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Manfrotto Klyp Case Review

Written by Liam Grant. Posted in Camera

Many people use their iPhone as a primary device for taking pictures and shooting videos. And that is understandable, as the Apple camera is one of the best available on the market, and the 5S’s slow-mo feature makes it unique. However, most smartphones have the same problem: they require a lot of light. If you live in California than you are lucky, but if you live in colder regions you are aware of the huge difference light makes on how video look. The new Manfrotto Klyp Case for iPhone puts things in a whole new light. [Not a valid template] Designs The Manfrotto Klyp Case has three parts and only the slimline case is included in the entry price, so you will have to invest in the ML240, the top light that attaches to the case. You can also buy the mini tripod Pixi. There are two versions of the Klyp, one for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S and one for iPhone 4 or 4S. The case comes in black and has two switchable slots for the attachments. Even if the case doesn’t add that much bulk to the iPhone, users will probably use it only when they intent to use the light or tripod. The tripod measures 13.5cm and 18.5cms when the legs are folded. It weighs only 190g and supports a kilo of weight. The Light The ML240 light has 24 LED bulbs controlled by a knob on the side of the unit. The dial also provides guidance regarding the color temperature created, but when looking through the phone’s preview this is pretty obvious. The LED lights emit continuous light at 5600K with a luminance of 220 LUX at 1m distance. This is not a long-range light but if you are interests in close-ups it does the job just fine. You can use the light with other devices as well. The 2xAAA batteries will last for approximately an hour at full brightness. The App Even if the Manfrotto Klyp Case comes with an app, you don’t actually need it as it does not influence the light’s performance. However, it has some great features like the ability to shoot a photo when you clap your hands. Currently there are two versions, KlypApp and the more expensive KlypApp Plus with added options. KlypApp is easy to use and comes with some useful features, including the ability to create stop-motion videos and time-lapse videos. It will also render the captured video into a final product. If you want to get more from your iPhone’s camera, the Manfrotto Klyp Case is exactly what you need. Even if the light and tripod come at added cost, in the long run it pays off due to the fact that you can use it on other devices and use it for next generation iPhones without needing to buy anything else than the case. If you are passionate about photography, you will definitely love this photo. However, if you are still not convinced and you want to compare competitive products, we invite you to check out www.sifrutech.com. On this website, you fill find many more gadgets and apps that can help you use your smartphone to its full potential. Furthermore, any tech lover should keep in touch with the latest tech news, releases and analyses. On tech websites you can also find products similar to the Manfrotto Klyp Case so that you can make an informed decision before purchasing this gadget.

Kindle Fire HDX Review

Written by Liam Grant. Posted in Tablets

The latest Amazon update brings us the Kindle Fire HDX tablet available in two sizes, an 8.9-inch model and a 7-inch model. In this article we will review the smaller model priced to compete with the Nexus 7. The 16GB model costs the same if you opt for special offers, meaning that you will accept adverts on the lock screen. Without the adds, the device costs $244, $15  more. [Not a valid template] Design When it comes to design, the Kindle Fire HDX reminds of the Kindle Fire HD with a no-nonsense finish and a tactile border around the display. If you flip it over, the Kindle reveals an angular design that adds some detail due to its tactile soft-touch plastic. Instead of the metal strip running across the back, there is a glossy plastic strip. Even if it houses speaker grilles, the plastic bar cheapens the look. Although the glossy back matches the logo, it is a fingerprint magnet. The 303g tablet is nice to hold, providing grip for your fingers. At only 186 x 128 x 9mm, the Fire HDX is portable and can fit into a large pocket. The buttons are positioned to be easy to use, but when you use the Origami Leather Cover you can’t reach them. Display Currently the tablet race is highly influenced by resolution, with displays becoming sharper every day. The Kindle Fire HDX does not disappoint, with its name inspired from the 1920 x 1200 pixels on a 7-inch display. The 323ppi are close to the iPad mini with Retina display and match that of Nexus 7. The display is bright and the viewing angles don’t disappoint. The warmer tone gives a nice punch and more vibrancy to the colors. Even the whites are good, although you can find brighter whites on other devices. The sharp display is packed full of detail and has plenty of brightness to combat reflections. Speakers The Kindle Fire HD with twin Dolby speakers demonstrated amazing sound quality last year. The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX brings honor to the name with its impressive quality audio, one of the best you can find on such device. There is sufficient volume and detail for listening to music and matching video without headphones. The position of the speakers on the rear does not muffle the sound and the on-screen volume controls allows user to tweak the level by touch. Performance Along with the great audio and quality display, the small Kindle Fire HDX has plenty of power. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and 2 GB of RAM can rival the latest devices, including the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. As a result, apps are quick to open and everything runs smoothly. If you throw intensive tasks, the tablet will heat up around the back, but it isn’t a problem. Connectivity is good and the battery will allow 11 hours of play time and 17 hours of music playback.

