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By September 16, 2016 Read More →

iTrip Clip converts any pair of wired headphones to wireless headphones

gc42924_bluetooth-headphone-adapter_01346889Griffin Technology, creator of award-winning and thoughtfully designed mobile accessories, is launching a simple yet powerful solution to wirelessly connect headphones, car stereos or home audio systems to any smartphone.

With their new iTrip Clip Bluetooth Audio Adapter, users will now be able to connect to any device, even the Moto Z, which was the first major smartphone recently released without a headphone jack.

“iTrip Clip ensures users can continue using their favorite 3.5mm headphones, with no worries about if their new smartphone eliminated the headphone jack,” said Andrew Biddle, Category Manager of Power at Griffin. “Not only can our iTrip Clip make any pair of headphones wireless, it also puts the convenience of a Bluetooth sound system into any car.”

iTrip Clip connects wirelessly to any smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth 4.1. Connecting any headphones, earphones or AUX cables to the compact, self-powered adapter lets users listen to music and video, or make calls, without cables. iTrip Clip offers several features that make controlling your sound easier than ever, such as handy play, volume and track controls, as well as an integrated microphone to receive calls and easily access Siri, Google Now, and other voice recognition apps. iTrip Clip allows users to continue to use their device hands-free and hassle-free.

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In addition to features like a control pad and built-in mic, iTrip Clip also has a set-and-forget configuration which allows it to reconnect to paired devices automatically once it is in wireless range (approx. 30 feet or 10 metres). What’s more, is the adapter has a rechargeable Li-ion battery which boasts 6 hours play/talk time and 180 hours on standby. iTrip Clip also connects to car stereos with an AUX to listen to any smartphone wirelessly if the vehicle does not already offer Bluetooth connectivity.

iTrip Clip works with both iOS and Android and makes it possible to use your favourite headphones, regardless of whether your smartphone has a headphone jack or not.

Griffin’s new iTrip Clip will be available in the UK from late September, priced at £19 from griffintechnology.com.

By September 15, 2016 Read More →

Vivitek’s new Qumi Q3 plus brings the big screen experience everywhere

medium_vivitek_q3_plus_kickstandThe big screen experience and the thrills and excitement that come with it is set to become accessible to even more people thanks to Vivitek, a leading brand of visual display products. It has expanded its popular Qumi Series of industry leading pocket projectors with the introduction of the Qumi Q3 Plus, an ultra-portable LED smart projector with Android™ designed to provide entertainment on the go. Redefining how and where the big screen experience can be enjoyed and shared, the Qumi Q3 Plus joins Vivitek’s existing Qumi projectors – including the Qumi Q6 and the Qumi Q7 Plus – which also offer Wi-Fi connectivity and PC-free access to multimedia content.

Despite being only slightly bigger than a smartphone in size and weighing just 460 grams, the Qumi Q3 Plus can project a large widescreen image up to a massive 100” diagonal size. This performance is aided by the ultra-portable projector’ native HD720p resolution, 500 lumen brightness and 5,000:1 contrast, along with its 30,000 hours LED light-source lifetime and a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU running the Android v.4.42 OS. Combined, these ensure that the Qumi Q3 Plus packs a visual punch wherever it is used. It’s an experience set to last too, thanks to its built-in 8,000mAh rechargeable battery which delivers up to two hours on the go projection.

In addition to its ample battery life, the pocket projector gives users a multitude of content sources for playing back video, photos, documents and other content from a PC-free reader via a USB drive, microSD cards or even from its considerable onboard memory. Boosting its flexibility further, is the Qumi Q3 Plus’ built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, which gives users more choice over where the projector is situated and makes it the perfect pocket projector for those who travel a lot.

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By providing cable-free projection of content from iOS ® or Android™ mobile phones and tablets, the Wi-Fi functionality enables users to connect to a web browser. Easy access to preloaded online streaming content provider apps enables users to watch movies or TV programs via services like Netflix™ and Youtube™, without having to use a mobile phone.

In addition to its versatility, the Qumi Q3 Plus is quick to set up, ensuring users will be projecting in seconds while its Home Screen makes navigating it simple and easy. All the most common functions are centrally placed on the home screen for immediate access to the required feature, application or setting, while its hand-held sized remote brings further convenience to digitally focus the image. The automatic vertical keystone correction enables a nice widescreen image from many angles, while it also has a motorised focus that can be adjusted by remote control.

