Friday, 15 November 2013

The Secret behind the Motorola GP300 Earpiece, Revealed here

We spend a lot of time writing about Motorola radios, so we’ve decided to do a series that focuses on the earpieces that connect to them.

Not only do a number of good companies make top-of-the-range two-way radios that are both affordable and reliable, there are also a large array of radio earpieces that range from cheap and cheerful (but nonetheless effective) to the last word in techno badassery (Editor’s Note: not actually a word).

So, kicking off our new 5-part series celebrating two-way radio earpieces, is the GP300 earpiece.

Amazon lists this thing at a paltry £12.99, but the GP300 is surprisingly high spec for such a cheap device.

Firstly, the GP300 is totally versatile, as it fits into any 2-pin Motorola radio. It may not be the best earpiece ever manufactured, but it will fit with any number of quality Motorola radios. However, I should say that the 300 does require an adaptor block to work with GP320 and GP340 series radios (oh well, you can’t have everything!) 

Secondly, the sound quality is excellent; there will be no misunderstandings or botched communications when the GP300 earpiece is in use, that’s for sure. For such a cheap device, it actually reproduces sounds amazingly clearly.

Thirdly, there are the features. These features are a bit thin on the ground when compared with some of the costlier Motorola earpieces, but they still enhance the user experience and add to the overall product.

Want examples? Well, the GP300 is ergonomically designed to fit your ear canal comfortably and is easily able to fit in either the left or the right ear (whichever you happen to favour).

It also has an in-built ‘push to talk’ button, so you’re not dependent on your two-way’s controls in order to send an outgoing signal. There is also has a sprung metal clothing clip that attaches the GP300 earpiece to whatever you happen to be wearing, allowing you to be discreet, as well as to avoid tangling yourself up in cable.
Overall, the GP300 is a fine Motorola radio earpiece. Various companies have made better ones and I wouldn’t suggest this one if President Obama asks your firm to guard him on his next family skiing holiday, but for most intents and purposes, the GP300 earpiece gets the job done.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Sylvester Stallone to reprise rocky movie yet again

Rumours thrive that Sylvester Stallone is going to be playing the personality of ‘Rocky Balboa’ once again, in a brand new film set inside the ‘Rocky’ universe.

The extremely popular character Rocky Balboa first appeared in the Oscar-winning 1976 movie ‘Rocky’ and has been the central character in a minimum of six films to date.

MGM films have officially offered the brand new project, currently known only as ‘Creed’ to director Ryan Coogler.

The proposed film is really a spin-off as opposed to a straight sequel.

Michael B. Jordan, star of this year’s ‘Fruitville Station’ as well as HBO TV drama ‘The Wire’, will play the grandson of recurring series character Apollo Creed. The planned story would call for young Creed to enter the world of boxing, with Stallone’s Balboa playing the function of his guide.

Director Ryan Coogler, who worked with Jordan in the aforementioned ‘Fruitville Station’ film, is claimed to be enthusiastic about the concept and is hoping to co-write the script.

Apollo Creed, as portrayed by Carl Weathers, was originally presented as Rocky’s rival. In the initial position, Creed (who was supposedly based on a combination of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Joe Louis) was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion as well like the confidence businessman. When challenged with the lack of proper opponents, Creed decided to put his championship on the line against a local, unknown fighter.

The initial film mostly centred around the chosen fighter Rocky Balboa as he trained for the largest fight of his life. In the later films, Apollo Creed became a tutor and a close pal to Rocky.

Weathers played Creed in each ‘Rocky’ film until ‘Rocky IV’, where the character was killed in a fight with Russian boxer Ivan Drago (portrayed by Dolph Lundgren).

In spite of the character’s downfall, he’s significantly mentioned in both follow-up movies and remains extremely popular with fans of this series.

The ultimate movie in the original Rocky series, ‘Rocky Balboa’ was released in 2006 to a keen critical and commercial reception. In 2010, Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the Worldwide Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum for his creation and portrayal of Rocky, also as the many tributes he has paid to boxers and the sport of boxing in his career.


