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By December 20, 2016 Read More →

Building a computer for £300 – Part 1 – Case

vlcsnap-023reichelt have sponsored a challenge to build a computer for £300. With a budget of only £300 I have to source the best bits of computer equipment for a main central processor unit (CPU) to build the most competent computer I can.

In part one, I select the case. An Inter-Tech K-11 midi-tower including SL-500 for £33.71 inc VAT. This case includes:

External: 1 x 5.25″, 1x 3.5″
Internal: 4 x 2.5″, 3x 2.5″
Front I/O: 2x USB 2.0, 1x headphones, 1x microphone
PCI slots: 6
Fan (front): N/A
Mainboard: up to ATX
Power supply unit: ATX, 500 W
Power supply location: top
Colour: black, inside black
Dimensions (WxHxD): 190 x 410 x 405 mm
Weight: 4.02 kg

Hit the subscribe button as tomorrow we will be looking at the processor to provide the heart of the system.

Check out reichelt.co.uk, an online electronics retailer…many products up to 20% cheaper than elsewhere in the UK!

By December 16, 2016 Read More →

Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual Slot Reader Unboxing

image18The Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual Slot Reader Compatible with SD and UDMA Flash Memory Card is a professional-level, portable USB reader that leverages SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology to deliver blazing-fast transfer speeds from card to computer, with a USB interface speed up to 500MB/s (reads up to 5 times faster than USB 2.0).

It lets you leverage the performance capabilities of the latest UDMA CompactFlash (CF) (including UDMA 7 CF 6.0) and SD, SDHC, SDXC, and SD UHS-I and UHS-II (SD 3.0) memory cards. The reader is also compatible with standard CF and SD cards and USB 2.0.

By December 15, 2016 Read More →

Fast, stylish and safe: the USB-C QuickCharge 3.0 car charger CASA CO³

unspecified g gunspecifiedFor most people, it is rare to leave the house with just one mobile device in today’s times. Changing lifestyles have turned tablets, phones or computers into frequent and indispensable companions during most day-to-day activities, making it all the more inconvenient when these suddenly run out of battery. For car drivers and their passengers, ADAM elements presents a convenient solution to this problem, the all-in-one car charger CASA CO³. Boasting both a USB-C and two USB-A ports, the intelligent and elegant device enables users to charge multiple mobile devices simultaneously while driving.

Four times faster than traditional car chargers.
With the CASA CO³, ADAM elements makes sure that your devices never run low on battery. The intelligently designed car charger features a USB-C and two USB-A ports that enable users to charge mobile devices while driving. For drivers who seldom travel with just one device, this means that neither their iPhone, iPad nor MacBook will be left behind – all can be charged simultaneously. This comes in handy especially with several people in the backseat, who no longer need to argue about who will be first to charge his or her device. Moreover, CASA CO³ is equipped with QuickCharge 3.0 technology, making it faster than traditional car chargers while remaining downward compatible with QuickCharge 2.0. Even shorter trips consequently provide sufficient time to instil users’ mobile devices with new battery life.

Stylish and safe.
Made from a black polycarbonate blend, the sleek design of the CASA CO³ fits perfectly into any car interior. Its light weight further makes it easy to take along during travels, while multiple protective failsafe designs and high quality electronics ensure that nothing can go wrong when multiple mobile devices are being charged. This way, the device is protected from overheating, short-circuits, over-voltage and over-currents.

The CASA CO³ comes with a one-year warranty and is available to purchase online from the Taiwan-based ADAM Store. The MSRP is £24.99.

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By December 15, 2016 Read More →

Premium Christmas Gifts from THINKWARE Dash Cams

f770iconTHINKWARE F770, RRP £199 – With its sleek, unobtrusive design the F770 is THINKWARE’s global flagship dash cam supporting an optional second camera for filming behind the vehicle.

 

With a built-in GPS antenna, the F770 embeds speed, time and location data to the recorded videos to give you all the information you may need and the Dual Save™ technology allows you to save recorded footage in both the micro SD memory card and the last event in the built-in internal memory. This safeguards against the loss of data in the aftermath of a severe collision if the memory card is damaged and the Dual Save Technology guarantees a backup copy of the video in the internal memory.

The built-in Wi-Fi enables you to easily control, manage and configure the settings of your Dash Cam via your iOS or Android smart phone and provides a truly convenient way for you to view recordings, download, access or delete recorded videos, all on your mobile phone.

The THINKWARE DASH CAM F770 also features ‘Super Night Vision’, a night image correction feature and ‘Time Lapse Photography’ that records one frame per second for up to two days. The ‘Super Night Vision’, which is optimised for dark parking environments, delivers up to 10 times higher brightness than existing products, featuring a new image signal processing (ISP) technology and a real-time video processing function.

