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By April 11, 2016 Read More →

Archos F24 Power Unboxing

Image2The T9 keyboard is making a comeback, Candybars and Clamshells are in demand, possible due to popular television shows featuring their buttons and mechanisms as a more dramatic tool to hand up and answer than sliding your finger over the touch screen. Archos have taken queue and tried to mix something new into the tired and tested formula, almost hitting the bullseye.

The Archos F24 features a 2.4 inch colour screen with a simple and intuitive interface. A Dual-SIM setup means you can manage both of your numbers and make sure you never miss a call, combine this with a week of stand-by long battery life for the 4000mAh battery and you have even more time for all your calls. Another novel feature is the twin LED torch on the top of the unit, making good use of the larger battery capacity and providing an extremely useful tool. The F24 does have a rather disappointing rear facing 2MP camera oddly without a flash and those twin LEDs can’t help with the image quality. 

  • 2.4” LCD display
  • Use as an Emergency charger to charge other mobiles
  • Powerful Dual LED touch
  • Dual SIM – you can use two sim cards in this phone
  • FM Radio, MP3 Player with 3.5mm jack slot
  • Bluetooth & organiser with a clock, alarm clock with ringtones , calendar, calculator, stopwatch and unit conversation.
  • 2MP camera for photos and videos
  • Micro SD slot (up to 32GB support)

 

 Archos F24 Power (Available from Sainsburys):  £25

 http://www.phoneshopbysainsburys.co.uk/pay-as-you-go-phones/archos-f24-power.html

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By April 10, 2016 Read More →

Setting up a Home Security Camera on a budget Part 1: Perch

IMG_20160409_121743Installing an IP camera on your house is one of the cheapest and best solutions to using an old smartphone and keeping track of your house when home and when not home. There are many articles on net about how simple it is to convert an old phone into a  security camera and truth is this probably the best utilisation of an older phone, and it certainly beats the expensive of a Foscam set-up any day of the week. Of course this kind of IP camera set-up is not going to be 100% reliable and will suffer moments of downtime, set-up annoyances and tricky methods to store the data.

I have been using a set-up with Android phones, IP Webcam Pro application alongside the tinyCam Monitor PRO application to view, there are free versions with Ads available too. Including a couple of cheap phone stands/cradles from Amazon or Ebay this set-up costs roughly £10 not including the price of the phones. Primarily I have been using some budget phones I had lying around taking up space from ZTE and Acer running Android 4.3 Jellybean.  Using all phone holders with suction cups for cars to attached the devices to windows is a little spark of ingenuity I was quite proud with. Running power to the phone’s made for some creative decisions rather than having walls lined with USB cables and extension cables running across the floor. There is no one solution for all here.

Once installed an IP camera becomes easily one of the most useful tools in day-to-day life. The obvious one is monitoring your house when you were not there on holiday perhaps or just at work. Other applications allow you to view who is calling at the front door, keep an eye on a car in the front garden, watch animals or your children play in the garden. Many many more other applications will be found and more applications will present themselves once the person gets to grips with the setup.

Right now, I would recommend one of two options.

The first would be the best way to dip your toe in the water. Download an application called Perch to your phone. Perch might be in Beta however it is a great start. It is also free for the time being however I would imagine that there will be a paid model once the application comes out of Beta.

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Perch gives you a simple stream from the camera on a phone and presents it on their website or through the app on another device for the user to view. There isn’t too much in the way of options and whilst this could be seen as a good thing for the newbie a seasoned vet of IP cameras may find Perch annoyingly limited.

As a beta Perch is rather well laid out, the stream is quite reliable and footage is quite good. There are some basic features like motion detection with notifications, the ability to record sound from the camera and recording at scheduled times. There isn’t much more than that and the features have not been expanded in the year since I last used their service. They have, however, become more reliable and solid. So work is being done to stabilise the platform before launch. One might suggest that it is pretty much rock solid right now.

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Unfortunately there is no way to export the videos from Perch and this is a really off putting for the user. You can check your timeline to see something that happened and this goes back seven days. If a crime has been committed then you might have to go to Perch. Currently there is no information on their website about export the videos.

One problem I have encountered is the motion detection is incredibly sensitive. Some days it looks like the camera has been recording non stop for over 6 hours. Whilst I cannot be certain I believe a shadow of a bush moving on the area I am watching is triggering the record function. This makes Perch more of an indoor camera than outdoor for most.

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However, what if you really need more in the way of features and are prepared to make the effort to set up a more robust system? Next week we will be taking a look at a home made camera setup that does not only secure your home, but doesn’t open things up to anyone to potentially hack very easily.

By April 9, 2016 Read More →

Whatever Works Episode 7 – The Imposter

static1.squarespaceWhatever Works Podcast episode 7 with David Rich, Ted Salmon and guest from The Tech Addicts Podcast Gareth Myles. Where we discuss Whatever Works.

