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BundleHunt: 10 Mac App Licences for £15

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I recently noticed Screens, an app I have had my eye on, was being sold as part of rather decent BundleHunt deal, and I wanted to share it with you.

BundleHunt are currently offering 10 Mac app licences for $19.99 (£15), from a selection of 39 apps in total. Below are the apps that I chose and a few reasons why.

Must Haves apps

Screens

Screens lets me log in to my Mac remotely from any other computer, tablet or smartphone. Screens is currently the recommended remote access solution on The Sweet Setup which is reason alone to buy it. The app costs £22.05 if purchased directly on the developers website making this quite possibly the cheapest way to buy Screens.

Screens Library

iStats Menu

iStats is an advanced Mac system monitor, hidden away on my menubar, which lets me keep track of my computers CPU, RAM, disk usage, network activity and so much more. Sold for £13 on the developers website, iStats Menu is an excellent choice in the bundle.

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Beamer

When I’m not using Plex, I’m using Beamer. It allows me to stream any format of video file from my Mac to an Apple TV, Chromecast or Google Cast-supported high definition television. Normally sold for £13.99 by the developer, Beamer was one of the first apps in my bundle.

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YummyFTP

Their are a multitude of free, open source and paid for FTP clients available for Mac and although maybe not my first choice FTP Client, YummyFTP is a solid choice for most. Described as an easy to use, yet powerful FTP/S + SFTP + WebDAV/S file transfer app exclusively built for OS X, YummyFTP is sold for around £18 by the developer.

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These apps I actually had no knowledge about before purchasing the licence, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Softorino YouTube Converter

Softorino Youtube Converter is a great little app that lets me download Youtube videos in all resolutions up to 4K and even in 60FPS when available. This was actually a convenient find which I don’t think I would have ever otherwise bought at £15.

VidConvert

VidConvert does what it says on the tin, it converts videos on my mac (downloaded with the Youtube Converter for example) to any format or device I wish and is normally sold for £6.

Chronicle

Another hidden gem, Chronicle lets me keep track of my bills and alerts me when they need to be paid even when the app is not open. Sold on the app store for £10.99.

So there you have 7 apps that I have no problem recommending, but you may want to choose differently depending on your hobbies, profession or other things. And with such value in the package, why not chance your arm on any other app that catches your eye, or ask a friend if they want anything?

To reiterate, the BundleHunt package is currently available here for $19.99, and you can choose 10 licences from a total of 39 applications redeemable instantly.

I hope you appreciated the article, and why not let me know below which apps you would pick, I would love to hear from you.

EDIT: Bundle Hunt let me know on the 18/04 that there is only 4 days left for the offer, so make sure to order before Friday.

 

Apple Keynote
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Apple Keynote March 2016 Roundup

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Tim Cook attacked todays Keynote head-on with a few words about encryption and the security of Apple products. “We have a responsibility to help you protect your data and protect your privacy. We owe it to our customers and we owe it to our country. This is an issue that impacts all of us and we will not shrink from this responsibility. ” insisted an inspiring Tim Cook on the eve of the court hearing which will determine whether Apple must surrender to the request of the FBI.

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Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas

If you want to avoid running around on the 24th December looking for last minute Christmas presents then check out my Christmas 2015 Tech Gift ideas and use Amazon to skip the queues.

Gifts For Friends

To be clear, this is a list of tech products that I recommend for Christmas, for the friends or family in your life who just can’t get enough of gadgets and cables. Make sure to check back often as I hope to add more gift ideas and deals the closer we get to Christmas, and make sure you’re about in December as I have some great give-aways lined up.

If you have any ideas or recommendations then make sure to let me know either in the comments section below or on Twitter. You can find the list on Amazon here, and I recommend you sign up to an Amazon Prime 30 day free trial which gets you unlimited free next day delivery as well as other Amazon services (Video, Photos, Music etc).

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Stocking Fillers (£20 or less)

I’ll start the list off with gifts that come in under £20, these products are perfect to compliment larger gifts or to fill up a stocking above the fireplace.

