Confession time: I'm a born again smartwatch fan. I used to not see the point, and then somehow managed to buy a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and everything changed. That this thing looked like a watch, had an innovative rotating bezel as an input control mechanism and worked so smoothly with my newly purchased Samsung Galaxy S8+ were the main reasons for that. Having been a very happy smartwatch bunny for the past 18 months or so, I was both interested and annoyed when the next-gen of the Samsung Gear watch family hit the market. I know, I know, there's …

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I am something of a self-confessed Anker hardware fan. I've been using their cables, power supplies and portable chargers for years now. However, I never really thought of Anker in the audio space, until now. Soundcore is an Anker brand with just audio products out there, as the name suggests. So, I needed some new earphones for my daily multi-mile walks and thought I'd give Soundcore a go. Especially when I saw these 'Liberty Lite' wireless earbuds were so much cheaper than the big brand versions from the likes of Apple, Bose and Samsung. Not that I have an iPhone, …

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Anyone who knows me will happily inform you that I am, as my username implies, rather tech obsessed. I'm not a happy geek when it comes to smartphone cases though, and it's been a long time since I've been able to say I've got the perfect case for my current device. Way back, when I carried an iPhone 5, I swore by my Otter Box for protection. It was bulky, but you could probably drive a tank over it with confidence. The thing is, the iPhone was tiny by comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S8+ that I am using these …

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OK, so the Jelly Pro is being touted as the world's smallest 4G smartphone; but is it any good? Every time I pull the Jelly Pro out of the change pocket of my jeans, yes it really is that small, I cannot help but think of Derek Zoolander and his ridiculously small cellphone. That was a comedy spoof, of course, but how serious is the Jelly Pro? ![JellyPro01.jpg](/attachments/large/0/1bff7aed504a12d24089fabc6f4156a4.jpg "align-center") Let's get the size thing out of the way first, because that really is the main selling point here. It's small, very small indeed: 92.4mm x 43mm x 13mm (that's just …

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I have been a happy user of TomTom satnav products since they first hit the market some ten years ago now. For the most part, that has meant dedicated hardware for in-car use. However, when I last [reviewed the TomTom app for the iPhone here at DaniWeb back in 2010](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/tablets-and-mobile-devices/reviews/333687/edit-your-own-satnav-maps-with-tomtom-for-iphone) it got a perfect 10/10 rating, the upgraded software truly being that good. In that original review I briefly mentioned that TomTom has a car-kit available for the iPhone which would charge the battery on the move and provide a GPS boost for those poor-signal areas. It also acted as …

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If the schools that my kids attend are anything to go by, it seems that high on Santa's list this Xmas just gone was an iTouch, iPhone or iPad depending how well off the parents were. That's understandable, they are just as attractive as gadgets for kids as they are to adults. But along with the never ending supply of free games, educational apps and the like comes the small problem of unfettered access to the Internet and all that brings with it. While adults may well have the family PC protected by parental control software to filter unsuitable content …

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So I was recently at the big Motorola launch event which spanned New York City, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and London where I was part of the media herd waiting to see exactly what new handsets were about to be revealed. The answer came in triplicate: the Moto X Style, Moto X Play and the new third generation Moto G. As the latter of these was the only device to actually go on sale with immediate effect, and Motorola had review units available to take away, it's the Moto G that I am reviewing here today having put it through …

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So you've got a tablet, be that an Android, iPad or Windows powered device. Maybe you've got a phablet or just a bog-standard smartphone. Whatever you have, the chances are that it will have a capacitive touch screen. Most people, however, won't have got a stylus. The reasons are straightforward enough: 'I come equipped with a finger, thank you' and, well, that's it actually. For those people who have experienced stylus enlightenment, there's no turning back. A stylus brings more precise input to your device, be that just launching apps, using the on-screen keyboard or maybe getting a little more …

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[attach=right]13756[/attach]Portable gizmos that claim to charge your cellphone or iPod on the move are two a penny these days. Solar powered portable charging gizmos are not such a common sight, it has to be said, especially if we are talking about ones that actually work. Which is why I was excited at the prospect of having a real world out in the field play with the [URL="http://www.solartechnology.co.uk"]Freeloader Pico[/URL], but at the same time bracing myself for disappointment. It's not that I am not a fan of the solar power concept for mobility, just the opposite in fact. Over the years …

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Here’s the concept behind the smartpen: there are millions of pages of good old fashioned handwritten notes taken every day in business meetings and school lessons around the world. Unfortunately they remain trapped within the confines of the paper they are written upon. But what if you could easily share those notes, make them searchable and accessible by digitising them with a tap of the pen you write them with? [attach]21268[/attach] That’s where the Echo smartpen comes in by digitally capturing what you write, and what you hear, and then ‘pencasting’ the data using the new Livescribe Connect software. To …

