Feeds

12 of the best... travel gadgets

Don't leave town without them

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Aquapac Waterpoof Camera Case

Aquapac Waterpoof Camera Case

If your only opportunity to take pics under the sea comes twice a year then a fully waterproof camera is probably over egging the pudding. Especially when, for twenty-five quid, Aquapac will sell you a fancy plastic bag into which you slide your compact camera and get the same end result. Lacking easy access to the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and not wanting to get arrested at the local swimming pool, we stuck our trusty old – and expendable – Nikon Coolpix 2200 in the bag and filled the bath.

Not only did everything stay dry, but we had no problems using all the camera's buttons or the optical zoom. Aquapac also thoughtfully bundle half a dozen packets of desiccant to get rid of any rogue condensation. Picture quality didn't seem to suffer too badly from the consequences of taking photos through a layer of plastic. However, if you do come over all Lord Lichfield, Aquapac also makes a version with a hard acrylic ‘lens’ built into the bag. Incidentally, it also makes a rather handy all-purpose water and dust proof bag for your phone or MP3 player.

Reg Rating 90%
Price £25
More Info Aquapac

Franklin TGA-490 12 Language Speaking Dictionary

Franklin TGA-490 12 Language Speaking Dictionary

Phrase books are all well and good if you have some idea how to pronounce the local lingo, but stray into Russian, Japanese or Korean and things get more complicated. That's where the Franklin comes in. Not only will it translate words and phrases on-screen – in both the original alphabet and Roman – but it will speak them too. Translations can be made from either single words or from a pretty large selection of pre-loaded phrases although we didn't manage to find “Where is the toilet?” during our test.

The list of supported languages runs to French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese which isn't bad though with Thai and Hungarian – oh, oh, my nipples explode with delight! – being two obvious omissions. While the phrases played are clear enough, they are just a little on the fast side. The 490 also doubles up as an MP3 player and voice memo recorder and has a 2.5mm headphone jack so you can sit in the corner repeating foreign phrases too yourself until someone calls the police and they drag you away. Not cheap, but useful for frequent travellers who find themselves in Tokyo on Monday, Seoul on Wednesday and Lisbon on Friday.

Reg Rating 80%
Price £200
More Info Franklin

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek
Is bigger necessarily better for the fruity firm's flagship phone?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?