Land of Technology http://landoftechnology.com Technology based News, View & Reviews Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:05:45 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 http://landoftechnology.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/cropped-Tech_Character_Finish-32x32.png Land of Technology http://landoftechnology.com 32 32 41474898 6-Axis Mini Quadcopter Drone with Camera http://landoftechnology.com/2015/6-axis-mini-quadcopter-drone-with-camera/ http://landoftechnology.com/2015/6-axis-mini-quadcopter-drone-with-camera/#respond Mon, 18 May 2015 11:00:08 +0000 http://landoftechnology.com/?p=34975 Whether we like it or not, remote controlled drones are here to stay. Whether it’s a drone used by a government for surveillance / destruction or whether is’a drone used by the average hobbyist photographer to get the perfect shot of a large group, it’s safe to say that these flying technological wonders are in hot demand.

I have, for a long time, wanted to own a drone. I’m not a photographer and I don’t work for any government department however I love gadgets and for most gadget obsessives these things are the ultimate grown up toy (yes, I called it a toy). The problem for most folk though, including myself, is the cost of these things. Admittedly you can pick up a mini-drone for under £20 in most places however if you’re gonna buy one that you don’t want other people to class as a toy then you start to look towards the affordable ones with a camera, just like this one.

The 6-Axis Mini Quadcopter Drone with Camera from MobileFun is manufactured by Chinese company Hua Xiang Toys however you will struggle to find that information out without doing a deep internet search on some of the part numbers included in the kit. This is likely due to the fact that these can be bought in mass quantities and personalised.

Build Quality

If you are paying £39.99 for a product then you expect that it’s robust and solid enough to take the bumps and bashes that comes with being a beginner drone pilot. Whilst the main body of the unit is made of mid-grade plastics, the bumper that protects the drone (and can be removed) is made of a very weak plastic. Within the first few flights I had already damaged the bumpers and had to remove them.

This wouldn’t be an issue however if you were an experienced pilot as the bumpers add weight to the drone and strangely make it more difficult to fly overall.

Overall I would describe the build quality as fragile. Despite it being more robust that it looks and feels, I couldn’t help feel that I was going to damage it every time I lifted it.

Camera

The on-board camera for this drone is just 0.3 Megapixels and is capable only of recording (no still images are possible) with the use of a Micro-SD card which slots into an area above the battery.

The quality of the recordings are decent enough if not a little jumpy and glitchy at times. The good news is that with a 8GB card on board you can capture loads of footage (where the battery allows).

6-axis-mini-quadcopter-drone-with-camera-p50289-aThe camera is not set to auto-record or record at all times, it is activated via a button on the remote control and can be switched off at any time in our out of flight.

Flight Control

One of the hardest things on any non GPS assisted drone, despite how easy people make it look, is flight control. Whilst it’s very easy to take off and land (if even with a bump) the actual flying of the drone is a very tricky thing to master.

The hand held controller for this specific drone is far better than those supplied by similar drones such as the Hubsan 4 and allows for better management of the drone whilst in air.

Battery Life

This genuinely has to be my biggest gripe with the drone, you shouldn’t expect any more than around 10 minutes flight time on a fully charged battery and should buy spares to carry with you if you intend to be out and about.

Buying spares is another issue, make sure you get the right ones otherwise they wont fit inside the battery compartment and will stick out badly affecting the balance of the drone (that will struggle to be offset with controls).

Conclussion

The 6-Axis Mini Quadcopter Drone with Camera is one of the most fun gadgets I have used in a long time. Admittedly it is cheap however for £39.99 you really are getting what you paid for. The alternative option is to go out and buy a Hubsan 4X (which is almost identical to this) however though the pricing is the same, the remote control unit on this one is far better and has more options for control.

I would fully recommend this device to anyone starting out and whilst £39.99 may still seem like a lot of money for some people, don’t be tempted to by one of the mini drones over this one.

