Archive for September, 2016

By September 16, 2016 Read More →

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.

By September 16, 2016 Read More →

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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By September 16, 2016 Read More →

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.

By September 15, 2016 Read More →

Vivitek’s new Qumi Q3 plus brings the big screen experience everywhere

medium_vivitek_q3_plus_kickstandThe big screen experience and the thrills and excitement that come with it is set to become accessible to even more people thanks to Vivitek, a leading brand of visual display products. It has expanded its popular Qumi Series of industry leading pocket projectors with the introduction of the Qumi Q3 Plus, an ultra-portable LED smart projector with Android™ designed to provide entertainment on the go. Redefining how and where the big screen experience can be enjoyed and shared, the Qumi Q3 Plus joins Vivitek’s existing Qumi projectors – including the Qumi Q6 and the Qumi Q7 Plus – which also offer Wi-Fi connectivity and PC-free access to multimedia content.

Despite being only slightly bigger than a smartphone in size and weighing just 460 grams, the Qumi Q3 Plus can project a large widescreen image up to a massive 100” diagonal size. This performance is aided by the ultra-portable projector’ native HD720p resolution, 500 lumen brightness and 5,000:1 contrast, along with its 30,000 hours LED light-source lifetime and a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU running the Android v.4.42 OS. Combined, these ensure that the Qumi Q3 Plus packs a visual punch wherever it is used. It’s an experience set to last too, thanks to its built-in 8,000mAh rechargeable battery which delivers up to two hours on the go projection.

In addition to its ample battery life, the pocket projector gives users a multitude of content sources for playing back video, photos, documents and other content from a PC-free reader via a USB drive, microSD cards or even from its considerable onboard memory. Boosting its flexibility further, is the Qumi Q3 Plus’ built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, which gives users more choice over where the projector is situated and makes it the perfect pocket projector for those who travel a lot.

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By providing cable-free projection of content from iOS ® or Android™ mobile phones and tablets, the Wi-Fi functionality enables users to connect to a web browser. Easy access to preloaded online streaming content provider apps enables users to watch movies or TV programs via services like Netflix™ and Youtube™, without having to use a mobile phone.

In addition to its versatility, the Qumi Q3 Plus is quick to set up, ensuring users will be projecting in seconds while its Home Screen makes navigating it simple and easy. All the most common functions are centrally placed on the home screen for immediate access to the required feature, application or setting, while its hand-held sized remote brings further convenience to digitally focus the image. The automatic vertical keystone correction enables a nice widescreen image from many angles, while it also has a motorised focus that can be adjusted by remote control.

With its clean, minimalist-yet-functional design, the Qumi Q3 Plus’ sliding lens cover, curved edges and neatly integrated speakers enhance the audio experience. Available in four colours ranging from white, black, red, gold, it is stylish enough for any setting, whether the user wants wireless and instant projection at home, is enjoying outdoor activities like camping, or even during a break at work. To amplify its audio performance, the Q3 Plus offers Bluetooth connectivity enabling sound to be transmitted from the projector to a compatible headphone or an external speaker for increased volume.

Commenting on the Qumi Q3 Plus’ introduction, Holger Graeff, General Manager EMEA, Vivitek, said: “This projector encapsulates Vivitek’s commitment to engineering excellence which is reflected in its innovation, performance and flexibility. It also shows our enthusiasm for giving our customers solutions that deliver the image quality and performance associated with Vivitek, irrespective of the size of the projector or where it is used.”

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Key Features/ Specifications:

  • Ideal for carrying around thanks to its thin streamlined design, a 460g lightweight size and an embedded battery that lasts up to two hours
  • Share a big screen with family and friends with up to 100-inch diagonal projection and HD720p resolution
  • Built-in wireless connection for cable-free projection of your iOS or Android mobile devices with mirroring function
  • Enjoy great audio performance with its integrated dual-2W stereo speakers or Bluetooth pairing to a compatible sound system at home
  • Experience extra-large viewing with quick access to your favorite movies or shows via the preloaded online content provider app
  • Entertaining on the go is made possible thanks to its PC-Free Reader to preload media and document files to display without a computer at source
  • Powerful 1.5GHz quad-core CPU running  Android  v.4.42  operating system with 8GB onboard memory. Beyond the operating system’s onboard memory, a MicroSD or USB flash drive – purchased separately – can be utilised to provide an additional 64GB memory (for preloading media content for viewing later).
  • Automatic vertical keystone correction enables a nice widescreen image from many angles
  • Maintenance free with environmental friendly LED light source lasts up to 30,000 hours
By September 14, 2016 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 14th September 2016 – The Note 7 is hotter than the iPhone 7

