Geek accessories http://www.stuff.tv/sg/geek-accessories/news en-SG This smartphone case lets you print out photos instantly http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphone-case-lets-you-print-out-photos-instantly/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shake it like a Polaroid picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="700" height="525" title="This smartphone case lets you print out photos instantly" alt="This smartphone case lets you print out photos instantly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/prynt.jpg?1422495594" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yes, this is probably the world&#39;s bulkiest iPhone case, and it definitely won&#39;t fit in your pocket. But, in its defence, it has a built-in printer.</p> <p>Freshly launched on Kickstarter, Prynt is a smartphone case which lets you instanly print of honest-to-goodness photographs. You know, the type that you can hold in your hand, stick to walls and even crumple up and throw away? Remember those?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="222" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/InbornAggravatingAllensbigearedbat" width="702"></iframe></p> <p>Each case can hold 10 sheets of paper at once, and you can order refills through the Prynt app and have them sent directly out to you. Pictures can be printed instantly, or you can select any photo from your album, Facebook, Twitter etc, and bless them with the physical paper treatment.</p> <p>Currently the case is compatible with the iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy S5, with plans to add more popular handsets in future. Modular dock adaptors are also supported, for when you decide to change smartphones.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="222" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/DifficultAppropriateAfricanjacana" width="702"></iframe></p> <p>The Prynt app itself also has an augmented reality feature built into it. Record a video, select a still from the clip, print it out, and watch the video playback on the photo itself via the app. Harry Potter, eat your heat out.</p> <p>It goes without saying that this isn&#39;t a case that you&#39;ll leave on your smartphone 24/7. Rather, it&#39;s something that&#39;s designed to be carried around with you and whipped out and guitar-laden campfire parties, coffee shops and idyllic summer picnics. Or whatever floats your boat really.</p> <p>You can currently order your own Prynt case for US$100 (S$135) from <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/prynt/prynt-the-first-instant-camera-case-for-iphone-and" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, where it&#39;s already smashed through its US$50,000 (S$67,690) goal by raising US$236,576 (S$320,277) at the time of writing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphone-case-lets-you-print-out-photos-instantly/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphone-case-lets-you-print-out-photos-instantly/news#comments Crowdfunding Geek accessories Smartphones Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:48:28 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1458759 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple Watch hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 26/01/15: Apple Watch could hit shelves in March, says analyst </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/1_2.JPG?1422433128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Apple Watch - as it&#39;s officially known - has been unveiled.</p> <p>After months of hints and mystery, Apple has finally taken the plunge and joined the battle for your wrist with its own smartwatch.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Build quality is what you&rsquo;d expect from Apple: light (very light) but strong, and slim, too.</p> <p>The Apple Watch is not nearly as slim as the iPhone 6, and it&rsquo;s flat, so in form factor it&rsquo;s not radically different from the other smartwatches on the market. But Apple has been careful to keep it from looking bulky, and even the larger version didn&rsquo;t look out of place on a dainty female wrist.&nbsp;</p> <p>The dial &ndash;&nbsp;sorry, Digital Crown &ndash;&nbsp;looks less obtrusive in real life than it does in Apple&rsquo;s promo shots. It&rsquo;s smaller than the dials on most men&rsquo;s watches, but it&rsquo;s also very easy to access.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re going to use the phrase &lsquo;knob feel&rsquo; here, so brace yourself: the Apple Watch&rsquo;s knob feel is light, with very little resistance and no click. It&rsquo;s a great piece of design, allowing you to move things on screen without covering them with your clumsy great prodfingers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WmtXRpAitrM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2.1_0.JPG?1422433128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="280" height="210" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2.2_0.JPG?1422433128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="280" height="210" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2.3_0.JPG?1422433128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The screen is bright and crisp, and looked at from the kind of glancing angles you&rsquo;d expect to look at a watch screen from &ndash; edge-on while riding a bike or balancing in a crowded train &ndash; words and pictures remained nicely readable.</p> <p>While some of the watch faces look fantastic, this watch will never be able to ape posh fashion watches in the same way as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>. Well, not circular posh fashion watches, anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 revealed: hands-on review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3.1_0.JPG?1422433128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="280" height="210" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3.2_0.JPG?1422433128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Taptic feedback </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The demo unit we tried on was running a loop of app demos, a couple of which (including the heartbeat-sharing app) used the &lsquo;taptic engine&rsquo;, as Apple calls it, or buzzer, as we&rsquo;re going to call it.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not exactly Haptic Feedback Review Monthly, but there is a difference between nuanced haptics and a flat buzz &ndash; Valve&rsquo;s Steam Controller, for example, uses it to fool your hands into thinking you&rsquo;re holding something with a different shape &ndash; and we think it&rsquo;s an area that will become increasingly important as wearable tech becomes more popular.</p> <p>The haptics in the Apple Watch have that sort of nuanced feel, with the heartbeat delivered as a softly detailed pulse.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4.1_0.JPG?1422433128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="280" height="210" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4.2.JPG?1422433128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple Watch App </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 12/01/14:&nbsp;</strong>The Apple Watch app has been leaked to&nbsp;<a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/13/apple-watch-iphone-companion-app-revealed-with-new-watch-features-monograms/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>, and it reveals some of the features we can expect to see from Apple&#39;s clever timepiece.</p> <p>Aside from the standard notification features we&#39;ve come to expect from all smartwatches, the app reveals other functionality, including the ability to have the Watch vibrate during turn-by-turn directions.</p> <p>The Apple Watch can also nag you to stand up if you&#39;ve been sitting down for the first 50 minutes of an hour, which is a setting we&#39;ll probably turn off immediately.