- Review: Mophie Charge Force Desk Mount
Mophie Charge Force Desk Mount is a position for wireless charging of mobile phones with QI charging. Your smartphone is attached to the stand with a strong magnet. Your smartphone can not be charged directly with Desk Mount, but requires a Mophie Juice Pack or Charge Force Case battery. I have tested the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with Juice Pack (our review is coming tomorrow). Without Juice Pack, the phone moves off Desk Mount. The mobile sits via a magnet on the plate on the desk mount. It has a moving ball joint, which allows the mobile to be placed at different angles if you want to use the mobile while charging. In addition, the member turns to keep the phone standing or lying. Unfortunately, the angle is a bit bad upward. It was not much, but I still think that the position should be able to angle slightly upwards. Wireless QI charging takes longer than via wall adapter. Here are numbers of charging times (if the phone is not in use). 25 % – 43 min 50 % – 89 min 75 % – 1 h 15 min 100 % – 3 h 11 min Considering that you charge your phone wireleslly I would say that this is really good charging times. The Mophie Charge Force Desk Mount has a limited use because a Mophie Juice Pack battery shell is required for Desk Mount to work. For anyone with Juice Pack or Charge Force Case, Desk Mount is a really good charging position/gadget and gadget that I highly recommend.
- Press Release: NZXT introduces the new Kraken M Series
NZXT introduces the new Kraken M Series Copenhagen – March 6th, 2018 – NZXT today announces the expansion of its award-winning Kraken all-in-one liquid CPU cooler family with the new Kraken M Series. The new Kraken M22 delivers NZXT’s signature RGB and infinite-mirror effects in a more affordable AIO CPU cooler. “The reception for the Kraken X Series has been amazing. Our infinite-mirror and RGB lighting effects are a favorite among PC gamers looking to customize their rig,” says Johnny Hou, NZXT’s founder and CEO. “One of the biggest requests from our community has been to deliver that same signature look at a lower price point. The new Kraken M22 does exactly that.” Kraken M22 features: Advanced RGB lighting modes for a fully customizable and dynamic lighting experience that syncs with other NZXT HUE accessories. Complete lighting control through the powerful and versatile CAM* software Reinforced, extended tubing for added strength and protection Includes a radiator-optimized Aer P 120mm high-static pressure fan designed specifically to deliver excellent performance in a liquid cooling setup 3-year warranty Master your Control Full integration with NZXT’s CAM software makes it easy to choose from a variety of lighting effects, including syncing with other HUE accessories by using the desktop or mobile app. Light Your Way with CAM Customize the look of the pump, featuring a dazzling infinite-mirror effect, with the most advanced lighting effects found in an AIO liquid cooler. The Kraken series includes numerous customizable presets and reactive modes to respond to changes in system conditions, such as temperatures and audio output. Liquid-Cooled Perfection with Radiator Optimized Aer P Fans The Aer P 120 radiator fans are designed for liquid-cooling perfection. Featuring a chamfered intake and fluid dynamic bearings, they deliver silent operation, durability, and powerful cooling performance. They can also be customized using removable color trims (sold separately). Reinforced Extended Tubing Fine nylon sleeves are added to strengthen the rubber tubing. As an added protective layer, it shields your Kraken cooler tubes from potential damage during handling. No Compromise Quality The Kraken M Series is built to the exacting standards of the X Series, with the same quality of materials and attention to detail. It achieves a more aggressive price point by including just the essential features. Unlike the current Kraken X Series coolers, the new M22 does not include built-in fan control or liquid temperature monitoring. Instead, users can use the PWM fan headers on their motherboard, or from fan controllers like the NZXT GRID+ V3 or the Smart Device included in NZXT’s H700i, H400i or H200i cases. CAM can still provide CPU temperature and pump speed information, along with other system-level parametric data. *CAM software requires Microsoft Windows® 10 operating system. An internet connection is needed to download CAM, and some CAM-powered features require internet access, a valid email address, and acceptance of our current Terms of Service. Pricing and availability The NZXT Kraken M22 will be available from late March with Nordic RRPs as follows: –Sweden: 999 SEK Norway: 949 NOK Denmark: 739 DKK Finland: 99,99 EUR Please visit NZXT.com for additional information. See more high res images and full specifications here.
- Press Release: NZXT expands its award-winning Kraken X series
Copenhagen – March 6th, 2018 – NZXT today announces the expansion of its award-winning Kraken all-in-one liquid cooler line with the all-new Kraken X72. The first 360mm AIO liquid cooler from NZXT, the Kraken X72 delivers the series’ most powerful cooling performance to date, with the stunning beauty and effortless customization the series is renowned for. “Since the launch of our all-new Kraken series, we have heard from our community about the need for a more powerful solutions that can deliver the cooling performance required from higher TDP processors,” says Johnny Hou, NZXT’s founder and CEO. “The Kraken X72 is well-positioned to serve user’s cooling needs in an ever-evolving market, all with the look the Kraken series is known for.” Kraken X72 features: Superior liquid cooling performance with over 33% more surface area than 240mm form factor AIO coolers Complete lighting and cooling control through the powerful and versatile CAM* software Advanced RGB lighting modes for a fully customizable and dynamic lighting experience Reinforced, extended tubing for added strength and protection Includes 3 radiator-optimized Aer P 120mm high-static pressure fans designed for liquid cooling perfection Industry Leading 6-year warranty Engineered for Performance The all-new Kraken series of liquid coolers features a pump that is both quieter and capable of displacing more liquid than previous generations. The enhanced design achieves superior cooling while keeping fan noise to a minimum. Master your Control Intuitive design and full integration with NZXT’s CAM software allows users to manage and adapt Kraken’s performance with precision and ease using the desktop or mobile app. Light Your Way with CAM Customize the look of the pump, featuring a dazzling infinite-mirror effect, with the most advanced lighting effects found in an AIO liquid cooler. The Kraken series includes numerous customizable presets and reactive modes to respond to changes in system conditions, such as temperatures and audio output. Liquid-Cooled Perfection with Radiator Optimized Aer P Fans The Aer P 120 radiator fans are designed for liquid-cooling perfection. Featuring a chamfered intake and fluid dynamic bearings, they deliver silent operation, durability, and powerful cooling performance. They can also be customized using removable color trims (sold separately). Reinforced Extended Tubing Fine nylon sleeves are added to strengthen the rubber tubing. As an added protective layer, it shields your Kraken cooler tubes from potential damage during handling. *CAM software requires Microsoft Windows® 10 operating system. An internet connection is needed to download CAM, and some CAM-powered features require internet access, a valid email address, and acceptance of our current Terms of Service. Pricing and availability The NZXT X72 will be available from late March with Nordic RRPs as follows: Sweden: 1999 SEK Norway: 1899 NOK Denmark: 1479 DKK Finland: 199,90 EUR Please visit NZXT.com for additional information. See more high res images and full specifications here.
- Today’s Links February 24, 2018
Press Release: Clean up your messy cables and switch to Wireless Houten, 12 February 2018 – Xtorm, market leader in mobile charging solutions, starts the year on a high note by taking on your messy charging cables. If your smartphone is suited for wireless charging, a wireless charger by Xtorm will be the perfect addition to your desk or night stand! Get rid of those loose cables Loose charging cables in your interior often look messy and always end up disappearing behind the desk or night stand when you need them. A wireless charger by Xtorm is the perfect solution to keep your interior tidy, elegant and clean. Moreover, it is very easy! Simply put your smartphone on the wireless charger and charging starts automatically. Innovative All wireless chargers by Xtorm use Qi (derived from the Chinese word qi, which means energy flow), a wireless charging standard used by, amongst others, Apple, Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia, BlackBerry, Sony, and many more. The use of the latest technology in our products also ensures that you can simply use wireless charging to charge your smartphone through the phone case*. Always the right solution Thanks to the broad range of Wireless products by Xtorm, there is always a product in our selection that perfectly fits your needs. Besides the elegant Charging Stand Angle, Wireless Fast Charging Pad Freedom and a wireless power bank, we also offer integrated wireless charging solutions. These can be built into, for example, a desktop, night stand or other piece of furniture of your choice. Start the year right and clean up your cables with Xtorm! Price and availability The recommended sales prices for all our Wireless Chargers is €39. The are available from several (online) stores and at xtorm.eu. Xtorm offers a two-year warranty and unlimited help desk support on all her products. About Xtorm Xtorm was founded in 2008 and is part of the Dutch company Telco Accessories B.V., which has its head office in Houten (NL). Xtorm designs, manufactures and markets innovative universal mobile charging solutions. Xtorm Business products complement the range. Xtorm products are contemporary, user friendly and high quality. Xtorm products are currently available in 57 countries worldwide. For more information visit www.xtorm.eu. * Excluding metal cases. Ordered my first Watch Winder It’s always important to take care of your gadgets I can not wait for it to arrive and take care of my Aqua Racer the way it is supposed to be taken care of Do you use a watch winder? Coming tuesday… Amora mustard The mustard that I ordered earlier this week is coming on Tuesday… It will be interesting to see if this purchase pans out for me.. What do you think? Review: Moto Insta-Share Printer for Moto Z2 We don’t know if we should be talking about Lenovo or Motorola because the line between the parent company and its subsidiary is a bit blurred, but, nevertheless, the popular brand has announced a Moto Mod dedicated to photo printing: the Insta-Share Printer. Polaroid makes a comeback with a version 2.0 Our younger readers perhaps have never seen a Polaroid. These devices allowed you to print a photo immediately after taking it, but developments in the photography world and the arrival of camera phones (and the digital age, generally) caused the Polaroid to fall into disuse. However, now, it is making a comeback in a different form: a Moto Mod. In theory, the basic concept remains the same since you take a photo (this time with a smartphone) and use the printer to print it. Of course, it’s quite different in practice as the Mod is much smaller, quieter and smarter. Another huge advantage: you don’t have to print all the photos you take. You can choose to print only the photos that you think are worthy of printing. Therefore, photos won’t be needlessly thrown in the trash and trees will be saved. Note that there’s a link available in the app to order more paper. Of course, Motorola hopes that nostalgia will serve it well in its sales, because the device is aimed at a very specific type of customer. A simple configuration Like all the Moto Mods, this Printer attaches to the back of your Moto smartphone in a specific area. It snaps on and off very easily and, no matter how much you move around, it won’t unclip itself. To take it off, you have to lift up the notch, which is reassuring since that shows you can use it outside without worrying about it falling off. The camera at the top of the smartphone is still visible through a hole in the Mod which was included for this purpose. Underneath, the Mod expands the size of the device because of the paper reserve and the printing system which allows the photo to exit through the slot. You can, of course, open it to insert more paper when your reserve is empty, but you must be careful that you print in a 2 x 3-inch format. By default, the printer uses ZINK Zero-Ink, a technology that already appeared on a previous Polaroid device: the Instant Snap Touch. For your information, it costs $10 for a pack of 20 photos (50 cents per photo) or $15 for a pack of 30 photos. The initial configuration is extremely simple. Once the Mod is attached, a message appears on the screen to inform you that both devices are connected and, the first time, it will ask you to install the device’s official app. There are no necessary tweaks to be made in order to use this device, it is already set up and ready to be used. What can you do with this printer and how do you use it? You must use the dedicated app in order to use this Moto Mod. The app is called Insta-Share Printer and, as you can imagine, it allows you to do many things. Let’s start with the most obvious function: Taking a photo followed by printing it. On the app’s home screen, you’ll see a “Take photo” button, press it and take your photo, then select it on the following screen. A new screen will open: It will allow you to edit the photo by changing the filters and playing with the saturation, contrast, brightness and many others. You can also change the borders, add text and other elements (a sheriff’s hat, perhaps). When you’re ready, all you have to do is press “Print” at the top right-hand side of the screen. The photo will immediately start printing and you’ll quickly have your printed photo in your hands. In short, a Polaroid with a personalized image. However, you can do even more with it. Perhaps you want to use a photo that you’ve already taken and not just one that you have to take there and then. Don’t worry, this is also possible. On one hand, the app allows you to access a gallery in which you can find all the photos taken with the app, including those that haven’t been printed already. Yes, they are automatically stored. What’s even more interesting is that you can directly access your photo gallery, specifically the one from your smartphone. You’ll find all your photos and you’ll be able to select the ones that you want. Other image sources are also possible to access. The button at the bottom right-hand side of the screen allows you to connect to Google to access Google Photos. The button to its left is Instagram, and as you’ve already guessed, it allows you to connect to your account. To the left of this button, you’ll, of course, find the Facebook icon which also allows you to connect to your social media to access photos. The mode on the left-hand side is the default mode, meaning the mode that allows you to access images stored on your smartphone. What about battery life? The Moto Mod Insta-Share Printer has its own battery and its own Type-C USB port. Unfortunately, the port is situated at the back, so it is inaccessible when it is connected to the smartphone. You have to remove the Moto Mod and charge it separately. Unlike other Moto Mods, it isn’t possible to directly connect the phone and the printer, so it’s a shame that its battery is so limited. You can take around twenty photos before the Insta-Share Printer runs out of steam. What about the print quality? The camera quality is really good as you can understand it feels like I am using a real Polaroid camera just like back in the day… Conclusion It is a great add on for your Moto Z2 series device… It really brings another aspect to your Moto device. Available now for 199 US Dollar and ready for you to purchase. Today’s Links February 10, 2018 So this is a first… I just ordered mustard on Amazon I just ordered mustard on Amazon Germany, this will be a first to see how well this works and how well it tastes… I am planning on reporting back when I have some more information when the package arrives Review Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL PowerBanks are especially useful for loading small mobile devices on the run. However, there are models that can even charge a laptop. One of them is the Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL, which we had the opportunity to test in practice. I have a lot of power banks, which differ in capacity, available ports and dimensions, but none is able to supply electricity to my computer. As soon as the opportunity to test the Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL appeared, I immediately took advantage of it. Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL is a great companion for the MacBook. At the outset, it has to be noted that this is a heavy class powerbank. It is longer, wider, thicker and heavier than my phone, i.e. the iPhone X – it measures 150 x 83.75 x 23.2 mm at a mass of 390 g. I am able to forgive because of a cell with a capacity of 19500 mAh. It allows recharging portable devices several times or recharging Apple’s notebook at once. The device has the shape of a flat cuboid in which one of the edges has been slightly cut. The housing has a black color and has been covered with a pleasant to the touch, dark gray material. Powerbank looks unusual and elegant, and it fits in color with the Space Gray MacBook. I am afraid, however, that after wearing it loosely in a backpack, the material will not destroy quickly. Powerbank for a laptop in practice. The powerbank has a USB-C port that supports USB-PD technology necessary for charging laptops (30W). The device in the default setting loads the laptop, but charging the accessory from the computer is also possible. All you have to do is hold down the button for changing the operating mode on the housing to change the direction of the current flow. Whether the powerbank is charging or supplying electricity signals the order in which the LEDs in the housing light up. Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL will also charge other devices than laptops. In addition to the USB-C port, there is also a classic USB-A (5V / 2.4A) port that allows you to charge devices other than notebooks, that is, smartphones, tablets, wireless headphones, cameras, etc. Of course, there is nothing stopping you, to simultaneously charge more than one device from the powerbank, using USB-C and USB-A ports simultaneously. You just have to remember to bring the necessary cables together with the backpack accessory. It’s a pity – I liked powerbanks, which have short cables hidden in the housing. However, this solution has its drawbacks. You can not connect to the cable accessory with any plug at the end, and it would also increase the size of the Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL. Powerbank from Mophie is ideally suited for travel. In fact, the link is difficult to discharge in one day. In addition, it starts charging the devices immediately after connecting the cable. You do not need a powerbank to turn on every time, which is necessary in some models of such accessories – often in older and cheaper ones. The manufacturer also thought about situations in which users have access to a limited number of sockets. This is a common problem when traveling abroad to countries where the sockets have a different shape than in Poland and require adapters. Powerbank can be an intermediary between the socket and, for example, a telephone. How to charge Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL? After returning home or hotel, you can connect the Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL to the current through the USB-C port and start charging. At the same time, you can connect another device to the USB-A port. Thanks to the Priority + function, the power from the outlet will flow first to the connected device, and only then will the powerbank be topped up. The manufacturer in the box, unfortunately, does not include a charger. However, the powerbank can be charged from other chargers with a USB-C port, a laptop with USB-C or a USB-A charger with a 2.4V port. The box has two short cables: two-sided USB-C and USB-C / USB-A. You just have to remember that the USB-C port is used to charge the powerbank, not USB-A. Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL has only one major disadvantage. Everything breaks, unfortunately, about the price. Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL has been priced at as much as PLN 630. In the Apple Store you can buy it a bit cheaper, for 569 PLN. You can buy several smaller power banks for this kind of money. Even those with a larger capacity than the Mophie brand accessory can be much cheaper. Powerbank, however, distinguishes itself with an elegant design, small dimensions as well as the option of charging laptops. There is no point in cheating – for many people its price will simply be prohibitive. In addition, to quickly charge the iPhone or iPad with powerbank, you will need to purchase a USB-C / Lightning cable separately. Today’s Links February 3, 2018 Today’s Links January 27, 2018 New gadgets from Mophie New gadgets from my friends at Mophie arrived to review 🙂 Excited to play with these and see how well they work for me. Anyone have any questions ? Let me know in the comment section . Press Release: This power bank charges your laptop on the go Houten, 22 January 2018 – Xtorm, manufacturer of mobile charging solutions, launches an extra powerful power bank to make your mobile lifestyle easier. It’s even able to charge a laptop via USB-C! The Power Bank Infinity is part of the innovative and stylish Xtorm Power Bank range, the XB2 line. The Power Banks in this line combine unique features with a well thought-out design for which it’s received two awards: the Red Dot Design Award 2017 and the iF DESIGN AWARD 2017. Infinite energy The Power Bank Infinity enables endless charging of mobile devices wherever you are. This Power Bank has a 26,800mAh internal battery. This provides enough power to charge a smartphone at least 13 times or a tablet/MacBook at least 1,5 times. It is possible to charge up to four devices at once through three regular USB type A ports and one USB type C port. Perfect for your laptop The Power Bank Infinity contains a 45 Watts USB-C port, enabling you to charge the very latest models of MacBook and compatible laptops, via the USB-C to USB-C cable that’s included with the power bank. Moreover, the Power Bank Infinity has a removable integrated USB-C and micro USB cable. This means you’ll always have a cable at hand if you need to charge other mobile devices and smartphones. Essential The 45W USB-C Power Bank Infinity is the ideal charging solution for when you have no access to a plug socket for a length of time, making it the perfect travel accessory for business trips and holidays. The quality combined with the competitive price of €119,- make this power bank a true must-have. Charge your smartphone, tablet, MacBook or other USB-C compatible laptops wherever and whenever you want! About Xtorm Xtorm was founded in 2008 and is part of the Dutch company Telco Accessories B.V., which has its head office in Houten (NL). Xtorm designs, manufactures and markets innovative universal mobile charging solutions. Xtorm Business products complement the range. Xtorm products are contemporary, user friendly and high quality. Xtorm products are currently available in 57 countries worldwide. For more information visit www.xtorm.eu. Bose QC 35 with Google Assistant.. Bose also sent me their updated version of the QC35, the version that comes with Google Assistant. I am curious to how well it works with Google Assistant built into the headphones… Anyone used these? New Gadget: Bose Soundlink Micro Another new gadget arrived to review The Bose Soundlink Micro… I have been looking for a portable speaker that I can carry with me every day. Is this the answer? I do not know yet but I am looking forward to playing it and seeing how well it works with my daily usage. New Gadget: Motorola Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Another exciting gadget that just arrived here to review The Polaroid Insta-Share Printer for my Moto Z2 Force. This is the first time that I am going to use a printer connected to my phone so that will be an interesting experience. Anyone used it? If you have any questions let me know in the comment section and I would be happy to answer them. Today’s Links January 13, 2018 New gadget: Moto X4 Moto just sent me their X4.. A great small phone fully packed with features.. Really excited to play with this one and experience the Moto form factor in a smaller shape. Anyone else experienced it? What are your thoughts? Lost 10 KG thanks to Nokia Body I have been using a Nokia Body for the last couple of months and so far I have been loving the experience.. It actually got me to start losing weight, excercising and eating right.. So far I am down 10 KG. How has your health gadget experience been? If you are looking for a good ecosystem to use and loose weight I highly recommend the Nokia echo system.. Today’s Links January 6, 2018 Christmas Holiday I am on chrismas holiday so that is why there has been a lack of updates.. I will be backat the end of next week with some amazing reviews and columns If you have any questions let me know in the comment section Today’s Links December 30, 2017 Today’s Links December 23, 2017 I’m back I’m back 😎 I’ve been sick for the last two weeks but yo can expect that everything will go back to normal 😉 The picture above is a review that I am preparing to go live under next week. New gadget: Cables from Xtorm Just got some new cables from Xtorm to review.somehow I always manage to break the cables at my disposal so it will great to test these out and see how wel they work. Review Netgear Aircard 790 With the Netgear AirCard 790 Mobile Hotspot router, the whole family can easily share 4g connectivity in town or in the country. In addition, it lasts unusually long. The most common way to use a mobile 4g broadband (or 3g with that part) is via the USB stick that most often accompanies the subscription. As this is usually a smooth solution, it has its limitations. For example, if you have a tablet that only has wifi, you can not use the surf pin with this. And if you are more in the family who want to share the connection (or if you have multiple devices you want to connect at the same time), this is best done by solving with a hassle of internet sharing via the computer. Easier then using a mobile router like the Netgear AirCard 790 Mobile Hotspot! This allows the whole family to quickly and easily access the mobile broadband, for example, in the city or in the country. It is small, battery-powered and is not very complicated to use. However, the Netgear AirCard 790 has a pair of aces in the rocker arm compared to these routers, but unfortunately also a real Black Petter as well. The first ace is battery life. The Netgear AirCard 790 can be used for up to 11 hours (300 hours of standby time). To further improve battery life, you can choose wifi range (short, medium, long), with shorter ranges intended to provide better battery life. During our tests, however, the effect of this setting was marginal, both in terms of battery life and range. For the sake of unusualness, however, the specified battery time was found to be correct and 11 hours was rather at the bottom. This can be compared to the 4-hour battery life of the aforementioned routers. The second ace is the 2.4 inch color touchscreen. This screen provides timely information about such as connection time, data usage, remaining battery percentages and network name / passwords (these can also be easily hidden). This is very smooth, but the big advantage is that settings and configurations are bus-easy to perform. Starting a guest network and setting a password for this, for example, takes 30 seconds, instead of having to go through a web browser to get into a tricky router interface. As a complement, you can also use the easy-to-use app for IOS or Android. Performance wise the Netgear AirCard 790 is very good. Compared with previously tested routers, it is at the top of speed and it goes as fast as via our desktop 4g router or when we drive with the USB stick directly on the computer. Even in scope, it is fine. As with previously tested mobile routers, it certainly loses performance when the distance increases, but neither more nor less than its competitors. Compared to a stationary router, it obviously makes it easy to finger your fingers, but on the other hand, it’s seldom the key to a mobile router when you usually sit right next to it and work. Conclusion Are you prepared to pay the high price of almost $ 300, the Netgear AirCard 790 Mobile Hotspot is an excellent mobile router. Small, easy to use, fast and with good battery life. This is undoubtedly the best mobile router we have tested! Linked Philips Hue to Google Home I just linked my Philips Hue lights to Google Home. Amazing being able to turn on my lights by using my voice. Have you connected your Hue Lights to Google Home? Today’s Links November 18, 2017 Press Release: IK Multimedia releases iRig Keys I/O 25 & 49 controllers with 96kHz/24bit audio interface IK Multimedia releases iRig Keys I/O 25 & 49 keyboard controllers with integrated high-resolution recording interface Feature-rich, ultra-light keyboard controller series for iOS, Mac and PC with full-size keys, onboard 96kHz/24-bit audio interface, Class A preamp and a massive software collection November 16, 2017 – IK Multimedia is proud to announce that iRig Keys I/O, the revolutionary