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By January 16, 2017 Read More →

Adding new fans to a really dirty computer

Installing a couple Artic F12 fans to replace some old, worn out fans is a simple enough task. I thought it might be a nice idea to take you on the trip, through a thick layer of dust.

A look through the innards of my now ageing, but still fairly competent system may be of interest to some.

By January 16, 2017 Read More →

Kodak Pixpro announces expansion of 360° VR camera range

fdJK Imaging Ltd., the worldwide licensee for KODAK PIXPRO Digital Cameras and Devices, announced today its 2017 line of Digital Cameras and Devices with an expanded offering within the highly popular and growing 360° VR interactive camera category. This year’s lineup will include the brand new KODAK PIXPRO 4KVR360 Camera, adding yet another option to the award winning KODAK PIXPRO 360° VR camera family within the highly regarded KODAK PIXPRO brand.

Further expansion of the highly regarded 360° VR Camera category within the 2017 KODAK PIXPRO line up is proof of JK Imaging’s commitment to video enthusiasts worldwide, by adding a third 360° VR camera to their popular KODAK PIXPRO line up and joining the award winning SP360 4K that has been embraced by creative visionaries and content creators worldwide. The 4KVR360 will enter the market with a base MSRP of 499€ and will follow the existing KODAK PIXPRO 360° models with optional bundles that include valuable accessories and complimentary PIXPRO software for editing and stitching on Mac and PCs. All KODAK PIXPRO 360° VR camera models are YouTube™ compatible for 360° interactive videos and Facebook™ compatible for 360° photos and videos. The new 4KVR360 is aimed at passionate consumers looking to capture their adventures, travel and special moments with 360° video and photos to broaden their options when it comes to capturing memories and sharing them on the go. KODAK PIXPRO cameras are available on:

The new 2017 KODAK PIXPRO line of cameras will continue to offer consumers a variety of feature-rich, long-zoom options within the Astro Zoom family. The newest flagship Astro Zoom camera to be shown in the KODAK PIXPRO booth is a 90X optical zoom model, showcasing the brand’s commitment to offer outstanding performance at a fraction of the price of traditional and more expensive DSLR bodies and lenses. Rounding out the Astro Zoom line up, the company will show an entry level 25X zoom with the AZ252, and a myriad of other models up to 65X zoom including the AZ401, AZ421, AZ422, AZ525, AZ527 and AZ652 all designed to give photographers of every level more choices at more value.

This year’s KODAK PIXPRO line will continue to offer four ever popular and affordable compact point and shoot models with the entry level FZ43, FZ53, FZ152 and new FZ201 under the Friendly Zoom category. These models give consumers a variety of choice between AA and Li-ion batteries depending upon preference and start at 69€ MSRP for the entry-level model.

For action sports enthusiasts and people on-the-go, JK Imaging will continue to offer the KODAK PIXPRO SP1 waterproof Action Cam with highly affordable bundles that include useful accessories for both land lovers and underwater use.

To add yet another option for savvy consumers, the KODAK PIXPRO Digital Devices booth will feature and demonstrate their commitment to giving consumers added benefits and more power in dedicated cameras that work in tandem with their smart phones and devices. iOS™ and ANDROID™ compatible SMART LENS® models from the KODAK PIXPRO line start with 5X optical zoom detachable lenses with built-in flash, SL10 (10X optical zoom) and the powerful 25X optical zoom SL25 model. These cameras combine high quality photography with greater portability to give more freedom to consumers to take their high quality photography mobile and easily on the go.

The company will continue to offer the S-1, Micro Four-Thirds, mirror-less lens camera with an assortment of detachable lenses in a bundle (depending upon retailer) for those avid photographers looking for a compact solution without compromise. The S-1 starts at 499€ MSRP (body only).

Posted in: Cameras, News, Press Releases
By January 15, 2017 Read More →

Huawei Mate 9 now available at Carphone Warehouse

Mate_9_1478233564049Carphone Warehouse has today announced it is the first in the UK to now stock Huawei’s new Mate 9.

The Huawei Mate 9 boasts a range of great new upgrades, including a longer battery life, increased internal memory, a faster processor and a discreet fingerprint sensor – allowing users to unlock the device quickly and securely, with one hand.

The device also features a powerful dual lens 20-megapixel camera, co-engineered with Leica, which offers sharply detailed images in low lighting, complimented by a wide range of shooting facilities and a front camera.

