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By July 28, 2015 Read More →

HTC drop a feature rich Desire 626

htcs-desire-626-will-take-on-the-moto-gHTC Corporation (“HTC”), a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has announced the HTC Desire 626,the successor to the HTC Desire 620. With a variety of colour combinations, endless personalisation options, and an enhanced camera that enables sharper photography, the affordable smartphone lets you express yourself your way like never before.

“Our new HTC Desire 626 is designed to give you the most customised personal user experience. Packed full of advanced features, we are delivering the very best in terms of personalised design and performance, as well as great value, to our customers,” said Peter Frølund, HTC General Manager UK and Ireland.

Unique design and advanced features enable self-expression

The HTC Desire 626 offers vivid colours in a beautifully crafted dual-tone design, and delivers a unique user experience. Easy and intuitive to use, it runs on Android™ 5.1 and features HTC Sense™, which provides an enhanced, fully customised Android functionality. With the HTC Sense interface you can change the look of your phone’s interface as often as you change your own style; maximum customisation, minimum effort. These endless personalisation possibilities allow you to create, share and realise your full potential.

Powered by a Snapdragon™ 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor, the HTC Desire 626 delivers a smooth and reliable experience with the capability to allow you to effortlessly stream films, run your latest app, play your favourite games or flick through your latest photos, which all come to life on the vibrant 5 inch HD LCD screen.

Keeping an eye on breaking stories or your social feeds is made easy with HTC BlinkFeed™, which provides easy access to your own personalised stream of online content in seconds, allowing you to stay updated at a glance, direct from your homescreen. 

 

Capture life from all angles wherever you are

Whether you have a passion for photography or capturing short impactful videos, the HTC Desire 626 can be your perfect pocket companion. With the choice of an enhanced 13MP main camera or a 5MP front camera, photos and selfies can be taken from any angle, ensuring you can fully express yourself with sharper images and selfies.

 

The HTC Eye™ Experience allows you to easily edit your shots for instant effects thanks to built-in enhancements. The HTC Desire626 also features the ability to capture high-quality 1080p video using either the front or rear facing cameras, which can be turned into mini movies that can be shared with friends and family using the HTC Video Highlights feature.

 

With a range of storage options, from 16GB[1] internal memory to a MicroSD slot that supports up to 512GB additional storage, you can save and share every photo, video and experience that defines you, as often as you wish.

 

Availability

The HTC Desire 626 comes in White Birch, Blue Lagoon, Purple Fire and Dark Grey, and will be available with mobile operators including O2 and 3 as well as major retailer Carphone Warehouse.

Posted in: News, Phones, Press Releases
By July 23, 2015 Read More →

KitVision Rush Action Camera HD100W Unboxing

youtu.be-HHpUbHTU1Q8A GoPro is a pretty expensive item and whilst they are designed for high octane action there is no getting past the idea that there is always a knock that would kill the camera regardless of the housing, skin or durability of the build. A GoPro is for a serious enthusiast, but what if you are looking to dip your toe in the water of extreme sports and don’t know if you would use a camera very much, or don’t want to risk destroying a £400 GoPro?

The Kitvision Rush feels good right out the box. It’s well weighted, features a brushed steel finish and looks the business when attached to a helmet, handlebar or just in hand. There are a large amount of features that one cannot ignore and the potential for use it immense. I was full of great ideas looking through the different mounts.

From here on everything was going to become a headache. You really appreciate a screen when you don’t have one. All the vibrations and light flashes in the world can happen however that doesn’t necessarily mean things will go the way you want them too. Especially if the bundled software is trash.

As you can see from the unboxing video the Kitvision Rush gives pretty good results when in use. The picture is clear and crisp, the audio, whilst hardly cinema quality, doesn’t offend and the camera itself impresses for the money. When it works.

The footage captures was a third attempt. The first, at the gun range, didn’t work well. Partly my fault, the camera arrived in the morning, I grabbed it on the way out the door on the way to the range after a quick unboxing expecting to be able to shoot right away. Instead I got home to a blank memory card after a confusing collection of buzzes and light flashes.

