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The Top 6 Tech Trends to watch out for in 2018

We are setting in comfortably into 2018 now and there is already an array of exciting tech trends for 2018. We are going to take a look at some of the top Tech Trends for 2018, some showcased at the CES 2018.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence has already done some great things, particularly in the medical industry. Already, there are developed programmes that can identify the signs of Alzheimer’s disease up to ten years before the symptoms appear. It can even detect bowel cancer during a colonoscopy. It is predicted that AI will just keep on developing.

It is thought that in the future, everybody will have a virtual assistant i.e. Alexa or Google. These virtual assistants will just keep on getting smarter, to maybe even writing news reports or getting dinner ready. But as far as 2018 is concerned, AI is going to be on the rise and just prepare yourself for more from Artificial Intelligence.

Wireless Charging

Although wireless charging is definitely not new, it is a trend that was showcased at the CES 2018 and seems like it is really going to take off. Wireless charging is charging your device without having to physically plug it in, this is usually done through charging pads which you can place your device on top of. Manufacturers like Belkin an iOttie showcased their new products at CES 2018. Even PowerMat has now adopted the new QI standard. So it seems that one single charging method for iOS and Android has a great possibility to be very popular this year. There is even the opportunity to be charging wearables such as the Apple Watch.

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Smart Cities

There have recently been articles in the media in relation to developments on products that will make your city a smart city. The first of these would be the developments to roads. It has been rumoured that the tech giant Qualcomm are investing in the car industry by creating roads that can charge electric cars. Then there are the Dominos self-driving pizza delivery cars. We will hear a lot more from new developments within the smart cities trend this year.

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5G

You may of heard of 4G, well now there is 5G. 5G is a type of wireless technology that is being raved about at the moment. 5G connectivity will result in greater capacity, higher speeds and lower latency. Lower latency means that there will be far fewer delays in the devices that it powers. It has been said that 5G has the potential to be 10 times faster than 4G. We look forward to hearing more about how 5G is developing in 2018.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality really came to surface last year within the ‘Pokemon Go‘ app. This became very popular very quickly. Well, expect to see Augmented Reality to surface again this year even bigger and better. It is predicted that there will be many exciting apps such as being able to look at your living room through a camera and placing a sofa in position to see if it will look right. You can expect to see everything from virtual clothes apps to more games like Pokemon Go.

Displays that disappear

TVs are everywhere nowadays and they take up lots of valuable space. Now LG have come up with a brand new concept which they launched at the CES 2018 to help save space. It is a 65-inch OLED TV that rolls up like a scroll. They exhibited this with a white box that held the spooling mechanism inside which rolled up the TV. This is a great development and leads you to think of a whole load of possibilities. You could carry a display box with you and then roll out a blueprint anywhere you like.

We are very excited for what is to come in 2018 for the industry. Let us know what you think about the above exciting tech trends!

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Top 5 tech stocking fillers for under £20 this Christmas

Do you have a games fanatic son or a tech lover daughter and are finding yourself stuck on what to get them for their stocking this year? Well, we have chosen some of the best tech-related items which may be just perfect for a stocking!

Wi-Fi Smart Plug

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As long as you have a Wi-Fi connection you can use this Smart Plug. Simply connect it to your Wi-Fi then plug it into your socket and use it for your general appliances. This smart plug connects to an app on your smartphone. Through this app you are able to turn your appliances on and off or even set a schedule. This really is a clever plug and just the right size for your stocking! You can get one of these from Amazon for only £16.99.

Mini Arcade Machine

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For only £19 you can get a small portable games machine which comes preloaded with 240 games! Made to look like an old arcade machine, this is a perfect gift for a bit of nostalgia. The compact design makes it portable and it is great for children and adults. You can buy this from Amazon.

Touch Screen Gloves

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Although this product is not essentially a form of gadget, it is definitely one for tech lovers. These gloves enable you to use touch screen phones and tablets with gloves on. So whilst it is very cold, these are ideal! You can buy these from Amazon for only £9.99.

