Shut-App gives you the words to deal with racist, sexist, xenophonic, homophobic, fact-repellent & logic-resistant people

Shut-App, a kickstarter project, is lead by a high school & university teacher whose project gives you the words you need to win a debate.  The debates topics include Gay Marriage, Trump, Black Lives and, strangely, Games of Thrones.

The premise is this, you’re confronted by some ridiculous comment… you’d love to respond with something factual but don’t have the words.  Whip out Shut-App on your phone and it will give you the right response there and then.

Check it out on kickstarter here.

Essential iPhone accessories that won’t break the bank

In this short article we’ll review and recommend the essential accessories that you need for your iPhone that won’t break the bank.  Each recommendation has a direct purchase link so that you don’t need to go and search for them (note: UK readers if you don’t see GBP prices in this article follow this link).  We’ve recommended products that fit the iPhone 6/6S, however with most of them they are either compatible with other iPhones or will have variants that are – just follow the links through and you can pick the right version for you.

iPhone Case

A phone case is essential to protect your expensive new gadget.  There are literally hundreds out there to chose from, so any recommendation needs something a little different.  We like this case from Dockem which looks cool, protects your phone but also enables you to slide your credit cards in the back.  This value add is great and removes the need to carry a bulky wallet around with you.  It costs only $14.99 on Amazon here.

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iPhone Storage Expansion

Storage expansion for your iPhone enables you to add to the internal storage capability of your phone, but also move files back and forth between your iPhone and your PC.  To do this you need the equivalent of a USB stick with the Apple Lightning connector.  We recommend the SanDisk iXpand which has both a USB and lightning connector and comes in storage sizes from 16GB all the way up to a whopping 128GB.  The device starts at just $38.50 here on Amazon.71h-NlEZRnL._SL1500_

iPhone Battery Pack

It’s a killer when your phone runs out of power.  You can get around this by taking a portable battery pack with you.  As you’ll be carrying this around, portability is key here.  We’re recommending the Anker Powercore+ mini as it has enough juice to top you up, but won’t be a pain to carry around.  It also comes in a range of colours (check out the Amazon link to see them).  It starts at only $12.99.

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An alternative route to go is to get an iPhone battery case which combines protecting your phone with extra battery power.  The cases are, inevitably, a bit bigger but they are a good solution.  Check out the Anker battery case here as a good option.

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iPhone Screen Protector

If there is one thing you must add to your iPhone it is a screen protector.  Without one you will inevitably scratch the screen on your keys (or some other sharp thing) in your pocket or bag.  Luckily they are really cheap.  As they are rather fiddly to put on we’d recommend getting a pack with more than one protector in (so you can muck up putting the first one on!).  Check out the Tech Armour protectors which are just $6.95 with free shipping for a pack of three (click here).

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iPhone Travel Charger

If you travel internationally with your iPhone then you need a travel charger.  These nifty little devices come with a range of plugs which you just snap on for the relevant country.  We’d recommend one with multiple USB ports so that you can charge your other devices too.  The aLLreLi is a good device with 4 USB ports and plugs for US, AU, UK and EU.  It’s only $15.99 with free shipping on Amazon.

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iPhone Headphones

An iPhone isn’t much good without headphones!  There are many on the market, but finding a pair with good sound production, a microphone, remote controls and that is comfortable is hard.  After much hunting around we came back to the beginning and strongly recommend Apple’s own headphones.  They look great and function really well.  You can pick up a pair for only $19.99 on Amazon here.

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Cat Phone: Cat® S60 Announced As World’s First Smartphone With Integrated Thermal Camera

FLIRs Lepton Thermal Microcamera Module Embedded into Cat Phones Rugged Smartphone

See the Cat Phone on Amazon here.

Cat® phones today announced the launch of its new flagship product, the Cat S60; the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera, and the world’s most waterproof smartphone.