</p> <p>Notifications themselves can also be customised. You could, for example, set it so that text messages from certain people are pushed to the Watch, while other less important contacts&#39; messages are left off your wrist. That&#39;s a feature we&#39;d like to see in Android Wear, as it&#39;s all too easy to get bogged down in irrelevant notifications.</p> <p>The app also confirms that you&#39;ll need to enter a four-digit passcode each time you purchase anything using the Watch. You&#39;ll also need to enter it if the sensors detect that you&#39;ve taken the watch off.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="449" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iwatch_1.jpg?1422433128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Is the Apple Watch a revolutionary piece of hardware? Yes and no. No, because it&rsquo;s not a completely different kind of smartwatch, but as with all things Apple, the hardware &ndash; even if it&rsquo;s nicer than anyone else&rsquo;s &ndash; is only half the story.</p> <p>As with the iPhone, the Apple Watch has a hulking great advantage in the apps department, something that was obvious from its unveling: where Google tends to talk about the amazing potential of Android Wear, Apple talks about big brands that are already signed up and making apps for its platform &ndash; apps to find your car, let you into your hotel room, control your smart heating or track and share your exercise, not to mention shopping with Apple Pay.</p> <p>For that reason, the Apple Watch may be the device that brings the smartwatch to the masses and gets the wearable revolution revolving.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="898" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-1_0.JPG?1422433128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When can you strap in? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&#39;s being cagey about when, exactly, you&#39;ll be able to slip an Apple Watch onto your wrist; it says only that the Watch will be available in early 2015. Prices will start at US$350 (&pound;215), and it&#39;ll be available in three different variants: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.</p> <p><strong>Update 01/10/14:</strong> Taiwanese site <a href="http://www.appledaily.com.tw/" target="_blank">Apple Daily </a>believes that production of the Apple Watch will kick off in January next year, with a release date slated for mid-February. Could the Apple Watch be the most expensive Valentine&#39;s Day present you&#39;ve ever bought? We&#39;ll just have to wait and see...</p> <p><strong>Update 03/11/14:</strong> An anonymous source has provided <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/10/31/historical-implications-made-apple-watch-more-difficult-to-design-than-original-iphone-jony-ive-says" target="_blank">9to5mac</a> with a transcript from a video in which Apple&nbsp;Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts states that the Apple Watch will be out in Spring next year.</p> <p>The earliest we could see the Apple Watch then, is March next year, which technically falls in line with Apple&#39;s &quot;early 2015&quot; release date.</p> <p><strong>Update 07/01/15:</strong> It does seem as though the Apple Watch will arrive in stores this March. <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/06/apple-watch-launch/">9to5Mac</a> reports that &quot;several&quot; sources have revealed that Apple will begin training select US employees (one or two per Apple Store) from February 9th-16th, with a view to them returning to their stores and training the rest of the staff afterwards. The report says that a March retail launch is the current goal, but there&#39;s always a possibility that software development and manufacturing issues could see that pushed back.</p> <p><strong>Update 13/01/15:</strong>&nbsp;Another chunk of evidence supporting a March release date is outed. This time it&#39;s a screenshot (courtesy of <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/12/latest-ios-8-2-iphone-beta-adds-apple-watch-bluetooth-support-confirms-app/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>) from the iOS 8.2 beta, which shows off a section in the Bluetooth settings promting users that want to connect an Apple Watch to use the official app. iOS 8.2 is due to be released in March, adding fuel to the fire of a March release date.</p> <p><strong>Update 26/01/15:</strong>&nbsp;Ming-Chi Kuo, an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/01/24/apple-watch-march-12-inch-macbook-early-2015/" target="_blank">analyst for KGI Securites</a>&nbsp;with a decent rack record when it comes to predictions believes that the Apple Watch will begin shipping in March, supporting previous rumours. If true then we shouldn&#39;t have too long to wait before the iWrist era kicks off.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/news" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="704" height="396" title="Apple Watch hands on review" alt="Apple Watch hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-2_7_0.jpg?1422433128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple Watch hands-on - it&#039;s time to strap on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s about time: Apple takes the wraps off its smart timepiece </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watch-8.JPG?1422433128" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review#comments Apple Geek accessories Smartwatches Watch Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:54:38 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1427900 at http://www.stuff.tv This fully assembled virtual reality headset shell promises to out-cardboard Google http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fully-assembled-virtual-reality-headset-shell-promises-out-cardboard-google/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jump into a virtual world for just £15 (S$30) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="702" height="527" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/visr.jpg?1421998414" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/ces-2015/ces-2015-oculus-rift-adds-improved-hrtf-audio-technology/news" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a>. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/head-hands-and-eyes-sony-s-project-morpheus/feature" target="_blank">Project Morpheus</a>. And now Microsoft&#39;s crazy <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-s-hololens-wireless-untethered-headset-inserts-holograms-your-world/news" target="_blank">HoloLens</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, a product like this is only as good as the apps that support it, but Gateway Interactive is hoping that widespread adoption of its headset will spur developers to create more and more compatible VR apps and games.</p> <p>If you fancy strapping in and taking your eyes for a ride then you can back the VISR on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1122924030/visr-virtual-reality/comments" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, right now.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1tUYgmtTSsw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fully-assembled-virtual-reality-headset-shell-promises-out-cardboard-google/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fully-assembled-virtual-reality-headset-shell-promises-out-cardboard-google/news#comments Geek accessories Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:24:25 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1458312 at http://www.stuff.tv Put your life on pause – Sony’s PlayStation Store discount is on this weekend http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation/put-your-life-pause-sony-s-playstation-store-discount-weekend/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You’ll be able to get 10 per cent off some items if you’re a PSN member </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Put your life on pause – Sony’s PlayStation Store discount is on this weekend " alt="Put your life on pause – Sony’s PlayStation Store discount is on this weekend " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/p4.jpg?1421926740" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hey, if Sony wants to sell you games at a discount, no reason to say no, right? So remember to log on to your PlayStation store and forget about resisting the offers, available only on this weekend.