Archive for February, 2017

By February 17, 2017 Read More →

Kodak Signs up ARCHOS as European Tablet Brand Licensee

KodakHPEastman Kodak Company today announced it has selected ARCHOS, a pioneer in consumer electronics and a strong pan-European company, as a brand licensee in the European tablet market.

The agreement with ARCHOS is the latest extension of Kodak’s brand licensing program and follows on the heels of the successful European launch of the KODAK Ektra Smartphone.

We are very proud to become one of Kodak’s licensees to jointly develop their brand into the tablet world. We truly look forward to putting these devices into people’s hands”, said ARCHOS CEO, Loïc Poirier.

”We are excited to be adding ARCHOS to our portfolio of brand licensees,” said Brian Cruz, Vice President and General Manager of Kodak’s Consumer Product Group. “ARCHOS has a strong track record in the tablet sector. The French brand was the first to introduce a Google™ Android™ tablet in 2009 and is recognised as a key player in the European tablet market with broad retail presence.”

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The KODAK tablet products will combine chic design with the latest technologies. Apps preloaded on the tablets will provide photo and video enthusiasts with creative options and an 8MP back camera for catching and enjoying memories from daily life will be included. 3G connectivity will enable consumers to share their favourite photos and videos in real time with family and friends

The Kodak tablets will be available in stores across Europe before summer 2017.

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By February 15, 2017 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 15th Feb 2017 – 3310 lovers rejoice

podcast-logo-600x600Gareth Myles, Jay Garrett, Brendan Arndt, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond and Leila Gregory

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News:

A Nokia 3310 comeback? – What ONE phone are you wanting to make a comeback?

Android Wear 2.0 in a Nutshell

What have you been playing with?

Gavin

Gareth

Bargain Basement:

SanDisk Ultra 256 GB MicroSDXC Was £172.99 now £109.99

Three free sim 200mb Data inc p&p 200Mb allowance credited to to the sim every 30 days

https://www.three.co.uk/Free_SIM_MBB/Order ← for copy and paste.

USCAMEL® – 13×50 Powerful Monocular reduced from £106 down to £40

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-36935424

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3701839/Has-mystery-Beast-Dartmoor-finally-solved-Owner-missing-lynx-zoo-admits-released-pumas-wild-1980s.html

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By February 15, 2017 Read More →

Gear4 Buckingham case for iPad review

I have been rather impressed with Gear4 products. I have been lucky enough to check out a few of their iPhone cases and have always found that they manage a nice balance between being very rugged, but not massively overbuilt. So when I got the opportunity to get my hands on the new Gear4 Buckingham iPad case for my Air 2, expectations were high.

The Buckingham features the same DSO “smart material” that Gear4 uses in their phone cases and purports to meet military standards at keeping your tech safe from being dropped. This wallet style case is almost identical to the Oxford model that my phone is currently encased within and I have been very happy with that.

As soon as I received the package from Tech Addicts HQ, I noticed something was up. It felt much heavier than I was expecting. It’s not uncommon for us to receive several products for review at the same time and, although I wasn’t expecting anything else,  I thought this was maybe the case. Nope. Just the Buckingham. Now, Gear4 do package their products very robustly, so maybe it’s the packaging. After opening it, it still felt rather heavy so out came the scales. The case weighed in at a rather chunky 427g. That may not seem like much, but to put it into context, the iPad air 2 weighs around 440, so the case weighs almost the same as the device!

 

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In fairness, it does feel like a very sturdy case and I would certainly have faith in its ability to keep my iPad secure. The iPad sits snugly inside the holder and the wrap around cover stays closed thanks to a magnetic tab and offers the very handy sleep/wake function. It’s a great looking case, nicely styled without going over the top and does not add significant bulk to the ipad. I did like the flat black with blue accents on the front and the card/note holders inside the cover. I wasn’t sure at first about the tab, it seemed to get in the way, but after a short while, I kinda got used to it. The cover also acts as a stand for the iPad, although I found that the material on the inside cover was too soft and not grippy enough to stop the screen from slipping flat. Perhaps this is something that would improve with time as the case wears in. Another little niggle that is common to most of these style cases is the access to the buttons

Another little niggle that is common to most of these style cases is the access to the buttons along the edge of the iPad. The thick DSO material actually works against the Buckingham in this respect. The controls themselves are covered, but there are raised “virtual buttons” on the cover directly over them with the idea being that you press on the case and it, in turn, presses on the actual button. This works in theory, but in practice, I have always found that you have to press a few times and generally rather firmly before anything happens. Truth be told, I have become so frustrated with them in the past that I have taken a craft knife and removed them, leaving recessed access to the controls. Elegant? No, but it does work.

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Overall I liked the Buckingham, I liked it a lot in fact, but the burning question is did I keep it on my iPad or did I revert back to the relatively simple Targus cover that I had been using?

