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LG G2 Crowned Phone of the Year at the 2013 Stuff Gadget Awards
Smartphones from LG (LG G2) and Nokia (Nokia 1020) emerged victorious at this year’s awards, beating hot handsets from Apple, Samsung and HTC to Gadget of the Year and the reader-voted Readers’ Gadget of the Year respectively. The LG G2, an Android smartphone, also took home the Smartphone of the Year award in the midst of stiff competition.
Now in its sixth year, the 2013 Stuff Gadget Awards are the largest to date with 23 awards up for grabs. The Awards celebrates the best tech from the past 12 months, and this year’s winners include products from Microsoft, Jaguar, Sony and Olympus.
Will Findlater, global online editor of Stuff, commented: “This year’s awards proves how quickly things change in consumer technology. LG has previously struggled to make an impact on the smartphone market, but the LG G2 is as good as smartphones get in 2013, and shows the established names how it should be done.
“It’s also been an exceptional year for innovation, with the rise of crowdfunding platforms that allow anyone with a great idea, some engineering experience and a little business nous bring new products to market. One such success story is the Pebble Smartwatch, which wins our Tech Accessory of the Year award, and is poster boy for the new wave of wearable technology that will make 2014 another year to remember.”
Apple walked away with two awards, winning Tablet of the Year for the new iPad Air and Laptop of the Year for the MacBook Air 13in. Apple’s products were nominated in a further four categories but were pipped to each post.
To reflect the evolving techosphere, Stuff incorporated new categories including Tweeter of the Year, which was won by the brilliantly observed Accidental Partridge (@AccidentalP) and Kickstart of the Year, which was awarded to 3Doodler, the world’s first 3D printing pen.
Apps continue to play a big part at this year’s awards with four dedicated categories. Essential App of the Year went to Citymapper, a transport app designed to help users navigate cities. Vine and New Star Soccer 1.5 won Creative App of the Year and Game App of the Year respectively, while subscription TV on demand service Netflix took Cloud App of the Year.
The Game of the Year gong went to Grand Theft Auto V, while the Xbox One’s Kinect sensor scooped the reader-voted Innovation of the Year award, beating the likes of Amazon, Google and Philips. Sony bagged TV of the Year for the second consecutive year with its 4K-enabled KDL-55X9005A TV, the Sonos Play:1 prevailed as Music Gadget of the Year, while Philips Hue + Ambilight, which provides ‘surround lighting’ for your TV-watching, took top honours as Home Gadget of the Year.
In a new category dominated by fitness monitors, the Fitbit Flex emerged victorious to claim Fitness Gadget of the Year, while the Car of the Year award went to Jaguar’s F-Type.
The winners of the Stuff Gadget Awards 2013 are:
Gadget of the Year – LG G2
Game of the Year – Grand Theft Auto V
Phone of the Year – LG G2
Tablet of the Year – Apple iPad Air
Cloud App of the Year – Netflix
Essential App of the Year – Citymapper
Tech Accessory of the Year – Pebble
Headphones of the Year – Sol Republic Master Tracks
Home Gadget of the Year – Philips Hue + Ambilight
TV of the Year – Sony KDL–55X9005A
Tech Toy of the Year – Evobike Bomber
Creative App of the Year – Vine
Game App of the Year – New Star Soccer 1.5
Fitness Tech of the Year – Fitbit Flex
Music Gadget of the Year – Sonos Play:1
Camera of the Year – Olympus EM-1
Tweeter of the Year – @AccidentalP
Kickstart of the Year – 3Doodler
Laptop of the Year – Apple MacBook Air
Car of the Year – Jaguar F-Type
Innovation of the Year – Xbox One Kinect
Tech Event of Year – Voyager 1 leaving the solar system
Readers’ Gadget of the Year – Nokia 1020
For further information on the Stuff Gadget Awards visit http://bit.ly/1beQCKO
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Three UK Customers can now Roam Free in the US and 4G Roll out plans confirmed
Three have now up their Roaming charges game to 11 destinations around the world, one of which now includes the US. I have to admit that every time I fly to the states the biggest concern is roaming charges and the phone bill I will be greeted with on return. Thanks to Three, that will be a thing of the past for a Three customer like me and other customers who can now use our UK data, text and calling allowance while in the USA, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau.