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s promised a 10 per cent discount off all of its PlayStation Store purchases over those three days, in an attempt to thank its fans for their loyalty. Plus, it&#39;s actually a great way to start off the year. for you to have a great start to the New Year.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation/put-your-life-pause-sony-s-playstation-store-discount-weekend/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation/put-your-life-pause-sony-s-playstation-store-discount-weekend/news#comments Geek accessories PlayStation Sony Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:46:22 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1458210 at http://www.stuff.tv Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands http://www.stuff.tv/sg/best-toy-fair-2015-ai-dinosaurs-slotless-racing-and-science-wands/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unleash your inner child with this hand-picked selection of goodies from this years Toy Fair </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1417" height="942" title="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" alt="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Speed%20Champions%202.jpg?1421890908" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This week London is the hub of the toy world as manufacturers showcase their latest creations at the 2015 Toy Fair. And this year tech-enhanced toys feature big as toy makers hope to capture the imagination of kids big and small with AI, apps and drones.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s our picks from the show, so you can get writing your Christmas list early:</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gunbrick/review" target="_blank">App of the Week: Gunbrick review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Real FX </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Look out Scalextric, Real FX is on your tail. This clever reinvention of slot racing has been six years in the making and on first impressions it&rsquo;s looking like a winner. Unlike other slot cars Real FX&rsquo;s vehicles can drive anywhere on the tracks you build thanks to sensors under each car and smart handsets that track car positions 200 times a second.</p> <p>The handsets also have speakers that can tell you your race times and enhance races with warnings about virtual hazards like oil slicks. On top of that Real FX&rsquo;s tech enables races against AI controlled cars and offers plenty of upgrade potential through each car&rsquo;s USB port and detachable body.</p> <p>All that&rsquo;s missing is the smell of burning dust.</p> <p><em>Out Q2. &pound;100 (S$190).</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1500" height="1000" title="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" alt="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Real%20FX.jpg?1421890908" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MiPosaur </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ever wanted a pet dinosaur? Then you&rsquo;re in luck thanks to WowWee, the people behind Robosapien. This year WowWee&rsquo;s robotic toy geniuses have created MiPosaur, a robo-dino that responds to hand gestures and will learn to love or hate you depending on how you treat it.</p> <p>MiPosaur also comes with a hi-tech ball that can be used as a virtual lead to take your dinosaur for a walk and be shaken to make it dance. MiPosaur can also play football with it. There&rsquo;s also an Android and iOS app that lets you feed MiPosaur and check its mood, which will be rotten if you yank its tail too much.</p> <p><em>Out Q2. &pound;100 (S$190).</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nvGLjIm-6Uo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> R.E.V. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>WowWee has also been applying its AI know-how to toy cars with R.E.V.. These toy cars seek to bring the experience of weaponized racing from the video game screen to the household floor. Using the toy&rsquo;s Android or iOS app as a controller you can engage in races or fraught laser battles where your smart device tracks the damage each vehicle takes and shuts down the defeated. The cars can also be driven by AI, paving the way for motorized battles between man and machine.</p> <p><em>Out Q2. &pound;100 (S$190).</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yWnqAJUZFeA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lego Speed Champions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Danish plastic brick fans can look forward to a bumper crop of branded Lego this year. There&rsquo;ll be Scooby Doo sets with collectible Scooby Snacks, Minecraft dungeons, Jurassic World dinosaurs and loads of Star Wars kit including the set of the final duel on the Death Star and some super-cute AT-AT walkers.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the new racing car themed Speed Champions range. Aimed at Lego-lovin&rsquo; petrolheads, the sets let you build famous speed demons like the Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1. You&rsquo;ll even get the chance to piece together the Scuderia Ferrari Truck and a McLaren Mercedes pitstop brick by brick.</p> <p><em>Out March. &pound;13 to &pound;80 (S$25 to S$155)</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best tablets in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4972" height="4564" title="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" alt="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ATAT.jpg?1421890908" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> K-Force </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This autumn, K&rsquo;nex will be bringing some Nerf-like fun to the construction toy scene with its new K-Force Build and Blast range. Inspired by fans who used their K&rsquo;nex kits to create home-made guns and crossbows, the K-Force sets will supply would-be weapon designers with grips, blaster chambers and the (foam) ammo they need. What&rsquo;s more your customized guns and bows will be capable of firing foam bullets up to 22 metres and you can even make ones that fire two bullets at once for added deadliness.</p> <p><em>Out Q3. &pound;15-&pound;40 (S$30-S$75).&nbsp;</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" alt="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/K-Force_0.JPG?1421890908" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Trick Stick </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for a gadget-tastic educational stocking filler, Thames &amp; Kosmos&rsquo; Trick Stick will fit the bill. Based on the principles behind Van de Graaff generators, the Trick Stick is a battery powered wand that teaches children about electricity by allowing them to levitate mylar butterflies and double helixes as if they&rsquo;re a wizard.</p> <p><em>Out June. &pound;13 (S$25).</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" alt="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-2_8.jpg?1421890908" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Neutron quadcopter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Palm-sized drones were out in force at Toy Fair, but it&rsquo;s the Neutron range of quadcopters from Propel RC that caught our eye.