These Camera Accessories for iPhone and Android are Better than You’d Think

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Smartphone Accessories |

There are a lot of camera accessories for smart phones these days. One of the simplest is the selfie stick. The selfie stick is just one of many though, and shows us the weird ways that phone accessories work. Some of them are made for really weird purposes, but are so helpful and amazing that you need them. The following are just some of the strangest phone accessories that actually do a world of good.

The HTC RE Camera

The RE Camera, as it’s called, resembles a periscope. It looks silly but it’s great for underwater shooting or filming just above the water. It’s completely waterproof up to ten feet (and can go to 30 if you use the rubber case). It captures both images and videos at really high quality and is so advanced it can sense when you’re holding it so there’s no need to turn it on or off.


Sony QX 1

Sony have developed some of the best high definition cameras around and now, thanks to the QX 1, they can turn your phone in to an incredible 20.1 megapixel digital camera. You can also use lenses to make it more powerful. It’s capable of shooting 10 frames per second and records in incredible high quality. It’s ideal for people who want both a phone and a high quality digital camera. The QX 1 is pricey, but it’s still cheaper than a camera this powerful.


The Narrative Clip

The Narrative Clip looks a little bit like a clip on microphone. It’s actually a clip on camera. It takes pictures every thirty seconds using a high definition 5 megapixel camera. Set it to shoot for as long as you want and see what really goes on in your life. There is also a second version that has wireless and Bluetooth capabilities. So it sends the pictures to your phone much faster.


Muku Shutter Remote

The Muku Shutter Remote does what you’d expect something called a “shutter remote” to do. It lets you control the camera on your phone from up to 30 feet away. Simply put your phone on a tripod, move away from it, and take that awesome group photo without running to beat the delay timer. There are different brands of shutter remotes out there, so don’t feel you’re stuck with Muku.


Holga iPhone Lens

The iPhone lens looks a bit like a rotary phone which each hole having a different color. The lenses give you a choice of nine different filters for your iPhone to give you much more choice when it comes to taking pictures. No more waiting until you upload your picture to Instagram to apply a filter to it. Now you can take a picture with a filter already applied to it.




The Panono is essentially a ball with 36 lenses attached to it. You mount it to something, or throw it up in to the air, and it takes 36 pictures at once to give you a 360 degree view of the world around you. It takes pictures at an incredible 108-megapixel resolution. You do need to use the special Panono app to view them though and, given that this is all it does, it may be seen as too expensive by some.


Chest Mount

If you want an action shot without investing in a Go Pro then you can just invest in a handy dandy chest mount for your iPhone instead. It gives you a good POV shot and holds your iPhone in place in a strong case. Use your hands to stay upright and don’t worry too much if you do fall. Your phone should be safe.


These are just some of the whacky and wonderful camera phone accessories out there. They sound really silly at first until you understand the real potential that they have. There’s so much you can do with the camera on your phone that you owe it to yourself to take a look at the accessories. You want to get the best pictures that you can after all.

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The Best Gadgets to Come out of The CES 2015

Posted by on Jan 9, 2016 in Smartphone Accessories |

The CES, or Consumer Electronics Show, is the biggest showcase for new consumer electronics each year. The name may have given it away a little. This is the show where all the big players in the electronics industry show off the newest toys they’ve invented for tech savvy geeks around the world. These are just some of the best things to come out of the 2015 CES.

LG G Flex 2 Wins the Award for Best New Smart Phone

People wondered why you would ever want or need a flexible smart phone when LG announced the original G Flex. Some people were impressed with the idea but it never really entered the mainstream. This didn’t stop LG however. They knew they were on to something good and carried on. They unveiled the LG Flex 2 at the CES and it represents a huge achievement in technology. It’s far more practical than the first generation and, as it will be one of the first phones to support the latest model of the Snapdragon 810 chip, it should do much better than its predecessor.


Lenovo Vibe Xtension Selfie Flash Wins Best Accessory Award

Whether you use a selfie stick or not everyone has taken selfies with their phones. It’s inevitable that you’ll do it. But it can be hard to take a selfie in the dark. Camera phones only have a flash on the back after all. The Vibe Xtension Selfie Flash by Lenovo aims to change that. It plugs in to the headphone jack on your phone and provides you with the light you need to take a good quality picture even in the dark. Most of the accessories available this year were things like battery packs so this one really stood out. Another gadget that stood out was the FLIR that turns an iPhone into a thermal imaging camera, which is pretty awesome.


