Author: James

Samsung Announces the Galaxy S7 Active

Just as expected from previous years, and the leak back in March, Samsung have announced the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Like previous active series phones, it is basically the same as the normal Galaxy S7 with the same internal hardware, including the latest Snapdragon 820 SoC with a quad-core CPU utilizing Qualcomm’s custom 64-bit Kryo cores and Adreno 530 GPU. This is paired with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB of UFS 2.0 NAND. Though you only get one choice of internal storage, it is still upgradable via MicroUSB. The S7 active also uses the same 5.1-inch QHD SAMOLED...

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Synology announces DS416play: 4 bay home NAS with 4K transcoding.

I used to be a big fan of Network Attached Storage device before I upgraded to a dedicated server. Synology have always offered some of the best products out there with the DSM interface being great and fool proof as possible. This week they launched the DS416play, which is part of their home orientated line of NAS servers that is specifically designed to handle media transcoding. This allows users to store all their video files on the NAS and stream them to any device even if the device may not have the processing ability to play such files. It...

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Top 10 4K Blu-Rays Available to buy now.

This year, most TVs that are being released this year are 4K compatible, with higher end models also having HDR(High-dynamic-range) functionality built into them. HDR reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity than is possible with standard digital imaging or photographic techniques. In short, the bright parts of an image can get considerably brighter compared to normal techniques. One of the best TVs to enjoy 4K HDR is the recently released Ultra HD TV Panasonic VIERA TX65DX902B, this is the top of the range model from Panasonic that includes local dimming, which provides the best contrast ratios of the...

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AMD Announces Radeon RX480

This year seems to be getting quite interesting for graphics cards. NVIDIA have just launched the GTX 1080 which outperforms both the GTX Titan and GTX 980ti for less money and lower power. Now AMD is hitting back with their own announcement with the RX 480. Unlike NVIDIA, AMD is releasing a mid-range card to start with high end cards coming later in the year. The RX 480 will be priced at a bargain price of just $199 but offer similar performance to the Radeon R9 390 from last year, which still sells for £260+, and the recently announced...

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Baby room automation ideas

Babies are every parent’s prized possession and the ability to watch and monitor them is a priceless gift. The baby room automation project designed for a baby nursery gives parents the chance to do this. The project uses a set of sensors and linear actuators (see more on the website) and is powered by a hardware component known as Udoo.  One can automate common tasks thus providing timely information to parents and allow them to monitor and analyze how their baby is doing. This project works by warning parents if the nursery is too cold or hot, automate baby room...

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