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By September 2, 2015 Read More →

Smartie pants use #WirelessArmour

Wireless Armour (2)Described by Sir Richard Branson as “underpants for superheroes”, a British scientist has unveiled Wireless Armour, a new line of ‘smart, wearable tech’ underwear which aims to protect male fertility by using a mesh of pure silver woven into fabric to shield against 99.9% of harmful electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by Wi-Fi devices including smartphones and laptops.

It is estimated that 70 million couples are affected by infertility worldwide (1). Male fertility has declined in recent years (2) and this has been attributed to exposure to environmental factors including electromagnetic radiation emitted by Wi-Fi enabled devices such as smartphones and laptops which have been shown in clinical studies to lower sperm count and motility in men (3). In 2014 the University of Exeter conducted a comprehensive review of all the data from previous studies investigating the link between EMR and sperm damage the and the analysis indicated a negative associations between mobile phone exposure on sperm viability and motility (4). Whilst the findings are not 100% conclusive it does show a strong correlation between EMR exposure and lower sperm health. In one study in vitro sperm motility dropped to 49% and viability to 52% after just one hour of exposure to radiation emitted by a mobile phone (5). Additionally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has assigned EMR as possibly carcinogenic to humans, in the category 2B, the same category as petrol exhaust fumes and other pollutants (6).

“Like so many people, my smartphone and laptop use has increased dramatically in recent years which made me realise that I was exposing myself to large amounts of electromagnetic radiation, mostly centred on my groin” says London scientist and Wireless Armour inventor, Joseph Perkins. “With my Physics background I knew there must be a way to shield from electromagnetic radiation using a simple solution. Wireless Armour has been tested by an industry leader in wireless shielding and the results show that our fabric shields against 99.9% of the radiation emitted between 100MHz to 2.6GHz. Put simply, this covers the entire range of radiation emitted by wireless devices, from voice and text through to 4G and Wi-Fi, almost everything is blocked.”

How Wireless Armour works

  • Wireless Armour has a mesh of pure silver woven into the fabric which creates an unbroken shield
  • The mesh disrupts the flow of electromagnetic radiation due to Silver being a conductor of electricity
  • The electromagnetic radiation becomes distributed evenly around the silver mesh and stops the electromagnetic radiation from flowing through it
  • A UK electromagnetic testing company showed that Wireless Armour’s unique fabric RadiaTex provides 99.9% shielding from electromagnetic radiation
  • The silver is weaved into the cotton to produce an extremely flexible soft fabric which lengthens the lifetime of Wireless Armour by increasing its strength
  • The silver fibres (about 35% of the total fabric) in Wireless Armour are highly anti-microbial, which means they increase hygiene by preventing the spread of bacteria and other microbes that cause smells

Wireless Armour retails between £24 – £35 and can be purchased here www.wirelessarmour.co.uk

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 September 2, 2015 Read More →

Archos Diamond Plus Showing off a Bigger Screen

diamondAfter a series of exciting announcements regarding its ARCHOS Diamond line, ARCHOS is thrilled to cap off the releases with the news of a second Diamond smartphone: the ARCHOS Diamond Plus!

“There’s no reason customers should have only one model option in our quest to offer 4G/LTE smartphones to a greater public. Offering a larger-screened product with a slightly different design gives ARCHOS customers more diversity and choice,” says Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS.

A Multi-Faceted Diamond

The ARCHOS Diamond Plus offers all the hallmark traits of the prestigious Diamond line — an Octa-Core processor, 4G/LTE connectivity, great cameras, and more — in a new silver design featuring a gorgeous 5.5” inch FHD IPS screen with full lamination. Sleek, thin, with a slightly curved silver back-casing, the ARCHOS Diamond Plus is immediately eye-catching, especially with its bright screen illuminated.

