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By February 4, 2016 Read More →

Digital signage solution made easy with the Vivitek NovoDS

NovoDSVivitek, a leading brand of visual display products, has today announced the NovoDS, an affordable and easy-to-manage digital signage solution. Ideal for creating dynamic visual displays for a corporate or public area, the digital signage content can incorporate text, photos, audio, video, and Web content in fully customizable configurations for a variety of settings. Versatile and flexible, the applications for the NovoDS range from corporate events and commercial spaces to educational facilities and public installations that need a quick and easy digital signage solution.  Designed for maximum convenience, the NovoDS is 4k2k-ready for the next generation of high-resolution displays, making it a cost-effective ultra-high-definition solution.

Easy to set up and use, the NovoDS offers the convenience of content refresh over both the network and SD card. It’s so easy to use, that even non-technical members of staff will feel at ease with it, thanks to drag-n-drop template customization and a highly intuitive playlist editing function. IT Managers will appreciate the NovoDS too, thanks to it being easy to manage over a network. Despite it supporting large-scale deployments, both private and public sector organisations will appreciate it for being both affordable and highly cost-effective.

“Vivitek is committed to responding to the growing and ever changing demands for digital signage solutions. That’s why with the NovoDS, we have set a new benchmark in its class for performance, ease of use and value for money. It presents private and public sector organisations with a compelling offering  that meets their need for a powerful, ultra-high-definition digital signage solution that can be install quickly and maintained easily,” stated Holger Graeff, Vivitek’s General Manager EMEA.

Suitable for applications and environments as diverse as government and public sector organizations, retail, education and hospitality, the NovoDS can play a significant role in boosting sales and awareness or sales, services or promotions by sharing relevant and easily updated information.

For user convenience, it boasts a standalone mode and a network mode. Its ease of use extends to drag’n’drop template customization and intuitive playlist editing. It also offers powerful device management and supports large deployments. Meanwhile, low TCO is assured as there is no software licence fee and future software upgrades are free.

 

Key features:

  • An easy-to-manage digital signage solution for creating dynamic multimedia content
  • Complete with a user-friendly interface to generate signage content with text, photos, audio, video,feeds, widgets, IP streams, USB and IP camera feeds — without needing programming skills
  • Fully customizable configuration for a variety of settings including but not limited to corporate events, commercial spaces, educational facilities and public installations
  • Includes 36 pre-made signage themes or simply create a customizable template
  • High Definition 1080p display quality with support for next generation ultra-high definition  (3840 x 2160) display
  • Display content directly from the built-in storage, microSD slot or USB flash drive
  • Update signage content via a wired or wireless connection
  • Network-based remote management and maintenance software for ease of deployment
  • Manage and monitor the status of multiple devices from the convenience of a network connected computer
  • Compatible with Windows® and Mac® operating systems
  • Plug-and-play for easy setup and configuration
  • Kensington® security slot to prevent theft or movement of the device
By February 3, 2016 Read More →

Presenting the Panasonic Toughbook CF-20

CF-20-productimage3_3_1_0_0_0The Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 delivers a new level of unrivalled versatility for mobile business computing as the first fully rugged detachable notebook. Offering the best of all worlds for mobile workers, the Toughbook can be used in 6 different modes to meet every business need. With its glove enabled touchscreen, up to 14 hour hot swappable battery life and purpose-built Vehicle Mount and Desktop Port Replicator, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 is an unrivalled rugged mobile business tool. 

Kitted out with a powerful Intel® Core™  m5-6Y57 vPro™ and running Windows 10 Pro this Toughbook manages to include the Intel® HD Graphics 515 chip and a 10.1” high brightness WUXGA (1920×1200) display featuring a capacitive 10 finger, glove enabled multi-touchscreen. Panasonic’s test show the computer can survive a 120cm drop and comes with Water and dust resistance factor or IP65.

 

 

 

By January 27, 2016 Read More →

Montar AIR QI car mount

ConnectedWinnerGear recently launched Montar Air Qi Car Mount that is compatible with both phones and phablets. The team of young entrepreneurs has come up with another innovation that will make our life a bit easier. Featuring essential smartphone accessories in its line of products, WinnerGear has upgraded its Montar Car Mount with a superior version that supports wireless charging on the move.

