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Awesome October 11, 2011 posted by

BrillianTab – Is this the best sub-$200 Android Tablet in the world today?

Continuing our foray into low-price Android tablets, Chinavasion have sent me on a journey to the other end of the scale with their BrillianTab, a 7″ tablet running Android 2.3. This is a serious step up in tablets as it’s powered by a 1.2GHz, dual-core A8 processor with 512MB of RAM and boy does it make a difference! This tablet is seriously, seriously good for such a low price point. Click through for all the info and make sure to…


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BrillianTab – Is this the best sub-$200 Android Tablet in the world today?
Gadgets September 27, 2011 posted by

LeoTab – An 8 inch budget Android media tablet review

Chinavasion have sent me their latest Android tablet, an 8″, 800×600 “no frills” media tablet called the LeoTab. Compared to the other tablets available on their site, it doesn’t have a very long feature set, but that’s kind of its charm as it’s only US$99.95. Yes, yes I know, sub-$100 Android tablets are a dime-a-dozen and if Ars’ recent review is anything to go by, they should be avoided, but the LeoTab is different, it actually works. That being said,…


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LeoTab – An 8 inch budget Android media tablet review
Awesome August 24, 2011 posted by

10 Reasons Why I’m Done With Windows. (or why Ubuntu Linux is now ready for primetime!)

The wife’s computer crashed last week. A big meaty crash, which is unusual for Windows XP, despite what the haters say. Apart from the execrable Windows Vista product, modern versions of the operating system have been extremely stable. Seriously. But in this case the crash was one of those which results in an endless boot-up loop, lots of blue screen, very little computing. Windows XP wouldn’t reinstall for some reason, so now I had a choice – either plonk down some…


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Awesome May 17, 2011 posted by

Hands On With The Samsung Galaxy SII Smartphone – …wow

So the good people at Three sent me a new Samsung Galaxy S2 (or is that SII?) Android powered smartphone to test last week, and I’ve been using it ever since. Ahem…now I realise why Apple has recently sued Samsung. It’s not just about the ostensible copying, this is about a mobile phone (and presumably a family of products) which have the real design and technical specification clout to unseat Apple from its current leadership of the ‘cool’ smartphone pack. Make…


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Gadgets December 17, 2010 posted by

Swiftpoint Review – Hands on with the mouse of the future

There are two types of people in the world, those that use laptop computer trackpads, and those that think there must be something better. Kiwi outfit, Swiftpoint, clearly fall into the latter category as they have come up with the Swiftpoint travel mouse. It’s about the size of a zippo lighter, charges in 30 seconds and may just change the way you use your laptop forever.


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Swiftpoint Review – Hands on with the mouse of the future
Gadgets December 16, 2010 posted by

Kogan 6″ eBook Reader – Hands on review

The 6″ ebook market is where all the action is these days with new models coming out, it seems, every month. Australian online electronics company Kogan, perhaps better known for their cheap tellies, has dived in with their first ebook reader, the ‘Kogan 6″ eBook Reader‘. It comes equipped with a 6″, 4 bit (16 shades) e-ink screen, 2GB of onboard storage, SD card slot and an mp3 player. Here’s my take on it.


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Kogan 6″ eBook Reader – Hands on review
Awesome November 30, 2010 posted by

34 Cool and Unusual Ways to Make Money on the Web

  Just about everyone knows how to earn money from the Web nowadays, right? You slap up a quick website, put some Google Adsense ads on it and wait for the cash to roll in. Or not. Even banner ads and affiliate schemes can be hard work when you’re starting out. But the good news is that there are other ways you can make money from the Internet, some weird, others not so. Follow us down Money Lane as we point out some…


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34 Cool and Unusual Ways to Make Money on the Web
Gadgets November 12, 2010 posted by

Tokyoflash Kisai Escape C- Hands on review with an awesome Bluetooth widget

The Tokyoflash Kisai Escape C is a Bluetooth receiver that turns any set of headphones or earphones into a Bluetooth headset or a pair of stereo wireless earphones. It’s a great idea and perfect for people who want stereo options with their Bluetooth headsets or just want to use their favourite headphones, wirelessly. Here’s my take on it.


