TWIG: Brasso Gadgetcare, Twonky Beam and Savoo Answers

The Week in Gadgets.

As someone who is surrounded by glossy screens I’ve grown to accept that there will be a certain, unavoidable number of smudges on all my devices. Brasso have decided that this is not the case, and rose from their 110 year slumber to bring Brasso Gadgetcare to the market.

Brasso

Whilst I had simply been using my tie to clean my iPad, Brasso have instead provided a silicone gel and micro-fiber cloth solution that is vastly superior to my 100% silk endeavors. Brasso uses anti-static technology to repel dust from the surface of your devices. I used a little on my iMac screen – which when switched off is simply a big dusty mirror and the results were encouraging. I then applied a few drops to my iPad and iPhone to see how they would fare on a smudge level over a couple of days.

Whilst not exactly perfect – there were a few marks on the screen after a day or two’s normal use, it was definitely better that it would have been and my tie was definitely better as a result. Brasso is available from selected stores for about £5.

As you would probably expect, I buy a lot of gadgets and am infuriated when I overpay or miss out on a great deal. Savoo – a voucher code website that published live deals – has launched Savoo Answers – a new Internet shopping service. Crowd sourced information on online bargains is collated and emailed in response to any questions you might have. These answers are also shared with the general public. So if you have a question about LED TVs, they will let you know which manufactures have deals – and where. Whilst not life changing, it certainly can’t hurt. Give it a whirl.

It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t squeeze in some mention of an app – and the Android Marketplace has been a little neglected in these pages, so I thought it would be good to draw your attention to a new Android app from PacketVideo called TwonkyBeam Mobile Android. Despite the ridiculous name, the app actually has a fair amount of promise – beaming media content (music, videos or photos) to your internet connected devices – TVs, HiFis or some of the better digital photoframes. You will need more up-to-date hardware , such as a DLNA enabled TVs, streaming iPod docks or Sonos type systems. You can connect to sites such as Last FM, Flickr or Facebook.
Check out a video here.

Twonky Mobile for Android is available today in the Android Store and will be free for a limited time only. Starting in January 2011, the app will be $2.99.

TWIG: StumbleUpon, FaceBook Places, Action Cam

The Week In Gadgets

This week saw a number of interesting announcements centring about the Internet. And a Head camera.

Action-Head-Cam

Wired editor Chris Anderson did a Nas and proclaimed that the Web was dead, before a number of companies and columnists rose to dispute his claim. At the same time StumbleUpon released a mobile app for Android and iPhone handsets, which I found pertinent as the original incarnation of StumpleUpon helped me to “rediscover” the Internet and brought weird and wonderful websites to my attention longer before social sharing on sites such as Twitter and FaceBook and in mobile form should be ideal for “lost moments” waiting for buses or idly loitering. Speaking of which, both these social networking Titans unveiled changes, with Twitter hoping to making finding people easier via the “You Both Follow” feature. Facebook released the geolocation based Facebook Places, bringing the annoyance of FourSquare and GoWalla check-ins into your timeline. It will probably be huge. According to Facebook, “with Places, you can discover moments when you and your friends are at the same place at the same time”. Thank goodness someone created a solution to that problem. Places is US only at the moment but will spread to these shores soon enough.

In the office, we took at look at Logitech’s G series of gaming hardware, for the hardcore PC gamer. We also had some quality time with the Linksys WAG320N router, a pretty robust networking solution that fulfils all your Network Admin dreams (you do have Network Admin dreams don’t you?) saved some money with Current Cost and reviewed some iPod docks.

My favourite gadget out this week was the Action Cam from Chilli Technology (pictured). Basically a medium res video camera you strap to your head, the Action Cam is a great way to capture action (or indeed arty) video shots. The Action Cam has a CMOS 1.3 MP sensor, records at 640×480 at 30 fps and takes up to 32GB of SD Card based storage. Of course there are many head cams on the market already, but the Action Cam is only £24.99, putting it in the hands of “ordinary” extreme sports enthusiasts. Footage from skiing holidays, cycling trips all possible and you can even try and recreate the Jigsaw Falling Into Place video

You should be able to pick one up from Amazon UK.