keyboard controller range featuring a built-in audio interface, is now shipping worldwide. iRig Keys I/O is much more than just a simple controller, it is a true studio centrepiece providing users with a flexible way to complete their music productions from start to end using a single piece of equipment that is unmatched for speed and simplicity of use. iRig Keys I/O comes with either 25 or 49 full-size keys offering a synth-action keybed and integrates a professional, high-definition 96kHz/24-bit audio interface with a high-performance Class A preamp allowing users to record their instruments and microphones (including condenser mics requiring 48V phantom power) via its convenient combo 1/4″/XLR input. Plus, it provides all the creative controls expected from a premium keyboard controller such as velocity sensitive, multicoloured pads, programmable touch-sensitive sliders, buttons and assignable knobs. Built-in professional audio interface for studio quality sound iRig Keys I/O is the only keyboard controller range currently available on the market to feature an integrated professional 96kHz/24-bit audio interface. The intelligent, elegant layout makes it possible to keep all cabling to a minimum and makes setting up as fast and easy as just plug and play. The combo input sports a high-quality Class A preamp and accepts both 1/4″ and XLR sources including dynamic and condenser microphones (with 48V phantom power), line instruments, guitars and basses. When used live, the 1/4″ balanced stereo output can be used to run the signal directly to a PA or mixer. All of this makes iRig Keys I/O the ideal creative tool for studio or live use, in any situation, providing a solution that is more convenient and affordable than having to purchase a controller and audio interface separately.Full control at the touch of a finger iRig Keys I/O represents a huge step forward and introduces the next generation of IK keyboards. Both models feature a fast synth-action keybed, a volume/data push knob, 4 touch-sensitive knobs in 2 banks (acting as 8 total controls) and 8 multicoloured LED-lit velocity sensitive pads. There are also 2 fully programmable touch control strips, set by default as Pitch and Modulation controls and a complete touch sensitive transport and button section, for a true “hands-on” approach to controlling all the most important functions of a DAW or virtual instrument. All available controls exploit the latest-generation capacitive technology for ultra-fast action and immediate feedback, displaying the related parameter value at the touch of a finger for instant visual reference. True plug-and-play iRig Keys I/O is Apple certified MFi hardware (Made for iPhone and iPad) which means it works right out of the box with all iOS devices with a Lightning port, including the latest iPhone. The included Lightning cable allows for easy connection to iOS devices while the included USB cable connects to Mac and PC computers. iRig Keys I/O works seamlessly with the most popular Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) like Logic Pro®, Ableton® Live™, GarageBand® and many others. The travelling producer’s dream iRig Keys I/O 25 & 49 are the smallest controllers with full-size keys on the market today and are 25% lighter than the nearest competitor. This is a great advantage when working on the road, in small studios or in any environment where space is at a premium. Their design makes them also ideal for the travelling musician/producer who demands utmost portability but without sacrificing performance. Furthermore, iRig Keys I/O can be powered via USB, using an optional external power supply (that simultaneously charges the connected iOS device) or with 4 AA batteries, for complete mobile music production. For added convenience there are travel bags, available separately, for carrying the 25 key and 49 key versions of iRig Keys I/O. For recording vocals on the go, iRig Keys I/O Mic (sold separately), is a gooseneck condenser microphone that plugs directly into the input jack eliminating the need for a stand.Full suite of professional software included With over $/€550 (in the 25-key version) and $/€750 (in the 49-key version) worth of IK’s professional software and apps included, iRig Keys I/O provides users with everything they need to start, develop and complete their musical productions from A to Z, both inside a professional DAW or using recording software like GarageBand®. Included in both versions of iRig Keys I/O is Ableton® Live 9 Lite™ digital audio workstation, IK’s SampleTank 3 sound and groove workstation, with over 43GB and 5000 inspiring sounds, T-RackS 4 Deluxe mix and mastering suite, with 9 powerful EQ and dynamics processors and the Pro-V vintage synthesizer, which is derived from Syntronik, IK’s legendary synth powerhouse for Mac/PC. iPhone and iPad users will also receive the full version of SampleTank. Additionally, the 49-key version comes with Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE orchestral workstation for Mac/PC and the mobile edition for iOS. Pricing and availability iRig Keys I/O is available from the IK Multimedia online store and IK authorized dealers worldwide for just $/€299.99* for the 49-key version and $/€199.99 for the 25-key version. In addition to the massive bundle of included software, iRig Keys I/O comes with 4 x AA batteries, Mini-DIN to USB and Mini-DIN to Lightning cables and a device stand for iPhone and iPad. New Gadget: Hue lights from Philips New gadgets from Philips just arrived today The Philips Hue Tap switch and the wellner lamp just arrived for review Got questions? let me know in the comment section. Today’s Links November 4, 2017 Review: XW202 Wireless Fast Charging Pad Xtorm recently sent me their XW202 Wireless Fast Charging Pad that they just recently released.. I have been using it with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 Plus just to see if there is a difference in experience between two different devices.. Functionality I have been using it with my Galaxy note 8 and I can say that it works perfectly and charges quickly. I noticed a big difference when I compare it to the quick charger from Samsung and that is that it is silent while quickly charging your device. In fact that is why it has replaced my Samsung Wireless Charging Pad. It is a great functionality just having to put your iPhone down on the charging pad and that’s it. No need to insert a charging cable into your iPhone.. Design You have to note the leather details and compact design (90 x 90 x 15mm). This is a good-looking charging pad, to be honest. One thing that surprised me is that even after using it for a while it still looks like a brand new charging pad. One thing that I have realized with this device is that the compact design makes it blend into the surroundings perfectly. It does not only have technology but also the design that you want in your home or office. Do not underestimate the need for pleasant aesthetics when technology is going to live on your desk or table. Conclusion It is the perfect wireless charging pad. It does not only have functionality that you want but also the design. The recommended retail prices of XW202 Wireless Fast Charging Pad (Qi) is €39,- incl. VAT.It is available from various (online) stores and Xtorm.eu. Today’s Links October 28, 2017 Today’s Links October 21, 2017 Review Philips Hue Runner 3-spot PHILIPS HUE is a revolutionary smart light that allows us to control and automate the lighting of our home or workplace using our mobile device. PHILIPS HUE products can make the smarts of our smart home more intuitive and more secure, or make us healthier, more efficient, more creative and relaxed with the right light effects through the iPhone and Android applications. Philips Hue luminaires provide Philips Hue White Ambiance with light sources and a Dim Switch. Light sources and color temperature can be controlled so you can get the perfect light at all times – connect, control and control your lights wirelessly, or try the four pre-programmed light settings (rest, concentration, reading, and charge) with the light that best suits your activity. Installation As I previously stated if you are going to do electric work in your home you need an electrician at your home so that you know that it is properly done. Just like with the Hue Cher Pendel my electrician was surprised on how easy it was to install. He was surprised that it only took him around 10 minutes to install the spotlight in the roof. He would not name any names but according to him the others that he has not been that easy to install. The fact that it only took him around 10 minutes to install it was another thing that surprised him.. Design It is a beautiful spotlight to have in a room. Though it is not only beautiful but also gives the perfect shine in your room. I have tried moving the spots into different directions but too my surprise it has the perfect shine everywhere in the room. I have not seen a lamp before that shines so perfectly in a room. It is the perfect accessory to any room in your house or apartment. Just like with the Hue Cher Pendel you can also control this with your iPhone. I am surprised that I bring up my iPhone and use it just so that I can control the lights in my apartment. Operating on up to three rooms at once, the Dimmer gives you on, off, dim and brighten controls. It’s a much more convenient way of operating a room and replicates the actions that we’re all used to with dumb light switches. Via the Hue app, the On button can be programmed to change scene on each tap, with five separate options. Conclusion I have not seen a spotlight before that lights up a room this perfectly but also looks this good. It is the perfect accessory to any room. It has the Tech N Burgers seal of approval. You need to go out and purchase your own. You will not regret it. Pros -Perfect fit form factor Great light effect Control from warm to cool white Low dimming level Cons None that I have been able to find Review: Philips Hue Cher Pendel I have had the benefit of using the Philips Hue Cher Pendel extensively for the last few weeks here at Tech N Burgers .. Installation I asked my local electrician to help me setup the lamp in my test studio/apartment. According to him he was surprised on how easy it was to install the lamp and that it only took around 20 minutes for him to setup this lamp. Please note that this 20 minutes was with the removing everything from the box. According to him he has installed similar lamps before in other apartments and found them to be tricky to install. According to him the things that he had to do was to remove/unscrew the existing fixture that was holding up your old lamp. Remember to turn of the electricity in your apartment/house before doing this. After this it was as simple as connecting the connectors with the lamp. The thing that I can recommend here is that you help the electrician hold up the lamp so that it is easier to install. Design The design is absolutely stunning compared to the lamp that I was previously using. While talking about the design I have also talk about the quality of the lamp. I have not seen something similar in the lamps that I have used before. It is a great lamp that stands out and gives a perfect glow. I can stand there just looking at the light. Pressing the on button on the remote control repeatedly switches between four lighting tones with different color temperatures. Each of these tones brings a nice tone and friendly tone that is comfortable and easy to enjoy. What i like is that you do not have to pull up your phone to control the lamp, instead you can pick up the included dimmer and control the tone in the room. Thanks to the compatibility of Hue with Apple’s home kit, iPhone users can even control the light by voice. This includes not only simple switching on and off, but also commands like “Siri, dimm the light to 20 percent” (to be honest this has made use my iPhone more then I used to do).. Conclusion Absolutely love it. It is not only stylish but also brings a high value in your home that you have not seen before.. It does not only have the perfect quality but also the perfect glow. You need to go ahead and pickup your own. It has the Tech N Burgers seal of approval. Check it out on Philips website and go ahead with purchasing your own. Review Activision Destiny 2 After a shaky development Bungie released its largest ever project three years ago, and while they created an entirely new genre of Destiny. For the first time, we got a social online game mixed fresh from Blizzard’s Diablo and World of Warcraft. A great online world for players to explore and loads of loot to collect. It quickly became a megahit and created a massive online community that can only be matched by Blizzard’s game. Although the game was criticized for having a short unconventional campaign, there was reason for something big. Bungie corrected many problems through the four expansions and eventually the game began to resemble their original vision. Destiny 2 gives you a punch in the face from the start, the Red Legion, a Cabal army has attacked Traveler and tower without any notice. Everything is in chaos and we are sent directly into the hot air. Our mission is to defend the city and throw out the invading forces. Everything is not going as planned and we get rid of our Light, the mysterious power that gives us our skills. Absolutely without any special skills, we stand as naked in front of the current threat. We go out on a trip to get back the power and once we get back it will be looking back and reconnecting the band to throw out Garry, forgive Ghaul and his Red Legion and save the Travel and Earth. The trip takes us to three brand new areas, Vex infested Nessus, Sulfur planet IO, Titan and Europe water plans. Unlike Old Russia, which we got to explore in Destiny 1, the European Dead Zone is a more inviting area, with forests, decayed buildings and caves. Everywhere at EDZ there are Cabal forces that have hit camps and use the area as a military base. Bungie has managed to improve significantly the campaign, it is more focused, filled with cutscenes and everything feels very coherent. Destiny 2 introduces three new subclasses or yes one changes in three olds, Titan’s void class gets a shield that can be thrown away or used to beat enemies in close combat with the best Captain America style. Hunter’s arclass changes from a knife to a stick while Warlock’s sunscreen becomes more offensive with a sword you call out that can fire flames like Titan’s hammer. But after the game’s campaign it’s all starting out, the entire maps are filled with new activities and a guide helps you keep track of all there’s to do and how far you’ve gotten in the different milestones. On each planet there are additional small missions that fill the game’s lore to get along. On every planet, World Quest takes place in several stages and ends with giving you another quest, but now for one of three exotic weapons. Besides this we find different caves called Lost Sectors that can be explored for loot and the classic Public Events. The difference is now that Public Events is marked on the map so you always know when a new one is on its way and how long it will start. But the biggest change is placing different points on each planet so that you can quickly move between the different areas. All public events are new or converted from the first game to the better. Every event, if you do some things during the event, you can change to a Heroic Event that gives better loot. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room, loot. Bungie has made major changes to the game’s weapons and armor. First of all, weapons have been made into three categories, Kinetic, Elemental and Power. In the first two categories replacing Primary and Secondary, we find Autorifle, Scout, Pulse, Sidearm, Handcannon and the new Submachinegun. Kinetic collects all weapons that do not have elements and you can mix as you like, which now allows you to have, for example, two Autorifles one with and one without elements. In the Power category we now find Sniper, Fusion, Shotgun, Rocket, Sword and the new category Grenade to replace Heavy Machinegun. This is a massive change to how to choose which weapons you have in combat. Gone are also randomized perks on arms, now all weapons with the same name have fixed perks. This is an interesting change that Bungie defends in making it easier to balance weapons in the future. But the problem it creates is that now if you get a weapon it’s always the same, it takes away the reason to spend hours doing some activities to get that perfect combination of perks on a weapon. Now there is a pool of amounts of weapons, but it has gone from being an ocean to becoming a little lake. Certainly, you can change elements via Mods on Elemental and Powervapen if you do not have a specific element for an activity, but it does not get the same as before. The days when you sat and played a certain Strike over and over to get that perfect sniper or gun is over. The most affected of this is the game’s PvP mode Crucible. Now that shotguns, snipers and fusion are moved to Power, the whole game changes, how it will affect Crucible in general will have time to expel. Another major change in Crucible is that all game modes are now four to four and the maps are adapted to this and it is noticeable. There are now much faster games and less chaos. Everything feels perfectly designed. Some new game modes have been added as Survival, where each team has only eight lives and Countdown, similar to Call of Dutys Search and Destroy. Unfortunately, it is possible to choose which game mode you want to play. Nowadays there are two lists one for more casual players with game modes that do not have equal focus on communication and interaction and a list where the more competitive game modes are available. Strikes return as activity with more well-designed missions and battles that take place in different phases and make them more satisfying. Nightfall, the special variant of strikes is also found there and puts additional pressure on the players with a time limit. If you do not manage to take down the boss before the end of time, just start over. It’s a very nice change and creates a completely different way to play, no more find hidden places to stand on and nudge the bosses without it’s pure action from start to finish. The ultimate endgame activity in Destiny has always been the game’s Raids and of course we get a new raid. And only since Destiny 1 came, Vault of Glass has been the raid that I and many with me considered to be the best they made. Leviathan named the raid succeeds in toppling the Vault of Glass at all levels. There is more mechanics and requirements for interaction and communication between players, no one can sit in a corner and just float with. Unlike previous raids, it does not go a bit Boss, go a bit next boss etc. Without there are three different rooms with different challenges to be tackled before meeting the finish boss. Even though the previous raiders had their charm in the various boss battles on the way to the final boss, this feels more like a journey towards a goal. You could create clans already in Destiny 1 but they did not add any real value more than one affiliation to the paper. Destiny 2 has gone one step further and given the clans a system that makes you feel a bigger community. Everyone contributes to the development of the clan, simply by playing the game together with one or more clan members, thus unlocking various benefits, ranging from more glimmer when opening engrams to more loot from dead Cabal. Every week, every member of the clan can pick up a special engram if the clan has passed a Raid, played Trials of the Nine (former Trials of Osiris), Nightfall or played matches in Crucible. This means that players who, for example, do not like PvP can also get weapons and gear from those activities. A good system that creates more belonging and everyone contributes to the group as a whole. Even those who do not have their own clan can now access endgame activities like Nightfall and Raids through Guided Games, a way for clans to help players through the activities and maybe even recruit new members. With Destiny 2, Bungie builds on his world and refines the additional amount of quality of life changes, a cinematic campaign and less focus on unnecessary grind and activities in abundance. Review: Xtorm XPD17 Apple Watch Charger Boost Of the Apple Watch you can say a lot, but even the Series 2 is not a long distance runner. At the latest after one and a half days, the clock must be connected to the current and it is often useful to be able to charge the Wearable from Cupertino. With the Xtorm Apple Watch Charger Boost XDP17 you can easily do this up to six times in a row, he promises manufacturers. The gadget is delivered with an English language short manual and a microUSB cable. The Powerbank itself consists of an almost square, x with rounded corners and is 76.5 x 76 x 26.5 mm. The XDP17 Apple Watch Charger weighs 125 grams and includes a 4,000 mAh lithium polymer battery, which is charged via a microUSB connector. This is located on the front and is labeled with input. In addition, a USB port with the label output. Both USB ports are rated at 5 volts at 1 amp. On the top is a built-in AppleWatch charging pad, an on-off button as well as four blue LEDs for charging the power bank. On the right side is a fabric flag with the inscription XTORM.EU. The built-in charging adapter is “Made for Apple Watch” -certified. The XPD17 Xtorm AppleWatch Charger Boost Powerbank is superbly processed and makes a robust impression. Even after a few weeks in the handbag, the device has barely scratched and certainly not lost in functionality. The mobile charging alternative to the long Apple Wax cable is useful and works perfectly: clock placed on it – press button – loads. You can also close the bracelet of the watch easily around the small cuboid and give something more support. The magnetic Apple Watch docking adapter keeps the watch flawless and charges it as usual. The only 1 A strong USB output on the other hand is slightly weak for an iPhone and makes little joy. Conclusion The Powerbank works great, is small and handy and with 4’000 mAh quite acceptable. Especially the built-in charging adapter for the Apple Watch and the “Made for Apple Watch” certification lift the XPD17 Watch Charger Boost from other devices on the market., where the original AppleWatch charging cable cumbersomely had to be installed. Six times charging the Apple Watch is computationally certainly possible, in reality are often five or five and a half Akkuladungen for the Apple Watch in it. An iPhone to charge, as the manufacturer states up to two times, makes at only 1 A output power simply no fun, because it takes comparatively long, but it works and depending on the model and its battery size, also the promised two times. It is a pity, however, that the power consumption of the reserve battery was not considered and no lightning connection is present. So you have to charge the Powerbank with a microUSB cable, which is certainly already available for other devices, but I am still a friend of less is more. A lightning entrance would have been the icing on cake. It’s available for around 70 Euro on Amazon. Today’s Links October 14, 2017 Review: Fifa 18 – the best so far Historically, the EA Sports Fifa series can hardly be accused of revolutionizing the football genre. Last year, however, the developer took a great step in the right direction thanks to the new Frostbite engine, which helped Fifa look better than before, and partly underwent players’ animations. A revolution was hardly talk about, but it meant that Fifa felt less stupid – something that has always been this series’s Achilles heel compared to Konamis PES, if we talk about the game. Fifa 17 was far from perfect. In some situations, it was quite clear that EA Sports was not quite comfortable with its new game engine, with striking collisions where players caught each other as a result. Even things like press games, posts and AI were in need of finputs. Thank you, as usual, we do not have to wait a long time for further development. Every September means a new Fifa, and with FIFA 18, it really is noticed that EA Sports has become hotter in its Frostbite clothing. Technically, the technology has gained a much-needed review, with smoother grass and more delicious framing. With that said, the players still look robot-like in close proximity, with dead looks, plastic heels and lack of humanity in their expressions. More animations Well, graphically, it was a long time since Fifa floored us (if ever?) Fortunately, EA Sports has put the more on the game on schedule. Just as expected, the animations are considerably more this time, with a smoother and more responsive game as a result. Fifa still feels a bit late compared to PES, but the difference is at least not as great as last year. Perhaps the biggest advantage of enhanced animations is that the players feel more unique in Fifa 18 than in Fifa 17. Again, it’s not at PES level, it’s incredibly easy to see who you control, but above all the dribbles with the star players are significant better. In Fifa 17, it did not matter how much you were – the players dribbled in much the same way anyway, let go because the worse did not really survive the same advanced maneuvers as the biggest stars. In Fifa 18 it looks much better, and the dribbles can also be used as a more natural part of the game than before. Especially if you play with a skillful team. But the biggest difference is that Fifa 18 does not feel as static as last. The ball tracks do not feel as predetermined, neither when you fit or shoot. Initially, it leads to some fun situations where we miss simple matches – several times with goals in the back as a result. But soon it is clear that we can beat fits that previously had difficulty finding recipients. In particular, this is the case for the posts, which in Fifa 17 were almost substandard. Nowadays it’s much easier to find right from the Game-like, therefore, Fifa 18 is better than ever, yet it’s a good bit from perfection. The AI continues to make strange decisions, especially goalkeepers are perceived as unstable and let go of quite a few simple balls. Nor is the defense game particularly good. It’s a bit easy to cut past defenders with deepball balls, and the computer-controlled players tend to miss selections and ignore the line of defense. The overall marking game is quite uneven, which is not least noticeable in games in the penalty area, where attacking teams usually have a great advantage no matter how individual skillful defenders are. These are the issues that most Fifa players are well aware of at this stage. In spite of the game, the positive parts outweigh the negative, but it feels sad that EA Sports did not really get all the details. The Journey is back Well, outside of the plan, it’s always almost perfect. Here is the game mode for all tastes, with a comprehensive online mode, a career mode that is in need of a real updating, but still maintained, and of course, the Fifa Ultimate Team. In addition, we get a continuation of The Journey, which was one of the best in Fifa 17. Again, we’ll take on the role of Alex Hunter, this time with a kick-off in the Brazilian street ball (Fifa Street fans learn a jump of joy) . The most annoying elements last – as unrealistic requirements during match and season – are partly gone. We still get stupid deductions for small things that we can not really afford, but all in all, The Journey is just as entertaining this time. Conclusion So to the most important question: Is Fifa 18 a better game than Fifa 17? Oh yeah. Most details are improved, and not least the game on the level is softer, less static and offers greater choice. But EA Sports still has a lot to work on, and in a direct comparison with PES 2017, we can say that Konami also wins this time from the football match on the grass. Press Release: Synology DSM 6.2 beta out now Synology has launched a new beta of DSM 6.2 beta that includes the following key features: Exciting storage technologies for efficiency enhancement Storage Manager: a new storage component, Storage Pool, is introduced to provide a highly consistent and smooth storage management experience, a new dashboard-like overview comes with rich and useful information. With smart data scrubbing, you are given an easier way to prevent bit rot without sweat. iSCSI Manager: a revamped, dedicated management tool for iSCSI service, providing a new LUN type with the refined snapshot technology based on Btrfs file system that enables snapshots to be taken within seconds regardless of LUN size. Maximise service uptime with reliable failover plans Synology High Availability: New mechanisms allow SHA to be set up and run within 10 minutes, providing a refined user experience. With its built-in and improved monitoring tools, IT admins can easily monitor the active and passive server and perform maintenance. Comprehensive security protection for login and connection Security Advisor: Security Advisor uses intelligent techniques to dissect the abnormal login and analyse the attacker’s location. DSM will send notifications when having detected any unusual login activities. With a simple click, IT admins can review a daily or monthly report on DSM system security scan. TLS/SSL Profile Level: TLS/SSL Profile Level Chooser provides each network services to have its own TLS/SSL connection profile. It gives users a more flexible way to configure the network security environment. Optimised communication and seamless collaboration Chat and Calendar: Chat welcomes the long-awaited desktop application on Windows, MacOS and Linux, and features including poll, bots, threaded message, and third-party video conference integration. Calendar now allows you to attach files to events to centralize all the relevant information, and comes with week numbering and keyboard shortcuts to view your calendars with ease. For a more detailed feature introduction, please refer to https://www.synology.com/en-global/beta/DSM62Beta