Honda Releases Smartphone Case N with Airbags

Written by Liam Grant. Posted in Gadgets

A case is designed to protect your smartphone from bumps, scrapes and drops. However, many smartphone users still manage to break their device. Honda is promoting a new line of small cars by adding airbags to a protective case in their new video. The Smartphone Case N uses carbon dioxide to inflate small airbags right after it detects it is falling. [Not a valid template] The brainchild of designers at Honda used 6 different smart airbags that inflate within a split second and protect your phone. Even if the phone looks perfectly safe, we are not sure is it would be safe for the case to inflate while still in your pocket. However, the airbag case is a promotion for the new series of cars, so it is unlikely it will be available in shops any time soon. But with the new discoveries in technology, anything is possible. So if you were expecting some high tech news involving smartphones, here’s one piece that you’ll definitely find some use in. The Honda Smartphone Case N is very similar to the airbags in cars which activate in the event of a collision. However, instead of deploying on impact, Honda’s airbags pop when the phone faces the force of gravity. When the phone is falling, an accelerometer trips and a canister of carbon dioxide gas inflates the airbags in 0.2 of a second. Thus, the phone’s fall is cushioned and your problem is solved. The airbags are located around the edges and the computer-controlled accelerometer in the rear of the case. Although this idea is impractical in its current form, the system is real and functional. In the video, the airbags deploy after 3 ft of falling, or 90 cm, so it might not be a good idea to take the case along when you are practicing sports. Once the computer triggers the mechanism, the valve is opened electrically and CO2 is released from a cartridge. After the impact, it bounces gently for a moment and then the phone rests unharmed on the airbags. At this point, the airbags remain inflated so it is unclear how they can be repacked or replaced. Like any device, the Honda Smartphone Case N has its pros and cons. On one side, it seems to be performing its main function in an effective manner so that the smartphone is protected. On the other hand, its size is enormous and the cost will probably be very high. Moreover, resetting the airbags may be difficult or cost extra. Another flaw is the fact that the phone is not protected if it is dropped screen down on a pointy object. There is also a danger of tripping while having the case in your pocket. It is clear that the concept is not ready for prime time. This high tech news will definitely arouse interest in lots of smartphone users who enjoy spending lots of money on new devices but are afraid they might break them. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos believes that the idea is good enough, as he patented it for Amazon. The patent filed in February 2010 covers almost any method of protecting the fragile phone, including reorienting it while it falls or using air jets to slow the fall. We believe that this concept may become a common reality sooner than we expected.

