T3 Agenda brings you snippets of the latest tech news in an easily digestible format.
Rather than doing oodles of separate stories on various announcements, we'll gather them all together on this page, updating daily as new gear is announced. Enjoy!
Zenith's new premium chronograph will put a Land Rover on your wrist
To celebrate over half a century of premium craftmanship in their respective fields, watchmaker Zenith has teamed up with Land Rover to create a chronograph that will add a bit of British engineering to your wrist.
The new Zenith El Primero Range Rover features a ceramised aluminium case, in-spired by Range Rover product design and engineering and boasts a brushed, slate grey dial, three subtle but highly legible chronograph subdials and a robust winding crown paired with easy-to-operate push-pieces.
It's a thing of beauty, but that means a hefty price tag. Should you wish to raise your watch game to the loftiest of heights, the Zenith El Primero Range Rover will set you back $7,700 (£5,393). Head on over to the official Zenith site for all the deets.
TomTom wants to help you park you motor with its On-Street Parking service
Sick of driving home from work, only to find the parking space outside your house has been taken? Struggling to find a decent place for your motor while out on a road trip? Sounds like you might need TomTom's new On-Street Parking service.
According to the firm, the new service uses a huge source of constantly updated GPS signals to determine how many parking spaces are available in a select number of European cities, as well as calculating roughly how long it will take to find one.
The service is being rolled out by the end of 2016 across 25 major cities in Europe, with a, "geo-expansion," also planned to extend its reach.
HTC Vive's VR app store, the Viveport, launches today in the UK
With the HTC Vive already out in the wild, the premium VR headset now has an online app store brimming with apps and games to give your new platform a decent workout - and best of all, it launches in the UK today!
According to HTC, the Viveport, "showcases VR experiences across art, creativity tools, design, education, fashion, music, sports, travel, video, and more," so there should be plenty of content available whatever your interactive tastes.
If you've got a Vive, you'll find the Viveport ready to go. Not picked one up yet? Check out our review for the T3 verdict.
Garmin's new vívofit jr wearable brings fitness tech to the young 'uns
Garmin's success in the fitness wearables market has now seen it introduce an exercise band geared towards kids. The vívofit jr comes in a variety of funky designs for both boys and girls, is swim-ready right out of the box and comes with a one-year-long battery for 24/7 use.
The wearable also comes with a parent-controlled app so kids can track their daily activity and sleep patterns, as well as getting fun challenges and goals to prompt them to raise and maintain their activity levels each day.
Much like other products in the vívofit range, the vívofit jr also doubles as a durable digital watch that will buzz at regular intervals to urge your children to put down the iPad, get off the sofa and start burning a few extra calories.
It's designed for ages four to nine and is available in black, broken lava, digi camo, purple strike and real flower band patterns for £79.99. You'll be able to pick one up later this year.
Saucony's Reflex series add ultra light reflectivity and sleek designs into its new footwear
American footwear specialist Saucony has just launched its new Reflex range, which takes three of its most popular trainer designs - the Zealot ISO 2, Ride 9 and Hurricane ISO 2 - and reimagines them with shades of grey and reflective materials.
The new designs are perfect for running sessions at night or in the early morning where light visibility is low. The Ride 9 (£120) is the most neutral of the three, offering Saucony's EVERUN topsole designs for smoother strides and a super comfortable fit.
The Zealot ISO 2 (£125) and the Hurricane ISO 2 (£140) combine the same running tech with the firm's ISOFIT upper footwear design that helps each trainer adapt the size and contours of your feet as thy're pounding the tarmac.
All three are available now for both men and women from Saucony.co.uk.
RIF 6's powerful new projector, the Cube, comes to the UK
The Cube, RIF 6's awesome mini-but-mighty pocket projector is finally coming to the UK, with a release date pencilled in for next month.
The two-inch Cube can transform any surface into a vivid 120-inch display and is compatible with smartphones, laptops, tablets and game consoles. It also comes with a flexible tripod so you can set it up everywhere.
The Cube will be available from the Smartech in concession in Selfridges London for an expected RRP of £250. It's available on the US version of Amazon now, so we imagine it will arrive on the UK arm in October.
Say hello to Sentab TV - the social network for seniors
Sentab has just announced the release of a new digital platform designed for the older members of society. Created to work directly from your TV thanks to a handy, pint-sized little set-top box, the Sentab TV is easy to use and will enable users to share media and updates from their lives and connect with family and friends.
As well working with many TVs, the Sentab TV also works with iOS, Android devices and more. The service combines the ability to make video calls, news feeds, online communities and marketplaces as well as games targeting cognitive retention.
The SentabTV set top box costs £115.00 and will available for purchase via Amazon shortly.