The ‘Time Lapse Photography,’ embracing improved video storage methods, can record the details of the parked vehicle by maintaining the continuous recording while parked, instead of recording 20 second events triggered by motion detection or the camera’s g-sensor. Parking mode operates for up to 2 days after the ignition is turned off.

The THINKWARE DASH CAM F770’ has also adopted the ‘Advanced Driving Assistance System’ (ADAS), which assures driver’s safety and convenience with numerous driver alerts. The Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) alerts drivers when drifting out of lane and the Front Collision Warning System (FCWS) advises drivers of when to brake by calculating the speed of your vehicle and the vehicle in front in real time.

Equipped with 1080p Full HD cameras, Ambarella chipsets, advanced video clear technology and Sony Exmor CMOS Image Sensors, the THINKWARE DASH CAM F770 also features Safety Camera Alerts using the built in GPS. In partnership with award winning camera alert specialist, Cyclops, it provides drivers regularly updated information on verified speed/red–light camera locations and known mobile speed traps.

 

THINKWARE DASH CAM F50, RRP £79.99With prices starting at just £79.99, the F50 is the perfect feature-packed dash cam for those wanting piece of mind whilst on the road and whilst parked. It is equally as popular with commercial vehicles owners offering security, accountability and possible reductions in insurance premiums.

The F50 is equipped with an Ambarella chipset and Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor that records detailed full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second, a 130-degree viewing angle and a built in Active Impact monitoring system. The THINKWARE F50 dash cam certainly fits a lot of features into its small and elegant design.

When hardwired, the F50 features Parking Surveillance Modes with Motion and Impact Detection triggering the recording of 20 second video clips, ensuring car, van or taxi owners are able to record incidents in parking mode for 48 hours. The built-in impact sensor, which detects the level of force when your vehicle sustains an impact, is a 3 axis G-sensor whose settings are different for parking mode and continuous mode. You want it to be as sensitive as possible whilst parked but don’t want it to record incidents every time you go over a pothole. All footage is instantaneously saved to a memory card reducing potential data corruption.

The dash cams are also able to work in extreme conditions thanks to the integrated Thermal Protection. If the temperature rises and exceeds a certain level, the Self Protection Shut Down function will automatically switch off the device to protect the camera optics. In the event of power loss during an accident, the dash cam’s fail-safe recording uses the Super Capacitor to ensure that any recordings in progress are stored securely, so you can be confident your data is safe.

When the THINKWARE F50 dash cam is connected to the optional GPS Antenna it provides drivers regularly updated information on verified speed/red–light camera locations and known mobile speed traps thanks to the partnership THINKWARE has with award winning camera alert specialist, Cyclops.

The THINKWARE F50 allows for discreet installation due to its minimal size and black appearance. It can be placed behind the rear view mirror on the windscreen using the 3M tape so the driver’s vision is not obscured. However, to fully ensure the THINKWARE F50 dash cam is not a target for thieves, there is also a locking box accessory available to make its removal from the vehicle difficult; an attractive option for commercial vehicles.

The THINKWARE F50 Dash Cam is currently available from www.thinkwaredashcam.uk for £79 plug and play or £99 with optional GPS antenna. For more information visit the company’s website at www.thinkware.com

By December 14, 2016 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 14th December 2016 – Claustrophobia

grid-bubsGareth Myles, Jay Garrett, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond and Leila Gregory

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Hi Guys, can you tell me when and where the Asus Zenwatch 3 will be on sale in the U.K. Regards Howard

What have you been playing with?

Gavin

Leila

Gareth

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By December 14, 2016 Read More →

6 tips to keep your phone party proof this festive season

2016-12-13With the Christmas party season in full swing and that festive tipple turning into your tenth Jaeger bomb, certain party events become inevitable; someone trying to corner you for a heart-to-heart, that person crying in the toilets, the David Brent style dancing and the all too predictable smashed phone. Whilst we can’t help you improve your dancing, we can offer some tips to help avoid waking up next to a smashed phone after the infamous work Christmas party…..

Provided by gadget and tech accessories provider, Griffin Technology.

  • Keep it out of sight and zipped away

The more barriers there are to your phone, the less chance it has of falling to its demise. Whether it’s a zipped compartment in a handbag or buttoned pockets, something to stop you reaching for it every 10 seconds can work wonders.

  • Watch out for office geeks in YOLO party mode

If you must grab that group shot on the dance floor, stand well out of the way of wayward dancers. People tend to go overboard at parties and their excitement is just too much – they’ll fling their arms in the air like they just don’t care and that’s the moment your phone’s knocked out of your hands.

  • Resist the urge to take a bathroom selfie

Running water (amongst other things) spells disaster for your phone, so do your phone a favour and take your selfies away from the taps. The last thing you want to be doing is attempting to take your phone apart and pop it into a container of dry rice at 2am…….