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Neutron&rsquo;s big sell is the company&rsquo;s Switch-blade tech that offers 3 and 4 channel flight modes and extra stability, making it ideal for beginners and experienced pilots alike. There&rsquo;s also three speed settings, a stunt button, HD camera and a choice of colours including iPhone 5-inspired gold for those seeking extra bling.</p> <p>And since the Neutron is made from a durable mix of nylon, carbon fibre and polypropylene it should survive even the most haphazard piloting.</p> <p><em>Out Q3. &pound;60 (S$115).</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" alt="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Neutron.jpeg?1421890908" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1536" height="2048" title="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" alt="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Neutron%202.jpeg?1421890908" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Aston Martin DB5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If all this tech toy magic is too much, you could always go on a nostalgia trip with Hornby&rsquo;s limited edition revival of Corgi&rsquo;s toy version of James Bond&rsquo;s famous Aston Martin DB5. The Goldfinger-era Bond car hasn&rsquo;t changed a bit. It&rsquo;s still got the ejector seat that&rsquo;s a bit fiddly to use, changeable car number plates that are also a bit fiddly to use and retractable machine guns that, you guessed it, are also a bit fiddly to use. But while its 50 years might be showing it&rsquo;s still a toy classic and available in both silver and gold to boot.</p> <p>Out March. &pound;20 (S$40).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4402" height="2231" title="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" alt="Best of Toy Fair 2015: AI dinosaurs, slotless racing and science wands" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Corgi%20DB5%202015%20-%20Gold%20%281%29.jpg?1421890908" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/best-toy-fair-2015-ai-dinosaurs-slotless-racing-and-science-wands/feature#comments Geek accessories Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:43:14 +0000 Elissa Loi 1458189 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 pieces of gear you'll need to survive Laneway Singapore http://www.stuff.tv/sg/5-gadgets-youll-need-survive-laneway-singapore/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t die. Don&#039;t let your phone die. Don&#039;t break your camera. We might sound like your mum, but you&#039;ll thank us later </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="4667" height="3264" title="Music Festival Gadgets" alt="Music Festival Gadgets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Glastonbury-Music-Festival.jpg?1421804820" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With Laneway Festival&nbsp;happening on Saturday, we thought we&#39;d assemble a quick list of helpful stuff that&#39;ll get through a day of awesome music.</p> <p>(Lead image via <a href="http://www.atravelbook.com/glastonbury-music-festival-england/" target="_blank">A Travel Book</a>)</p> <p>Additional reporting by Elissa Loi</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Hardy Cameras: Video everything, without breaking anything </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&#39;t put your precious smartphone in harm&#39;s way - get a tough and sturdy camera to document your festival shenanigans. Cameras like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/action-cam/gopro-hero4-specs-teased/news">GoPro Hero4 Black Edition</a>&nbsp;(S$700, pictured) or <a href="http://www.iontheaction.com.sg/ion/ION-Air-Pro-HD-Sports-Video-Camera.html" target="_blank">Ion Air Pro</a>&nbsp;(S$349) are sturdy enough to handle all the bumping and grinding that&rsquo;ll be going on. Plus you&rsquo;ll get some awesome video while looking like a pro.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="1. Hardy Cameras: Video everything, without breaking anything" alt="5 pieces of gear you&#039;ll need to survive Laneway Singapore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gopro%20hero4.png?1421804820" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Battery Packs: Keep Instagramming the whole day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Face it - your phone isn&rsquo;t going to last you the entire festival. Not every phone out there has the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4&#39;s</a>&nbsp;monstrous battery life, and we doubt there&rsquo;ll be any powerpoints nearby. That&rsquo;s where battery packs are going to show you what they&#39;re made of. With all that tweeting going on, you&rsquo;ll definitely need more juice. About 6800 mAh should do the trick, like with <a href="http://www.courts.com.sg/Products/PID-IP078709(Courts)/Mobile-Phones/Mobile-Accessories/Accessories/INNERGIE-6800MAH-POWER-BANK-POCKET-CELL-DUO-LITE" target="_blank">Innergie&#39;s PocketCell Duo lite</a> (S$119). It will give your phone more than enough power for a whole day of slaving away at social media and calling the friends you&#39;ve lost in the crowds.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Innergie Pocket Cell Duo lite" alt="Innergie Pocket Cell Duo lite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PocketCell-Duo_0.jpg?1421804820" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Shazam and Soundhound: Show that you know your stuff, or at least pretend to </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just can&rsquo;t seem to place that tune being played? Time to break out one of these apps to identify it. <a href="http://www.shazam.com/" target="_blank">Shazam </a>and <a href="http://www.soundhound.com/" target="_blank">Soundhound</a> compare the tunes and lyrics being played with their vast database of music. Once they&rsquo;ve identified it, they&rsquo;ll just send it over and voila, you look like you know your stuff. Take note that both apps have a bit of a problem with really loud volumes and live recordings. Still they&rsquo;re good apps to have on hand for any music festival. You&#39;ll probably only need one and either one will do just fine.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2135" height="1600" title="Shazam and SoundHound" alt="Shazam and SoundHound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sound%20apps.jpg?1421804820" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Hydration packs: Don&#039;t let dehydration ruin your fun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All that walking and standing in the hot sun (especially in the open spaces of the Meadow) is bound to leave you gasping. Don&#39;t snuff it - keep hydrated with <a href="http://list.qoo10.sg/item/HIGH-SIERRA-WAVE-70-HYDRATION-PACK/413858387">High Sierra&rsquo;s Wave 70 Hydration Pack</a> (S$122, pictured above) and <a href="http://list.qoo10.sg/item/CAMELBAK-CHARGE-LR-HYDRATION-PACK/413485967" target="_blank">Camelbak Charge LR Hydration Pack</a>&nbsp;(S$233). They&rsquo;ll help store all the other stuff that you&rsquo;re taking along, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1500" height="1500" title="High Sierra Wave 70 Hydration Pack" alt="High Sierra Wave 70 Hydration Pack" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/71OofGXR8kL._SL1500_.jpg?1421804820" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Hardy smartphone cases: Keeping your &quot;precious&quot; in one piece </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you really can&rsquo;t keep your smartphone in your pocket then at least keep it well protected. A good hardy case will keep it from any dents while you&rsquo;re moshing out. Lifeproof has a good selection of tough cases for not only the iPhone variety but the Galaxy S5 as well. Its nuud (S$129) and fre (S$109) cases will not only protect your precious smartphone from shocks, water and dirt, but even snow too (which is pretty useless here in sunny Singpoare). So get them and get your smartphone protected <a