Press Release: The Need for Speed Payback Soundtrack Fuels Your Driving Experience Need for Speed games are known for giving players an authentic, one-of-a-kind driving experience within car culture and theNeed for Speed soundtrack holds a powerful legacy all its own. Need for Speed Payback soundtrack will be no different, delivering players a set list full of grit, soul, and edge to match their action driving experience. From chart topping artists to the underground up-and-comers, sounds will set the mood as you drift, race, and freedrive across Fortune Valley in Need for Speed Payback. In the Garage, you’ll build and customize your perfect car to electronic/ambient tracks by Spoon, Duckwrth, Bonobo, Rae Sremmurd and SOHN. During Races, show rivals who’s boss to songs by bands such as Queens Of The Stone Age and Nothing But Thieves, plus an all-new song from Warbly Jets. Show your swagger on the road during Drift Events with hip-hop and grime jams from Run The Jewels feat. Trina, Stormzy, Lethal Bizzle feat. Skepta, A$AP Ferg feat. Meek Mill and Action Bronson, plus an unreleased track from Tom Morello feat. Leikeli47. In-between missions, music will be in tune with the time of day and the location as you Freedrive through various terrains. With songs from The Amazons, X Ambassadors, Local Natives, and an exclusive unreleased track by Skepta & Goldie, the soundtrack is truly open-genre. Best known for blockbusters like the Divergent series, Straight Outta Compton, and Tron: Legacy, composter Joe Trapanese created an original score that’s both ominous and sleek, exclusively for Need for Speed Payback. See the full track list on the Need for Speed blog. Need for Speed, one of the world’s bestselling video game franchises, returns with a vengeance in Need for Speed Payback. Craft unique rides with deeper performance and visual customization than ever before. Get on a roll and win big with risk-versus-reward gameplay. The return of intense cop chases also means the stakes have never been higher. From insane heist missions to devastating car battles to jaw dropping set pieces, Need for Speed Payback delivers an edge-of-your-seat, action-driving fantasy. Need for Speed Payback launches worldwide this fall on November 10th. Listen to the soundtrack first on Spotify. Press Release: Xtorm launches toughest Power Bank ever Indestructible and meeting military standards Houten, The Netherlands, 3 October 2017 – Xtorm, manufacturer of mobile charging solutions, launches an ultra robust Power Bank that meets military standards. The Waterproof Power Bank Limitless 10.000 is the ultimate survival gadget to keep your mobile devices charged during outdoor adventures. The Limitless Power Bank has an extremely strong, shock-absorbing housing and is fitted with an internal 10.000mAh battery. Thanks to this large capacity battery several mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and GPS systems can be charged before the Limitless itself needs recharging. What’s more, the charger has two USB outputs, enabling you to charge two mobile devices at once. Beat the elements The Power Bank has been tested under the most extreme circumstances according to MIL-STD-810, a test used to ensure products are suitable for the American military forces. The Limitless is also completely water- and dust tight with an IP rating of 68. Lifesaver Thanks to the built-in torch, there is always light in the darkness with the Limitless Power Bank. In dangerous situations, the Power Bank can even save lives through the use of the torch’s SOS function. All in all, this powerful charger is the perfect mobile charging solution to use during outdoor activities. The large capacity internal battery and strong housing allow you to charge your mobile devices in any situation. Price and availability The recommended retail prices of AL421 Power Bank Limitless 10.000 is €89,- incl. VAT. The Power Bank will be available from various (online) stores and Xtorm.eu from mid-October. Xtorm offers two years guarantee and unlimited helpdesk support on all its products. About Xtorm Xtorm was founded in 2008 and is part of the Dutch company Telco Accessories B.V., which has its head office in Houten (NL). Xtorm designs, manufactures and markets innovative universal mobile charging solutions. Xtorm Business products complement the range. Xtorm products are contemporary, user friendly and high quality. Xtorm products are currently available in 57 countries worldwide. For more information visit www.xtorm.eu. Today’s Links October 7, 2017 Today’s Links September 30, 2017 Today’s Links September 23, 2017 Nokia 8 coming soon My Nokia 8 is going to be shipped on monday This will be the first time that I am actually using a Nokia phone for a couple of years so it will be an interesting experience.. Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comment section. New Gadget: Bose Quietcontrol 30 New gadget that arrived just a few days ago. Been looking forward to using them and seeing how they work. Review: Thule Subterra 23L Backpack The Thule Subterra Backpack 23L has everything that you might need in a backpack. It is jam packed with features and still has that clean exterior that you are going to want.. This one fits up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro or similarly-sized PC in the padded laptop sleeve, and offers a separate soft pocket for your tablet. Weighing in at just a tad over two pounds, this bag can nonetheless fit just about everything you’d need for a long weekend. Carrying it is comfortable too, with shoulder straps that are nicely padded- as is the rear of the bag- and the sternum strap keeps things snug. In fact you might recognize the name of the company- Thule is a Swedish firm founded in 1942, and best known for bike racks, roof racks, and similar gear. But they also manufacture everything from phone cases to strollers, bike seats to bike trailers, and a pretty surprisingly wide range of luggage as well. The Subterra features clean lines, rounded edges, and an unusual shape- it’s fairly aerodynamic and balances well on your back, but might not balance well if you set it on the ground or the floor. The good I am really and I mean really impressed by the cord management system in the organizational pocket. I am in and out all day so I can really appreciate how easy it is to stay charged all day and be ready to handle both long days and weekend trips. The thing that I like with the sides is the small storage compartments on the sides of the backpack. It is the perfect way of having easy access and storage to eg. your bluetooth headphones or USB cables ( the benefit is that you can store a lot of different things in these compartments). The back panel feels really comfortable when using it and I have not seen any issues when using it. This is the first backpack that I have used that feels like I am not wearing a backpack when using it.. One thing that I really enjoyed is that on the back there is handy luggage passthrough so that you can easily attach it to your carry on luggage. The reflective details on the Subterra ensures night visibility. I have used a lot of different backpacks but this is the first one that has that so clearly.. One thing that surprised me with this bag is that even when I have loaded it with all of my gadgets it still feels like I have no gadgets in it. I am surprised on how well it handles the weight disposition of all my gadgets. Not seen something similar like this in another backpack.. The bad I have really and I mean really tried to find something bad about this backpack but I have not managed to find anything. I have used it during my daily commute and it still looks as brand new as the day I got it.. Who does it suit For the person who needs space for everything for his or hers weekend getaway, last-minute business trip or the person that has those long days on campus. I am one of those persons who needs a lot of space on their device and this is the first backpack that I have used that actually has the ability to store all of my tech with me every day… It’s the type of backpack that fit’s the travel savvy, tech heavy working crowd or students. Conclusion The Thule Subterra 23L looks great, is priced right, and is a great commuter, computer bag with plenty of organizational capabilities. You an find it for around 100 US Dollars online and in stores. Confessions of a Nokia Body User I have bee using a Nokia Body for the last few weeks and it has made me realize that I ned to eat healthier then I did before.. This has actually made me loose 5KG so far just by using this for a few weeks. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the future and how my weight situation will be.. Today’s Links September 16, 2017 New Gadget: Philips Hue Runner My friends at philips sent me their Hue Runner spotlight. Will be fun testing this one out and seeing how well it works. I have used their lights but this time I am using one of their lamps. Krusell Case collection for my Galaxy S8 Plus: Protection, style and function While a lot of people like to carry their phone without a case, a case can offer both protection for drops and enhance the functionality of your phone.. As I also live on my phone a good case is a necessity for me while using my phone. Krusell has a large collection of case for the S8 Plus and I have spent the last few weeks with three of them. The ones that I have been using are the Kivik cover, Sunne FolioCase and the Ekerö FolioCase. The Kivik cover offers a clear back so that you can enjoy the color on your phone. The Sunne Folio Case is handmade in full grain leather, precisely fitted and offers a wallet experience for your phone. FolioWallet offers a “2 in 1 case” that allows you to use the stand function to watch a movie but you also get features such as a detachable cover and the option of having your credit cards in the case. The Kivik Cover for the S8 Plus All of the Krusell cases are designed so that the edge panel functionality works well while the cases are raised slightly over the display. The nice thing with this case is that it allows you to see looks of your phone while stile having it protected. A lot of these clear cases that I have reviewed before have felt slippery, in fact this is the first one that I have used that does not feel like I am going to drop the phone while I have it in the palm of my hand. Sune FolioCase for S8 Plus This one sports a more “vintage” and “worn-out” leather look. It is made out of genuine leather and envelops around your Galaxy S8+ so that you have maximum protection. The inside of the case is made out of microfiber and has 4 slots so that you can carry your credit cards, ID, business card and even a pocket to store cash in it. I like to watch movies on my device and I found that this one really allowed for easy video watching and surfing the internet. Ekerö Folio Case for the S8 Plus This case is my favorite of the three that I have tried.It might look like your regular wallet case but it comes with something more special, you get an extra case within the case. You get the option of having a clear case within the case that you can easily remove if you feel like you do not need it. When removing it you get an extra case that allows you to have an extra credit card or your drivers license with you. The thing that I like with this case is that it is not to big either so that you get alot of features in a case that is not big. Conclusion These are three amazing cases that I highly recommend, great cases that offers both protection and style. The tough part is that you need to find the style that fits you and your everyday life. I am surprised that the FolioCase is my everyday case since it is the first time that I have actually used a case with a wallet. You have to check these cases out on Krusells website, they have them for iPhone, Xperia and Note Today’s Links September 9, 2017 New Gadget: Be Quiet Silent Base 600 A new gadget arrived a couple of days ago here at Tech N Burgers.. My friends at Be Quiet sent me their Silent base 600 in orange to review I read through the specs of the case and I found them to be intriguing. Tough the best perk that I have noticed so far with this case is that it will match with the rest of the “furniture” in my apartment. Review Xtorm Discover XB202 Power Bank Discover Xtorm has powerbanks in many types and sizes. The Xtorm Discover XB202 is one of these and is characterized by the enormous battery capacity and the various additional features. A power bank is ideal for situations where you do not have a power outlet at your fingertips. We have extensively tested the XB202 in recent weeks and share our findings in this Xtorm Discover XB202 review. Package The power bank’s sales package already looks premium. On the box we can see that there are three USB connections, a USB Type C port is present and even Quick Charge 3.0 has been thought of. In the box, of course, we find the 17,000 mAh power bank, but also a USB Type-C cable, normal USB to Micro USB cable and a concise but clear manual (there is also a version that comes with a Micro USB cable). There is also a removable USB to Micro USB cable “clicked” on the powerbank itself. This way you always have a cable at hand. A very complete package so! The power bank With the Xtorm power bank, you can charge more than just your smartphone or tablet. Also a laptop can just be charged. . For example, you can charge the new generation of Macbooks and laptops/tablets with USB-C can be charged with the power bank. In size, the power bank is just a little bigger than a typical smartphone. However, the battery pack is a bit thicker and a lot heavier, 320 grams to be precise. You do not stop him in your pocket. The housing is made of plastic with a kind of rubber-resistant layer. We have used the power bank nicely, but we still see some user traces at the corners. It is not very disturbing, but it is an improvement point for the manufacturer. The Xtorm Discover XB202 looks solid. At the front is a round button that is surrounded by LED indicators. Each quarter of the circle indicates the percentage of the remaining capacity of the power bank. Thus, one LED means another 25 percent capacity and three LEDs have a capacity of 75 percent. At the top are the ports. There are two USB ports with one support for Quick Charge 3.0. Of course, your device must also support this quick-release technology. The middle port is a USB Type C port that lets you charge the power bank via the included USB-C cable and its own adapter. Technical details The Xtorm powerbank has a rich battery capacity of 17,000 mAh. Here, according to the manufacturer, you can charge a typical smartphone eight times. Other technical details; The input is 5V / 3A via the USB C port. The output is for both USB ports 5V and up to 2.4A. When using Quick Charge, the XB202 delivers 5V-12V. Charging The usb-c port has 5V / 3A input and output and works with usb-c to usb cable and usb-c to usb c cable. This way you can charge the XB202 devices like the OnePlus 5 and S8 Plus, as well as the latest Macbook (smooth). The Quick Charge 3.0 USB port charges supported devices with no less than 12V, and unsupported 5V / 2.4A equipment. The other usb port has 5V / 2.4A as the maximum output. The power bank can charge three devices at a time, a handy feature that we do not see often. Our tests show that the Xtorm XB202 charges an average Android smartphone five times and an Apple iPhone 7 six times. The efficiency ratio of the XB202 is around 85 to 90 percent, which is a power bank on the high side and means that charging itself consumes relatively little power. If the power bank is empty, it will take about eight hours to fully charge (with the included cable). Out of the box he is almost full and that’s fine because you can use it right away. And for whom it is (rightly) asking: yes, the XB202 is in the plane. Conclusion This is my new and favorite battery pack. I have found it to be a necessary part of my bag and not something that i can live without. If you are deciding to get a new powerbank, this is the one for you to purchase. Press Release: Labor Day Giveaway! Get Build-a-lot 4: Power Source on iOS, Google Play and Amazon for FREE! Do you know how to construct homes, malls and restaurants? Now it’s time to invest in green energy! Build solar towers, wind farms and even nuclear power plants to make your cities sustainable and prosperous for generations. Watch out for blackouts, though, as building too fast can result in a system overload. So take it slow, plan ahead and manage your energy resources carefully. Be ready to rethink your property layouts and infrastructure, or even start over from scratch. To “go green” your neighborhoods need eco-chic shops, swimming pools and more. Do whatever it takes to build the most energy efficient city in the world! Make your cities grow and glow in this energetic hit! Build-a-lot 4: Power Source Key Features: Two game modes – casual and campaign Four big campaigns to work your way through 68 challenging levels to keep you on your toes Numerous eco-friendly building upgrades The game is developed by HipSoft and published by G5 Entertainment AB. When: September 4, 2017Where: App Store: Build-a-lot 4: Power Source for iPhone Build-a-lot 4: Power Source for iPad Amazon Appstore: Build-a-lot 4: Power Source for Amazon Google Play: Build-a-lot 4: Power Source for Google Play For additional information please contact: email@example.com About G5 Entertainment G5 Entertainment Group (NASDAQ OMX: G5EN.ST, Bloomberg: G5EN.SS, Reuters: G5EN.ST) is a developer and publisher of high quality casual and free-to-play games for smartphones and tablets. The group distributes games through iOS, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Mac, and Windows application stores. G5 develops and publishes games that are family-friendly, easy to learn, and targeted at the widest audience of experienced and novice players. G5’s portfolio includes popular games like Hidden City®, Mahjong Journey®, Survivors: The Quest®, The Secret Society®, Virtual City® and Supermarket Mania®. Through its head entity G5 Entertainment AB (Publ), G5 Entertainment Group is publicly listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm main market under trade symbol G5EN.ST. More information about the company can be found at: www.g5e.se/corporate. Review: Xtorm XB103 Power Bank Wireless Here we have the wireless power bank XB103 with 8,000 mAh capacity. But let’s go to see it in detail and see what we have.. Technical features Dimensions: 13.8 x 7.2 x 2.0 cm Weight: 260 gr The size is a little bigger than a power bank with the same capacity, 8000 mAh, but this in the XB103 is justified by the internal presence of the Qi circuit for wireless device charging. In addition to wireless charging, you also have two 5V 2.5A USB ports one so you can recharge both 3 devices at one and the same time with devices that do not have Qi technology for wireless charging. The construction materials are rubber on the two sides of support so that both the powerbank and the device leaning over do not slip, while the sides are made of durable white lacquered plastic. The XB103 is very easy to use: For devices that you want to charge over wireless, you just need to contact the dedicated face where the logo is branded for wireless charging, and then, to charge, just press the push button ignition on the right side. The single press of the button, as well as the charging of the connected devices, will also serve to show you the remaining charge by 4 blue LEDs on the left side. The peculiarity of this powerbank, as well as other Xtorm Xtorm Xt100 models, is the built-in micro USB cable that you can remove and use to either charge one of your devices and recharge the powerbank with a wall charger or one of the so many recharge HUBs that are now on the market. The powerbank charging is, as mentioned by the micro USB port from 1A to 5V, which takes the recharging time of the accessory to about 6/7 hours for a complete. Conclusion This is now an indispensable accessory during everyday life due to the miserable battery life of our smartphones and tablets nowadays with the workload and components they are having to feed. Then add more to the fact that for recent devices such as S8, S8+, etc and above and many other Qi-equipped devices, you just have to put them down and press a button to save your day, this just does make this powerbank special . It is a technology that is slowly spreading on dedicated devices and accessories and starting with this accessory would not be bad. In case of Apple devices the game is possible thanks to external accessories. Today’s Links September 2, 2017 New Gadget: Nokia 6 Hmd Global sent me a Nokia 6 to review and so far I am loving the experience. Pure Android and a great device. I have not had any issues using ao far while using it and the battery life has been a great experience. For 2490 it is a great value New Gadget: Sony SBH-56 New gadget that just arrived from Sony Mobile The SBH56 that can acts as a bluetooth headset and selfietrigger. Got any questions? Let me know in the comment section and I will be happy to answer them. Press Release: Gecko Covers launches multipurpose Keyboard cover 2-in-1 Houten, The Netherlands, 24 August 2017 – Gecko Covers introduces a handy Keyboard Cover that not only offers optimum protection but also seriously improves the iPad’s ease of use. The Keyboard Cover 2-in-1 owes its name to the built-in keyboard and its bi-sectional cover. The cover’s truly unique feature is that the cover consists of two separate covers that can be used either combined or separately from each other. 2-in-1 protection The first section of the cover is a stylish bookcase with an in-built keyboard. The second section is a sturdy back cover into which the iPad is clicked. These two sections are held together by a magnet. This means that optimum use can be made of the iPad in various situations. Water-repellent keyboard The keyboard can be easily linked to the iPad via Bluetooth and has keyboard shortcuts to make using the iPad easier. In addition, the keyboard is manufactured from water-repellent material. This means that an accidental spill of coffee or tea over it is no longer a problem. The Keyboard Cover 2-in-1 is attractive looking because it is made of linen PU. It’s easy to carry because the cover is compact and lightweight. With this cover, Gecko Covers offers multipurpose, stylish protection and improved user comfort for the iPad 2017. In the future, the Keyboard Cover 2-in-1 will also available for other tablet models. Price and availability The recommended retail price of the Gecko Covers Keyboard Cover 2-in-1 is €79,95 incl. VAT. The Keyboard Cover 2-in-1 is available from various (online) shops and on geckocovers.com. Gecko Covers offers two years’ guarantee on all products. About Gecko Covers Gecko Covers was founded in 2009. The company designs, manufactures and markets protective covers and accessories for e-readers, tablets and MacBooks. Gecko Covers distinguishes itself with an excellent price-quality ratio, contemporary, cleverly thought-out designs and by combining unique materials with functional design. Gecko Covers anticipates and responds to the latest markets trends and innovations, continuing to expand its range of products. For more information please visit www.geckocovers.com. Press Release: P8: Antec present new Model of their renowned Performance One Series In the year of their 31st anniversary, Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, presents the latest mid tower of their award-winning Antec Performance One Series: the Antec P8. The case is now commercially available from 79€ (suggested retail price including VAT). The P8 offers stylish design, excellent cooling performance and great features. The mid-tower measures 443 mm x 210 mm x 470 mm (height x width x depth) and is compatible with micro-ATX / ATX/ ITX motherboards and supports up to 390 mm VGA cards. The case boasts two convertible tool-less 2.5” / 3.5″ HDD drive cages, four 2.5″ SSD drive cages as well as seven expansion slots. The chassis is made of steel / ABS and an attractive tempered glass side panel offer great insight into the installed components. The chassis features a PSU chamber to isolate the PSU from the other components and to minimize heat production and system noise. In order to keep its cool, the P8 offers space for 3x120mm or 2x140mm case fans in the front, 3x120mm or 2x140mm at the top and 1x120mm fan in the rear. The thought-out case already comes with two pre-installed 120 mm white LED fans at the front and one pre-installed 120 white LED fan in the back. For extra water-cooling, the P8 allows to install a 240 mm radiator on top (limited), a 360 mm radiator in the front and a 120 mm radiator in the rear. The elegant front bezel offers access to HD audio jacks, two USB 3.0 ports, Power and reset and a white glowing Antec logo at the front of case, and last but not least, three washable dust filters on the front, top and bottom of this compact mid-tower. For more information, please follow us on facebook and visit our website www.antec.com. Review: Netgear AIRCARD 790 With the Netgear AirCard 790 Mobile Hotspot router, the whole family can easily share 4g connectivity in town or in the country. In addition, it lasts unusually long. The most common way to use a mobile 4g broadband (or 3g with that part) is via the USB stick that most often accompanies the subscription. As this is usually a smooth solution, it has its limitations. For example, if you have a tablet that only has wifi, you can not use the surf pin with this. And if you are more in the family who want to share the connection (or if you have multiple devices you want to connect at the same time), this is best done by solving with a hassle of internet sharing via the computer. Easier then using a mobile router like the Netgear AirCard 790 Mobile Hotspot! This allows the whole family to quickly and easily access the mobile broadband, for example, in the city or in the country. It is small, battery-powered and is not very complicated to use. However, the Netgear AirCard 790 has a pair of aces in the rocker arm compared to these routers, but unfortunately also a real Black Petter as well. The first ace is battery life. The Netgear AirCard 790 can be used for up to 11 hours (300 hours of standby time). To further improve battery life, you can choose wifi range (short, medium, long), with shorter ranges intended to provide better battery life. During our tests, however, the effect of this setting was marginal, both in terms of battery life and range. For the sake of unusualness, however, the specified battery time was found to be correct and 11 hours was rather at the bottom. This can be compared to the 4-hour battery life of the aforementioned routers. The second ace is the 2.4 inch color touchscreen. This screen provides timely information about such as connection time, data usage, remaining battery percentages and network name / passwords (these can also be easily hidden). This is very smooth, but the big advantage is that settings and configurations are bus-easy to perform. Starting a guest network and setting a password for this, for example, takes 30 seconds, instead of having to go through a web browser to get into a tricky router interface. As a complement, you can also use the easy-to-use app for IOS or Android. Performance wise the Netgear AirCard 790 is very good. Compared with previously tested routers, it is at the top of speed and it goes as fast as via our desktop 4g router or when we drive with the USB stick directly on the computer. Even in scope, it is fine. As with previously tested mobile routers, it certainly loses performance when the distance increases, but neither more nor less than its competitors. Compared to a stationary router, it obviously makes it easy to finger your fingers, but on the other hand, it’s seldom the key to a mobile router when you usually sit right next to it and work. Conclusion Are you prepared to pay the high price of almost $ 300, the Netgear AirCard 790 Mobile Hotspot is an excellent mobile router. Small, easy to use, fast and with good battery life. This is undoubtedly the best mobile router we have tested! Today’s Links August 26, 2017 Press Release: Voyage into the unknown in the new multiplatform update of Hidden City®: Mystery of Shadows! Break the One Day spell and welcome an unknown ship at the Pier as you complete the “Mysterious Voyage” event! San Francisco, California – August 22, 2017 – There’s a rumor in the City of Shadows that the clouds over the Enchanted Hotel are dissipating. Does this mean that the mysterious One Day spell, which has held Lady Peacock captive within the Hotel’s walls for a century, has finally broken? Hurry to download the thrilling new event update of Hidden City®: Mystery of Shadows – now available on ALL platforms – and find out if Lady Peacock is destined to reunite with her beloved English Captain! What’s New in This Update: NEW HIDDEN OBJECT SCENE – For 100 years, the Pier has been stuck in the same day, but now the sea has come alive, and a white sail has appeared in the harbor. Will the encounter be joyful for City residents? “MYSTERIOUS VOYAGE” EVENT – Complete 34 challenging quests, gather five ravishing collections and win the Carved Box smelling of Oriental spices, the Blue Lotus Amulet and gorgeous male and female avatars. FIXES AND IMPROVEMENTS – Your favorite game is only getting better. Check it out!. The game developed by Happy Star Games Ltd. and published by G5Entertainment AB. Press Release: CHERRY MX Board 5.0: Mechanical Keyboard with Patented Ergonomics and Modern Design Mechanical keyboard with patented ergonomics and modern design Auerbach, 23 August 2017 – CHERRY, the specialist for computer input devices, introduces the MX Board 5.0. This new, high-end mechanical keyboard distinguishes itself with excellent and customizable ergonomics. Equipped with reliable, high-precision MX switches and modern features, this product has been designed to meets the highest demands. The MX Board 5.0 also features an exclusive font which was created in cooperation with experienced specialists. Individual, powerful and comfortable One of the highlights of the MX Board 5.0 is the patented ergonomic solution in the form of its extra-large and individually adjustable palm rest. Together with the specially developed feet, the keyboard offers eight different positions to achieve the greatest possible comfort. Long, fatigue-free writing and gaming sessions are no problem with the MX Board 5.0. High-quality CHERRY MX Silent Red switches The MX Board 5.0 is available with CHERRY MX Silent Red switches. This linear mechanical switch has an activation force of 45 Centinewtons, making it a popular choice in the gaming scene, but additionally offers a patented, integrated dampening solution for low-noise operation. These switches are exclusively manufactured in Germany and offer a lifespan of over 50 million actuations with an extremely high precision thanks to Gold Crosspoint technology. For those who consider the noise level of mechanical switches to be of no importance, the MX Board 5.0 will also be available in four classic switch versions*: MX Red, MX Brown, MX Blue, and MX Black. Comprehensive feature set and sophisticated design CHERRY has integrated all the features into the MX Board 5.0 that a modern, high-quality keyboard should offer. These include high-speed key recognition, full N-Key rollover, and 100 percent reliable anti-ghosting. In addition, all individual keys are equipped with a white backlight which can be dimmed and allow different lighting modes. All of the technology is packaged into a high-quality aluminum case decorated with the CHERRY logo. Exclusive CHERRY gaming font designed by Typemates CHERRY has implemented one more unique feature, in cooperation with the German company Typemates. Founders Nils Thomsen and Jakob Rungen, who have many years of expertise in the field of font design, have developed an exclusive CHERRY gaming font that guarantees perfect illumination of the abrasion-resistant key caps. This rounds off the MX Board 5.0 with a fresh, futuristic look. The MX Board 5.0 with MX Silent Red switches is now available for a suggested retail price of € 159. * US-International layout only Today’s Links August 19, 2017 New cases from Krusell arrived for my Samsung S8 New cases that arrived for my S8 Plus today. Looking forward to using theae. Today’s Links August 12, 2017 Review: Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One Halo Wars 2 is the second game in a series, but is not necessarily a regular sequel. The game is a form of a hybrid between an RTS game and an FPS game viewed from another perspective, which sounds all the way up the walls but is the feeling the game gave me on more than one occasion. It’s a strategy game made to work on console just like the first game, technically, it works well, really great. The game delivers all important pieces from Halo’s FPS Series satisfactorily, converting missions from FPS games into a format that works in a strategy game. With that said, you should not compare this with, for example, Total War or similar games since it is after all an incredibly downplayed version of a strategy game. The game appeals to Halo fans more than it appeals to strategy fans.