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

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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.

Cool camera technology any Kiwi can afford

When you think about cameras today you may think of the one built into your phone.  But do you also think of Surveillance, 3D or Virtual reality? In modern society cameras are everywhere and they are getting smarter. To prove the point here are three cool cameras with amazing uses.

Gadget 1. HP Spectre X2 Tabet with an Intel Realsense Camera

 

The HP Spectre X2, from $1699, is a hybrid computer with a little something special added.  The integrated tablet and keyboard device features an Intel Realsense 3D, depth-sensing camera.  With this technology it’s possible to scan real world items and then turn them into 3D printed objects.  Canny gamers have even been using the camera to scan themselves and load their photo realistic avatars into games – which they can then play on the Spectre X2.  It’s almost like a scene from Inception isn’t it?

www.hp.com/nz

 

Gadget 2. Ricoh Theta S

 

 

If you’ve been on Facebook or YouTube lately you may have seen the latest in video technology, 360° videos which the user can drag to see all angles in the scene. The Ricoh Theta S camera, $349 USD, is one low cost solution that allows you capture your own 360° shots.

The spherical images the camera records provides a world view that is simply incomparable with standard photos and movies. Images of your entire surroundings can be captured with one simple push of the shutter, or if you prefer, you can use remote and manual shooting by using the app.

Spherical images can be posted to social networking services from the app and shared easily with friends. You can also send your spherical images to friends by mail or using a wide range of apps by saving them to a smartphone album.

Website: https://theta360.com/en/

 

Gadget 3:  Swann One Security System

 

Swann are world leaders in DIY security systems which can stay on site and then come with you if you move premises. It is a complete solution allowing you to control every element of your home or business security from just one app, via your smartphone.

In New Zealand there are two starter kits to choose from; the alarm kit which has a smart hub to connect to your wifi and three movement sensors ($599) and the video monitoring kit which has the alarm elements plus a soundview camera for live video surveillance ($799).

Owners can add to the base kits with items like a siren, a smart plugs, smart door lock or an outdoor camera. The SwannOne Smart Hub even has a built-in microphone which listens for glass windows and door breaking, and will notify you if it detects them.

Website: www.swannone.com/nz/

 

Mothers Day Gift Ideas from the Gadget Guy

It’s nearly Mother’s Day so now is a good time to have a think about gifts for the tech-savvy mum.  Sure, flowers and chocolates are always appreciated, but today’s modern mum also looks for technology that helps her to keep track of her busy life.

We’ve had a look at the latest gadgets from the big names in tech and are pleased to bring you the following gift guide.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, $1,399. The water resistance of the GS7 is perfect for Mums.  Forget the worry about dropping the phone in the bath, the worry of the kids drink bottle spilling all over it – those days are gone with the GS7.  The bigger battery capacity is also a great feature for Mums on the go (and those whose children watch videos on their phone and drain the battery life), while the always on display means the time is always visible.

Website: http://www.samsung.com/nz/galaxys7/

 

Rose Gold Gear S2

Samsung Gear S2, $749. Wearable technology with a sleek design, this smartwatch ensures Mum’s are connected to the best technology and can assess everything from their wrist.  They can check the weather forecast, track their heartbeat or reply to txt messages from the kids, all with a twist of the bezel. The Rose Gold is a colour Mum’s will love.

Website:  http://www.samsung.com/nz/galaxy/gear-s2/features/

 

Sweet Sounds

 

Sony Extra Bass Speaker

Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Speaker, $299.95. For mums who love music on the go.   Sony’s brand new Extra Bass SRS-XB3 wireless speaker delivers deep, punchy bass with clear vocals and rich detailed sound. It is water resistant and has an ultra long battery life.  Mum can stream chill out sounds for relaxation but this gadget comes into its own when playing the latest dance beats out loud. Mums still love to groove right?

http://www.sony.co.nz/extrabass

Panasonic Wings

When Mum needs a bit of me time she can jog with these fancy Panasonic Wings, $249.95.  The digital wirelesss headset means no wires to snag when connected to your phone. Quick charge in 15 minutes means she can hit the track whenever the mood takes her.