href="http://www.lifeproof.com/shop/ap_en/?path=TopNav" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Lifeproof fre case Samsung Galaxy S4" alt="Lifeproof fre case Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lifeproof%20fre_0.jpg?1421804820" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Laneway survival gear </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keep those gadgets alive with these tips </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Glastonbury-Music-Festival.jpg?1421804820" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/5-gadgets-youll-need-survive-laneway-singapore/feature#comments Cameras Geek accessories Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:47:03 +0000 Nigel Yap 1431476 at http://www.stuff.tv This temporary tattoo tests your blood sugar levels, minus the pain of needles http://www.stuff.tv/sg/temporary-tattoo-tests-your-blood-sugar-levels-without-need-any-pain/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s now officially the most painless way to get these vital statistics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="This temporary tattoo tests your blood sugar levels, without the need for any pain " alt="This temporary tattoo tests your blood sugar levels, without the need for any pa" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/glucosetatto.jpg?1421666536" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stand back Google &ndash; the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-s-smart-contact-lenses-get-one-step-closer-reality/news">blood sugar level monitoring contact lenses </a>that you&#39;re working on might soon take a back seat. There&rsquo;s a new player in town and it doesn&rsquo;t require any pain, tears, or bloodshed.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/temporary-tattoo-tests-your-blood-sugar-levels-without-need-any-pain/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/temporary-tattoo-tests-your-blood-sugar-levels-without-need-any-pain/news#comments Geek accessories Health and fitness Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:52:14 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1457966 at http://www.stuff.tv US$1m mech suit is all your robot dreams come true http://www.stuff.tv/sg/us1m-mech-suit-all-your-robot-dreams-come-true/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It seems there really is a Macross in our collective future after all </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="US$1m mech suit is all your robot dreams come true" alt="US$1m mech suit is all your robot dreams come true" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kuratas.jpg?1421655534" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Things you can apparently buy on Amazon Japan <a href="http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E6%B0%B4%E9%81%93%E6%A9%8B%E9%87%8D%E5%B7%A5-SHI-KR-01-%E3%82%AF%E3%83%A9%E3%82%BF%E3%82%B9-%E3%82%B9%E3%82%BF%E3%83%BC%E3%82%BF%E3%83%BC%E3%82%AD%E3%83%83%E3%83%88/dp/B00H6V3BWA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1421414650&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=kuratas" target="_blank">now</a>: a one-of-a-kind rideable mech suit. Now don&#39;t run for your credit card just yet - the Kuratas mech suit goes for a cool ¥120,000,000 (RM3.6 million).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A long way to mech suits everywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Suidobashi Heavy Industry is the brains behind the mech suit, which isn&#39;t exactly new. The mechanised rig has been making demonstration rounds and apparently has its <a href="http://suidobashijuko.jp/">own website</a> to sell the mech suits for some time now.</p> <p>The mech suit isn&#39;t as yet capable of flying, moving around instead on wheels. You can, however, custom the robot with weapons though we highly doubt they&#39;d let anyone less than a defence department order those for their custom mechs.</p> <p>While the robots are certainly anime-fantasies come true, where and how would they be used in real life? The sheer bulk of the mech suits make transport and modifications serious business and only practical for those with access to huge cash reserves.</p> <p>Now we await with bated breath the news someone finally buys one of these things from Suidobashi.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/how-indie-games-conquered-world/feature" target="_blank">How indie games conquered the world</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/17/do-want-kuratas/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2iZ0WuNvHr8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/us1m-mech-suit-all-your-robot-dreams-come-true/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/us1m-mech-suit-all-your-robot-dreams-come-true/news#comments Geek accessories Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:18:55 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1457964 at http://www.stuff.tv This stylus might be an optional accessory for the alleged iPad Pro http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/stylus-might-be-optional-accessory-alleged-ipad-pro/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It won’t be an included accessory like what we all originally thought </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="This stylus might be an optional accessory for the alleged iPad Pro" alt="This stylus might be an optional accessory for the alleged iPad Pro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipastylus.jpg?1421656678" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s old news that Apple was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-pro-get-livescribe-style-smart-pen/news">granted a patent in the US for a &ldquo;communicating stylus&rdquo;</a> that could &ldquo;talk&rdquo; to its digital devices wirelessly. But recent rumours are indicating that the said stylus won&#39;t be part of the alleged iPad Pro&#39;s offering.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/stylus-might-be-optional-accessory-alleged-ipad-pro/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/stylus-might-be-optional-accessory-alleged-ipad-pro/news#comments Apple Geek accessories iOS iPhone & iPad Tablets Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:26:10 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1457952 at http://www.stuff.tv Nintendo's great Wii U sales last year overshadowed by spectacular sales of Amiibo figures http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nintendo/nintendos-great-wii-u-sales-last-year-overshadowed-spectacular-sales-amiibo-figures/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The appeal of cute figurines apparently is just too hard to beat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nintendo&#039;s great Wii U sales last year overshadowed by sales of Amiibo figures" alt="Nintendo&#039;s great Wii U sales last year overshadowed by sales of Amiibo figures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wii%20u.jpg?1421382653" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nintendo had a great Christmas season last year, saying it hit new Wii U sales records for both hardware and software. A 29 per cent (hardware) and 75 per cent (software) improvement over 2013 is a great New Year&#39;s gift indeed. The Nintendo 3DS also had its best month ever but one highlight of Nintendo&#39;s year was the sale of its cute amiibo figurines of popular Nintendo characters.</p> <p>&quot;Total sales of amiibo figures in 2014 are nearly twice the sales of <em>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</em>.&quot;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The power of cute compells you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&#39;s the deal with amiibos anyway? If you haven&#39;t heard, they&#39;re not just ornaments for your dashboard - the little figures also interact with Wii U games, adding a new dimension to the Wii U gaming experience. Nintendo also announced that some figures would be discontinued so expect a mad scramble for them on eBay.