Friday will be cloudy across northernmost and western Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of north-west England and most of North Wales.
"Saturday is when temperatures will really start to drop. We're looking at 9C (48.2F) to 12C (53.6F) across most of the UK."
Grass fires have broken out in tinder-dry conditions in western Scotland, where Highlands and Islands fire and rescue appealed to picnickers and walkers to take particular care. Deputy assistant chief officer Billy Wilson said: "We would also ask members of the public to ensure that no unnecessary burning of garden waste or rubbish is carried out in periods of very dry weather, such as we are experiencing at present, particularly when windy. If in doubt, please don't start a fire."
Warnings were also issued about water temperatures both inland and on the coast, which are in line with normal March conditions and so starkly contrasting with the sunbathing weather. After Monday's near-death from hypothermia of a 20-year-old man in the Oxford canal near Banbury, jet-skiers off Worthing pier in Sussex found the body of a man in his 60s in the sea. Shoreham lifeboat crews attended and Sussex police said that a postmortem would be undertaken later.
Chuck Schumer, a senator for New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have both called for an investigation as to whether requesting Facebook passwords from interviewees is against federal law.