Archive for March, 2016

By March 31, 2016 Read More →

First-ever Philips 5K Display

mmdMMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces a new display with UltraClear 5K resolution – the first 5K display in the line-up. With 14.7 million pixels (5,120 x 2,880), the Philips 275P4VYKEB display with 5K resolution packs four times as many pixels as Quad HD, and over 50 percent more than Ultra HD, delivering ultra-fine clarity and sharpness to amaze and delight even seasoned graphics professionals. The new 27-inch display is also equipped with PerfectKolor Technology, which ensures factory-calibrated 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB colour space and one billion colours.

Ultra-sharp, ultra-clear, ultra-professional: 5K clarity
The latest 5K resolution packs an extra 1,000 horizontal and 700 vertical pixels of display area compared to a 4k monitor, creating additional space to help busy users work more productively and effectively – there is space for an extra CAD tool window, for example, for comparing a series of photos or professional graphics, or simply to keep a mail window open. This also makes a second screen superfluous for many tasks, which helps to increase efficiency as well, as users can keep their eyes on one screen. With advanced PLS technology, the display also features extra-wide viewing angles of 178 degrees, ensuring viewing accuracy with razor-sharp visuals from just about any angle.

Albert Ulfman, Product Manager Philips Monitors Europe at MMD, says: “With the 5K resolution, we ensure that professional users can enjoy a superior-quality display with long-term reliability that can measure up to the challenges of graphics and engineering applications. 5K Ultra HD shows every minor detail, sharp and clear.”

PerfectKolor for exact results
Professionals who choose a display with super-fine resolution are likely to be equally demanding about colour accuracy. Inconsistent colour is simply out of the question. With PerfectKolor, the new 5K display provides factory-calibrated colour with 99% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB consistency – so users can be completely confident that every colour exactly matches requirements. The colour is not only accurate; it is also smooth and sumptuous. With 10-bit colour support, the new display offers rich colour depth, and can represent over one billion different colours – more than the eye could ever distinguish. Thanks to 12-bit internal processing, colours are re-created smoothly and naturally, without gradations or the nuisance of banding effects.

Designed for the way professionals work
As well as offering brilliant, accurate colour and 5K resolution, the display is engineered with a range of features to fit the way professional users work, with webcam and microphone for collaborating and sharing with colleagues and clients, plus built-in speakers for lifelike sound reproduction. The Flicker-free technology keeps the eyes fresh even after hours of detailed work, and the SmartErgoBase, which can be tilted, swivelled and height-adjusted to individual preferences, ensures maximum viewing comfort. It also keeps cables tidied away, freeing more space on the desktop.

To connect efficiently with data sources – vital for the data-intensive graphics applications common in professional environments – the new display also supports USB 3.0, with a transfer rate of 5 gbits/s, 10 times the speed of USB 2.0. It also allows fast-charging of a device simultaneously with the super-speed data transfer.

The new Philips 275P4VYKEB display, with an RRP of £1,169.99, will be available at the beginning of April.

More information on Philips monitors: www.philips.com/monitors

By March 31, 2016 Read More →

Gigabyte and the World’s First Intel Thunderbolt 3 C236 Chipset Motherboard

gigGigabyte has recently announced that its support for Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 has expanded with the certification of its upcoming Gigabyte GA-X170-EXTREME ECC motherboard.

The Gigabyte GA-X170-EXTREME ECC motherboard is the world’s first C236 chipset board to receive Thunderbolt™ 3 certification from Intel, enabling full support for the fastest connectivity protocol on the planet. Compatible with Intel’s Xeon® E3-1200 v5 processor and DDR4 ECC (Error-correcting code) memory, the GA-X170-EXTREME ECC motherboard has what professionals need to do their best work. The addition of Thunderbolt™ 3 makes the motherboard a definite must-have for any high-end desktop system.

Powered by Intel’s own Thunderbolt™ 3 controller, the new Thunderbolt™ 3 protocol, which is available over a USB Type-C™ connector on the back I/O of select Gigabyte motherboards including the GA-X170-EXTREME ECC, brings an unprecedented single-wire bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s — twice more than the previous generation!

Thunderbolt™ 3 over USB Type-C™ supports DisplayPort 1.2, which is able to drive a 4K resolution display at 60 FPS, and revolutionary industry-first features such as power delivery up to 36W, as well as the ability to daisy-chain up to 6 devices per USB Type-C port.

