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The Future of Television

There’s no escaping it, television is a huge part of the culture of this country. According to statistics released by Ofcom, no less than 90 percent of adults tune into their favourite shows without fail every week. Our media is dominated by the lives of television stars, and as programming and technology continues to improve exponentially, there’s no way our love of television is going anywhere any time soon. Do you remember your first TV? Sometimes when we’re sat watching tiny beads of sweat on the brows of our favourite footballers, it can be hard to remember that television wasn’t always such an excellent viewing experience. Today we reveal what’s still to come in TV technology, and reminisce about days gone by…

 

Exciting developments…

Although impossible to see how picture quality can get much better than it is currently – the next leap in HD technology is said to be just around the corner, and will see 8k HD become the norm. Arguably the most exciting development on the block is organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), which is an advancement on LED technology that’s a whopping 1000x faster, and could allow hardware like roll-up screens to become a wonderful, and undeniably futuristic, reality.

In a recent interview, Paul Lever from Cheapest Electrical discussed OLED, “LG and Samsung both revealed potential models at this year’s CES, with the LG winning CNET’s Best of CES Award. Make no mistake, this is the most important advancement in TV technology in more than a decade, and a vast improvement over both LCD and plasma.”

When enjoying the perks of such advanced technology, it’s easy to forget how we got to this point. Let’s take a little look back, shall we?


In simpler times…

For 30 years, from the 1960’s up until the 90’s the predominant television found in houses across the nation was the cathode ray tube, or CRT TV for short. Usually no larger than 25”, the only real additional feature these models offered was access to Teletext.

 

A leap in quality…

As we rolled into the 90’s the latest technologies to cause a stir were plasma and LCD screens. Opinion was initially divided over which provided the best viewing experience – but eventually LCD was victorious, due to using far less energy, and having a better shelf life. Plasma screens were discontinued relatively recently in 2014.

 

A switch to digital…

Between 2008 – 2012 the country slowly transitioned from analogue to digital. This switch meant that 26 million people were instantly granted access to freeview TV – and all the additional channels, and features that came with it. Now viewers could pause live TV, record a whole series of their favourite shows with just the touch of a button, and could enjoy interactive services, which enhanced the viewing experience.

 

Along comes HD…

Next picture clarity was targeted, and 4k ultra high definition became the norm, improving the viewing experience tenfold. Digital TV meant people with the right televisions could now access multiple free HD channels, and providers like BT and Netflix made it possible for you to watch your favourite shows and sports in high definition.

 

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Alcatel idol 4 offers vr for £189

img1_4ALCATEL is proud to announce its premium IDOL 4 and VR is available from John Lewis for £189. Building on the success of its trend-setting IDOL 3, the uniquely designed IDOL 4 smartphone takes everything up a notch with an innovative Boom Key, a first step into Virtual Reality and a sophisticated multimedia experience.

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BOOM ME UP! The Boom Key Delivers Augmented Experience

Boom my camera: Instantly takes photos on standby mode; pressing and holding the button puts the camera into burst mode to take photos in quick succession.

Boom my gallery: Artistically shuffles the photos in the gallery as a photo collage or a short slideshow for instant sharing.

Boom my videos: Generates immediate, surprising effects in existing videos, such as replaying the previous one second of the video three times, or changing the playback speed. When a user is recording a video, pressing the Boom Key immediately broadcasts the video live.

Boom my music: Enhances the bass, volume and clarity of the sound. When watching movies in speaker mode, users are treated to an immersive experience with surround sound.

Boom my game: Asphalt fans will love how the Boom Key amps up their play by releasing the Nitro and boosting the car speed. It also boosts the audio experience by increasing the volume and adding spatial sound reproduction.

Boom my view: Creates a more intense 3D effect (parallax UI effect) for the launcher and a stunning live weather display as part of the homescreen.

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Discover Virtual Reality

The IDOL 4’s innovative packaging design transforms into a pair of virtual reality goggles which, when combined with the smartphone, becomes the portal for users to enter the world of immersive 360-degree viewing and gaming. Virtual reality content such as videos and games can be downloaded onto the device from the Onetouch VR Hub, a built-in app to easily access saved virtual reality content, or apps like Littlstar.

