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Amazon Black Friday Deals – Friday – My picks for todays best deals

It’s Friday and Amazon has exploded with cracking Black Friday deals, lots of lightning deals and once again, I’ve been through the current deals, and selected my favourite picks. A team of 4 people are updating these deals continuously. If you want to see all the deals http://amzn.to/2hXShpr

Here my fav picks –

-Nintendo Switch – Red with Super Mario Odyssey -http://amzn.to/2hYzUAw
-33% of Jaybird X3 Bluetooth Wireless headphones now £74.99 http://amzn.to/2A7jYAM
-47% off Sony MDR-1000X Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancellation headphones – now just £189.99 http://amzn.to/2jTmtCy
-30% off Huawei Smartwatches and Fitness trackers http://amzn.to/2hY5dvh
-up to 50% off coffee machines, various top brands http://amzn.to/2jTz3S6
-up to 40% off Philips Hue Lighting
-up to 50% off beauty best sellers – http://amzn.to/2i1gGKt
-50% off big brands cookware http://amzn.to/2jVnbPx

-40% off all new Amazon Fire HD 7 Tablet with Alexa now £29.99 http://amzn.to/2jPUHHe
-38% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa now £49.99 http://amzn.to/2jNvk8L
-£40 off new Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet, amazing deal now £109.99 http://amzn.to/2jMwxgs
-£15 off Amazon Fire TV stick with Alexa now £24.99 http://amzn.to/2jMrSeo
– Amazon Echo Dot – £34.99 http://amzn.to/2hJXfpF
– 20% off new Echo 2nd gen http://amzn.to/2jCu9sP
-30% off Kindle Paperwhite readers http://amzn.to/2jJ6u9W
– 31% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet for kids – ideal Xmas present http://amzn.to/2ASV4nr

– up to 31% off TV’s from Sony, LG, Toshiba and more http://amzn.to/2AOAzID
-up to 25% off intel powered laptops, wide choice http://amzn.to/2jHJbxv
-33% off Hive Thermostats http://amzn.to/2hJ7ytY
-30% off Nest Learning Themostat, 3rd Gen http://amzn.to/2jLw0LX
-20% off big brands smartphones -Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Wilefox, Huawei some decent options for around £100!! http://amzn.to/2jzxOaJ

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Amazon Black Friday Deals – Thursday – my picks for todays best deals 

It’s Thursday and Amazon has exploded with tons of incredible Black Friday deals and once again, I’ve been through the current deals, and selected my favourite picks. If you want to see all the deals http://amzn.to/2hXShpr

Here my fav picks –

-up to 40% off Eve Memory Foam mattresses http://amzn.to/2hWEuiX
-‎67% off Philips Air Fryer now £59.99 http://amzn.to/2hXC6rQ
-‎76% off Oral B Smart Series 6000 Cross Action Rechargeable Toothbrush http://amzn.to/2hWQMaH
-65% off Philips Series 6000 Waterproof Electric Shaver now £59.99 http://amzn.to/2hWJzYy
-46% off Breville VK318 Hot Cup with variable dispenser http://amzn.to/2iHvds0
-up to 70% off fragrances incl Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein & Ghost http://amzn.to/2hVzECl
-‎30% off pre school toys incl VTech & Leapfrog http://amzn.to/2iIp3rq
-28% off Bluefin Hoverboards, so cool, http://amzn.to/2hX90co
-50% off Headphones http://amzn.to/2hVLr3s
-‎30% off Seagate Slim 2TB USB 3 Portable 2.5inch External hard drive for Mac/PC now £56.99 http://amzn.to/2hVtPot
-‎68% off Logitech C920 HD Pro USB 1080p Web cam http://amzn.to/2A6FR2X
-‎30% off robotic vacuum cleaners http://amzn.to/2hWIHTM
-50% off Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear Headphones now £50! http://amzn.to/2A4Mcf9
-32% off Bang & Olufsen H5 Wireless Headphones http://amzn.to/2hWV5mF

– up to 31% off TV’s from Sony, LG, Toshiba and more  http://amzn.to/2AOAzID
-up to 25% off intel powered laptops, wide choice http://amzn.to/2jHJbxv
-33% off Hive Thermostats  http://amzn.to/2hJ7ytY
-30% off Nest Learning Themostat, 3rd Gen http://amzn.to/2jLw0LX
-20% off big brands smartphones -Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Wilefox, Huawei some decent options for around £100!!  http://amzn.to/2jzxOaJ