These improvements are in addition to improved screen size with higher resolution, 5.9 FHD display combined with 2.5D glass, which results in a compact design and sleek finish.

Huawei’s newest device is now available in Grey SIM-free in store and online at

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By January 14, 2017 Read More →

BenQ turn the tables with the Zowie Zone

ZONE_01BenQ today unveils the ZOWIE ZONE — its complete eSports experience.

It has always been the goal of ZOWIE to provide the best competitive gaming experience, enabling players to find their most comfortable settings effortlessly, putting their focus on their own performance instead of setting up.

After providing players with different gaming gear options, ZOWIE ZONE is the next step in the path to deliver the complete package for competitive gamers.

– Stable

The hardware and software that power ZONE are optimized to offer reliable and consistent in-game performance in competitive gaming titles, ensuring the best conditions for serious gamers instead of the highest benchmark scores.

– Comfortable

Serious players practice for many hours, making it important to consider not only the in-game options but also how they sit in front of the computer. ZONE table provides height adjustment and the display is connected to a highly adjustable arm to allow players to pick their most comfortable setting.

– Easy to Use

ZONE maintains the core principle of plug and play from ZOWIE’s previous products as the click of one button turns the whole system on and ready to use.

– Convenient

Preference is important to gamers but so is convenience. ZOWIE ZONE has easily accessible ports for all required gaming gear to ensure the process of connecting and disconnecting them, which happens regularly for serious gamers, is seamless.

ZONE will advance the convenience to a next level as ZOWIE is currently working on an intuitive UI that enables players to fine tune the audio and monitor settings without pushing monitor buttons and, instead, controlling it all using the keyboard and mouse. This feature will be available to the market at a later stage.

ZOWIE ZONE will only be available for gaming centers. You will be able to get the first-hand experience with ZOWIE ZONE in events we support, starting with DreamHack Leipzig and also in gaming centers spread across the world that focus on competitive gaming. Follow ZOWIE social media accounts or stay turned to our website for more information.

Posted in: Desktop Computing, News
By January 14, 2017 Read More →

GEAR4 puts military grade protection into the iPad case

GEAR4, the UK’s number one trusted impact protection case brand, today launches its new Buckingham iPad TPU flip case range, featuring D3O – the most advanced shock absorbing technology for enhanced impact protection. The Buckingham case, linked to GEAR4’s British roots, combines modern forms and materials to deliver the ultimate combination of sleek protection. The case is available for iPad mini 4, Air2/Pro 9.7 inch and Pro 12.9 inch.

The D3O® impact technology used in the Buckingham case is in fact so trusted worldwide that it is the same material found in the U.S military combat uniforms, American football helmets and protective gear worn by pro athletes (including Usain Bolt) and extreme sportsmen, such as Olympic ski teams. With these kinds of endorsements, iPad owners can rest assured that they have the most technologically advanced casing available on the market.

D3O® has a unique molecular structure; in standard conditions, the molecules flow freely allowing the material to remain soft and flexible, but on impact lock together to absorb and dissipate the impact energy, which means your device stays safe when dropped. GEAR4 are the first to use an injection moulded grade of D3O® technology to deliver more impact protection per cubic millimetre than other leading materials.

GEAR4 designers combined this unique technology with a functional design featuring a standing option to work in landscape at a desk, table or on a lap and four slots for business or payment cards. There are also two larger slots for important documents and its unique clip closure ensures the device, as well as valuable items, are kept safe whilst not in use.

The Buckingham is available in black with orange, blue and grey trim from and Carphone Warehouse

Buckingham – iPad Air2/ 9.7″ Pro RRP – £59.99

Buckingham – iPad 12.9″ Pro RRP – £59.99

Buckingham – iPad Mini 4 RRP – £49.99

By January 11, 2017 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 11th January 2017

podcast-logo-600x600Gareth Myles and Jay Garrett

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Show Notes


@garethmyles  I don’t think modular will take off – even with Moto’s (arguably) better implementation. It is a shame though.

Nokia 6

Polaroid smartwatches – XLYNE 54001

Samsung Galaxy S8: Rumours and MWC 2017

Alexa at CES 2017

Kuri home robot

What have you been playing with?



Bargain Basement:

Lenovo ZUK Z2 £147.15

Three PAYG Trio Data SIM Preloaded with 24 GB of Data valid for 24 months £27.97 from Amazon

SanDisk 64GB Ultra Micro SDXC & SD  £13.33 from Sainsburys

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By January 11, 2017 Read More →

Alxum 10-Port USB Charging Station Unboxing

image27Organisation is the name of the game and the Alxum 10-Port USB Charging Station is a cheaper alternative that packs a lot more value for the money. But is it any good?

