Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

As we know, Apple make products beautifully simple that just work.

It doesn’t matter how many times Android, Microsoft or any of its competitors point out Apple’s weaknesses, you still just feel better with an iPhone in hand or a MacBook Air on your lap, even if isn’t the fastest on the market at the time.

Few products manage to capture the simplicity of design and still remain fully functional like Apple. But over the last few years, we have started to see some crowdfunded projects which follow the same line as this tech giant to great effect.

Premium One is a modular designed dock which can not only hold your Apple Watch, but the creators have also thought of those people who have the whole Apple Family of devices.

Made from aircraft grade aluminium, the dock looks like it could have been made by Apple themselves. Coming in 3 CNC precision drilled models, they look cool and hide all cables from sight as they charge the devices.

Premium One – Takes one Apple Watch – The watch is charged via the same MagSafe charger employed by Apple.

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Premium One W2 – Takes one Apple Watch and one iPhone


Premium One W3 – takes one Apple Watch, either one iPhone 6 or 6 plus or any 5 series model, and in addition your iPad Mini or Air/Air 2.


What we love about this product is not only the design and simplicity, but its modular design, and how it can be expanded in future. Once again it looks like something Apple would sell on its shelves in the Apple Store so would look more than at home providing charge on your bedside table.

Coming in black, silver and a bi-colour mahogany this product looks great. Starting at $55 for the W1, $89 for W2 and then finally $129 for the W3, we think this has been well priced comparing it to others in the market place.

Already fully pledged on Kickstarter, head on over and get yourself one before it goes!


So winter is finally drawing in here in London, so when better to sit down in front of the fire with my new super light iPad Air. Once again I am faced with the age old question….”Which case do I buy for my iPad?”.

Well this time I had the opportunity to cover the ZAGG Folio Keyboard for the iPad Air (thanks Richard) and it hasn’t disappointed.

From the second you hold the box in your case, it is immensely satisfying how it has even been packed, allowing you to open the case and view it in the shop as it discreetly opens like a book with its magnetic clasp allowing you to touch the product before you buy.

The ZAGGkeys Folio is a mere 7.6mm thin and only 17.7mm, when holding your iPad. This makes it one of the thinnest keyboards available on the market today but somehow have managed to keep it made of quite a hard wearing material that feels like leather. This case features a pivoting hinge that allows you to place your iPad at virtually any viewing angle, just like a laptop screen. Open it up, set it to your preferred angle, and just start typing as it is held in place wonderfully.

It amazes me how thin they have actually got this case and with the iPad inside, it feels like a fully blown netbook. The annoying thing with this is that it tricks the mind so much that I have found my finger so many times looking for the mouse touch-pad, regularly found on laptops. Even with this small form factor, the Zaggkeys manages to fit a 950 mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery inside which the manufacturers say will last several months with normal usage….all I can say is that it hasn’t faltered with me yet, but I have tested the USB charger which comes with the device.

Along with the rigidity of the screen, one of my favourite things about this keyboard is the backlit keys. The keyboard connects to the iPad via Bluetooth and the cool backlit keys omit a blue/white light to sufficiently aid you in low light conditions and generally just look awesome.

The designers have opted for an island style of keys on the keyboard which as a Mac user I am very at home with. It seriously beats the likes of Microsoft’s Surface keyboard case as this was just unresponsive and you simply had to press hard for the keys to react.  The “F” keys are replaced with shortcut keys which work very well with the iPad Air. When closed, the iPad is fully protected as it sits inside its clamshell case.

In terms of weight, due to the iPad Air being so light, it is fine for me and really doesn’t make me think of the weight every time I pick it up. My only issue with this device is that it doesn’t angle into a tablet form, so you are constantly faced with taking the iPad out of the case to hold it in the manner that Steve Jobs himself wanted you to.

Apart from this small issue, I cannot see anything else wrong with the device, it performs better than any of the cases in the same field, it’s light and protects your iPad from most falls and impacts and still manages to look and feel like a premium product.

The iPad Air Folio Keyboard case by Zagg, available now at £99 in black or white. Zaggkeys-Cover-image-001

While we were all preoccupied with waiting for Sony and Microsoft to come out with the next generation of consoles, some smaller more mobile firms were readying some serious tech to stir the gaming industry.

Firstly let’s look at Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset for video games that we told you about back in March.  The Rift is a high-resolution display, with head tracking, that provides an immersive experience that allows you to get right inside the game. Full 360˚ vision allows the gamer to physically turn their head to be able to view things around them and in first person shooters, actually aim where they are looking.

The Rift is coming along nicely with some prototype models going out to developers looking very promising, but in my opinion, you still need other accessories to complete the package……(cue dramatic music) bring in Omni!


