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By October 9, 2015 Read More →

Kitsound Boombar 2 Unboxing

KitSound BoomBar 2 UnboxingThe Kitsound Boombar 2 is a gorgeous lump of speaker that comprises of three main pros, is priced nicely, it looks great and it delivers decent sound.

We are seeing an influx of affordable portable speakers that manage to a great sound however none look as impressive as this and whilst it does not carry water resistance a price tag of £70 makes this a device worth looking at.

An upgraded version of our already impressive BoomBar, this portable wireless speaker also features a passive bass radiator but is twice as powerful.

Powerful, Detailed Sound

Despite being just a little bit bigger than our original BoomBar, this wireless speaker, with its passive radiator, is twice as powerful and twice as detailed, especially when positioned on the floor, as its angular design throws sound upwards.

Ultra Portable

We think our BoomBar 2 – with its carry case, built-in rechargeable battery for up to 10 hours of music play time and wireless connectivity – is the perfect modern equivalent of the boombox. You can easily pop the BoomBar 2 in its carry case into your bag for a long weekend away, or a spontaneous trip to the park.

Bluetooth Connectivity

The BoomBar 2’s simple pairing process makes it extremely easy to wirelessly connect to your smartphone, tablet, MP3 player or other Bluetooth device, but there’s also a 3.5 mm aux-in port to let you connect other devices too.

Make and Receive Calls

The perfect all-round wireless speaker, the BoomBar 2 also acts as a speakerphone, with a built-in mic and hands-free function allowing you to easily take calls using the simple control buttons.

The KitSound BoomBar 2

According to hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy, the genre owes much of its success to boomboxes. Welcome to the natural heir of the boombox: the KitSound BoomBar 2. 

About KitSound

We are craftspeople. We are musicians. We are KitSound™ and we all commit ourselves to achieving one shared goal: Bringing people closer to their music. By understanding music we stay true to its craft. Pure, rich, incredible sound. We settle for nothing less. 

Specifications: 

 S/N: 65 dB
 Bluetooth range: up to 10 m
 Frequency response: 60 Hz – 20 kHz
 Drivers: 2 x 50 mm
 Output RMS: 2 x 5 W @ 2 ohm

By October 7, 2015 Read More →

Low Power Wide Area Networks coming next year

picowanPicoWAN’s aim is to be the first LP-WAN (Low Power – Wide Area Network) RF network for connected objects, which will be collaborative, global, cross-border and available at a very low price. It will be launched in Europe from June 2016.

“PicoWAN is a project close to my heart. I have been deeply involved in the development and have even filed 3 patents,” announces Henri CROHAS, President of ARCHOS. “The potential is huge.”

A revolution in the Internet of Things

The key to this innovation is a unique wireless communications network protocol based on the use of pico-gateways, as opposed to rooftop concentrators and antennas, which come in the form of smart plugs connected to the internet via WiFi or Ethernet. Embedding a LoRa™ IC, the range of pico-gateways is potentially as long as the sophisticated antenna gears installed on rooftops by telcos. As a result of its low-cost and its easy installation inside buildings, the network can be densified at will and made fail–safe, penetrate very deep indoor resulting in a much higher QoS (Quality of Service).

A collaborative network at a very low price

The cost of a pico-gateway is some 100 times less than the cost of a rooftop installation. Instead of investing tens of million euros in infrastructure, PicoWAN will create a highly competitive LP-WAN thanks to the viral diffusion of very low-cost pico-gateways.

To ensure the deployment of a global network throughout Europe, PicoWAN plans to distribute up to 200,000 free pico-gateways by the end of 2016.

PicoWAN will offer a subscription plan starting at £0.50 pence per year, per connected object. Those who will deploy pico-gateway networks locally will receive up to 50% of the income resulting from the connections passing through their pico-gateways.

Optimal compatibility with connected objects

The software embedded in connected objects will be freely available to all developers and integrators developing on vertical or consumer markets, who can then set up their own IoT networks. This technology will facilitate the launch of multiple connected objects in all domains (health, agriculture, home automation, industry, and more), instantly supported by the PicoWAN network anywhere.

All LoRaWANTM objects can be made compatible with ease.

Join us at the Mobile Word Congress in Barcelona in February 2016 for a demonstration of PicoWAN network.

By October 5, 2015 Read More →

Win a trip to BlizzCon with Gigabyte

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Are you a gamer and into Heroes of the Storm? Gigabyte are currently running  a bit of a competition. Buy a particular 100 series motherboard and you could be entered into a draw to win some goodies and the BlizzCon 2015 Grand Prize, a trip to Anaheim, California to attend BlizzCon itself. A pretty tidy prize. Here is the press release below:

 

GIGABYTE,  a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce that the first round of winners has been chosen for its ongoing GIGABYTE Heroes of the Storm Sweepstakes.

On top of the thousands of instant winners of the Kerrigan Hero and Succubus Skin for Heroes of the Storm™, 10 lucky new GIGABYTE users registered their eligible 100 series motherboards at the event page and are now walking away with one of the following; a Z170X-Gaming 3 motherboard, a Aivia Krypton mouse or a Force H3 headset. The entire list of winners is available on our site. Congratulations to all!

