Video review – The Wallet Slayer

Video review   The Wallet Slayer
Last month I took a look at the Wallet Slayer cases from SilkSmartish. You can find them on Amazon USA too, but if you buy from their site, they’ll do international shipping.

Video review   The Wallet Slayer

However, I wanted to show you how these cases worked, because you can carry your cards (up to three) and money in the back without it all falling out and without needing a folio-style folding case. They’re really rather cool, and today I managed to get myself a Samsung Galaxy S10e, a Samsung Galaxy S10 and a Samsung Galaxy S10+ to test these cases with. Well, sort-of. Either way, these are cases that will protect your phone and will stop you needing a wallet. Prices start at $14.99 and you can head to this section on their website to get all the S10 versions before selecting your colour finish.

Video review   The Wallet Slayer

The cases have a neat trick up their sleeve, as you’ll see in the video, in that you can use a card to prop up your phone and watch a film. Good added feature that…

I tried these with 3 cards and they were all held firmly. Personally I was more inclined to put my notes inside the case, under the phone, but for cards alone this really did the trick.

Video review   The Wallet Slayer

You can buy the case in either of the three colours or get your own personal touch added to it by paying a little more and having your own personalised finish.

The sides of the case are easy to grip and it doesn’t weigh a great deal more than the phone itself.

Another gadget I featured in the video above was the Cable Wrangler, which is a cable tidying gadget utilising high-strength magnets to keep your cable-ends neatly placed. This comes with magnetic collars should your cable not be attracted to the base.

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Cool Android time-filler game. Invaders.

Many years ago, when school computers looked like this, I went to school with a guy who ended up – as I’ve just found out – coding Android games. Last time I saw him was at his wedding, when I got very drunk indeed. Anyhow, he posted something on Facebook about releasing his second Android game and I was like, “You do Android games? When did that happen?”

Cool Android time filler game. Invaders.

From the looks of his company Facebook page (Projector Studios), it looks like project meetings are held down the pub and they like playing with the Oculus development kit, so definitely a cool crew.

Anyhoo, this latest one is called Invaders From Another World, or just “Invaders” for short. You’re basically the invader and you fly your UFO above the city, dropping bombs at the right time in order to flatten the ground so that you can land.

The guy behind this says..

I decided I really liked brown in this game.

If you’re a #retrogaming fan then you might notice it may be influenced by the 8-bit blitz games.

To learn all about it, watch my ultra-professional gameplay video below, or grab it now. It’s free after all. Get it. Go on.

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Fitness tracker inaccuracy. Storm in a teacup.

I was pretty puzzled by the Which? investigation into fitness trackers last week. With the London Marathon happening today, they decided to run a check on the trackers, which can record your distance, pace, heart-rate and location.

Some 118 trackers were tested over a marathon distance – 26.2 miles (42km) – and they found that some trackers underestimated the distance whilst some overestimated. The Garmin Vivosmart 4 underestimated the distance by 10.8 miles, meaning that the person testing it ran 37 miles instead of 26.2.

Fitness tracker inaccuracy. Storm in a teacup.

However, what confused me is the fact that all of these trackers were only wrong when they were tested indoors on a treadmill.

And?

That’s been the case for quite some time. Fact is, when you’re inside and you’re effectively not moving anywhere, there’s no GPS track and no real way for the tracker to accurately record your distance. It has to make a guess based on your stride length. Indeed, a spokesman for Huawei pointed this out to Which? by stating..

With regards to running indoors, as this particular test was carried out on a treadmill, the algorithm of Huawei Watch 2 Sport calculates the user’s stride length from the acceleration sensor data while running at different speeds.

This is why, and it’s something any gym-bunny will know, you always rely on the actual distance shown on the treadmill itself. The treadmill knows how fast it’s operating and how far you’ve actually run. You can’t rely on your tracker for that.

Fitness tracker inaccuracy. Storm in a teacup.

Most trackers are great at step-counting, heart-rate monitoring and showing how many calories you’ve burned. If you’re using your heart-rate monitoring at the gym then this will definitely be more beneficial. Also, if they have GPS, they’re good at tracking your runs, cycles and outdoor swims.

Inside though? When the GPS data either isn’t available or says you’re static? Best rely on the treadmill on-screen display.

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Oppo Reno – Up close

Oppo Reno   Up close

We mentioned the fact that the Reno 5G was, in the UK at least, scheduled as an exclusive to EE.

