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By March 23, 2017 Read More →

GEAR4’s top selling phone cases with ‘Trusted Protection’ are now available for the Samsung A5

unspecifiedGEAR4, the UK’s number one trusted impact protection case brand, has today announced that the Piccadilly and Oxford cases from its hugely successful range featuring D3O® technology, will now be available for the Samsung A5.

Samsung A5 owners will no longer miss out on the opportunity to wrap their treasured device in the most advanced shock absorbing technology for enhanced impact protection. Featuring the same D3O® technology that is trusted worldwide in U.S military combat uniforms, American football helmets and protective gear worn by pro athletes (including Usain Bolt), the stylish Piccadilly and Oxford cases boast unrivalled protection.

The Oxford and Piccadilly cases linked to GEAR4’s British roots, combining modern forms and materials to deliver the ultimate combination of sleek protection.

 

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 INJECTABLE D3O® technology, delivering more impact protection per cubic millimetre than other leading materials hese 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 Black

RRP £29.99 

 

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 Black only.

RRP £34.99 (Images available here)

 

So what exactly is D3O?

The molecules in D3O® materials in their raw state flow freely when moved slowly, but on shock, lock together to absorb and disperse energy, before instantly returning to their flexible state. This reaction is counter intuitive. The greater the force of the impact, the more the molecules lock together and the greater the protection meaning your device stays safe when dropped.

The GEAR4 Oxford and Piccadilly cases from Carphone Warehouse and www.gear4.com

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By March 23, 2017 Read More →

Adding in replacement units to the devolo Home Control

Image13This is the second follow-up to our previous unboxings of various Home Control devices. devolo have sent some replacement units to those I have having trouble in the second video.

The Keyfob and Wall Switch have been replaced and we can now test the replacements and … get the lamp to switch on… for science.

By March 22, 2017 Read More →

The MiVue Drive range is now on sale at Mio.com

81xvKEOamFL._SL1500_MiTAC today announces the Mio MiVue Drive series, a range of in-vehicle devices designed to seamlessly integrate car navigation with quality dash cam recording, all in one solution. Acting as a driver’s personal eyewitness on the road while also using leading navigation features to help navigate from A to B, the new MiVue range is Mio’s most advanced set of in-vehicle devices yet.

A new standard in the world of car navigation and dash cams

The new range caters for the needs of every driver and budget. The Mio MiVue Drive 65 LM, 60 LM, 55 LM, 50 LM and 65 LM Truck are equipped with Extreme HD (1296p), or Full HD (1080p) video recording as a minimum, and an advanced glass lens which lets more light in – the F1.8 aperture and 140° wide angle view, results in brighter, clearer footage in any conditions. These features combine with Mio’s leading car navigation software, with Lifetime Safety Camera and Map Updates, to create one of the most intelligent devices on the road.

The devices also feature Mio’s innovative Advanced Driver Awareness Systems (ADAS) for safety and to support better driving. ADAS includes a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), giving drivers a signal if they drift out of their lane, or if they are driving too close to the car in front. These features use the superior video quality to play a crucial role in helping a driver to constantly be aware of everything around the vehicle.

“With the MiVue Drive series we are combining our pioneering knowledge in digital video recording, car navigation and advanced safety features to offer a truly integrated solution,” said Harold Cobben, EU Sales Director, Mitac Europe. “We are enabling our customers to have access to superior quality and features for added peace of mind while driving. The Mio MiVue Drive range is our most advanced set of in-vehicle devices yet and we are proud to launch such a powerful set of features, packed into just one device on a windscreen, to help drivers navigate the roads with confidence.”

In addition to navigation, built-in GPS also provides information about positioning and speed for both live feed and all recorded videos. Every device comes with a 16GB SD card included.

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The Mio Mivue Drive 65 LM, 60 LM, 55 LM, 50 LM and 65 LM Truck are available today in retail and online, as well as at the Mio e-shop at mio.com.