The Cat S60 includes an embedded thermal camera from FLIR, the global leader in thermal imaging technology, allowing Cat phone users to be the first in the world to use their smartphones for a multitude of use cases, including: detecting heat loss around windows and doors; spotting moisture and missing insulation; identifying over-heating electrical appliances and circuitry; and seeing in complete darkness.

The thermal camera visualizes heat that is invisible to the naked eye, highlighting temperature contrasts. It can pick up heat and measure surface temperatures from a distance of up to 50 to 100 feet, and see through obscurants such as smoke, enabling a huge range of use cases for building professionals, utility workers, outdoor sports enthusiasts, and emergency first responders to name but a few.

The Cat S60 is also waterproof to depths of up to 5 meters for one hour, allowing it to be used as an underwater camera, pushing the boundaries of mobile technology, and how and where it’s used.


“To stand out from the crowd in today’s smartphone market requires true innovation and we are proud to partner with FLIR to announce what is truly a world’s first,” said Peter Stephens, CEO Bullitt Group, global mobile device licensee for Caterpillar. “The Cat S60 represents a milestone for smartphones. We are excited for thermal technology to be in the hands of Cat phones customers and to discover the myriad of daily time and efficiency use cases it will present for them.”

“We are delighted to work on the latest Cat phone with Bullitt Group, to integrate our thermal camera into their proven, industrialized smartphone to create a truly innovative and groundbreaking mobile product,” said Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR. “The CAT S60 presents mobile users around the world with new capabilities – a ‘sixth sense’ experience that only thermal imaging can offer.”

The Cat S60 is also an extremely tough and robust, world class rugged smartphone. It exceeds military spec, is built to withstand drops onto concrete from up to 1.8 meters, and it’s dustproof as well as waterproof. Its versatile, super-bright display can be viewed in bright sunlight, and the touchscreen can be controlled with wet fingers or while wearing gloves. It is also protected by the latest Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4.

Cat S60 key features:

  • Strengthened Die Cast Frame
  • Drop proof to 1.8m, MIL Spec 810G
  • Super bright display (typical 540 nits), Gorilla Glass 4
  • 4.7″ HD capacitive multi-touch with auto wet finger & glove support
  • Optimised battery performance (3800mAh)
  • High quality audio experience (>105dB)
  • Underwater 13MP main camera with dual flash, 5MP front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor
  • 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM
  • Android™ Marshmallow
  • Dedicated FLIR thermal camera app with MSX technology; still image, panorama, and video capture; changeable heat palettes; temperature spot meter; and min, max, and average temperature data

The Cat S60 is available on Amazon here.

SOURCE Cat phones & http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cat-s60-announced-as-worlds-first-smartphone-with-integrated-thermal-camera-569245831.html

 

Gigastone Empowers iPhone Users With MFi Approved iPhone Flash Drive That Uses Removable Micro SD Memory

Gigastone reveals its first ever iPhone Flash Drive that is Apple MFi approved and can be used with any existing Micro SD Card memory

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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Gigastone the Leading Global Mobile Technology Accessory Brand today announced its first ever Gigastone iPhone Flash Drive Micro SD Card Reader. The unit is Apple MFi Approved and has a slot that takes standard Micro SD Memory cards.

Apple iPhone users running out of memory are compelled to upgrade their phones to get additional memory. Gigastone once again has liberated iPhone users by delivering their state-of-the-art iPhone flash drives. Traditionally Apple MFi approved iFlashDrives have only had internal memory, with an Apple Lightning adapter on one side and a standard USB adapter on the other. This Gigastone first ever i-FlashDrive CR8600, has an Apple Lightning adapter and a standard Micro SD Card can easily slide into this, world smallest, MFi approved iPhone Flash Drive.

Current Gigastone President, Michel Hassan commented, “Gigastone is constantly pushing the boundaries of iPhone Flash Drive technology.” He went on to say, “Gigastone really has empowered iPhone users by rescuing them from their inherent memory limitations. With our current range of iPhone Flash Drives, iPhone users have a memory solution for many inhibiting situations.”



