Heineken App Shows You Where the Fun Is (Pokemon’s not included)

Heineken LIVE is a new app that brings your city to life, unlocking a world of exclusive rewards and possibilities.

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Heineken recently demonstrated their cool new experiential assistant with a “tiki tour” of some of Auckland’s hottest spots.

Heineken Live is designed to act as a virtual Wing Man, showing you where the best and most active bars are, and offer you “money can’t buy” experiences along the way.

After downloading the app in a trial capacity, I ended up having an amazing night, making my way around central Auckland to a series of curated events.

The evening showcased some of the functionality of the app and the types of experiences its users may get in the real world.  For example? Well my first notification from Heineken Live told me I had an Uber voucher and it gave me a destination to head to.

After meeting up with the Heineken crew at a bar in the Viaduct, my app buzzed to let me know my boat was ready.  That’s right, we had a launch ready to take us on a tour of the harbour.

After the harbour tour the app buzzed again to tell us there was a chauffeur waiting to take us to an exclusive event in a Warehouse near the edge of town.  There, Dominic Bowden launched the app officially and outlined the experiences Heineken had in store for real users of the app.

Imagine being in a bar and getting a notification that there was a helicopter outside ready to whisk you to a party at an exclusive island resort? You may laugh but with a large promotional investment behind it, the Heineken Live app could actually deliver an experience like that to its lucky kiwi users.

If you are over 18 and know the rules about drinking responsibly, you can download the app from here.  http://www.heineken.com/nz/Heineken-Live/Heineken-Live-App

About Heineken LIVE

  • Heineken LIVE is a new technology platform that rewards people for getting out and visiting Heineken venues with money-can’t-buy experiences via smartphone
  • Heineken LIVE celebrates what makes cities around our country so unique, while bringing a taste of some exciting global experiences that Kiwis are looking for in New Zealand.
  • Heineken LIVE is the first app of its kind in New Zealand, using the combination of iBeacon and smartphone GPS technology to reward users in real time.
  • The more Heineken LIVE users get out and explore their city, the more offers, rewards and experiences they may receive with over $500,000 worth of prizes in 2016.
  • The technology has been developed in New Zealand and Kiwis will be the first in the world to trial the app.

For Your Eyes Only – Samsung’s Note 7 Keeps Private Files Private

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, announced this morning, is the first Samsung smartphone with an infrared iris scanner.

Not only does that mean you can unlock your phone just by looking at it, you can also use this security setting to hide content – think files and photos – from anyone else who picks up the phone.

As well as increased security the Note 7 features water resistance (to IP68 level) and the always useful S Pen/stylus.

The large screen phone will ship with a complementary 128GB SD card in New Zealand when it is launched on the 19th of August.

As it is the first Note with a USB C connector, Samsung will also throw in a USB C cable and a Micro USB to USB C converter which is a nice touch.

And just in case you were wondering, there was no Note 6.  Samsung have chosen to leap a model number from the 5 to the 7, to bring it more into line with their other famous phone, the Galaxy S7.

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Here are some additional key features as noted in the Note 7 launch press release:

S Pen: Quickly and Easily Bring Ideas to Life

The enhanced Galaxy Note7 S Pen is more than just a writing tool – it is the gateway to getting more done efficiently and accurately. Users can bring ideas to life the moment inspiration strikes, without unlocking the screen, by using Screen off Memo and simply pinning the memo to the Always On Display. The S Pen also gives users the ability to easily create and share GIF animations with Smart Select. In addition, the new Air Command functions, including Magnify and Translate, enable users to zoom in on the screen or convert languages with a simple hover of the S Pen. It is even easier to access the best of the S Pen’s creative abilities with Samsung Notes, a new unified app allowing users to jot down handwritten notes, draw, or edit memos from one location.

The new S Pen writes with ease and precision. The smaller 0.77mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity provides a real pen-like experience. With the peace of mind that IP68 water resistance1 provides, the Galaxy Note7 lets users jot down their thoughts without interruption, even when the screen gets wet.

 

Advanced Security: Now in the Blink of an Eye

Samsung understands the importance of keeping content on users’ phones protected. Coupled with Samsung Knox, an industry leading security platform, the Galaxy Note7 provides heightened security and privacy, with highly advanced biometric authentication, including fingerprint scanner and iris scanning technology. The Galaxy Note7 offers more authentication options that can be used interchangeably depending on how people use their phones, wherever they are, or whatever they are doing.

