Category: Tech Hardware

Mini Bluetooth Keyboard

I have got a Bluetooth keyboard and I was impressed with it at first play! I have bought it so I can type on a real keyboard on my iPod. The keyboard is small and very lightweight compared to the iPod despite being a similar size to the iPod.

I have wanted one for a while and it is useful when I want to write notes or tweet as the iPod onscreen keyboard doesn’t show so it leaves more space to see what I have typed.

The keyboard is £11 delivered from 7dayshop online and is worth it because it is user friendly and will work with most computers and handheld devices.


Freeloader Pico

If you are into gaming for the DS/DSi and using an iPod/iPhone on the move then You will LOVE this : A solar cell from solartechnology.co.uk called the Freeloader Pico.

I have often been stuck somewhere when I really want to ring home or such for a lift, and I have forgotten that I have not charged my essential item….the phone!

I have a Sony phone and this solar panel has different tips supplied to make your life easier… So I was glad to find that the Sony Ericsson was one of the adaptors included in the units box, for £14.99 in Robert Dyas or £16.99 online at manufacturers website. The Pico will charge devices that are up to 5V and you can use your original USB sync cables etc to plug your devices in. The adaptors also supplied are Nokia and Samsung but you can also order other adaptors to fit your device. The mini USB adaptor will fit into Motorola, Blackberry and most other smartphones, sat-navs and Bluetooth headsets.

It will charge on a computer so that the battery inside is ready for days out, but it will take about 10 hours in the sun to fully charge. I have many ways of charging it as I can plug it into things when my PC isn’t on as I have other USB compatible things, so it would be worth you finding things in YOUR home that it will charge on (helpful hint: Nintendo Wii)

I can also charge my DSi with a already purchased lead from Tesco which I also like. I may now use my DSi much more as I don’t when I have my iPod with me 99.9% of the time.

I think this is an excellent addition to my tech-filled life, and hope to bring some more exciting and amazing things your way soon!

Freeloader Pico


iPhone/iPod, A Friend Indeed!

iPhone or iPod – they do the same thing but one makes phone calls. Simple, but the way I see it is that the range of Apple devices have taken the world by storm and with the newest – the iPhone 4 – it makes sure it remains one of the biggest entertainment consoles of the decade!

When mobile phones first came out they were big bulky things and you couldnt really put them in your pocket very easily. Soon times moved on and the mobile phone soon changed, getting smaller and smaller until it was small enough to fit in your purse (believe me some are!). Now phones are jam packed with super cool functions and applications that can do almost anything… Mobiles are not just mobiles anymore… They are super computers.

My first mobile had the likes of a simple snake game and if you are lucky you would get 5 minutes of fun out of it, but now phones these days can organise your entire life and be there for when you need a shoulder to cry on. Well not literally but imagine if it could…

The games and organising facilities are just some of the best on todays smartphones and I wouldnt be without my iPod – Its smooth rounded edges provide comfort and pleasure as you hold it and type to friends on Ebuddy or make notes on the iPod built in facilities.
My first organiser couldnt even go on the net, and it only had a few kilobytes of storage to work with! It’s true you know!

The iPhone was voted as best smartphone/gadget to own, by The Gadget Show in a tech awards episode of the popular Channel 5 programme. Not surprising really with all the different applications you can buy (and have for free).

Jason Bradbury uses all Apple things and now the iPad is out, nothing can stop him from indulging into the worlds finest touchscreen technology!

I think that iPods/iPhones are the next generation of fun and games that will one day be all you need to get you through your day!

Ipod Touch


Speech Recognition in Gaming

Speech Recognition hasn’t always been easy to get our hands on freely without having to buy software or download it…

Until Windows Vista came out you would simply have to rely on pathetic Microsoft Office speech detection and hope it would understand you. Windows Vista now has a tool called Speech Recognition that will allow you to use all of your favourite programs and games without a click of the mouse!

However you will need to train your computer to hear and understand you which takes 20 to 30 minutes, but once that is complete you will be writing documents and playing games with your voice in no time at all!

