Category: Gadgets

The launches of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S last year brought much excitement to Apple’s loyal fan base worldwide. The features of these latest iPhone models enhanced the way people communicate with each other. But the geniuses from Apple still have more to offer with the much anticipated release of the iPhone 6, and it’s inevitable that many new mobile phone contracts will be taken out when the phone is released.



According to some reports, a mass production of iPhone 6 will occur in July and these phones will be released in September of this year. Much anticipation is circling around the techie world and various rumours about the upcoming iPhone 6 are sprouting up everywhere.

iPhone fans should enquire about the mobile phone contracts by Virgin Media and reserve an iPhone 6 unit way ahead of time. This is because stocks often run low whenever Apple launches a new product on the market.

Let’s have a look at what we can expect from Apple’s latest iPhone offering:

Improved Resolution and Enlarged Screen size

Reports are spreading that Apple will be launching two iPhone 6 variants, both of which will have enlarged screens and improved resolution. The first design is rumoured to have a 4.7-inch display with a maximum resolution of 1334x750. Compared to the iPhone 5S, which has a display of 4 inches with a resolution of 1136x640, the new model will be an improvement. On the other hand, the second iPhone 6 variant will focus on many customers’ need for a larger display, and so will feature a screen size of 5.5 inches with a maximum resolution of 1920x1080.

Breath-taking Design

It is also thought that the upcoming iPhone 6 will have a sapphire display as well as a breath-taking design. The iPhone 6’s specifications are expected to include:

  • Integrated bezels for manageable phone handling: Since both designs will feature larger displays, these bezels will be useful in navigating all of the phone’s features.
  • A right side power button: It seems that Apple is beginning to appreciate how its competitors integrated such a feature to allow for more manageable handling.
  • Improved battery life: Compared to the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6 may boast an additional 50%   battery life to maximise the phone’s usability.
  • Upgraded camera: The iPhone 6 will retain the iPhone 5S’s 8MP camera. The highly anticipated new feature is the integration of an upgraded optical image stabiliser. The functionality of this upgrade is still to be elaborated on.

The Surprises Never End

It’s getting increasingly exciting as reports also indicate that the iPhone 6 will have the following internal features that will excite all iPhone fanatics:

  • NFC support: This feature is integrated to facilitate Apple’s endeavour towards mobile payment solutions such as Google Wallet.
  • Touch ID, Apple A8 processor and 64GB design: These features are designed to elevate information processing and downloading experience.

These are just some of the exciting features we can look forward to as the official launch of the iPhone 6 looms closer. Prior to this, it is expected that more updates and rumours about the iPhone 6 will materialise. People with existing mobile phone contracts should ask their provider whether an iPhone 6 upgrade could be part of their next renewal.

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What happens when you attach a toothbrush to an automatic AirSoft gun and pull the trigger? As you'd expect, someone has given it a go, and the results are pretty hilarious.

Japanese YouTube users tokioFN stuck this clip up yesterday, only to remove it and then reinstate it all over again. So we're not sure how long it'll survive this time, which means it's worth watching it while you can before it disappears again.

He's even tried the same thing with an automatic rifle, which you can check out below. It's probably a relatively dangerous thing to do, but these aren't fully fledged fire arms, nor are they loaded, so the only thing he's in danger of is bleeding gums.

Via Reddit.

With the release of any new gadget you can expect a slew of videos to hit YouTube, some providing a simple unboxing, others amateur reviews of the product, while a third category of masochists now make a living by smashing up smartphones and tablets just minutes after they've been unwrapped. But now, the gadgets are starting to fight back, as the chap in this video discovers.

While smashing a Samsung Galaxy S5 with a hammer to test its resilience, the a chemical reaction causes the battery to inflate, then rocket off screen, spraying its hazardous contents across the room and causing the unlucky YouTuber to start chocking on the fumes.

We wouldn't advise deliberately damaging any gadget, whether its spanking new or old and decrepit, because this kind of thing could happen to you too. But watching misfortune befall a stranger on the internet is perfectly acceptable.

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A series of photography commissions with leading photographers Joe Cornish, Bay Garnett, Joshua Hoffine and Gavin Evans to mark the launch of the Sony Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R.