The new Polaroid Snap Touch adds a touchscreen into the instant camera mix
Taking instant photos may seem like a thing of the past, but veteran camera specialist Polaroid isn't ready to give up on it quite yet. Its latest addition to its instant range, the Snap Touch, takes the cute and compact design of the Snap and incorporates a much-needed 3.5” LCD touchscreen for framing shots and navigating the camera’s menu.
There's also a new and improved 13 megapixel CMOS sensor for higher-quality images as well as 1080p full HD video recording capability, with the option to now store your photos on a Micro SD card for later.
It still prints your photos too, with Polaroid's ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology which instantly prints full-colour, 2x3” photographs. You'll be able to buy one shortly from Argos.co.uk for £169.99.
Merrell's Heritage shore range gets re-booted
Outdoor clothing and footwear specialists Merrell has just given its long-standing Heritage range a reboot, with the Stowe, 1SIX8, Solo and Eagle getting the makeover treatment.
The Eagle hiking boot and Solo trainer are most retro of the four, combining '90s colours with the comfort and grip Merrell has always been known for. The Stowe hiking boot and 1SIX8 trainer, on the other hand, are designed for an urban lifestyle, keeping you supported and comfortable while looking pretty swish all at the same time.
For more info on the Merrell Heritage range, head on over to Merrell.com today.
Have your house heated every time you return home with the new Honeywell Lyric T6
Today, Honeywell has launched its latest smart thermostat, the Lyric T6. The stylish device includes some handy new features that will ensure you're saving money and staying comfortable in the home.
Lyric T6 knows when you’re on your way home so your home will heat up for your arrival - it'll even switch off when you leave to save money. You can also adjust your heating from anywhere with the Lyric app for iOS.
The Lyric T6 is available now from most plumbing and heating installers. Head on over to Honeywell's official website for more info on its extensive range.
Dell's XPS 13 is available to buy in the UK... and we love it
And finally, Dell's new XPS 13 laptop is available to buy in the UK. The 13-inch beauty has a virtually borderless InfinityEdge display, and now offers even more power, better battery life and a stylish new Rose Gold colour in addition to Silver.
With new powerful 7th Generation Intel Core processors and a 60WHr battery delivering longer battery life (up to 22 hours on FHD and up to 13 hours on QHD+), the XPS 13 is one of the best laptops on the market and you pick one up today for only £1,329 from Amazon.co.uk and other stockists.
Elgato's new Apple homekit turns your home appliances into voice-controlled gadgets
First up today, Elgato has just launched a new Apple homekit power plug that will enable you to use voice commands to control appliances in your home.
The first of its kind to be made available in the UK, the Eve Energy is one of the simplest ways to make homes smarter and more efficient. By using a fraction of energy itself, the device will also enable you to measure power consumption from said socket.
Each of the Elgato Eve products can be setup with an iPhone or other iOS device in a couple of minutes, meaning you can track your power usage from your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. And with the power of Siri, you can control each one via voice commands!
The Eve Energy is available now at Amazon.co.uk and on the high street Apple Stores. It's priced at £44.95.
Enjoy films in Ultra HD with the 4K and HDR-powered projector from Epson
To keep up with the growing popularity and support for Ultra HD and the world of 4K and HDR, Epson has launched a new projector designed to give your 4K films and HDR gaming the justice it deserves.
To welcome in the new era of TV fidelity, the EH-LS10500 is equipped with powered lens shift, zoom and focus, as well as 4K-enhancement and 3LCD reflective panels.
The projector has Ultra HD Blu-ray support, 4K resolution and a dual laser light source, which means it has a very long life of around 30,000 hours in Eco mode.
The EH-LS10500 is available from November 2016, priced at £5,999 from most electronics retailers.
Hive's new tunable bulbs will light up your home like a rainbow
Hive's effervescent range of smart bulbs just got brighter thanks to two new Hive Active Light bulbs, allowing you to manage every aspect of your lighting and create an ambience to match any mood or occasion.
With the Hive Active Light Cool to Warm White Bulbs and the Hive Active Light Colour Changing Bulbs, you'll have access to dimmable, programmable and multi-coloured lighting as the days get shorter.
The Hive Active Light Cool to Warm White Bulbs will retail at £29, while the Hive Active Light Colour Changing Bulbs will retail at £44.
Hisense's new range offers 4K and HDR quality viewing for under £900
And finally, Hisense has just announced two new additions to its range of Ultra HD TVs, which will bring high performance processing power and smart TV technology right into your home for less than £900.
The M5500 in silver and K5510 in black are both 65-inch models and offer HDR and 4K, as well as 4K upscaling ability so you can be sure you're getting a TV that's read for the Ultra HD generation to come.
The M5500 and K5510 are available to buy now for £899 at AO.com.