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Cygnett Debuts iPhone 7 Cases and Accessories

Cygnett, a leading technology brand that provides beautifully crafted tech solutions, today announce their newest cases and screen protectors for the iPhone 7/7 Plus. With more than a decade of experience in the case and accessories industry, Cygnett’s latest ranges showcase their refined and improved design while still providing the protection that consumers expect.

“We’ve created a line of cases that perfectly compliment Apples latest products in design and versatility while still providing the highest quality products we are known for,” says Tim Swann, Founder. “Our variety ensures that every consumer will find a style that fits their lifestyle while still protecting their valuable iPhone. The new case launch is a great opportunity for us to reveal our new branding design to give consumers a little insight as to what they can expect with our future products.”

The new line is available at uk.cygnett.com and in store at Dixons travel, Argos & KRCS & Solutions Inc. Details below:

  • WorkMate Pro Case for iPhone 7 (Available October £19.95) –The WorkMate Pro offers rugged protection against drops and scratches, while a raised edge around the screen provides lay flat protection, without adding bulk.

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  • UrbanShield Case for iPhone 7/Plus (£19.95-£24.95) –Combining great design with a premium finish, the UrbanShield case wraps around your iPhone to provide extra protection in a slim and stylish case.

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  • AeroShield Case for iPhone 7/Plus (£14.95) – A sleek low profile hard polycarbonate shell gives maximum protection against drops and scratches with a shock proof polyurethane frame ensuring total piece of mind.

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  • UrbanWallet Flip Case for iPhone 7/Plus (£29.95) – Premium leather wallet case with a convertible magnetic design that holds your most important cards as a wallet, then converts in an instant to a slim case which can be used in car mounts.

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  • RealCurve 3D curved 9H Tempered Glass Screen Protectors (£19.95) –  Offering edge-to-edge protection, the RealCurve features clear hardened glass, designed to perfectly match the curve of your iPhone screen. The six-layer construction provides maximum protection and ensures a quick, bubble-free application.

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For more information about Cygnett’s latest products or to view their entire product line, please visit uk.cygnett.com

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iTrip Clip converts any pair of wired headphones to wireless headphones

gc42924_bluetooth-headphone-adapter_01346889Griffin Technology, creator of award-winning and thoughtfully designed mobile accessories, is launching a simple yet powerful solution to wirelessly connect headphones, car stereos or home audio systems to any smartphone.

With their new iTrip Clip Bluetooth Audio Adapter, users will now be able to connect to any device, even the Moto Z, which was the first major smartphone recently released without a headphone jack.

“iTrip Clip ensures users can continue using their favorite 3.5mm headphones, with no worries about if their new smartphone eliminated the headphone jack,” said Andrew Biddle, Category Manager of Power at Griffin. “Not only can our iTrip Clip make any pair of headphones wireless, it also puts the convenience of a Bluetooth sound system into any car.”

iTrip Clip connects wirelessly to any smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth 4.1. Connecting any headphones, earphones or AUX cables to the compact, self-powered adapter lets users listen to music and video, or make calls, without cables. iTrip Clip offers several features that make controlling your sound easier than ever, such as handy play, volume and track controls, as well as an integrated microphone to receive calls and easily access Siri, Google Now, and other voice recognition apps. iTrip Clip allows users to continue to use their device hands-free and hassle-free.

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In addition to features like a control pad and built-in mic, iTrip Clip also has a set-and-forget configuration which allows it to reconnect to paired devices automatically once it is in wireless range (approx. 30 feet or 10 metres). What’s more, is the adapter has a rechargeable Li-ion battery which boasts 6 hours play/talk time and 180 hours on standby. iTrip Clip also connects to car stereos with an AUX to listen to any smartphone wirelessly if the vehicle does not already offer Bluetooth connectivity.

iTrip Clip works with both iOS and Android and makes it possible to use your favourite headphones, regardless of whether your smartphone has a headphone jack or not.

Griffin’s new iTrip Clip will be available in the UK from late September, priced at £19 from griffintechnology.com.