December 15, 2011
You don’t want to be “that guy” this Christmas who gets someone a gift that they really don’t want. Technology is a minefield when it comes to giving gifts, purely because every product has its own unique selling point and everyone has their own preferences. Hopefully, I’m about to give you a quick list of things that may not be appreciated this Christmas, to give you a better idea of what to avoid.
If you want to check out our list of things that you should be buying this Christmas, head over to here!Continue reading »
December 9, 2011
If you want a sleek, portable device to take with you as a backup power supply in case your phone dies when you’re in the middle of nowhere, you may want to check out PowerMonkey.
Awesome name aside, PowerMonkey chargers come in two varieties and can keep your gadgets running when there isn’t a mains plug in site!
The eXplorer version, available in blue and grey, uses solar panels to keep whatever you attach to it running. You may not want to be in the UK relying on solar power, but if you’re in a remotely sunny place you should be good until you reach a plug! You can also charge the eXplorer version via AC or USB if you want to make sure you have enough power before you leave.Continue reading »
December 5, 2011
Do you feel the need for something more to help you procrastinate at work? Are you tired of the USB desktop fan already? Then take note, readers! I present to you the USB Microscope.
Giving you 400x magnification, the microscope connects to your PC via USB and allows you to zoom in on object that you place underneath it. Simply plug it in, install the necessary software which is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X 10.5 or above, and admire the view of that seriously dirty desk of yours!Continue reading »
December 4, 2011
If you’re like me, you will have boxes and boxes of old negative photos that are never seen because they aren’t on your computer, and often get forgotten.
If you want to take all those negatives and make digital copies of them, it’s as easy as putting them through this USB negative scanner, which will transfer them to your computer for you! Simple.
When you put your negatives through the scanner, you can change various settings for importing them, such as the colour depth and dpi using the supplied software.
You won’t need to worry about using batteries or the mains to power the scanner either as it can be fully powered via USB, no alternate power source necessary.Continue reading »
December 3, 2011
There’s cool, then there’s awesome, then there’s anti-gravity at the top of the technical food chain! This one is so cool it’s not a question of whether you should buy it, the question is how much time you should spend admiring the supplied globe float. In mid air. Above the platform.
I’m not kidding around either, as the anti-gravity platform utilises insanely powerful magnets to levitate the included globe that you can place above it. It will float, rotate, and look super cool wherever you put it – it’s straight out of Star Trek! There are even LEDs around the base to add a little extra “nerd” to the package.Continue reading »
December 2, 2011
USB peripherals have been all the rage in the past few years, and it appears that this year is no exception. If you live in the UK right now your first priority may not be keeping cool, but preventing an early death thanks to hypothermia, but you can never plan too far ahead for the future, right?
If your office always seems like a warm, stuffy place to work, then you may be interested in the USB Desktop Fan offered by Firebox. This one couldn’t be much simpler: simply plug the fan in to a spare USB port in to your computer, and relax as you’re cooled down by a gust of fresh air.Continue reading »
December 1, 2011
You remember this little fella, right? Bigtrak is a programmable vehicle that can remember up to 16 commands (and loop those 16 commands for as long as you want it to) and infuriate you as it bumps in to every object imaginable as you send it on a mission across the living room!
So how exactly do you control the thing? Well, on the top of the device is a 23 button keypad which allows you to specify which direction you want it to go and how many lengths it should go in a particular direction. You can tell it to rotate any number of degrees, too, sending it on a wild goose chase for the sole purpose of wreaking havoc with your resident pet.Continue reading »
July 1, 2011
With Apple’s tablet being more popular than ever, iPad stands have proven to be a great accessory for many owners. To say that the market for stands is saturated would be an understatement; we covered 5 of the best iPad stands last year, and since then many more have made their way in to the limelight.
One such stand worth taking a good look at is the iMac-styled ‘Maclove Titan for iPad’ stand.Continue reading »
May 25, 2011
In the past being a ‘geek’ or a ‘nerd’ wasn’t something to shout about being in mainstream society, however perhaps thanks to the Internet, more and more people are fans of ‘Geek Chic’ and embracing their inner geek!
Now to celebrate this, us geeks now have our own day, 25th May is Geek Pride Day and has been celebrated since 2006 – why the 25th May? Well back in 1977, that was the day of the premiere of the original Star Wars movie, so that seems like a suitable date to me!Continue reading »
March 17, 2011
There are no shortage of pocket projectors out there, just check Firebox.com or IWOOT for proof of that, and as is usually the case, such saturation makes it difficult to stand out. So, it does take something pretty special to compete, and taking a look at the Adapt Pico Play LED Pocket Projector at first gave very little indication of possessing such a spark. However, here is the in-depth review after having a play with the device.
To look at, the device is neither especially pleasurable, nor the opposite. It’s pretty modest in its design, aesthetically speaking anyway, using a contrasting black and metallic silver case. The emphasis being on the aesthetic design there, because design incorporates more than just looks, and the curvaceous design, diminutive size and weight of the handheld projected make it great to hold, perfect to carry around. On the other hand, the plastic material it’s crafted from doesn’t feel particularly substantial, and the quality of the build is entirely questionable. That’s not to say that it feels like it will fall apart in your hand, I just wouldn’t feel save in throwing it around, is all.Continue reading »
March 8, 2011
I recently got the chance to try out the Maddie Powers range of laptop bags especially made for us ladies by Mobile Edge. The entire range is gorgeous and retro, and features original covers from the pulp fiction novels of the 1940s and 50s. The bags themselves come in a few different shapes and sizes: Sheba is slightly smaller, the messenger bags are bigger.