  • Invest in a super-sturdy phone case

Suffer from butterfingers on the dance floor when taking that obligatory selfie? It’s worth ensuring your phone is up to the action you put it through and invest in some reliable protection. Even if you’re convinced you won’t hit the floor no matter how many beers you have (and we guarantee you will!) or your table dancing skills are something to be marvelled at, it’s best to guarantee your device will stay safe. Griffin’s Survivor range offers some of the best drop protection going. Now go dance your heart out.

  • Download the Find My Phone app

Just in case the worst happens and your precious phone does go walkies, give yourself the best chance to be reunited with it. Download the Find My Phone app if you have an iPhone or the Where’s My Droid app for Android users. Both will allow you to stalk your phone until you discover where it’s been hiding.

  • Don’t drink too much

Not a popular tip, but it works.

For gadget protection and accessories, Griffin Technology provides a range of cases to suit smartphones, tablets and more. For superior protection of the new iPhone 7, the Survivor Summit is recommended, as it has been tested to meet military standards making it super tough with 10-foot drop protection and a sealed, splash-proof design. Newly launched is the Survivor Clear Wallet – the ultimate in showcasing the new iPhone 7 whilst providing the best defense of it simultaneously. In addition to its premium shock-absorbing bumper, the case contains an integrated folio-type wallet with card slots, where IDs, credit cards, bus passes, cash and more can be stored. To check out the rest of the Griffin range, go to www.griffintechnology.com.

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By December 14, 2016 Read More →

Urbanista launches new wireless edition of its stylish on-ear Seattle headphones

07c8f468ebac7e2691c6dc1d162e7fd79791810a_720x720Swedish brand, Urbanista, today launches the new wireless version of its hugely popular Seattle on-ear headphones. Using Bluetooth technology, the Seattle wireless allow users to look sleek and stylish whilst listening to all their favourite songs, without being tethered to a cord.

Perfect for music lovers who want a crisp sound and impressive bass for an extraordinary listening experience, the Seattle Wireless now feature advanced swipe technology meaning users can answer calls, play or pause music and change tracks using their fingertip making listening to music enjoyable and easy. The headphones also feature an in-built microphone for calls and ‘share sound’ plug to enable users to share music with friends.

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Urbanista has combined Scandinavian minimalistic design with a practical folding feature that makes these headphones ideal for taking on holiday, for travelling and commuting. The Seattle wireless also comes with a complimentary power cord – so unlike many other Bluetooth headphones, if the battery runs out, the music doesn’t have to stop.

The adjustable, seamless headband and modern design with memory foam cushions that moulds to the user’s ear ensures the Seattle headphones are not only stylish but extremely comfortable too.

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Available in four stylish colours, Rose Gold, White, Black and Blue Petroleum, the Seattle headphones are available from: https://uk.urbanista.com/ for £89.00.

Specifications:

  • Speaker size: φ40mm
  • Sensitivity: 102+/-3dB at 1Khz 1mW
  • Impedance: 26+/-15% at 1Khz
  • Frequency: 20-20.000Hz
  • Handsfree with microphone
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
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By December 13, 2016 Read More →

Keep your new iPhone 7 safe this party season with these tough phone cases

unspecifiedWith Christmas approaching and the party season now in full swing, followed by the inevitable diet and health kick in the New Year, we thought we offer you some ideas for the toughest phone cases on the market.

We have all had those boozy Christmas party nights when your phone becomes that extra little bit difficult to keep a hold of and slips through your fingers, onto the dance floor or pavement with an ominous thud. Well, now you have that bit of extra protection to ensure the hangover is the only thing you will be cursing the following morning.

In January it’s time to fight the bulge, whether that be getting out the running shoes or to get down the gym. Icy pavements or gym weights and machines are also perilous to unprotected mobile phones so be smart and wrap your device in one of the ultra-protective cases below.

The All Rounder

Cygnett WorkMate Pro Case for iPhone 7 (£19.95)

The WorkMate Protective Case for iPhone 7 offers full phone protection using dual complimentary materials as well as other ‘active’ user benefits such as the raised lip around the screen to protect your device as well as offer ‘lay flat protection’ when your device is face down. The WorkMate offers a more refined slimline designed case avoiding the bulkiness of other highly protective cases in the marketplace which sets it apart from all others. It is available in khaki green, white, black, red and grey.

Available from uk.cygnett.com for £19.95. (Currently on sale at £15.99!)

The Impact Absorber

The GEAR4 Carnaby iPhone 7 case featuring D3O impact absorbing technology (£34.99)

All GEAR4 cases available from www.gear4.com or Carphone Warehouse. D3O® materials in their raw state flow freely when moved slowly, but on shock, lock together to absorb and disperse energy, before instantly returning to their flexible state. This reaction is counter intuitive. The greater the force of the impact, the more the molecules lock together and the greater the protection. Integrated into all GEAR4 Black phone cases, the case range is the first to use an injection moulded grade of D3O® technology to deliver increased impact protection per cubic millimetre than other leading materials.

