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Bolse® 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop charger With SmartIC™ Technology for iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 4S, 4; iPad Air, mini, retina mini; iPad 4, 3, 2; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3; Galaxy Note 3, 2; LG G2, HTC and Android Devices With 5FT/1.5M Power Cord-Black
Bolse® 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop charger With SmartIC™ Technology for iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 4S, 4; iPad Air, mini, retina mini; iPad 4, 3, 2; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3; Galaxy Note 3, 2; LG G2, HTC and Android Devices With 5FT/1.5M Power Cord-Black

5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Into 1 USB charger, 8 July 2014
This is smart, compact and very clever multi-USB charging device from Bolse. Plug four USB devices into it and it will regulate the power needed by each one. iPads, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, MP3 players, Bluetooth speakers, camera - I've tried just about every combination and everything charges at more or less the same rate as when they're plugged directly into a wall socket, even when there are four of them plugged into this.

The lengthy 5' mains cable is an extra bonus - it doubles as an extension lead when I'm using my iPad when it's low on power. I was lucky enough to receive this gratis in return for a review but, for the asking price of £12.99 (at the time of writing), it's a bargain and a good excuse to clear out the assorted USB-mains plugs I've collected over the past couple of years.


KabelDirekt 5m Pro Series Stereo Jack Extension Cable 3.5mm Male > 3.5mm Female
KabelDirekt 5m Pro Series Stereo Jack Extension Cable 3.5mm Male > 3.5mm Female
Offered by KabelDirekt
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality 3.5mm Extension Cable., 3 July 2014
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This is a review for the 5m cable. Whilst you can get cheaper extension leads for as little as a couple of quid, it's worth splashing out the extra cash for this one. The cable is thick and uncoils without any kinks and the connecters are solid and well built. Sound quality is in no way impaired and I can now watch films whilst wearing headphones late at night without fear of waking up the rest of the house. Recommended.


Case Logic Backpack for 10-15 inch Cadence/Tablet - Black
Case Logic Backpack for 10-15 inch Cadence/Tablet - Black
Price: £30.23

4.0 out of 5 stars Spacious and effective but expensive, 17 Jun 2014
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This is a very roomy backpack and a 15" laptop fits inside with loads of room to spare. There's also a spacious (unpadded) outer-pocket that provides even more space. Inside there's a pouch for an iPad (a perfect fit for an iPad 2) and provided you sit your iPad with the screen facing towards the internal padded divider, it'll be safe from damage. The main advantage that this has over a traditional laptop case is that it's more versatile and can be used when not carrying a laptop around in it.

Well made and comfortable to wear, it has plenty of storage pouches and it provides the protection you need. It also looks a lot more casual than your laptop case of old. My only reservation is the price - it's quite expensive for what it is essentially a standard backpack with some extra foam padding.


Creative MUVO 10 Portable Bluetooth Wireless NFC Speaker with Aux-in and Microphone - Black
Creative MUVO 10 Portable Bluetooth Wireless NFC Speaker with Aux-in and Microphone - Black
Price: £49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK speaker but size isn't everything, 16 Jun 2014
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Weighing in just short of 1Kg, this is a big portable Bluetooth speaker. The moulded plastic build incorporates a carry handle and it looks quite stylish. The volume goes louder than any other Bluetooth speaker I've used and it really does fill every corner of the room. However, the overall sound although fairly clear (even with the volume turned up) is lacking in depth, even for a Bluetooth speaker in this price range. It's OK, but nothing special.

It seamlessly paired with my iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and laptop (running Ubuntu) and has connected every time thereafter. The Bluetooth range is good - it works around the house, including upstairs, but it cuts out for a fraction of a second more often than expected even when close to the device it's being used with.

It can be used with a 3.5mm audio cable (not included) for devices lacking Bluetooth capability and it's charged using a USB cable (included) and you'll need a USB plug (not included) if you want to use it straight out of the box. The NFC and speaker phone functions work as expected, the battery lasts for approximately 7 hours with the volume turned up high and it has volume Up & Down buttons.

Overall, this is an OK speaker but check out the competition before buying. Compared to similar portable speakers, it's just too big and clumsy for no apparent reason other than to look more impressive. Ultimately, I'll compare this with the competition and the Bolse Bluetooth speaker (that has the same RRP but always seems to retail at £29.99) beats it hands down. It doesn't go quite as loud (it's not far off) but the Bolse sounds better, has a 20+ hour battery life and, like this speaker, it has NFC and speaker phone functions. Additionally, it has control buttons that allow the user to skip backwards and forwards between tracks, a feature this speaker doesn't have. It's also lot smaller, lighter and compact and therefore more portable and the Bluetooth connection is better.


Bolse® N600 Dual-Band Wireless USB Adapter - 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5Ghz 300Mbps, One-Button Setup, Support Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8; Mac OS X 10.5 Greater(*Does Not Support Win8.1*)
Bolse® N600 Dual-Band Wireless USB Adapter - 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5Ghz 300Mbps, One-Button Setup, Support Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8; Mac OS X 10.5 Greater(*Does Not Support Win8.1*)
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple installation and a fast connection, 6 Jun 2014
This is an excellent bit of kit that WiFi enabled my desktop PC thereby allowing me to remove the ethernet cable connecting it to the router. This in turn allowed me to re-site the router in a more central part of the home for a better all round wireless reception. Installed on a PC running MS Vista, I had to load the drivers from the provided 3" CD after Windows failed to automatically find and install them. It only took a couple of minutes and there's a very comprehensive instruction booklet with step-by-step instructions and screen shots.