Holoquad Holographic Projector

HoloquadThe Holoquad can turn any Smartphone into a holographic experience. You place it on your phone, turn down the lights and watch the holographic experience appear on your screen. See simple, yet amazing holographics. A perfect stocking filler present. You can buy this item from Amazon for £5.50.

USB Fridge

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This portable USB fridge is great! Plug the USB into your laptop or a plug then a cold plate chills to 8.5 degrees after being plugged in for 5 minutes. Then put in a can of your favourite drink and enjoy a nice cool beverage on the go! You can buy this for £13.99 from IWOOT.

These are just a few tech stocking fillers that we found for under £20! Take a look at the likes of Amazon, IWOOT and John Lewis for more.

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The Nintendo SNES Mini, brand new Amazon Echo Plus and more from this months Top Gadgets!

Last month our team have been loving the new releases! The Nintendo Classic Mini SNES and the very new Amazon Echo Plus have been the hot topics here as well as a very practical app for your storage if you are an Android user!

Links2SD

If you are an Android user and find yourself using up your storage and then having to delete various apps and images to get more on there, then this app would be ideal for you. Link2SD is an application manager that makes it easy to move applications to the SD card. Link2SD uses a secondary partition on your SD card and uses it as another segment of internal storage. There is a multitude of exciting features such ‘force move’ which allows you to move apps over to SD even if the app does not support moving to SD. The ability to link apk, dex and lib files of apps to the SD card, freeze and un-freeze system and users applications and much more. If you regularly find yourself running out of storage on your Android phone then this is worth looking into, you can download it here.

Nintendo Classic Mini Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Nintendo Classic Mini SNES was released last Friday and it is so popular that stock is already sparse! The SNES Mini is a tiny version of the original console from the 90’s and comes with 21 games from that era. It comes with two controllers that connect via USB. It also comes with a HDMI cable so that you can connect it to the TV. A new feature that has been added is that you can now rewind up to five minutes of gameplay. Also you can wrap a border around your games with the new Frame feature. If you have an Nintendo Wii, you can simply plug the Wii Classic Controllers and accessories in and play! Due to how popular the SNES Classic Mini was in the 90’s, it sold out mostly just from the pre-sale and they completely sold out on launch day. However, you may be able to pre-order on Amazon France. Although this is the France stock, UK members are still able to pre-order.

Amazon Echo Plus

You would probably think that the Echo Plus will have a whole new look, but it actually imitates the old version. But dont be put off by this as there are many new changes beneath this. The first thing that has been added is Zig-Bee friendly hub. The purpose of the Zig-Bee is that it allows the Echo Plus to easily connect to a wider range of smart home devices. All you have to do is say ‘Alexa, discover devices.’ The Echo Plus is compatible with everything from light bulbs to locks. Alexa will automatically name the devices too so the first light set up will be called ‘first light.’ Amazon is even going to ship every Echo Plus with a Philips Hue light bulb so that users can see the real potential from this new device. Additional features are pretty much the same as the new Amazon Echo, including a dedicated woofer, a tweeter and Dolby-certified audio which is meant to make the sound a whole lot better. As well as this, it also has 7 microphones that can hear you from any direction, even when music is playing. The Echo Plus is even cheaper than its predeccesor selling for $149.99, you can pre-order it now.

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Microsoft unveils motion controllers, an app to track your mileage and more from this month’s Top Gadgets!

Last month was pretty much full of exciting apps and VR! We looked at the following: an app to keep track of your mileage so that you always know what to claim, a power thesaurus that ensures you are never lost for words, a sat nav reflector and exciting news from Microsoft in the world of VR!

