Archive for February, 2017

By February 5, 2017 Read More →

The Phones Show Chat Episode 380 – Gareth Myles, X Compact and no ads!

The Phones Show Audio followup podcastPhones Show follow-up chat, views and reviews from Steve Litchfield, Ted Salmon and guests from the mobile world. Comments and questions welcome to Twitter account @stevelitchfield . See also the associated Facebook group and forum and Google+ Community.

Download Phones Show Chat episode 380 (“Gareth Myles, X Compact and no ads!”,05/02/2017) manually (Size: 47MB, 65 minutes duration).

Phones Show Chat 380 – Show Notes
Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon with Gareth Myles

Errata & Feedback
Troy Dyall highlights the lies of HTC in order to sell the A9
Antonis Petridis picks up on the Death of Google Now rumours!
Ahmed Bebars spots Android 7.1.2 adding swipe gestures to Nexus 5X/6P fingerprint reader
Neil Gilroy on Motorola Good on their Promise still for Z-Series Updates
Gareth Williams on Microsoft, what might have been
Joshua on TECNO and INFINIX
Darren Steel on Nokia Refocus for Android

Phones Show Chat is helped out by IMax Repairs – phone, tablet and general tech repairs and servicing

Pub Meet Photo

Device Week
Google Pixel
Moto Z
Nexus 6P
Kodak Ektra
Sony Xperia X Compact
Steve’s Emergency Torch/Charger
Network Signal Info
BATTOP keyboard with trackpad
Microsoft Universal Folding Keyboard
Other Keyboards: OneTwoThreeFour Logitech K480

Live Draw
We make a draw for smartphone accessories each week and this week the winner is…
Sri Ganesh K.. Do get involved before the next draw by joining the Virtual Pint of Beer a Month Club – It could be you! stevelitchfield.com/paypal.htm & tinyurl.com/pspromo

The Phones Show
Tune into Steve’s YouTube Channel to watch the main Phones Show videos.

Phones Show Flickr Group (Richard Yates)
Picture of the Week/Month: Amazing Clouds by Pete Warner using a Huawei P9
Sunday Afternoon by Pete Warner using a Huawei P9

Amazing clouds

And that bonus photo from Pete:

Sunset

Forum Classifieds (Kev Wright and Nick Robinson)
Don’t forget to check out the classified sales bargains at pscforum.co.uk

App of the Week
Glynn Stone
on Wifi Switcher for Android

Links of Interest…
PSC on TwitterFaceBookGoogle PlusFlickRTTUKWhateverWorksAAWPTechAddictsUKChewing Gum for the EarsProjector RoomPodHubUK

 

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By February 5, 2017 Read More →

Y-cam launches Protect

aalrm-banner-imgY-cam Solutions, a leader in smart home security since 2007, announces Protect, a complete Triple Layer™ smart security system designed to actively monitor your home and reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary. Simple to set up, everything you need is in the box so you can secure your home within minutes. Protect is part of the multi-award winning Y-cam smart security range, expanding the company’s vision to give peace of mind and make home security easy and accessible to everyone.

Smart Technology You Can Trust

Crime is a fact of life, but installing a home security alarm acts as an effective deterrent and can combat opportunist burglars. Protect is a flexible, hassle-free way to monitor your property and ensure your family feels safe and secure. Protect has been designed to deliver peace of mind 24/7 and help you look after what matters most.

Protect features include:

Triple Layer™ Security – It is estimated the average UK home broadband internet connection is down approximately 18 full days a year. With SIM card backup, Internet backup and 8 hour battery backup, your Y-cam Protect system remains fully operational, even if your internet connection is down or you have a power cut. Triple LayerTM means you benefit from high professional security standards, without the high cost

Total control – providing access at your fingertips anywhere, anytime. Arm and disarm your alarm through your smartphone or tablet with Y-cam’s free iOS and Android app; change settings, view recent activity and manage sensors from the app and even sound the alarm

  • Instant alarm notifications to your smartphone – Y-cam Protect gives you the information you need so you can take appropriate action no matter where you are. In addition to instant push notifications being sent to your smartphone, Y-cam Plus members can also receive SMS notifications to you and your trusted pre-defined contacts to tell you whenever an alarm has been triggered.