The Galaxy Note7 instils a new level of user confidence with Secure Folder, a separated folder that adds an extra layer of authentication to keep private and personal information safe.

 

Best-in-Class Entertainment

The phone is one of the most important screens in a user’s life because it’s with them all of the time. The Galaxy Note7 features a gorgeous, curved 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen delivering a bold and immersive picture on a smartphone. It is ready to stream HDR video, enabling a cinema-like experience, including brighter colours and a deeper black, which ensure users get the full experience that the filmmaker intended.

By pairing the Galaxy Note7 with the new Gear VR powered by Oculus, users can experience premium virtual reality almost anywhere. Galaxy Note7’s incredible Super AMOLED screen and powerful processor delivers an ultra-immersive experience. The vast and ever growing library of apps, photos, games and more, puts users in the centre of the action. Whether it’s next level gaming or journeying to places users have never been before, there’s always something new to discover.

For people who live to create, tell stories and transport people to entirely new worlds, the Galaxy Note7can be used with the new high-resolution (3840×1920) Gear 360 camera, to capture, edit and share 360-degree images videos on the go. These memories can then be shared with friends via platforms including YouTube 360 and Facebook, and can be relived with the ultra-immersive Gear VR.

 

Galaxy Foundation with Refined Craftsmanship

With Galaxy Note7, Samsung continues to defy boundaries of engineering to perfect the user experience through innovative design. Every edge, surface and detail of the device’s design has been refined to provide a comfortable grip, easier one-handed operation, and durability with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5. Although the Galaxy Note7 features a large-screen size, the unique front-to-back symmetrical dual-edge curve remains balanced and light with the sleek feel users have come to love from the Galaxy series. The curved screen lets the Galaxy Note7 add the powerful Edge Panel for one-tap user access to applications, news and functions.

The Galaxy Note7 is equipped with the advanced camera introduced on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The dual-pixel sensor technology, wide aperture and fast auto focus, work together to create sharp and beautiful photos even in low-light environments.

In addition to 64GB2 of internal memory, the Galaxy Note7 offers expandable storage and microSD support up to 256GB. The Galaxy Note7 is equipped with a 3,500mAh battery, easy Power Management UX through Smart Manager, and charges quickly using the new USB Type-C port. Recharge the Galaxy Note7 wherever wireless charging is available.
Creating a Phone+ Ecosystem of Connected Experiences

 The Galaxy Note7 is more than just a smartphone; it’s a connection point to Samsung’s ecosystem of devices, software and services. Users can monitor their fitness activities on the Gear Fit2 and track their data through S Health 5.0.3 In addition to accurate and robust fitness tracking and measurement, the new S Health enables users to stay connected to family and friends, by sharing fitness updates or competing in friendly challenges with one another.

Pair the Galaxy Note7 with the new Gear VR powered by Oculus and experience premium virtual reality almost anywhere. The Galaxy Note7’s incredible Super AMOLED screen and powerful processor delivers an ultra-immersive experience.

The Galaxy Note7 supports the new Gear 360 camera, so users can capture and share their own 360-degree videos on the go.

For additional product information, please visit www.samsung.com/nz.

 

 

Three Cool and Unusual Gadgets from Around the World

I’ve been overseas for a short while but for me, any trip is an excuse to hunt out some cool and unusual gadgets.

From a new digital friend to help around the home, to a frankly quite scary money box, here are some of my globe hopping gadget purchases.

Amazon Echo (country of origin, USA)

Price $180 USD at Amazon.com or Best Buy – (approx. $230 NZD)

What can it do?

  • Plays all your music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
  • Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Nest, and ecobee smart home devices
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features and skills–over 1,500 added since launch, including Domino’s and Uber

 

What is it?

It looks like a WiFi connected speaker (which it is) but it’s capabilities go far beyond that. The Amazon Echo is actually the voice activated assistant that can help you control your smart home.

Alexa is the word you say to get the Echo’s attention. Say this “wake word” and tell echo what you want to do.

