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Archos 52 Platinum Unboxing

Archos 52 Platinum Unboxing

Archos have another example of a lot of phone for very little money. Perhaps this kind of device for their recent 25% growth in the last quarter. Here we have a look at the Platinum and a play with some of the featured. Thankfully Archos like to deliver a fairly standard affair so things are […]

By July 30, 2015 Read More →
The OnePlus 2 is here

The OnePlus 2 is here

The OnePlus One was a notable success and the logical sequel has just arrived. Whilst most probably are not aware of the launch, or even of the line as some mainstream media where not even aware of the OnePlus One in their articles, the OnePlus Two marks a handsome step towards reducing the price of […]

By July 29, 2015 Read More →
HTC drop a feature rich Desire 626

HTC drop a feature rich Desire 626

HTC Corporation (“HTC”), a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has announced the HTC Desire 626,the successor to the HTC Desire 620. With a variety of colour combinations, endless personalisation options, and an enhanced camera that enables sharper photography, the affordable smartphone lets you express yourself your way like never before. “Our new HTC Desire 626 is […]

By July 28, 2015 Read More →
KitVision Rush Action Camera HD100W Unboxing

KitVision Rush Action Camera HD100W Unboxing

A GoPro is a pretty expensive item and whilst they are designed for high octane action there is no getting past the idea that there is always a knock that would kill the camera regardless of the housing, skin or durability of the build. A GoPro is for a serious enthusiast, but what if you […]

By July 23, 2015 Read More →

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Inateck IPX8 Waterproof Case Unboxing

Inateck IPX8 Waterproof Case Unboxing

Inateck have sent over a waterproof case to fit most devices. Here we have a look at this no frills approach to device care and a handy accessory if you are heading away to a beach somewhere or just to lounge by the pool. For £10.99 the Inateck Waterproof case does a lot however it won’t […]

By July 27, 2015 Read More →
Polaroid iE826 Unboxing

Polaroid iE826 Unboxing

Picking a compact camera on a budget should be a simple task if there wasn’t such a huge number on the market. No matter your budget there is always a model for you however there is a slightly nicer feature included for a couple of pounds extra on a different model. Limiting yourself to a […]

By July 24, 2015 Read More →
KitVision Rush Action Camera HD100W Unboxing

KitVision Rush Action Camera HD100W Unboxing

A GoPro is a pretty expensive item and whilst they are designed for high octane action there is no getting past the idea that there is always a knock that would kill the camera regardless of the housing, skin or durability of the build. A GoPro is for a serious enthusiast, but what if you […]

By July 23, 2015 Read More →
Inateck 3 Port Aluminium USB 3.0 HUB with Ethernet Unboxing

Inateck 3 Port Aluminium USB 3.0 HUB with Ethernet Unboxing

Inateck have kindly sent over their latest USB hub, an aluminium variant on something we have seen before and this is a change for the better. The original USB3.0 Hub with Ethernet was a handy addition to the Road Warrior’s bag and this aluminium version looks to the every bit as good with addition build […]

By July 20, 2015 Read More →

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Top 4 Questions To Ask Your Screen Repair Centre

Iphone-Ipad-posterCracked screens are one of the main reasons for getting your iPhone, iPad or iPod repaired. Due to their size and portable nature, it is only a matter of time before the inevitable happens. As the screen is made of glass, any cracks can leave dangerous sharp edges that can cause injury. Over time the cracks will get worse, so it’s a good idea to cover the affected area with sellotape to protect your fingers and to stop loose glass falling out.

If your device has been dropped onto a hard surface then, it is quite common for the metal edges of the rear cover to be dented, particularly on the corners. As the metal is aluminium this can dent very easily. The good news is that in most cases, the rear metal cover does not need to be replaced in order to fit replacement glass. As the metal is fairly soft, it is relatively easy to straighten out any dents to ensure the new glass fits properly.

iPhone Cracked Screen

 

The first thing to check is whether you can still see images on the iPad. If there is no distortion and the colours appear normal then the underlying LCD is unlikely to have been affected. For the vast majority of screen repairs, there is no need to replace the underlying LCD.

Many iPhone and iPad users are unaware of what is involved with a screen repair which is why we’ve listed the following questions that may help you make a more informed decision.

