Archive for June, 2015

By June 29, 2015 Read More →

Get the Best Deals On laptops

Desktops are sooo yesterday and iPads while pretty cool for showing off, are just aren’t your thing when it comes to some solid heavy duty work. But your old playmate has been under the fire lately and Macs are super expensive, anyway. So where do you hunting for a new laptop? How do you choose the best ones to suit your needs and your budget? And from where do you get the best deals? Well, we are here to answer all your queries, and help you bag the best online deals on laptops!

So let’s answer the most pressing question: from where do you shop online to make the most of it? The answer’s simple. Just head over to newegg.com for the best online deals on the planet!

 

Top 6 Laptop Picks For You

1. Acer Laptop Aspire E5-573G-5: 8 GB Memory. Intel Core i5. 2.20GHz. Need any more specifications? At $469.99 this is a fantastic deal for the college student. Thin, light weight and also suitable for slight gaming, this is a budget laptop that is ideal for a normal consumer experience.

2. DELL Laptop Inspiron 15 i3543-3251BLK: Boasting of a similar Intel Core i5, but a 4 GB Memory, this is for someone who swears by the touch screen. Along with an Intel HD Graphics 5500, this is great for those who use laptops for entertainment purposes or to view multimedia. Accompanied by a great battery, and at a reasonable $549.99, this is suitable both for home use and office work.

3. ASUS Laptop EeeBook X205TA-DS01-GD-OFCE: You may raise your eyebrows at its 2 GB Memory but hear us out. At an unbelieving $199.99, this comes with a 1 year Office 365 and an Intel Atom quad-core processor, this is the best choice for those who do not use laptops for professional purposes or are strapped of cash. Perfect for high school or kids who want to experiment with technology. Plus it’s rather pretty, with a MacBook Air finish.

4. Lenovo Laptop G50 (80E501G3US): This is probably the BEST laptop available at its price. Super slim, HD Webcam, One Key Recovery, Multitouch Touchpad. This one just keeps getting better the more you explore it. If you’re unfamiliar in the tech territory and don’t know which one to buy, just order this one for $649.99. You won’t regret it. We promise you.

5. HP Laptop 355 G2 AMD A-Series A8-6410: Looking for something similar in a cheaper variant? This HP Laptop will suit most of your daily needs, and is great for those who travel frequently. Moreover, this comes with a free game offer, assuring you that its $389.99 price tag is just worth it. Yep, this one promises “productivity on the go.”

6. DELL Alienware 17 ANW17-2136SLV: Gaming pros, meet the king. With the 4th Generation Intel Core i7 and 8GB Memory on the deal, there’s also a gorgeous Batman Arkham Knight free game with the purchase. Amazing build quality and lighting, at $1399 this is the ultimate portable gaming laptop ever and is seriously TOUGH. Dark Knight Fans, rejoice!

Before buying a laptop, always decide for what purpose you shall use it for. Is it for studies? For office? For games? Or some heavy Photoshop design work? Once you’re clear on that, fix a budget and check out the offers online.

 

Posted in: Editorial, Laptops
By June 29, 2015 Read More →

Mi Band Fitness Monitor and Sleep Tracker Unboxing

vlcsnap-2015-06-29-07h20m52s849Leana takes a look at the Mi Band Fitness Monitor and Sleep Tracker from Mobilefun. This is a simple, long lasting solution to fitness tracking at an extremely low price. Compatible with both Android and iOS devices the Mi Band is a small wearable that promises up to 30 days of life on one charge. Featuring fitness and sleep tracking and  the Mi Band adds some basic notification monitoring without the need for a screen. Having used it for a week Leana updates on her progress with the band.

  • Fitness monitor tracks your activity
  • Works in conjunction with the Mi Band app
  • Track your sleeping patterns
  • Gentle alarm to wake you up
  • Notification alerts
  • Up to 30 days battery life
  • IP67 water resistance
  • Apple Health and Google Fit app compatible
  • Compatible with Android 4.4 or iOS 7 or higher

Available for £29.99:

http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/mi-band-fitness-monitor-and-sleep-tracker-p51505.htm

By June 26, 2015 Read More →

ARCHOS PC Stick: A Computer On-The-Go

0 (1)Today, the French brand ARCHOS is revealing its new ARCHOS PC Stick that packs the power of a personal computer in a compact HDMI-connected drive.

“The world is always competing to build the smallest computer, and ARCHOS now offers one small enough to fit in a pocket at less than £79 explains Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. 