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As I stated when [reviewing the Minisuit 3-in-1 Folio Case](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/tablets-and-mobile-devices/reviews/477039/review-minisuit-3-in-1-keyboard-folio-case-nexus-7-2013#) for the Nexus 7 2013, the most important things a writer looks for in any keyboard are key travel, spacing and feedback. Obviously a travel keyboard throws some additional requirements into the mix such as weight, size and battery life. However, when it comes to the single most important factor for me personally, and that's key spacing, the Minisuit Ultra-Thin Aluminium Bluetooth Keyboard Cover falls flat. There is simply no spacing at all, the keys just seem to merge together and it is very hard indeed not to hit the …

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For a professional writer of any description, there are three things that matter when it comes to the keyboard that they are using: key spacing, key travel and key feedback. The Minisuit 3-in-1 Folio manages, as far as any such small keyboard is ever going to achieve, to get the key spacing and feedback right. The scrabble tile keys are far enough part, in that there is sufficient gap between them and above/below them to prevent too much mis-keying. This is the bane of most travel keyboards, the keys are badly spaced and you end up making so many typos …

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The AR.Drone is what is known as a quadricopter device, and the Parrot drones are probably responsible for kick-starting the whole consumer drone industry. Unpacking the box you immediately notice how light it is, and how little you get by way of stuff to assemble or plug-in. Beyond the couple of hulls, one for indoor use (it has rotor damage protection) and one for outside, the battery packs and the charger, there's precious little else. Well, you get some stickers for playing augmented reality and target games, and rather worryingly some double sided tape for making repairs to the drone …

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The PowerBank 2000 is the latest in a long line of solar-powered chargers from Sandberg. It's far from being the most powerful backup battery for your smartphone (and yes it will charge Droids as well as iPhones, but as I'm an iPhone user I can only talk about my experiences with that) but it is one of the smallest and lightest. Not that the specs are lightweight per se, with the name giving away the fact that there's 2000mAh worth of capacity in the thing. Producing 1000mA output, the SolarBank will happily charge up my iPhone if I'm away from …

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KitSound takes music seriously, so I wasn't that surprised when I read how in recent 'blind testing' consumers were unable to tell the difference between a set of KSDJ headphones costing under £20 and high end headphones costing up to £900 when it came to the audio output. I mention this as I was very surprised when I plonked a beanie hat with a bobble on the top and a snowflake pattern onto my head and plugged it into my iPhone; surprised by the excellent clarity, tone and warmth of sound that was being reproduced by the speakers hidden within …

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![e776593293ae5ac1272905a2e76cd945](/attachments/small/0/e776593293ae5ac1272905a2e76cd945.jpg "align-right") This is the latest upgrade to the Camera Link product from Sandberg, making it compatible with the iPad 3 and iPad 4/Mini; but not at the same time. To get the iPad 4 compatibility rather obviously requires the Lightning connector equipped version, which costs the same as the iPad 3 version. Whichever you need, the premise is the same: upload your photos to your iPad directly from your camera. Insert the SD card into the device, make sure it is toggled to the SD setting, and your iPad will display your images and enable you to import them. …

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This one is for UK-based DaniWeb members, or those of you who are visiting the UK and want to be able to charge your smartphone via a USB mains charger that is neither bulky or heavy. I'm not usually the type of person to get excited by a plug, honestly, but I will make an exception for the Mu. ![Mu02](/attachments/small/0/Mu02.jpg "align-right") The designer of the Mu, Min-Kyu Choi, says that he was frustrated by the dimensions of a traditional plug and thought that it was about time to redesign something that dated back to 1947 and hadn't really changed much …

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I'm not the greatest artist in the world, but I do like to tinker with a bit of sketching. When my vision deteriorated to the point of this becoming difficult, I turned to my iPad for assistance. Using a stylus and a drawing app I found I was able to continue sketching. The ability to magnify the canvas to whatever was comfortable for me has, quite literally, been an eye opener. ![ekit01](/attachments/small/0/ekit01.jpg "align-right") There is no doubting though, that digital art is a very different beast to getting your fingers dirty with some charcoal and a piece of paper. Mainly, …

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When you look at the iTunes download charts you will always find an Angry Bird perched towards the top. That's quite simply because this game app has been the undoubted number one commercial and cultural success story of the App Store. The app developers, Rovio, have been accused in the past of cashing in on this success by rehashing the same format with different backgrounds and a new bird or two under the guise of a 'new' game. A new game that will cost you if you want to play, of course. Personally I don't have a problem with this …

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If you take one look at the deadmau5 portable speakers from KitSound and immediately think that they have been inspired, somewhat badly, by Mickey Mouse then I'm afraid you are showing your age and lack of cool. If, on the other hand, you are some hip young thing then you will instantly recognise the hand, or should I say the head, of deadmau5. ![deadmau51](/attachments/small/0/deadmau51.jpg "align-right") The Canadian DJ and producer known as [deadmau5](http://www.deadmau5.com/), real name Joel Thomas Zimmerman, might be based in Toronto but he has earned a global reputation in the music business, not least courtesy of his habit …

