Archive for 2015

By October 13, 2015 Read More →

Debo Steadyvid EX Video Stabilizer Unboxing

vlcsnap-error287The Debo Steadyvid EX Video Stabilizer is a video stabilizing system designed to help  reduce shake and stabilize video on cameras and camcorders weighting up to 2.1 lbs (0.95kg). The Steady Vid EX features aluminum construction, comfort grip handle, super-smooth gimbal, polished chrome counter-weight, sprit level, rubberized camera mount and thumb stabilizer. The Steady Vid EX is probably the most affordable full-featured stabilizer on the market. 

Features:
1.Supports digital cameras and camcorders up to 2.1 lbs 
2.Comfort grip handle 
3.Super gimbal for smooth, accurate motion 
4.Polished chrome counter-weight 
Specifications:
Load Capacity: 2.1 lbs (0.95kg) 
Construction: Aluminum body, rubber padded handle, polished chrome counterweight
Package Contents :
Stabilizer x1

By October 12, 2015 Read More →

Brew Barrel unboxing and review

vlcsnap-error720Here at TracyandMatt we entertain every gadget that comes our way, someone, somewhere will be interested. Every once in a while a product pops up that isn’t really tech related but for the greater good we have to knuckle down and experience the product, up close and personal. Take for example, beer. One of the most important staples in many of our lives and we are so dedicated to our responsability we will risk everything to report back to you that a home brewing kit is good or bad.

Brew Barrel are far from a one trick pony and offer a great solution to the bar at an upcoming party you might be throwing. With the ability to brew 5 litres of Pilsnser, Lager, Wheat beer, Pale Ale or Dark Beer infused with a flavour of your choice, be it Oak, Bourbon Timber, Lemon Grass, even Raspberry and Hersbrucker are on the long list of additions in one go there is certainly a lot to choose from. Keeping the price to £25.00 per barrel with an additional flavour between £1.50 and £3.00, this £30 solution works out charger than the cost at the pump in your local (depending on your location) and you have the satisfaction that “I made that.” The Brew Barrel kit is easy to follow, well thought out and pleasant to put together. 

 

Check out Brewbarrel and order one!

By October 11, 2015 Read More →

Whats new on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the UK?

vlcsnap-error709Lets take a look as what is new to watch on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the UK from 05th – 11th October.

 

 

By October 10, 2015 Read More →

Suaoki 3 Port USB Car Charger review

P1020353There is a good chance that your dashboard is becoming more cluttered. A phone in a mount, a dashcam and a dedicated GPS are popular additions to the control centre of the average car. However, looking at the layout of the dashboard there is one glaring problem that anyone with more than one mounted dashboard device has had to tackle, the single cigarette lighter socket. Most cars have them and car manufactures are not jumping onboard the multi USB socket as of yet. Using the cigarette lighter is still the main source of power for the majority of drivers out there.

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There are several accessories out there that remedy this problem however Suaoki have developed a little entry to the market that is worth writing about, the Suaoki USB car charger. The simple fact that makes this plugin device so attractive is the size, it’s very small. Initially, when Suaoki sent one over I might have actually taken a couple of days to even open the Amazon packaging. I am very glad I did,

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This is a typical USB adapter that features a fantastic build quality, low price, is flexible to your needs, looks great and performs even better. I would honestly say this is a perfect fit,

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From the outset the USB adapter comes with a clever configuration, a 2 port plug is £7, 3 ports are £9 and 4 ports will set you back only £11. It is true that you can get cheaper elsewhere however they will either be larger or flimsy.

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The Suaoki has a very small footprint and does not overhang as much as other USB adapters, it also has a solid finish. Whilst the plug itself is plastic the visible base containing the ports is faux metal and really gives the unit a more robust feel.

You can purchase the Suaoki 7.2A 36W 3 Port USB Car Charger from Amazon for £8.99 

By October 9, 2015 Read More →

Archos and Sikur deliver privacy with GranitePhone

graniteARCHOS today announces the forthcoming availability of thousands of the GranitePhone by SIKUR, allowing both companies to enter the global market of private communications smartphones, where the need for voice and data protection is a growing concern.

The GranitePhone, unveiled at MWC, has immediately attracted the attention of government, defense agencies as well as private companies and individual users concerned by their privacy, generating huge quantities of pre-sales on the Granitephone website.

With a 5 inch screen Full HD, Granite OS, 4G and a 16MP camera the phone has all the latest hardware specs along with an unrivaled focus on security, eliminating loopholes which could allow data theft and spying.

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The security architecture has been carefully designed with multiple layers of protection to mitigate security issues whilst still delivering the best in mobile technology today.

For additional flexibility, the device’s data storage is also kept in an encrypted form in the cloud so that GranitePhone’s users can access safely to their data from anywhere, using SIKUR applications.

