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By June 2, 2016 Read More →

Foregoer packable backpack unpacking

Image4The Foregoer packable backpack is an easy to compact and carry accessory. Made from nylon fabric the backpack is ultra-light weight, waterproof, wear resistance and scratch resistance.
Can carry up to 25 litres and features 1 main compartment, 1 inner slip pocket, 1 front zip pocket and 2 elastic pockets.

Foregoer is committed to providing an easier and higher quality of life. 

Compact in seconds 
Folds into front zip pocket to fit anywhere. Must have on every trip, hiking, sport activity, school or daily use. 

Multifunctional and Roomy 
• Features a classic shape with several pockets for storage and 2-way zipper. 
• 25L: Ample room for maps, cameras, snacks, bottles, clothes, books and other belongings. 
• Organization: 1 roomy main compartment, 1 front zipper pocket, 1 inner slip pocket for valuable items and 2 elastic side pockets for water bottle or small accessories. 

Durable and Comfortable 
• This backpack is made of superior ripstop nylon fabric: ultra-light weight, waterproof, wear resistance and scratch resistance. 
• Padded shoulder strap can reduce the pressure. 

Dimensions 
Unfold: 12.6×15.8×5.9 inches (W×H×D) 
Fold: 9×7.5 inches (W×H) 

Please Note: 
All sizes are manually measured. The margin of error is 1 inch. 
2. Due to different camera, light environment and display, the physical color will be a little different from pictures.

You can purchase one for £9.99 here.

By May 30, 2016 Read More →

EasyAcc 9000mAh Waterproof Power Bank Review

P1030010 When it comes to the Powerbank there is no shortage of options. There are many recognisable brands now and many accessory companies trying to make their mark. One such company is EasyAcc. Having used a number of their power banks in the past it is a brand that I can feel you recommend when it comes to choosing.

Most recently I have been using the EasyAcc Rugged 20000mAh powerbank as my daily backup power source and am pretty pleased with the results, even though it is pretty huge. Admittedly one of the latches that hold the door closed has broken making it a little fiddly to open the door. However, the powerbank lasts a full working week and only needs charged over the weekend.

This brings us to the EasyAcc 9000 mAh power bank. This backup battery is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof. Features a compass, detachable Carabiner, a 2.1 amp output, 2 amp input and is compatible with almost everything has a USB charger. As with most of these power banks of late there is an inbuilt LED flashlight.

The build of the battery is tough and robust, having used it for a couple of weeks I’m glad to say it shows no signs of wear and tear and could totally handle a camping trip to one of the more extreme climates for where it has been designed to perform. The battery itself can handle around three or four good charges of my Nexus 6P.

Size wise for a 9000 mAh battery inside a tough enclosure this unit is perfect. Not too big to avoid being cumbersome and not too small, being easy to grip and easy to find.

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However, I will say that the compass does feel like an afterthought and doesn’t provide much use however I guess it might be a lifesaver if the situation was to present itself. Also the door on the bottom is quite difficult open which is more reassuring when you think about the waterproof properties. With gloves you will struggle to get it open and it really requires your nails to get in underneath to prize the door open. I guess that is both a pro and con.

One thing that might not actually be a big issue the power bank does suffer from not being able to charge during the rain as the door needs to be open. I’m not sure of this problem would present itself too many users however it is something to keep in mind.

This little battery will continue to be in my travel sack. It’s a great backup and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone on the market looking for something a little more robust.

EasyAcc are always keep their prices low and have even set up a Flash Deal page were you could save a few if you keep an eye on it.

 

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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 →

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.  

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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 17, 2016 Read More →

Superbook gives your phone that Laptop potential

12671689-d4ea-42e5-b701-17ce1579542aWhilst Microsoft are blowing trumpets out there for Continuum there is no real alternative currently available for Android. Certainly there is Air Droid however it’s just to much of a different approach to be considered an alternative. Whilst Chrome itself has a nice Remote Desktop client that is very reliable and both of these options require an internet connection. However, they are a world apart from Continuum. So there is a gap in the market.

That’s were the brand new Andromium OS steps in. With a clean, sleek design to match the aesthetics of a “Superbook.” The Superbook is a laptop shell, purposefully engineered to give any Android smartphone the capabilities of a complete, internet-connected laptop. Inside the hardware is the technology to translate video data over USB, meaning it’s universally compatible with nearly any Android smartphone. Just download the Andromium app from the Play store, connect the smartphone to a Superbook, and that’s it, your phone is now a laptop.

We won’t see this on the market right away, The Superbook and Andromium is on scheduled to launch on @Kickstarter on June 15th! However, it  sounds like the sort of thing that could work. There have been several attempts over the years to create a dumb terminal that translates your phone into a laptop operating system however none have been as conceptually realise as the Superbook. The names Redfly and Palm Foleo spring to mind, ideas that might have been ahead of the time. The Superbook may just arrive with time enough to make an impression before Google does something about the position of Chrome and Android.