</p> <p><em>Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS </em>had a good year, selling over 2 million copies both physical and digital. That&#39;s only slightly less than the 2.6 million combined units <em>Pokémon Omega Ruby</em> and <em>Pokémon Alpha Sapphire</em> managed in their first six weeks.</p> <p>For 2015, Nintendo&#39;s launching new titles namely <em>Splatoon</em>, <em>Yoshi&rsquo;s Woolly World</em>, <em>Kirby and the Rainbow Curse</em>, <em>Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.</em> and <em>Mario Party 10</em>.&nbsp; There&#39;ll also be a new Nintendo 3DS XL for the US, which will also see the launch of <em>The Legend of Zelda: Majora&rsquo;s Mask 3D</em>.</p> <p>It&#39;s good to see Nintendo still alive and kicking despite the onslaught of mobile games. So don&#39;t hold out for a Pokemon port to mobile anytime soon, now.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kill-your-productivity-stuffs-top-22-free-browser-games/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s top 30 free browser games</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://press.nintendo.com/articles.jsp?id=42411" target="_blank">Nintendo</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/15/people-love-nintendo-amiibo/?utm_source=Feed_Classic_Full&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Engadget&amp;?ncid=rss_full&amp;utm_reader=feedly" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nintendo&#039;s great Wii U sales last year overshadowed by sales of Amiibo figures" alt="Nintendo&#039;s great Wii U sales last year overshadowed by sales of Amiibo figures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo3ds%20xl.jpg?1421382653" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nintendo/nintendos-great-wii-u-sales-last-year-overshadowed-spectacular-sales-amiibo-figures/news#comments Geek accessories Nintendo Fri, 16 Jan 2015 04:30:53 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1457784 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: 10­-minute pitch -­ Wonder Workshop's Dot and Dash robots teach kids how to code http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2015/ces-2015-10-minute-pitch-wonder-workshops-dot-and-dash-robots-teach-kids-how-code/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They&#039;re like a modern­day Bigtrak... that can play the xylophone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dot and Dash. Or rather Dash and Dot" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wonder%20workshop%20dot%20and%20dash.jpg?1421205312" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, Stuff ran a series of interviews and product pitches on the International News Stage at CES 2015, the biggest and craziest technology show in the world.</p> <p>We invited Wonder Workshop&#39;s Vikas Gupta to our stage at CES to give us the lowdown on Dot and Dash -&shy; app&shy;-controlled robots that you can build on with Lego, and with a little simple coding, teach to play the xylophone.</p> <p>The idea is to make getting into coding fun. Will it work? You be the judge by&shy; watching the video below...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/B4mRvuoB14I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2015/ces-2015-10-minute-pitch-wonder-workshops-dot-and-dash-robots-teach-kids-how-code/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2015/ces-2015-10-minute-pitch-wonder-workshops-dot-and-dash-robots-teach-kids-how-code/feature#comments CES 2015 Geek accessories Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:10:14 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1457558 at http://www.stuff.tv Ditch that Selfie Stick, it’s the age of the Belfie Stick http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ditch-selfie-stick-it-s-age-belfie-stick/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Because its makers think a selfie from behind looks way better </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Ditch that Selfie Stick, it’s the age of the Belfie Stick" alt="Ditch that Selfie Stick, it’s the age of the Belfie Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bs2.jpg?1420710175" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanks to the likes of Kim Kardashian, the trend of taking a belfie could beak the Internet in 2015. If you have no idea what that is, we’ll fill you in – it’s basically the act of taking a selfie, but from the back and including your tush.</p> <p>Now, unless you harness the help of a mirror or have been practicing yoga poses, it’s really hard to take such a shot because it requires you to hold your smartphone over your shoulder, frame yourself in the shot, focus, and take the picture all while trying to look fabulous. </p> <p>Sounds complicated?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ditch-selfie-stick-it-s-age-belfie-stick/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ditch-selfie-stick-it-s-age-belfie-stick/news#comments Geek accessories Thu, 08 Jan 2015 09:00:06 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1457023 at http://www.stuff.tv Slimmer, lighter, sexier 3Doodler 2.0 revealed at CES 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2015/slimmer-lighter-sexier-3doodler-20-revealed-ces/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you don&#039;t want your original 3Doodler to have body image issues, cover its eyes immediately </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Slimmer, lighter, sexier 3Doodler 2.0 revealed at CES" alt="Slimmer, lighter, sexier 3Doodler 2.0 revealed at CES" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/3doodler-main.jpg?1420543618" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3doodler/review" target="_blank">3Doodler</a> won our hearts back in 2013 when it picked up Stuff&#39;s Kickstart of the Year award after earning a well-deserved five stars in its review. And now it&#39;s gotten even better.</p> <p>The handheld 3D printing pen lets users create 3D shapes instantly, using melted plastic that&#39;s pumped out of its tip, cooling immediately to form solid structures.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For starters, it weighs in at a mere 50 grammes, which we&#39;re told is less than half the weight of an Apple.</p> <p>It&#39;s also kitted out in a much more stylish aluminium shell, and its insides have been tweaked too. There&#39;s a revamped drive system and new nozzle design, along with enhanced airflow thanks to a patented fan system, all resulting in plastic that&#39;s cooled more efficiently and quietly than before. Dual-speed controls also allow for more precision over your creations.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3446" height="2585" title="Slimmer, lighter, sexier 3Doodler 2.0 revealed at CES" alt="Slimmer, lighter, sexier 3Doodler 2.0 revealed at CES" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3doodler1.jpg?1420543618" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Slimmer, lighter, sexier 3Doodler 2.0 revealed at CES" alt="Slimmer, lighter, sexier 3Doodler 2.0 revealed at CES" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3doodler2.jpg?1420543618" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s also a new JetPack accessory. It doesn&#39;t grant the 2Doodler 2.0 with the gift of flight, but it does act as a portable power pack, providing over three hours of constant doodling with PLA plastic or over two hours with ABS plastic.</p> <p>As before, 3Doodler is launching on Kickstarter, with a 20-day campaign aiming to raise US$30,000 (S$40,035). Early Bird pledges start at US$50 (S$67), with the first 100 units set to ship within a month of the launch. The rest of the models will make their way to backers by April.