 

 

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Amazon Fire TV Stick now available in the UK With Strange Price Points http://landoftechnology.com/2015/amazon-fire-tv-stick-now-available-in-the-uk-with-strange-price-points/ http://landoftechnology.com/2015/amazon-fire-tv-stick-now-available-in-the-uk-with-strange-price-points/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:11:39 +0000 http://landoftechnology.com/?p=34950 Streaming media is 100% the way forward in life, the demise of the DVD for most people is a welcomed one as more and more service providers release stand alone hardware to allow you to stream media content from various sources.

In the UK we have always been left behind in the hardware sense by Roku, Apple and Google who are the major leaders in this field. Today sees the introduction of a third major player in Amazon who, after waiting almost a year, are releasing their Amazon Fire TV Stick.

The stick itself is priced at £35 and will ship from the 15th of April 2015 though that price point will drop to £19 for existing Amazon Prime members and £7 (wtf) for new Amazon Prime subscribers for just two days (starting today). Sadly though, if you want the remote you’re still gonna have to pay £24.99 for it.

I have reached out to Amazon to query the pricing which seems a little off to me and will update this post and our social media when I get a response.

Amazon Fire TV Stick Now Available in the UK: The Most Powerful Streaming Media Stick Brings Popular Films and TV Shows to your HDTV—just £35

Powerful hardware—dual-core processor, 2x the memory of Chromecast, dual-band, dual-antenna (MIMO) Wi-Fi, and exclusive features like ASAP for instant streaming

Vast selection of the most popular video and music services, including Prime Instant Video, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Sky News, Demand 5, YouTube.com, Spotify and more for access to shows like Transparent, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, and The Wire—plus a great selection of films and TV episodes to rent or buy from Amazon Instant Video

Best of both worlds: included remote control means simple and easy navigation, plus you can use your compatible phone as a remote with the free Fire TV Remote app for iOS and Android that includes voice search

Simple and easy to use—features Amazon Fire TV’s award-winning user interface—just plug it in, connect to Internet and you’re ready to stream in minutes

The number of video services and games on Amazon Fire TV in the UK has doubled in just seven months, with more being added every week

For two days only: Amazon Prime members get Fire TV Stick for only £19; customers who aren’t yet Prime members can sign up for a new annual Amazon Prime membership and get Fire TV Stick for just £7 after a refund

Luxembourg—24th March, 2015—Less than seven months ago, Amazon introduced Amazon Fire TV in the UK—and it quickly became the #1 streaming media box on Amazon.co.uk. Today, Amazon is bringing the same experience customers love about Amazon Fire TV—ease of use, great performance, and vast selection—to a smaller and even more affordable device. Introducing Fire TV Stick, a small stick that connects to the HDMI port on your HDTV for easy access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games. Fire TV Stick is available to pre-order for just £35 starting today at www.amazon.co.uk/firetvstick and will ship on 15th April. For two days only, Amazon Prime members can order Fire TV Stick for only £19; customers who are new to Prime can sign up for a new annual membership and get Fire TV Stick for just £7 after a refund.

 

“When we launched Amazon Fire TV in the UK last September, it quickly became our fastest-selling Amazon device,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder and CEO. “We’re excited to introduce Fire TV Stick in the UK. Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick available, with a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, dual-band and dual-antenna Wi-Fi, included remote control, voice search with our free mobile app, and an open ecosystem. The team has packed a huge amount of power and selection into an incredible price point—Fire TV Stick is just £35.”

