Gesture-controlled headphones where sound quality is key
As well as expert noise-cancelling technology, the Parrot Zik headphones also include Bluetooth connectivity and some unique touch operation controls. All the touch controls are placed in the right cup and users can swipe in a variety of ways to pause, play and generally control the music they’re listening to. For the most part this feature works brilliantly.
Sound quality is fantastic and the range of preset EQ modes is also impressive. The only downside is the large frame of the Parrot Ziks. Although the metallic feel of them emits a premium finish, the cups are heavy, which means they can feel a little loose at times. Despite this, the Parrot Ziks are one of the most intuitive and unique pair of headphones on the market.
Plus, Android Magazine back issues are also available for half price
The price of the tablet edition of Android Magazine has been reduced in the Google Play Store. Issue 28 has been reduced from £2.99 to £1.99, while the price of an annual subscription has dropped to £23.99 from its previous price of £32.99.
Highlights in issue 28 include a massive troubleshooting guide, a look at the Android gaming revolution – including a full test of the OUYA console – reviews of the latest devices including the Galaxy S4 Active and Note 8, and all the usual Android tutorials, hacks, apps and news.
You can buy the digital edition of Android Magazine through www.greatdigitalmags.com, where you can find hundreds of other great titles including How It Works, X360, SciFi Now and Digital Photographer.
The LG G2 has got the Galaxy S4 in its sights with ultra high-end specs including 2.26GHz processor, 5.2″ display and massive battery. The Android smartphone also has its navigation located on its back.
LG has unveiled its new flagship Android phone, the G2. The device sports the fastest smartphone processor to date, and edge to edge display, and places its navigation buttons on the back.
The G2 has a 5.2″ display, closer to the size previously seen in phablets than smartphones, yet LG says that it has been designed to be used one handed. This is achieved with a combination of an edge to edge display – the bezels on the sides measure 0.1 inches – while the only navigation button on the handset has been placed on the rear. This button wakes the phone, controls the volume and also offers shortcuts to a notes app as well as the camera.
The specs are impressive. The phone is the first to feature Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 800 chip. It’s quad-core and clocked at 2.26GHz, way beyond anything else currently on the market. It is backed up by 2GB of RAM. There’s also a 13MP camera on board with optical image stabilisation.
Google’s All Access music streaming service, the company’s answer to Spotify, goes live in the UK, Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain.
Its been a long time coming, but Google’s answer to Spotify has finally gone live in the UK. All Access boasts 20,000 songs on its UK launch, with new albums and artists being added on a near daily basis.
Users can sign up for a 30 day free trial, with it then costing £7.99 per month (£2 cheaper than Spotify). If you cancel your trial before the first billing date, you won’t be charged for any further usage.
The service has also been rolled out in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain, as well as Australia and New Zealand.
Keep an eye on your belongings wherever you are.
Security is paramount for most homeowners and with the help of the HomeMonitor, you can keep track of your house and belongings on your smartphone or tablet. The HomeMonitor is a small unit that acts as a camera which can be mounted to any wall in your home. There’s little to note about the design of it, apart from the mounting holes around the back and the antenna which is used to establish a secure connection to your smartphone. Although it can be a bit fiddly to set-up, the corresponding HomeMonitor app gives you the tools to connect the HomeMonitor unit to your Wi-Fi connection and then pairs your smartphone directly to it.
From then on in, you can logon to the HomeMonitor app and see a direct feed of your camera to see what it’s recording. To be extra safe, you can implement motion controls which sends a notification to your phone when an intruder is in your house. There’s also a wealth of other security features that users can discover by venturing in to your app. For those who want even more coverage, you can purchase a whole suite of HomeMonitor cameras and connect them all through the app. Through the app you can then switch between each camera and disable the ones you no longer want to see.
HomeMonitor comes with a personal online storage account, which acts as a backup for all the recordings taken with the camera. Out of the box you’ll get seven days free, but will be required to pay for more storage if you need it after that. For the most part you won’t need to keep a recording but on the off chance you do, the costs can get quite steep.
Three UK has announced its pricing for the Asus Fonepad.
For those interested in Asus’ phone/tablet hybrid, the Fonepad, Three UK has officially announced its pricing.
Users can purchase the Fonepad for £179.99 with a £5 monthly payment, or via a 24 month contract costing a one-off payment of £29.99, alongside a £12.53 monthly payment.
Click on the source below to take a closer look at Three UK’s pricing.
Source: Three UK