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ARCHOS PC Stick: A Computer On-The-Go

ARCHOS PC Stick: A Computer On-The-Go

Today, the French brand ARCHOS is revealing its new ARCHOS PC Stick that packs the power of a personal computer in a compact HDMI-connected drive. “The world is always competing to build the smallest computer, and ARCHOS now offers one small enough to fit in a pocket at less than £79 explains Loic Poirier, CEO […]

By June 26, 2015 Read More →
Unboxing Olixar Selfie Smart Pole

Unboxing Olixar Selfie Smart Pole

Mobile Fun have sent over the Bluetooth selfie stick from Olixar, the Olixar Selfie Smart Pole is compatible with both Android 3.0 and above devices alongside iOS devices alike. Currently  reduced to £14.99 from £24.99 this Bluetooth allows for flexibility alongside some quality build aesthetics for any selfie needs out int he field. Capture the perfect […]

By June 26, 2015 Read More →
Unboxing Felix HoldTight Bands

Unboxing Felix HoldTight Bands

Carrying both a wallet and a phone can be a chore, especially in the hot weather or heading for a night out. There seem to be a number of different solutions to combine these two daily pocket fillings requirements however Felix might have come up with a great alternative. Allowing you to configure your own […]

By June 23, 2015 Read More →
Unboxing Felix FlipWrite

Unboxing Felix FlipWrite

There are many folio covers for the Apple IPad out there and some come with an addition keyboard attached to increase productivity and just increase the tablets abilities making it closer to a laptop. Felix have released a new high-ish end folio combing a multi-angle setup and Bluetooth keyboard wrapped up in a durable high […]

By June 22, 2015 Read More →

Reviews

Olixar X2 Pro Bluetooth Headphones review

Olixar X2 Pro Bluetooth Headphones review

A little money can get you quite a lot in technology now. Years ago the idea of bluetooth headphones left the user unhappy with laggy audio, bulky form factors, short battery lives and high price tags. Now all that seems to be reversed. Bluetooth headphones are cheap as chips and you don’t need to spend […]

By June 11, 2015 Read More →
Review Microsoft Lumia 640

Review Microsoft Lumia 640

Have Microsoft created the perfect budget smartphone? With previous releases from Microsoft at the lower end of the budget, the 535 and 435, Microsoft have released a low end smartphone that is making a lot of noise being heavily advertised and pushing big features like Cortana and the Microsoft band. Out of the box the device is sturdily […]

By May 26, 2015 Read More →
Unboxing the Inateck Bluetooth 3.0 ultra slim keyboard

Unboxing the Inateck Bluetooth 3.0 ultra slim keyboard

Coming in at an exceptionally low price whilst retaining a fine build quality the Inateck Bluetooth keyboard is a low cost solution to increasing comfort when travelling and the need for a more desktop like environment. Also available in black, this revised bluetooth keyboard is much more attractive than the typical affair you would expect […]

By April 22, 2015 Read More →
iMend smartphone repair review

iMend smartphone repair review

No matter how careful you are, at some point many of us end up dropping their mobile phone. Sometimes you get lucky and end up with just a little scratch but other times the damage can be a little more catastrophic. Generally your choices are to get a new phone or to get the phone […]

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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.

| 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 →

Unboxing EasyAcc 4 Port USB Power Strip

vlcsnap-2015-06-24-18h39m29s776A floor power strip might not sound terribly exciting however EasyAcc have expanded upon the idea and injected four USB connectors to allow a flexible charging solution.

At £16.99 the 4 Port USB Strip might provide a flexible base for your charging needs.

Output and Compatibility: 

AC Power Socket x 2 
The power strip features two power sockets that can provide a steady power supply to devices such as desk lamps, hair dryers, fans, televisions, and computers. 
Note: The total amount of power required by the devices connected cannot exceed 2500W. 

DC 5V USB Port x 4 
It also comes with 4 USB output ports, which let you charge phones and tablets more easily. 