By May 13, 2016 Read More →

Synology DS916+ is the successor of DS415+

f-DS916+_right-45Synology® Inc. today launched DS916+, a 4-bay scalable NAS designed for professionals and growing businesses. Powered by a quad-core CPU, DS916+ performs high-speed computing and data encryption tasks. With flexible scalability up to 9 drives, DS916+ is able to handle rapidly growing storage capacity needs. Equipped with DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.0 and versatile add-on packages, users are able to perform seamless file syncing and sharing, productive collaboration, and smooth disaster recovery on DS916+.

DS916+ delivers outstanding performance exceeding 225 MB/s reading and 221 MB/s writing. When transferring encrypted data, DS916+ also achieves 225 MB/s reading and 209 MB/s writing and can handle a wide range of computing tasks in a secured and robust working environment. DS916+ comes with two memory options, 2GB and 8GB for more flexibility in concurrent connections and virtualisation.

“Designed to meet fast growing businesses’ increasing storage capacity demands, DS916+ bridges the gap between costly enterprise level capacity and personal storage that are insufficient for expanding businesses,” said Michael Wang, Product Manager at Synology Inc. “With DS916+ and an expansion unit, DX513, businesses can now enjoy flexible scalability and all the powerful features DSM 6.0 delivers.”

DS916+ runs DSM 6.0, the most advanced and intuitive operating system for NAS devices. Featuring a wide range of applications from backup to network management, DS916+ provides all essential business services and increased productivity at work. Synology has received numerous media accolades, such as topping the midrange NAS category in TechTarget’s storage solution survey.

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By May 11, 2016 Read More →

Sennheiser launches HD 650 and Apogee Groove

HD_650_Apogee_Groove_Bundle_product_shot_RGB_redAudio specialist Sennheiser and digital audio recording specialist Apogee are launching a new bundle that brings together Sennheiser’s HD 650 open, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones with the Apogee Groove – a high-performance USB DAC and headphone amp. This combination lets Mac and PC users enjoy the full dynamic range and ultra-low distortion levels of one of the classics of Sennheiser’s audiophile headphone world powered by the legendary sound quality of Apogee.

Crafted with handpicked components for incredibly narrow tolerances, special acoustic materials and exceptional engineering, they deliver reference-class fidelity and a balanced sound with crisp bass, excellent mid frequency response and a gentle, pleasantly natural treble: the iconic, oval-shaped Sennheiser HD 650 are a true headphone classic by the leader in audio.

With the HD 650, Sennheiser created the first dynamic headphones to achieve such authentic and natural sound reproduction, both accurate and transparent. Manuel Ricke, Product Manager Audiophile at Sennheiser, explains how the headphones have been perfectly paired to the Apogee Groove headphone amp to bring their captivating sound to PCs and Macs: “With more music stored on PC and Macs, the output of the computer can prove to be a bottleneck that limits the ability to deliver sufficient power to audiophile-grade headphone models. The HD 650 are excellent open, dynamic headphones. However, their high, 300-ohm impedance means they require more power than can usually be provided by a computer. Drawing on Apogee’s 30-year pedigree as an innovator and industry leader in digital audio recording, the Groove amp increases the output signal to do full justice to the capabilities of the HD 650.”

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A headphone classic meets world-class digital audio expertise

The world’s most successful artists, producers and audio engineers rely on Apogee gear to capture GRAMMY-winning recordings. The Apogee Groove headphone amp makes this recording studio technology available in a premium compact DAC and headphone amp, providing a simple yet powerful, take-anywhere solution. Groove is designed to deliver every sonic detail from streaming music services like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Google Play Music and provides exceptional playback quality for high-res files like WAV, AIFF and FLAC. Groove’s output provides ample power at any impedance for a punchy bass and stunningly clear mid and high frequencies. Its Constant Current Drive™ technology delivers a smooth frequency response with any headphones – with Apogee recommending Sennheiser headphones to the discerning listener. Groove also features Apogee’s Quad Sum DAC design which utilizes four digital-to-analog converters per channel to achieve the highest dynamic range and lowest distortion (THD+N) of any device in its class.

“The combination of Sennheiser’s HD 650, the undisputed benchmark in headphones, with Apogee Groove’s driving power and sonic excellence, is a match made in heaven”, commented Betty Bennett, co-founder and CEO of Apogee Electronics.

The exceptional performance delivered by the new bundle is effortlessly easy to obtain – simply connect the Apogee Groove to a computer’s USB port and the HD 650 to its audio output and you will enjoy a new standard in sound.

The bundle will be distributed exclusively via Sennheiser’s online shop from the end of June.

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