Photo Transfer Using Toshiba’s FlashAir pt 2

Back in the day when I was writing television scripts (bear with me, this will turn out to be relevant) I learnt about cliffhangers. At the end of an episode you leave the audience wanting to come back for the next helping. A cliffhanger can’t just be a narrative trick—through some freak our hero escapes and all is well again. The “in one bound he was free” solution leaves the punters feeling cheated. So for… Now read on…

Photo Transfer Using Toshiba’s FlashAir pt 1

The traditional dedicated camera has one huge advantage over the smartphone you’re starting to use to take all your pictures. Its large lens captures a lot more light. But your phone’s always with you. These days that camera you may have paid several hundred pounds for a few years ago is quite likely to be stuck in a drawer somewhere.  The handy, always-with-you aspect of smartphones isn’t their only advantage over traditional cameras. Crucially, your phone… Now read on…

Fidgetting Investigated (Spinwise & Cubewise)

Just when you thought tech was hitting peak techitude, with near-supercomputers modestly called “smartphones” fitting into your shirt pocket, along comes—the fidget spinner! No processor, no RAM, no Bluetooth. We’re back to the basics of ball-bearings, and that’s it. The origin of the fidget spinner is a sweet-sour fairytale (see below). A related device, climbing on the shoulders of the fidget spinner’s success, has a comparable roller-coaster history. This is the Fidget Cube, a device… Now read on…

Lexon Flip LR130 Alarm Clock

Alarm clocks? Hasn’t the ubiquitous smartphone relegated them to the dustbin of history?  These days your phone can wake you up in a million ways in the morning, chirruping the music track of your choice.  But perhaps we’re making these multipurpose devices work too hard. If you long for simpler times, when a single gadget had just one function which it did supremely well, this beautifully rethought bedside companion could be just thing for you.… Now read on…

Eyejusters Reading Glasses

You can pick up cheap reading glasses everywhere, where “cheap” is a variable anything upward of 99p. My house is full of them, if only because I need different focal lengths for different tasks. I work about a foot and a half away from my phone, and around two feet away from my laptop screen, and I need different strength glasses just for those two tasks. Threading needles (yes, I seem to have been elected… Now read on…

BenQ W2000 Projector

Why has it taken me so long to put together this review of BenQ’s sub-£800 projector?  It’s been on the go here at Bidmead Towers since before Christmas. Could it be that I’ve been enjoying it so much I’m reluctant to return this review sample to the manufacturer? Perhaps. My official reason is that its excellence (for a remarkably low price) is subtle. Not easy to put into words. And I want to do it… Now read on…

Optoma HD28DSE Projector with DARBEE

The entry level of the home entertainment projector market has become savagely competitive of late. Yes, there’s a race to the bottom price-wise. But there’s also a compulsion among the more reputable manufacturers to do better, to offer improvements not only over their rivals but also over the products in last year’s catalogue. It’s big win for customers. Nearly all the entry level projectors are based on the same core technology, a range of  digital light… Now read on…

nVidia Shield TV Revisited (part 3)

In Part 2 of this nVidia Shield follow-up I detailed installing the Toshiba Exceria Pro SD card as adoptable memory. I also related the somewhat hairy adventure of switching this card for a PNY microSD. Now read on… Fast and Faster The PNY microSD card is rated as Class 10, which is fast. Plug in anything slower than this and the Shield will let you adopt it, but warn you you’re in for a bumpy… Now read on…

Ulla, the Smart Water Reminder

I’VE TAKEN THE TITLE from Ulla’s own Website. This gadget is actually nothing to do with “SmartWater”,  which is a cunning proprietary liquid you spray on criminals at a crime scene so you can identify them later. The Ulla is probably better described as a smart reminder to drink water. Why would you need it? The truth is, you shouldn’t. Eons of evolution have tuned our bodies towards a thirst mechanism that should kick in… Now read on…

Livescribe 3 Smartpen

    TOWARDS THE END of 2013 Livescribe introduced the latest model in a range of Smartpens, the first of which appeared over seven years ago. Initially, the Livescribe 3 was only useable with Apple’s iOS devices, but a recent update has brought the pen into Android’s orbit, and it’s in this context that I’m reviewing it here. This latest Smartpen has some striking features – not least of which is that it is able to reproduce… Now read on…