¨ Historically, Halo Wars is playing 2 decades after the first Halo Wars and after Halo 5. The primary enemy in the game is called ‘The Banished’ and the absence of ‘The Covenant’ occurs quite soon. Despite the fact that the classic enemy is missing this time, the game is interesting enough to attract you and you want to know more about it, for us, the new enemy. The story is made through some of the best and coolest cutscenes you’ve seen, but as usual, the dialogue is filled with cheeky one-liners. Unfortunately, the new characters do not develop satisfactorily, so after a while it’s easy to drive away when there’s a cutscene while waiting for the next mission. The game’s campaign consists of quests based on taking different points, defending a base or surviving hordes of enemies. Classic, but it’s about as deep as the strategy in the game becomes. Which I personally think is a bit sad. You have full control over your armies and you have two resources to keep track of. Just like in similar games, the weight and the balance of the game lies in making decisions about when and how much you are going to manufacture. I understand that this is designed to work well on console, just like the first game was. But the first game was first and offered something we had not seen before. Something like Halo Wars 2 does not. In my very personal opinion, they could very well have made the game a bit more complicated and it had still worked well on the console, as the mechanics behind it all work just as you expect it to do. At the normal level of difficulty, the game does not feel particularly challenging and the AI seems almost corked, which destroys the feeling of challenge. As long as you choose the right types of troops, it’s no problem to advance, especially if you’re used to more complex strategy games where enemies flank on multiple fronts at the same time. The tools you use are rarely used to the fullest extent, as the easiest way for you is to mark all your troops at the same time and submit them in battle. In some missions lies the challenge of building correct types of soldiers to counter enemy movements, but it is about as deep as the game becomes. In multiplayer, it also largely involves winning and defending various points, taking the feel of Halo’s FPS titles and adapting them to RTS. However, the limited possibilities of the game continue to light here and it feels like the challenge disappears once you have learned everything. However, the matches can be very hectic and it means you want to stay and see the outcome. Another advantage is that it’s quick and easy to jump into a match and you do not have to book an entire weekend to get ready. Halo Wars 2 builds on a stable concept and continues the series with some single news and a few improvements. If you like Halo, this is something you’re guaranteed to like. It will be a fan service when you recognize the layout of some missions taken directly from the FPS counterpart. For strategy fans, it will most likely not feel as appealing to the handicapped arsenal of choices and options available at your disposal. The first game in this series lived in its innovative way to build a robust RTS that worked really well on the console, but Halo Wars 2 lacks the innovation and suffers from an overly simple setup. If you’re a fan of Halo, you’re guaranteed to appreciate this game, but do not expect an excessively long life as it’s actually getting boring pretty fast. A reason why I like Netflix They inform me when a new episode is available of a show that I like 😎 Press Release: Spotify launching on Xbox One Spotify is now available to use on the Xbox One I have just started up mine and plan on downloading it now. Any of my readers planning on downloading it? Starting today, Spotify is available on Xbox One in 34 markets* around the world. The new integration means that millions of Xbox One gamers can now choose the perfect music from Spotify to provide a fresh gaming soundtrack every time. Just download the Spotify app from the Xbox Store to choose your personalized gaming experience. You can choose from your saved music, search the full Spotify catalogue of 30 million tracks, or browse the pre-curated gaming playlists in the ‘Gaming’ hub. Simply play your music on demand with your Xbox One controller, whether you are a free or a Premium Spotify user. Worried about interrupting your game? Don’t be! You can also control playback on your Xbox wirelessly from the Spotify app on your phone, tablet or desktop using Spotify Connect. Creating your personalized gaming soundtrack has never been easier. Simply visit spotify.com/xbox to find out more. Sverige: www.spotify.com/se/xbox/ Finland: www.spotify.com/fi/xbox/ Denmark: www.spotify.com/dk/xbox/ Norway: www.spotify.com/no/xbox/ — *AR, AU, AT, BE, BR, CA, CL, CO, CZ, DE, FI, FR, DK, GR, HK, HU, IE, IT, JP, MX, NL, NZ, NO, PL, PT, SG, SK, ES, SE, CH, TW, TR, UK, US Review: Philips Hue E14 Floor lamps, night lights or the lamp on the window sill: In many models, the so-called candle lamps with the type designation E14 are used here. This is finally changing for me I have been using the Philips HUE E14 in my floor lamps and my night lights at home that I have been using for a few weeks.. Installation In order to function generally, Philips Hue needs abase station, called a bridge, which is connected to the same network as your mobile. The base station is sold in starter pack with three lamps, but not just together with lamps with E14 sockets, which may be a little bit bad because these starter packages are quite costly. You can also buy a dock and more lights separately in different formats, either in color or just different shades of white. You configure your base station and your lights via the Hue app or by pressing a button on the bridge, which is e quick and painless, everyone finds each other directly. However, the bridge must be connected to a network outlet (in connection to your wifi router) in order to be reached. Picture courtesy of Philips Philips Hue lights: Dimmable and controllable The new Hue candlelights E14 are available in “White Ambiance” as well as in the “White & Color” version. Both can be dimmed continuously in brightness and color temperature – from dull candlelight (2,200 Kelvin) to high to daylight illumination (6,500 Kelvin). The “White & Color” is also adjustable in 16 million color tones. Like the larger E27 bulbs and LED lanterns, the new E14 candlelights can also be controlled via the well-known Hue partner platforms, including Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit and Bosch. The new candlelights fall 12 cm in length only slightly larger than the approximately 10 centimeters long classic E14 candles. Picture courtesy of Philips The higher weight of 55 grams compared to 15 grams should only be a problem for lamps with very wobbly joints. The white E14 Hue delivers a luminous flux of 470 lumens at a maximum consumption of 6 watts, which corresponds approximately to the light output of a 40 watt bulb. The color variant has the same maximum luminance and accepts 6.5 watts. The standby consumption is under both 0.3 watts. The width of color reproduction and variation in brightness of the lights impresses me. You can choose color from a palette, or set color schemes like “tropical sunset”, and set hours of soft wake up with a lamp. Philips Hue Candlelights E14: Availability, Price They cost 34.95 euros (white-ambiance variant) and 59.95 euros (white-and-color ambiance variant for white and colored light). Press Release: UBISOFT® INVITES FANS TO PLAY WITH ITS BIGGEST GAMESCOM LINEUP YET DENMARK, COPENHAGEN, – August 7, 2017 –Today, Ubisoft reveals its full lineup for gamescom, the world’s largest consumer video game event, which takes place from August 22–26 in Cologne, Germany. Visitors will be able to play hands-on demos of Assassin’s Creed® Origins, Far Cry® 5, Mario + Rabbids® Kingdom Battle, South Park™: The Fractured But Whole™ and The Crew® 2 as well as compete against each other in For Honor® and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege. Fan activities will be planned throughout the week at the Ubisoft booth (located in Hall 6.1, booth B020), including stage performances for Just Dance® 2018 and exclusive presentations, news, demos, trailers and giveaways. Visitors will also be able to buy Ubicollectibles items, including new Six Collection Chibi figurines, at the dedicated Ubisoft store which will be located hall 5.2 booth c-011. The Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Pro League Season 2 Finals will be held at the Alpha Stage ESL Arena in Hall 9 during gamescom. The semi-finals will take place on Friday, August 25, and the Season 2 finals will take place on Saturday, August 26. There will be broadcasts from 9:45 am to 8 pm CET, including matches, live showcases of new content, as well as developer and community panels. Ubisoft will be rewarding some of its most dedicated fans, inviting 15 Star Players, chosen from Ubisoft Club members, to enjoy a VIP experience and the chance to meet and greet Ubisoft developers. In addition, anyone who plays games on the Ubisoft booth at Gamescom will receive exclusive in-game rewards for some Ubisoft titles and have the opportunity to spend time in the Ubisoft Lounge, located within the booth, for meet and greets, demos and discussions about games. For more on Ubisoft Club activities during gamescom, please visit twitter.com/ubisoftclub. “We are very excited to be able to put our diverse lineup in players’ hands in Europe, following the great reception it received at E3 in June,” said Alain Corre, EMEA executive director. “More than 300 pods, the most we’ve ever had at gamescom, will be set up for players to enjoy our new games and share their feedback with us. And by showcasing new content and competitive play in For Honor and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, as well as the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Pro League Season 2 finals for the latter, we’re happy to reassure fans that these titles are here to stay!” For more about Ubisoft at gamescom, visit The Website, YouTube and The UbiBlog. New Gadget: Cherry B.Unlimited 3.0 – Wireless Rechargable Desktop My friends at Cherry sent me their new B.Unlimited wireless rechargable desktop keyboard to review here on Tech N Burgers Will it be enough for me to give up my trusty old Logitech keyboard? I do not know but I plan on giving it a spin to see how well it works New Gadget: Jabra Evolve 75 My friends at Jabra sent me the new Jabra Evolve 75 earphones with active noise cancellation. I am a big fan of using Skype for Business at work for my business calls so I was happy when Jabra offered me these to review:-) They describe them as the best earphones to use in an open landscape so I am really looking forward to using these at my current jobb and when I switch jobs in two weeks time. Got any questions that you want answered in the review? Review: SteelSeries QcK Prism – my new favorite mousepad Confession, I have a thing for RGB lights. I have them in my home. I have them in my computer. I do not know why but these lights they just make me happy Not everyone is going to be dropping 59.99 US Dollar or 690 SEK on a mouse pad but those of you who decide to do so, this will be worth it. I have used a lot of different mouse pads and so far I think that the SteelSeries QcK Prism is the best one. While the RGB lights are really cool and covers the whole mousepad, it is also a dual sided mousepad with one side hard polymer and the other side cloth. The base that the moue pad sitts on is made out of sturdy rubber and has no problem staying put even after several hours of gaming. I like that the cable that runs into the rubber base can be positioned on the side of the mouse pad that makes it more convenient for you. Personally I really like this because I try to hide my cables when it is possible.. As an RBG-fan I love the SteelSeries QcK Prism. If you are looking for a new mousepad this one is a no-brainer. I absolutely love it and I think that you will to Today’s Links August 5, 2017 Review: Telia Sense – my car has internet now Telia Sense was easy to install and when I’m sitting and writing this I can see that the car is parked in the parking lot. But the whole idea of Telia Sense is a series of new applications that will simplify life with the car. Cars that are connected to the internet are of course nothing new. Several manufacturers have their own connection with their own app that “monitors” the car. But Telia gives all car owners an opportunity to get information about the car via the OBD contact of the car. Telia Sense is also a Wifi router and can have a total of five users connected to the internet. The wifi router in the car is not new in itself and there are a number of options available on the market. 12-volt router that gives everyone in the car an opportunity to be connected. But Telia Sense combines these two – information from the car and internet connection. External apps should sell the dose When I’m writing this, I can see where my car is and I’ll get a note if the car is moved from its place. I can also see how much fuel there is. All this is good but maybe at least fun information. I guess there are not enough people who pay 1500 kronor plus 100 kronor per month for these two features, no matter how good they are. Instead, it’s external apps that will boost sales in Telia stores. The most talked about is the car test app and Folksam who, by means of a car surveillance, will give a discount to those who drive “good”. There has been wisdom about a car insurance rebate of up to 20 percent and succeeding Telia to get that deal, of course, is a way to save the relatively high monthly fee. More and more connected gadgets But Telia Sense is just the beginning of the Great Internet Revolution. Our gadgets will be connected to an increasing extent. Within a few years my golf clubs, my running shoes, my fridge, my heat pump and my bicycle will be on the internet and monitored through different apps. Unfortunately, neither the app nor Telia Sense can mount the tires on the car. Not yet. Press Release: Good news for festival-goers everywhere – no more empty batteries Good news for festival-goers everywhere! With an Xtorm Power Bank you need never find yourself with an empty battery again Enjoy and share the power with friends Houten, The Netherlands, 20 July 2017 – Xtorm, manufacturer of mobile charging solutions, has Power Banks that provide enough energy to charge both your own mobile devices and those of (new) friends. That makes empty smartphone batteries during festivals a thing of the past. Always charged An empty battery is very frustrating at the best of times and never more so than during a festival! Now there’s no need to join the long queue for a plug socket in the toilet blocks at the camp site, or the WiFi/charge lounge at the festival grounds. With an Xtorm Power Bank you can recharge your mobile devices easily in your pocket or bag. Share the energy with friends Don’t just charge your own mobile devices, share the power with others in need of extra energy. Most Xtorm chargers have 2 or even 3 USB ports, enabling several mobile devices to be charged at once. Having a handy Xtorm Power Bank is a great way to meet new people during a festival. And who knows, there might be a click, you might even meet the love of your life! Price and availability Xtorm Power Banks are available from various €14,99 in various (online) stores and at Xtorm.eu. Xtorm offers two years guarantee and unlimited helpdesk support on all its products. About Xtorm Xtorm was founded in 2008 and is part of the Dutch company Telco Accessories B.V., which has its head office in Houten (NL). Xtorm designs, manufactures and markets innovative universal mobile charging solutions. Xtorm Business products complement the range. Xtorm products are contemporary, user friendly and high quality. Xtorm products are currently available in 52 countries worldwide. For more information visit www.xtorm.eu. Press Release: For one week only, download Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings at an 80% discount on your favorite mobile device! San Francisco, California – July 31, 2017 – Start a breathtaking adventure! When a mysterious painting of a spooky old castle appears on the doorstep of Bella’s house, her happy and peaceful life crumbles to dust. Her child disappears suddenly and all police and FBI efforts to find him are in vain. Bella’s only option is to enlist the help of some otherworldly friends. Join Bella as she travels through enchanted paintings, exploring the worlds within them. Pick up items you might need to solve brain-twisting puzzles and rescue Bella’s son in this amazing hidden object adventure! Standard Edition: 44 Levels 25 Locations 25 Mini-games Collector’s Edition: 9 Extra Locations 4 Extra Mini-games In-depth Strategy Guide The game is developed by Fenomen Games and published by G5 Entertainment AB. When: July 31, 2017 Where: App Store: Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings for iPhone Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings for iPad Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings for Mac Amazon Appstore: Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings for Kindle Fire Google Play: Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings for Android Windows Store: Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings for Windows For additional information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org About G5 Entertainment G5 Entertainment Group (NASDAQ OMX:G5EN.ST, Bloomberg: G5EN.SS, Reuters: G5EN.ST) is a developer and publisher of high quality casual and free-to-play games for smartphones and tablets. The group distributes games through iOS, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Mac, and Windows application stores. G5 develops and publishes games that are family-friendly, easy to learn, and targeted at the widest audience of experienced and novice players. G5‘s portfolio includes popular gameslike Hidden City®, Mahjong Journey®, Survivors: The Quest®, The Secret Society®, Virtual City®, and Supermarket Mania®. Through its head entity G5Entertainment AB (Publ), G5 Entertainment Group is publicly listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm main market under trade symbol G5EN.ST More information about the company can be found at: www.g5e.se/corporate. Press Release: Mercury 120, 240 & 360: Antec presents new CPU Liquid Cooling Series In the year of their 31st anniversary, Antec Inc., leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, are launching a new series of All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooling, the Mercury series. The Antec Mercury coolers are commercially available now for 69 Euros (Mercury 120), 99 Euros (Mercury 240) and 125 Euros (Mercury 360). The new Antec Mercury CPU Cooler Series is engineered to keep the CPU cool for up to 50,000 hours. Manufactured with high-quality components, the products are proven to last at least five years – a benchmark of quality that surpasses the standard also backed by the Antec five-year warranty period. The Mercury models are equipped with non-lubricated graphite bearings and a durable ceramics axis in a carbon-metal construction. The radiator features an arrangement of high-density 16 FPI (fins per inch) to achieve a cooling performance perfectly suitable for any enthusiast’s needs. I deally spaced at 2.8 mm, the fins allow for cool air to pass through efficiently. All Mercury models are built around a new sealed and silent pump, which consists of a three-phase motor promoting a rapid liquid circulation, helping the CPU to keep cool while it is being pushed to its limits. The pump features a high coolant pressure (2.3m water pressure; flow rate of 3.5 l / minute) & lower-fan noise. The Mercury is easily set up via plugging into a 3-Pin motherboard connector and SATA power (through an included adapter cable). The pump-block also features three LEDs, which indicate coolant temperature. Blue indicates <48°C, green indicates 49-60°C, and red indicates >60°C. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook. Available here: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/search?sSearch=antec+mercury https://www.scan.co.uk/search?q=antec+mercury New Gadget: Jabra Elite Sport My friends at Jabra sent me their updated version of the Elite Sport earphones (comes with 50 percent more battery life!!!). I loved using the previous version at the gym so I am really looking forward to playing with this version.. Anyone have any questions that they want answered? I plan on using them this weekend in the gym New Gadget: Netgear 790 Mobile Broadband Router My friends at Netgear sent me their 790 Mobile Broadband Router to review here on Tech N Burgers (which was quite good timing since my old mobile broadband router stopped working on me). I have just started playing around with it but I am surprised on how many options you can have on a mobile broadband router.. Any questions that you want answered in the review? Today’s Links July 29, 2017 Shake Shack here in New York I had Shake Shack here in New York and it was really delicious 😎 The perfect way to properly start your vacation. Today’s Links July 22, 2017 Make your e-reader summer-proof with a Gecko Cover Ultimate e-reader protection during your summer holiday Houten, The Netherlands, 13 July 2017 – Gecko Covers, manufacturer of protective covers for e-readers, tablets and MacBooks, provides the ultimate solution for carefree e-reading this summer. A Gecko Cover protects your e-reader from dirt, scratches or a broken screen. Carefree reading outside Summer’s here, which for many people means finally finding time to read . Taking an e-reader on holiday is, of course, much easier than packing your case full of books. But it would be a shame if your e-reader got sand-scratched or stained by sun lotion. Luckily, Gecko Covers has a wide range of protective covers to ensure carefree reading on the beach, poolside or in the garden. Stylish protection Gecko Covers has high-quality protective covers for many different e-readers. Besides ensuring a perfect fit, this diversity also offers you a choice of colour, material and type of cover. Would you prefer a cover that protects the entire frame of your e-reader, for instance, or would you rather have one with a multiple position stand or a waterproof cover? Make your e-reader summer-proof with an attractive protective cover by Gecko Covers! And whatever you do, don’t forget to pop it in your case when packing for your holiday. Price and availability Gecko Covers are available from €22,95 in various (online) stores and via www.geckocovers.com. Gecko Covers offers two years’ guarantee on all products. About Gecko Covers Gecko Covers was founded in 2009. The company designs, manufactures and markets protective covers and accessories for e-readers, tablets and MacBooks. Gecko Covers distinguishes itself with an excellent price-quality ratio, contemporary, cleverly thought-out designs and by combining unique materials with functional design. Gecko Covers anticipates and responds to the latest markets trends and innovations, continuing to expand its range of products. For more information please visit www.geckocovers.com. Today’s Links July 15, 2017 Press Release: Make your e-reader summer-proof with a Gecko Cover Ultimate e-reader protection during your summer holiday Houten, The Netherlands, 13 July 2017 – Gecko Covers, manufacturer of protective covers for e-readers, tablets and MacBooks, provides the ultimate solution for carefree e-reading this summer. A Gecko Cover protects your e-reader from dirt, scratches or a broken screen. Carefree reading outside Summer’s here, which for many people means finally finding time to read. Taking an e-reader on holiday is, of course, much easier than packing your case full of books. But it would be a shame if your e-reader got sand-scratched or stained by sun lotion. Luckily, Gecko Covers has a wide range of protective covers to ensure carefree reading on the beach, poolside or in the garden. Stylish protection Gecko Covers has high-quality protective covers for many different e-readers. Besides ensuring a perfect fit, this diversity also offers you a choice of colour, material and type of cover. Would you prefer a cover that protects the entire frame of your e-reader, for instance, or would you rather have one with a multiple position stand or a waterproof cover? Make your e-reader summer-proof with an attractive protective cover by Gecko Covers! And whatever you do, don’t forget to pop it in your case when packing for your holiday. Price and availability Gecko Covers are available from €22,95 in various (online) stores and via www.geckocovers.com. Gecko Covers offers two years’ guarantee on all products. About Gecko Covers Gecko Covers was founded in 2009. The company designs, manufactures and markets protective covers and accessories for e-readers, tablets and MacBooks. Gecko Covers distinguishes itself with an excellent price-quality ratio, contemporary, cleverly thought-out designs and by combining unique materials with functional design. Gecko Covers anticipates and responds to the latest markets trends and innovations, continuing to expand its range of products. For more information please visit www.geckocovers.com. Using Telia Sense I have been using Telia Sense now for a few weeks and have been enjoying the experience. Got a longer post coming this weekend but wanted to share that I am enjoying it so far 😎 Press Release: The Overwatch League™ Partners with Sports, Esports Leaders to Build Teams for Major Cities Worldwide First major global professional esports league Teams for Boston, Los Angeles, Miami-Orlando, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai announced STOCKHOLM, Sweden – July 12, 2017 – Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced the sale of the first Overwatch League™ teams for major global cities to seven entrepreneurs and leaders from traditional sports and esports. New team owners include: Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group and the New England Patriots (Boston) Jeff Wilpon, Co-Founder and Partner of Sterling.VC and COO of the New York Mets (New York) Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals (Los Angeles) Ben Spoont, CEO and Co-Founder of Misfits Gaming (Miami-Orlando) Andy Miller, Chairman and Founder of NRG Esports (San Francisco) NetEase (Shanghai) Kevin Chou, Co-founder of Kabam (Seoul) “Overwatch already connects over 30 million players worldwide. The Overwatch League will celebrate and reward our most accomplished players and give fans more opportunities to engage with each other,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. “We’re excited to be working with leaders from esports and traditional sports to celebrate our players and to establish the Overwatch