24/7 line monitoring – Around one in five burglars will attempt to cut communication lines before breaking in; Y-cam Protect has a secure communication line to the outside world which is monitored 24 hours a day using Y-cam’s unique cloud technology and experienced engineers, ensuring you are notified whenever the line is down.

The complete solution – Over 94% of all burglar alarms are estimated to be false, i.e. not caused by a break-in. Y-cam Protect gives Front Line Protection against break-ins and together with Y-cam cameras allows visual verification of alarms remotely from your device

Hassle free simple set up – Designed so that no technical knowledge is required to be up and running in minutes. Ideal for consumers who want an “out of the box” home security solution with no messy cabling or drilling required

  • Expandable System – Every property is different, so Y-cam Protect is designed to be a personal system tailored to your individual needs. Easily expandable over time, you can add up to 32 sensors and remotes to fully protect what matters to you

Portable system – Y-cam Protect can be used in many different locations and scenarios, from protecting a whole home to a single drawer. The principle is the same – if access has been breached, you will know. Even if you don’t have internet connection available at the location you can still connect via the mobile networks*

Flexible – Use via Internet with SIM backup, internet only or SIM only*, you decide. There is also power back up. This also means you can install anywhere without being limited to internet or power availability

*Plus Service – designed to complement Y-cam Protect, Y-cam Plus gives customers optional added benefits and additional peace of mind.

Established in 2007, Y-cam Solutions Ltd is an award-winning British technology company specialising in easy to use and affordable smart security solutions for the non-technical consumer. Customers can buy with confidence, knowing that the product they own today will only get better over time. Our technology is being updated regularly and these new benefits are passed directly to our customers. Over the last 12 months Y-Cam has released new functionality on average once every 7 weeks, including many new features for free.

What’s in the box?

Protect Hub – The Protect Hub is the central nerve centre for your Protect Alarm system and is what all your sensors link to. It includes 8 hour battery backup, a pre-installed SIM card and a Siren. You can control your Protect Hub from your Remote or by using your smart device app, meaning you can access it anywhere and also receive instant alerts at any time.

Protect Access Sensor – The Access Sensor secures any potential access points in your property including doors, windows and cupboards. The sensor come in two parts and will trigger the alarm when the link between them in broken. It also has a tamper switch, meaning any interference with the sensor will also trigger the alarm.

  • Protect Motion Sensor – The Motion Sensor picks up movement when the Y-cam Protect Alarm is activated. It is also linked to the remote, so when you press the ‘Home’ button the motion sensor will be deactivated, so you or your pets can move around your property while the alarm is still activated without setting off the alarm, knowing the exterior perimeter is still armed.
  • Protect Remote – The Remote allows you to conveniently control the Y-cam Protect alarm system without having to open up the Y-cam app on your smartphone. It enables instant arm/disarm, has a home button that will disarm internal sensors and a Plus Action Button for Y-cam Plus Service members, allowing you to customise your Protect alarm system. The remote is for use within local reception range of the hub.

Y-cam Protect is available from www.y-cam.com for just £149.99

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By February 4, 2017 Read More →

Spigen get all gooey this Valentine’s Day

16299263_1860441450878427_5532594025117974958_nSpigen has dropped a nice coupon code for you accessory needs in the run up to Valentine’s Day. Popping SWEET214 into the promo box on Amazon will save you 14% on a few, already discounted, products.

Take the Spigen Quick Charge 2.0 Car Charger, already discounted from £19.99 to £7.99. Apply the code and 14% drops off making a total price of £6.87!

How about the Spigen Bluetooth Speakers. Dropped from £33.99 to £19.99 and after SWEET214 the final price is £17.19.

Here is a full list of what is on offer: http://amzn.to/2k71RUY

Hope you make a little saving, these offers a valid untill 23:59 GMP, 6 Feb 2017

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By February 3, 2017 Read More →

One last lot of deals from Aukey

We have has some super deals from Aukey in the last week and some specials on the Podcast too, you can find those here! Here is the last bunch Aukey has shared with the loyal Tech Addicts crowd and these are valid until the 06/02/17!

