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By May 29, 2016 Read More →

Archos 70 Platinum tablet Review

P1020999Archos have sent us one of their budget tablets, costing a mere £54.99. Have Archos made a premium cheap tablet or is the Archos 70 platinum lack lustre?  Out of the box the casing on the tablet has a brushed metal feel, which is a good start. The tablet weighs 272g which feels nice and light. The tablet has a 7inch screen.

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On the top of the tablet you have the micro USB charging port, a microphone and a 3.5mm head jack. On the left hand side there is MicroSD card slot.

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On the right hand side you have the volume rocker, followed by the power on button.

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At the bottom of the tablet there is another mic.

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On the front of the screen there is the front facing camera, 0.3 megapixel.

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On the back of the tablet there is a camera 2 megapixel, 1080p video capture and a speaker grill on the lower right side.

Inside the Archos we have a Mediatek MT8127 quad-core clocked at 1.3 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM running Android lollipop 5.0.  There is 16gb onboard storage with an expandable microSD slot up to 64gb. There is a 2600 mAh battery offering 6hrs 25mins of battery life, video playback. Before turning the tablet on I was worried that only having 1gb of ram the tablet would not keep up with the latest apps, although this was the least of this budget tablets problems.

When I turned on the tablet it became evident that there was a 3mm gap between the screens. Perhaps this was Archos advanced IPS technology that boasted ‘extra wide viewing angles’ but I was not a fan. I tested the speakers and found their output horrific. The sound was muffled and distorted. A problem that could be forgiven as you still have the 3.5mm jack for headphones but shared viewing or watching a video on the tablet would be an unpleasant ordeal. I also noticed a burn in on the screen, for those who had the first wave of HD plasma screens you will understand the annoyance when you leave one screen to move to the next, the ghost image of the screen before lingers for a few seconds.

This being said the tablet did run games like Minecraft and Roblox well, although my son did complain about them being sluggish at times.

The cameras on tablets frustrate me, why have them there if they are not going to give you a reasonable camera display for video calling. Below are a few images and video taken with the futile cameras.

As with Android lollipop the operating system was fine on the tablet. Clear, clean and simple, Archos did not imprint a heavy overlay on top of the Android platform which makes the tablet easy to use for children or grandparents. The Archos 70 Platinum comes about a stock as you can get however you are reliant on Archos to support it. Lollipop is present as this verison of Android is compatible with their Fusion Storage system to allow users to combine the MicroSD card with the internal ROM and have a larger usable space without having to transfer bits of app to SD, like in days of old.

I tested Antutu on the device and as you can see it scored a very low score.

I had to remember that this was a budget tablet and although it had its screen and sound flaws this tablet did have it’s positives. The USB host cable for connection with a keyboard or mouse was something you did not see on tablets at this price. The storage capacity on the tablet was great, the feel of the tablets metal casing was nice. The Archos 70 Platinum offers a well designed robust tablet with a few flaws but at £54.99 this can be overlooked. Had Archos input an extra 1gb of ram, a better speaker, and a better screen and still kept the price this low this tablet could have been an excellent purchase. Nonetheless still an affordable tablet for kids that’s life expectancy might be short and thanks to the metal casing extended a little longer.

  • Expandable Storage - Micro SD card, up to 64GB (when formatted to fat32 standard)
  • Internal Storage 16gb
  • RAM 1 GB
  • GPU - Mali 450 MP4
  • CPU - Mediatek MT8127/ Quad-Core @1.3 GHz Cortex A7
  • Diagonal Size- 7 inches (17.8 cm)
  • Resolution - 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Technology Type - IPS technology, 5 points Capacitive Multi-touch
  • Back camera - 2 MP 1080p
  • Front Camera - 0.3 MP
  • Battery Size - 2600 mAH
  • Battery Life – Video Playback 6hrs 25min
  • Battery Type - Li-Ion Polymer
  • Battery weight - 40g
  • Charging Adaptor - 5V – 1.5A, Micro-USB IN
  • Bluetooth, Wifi & GPS for better connectivity everywhere

