Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker – Review

Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker   Review

Inside this well-built speaker is a 4,400mAh battery which takes 5 hours to charge. Once you’ve charged it, it’ll play your tunes for a full 24 hours depending on the volume you set it at. That volume, and the sound quality, is really rather good. I just wish that I could buy this thing here in the UK. We got one on loan but you can get one in the USA for $39.99 from their website or from Amazon.com for $35.99 as I write. No UK distributor just yet.

Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker   Review

For the price this really is a great little speaker. It measures 175mm x 59mm x 56mm and outputs audio via 2 x 6w speakers. It weighs 380g and comes with a set of buttons up top which have a soft click when you press them. The power button, well – that does the power on / off. The Bluetooth button starts the pairing mode and the volume buttons do just what you expect. To skip tracks, you use the play/pause button strangely. Hit this twice to move forward a track and three times to go back one track. Press once to play / pause or answer a call.

There’s a lanyard and a microUSB cable for charging. This goes in the back after you pull back the waterproof flap. There’s also a 3.5mm port, but you’ll need your own cable for this as there isn’t one in the box. The flap, and the lanyard, is because this is waterproof. Hang it off your shower. Put it outside at a party, or while you’re camping. It’s IPX7 waterproof, which is good for spray and splashes but don’t submerge the thing.

Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker   Review

Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker   Review

A small indicator light shows whether the battery is low, if pairing is activated or if Bluetooth is operating.

Sound quality is actually pretty damned good. The bass response is nicely balanced – not overly deep but balanced with the rest of the music perfectly. The sound is so impressive for the size, highs and mids are good at all volume levels.

Gotta say, I really did like this speaker and it’s very well priced. I just wish it was available in the UK. If you’re considering this, I’d definitely recommend it.

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  • When machines cause panic

    When machines cause panic
    In a lot of countries, there’s a clever alerting system which sends texts to everyone if bad things happen. Alerts can be issued by the totally sane and completely normal US President, or by various agencies if there’s an imminent threat to life. You can receive extreme threats and severe threats, but at 08:07 (local) in Hawaii on Saturday, the brown stuff hit the fan.

    The message that appeared on phones across Hawaii was alarming and petrifying, especially considering the fact that North Korea have been building up their Nuclear arsenal and President Trump is having some sort of public meltdown on a daily basis.

    The message read…

    Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.

    It cause a wave of panic across the state, an was not corrected for a full 38 minutes. The reason, according to a subsequent investigation, is that an employee at Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency messed up during a shift change. Checks to protect against it, with screen prompts requesting confirmation, were passed through and the emergency message was sent out, causing terror and hysteria.

    When machines cause panic

    Since then, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have stated that the error was “absolutely unacceptable” and the delay in correcting the text made things worse.

    Hawaii’s Governor, David Ige, apologised afterwards, telling reporters that a member of staff had “pressed the wrong button”.

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  • CES 2018 Wrap-Up: Smart Assistants and Non-Compliant Robots

    The annual trend-setting tech extravaganza that is CES International in Las Vegas [has drawn to a close], having suffered through torrential rain, blackouts and a few uncooperative robots. And it’s clear that your voice is more important than ever.

    CES 2018 rammed home that big technology thinks voice is the next major evolution in computing. First we had the computer, then the smartphone and now voice assistants.


    Smart speakers such as Amazon’s popular Echo devices and Google’s Home, which both had a killer Christmas, are just one outlet for the artificial intelligence-powered voice assistant.


    Google reverse-ferreted from its Google own-brand strategy to follow Amazon’s led in opening up its Assistant voice system to third-parties. Manufacturers from all ends of the scale, from the high-end Danish firm Bang & Olufsen to the cheap and cheerful Anker, fired out announcements of new smart speakers. Some, such as LG, also launched so called smart displays with Google Assistant — a direct shot at Amazon’s Echo Show smart speaker with a screen.


    But while Google’s battle strategy for the home was clearly to catch up with Amazon, the market leader’s CES was quite different. Its Alexa voice assistant cropped up in things as diverse as showers, mirrors, light switches, microwave ovens and cars, clearly freed from the confines of speaker-like things — no matter whether or not anyone actually wants a voice-controlled shower.


    Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight, said: “Google, Amazon, Microsoft and others are fighting not only to cement their voice technologies, but also to ensure their assistant platforms are deeply embedded across the full spectrum of consumer electronics to maintain and deepen consumer engagement.”


    “Based on what we’ve seen so far, there’s no question that Amazon’s Alexa continues to lead the charge when it comes to voice assistant integration.”


    One place Alexa and Google have…
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    CES 2018 – Google Assistant coming to a screen near you very soon

    It seems that we are in an age where AI is all around us. We have smart speakers in our homes, AI engines in our phones, and now our cars are even starting to drive themselves autonomously. It is all becoming a bit 1984-like, just without the evil authoritarian vibes.

    I am quite pleased to see that we are all embracing the use of AI in our lives as it can, and does if implemented correctly, make things easier. CES 2018   Google Assistant coming to a screen near you very soonI have used an Amazon Echo Dot for the past few months and, whilst it is very good at interacting with voice input and feedback, I want a bit more. Now, obviously Amazon is aware of this, which is why they launched Echo Show a few months back. This is an awesome bit of kit. It does have one flaw though, in that it has not got the ability to show you Youtube videos. This is due to an ongoing dispute between Google and Amazon, which they just need to get over. If you are wanting this or you are predominantly a Google user then you have been stuffed until now.

    CES 2018   Google Assistant coming to a screen near you very soonAt CES this year we saw an abundance of Google assistant devices being launched with displays. Whilst these have not been launched by Google themselves, it is a venture being fully supported by Google.

    It is part of the reason that Google’s presence at CES this year was so vast. we have seen a few devices come out so far from Lenovo and also from LG.

    Here is a quote from Google about the launch of this new service.

    Today, we’re announcing that the Assistant is coming to smart displays. These new devices have the Google Assistant built in, and with the added benefit of a touchscreen, they can help you get even more done. You can watch videos from YouTube, video call with Google Duo, find photos from Google Photos and more. You can also get recommendations for your favorite content, right on the home screen.

    The new system will bring a lot of benefits over the more traditional voice-based assistant, as well as perform all the others tasks that these older systems can perform.

    Those benefits include being able to see and not just hear your calendar events, but being able to check the weather and latest news with a visual aspect. You can also get directions on Maps and see traffic information. One of the biggest highlights in my opinion, though, is the ability to make calls on Google Duo, something that’s just getting easier and easier.

    As I am not in Las Vegas I have not had the opportunity to get any hands-on time with the devices. I have been reading up about them and have seen a few videos on the matter including quite a good tour of the Lenovo line up from our friend Mr Mobile.

    Judging by his enthusiasm we are going to be seeing some very cool things happening with this product space in the next year. The device featured here is the Lenovo Smart Display and it will go on sale in the USA at first for $199 with wider availability later down the line.

    Hopefully, by the time MWC rolls around we will be able to get hands-on with these rather cool looking devices.Here are a few pictures of the ones that have been announced from Lg and Lenovo

    CES 2018   Google Assistant coming to a screen near you very soon
    CES 2018   Google Assistant coming to a screen near you very soon
    CES 2018   Google Assistant coming to a screen near you very soon

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  • Wanna write for us? Do it. Do it. Do it.

    We’re not like engadget, Android Authority, Pocket-mint and The Merge. Oh no, we do things in a British style-y. We write all proper-like and we like to think that there’s more interesting items on here too. Less marketing, more honesty.

    As for me, I’ve written about phones and mobile gadgets since before touchscreens existed. Back in the day we had numeric keypads and you were lucky to be able to send a picture message, never mind getting access to the internet. Since then I’ve had the honour and the privilege to work and write alongside some fantastic people, and I’ve travelled all around the world so that I can be crushed into phone launches and have tiny amounts of food fed to me on sticks. One time I got invited to China and we actually lost a fellow reporter on a very messy night out in several bars. Where did they go? Who knows, but hey – I’m sure they had a good time. Oh and let’s not mention the incident on the bus the next day, as the lady from that PR agency has probably still not lived it down.

    But we need someone like that. Someone who can write like a demon but also sometimes gets drunk and randomly disappears.

