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Monday, June 30, 2014

Fresh lime salsa picante

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Subaru may discontinue BRZ after its first generation


Australian auto media down yonder, Drive,reports that Subaru may not continue its BRZ into a second generation because Toyota is focusing on its relationship with BMW.

LG G Watch vs Motorola Moto 360 vs Samsung Gear Live: Android Wear smartwatch comparison review


At Google I/O, the firm gave more detail on Android Wear for smartwatches. There are three devices at the moment so here we compare the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Motorola Moto 360.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review – an Android smartphone married to a 10x zoom camera


The concept of bolting a huge zoom lens to the back of a smartphone isn’t new. In fact, Samsung has already tried a couple of times in the past with the Galaxy Camera and Galaxy S4 Zoom. Both were bad products and were arguably the worst of both worlds instead of being the best. They were underpowered, and their cameras weren’t particularly good.

NEC M352WS review: projector is just the business for the office or classroom


Aimed at medium businesses and schools, NEC's new M352WS is a DLP projector that isn't your conventional looker. In fact, it more closely resembles a secret observatory, with its lens half-buried within that smooth exterior. See also Group test: what's the best projector?

TrendNet TEW-818DRU review: Affordable high performing 802.11ac router


The upright, book-like design of the TEW-818DRU –TrendNet's first 802.11ac router – is hardly inspiring. As with legions of other routers, it's no more than a plain, chunky plastic box. But its trump card isn’t its appearance, but the potential value for money it offers - it has an excellent specification and costs £120, a little less than many other 802.11ac routers. See Group test: what's the best wireless router?

Land Rover teases Range Rover Sport RS again, to show itself at Goodwood


Land Rover teased the Range Rover Sport RS once again in a quick video short.

Y-cam HomeMonitor HD Pro review - a 720p outdoor camera you can view on your smartphone


Keeping an eye on your kids, pets or your property via an app on your smartphone is something most people would like to do, and now that's possible - and affordable - thanks to the latest generation of IP cameras such as the HomeMonitor HD Pro.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Nissan details Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo


Nissan released a new video that outlines the inspiration and development behind the stunning Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo.

Elf nibbles


Preparation time: 20 minutes 
Baking time: 40 minutes 
Cooling time: 30 minutes

Smartwatches with Google’s Android OS launched


Search engine giant Google has kick started the online sale of two of its smartwatches from June 25, 2014 onwards. The  smartwatches are the company’s first wearable devices powered by its Android Operating system.

High Resolution Audio in the Spotlight at CE Week 2014


A peek at the panel "Making High Res Audio More Accessible" from CE Week 2014.

Earlier this week, we were talking up the growing popularity of high-resolution audio. Apparently, we weren't the only ones. The subject was a hot topic at CE Week 2014 at New York City's Metropolitan Pavilion.

Yamaha Bows New A/V Receiver Line Featuring 4K, HDMI 2.0 and Dolby Atmos Support


All five of the receivers in the 2014 AVENTAGE lineup will ship this summer.

Just in case you can't wait to purchase one of the new Dolby Atmos-capable receivers coming later this year, Yamaha Electronics is actually making a few options available this summer. The company just announced a total of five new receivers for its AVENTAGE line, two of which will have the power of Dolby Atmos.

Transformers: Age of Extinction Movie Review


It's safe to say movie-goers don't line up for Michael Bay films expecting Shakespeare. But somewhere in the middle of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" I was reminded of a line from Macbeth as the protagonist waxes poetic about life:

"It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Though I wouldn't go so far as to say that Michael Bay is an idiot (though he may have appeared that way at a certain Samsung press conference), this latest "Transformers" film isn't raising the intellectual bar for the director's work. There's a whole lot of sound and fury here: plenty of explosions, chase scenes and gunfire, as well as those cool transforming robots - now even Dino-bots! But ultimately, there's very little depth and really not a lot that's new here.

The decision to move forward without the human characters from the first three films (most notably, Shia LaBoeuf's Sam Witwicky) doesn't seem to have made much of a difference to the franchise. It's still an action-packed spectacle as riddled with plot holes as it is with bullets. But honestly, all that being said, I (and my 10 year old son) actually enjoyed the ride. In my opinion, it's a better film than the two previous outings, but that's not saying much ("Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" earned an abysmal 1/2-star rating and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" only a half star higher). This time around, while the character development is still thin, the jokes are a little funnier, the effects even more impressive and the action sequences tighter. The over-long run-time of 165 minutes may have you shifting in your seat a bit, but the frequent changes in locale and scenery will make the time pass relatively quickly.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dill dip

Preparation time: 15 minutes 
Chilling time: at least 2 hours 

Google unveils its ambitious Android expansion plans


Search giant Google’s OS – Android – was the highlight at the first day of the ongoing Google Developer Fest in San Francisco  on June 25, 2014. It It was pretty evident that Android has evolved as a market force to be reckoned with, as it powers everything from phones, cars, TVs and more. A two and a half hour long presentation was presented by Google’s Android chief Sundar Pichai.