AUKEY Solar Power Bank 12000mAh Dual USB Port with SUNPOWER Panel for USB Supported Devices like iPhone, Samsung, HUAWEI, Kindle, Speakers

http://amzn.to/2kvXfss

£8 off code: Z28RP7BP Final Price: £13.99

 

AUKEY Quick Charge 2.0 16000mAh External Battery, 1 Output up to 5V/2.4A+ 1 Quick Charge 2.0 Output, for iPhone, Samsung, Kindle, HUAWEI, SONY, Include a Micro USB Cable

http://amzn.to/2k2vILT

£8 off code: AZN2L3X3  Final Price: £13.99

 

AUKEY USB C Wall Charger 60W USB Charger for LG, HTC, Nexus and more other Smartphones and Tablets. (3ft USB-C to USB-C cable included)

 

http://amzn.to/2jJUmA3

£6 off code: AI7GJEOM  Final Price: £13.99

 

AUKEY Quick Charge 2.0 Car Charger 2 Ports Adapter, Turbo Rapid Port Support QC 2.0 (Free Extra Quick Charge Micro USB Cable + USB Type C Cable) – Black

http://amzn.to/2jEoKAF

£6 off code: 9B2CRXI2 Final Price: £3.99

 

AUKEY Quick Charge 2.0 USB Charger Dual Port & Micro USB Cable for, Nexus, Samsung, LG & More

http://amzn.to/2kw3ywq

£3 off code: USJFARGM  Final Price: £5.99

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By February 2, 2017 Read More →

Ideas for Mothers Day – gifts for every kind of Mum!

FLAVR, the new fashion brand from global mobile accessories and connected devices specialist, STRAX GmbH, today launches a brand new range of phones cases for iPhone 5/5SE, 6/6S, 7, and Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The Real Flower collection includes real, pressed flowers in each transparent case so that every case made is individual. The cases are not only colourful and pretty but also have a great texture. The new cases will be available for £12.99 from Carphone Warehouse.

The Pop collection from FLAVR is in line with the latest trends from the catwalk – florals, tropical motifs and tattoo-style motifs. The transparent case still shows the Apple logo but also adds a bright design and personal touch to a phone. The Pop collection will also be available from Carphone Warehouse for £12.99.

Revel Lux is the new range by X-Doria featuring glitter, colour and metallic for iPhone 7. It combines both protection and an on-trend look for your phone. Available in various styles and colours as well as those shown in the images. Available for £19.99 on Amazon.

GEAR4 Piccadilly Case – For the clumsy Mum

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.

Check out Amazon from options.

Berlin, the ideal everyday Bluetooth earphones – For the working Mum

Berlin has a unique construction with soft silicon earbuds and a flat cable which gives you an ergonomic and tangle free fit. The earphones offer a playtime of up to 4 hours and the hands-free with microphone allows you to take phone calls without picking up your phone.

Whether you run between meetings, relax in an aeroplane or commute on a crowded bus, Berlin is your everyday companion. Easy to bring, easy to use and easy to enjoy!

Berlin are available from www.urbanista.com for £39.00.

Sengled Pulse – For the aspiring Masterchef Mum – Listen to music in the kitchen without taking up worktop space!

The Sengled Pulse is an LED bulb with a built-in loudspeaker from JBL.  The starter pack includes two bulbs and additional packs can be added allowing up to 8 bulbs to be connected at one time, enabling control of sound and light throughout the home.  Perfect for creating dinner party ambience or even playing white noise into a child’s bedroom to help them get to sleep. The Pulse app allows users to individually control the lighting level and music volume of each bulb. Sengled Pulse is available now in red, white and silver and is available on Amazon here (Current pricing £102.03)

Master bulbs are available here (Current pricing £69.98)

Satellite bulbs are available here (Currrent pricing £49.99)

Sengled Everbright – Stop her tripping over the cat in a power cut

The Sengled Everbright combines an energy-efficient LED lamp with an integrated emergency light. In the event of a power outage or defective fuses, the new LED provides up to three and a half hours of light. This is possible thanks to the integrated rechargeable battery which is constantly charged during regular use.

It lights when others fail. The Sengled Everbright comes up trumps when conventional bulbs stop working and only a search for a torch, candles or a lighter can light up the dark. Equipped with an integrated rechargeable battery (capacity: 900 mAh), the innovative bulb will provide light for up to three and a half hours when the power supply has been cut. The Sengled Everbright can help to find the problematic fuse box, serve as a back-up on construction sites or guide you out into a safe open space in an emergency.