Power Switch 
The power switch lets you quickly and safely control the flow of electricity with a single touch. 

LED indicator 
The LED indicator makes it easy to see whether the power strip is connected to electricity or not. 

Materials 
The power strip is made of ABS, a tough, heat-resistant plastic that allows for the greatest possible safety during use. 

Technical Specifications 
Input voltage: 100V-240V 
Output voltage: AC 90V-240V 
Total power output: 2500W 
Size:180x106x41 mm 
Weight: 450 g 
Joule rating: 1700 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00PGY5AJQ

 

| June 25, 2015 | Read More →

Unboxing Felix WriteOn

vlcsnap-2015-06-22-07h11m01s663Following from the Felix Flipwrite we have a look at the Writeon, a stand alone keyboard without the folio back. Available for a mere $49.99 the Writeon is an ultra thin and light keyboard boasting 2 months of battery in a super lightweight design.

http://felixbrand.com/products/writeon

| June 24, 2015 | Read More →

Ahead in the Clouds…

Ahead in the CloudsWhat is The Cloud?

So, what exactly is The Cloud?  Put into simple terms, Cloud Based Storage is a sort of online back -up, a means of saving files onto the Web rather than just your computer’s hard drive.  Your information and files can then be accessed from any computer, anywhere with a connection – which is virtually everywhere these days – just by logging in.

Compared to the potentially massive costs – in terms of both time and money spent – of running your own servers, and then the costs of any IT support if anything were to go awry – it can be relatively inexpensive as well as reassuring, too.

A bit concerned about putting all your information out there?  Don’t be, security has come on in leaps and bounds since the inception of Cloud-based storage, with the best business storage service providers using an encrypted connection when you upload or download a file, or when it’s synched across your devices.  The majority also encrypt the data when “at rest” – that is, when it’s stored on their servers – so even they will have no idea what you’re storing. 

What Benefits Does it Bring to your Business?

  1. Save everything.  Never, ever lose a file again.  Your files are stored securely, usually over multiple sites, meaning that in the event of a physical loss such as theft of office laptops, or disaster such as fire or flood, you don’t lose your files.  Of course, it makes sense to have more than one back up and store files locally as well.  There’s never anything wrong with a belt and braces approach.
  2. Automatic back-up.  It just happens, seamlessly and quietly in the background.  You need never fear a power cut or blue screen of death again.
  3. Convenience.  Files can be synched across all of your devices.  So, perhaps you’ve been working on a document but are meeting a client before heading home.  Save the document on to the cloud from your desktop, then continue editing it that evening, on, say a tablet to which that file is also synched.  In an age when many of us work from home, this is invaluable.
  4. Collaboration.  There are sharing mechanisms so you could securely share certain documents with staff or colleagues – either read-only or with anyone authorised (that is, those to whom you’ve chosen to give the log in details) being able to modify them.
  5. Money Saving. Possibly more cost-effective per gigabyte to store data, since Cloud service providers can provide the storage far more cheaply than you could provide the space on discs, plus offsite backup disks etc.
  6. Security.  Despite common fears, most cloud storage providers will have far stronger security than the average business has in place.  Cloud providers are like any other major Internet company with regard to their procedures to protect themselves from being hacked. However in their case their entire business and reputation would be irreparably damaged if they were breached.  Just make sure your password is totally different from any others (perhaps even consider a password manager… but that’s a whole other story) and if possible enable two factor authentication.
  7. Choice.  There are now countless Cloud service providers out there, so you should be able to find exactly the service and provider that fits your requirements.  Budget is a major factor, but security is paramount.  Look for good tech support, and is data-only backup enough or do you need full disaster recovery.  There’s a provider for every business.

In this day and age, storing everything in the Cloud is definitely the way to get ahead – and stay there.

San-iT are a North West based company offering a range of Cloud services and cloud support options for your business.