LG WebOS Smart Watch Wins Best Smart Watch Award

LG is back again to win another award. This time they win one for their WebOS Smart Watch. It runs on the WebOS system rather than Android Wear and has a lot of cool features. Though what really sets this watch apart is that it was designed in conjunction with Audi. If you own an Audi car then you can use this watch as a pair of car keys by making use of NFC connectivity. Tap it on the car door to unlock it and then tap it against the dash to power up your car. It’s not out yet but should be out soon now it’s made an appearance.


Garmin Vivoactive Wins Best Fitness Device Award

Garmin has created many great sports watches in the past and are now moving headfirst into the smart watch territory. Their Garmin Vivoactive is more of a hybrid between a smart watch and a sports watch than anything else. It comes with a built in GPS to track how far you’ve moved and has several apps for different physical exercises such as running, swimming, and golf. It also has a built in heart rate monitor to provide you with accurate numbers on how many calories you’ve lost, as well as making sure you keep your heart rate at the optimal rate for exercise.


Belkin WeMo Wins Best Smart Home Gadget Award

More and more smart home gadgets are popping up on the market these days. You can control the heating and lighting in your home using a smartphone these days. You can even boil a kettle using your phone. Belkin is no exception to this. They have recently expanded their WeMo line to include more gadgets such as motion detectors, door and window sensors, and even a keychain. It helps you keep your home secure while you are away and alerts you should something bad happen. Each of these sensors can be monitored with a handy smartphone app and the sensor can be easily attached to your keychain so you can’t lose it. You can even attach it to a pet if you want to. It will send you alerts based on the location and status of the sensors.


These are just some of the great devices to come out of the 2015 CES. If you’re interested in technology and the next advancements then you owe it to yourself to check out the CES each year. It is one the biggest tech expos and is where all the coolest things get shown. So take a look at what comes out each year and get excited about the way the world is moving forward. Or you may just get left behind!

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Top Five Free Android Apps for Mobile Security

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Smartphone Apps |

Malware is becoming a bigger problem for Android smartphone users than ever before. There was a time when malicious apps such as DroidDream and DroidDream light could only affect older Androids and couldn’t affect Gingerbread 2.3. However it’s now been shown that Gingerbread 2.3 does have vulnerabilities that a malicious app can exploit.

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The smartest thing to do is to never install an app you don’t know, and to do a little research about the app and the publisher to make sure they’re on the up and up. An app always tells you what permissions it needs to run, such as using your clock. Take a look at this because there’s no need for a clock app to know who your contacts are. If you think the permissions are a little off then never download the app.

If you’re concerned about what you already have install on your Android smartphone then you need to use one of the free security apps you can find on the Play Store. They scan your phone and let you know if there are any problems. The following apps are five of the best.

Lookout Security and Antivirus

lookoutNot only does Lookout Security scan your phone for problems like malware and spyware, it also checks each app you install so that it won’t cause you problems. This app also backs up information like the contacts and data on your phone and has tools to let you locate your lost or stolen phone.

AVG Anti-Virus Free

avg-logo-version-twoAVG Anti-Virus Free does as good a job protecting your smartphone as it does protecting your computer. It protects it from viruses and malware in real time. The app allows you to scan your phone any time you want, scans new apps as you install them, and has options for backing up your data and locating your phone.

Bitdefender Mobile Security

indexBitdefender works just how the other apps do. It scans your phone for malware and can help you locate your lost or stolen phone. This app makes protecting yourself easier though by showing you a list of the apps that have access to your private data, apps that can connect to the internet, and the apps that can send text messages. Knowing this lets you know which ones you should delete.

Norton Mobile Security Lite

Sprint-Offers-Norton-Mobile-Security-Lite-for-Android-to-Its-Customers-2Norton is a respected security company and their app will detect and remove problems like malware from your phone to stop cyber-criminals stealing your personal information, spam texts to your phone, or even control it completely.

Webroot Mobile Security Basic

indexWebroot provides this free tool to block and remove malicious apps. It also blocks phishing websites and can even block nuisance calls and texts. There are other apps for that but why get separate apps when one can do all the work for you?

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Diagnose HIV With Your Smartphone in 15 Minutes

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Smartphone Accessories |

Smartphones always continue to advance and now researchers have been able to create an accessory for smartphones that can perform a lab-based blood test.

The accessory was developed by biomedical engineers from Columbia Engineering in the United States. It can test blood and diagnose HIV and Syphilis in just 15 minutes.

This means that no matter where you are, no matter what country you live in, you have access to a medical lab of your own using your smartphone. This also means that a doctor can begin treatment in just 15 minutes. This makes this advancement truly remarkable when you think about how long blood tests can take, and how much this hampers the survival rate for serious diseases.