10 PORT USB DESKTOP CHARGING STATION – Charges up to 10 devices at once. Rapid charging with BC1.2 technology provides up to 5V 2.4A of power per port. Keep your smartphone, tablet, laptop and other devices organised on your desktop or counter

MULTIPLE DEVICE CHARGER – It charges your Apple iPhone 6 plus, 6, 5s, se, 4s, 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPod, Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, S5 S4, S3, Tab, Note4, Note3, Note2, Google Nexus 6 6P 5X, Amazon Kindle Fire, Paperwhite, Sony, LG, HTC, Motorola, ASUS ZenFone, BlackBerry, ZTE, YotaPhone, Huawei, BLU Vivo, PSP, OnePlus One Two, digital camera, MP3 Players, e-reader, Bluetooth headphones, portable speakers, power bank, tablet and mobile devices

SMART IC – Sophisticated circuit design with over-heating, over-current and over-charging protection. With SmartIC technology, it can automatically recognise your devices, distribute the perfect charge to each charging device individually and simultaneously. Charging will automatically stop when the battery is full. Surge protection keep your appliances safe

CERTIFIED SAFETY – UL certification and Alxum’s Multi-Protect safety system ensure complete protection for you, your and your devices. Worldwide AC 100-240V input voltage. Rated DOE Level 6 for energy efficiency.

Innovative design for space saving. Adjustable separator bracket stand allows you to adjust the width needed for different devices. Organize more than 10 devices? Use Alxum 5 Pack Plastic Separators for better performance.

Pick one up from Amazon for £59.99 

By January 9, 2017 Read More →

The Alxum Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra Mini Hub Unboxing

image25The Alxum Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra Mini Hub comes in four flavours and priced appropriately. This black version with a 120cm long cable is also available in white and priced at £8.99. Then there is a black and a white version with a 60cm long cable for £7.99. The Hub adds up to 4 peripherals quickly and easily for Plug-and-Play connectivity to your USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices. Especially great for notebooks which come with only a few ports in an era when you need to attach many USB devices at once, such as a mouse, keyboard, card reader or thumb drive, etc. It offers an ideal way to connect on the road, and virtually anywhere you need fast access to your USB devices.

High Speed Data Transfer
Four downstream ports support high-speed (480Mbps), full-speed (12Mbps), and low-speed (1.5Mbps). This USB Hub saves your valuable USB 2.0 quota by consolidate 4 x USB 2.0 interfaces to one USB port so you can have more 4 peripherals connected simultaneously.It maintains backwards compatibility with USB 1.1 devices, so feel free to add more to your Mac, Windows or Chrome devices. To get the full power, the host and the device must have the same version.

Portable Size
With compact size, this 4 port USB 2.0 hub is a perfect lightweight travel tool, and the right companion for your business trip and travel. This compact hub tucks easily into the pocket of your laptop bag. Only take it out when you need to connect additional USB peripherals like, mouse, keyboard, thumb drive, digital cameras, flash drives, iPod etc.

Additional Notes
1.This hub is not meant to serve as a stand-alone charger. Devices connected to this hub should not exceed a combined current of 5V 900mAh.
2.External hard-drives should be connected to an external power source, do not connect it to high power-consuming devices (such as HDDs, certain office equipment, etc). This 4 Port hub will not charge an iPad (it will only sync).

Package Contents:
1 x 4 Ports USB 2.0 Portable Hub

  • 4 port USB 2.0 or 1.1 devices to Compact size and portable. Easily expand by connecting up to your Macbook, Laptop, ultrabook, tablet PC and any USB 2.0 capable computer works with USB. Works with USB extension cable and reverse Compatible with USB 1.1
  • Designed with a built-in surge protector to keep your devices safe. Plug-and-Play; hot-plugging; driver free.
  • Designed with a built-in surge protector to keep your devices safe
  • Build in Overvoltage/Overcurrent/Leakage and Short-Circuit protection unit. The connection cable is attached to the hub -no need to worry about leaving it behind or losing it
  • Compatible with Windows XP /Vista/7/ 8 /8.1 (32/64-bit), Mac OS 10.10 or higher, Linux.

Grab one from Amazon here.

