Category Archives: Product Preview

All of the dirt on up-coming products.

Android TV and Kodi, 2015’s Ultimate Home Theater Streamer on a Budget.

A TV revolution is well underway, no longer are our viewing habits a prisoner to Free To Air, Network or Cable TV. Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services are tuning us into this revolution and streaming devices are key to unlocking the stream. Serving all of your modern media needs streamers are the set top box of the future ready to stream today. Combine these modern streamers with Kodi and you have an affordable way to access unbelievable amounts of content at the click of a button.

This does leave the tricky question of which streamer to hook up to that flat panel display? If like us you use Kodi (formerly XBMC) to stream media on a daily basis then the question becomes a little more complicated and then a lot simpler. The following is our journey of discovery to find the perfect Kodi streamer for around $200.

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SoundHound takes Voice Recognition to Stunning New Levels.

Many people with busy lives have often wondered how nice it would be to have an assistant. Someone there just to help with the mundane tasks. Such an arrangement is bound to lead to many more tasks getting done, surely? Unfortunately not many of us can afford the opportunity to test the theory so we go assistant-less, sigh.

As always technology is coming to our rescue in the shape of the virtual assistant, the voice interface is finally listening. Demonstrating just how far voice has progressed SoundHound recently gave the  world a sneak peak at their Hound app. With lightning fast reflexes Hound is capable of answering any question and may one day become everyone’s favorite virtual assistant.

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HP Pavilion 15-P001AU Laptop, the Hunt for Value or How Cheap is Too Cheap?

Recently after being tasked with finding a value laptop as a Mothers Day present I proceeded on a journey, a hunt for the perfect computing device for mom. Being a light user; web, photos and a little Skype raw computing power wouldn’t be as important as user experience and value.

Like walking a tightrope if you lean too far in either direction (value or performance) your balance will be lost and tumble down you go. But how low down the performance scale can you go before slow is too slow even for a light user? This was the question rattling around in the back of my brain as the journey began.

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Apple’s Next Big Thing: iWatch, iCar or a 55inch iMac Perhaps?..

After reporting record earnings made on the back of record iPhone sales many are now wondering how Apple will maintain these record breaking numbers. What new product will help Apple to pass the incredible $19 billion profit mark for a single quarter? What will be Apple’s next big thing?

For a product to make it into the Next Big Thing (NBT) category it must be a game changer, it must take something ordinary and make it amazing. Think iPod, iPhone and iPad, all must have devices that revolutionized their segments and all segments that were due for a revolution.

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The NVIDIA Tegra X1 and Shield Upgrade Rumour, Teraflop Tomfoolery…

Rumours have been swirling around the wobbly web that suggest NVIDIA will soon be releasing the next generation Shield tablet, a tablet based on the brand new Tegra X1 chip that’s capable of delivering a Teraflop of processing power.

Helping to further whip the net into a frenzy NVIDIA this week sent out invites for a mysterious media event on the 3rd of March in San Francisco. It is expected that NVIDIA will announce the release date of the new Shield, some rumours suggest the release date will be as early as the 17th of March while other whispers are suggesting the new X1 Shield may appear as late as June 2015.

Will the Shield be the first product to use the X1 chipset and become the first Teraflop tablet? Will the world’s first Teraflop tablet be a Q1 or Q2 product? Hopefully NVIDIA will answer these questions and more on March 3rd.

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Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski play Mortal Kombat X on Clueless Gamers…

The soon to be released Mortal Kombat X is going to quickly become known as the most gruesome and shocking video game ever. A game so shocking that it reduced two of the NFL’s hard men and Conan into blubbering messes.

Conan O’Brien invited the two NFL superstars Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski to enjoy some Clueless Gamer fun testing out the hottest game of 2015, Mortal Kombat X. While Conan is his funny self the most hilarious part of the clip is actually the trio’s reaction to the MK X death scenes, killer funny.

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The Carbon Flyer, the Ultimate Flying RC Tech Toy…

The world’s lightest and strongest material has finally been put to awesome use making the coolest RC plane imaginable.  The very low drag delta wing design of the looks not unlike a paper airplane except that the Carbon Flyer is far tougher and it’s self-propelled. Using two tiny high output electric motors this is the lightest and toughest RC plane that also happens to be by far the coolest flying gadget released this year.

More than an RC plane the Carbon Flyer is also a camera carrying drone able to stay aloft for three minutes at a time. Controlled via a smartphone app at a range of up to 240 feet, which it will cover quickly with a top speed of 40mph, this is simplicity and fun wrapped in carbon black.

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Google Project Ara, Be Part of It…

Since the inception of the mobile phone new features and technology has been rolled into these handheld wonders. Unfortunately with each new technology a new generation of phone has been required to integrate the technology, also requiring the wholesale disposal of the previous generation.  Think of this development process as hard wiring of functionality, a process that requires phone manufacturers to maintain their own system architecture and continually modify the hardware and software to add new functionality.

The current smartphone architectures also limit the choice for consumers, limiting it to the hardware manufacturers want to include, a decision generally based on gaining the most market share. If you want a phone with functions that aren’t in the mainstream vocabulary you are out of luck. This is just the nature of trying to cater for a generalised user base and has led to phone manufacturers battling over screen resolution or phone thickness. Never willing to take a chance with a feature only few would ever require.

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The Helico AirDog, Man’s New QuadCopter Best Friend…

Quadcopters are all the rage at the moment with new models appearing think and fast but few can claim to be completely hands free, autonomy seems to be the next revolution for our eyes in the sky.

The Helico AirDog is one of the first drones that can claim to be fully autonomous from take off to landing and capturing all of the action in between. Just like mans four legged best friend the AirDog will follow its master through all conditions, keeping close and watching intently.

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The Mars Levitating Speaker, Making Waves While Floating on Air…

Making waves in the tech world during the throng of CES, sound waves especially, is no easy feat but the Mars levitating Bluetooth speaker seems to be doing just that. Raising its voice and levitating above the myriad of new gadgets Mars is capturing attention through incredible amounts of cool, Bluetooth speakers are now a dime a dozen after all.

Mind you the Mars speaker isn’t simply using levitation just because levitation makes everything cooler, no; instead it has been put to use taking away any directionality of the speaker. A design intended to seamlessly produce 360-degree sound giving everyone around the room clear audio.

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