It’s all beginning to sound a bit “Siri” now isn’t it? Well Alexa has been judged to be smarter than Siri (technologically speaking) and it’s her integration with your home that delivers the greatest potential.

Here are just a few of the things you can ask Alexa.

Alexa, set the alarm for 7 am.

Alexa, what’s the weather in Auckland New Zealand?

Alexa, how old is Taylor Swift?

(if you have supported gadgets like the Philips Hue light range) Alexa, Dim Hue lights to 30%

Alexa, Wikipedia the All Blacks.

Alexa, play my Coldplay playlist from Amazon Prime.

Alexa, buy the new Harry Potter book and send it to me (this is Amazon after all).

With an August lock and the new August Home skill for Alexa, you can use your voice to lock your doors or check the status of your locks.

Once your devices are set up, enable the August Home skill and link your account.
Then just ask:

  • “Alexa, ask August to lock the front door.”
  • “Alexa, ask August to check the status of my lock.”

Released first in 2014 the Amazon Echo is still not officially available in New Zealand and Alexa is very US-centric (traffic alerts, news and weather are all linked to US zip codes).

In the US if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber and are running out of an everyday item like soap powder you can say “Alexa, order Tide laundry powder” and it your oder will be delivered the same or next day.

Having said that about it being very American-centric, I expected it to be much more difficult to get her to work in NZ (you used to have to fake your IP address, jailbreak phones to download apps etc.) but after a bit of mucking around I found I was able to control it through my home computer’s web browser.

If you do buy one, be prepared to treat it is a gadget experiment, tinkering with the settings (you will also need a plug adapter as it only ships with a US power connector.)

Website: https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Echo-Bluetooth-Speaker-with-WiFi-Alexa/dp/B00X4WHP5E

 

Secrid Mini Wallet (Price 65 Euros in Dublin or $100 NZD. Country of origin, Holland)

Keeping your funds protected while you are traveling is a high priority.

The Secrid Wallet not only keeps your cards in one place, the Dutch designed wallet is a sophisticated card and money holder that prevents your tap and go cards from being scanned and your payment details stolen.

Plastic cards have a hard time, they get bent and become brittle in your pocket. In particular, RFID/NFC cards are not safely stored in a regular wallet. RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) or NFC (Near Field Communication) cards have a chip and an antenna for wireless communication. These cards, such as the public transportation pass, new credit cards and admission tickets, can be activated, selected and copied from up to many metres away, without you noticing. The Secrid Cardprotector works as a firewall in your wallet.

To safely use an RFID/NFC card, you slide it out 3 cm from the Cardprotector; the sensitivity for the radio signal is then substantially reduced, but still sufficient for contact over short distances. By minimising the time duration and signal strength, you remain outside the reach of digital pickpockets.

The Secrid Mini Wallet can hold up to five bank cards and slide them out with a flick of a switch. It also has a pocket for old fashioned notes and coins.

It’s definitely my favourite wallet of the past few years (even if I’m not paranoid about my RFID cards being scanned by e-pickpockets).

Website: www.secrid.com

 

Facebank (country of origin, Japan)

Price $40 (USD) approximately $55 NZD

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From AC Gears – possibly the best gadget shop in Manhattan, comes the Facebank.

Never mind Facebook. How about Facebank? Because Facebank really does what it’s supposed to do – a bank with a face that takes any change you feed it. Designed by Japanese designer Takada and shown on TV, this is the world’s first interactive bank that can “eat” up to 30 500 yen coins (quarters, 50c pieces etc). The eyes of the FaceBank are actually sensors. Activate the FaceBank by waving at it and it will eat your coins! A great gift idea to freak out your guests. Available only in Japan in blue, red, and white. Another gizmo first available from AC!

https://www.acgears.com/banpresto-facebank-conf.html

 

All prices correct at time of publication. Products subject to availability.

Three Headphones in One – British Kickstarter Campaign Redefines the Audio Experience

volant soundA new British tech startup is hoping to reinvent audio devices; starting with their unique 3-in-1 headphones, launching on Kickstarter on the 30th June.

Volant Sound’s headphones combine three audio devices into one, allowing the versatility of earphones, the comfort and sound quality of headphones and the freedom of Bluetooth; giving you a solution for every listening occasion.

