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By August 22, 2016 Read More →

Kodak enters the next frontier with the SP360 4K 360° Action Cam

2016-08-22 (1)The Kodak Pixpro 360 4K Camera is the world’s first and most complete 4K recording device to capture stunning 360° immersive videos and still images without the need for multiple cameras.

Natively compatible with Facebook and YouTube 360 video products, the Kodak Pixpro 360 4K captures 360-degree field of view in multiple directions via its dome-shaped lens design and can be panned not only 360-degrees horizontally, but also up and down with a host of different vantage points and views for playback post capture.

It is easy-to-use and small enough to fit in the palm of a hand or pocket for extreme portability, as well as being NFC and Wifi enabled so it can be used everywhere and anywhere.

Powered with a professional-quality BSI Image sensor for better videos, the 12MP BSI CMOS sensor and advanced optics helps the device capture rich, detailed images in 4K (2880:2880), and also includes features including time-lapse video, burst mode as well as 4K still photos.

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SPECIFICATIONS SP360 4K:
Effective Image Sensor Pixels – 12.40 Megapixels
Total Image Sensor Pixels – 12.76 Megapixels [1/2.33” BSI CMOS]
Lens Focal Length 0.850 mm [ 35mm film equivalent ] [8.20 mm]
F number – F2.8
Lens Construction – 7 groups 9 elements
Optical Zoom – Fix Focus
Field of View Max. 235 Degree (Without Lens Cover)
Focusing Range – 50 cm — ∞
Anti-Handshake – Electronic Image Stabilization

Number of Recording Pixels:
Still Image (1:1) 8MP: 2880×2880, (4:3) 4MP: 2304×1728, (16:9) 2MP: 1920×1080
Video Round Video: 2880×2880: 30fps (1:1), 2048×2048: 30fps (1:1), 1440×1440: 60fps/30fps (1:1), 1072×1072: 60fps/30fps (1:1)
Flat Video: (3840×2160): 30fps (16:9), 1920×1080: 60fps/30fps (16:9), 1280×720: 60fps/30fps (16:9), 848×480: 60fps (16:9)
High Speed Video: 720×720: 120fps (1:1), 1280×720: 120fps (16:9), 848×480: 240fps (16:9)
File Format:
Still Image – Exif 2.3 (JPEG)
Movie MP4 [Image: H.264; Audio: AAC [Stereo]
Shooting Modes – Still, Burst Shot, Movie, Time Lapse, Loop Recording, Hi-Speed Movie
Splashproof – Equivalent to JIS/IEC IPX5 (Body)
Shockproof – Up to 2m (With Lens Cover)
Dustproof – Equivalent to JIS/IEC (IP6X)
Freezeproof – 14° F / – 10° C
Status LCD – 1.0 inch TN LCD
Level Gauge – 3-Axis
ISO Sensitivity – Auto, (100 – 800)
Exposure Metering Method – Artificial Intelligence AE (AiAE)
Exposure Contol – Method Program AE
Burst Mode – Approx. 10fps (Full Resolution)
White Balance Control – Auto (AWB), Daylight, Cloudy, Flourescent, Incandescent, Underwater
Recording Media – Micro SD/Micro SDHC Card/Micro SDXC Card (Up to 128GB Support) [MMC Card Not Supported] * Use Class 10 Card or Better
Language Support – English
Jacks – USB 2.0 (Micro 5 pin USB), HDMI (Type D)
Wi-Fi – Yes (802.11 b/g/n)
NFC – Yes
Remote Control – Yes (via Smart Device), RF Remote Control (Sold Separately)
Power – Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LB-080, 3.6V 1250mAh, In-Camera Charging
Shooting Capability – Approx. 160 Shots (Based on CIPA Standards)(Wi-Fi On)
Battery Performance – Approx. 55 min. for Video (@ 4K/30fps) (Wi-Fi-On)
Operation Environment Temperature: 14° – 104°F / -10° – 40°C, Humidity: 0 – 90%
Dimensions – (WxHxD) Approx. 1.88 x 1.96 x 2.06 in. / 48.0 x 50.0 x 52.5 mm (Based on CIPA Standards) (Without Glass Lens Cover)
Weight – Approx. 3.59 oz. / 102g (Body Only), Approx. 128g (With Battery and Micro SD Card)
Supplied Accessories – Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, USB Cable, AC Adapter, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card, Service Card, Lens Cover, Protective Cover, Lens Ring, Battery Charger, Carrying Case, Cleaning Cloth, SP360 4K Overview Card and SP360 4K Online Company Store Card
Compatible Devices – iOS Devices (version 8.0 and up) / ANDROID Devices (version 4.2 and up) supported. iPad mini 1/ iPad 2/ iPhone 4s and below not supported.