Saturday, 5 October 2013

Tablets set to outsell PCs by the end of the year

Update – The writing was on the wall the first time Steve Jobs stood up on that platform on January 27, 2010 and showed everyone the future of computing. The tablet has altered the way we take part in games, compose letters and work away from the office, So this news story about a drop of 13% in sales of laptops and an increase of 7percent in sales of pc tablets, isn’t surprising 3 years on. It is only going to grow for that little tablet pc with apple continuously innovating, microsoft starting to move into the industry with their windows 8 tablet pc’s and google’s android spreading out its market share quicker than anybody else, it’s tricky to see how a laptop or maybe the desktop can contend.

The number of laptops sent from producer to retailer fell by 13.9 per cent worldwide over the period, while volumes of desktop computers shipped dropped by 7.4 per cent, according to estimates by Canalys analyst firm.

Year-on-year, PC shipments to European, Middle Eastern and African markets showed a decline of three per cent. Western Europe in particular proved challenging for vendors, with a decrease of 10 per cent over the year.

Volumes to the Asia Pacific region declined 0.5% year-on-year to just over 40 million units, with figures for the region affected by a six per cent fall in shipments to China, which accounted for almost 45 per cent of the Asian market.

Apple remained the top PC vendor for the quarter, with a 17.1 per cent market share with over 18.5 million units. This is a 4.5 million unit lead over Lenovo, its closest competitor in the market, but still a dip from the 19 per cent market share the Californian company enjoyed in the second quarter of 2012.

Lenovo, the Chinese multinational, gained market share in notebook and desktop PC shipments over the quarter. It also bucked trends by reporting strong annual growth in EMEA (34 per cent), the US (28 per cent) and especially Latin America (93 per cent) and performed well on the tablet side of its business, where it shipped an estimated 1.5 million units.

“It is striking how successful it has been in globalising its PC business and breaking the one million unit barrier is an important milestone for its tablet shipments,” said James Wang, an analyst with Canalys.

“Lenovo is on an upward curve with its tablets, expanding in mainland China and Latin America, where there is little competition from the likes of Google or Amazon.”

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Does amazon promote a keyboard that works with the kindle fire hd

You’d consider that outer keyboards for tablet pc’s are ‘basically of a muchness’ by now, wouldn’t you? If only it was as easy as ensuring the keyboard in question is similar with your Operating system after which, oh, I don’t know, getting the damn thing…But it does not seem to be like that, sadly.

Now, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD is compatible with external keyboards, but not with most of them. Which means you’ll probably be stuck rooting through an extensive list of keyboards (most of which don’t appear to bother letting us distinguish whether they’re ‘Kindle friendly’ or not).

The ‘Amazon Basics keyboard’ does not appear to work for every reviewer, either. Some like it, some don’t.

Frustratingly, opinions tend to be inconsistent when it relates to Kindle Fire compatibility, with a few claiming that individual tablets work and others furiously reporting sentiments similar to “do they b******s”.

Nonetheless, all isn’t lost, gentle reader. Customers on have claimed that the following models are compatible (to varying degrees) about the Kindle fire:

The Advent Bluetooth Keyboard

The Perixx Keyboard

The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard 6000

The Belkin Android Mobile Bluetooth Keyboard

Obviously, I can’t personally confirm these customer experiences, but online boards are commonly a great way to see what is around and what models others have used without spending any of your own money.

As I have said in another place on the web, it really does pay to shop around. I strongly suggest reading the opinions for each of these keyboards before you commit your heard-earned wonga to one of them.

On another interesting forum, I found that there’s even some debate as to whether Amazon have protected against third party keyboards intentionally. Amazon are well known for their (infrequently) restrictive hardware, so it is not really a huge leap of the mind to consider the corporation blocking out exterior keyboards. Though, I can find no endorsed statement from Amazon with reference to this one way or the other, so your guess is as good as mine.

When you do decide to perform a web search in order to discover more, please keep in perspective that the Kindle Keyboard is a type of eReader that is largely unrelated to the Kindle Fire or Fire HD. Content, opinions and boards regarding this one will hinder any hunt containing the terms ‘Amazon+Kindle+Keyboard’. ‘Annoying’ scarcely did it justice.