From stunning landscapes to meticulous theatrical horror sets to beautifully detailed fashion portraits, Sony has brought together a diverse set of creative photography specialists to test the new, multi-award winning Sony Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R - the professional, portable 35mm full frame, interchangeable lens cameras heralded as true game changers in their field.

American photographer Joshua Hoffine’s meticulously staged images depict universal fears, from creatures lurking under the bed and in basements, to the shadowy imaginings of monsters after dark. His exclusive new commission for Sony UK, using the Sony A7, reimagines iconic monsters Frankenstein, Dracula and Wolfman as awkward teenagers posing for pictures with their dates at the school dance. Joshua’s work has reached cult status across the world through the hugely viral nature of his photographs. Inspired by horror films, gothic literature and fascinated by the psychology of fear, Hoffine regularly collaborates with Hollywood makeup artist J. Anthony Kosar, to produce powerfully haunting, cinematic images, using elaborate sets, props, costuming and special effects makeup.

One of the world’s most influential wide format landscape photographers, Joe Cornish will be travelling to the Lairig Ghru in the Cairngorms, Scotland, followed by a trip to Iceland, armed with the Sony Alpha 7R, to capture astounding landscapes in the beautiful light of winter moving into spring. He has previously been a judge for Wildlife Photographer of the Year, is an honorary Fellow of the RPS and hosts the Natural History Museum's Understanding Photography evenings. Celebrated for his acclaimed photography books, he owns a gallery in Northallerton, Yorkshire and has created photography commissions for the National Trust and Visit Britain to name a few.

Bay Garnett is a British freelance fashion photographer, stylist and author. She presents ‘Sunday Best’, a diverse series of portraits and people dressed up in their Sunday finery, from faces at London Fashion Week 2014 to families gathering for a Sunday Roast - all taken on the Sony Alpha 7R. Former Style Director for Matthew Williamson and consultant to Louis Vuitton, she co-founded Cheap Date magazine, is a contributing fashion editor for British Vogue and has collaborated with photographers including Juergen Teller, Bruce Webber, and David LaChapelle. Recently embarking on her own photography career, Bay Garnett’s first photographic commission was a main fashion story for British Vogue with the model Stella Tennant.

Acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Gavin Evans is renowned for his unique take on portraiture, with an extraordinary list of luminaries sitting for him, from Iggy Pop and Björk, to Dusty Springfield and Gary Oldman. In 2013 his image of David Bowie was used for the cover of the V&A's Bowie Is exhibition publication and his work has graced the pages of The New York Times to the Sunday Times. Now, with Sony’s A7 in hand, Gavin will touch the untouchables and document his forthcoming travels in India, from the slums of Kolkata, to the gypsies of Rajasthan and on to the Le Corbusier city of Chandigarh.

Sony UK is also working with a further array of acclaimed photographers as part of the Sony Alpha 7R Full Frame Photography Academy. Details to be announced.

All photography specialists will be creating images and leading workshops, bringing to life the ground-breaking and already multi-award winning new products. The commissions will take place and be released between February and April 2014.

Featuring 35mm full-frame CMOS sensors in a small and lightweight body, both the 24.3 million-pixel Sony Alpha 7 and 36.4 million-pixel Alpha 7R are truly portable cameras, allowing photographers to get the best image quality possible in a palm-sized camera body – far smaller and lighter than a bulky DSLR.

Together with the powerful new BIONZ X processor and an improved XGA OLED Tru-FinderTM with wide field of view, the interchangeable lens cameras from Sony are packed with practical features. From its dust/moisture- resistant magnesium alloy body to extensive custom controls to NFC and Wi-Fi, it is not difficult to see why these cameras are already multiple award winners.

It's not something we write about that often - supermarket offers - but Asda have a great deal on at the minute when it comes to Galaxy tabs and we figured that if any of you out there are thinking of buying one at the moment you would like to know. We would like to know -  so we're sharing.

Asda is offering an online exclusive deal with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (white) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. Both devices are on offer for a bargain price and when purchased together you will be saving £99.

You will also be saving over £362 compared to other retailers.

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