 

Here’s what reviewers in the U.S. are saying about Fire TV Stick:

 

–          “The streaming TV gadget is faster, with more memory and storage than the competition. It also comes with a remote control, and the app even lets you speak to search for shows.” – CNN Money

–          “Turn any TV into a smart TV by plugging this tiny device in to your TV’s HDMI port to quickly and easily stream content. Consider it the final nail in the coffins of DVDs, CDs, and other plastic bric-a-brac clogging up your entertainment center.” – Entertainment Weekly

–          “…the interface, speed of the device and its integration with stuff like Amazon Music and Amazon’s photo stuff makes it a really compelling offering. In my limited time with the Amazon Streaming Stick, I’ve found it to be faster than both the Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick.” – Mashable 

–          “It’s an ideal media streamer for Amazon Prime members, and even if you don’t subscribe to the online retailer’s catch-all premium service it still offers a compelling selection of apps and features, earning it our Editors’ Choice.” – PC Magazine

 

Fire TV Stick delivers easy access to a vast selection of content, including the most popular streaming and catch-up services such as Prime Instant Video, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, BBC News, BBC Sport, Sky News, Curzon Home Cinema, STV Player and more. The number of video services and games available on Amazon Fire TV in Europe has doubled in just seven months, with more services and games being added every week. You can also rent or purchase over 50,000 popular films and TV episodes from Amazon Instant Video, which has a great selection of films to rent or buy, including new releases and blockbusters. Plus, Prime members enjoy unlimited streaming of over 15,000 popular films and TV shows such as Vikings, Ripper Street, Alpha House, Bosch, and Golden Globe winner Transparent. Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick combine the best content from Amazon and the best content from the other video services customers know and love.

 

Amazon Fire TV Stick features:

 

  • The most powerful streaming media stick—Dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB storage for fast and fluid navigation and search results. Fire TV Stick has 50% more processing power and 2x the memory of Chromecast. Higher processing power and memory result in faster and more fluid navigation, plus more storage for apps and games. It delivers stunning 1080p HD video and immersive audio with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.
  • Small and portable—All of the power of Fire TV Stick comes in an incredibly small package—it is the size of a pack of gum. Fire TV Stick is also the first of the major streaming media players to include support for captive portal web authentication without the need for any additional software, allowing for seamless streaming in major popular hotel chains and some universities.
  • Simple to set-up and easy to use—Arrives pre-registered so you can simply plug it in, connect to the Internet and start streaming in minutes. Features the same fast and fluid user interface as Amazon Fire TV, with big, beautiful images and easy-to-discover content.
  • Includes a remote control—Customers have said they want to use a remote control, not just their phones, to watch TV. Use the included remote to easily navigate and discover movies, TV shows, apps, and games.
  • Free Fire TV Remote App (with Voice Search)—If you prefer to navigate using your phone as a remote control, the Fire TV Remote App for Fire phone, Fire tablets, Android phones and iPhone lets you navigate and manage playback from your phone. The app also features voice search that actually works—it is powered by the same voice search engine as Amazon Fire TV, enabling you to simply speak the name of a movie, TV show, actor, director, or genre into your phone, and you’re done.
  • Fast, reliable streaming—Fire TV Stick features dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi with MIMO for fast and reliable streaming.
  • Instant streaming with ASAP—No more waiting for your movies and TV shows to buffer—ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) learns which Amazon movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and buffers them for playback before you even hit play, so videos start instantly.
  • Fling movies and TV shows from your phone or tablet—Fling movies and TV shows from your Second Screen-enabled Fire tablet or Fire phone to Fire TV Stick, turning your TV into the primary screen and freeing up your phone or tablet to provide playback controls, a customized display for X-Ray, or simply a place to email, browse the web, and more, while you watch a movie. Fire TV Stick supports standards like DIAL so you can also fling services like Netflix from your Android phone or iPhone.
  • Mirror your phone or tablet display—Wirelessly mirror your tablet display to your Fire TV Stick from Fire tablets, Fire phone, and Miracast-enabled phones or tablets—without any additional apps or software.
  • X-Ray for movies and TV shows—Using Second Screen on your Fire tablet or Fire phone, you can see X-Ray information as your movie or TV show plays on your TV via Fire TV Stick. See information about cast and crew, the names of songs as they play, as well as a list of music in the movie or TV show, trivia items in context with the action on the screen, and character backstories so you can easily remind yourself of the character’s history. X-Ray is exclusive to Amazon and is powered by IMDb.
  • Great for casual gaming—Play your favourite casual games like Monsters University, Ski Safari, Terraria, Crossy Road and Flappy Birds Family.
  • Personal photos and videos—Play slide shows and choose your favourite album for the screen-saver on Fire TV Stick. Photos or videos you take on your phone or tablet can be automatically uploaded to Amazon Cloud Drive, so they appear on your Fire TV Stick.
  • Music in your living room—Listen to music from popular streaming services like Spotify and TuneIn as well as your full collection of music in your Amazon Music Library. Simply upload your music or purchase from Amazon and it will be stored automatically in the Amazon Cloud and available on Fire TV Stick.
  • Whispersync—Amazon’s Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes your video and music library across all of your devices. Start watching a movie on your phone or tablet, and when you get home, pick up where you left off on your TV. For games that support Whispersync, your place in the game will also sync across devices, so you can always pick up where you left off.

