The Wedding-Ruining Drone And More Tech Of The Week

Including Wi-Fi phonecalls, iOS 8.3 and exciting battery-related news

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1 | Your New Favourite Toy

If you’ve ever been invited to a wedding and felt slightly mugged off at not being asked to be one of the groomsmen, a new product will let you ruin the service from the pews, as seen above.

The DJI Phantom 3 is an affordable new drone from Phantom Drones, available in both ‘Professional’ and ‘Phantom’ versions, both with the ability to film 4K footage with a 94-degree field of view. All of which you control via a remote and your phone or tablet. It’s also small enough to be unobtrusive inside as well as out, although we recommend giving the local church a miss. 

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From £672, dji.com


2 | Your Pocket-Friendly Way To Get Windows On Your TV

It seems between smartwatches, phones, tablets, laptops, Google Chromecast and the way everything in the home is becoming connected, it’s difficult to find some sort of shiny surface you can’t access a computer through.

Just in case there’s been any oversights, Intel have come out with a USB stick that will turn any TV (with a HDMI port) into a Windows Desktop. With 32GB of storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, it could be exactly what you’re after if you’re fed up of watching The Great British Bake Off and would rather be trying out the snazzy new Windows 10 instead.

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Released 6 May, from £169.95, intel.com


3 | Your New Operating System

Yes, it’s time to update your phone again as Apple have just released iOS 8.3 for iPhone and iPad. So far much of the talk has been about the system’s new emojis, but it also boasts CarPlay connectivity (the ability to connect to your in-car entertainment through Siri) a way to separate your messages into those from contacts and unknowns, and a more spacious keyboard in Safari. Which should help avoid tyops. 

Available for free in the app store.
 

4 | Your New Fast-Charging Power Source

And now for a story about a battery.

Lithium is more than a Nirvana song, in fact it’s what the battery in your laptop and phone is made out of, and likely the reason you’re left without anything to do on a two-hour train journey.

Luckily, researchers at Stanford are working on a new form of aluminium battery that could charge your smartphone in one minute and could also replace that bag of 300 AAA batteries for your other devices that you bought down the market last Sunday. Best of all, it won’t burst into flames when you put a drill through it, as the video above explains. Which is a weight off our minds.
 

5 | Your New Way To Call Home (Even In The Middle Of Nowhere)

Another noteworthy element of iOS 8.3 is the fact that Apple were the first company to bring EE’s new Wi-Fi Calling service to phones, two days before the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

The thinking behind EE’s new service is a back-up calling function to cover those times when you find yourself halfway up a mountain / in the dessert / in your low-coverage home town and need to make a call in a hurry. It’s currently available on new models of the phones mentioned above, as well as Microsoft’s Lumia 640, and your phone will switch to the new service as soon as there’s no phone coverage. However, if you find yourself somewhere with neither phone nor Wi-Fi coverage, we’re afraid we can’t help you.

ee.co.uk
 

 

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