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By September 2, 2015 Read More →

MiHome works to cut your household bills

MIHO029As energy prices rise and the complexity of home heating controls increases, homeowners will welcome an entirely new range of easy-to-use energy saving products that could help to reduce energy bills by as much as 20%1 in a simple yet effective way. Makers of superior energy saving products and devices, Energenie, have introduced the MiHome range of adapters and monitors, allowing greater control over heating, lighting and electrical appliances that is truly accessible to everyone.

Working remotely through either an iOS and Android app or a PC, users can simply scan the Gateway with their phone and immediately begin using the central hub of the system to control the full range of easy-to-use retrofit actuators. The modularity of the system means that users can add products as and when they want, in the knowledge it will be compatible with existing products in the home, and provide a strategic and cost-effective way to gauge energy use and expenditure.

The Mi|Home range can monitor the energy usage of individual sockets, groups or scenes in real-time or over time to see which devices consume the most power and should be turned off. Its Smart features mean users can easily set timers and programmes to fit Mi|Home into their schedule, while geofencing enables control of the products from a remote location and IFTTT means triggers can be anything from the weather to Facebook.  

Oliver Tadd, commercial director at Energenie: said: “MiHome gives consumers back control over their energy consumption. Once the devices have been installed, it allows households to change their energy usage as well as shifting their behaviour towards consuming less energy.

“Through the Internet of Things, the devices can be linked to other devices in the home and applications within them talk to each other.

“With low installation costs and the best value entry model considered cost-effective given it’s a modular system, households can choose elements from a range of devices depending on the need.

“For example, zoned-controlled heating when it’s cool in the morning, or lighting in rooms that are only occupied at night. The devices could even be used to turn your washing machine on, or your oven off, straight from an iphone or PC when you are out of the house.”

The complete MiHome range comprises:

  • MiHome heating – for zoned heating control
  • MiHome Light – integrated control of wall and ceiling light
  • MiHome Socket – integrated control of devices and appliances
  • MiHome Adapter Plus – manage devices and record consumption.
  • MiHome Home Adapter – control devices and appliances
  • MiHome Home Monitor – live energy recording
  • MiHome meter – energy data for your whole house

Entry level model costs start from £70 and are available to buy from https://energenie4u.co.uk/catalogue/category/Home-Automation

By August 31, 2015 Read More →

Super Smart 360 Cam is successfully rolling on Indiegogo

czjgkayhdvm9bohthxfkCompany Branto unveiled on Indiegogo Super Smart 360 Cam named Branto Orb, that allow 360 videocalls, supports cutting-edge level of communications (through the glasses of augmented reality) with your home or office, advanced security and appliances control. Early adopter pledges are available at US$279. Shipping is expected from December this year. 

Branto can be a back-end for virtual/augmented reality devices, uncovers a new reality layer for users. It opens new possibilities for communication because it makes communicating with your loved ones while they’re at home and you’re at your office or on a business trip much easier than previous technological devices. You can also be involved in an important meeting via Branto while you’re thousands of miles away.

Users can also create a smart network of two, three, or four Branto’s that will enable them to see every part of home more expeditiously.

 
By August 28, 2015 Read More →

A look through the Archos VR Goggles

vlcsnap-error882Combined with your existing Smartphone, the Archos VR glasses technology are designed to to transport you to a deep 360° world where your can fly, visit imaginary worlds and explore the ocean floor from the comfort of your sofa. Priced at a mere £24.99 these goggles are certainly cheaper than Samsung’s offering however providing a better quality build than Google Cardboard.

Designed to be as compatible with as many devices as possible the Archos VR has the a lot of options to increase immersion with adjustable straps and optics to keep the user engaged throughout. Here we have a look at how this operates.

 

By August 19, 2015 Read More →

Google will sort your home WiFi with the Onhub

CaptureRestarting you router is a given these days, with the amount of conflicts an traffic the router is contractually having to deal with it is no wonder it just gives up after a while. It will then take the flack from the owner as they stomp across and hit a button to get things going again. It’s happened to us all and those Router Gremlins are a real pain in the backside. Thankfully it looks like companies that know what they are doing are promising to tackle this head on and produce better results than the currently generation of WiFi access points and routers.

Google is presenting the Onhub, a $200 router that promises the world and we can only cross our fingers and hope it delivers.

