Archive for March, 2015

By March 14, 2015 Read More →

Inateck 3 Ports USB 3.0 HUB with Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter Unboxing

vlcsnap-2015-03-13-13h37m33s154Inateck have kindly sent over a three Port USB 3.0 adapter with Gigabit ethernet network adapter. This simple connector makes life on the move a little more tolerable for the user by combing 2 USB 3.0 ports for the every growing arsenal of peripherals alongside a rather important Ethernet network connector for those who might have a laptop without one built in. Certainly most do however some, like my personal Acer C720 Chromebook, happen to be missed one and as a back up  when a wireless signal is not terribly reliable or non-existent an Etnernet adapter is almost essential. 

● Supports up to 1000Mbps and downwards compatible with 10/100Mbps.
● Support IEEE 802.3az (Energy Efficient Ethernet). Compatible with IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab.
● Supports full duplex operation with IEEE 802.3x flow control and half duplex operation with back-pressure flow control.
● Usage of highly robust ABS plastic during production, compact and light structure, high mobility and flexibility, stable composition.
● USB 3.0 super speed (theoretical maximum transfer of up to 5 Gbps), complete utilisation of Gigabit ethernet connection resources. Supports IPv4/IPv6 protocols, dual channel transfer mode, automatic transfer and data stream reversing regulation.
● Supports Hot Swap and Plug & Play at all USB ports, simple and intuitive handling. Theoretical transfer speed of up to 5 Gbps (The actual transmission speed is limited by the setting of the device connected), reciprocal compatibility with USB 2.0/1.1/1.0.

You can order one from Amazon for £19.99 

By March 13, 2015 Read More →

Fancy designing helping Huawei design the Honor 6? #HonorDesign

lYCtxiDO-oOlh4eJPsI-UKh8Yo6ELEDx57izixVV9isHuawei are currently running a competition to design icons, wallpapers and the back cover for their new flagship, the Honor 6. This is the first time Honor is launching their design competition in Europe. Designers from different design disciplines are invited to enter their visionary concepts on our special theme of “#ForTheBrave”. If you have a strong visionary conception in graphic design for the Honor 6 then this is your chance to shape the look and feel of the phone for the masses, perhaps even for the future of Huawei and Android!

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Take a look into the future and develop new, bold, challenging designs for User interface Icons, wallpapers and back covers all in the theme of “#ForTheBrave”. Hauwei will be implementing the winning designs into their devices present and future.

Find out more HERE.

Posted in: Competitions, News, Phones
By March 12, 2015 Read More →

The Mobile Tech Addicts Show 231 Watch the watch

Podcast-Logo_thumb.jpgGareth, Jay and Micael and get together for one last chat about Mobile World Congress 2015 before some big changes are employed.

Featuring Gareth, Jay and Micael

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Phones

Asus Zenfone 2 pushing 4GB of RAM

Android 5.1 Lollipop arrives

LG to develop a Super Flagship later this year

The Galaxy S6 has a removable non-removable battery

Tablets

Android 6.0 Multi-window

Macbook

Wearables

Time to consider the Apple Watch

Oppo’s 5 minute charge Smartwatch

 

Other Shi…zzzle

Acer CB5 Chromebook Benchmarks

Acer plan a big announcement

Nikon Coolpix P900, a thing of beauty

Email us: [email protected]  Tel: 0208 123 3757

 

Gareth Myles – @garethmyles

Jay Garrett – @JayGarrett

Micael Samuelsson – @smicael

Dan Carter – @mobilemandan

Matt and Tracy Davis –   @tracyandmatt

Phil Lain – @low405

By March 12, 2015 Read More →

The Saygus V2 will raise your eyebrows

V2-TrioSaygus is an award winning high-end smartphone manufacturer with roots in Linux software design and development. They will soon launch a new smartphone with more than a dozen exclusive features. Some of these features include new-to-market Waterproofing Technology (IPX7 Rating,) Multi-Booting will support booting from MicroSD card, two OIS enabled cameras and dual MicroSD card slots. Alongside a flashy design this device looks to be something rather special. We look forward to following the release over the coming weeks. You can pre-order a unit for their website for $599. Have a browse of the specs and raise those eyebrows.