The Sengled Everbright is based on a very simple principle: The rechargeable battery is integrated into the housing of the LED light and is charged via a conventional E27 socket. With a regular power supply, the bulb provides light with a brightness of 500 lumens. In the event of a power outage, the Sengled Everbright automatically reduces its brightness to 300 lumens. This enables the lamp to save precious energy and delivers more than three hours of self-sufficient lighting.

The Sengled Everbright is incredibly easy to install and use: The LED is inserted into a standard socket just like a normal light bulb and can be used to replace obsolete light bulbs. The smart bulb can now be operated as usual via the light switch with no need to control it via an app. The LED can also independently distinguish between the power being turned off via the light switch and an actual power outage.

In addition to the extra security and comfort it offers, the Sengled Everbright also enhances users’ energy footprint: It has a lifespan of around 25,000 hours and when compared to a 40-watt light bulb of similar brightness, it consumes just 9 watts of power.

The Sengled Everbright is available from Amazon

Smanos Smart Home Panoramic Camera

RRP £149 / Available from Getsmanos.co.uk

Smanos UFO Panoramic Wi-Fi HD Camera is available separately or as an add-on to existing smanos home security systems, the new UFO Panoramic WiFi HD Camera utilises surveillance-grade fisheye lens technology, superior night vision and accurate motion detection to bring clarity, immersive vision and ease of use to home monitoring.

The Smanos UFO can be mounted on the ceiling, on the wall or any flat surface (with a desk stand) and provides three selectable HD views:

  • 360-degree bird’s eye view
  • 180-degree panoramic view
  • Auto-corrected 90-degree quad view

By using an iPhone or Android smartphone, homeowners can zoom in and out digitally and view the scene anywhere, anytime. The footage is stored on-site (via an optional microSD® memory card), and can be accessed, shared and archived remotely via the cloud. Fee-based cloud storage options will be available shortly after the launch.

 

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By February 2, 2017 Read More →

MMD presents professional display innovations from Philips Monitors at ISE 2017

258B6QUEB_00-IMS-en_GBShowcasing its commitment to brilliant colour, fantastic resolution and innovative technology, MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, offers visitors to ISE 2017 a one-stop encounter with display innovations that make working lives easier and more productive. ISE (Integrated Systems Europe), the largest AV systems integration show in the world, takes place from 7-10 February 2017 at Amsterdam RAI. MMD exhibits at the Philips stand 10-K136.

Minimalistic looks for clear thinkers: on show is a new 24-inch display in the Moda design. Not only is the 245C7QJSB display the slimmest-ever from Philips Monitors, it is also frameless on three sides to create a truly seamless look, minimising distraction and maximising concentration. With Ultra Wide Color technology, users enjoy a wider range of colours for brilliant visuals. Philips Monitors innovations such as Flicker-Free (regulating brightness for a steadier picture), SmartContrast and SmartImage (which auto-adjust settings to the content being displayed) all work together to make desk hours more productive.

Precise reproduction with Ultra Wide Color and UltraClear: the expansive 31.5-inch 328P6VJEB display gives users plenty of room to spread out and enjoy vivid, detailed reproduction in Ultra High Definition. The display combines UltraClear 4K resolution with the extra-wide colour gamut of the Ultra Wide Color technology and advanced Vertical Alignment (VA) for super-high contrast. With versatile MultiView connectivity and SmartConnect for 4K to stream high-res uncompressed video and audio, it is also designed to easily connect up to four sources simultaneously.

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Largest 4K curved monitor on the market: visitors looking to escape the bustle of the show for a few moments should check out the 40-inch BDM4037UW Brilliance Curved display. It wraps gently around the user’s line of vision to create more personal space, enabling people to immerse themselves in what’s on the screen, rather than being distracted by surroundings (such as a busy office). To bring graphics and images to life, the display features a CrystalClear 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160) and wide viewing angles. Integrated speakers complement the visuals with superb sound.

Display with popup webcam: a great way to improve in-office security, the 27-inch 272B7QPTKEB Quad HD display makes life tough for camera hackers. It features a webcam that pops up when needed, and is otherwise hidden in the display frame – blocking off a potential spyhole for intrusion. To minimise power consumption (up to 80% savings are possible), the display has Philips PowerSensor technology, which senses whether anyone is present at the desk, and automatically reduces screen brightness if the user steps away.