Mr Nutcase Macbook Cover

Aukey Wireless Sports Headphones : pretty much every January local gyms get bombarded with people trying to lose weight as a new years resolution and burn off the extra Christmas calories.  If you know someone like this, why not make it a bit more bearable with a pair of Bluetooth headphones for blasting workout tunes.

Anker MFi Certified 6ft Lightning Cable : One day, every electronic device will use wireless charging but until that day we need cables. You can never have too many Apple Lightning cables, and these MFi certified Anker cables come in at just under 2M, and are genuinely better quality than the official Apple cable.

Spigen Apple Watch Stand : With the Apple WatchOS 2 came Nighstand mode and this dock from Spigen makes a perfect bedside table stand for the Apple Watch.

Aukey 20000mAh External Battery : This one is for those loved one’s who are always complaining about their phone battery or always use it as an excuse for not replying. This Aukey external battery packs enough juice to recharge even an iPhone 6 up to 7 times.

Quad Lock iPhone 6/6S Case : I have used this case (in different models) for over two years now and I can swear by the quality and protection,check out my reviews for the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5S models. For the iPhone 6/6s Plus check the Amazon list or the official Quadlock site.

MrNutcase Personalised Phone/Tablet/Computer Case : If you’re in need of something a little more personal then check out the cases over at MrNutcase, upload a picture and have it printed on a phone, tablet or a computer case. Use Quidco and qualify for cash-back.

Enoloop Rechargeable AA BatteriesEnvelop batteries are already pre-charged so they are ready to use immediately, just like a standard battery and can be recharged up to 2,100 times.

Big Stocking Fillers (£20 – £50)

Next up are some slightly bigger gifts that will bring a smile to anyone’s face whether they be a tech lover or not, however they might not fit in the stocking.

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Lionbay HD Action Camera : I recently reviewed this 1080p action camera on the blog and I was really impressed, you don’t need to fork out hundreds for a decent camera to get great action footage.

Thule Subterra 13″ Macbook Sleeve : This is the Macbook sleeve that I have used for the last couple of months and I am very happy with it. Waterproof, well protected and is compatible with any Macbook 13 inches or smaller.

Avantek Bluetooth Fitness Tracker : A great budget activity tracker that doesn’t lack features, I recently wrote about this activity tracker here on the blog.

Chromecast 2 : Google’s next generation TV streaming stick turned circle has received very positive reviews since its release in October.

Sandisk Extreme 64 GB USB 3 Flash Drive : Easily the best USB flash drive on the market with equally the best read/write speeds.

Aglaia LED Desk Lamp : The Aukey LED Eye-caring Desk Lamp is a sleek and elegant lamp that creates the perfect ambience.The LED’s will never flicker like traditional lighting sources, this means less strain on your eye, and less fatigue, so you can read more, studying longer or simply indulge in the soothing atmosphere.

For those Special Ones (£50 – £100)

If you’re looking to spend just that bit more, than I’ve got you covered.

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Withings Smart Body Analyser : For that person who likes to weigh themselves and know everything there is to know about their body, the Withings Smart Body Analyser records weight, fat %, BMI, room temperature and keeps your data safe in the cloud.

Yeti by Blue Microphone : The Yeti is one of the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphones available anywhere. Combining three capsules and four different pattern settings, the Yeti is the ultimate tool for creating amazing recordings, directly to your computer.

Jabra Move Wireless : Not only do these headphones sound great for Bluetooth headphones, they were comfortable, built to last, and affordable.

£100 – £250

Here are a few gift ideas for those real tech junkies, still in a reasonable price range.

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Samsung 850 Evo 500 GB SSD : Most SSD’s are great and would be one of the biggest improvements to a computer running on a HDD, but some are better than others and this Samsung SSD is currently the best on the market.

WD My Passport External Hard Drive : Easily the most common product I get asked about, my general advice is to stay away from Seagate and this 3TB Western Digital has more than enough storage to back up a lot of photos and videos.

Pebble Time Smart Watch : Current generation of one of the original smart watches. If this is anything like its predecessor then it i’m sure that it’ll bring more than a smile to anyones face.

Sonos Play 1 : A modular sound system that allows streaming of music over multiple devices spread throughout the house.

UE Boom 2 : Although we are a long way off days by the pool, the UE Boom is the best wireless waterproof external speaker available, it connects to a phone to blast out music.

