Technology as we see it….

The iPhone dock which acts like a smoke alarm

Just when you thought the iPhone couldn’t do anything else, some designers from Seattle invent a new docking station with a difference. The Sense+ is meant to be more effective than a traditional ceiling fan and will even call the emergency services is it detects smoke or carbon monoxide. When poisonous fumes are detected, the sensors launch an app which sounds a loud alarm. The user then has 3o seconds to stop the alarm before emergency services are called. You can customise which emergency services are called and added to the call list but the app can’t access your phone book to do so. The Sensor+ even detects cold smoke which traditional alarms struggle to detect. This, its designers...

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The world’s thinnest watch

Made from a single piece of bendy steel and with a battery life of a staggering 15 years; the world’s thinnest watch measures a minuscule 0.8mm thick. The new CST-01 is skinnier than your average credit card and rather than pixels, it uses an electronic ink display. E ink is the same technology currently being used in the bestselling e-reader the Kindle. Packed into its skinny frame is a 0.5mm component which bends with the watch and uses a Thinergy  Micro-Energy Cell battery which only takes ten minutes to charge fully but is sturdy enough to last over 15 years before it needs to be replaced. Not that it will ever need it, as it can go for a...

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Is Apple about to reveal the iRadio and new iOS for iPhone?

Rumours are prevalent at the moment that Tim Cook is about to reveal details of an iRadio streaming service which will rival the likes of Spotify, Pandora and Deezer but also new operating software for the iPhone. Apple’s stock has taken a beating recently especially in regards to tax avoidance issues in the US and UK, Many see this as an attempt to beat Google Glass’ launch and try and restore the company’s image for the right reasons. Cook will be the speaker at the annual Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, when thousands of app developers who have built for iPhone and iPad will converge. The conference also marks the first time Jonny Ive will be...

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Apple develops a wearable iWatch

Having already transformed the music and computing worlds, Apple is now attempting to join Google in developing wearable tech in order to secure what it sees as an expanding future market. Rather than intrusive devices which the user physically operates, Google Glass is a computer hidden in a pair of glasses while the iWatch looks to transform the humble time piece into a futuristic device. Wearable tech isn’t new, after all, what is a pair of glasses except wearable technology which allows the user to see better? Even hearing aids are a form of the new devices. While the idea of a smart watch is something straight out of James Bond, the idea is no longer something of the...

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New Samsung Chromebook review

According to Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Chrome, 2012 was meant to be the year Chrome Operating Systems took off by launching an assault on the mainstream. Google’s cloud-based OS seemed like a good idea, after all Google is so much more than simply a search engine now. Chrome’s focus was on getting people to understand it and the other was aimed at attracting developers, then came the assault on the mainstream market. Unfortunately, unlike other Google products, the previous Chromebook didn’t have the same satisfying feeling of quality. The software was barely able to keep up with heavy usage. Now, though the Samsung Chromebook is really the finished article. It’s smooth with no performance related anxieties while...

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Previews and rumours about the Microsoft Xbox 720

Now that Sony has boasted about the specs of the upcoming PS4, it’s Microsoft’s turn. With the revealing of the Xbox 720 specs coming soon, Microsoft will be hoping it establish itself in a way which competes with their Sony opposition. Rumours on different names are out there with Infinity and 720 leading the way. It is hoped that unlike the Sony event, Microsoft will actually show the public the machine it hopes will soon be in every bedroom and living room around the world. The industry has changed hugely since the original 360 was launched back in 2005 but through updates and good online compatibility, the games console still feels relevant in today’s market. It has now sold...

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