One-cable connectivity: for professional-grade connectivity, MMD showcases the 25-inch 258B6QUEB display with the latest generation USB Type C docking functionality. The easy one-cable connectivity of this display enables users to use their monitor as a docking station for any USB Type C-enabled laptop. With one single cable, the monitor receives video and audio input, and simultaneously charges the connected laptop. All peripherals can be connected to the monitor and used by the laptop, courtesy of the same USB Type C cable connection.

More information on Philips monitors: www.philips.com/monitors

By February 1, 2017 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 01st February 2017 – P10 and P10 Plus

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

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Listener feedback:

Hi Gareth & Crew, Really enjoying the podcast – great to hear a Northern Ireland accent on a tech show (I’m a local), a nice change from the American! As you’re probably aware, buying power banks and replacement batteries in NI can be a bit of a challenge as Amazon and most other sellers will no longer post them here. Personally, it took 5 attempts before I found a seller on eBay willing to dispatch an Anker to NI, rather than simply cancelling my order outright. Do you have any suggestions for purchasing items like these online for people in Northern Ireland, or are we always going to be restricted to what’s available locally? Out of interest, purchasing a replacement battery for my Note 4 was initially futile as no-one will send a rechargeable lithium ion battery here, until I went direct to the Samsung UK site, and they dispatched one no questions asked. How come they can do it and other sellers can’t? And how come a brand new boxed phone containing a rechargeable battery can be sent from Amazon no problem, but the battery can’t be sent on its own? Frustrating! Thanks again for any insight you might have, It would be interesting to know what Aukey, Anker, and companies like them have to say on the matter. Personally, I’d even be happy to pay an additional postage charge, or use a slower ground-based shipping method, if this allowed for the transport of such items. Andrew

 

News:

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus leaked images and details

Netflix can download

What have you been playing with?

Jay


Gareth

Bargain Basement:

BT Sim Only contract 20GB Unlimited Minutes Unlimited Texts £16 per month BT Broadband customers can add a £70 voucher working out at £10.66pm

 

AUKEY Table Lamp Dimmable Rechargeable LED Bedside Lamp

£10.99 £4 off code: RJGDAQ48 Final Price: £6.99

AUKEY Wireless Speaker 21W Portable Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker with LED Display

£35.99 £8 off code: AKSOBCBA Final Price: £27.99

AUKEY Bluetooth Headphones

£17.99 £5 off code: 7S7S32BO Final Price: £12.99

AUKEY VR Headset Adjustable 3D Glasses

£14.99 £6 off code: O7DAHRVG Final Price: £8.99

HiHiLL Camping Lantern Power Bank

£9.99 £3 off code: IBNAUXLO Final Price: £6.99

 

Main Show URL: www.techaddicts.uk

Join the Discussion: https://goo.gl/spaces/6FF6jraF9KHiPUyA6

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @garethmyles ; @gavinfabiani  ; @GadgetyNewsCom ; @JayGarrett ; @swanny ; @girlsngadgets ; @wildlime

Web: http://gavinsgadgets.com ; http://GadgetyNews.com ; http://swanny.me/

Google Plus: +garethmyles ; +gavinfabiani-laymond   ; +JayGarrett

 

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By February 1, 2017 Read More →

A look at the Aukey Portable Wireless Speaker

Image33It’s ruggedized, cheap, loud and portable, but is it any good? We take a look the the AUKEY Bluetooth Speaker with 12 / 30 Hour Playtime, Enhanced Bass and Water Resistance

Dual 5W drivers produce deep lows, textured mids, and clear highs to enjoy at home or outdoor.

Latest Bluetooth 4.1 Instantly connects your phone or tablet and automatically reconnects to the last device used among 33ft wireless range.

Up to 30-hour playtime and talk time, stream your music wirelessly with A2DP Bluetooth or plugged in via AUX input with included 3.5mm audio cable.

Easily manage audio playback and calls with volume controls, and built-in microphone. Choose your sound signature with the Mode switch. Built-in 1/4″-20 standard tripod screw mount for outdoor use.

Package Contents: AUKEY SK-M12 Bluetooth 4.1 Speaker, Micro-USB Cable, 3.5mm Audio Cable, User Manual, 24 Month Warranty.

Grab one from Amazon for £29.99.