“With a lot of driving accidents occurring lately, we have designed a car mount for mobile phones that has the strongest suction cup to keep your phone safe and charged while you drive,” said the company’s spokesperson.

A company aiming for innovation in smartphone accessories, WinnerGear has manufactured car mounts, waterproof covers and screen protectors in the past. For a safer driving experience, this company has released several in-car accessories that would take care of your smartphone while you’re driving.

The swiveling mount can be installed on windshields and dashboards. It can securely grip devices up to six inches and is compatible with iPhone6 Plus, Note 5 and the like. Additionally, it supports 2 Amp fast wireless charging on all Qi compatible handhelds and comes with a car charger with each package. Featuring a robust, aesthetic design, the car mount has the ideal size that does not obscure the road view if installed on the windshield. The mount itself can be charged via a car charger sporting a micro USB which can be plugged into the mount.

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“This is great for smartphone addicts,” explained the company’s spokesperson. “This mount is perfect if you have to attend calls and meetings on the go. Your phone won’t fall off and you can drive without taking your hands off the wheel. The best thing is that the phone can stay charged.”

This contraption for cellular phones rotates a full 360 degrees and uses a patented suction cup technology which the company previously released in a similar product “Montar Car Mount”; but that model did not support wireless charging.

Furthermore, the mount offers rubber protection to phones to prevent surface scratches and has an easy release mechanism to withdraw the cell phone.

“You don’t have to push or force the phone inside the holds. The installation is pretty straightforward. You don’t even have to take your eyes off the road.” The company’s spokesperson stated while giving a demonstration of the product.

With smooth lock and release mechanisms, the handheld devices will be safe from falls in case of road bumps or emergency breaks. Also included with the product is the 3M pad. This handy accessory makes it easier for the mount to stick to surfaces with curves, making it ideal for use on curved and textured dashboards.

“With big screened cell phones emerging in the market along with rampant battery issues, Montar Air Qi Car Mount makes a necessary addition for car drivers using a cell phone on the go,” the spokesperson commented.

  • Car Charger Included
  • Compatible With Devices Up To 6″ ( works with Note 5 )
  • Patented Suction Cup
  • Works With All Qi Devices
  • 360 Rotation
  • Rubber Protection On The Grip
  • 2 Years Warranty
  • Supports 2A Fast Charging


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By January 27, 2016 Read More →

LYCAHEALTH DONATES £150,000 TO CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

boris-johnson-launchLycaHealth, the new healthcare brand, today presented a donation of £150,000 to Cambridge University to support Sri Lankan students and improve public health in Sri Lanka.

 

LycaHealth’s donation will support two different projects to be undertaken by Cambridge University as part of the Lyca Group’s mission, to bring together people from all different backgrounds and be a part of the fabric of communities in which they have a presence.

 

The donation will be split in two ways: £50,000 will go towards the “Sri Lankan Language Fund” enabling the University to establish a dedicated Sri Lankan language scheme for a period of five years. The donation cost will cover intensive full-time summer courses, or part-time ‘in-sessional’ programmes at the university.

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A further £100,000 will be used to improve public health in Sri Lanka through a pre-pilot project, run by the university to extend the expertise of the Sri Lankan Heart Infarction and Neurological Event Study (SHINES). Building on the University’s exceptional record of public health support in Pakistan and Bangladesh the donation will cover local medical staffing costs, laboratory supplies and equipment, travel and training expenses. The seed donation will mean that within 3-5 years, SHINES will have gained a sufficient evidence base to secure long-term funding from larger medical bodies.

 

Jocelyn Wyburn, Director of the University of Cambridge Language Centre said:

“I was fortunate enough to have the chance to visit Sri Lanka on holiday last summer for the first time and loved it! I’m therefore all the more excited about this relationship with LycaHealth and to have the chance to promote Sri Lanka’s languages and an interest in the country to others.”

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Prema Subaskaran, Chairperson of LycaHealth, said: “We are delighted to be making the donations to such a reputable University as Cambridge, to implement study on these worth-while causes. The investment mirrors our ethos of expanding the importance of healthcare across the globe whilst bringing together people from all types of backgrounds.”

 

The donation comes soon after LycaHealth’s first centre was opened in London. The centre, located in Canary Wharf was opened by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. The Canary Wharf centre is the first step in LycaHealth’s growth plans, with further centres planned to open around the UK, South Asia and eventually Africa over the next five years.

