tablets

Vegas Diary – Day 2 – Getting Curvy

Day 2 of pre-CES saw a day of press conferences from all the big tech players. Standing out for me was certainly Samsung and its offering. CES sees the launch of Samsung’s first Ultra High Definition Television, the Bendable TV, an impressive Chef Collection for the kitchen and some hard-working, multi-tasking additions to its tablet range.

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In the world of television for 2014 Samsung is embracing the curve for what is tipped to be a truly cinematic experience, The firm explains that with a wider field of view the audience is given the illusion of a larger screen size and also the effect of 3D without the awkward glasses. The unveiling of Samsung’s forthcoming Bendable TV range caused much excitement here in Las Vegas. At the touch of a button the Ultra High Definition flat screen television shape-shifts to become curved – offering the viewer multiple viewing perspectives.

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Samsung’s Chef collection was also a highlight. The firm teamed up with Michelin starred chefs to create a multi-zone fridge offering varying temperatures for optimum food preservation. Thanks to a metal cooling plate and triple cooling system, meat and fish can be stored at a separate temperature to fruit and vegetables.

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CES also sees the launch of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO series. Key features include a large 12.2″ screen size with multi-window capability, 10 hour battery life, a full size virtual keyboard, 3GB of RAM and the S Pen. Samsung has also incorporated a remote PC feature to the series making this a seriously hard-working and exciting tablet series launch.

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Two tablet cases from Case Logic

For iPad Mini

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Inspired by popular journal notebooks, this ultra slim folio is designed to fit the new iPad mini. Avaialble in acid , black, morel and phlox (honestly the colours look better than the names!) –  the folio comes with an integrated loop to store a stylus and a magnetic flap that enables sleep mode. It accomodates multiple viewing angles to minimize glare, plus easy access to all ports and controls. Overall pretty neat.

 

SureFit For 7-8″ / 9-10″ Tablets

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SureFit™ UFOL208 for 7”-8” inch tablets or UFOL210 for 9″-10″ tablets  are  customizable via coated steel springs and elasticized clips that can stretch and lock a variety of tablets securely in place. The case is slim and textured Incorporating a slim and textured with easy access to all ports for charging, volume control and taking pictures. Avaialble in black, Surefit also has a really handy stand for diffent viewing angles. Neat, practical and easy to use as a stand.

Check out CaseLogic  for more details.

 

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It’s good to get Goo.ey

Goo.ey is the ingenious new accessory that grips to smooth surfaces, so that you can use your device ‘hands free’. This advanced material does not feel sticky, yet holds fast to flat, glossy surfaces – in the home, office, gym or car.
By sticking goo.ey to your tablet or smartphone, you can place the device in a convenient place and it stays put. Apps like Facetime, iTunes and Googlemaps are now easier and more fun to use. Goo.ey also gives you far more freedom to use the inbuilt camera for ‘selfie’ photos and videos.

It is extremely handy when keeping the children entertained (YAY!) as you can fasten your iPad / iPhone out of reach of ‘grubby’ fingers so your children can watch FaceTime, films etc.
The company was actually founded by busy mum Rachel Verghis as she always felt she needed an extra pair of hands! Her son was her first product tester in fact.
Goo.ey is great, it’s removable, reusable and won’t leave any sticky mess!
Price £15 for smartphones, £16 iPad mini, £18 for iPad.
Check out  www.gooeyskins.com
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Share the power! Charge two devices at once with Pocketcell Duo

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The new Innergie Pocketcell™ Duo is an ultra-compact, rechargeable battery bank with 6,800amH capacity basically enough for 4 smartphone charges. It fits neatly into your pocket or handbag so great if you’re always on the go or going travelling.

It has two built-in USB ports and it features the  Magic Cable Trio. This cable features an Apple-compliant tip, plus a micro USB and mini USB tip, so you won’t be digging in your bag searching for the right charger any more. It gives you the flexibility to plug in any over 10,000 different USB-chargeable devices anytime, anywhere.

You can add hours of life to your mobile devices, including iPads and other tablets, Apple, Android and Blackberry smartphones, and many other USB-rechargeable portable devices, like iPods, cameras, game consoles and media players quickly and easily.

Smart Charge

The intelligent device has been designed to detect which USB port is being used and how much power is required to boost the battery life of the mobile device that is being charged. So whether you are using one or both USB ports on the PocketCell™ Duo, it only delivers the required battery boost and then automatically stops charging your device. When you need to recharge your PocketCell™ Duo, just plug it into your laptop, mains or car charger.

Charges

  • iPod 150+ hours
  • iPhone 52+ hours
  • iPad 7+ hours
  • Smartphone 30+ hours
  • HTC/Blackberry 30+ hours
  • Tablet PC 5+ hours
  • MP3 Player 220+ hours
  • Games Console 20+ hours

The PocketCell™ Duo is available for around £99.00.

Visit www.myinnergie.com. for more details.

 

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Five free mobile apps for your car

Phones, smartphones and tablets allow you to have the world at your fingertips, even from your car. But always be sure to consider safety first; here are some of the best apps to make your car journeys safer and more convenient.

Carrr Matey! – Android

Carrr Matey! is a parking app that allows you to log where you parked your car, making it easier to find again. The app also has a timer so you can get to your car before your parking ticket expires. If you’ve parked in a multi-storey car park, activate Harbour Mode to note the exact location of the car. Best of all, everything in the app is themed around pirates for a bit of fun.

DriveCarefully – Android, Blackberry, iPhone

Reading your texts or emails while driving is not only extremely dangerous, it’s also illegal. The DriveCarefully app takes away the temptation to take your eyes off the road by automatically reading aloud any text messages or emails you receive. You can also set an auto response to let people know that you’ve received their message, but that you are driving. This app could be a step towards reducing accidents caused by texting and driving. You can also avoid a potential £30-60 penalty and 3 points on your license from driving whilst using a mobile phone.

Road Trip Lite – iPhone

Road Trip Lite enables you to keep track of your miles per gallon and fuel economy for your car. Using this app will give you a good idea of what you are spending on fuel for your car compared with how much you use it, and will make you rethink how to get the best out of your car. Team this app up with a petrol price calculator and you can quickly assess how much your motor is costing you each week.

c:geo – Android

Geocaching is essentially a game of high-tech hide and seek. You use the c:geo app to pinpoint your location as well as a number of ‘caches’ (hidden containers that often contain some form of trinket as a reward). There are hundreds of caches to be found, and using the geocaching app to locate them can turn a normal car journey into an exciting treasure hunt.

RAC Traffic – Android, iPhone

Sitting in traffic can cause even the mildest mannered motorist to become enraged, so use this app to avoid it. Luckily, this app follows your progress and alerts you of any nasty jams that may delay your journey. The map updates in real time and lets you know if there are any new incidents.

 Thanks to Jamie Gibbs from  www.confused.com

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