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The Phones Show Chat (audio podcast)

The Phones Show Chat (audio podcast)

Download Phones Show Chat episode 360 (“Loud and in Stereo!”,18/09/2016) manually (Size: 57MB, 80 minutes duration). Phones Show Chat 360 – Show Notes Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon with Gareth Myles Errata & Feedback Michael Warner with iPhone 7 Surveys – One, two, three Tim Evans has first impressions of iPhone 7/Plus Android Pay comes to […]

By September 18, 2016 Read More →
Alcatel idol 4 offers vr for £189

Alcatel idol 4 offers vr for £189

ALCATEL is proud to announce its premium IDOL 4 and VR is available from John Lewis for £189. Building on the success of its trend-setting IDOL 3, the uniquely designed IDOL 4 smartphone takes everything up a notch with an innovative Boom Key, a first step into Virtual Reality and a sophisticated multimedia experience. BOOM […]

By September 16, 2016 Read More →
Cygnett Debuts iPhone 7 Cases and Accessories

Cygnett Debuts iPhone 7 Cases and Accessories

Cygnett, a leading technology brand that provides beautifully crafted tech solutions, today announce their newest cases and screen protectors for the iPhone 7/7 Plus. With more than a decade of experience in the case and accessories industry, Cygnett’s latest ranges showcase their refined and improved design while still providing the protection that consumers expect. “We’ve […]

By September 16, 2016 Read More →
iTrip Clip converts any pair of wired headphones to wireless headphones

iTrip Clip converts any pair of wired headphones to wireless headphones

Griffin Technology, creator of award-winning and thoughtfully designed mobile accessories, is launching a simple yet powerful solution to wirelessly connect headphones, car stereos or home audio systems to any smartphone. With their new iTrip Clip Bluetooth Audio Adapter, users will now be able to connect to any device, even the Moto Z, which was the […]

By September 16, 2016 Read More →

Reviews

Sengled Boost LED and Wi-Fi Repeater Review

Sengled Boost LED and Wi-Fi Repeater Review

For over 137 years we have been used to light bulbs in our homes with thanks to Edison, Swan and Maxim. A creation that has served a single purpose to bring light to a room or a place when it is turned on until now… Sengled, a company who have over 10 years experience within […]

By September 19, 2016 Read More →
Sennheiser HD650 & Apogee Groove review

Sennheiser HD650 & Apogee Groove review

Sennheiser have long been one of my “go to” brands, particularly their CX range of in-ear headphones. They represent a nice balance of sound quality and reasonable pricing. I was excited to try out these “audiophile” level HD650 headphones and more than a little intrigued with the bundled in line amp by Apogee. Initial impressions […]

By September 11, 2016 Read More →
Creative HS800 Fatal1ty Gaming Headset unboxing and review

Creative HS800 Fatal1ty Gaming Headset unboxing and review

A very budget orientated gaming headset that has received a price drop in favour of a new model, the Creative Fatality is an ergonomically designed and acoustically tuned headset endorsed by Johnathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel. Padded headband and earpieces for ambient noise exclusion and comfort during long gaming sessions. Swivel joint earpiece design adapts to every […]

By September 9, 2016 Read More →
Lumsing Smart Body Analyser Digital Scale review

Lumsing Smart Body Analyser Digital Scale review

Scales can be something of a fad.  I would imagine this is one of those pieces of equipment that will see a flurry of sales on in January and then gradually tail off by the end of the month.  However whenever you have a look at the price of some sets of scales you realise […]

By September 2, 2016 Read More →

Other Recent Posts

Box Car Smart USB Charger Unboxing

image20New in from Box is this rather swish looking Car adapter for charge your tech on the dashboard.

Four powered USB ports can simultaneously charge devices a single car socket. Delivering 9.6A, the Car Smart is capable of providing power simultaneously to 4 tablets (or any combination of USB powered devices).
The Car Smart features an intelligent charge circuit that automatically provides your device with the power it needs to safely and efficiently charge.

| September 23, 2016 | Read More →

Rebel Tech Kit Unboxing

image17Sugru have sent me a sample of their mouldable glue. This friendly stuff is designed to make life a little more tolerable by providing a remedy for a few of life’s woes.