</p> <p>An optional pedal accessory gives your fingers a break from the 3Doodler&#39;s buttons, while a nozzle set for creating different textures is also an option for those looking to take their doodling to the next level.</p> <p>If you fancy backing the 3Doodler 2.0 then head on over to <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1351910088/794945037?token=cc6fd8ff" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> now.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3doodler/review" target="_blank">3Doodler review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="911" height="684" title="Slimmer, lighter, sexier 3Doodler 2.0 revealed at CES" alt="Slimmer, lighter, sexier 3Doodler 2.0 revealed at CES" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3ddodlerpack.jpg?1420543618" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="892" height="614" title="Slimmer, lighter, sexier 3Doodler 2.0 revealed at CES" alt="Slimmer, lighter, sexier 3Doodler 2.0 revealed at CES" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3Doodler%20Nozzleset.jpg?1420543618" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2015/slimmer-lighter-sexier-3doodler-20-revealed-ces/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2015/slimmer-lighter-sexier-3doodler-20-revealed-ces/news#comments 3D Printing CES 2015 Crowdfunding Geek accessories Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:45:39 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1456781 at http://www.stuff.tv The PowerPen is a powerbank and a pen in a svelte package http://www.stuff.tv/sg/powerpen-powerbank-and-pen-svelte-package/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now you never need to be out of juice (or ink!) again </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The PowerPen is a powerbank and a pen in a svelte package" alt="The PowerPen is a powerbank and a pen in a svelte package" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/powerpen_01.jpg?1419418546" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A practical little gadget that is not (for once) a crowdfunded dream? Yes, it&#39;s called the Power Pen. It looks like a pen, writes like a pen, feels like a pen - that also houses a 700 mAh battery. So all right, maybe it doesn&#39;t house as much juice as the average power bank but sometimes you can&#39;t be carrying around a lot of things. Being at a wedding and hauling around a power bank looks so gauche, don&#39;t you think?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Small package, big on style </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A handy feature of the pen is that it has both microUSB and Lightning ports, making it a great gift for anyone with pretty much any smartphone. Its 15.5cm length also makes it pretty pocketable and the black and gold colour variations make them easy to match with whatever you&#39;re wearing.</p> <p>Besides being a pen and a mobile battery, the PowerPen can also work as a stylus for your device. It doesn&#39;t state what kind of stylus but we&#39;ll go out on a limb and state that it&#39;s likely the kind of stylus that will work on your iPad or Android tablet.</p> <p>So you can consider this a neat way to write digitally and with real ink. No saying whether you can use standard ballpoint refills with the pen, though.</p> <p>While this might not totally replace your power bank, it is handy in a pinch when your battery is nearly flat. <a href="http://www.firebox.com/product/6942/Power-Pen?aff=512&amp;awc=550_1419392407_eef880260a4530478eda112f3c644195&amp;utm_source=AffiliateWindow&amp;utm_medium=Affiliates&amp;utm_content=Skimbit&amp;utm_campaign=TextLink">Preorder</a> one for just &pound;24.99 ($51) and you might just get one by next month, once it&#39;s officially out on Jan 9.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/geek-accessories">Geek accessories you would drool over</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.firebox.com/product/6942/Power-Pen?aff=512&amp;awc=550_1419392407_eef880260a4530478eda112f3c644195&amp;utm_source=AffiliateWindow&amp;utm_medium=Affiliates&amp;utm_content=Skimbit&amp;utm_campaign=TextLink" target="_blank">Firebox</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The PowerPen is a powerbank and a pen in a svelte package" alt="The PowerPen is a powerbank and a pen in a svelte package" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/powerpen_02.jpg?1419418546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/powerpen-powerbank-and-pen-svelte-package/news#comments Geek accessories Smartphones Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:55:48 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1456062 at http://www.stuff.tv Three of the best coffee machines in the world - reviewed http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kitchen/which-coffee-machine-should-you-buy/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Time to trade that jar of muddy granulated instant for a real coffee maker – like one of these </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Three of the best coffee machines in the world - reviewed" alt="Three of the best coffee machines in the world - reviewed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Coffee-Machines-Group-Test.jpg?1421184732" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s no shortage of ways to make coffee.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have tastebuds or shame, there&rsquo;s instant. Then there are stovetop percolators, cafetieres, manual pour-over makers and the ingenious AeroPress. But if you want consistently good cups of the energising black stuff every morning (and don&rsquo;t want to pay through the nose for it), you&rsquo;re probably going to want to buy a machine.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express (£550 (S$1085)) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for: Coffee addicts looking for next-level espresso</strong></p> <p>With the look of a shrink-rayed professional espresso machine, the grinning fizzog of shaven-headed culinary chemist Heston Blumenthal on the box and a price tag that puts it out of reach of all but the most well-heeled caffeine fiend, the Barista Express (branded as Breville in the US and Sage in the UK) is clearly aimed at those seeking a major step up in their home-brewed coffee.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a lovely looking, all-metal thing, with even accessories like the tamper and milk jug exuding an air of quiet, understated luxury. The portafilter is reassuringly weighty and solid, locking into the group head with a satisfying twist. There are clever little touches you can&rsquo;t see or immediately feel that add to the feeling of quality too: on top is a tray that warms your cups, and the 2l water tank has an integrated, changeable filter.</p> <p>While not as large as it might appear in photos, the machine will struggle to slide under cupboards on the average British kitchen counter &ndash; you&rsquo;ll need to have space above to refill the coffee bean hopper, for one thing.</p> <p>Yep, the Barista Express isn&rsquo;t just an elegant, well-built espresso machine &ndash; it also features a built-in grinder, allowing you to make coffee with beans you&rsquo;ve smashed into dust literally seconds earlier. Freshness means a lot in the coffee world, so this is a Big Deal &ndash; as is the low-pressure pre-infusion of the grounds before the water is forced through them at higher 50 bar pressure.</p> <p>And it bears out in the coffee the machine produces: our very first cup was a delicious and gloriously smooth latte with barely a hint of bitterness. The milk steaming wand is excellent too, producing much lighter, airier foam than the (admittedly way, way cheaper) Morphy Richards&rsquo; model, and there&rsquo;s also a hot water spout for those who want to make an Americano by topping up their espresso.</p> <p>Its steep price means most won&rsquo;t consider it, but if you have the cash and don&rsquo;t want to ever set foot in a Starbucks or Costa again, Sage&rsquo;s machine should be high on your list.