After a short vacation, the T3 Agenda is back and today, we've got three technological delights for those who prize quality audio above all else...
The Vamp gets a revamp with the Vamp Stereo
Remember the Vamp? A crowdfunded audio device that - via a mixture of clever innovations and bona fide black magic - turned any old speaker into a portable Bluetooth version. It transformed the old into the new and sold some big numbers worldwide following its first successful Kickstarter campaign.
Well, three years on, the Vamp is back, only this time it's brought its very own speaker to the party. For those that weren't able to track down and use an old-style speaker, the creators of the original Vamp have introduced the Vamp Stereo.
Made of sustainable OSB board and the electronic components are made out of recycled materials, the Vamp Stereo can even connect up to two additional speakers, enabling for deeper and more customisable audio setups.
There's just over two weeks left on the Vamp Stereo Kickstarter campaign, where you can currently pre-order a unit for £39 (which is pretty cheap considering it'll retail for £59 when it arrives in May 2017).
Damson Audio's new range is all about audio and speaker expansion
York-based audio specialist Damson Audio has just announced a brand new range of audio gadgets including the S-Bar (soundbar) + S-Woofer (subwoofer) and the S-Cube (portable Bluetooth speaker).
The S-Bar + S-Woofer are a brilliant addition to your home audio setup, offering the ability to expand it with up to eight speakers for a rich and rewarding configuration.
You can control your Damson Audio products will multiple devices from anywhere in your home, and even play different tracks on individual speakers. Oh, and you can stream music from popular subscription services such as Spotify, Deezer and more.
The S-Series will be available from December and you can pre-order the full system for $420 (£324) from Indiegogo today.
Denon's new in-ear headphones offer top quality audio, wherever you are
Denon's new in-ear headphones have finally been unveiled and they're easily some of the firm's best audio products to date. The AH-C82's Denon Double Air Compression Driver uses two 11.5 drives, one in front of the other, to deliver powerful, low-distortion bass.
The earphones are also support by the Denon Audio app, a bespoke bit of software that enables you to configure your audio experience from the comfort of your smartphone or tablet. You can even use it to access up to 70,000 radio stations thanks to a handy interface.
You can pick up a pair for £169 from a range of in-store locations, including Richer Sounds.
Do you like earphones? Do you like spending lots of money? Then the oBravo Audio EAMT-1 will make you very happy because that £3,699 price tag is going to give you some seriously swish new portable audio gear.
Suitable for use with smartphones, portable audio players and electronic devices, the oBravo Audio EAMT-1 features Hybrid-Planar coaxial earphone drivers (two driver types combined in one unit) and Air Motion Transformer Tweeters (AMT) with Neodymium Dynamic Drivers (NDD). That's jargon for an incredibly crisp sound in your lugholes.
Weighing in at a mere 35g, the oBravo Audio EAMT-1 are available now exclusively from Audio Sanctuary.
Now that you've spent a small fortune on some earphones, how about a mouse for your PC that makes practically no noise? Stealth mice! Coming from PC peripheral makers Logitech, the M330 Plus and M220 Silent deliver precise navigation and responsive 'click feel'.
The mice offer a 90% noise reduction in comparison to traditional mice, so they're perfect for the workplace or a home PC setup that's a little strapped for space in the rest of the house.
The Logitech M330 Silent Plus will be available from Logitech.com and in select retail stores from October with a price tag of £29.99. The M220 Silent Mouse will be out in October for £19.99.
Elsewhere, PC accessory maker Belkin has announced its new Powerhouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone, offering a 2-in-1 solution for charging your Apple Watch and iPhone simultaneously at the fastest possible speeds.
With a Magnetic Charging Module for the Apple Watch built into the dock, your Apple Watch aligns magnetically and begins charging instantly. The dock also features a built-in VersaCase Lightning connector to charge your iPhone that can be adjusted to fit almost any case.
The Powerhouse Charge Dock is available for £89.99 from Belkin.com.
Archos has just unveiled the Archos Drone, a new affordable way to get yourself a slice of quadcopter. Available from October for £79.99, the Archos Drone will have an altitude of up to 50 meters at a speed that can reach 7.7 m/s during at least 7 minutes.
The Archos Drone is light (135 g) and robust, with its eight propellers (four spares), two landing gears and four protection guards making it one very versatile drone. Along with LED lights for those brave night time uses, the Archos Drone can even do a 360-degree flip. Because it can.
Head to the App Store or Google Play to download the Remote App to control your drone and get flipping on the cheap!
Back to the world of mice! Logitech is at it again - not content with Silent Mice, it's now revealed the M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Mouse, which enables you to seamlessly switch between up to three devices with the touch of a button, no matter what operating system you’re using.