MiVue Drive 65 LM £279.99

  • Car navigation with 1296p Extreme HD recording at 30 fps – with the latest H.264 technology for high quality videos at a smaller file size
  • F1.8 lens – this results in brighter and clearer videos, even in low light conditions
  • Wide viewing angle – 140° wide-angle lens
  • Extra large screen – 6.2 inch screen
  • Lifetime Map Updates and Lifetime Safety Camera Updates
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) gives a signal if you drift out of your lane and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) gives a signal if you are too close to the car in front of you of you
  • 3-Axis G-Sensor – records direction and force, including impact, turns and acceleration
  • Built in TMC (traffic information) and Bluetooth – for convenience
  • Parking assistance – quickly and easily finds nearby parking

MiVue Drive 60 LM – £249.99

  • Car navigation with 1080p Full HD recording at 30 fps – with the latest H.264 technology for high quality videos at a smaller file size
  • F2.0 lens – this results in brighter and clearer videos, even in low light conditions
  • Wide viewing angle – 130° wide-angle lens
  • Extra large screen – 6.2 inch screen
  • Lifetime Map Updates and Lifetime Safety Camera Updates
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) gives a signal if you drift out of your lane and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) gives a signal if you are too close to the car in front of you of you
  • 3-Axis G-Sensor – records direction and force, including impact, turns and acceleration
  • Built in TMC (traffic information) and Bluetooth – for convenience
  • Parking assistance – quickly and easily finds nearby parking

MiVue Drive 55 LM –  £ 229.99

  • Car navigation with 1296p Extreme HD recording at 30 fps – with the latest H.264 technology for high quality videos at a smaller file size
  • F1.8 lens – this results in brighter and clearer videos, even in low light conditions
  • Wide viewing angle – 140° wide-angle lens
  • Lifetime Map Updates and Lifetime Safety Camera Updates
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) gives a signal if you drift out of your lane and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) gives a signal if you are too close to the car in front of you of you
  • 3-Axis G-Sensor – records direction and force, including impact, turns and acceleration
  • Built in TMC (traffic information) and Bluetooth – for convenience
  • Parking assistance – quickly and easily finds nearby parking

MiVue Drive 50 LM – £ 199.99

  • Car navigation with 1080p Full HD recording at 30 fps – with the latest H.264 technology for high quality videos at a smaller file size
  • F2.0 lens – this results in brighter and clearer videos, even in low light conditions
  • Wide viewing angle – 130° wide-angle lens
  • Lifetime Map Updates and Lifetime Safety Camera Updates
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) gives a signal if you drift out of your lane and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) gives a signal if you are too close to the car in front of you of you
  • 3-Axis G-Sensor – records direction and force, including impact, turns and acceleration
  • Parking assistance – quickly and easily finds nearby parking

MiVue Drive 65 LM Truck – £299.99

  • Car navigation with 1296p Extreme HD recording at 30 fps – with the latest H.264 technology for high quality videos at a smaller file size
  • F1.8 lens – this results in brighter and clearer videos, even in low light conditions
  • Wide viewing angle – 140° wide-angle lens
  • Extra large screen – 6.2 inch screen
  • Truck mode – optimised for large vehicles such as trucks or caravans. Routes are calculated based on vehicle type, weight, dimensions and load
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) gives a signal if you drift out of your lane and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) gives a signal if you are too close to the car in front of you of you
  • 3-Axis G-Sensor – records direction and force, including impact, turns and acceleration
  • Built in TMC (traffic information) and Bluetooth – for convenience
  • Parking assistance – quickly and easily finds nearby parking
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By March 15, 2017 Read More →

Sengled Element smart home energy consumption kit

element-hubThe 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 starer set includes the Sengled Element Hub, which serves as the gateway.

Sengled Element – energy efficiency in action with ZigBee – Element set 89.90 Euros

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By March 9, 2017 Read More →

A look at the Dubleup Powerbank

unspecifiedIn an age where we increasingly rely on our smartphones for work, for keeping in touch with what’s going on in the world, chatting with our friends and checking social media, absolute power is an absolute necessity. The sheer panic many people feel when their phone is running out of juice and the mad scramble to find a power source can now be a thing of the past.