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We also discuss What Doesn’t Work

  • Electricity Smart Meters
  • LED Bulbs

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By April 8, 2016 Read More →

Extend Battery Life, Charge, & Level Accuracy with New NewerTech Laptop Battery Management

NewerTech Battery Calibration Guide PhotonewNewerTech, a leading performance upgrades and accessories company for Macs, PCs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods since 1984, announced today the NewerTech Laptop Power Management System Calibration Video and Guide, now available online at:

Video: https://vimeo.com/160771484 and Guide: http://www.newertech.com/batteries/power-calibration-guide/. NewerTech’s new Power Management Calibration Guide and Video provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on how to calibrate the laptop’s battery as well as its entire power management system, enabling the battery to reach its longest possible lifespan and highest charging capacity for increased productivity and savings during daily use or after replacement.
 
Essential Steps for Battery Replacement
 
The helpful NewerTech step-by-step guide can be used with any Mac laptop to extend battery life, and is an essential step after any battery replacement. Mac laptop users will be able to get more done without being tethered to a wall outlet and their batteries will last longer before needing replacement. “We’re excited to provide this helpful guide to the Mac community. Whether they use a NewerTech battery or a stock Apple battery, this Power Management System Calibration Guide enables Mac laptop users to extend their battery’s useful life and charge capacity,” said Larry O’Connor, President, NewerTech.

 

NewerTech Provides Battery Replacements for Last 15 Years: from 2001 Titanium PowerBook to 2014 MacBook Air
 
NewerTech is one of the only companies (besides Apple) producing high-quality battery replacements and upgrades for Mac laptops. In addition, NewerTech is also one of the only manufacturers with in-stock Mac battery replacements that span the last 15 years, ranging from 2001’s Titanium PowerBook to 2014’s MacBook Air models. Serving the Apple community with accessories, upgrades, and enhancements for Macs, iPhones, and iPads since 1984, NewerTech is well-known for their helpful free online videos and guides that teach Mac users how to fully use, upgrade, and extend the life of Apple products — making them more efficient and easier to use.
 
Availability
The NewerTech Laptop Power Management System Calibration Video and Guide are available now at:
For more information, see the website:  www.newertech.com.

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By April 8, 2016 Read More →

XQISIT announces new BT iE200 magnetic Bluetooth stereo earphones

hpXQISIT, maker of high-quality and functional mobile device accessories, today announces the availability of its stylish XQ BT iE200 Bluetooth magnetic earphones. These cable-free, Bluetooth magnetic earphones allow users to easily pause music by connecting the magnets and allows them to wear the device around their neck until they are ready to listen again. The XQ BT iE200 earphones are available from Boots in store and online priced at £49.99.

Designed to be both stylish and functional, the Bluetooth XQ BT iE200 earphones offer one-click pairing to the users music library, and the magnets create a stop/start function for music. When connected to a mobile device, the earphones can be used to make hands-free calls.

With a rich sound quality, the earphones have a music playback time of 3.5 hours, talk-time of up to 4 hours and stand-by time of up to 150 hours. 

Specifications

 

  • Bluetooth Specification – V4.1
  • Bluetooth Profiles – HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP
  • Transmission Power – Class 2
  • Operation Range – Up to 10 Meters
  • Frequency Range – 2.402-2.480GHz
  • Battery – Built-in 3.7V /60mAH Lithium Battery
  • Charging Voltage – DC4.75-5.25V
  • Charging Time – About 2 hours
  • Playing Music Time – Up to 3.5 hours
  • Talk Time – Up to 4 hours
  • Standby Time – Up to 150 hours
  • Weight – About 16 g
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By April 8, 2016 Read More →

The London Motor Show is in the capital

 

zoooomThe capital is proud to host The London Motor Show from the 5th-8th May 2016! The ultimate, must-attend event in the automotive calendar, the Show will be hosted at Battersea Evolution over four days, with an exclusive preview evening on Thursday 5th May where HRH Prince Michael of Kent will cut the ribbon to open the Show.
Over the three days, some 35 car brands and 130 models will be showcasing the latest vehicles with prices ranging from £8,000, to in excess of £200,000, to cater to everyone’s pocket. A variety of well-known and renowned manufacturers will be featured including, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Ferrari, Ford, Volvo, Mini, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, BMW and Jeep together with unique supercars to be seen in London for the first time. 
Every day the lecture theatre will play host to a fantastic line-up of honoured speakers including, Sir Stirling Moss, Tiff Needell, Ben Collins, Nigel Mansell and Afzal Khan. They’ll be focussing on a number of major motoring issues, such as hybrid and electric cars, design and innovation, and campaigning for the new safety initiative called ‘Stop the Crash.’ For visitors there will also be book signing opportunities from the guest speakers and the chance to sit alongside these established motoring names whilst they test drive cars at the Show. 
The exhibition is designed with families in mind with fantastic activities and games on hand to keep everyone entertained. Children and parents alike can experience what it’s like to be a racing driver in the TOP GEAR simulator where original BBC HD footage is used to showcase the full force of acceleration, slick gear changes and phenomenal braking. Fans of the racing game, Project CARS, can take the opportunity to try it out using a VR (Virtual Reality) headset and experience life in the fast lane.

