Kanex Wins with the GoPower Watch at CES



Kicking off GNC’s video production for CES, Todd’s at award-winners Kanex with Tracy, who shows off some of their latest accessories for the Apple Watch.

Kanex won a “Innovation Honoree” at CES 2017 for their GoPower Watch, a portable battery charge for the Apple Watch. Priced at US$99 and shipping now, the GoPower Watch will wirelessly recharge a Watch around six times from the 4,000 mAh battery. There’s a USB port round the back for charging other devices too and it’s Apple Certified as well. A mini-version with a smaller battery and smaller price (US$59) is coming shortly.

For those who don’t need to charge on the go, Kanex have a table-top charger for the office or beside the bed coming shortly. It’s US$59 and will be available in February.

Todd Cochrane is the host of the twice-weekly Geek News Central Podcast at GeekNewsCentral.com.

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Post Truth



As the events of 2016 unfolded with the subsequent impacts on 2017, I’ve been thinking about the phenomena that has been dubbed as “post truth” and the sacrifice of critical thinking in return for likes and retweets. Those thoughts have taken me back to my school days and an enlightened English Literature teacher who encouraged us to challenge and critique the information presented to us.

As a naive schoolchild, one imagined that newspapers, magazines and television spoke “the truth”. It was a revelation that this was not the case but simply comparing the same news story in two national newspapers, say, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, it became evident the political tendencies of each broadsheet became written into the narrative, and there was no such thing as objective truth.

And I will never forget the propaganda of news reporting during times of conflict. Our military are “heroes” or “liberators” whereas the other side are “jack-booted stormtroopers” and “thugs”. We launch “pre-emptive strikes”, they have “cowardly sneak attacks”. Once you know about it, you’ll see it in much war reporting, particularly if the news organisation is from a country involved in the conflict.

But of even greater value is not to ask, “Is this true or false?” but “Why do they want me to know this?” Substitute in the government, organisation or web site of your choice, and this question will serve you well.


GNC #1171 Amazon to Rule the World!



I share with you why national retailers are shaking in the boats. Amazon gets it and they are going to continue to change the way you shop. They are ahead of the curve and companies are going to have to work hard to keep up. The personal touch is always great but let me tell you they are going to continue to disrupt. If your company does not have a relationship with Amazon you better think twice.

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Quarter of Card Payments Contactless in UK



Fresh figures from the UK Cards Association shows that a quarter of card payments are now contactless in the UK. With 325 million purchases made using contactless debit and credit cards in November 2016, this accounted for 25% of all card payments.

Contactless payments are growing rapidly in popularity as it was only in August 2016 that the 20% barrier was broken. It’s impressive growth and no doubt helped by the 102 million credit and debit cards in the country. For comparison the contactless payment rate was 11% in November 2015, more than doubling in a year.

Interestingly, the average payment was GB£8.95, which reflects the convenient use for low cost items. The maximum for contactless payment is GB£30. Anything above that requires a PIN.

On a personal note, two out of my three regularly used credit/debit cards are now enabled for contactless payment and it is convenient, though I have to admit that I never saw putting in a PIN as very onerous or time consuming; it takes longer for the receipt to come out….now that would be a service improvement – imagine you could tie your email address to your card and that instead of printing a receipt, it was emailed directly to you. Genius!.

The UK Cards Association is the trade body for the card payments industry in the UK. The full press release is here. Safe PIN Entry image courtesy of UK Cards Association.


GNC #1170 I’m Back!



Are you ready for the CES content. All of our recorded interviews are on their way to the editor and we should have fresh content for you next week. I talk about the show and what comes next. This is not a show you are going to want to miss.

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It’s Decluttering Time!



After the excess of Christmas, guilt often brings us round to New Year’s resolutions. It goes without saying that I’m going to lose weight and become fitter (I’ve a new Fitbit Blaze to help); spend more time with my family and friends; and not be late for events or appointments. All laudable goals.

In addition to these stalwarts of January, I’m going to commit to de-cluttering my life as much as possible. I’m not aiming for full out austerity but if there’s something that I’m never likely to use again it’s going. Boxes, bags, clothes, toys, tech, whatever. If it’s taking space without giving value, it’s time for it to find a new home outside of mine.