Fire TV Stick is available starting today for just £35—customers can pre-order at www.amazon.co.uk/firetvstick, and it will start shipping on 15th April. Fire TV Stick will also be available at Argos, John Lewis and Tesco.

For two days only, Amazon Prime members can pre-order Fire TV Stick for only £19 on Amazon.co.uk. Customers who are new to Prime can sign up for an annual Amazon Prime membership, order Fire TV Stick for just £19 and later receive a refund of £12—meaning the final cost of Fire TV Stick will be just £7.

Customers can also choose to upgrade to the Amazon Fire TV Voice Remote for an additional £24.99.

 

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Installing missing Windows Store apps Win10 Technical Preview http://landoftechnology.com/2015/installing-missing-windows-store-apps-win10-technical-preview/ http://landoftechnology.com/2015/installing-missing-windows-store-apps-win10-technical-preview/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:02:41 +0000 http://landoftechnology.com/?p=34939 If you’re using the Windows 10 Technical Preview you may have noticed many of the apps in the Windows Store are missing from the Beta version of the app. Specifically I was looking for Wordament and Snap Attack. Neither were available in the Windows Store (Beta) on Windows 10, but that’s not enough to stop me from testing alternate installation routes.

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Exploring other alternatives, I found there is a solid way to get at least some if not all apps available to Windows 8 users on Windows 10. Here are the steps I took to get both of these games to install on the Technical Preview.

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First, I did a Google search for the app in question. This will bring up the app developer’s website. Almost every Windows app developer will have download links for different platforms. Most importantly, look for the link to the Windows Store.

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Clicking on the link will bring you to a different webpage. Also, assuming the developer has the link set up correctly, it should open up the Windows Store. It seems links supersede whatever the Windows Store has available by default. This means even though searching for Wordament in the store drew a blank I still had a way to direct the store to the proper destination.

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Clicking install should present you with a window like this. The installation is successful! Now all that’s left to do is to launch the application from your PC, or in my case Bootcamped Mac.

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As you can see, this worked perfectly for both of the apps in question. They launch (in windowed mode, as expected) with no flaws and play just fine. Hopefully this will work for whatever apps you folks wish to enjoy although they’re “unavailable” on the Windows 10 Store Beta. If you have any tips for us, please let us know either in the comments or email me at scottkenyon@landofdroid.com.

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[GUIDE] How to Bootcamp Windows 10 Technical Preview http://landoftechnology.com/2015/guide-how-to-bootcamp-windows-10-technical-preview/ Wed, 04 Feb 2015 22:53:44 +0000 http://landoftechnology.com/?p=34917 I haven’t done any sort of computer projects in awhile. For the sake of getting one under my belt and not being rusty, I decided to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview on my 2012 Mac Mini using the Boot Camp Assistant. This wasn’t without it’s hangups, but I’m posting this from the Windows partition just fine.

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I chose to Boot Camp rather than run a VBOX (Virtual Box, Virtual Machine, etc.) because I want the peak performance I can get out of any computer. Running Windows in a window will hurt everything performance-wise overall. This is no bueno.

