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By March 22, 2017 Read More →

The MiVue Drive range is now on sale at Mio.com

81xvKEOamFL._SL1500_MiTAC today announces the Mio MiVue Drive series, a range of in-vehicle devices designed to seamlessly integrate car navigation with quality dash cam recording, all in one solution. Acting as a driver’s personal eyewitness on the road while also using leading navigation features to help navigate from A to B, the new MiVue range is Mio’s most advanced set of in-vehicle devices yet.

A new standard in the world of car navigation and dash cams

The new range caters for the needs of every driver and budget. The Mio MiVue Drive 65 LM, 60 LM, 55 LM, 50 LM and 65 LM Truck are equipped with Extreme HD (1296p), or Full HD (1080p) video recording as a minimum, and an advanced glass lens which lets more light in – the F1.8 aperture and 140° wide angle view, results in brighter, clearer footage in any conditions. These features combine with Mio’s leading car navigation software, with Lifetime Safety Camera and Map Updates, to create one of the most intelligent devices on the road.

The devices also feature Mio’s innovative Advanced Driver Awareness Systems (ADAS) for safety and to support better driving. ADAS includes a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), giving drivers a signal if they drift out of their lane, or if they are driving too close to the car in front. These features use the superior video quality to play a crucial role in helping a driver to constantly be aware of everything around the vehicle.

“With the MiVue Drive series we are combining our pioneering knowledge in digital video recording, car navigation and advanced safety features to offer a truly integrated solution,” said Harold Cobben, EU Sales Director, Mitac Europe. “We are enabling our customers to have access to superior quality and features for added peace of mind while driving. The Mio MiVue Drive range is our most advanced set of in-vehicle devices yet and we are proud to launch such a powerful set of features, packed into just one device on a windscreen, to help drivers navigate the roads with confidence.”

In addition to navigation, built-in GPS also provides information about positioning and speed for both live feed and all recorded videos. Every device comes with a 16GB SD card included.

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The Mio Mivue Drive 65 LM, 60 LM, 55 LM, 50 LM and 65 LM Truck are available today in retail and online, as well as at the Mio e-shop at mio.com.

MiVue Drive 65 LM £279.99

  • Car navigation with 1296p Extreme HD recording at 30 fps – with the latest H.264 technology for high quality videos at a smaller file size
  • F1.8 lens – this results in brighter and clearer videos, even in low light conditions
  • Wide viewing angle – 140° wide-angle lens
  • Extra large screen – 6.2 inch screen
  • Lifetime Map Updates and Lifetime Safety Camera Updates
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) gives a signal if you drift out of your lane and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) gives a signal if you are too close to the car in front of you of you
  • 3-Axis G-Sensor – records direction and force, including impact, turns and acceleration
  • Built in TMC (traffic information) and Bluetooth – for convenience
  • Parking assistance – quickly and easily finds nearby parking

MiVue Drive 60 LM – £249.99

  • Car navigation with 1080p Full HD recording at 30 fps – with the latest H.264 technology for high quality videos at a smaller file size
  • F2.0 lens – this results in brighter and clearer videos, even in low light conditions
  • Wide viewing angle – 130° wide-angle lens
  • Extra large screen – 6.2 inch screen
  • Lifetime Map Updates and Lifetime Safety Camera Updates
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) gives a signal if you drift out of your lane and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) gives a signal if you are too close to the car in front of you of you
  • 3-Axis G-Sensor – records direction and force, including impact, turns and acceleration
  • Built in TMC (traffic information) and Bluetooth – for convenience
  • Parking assistance – quickly and easily finds nearby parking

MiVue Drive 55 LM –  £ 229.99

  • Car navigation with 1296p Extreme HD recording at 30 fps – with the latest H.264 technology for high quality videos at a smaller file size
  • F1.8 lens – this results in brighter and clearer videos, even in low light conditions
  • Wide viewing angle – 140° wide-angle lens
  • Lifetime Map Updates and Lifetime Safety Camera Updates
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) gives a signal if you drift out of your lane and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) gives a signal if you are too close to the car in front of you of you
  • 3-Axis G-Sensor – records direction and force, including impact, turns and acceleration
  • Built in TMC (traffic information) and Bluetooth – for convenience
  • Parking assistance – quickly and easily finds nearby parking