The Dubleup power bank, which is launching on Kickstarter on the 9th March, offers a truly portable solution to your charging issues. Being the same size as your average credit card, it can easily be popped into your purse or wallet so is readily available to charge your phone whether at work, on the move or whilst travelling. The ultra-light and ultra-thin design mean you will hardly know you are carrying it, no bulkier, heavy chargers weighing you down now!

Dubleup is not only incredibly portable but also incredibly stylish and is available in a choice of gold, silver and black. It is available with either a built-in lightning connector for iPod and iPhone or a built-in MicroUSB for Android devices. With a capacity of 1280mAH, there is more than enough juice to give a dead or dying iPhone 7 (1,960 mAH battery capacity) sufficient battery life to last the rest of the day.

The LED power indicator displays your battery level and charge status so no more flat battery dilemmas either. The power card has met worldwide safety approvals and is Apple Certified, so you can rest easy knowing that your device will charge safely when the power bank is operational and that all of your Apple items will be supported with Dubleup’s power bank.

Don’t miss out on this stylish and portable charging solution, register your interest now on Dubleup.com and check out the Kickstarter page on 9th March and make your life a little lighter!

Early Bird Offer! The first 6000 backers will be able to get their Dubleup for just $50 USD (Around £39.94).

Thereafter the price is $59 USD (Around £47.13).

Both of these prices will include shipping.

By March 7, 2017 Read More →

BenQ BL2405HT monitor review

91yDSTWGsPL._SL1500_The BenQ BL2405HT has both Flicker-free technology and Low Blue Light Modes allowing for both an approach to office and gaming in the one unit. Priced at £130 the BenQ is worth considering if you do a bit of both.

The BL2405 has a 2cm wide bezel all around the screen. This is a totally acceptable and non-offensive or obtrusive amount. Certainly, it adds a large amount of the width and height of the screen, however, given the size of the screen, the bezels a are not overwhelming in any way. Buttons have been placed on the right edge of the screen. Here we have a power on/off, a select “Enter” button, Up/Down buttons for use in the menu system and to control the volume and brightness. There is also a Menu button and an Auto function. The indicator of the Brightness down button is a sticker and it would see the inputs have been upgraded. Pressing the brightness down button allows the up/down buttons to control the brightness. After a timed delay, the brightness control is released and hitting the volume Up button allows the Up/down buttons to control the volume. Take a little getting used to however as most home computer operators will probably have speakers connected to their computers this saves having an extra two buttons and the brightness can monopolise the inputs.

Here BenQ has an Ultra-Flexible Height Adjustment System (HAS) and it’s probably one of the best mounts for a desktop screen. Once attached, the screen has a full 11cm of vertical travel. Additionally, there is a very smooth 45 degrees of swivel and a twenty degrees of tilt.

On the rear are a 3.5mm audio input and a second output, for headphones or desktop speakers. As for image inputs, there is an HDMI 1.4 port, a 24-pin DVI-D input and a D-SUB. One of the great features is that the Power Supply Unit (PSU) is internal so there is no power brick.

Featuring a backlit 24-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) LED TN panel with an aspect ratio of 16:9 the BL2405 manages a contrast ratio of 1,000:1 with a maximum dynamic contrast of 12 million to one. BenQ reckons the Pixel response time is roughly two milliseconds and there is a viewing angle of 170 degrees horizontal and 160 degrees vertically.

Screen are continually tied to problems with eye-strain and BenQ have been taking steps to ensure their screen have the correct technology inbuilt to reduce common problems. The Low Blue Light modes a noticeably different to the standard settings however they take some getting used to whilst they do help eye strain. BL2405HT works well in bright environments with the impressive maximum light output. In darker conditions, the BL2405 suffered a little from light pooling in the corners however it really isn’t too much of an issue and can be overlooked given the price tag.

