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By September 14, 2015 Read More →

Huawei P8 Max in 60 Seconds

vlcsnap-error880The Huawei P8Max is a phablet device that combines high level specs into a gorgeous, sleek body. Running a Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53, 6.8 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels display, 64 GB ROM, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP 4160 x 3120 pixel rear camera and 4360 mAh battery, there is a lot to like in the P8Max. It’s certainly suits the Luxurious Gold colouring and won’t have trouble catching the envious eye of anyone nearby.

 

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By September 14, 2015 Read More →

enCharge Folding Solar Storage Power for Smartphones and Tablets Unboxing

vlcsnap-error008Mobilefun have very kindly sent over a folding solar power supply. This renewable energy solution boasts that it can charge a smartphone or tablet when away from home and no access to a plug. Using four solar panel the enChange captures the suns light and stores the energy in an attached 8000mAh battery for future use. With a 5V output the enChange can pass this power to a phone or tablet once in need.

  • Solar charging for outdoor activities
  • Portable folding storage
  • 8000mAh battery capacity for smartphones and tablets
  • Lightning, Micro USB and Galaxy Tab charging adapters
  • USB port for charging a wide variety of devices
  • LED indicator light
  • Solar: (MAX.) 5W 5V,1000mAh
  • Input: DC5V, 1A
  • Output: DC5V, 1.5A
  • LED: 1.5W
  • Folding Size: 179 x 105 x 39mm
  • Expand Size: 550 x 179 x 15mm
  • Weight: 490g

The charging solution has recently received a drop in price to £39.99 from £69.99 and will certainly come in useful when travelling. 

By September 12, 2015 Read More →

Panasonic go Curved for OLED #VieraVIPClub

P1020281For the last number of years televisions have been getting smarter and more technology has been added in to make a more attractive option for the consumer. Seen as something of a giant smartphone we have seen 3D displays, cameras and Skype integration, planners, social media taking a central position of the specifications list. Panasonic have been trying to keep up with the competition but developing a user friendly front end with an app system for their Viera range. This year it’s all change.

In a commendable effort Panasonic are focusing their expertise on picture quality and leaving other bells and whistles to 3rd parties. Announcing two Viera televisions at IFA 2015 in Berlin this year Panasonic are pushing to be second to none when it comes to image quality. A position they are easily going to achieve.

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Roving around the competitions at IFA it seems a lot of the other companies are interesting in two things, 98” behemoths or degrading the quality of the previous model to make their new line look all the more impressive, some companies more obviously than others. Panasonic opted to hang their latest panel beside a top end master screen used by Hollywood professionals for precise colour representation. A … move however an impressive one as the screen holds up to the superior picture of the master screen and help illustrate just how close you can get to an uber expensive professional master screen for the living room.

Leaving the smart end of the TV’s front end to Mozilla and their delicious Firefox OS Panasonic have put all of their efforts into the screen technology and getting the most out of the panel. The result is a mesmerizing curved OLED 4K Pro display dubbed CZ950. This is a real step forward for Panasonic having moved away from the Plasma and into the OLED field. Working with veteran Hollywood colourist Mike Sowa Panasonic are confident they have gotten their palette as close to the director original intention as a display can.

hiding inside the beautiful panel chassis is the magic processor that makes it all possible, the 4K Studio Master Pro processor. This is the mastermind behind the picture representation on the panel. Combined with the tuning from Hollywood experts the panel to creates the best picture quality and colour palette.

OLED creates an amazing black level due to the lack of a back light. Each Organic pixel LED light up on it’s own allowing the processor to control each and every pixel leading to unparalleled colour reproduction. This is the first 4K television to have the THX 4K certification, meaing the boffin’s at George Lucas’s THX labs have applied over 600 tests for colour accuracy and the panel has passed. 

To compliment the panel’s success Panasonic have gone the extra mile and designed a television that is beautiful when turned off. The rear of the panel is draped in a luxurious suede-like material called Alcantara. Additionally the screen is a mere few millimeters thick.

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Panasonic Viera TX-65CZ950V is a sight to behold, combining amazing picture quality, stylish looks and a massive picture in a small footprint this is the high end TV people have been looking for an certainly deserves a place at the top of the league. We will see this in store on October in the UK with RRP of £7,999.

