Archive for September, 2016

By September 10, 2016 Read More →

GEAR4 launches new line of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases with D3O® technology

GEAR4, one of the UK’s largest consumer mobile accessory brands, today launches its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus case range, featuring D3O – the most advanced shock absorbing technology for enhanced impact protection. The Piccadilly, Carnaby, Oxford and Soho cases, relating to GEAR4’s British roots, combine modern forms and materials to deliver the ultimate combination of sleek protection.

The D3O® impact technology used in the cases is the same material found in American football helmets, combat uniforms and protective gear worn by pro athletes (including Usain Bolt) and extreme sportsmen, such as Olympic ski teams. D3O® has a unique molecular structure; in standard conditions, the molecules flow freely allowing the material to remain soft and flexible, but on impact lock together to absorb and dissipate the impact energy, which means your device stays safe when dropped. GEAR4 are the first to use an injection moulded grade of D3O® technology to deliver increased impact protection per cubic millimetre than other leading materials.

GEAR4 designers combined this unique technology with designs that enhance the elegant form of the iPhone to deliver an unprecedented level of protection while still honouring the design of the device itself. All of the new GEAR4 cases for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available at GEAR4.com and Carphone Warehouse.

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The Piccadilly

The Piccadilly case is the perfect choice if you desire protection but want your phone to remain as close to the original look as possible. Offering the world’s first Metallic D3O® technology to perfectly colour match your iPhone, GEAR4 designers have perfectly tuned the colour match to appear as an extension of your phone whilst offering the best protection possible. GEAR4 is the first case brand to use INJECTABLE D3O®, delivering more impact protection per cubic millimetre than other leading materials. These ultra-slim, ultra-modern, ultra-protective cases can make an impact and still blend with contemporary life.

Piccadilly is scratch-protected with UV coating and offers easy access to all ports. Available in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Black for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

RRP £29.99 (Images available here)

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The Mayfair

A nod to modern luxury, the Mayfair is made from beautifully crafted genuine fine leather for an extra touch of extravagance. The ideal choice for blending business and leisure, the Mayfair features the same integrated D3O® technology to protect your device while preserving it’s simple, chic look.

Mayfair is scratch-resistant and available in black or brown leather, featuring slim fitting protection.

RRP £39.99 (Images available here)

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The Soho     

Make a sleek statement with Soho’s transparent case and Apple colour-matched D3O® technology for protection that honours the original design of the iPhone. Featuring a TPU bumper, the Soho comes in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Black. It is available for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

RRP £34.99 (Images available here)

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The Carnaby

A new design for the iPhone 7, the Carnaby offers protection without the bulk and features a mesh of colour matched D3O® on the back to add further protection, with style.

It is also available for iPhone 7 Plus, and both cases are scratch resistant. Available in Gold, Rose Gold and Silver.

RRP £34.99 (Images available here)

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The Oxford Bookcase

GEAR4’s multi-tasker, the Oxford mobile wallet features slots for credit cards and also a convenient stand for viewing videos in landscape. It’s unique clip closure design keeps your valuables safe. Function doesn’t compromise form on the Oxford, as it features the same D3O® smart material that offers the highest performance impact protection.

The Oxford comes in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Black. It is also available for iPhone 7 Plus.

RRP £34.99 (Images available here)

 

All GEAR4 cases for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are available at www.gear4.com.

By September 9, 2016 Read More →

Creative HS800 Fatal1ty Gaming Headset unboxing and review

vlcsnap-00040A very budget orientated gaming headset that has received a price drop in favour of a new model, the Creative Fatality is an ergonomically designed and acoustically tuned headset endorsed by Johnathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel.