The premium BTS50 model features waterproofing for extra protection from rain and dirt, and can also be cleaned by washing the headphones under running water. This model also features stylish blue LED lights embedded along the edge of the headphones, providing increased visibility and safety for anyone who exercise early in the morning or at night in the dark during the winter months.

Panasonic is an official worldwide partner for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and has provided each New Zealand’s Olympic athlete with their own pair of WINGS headphones.

Website: http://www.panasonic.com/nz/consumer/tvs-home-theatre-and-audio/headphones/clip-type-headphones/rp-bts50e.html

Rose Gold seems to be the new black, and it’s also the colour of the new Macbook, priced from $2,399,  released just last week.  The brand new model has the latest processors, faster graphics, faster flash storage, longer battery life and a beautiful rose gold finish.

With no moving parts or vents, MacBook is entirely fanless for silent, efficient performance. It has fast wireless connectivity which makes it perfect for tasks like streaming content to your Apple TV using AirPlay, exchanging files quickly using AirDrop or using wireless headphones.

With iMovie, GarageBand and the suite of iWork apps it is also great for easily making home movies or even learning to play piano and guitar. The MacBook starts at $2,399 inc. GST.

Website:  http://www.apple.com/nz/macbook.

All prices correct at time of publication.

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Getting encased in crystal at the Connect Expo courtesy of Intel

The Connect Expo and related “Next Big Thing Summit” ran to great acclaim in Melbourne earlier this week.  Business leaders from around the region came to network and to understand how ICT and emerging digital technologies are shaping the future of work and life in general.

At the Expo I saw numerous examples of businesses who are adopting cutting edge technologies such as virtual reality, robotics and the Internet of Things to carve out strongly differentiated market positions.

I attended courtesy of Intel who along with IBM were diamond sponsors of the event.  Intel had a prominent presence with a large stand showcasing both their own products and those of OEM partners such as HP and Lenovo who were displaying equipment with 6th Generation Intel Core vPro processors inside.

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Part way through the day I was asked if I would like to have my head etched in crystal using 3D scanning and laser technology.  Well how could a Gadget Guy refuse a request like that?

The process started when Glen from Intel scanned me with a Lenovo X1 tablet.  The tablet has an Intel Realsense 3D camera which can measure depth and distance built into its rear.

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Using the Sense App Glen was able to render a 3D image of my head and shoulders on the tablet.

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Next, the image was tidied up and sent to a Spark II Crystal Laser Engraving Machine for printing.

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It was the first time I had seen one of these beasts in action and the sight of green lasers sparking and progressively etching my face into a clear block of crystal was astonishing.

These machines have practical uses, such as creating trophies and tourist keepsakes but they are also great for experiential events – apparently football fans queued for several hours at the 2016 Superbowl to get their own 3D etched cube memento.

Here’s a short Instagram video showing the process in Melbourne and the end result.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BEXNRloRONr/

Elsewhere at the Expo I spoke with a number of businesses including Australia’s Virtual Reality Ventures who design VR experiences for brands and also the Melbourne arm of One Fat Sheep, the successful Christchurch augmented reality business.

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At the Next Big Thing Summit, Kate Burleigh, Intel’s Managing Director A/NZ delivered a great keynote on business in the age of digital disruption.

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Kate’s presentation painted an inspiring picture of businesses dealing with a “vortex of change” that forces them to be agile and get products to market in “weeks rather than years” and all of this in a security environment where “trust is won in drips but lost in buckets”.

To round things out, special guest Tom Garrison,  General Manager of the Business Client Platforms Division,  took the stage to show how Intel’s 6th Gen processors enable better collaboration through beautiful technology devices such as the HP Elitebook Folio business and the Lenovo X1 Yoga.

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Gadgets on the go – Yamaha Tricity Scooter, Magnum Ui5 e-bike and Intel Compute Stick

When it comes to modern life it’s important to not only get places in style, you have to use the best equipment when you get there.  Today we looked at three gadgets which prove we are living in the 21st century, a cool electric bike, a scooter with all the benefits of a car and a computer the size of a packet of gum.  Amazing!