-40% off all new Amazon Fire HD 7 Tablet with Alexa now £29.99 http://amzn.to/2jPUHHe
-38% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa now £49.99 http://amzn.to/2jNvk8L
-£40 off new Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet, amazing deal now £109.99 http://amzn.to/2jMwxgs
-£15 off Amazon Fire TV stick with Alexa now £24.99 http://amzn.to/2jMrSeo
– Amazon Echo Dot – £34.99  http://amzn.to/2hJXfpF
– 20% off new Echo 2nd gen  http://amzn.to/2jCu9sP
-30% off Kindle Paperwhite readers http://amzn.to/2jJ6u9W
– 31% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet for kids – ideal Xmas present  http://amzn.to/2ASV4nr

Amazon Black Friday Deals – Wednesday – My picks for todays best deals

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It’s Wednesday and we have another lot of amazing Black Friday deals from Amazon once again, I’ve been through the current deals, and selected my favourite picks. If you want to see all the deals http://amzn.to/2jJ91AW

Here my fav picks –

-up to 40% off Denim from Levi, Wrangler http://amzn.to/2hTYId1
-65% off Fly London Shoes and Boots http://amzn.to/2A3E2ny
-50% off Timberland shoes http://amzn.to/2jMxy8c
-60% off Rockport Shoes http://amzn.to/2hXvAS1

-upto 40% off Kitchen Appliances from Kenwood, Philips, Crock Pot, Tefal and many more brands http://amzn.to/2iDVur4
-60% off Yankee Candle Holiday Party Christmas Advent Calendar now £9.99 http://amzn.to/2hTnwSs

-36% off B & O Play Beoplay H4 Wireless Bluetooth headphones – amazing headphones http://amzn.to/2jNR83X
-45% off Bose Quietcomfort 25 Noise Cancelling headphones http://amzn.to/2iDO2wj
-61% off Sony MDR-ZX330BT Bluetooth Wireless headphones now £34.99 http://amzn.to/2jJ7JWG

-53% Braun Series 9 Electric Shave, Pop up Trimmer, Chrome http://amzn.to/2jNBG85
-33% off Garmin Forerunner 735T GPS Multisport and Running Watch various colours http://amzn.to/2iEWuuW
-Xbox One S Deal with FIFA 18 and Shadow of War £199 http://amzn.to/2hTZWoD

– up to 31% off TV’s from Sony, LG, Toshiba and more http://amzn.to/2AOAzID
-up to 25% off intel powered laptops, wide choice http://amzn.to/2jHJbxv
-33% off Hive Thermostats http://amzn.to/2hJ7ytY
-30% off Nest Learning Themostat, 3rd Gen http://amzn.to/2jLw0LX
-70% off. Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 3rd Gen electric Toothbrush http://amzn.to/2jBExAR
– 68% off Oral-B Electric Toothbrush – http://amzn.to/2hIYlld

-40% off all new Amazon Fire HD 7 Tablet with Alexa now £29.99 http://amzn.to/2jPUHHe
-38% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa now £49.99 http://amzn.to/2jNvk8L
-£40 off new Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet, amazing deal now £109.99 http://amzn.to/2jMwxgs
-£15 off Amazon Fire TV stick with Alexa now £24.99 http://amzn.to/2jMrSeo
– Amazon Echo Dot – £34.99 http://amzn.to/2hJXfpF
– 20% off new Echo 2nd gen http://amzn.to/2jCu9sP
-30% off Kindle Paperwhite readers http://amzn.to/2jJ6u9W
– 31% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet for kids – ideal Xmas present http://amzn.to/2ASV4nr

Amazon Black Friday Deals – Tuesday – My picks for the best deals today

It’s Tuesday and we have another lot of amazing Black Friday deals from Amazon once again, I’ve been through the current deals, and selected my favourite picks. If you want to see all the deals http://amzn.to/2jJ91AW