LG G3 official launch date announced


South Korean giant LG Electronics has announced the new official launch date of the its LG G3 smartphone for the UK market. The device will hit UK markets on June 26, 2014.

Smartwatches to monitor blood sugar levels


The wearable device market – still in its infant stages  -  is on a constant innovation trail, tech firms Apple, Google and Samsung are looking to turn wearable gadgets in to machines which can calculate blood sugar levels in the body.

iPhone 6 mass production to begin from July


US based tech giant Apple is all set to begin the production of its next generation iPhone device. The iPhone 6  will come in two sizes, out of which one will be a 4.7 inch display version and the other will be a 5.5 inch model.

CEA Updates Ultra HD TV Specs With Emphasis on Picture Quality, Interoperability


Getting confused when it comes to the topic of Ultra High Definition (UHD)? The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) wants to clear things a few things up for you.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Cucumber love bites


Preparation time: 10 minutes 
Cooking time: 7 minutes

Dolby Atmos Comes Home in New (and Existing) Onkyo Home Theater Receivers


Onkyo's PR-SC5530 will be one of the first preamp/processors to support Dolby Atmos surround.

Denon, Marantz, Pioneer, Onkyo, Integra Reveal Dolby Atmos-Equipped Home Theater Gear


Onkyo's TX-NR1030 will be among the first A/V receivers to support Dolby Atmos surround sound when it comes to market this fall.

Definitive Technology Delivers Dolby Atmos with A60 Speaker Module


The new A60 speaker module works with Definitive's BP-8060ST floor-standing speaker (pictured).

Pioneer Shares Details of Dolby Atmos-enabled Receivers and Speakers


Pioneer's SC-89 9.2-channel receiver has support for HDMI 2.0 and is upgradeable for Dolby Atmos.

Sharp Unveils New HDTV and Ultra HD TV Models at CE Week


Sharp will ship the UD27 line of AQUOS 4K Ultra HD TVs in 60- and 70-inch screen sizes, starting in September 2014.

Sharp Releases Wireless High Resolution Audio Player with 24-bit/96 KHz Support


Digital music fans and audiophiles, unite!

The above statement is something that a lot of music lovers never expected to happen -- but it's happening, people. A slew of companies have been releasing high-resolution audio players with both the digital music listener and the audiophile in mind.

Monster Debuts Headphones for Everyone - Even UFC Fans


Monster's Special Edition In-Ear iSport Octagon headphones are designed with athletes in mind.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Crunchy balsamic and bleu cheese veggie pocket

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Amazon launches 3-D Fire Phone


Online retail giant Amazon has entered the smartphone market with a big bang! It unveiled its its genius 3-D Fire Phone at an event in seattle on June 18, 2014.

Apple’s iWatch to be launched this fall


Some of the recent reports have claimed that Apple Inc is all set to launch its much awaited smartwatch this fall. More reports have said that the iPhone manufacturer will launch the new device in multiple screen sizes. The mass production of the wearable device will begin from July, 2014 and will be in time for the October launch.

Wikipad announces snap-on controller for iPad Mini


Tablet peripherals manufacturing giant Wikipad has launched a snap on controller for the iPad Mini, known as the Gamevice. The new MFi controller can be attached to the Apple tablet, bringing a more traditional gaming control feel to the device.

HP Spectre 13 review: smart, attractive Ultrabook laptop is portable and easy to use


Someone at HP has obviously had on their thinking cap on. The company recently released its HP Envy 17 laptop with a built-in Leap Motion sensor that allows you to control the laptop with hand gestures. The HP Spectre 13 boasts a less exotic – but probably more useful – innovation in the form of a Very Big Trackpad™. See also: What's the best laptop you can buy in 2014?

LG G2 mini review: Mid-ranged G2 offers new colours and software features


Announced at MWC, LG has launched the G2 mini a number of months after the full-size LG G2. The smartphone is cheaper, smaller and lower spec so here's our LG G2 mini review.

Brydge with speakers review: this is the keyboard to buy for your iPad 2, 3 or 4.


Although there's not yet a version of the Brydge for the iPad Air, those with an iPad 2, 3 or 4th gen will certainly appreciate the excellent build quality of the Brydge+. Its design mirrors the MacBook and more than once we reached for the non-existent trackpad, such is the similarity.