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express" alt="Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sage-barista-express.jpg?1421184732" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✭ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well made and packed with features, this is a fantastic way to make café-beating coffees</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express in figures&nbsp;</strong>Water tank size: 2l&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Pressure: 15 bar&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Milk foaming arm: Yes&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Wattage: 1850W&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Dimensions: 400 x 330 x 310mm&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Weight: 11.3kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> De’Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia (£70 (S$140)) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for: The busy-but-not-so-busy-they&rsquo;d-drink-instant businessperson</strong></p> <p>A slim and sleek machine that uses Nescafé&rsquo;s Dolce Gusto pod system (think Nespresso but larger &ndash; and far more widely available in shops), the Jovia attempts to place itself somewhere in the hinterland between no-fuss convenience and the world of Serious Coffee.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s affordable (<a href="http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2391157.htm" target="_blank">&pound;70 (S$140) at Argos</a> at the time of writing; Dolce Gusto pods are priced at around S$12 for a box of 16) and incredibly simple to set up and use. Simply fill the removable water tank with cold H2O, pop your chosen coffee pod into a slide-out drawer at the front, stick a cup under the spout and hit the power button. When it turns from red to green (a mere few seconds) the machine is ready. You then push the water lever either left (for cold drinks) or right (for hot drinks) until the desired amount of your drink is in the cup. Then slide out the drawer, expel the pod and throw it away.</p> <p>And that&rsquo;s it. There&rsquo;s very little in the way of cleaning or maintenance to be done, bar an occasional emptying of the drip tray, an occasional rinsing of the removable pod holder and, of course, the refilling of the water tank. The tank isn&rsquo;t huge (0.8l), so you&rsquo;ll need to do the latter fairly frequently. The drip tray, for its part, is adjustable &ndash; you can place it at one of three heights to suit the size of drinking vessel and reduce the chance of spillage.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no steam wand for heating and foaming milk, but the Dolce Gusto system has its own way of doing that: drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes are made with two pods: one coffee pod and one special milk pod, used in the amounts specified on the pod lid. Drinking milk expelled from a pod isn&rsquo;t as appetising as fresh cow juice, we think you&rsquo;ll agree &ndash; but it&rsquo;s less effort and less mess.</p> <p>So what&rsquo;s the coffee like? It&rsquo;s tasty, especially if you stick with the simpler, non-milk varieties such as espresso, and comes out of the pods with a nice crema on the surface. You have very little control over how the coffee is made, of course, and aficionados using a <a href="http://aeropress.co.uk/" target="_blank">&pound;25 (S$50) AeroPress</a> will be able to beat the Jovia for taste every time. But this machine is so convenient and easy to live with that it charms you regardless.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="De’Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia" alt="De’Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nescafe-dolce-gusto.jpg?1421184732" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Jovia won&rsquo;t appeal to hardcore sippers but its simplicity is hugely appealing. Affordable and amiable</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia in figures&nbsp;</strong>Water tank size: 0.8l&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Pressure: 15 bar&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Milk foaming arm: No&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Wattage: 1500W&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Dimensions: 228 x 171 x 325mm&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Weight: 2.5kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Morphy Richards Accents Espresso (£65 (S$130)) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for: Aspiring baristas starting out on the espresso expressway</strong></p> <p>A bigger, bulkier and more robust prospect than the Jovia, this Morphy Richards machine is part of the company&rsquo;s Accents range of kitchen appliances &ndash; and very handsome it is too, with its curvy brushed metal front and drip tray. Size-wise, it&rsquo;s compact enough to slide comfortably into the worktop space under the average set of kitchen cupboards.</p> <p>A &ldquo;proper&rdquo; machine that can deliver both single and double shot espressos, its spout has a dual opening allowing you to make two coffees simultaneously. There&rsquo;s also a steam wand for foaming milk, and the water tank has a decent 1.2l capacity, meaning you won&rsquo;t need to refill it after making three cups o&rsquo; joe. In addition to ground coffee, it&rsquo;ll also accept E.S.E. coffee pods (we weren&rsquo;t able to test these, but as they&rsquo;re made in almost precisely the same way as regular espressos, we imagine they&rsquo;ll work just fine).</p> <p>Having supped both espressos and lattes made by the machine, we&rsquo;re reasonably impressed. The milk foamer isn&rsquo;t outstandingly good but the 15 bar pressure makes for tasty, smooth coffee with a healthy-looking crema on the surface.</p> <p>It requires a touch more cleaning and faffing around than the Jovia &ndash; you&rsquo;ll need to wipe off the foamer arm after every use &ndash; but operation is simple, with only three buttons (coffee, power and milk steamer controls) and one dial (for the foamer) to worry about.</p> <p>The price is incredibly low for a product of this standard (the above price is <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Morphy-Richards-Accents-47586-Espresso/dp/B004MKMLAQ" target="_blank">Amazon.co.uk</a>, and represents a huge reduction from the Accents Espresso&rsquo;s original price of S$240), making this the ideal affordable entry point to the world of decent homemade espresso-based coffee.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Morphy Richards Accents Espresso" alt="Morphy Richards Accents Espresso" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/morphy-richards-accents.jpg?1421184732" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A sturdy, handsome and wallet-friendly machine &ndash; a great way to step up from instant or cafetiere-made coffee</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Morphy Richards Accents Espresso in figures&nbsp;</strong>Water tank size: 1.25l&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Pressure: 15 bar&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Milk foaming arm: Yes&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Wattage: 1000W&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Dimensions: 288 x 220 x 315mm&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Weight: 3.6kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kitchen/which-coffee-machine-should-you-buy/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kitchen/which-coffee-machine-should-you-buy/feature#comments Accents Espresso Barista Express Coffee makers De'Longhi Dolce Gusto Jovia Geek accessories Kitchen Morphy Richards Sage by Heston Blumenthal Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:29:38 +0000 Elissa Loi 1455552 at http://www.stuff.tv