Welcome to my review of the groov-e Dual Power Bank.
The Key features –
– Portable Battery Charger for Smartphones, Tablets, e-Readers, GPS, Cameras
– Intelligent Charging with Auto Safety Cut-Off
– Pre-Charged & Ready To Use. Also includes a Travel Pouch.
– Device charging time 1.5-2 hours
– 2 x USB Charging ports – charge two devices at the same time.
– Input 4.5V-5.8V/1A
– Output 5V/1A or 5V/2.4A (dual USB ports)
– Recharging time via USB 12 hours
– Device charging time 1.5-2 hours
– In the box – Charging cable plus tips for Micro USB, Mini USB, Nokia,Travel Pouch
– Torch Light
The groov-e dual power bank is a stylish looking power bank, yet functional with a large battery. It can recharge two devices at the same time and has a built in torch light. For the full review see video below.
The official retail price is £59.99 although it is currently on offer at £30.44, which is a bit more realistic.
In about 6 weeks Apple will be announcing the new iPhone which will remove the headphone jack. Instead to listen to music, you will either have to connect via bluetooth or plug your headphones in using the lightning connector.
Above is a potential third party lightning DAC adapter. Personally I think the photo is a dodgy fake. However, it does depict what an adapter might look like. So all you have to do is connect your current wired headphones into the adapter and the other end in the lightning connector. I would imagine we will see sleeker options to the one shown and versions which include mic and button controls as well. In fact, it would make sense to include the DAC within the button control mechanism, thereby hiding the DAC that is needed when using the lightning connector method.
One thing is for sure. If Apple drop the 3.5mm headphone jack off the next iPhone, everyone else will follow and sales of bluetooth headphones will explode.
Welcome to my review of the Acer Aspire R11 laptop.
The Key Features –
The Aspire R11 is a compact convertible notebook that can adapt to any environment. Whether at home or in a crowded area, it gives you four distinct modes to choose from – Notebook, Display, Tent or Tablet – giving you the flexibility to use it comfortably anywhere. With its 360° dual-torque hinge, you can flip its screen all the way around and everything in between. It lets you enjoy smooth transitions between its four modes, while also offering you a wobble-free screen for a steady touch control experience. The screen is covered with damage-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass, giving you peace of mind whilst on the go, and the Zero Air Gap display improves contrast and image clarity, even under sunlight.
To explain more about the Acer convertible laptop, if full specs and features, I created a video a video review of the Acer R11 below.
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Welcome to my review of the Choetech Quick Charge 3 Portable Power Bank complete with iOS lightning port as well.
The Key Features –
– Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Output and backward compatible with Quick Charge 2 and 1.
– Built in LG high-quality battery cells. LG cells much more reliable and higher efficiency than major battery cells in the market to fully use the capacity of 10400mAh.
– Multiple intelligent security protections (over current, over voltage, overload and short circuit protection).
– With a Quick Charge 2 charger you can recharge the power bank at Quick Charge 2 speeds.
– Use either a micro USB or lightning cable to recharge the power bank.
A power bank is a power bank. Not very exciting but functional. I have replaced my old Aukey power bank with this new Choetech power bank as it offers quick charge 3 speeds and the ability to recharge it via a lightning or micro USB cable. A neat feature is the ability to recharge the power bank itself at quick charge 2 speeds. You will need an QC2 charger to do this.
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In a meantime, enjoy the video review of the Choetech Power Bank.
Apple announced its third quarter results last night.
The Key Points –
– The iPad and Services (iTunes/App Store) were the only growth areas. The iPad Pro helped with profit despite a downturn in actual number sold. Services had a boost due to the ever expanding size of the user base. iPhone and Mac numbers both declined. The iPhone had a significant boost from the iPhone SE, without this handset, iPhone sales would have been even lower.
– For Next Quarter’s forecast, more declines are forecast by Apple. Despite this Apple’s shares went up 5% because they smashed the analysts forecasts. Worth remembering the Apple still made $8 billion profit and that is still a lot of money! For Q4 2016, Apple is providing guidance of revenue between $45.4 billion and $47.5 billion, and gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38 percent.
