TYLT VÜ Wireless Charging Cradle

Whenever the talk turns to smartphones it’s not long before the subject of battery life crops up. These pocketable powerhouses do pretty well everything these days, but the juice they need to do it runs out faster and faster the more apps you load. My own solution is to choose a phone with a replaceable battery, but these are getting harder to find as manufacturers put fashion first, embedding their batteries in ever slimmer cases. … Now read on…

Amazon Fire TV Stick

I’ve never fancied the idea of the “SmartTV”. TV manufacturers are clearly desperate to keep up sales in a near-saturated market, which largely explains the promotion of gimmicks like 3D (widely regarded as a failure) and now 4K (welcome perhaps on 60″ screens, but below that… really?). Piling on the electronics to provide an operating system that supports apps and special channels is another way to persuade you that the set you bought the year … Now read on…

Kingston 64GB HyperX Fury USB drive (HXF30/64GB)

By Chris Bidmead USB Flash drives are getting cheaper, and their capacities are rising rapidly. But with larger capacities, another important factor is beginning to emerge – the speed data can be transferred on and off the device. Kingston’s HyperX range of DRAM memory modules is acclaimed among the speed-seeking games community. The company has now launched a range of USB Flash drives under the same brand name. But what’s in a name? My first … Now read on…

Instagram Hyperlapse

Fans of Koyaanisqatsi, the beautifully filmed but essentially plot-less movie, will be excited to learn that an app has been made to mimic the style. The inventor of Instagram’s new app, Hyperlapse, was inspired by the work of cinematographer Ron Fricke. Fricke’s movies often feature slowly panning shots that have been speeded up. Typical scenes are traffic, crowds, herds of animals, insects and so on. The equipment required to achieve that is complex, panning so … Now read on…

Mac Backup Guru 2.0

Mac Backup Guru 2.0 is designed to be as simple to use as Apple’s Time Machine, but as reliable and powerful as products like Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper. What’s wrong with Time machine you may ask…if you’ve never tried to retrieve something from it. As clever as it is, it isn’t quite the rock solid reliable backup option you might think. It’s very slow to use, and the backups it does do,  fail to … Now read on…