The company explained that one big advantage was, data residing on a Micro SD Card can easily be accessed from an iPhone or iPad without having to copy the data onto the iPhone. Photos, Videos and Music files, usually too large to store on an iDevice, can easily be viewed or accessed, using the Gigastone CR8600 iPhone Flash Drive Micro SD Card Reader. There is no necessity to copy the data onto the iDevice.

Harold Katz, Gigastone Chief marketing Officer, expounded by explaining, “This phenomenal device not only allows a user to view large multimedia files on their iPhone’s without using up iPhone memory, it can also be used to backup iPhone data.” He went on to say, “The complimentary Gigastone Software bundled with the device can be used to ensure that the iPhone is always backed up as well.”

Gigastone also sells a full range of other memory products and mobile technology accessories, including SD Cards, iPhone Flash Drives, OTG Drives, SSD Drives, Memory Cables and USB Drives.

About Gigastone

Gigastone is the leading global mobile accessory brand, specializing in state-of-the-art, high-end mobile peripherals and technology. For two decades, Gigastone has been distributing technology to all the major big-box and Electronic Commerce stores. Gigastone has leveraged its engineering, manufacturing and quality control skills to drive world-class production and deliver quality products. A uniquely positioned company, poised to continue to grow and maintain its leadership in the fast paced consumer electronics space.

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See Gigastone on Amazon here.

The World’s Most Secure Phone

Blackberry is not over, and security is a big thing.  These are the critical messages that are coming with Blackberry’s latest phone, the Blackberry DTEK50 which they are marketing as The World’s Most Secure Phone.

It will not appeal to all users, it’s not flashy and it’s not bling.  What it is though is a solid and secure device for those that want things to work, and work is a secure fashion.

Unlike Blackberry’s long history of phones, the DTEK50 runs on a modified version of Android 6.0, loaded up with Blackberry’s secure apps and software.  This means that you can access all the usual Android apps through the Google Play store, but you can also use all of Blackberry’s secure services.  This is a clear play to Enterprise users here.

The DTEK50 won’t break the bank either, you can pick it up on Amazon for just $333.27 (direct link here).

The hardware is good, although inline with other Android phones:

  • 16gb Storage with Micro SD Slot
  • 3GB RAM
  • Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core, 64 bit
  • 5.2 inch/ 1080p screen

If you are buying this phone, you won’t be buying it for the flashy specs – there are others out there such as the OnePlus 3 (see it here) that would be a better deal – you’d be buying it because you believe that Blackberry has the history of, and capability to deliver, a secure mobile environment that others can’t.



Phonie: An Off-the-grid Phone That Assists In Avoiding Distractions by Use Of Smartphones

SHENZHEN, China, July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — With the distractions that are characterized by a smartphone, a group of engineers who believe that phone owners should have their inner peace and their children lead a normal life without being distracted by games and other features found in smartphones have declared that it is time to adopt a phonie (direct link here).

The Phonie is a tiny phone, almost the size of a credit card, that is 0.23 inch thick, sleeker than an iPhone. It can be put in a wallet without requiring any additional space. It is an unlocked GSM phone which uses a micro SIM card, allowing the user to save oncrossborder roaming fees. The phone allows the user to make a call, text and record, but other features that distract, such as internet access, calculators and contacts are not available. It is a highperformance phone that allows users to synchronize contact data with their smartphones, has a strong and stable signal, quality sound, smart magnetic charging and a long battery life.

The Phonie is a type of mobile device that will allow parents to spend quality time with their children, take care of their pets and carry out chores in their house, something that they would not do if they owned a smartphone as they would be forced to visit social media sites, play games and use a host of other applications offered in these disruptive gadgets.

Priced under $100, the phonie can be a perfect gift for kids or seniors; it will serve them well, giving them inner peace through avoiding distractions that are characterized by the use of a smartphone. And its deceptive bank card size appearance makes it a perfect gift for the family game of ” dollar trick”.