 

Yamaha Tricity

Designed (some say) in the future and featuring twin front-wheels that automatically lean when cornering, the Yamaha Tricity is the only Scooter in New Zealand that you can ride on the motorway with a car licence.

It performs like a two-wheel Scooter but with an increased feeling of stability which inspires confidence and makes the Yamaha Tricity a very fun ride indeed.

From $4,499 ($5,199 with ABS), it’s actually cheaper than a year of car commuting for many city dwellers.  This commuting revolution will not be televised, but test rides are available now, visit http://www.Yamaha-motor.co.nz.

 

Magnum U15 e-bike available from http://www.UrbanCleanTech.com

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The Magnum Ui5 is a stylish electric bike, designed in Germany, sold around the world and now available in New Zealand.   Electric Bike Report gave this bike a 9/10, calling it “a beautifully designed, purpose built, affordable electric bike well suited to urban riding or commuting”.

The integrated 13ah Samsung battery, the powerful rear-hub motor,the easy step-through frame and the comfortable riding position make this bike among the best in its price range.

Urban CleanTech is a retail store based on Scotland St, Freeman’s Bay, Auckland and offer full service and support. All of their Magnum bikes come with a 1 year warranty.

Nz Retailer Site: http://www.urbancleantech.com/

Manufacturer website: http://www.magnumbikes.com

 

Intel Compute Stick

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When it comes to doing business on the go, this is one gadget that really fits the brief.  The Intel Compute Stick, $298, is a new category of computing devices that enables you to transform a simple screen into a fully functioning computer. Any HDMI enabled TV or monitor can become a basic computer by simply plugging in the Intel Compute Stick.

Connect, add a keyboard and compute. It’s that simple.

The Intel Compute Stick enables some great everyday usages. For consumers at home or traveling, the ability to browse the web, access content, view personal photos and movies, stream movies and TV shows, and Skype with friends are all possible with the simple addition of an Intel Compute Stick to a TV.

www.intel.co.nz

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

 

Coffee, coffee, water – three of my favourite drinks. #gadgets

Coffee is an essential part of our morning routine in New Zealand, without our daily fix our productivity would absolutely crash through the floor.

That’s why for this week’s review I have hunted down two of the latest coffee gadgets as well as a boom box of a water bottle that plays music to remind you to drink. Whatever next?

First up, there’s the Nespresso Prodigio with Milk – The Connected Nespresso Machine
Price: $499
Gadget Guy Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Website: https://www.nespresso.com/nz/en/pages/prodigio-machines-range

This month, Nespresso launches its first generation of smartphone connected coffee machines, the Prodigio&Milk. Using Bluetooth Smart technology, the Nespresso Prodigio&Milk machine seamlessly links with the renowned Nespresso smartphone app, for maximum convenience.

The Prodigio&Milk machine and Nespresso app allow coffee lovers to brew their favourite Nespresso Grand Cru from the comfort of their lounge. It provides alerts when running low on capsules and notifies users of machine maintenance ahead of time.

The ‘intelligent’ machine simplifies the coffee experience for users, offering:
•    Capsule stock management, so users will never run out of capsules
•    De-scaling and maintenance reminders
•    Scheduled coffee brewing at the desired time

All of the services will be sent directly to the Nespresso smartphone app for seamless integration.

Summary:

•    First Nespresso machine you can control using a Smartphone App
•    Can brew on-demand
•    Or set a time to brew so you can have a coffee ready when you wake up
•    Includes capsule counter to alert you when you’re running low on coffee
•    Also monitors water levels and lets you know when it needs descaling or a service
•    You have to download the Nespresso app and register the machine but this only takes a minute.
•    Includes integrated milk frother or “Aerochino”
Next we have an old school looking but uber cool “Coffee Gadget” the Grosche Franfurt Pour over Coffee Brewing System

Price: $299.
Gadget Guy Rating: 3 out of 5.
Website: http: http://www.thestudio.co.nz/

Bringing back the art of brewing coffee – the Frankfurt from Grosche is a unique looking pour over coffee pot.