Starting this I figured it would be a walk in the park, however it was not to be. Whenever we work with Windows on a computer we have to be ready to figure out the workarounds and deal with the issues that arise. Using Mac hardware, this should be foreseeable.

Now that it’s all over and done and the system is working normally I can give you the steps I took to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview on my Mac Mini. Please don’t do this if you aren’t a computer person. There may be dragons. Things may be broken. This isn’t a daily driver operating system.

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The Good Stuff

Materials Needed:

  • A Mac. I used a 2012 Mac Mini with a dual core i5 and 16GB RAM. If your system varies, you may have problems I don’t describe here. Don’t fret if you do, just figure them out the way I did and post a guide on the internet for other folks.
  • The Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO. Get it from a legitimate source.
  • A USB drive that has at least 8GB of storage. Decompressed the ISO is over 6GB in size.
  • Time. If you don’t have a few or more hours, don’t bother with this.
  • Patience. As Chef Boyardee says, good food takes time. So does working on computers.
  1. Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview. I used the Microsoft Insider site as my source for the ISO. Do yourself the favor and don’t download operating systems from sources that may not be legit.
  2. Format your USB drive. It really doesn’t matter how as it will get reformatted later. I just like to be on the safe side. I used Disk Utility to format it to ExFAT.
  3. Start Boot Camp Assistant.
  4. Click continue and on the next step, ensure all the boxes are checked. This is very important.
  5. Continue through the prompts. When prompted, select your Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO.
  6. When prompted, select the amount of space you would like to dedicate to the Windows partition on your hard disk. Ensure you leave enough space on your OS X partition to continue using that but also allow some elbow room on your Windows side. I am using a 256GB SSD and gave 100GB to Windows. YMMV.
  7. Allow the wizard to continue and restart the computer. This is where the fun may begin.
  8. Attempt to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Do not choose Upgrade unless you already have a Boot Camped version of Windows on the drive.
  9. If you do not choose upgrade, select the volume in the Windows Disk Utility (FDISK) that corresponds to the size you selected for the Windows partition. If all goes well,CONGRATULATIONS! If not, please continue reading this guide. All didn’t go well for me. If you are met with a message stating Windows needs a NTFS partition the next few steps are likely useless, but try anyway.
  10. Try using FDISK to format the partition. This is probably futile, but it’s quick and worth a shot for an easy fix. If it works that’s great, but it probably won’t.
  11. If this fails, shut the computer off. Reboot holding the option key and select your Mac OS X drive to get back into a computer that’s actually usable.
  12. Launch Boot Camp Assistant again and select the option to remove the Windows install. This is ok to do, it won’t harm your USB drive.
  13. Launch Disk Utility and click on your now recombined hard drive. Don’t click on theVOLUME click on the DRIVE ITSELF which should be at the very top.
  14. Click on the Partitions tab and make a new partition equal to the amount of space you were going to give the Windows partition during step 6. ENSURE YOU PARTITION THIS AS EMPTY SPACE AND NOT IN ANY FORMAT.
  15. When that’s done, reboot the computer holding the option key and select EFI BOOT for your boot option.
  16. You should now be able to select the stand alone Windows install and install it directly to the empty space.
  17. After the Windows 10 Technical Preview boots up and finishes installing, things will probably be pretty broken. They were for me. I didn’t have Wifi or several other drivers. On that USB stick you made there’s a bootcamp folder. Go to that in file explorer and run the setup file there. That should fix all that nonsense.
  18. Enjoy having a reason to boot into OS X. Windows isn’t as bad as it used to be, but it’s no Mac.
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Garmin Unveil The Vívofit Fitness Band http://landoftechnology.com/2014/garmin-unvelil-the-vivofit-fitness-band/ http://landoftechnology.com/2014/garmin-unvelil-the-vivofit-fitness-band/#respond Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:32:48 +0000 http://landoftechnology.com/?p=34743 In 1989 Gary Burrell and Min Kao created Garmin with the intent of providing the work with cutting edge satellite navigation and Global Positioning Systems and today the global leader takes a step into a new business area which many would not have seen coming.