The manual was required. Not a particularly bad thing however I was a bit annoyed reading the manual to find a how to, instead of looking for extra features. I downloaded the suggested apps and got things working.

A couple of days later I figured I would attached the camera to the car for some exciting close to the road footage from various vantage points. However, this led to 30 mins of getting in and out of the car adjusting, pressing buttons, lost connections and laggy apps. On the odd occasion I managed to view the camera footage however I never managed to capture any footage.

A week later I begrudgingly picked up the camera to attach to the bike, I spent 5 minutes with manual, phone and camera and got it to work sporadically. I put the phone away and relied on what I had learned from the buttons and just recorded a bunch of footage to took a load of photos. No streaming, no clicking around the features, no ad-hoc wifi. A painless as possible left me really happy.

Most of the footage did not make the clip as it is more personal however what is there is great for a £130 camera to throw around. I have only charged it once and haven’t run out of battery yet. Documentation shows 2.5 hours however I must be approaching that soon. However, you have to take another cable with you if you are planning a trip, you cannot share with your micro USB you might have for a phone or tablet.

Specs

  • Micro SD / Micro SDHC up to 32GB (not included)

  • Auto rotation (G-sensor) 

  • Dual file video recording

  • Built-in high quality microphone

  • Rechargeable built-in battery

  • Battery life: up to 2.5 hours

  • Weight: 134.4 g

 

In a nutshell:

Pros

  • Great build quality

  • Great video footage

  • Looks swish

  • Tonnes of flexibility with the adapters

 

Cons

  • Software is pig ugly, slow and frequently doesn’t work

  • Wifi implementation is slow and sometimes non-existent

  • Uses MiniUSB in 2015.

 

Conclusion

Most of the problems with the Kitvision Rush can be fixed fairly easily and I would not dissuade anyone from purchasing one for this. If seeing what you are recording is important you might need to look elsewhere unless you have incredible patience. At £130 I would be pleased with the quality of the camera itself.

By July 21, 2015 Read More →

Zenwatch drops in price at Google

mainIn the US Google have reduced the price of the Asus ZenWatch to it’s lowest price to date. A lovely looking Smartwatch that is easily the best looking square faced Android Wear device at the moment. However, things aren’t quite to rosey this side of the pond. Here in the UK we have seen the price drop to the unfair, lazy and greedy price of £149.99 on the Google Play Store. Something really needs to be done about companies ignoring the exchange rate and simple matching dollar for pound. By contrast purchasing whilst in the US the Zenwatch would effectively cost £102, a bargain.

Asus unveiled the successor the ZenWatch on June 1. Google’s price cut of the device’s predecessor could well be a sign of its impending arrival retail launch.

Posted in: News, Wearables
By July 15, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing 6 Axis Mini Quadcopter Drone with Camera

vlcsnap-2015-07-14-15h39m13s400Purchasing a drone is an expensive task. You can really lay out a lot of money to get something stable, smooth and will produce good results. It is probably recommended you check out a cheaper Quadcopter first for a couple of reasons.

Your ability. They can be difficult to fly. Up, down, left right and rotating are the main commands however you also have to take into account wind speed and surroundings. The more you pay the easier this becomes and enthusiasts will likely throw money at a manufacturer to have more tech no board to assist with their flight.

Your need. Curiosity is the main reason I asked to review one. On the one hand I wanted to see if I would use it, on the other I wanted to have a look at my roof without having to get out the ladders. Two reasons that hardly need to have big bucks invested in tech.

So when I noticed that Mobilefun had a little drone for £40 with a camera on-board this would cover the need. The only thing was the ability.

Flying a lower end drone is not an easy task. A smaller, no frills drone is easy to lose control of, becomes susceptible to wind and will require extreme patience to find enjoyment in.