Here my fav picks –

– Amazon Echo Dot – £34.99 http://amzn.to/2hJXfpF
– 20% off new Echo 2nd gen http://amzn.to/2jCu9sP
-30% off Kindle Paperwhite readers http://amzn.to/2jJ6u9W
– 31% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet for kids – ideal Xmas present – http://amzn.to/2ASV4nr
-buy a Fitbit Charge 2 & get an additional £10 off an Echo Dot http://amzn.to/2hRVlTM
-15% off Amazon Basics Audio products, bluetototh speakers, earphones, mic stand, headphones and more http://amzn.to/2A0owsg
– up to 31% off TV’s from Sony, LG, Toshiba and more http://amzn.to/2AOAzID
-55% off bath & body gift sets http://amzn.to/2jHWcqN
-25% off Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016 for PC/MAC now £86.99 http://amzn.to/2zYQNQb
-up to 40% off fragrances from Calvin Klein and more http://amzn.to/2jJ7hHU
-43% off Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Bluetooth headset with heart rate and activity monitor, amazing value now at £129.99 http://amzn.to/2jITrW6
-25% off Absolut Vodkas, various flavours too http://amzn.to/2hQZes3
-up to 20% off selected tripods, telescopes and GoPro accessories http://amzn.to/2jHGOL6
-61% off Philips Series 5000 Waterproof Mens Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer – http://amzn.to/2hRTNsW
-57% off DeLonghi Coffee Maker , now £89.99 http://amzn.to/2AZ1u4p
-up to 35% off Melissa & Doug Kitchen Play Sets http://amzn.to/2hQnj26
-up to 40% off Kids Character Pyjamas http://amzn.to/2jIU2qO
-up to 30% off Reebok & Adidas Fitness equipment http://amzn.to/2hQwVKg
-70% off. Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 3rd Gen electric Toothbrush http://amzn.to/2jBExAR
33% off Hive Thermostats http://amzn.to/2hJ7ytY
-X-Box One deal http://amzn.to/2jBDJvS
-60% off selected Dr Martens shows mens/womans http://amzn.to/2hPV6c2
– 20% off big brands smartphones -Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Wilefox, Huawei – some decent options for around £100!! http://amzn.to/2jzxOaJ

Amazon Black Friday Deals – Monday – My picks for the best deals today

It’s Monday and we have another lot of super Black Friday deals from Amazon once again, I’ve been through the current deals, and selected my favourite picks. If you want to see all the deals http://amzn.to/2hLlqnk

Here my fav picks –

– Amazon Echo Dot – £34.99 http://amzn.to/2hJXfpF

– 20% off new Echo 2nd gen http://amzn.to/2jCu9sP

– up to 31% off TV’s http://amzn.to/2AOAzID

-Playstation Pro Bundle deal with FIFA 18 and Call of Duty: WWII – perfect present http://amzn.to/2hNyI2I

-– 20% off big brands smartphones -Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Wilefox, Huawei – some decent options for around £100!! http://amzn.to/2jzxOaJ

–up to 25% off intel powered laptops, wide choice http://amzn.to/2jHJbxv

–25% off Office 365 Home 1 year 5 devices Licence subscription now £49.99 http://amzn.to/2hOc8av

–upto 60% of Faber-Castell Pens and Pencils http://amzn.to/2AWWQ6W

–upto 30% off top brands Scottish Whiskies – Johnnie Walker, Dalmore, Balvenie and more http://amzn.to/2hMV04V

–44% off Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Wireless Bluetooth 2 Speaker Bundle http://amzn.to/2hLxzsu

–41% off the latest Sony MDR-XB950B1 Extra Bass Bluetooth Wireless headphones , now £99.99 these are nice http://amzn.to/2AWhgx9

–64% off Braun Series 3 3090 Mens Electric Foil Shaver with Clean and charge Station, nice, http://amzn.to/2hMQ1RR

–up to 30% off Dremel Multi Tools http://amzn.to/2hMQB1Z

–upto 30% off various Silentnight mattresses http://amzn.to/2j8iC0i

–upto 25% off various baby products, big brands http://amzn.to/2hNpUdk

-– 31% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet for kids – ideal Xmas present http://amzn.to/2ASV4nr

–70% off. Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 3rd Gen electric Toothbrush http://amzn.to/2jBExAR

33% off Hive Thermostats http://amzn.to/2hJ7ytY

-28% off Sony NW-A35 High Resolution Audio Walkman Player now £129

-X Box One S mega deal http://amzn.to/2j67uRJ

-X-Box One deal http://amzn.to/2jBDJvS

Amazon Black Friday Deals – Sunday – My picks for today of the best deals

It’s Sunday, and we have another lot of super Black Friday deals from Amazon once again, I’ve been through the current deals, and selected my favourite picks. Here’s the link to see all the deals on Amazon’s Black Friday sale today http://amzn.to/2hLlqnk

Here my fav picks –

– Amazon Echo Dot – £34.99 – http://amzn.to/2hJXfpF

– 20% off new Echo 2nd gen – http://amzn.to/2jCu9sP

– up to 31% off TV’s – http://amzn.to/2AOAzID

-68% off. Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 3rd Gen electric Toothbrush- http://amzn.to/2jBExAR