Padded headband and earpieces for ambient noise exclusion and comfort during long gaming sessions.
Swivel joint earpiece design adapts to every user.
Detachable and adjustable noise-cancelling microphone.
In-line external volume control with microphone on/off.
Excellent response for voice communications and dynamic in-game audio, with extended bass response for high-impact explosions.
Other Characteristics:
Colour of product: Black
Connectivity technology: Wired
Device interface: 3.5 mm (1/8″)
Ear coupling: Supraaural
Headphone frequency: 20 – 20000 Hz
Headphone sensitivity: 110 dB
Headset type: Binaural
Impedance: 32 Ω
Magnet type: neodymium
Microphone frequency: 100 – 15000 Hz
Microphone input impedance: 10 Ω
Microphone sensitivity: -40 dB
Purpose: PC/Gaming
Weight: 200 g
Windows operating systems supported: Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64

Online electronics retailer www.reichelt.co.uk, many products up to 20% cheaper than elsewhere in the UK.

 

By September 7, 2016 Read More →

SunnyBAG launches the world’s first hybrid solar panel on Kickstarter – LEAF+

unsagdffpecifiedSunnyBAG, a specialist in developing fashionable solar bags, backpacks and outdoor gear, today launches its latest crowdfunding campaign for the SunnyBAG LEAF+. The world’s first hybrid solar panel, the LEAF+ combines a highly flexible solar panel with two efficient SUNPOWER® panels, meaning it’s able to convert a wider spectrum of light into electricity, even when partially shaded. Producing an output power of 6.2 watts and extremely lightweight, it’s the perfect solution for users who want to charge mobile devices such as smartphones, digital cameras, tablets, mobile gaming consoles and GPS Satellite devices on the go.

Twice the performance at same size

The LEAF+ is the new and improved version of the LEAF which came to market in 2014. The size of the surface solar system remains the same as the first product generation with a diameter of about 10 inches. The LEAF+ has a battery capacity of 4000mAH, meaning when fully charged, it is able to power up two dead iPhones as an example. It comes with both lightning and Micro-USB connectors making it extremely versatile. Weighing just 200-grams, the LEAF+ is also weatherproof, scratch and impact resistant and a useful fastening system allows it to be attached easily to backpacks, bags or tents.

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Stefan Ponsold, Founder and CEO SunnyBAG, stated, “The LEAF product range stands for unlimited freedom in all sports and outdoor activities and for independent power supply all around the world. With the new hybrid system, the LEAF+, our ten months of development succeeded in a worldwide innovation. Our customers cheered us on with their consistently positive feedback, and I would like to thank everyone who has purchased and used our products in the past.”

Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sunnybag/sunnybag-leaf

Pre-launch: Discount available for backers

Before production starts Kickstarter backers have the possibility to get the SunnyBAG LEAF+ from € 69,00 instead of € 129,00. Delivery is planned for Christmas 2016, before the official product launch starts in 2017.

The Kickstarter campaign ends on October 23rd, 2016, 11.59 p.m. (CET).

By September 6, 2016 Read More →

Sengled Boost Unboxing

The Sengled Bosst is a simple idea, yet clever when you consider it’s application. Marrying an LED with wifi booster, the unit delivers wifi from what is (normally) the centre of room.

Say goodbye to internet black zones in your home with the ingenious Sengled Boost. With each bulb you connect, the range of your wi-fi is increased. More bulbs means more places to enjoy your content without worrying about slower speeds. And don’t forget, they’re great at illumination too.

By September 5, 2016 Read More →

ADAM elements announces new iKlips DUO+

160602_iklips-duo-plus-heroAfter two successful Indiegogo campaigns for the earlier products iKlips and iKlips DUO, which raised just over US $560,000, ADAM elements launches its third generation Apple Lightning flash drive iKlips DUO+ with an improved design for thick and waterproof cases.

iKlips DUO+ is the latest version of ADAM elements’ successful iKlips flash storage device for iPhone and iPad. At just one-third the physical size of the DUO, the DUO+ provides the same storage expansion and file transfer functionality for iOS devices, in the smallest, most stylish package available on the market.

