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Denon Envaya

Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

Product Roundup The arrival of Bluetooth 4, with its reduced hunger for power and support for audio codecs like aptX and A2DP means that there has been an explosion in the availability of Bluetooth speakers which connect to computers, tablets and smartphones, and are often small enough to be chucked in a bag and taken to the park or beach. …
Kenny Hemphill, 22 Dec 2014
Nokia HERE iOS maps app

Nokia HERE iOS maps app review

There’s never been a better time to publish a mapping app for iOS. Apple’s own Maps app is a laughing stock and Google is apparently dithering over whether to bother submitting an app version of its mapping solution for Apple’s approval, or lack thereof. So Nokia has stepped into the breach with HERE, a re-branded version of its …
Kenny Hemphill, 21 Nov 2012
Extreme Hardware

Ultrabook makers take the Ivy Bridge path

Extreme Hardware Intel launched quad-core versions of its Ivy Bridge processor in April but held back on dual-core versions, apparently to sell out its Sandy Bridge dual-core chips. With the dual-core Ivy Bridge CPUs out this month, PC makers are already starting to announce notebooks based on the new architecture. Intel Ivy Bridge chip …
Kenny Hemphill, 27 Jun 2012
Extreme Hardware

DDR 4 sets the pace for fast memory

Extreme Hardware Reducing the size of chips has benefits beyond those seen in CPUs and GPUs. One other key component to gain an advantage is memory. The specification of the next generation of memory module, DDR 4 (DDR stands for 'double data rate'), is currently being finalised ahead of its anticipated launch later this year. It will use less …
Kenny Hemphill, 26 Jun 2012
Extreme Hardware

Screen idols: higher resolution means better laptops

Extreme Hardware Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge chipset, currently being deployed by every laptop manufacturer on new machines, is capable of supporting resolutions of up to 4096 pixels horizontally, using integrated graphics. Known as 4K, these ultra-high resolutions are gaining support in professional video cameras. So why do Samsung, Sony, …
Kenny Hemphill, 25 Jun 2012
Kensington Virtuoso Mini stylus

Kensington Virtuoso Mini collapsible stylus

Accessory of the Week Dabbing away at a smartphone touchscreen is all very well if all you’re doing is checking email, searching Google, or replying to a text message. But if you want to paint - using the excellent Brushes, say - sketch, or take handwritten notes, it’s far from ideal. Kensington Virtuoso Mini stylus But who wants to carry around …
Kenny Hemphill, 22 Jun 2012
IK Multimedia iRig Mix

IK Multimedia iRig Mix

Geek Treat of the Week The iRig Mix is the latest IK Multimedia accessory aimed at iPhone and iPad-toting musicians and DJs. It’s a three-channel mixer that can be used to combine input from two iOS devices and either a microphone or guitar. Alternatively, using a DJ app like Algoriddm’s dJay or IK Multimedia’s own DJ Rig, you can split the output …
Kenny Hemphill, 18 Jun 2012
Hauppauge MyTV 2 Go

Hauppauge MyTV 2Go

Accessory of the Week There’s no shortage of TV tuners for either Macs or PCs. But Hauppauge’s MyTV 2Go is different in that it allows you to connect to it over Wi-Fi from an iPhone or an iPad, as well as a computer. Hauppauge MyTV 2 Go In addition to freeing you from having an extra device plugged into the iPad, it also means you have much more …
Kenny Hemphill, 08 Jun 2012
iLuv Vibro Classic II

iLuv Vibro Classic II

Accessory of the Week ILuv’s Vibro II is notable for two things. The first is its size. It’s tiny for a speaker dock, around the width of a traditional bedside radio alarm clock and not much taller. iLuv Vibro Classic II The second notable feature attaches to the back of the speaker dock by means of a 2m cable. It’s about 5cm square and slides …
Kenny Hemphill, 01 Jun 2012
Jabra Clipper

Jabra Clipper

Geek Treat of the Week Jabra’s Clipper is a two-piece Bluetooth headset designed to be attached to clothing or a bag. Jabra Clipper The clip part houses the Bluetooth circuitry, controls, a micro USB socket for charging, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The other part is a standard set of stereo earbuds, though you’ll probably want to use your own. The …
Kenny Hemphill, 28 May 2012
Belkin YourType Folio

Belkin YourType Folio

Accessory of the Week There’s no shortage of iPad keyboard cases to choose from, but this one from Belkin, designed for the new iPad, has a neat trick up its sleeve: the keyboard is detachable, held in place by Velcro. Belkin YourType Folio That might not sound like a big deal, but it allows you to vary both the angle of the iPad’s screen and the …
Kenny Hemphill, 25 May 2012
IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast

Accessory of the Week IK Multimedia’s newest microphone is aimed squarely at podcasters. The package comes with a plastic stand which props up an iPhone at just the right angle for talking into the mic. You can use it with an iPod Touch too, though you’ll have to turn it upside down in order to plug the Mic Cast into its headphone jack. IK …
Kenny Hemphill, 18 May 2012
Freecom Hard Drive Sq 2TB