Sugru sticks permanently to lots of stuff like ceramics, glass, metal, wood, and most plastics and fabrics. Just push it onto something, then it’s time to build, seal, fix, create and stick things together. You’ll have 30 minutes to get the job done.

Give it 24 hours, and Sugru turns into a durable, flexible silicone rubber that stays stuck (unless you remove it).

Find out for here: https://sugru.com/

| September 22, 2016 | Read More →

The Future of Television

There’s no escaping it, television is a huge part of the culture of this country. According to statistics released by Ofcom, no less than 90 percent of adults tune into their favourite shows without fail every week. Our media is dominated by the lives of television stars, and as programming and technology continues to improve exponentially, there’s no way our love of television is going anywhere any time soon. Do you remember your first TV? Sometimes when we’re sat watching tiny beads of sweat on the brows of our favourite footballers, it can be hard to remember that television wasn’t always such an excellent viewing experience. Today we reveal what’s still to come in TV technology, and reminisce about days gone by…

 

Exciting developments…

Although impossible to see how picture quality can get much better than it is currently – the next leap in HD technology is said to be just around the corner, and will see 8k HD become the norm. Arguably the most exciting development on the block is organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), which is an advancement on LED technology that’s a whopping 1000x faster, and could allow hardware like roll-up screens to become a wonderful, and undeniably futuristic, reality.

In a recent interview, Paul Lever from Cheapest Electrical discussed OLED, “LG and Samsung both revealed potential models at this year’s CES, with the LG winning CNET’s Best of CES Award. Make no mistake, this is the most important advancement in TV technology in more than a decade, and a vast improvement over both LCD and plasma.”

When enjoying the perks of such advanced technology, it’s easy to forget how we got to this point. Let’s take a little look back, shall we?


In simpler times…

For 30 years, from the 1960’s up until the 90’s the predominant television found in houses across the nation was the cathode ray tube, or CRT TV for short. Usually no larger than 25”, the only real additional feature these models offered was access to Teletext.

 

A leap in quality…

As we rolled into the 90’s the latest technologies to cause a stir were plasma and LCD screens. Opinion was initially divided over which provided the best viewing experience – but eventually LCD was victorious, due to using far less energy, and having a better shelf life. Plasma screens were discontinued relatively recently in 2014.

 

A switch to digital…

Between 2008 – 2012 the country slowly transitioned from analogue to digital. This switch meant that 26 million people were instantly granted access to freeview TV – and all the additional channels, and features that came with it. Now viewers could pause live TV, record a whole series of their favourite shows with just the touch of a button, and could enjoy interactive services, which enhanced the viewing experience.

 

Along comes HD…

Next picture clarity was targeted, and 4k ultra high definition became the norm, improving the viewing experience tenfold. Digital TV meant people with the right televisions could now access multiple free HD channels, and providers like BT and Netflix made it possible for you to watch your favourite shows and sports in high definition.

 

| September 16, 2016 | Read More →

Vivitek’s new Qumi Q3 plus brings the big screen experience everywhere

medium_vivitek_q3_plus_kickstandThe big screen experience and the thrills and excitement that come with it is set to become accessible to even more people thanks to Vivitek, a leading brand of visual display products. It has expanded its popular Qumi Series of industry leading pocket projectors with the introduction of the Qumi Q3 Plus, an ultra-portable LED smart projector with Android™ designed to provide entertainment on the go. Redefining how and where the big screen experience can be enjoyed and shared, the Qumi Q3 Plus joins Vivitek’s existing Qumi projectors – including the Qumi Q6 and the Qumi Q7 Plus – which also offer Wi-Fi connectivity and PC-free access to multimedia content.

Despite being only slightly bigger than a smartphone in size and weighing just 460 grams, the Qumi Q3 Plus can project a large widescreen image up to a massive 100” diagonal size. This performance is aided by the ultra-portable projector’ native HD720p resolution, 500 lumen brightness and 5,000:1 contrast, along with its 30,000 hours LED light-source lifetime and a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU running the Android v.4.42 OS. Combined, these ensure that the Qumi Q3 Plus packs a visual punch wherever it is used. It’s an experience set to last too, thanks to its built-in 8,000mAh rechargeable battery which delivers up to two hours on the go projection.