Many consumers listen to headphones for 4 hours every day and own 3-4 pairs of headphones and earphones for different listening scenarios. This device is designed to completely simplify the selection into one product for endless uses. Think earphones to commute, headphones to work, earphones to exercise and so on.

Volant headphones allow you to switch between earphones, wired headphones and Bluetooth headphones. The patent pending switch mechanism automatically redirects sound signal from the earphone speakers to the headphone speakers when inserted under the unique sliding wings.

The collaboration has been completed with multi award winning London design consultancy Therefore Design.  Dreamt up by Joshua Church, a 25-year-old British entrepreneur, Volant Sound designs patent pending innovations that bring versatility to modern day listening.

Volant headphones are striving to be more than just another quirky Kickstarter campaign; with three products in the pipeline and a handful of patents at their disposal, Volant is the audio underdog to keep an eye on.

www.volantsound.com

Upmarket gadgets for the modern home

Running a dinner party is not just a chance to show off your cooking skills, you can also show off the latest upmarket gadgets.  Whether it’s preparing the setting with the latest flash vacuum cleaner or impressing your friends with your vintage wine collection we have the three cool gadgets to help you keep up with the Jones’s.

CORAVIN MODEL TWO (WINE NEEDLE)
The upmarket gadget that appears in Michelin Star Restaurants in Europe is now appearing in the best restaurants in New Zealand.

Coravin Model Two is a revolutionary new wine access system that has been featured in Viva Magazine, Cuisine Magazine, GQ, Vogue, Wired and other publications as a game changing invention that allows the user to access wine by the glass without having to open the whole bottle. It was just launched in New Zealand in March, and is already being used to serve wine in restaurants such as The Grove, Whitebait, The Northern Club, Stafford Rd Wine Bar, and many others.

The Coravin is only intended for use on bottles of wine with a cork – not screw tops.  While New Zealand leads the way in screw caps, the majority of the world’s fine wines – particularly European, are stopped with corks.

With this device you can dust off an old bottle that you’ve been saving and pour a small glass, keeping the cork sealed and the wine preserved.  When you extract the needle, the cork reseals.

Why use Coravin?
· Flexibility and Freedom: The ability to taste different wines in the course of an evening without having to have all the bottles open. Match tasting menus or seasonal dishes, offer guests a glass of their preferred wine of choice without a Chardonnay drinker having to drink a Sav because its open – or enjoy a glass of white while cooking then switch to red if you’re serving meat for a main.
· Quality: Each glass is served in perfect condition. You might just want one glass, but all the more reason to have one glass of something really good, not open something cheap just because its only Tuesday night and you have cross fit the next day and won’t want to drink afterwards.
· Waste Reduction: No more drinking the rest of the bottle so it doesn’t get wasted, or letting it oxidise and throwing it out.

Price: $675. The Argon capsules cost $20 each, enough for 18 glasses.
Website: http://www.coravin.nz
Importers website: http://www.stvincentscave.com/

 

DYSON CINETIC BIG BALL ANIMAL
The vacuum that self rights when toppled.

Machines that tip over, and are awkward to manoeuvre. Bins that are messy and fiddly to empty. Hoses that can get in the way, and tools that can disappoint. Some barrel vacuum cleaners can be cumbersome and frustrating. So Dyson engineers set out to solve these problems. The result: The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball vacuum.

Conventional vacuums fall down and stay down. The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball barrel self-rights when toppled. Dyson engineers made this possible by assembling the vacuum’s components in a spherical array, with the heaviest nearest to the floor. Placing them inside a curved body with a low centre of gravity means that whenever the vacuum is displaced, gravitational forces will automatically return it to its upright resting position.

36 Dyson Cinetic™ tips separate the microscopic dust that can clog conventional vacuums. Vacuums with Dyson Cinetic™ science do not lose suction, and capture dust, dirt and microscopic particles down to 0.3 microns in size. And the dust separation is so efficient that there’s no need to wash or replace a filter.

Available from electrical stores nationwide.

Price, from $799, the “Animal” version shown costs $1099
Website: http://www.dyson.co.nz

 

MAGIMIX LE GLACIER ICE CREAM MAKER
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Whether it`s naughty ice cream or virtuous sorbet – this machine makes 1.14 litres (2 pints) of your favourite home made dessert in less than half an hour. Comes with large feed, stainless-steel bowl and recipe book full of tempting ideas. Why not use yoghurt or fromage frais as a base for your favourite flavour low calorie ice cream?
Requires pre-freezing in a four star freezer for 12 hours.

