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Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 31th August 2016 – Notes, IFAs and Honors

Podcast logoGareth Myles, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond and Jay Garrett

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New USB-C and MacBook adapters from ADAM elements

1500xR_RG128_02The new exquisitely designed USB-C flash drive ROMA and the premium USB adapter and cable series CASA, which ADAM elements showcased at CES at the beginning of the year, are now all available. Users of the latest MacBook will be excited to hear that the elegantly designed ROMA has not only got an additional colour to choose from with the all-new rose gold – its capacity has also doubled with the 128 GB model.

With the rapidly growing number of hardware manufacturers including USB-C ports in their new devices there is no further proof needed to safely say that USB-C is a major connector standard of the future. ADAM elements has sensed this trend early and is offering two USB-C series of uniquely designed and high-performance premium accessories, especially targeted at MacBook users.

ROMA – high-speed dual USB-C/USB 3.1 flash drive
ROMA comes with both a USB-C connector and a standard USB-A plug, which can be easily swivelled around. Users can store data from e.g. their latest USB-C-only MacBook and share them with other USB-C devices, such as the Chromebook Pixel or, thanks to the standard USB-A connector, with older USB devices. On both ends, ROMA boasts high-end USB 3.1 transfer speeds of up to 130 MB/s. Besides the already available gold and space grey colour options, ROMA now also sports an all-new rose gold casing. The premium flash drive is available now with capacities of 64 GB or 128 GB as well as three different colour options. It can be ordered directly from the worldwide ADAM Store ( or purchased from selected European retailers. The MSRP are as follows:

ROMA 64 GB: £ 39
ROMA 128 GB: £ 79


CASA – premium adapters for every occasion
The CASA line adds a whole new level of comfort and functionality to MacBooks. USB-A-to-USB-C adapters, for example, allow users to hook up a mouse, keyboard, printer or any other peripheral with a standard USB-A connector. HDMI and VGA adapters for USB-C, on the other hand, are perfect for connecting computer monitors, TVs or projectors. The HDMI adapter even supports audio output and 3840 × 2160 video resolutions – that’s 4K UHD. The 2-metre long USB-C-to-USB-C cable hooks up the MacBook to its power adapter or to any other USB-C devices, such as external hard drives. Even selected smartphones become part of the act, with battery charging and data transfers of up to 480 Mbps. CASA cables come in gold, space grey and an eye-catching flaming red.

The CASA display output adapters and USB-C-to-USB-C cables are available as of now, directly from the worldwide Adam Store ( and selected European retailers.
The MSRP are as follows:

USB-C to VGA adapter       (CASA V01, space grey/gold):                   £ 32.99
USB C to HDMI adapter     (CASA H01, space grey/gold):                  £ 34.99
USB-C to USB-A adapter   (CASA F13, space grey/gold):                   £ 14.99
USB-C to USB-C cable       (CASA B200, space grey/gold/red):         £ 18.99
USB-C to USB-A cable       (CASA M100, space grey/gold/red):         £ 17.99


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ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie announced

ARCHOS unveils today its ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie. Demonstrated later this week at IFA 2016, available in September 2016, this beautiful glass-to-glass model from the ARCHOS Diamond range offers an elegant casing, a 5.5 inch Full HD and full lamination screen, a selfie camera, a Qualcomm octo-core processor boosted by 4 GB of RAM / 64 GB of internal storage.

The ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie features Dragontrail reinforced glass and scratch resistant backside and metal details.

It sports a large 5.5 inch IPS Full HD screen, including the full lamination technology, with a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, providing its users with an extra-large immersion into their favorite multimedia, thanks to true color reproduction and optimum definition.

The ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie embeds two cameras: 16 MP with autofocus and LED flash on the back, 8 MP on the front, for great pictures and videos of best memories to have and share with family and friends. Equipped with a screen flash, the 8 MP front camera is the ideal companion for the ones addicted to selfies, even in difficult conditions.

Driven by an octo-core Qualcomm MSM8937 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128 GB with a microSD card, it gives power to almost any highly demanding application or game available through the Google Play Store.


The ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie offers a 4G/LTE connectivity, for super-fast downloads.

It is easily protected thanks to its fingerprint sensor, located on the backside of its casing. Under one second, the power is on and the smartphone is unlocked with one touch, offering an additional piece of security.

The ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie packs a 3000 mAh battery, to go through the entire day. It additionally features the Qualcomm Quick Charge technology to refill the battery faster than with conventional charging.