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By August 22, 2016 Read More →

INSOMNIA58: experience a new generation of gaming

AG271_front_to_right_designThe UK’s biggest gaming festival is just around the corner, showcasing some of the latest games and gaming equipment as well as exciting live panels and evening activities. This year, AOC not only supports the festival as a partner, but also invites you to take a look at the new premium gaming monitor series AGON, boasting high resolution display models with handy features geared entirely towards gamers’ needs. Explore the just recently launched 27″ AOC AG271QG/QX and 24″ AOC AG24QG/QX monitors, which are available with G-SYNC or Adaptive Sync (FreeSync compatible) and respectively boast powerful IPS and TN panels. Each model is further kitted out with useful gaming features such as changeable AOC Game Mode Presets or AOC QuickSwitch Controller, enabling the user to easily switch between modes and adjust the display settings.

 

Of course, visitors will also get the opportunity to experience the monitors in action. The first-person shooters Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as well as Overwatch can be played at the booth. AOC also sponsors the CS:GO tournament during the event. Those interested in challenging themselves or updating their gaming skills can look forward to meeting and competing against the professional gamers of Team Infused at the stand.

 

A special AOC treat is also awaiting visitors of the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) hall. The first 500 gamers who enter through the BYOC door on Friday and Saturday will receive AOC branded goodies. These will make sure they enjoy the intense matches taking place at BYOC hall even more.

 

On all four days, lucky guests can also win an AOC monitor at the GIGABYTE UK Charity Raffle while at the same time helping to raise funds for the baby hospice Zoe’s Place.

 

INSOMNIA58 takes place from 26 until 29 August 2016 at THE NEC, North Ave, Birmingham, B40 1NT.

 

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By August 17, 2016 Read More →

AOC presents two new premium 4K UHD displays

U3277PWQU_front_liquid_designAOC, one of the global top brands in the display market, is adding two new premium 4K UHD displays to its award-winning 77 Series. With 3840 x 2160 pixels, the 27″ (68.6 cm) AOC U2777PQU and the 31.5″ (81.2 cm) AOC U3277PWQU boast an ultra-sharp resolution that is four times higher than Full HD, producing highly detailed images. Thanks to the displays’ high pixel density, users can look forward to more workspace on their desktop, allowing for greater productivity. In addition to its excellent image quality, comprehensive ergonomic features and AOC Flicker-Free technology make the stylish monitor ideal for all users seeking precise and detailed images as well as a comfortable monitor set-up for better health and wellbeing.

Detailed, precise and vivid images
The AOC U2777PQU (27″) and AOC U3277PWQU (31.5″), respectively equipped with a high-quality IPS and AMVA panel, both feature 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) and come in a 16:9 aspect ratio. The monitors produce vivid images with more than 1 billion colours (Real 8-bit+FRC) and 100 % of the sRGB colour gamut. The AOC U3277PWQU’s AMVA panel offers an even wider colour gamut of 95 % NTSC, for even better results. In addition, their high resolution provides more workspace on the desktop. As a consequence, graphic designers or photographers can for example experience four times the detail of a digital image without needing to zoom in or out, making professional image editing more enjoyable and precise. Similarly, users working with data-intensive or multiple applications profit from the large screen real-estate, which is further emphasised by the AOC U2777PQU’s nearly borderless panel. Wide viewing angles allow for good colour uniformity from almost every angle. Both displays are thus also well suited for office settings in which monitors will be looked at from multiple perspectives. Each model nevertheless also comes with a 60 Hz refresh rate and a short response time, making them equally appealing for gaming enthusiasts who will benefit from crisp 4K visuals.