ADDENDUM: As it seems, there is an official Amazon keyboard that works with Kindle Fire HD, but it does not appear on the UK Amazon site. Personally, I’d suggest getting this one if you’re a US-based user. If Amazon promises that it will work, then it’ll probably work.

In the UK, well, its actually frustratingly vague regarding what keyboards work and what is going to not. Another suggestion is to head down to the local computer store and ask them if you are able to try one out. That usually works.

Friday, 20 September 2013

The Best Motorola DP2400 earpiece

Well, dear readers, here it really is, the final of the 5-part series on 2 way radio earpieces.

We have thrown completely random pop-culture references at you (all from ‘Wacky Races’ to 007 himself) and we’ve (hopefully) had a number of laughs amongst all the dry details and data. If you’ve read all of these items so far, then thanks, we value your time.

Okay, so the final point on our list is that Dp 2400 earpiece, which is the costliest earpiece we have viewed so far, albeit by only £2. The Dp 2400 earpiece, then, (for those amongst you who haven’t been keeping count) can be bought from Earpieceonline for £29.75.

For your hard-earned cash, you have a 6-month malfunction warranty (always a wanted and valued feature), also as the brilliant little earpiece, all things deliberated.

The DP2400 earpiece includes extra-long Kevlar strengthened cabling (though it is unlikely that the cable will interrupt a bullet, we’re just telling you that now), as well as the rotating sprung clothing clip, which is a genuine development on that more stationary design (although you most likely can’t break out that Sumo suit just yet) and an excellent seperate microphone.

The sound quality is extremely, pleasant plus the earpiece itself is usually robust and tough. With this earpiece, you’ll manage to hear any order evidently and cleanly.

The Dp 2400 earpiece also features a multipin plug, however the plug is only made to fit the Motorola DP2400 and DP2600 series. It’ll not work on the DP3400 or DP4800 series, which strictly restricts its appeal in this area, as it renders the Dp 2400 earpiece less versatile than the other, cheaper models on the list.

By and large, this is a very good earpiece certainly. Performance wise, though, there is not a lot to choose from between any to those earpieces featured on the list, they all are superiority products and none will let you down.

The DP2400 earpiece is the genuine, reliable product that does a superb job and doesn’t hurt your bank account. What more can you ask for?

…Thus our series finishes. However, we hope that you’ve found this series educational and helpful to you. With all the importance we place on 2 way radios (across the assorted outposts of the little multimedia empire), it seemed overdue when we focussed a little bit on the peripherals. Glad you could join us. For more information on the DP2400 earpiece visit

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Mark Henry and Mark Callaway showcase health and fitness through a world"s strongest man competition

Sometime last week, countless schoolchildren from Round Rock, Texas came head to head with the World’s Strongest Guy.

Texas native Mark Henry, a former Olympic weightlifter, record-breaking powerlifter and Proficient Wrestling World Champion, was joined by a bunch of ex-NFL stars as well as his WWE best friend, Mark Callaway, AKA The Undertaker.

The event was created to promote the importance of schooling, wellbeing and exercise in time for the new school term. Henry flew in from New York in order to visit the children and inspire them to better things for the coming school months. As part of the day’s celebrations, Henry pulled a Semi Truck for a considerable distance before a bunch of amazed children, event organizers and parents.

Mark Henry’s list of athletic actions is extraordinary. He competed in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games as a weightlifter; Henry was also a Gold Medal winner during the 1995 Pan American Games and was named Drug-Free World Champion Powerlifter in 1995. He was named U.S powerlifting champion twice. He is a reigning world record holder in quite a few areas and is credited with the biggest raw squat and raw powerlifting total ever performed by a drug-tested athlete.

Henry is also a three-time U.S National Weightlifting Champion, an American Open winner, Two-Time U.S Olympic Festival Champion and NACAC Champion. In 2002, he won the very first annual Arnold Strongman Classic Competition and has openly completed copious feats of power, including pushing a tank.