League.” “Overwatch is a game about a diverse group of international heroes who fight for an optimistic vision of the future, and the Overwatch League is an extension of that spirit,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re building this league for fans – esports fans, traditional sports fans, gaming fans – and we’re thrilled to have individuals and organizations who are as passionate about professional competition as we are, and who have extensive experience in all three fields, representing our first major international cities in the league.” “We have been exploring the esports market for a number of years and have been waiting for the right opportunity to enter,” said Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group. “The incredible global success of Overwatch since its launch, coupled with the League’s meticulous focus on a structure and strategy that clearly represents the future of esports made this the obvious entry point for the Kraft Group.” “It’s an honor to be selected as one of the ownership groups in the inaugural season of its new league,” said Jeff Wilpon, co-founder and partner at Sterling.VC, a Sterling Equities venture capital fund. “We view our participation in the Overwatch League as a major opportunity to take a lead position where technology is converging with sports and media. This partnership with the Overwatch League and with some of the elite ownership groups in professional sports, offers a unique opportunity to connect with millions of dedicated fans, engaged and passionate about one of the world’s fastest growing sports, and to continue proudly representing New York.” “Immortals has been eagerly anticipating the launch of the Overwatch League since the plans were unveiled. With our shared values and vision for the future of esports, we’re honored to be selected as one of the initial members of this global league,” said Immortals CEO Noah Whinston. “Alongside our partners at AEG, we’re excited to pioneer esports regionality as an inaugural franchise and to continue L.A.’s championship tradition.” “Misfits Gaming is thrilled to join the Overwatch League and represent the great cities of Miami and Orlando,” said Misfits Gaming CEO and Co-Founder Ben Spoont. “Competing as part of a major city-based esports league is something we’ve always wanted to do, and together with our partner the Miami Heat we’re very excited by the potential to build something amazing for our fans in the months and years ahead. This is going to be a great experience for teams and everyone who loves esports.” “NRG Esports couldn’t be more honored to represent San Francisco and all of Northern California for the launch of the Overwatch League,” said Andy Miller, Chairman and Founder of NRG Esports. “As big believers in Overwatch, NRG has fielded one of the most popular teams in the world since the game’s release and can’t wait to bring a hometown team to the Bay Area.” “We’re passionate about gaming at NetEase, and the Overwatch League is an opportunity we didn’t want to miss” said William Ding, CEO of NetEase. “The commitment of Overwatch’s players and fan community is an incredible foundation on which to build a successful global league, and we’re looking forward to building a world-class team for Shanghai that inspires fans everywhere.” “As esports enthusiasts, we’ve always seen Seoul as the place to be for world-class competitive gaming,” said Kevin Chou, co-founder of Kabam. “We’re very honored to represent the birthplace of esports as owners of the Overwatch League team in Seoul and excited to work closely with the most passionate and enthusiastic gaming community in the world.” Overwatch was created by globally acclaimed publisher Blizzard Entertainment, known for iconic franchises including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®, StarCraft®, and Heroes of the Storm®, many of which have laid the foundations and helped push the boundaries of professional esports over the last 15 years. Among Blizzard’s stable of twenty #1 games over the past two decades, Overwatch is the fastest to reach more than 30 million players. Overwatch was built from the ground up for online competition, with memorable characters and fast-paced action designed for the most engaging gameplay and spectator experiences. The Overwatch League, slated to begin later this year, is a unique opportunity for owners and players. As the first major esports league to feature a city-based structure, the league will drive development of local fan bases. For the first season of the league, regular-season matches will be played at an esports arena in the Los Angeles area, as teams develop their local venues for formal home and away play in future seasons. Matches will be played each Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A full schedule and information about ticket sales will be announced closer to launch. The league will create value for team owners through advertising, ticketing and broadcast rights revenues, with teams receiving an equal share of all league-wide net revenues. Teams will also keep all local revenues generated through their home territory and venue up to a set amount each year, unprecedented in esports; above the set amount, a percentage is sent to the league’s shared revenue pool. In addition, teams will have a license to operate and monetize up to five amateur events in their home territory each year, and to benefit from the sale of league-affiliated fan items in Overwatch, with 50% of the revenues going into the net shared revenue pool for all teams. The Overwatch League will also provide advertisers and sponsors with opportunities that are unparalleled in the esports space, withglobal fan bases not found in traditional sports, along with better targeting and analytics than traditional forms of advertising. Last year, 285 million people worldwide watched esports. The quickly-growing esports audience also includes some of the hardest to reach and most sought after demographics, with a share of millennials two to three times higher than any of the ‘Big Four’ US sports. To learn more about the Overwatch League, visit the official website at www.overwatchleague.com. About Activision Blizzard Activision Blizzard, Inc., a member of the Fortune 500 and S&P 500, is the world’s most successful standalone interactive entertainment company. We delight hundreds of millions of monthly active users around the world through franchises including Activision’s Call of Duty®, Destiny and Skylanders®, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Hearthstone®, Diablo®, StarCraft®, and Heroes of the Storm®, and King’s Candy Crush™, Pet Rescue™, Bubble Witch™ and Farm Heroes™. The company is one of the Fortune “100 Best Companies To Work For®”. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard has operations throughout the world, and its games are played in 196 countries. More information about Activision Blizzard and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activisionblizzard.com. Press Release: Xtorm mobile charger for every kind of holiday Carefree holiday thanks to Xtorm Houten, The Netherlands, 11 July 2017 – Xtorm, manufacturer of mobile charging solutions, has a wide range of mobile chargers and a suitable (solar) Power Bank for every kind of holiday. Mobile devices such as phones, cameras and Bluetooth speakers are indispensable during the summer holidays but thanks to Xtorm they can be charged anywhere and everywhere. There’s nothing more frustrating on holiday than an empty battery. It makes calling for roadside assistance if your car breaks down, finding your way back from a walk in the wilderness, or photographing that idyllic sunset rather awkward, to say the least. Xtorm offers the solution for a carefree holiday. Xtorm chargers serve as external batteries, enabling you to charge mobile devices without a plug socket. Xtorm Power Banks or Solar Chargers are ideal for conveniently recharging mobile devices that have a USB connection. Just like holiday destinations, Xtorm chargers are available in various types and sizes. A Solar Charger, such as the Lava 2 Solar Charger, is the perfect solution for a beach holiday, for instance, allowing you to soak up the sun and recharge your batteries in more ways than one. The robust Power Bank Xtreme, on the other hand, is ideal for more active holidays full of adventure. Xtorm also has powerful yet compact and easily portable chargers for city trips and day trips, such as the Power Bank Explore or Fuel Bank 2x. In fact, an Xtorm charger is the ultimate charging solution for any summer holiday! Whatever you do and wherever you go, be it a day trip, a city trip or a sunny resort, with an Xtorm you can always travel carefree. Price and availability Xtorm mobile chargers are available from various €14,99 in various (online) stores and at Xtorm.eu. Xtorm offers two years guarantee and unlimited helpdesk support on all its products. About Xtorm Xtorm was founded in 2008 and is part of the Dutch company Telco Accessories B.V., which has its head office in Houten (NL). Xtorm designs, manufactures and markets innovative universal mobile charging solutions. Xtorm Business products complement the range. Xtorm products are contemporary, user friendly and high quality. Xtorm products are currently available in 52 countries worldwide. For more information visit www.xtorm.eu. Today’s Links July 8, 2017 My Samsung S8 is finally protected I have finally bought a new case for my S8 Plus. I dropped it once and broke the screen so I wanted to get a case that both protected my device and looks good. I settled on the Blue alacantara case for my S8 and it looks great. My Telia Sense unit has arrived This will be an interesting experience. I have switched between mobile devices before but this is the first time that I am going to implement a hardware unit into my car. Besides the perk of seeing where I have parked my car, this will also allow to see how long I am driving and have WiFi in my car I plan on sharing daily on how well this unit works for me Today’s Links July 1, 2017 Movies for this trip I am on a business trip right now and I have syncedthree movies to my 7 Plus. Amazed on what you can fit in a 256 GB device 😎 Telia Sense coming soon to Tech N Burgers Telia is sending me one of their Sense units to install in my car and share the experience here. One of the perks that I know that I will enjoy is that I will always know where I have parked my car 😂 Another ting that I am looking forward to is that I will be able to follow and be proactive with any errors with my car. Anyone used one? What’s your experience? Today’s Links June 24, 2017 Time to park with EasyPark I have never been that person to use the apps when parking but when I am picking up my new iPhone 7 plus tomorrow I figured that it might be time for a change and I finally going to use an app when parking. Are you using an app when parking+ Power Rangers Available on Google Play Power Rangers is now available on Google Play. Back in the day I was a huge Power Rangers fan so i have to see this one. Anyone seen it? Bacon and cheese Burger from Butchers Bacon and cheese burger from Butchers tonight. Delicious as always 😎 I guess I do not have an excuse anymore Thanks to Fitbit 😎😃 They sent me the Charge 2 and Blaze to review. Anyone played with them? Looking forward to using them both and checking out the features. Today’s Links June 17, 2017 I might finally have good WiFi … I might finally have good WiFi at my parents.. This will be a welcome change compared to the airport extreme that they were previously using Expect a report when everything is finished and up and running Finally I have the perfect charger Finally I have the perfect harder to carry around with me everywhere 😎 The previous one I used only had three USB ports but this one has four. To be honest with the last one I always carried and extra charger with me but for the first time I might get away with just one charger 😎 Do you have an extra charger with ou that you use? New type of gadget – Philips Robotic Vacuum Cleaner I received a new gadget earlier this week that I have not reviewed or played around with before 😎 The Philips Robotoic Vacuum Cleaner . Anyone have any tips or tricks that they want to share? I am looking forward to showing and sharing my experience with this gadget 😎 Today’s Links June 10, 2017 Workout gear for the day This is a new series that I am starting here on Tech N Burgers where I am sharing the gear that I am using when working out. I have pocket casts running right now on my S8+ streaming a podcast to my Jabra elite earphones. What gear are you using when working out ? Rainbow Six Pro League Season 2 Kick Off Rainbow Six Pro League Season 2 Kick Off After 3 months of competition, PENTA Sports has become champions of the Season 1 of the second year of the Rainbow Six Pro League at the ESL arena in Katowice. The teams that competed at the finals late May have proven once again the high level of quality of the competition. Season 2 kick-off This Monday, June 12, the North American Pro League will kick off the second season of the Pro League 2017. NA takes the spotlight as FlipSid3 Tactics (current North American champion) will try to defeat a team of newcomers, OMEN. Then, Continuum will take on Most Wanted in the second match. Tuesday, June 13, in the first match of the Latin American Pro League, BRK eSports (former Black Dragons & current vice-champions of the Pro League) will play against newcomers Merciless Gaming, while in the second match, Pain Gaming will go head-to-head with Santos Dexterity. Finally, on Thursday, June 15, the European Pro League will begin with PENTA Sports, facing Supremacy, who made it out of the Challenger League last season. In the second match, Playing Ducks and Vitality will engage in their first battle of the Season. Season 2 will be in full swing for seven weeks. Full information and details can be found in the links below: Monday : NA Pro League – Watch live on YouTube/Rainbow6 & Twitch/Rainbow6 Tuesday : LATAM Pro League – Watch live on YouTube/Ubisoftesports & Twitch/Ubisoftesports Thursday : EU Pro League – Watch live on YouTube/Rainbow6 & Twitch/Rainbow6 The Teams of the Season 2: NA Pro League: Seed 1 – FlipSid3 Tactics Seed 2 – Vertical Gaming Seed 3 – Elevate Seed 4 – Continuum Seed 5 – Most Wanted Seed 6 – 1nfamy Seed 7 – Ferocity Seed 8 – OMEN* *Ominous – who ended up 4th in Season 1 – disbanded. OMEN who finished 3rd in the Challenger Team has then been brought in to replace them. LATAM Pro League: Seed 1 – BRK e-Sports (Previously Black Dragons) Seed 2 – Black Dragons (Previously V3 Masters) Seed 4 – Pain Gaming Seed 5 – Santos Dexterity Seed 6 – NoX Gaming Seed 6 – Operation Kino (Previously Factory Assault Team) Seed 7 – INTZ e-Sports (Previously Nois Brinca) Seed 8 – Merciless Gaming EU Pro League: Seed 1 – PENTA Sports Seed 2 – GiFu Seed 3 – gBots Seed 4 – Playing Ducks Seed 5 – Team Vitality Seed 6 – Millenium Seed 7 – Unknights Seed 8 – Supremacy Solar power, the summer solution to empty batteries Generate your own power with Xtorm mobile solar chargers Houten, The Netherlands, 8 June 2017 – The solar panel chargers by mobile charging solutions manufacturer Xtorm enable you to charge your mobile devices on the go, using clean energy you generate yourself. Xtorm solar products are an environmentally friendly way of keeping smartphones, tablets and other USB devices charged. No wall sockets required this summer thanks to these sustainable charging solutions, so recharging your mobile devices while you’re away for the day or on holiday need no longer be a problem. Xtorm has a wide range of Solar Chargers to suit all tastes and meet all requirements; varying from a pocket-sized Mini Solar Charger to a SolarBooster with powerful 24 Watt solar panels. Xtorm is renowned for efficient charging and efficiency is equally important to its solar products. Incorporating the latest SunPower® technology, Xtorm solar chargers offer the highest level of solar efficiency in the entire sector. The nice thing about these solar chargers is that they use UV radiation, meaning they will work just as well in the shade or on a cloudy day. So choose an environmentally friendly Xtorm solar charger this summer! That’s good for the environment and your pocket ; after all, sunshine is free! Price and availability Xtorm Solar Chargers and SolarBoosters are available from €25 in various (online) stores and at Xtorm.eu. Xtorm offers two years guarantee and unlimited helpdesk support on all its products. About Xtorm Xtorm was founded in 2008 and is part of the Dutch company Telco Accessories B.V., which has its head office in Houten (NL). Xtorm designs, manufactures and markets innovative universal mobile charging solutions. Xtorm Business products complement the range. Xtorm products are contemporary, user friendly and high quality. Xtorm products are currently available in 52 countries worldwide. For more information visit www.xtorm.eu. Review: Jays u-Jays After releasing the C-jays and then the V-jays, the Swedish brand Jays launches a new headphones, the U-Jays, available in matt black and white. The newest one is a supra-aural one which has a higher price and which thus competes with the Momentum On-Ear, the B & O Play H2 and other Philips M2. Ergonomy The U-Jays is a closed supra-auricular headset designed for nomad use. Its viscoelastic material pads are supposed to adapt easily to the shape of the ear. Coated with imitation leather, they look good and are pleasant to the touch. The earpieces – removable in case of breakage or simply wear – are held by a silicone coated steel spring clip. There is nothing to say about the very good construction of this helmet: no screws are visible, the hinges do not slam or squeak, and the helmet remains as a whole very sober and well proportioned. The robustness is also really good. Once placed on the skull, the u-Jays fits the head well. The materials of the pads and the arch give an excellent comfort and the pressure is well distributed, both firm and not marked. However, after 30 minutes of use, the heat begins to be felt, which is finally quite common to the super-auricular models. The removable 1.35 m cable, reinforced with kevlar for more robustness, is equipped with a hands-free kit that includes a microphone and 3 buttons to manage all functions usually controllable on iOS products Volume, song change, play / pause, etc.). Another version is available for Android products. Audio The 40 mm silk dome transducers are perforated and covered with an acoustic filter. According to the manufacturer, this would optimize the airflow to improve the intelligibility of details and generate deeper bass. When listening, it can be seen that the bass is reactive, but that it lacks dynamics and drags a little too much after the fact. They are not over flattered and have the good taste not to hide the rest of the spectrum. The low-mediums are slightly set back. As for the voices, they are rather loyal and intelligible, but far superior to the rest of the spectrum (the bump above between 1 and 2 kHz attests). The curve then drops between 3 and 5 kHz, cruelly masking the cymbals and other sounds of the same type. Once we climb a little in the treble, almost absent from the audible spectrum, we do not necessarily observe any sibilance (whistling), even at high volume – the peak that we observe above at 8 kHz being a Artefact of measurement. All in all, the sound scene is a bit stifled and lacking in clarity, almost causing a feeling of suffocation. The isolation of this helmet is not really its strong point: in noisy environments (metro, street, etc.), it is necessary to raise the volume significantly to create immersion, which is not only Not pleasant, but also potentially damaging eventually to the ears. The hands-free kit is of good quality: the microphone offers a good intelligibility to the voices, but difficult to attenuate the surrounding noises. Conclusion The U-Jays is very well built, well finished and comfortable. Unfortunately, on the audio side, the cruel lack of clarity and brings it up to the promise of the Swedish manufacturer. Review: Jabra Speak 710 Like many business people I am often on the go and on the phone. I have always used either the hands-free or speakerphone option on my smartphone, but to be honest the quality is just not there. Especially when you are then two people on the line. The Jabra Speak 710 aims to fix that by bringing together a quality speaker and microphone that not only looks good but also is easy to use and sounds great. Starting up with the Jabra Speak 710 The Jabra Speak 710 connects to your tablet or smartphone via Bluetooth. I found the process to be both easy and straight forward. When you power on the device it promptly guides you via audio through the process of connecting your phone. From when you first open the phone it takes less then five minutes to connect it your phone. I connected it both to my iPhone SE and my Galaxy S8+. When I restarted the Jabra Speak 710 it automatically conencted to both my iPhone SE and my Galaxy S8+ so I could be connected to both devices without having to disconnect. If you instead want to use the Jabra 710 with a phone it comes with a small USB dongle that is nested on the back of the Jabra 710. My Surface Pro quickly identified the JABRA 710 and connected it automatically. It is easy to charge thanks to the integrated USB cable that rolls around the back and stays out of the way when you do not need it. According to Jabra it takes around three hours to fully charge it and that delivers around 18 hours of usage. I have used it extensively and found that Jabra has delivery not only on audio but also on battery time. Using it Instead of having physical buttons, the Jabra Speak 710 comes with a series of touch sensitive zone on the shiny border around the speaker and microphone. You have all the buttons you need on it; Power, bluetooth on/off, answer, disconnect, volume up and down, battery level indicator, and a “Smart Button” . If you have an iPhone the “Smart Button” starts Siri when it is pressed. On the back of the Speak 710 there is a kickstand builtin into the back or if you want you can lay it flat on a conference room table. I found that it worked well in both positions for me. Testing it I found that answering inbound calls was perfect and I could hear the other end straight away when they answered the call. I also tested it out with Skype calls and found that it worked perfectly there also. The quality on the sound output both on regular and Skype calls highlighted the value of using it instead of the regular speakerphone on either of my smartphones. I can now hear conference calls more clearly and the people calling me could hear me better then if I was using my smartphone. One thing that I really enjoyed was the Link 370 dongle. When I either removed or inserted it, the Jabra 710 let me know via an spoken message straight from my device. Even after removing and inserting the dongle several times it fit snugly in there. It can also be used as a speaker between calls so that you can listen to music. I was surprised on how great the sound quality was. Conclusion It ticks all the necessary buttons that you may want in a speakerphone. I got mine a couple of weeks ago and today I can not live without it. If you are thinking of picking up a speakerphone that does it all this is the one to get. Today’s Links June 3, 2017 The Good Fight Now available on HBO Nordic The Good Fight is now available on HBO Nordic. I have just started watching season one and so far I am really enjoying it. If you have an HBO Nordic account I highly recommend that you watch this series.. Today’s Links May 27, 2017 Review: Xtorm Vigor Power Hub (XPD16) If we stay at home, we need to charge our stuff, and we prefer to do this as organized. Most people currently have at least one smartphone, but often a tablet, a camera, a laptop, and a call. Todasy we are looking at the XTORM Vigor Power Hub. A Power Hub that lets multiple devices simultaneously charge in an organized way. Can it charge all the devices that I carry with me in my daily life? Packaging In the box we have the Xtorm Vigor Power Hub Wireless. The power hub comes with a user manual detailing the different functions and an AC adapter of course Design Once you set up the Vigor Power Hub, you immediately see that Xtorm has used the same materials that Xtorm also uses for the power banks of the company. Thanks to these white and gray materials, the Power Hub has a sleek and modern look. Under it we have four rubber feet that will keep the Power Hub in place. At the back we have the AC adapter connector and at the front we find six different ports to charge your devices. The gray top is equipped with a wireless charging plate. You can simply place your smartphone here so your device can be charged without cables. The round rubber ring will make sure your device stays well. Despite the use of a largely plastic housing, the power hub feels very firm. Incidentally, plastic and rubber are non-conductive materials, which is therefore the most safe choice for a power hub. Features As previously mentioned, the Vigor Power Hub features six front connectors and one wireless charging plate at the top. The six front connectors consist of four USB ports (5V / 2.4A), one USB port with Quick Charge 3.0 support (3.6V-12V) and one USB C port (5V / 3A). The four standard USB ports speak for themselves and are of course useable for any device that can be charged with a USB cable. This means smartphones, tablets, cameras, power banks, etc. However, the remaining ports are a lot more interesting. For example, the Vigor Power Hub has a USB port with Quick Charge 3.0 support. This Qualcomm technology can support devices that support Quick Charge 3.0 up to 60% faster charging than a standard USB port. Most Samsung, Motorola, LG, Google and HTC new devices already support Quick Charge 3.0. We have been able to test this connection without any problems with the Motorola Moto Z. The last port is a USB C port. USB C is fairly new, but will eventually become the new standard. USB C was introduced after laptops became thin and thus needed a smaller USB connection. This new USB C connector we find, among other things, on Apple’s newest MacBooks. One of the benefits of USB C is that it does not matter how to push the USB C cable into the USB C port. The connection is equal on both sides. The Xtorm Vigor Power Hub does not come with its own charging cables, as they are normally come with the devices themselves. Conclusion I love it, charging my devices have never been this easy at is these days with the Vigor Power Hub from Xtorm. I give it Tech N Burgers seal of approval It is one of those gadgets that I can not live without these days. If you have any questions let me know in the comment section. Today’s Links May 20, 2017 Review Jabra Speak 710 Like many business people I am often on the go and on the phone. I have always used either the hands-free or speakerphone option on my smartphone, but to be honest the quality is just not there. Especially when you are then two people on the line. The Jabra Speak 710 aims to fix that by bringing together a quality speaker and microphone that not only looks good but also is easy to use and sounds great. Starting up with the Jabra Speak 710 The Jabra Speak 710 connects to your tablet or smartphone via Bluetooth. I found the process to be both easy and straight forward. When you power on the device it promptly guides you via audio through the process of connecting your phone. From when you first open the phone it takes less then five minutes to connect it your phone. I connected it both to my iPhone SE and my Galaxy S8+. When I restarted the Jabra Speak 710 it automatically conencted to both my iPhone SE and my Galaxy S8+ so I could be connected to both devices without having to disconnect. If you instead want to use the Jabra 710 with a phone it comes with a small USB dongle that is nested on the back of the Jabra 710. My Surface Pro quickly identified the JABRA 710 and connected it automatically. It is easy to charge thanks to the integrated USB cable that rolls around the back and stays out of the way when you do not need it. According to Jabra it takes around three hours to fully charge it and that delivers around 18 hours of usage. I have used it extensively and found that Jabra has delivery not only on audio but also on battery time. Using it Instead of having physical buttons, the Jabra Speak 710 comes with a series of touch sensitive zone on the shiny border around the speaker and microphone. You have all the buttons you need on it; Power, bluetooth on/off, answer, disconnect, volume up and down, battery level indicator, and a “Smart Button” . If you have an iPhone the “Smart Button” starts Siri when it is pressed. On the back of the Speak 710 there is a kickstand builtin into the back or if you want you can lay it flat on a conference room table. I found that it worked well in both positions for me. Testing it I found that answering inbound calls was perfect and I could hear the other end straight away when they answered the call. I also tested it out with Skype calls and found that it worked perfectly there also. The quality on the sound output both on regular and Skype calls highlighted the value of using it instead of the regular speakerphone on either of my smartphones. I can now hear conference calls more clearly and the people calling me could hear me better then if I was using my smartphone. One thing that I really enjoyed was the Link 370 dongle. When I either removed or inserted it, the Jabra 710 let me know via an spoken message straight from my device. Even after removing and inserting the dongle several times it fit snugly in there. It can also be used as a speaker between calls so that you can listen to music. I was surprised on how great the sound quality was. Conclusion It ticks all the necessary buttons that you may want in a speakerphone. I got mine a couple of weeks ago and today I can not live without it. If you are thinking of picking up a speakerphone that does it all this is the one to get. Review: XB201 