With its clean, minimalist-yet-functional design, the Qumi Q3 Plus’ sliding lens cover, curved edges and neatly integrated speakers enhance the audio experience. Available in four colours ranging from white, black, red, gold, it is stylish enough for any setting, whether the user wants wireless and instant projection at home, is enjoying outdoor activities like camping, or even during a break at work. To amplify its audio performance, the Q3 Plus offers Bluetooth connectivity enabling sound to be transmitted from the projector to a compatible headphone or an external speaker for increased volume.

Commenting on the Qumi Q3 Plus’ introduction, Holger Graeff, General Manager EMEA, Vivitek, said: “This projector encapsulates Vivitek’s commitment to engineering excellence which is reflected in its innovation, performance and flexibility. It also shows our enthusiasm for giving our customers solutions that deliver the image quality and performance associated with Vivitek, irrespective of the size of the projector or where it is used.”

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Key Features/ Specifications:

  • Ideal for carrying around thanks to its thin streamlined design, a 460g lightweight size and an embedded battery that lasts up to two hours
  • Share a big screen with family and friends with up to 100-inch diagonal projection and HD720p resolution
  • Built-in wireless connection for cable-free projection of your iOS or Android mobile devices with mirroring function
  • Enjoy great audio performance with its integrated dual-2W stereo speakers or Bluetooth pairing to a compatible sound system at home
  • Experience extra-large viewing with quick access to your favorite movies or shows via the preloaded online content provider app
  • Entertaining on the go is made possible thanks to its PC-Free Reader to preload media and document files to display without a computer at source
  • Powerful 1.5GHz quad-core CPU running  Android  v.4.42  operating system with 8GB onboard memory. Beyond the operating system’s onboard memory, a MicroSD or USB flash drive – purchased separately – can be utilised to provide an additional 64GB memory (for preloading media content for viewing later).
  • Automatic vertical keystone correction enables a nice widescreen image from many angles
  • Maintenance free with environmental friendly LED light source lasts up to 30,000 hours
By September 14, 2016 Read More →

Is the HTC Desire 10 Pro arriving on September 20th?

2016-09-14We are still a few announcements shy of the end of the year, however, HTC is pushing a September 20 announcement by releasing teaser videos of an upcoming device. The latest video shows a fingerprint sensor in the middle of the back, in what has become the favourite place for fingerprint sensors in recent times. The hashtag #BeEdgier seems to hint that perhaps there is something unusual about the device’s edges, perhaps curves or and edge to edge screen.

The device is most likely going to be a new Desire device. It looks a lot like the leaked Desire 10 Pro, which features a large camera on the rear and gold accents on a black body. Top tipster. @evleaks, tweeted a leak revealing the device as the Desire 10 Pro, and one can see, quite faintly the circular fingerprint sensor. However, there isn’t anything particularly remarkable about the sides for the Desire 10 Pro to be edgy.

This has been a great quarter for the mid-range device and it’s going to be a tough battle for HTC, however, at this point, it’s really just down to price.

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By September 13, 2016 Read More →

Funky new phone case designs from FLAVR

desktop2FLAVR, the new fashion brand from global mobile accessories and connected devices specialist, STRAX GmbH, today launches a brand new range of hot, bold and eclectic phones cases for iPhone 5/5SE, 6/6S, 7, 7 Plus and Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The new cases will be available for £9.99 from Carphone Warehouse.

The cases are designed to appeal to those who love to stand out from the crowd and want a phone case that reflects their unique style and personality. For the dog lovers, there is the characteristic pug case, which is guaranteed to raise a smile whilst the lips or pineapples are certain to brighten up anyone’s phone. For others, there is the option of diamond rings, cactuses or nail varnish to spruce up their beloved device.

Priced at just £9.99 complete with bright and unique packaging, the FLAVR cases are certain to bring out the sunshine this summer even if the weather has different ideas. Why not express your personality AND protect your phone at the same time!!

The FLAVR cases are available for £9.99 from Carphone Warehouse

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By September 13, 2016 Read More →

Habito launches the world’s first AI mortgage advice chat bot

downloadUK tech startup, habito, has launched the world’s first artificially intelligent Digital Mortgage Adviser (DMA) allowing millions of consumers to discuss their mortgage needs from any connected device, 24/7, without requiring a human broker.

Built using AI technology and habito’s market-leading algorithm, the DMA marries all the elements of a customer’s financial life (e.g. employment, salary and personal life plans) with real-time market mortgage rates to calculate an indicative monthly payment. The DMA explains the impact consumers’ decisions will have on each mortgage configuration as a traditional mortgage broker would, but in a fraction of the time (average 10 minutes). Habito has the ability to search 100’s of products (versus a handful), so once the advice is complete consumers can be sure they’re on the best mortgage for them which can result in savings of thousands of pounds per year*.

