Archos are still pushing out phones and tablets to maintain their position as a respectable budget brand. The Archos 50 Diamond is their latest wallet friendly smartphone and this time they have gone for style above all else. Rather than push out another slab that is somewhat lost in the line up of the current generation Archos has been dipped into the fashion tank and a zesty yellow device with a modern jet black glass have been launched. Easily a head turner but does the Archos have what it takes to capture consumers with anything other than some striking looks?
Display – 5.00-inch Processor - Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1GHz octa-core Front Camera – 8-megapixel Read Camera - 16-megapixel Resolution – 1080×1920 pixels RAM – 2GB OS Android 4.4.4 Storage – 16GB Battery capacity 2700mAh Dual Micro-SIM, MicroSD up to 128gb Dimensions - 146.00 x 70.40 x 8.00 Weight - 142.00
This third and penultimate video in the mydlink Home series features a simple 720p camera for inclusion in the security suite. An attractive, if unremarkable, unit that serves as both a motion and sound detector and allows the user to live stream video to their mobile device.
Finding new ways to put aside a bit of extra cash is not easy, so first direct has created a unique way to help its customers get in to the savings habit. The new #@&? Jar app allows people to put money aside for a rainy day, without changing their day to day behaviour.
The new app has been designed to ‘hear’ all the user’s swear words, automatically transferring money from their linked current account into their designated saving account. Innovative voice recognition software identifies the user’s voice, so they only put money aside for their swearing slip-ups. The app then simply listens out for the user to say one of the words from a list of over 200 profanities such as ******, ******** and **********, helping them reach their savings goal in no time.
If users find their choice language is costing them too dearly, they can adjust the settings to add or remove certain words and set time limits for when the app will ‘listen’ to their language. Zoe Shore, Head of Customer Communications at first direct commented;
“We’re always looking for new ways to engage our more mobile-savvy customers.
“Given the increased propensity for swearing these days, it seemed a perfect way to achieve something positive from what many consider to be negative. I for one think it’s a great way to get in to a savings habit.”
Look out for further announcements of when trials will begin. Put your money where your mouth is the new #@&? Jar app is set to revolutionise saving!
We continue with the selection of home security items D-Link sent and explore a simple solution. This is the second of three products we will be looking at that work on the same platform and help notify you of any activity around your home you might not be aware of.
The mydlink Wi-Fi Motion Sensor is a simple plug with sensors built in to help monitor and area of your home for alert you of movement and perhaps take action.
D-Link have sent a selection of their home security gizmos and together they work as a team to keep your home a little safer. Over the next three days we will be looking at three products that work on the same platform and help notify you of any activity around your home you might not be aware of.
The mydlink Home Smartplug is a simple automated plug system for activating or deactivating a piece of hardware whilst not being in the same area. Be it a lamp switching on in the evening whilst on holiday, regulating children’s game console playtime or simply turning off a TV at the wall to save a little power, the Smartplug helps give a little piece of mind.
The Kitvision Escape Action camera is a cheap GoPro alternative. Costing as little as £35 on some websites the Escape is more than capable of capturing the action with little to worry the user if it were to be lost or broken.
In addition to the camera Kitvision also includes several useful add-ons to make mounting the camera easier. Included are a Bicycle mount, Helmet mount, Adhesive mounts, Tripod adaptors and Camera adaptors.
Specifications Video: HD 720p, 1280×720 pixels Lens: 120 A+ HD wide-angle lens Video Resolution: 1280 x 720 / 30fps, 640 x 480 / 30fps Still images: 1.3MP Video format: AVI Photo format: MJPEG Screen: 1.5 inch LCD Micro SD card slot: Yes, up to 32 GB Built-in rechargeable battery: Yes – 900mAh Photo Modes: Single shot / Timed / Continuous Frequency: 50 Hz / 60 Hz USB Interface: USB 2.0 Power Consumption: 260 mA @ 4.2V Recording Time per charge: About 90 minutes (based on highest settings) Operating System: Windows XP / Vista or Above / Win7 / Mac OS Dimensions (mm): 59.27 x 41.13 x 29.28 Weight: 58 g
Gareth, Jay, Dan, Phil and Matt get together for another chat about the most recent tech news. Matt has spent a stolen weekend with the HTC One (M9,) Net Neutrality becomes a bit of a problem here in the UK and
Thanks for the unboxing movie of the E355. I have the E355 which I’m trying to connect to 2 range extenders – a WS320 and a WS322 without success, despite it seemingly being a simple operation! The operation is described as making the hardware talk to each other with the correct sequencing of pushing WPS buttons. The thing is that the E355 doesn’t have a WPS button. . I’m assuming there’s an alternate process but I can’t find it! Please help.
A few weeks ago HTC announced their latest flagship smartphone in the form of the HTC One M9. Building upon the successes of last year’s HTC One M8, the M9 shares a lot of the design heritage of its predecessors. You’ll find the aluminum uni-body construction is still a key focus of the range, albeit that this model has a new and attractive two-tone finish.
One of the more significant differences is in the camera department. Remember the 4mp camera with Ultrapixel technology that HTC have been trying to win us over with for the past two years? Well in a 180 degree u-turn, literally, the 4mp shooter has been removed as the primary camera and transplanted on to the front of the M9 as a its ‘selfie’ camera. While the primary camera now a more ‘conventional’ 20mp unit. In fact, having an Ultrapixel camera as the forward facing makes a lot of sense.
The M9 packs a decent spec, details of which you can find below, but it has been met with something of a mixed reception with claims that it’s nothing but a refresh from one side and those that hail it as a revolution.
In the video below you can see me going hands-on with the M9 and I’ll show you some of the hardware features and then run a benchmark.
There a a few more videos to follow where I look at the OS/UI in more detail as well as going in-depth with the cameras.
HTC One M9 Specification:
Dimensions : 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm (5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 in)
Weight: 157 g (5.54 oz)
Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)
Huawei have two flagship phones out at the moment The Honor 6 and Honor 6+. Whilst these are not quite up to the level of excellence you might expect from Apple, Huawei isn’t afraid of having a go at a decent high end device. The Honor 6 we have here is a premium mid-range phone with some very respectable specifications and a build quality that will make any prospective customer look twice.