With dual connectivity, this performance mouse can connect via the included Logitech Unifying Receiver or Bluetooth Smart wireless technology. So if you're into using multiple machines or dual OS', then this mouse is an ideal addition to your PC setup.
The M720 Triathlon Mouse is available today at logitech.com for a suggested retail price of £59.99.
Today's Agenda is a smorgasbord for world firsts. Now we've got the latest AVR from Denon, which offers - you guessed it - the world's first Network AV Receivers with HEOS technology integration.
Following on from the firm's X Series line, the AVR-X6300H and AVR-X4300H help redefine home entertainment by delivering best-in-class audio and video experience to the whole house. You can now also download the Denon Remote App to control your setup remotely, enabling you to calibrate your home AVR setup.
Over-ear headphones come jam-packed with extra features these days, and the new Elements from Monster are no exception to the rule. You can use them wirelessly via Bluetooth, wired or with PurePath USB. In addition, Monster has created two custom sound profiles to choose from 'Natural' and 'Club' that allow music-listening sessions to be adjusted for preferences and moods.
Then there's arguably the coolest feature of the Monster Elements headphones - the cutting-edge on-ear swipe controls that enable you to control play/pause, tracking and volume with a simple brush of their fingers. Why scramble through your pocket or bag when a song you're a little bored of comes on - simply brush your fingers over one of the cups and boom - instant skip.
The new Over Ear models (£299.95) and On Ear models (£219.95) will be available in colors inspired by the natural elements— Monster Gold, Monster Rose Gold, Monster Black Platinum, Monster Black Slate and Monster Platinum.
Do you dread long car journeys with the family? Well, turns out you're not alone. Three has released the results of a new survey that has found that a third of Brits (33%) struggle to keep their family entertained during long car journeys with boredom (28%) being the most common complaint.
As part of the solution to the problem, Three has announced that its new RoadFi service is now available which enables customers to plug in a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices into the car’s cigarette lighter. Yes! Netflix to keep the kids quiet on the ride to Butlins! Thank the maker for Wi-Fi!
RoadFi is available from £10 per month on a 24 month contract with 2GB which includes a free £25 Amazon Gift Card. For full details of tariffs you can visit three.co.uk for more information.
Belkin has just launched a brand new, sleek-looking new Base for Apple Pencil, which gives you an elegant storage solution to keep your special art stylus protected between uses. Uniquely designed for the official Apple pencil, the Base has been created out of aircraft-grade aluminium with a premium chrome finish.
Ideal for designers, the Base for Apple Pencil is available for £19.99 at Belkin.com.
American sports shoe maker Saucony has just unveiled one of its latest incarnations, the Xodus Iso trainer. It boasts a combination of features associated with well supported roads shoes and the top level grip of a trail runner, particularly the Everun topsole and the PWRTRAC rubber outsole.
Their special RUNDRY lining will wick away most moisture, making them ideal for early moring runs through duey grass or those drizzly evening trails through the city. Rugged, yet light and responsive, the Xodus Iso are a multi-faceted shoe for multiple running disciplines. Pick a pair up today for £115 from Saucony's online store.
Hate all those stains that build up on your carpets at home? We won't ask how you made them, but we will point you in the direction of Vax's new Dual Power Pro Advance Carpet Cleaner, which offers multiple ways to clean your carpets deeply and thoroughly.
It has a Clean Boost Trigger that applies a boost of solution for tough stains (the cleaner also auto-mixes water and solution, saving you one extra job before each cleaning session). The cleaner also has a DualTECH cleaning system for a 360-degree deep clean of your carpets. There's also an extra-large tank capacity enabling you to clean for longer with less refiling. Grab one today from vax.co.uk for £249.99.
Garmin, American maker of qualitiy watches and excellent fitness tech, has just unleashed a new range of stylish, GPS-enabled timepieces, the fenix Chronos. These new range will come in three premium designs, including the titanium with brushed titanium band, steel with brushed stainless steel band and steel with vintage leather band.
And when we say premium, we mean premium. The titanium version, for instance, features a unique brushed titanium band with individually brushed forged titanium links and black elastomer inner links making it strong yet extremely lightweight and comfortable on the wrist.
The steel version has solid 316L stainless steel links and is available with two band options, a vintage-style luxurious leather band with hand-sewn contrast stitching and a nubuck inner lining with solid stainless steel bracelet watch band.
The fenix Chronos collection has a high-strength and scratch-resistant sapphire lens and an always on 1.2-inch Chroma Display optimised for best outdoor readability under any conditions, even in direct sunlight. It also offers up to 25 hours of battery life in UltraTrac battery saver mode, up to 13 hours in GPS mode.
Fenix Chronos titanium with titanium band will have a suggested retail price of £1099.99. The fenix Chronos steel with stainless steel band will have a suggested retail price of £949.99 and the fenix Chronos steel with leather band will have a suggested retail price of £849.99.
