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Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband Review

If you're in the market for an activity wristband, you may have looked at Fitbit's range. I have been looking at bands for a while now and the Fitbit Charge took my interest. When I put the band on for the first time the rubber was comfortable to the skin, didn't cause me to sweat or feel uncomfortable. The form factor is slim and it really doesn't weigh very much. The band comes in 3 sizes, small (14-16.5cm) large (16.5-20cm) and x-large (20-23cm).

There's a small OLED display which displays white text, using the one button on the device you can cycle through the time, steps, distance travelled, floors, calories burned and your next alarm. Holding down the button will start and stop a stopwatch. The display is crisp and bright, perfect in the sun.

Smart alarms are fantastic, I started sleeping through my phone alarms when I got used to the sound they made. The Charge actually vibrates on your wrist which in an interesting way to wake up but works every time. I use them to wake up and to remind me to do things during the day.

One feature that I love about the band, that made me really excited was caller ID, I don't know if many other activity bands have this feature but when you get a phone call, providing you're in Bluetooth range the activity band will vibrate and show you who is calling you. I thought it was a feature that made this wristband better than the rest at this price point.

The accuracy of the steps taken seem to be one of the most accurate I've seen, my only complaint is when driving the bumps sometimes count as steps, this is to be expected though. I take it off when playing guitar because every time I change chords it seems to register as a step, typing now I've taken it off to reduce any false readings. It does track steps perfectly though.

Another very accurate function is the sleep tracking, I'm the worst sleeper and being able to see when I woke up during the night and I could figure out what was causing it, for example sunrise at 5am I would always wake up. It has genuinely helped me sleep better by stopping things what would wake me up.
The biggest downside is that the band isn't waterproof, it's sweat and rain proof but any water submersion isn't advised. Well, it will probably break it. I take it off when showering and washing my hands, just as a precaution. I usually take this time to clean the wristband with a disinfectant wipe, it does get dirty if you don't. I'm a bit of a clean freak so I naturally do it.

Fitbit's app is really feature rich, allowing you to see all your stats and go in to more detail with your sleep. There's many options that are self explanatory and helpful preset goals which are all changeable. There's different clock faces to choose from and weight goals. A feature I haven't looked in to is food diaries, I've used MyFitnessPal before for that and it appears to work the same way. All day sync drains the phone battery but is easily disabled, syncing every morning when I wake up is better for me. Goals, goals are awesome, you receive a nice little motivational notification when you're close to one and a friendly well done when completing. It does spur me on to complete them, get up and move.

Battery life is fantastic! I get 7-9 days on a single charge and it take 2 hours to charge it back up. Again with notifications you get a reminder to charge the wristband when the battery is low and even a little email at the same time. It means you'll never forget to charge it.

I'm seriously impressed with this accessory, I usually find watches uncomfortable but I've never actually noticed wearing it. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an activity band and sleep tracker. It's priced well in the current pool of similar activity bands. Check out MobileFun for fitness accessories.


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Windows 10 Overview & Thoughts

On Wednesday July 29th Microsoft has finally released Windows 10 taking it out of the Beta form and giving it a full release to the public. If you were a Windows 7 or Windows 8 user, you were given the chance to get a free upgrade by reserving it or pay the $120+ for a copy of the program. If you had a reserved copy you were notified that your upgrade was available, or letting you know that a copy will be available for your computer soon. Most of the delays are due to computer manufacturers preparing drivers for the operating system, or minor bugs being fixed. There is a way to get past the wait, but it requires you deleting some files and forcing the update to your computer. For more of that click the link below. 

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Mugen iPhone 5/5S 4200mAh Extended Battery Case Review

The iPhone 5 is getting a little old now and if you're like me, you have noticed your battery has started to suffer massively. Gone are the days of charging over night and having enough juice for the entire day. I now find myself charging twice a day at home or up to four times on 4G for the day. In my case my iPhone 5 is used primarily for Whatsapp, social media and occasionally Binging something.
There are many solutions to this terrible battery problem, many of which I've tried. The Mugen battery case is my favourite at the moment.

Let's start with a brief description. The case comes in black with two different textured finishes. On the bottom there's a Micro-USB port, four blue LED lights and a small circular button. If you short press the button the LEDs will show you how much life is in the battery, long pressing the button will begin charging your iPhone. The back of the case has a rather large “stepped” hole for the camera, this helps with stopping flash glare. There's also a small Mugen logo. The front of the case has a smaller logo at the bottom and very good sized cut-outs for the microphone and speaker. The left side has all the buttons you'd expect and an actual switch built in to the case that controls the switch on the iPhone for muting sounds. Now on to the size. What bulk will this add on to your phone? Well, a lot... I personally don't mind but when I first put it on my iPhone I was astonished. It triples the thickness, probably weights quadruple the iPhone. I like it though, it doesn't feel like I'm going to break it, it adds some sturdiness to an already pretty solid phone.

Now for my cons of the case.

I don't particularly like that there's two different finishes on the case, there's a nice rubbery plastic on the back where it protrudes out but the front and a third of the sides are a somewhat poorly finished black plastic. There's noticeable pitting and marks out the box. I would have liked to have seen the whole case covered in the black rubbery plastic.
The included charging cable isn't very long. If I had to guess, probably half a metre. Cables are dirt cheap these days, why not throw in a one to two metre one.

Even though I like the rubber plastic, it does get pretty messy. I get quite sweaty hands in the warm and it really shows on this case, it is really easy to clean though. Not a big deal but something to look out for.

My pros for this case are.

First point and the whole reason for getting one is the amazing battery life. You can get at least 3 full charges out of this case. I only have to charge the case and phone to 100% every two days.

It comes with a really good little extension for your headphones because the case adds about 1cm to the bottom of the phone so most headphones may not fit. It's a nice touch that Mugen thought of this.

The build quality is great, it's a strong feeling case and has a nice weight to it. The shiny plastic looks cheap but other than that it's great!

All buttons work well, they line up perfectly and have never had any problems.


Overall this case is really great, I'll be using it as long as I have the iPhone now. I couldn't recommend it more if your iPhone battery is starting to degrade. It's the best solution I've had the pleasure of using. It saves you carrying about an external battery which I was doing for a while.


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Roku 3 Review

This is the Roku 3. It’s a multimedia streaming device that allows you to stream content straight to your Television. You can also hook up an external storage device to stream your videos, photos, and music by using the USB connector on the side of the device. You can also use the Micro SD reader which is located under the HDMI port on the back of the device. You can also use the Ethernet port to get files from a local server, or just to hook it up to the internet. Speaking of an internet connection, you can also connect it wirelessly through the settings on the device. The power port however is just a power port, so nothing special there.

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Intelligent Lighting: Illuminate The Path To Savings

In a world where energy costs are soaring and people are ever more environmentally conscious, it pays dividends to be energy efficient. Although sustainable energy sources and government incentives are an increasingly hot topic, some key money-saving areas often get overlooked.

In the average office environment, almost 40% of annual energy consumption can be attributed to lighting. Many businesses are now switching on to the reality of how much they could save by introducing intelligent lighting systems.

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