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By April 1, 2015 Read More →

Top 3 Things to Consider when Buying a TV

Plasma_TV_Panasonic_TX-P_46_G_15_E_Front-650x447When considering buying a TV, most people only think of two factors; size and cost. To get a TV that is worth your money, you must look at other important aspects. The level of complexity that is compounded by the ever changing technology makes it hard to differentiate a great TV from a poor one; to the eye, they all look the same.

 

Source: www.gadgetreview.com

Here are some of the important aspects you should consider before buying a TV. 

Finance:

When it comes to buying the TV you may have to consider a tv on finance option. Many online stores now allow you to buy now and pay later or spread the cost over several months. Some even allow you up to 12 months interest free credit.

Display type:

The different display types available include LCD, LED, OLED, and plasma. Plasma display is ideal for relatively big TVs as they tend to have higher contrast ratio and excellent color quality. The problem with plasma TVs is low brightness which makes them prone to ambient light. LCD TVs are cheap and are more energy efficient than plasmas however, they have limited viewing angles. LED TVs are just LCD TVs that uses LEDs as a backlight and are more energy efficient compared to LCD TVs. OLED TVs feature one of the latest technologies to offer a more superior picture quality though they still get affected with glare.

Colour Depth:

This is the ability of the TV to reproduce more realistic images that are satisfying to the human eye. For a real bargain-priced TV, the bit depth should be “8 bits per channel’’ or more. TVs with a low colour depth give images that look exaggerated. 

Inputs: 

Most TVs comes with most essential inputs such as the coaxial F connector. But if you are planning on watching HD content, you should always choose one with a HDMI input. The higher the number of inputs, the better as you get many options to choose from. You can even enjoy old school movies from your old video recorder. HDCP input technology allows you to watch content from Blu-ray players. 

Manufacturer:

A TV can range in price massively depending solely on the brand name. Checking out customer reviews of the model you’re looking to buy is a great way of determining if you’re money is best spent elsewhere. There are a lot of new brands on the market offering TV’s for very cheap prices, however, the TV itself may only last a few months!

 

By April 1, 2015 Read More →

D-Link Monitor HD Unboxing – mydlink Home Part III

vlcsnap-2015-03-31-22h20m29s247This third and penultimate video in the mydlink Home series features a simple 720p camera for inclusion in the security suite. An attractive, if unremarkable, unit that serves as both a motion and sound detector and allows the user to live stream video to their mobile device.

You can see the first part here, the D-Link Smartplug Unboxing and the second part here, the D-Link Wi-Fi Motion Sensor.

 

 

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By April 1, 2015 Read More →

First Direct to launch new #@&? Jar saver app!!!

Screenshot 2015-03-31 17.43.29Finding new ways to put aside a bit of extra cash is not easy, so first direct has created a unique way to help its customers get in to the savings habit. The new #@&? Jar app allows people to put money aside for a rainy day, without changing their day to day behaviour.

The new app has been designed to ‘hear’ all the user’s swear words, automatically transferring money from their linked current account into their designated saving account.
Innovative voice recognition software identifies the user’s voice, so they only put money aside for their swearing slip-ups. The app then simply listens out for the user to say one of the words from a list of over 200 profanities such as ******, ******** and **********, helping them reach their savings goal in no time.

If users find their choice language is costing them too dearly, they can adjust the settings to add or remove certain words and set time limits for when the app will ‘listen’ to their language.
Zoe Shore, Head of Customer Communications at first direct commented;

“We’re always looking for new ways to engage our more mobile-savvy customers.

“Given the increased propensity for swearing these days, it seemed a perfect way to achieve something positive from what many consider to be negative. I for one think it’s a great way to get in to a savings habit.”

Look out for further announcements of when trials will begin. Put your money where your mouth is the new #@&? Jar app is set to revolutionise saving!

 

By March 31, 2015 Read More →

D-Link Wi-Fi Motion Sensor Unboxing – mydlink Home Part II

vlcsnap-2015-03-30-18h18m30s60We continue with the selection of home security items D-Link sent and explore a simple solution. This is the second of three products we will be looking at that work on the same platform and help notify you of any activity around your home you might not be aware of.

The mydlink Wi-Fi Motion Sensor is a simple plug with sensors built in to help monitor and area of your home for alert you of movement and perhaps take action.

You can see the first part here, the D-Link Smartplug Unboxing

 

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By March 30, 2015 Read More →

D-Link Smartplug Unboxing – mydlink Home Part I

vlcsnap-2015-03-30-07h38m58s120D-Link have sent a selection of their home security gizmos and together they work as a team to keep your home a little safer. Over the next three days we will be looking at three products that work on the same platform and help notify you of any activity around your home you might not be aware of.

