• Brighten up TV nights

    by  • October 24, 2014 • 1 Comment

    Crystal limited-edition NOW TV box | Sky | girlabouttech.comIs your TV Smart or ‘Stoopid’? If it’s the latter, the good news is you’ll soon be able to update it with a groovy limited-edition NOW TV box from Sky.

    Available in Lightning, Glitter, Penguin, Crystal and an extra-special Lego Movie design, they cost £9.99 each.

    Limited edition NOW TV boxes | Sky | girlabouttech.com

    A Now TV box – in case you didn’t know – is a handy bit of kit that you attach to your TV to make it smart. Just hook it up to your set with the cable provided (it will connect straight to your wireless network), then create a Now TV account on your computer. Finally, sign in and choose what you want to watch.

    You’ll get free access to catch-up services from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5, plus apps like Facebook and Spotify. You can also enjoy Sky shows without a contract through NOW TV passes – the Entertainment Pass, for example, costs £6.99 a month and you’ll get instant access to the new series of The Knick and The Walking Dead and box sets of Lost, The West Wing and Hannibal. There’s also a Movie Pass (£9.99 a month), and day and week passes for Sky Sports (from £6.99).

    The boxes are available to order from 24th November at nowtv.com/christmasbox.

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    Ditch the dishcloth for a large capacity dishwasher

    by  • October 21, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Maxi Plate Dishwasher | Candy | girlabouttech.com
    It seems a simple concept to grasp. We have a dishwasher. We have dirty dishes. So where to the dirty dishes go? IN THE DISHWASHER. Not on the kitchen worktop above the dishwasher. Not on the floor next to the sofa. Not in the sink. IN THE DISHWASHER.

    Sadly, it’s a task that Boy About Tech just can’t seem to get his head around. Perhaps he believes in some sort of dishwasher fairy. Or perhaps he can’t find room. Unlikely, and he’d certainly have no excuses for not squeezing his used cereal bowl into Candy’s new cavernous cleaner.

    The CDIM3653 Maxi Plate can hold 15 place settings – three more than most standard 60cm-wide models. That’s the equivalent of 15 dinner plates, 15 side plates, 15 bowls, 15 knives, forks, spoons and teaspoons, 15 glass tumblers, and 15 tea cups and saucers, as well as a couple of serving dishes. What’s more, eight larger dinner plates of up to 34.5cm in diameter will sit happily in the bottom basket, as you can see. It’s fully integrated, and costs £399.

    Or how about this model from CDA?

    WC600 Integrated Dishwasher | CDA | girlabouttech.comThe WC600 is another 60cm integrated design capable of holding 15 place settings. Available for around £389, it sprays water at three different levels for more efficient cleaning, and has a separate cutlery tray at the top, rather than a cutlery holder in the bottom basket.

    An LED interior light makes loading and unloading easier, and you can set the energy and water-saving half load wash to target either the upper or lower baskets individually, depending on where you’ve stacked your dishes. That’s a lot of clever ideas for your money.

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    Friday Find: Cornishware range cooker

    by  • October 17, 2014 • 0 Comments

    To demonstrate exactly what its bespoke Colourange service is capable of, Britannia Living has produced a one-of-a-kind Cornishware version of its Wyre 90cm cooker.

    Cornishware Range Cooker | Britannia Colourange | girlabouttech.com

    I think it would look splendid in this coastal-themed kitchen/diner…

    Coastal kitchen | girlabouttech.com

    The Colourange service is available across all of Britannia’s range cookers and the options are endless – just promise me you won’t pick anything too garish, as you’ll have to live with the results. Prices are on application but you can click here to find out more. Or you could go with the cream version of the cooker, which costs around £1,600.

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    Three looks, three radios…

    by  • October 15, 2014 • 0 Comments

    As the evenings draw in, the rain comes down and my newly landscaped garden is no longer the inviting nightspot it was a few weeks ago, redecorating the flat has become my top priority. But what look to go for? I’ve narrowed it down to three… and picked out a brand-new radio that will suit each one perfectly.

    Revival-iStream2 internet radio | Roberts | girlabouttech.com

    The serious ’50s styling belies the Revival iStream2 radio’s modern features – for example, you can hook it up to your home WiFi and access radio stations from all around the world. It’s also got built-in Spotify Connect so it will play music straight from your Spotify account, or you can stream music from your smartphone or laptop to its speakers.

    Evoke D6 DAB radio | Pure | girlabouttech.com

    Launched today, the latest in Pure’s Evoke family of radios has doubled up on speakers, giving it a stronger stereo sound, while its rounded corners and real oak-veneer finish are perfectly in keeping with my favourite decorating trend. The radio has 30 presets (15 FM and 15 DAB), and two alarms, which you can silence with a tap of the touch-sensitive SnoozeHandle, so it’s the ideal bedside companion.

