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Loz Blain

Loz Blain

Loz has been one of Gizmag's most versatile contributors since 2007. Joining the team as a motorcycle specialist, he has since covered everything from medical and military technology to aeronautics, music gear and historical artefacts. Since 2010 he's branched out into photography, video and audio production, and he remains the only Gizmag contributor willing to put his name to a sex toy review. A singer by night, he's often on the road with his a cappella band Suade.

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— Music

Klang's 3D in-ear monitoring: creating a natural sound environment for performers

In-ear monitors give musicians the ability to hear themselves and their band at safe volume levels during performances, no matter how big or small or loud the stage. But hearing your band in earphones can isolate you from what's happening on stage – which is what makes Klang's new 3D in-ears such a fascinating idea. This gadget uses 3D audio technology instead of standard stereo mixing to provide musicians with a natural sound sensation. Read More
— Urban Transport Review

Video review: The Spira4u electric three wheeler

Spira4u recently announced that is had begun pilot production of its three-wheeled urban vehicle. To be available in both an electric- and a gas-powered version, the Spira4u employs a honeycomb composite chassis and a fiberglass and foam body to achieve a unique combination of economy, safety and convenience. Gizmag took time out from the floor of NAIAS in Detroit to take the Spira4u for a spin. Read More
— Automotive

In pictures: The best of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

The The 2015 Detroit NAIAS Auto Show happened at a slightly awkward time, with crashing oil prices and corresponding low fuel costs taking the edge off consumers' desire for efficient and green car options. Still, there were plenty of fuel cell, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on show, as well as a cavalcade of giant American trucks and several truly stunning sports and supercar launches. Gizmag's Scott Collie and Loz Blain were kids in an all-singing, all-dancing candy store. Enjoy our gallery of highlights from the Motor City's biggest event. Read More
— Motorcycles Review

Video review: KTM 1190 Adventure R – a superbike for the dirt

KTM's Adventure 1198 R is probably the most extreme adventure motorcycle you can buy. At 148 horsepower, it's considerably more powerful than anything else in the big enduro market, and at 230 kg (507 lbs) with a tank of fuel, it's actually quite light for a big-bore adventure bike. Make no mistake though, it's an intimidating ride – particularly when you're a complete numpty on the dirt like our road bike specialist Loz Blain. Things get a bit hairy in our latest video motorcycle review. Enjoy! Read More
— Motorcycles Review

Review: KTM 1190 Adventure R – a giant, 148-horsepower superbike for the dirt

KTM bills the 2015 1190 Adventure R as both "the world's safest motorcycle" and "without doubt the twin-cylinder enduro with the greatest offroad ability." Backing up the first claim is one of the first lean-angle sensitive Cornering ABS systems to hit the market, and backing up the second is a pair of big, tubeless spoked rims with aggressively knobby tyres on. In the right hands, this thing is a dune-destroying cross-continental touring weapon, a true superbike for the dirt. Loz Blain's hands are not the right hands; he's spent precious little time on the dirt – but he's always up for an Adventure... Read More
— Motorcycles Review

Video Review: EBR 1190SX, the world's most powerful production streetfighter

For decades, the formula has remained the same for nakedbikes: take a red-hot race bike, soften off the engine, make it more comfortable and price it to sell. And for decades, people have complained about the lost power - so when Erik Buell decided to make a streetfighter out of the 185-horsepower EBR 1190RX, he left its massive 1190cc v-twin engine untouched. In fact, despite its flat handlebar and the lack of fairings, the 1190SX is just about the exact same bike. We spent a week getting to know it in the latest of our video road tests. Read More
— Computers

BPG image format offers JPEG quality at half the file size

French programmer Fabrice Bellard has come up with a graphics file format he believes can "replace the JPEG image format." Bellard’s BPG (Better Portable Graphics) format boasts a compelling quality advantage over JPG, particularly when images are heavily compressed. Take a look through the gallery to see a few comparison shots – the left hand side of each image shows the JPEG compressed format, the right side shows BPG at a similar file size. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing Review

Review: Varidesk Pro Plus – the $350, spring loaded sitting/standing desk

Sitting down all day is bad for you. Standing up all day is bad for you. We do so many standing desk stories here at Gizmag that we've become acutely aware of our unhealthy desking habits – and just how expensive a lot of sit/stand desks tend to be. So when we ran across the Varidesk Pro Plus, which sells for US$350, fits two monitors and goes up and down with spring-loaded ease, we picked up half a dozen. Here's how they're going. Read More
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