Ski Tracks 1.6 for Android review

If, like me, you like to spend a few days a year risking life and limb slithering down snowy hills strapped to a pair of skis or a snowboard, then there are a multitude of tracking applications available for your Android or IOS smartphone. One of the more well-known is…

Hands on with the Acer Spin 7 Covertable Laptop

Acer’s design renaissance continues with the Spin 7, which features the 360 degree screen hinge seen on the rest of the Spin range, coupled with the litheness of its Swift 7 stablemate. The first thing that grabs your attention is how thin this device is. Usually, the transition from a…

Acer TravelMate Spin B1 Hands On (pre-production version)

The TravelMate Spin B1 (or B118, to give it its full name) could be seen as a last hurrah in the battle to win over the hearts and minds of the classroom in the face of a tsunami of Chromebooks. Acer have a horse in both races (see the N11…

Acer Predator 21X Hands On

The Acer Predator 21X laptop – and you would need a heck of a big lap to perch this thing on your knees – is an example of a company saying “look what we can do” to all and sundry. With a price point north of £9000, it serves as…

Video: NETGEAR GS108E-300UKS 8 Port Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switch Review

Every time I have added a smart home component to my house they have come with another bridge that requires connecting to my network. Philips Hue Bridge, Sonos Bridge, Hive Home the list goes on and they all want to be plugged into my router which is rapidly running out…

Video: Hands on with De.Light WiFi hotspot smart lights

nno I have to admit to having a bit of an addiction to smart lights but what do you do if you don’t have wifi coverage in every room. One solution for extending your network is power light technology which uses your house mains wiring to distribute your network. So…

Dell XPS 13 Long Term Test – 3 Months

The Dell and I have hit our 3-month anniversary. How have things gone so far? To recap, the configuration I am using is the 16gb Kaby Bay i7 incarnation with a 512gb SSD and the 3200 x 1800 touchscreen display. The glossy screen is nearly borderless, and the chassis is…

Smart Home for the rest of us – Part 3: Hive Smart Heating

In the last part of my smart home series (see part 1 and part 2) I looked at control lights and smart plugs with Amazon Alexa and in this this post I am going to look at smart heating. Unlike controlling lighting which was relatively simple to setup, controlling heating…

Video: Testing an OLALA 64GB USB 3.0 Lighting/USB Drive

In this video I take a look at an OLALA iDisk USB drive. The cleaver thing about this drive is that it has a lighting connector so you can connect it to an iPhone or iPad and a USB connector that you can connect to a PC of Mac. The…

Video: Acer Switch Alpha 12 Review

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is two in one convertible very much in the style of a Surface Pro 4 but with a difference and that is mainly the price. At first glance the Alpha 12 looks very much like a Surface Pro 4 but it actually has some nice…

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