McAfee Annual Labs Day 2017

21 Apr 2017 in Misc
This event took place in London just before Easter 2017 and for the second year I was invited to be among the two dozen European journalists there. Of course the big Malware threat ‘Ransomware’ was high on the list of topics discussed however as always you left with many new concerns.

review 872913 K%C3%A4rcher VC5 Premium Bagless Vacuum CleaneKarcher VC5 Premium cleanerKarcher VC5 Premium cleaner rated 6 out of 10

20 Apr 2017 in Homes and Gardens
The Karcher VC5 Premium is a compact, versatile and powerful mains powered upright vacuum cleaner which has been designed with the modern home in mind where storage space is at a premium.

review 873016 game gem legenDefeating ChaosGem Legend rated 5 out of 10

19 Apr 2017 in Entertainment Review : Gem Legend
As I was downloading the game of Gem Legend from the Gamehouse.com web site, I was expecting another session of Match-3 game play but I was in for a surprise.

review 873040 Kingston DataTraveler 64 GB Micro Duo Type C USKingston 3.1 OTG DeviceKingston 3 1 OTG Device rated 9 out of 10

Moving files – especially larger ones – between devices like phones and PC’s has always required extra thought, the trouble is they are often last minute thoughts? Here a solution from Kingston that is as easy as plug it in to a USB port.

review 873015 Epson Expression Photo XP 960 A3 All in One PrinteExpression Photo XP-960Epson Expression Photo XP-960 rated 9 out of 10

Unlike the previous Epson All-in-One which I looked at recently, the Epson Expression Photo XP-960 is of the more traditional type that uses ink cartridges rather than the bottles provided Eco Tank models with their ink supply.

review 872761 Kurio Student 9 Inch Windows 8 QC TableKurio SmartKurio Smart rated 8 out of 10

17 Apr 2017 in Laptops/PCs/Apple
A reasonably priced Tablet produced by a company in the toy field but equally useable – without restrictions – for an adult. Unlike a lot of recent Tablets this comes with a detachable keyboard and even the latest version of Windows 10 (v1607).

review 872762 Acronis True Image 201Acronis 2017 New GenerationAcronis 2017 New Generation rated 8 out of 10

16 Apr 2017 in Software
Last autumn I saw what was described as Acronis 2017; my first tests were problematic but settled down once a build 5554 was installed. This is still called Acronis 2017 but has a far higher build number at 6116; the latest editions new features are mentioned below.

review 872982 Jewel Match RoyalThe Princess and Gardener’s SonSuricate Software Jewel Match Royale rated 9 out of 10

How are your horticultural skills? I ask merely to ascertain your suitability for the required role of the main character in the game of Jewel Match: Royale. As you might suppose from the game’s title, this particular offering from Suricate Software combines Match-3 game play with a royal theme that might be currently relevant as it involves a romantic encounter between a member of the established royal family and a commoner.

review 872759 Vodafone Smart platinum Vodafone Platinum PlusVodafone Platinum Plus rated 8 out of 10

14 Apr 2017 in Phones
I know the centre of London quite well but move a few miles away it might just as well be a different city so I find Google Maps invaluable and that came into use just south of the Elephant and Castle whilst I was reviewing this unit.

review 872981 Prezziebox Soothing Sounds MachinHelp to RelaxLifemax Prezzybox Soothing Sounds Dial rated 6 out of 10

We live in a society where sounds can cause stress but they can also help us relax.

review 872980 game the far kingdomPrincess vs. WitchThe Far Kingdoms Lazy Turtle rated 7 out of 10

Developed by Lazy Turtle, The Far Kingdoms is a Hidden Object Adventure game set in a fairy tale type land with strange creatures and magic.

review 872914 Silvercrest Kitchen Tools Hand BlendeSilverCrest Hand Blender from LIDLSilverCrest Hand Blender from LIDL rated 8 out of 10

12 Apr 2017 in Homes and Gardens
I get the occasional chance to test items from LIDL and as in the case here they sometimes arrive in time to tell you about them before they go on sale in their stores. Here a hand blender that not only is the basic thing but comes with extra attachments for other tasks.

review 872983 Dell Optiplex 3050 Small Form Factor desktop computer Core iOptiPlex 3050 All-in-OneDell OptiPlex 3050 All-in-One rated 7 out of 10

This next offering from the Dell family of products sets out to reduce the amount of office space required for its presence.

review 872760 Philips Moda 24 inch LED IPS MonitoPhilips Moda 245Philips Moda 245 rated 8 out of 10

10 Apr 2017 in Laptops/PCs/Apple
This has a very small edge top and both sides and only a normal size at the base, it is also very thin. However the most important thing is the quality of the image on the screen, this is excellent and while I tried with the controls to better the ‘Auto’ settings I failed.

review 872765 Penclic Mini keyboard Bluetooth KBPenclic Mini Keyboard KB3Penclic Mini Keyboard KB3 rated 9 out of 10

9 Apr 2017 in Misc
How big is yours – relax you have not suddenly gone to a different type of website – I am talking about your keyboard, 46x17x3cm would not fall into the category of large, here however I am looking at one that can be described only as small.

