Two-way Audiomate AM8212 (left) and one-way Audiomate AM8112 (right).
The Audiomate allows you to stream audio from practically any device wirelessly.
This nifty device converts audio entertainment into wireless. Enabling the freedom to move without the limitations of a cord, whilst still receiving high fidelity, stereo sound for up to 20 metres.
Perfect for in-home use with stereo systems, mobile devices as well as all devices using a 3.5mm earphone jack. Simply plug the transmitter into the audio device and sync it to the receiver, connect your earphones or headphones and enjoy wireless audio with crystal-clear digital sound quality.
The one-way transmitter is the most flexible, as it features a 3.5mm audio jack as well as a mini-USB socket. You can charge the internal Li-on battery via USB, but you can also connect the transmitter to a computer via USB and use it like USB speakers. It offers the possibility of transmitting audio from some applications rather than the all-or-nothing sound from the headphones jack. This model also has a thumb-sized receiver with a 3.5mm headphone jack and micro-USB for charging the internal battery. It’s got power and volume controls on the front, plus a sturdy clip on the back for attaching to your shirt, sleeve or belt.
The two-way model uses exactly the same thumb-sized receiver, except it features extra buttons for jumping between audio tracks. The transmitter is a tiny USB stick, which is designed to work with software such as Skype. There is no 3.5mm audio jack, which means you are not able to use the two-way model to send audio from AV gear such as your television.
RRP starting at $59.95
Click Frenzy may have been an online disaster, but it has certainly magnified and definitely sealed the future of online selling in Australia, especially for one day sales and specials.
On Tuesday, according to the NAB Online Retail Sales Index, sales from online shopping has jumped 26 per cent in 12 months and it is believed that sales from online shopping will increase up to 20 per cent over the coming decade.
Although sales from online shopping still remains low compared to the total Australian retail spend – it is definitely a force to reckon with due to the enormous growth. I am an avid online shopper, I find I am saving time by not running around searching and money because often items are cheaper.
Of the $12.3 billion online sales, surprisingly around 75 per cent was actually spent on products sold by Australian domestic department stores and local retailers.
I believe the Click Frenzy hype, along with its meltdown and technology crash, is just the start of things for online shopping in Australia. Feedback from retailers is that logistically it didn’t quite work on the day, but it is still an emerging market and something they want to try again.
Image courtesy clickfrenzy.com.au
Samsung launched its Galaxy Note II smartphone and 3G-capable WiFi camera at Sydney’s Moore Park last night.
The Galaxy Note II is an update of the original Note – a very large phone with a 5.5-inch screen and stylus called the S Pen, which can be used for impromptu handwritten messages as well as drawing and design. The screen is 0.2 of an inch larger although the outside frame has not changed.
Available through Telstra, Optus and Vodafone from next week and pre-order from Samsung’s Experience Store. RRP $899.
The new 3G and WiFi capable Galaxy camera was also launched – the first in the Galaxy range. It is a dedicated camera with a 1.4 gig quad-core processor.
The camera is operated with a 4.8-inch LED touchscreen and uses Google Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system. Connecting to WiFi and 3G allows users to download photos and videos as they are shot. Featuring a 21x optical zoom it is 16.3 megapixel and has a 23mm lens with optical image stabilisation.
Available in Australia later this month. RRP $599.
Samsung now has 32.5% of global sales of smartphones and is gradually widening its lead over Apple.
With technology constantly evolving it is amazing how much web design has changed, particularly over the last five years. Previously the trend was to focus on media capabilities, currently it is all about usability and the viewer experience.
It is not easy to predict trends for an industry that changing with the blink of an eye. You never know what is going to be in and what is going to out from the trend list by the time 2013 arrives. These trends have been around for a while already, however, I expect them to become extremely popular and more user friendly next year.
Full Page Backgrounds
Backgrounds are usually the area on a website that goes unnoticed. A new trend for websites is having the background as the most significant part of the design.
Responsive Web Designs
Responsive web designing ensures websites fit on all resolution screens from large monitors to mobile phones. Websites rearrange their elements to look good, regardless of which size you are using making the website always work.
The ReadyCase has a slim minimalist design. Crafted to be highly functional, yet as slim and simple as possible at less than 3mm thick, your phone will still easily fit in your pocket. Made of aerospace grade composite materials, it’s durable and slim. Integrated in the case is a headphone clip, USB stick in 8GBor 16GB which will also prop up your phone in landscape or portrait, at different angles plus a multi tool with a standard blade, serrated blade, flat head screw driver, bottle opener and comes in black or silver.
DandyCase proudly presents the ultimate waterproof earphones and waterproof case for iPhone allowing you to submerge your device up to 65 feet deep (IPX8 Certified). With a secure “2 Snap Lock System,” your device will be secure all day whether you are swimming, relaxing on the beach, boating, or drinking near water. The case has 2 clear sides so you can still use the picture taking and video recording capabilities. A neck lanyard is included. Made of a durable plastic top with a clear “bag-like pouch” front and crystal clear back, allowing for optimal use of the touchscreen, photos, and videos!
The Bicio GoRide was designed for cyclists who want to have access to their iPhone during rides without sacrificing safety and convenience, and without having some bulky contraption attached to their bike. Stay in touch with the outside world, map your trips on the fly and track your progress with apps. The case removes easily for everyday use. iPhone can be mounted horizontally or vertically.
The Une Bobine is a super bendy flexible phone charging cable and tripod in one. With a two-foot-long cable, it holds its shape when you bend it. You don’t need to worry about your phone’s battery life anymore enabling you to use for really long videos, or shoot great timelapses. Even when it’s not charging anything, it makes stand for a self portrait or group shot anywhere. The Bobine can also be an adjustable extender: use it to take shots in hard-to-reach places and weird angles.
Christians within the Russian Orthodox community are demanding that Apple remove the famous half-bitten logo from its products in Russia and replace it with a cross because the apple image is offensive according to their beliefs.
An apple is used to represent the fruit that Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge when tempted by the devil, as found in Genesis 3 in the Bible. Although the exact type of fruit is not mentioned in the Scripture the conservative Christians in Russia have insisted that the logo should be removed and replaced with a cross.
Russian conservatives may get their way and force Apple to change its logo due to new laws being proposed in parliament on blasphemy and insults targeting religious, spiritual, or national values. It is expected that President Vladimir Putin will back the laws, especially since the Russian Orthodox Church heavily supported him during his election campaign in 2012. Besides replacing the logo, conservatives may even stop Apple product sales in Russia if they manage to convict the company of committing anti-religious deeds.
Image courtesy of WSJ.