Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are probably the most popular consumer gadget available today. As a new more advanced and smaller phones seem to be released on a daily we have plenty to write about.


LyfieEye delivers spherical 360 capture for smartphones

by Edwin - on October 16th, 2016

eCapture Technologies recently announced a Kickstarter campaign for its LyfieEye device, which is something that will cater for those who have a penchant for snapping photos with their smartphones wherever they go. Of course, there are different ways and methods to shoot something in a creative manner with but a smartphone, but it would not hurt to be able to have a unique camera accessory to go along with your shots. The LyfieEye is touted to be the first truly affordable camcorder that plugs straight into Android phone ports — it works across USB 2.0, USB 3.0 or USB Type-C types.

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The SMOVE is a smartphone stabilizer and power bank

by Caitlyn - on October 6th, 2016


Since YouTube can now be a viable job for just about anyone, it makes sense that we would invest more in our smartphone accessories. The higher quality of videos you put out, the more people will be interested in watching. There is that whole aspect of having content people will actually want to watch as well, but you do want to take into account the caliber of the content you’re putting out there.

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Sgnl – answer your phone with your finger through your watch

by Caitlyn


The more we learn about our own bodies, the more interesting our technology becomes. We still don’t know everything there is to know about the brain and the nervous system, but there’s plenty that we do have a pretty firm grasp of understanding on. Bone conduction has been a rising market for some time now, with headsets, earpieces, and even advertisements being played through glass on trains.

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Review – Anova Sous Vide

by Caitlyn


When you want to make the perfect meal, you have to keep a careful eye on cooking times, or you’ll end up with a charred entree. Living a busy life adds a layer of complication to making this perfect meal as emails, family, and work can pop up and interrupt the process. There are gadgets out there though that have your back in the kitchen, and will help expedite cooking with little to no effort from you. The Anova Sous Vide is one such gadget, and with my combined curiosity and hunger, I put it to the test.

What It Does

This device is a tried and true method that is often used in professional kitchens. It is essentially a heating implement that you submerge in water along with your vacuum-sealed food, and it will circulate heated water to cook your food for you with a measure of consistency that’s hard to achieve. That perfect steak you paid $50 for? It was probably cooked for several hours in a sous vide and then seared to make it look pretty.

The thing about the Anova is that it’s made for people who want to cook restaurant-quality meals for their family at home. Not only that, but it aims to be insanely easy to use, as you can set it and forget it on your phone. All you need to do is attach this to the side of the biggest pot you own, clamp your food in a resealable bag (I used a Ziploc and it worked just fine) onto the side in the water, cook, and add the crispy aspect at the very end of the process. You will need to plan ahead for how long the cooking times will take, but that’s about as difficult as it gets.


This is a pretty sleek-looking device. It has a matte rubber finish, stainless steel covered heating implement, clear plastic bottom for stabilization, and a clear scroll wheel for selecting temperature and time, which light up as blue digits when it’s on. The touchscreen at the top uses bright LEDs to let you know what the current temperature and goal temperature are so you can watch it go up in real time. It’s a pretty bulky device, but not so much so that you couldn’t put it in your suitcase and take it with you somewhere. While having it tethered to the cable was a bit annoying, it was long enough that anyone could find space for it in their home.


Let me make something perfectly clear. If you do not have a vast interest in the subtle results of cooking times and temperatures, this is a purchase you will not want to make. That being said, you probably wouldn’t keep reading about this sort of gadget if you weren’t interested in it. This performs exactly as described, and is only limited by your imagination with food as you can make everything from chicken to cookies if you’re ambitious. I had a few friends that were exceedingly put off by the process of preparation for it, seemingly because it was some new-fangled machine. The end result was nothing to scoff at, though I did make a rack of ribs a bit more…dense to chew than I would’ve liked.

The app that works with it has a decent enough range of recipes, and there are plenty of recipes you can find elsewhere online. You set the temperature and time, and wait until it lets you know the desired heat has been achieved. I’ve cooked a variety of meats and side dishes, and found that making eggs (of all things) is my favorite, as you can cook a MILLION of them all at once to custard-like perfection and have them in the fridge as snacks. I was also using a 2 gallon bucket to cook in, so that helped the amount I was able to make too. Since the purpose is to cook things at a lower temperature over a longer period of time, everything from the texture of an egg to the pink of a steak can be controlled from your phone.


This device makes it insanely easy to get the timing for a group meal correct, and in a foolproof way. Since the temperature is so much lower, you don’t have to worry about leaving your food in for another 5-10 minutes to keep it warm without it changing completely to jerky. The difficult aspect of this is the prior planning. If you’re in a rush, the lower temp and longer cooking time means you don’t get to use this, period.  On the plus side however, your proteins won’t overcook, the meat stays juicy, and since the spices have nowhere to go, you can get a hint of them throughout the entire cut of meat. Being able to play with the time and temp is fun for any serious foodie, though try to do your proper research beforehand or you’ll end up overcooking an entire rack of ribs and end up being very upset with yourself.

Available for purchase on Anova

Blu Life One X2 could be king of the cheap Android smartphones

by Edwin

blu-life-one-x2No doubt high end smartphones tend to garner a whole lot of attention whenever they are launched, and not everyone is able to afford them, either. However, the entry-level and mir-range devices tend to be the bread and butter of many a smartphone manufacturer, which is why competition on the other end of the spectrum is not any easier, either. BLU has had its fair share of cheap and functional smartphones in the past, but this time they have revealed a successor to last year’s king of budget Android smartphones, the Blu Life One X. The answer? None other than the new Blu Life One X2.

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The Chargemander gives Pokemon Trainers another reason to keep going

by Caitlyn


If you’ve been bitten by the Pokemon Go bug, then you know how easy it is to lose hours of your life going on a healthy walk with friends to try and catch ‘em all. Of course, the problem with that app is that it drains your phone’s battery at around a percent a minute. If you haven’t already, it’s pretty much mandatory that you get yourself a backup battery tout suite.

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Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus revealed

by Edwin

iphone-7Another year, and here we are with a brand new iPhone. This time around, it would be the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus that has been introduced, taking over the mantle of being the “most advanced iPhone ever” from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — as with every single new iPhone that is released. Either way, these devices will arrive packed with their fair share of innovations that aim to improve all the ways that an iPhone is used every day. Just to set the tone, these new iPhones will arrive with new advanced camera systems that snap pictures like never before, carry additional power and performance with the best battery life to date in an iPhone, immersive stereo speakers, wide color system from camera to display, a couple of new beautiful finishes, and is also touted to be the first water and dust resistant iPhone in order to keep up with the Joneses.

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Meizu M3 Max delivers a larger sized screen and bigger battery

by Edwin

meizu-m3-maxIs bigger better? That is what many smartphone companies would like you to think in recent years, as that is how the size of smartphones have grown, edging closer and closer to the tablet category that turns it into a phablet. Having said that, it is not a bad thing after all. You get more viewing real estate in the first place, in addition to being able to have a longer lasting battery due to the increased size. Meizu has also continued in the phablet trend with their latest Meizu M3 Max smartphone.

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