Sony unveils NFC-enabled Bluetooth speakers, waterproof Walkman MP3 headphones at CES (eyes-on)

 

Editors Note – With CES in fully swing the news stories is coming to us thick and fast, Sony are working on an innovative range of earphones and speakers, including a pair of headphones that is waterproof, great for the runner that sweats a lot and the swimmers among us

 

With Sony’s CES press conference literally just starting, we’re pleased to give you an early look at the latest sound pushers from its Personal Audio Division. The company’s still aiming for that classicly subtle, retro-futuristic look on these new devices, so you might not be swayed if you’ve never been a fan of the aesthetic in the past. That said, we’re pretty impressed with what’s inside of ’em. To start, there’s a duo of new NFC-packing speaker bars intended for use in and around the house — think of them as wireless replacements for your old docking speaker. Monikered as the not-so catchy SRS-BTX500 and BTX300, both can handle AAC and apt-X streaming over Bluetooth, staying charged for eight and six hours, respectively. Naturally, NFC handles pairing and powering the devices on for seamless tap-to-start playback. Continue reading

CES 2013: Microsoft notably absent from Las Vegas show

CES is back for it’s yearly show, with the glitz and glamour of the oscars, we are antipiating some genious and innovation. Let’s observe what the guardian newspaper has to predict for the biggest gadget show of the year.

 

The brash promise of Las Vegas – what happens there, stays there – never seems apposite for the Consumer Electronics Show which opens this week in the city of sin. The whole idea of CES is that manufacturers such as Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and LG show off their brightest, noisiest and coolest gadgets, and that the press then trumpets these triumphs to a world eager for the latest on OLED 55-inch smart TVs with integral ethernet. Continue reading

Last-Minute Gift Ideas: Tablets For Kids

 

Latest news – Tablets are great for all the household, they might be educational, fun, entertaining and practical. But for the children a tablet pc may be a world of mystery and interest. Getting a tablet for a kid might appear to be extravagant  but in truth it can give them the learning tools that could help them at school along with future years.

 

One of the biggest questions tech-savvy parents must contend with when it comes to tablets for their kids is this: do I really want to give my precious wee one a really expensive piece metal and glass? Continue reading

What gadgets can we expect in 2013?

 

Editors Note – With 2012 being a eminent year for technology what can we look forward to in 2013? here are some examples of the stuff that we may be seeing, and improving our lifestyles. 

 

 

With the pace of technological development right now, it is quite difficult to imagine that the awesome products we have seen released this could possibly develop. When we consider up and coming gadgets it is important to remember that they are not necessarily computer related. Sometimes the coolest gadgets can be found in your kitchen, or car. This article will take a look at 10 absolute must haves that are coming onto our shelves next year. Take note that there are a lot of corporate powers at play here and that some of them may not make it to your local store next year. But here’s casting a hopeful look forward to see how we are going to keep ourselves intrigued in the not too distant future. Continue reading

The Most Discussed Gadgets of 2012 (According to Google)

Latest news – Google have just released their best searches of 2012, our friends at time magazines Techland have compiled the list devices by the trending searches in 2012. These Devices are compiled by the most traffic compared to 2011. This means they are the gadgets that everyone most desired to learn about.  
Nokia’s Lumia 900 Windows Phone handset was shown off in early January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as a comeback for the Finnish phone maker, which used the handset to announce its re-entrance into the U.S. market alongside carrier partner AT&T.

Our own Jared Newman referred to the Lumia 900 as “what is supposed to be the first Windows Phone in the United States worth caring about.”

You may wonder why Apple’s flagship smartphone for 2012 isn’t higher on the list, but seeing that this is a list of trending searches “that had the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period in 2012 as compared to 2011,” the placement makes more sense.

In 2011, expectations for something called the iPhone 5 were rampant. Instead, we got the iPhone 4S. And Apple launched the new handset in October, bucking previous June launches for iPhone handsets and almost certainly prolonging iPhone 5-related searches throughout the year. So there were a lot of “iPhone 5″ searches last year — enough to dilute this year’s searches down to the number nine slot.

Plenty of people have already moved on to Samsung’s Galaxy S III this year, but the Samsung Galaxy S II, released stateside late last year, showed some nice staying power.

With its big screen and powerful innards, the Android smartphone won enough awards and critical praise to make itself a viable alternative to the iPhone.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphone line literally went big this year. The first Galaxy Note sported a 5.3-inch screen and was unveiled in Germany in late 2011 but wasn’t available for purchase stateside until early 2012. The Galaxy Note II — with its even bigger 5.55-inch screen — wasn’t unveiled until late 2012. Splitting the difference between phone and tablet form factors is no easy task, but Samsung is apparently making it work.