The Octa-Core Cortex A53 1.5GHz processor in the ARCHOS Diamond Plus smartphone is among the highest quality hardware available in smartphones today. With industry-leading power, this processor seamlessly powers apps, games, and web browsing. All of this content can be stored in the roomy 16GB of storage in the device, which is easily expandable up to 32GB with a MicroSD card. It also has fast charging capability to be fully ready as soon as possible.

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Its two cameras clock in at 16MP for the back camera and 8MP for the front camera. A five-element lens of the back camera prevents distortion, and the very wide angle of the front camera is perfect for selfies. You’ll look great in photos (and look great taking them)!

All of this great functionality of the ARCHOS Diamond Plus runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, Android’s newest operating system, which offers improvements to previous versions of impressive Android software.

The ARCHOS Diamond Plus will be unveiled for the first time at IFA in Berlin beginning September 4, 2015. To see more new ARCHOS products at IFA, the group can be found in Hall 4.2/121.

The ARCHOS Diamond Plus will be available in November 2015 for £179.99. 

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By September 2, 2015 Read More →

New ThinkPad and Lenovo PCs Extend Small Business Choice

lenovo-laptops-thinkpad-brandLenovo has announced its latest portfolio of laptops and desktops specifically designed for the small and medium business. Loaded with the latest technology and stylish designs, the portfolio includes the ThinkPad E Series, the updated Lenovo M, B and E line of laptops and S series desktops including elegant all-in-ones. 

ThinkPad E series

The trustworthy and reliable ThinkPad E-Series, available with 14-inch and 15.6-inch anti-glare displays, offers remarkable performance, exceptional mobility and outstanding features for small business users seeking leading edge technology that addresses their needs and offers incredible value.

  • Optional fingerprint security to protect from external threats and facilitate PC access by allowing users to create more complex and secure passwords linked to their fingerprint.
  • Up to nine hours of battery life for virtually all day performance out of the office.
  • The latest generation Intel and AMD processors offering up to ten percent raw performance increase and up to thirty four percent for integrated graphics.
  • Power users will welcome the optional inclusion of discrete graphics, up to 16 GB of memory and solid state storage for increased muscle and efficiency.
  • Flexible ports including three USB3, one HDMI and a Gigabit Ethernet for easier remote access and management in the office.
  • The ThinkPad E560 features an optional Intel RealSense Technology 3D camera. With an ever increasing number of 3D applications to support design and creativity, collaboration and facial recognition security, the possibilities are practically endless.
  • ThinkPad E series is also kinder to the environment with Energy Star 6 and GreenGuard compliance and EPEAT Gold worldwide certification.

Finally, Lenovo offers a wide selection of warranty upgrades, services and enhanced support options to protect customer investment, manage total cost of ownership and reduce those IT headaches.

Design and budget conscious essential computing

The latest Lenovo desktops and laptops are packed with features and stylish designs for businesses looking for excellent value with business-class features to ensure a secure and efficient working environment.

Featuring the latest Intel or AMD processors, these updated models include solid state drives and discrete graphics in selected models and WiFi and Bluetooth for easy connection to wireless networks and peripherals, perfect for open office or reception environments and retail premises.

The desktops offer a variety of display sizes and configurations and include powerful security features such as Smart USB protection and Lenovo Bluetooth Lock:

  • Lenovo S series all-in-one desktops offer sleek and stylish designs with versatile performance and affordable value. Available in a selection of screen sizes, including 19.5-inch and 21.5-inch or 23-inch full HD displays with optional touchscreen to take best advantage of Windows 10.
  • Lenovo S200 tower desktop and S500 small form factor are ideal solutions for customers looking for classic desktops with large storage options and upgrade flexibility. The compact small form factor S500 is versatile and twenty six percent smaller than typical small factor desktops.