In addition to its ample battery life, the pocket projector gives users a multitude of content sources for playing back video, photos, documents and other content from a PC-free reader via a USB drive, microSD cards or even from its considerable onboard memory. Boosting its flexibility further, is the Qumi Q3 Plus’ built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, which gives users more choice over where the projector is situated and makes it the perfect pocket projector for those who travel a lot.

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By providing cable-free projection of content from iOS ® or Android™ mobile phones and tablets, the Wi-Fi functionality enables users to connect to a web browser. Easy access to preloaded online streaming content provider apps enables users to watch movies or TV programs via services like Netflix™ and Youtube™, without having to use a mobile phone.

In addition to its versatility, the Qumi Q3 Plus is quick to set up, ensuring users will be projecting in seconds while its Home Screen makes navigating it simple and easy. All the most common functions are centrally placed on the home screen for immediate access to the required feature, application or setting, while its hand-held sized remote brings further convenience to digitally focus the image. The automatic vertical keystone correction enables a nice widescreen image from many angles, while it also has a motorised focus that can be adjusted by remote control.

With its clean, minimalist-yet-functional design, the Qumi Q3 Plus’ sliding lens cover, curved edges and neatly integrated speakers enhance the audio experience. Available in four colours ranging from white, black, red, gold, it is stylish enough for any setting, whether the user wants wireless and instant projection at home, is enjoying outdoor activities like camping, or even during a break at work. To amplify its audio performance, the Q3 Plus offers Bluetooth connectivity enabling sound to be transmitted from the projector to a compatible headphone or an external speaker for increased volume.

Commenting on the Qumi Q3 Plus’ introduction, Holger Graeff, General Manager EMEA, Vivitek, said: “This projector encapsulates Vivitek’s commitment to engineering excellence which is reflected in its innovation, performance and flexibility. It also shows our enthusiasm for giving our customers solutions that deliver the image quality and performance associated with Vivitek, irrespective of the size of the projector or where it is used.”

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Key Features/ Specifications:

  • Ideal for carrying around thanks to its thin streamlined design, a 460g lightweight size and an embedded battery that lasts up to two hours
  • Share a big screen with family and friends with up to 100-inch diagonal projection and HD720p resolution
  • Built-in wireless connection for cable-free projection of your iOS or Android mobile devices with mirroring function
  • Enjoy great audio performance with its integrated dual-2W stereo speakers or Bluetooth pairing to a compatible sound system at home
  • Experience extra-large viewing with quick access to your favorite movies or shows via the preloaded online content provider app
  • Entertaining on the go is made possible thanks to its PC-Free Reader to preload media and document files to display without a computer at source
  • Powerful 1.5GHz quad-core CPU running  Android  v.4.42  operating system with 8GB onboard memory. Beyond the operating system’s onboard memory, a MicroSD or USB flash drive – purchased separately – can be utilised to provide an additional 64GB memory (for preloading media content for viewing later).
  • Automatic vertical keystone correction enables a nice widescreen image from many angles
  • Maintenance free with environmental friendly LED light source lasts up to 30,000 hours
| September 15, 2016 | Read More →

Is the HTC Desire 10 Pro arriving on September 20th?

2016-09-14We are still a few announcements shy of the end of the year, however, HTC is pushing a September 20 announcement by releasing teaser videos of an upcoming device. The latest video shows a fingerprint sensor in the middle of the back, in what has become the favourite place for fingerprint sensors in recent times. The hashtag #BeEdgier seems to hint that perhaps there is something unusual about the device’s edges, perhaps curves or and edge to edge screen.

The device is most likely going to be a new Desire device. It looks a lot like the leaked Desire 10 Pro, which features a large camera on the rear and gold accents on a black body. Top tipster. @evleaks, tweeted a leak revealing the device as the Desire 10 Pro, and one can see, quite faintly the circular fingerprint sensor. However, there isn’t anything particularly remarkable about the sides for the Desire 10 Pro to be edgy.

