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Six months ago I was reviewing my experience with another Anker 'Soundcore' earbud product, the Liberty Lites. I liked these, and they quickly became my everyday audio companion while out on my long walks in the Yorkshire countryside. I did, however, have some issues with the volume never being quite loud enough and ultimately the three hour playtime ended up being just not enough for long train travel or flights. So, I started looking at the alternatives. Naturally I started looking at the likes of the Apple AirPods (once I had discovered you can use them with Android phones) and the new Samsung Galaxy Buds. Both look really cool and feature 'true-wireless' connectivity plus super battery life. Unfortunately, both also break my 'never gonna pay more than £100 for freakin' earbuds man' rule; and then some.

Then I stumbled across one of the best kept secrets out there: Anker also sell true-wireless AirPod look-a-like earbuds and they come in at well under the £100. In fact, they cost just £79.99 here in the UK. Actually, scrap the 'just' as in the US they are $79.99 which at the current exchange rate is about £61. At that price they would be an absolute bargain, but even at a shade under £80 they are still half the cost of AirPods with the standard charging case (AirPods with a wireless charging case cost 2.5 times as much!) and the pre-order price on the Galaxy Buds is £139 so not a great deal ...

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An early Xmas present to myself arrived at Chez Moi last month in the shape of a rather thick credit card. It's not actually a credit card though, and while it's a chunky 6mm wide it is pretty smart truth be told. That's because it's a clinically validated cardiac diagnostic device, a heart monitor to you and me, called a WIWE. Once I got myself over the fact that I cannot stop pronouncing it as a wee wee, I quickly found the WIWE does a whole lot more than your Fitbit or smartwatch can do in terms of monitoring your heart health.

What, even if I have an Apple Watch 4 do I hear you cry? Erm, sorry people, but yes even then. Sure, the Apple Watch 4 can offer heart rate variability (HRV) monitoring and produce something akin to an electrocardiogram (ECG) in order to detect an irregular heartbeat otherwise known as atrial fibrillation. The ECG part of the heart monitoring functionality has even got FDA clearance, so this isn't a device feature to be sniffed at. The Apple Watch 4 cardiac stuff works by measuring the voltage between left and right arms, and the resulting signal is equivalent to that of 'lead one' of the 12 lead clinical ECG some readers may be familiar with. The Apple ECG requires the user to rest a finger on the digital crown, while resting their arms on a table top or some such. After 30 seconds it reports the results, which ...

Hi CorinthCom, the Galaxy Watch works with any Android phone (Android 5 upwards), and for that matter the iPhone (iOS 9 on) as well, but to get the best out of it you need to be using a Samsung device. The reason being that the watch runs on the same Tizen OS as the Samsung phones. That said, from what I can gather it's email and messaging that take the biggest hit - as in you can only get these apps on the watch if you are synced to a Samsung phone. You still get the notifications, but would have to go to your phone to access the actual messages.

Would you need a Samsung Galaxy phone for this, or will any other Android phone work?

My first smartwatch was pretty dumb, to be honest, and put me off the concept for many years to come: a Microsoft Spot.

Thanks for the review. My son has one of the Samsung smart watches and I'm not sure which but it may be the 2.0 model. He seems to like it.

My first "smart watch" was long ago with the PalmOS powered watch by I recall Fossil. Really appropriate maker given how long ago that was.
This beast of a watch required daily without fail charging.

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 always going to be something a little better just around the corner and 18 months is a long time in technology. My annoyance was more about the cost, especially as the S3 Frontier wasn't exactly cheap.

Then along came Black Friday which at least got me exploring the possibilities of upgrading to the new Galaxy Watch. I use the term upgrading purposefully as well; that's precisely what I ended up doing. The Black Friday deal, directly through the Samsung Shop online I should add, didn't discount the watch itself which was still £299 for the 46mm Bluetooth (non-4G) version I was interested in. Instead it threw the 'Duo' wireless charger that charges watch and phone together into deal. This was previously only available to pre-orders on launch so a good deal and a value of £89 for good measure. The real deal-sealer for me was the trade-in offered for my ...

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, I'm currently a Samsung kind of a guy for my sins. Anyway, I took the plunge and as these earbuds have had something of a mixed bag of reviews on Amazon I thought I'd share my experiences with DaniWeb users.

First things first then, the price. Here in the UK, Apple is currently asking a whopping £159 ($200) for a pair of AirPods. Way too expensive an ask for me, especially as I say I don't have an iPhone. OK, so seeing as I do have a Samsung phone what sort of price are a set of the latest Gear IconX earbuds? Erm, amazingly they are even more expensive at £179 ($230) which is the same as a set of Bose SoundSport buds. All far too rich for my blood I'm afraid. There's always the you get what you pay for argument to consider, which is why I wouldn't go ...

Some Times You Need to Change Drive Letter In Disk Management

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 days. Wrapping this thing up in such a case would be reminiscent of the very start of the mobile revolution: I'd be carrying a brick.

For the past six months my case of choice has been the Spigen Tough Armor, a dual-layer heavy duty protection device that adds very little to the profile of my S8+. My phone has survived a number of drops from height without injury, including those where it landed screen first onto concrete. It's almost the perfect case, but not quite: it has a kickstand, which I don't use often but when I do need it then it's an essential, but it's not the grippiest case I've ever owned (hence the drops.)


So I've been trying out the Speck Presidio GRIP as an alternative. I looked at the plain vanilla Presidio, but this was even slippier than the Spigen so I ruled that out ...

rproffitt commented: It's amazing how much thougt and work goes into such a thing. +15

Tried the linux option as well, but still micro sd was not detected at all in the adapter. Looks like it's dead for sure now, no way to recover anything... :(

rproffitt commented: Sad but usually what happens. +15

Usually a sign of a dead card. There are now numerous pages about this on the web so it's unlikely there is any new ways to get what you didn't backup back short of recovery houses. But do try this in other PCs and especially ones that run Linux.

Once in a while a client/person will push back against this advice and all I can say is they are not helping themselves (in respect to trying and no backups.)

-> Face it folk. We only lose what we don't backup.


I've been facing this issue since today, whereby my TwinMOS Micro SD HC Card is not being detected by my Samsung phone, and when placed in the adapter and inserted on PC, again the latter is not detecting it at all, although in the Device Manager I can see my adapter being recognised.

I've tried Google, but the supposed methods shown, like using EaseUS Recovery software and others are not working in my case as am not able to see the card as a USB drive.

Any other methods to deal with this would be most welcome, as I have all photos and other important files on the Micro SD Card.

Thanks in advance.

Hey, guys, does anybody use it? Thinking about buying it.