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One of the most asked questions aimed at TheTechSpy is “What wireless speaker should I get for my phone?”. It’s a good question, of which has many answers, as over the last few years some interesting products have been released at various price points.

Of course, we have the likes of B&W, Denon and Bose up at the higher end producing some very tasty devices, but you pay for that class which some people just do not want to stretch to. To a certain extent we agree, as this is a product that is meant to be thrown in your case or bag, pulled out at impromptu situations with friends to enjoy music together and not always just to look stylish and pristine on your side table.

Last week we came across Blazar made by Beacon Audio, a cool little company that created a wireless speaker last year and like all good companies has improved on its design and taken it a step further. This device offers the best of both worlds….it looks cool in the house but is begging to be taking out and used on your travels.

This clever little speaker connects to any device with Bluetooth and can even pair the Bluetooth via NFC for those lucky enough to have it. It comes with a rechargeable battery which lasts up to 12 hrs and can even handle phone calls when you are listening to music with its in-built microphone.

Constructed of a single piece of aluminium, this speaker will not look out-of-place with most current setups. The speaker (if the $200k stretch goal is reached) will come with a beautiful leather carrying case to protect it which I don’t think any other manufacturer offers.

The guys have worked with some artists to bring you different versions of the unit with a little of that artist’s character, which give this an edge over most other speakers I have seen. Whether you use this to listen to music on the go, or watch a film on your tablet, the construction and design places it at the top end, but with a fairly mid range price of $124 (and $17 shipping internationally) for the silver version on Kickstarter.

We will see you on the pledge board! 😉


Blazer little jacket



Panasonic’s update to the GF5 comes with some cool upgrades to an already well rounded point and shoot.

The GF6 marks the first jump in the Panasonic’s range of MFTs which have moved to interchangeable lenses. This compact little beauty has an improved 16-megapixel sensor and a new processing engine which will reduce the amount of noise in low light conditions.

The best improvements in our opinion is the addition of Wi-Fi and NFC allowing you to use your smartphone as a remote shutter for the self-pic taking of you out there and the fact you can download photos directly from the camera without a cable. The other superb addition is the 3-inch, tilt-angle LCD touch screen which does make the camera a tad chunkier but makes taking photos much easier in all situations.

The GF6 will shoot 1080i video at 60fps in AVCHD or 1080p at 30fps in MP4 which continues from the older model. Another design change comes in the form of a mode dial which is normally seen in the more expensive DSLR’s which most people will prefer to solely being controlled through the touch screen.

With some notable upgrades but a cheaper price point, this camera is a worthy choice for budding photographers just starting out, who want to play around with interchangeable lenses. Starting at £499.99 on Pre-Order.


Parrot have been quietly coming out with some superb products over the last few years which have a few things in common, great tech, beautiful design and the wow factor. The Zik follows closely to this model.

Parrot, who were more commonly known for their Bluetooth headsets and more recently for the iPhone controlled AR.Drone, last year released The Zik, an advanced pair of headphones which are not only crammed with serious amounts of tech, but look super cool!

These headphones, designed by Philippe Starck, are touch sensitive, allowing the user to change tracks, answer calls and adjust the volume by a flick of a finger on the outside of the ear cup. Once removed from your ears, they automatically pause the music you were listening to via your Bluetooth connected smart phone and have a dedicated Android/iOS app to control certain features. To insulate you from external noise, the headphones have active noise cancellation which eliminate up to 25dB of ambient noise using 4 separate microphones located inside the earpiece and use a jawbone sensor to aid the microphones during phone conversations.

Parrot’s Zik also comes with a rechargeable battery and can be paired via NFC (with compatible devices) and if you run out of battery, you can use the supplied line in cable to keep enjoying your music.

Nobody can deny that these are a cracking pair of headphones that the company have certainly thought about, but these headphones are not cheap at £269.99, but they look great, and offer a classier alternative to the Beats revolution which is common place on our streets of late.

Parrot Zik

Parrot Zik