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Comfortable and productive working experience
The AOC U2777PQU and AOC U3277PWQU are equipped with multiple ergonomic features that provide users with a comfortable working experience. Each display comprises height adjustment, swivel, pivot and tilt options that make it possible to adapt the screen to suit each individual’s seating preferences, for improved comfort especially during longer periods of working. AOC Flicker-Free technology regulates the monitor’s brightness to reduce flickering of the screen and relieve eye discomfort and fatigue. Both displays feature a broad scope of inputs, allowing users to connect them to a variety of devices. Apart from DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, DVI and VGA, each model features  USB 3.0 connectors, which allows for fast data transfer  and charging of mobile devices. For more productivity, the AOC U3277PWQU is also equipped with a PiP (Picture-in-Picture) and a PbP (Picture-by-Picture) function, allowing users to display content from two different sources at the same time through an inset window or a split screen. The 4K UHD resolution makes images from both sources come out in high detail, making multitasking easier than ever before.

The AOC U2777PQU and AOC U3277PWQU will be available in September 2016. The MSRP are £519 and £559. As with all of its displays, AOC offers a 3-year warranty with on-site exchange service.

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By August 8, 2016 Read More →

How “like new” is a second hand phone?

vlcsnap-00020We have been sent the phone by O2, to test if second-hand phones bought from online classifieds / auction sites on the internet are ‘like new’. We know nothing of the site this was purchased from, the price, description or history of the phone, only that it was described as “like new” in the listing.

What O2 are outlining here is a real problem with second-hand phones and the sites they are sold through. The buyer isn’t protected  by much more than an easily manipulated blanket policy. Take a look at the video below and feel the pain that many are having to deal with on a daily basis when they think they are getting a good deal just to save a few £’s.

 

Find more about O2 like new handsets at www.o2.co.uk/shop/like-new.

By August 3, 2016 Read More →

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in a nutshell

2016-08-03 (1)Samsung has officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the likes of @evleaks have managed to hit the nail on the head of every detail. So here is a survival guide of what it’s all about.

First up, there is no Galaxy Note 6. Samsung decided to skip a number to keep the Note inline with the Galaxy S series. Simply put, the Galaxy S series is 7 years old and the Note is 6. Samsung wanted the Note to have the same digit as their flagship so they skipped a number. Now we have the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and Galaxy Note 7, tidy.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is notable for it’s a subtle dual edge curve display, return of a microSD card slot, USB-C port, and IP68 water resistance and an iris scanner. There is also everyone’s favourite 3.5mm headphone jack.

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  • Display: 5.7-inch 2560×1440 SuperAMOLED Edge display
  • Chipset: Octa-core 2.3GHz processor in the international model (likely the same Samsung Exynos 8890 used in the global GS7)
  • RAM: 4GB of RAM
  • Storage: 64GB of storage as standard, microSD up to 256GB
  • Battery: 3,500mAh battery with wireless fast charging
  • Other features: USB Type-C, Iris scanner, IP68 water-resistance, fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Camera: Dual-Pixel” 12MP camera with OIS, f/1.7 aperture; 5MP front-facing camera
  • Software: Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS
  • Dimensions: 153.5mm x 73.9mm x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 168g

The features? Well first up, TouchWiz is now running on Marshmallow with Nougat promised in the future. As you would expect Samsung inject a few new concepts of their own. Samsung Cloud, for example, a new cloud storage service that’ll let you back up information and content. It’s a little like Google Backup when you log into a new Android device, however, it adds photos and files. Meaning if you lose your phone and purchase another Samsung phone you can restore up to 15GB of data. Certainly, there are Pros and Cons to this arrangement, however, it’s there, free and a potential life saver.

