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By February 18, 2016 Read More →

Tidy ARCHOS Diamond 2 Plus package 4GB RAM – 64GB £199

aWith the ARCHOS 50 Diamond, ARCHOS imposed itself as a competitive challenger by offering compelling features for a more than democratic price. At Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, ARCHOS will repeat the feat with the ARCHOS Diamond 2 Plus.

“With this Diamond smartphone, we’ve decided to offer functionalities consistent with consumer demands” says Loïc Poirier, ARCHOS’s CEO. “We want to be first with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB Flash at £199 “

ARCHOS’ newest smartphone delivers the following features:

–          4GB RAM and 64GB Flash for extreme responsiveness and extensive storage

–          4G octo-core LTE cat 6 Helio P10 processor from Mediatek for ultra-powerful performance

–          Full HD 5.5” IPS screen with curved edges (2.5D) for extra wide viewing angles and brilliant colors,

–          Wide angle 8MP front camera with flash combined with its 20.7 MP (Sony sensor) back camera bring camera precision to a new level,

–          Micro USB Type-C connector for more powerful data transferring and fast charging,

–          Fingerprint sensor to provides more security to the users’ data and faster access to apps,

–          Stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow software: boosted with features such as Google Now on Tap, case-by-case app permissions, and Doze to monitor battery usage

This newest generation of Diamond smartphones is the most high-end product offered by ARCHOS to date and will be available in May at £199. 

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By February 18, 2016 Read More →

4 Interesting Facts about Video Conferencing

There’s been a lot of talk about video conferencing. For many companies, it’s moving beyond talk right into application. Plenty of industries are already taking advantage of the benefits video conferencing solutions bring to the table. Here are some interesting facts about video conferencing that might prove helpful to you while you decide on how to upgrade your communication infrastructure:

 

No More Need to Travel

Powwownow says 56 percent of CFOs over the planet choose to do their meetings via video conferencing. It’s a great deal more convenient than traveling to wherever the meeting is set. Travel takes a lot out of your time and commuting presents unique challenges to employees. From driving to work through traffic or catching the train, and elbowing people aside for a chance to sit for a 2-hour trip commute, this can have a negative effect on how employees start their day.

For some employees, though, travel can be a constant and time-consuming part of their daily work schedule. Take lawyers, for instance. Some clients might request for legal assistance and ask the lawyers to come to their homes for a long and lengthy discussion. If it’s a long drive, lawyers stand to lose a lot in terms of gaining enough billable hours if they have to drive to where all their clients are. 

In either case, travel is a notorious productivity-killer. With video conferencing though, lawyers can consult with as many clients as they can whether they’re at the office or on the road. With less time dedicated to travel, they can also devote more hours to consulting sessions with their clients.

 

A Lot of Cost Savings

Companies who used video conferencing to cut down on their travel enjoyed a 30 percent drop in their travel costs. That’s a lot of savings for a company’s bottom line. And the good news doesn’t stop there. With less travel came other cost-savings as well. On-site training sessions that used to last for an entire month were now carried out in a week or two, with the rest of the training being implemented over video. That means less accommodation and food expenses. Annual seminars that used to take a week can now be done in a day, supplemented by a wealth of webinars and online conferences. Companies could now pay less for venue charges and enjoy greater profit. What’s more, businesses no longer had to rely on complicated hardware to set up their communication platforms. By relying on cloud-based solutions, companies can save a lot on hardware costs. Well-known industry players like Blue Jeans offer video conferencing equipment that cover room to remote capabilities. This means online conferences can be carried out, whether you’re in conference room equipped with a ton of equipment, at home with your laptop or halfway across the world with your tablet or mobile phone. That’s a whole lot of savings when you add them all up.

 

Greater Adoption of the Technology

71 percent of global companies are putting their money in the technology in a bid to slash travel expenses, IMMCA reports. As the number of users grow and the frequency with which they use the technology is a good reason to start migrating to cloud-based tools and solutions. That’s because shifting to the technology ensures compatibility. Compatible systems mean less to zero problems between you and your partner companies, users or customers. Another is to take advantage of the tech-dependent perks. As users multiply, more companies come out of the woodwork to play. Just take a look at the many online apps out there today. As technology evolves, you can expect to see more improvements and enhancements to come, which is good news for all. The better the technology, the more efficient it’ll be for everyone. And the more efficient it is, the greater competitive advantage it gives against your competitors. 