Mark Henry’s assertion to being the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ is rather dubious and never thought sanctioned by most organizations, but having set lifting records throughout his life and winning no less than one strongman contest, his declaration is respected by most (and also the visual evidence is hard to deny).

Henry has also had a 17-year career in Professional Wrestling, competing within the WWE (formerly WWF) ever since corporation owner Vince McMahon learned that Henry was a wrestling enthusiast. His ensuing profession has seen him win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship two times, as well as the ECW Championship and also the WWE European Championship.

Notwithstanding his no-nonsense on-screen facade (a personality who regularly welcomes his enemies to the ‘Hall of Pain’) Henry is extremely active within the ‘Make a Wish’ Foundation, (a charity group that grants desires to children with life-threatening or incurable illnesses) also as numerous anti-drug and anti-bullying campaigns.

When interviewed over on the day, Henry said: “I want the kids to have what I didn’t have. I didn’t have a great deal growing up. I hope more people did it for me, so I try and do it in kind.”


Saturday, 14 September 2013

What is the curly tube that FBI Agents wear in their ears

You would consider that the U . s . secret service (being the United states secret service and all) would have access to an earpiece a bit cooler that just the standard ‘curly cable’ job, wouldn’t you?

If pushed, I have to state that I usually imagine a little old fella, like Desmond Llewelyn in the Bond movies, (or even a younger model like Ben Whishaw from ‘Skyfall’) making all the devices himself after which explaining them to the agents before they go out and protector the President’s life.

This is just not the case. They use the models they use as they work plus they work well. Essentially, wired models are still more reliable than their wireless counterparts. With wireless, you tend to have more interference, as well as having to contend with more limited bandwidth. Essentially, you need reliable tech if you’re within the field. Lives are at stake in some cases.

This simple, trusted earpiece might be relied upon to accomplish the job, every time.

Another advantage that wired earpieces have over wireless ones (in this example, at least) is the proven fact that a wired set needn’t take an extra battery. Wireless earphones would need charging and, as a result, would possess a somewhat limited operational capability. It just causes a whole lot more headaches for individuals who, let us face it, already have a good bit on their plates to begin with.

Reported by ‘’

“The ear piece and mic that the secret service uses is called a Throat Mic. The Throat Mic has clarity that is unsurpassed, great sound quality, and allows for discreet interaction. It also has an acoustic air tube that makes it comfortable when worn for long periods of time”.

The ‘curly earpiece’ tech is generally rather common and is used by a number of individuals and organisations beyond the FBI. You are able to even purchase a wireless version, but don’t expect the secret service to be interested!

I could contend another point, but that is merely a pet theory with very little research to back it up. Psychologically speaking, when you see a secret service agent, you identify them as such without seeing them in any kind of uniform (beyond a suit, shades and an earpiece), the earpiece, then, is a subtle reminder to, the civilian, that not only is this not a regular person inside a suit, but also that the area in which you now find yourself is being strictly monitored.

With one remark to his/her earpiece, the agent in question can possibly call down many of the other agents within the direct area, as well as police, fire brigade and anybody else he/she believes is necessary. That subtle reminder is likely an extremely potent crime deterrent. No guns need to be displayed, no helmets or flak jackets worn and yet y’know that this person has eyes everywhere and could, potentially, really ruin your week. As I said, it’s just a hypothesis, but It looks like it makes sense.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Games pioneer John Carmack joins virtual reality headset firm

Editorial – The Band at Oculus are re-inventing the VR Headset with their kick starter funded Oculus Rift headset. John Carmack of half life, call of duty and Quake fame and an expert in 1st person shooters, has joined the Oculus team to progress a game, doubtless a first person shooter, for the headset. Watch how this develops because the future of gaming may be in this appointment

A firm developing a hotly-tipped virtual reality gaming headset has hired a gaming pioneer to be its chief technology officer.

John Carmack is famed for developing the first-person shooter genre, creating games such as Doom and Quake.

He will join Oculus VR to work on Oculus Rift, a goggle-like device which uses two small screens to “immerse” players into a game.

The company has not yet announced a release date for the headset.

However, developer kits have been sent out to companies keen to make use of the device within their titles.