Big Boys Toys (£250 – £500)

These gifts are guaranteed to get a reaction on Christmas morning, just make sure they get opened last as you might not see the receiver for the rest of the day.

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LG Nexus 5X 32GB : One of the flagship budget telephones of the year released in late October. This is one of the few Android phones I wouldn’t mind owning.

Apple Watch Sport 42mm : This is Apple’s take on a smart watch, it is very sport orientated and is a must have for any iPhone owner to be able to fully exploit its potential.

Sony A5100 : The Sony a5100 is an entry-level mirrorless camera I recommend for most beginners. It stands out from the competition by delivering superior photo quality while being easier to use right out of the box thanks to simple menus and controls.

Apple iPad Air 2 : I don’t believe that the iPad Air 2 has any competition in the tablet category, this most recent model features Touch ID and an amazing camera.

Under The Tree (£500 +)

I’d be particularly jealous of those lucky enough to receive any of these gifts, the pinnacles of technology.

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Apple iPhone 6S Plus : This is the fastest selling and most sold smartphone of 2015, anyone would be very lucky to receive one of these for Christmas. I recommend buying at least a 64GB model and buying direct from the Apple Store as you generally cant buy it cheaper from genuine stores.

Sony RX100 Mark IV : Incontestably the best point and shoot digital camera on the market featuring a beautiful Zeiss lens. Perfect to capture those Christmas memories.

DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K : I would give my left arm to wake up on Christmas day with a DJI Phantom 3 underneath the Christmas tree, wait a minute I take that back because then I wouldn’t be able to pilot it ! This is the MUST HAVE drone of 2015, but watch out where you fly it because you might be breaking the law.

Panasonic GH4 : I purchased this camera in October and I am so happy that I didn’t settle for a cheaper one. This camera will produce cinema quality 4K video and it has one of the quickest autofocus on modern-day cameras. It won’t disappoint.

Samsung UE40JU7000 40″ Television : I have the earlier version of this Samsung TV model, watching Netflix and Youtube in 4K with the Smart TV apps is a real game changer.

Sony VPL-HW40ES Full HD/3D Video Projector : If you’re looking for something a bit more than a television then this Sony video projector will provide a high-definition video on a screen or even on to a wall.

Apple Macbook : What better way to finish the list than with the latest 12″ Macbook from Apple. Also available in gold if you prefer.

If you’re still not sure, then why not consider an Amazon Gift Card  along with a link to this article? You can choose the amount, the card is valid for 10 years from the issue date and can be used for anything on the Amazon UK store.

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Make you sure to check back regularly as I will be adding items to this article up to the 24th December. If you have any ideas or suggestions of items for the article then please leave them in the comments section below of give me a shout on Twitter.

If you want to make me happy this Christmas, then please share this article with your friends and families.

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Google Event Hardware Roundup

There were no surprises this evening as Google announced its latest products, nearly every detail had already been leaked in the last couple of weeks.

In a rather lacklustre presentation, Google announced two new Nexus Smartphones, an updated Chromecast and a new Chromecast Audio to transform ‘dumb’ speakers into smart devices.

Nexus 6P

Google confirmed the Huawei Nexus 6P as their new flagship smartphone, referring to it as its most premium phone yet.

Nexus-P

The Nexus 6P features a new 5MP ‘selfie’ camera and a 12.3MP rear facing camera, supporting 4K video and slow motion video (presumably 720p).

The phone has a 5.7 inch high-resolution WQHD AMOLED display and front-facing stereo speakers, its 7.3mm thick with an aluminium body, a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor and a 3,450mAh battery.

A new fingerprint sensor on the back referred to as Nexus Imprint will unlock the phone and is compatible with Android Pay, it will also sport a USB-C port on the bottom for faster sync and charging.

Nexus Imprint

The Nexus 6P is available for preorder in the UK, US, Ireland and Japan starting at £449 and ships the last week of October.

Nexus 5X

The LG Nexus 5X is the little brother and ultimately cheaper alternative to the Nexus 6P, it features a 5.2-inch display, a Snapdragon 808 processor and a 2,700mAh battery. Still pretty impressive.