 

A Bigger Market and Talent Pool

Video conferencing collapses boundaries, in more ways than one. It doesn’t just let provide you with opportunities for face to face interviews with potential talents or consultations with clients, it also lets you reach out to those talents or clients—regardless of wherever they are in the world. No need to board a plane and head over to Japan for a business consult. No need to fly out candidates for an interview, until not until you’ve whittled down the applicant list to two to three promising talents. And even then, video conferencing can provide you with the means to conduct the final interview right from your office, sans travel. So if you’ve been having problems finding the right people on your team, maybe expanding your search to global talents will get the job done. And if local prospects aren’t looking up, putting out feelers in the global market can net you the kind of customers your business needs.

By February 17, 2016 Read More →

Eggcellent drone PowerEgg unveiled by Powervision Robot

image006Powervision Robot Inc., a leader in robotics and big data best known for its industrial drones, announced their first consumer drone, the “PowerEgg,” today. The PowerEgg features an innovative egg shape which, in addition to being aesthetically different than the many X-shape four-axis drones currently on the market, makes it foldable and easy to transport. The lightweight PowerEgg can be easily folded and carried in a backpack and will be available in early Q2 of 2016.According to Powervision CEO Wally Zheng, “Powervision wanted to create a beautiful yet functional design for the PowerEgg.  We think the oval shape is not only clean and pure but also has the structural and functional benefits. 

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This simple yet vital design means that this is more than a flying robot but a work of art.” Although PowerEgg was developed for the mainstream consumer market to allow everyone to enjoy the drone flying experience, it still includes advanced technologies that rival industrial drones, including a 360-degree panoramic 4K HD camera on a 3-axis gimbal, real-time long range video transmission, advanced “optical flow” sensors for indoor navigation, as well as an intuitive and easy-to use-remote control,. The Powervision team spent over 18 months perfecting this one-of-a-kind product. Although extremely lightweight, it has a compact and revolutionary structural design.  The unique design includes larger propellers that required advancements to transform from the compact egg shape to the larger flight mode.  In addition, on the software side, Powervision used its extensive software expertise to make the drone easier to fly.  Currently, the average consumer drone requires at least 10 hours of flight time for consumers to learn how to use.  By using their extensive knowledge in design and user experience, Powervision is able to lower that significantly.  As Zheng explained, “We want flying a drone to be child’s play, something even a five-year-old can do.”

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Zheng believes that the entire drone industry is going through a transition from the easy to transport drones to a revolution in ease of use.  “With this next generation of drones, much like the Internet expanded access to information in the virtual world, drones 2.0 led by innovations like the PowerEgg can expand access to the physical world and bring together humans and machines in this journey.”

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By February 17, 2016 Read More →

Kidigi USB Type-C Sync & Change Cradle Unboxing

vlcsnap-error430Desktop chargers are nothing new however with USB Type-C slipping onto the scene there are now folks looking for new peripherals to replace their ageing MicroUSB versions.

The Kidigi USB Type-C Sync & Change Cradle is a destop cradle for the Nexus 6P that combines all you would expect from you typical desktop cradle for £24.99.

 

By February 16, 2016 Read More →

LG Launches the Tone Series Bluetooth Headset Lineup

large01LG Electronics (LG) will unveil its most premium addition to the TONE Series of Bluetooth headsets at MWC 2016 in Barcelona, Spain which runs from February 22-25. In addition to its good looks, the new TONE Platinum delivers unrivalled style and superior audio quality through a partnership with Harmon Kardon®.

 

Having secured the Harmon Kardon Platinum grade, the newest TONE Platinum is designed for both professionals and avid music lovers. LG has adopted the Balanced Armature design as the sound module for the latest TONE Platinum model to minimise distortion. The design is usually reserved for high-end wired earphones. In addition, its aluminium earphone housing helps deliver a more sophisticated sound performance.

 

The headset features aptX™ HD Audio Codec to deliver CD-like quality audio over Bluetooth that faithfully reproduces the full audio bandwidth and minimises latency by significantly reducing the bit rate without affecting sound quality. The premium headset also offers noise cancelling dual microphones for clearer calls even in the noisiest environments.

 

The TONE Platinum’s sleek aluminum finish adds a premium look and feel to the device while its ergonomic design allows users to wear the headset for hours without discomfort. To further enhance convenience, LG added Voice Command to handle incoming calls just by voice while the Tone & Talk app has been enhanced to support Voice Memo and Find Me via any Android smartphone (version 4.1 and higher).

 

“The LG TONE Platinum is a showcase of innovative technologies that aims to deliver premium sound quality in a form-factor that millions of customers have come to embrace,” said Michael Park, vice president in charge of Innovative Personal Devices Business Division at LG Electronics. “LG’s TONE offerings are second to none in the wireless Bluetooth world which is a key growth area for our mobile business.”

