Here at Highpants we have been contemplating the purchase of a smart watch for a while now. However, until now we haven’t been able to find the right combination of looks and features that satisfied our desires and convinces us to pony up the dosh. That is until we stumbled upon the Diesel On Full Guard 2.5, a watch that had us slamming down our cold hard cash faster than gambler on a hot streak.
The Diesel design finally achieves a smart watch that looks just like an attractive watch. In a brutally rugged way it achieves what is arguably the best balance of design and smarts of any smart watch on the market. Even if smart watches are of no interest this watch gets the attention of watch fans with its chunky Industrial design and use of machined steel.
This especially applies to fans of Diesels traditional watches (non-smart), they will love what Fossil have achieved in gun metal grey steel. This is after-all a Fossil watch under the hood with Android Wear OS properly implemented. Fossil has gotten so good at this type of design that Google recently purchased the Fossil division responsible for producing the Diesel, Michael Corrs and Mont Blanc Wear OS watches.
The Smart Watch Dilemma
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Red, the makers of some of the most desirable high end camera gear are branching out to make a mobile phone. Red being Red you can be guaranteed that this will be no normal Android mobile phone, not by any stretch of your imagination. Early demonstrations seem to suggest this is exactly the right assumption, from its titanium industrial looking body to its holographic display this is shaping up to be a work of high tech art. Red are aiming to manufacture nothing short of a cinematic revolution that can fit into your pocket.
Continue reading Red Hydrogen One: The Holographic Titanium Cinematic Camera Phone…
Having gone out of contract on my mobile phone a month ago it was time to begin the hunt for a new shinny communications gadget. To be honest I was also dying to upgrade away from Microsoft’s Windows Phone (930), yes the Windows Phone hadn’t lived up to expectations.
The timing for the hunt this time round was just about perfect, for once. The Samsung S8 had just been released into an already crowded premium phone market with the likes of LG, Huawei, M2, One2One all having rather sexy top end phones available.
There was one mobile though that caught my eye, the Sony XZ Premium. Released just this month it was hot off the presses and included one of the best cameras on any of the premium phone. Its super slow-motion, 4K image and 4K video capture peaked my interest.
After doing the in-shop inspection of the various phones the decision was clear, the Sony is one cool looking piece of hardware as well-being amongst the most advanced. I can see why it won the ’New Phone of the Year’ award at the Mobile World Conference this year.
Having researched, decided and purchased my new phone it was time to see what this bad boy could do. At this point in time all I could confirm is that it comes in a white box and has the looks of a smooth criminal, but as I have learnt looks can be deceiving.
Continue reading The Sony Xperia XZ Premium SmartPhone: Our Favourite New 4K Thing…
The brain is hard wired to recognize a face and when these calculations don’t add up a brain fizz moment is generated, momentary confusion then laughter. Face Swap Live is an app that generates these moments by putting your face on someone else’s head. Your brain fires up trying to compute what it is actually seeing, then it realizes it doesn’t compute and sends it to your funny bone.
Install Face Swap on your phone or tablet and when it detects two faces in close proximity the magic happens. It’s not a perfect swap but still impressive enough to throw you off when you see someone else’s face where yours should be.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the funniest of the Face Swap experiment videos, with our favourite Jenna Marbles joining the charge. Sit back relax and prepare to be shocked by your new face.
Continue reading Face Swap Live, the Hilariouas App That Puts Your Face Where It Doesn’t Belong.
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.
Continue reading Android TV and Kodi, 2015’s Ultimate Home Theater Streamer on a Budget.
Sony has been beavering away, and bleeding money, trying to get its Xperia Z series to the top of the Android smartphone heap. With the release of the Z3 Remote Play smartphones underway Sony (and Carphone Warehouse) have kicked the marketing machine up a gear and they’ve gone underwater.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the underwater unboxing video of the new smartphone that could be king. An ad that features a diver unboxing a Z3 underwater, then proceeding to power it up and get snap happy with the camera while showing off the results. Sit back, relax and prepare to be amazed.
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Table top racing has long been the territory of slot car racers, Scalectrix being the brand that kid’s years ago dreamed of. Now Anki’s DRIVE is changing table top racing forever, combining miniature AI controlled RC cars with a vinyl track and a dash of video game action. This is slot car racing taken to 11, the next gen slot cars without the slot and with a whole heap more action.
Continue reading Anki DRIVE Battle Grand Prix Fast Approaches, Next Gen Slot Car Racing Without the Slots…
In the brave new world that is our everyday connected lives security is an ever increasingly important subject.
In an effort to secure our mobile devices wild man John McAfee has released DCentral1, the application that will demonstrate where your private information is leaking from.
For those concerned about the security of their Android gadgets DC1 is set to come to your rescue. DC1 is ready to scan and report on any nefarious applications leaking your personal information to the World Wide Web. Informing you of the apps that are up to no good, and then giving you the option to uninstall them.
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The mobile app wars are heating up quicker than summer in the southern hemisphere. Tech website The Verge has the inside scoop on the latest rumours surrounding Microsoft’s battle plans in the app wars.
According to The Verge’s contacts close to Microsoft a radical change in approach is being considered, the Metro tile interface may soon be Android compatible.
Android is currently the leader in the mobile app market with over a million apps in the store, while Microsoft is in uncomfortable third place (200,000), bringing Android apps to the world of tiles may just catapult them into an equal first place in one foul swoop.
Continue reading Android on Windows Metro, the Mobile App Wars Take a Twist…
December 4th, as the jingle of bells approaches AOC the makers of all things LCD have released an ingenious new stocking stuffer, the best value all in one computer bar none. The AOC Smart AIO (All In One) touch screen Android Computer and Monitor.
An All-In-One with a difference the Smart AIO 72P series features Android on the inside, with Google Play available to provide all of your favourite apps and games. Transforming at the flick of a switch to an IPS monitor for any HDMI, MHL or VGA device; PC, console, set top box, mobile and tablet.
Two models have been released by AOC, at $429 for the 22 inch model is the value model, while the 24 is the performance model, available for $499 AUD. Both models are bringing Android to a monitor near you.
Continue reading AOC Smart Android All-In-One and the Rise of the Android Desktop PC…