Price: $329
Website: http://millyskitchen.co.nz/brands/m-to-q/magimix/magimix-le-glacier-chrome.html

Take Control With These Cool Gadgets

In the old days, life was hard.  If you wanted mood lighting at home you needed an electrician.  If you wanted to measure your heart rate, you needed to visit the doctor.

But now, there’s a reasonably priced gadget for every situation.

Here are three gadgets which show you how to take control of your life through off-the-shelf technology

 

iDual range of lights from Jedi Lighting.

Discover what mood lighting can do with your home and change your lights to your mood at any moment of the day with this low-cost solution.

The revolutionary iDual LED lighting system will appear in Bunnings Warehouse stores from July, giving Kiwis the ability to change lighting to one of 750 colours at the touch of a button.

The iDual range from Jedi Lighting gives the user the ability to change the lighting to suit their mood by the push of a button. And all they need to do is swap out their standard light bulbs for an iDual light globe – it’s that easy.

The light comes with a simple remote control which controls all of the different moods and light scenes.  At the click of a button you can choose one of the dynamic colour scenes which change the colour and intensity of the bulb.  Options include ‘functional white’ for working; ‘night’ to help get the kids to sleep; ‘ocean’ for creating ambience in the bathroom and ‘party’ for entertaining. Push the ‘wake up’ button in the morning and the room slowly brightens into a day light brightness.

The range also includes downlights, spotlights, ceiling lamps, portable lights and outdoor lights.

A second product, the 2-in-1 will also be available.  This bulb changes from a warm low light to a bright daylight when you second click the power switch.  You are no longer stuck with one intensity of bulb in a light setting – and you don’t need to muck around with dim switches either.

Price: The colourful iDual bulbs start at $49.98 while the 2-in-1 starts at $17.98

Website: www.bunnings.co.nz

 

AliveCor Heart Monitor (Mobile ECG Sensor).

Smaller than a credit card, the AliveCor allows you to capture a medical-grade EKG in just 30-seconds from anywhere, anytime.

The monitor attaches to the back of a smartphone and is easy to use. Simply start the app, then hold your fingers on each of the sensors for 30 seconds. AliveCor’s proprietary technology converts electrical impulses from user’s fingertips into ultrasound signals transmitted to the mobile device’s microphone.

Unlike smartwatches and fitness trackers which simply measure your pulse, this device measures your heart rhythm and tells you whether it is normal or in atrial fibrillation (unusual activity from your heart).

Who can benefit?

The AliveCor Heart Monitor provides individuals with the ability to track heart health anywhere, anytime at an affordable cost. Those who can benefit include individuals with suspected or diagnosed heart conditions and health conscious individuals.

It may be of benefit to existing patients or to people who are undertaking lifestyle changes (through diet and exercise) who may wish to record and track their progress.

The free app, AliveECG, available for iOS and Android, together with the Heart Monitor, records and stores single-channel ECGs. The medical grade tracings are comparable to Lead I on standard ECG machines.

 With secure data storage in the cloud, users can access their ECG data confidentially anytime, anywhere, grant access to their physicians, print PDFs and email it to caregivers and health professionals.

Available from: http://www.uhealth-nz.com/

Price, $215.

 

Geko Device for “Neuromuscular electrostimulation.”

The Geko device, uses neuromuscular electro-stimulation technology, which is clinically proven to increase blood circulation, helping with a range of conditions.

The innovative device is a simple, convenient and time efficient electronic device designed for athletes to accelerate sports recovery after exercise and minor injury for improved performance.

Small, painless electrical impulses gently stimulate the common peroneal nerve behind the knee which in turn activates the calf and foot muscle pumps of the lower leg that return blood towards the heart.

It is endorsed by the medical team behind the British and Irish Lions rugby team.

It may also help long haul travellers avoid the threat of deep vein thrombosis which is caused by long periods of leg inactivity.

Similar devices are used in New Zealand hospitals to help patients undergoing  long operations.