This has been a great quarter for the mid-range device and it’s going to be a tough battle for HTC, however, at this point, it’s really just down to price.

| September 14, 2016 | Read More →

Funky new phone case designs from FLAVR

desktop2FLAVR, the new fashion brand from global mobile accessories and connected devices specialist, STRAX GmbH, today launches a brand new range of hot, bold and eclectic phones cases for iPhone 5/5SE, 6/6S, 7, 7 Plus and Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The new cases will be available for £9.99 from Carphone Warehouse.

The cases are designed to appeal to those who love to stand out from the crowd and want a phone case that reflects their unique style and personality. For the dog lovers, there is the characteristic pug case, which is guaranteed to raise a smile whilst the lips or pineapples are certain to brighten up anyone’s phone. For others, there is the option of diamond rings, cactuses or nail varnish to spruce up their beloved device.

Priced at just £9.99 complete with bright and unique packaging, the FLAVR cases are certain to bring out the sunshine this summer even if the weather has different ideas. Why not express your personality AND protect your phone at the same time!!

The FLAVR cases are available for £9.99 from Carphone Warehouse

| September 13, 2016 | Read More →

Habito launches the world’s first AI mortgage advice chat bot

downloadUK tech startup, habito, has launched the world’s first artificially intelligent Digital Mortgage Adviser (DMA) allowing millions of consumers to discuss their mortgage needs from any connected device, 24/7, without requiring a human broker.

Built using AI technology and habito’s market-leading algorithm, the DMA marries all the elements of a customer’s financial life (e.g. employment, salary and personal life plans) with real-time market mortgage rates to calculate an indicative monthly payment. The DMA explains the impact consumers’ decisions will have on each mortgage configuration as a traditional mortgage broker would, but in a fraction of the time (average 10 minutes). Habito has the ability to search 100’s of products (versus a handful), so once the advice is complete consumers can be sure they’re on the best mortgage for them which can result in savings of thousands of pounds per year*.

In designing the new system, habito analysed hundreds of advice interviews in order to understand what consumers needed and what formed the basis of informative advice. As a result, the DMA’s chat-like interface provides an unbiased, conversational experience, without the need for lengthy in-person queues, waiting on hold or paying a premium for advice.

“Finding the right mortgage product in the UK is like finding a needle in a haystack. Britons are crying out for some innovation and clarity in an outdated and overwhelming mortgage market,” said Daniel Hegarty, CEO and Founder, habito. “Our digital mortgage adviser is a huge step forward in making mortgage advice accessible for consumers in the way they need it most: unbiased, always available and most importantly free.”

Habito’s digital mortgage adviser is a direct response to the FCA’s Financial Advice Market Review Report calling for greater, more accessible financial services advice for British consumers. Habito plans to roll out additional interactive features later this year, such as remortgage alerts, that will continue to optimise the mortgage application process for consumers across the country.

| September 13, 2016 | Read More →

X-Doria’s Protective iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Cases

X-Doria, a leading manufacturer of fashion-forward accessories, is introducing five stylish case collections to outfit and protect the new iPhone. The collection consists of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases, each designed with distinct aesthetics that appeal to various personalities and styles with the added protection of a raised front lip to keep the screen off tables and other flat surfaces.

Defense Gear is a full body, no bulk case for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, with four materials infused together for military grade drop protection, including a scientifically proven DropShield™ edge lining that hardens on impact. Defense Gear combines DropShield™ technology with hard polycarbonate, TPU and anodized aluminum. The case is engineered with enhanced corners and a 0.1 inch thick frame that provides dual layer protection and shields all angles of your device. The Defense Gear case can withstand drops from up to 6’6”. Available colors include: Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold. Available for £24.99 on XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7 or XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7 Plus.

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X-Doria’s Defense Lux for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus brings together refined luxury and durability to create the ultimate protective case. Defense Lux features a simple snap-on construction, engineered with a soft inner rubber layer, impact resistant polycarbonate backing, and machined with an aluminum outer frame. The aluminum outer frame protects the perimeter of the iPhone, while inside, the soft rubber wraps around the phone protecting it from up to 6’6” drops on concrete, exceeding military drop test standards – MIL-STD-810G.  For a sophisticated look, the case is available in luxurious faux carbon fibre, soft leather, canvas or microfibre rear panel. Available for £29.99 on XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7 or XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7 Plus.

