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Unboxing the Piper NV from iControl

Unboxing the Piper NV from iControl

Piper are a high end home security system innovator. The Piper nv is their latest hardware combining an attractive design with simple accessibility to make you and your home more secure. Priced at roughly £217 this camera features night vision, easy to installation and a clean and intuitive control software. The app is only compatible […]

By March 19, 2015 Read More →
The Mobile Tech Addicts Show 232 : All hands on the One

The Mobile Tech Addicts Show 232 : All hands on the One

Gareth, Jay, Dan, Phil and Matt get together for another chat about the most recent tech news. Matt has spent a stolen weekend with the HTC One (M9,) Net Neutrality becomes a bit of a problem here in the UK and  Featuring Gareth, Jay, Dan, Phil and Matt Direct Download iTunes Download the iPhone App Download […]

By March 18, 2015 Read More →
Samsung LifeLIVE bring parents together

Samsung LifeLIVE bring parents together

As we all know, babies are dropped by storks down the chimney late at night to annoy an otherwise happy couple and throw their life into turmoil for the next 18-36 years. However, Samsung’s latest video uses the craziest of notions that babies are actually born of a physical person and they are using this […]

By March 17, 2015 Read More →
Sky made to give customer details to Copyright Troll

Sky made to give customer details to Copyright Troll

We have seen this before and we will likely see this again. Some Sky Broadband subscribers suspected of illegally downloading movies could have their personal details handed over to what is know as a “copyright troll”. The service provider is obliged to turn over the names and addresses of the requested broadband customers to The Company […]

By March 15, 2015 Read More →

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iMend smartphone repair review

iMend smartphone repair review

No matter how careful you are, at some point many of us end up dropping their mobile phone. Sometimes you get lucky and end up with just a little scratch but other times the damage can be a little more catastrophic. Generally your choices are to get a new phone or to get the phone […]

By December 8, 2014 Read More →
ExpressVPN keeping you safe and secret

ExpressVPN keeping you safe and secret

There is no shortage of Virtual Private Network solutions out there, they really seem to be all the rage this side of the NSA reaching into the search engines and online storages to harvest our very personal data and to build a profile on each and every one of us. It seems in the future […]

By November 25, 2014 Read More →
Unboxing Inateck 2 in 1 Micro USB Cable + Apple Lightning Adapter Cable

Unboxing Inateck 2 in 1 Micro USB Cable + Apple Lightning Adapter Cable

Inateck have provided us with a 2 in 1 Micro USB Cable + Apple Lightning Adapter Cable 1.2m (4ft.) This is ideal for charging your iPhone 6/ 5/ 5s/ 5c /iPad 4/ iPad air/ iPad mini mini2/ iPad 4th gen, whilst also providing a cable for a MicroUSB based device. The cap on the top can […]

By October 27, 2014 Read More →
Unboxing Inateck  4 Port USB3.0 Hub  With 1 Port Charging

Unboxing Inateck 4 Port USB3.0 Hub With 1 Port Charging

Gareth unboxes Inateck’s 4 Port USB3.0 Hub With 1 Port Charging, the cheapest USB 3.0 hub on around. This hub is equipped with both a 5V 4A power supply and built-in surge protection, 4 Port USB 3.0 + 1 fast charging port (5V 2A) for SamSung tablets and smart phones etc.  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 supports transfer […]

By October 23, 2014 Read More →

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Huawei Honor 6 Unboxing #ForTheBrave

vlcsnap-2015-03-13-14h27m46s56Huawei have two flagship phones out at the moment The Honor 6 and Honor 6+. Whilst these are not quite up to the level of excellence you might expect from Apple, Huawei isn’t afraid of having a go at a decent high end device. The Honor 6 we have here is a premium mid-range phone with some very respectable specifications and a build quality that will make any prospective customer look twice.