 

“We are excited to collaborate with LG on the LG TONE Platinum,” said Michael Mauser, executive vice president and president of Harman’s Lifestyle Division. “Harman Kardon has over 60 years of experience creating premium audio and ground-breaking sound technologies. When a product like the LG TONE Platinum carries the Harman Kardon name, it is confirmation that the device will offer class-leading audio quality and outstanding design.”

 

LG plans to roll out the latest premium Bluetooth headset in the United States in March, followed by other key markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Visitors to Mobile World Congress are encouraged to stop by LG’s booth in Hall 3 of Fira Gran Via from February 22-25 to see the newest TONE Platinum.

By February 16, 2016 Read More →

LG to debut “specialist” X series smartphones at MWC 2016

lgxInstead of a one-size-fits-all approach, LG Electronics (LG) will bring to Mobile World Congress 2016 a new series of smartphones developed to offer customers a unique user experience by offering one exceptional feature at a price that rivals mid-range smartphones. The first two models in the X series — X cam and X screen — will debut at MWC in Barcelona on February 22. The X cam and X screen are designed for customers who do not want or need all the bells and whistles that come with today’s high-end phones but still desire a great camera or advanced display.

 

The X cam sports dual cameras on the rear and delivers one of the most advanced camera experience in a mass-tier smartphone. Thanks to LG’s seamless 3D Bending Glass, the X cam features an elegant curved finish on the front and with a profile of only 5.2mm, the device is extremely comfortable to hold in the hand. And unlike other boxy and heavier mid-range phones, the X cam tips the scale at only 118g.

 

The other model, appropriately named X screen, is equipped with an “Always-on” Second Screen which until now has only been available on LG’s premium V10. The Second Screen sits above the main 4.93-inch HD In-cell Touch display and makes multi-tasking a breeze on the X screen. With the 1.76 inch Second Screen, users can easily access frequently used apps, answer calls without interrupting the current activity or just play music. The Second Screen also lets users check time, date, battery status and other notifications without ever having to turn on the phone. What’s more, the X screen offers a stylish, sleek look with its crystal-clear glass fibre exterior and clean lines.

 

“Everyone has a favourite smartphone feature,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “At LG, we think there’s room for devices that do one thing very well and that customers shouldn’t have to pay for features that they don’t want. At the end of the day, we’re committed to offering consumers more choices.”

 

LG’s X series will debut in key markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America starting next month. Visitors to MWC can see the new X series for themselves at LG’s booth in Hall 3 of Fira Gran Via from February 22-25.

 

X cam Key Specifications:*

·      Display: 5.2-inch FHD In-cell Touch

·      Chipset: 1.14GHz Octa-Core

·      Camera: Rear 13MP and 5MP / Front 8MP

·      Memory: 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM

·      Battery: 2,520mAh

·      Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

·      Size: 147.5 x 73.6 x 5.2mm~6.9mm

·      Network: LTE

·      Colors: Titan Silver / White / Gold / Pink Gold

 

X screen Key Specifications:*

·      Display:    Main) 4.93-inch HD In-cell Touch

                    Secondary) 1.76-inch LCD (520 x 80)

·      Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core

·      Camera: Rear 13MP / Front 8MP

·      Memory: 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM

·      Battery: 2,300mAh

·      Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

·      Size: 142.6 x 71.8 x 7.1mm

·      Network: LTE

·      Colors: Black / White / Pink Gold 

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By February 16, 2016 Read More →

Secret Samsung Galaxy S7 video shows a few unconfirmed features. #TheNextGalaxy

2016-02-16It would appear that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is both water resistant and features wireless charging according to this unlisted video Samsung have dropped onto YouTube. The is also the opportunity it might turn you into a world class archer however that might not actually come into fruition. At any rate, having water resistance is going to be a crowd pleaser to no end, check out the sweaty video below.

 

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By February 15, 2016 Read More →

TrackR Bravo Unboxing

vlcsnap-error725The TrackR Bravo is a simple GPS locator allowing the user to hone in on the location of a missing item with ease.

Designed to be small and easy to transport the Bravo enjoys a small feature set whilst managing to extend it use to almost anything. Dropping it into the change pocket of a wallet, attached to your keys or around the neck of your dog the TrackR Bravo keeps whatever you attach it to within reach and easily locatable.