MileIQ

MileIQ is an app that can be downloaded to your smartphone. The purpose of the app is to track your mileage so that you can have a complete record of all your tax deductible and reimbursable mileage. The way this works is that the app runs in the background as your drive with smart drive detection. You can add your vehicles, locations and purposes so that it is tailored to you. An accurate record of your mileage is stored securely. The in-app reports give you snapshots of information, however you also will have access to a full web-based dashboard where you can see a full breakdown. Another feature of the app is that you can classify your drive. You swipe left on the screen to define that the drive is a personal one and then you swipe right on the screen to define that the drive is for business purposes. You can download this app form the App Store and Google Play today for free.

Power Thesaurus

If you are a writer then you it’s likely you already know about this tool. Power Thesaurus is a website where you can type in a word and you will receive a set of results. You can choose between Synonyms, Antonyms, Broader terms, Narrower terms and Related terms. These will then be ranked in order of popularity. An example would be searching the term ‘Happy’ you then will see a list of 1.5K synonyms with the top rated being ‘Joyful’. You can also now get Google Chrome extension for Power Thesaurus. You will get a button on your toolbar that allows you to search and view synonyms, antonyms etc. You can also select a word and right-click it to open Power Thesaurus.

Hudway Glass

One of our team members recently discovered something called Hudway Glass. It is a mount with a little glass screen that flips up in front of your windscreen. You then lay your phone on the mount and the reflection from your phone will show on the glass screen. For this to work you will need to download the two Hudway apps. You have an app that will show your speed and another app that acts just like a sat nav . This will work with any phone and will work in day and night. The great thing about this rather than just using your phone as your sat nav, you get a 20% larger screen reflected, making it a lot easier to see. The see-through glass screen does not alter your view so you can always have your eyes on all parts of the road.

Microsoft VR Headset and Controller Bundle

Microsoft have recently announced that they will be soon releasing their new set of motion controllers that can be bought as a bundle with the Microsoft VR headset. These should be available to purchase as a bundle by the end of this year with prices starting at $400. The reference design features ‘inside-out tracking’. This means that there will be no need for external sensors unlike the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The sensors for the controllers will be within the headset. There is LED lights at one end of the controllers for tracking as well as a round track pad, menu button and analog stick. On the body of the controller is a side grip trigger and a Windows button. At only 350g in weight, they are one of the lightest headsets in comparison to the top of the range ones right now.

A Security Camera that can talk, The Surface Dial and more from this months Top Gadgets!

Our pick of last months best gadgets includes the latest updates from Pinterest, a security camera that can quite literally tell your burglars to leave, an app to teach you to code as well as an exciting tool for the Surface Studio. Read on to find out more!

The Nest Cam

The Nest Cam is an indoor security camera which has been designed to look after your family, your home and yourself. Nest Cam streams live 24/7, meaning you can catch any crimes in your house, see what your dog is doing whilst you’re at work or check if you have left the oven on. A magnetic stand enables the camera to be very versatile. With the camera having power supplied by the mains power supply you will never get a dead battery. Nest Cam can save up to 30 days footage in the cloud too. With the free smartphone app, you will get alerted when there are loud sounds, you will receive an image and can save these for up to 3 hours. You can also choose which zones in your house are monitored for movement, such as your safe. With a built in mic, you can tell intruders to get out of your house or tell your dog to get off of the sofa. You have the option of an indoor or outdoor cam. The Indoor Nest Cam is priced at £159 and the Outdoor Nest Cam is priced at £179. They are both available to pre-order.

SoloLearn

If you have ever wanted to learn how to code and program then SoloLearn is probably the app for you. Learn JavaScript, PHP, C++, Python 3, jQuery, HTML and much more throughout a variety of courses. Quizzes and guides enable you to be put to the test and really immerse yourselves into the coding world. There is also a large community that users of the app can turn to for assistance, and people can share their own code and programs that they have built using the app. You can learn on the go with this free programming language educational app by downloading the app to your Apple or Android device. Download it now and don’t miss out!