The new Garmin vívofit is a  wearable fitness band not to dissimilar to the technology of the Nike Fuelband and the Fitbit 

Priced at £99.99 and looking (if I’m honest) rather cheap and tacky the vívofit will have a long uphill struggle if it’s to compete in what’s become a very aggressive market space.

Garmin vívofit’s features include:

  • Personalised daily goals
  • 24/7 wearable and waterproof soft band
  • One year battery life
  • Display showing: time, steps, distance, calories and how you are progressing towards your daily goal
  • Compatible with a heart rate monitor
  • Inactivity monitor
  • Sleep tracking
  • Wireless sync with Garmin Connect for a complete overview of progress

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Your body’s new best friend

Garmin vívofit – A Fitness Band That Moves at the Pace of Your Life


The NEW Garmin vívofit is the only fitness band which learns about your activity levels and then sets you personalised goals. Designed to turn good intentions into lifelong habits your vívofit tracks your progress and reminds you when it’s time to move. Featuring a unique, curved display that always stays on, it measures everything from the number of steps you have taken and the distance you have covered to the calories you have burned and how you are progressing towards your daily goal. It also tells the time and can even monitor the quality of your sleep. Vívofit’s user replaceable batteries last over one year and vívofit is water-resistant (50m), as well as being compatible with ANT+™ heart rate monitors for fitness activities.

Vívofit doesn’t judge or preach, it is designed to move at the pace of your life – gradually nudging you towards a healthier lifestyle.  It tracks your progress and reminds you when you’ve been sitting for too long with a discreet red bar display, and to find out how well you slept, just set the sleep mode before you go to bed.

Vívofit’s lightweight, waterproof and comfy, curved design means that you can wear it just about anywhere – even in the shower – and with batteries that last for a year, you don’t need to worry about recharging it.

With the touch of a button, you can wirelessly sync vívofit with Garmin Connect – Garmin’s online community – to see a complete picture of your progress, including weight loss, which you can either keep private or share with others. Vívofit can also be used with a heart monitor, providing invaluable information whether you are a serious athlete or concerned about your overall level of fitness.

Available from March 2014, vívofit is available in black, purple, teal, blue and slate and comes with both a small and a large adjustable bracelet.


Garmin vívofit’s features include:

·         Personalised daily goals

·         24/7 wearable and waterproof soft band

·         One year battery life

·         Display showing: time, steps, distance, calories and how you are progressing towards your daily goal

·         Compatible with a heart rate monitor

·         Inactivity monitor

·         Sleep tracking

·         Wireless sync with Garmin Connect for a complete overview of progress

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Xbox Video now available on Windows Phone http://landoftechnology.com/2013/xbox-video-now-available-on-windows-phone/ http://landoftechnology.com/2013/xbox-video-now-available-on-windows-phone/#respond Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:24:41 +0000 http://landoftechnology.com/?p=34739 Streaming media is now in the forefront of everyone’s faces and no matter if your platform is Android, Apple, BlackBerry* or Windows Phone you have access to a wide range of choices from Netflix through to the platforms own stores.

Microsoft have today announced that they have released Xbox Video to the Windows Phone platform.

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In terms of cost there is little difference from the Xbox Video store to any other platform so it’s decision time, where do you want all your movies stored?

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Now people can truly take their movies and TV shows with them wherever they go. Stream from the cloud or download their favorite movie or TV episodes to their phone to watch them offline. They can rent or buy the newest hit movies or search for classics from the massive catalog with the first video-on-demand app for Windows Phone 8. They’ll even get Rotten Tomatoes ratings and Metacritic scores right to their phone.

 

Xbox Video on Windows Phone 8 also delivers countless TV shows. With a Season Pass, brand new episodes are automatically added to your collections so you don’t miss a scene from your favorite new shows. Or catch up with every episode from past seasons and relive the glory days of your favorite shows from years past.