In a release this morning Three stated that they are extending their Feel At Home proposition to the USA, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau although I can imagine, that US would be the main focus for many users today. Feel At Home allows customers to use their UK allowances to use data, text, call home and receive calls from home when abroad in certain countries. Feel At Home now operates in 11 destinations around the world.
Commenting on Feel at Home, Dave Dyson, Chief Executive of Three, said: “We want customers to get the most out of their devices at home or abroad. High roaming charges stop people enjoying their phones while they’re away and Feel At Home is the antidote to that.
“Adding the USA to the mix is great news for our customers and shows our commitment to giving them the best experience in what is a popular destination. We plan to add more countries to the mix soon.”
As part of its quarterly business update Three outlined how popular propositions like Feel At Home and 321 pay-as-you-go helped Three increase its total active customers to 7.8 million – a 9.7% increase since Q3 2012. Three added close to 300,000 net new customers in Q3.
Three also confirmed its 4G rollout plans. From 2nd December, Three started upgrading customers with a 4G-ready device, so they can access the latest high-speed data technology when they are in an area with 4G coverage. This rollout will accelerate in January, with all customers with a compatible device able to access 4G at no extra cost by the end of Q1 2014 when they are in an area with 4G coverage.
Three aims to cover 50 cities with 4G by the end of 2014 and 98% of the population by the end of 2015.
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Boost Blog Traffic with Infographic illustrations
GadgetsBoy have been running for a couple of years now and over time we have seen fluctuation in traffic and what content has kept users on the site longer than the other. Although readers enjoy content they can consume over a train journey or while having a quick snack we also found that readers that are visual like to see images or chart like content to help emphasise and illustrate what is it the writer is trying to share. Those chart-like images are called Infographic; they offer a walkthrough of the message rather than just texts.
Infographic images also tend to stick to the brain for longer than texts, and because of the simplicity, well some can be complicated to understand, but the ones that are simple have some research behind it, they tend to be well though out. Although I have never created one myself, I have seen so many over on Pinterest and StumbleUpon that I have always wondered how the creators design them.
If you like me have wondered the same, I found a deal online that offers a bundle of Infography templates to get you started, I have tried and tested Infographic content and they not only draw traffic, they also tend to keep people on site thereby reducing bounce rate and allowing the reader to digest the content better and quicker also. The deal over at Mightydeals offers you over 100+ templates for only $27!, now that is a bargain because whenI started looking into templates I found a single useful one for the price I could have gotten 100+ templates for.
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Streaming Vs. Discs – And The Future Of Home Cinema
Plenty of us now own Blu-Ray players and a vastly growing collection of discs, but a similarly increasing number of us are consuming content on-demand – either by streaming via services like Netflix, or by downloading digital copies through software like iTunes.
So what does this mean for the future of home cinema, and how will we all be watching content in the next five years? Whether Blu-Ray remains beloved, or we delve into solely digital media, it’ll come down to two things – quality and price. This guest post, written by UK-based home cinema supplier Lewis Building Technology, looks at the battle between Blu-Ray and our broadband.
The Death Of The Disc Or Boom Of Blu-Ray?
The increasingly tighter grip that Blu-Ray discs are having on the home entertainment industry is undeniable; its market share is growing year on year, and a faster rate that DVD has done in a similar period. Sales of Blu-Ray discs in the US and Canada exploded to 350 million in 2010, having only been at a meagre 1.2 million just four years previously.
Helped in part by the Trojan horse of Sony’s PS3, offering the most affordable option for a Blu-Ray player at the time it was released, meant that the technology was widely adopted very quickly, leading to tumbling prices of players and disc-based content. Slowly but surely, the well-established DVD is losing its grip on the market as Blu-Ray nears that all-important 50% market share.
But will its success be short lived? Just as quickly as high definition content became available on discs, the adoption of on-demand streaming and instantly-available downloads is also swamping the market – figures released by the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) show that consumer spending on digital distribution has jumped by about 26% quarter on quarter this year.
Bolstered by vastly improving internet speeds, more affordable smart TVs and more devices offering on-demand services (e.g. games consoles, smart DVR units etc.), it’s the first time that digital distribution has posed a threat to physical media.
As it stands, things are like to become ‘one or the other’ any time soon, as Blu-Ray sales are rising just as quickly as spending on digital distribution is; it would seem that the current adoption is both, rather than choosing sides.
