Stuff Office Cat's Diary – 27/02/13

New Alcatel phones, 4G hits more towns, and The Big Issue launches a Tech for Good challenge – Office Cat rounds up the pick of the day's news

Alcatel One Touch Snap

Alcatel has taken the wraps off its new 4.5in One Touch Snap at MWC 2013 – the Android 4.2 phone comes packing a 1.2GHz processor, qHD screen, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, a 1800mAh battery and a rather stingy 4GB of internal memory. The One Touch Snap will also come in an LTE variant for those data-hungry 4G fans among you. It features a slightly larger 4.65in screen and a 2200mAh battery – and although its screen is lower-resolution at 480x854 pixels, it can shoot 720p video. Which its non-LTE cousin can't. Office Cat is beginning to wonder if Alcatel is just picking specs at random out of a barrel.

Source: GSM Arena

4G's expansion across the UK continues apace, and EE's making the most of its exclusive rights to LTE technology while it lasts – it's announced that nine more towns are set to get 4G coverage. They are: Barnsley, Chorley, Coventry, Newport, Preston, Rotherham, Telford, Walsall, and Watford.

Source: SlashGear

EA and Microsoft ink deal for next Xbox

With the dust settling on Sony's PlayStation 4 launch event, Microsoft is moving quickly to line up the dominoes for its next Xbox. According to CVG, Microsoft's signed an exclusivity partnership with EA ahead of the launch of the next Xbox (rumoured to be taking place in April). That won't include exclusive games, but will likely take the form of exclusive DLC and staggered release dates. Office Cat eagerly awaits Sony's inevitable tit-for-tat response.

Source: CVG

The Big Issue is launching a "Tech for Good" challenge today – in a bid to find the next Raspberry Pi and improve the life chances of young people. The challenge will offer £50K investment, plus business mentoring and support, to ten new ventures that are using technology to transform the lives of young people. Head over to Big Issue Invest for more details.

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