10000mAh – XTORM POWER BANK EXPLORE I have been playing with the XB201 from XTORM. It comes with a 10.000mAh internal battery, which according to XTORM allows you to charge your phone for up to three times. Design The hard protective plastic shell allows it to be knocked around and stand the occasional drop. The fact that it is rubberised on the top and bottom means that it will not move around on the surface that you place it on. In fact I have dropped it a couple of times and so far I have found it to be as brand as new. On the top the on/off button has four leds around it so that it can show much battery is left. On the front there are output ports that allows you to fully charge your devices. There is also an additional micro-USB to fully charge the internal battery. Reliability It comes with a removable Micro USB cable which is attached to the XB201 thanks to a magnet. I have removed it several times now and I have found it to be as good as a new.. The cool thing is that you can also use this cable to fully charge your XB201 also. Charging If you press the button once you power it on and if you want to power it off you have to press the button twice. On the on/off button there are indicator lights to show you how much battery you have left in it. I like the feeling of this button since it is brushed chrome and gives a higher quality feeling that I have not found on other batteries so far that I have tested. When your device is fully charged the XB201 will automatically stop charging your device. According to XTORM you should be able to charge your device up to three times with the battery. I found this to be true since I have tested it with my S8+ and could charge it three and half times without any issues. I found that the XB201 could lay in my backpack for over three weeks without dropping a single bar. This is something that surprised me since batteries that I have tested from other manufacturers have dropped a couple of bars.. I have unfortunately learned that the “hard” way when I have needed to charge my phone on the go.. This is why the XB201 has a place in my backpack. The two outlets has allowed me to be able to charge both my personal and work phone at the same time. Charge your devices quicker then before The XB201 comes with Quick Charge 3.0 technology which charges your devices 60 percent quicker then before.. I have devices here that supports this technology and found it to work absolutely perfect.. It is the perfect way to charge your device when you are not near an outlet.. Conclusion I have found this to be an impressive battery and I can not belive the price on their website. I would have expected it to be much more expensive then the 65 Euro that they have it listed for on their website. Especially since you can charge multiple devices while on the go. Check it out the XTORM website. Today’s Links May 13, 2017 Review Nespresso Ezzensa Mini I am so happy about my cooperation with Nespresso. Being able to fix my own great coffee really puts a golden edge on the coffee lovers here at home. That it also fits in my kitchen without taking up too much of the work surface is almost too good to be true. By concentrating coffee expertise and expertise in a brand new design, Nespresso has been able to offer the most compact machine ever – without compromising on taste. The new Essenza Mini combines a user-friendliness and unmatched Nespresso quality to create a perfect cup of coffee every time. This little machine opens up for big Nespresso coffee experiences. The new Essenza Mini machine is small to size, but for that matter, they have not really compromised with taste or quality. Another good thing about Nespressos machines is that it’s quick to fix a cup of great coffee (yes, I’ll call it when it’s so extra delicious with skim milk and that I otherwise buy at the nearest barista for awfully much money). With a capsule in the machine just press the button on the milk foam and pour the desired amount of milk into it. Conclusion The machine is really perfect for people like who do not have so much space, and do not want to compromise on either the coffee quality or the taste for that matter. The Essenza Mini is the small coffee machine for the great coffee experience simply. I would recommend that you head over to Nespresso and pick one up for yourself. Review IKEA Nordmärke Charge your smartphone wirelessly ?! It sounds like a bad joke, but it’s possible. IKEA also has an extensive line of chargers for your smartphone. The editors of Tech N Burgers became acquainted with one of these chargers: the NORDMÄRKE. In the package In addition to the NORDMÄRKE itself, only one installation manual and a booklet with instructions and safety instructions are contained in the package. Appearance and specifications The IKEA NORDMÄRKE is available in four different versions. The version with 1 loading point (diameter 13CM, height approx. 2CM) is available in white or plastic. In addition, the NORDMÄRKE is available in two versions (again: in white plastic or with a white-wood finish) with 3 charging points (length of this unit: 31CM, height 2CM). In addition, each unit is equipped with a supplementary USB port (USB 2.0). The maximum power of induction charging is 5W for the single version and 3x5W for the triple plate. The USB port delivers 5Vdc, 10W and up to 2000mA. The charging time may vary depending on the battery capacity of the equipment, charging level, battery age and ambient temperature. My S8+ was fully charged by the NORDMÄRKE in about 2 hours. Usage Rarely we have tested a product that was so easy to use at Tech N Burgers. Granted, the NORDMÄRKE is, of course, no more than just a charger. The present installation manual (with only one “real” act) is almost humorous. The only two actions include plugging the cord into the loose plug and laying down your smartphone on the ‘+’ symbol. Charging via Qi will probably take a little longer than charging via your normal charger (with a wire). Our S8 + was fully charged in about 2 hours. As with any Qi charger (which we know) our device also became a lot warmer than when charging via a normal charger. Devices that can be charged by means of Induction, however, is calculated here. Additionally, most of the devices will lose this extra heat in no time. The IKEA NORDMÄRKE has two extras. The first is the presence of a supplemental USB port. For example, when you load your one smartphone you can connect a second smartphone. The second extra is the built-in led. This ledge is not bright enough to serve as “light in the darkness”, but can serve as an indicator. When this lid goes out, the loading process is completed. If a malfunction has occurred, then this led flashes. We do not really notice so much on the NORDMÄRKE. Conclusion The IKEA NORDMÄRKE is a good and affordable smartphone charger, which looks very nice. Taking the charger into operation can not be simpler; Plug in the power plug, place your smartphone on the charging point (or one of the charging points) and finish it. The whole has only a few minor drawbacks. For example, the plug block is very strong and, according to us, the present led could be positioned better around one of the edges. Review IKEA Riggad Wireless Desktop Lamp How does it work? The charging station is in the base of the Riggad lamp. The element under the crossmark transmits wireless energy via induction, similar to the wireless electric toothbrush. Electricity is transferred by means of a coil in the receiving device and a coil in the charging station. Wireless charging only works when the power charger and receiver work with the same standard, in this case the Qi standard. Qi is the Chinese expression for life energy. You speak it like ‘tsjie’. Which phones? A part of the more expensive smartphones already supports that Qi standard. Like the new Samsung Galaxy S6, the LG Nexus 5 and the Lumia 830 and 930. You put such a phone on the charging station and charging starts immediately. If you have a mobile that is not supported by Qi, you can often buy a case that incorporates a Qi receiver. Ikea sells itself one, the Vitahult, with prices from € 10 to € 20 for different devices. . Does wireless charging work well? Yes, charging is fine, but less fast than with a USB cable. Wireless with the Ikea Riggad takes 3 hours to fully charge the device. Two phones at a time If you have two phones next to each other at the charging station, or have a sturdy protective case around your phone, it takes a while longer to charge. For phones or other devices that do not support the Qi standard, the lamp also has an ordinary USB connector that fits a standard charging cable. Availability The Ikea Riggad lamp is available from April 15 and costs € 60. It comes with a (non-exchangeable) LED lamp that, according to Ikea, will work for 20,000 hours. IKEA also has other lamps, furniture and accessories incorporating Qi charging technology available (review coming on these also). The Qi standard has been in existence for five years. Now that such a large, internationally operating home warehouse is behind the technology, wireless charging can finally break through. We like to do that, also in the hospitality and in cars. Conclusion The wireless charging Ikea lamp is useful for those people who have a smartphone that supports wireless charging. . But if your phone is not Qi-compatible (Ikea’s wireless charging standard), this Ikea lamp is still recommended, as it’s a gives more options and features than a desktop lamp without charging station. The purchase of a special protective case that charges the phone wirelessly works surprisingly well. The main specifications of the Ikea Riggad (Ikea assignment): Maximum power induction charge: 5W Via USB port: 5V dc, max. 2000 mA Lampmaten: Diameter: 6 cm Height: 43 cm Cord length: 189 cm Lamptechniek: Led light source: integrated (non-replaceable) Life span led: ca. 25,000 hours Power consumption: 10W Light color: warm white (3000 Kelvin) Luminous intensity: 400 lumen (comparable to a 35W light bulb) Lampmaterialen: Foot / Confirmation: Plastic Hood: solid birch, white lacquer Tube: steel, color Lamp cap: aluminum, color coating Chaleur: Price Ikea Riggad desk lamp: € 60 Price Ikea Vitahult Wireless Receiver (phone case): € 10 to € 20 depending on model (Samsung Galaxy S3 / S4 / S5 and iPhone 4 (s), 5 (s) and 6) Today’s Links May 6, 2017 New episode of Billions out on HBO Nordic A new episode of Billions is out today on HBO Nordic. I am planning on streaming it from my S8 plus since they do not have an Android app yet. . . Are you planning on seeing it tonight ? Review: Sing with Matthew McConaughey Singing contests are always popular and in the Sing movie, we get the animated song contest of the time, which is also served with a lot of humor by singing animals. Illumination has produced a lot of good animated movies. Last I saw one of them was the secret life of the pet. Now it’s time again, when Koalan Buster Moon (English voice Matthew McConaughey, Swedish voice Morgan Alling) does everything to complete her father’s dream to settle in the old theater and hold magnificent shows. The only problem is that he has never really managed to make any shows that have taken some money and now he is hunted by both elected scene workers who have not been paid and the bank want to wrap him if he does not pay his debts. Fortunately, he has his incredibly patient and friendly assistant Miss Crawley (English voice Garth Jennings, Swedish voice Annica Smedius) who is able to keep everyone else calm, at least for the moment. But Buster Moon needs to get money and then he’s on the brilliant idea of organizing a singing contest. However, it draws a little more competitors than he had expected, due to a small mistake … The best thing about Sing are all the wonderful characters. From the dancing pig Günther (English voice Nick Kroll, Swedish voice Andreas Rothlin Svensson) with his German break to housewife Rosita (English voice Reese Witherspoon, Swedish voice Hanna Hedlund). Everyone desires the desire to follow their dreams in a fantastic way. Sing is filled with wonderful humor, like the Japanese band of squirrels who do not understand anything and constantly try to join the singing competition, even though they never qualified. It is undoubtedly a movie for the whole family because the humor in Sing is as much directed to adults as children. Maybe even it is overweight to adult humans. There is nothing negative to say, Sing is simply one of the best animated movies I’ve seen in a long time. + Three additional mini-movies available on the disc – well worth seeing! Clipboard Pro free on the Play Store Clipboard Pro is temporarily free on the Google Play Store. The thing that I like the most about the app is that it allows you to easily share information between devices. Have you downloaded it? Review: American Honey I’ve always had a bit of trouble for the indie scene and its movies. There are not many of them, and most preferably not if it is about the United States, which really finds me home. So when “American Honey” lands in my knee, I’m more than doubtful about what I’ll see and most preferably when it has a playing time of 162 minutes !! And on that, it also has Shia LeBeauf in one of the roles, yes you understand that my enthusiasm was not on top. The film director Andrea Arnold is celebrated worldwide for his films, but I have not really seen one of her previous works, either short films or feature films. In the film we meet Star (Sasha Lane) who is a teenage girl who does not live under the best of relationship. Her life is messy and her home is not the safe castle it should be. When she is unable to live with her life, she stays away from home and strikes a bunch of young people who spend the days selling subscriptions and the rest of the time to party. It does not take long before she gets stuck in a downward circle of the party, illegal activities, but also to discover the love. For me, it’s a little hard to get me this movie. Sure, I can relate to the age of these young people and, in part, what they are going through. But to really get the whole movie, I know too little about the United States and where you stand today when it comes to young people and their lives. But overall, this is a film that concerns, though it feels very stretched and really goes on. It does not happen very much in the film and its scenes tend to last for too long. Whether the movie is manusatt all the way, I do not know but the feeling is that much is improvised and this leads to quite stupid dialogue from characters that also feel very stupid. The only true retention of the movie is the Star character, performed with the brave of debuting Sasha Lane. She has the ability to crawl inside the skin of one’s life and battle finds straight into the heart. The other characters are more complementary to bring her to the light. The film is well-made and has a sense of authenticity over the ordinary and on many levels, the film is about to be too long. If you had cut it down and made it all a bit more fun, the movie would have won a lot. Nevertheless, the movie is quite alright if not the masterpiece that so many claim it is. Review: Jabra Elite Sport – the AirPods alternative for sporty listeners Since the arrival of the headset-free iPhone 7, the wireless battle for your ear is broken out of all agony. Jabra is the latest competitor with Elite Sport, with an impressive set of earbuds. As the name suggests, Jabra focuses with the Elite Sport on the sporty listener. The vast majority of the features that make Elite Sport special, therefore, will only be available during workouts. The caps are extra firmly attached to your ear, and the built-in heart rate monitor keeps your condition constant. Charge on the go? No problem In the box, Jabra has shipped several pieces and wings that make the Elite Sport fit for each ear. We were pleased with just a plug-in, which made the earphones pretty fast. The way you enter the caps will get used to. For example, you have to make a turning motion that clicks the back of the slightly large ear tips. Because of this, they are not only firm in your ear, but also make the sensor well enough to measure your heart rate. A beauty award does not deserve the big black caps, but they are functional. Are you ready to play sports (or listen to music), you can save the Jabra Elite in the box provided. It has a built-in battery that charges the earphones. The earphones last for three hours on a single battery charge, but because the storage box holds two charges, you only need to look for a power outlet after nine o’clock. During a workout you do not have to worry about any damage caused by sweat. The Elite Sport is waterproof. It’s so nice, because it means you can rinse the earbuds under the crane without worry. HearThrough makes you aware of your environment Jabra is also committed to keeping you safe in traffic. With the HearThrough option, you temporarily turn off the Elite Sport’s noise cancelling feature and enhance ambient noise. This works very well and ensures that you run during a round do not have to carry out your eyebrows at every crossing. Suddenly you hear exactly what happens around you, which in turn gives you a finer feeling while running. To use the heart rate monitor, you need the Jabra Sports app. This app not only lets you connect the ears to your ears, but it’s packed with workouts and handy statistics that track your performance. Elite Sport is able to produce an impressive sound quality. Bastones are well-known and different music styles and podcasts sound good. In addition to sports tips, you can use them well if you want to listen to music on the bike. Conclusion The Jabra Elite Sport has a price tag of € 249, – not the cheapest Bluetooth earphones, but one of the better we’ve tested. If you are pure music and wearing comfort, there is no better earphones on the market. Are you looking for a set of earphones that you also wear while exercising and who can keep track of your performance? Then, the Jabra Elite Sport is a great alternative, thanks to it’s impressive sound quality and the included attachments that keep them firmly in your ear. Today’s Links April 29, 2017 Saturday Movie: Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One I watched it the last time while I was in Florida soo I have been looking forward to watching it again I am going to rent it on Google Play via my S8+ plus and stream it via my Chromecast to my television. Review: Arrival with Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker What do they want? Where do they come from? These are the core issues that the language expert Louise Banks (Amy Adams) receives orders to answer when she is recruited by the Army to establish a dialogue with the foreign beings on one of the twelve spacecraft that arrived on Earth. But some quick answers should not be expected by Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker), or the Biopublic. Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” is a science fiction film that interests other things than aliens or the action sequences that usually follow the purchase of the genre. Not because “Arrival” lacks torque. On the contrary, the film is penetrated by a feeling of indeterminate threat. Already in the introduction, where the spectator and Banks for several minutes follow the arrival of the vehicles without seeing them, a creepy insecurity builds on people’s panic. It plays Villeneuve later on skillfully when the fear of world leaders grows. Louise Bank’s response to the oval shaped ships’s presence is strangely sensible: she goes home. There she finds herself when Chief Weber knocks on to take her to one of the craft. In the helicopter there is also physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), Louise’s intended couple at work. More than that, nothing can be said without puncturing the fabric of complexity that Villeneuve created in “Arrival”. But to get a feel of what it’s about, think more “Third-degree Contact,” “2001 – A Space Adventure” and “Interstellar” than “Independence Day” or “Cloverfield”. Language and time are two themes, and here Adams plays a key role as Louise Bank. Her heroine is an intelligent humanist whose striving to understand the visitors accounts for an unexpectedly large part of the “Arrival” thrill. Villeneuve has made a coherent, poetic film with themes, imagery and photo go hand in hand. The Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s naughty music contributes to the whole in a way that should make the film world’s greatest star composer Hans Zimmer – who often has patents on this kind of profound work – green of envy. That our understanding of each other would increase the more communication means we have is an idea that Villeneuve turns and turns around here. He performs this task with a curiosity that makes “Arrival” one of the most distinctive films of the year. Review: Inferno with Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones Symbol expert Robert Langdon ports in quandary again. “Inferno” is the third film based on Dan Brown’s popular books. But how many times can a concept be repeated? Dan Brown’s novel “The Da Vinci Code” became a phenomenon in the early 00’s with its mix of history, conspiracy theories and religious symbolism. The book was made to be filmed, as well as its predecessor, “Angels and Demons”, which also landed on film canvases eventually. Even then felt the concept somewhat trite. “Inferno” In other words, a part to prove. Unfortunately Ron Howard choosed (who also directed the predecessors), the simple solution path. Once again the American Symbol professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) ends up in the middle of a bizarre mystery of Italy that scene. It just takes a little longer before Langdon will start adding its clever puzzles, as he wakes up in a hospital with amnesia. No sooner has he come to his senses before a female police show up and “Terminator” -like beliefs trying to kill him. Langdon takes refuge with a young woman, the doctor Sienna (Felicity Jones), at his side. For those who have seen “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” will quickly find it uninteresting. Howard works with the left hand. He copies the previous films’ concept and throws in a bit ugly special effects in the form of visions in Langdon’s damaged brain, more fun than it will not. Moreover, it is difficult to keep up. Not only do you get extremely economical background information on the film’s protagonist (he lost his memory does not help directly). There is also a little unclear who is looking for him, and why. A super middle and influenza viruses that threaten wipe out half of humanity is anyway hunting targets. Dan Brown’s books have always tried to be a little smarter than they are, unfortunately, the films do not the stories better. Review Jabra Eclipse, the headset coming from the future Are you looking for a Bluetooth headset with the “A” uppercase, of those who are also loved by those, the earphones, just can not bear them? Then take a look at the Jabra Eclipse that our editorial team has been able to test in the past few days. Calling the headset is definitely a reduction and you can understand it after having been manipulating it for a few decades, appreciating not only the building qualities but also, above all, the features and technology behind the product. Jabra Eclipse, sold in a refined and elaborate cardboard box illustrating the functions and design, is accompanied by a bizarre casing enveloping it, a rechargeable microUSB cable, a set of interchangeable rubber pads and a Instruction manual. If the latter in other similar products can be set aside, Eclipse should be an exception because it actually provides information that would otherwise not be intuitive. The case, as anticipated, may seem strange and apparently even useless, at least until the headset is released from it. The two contacts that magnetically hook up the Eclipse to what’s in the hands of the impression of being a little “rubbery” stone, actually also offer the charging of the headset. The practical cover integrates a battery that (with a hooked headset) fully recharges – via the microUSB port on one side – in about 3 hours and guarantees up to 7 hours of additional time on the headset. When charging, it offers around 3 hours of talk time and, when unloaded, is charged in 2 hours simply by storing it in the case. Cover and headset together weigh around 40 grams, just 3-5 grams just the headset. It is practically impercettible to the ear. Comfortable of this incredible featherweight is the absence of any button or button that would require additional hardware. The footprint is really small, smaller than a little finger and thanks to the interchangeable rubber pads it suits any ear, locking in a perfectly stable way thanks also to the “suction” effect that is created between the ear hollow and the silicone cover . Not having a button at hand leaves a series of doubts to which the user’s manual is answered on one page: to turn on the headset, simply unplug it from the case, just to turn it off just re-enter it in the housing. When you connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone for the first time you need to hold down an invisible button on the center of the cover for 3 seconds: a LED flashes blue, then you need to unplug the headset to find its name in ‘List of matching devices. Once connected, the next time the connection to the phone is instantaneous. As soon as it is removed from the case and puts it in the ear, it is ready to use and confirms that there will be a female voice that, in Italian (after updating firmware via app, which we will discuss later), reports to us The correct connection between the two parts. Another question that arises from the absence of buttons and buttons is: how do you answer or end a call? Well, if the headset is plugged into the case, just snatch it off to automatically answer the call. In practice, if you leave the “stone” in the pants pocket, you get a call and the phone (or from Apple Watch if you have one) reading the name of the caller you decide to answer, you just have to put your hand in Pocket, pull out the headset and slip it into your ear. A gesture all natural, as when at the time of home phone with wire it was necessary to raise the handset to answer a phone call. Likewise, to hang up at the end of the chat, you just have to re-insert the headset into the case. The beautiful comes when the incoming call comes with the headset already inserted into the ear. In this case, the assistant’s voice will inform you that there is an incoming call announcing the name and last name of the contact if it is in the address book, or simply reading the phone number when it comes to a new contact. Then you will hear a beep after which you simply say “Answer” to answer, or “Ignore” to reject the call. At the end of a phone call, if you want to leave the earpiece in your ear, you do not have to put it in the case to hang up: just double tap the flat surface of the headset at the top, the closest one to the earpiece. The manual speaks of “touching”, in fact it is necessary to settle a rather dimmed touch. The same gesture, when there is no call in progress, calls the Siri voice server on iPhone and Google Now on Android, while a triple touch will awaken the assistant Jabra to remind you, in terms of minutes remaining in conversation, Remaining battery life. For the battery, however, the built-in LED in the headset helps to get an idea of when it’s time to recharge it: if it flashes green, there may be between 20% and 100% residual energy, but red indicates a quantity Less than 20%. On the case, there are three white LED indicators, which inform you of the amount of energy present in the built-in battery. Only one light represents 0-33%, two between 33 and 66%, three lights from 66% to 100%. To complete the list of useful features is the “Find my Jabra” option available within the application. In practice, if you enable location services, the app can store the last time the headset was “seen”, marking the location on the map. This means that if for a distraction we leave the headset at the bar or falls out of the pocket, as soon as it will be away more than 10 meters from the phone, the app will add a pin on the map, giving the owner a good chance to recover the headset . The Jabra Assist app, available for free on the App Store, also offers a number of useful headset options. For example, you can activate the switch for the Automatic volume entry that substantially adjusts the level according to ambient noise, thus lowering it properly when you are in a silent room and raising it instead when using the headset in the open or in the Traffic. The software also allows you to disable voice guidance, choose the type of gesture to answer a single-to-double call, or choose whether to leave normal audio quality, focus on clarity (good for calls) or rather emphasize Low, interesting option if you use the headset also to occasionally listen to music. All of this obviously has a cost. The Jabra Eclipse is certainly not the cheapest headset on the market but, considering the various features offered, voice controls, volume control, lightness, mobile charging system and everything we talked about up to Now, the price list of about 80-90 euros, fully respects the quality and engineering behind the product. Today’s Links April 22, 2017 New gadgets from Xtorm My friends at Xtorm sent me some new gadgets to play around with. I am especially intrigued by the power hub since it has built in wireless charging. Today’s Links April 15, 2017 Review Gecko ‘Clip on’ hard case for MacBook 12 I have always dented my laptop by dropping it once or twice so when Gecko asked me if I wanted to review their ‘clip on’ hard case for the MacBook 12 that I recently picked up I jumped at the opportunity. Material The cover is made out of polycarbone, which is both durable and impact resistance. I have dropped my laptop while using it with this case and to my surprise the case looks like it s brand new with minimal damages on it. The later suprised me since covers that I have usedv from