Samsung has just announced the HW-K950, its latest addition to its soundbar portfolio and the industry’s first to be custom developed to deliver captivating sound with Dolby Atmos technology, is now available to buy in the UK.
The Samsung HW-K950 is the world’s first 5.1.4 playback system to incorporate 15 speakers with serious home theatre sound, including four upward-firing Dolby Atmos enabled speakers and two rear wireless speakers, delivering incredible overhead and surround sound.
The soundbar connects wirelessly to the subwoofer and rear speaker units, for a practical and seamless solution in any living space - this makes it ideal setup for any film, TV or gaming enthusiast. The Samsung HW-K950 will retail at RRP of £1,299.99.
British audio specialist Wharfedale has just unveiled its Diamond Active Series, featuring ‘True Wireless’ technology that ensures greater flexibility than many such designs. In other words, you're getting a wireless speaker that's designed to maintain the best sound quality without missing a step.
The Diamond Active Series comprises two models: the Diamond A1, a classic ‘bookshelf’-size speaker (31.5cm high), and the Diamond A2, a larger floorstanding design (91.2cm high). Both models come in pairs, in the manner of traditional stereo hi-fi speakers, and include a 50W amplifier in each speaker to deliver a combined ‘system power’ of 100W.
Wharfedale’s Diamond Active Series include an advanced wireless hub which pairs up to the speakers via Bluetooth (with support for the sonically superior aptX codec). The H1 hub then conveys the left and right audio signals to the appropriate speaker via uncompressed wireless transmission, allowing greater freedom in terms of positioning.
Wharfedale’s Diamond Active speakers are available from October, with RRPs of £599.95 per pair for the Diamond A1 and £999.95 per pair for the Diamond A2 (including the H1 wireless hub).
And finally, fellow audio specialist RHA has announced a number of brand new luxury products, including the rather fetching CL1 Ceramic headphones. The finely crafted in-ear headphones don't just look the part, they sound the part too. That's down to the combo of dynamic and ceramic transducers.
The headphone’s CL Dynamic transducer has been engineered for bass and midrange accuracy, while the ceramic plate driver generates precise upper frequency and harmonic tones.
The CL1 also features RHA’s first high-density ceramic housings and detachable cable system with mouldable over-ear hooks, affording high levels of both durability and comfort. The CL1 Ceramic will retail for a cool £349.95 and will be available from October 2016.
Amazon has launched a new unlimited cloud storage plan to its existing Amazon Drive service, offering all that lovely online shelf space for £55 per year - that's less than £5 a month!
The firm is offering a nice three-month-long free trial for eligible customers to try out unlimited online storage for photos, videos, movies, music, and other files. Current Prime users will be able to take advantage of this taster, so be sure to check it out if you've already got Prime in your life.
To learn more about Amazon Drive and the Unlimited Storage plan, please visit www.amazon.co.uk/clouddrive.
Following the launch of MartinLogan’s Neolith flagship, the Kansas-based speaker specialist adds four new models to its hybrid range, combining its famous XStat electrostatic panels with dual bass drivers and, in the case of three models, sophisticated room-correction tech.
Available now, the Electromotion ESL X is an upgraded version of the existing ElectroMotion ESL, MartinLogan’s entry-level hybrid electrostatic speaker with a price tag of £4,498 per pair. Also available now is the Renaissance ESL 15A is them top model in the Masterpiece Series, one step below the awesome Neolith flagship. You can pick one up from £24,998 per pair.
The Impression ESL 11A, available from mid-September, is the most affordable way to own a speaker from MartinLogan’s magnificent new Masterpiece Series with a price of £9,998 per pair. Finally, the Expression ESL 13A is similar to the Impression ESL 11A, but larger and more powerful. You can pick one up from mid-September for only £14,998 - you guessed it - per pair.
UKTV today announced it is further expanding the reach of its award-nominated on demand service, UKTV Play, by making it available on Freeview Play.
The UKTV Play app will arrive on Freeview Play devices automatically when it launches later in Q3, and offers catch up and on demand access to programmes from UKTV’s popular free-to-air channels Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama.
Also, as of today UKTV Play will begin to rollout on Panasonic and Humax Freeview Play devices.
Today, Nespresso has launched its latest Limited Edition, the Brazilian-inspired Cafezinho do Brasil. Priced at £3.80 for a sleeve of ten capsules, the new Pure Origin coffee sourced from Southern Brazil is now available from Nespresso boutiques, as well as through orders from the Nespresso Customer Care Centres and online at www.nespresso.com for a limited time.
LG has just unveiled a set of brand new set of Bluetooth speakers designed to play your audio of choice from the bedroom all the way to the grassy field of a festival. The PH2 and the PH4 are water resistant, with a strap that enables you to attach it to most surfaces, indoors our out. The PH2 is also superlight at only 167 grams.