Diameter: 31mm

Thickness: 3.5mm

Battery Life: 1 year

Battery Type: Replaceable CR1616 Battery

Device Ringer Volume: 85dB

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy)

Device Compatibility:

iPhone 4s & Later
iPad 3rd Generation & Later
Android 4.4 & Later with Bluetooth Low Energy
Works World Wide

https://www.thetrackr.com/bravo

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By February 12, 2016 Read More →

AOC presents 4K monitor with Adaptive-Sync

aocAOC, one of the top global brands in the display market, introduces a new 4K UHD display that combines high picture quality, a slim, elegant design and a fast HDMI 2.0 connector. The AOC U2879VF is able to display more than 1 billion colours, allowing for more depth and richer colour quality. An ultra-fast response time of 1 ms, Adaptive-Sync support (FreeSync compatible) and low input lag make the monitor ideal for gamers that are looking for great visuals and smooth action. The monitor comes with up-to-date connectivity, amongst others encompassing both HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2a+ inputs. Alongside these features, its competitive price-performance ratio makes it attractive for a variety of users.

Slim design and crisp images
The AOC U2879VF comes in an ultra-slim design that combines a slick glossy bezel with an elegant silver stand, making it a stylish addition to the workspace. The integrated 28″ (71.1 cm) TN panel is able to display more than 1 billion colours (Real 8-bit+FRC), resulting in vivid and detailed images. Together with its 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels), the monitor’s good image quality is thus likely to find great appeal with those users interested in video and photo editing, but also is an attractive companion in day-to-day office work. Combined with Adaptive-Sync support (FreeSync compatible), 1 ms response time and low input lag, the display is equally appealing for gamers, who will benefit from crisp, highly detailed 4K visuals and the ultimate gaming experience.

Enhanced connectivity
Users will benefit from the monitor’s various inputs, making it possible to connect it to a variety of devices. Alongside DisplayPort 1.2a+, DVI and VGA inputs, the AOC U2879VF features an ultra-fast HDMI 2.0 connector that increases the bandwidth significantly to up to 18 Gb/s, making it possible to play 60fps 4K UHD video without any problems. This port also boasts MHL functionality which allows users to display content from a smartphone or tablet device while charging its battery at the same time.

Comfortable and efficient working experience
Aside from its impressive image quality and good connectivity, the AOC U2879VF also performs well for all home power-users who want to work efficiently and stay healthy at the same time. The integrated Picture by Picture (PBP) function makes it possible to view content from two input sources at the same time. Thanks to the monitor’s 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, both of the two virtual screens are displayed with a high pixel density (138 PPI). To improve user’s comfort while using the monitor, the AOC U2879VF includes Flicker-Free technology that reduces the flickering phenomenon commonly emitted by monitors. As a consequence, the display is less straining on the eye, making it more comfortable to work on the display for long periods of time.

The AOC U2879VF will be available in March 2016 for an MSRP of £279.99.

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By February 12, 2016 Read More →

ARCHOS 50d Oxygen – A revamped experience to be discovered!

50dARCHOS have unveiled their newest addition to its Oxygen line: the ARCHOS 50d Oxygen.

Beautifully updated screen and design

The ARCHOS 50d Oxygen will offer an incredible display and design. Its 5” screen, procures to the high-end feel and features from the Oxygen line. Featuring an impressive Full HD IPS screen (1920 x 1080), it delivers infinite contrasts and extra deep blacks thanks to Full Lamination. Every multimedia experience becomes breath taking. Set into an ultra slim and light, deep black body with a gold metal contour, the ARCHOS 50d Oxygen is the epitome of sleek, yet functional, modern design.

 

Unprecedented photo experience

 

The screen technology paired with the extra powerful 13 MP camera will sublime photos in incredible detail, taking them to unprecedented level. Moments will never be missed as photos can be snapped on the fly. The 5MP front camera allows for great video chat sessions with family and friends. Everywhere it goes, the ARCHOS 50d Oxygen has your back!

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Unparalleled power and speed

 

For users that demand more, the 2 GB of RAM that come alongside the 1.3 GHz Octo-Core processor make all tasks super smooth. Fluid, fast, and responsive, this smartphone is a perfect companion for users to enjoy true life-like content on-the-go. Multitasking is what it does best! In addition, downloading content, streaming movies, or surfing the web has never been so fast with the 4G/LTE technology. The good thing is that the ARCHOS 50d Oxygen is fully compatible with this connectivity.

 

Like all ARCHOS smartphones, the ARCHOS 50d Oxygen comes with dual-SIM support, so users may use both professional and personal phone lines at once, as well as access to Google Play. Additionally, the memory is expandable with a micro SD card and runs pure Android 5.1, “Lollipop”. Available in May 2016, the 50d Oxygen will provide users with an unparalleled experience.

 

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