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Continuing the Lord of the Rings theme that I started with in the title of this review, I believe it is Gandalf who says "there is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power" but he sure wasn't saying it to the One|Cable. It exists to share power between most every kind of mobile device you own, apart from those that have a proprietary charging connector which are not made by Apple. As long as your smartphone, tablet, satnav, MP3 player, Bluetooth headset etc etc accepts either …

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Last year I reviewed the original Kensington KeyFolio Pro case with integrated keyboard, and liked it so much I have been using it on a daily basis ever since. With a DaniWeb rating of 9 out of 10, there really wasn't much room for improvement. So when Kensington released the KeyFolio Pro 2 earlier this year I was dubious that it could actually be worth the upgrade. Having now spent some time hands-on with latest version of this must-have iPad peripheral for the jobbing journalist, writer or coder, I am happy to report that my cynicism was unfounded. Kensington have …

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When I hear the word 'powerstation' I immediately conjure up images of either a mega-screen laptop or some seriously beefy server hardware. Mophie, however, likes to think smaller. Much smaller, apart from when it comes to naming products that is. The Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo is one heck of a mouthful for such a small device, measuring a fairly diminutive 2.5" x 4.25" x 0.75" and weighing in at less than 200g. The 'Duo' is big brother to the even smaller 'Mini' (costing $59.95) which is a tiddly 1.75" x 3.5" x 0.5" and weighs just 82g. Don't let …

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The Kensington Folio Trio Mobile Workstation for new iPad and iPad 2 is rather a large title for what is actually just a case. Mind you, it's also rather a large case. This thing is absolutely huge. No, seriously, it's actually bigger in all dimensions than my laptop. This thing is 14" by 11", and 1.5" thick with an iPad in. Throw in a pen, some paper and a few documents along with that iPad and I found myself with something weighing more than 5lbs to lug around. Compare that with the perfect 10/10 Kensington KeyFolio Pro case which I …

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My iPhone is always with me, and I will admit to having mild panic attacks if I misplace it around the office or house. Only once have I had cause to go into major panic mode though, and that was when I managed to leave my iPhone and my car keys in a shop. Luckily it was the last shop I had been in, and my good fortune held up as not only had I left them at the checkout counter but the checkout assistant was a very honest person. I would not like to experience those 15 minutes of …

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DaniWeb recently reported [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/netbooks-tablets-and-mobile-devices/news/376700/1621471"]how Apple had won a ban on the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Europe [/URL] and even [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/netbooks-tablets-and-mobile-devices/news/376718"]published the rather generic-looking design drawings[/URL] at the heart of the case. Now a Düsseldorf regional court judge, Johanna Brueckner-Hoffmann, has heard the Samsung appeal against the ban and concluded that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 gives a "clear impression of similarity" to the iPad: the result being that the ban has been upheld, but only in Germany rather than being across the EU. If [URL="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/21/samsung_could_block_iphone_5_in_europe_patent_wars_rumble_on/"]reports[/URL] are to be believed, Samsung could fight back with an attempt …

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![bomb021](/attachments/small/0/bomb021.jpg "align-right") "There are bombs littered all over the city and your job is to stop them from exploding" that's the premise of Bomb Disposal Unit 54, a new game that I have been playing on my iPad before it's official release in the App Store on 6th May. When I read the name of the game, and saw the opening comic-style intro screens, I was kind of expecting to be defusing bombs somehow. I'm not sure how, but maybe some kind of touchscreen wire-cutting exercise was going to be the order of the day. Perhaps I would have to …

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As well as being Editor-in-Chief and Community Administrator here at DaniWeb, for the last 20 years I have also been a freelance journalist (writing for national newspapers as well as being Contributing Editor of PC Pro, the best selling computer magazine in the UK) and am fortunate enough to have seen more than 20 of my books published for good measure. To put that into some perspective, working on an average of 6,000 words per week for 20 years I have an output of more than 6 million published words to my name. Keyboards are, therefore, pretty important to me. …

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Reallusion is perhaps best known for developing a range of award-winning 3D cinematic tools, so it came as something of a surprise to discover that the company has just released an iPhone app. The surprise did not diminish any when the press release arrived on my desk and proudly, not to mention rather loudly, proclaimed that "Big Lens will turn your iPhone/iPad into a professional SLR camera". It has to be said that I pretty much choked on my coffee as, let's face it, you'd need something approaching a bone fide miracle to get anything approaching professional results from the …

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The trouble with Kensington lock systems for laptops in the past was that they were fiddly to actually use, which is why the company took a step back and redesigned the process by introducing the new ClickSafe system. This still utilises the same Kensington lock slot that appears on everything mobile, but does so by requiring the user to put a locking 'nub' into it which stays in place and the actual cable lock itself just 'clicks' into place nice and easily. It's this ClickSafe lock system that is used in conjunction with the SecureBack case to lock down your …

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