Nexus 5P

As the affordable option, the Nexus 5x is made out of a premium polycarbonate housing but includes the new Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor on the back.

The Nexus 5X also features the same resolution cameras as it’s bigger brother, 12.3MP rear facing and 5MP front facing. It will also feature a USB-C port on the bottom.

Preorders for the Nexus 5P are available as of today in the UK, US, Ireland and Japan starting at £339 and shipping the last week of October.

ChromeCast

Google presented the new ChromeCast at the same price point as the last iteration. Chromecast is a small device that plugs into a HDMI slot on your TV and lets you stream just about anything from a computer or smart phone.

ChromeCast HDMI

The ChromeCast ‘2’ is essentially the same as the original in a new form factor and with 3 antennas supporting Wi-Fi 5Ghz, it also includes some new technologies that improve buffering and the loading speeds of content.

It is available as of today for £30 in three colours, Black, Lemonade (Yellow) and Coral (Red).

ChromeCast Colours

ChromeCast Audio

Another new device in the line up is the ChromeCast Audio, which is as simple as it sounds, effectively a ChromeCast for speakers instead of the television.

ChromeCast-Audio

The ChromeCast audio plugs into any Speaker system with either aux/line, RCA, or optical input making them smart speakers, allowing high-definition music to be streamed over 5GHz Wi-Fi from any smart phone or computer.

Google also announced compatibility with most popular apps such as Spotify, Pandora and Youtube, allowing the user to pause, rewind, skip or change the volume directly on their phone.

ChromeCast Audio is available to order as of today but currently only shipping as of the 12th October for £30.

Pixel C

The last device to be announced was the Pixel C Tablet/Chromebook, a 10.2 Inch screen tablet with a Bluetooth detachable keyboard that charges via induction when the Pixel C is closed.

Google Pixel C

The keyboard can be removed from the screen allowing Tablet esque usage and or be reattached with strong magnets that hold the two together – the C actually stands for convertible.

Like the Nexus phones revealed today, the Pixel C will sport a USB-C port for charging and data transfer at the bottom of the anodized aluminium frame.

The Pixel C seems to be a real competitor for the Surface Pro and quite possibly the recently announced iPad Pro. The 32GB version will cost you $499 while the 64GB is $59 with an optional keyboard that’ll cost you $149 extra. The release date is believed to be in November.

Conclusion

I have pre-ordered the Nexus 6P for a friend which is due to arrive on the 30th October, I doubt I will provide a full review but I may get a glimpse and give a small preview.

I also purchased the new ChromeCast in black so you can expect a review on the site in a couple of days, let me know if there is anything particular that you would like to test.

And so there we have the hardware announcements from Google, not too much to get excited about for the moment as we had most of the information previously. For more detailed information and product specifications you can check out the Google Store.

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iPhone 6S Variants
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Apple Keynote Summary

Yesterdays Apple Keynote “Hey Siri” event lasted over 2 hours and was full of new products, so lets summarise.

iPhone

Apple today announced the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus and it looks a lot like the iPhone 6. Anyway here is a quick break down of what’s new and what’s improved in the new iPhones in addition to the new rose gold iPhone.

IPhone 6S Rose Gold

3D Touch

The iPhone 6S introduces 3D Touch which is actually a lot like Force Touch on the Apple Watch. The iPhone senses how much pressure is applied to the display in order to perform different actions.

Peek and Pop let you glimpse at content and then act on it should you decide to without opening it. For example a light press on a link would show a pop up preview of a site while a harder press would Pop you into Safari.

Apple also added a Taptic engine to the iPhone giving real time feedback through subtle taps.

New Hardware

As would be expected, Apple have also updated the hardware in the iPhone 6S, swapping out the A8 present in the iPhone 6 for the A9.

The third generation 64 bit A9 chip brings a new level of performance and efficiency to iPhone 6s boasting a 70% faster CPU and 90% faster GPU.

The iPhone 6S A9

The only other noticeable difference on the inside of the iPhone is the improved LTE and Wifi speeds capable of up to 300Mbps over LTE Advanced and 800Mbps over WiFi.

iSight Camera

An improved iSight camera coupled with a new sensor takes amazing 12MP photos with more precise colours and no trade off with image quality.