The mydlink Home Smartplug is a simple automated plug system for activating or deactivating a piece of hardware whilst not being in the same area. Be it a lamp switching on in the evening whilst on holiday, regulating children’s game console playtime or simply turning off a TV at the wall to save a little power, the Smartplug helps give a little piece of mind.

 

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By March 29, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Kitvision Escape Action Camera

vlcsnap-2015-03-29-15h50m47s166The Kitvision Escape Action camera is a cheap GoPro alternative. Costing as little as £35 on some websites the Escape is more than capable of capturing the action with little to worry the user if it were to be lost or broken.

In addition to the camera Kitvision also includes several useful add-ons to make mounting the camera easier. Included are a Bicycle mount, Helmet mount, Adhesive mounts, Tripod adaptors and Camera adaptors.

 

Specifications
Video: HD 720p, 1280×720 pixels
Lens: 120 A+ HD wide-angle lens
Video Resolution: 1280 x 720 / 30fps, 640 x 480 / 30fps
Still images: 1.3MP
Video format: AVI
Photo format: MJPEG
Screen: 1.5 inch LCD
Micro SD card slot: Yes, up to 32 GB
Built-in rechargeable battery: Yes – 900mAh
Photo Modes: Single shot / Timed / Continuous
Frequency: 50 Hz / 60 Hz
USB Interface: USB 2.0
Power Consumption: 260 mA @ 4.2V
Recording Time per charge: About 90 minutes (based on highest settings)
Operating System: Windows XP / Vista or Above / Win7 / Mac OS
Dimensions (mm): 59.27 x 41.13 x 29.28
Weight: 58 g

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By March 27, 2015 Read More →

THE INSURANCE T&Cs YOU WISH YOU’D SEEN – GADGET EDITION

470807_TotalCoverage_PQ_v4.psbComplaints about insurance are commonplace, but now buyers of gadget insurance may have more reason to complain than others.

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) recently stated that it had seen a doubling of the number of complaints about gadget insurance throughout 2014 – more notably, it found that approaching half of all claims turned down were incorrectly turned down.

The FOS found that insurers had applied the terms of the contracts incorrectly to valid claims – that or, as the BBC reported, the terms were “so ambiguous it was hard to see how anyone could make a successful claim”.

 

The best gadget insurance – or is it?

This prompted Bought By Many to look at the best gadget insurance policies on the market and see if the terms were clear to us. Our review included Gadget Cover Supercover, i-Digital Premier, Insure My Pocket Platinum, Insure My Mobile Phone Gold, Protect Your Bubble,Gadgetbuddy.com, Switched On Insurance, and Helpucover.

What they found was surprising – so, they have laid out the top unexpected policy terms to help you be armed when you go looking for your policy.

 

How to tell if you have the best gadget insurance

1. 14 days…

Many people are familiar with a “14 day cooling off period” from phone and broadband contracts – that is a period after purchase when you as a customer can cancel the contract with no penalty.

Several of the top gadget policies reviewed contained a 14 day cooling off period but also a 14-day ‘exclusion period’. This stipulates that for 14 days after purchase, you cannot make a claim. It’s reasonable to expect you are covered from the moment you have bought your insurance, but here that may not be the case.

2. Travel

Some travel insurance policies won’t cover you for high value electrical items (a select few will), so people naturally expect their gadget policy will. All of the top end policies sampled allowed a period of time abroad per year, but the lowest was only 30 days – 3 long holidays could put you close to that limit, and the strict wording we reviewed would then mean any claim (relating to the travel or not) could be denied.

3. Not all gadgets are created equal

All policies reviewed had an age restriction on the gadgets – the lowest required that the gadget had to be under 18 months old on the day you take the policy out.

Some others required that the gadget were bought from a UK retailer, therefore excluding online auctions like eBay or foreign purchases brought back from holidays. Some also specified different excesses, depending on the gadget type insured.

4. Unattended?

Some would say that if you leave your phone on the dash in your car window then you deserve what you get. Insurers would tend to agree as they commonly had a definition of “unattended” which might include leaving a gadget in a car, leaving it out of sight or even in one policy “beyond arm’s reach”.

The terms may be more stringent than expected – in some policies reviewed, it was ambiguous over whether leaving your phone on a table with a friend was considered “unattended” or not.