 

 

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By May 27, 2016 Read More →

The more the merrier: simplified multitasking with your monitor

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Multitasking is the magic word in today’s offices. In the times of digital transformation we have to be fast, forward-looking, need to fulfil several tasks at the same time and have to have data, texts, photos and videos constantly present. This is where modern monitors come into play. They offer ideal solutions for all of those demands. In short: a modern monitor should simplify multitasking and increase productivity. Most suitable for advanced users: a widescreen and high-resolution display with a broad range of connections. But there are more ways to optimise monitor usage.

1. More space: increased productivity with UltraWide monitors
For project work and flexibility, users have to be aware of many developments at the same time. The solution: displaying several applications simultaneously. Thereby an UltraWide monitor is the first choice. With a 21:9 widescreen, the days of endless scrolling or switching between windows are gone. Several new models also come with a curved display for a more complete viewing experience. UltraWide screens – like the curved AOC C3583FQ or the AOC U3477PQU – enable the user to place almost four A4 pages alongside one another, or to get a quick overview over 16 video streams, e.g. from surveillance cameras, displayed side-by-side without distortion. Users can also use an e-mail client or messenger on one half of the desktop and their office or editing software on the other half. With sharp QHD or Full HD resolutions, they are still able to see the smallest details – even with more than one or two open windows on the same screen. Thus, integrated Multiview options like picture in picture or picture by picture are the perfect choice to save space and time. 

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2. More connectivity: the monitor as a multitasking “hub”
In addition, hardware multitasking can help the user to fulfil high productivity demands, too. Connecting several peripheral devices directly with the monitor saves time and space – and users do not have to crawl underneath the table or deal with a tangle of cables. Monitors like the AOC U3277PQU and Q3277PQU offer a breadth of options including DisplayPort, HDMI (MHL supported for mirroring and charging mobile phones or tablets), DVI, VGA and a USB 3.0 hub for data transfer or charging of USB devices. The U3277PQU even boasts an advanced HDMI 2.0 connector for smooth UHD video playback with up to 60 frames per second. The benefits are clear: Users only need one monitor for all kinds of connections. They can connect the display with a camera or TV receiver, upload data from a tablet to the PC and at the same time recharge a smartphone via MHL. 

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3. More of both: multi-monitor set-ups
Users who would like to bring multitasking to the next level can also combine both: e.g. a widescreen monitor with several peripheral devices or even one, two or more additional monitors. There are no limits to today’s multitasking set-ups. As a result, especially hard-core gamers can experience the ultimate gaming experience that surrounds the whole field of vision. And users who work on extremely complex tasks can build their individual set-up to have all crucial aspects of their work at a glance. On this occasion, even ergonomic options like the pivot mode can come into action to optimise the individual construction.

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But multitasking is not just for the ambitious: Even casual users can reduce the effort of the easiest all-day work tasks by using simple multitasking options of their monitor. And they will never go back once they have tried it. Because when it comes to multitasking and increased productivity, the saying “less is sometimes more” is not necessarily true.

By May 26, 2016 Read More →

iKlips DUO – the best made better

iKlips DUO_02 (2)ADAM elements, a leading smart lifestyle solutions brand, is excited to showcase its latest version of iKlips – the iKlips DUO. The manufacturer will be hosting hands-on demonstrations from 31 May until 4 June in the World Trade Center venue at booth B0403 in Hall 1, making it easy to come meet the entire team in person. In addition to the iKlips DUO, ADAM elements will be showing its other developments, including the anticipated GoHealthy family health monitoring system.