First up is the built quality. This is going to take a beating in its first hour off the ground. It will crash into trees, walls, hedges and ultimately, the ground. This little drone will take a licking, not a massive licking but will sustain a bit of rough treatment as it collides with everything around it. It looks good, feels light in hand and will impress anyone passing by. The controller isn’t as sturdy as the drone, built from cheap plastic and the buttons are horribly clicky. The beeps from the controller are shrill, the screen is basic and I am not convinced that all the buttons work.

Secondly is the use. I am of the mindset that a more expensive drone will be easier to control with gyroscopes to assist flight. For this Quadcopter a small gust of wind can upset the flight path and depending on the quality of the pilot may send it tumbling to the dirt. Rotors can bend easily upon impact and thankfully there are a couple of spares in the box. I haven’t had to use any however the casing had needed to be clicked back into place after a meeting with an apple tree. The thumb sticks are not particularly accurate. However this is £40 alternative and the fact that is even flies is enough to impress.

Third, is the battery. Flight time is about 7 minutes. Not a lot, however the size of the battery will directly affect the performance as this needs to be light. I’m happy with the flight time as there is enough time to have some fun and charger takes little over an our. The first few time do become somewhat annoying when the battery dies as it seems to come at a point that you are beginning to understand the method behind keeping it in the air.

The camera isn’t particularly great however it’s a welcome addition. Whilst only a 0.3 megapixel offering the quality isn’t a bad as you might think as you will see from the footage in the unboxing video. Instead it appears quite serviceable, especially for checking out a roof. The drone is quite noisy and as such the microphone is a bit of a waste.

Whilst this will be considered a toy by most it’s a great learning experience. I am even more interested in drones now having played with this and will be looking for a more advanced model in the near future. I do however have a little voice in the back of my mind telling me that these might be made illegal at some point and investing money in a high end drone would be a waste.

 Grab one from Mobilefun.

By July 14, 2015 Read More →

The Commodore PET is back, running Android

Commodore-Pet-3Commodore was one of the leading names in personal computers back in the 1980s and early 90s. Their fall from grace was a long quiet one as they slipped away becoming gradually forgotten. However, today they are back and they have announced they will be releasing an Android smartphone here in Europe later this week! The Commodore PET will be the company’s first smartphone, running a custom variant of Android 5.0, will come preloaded with two emulators for some highly important retro gaming. As for the specs, the PET will feature a 5.5-inch IPS display, along with a 1.7 GHz Mediatek 64-bit octa-core processor. Commodore is packing a 3,000mAh battery inside, along with a 13MP rear facing camera, and an 8MP front facing camera, both of which can be operated by a dedicated shutter button on the side of the phone.

Commodore will be launching two different versions of the PET, one with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, and one with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. UK pirces have not yet been announced however some sources are saying the 16GB model will run for around £250, while the 32GB model will go for around £300. Both models will come with a 32GB microSD card included. Three colours will be available white, black, or a classic beige color. Initially, the Commodore PET will be available in Italy, France, Germany, and Poland, with plans to expand to the US and other European countries in the near future.

- 5.5-inch 1080p display, with Gorilla Glass 3
- 13MP Sony rear camera
- 8MP wide angle front camera
- Dedicated camera button
- Dual SIM/4G support
- 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek processor
- ARM Mali T760 GPU
- 3000 mAh battery. 
- Custom version of Android 5.0

Below you can see the classic Ghosts’n'Goblins on C64 Emulator. 

Also included is an A500 Emulator as illustrated below playing Turrican II

Welcome back Commodore, you have been missed.

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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 26, 2015 Read More →

ARCHOS PC Stick: A Computer On-The-Go

0 (1)Today, the French brand ARCHOS is revealing its new ARCHOS PC Stick that packs the power of a personal computer in a compact HDMI-connected drive.

“The world is always competing to build the smallest computer, and ARCHOS now offers one small enough to fit in a pocket at less than £79 explains Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. 