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Ask About…The Quality Of The Glass

There are lots of thin imitation screens available on the market and whilst these may work initially they are far less durable and more susceptible to crack even during normal handling. The thicker the glass the more durable it is which is why it is important to ask the repair centre what they use.

Ask About…The Adhesive Used

We have seen countless examples of screens coming away (delaminating) from repair centres that haven’t used the correct adhesive. At Fone Angels we make sure to sure the same high strength adhesive that was used in the original iPad or iPhone.

Ask About…The Testing

Due to the complexity of modern smartphones, a screen replacement involves opening up your device and the careful re-fitting of components. This is particularly important if the device is being posted back to the customer as it is not easy to ‘pop in’ to rectify any problem.

Ask About…The Warranty

To give reassurance, repair centres offer warranty for any repairs – some provide 90 days, others don’t offer anything,  Fone Angels provide a 12 month warranty on all our repairs as standard!

 

This post was originally created by Fone Angels and can be found be clicking here.

| July 27, 2015 | Read More →

Zenwatch drops in price at Google

mainIn the US Google have reduced the price of the Asus ZenWatch to it’s lowest price to date. A lovely looking Smartwatch that is easily the best looking square faced Android Wear device at the moment. However, things aren’t quite to rosey this side of the pond. Here in the UK we have seen the price drop to the unfair, lazy and greedy price of £149.99 on the Google Play Store. Something really needs to be done about companies ignoring the exchange rate and simple matching dollar for pound. By contrast purchasing whilst in the US the Zenwatch would effectively cost £102, a bargain.

Asus unveiled the successor the ZenWatch on June 1. Google’s price cut of the device’s predecessor could well be a sign of its impending arrival retail launch.

| July 21, 2015 | Read More →

Unboxing 6 Axis Mini Quadcopter Drone with Camera

vlcsnap-2015-07-14-15h39m13s400Purchasing a drone is an expensive task. You can really lay out a lot of money to get something stable, smooth and will produce good results. It is probably recommended you check out a cheaper Quadcopter first for a couple of reasons.

Your ability. They can be difficult to fly. Up, down, left right and rotating are the main commands however you also have to take into account wind speed and surroundings. The more you pay the easier this becomes and enthusiasts will likely throw money at a manufacturer to have more tech no board to assist with their flight.

Your need. Curiosity is the main reason I asked to review one. On the one hand I wanted to see if I would use it, on the other I wanted to have a look at my roof without having to get out the ladders. Two reasons that hardly need to have big bucks invested in tech.

So when I noticed that Mobilefun had a little drone for £40 with a camera on-board this would cover the need. The only thing was the ability.

Flying a lower end drone is not an easy task. A smaller, no frills drone is easy to lose control of, becomes susceptible to wind and will require extreme patience to find enjoyment in.

First up is the built quality. This is going to take a beating in its first hour off the ground. It will crash into trees, walls, hedges and ultimately, the ground. This little drone will take a licking, not a massive licking but will sustain a bit of rough treatment as it collides with everything around it. It looks good, feels light in hand and will impress anyone passing by. The controller isn’t as sturdy as the drone, built from cheap plastic and the buttons are horribly clicky. The beeps from the controller are shrill, the screen is basic and I am not convinced that all the buttons work.

Secondly is the use. I am of the mindset that a more expensive drone will be easier to control with gyroscopes to assist flight. For this Quadcopter a small gust of wind can upset the flight path and depending on the quality of the pilot may send it tumbling to the dirt. Rotors can bend easily upon impact and thankfully there are a couple of spares in the box. I haven’t had to use any however the casing had needed to be clicked back into place after a meeting with an apple tree. The thumb sticks are not particularly accurate. However this is £40 alternative and the fact that is even flies is enough to impress.

Third, is the battery. Flight time is about 7 minutes. Not a lot, however the size of the battery will directly affect the performance as this needs to be light. I’m happy with the flight time as there is enough time to have some fun and charger takes little over an our. The first few time do become somewhat annoying when the battery dies as it seems to come at a point that you are beginning to understand the method behind keeping it in the air.