Screen – 5” 1920 x 1080 display (445 ppi) Full HD
Processor – 2.5Ghz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon
Operating System – Android 4.4.4 (Lollipop due)
Dimensions – 67 x 137 x 9.7mm
Weight – 141g
Rear Camera –  21 MP Rear Facing with Optical Image Stabilization*, Auto Focus, and Dual LED Flash
Front Camera – 13 MP Front Facing with Optical Image Stabilization* and Auto Focus
Memory – 3GB RAM
Storage – 64GB Onboard Flash Storage, Dual MicroSDXC Slots (256GB expandable storage)
Sensors – GPS, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity, Ambient Light
Network – Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC (Android Beam), Bluetooth 4.0, 60GHz Wireless Gaming and Mobile Beaming, IR Transmitter
Ports – micro-USB 2.0/3.0, 3.5mm Stereo Audio and Microphone Jack, Biometric Fingerprint Side Scanner
Speakers – Harman Kardon Sound Technology w/ 3D Audio* for videoHarman Kardon Speakers and Mics
Power – 3100 mAh Removable Battery, Wireless Qi Charging Built-inPower Saving Chip

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By March 12, 2015 Read More →

Meet the of Piper nv the all-in-one home security system

image001Icontrol Networks, a leader in connected home technology and innovation, today announces general availability in Europe for Piper nv, the only security system that can be easily tailored to what matters most. Building on the launch of the original Piper last year, the all-in-one home security, video monitoring and automation device has been engineered for reliability and built frustration free, making it easier than ever to connect via mobile device for peace of mind.

Over the last year, Piper has ushered in a new approach to home monitoring, security and automation and continues to deliver users a new and smart way to interact with their homes. With the DIY smart home market projected to reach $7.8 billion in the US alone by 2019, according to NextMarket Insights, the connected home is becoming more easily accessible to consumers than ever before and Piper continues to be at the forefront of the movement with Piper nv. In addition to the already comprehensive Piper feature set, Piper nv boasts:

●        Night Vision: Featuring the widest field of view available in the market, Piper nv’s 180-degree day/night vision offers a clear and complete view of your home no matter the time of day. Night vision kicks in automatically once the room starts getting dark.

●        Advanced camera resolution: The 3.4 megapixel camera sensor ensures you don’t miss any details!

 

“Being aware of events in your home has never been easier with Piper,” said Russell Ure, creator of Piper and an executive vice president and GM at Icontrol Networks. “Piper nv provides homeowners with unsurpassed visibility into their homes and ensures places and loved ones are always protected and safe. It sets a new standard for the optimal video experience in the smart home marketplace.”

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Piper has been recognised for its innovative technology and broad consumer appeal, and is powered by Icontrol Networks, a leader in the connected home marketplace.

 

In addition to night vision and advanced camera resolution, Piper nv has been designed for maximum customisation and includes the core Piper features:

●        Security: Customise three security modes (home, away and vacation), motion detector and piercing, 105-decibel siren.

●        Automation: Integrate Z-Wave accessories into Piper’s security modes, control them remotely, on a schedule, or using environmental data.

●        HD Panoramic camera: 180° fisheye lens, electronic pan, tilt, and zoom, 1080p camera sensor.

●        Customised alerts: Phone call, text message, email, and push notifications to users and their trusted circle when security rules are triggered.

●        Environmental sensors: Monitor and control home temperature, humidity, ambient light and sound.

●        Elegant Design: Simple, intuitive app. Stunning, compact, two-toned form with brushed metal legs.

●        Smart Hardware: ARM processor, battery backup, internal memory for video storage, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.

●        Android & iOS support: Available on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

●        Two-way audio: Talk directly to occupants through Piper through its app on your mobile device.

●        Multi-Piper functionality: Support up to five different Pipers within a home so you always have visibility and control over your different spaces.

●        Bedside mode: Featuring an active panic button, Bedside mode lets users manually turn on a siren in case of an emergency. Easy to reach and quick to access for fast action, users can now set Piper to Bedside mode before going to sleep for a more secure environment at night.

Piper nv can now be purchased at getpiper.com starting at €299.00 (£217.00) and Piper will continue to be sold for €199.00 (£145.00)*. The free Piper application is also available for download in the iTunes App Store and in the Google Play Store. 