“GIGABYTE is very excited to be this year’s official motherboard sponsor of BlizzCon 2015,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “We love gaming, and we will continue to provide new technologies and features to support the gaming community to make the gaming experience even more enjoyable.”

GIGABYTE would like to remind everyone that they still have a chance to join the GIGABYTE Heroes of the Storm Sweepstakes, to be eligible to win the grand prize that includes; one roundtrip flight to Anaheim, CA to attend BlizzCon® 2015, hotel accommodations for three nights and one exclusive BlizzCon® badge. Hurry up, you have only until October 4th 2015 to register, as the winner will be picked the next day!

How to participate

To get your chance at some great hardware, in-game skins and the Blizzcon® 2015 Grand Prize, you must buy a select GIGABYTE 100 series motherboard and register on our event page. It is as simple as that! All participants who register their eligible motherboard will be instantly notified if they win Heroes of the Storm™ Kerrigan Hero and Succubus skin and will be automatically entered into the monthly lucky draw, prizes include motherboards, mice, and headsets. Monthly Draws will be held on October 5th, November 5th, December 7th, 2015 and January 5th, 2016. Winners will be announced shortly after.

Good luck to all!

For more information about the GIGABYTE Heroes of the Storm Sweepstakes event, go to:

http://event.gigabyte.com/HEROES/

For more information about GIGABYTE, please visit:

http://uk.gigabyte.com/

By September 30, 2015 Read More →

Could we see an HTC Aero next month?

HTCHTC has a little marshmallow secret up it’s sleeve as an event it being teased in the latter half of October. There have been several leaks recently of a device known as the HTC Aero or some might know it as the One A9, a device rumoured to have a deca-core (ten-core) MediaTek Helio X20 SoC processor clocked at 1.96GHz. Then again other have the idea that it might contain a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 chipset with 3GB of RAM. Perhaps there will be two devices and both of these rumours might be correct. Stranger things have happened.

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By September 30, 2015 Read More →

Pixel C is the real deal

nexus2cee_upload-2There has been a lot of speculation about the Pixel C over the last day or so and now we know whats what.  The Pixel C is to have a 10.2-inch, with a 308 PPI touch display. The under the hood is NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 processor with Maxwell GPU and will come with either 32 or 64 GB storage options. With 3GB of RAM onboard this is likely to be the fast tablet running Android. Yes, the Pixel C runs Android over ChromeOS, a staple of the Pixel name in the past. In keeping with the Pixel Chromebooks the C has a the lightbar. 

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Pixel C’s keyboard is a interesting feature. It attaches to the tablet magnetically, and connects via Bluetooth. The tablet has proximity sensors for the keyboard, it is aware of when it’s tucked away behind the device and when it is out and ready for use. The tablet will also inductively charge the keyboard when closed.

So what is with the OS switch under the Pixel name? Are Google bring ChromeOS to an end? Not likely, ChromeOS is a very big player in the education industry. Chromebooks have rolled out by the bucket load in schools all across the world. They are a success, you and your friends might not have one however there is a dedicated and loyal following. Like it or not, Cloud operating systems are the future and Google will not be letting go of their just yet.

My theory with the Pixel name is manufacturing. Google publicly announces partnerships for the manufacturing of its Nexus phones and tablets however Google has not disclosed its manufacturing sub-contractor for the Chromebook Pixel. Mirroring this with the Pixel C Google have been silent about the manufacturer. Had this been a collaboration with Asus or Huawei the tablet might have been a Nexus instead.

The Pixel C will be available in the coming months, and will cost $499 for the 32GB and $599 for 64GB, with the keyboard accessory costing $150.

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By September 30, 2015 Read More →

The Nexus 5X vs the Nexus 6P

879fKcccOpaHtaqKgOFey0RsqmuSWtcHItUxu-G4M1cNow we have the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The market just got a whole lot tastier, but which one is for you? Here we have a direct and to the point look at the two new phones from Google. If Wireless charging, Expandable storage or optical image stabilization are high on your list then need to be looking elsewhere. Google have unfortunately omitted these from the new line. So whats in then then?

 LG Nexus 5XHuawei Nexus 6P
Screen5.2-inch, 1920 x 1080, 424 ppi, Full HD5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440, 515 ppi, AMOLED
Processor1.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8082.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1
RAM2GB3GB
Storage options16GB
32GB
32GB
64GB
128GB
Camera12.3MP Rear, 5MP front12.3MP Rear, 8MP front
NetworksCDMA: BC0/1/10
GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
LTE CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29
LTE (TDD): B41
UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
CDMA: BC0/1/10
GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
LTE (FDD): B2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/30
LTE (TDD): B41
UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
Connections3.5mm Headphone jack
USB Type-C, NFC
3.5mm Headphone jack
USB Type-C, NFC
Battery2700mAh3450mAh
Length147 mm (5.79 inches)159.4 mm (6.28 inches)
Width72.6 mm (2.86 inches)77.8 mm (3.06 inches)
Depth7.9 mm (0.31 inches)7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight136 g (4.80 oz)178 g (6.28 oz)
Available coloursCarbon, Ice, QuartzAluminium, Frost, Graphite
Anything elseAccelerometer
Ambient ight
Barometer
Fingerprint
Gyroscope
Hall
Proximity
Digital compass
GLONASS
GPS
Accelerometer
Ambient light
Barometer
Fingerprint
Gyroscope
Hall
Proximity
Digital Compass
GLONASS
GPS

 It’s true, neither device is perfect hopwever there is enough of a difference to make any Nexus fan sit and think which they will be wanting.