By September 12, 2015 Read More →

Garmin combine Satnav and Dashcam in the nüviCam

image001Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. has launched the nüviCam, the first portable navigation device (PND) to feature a built-in dash cam and advanced alerts to enhance driver awareness on the road. Thanks to the integrated dash cam that continuously records and automatically saves files on impact, the nüviCam offers the protection of having an eyewitness that records exactly where and when events occurred.

One of the most comprehensive sat navs to ever hit the roads, the nüviCam offers the latest in premium driver-assist features typically found only in luxury vehicles. For example, Forward Collision Warning2 alerts drivers if they’re driving too close to the car ahead; Lane Departure Warning2 alerts will appear and sound if the driver drifts off the road or into oncoming traffic; and Garmin Real Vision™ takes the guess work out of deciphering hard-to-see house numbers by displaying the camera view along with a bright arrow to direct drivers where to go when approaching select destinations.

“The nüviCam goes beyond helping drivers get from Point A to Point B,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of worldwide sales. “The intuitive driver-assist features not only lessen the stress of getting you to your destination, but the nüviCam also provides peace of mind in knowing that your commute is being recorded and can be referenced should you need it.”

The nüviCam features a 6-inch pinch-to-zoom glass display with a high-definition dash cam built in to the back of the device. When powered on, the integrated dash cam continuously records on the included microSD card, and if an incident occurs, the device’s Incident Detection will automatically save files on impact. GPS records exactly where and when events occur and drivers can play back the video on the device or from a computer using garmin.com/dashcamplayer. There’s also a Snapshot feature on the nüviCam that allows drivers to capture still images in or outside of the vehicle if desired. The included magnetic mount enables the device to be easily and quickly secured or removed from the vehicle.
Other navigation features offered with safety and convenience in mind include voice-activated navigation that allows drivers to speak commands to the device while their hands stay safely on the wheel, and Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free calling (requires Bluetooth-enabled smartphone sold separately). Smartphone Link, a free mobile app that connects nüviCam with a compatible iPhone® or Android™ smartphone, can also provide real-time data services3, such as weather or safety cameras to the sat nav. Drivers can even pair the nüviCam with the Garmin BC™ 30 Wireless Backup Camera (sold separately) to see what’s behind their vehicle when they reverse.

To make sure drivers never miss a turn, the nüviCam utilises Active Lane Guidance, which uses a combination of voice prompts and visual cues to prepare users to drive through an exit or interchange with confidence. “Up Ahead” appears alongside the driving map and constantly informs of nearby services, including restaurants, fuel stations and rest areas, and spoken Garmin Real Directions™ guides drivers like a friend would, using recognisable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights. Additional features included are speed limit warnings, school zone warnings, PhotoReal Junction View, Bird’s Eye Junction View and preloaded Foursquare® data that adds millions of new and popular points of interest like restaurants, shops and more.

The nüviCam comes preloaded with detailed maps of Europe and free lifetime map4 updates are included to ensure the most up-to-date maps, points of interest and navigation information is available. This sat nav also features Garmin Digital Traffic via DAB, the best and fastest traffic solution available from Garmin, for the life of the device.

The nüviCam is the latest from Garmin’s consumer automotive segment, the leading worldwide provider of portable navigation devices for automobiles, motorcycles and trucks. Garmin’s user-friendly navigation solutions have innovative features that provide time- and fuel-saving benefits to meet the demands of everyday driving.

The Garmin nüviCam has a suggested retail price of £309.99. For more information, visit www.garmin.com/nuvi.

By September 11, 2015 Read More →

How video interview software can help grow your business

indexIt’s been said multiple times that time is money And this is key to how video interview software can help grow your business. 

Let’s sit down and do some simple math.  Imagine you’ve got a team of New Hires which need to be acquired in the next month for a division of your sales’ floor.  You’ve got to employ twenty of them, and you have a candidate pool that is four hundred strong.  Each of the candidates in this pool has qualifications which make them a fit for the position, but any hiring agent realises that how a person appears on paper, and how that person is in real life, aren’t the same thing.  Either the person over or under represents themselves; or there are outright lies on the paper.  This is why physical interviews are so important.  But the biggest component of a physical interview is the visual aspect.  Ergo, video interview selection software is a way to have your cake and eat it too.  Rather than coordinating four-hundred interviews and setting aside several valuable days of company time, you can just use some combination of automated video interviewing software, or online video interviewing software, to have a prospective candidate answer a few questions and help you determine immediately whether they fit the bill. 