Microsoft is making its own hardware, that’s why the hoopla. In an attempt to show its hardware partners how it’s done, Microsoft took the bull by the horns and designed its own tablet to showcase the company’s overhauled, bold and touch-friendly Windows 8 operating system. As searches for “Microsoft Surface” in 2012 relate to searches for “Microsoft Surface” in 2011, the term’s high placement this year shouldn’t be too terribly shocking. Before this year, Microsoft Surface referred to giant touchscreen tables; that project has since been renamed to Microsoft PixelSense.

In late 2011, Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire, a $200 tablet with access to Amazon’s cache of digital books, videos, music and more. In a time of the $500-and-up iPad and a slew of so-so Android tablets, the Kindle Fire’s low price point and simple interface made it a popular choice for people who wanted a tablet but didn’t want to spend a ton of money to get one. Since then, Amazon’s repeatedly dropped the price of the Kindle Fire and rolled out the 7- and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD line of tablets. It would be interesting to know which of this year’s “Kindle Fire” searches came from people looking for the old version of the tablet or one of the new versions, minus the “HD” at the end.

In late 2011, Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire, a $200 tablet with access to Amazon’s cache of digital books, videos, music and more. In a time of the $500-and-up iPad and a slew of so-so Android tablets, the Kindle Fire’s low price point and simple interface made it a popular choice for people who wanted a tablet but didn’t want to spend a ton of money to get one. Since then, Amazon’s repeatedly dropped the price of the Kindle Fire and rolled out the 7- and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD line of tablets. It would be interesting to know which of this year’s “Kindle Fire” searches came from people looking for the old version of the tablet or one of the new versions, minus the “HD” at the end.

Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone can arguably be called the anti-iPhone poster child. Those Samsung ads making fun of Apple fans waiting in line? The current crop of those ads are for the Galaxy S III. Before its release in May, 2012, the phone reportedly became the most preordered gadget in history with 9 million early orders. As of November of this year, Samsung claims to have moved 30 million Galaxy S III handsets.

Some have clamored for a smaller, cheaper, easier to handle iPad since before Steve Jobs voiced his disdain for smaller tablets back in late 2010. It took a couple years, but the world finally got its miniature iPad. There was no shortage of rumors, speculation and crossed fingers leading up to the announcement, which almost certainly accounted for all the Google searches between 2011 and 2012.

Amusingly enough, when the iPad 3 was officially rolled out in March, Apple dropped the “3″ from the name, simply referring to it as “iPad”. The iPad 2 was kept around and discounted, but the year-long wait between the iPad 2 and what many believed would be called the iPad 3 apparently resulted in plenty of “iPad 3″ search terms between 2011 and 2012. Even now that Apple’s released the fourth-generation iPad to replace the third-generation iPad, it’s still tempting to search for “iPad 3″ when trying to differentiate the two.

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Two Way Radio Earpieces (…And Why Scottie is Unlikely to Beam you up, Ever)

 

For those of you mad enough to actually read my numerous articles, think pieces and terrible jokes (usually held together by only the thinnest of links to the product in question), you’ll be aware that I spend most of my time wishing that life was more like ‘Star Trek’.

 

Here, then, with the advent of these new two-way radio earpieces, is a product that can help us get a little closer to that wish. We may still be light years away from warp drive and many decades away from even a rudimentary holodeck, but the classic TOS communicators and TNG ‘com badges’ aren’t all that far fetched. Continue reading

Best eBook readers for Christmas 2012

Editors Note – With christmas heavily upon us and you are already fed with all the cakes, mince pies and sherry, we give you the best eBook readers, to get away from it all.

 

The book has been Christmas stocking staple throughout all our lives, predating the electronic gadgets and toys that now dominate most of our seasonal wish lists. Continue reading

A Mouse’s Tale- What Wireless is Best?

Lets face it; nobody really likes a mouse for the wires, do they? If they did, the best wireless mouse would surely be lauded as the best…y’know, mouse.

 

If you’re using a desktop PC to read this, then the chances are that the mouse is attached, via a long tangle of grey cable, into the PC itself that is somewhere under your desk. How you cringe when something falls down there or you need to gain access to that speaker wire that just keeps coming loose. Continue reading

Lighting The Touchpaper… The Kindle Fire Spreads Like…Um, A Popular eBook Reader?

By now you will have noticed that there are a great many Kindle Fire reviews online. You will probably also have noticed that the vast majority of these Kindle Fire reviews are positive, although there are, (as always), one or two negative points raised. You’ll have walked past the billboards, accidentally clicked on the adverts, or else seen Amazon’s new baby featured on the telly. Perhaps you’re even thinking of buying one and want to know a little bit more? Well, in any case, I hope this piece will help. Continue reading