They have 360 degree omni-directional output and Bass Boost, along with the Dual Passive Radiators featured in the PH4 that increase sound quality and bass output for a serious sound at home or on the move. The entire range, the PH1, PH2, PH3 and PH4 come in a variety of sizes and colours, meaning there's plenty of choices on offer.
Netgear has just launched a potentially revolutionary new take on integrating Wi-Fi into your home with the Oribi W-Fi System. Using a special Tri-Mesh band mesh setup, the Orbi enables you to access fast and reliable internet in your home, eliminating deadspots as a result.
So whether you're in your bedroom or out in the garden shed, the Orbi creates an ideal way to enjoy Wi-Fi wherever you are at home. It's super easy to set up too, with a router and a satellite device that helps the Orbi distribute that sweet, sweet signal all across your abode.
High-performance WiFi coverage up to 4,000 square feet, the Netgear Orbi WiFi System with one Wi-Fi router and one satellite will be available this October from major retailers with an MSRP of £349.99.
Luxury kitchen accessory maker Joseph Joseph has just unveiled the Barwise range, a selection of tools designed to open a variety of drinks and tasty beverages. The Revolutionise Easy-Action Winding Corkscrew (£18) will make uncorking your favourite tipples easier than ever, while the One-pull Waiter's Friend (£15) makes opening wine and cutting foil a doddle both at home and in the workplace.
Then there's the Cap-collecting Bottle Opener (£12) and the Any-Way Magnetic Bottle Opener (£8), which enable you to open bottles of beer and cider without having to fill your home with stray bottle caps.
Finally, there's the Barwise 2-piece Bottle Opener Set (£20), which includes the Winding Corkscrew and the Any-Way Bottle Opener. All of these items are available now in-store at Harrods or online at josephjospeh.com.
Cadillac, that well-known American car maker, has just pulled back the tarpaulin on its latest concept car, the Escala. According to Cadillac, this four-door sedan embodies all the design and technological advances the firm has been making behind the scenes.
The Escala has bee designed as a companion to the CT6, and at 210.5 inches in length, the new concept is a noticeable six inches longer than the CT6. Not that that extra length really make much of difference - this is a big car in the classic Cadillac vein, but it's also looking to add that kind of luxury you'd normally associate with brands such as Bentley.
Alongside a prototype new 4.2-liter twin turn V8 engine, the Escala boasts new vertical lighting, with thinner and deep set OLED lighting elements for, in Cadillac's own words, "a sinister look," a grille featuring a three dimensional precision pattern while the 22-in wheels are detailed with a unique layered pattern.
In other words, it's a very pretty car with some serious heft to it. If this is the way Cadillac is really going with its future sedan models, it's definitely on the right track.
Today, Samsung has announced the addition of two new AddWash line-ups – the Washer-Dryer Combo and the Slim - to its growing range of premium washing machine and washing machine/dryer combos. Yes, Samsung really does washing machines - who knew?
The new AddWash Washer-Dryer Combo line-up has two variants, the WD6500K and the WD5500K and come in a variety of drum sizes depending on your washing needs.
Designed to follow on from the very popular AddWash WW8500 launched last year, the WD5500K AddWash Washer-Dryer Combo in all three capacities is planned for UK launch later in the year. Sadly, the Slim versions won't be making their way to UK shores. Sob.
Elsewhere, Eclipse (the high-performance loudspeaker division within Fujitsu Ten, the multi-billion-dollar global technology giant) has joined forces with British electronics retailer Richer Sounds to bring you the TD-M1, an AirPlay-ready high-res audio Wi-Fi system with accessibility and a tidy price tag to its name.
Retailing at £799 in the UK, the TD-M1 is a wireless desktop audio system that offers a powerful combo of Eclipse’s waveform reproduction expertise and a raft of innovative tech, including AirPlay and DLNA compatibility, high-res audio playback and digital amplification.
Kicking things off today we have a juicy selection of brand new A/V receivers from Onkyo, who has completely refreshed its home cinema line-up. Three new products have been dropped, with the most notable being the new flagship THX Ultra2 Plus-certified 11.2-channel PR-RZ5100 Network A/V Controller.
Available from September onwards, the PR-RZ5100 delivers a host of advanced A/V receiver tech, including Zone 2 pre-outs with independent HDMI output and Zone 3 pre-out, 11.2-channel pre-amp RCA outputs, balanced XLR connectors, built-in Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, and - in a mandatory feature at this level - completely separate digital and analogue circuitry to minimise interference.