MiVue Drive 50 LM – £ 199.99

  • Car navigation with 1080p Full HD recording at 30 fps – with the latest H.264 technology for high quality videos at a smaller file size
  • F2.0 lens – this results in brighter and clearer videos, even in low light conditions
  • Wide viewing angle – 130° wide-angle lens
  • Lifetime Map Updates and Lifetime Safety Camera Updates
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) gives a signal if you drift out of your lane and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) gives a signal if you are too close to the car in front of you of you
  • 3-Axis G-Sensor – records direction and force, including impact, turns and acceleration
  • Parking assistance – quickly and easily finds nearby parking

MiVue Drive 65 LM Truck – £299.99

  • Car navigation with 1296p Extreme HD recording at 30 fps – with the latest H.264 technology for high quality videos at a smaller file size
  • F1.8 lens – this results in brighter and clearer videos, even in low light conditions
  • Wide viewing angle – 140° wide-angle lens
  • Extra large screen – 6.2 inch screen
  • Truck mode – optimised for large vehicles such as trucks or caravans. Routes are calculated based on vehicle type, weight, dimensions and load
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) gives a signal if you drift out of your lane and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) gives a signal if you are too close to the car in front of you of you
  • 3-Axis G-Sensor – records direction and force, including impact, turns and acceleration
  • Built in TMC (traffic information) and Bluetooth – for convenience
  • Parking assistance – quickly and easily finds nearby parking
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By March 15, 2017 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 15th Mar 2017 – Whats round the corner from Apple, Samsung and HTC?Podcast

With Gareth Myles, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond and Leila Gregory

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Listener Feedback:

Three have sent me a text to say I have 4G Supervoice. I don’t notice any improvement to the calls. Or am I using it incorrectly?

Michael

News:

  • HTC 11
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • New iPad

Play Test:

Gavin

Gareth

Leila

Bargain Basement:

 

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By March 15, 2017 Read More →

A look at the EasyAcc 13000mAh Power Bank Monster!

vlcsnap-00044A simple, to the point power bank that features dual inputs allowing the battery to recharge itself to full, in around 3.5 hours. Using this approach means the EasyAcc 13000mAh charges twice as fast as regular portable chargers. Combined with a powerful 4.8 output through both ports results in the ability to charge two high-input devices with full speed. Easyacc’s smart technology automatically detects and outputs the exact current your device requires, delivering a fast and universal charging experience. With a capacity of 13000mAh the Monster can provide four charges to an iPhone 7, 2.5 charges to a Galaxy S7, or 1 charge to an iPad Air 2. Also included is an ultra-bright Flashlight, bright enough to light you through darkness and emergencies, yet lasts longer than most regular flashlights between charges.

For more information check out EasyAcc’s page.

Grab one from Amazon for £18.99.

By March 15, 2017 Read More →

Sengled Element smart home energy consumption kit

element-hubThe Sengled Element combines all the requirements needed for easy management of all the lighting in a smart home. Remotely controllable using the ZigBee standard, the LED lights can be integrated into the WLAN network of the modern home: Simply connect, log in via the app and you have full control of the lighting, from home or when you are on the move via cloud control.

The light can be switched on or off via the light switch, central smart home management or remotely using the app. Within the app it is also possible to adjust the brightness and colour temperature and is very easy to create programmable lighting scenarios which can also be saved. In addition to the control modes, the app also provides a series of energy statistics. This means that you can access an overview of all consumption data and savings at any time. The Sengled Element starer set includes the Sengled Element Hub, which serves as the gateway.

Sengled Element – energy efficiency in action with ZigBee – Element set 89.90 Euros

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By March 14, 2017 Read More →

A Look At The Vodafone Smart Ultra 7

vlcsnap-00043Vodafone’s Smart ultra 7 combines an octa-core processor with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a fairly low price tag to appeal to those of us who just want a smartphone without the high price tag. To keep the user going there is a 2960 mAh battery that charges in half the time using “Pump Express Plus technology.”

Other specifications:

Mediatek MT6755M processor with Mali-T860MP2 GPU
5.5 inch 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
2 GB RAM
16 GB expandable storage
13 MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash
5 MP front facing camera with LED flash

And can be yours for around £150-£160.