    Wanna write for us? Do it. Do it. Do it.

    Unlike those big American websites, which are backed by publishing companies and stacks of cash, we’re a little more rebellious. We’re fleeing from the Cylon Tyranny, the last Battlestar Galactica, leading a ragtag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest… to cover mobile phones and all the fun gadgets you can get.

    That ragtag fleet needs more ships though, and that’s where we need you. You my friend. We need you to find interesting geeky news, tell us what’s cool about your phone, what you can do that maybe no-one else can, and write about it here. We need people that are both geeky and crazy in equal measure. In return we can supply you with a platform and many thousands of Twitter followers. Perhaps even the odd jaunt to a product launch, perhaps a review unit, perhaps even (after over a decade of writing) you’ll get Citroen to give you a car to review.

    Wanna write for us? Do it. Do it. Do it.

    So email gears@coolsmartphone.com and tell me why you want to be part of this insanity. I’d love to hear from you. Then, still wanted by the government, you can survive as a soldier of fortune. Then, if no one else can help, and if you can find us, maybe you can be part of…. the Coolsmartphone-Team.

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  • Hello, you fool, I love you

    Hello, you fool, I love you
    Well, well, well! Welcome 2018!

    Just after Christmas I got knocked sideways by this Australian Flu thing and I’ve only just got rid of it. Put it this way, you really don’t want it. It’s bloody horrible. I’ve spent so much time in bed, and not in a good way. So now, after copious amounts of paracetamol, ibuprofen and tissues, I’m actually back at my keyboard to type some stuff.

    Oh yes, and I inexplicably have this old Roxette tune stuck in my head, so I wanted to pass it on so that it sticks in your head instead.

    So, as it’s Friday, it’s January and we’ve all got no money left, let’s have a look at some deals shall we ? musicMagpie have got some iPhone 6s handsets for sale. They range in quality and capacity, but you can get a “good” (moderate signs of wear and tear) Vodafone iPhone 6s 16GB model for just £171. An unlocked one is £189 and you can get silver Vodafone ones for just £207. If you whack in the code “TECH-10” it’ll bring the price down.

    They have the iPhone SE in Rose Gold (16GB) for £153 or the iPhone 6s Plus for £225. You can also get an unlocked iPhone 5s (16GB silver, unlocked) for a mere £90. All handsets have free delivery, a 14 day return policy and 12 month warranty. Apparently you can get the batteries swapped out under warranty if you find them going flat too quickly out-of-the-box. Head to musicMagpie.co.uk for all the deals.

    One final thing, don’t forget that Virgin Media (sitting on the EE masts) are offering a stonking 20GB of datafor £15 on their SIM-only deals right now. Whack that into an unlocked iPhone and you’re laughing.

    And now, I leave you with this…

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  • Facebook Overhauls Feeds To Bring Less News, More Sharing

    Facebook is changing what its users will see to highlight posts they are most likely to engage with and make time spent on social media more “meaningful.”

    By cutting back on items that Facebook users tend to passively consume, the change could hurt news organizations and other businesses that rely on Facebook to share their content.

    The idea is to help users to connect with people they care about, not make them feel depressed and isolated.

    “The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post Thursday.

    “We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health. On the other hand, passively reading articles or watching videos — even if they’re entertaining or informative — may not be as good.”

    Shares of Facebook slid more than 5 percent to $177.31 in premarket trading Friday after the change was unveiled.

    Under the revised regime, there will be fewer posts from brands, pages and media companies and more from people. There will be fewer videos, which Facebook considers “passive.” People will likely spend less time on Facebook as a result, the company says.

    That’s because even if people read such content on Facebook, they don’t necessarily comment or interact with it in other ways.

    But Facebook gave scant details about how it would define what’s “meaningful.”

    The changes could shrink the social media giant’s role as a major news source for many people.

    “It’s in the same direction that Facebook has been pursuing for a while: offering a place for discussion among individuals, a community space, rather than being a news source,” said Oh Se-uk, a senior researcher on digital news at the Korea Press Foundation.