Manufacturer ADAM elements now offers the first ever Apple flash drive that also connects to iDevices that are protected by very thick covers and waterproof cases. After identifying this important need of users, the company has spent over a year in R&D to eventually design an unparalleled Lightning connector body. Advanced engineering makes the iKlips DUO+ easy to handle anytime, anywhere.

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The DUO+ is a flash storage device and file transfer solution rolled into one, instantly expanding your iPhone or iPad’s available storage by up to 128 GB. It enables you to take your entire HD movie collection with you on flights, record hours of 4K video without running out of memory space, or the ability to do serious video editing on the iPad Pro, and then effortlessly move, copy and share data between your iOS device and your desktop – in the smallest package yet.

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The iKlips DUO+ is also fully MFi-certified by Apple as a product made for iPhone and iPad, adhering to strict performance and manufacturing standards.

Complementing the sleek drive is the iKlips app, available for free on the App Store, for contacts, photos, music, and video data management, backup and transfer, and an optional connection to cloud.

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iKlips DUO+ is designed to cater for any storage need and personal style. It comes in six gorgeous colours, Royal Orchid, Adam Red, Rebel Onyx, Adam Red, Glowing Amber, Rosy Bronze, and Wild Sapphire, and three storage capacities; 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB, and will be available to purchase on Kickstarter towards the end of September and through the ADAM elements website.

By September 5, 2016 Read More →

Sengled announces Snap and Element smart bulbs

snap-3Sengled, a leading manufacturer of innovative smart lighting solutions for the smart home, is announcing the sales launch of Sengled Snap and Sengled Element at the IFA International Consumer Electronics Show. In addition, the smart lighting specialist will be unveiling new designs to complement its LED music lights: The Sengled Cradle Tablelight and Sengled Cradle Floorlight.

Sengled Snap – perfect peace of mind when on holiday

 

The Sengled Snap combines an energy-efficient LED with a wireless HD camera. This innovative combination lights up the garden, garage or hallway and also provides a feeling of reassurance thanks to its security function. The ultra-wide-angle lens of the HD camera guarantees a wide field of vision. This does mean movements are either observed in real time or the data is optimally stored in the associated cloud where it is then available to be viewed at a later date.

Surveillance zones can be defined and alerts set up using the free app (iOS® or Android™) meaning you can relax and enjoy your holidays with a quick glance at your smartphone. This is all you need to check that everything runs smoothly at home. If visibility is poor, the infrared LEDs which are integrated in the Sengled Snap ensure a clear image.

The security LED also features an integrated microphone which allows noises to be picked up and is therefore also suitable for use as a baby videophone. As a security solution for the modern smart home, the Sengled Snap is also protected against external influences such as water and dirt.

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Sengled Element – energy efficiency in action with ZigBee

The Sengled Element combines all the requirements needed for easy management of all the lighting in a smart home. Remotely controllable using the ZigBee standard, the LED lights can be integrated into the WLAN network of the modern home: Simply connect, log in via the app and you have full control of the lighting, from home or when you are on the move via cloud control.

The light can be switched on or off via the light switch, central smart home management or remotely using the app. Within the app it is also possible to adjust the brightness and colour temperature and is very easy to create programmable lighting scenarios which can also be saved. In addition to the control modes, the app also provides a series of energy statistics. This means that you can access an overview of all consumption data and savings at any time. The Sengled Element starter set includes the Sengled Element Hub, which serves as the gateway.

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From an LED specialist to a manufacturer of complete system designs

With its expanded range, Sengled is remaining faithful to its concept of developing innovative and smart lighting for the modern household whilst also embracing the latest designs and expanding its range of LEDs to include elegant complete systems. With the Sengled Onion and Sengled Horn lampshades recently having complemented the musical LEDs of the Sengled Pulse and Flex range as ceiling solutions, the company is now presenting two new models. The Cradle Tablelight and the Cradle Floorlight enable the luminaires mentioned above to be used in even more versatile ways and be integrated subtly into any living or working environment. The two new lampshades will also be unveiled for the first time at the IFA show.

