The iPhone X – the biggest product launched by Apple this year. It celebrates the 10th anniversary of Apple’s iPhone, with the ‘X’ being pronounced as 10.
The new iPhone has an 5.8 inch OLED screen, a glass front and back which is said to be the strongest used yet, as well as being waterproof and having the ability to wirelessly charge. The OLED screen fills the majority of the front of the device excluding a small black slither at the top. This is a bar that includes the front camera, the speaker and microphone, an infrared camera for face recognition, proximity sensor and a floor illuminator as well as an ambient light sensor and a dot projector. These are all in the very small section at the top of the iPhone X. There is no longer a home button just a simple swipe up to access the home screen. The improved cameras have a 12Mp sensor and a new telephoto camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). As well as OIS the rear cameras have a fast lens which creates incredible photos and videos, in any light.
The phone can now be unlocked with Face ID, a facial recognition software that recognises your features and unlocks the phone. Face ID is enabled by the TrueDepth camera, it maps your face with over 30,000 invisible dots so that it can recognise you in any lighting or style. You can also use the Face ID for Apple Pay and customising the new animoji. A new feature in Portrait mode is the Portrait Lighting. Get studio-quality lighting effects. Animoji combines animations with emojis. It captures your facial expressions and muscles and portrays them on an emoji. So you can simply turn yourself into an emoji. Another development with the iPhone X is that it has been tuned for Augmented Reality. This has been done by Apple specially designing the cameras to be optimised for the technology. Augmented Reality is the technology that uses a phone or tablet’s camera and a specific software to put virtual images on top of the real-life images.
The phone is powered by the A11 Bionic, This is the ‘most powerful and smartest chip ever in an iPhone’ as stated by Apple. There is a neutral engine which is capable of up to 600 billion operations per second. There is a 70% faster CPU and two 25% faster performance cores. Machine learning powered by the A11 Bionic, enables to Face ID to adapt to physical changes over time. The A11 chip was also designed to improve the performance of the AR apps.
If this phone takes your fancy then you will have to wait a little while until you can get your hands on one. With the official pre-order date being the 27th of October and the official release date being the 3rd of November. Expect to be set back $999 for the 64GB version and $1149 for the 256GB version.
Our pick of last months top gadgets and apps includes Microsoft Office 365 Home edition, a website that is a virtual boot sale and an app that can help you save battery on your phone!
Microsoft Office 365 Home is a subscription plan for the whole family. You get fully installed versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. These can be installed on up to 5 Pc’s or 5 Macs. You can also download the apps on 5 tablets and 5 mobile phones. Also included in this subscription is a free 1TB of cloud storage. If you purchase this on Amazon now you can be looking to pay £55 for a year subscription, which is a great price! If you want to try it out first, you can get a 1 month free trial here.
Shpock is an app that is essentially an online boot sale. Shpock is actually short for “Shop in your Pocket”. It works a bit like eBay, however it is slightly easier and and quicker to use. You can create a listing for a product you would like to sell, add an image, title, description, price and location and then your listing is instantly uploaded. Potential buyers can ask you questions and send private payments very easily. You can also share your listing to social media with integrated social buttons. Shpock is available online or alternatively, you can download the app on any Android device, iPhone or iPad.
If you find your phone constantly running out of battery then this is probably the app for you. Battery Doctor, like a real doctor aims to extend the life of something. It is essentially an app with a dashboard that shows you how much battery you have left. However it does a little bit more than just this. You are able to see how much time, right down to the minutes of battery life you have. You can see which apps are using up the most battery in the background and receive many tips on ways you can boost your battery life. You are also provided with the exact amount of time that your phone will take to charge. All these helpful tips and tricks will enable your phone battery life to last just that bit logger. This free app can be downloaded onto your iPhone or Android device.
Designers have been using the great design apps that the Apple has to offer since the beginning. Why is that? They often offer great innovative design that can go with you anywhere and can also fit in your pocket. Lets take a look at some of the very best design apps out there.
Assembly is built to enable you to easily create great vector images without having to be an expert in design. This app is ideal for graphic designers. With this app you are able to create stickers, schemes, icons and other graphics. What makes this app so easy to use is that you don’t have to draw your own vector shape, as there is a library of shapes, stickers and symbols. These can be put together to create a larger design. With smart tools such as multi-select, adjust fill, stroke and shadow you can create real professional images. This design app was a part of the App Store Best of 2015 and is completely free! You can upgrade to Assembly Pro for a fee.