other manufacturers often have looked damaged and I have not been able to use them after dropping my laptop with them once. Functionality One thing that I quickly realized is that this one is really optimized for the MacBook 12 since it has cutouts for both controls and ports such as the USB C port and headphone jack. I quickly realized that this case allows you to use your MacBook without having to compromise on functionality. Protection It consists of two parts to protect the different areas of your laptop.. Another thing that has me surprised about this case is the fact that it does not feel like you have a case on the laptop when you have it attached.. I have dropped my laptop several times with it and I quickly found that the case looks just as new as it did before. Other cases that I have used before have “flown” of my laptop when dropping it. What surprised me with this one is that stays on the laptop all the time. It is not only protective it is also slim. Conclusion It is a great cover your laptop that not only protects it but also is slim. I have been using it for several weeks and I can not live without it. It is available in serveral different colors so that you can get the one that fits your style. Today’s Links April 8, 2017 Review: Gecko Slimfit Cover for Kindle Paperwhite I have always enjoyed using my Kindle Paperwhite but I have always been searching for the perfect case for it. When Gecko offered the opportunity to review their slimfit cover for the Kindle Paperwhite I jumped at the oppertunity. Click in The previous cases that I have used with my Kindle has always seen it easily fall out of the case, but what surprised me was that with this case it just clicked in and I have not seen it fall out of the case. A+ for this since it really shows that it is tailor-made for the Kindle Paperwhite. In fact I have even dropped my Kindle while in this case and it did not leave the case.. Slim fit I have used cases that looks good but simply are to big when I have them in my backpack… What I have enjoyed with my cover from Gecko is that it has looks good and does not take up much space.. According to Gecko this case weighs 100 grams but when using it I would have said that it weighs much less since when I am using my Kindle it does not feel like I have a case on it.. Material The outside of the case is covered by high quality faux leather. It feels really nice and even after using it for a couple of weeks I have found that it still looks like new.. The inside of the case is covered by velour, which protects your Kindle from unwanted scratches.. In fact I have scratches of the screen on my Kindle from other cases so I am really happy about this.. In fact I have used this with my Kindle for about four weeks now and have not received a single scratch on it… In fact I have broken device(s) by dropping them with and without a case but this one has protected my Kindle from several drops and it is still standing. If you are clumsy like me I highly recommend this case. Conclusion It is a great case that I highly recommend and I have yet to remove it from my Kindle. If you decide to purchase it you will not regret and you have a 14 day day guarantee from Gecko. It is available in three different colors from Gecko. Review Xtorm AL450 Powerbank One thing that I always carry with me is a portable power bank since it is often tough to charge your phone when your out running and there is no power socket nearby to use.. What’s inside the box Anker AL450 USB to Micro USB cable USB to Micro USB C User Manual Design It has a slim profile with curved edges.. The aluminum weight contributes to the 277 gram weight.. It measures 96 mm in length, 79 mm in width and 21 mm in height.. I have often thought that it is a solid product that can “survive” a couple of drops on the street. Tough I do not think that is the reason behind the design. Personally I would have guessed that they have implemented an aluminum body for better dissipation of heat because it charges quicker.. On top of the the AL450 there is a three bar blue LED indicator that indicates the charging levels.. All the ports are available to use and are not covered by any flaps. There are two USB 3.0 ports and a USB-C port for charging the Power Bank.. I would have like to see a built in USB-C connection but perhaps that will come in a later revision? Charging It took around 200 minutes to fully recharge my MacBook. That is around four times longer then using the regular wall outlet for my MacBook.. It is the perfect way to charge my MacBook when I am not near a standard wall outlet. The nice thing is that you can both check your current battery level and start charging your devices by pressing the power button that is located on the top right side of your device. As you see in the picture below the LED’s indicate the battery level. Conclusion After a month of testing I only have good things to say about the Xtorm AL450 Power Bank.. It is excellent for charging your different devices such as smartphones, tablet or your laptop. Even if it does not have a builtin connection and uses an adapter cable instead, it charges your MacBook in a nice and organized way.. Today’s Links April 1, 2017 Star Wars Rouge One Out on Google Play Rouge One is now out on Google Play . I am seriously considering purcahsing this movie and watching it tonight.. Have you seen it? Mobile Gear of the Week The gadgets that I carry with me every day is just my Surface Pro 4 and the Huawei P9 (when I get my Moto Z back from service it will replace the Huawei P9).. It is a big difference compared to all the gadgets that I used to carry with me every day before.. What gadgets are you carrying with you every day? Today’s Links March 25, 2017 Burger from McDonalds Picked up my Golf from service and got hunger so had to stop by McDonalds for a quick burger. What burger have you had today? Super Mario for Android coming this week Super Mario for Android is coming this week on March 23. I have read that some people are not planning on getting it since it has been a while since it came out for iOS but I am getting it Are you getting it? Early Impressions of the Jabra Eclipse.. Jabra Eclipse is an extremely compact Bluetooth headset with support for NFC, combining simple operation with smart solutions and a good sound. Thanks to a clever concept, one can also use the headset for a long time without running out of battery. Jabra Eclipse weighs just 5.5 grams, and the very small size makes it a very discreet exercise using this headset. Comfort is even in the top, by switching between the supplied eargel pads should all be able to find a match. The headset has a good clear and distinct sound that convinces in use, it is also equipped with two microphones for noise suppression. It seems quite convincing, and conversations are clearly heard. When the headset is paired with your phone, resume a lost connection automatically at the moment is back within range of the phone. The range is set to 30 meters in open air line. The ability to restore the connection means, however, that you do not think about whether one is within reach all the time. Jabra Eclipse consists not only of the headset, which included a small combined mobile storage holder. The small holding in which the headset can be stored during transport, fills almost nothing headset snaps magnetically into its holder which simultaneously charging your headset. The headset has a battery life of 3 hours, holder supplement with additional 7 hours of battery life. As previously stated operation is easy, you can take calls or reject them via voice control. It is also possible to answer and end a call by double tapp light on the headset. When there is a conversation going, you can get the remaining battery by tapping once on the headset. Tapper you twice on the headset in the same situation started voice search either via Siri, Google Now and in principle Cortana, when it becomes available in Sweden ( I know that it is available in English but I want the swedish version released.. ) Review: Passengers with Chris Pratt A soap opera in space. Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and a crumbling space station has been starring in “Passengers,” which is all that a science fiction movie not to be. “Alien”, with the spaceship Nostromos desolate corridors, or “The Shining”, where it snowed family Torrance threatened by the hotel Overlooks evil, are two examples of films where insulation plays a key role in turning up the voltage. “Passengers,” about two people who are stuck for life on a space shuttle, is their antithesis. When the mechanic Jim (Chris Pratt) awakened too early from his kryosömn the space shuttle Avalon remains 90 years of its journey to the planet Homestead II. Other travelers, including crew, sleeping peacefully on while Jim realizes that he is condemned to live alone, apart from a barrobot named Arthur (Michael Sheen), on the ship until his death. After a period of decline – think Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson during his infamous “Pet Sounds” period – get caught Jim’s eye a day at the Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence), where she is frozen like a doll in its box. So he faces a moral dilemma. To awaken Aurora is equal to sign her death warrant. But loneliness is more than Jim can endure. Already here begins the “Passengers” provoke. As soon as Aurora brought begins clichés hail. Obviously, Aurora in love with Jim, obvious, they become the perfect couple. The act becomes smeared so quickly that I am convinced that a carefully calculated twist a la “Moon” or “ex machina” ahead. But nothing happens. And I do not know what’s worse, the director Morten Tyldum and writer Jon Spaiths leaves the story’s moral dimensions unchecked, or that they expect anyone to take their cheesy soap opera seriously. Not even when the space shuttle suddenly threatens to explode, it will be exciting. The robot Arthur pajar and start banging your head against the bar with suicidal frenzy, and suddenly present themselves an emotional reaction, one of deep compassion. Today’s Links March 18, 2017 Review: Inferno with Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones Symbol expert Robert Langdon ports in quandary again. “Inferno” is the third film based on Dan Brown’s popular books. But how many times can a concept be repeated? Dan Brown’s novel “The Da Vinci Code” became a phenomenon in the early 00’s with its mix of history, conspiracy theories and religious symbolism. The book was made to be filmed, as well as its predecessor, “Angels and Demons”, which also landed on film canvases eventually. Even then felt the concept somewhat trite. “Inferno” In other words, a part to prove. Unfortunately Ron Howard choosed (who also directed the predecessors), the simple solution path. Once again the American Symbol professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) ends up in the middle of a bizarre mystery of Italy that scene. It just takes a little longer before Langdon will start adding its clever puzzles, as he wakes up in a hospital with amnesia. No sooner has he come to his senses before a female police show up and “Terminator” -like beliefs trying to kill him. Langdon takes refuge with a young woman, the doctor Sienna (Felicity Jones), at his side. For those who have seen “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” will quickly find it uninteresting. Howard works with the left hand. He copies the previous films’ concept and throws in a bit ugly special effects in the form of visions in Langdon’s damaged brain, more fun than it will not. Moreover, it is difficult to keep up. Not only do you get extremely economical background information on the film’s protagonist (he lost his memory does not help directly). There is also a little unclear who is looking for him, and why. A super middle and influenza viruses that threaten wipe out half of humanity is anyway hunting targets. Dan Brown’s books have always tried to be a little smarter than they are, unfortunately, the films do not the stories better. New Gadgets from Jabra to Play with Got new gadgets in from Jabra to review The Eclipse and Elite Sport bluetooth accessories.. So far I am really loving them so far but you have to wait a while for the full review Watching The Catch Tonight Loved the first season so will be fun to follow up on season 2 and see if it is just as good… Today’s Links March 11, 2017 Today’s Links March 4, 2017 Sent my Moto Z of on Service I have sent my Moto Z of on service because it completly died on me, I could not start it at all. In fact I tried to start it by holding down volume down and power but nothing happened for me… So naturally I had to hand it in on service First time I have handed a Moto device in on service so it will be interesting to see how this goes. Today’s Links February 25, 2017 Review: Nespresso Expert I wanted to start this with a confession I am a Nespresso fan but when they asked me if I wanted to review the Nespresso Expert I was not certain.. How well would it go to use a bigger machine compared to the prodigy that I previously was using? I had not seen it in person before, only on pictures so I was not certain how well I would react to the size.. To be honest it is much smaller then I had expected… The versatile functions of the Nespresso Expert allow personal coffee experience. Choose your favorite Grand Cru and use the knobs to prepare your perfect cup of coffee. Choose from four preset kopgroottes: ristretto, espresso, lungo and the new americano or use the hot water function. Additionally, you can choose from three different temperature settings: warm, hot and extra hot. But selecting me one of the capsules – dump it in and press a button where after almost 30 seconds a fresh fragrant espresso – I can not exactly foresee. The alternative is that I do not get any caffeine before I hit the work and it’s not a good idea, either for myself or the other motorists on vejn. I can just see the headlines for me: “He was a quiet man, living an ordinary life, but one day it occurred to click for him ..” The fact is simple – it’s easy, it tastes good and is really easy! Nespresso’s coffee’s answer to Apple – If you cant beat them – join them! The looks The first thing you notice about the Nespresso Expert is that it is aligned in width rather than in height. Water reservoir, Aeroccinno and buttons for operation are therefore easily accessible. He also makes it something more suitable for a shallow sink. The capsule place you in by sliding a polished metal slide to the right. Personal coffee Striking is the choice of Nespresso to equip the machine with a rotary knob for selecting different types of coffee. The choice was up to now limited to 3 positions, now the machine has five modes instead: Ristretto (25ml), espresso (45ml), lungo (110ml), americano (25ml tea with 125ml hot water) and hot water. The coffee outlet is separated from the water spout. For the Americano hot water is poured on the espresso. According to Nespresso way it allows customers to make their coffee even more personal. In order to move even further from the “print-on-the-button-and-ready ‘principle, there is now also the possibility to set the temperature of the coffee at 3 positions. Which temperatures are exactly would not tell Nespresso: “It is after all the heads of consumers and whether this preheating and what the temperature is in the cup.” Nespresso app The machine can also be operated via Bluetooth with a Nespresso app. There you can choose the same settings as on the machine, but if the app has the additional possibility to set a timer. Mind you, that’s possible only if you have placed a capsule. The app is further capsule management, and notifies you when you have to empty the capsule container. The app also tells you when it is time for descaling. The machine switches off after nine minutes. Capsule container A little nudge on the front of the container should be enough to make him a part of the machine slide, so you can take him out. But if you have, however little harder into the machine pushed the container it lingers. It requires some patience to get him loose. Conclusion I can not go back to my Prodigio, this one offers a lot more options then I thought that I would have expected that I would use.. Sure it costs a lot of money but it is worth every penny since the coffee is not the same from other machines when you try and drink it… Review: Bridget Jones Baby.. Movie: Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016) Director: Sharon Maguire Screenplay: Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer, Emma Thompson With: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey and others Genre: Comedy Bridget Jones is back! It’s been twelve years since last time and although the third film does not quite reach the heights that Bridget Jones’s Diary did, so it is a marked improvement on the previous sequel. If you expect the movie to be based on Helen Fielding’s third book, Mad About a Boy, so you’ll be a little surprised. Several of the key elements are namely not, but here we continue altogether in the last films tracks. Bridget’s birthday and she was wearing the same old plaid flannel pajamas as in the first film. Her cake is just too many lights according to her, 43 of them to be exact. Alone with a bottle of wine she tears of sadness all by myself, and then make the decision that now you get enough of self-pity! Her birthday will be an eventful one. First, she has an uncomfortable FaceTime chat with her hispiga mother and father, then buried Daniel Cleaver (played by Hugh Grant in the previous films), even though his body was never found. Then pinch, she also recorded a hysterical spinning class. In the evening, after her friends announces prevented, the evening’s festivities, Bridget decides abruptly to go to a music festival with his younger colleague Miranda. At the spa Bridget appears as if she reaches 23 instead of 43. After countless many drinks and a Ed Sheeran concert she goes to bed (or tent) with the first best man, dating expert Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Some time later, she has a happy reunion with the rigid lawyer Darcy (Colin Firth). One thing leads to another, and even meeting with Darcy completed in the straw bed. A few weeks later, Bridget discovers that her ecological condoms had a few too many years old. The only question is who is the child’s father and how should Bridget actually manage to find? Or the child may simply have two fathers? Best: Bridget Jones’s Baby managed to recreate the same jargon with uncomfortable situations and dry jokes like in the first film. Although there is much about “I need to shag”, it is in a new modern way. Worst: The way they wrote out Daniel Cleaver from history. He was given a funeral and that was all. The easiest solution, or? Today’s Links February 18, 2017 Impressed by APB on Fox Just started watching the pilot of APB and so far I am really impressed. Really good show. Have you seen it? Billions Season 2 Out on HBO Nordic Billions Season two has just started on HBO Nordic. I really enjoyed season one so I am going two enjoy this season. Are you going to watch it? Today’s Links February 11, 2017 Today’s Links February 4, 2017 Jack Reacher Just rented the new Jack Reacher movie tonight.. What are you watching tonight? Today’s Links January 28, 2017 Fire Emblem Herodes on Google Play Registrerad to be notified for the release of Fire Emblem Herodes on Google Play. Have you registrered for it? Follow Us on Instagram Do not forget to follow us on instagram where we share daily experience on how different gadgets works for us daily Just so that you know we always follow everybody back If you have any questions let me know here or on instagram. Today’s Links January 21, 2017 New Computer Case for my desktop: Fractal Design Define R5 I have switched out the case on my desktop to the Fractal Design R5 Windowed Side Panel Edition Loving it so far and of course there is a review of it coming soon Today’s Links January 14, 2017 Today’s Links January 7, 2017 Review: The Mechanic Resurrection Every generation has its #Cinema of action icons. If for those who grew up in the eighties and nineties these were the various Stallone and Steven Seagal, two thousand years one of the most popular names is undoubtedly that of Jason Statham. The British actor does not belie his reputation and returns as the Artur Bishop professional killer in #Mechanic: Resurrection, the new film by Dennis Gansel and second chapter of Simon West saga that began in 2011. The German director prepares an action movie canon, tied to the standards of the genre, with all its strengths and weaknesses, but who can give a lot of fun for some spectacular sequences and sometimes imaginative. The cast, besides the aforementioned Statham, sees his two stars inside as the beautiful Jessica Alba and the legendary Tommy Lee Jones. The plot After a long career as a professional killer, Artur Bishop has decided to retire and enjoy life in Brazil until, however, it is not made a new proposal of work that is to do three murders. The protagonist at first refuses, but then finds himself forced to carry out the task at a time when his wife is kidnapped to force him to accept the offer. Thus began a long race against time to save the innocent girl. Conclusion In short, Mechanic: Resurrection is all that the public expects from a movie of this kind and make you happy and satisfied fans of the genre Watching Scorpion I am streaming this weeks episode of Scorpion to my Chromecast Ultra from my Moto Z. What are you watching tonight? It is getting closer…. Moving inte my new apartment on Januari 27th. Jay The only thing that I have to device is what technology skall I have in my apartment? I have decided on one item for my apartment. Mediamarkt had a Sony 55 inch tv on sale for 700 US Dollar… Now it is on to the other items for my apartment Review: War Dogs (2016) With “War Dogs” takes “Hangover” – director Todd Phillips takes a step toward darker territory. But he will find not really his own voice. Easy come, easy go is glued on the moral of Todd Phillips reality-based film “War Dogs”, where two young men from Florida doing great business as arms dealers during George W. Bush’s war on terror in the 00s. As if he were a younger cousin of Martin Scorsese – “War Dogs” is obviously inspired by the latter’s better 90’s movies ( “Goodfellas,” “Casino”) – follow Phillips their petty criminals duos rise and fall, but covers the subject with humor rather than violence. The film is based on a story from The Rolling Stone with the significant title “Arms and the Dudes”. It tells the story of David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, childhood friends who ’00s found a questionable but not illegal, methods to go home with lucrative arms supplier contracts with the Pentagon. When greed set in, started Packouz and Diveroli compromising rules. It all told from Packouz perspective, which of course makes this confession movie elbow to his advantage (real Packouz even has a cameo in the film). And Miles Teller ( “Whiplash”) does an excellent job in the role of a little lost, but basically Cool dude who dream of a better life. But “War Dogs” is entirely Jonah Hills movie. The role of the “Scarface” -besatte Fiddler and the chameleon Diveroli is cut out for the actor, and he fills it with arrogant boorishness, cocaine paranoia, Booyah (well) dude attitude – and balancing it all with perfect comic timing. Hills fantastic effort needed, Phillips trips not only to close its obvious inspirations. Here are scenes that seem designed just for us to remind ourselves that it Packouz and Diveroli doing actually is objectionable, while the film as a whole screams out how cool, crazy and funny they are. It simply becomes a little difficult to believe that the message that crime, in the long run does not pay. Review: Bad Moms (2016) Bad Moms is about a bunch of poor mothers, that’s not something that you would never been able to figure out, huh? Mila Kunis has two children and a lazy man to take care of while she also has a job to do. She does her best to be a good mother, but in the end it simply becomes too much for her so when she lets it all. She then meets two other mothers who are also fed up with all the rules so they decide to be bad mothers. Bad Moms do not exactly do something new, it’s more or less like any other movie. This sounds probably not so good but it is actually a good comedy. The film offers a bunch of great actors who all work well together, Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell also played in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which was also a really great comedy! I really like Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell, both have of course been involved in a variety of films and Kristen Bell’s none other than Veronica Mars. I think Mila Kunis looks hardly like to age, is long ago he was in That ’70s Show, but she is still the same. Damn good looking she is with! I was pleasantly surprised by Oona Laurence, who played daughter Mila Kunis in the movie, I thought she was awesome. However, I thought she was a lot like a friend which was a bit scary haha. The characters in the film weighs up another good I think. Kristen Bell’s character is a bit fuzzy and crazy, she do not really like their situation, but do not take hold of it. If there is something I would like to complain about it is so, the film is at times tedious. They’d squeezed a little more jokes sometimes and maybe even declined a bit on the drama but the film works in spite of the fine in its entirety. Conclusion: See! Bad Moms is a pleasant and easygoing comedy, it’s not all jokes go home but the film works as a whole. The film reminds me of Bridesmaids and t.o.m little Love Actually, it has as both humor and love. Today’s Links December 31, 2016 BIOSTAR ANNOUNCES DUAL-COOLING GTX 1050 Ti Biostar announced a week ago their GTX 1050 Ti. With an MSRP of 159 US Dollar it brings performance with a great price. 