-up to 65% off top brands men’s shoes from Cat, Kickers, Chatham, Caterpillar. etnies, Dockers and more http://amzn.to/2ATXBhl

-up to 55% off top brands fragrances http://amzn.to/2hLvc9i

20% off big brands smartphones -Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Wilefox, Huawei – some decent options for around £100!! – http://amzn.to/2jzxOaJ

– 31% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet for kids – ideal Xmas presenthttp://amzn.to/2ASV4nr

33% off Hive Thermostats – http://amzn.to/2hJ7ytY

-41% off Sony MDR-1A Prestige overhead headphones http://amzn.to/2hJu9Xc

-40% B&O Play A2 Active blue speaker http://amzn.to/2hLkDD4

-40% off Circulon Infinite Non stick cookware http://amzn.to/2hLkHmi

-25% off 1More In Ear Headphones, highly reviewed http://amzn.to/2hM9uBR

– 68% off Oral-B Electric Toothbrush – http://amzn.to/2hIYlld

-X Box One S mega deal http://amzn.to/2j67uRJ

Amazon Black Friday Deals – My Picks – Some decent deals now available

More Black Friday deals from Amazon today. Too many to list, but today is definitely worth a browse – http://amzn.to/2jEakkZ

Here my fav picks –

– Amazon Echo Dot – £34.99 – http://amzn.to/2hJXfpF

– 20% off new Echo 2nd gen – http://amzn.to/2jCu9sP

– up to 31% off TV’s – http://amzn.to/2AOAzID

– 68% off Oral-B Electric Toothbrush – http://amzn.to/2hIYlld

20% off big brands smartphones -Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Wilefox, Huawei – some decent options for around £100!! – http://amzn.to/2jzxOaJ

X-Box One dealhttp://amzn.to/2jBDJvS

– Up to 55% off Ted Baker Men & Womens shows – Nice Shoes !! – http://amzn.to/2jBDMI4

– 42% off Garmin Vivoactive HR – A great fitness device that I’ve owned and reviewed – http://amzn.to/2jCL91P

– 33% off Sony NW-WS414 waterproof wireless bluetooth headphones just £59.99 now http://amzn.to/2jArFez

– 31% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet for kids – ideal Xmas presenthttp://amzn.to/2ASV4nr

33% off Hive Thermostats – http://amzn.to/2hJ7ytY

30% off Big Brother Funky bean bags – http://amzn.to/2hIDCy0

25% off pet accessorieshttp://amzn.to/2hK0bm6

Google Daydream View & Samsung Gear VR (Note 8) Reviews & Comparison – The Ultimate Shootout

Welcome to my reviews of the new Google Daydream View VR Handset and the upgraded Samsung Gear VR which now fits the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Google Daydream View Key Features

– Headset – Dimensions Length 167.8 mm x Width 117.1 mm x Height 100.2 mm
– Weight 261 g
– Material Lightweight fabric
– Colours Fog, Coral, Charcoal
– Compatibility Daydream-ready phones including Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ & Note 8, Moto Z & Z2 and more

– Controller – Dimensions Length 105 mm x Width 35 mm x Height 17 mm
– Weight 40 g
– Sensors 9 axis IMUs for precision tracking
– Wireless Bluetooth low energy (LE)
– Ports & Connectors USB-C charger and cable (not provided in box)
– Battery – 220 mAh battery (rechargeable)

Samsung Gear VR (Note 8) Key Features

– 101º Field of View
– Sensors – Accelerometer,Gyro Sensor,Proximity Sensor
– Headset Dimension (HxWxD) 98.6 x 207.8 x 122.5 mm
– Weight 345g
– 800+ apps
– USB Type C and Micro USB connectors

Main Review

I have used VR for about 2 years and in that time quite a bit has changed. There are many more apps and experiences available. The Samsung Gear VR experience is superb. Lots of apps, slick software too. The headset is over 100g heavier than the Daydream View. The Daydream is lighter and more comfortable to wear. But I had glitches using it with my Note 8, whereby I had to keep removing the Note 8 out of the headset to fix things so that I could move on again. At one point, it was driving me mad. However, it is all about the software. If you find an app or game that you prefer on one platform or another, then that might hold some more weight for you. Personally, I think Samsung is superior in both hardware and software at the moment, but is restricted by the fact it only works for certain Samsung phones. Therefore, with Daydream View you probably will end up with the ability to use it with so many different phones and brands. Now continue to the video review for more insights.