Check out http://www.techaddicts.uk for a full review soon…

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By March 13, 2017 Read More →

Y-Cam Protect Alarm review

1486848637243Y-Cam is a security setup that employs a bunch of little peripherals under the one hub to give you peace of mind when away from home of when you locked everything up for the night.

Here we take a look at the Y-Cam Protect Alarm system. A basic, starter kit that notifies you when something happens in the home.

What you get in the box:

First up is the alarm hub itself. This box looks like an alarm system, is large enough to act as a deterrent however it’s designed to plug into your route so it might have some limits as to where you can place it. The Hub has some holes on the back for screws to allow wall mounting.

Also is the box is a door sensor with some adhesive tape to attach to both the door and the door frame. A motion sensor and remote control are also included.

 

The Y-Cam Protect calls itself a “Triple Layer” security system. This uses wired, wireless and SIM card to protect your home if your internet or power is cut.

In order to use the third level, the user has to pay for the SIM service. This costs either £5.99 per month or £59.99 for the year. The SIM provides alarms to the application and text messages to your phone when the alarm has been triggered.

There is also a feature to include the Plus button on the remote to send an emergency message to two mobile numbers. If an elderly relative has fallen perhaps, they can summon help if they have the remote on their person.

The battery on the Y-Cam lasts for around eight hours, this would be handy if there was a power cut and house was broken into a few hours afterwards. The motion and door sensors are battery powered and are said to last a year before needing replacement their batteries replaced. 

 

The sensors work for the most part. Testing the motion sensor was a little deflating as I was able to wave at it in the dark from a meter away without it jumping into action. During the day it was triggered by my pets and unlike my main house alarm does not have a function to disregard differing weight categories. However, it’s cost £150, my house alarm was close to £1000 and only upsets the neighbours when it goes off instead of tapping me on the shoulder to tell me my phone collection might not be there when I get home.

You can also arm or disarm from anywhere by the application. Whilst the Y-cam isn’t loud enough to annoy the neighbours on a false alarm it would probably aggravate your dog/cat that set it off in the first instance.

When armed the hub announces that it has been armed before allowing an adjustable grace period to clear the area. Setting off the alarm is an odd experience. The bell inside is loud, but not pant wettingly loud. You neighbours are unlikely to investigate and the sound may only serve to alert an intruder that something has happened. Instead, notifications will fly out to your device for you to react to.

The Y-Cam app is available for both for iOS or Android and is relatively simple to use. There are not many options, however, I would imagine as you add more peripherals to the system it would become a lot busier. Whilst I do not have the addition camera the functions are available to give a taste of how I could enhance the system if I were to feel inclined.

The Hub settings have a large amount of customisation making for quite an attractive experience. From naming sensors and items on the Y-Cam system to checking signal, there is a lot to work with, however not all is necessary when you are just plugging in and wanting it up and running.

 

The Protect system works pretty well. The remote is useful however I found using the application a lot more useful. I couldn’t help but think that the remote would really only be for the elderly. It’s not something you would attach to your keys when you go out and oddly enough it sat beside the Y-Cam hub for most of the time, so I didn’t lose it.

The Protect function arms and disarms quite quickly and the app is updated quickly when something happens with the system. One afternoon I did encounter a problem with the app when I received an error stating “regld required” however it worked later.

The Y-Cam Protect is a good-value home alarm system with an extra layer of reliability. It’s easy to setup and use with the benefits that easily outweigh the shortcomings. The subscription fee has it merits however it might not suit everyone.

 

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By March 9, 2017 Read More →

A look at the Dubleup Powerbank

unspecifiedIn an age where we increasingly rely on our smartphones for work, for keeping in touch with what’s going on in the world, chatting with our friends and checking social media, absolute power is an absolute necessity. The sheer panic many people feel when their phone is running out of juice and the mad scramble to find a power source can now be a thing of the past.

The Dubleup power bank, which is launching on Kickstarter on the 9th March, offers a truly portable solution to your charging issues. Being the same size as your average credit card, it can easily be popped into your purse or wallet so is readily available to charge your phone whether at work, on the move or whilst travelling. The ultra-light and ultra-thin design mean you will hardly know you are carrying it, no bulkier, heavy chargers weighing you down now!

Dubleup is not only incredibly portable but also incredibly stylish and is available in a choice of gold, silver and black. It is available with either a built-in lightning connector for iPod and iPhone or a built-in MicroUSB for Android devices. With a capacity of 1280mAH, there is more than enough juice to give a dead or dying iPhone 7 (1,960 mAH battery capacity) sufficient battery life to last the rest of the day.