They can do so from a computer and from other mobile devices, either Android and even iOS, which ensures great flexibility without compromising privacy.

“ARCHOS, through its subsidiary Logic Instrument is pleased to have been selected as industrial and development partner for this project as the demand for secured mobile solutions is increasing” says Loïc POIRIER CEO of ARCHOS.

“With GranitePhone, you can create a corporate digital environment, secure for the exchange of strategic information, without compromising productivity and speed offered by mobile devices,” says Frederico D’Avila, CEO of Sikur.

The GranitePhone, the first smartphone entirely focused on user privacy can be ordered through the website www.granitephone.com

By October 9, 2015 Read More →

Kitsound Boombar 2 Unboxing

KitSound BoomBar 2 UnboxingThe Kitsound Boombar 2 is a gorgeous lump of speaker that comprises of three main pros, is priced nicely, it looks great and it delivers decent sound.

We are seeing an influx of affordable portable speakers that manage to a great sound however none look as impressive as this and whilst it does not carry water resistance a price tag of £70 makes this a device worth looking at.

An upgraded version of our already impressive BoomBar, this portable wireless speaker also features a passive bass radiator but is twice as powerful.

Powerful, Detailed Sound

Despite being just a little bit bigger than our original BoomBar, this wireless speaker, with its passive radiator, is twice as powerful and twice as detailed, especially when positioned on the floor, as its angular design throws sound upwards.

Ultra Portable

We think our BoomBar 2 – with its carry case, built-in rechargeable battery for up to 10 hours of music play time and wireless connectivity – is the perfect modern equivalent of the boombox. You can easily pop the BoomBar 2 in its carry case into your bag for a long weekend away, or a spontaneous trip to the park.

Bluetooth Connectivity

The BoomBar 2’s simple pairing process makes it extremely easy to wirelessly connect to your smartphone, tablet, MP3 player or other Bluetooth device, but there’s also a 3.5 mm aux-in port to let you connect other devices too.

Make and Receive Calls

The perfect all-round wireless speaker, the BoomBar 2 also acts as a speakerphone, with a built-in mic and hands-free function allowing you to easily take calls using the simple control buttons.

The KitSound BoomBar 2

According to hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy, the genre owes much of its success to boomboxes. Welcome to the natural heir of the boombox: the KitSound BoomBar 2. 

About KitSound

We are craftspeople. We are musicians. We are KitSound™ and we all commit ourselves to achieving one shared goal: Bringing people closer to their music. By understanding music we stay true to its craft. Pure, rich, incredible sound. We settle for nothing less. 

Specifications: 

 S/N: 65 dB
 Bluetooth range: up to 10 m
 Frequency response: 60 Hz – 20 kHz
 Drivers: 2 x 50 mm
 Output RMS: 2 x 5 W @ 2 ohm

By October 7, 2015 Read More →

Inateck 4-Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hub unboxing

CaptureThe Inateck 4-Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hub has a lot to offer for a small desktop peripheral. Not only is it compatible with Stand Function for iPad, iPhone, Samsung and More, provide 4 connections to your PC, Macbook or Chromebook at rates of up to 5Gbps but you get a little lip at the front to act as a phone cradle. Don’t believe me? Watch the video.

You can pick one up on Amazon for £12.99:

4-port USB3.0 Desktop Hub 
With 4 USB3.0 ports, this Inateck desktop hub can connect 4 USB devices, like keyboard, mouse and USB flash drive at the same time, which needs no extra power. Free yourself from cable-chaos and put your desktop back in order Better work efficiency with nice mood.

With tablet/smartphone Stand
Want to save more space on your desktop while data transferring from your smartphone or tablet to your laptop? This handy USB3.0 hub with device stand could perfectly meet your needs. Four rubberized feet could keep your tablet or smartphone stable and secure. The streamline design slot allows your device lining on the hub while transferring. 

Four Super Speed ports 
VL812 chipset boost the transfer rates up to 5Gbps, set aside less time for syncing and more time for work.

Eco-friendly Material
This little compact handy gadget was built in PE materials, which makes it lightweight and Ultra-slim. What a great companion for your laptop with additional four ports.

LED Indicates Device Status
The Blue LED indicator on the hub shows the working status of USB data transfer. Lights off when connecting with some non-data-transfer devices, like USB fan or cooler.

Note
In order to take full advantage of the stand function, please make sure the thickness of the devices do not exceed 11mm

Specification 
USB Port Type: 4 USB 3.0 ports
Chipset: VL812
Size: 85*65*26 mm
Feature: Stand Function for Tablets and Smartphones

You can pick one up on Amazon for £12.99:

By October 7, 2015 Read More →

Low Power Wide Area Networks coming next year

picowanPicoWAN’s aim is to be the first LP-WAN (Low Power – Wide Area Network) RF network for connected objects, which will be collaborative, global, cross-border and available at a very low price. It will be launched in Europe from June 2016.