The camera isn’t particularly great however it’s a welcome addition. Whilst only a 0.3 megapixel offering the quality isn’t a bad as you might think as you will see from the footage in the unboxing video. Instead it appears quite serviceable, especially for checking out a roof. The drone is quite noisy and as such the microphone is a bit of a waste.

Whilst this will be considered a toy by most it’s a great learning experience. I am even more interested in drones now having played with this and will be looking for a more advanced model in the near future. I do however have a little voice in the back of my mind telling me that these might be made illegal at some point and investing money in a high end drone would be a waste.

 Grab one from Mobilefun.

| July 15, 2015 | Read More →

5 top tips on choosing the right kids GPS tracker

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 07.22.44For any parent or caregiver, your children’s safety is of paramount importance. Whilst it used to be impossible to keep an eye on your children’s every movement, the right children’s GPS tracker will enable you to do just that.

There are a number of factors which contribute to finding the perfect kids GPS tracker. These range from signal quality to the size and efficiency of the tracker itself. Below are five of the most important things to consider when purchasing a tracker for your children.

 

1)      It needs to track effectively from indoors and outdoors

A GPS tracker can have an array of handy features, but the most crucial thing is an ability to track consistently from any location. Some trackers have been criticised by customers for an inability to keep a consistent track unless held outside, and pointed skywards.

Whilst sometimes it’s convenient to use the tracker outside, at other times you’ll need to use it in the house, the office or travelling between places. This means that the tracker you purchase needs to be reliable and versatile enough to track from a variety of different locations.

 

2)      Live tracking is crucial

Live tracking enables you to monitor your child’s movements in real time, and retains a complete history of prior activity, on your personal mapping setup.

This means that you can go back through a history of previous movements, to see if you’re happy with the general pattern of where your child is spending their time, as well as to review their whereabouts during a period when you were unable to check the tracker.

It also means that if you suddenly notice your child somewhere that you don’t want them to be, you can react in an instant and make your way to them – knowing exactly where they are at every moment.

 

3)      Your tracker should have a customisable secure zone and boundary area

Many of the places your children will go – such as walking to a local shop, going to school or meeting up with other family members pose no real risk. This means that whilst your youngsters’ safety is always vitally important, there are times when you can relax. After all, there are enough stressful moments as a parent!

Thankfully, some GPS trackers have developed a perfect compromise. Their technology enables users to set a customised secure zone. If the child leaves that specific area, both you and other designated individuals can receive a text or email alert to inform you that they are outside of what you consider safe areas for them.

As the kids get older, this customisable format allows you to change the locations within this safe zone at any time.

 

4)      You want something small, portable and lightweight

Whilst innovative technology and reliability are the most crucial elements of a good kids GPS tracker, it’s also important to have a tracking device which is small and lightweight.

Considering that you – and your child – probably have the device on your person a good deal of the time, you don’t want something bulky or uncomfortable. With that in mind, it’s a big benefit to have a tracker which can just be slipped into a pocket, purse or for your little ones, a school lunch box or soft toy.

Trackershop offer some of the most effective, portable and lightweight personal GPS trackers available anywhere.

 

5)      Long battery life is important

This might seem obvious, but it’s important to find a tracker which has a long battery life (preferably one of several days), to facilitate constant tracking even when you’re in a situation where charging the device simply isn’t tenable – for example when you are in a remote location for any period of time.

| July 15, 2015 | Read More →

The Commodore PET is back, running Android

Commodore-Pet-3Commodore was one of the leading names in personal computers back in the 1980s and early 90s. Their fall from grace was a long quiet one as they slipped away becoming gradually forgotten. However, today they are back and they have announced they will be releasing an Android smartphone here in Europe later this week! The Commodore PET will be the company’s first smartphone, running a custom variant of Android 5.0, will come preloaded with two emulators for some highly important retro gaming. As for the specs, the PET will feature a 5.5-inch IPS display, along with a 1.7 GHz Mediatek 64-bit octa-core processor. Commodore is packing a 3,000mAh battery inside, along with a 13MP rear facing camera, and an 8MP front facing camera, both of which can be operated by a dedicated shutter button on the side of the phone.