In designing the new system, habito analysed hundreds of advice interviews in order to understand what consumers needed and what formed the basis of informative advice. As a result, the DMA’s chat-like interface provides an unbiased, conversational experience, without the need for lengthy in-person queues, waiting on hold or paying a premium for advice.

“Finding the right mortgage product in the UK is like finding a needle in a haystack. Britons are crying out for some innovation and clarity in an outdated and overwhelming mortgage market,” said Daniel Hegarty, CEO and Founder, habito. “Our digital mortgage adviser is a huge step forward in making mortgage advice accessible for consumers in the way they need it most: unbiased, always available and most importantly free.”

Habito’s digital mortgage adviser is a direct response to the FCA’s Financial Advice Market Review Report calling for greater, more accessible financial services advice for British consumers. Habito plans to roll out additional interactive features later this year, such as remortgage alerts, that will continue to optimise the mortgage application process for consumers across the country.

By September 12, 2016 Read More →

X-Doria’s Protective iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Cases

X-Doria, a leading manufacturer of fashion-forward accessories, is introducing five stylish case collections to outfit and protect the new iPhone. The collection consists of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases, each designed with distinct aesthetics that appeal to various personalities and styles with the added protection of a raised front lip to keep the screen off tables and other flat surfaces.

Defense Gear is a full body, no bulk case for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, with four materials infused together for military grade drop protection, including a scientifically proven DropShield™ edge lining that hardens on impact. Defense Gear combines DropShield™ technology with hard polycarbonate, TPU and anodized aluminum. The case is engineered with enhanced corners and a 0.1 inch thick frame that provides dual layer protection and shields all angles of your device. The Defense Gear case can withstand drops from up to 6’6”. Available colors include: Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold. Available for £24.99 on XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7 or XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7 Plus.

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X-Doria’s Defense Lux for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus brings together refined luxury and durability to create the ultimate protective case. Defense Lux features a simple snap-on construction, engineered with a soft inner rubber layer, impact resistant polycarbonate backing, and machined with an aluminum outer frame. The aluminum outer frame protects the perimeter of the iPhone, while inside, the soft rubber wraps around the phone protecting it from up to 6’6” drops on concrete, exceeding military drop test standards – MIL-STD-810G.  For a sophisticated look, the case is available in luxurious faux carbon fibre, soft leather, canvas or microfibre rear panel. Available for £29.99 on XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7 or XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7 Plus.

The Revel series of quirky cool snap on cases for the iPhone 7 are designed with a raised bezel edge to protect the screen from surface scratches and a wraparound reinforced rubber bumper that extends across the top and bottom edges to ensure the phone is protected edge-to-edge. Revel also protects the volume and lock buttons with a grip rubber bumper. There are twelve different images to select from including Pug, Panda, Husky, Fox, Bear, Lion, Blue Future and Chrome Web. Available for £19.99 on XDoriaLife.com for iPhone 7.

For more information on X-Doria’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus case collection, please visit XdoriaLife.com.

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By September 10, 2016 Read More →

GEAR4 launches new line of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases with D3O® technology

GEAR4, one of the UK’s largest consumer mobile accessory brands, today launches its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus case range, featuring D3O – the most advanced shock absorbing technology for enhanced impact protection. The Piccadilly, Carnaby, Oxford and Soho cases, relating to GEAR4’s British roots, combine modern forms and materials to deliver the ultimate combination of sleek protection.

The D3O® impact technology used in the cases is the same material found in American football helmets, combat uniforms and protective gear worn by pro athletes (including Usain Bolt) and extreme sportsmen, such as Olympic ski teams. D3O® has a unique molecular structure; in standard conditions, the molecules flow freely allowing the material to remain soft and flexible, but on impact lock together to absorb and dissipate the impact energy, which means your device stays safe when dropped. GEAR4 are the first to use an injection moulded grade of D3O® technology to deliver increased impact protection per cubic millimetre than other leading materials.

GEAR4 designers combined this unique technology with designs that enhance the elegant form of the iPhone to deliver an unprecedented level of protection while still honouring the design of the device itself. All of the new GEAR4 cases for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available at GEAR4.com and Carphone Warehouse.

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The Piccadilly

The Piccadilly case is the perfect choice if you desire protection but want your phone to remain as close to the original look as possible. Offering the world’s first Metallic D3O® technology to perfectly colour match your iPhone, GEAR4 designers have perfectly tuned the colour match to appear as an extension of your phone whilst offering the best protection possible. GEAR4 is the first case brand to use INJECTABLE D3O®, delivering more impact protection per cubic millimetre than other leading materials. These ultra-slim, ultra-modern, ultra-protective cases can make an impact and still blend with contemporary life.