With Xbox Video, your collection follows you from screen to screen in the cloud. For example, you can buy and start a movie or TV show from XboxVideo.com or Xbox Video on a Windows 8.1 tablet, and continue watching on your Xbox One, Xbox 360 or Windows Phone 8. And with Xbox SmartGlass, you get a richer viewing experience that isn’t found anywhere else. Xbox SmartGlass integrated with Xbox Video for Xbox One and Xbox 360 offers second-screen experiences with bonus content and exclusive extras, serves as a remote control, and gives you new ways to interact with whatever you’re watching.

Xbox Video is a free download in the Windows Phone Store today, and don’t forget to check out our new Web store at XboxVideo.com.

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Doro PhoneEasy 622 Review http://landoftechnology.com/2013/doro-phoneeasy-622-review/ http://landoftechnology.com/2013/doro-phoneeasy-622-review/#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:00:21 +0000 http://landoftechnology.com/?p=34710  

Take yourself back to a time when mobile phones had standby times of around 16 days and clamshell designs were not only cool but they were must have. You’re there now? Great! Well let’s begin…

A number of months ago I started to took at look at some of the offerings that Doro had, to see where their place in the market was and also to see what technology was available to those who either weren’t able to use a smart phone or those that simply didn’t want to use one.

In my findings I was pleasantly surprised to see that Doro not only offered a great solution to people in the categories above but in fact they were designing them with those very people in heart and mind.

When Doro announced that they had planned to release a 3G compatible handset that could be managed from the cloud using Doro Experience Manager I was desperate to get hands on with it, simply because until now, the phones that I had used in the Doro range where completely opposite to this.

Could Doro modernise their range to feature today’s technologies without ruining their brand reputation and the ease of use they build their name upon?

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  • Doro PhoneEasy 622 Handset
  • 800 mAh Battery
  • Phone Charging Dock
  • Phone Lanyard
  • Earphones
  • Micro USB Cable
  • 3 Pin UK Charging Adapter

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[toggle title=”Design & Build Quality” state=”open” ]The handset is manufactured from a base of strong  plastics and is nothing short of being solid. Designed in a clamshell form the handset features soft rubber keys throughout excluding the volume control keys which are made of plastic.
The downside to the design (depending on viewpoint) is the battery cover which is fairly difficult to remove.

In terms of aesthetics, Doro have really raised the bar with this one starting from the front of the device which features a front facing camera, LED Torch (flash), LED SMS Indicator, LED Battery Indicator and a secondary display.

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[toggle title=”Display” state=”open” ]The PhoneEasy 622 features 1 LED display on the front of the camera which is used for displaying call details / the time and 1 LCD on the inside with a 320 x 240 resolution on a 49 x 36 screen.

The icons neither look pixelated nor “weird” which is a problems that some phones with this resolution and size have. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Performance” state=”open” ]The one good thing that phones of this nature offer is that they out perform almost every other handset on the market, not just in battery but also in UI performance (though the same can’t be said for web).

Owing to the fact that the handset was designed to work with the hardware it was given is clearly seen throughout the device as it never stumbles or freezes just like the old faithful Nokia devices we were once used to.

The battery life is something else, having a whopping 16 days standby time and a 10 hour talk time you simply can’t fault it.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”User Interface” state=”open” ]The Doro interface is special and I mean that in the best possible way. Designed completely with the end user in mind it offers the ability to have certain features removed from usage such as camera, internet, radio and more.

This design truly offers a unique end user experience and is not only simplistic to navigate but also simplistic to manage.

One of the best feature of the handset is the Doro Experience® Manager which allows a device manager (person) to log onto the service via the web and manage the handset remotely by having the ability to add or remove specially selected applications, share photos, gain access to informative and entertaining web radio, bookmark favourite websites and much more. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Still and Video Camera Performance” state=”open” ]The phone has a single 2MP camera which is used for video, still and video calls. Sadly the camera is the one part of the phone that I feel could be better.

