Author: James

How to Make the Electronics Development Process Smoother

Developing a new electronics product is often a long and difficult process, however, by taking some simple steps beforehand, and approaching the project in the right way, you can make it a fun and rewarding process. Pre-Design One of the most common mistakes that electronics designers make when starting a new project is to dive straight into producing schematic circuit diagrams, however, this is a mistake. Schematic diagrams can definitely be useful, but they should come after an initial pre-planning phase. During this phase, you should sketch out a design of the final product which includes all the key...

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Competition: Win a Foobot Indoor Air Quality Monitor

To celebrate Black Friday, and the run-up to Christmas we are running a few competitions for some of the review samples we have received this year. First up is the excellent Foobot Indoor Air Quality Monitor, which is a great addition to any home automation set up, and is very useful for any family that has people with asthma-related issues. Some of the features the Footbot include the ability to monitor Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Particulate matter (PM), Carbon dioxide (CO2). It provides a nice visual feedback in the form of glowing LEDs. It works on Android and iOS...

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Tech21 Evo Check iPhone 8 Case Review

When you have a £700 phone that is basically all glass the last thing you want to do is drop it. Obviously, it is impossible to avoid the inevitable drop, and Apple claims the glass used in their new iPhone 8 is the most durable ever, and the glass rear is reinforced with metal. However, a big drop or landing in an awkward position is always likely to crack if not shatter glass, whether that is the front or rear of the phone in this case. If you do not have the £79 AppleCare+ cover then screen repair costs...

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Mini-Review RAVPower 10000mAh & 16750mAh Power Bank

I have used quite a few RAVPower products now, I would rate them as good as Anker or Aukey for peripherals on Amazon. They offer good prices, great build quality and they always have excellent reviews on Amazon. I recently purchased 2 sized battery packs, for different scenarios. A 10K model for when I go out for a long day but don’t have a bag or coat, and the 16750mAh model for when I go to press events and have a bag with me. 10000mAh Power Bank This is a well-priced and sized pack. I like the 10k size...

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Is it time we became a cashless society?

In the UK we are currently going through a rollout of new coins and notes. The new £5 polymer note was introduced last year and it cost the Bank of England £70 million to develop then around another 7p per note to print. These costs will no doubt be similar to the other notes that are being introduced. However, do we really need to keep printing new money when most people have debit cards with contactless payments, and many phones now have NFC built in allowing them to make mobile payments. Looking at Sweden, it is the most cashless...

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