Podcast logoFeaturing Gareth Myles and Gavin Fabiani-Laymond

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Discussion: iPhone 7

Discussion: Alcatel 360, Shine Lite, BlackBerry DTEK50 https://www.clove.co.uk/dtek50-by-blackberry

Discussion: Huawei Nova, Nova plus and MediaTab M3

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By September 14, 2016 Read More →

Is the HTC Desire 10 Pro arriving on September 20th?

2016-09-14We are still a few announcements shy of the end of the year, however, HTC is pushing a September 20 announcement by releasing teaser videos of an upcoming device. The latest video shows a fingerprint sensor in the middle of the back, in what has become the favourite place for fingerprint sensors in recent times. The hashtag #BeEdgier seems to hint that perhaps there is something unusual about the device’s edges, perhaps curves or and edge to edge screen.

The device is most likely going to be a new Desire device. It looks a lot like the leaked Desire 10 Pro, which features a large camera on the rear and gold accents on a black body. Top tipster. @evleaks, tweeted a leak revealing the device as the Desire 10 Pro, and one can see, quite faintly the circular fingerprint sensor. However, there isn’t anything particularly remarkable about the sides for the Desire 10 Pro to be edgy.

This has been a great quarter for the mid-range device and it’s going to be a tough battle for HTC, however, at this point, it’s really just down to price.

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By September 13, 2016 Read More →

Funky new phone case designs from FLAVR

desktop2FLAVR, the new fashion brand from global mobile accessories and connected devices specialist, STRAX GmbH, today launches a brand new range of hot, bold and eclectic phones cases for iPhone 5/5SE, 6/6S, 7, 7 Plus and Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The new cases will be available for £9.99 from Carphone Warehouse.

The cases are designed to appeal to those who love to stand out from the crowd and want a phone case that reflects their unique style and personality. For the dog lovers, there is the characteristic pug case, which is guaranteed to raise a smile whilst the lips or pineapples are certain to brighten up anyone’s phone. For others, there is the option of diamond rings, cactuses or nail varnish to spruce up their beloved device.

Priced at just £9.99 complete with bright and unique packaging, the FLAVR cases are certain to bring out the sunshine this summer even if the weather has different ideas. Why not express your personality AND protect your phone at the same time!!

The FLAVR cases are available for £9.99 from Carphone Warehouse

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By September 13, 2016 Read More →

Habito launches the world’s first AI mortgage advice chat bot

downloadUK tech startup, habito, has launched the world’s first artificially intelligent Digital Mortgage Adviser (DMA) allowing millions of consumers to discuss their mortgage needs from any connected device, 24/7, without requiring a human broker.

Built using AI technology and habito’s market-leading algorithm, the DMA marries all the elements of a customer’s financial life (e.g. employment, salary and personal life plans) with real-time market mortgage rates to calculate an indicative monthly payment. The DMA explains the impact consumers’ decisions will have on each mortgage configuration as a traditional mortgage broker would, but in a fraction of the time (average 10 minutes). Habito has the ability to search 100’s of products (versus a handful), so once the advice is complete consumers can be sure they’re on the best mortgage for them which can result in savings of thousands of pounds per year*.

In designing the new system, habito analysed hundreds of advice interviews in order to understand what consumers needed and what formed the basis of informative advice. As a result, the DMA’s chat-like interface provides an unbiased, conversational experience, without the need for lengthy in-person queues, waiting on hold or paying a premium for advice.

“Finding the right mortgage product in the UK is like finding a needle in a haystack. Britons are crying out for some innovation and clarity in an outdated and overwhelming mortgage market,” said Daniel Hegarty, CEO and Founder, habito. “Our digital mortgage adviser is a huge step forward in making mortgage advice accessible for consumers in the way they need it most: unbiased, always available and most importantly free.”

Habito’s digital mortgage adviser is a direct response to the FCA’s Financial Advice Market Review Report calling for greater, more accessible financial services advice for British consumers. Habito plans to roll out additional interactive features later this year, such as remortgage alerts, that will continue to optimise the mortgage application process for consumers across the country.