By January 8, 2017 Read More →

Benq GW2270H monitor review

p1030421What can £80 get you when shopping for a screen. When you are looking at the Benq GW2270H, it would appear, quite a bit!

Right out of the box you will notice there is a 100 x 100mm VESA mount for attaching to various fixings. This opens many possibilities, for a cheap second screen, a reading panel, security fixing or just a small office PC that needs a no frills screen setup.

The mount included does allow for a little adjustment, a little tilt back and forth, however. you cannot pivot the display into a portrait orientation or to the left or right.

The screen doesn’t have a high-end finish, everything is plastic. However, it does seem to be hard wearing and fairly tough.

Around the back are two HMDI ports and a VGA port. Unfortunately, there are no DisplayPorts or DVI posts.

The sound has also been omitted, GW2270H does not come with a speaker nor is there a headphone jack. This is entirely forgivable as I have yet to see any circumstances that require the monitor to emit sound.

There is an easy-to-use on-screen display, with quick access to brightness, switching input sources, low blue light modes. The main menus have plenty of options, however, there are no professional colour settings, it’s down to the user to tinker with colour balances and gamma, contrast, brightness controls.

The brightness on the GW2270 only manages around 244 nits, this isn’t entirely a deal breaker however it is a little concession that might both some. The 22-inch AMVA panel has a dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1. The response time is  5ms and its maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 rounds up the more important specifications.

These are not spectacular features yet they are impressive for the price tag. Adding the VA panel makes for terrific viewing angles. There is noticeably good colour accuracy and range too. Whilst serviceable with an improved native contrast ratio we wouldn’t suggest blasting through the latest games expecting a world for realistic colours. The GW2270H performs adequately.

The BenQ GW2270H is impressive value for money. This is an office screen, over a gaming screen offering flicker free viewing over colour representation. A bargain price secures this is a highly recommend screen for sensible computing

You can pick the BenQ GW2270H up from Amazon for aroun £80.

By January 6, 2017 Read More →

Sennheiser launch attractive headphones for everyday listening

hd_4_50_ae_bt_detail_rgb_redAt CES 2017, audio specialist Sennheiser is launching the HD 4.50BTNC, HD 4.40BT and MOMENTUM Wireless In-Ear – three new wireless headsets for brilliant, everyday listening pleasure.

The HD 4.50BTNC and HD 4.40BT closed back, around-ear headphones have been created to be perfect everyday companions for wireless listening on the move.

WIth NoiseGardTM active noise cancellation technology, users can enjoy music without any distractions. With the HD 4.50BTNC ambient noise is intelligently filtered allowing the detailed acoustic response of the proprietary Sennheiser 32mm drivers shine.

Alongside great performance, the new headsets offer ease of use, comfort and convenience.

Both the HD 4.50BTNC and HD 4.40BT use the advanced wireless technology and audio codec of Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX to deliver true wireless Hi-Fi sound. The new HD 4.40BT RRP are£169.99.

Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC

  • NoiseGard™ active noise cancellation
  • Audio codec of Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX
  • NFC for simple pairing with compatible devices
  • Integrated microphone
  • Battery life for wireless sound up to 25 hours
  • ANC enabled allows for up to 19 hours of wireless
  • Fold’s away compactly with a protective case

Sennheiser HD 4.40BT

  • Audio codec of Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX
  • NFC for simple pairing with compatible devices
  • Integrated microphone
  • Battery life for wireless sound up to 25 hours
  • Fold’s away compactly and stored in a soft pouch

 The new MOMENTUM In-Ear Wireless combines a leading-edge acoustic design with Bluetooth 4.1, AAC codec support and Qualcomm® apt-X™.

With the MOMENTUM In-Ear Wireless, Sennheiser now adds ear-canal headphones with Bluetooth connectivity to the acclaimed range.

The new neckband headphone has been designed to enhance the experience of listening to music on mobile devices – for the ultimate portable MOMENTUM experience.

The MOMENTUM In-Ear Wireless RRP is £169.99 will be available from January 2017, while the HD 4.50BTNC RRP TBC will be available from February.

Sennheiser MOMENTUM In-Ear Wireless

  • Bluetooth 4.1, AAC codec support and Qualcomm® apt-X™
  • Integrated three-button remote and high-quality microphone are incorporated into the neckband
  • Multi-connection with up to 2 devices at once, with 3-way calling support
  • Around-the-neck design and soft sheepskin nappa leather stitched onto the neckband
Posted in: Headphones, News