4 Irresponsible Smart Phone Apps

Written by Liam Grant. Posted in Gadgets

Technology is an amazing thing that can make us more efficient and our lives easier. Over the last few years, smartphones have become a must-have for many people. Their fancy apps help ups advance as a society, but sometimes they can go horribly wrong. These are some of the most irresponsible smart phone apps ever made: [Not a valid template] Popular Translator Gives Wrong Information Word Lens has been advertised as the translation software of the future. According to the demo video, the app is a translation miracle: you simply have to focus the smartphone’s camera on something written in a foreign language and the app will instantly translate it. This way tourists will be able to have a rudimentary understanding on a foreign language while abroad. However, the app has many problems, ranging from misinforming you on traffic laws to comical broken English translations. Moreover, the authors admit that they didn’t consult someone fluent in Spanish when they created the app. Word Lens translates individual words instead of phrases and can misinform you about medicine labels, safely regulation and what you’re eating while on vacation. Cry Translator Helps you Comfort Baby Becoming a parent is not easy, and many parents would be grateful for an app that helps them understand why their baby is crying. Cry Translator is an app that after analyzing 10 short seconds of crying it can tell parents what the baby needs – by guessing. Trusting your baby’s life with a phone app seems a little bit irresponsible, but if the leader of this technology, Dr. Antonio Portugal Ramirez says it is accurate, who are we to disagree? Moreover, users reported that recording the same cry twice results in different results, or that the app encourages parent to overfeed babies. Electronic Key App Opening doors is very difficult, as you must find the key in your pocket and insert it into a tiny hole. However, KISI plans to change all that and make your life easier via smartphone technology. The company’s digital key uses an electronic interface between the door that keep your home safe and your phone. For example, if you are away and someone wants to enter your apartment, you can activate the app and open the door. Opening the door without actually seeing who is in front of it can be very irresponsible, and losing your phone can mean losing your furniture. Apps like these only serve to complicate our lives instead of doing the opposite, so we have to know how to avoid them. For reviews on apps and software that is truly useful, or at least has some entertainment value, visit AgeOfInnovation.Org and you’ll know how to separate the bad from the good. Skin Cancer App A cancer diagnosis is like winning the disease lottery, so bodily growths easily make people freak out. In order to help people address their fears about skin cancer in the middle of the night, developers created apps that diagnose skin cancer. All you have to is photograph the growth and compare it to actual cancer. Free versions such as UMSkinCheck can analyze your exterior and use a visual algorithm to provide an automatic assessment. Apparently the apps can identify cancer across 188 images of lesions. The worse app has a success rate of 6.8 percent, making it the most irresponsible in the family. The best app with 98.1 percent accuracy cheated by sending images to certified dermatologists. Even if these apps seem like a quick solution, they can’t replace doctors.

Leo the Homeless Coder Develops an App

Written by Liam Grant. Posted in Apps

Leo Grand is a homeless man who got lucky one day and made a wise decision. Today, he developed an app called Trees for Cars aimed to save the environment. He and plans on using the money to pursue programming education. But there’s more to the story. [Not a valid template] The 36-year-old man has been living on the streets of New York since 2011 when he lost his job at MetLife. Leo Grand managed to create an app, Trees for Cars after only 16 weeks of coding lessons. The app is available for download from Google Play Store and Apple iTune Store for only 99 cents. The homeless coder was approached by programmer Patrick McConlogue in mid-August. McConlogue presented him with a choice, either to take $100 or to learn how to code. Leo didn’t hesitate and made a wide decision that would change his life forever. Leo met with McConlogue each day for an hour of coding lessons at the place where he slept outside. The doorman at a nearby luxury apartment allowed Grand to charge his laptop inside. Patrick McConlogue saw his potential and gave him a shot by offering him books, lessons and a laptop. Leo confessed that he would go through $100 in a few days, but McConlogue told him that he could have a laptop and learn something useful, and that was something more. The two would meet every day at 8am and code for a full hour. However, after McConlogue headed off to work Leo continued to practice on his own for 3-4 hours, reading and practicing writing. The homeless coder said that he had plenty of time to learn to do it anyway. Soon the two men were working together to start building an app, and only four months later Trees for Cars was available in Android and Apple app stores. Leo Grand coded every line for the mobile carpooling app meant to connect riders and drivers. Trees for Cars aims to save the environment by connecting users so they can carpool to their destination. Moreover, the app also provides information about the amount of CO2 the user is saving with each ride, encouraging environmental awareness. There is also a competition against users to save the most CO2. Trees for Cars is an app that focuses on strengthening communities, building relationships, and helping each other, all while saving the environment. The drivers simply have to pick a meeting address and the app will show nearby riders. Both drivers and riders are connected only if they mutually accept the invitation.
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