Bluetooth speakers are getting more and more commonplace these days, thanks to the proliferation of devices that already come with Bluetooth connectivity built in. The £199.99 Block Rocker Bluetooth Speaker might take some aback with its price point, but do not fret – you can be sure every single quid you drop for it will be well worth the investment.

With the Block Rocker Bluetooth Speaker, you are able to pair it to just about any other Bluetooth audio device, ranging from smartphones to tablets and notebooks, letting you share your favorite tunes with the rest of the world – or perhaps making a statement in a public place, whether the rest of the folks share your musical tastes or not.

Definitely the ideal device to introduce a little bit of audio wallop to indoor and outdoor soirees. Apart from that, it can also function as a combined amp, PA system and karaoke kit – and just in case you have run out of MP3s to share with the rest of the world, there is always the back up plan of an integrated AM/FM radio.

Read More Your Bluetooth-enabled device can reside safely at the top of the Block Rocker for safekeeping, and with a battery life that is rated at 12 hours, you know that this is good enough to sit through the entire night’s partying.


Just as you are still amazed with iPad 3 and Samsung tablets,  ARCHOS an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics unveiled its Gen10 XS tablet line. It is a 10.1-inch tablet that combines strength and elegance in a 8 mm (0.31'') body and weighs only 21 ounces.

The first of this new line of extra slim AndroidTM tablets to debut mid-September followed by the release of the ARCHOS 97 XS and ARCHOS 80 XS later in 2012.

In addition to creating a new standard of thin for tablets, ARCHOS continues to push the technological boundaries with the innovative Coverboard, a unique magnetic keyboard conceived for each tablet model that will offer protection, a kickstand, docking and easy typing. The Coverboard is included in the box with each tablet.

The entire Gen10 XS line is GoogleTM certified, features Android 4.0 and allows full access to Google PlayTM featuring over 600,000 apps. The range will be upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in Q4 2012.

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The ultra-thin magnetic Coverboard included with all Gen10 tablets enables users to protect, stand and dock the tablet as well as type with a full-size QWERTY keyboard.

"As the pioneer in the Android tablet market, we strive to continually push the technological boundaries of tablets and user experience," says Henri Crohas, ARCHOS Founder and CEO. "We are taking our tablets to the next level by releasing an entirely new design that will redefine thin while providing more functionality and a better price than any current Android tablet in the market."

ARCHOS Gen10 XS tablets come with tailor-made Media Center apps for full HD video, complete codec and format support, jackets & meta-data for your music, videos and wireless sharing over your home network. In addition, each tablet features a Video Carousel for a video library experience like no other including automatic jacket download and an easy to use search tool for finding title, series, actor, subtitle or other information. Other media center functions include; Wireless streaming, home file sharing and read media from external storage  and ARCHOS remote control app .

The first tablet in the Gen10 series to be released will be the ARCHOS 101 XS. The 101 XS tablet, which is 15 percent thinner than the new iPad3, weighs only 21 ounces and measures 0.31 of an inch thin and will be in stores and online in North America starting in November with a suggested retail price of $399.99.

Ever try to catch some rays while “working from home,” but can’t because your WiFi doesn’t reach your backyard? So. Annoying. With the Bounce WiFi Extender, your problems are solved, and you don’t even have to be tech savvy.

The Bounce is simple. Just place the egg-shaped device on top of your home’s router, point it in the direction that requires extra coverage and boom! Like a technological genius, you’ve just increased your coverage area three times over.

Read More Weak WiFi worries are over. Before you know it you can be sipping a Mai Tai, streaming music or movies, or sending out those last minute e-mails all from your backyard, or any other far-reaching corner of your secret lair.


Product Specifications

  • Increase your home network's range with Bounce
  • No more weak spots - get strong signal everywhere
  • Intended for 802.11 a/b/g routers
  • Routers must have external antennas
  • Installs in seconds
  • Comes with one-year manufacturer’s warranty

Lenovo who has a heart to help out this particular group of consumers – with the latest release, the Lenovo ThinkPad X131e. Lenovo says that “we know from experience that students are our toughest customers – literally – and for that reason we make it a point to go above and beyond our standard ruggedness features in the laptops we introduce for education.” Let us see how far they have gone with this particular promise right after the jump.

Built specially for students using technologies which enhance classroom learning alongside a rugged design that is meant to meet the physical demands of the average school day and beyond, the Lenovo ThinkPad X131e will come in two choices where processor options are concerned – the Intel Core or the Celeron processors, where they are also accompanied by AMD E-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) to deliver strong performance, Dolby Advanced Audio for rich and resonant sound so that your ears will also benefit from the experience, vibrant HD graphics and USB 3.0 connectivity – useful when it comes to transferring data in the blink of an eye. Read More

Teachers, too, will fall in love with the Lenovo ThinkPad X131e simply because it also comes with a wireless activity LED indicator on its cover. This makes it easy for teachers to help identify those students who are connected to a Wi-Fi network in the classroom, checking out their Facebook account instead of working on that assignment. I can think of a few ways to circumvent this though, so while it is a nice thought, it might not work as intended due to the ingenuity of our youth these days.

Among the heavy duty features that can withstand the rigors of a student’s life include reinforced hinges, stainless steel hinge brackets, a tightly aligned keyboard, a dustless fan, a strengthened AC adapter cable, an enhanced HDD shock performance among others. It is rather affordable when you think about it – price start from $499 upwards.

LG Cinema Screen Design monitors

LG has introduced two new IPS monitors that feature Cinema Screen Design and MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) connectivity. The two displays are part of LG’s IPS7 series that will debut first in Korea and China before making an international debut.

LG has expanded its monitor line-up with two new models. Both screens have a Full HD resolution and a similar design. The difference between the two is the screen diagonal; one is a 23-inch monitor, while the other has a 27-inch panel. The new creations are only 141 mm thick and have a virtually invisible bezel, which has a thickness of only 1.2 mm. This is definitely a welcome addition for multi-monitor configurations.

The two monitors have the IPS7 name, and are not surprisingly based on one of LG's own panels. LG has specified a response time of 5 ms.

Read More While it's unclear how many video inputs the new monitors will have, the HDMI connector will offer support to Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) see image below, which allows a smartphone to be attached to the screens.