Dish Recognition for Pinterest

 

Recently Pinterest rolled out a new feature called ‘Lens.’ Simply point your camera within the app at anything you like and Pinterest will find and display related ideas. Well they have now added an addition to this feature. It is called Dish Recognition. Now when you open the app, click on the magnifying glass and then the camera icon and point your camera at a food item and snap a picture. You will then see words appear relating to this i.e. an image of an orange could be orange, healthy eating, food etc. But then if you scroll further down the page once you have clicked on one of the relating words, you will be provided with recipes using similar ingredients to the food item you captured. This is a fun and exciting addition to Pinterest. It does however sound a lot like “SeeFood” which was the fake ‘Shazam for food’ app from the comedy Silicon Valley. But Pinterest officials confirmed to The Verge that it was “separate and completely coincidental.”

To enable this add on all you need to do is update your app and you are ready to go. If you don’t actually have Pinterest yet, where have you been?! You can download it here from Google Play and here from the App Store.

Microsoft Surface Dial

A new tool that was released alongside the Microsoft Surface Studio was the Surface Dial. This new tool enables you to “transition  seamlessly through tasks” as stated by Microsoft. You can simplify tasks with the Surface Dial. Scroll through articles, adjust the volume, fly through your city maps and more all without touching your keyboard or mouse. You can use the dial directly on the screen of your Surface Studio. It quite literally will reinvent the way you design. A colour picker will emerge form the dial enabling you to seamlessly edit your pieces. There are many apps that work very well with the Surface Dial such as Sketchable, Mental Canvas and Bluebean Revu. This new tool is very impressive however it may be one more for the designers out there. You can purchase it for £79 however it will only work on the Surface Studio and if you do not have one of these yet they could set you back about £2330.

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3D Scanners, Paper-thin TV’s and Bass filled Headphones in this months Top Gadgets!

Our pick of this month’s best gadgets includes the latest from CES 2017, language education apps and headphones. Our team has taken a look at what new developments have taken their fancy throughout this past month, read on to find out more!

HP Sprout Pro G2, PC with Integrated 3D Scanner

HP recently debuted the Sprout Pro G2 at CES 2017. It houses a 2D and a 3D scanner, as well as this there are cameras, a projector and a touch mat with a stylus. The touch mat and stylus is used to work on the objects in real time once they have been scanned. With a dual multi-touch display, a unique 20-point Touch Mat and hi-res cameras, you can have a highly visual and hands-on experience. The Sprout G2 was designed to be fuss-free.

In comparison to the older model there is now a higher resolution projection, more powerful processing, advanced 3D scanning and more accurate pen drawing. It should also feel faster, more precise and more realistic than before. It has a 23.8″ display which is larger than the 23″ model beforehand. The prices have not yet been released, however the model last year was around $2,199. So guesses are it won’t be too far off of this price. Take a look at the live example below!

LG OLED W7

The LG OLED W7 was also showcased at CES 2017. It is a television so thin that it has been called a  picture on the wall. At only 2.57mm thick, it is one of the thinnest of its kind. This television is available in 77in and 65in. With a new wall-mounting system means that the television can be mounted with ultra-slim magnetic brackets. This really is a stunning screen with active HDR and 4K resolution. IT also has cinematic colour on perfect black which means the colours pop and images come alive. The LG OLED pixels are what makes this possible. With Dolby Atmos audio gives it a cinema-quality experience.

DuoLingo

DuoLingo is an app that helps you learn a new language. You can download this onto android, windows and apple devices enabling you to learn anytime, anywhere. Each lesson in DuoLingo includes a variety of listening, speaking, translation and multiple choice challenges. You then have in-lesson grading which shows you what you got correct and then it will quickly show you how to improve. You can get a streak count by DuoLingo recording how many days in a row you stay on track with learning a language. DuoLingo is now also available for schools. Thousands of teachers are already using it to enhance their lessons. The classroom addition has a general dashboard for teachers to see their student progress.

