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By February 23, 2017 Read More →

Piccadilly phone case has ‘Trusted Protection’

Piccadilly-iPhone-6-6s-Proective-Case-Gear4-D3O-Case-2The people of the UK have spoken! When looking for a new case to protect their all-important smartphone, consumers are looking for maximum protection, high-quality materials without making the case bulky and a great colour (according to an NPD survey).

Maybe this is why then, the Piccadilly phone case, featuring D3O technology from GEAR4, the number one trusted impact protection case brand, has proven to be one of the best-selling cases over the last year in the UK as it ticks all of these boxes.

Featuring the same D3O® impact absorbing 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 case for iPhone and Samsung devices boasts unrivalled protection without adding bulk or unsightly padding.

In fact, the level of protection offered by the Piccadilly case was independently tested at Cranfield Impact Centre (the UK’s leading independent test centre for F1 and defence) and it topped the charts. When impacted three times on its side from 1.7 metres (ear height), it was proven that GEAR4 D3O cases transfer less force than competitors by 30 percent. Not only this, on average the GEAR4 D3O range was also 53 percent lighter than other competitive cases.

GEAR4 is the first case brand to use injectable metallic D3O® to perfectly colour match the iPhone in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Black delivering more impact protection per cubic millimetre than other leading materials. Piccadilly is scratch-protected with UV coating and offers easy access to all ports.

So what exactly is D3O?

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 Piccadilly case is available for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus for £29.99 from Carphone Warehouse and www.gear4.com

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By February 22, 2017 Read More →

Mio MiVue 688 Unboxing

vlcsnap-00037The Mio Mivue 688 dashcam is an all in one solution for your in car security and on road recording. A small unit with big potential. Priced around £155 the MiVue688 features:

  • 1080p Full HD recording at 30 fps – with the latest H.264 technology for high-quality videos at a smaller file size
  • High-quality Sony™ optic sensor for an optimal view and superior quality, especially in low-light conditions.
  • Safety Camera Warnings – Free safety camera data with monthly updates for the lifetime of your device, so you’ll always know where to drive extra carefully
  • GPS Tracking automatically records your driving information, including speed, altitude, longitude, latitude and heading
  • Lane Departure Warning System Offers a sound alert if you drift away from the centre of your lane
  • Wide Viewing Angle 140° wide-angle lens to capture every detail at critical moments
  • Bright F1.8 lens This results in brighter and clearer videos, even in low-light conditions.
  • 3-Axis G-Sensor When the G-sensor detects sudden motion, MiVue will save and lock the event recording to protect it from being deleted/overwritten. The integrated 3-axis Sensor records G-forces, which show the direction and force of accident impacts.
  • Rotating Mount Design Mount is easily rotated to any desired angle for video evidence collection
  • Parking Mode motion detection activates and records from a parked car with no driver present
  • Switch to photo mode Use the dash cam as a camera for close-up accident evidence collection. The pictures include your GPS coordinates, so you know the exact location of what happened
  • Speed Alarm offers a sound alert if you go over the speed limit
  • Auto power on starts recording when you turn the key to start your car. You can even choose to have the device always on a recording, which is possible in vehicles with constant power supplies.
  • MiVue Manager Intuitive interface allows you to browse recorded videos with speed control. Records your driving directions with a 3-axis G-Sensor for post-accident analysis. Combine videos and share them to social media sites like YouTube™ & Facebook®. Track your routes with the GPS receiver. Play video with tracks on Google Maps.

Currently, the camera is on sale for £114.99 through the Mio website and for that price, it comes as a recommended purchase.

By February 17, 2017 Read More →

A look at the Y-Cam Protect Alarm System

Image38Featuring a Triple Layer level of protection, Smart Home Security System is an Internet-connected smart alarm for £150. With compatibility with Android and Apple devices, you can monitor the system whilst on the go utilising smartphone applications.

  • Instant alert notificationsEasy wire-free sensor setup
  • SIM card and data included (Y-cam Plus required)
  • 8 hour battery backup
  • Internal Siren
  • Access from anywhere on your smartphone
  • 24/7 line monitoring (Y-cam Plus required)
  • Expandable system

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By February 17, 2017 Read More →

Kodak Signs up ARCHOS as European Tablet Brand Licensee

KodakHPEastman Kodak Company today announced it has selected ARCHOS, a pioneer in consumer electronics and a strong pan-European company, as a brand licensee in the European tablet market.

The agreement with ARCHOS is the latest extension of Kodak’s brand licensing program and follows on the heels of the successful European launch of the KODAK Ektra Smartphone.