Samsung Pass uses the biometric authentication methods housed within the phone, the fingerprint scanner and iris scanner, to secure apps. Crucially, this feature is at the mercy of the app developers and may never take off.

Samsung has reintroduced the water and dust resistance with the Note 7. The company has achieved an IP68 rating, meaning it can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes. Water resistance has also been extended to the S-Pen for note taking in the rain. The tip of the S-Pen shrinks from 1.6mm to 0.7mm to allow precise writing. Pressure sensitivity has also been increased meaning it should feel more like writing with an actual pen.

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As with the Note 5 and the Galaxy S7, a new Gear VR headset has been launched to go along with the Galaxy Note 7. This time, there is an all-black color scheme and an updated visor. There aren’t any radical changes and of the hardware, a USB-C connector seems to be the biggest difference, as essential to communicate with the Note 7.

Pre-ordering starts today. Unsurprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s costs the Earth at £749, however, you might find it for a better price on a particular network. Launch is on the 19th of August in Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx. There is only one storage flavour, 64GB, however, the MicroSD card slot will see up to 256gb of expansion.

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By July 28, 2016 Read More →

Sennheiser introduces its new flagship gaming headset PC 373D

image001With the release of its PC 373D, Sennheiser has announced the new reference headset for competitive PC gamers around the world. The new high-end open acoustic gaming headset by the leader in audio delivers incredibly immersive 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound and crystal clear gaming communications thanks to its high quality, noise-cancelling microphone. The sleek Surround Dongle and user-friendly software perfectly optimises the experience for immersive gaming, and even music. The superior features of the PC 373D are matched by its style and comfort to enhance your gaming experience, even after hours of playing.

“The PC 373D incorporates a host of impressive sound and design upgrades for the ultimate PC gaming experience”, says Tim Völker, Director Sales & Marketing Gaming at Sennheiser Communications A/S. “As the successor to our popular PC 363D, it is the definitive choice for gamers seeking to be fully immersed in their gaming sessions and that demand a very high quality surround sound level.”

 

Incredible clarity of sound through innovative technology

For an unprecedented gaming experience, the Dolby Surround Sound technology uses the shape of your ears to simulate the projection of sounds from different angles, creating a stunning 7.1 experience with a two speaker system. Powered by Sennheiser´s unique transducer technology for optimum clarity and accuracy, the high-end open acoustic gaming headset is paired with a sleek and intuitive new Surround Dongle, designed to optimise the sound experience at a single click of its Dolby button.

The all-new software incorporated into the headset’s Surround Dongle immediately allows the gamer to both customise the sound to his needs and quickly switch between stereo and surround sound”, says Troels Rasmussen, Product Manager Gaming, Sennheiser Communications A/S.

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A tailored sound experience

The software’s elegant, intuitive interface tailors the experience to each gamer, their game, or their surroundings. The equalizer offers four settings including optimised modes for competitive and immersive gaming, an eSports mode, and an ‘Off’ setting that allows for a neutral sound performance. The PC 373D also provides a music mode for a premium audio experience.

Crystal clear gaming communications

Thanks to its high quality pro noise-cancelling microphone and optional noise reduction algorithm, the PC 373D guarantees clear team communication with no background noise. Three side tone settings, easily adjustable via the software interface, allow gamers to choose exactly how much they hear their own voice.

Sound is easily controlled via the volume button, which is neatly integrated into the right ear cup, with muting quickly and effortlessly achieved by simply raising the boom arm.