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.

Available from www.gear4.com or Carphone Warehouse.

The Luxurious

The X-Doria Defense Lux iPhone 7 case (£29.99)

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 aluminium outer frame. The aluminium 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 microfiber rear panel.

Available from Amazon for £29.99.

… and for the screen

Cygnett 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.

Available from uk.cygnett.com for £19.95.

By December 13, 2016 Read More →

The Toilet Training Etiquette Guide

2016-12-12-2As a mum of two boys I know exactly how frustrating it is to walk into the bathroom and find a complete mess and puddles of urine after your little one has used the toilet. Unfortunately, teaching your boy to aim, is a stage every mother will have to go through (and for any women who live with older men too) but with a little bit of creative imagination, it can be done!

 

  • Practise, Practise, Practise – Before you even get near the toilet there are a couple of tricks you can teach your boy to help him ‘get his eye in.’ When they’ve finished taking a shower, allow them to pee and aim at the drain. You can even create a point scheme with the highest points rewarded when they never miss the drain. This may not be to everyone’s taste but its better a mess in the shower or bath which you can wash away, than on your tiling or wallpaper!

 

  • Turn it into a game – Little boy’s minds can wander very easily, and whilst they should be concentrating on their aim into the toilet, they can easily drift off and start thinking about other things… Many mothers will no doubt agree that they are fed up with the cleaning aftermath of their children going to the bathroom so capture their imaginations by transforming the toilet into an activity zone. This was exactly why I invented Pisher, a fun electronic toilet target that projects a spaceship onto the exact spot boys should be aiming for. To really improve their manners this nifty gadget will also applaud and congratulate them when they shut the lid. For extra fun add a drop of washing up liquid into the bowl before he pees. Then when he does the water will create lots of little bubbles which should make the whole process that bit easier.

 

  • Offer Praise – It’s an age old technique but one that’s highly successful. By creating a reward scheme and offering encouragement to your child when they’re learning to be neat and tidy in the bathroom they’ll be far more inclined to do a good job! Whether you decide to create a simple gold sticker chart or you offer them a treat after each trip to the loo, your son or daughter will quickly learn that good behaviour equals a good reward.

 

  • Extra Support – Sometimes it’s not necessarily the boys fault that his aim isn’t up to scratch. It could be that he’s just not quite tall enough to have a clear visual of where he should be peeing. Give him that extra support he needs and purchase a simple stool or step that will mean he doesn’t have to struggle and he can lean his body to just the right position to help him in his mission.

 

  • Like Father Like Son – Young children learn by example so sometimes a live demonstration from Dad helps them understand the proper aiming technique. The big toilet can be scary so if Dad can offer that extra bit of support and companionship the experience may be less daunting – it’s also a good bonding experience for both.

Author: Sarit Nahum, mum of two and founder of Pisher (www.pisher.net)

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By December 12, 2016 Read More →

devolo Home Starter Pack Unboxing

image17devolo Home Control ensures you have full control over your home. Make your living spaces even more secure, convenient and energy-efficient with the first DIY smart home. devolo home automation makes intelligent living easier than ever: Just unpack and get started − you can enjoy the comfort in your new smart home.

devolo home automation lets you simplify everyday household life in a hassle-free way. You can easily and intuitively control heating, lighting and electrical devices the same way you control home security and energy consumption. You have control over anything at all times in your living spaces at the touch of a button, via timer or with the app.

You can easily design your smart home according to your individual needs without any previous knowledge. The home automation functions on the building block principle: Select the devices you would like to use in your living spaces from the available devolo Home Control devices. The heart of your smart home is the devolo Home Control Central Unit, which you can simply plug into any electrical socket. Subsequently program all devices used via the Central Unit. These are just some of the possibilities offered to you for your own intelligent home:

  • Switch off lighting, heating and electrical devices via the Wall Switch from your favourite spot
  • Automatic heating control via timer or Room Thermostat
  • Maximum control with Smoke Detector, Motion Sensor and Door Contact
  • Automatically switch on lights when entering the home
  • Automatically switch on lights and appliances via Key-Fob Switch from a distance of 100 m
  • Switch on all devices on the go via your smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Gain insight in the current energy consumption via app

The smart home components of our devolo Home Control Series are programmed once, all operations run automatically: The lighting switches on at a desired time on its own, the heating automatically reacts to the room temperature, and your Motion Sensor notifies you of any unusual movement via e-mail or text. You decide whether to operate the devices via app, timer or simply via the switch from your favourite spot.

http://www.devolo.co.uk/home-control/