Piccadilly is scratch-protected with UV coating and offers easy access to all ports. Available in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Black for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

RRP £29.99 (Images available here)

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The Mayfair

A nod to modern luxury, the Mayfair is made from beautifully crafted genuine fine leather for an extra touch of extravagance. The ideal choice for blending business and leisure, the Mayfair features the same integrated D3O® technology to protect your device while preserving it’s simple, chic look.

Mayfair is scratch-resistant and available in black or brown leather, featuring slim fitting protection.

RRP £39.99 (Images available here)

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The Soho     

Make a sleek statement with Soho’s transparent case and Apple colour-matched D3O® technology for protection that honours the original design of the iPhone. Featuring a TPU bumper, the Soho comes in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Black. It is available for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

RRP £34.99 (Images available here)

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The Carnaby

A new design for the iPhone 7, the Carnaby offers protection without the bulk and features a mesh of colour matched D3O® on the back to add further protection, with style.

It is also available for iPhone 7 Plus, and both cases are scratch resistant. Available in Gold, Rose Gold and Silver.

RRP £34.99 (Images available here)

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The Oxford Bookcase

GEAR4’s multi-tasker, the Oxford mobile wallet features slots for credit cards and also a convenient stand for viewing videos in landscape. It’s unique clip closure design keeps your valuables safe. Function doesn’t compromise form on the Oxford, as it features the same D3O® smart material that offers the highest performance impact protection.

The Oxford comes in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Black. It is also available for iPhone 7 Plus.

RRP £34.99 (Images available here)

 

All GEAR4 cases for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are available at www.gear4.com.

By September 7, 2016 Read More →

SunnyBAG launches the world’s first hybrid solar panel on Kickstarter – LEAF+

unsagdffpecifiedSunnyBAG, a specialist in developing fashionable solar bags, backpacks and outdoor gear, today launches its latest crowdfunding campaign for the SunnyBAG LEAF+. The world’s first hybrid solar panel, the LEAF+ combines a highly flexible solar panel with two efficient SUNPOWER® panels, meaning it’s able to convert a wider spectrum of light into electricity, even when partially shaded. Producing an output power of 6.2 watts and extremely lightweight, it’s the perfect solution for users who want to charge mobile devices such as smartphones, digital cameras, tablets, mobile gaming consoles and GPS Satellite devices on the go.

Twice the performance at same size

The LEAF+ is the new and improved version of the LEAF which came to market in 2014. The size of the surface solar system remains the same as the first product generation with a diameter of about 10 inches. The LEAF+ has a battery capacity of 4000mAH, meaning when fully charged, it is able to power up two dead iPhones as an example. It comes with both lightning and Micro-USB connectors making it extremely versatile. Weighing just 200-grams, the LEAF+ is also weatherproof, scratch and impact resistant and a useful fastening system allows it to be attached easily to backpacks, bags or tents.

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Stefan Ponsold, Founder and CEO SunnyBAG, stated, “The LEAF product range stands for unlimited freedom in all sports and outdoor activities and for independent power supply all around the world. With the new hybrid system, the LEAF+, our ten months of development succeeded in a worldwide innovation. Our customers cheered us on with their consistently positive feedback, and I would like to thank everyone who has purchased and used our products in the past.”

Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sunnybag/sunnybag-leaf

Pre-launch: Discount available for backers

Before production starts Kickstarter backers have the possibility to get the SunnyBAG LEAF+ from € 69,00 instead of € 129,00. Delivery is planned for Christmas 2016, before the official product launch starts in 2017.

The Kickstarter campaign ends on October 23rd, 2016, 11.59 p.m. (CET).

By September 5, 2016 Read More →

ADAM elements announces new iKlips DUO+

160602_iklips-duo-plus-heroAfter two successful Indiegogo campaigns for the earlier products iKlips and iKlips DUO, which raised just over US $560,000, ADAM elements launches its third generation Apple Lightning flash drive iKlips DUO+ with an improved design for thick and waterproof cases.

iKlips DUO+ is the latest version of ADAM elements’ successful iKlips flash storage device for iPhone and iPad. At just one-third the physical size of the DUO, the DUO+ provides the same storage expansion and file transfer functionality for iOS devices, in the smallest, most stylish package available on the market.