    “It wants people who have been friends…
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    The Internet of What? Tech Gadgets We Didn't Know We Needed

    Today’s vision of a smart home has more to do with what’s technologically possible than what people really need. Thus the endless parade of internet-connected wine openers, water bottles, meat thermometers and refrigerators, and a dearth of automation that would clean and fold our laundry, pick up things around the house or assist aging people as their physical strength wanes.

    Not that some tinkerers aren’t trying to come up with life-changing tools, often while trying to persuade consumers to share their routines and shopping habits to make all this work — and potentially opening the doors to hacking or surveillance in their homes.

    The annual CES gadget show, which opened in Las Vegas on Tuesday, is a showcase of the latest innovations from big corporations and tiny startups. Some of these inventions could soon be useful to consumers. Others look outlandishly impractical — or maybe it’s too soon to tell.

    The Internet of What?

    Want to book an Uber ride from your fridge? Samsung has you covered with one of its latest refrigerator models unveiled in Vegas. Of if you’re looking for a water bottle that “helps celebrate when you’ve met your hydration goals,” the internet-connected Hidrate Spark 2.0 has arrived.

    You can command a Whirlpool microwave to switch settings with your voice, but per regulations, you still have to walk over to push the button to start it (and of course put food in and out). A meat thermometer made by Apption Labs will send a notification to your phone app when your steak is fully barbecued.

    It’s unlikely that anyone but the most extreme wine connoisseur will need to track wine-preserving argon gas levels in a half-finished bottle of pinot noir. But a maker of bottle-opening gadgetry, Coravin, lets you do just that. The device needles wine out of a bottle without pulling the…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Windows 10 Preview Tinkers With Do-Not-Disturb Feature, Edge

    Microsoft has pushed out a new preview build of Windows 10 to fast ring testers containing quite a number of changes, including work on the operating system’s do-not-disturb feature, and further tinkering with the Edge browser.


    Build 17074 beefs up the Quiet Hours feature which, when turned on, prevents the user from being interrupted because they’re busy working hard (or perhaps gaming hard), only allowing notifications to come through from ?EU?important’ contacts or apps (and blocking the rest).


    With the new preview build, you can set your own schedule for when Quiet Hours kicks in — and customize the relevant priority list to make sure notifications from important sources always get through.


    Quiet Hours also engages automatically when you are playing a full-screen game, or when you’re duplicating your display (so that you won’t be interrupted during a presentation). These are certainly nifty added touches.

    Edging Forward


    Microsoft has made another bunch of improvements to the Edge browser, including an overhauled Hub view that displays more content, and is more intuitive to use.


    Edge has also got the ability to save and auto-fill credit (or debit) card details on website payment forms, with Microsoft noting that card information is securely saved (if you request the browser to do so). Also, the CVV security number on the rear of the card is never saved.


    Furthermore, reading ebooks in Edge — as well as PDF files and web pages in Reading View — has been much improved with new Fluent Design elements introduced to improve aesthetics and generally streamline the experience. It’s now possible to enjoy ebooks or Reading View pages in full-screen, too.


    Microsoft also modified the Start menu to show links to the Documents and Pictures folders by default.

    Nearly-There-Share


    The Near Share feature that allows you to easily wirelessly share files between PCs in close proximity — it’s basically…
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    Republicans Don't Want U.S. Gov Using Huawei, ZTE Equipment

    A new bill introduced by Texas Representative Michael Conaway (R) would prevent any part of the U.S government from using equipment from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE. The “Defending U.S. Government Communications Act” (H.R. 4747) explicitly prohibits the government from “using or contracting with an entity that uses certain telecommunications services or equipment” from Huawei and ZTE. Conaway cited a number of reports that link both companies to China’s communist party as the chief reason for introducing the bill. The idea is to protect the security of government communications, according to Conaway. Last year, ZTE was hit with a temporary ban after it was discovered the company supplied some equipment to Iran in violation of international sanctions. Just this week, Huawei’s plans to distribute its Mate 10 Pro flagship device via AT&T fell apart due to government pressure. Huawei is the world’s third-largest maker of smartphones and the world’s number one maker of telecommunications equipment. Representative Elizabeth Cheney (R) from Wyoming co-sponsored the bill. The bill will need to approved by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform before it can be sent to the House for a vote.

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