Pocket-sized and powerful

By plugging in the ARCHOS PC Stick to any screen with HDMI-in, such as a television, users will have a full computer at their fingertips in a split second. Keyboards, mouse’s, and other accessories are also connectable to the PC Stick directly via Bluetooth or USB port in order to interact with the content of the device. Keyboard applications or game controls on Windows, Android, or iOS smartphones and tablets are also connectable, transforming any smartphone or tablet into a keyboard compatible with the ARCHOS PC Stick.

The ARCHOS PC Stick accounts for the full range of possible computer uses and provides a foundation for them within the size of a matchbox

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Latest tech with Windows 10 

The ARCHOS PC Stick runs Windows 10, the latest Windows technology, right out of the box. Microsoft Office applications are already pre-installed on the ARCHOS PC Stick including Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile.

Users will also enjoy Cortana, the Windows personal assistant, as well as the full Windows 10 Store for access to applications that can customize and enhance the device. For the first time in Windows history, multiple desktops are also supported.

The ARCHOS PC Stick features an Intel Quad-Core processor and Intel HD Graphics, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and a micro-SD card slot for additional storage if needed.

The ARCHOS PC Stick truly is a computer that goes anywhere with you and adapts to many connectivity needs. It’s your data, your applications, and your life on-the-go. It will be available for back to school at £79.  For more information about ARCHOS products, please visit our web site: www.archos.com

 

 

 

ARCHOS PC STICK

 

Screen

Any screen with HDMI-in

 

Operating system

Windows 10

 

CPU

Intel® Atom™ Processor Z3735F / Quad-Core @ 1.33 GHz

 

GPU

Intel HD Graphic(Gen7) / Dual-Core

 

RAM

2 GB

 

FLASH

32 GB

 

Expandable Storage

Yes via Micro SD

 

Keyboard / mouse

Smartphone application

Bluetooth keyboard and mouse

 or RF keyboard and mouse (connected via USB port)

 

Connectivity

Wifi, RF, Bluetooth Smart Ready (4.0)Micro USB, USB

 
 

Size / Weight

113×37,6x14mm, 60g

 

Price

£79

 

 

By June 26, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Olixar Selfie Smart Pole

vlcsnap-2015-06-26-07h58m53s066Mobile Fun have sent over the Bluetooth selfie stick from Olixar, the Olixar Selfie Smart Pole is compatible with both Android 3.0 and above devices alongside iOS devices alike. Currently  reduced to £14.99 from £24.99 this Bluetooth allows for flexibility alongside some quality build aesthetics for any selfie needs out int he field.

  • Capture the perfect selfie
  • Built-in button to capture an image
  • Retractable pole for portability
  • Safety locks and shock absorbing material
  • Two smartphone mounts for greater compatibility
  • Case compatible
  • Compatible with Android 3.0, iOS 4.0 or later

You can grab one here:

http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/selfie-smart-pole-for-android-and-apple-devices-p48773.htm

By June 23, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Felix HoldTight Bands

vlcsnap-2015-06-22-07h10m41s141Carrying both a wallet and a phone can be a chore, especially in the hot weather or heading for a night out. There seem to be a number of different solutions to combine these two daily pocket fillings requirements however Felix might have come up with a great alternative.

Allowing you to configure your own simple design Felix have launch a cover for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5/5S forms. This cover has elastic barriers on the rear side to hold a card, bundle of cash or picture in place and make it easily accessible yet secure.

You can check them out here:

http://felixbrand.com/products/holdtightbands

Available in a variety of colours for iPhone 6 and 5/5S for $14.99.

By June 22, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Felix FlipWrite

vlcsnap-2015-06-22-07h10m22s415There are many folio covers for the Apple IPad out there and some come with an addition keyboard attached to increase productivity and just increase the tablets abilities making it closer to a laptop.

Felix have released a new high-ish end folio combing a multi-angle setup and Bluetooth keyboard wrapped up in a durable high quality package with a couple of novel approaches.

The Felix FlipWite is available for $99.99 from this site:
http://felixbrand.com/products/flipwrite

The options cover most in of the larger iPad options options, sadly no Mini variant yet.

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