Cambridge’s current £2 billion fundraising campaign for the University and Colleges focuses on Cambridge’s impact on the world.  Cambridge will be working with philanthropists to address major global problems, as it has done throughout the course of its history. More than £590 million has already been raised, including the gift from LycaHealth, and 30,000 donors have already given to the campaign. 

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By January 27, 2016 Read More →

TrackR – available in the UK

Copy of Copy of TrackR_Bravo_02aTrackR bravo – The newest addition to the TrackR line. Never lose anything again with the coin sized TrackR bravo. Put it on anything! The TrackR Bravo is an intelligent tracking device that has just become available in the UK after its huge success in the USA.  The gadget is now available in the UK in EE shops, John Lewis, Argos and Currys.

Technical specifications 

  • App integration with Wi-Fi and Nest network to disable alerts from sounding when wandering around the house
  • The use of  Bluetooth 4.0 for a 100 ft. range and Bluetooth Low Energy which consumes 50 times less power than Bluetooth Classic
  • The use of a replaceable battery, cutting down on lifetime costs and keeping the growing Crowd GPS network strong
  • The use of anodized aluminium, making TrackR devices smaller, thinner and lighter

Recently, TrackR founders announced partnerships with big brands. HP, Cross Pens or Mezzi can now offer customers the ability to utilise the scale of Crowd GPS network for locating their valuables worldwide.

By January 13, 2016 Read More →

Adam Elements launches its brand new Apple Lightning flash drive iKlips DUO

aAdam Elements, a leading smart lifestyle solutions brand, is excited to announce the launch of its latest version of iKlips – the iKlips DUO. Combining a perfected flash drive with a refined, intuitive app for managing your device in so many more ways, it is quite the DUO.

A redesigned body to fit iPhone and iPad cases and a silicone body sleeve for added protection: iKlips DUO

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iKlips DUO – the best made better
If you became attached to iKlips the first time round, you will love what we have in store with the new iKlips DUO. It is a design that has been perfected to be more practical, with a redesigned body to fit even more iPhone and iPad cases and a silicone body sleeve for added protection. Losing connector caps is now a thing of the past. Like the first iKlips, the new iKlips DUO is also produced with top quality and super high-speed MLC flash memory for iPhone, iPad, and iPad Pro. In addition to enabling greater speeds, it also provides greater stability and a longer lifespan, so it will last as long as you want it to. And with its gorgeous high-grade aluminum body, you will be wanting to use it as often as possible. It is gorgeous to hold and use.

Comfortable data management thanks to the new app iKlips 2

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iKlips 2 – the DUO’s other half
iKlips 2 is the other half of what makes iKlips DUO even better. It is an intuitive app that makes using your iKlips DUO an even easier experience, featuring 3D Touch support, multi-select, Spilt View, password protection, Drop To, and even integration with Apple’s Music app to access your iTunes purchases. Now all your music, photos, videos, work projects, Adobe files, and all your other creations can be securely shared between devices – iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro, Mac, and PC. Having the ability to organise, store more and share on the go with friends, family, and colleagues gives you the power to do more. iKlips 2 is the way you want to manage your device – easily.

By January 6, 2016 Read More →

Sennheiser Presents AMBEO 3D Audio Technology

amAt CES 2016, audio specialist Sennheiser is unveiling a strategic focus on 3D immersive audio, a groundbreaking technology that promises the ultimate in audio capture and reproduction. “3D audio is the new frontier of excellence, set to transform the listening experience for users across a broad range of applications, from virtual reality gaming to audio recording and broadcasting,” announced co-CEOs Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser. “We have been active in this area for some time with 9.1 mixing and recording and the audio design for high-profile exhibitions. We are now increasing our efforts considerably to introduce this amazing sound quality into new products and applications, enabling users to experience and shape the future of audio.” Sennheiser’s 3D immersive audio products and activities will bear the new AMBEO trademark.