Grosche is a Canadian Social Enterprise on a mission to do good in the world.

They create products that elevate coffee making from technology to art, making barista quality coffee wares with modern designs.

•    ELEGANT & COMPLETE – The GROSCHE Frankfurt is a complete Pour-Over Coffee brewing system that lets you make the perfect cup of coffee, and looking beautiful doing it.
•    DURABLE – The coffee server that comes with Frankfurt is made of Borosilicate, Heat-Resistant Glass – giving you that added sense of durability and quality. This storage pot has a capacity of 600ml/20.3 fl. oz which is good for 2-3 cups.
•    ECO-FRIENDLY – The filter that sits atop the Frankfurt is made of 18-8 Stainless Steel and is reusable. This is certainly great for the environment and it will also save you money in the long run as you would no longer need to use one-time, disposable filters!
•    LIMITLESS – The Frankfurt is here to redefine Pour-Over Coffee. It is ideal for use in any environment including Kitchens, Offices, Outdoors, and various Work Spaces. Pick your area and give it a go!

Finally, the Spritz Acoustic Water Bottle
Price: $149.99
Gadget Guy Rating: 3 out of 5
Website: http://www.directimports.co.nz

Moving away from coffee gadgets, to another kind of refreshment; The Spritz is the world’s first rugged sports water bottle with an acoustically engineered HD wireless speaker.

The world’s smartest water bottle it comes with:
•    Live audio remastering
•    HD Wireless Speaker
•    App controls
•    Hydration tracker

Spritz is about incredible acoustics, It’s a wireless music player that’s designed and built with extremely advanced audio technology, then calibrated and tuned by a professional recording studio.

It delivers an unparalleled sonic range with almost 95dB of loudness.  That’s as loud as a jackhammer at 50 feet.

It can stream music from your smartphone via Bluetooth, or you can pop an SD card with your own MP3’s into the base of the device.

The Spritz comes with 2 downloadable apps. The first being a hydration app which will remind the user to hydrate at their predetermined intervals. The second app is an acoustic app which adjusts the sounds according to the listening environment to optimise the output for the very best sound quality.

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

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Pimp-out your student flat with these extravagant and essential gadgets

Summer recess is over and tertiary students are heading back to student digs all around the country.  But being in a flatting situation doesn’t mean you always have to rough it.

Today we are looking at some blinging gadgets that will impress the savviest students for the year ahead.

1. Selk Bags from AstromanCollectibles.com

Price: $225
Gadget Guy Rating: 4 out of 5.
Website: http://www.astromancollectibles.com/

The Selk’bag Sleepwear System is the ultimate sleeping bag providing superior comfort, mobility and warmth for camping, backpacking, and indoor use.

Inspired by the Selk’Nam tribe from Tierra Del Fuego, Chile, A Selk’bag is essentially a wearable, human-shaped sleeping bag. Customers love them for their comfort, warmth and versatility and the fact they can experience these qualities virtually anywhere, awake or asleep.

How best to describe the Selk Bag? You could call it the ultimate sleeping system for people on the go, or the best way for students to keep warm when the flat heating bill hasn’t been paid. Or you could look at it as the ultimate onesie.

Local enthusiast Joe Roper has managed to source some Marvel themed Selk Bags. His website http://www.astromancollectibles.com/ has bags in the shape of some of the most popular characters, from Captain America to the Hulk, and Iron Man to Spiderman.

Take your pick and rug up for the impending cooler Autumn days.

2. Google Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio
Price: $69 each.
Gadget Guy Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Website: http://www.google.com/intl/en_nz/chromecast/

Since Chromecast first launched in New Zealand in 2014, plenty of Kiwis have enjoyed the ease of casting movies, shows and music from their phones straight to their TVs.

However the next generation of Google’s cool device is available, and it’s brought a friend – the Chromecast Audio.

The new Chromecast improves on the original with a rounded design and a built in lead which makes it easier to plug into HDMI ports on a TV. That of course is the premise of the Chromecast, plug it into any TV and it instantly adds smart TV functions to even non-smart TV’s.