 

 

| June 17, 2015 | Read More →

Sony’s RX100 IV and RX10 II Professional Grade Cyber-shots

sonySony has announced two of the most advanced, versatile Cyber-shot cameras ever to come to market, the compact RX100 IV (model DSC-RX100M4) and high-zoom RX10 II (model DSC-RX10M2) cameras.

The two new models both feature the world’s first 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with advanced signal processing and an attached DRAM memory chip. The high speed signal processing and DRAM memory chip work together to enable more than 5x faster readout of image data and are responsible for a variety of standout features that have previously been available in only a select few professional-level video cameras. These impressive capabilities include 40x super slow motion video capture at up to 1000fps, an ultra-fast Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000 second, high resolution 4K movie shooting and more.

Up to 40x Super Slow Motion Shooting

A first for Sony consumer cameras, the new RX100 IV and RX10 II both have the ability to record super slow-motion video at up to 40x slower than the standard rate, allowing users to capture and replay fleeting moments of action with incredible detail, resolution and clarity.

Prior to shooting, users will have the ability to choose among 1000fps, 500fps and 250fps frame rates and among 50p and 25p playback formats to optimise the recording to fit the speed of the moving subject, with the option to use the movie record button as a ‘start trigger’ to begin recording once button is pressed or ‘end trigger’ to record footage up until the button is pressed. The ‘end trigger’ mode lets shooting begin 2 to 4 seconds before the movie button is pressed, enabling shooters to capture the decisive moment with much more consistency and accuracy. For reference, two seconds of movie footage shot at 1000fps and 25p would take about 80 seconds to play back.

High Speed Shutter, High Speed Shooting

The impressive speed and power of the 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with an attached DRAM chip allows the new RX100 IV and RX10 II to perform exceptionally well while capturing fast-moving subjects.

Specifically, it’s fast processing capability results in continuous speeds at up to 16 fps on the RX100 IV and up to 14 fps on the RX10 II for an extended period of time.

Additionally, the ultra-fast readout of the image sensor is responsible for the high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum speed of 1/32000 second), which allow the new cameras to capture sharp, crystal clear images with a wide open aperture at brightness levels up to EV19. It also minimises the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects. This allows photographers and videographers to capture beautiful content with sharply focused subjects and defocused backgrounds under some of the most difficult, bright lighting conditions.

High Precision Direct 4K Movie Recording

The new RX100 IV and RX10 II models are the first Cyber-shot cameras to offer the advantages of 4K (QFHD 3840×2160) movie recording. The cameras utilise full pixel readout without pixel binning to ensure that all the finer details of 4K video are captured with minimal moire and ‘jaggies’. These high-quality results are achieved through use of the XAVC S codec, which records video at a high data rate of 100 Mbps during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during full HD shooting.

The capacity for shooting 4K differs slightly on each of the two cameras, as the more professionally styled RX10 II can shoot 4K video at extended lengths (up to 29 minutes in Europe), while the more casual, pocket-friendly RX100 IV can shoot 4K clips at up to about 5 minutes in length. Additional professional calibre video features on both of the new cameras include Picture Profile, S-Log2/S-Gamut, and more.

Both cameras also have advanced dual video recording functionality, allowing shooters to capture 16.8 MP still images during 4K video recording in any of 11 different composition patterns simply by pressing the shutter button.

Versatility in Design, High Speed AF

The new RX100 IV maintains the compact, pocket-sized design of the RX100 family, and has a ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T 24-70mm (35mm equivalent) F1.8-F2.8 lens, while the new RX10 II maintains the same body design as the original RX10 and has a ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) F2.8 lens.

Each of the cameras is equipped with a new high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with approximately 2.35 million dots of resolution, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality. The RX100 IV maintains the convenient retractable EVF with ZEISS® T* coating from the RX100 III model that debuted last year.