3D immersive audio is increasingly becoming a format of choice in professional recording, mixing and listening. The composer, producer, and musician Simon Franglen, well known for his work on the films Titanic, Avatar, and most recently Spectre, commented: “Every time I do an immersive mix, I notice how much more clearly I can hear what’s going on within a track. The extra playback area allows individual voices and instruments room to breathe in a way that the flat plane of a stereo mix can never hope to accomplish. 3D audio gives a completely new experience to the listener. Not only are they inside the music, but they get the opportunity to really hear the detail and the arrangement that the musicians, arrangers and producers put into the recordings. Even as a professional, I have listened to tracks that I have thought I knew intimately to discover so much more than the stereo or mono mix was able to give me. Once you hear this, music changes forever.”

AMBEO 3D Audio Listening Experience

Show visitors will experience AMBEO 3D Audio firsthand in the booth’s dedicated 9.1 listening room. Here, Sennheiser’s expert tonmeister Gregor Zielinsky is presenting original 9.1 recordings and remixes of legacy music for the 9.1 format. To bring this experience to every day music listening, visitors are invited to bring their own stereo sound material, have it upmixed via Sennheiser’s proprietary upmix algorithm and replayed in stunning 9.1 sound quality.

EDEN VR Game

Sennheiser’s expertise in 3D audio technology is also being featured by gaming specialist, Soulpix, which has drawn on the audio specialist’s long experience in the field for its virtual-reality game, EDEN. Through a proprietary Sennheiser algorithm, the sounds in the game are easily localizable and transport the listener to an imaginary yet utterly realistic soundscape. CES visitors can experience this in the demo area. “The Sennheiser 3D sound rendering engine used in EDEN allows a smooth transition between real-life sounds and virtual audio sources,” explained Andreas Sennheiser. “Such an engine will be the future of 3D sound in augmented reality applications.”

Virtual reality mic

Another part of the 3D audio experience zone is dedicated to a virtual reality microphone. Designed with VR content producers, the unobtrusive mic captures high quality audio in four quadrants. The VR microphone will be a staple tool in any live action VR production and will launch in the third quarter of 2016, followed in 2017 by a bundle with the same mic and a software plug-in for post-production of VR content.

Venue Modeling

A further highlight in the 3D audio section is the Venue Modeling software. The demo version features the room characteristics of several clubs, such as Mighty in San Francisco, and the Rex Club in Paris, and enables DJs to experience their sets as if they were in the middle of their audience.

The Venue Modeling technology will be a milestone in virtual room acoustics replication. Unlike other reverb tools and plug-ins, this VST plug-in lets ambitious DJs, PA artists and EM producers experience their audio tracks in the location they want to perform in. The plug-in helps to tailor the audio to any desired room atmosphere, and a growing venue database connected to the plug-in will offer DJs an ideal source to prepare for their show. The VST plug-in will become available in mid-2016. 

By January 5, 2016 Read More →

Archos adds big colours and bigger batteries to their line

40French electronics brand, ARCHOS, launches two new ranges of smartphones, the Power line and the Cobalt line at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“In order to offer an ever more complete range, ARCHOS is launching two new lines of smartphones to address consumer demands for longer lasting battery life and colors in affordable products” says Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS.

Long battery life…

The ARCHOS 40 Power is a 4’’ 3G smartphone equipped with a quad-core processor and 8 GB of internal storage. It differentiates itself by its high battery capacity, 1900mAh, in a 4’’ format that fits in your pocket. It provides its user with up to two days of battery life – almost double the standard battery life.

4G/LTE compatible, the ARCHOS 50 Power is a 5’’ smartphone propelled by a quad-core processor, has 2 GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. In addition, its IPS HD display and its 13 MP back camera make the ARCHOS 50 Power a fully equipped smartphone intensive uses.

The ARCHOS 40 Power will be available in May for £49,99 The ARCHOS 50 Power will cost £129,99.

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…and colours for enhance experience

Colour casing forerunners, the yellow-backed ARCHOS 50 Diamond and the ARCHOS 50c Platinum with its pink and blue back casings have led the way for the all new Cobalt range, now fully coloured smartphones, in cobalt blue or dark grey, both front and back.

Available in two screen sizes, the ARCHOS 50 Cobalt and the ARCHOS 55 Cobalt Plus smartphones are both equipped with an IPS HD display, a powerful 4G/LTE quad-core processor backed by 1 GB of RAM for the 5’’ version and 2 GB of RAM for the 5.5’’ version for a smoother user experience.