Another cute item from the company, called Elfy, is so much like the Pokemon Go ball. It’s lucky that Elfy was designed before Pokemon Go game and also won Golden Pin Design Award. Otherwise, it would have been treated as a copycat.

More and more people feel lonely because of the internet! Elfy aims to create a great companion product for nurseries as a night lamp and an emotional lamp for lonely ones. So go off the grid with the Phonie and have Elfy as your lovely friend the light can sense your emotion and echo it by changing its color with its vibration sensor.

About

The official name of Phonie is WIME Talkase T1S. It was created by MakeTheOne.com, an E-commerce company that focuseson creative electronic gadgets. The company has been supplying trendy, stylish and practical products for years. Their latest product, the phonie, aims to change people’s lifestyles.

Website: http://www.maketheone.com

SOURCE MakeTheOne.com & http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/phonie-an-off-the-grid-phone-that-assists-in-avoiding-distractions-by-use-of-smartphones-300303667.html

Huawei Launches Cloud Open Labs, Cooperating with Industry Players to Accelerate All Cloud Evolution and Enable Digital Transformation

LANGFANG, China, Aug. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei today launched its Cloud Open Labs in the presence of 19 leading global operators, industry organizations and partners, including the Linux Foundation, Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), China Association of Communication Enterprises, Accenture, Red Hat, VMware and Wind River.




As part of Huawei’s commitment to open, evolution and innovation, the Cloud Open Labs – with interconnected facilities across four labs – aim to enable operators’ business success. These centers will provide the foundation for integrating and verifying solutions which enable the All Cloud transformation.

Jim Lu, President of Global Technical Service, Huawei, said, “Digital transformation has been widely recognized in the industry as a necessity. Huawei advocates the All Cloud Strategy, aiming to build efficient networks and develop agile advantages to help operators provide their end users with a Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY, and Social (ROADS) experience. Our Cloud Open Labs will establish an industry ecosystem and support open collaboration, allowing operators, industry organizations and partners to jointly address the challenges of digital transformation. Our Cloud Open Labs will also support Huawei’s All Cloud Strategy. Huawei Global Technical Service will continuously increase investment in consulting and system integration in an effort to enable operators to tap into unlimited opportunities in the trillion-dollar digital market.”

Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation, said, “It is important to have a cross-vendor, cross solution, open platform where individual developers, vendors, and service providers can get together to test interoperability, to do proof of concepts, and to really enable this open source software to meet their customer’s expectations and to meet the expectations that will really drive demand in the future of the network.”

Deng Lingli, OPNFV China Ambassador, said, “NFV technology is developing rapidly, but the industry is facing the challenges of inconsistent interface protocols and industry standards. OPNFV will continuously promote open industry collaboration to accelerate the commercialization of NFV services.”

Huawei has connected its four open labs and built a unified digital operations platform to support operators’ network evolution and operations transformation. These open labs include the Global Network Evolution and Experience Center (GNEEC), the NFV Open Lab, the SDN Open Lab and the DC Open Lab. These Cloud Open Labs enable Huawei to innovate solutions jointly with operators, industry organizations, and partners, and achieve mutual certification and authorization together with partners. So far, the labs have worked with over 40 partners for solution integration and verification. They have also completed pre-verification for over 550 projects, and pursued joint innovation in conjunction with Wind River, VMware, Red Hat and Accenture.

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Quick! Discounted smartphone battery packs (USB charger)!

Hello faithful readers.  We know you love your mobile technology and a good bargain!  Our smartphone batteries are always running out, and right now Amazon has one of their limited time offers on a great battery pack that can charge your smartphone and tablet.  It’s one of the bigger ones, which means on a single charge it can charge your iPhone 6 – 7 times over.

It has 2 USB ports so you can charge multiple devices at the same time.

At the time of writing it is only 2% claimed but will run out in under 4 hours.

Check it out on Amazon here:

Photive 12000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Charger for Smartphones and Tablets