For a long time now, people have been asking for longer battery life for their mobile phones, but until recently the manufacturers seem to have been more focused on style over substance. But recently we’ve noticed a change from the Android makers, and it’s excellent. These new phones offer around 3 days of operation from a charge, which makes life so much easier. And now there’s a new king of the jungle out there, which offers even more.Read More
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Info: Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don't we all?
Hands up if you’ve ever had painful feet. Yep, same here. We all get pain in the feet at some time or another, because we walk around a lot. That’s good of course, but it can lead to problems if we’re wearing unsuitable shoes or staying on our feet for too many harsh, unyielding hours. Properly fitting footwear can help of course, but there’s also another solution it seems.
If anyone needs proof that the world is slowly changing, look no further than the major car manufacturers. These lumbering dinosaurs are being forced, kicking and screaming, into the eco driven future to the extent that they’re even converting their major sellers into green machines. The latest example is this Volkswagen Passat GTE, a plugin hybrid (PHEV) which boasts ‘official’ consumption figures of 149 mpg and 31 miles of all electric range. And at a price which is very nearly…
In the future we may well drop our car off at the entrance to the shopping mall car park, and leave it to drive itself to a refueling point and then automatically park up to wait for our return. Sounds incredible? Not if German motor group VW has its way. But you will need an electric vehicle to take advantage of this kind of ‘shop & charge’ valet service.
We’re not entirely sure how this works, but there’s apparently a need for mobile car garages out there in this crazy wide world. The concept of needing to protect a hunk of rusting metal against the elements is probably very logical if you’re a piston-head, but we’re wondering what purpose it will serve to those of us with more modest ambitions?
It seems that more and more people are suffering from allergic reactions to modern foods. It’s not just gluten, but a widening variety of food, mostly processed, which seem to be causing problems. One of the problems that creates is trying to avoid dangerous products when shopping, which can be very time consuming. But now a new free app aims to make things much easier.
There are times when only a fully immersive gaming experience will do, and that’s the time you turn to a full blown arcade machine. Arcades give you options your games console can’t match, which is why this new Star Wars Battle Pod is so extremely cool.
There’s no doubt that we live in a massively irradiated world. We swim in a sea of WiFi, mobile phone, broadcast TV, microwave and other electromagnetic stuff every single day, and it’s getting worse not better. Which could be rather worrying if some studies are to be believed. “Semen exposed to RF electromagnetic waves emitted from cell phones had higher levels of damaging free radicals, lower sperm motility (the ability of sperm to move and swim), lower sperm viability (the…
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, no-one does fun quadcopters like Parrot. Unlike every other manufacturer, the Parrot drones (as they like to call them) are fast, ultra stable and lots of fun. Less crashing into things and more flying. Cool. So now the company has just announced the 2015 line-up of fun flyers, starting with the Parrot Airborne Cargo Drone. We got to test it out at the launch this week.
We first reported on free software to turn your phone into a remote camera back in 2004 (yes that long, and it was called Mobcam for Symbian). Well time may fly, but that doesn’t mean good ideas disappear. Now there’s a new and much more sophisticated version of the idea out, and it’s great. Camio is a free service which lets you convert any old smartphone (or even a computer webcam) into a motion sensitive security camera.
The good folk from Liberty Games sent us over a fascinating little project for all you gamers out there. The Videogames Old vs New site offers a side by side comparison look at some of the most popular games of all time. Comparing what they were like when launched to today’s version. The difference is mind-blowing, and it’s not just the graphics that have improved.
Suddenly you can’t turn a corner without coming up against a new DIY security camera. Big ones, small ones, and they all have one thing in common. They’re designed to be super easy to install. We’ve just been checking out one of the latest on the market, the HomeMonitor HD Pro from camera veterans Y-Cam. It’s an outdoor camera, which is supposed to be so easy to install your cat could do it. Or something like that.
The convergence of smart light bulbs and home security had to happen eventually. So no surprises to hear that an enterprising US company has come up with an elegant product which combines the best of sensor and LED tech to produce the BeOn light bulb. The device goes way beyond most ‘smart‘ bulbs to offer a really valuable set of tools to protect your home.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – 13.3 inch screen and an integrated projector, a very unusual tablet indeed [Review]
There are tablet computers, and then there are ‘tablet’ computers. Most of the genre, except for the iPad masters, offer a lot of me-too tech, or simply a lower price to try and win customers. But occasionally there’s a tablet which really tries to be different, and so it is with this new tablet computer from the Lenovo stable. Big, brassy and bold. And that’s just the box.
Ever wished you could relive the golden age of handheld games consoles? Do you lament the passing of classic games, and love the idea of the Nintendo 3DS, but not so much the price? Well here’s an interesting alternative for you. This Game Pad Digital XD is a quad core Android handheld game console which comes with a bunch of emulation software to let you play those fun titles that you need in your life.