The LED power indicator displays your battery level and charge status so no more flat battery dilemmas either. The power card has met worldwide safety approvals and is Apple Certified, so you can rest easy knowing that your device will charge safely when the power bank is operational and that all of your Apple items will be supported with Dubleup’s power bank.

Don’t miss out on this stylish and portable charging solution, register your interest now on Dubleup.com and check out the Kickstarter page on 9th March and make your life a little lighter!

Early Bird Offer! The first 6000 backers will be able to get their Dubleup for just $50 USD (Around £39.94).

Thereafter the price is $59 USD (Around £47.13).

Both of these prices will include shipping.

By March 8, 2017 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 8th Mar 2017 – Turn off all electricity to continue

Slink Podcast Logo 1400 x 1400This week featuring Gareth Myles and Jay Garrett

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By March 7, 2017 Read More →

BenQ BL2405HT monitor review

91yDSTWGsPL._SL1500_The BenQ BL2405HT has both Flicker-free technology and Low Blue Light Modes allowing for both an approach to office and gaming in the one unit. Priced at £130 the BenQ is worth considering if you do a bit of both.

The BL2405 has a 2cm wide bezel all around the screen. This is a totally acceptable and non-offensive or obtrusive amount. Certainly, it adds a large amount of the width and height of the screen, however, given the size of the screen, the bezels a are not overwhelming in any way. Buttons have been placed on the right edge of the screen. Here we have a power on/off, a select “Enter” button, Up/Down buttons for use in the menu system and to control the volume and brightness. There is also a Menu button and an Auto function. The indicator of the Brightness down button is a sticker and it would see the inputs have been upgraded. Pressing the brightness down button allows the up/down buttons to control the brightness. After a timed delay, the brightness control is released and hitting the volume Up button allows the Up/down buttons to control the volume. Take a little getting used to however as most home computer operators will probably have speakers connected to their computers this saves having an extra two buttons and the brightness can monopolise the inputs.

Here BenQ has an Ultra-Flexible Height Adjustment System (HAS) and it’s probably one of the best mounts for a desktop screen. Once attached, the screen has a full 11cm of vertical travel. Additionally, there is a very smooth 45 degrees of swivel and a twenty degrees of tilt.

On the rear are a 3.5mm audio input and a second output, for headphones or desktop speakers. As for image inputs, there is an HDMI 1.4 port, a 24-pin DVI-D input and a D-SUB. One of the great features is that the Power Supply Unit (PSU) is internal so there is no power brick.

Featuring a backlit 24-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) LED TN panel with an aspect ratio of 16:9 the BL2405 manages a contrast ratio of 1,000:1 with a maximum dynamic contrast of 12 million to one. BenQ reckons the Pixel response time is roughly two milliseconds and there is a viewing angle of 170 degrees horizontal and 160 degrees vertically.

Screen are continually tied to problems with eye-strain and BenQ have been taking steps to ensure their screen have the correct technology inbuilt to reduce common problems. The Low Blue Light modes a noticeably different to the standard settings however they take some getting used to whilst they do help eye strain. BL2405HT works well in bright environments with the impressive maximum light output. In darker conditions, the BL2405 suffered a little from light pooling in the corners however it really isn’t too much of an issue and can be overlooked given the price tag.

A trained eye might pickup on a little corner bleed here and there, noticeable when gaming or watching a movie, however, it is not to the extent to ruin an experience. The screen works well as either an office panel or gaming/media consumption panel and most will find it perfectly acceptable. I honestly like this panel a great deal and using it as the main display on a secondary computer saw no faults or blemishes I would feel it was worth pointing out.

This is a solid screen for a very reasonable price and comes as an easy recommendation.

Available on Amazon for around £130.

By March 1, 2017 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 1st Mar 2017 – Mobile World Congress 2017

Slink Podcast Logo 1400 x 1400With Gareth Myles, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond and Jay Garrett

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Listener Feedback:

Hi thanks for a great podcast I was just wondering what app or software? do you use for your smartphone web home security solution?
Thanks
Neil

Nate langston has done Patreon, will MTA go that way?
Leigh

News:

MWC 20117

Play Test:

Gavin

Jay

Gareth

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