  • Hisilicon Kirin 920 Octa Core Processor
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 5 Inch Full HD IPS Touch Screen Display
  • MicroSD
  • 13 MP Rear Camera With Dual LED Flash
  • 5 MP Front Camera
  • 4G
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3000 MAh Battery

 

| March 15, 2015 | Read More →

Inateck 3 Ports USB 3.0 HUB with Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter Unboxing

vlcsnap-2015-03-13-13h37m33s154Inateck have kindly sent over a three Port USB 3.0 adapter with Gigabit ethernet network adapter. This simple connector makes life on the move a little more tolerable for the user by combing 2 USB 3.0 ports for the every growing arsenal of peripherals alongside a rather important Ethernet network connector for those who might have a laptop without one built in. Certainly most do however some, like my personal Acer C720 Chromebook, happen to be missed one and as a back up  when a wireless signal is not terribly reliable or non-existent an Etnernet adapter is almost essential. 

● Supports up to 1000Mbps and downwards compatible with 10/100Mbps.
● Support IEEE 802.3az (Energy Efficient Ethernet). Compatible with IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab.
● Supports full duplex operation with IEEE 802.3x flow control and half duplex operation with back-pressure flow control.
● Usage of highly robust ABS plastic during production, compact and light structure, high mobility and flexibility, stable composition.
● USB 3.0 super speed (theoretical maximum transfer of up to 5 Gbps), complete utilisation of Gigabit ethernet connection resources. Supports IPv4/IPv6 protocols, dual channel transfer mode, automatic transfer and data stream reversing regulation.
● Supports Hot Swap and Plug & Play at all USB ports, simple and intuitive handling. Theoretical transfer speed of up to 5 Gbps (The actual transmission speed is limited by the setting of the device connected), reciprocal compatibility with USB 2.0/1.1/1.0.

You can order one from Amazon for £19.99 

| March 14, 2015 | Read More →

Fancy designing helping Huawei design the Honor 6? #HonorDesign

lYCtxiDO-oOlh4eJPsI-UKh8Yo6ELEDx57izixVV9isHuawei are currently running a competition to design icons, wallpapers and the back cover for their new flagship, the Honor 6. This is the first time Honor is launching their design competition in Europe. Designers from different design disciplines are invited to enter their visionary concepts on our special theme of “#ForTheBrave”. If you have a strong visionary conception in graphic design for the Honor 6 then this is your chance to shape the look and feel of the phone for the masses, perhaps even for the future of Huawei and Android!

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Take a look into the future and develop new, bold, challenging designs for User interface Icons, wallpapers and back covers all in the theme of “#ForTheBrave”. Hauwei will be implementing the winning designs into their devices present and future.

Find out more HERE.

| March 13, 2015 | Read More →

The Mobile Tech Addicts Show 231 Watch the watch

Podcast-Logo_thumb.jpgGareth, Jay and Micael and get together for one last chat about Mobile World Congress 2015 before some big changes are employed.

Featuring Gareth, Jay and Micael

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Show notes

Phones

Asus Zenfone 2 pushing 4GB of RAM

Android 5.1 Lollipop arrives

LG to develop a Super Flagship later this year

The Galaxy S6 has a removable non-removable battery

Tablets

Android 6.0 Multi-window

Macbook

Wearables

Time to consider the Apple Watch

Oppo’s 5 minute charge Smartwatch

 

Other Shi…zzzle

Acer CB5 Chromebook Benchmarks

Acer plan a big announcement

Nikon Coolpix P900, a thing of beauty

Email us: Podcast@tracyandmatt.co.uk  Tel: 0208 123 3757

 

Gareth Myles – @garethmyles

Jay Garrett – @JayGarrett

Micael Samuelsson – @smicael

Dan Carter – @mobilemandan

Matt and Tracy Davis –   @tracyandmatt

Phil Lain – @low405

| March 12, 2015 | Read More →

The Saygus V2 will raise your eyebrows

V2-TrioSaygus is an award winning high-end smartphone manufacturer with roots in Linux software design and development. They will soon launch a new smartphone with more than a dozen exclusive features. Some of these features include new-to-market Waterproofing Technology (IPX7 Rating,) Multi-Booting will support booting from MicroSD card, two OIS enabled cameras and dual MicroSD card slots. Alongside a flashy design this device looks to be something rather special. We look forward to following the release over the coming weeks. You can pre-order a unit for their website for $599. Have a browse of the specs and raise those eyebrows.