Both of the two new models feature an upgraded Fast Intelligent AF system that enables high-speed, high-precision contrast detection of a moving subject in as little as 0.09 seconds. Sony’s proprietary AF algorithm allows them to recognise and lock-in on a subject with a simple half-press of the shutter button at a much more efficient rate compared to previous models. The new cameras are also Wi-Fi® and NFC™ compatible and can access Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Applications. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca.

Aesthetically, both of the new models feature a variety of customisable controls and buttons to fit any shooter’s style. The RX10 II adds dust and moisture resistance as well.

There is also a new stylish soft carrying case for, model LCS-RXG, that has been introduced. Made of quality natural leather and available in brown and black colours, it is an ideal complement to the sleek designs of all the RX100 series cameras including the new RX100 IV model.

The RX100 IV and RX10 II will start shipping in Europe in summer 2015. The RX100 IV will be priced at approximately €1,150 and the RX10 II will be priced approximately €1,600.

| June 12, 2015 | Read More →

iWalk Spartan unboxing

vlcsnap-2015-06-10-06h52m44s165An extra tough backup battery for all your charging needs arrives in the shape of the iWalk Spartan. The iWALK Spartan is perfect for charging your devices while outdoors – Camping, Shows, Markets, Festivals ect.

The 13,000mAh battery can keep your phone charged for days (even up to a week on some devices) 13000mAh Mega High capacity Lithium-ion rechargeable battery Made for all USB Devices including Apple (Certified – ‘Made for iPhone’) Rugged and durable build makes the Spartan waterprrof, shock proof, dust proof and snow proof – IP66 5v/1.0A and 5v/2.4A dual USB Outputs Rapid Charge with a maximum 2.1A input current.

Pass-through charging so you can charge the Spartan and two devices simultaneously.

 

You can pick one up for £69.99 here.

| June 10, 2015 | Read More →

ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP 7S wins ‘Best Value Tablet’ at the Mobile Industry Awards 2015

popThe ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP 7S was last night announced as the ‘Best Value Tablet’ at the annual Mobile Industry Awards. Beating competition from the likes of Samsung, Acer and Tesco, the POP 7S was awarded the prize at the awards ceremony held at The Brewery in London. Judged by leaders in the mobile industry, the POP 7S tablet was recognised for offering super-fast LTE connectivity at a smart price.

The super slim and light 4G entry-level tablet is perfect for streaming music, watching TV or browsing the internet. Sporting Android KitKat 4.4, the POP 7S is a fun and feature-packed POP series tablet that is easy-to-use and easy-to-choose. It offers a customised user interface and wide range of dedicated colourful accessories.

The POP 7S is one of the most competitive LTE 7” entry-level tablets available to the mass market. At 8.9mm thin and weighing only 285 grams it is ideal to be effortlessly carried in any backpack, satchel or handbag. Powered by a Quad Core processor, the POP 7S allows seamless multi-tasking between different activities such as gaming or streaming music and comes equipped with a 3 megapixel rear camera to capture priceless moments on the go.

With Miracast, IR blaster technology and a pre-installed app, the POP 7S will become the TV’s best friend. It allows users to mirror screens, control their TV and personalise their daily TV entertainment. Its full-featured TV guide allows users to choose what they want to watch and makes it easy to share with friends and family through social media. The POP 7S brings a brand new interaction to consumers between their tablets and TV, reflecting

ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s design ideology of bringing smart technology to daily life.

Voice call support means that the POP 7S is able to make and receive calls via a Bluetooth phone – Sidekick, headset or loudspeaker. Users can continue to browse while catching up with friends and family about the latest films, favourite music or online games.

William Paterson, UK & Ireland Country Director commented: “We are delighted to accept this award. ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s aim is to democratize technology and make it affordable and accessible for all. This award is fantastic recognition of our work to achieve this.”

The POP 7S is available from nationwide retailers including Carphone Warehouse, EE, O2 and Amazon.co.uk priced from £95.00.  

| June 9, 2015 | Read More →
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