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Diary of a Girl Geek in Vegas – CES

CES

On January 7th the gargantuan tech fest known as CES opens its doors in Las Vegas. Fellow Gadget Girl Ella Williamson, that’s me, will be blogging live from CES with all the latest tech trends and gadgetry.

CES promises us driverless cars, ultra HD TVs, the latest in wearable tech and some great advances in health technology as well as a whole host of other gadgets that girl geeks will love. I’ll be posting a daily diary from CES so looking forward to being in touch from Sin City.

Watch this space for the latest gadgets updates from our Gadget Girl Ella on the ground in Vegas!

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New headphones from the House of Marley

Crafted from stainless steel, REWIND fabric and FSC® certified wood, MARLEY Liberate over-ears boast high performance drivers which make every listen just as the artist had intended, delivering both energy and power in the bottom end, with exceptional and crisp detail through both mid and high end. In addition, the new MARLEY Uplift incorporates a recyclable aluminium chassis with a wood centre, providing the perfect balance of style and high-quality sound.

MARLEY LiberateTM (RRP £89.99) and UpliftTM (RRP £29.99) headphones are available at www.thehouseofmarley.com.

MARLEY LiberateTM on-ear headphones product specifications:

·         40MM dynamic moving coil driver with neodymium magnet

·         Ergonomically angled ear cups for a comfortable fit and sound isolation

·         Stainless steel head band

·         FSC certified Sapele wood

·         Soft leather ear cushions

·         4ft black and slate grey braided, tangle-free cable with 3-button controller

MARLEY UpliftTM In-ear headphones product specifications:

·         Recyclable aluminium chassis with FSC certified wood center

·         8mm dynamic moving coil drivers

·         4ft black and slate grey braided, tangle-free cable with 3-button controller

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The super versatile Breffo Spiderpodium

This quirky looking gadget may look like something out of a Stanley Kubrick Sci-Fi but it is actually one of the most diverse gadgets we’ve ever come across.The Spiderpodium features eight flexible ‘spidery’ legs – allowing you to attach, cradle, secure or position your mobile phone, satnav, iPad, drinks, torches or even cooking utensils on to a variety of surfaces. It really is very handy and has loads of different uses for all your different tech, we think it looks pretty cool too!

Price Breffo Spiderpodium Original – £14.95. Tablet version – £24.95.

Available in six colours www.breffo.com

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Three must have holiday gadgets

With dark miserable January days upon us we can be excused for allowing our minds to wonder, picturing ourselves on a white sandy beach with a cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other. When we finally take the plunge and book our yearly break we need to make sure we have the tools at hand to make our travels as relaxed as possible.

From the best in entertainment to those little gadgets that make life easier; here are a list of some of the must have gadgets to make your holiday run as smoothly as possible.

CallUma Tag’n’Traq

Now there is no worse a feeling than being stood at the baggage carousel at the airport anxiously waiting for your luggage to appear. At first you’re calm, but when half an hour has passed and the crowds have dispersed and all that seems to be circling the carousel are a buggy and a few questionable boxes you start to panic. Now I have never been unlucky enough to have lost my luggage whilst travelling (touch wood) but I was once the last one to be reunited with my bag when travelling with a party of 20 and it was certainly nerve wracking.There’s no way to avoid the stress that it would undoubtedly cause if your baggage were to go missing but the CallUma Tag’n’Traq can help to put your find at ease a little.

Simply attach one of the tags to your luggage with your unique tracking number and if your luggage doesn’t turn up call CallUma with the number and they will do the rest, keeping you updated via text or email as to where your bag has got to. A great way to keep your mind at rest that if your luggage were to go missing it will be back with you as quickly as possible.

Wi-Fi finder

We’ve all been there, we’ve just stumbled across the best view we have ever seen or we happen to be at the most exciting tourist attraction and we are desperate to share this (show off) to all our Facebook and Twitter followers. But overseas in an unfamiliar place it can be difficult to know where we can get Wi-Fi. With the Wi-Fi finder you just point and click this little gadget and a series of LEDs will tell you where your nearest Wi-Fi hotspot is. Perfect AND easy to use.

Sony Bloggie 3D camera

When we go away we want to be able to capture the images we’ve seen in the best way possible so we can re-visit them again as many times as we want when we get home. The Sony Bloggie 3D camera allows us to capture images and view them back in 3D – what could make you feel more like you were back in your holiday paradise than watching it back in 3D?!

The light-weight pocket size camera has two screens and offers dynamic 1920×1080 3D HD video, you can even view your videos back immediately in 3D without the need for 3D glasses.

The camera also has the capability to take videos and still photographs in 2D should you prefer and is a must have for those who want to remember and share their holiday in as much detail as possible.

Top Tip

If you are planning on going away this year with these or any other travel gadgets, make sure you take out an adequate travel insurance policy. There’s nothing worse than facing a hefty loss if any of your more expensive possessions were to be lost or stolen whilst you were away. Price comparison sites such as MoneySupermarket.com can help you find a great deal on your travel insurance so it doesn’t have to cost the earth to protect your favourite holiday gadgets.

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New Etymotic ETY Kids safe headphones for kids

Today’s tech-connected kids live in a high-definition world. They are bombarded by sound from music players, game consoles, tablets and in-vehicle entertainment systems. Studies show that overexposure to loud sounds leads to hearing damage seen later in life. Parents can take steps to help their kids hear for a lifetime with Etymotic’s ETY·Kids™ Safe-Listening Earphones for Apple products. The ETY·Kids3 headset features three-button control and a mic designed for use with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Sound heard through ETY·Kids earphones will not exceed safe levels, so parents can rest easy. Even at the maximum volume setting on portable players, kids can listen safely for up to four hours per day. ETY·Kids earphones also block out background noise, and provide high-definition sound quality so kids will be able to hear every detail, and won’t complain that the volume is too low.

ETY∙Kids are available in two versions – the ETY·Kids3, a three-button control headset with mic designed to work with Apple products, and the ETY·Kids5 universal earphone that works with any portable device.

The ETY·Kids3 headset will feature AWARENESS! for Etymotic, an app that “listens” to users’ surroundings and mixes any noise louder than normal background sounds directly into the earphones, so kids can hear traffic, announcements or any other important sounds while they are listening. Both products provide clear, high-definition speech and music reproduction and come with kid-friendly eartips to ensure a seal that blocks outside sound.

Pricing and availability – ETY Kids 5 –  £59,  ETY Kids 3  – UK pricing and availability is to be confirmed.

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