Betron B-25 Noise Isolating Headphones

One of our team love these headphones this month! At such a great price, you get the quality of something you would expect to cost a whole lot more. Get deep bass and crystal clear acoustics from the 9mm High Definition speaker driver. Having been optimised for multiple players you can use these headphones with iPhones, iPads, iPods, MP3 and portable media players. They come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty and 30 days money back guarantee. Priced at only £10.95 they are a bargain!

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Fitness in Virtual Reality, Apps and more in this months Top Gadgets!

Our pick of this month’s best gadgets includes the latest from virtual reality, apps and fitness. Our team has taken a look at what new developments have taken their fancy throughout this past month, read on to find out more!

If you own a HTC Vive VR Headset, you will definitely want to know all about the TPCast. The TPCast is an upgrade kit for the HTC Vive VR headset. The aim of it is to make the headset wireless. There is usually a set of very long cables attached to the headset, so this new accessory is very helpful. HTC decided to partner with TPCast who created this upgrade kit. For it to work, there is a battery pack slotted into the back pocket of the headset which has a cord that runs to another part of the headset. There are two versions of pack, with two different battery life’s. One lasting for 5 hours, and one for 2 hours. The benefit of this wireless experience is that the user is able to freely move around however they wish. It even feels lighter with the wireless receiver, rather than connected to the cables. With a very easy set up, this is a great upgrade for your HTC Vive. So far this is only available on HTC China’s website. However, if you don’t mind paying the shipping then there is no problem! You will be looking at around £200 for the upgrade kit.

SwiftKey

SwiftKey is an app that can be downloaded onto Apple and Android devices. It is a personalised keyboard software that adapts to the way you type, so this means you spend less time correcting your typos. SwiftKey has an estimated 10 trillion keystrokes across 100 different languages. This adds up to 100,000 years of reclaimed typing time! The predictive technology also gets smarter over time, by learning your personal writing style. You can customise your keyboard on your phone via this app with themes, which are free! You can type with a swipe if you are bored of typing! Simply swipe from one letter to the next. Get a faster and more accurate way for your autocorrects. SwiftKey can also predict which emojis you will be using next. A really innovative app, that is completely free!

ICAROS VR

I’m sure by now you have heard of Virtual Reality, well ICAROS are taking it to the next level. They have created a machine which is a gaming controller and a fitness device in one! You can train your muscles and test your reaction and balance. You control and determine the diving path or flight path in your game. All your movements are measured via the controller which is attached to the handle bar. This machine is primarily used with the Samsung Gear VR Headset, but it can also be used with the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. This really is an incredible machine that represents modern technology. However, this machine can set you back about £6000! You need to contact ICAROS for more information on how to pre-order.

Snapseed

Are you a lover of Instagram? Well here is a great app that will really take your images to the next level. Snapseed is a photo editor which has been developed by Google. You have a choice of 24 filters and tools to edit your images with. Here are a few of the great tools and filters that Snapseed provide:

Tools

Healing – removing an uninvited neighbour from a picture
Selective – choose up to 8 points in an image to assign enhancements to
Lens Blur – create a softened background to enhance the foreground object

Filters

Drama – add a hint of doomsday, available in 6 styles
HDR Scape – create an effect of multiple exposures
Retrolux – go retro with light leaks, scratches and film styles

Take a look on their website to see the full list of exciting tools and filters. Snapseed 000000;”>is available for both Apple and Android devices.  You can get this app completely free!

5 top tech gifts between £50-£200

So, it is nearly Christmas and you’re looking for some last minute presents that are really going to wow your friends and family. We have taken a look at the best gadgets for under £200 that will make the very best presents this Christmas!