Commodore will be launching two different versions of the PET, one with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, and one with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. UK pirces have not yet been announced however some sources are saying the 16GB model will run for around £250, while the 32GB model will go for around £300. Both models will come with a 32GB microSD card included. Three colours will be available white, black, or a classic beige color. Initially, the Commodore PET will be available in Italy, France, Germany, and Poland, with plans to expand to the US and other European countries in the near future.

- 5.5-inch 1080p display, with Gorilla Glass 3
- 13MP Sony rear camera
- 8MP wide angle front camera
- Dedicated camera button
- Dual SIM/4G support
- 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek processor
- ARM Mali T760 GPU
- 3000 mAh battery. 
- Custom version of Android 5.0

Below you can see the classic Ghosts’n'Goblins on C64 Emulator. 

Also included is an A500 Emulator as illustrated below playing Turrican II

Welcome back Commodore, you have been missed.

| July 14, 2015 | Read More →

The world’s first mind-controlled electric car created by MoneySuperMarket!

Carol Vorderman

MoneySuperMarket have debuted world’s first mind-controlled electric car this morning. Carol Vorderman was on hand to take the car for a spin using her big brain! Video footage has been made available for all to see of Carol working her way around the track.

On Thursday the track is empty and waiting for some lucky members of the public to be brain trained and drive the car themselves, in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. All they need to do is register before lunch time tomorrow at midday following this link: http://www.moneysupermarket.com/hubs/car-insurance/mind-drive/ .

 

Eighty years since the first driving test and with more distractions on our roads than ever before, MoneySuperMarket is reminding people to keep their brains in gear when behind the wheel with a truly epic motoring experience – the world’s first mind-controlled electric car.

The Car Insurance Epic Mind Drive gives drivers the opportunity to negotiate this ground-breaking vehicle around a futuristic track using brainwaves alone to turn left, right, move forward and stop.

The car is controlled with an electroencephalogram (EEG) neuro headset, using sophisticated software algorithms to translate raw EEG data into mental commands. Each user must train with the headset so it can decipher their thought patterns and learn their unique mental topography. The software is then able to recognise distinct thought patterns and using some complex electronics, wirelessly sends these commands to the car’s controls.

The Car Insurance Epic Mind Drive track

Those selected to take the driver’s seat will be judged on the track by a series of variables. This includes statistics fed back by a telematics box in the car reporting on how safely and accurately they drive, a technology system used to calculate fair premiums and save drivers money on car insurance policies. Accuracy, smoothness and lap time will all be fed into a bespoke formula to generate a score that they can take away with them, along with the pride of being one of the very first mind-control drivers.

The experience highlights that driving with your brain in gear not only keeps you safe but also saves money on your car insurance.

David Harling, Digital Marketing Director at MoneySuperMarket commented: “Driverless cars are currently being road tested but until they’re an everyday reality, we know it’s as important as ever for motorists to use their heads while driving. Our customers are great at using their heads to find the best car insurance quotes and have inspired us to launch the Car Insurance Epic Mind Drive, a once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic experience.”

Carol Vorderman

The Car Insurance Epic Mind Drive experience is live now. Drivers should go to http://www.moneysupermarket.com/hubs/car-insurance/mind-drive/ and register before 12 noon on Wednesday 15th July for the chance to drive the world’s first mind-controlled electric car on Thursday 16th July.

Visitors to the site will also be able to register for the chance to play the exclusive mobile driving game, using their heads in a live video call to drive by facial recognition and gesture alone. 

| July 14, 2015 | Read More →

Inateck 3 Ports USB3.0 Dual Band Wireless PCI-E Card Unboxing

vlcsnap-2015-06-30-22h57m22s219Inateck have sent over the KT9001. A combination of USB ports and wireless network card on a PCI Express board. Featuring UASP Support; Driver-free for Win 8 or above Inateck KT9001 PCI-E card has 3 USB 3.0 ports (compatible downwards to USB 2.0/USB 1.1), used for keyboard, mouse, hard drive etc.. Provide you with more USB ports and protect your PC native USB ports. 

  • 3 Super Speed USB 3.0 ports support transfer rates of up to 5Gbps. No need for extra power with 3-layer power management technology, different power management solutions for different devices. 
  • Built-in with 802.11 AC protocol dual-band wireless network card, supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Devices can select the most suitable wireless network automatically. 300Mbps plus 867Mbps provides you incomparable wireless network.

