Archive | Devices

Almost every team member has at least 3 primary mobile handsets! In this category, we profile devices and related wireless infrastructure.

Samsung Gear VR

Critical kit: Samsung Gear VR

The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) device was one of the biggest success stories of Kickstarter in recent years. The Rift isn’t yet available for consumers of course, but other companies have entered the arena with a variety of hi-tech viewers, notably Samsung’s Gear VR which is the first consumer-ready VR product that you can actually buy today. For […]

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Blocks Modular Smartwatch

Would you buy a modular smartwatch?

We’ve talked recently about modular smartphones, in particular Project Ara – Google’s somewhat experimental phone that allows you to replace that parts that you need. For example, you can swap out the camera for a more advanced model or change the CPU module for a more powerful one. This invention, along with another project called Phonebloks, […]

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E-waste smartphones

What happens to all the toxic junk from our smartphones?

Just about everyone has a mobile phone, and hundreds of millions are manufactured and sold every year. Despite society as a whole becoming more aware of the issues of electronic waste, and other environmental concerns, that doesn’t stop the vast majority of the components used in our phones becoming landfill. what’s worse, lots of that e-waste is […]

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Siemens S10 1998

Classic Handsets: the Siemens S10 (the world’s first colour phone)

In today’s Classic Handset series article, we’re taking a short trip down memory lane to remember what is claimed to be the first mobile with a colour display: the Siemens S10. Back in the mid to late-90’s and well before the advent of smartphones, mobiles were basic devices with the ability to make calls, send messages and perhaps even a selection of rudimentary […]

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Google Project Ara

Google I/O: five things we care about: Project Ara

In part four of our Google I/O series, we mull over another of the interesting developments that Google covered at its developer conference in May. We’ve already covered Android M, virtual reality and wearables,  but this time we’ll take a quick look at something that many people will find more interesting – the Project Ara modular smartphone. […]

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Sensu Stylus - Main Pic

Critical Kit: an iPad stylus

In our latest Critical Kit series, we take a look at an item that anyone using productivity software on a tablet will find immensely useful – a stylus. Tablets such as the iPad are immensely useful devices for a huge variety of tasks, but one of the persistent bugbears that many people have, especially those using […]

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I now have 2 petabytes of Google storage

    I’ve been experimenting with Google Photos recently. My policy has been to stick 7,000 photos and videos from my iPhone on to Google Photos via their iOS app and then see how the service performs.  I am pretty impressed. The iOS client is lightweight in UI and nicely laid out and uploading is fast.  […]

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Man with virtual reality glasses

Google I/O – five things we care about: virtual reality

At the recent Google I/O conference, as expected the search giant showed off the next version of Android, Android M, which is expected to arrive sometime in the autumn. But amongst other things, the company also focused on virtual reality (VR) viewers (Google Cardboard) and a new 360 degree camera rig for filmmakers in collaboration with action […]

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