Pocket-sized and powerful

By plugging in the ARCHOS PC Stick to any screen with HDMI-in, such as a television, users will have a full computer at their fingertips in a split second. Keyboards, mouse’s, and other accessories are also connectable to the PC Stick directly via Bluetooth or USB port in order to interact with the content of the device. Keyboard applications or game controls on Windows, Android, or iOS smartphones and tablets are also connectable, transforming any smartphone or tablet into a keyboard compatible with the ARCHOS PC Stick.

The ARCHOS PC Stick accounts for the full range of possible computer uses and provides a foundation for them within the size of a matchbox

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Latest tech with Windows 10 

The ARCHOS PC Stick runs Windows 10, the latest Windows technology, right out of the box. Microsoft Office applications are already pre-installed on the ARCHOS PC Stick including Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile.

Users will also enjoy Cortana, the Windows personal assistant, as well as the full Windows 10 Store for access to applications that can customize and enhance the device. For the first time in Windows history, multiple desktops are also supported.

The ARCHOS PC Stick features an Intel Quad-Core processor and Intel HD Graphics, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and a micro-SD card slot for additional storage if needed.

The ARCHOS PC Stick truly is a computer that goes anywhere with you and adapts to many connectivity needs. It’s your data, your applications, and your life on-the-go. It will be available for back to school at £79.  For more information about ARCHOS products, please visit our web site: www.archos.com

 

 

 

ARCHOS PC STICK

 

Screen

Any screen with HDMI-in

 

Operating system

Windows 10

 

CPU

Intel® Atom™ Processor Z3735F / Quad-Core @ 1.33 GHz

 

GPU

Intel HD Graphic(Gen7) / Dual-Core

 

RAM

2 GB

 

FLASH

32 GB

 

Expandable Storage

Yes via Micro SD

 

Keyboard / mouse

Smartphone application

Bluetooth keyboard and mouse

 or RF keyboard and mouse (connected via USB port)

 

Connectivity

Wifi, RF, Bluetooth Smart Ready (4.0)Micro USB, USB

 
 

Size / Weight

113×37,6x14mm, 60g

 

Price

£79

 

 

By June 26, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Olixar Selfie Smart Pole

vlcsnap-2015-06-26-07h58m53s066Mobile Fun have sent over the Bluetooth selfie stick from Olixar, the Olixar Selfie Smart Pole is compatible with both Android 3.0 and above devices alongside iOS devices alike. Currently  reduced to £14.99 from £24.99 this Bluetooth allows for flexibility alongside some quality build aesthetics for any selfie needs out int he field.

  • Capture the perfect selfie
  • Built-in button to capture an image
  • Retractable pole for portability
  • Safety locks and shock absorbing material
  • Two smartphone mounts for greater compatibility
  • Case compatible
  • Compatible with Android 3.0, iOS 4.0 or later

You can grab one here:

http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/selfie-smart-pole-for-android-and-apple-devices-p48773.htm

By June 25, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing EasyAcc 4 Port USB Power Strip

vlcsnap-2015-06-24-18h39m29s776A floor power strip might not sound terribly exciting however EasyAcc have expanded upon the idea and injected four USB connectors to allow a flexible charging solution.

At £16.99 the 4 Port USB Strip might provide a flexible base for your charging needs.

Output and Compatibility: 

AC Power Socket x 2 
The power strip features two power sockets that can provide a steady power supply to devices such as desk lamps, hair dryers, fans, televisions, and computers. 
Note: The total amount of power required by the devices connected cannot exceed 2500W. 

DC 5V USB Port x 4 
It also comes with 4 USB output ports, which let you charge phones and tablets more easily. 

Power Switch 
The power switch lets you quickly and safely control the flow of electricity with a single touch. 

LED indicator 
The LED indicator makes it easy to see whether the power strip is connected to electricity or not. 

Materials 
The power strip is made of ABS, a tough, heat-resistant plastic that allows for the greatest possible safety during use. 

Technical Specifications 
Input voltage: 100V-240V 
Output voltage: AC 90V-240V 
Total power output: 2500W 
Size:180x106x41 mm 
Weight: 450 g 
Joule rating: 1700 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00PGY5AJQ

 

By June 24, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Felix WriteOn

vlcsnap-2015-06-22-07h11m01s663Following from the Felix Flipwrite we have a look at the Writeon, a stand alone keyboard without the folio back. Available for a mere $49.99 the Writeon is an ultra thin and light keyboard boasting 2 months of battery in a super lightweight design.

http://felixbrand.com/products/writeon

By June 23, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Felix HoldTight Bands

vlcsnap-2015-06-22-07h10m41s141Carrying both a wallet and a phone can be a chore, especially in the hot weather or heading for a night out. There seem to be a number of different solutions to combine these two daily pocket fillings requirements however Felix might have come up with a great alternative.