The Revel series of quirky cool snap on cases for the iPhone 7 are designed with a raised bezel edge to protect the screen from surface scratches and a wraparound reinforced rubber bumper that extends across the top and bottom edges to ensure the phone is protected edge-to-edge. Revel also protects the volume and lock buttons with a grip rubber bumper. There are twelve different images to select from including Pug, Panda, Husky, Fox, Bear, Lion, Blue Future and Chrome Web. Available for £19.99 on XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7.

For more information on X-Doria’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus case collection, please visit XdoriaLife.com.

| September 12, 2016 | Read More →

GEAR4 launches new line of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases with D3O® technology

GEAR4, one of the UK’s largest consumer mobile accessory brands, today launches its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus case range, featuring D3O – the most advanced shock absorbing technology for enhanced impact protection. The Piccadilly, Carnaby, Oxford and Soho cases, relating to GEAR4’s British roots, combine modern forms and materials to deliver the ultimate combination of sleek protection.

The D3O® impact technology used in the cases is the same material found in American football helmets, combat uniforms and protective gear worn by pro athletes (including Usain Bolt) and extreme sportsmen, such as Olympic ski teams. D3O® has a unique molecular structure; in standard conditions, the molecules flow freely allowing the material to remain soft and flexible, but on impact lock together to absorb and dissipate the impact energy, which means your device stays safe when dropped. GEAR4 are the first to use an injection moulded grade of D3O® technology to deliver increased impact protection per cubic millimetre than other leading materials.

GEAR4 designers combined this unique technology with designs that enhance the elegant form of the iPhone to deliver an unprecedented level of protection while still honouring the design of the device itself. All of the new GEAR4 cases for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available at GEAR4.com and Carphone Warehouse.

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The Piccadilly

The Piccadilly case is the perfect choice if you desire protection but want your phone to remain as close to the original look as possible. Offering the world’s first Metallic D3O® technology to perfectly colour match your iPhone, GEAR4 designers have perfectly tuned the colour match to appear as an extension of your phone whilst offering the best protection possible. GEAR4 is the first case brand to use INJECTABLE D3O®, delivering more impact protection per cubic millimetre than other leading materials. These ultra-slim, ultra-modern, ultra-protective cases can make an impact and still blend with contemporary life.

Piccadilly is scratch-protected with UV coating and offers easy access to all ports. Available in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Black for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

RRP £29.99 (Images available here)

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The Mayfair

A nod to modern luxury, the Mayfair is made from beautifully crafted genuine fine leather for an extra touch of extravagance. The ideal choice for blending business and leisure, the Mayfair features the same integrated D3O® technology to protect your device while preserving it’s simple, chic look.

Mayfair is scratch-resistant and available in black or brown leather, featuring slim fitting protection.

RRP £39.99 (Images available here)

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The Soho     

Make a sleek statement with Soho’s transparent case and Apple colour-matched D3O® technology for protection that honours the original design of the iPhone. Featuring a TPU bumper, the Soho comes in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Black. It is available for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

RRP £34.99 (Images available here)

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The Carnaby

A new design for the iPhone 7, the Carnaby offers protection without the bulk and features a mesh of colour matched D3O® on the back to add further protection, with style.

It is also available for iPhone 7 Plus, and both cases are scratch resistant. Available in Gold, Rose Gold and Silver.

RRP £34.99 (Images available here)

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The Oxford Bookcase

GEAR4’s multi-tasker, the Oxford mobile wallet features slots for credit cards and also a convenient stand for viewing videos in landscape. It’s unique clip closure design keeps your valuables safe. Function doesn’t compromise form on the Oxford, as it features the same D3O® smart material that offers the highest performance impact protection.

The Oxford comes in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Black. It is also available for iPhone 7 Plus.

RRP £34.99 (Images available here)

 

All GEAR4 cases for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are available at www.gear4.com.

| September 10, 2016 | Read More →