Support for Thunderbolt™ 3 on the GA-X170-EXTREME ECC motherboard, an industry first for the C236 chipset, means that professionals are no longer constrained by the bottleneck of bandwidth. With the ability to transfer extremely large files – such as raw 4K video – in a manner of seconds, professionals spend less time waiting and more time

By March 30, 2016 Read More →

Synology announce the release of the DiskStation DS416slim

001Synology are pleased to announce the release of the DiskStation DS416slim. Now available worldwide the DS416slim is an ultra-small and compact Network Attached Storage system measuring at only 18.4 cm x 16.8 cm x 23.0 cm(7.2” x 6.6” x 9.0”) and less than 700g. This NAS supports a total of 4 x 2.5” SATA III/II hard drives and also one of the J series model which adopts the Marvell Armada 38X CPU family, equipping with Armada 385 Dual Core 1.0GHz CPU and 512 MB DDR3 memory. DS416slim promises great read/write performance of around 170.23 MB/s in reading and over 77.62 MB/s in writing through Link Aggregation in Windows environment. There are dual 1GbE RJ45 LAN ports located on the rear panel, ensuring continuous service uptime and reduce the risk of unexpected LAN failure. Additionally two USB 3.0 are included to support high speed data transfer, each located in the front and rear side. DS416slim comes backed with Synology’s 2-year limited warranty. 

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Please note that the above performance is based on DSM 5.2 and the performance based on DSM 6.0 will be updated within 2 weeks. The unit should retail for around £222.00 including VAT or €248.64 excluding VAT.

DiskStation DS416slim

Incredibly Small NAS With Great Performance
Synology DS416slim is a palm sized 4-bay NAS with only 0.66kg in weight and measures 120mm x 105mm x 142mm, fulfilling your need for a personal cloud without taking up too much space. Despite its compact appearance, DS416slim makes no compromise on performance. DS416slim is powered by a dual-core CPU with hardware encryption engine and built-in floating point unit support. Under RAID 5 configuration in a Windows® environment, DS416slim delivers up to an average 170.23 MB/s in reading and 77.62 MB/s in writing through Link Aggregation, while delivering an average speed of 112.77 MB/s in reading and 78.81 MB/s in writing through single Gigabit LAN.1

The Dual Gigabit LAN with failover support ensures continual service uptime in the event of unexpected LAN failure, while the hot-swappable drive tray allows you to replace the hard drives without powering off DS416slim. Designed for easy replacement, the system fan can be quickly swapped, so the average time to repair can be significantly reduced. DS416slim comes with dual USB 3.0 ports, each on the front and rear panel, providing fast and convenient data transfer and backup to external storage devices. Running on Synology’s award-winning DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system, DS416slim shares a rich reservoir of applications available in DSM Package Center.
Cross Platform File Sharing

Synology DS416slim supports comprehensive network protocols, ensuring a seamless file sharing experience across Windows, Mac®, and Linux® platforms. Windows AD and LDAP integration allows Synology DS416slim to fit quickly and effortlessly into any existing network environment without the necessity to recreate user accounts. Cloud Sync keeps your Dropbox, Google™ Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Baidu and Box storage in sync with your personal DiskStation at home. Cloud Station suit allows users to sync files among multiple devices, no matter it’s Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android™ tablets/phones, effortlessly keeping everything up-to-date. While you enjoy the seamless file sharing, all the file sharing over the Internet is protected at a high security level through the HTTPS, firewall, and IP auto-block that supported by DS416slim.

Reliable Backup Solution
To protect your valuable data, DS416slim can become a centralized backup destination for consolidating fragmented and unstructured information across your network through a range of options. Advanced backup privilege management makes network backup tasks safer and more efficient. Complete backup solutions such as Backup & Restore minimize the impact of disasters, keeping your valuable data safe and secure.
Your Personal Multimedia Bank

DS416slim helps you easily manage your multimedia contents and share them across Windows, Mac®, and Linux® platforms. With Video Station, you can organize your digital video library with comprehensive media information, watch movies and films, or record your favorite TV programs with a DVB-T/DVB-S stick. Photo Station’s intuitive design allows you to effortlessly organize photos into customized categories, smart albums and blog posts, and link them to social networking websites within a few clicks. Audio Station comes with built-in lyrics plugin, Internet radio and lossless audio formats support and provides music playback via DLNA, AirPlay®, and Bluetooth devices (A Bluetooth dongle is required).