“PicoWAN is a project close to my heart. I have been deeply involved in the development and have even filed 3 patents,” announces Henri CROHAS, President of ARCHOS. “The potential is huge.”

A revolution in the Internet of Things

The key to this innovation is a unique wireless communications network protocol based on the use of pico-gateways, as opposed to rooftop concentrators and antennas, which come in the form of smart plugs connected to the internet via WiFi or Ethernet. Embedding a LoRa™ IC, the range of pico-gateways is potentially as long as the sophisticated antenna gears installed on rooftops by telcos. As a result of its low-cost and its easy installation inside buildings, the network can be densified at will and made fail–safe, penetrate very deep indoor resulting in a much higher QoS (Quality of Service).

A collaborative network at a very low price

The cost of a pico-gateway is some 100 times less than the cost of a rooftop installation. Instead of investing tens of million euros in infrastructure, PicoWAN will create a highly competitive LP-WAN thanks to the viral diffusion of very low-cost pico-gateways.

To ensure the deployment of a global network throughout Europe, PicoWAN plans to distribute up to 200,000 free pico-gateways by the end of 2016.

PicoWAN will offer a subscription plan starting at £0.50 pence per year, per connected object. Those who will deploy pico-gateway networks locally will receive up to 50% of the income resulting from the connections passing through their pico-gateways.

Optimal compatibility with connected objects

The software embedded in connected objects will be freely available to all developers and integrators developing on vertical or consumer markets, who can then set up their own IoT networks. This technology will facilitate the launch of multiple connected objects in all domains (health, agriculture, home automation, industry, and more), instantly supported by the PicoWAN network anywhere.

All LoRaWANTM objects can be made compatible with ease.

Join us at the Mobile Word Congress in Barcelona in February 2016 for a demonstration of PicoWAN network.

By October 6, 2015 Read More →

A gorgeous AOC IPS displays with asymmetric stand

aocDisplay specialist AOC extends the range of its Style line displays with two new models, which are a feast for the eye even when turned off: the nearly borderless design of the AOC I2481FXH (23.8″ / 60.5 cm) and AOC I2781FH (27″ / 68.6 cm) combined with a unique asymmetric metal stand make them stand out from the crowd. But they really come into their own when switched on: their IPS panels ensure highest-grade colour fidelity, sharp contrasts and stunning details for simply brilliant images.

Unique, premium stylish design
The 23.8″ (60.5 cm) AOC I2481FXH and the 27″ (68.6 cm) AOC I2781FH make a bold design statement with their asymmetric metal stands, a feature unique to these AOC monitors. To add to their good looks, both feature ultra slim, nearly borderless frames: the bezel of the 23.8″ AOC I2481FXH is a mere 7.5 mm wide, whereas the 27″ I2781FH model’s is just 9.9 mm slim. This way, they are an appealing addition to any style-conscious user’s desktop.

Brilliant images, wide viewing angles
The two monitors impress even more when turned on: thanks to their IPS panels with the Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, users enjoy not just wide viewing angles of 178° but also brilliant images with highest-grade colour fidelity, impressive contrast and stunning detail. AOC’s Flicker FREE Technology regulates brightness without flickering to ensure a zero-flickering viewing experience with reduced eye strain even during longer periods in front of the monitor.

Versatile and practical
Thanks to two HDMI connectors and one VGA socket, both monitors can easily be connected to various devices including DVD players, game consoles or whatever fits the user’s lifestyle best. For comfortable listening without disturbing others, users can plug in their earphones right into the display’s headphone jack.

The AOC I2481FXH will be available October 2015; the AOC I2781FH will follow in December. Their MSRPs will be £139 and £199 respectively. As with all of its displays, AOC offers a 3-year warranty with on-site exchange service.

By October 6, 2015 Read More →

Wileyfox Swift Unboxing

vlcsnap-error452Wileyfox is a new name on the block and they are here to impress. The Swift delivers outstanding specifications at an incredible market beating price. 4G LTE connectivity, stunning picture quality from the 13MP rear camera and a quad core Snapdragon™ 410 processor brings this phone to the forefront of affordable smartphone technology.

 

Featuring:

  • Cyanogen OS 12.1 (based on Lollipop 5.1.1.)
  • 13MP primary camera, 
  • 5MP front camera,
  • a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916, 
  • 16GB ROM +
  • 2GB RAM, 
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB, 
  • Dual SIM functionality,
  • 4G LTE, 
  • 5″ HD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 IPS Display

Cyanogen OS is used in place of a typical flavour of Android to incease customization, privacy & security, and enhanced experiences. 

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