– The Financials – $42.4 billion in third-quarter revenue , that’s a 15 percent year-over-year decline. iPhone shipments in China plummeted by 33%. Japan was Apple’s only growing region, where sales grew 23 percent. But these figures were better than expected.
– Profit down 27%.
– Apple Pay has had 400% growth
– Other Apple news – Apple bought ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Late Late Show segment and will release new episodes weekly via Apple Music.
So what does the future hold for Apple? Well at the moment it is selling loads of hardware, but the world is becoming saturated with iPhones etc and other companies have managed to build premium phones for a lot less money. When Apple introduces the new iPhone and other hardware will it be enough to stop the decline. Personally I don’t think so, but I don’t think it matters too much. I see Apple shifting more and more into the Services business – iTunes, Apple Music and such like. Unless Apple can find the next big thing hardware wise, hardware will continue to shrink very slowly.
“The online retail giant announced Monday evening that it had reached an agreement with the U.K. government to expand the types of drone tests it is conducting in the region. The new arrangement will allow Amazon to test drone flights that extend beyond the line of sight of the pilot in suburban or rural areas — a necessary ingredient in the aerial delivery of packages that the U.S.’s Federal Aviation Administration currently doesn’t allow.
The agreement also includes the ability for Amazon to test sensors that would prevent drones from unintentionally colliding, and allows Amazon to have a single drone pilot oversee a fleet of drones. Such a setup would be necessary to make large-scale drone delivery economically feasible someday.
The U.K. is a leader in enabling drone innovation, an Amazon exec said in one part of a statement.”
No more unreliable courier deliveries and another step towards removing people/jobs out of the equation.
In just over 6 weeks Apple is going to announce the latest iPhones for 2016 to 2017. What normally happens is if a competitor like Samsung is rumoured to be announcing something novel, like an iris scanner in their new Note 7, guess what, a rumour starts that the iPhone will have this feature, albeit in 2018.
In fact the alleged specs, camera improvements, spy shots and more are becoming insane.
Also Apple will time press releases to disrupt a competitor(s) launch. Nothing wrong in this, just smart.
So instead of rumours, I am going to focus on reviews, unless I believe the rumour to be at least 85% correct. I have tons of reviews in the being prepared, so stay tuned.
On the 16th July 2016, I started the 8 week Blood Sugar diet that is just 800 calories per day. It’s been a tough week, more so at the start, especially the first 48 hours.
During the first 48 hours my body had cravings for sweet things and hunger pangs were persistent. During the first 48 hours you need willpower but I can tell you its worth the effort. During the first week, I tried to walk more too. The key I found to feeling good was keeping hydrated with water. I ended up drinking 3 litres of water a day which has its side effects of needing to pee more frequently. I also got some sugar free gum to help with times when I might have eaten food for no good reason. However, after the third day, I never felt hungry and my desire for naughty foods diminished. Last Friday, I was in my local supermarket and walked down the chocolate and cake aisles. I had no desire for anything.
To make this diet work, I had prepared a load of gear to help me record and monitor accurately my progress. I am also taking selfies along the way. If you want to recap all the items I’m using , read my first post – Click HERE. I also have a dedicated page where all my diet posts are being kept. This can be found using the Menu or Click HERE.
I also got a notebook, and started planning my meals out in full. These were some of the suggested menus in the Bloodsugardiet book. Amazon Link to Blood Sugar Diet book – Click HERE.
Two of the suggested menu items are shakes and soups. I personally really like the thick shakes for breakfast and soup for lunch. One of my kitchen gadgets is an Andrew James soup maker. It also does shakes. I can’t recommend this piece of equipment enough. It makes light work of making soups in 20 mins flat. More info and Amazon link on the Andrew James Soup maker – Click HERE.