 

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By September 29, 2015 Read More →

Google working on a Pixel C?

google-chromebook-pixel-2-540x334Rumours are afoot that Google is to launch a new Pixel device in the coming months, not running Chrome OS. It will be a 10.2-inch Android tablet with detachable keyboard and marketed as the ‘Pixel C’. A new Pixel tablet is said to be designed by Google, made from high-grade parts and might be arriving in the next couple of months.

The Pixel C, code named Ryu, will have a 10.2-inch display with 308ppi and a super-bright back light capable of 500 nits. Inside there’s an NVIDIA X1 quad-core processor and Maxwell GPU. This is supplemented by 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

The build quality will continue to feel like a Pixel, which have all offered metal designs and gorgeous screens. The tablet will look like the existing laptops, just minus the keyboard.

A little bit of brand confusion to shake things up. Google has a line of Android tablets called Nexus, the Pixel name has always been synonymous with Chrome, why meddle with that… unless is dual boots ChromeOS and Android 6.0?

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By September 29, 2015 Read More →

GoPro Hero+ the perfect entry-level action camera

CHDHC-101_main1GoPro has unveiled the Hero+, their new action camera that featuring Full HD video capture alongside Wi-Fi connectivity for £169.99, including free P&P this bring the Hero+ into budget camera territory and will no doubt become a market leader.

The Hero+ is shoots in 1080p at 60, 50, 30, 25 and 720p at 60 or 50 frames per second, as well as 8-megapixel photos and time lapse videos. GoPro now provide an app for playbale and monitoring the shots you are setting up. A Smart Remote over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is also available for £64.99. The integrated housing, which is not an optional extra, allows the camera to be waterproof down to a depth of 40m.

The Hero+ doesn’t have 4K support, a touchscreen or dual mics like other models in the line but at a budget price, there certainly will be a depend for the camera to capture some of the users crazy antics at 60fps without breaking the bank.

The Hero+ will go on sale on GoPro’s site as well as retailers across the globe on October 4.

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By September 27, 2015 Read More →

Whats new on Netflix and Amazon Prime?

vlcsnap-error237Here is a look at what debuted on both Netflix and Amazon Prime over the last week. Short simple and to the point, just the way we like it.

 

By September 23, 2015 Read More →

Three colours of LG Nexus 5X coming

LGGoogleNexus5X-LGeM0Cb.c2.w150Looks like FindYogi have jumped the gun and listed 3 colours of the LG Nexus 5X alongside a spec break down ahead of the expected announcement on September 29th. According to  the site four colours will be available, Amazon India, Charcoal Black, Ice Blue and Quartz White. Several features are listed as Unconfirmed however they make for interesting reading. USB C and fast charging are onboard however worryingly there is only selection for 16gb or 32gb and it appears there is 2Gb or RAM. The Indian Rupee to British pound conversion for the 32gb works out around £240 whilst the 32gb is £270.

General

Sim Support Single Sim, NaNo-SIM, GSM
Phone Weight 175 grams

Display

Screen Size 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels, 424 ppi
Screen Type IPS
Touch Type Capacitive With Multitouch

Photo & Video

Camera Yes, 12.3 Megapixel
Flash Yes, LED flash
Front Camera Yes, 5.0 Megapixel
Video Recording Yes
Front Flash No

Technical

Operating System Android 6.0 – Marshmallow
Processor 1.8 GHz Quad Core Processor
Processor Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992, ARM Cortex A53
Additional Processor Dual Core ARM Cortex A57
RAM 2 GB
GPU (Graphics) Qualcomm Adreno 418
User Interface Pure Android

Battery

Battery 2700 mAh, Li-ion
Battery Standby Up to 300 Hours (3G)
Battery Talk Time Up to 17 Hours (3G)

Connectivity

GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
3G Yes
4G Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, with Tethering
USB Connectivity Yes, USB Type-C Port
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support, GLONASS
Bluetooth Yes, v4.1
Support NFC Yes
External Display Connectivity Wifi Direct, DLNA

Memory

Internal Memory 16 GB or 32GB

Other Features

Sensors Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, eCompass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Quick Charging Yes

Additional Features Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology

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The Huawei Google Nexus 6 also gets a look in at £350, there is much less information on the site and again the specs are unconfirmed.

  • General

    Single Sim, GSM

    Display

    Screen Size 5.7 inches
    Screen Resolution 1440 x 2560 Pixels, 515 ppi
    Screen Type IPS
    Touch Type Capacitive With Multitouch

    Technical

    Operating System Android 6.0 – Marshmallow
    RAM 3 GB

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