Anywhere/Anytime Availability
No matter what browser you’re using, Synology offers handy features of QuickConnect and EZ-Internet, letting you enjoy accessing to the Internet with minimum effort. Combined with Synology’s mobile apps for every popular feature, including DS photo, DS audio and DS video for anywhere multimedia access, DS download, DS file, and DS cloud for seamless file download/access/synchronization, you can enjoy the content and data in your NAS anywhere, anytime.
Energy Efficient and Easy Management DesigN

Synology DS416slim is designed and developed with energy efficiency in mind. Compared with the average storage server counterparts, DS416slim consumes only 17.17 watts in regular operation. The support of Wake on LAN/WAN and scheduled power on and off can further reduce power consumption and operation cost. HDD hibernation can be configured to take effect automatically when the system has been inactive for a specified period of time. This not only saves energy but also extends the lifespan of the hard disks.

All Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials. Synology acknowledges the responsibility as a global citizen

By March 29, 2016 Read More →

Top 10 Must Have Apps for Career Women

14365668676_082f54ecb4_cWhen you’re a busy career woman, you’re on the go a lot of the time. Sometimes it feels like there are just not enough hours in the day! Enter the trusty mobile phone with a range of apps you can install to make working life much easier. Here are 10 apps that every career woman should have on their phone.

Trello

Trello is a project management app and is available on the iPhone and Android. The app works like an absolute dream for working in teams. The app is particularly good for brainstorming ideas, allowing people to discuss projects; delegating tasks; and for monitoring checklists and the progress being made on a project.

Evernote

The Evernote app works well for business or for pleasure, since you can write notes, store pictures, take photos and record voice memos (handy if you have to quickly note something down). Essentially, this app takes some of the hassle out of ‘life admin’ so that it doesn’t complicate your working day.

Expensify

There’s no doubt that if you have a company expense account, your employers will be keeping a close eye on how you use. Of course, in the hustle and bustle or working life, it’s easy to lose a receipt. Don’t worry. You can take a picture of receipts and then load them from your phone into the app. The app picks out important data like dates and prices. You can also create expense reports.

Time Master

The Time Master app is invaluable for time tracking, especially if you’re billing by the hour. On this business app you can track time by job or project, record expenses and there’s also an optional billing application. Unfortunately, this iOS app isn’t free, but a minor investment in it can save you more money in the long run as you organise your billing more efficiently.

Dropbox

Unfortunately, you can’t take a whole load of files and folders on the plane with you, if you have to travel. At least, it’s not practical. That’s where Dropbox comes in handy. Through Dropbox you’ll have access to the documents you need, whether that’s a contract, a resume, a meeting schedule or other item.

Sidekick

Nothing can cause problems in business like not receiving crucial pieces of information. It sets projects back, causes breakdowns in communication and ultimately costs you money. The Sidekick app gives you piece of mind by informing you whether a recipient has received and opened that all-important business email or document, so that if you haven’t then you know to follow it up with the appropriate measures.

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Coffitivity

Do you want to be more productive in your work? Of course you do! According to science, ambient background noise ups your productivity. Coffitivity recreates the sounds of a coffee shop, providing an atmosphere while you type up that performance review or business plan. Give it a try, it’s on the iOS and the Android.

SignEasy

Available on the iOS and the Android, SignEasy makes signing contracts easy. Instead of searching far and wide for the nearest printer — not a convenient thing to have to do when you’re on the move — to sign docs, you’ll be able to cross the ‘t’s and dot the ‘i’s on Word documents and PDFs by using this app.

Contacts Journal

Networking is a major part of being in business or working in many industries. You’re sure to bump into someone and then later on forget what their name was, what sector they worked in or even what you talked about on the whole. Jog your memory with the relationship management app Contacts Journal, which helps you to keep track of the different people you meet in your working life.

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Remember that your phone is a vital tool, so you should make sure you have the best technology and the best value for money. Use a comparison checker to seek out the best SIM only deals so that you’re saving on your own expenses as you go about doing smart business with others.