So on the math end, if it takes ten minutes to conduct an interview and ten minutes to decide if an interviewee fits the requirements of your organization, then you can conduct three such interviews in an hour, or twenty-four in a day.  That’s assuming the day is eight hours.  Now most organizations allow for a one hour lunch/break combination throughout the day.  This means you can get twenty-four interviews completed over the course of nine hours if everything is proceeding ideally and there are no delays.  Let us continue from this assumption. 

If there are 400 applicants, you’re looking at 16.6 work days in order to find that 20 person sales team you are after.  If the hiring personnel are paid $20.00 an hour, you’re looking at a flat $3,000.00 for that hiring person to find your 20-person team. (16.6 work days X 9 hours (including break) per work day, X $20.00 = $3,000.00.)  By contrast, if you’re using automated video interviewing, the individual can make a determination based on several pre-prepared questions and isn’t required to sit through the entire interview.  In such a way you can zoom through the 400-person candidate list, find the twenty who best fit your needs, and conduct all twenty of those necessarily personal interviews in a single workday.  At most, you’re looking at 18 hours (two work days) multiplied by $20.00, which comes out to $360.00, or just over a tenth of the cost involved in interviews that aren’t conducted via video interview.  With arithmetic, it’s easy to see how video interview software can help grow your business.  Utilizing it in this scenario would save $2640.00 in a single month.  Imagine if you’ve got to hire a new sales team monthly.  Video interview software could save you around $32,000/year at the rates discussed here.

So when you ask how video interview software can help grow your business, numbers give a solid answer that’s difficult to contend against.  Sonru is a purveyor of video interview software that stands to save you thousands every year, if used correctly.  Imagine what you could do with an extra $32,000 in malleable assets annually available to your business.  Sonru can make such things a real possibility, allowing your business to grow unimpeded.  Contact Sonru for video interview solutions that are absolutely quantifiable.

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By September 11, 2015 Read More →

38 year-old Eutelsat poised to disrupt the mobile banking solutions market.

Demand for high-speed internet soars

Today’s consumers expect access to high-speed internet everywhere they go. They want to use their internet connected devices to get the information they need, whether they are meeting with friends and family at a coffeeshop, taking a vacation during the holidays, or camping at a remote location.

Before they decide where to spend their time outside of their homes, they first check whether the place they are going offers access to the internet. They want the ability to upload pictures and videos faster. They want to be able to download documents faster. And they want to watch videos at high-definition resolutions without buffering.

Because of that, businesses and public places that do not offer a way for consumers to connect to internet are having a hard time attracting customers. And they are losing business to those that make it possible for customers to connect anytime.

And it’s not just consumers that expect high-speed internet at the places they frequent.

Employees demand access to high-speed internet at the workplace too. The business applications they use everyday to get their jobs done and communicate with their colleagues are increasingly hosted on cloud-based servers, which can only be accessed through the internet. Employees feel unproductive without high-speed internet. And they are demanding better internet connectivity at work as a result.

 

Eutelsat delivers affordable high-speed internet

Eutelsat, a French-based satellite provider, has helped businesses meet the challenge of delivering high-speed internet to customers and employees since 1977, across all seven continents.

As one of the leading business internet providers in Europe, Eutelsat’s satellite services are used across a wide range industries, including automotive, banking, energy and utility, public and private safety, media, and tourism industries.

Several businesses count on Eutelsat to deliver fast broadband internet access to their customers and employees, making it one of the most trusted and reliable telecommunications companies in every country they operate in.

Tourists who stay at Recreatiepark Slot Cranendonck, a popular campsite in the Netherlands, are able to access the internet from 99% of the campsite after the campsite operators installed four small Eutelsat satellite dishes.

Installing the satellites has become a competitive advantage for Recreatiepark Slot Cranendonck because tourists choose to stay there instead of other campsites, who don’t have easy and high-speed internet access.