You pick one up here for £41.99:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00SMHC7VI/

| July 1, 2015 | Read More →

Get the Best Deals On laptops

Desktops are sooo yesterday and iPads while pretty cool for showing off, are just aren’t your thing when it comes to some solid heavy duty work. But your old playmate has been under the fire lately and Macs are super expensive, anyway. So where do you hunting for a new laptop? How do you choose the best ones to suit your needs and your budget? And from where do you get the best deals? Well, we are here to answer all your queries, and help you bag the best online deals on laptops!

So let’s answer the most pressing question: from where do you shop online to make the most of it? The answer’s simple. Just head over to newegg.com for the best online deals on the planet!

 

Top 6 Laptop Picks For You

1. Acer Laptop Aspire E5-573G-5: 8 GB Memory. Intel Core i5. 2.20GHz. Need any more specifications? At $469.99 this is a fantastic deal for the college student. Thin, light weight and also suitable for slight gaming, this is a budget laptop that is ideal for a normal consumer experience.

2. DELL Laptop Inspiron 15 i3543-3251BLK: Boasting of a similar Intel Core i5, but a 4 GB Memory, this is for someone who swears by the touch screen. Along with an Intel HD Graphics 5500, this is great for those who use laptops for entertainment purposes or to view multimedia. Accompanied by a great battery, and at a reasonable $549.99, this is suitable both for home use and office work.

3. ASUS Laptop EeeBook X205TA-DS01-GD-OFCE: You may raise your eyebrows at its 2 GB Memory but hear us out. At an unbelieving $199.99, this comes with a 1 year Office 365 and an Intel Atom quad-core processor, this is the best choice for those who do not use laptops for professional purposes or are strapped of cash. Perfect for high school or kids who want to experiment with technology. Plus it’s rather pretty, with a MacBook Air finish.

4. Lenovo Laptop G50 (80E501G3US): This is probably the BEST laptop available at its price. Super slim, HD Webcam, One Key Recovery, Multitouch Touchpad. This one just keeps getting better the more you explore it. If you’re unfamiliar in the tech territory and don’t know which one to buy, just order this one for $649.99. You won’t regret it. We promise you.

5. HP Laptop 355 G2 AMD A-Series A8-6410: Looking for something similar in a cheaper variant? This HP Laptop will suit most of your daily needs, and is great for those who travel frequently. Moreover, this comes with a free game offer, assuring you that its $389.99 price tag is just worth it. Yep, this one promises “productivity on the go.”

6. DELL Alienware 17 ANW17-2136SLV: Gaming pros, meet the king. With the 4th Generation Intel Core i7 and 8GB Memory on the deal, there’s also a gorgeous Batman Arkham Knight free game with the purchase. Amazing build quality and lighting, at $1399 this is the ultimate portable gaming laptop ever and is seriously TOUGH. Dark Knight Fans, rejoice!

Before buying a laptop, always decide for what purpose you shall use it for. Is it for studies? For office? For games? Or some heavy Photoshop design work? Once you’re clear on that, fix a budget and check out the offers online.

 

| June 29, 2015 | Read More →

Mi Band Fitness Monitor and Sleep Tracker Unboxing

vlcsnap-2015-06-29-07h20m52s849Leana takes a look at the Mi Band Fitness Monitor and Sleep Tracker from Mobilefun. This is a simple, long lasting solution to fitness tracking at an extremely low price. Compatible with both Android and iOS devices the Mi Band is a small wearable that promises up to 30 days of life on one charge. Featuring fitness and sleep tracking and  the Mi Band adds some basic notification monitoring without the need for a screen. Having used it for a week Leana updates on her progress with the band.

  • Fitness monitor tracks your activity
  • Works in conjunction with the Mi Band app
  • Track your sleeping patterns
  • Gentle alarm to wake you up
  • Notification alerts
  • Up to 30 days battery life
  • IP67 water resistance
  • Apple Health and Google Fit app compatible
  • Compatible with Android 4.4 or iOS 7 or higher

Available for £29.99:

http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/mi-band-fitness-monitor-and-sleep-tracker-p51505.htm

| June 29, 2015 | Read More →
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