However, Jonathan Morris, from the excellent jmcomms.com, has sent over some more pictures of the Reno range, including the new Reno 5G. It shows that cool motorised pop-up selfie camera in action, as you can see here. This means that there’s none of the screen used for a selfie shooter, so there’s more real-estate for everything else.

Oppo Reno   Up close

The Oppo Reno 5G has a 6.6″ Full HD AMOLED display and is due to arrive in May, with availability on EE exclusively here in the UK later on in the year.

Oppo Reno   Up close

This one is going to be slightly pricey, with an €899 price-tag announced at the launch, which translates to around £799 in sterling. The spec, though, is really very good and Oppo are pushing hard at the moment with their marketing activity.

Oppo Reno   Up close

The camera setup at the rear is a triple camera arrangement with a 48-megapixel primary lens, a 20MP secondary zoom lens and a ToF (Time of Flight) 3D camera. It also has 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage available with a big 4,065 mAh battery.

Oppo Reno   Up close

It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with Qualcomm’s X55 modem to power the 5G.

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Remote control homes. Getting more clever by the day.

Remote control homes. Getting more clever by the day.
Long-time readers may be familiar with our love of home heating control systems. Back in 2014 we looked at the Nest thermostat, however since then we’ve seen competitors entering the marketplace and more people getting in on the programmable thermostat fun.

It doesn’t matter too much about how old your central heating is – our is over 45 years old and is still ticking along – the thermostat we have here will monitor the temperature inside the house, outside the house and is also clever enough to detect if you’re in the house at all. The days of setting and constantly adjusting a heating schedule are long gone – no more having to mess around with the clock, no more tweaking it during the winter months. Now it just does it all magically.

Best of all, it all hooks into the mighty “internet of things”, so you can control your heating where-ever you are in the world on your smartphone.

Remote control homes. Getting more clever by the day.

However, this still controls just the heat for your entire house. What if you only want to keep one room warm? Or if you don’t want to heat one room?

This is where thermostatic valves come in. Here you can cleverly adjust the temperature that each individual room will get to. However, even these have recently developed further. Now you can get “Smart Radiators” which are controllable via an app. This means that you can adjust one room in particular, having full control over each and every room in your house.

In addition to all that, you can also invest in some underfloor heating and control that with your phone if its paired with a particular thermostat. Ideal in the kitchen when you’re not wearing those comfy slippers, I’ve recently taken a look at this as we’re hopefully going to re-do the kitchen floor soon.

Remote control homes. Getting more clever by the day.

Although this might seem like pure geekery, it’s actually very useful and it also brings you an efficient heating system which isn’t pumping out to heat an empty house or one which is only half full. Now you get full control, wirelessly and instantly.

However, it does also mean that the “war of the thermostat” might not be over. Now it’s moved the clever apps that we use to remotely control the heating. Just yesterday, my wife turned the heating up even though we weren’t at home. We were actually still an hour away and we were sat on a train in London, but despite my best… “advice”, she turned it up anyway. Meanwhile, using my app on my phone, I’ve turned it down again – hopefully without her realising. The great thing about these clever remote-control heating apps is that they can even see your location and how close you are to home, so if you’re both out of the house it’ll detect when one of you is getting nearer and, if needed, the heating will automatically turn on so that you’re nice and warm when you get back. However, the bad thing is that – if you want – you can turn up the heating even when you’re not there and you can heat an empty home.

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Coolpad Invites Parents to Beta Test New Monitoring App

Coolpad today announced FamilyLabs, a new app that lets parents communicate, locate, and provide remote support to multiple family members, on both Android and iOS phones. The first phase of FamilyLabs is launching on Indigogo, where available bundles include the app, a new Coolpad phone, and service from Mint Mobile. Bundles start at $99 with 1 month of service. Larger bundles include up to three months of service (unlimited talk and text plus 8 GB of 4G data per month). The initial version of the app will offer location tracking, geo-fencing with alerts, content filtering, remote setting of alarms and reminders, and panic alerts. Coolpad will actively solicit feedback and ideas from Indiegogo supporters in order to refine the app before a wider launch beyond Indiegogo. The included phone is the Coolpad Model M, which is based on the REVVL Plus for T-Mobile. Coolpad will make both iOS and Android versions of the app available for Indiegogo customers to download and test on other phones. The target shipping timeframe for Indiegogo customers is June. Beyond the app, FamilyLabs is also a platform and brand Coolpad will use for additional family-oriented products. The company launched Dyno, a smartwatch for kids, in January.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Available for Pre-Order on Verizon