Fitbit Charge 2

You may already be aware that there are many fitness trackers out there. But Fitbit really comes in above the rest. The Fitbit Charge 2 has a multitude of features to track your fitness. Get continuous, wrist-based, heart rate which is done automatically. You get a personalised Cardio Fitness Score which will enable you to get a better understanding of your fitness level and you are able to see how you can improve over time. The amount of steps that you take within a day will be tracked alongside the distance that you took. You can see the calories that have been burnt, your active minutes, hourly activity, floor climbed and stationary time. Another feature of the Fitbit Charge 2 is that your sleeping is also tracked. You are able to see how well you’re sleeping and how long for. With up to 5 days of battery life, you can go all day and night without charge. The different sports that you do are recognised and tracked in relation to the sport. There is so much more that the Fitbit Charge 2 can provide and at a price of only £119, it is so worth it!

GoPro HERO Session

Do you know someone that would love a GoPro? Well this Christmas you can treat them to one! The GoPro HERO Session is the lightest and smallest ever GoPro. You can capture 8MP single photos, 10fps burst photos and 0.5 to 60 seconds time-lapse photos. The HERO Session has a high resolution of 1440 pixels per inch and it delivers professional, sharp video. With WiFi and Bluetooth, you can easily stay connected with the GoPro apps. With the press of one button you can turn the GoPro on and start automatically filming. Without a housing, the HERO Session is waterproof up to 10m. Amazon have an amazing exclusive offer on just in time for the holiday season too! For £147.97 you can get the GoPro HERO Session camera, The Handlers (Floating Hand Grip), 16GB microSD Card, a standard frame, a mounting buckle, curved and flat adhesive mounts and the USB cable. What a great deal!

Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer

This is the perfect gift for anybody who loves to take photos and print them out. The Polaroid ZIP is a mobile printer which means it can be taken anywhere with you! You can connect your mobile or tablet up via Bluetooth with ease and print away! There is an app that comes with this purchase, you are able to edit photos you take by adding filters and additional items to the image. You can print in less than 60 seconds! Your printed images will be 2×3″ in size with full colour and is completely smudge-proof due to the ZINK technology! ZINK technology is zero ink. It is also fade-resistant even when exposed to light, heat and humidity. As well as all this, it is also waterproof and tearproof. The images have an adhesive backing so the can double up as stickers. You can buy them now from £104.99 on Amazon. You will also need to purchase the 2×3″ ZINK technology paper which is priced around £25.

Extreme Fliers Micro Drone 3.0

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This is a great drone for beginners through to experts. The Extreme Fliers Micro Drone is a palm sized drone that is easily manoeuvrable. This drone can be flown indoors and outdoors and can be controlled via the smartphone app for iOS or Android or by the included controller. Precision control with three speeds, flexibility and durability means that the Micro Drone 3.0 can be flown anywhere up to 45mph! The really cool thing about this drone is that you’re able to see exactly what the drone is doing in first person. The First Person View (FPV) lets you turn your smartphone into VR goggles. You are able to experience being with the drone in an immersive flying experience. This can be recorded directly onto a microSD card which means you can playback, edit and share your footage. This mini drone is priced at £149.

Notion

Notion is a home monitoring system that looks after your home for you, so you don’t have too. You can monitor your home with a single sensor, wherever you are. Sensors can be placed in any location that you wish with ease. A simple peel, stick and pair process is all you need. You can then be notified when doors are opened, the temperature in a room drops too low or rises too high, if there is a water leak and if a smoke alarm goes off. You basically have a leak detector, burglar alarm and thermostat all in one. But what you can do with Notion is limitless. You will get notifications direct to your phone via an app, that can be tailored to your needs. Too many notifications can become annoying, which is why Notion have enabled you to choose the custom alerts that fit your needs. So if you know somebody that would want keep their home safe, especially when they’re away – then this is the right present for them! Prices start at £179 and rise with more sensors added.

Microsoft Surface Studio, Amazon Fire and much more in this months Top Gadgets!

Our pick of this month’s best gadgets includes the latest from Microsoft, Amazon and more. Our team has taken a look at what new developments have taken their fancy throughout this past month, read on to find out more!