The laptops vary from feature packed and budget friendly to thin and light with high performance:

  • The latest Lenovo M41 laptop is ideal for business traveller seeking power in a thin and light package. Weighing just over four pounds, it comes with a 14-inch full HD IPS antiglare display. Featuring up to the latest Intel Core i7 processor, discrete AMD Radeon R7 graphics, 16GB memory and solid state storage, it offers uncompromising performance for up to nine hours on the move.
  • Ideal for the business traveller wanting enhanced security, the powerful Lenovo E41 and E51 laptops offer a 14inch and 15.6 inch display respectively up to full HD, includes optional fingerprint security and an extensive suite of productivity applications.
  • Lenovo B41 and B51 offer incredible value for money for day to day business needs. Surprisingly affordable and available in a wide range of configurations, these laptops can be set up to suit whatever the customers’ requirements.

“Small business users want to be mobile and secure and seek reliable high performance computing to work on their terms. Laptops for total mobile flexibility with excellent battery life or stylish desktops to meet the rigorous tasks of today’s office and retail environments,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president PC Design and Marketing, Lenovo. “Our latest range of products designed for small businesses deliver on all fronts and offer customers peace of mind with class-leading security features, renowned reliability and performance options giving them the freedom to work how they want.”

Pricing and availability

ThinkPad E460 will be available in EMEA from December with a starting price of €569 (excluding VAT).

ThinkPad E560 and E565 will be available in EMEA from December with a starting price of €609 and €539 (excluding VAT) respectively.

Lenovo S200z, S400z, S405z and S500z all-in-one desktops will be available in selected markets from Q4 2015. Please note that local pricing and availability is pending confirmation.

Lenovo S200 Tower and S500 small form factor will be available in selected markets from Q4 2015. Please note that local pricing and availability is pending confirmation.

Lenovo M41, E41, E51, B41 and B51 laptops will be available in selected markets from Q4 2015. Please note that local pricing and availability is pending confirmation.

 

By September 1, 2015 Read More →

Honor adds wearable band to its European range

IMG_0583Honor surprised the crowd at last Thursday’s launch of the European version of the honor 7 smartphone, with a new honor wearable device for the wrist.

Complete with a 1.06-inch circular full-screen display and an industry-leading G-sensor powered by advanced algorithms, the wearable device is the ultimate fashion gadget. It will provide users with the ability to easily and accurately monitor their performance when engaged in exercise or sporting activities. The wearable also offers sleep quality monitoring and calling reminding. It is 10 meter water resistant and dust proof with IP68 certification. It has a long lasting battery for 3 days.

Honor announced a competition to name the product, where the person who submits the winning name will receive all Honor products for the next five years on sale in his/her country, until 2020. The yet-to-be-named wearable will be compatible with Android devices. Entries of the campaign should be made via the Honor page on Facebook or via @HonorEU on Twitter.

The wearable band will be available initially in black, white and khaki colours from Q4, 2015 via vMall (see separate announcement) and later via the other usual online sales channels, at a recommended price of €79 / £59.

‘This new product demonstrates our commitment to customers and capability to bring innovative and smart technology to the market. Our mission is to enable superior mobile Internet experiences for the Internet generation and era. The wearable band will allow just that,’ commented George Zhao, President of Honor.

By September 1, 2015 Read More →

iPhone and Android Wear

AndroidWearforiOSWe all hoped this day would come, and here it is. Apple’s iPhone is now compatible with Android Wear. No longer is an Apple user limited to the Apple Watch for notifications on the go. With a rather dazzling array of watches due to launch in the next few months and some fairly enticing models already out there Android Wear will certainly give Apple users a lot to mull over. 

Announced on Google’s own blog Android wear is compatible with Apple devices running iOS 8.2+. Google is not mentioning how they have managed to get around a few of Apple’s rules specifically apps that explicitly mention a mobile OS other than iOS.

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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 29, 2015 Read More →

The Huawei Watch. Why they were pulled.