If you’re a photographer then this app really is the one for you. You will get quick access to: exposure and lens information, magnifier for pixel-level details, capture time in local time, camera model and manufacturer, RGB and luminosity histograms, image size and much more. You can easily see the finer details of your pictures. You are able to add a watermark, set copyright, remove location information and add GPS metadata to your photos. This app is not free but comes at a mere £1.99 making it extremely great value for what you get.
Paper really is the best way to capture your thoughts, designs and notes as soon as an idea comes to your head. So what could be better than being able to have digital paper for those times you don’t have a pen and paper but will always have your phone. Paper quickly creates clear checklists and notes for users, it can act like a digital wall of sticky notes that you can take around with you. Capture your illustrations, sketches and diagrams seamlessly. It can also bring text, photos and sketches together. You can present your work onto PDFs, PowerPoint presentations or Keynote. Paper will work better on an iPad. This app is completely free.
This app allows you to create quotes, captions, filters, colours and artwork and overlay them onto photos. You can hand pick your own fonts to liven up you pictures and take photos with the app’s built in camera timer. You can work with the integrates photo library in case you have none of your own. This is one of the most creative apps for image editing and photo sharing. Font Candy is free.
Layers is a natural media painting app for iPhone or iPod Touch. Layers has everything that you need so you can be creative on the go. This app features a large selection of brushes, full color, paint, erase and smudge tools as well as the ability to add 5 layers to your drawings. You can add photos to your drawings and then position and scale them to see how they will appear on top of your existing work. Once you have created your images, you can email the file as a PSD and it will show the layers separately within the layers panel. Priced at £4.99 it is an excellent price for an app that allows you seamlessly design whilst on the go.
This is a guest blog post by James Clarke who completed work experience with Coretek during 2017.
Google have recently released their new phone – Google Pixel. This phone has been said to be on par with the iPhone 7, with some users even preferring the Google Pixel. The Google Pixel comes with a multitude of new features and has been called ‘the best Android phone that has ever been made’. Lets take a look at some of the new features that Google has brought us.
So lets begin with the overall look of the new Google phone. You get an all-metal body with an all-glass display. There is a fingerprint scanner, a headphone socket and easy to grip curved edges. You can purchase the Google Pixel in either Quite Black or Very Silver. The Google Pixel also comes in two sizes. You can get the original Google Pixel with a 5″ screen or the Google Pixel XL which has a 5.5″ screen. The display on the AMOLED screen is very clear and crisp, with vibrant colours and deep blacks.
What is probably is the most exciting new feature about the Google Pixel, is Google Assistant. The Google Assistant is sort of like iPhone’s Siri or Window’s Cortana. The Google Assistant is meant to be your very own Google. Google have described the assistant to be conversational – you can have a two-way dialogue between yourself and Google. So this means that you can ask Google Assistant one thing and then ask several follow-up questions. Google Assistant will be able to keep track of the conversation and will be able to audibly respond with the correct information. Along with this, the Google Assistant can do a multitude of tasks such as creating events, booking a table, setting reminders, sending texts to your friends, plan your travel and much more. Take a look at the video below to see more about what the Google Assistant can really do.
The Google Pixel camera has been said to be pretty outstanding. There is a 12.3MP Sony camera on the back of the phone which can shoot up to 4K videos, video stabilisation and supposedly a faster speed on the capture time. On the front you get an 8MP camera and with a shake of the hand you can switch your back camera to the front camera. Along with all this, you also have a lot of settings that you can apply to the camera e.g. Slow Motion, Panorama, Photosphere, Lens Blur, Lightning scenes and SmartBurst. You also get unlimited storage for photos and videos within the Google’s cloud, for free! Take a look at Google Pixel’s video stabilisation below.
The Google Pixel Battery life is said to be a whole lot better than the iPhone 7. Just 15 minutes of charging will give you 7 hours of battery life. Then if you charge the phone up to 100% which will take around an hour to an hour and a half, you will receive up to 24 hours of battery life. This is with fairly consistent use throughout the day.
Google Pixel is powered by QUALCOMM’s Snapgradon 821 processor. It has 4GB of RAM and you can choose between 32GB or 128GB of storage.
Google Pixel is the first phone that has been made with Virtual Reality in mind. This November the Google Daydream will be released, which is their new VR headset. The Google Pixel is the perfect partner for an exciting Virtual Reality experience.