If you became attached to iKlips, you will love what the new iKlips DUO has to offer. It is a design that has been perfected by being more practical, with a redesigned body to fit even more iPhone and iPad cases. With a silicone body sleeve for added protection, losing connector caps is now a thing of the past. Produced with top quality MLC flash memory, it has the world’s fastest flash memory for iPhone, iPad, and iPad Pro. In addition to enabling greater speeds, it provides greater stability and a longer lifespan. Furthermore, with its high-grade brushed aluminium body, you will want to use it as often as possible. It is gorgeous to hold and thanks to iKlips 2.0 App, it is easy to use. iKlips 2.0 is the other half that makes iKlips DUO even better. It features 3D Touch support, multi-select, Split View, password protection, Drop To, and even integration with Apple’s Music app to access your iTunes purchases. Now all your music, photos, videos, work projects, Adobe files, and all your other creations can be securely shared between devices – iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro, Mac, PC, or Chromebook. Having the ability to organize, store more and share on the go with friends, family, and colleagues gives you the power to do more. iKlips 2.0 is the way you will want to manage your device – easily.

From 31 May until 4 June, ADAM elements will be in the World Trade Center venue at booth B0403 in Hall 1 at this year’s COMPUTEX. The manufacturer invites you to meet the team and see the complete product line-up, including the iKlips DUO and the GoHealthy mobile health system. For more information, please contact ADAM elements using the details below.

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By May 26, 2016 Read More →

GoHealthy – places family health monitoring in the palm of your hand

GoHealthy_APPWhile debuting at COMPUTEX 2015, GoHealthy promised to revolutionise family and professional health monitoring by combining an advanced mobile health app with a comprehensive range of smart Bluetooth health monitors. ADAM elements is proud to come back this year with two new models which, when used with the GoHealthy App, allow users to track health trends, set goals, create alarms, share data with family members, and send medical alerts.

This year’s GoHealthy Bluetooth 4.0 devices include the GoHealthy Body Fat Monitor (BF1) and the GoHealthy Blood Pressure Monitor (BP1). Managed by the GoHealthy App (available for Android and iOS), users can monitor accurate health information in the palm of their hand. The app’s intuitive interface allows individual self-health management with features including trend analysis and automatic health targets. Privacy also played a key role in the development of of GoHealthy. Health data is transferred encrypted between the user’s smartphone and GoHealthy devices. It can only be accessed using the GoHealthy app and with the user’s password.

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As Alan Chang, General Manager of ADAM elements, has said, “GoHealthy is not just a way of monitoring blood pressure, glucose levels, or temperature. It is a digital platform for health management and a key tool for preventative medicine. The initial focus is on individual and home health, with the GoHealthy App providing long-term, regular health details so users can actively take control and self-manage their health. Our second phase integrates GoHealthy with cloud technology to solve problems associated with health management and tracking in community hospitals, care homes, and other medical establishments.”

By May 25, 2016 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 25th May 2016 – Featuring a proper smartwatch

Podcast logoWednesday 25th May 2016 at 8.00pm

Featuring: Gareth Myles, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond, Sam Pullen and Jay Garrett

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A question. Have you ever reviewed any reasonably priced mini or pico projectors please?  Im after something to use to give informal presentations on a wall at a short notice.

Thanks

Dan

http://www.tracyandmatt.co.uk/lazertouch-mini-projector-transforms-surface-150-inch-touchscreen/

http://www.tracyandmatt.co.uk/qumi-q6-hd-pocket-projector-unboxing/

http://gadgetynews.com/touchjet-pond-projector-turns-any-surface-into-an-interactive-touchscreen/

 

Stephen from Dragonfly

You mentioned that DragonFly Black has an advantage over DragonFly Red in that the former is firmware upgradeable.  In fact, both DragonFly models are upgradeable. We apologize if we somehow contributed to this misunderstanding.

 

What have you been playing with?