It supports the latest Wi-Fi standards and adapts more easily to changing Wi-Fi conditions in your home, so you get higher quality video with less buffering. They’ve added two new colours so you can cast in style while watching content from your favourite entertainment apps including Nefflix, Lightbox, Fanpass, Neon TV and YouTube.

The audio version is an affordable way to stream your music to your existing speakers. It’s the perfect upgrade to your bluetooth speakers, home theatre systems, table-top radios, bookshelf speakers, desktop speakers and more. If you have more than one ChromecastAudio, you can group them together to listen to the same song around the house.

Chromecasts work with iPhone, iPad, Android Phone or tablet, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook.

The new Chromecast’s are available from retailers including JB Hl-Fi, Harvey Norman, Noel Leeming and The Warehouse and also on the Google Store for $69.

 

3. Asus G752 Gaming Laptop
Price: $3,599 to $4,599
Gadget Guy Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Website: https://www.asus.com/nz/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-G752VT/

If you look around lecture halls today you’ll probably see a sea of Macbooks. So far so predictable. If you really want to stand out from the crowd you’ll need something exceptional like the $4,600 (UHD screen Version) Asus Republic of Gamers G752 gaming laptop.

This 4KG monster is the world’s first laptop to integrate a vapour chamber into its cooling system so you can game like a pro, in between taking notes at lectures of course.

What else will gamers love?
• Cool looks – Republic of Gamers Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper colour scheme.
• Optional 4K screen (ultra high definition).
• Backlit anti-ghosting gaming keyboard with 30-key rollover for precise input.
• SSD and HDD drives.
• Windows 10 pre-installed and is powered by the latest 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, paired with discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970-980M graphics.

4. HP ZBook Mobile Workstation

Price: from $3,900
Gadget Guy Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Website: http://www8.hp.com/nz/en/products/workstations/product-detail.html?oid=8934839

If powerful performance still matters, but you don’t want to draw attention to yourself with the gaming PC, then the ZBook could work for you instead.

The iconic 15.6″ diagonal HP ZBook Studio is HP’s thinnest, lightest, and most attractive full performance mobile workstation.

Starting at just 2 kg 3 and 18mm thin, the HP ZBook Studio is a meticulously-designed performance machine.

The HP ZBook Studio Mobile Workstation delivers sleek style, impressive performance, and long battery life.

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

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Microsoft Surface Book Leads Locked Up Gadgets

For the first time ever, software company Microsoft has produced its own laptop.  The very flash and incredibly expensive new device, the Surface Book, has just reached our shores.  But will the transforming super computer pack enough punch to make you pick a Microsoft over an Apple?

We take a look at the Surface Book and a couple of other smart lock toting gadgets:

Microsoft Surface Book

Price: $2,799 to $4,899

Gadget Guy Rating: 4 out of 5.

Website: www.microsoft.com/nz

The new 13.5-inch Surface Book is marketed as “the ultimate laptop.” It packs the full punch of a high performance laptop with unprecedented versatility of a tablet. The screen unlocks from the keyboard with a smart electronic mechanism turning into a touch-screen slate which can be used as a tablet or handed around to view the content.

The laptop has an unusual reticulated hinge which leaves a slight gap between the keyboard and screen when it is closed.

The high price is an indicator of where Microsoft is pitching this device. Prices begin at $2,749 and rise to $4,899 for the top of the line version which has a core i7 chip, 16GB or RAM and an additional graphics processor in the base.

I tested the top model and found it breezed through 4K video editing like a hot knife through butter.

All of the Surface Book devices run on Windows 10 and come with a touch screen and pen input.

 

Nokē Smart Lock

Price: $115

Gadget Guy Rating: 3 out of 5

Website: http://www.astutesmartlocks.com/

Auckland’s Astute Smart Locks has launched Nokē – the world’s smartest Bluetooth padlock in New Zealand. Nokē, pronounced No Key) is a padlock that you unlock with your smartphone – eliminating the hassle of keys and combinations forever.

