Posts By Gabrielle Pickard

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Going full circle with the Ricoh Theta M15 

By Gabrielle Pickard,

It might look like a colourful ladies’ razor, the kind of thing you’d use as a stocking filler to bulk out your missus’ presents on Christmas Day. You’d be grossly mistaken. This simple-looking device is capable of capturing a spherical… Read article

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Blackberry Passport: are looks all that matter?

By Gabrielle Pickard,

It’s big. Its corners are concisely squared. It’s got a large touch screen and a prominent touch-enabled keyboard. It certainly doesn’t sound like the wave of bendy, rounded, dainty and miniscule smartphones that have been released onto the market recently…. Read article

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Galaxy Note Edge: curves in all the right places?

By Gabrielle Pickard,

“A superb-looking handset that offers something brand-new in the market. Let’s hope Samsung doesn’t make the Note Edge a limited edition,” were the words of Tech Radar. Considering that when a new and wildly anticipated device enters the market it… Read article

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Neato Botvac robotic vacuum cleaners: What the critics think

By Gabrielle Pickard,

It’s uncanny how a manufacturer of vacuum cleaners either wittingly or unwittingly gave a new verb to the English speaking world to describe the chore of vacuuming. “Hoover up” became the chosen verb, rather than “Dyson up” or “Numatic the… Read article

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Streaming high with the new Parrot Bebop Drone

By Gabrielle Pickard,

American citrus farmers are flying drones over their crops in order to check harvests for ripeness. Estate agents are taking enticing air videos to show to would-be customers. Roof inspections can be carried out by drones, saving time, money and… Read article

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Humax STA-1200 BSW: The “world slimmest soundbar”

By Gabrielle Pickard,

Humax, a UK provider of specialist digital set-top boxes, has entered the audio market, launching what the company claims to be the “world’s slimmest” soundbar. The STA-1200 BSW is a compact and stylish soundbar, which, according to the Humax press… Read article

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Oculus Rift “Crystal Cove”: What the critics are saying

By Gabrielle Pickard,

“Of all the exciting, innovative products we’ve seen at CES this year, the Oculus Rift “Crystal Cove” prototype is unquestionably the best of the best,” Engadget, January 2014. When you consider the international CES is the biggest annual consumer electronics and… Read article

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Initial reactions to the forthcoming Nikon D4S

By Gabrielle Pickard,

Apparently CES 2014 wasn’t the premier showcase for groundbreaking digital imaging products it has been in other years. Instead a huge array of 4K + televisions took centre stage. That wasn’t to say cameras were entirely void of the world’s… Read article

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Best ‘smart’ health and fitness gadgets for 2014

By Gabrielle Pickard,

We take a look at the latest and greatest in the world of ‘smart’ fitness and health products for 2014. The LG Lifeband Touch If you ‘conveniently’ have difficulty remembering when it’s time to exercise or justifiably find it hard… Read article