Screen - 5” 1920 x 1080 display (445 ppi) Full HD
Processor - 2.5Ghz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon
Operating System - Android 4.4.4 (Lollipop due)
Dimensions – 67 x 137 x 9.7mm
Weight - 141g
Rear Camera –  21 MP Rear Facing with Optical Image Stabilization*, Auto Focus, and Dual LED Flash
Front Camera - 13 MP Front Facing with Optical Image Stabilization* and Auto Focus
Memory - 3GB RAM
Storage - 64GB Onboard Flash Storage, Dual MicroSDXC Slots (256GB expandable storage)
Sensors - GPS, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity, Ambient Light
Network - Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC (Android Beam), Bluetooth 4.0, 60GHz Wireless Gaming and Mobile Beaming, IR Transmitter
Ports – micro-USB 2.0/3.0, 3.5mm Stereo Audio and Microphone Jack, Biometric Fingerprint Side Scanner
Speakers - Harman Kardon Sound Technology w/ 3D Audio* for videoHarman Kardon Speakers and Mics
Power – 3100 mAh Removable Battery, Wireless Qi Charging Built-inPower Saving Chip

| March 12, 2015 | Read More →

Meet the of Piper nv the all-in-one home security system

image001Icontrol Networks, a leader in connected home technology and innovation, today announces general availability in Europe for Piper nv, the only security system that can be easily tailored to what matters most. Building on the launch of the original Piper last year, the all-in-one home security, video monitoring and automation device has been engineered for reliability and built frustration free, making it easier than ever to connect via mobile device for peace of mind.

Over the last year, Piper has ushered in a new approach to home monitoring, security and automation and continues to deliver users a new and smart way to interact with their homes. With the DIY smart home market projected to reach $7.8 billion in the US alone by 2019, according to NextMarket Insights, the connected home is becoming more easily accessible to consumers than ever before and Piper continues to be at the forefront of the movement with Piper nv. In addition to the already comprehensive Piper feature set, Piper nv boasts:

●        Night Vision: Featuring the widest field of view available in the market, Piper nv’s 180-degree day/night vision offers a clear and complete view of your home no matter the time of day. Night vision kicks in automatically once the room starts getting dark.

●        Advanced camera resolution: The 3.4 megapixel camera sensor ensures you don’t miss any details!

 

“Being aware of events in your home has never been easier with Piper,” said Russell Ure, creator of Piper and an executive vice president and GM at Icontrol Networks. “Piper nv provides homeowners with unsurpassed visibility into their homes and ensures places and loved ones are always protected and safe. It sets a new standard for the optimal video experience in the smart home marketplace.”

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Piper has been recognised for its innovative technology and broad consumer appeal, and is powered by Icontrol Networks, a leader in the connected home marketplace.

 

In addition to night vision and advanced camera resolution, Piper nv has been designed for maximum customisation and includes the core Piper features:

●        Security: Customise three security modes (home, away and vacation), motion detector and piercing, 105-decibel siren.

●        Automation: Integrate Z-Wave accessories into Piper’s security modes, control them remotely, on a schedule, or using environmental data.

●        HD Panoramic camera: 180° fisheye lens, electronic pan, tilt, and zoom, 1080p camera sensor.

●        Customised alerts: Phone call, text message, email, and push notifications to users and their trusted circle when security rules are triggered.

●        Environmental sensors: Monitor and control home temperature, humidity, ambient light and sound.