All Nokē locks are compatible with iOS, Android and Windows smartphones, and work in conjunction with the Nokē app for smart, convenient security.

When clicked the Nokē automatically finds and connects to your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smartphone. Instead of fumbling for keys, simply walk up to your Nokē, press the shackle, and instantly access your possessions.

Nokē’s app even lets you share guest access with friends and family, so they can unlock your Nokē with their own smartphone. You can allow a guest unlimited access, one-time access, or create a custom schedule of specific times and days of the week.

In case your smartphone battery dies, Nokē has a back-up plan called ‘Quick-Click,’ so you’re never left stranded. Nokē’s Quick-Click technology allows you to create a custom access code of short and long clicks on the shackle so you have the option to open it manually if necessary.

Made of boron-hardened steel, Nokē is not only attractive, but also incredibly strong and it is designed to stand up to the toughest environments and weather conditions.

The battery lasts about a year before needing to be replaced or recharged. If it does go flat you can jump start the lock by touching a replacement battery to the pad at the bottom of the lock.

 

MaxiLock With Shackle or “Surf Box”.

Price: $69.00 from most surf shops.

Gadget Guy Rating: 3 out of 5

Website: http://www.plantinnovations.com.au/maxi_lock/maxi_lock.htm

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Maxi Lock is a durable, all-metal combination padlock that can be easily secured inside or outside around homes or offices, or to vehicles, caravans, boats, trucks and trailers. Maxi Lock works by a secret code to provide a safe and secure place to lock away your valuables and keys while you enjoy peace of mind.

There are times when you need a safe and secure place for small valuables or an emergency spare set of keys, or for other items around your home, office or vehicle. Do you need to provide access to trusted others to keys when you can not be there yourself. Maxi Lock is the solution!

Maxi Lock keeps your valuable items safe whilst having a night out on the town, surfing, fishing or during other such leisure activities. When not in use, Maxi Lock is compact enough to keep in a vehicle storage compartment or can be stored easily in the home or office.

 

All prices correct at time of publication. Products subject to availability
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Cool camping gadgets for outdoors types.

Outdoors Gadgets

The long lingering summer is here and many kiwis are making the most of the great outdoors. But what is a camping holiday without a backpack full of gadgets?

At least – that’s the question I ask myself as a fully paid up member of the Gadget fraternity.

Here are my hottest tips for tools and toys to get you through the rest of the camping season.

1. Leatherman Tread Wearable Multitool

Price: $349

Gadget Guy Rating: 4 out of 5.

Website: http://www.tightlines.co.nz

 

Leatherman is renowned for producing multi-tools that are favoured by explorers, adventurers and rugged outdoors types. The Tread, however, $349, occupies a niche somewhere between wearable fashion and great outdoors functionality. Designed to be worn on the wrist the Tread cleverly holds 29 real-life tools, including a cutting hook, bottle opener, carbide glass breaker and a range of hex drives and screwdrivers on 10 customisable stainless steel links. In short, it’s a tool box on your wrist.

You can imagine outdoorsy types wearing this chunky stainless steel bracelet – though my wife did describe it as a Man Bangle – or a Mangle!

 

2. Torpedo7 Jetboil Flash Javakit

Price: $229.99

Gadget Guy Rating: 4 out of 5

Website: https://www.torpedo7.co.nz/products/RUC6CN4FP/title/jetboil-flash-javakit-with-coffee-press-inside

 

 

Kiwis love camping, but leaving the city behind doesn’t mean going without life’s little luxuries. The Jetboil Flash Java Kit, $229.99, can brew two perfect cups of coffee in just over two minutes. When the water reaches boiling point, a colour-change heat indicator window activates, turning the outside of the vessel orange. The coffee press attachment stows inside the Jetboil cup when done so it won’t take up any extra space in your pack.