We are very proud to become one of Kodak’s licensees to jointly develop their brand into the tablet world. We truly look forward to putting these devices into people’s hands”, said ARCHOS CEO, Loïc Poirier.

”We are excited to be adding ARCHOS to our portfolio of brand licensees,” said Brian Cruz, Vice President and General Manager of Kodak’s Consumer Product Group. “ARCHOS has a strong track record in the tablet sector. The French brand was the first to introduce a Google™ Android™ tablet in 2009 and is recognised as a key player in the European tablet market with broad retail presence.”

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The KODAK tablet products will combine chic design with the latest technologies. Apps preloaded on the tablets will provide photo and video enthusiasts with creative options and an 8MP back camera for catching and enjoying memories from daily life will be included. 3G connectivity will enable consumers to share their favourite photos and videos in real time with family and friends

The Kodak tablets will be available in stores across Europe before summer 2017.

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By February 12, 2017 Read More →

Honor 6x now available at Carphone Warehouse

6xGREYThe all new Honor 6x is now available at Carphone Warehouse online.

Available in grey as a web exclusive at Carphone Warehouse, the Honor 6x packs a punch with a premium metal unibody design, a gorgeous 5.5”FHD display and a powerful octa-core processor. Honor’s new handset is available for £224.99, making it the perfect device for all budgets.

The Honor 6x boasts a range of key features, including a fingerprint scanner, dual SIM slots, Honor’s signature dual-lens camera with 12MP on the back and 8MP front-facing, a useful wide-aperture mode for the perfect shot as well as 32GB storage to hold all the best images.

Those looking for a gadget re-fresh can now purchase the Honor 6x at: https://www.carphonewarehouse.com/honor/6x.html.

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By February 9, 2017 Read More →

Vitastiq releases its Bluetooth vitamin tracker

second-editionAfter two very successful Indiegogo campaigns and recognitions from CESA Awards and Google Campus Warsaw, Vitastiq has just released Vitastiq 2, its Bluetooth edition device.
Vitastiq 2 pairs with a smartphone or tablet enabling users to track the trend of 26 vitamins and minerals. Meanwhile, the Vitastiq app (Android and iOS) stores the previous readings and provides information about vitamins and minerals and their natural sources.

 

Vitastiq concept is based on Electroacupuncture by dr. Voll (EAV) and the existing EAV devices. The EAV methodology has been used for over 50 years by nutritionists and other experts.
As of now, Vitastiq has users in over 90 countries around the world. It received the CESA Award for the Best User Experience in 2015 and 2016; it has been recognised as the best start-up at the Google Campus Warsaw workshop and featured in the global media outlets such as T3 UK, TechCrunch, Wired, The Huffington Post, Venture Beat, CNET, and the like.

You can import the Vitastiq 2, for now, from the European store. https://shop.vitastiq.com/ A UK release is upcoming.

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By February 7, 2017 Read More →

5 tech tends to fly in 2017

reichelt elektronik Online Electronics and Components SpecialistWith 2017 well upon on us it’s time to take a look at what’s set to be the next big thing in the tech world. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast or just after a nifty gadget, Holger Engelbrecht, Product Manager of Home & Security, and Tools of reichelt.co.uk gives the lowdown on some of the big trends that will be coming our way…

  1. Storage breakthrough with SSDs

Ever heard of 3D Nand Flash technology? It’s the latest range in SSDs and many of the big tech giants will be rolling it out this year. This technology is a type of flash memory in which memory cells are stacked vertically in multiple layers to help achieve higher densities at a lower cost per bit. Ultimately, 3D Nand Flash can offer higher capacity in a smaller physical space compared to 2D Nand. More space for less money – makes sense.

  1. Lightening fast USBs

The introduction of Thunderbolt 3 technology as the new interface for USB Type-C cables, has presented a desktop-level performance from a mobile computer. This advancement in technology supports the fastest data transfer and most video bandwidth available on a single cable in the world. To get technical, it provides 40Gbps – doubling the speed of its predecessor and eight times faster than USB 3.1 – it will be a technological marvel this year!

  1. The virtual reality revolution continues

Virtual reality is here and 2016 has proven to be the year that it’s moved into the mainstream. However despite many VR headsets on general sale, there is still a need for VR content that fully lives up to expectations. Expect a new expanded offering of VR content not just from gamers but also the film industry, streaming services, and even new areas like visual novels and comic books. Users still need a solid enough reason to invest in VR headsets. As slick as they may look, content is king.