Video Review

Conclusion

Quite simply if you have a Samsung phone that is compatible with the Gear VR, then stick to Samsung’s own offering. It offers a wide selection of content and a slicker software package. For everyone else, Google’s Daydream View offers compatibility across multiple brands. It just lacks the number of VR apps and slick software experience.

Useful Links

Google Daydream View – more info and latest pricing on Amazon – click HERE
Samsung Gear VR with Controller (Note 8 version) – more info and latest pricing on Amazon – click HERE

LightwaveRF new Apple HomeKit Range – Dimmers, Smart Plugs & More – First Impressions

The leading smart home provider LightwaveRF has released its new range of products that are compatible with Apple HomeKit. The new certified Generation 2 range consist of a new Smart Link Plus, Smart Dimmers, Sockets and heating accessories. Combining HomeKit means LightwaveRF devices can be controlled with IOS apps and Siri voice commands, as well as Google and Alexa.

I have received the starter kit, shown above, which consists of the hub, dimmer and 2 way switch.

The new LightwaveRF range has been part of a two-year research and development program with new features including a built-in energy monitoring, colour changing LEDs to indicate status and wire-free two-way switching.

Initial setup involves connecting the Link Plus to the Wi-Fi router. Then you are able to control lighting, heating, power and security through voice control using Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. You can also use Apple Home and the LightwaveRF apps.

The dimmer and smart plug looks really smart. I can’t wait to test this out fully.

More soon.

The new Honor 6A – My Review – A lot of phone for under £150


Welcome to my review of the Honor 6A. As smartphones creep up in price, it is refreshing to see a new phone being released for under £200. In fact the Honor 6A is currently available for £144.90 on Vmall UK , £139.99 on Pay as You Go with a £10 top up from Three UK or on contract and also from Amazon UK for under £140.

The Key Features / Specifications

– 5.0 inch HD (1280×720) IPS, 2.5D glass front
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core (4x 1.2 GHz + 4x 1.0 GHz)
– 2GB RAM, 16 GB ROM + microSD card up to 128 GB
– Android 7 (Nougat) + EMUI 5.1, July security update
– 13 MP main camera and 5 MP front camera
– 3.020 mAh battery
– Bluetooth 4.1
– LTE FDD:Cat4
– VoLTE
– Dual Nano SIM or Nano SIM + microSD
– FM Radio
– Headphone Jack

The Honor 6A also features a metal body, a 13mp rear camera that focuses in 0.5s using phase detection, selfie beauty options, eye comfort, a superb photo editor for enhancing your photos (more in my review on this) but it doesn’t have NFC or a fingerprint sensor. It also still uses a micro usb connection for charging and not the newer USB Type C. However, at this price most people will probably still be using Micro USB cables. EMUI 5.1 provides lots of extra options too, from themes, screen colour adjustments and more, all of which I have detailed below in my review.

Camera

The camera is one area where Honor shines. The auto mode is reliable and quick. All my dog action shots were in focus and the overall colour balance was impressive. Also the Honor camera app includes a superb front selfie mode with the ability to create your own custom beautify setting. Pro modes are available for photos and videos. In addition to the comprehensive camera app, Honor include a great photo editing app with more features than many paid photography apps. I have explained all the options in my video review below along with many other aspects of the Honor 6A. 

Camera Samples


George was running at high speed. Snapped in auto mode. 


George has a really long tongue. 


Fury, she’s looking happy. All 3 shots have captured the scenes really well, with accurate colour and contrast. 

Video Review including Detailed Camera Review & Showcase

Conclusion

With phones forever increasing in price, it is good to see an option available for under £150, that has a strong focus on photography with decent battery life. Recommended.   

Available from Vmall and Three UK and also on Amazon UK for under £140.

Amazon Prime Day – All the BEST Deals with Times & Priced Checked – UPDATED 11th July

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Amazon is holding a special Prime Day Sale. It seems to have started although the official kick off time is 6pm tonight through to 11th July 2017.

I have listed my favourite deals that are available and also crossed checked the prices against UKCamelCamel (UCC). UCC tracks the prices on Amazon and lists the lowest ever price the item sold for. I have shown this price for as many items as possible. This way you can check if the Prime Sale offer price is a decent deal or not.

This page will be updated so keep checking back.