Below are a selection of my meals, from lunch, breakfast and dinner. These are all from the Bloodsugardiet book. What amazes me is the fact that full fat items are used in this diet. The full fat helps keeping you feel full and is healthy. Who’d have thought that! Click on any photo to open the gallery to see photo in a larger size.
So how did week 1 go in terms of weight, blood sugar levels and more ? Below are the measurements from Saturday 23rd July 2016, exactly one week after being on the 8 week Blood Sugar Diet.
Here we go –
– Weight – lost 1st 1lb – amazing result to lose this in just 7 days!
– Waist – lost 2 inches. My face and next look slimmer too.
– Blood Sugar levels – down 17%
– Blood Pressure – down 10%
– Body Water Percentage – increased by 0.5%
As a consequence, my BMI and body fat has also dropped. But what has also changed is my energy levels. Despite being on 800 calories a day, I have tons more energy. The loss of one stone in weight is noticeable in every way possible – clothes, ease of moving around, photos. If you read the book, it says to weigh yourself every day. I did. And I lost weight every day. I wouldn’t normally do this on a diet, but since the food is so different to what I would have been eaten, the daily weight reduction really kept me motivated for the next day.
Finally I would like to say thank you to everybody who wished me good luck. It really helped keep my motivation up!
So all that remains is to complete the next 7 weeks.
PS – Just to re-iterate I went to my doctor to discuss going on this plan as recommended by the book. My doctor was very supportive and offered a number of ways of helping me at different intervals. In fact, I was surprised just how helpful and supportive my doctor was when I mentioned I wanted to start the 8 week blood sugar diet.
One of the coolest filter apps Prisma which launched only on iOS is now available on android. Above is a photo of my dog Tiggy and in the distance Fury.
What is Prisma? From the developer –
“Be an artist! Turn your photos into awesome artworks:
– Modern art filters!
– Stunning photo effects
– Fast sharing
Prisma transforms your photos into artworks using the styles of famous artists: Munk, Picasso as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. A unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence helps you turn memorable moments into timeless art.”
Tip – In the app settings you can turn off the Prisma watermark.
However, there are at least 30 fake Prisma apps on the Google Play Store. Below is the official link to Prisma on the Google Play Store. Enjoy.
Latest iPhone 7 leaks highlights new dual camera, video compares Rose Gold iPhone 7 to iPhone 6s.
“The iPhone 7 leaks continue in the run up to the launch expected sometime in early September. As has been widely reported by now, both the 4.7 inch iPhone 7 and the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus will include significant camera upgrades with the latter getting a brand-new dual camera system. In a new photo leak from Weibo, the separate cameras (rumoured to be dual 12 megapixel sensors) are clearly visible. The redesigned camera with ~25% larger iris for the 4.7 inch iPhone 7 can also be seen although technical specifications of the new component is unknown.
Hopefully these new iPhone leaks come true to reveal a significant camera improvement. Plus it will be exciting to see what developers can do too.
Nowadays we use our iPhones, Samsung’s and other android phones cameras to snap photos and video everywhere we go. This includes at concerts and such like.
Typically when attending an event like a concert, lasers are used for special effects. Now the official filming crew will have their equipment positioned in such a way as to not to be in the way of any lasers.
But as a member of the audience, the stage crew are not worried about your camera, nor can they adjust the lasers for it. Lasers are lethal to your cameras lens and here’s why.
If a concert used a green laser, then you would need a protective material to block green light of the laser’s wavelength. This will distort the colours seen by your phone’s camera. The green colour from the laser will be reduced. A very high quality filter can knock out only the exact laser wavelength, allowing some green to be seen, but such a narrow-band filter is more expensive.
If the laser used at a concert are multi-coloured, then you would need a filter to block red, green and blue laser wavelengths. Obviously, this affects many more colours than just a green only filter. These types of filters are expensive.
Hopefully, from reading the above, you get the message. It is virtually impossible to protect your smartphone camera lens from lasers, so if they take a direct hit, it will damage your cameras lens permanently. The only fix is a new lens which in reality will mean a new phone.