  1. Smart home tech is the future

From decor-friendly gadgets and wireless power controls, right through to sophisticated security systems, advances in technology continue to make it easier to make homes smarter and safer, and it seems homeowners are waking up to the value. Day-to-day tasks are made simpler and it’s inevitable that more exciting smart home products will come to market this year. This year, sales of general smart home devices are up 21% at reichelt.co.uk, with one of the best-sellers being the Konig Smart home security starter set.

  1. Robotics

Robots are reaching a whole new realm of realism and this year promises to deliver a new generation of robot. The arrival of these mechanical companions is making the unthinkable a reality. We’ve already seen the announcement drone deliveries and there will be a whole host of new robotic product launched as the year goes on. Our fascination with A.I is fuelling the advancement of this technology at an alarming pace. Our robot friend, the Ubtech Humanoid Alpha 1S has been a hit so far and we’re predicting he’ll be just as popular throughout 2017.

As well as its robotic kits and smart home range, reichelt.co.uk offers a wider variety of tools, components, tech accessories and more – offering many items up to 20% cheaper than elsewhere in the UK.

By February 5, 2017 Read More →

The Phones Show Chat Episode 380 – Gareth Myles, X Compact and no ads!

The Phones Show Audio followup podcastPhones Show follow-up chat, views and reviews from Steve Litchfield, Ted Salmon and guests from the mobile world. Comments and questions welcome to Twitter account @stevelitchfield . See also the associated Facebook group and forum and Google+ Community.

Download Phones Show Chat episode 380 (“Gareth Myles, X Compact and no ads!”,05/02/2017) manually (Size: 47MB, 65 minutes duration).

Phones Show Chat 380 – Show Notes
Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon with Gareth Myles

Errata & Feedback
Troy Dyall highlights the lies of HTC in order to sell the A9
Antonis Petridis picks up on the Death of Google Now rumours!
Ahmed Bebars spots Android 7.1.2 adding swipe gestures to Nexus 5X/6P fingerprint reader
Neil Gilroy on Motorola Good on their Promise still for Z-Series Updates
Gareth Williams on Microsoft, what might have been
Joshua on TECNO and INFINIX
Darren Steel on Nokia Refocus for Android

Phones Show Chat is helped out by IMax Repairs – phone, tablet and general tech repairs and servicing

Pub Meet Photo

Device Week
Google Pixel
Moto Z
Nexus 6P
Kodak Ektra
Sony Xperia X Compact
Steve’s Emergency Torch/Charger
Network Signal Info
BATTOP keyboard with trackpad
Microsoft Universal Folding Keyboard
Other Keyboards: OneTwoThreeFour Logitech K480

Live Draw
We make a draw for smartphone accessories each week and this week the winner is…
Sri Ganesh K.. Do get involved before the next draw by joining the Virtual Pint of Beer a Month Club – It could be you! stevelitchfield.com/paypal.htm & tinyurl.com/pspromo

The Phones Show
Tune into Steve’s YouTube Channel to watch the main Phones Show videos.

Phones Show Flickr Group (Richard Yates)
Picture of the Week/Month: Amazing Clouds by Pete Warner using a Huawei P9
Sunday Afternoon by Pete Warner using a Huawei P9

Amazing clouds

And that bonus photo from Pete:

Sunset

Forum Classifieds (Kev Wright and Nick Robinson)
Don’t forget to check out the classified sales bargains at pscforum.co.uk

App of the Week
Glynn Stone
on Wifi Switcher for Android

Links of Interest…
PSC on TwitterFaceBookGoogle PlusFlickRTTUKWhateverWorksAAWPTechAddictsUKChewing Gum for the EarsProjector RoomPodHubUK

 

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By February 5, 2017 Read More →

Y-cam launches Protect

aalrm-banner-imgY-cam Solutions, a leader in smart home security since 2007, announces Protect, a complete Triple Layer™ smart security system designed to actively monitor your home and reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary. Simple to set up, everything you need is in the box so you can secure your home within minutes. Protect is part of the multi-award winning Y-cam smart security range, expanding the company’s vision to give peace of mind and make home security easy and accessible to everyone.

Smart Technology You Can Trust

Crime is a fact of life, but installing a home security alarm acts as an effective deterrent and can combat opportunist burglars. Protect is a flexible, hassle-free way to monitor your property and ensure your family feels safe and secure. Protect has been designed to deliver peace of mind 24/7 and help you look after what matters most.