The Oculus Rift, which has been made thanks in part to $2.4m (£1.5m) raised through crowd-funding site Kickstarter, requires the user to wear a black headset, the front of which contains two small screens, each displaying a slightly different perspective on the same scene.

The effect is one of being “in” the game – if the player moves his or her head around, the scene changes accordingly.

‘Transformative technology’

Movement is still achieved by using a traditional controller, although other designers have experimented with creating treadmill-like add-ons for the device.

Early demo models of the headset used a single screen divided to produce two 640 by 800 pixel images – one for each eye – but it is likely that the version that gets released publicly will be in high-definition.

Mr Carmack said: “Now is a special time. I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer.

“The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today. I’m extremely excited to make a mark in what I truly believe will be a transformative technology.”

Mr Carmack is best known for founding iD Software, the firm responsible for the likes of Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake and others – all of which pushed boundaries in what remains one of the most popular gaming formats.

Mr Carmack said he will continue to work with iD, but that his main focus was now on Oculus VR.

He also runs a small aerospace company, however this has been put in “hibernation mode” following various setbacks including a crashed rocket.

Wheels You Pinch: GTA V...Coming Soon!

That’s right people, folkettes and folking mother folkers, ‘GTA V’ is approaching soon!

Made to become Rockstar’s biggest ‘open world’ game thus far, we are able to expect this mischievous misadventure to be Enormous. If you happen to took the expansive simulated worlds of GTA 4, Grand theft auto: San Andreas and Red Dead Redemption and slapped them all together, end to end, you would fit all of them within the boundaries of GTA V’s meticulously made virtual stage and you’d very much have space to spare. That is not only us talking either, that is an official declaration. Get this, even the sea floor is entirely mapped and explored.

There are 3 characters and you’ll be able to swap between them freely so they can discover various aspects in the story from varying angles. When you decide which person to ‘be’ next, the camera pans out, (Google Earth style) and deposits you within the current location of that chosen avatar. Amazing.

Do not worry though, there is a lot more than pretty, destroyable surroundings and multiple narratives to maintain the harder murderous characters at bay. The world of Grand theft auto V is chock full of cars, weapons and options to inflict misery upon unsuspecting civilians, if that happens as your bag, anyhow. If you are not #in the# mood for chainsawing blameless citizens to death (if not, why don’t you?) you can simply ‘flip them off’ and check out a number of various pre-programmed movement that are player (and region) dependent.

Aside from that, the gameplay system has had a complete refurbishment and GTA 5 “evolves virtually every mechanic” according to ‘Game Informer’s Matt Bertz. The fight system has been re-jigged and also the aiming and shooting controls have been totally re-designed.

Generally though, the general feel and the tone of the title won’t be experiencing any important changes. You won’t be driving around delivering flowers or visiting church on Sunday. You’ll be stealing automobiles and murdering people.

Many people. Probably in a number of vicious ways.

If you followed the series thus far, then believe us, you will choose to be here for the next chapter.

In this respect, Grand theft auto V is about what GTA has forever been about, total and utter bloodshed. It is a gangster movie that stars you; enslaving, shocking and much more sophisticated than ever before…

This title is released on the 19th of september, for further information click here

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Repeat Offence: Grand Theft Auto 5...Approaching Shortly

Within the gritty real world of urban street crime, rival gangs and gangsters battle it out for ultimate dominance. However, in the virtual world of city street crime, only one brand reigns supreme: Grand Theft Auto.

Now, with the new instalment planned for September 2013, the series is as sound as ever. GTA V will feature an artificial world so great that the expansive worlds of prior instalments GTA IV, Grand theft auto: San Andreas and even Western adventure Red Dead Redemption possibly will all fit comfortably inside its boundaries. As if that was not sufficient, the virtual world of Grand theft auto V even has its own ecosystem and the entire ocean floor can be mapped and explored (if the gamer fancies a bit of a break from murdering people, specifically). The amount of detail and craftsmanship that Rockstar Games has gone to this time around is simply wonderful.