Each Pack Contains:

  • 1.0 Liter FluxRing cooking cup with insulating cozy, featuring Flash colour
  • Adjustable stainless steel burner
  • Push-button igniter
  • Colour-change heat indicator
  • Drink-through lid with pour spout & strainer
  • Bottom cover doubles as a measuring cup and bowl
  • Able to store a 100g Jetpower fuel can
  • Fuel Canister Stabilizer included
  • Jetboil Coffee Press
  • Coffee sample pack

 

3. DexShell waterproof socks

Price: $69.90

Gadget Guy Rating: 5 out of 5

Website: http://www.tightlines.co.nz/Product/p/11154/g/1606

Since the distributor, Tightlines, introduced these socks to NZ a year or so ago, they’ve been an instant hit – with hunters, fishermen, kayakers, boaties, trampers and anyone else who normally gets their feet wet on a regular basis.

Many people (including my son) have had fun testing their socks in their bath! The idea that you no longer have to put up with wet feet seems attractive to everyone.

The patented Porelle membrane that blocks water molecules getting through also wicks sweat away, leaving your feet dry and comfortable at all times. The Trekking Sock is a mid- calf, mid weight merino wool sock.

It is specially developed for tramping in arduous, wet environments. DexShell’s 100% Waterproof socks have a unique 3 ply construction to give you the ultimate in comfort and warmth.

 

4. Torpedo 7 Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharging Kit

Price: $159.90

Gadget Guy Rating: 4 out of 5

Website: https://www.torpedo7.co.nz/products/G7BASN4S8/title/goal-zero-switch-8-solar-recharging-kit

In 2016 you would have to consider a solar charger to be an essential summer gadget for anyone who takes their electronics off the beaten track. This range a really high quality and are much better than the novelty gift-type chargers I have tested in the past.

Equipped with the Switch 8 recharger and the Nomad 3.5 Solar Panel, you’ll stay powered up wherever you go. From wall, car, or sun, charge your phone, boost an iPad, and switch on lots of handy accessories without a cord.

Features

Recharge by: USB, Solar Panel

Power Output: USB

Ideal for: Phone, MP3

Kit Includes: Switch 8 & Nomad 3.5

Weight: 11.2 oz

The Goal Zero Switch 8 can be charged by connecting a compatible solar panel but it can also be charged by being plugged into a USB power source. It then takes the same amount of time to charge your device from a Goal Zero power pack as it does from the wall.

 

All prices correct at time of publication. Products subject to availability.
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Skinny offers innovative broadband solution at low price

Skinny Mobile today announced a game-­changing extension of its business with the launch of Skinny Broadband, which will offer New Zealand’s best broadband price for a 60GB plan.

“We know Kiwis are looking for lower cost, hassle free broadband options”, comments Ross Parker, General Manager of Skinny Mobile, “so we’re excited to launch Skinny Broadband, which offers our customers New Zealand’s best broadband prices, without the lengthy wait. You simply plug in your modem and you’re ready to go – you can set up in under 5 minutes.”

The new internet service is available in selected 4G areas nationally. The combination of Skinny’s famous super low prices, and a quick, easy-­to‐set-­up, broadband connection operating on Spark’s 4G network will give customers New Zealand’s cheapest prepay broadband package -­‐ 60GB of data for only $55 a month and a one off modem cost of $199.

Plus to make the deal even sweeter, for a limited time customers can get their first month free – worth $55.

Skinny’s straight forward set-­‐up process, and easy to use modem ensures no technician is required to install the product and no external antennas are needed, saving customers valuable time and money.

Customers can sign up online (at https://www.skinny.co.nz/broadband/)  without having to wade through pesky contracts. Skinny Broadband is also offered without a landline, doing away with extra costs. The 60GB value packed plan will allow Skinny customers to satisfy all their data needs -­‐ like listening to Spotify, watching movies, as well as checking Facebook & shopping online. The average household uses approximately 45GB a month, so 60GB is plenty of data for most.

An online address checker is available on the Skinny website so customers can check whether Skinny 4G Broadband will be available at their home. Skinny Broadband is perfect for those wanting a low cost, no frills internet service. And with a 30-­‐day money back network guarantee there’s no reason for customers not to make the switch.

Source, Skinny Mobile Press Release, 11/1/16