It’ll be interesting to see how this compares to my previous laptop bag review of the Brenthaven Elite Sleeve – another very stylish bag.Continue reading »
February 28, 2011
It wasn’t that long ago that we looked at the new STM JET laptop bag but the Australian bag manufacturer are back again this time with the STM Vertical Laptop Shoulder Bag offering that offers the same sort of laptop protection just in a more vertical and, erm, shoulder orientated form.
Although the overall shape is a lot more angular than the JET we looked at before, the design is very similar with the same varied colour scheme of black, black and black (yes, sarcasm!), multiple large pockets and what look like reasonably sturdy metal zips.Continue reading »
February 26, 2011
Have you ever been sat there, playing your games and thinking to yourself, “I really wish I could smell what it was like in that dungeon/swamp/blood stained pit”. Well all your dreams have just come true.
A new USB accessory is going to be released for PC and consoles later this year which will allow gamers to smell games like World of Warcraft. It will be called ScentScape and will contain 20 scent wells that will spray out different aromas up your nostrils like Ocean, Forest, Smoke….let’s just hope the smoke smell isn’t actually the ScentScape burning out!! The game will prompt the device to spit out the correct smells when in the right enviroment.Continue reading »
February 19, 2011
Cable management is most probably one of the worst tasks I have to cope with on a daily basis. Looking at the desk I’m working on whilst typing this post I can see 6 cables straight away, which makes for one hell of a spaghetti junction.
Admittedly, cable mess is going to build up on a working day but I still like to keep things as organised as I can and we’ve seen previously, items such as the Cable Drops can help with that.
However, recently I decided to finally invest in a few little gizmos that would help me better manage my workspace. One of these purchases was a set of the Bluelounge CableClip Holders, which allow you to wrap around your cables and easily store them so you aren’t left with a plethora of cables, not knowing which one’s which.Continue reading »
February 6, 2011
Once you’ve got your nice shiny new laptop, or in fact your old battered, but nevertheless well loved laptop, it’s important to keep it safe and in one piece and as I can tell you from experience it is definitely worth making sure that the bag you use to carry yours around in is a good one.
Enter the STM JET Laptop Backpack, the latest release from STM bags who specialise in these kind of things, and it really seems to be the epitome of practicality over that of the style that you find with laptop bags for girls.Continue reading »
February 4, 2011
As a girl geek I’ve struggled for a long, long time to find a) a laptop bag that’s isn’t made for expeditions to the other side of the world and b) something perhaps, dare I say it, a little feminine and smart that I could take to a business meeting.
No such ideal laptop bag exists.
Or so I thought.
Until, I came across the Brenthaven Elite Sleeve last month. The Mocha colour in particular caught my eye instantly – a stylish brown on the outside, with plenty of girly pink on the inside.Continue reading »
January 31, 2011
You may remember that in the past year we’ve covered Kymera’s technology gadgets that imitate the use of magic, specifically the Magic Wand Remote Control which is not only a very cool way to control your TV or other remote devices by yourself, but is sure to impress your friends when they visit.
Well with the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows released having been released and the final part coming in just a few months’ time, the world has once again gone magic crazy. Naturally, it makes perfect sense then, for another magically-inspired gadget, namely the Kandela Magic Candle & Wand. It’s a candle that you can light up with the swish of the included magic wand! Seriously!Continue reading »
iaPeel Printable Skins For iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 & iPad – Unique Customisation With Any Picture You Want!
January 24, 2011
So why might you be interested in the iaPeel Printable iPhone and iPad Skins? Well, there are a lot of cases out there for the iPhone and iPad devices, most of them are generic looking, and nearly all of them detract from the stunning looks of your Apple product design.
One way around this is to get yourself something like a Gelaskin – a skin/decal for your iPhone or iPad which allows you to still appreciate the general design of the hardware while still adding a bit of personality to it that makes your device stand out from the crowd.Continue reading »
January 23, 2011
I spend hours and hours every day typing away on my laptop’s QWERTY keyboard, but I’ve never really had the space to use a keyboard of the musical variety. However, now thanks to the USB Discover MIDI Keyboard, that is one excuse that I can no longer use to explain my lack of musical ability as this one plugs right in to a spare USB port on your PC or Mac.
The keyboard comprises of 25 piano style keys, is nice and small so you can take it wherever you want to, and includes software for both Windows and Mac OS X that helps you learn the basics of the keyboard and record your playing sessions, too.Continue reading »
January 21, 2011
For better or worse, our lives are full of various gadgets and gizmos. Most of us have a smartphone such as the iPhone or HTC Desire that stays with us throughout the day, along with an MP3 player and various other USB powered gadgets – what happened to gadgets all merging into one?
Since we have all these gadgets, that is why we need devices such as the Pebble Portable Charger!
As great as this is (and it is) to have our favourite gadgets on the move with us, the only problem is their battery lives are often painfully short with prolonged usage. These things run out of juice a lot, and sometimes we can’t make it home in time to keep them powered up. Therefore the solution is to ensure you have a portable battery charger with you!Continue reading »