Amazon Prime Deals – Latest Offers –
http://amzn.to/2uIaE38

Amazon Echo will be £79.99 
http://amzn.to/2tAifSK


Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation – From 6pm tonight just £34.99
http://amzn.to/2t5GF2U

30% off Hive, Nest, Canary and Other Smart Home Brands Gear
http://amzn.to/2t84YNL

30% off TV’s from Sony, LG and others
http://amzn.to/2t8oJVl

30% off headphones from Sony, Sennheiser, Philips, Jaybird, Bose and more.
http://amzn.to/2u2KQkP

30% off Smart Lighting from Philips Hue, Lifx and others. Huge offers.
http://amzn.to/2t870xn


Up to 30% off Smart Watches from Samsung, Huawei, Garmin and more
http://amzn.to/2u2Nwid

Microsoft Surface 4 with Cover £476
http://amzn.to/2t7Xzy6

Up to 20% off Sony Cameras. Now’s the time to grab that camera!
http://amzn.to/2sZ1WAh

Uo to 30% off Fitbit
http://amzn.to/2t8pYUN

Sandisk 128gb micro sd card , just £27.49
http://amzn.to/2u7wTSi

Polar Unisex M600 Sorts Fitness Watch
Deal starts at 2.05am 11th July. UCC Price £202.
http://amzn.to/2sGFRSP

AUKEY USB 3.0 Hub 4 Ports Aluminum. Deal starts at 3.20am. UCC price £8.90.
http://amzn.to/2sWSFJ5

Aukey 20,000mAh Power Bank Lightning & Micro USB input, dual outputs, price will be £15.99. Deals starts at 5.40pm on 11th July.
http://amzn.to/2uHDLDs

 

Asus RT-AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Router
Deal starts at 6.10am 11th July. UCC Price £145.
http://amzn.to/2tyIF7u

TomTom Runner 3 GPS Running Watch
Deal starts 6.40am. UCC price £185.
http://amzn.to/2tz7Mak

Aukey Clip On Wide Angle & Macro Lens for iPhone, Samsung and more , recently reviewed by me, will be £12.99. Deal starts at 7am, 11th July. UCC price £15.99.
http://amzn.to/2uHFXLg

Netatmo Rain Gauge. Deals starts 7.10am. UCC price £45.
http://amzn.to/2u5oeQi

Panasonic 4K Blu-Ray Player
Deal starts at 8am. UCC price £257.
http://amzn.to/2uIfWeU

Samsung 4K Blu-Ray Player
Deal starts at 8am. UCC price £195.
http://amzn.to/2tFGrRS

Panasonic TX-32CS510B 32 inch Smart HD Ready LED TV with Freetime
Deal starts 8.05am. UCC price £218.
http://amzn.to/2v2EaA1

Sandisk 256gb micro sd card. Class 10. Deals starts 8.25am. UCC price £125.
http://amzn.to/2t5wmfa

Pentax Papilio II 8.5 x 21 Close Focus Binocular. Deals starts 8.40am. UCC price £125.
http://amzn.to/2sWLXCS

Sony XDRS40 DAB/DAB+/FM Ultra Compact Digital Radio. Deal starts 9.05am. UCC price £28.
http://amzn.to/2t69v3g

Pioneer XDP-100R High Resolution Digital Audio Player
Deal starts at 9.40am. UCC price £269.
http://amzn.to/2v2yuWw

DJI Osmo Mobile Phone Stabiliser
Deal goes live at 10.15am. UCC price £257.
http://amzn.to/2sWbqMw

Jabra Elite Sport True Bluetooth Wireless Waterproof Fitness EarBuds
Deal starts at 10.24am. UCC price £127.
http://amzn.to/2u4j4DR

Aukey Magnetic Wireless Bluetooth in Ear Headphones, just reviewed by myself, will be £14.99. Deals starts midnight 15th July.
http://amzn.to/2t4qnHO

This page will be updated so keep checking back.

 

My Top 5 Smartphones of 2016 & a message from me 

Can you believe that 2016 is nearly at an end. And what a year 2016 has been. World events have been seismic and so has the technology. 

So what are my top 5 phones for 2016? 

5th Place – Asus Zenfone Zoom – What a phone and what a clever piece of hardware. With 3 x optical zoom, this was a fabulous phone and camera. As Apple has shown, having optical zoom is so useful. 

4th Place – LG G5 – the phone that has every technical specification. Replaceable batteries, micro sd card slot, dual lens system with a super wide lens (so cool), one of the best Bluetooth music using HD APT-X and so much more. Just let down by its build quality versus its competition. If the LG V20 had been sold in the U.K., this would have replaced the G5.

