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Mar 162013
 

Automatic Link by Automatic.com - The Smart Driving Assistant That Advises You on Speed, Consumption, Breaking and Acceleration Reporting
The guys over at Automatic.com come to the market with a very interesting add-on for your car.
The Automatic Link is a smart driving assistant that helps you connect with your car via your Smartphone.

Basically – we’re speaking about a Bluetooth 4.0 dongle that connects to your car’s OBD plug (Onboard Diagnostics Port – the same port your mechanic uses to diagnostic when it needs repairs) and to your smartphone by a dedicated app.
Here are a couple of advantages of the Automatic Link system:

  • Very low power consumption on your smartphone as it uses Bluetooth 4.0
  • Easy instal
  • Compatible with all cars made after 1996
  • Great add-on if your car does not display computerized cruise information data (consumption, average speed, distance forecast on the existing gas level, etc…)
  • Even if your car allows you to see the above ingo, the Automatic Link can still help a lot – see below
  • Driving feedback (rough braking, speeding, accelerations)
  • Trip timeline (consumption, gas fill-ups, etc…)
  • Crash alert – automatic calls 911 for help in case of car accident
  • Allows identifying issues when your Check Engine light turns on
  • Helps you remember where you last parked – it does this automatically, without any need of setup
  • Multi-driver support
  • iPhone and Android compatible via the free dedicated apps (Android compatibility will be available as of this fall)
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Mar 082013
 

Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio Case for iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad 4

Tablets were mainly intended for entertainment purposes. But, with such a wide spread of tablets, more and more people start using them for work. Light work like emails, Powerpoint study and reading can be easily achieved by using a tablet.

On the cons side of using a tablet for light work is the typing experience. While the virtual keyboard is OK for jotting a couple of words, things become a bit more complicated when you need to type a long email.

The Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio is a protector iPad case that features a full QWERTY keyboard powered by solar power. The solar keyboard case was designed to perfectly fit your iPad from 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations and it doubles as a multi-view stand to give you a comfortable viewing angle while typing or watching movies.

$90 | BUY NOW – US Market
£101 | BUY NOW – EUROPE
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Mar 082013
 

BlueID - Bluetooth Smart Car Operation, Keyless Drive, Keyless Engine Start and Kill

Bluetooth SMART is a low energy technology that allows further usage of the classic Bluetooth. Also known as Bluetooth 4.0, it offers manufacturers the possibility to incorporate new functionality in their gadgets.

One of such new gadgets based on Bluetooth Smart is the BlueID that proposes car operation via Bluetooth.
Wait a sec … we’re not thinking James Bond here … yet. The BlueID app is designed to lock and unlock the doors of your car as well as start or kill the engine remotely.

We see a nice future to this kind of technology – think keyless driving, thing easy car sharing, car renting, seamless car unlocking in case you loose your smartphone (enter the pin into another phone that has the app, turn on the Bluetooth and you’re ready to go)… etc. Of course … there’s also the dark side of it, so the technology needs to assure extended security to make sure your car stays safe in the parking ans no-one drives it away!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments – would you entrust the access to your car to such smartphone app?

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Feb 262013
 

Wikipad - The Tablet Designed For Extreme Gamers

There’s a big pile of tablets out there and most gadget manufacturers focus to produce even more of them. With so many tablet models, you can easily find the perfect tablet for your needs – cheap, expensive, slim or bulky, brand or no name, powerful or average – you name it …

One of the tablet niches we like the most is the gaming tablet niche. We love to see how manufacturers pack amazing processing power into small packages optimized for gaming. Of course, you can play on any tablet, but having a gaming specially designed tablet is just … super cool!

The Wikipad is a new gaming tablet set for release in the spring of 2013. While it’s concept is not unique, we like the mix of high power tablet with detachable gaming specific controls. Here are some of it’s features:

  • Detachable gaming controls with: 2 analog game-sticks, directional pad, four front buttons, two shoulder buttons and two trigger buttons
  • Combines the power of the tablet with the usability of a console
  • Certified for Sony PlayStation Mobile – gives access to some popular Sony titles like – OMG Zombies, Samurai Beatdown, Super Crate Box
  • nVidia Tegra 3 quad core processor
  • 7″ 1280/800 multi-touch wide screen
  • Thin design – only 0.42″ (that’s 1cm)
  • Light weight – only 0.71 lbs (322 grams)
  • 2 MP front facing camera
  • 16GB storage plus MicroSD slot
  • GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Gyroscope
  • 4100 mAh rechargeable battery
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Feb 182013
 