In addition, the PR-RZ5100 comes with Google Cast, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Spotify, TIDAL and TuneIn compatibility, meaning that any app-based audio entertainment can be seamlessly streamed to the user’s home cinema setup. The system also boasts HDCP 2.2, BT.2020 color, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 4K/60 Hz compatibility.
And from inside the home cinema room, we now move outside to take a gander at the Leica NOCTIVID, a high-end new pair of binoculars offering “an extraordinary new view of the world.”
For your cash, which is £2,025 for the 8x42 model and £2,080 for the 10x42 model, you get a pair of binoculars “engineered with 12 glass lens elements”, with each crafted from high-performance SCHOTT High Transmission glass coated with premium-quality lens coatings. Further, new and “ingenious” baffle systems in the binoculars suppress stray light, ensuring that reflections are kept to a minimum and maximum contrast maintained.
Oh, and if you were looking for a pair of binoculars to go do your best Indiana Jones impression, the NOCTIVID also boast a robust magnesium body and are waterproof up to a depth of five metres, making them appear like a good choice for adventuring.
As ever, more information can be found on Leica’s website.
Steam has been pouring out of T3's patent-pending Automated Agenda Apparatus here at T3 Towers all morning it is so overloaded with new tech reveals. Let us tell you, it was touch and go at one point, with gaskets and gizmos blowing left, right and centre. Luckily, after dousing it in a cold flanel and then rubbing the central boiler with cheetah blood, we got it back up and running.
And that's great news as SOL REPUBLIC has just launched a selection of brand new in-ear headphones, with the pick of the bunch the rather snappily named Shadow Wireless. These badboys, which will set you back a modest £99, are "designed to be an extension of your body and style", with a flexible biomorphic neckband allowing you to put them on and whip them off in no time at all. With an 8-hour rechargeable battery life these could be a top choice for busy days where work and play is necessitated. Oh, and you get a choice of colours too.
And, while we're talking headphones, AKG has also got in on the act today with a new product reveal of its very own. An expansion of the company's N-Series, the AKG N40 seem to be very much geared at the high-end of the market, with an eye-watering RRP of £349.99.
For that princely price though you do get a dump truck-load of top tech, including a carefully selected dynamic driver and balanced armature driver, AKG patented sound filters and a Hi-Res Audio® certification from the Japan Audio Society. It is, as AKG state itself, an "ultra premium audio offering", and if you demand the absolute best audio fidelity and are looking around for a pair of in-ears, then these look like a good place to start your research.
And bringing up the rear today we have a brand new gaming mouse from Logitech. The Logitech® G Pro Gaming Mouse has been specifically designed to meet the demanding needs of eSports athletes, with a host of gaming-related advancements. A brand new super accurate optical gaming sensor is partnered with a metal spring button tensioning system, onboard memory for driver-free operation on tournament systems and a streamlined, lightweight design.
Ringing in at £69.99 the mouse is positioned smack bang in the mid-range of the market as well, so if you are looking for a new mouse to maximise your pwnage, this could be an excellent choice. You can check out the new mouse in more detail, and lodge your pre-order if desired, by heading to its official webpage.
Kobo (yes!) has introduced the world’s first eReader with a blue-light reducing front-lit display. An ambient light sensor automatically detects current light levels to emit the optimal brightness based on the time of day; by setting a bedtime hour, the hue of the light mimics the sun’s natural progression. Readers can also manually choose their own light settings based on personal preference. And that's not all, the 7.8-inch Aura One can also withstand water with an IPX8 rating. That means it's waterproof for up to 60 minutes in up to 2 metres of water. Kobo Aura One will be available from Kobo.com on 6 September.
EE has also revealed new tariffs today, designed for those who want the highest speeds on the latest phones. Available immediately, the new 24 month entry level 4GEE Essential plans offer access to 4G speeds of up to 20Mbps, with a handset from as little as £16.99. These unlimited UK minutes and texts, generous data allowances and up to 60Mbps speeds according to EE.
For those wanting the ultimate smartphone experience, EE has introduced 4GEE MAX plans (oooh hello there), combining the largest data bundles, fast 4G speeds and inclusive access to the BT Sport App for the duration of the plan. We like it! Check the EE Shop for more.
Finally, Withings Thermo has gone on sale in the UK. You might remember it from its launch earlier in the year at CES. It's a Wi-Fi connected temporal thermometer, which basically means you press it aganst your head and - hey presto - you know how hot you/your baby are/is. There's an associate Android or iOS app to give you advice on 'fever management' (apart from 'go to bed'). Buy Thermo for £90.
Cooler Master has announced the MasterPulse Over-ear with Bass FX headset. Bass FX technology enables you to easily choose between two distinct sound modes by either removing or attaching the magnetic ear cup side panels. With Bass FX on, users will be able to hear lower sound frequencies more distinctly. With Bass FX off, you'll get crystal-clear, balanced audio. The MasterPulse over-ear headset costs £60.