The broadband internet service also serves as an additional source of revenue for the campsite because customers don’t mind buying access codes to connect to the network. That makes it possible for the operators to cover the costs of installation and expand the service to other campsites they manage.

 

Eutelsat is ready to serve the underbanked

Due to the success Eutelsat has had with its toowayTM Business solutions in other industries, executives believe there’s an opportunity for more growth in the banking sector, specifically mobile banking solutions.

Africa and many remote rural areas across every continent lack access to banking outlets and cash machines because these locations don’t have the infrastructure needed to deliver these services. Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellites have the capacity to provide the secure and reliable broadband connectivity financial institutions need to reach the underbanked.

As one of the world’s leading satellite operators, with 38 years of experience commercializing capacity on 35 KA-SAT satellites across many industries and every continent, Eutelsat brings their market expertise to the banking sector as demand for high-speed internet soars in remote rural areas.

 

Summary

One of the world’s leading business internet providers that delivers global coverage for broadcast, data and broadband markets eyes the mobile banking solutions markets. Eutelsat wants to partner with banks to serve the underbanked everywhere.

By September 11, 2015 Read More →

More Than Self-Driving: Connected Cars Are Changing The Future

googlecar-e1401261602733Technology is quickly evolving and it is no surprise that it is being led by the car industry. From self-driving computers to electricity-powered engines, connected cars are becoming more advanced every day. You might be asking yourself, what exactly makes a car connected? A connected car is a vehicle equipped with Internet access. These vehicles usually have a wireless local area network and are capable to allow other nearby devices use the connection. In case you want to buy one of this cars used, we recommend to check this used car buying guide.

The world’s top automakers are developing these types of vehicles, but experts say there is still much work to be done. Making sure a car is connected and fully functional isn’t as easily accomplished as creating a smartphone or smaller device. Ironically, carmakers are teaming up with mobile companies to ease the development process. A perfect example is the recent partnership of General Motors and the mobile giant, AT&T. The company is predicting around $350 million worth of profits due to their plans to bring AT&T’s service to their line of connected cars. One carmaker has even bought out a wireless company and made it their own. Audi, BMW and Daimler have obtained the ruins of Nokia to help reduce their reliance on Google and Apple’s maps. This will allow the company more freedom in development, as giant outside tech companies seem to keep tight control over their products.

Not only does this connectivity mean more apps, music and entertainment, but also driving capabilities. Some of the recent technologies introduced to cars include controlled steering and GPS systems. Experts say this could lead to more enhanced tools, such as self-driving cars. These advancements mean carmakers are searching for the middle ground between the government’s safety regulations and the consumers’ demands. How do you provide endless connectivity and better safety? While connected cars have some very convenient uses, some worry these advancements pose risks?

There is also the issue of the learning curve for drivers. When purchasing this type of car, the consumer will need to learn about their vehicle’s tools and how to properly use them. These kinks will need to be worked out quickly for some drivers. In fact, in Europe all cars will have to reach a huge connectivity goal by 2015. A new law will make it mandatory that all cars are equipped with a system that is programmed to automatically contact emergency services in the event of a crash.

This is not the only way tech-savvy automobiles are changing the future, connected cars are also capable of saving lives on a massive scale.

These tools can be used to save lives during disasters. A perfect example of using these functions for emergency services is Thames Water, UK’s largest water and sewerage company. With such a large area of responsibility, the company looked for an efficient and cost-effective way to keep their customers safe and informed during a crisis, such as flooding. Thames Water turned to Wireless Innovation to renovate their emergency response vehicle. The most important aspect of the connected car was the high-speed broadband internet connection, which was possible with a connection to the KA-SAT satellite with a push of a button. The emergency vehicle is also equipped with full Wi-Fi capabilities, such as email, internet and VoIP calls. The car also has its own kubota generator and an electronic message sign to display important information to surrounding customers. This connected car has already had the opportunity to show off its full capabilities.

“During emergencies, such as last winter’s flooding, this vehicle becomes the focal point and control centre for those on the ground,” said Clive Dickens MBE, the Senior Technical Engineer for Operational Control at Thames Water. “With this refit, we have the very latest technology at our fingertips to quickly assess and respond to any emergency, while ensuring that we maintain clear communications with the local community, operations control centre and media.”