Here is a video that I made on my phone to show Solitaire using voice recognition with no mouse imput whatsoever! Sorry the movie isnt very great quality… I may do another one!

Speech Recognition Solitaire on Youtube

In fact as this speech recognition is so advanced, I have written this whole article with only using my voice!


Nintendo DSi – The Review!

The Nintendo DSi is the third model of the Nintendo DS platform, following Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite. The DSi aims to bring more gamers to the market.

A new function with the microphone is the ability to change the pitch and the speed separately. You can replay sounds recorded as different styles…. as a bird, a robot, an electric fan, and musical instrument etc. You can access the sounds and mic application from the main menu.

Nintendo DSi has internal memory, just like Wii. You can choose to activate this data from the menu screen. You can also put an SD card into the machine as extra storage.

The DSi has a much nicer main screen and shows the battery level. The power button brings up the main menu, like on the Wii with the Home button. The power button works like a reset button too.

You can play all games on the system but unfortunately it still uses the old configuration for the playing over the internet…. WEP as apposed to WPA. The DSi has now the ability to hot swap game carts after getting to the main menu of the DSi.

The DSi camera can be used as a memory bank of photos throughout the day. So it may be really useful for the older generation, but also fun for the younger generation looking into the ‘can only capture this once’ moment.

The DSi now supports DSiWare that you can download and play on the console. You can save the games to the SD card. There are lots of games to look at and they use DSi points that you can get by buying and activating on the console.

The daddy of the DSi’s is the DSi XL which has a larger screen for older people.

There is a browser on the DSi for the internet, but I think that it is much better surfing the web on a PC as screen size is limited on a DSi.

I rate the DSi console 8/10 because of the lack of the WPA for games still, but maybe in future consoles they may rectify this!


I Jog, You Jog, Wii Jog!

Now I want to get more active and I think I found exactly the right thing to do it…

Enter the Wii Jog accessory, which works with the Nunchuck to give more than a leg stretch to your games!

It is used to make the Nunchuck compliant games more interactive as you have to actually run on the spot to make your character move anywhere. You must follow the instructions on the device booklet and move the joystick on the Nunchuck before you start to jog. When you stop jogging, no matter if you have the joystick out of normal position, your character will also come to a very abrupt halt!

I managed to actually put on a sweat as I used it for a long time. I found a game that worked with it called deBlob and it helps me more as I can stay put on things rather than fall off. The only problem is I cant use it against the clock on there but it is great for social gatherings and just a great piece of tech to have a laugh with! It will also work with Animal Crossing too which makes life easier.
The game will work with most of the Nunchuck controlled games and you can see Jason demonstrate it in the video above!

The Jog costs around £10 now and is available at many online retailers!


Nintendo 3DS : Will It Kill 2D Gaming?

So now the next Nintendo handheld console is due to hit the shelves sometime, what does everyone think of the hype surrounding it and will it bring more gamers. Or is 2D still where it is at for old school gaming?

Please let me know your thoughts.


USB Flexi Keyboard

Now I have a bit of tech for you that is really good for using with the Wii. My USB flexi keyboard is a welcome addition to my technology life. I have used it on my computers but the great thing is that the Wii has 2 USB slots at the back. A little while ago I read that a USB keyboard would be really good for it and browsing the web as the onscreen keyboard is really bad.

And if you are a big Twitter fan… you will be able to send tweets with ease!

Get yourself to Staples and pick a flexi keyboard up for a bit under £7. You will not regret it.


WEP vs WPA

Mum has decided to be a pest and change the router settings to WPA so that means that I can no longer wi-fi with anyone and my life will just become sad again.

So I am not happy at all and I wish to protest…

For all those lucky people who have got the right settings I really am jealous of you.

We will no longer see each other ever again because mum is being “all security aware” and it is doing my head in.

Thanks for all the stuff that you have donated and swapped with me (and the money : one of you gave me 50,000 bells once !)

The end 🙁