By September 12, 2016 Read More →

X-Doria’s Protective iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Cases

X-Doria, a leading manufacturer of fashion-forward accessories, is introducing five stylish case collections to outfit and protect the new iPhone. The collection consists of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases, each designed with distinct aesthetics that appeal to various personalities and styles with the added protection of a raised front lip to keep the screen off tables and other flat surfaces.

Defense Gear is a full body, no bulk case for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, with four materials infused together for military grade drop protection, including a scientifically proven DropShield™ edge lining that hardens on impact. Defense Gear combines DropShield™ technology with hard polycarbonate, TPU and anodized aluminum. The case is engineered with enhanced corners and a 0.1 inch thick frame that provides dual layer protection and shields all angles of your device. The Defense Gear case can withstand drops from up to 6’6”. Available colors include: Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold. Available for £24.99 on XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7 or XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7 Plus.

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X-Doria’s Defense Lux for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus brings together refined luxury and durability to create the ultimate protective case. Defense Lux features a simple snap-on construction, engineered with a soft inner rubber layer, impact resistant polycarbonate backing, and machined with an aluminum outer frame. The aluminum outer frame protects the perimeter of the iPhone, while inside, the soft rubber wraps around the phone protecting it from up to 6’6” drops on concrete, exceeding military drop test standards – MIL-STD-810G.  For a sophisticated look, the case is available in luxurious faux carbon fibre, soft leather, canvas or microfibre rear panel. Available for £29.99 on XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7 or XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7 Plus.

The Revel series of quirky cool snap on cases for the iPhone 7 are designed with a raised bezel edge to protect the screen from surface scratches and a wraparound reinforced rubber bumper that extends across the top and bottom edges to ensure the phone is protected edge-to-edge. Revel also protects the volume and lock buttons with a grip rubber bumper. There are twelve different images to select from including Pug, Panda, Husky, Fox, Bear, Lion, Blue Future and Chrome Web. Available for £19.99 on XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7.

For more information on X-Doria’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus case collection, please visit XdoriaLife.com.

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By September 11, 2016 Read More →

Sennheiser HD650 & Apogee Groove review

sennheiserSennheiser have long been one of my “go to” brands, particularly their CX range of in-ear headphones. They represent a nice balance of sound quality and reasonable pricing. I was excited to try out these “audiophile” level HD650 headphones and more than a little intrigued with the bundled in line amp by Apogee.

Initial impressions were positive, if a little underwhelming. The headphones feel solid and robust, although at this price point I wasn’t expecting quite so much plastic. They feel very functional rather than luxurious, their appearance doesn’t exactly give away their high-end pedigree. I decided to try out the headphones first and figure out the amp later. I’m used to in-ear headphones, so these felt a little odd to me initially. They completely encompass your ears rather than sitting on them and despite a surprisingly firm clamping force, are actually rather comfortable. This is thanks to the velvety soft fabric cover on the foam earpieces. This is much more comfortable than plastic or leather but also likely to get grubby quicker. It would be interesting to see how this soft fabric stands up to wear and tear over time.

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They are fairly light for their size so I didn’t have that feeling that you were wearing saddle bags on your head. I did notice that the open backed design did not offer much noise cancellation. Although muffled, surrounding noise is definitely still audible, so listening to them on the bus or train probably won’t work. There is plenty of adjustment in the size of the headband, even for someone with a melon the size of mine, but I did note that there wasn’t a lot of spring in it. The earpieces themselves pivot a little, but everything is quite rigid.

I plugged them HD650’s into my iPhone since it’s what I listen to music on most often and I was keen to see if the phone (and therefore ipod touch) could deliver enough power to drive these 300Ω beasts. The short answer is yes, very well in fact! Granted you have to crank the volume to levels you wouldn’t dream of with other headphones, but the sound reproduction is jaw dropping. I must pause here to mention one other thing I noticed, or rather my wife did. The open backed design that did little to keep the outside world out also does little to keep the sound in. The music I was enjoying was clearly audible to her, although she apparently wasn’t enjoying the experience quite as much as I was. Again, buses and trains are probably a no-no. Final point to note on the open back design is that it doesn’t heat your ears up to melting point quite so badly, so thumbs way up from me on that particular bugbear.