2yZ26IV (1)Four new smartwatches appeared on Amazon, and we taken down almost immediately. Eagle eyed Redditors managed to preserve the images online, I have attached them below for reference. Four colour variants were available for pre-order. A stainless steel/black priced at $350 sat at the lower end of the range. A solid black was on the next rung at $450. Gold/Brown was priced at $700 and a solid gold tops the package at $800.

Each device is to run Android Wear and we know in the past Google had mentioned they want to have Android Wear work with the iPhone, the Huawei Watch states in it’s description that it is compatible with iOS 8.2. Perhaps this is the reason it was taken down.

The description shows a launch date of September 2nd. With any luck this will be at IFA in Berlin, and I’ll be there to get a hands on, or an on wrist to be more specific.

 

 

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By August 29, 2015 Read More →

Europe sees an official online store for Honor and Huawei

downloadvMall is launching as the dedicated, interactive e-commerce platform of Honor and Huawei, designed for its digital native audience and fans. Here consumers will be able to find the best portfolio of products from both brands, Honor and Huawei, including smartphones, tablets, wearables and accessories. In addition to this plethora of premium products, there will also be ongoing added benefits, including special limited offers and flash sales. Currently available in 7 languages – English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish – under the www.vmall.eu domain, the online shop will be rolling out into further local languages in the coming weeks.

To celebrate the launch of the new online store, everyone who registers on vMall can receive coupons to use on the site. There will also be flash deal offers available exclusively on vMall, which are open to everybody upon registration, but are limited to a specific time frame. Honor 7, the newly launched flagship smartphone will be first on sale at vMall. vMall provides the complete product offering/solution offering (e.g. Device + accessories + Service) and is one of the first channels for consumers to buy Honor & Huawei flagship products. Active Honor club members can benefit from the promotion and earn a vCode by engaging with the brand and then use the exclusive code at checkout. Each vCode can be used once and toward flash deals as soon as they are announced, taking away the time pressure and allowing it to be used whenever it works best.

“Launching vMall in Europe is a huge step for Honor and Huawei,” said Marco Eberlein, Head of eCommerce at Huawei. “Having our own e-commerce channel is a key component in providing our customers with the highest grade shopping experience that they expect. At vMall our community of digital natives can benefit from a unified, official shopping platform where they can find all the best that Honor and Huawei have to offer, along with a number of exciting and exclusive added customer benefits.”

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By August 28, 2015 Read More →

Huawei launch the Honor 7 smartphone

p281214-3Honor has introduced the European version of its flagship honor 7 smartphone. The fully metallic device, which is aimed at digital natives, is built for single-handed use and offers innovative and smart functions including multimedia capabilities operated through its dedicated smart button and gesture-enabled fingerprint reader.

Speaking at the product launch event in London this afternoon,George Zhao, President of Honor, said: “The honor 7 embodies our philosophy and mission to enable superior mobile Internet experiences for the Internet generation and era. The device’s precise dimensions and metallic finish offer an optimal form-factor and premium feel, while its smart and multimedia capabilities inspire action and creativity.”

Zhao also spoke about Honor’s first-half results for 2015 at the event, citing a revenue figure of US$2.63 billion. He attributed the successes to Honor’s steady technological investments, specific targeting of digital natives, and use of strategic partnerships to enhance mobile Internet experiences. As a pioneer brand, Honor will keep extending its reach. Meanwhile, it will concentrate on, and continue to invest in, some key markets such as the UK, France, Russia and India.

Among all the attributing factors, George highlighted the importance of partnerships. Partners of Honor are not limited to sales channels. More importantly, they cover all the interests of digital natives, such as entertainment, services and technology, which will help Honor develop more cutting-edge and creativity-driven products for the digital natives to unleash their inner creative. He summarised that Honor, as a global pioneer, is pursuing and will continually seek out more strategic partnerships covering all fields to foster an ecosystem for the digital natives enabling better mobile-Internet user experience.

