WTF: Get a monkey for your Tablet computer

No, not a primate. If you own a tablet, like the popular Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, iPad, Galaxy Tab or almost another other wide surface area tablet you’ll know it’s not easy to position without using your hands. Take for example if you’re in the kitchen and your reading a recipe on your favorite device. You know the problem! An awkward reading angle, splashes of water (or flour!), or you just want to read your eBook in bed, hand’s free.

Well, those clever people at Octa have created a robust but stylish flexible coil to hold any tablet, at any angle, above its surface, thus avoiding the pit falls of dirt and grime getting into it and providing the perfect viewing angle, almost anywhere.

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News: Google to launch its own retail stores this year?

Rumors are high on the fact that search giant Google, will be about to launch its own version of retail outlets in 2013, just like its counterparts, Apple. Although Google already do have some ‘stalls’ in airports in the UK and abroad, this will be the first retail outlets for the search giant.

According to Engadget, Google is looking to heighten its retail presence amongst its retail customers so that it can show-off its Nexus range of smartphones, tablets and the newly revamped Chromebook. It also comes at a time when Google maybe ready to launch other new and exciting hardware, that only a ‘live product demonstration’ can fully justify the product in question, such as the Google Project Glass HUD glasses and the rumored X-phone…

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News: Apple iWatch, fact or fiction?

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The big news this week from close sources at Apple sight that designs have been made and pre-production models produced of a so-called iWatch (or whatever, if anything, Apple decide to call it). Its a logical, but certainly not unique concept from the californian based company and in my my humble opinion Apple need something new to help prevent the recent slide in its share price.

According to various (trusted) sources including The Wall Street Journal, long time Apple product maker, Foxconn, have been in talks with Apple on various ‘wearable’ devices including the iWatch. But what can we expect of this wrist-based technology and what sort of competition will Apple be up against?

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Tip: Wirelessly manage your Android device from any browser

Conventionally, to copy files such as movies, photo’s, tunes and the like from your Android smart phone or tablet requires the user hooking up a sync cable to the computer. Lost the sync cable? Can’t do with the hassle of doing this every time? Then why not use your wireless network to control your Android device!

Surely one of the most talked about (and free) Android utilities in existence, a 5-star rated app in Google Play is the superb AirDroid app from Airdroid.com. To say you can’t live without this great app would be an understatement and simply it allows your Android device to connect, over WiFi, to any Windows or Mac computer and simply ‘copy & drag’ files to and from. It’s that simple, but it can do a lot more too!

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WTF: Heat exchanger cup holder to charge your batteries!

There are a lot of gadgets on the market, especially for USB novelty stuff that users might use once, maybe twice, then relegate them to the bottom draw. However this new concept might just be what desk users have been looking for. It’s a ‘heat exchanger’ that converts heat from your favorite brew and chargers a device connected to it.

The project called the One Puck offers to provide around 1 amp of current to any connected device, be it an iPhone, Android Tablet or just about anything else. Just think of the applications.  At present its a Kickstarter project, however the innovative team behind the One Puck, Epiphany Labs, says it will cost around $150.00 once it gets launched.

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Tip: The Must have app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac and PC

Okay, everything (sort of) sync’s with your devices and lets face it most of us have many digital devices, iPhones, iPads, Android stuff, Windows and Mac’s…we don’t stick to one platform and this can cause problems, until now.

Do you want to write something down, like an idea? Save a web-page without having to take a screenshot? Copy your notes or Docs from one device to another..instantly? Or maybe add  geo-locations, ideal if your out an about, on the trail or are a surveyor for example? I can warrant that all of us will need this great (and free) app for all your digital devices and has been voted as one of the best app’s of all time, so if you don’t have it already, read more and download it.

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Tip: Greatly increase battery and memory performance on your Android device

 Android devices are great. Weither it be a smart phone or tablet, they have nice, vibrant displays coupled with super powerful processors such as the Tegra CPU, backed up with a wealth of other technologies that create a fast, adaptive device you simply can’t live without.

However all of these devices are at the mercy of the battery within. Sure, they have improved, however with all this high-tech processing going on and our multi-uses of the Android platform such as syncing, emails, web  and not forgetting voice and text, even the latest battery technologies cannot always keep up, especially at the end of the day when you might just need it. If you want to greatly extend the battery life of your Android device (and its free!) and keep memory in tip-top condition then continue reading.

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News: Android Jelly Bean 7″ tablet for £99 at UK Supermarkets today

Pricing on tablets for the Android OS has always been competitive, look at the best-selling Google Nexus 7″ tab which costs just £159 and has a great spec, certainly that to rival the expensive Apple tablets. However in keeping with Google’s plan in bringing tablet computing to the masses and not just the few, the new Acer 7″ tablet is a fully functional, latest version Jelly Bean Android version (4.1.2) priced at a lowly £99 in UK supermarkets from today.

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Tip: Stay safe online with HTTPS in your browser

 
When we use the web for whatever reason: online banking, facebook or copying your documents to the Cloud, we all use the HTTP protocol on our favorite web-browser, even if we don’t know it. 

However, unless your logging into a really sure site, all browsers will default to using the HTTP (hyper text transport protocol) which sends our data to a from the server we connect to (such as facebook, twitter, google etc) un-encrypted, meaning it could be subject to evesdropping by a hacker who could steal your data, passwords and anything else! And its more common that you thought possible, but with a few simple steps you can really improve your online security.

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Mobile: New Blackberry Z10 priced at £480 (sim-free)

RIM, the manufacturers of the once very popular Blackberry smartphone have announced, some might say is their last ditched effort, to gain back some marketshare in the face of the iPhone and Android smartphones sales that have over the fast few years seen masses of users switch from the canadian smartphone (and tablet) vendor.

Blackberry OS 10 (replacing the current OS 7) will be launched tomorrow,  30th January with no doubt some of the fan fair we have come to expect from the tech companies. Already there has been a fair amount of tech leaks on the product and new pricing has been spied at leading phone retailer, Carphone Warehouse.

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