Not only are connected cars used in emergency and professional purposes, but the innovations are also making an impact on civilian life.

A fully functional “smart” car needs one very important tool to work: a reliable Internet. Many satellite internet providers are getting into this industry to help equip these cars with this valuable tool. The advancements that we will see in the automobile industry will surprise us as cars become more computers than transportation.

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By September 10, 2015 Read More →

Sony Xperia Z5 in 60 Seconds

vlcsnap-error184The Xperia Z range has always been on of the flaghip phones to consider the sleek build, Sony screen technology and high end specs are always enticing. The Z5 does not disappoint on paper nor in hand. Sony are keen to state their Snapdragon 810 avoids overheating issues by using a “dual-pipe” technology to avoid this common problem.

 

  • Processor:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor
  • Screen: 5.2” Full HD 1080p IPS display
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • ROM: 32gb + microSD card up to 200gb
  • Battery: 2700 mAh
  • OS: Android 5.1
  • Camera: 23MP camera with Exmor RS, 4K video capture + 5MP with Exmor R
  • Networks: LTE (4G + Cat6)
  • Connections: USB 2.0 microUSB

Killer feature: IP65 / IP68 dust-tight & waterproof with a capless USB!

 

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By September 10, 2015 Read More →

Lenovo – Making the heart go boom

P1020076For many a year Lenovo has had been a go to brand for a robust business solution with this Thinkpad line of laptops and desktops. A serious name that lead to serious solutions. This year we are getting a whole new Lenovo, whilst possessing the straight and serious edge that gained a prestigious reputation over the year we have been shown a lighter, fresher and altogether more cuddle side.

Entering from stage let is the new Lenovo, a Lenovo with a quickly design concept, a grasp on the modern tropes and an aim to please. Wearing a new badge that many will find hard to recognise Lenovo are engaging the public with an attitude to propel themselves into the heart of their customers to pull them back for more.

They are listening to what people want and making massive efforts to provide almost every desire coupled with an alternative, without pushing the customer to pay over the odds. This change is happening across the board, not just a simple flip over to pushing out a few more phones.

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Take the Y Series brand. Taking care to pay attention to the hardcore gamers in the world Lenovo have developed a line of gaming rigs called the Ideacentre that will appeal to both the customer and the system builder. Kitted out with the latest hardware Lenovo have taken the extra step to keep the machine accessible for the inevitable upgrade and or replacement with with their desktop case. There will be two tiers a Y900 and Y700, the main difference being the Y900’s ability to take dual graphics cards.

Lenovo have recognised that gaming on the PC has a massive consumer base and are trying to make the most flexible gaming system, out of the box, that a hardware manufacturer can provide.

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Pushing the focus to portable gaming the same attitude has been worked into the Y-Series gaming laptops. The IdealPad Y700 is designed to appeal to a gamer and added extras to make things a little more suited like backlit keys, QHD display and a Realsense 3D camera and a range of gaming accessories to not only keep things colour coordinated but push the best quality for the money.

Whilst still retaining the Thinkpad business approach Lenovo have made some solid updates to their gaming end and there is a lot to like in these machines. Expect to see the IdeaCentre Y900 in November should cost around £1,039 and Y700 £649. The IdeaPad Y700 will land in October at £617.

By September 8, 2015 Read More →

The Lenovo Miix 700 in 60 Seconds

vlcsnap-error167Lenovo have come up with an option for those Microsoft Surface Pro lovers out there who are finding it too expensive to justify. With prices starting around $700 the Miix 700 covers much of the same ground, without the killer i3, i5 and i7 processor options. Instead, Lenovo have chosen the Core M7 to keep things moving. An impressive hinge mechanism helps with some of the limitations of the Surface Pro’s read angle on the desktop and lap.

  • Processor:  Intel Core M7 processor (the latest Skylake version)
  • Screen: 12”  2160 x 1440
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • ROM: up to 256 GB SSD + microSD card up to 128gb
  • Battery: Up to 9 hours
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Camera: Optional Real Sense 3D camera
  • Networks: Optional LTE
  • Connections: USB 2.0 microUSB

Killer feature: $700 is a lot less than a similarly specced Surface Pro 3

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