Fire Phone review: hands on with Amazon's smartphone - a so-sweet gateway drug to Amazon Prime


Amazon yesterday launched its first smartphone. The Fire Phone has a slew of exciting features, including 3D-like visual effects and a semantic visual search app that could revolutionise your weekly shop. Amazon invited only 300 people to its launch event, many of whom were guest Amazon fans and software developers. Fortunately we had in the room Susie Ochs, a senior editor for our US sister publication Tech Hive. And she provides the hands-on info for our first Amazon Fire Phone review. We'll update this piece as we do more testing.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Chocolate-dipped pretzel rods


Preparation time: 20 minutes 
Chilling time: 5 minutes

Canon SELPHY CP910 review: print photos from your smartphone wherever you are, with this compact photo printer


Canon's chic little SELPHY CP910 is an upgrade of the CP900 photo printer they released in 2012 and has been issued in attractive glossy black or white editions. It's extremely lightweight (810g without the ink cartridge) and can easily be slipped into a ruck sack or overnight bag as it measures only 178 x 127 x 60.5mm.

HTC One M8 vs HTC One E8: You're wasting your money on the HTC One M8


HTC's One M8 is an incredibly desirable smartphone, with a stylish metal-clad design, fast performance and some excellent hardware features, but you'll be wasting your money if you buy this smartphone. We explain why in our HTC One M8 vs HTC One E8 comparison review. Also see: 31 best smartphones 2014

Vauxhall Adam IntelliLink and Advanced Park Assist review: Useful and affordable car tech upgrades


The Vauxhall Adam is one of the most customisable cars on the market with different colour options, roofs, seats, interiors, wheels and more. It might not look like it, but it can also be packed full of nifty technology. Here we review the IntelliLink infotainment system and Advanced Park Assist optional upgrades.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet comparison review: The best 10in tablets you can buy


Samsung's latest and greatest tablet is the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 but how does it fare against the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet? Find out in our Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet comparison review.

XFX Radeon R7-265 2GB Core Edition review: graphics card offers good value for money, but not great on performance


The AMD Radeon R7-265 graphics card should be of keen interest to a more typical PC user – specifically for those gamers who don't need to sweat over gaining a few extra frames per second available from £300-plus graphics cards. Instead the R7-265 nestles nicely around the £120 mark. See also Group test: what's the best graphics card?

Lumsing 10400mAh Power Bank review: Portable phone, tablet, camera charger is a must-have for festivals and camping


Lumsing's Power Bank is a must-have for festival-goers and campers this summer, allowing you to charge your smartphone, tablet, camera and any other 5V USB-powered device wherever you are.

WD My Cloud EX2 review: NAS offers good performance and reliability at an attractive price


WD's My Cloud range is catering to home and small business users who might normally be intimidated by complex NAS drives. The dual-bay My Cloud EX2 is another attractive addition to the range.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel Blu-ray Review


If you've seen anything by Wes Anderson, you already know that he has a certain style. The sets, the colors, the costumes, the music and even the dialogue is all distinctly Wes Anderson. Love him or hate him, there's certainly no one like him. And if you fall into the former camp, you will absolutely love his latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

That's because this is where everything and anything Wes Anderson comes to a head. It's the writer/director's most successful film to date, but also his most maniacal, most gruesome (those moments are brief, but certainly memorable), and possibly most entertaining. (Frankly, I could argue about that all day, being that Rushmore is one of my absolute favorites.)

Chilled marinated shrimp


Preparation time: 10 minutes 
Chilling time: 8 hours


Venus in Fur Movie Review


"Venus in Fur" was one of the true highlights of this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Roman Polanski's adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's (the godfather of masochism) bawdy 19th century story crackles with sexuality and humor.

There are only two people in the cast and both are outstanding. Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) is a stage director about to head home for the evening. Casting has finally been completed and he is packing up. Through the door walks Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski's wife).

She is incredibly self-assured and demands to read for the lead of the play. Thomas is annoyed and tries to push her aside, but she is not the type who can be easily pushed around. She pushes back, and harder, but it's never in a threatening way. Vanda is powerful, though, and she is soon locked in a battle of wills with Thomas. Their battle melts into the actual play so that you are thrown back and forth between the script of the play and the interaction of our warring couple. The parrying never stops, but there are swings in momentum, with Vanda throwing quite a few verbal haymakers.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Unicode announces 250 new emojis


The Unicode Consortium, announced the Unicode 7.0 which which will have more than 250 new emoji characters introduced for smartphones and computers. The UC is a industry body which is devoted to develop and promote software standards. The new emoji characters include symbols for weather, like the thermometer, tornado and many such other innovative symbols.
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