The 8 MP camera of the 5” and the 13 MP camera of the 5.5” create high quality pictures with 8 GB and 16 GB versions providing ample storage options. For those that need even more internal storage a MicroSD card can be added.

Available in April, the ARCHOS 50 Cobalt will cost £99 while the ARCHOS 55 Cobalt will be priced at £149. 

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ARCHOS will unveil both new Cobalt and Power ranges for the first time at CES in Las Vegas from January 5th to 8th 2016. Come discover the ARCHOS showroom at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort (Suite 1910).

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By December 22, 2015 Read More →

Huawei Mate S Unboxing

vlcsnap-error898Huawei have very kindly sent over a Mate S for a full review. Here is the initial unboxing and reaction to the device.

Featuring a 5.5 inch 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi) Amoled capacities touchscreen there is a lot to like in the Mate S. Under the hood are a couple of Quad-core processors, one sitting at 2.2 GHz and the other at 1.5 GHz with 3 GB RAM at disposal. A 13mp, OIS, autofocus camera with dual-LED flash lies subtly in the rear whilst the front sees an 8mp LED flash companion. Powered by a non-removable 2700 mAh battery the phone should see an upgrade from Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to 6.0 Marshmallow in the near future.

A fairly heavy user interface sits atop of Lollipop call EMUI. This can seems somewhat intrusive however initial impression are that this user interface has more elegance than the user interfaces we have seen from other manufactures and in fact bring Android a lot closer to iOS than we’ve seen before.

Available in three colours Luxurious Gold, Mystic Champagne, Titanium Grey and with three storage options 32, 64 and 128gb we will have a full review up early in the New Year.

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By December 17, 2015 Read More →

Introducing the Momit Home Thermostat

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Spanish energy company Momit offers an affordable and stylish option for energy conscious consumers who want to optimise household temperature and save money. Let’s start with their first product, the intelligent Momit Home Thermostat has an attractive display which provides thermal information about your home. The learning thermostat detects when people are at home, learns from your habits and estimates consumption. Momit Home Thermostat can control both your boiler and underfloor heating.

Through the Momit Home Thermostat App’s My Budget function, you can set a heating budget and limits, saving money on energy bills.

The Momit Home Thermostat Starter Kit includes two main devices: one thermostat and one gateway (internet bridge plugged to your router that gives internet access to the thermostat). The kit measures temperature and humidity; has a presence sensor; runs on batteries; controls heating; can be managed directly on the device or via an app; is compatible with iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows devices; and available in five colours – Pure Black, Steel Silver, Luxury Gold, Red Dahlia and Summer Blue.

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Features summary for Momit Home Thermostat

• Presence and lighting sensors
• Wi-Fi enabled
• Saves up 30% of heating costs and Co2 emissions
• Geo-localisation feature
• Works 24/7 to make sure the house is just as heated as it needs to be
£99.00 from www.momit.com, delivery 3 – 5 working days. If you want to move your thermostat from room to room, buy the momit Extension Kit for £29.

 

 

For more features, momit also offers the momit Smart Thermostat – it connects via Wi-Fi; measures temperature and humidity of the home; has a presence sensor; controls heating, air conditioning, underfloor heating; offers a touch screen LCD display with six different display modes and a light sensor; is compatible with iOS and Android; offers stylish curved and ridged edges and fonts that are closer to someone’s handwriting; and installation can be done in less than five steps. It retails at £149.00.

 

Features summary for Momit Smart Thermostat

 

  • Remote control
  • Saves up 30% of heating costs and Co2 emissions
  • Geo-localisation feature
  • Touch screen
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • Works 24/7 to make sure the house is just as heated as it needs to be

 

Installation

The momit Home Thermostat can be installed by simply in less than 30 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSNjB-cYxYY&index=6&list=PLygUtS2Akj8uqa5-sKOe1pNwSLNjUxfpC

You can install the Momit Smart Thermostat yourself in less than five steps. Here is a video showing you how:

 

 
 
Features summary for Momit Home Thermostat
• Presence and lighting sensors
• Wi-Fi enabled
• Saves up 30% of heating costs and Co2 emissions
• Geo-localisation feature
• Works 24/7 to make sure the house is just as heated as it needs to be
£99.00 from www.momit.com, delivery 3 – 5 working days. If you want to move your thermostat from room to room, buy the momit Extension Kit for £29.
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