March 21, 2018

Monthly Archives: February 2017

Low-cost Lens-SIGMA 70-300mm DG MACRO


Sigma’s 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro is a compact telephoto zoom lens. You certainly can’t accuse this Sigma lens of being overpriced, yet it boasts some clever tricks. Most notably, it has a ‘macro’ facility which is available via a switch on the lens barrel. This reduces the close-focusing range from 1.5m to just 0.95m in the 200-300mm sector of the …

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New Honda Civic 2017-family hatchback with new petrol engines

honda civic

Civic 2017- Reinvented family hatchback gets new petrol engines and less distinctive styling. Of the Civic’s three available engines, two are new. These are the entry-level 127bhp 1.0-litre and  the 180bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged petrols. The latter should be the more popular of the two, and it’s the one we’re testing here. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is the only major part …

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GFX 50S New mirrorless digital format camera by Fujifilm


The retro designed Fujifilm GFX 50S carries much more than a passing similarity to stablemates in the XT series. The wraps are off Fujifilm’s new mirrorless digital medium format camera system and it looks set to revolutionize the type with its dimension,functions and price. A lot of options here beginning with JPEGs at three compression levels and two image sizes. …

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Philips OLED technology TV 55P OS901F/12-Fantastic!


Right from the off this 55in TV tickles you in all the right places. Its bodywork looks crisp and clean with slender lines and a bold, metallic finish. The gleaming soundbar hanging from its bottom edge promises better audio quality than you’d generally expect from a super-slim display, while the blade-like table-top legs do their best not to upset your …

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Headphone amplifier Arcam rHead

Arcam rHead

The rHead  is a standalone headphone amplifier, and an obvious visual match to the irDAC-II from the same brand . It’s a small, black box with a choice of one XLR and one RCA stereo input. The prevention of mission creep kicks in here, because this is not a two-input headphone amp; the choice of input is selected at the …

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Oral-B Genius 9000 smart-toothbrush


ORAL-B’S BEEN TOOLING AROUND with this “smart-toothbrush” concept for a couple of years now, with many of its models now offering built-in Bluetooth and the ability to connect to an app to track brushing statistics, as well as how often you floss, brush your tongue and/or rinse with mouthwash. The Genius 9000 is the latest flagship in this smart range, although …

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Toyota Closes Another Gap in Sustainable Mobility


Green driving just got one option richer in Japan. At one of its largest press conferences since introducing the Mirai two years ago, Toyota launched its new Prius PHV plug-in hybrid. The automaker is shooting to sell each month 2,500 of the cars it considers to be a key to sustainable mobility. Consumers nowadays have a broad range of electrified …

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Facebook Live continues to be an outlet for gruesome crime

Facebook Live

On Tuesday, two journalists were shot dead during a Facebook Live stream in the Dominican Republic. That afternoon, Facebook Live captured a separate incident where a two-year-old child and 26-year-old man were shot dead and a pregnant woman was critically injured. Why this matters: Like the spread of fake news, Facebook is struggling to balance the freedom of its users …

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High-quality Panasonic DMP-UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Panasonic DMP UB

The Panasonic DMP-UB900 is the 1st THX-certified Ultra HD Blu-ray player.While this does not automatically signify an benefit over non-certified players,it does guarantee a typically high baseline functionality level. The DMP-UB900 also features the company’s High Precision Chroma Processor, which interpolates native 4:2:0 content on both Ultra HD and regular Blu-ray to a 4:4:4 format.In addition, Panasonic’s player offers linear …

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PEUGEOT 3008-New French Car Launch


To be seated behind the wheel of the new Peugeot 3008 is an engaging experience.The French firm has introduced its i-Cockpit into the family-sized SUV to provide a driving environment right up there with the very best on the market. What’s more, you don’t have to buy one of the top trim levels to enjoy it – every 3008 comes …

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The best running watch- Garmin Forerunner 35


With built-in GPS to track where, how far and how fast you run, the Forerunner 35 gives you plentiful feedback during training. The watch also track calories burned, helping you to make informed dietary choices to support your current training regime. A Virtual Pacer mode pits your performance against pre-set targets,while timely audio prompts keep you on track. There are …

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The future of Android Wear smartwatches

Huawei Smart Watch

Apple these days is market leader but it wasn’t the first to build smartwatches. Companies such as Microsoft, Seiko and Sony had a go at making them. That’s not to say Apple’s watch has been a runaway success. Far from it. Figures produced by IDC in October last year showed that in the third quarter Apple posted its second-largest year-over-year …

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Opel Mokka X compact crossover-update styling

Mokka X opel

Offering 131 mm worth of terrain clearance and a raised driving position that’s taller still,together with artificial scuff plates,front and rear, and all the additional off-road prowess that black-plastic wheelarch protection affords,the Opel Mokka is a perfect example of what can be achieved from fairly humble starts. While the vehicle’s dimensions remain unchanged, the most evident update to the exterior …

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Charge your phone in seconds-prototype looks encouraging


Researchers at the University of Central Florida have produced a prototype supercapacitor battery for small devices that can be charged in seconds, but potentially last all week. It can also be recharged 30,000 times without degrading. Supercapacitors store energy electrostatically on the surface of a material.There are no chemical processes, which are slow and cause physical damage to the structure of …

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Integrated amplifier Cambridge CXA80


As the flagship integrated amplifier in Cambridge’s CX range,the CXA80 boasts 80W per channel,a hi-res built-in DAC and an asynchronous USB Type B input. To that it adds three hi-res digital inputs: one coaxial and two optical. A second USB port supports the BT100 Bluetooth dongle (available for £70). The trade off is no onboard phono stage, but there are …

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