The images are grainy both in still and video mode and you have to take the phone a good distance away from the object in order to fit it in as seen on the images below.

Standard Distance from Object

Though the camera itself is fairly poor it’s worth noting that the features of the camera itself aren’t too bad. With a 4x digital zoom and up to a + and – 2 on white balance I was a little surprised. The camera and video also make use of the LED Torch on the phone for use as a flash on stills or as a light during video shoots.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Good Points” state=”open” ]

  • Design and weight
  • LCD Screen
  • Accessories
  • Battery Life
  • Doro Experience Manager
  • UI

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[toggle title=”Bad Points” state=”open” ]

  • Camera

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[toggle title=”Conclusion” state=”open” ]At the top of the review I asked “could Doro modernise their range to feature today’s technologies without ruining their brand reputation and the ease of use they build their name upon?” well the short answer to that is yes.

The addition of 3G to this handset has only gone to prove that you can still have all the modern delights of a colour screen, 3G internet speeds and a decent battery life if you take away the need for touch screen and intelligent (or even dumb) apps.

Of course the above statement makes it sound like the big players could take a leaf out of Doro’s book however sadly in a world that’s driven by powerful CPU’s and a need for RAM this could never be the case though they are proof that such designs still have a market.

Taking away from the market that this phone was designed for this handset is more than useful. Though the price it sit’s at just now is a little on the high side for an emergency or spare phone I would seriously consider this (as a smartphone user) to be a necessity in my car (along with a topped up PAYG sim card).

In terms of the market it was designed for, you really won’t get a better phone and though we only score it 8.2 the handset exceeded our expectations and will receive a Land of Technology recommendation. [/toggle]

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Kickstarter: Flutter: $20 Wireless Arduino with half mile (1km) range http://landoftechnology.com/2013/kickstarter-flutter-20-wireless-arduino-with-half-mile-1km-range/ http://landoftechnology.com/2013/kickstarter-flutter-20-wireless-arduino-with-half-mile-1km-range/#respond Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:23:22 +0000 http://landoftechnology.com/?p=34695 WiFi coverage has long been one of my huge annoyances, I hate the fact that you can be in one room of your house with a perfect signal and move to another then lost it all or when you move to sit in the garden you are too far away from your router to get a signal.

It seems that some super geeky geeks have managed to pull off a WiFi emitter that has a whopping distance of  a 1/2 mile, which if you look at the image below is a huge distance.

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The project has a minimum donation of $25 which gets you one of the cool new toys or a t-shirt if you choose to have one, or if you live outside the US as the wireless radio inside them simply doesn’t work anywhere else.

Take a look at the kickstarter project, I know I’ll be backing if they get it to work in the UK.

Kickstarter!

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Chromecast App Now in iTunes http://landoftechnology.com/2013/chromecast-app-now-in-itunes/ http://landoftechnology.com/2013/chromecast-app-now-in-itunes/#respond Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:41:57 +0000 http://landoftechnology.com/?p=34688 It’s been a little over a month now since people were rushing out to buy themselves a Google Chromecast however one of the complaints was the lack of support for Apple devices.

iTunes Chromecast

Today that complaint was solved and Google released the Chromecast application for iOS.

From what I can see the app works the exact same on iOS as it does on Android which is testament to the work Google have put into the product.

iTunes Link

Via: I4U

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Yahoo Rolling Out Redesign http://landoftechnology.com/2013/yahoo-rolling-out-redesign/ http://landoftechnology.com/2013/yahoo-rolling-out-redesign/#respond Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:29:25 +0000 http://landoftechnology.com/?p=34684 Yahoo for a long time now have been fighting an almost loosing battle against Google for search engine traffic and as part of a new strategy which will see them unveil a brand new logo in around 9 days time, they will also re-design their a lot of their site.

It’s hard to say if a redesign is enough to shift the goalposts or bring traffic to the site however it’s worth saying that Yahoo’s latest apps are really nice and if this is a thing of the how Yahoo will be moving forward then it may well be worth looking at.

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