●        Elegant Design: Simple, intuitive app. Stunning, compact, two-toned form with brushed metal legs.

●        Smart Hardware: ARM processor, battery backup, internal memory for video storage, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.

●        Android & iOS support: Available on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

●        Two-way audio: Talk directly to occupants through Piper through its app on your mobile device.

●        Multi-Piper functionality: Support up to five different Pipers within a home so you always have visibility and control over your different spaces.

●        Bedside mode: Featuring an active panic button, Bedside mode lets users manually turn on a siren in case of an emergency. Easy to reach and quick to access for fast action, users can now set Piper to Bedside mode before going to sleep for a more secure environment at night.

Piper nv can now be purchased at getpiper.com starting at €299.00 (£217.00) and Piper will continue to be sold for €199.00 (£145.00)*. The free Piper application is also available for download in the iTunes App Store and in the Google Play Store. 

| March 12, 2015 | Read More →

Chromebook Pixel 2 quietly appears

Screenshot 2015-03-12 07.47.16Apple’s new Macbook was one of the bigger announcements of the week however Google are quietly popping out an updated Chromebook Pixel 2, the second in what is now a line of top end notebooks flavoured with Chromebookiness. There seems to be one big feature being pushed here and that’s the charging method and USB -C port. Bragging that the Pixel 2 can last 2 hours on 15 minutes of charging is quite a feat alongside the Intel  i5 2.2ghz or i7 2.4ghz. There are better storage options also with 32gb and 64gb choices, who said that Chrome was designed to be online all the time? A big boost for any Chromebook is the RAM, 8gb or 16g, these are honestly good specs even for a Windows laptop and as it is running Chrome it is a little like bringing a M134 minigun to a knife fight.  The screen is a beautiful 12.85″ display with a web-friendly 3:2 aspect ratio, 2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI. There is also a 720P HD Wide Angle camera with Blue Glass

Priced at either £799 or £999, this is a little more affordable than last years model and comes with the remarkable ability to charge the device and plug in an external storage device also… in like another beautiful Notebook we saw this week. 

 

| March 12, 2015 | Read More →

A feature of Android 6.0?

samsung-galaxy-note-ii-multi-window-us-cellular-1We are getting Android 5.1 in the next few days, or weeks depending on how lucky you are and this update brings with it a fairly routine collection of tweaks and improvements. However, the future of Android will always feature more exciting features in the long run and anything that might help increase productivity is not beyond the realms of imagination.

Down in the depths of Android’s source code a small hint exists that Google may be working on a multi-windows feature. Some may scoff that Samsung have already brought this to their Touchwiz overlay however there is a software tool in place of a core feature. Whilst a little buggy over the years the idea is sound and for Google to place it into stock Android at some point in the future makes Android a whole lot more of a viable option for desktop work stations (again bringing the existence  of Chrome OS into question.)

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| March 12, 2015 | Read More →

Acer CB5 Chromebook Benchmarks

Acer_Chromebook_15__CB5-571__white-front_up_left_angle.0When is comes to Chromebooks there is really only one company to entertain at the moment. Acer. Whilst the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is generally considered to be the best in it’s field right now Acer has occupied the top spot at any other time and it looks like they plan on taking it back with the Chromebook 15.

Technology Resource Advisor’s Chris Elkendier managed to benchmark the Acer CB5 (C910) to find it outperforms several other Chromebooks thanks to the Broadwell processor inside, and it only outperformed by the smaller 11.6-inch variant the C740. It is important to point out that the 1080p and 720p version of the CB5 performed identically.

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The Acer Chromebook 15 has already gone on pre-order in the UK from Amazon with a touchscreen Nvidia Tegra K1 2.1 GHz, 4GB RAM, 32GB. A full range has become available on Amazon.co.uk. The Chromebook will land May 20th.

 

| March 11, 2015 | Read More →
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