Stephen Maitland-Oxley, Events Director at London Motor Show says: “We’re thrilled to have The London Motor Show in the capital. It’s a hugely exciting time for everyone in the automotive industry and there’s an exciting buzz amongst all the exhibitors. For visitors, there’s something for everyone; as well as admiring the latest cars and listening to inspiring guest speakers, there’s a huge range of activities available for children and the whole family to enjoy – making this a must-attend event for all. We look forward to seeing you there.”

Highlights of the London Motor Show at Battersea Evolution will include:

• 35 car brands and over 130 models will be on show to the public 
• The Show will be officially opened by HRH Prince Michael of Kent – The London Motor Show’s patron
• Fantastic sale offers from motoring dealerships and manufacturers on top-known brands including, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Ford, Nissan, Volvo, Fiat, BMW, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Land Rover and more…
• A variety of new models to be seen in the capital for the very first time
• The chance to meet inspiring celebrities including, Sir Stirling Moss, Tiff Needell and Ben Collins
• A limited edition, one-off, Land Rover Defender designed by Khan
• An exclusive chance to play the limited edition, Project CARS game on a VR headset
• Iconic, historic cars on display such as The Bluebird and a 1920 350hp Sunbeam
• A full size replica of The Bloodhound
• VIP Hospitality Packages for networking and entertaining opportunities 
• Delicious dining experiences from Al’s Roadside Café and The Smart Restaurant
• Thrilling activities including the TOP GEAR driving simulator 
• Honoured guest speakers including, Nigel Mansell and Afzal Khan who will be offering book signing opportunities and sitting on Q&A guest panels discussing the motoring trends of the future

The general early bird admission ticket is £15 from 6th-8th May and children under 10 go free. For more information visit www.thelondonmotorshow.co.uk/

Opening times:

Press & Trade Afternoon – Thursday 5th May: 3pm-6pm

Consumers – Friday 6th May: 10.00am – 6.00pm, Saturday 7th May: 10.00am – 6.00pm, Sunday 8th May: 10.00am-5.00pm. 

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By April 7, 2016 Read More →

php0ih4cgHuawei took to the stage yesterday to announce their flagship successor, the Huawei P9 that combines everything that is great about the Nexus 6P and the Mate S and evolves them. What we ended up seeing was a collection of highly interesting phones that packed some incredible features and some unique additions to really sent them apart from the competition.

The P9 actually breaks down into a few different variants. Here is a list of the actual models:

  • 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
  • 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
  • Huawei P9 Plus with pressure sensitive display.

Each model will have their own colour selection featuring some unique colours schemes.

The Huawei P9 has a 5.2-inch and P9 Plus at 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display. The 5.2-inch model comes with a Full HD resolution and 423 pixels per inch (ppi). Huawei claims this devices has 96 per cent colour saturation (directly comparing it to the iPhone’s 72 per cent), while brightness is rated at 500nits. Whereas the 5.5-inch screen of the Huawei P9 Plus has a 1080p resolution and combined with pressure sensitive technology.

 

The P9 and P9 Plus have the Kirin 955 chipset. This comprises of four 2.5GHz A72 cores, and four 1.8GHz A53 cores. There is also support from a Mali T-880 for graphics. A microSD card slot and USB Type-C connection for fast charging have also been included.

The cameras have been developed in partnership with Leica and both P9’s feature two 12-megapixel sensors, fronted by a Leica Summarit lens. Unlike other dual cameras phones on the market Hauwei have opted for a more interesting approach. One camera features a colour RGB sensor and the other is a monochrome sensor. As we would suspect the camera can combine the information to create a better picture and allow the user to change the focal distance but the dedicated monochrome function captures in black and white, rather than using a filter in post-processing. There is also an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies the P9 Plus has added of autofocus to this camera.

P9 measures 145 x 70.9 x 6.95mm and weighs 144g. The P9 Plus measures 152.3 x 75.3 x 6.98mm and weighs 162g. Prices start at €599 (around £480) for the 32GB Huawei P9, €649 for the enhanced 64GB model, and €749 for the 64GB Huawei P9 Plus. The unfortunately it looks as though the enhanced P9 is not due to be released in the UK. The P9 is due for release across UK, Europe and Asia from 16 April. Huawei P9 Plus will be available from 20 May in these regions.

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By April 3, 2016 Read More →

Huawei MateBook priced and specced

mid2If there is one company this year that has turned things upside down its Huawei. Launching a slew of recommendable Android devices in the last six months Huawei has become one of the top rated names in the Mobile world. It doesn’t stop there. Mobile World Congress 2016 saw Huawei unveil the MateBook, a high end 2-in-1 device much like Surface that combines the new eye for style, quality hardware designs with the power of Windows. 

Using high-quality, lightweight aluminium unibody weighing just 640g the Matebook supports a keyboard case and stylus, much like Microsoft’s offering. With a 1.5mm keystroke and a chiclet style design the keyboard is a real head-turner. The MatePen stylus offers 2,048 levels of sensitivity and features a laser pointer on the back. It also comes with fingerprint recognition feature that supports 360-degree sensitive identification.

The MateBook will be available  in two colours: grey and golden and should roll out in Asia, Europe and North America in the coming months.

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