 GarethEasyAcc 9000mAh Waterproof Power Bank, Anki Overdrive (Jay: Going to new Anki release tomorrow ;) http://gadgetynews.com/anki-overdrive-review-the-ultimate-slot-car-smartphone-game-mash-up/ ), Archos 70 Platinum 7-Inch Tablet -

Gavin - Garmin Vivoactive HR & Garmin Fenix HR Sapphire (proper smartwatch), Samsung S7 Lens Cover (official case with 2 screw on lenses), Xiaomi Mi Max arrived today (don’t have to mention them all btw) http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/accessories/case/ET-CG930DBEGWW

 https://gavinsgadgets.com/2016/05/25/samsung-galaxy-s7-official-protective-lens-cover/

 Sam - THL T7 4800 mAh smartphoneCreative Labs Sound Blaster Free, Mini Quadcopter,

 Jay - Wilson Audio Alexx (£105,000 speakers) , Tascam US-2×2 TrackPack Eyejusters reading glasses, and hanging with Brian May and his Owl

 

Discussion: GOOGLE I/O Day 1 + Day 2

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Discussion:  XIAOMI MI BOX ANDROID TV

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By May 25, 2016 Read More →

EasyAcc 9000mAh Waterproof Power Bank Unboxing

EasyAcc 9000mAh Waterproof Power BankEasyAcc are no strangers to Powerbanks. Their style is easily identifiable now and their brand has become a more recognisable sign of quality. Having looked at their previous Rugged 20000mAh offering, EasyAcc have sent over their smaller and more versatile Waterproof powerbank. Weighing in at 9000mAh the Waterproof Powerbank has a lot more going for it:

  • Ingress Protection Rating of IP67
  • detachable compass
  • Inbuilt LED flashlight
  • output of Max 2.1A
  • input of DC 5V/2A

By May 24, 2016 Read More →

Phonaudio for the fashionable and professional

downloadPhonaudio is the new audio kid on the block. Not so much a kid but a hard-working, professional, music-obsessed 30 something that decided to fly by the seat of his melodic pants, ditch a highly lucrative career in IT and build his own series of headphones.

 The launch of both the PHN100 and PHN200 is the result of comprehensive market research, which led to a number of prototypes being developed and tested. Their research suggests the consumer demands a comfortable, dependable, durable and honest audio accessory that sounds exceptional, side steps novelty tech wizardry and is built to last. Phonaudio products bridge the gap between fashion and pro. They are due to hit the stores this summer. Targeted to a musically astute, intelligent, dynamic and active market the brand promises indisputable quality that reflects their faultless expectations. The reason why these cans can, is a unequivocal recipe of exceptional sound, weightless and durable design and their essential and trustworthy functionality all without a huge contemporary price tag.  Available on Pre Order: June 2016 

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Functions:

The functions of the headphone are controlled by the multi-function button on the earpiece.  

  • Play a track or video – Press and release the multifunction button.  
  • Pause a track or video – Press and release the multifunction button. Repeat to resume play.
  •  Skip to next song or video – Press and release the multifunction button twice quickly.  
  • Return to previous song or video – Press and release the multifunction button three times quickly.  
  • Answer a call – Press and release the multifunction button once to answer.  
  • End a call – Press and release the multifunction button once to end the call.  
  • Voice Command – Press and hold the multifunction button until voice activation starts.
  • Control volume – Slide towards the plus sign (+) to increase volume or towards the minus sign (-) to decrease volume. Functions work for both music and calls.  The microphone is built into the left ear cup and not the cable, giving a unique user experience.  It also has both iPhone and Android functionality without the need to switch cables.  

Find out more for Phonaudio: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter  

By May 24, 2016 Read More →

Petcube Camera Review

IMG_20160521_152450Let’s face it our cats and dogs are as important to us as any other member of the family. Insuring they looked after and entertained during the day whilst we are at work is one of our higher priorities. Petcube camera promises to do this whilst essentially just being an IP camera whilst also operating as an activity centre and it looks pretty good to boot.

Inside the Petcubes attractive exterior are three things. Firstly an IP camera, This requires minimal setup, works almost first time, seems to be fairly reliable and whilst the quality isn’t superb it is certainly serviceable.
Secondly, a microphone and speaker.  For your animals to be able to hear your voice whilst you are not their offers a lot of reassurance. This can also be useful for directing family members to find something in a room.
Thirdly, a laser beam. The primary focus of the laser beam is a distraction for your animal.  dogs aren’t terribly amused by it however cats and children love it.