As much as I like the Buckingham, and as fond as I am of super protective cases, I personally did not like the extra weight it added. It is a lot more protective than most cases, including the one I am currently using, but it is also double the weight. This makes it a judgement call. If weight isn’t a factor for you, or you need that extra protection, then I say go for it, you won’t be disappointed with it. However, if your daily carry bag is already feeling a bit on the hefty side, you may want to look at other options.

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By February 13, 2017 Read More →

A look at the Vodafone Smart Platinum 7

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Vodafone has a self-branded, cost conscious, high-end smartphone to offer. Here we take a look at the contents of the box and quick peek as the phone operation ahead of an upcoming review. Essentially, this is a rebadged Alcatel Idol 4S and that is no bad thing, Blackberry pimped it out for the more expensive Dtek60. Vodafone has merely added their own software suite to the phone and brands to the box and in the glass.

Initial impressions are high as the device looks a feels very elegant, if a little slippery. The camera appears to be fast and responsive and the screen is beautiful. There is a noticeable step in quality from mid range options and whilst this does cost a little more you are getting a beautifully constructed device that is easily on par with devices priced £100 more.

One concern might be the Vodafone bloat. There is quite a bit however on closer inspection there isn’t much more than you would expect from a network branded device, in fact a number of the applicaitons added actually enhance the experience and utilise some of the hardware features we have seen ignored in the past.

  • Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652, Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB + Expandable MicroSD
  • 5.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1440 x 2560 pixels resulting in 534 ppi
  • 16 MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0,  phase detection autofocus
  • 8 MP front facing
  • Android 6.0.1

Stay tuned for a full review in the near future.

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By February 12, 2017 Read More →

Honor 6x now available at Carphone Warehouse

6xGREYThe all new Honor 6x is now available at Carphone Warehouse online.

Available in grey as a web exclusive at Carphone Warehouse, the Honor 6x packs a punch with a premium metal unibody design, a gorgeous 5.5”FHD display and a powerful octa-core processor. Honor’s new handset is available for £224.99, making it the perfect device for all budgets.

The Honor 6x boasts a range of key features, including a fingerprint scanner, dual SIM slots, Honor’s signature dual-lens camera with 12MP on the back and 8MP front-facing, a useful wide-aperture mode for the perfect shot as well as 32GB storage to hold all the best images.

Those looking for a gadget re-fresh can now purchase the Honor 6x at: https://www.carphonewarehouse.com/honor/6x.html.

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By February 12, 2017 Read More →

Uniquefire XM-L2 Led Torch Unboxing

vlcsnap-00034Here we have a quick look at the externals of the XM-L2 Led Torch from Uniquefire. This £14.99 torch features 3 Brightness Levels, Tactical Security design with Strobe and SOS Function. An intense spotlight that can cover 600 feet and the floodlight has a high level of brightness.

A skid-proof and water resistant designed is freely usable in poor weather or harsh conditions. Useful to carry when caving, hiking, night riding and outdoor camping. Super bright, blinding effect and crenellate design to protect the head.

Check back for a review soon…

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By February 9, 2017 Read More →

Vitastiq releases its Bluetooth vitamin tracker

second-editionAfter two very successful Indiegogo campaigns and recognitions from CESA Awards and Google Campus Warsaw, Vitastiq has just released Vitastiq 2, its Bluetooth edition device.
Vitastiq 2 pairs with a smartphone or tablet enabling users to track the trend of 26 vitamins and minerals. Meanwhile, the Vitastiq app (Android and iOS) stores the previous readings and provides information about vitamins and minerals and their natural sources.

 

Vitastiq concept is based on Electroacupuncture by dr. Voll (EAV) and the existing EAV devices. The EAV methodology has been used for over 50 years by nutritionists and other experts.
As of now, Vitastiq has users in over 90 countries around the world. It received the CESA Award for the Best User Experience in 2015 and 2016; it has been recognised as the best start-up at the Google Campus Warsaw workshop and featured in the global media outlets such as T3 UK, TechCrunch, Wired, The Huffington Post, Venture Beat, CNET, and the like.

You can import the Vitastiq 2, for now, from the European store. https://shop.vitastiq.com/ A UK release is upcoming.

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By February 8, 2017 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 8th Feb 2017 – S8 and G6 speculation

podcast-logo-600x600Gareth Myles, Jay Garrett, Brendan Arndt, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond and Leila Gregory

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News:

Samsung Galaxy S8 renders leaked

S8 Doesn’t fold but them are making something else that does.

LG G6 invites out

What have you been playing with?

Jay

Gareth

Leila

 

Bargain Basement:

Virgin Mobile – 5000 Minutes / Unlimited Texts / 20GB Data / 30 day contract £15.00

Tesco Mobile £20 for 5000 minutes, 5000 texts, 20GB data

Samsung 128GB Bar USB 3.0 Flash Drive £24.99

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By February 7, 2017 Read More →

5 tech tends to fly in 2017

reichelt elektronik Online Electronics and Components SpecialistWith 2017 well upon on us it’s time to take a look at what’s set to be the next big thing in the tech world. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast or just after a nifty gadget, Holger Engelbrecht, Product Manager of Home & Security, and Tools of reichelt.co.uk gives the lowdown on some of the big trends that will be coming our way…

  1. Storage breakthrough with SSDs

Ever heard of 3D Nand Flash technology? It’s the latest range in SSDs and many of the big tech giants will be rolling it out this year. This technology is a type of flash memory in which memory cells are stacked vertically in multiple layers to help achieve higher densities at a lower cost per bit. Ultimately, 3D Nand Flash can offer higher capacity in a smaller physical space compared to 2D Nand. More space for less money – makes sense.

