Synology launched the DS216j Network Attached Storage (NAS) recently, the successor to the previous year's DS215j. The sleek and modern slim two bay form factor and price tag is aimed squarely at the SOHO, workgroups and small office environments. The previous year's model was well-received by and large, with thanks to Synology, DigitalReviews get to see how the latest revision performs.
I think most of us have watched dashcam videos at some point - Meteorites exploding over a city, crazy drivers on the road, and the occasional aviation disaster just to name a few. There is even a website dedicated to dashcam accident videos. BlackVue was kind enough to ship was a DR650GW-2CH, the successor to the DR550GW-2CH reviewed by us a few years ago. In addition to the camera kit, we also received the Power Magic B-100 kit to go with it.
You could say I am a little late to the dashcam party, the truth is that I was a little slow to the realisation to the potential value. I mean, my beloved Saab did get sideswiped by a taxi while it was parked (no they didn't leave a note and the distinctive yellow and green paint on the paintwork left me no doubts at all). Amongst other not-at-fault accidents, it was eventually written off by having a pretty large branch falling on it. On average I drive between 20,000 to 40,000km a year, thinking back, some of the miraculous near misses on the road would have made for interesting footage. Fast forward many years, let's see what the DR650GW and the B-100 can do together.
There is no denying it: the Galaxy S7 edge is a fantastic phone. It is a combination of the best of the S5 and S6 and the latest Marshmallow operating system.
It is quite an investment at well over AU$1000 and totally worth protecting, particularly as the phone is a slippery as a slimy eel. That’s not the best comparison as there is nothing slimy about it, just slippery....
So first up we will be looking at an official Samsung case in the familiar S View edition.
Ear-buds and headphones, all of us must have at least one of these lying around. Think of all those absolutely awful ear-buds that were once bundled with every phone for a while. iPhone users would still get them, yes they are white, and no they are not great. There are plenty of alternatives ranging from affordable to house mortgage range - Sennheiser, Denon, Bose, Beats just to name a few, but Avantree? This one is new to me so I put my hand up when MobileFun offered to send a set my way. Thanks guys!
Disclosure time, I am not an audiophile. More accurately I am not an audio fanatic. I am surrounded by them all my life and have an appreciation for good gear and pure sound, it is just that instead of spending my money on some serious sound gear at home or in my car, I use the money to travel and indulge in my other just as expensive hobbies. My taste in music is eclectic enough to be a challenge for any headphones to deliver quality sound across the range - from classical to heavy metal depending on my mood.
In the past few years we have seen the rise and rise of Internet of Things (IoT). From a technical perspective, IoT are objects that can collect and exchange data based on electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity. TrackR Bravo is an IoT device that leverages crowdsourced GPS (via smart phones) to help the masses track down items that are misplaced, lost or stolen. DigitalReviews undertook a self-funded journey to see how well this execution works.
Having recently written about the original Gear S smartwatch, which was the ostentatious and very curvy SIM equipped computer on your wrist, we now go to the realm of the normal-sized smart timepieces with the Gear S2.
Our friends at MobileFun sent us the Classic version which is the slightly more expensive one which comes with leather straps and an indented rotating bezel.
This is the first smartwatch I actually care to wear all the time.
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