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These three things are housed within the black and silver housing. The silver aluminium around the outside is strong and elegantly designed. The black glass on the front proves fingerprinty, however it looks well and with the three small divisions for the camera laser and Petcube logo/notification light this device wouldn’t be distracting sitting on a shelf.

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Around the back of the device there is a rubberised exterior that houses the power button the micro USB charger and the speaker. On the bottom is a rubberised surface with the tripod hole added for convenience.

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Using the device is very simple, everything runs through an app that is compatible with both Android and iOS, sadly no reference to Windows just now. Once set-up the application is easy to navigate and proves to be a fun distraction even if not being used for it’s main purpose. Petcube have taken the opportunity to make the app a more Social experience,  allowing the user to view other shared cameras and you can even interact with the animals belonging to the shared profiles if the user has opted to give access.

The image quality can be a little uneven. Whilst you can connect to the device whilst out of the house the stream picture quality can really become degraded depending on the quality of  the network you are connected to. Even inside the house on the 5 Ghz wifi the picture quality  was less than stellar. Camera support is 720p and I rarely saw anything close to that.

Initially I thought the asking price of £170 was quite steep, having spoken to a number of interested parties I realise that people are happy to pay this amount for such a device.  Cheaper options certainly are not as elegant, perhaps omit the laser or the two way audio function, or might be more problematic to setup.

One thing that could be added to the Petcube help function a little better would be a battery inside it. If the power goes down this goes down. Also you are limited to putting this close to a power outlet, even temporarily.

Petcube Camera is a fun and interesting device. Those dedicated to their animals and not wanting to install a lesser, uglier product I can fully recommend the Petcube as a good looking and feature filled device.

 

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By May 23, 2016 Read More →

The History of the Mobile Phone

downloadWere you around when the mobile phone arrived? At what point did you acquire one? Do you know the difference between a feature phones and a smartphone? Broadbandchoices have put together a wonderful walk down memory lane in the form of an infographic.

Starting in 1983 and wiggling it’s way through Nokia’s and StarTAC, PDAs and Blackberrys, snaking onto the battle of Apple and Android and pulling out the latest and greatest before laying out the the future, the desires and the dreams. Finally asking you to vote for your favourite phone and an opportunity to win and iPhone SE.

 

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By May 20, 2016 Read More →

Google Play Store to hit Chomebooks

F101_Pixel2_Silver_PlayStoreIt’s not news, more than a rumour and far from a surprise however Google has now made an official announcement about the arrival of the Play Store to the Chromebook.

So, we’re bringing Google Play (the most popular app store in the world) to Chromebooks. This means you’ll be able to download and use Android apps, so you can make a Skype call, work with Office files and be productive offline — or take a break with games like Minecraft, Hearthstone or Clash of Clans. The same apps that run on phones and tablets can now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security. 

With day two of the 2016 Google I/O developer’s conference in full swing, you would think there might be a little info dribbling out however I guess this is not Android new, but Chrome news so it can take the back burner for now. I would expect something to be mentioned before the conference if over.

There is a little info to be gleaned from the announcement. The update will arrive in the developer channel with M53  and will initially be supported by the ASUS Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R 11 and the latest Chromebook PixelFrom the sounds of it there might be some incompatibilities on the cards for certain Chomebooks as Google state they are working with partners to launch some great new devices specially designed for Play. Worry not as you can check, Google is keeping an updated list of supported devices here.

With this manoeuvre the Chromebook changes greatly in the eyes of the consumer. The Play Store leads to games, something that the Chromebook has been short of, helping it’s position as a tool for business and education. On the other hand, it brings it a lot closer to the Windows platform for app content. One thing is for sure, there will be a lot of people looking at how to swap out their 16gb drives for something larger.

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