Allowing you to configure your own simple design Felix have launch a cover for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5/5S forms. This cover has elastic barriers on the rear side to hold a card, bundle of cash or picture in place and make it easily accessible yet secure.

You can check them out here:

http://felixbrand.com/products/holdtightbands

Available in a variety of colours for iPhone 6 and 5/5S for $14.99.

By June 22, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Felix FlipWrite

vlcsnap-2015-06-22-07h10m22s415There are many folio covers for the Apple IPad out there and some come with an addition keyboard attached to increase productivity and just increase the tablets abilities making it closer to a laptop.

Felix have released a new high-ish end folio combing a multi-angle setup and Bluetooth keyboard wrapped up in a durable high quality package with a couple of novel approaches.

The Felix FlipWite is available for $99.99 from this site:
http://felixbrand.com/products/flipwrite

The options cover most in of the larger iPad options options, sadly no Mini variant yet.

By June 17, 2015 Read More →

Ahead in the Clouds…

Ahead in the CloudsWhat is The Cloud?

So, what exactly is The Cloud?  Put into simple terms, Cloud Based Storage is a sort of online back -up, a means of saving files onto the Web rather than just your computer’s hard drive.  Your information and files can then be accessed from any computer, anywhere with a connection – which is virtually everywhere these days – just by logging in.

Compared to the potentially massive costs – in terms of both time and money spent – of running your own servers, and then the costs of any IT support if anything were to go awry – it can be relatively inexpensive as well as reassuring, too.

A bit concerned about putting all your information out there?  Don’t be, security has come on in leaps and bounds since the inception of Cloud-based storage, with the best business storage service providers using an encrypted connection when you upload or download a file, or when it’s synched across your devices.  The majority also encrypt the data when “at rest” – that is, when it’s stored on their servers – so even they will have no idea what you’re storing. 

What Benefits Does it Bring to your Business?

  1. Save everything.  Never, ever lose a file again.  Your files are stored securely, usually over multiple sites, meaning that in the event of a physical loss such as theft of office laptops, or disaster such as fire or flood, you don’t lose your files.  Of course, it makes sense to have more than one back up and store files locally as well.  There’s never anything wrong with a belt and braces approach.
  2. Automatic back-up.  It just happens, seamlessly and quietly in the background.  You need never fear a power cut or blue screen of death again.
  3. Convenience.  Files can be synched across all of your devices.  So, perhaps you’ve been working on a document but are meeting a client before heading home.  Save the document on to the cloud from your desktop, then continue editing it that evening, on, say a tablet to which that file is also synched.  In an age when many of us work from home, this is invaluable.
  4. Collaboration.  There are sharing mechanisms so you could securely share certain documents with staff or colleagues – either read-only or with anyone authorised (that is, those to whom you’ve chosen to give the log in details) being able to modify them.
  5. Money Saving. Possibly more cost-effective per gigabyte to store data, since Cloud service providers can provide the storage far more cheaply than you could provide the space on discs, plus offsite backup disks etc.
  6. Security.  Despite common fears, most cloud storage providers will have far stronger security than the average business has in place.  Cloud providers are like any other major Internet company with regard to their procedures to protect themselves from being hacked. However in their case their entire business and reputation would be irreparably damaged if they were breached.  Just make sure your password is totally different from any others (perhaps even consider a password manager… but that’s a whole other story) and if possible enable two factor authentication.
  7. Choice.  There are now countless Cloud service providers out there, so you should be able to find exactly the service and provider that fits your requirements.  Budget is a major factor, but security is paramount.  Look for good tech support, and is data-only backup enough or do you need full disaster recovery.  There’s a provider for every business.

In this day and age, storing everything in the Cloud is definitely the way to get ahead – and stay there.

San-iT are a North West based company offering a range of Cloud services and cloud support options for your business.

 

 

Posted in: Editorial
By June 12, 2015 Read More →

Sony’s RX100 IV and RX10 II Professional Grade Cyber-shots

sonySony has announced two of the most advanced, versatile Cyber-shot cameras ever to come to market, the compact RX100 IV (model DSC-RX100M4) and high-zoom RX10 II (model DSC-RX10M2) cameras.