Why The Rise In 4K Content Might Be The Catalyst
If anything is going to decide a consumer market preference, then it’s going to be the rise of 4K content and technology. Sets are becoming increasingly affordable, dropping massively from the £15-20k price tag of initial units to a far more affordable (albeit still expensive) £4,000 for one of Sony’s soon-to-be-released 55-inch sets.
PCs are already capable at putting out a 4K signal, meaning that a great deal of content is already here via video games and digital content seems to present the easiest format for the start of 4K movies and TV content. All you need is a high-res video file and a 4K TV; there’s no need for a new special disc or Blu-Ray format as a middle man.
However, while our humble home internet connections can deal perfectly fine with streaming a standard-res movie or even (slightly compressed) HD content, 4K is going to represent an absolutely enormous increase in file size, putting exponentially higher strain on a home internet connection.
Streaming hasn’t taken over the market yet because not all of us are there – a majority of people don’t have the means to completely forgo physical media, nor is the content there for identical quality (resolution etc.). Does the market’s direction hinge solely on the strength of our internet connections, or is there a deeper connection to physical disc-based storage that we find more stable than a movie which disappears into the ether as soon as we turn off the TV?
Time will tell but, for now, home cinema’s will consist of a balanced and harmonious ecosystem of both disc-based and on demand content – just keep your ear to the ground once broadband speeds skyrocket…
This guest post was written by Tom McShane – blogger, lover of all things tech and writer for UK-based Lewis Building Technology, who supply home cinema systems and full home automation systems.
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Audio Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC70 Review - Block out unwanted Noise
One of the main reasons why I own several headphones is because it is difficult to pick one that suits my need based on advertising, celebrity endorsements or just specifications listed on the manufacturer’s website so I tend to get them in so I can have hands on experience with them to decide whether they are suited for the stated purpose. The Audio Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC70 is a pair of headphone that is heavily directed at anyone who wants to block out outside noise whilst enjoying their music, so lets see how it stacks up.
Unboxing and First Look Video of the Audio Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC70
The ANC70 is designed to be lightweight and portable, easily collapsible to allow easy mobility so if you were traveling it is easy to take with you and if you happen to have it around your neck, it feels like there is nothing there and that is even with the big 40mm drivers. The ear-cups cover the ears perfectly and the soft foam with faux leather finishing feels really comfortable on the ears although sometimes it does feel hot as it doesn’t cater for ventilation.
On one side of the ear cups, you have the battery placement to power the noise cancelling mechanisms and on the other you have two switches, one for volume and the other to switch noise cancelling on and off. The buttons feel cheap and flimsy, the same ear cup (left) also features a button that is used for answering, ending calls and also muting music should you need to quickly listen to the outside world, however I found that the button did not work at all.
The microphone is also built into the ear-cups rather than having in-line control on the remote control which means when you need to get your mouth closer to the mic in noisy conditions, you will struggle a little although I didn’t have any problem with people hearing me on the phone. In the attempt to keep the headphones light, they compromised the cable quality which already started fraying from heavy use.
The Noise cancellation button did not function well either, when used it began to crackle and lose sound on one side of the drivers which was quite disappointing and defeats the purpose of buying the headphone for noise cancelling purpose although when i managed to used an alternative audio cable it performed well blocking out outside noise but the bass was not as deep as I would have expected.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t shed out £149 for the ANC70 and opt for the likes of a Jabra Revo, although not noise cancelling, it would provide better sound quality and feels a lot more premium for my cash. When the noise cancellation worked, it did the job, but that was a struggle against the crackling and static noise as if the cables were not intact.
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Top tips on how to protect yourself whilst shopping online this festive season
As Christmas shopping frenzy Cyber Monday (December 2nd) approaches, research has found that British online shoppers have been victims of fraud totalling £1.5bn in the past twelve months.
According to the research, conducted by Barclays and Kaspersky Lab, supporting partners of Getsafeonline.org, more than four million people have fallen victim to online fraud in the UK since last December, with an average loss of £371 per incident.
Online criminals could be set for a fraud field day on Cyber Monday, as 33.6 million people plan to purchase their Christmas gifts online this year.
Despite online shopping becoming part of the fabric of life in the UK, there are still large numbers of consumers who have a naïve attitude to the risk of fraud with over a quarter (27%) admitting that they don’t take the precautionary measure to protect their finances online.
To prevent the festive period becoming a windfall for fraudsters, Barclays and Kaspersky Lab are encouraging the nation to be more netwise and to pay greater attention to their internet security.