3rd Place – HTC 10 – the phone that everyone forgot about, yet is the phone that has the best audio quality with a headphone jack, solid premium build and super fast. I was going to put the Google Pixel phone in 3rd, but the HTC 10 is a lot less to buy.

2nd Place – Honor 8 – with its dual lens system, infra red blaster, gorgeous hardware and £300 price point, sometimes even less, this is a killer choice and a deserved second place. 

1st Place – Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Apple was helped towards this win due to Samsung suffering a PR disaster with their faulty Note 7. However, IMO there isn’t a single phone on sale at the moment that can offer everything that the iPhone 7 Plus provides. Great camera. Superb audio. iOS 10 and the Apple eco system. For me using the Apple Watch, with an iPad Air,  MacBook Pro and AirPods is a dream setup. HomeKit integrates tightly and Siri for me works very well. 

To catch up on my reviews on all the above phones, and all the other top phones of 2016, click here REVIEWS . Using that link, you can also get to all my Bluetooth headphone reviews and more.

Now in case anyone thinks I am an Apple fanboy or sheep, this is not the case. I just want the best of what’s available. Prior to the iPhone I was using Samsung S7 as my main phone with every Samsung accessory possible. However, after going through a horrific Samsung customer service experience with my Note 7, I have vowed never to use anything with a Samsung logo on it. Following my  Note 7 saga I also sold every Samsung piece of hardware I owned. 

The Holidays 

As we are approaching the holiday period,  news and reviews will be slower. This will allow me to look at the website design and try and improve it in a few places. I will also spend more time with family and friends. So whatever you are doing at this time of year, enjoy the next few days if you can and I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! 

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Amazon’s First Drone Delivery – Incredible but at what cost to the economy? – Editorial

Amazon Prime Air Private Trial Flying-HIGH RES

Amazon revealed they have made successful deliveries by using a drone to two customers in under 30 mins from placing of the order. See video below.

Impressive for sure. This is a private beta test involving two people but this will expand to more and more people over time.

In terms of how the drones work and deliver the packages, this is a great use of technology. But at what cost does the technology come. Amazon made online shopping a thing. In the process high street shops couldn’t compete and started to close down. This trend is sadly continuing and ruining the communities and high streets. However, the flip side of the online boom are jobs in the warehouses and more delivery drivers being employed. (if you can call these types of jobs equal to the lost jobs)

If drones became more mainstream. delivery drivers will not be required. If Amazon replaces people in their warehouses with robots, the human being will no longer be required. So what will people do for work?

Slowly but surely, technology is replacing the workforce but there will come a point in time when people will not be able to find new jobs due to smart new technology. Then what do we do?

Apple HomeKit vs Amazon Echo Dot – My Experience – Alexa vs Siri vs Google

Black Friday arrived. And so did a price reduction on the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. I quickly setup the Echo Dot.

Echo Dot

Now in terms of potential options that can connect to the Echo Dot, the list is fairly vast. But what you have to do is add a skill into the Alexa app. I connected my Belkin Wemo Smart Lights to the Echo Dot via a third party skill using an app to link everything. The app was called Yonomi. Alexa needed me to speak voice commands pretty precisely otherwise it failed to deliver the result I required. In fact, after getting my lights setup, it just stopped working with the lights. I also had issues with voice recognition. Several times, it decided I wanted to enquire about the price of goods and asked if I wanted to buy it.

To stop unwanted purchases, I strongly recommend adding a pin code which you will need to be spoken to confirm any expenditure.

Other things, like playing music and other miscellaneous items worked. A bonus is playing podcast. Just say Alexa, play Tech Addicts Podcast and it will play the latest episode. This is accomplished by Tunein Radio.

All these skills and services make the Echo quite compelling and gives it an advantage over any other option with the following proviso being its security.

The only part that worried me about the Amazon Echo setup is the security aspect, or lack of. Skills were added via a third party. Amazon had no 2 factor authentication. And what about these third party services and apps needed to add skills? Again, the security aspect is not controlled centrally by Amazon or with 2 factor authentication.

Apple HomeKit.

HomeKit

I have seen the HomeKit app on my iPhone 7 Plus for ages and it did nothing. So after being totally frustrated with the Belkin Wemo Smart Lights, I invested in the Philips Hue lights, which work on both the Echo and Apple HomeKit.

I decided to setup the Philips Hue in my living room first. It was so simple to install and setup. Then to link into the Apple HomeKit and Siri was quick and easy as well. Remote access is controlled by my Apple TV v4. You cannot activate remote access unless you have 2 factor authentication on your iCloud account. So unlike Amazon’s setup, the Apple solution feels and is far more secure. No third parties controlling the internet devices.