 

Home insurance for gadgets

Those who have been listening in their insurance classes will know that your boring old home insurance can include cover for mobiles and other gadgets as named items.

The cover can sometimes work out cheaper than buying gadget insurance separately – though you do need to take care to make sure you’re getting the same kind of cover, as most home insurance policies would require upgrade options to ensure you are covered for accidental damage and when taking your items out of your home. By contrast, these are standard features on many gadget policies.

We hope this helps you in getting to grips with your gadget cover, demystifying some of the world of insurance and helping to navigate if you have a complaint!

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By March 19, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing the Piper NV from iControl

vlcsnap-2015-03-18-18h12m11s186Piper are a high end home security system innovator. The Piper nv is their latest hardware combining an attractive design with simple accessibility to make you and your home more secure. Priced at roughly £217 this camera features night vision, easy to installation and a clean and intuitive control software. The app is only compatible with iOS or Android and there is no Mac or PC interface, not to mention Windows Phone. Check the video below as I set this up and have a play with some of the features including the bundled Z-wave plug adapters.

 

For more information about Icontrol Networks and Piper visit icontrol.com and getpiper.com.

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By March 18, 2015 Read More →

The Mobile Tech Addicts Show 232 : All hands on the One

Podcast-Logo_thumb.jpgGareth, Jay, Dan, Phil and Matt get together for another chat about the most recent tech news. Matt has spent a stolen weekend with the HTC One (M9,) Net Neutrality becomes a bit of a problem here in the UK and 

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Phones

HTC One M9 Hands-on video – and, in the USA they’ll replace your M9 for free if you break it!

Huawei Honor 6 Unboxing #ForTheBrave

Fancy designing helping Huawei design the Honor 6? #HonorDesign

The Saygus V2 will raise your eyebrows

Microsoft testing Windows 10 ‘upgrade’ from Android

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Edge preorders open on Friday

Phil’s EE boggle

Tablets

Chromebook Pixel 2 quietly appears

Wearables

Neptune Duo 

Other Shi…zzzle

Samsung LifeLIVE bring parents together

Sky made to give customer details to Copyright Troll

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

Listener Garden

Thanks for the unboxing movie of the E355. I have the E355 which I’m trying to connect to 2 range extenders – a WS320 and a WS322 without success, despite it seemingly being a simple operation! The operation is described as making the hardware talk to each other with the correct sequencing of pushing WPS buttons. The thing is that the E355 doesn’t have a WPS button.  . I’m assuming there’s an alternate process but I can’t find it! Please help.

All the best, Mark

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Honor 4X £144.99

MY KRONOZ ZeBracelet 2 £58.00

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By March 18, 2015 Read More →

HTC One M9 Hands-on video

onem9w2.0A few weeks ago HTC announced their latest flagship smartphone in the form of the HTC One M9. Building upon the successes of last year’s HTC One M8, the M9 shares a lot of the design heritage of its predecessors. You’ll find the aluminum uni-body construction is still a key focus of the range, albeit that this model has a new and attractive two-tone finish.

One of the more significant differences is in the camera department. Remember the 4mp camera with Ultrapixel technology that HTC have been trying to win us over with for the past two years? Well in a 180 degree u-turn, literally, the 4mp shooter has been removed as the primary camera and transplanted on to the front of the M9 as a its ‘selfie’ camera. While the primary camera now a more ‘conventional’ 20mp unit. In fact, having an Ultrapixel camera as the forward facing makes a lot of sense.

The M9 packs a decent spec, details of which you can find below, but it has been met with something of a mixed reception with claims that it’s nothing but a refresh from one side and those that hail it as a revolution.

In the video below you can see me going hands-on with the M9 and I’ll show you some of the hardware features and then run a benchmark.

There a a few more videos to follow where I look at the OS/UI in more detail as well as going in-depth with the cameras.

 

 

HTC One M9 Specification:

  • Dimensions :    144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm (5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 in)
  • Weight:     157 g (5.54 oz)
  • Nano-SIM
  • Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • HTC Sense UI 7.0
  • Android OS, v5.0.x (Lollipop)
  • Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810
  • CPU:     Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57
  • GPU:     Adreno 430
  • microSD, up to 128 GB
  • Memory:    32 GB, 3 GB RAM
  • Primary Camera:     20.7 MP, 5376 x 3752 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Secondary Camera:     4 MP, [email protected], HDR
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
  • Bluetooth     v4.1, A2DP, apt-X
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • NFC
  • Infrared port
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3.0 TV-out), USB Host
  • Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
  • Non-removable Li-Po 2840 mAh battery