The ION iCade Transforms Your iPad Into An Arcade Game

Remember the time when the only video game in town was at the Arcade Saloon? Apart of feeling old just because I can remember those times, the ION iCade Arcade Cabinet for iPad bring back only good memories …

So, what we have here is nice wooden arcade built in the style of the 80s. The console features 8 buttons and a joystick and it connects to your iPad via Bluetooth. Although not specified by the manufacturer, iPads from generations 1, 2, 3 and 4 seems to be compatible – they should work just fine as the connection is done via bluetooth and they have very similar sizes.

The iCade comes with the Atari Greatest Hits app downloadable ia the App Store. You can play classics like Asteroids, Centipede, Battlezone and many more (some of them are free some are paid games).

Apart the Atari Greatest Hits app, users are reporting many other App Store games being compatible with the ION iCade – check the user review on the product page.

$65.99 | BUY NOW – US Market
£69.99 | BUY NOW – EUROPE
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Feb 142013
 

ClamCase Pro Bluetooth iPad Keyboard Case

The ClamCase Pro is a full keyboard high quality iPad case, designed to protect your tablet and help you type long texts easier.

The case features a durable aluminum and polycarbonate enclosure, auto iPad wake and sleep and a 360 degrees hinge that allows you to use the tablet in any position (tablet, laptop, horizontal and vertical stand). The keyboard connects with the iPad via Bluetooth (one touch easy pairing) and it has it’s own rechargeable battery which can be used months between charges.

Basically, the ClamCase Pro offers what many other tablet cases out there offer – it protects your tablet while adding an external keyboard for easy typing. Where the ClamCase PRO excels over many of it’s counterparts is the high quality of the build, good looking stylish design as well as the ease of use.

$169 | BUY NOW
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Feb 092013
 

Asus Padfone - Smartphone and Tablet Hybrid System

Lately we’re seeing a mobile computing trend starting to shape up – the swappable multi gadgets.
One of the most famous gadgets in this category is undoubtedly the Fujitsu Lifebook 2013.

Basically, we’re speaking here about multiple gadgets that puzzled together create a multi functional master gadget summing all it’s components functions.

The Padfone is Asus’s try to offer a multi shape gadget. The whole ecosystem turns around the smartphone which can be used individually as any Android smartphone OR it can be docked into a Station which will transform it into a tablet. The beauty of the Padfone is that either used as tablet or as a smartphone all your info, settings, apps and files are kept the same.

The Padfone was launched in 2 series: Padfone 1 and Padfone 2 during 2012, with the Padfone 2 being an improved version of the first series. Asus reported over one million Padfone 2 units sold in the first 3 month from launch, so we see that there is much interest in such hybrid technology.

Here are some of the Asus PadFone 2 specs:

  • 4.7 inch Screen (720p SUper IPS+) with Corning Fit Glass
  • Android 4
  • 13 MP camera capable of 1080 video shooting at 30 fps
  • 1.5GHZ Quad-core Snapdragon processor
  • 2GB Ram
  • 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage supplemented by 50 GB Asus online storage (free fort he first 2 years)
  • Connectivity: HSPA+, LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Sensore: G-Sensor/E-Compass/Gyroscope/Proximity/Light Sensor
  • Weight: Smartphone – 135 gr, Pad – 514 gr for a total of 649 gr
  • Battery: Smartphone – 2,140 mAh, Pad – 5,000 mAh

If we were to believe the rumors in the gadget world, Asus is planning to unveil the PadFone’s successor at the Mobile World Congress 2013 (25-28 February 2013). Here are a couple of ideas we’d like to see implemented in this new gadget:

  • Physical keyboard – maybe a tablet docking station like the Transformer series
  • A complete kit of connectors – some USB, HDMI plugs, Card readers, a Kingston security plug
  • Software wise – a Virtual Machine capable of running Windows – and most Windows software …

All this being said, we are looking further to the development of these hybrid lines of gadgets. We hope the day when will have a smartphone that turns into a tablet (for reading, gaming and movie watching) that turns into a laptop (for work and complex processing) running a mobile OS combined with a powerful Windows version, gets closer and closer.

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£606+ | BUY NOW – EUROPE
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