The Omni is one of the first virtual reality interfaces for moving within the virtual space. It allows you to freely walk, run, crouch and jump within the game so that it feels like you are really there. Of course the Omni will require that your purchase a virtual reality headset for the best experience, but it still comes in cheaper than a running machine and is double the amount of fun.

The Omni is compatible with the Oculus Rift and the Razer Hydra and is ready to play out of the box. It can be partially disassembled to store away and comes with support belt, tracking hardware and software.

Imagine the possibilities for something like this to help you lead a healthier lifestyle or even rehabilitating injured people.  Now, the stigma of just sitting down when gaming getting no physical exercise can be a thing of the past as you burn away calories running away from in-coming bullets and grenades. You can even see this being used in training the military or keeping people mobile letting them view parts of the world they never thought they would see without actually ever being there.

TheTechSpy is very excited by this as now the picture is being completed in the virtual reality field at a reasonable take home price. The Kickstarter project has already been immensely successful, nearly raising $500k with still 47 days left, but if you want to bag yourself a complete setup you will have to pledge around $479 now with stonky international shipping rates.

Here is the Kickstarter Video

Computex 2013 has already seen some great products announced, but today Asus took centre stage to tantalise us with some serious gadge!

Today we see the birth of the Transformer Book Trio, which is based on the old Transformer but with some serious upgrades. Firstly, this is a laptop with a removable screen which becomes a tablet. You can now dock the screen  into a desktop station to turn it into a full-blown desktop machine.

One of the coolest things about this laptop is it can run Windows 8 or Android Jelly Bean with the touch of a button. It has an 11.6″ screen capable of 1080p and has 2 processors to help power the dual operating systems. Firstly, Windows 8 has a dedicated Core i7-4500U processor and then Android Jelly Bean is more than handled with a 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 chip.

This is a complex machine, so in terms of storage, you get a 1TB HDD inside the keyboard station dock, and 64GB of flash storage inside the tablet itself. Asus have really tried to cover all bases with one device, so we can really see this taking off. Microsoft are also rumoured to be talking about subsidising licensing costs to help boost the sales of Windows 8 tablets so you may even see this being cheaper than it normally would have been.

We have no confirmation on pricing but it is expected to be released sometime in Q3.





So here it is, Microsoft have just announced the next Xbox to the world and simply called it Xbox One.

Let’s start with the way it looks, as this is important as Microsoft have tried to make this an all-in-one entertainment system which is meant to sit in your living room. Microsoft are taking the battle directly to the DVR companies making this look like a sleek TiVo. The box, with its polished black exterior will not look odd in anybody’s home falling inline with most A/V components.

Along with the unit itself, the control pads have had a slight face lift to bring them in line with current standards and include vibration motors in the triggers, but I don’t think this will disappoint as the pads themselves have always been very popular.

The Xbox one will come with 8gb of RAM, Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 and a 500gb hard drive, but at this point they have not released much about the processor itself just that it is an 8 core processor. It has a HDMI input and output which will lets you plug other devices into it, which is totally new for a console. I can only imagine that they are going to allow for your regions TV receiver to go through the box to further bolster up the media player side of things.

Microsoft confirmed they are not getting rid of Live services and are on the contrary upgrading servers from 15,000 today to 300,000 in the coming months which will significantly improve online game play and will include services such as cloud stored music, games and movies for an all round media player experience.

The DVR function is very interesting, having only a 500gb hard drive which will quickly be eaten up by movies and games, recording live TV may get assistance from the cloud, so a good solid Internet connection is going to be a must. The DVR will allow you to record game play so that you can view it back at any time or share with friends.

The redesigned Kinect camera has a 1080p sensor shooting 60fps which will work with Skype and they have referred to it working with live TV using voice recognition and allowing some kind of interactive TV experience. Skype will have the ability to be used during gameplay and the camera itself will be able to track your heartbeat for games that need it…!

Games already lined up, FIFA 14, NBA live, Call of Duty: Ghosts and a new Steven Spielberg collaboration for a Halo interactive live TV series. Microsoft have also teamed up with the NFL to bring live streamed games direct to the console with a new fantasy football experience.

One thing that will disappoint most is that the console will not play Xbox 360 games as the architecture has been changed, but the console does not have to always be connected as recently covered in the press.

The long-awaited console has yet to have a confirmed release date but they have spoken about it being later this year which would coincide with recent November rumours. Currently we have no prices confirmed, but expect this to come in more expensive than the existing Xbox and to come with an option to sign up to Live annual services to reduce the price of the console.

Move over Surface tablet and Windows 8, all is forgiven Microsoft, you are back in the game!

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