The device performs a test known as an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (AKA ELISA). This test checks for three antibodies; two of which are related to Syphilis as well as the one for HIV.

The team call this accessory a dongle and it doesn’t even need any external power. It takes all the power it needs from the phone, like a USB device in a computer.

 HIV accessory

Samuel K. Sia, the engineer in charge of creating the device, believes that their work shows an immunoassay can be run through a smartphone accessory via a Columbia Engineering release.

Samuel believes that this advancement will alter the way that people around the world are diagnosed and treated. It uses a combination of microfluidics and the advancement in consumer electronics to allow anyone with a smartphone to give a lab-based diagnosis.

The device is currently being piloted in Rwanda. Health-care workers there have tested it on 96 patients in their programs designed to stop infectious diseases spreading from mother to child in utero. The results were available in 15 minutes and there was a 92% success rate.

97% of the people tested said they also preferred the dongle test over lab tests as the dongle test was so much easier. It only takes 30 minutes to learn how to use the dongle properly. The results of this initial trial have been published in Science Translational Medicine for the world to see.

There are a lot of features packed in to the device but Sia has done everything he can to make sure it works properly while still being cheap enough for people in developing countries with limited power.

The dongle uses a simple ‘one-push vacuum’ rather than using an electrical pump to run the assay. This saves on the amount of power used to run the test. The team also developed a way to use the headphone jack on the smartphone to transfer data and power. This enables the device to run on any smartphone, whether it be Android or iPhone.

When you consider that the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 have different chargers this level of cross-platform compatibility is awesome. It’s also far cheaper than the usual $18,450 you’d spend on ELISA equipment. It’s expected to cost just $34 to manufacture.

Sia says that the dongle his team created gives new capabilities to everyone; from health-care providers to regular consumers. Through this level of quick detection and ease he expects syphilis related deaths could be decreased 10-fold. It also allows workers the chance to issue a large scale HIV test and test a whole community of people at once, and speed up how quickly they are treated to further prevent the spread of the disease. The way to kill HIV off for good is to stop it spreading.

Sia is excited about where this product can go and the good it can do. He is also keen to explore how the technology can help the people not just in Rwanda and other developing countries, but back here at home too.

So are we.

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What you need to know about Smartphone accessories

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Smartphone Accessories |


mobile-AppsIt’s great to own a smartphone; you can do everything in one convenient place, and be proud to show off that you own the latest gadget. These days, smartphones have been creating a buzz. They are an entire package that includes social networking, emails, MMS, SMS, videos, music player, chatting and businesses. However, social networking is considered to be the best and most popular features of smartphones. This is because; even when people travel or don’t have access to an internet café, they will still be able to connect with this friends with the help of their smartphones. There are many companies that manufacture high-end smartphones. When it comes to smartphones, accessories have great importance. Some of the most common accessories are scratch guards, power banks, pouches, earphones and Bluetooth devices, while some among these are important when people want to take good care of their phones. This is when people need to remember that finding the right and genuine accessories is very important.

Where you can find the right accessories for your Smartphone

It is always a good idea to check the official websites of accessories manufacturer or visit authorized sellers. It will help them people to make sure that they have the genuine and original accessories. However, if people have already spent some money on accessories for their phones, then spending once again may empty their wallets. So, they can go online and check if they can find good deals and discounts in Smartphone accessories. This is a great idea, as there are many websites that offer genuine products at discounted rates and guarantee.

Smartphone Mall

Vendor outlets are also good places where customers can find offers and schemes on such accessories. These are places where people can find reliable and good accessories at cheap prices. Since, smartphones have various functions and are used for several applications the batteries will keep getting discharged. In such cases, people should get good chargers that won’t damage the phones.

Choose the right accessories to protect your precious Smartphone

If people are clumsy, then dropping their phones or leaving the same here & there may damage the outer case resulting in scratches on phones. If their phones have touch screen, then this will be a big problem. They can get screen guards or magic screens which will protect their phone’s screen. To protect phones against dents, chipping of outer case and scratches people can get silicon skins which will encase and protect their phones. People can also buy defenders which are more rugged than silicon skins for protecting the phones from drops. To protect phones from accidental scratches when they are inside bags, pockets or purses, people can opt for leather snaps. The leather cases are functional as well as stylish.

Choose the Right Smartphone Case

So, people can now get their smartphones and find the best place they to buy their accessories. The choice of where, how or what to buy is completely up to them. They need to make sure that they get in touch with trusted sellers, so that they won’t get cheated. The best accessories will give the pampering their smartphones deserve. People can take their pick by searching for such accessories on the internet, as it is the right place to get more information about smartphones and accessories.

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