I have crates of old tech for that possible future when I resurrect a couple of 90s-era PCs to play Star Wars: X-Wing v Tie Fighter in head-to-head mode. Serial cables, gender changes, 10base2 network cards, floppy drives. Seriously, it’s never going to happen. Time to dump the lot and stop hoarding.

In addition to the physical, my digital life needs a good tidy too. My inbox is full of adverts and promotions from shops and stores trying to sell me more stuff which I don’t need. I’ve had enough. Instead of wasting twenty minutes of the day deleting unwanted emails, I’m ruthlessly unsubscribing and unless I’m actually going to read the email, it’s gone.

Social media…..what a time sink! For starters, all notifications are going. If I log on (at a time of my choosing) and see new pictures, great. Otherwise, I don’t want an email, alert or other distraction imploring me to DO IT NOW. Whatever it is, it can wait. Sorry Google+, Ello and Pinterest, but I’m slimming down on my social exposure and you’re out of here.

Finally, having a OnePlus 2 with 64GB means that in well over a year of use, I’ve never had to worry about running out of memory or storage. The downside is that my smartphone is full of apps and media, many of which never get any screen time. Some apps haven’t been used in months, so it’s time to uninstall those and reclaim the launcher space.

It’s a digital declutter! What are you going to do differently this year?


ECOVACS is Cleaning Up CES 2017 with UNIBOT



EcovacsWho’s ready to leave the housework to someone else? I know I sure am. Unfortunately, my life choices haven’t really worked out in such a way that I can afford to pay for housekeeping. Regardless, we are now truly entering the World of Tomorrow here in the 21st century. And that means robots. More specifically, robots that will clean your house. The future is indeed a wonderful time to be alive!

Robotics company ECOVACS returned to CES this year to show off its latest creation, UNIBOT:

UNIBOT combines floor cleaning and air purification with aspects of household monitoring and security, as well as the control of various household devices in the owner’s home. The new home management robot combines quality and efficiency with cutting edge technologies from existing floor cleaning modules, home management modules, air purification modules and humidification modules into a single, programmable, versatile unit.

So, this UNIBOT is like a Roomba combined with an air filter and a humidifier? That’s a pretty versatile thing to have around the modern home:

…floor cleaning robot, and is further enhanced with other modules to create a totally customizable, intelligent and novel customer experience. This allows ECOVACS to advance to the next stage in its long-term plan – that is, household appliances which are no longer just single-function tools, but are now multi-functional home management systems.

Looks like UNIBOT isn’t the full solution for all of your housekeeping needs. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction. No information is yet available as to when UNIBOT will be on the market or how much it’ll cost.


PuddingBeanQ is a Robotic Companion for Kids at CES 2017



RooboOne of the promises of the 21st century is a world full of robots. While we haven’t exactly made it to that automaton-filled vision yet, artificially intelligent technology is becoming more and more commonplace in our everyday lives. This has definitely been evident during this year’s CES show. One of the latest robot-inspired devices to debut at the trade show is PuddingBeanQ, billed as a robotic companion for kids:

…small robot, PuddingBeanQ, that can answer those innumerable “why” questions from young children at the CES 2017. According to company sources, PuddingBeanQ answers the questions under eights ask of life, the universe and everything. It also teaches music and basic maths and will understand up to 50 languages.

PuddingBeanQ harnesses the power of the internet to access various types of stories and education material. This large knowledge base allows the little robot to keep kids’ minds engaged, helping them to grow and learn:

Roobo has established a strategic partnership with Nuance to integrate learning and data-driven AI to create a conversational interface and encourage human interaction.

PuddingBeanQ has rich, human-like emotions that appeal to young kids and will react to human touch, plus instigates interactive games that encourage movement.

Roobo is expecting to officially launch the PuddingBeanQ product line in March of 2017. No word yet on pricing for this robot.