Freecom Hard Drive Sq 2TB

Geek Treat of the Week Freecom’s Hard Drive Sq is a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 hard drive which is clearly pitched at the growing number of us who have smart TVs and want to be able to record programmes without investing in a Freeview or Freesat DVR. Designed by Berlin-based Iranian designer Armam Emami, the aluminium enclosure looks strikingly like Apple’s …
Kenny Hemphill, 14 May 2012
WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo 4TB

WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo

Geek Treat of the Week The My Book Thunderbolt Duo contains two Western Digital 2TB or 3TB Caviar Green drives in its now familiar hardback-style silver chassis. There are only two interface ports on the back, and they're both Thunderbolt so while you can include the My Book as a link in a chain of Thunderbolt devices, it’s not for you if you don’t …
Kenny Hemphill, 07 May 2012
Teufel Audio iTeufel Air

Teufel Audio iTeufel Air

Accessory of the Week As AirPlay speakers go, the iTeufel Air is big. Placed next to, say Audyssey’s Audio Dock Air, it dwarfs its rival — though it’s marginally less wide than B&W’s Zeppelin Air. The glossy white wedge houses two 80mm mid-range drivers, a 25mm tweeter, and a 130mm woofer, and pumps out a total of 100W. Teufel Audio iTeufel Air …
Kenny Hemphill, 04 May 2012
Griffin Helo TC Assault

Griffin Helo TC Assault

Geek Treat of the Week Griffin’s Helo TC Assault helicopter is the latest version of its app-powered chopper. Griffin Helo TC Assault Like the Battling Gyro helicopters I reviewed here a few weeks ago, the new Griffin offering spices up your aerial activities by adding the ability to enter combat. When the red mist descends, the Assault allows …
Kenny Hemphill, 30 Apr 2012
Adonit Jot Flip stylus

Adonit Jot Flip precision tablet stylus

Geek Treat of the Week "If you see a stylus, they blew it," Steve Jobs famously said. He was referring to the fact that the iPad’s multi-touch display and UI is designed to be used with fingers rather than an input device and that, in his view, a stylus is superfluous. That may be true for the bulk of tablet apps, but there’s no doubt that for those …
Kenny Hemphill, 23 Apr 2012
iKlip Studio

iKlip Studio

Accessory of the Week The hackneyed old cliché about the iPad being a consumption device was long blown out of the water. The Apple tablet is used by creative professionals for a variety of tasks, but one group who who have been drawn to it more than most are musicians. iKlip Studio There’s a huge number of apps that allow the iPad to act, if not …
Kenny Hemphill, 20 Apr 2012
Mobee Magic Numpad

Mobee Magic Numpad

Geek Treat of the Week Mobee has built a niche for itself building accessories for Apple’s Magic line of input devices. This one might just be the cleverest of the lot. The package consists of three film overlays, each printed with a different arrangement of buttons, which allow you to use the Magic Trackpad for tapping in digits. Mobee Magic Numpad …
Kenny Hemphill, 16 Apr 2012
Harvard TV bed

Ten... Bedroom Gadget Treats

Product Round-up Reg Hardware Gizmo Week logo small Sleep deprivation: a tactic for special ops assignments and a gift of nature to parents with newborns. Either way, not enough kip can feel like torture and likewise failing to get a chance to unwind of an evening will take its toll. Given current property prices, the bedroom often doubles …
Kenny Hemphill, 14 Apr 2012
Pasce Minirig

Pasce Minirig micro speaker

Accessory of the Week Reg Hardware Gizmo Week logo small British audio engineering firm Pasce has made such a big splash with its Minirig speakers that it had to stop taking orders for a while to replenish its stocks. It tells me that they’re available to buy again now, so I took a pair for a spin. The speakers are sold individually, intended to …
Kenny Hemphill, 13 Apr 2012
Bosch T65

Ten... Kitchen Gadget Treats

Gizmo Week Reg Hardware Gizmo Week logo small Most of us actually have more gadgets in the kitchen than anywhere else in the house. And looking at the list here, it’s easy to see why. There are gizmos for every conceivable task, from opening a tin of beans to knocking up a homemade Scotch broth. Most of the gizmos here are genuinely …
Kenny Hemphill, 12 Apr 2012
Premier Home Cinema chair

Ten... Living Room Gadget Treats

Gizmo Week Reg Hardware Gizmo Week logo small Once, living rooms were the places kept solely for entertaining guests. Now they’re games rooms, home cinemas – and places to crash when you’re just too exhausted from all the fun to do anything else. But kitting out your living room isn't just a matter of picking a TV and a console. There' …
Kenny Hemphill, 10 Apr 2012
Battling Helicopters

Battling remote-control helicopters

Geek Treat of the Week If flying a remote control helicopter is no longer enough of a challenge, it’s time to move to the next level and add a little spice to the mix. The Battling Gyro helicopter allows you to do just that by including an ‘attack’ button on the remote control. Battling Helicopters That button activates an infra-red beam on your …
Kenny Hemphill, 02 Apr 2012
Griffin Reserve battery case for iPhone

Griffin Reserve Battery Case

Accessory of the Week If you’re anything like me and use your smartphone for everything from arguing on Twitter to watching the latest episode of Homeland on the train to work, you’ll find yourself re-charging its battery daily. Griffin Reserve battery case for iPhone Forget to do it, and you’ll run out of steam, just when you need to make that …
Kenny Hemphill, 30 Mar 2012