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Prices and availability

The Sengled Snap as a basic package and including a 90-days free trial version for the cloud (streamed videos from the last 24 hours) will be available from September 2016 for 199.00 EUR. Furthermore, a Sengled Snap Basic Plus package will be available and, depending on the level of the monthly fee, will enable phased access to the streamed videos in the cloud (3.50/month: the last 24 hours of video; 6.50 EUR/month: the last 7 days; 18.50/month: the last 30 days). Just like the Sengled Element, whose recommended retail price is 24.90 EUR. A Sengled Element set, consisting of two Sengled Element Lamps and the Element Hub, will also be available at the same time for an RRP of 89.90 EUR.

By September 5, 2016 Read More →

Alcatel POP 4 (10) LTE Tablet Debuts

b278888TCL Communication is proud to announce a new addition to the Alcatel POP 4 series: the Alcatel POP 4 (10) LTE tablet, a lightweight, sturdy and stylish device, with a powerful processor offering ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity and advanced audio enhancements to create an immersive audio-visual entertainment experience for music and movie lovers.

 

The new Alcatel POP 4 tablet offers both style and substance, with a sleek profile and premium metallic design details,” says Vittorio Di Mauro, Vice President & General Manager of Smart Connectivity Division. “It doesn’t skimp on performance either, with a powerful chipset and 4G connectivity”.

 

A Powerful Processor to Enable Super-Fast Connectivity

Network connectivity is essential for the connected generation to enjoy the latest entertainment. Powered by the new generation of LTE processors, the tablet is great for streaming movies in hi-definition, playing the hottest games and enjoying super-fast download speeds.

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Immersive Audio-Visual Experience

The POP 4 tablet integrates a gorgeous IPS full lamination display in Full HD. In addition to the wafer-thin display, the company also teamed up with Waves to add MaxxAudio® to optimize the tablet’s audio quality. The dual front speakers by Waves MaxxAudio® deliver the best performance for your multimedia experience in music, movies, gaming and more. “Auto select” technology automatically detects content type or music genres and reacts with the right optimization setup with pro studio-level processors imagined by mastering audio engineers.

 

Waves is at the forefront of providing innovative intelligent audio technology, which has become an essential feature in gadgets. We are committed to developing advanced audio enhancement tools to make the most out of latest content and devices. With MaxxAudio® on Alcatel POP 4, users are able to enjoy a superior and elevated sonic experience that goes beyond their expectation,” says Jack Joseph Puig, a multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award-winning record producer/mixer and Head of Global Marketing, Waves Consumer Division.

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The Alcatel POP 4 tablet is the perfect portable companion for the connected generation to enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience. The device will be available in Europe from October onwards.

Posted in: News, Press Releases, Tablets
By September 5, 2016 Read More →

Toshiba Canvio Connect II Unboxing and Review

vlcsnap-00038A little big external drive that promises some goodies on the box proves to be something of a mixed bag. A functional hard drive with a £45 price tag for 1tb mixes average USB 3.0 speed with a host of rubbishy third party additions to extend the appeal.

By September 2, 2016 Read More →

Lumsing Smart Body Analyser Digital Scale review

P1030110Scales can be something of a fad.  I would imagine this is one of those pieces of equipment that will see a flurry of sales on in January and then gradually tail off by the end of the month.  However whenever you have a look at the price of some sets of scales you realise that it is an expensive mistake to make if you’re not going to be using it.

Enter the Lumsing Smart Body Analyser Digital Scale. This is a Bluetooth body scale that connects to an app on your iOS or Android device to keep a diary of your weigh-ins. In addition to measuring your body weight, it can also tell through a special layer of blue, tempered glass your body water, body fat, BMI, BMR, muscle mass, bone mass, and visceral fat. Once measured the application plots this in a graph and outputs a simple chart to show you how well you are doing.