By March 12, 2015 Read More →

Chromebook Pixel 2 quietly appears

Screenshot 2015-03-12 07.47.16Apple’s new Macbook was one of the bigger announcements of the week however Google are quietly popping out an updated Chromebook Pixel 2, the second in what is now a line of top end notebooks flavoured with Chromebookiness. There seems to be one big feature being pushed here and that’s the charging method and USB -C port. Bragging that the Pixel 2 can last 2 hours on 15 minutes of charging is quite a feat alongside the Intel  i5 2.2ghz or i7 2.4ghz. There are better storage options also with 32gb and 64gb choices, who said that Chrome was designed to be online all the time? A big boost for any Chromebook is the RAM, 8gb or 16g, these are honestly good specs even for a Windows laptop and as it is running Chrome it is a little like bringing a M134 minigun to a knife fight.  The screen is a beautiful 12.85″ display with a web-friendly 3:2 aspect ratio, 2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI. There is also a 720P HD Wide Angle camera with Blue Glass

Priced at either £799 or £999, this is a little more affordable than last years model and comes with the remarkable ability to charge the device and plug in an external storage device also… in like another beautiful Notebook we saw this week. 

 

Posted in: Laptops, News
By March 12, 2015 Read More →

A feature of Android 6.0?

samsung-galaxy-note-ii-multi-window-us-cellular-1We are getting Android 5.1 in the next few days, or weeks depending on how lucky you are and this update brings with it a fairly routine collection of tweaks and improvements. However, the future of Android will always feature more exciting features in the long run and anything that might help increase productivity is not beyond the realms of imagination.

Down in the depths of Android’s source code a small hint exists that Google may be working on a multi-windows feature. Some may scoff that Samsung have already brought this to their Touchwiz overlay however there is a software tool in place of a core feature. Whilst a little buggy over the years the idea is sound and for Google to place it into stock Android at some point in the future makes Android a whole lot more of a viable option for desktop work stations (again bringing the existence  of Chrome OS into question.)

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By March 11, 2015 Read More →

Acer CB5 Chromebook Benchmarks

Acer_Chromebook_15__CB5-571__white-front_up_left_angle.0When is comes to Chromebooks there is really only one company to entertain at the moment. Acer. Whilst the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is generally considered to be the best in it’s field right now Acer has occupied the top spot at any other time and it looks like they plan on taking it back with the Chromebook 15.

Technology Resource Advisor’s Chris Elkendier managed to benchmark the Acer CB5 (C910) to find it outperforms several other Chromebooks thanks to the Broadwell processor inside, and it only outperformed by the smaller 11.6-inch variant the C740. It is important to point out that the 1080p and 720p version of the CB5 performed identically.

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The Acer Chromebook 15 has already gone on pre-order in the UK from Amazon with a touchscreen Nvidia Tegra K1 2.1 GHz, 4GB RAM, 32GB. A full range has become available on Amazon.co.uk. The Chromebook will land May 20th.

 

Posted in: Laptops, News
By March 11, 2015 Read More →

Oppo’s 5 minute charge Smartwatch

oppo-smart-watch-leak-640x327Imagine having a smart watch that can go from 0 to 100% in just 5 minutes of charging. Oppo certainly is. There is a possibility the Chinese is on their way to perfecting the technology to make this possible.

With some fuss over the Apple Watch 18-hour battery life and folks glowing over their Pebble’s week long e-paper approach there is no simple solution short of placing a bulkier battery leading to larger and slightly more off putting form factor.

Oppo’s is employing a next-generation VOOC charger. We have seen VOOC charging in both the Nexus 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to pull more power in and deploy is sensible to prolong battery life. A watch naturally has a small battery, e.g. 300mAh in place of a 2400mAh in you average smartphone. Utilising a similar charging style this could slash the recharge time down to minutes. Only time will tell if the battery will be able to withstand frequent charging.

Posted in: News, Rumours, Wearables
By March 11, 2015 Read More →

Acer plan a big announcement

Acer-April-23rd-2015-event-invite-640x265Last year in New York Acer launched a pretty stonking little convertible Windows 8 tablet with keyboard dock, the Switch 10. This year Acer has lined up another big launch in the Big Apple however having launched their Liquid Z220 and Z520  at Mobile World Congress the potential for what they are about to release is fantastic! We saw a sneak preview last year of the Jade and their Leap fitness tracker and most were pretty impressed alongside a range of handsome, affordable tablets and notebooks. With Acer it could be anything, this is what makes things so potentially exciting.

What would you like to see from Acer this year? An update to the Switch 10 or Switch 11? A high end Acer Android phone or tablet? Tune in for The Mobile Tech Addicts Show on Thursday evening at 20:30 GMT for a discussion.

Posted in: News, Rumours