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Since its establishment in 1986, the BIOSTAR GROUP has become a major motherboard supplier in the IT industry as well as in IOT, Internet Of Things. In order to pursue the best quality and aesthetic design, BIOSTAR has invested heavily in ID design, equipment, global marketing research as well as R & D. With a constant emphasis on quality, BIOSTAR always seeks to beyond better and race to the future. Review: Microsoft Surface Mouse While on holiday in Florida I picked up an accessory for my Surface Pro 4 that I have been wanting for a long time The Microsoft Surface Mouse that retails for 49.99 US Dollar in the Microsoft Stores around the US.. Pairing it with my Surface Pro 4 was surprisingly easy, all I had to do was to remove the flap below the mouse and it “automatically” turns on.. Next step was to open up the Bluetooth app on my Pro 4 and search for it.. There were no really issue installing it except that I felt that it should not take four minutes to download and install the drivers.. I do not call that a downside since it my internet connection could also be at fault here.. Since it connects via Bluetooth it should be able to connect to most Bluetooth devices, even if you are using a Mac 😉 According to the specs it has a 12 month battery so you should only have to switch battery once every year. To be honest I have not had the need to switch battery on mine yet 😉 The metal scroll wheel gives it a nice touch that I have not seen on other mouses so far. It is a great mouse so far and I have really been enjoying using it so far. The only wish that I have so far is they should release the Surface keyboard here so that we can have it with the Swedish characters åäö.. Do not forget to follow my tech adventures on instagram. Today’s Links December 24, 2016 Merry Christmas I wanted to take the opportunity to wish all my friends and readers out there a Merry Christmas ! Watching Hawaii Five O on Google Play One of my favorite shows is Hawaii Five O and I love to watch it on my Huawei P9 Plus. The big screen coupled with its 3.5 mm headphone jack makes it awesome to watch movies on.. What do you like to watch movies on? Today’s Links December 17, 2016 Nespresso Moments People who know me, know that I like to drink coffee I wanted to share some pictures from my week with Nespresso. If you have any questions let me know and I would be happy to answer them Review: Jane Got A Gun (2016) This is yet another in a series of films who get really bad. The recording was completed in 2013, but the film has since been living a secluded life at any store shelf somewhere. The fights were so many that the protagonist Michael Fassbender dropped out of the project when he could not continue with the film’s director Lynne Ramsay. The director Ramsay could, on the other hand, does not get along with the film’s producer / financier Scott Steindorff and chose to leave the production the day before filming could begin. And as you understand the fracas continued afterwards as director and producer sued each other for different reasons. A settlement came to daga 2014. It became director Gavin O’Connor who had to jump in and save the day after the movie from its disastrous start. But the problems did not end there, once the film is finished, select Harvey Weinstein for some reason to dump the film and gave it did not premiere the bow of the year. Enough of that, let’s take a look at the film in short, is about a woman named Jane. Jane contacting his former lover and ask him for help to rescue his criminal man, from a gang who are out to kill him. In the role of Jane, we see Natalie Portman doing a damn good job in this movie. In the role of her former lover, we see Joel Edgerton that is clearly the best in this film, and here he is performing a really good portraits and gives us a superb performance. In the film, reunited with Portman, Ewan McGregor in the first movie together after Star Wars. What we get is a visually stylish and really gritty western showing that O’Conner really have an eye for the genre. It is undoubtedly an occasional problems and the greatest error it does is to rely too much on flashbacks to tell their story. That and that the end is quite predictable lowers slightly. But overall this is a very entertaining film that deserves to be seen. Today’s Links December 10, 2016 Review: Ghostbusters (2016) Movie: Ghostbusters (2016) Director: Paul Feig Script: Katie Dippold, Paul Feig Actors: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth m.fl. Genre: Sci-fi, Drama Playing time: About two hours Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) has made a kind of remake that has become hated and sawn in social media preferably nostalgia grumpy old men who can not handle the fact that Ghosthunters in Feigs film is women rather than men. For the whining group waiting for a shock and nervous breakdown when Gillian Anderson in the next Bond film plays Jane Bond (so far only a rumor, but entirely possible). New Ghostbusters is silly and fun at the same time. It is a film that lives high on superb repliktajming from ace comedian Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon. As this is primarily a harmless family movie, McCarthy has been cut down considerably on the profanity and rude insults compared with Spy and The Heat, and not against me. The fourth ghostbustern played by Leslie Jones, while the male lead is made by hunk Chris Hemsworth (aka superhero Thor) who portrays the copious stupid receptionist Kevin. We’re talking reversed gender roles throughout the film the way. Ghostbusters, with 11-year limit to the cinema in Sweden, begins with an eerie guidingtur by an old haunted house in New York. Up pops a sinister beings, and it will be several. The city’s mayor is trying to put a lid on while the Ghostbusters girls refine their weapons and embarks on ghost hunting. The outer action is a bit so-so with. Feig is investing in a lot of sketches, clever puns (most nigh impossible to translate, as the name on a dog) and a bombastic finale, not unlike the original film. As there are plenty of winks to, for example, does Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver brief appearances in front of the camera. Sigourney we must wait and wait, but it’s worth it. It is by the way a good idea to look through all the credits. Something I usually do not usually do, but here it was obvious that a small movie bonus was coming. Review: Central Intelligence (2016) Movie: Central Intelligence (2016) Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Screenwriter: Ike Barinholtz & David Stassen With Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul and others Genre: Comedy Duration: 1h 47min The year is 1996. One, Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart), the school’s king and liked by all, the other, Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnsen), is the school chopping chicken and mob DEVICES victims. Twenty years later krossars their paths again because the school has organized a reunion and Bob want to meet before the anniversary. Life was not quite as it should be, think Calvin slumped in the barstool. He is stuck in the auditing firm’s internal hierarchy, and even his former assistant has been promoted ahead of him, and the relationship with his wife – who he was with during their school years – is in the doldrums. The only thing she nags about is that they’ll go on that reunion. Bob seems however to be in his best form. He looks completely different since school days. Then he weighed so-so 150 kg and was laughed at in the gymnasium, when a group of bullies dragged him naked from the shower in front of the school’s pupils. Bob has not forgotten the trauma rather, not that Calvin was the only one who helped him out of the event. They have a nice evening together, so that Bob invites himself to sleep over at Calvin. Somewhat reluctantly goes Calvin also agree to help him with some bankonton before bed. The following morning, when the doorbell rings, the Calvin shock of his life. A group of CIA agents going to storm the house because they think the spy-killer Bob is there. Imagine a film without direct action, with over gambling revue-actors in the lead roles, served with as low “highschool humor” that all the American Pie films are Oscar material in comparison and you get the total intelligence liberating film Central Intelligence. This “comedy” shortcomings so many levels that it is almost impossible to explain why you should never see this movie. Kevin Hart fails to deliver one good punch line of comic sophistication or credibility. Grimacing and talking in falsetto nine out of ten times just gets tedious. Dwayne Johnson’s function is to make fun out of their muscles in either extremely tight or childish clothes. For example, he wears a T-shirt with a unicorn. Yawn. Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen is the author duo and thus the creators of the film’s intended humor and dramaturgy. How were they thinking at your desk? Should I use an already dated type of humor where it consistently either appealed to sex or skin color, there must be some form of innovation or in any case a twist on the jokes. The purpose was probably to make a film in the spirit of the acclaimed comedy Spy, but for kids in their early teens who love Dwayne based on his role in the Fast and Furious movies. As director Rawson Marshall Thurber insists on delivering very long and no ägandes scenes, the tempo is so low that neither the elements with car chases or various action scenes manage to create a bit of tension or speed in the narration. I feel sorry for the kids who expect another with Johnson as the poster child, whose films tend to be synonymous with speed and action. But mostly I feel sorry for Kevin Hart for having chosen the wrong profession. Best: Speaking of inspiration from Spy, Melissa McCarthy has a very small role in the film. Her 57 seconds in the spotlight is the film’s best sequence. Here came the audience only proper laugh. Worst: The script is not beautiful. Review: The Secret Life of Pets Max is a hot-tempered little terrier who lives with his loving mom Katie in New York. He is the happiest dog in the world with many friends in the house where he lives and there is absolutely no need for him. But when suddenly the math one day bring home a “brother” to the maximum in terms of the extremely hairy Duke, however, changed everything and then some. The two dogs rivalry leads them both pretty soon on dangerous detours in the sewers when fleeing animals happen to the prisoners at the flushed Animal angry army. The story of the lovely little pets are really nice. It’s about friendship, courage and unity and is very much like especially “Toy Story” to the arrangement, with the difference that it therefore this is about our hairy friends instead of on the surface plastic toys. But it does not matter. There are few things in the movie that is really quite unique today and this is certainly not one of the exceptions. However, it feels cozy and so fun that even I nevertheless repeatedly reflects on the similarities to other films disturbed noticeably by it. If at all. In “Animal Secret Life”, we meet a lovely person gallery, even if just the word person in this context is somewhat misleading. It is in principle solely pets in this saga, and in addition to Max and his friends, we meet on a hard-rocking poodle and a partially paralyzed basset showing that a severe disability need not hold even a dog from living life. Then there is of course also the less sympathetic sewer coils which are nevertheless entitled comfortable in an admittedly quite so ugly way. It’s very much recognition amusing above all us adults, and has himself pet roar with laughter at such dogs running after balls and cat’s delight in trying to get into everything it can, or can not, without even one thought on his own tabernacle . The film’s main target, however, the children and mine seemed in any case have a lot of fun all the time, but at the same time thought it was really tense in some places. As usual nowadays, technology is top notch and although no effects really hit one on the jaw in violence figured it’s all the way neat and very well animated. 3D fills certainly useful but the feeling afterwards is still that I might as well have been dropping spectacles. It’s more what I see than how I see it, that counts in this case, but then on the other hand also what I look very good. Review: Star Trek Beyond Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his quirky crew on board the USS Enterprise continues to boldly explore the most remote and dark corners of our ever-expanding universe. Starfleet completely thunders through the big screen – this film series has plenty of cream left in the warp drive! USS Enterprise is in its third year of his five year long space missions when the Federation gets an uninvited guest. A stranger from a yet unknown corner of the galaxy is in urgent need of help – her ship is stranded. Captain Kirk assumes, of course, the heroic rescue mission! Enterprise barely have time to whiz off to the rescue before the bailout backfires – considerably! The ship falls victim to a brutal attack by a ruthless warlord named Krall (Idris Elba). Krall kidnap Kirk’s crew, and utterly destroys the Enterprise. Fragmented and with a powdered ship, it is time for Kirk to show how far he is willing to go to save his crew. There is undoubtedly a sad component lurking in the wings of my cinema of this third Star Trek film. Both Leonard Nimoy and and Anton Yelchin has been snatched away from us and it is a heavy, sad fog which weigh my eyelids inside the 3D glasses. Rest in peace. Beyond marks the third film in the recently revived the Star Trek series – and probably has plenty of fuel left. J. J Abrams has now fitted director ball to Justin Lin, and Fast & Furious director Villar is not lost in the darkness of space. Lin skillfully control the ship away from the perfect CGI parties (except the space battles, of course) and rely to a surprising majority on makeup – that allow the actors’ performances to come forward and be brought to life. The director paints with an easily accessible and desire full brush on a commercial canvas and the result is fantastic entertaining and sometimes nail-biting exciting. The film’s first act is marked by an innocent spirit of discovery that appeals to my inner toddler something immensely. I really want to discover these unknown galaxies with the crew. I want to turn on every single space-rock and studying the galaxy all corners nasty and slimy inhabitants. Lin sells “upptäcksresar” part of Beyond excellent – unfortunately, this spirit of nice to sit in the back seat in favor of a slightly oversized ladle of action scenes in the film’s second half. It exploded, struggling and AKS motor vehicles foolish speeds on an almost peppery basis – and this is the origin of my main headache with Star Trek: Beyond. The action scenes are an imminent majority well organized – full of gunpowder and crackles of energy – but they are way too many to count. Some of the space adventure darker action scenes are additionally run in the dryer. Occasionally vibrate and shake Lens camera work to the degree that my eyes can hardly find foothold. Cluttered and messy! These minor headaches despite this is a film series that will no doubt live well and probably long, long time! Pros: Spirit of disovery, power-parties and lustful action scenes (albeit too many in number). Cons: The amount of action scenes and that it sometimes gets very messy. Today’s Links December 3, 2016 Review: Demolition (2016) Jake Gyllenhaal was so memorable in Nightcrawler to first believe that he is the usual “attractive psycho” -klyschan in Demolition, where his protagonist (an emotionally jaded businessman) reacts lifeless and indifferent when his wife dies in a car accident while he survives. But no, he’s not homicidal autistic – he’s just a guy off who need to be switched on again (so to speak). That is a Gyllenhaal movie that tries to be a Robin Williams movie – he becomes friends with depressed mother (Naomi Watts) with a teenage son who need male role model, and then try director Jean-Marc Vallée (who did fine Dallas Buyers Club and brilliant Wild) walking a tightrope between a classic American, sentimental “being born again” -melodram and some kind of psychodynamic satire. To quote a line in the script: “You’re trying too hard.” The script is full of replicas that are trying to outdo themselves and the film constantly trying to impress us – look, now becomes the slave spirit man varnish on his life and makes removed himself before his boss and others, completely ignoring (seen American Beauty?) – and if anything had felt personally or original as it had not been so desperate. Vallé is still a director skilled enough to take on such a film, but I’m convinced that he “felt up” here and no one really knew what they have been doing. Such creative experimentation can work if the material is rich enough, but everything in Demolition is proven, so the result is most fundamentally a cliché movie directed at the very far-fetched ways. Review: Maggie’s Plan Away from the usual Manhattan streets of Brooklyn hipster writings of films along with fellow Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig entrusts his now iconic character in Rebecca Miller’s The Maggie plan. His caracollante gait, the awkward shyness ready to smile, are those that have made a kind of trademark, the muse indie turn of the century. Obviously here is a young woman in the grip of insecurity, struggling between acceptance of a present rather unsatisfactory, at least from the point of view of love, overcoming the dross of the past and the courage to build a future as a fully grown woman and established. Mind you, it’s good news, considering that these are the territories where Gerwig convinced, enables total identification by the public, up to the temptation of an embrace with funny on the cheek. Better to avoid challenges too risky for its actors’ characteristics, such as the disastrous trial in The Humbling, opposite Al Pacino. Rebecca Miller, after telling the fifties Robin Wright in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, presents us with the thirty year old Maggie, proud of its independence and determined to become a single mother for insemination with the help of a college friend, producer unlikely cucumbers in jar of Scandinavian origin, as well as a great lover of ice hockey. A conscious choice in line with the need to control the millimeter every step of his life, without the need for external aid. The side effect is some remote solitude of which he realizes when he falls for an anthropologist, that as she teaches in a little prestigious New York college. The good news is that it’s Ethan Hawke, the bad news is that he is already married, with another by the brilliant academic career as a professor at Columbia University. The two begin to see each other often, because the teacher is actually a writer who tries to repeat the success of his first book, and advice she seems very useful. Fate or love they are to have made them meet, they will begin a sentimental carousel, a spring roll and complicated dall’affacciarsi of his wife in the middle of the one and the other oscillations. Maggie’s plan is all set in a Greenwich Village that seems crystallized in the ’70s, if only for the stunning clothes worn by Gerwig, endless variations of the undergrowth. Miller, however, it enjoys teasing the intellectual world from which it comes – her daughter of Arthur Miller – revealing the pathetic masks worn with less and less conviction by the three protagonists. The manipulation is at the center of the film, seen as inevitable side effect in any relationship, as well as the futility of the concept of artistic talent, often dependent dall’autostima or dall’abbaglio collective. The important thing is that there is life, with the sincerity of those who do not think too much to heal the wounds suffered and inflicted, it seems to say the Miller, without ever taking itself too seriously. Needless think pigeonhole life just precompiled patterns; plan is useless, fortunately, otherwise you know how boring. Lavish interpretations of the trio, with a Moore delightfully at ease in the role of an unbearable intellectual Scandinavian accent, a romantic comedy that plays with the fluidity of relationships, light when the issue might be heavy, without falling into banality Downloading the IKEA App for Android I have downloaded the IKEA App for Android so that I can fully prepare before moving into my brand new apartment a the end of January. My idea is to use this app to do a purchase list for sofa, bed and kitchen items.. Review: Jason Bourne (2016) After a gap film (The Bourne Legacy) Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon finally back in the Bourne universe. Paul as director and Matt, well, “You know his name”. In other words, set for another success in the movie number five in the order, Jason Bourne. In recent years, Bourne’s main focus has been hiding to stay alive. But he is forced up to the surface again when he sought out his old friend and colleague, Nicky Parsons, who has stolen confidential information from the CIA. She knows that Jason will want to help her to decrypt the stolen data because – in addition to national secrets – contains key information about his past. As Bourne is more or less obsessed with getting a complete picture of his background as possible pacifiers he said. The only problem is that the CIA, if possible, is even more concerned that none of the remaining information on the small USB stick should spridss, which is Nicky Parsons plan. Making a Snowden. Oh! What happened here? Jason Bourne is perhaps a typical Paul Greengrass film on the surface, but dig deeper lacks the essential elements of his earlier Bourne films. Both The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum was based on a clever story, which was supplemented with exciting and innovative action sequences that have become etched in memory. Jason Bourne, none of these two ingredients. The story, which for the first time is not based on a book, is the clearly narrated in such a way that one several times writes the audience on the nose for us not to miss important details. The action scenes are boring generic and does not offer anything new at all, not a single frame. It feels like that movie only idles though it is chock full of high-octane action. The actors should be commended for having done what they could with the one-dimensional characters, written with sharply limited emotional register. There is of course great to see Alicia Vikander work through even a big movie, and she also has a very important role as a new and career driven CIA agent, but neither she gets very little to work with. Unfortunately. Today’s Links November 26, 2016 Review: Star Trek Beyond Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his quirky crew on board the USS Enterprise continues to boldly explore the most remote and dark corners of our ever-expanding universe. Starfleet completely thunders through the big screen – this film series has plenty of cream left in the warp drive! USS Enterprise is in its third year of his five year long space missions when the Federation gets an uninvited guest. A stranger from a yet unknown corner of the galaxy is in urgent need of help – her ship is stranded. Captain Kirk assumes, of course, the heroic rescue mission! Enterprise barely have time to whiz off to the rescue before the bailout backfires – considerably! The ship falls victim to a brutal attack by a ruthless warlord named Krall (Idris Elba). Krall kidnap Kirk’s crew, and utterly destroys the Enterprise. Fragmented and with a powdered ship, it is time for Kirk to show how far he is willing to go to save his crew. There is undoubtedly a sad component lurking in the wings of my cinema of this third Star Trek film. Both Leonard Nimoy and and Anton Yelchin has been snatched away from us and it is a heavy, sad fog which weigh my eyelids inside the 3D glasses. Rest in peace. Beyond marks the third film in the recently revived the Star Trek series – and probably has plenty of fuel left. J. J Abrams has now fitted director ball to Justin Lin, and Fast & Furious director Villar is not lost in the darkness of space. Lin skillfully control the ship away from the perfect CGI parties (except the space battles, of course) and rely to a surprising majority on makeup – that allow the actors’ performances to come forward and be brought to life. The director paints with an easily accessible and desire full brush on a commercial canvas and the result is fantastic entertaining and sometimes nail-biting exciting. READ ALSO: Best films in 2016 The film’s first act is marked by an innocent spirit of discovery that appeals to my inner, snorige, toddler something immensely. I really want to discover these unknown galaxies with the crew. I want to turn on every single space-rock and studying the galaxy all corners nasty and slimy inhabitants. Lin sells “upptäcksresar” part of Beyond excellent – unfortunately, this spirit of nice to sit in the back seat in favor of a slightly oversized ladle of action scenes in the film’s second half. It exploded, struggling and AKS motor vehicles foolish speeds on an almost peppery basis – and this is the origin of my main headache with Star Trek: Beyond. The action scenes are an imminent majority well organized – full of gunpowder and crackles of energy – but they are way too many to count. Some of the space adventure darker action scenes are additionally run in the dryer. Occasionally vibrate and shake Lens camera work to the degree that my eyes can hardly find foothold. Cluttered and messy! These minor headaches despite this is a film series that will no doubt live well and probably long, long time! Pros: Upptäckarandan, power-parties and lustful action scenes (albeit too many in number). Cons: The amount of action scenes and that it sometimes gets very messy. Review: Jane Got A Gun This is yet another in a series of films who get really bad. The recording was completed in 2013, but the film has since been living a secluded life at any store shelf somewhere. The fights were so many that the protagonist Michael Fassbender dropped out of the project when he could not continue with the film’s director Lynne Ramsay. The director Ramsay could, on the other hand, does not get along with the film’s producer / financier Scott Steindorff and chose to leave the production the day before filming could begin. And as you understand the fracas continued afterwards as director and producer sued each other for different reasons. A settlement came to daga 2014. It became director Gavin O’Connor who had to jump in and save the day after the movie from its disastrous start. But the problems did not end there, once the film is finished, select Harvey Weinstein for some reason to dump the film and gave it did not premiere the bow of the year. Enough of that, let’s take a look at the film in short, is about a woman named Jane. Jane contacting his former lover and ask him for help to rescue his criminal man, from a gang who are out to kill him. In the role of Jane, we see Natalie Portman doing a damn good job in this movie. In the role of her former lover, we see Joel Edgerton that is clearly the best in this film, and here he is performing a really good portraits and gives us a superb performance. In the film, reunited with Portman, Ewan McGregor in the first movie together after Star Wars. What we get is a visually stylish and really gritty western showing that O’Conner really have an eye for the genre. It is undoubtedly an occasional problems and the greatest error it does is to rely too much on flashbacks to tell their story. That and that the end is quite predictable lowers slightly. But overall this is a very entertaining film that deserves to be seen. Review: Independence Day – Resurgence In 1996, Roland Emmerich’s blockbuster “Independence Day” took the disaster movie genre to a new level. In “Independence Day 2” can Emmerich thanks to new digital ammunition flesh out even worse disaster scenarios. When we return, it is again the USA’s National Day and 20 years ago, aliens against all odds defeated. Earth has recovered and is better prepared for an attack from outer space. A new space defense, including bases on the moon, has been built. US President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman) is retired, but has recurring nightmares about aliens to return. Researcher David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) begins to smell a rat when he discovers that one of the spacecraft, which is found in central Africa, sending out distress signals to outer space. Soon appears also a giant space ship up, the Rams Moon and devastate large areas of Asia and Europe during the approach. The aliens are back, but not just for revenge, they also want to empty the earth, and thus repeal the Earth gravity, to get fuel for their vehicles. The implied criticism environment was not the last time, but otherwise meets the layup most expectations. US patriotism, with spectacular presidenttal and fanfare galling this time. The visual effects are impressive. The surprise is that Emmerich this time managed to create a story that involves getting exciting real. Characters that fighter pilot Jake (Liam Hemsworth) and presidential daughter Patricia (Maika Monroe) is more than just disaster movie extras. They become people of flesh and blood. “Independence Day: The Return” is unexpectedly a sequel that beats its predecessor on the fingers. Roland Emmerich has already promised an “Independence Day 3,” Let’s assume that it will not be another 20 years before it comes. NBA Bromance Meets Google Duo I do enjoy the latest Google Duo ad that starts Los Angeles Clippers duo Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and how they can not enough of each other in the latest ad.. This is just one in a series of videos to hit YouTube but the first to feature NBA.. What do you think about the new Google Duo Ad? Will you be rooting for Los Angeles Clippers? Review: Money Monster with Julia Roberts To portray the financial world – not exactly known for their sexiness – a smart and crisply way may make the best of filmmakers face a challenge. But Jodie Foster makes a good attempt. In “Money Monster”, she tackles opaque corporate business, media betray their mission and how the little man are affected. The self-righteous financial journalist Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a fixed star in the TV show “Money Monster”. With plojiga outfits, sound effects and toys he thunders out advice on prime time for savers across the country. In the control room control his skillful producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts), the entire port when Lee’s caprice and ego get in the way. But one day is Gates against the wall. A young man, Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell), shows up in the middle of the live broadcast the show with a bomb vest and a pistol. He has lost all his savings because of Lee’s invitation to invest in a major label who later lost the huge sums. Now requires Kyle replies. Jodie Foster maneuvering skillfully between his film satire, drama and thriller. Most of the “Money Monster” takes place in the show’s television studio, which creates an easy claustrophobic impression that works superbly in this context. Tempo and story dealt unfortunately with lax hand. It goes well quickly in between, not least in terms of how the TV team unison suffer from Stockholm syndrome and decides to help the kidnapper, or how people worldwide drop everything they have on hand to monitor the hostage drama on television. Scrape the surface, there is an interesting reflection of people seeking a cure for his self-loathing by money and success, and a hint of media criticism that feels more relevant than horrified over candy journalism existence. Foster does not seem to have the ambition to devote himself to finesse, but focus on the overall message that too much money corrupts your soul. Review: Warcraft The Movie It might as well admit right away: I have no relationship at all to the “Warcraft” games and felt a little excited when the news that the software company Blizzard huge gaming success at last (it has been under discussion for many years) would be a movie. The trailer did little things better. But in the hands of the talented director Duncan Jones ( “Moon,” Source Code “) does this bizarre fantasy adventure unexpectedly good. Jones, obviously a big fan and connoisseur of Warcraft universe, picking up something that must be extremely complicated to film, to a manageable tale of loyalty, family, morality and power. that is the denominator that many of us can relate to, Warcraft lovers or not. In the center of the story are orc chieftain Durotan (Toby Kebbell), whose tribe, like the rest of orch genus, is threatened with destruction. With the help of the orc shaman Gul’dans (Daniel Wu) magic pass their strongest warriors into the human world of Azeroth through a portal. There they will pave the way for the rest of the orc-horde after building a new portal. But the human race, with the warrior Anduin Lothar (Tracvis Fimmel), King Llane (Dominic Cooper) and magicians Medivh (Ben Foster) and Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer) in the lead, will not let the human race wiped out. The story is, as so often in the fantasy genre, both convoluted and silly, but Jones gives considerable space to the characters and their personal motivations. It leaves a mark on the story. Particularly engaging are Durotans inner struggle, when he begins to doubt Gul’dans motives. Visually, it all really impressive, once you get over the initial resistance you feel about gigantic orcs and other supernatural creatures on the big screen (thank Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” movies for it). I guess the “Warcraft” TM fans will find a lot to smirk over here, going past the second. The film’s ending makes for a sequel is obvious. Duncan Jones is on the train have such requirements in every way. 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