Microsoft Surface Studio

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So, you may have seen the Microsoft event the other day which showcased their updated and brand new products. The product that really caught the eye of our team was the Microsoft Surface Studio. The Surface Studio turns your desk into a studio. The Surface Studio has been designed for the creative process. With the thinnest monitor ever at 12.5mm, 10 point multi-touch and 28″ PixelSense display, you really do get the highest of the range. With a smarter display, you can rest your hand on the screen as you write! There are over a billion different colours. 32GB of RAM, 270W of integrated computer power and an Quad-Core Intel i7 Processor brings the Surface Studio to life.

The Surface Studio has a zero-gravity hinge that will move the display effortlessly and can be done with one hand. This enables the computer to turn from a desktop computer into a studio computer. The Surface pen which goes hand-in-hand with the Surface Studio, now has real-time writing so it feels just like pen to paper. This new updated surface pen will also work with the Surface Book and Surface Pros. A new tool that Microsoft have released alongside the Surface Studio is the Surface Dial. The Dial will sit on the screen and once pressed will display a radial menu of tools, supporting your workflow. The Surface Studio really is very impressive. It is available for pre-order now with prices starting at £2,999.

Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker and it is controllable by your own voice. This is done through a connection to the Alexa Voice Service. You are able to play music, provide the news, sports scores, information and much more. If you are an Amazon Prime member you will even be able to ask the Alexa Voice Service to order products. The Echo has a total of seven microphones and has a perfectly tuned speaker which enables it to fill a room with a full 360 degree immersive sound. The Amazon Echo also has beam-forming technology which means it can hear your voice in noisy environments and from across the room.

The Amazon Echo will provide hands-free control for Amazon Music, Spotify, Prime Music, TuneIn and of course you can stream via a tablet, iTunes, YouTube etc. When you want to use Echo you should awake it with the word ‘Alexa’ – this will make the Echo light up and respond to you. The Alexa Voice Service is updated straight through the cloud and it is always learning in order to add new functionality and skills. For instance, Alexa can order a takeaway from JustEat, order a ride from Uber, check train times from the National Rail and so much more. This can be done through the Alexa app.

The Amazon Echo seems to be getting better and better! It can even control your smart home. You can switch the lights on and off, change the temperature in the room via the thermostat, turn the TV off and the same for other switches. It is priced at £149.99 and as a high-end speaker and an assistant – that’s not bad at all!

Headspace

Headspace is an app that is your own personal trainer for your mind. It focus primarily on meditation, and although meditation may not be for everyone, they have plenty of topics for everyone. You will find topics on how to quit smoking, how to pass your driving test and how to reduce stress. Meditation has been shown to have a myriad of benefits and this is what Headspaces promotes. Meditation is said to make you focus, increase your creativity, relieve anxiety and lessen your stress.

You can sign up for free for the 10 day trial. This is 10 days worth of 10 minute medication sessions. You get progress stats, a mobile app and a buddy feature included. You can then choose to follow on from this to unlock more topics. This is an app for iOS and Andorid.

Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Although this is not new, it is very popular! The Amazon Fire Stick connects your HDTV to online entertainment. You can enjoy this Amazon Fire Stick whether you are a Prime member or not. The Fire Stick combines all your favourite subscriptions and streaming services such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Video, Music, Photos, Games and much more. If you are a Prime member, you can gain access to Prime Video which includes thousands of videos and TV episodes at no additional cost.

If you download the Amazon FireTV app, you will be able to speak into in order to control your TV. For example if you say ‘Forest Gump’ into the app, Fire Stick will find this film for you. Another great benefit of the Amazon Fire Stick is that it is portable. If you are changing rooms in the house, going to or from University or out in a different city for work – you can watch your favourite TV instantly. Along with all of this you get cinematic surround sound, a dual-core processor enabling it to be very fast and an introductory credit of £2.00 to spend on movies in the Amazon Video Store. You can purchase the Amazon Fire TV Stick for £33.20.