Neuromuscular stimulation in the lower limb emulates the process normally achieved by walking (up to 60%) but without the patient having to move or exert energy and without discomfort

The Geko can help athletes recover faster, relieve muscle soreness, reduce swelling after injury and improve general sports performance.

Powered by a small battery, with software controlled by up and down buttons, the Geko device has 7 stimulation levels and is worn comfortably above the peroneal nerve . The increase in blood circulation reduces delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in the lower leg within 24 hours.

A simple, self-adhesive device that is applied to the back of each knee, the disposable, one-size-fits-all Geko device is designed to avoid the need for more complex procedures.

Price: $59.50

Website: http://www.uhealth-nz.com/

Work It – stylish business gadgets to help you get the job done

Powerful, portable and fashionable, these are three of the essential elements when it comes to business gadgets.

Your technology needs to be on hand, help you do the job and if it makes you look smart and stylish, well that’s even better.

Today we’ve chosen three pieces of technology that more than fit the brief.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S – The Best Business Tablet Going?

In a strange turn of events, Samsung have teamed up with Microsoft to create the best business tablet since, well, since Microsoft created the Surface.

Yes, this is Samsung’s first version of a device similar to the successful Microsoft Surface (which is now onto its fourth generation)

The Galaxy Tab Pro S is pitched as powerful enough to be a full desktop replacement.

Stylish and elegant the device sports a Super Amoled display – that makes it the first Samsung Windows tablet to have a 12 inch display made from the same material that their excellent mobile phone screens are made of. Some people find the contrast and colour of Super Amoled to be a bit bright and nasty but I love it.

The tablet becomes a business tablet mainly because it comes with Windows 10 and 4G/LTE connectivity, meaning you get computing power provided on the move. Additionally the Tab Pro S can be adapted to work with most desktop monitors – creating a full desktop environment.

Unlike many unnamed 2-in-1 devices, (cough iPad Pro – cough Surface Pro) the Tab Pro S comes with keyboard and track pad included. The keyboard is a fuller size creating a more familiar computing experience.

Samsung Galaxy Smartphone can also pair their device with the Galaxy TabPro S to create an authentication tool – unlocking your screen when the two devices are in close proximity, and sharing files between each device.

Price: $1,799 for the wifi version and $1,999 for the 4G version.
Website here.
2. Huawei – Awesome Android Smartphones, the Mate 8 and Leica Camera Toting P9.

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Remember the 80’s? You could spot a business person a mile away thanks to their power suits with skyscraper-like shoulder pads and their ridiculously large mobile phones. The phones (and shoulder pads) have certainly gotten smaller but a mobile phone is probably still the number one business accessory.

And in 2016, here’s the big question, is Huawei the new superpower in Smartphones?

These two devices certainly make it appear so. The large Mate 8 and the just announced premium P9 happen to be two of the best Android smartphones going.

The P9 is the hero device, going on sale on the 1st of June. The stylish design, with a sandblasted aluminium case and a rich, 5.2 in full HD screen would look good in any boardroom situation.

Huawei have gone all out on the camera with this phone, gaining the endorsement of one of the most recognized names in premium photography, Leica.

When I say camera, I mean cameras – there are two 12mp cameras on the rear of the device, one of which is black and white only. The P9 melds the images from each camera into one shot producing better low light photographs and superior professional quality images overall.

The P9 is so premium it is even endorsed by Hollywood Stars, Scarlett Johanson and Henry Cavill. The TV and Cinema advert was filmed in Shanghai and our very own Wellington. See if you can spot Te Papa in the video below.

Mate 8 Price, $1,099, available in space grey with 32 GB of storage.

Huawei P9 Price, $1,099, available from June 1st.

Gadget 3. USB Cufflinks

USB Cufflinks

In business, you always need to have a trick or two up your sleeve so you can maintain your competitive edge. So why not have a USB drive or two up your sleeve as well.

These novelty cufflinks might just save your skin in a business meeting. If your laptop crashed and that incredibly important document can’t be accessed online, you’ll be glad you saved a spare copy on your cufflink. For real.

Each cufflink has a hidden USB flash drive held in place by magnets. And they don’t even scream GEEK!! – They look like a normal pair of shiny silver cufflinks with an executive looking all metal casing.

Available from Amazon.

Price: $22 NZD plus postage.