Author: James

SmartThings Hopes to Make Home Automation Mainstream

Home Automation and Smart Homes are things we are very interested in, and 2014 seems like it could be the year where it becomes more mainstream. We have already seen Samsung, Haier demonstrating smart appliances at the IFA in Berlin this year. We have recently posted about doing a serious on Home Automation, and now SmartThings has just received $12.5 Million funding in a Series A funding. SmartThings was one of the big success stories from Kickstarter in 2012, raising $1.2 million with a goal of just $250,000. Similar to other companies such as X10, Z-Wave and LightwaveRF; SmartThings...

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CyanogenMod Releases Desktop and Mobile App

CyanogenMod are trying to become the third major mobile OS, and in order to do that they need to make the installation as easy as possible. Well that is what they have just done with the release of their new Play Store and Windows Apps. Rather than going through an arguably complex process to install their ROM the Play Store app will work with the Windows companion app to do all the hard work for you, and install the latest version of CyanogenMod. The majority of current flagship devices are supported by the setup, and the devs say they’re...

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Should You Upgrade Your iPhone 4s?

Every Autumn for the last several years, Apple has released a new update to its line of popular iPhone’s. Whether you are a hard-core devotee to the Apple brand or just a casual user trying to juggle your latest two-year contract, it can be difficult deciding when is the right time to upgrade to a new phone. After all, what’s cutting-edge now will be passé in just a year. This September, Apple came out with two different versions of the iPhone for the first time in the company’s history. The iPhone 5s includes the latest and greatest technology and...

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Glider Touchscreen Gloves review

Winter is coming, and using a smartphone while wearing gloves is generally impossible. However dozens of companies are now offering touchscreen compatible gloves which is accomplished by incorporating conductive materials into the gloves.  In the case of Glider Gloves they use conductive copper threads and fibers built into the glove’s yarn composition. These special yarns allow your body’s natural electric current to flow through the glove to your device, making it respond to your touch. Most touch screen gloves we have come across generally only have a couple of fingers that are touch screen compatible but the Glider Gloves...

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Xenta LT-201 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Recently we were kindly given a Xenta LT-201 Bluetooth Speaker to review from Ebuyer. This a low cost Bluetooth speaker which currently sells for just £34.98 and is surprisingly good. The actual device is a slightly ugly and a bit cheap looking but we are talking about a £35 speaker hear. Setting up the device could not be simpler, just plug it in, switch it on, make sure your Bluetooth is enabled and scan for devices, you should then be able to connect to LT-201EBY, and that is pretty much it! We didn’t have to input a password or...

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