Images by citirecruitmentNguyen Vu Hung (vuhung), and Ignite New Zealand, used under Creative Commons licence

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By March 27, 2016 Read More →

AOC and Philips leaders in Europe’s monitor market

C3583FQ-BS_front_to_right_yellow_designAccording to the latest figures from the analyst Context, the European market for monitors shows significant signs of recovery after the turbulences one year ago. Western Europe stabilises, and also in Eastern Europe the market decrease has slowed down from quarter to quarter last year. In these market surroundings AOC and MMD, license partner for Philips monitors, have achieved further growth in their market share. In the last quarter of 2015, the two companies together grew by 4.5 percent compared to the same quarter the year before. With nearly close to 15 percent market share they together hold the number 1 position in Europe. AOC and MMD are subsidiaries of the world’s leading display manufacturer TPV.

In Western Europe, the two companies continuously grew their market share during the last four quarters and made a step of 12 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the quarter before. Together the two brands now hold the number 3 position in Western Europe.

“As did the entire IT industry, monitors have had a challenging year 2015. All market players had to handle a weak exchange rate for the dollar and economic uncertainties in several markets. With our focus on innovation and customer-centric strategy, we have managed to grow with both of our brands AOC and Philips right from the beginning of the year each quarter – even under these challenging conditions. This is now the basis for further growth, as we have signs that the market is recovering again”, says Thomas Schade, Vice President Europe at AOC and MMD.

In the market of the United Kingdom and Ireland the two monitor specialists continued their successful development. From quarter to quarter AOC and Philips monitors together increased their market share and together hold the number 4 position in the market. AOC alone grew by more than 23 percent on an annual basis. The market share of 7.3 percent for AOC is the highest market share for five years. 

By March 25, 2016 Read More →

Lyca Group Announces Three New Services

Free-Lyca-Mobile-SIM-Card-300x300Lyca Group, the world’s largest provider of services to ethnic and expatriate communities, has launched three new offerings: Lycaremit, an online money transfer service, Lycachat, an app that allows the user to make calls, send messages and share videos worldwide and LycaTV, the world’s largest ethnic channel entertainment platform.

Global brand Lycamobile forms the foundation of the Lyca Group, created to encompass the full offering of Lyca services which provide people with the chance to improve the way they maintain close networks of friends and family across the world.

Lyca Group chairman Subaskaran Allirajah said: “We’ve built our business over the past decade by providing vital services to primarily ethnic communities across Europe, from mobile calls and data to financial services and travel bookings. The business continues to grow by responding to the needs all consumers who have family, friends and loved ones across the globe. We launch three new services today, broadening our offering and demonstrating our vision to be a truly full service multi-media platform.” 

New video on demand service, LycaTV will offer over 450 channels in 20 languages, making it the biggest platform for primarily ethnic-focused TV and movies in the world. Among the content available to LycaTV subscribers will be over 1,250 Bollywood classics via major provider Eros, the destination for premium Bollywood movies and music on demand. All LycaTV content will be available on mobile devices, smart TVs, desktops or streaming players.

The new online Lycaremit money transfer service allows customers to send money quickly and easily to family and friends in over 50+ countries at ultra-competitive rates using their smartphone, tablet or desktop at www.lycaremit.co.uk. Beneficiaries are able to collect money via banks, cash collection services or mobile wallet, depending on the destination country. It launches with an introductory offer of zero fees on all money transfers for three months up until 31st March 2016.

The free to download Lycachat app further extends the Lyca Group’s mission to connect customers with their loved ones at the most competitive price and the highest possible quality. As well as sending messages and sharing videos worldwide, the app will also let customers make voice calls with low rates to landlines and mobiles with Lycachat Out.

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By March 25, 2016 Read More →

EasyAcc 20000mAh Rugged Powerbank Unboxing

vlcsnap-error391When it comes to battery batteries or Powerbanks there is a wealth on the market already and they serve every need, however with Summer coming there is going to be a few out there who a looking for a solution for all their gadgets without having to have multiple batteries in their bag. Enter the EasyAcc 20000mAh Rugged Powerbank. That’s right, 20000mAh. Good for around 5 full charges of their phone. This is the perfect powerbank for the charge and forget about it approach, perhaps you work Monday to Friday, need a battery and don’t want to have to remember to charge one every night or ever other night. At 20000mAh you have a full charge every day of the week and need only remember to charge it at the weekend. 