It is very easy to switch your current iPhone or Android device over to the Google Pixel. Google have provided an easy to read step by guide on how to do this.
The Google Pixel is £599 for the 32GB version and £699 for the 128GB. For the Google Pixel XL it is £719 for the 32GB and £819 for the 128GB. Why not go ahead and treat yourself to an early Christmas present? Buy here!
Office Lens was released in April of last year. It is a fantastic app that can turn your phone into a portable scanner!
The way that Office Lens works is very clever. You simply take images of your notes, a whiteboard, a receipt, business cards and more. These pictures can be taken at different angles, Office Lens will still be able to grab all the information. Office Lens recognises the corners of the image and will then enhance and crop the image, then it will clean it up. This enables you to read these notes with ease.
The really great thing about Office Lens, is that you can convert these physical documents into Word Documents, PowerPoint Presentations and PDF’s! So you are able to continuously work on these scans. You can even upload your scans to OneNote or OneDrive. If you scan a business card the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) will create a contact in your phone and will automatically fill out the name, number, email address and address fields.
Customers love this app with 5* reviews on the app store!
As I am sure you are already aware of, there is a app out called Pokémon Go and it has quickly become a great success.
The app allows you to travel between the real world and virtual reality whilst catching colourful critters with any iPhone or Android device. Within days, this app has become a massive success all over America, Australia and Germany but it has now become officially available in the UK today. Available from the App Store or Google Play.
Virtual Reality products have recently been rolled out more than ever before. Products such as VR headsets that have been made by well-known brands, PlayStation, Microsoft and HTC to name a few. Virtual Reality has been around since the 90s but its only been recently we are beginning to see how developers really are revolutionising VR and making these mind-blowing experiences. We are beginning to see it rolled out into gaming and entertainment, which is where Pokémon Go has become a hit.
Pokémon Go has got people up and active by sending them outside to certain locations to find and catch ‘wild Pokémon’. This app will make you explore cities and towns. The phone will vibrate when it is near a Pokémon. You then hold up your phone with the app loaded which will show you a camera, then the camera will show the real world setting with an animated Pokémon sat on it. You have to throw a ball to catch these Pokémon’s. These Pokémon’s could appear anywhere; art gallery’s, shops, parks and more.
Some people are even saying that Pokémon Go is helping to treat their mental health as it is getting them up and out of the house, interacting with others. As well as mental health, this game is even improving physical fitness with a user saying they had walked an extra 12 miles in 3 days.
It has been heard that is has quickly become the biggest mobile game in the United States when it is counting on the daily active users.
This game has added billions to the value of Nintendo, who part-owns the franchise.
Quickly becoming a phenomenon, and we are sure that it wont stop there. What do you think? Have you tried out the newest and hottest app? Let us know in the comments below.
Now Christmas and New year has been and passed, the next exciting thing is January Sales! After looking at the best gadgets for Christmas presents last year, lets now look at the best presents for yourself, from yourself, for a discounted price!
This ‘super fun’ helicopter is an award winner! Controllable by your Android or iPhone – all you have to do is download the app and begin! With a camera on board and a 2G micro SD, you are able to create up to one hour of video footage. This helicopter also comes with a crash resistant body design so you don’t need to worry about where you fly yours. This lightspeed iHelicopter has a massive deal! it is now selling at the price of £32.99, which mean you’re saving a total of £42.99! Buy it here!
In serious need of an update on your phone? Always wanted an iPhone? Why not get the latest iPhone out there! John Lewis are now doing a deal on the iPhone 6 plus for £589.00, this is a whole £200.00 off! The deal is only valid until the 21st of January – so get yours soon! The new iPhone come with a multitude of new and updated features. With a 5.5″ Retina display, longer lasting battery life, improved camera, fingerprint security used now for purchasing apps and music. Find out more about the iPhone 6 plus here.
With a curved screen, you are able to see the finest UHD picture quality. With the immersive view, you feel as if you are in the middle of the show. The curved screen gives you a balanced viewing from all areas of the screen and a real feeling of depth is apparent due to the Samsung Auto Depth Enhancer. This 4k Ultra-HD TV has 4 times the resolution of HD. As well as all of this, this TV is a Smart TV, meaning there is the capability to visit the app store and Catch-Up, not only this you also get 6 months of free Netflix. The price of this TV is £1899, which is a whopping £800 off its original price, you can purchase it from Currys.
These deals will not be on for much longer! So make sure you get in quick to grab the very best of the January sales!