Once installed, I removed the ethernet cable from my PC, restarted it and there were a lot of different WiFi networks showing (a lot more than I see on my iPad which suggests that this adapter has a bigger reach). I selected mine, was prompted to input my password and my PC was connected to my WiFi network. The speed is more or less the same as when my PC was connected directly to the router and it automtaically kicks in to life when the PC is switched on. Happy days. I received this gratis in return for an honest review.


From There to Here [DVD]
From There to Here [DVD]
Dvd ~ Philip Glenister
Price: £14.95

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality TV drama, 5 Jun 2014
This review is from: From There to Here [DVD] (DVD)
This is a very well written three hour drama from the BBC that features some first class acting. Phil Glenister, whose character (Daniel Cotton) shares the arrogance of his most famous incarnation (Life on Mars' DCI Gene Hunt), holds the whole thing together superbly and he's supported by a very strong supporting cast. Covering a period of four years following the IRA bombing of Manchester in 1996 and the events that unfold within the lives and businesses of Cotton and his "families" as a consequence, it's refreshing to watch a drama this good that's neither imported or a crime drama. Funny in parts and moving in others (but never too much in either direction (although I did laugh out loud a few times)), it authentically evokes memories of a not too distant past and it's the best British drama I've seen for some time. Well worth watching if you missed it on TV.
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Funny Old Shit - Volume 1, A Trunk Records Sampler
Funny Old Shit - Volume 1, A Trunk Records Sampler
Price: £4.49

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment, 3 Jun 2014
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Focussing almost exclusively on their extensive digital catalogue, this is the first in a series of budget compilations from Trunk Records. Highlighting the beautiful, the absurd, the unlistenable, the fascinating, the addictive and all of the other things that make Trunk such an interesting label, this is a quality sampler and given that many of the songs are from the Fifties and Sixties, more than a few have a jazz vibe about them.

Bernard Cribbins opens proceedings with the amusing (and highly addictive) 'Gossip Calypso' and Jacques Lasry & Bernard Baschet's 'Rapsodie de Budapest' is an eerie sound sculpture from way back. 'Jive Baby on a Saturday Night' by the Jellies is a minimal new wave number from 1981 and, with it's heavy bass, it's very reminiscent of ESG's sound from the same period. The electro-exotica-jazz of 'Waltz in Orbit' is the flip side of the first ever BBC Radiophonic Workshop release and was produced by George Martin

'Rats in My Room' features "the world's best worst singer" Leoni Anderson and she more than lives up to her billing. This is swiftly followed by the utterly gorgeous and mesmerising vocal jazz cover of John Coltrane's 'Naima' by The Double Six of Paris - it's stunning. Elsewhere there are children singing, educational electronics, easy listening vibes, Robert Mitchum singing with a Caribbean accent and Avant-garde wizardry. Yusef Lateef closes the album with the sublime and unforgettable 'Love Theme from Spartacus'.

Clocking in at 43 minutes, the sound has been remastered and is crystal clear. Housed in a cardboard sleeve with concise notes from Jonny Trunk printed on the back sleeve (where he explains that the name of this album comes from the response he gives to people when they ask him what sort of music his label releases), this is another interesting and very worthwhile budget sampler from the ever impressive Trunk.


New York in The '70s
New York in The '70s
Price: £7.49

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The final instalment, 22 May 2014
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Another year and another concept album from Luke Haines. Including the North Sea Scrolls collaborative effort, that's four within the past three years. A mythical re-imagining of the New York Rock 'n' Roll scene 1972-1979, lyrically this album is reminiscent of his '9½ Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling' album - mostly favourable and sympathetic towards the many people that he sings about but with no shortage of his usual wry observations and razor sharp one liners. Musically, Haines broadens his palette and the synths & keyboards found on his early solo work make a welcome return. Loads of name-checks, including Lou Reed (so good he names him twice and also mimics 1975's 'Lou Reed Live' for the album's cover), Suicide's Alan Vegas, The New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders, CBGB, Max's Kansas City, writer and sometime musician Jim Carroll and even Dorset's very own Cerne Abbas Man. This is the final instalment of Haines' psychedelic concept trilogy and it's the second best of the three, just behind the wrestling one. It'll be interesting to hear what he does next.


Entropicalia
Entropicalia
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £12.88

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trippy, pyschedelic, motorik and cinematic wall of sound, 22 May 2014
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This review is from: Entropicalia (Audio CD)
Imagine a band that incorporate elements of some of the best sounds of the late Sixties and early Seventies - Krautrock, sunshine pop, Serge Gainsbourg, acid folk, David Axelrod, Tropicalia, psychedelia, European cinema - and combine those influences into a cohesive, original sounding and addictive 48 minute album of genius. The Soundcarriers are that band and this is their best album yet.

The bass guitar sounds amazing and it dominates throughout and together with the percussion it underpins the sound of this album. Add in the keyboards, lush multi-tracked vocals, guitars, flutes, an Elijah Wood monologue, etc and the result is a totally absorbing trippy, pyschedelic, motorik and cinematic wall of sound. If you enjoyed the sound of Broadcast and Stereolab you'll find much to enjoy here but with this album The Soundcarriers take it to an altogether different level. Buy it, play it loud and prepare to be astonished.


External USB Floppy Drive - Black
External USB Floppy Drive - Black
Offered by Storage Depot Ltd
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Plug and Play simplicity, 19 May 2014
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I bought this after finding some old floppy disks after a sort out. With both Windows 7 and Ubuntu the drivers were automatically downloaded and installed within a few seconds and, in Windows 7, it shows as the "A" drive. There is a 3" CD with drivers and there's also a user manual should you need them. It works just as expected with whirring noises and the LED on the front of the drive flashing intermittently (it's like the 1990s all over again!) and, for the asking price (£9.99 at the time of writing), it's a bargain.


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