Grand theft auto 5 follows the nefarious misadventures of three characters, each of whom can be operated through the player at any time. When you select a brand new player, the screen zooms upwards; ‘Google Earth’ mode and plummets back down toward the location of our chosen ne’er-do-well.

Aside from that, roughly every aspect of Grand theft auto 5 is overhauled. A vastly improved combat technique (which includes amazing new aiming and shooting features) joins a complete retooling of even the most simple GTA functions. Do not fret though, they haven’t jettisoned the series effortless playability or comfortable gameplay, they have just built it better.

As an example, at anywhere in the title, now you can ‘flip off’ passers by (or your own allies). The NPC on the receiving end of this rudeness will react in a variety of different ways, depending on the stipulated character data and the area that they happen being in.

However, for all those of you murderous tyrants around, do not despair. GTA hasn’t become a sensitive feely virtual nature documentary, or some type of socially aware cautionary tale about not flipping people off in public. Oh no (far from it, in fact). The Grand theft auto series has always been about the dark side of city drama, the grim and gritty truth of life in the mean streets of the world’s immense urban expansion projects (well, that and running grannies over in Land Rovers, anyway). GTA 5 isn’t different, inside the latest instalment, you will find all the blood, guts, gore, massacre and wanton destruction you have come to demand from this franchise. All that and far, much more…

Get Grand theft auto 5 around the 19th of september here

Friday, 23 August 2013

Watching films on that apple ipad mini, is it too limited?

Generally, the apple ipad Mini is ok for viewing movies (as well as doing almost everything else). The processing force is about the same as a iPad 4, so there is no true problem there and the playback is generally as smooth as an android’s bottom (Star Trek gag).

The one real concern with the iPad Mini is the deficit of a ‘Retina Display’, the stunning display technology featured on apple ipad 3 – 4, iPod Touch (4th – 5th Gen) and iPhone 4 – 5 (amongst others). The apple ipad Mini does suffer somewhat from the deficit of a Retina Screen, however it’s probably not a crisis.

You can find, of course, the matter of that 16GB iPad Mini struggling to store data, on the other hand, but that’s mostly common sense

Gareth Beavis, in the authorized ‘’ appraisal of the Apple ipad mini, understood:

“The iPad mini suffers from the same thing that all the other iPads do: namely that the 16GB version, which is the poster child of the new cut-size range, is too small to really pack with the movies and apps that you want”.

 He followed on to speak about the apple ipad Mini’s scarcity of file compatibility. This is, so far as I’m concerned, the Mini’s major disadvantage as the media tablet.

“There’s the other issue here: the lack of file compatibility. The iPad mini will play .mp4 files fairly easily, but if you fancy chucking on a DivX or AVI option then that’s out of the question. There are third party applications you can use, but these can be extremely buggy and cost extra to put on your tablet…But that’s the griping out of the way – as a video player, the iPad mini is excellent. It’s just the right size and weight to hold two-handed in landscape mode, and if you’re OK with it not feeling as secure in one hand, a decent heft to hold with a single set of digits”.

 I feel that Beavis offers a fairly good rundown of the pros and cons.

Elsewhere, the Head of Technology on the Daily Telegraph, Shane Richmond, addressed the 7″ screen size in the review, when he wrote,

“In practice the smaller screen size is not much of a problem and it is because of that 0.9-inches, which gives 35 per cent more screen area than the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD”.

In addition, the 7 inch size in reality makes the apple ipad Mini more comfortable to hold when viewing a film; the device actually uses its small stature as a bonus. Moreover, the display continues to be more than adequate. Devindra Hardawar, of ‘Venture’, wrote,

“Movies and games don’t look as sharp as they do on Retina Display-equipped iPads, but it’s a more than worthy tradeoff. It takes a discerning eye to notice the benefits of Apple’s Retina Display, but anyone can immediately recognize how much more convenient the iPad mini is. (And naturally, that’s a problem that will be fixed in future models when Apple brings Retina Display quality to the iPad Mini.)”

All things measured, the apple ipad Mini is okay for viewing films, but I myself recommend that you opt for the model with extra space for storing (and also that you keep in perspective the file type restrictions of that iPad Mini).