Did I forget to mention 4K video ? The iPhone can record video with more than 8 millions pixels which is four times more than full HD.

iPhone iSight

The front facing FaceTime camera has been improved to take 5MP photos with better lighting, using your iPhones screen as an ambient flash.

iPhone Update Program

Additionally Apple have introduced the new iPhone Update program, initially only in the US, allowing customers to pay a monthly fee and receive a new iPhone every year…. Count me in!

The new iPhone will be available to preorder on the 12 September and in store on the 25 September starting at £539 for the 6S and £619 for the 6S Plus.

iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is the same iPad that we all know, improved with a 12.9 inch diagonal retina display and nearly twice the speed of the iPad Air 2.

The new 12.9 inch iPad Pro

Display

The reason Apple chose a 12.9 inch display is that the height of the iPad Air is the same as the width of the iPad Pro meaning that apps can be open side by side for multitasking while keeping the same aspect ratio.

With 5.6 million pixels the iPad Pro features the highest‑resolution Retina display of any iOS device with a resolution of 2732×2048, 78% larger than the iPad Air.

Performance

As is the case with the iPhone, iPad Pro has also had its internals updated, replacing the A8X chip with a third generation 64 bit A9X chip. The A9X CPU is 1.8x faster than the A8X and has an amazing 360x faster GPU, making the iPad Pro 22x faster than the original iPad.

Even with the improved CPU and GPU the iPad Pro does not compromise on battery life, enduring up to 10 hours of usage.

Although there are still no forward facing speakers, the iPad Pro has 4 smart speakers. Whether you hold the iPad Pro in portrait or landscape mode the top speakers will prioritize high frequencies while the bottom speakers will be dedicated to low frequencies.

Accessories

I would be surprised if you haven’t already heard of the Apple Pencil, a new stylus designed to complement the iPad Pro. The Apple Pencil is pressure sensitive allowing thick and thin lines to be drawn as well as shading on the iPad’s display.

The Apple Pencil, a new stylus.

And something we’ve all been waiting for a long time, the new Smart Keyboard. Apple have effectively built a keyboard into the Smart Cover.

The Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro

​The iPad Pro will be available in November ready for Christmas between $799 and $1,079. I am slightly disappointed that only the most expensive model has cellular capabilities.

The Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard will also be available in November for $99 and $169 respectively.

Apple TV

Apple TV is the product i’m personally most excited about this year, and for a couple of good reasons. Apple have developed a new OS for the Apple TV called tvOS which comes with an Apple Store, Siri and a Bluetooth remote.

tvOS

tvOS was designed by Apple to improve the browsing experience on the Apple TV and I believe they have cracked it. They have included an App Store which adds a whole new dimension to the TV such as games, shopping and PiP with live stats.

New Interface on Apple TV tvOS

Siri Remote

The new Siri Remote is a dream come true, if it lives up to the Keynote demo ! You can talk to the TV as you would a normal person in order to find films, filter searches, look up actors while still watching and loads more… you can check out all the features on the Apple Site.

The new remote also includes a track pad as you would find on a Macbook to swipe, track or even click your way through the menus.

The Apple TV Siri Remote

Oh and it’s Bluetooth.

Apple Watch

I won’t go back over the features of WatchOS 2 as we saw them before in June, and the biggest announcement yesterday in the Apple Watch category was the Apple Watch Hermes.

Apple have teamed up with Hermes to offer a new premium iteration of the Apple Watch, with a premium price. The Hermes watch comes with a new leather double tour strap.

New Straps + Colours

Something else we have all been waiting for is new straps for the Apple Watch which does take personalization to the next level but I don’t think anyone had predicted new Apple Watch colours.

Apple Watch Bands

Apple unexpectedly announced two new Apple Watch Sport finishes; Rose Gold and Gold for the same price as the original finishes. It would have been nice if they offered to trade in the original finish for a new finish with a small premium.

The new Apple Watch finishes are available immediately along with the new band colours at the Apple Store Online.

So there we have it for the September 09 Apple Keynote. If you spot any mistakes just give me a shout below in the comments section or on twitter. Also let me know if you enjoyed the article and SHARE it on all social networks. See you soon on peterfields.me !