 

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Coretek’s top gadgets for September!

This month has been full of Drones, Virtual Reality and Design. Our team has taken a look at what new developments have taken their fancy throughout this past month, read on to find out more!

DJI Mavic Pro

Drones are always an exciting thing within the tech world. But this DJI Mavic seems to come out just on top. The DJI Mavic is a small drone that turns the sky into a creative canvas. Although this drone is small, it is very powerful. It can help you capture every aerial moment that you wish. The reason as to why the DJI Mavic is one of the most highly rated drone sis because of its compact size that hides a high degree of complexity and due to its 24 high-performance computing cores. Along with all this you will also get a 4K camera, 5 vision sensors and new transmission system with a 7km range. The DJI Mavic drone has so many exciting features, but to name a few:

  • Sensors detect obstacles from up to 15m away.
  • ActiveTrack – pinpoint your target and get professional shoots from all angles.
  • Choose the drone’s exact position within a frame.
  • A gesture will enable the drone to take a photo. Give the drone a wave from below and get some cool photos!
  • A battery life of 27 minutes.
  • Use your phone to control the drone.
  • Use Trace, Spotlight, Profile and Circle to capture exciting videos and photos.
  • TapFly – tap on your controller where you would like the drone to go, and it will fly on its own. This is beneficial for those who struggle flying a drone in a straight line.
  • Built in editing templates and video editing functions.
  • Easily shareable to all social media platforms

So, as you can see there are so many incredible features within the DJI Mavic and its no wonder that this is one of our top tech developments this month!

Prisma app

This app is favoured due to its ability to turn anyone into an artist! Prisma will transform any of your images into a work of art. This is done through the style of famous artists, some of these being Picasso and Munk. With more than 30 styles available, you are sure to get some mind-blowing results. It is very easy to convert your images to a piece of artwork. You simply choose which filter you would like, and you’re done. However, you can also do some extra things such as change the style and filter strength and provide ‘cool colour’ for the image. This app is downloadable on any Apple device. if you want to download it on an android you need to ensure that it is above 4.0+ version of Android. Download this app and see why we think it’s so great!

F.lux

Have you ever been lead in bed browsing on your laptop and wondering why you still aren’t tired? Well, this could be caused by something called blue light. Blue light tricks our brain into thinking its still the middle of the day, this makes it harder to fall asleep. This program called F.lux is essentially going to help you sleep. F.lux makes the colour of your computer screen adapt to the time of the day. It will become warmer at night and light sunlight throughout the day. F.lux will make your computer screen look like the room you are in. So when the sun sets, it will make your computer look like your indoor lights. You can even tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have in your house and whereabouts you live. From then on f.lux will do the work for you, automatically.

So if you cannot sleep at night, try downloading f.lux and see if that helps!

Speech Center VR

I’m sure by now you have heard of Virtual Reality. Well, this is the next step within the VR world – a VR Educational platform! This educational platform enables you to become a better communicator through a series of interactive VR lessons.  Included in this platform is real-time lectures who are run by top coaches. You also get the ability to practise solo. Take part is group lessons and educational meet ups. You create your own avatar and this will represent you within the virtual classrooms. The provided environments in this VR platform are designed for you to work on your speech, work on group projects or meet up with friends. All this within 20 different environments.

There are 8 targeted lessons within this first ever educational VR course. These lessons are designed to give the users the tools they need to succeed when speaking within a group of people. Learn confidence and presentation, different types of speech and tips on organisation. The course spans over 3 weeks with 3 lessons, a 15-minute lecture and 10 minutes of group work a week. There is also a version for use within an organisation. You can get Speech Centre at the Gear Store for Oculus or visit their website to find out more!

We will be back the same time next month with more tech developments for you! In the meantime, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to see what’s new!