Marantz has debuted a new £449 HD-CD1 CD player that uses Marantz-designed HDAM Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules in place of the all-in-one ‘chip amplifiers’ used elsewhere. They're the same ones that are used all the way up to Marantz's own Reference series players and amplifiers. The headphone output has its own separate amplification.
Argos brand Bush has launched the UK's first cloud-based Digital TV Recorder (available at the end of the month) that can record up to 350 hours of HD TV, accessible from multiple devices. The device uses the ShowDrive online service (which costs from £1.99 per month for 35 hours) so you can access recordings from any device. It also gives you live pause and resume between devices, too.
Finally today, Virgin Media is rolling out a major new platform update for its TV customers. All Virgin Media TiVo boxes will be updated automatically over the next few weeks. A new feature called Series Link+ enables you to pull together more of the TV you love into one place - from live TV channels, on demand and online services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer (yes, it's a bit like Sky's MyQ).
The main features included in this update are:
- Smart Search – found in on demand and catch up menus right at the top, it requires only the first letter of the programme title and the box does the rest to find the shows you love.
- Series Link+ - this is all about bringing programmes together, no matter where they sit. By setting a Series Link+ for a particular programme Virgin Media’s TiVo box will not only record the entire series but will also find all of the related episodes available on demand and on platforms such as Netflix. All of these episodes will be put into one handy folder (My Shows) ready to watch whenever.
- Fewer lists, less text, more images – On demand programmes will now appear as image-based tiles and subtle changes such as changing channel names to channel logos help to improve the functionality and access to the best programmes.
- Continue watching – for years Virgin Media customers have been able to continue where they left off on their recordings; this feature will now apply to all on demand TV too.
- Bookmarking – sifting through hours and hours of different boxsets and movies can be a tough task, but saving programmes and movies has now got much easier. Virgin Media customers can easily bookmark any programme whether it’s on normal TV, on demand or on Netflix. These programmes will all be put in a handy folder and in My Shows so that viewers can more easily get to the TV they love.
HP has revamped its Stream range of portable PCs, continuing to offer plenty of features and performance at a seriously affordable price point. The range includes updated 11.6-inch diagonal and a new 14-inch diagonal Stream notebooks, as well as an 11.6-inch diagonal HP Stream x360, which flexes into four positions and can be used in laptop mode (for working), standing mode (for entertainment), tablet mode (for on-the-go) and tent mode (for sharing).
The notebooks feature dual-antenna 802.11 ac 2x2 Wi-Fi for improved wireless connectivity, while others include an HD touch-enabled display and HD WLED-backlit display with an antiglare screen. Select models of the new Stream notebooks also come with a one-year subscription of Office 365 Personal, which includes full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote.
The HP Stream 11 is expected to be available in the UK in September with a starting price of £199. HP says the HP Steam 14 is expected to be available at the same time starting at £229 Finally, the HP Stream x360 is expected to be available in October starting at £249. So that's some serious tech for an affordable price - what's not to love?
Orbitsound has released the new BAR A60 audio system, which will be availabe exclusively from Currys PC World. Shorter in size than previous versions and boasting a matt finish, the BAR A60 raises the bar of the home audio, providing perfect audio solution for anyone looking at stylish home entertainment with superior sound quality.
It's packing Orbitsound's bespoke airSOUND technology, which overcomes limitations of stereo sweet-spot with side firing speakers. The easy-to-use control panel on the front will enable you to calibrate your home audio experience, and the system will learn TV remote in seconds so you won't need to worry about dealing with two interfaces.
Think projectors have to be big and bulky to give you a powerful image? Think again, add a little power to your pocket with the new Aiptek i70 MobileCinema. This little beauty is perfect for parties, meetings, gardens and more thanks to its integrated battery and Wi-Fi. It's lightweight too at just 132g and with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels you're getting a super clear image.
It projects 70 lumens in sharp, high-contrast images to up to 80 inches. You can focus by the little dial on the side to create clean and crisp images and its integrated stereo speakers and a built-in 2.300 mAh battery provide bags of power without messy cables. The Aiptek MobileCinema i70“ is on sale now at a £249.99 from Amazon and comes with a HDMI cable and USB cable.
Telecomms provider Three has confirmed an additional 24 countries have been added to its Feel at Home service, which allows people to use their phone abroad at no extra cost. The extra 24 nations include Germany, Portugal and Greece and will go live on the service from next month. So now UK holiday makers will now be able to tweet, snap and browse the web in a total of 42 destinations, without the fear of bill shock on return.
IFTTT has just confirmed that Hive Active Heating is now available on the IFTTT platform. Basically this means the popular smart heating system can be actioned by over 300 channels from other providers including BMW and