Protect features include:

Triple Layer™ Security – It is estimated the average UK home broadband internet connection is down approximately 18 full days a year. With SIM card backup, Internet backup and 8 hour battery backup, your Y-cam Protect system remains fully operational, even if your internet connection is down or you have a power cut. Triple LayerTM means you benefit from high professional security standards, without the high cost

Total control – providing access at your fingertips anywhere, anytime. Arm and disarm your alarm through your smartphone or tablet with Y-cam’s free iOS and Android app; change settings, view recent activity and manage sensors from the app and even sound the alarm

  • Instant alarm notifications to your smartphone – Y-cam Protect gives you the information you need so you can take appropriate action no matter where you are. In addition to instant push notifications being sent to your smartphone, Y-cam Plus members can also receive SMS notifications to you and your trusted pre-defined contacts to tell you whenever an alarm has been triggered.

24/7 line monitoring – Around one in five burglars will attempt to cut communication lines before breaking in; Y-cam Protect has a secure communication line to the outside world which is monitored 24 hours a day using Y-cam’s unique cloud technology and experienced engineers, ensuring you are notified whenever the line is down.

The complete solution – Over 94% of all burglar alarms are estimated to be false, i.e. not caused by a break-in. Y-cam Protect gives Front Line Protection against break-ins and together with Y-cam cameras allows visual verification of alarms remotely from your device

Hassle free simple set up – Designed so that no technical knowledge is required to be up and running in minutes. Ideal for consumers who want an “out of the box” home security solution with no messy cabling or drilling required

  • Expandable System – Every property is different, so Y-cam Protect is designed to be a personal system tailored to your individual needs. Easily expandable over time, you can add up to 32 sensors and remotes to fully protect what matters to you

Portable system – Y-cam Protect can be used in many different locations and scenarios, from protecting a whole home to a single drawer. The principle is the same – if access has been breached, you will know. Even if you don’t have internet connection available at the location you can still connect via the mobile networks*

Flexible – Use via Internet with SIM backup, internet only or SIM only*, you decide. There is also power back up. This also means you can install anywhere without being limited to internet or power availability

*Plus Service – designed to complement Y-cam Protect, Y-cam Plus gives customers optional added benefits and additional peace of mind.

Established in 2007, Y-cam Solutions Ltd is an award-winning British technology company specialising in easy to use and affordable smart security solutions for the non-technical consumer. Customers can buy with confidence, knowing that the product they own today will only get better over time. Our technology is being updated regularly and these new benefits are passed directly to our customers. Over the last 12 months Y-Cam has released new functionality on average once every 7 weeks, including many new features for free.

What’s in the box?

Protect Hub – The Protect Hub is the central nerve centre for your Protect Alarm system and is what all your sensors link to. It includes 8 hour battery backup, a pre-installed SIM card and a Siren. You can control your Protect Hub from your Remote or by using your smart device app, meaning you can access it anywhere and also receive instant alerts at any time.

Protect Access Sensor – The Access Sensor secures any potential access points in your property including doors, windows and cupboards. The sensor come in two parts and will trigger the alarm when the link between them in broken. It also has a tamper switch, meaning any interference with the sensor will also trigger the alarm.

  • Protect Motion Sensor – The Motion Sensor picks up movement when the Y-cam Protect Alarm is activated. It is also linked to the remote, so when you press the ‘Home’ button the motion sensor will be deactivated, so you or your pets can move around your property while the alarm is still activated without setting off the alarm, knowing the exterior perimeter is still armed.
  • Protect Remote – The Remote allows you to conveniently control the Y-cam Protect alarm system without having to open up the Y-cam app on your smartphone. It enables instant arm/disarm, has a home button that will disarm internal sensors and a Plus Action Button for Y-cam Plus Service members, allowing you to customise your Protect alarm system. The remote is for use within local reception range of the hub.

Y-cam Protect is available from www.y-cam.com for just £149.99

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By February 4, 2017 Read More →

Spigen get all gooey this Valentine’s Day

16299263_1860441450878427_5532594025117974958_nSpigen has dropped a nice coupon code for you accessory needs in the run up to Valentine’s Day. Popping SWEET214 into the promo box on Amazon will save you 14% on a few, already discounted, products.

Take the Spigen Quick Charge 2.0 Car Charger, already discounted from £19.99 to £7.99. Apply the code and 14% drops off making a total price of £6.87!

How about the Spigen Bluetooth Speakers. Dropped from £33.99 to £19.99 and after SWEET214 the final price is £17.19.

Here is a full list of what is on offer: http://amzn.to/2k71RUY

Hope you make a little saving, these offers a valid untill 23:59 GMP, 6 Feb 2017

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