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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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Awesome May 18, 2010 posted by

MiPhone A3 – hands on with the Android powered iPhone super clone

The MiPhone A3 is an Android powered iPhone clone which comes with probably the best specification of any clone handset on the market at the moment. We got our hands on one to test, and found the phone to have a surprisingly well built feel, while suffering from a number of software glitches which made it a little frustrating to use at times. Read on for our review and video hands on covering the good and bad bits of this…


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Gadgets May 10, 2010 posted by

Excalibur 3G Android Phone – Hands on review of an Android smartphone for the rest of us

This Excalibur 3G Android Phone is the first higher-end, unbranded Android phone we’ve managed to get our greasy little paws on. It’s fully-featured too with a 3.2″ resistive touchscreen, GPS, camera, rotatable screen, trackball, stereo bluetooth and a pair of batteries so it should keep you out of trouble. Turns out it’s a pretty darn good phone at a good price too. If you like just jump to the end and check out the hands-on video and conclusion.


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Excalibur 3G Android Phone – Hands on review of an Android smartphone for the rest of us
cool tech April 20, 2010 posted by

E Ink Technology Sneak Peak – we get a sneaky look at some of the upcoming e-paper displays

We were fortunate enough to grab a brief session with E Ink Vice President of Marketing, Sriram Peruvemba the other day in a bookstore in London, to have a chat about upcoming E Ink technologies and where they would be popping up in the near future. Among the interesting prototypes and samples he showed me were an E Ink access card, which contains a random number generator for instant security access and a mobile phone with a dynamic graphical cover, which changed patterns constantly….


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Awesome April 12, 2010 posted by

i-gotU GT600 GPS Travel and Sports Logger – Hands on review with an awesome GPS gadget

I’ve been sent one of these iGotU GT600 GPS Travel and Sports Logger gadgets to take a look at. It’s a GPS unit that records your position while you explore the world or jog the track. When you get home, download the GPS data and you can use it to map your route or to geotag your photos if you sync your camera clock with it. While there are a million phones and apps out there that can do both…


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i-gotU GT600 GPS Travel and Sports Logger – Hands on review with an awesome GPS gadget
Gadgets April 5, 2010 posted by

Guitar Tuner Clip – Hands on review with a 3-in-1 guitar tuner

Chinavasion have sent me one of these Guitar Tuner Clips (also known as a JH-30 Clip Metro Tuner) to look at. It’s a clever little number that can clip onto the guitar neck and puts the display right where you need it. It also gives you a choice of tuning modes, using either a microphone or via a vibration sensitive clip. Here’s what I thought of it.


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Guitar Tuner Clip – Hands on review with a 3-in-1 guitar tuner
Gadgets April 2, 2010 posted by

SmallTalk Mini Bluetooth Headset – hands on with the world’s teeniest headset

The SmallTalk Mini Bluetooth Headset is billed as the world’s smallest, and they’ve certainly managed to cram all your headsetty needs into a very small space. The thing features a standard Bluetooth earphone and mic, and comes with both car and USB charging kits. There’s even a small user’s manual. In operation it works as you’d expect, and although the sound was clear and the mic worked fine on a call, if you moved it too far away from the phone some crackle would quickly…


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Awesome March 24, 2010 posted by

Logitech Marathon M705 – super mouse gets better and better

I’ve been using one of these ‘ere Logitech Marathon M705 mouses for a while now, and I’m just reporting in to say…very nice! Regular readers will know of our love affair with the high grade mouse range from Logitech -they’re sturdy, well engineered and come with a fabulous free-moving (hyperscroll) scroll wheel which is the crack cocaine of web surfing action. Once you’ve scrolled around a page using the free-wheel you will NOT want to go back to any other type of mouse…


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Gadgets March 22, 2010 posted by

Robot Android Smartphone – hands on review of a new smartphone for the masses

The days are long gone when smartphones were reserved for the rich and famous, nowadays they’re becoming positively commonplace. None more so than the new raft of Chinese Android handsets we’re starting to see appear from those busy busy Far East factories (or in my case, Far North). The coming of Android has changed everything. By providing thousands of easily accessible apps and a familiar cross device user-experience it has the potential to breathe new life into the multitude of…


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Robot Android Smartphone – hands on review of a new smartphone for the masses
Bookmark This! March 12, 2010 posted by

Binverse – has Usenet becomes the new (old) file sharing paradise?

Way back in 1980 BF (Before Facebook) and a decade before the World Wide Web was created, Usenet came into being. It was set up as a communication channel, a cross between a bulletin board and email, and it flourished. Cut forward 30 years and despite the massive popularity of various entities like AOL, CompuServe, ICQ, IRC, Friendster and yes, even the mighty Facebook, it’s still going strong. It also remains the place where serious geeks announce important things to…


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