With two full sized USB output the battery can handle two phones and if one of those supports the faster charging methods then a at full speed at up to 2.4A. Admittedly the 2A input does mean the battery might take around 12 hours to charge when drained fully but then again it does hold 20000mAh. With a rating of IP67, the powerbank can be immersed under 1 meter water for 30 minutes thanks to a little door that closes over the input and output port. I am not entirely sure of the doors effectiveness as it feels a little loose when it comes to a water tight seal.

Finally a super useful addition is the LED light. Not new to power banks however on a 20000mAh battery the light will stay on for an Age. Also included in a flashing beckon option for attracting attention is in trouble.

By March 24, 2016 Read More →

AOC Launches Premium Gaming Monitor Line-up

aocDerived from ancient Greek, AGON stands for competition, clash and antagonism. These are the strong characteristics that AOC, a market-leading display manufacturer claims for their upcoming gaming monitor line-up. The AGON series has been created to deliver the utmost gaming features and outstanding designs to the vast community of professional and hardcore gamers.

AGON – AOC’s New Gaming Line
During the year 2016, AOC plans to launch ten variants of its gaming monitors with either IPS or TN panels, each with premium technology to provide gamers with the most versatile gaming experience possible. The AGON series includes both standard and curved models with Flicker FREE technology developed by AOC; all of them enriched with either NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ or AMD FreeSync™ technology.

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AGON – Developed for Awesomeness
With modern-day gamers’ increasing demand for visual precision and image quality in gaming monitors, it is essential for gaming monitors to be engineered not only with the latest technology but also exquisite exterior designs. Yet the AGON series seeks to reach above and beyond the status quo. Response times of 1 ms (TN), 144 Hz and higher refresh rates, height-adjustability, speakers and USB 3.0 ports are default features for this new line-up. With sizes ranging from 24″ 16:9 to 35″ ultra-wide, there will also be curved monitors, and resolutions from Full HD all the way to 4K. The combination of materials on the rear of the monitor will give the AGON an elegant and stylish finish, to perfectly supplement high-end gaming battle stations.

A launch event for the AGON takes place in Beijing today and the all-star Natus Vincere Dota 2 squad will be there to present the new monitor line to the press and PR professionals in attendance.

The first model of the AGON series will be available in the European market in June.

Key Features:

– AGON line-up by AOC
– 10 new gaming monitors
– G-SYNC and FreeSync
– AOC Flicker FREE technology
– Ergonomic, height-adjustable stand
– AOC Game Mode
– AOC No Input Lag Mode
– AOC Shadow Control
– FHD, QHD and 4K resolutions
– TN and IPS displays with 144 Hz+
– Sizes range from 24″ to 35″
– Curved and standard monitors

By March 24, 2016 Read More →

Homido Virtual Reality 3D Wireless Headset Glasses for Smartphones Unboxing

vlcsnap-error619There is no shortage around Virtual Reality launches right now and it is to be the next big thing even if you are not interested. VR Headsets are popping up all over the web for various different prices, however many of which are essentially upgraded versions of Google Cardboard. Most will avail of the limited amount of video and app content in Google and Apple’s apps stores and given the prices of these units and the quality of the apps currently available we are delving in to check out one of the higher end variants to see if there is value for money.

The Homido Virtual Reality 3D Headset is a £47.99 option that is available from Mobilefun that looks to take Google Cardboard to another level of perfromance. Featuring:

  • Experience the virtual world through your smartphone
  • Universally compatible
  • Huge range of VR apps already available
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Adjustable display
  • Protective case included
  • Compatible with 4 – 5.7″ smartphones with iOS or Android

By March 23, 2016 Read More →

Save up to 20% at newly launched electronics retailer reichelt.co.uk #supportpaul

2016-03-23 (4)reichelt elektronik is coming to the UK. A leading retailer for tech, electronics, computer accessories and automation in Europe, reichelt is ready and raring to bring its German penchant for efficiency and discipline to British customers. Purposefully ignoring the high street, the retailer will target the UK with its new English eCommerce site and delivery service alone.

Offering a range of tools, components, tech accessories and more – many of reichelt’s products can be bought 20% cheaper than elsewhere in the UK. Reichelt was first launched in Germany in 1969 and became successful as a result of its competitive pricing and high stock availability.

 

 Visit and shop: www.reichelt.co.uk