Unrivalled style and comfort

The market-leading sound quality and technology behind the PC 373D is matched by its style and comfort. The stylish headset is equipped with large and comfortable XXL plush velvet ear pads that cushion ears during gaming, while the laser-cut open design aluminum ear-cups help players stay cool even as the tension rises. With its comfortable padded headband, the PC 373D is barely noticeable to the wearer, no matter how long the gaming session lasts.

The PC 373D is available from July 2016. As a Sennheiser product, the PC 373D is built to last and comes with a two-year worldwide warranty. RRP £209.99

By July 28, 2016 Read More →

O2 investigation shows three-in-four people get ripped off when buying a second hand phone online

 

2000px-O2_logo.svgO2 bought second hand phones from popular online classified and auction sites then tested them with Dominic Littlewood according to its ‘Like New’ criteria for selling second hand phones

  • Two thirds (66%) ‘did a Del boy’ and falsely advertised their phones
  • A third (34%) were broken
  • Over half (52%) were too badly battered to be resold
  • Only one-in-four (27%) would pass an O2 ‘Like New’ test

Three out of four (73%) Brits looking to get a cheap deal by buying second hand phones on popular online classified and auction sites are being ripped off, according to a new study by O2 and Dominic Littlewood.

As the second hand mobile market continues to grow and more and more people are looking to save money when buying their phone, knowing who to trust online is a tricky business. While people on online auction and classified sites seem to be offering great deals, after buying and testing a range of second hand phones, O2’s research seems to suggest that these deals are too good to be true.

One in three phones (34%) bought as part of the study, to compare them against O2’s own ‘Like New’ refurbished phone initiative, were broken, with 12% having broken screens and 12% having cameras or buttons that didn’t work. One in ten handsets (10%) didn’t charge and over half (52%) weren’t in good enough condition to be sold. Only 12% would meet O2’s ‘perfect’ standard whereas O2’s ‘Like New’ phones are tried and tested, nearly new handsets offered for a fraction of the usual price.

What’s more, two in three (66%) were advertised falsely, with either the physical condition or performance of the handsets being lied about in the advert and shockingly one in seven (14%) weren’t even real versions of the phones listed – dishonest fraudsters had created non-existent phones by putting older phones into new phone shells made to resemble popular devices.

Out of 52 phones bought across a range of popular online auction sites:

  • 33 were falsely advertised
  • 17 had something fundamentally wrong with them
  • 25 weren’t in good enough physical condition to be resold
  • 7 were fakes
  • 2 devices never turned up

All the phones O2 received were analysed by O2 before being given to independent expert and consumer champion Dominic Littlewood, of Cowboy Builders and Don’t get Done, Get Dom fame, to assess. He said:

“If you smell a rat, you’re probably dealing with one. Not only were a lot of the phones I looked at fake, or broken, some didn’t even turn up. If you’re buying a second hand phone, you are far better buying from a trusted operator where you can get a guarantee, rather than a stranger off the internet. You wouldn’t buy a phone from Del Boy, would you?”

All ‘Like New’ O2 refurbs have been returned within 14 days and restored to their original condition. Each handset also has to go through a series of checks to make sure it is in perfect working order for its new owners. Things tested include the physical condition of the phone – if it is not perfect, nearly perfect, or perfectly fine (with a maximum of 5 minor scuffs or scratches) then it cannot be resold. Phones are also tested to make sure they are not fake or stolen before being run through five key checks to make sure they are in fully working order:

  1. Battery – ensuring the phone takes and holds a charge
  2. Audio – getting clear and crisp sound from speakers and microphones
  3. Screen – checking typing, rotation and pinch to zoom functions
  4. Interface – checking the buttons, security features and cameras all work
  5. Connectivity – making sure connectivity features like Wi-Fi work correctly

If a phone passes these checks, it is then wiped of all data, which is particularly important given 10% of phones in the study either had old customer data on them, or content such as images and video that would not be suitable for minors. Customers can also return the phone within 14 days if they’re not happy or change their mind – just like a new phone.