Verizon has started accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, its first phone with integrated 5G. The phone will hit stores on May 16th. Verizon will offer the S10 5G in the Samsung-announced configuration with 256 GB of storage for $1,300, plus a new option with 512 GB of storage for $1,400. (The S10 5G does not have a memory card slot to add storage.) Verizon has a limited-time exclusive on the S10 5G in the US, and will retain an exclusive on the Majestic Black color. Verizon will also offer the phone in Crown Silver. The company is offering several promo deals to those who pre-order the phone, including free 5G service (normally $10/month), free Samsung Galaxy Buds, and a Samsung Wireless Charging Battery Pack. In addition, customers can trade in an old phone for up to $450 in savings, and new customers switching to Verizon get a $200 prepaid MasterCard. The S10 5G is similar with the S10+, but with a larger screen, larger battery, and advanced depth cameras on the front and back. Verizon plans to offer 5G service in the downtown areas of over 30 major US cities by the end of the year. Chicago and Minneapolis have already launched, and Verizon announced the next 20 cities today. Because Verizon’s initial 5G network uses the 28 GHz band in the mmWave range, it can offer very high speeds, but the range of each cell is limited to a few hundred feet and does not reach indoors well.

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Verizon Names Next 20 5G Cities

Verizon has announced a new list of 20 cities where it will offer 5G coverage in 2019. They are Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Des Moines, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Phoenix, Providence, San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Washington DC. The company has already launched mobile 5G service in Chicago and Minneapolis. The company continues to promise 5G in “more than 30” US cities by the end of the year, leaving at least nine cities yet to be announced. Verizon offers 5G phone service with a Moto z3 + 5G Moto Mod. Its first phone with integrated 5G will be the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which became available for pre-order today, and hits stores on May 16th.

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Oppo Reno 5G announced. Exclusive to EE.

Oppo Reno 5G announced. Exclusive to EE.

Just a short while ago we told you about the upcoming Oppo Reno. Now it’s confirmed, and it’s got 5G too.

Here in the UK it’ll be EE with the exclusive, and they’ll have it on sale later this year. It’s the first 5G handset from Oppo, but the fifth 5G smartphone phone EE has announced.

Oppo Reno 5G announced. Exclusive to EE.

EE is enabling 16 UK cities with 5G this year, with London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester being the first five.

Let’s hear more about that phone though, and the Oppo Reno comes with a pretty sizeable 6.6″ Full HD AMOLED display with, as we revealed earlier, a “shark fin” motorised pop-up 16 megapixel selfie camera. This means that your get a full edge-to-edge display and, as we’ve seen elsewhere, it’s another innovative way to maximise the real-estate in the screen. This wedge-shaped pop-up is almost as big as the top of the phone.

Oppo Reno 5G announced. Exclusive to EE.

Powered by a big 4,065 mAh battery it also has a clever camera setup at the back too – a triple camera system featuring a 48-megapixel primary lens, a 20MP secondary zoom lens and a ToF (Time of Flight) 3D camera

Other details include the 8GB RAM and 256GB of memory, and it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with Qualcomm’s X55 modem. This is proper top-end stuff

If you’re interested then register your interest at www.ee.co.uk/5g

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Orbitsound Air D1 Wireless speaker launched… if you have the cash

Orbitsound Air D1 Wireless speaker launched... if you have the cash

It’s not uncommon for us to get press announcements about wireless speakers, but it is slightly unusual for them to cost £12,000.

Yes. £12,000.

If you’ve got that much money to spaff on a speaker, do let me know as I could do with a new car.

Anyhoo, Orbitsound’s Air D1 is the “World’s first audiophile one-box speaker”, and they’ve basically chucked every bit of audio technology that they can at it. The company tell me that the British-made Air D1 is…

A marvel of wireless audio tech. Incorporating over 40 years of know-how, which creates a spacious stereo effect at any point in the room, with no dead spots – from only a single speaker.

It also comes with “Transconductance amplification for ultra-low distortion”. No, I don’t know what that is either, but apparently it’s a sonic breakthrough which redefines what you can expect from a single wireless speaker.

Put simply, for 12 grand you’re getting an audio masterpiece. It’ll play your tunes through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Ethernet and you can also plug in analogue connections or an optical input. Or your butler can. It also supports Apple Airplay and Spotify Connect.

If you’ve got the money, head to Harrods where it’s being sold exclusively in bamboo or black finishes.

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