A trained eye might pickup on a little corner bleed here and there, noticeable when gaming or watching a movie, however, it is not to the extent to ruin an experience. The screen works well as either an office panel or gaming/media consumption panel and most will find it perfectly acceptable. I honestly like this panel a great deal and using it as the main display on a secondary computer saw no faults or blemishes I would feel it was worth pointing out.

This is a solid screen for a very reasonable price and comes as an easy recommendation.

Available on Amazon for around £130.

By March 1, 2017 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 1st Mar 2017 – Mobile World Congress 2017

Slink Podcast Logo 1400 x 1400With Gareth Myles, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond and Jay Garrett

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By February 24, 2017 Read More →

Archos announce Graphite smartphones for Mobile World Congress 2017

ARCHOS 55 Graphite_4ARCHOS unveils the ARCHOS 50 Graphite and the ARCHOS 55 Graphite smartphones, providing users with a true combination of latest technologies for enhanced functionalities: two cameras, 13MP + 2MP on the back and 5MP on the front, a fingerprint sensor, a USB-C port and Google Android Nougat. The smartphones will be demonstrated at MWC both models will be available in June 2017.

With its Graphite range, ARCHOS puts at users’ disposal what they expect: larger screens, fast authentication, high-speed mobile Internet connection, access to fancy apps, photo and videos to share on social networks, rapid charge for an ease of use anytime.

In its extra slim Aluminium unibody frame design (7.8mm thick), the ARCHOS 55 Graphite packs a large 5.5” IPS Full Lamination HD screen with a 2.5D contoured edge, making it comfortable for heavy multimedia users to view their favourite content.

It flaunts a Mediatek MT6737 Quad-Core 1.5GHz chipset, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128 GB via a microSD slot).

The ARCHOS 55 Graphite embeds two cameras: 13MP with autofocus and LED flash + 2MP on the back and 5MP on the front. Its dual-lens camera system enables a sharper image with more details as well as ultra-wide angle and shallow depth of field (Bokeh) modes, for capturing and sharing life best moments.

Its ultra-responsive fingerprint sensor unlocks the smartphone in less than 0.3 of a second, with the ability to save up to five different fingerprints, not need to worry how you grab it.

The ARCHOS 55 Graphite contains two SIM slots and allows fast downloads and rapid data transfer via its 4G/LTE connectivity.

In addition to its 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery, the ARCHOS 55 Graphite benefits from a super-fast charge, thanks to the micro USB-C adaptor. Its battery life is also optimisable via the extending features of Doze 2.0 brought by Google latest Android release, Nougat.

It runs Google Android 7.0 (Nougat) in its purest release, with a bunch of new features: split-screen mode, quick reply to notifications, and revamped settings and toggle menus. It gives complete access to the Google Play Store and its millions of apps, games and books.

A lighter version, the ARCHOS 50 Graphite, with a 5.0” IPS HD screen + 2.5D, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128 GB via microSD slot) will also be made available.

Exact specifications and availability might vary by country. They will be specified when the smartphones are launched, in June 2017.

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By February 23, 2017 Read More →

ARCHOS bring a 2-in-1 rugged tablet for entertainment

archos_101saphir-large_02Following the successful introduction of the ARCHOS 50 Saphir smartphone, ARCHOS unveils the ARCHOS 101 Saphir tablet, a durable and reliable 2-in-1 tablet with a keyboard. Especially meant for hikers, riders and outdoor workers, it combines a 10.1-inch IPS HD screen, a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and 2 cameras, a built-in GPS and USB Type-C / micro HDMI slots, all in a rugged casing. Demonstrated next week at MWC 2017, the ARCHOS 101 Saphir will be available just before summer at £130.00.

From drops to water splashes, electronic devices damaged at home have cost families billions. At the same time, rambling has never been so hype and hikers or riders want their tablet in their backpack. Even outdoor workers are looking for robust cutting edge technology to increase their productivity on the field.