Building an Honor ecosystem manifests the brand’s focus on the role of customers. Honor is customer-oriented and it adds value to the customer experience by collecting users’ feedback as one of the basics of product research and development and product iteration. “The honor 7 clearly showcases our commitment and capability,” Zhao said. “It’s now up to us to take the mobile Internet experiences it enables to new heights with partners in Europe that share in our vision.”

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Solid metallic build with ergonomic single-handed design

The honor 7’s fully-metallic body is air-brushed with a ceramic coating, offering an unmistakably premium finish. The device’s ergonomic 5.2-inch encasing and carefully positioned buttons and sensors meanwhile allows for ergonomic single-handed operation like never before.

Smarter fingerprint technology that speaks to users’ needs

The honor 7’s frame-free metallic fingerprint reader allows for rapid 360-degree fingerprint authentication from various angles and even boasts a self-learning capability that allows scanning accuracy to be enhanced through the subtle re-recording of registered fingerprints during use. The reader also supports intuitive gesture controls that enable users to do everything from unlocking their smartphone, to answering calls or taking photos. As users begin to use the fingerprint reader, the phone learns and recognises their pattern and becomes even faster over time.

Performance capabilities and tuning for the constantly connected

Powered by the ever-intelligent HiSilicon octa-core Kirin 935 processor with its A53 and punchy 3GB RAM (memory) and 16GB ROM (internal storage) offering, the honor 7 has the muscle to offer consistently smooth performance. Its L-shaped circuit board meanwhile eliminates the possibility of overheating. And when it comes to connectivity, Honor’s Signal+ technology and a smart dual-antenna design allows for the networks with stronger signals to be found at 80 times the average speed of similar devices.

Coupled with a long-lasting 3,100 mAh battery, which offers exceptional standby and use times as well as reverse and quick-charging[1] capabilities, the honor 7 is the ideal companion for the always-on and active consumer. The smartphone is ideal for multi-tasking, surfing the web and intensive gaming.

Multimedia might to unleash your inner creative

The honor 7’s superior multimedia capabilities are facilitated in part by its 20 MP rear-facing camera, which is powered by a Sony IMX 230 sensor and Honor’s PDAF fast-focusing technology that allows its f/2.0-aperture lens to capture strikingly vivid low-light-condition images in as little as 0.1 seconds. The 8MP front-facing camera meanwhile offers a wide-angle f/2.4 aperture lens and built-in LED flash. Complimented by the honor 7’s image enhancement capabilities and panorama feature, it’s the perfect selfie or groufie tool.

For the creatively inclined, the honor 7 offers a host of personalised filters, while its Good Food mode makes taking professional-grade meal shots a breeze. The device is also equipped with a revolutionary light-painting capability through which users can construct vibrant artistic images. To note, a sapphire lens cover protects the camera from harmful scratches, giving users peace of mind.

Intuitive design and smart functionality

Built to redefine mobile Internet experiences, the honor 7 offers exceptional smart capabilities aided in part by its smart key, an additional button placed on the left side of the device that can be used for snappy Google searches on the go. The equally well-placed fingerprint reader on the back of the device meanwhile also functions as a camera trigger, enabling users to take selfies without having to reorient the honor 7. For added convenience, the honor features more voice capabilities, such as the ability to be woken up with a designated command, like “Dear Honor”. Follow that up with a “Where are you?” and the device will call to you to indicate its location.

The honor 7 also makes taking screenshots easier with its knuckle-tap feature, through which users need only tap on the screen twice with their knuckles for an instant full-screen capture.

Availability and Accessories

The honor 7 will be available in two colours, Mystery Grey and Fantasy Silver. It will be on sale in the UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Italy and Spain, via vMall.

Quick-charging charger sold separately.

Availability and Accessories

The honor 7 will be available in two colours, Mystery Grey and Fantasy Silver. It will be on sale in the UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Italy and Spain, via vMall, and later via the other usual online sales channels, with other markets to follow soon.

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