Manufacturer ADAM elements now offers the first ever Apple flash drive that also connects to iDevices that are protected by very thick covers and waterproof cases. After identifying this important need of users, the company has spent over a year in R&D to eventually design an unparalleled Lightning connector body. Advanced engineering makes the iKlips DUO+ easy to handle anytime, anywhere.

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The DUO+ is a flash storage device and file transfer solution rolled into one, instantly expanding your iPhone or iPad’s available storage by up to 128 GB. It enables you to take your entire HD movie collection with you on flights, record hours of 4K video without running out of memory space, or the ability to do serious video editing on the iPad Pro, and then effortlessly move, copy and share data between your iOS device and your desktop – in the smallest package yet.

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The iKlips DUO+ is also fully MFi-certified by Apple as a product made for iPhone and iPad, adhering to strict performance and manufacturing standards.

Complementing the sleek drive is the iKlips app, available for free on the App Store, for contacts, photos, music, and video data management, backup and transfer, and an optional connection to cloud.

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iKlips DUO+ is designed to cater for any storage need and personal style. It comes in six gorgeous colours, Royal Orchid, Adam Red, Rebel Onyx, Adam Red, Glowing Amber, Rosy Bronze, and Wild Sapphire, and three storage capacities; 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB, and will be available to purchase on Kickstarter towards the end of September and through the ADAM elements website.

By September 5, 2016 Read More →

Sengled announces Snap and Element smart bulbs

snap-3Sengled, a leading manufacturer of innovative smart lighting solutions for the smart home, is announcing the sales launch of Sengled Snap and Sengled Element at the IFA International Consumer Electronics Show. In addition, the smart lighting specialist will be unveiling new designs to complement its LED music lights: The Sengled Cradle Tablelight and Sengled Cradle Floorlight.

Sengled Snap – perfect peace of mind when on holiday

 

The Sengled Snap combines an energy-efficient LED with a wireless HD camera. This innovative combination lights up the garden, garage or hallway and also provides a feeling of reassurance thanks to its security function. The ultra-wide-angle lens of the HD camera guarantees a wide field of vision. This does mean movements are either observed in real time or the data is optimally stored in the associated cloud where it is then available to be viewed at a later date.

Surveillance zones can be defined and alerts set up using the free app (iOS® or Android™) meaning you can relax and enjoy your holidays with a quick glance at your smartphone. This is all you need to check that everything runs smoothly at home. If visibility is poor, the infrared LEDs which are integrated in the Sengled Snap ensure a clear image.

The security LED also features an integrated microphone which allows noises to be picked up and is therefore also suitable for use as a baby videophone. As a security solution for the modern smart home, the Sengled Snap is also protected against external influences such as water and dirt.

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Sengled Element – energy efficiency in action with ZigBee

The Sengled Element combines all the requirements needed for easy management of all the lighting in a smart home. Remotely controllable using the ZigBee standard, the LED lights can be integrated into the WLAN network of the modern home: Simply connect, log in via the app and you have full control of the lighting, from home or when you are on the move via cloud control.

The light can be switched on or off via the light switch, central smart home management or remotely using the app. Within the app it is also possible to adjust the brightness and colour temperature and is very easy to create programmable lighting scenarios which can also be saved. In addition to the control modes, the app also provides a series of energy statistics. This means that you can access an overview of all consumption data and savings at any time. The Sengled Element starter set includes the Sengled Element Hub, which serves as the gateway.

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From an LED specialist to a manufacturer of complete system designs

With its expanded range, Sengled is remaining faithful to its concept of developing innovative and smart lighting for the modern household whilst also embracing the latest designs and expanding its range of LEDs to include elegant complete systems. With the Sengled Onion and Sengled Horn lampshades recently having complemented the musical LEDs of the Sengled Pulse and Flex range as ceiling solutions, the company is now presenting two new models. The Cradle Tablelight and the Cradle Floorlight enable the luminaires mentioned above to be used in even more versatile ways and be integrated subtly into any living or working environment. The two new lampshades will also be unveiled for the first time at the IFA show.

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Prices and availability

The Sengled Snap as a basic package and including a 90-days free trial version for the cloud (streamed videos from the last 24 hours) will be available from September 2016 for 199.00 EUR. Furthermore, a Sengled Snap Basic Plus package will be available and, depending on the level of the monthly fee, will enable phased access to the streamed videos in the cloud (3.50/month: the last 24 hours of video; 6.50 EUR/month: the last 7 days; 18.50/month: the last 30 days). Just like the Sengled Element, whose recommended retail price is 24.90 EUR. A Sengled Element set, consisting of two Sengled Element Lamps and the Element Hub, will also be available at the same time for an RRP of 89.90 EUR.