SCOSCHE Launches MagicMount CHARGE at CES 2017



SCOSCHE Industries, innovators of award-winning consumer technology and car audio products and accessories, has combined the latest in advanced wireless charging technology with its award-winning MagicMount series of magnetic, cradle-less mobile device mounts and announces a major new addition to the MagicMount line-up – MagicMount CHARGE.

MagicMount CHARGE will be available in two models – for car (MPQWD) and for home/office (MPQHD). Touted the number one mount brand un the U.S., SCOSCHE’s MagicMount now integrates the latest in Qi wireless charging technology and performance with its multi-award wining mounts line, providing Qi-Certified 15W of charging power, three times the charge power of most wireless charging products. MagicMount CHARGE is designed to work with an array of Qi-Enabled devices, including phones, cases, receivers, and battery covers.

MagicMount CHARGE (MPQWD) uses SCOSCHE’s stickGRIP suction base to secure a driver’s mobile device to their vehicle’s window or dash, allowing them to keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road while making hands-free calls, activating Siri or Cortana, and carefully navigating via GPS. Equipped with the latest Qi 15W wireless charging technology, the mount eliminates the need to plug a mobile device into a car charger or to use a USB cable.

It also features an open design for full access to all controls and ports and a four-axis adjustable angle, allowing for different viewing angles, and a lock-nut for securing positioning. The versatile mount enables drivers to select the optimum location to securely mount virtually any mobile device for maximized visibility and significantly enhanced safety on the road. The MagicMount CHARGE (MPQWD) includes a metal plate with 3M adhesive plus you get a free, interchangeable, low-profile dash mount option. The unit is backwards compatible for phones that charge at less than a 15W rate.

MagicMount CHARGE for home/office (MPQHD) offers a wide variety of home and office uses by those who crave less wires in their space. It offers quick and easy magnetic mounting and rapid wireless charging. The stickGRIP suction base provides a strong hold to any desk or kitchen table and boasts an open design for full access to all controls and ports. The four-axis adjustable angle conveniently allows for different viewing angles, and its lock-nut keeps user’s mobile devices securely positioned. The MagicMount CHARGE for home/office includes a metal plate with 3M adhesive and is backwards compatible for phones that charge at less than a 15W rate.

MagicMount CHARGE models will be available in Q1 2017. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Visit SCOSCHE at CES 2017 at LVCC North Hall booth #7900.


Extreme Flyers Demonstrate Micro Drone 3.0 at CES 2017



Extreme Flyers is the creator of Micro Drone 3.0. They are at CES 2017 showcasing four new features of Micro Drone 3.0, which is at the forefront of drone technology.

Micro Drone 3.0 made crowdfunding history in 2015, becoming the highest funded Drone campaign of all time on Indiegogo. Micro Drone 3.0 is an advanced, sophisticated and personal Drone, with a HD camera that allows you to stream live video directly to your smartphone. With its completely modular design, Magnetic Wi-Fi Camera and cartridge battery system – Micro Drone 3.0 is totally unique.

Micro Drone 3.0 has four new features:

Wide Angle Camera Lens

The new module incorporates a wide-angle lens and auto light balancing; allowing pilots to capture the best footage and adjusts to their environment. This snaps on much like the original camera module.

Micro Gimbal

After two years miniaturizing the technology, Extreme Flyers will be showcasing Micro Gimbal at CES. It is the world’s smallest gimbal, combining an integrated camera, gimbal, compression engine, and Wi-Fi Module (that synchronizes sensor data with video footage frame by frame) to create smooth aerial shots.

WiFi HD Downlink

Extreme Fliers new WiFi HD Downlink feature allows pilots to wirelessly transfer raw HD footage to their smartphones. This app update does away with the need for any wired connections, as SD card footage can now be downloaded directly to your phone over the air.

Carbon Fibre Racing Kit

Building on Micro Drone’s modular design, Extreme Flyers have developed a new Carbon Racing kit to allow all Micro Drone 3.0 users to place their existing Flight Board and motors into a limited edition carbon fibre frame. Alongside a new Analogue camera, users will now be able to take part in professional FPV Racing.

Extreme Flyers are at CES 2017 in the LVCC South at Booth #21764.