Specced out like so:

  • made by TP-Link
  • IPQ8064 Dual Core 1.4GHz (same SoC as the R7500 Nighthawk from Netgear)
  • 1GB DDR3L RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, 8MB “NOR flash”
  • one USB3.0 port
  • built-in 3W speaker
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • ZigBee/Thread 802.15.4 conformance (?????)
  • AC1900 tier
  • 13 antennas: 3×3 for 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n, 3×3 for 5GHz 802.11a/n/ac, 1×1 auxiliary 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • gigabit WAN port, and only one gigabit LAN port

Stay tuned for an ASUS take on things. Their RT-AC87 model looks to be doing something similar.

 

We’re streaming and sharing in new ways our old routers were never built to handle. Meet OnHub, a new router from Google built for all the ways you Wi-Fi. 

By July 14, 2015 Read More →

The world’s first mind-controlled electric car created by MoneySuperMarket!

Carol Vorderman

MoneySuperMarket have debuted world’s first mind-controlled electric car this morning. Carol Vorderman was on hand to take the car for a spin using her big brain! Video footage has been made available for all to see of Carol working her way around the track.

On Thursday the track is empty and waiting for some lucky members of the public to be brain trained and drive the car themselves, in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. All they need to do is register before lunch time tomorrow at midday following this link: http://www.moneysupermarket.com/hubs/car-insurance/mind-drive/ .

 

Eighty years since the first driving test and with more distractions on our roads than ever before, MoneySuperMarket is reminding people to keep their brains in gear when behind the wheel with a truly epic motoring experience – the world’s first mind-controlled electric car.

The Car Insurance Epic Mind Drive gives drivers the opportunity to negotiate this ground-breaking vehicle around a futuristic track using brainwaves alone to turn left, right, move forward and stop.

The car is controlled with an electroencephalogram (EEG) neuro headset, using sophisticated software algorithms to translate raw EEG data into mental commands. Each user must train with the headset so it can decipher their thought patterns and learn their unique mental topography. The software is then able to recognise distinct thought patterns and using some complex electronics, wirelessly sends these commands to the car’s controls.

The Car Insurance Epic Mind Drive track

Those selected to take the driver’s seat will be judged on the track by a series of variables. This includes statistics fed back by a telematics box in the car reporting on how safely and accurately they drive, a technology system used to calculate fair premiums and save drivers money on car insurance policies. Accuracy, smoothness and lap time will all be fed into a bespoke formula to generate a score that they can take away with them, along with the pride of being one of the very first mind-control drivers.

The experience highlights that driving with your brain in gear not only keeps you safe but also saves money on your car insurance.

David Harling, Digital Marketing Director at MoneySuperMarket commented: “Driverless cars are currently being road tested but until they’re an everyday reality, we know it’s as important as ever for motorists to use their heads while driving. Our customers are great at using their heads to find the best car insurance quotes and have inspired us to launch the Car Insurance Epic Mind Drive, a once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic experience.”

Carol Vorderman

The Car Insurance Epic Mind Drive experience is live now. Drivers should go to http://www.moneysupermarket.com/hubs/car-insurance/mind-drive/ and register before 12 noon on Wednesday 15th July for the chance to drive the world’s first mind-controlled electric car on Thursday 16th July.

Visitors to the site will also be able to register for the chance to play the exclusive mobile driving game, using their heads in a live video call to drive by facial recognition and gesture alone. 

By June 10, 2015 Read More →

iWalk Spartan unboxing

vlcsnap-2015-06-10-06h52m44s165An extra tough backup battery for all your charging needs arrives in the shape of the iWalk Spartan. The iWALK Spartan is perfect for charging your devices while outdoors – Camping, Shows, Markets, Festivals ect.

The 13,000mAh battery can keep your phone charged for days (even up to a week on some devices) 13000mAh Mega High capacity Lithium-ion rechargeable battery Made for all USB Devices including Apple (Certified – ‘Made for iPhone’) Rugged and durable build makes the Spartan waterprrof, shock proof, dust proof and snow proof – IP66 5v/1.0A and 5v/2.4A dual USB Outputs Rapid Charge with a maximum 2.1A input current.

Pass-through charging so you can charge the Spartan and two devices simultaneously.

 

You can pick one up for £69.99 here.