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Tokyoflash Kisai Escape C- Hands on review with an awesome Bluetooth widget
cool tech October 22, 2010 posted by

Powergorilla – the only portable charger you’ll need

I have been testing a Powergorilla portable charger for a few weeks now, mainly as a phone charger for extended trips rather than a laptop charger, and one thing sticks out –  this is not your average power block. The massive 21000mAh capacity battery pack for standard 5V USB devices is absolutely superb, and means you can keep all your gadgets charged on the move, without having to worry about finding a mains power socket at all. I’ve successfully used it to keep…


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cool tech October 12, 2010 posted by

Satechi Sound Fly BT FM Transmitter Player – top class accessory makes every Bluetooth phone car friendly

The Satechi Sound Fly BT FM Transmitter Player is an all in one Bluetooth unit that wirelessly connects your mobile phone to your car stereo for hands-free calling and music playback. So far so normal. What makes this unit stand out is a) Versatility. The SD card slot means you can use the unit as a standalone WMA/MP3 music player without hassling with your mobile. Just put your music on the card, plug the card into the slot, tune your…


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Gadgets September 23, 2010 posted by

Excalibur Smartphone with Android 2.1 – Mini hands on review

Chinavasion have recently added instructions for upgrading their cool Excalibur smartphone to Android 2.1. for anyone who purchased it early and got the 1.6 version missing the Android Marketplace. We quite liked the Excalibur when it was running 1.6, and 2.1 is definitely an improvement. The instructions are fairly simple however they didn’t work for me, I had use the second lot of directions further down the page and reflash it using the ROM Update Tool (RUT) but 20 minutes…


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Excalibur Smartphone with Android 2.1 – Mini hands on review
Gadgets August 16, 2010 posted by

Wireless Audio Visual Intercom – Hands on with the Ninja doorbell

Video door phones are nothing new but with wireless video now da rigueur, adding them to your home is extremely cheap and easy. This Wireless Audio Visual Intercom is a low-cost option that not only gives you a wireless setup, but adds flexibility so that you can move the base station around to wherever you are in the house or backyard. Click through to take a look.


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Wireless Audio Visual Intercom – Hands on with the Ninja doorbell
cool tech July 28, 2010 posted by

3M MPro150 – hands on with this cute little pocket projector

The 3M MPro150 is one of a new breed of pocket, or pico, projectors, distinguished by uprated brightness, increased internal memory and improved functionality. I’ve been testing one out for a while, and first reports are that it’s a cracking piece of kit, which offers a wide range of value for both business and pleasure. The first surprise is the build quality of the device. It comes complete with a full set of cables, manual and charger as you’d expect, but…


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cool tech July 12, 2010 posted by

Electric Bike Challenge – GoCycle vs Brompton Nano

Electric are beginning to enter a new phase of popularity, spurred on by rising oil prices, cheaper components and a populace eager to save money on their commuting and daily travel costs. The result has been a flood of new entrants to the market in recent months, underpinned by a new crop of cheap Chinese electric motors which are more efficient, and cheaper than ever. I thought I’d take a look at two of the products jostling for our cash,…


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Gadgets July 7, 2010 posted by

Devotec Solar Sound 2 – super cool solar powered Bluetooth speaker really delivers

The new Devotec Solar Sound 2 Bluetooth Speaker has got to be one of the coolest portable speakers I’ve come across yet. As well as offering conventional wireless Bluetooth sound from your mobile phone or other BT device, it can act as a bridge between your phone and HiFi, using the Line Out socket and a cable connected to your stereo system. The twin speakers really are loud, which probably results from the really solid heft of the case, this is not one of those nasty lightweight plasticy portable…


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