review 872963 Bang & Olufsen BeoSound A Wall of Sound

8 Apr 2017 in Wireless Review : Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Shape
News has just filtered through regarding a new wireless speaker system soon to be made available. This is the innovatively named BeoSound Shape product which promises to combine high quality sound with a unique customisable design concept suitable for different environments.

review 872757 KODAK Verite 65 Plus Wireless Inkjet PrinterKodak Verite 65 PlusKodak Verite 65 Plus rated 8 out of 10

7 Apr 2017 in Printers/Scanners
Around four years ago I reviewed my previous Kodak printer, I was told they were shutting that part of the business but still producing cartridges for their units. I saw a Kodak offering last month from Curry’s for a Kodak Printer so this sent me into detective mode.

review 872837 Audeara headphoneMedical Designed Headphones

6 Apr 2017 in Wireless Review : Audeara
Adding to the range of wearable devices is news of a new type of headphones coming from Australia.

review 872842 game glimmeDefeating a Greedy DragonGlimmer Gamestudio rated 7 out of 10

5 Apr 2017 in Entertainment Review : Glimmer Gamestudio
Glimmer is a Match-3 adventure game set in the land of Elithium. Developed by Gamestudio Ludomo, this offering takes an approach that is different from the many other types of Match-3 game play that I have encountered.

review 872758 BenQ GW2270HM 22 Inch Eye Care MonitoBen Q Panel GW2270HMBen Q Panel GW2270HM rated 8 out of 10

5 Apr 2017 in Laptops/PCs/Apple
Having recently looked at various large and high resolution panels there is something soothing about a panel of average size with average resolution. This offering the GW2270 is exactly what the review below is all about, a 22inch panel displaying 1920x1080.

review 872845 Honor 6X Android SmartphonHuawei Honor 6XHuawei Honor 6X rated 8 out of 10

4 Apr 2017 in Phones
As part of its presence at CES 2017, Huawei launched its Honor 6X handset. This latest addition to the company’s popular range of handsets comes with the claim of being the world’s first smartphone to come with dual-camera functionality priced at under £250.

review 872549 Philips Connected Digital Ear ThermometePhilips In Ear Thermometer DL8740Philips In Ear Thermometer DL8740 rated 8 out of 10

3 Apr 2017 in Health and Beauty
This is the last of the five recently launched Health items from Philips. In fact for most the words should be ‘unhealthy items’ but that would infer that the items are unhealthy when in fact it’s the user who has the health issues. ‘Unhealth’ should perhaps be the word, when we go to see our doctor most visits will be to a ‘Health’ centre when surely it should be ‘Unhealth’ centre but that word gives my spell checker palpitations.

review 872729 Kurio Kids SmartwatcKurio WatchKurio Watch rated 6 out of 10

2 Apr 2017 in Entertainment
Almost every bus journey I make sees babies in a pram or pushchair playing with their parents SmartPhone. Now the SmartWatch is growing in popularity kids are going to want to play with that as well so here something that might prevent that confrontation.

review 872700 Arlo Pro Security System Rechargeable Wire Free HD CamerWire-Free Security CameraNETGEAR Arlo Pro rated 7 out of 10

1 Apr 2017 in Wireless Review : NETGEAR Arlo Pro
NETGEAR continues to develop its Arlo home security systems with the release of its Pro product.

review 872550 BeeLine Bicycle Sat NaBeeLine Bicycle Sat NavBeeLine Bicycle Sat Nav rated 7 out of 10

31 Mar 2017 in Health and Beauty
I think only one previous Sat Nav that I had seen has had a specific bicycle mode, this was interesting as it enabled things like bridle ways into the journey equation. A pedestrian Sat Nav would allow progress down one way streets. This offering from Beeline is rather different again.

review 872699 epson et2600 eco tank all purpose printeEco Tank PrinterEpson ET-2600 rated 8 out of 10

30 Mar 2017 in Printers/Scanners Review : Epson ET-2600
More expensive than champagne when sold in cartridge format, Epson can supply ink in bottles for some of its printers.

review 872697 Graven The Purple Moon ProphecThe Shadow of the MoonGamehouse Graven: The Purple Moon Prophency rated 6 out of 10

The arrival of a comet starts you off on an adventure to defeat an evil demon who threatens to take over the world.

review 872728 Blink Home Security Camera SysteBlink Home SecurityBlink Home Security rated 9 out of 10

29 Mar 2017 in Cameras
The cameras supplied with this product are truly wireless – no Ethernet and no power – as they run on the supplied batteries that last for on average two years. So once an intruder is detected the image is on its way to the Cloud and then back to your phone instantly.

review 872698 Edifier MP233 portable bluetooth speakerEdifier Goes PortableEdifier MP233 rated 9 out of 10

28 Mar 2017 in Wireless Review : Edifier MP233
Adding to its range of speakers, Edifier has delivered a Bluetooth portable speaker with microSD capability.

review 872542 wileyfox swift 2x android mobile smart phonWileyFox Swift 2 XWileyFox Swift 2 X rated 7 out of 10

27 Mar 2017 in Phones
At the end of last year WileyFox launched two new SmartPhones, at the event it was let slip that another was soon to be launched, during terrible January weather it was launched and this is what it was all about a larger screen with higher resolution and a larger battery.
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