Gadget Geeks is returning for a 2nd season this January on Sky HD (uk). The last season started well but ended up leaving me cold and really not bothering me if I watched it. For me it’s a show of 3 acts that try to meld together but feel too much like old shows eeking their way back into the mould. Being produced by the same team responsible for “Braniac Science Abuse” you can expect to find things blown up and the same level of production standards. Hopefully this time around it’ll be a touch more refined as you;d hope someone would see the ratings of Gadget Man with Stephen Fry and aim take on that very selective demographic. But there is one thing we can all agree on, Gadget Geeks will still be better than the smug fest, sell out show we all know as The Gadget Show. Thanks to Emma Bowden for the tip 😀
The team create a chip fat powered restaurant and help a film lover put several surround sound systems through their paces. In this week’s product test only 3 sets of speakers areon test which is understandable given the complexity of having to set these things up pack them away, set them up again etc etc.
An interesting side note is a surround sound experts – expert is brought in to help configure the systems for this test.
Here in the UK we live in the land of the Unlimited*. The asterix being all important as nothing is really unlimited, just fair and never really telling you how much you can use till mobile operators feel like charging you. So when I heard about Onavo and it’s data shrinking abilities, I jumped at the chance to take it for a test spin for a few weeks. The premise is very much like the Opera web browser application in many ways. In Opera, data is compressed by their servers before being sent to your phone. In short going through a clever proxy that compresses images just a little more than normal, doing funky things with CSS and generally doing a LOT to reduce data usage. Great for browsing when on a 3g signal and even makes using Edge more bearable, almost zippy in fact. The only downside is that Opera does all it’s clever stuff for Opera only and no other applications. Onavo does this for all data and all…