    It also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, and you can buy an optional rechargeable battery pack for up to 65 hours of wireless listening.

    R2 DAB MUSIC SYSTEM | Ruark Audio | girlabouttech.com

    My final pick is smart, sophisticated and sounds superb. The revamped Ruark R2 is more than just a DAB/FM radio – it’s got Bluetooth and WiFi so you can use it as a speaker, access to thousands of Internet radio stations and Spotify Connect. You can also link it to other R2s – they come in matt white and walnut, too – and create a rather beautiful multi-room music system.

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    Print every day? Save money with Epson’s Eco Tank printers

    by  • October 6, 2014 • 1 Comment

    Your printer has run out of ink. AGAIN. It probably didn’t help that you printed out the 126 comments that followed that pic of Cheryl’s new ‘do, en route to the hairdressers last week. And it would happen the night you need to print the boarding passes for tomorrow’s 5am flight/little Johnny’s big school project/the posters for your best friend’s charity coffee morning that you promised her two weeks ago. Typical.

    L355 Eco Tank printer | Epson | girlabouttech.com

    Sound familiar? Then you might be interested in Epson’s new Eco Tank printers. Rather than fit those pricey little cartridges that only tend to last a month or two, you’ll need to fill it up with ink yourself. Each printer comes with four bottles – one each of black, cyan, blue and magenta – and you’ll need to carefully peel off each bottle’s seal before replacing the lid and decanting it into its corresponding tank.

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    Friday Find: Caple’s glossy white wine cabinet

    by  • October 3, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Wi3118WH white-gloss wine cabinet | Caple | girlabouttech.com

    If you’d like somewhere cool to store your vino, but would rather it didn’t stick out like a Chianti stain on your favourite rug, then behold Caple’s latest chiller. The glass-framed Wi3118WH is designed to match any kitchen with white units, and at 30cm-wide, is easy enough to find a space for – well that’s what I’m telling Boy About Tech.

    It holds up to 19 bottles of wine at a single temperature, which you can set between 5°C and 32°C – incidentally, you’ll want it at around 7°C for Champagne up to 19°C for a vintage port. Other features include UV-protective glass to prevent light and heat from affecting the taste of your wine and a reversible door. It costs around £525.

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    Going for gold: Cambridge Audio’s G2 portable speaker

    by  • October 1, 2014 • 0 Comments

    G2 mini portable Bluetooth speaker | Cambridge Audio | girlabouttech.com

     

    Bringing a bit of bling to the Bluetooth market, the pocketable G2 is another brilliant-value speaker from Cambridge Audio – the guys that brought you the fabulous and award-winning Minx Air Wi-Fi speakers.

    I can’t say for definite that it’s ‘indestructable’, but the gold G2 is solidly built with a metal shell and rubberised, grippy base. At H67 x W189 x D55mm, it’s svelte enough to slip into a small bag, and also comes in black.

    G2 speakers in black and gold | Cambridge Audio | girlabouttech.com

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    9 things I learned at the Jessops Academy

    by  • September 25, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Jessops are back, and running some excellent photography courses in six branches across the country. I tried the DSLR Level 1 course this week, and while I probably won’t be booked for Cara Delevingne’s next photo shoot, I did pick up some tricks and tips that you might find useful.

    Fancy having a go yourself? Prices start from £119 and you can click here to learn more.

    1. Before you use a DSLR camera for the first time, locate the ‘eye diopter’ – a small dial next to the viewfinder. Turn it until the numbers that appear in the viewfinder are sharp – then whenever you look through it, you’ll always know your photo is in focus.

    EYE DIOPTER | JESSOPS ACADEMY | girlabouttech.com

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    Bose goes barmy for Bluetooth!

    by  • September 17, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Bose have launched not one but two new Bluetooth products this week, the scamps. Let’s have a look, shall we?

    SOUNDLINK COLOUR BLUETOOTH SPEAKER | BOSE | GIRL ABOUT TECH

    These Soundlink Colour Bluetooth speakers cost £119.95 each and are handy size, measuring H13.5cm x W12.8cm x D5.3cm. They’re also intended to be quite base-led in sound, because in case you haven’t guessed from the vibrant colours, they’re all about having Fun with a capital F.

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    6 things you need to know about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

    by  • September 10, 2014 • 0 Comments

    IPHONE 6 | IPHONE 6 PLUS | APPLE | GIRL ABOUT TECH

    1. They’re bigger.
    Apple fans where hoping for a larger iPhone display… and that’s exactly what they’ve got. The iPhone 5 had a 4in screen, whereas the new iPhone 6 boasts a 4.7in screen, and there’s a 5.5in display on the iPhone 6 Plus. This brings them in line with competitors like the 5.5in LG G3, the 5in HTC One (M8), the 5.1in Samsung Galaxy S5 and the 5.7in Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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