Looking at a shiny new smartphone on display at a store is impressive enough, but removed from the bright lights of an electronics outlet or smartphone retailer, the sleek profiles and vivid displays of the modern smartphone are not what have made them such a universal tool in our lives.
The apps and widgets that a user chooses, such as social media services, games and informational utilities like news and traffic, are what truly makes a smartphone so smart. Together, apps and widgets work to expand the range of capabilities a smartphone has and make these advanced features more intuitive to use. Each of these types of program plays its own role in enhancing the functionality of a smartphone, and it is important for smartphone owners to understand the difference.
Mobile apps are complete and self-sustained computer programs intended for use on smartphone platforms such as iOS and Android. Apps can be free as well as paid, and represent a wide range of functionalities from entertainment to media playback to Web browsing. The term “app” refers to the full complement of features within the program, including the main content, settings and functions such as search and posting. Read more
Hammacher Schlemmer introduced the Selfie Toaster, a complete kit that allows you to have your favorite selfie on the slices of bread you have at breakfast. The product includes a toaster and custom heating inserts made of stainless steel, with your face details. Read more
While regular clocks that we all know, display the time, time clocks also record time. They are used to keep track of the hours worked by employees of a company. In the early 1900s, the first models were simply stamping the times of arrival and departure on the employee’s card, while later, in the late 20th century, mechanical time clocks became computerized. Back then, employees had to swipe a magnetic stripe card, enter a unique number, scan a barcode, or bring an RFID tag into the proximity of an RFID reader. Nowadays, time clocks have become smartclocks equipped with wireless networking, full-color touchscreen, real-time monitoring, and wireless updates. Read more
Here is a new cool product from Suck UK – the fly push pins, lovely and realistic. You can use them to play jokes to others or just to decorate the noticeboard funny. Read more
Looking for new computer peripherals and phone cases made from natural wood? Impecca just added several new products to its collection of bamboo and wood accessories. The Impecca Bluetooth Bamboo Keyboard and Bamboo and Wood iPhone and iPad cases are promoted as the first bamboo computer products available on the market. Read more
Kalt is a new mobile accessory that turns your smartphone or tablet into a thermometer. You don’t have to touch the object because the built-in sensor can read the infrared energy emitted by the object and translates it into readable temperature. You can read it in Fahrenheit, Kelvin or Celsius. Read more
If you’ve become an expert in selfies, maybe it’s time to go to the next level of photographing yourself, by capturing the beauty of your behind with a device created specifically for that. It’s called the Belfie Stick and was launched recently. Read more
Some of you maybe remember the Lumigram cushions with fiber optics fabric, which illuminate while powered by batteries. They come in many colors and look amazing if you decorate beds and sofas in dark rooms, but cost over $150. The cheaper alternative is the Remote Control Moonlight Cushion, available for £24.95 in UK. Read more
For many years I looked for something that could help me convert my old cassette tapes to a digital format until I had the chance to review the Stereo USB Cassette Capture Device. It made it easy to turn my old cassettes to MP3s and save them to the computer. The device works also as cassette player. You only need to connect it to the computer via an USB cable and start the conversion through the interface of the included software. EZCAP230 is a new device that makes things even easier. With it you only need an USB flash drive. Read more
For those who need to record something illegal without being seen, a pair or earphones with hidden camera would help if you’re disguised as a regular person. One time I did this myself but I used my phone’s camera, with the phone over the ear, pretending I was arguing with someone at the other end. The Headphone Hidden Camera allows you to record to the left or right while looking ahead. Read more