ARCHOS, who was the first to introduce a Google Android tablet in 2009 and who additionally benefits from the long track record expertise of its Logic Instrument subsidiary, leader in embedded and rugged mobile systems for hostile environments, therefore designed its new tablet in a rugged casing, which can survive drops (up to 1 meter), dust and water splashes, as per the IP54 standard’ specifications.

The ARCHOS 101 Saphir sports a brilliant 10.1-inch IPS HD screen, delivering a 1280×800 pixels resolution, with an optimum clarity and wide viewing angles, to look at pictures, watch videos, use favourite apps and social networks, either from a sofa or in the bright light on top of the Himalayas or on worksites.

It is powered by a 64-bit Mediatek quad-core processor at 1.3 GHz, along with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, thus capable of running multiple apps and videos at the same time.

The ARCHOS 101 Saphir embeds two cameras: 2MP at the front and 5MP at the back, to catch and share life’ best moments.

It is equipped with a built-in GPS, making it easier to get the most out of the web and preferred apps.

The ARCHOS 101 Saphir packs a 6000 mAH battery, to get through the entire day.

It runs Google Android’s latest release, Nougat, with a bunch of new features: split-screen mode, quick reply to notifications, and revamped settings and toggle menus, making the tablet even friendlier to use.

And as a Google certified device, the ARCHOS 101 Saphir gives access to the Google Play Store with its 1.4 million apps, games and books.

It offers all the essentials and even more in terms of multimedia: an audio jack port, a keyboard, 2 speakers, as well as USB Type C and micro HDMI slots – to enjoy any content on the go.

The ARCHOS 101 Saphir will be exhibited on ARCHOS’s booth at MWC 2017 (Hall 6, Booth #B60). Exact specifications, prices, and availability might vary by country. They will be specified when the tablet is launched, in June 2017.

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By February 23, 2017 Read More →

Venturer introduces its PrimePro 12TS Windows 2-in-1 notebook

Venturer, one of the largest manufacturers of tablets worldwide, with world class manufacturing facilities, today announces the launch of the PrimePro 12TS Windows 10 2-in-1 Notebook. Following on from the hugely successful launch of its BravoWin and Elitewin 2-in-1 affordable notebooks which were positioned as an ideal first computer, Venturer have now produced a device perfect for business users who require a sturdy yet portable notebook for use in the office, on the move, or at home.

With an Intel Atom Core Quad Core processor, 4GB RAM and an impressive 64GB memory, the PrimePro 12TS offers a quick and responsive user experience. It has the ability to access the internet within seconds and has an expandable storage space for work files, photos, videos and music. The 2MP dual cameras at the front and rear allow users to make conference calls and take photos or videos, producing good quality images and videos.

Unlike other more expensive tablets in the market, the Venturer PrimePro 12TS is equipped with a detachable smart keyboard with a leather backing and stand to rest the screen on. When connected, this provides the optimum angle for working and when closed, also provides an extra layer of protection for the metallic black notebook. Rather than draining precious battery power using Bluetooth, the keyboard clips on magnetically, featuring a pressure sensing trackpad so the PrimePro 12TS can be used as a stand-alone tablet or quickly transformed into a working laptop; making it easier to type, work and surf the internet.

The PrimePro 12TS has a battery life of eight hours and an impressive 12.2” 1920 x 1200 display. It is also fully loaded with the latest Windows 10 software and a month’s free trial of Office 365  (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) making it an ideal laptop for work or entertainment.

The device also features headphone, micro and regular USB ports to attach or charge other devices and a mini HDMI output meaning the PrimePro 12TS can be connected to a TV for presentations or an enhanced viewing experience.

Priced at only £349.99 the new Venturer PrimePro 12TS Notebook is the ideal choice for those looking for the flexibility of a tablet and laptop combined, for a lightweight device that easily fits into a work satchel but with the quality, reliability and durability for work, for play, for every day.

The Venturer PrimePro 12TS is available in Metallic Black from Amazon RRP £349.99

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