It’s difficult to convey just how good these headphones sound; they have a nice neutral sound that somehow manages not to sound flat. They excel at the high and mid ranges and acoustic music sounds particularly well reproduced. You are able to pick out incredible detail and the sound separation is outstanding. The bass tones are gloriously unembellished. Unlike many headphones that try to give you concussion by turning the bass line into something akin to a jackhammer, the HD650s have a beautifully round bass, capable of absorbing the deepest rumbles without rattling or buzzing. No matter what track I tried, I could not get them to bottom out and distort. Again the sound reproduction seems incredibly realistic and once you get used to not being assaulted by an over-amplified bass thump, the listening experience is simply wonderful.

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I love the option of being able to replace the cables from the headphones. My biggest gripe with the Sennheiser CX range is that they have very thin and flimsy wires that never seem to last past 6 months use. With the HD650s, you are able to remove the short cable at the earpieces (it’s connected on both sides unlike some other headphones) and replace it with a 3m long cable terminating with a full sized jack. Adding a full to mini jack adapter, I was able to plug these beauties into my record player and sit back and relax. This was an outstanding experience, listening to uncompressed music on a basic, manual record player and high-end headphones. I lost an entire weekend this way.

I’m not much of a gamer, but I did try them on my Xbox and they did not disappoint. The soundscape seems massive and again, the fantastic sound separation really comes out trumps here.

Then it came time to try the amp. I’ve never used one before so I was a little dubious about it. The headphones sound great, do I need an amp? Especially when they cost as much as the headphones themselves!! How do I even use it?  The Apogee Groove amp is a simple, unassuming little device with nothing but volume controls and 3 small LEDs on the exterior. It’s powered via a USB port so it’s designed to listen to music from a computer. This confirms my theory that the best use of these headphones is in a studio type situation where accurate reproduction of the recorded sound is crucial. It’s not how I usually listen to music myself, but I was so far down the rabbit hole with this setup that I just had to know what it would produce. Playing through a Mac is a simple procedure of plugging it in, changing the sound settings and off you go. The PC is a slightly different affair. You must install the appropriate driver – one that you can only get directly from Apogee, and only after you have registered the product. Why this is is anyone’s guess, but it’s quick and painless. Pick your track and off you go.

Disclaimer: you may wish to have a buddy present to help you pick your jaw up off the floor.

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The combination of Groove and HD650 synergises into a listening experience unlike anything I have ever heard. Every aspect is significantly enhanced – the detail, the separation, the clarity, instantly become richer, deeper and wider! I found myself trawling through my music library listening to endless numbers of tracks. Tracks I have heard a thousand times and yet I was able to pick up sounds and layers that I have never heard before. I had my doubts about the necessity of an amp and to be honest, yes, you could no doubt get by quite happily without it. However the sound produced by both devices working in conjunction is just unreal. Closing your eyes, you can almost picture yourself in the recording studio with the band arranged around you. Necessary no, desirable, oh hell yes!

Out of interest, I tried the Groove with my Klipsch R6 in ear headphones and again, this tiny little box transformed what are already excellent sounding headphones. It basically takes the strengths of the any headphones plugged into it and expands on them.

This bundle is exclusive to Sennheiser on their website for a not inconsiderable £490. A bit of research showed that the cost is split roughly 50/50 between the two devices and I did wonder if the increase in sound quality could possibly warrant such a splash out, especially when the combo can only be used when listening to music on a computer. For your average man on the street – probably not. But then this is the audiophile world. If you are happy to spend £250 on headphones (which your average man on the street certainly won’t), forking out an extra £250 for a more perfect sound experience appears a much more reasonable proposition. Certainly for professional use, in a studio environment for example, it’s a no brainer, just buy one.

It’s worth mentioning that if you aren’t concerned about getting the headphones and amp in the one (admittedly rather swish) box, you can save around £40 by sourcing and buying them separately. The HD650s are available through Amazon for around £230.

I don’t know if Apogee developed the Groove specifically for use with the HD650 or it’s just a deal done between the companies, but the two devices complement each other exceptionally and seem to really bring out the best in each other. If you are in the market, I would happily recommend them if you have the pennies. These have now become the bar that all others will be judged against.

You can find further information including the full specs at http://en-uk.sennheiser.com/audiophile-headphones-high-end-hd-650