When it comes to taking precautions online, consumers should be following the cautious habits of older shoppers. While over eight in ten (82%) of over 55s take precautionary measures to protect their finances, just six in ten (62%) 18-24 year olds do the same.
Not only does the older generation take the necessary steps to safeguard their online purchases, nearly nine in 10 (87%) say they always consider the risks of online fraud when making a purchase, compared to less than seven out of ten (68%) of their younger counterparts.
To ensure that British consumers are protected when they shop online, Barclays offers the award-winning Kaspersky Internet Security Suite, Kaspersky Mobile Security Suite and Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac free of charge to all its Online and Mobile Banking customers.
Top tips on how to protect yourself whilst shopping online this festive season:
- Keep contact details up to date: ensure your bank has up-to-date mobile/telephone contact numbers for you so they can speak to you if they spot unusual or suspicious activity on your account.
- Get up to date security software: make sure your computer and your web-enabled phone are protected with up-to-date internet security software.
- Look for the ‘S’: only ever access your internet banking or shopping sites by typing the address into your browser – never go to a website from a link in an email and then enter personal details. Always ensure when transacting online that the URL starts HTTPS rather than HTTP, or has the gold padlock icon, and use only official apps for mobile banking.
- Treat all unsolicited emails with caution: don’t click on links or open attachments in emails you weren’t expecting or are not sure about.
- Use strong passwords: passwords should have a mix of letters (upper and lower case) numbers and symbols –avoid obvious things like your name, birthday or phone number that others can guess.
- Be cautious with online auctions: for higher value items, such as cars and other vehicles, try to see the items before sending any money and always use the insured methods of payment for the internet site rather than direct payments to a seller. Log out after shopping and save the confirmation email as a record of your purchase, and make sure you have registered your cards with Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode.
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Discussion about Future of Wearable Technology at Phones4U Bloggers Meetup
With technology moving so fast beyond what any human could have ever imagined or envisaged, it is becoming very apparent that the next wave of technology craze to hit the human race is the wearable tech amongst many others such as self driving vehicles. In attendance were writers from Metro, Techradar, UKMR to mention a few.
Few years ago when I looked at what is available on the market when it comes to wearable tech, I could only pin point a few gadgets now there so many fitness tracking wrist bands available to buy that it can even become confusing as to which one to buy or what makes them different from each other, and now that Google has entered the race with Google Glass, which is by far the first of its type but with Android OS, it has become the first breakthrough in wearable technology, well when it comes to one to be worn on the face anyway.
Samsung also moved forward with the Galaxy Gear, which again is not the first of its kind, we have seen Sony with their smart watch, Mute watch, I’m Watch with Android which I thought was the first proper Android smart watch but had the biggest flaw of a really bad battery life that makes it useful as been a basic watch which is the fundamental function it should be able to do well. The Galaxy Gear offers the user experience others doesn’t offer, the Pebble Watch is also great and doesn’t aim to do more than it is purposed to do which is been an extension (Notification centre) for your smart phone.
They all have their flaws, and some are fundamental flaws such as battery life, compatibility with other smart phones besides the originating manufacturer’s; they all prove to be something that has a lot of potential for the future but the question remains whether they are worth the price tags, or are they actually useful enough to replace the way we already do things like tell the time or read messages on the move.
Andy Blackmore from Metro News argues that they would be useful once they are integrated into the society in a very social way so been able to use them for making payments now that we are drawing towards to cashless society, John McCann from Techradar would argue that they are useless until they can independently function without relying on our smartphones and Nirave from UKMR would argue that the Galaxy Gear is perfect as it eliminates the need to bring out a big Galaxy Note 3 in public places such as the London underground or when in a rush. Phil from Tracy and Matt would argue that why would he replace his perfectly working watch with a smart watch and having to charge it all the time would not make him switch anytime soon.
If you ask me, I love technology and what it can offer humanity, and any company or manufacturer who takes time and money investment in exploring ways to advance technology in ways that makes life easier for humanity then Im all for it, whether they are perfect now or not but they give a peak through the window of the future what it holds; I can imagine watches used in the cashless society, I can see the Glass area been used to predict things, I just hope they don’t bombard the Google Glass with Ads as suggested by (name) from Metro.
What do you guys think? Are wearable Tech taking us forward, are they sensible or just waste of money or are they just boosting the likes of Google, Samsung’s ego in the Tech arena? Let me know.