As a non-fitness expert most of these measurements are Greek to me. However, my wife is finding it increasingly interesting as she is a marathon runner who finds great benefit in knowing the ups and downs of this intricate data. Me? Last week I weighed a little more than the week before and this week I wear a little less than I did last week. And that’s handy to know, it’s handy to keep track of and I’m glad I didn’t spend the ridiculous money that some other companies are asking for in order to be able to make such a statement.

So what justifies the high price tag of other brands? First up, the brand name. You may not have heard of Lumsing,  they appear to be much like many other Asian manufacturers,  pushing their wares through Amazon at rather attractive prices. There’s nothing wrong with that. What you get is a rather well put together unit that I am reliably informed is very accurate, very informative and very nice to look at.

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The tempered glass on top is a bit of the dust magnet, shows up spills, drips and other marks quite noticeably. Yet it is certainly eye-catching for those visiting the bathroom and impresses those who are curious enough to ask about it.

If I was the point out one drawback it would have to be the app. It really isn’t as polished or as well put together as some of the other alternatives on the market. In fact searching for it on the app store ends up being a little confusing if you’ve done some research into the device, as an example, check my unboxing video.

Once set up using the device couldn’t be easier to use. Simply bringing the application on your phone and then stepping onto the scale activates the wireless connection to transfer the measurements across. You receive a notification from the application to ask you if you were sure you want this information to be added to the application. Once agreed it’s added to the chart and is almost instantly viewable.

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The scales used four AA batteries which are provided in the box, I have yet to find out exactly how long these last however given the length of time that this is on for on a daily basis I would like to think they would last quite a long while. The connection is by Low power Bluetooth and there is only one small LED panel that really only stays lit for, at most, 30 seconds.

Recently my wife noticed a problem with the application as moving to a new phone can cause you to have to start your tracking all over again. You can output the data to a TXT file, however, there is no function to import. Additionally, there is no way to integrate this information with Google fit, Samsung Health or one of the Garmin suites.

Ultimately, the Lumsing Smart Body Analyser Digital Scale might lack the refinement found in the much more expensive scales on the market, however, this is a perfect jumping off point for anyone interested in fitness or just tracking the physical well-being. It’s not a lot of money to lay out, the build quality is solid, it looks lovely and does what it says. A fine product.

You can save 20% off the price of the Lumsing Smart Scale by using the product code below.

Product link: http://amzn.to/2aMSHKh

Discount: 20% off

Code: Q7XY6FX6

Expiry date: 15/09 23:59 BST

By September 1, 2016 Read More →

Huawei debuts the Nova, Nova Plus and MediaPad M3 tablet

gsmarena_015Huawei unveiled the Nova and Nova Plus at IFA today alongside a 8.4-inch MediaPad M3 tablet. Rather than throwing all their wares into another couple of devices Huawei have wisely settled the  Nova and Nova Plus in the mid-range arena, offering an 8MP front camera and a 12MP rear shooter (16MP on the Nova Plus) with large 1.25 μm pixel size.

 

The Nova takes some design flourishes from the Nexus 6P, looking like a little brother. A 5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display covers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 12MP camera, 8MP front facer, USB-C conneciton and a handsome 3025mAh battery. The larger Nova Plus mirrors much of the Nova save for a larger 5.5-inch Full HD display, a 16MP rear camera and even handsomer 3340mAh battery. Huawei’s impressive fingerprint sensors rule the day, and EMUI 4.1 atop of Android 6.0 Marshmallow keeps things moving.

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The MediaPad M3 tablet offers generous 8.4-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 950 SoC that we recently saw in the Honor 8, 8MP front and rear cameras, 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB or storage and a 5100mAh battery. Again EMUI 4.1 covers Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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The Nova will be priced at €399. The Nova Plus sits at €429 and the MediaPad M3 ranges from €349 to €449 depending on storage and LTE options

Posted in: News, Phones