By March 31, 2015 Read More →

D-Link Wi-Fi Motion Sensor Unboxing – mydlink Home Part II

vlcsnap-2015-03-30-18h18m30s60We continue with the selection of home security items D-Link sent and explore a simple solution. This is the second of three products we will be looking at that work on the same platform and help notify you of any activity around your home you might not be aware of.

The mydlink Wi-Fi Motion Sensor is a simple plug with sensors built in to help monitor and area of your home for alert you of movement and perhaps take action.

You can see the first part here, the D-Link Smartplug Unboxing

 

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By March 30, 2015 Read More →

D-Link Smartplug Unboxing – mydlink Home Part I

vlcsnap-2015-03-30-07h38m58s120D-Link have sent a selection of their home security gizmos and together they work as a team to keep your home a little safer. Over the next three days we will be looking at three products that work on the same platform and help notify you of any activity around your home you might not be aware of.

The mydlink Home Smartplug is a simple automated plug system for activating or deactivating a piece of hardware whilst not being in the same area. Be it a lamp switching on in the evening whilst on holiday, regulating children’s game console playtime or simply turning off a TV at the wall to save a little power, the Smartplug helps give a little piece of mind.

 

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By March 27, 2015 Read More →

THE INSURANCE T&Cs YOU WISH YOU’D SEEN – GADGET EDITION

470807_TotalCoverage_PQ_v4.psbComplaints about insurance are commonplace, but now buyers of gadget insurance may have more reason to complain than others.

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) recently stated that it had seen a doubling of the number of complaints about gadget insurance throughout 2014 – more notably, it found that approaching half of all claims turned down were incorrectly turned down.

The FOS found that insurers had applied the terms of the contracts incorrectly to valid claims – that or, as the BBC reported, the terms were “so ambiguous it was hard to see how anyone could make a successful claim”.

 

The best gadget insurance – or is it?

This prompted Bought By Many to look at the best gadget insurance policies on the market and see if the terms were clear to us. Our review included Gadget Cover Supercover, i-Digital Premier, Insure My Pocket Platinum, Insure My Mobile Phone Gold, Protect Your Bubble,Gadgetbuddy.com, Switched On Insurance, and Helpucover.

What they found was surprising – so, they have laid out the top unexpected policy terms to help you be armed when you go looking for your policy.

 

How to tell if you have the best gadget insurance

1. 14 days…

Many people are familiar with a “14 day cooling off period” from phone and broadband contracts – that is a period after purchase when you as a customer can cancel the contract with no penalty.

Several of the top gadget policies reviewed contained a 14 day cooling off period but also a 14-day ‘exclusion period’. This stipulates that for 14 days after purchase, you cannot make a claim. It’s reasonable to expect you are covered from the moment you have bought your insurance, but here that may not be the case.

2. Travel

Some travel insurance policies won’t cover you for high value electrical items (a select few will), so people naturally expect their gadget policy will. All of the top end policies sampled allowed a period of time abroad per year, but the lowest was only 30 days – 3 long holidays could put you close to that limit, and the strict wording we reviewed would then mean any claim (relating to the travel or not) could be denied.

3. Not all gadgets are created equal

All policies reviewed had an age restriction on the gadgets – the lowest required that the gadget had to be under 18 months old on the day you take the policy out.

Some others required that the gadget were bought from a UK retailer, therefore excluding online auctions like eBay or foreign purchases brought back from holidays. Some also specified different excesses, depending on the gadget type insured.

4. Unattended?

Some would say that if you leave your phone on the dash in your car window then you deserve what you get. Insurers would tend to agree as they commonly had a definition of “unattended” which might include leaving a gadget in a car, leaving it out of sight or even in one policy “beyond arm’s reach”.

The terms may be more stringent than expected – in some policies reviewed, it was ambiguous over whether leaving your phone on a table with a friend was considered “unattended” or not.

 

Home insurance for gadgets

Those who have been listening in their insurance classes will know that your boring old home insurance can include cover for mobiles and other gadgets as named items.

The cover can sometimes work out cheaper than buying gadget insurance separately – though you do need to take care to make sure you’re getting the same kind of cover, as most home insurance policies would require upgrade options to ensure you are covered for accidental damage and when taking your items out of your home. By contrast, these are standard features on many gadget policies.

We hope this helps you in getting to grips with your gadget cover, demystifying some of the world of insurance and helping to navigate if you have a complaint!

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By March 14, 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 

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