Ben Bevins of O2 says: “All of our phones are refurbished and put through rigorous testing to make sure that they are in perfect working condition. While it is possible to snap up a bargain, it isn’t surprising that a lot of the phones on these classified sites are broken or fake. You just have to ask yourself, if the phone is legitimate, why are they selling it so cheap? If you do decide to buy from one of these sites, make sure you don’t pay for the product until you have had a chance to look at it yourself.”

Find more about O2 like new handsets at: www.o2.co.uk/shop/like-new.

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By July 27, 2016 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 6th July 2016 – Note 7 Fiction Makers

Podcast logoGareth Myles, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond and Jay Garrett

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Discussion: Amazon Prime Day –

Discussion:  Samsung Galaxy Note 7 rumours

Discussion: Amazon Prime Air drone trial given UK go ahead

Discussion: Apple says it sold its billionth iPhone device last week

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By July 7, 2016 Read More →

Data memory systems excited by Seagate’s ‘light’ 10TB hard drive

logoHelium-filled hard drives have been talked about for quite some time in the industry, however Seagate, one of the leading storage solutions in the world, has recently announced that their new 10TB hard drive is filled with helium in order to give users superior performance. Data Memory Systems, one of the leading computer memory specialists in the US, has championed the developments, signaling it as an innovation for the industry.

Revolutionizing the industry by creating a much larger and faster drive than their previous creations, Seagate have merged high capacity storage with the industry’s lowest weight and power available in a 10TB drive. Raising the bar for storage capacity, the new drive meets the growing storage requirements for both public and private cloud-based data centers.

Justin Briere, Senior Account Manager at Data Memory Systems said, “Over the last couple of years, the data memory industry has really upped its game. As the world relies more and more on technology and documents and files are digitized, the need for more storage is essential. It’s great for the industry that leaders, such as Seagate are pioneering new technology and leading the industry from the top.”

Helium is much less dense than air, meaning it can reduce the amount of resistance and heat inside the drive. This allows the spinning disks to operate with reduced friction and energy usage. Reducing the weight to data ratio by 30 percent, they are extremely convenient and efficient. Able to cope with large amounts of data at any one time, it pushes the boundaries of what’s possible.

Able to accommodate seven platters rather than five, the new drives use up to 30 per cent less power than their counterparts. They are also sealed in order to prevent gas leakage, which enables them be liquid-cooled – without causing damage to the disks.

To find out more about DMS, visit their website: www.datamemorysystems.com

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By July 1, 2016 Read More →

Lycamobile expands its network to 21 countries

popup-lyca-simLycamobile, the world’s largest international mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), has launched its service in Macedonia, the 21st country in its international network.

Macedonians can now benefit from Lycamobile’s low-cost rates for international and domestic calls as well as data services. Lycamobile’s proposition will particularly appeal to Macedonians looking to call or visit friends and family abroad, as there are large communities of Macedonians worldwide and Lycamobile is able to offer them an impressive no roaming charges in 18 countries worldwide. This reflects its companywide vision which is to give all its customers the opportunity to connect with friends and family around the world at the most competitive price.

Macedonia’s goal for EU candidacy since 2005 has allowed for close economic ties with the Union, resulting in increased development to the telecom sector as it prepares for the competitive environment encouraged in the EU. Subsequently, the telecom market accounts for 7% of the country’s GDP*, which is well above the EU average, making it a strategic decision for Lycamobile to take advantage of such a growing market.

Founded with a mission to connect friends and family around the world, Lycamobile has grown quickly to serve 15 million customers around the world, including in Europe, the USA, Australia, Hong Kong and Tunisia.

Lycamobile chairman Subaskaran Allirajah commented: “Macedonia is an emerging country situated in the heart of Southeast Europe. Surrounded by some of our most thriving countries, its telecoms industry has received significant foreign investment in recent years. With this in mind, Macedonia is the next step as we continue to expand internationally.”

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