The two new models both feature the world’s first 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with advanced signal processing and an attached DRAM memory chip. The high speed signal processing and DRAM memory chip work together to enable more than 5x faster readout of image data and are responsible for a variety of standout features that have previously been available in only a select few professional-level video cameras. These impressive capabilities include 40x super slow motion video capture at up to 1000fps, an ultra-fast Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000 second, high resolution 4K movie shooting and more.

Up to 40x Super Slow Motion Shooting

A first for Sony consumer cameras, the new RX100 IV and RX10 II both have the ability to record super slow-motion video at up to 40x slower than the standard rate, allowing users to capture and replay fleeting moments of action with incredible detail, resolution and clarity.

Prior to shooting, users will have the ability to choose among 1000fps, 500fps and 250fps frame rates and among 50p and 25p playback formats to optimise the recording to fit the speed of the moving subject, with the option to use the movie record button as a ‘start trigger’ to begin recording once button is pressed or ‘end trigger’ to record footage up until the button is pressed. The ‘end trigger’ mode lets shooting begin 2 to 4 seconds before the movie button is pressed, enabling shooters to capture the decisive moment with much more consistency and accuracy. For reference, two seconds of movie footage shot at 1000fps and 25p would take about 80 seconds to play back.

High Speed Shutter, High Speed Shooting

The impressive speed and power of the 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with an attached DRAM chip allows the new RX100 IV and RX10 II to perform exceptionally well while capturing fast-moving subjects.

Specifically, it’s fast processing capability results in continuous speeds at up to 16 fps on the RX100 IV and up to 14 fps on the RX10 II for an extended period of time.

Additionally, the ultra-fast readout of the image sensor is responsible for the high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum speed of 1/32000 second), which allow the new cameras to capture sharp, crystal clear images with a wide open aperture at brightness levels up to EV19. It also minimises the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects. This allows photographers and videographers to capture beautiful content with sharply focused subjects and defocused backgrounds under some of the most difficult, bright lighting conditions.

High Precision Direct 4K Movie Recording

The new RX100 IV and RX10 II models are the first Cyber-shot cameras to offer the advantages of 4K (QFHD 3840×2160) movie recording. The cameras utilise full pixel readout without pixel binning to ensure that all the finer details of 4K video are captured with minimal moire and ‘jaggies’. These high-quality results are achieved through use of the XAVC S codec, which records video at a high data rate of 100 Mbps during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during full HD shooting.

The capacity for shooting 4K differs slightly on each of the two cameras, as the more professionally styled RX10 II can shoot 4K video at extended lengths (up to 29 minutes in Europe), while the more casual, pocket-friendly RX100 IV can shoot 4K clips at up to about 5 minutes in length. Additional professional calibre video features on both of the new cameras include Picture Profile, S-Log2/S-Gamut, and more.

Both cameras also have advanced dual video recording functionality, allowing shooters to capture 16.8 MP still images during 4K video recording in any of 11 different composition patterns simply by pressing the shutter button.

Versatility in Design, High Speed AF

The new RX100 IV maintains the compact, pocket-sized design of the RX100 family, and has a ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T 24-70mm (35mm equivalent) F1.8-F2.8 lens, while the new RX10 II maintains the same body design as the original RX10 and has a ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) F2.8 lens.

Each of the cameras is equipped with a new high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with approximately 2.35 million dots of resolution, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality. The RX100 IV maintains the convenient retractable EVF with ZEISS® T* coating from the RX100 III model that debuted last year.

Both of the two new models feature an upgraded Fast Intelligent AF system that enables high-speed, high-precision contrast detection of a moving subject in as little as 0.09 seconds. Sony’s proprietary AF algorithm allows them to recognise and lock-in on a subject with a simple half-press of the shutter button at a much more efficient rate compared to previous models. The new cameras are also Wi-Fi® and NFC™ compatible and can access Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Applications. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca.

Aesthetically, both of the new models feature a variety of customisable controls and buttons to fit any shooter’s style. The RX10 II adds dust and moisture resistance as well.

There is also a new stylish soft carrying case for, model LCS-RXG, that has been introduced. Made of quality natural leather and available in brown and black colours, it is an ideal complement to the sleek designs of all the RX100 series cameras including the new RX100 IV model.

The RX100 IV and RX10 II will start shipping in Europe in summer 2015. The RX100 IV will be priced at approximately €1,150 and the RX10 II will be priced approximately €1,600.

Posted in: Cameras, News