Now saying, Hey Siri turn on the lights, or change colour to red, blue, green or activate a scene, or dim or turn off is simply a breeze. You don’t need to speak an exact phrase, you can converse fairly naturally. Now obviously, my wife needs to be able to control the lights. So from HomeKit settings, I sent her an invite.

My wife appears, having accepted my invite, with HomeKit now setup on her iPhone and Apple Watch with all the scenes and lights that I had on my setup. So now she could just ask Siri to operate the lights. My wife hates technology. This is probably the first time I have seen her enjoying the experience of adjusting the lights and colour of the lights just by her voice. As the expression goes, it did just work.

I also know that the Apple solution is the better option, since my wife asked if I could install a few more around the house. Also, using your Apple Watch to control your lights is cool IMO.

The problem with HomeKit is lack of devices and services that connect to it, although it does have decent security.

Alexa vs Siri vs Google.

So now we get down to the different platforms and voice control. All three are different and all three work in different ways. Google is better at finding information from the web. Google now has its own Google Home system. Whilst it is early days for Google, it does show some great promise. Alexa needs to be spoken to in a precise manner and links well with Amazon services and a range of third party apps. I am concerned about the lack of security currently with Amazon’s setup. Alexa struggles to recognise my voice quite a bit. Siri is more like a virtual personal assistant that in my world works really well. And now Siri controls my home lightning in a natural way.

As to which system suits you best will depend on what you need it to do and what hardware you own! To have the sleekest home setup you may more than one system.

One thing is certain, and that is the future is going to be fascinating!

Useful Links

More information and latest pricing on Amazon Echo and Echo Dot
More information and the latest pricing on Philips Hue Lighting

Amazon Echo Dot – The Highs & Lows of Amazon’s Little Connected Miracle

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Amazon had their Echo Dot on a Bank Holiday offer which took £10 off the price, making it £39.99. The offer is still valid today on Cyber Monday, so if you want one, click the link below in the useful links section at the end of the article.

There is not much to the Amazon Echo Dot. In the box is the Echo Dot itself, a micro USB cable that plugs into the UK adapter. A few mini booklets are provided. All you have to do is download the Amazon Alexa app, plug the Echo Dot in to the power socket, sign in via the app and it takes your wifi credentials and sets itself up.

You can now say things like, Alexa will it rain tomorrow. Or will it rain on Wednesday, and stuff like that. If you want the Echo Dot powered by a voice spoken assistant called Alexa, you can add more features, called skills. The USA has over 3,000 skills. The UK is somewhat behind that number, but it has only recently been launched in the UK.

So what can the Echo Dot do now –

– Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms and more
– Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify and TuneIn
– Controls lights, switches, thermostats and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, Nest, tado° and others
– Hears you from across the room with 7 microphones for far-field hands-free voice control, even in noisy environments or while playing music
– Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled device
– Always getting smarter – Alexa updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new features and skills

So in no particular order these are the lows and highs, starting with the lows first –

– sometimes it did not understand my voice/accent.
– you have to remember to start every sentence with Alexa. It is not aware of context and any commands have to be spoken precisely as it has been programmed
– my Belkin Wemo Smart Lights did not work with the Echo Dot without adding a skill (or service) from Konomi. Once added I could say things like “Alexa, lights on”. This was all working perfectly, and then none of the voice commands worked. I got this working again, only for it to fail again
– Be careful with compatibility. I though Wemo products were supported by the Echo Dot. Turns out it is only certain WeMo products and not my smart lights. (in hindsight it would have made more sense 2 years ago to spend the extra and buy Philips Hue lights)

And now for the highs –

– setup was a breeze
– I really like the small size of the Echo Dot. It is small enough to not disturb the look of any room. The microphones work really well.
– despite the issues with Belkin WeMo Smart light bulbs, this is the only product that has been able to connect to these and allow operation by voice
– Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot has vastly more connectivity services than Apple’s HomeKit.
– The speaker on the Echo Dot is much louder than I expected and sat on a solid wooden shelf delivers a lot of punch for its size
– With Prime Music (the free option) I can play music from most genres
– If the sound is not loud enough, connecting to a bigger speaker is easy.
– Its early days but the amount of stuff and services the Echo can connect to is vast

The big plus is it doesn’t need voice training. That means my wife can turn the lights on, off or dim them using her voice. Early days but so far, its great fun and impressive little piece of kit.

Useful Links
Amazon Echo Dot