While Paul is loath to reveal his age, he will admit to cutting his IT teeth on a TRS-80 (although he won't say which version). An obsessive fascination with computer technology blossomed from hobby into career before the desire for sunnier climes saw him wave a fond farewell to his native Blighty in favor of Bordeaux, France. He's now a dedicated newshound pursuing the latest bleeding edge tech for Gizmag.
The sun has now set on Europe's biggest consumer technology show, exhibitors are packing away their wares and cleaning crews are moving in. Though smartwatches and big curved UHD televisions were just about everywhere at IFA 2014, exhibitors had plenty of other gadgets and gizmos to show to the bustling crowds pounding the halls of Berlin's Messe. Join Gizmag as we look through some of our favorites, a few that didn't make our main event coverage and one or two snaps from the show itself.
Being able to shrink your entire hardback collection down to a single device that you can carry with you everywhere is not the only thing that convinced legions of bookworms to swap paper for e-Readers
. If it wasn't for the low fatigue reading experience offered by E Ink, devices like the Kindle
may not have become quite as popular as they are. But, as E Ink's Director of Product Management Giovanni Mancini told Gizmag at IFA this last week, the low power display technology is finding its way into much more than just e-Readers.
Creative Technologies has combined its audio processing know-how with high end audiophile-grade components and specifications for a new addition to the Sound Blaster audio family that's been developed to wrap serious gamers in high resolution sonic goodness. The new X7 boasts more features than any Sound Blaster before it, including a built-in power amp, cross-platform connectivity and intelligent audio enhancement technologies.
There's no denying it, it's a monster. TCL has given its flagship Ultra High Definition television announced at CES back in January a more immersive new bed-fellow in the shape of the 110-inch China Star Curved Ultra-HD TV. The company hasn't offered much in the way of details, but read on for what we do know.
With perhaps the exception of Mikey
, Blue's USB microphone offerings are designed to make a memorable style statement while going about their high resolution audio recording business. The company has moved up a gear for its first step into the world of personal audio throwers with a pair of headphones that have both steampunk/old world charm and futuristic appeal. The new Mo-Fi headphones
also feature a built-in amplifier, which promises to boost the source audio by up to six times while offering accurate reproduction. So do they deliver in performance as well as looks? Gizmag caught up with Blue for a listen at IFA 2014.
TV picture quality has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, with most manufacturers currently bringing Ultra High Definition beauties to market when only a short while ago HD seemed more than sufficient. Meanwhile, say researchers from Fraunhofer IIS, advances in audio playback have not been so awe-inspiring. Gizmag got the opportunity to sample a promising system under development that's based on the MPEG-H standards, which will offer listeners greater control over what they hear during TV broadcasts.
Other than being known as a virtuoso guitarist and constant tinkerer, Les Paul
also had a consuming passion for sonic excellence. Of course, his name graces the headstock of a certain iconic guitar that's carved its way into the rock history books, too. Gibson brought pre-production versions of some new high-end speakers to IFA 2014 that sport the great man's signature, and Gizmag stopped by for a look and listen.
WobbleWorks has launched a small range of accessories to enhance the 3Doodler user experience. There's a 3Doodler stand, a foot pedal for extrusion control and a set of nozzles.
Marshall Headphones brought four new products to IFA in Berlin this year. The Woburn and Acton join the Hanwell
home audio thrower launched two years ago, which has now reached the end of its production run, and the current Stanmore model. Meanwhile, the new Mode EQ and Mode earphones team up with the Major, Minor
Technics is back. Panasonic has unveiled the first new hi-fi products from the highly-regarded brand in 6 years. The first two premium ranges out of the starting gate are the Reference Class R1 Series and the Premium Class C700 Series. Both ranges including a stereo amplifier, a network audio streamer and speakers (and the C700 also gets a CD player).