It runs Google Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) in its purest release, with complete access to the Google Play Store and its millions of apps.

Thanks to its gyroscope, the ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie can be used with VR glasses, to fly a drone, as well as to hunt Pokemons!

The ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie will be exhibited on ARCHOS’s booth at IFA 2016 (Hall 25, Booth 206). It will be available for purchase on and through its distribution’s channel worldwide in September 2016 for £199,90/$199,90.

A Lite version (with 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage) will also be available in October 2016 at a lower price: £169,90/$169,90.

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Philips Monitors present UltraColor, Curves and Pop-up Security

Pop-up cam lifestyle imageMMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, is introducing a series of innovations for business professionals and home users alike at IFA 2016 from 2 to 7 September in Berlin. With UltraColor technology and its wider gamut support, integrated e.g. in the slimmest monitor on the market, the latest 4K 40-inch curved display, displays with webcams that pop up only when needed, as well as the chance to preview forthcoming innovations, the Philips stand in Hall 22 is a deserved part of any tour of the show.

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Curved displays – and the largest 4K curved display on the market
Visitors to the Philips stand can experience fantastic focus with the 40-inch Brilliance Curved display, the largest 4K curved display on the market. This 40-inch screen which will be available to purchase in Q4, wraps around the line of vision to create more personal space and better concentration. Since viewers sit close to a desktop display, a curved screen creates a truly immersive working session. Viewing distances from the edges and centre of the screen are equal – so users need to turn their head less to see content at the edges, and can enjoy the best picture quality. The edge-to-edge glass and ultra-narrow border enhance this seamless appearance. Stefan Sommer, Director Marketing & Business Management at MMD, says “The new 40-inch curved display model testifies to our ongoing commitment to bringing advanced display experiences to users’ desks and living spaces. With 4K resolution, this new model offers fantastic clarity and space for multitasking.”

The 40-inch 4K model isn’t the only curved display on show: IFA visitors can also preview the forthcoming X7 Frameless 21:9 Curved display in 34-inch size. This height-adjustable ultra-slim display, with dazzling Quad HD resolution and integrated sound, is due for release later this year.

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UltraColor for true-to-life image
Bringing more accurate colour to home apps, where users have often been forced to compromise, the latest UltraColor displays take colour reproduction to new heights. Supporting a wider gamut – 85-95% of the NTSC gamut, depending on the specific model, as opposed to the typical 72% – UltraColor expands on the range of perceptible colours on the screen, creating true-to-life images with richer and more natural greens, reds and blues. With their accurate colour reproduction, UltraColor displays take the guesswork out of online shopping: people can see the true colour of the product before they click “buy”. UltraColor displays also give aspiring video makers, designers and photographers the certainty that their on-screen colours come close to real life. Stefan Sommer explains the background: “Unlike enhancements that work by tweaking software settings in order to adjust colour balance, UltraColor involves changing the actual chemistry in the panel and innovative adjustments to the composition of the colour chips.”

This innovative technology is featured in a number of the displays on show at IFA, including the new E-Line Displays, released this summer, as well as the slimmest monitors on the market – the C7 series, due out in Q4 2016. At IFA, the 24-inch model of the Ultra Slim FHD monitors will be shown. Despite its depth of only 5.2 mm, this model displays 90% of the NTSC gamut, features Flicker-free technology, a wide viewing angle and a frameless bezel design.

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Pop-up webcam makes life tough for camera hackers
Visitors wanting to beef up security in the office should look out for the first Philips display with a pop-up webcam. Thanks to the webcam that only pops up when it is needed, and is otherwise hidden in the display frame, the newly introduced 27-inch display blocks off a potential spyhole for hackers. The display is immediately available in the market.

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Survivor Power Bank Unboxing

vlcsnap-00037The Survivor Power Bank is a £56 Power bank and that might sound like a lot for a power bank however there are some who need to rely on a power bank in the most extreme environments and the Survivor looks to be a good fit for those.

  • Capacity: 10,050 mAh
  • Standard USB power outlet to device: 10 W (5 volts @ 2.1 amps)
  • Provides up to three full recharges for iPhone 6s Plus, one full charge for iPad Air 2
  • Even charges iPad Pro up to 95%
  • Great for camping or business travel
  • LED fuel gauge
  • Rated 6.6ft (2m) drop protection
  • Built-in LED emergency flashlight
  • In the Box: Micro-USB charging cable, user manual
  • Weight: 8.4 oz (238 g)
  • WARRANTY: Guaranteed for life. See for our full warranty policy.