  1. Lightening fast USBs

The introduction of Thunderbolt 3 technology as the new interface for USB Type-C cables, has presented a desktop-level performance from a mobile computer. This advancement in technology supports the fastest data transfer and most video bandwidth available on a single cable in the world. To get technical, it provides 40Gbps – doubling the speed of its predecessor and eight times faster than USB 3.1 – it will be a technological marvel this year!

  1. The virtual reality revolution continues

Virtual reality is here and 2016 has proven to be the year that it’s moved into the mainstream. However despite many VR headsets on general sale, there is still a need for VR content that fully lives up to expectations. Expect a new expanded offering of VR content not just from gamers but also the film industry, streaming services, and even new areas like visual novels and comic books. Users still need a solid enough reason to invest in VR headsets. As slick as they may look, content is king.

  1. Smart home tech is the future

From decor-friendly gadgets and wireless power controls, right through to sophisticated security systems, advances in technology continue to make it easier to make homes smarter and safer, and it seems homeowners are waking up to the value. Day-to-day tasks are made simpler and it’s inevitable that more exciting smart home products will come to market this year. This year, sales of general smart home devices are up 21% at reichelt.co.uk, with one of the best-sellers being the Konig Smart home security starter set.

  1. Robotics

Robots are reaching a whole new realm of realism and this year promises to deliver a new generation of robot. The arrival of these mechanical companions is making the unthinkable a reality. We’ve already seen the announcement drone deliveries and there will be a whole host of new robotic product launched as the year goes on. Our fascination with A.I is fuelling the advancement of this technology at an alarming pace. Our robot friend, the Ubtech Humanoid Alpha 1S has been a hit so far and we’re predicting he’ll be just as popular throughout 2017.

As well as its robotic kits and smart home range, reichelt.co.uk offers a wider variety of tools, components, tech accessories and more – offering many items up to 20% cheaper than elsewhere in the UK.

By February 6, 2017 Read More →

Playing with devolo Home Control Additional Units

Image36A follow-up to our previous unboxing of the Home Control Starter kit.

devolo have sent across some additional units to add to the experience. Here we look at:

dLAN® 650+ Powerline

Expand your existing dLAN® network with the dLAN® 650+ Powerline adapter. Connect network-compatible devices directly using the electrical socket and use transmission rates of up to 600 Mbps throughout the home.

devolo Home Control Humidity Sensor

Keep your home at the ideal temperature with devolo.

With a Humidity Sensor, you can continuously monitor the temperature and humidity of rooms and keep them within your ideal range. The devolo model also allows owners to provide a healthy room climate and contribute towards general wellbeing and mould prevention.

devolo Home Control Floodsensor

Ensure your home isn’t damaged by water with devolo.

With a Water Sensor, owners can make sure that no water damage goes undetected by receiving reliable updates and notifications to their devices.

devolo Home Control Motion Sensor

The devolo Home Control Motion Sensor gives you optimal protection in your own home. The wireless PIR Motion Sensor can be positioned discreetly at any desired location of your home and keeps a watchful eye on the surroundings at angles up to 90 degrees.

devolo Home Control Key-Fob Switch

The devolo Home Control Key-Fob is a smart home controller that ensures you have full control over your smart home at all times. The “smart home for your pocket” is always at hand to control heating, lighting and any additional function at the touch of a button.The smart home Key-Fob Switch is as easy to use as a car key. This way you have the ability to set all of your living areas, from the master bedroom to anywhere else, to night mode or to switch of the lights when leaving the home. Make your everyday life easier and control the selected devolo Home Control components with a touch of a button on your Key-Fob Switch.

devolo Home Control Room Thermostat

The devolo Home Control Room Thermostat provides a personalized comfortable temperature in all areas of your home. You can use the wireless Room Thermostat to choose the ideal temperature near your sofa or dining room table. When the devolo Home Control Radiator Thermostat is used in this manner, it automatically compensates for the temperature differences that normally exist between your favourite spot and the radiator.

devolo Home Control Wall Switch

The Home Control Wall Switch makes your smart home more versatile than ever before! The Wall Switch offers you convenient operation of all devolo Home Control components that you have selected for your home. You decide for yourself whether you would like to control the heat from the master bedroom or if you would like to switch to energy saving mode with a push of a button when you leave your home. Whether as a simple light switch, as an operation for the home theatre system or for controlling various modes: Pressing a button on the devolo Home Control Wall Switch is all it takes to activate the desired scenario. Each switch can be programmed with up to four functions and can be installed hassle-free at any position in the home.

Find out more and purchasing options here:

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

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