Incoming Gadget – Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

I’ve been a fan of the Raspberry Pi since I was initially intrugued by the size of the board, its capabilities and also its price. Admittedly, I’ve mainly used my two Pis as media centre units but have also dabbled with other uses such as motion sensing when we’re not at home and simple file …

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Google Earth Pro – Free!

Just a quick one for today. Google Earth Pro has been around for over a decade on desktop computers with its initial release all the way back in 2001 from Keyhole (which was a company funded by the CIA) under the name of EarthViewer 3D. It wasn’t until June 2005 after acquisition by Google did we see …

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Windows Insider App for Windows Phone Foreshadows Imminent Preview Release

Just a quick tip for today. If you’ve already downloaded the Phone Insider app for Windows Phone 8 you may have noticed that it seemingly went missing today from the app list. This is because it was renamed to Windows Insider to align with the name of the existing Microsoft initiative to allow access to the Windows 10 …

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New Nintendo 3DS XL Unboxing & Preview

It’s been a while since I’ve written regularly but I am back! Anyway, to kick things off again I want to share an unboxing of the latest refresh of Nintendo’s handheld console in the form of the New Nintendo 3DS XL. I had a whole stack of vouchers that I had collected during the year which …

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Grab a free copy of the Microsoft Band Field Guide

Paul Thurrott again expands the collection of his popular field guide series with his completed “Microsoft Band Field Guide”. The book concerns itself with the Microsoft’s fitness tracker and also includes information on Microsoft’s Health app and service. This field guide comes in at 69 pages and shouldn’t be an onerous read for existing or …

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ErgoFlex Space Office Chair Unboxing

Before I moved to Sydney ten years ago I had bought myself a comfortable computer chair. It had some sort of black leather-like material which had worn away over the years on the armrests due to chaffing against the desk. This had exposed the foam underneath which was starting to disappear as well. Add to that the …

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus Unboxing

Over the last couple of years it could be argued that Apple had been “overshadowed” by the advent of larger smartphones and phablets particularly in the Android ecosystem and, to a lesser extent, the Windows Phone ecosystem. However, this year Apple has responded by bumping the screen sizes of its iPhone 6 to 4.7″ and the iPhone 6 Plus …

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Product Warranties – Stick to Your Guns

Whenever we spend our hard-earned money on products such as electronics we do so with the usual expectation that those products will work for a long time to come. You may formulate that expectation based upon the brand, its reputation, the cost or other attributes of the product. In December 2013, I bought myself a …

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Aftershokz AS500 Bluez 2 Open Ear Wireless Stereo Headphones Unboxing

Bone Conduction Headphones

I have gone through a number of headphones over the years as I’ve either been interested in or required specific features, such as: noise-cancellation, Bluetooth connectivity (to use with my Lumia 1520), built-in microphone, software integration with other peripherals (i.e. keyboard and mouse). My Logitech UE9000 headphones seemed to easily cover all of those features …

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Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset Unboxing

So, the replacement for my ill-fated Logitech UE9000 headphones finally arrived in the form of the Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset and, of course, that demands an unboxing video! Given that Logitech no longer manufactured the UE9000 headphones I was offered a choice of another product up to the same value. Given that I needed a headset with …

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