What is HDR?

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. High Dynamic Range refers to contrast and color within a still or moving image. With an HDR picture, there is a far greater contrast between the brightest and darkest elements, providing a greater sense of depth. At the same time, color range is expanded to give a much more … Continued

What is UHD?

UHD stands for Ultra High Definition, the next standard in TV and display resolution following Full HD. It’s also commonly referred to as 4K. Whereas traditional Full HD is limited to 1920 vertical columns and 1080 horizontal rows of pixels, Ultra HD has a total resolution of 3840 pixels by 2160, meaning pictures can pack … Continued

What is a smart button?

You might have seen new smart buttons being launched by a range of technology companies. However, it isn’t immediately obvious what they are. Well a smart button is actually part of the Internet of Things, a concept where everyday objects are connected. A smart button is quick a simple idea. They are Wi-Fi or Bluetooth … Continued

What is the IoT?

The IoT stands for the Internet of Things. It refers to a growing network of devices that aren’t just traditional computers or smartphones, which connect to the Internet to collect and exchange data. Examples of IoT devices include everything from smart watches and fitness trackers to connected cars and smart energy meters. Being connected allows … Continued

What is VR?

VR stands for Virtual Reality. VR uses a head mounted display unit and 360 degree sound to virtually transport users to another place. The display unit tracks the user’s head movements, allowing him or her to look around in the virtual space, and feel as if they are really there. VR technology is currently primarily … Continued

Four ways contactless tech will change our lives over the next decade

Contactless technology is one of the most exciting innovations out there. Already, we’re making regular payments on our phones, enjoying seamless and convenient transactions. NFC tech has also revolutionized the way we travel, with most modern transport systems now offering payment via contactless cards and mobile phones. Lengthy queues, and conductors checking hundreds of tickets, … Continued

What are Instagram Stories and Zoom?

Instagram is a popular mobile photo-sharing service owned by Facebook. It allows you to share photos with followers and has been at the center of the ‘InstaCeleb’ and ‘selfie’ cultural phenomena. However, in recent years it’s been challenged by the rise of Snapchat, an ephemeral video messaging service. Recently Instagram has introduced two new features, … Continued

What is the dark web?

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you may have heard of the dark web (sometimes known as the darknet, or ‘onionland’ due to the domain suffix “.onion”). If you’re wondering what it is, then we’re here to tell you. Do note, however, that if you’re looking to discover more about the dark web, or … Continued

What is a smart fridge?

Ever since the dawn of the Internet of Things, industry commentators have envisaged the smart fridge and talked about its potential to make life much, much easier. Finally, they are here – as an example a Samsung model was recently showcased at the annual CES show. So, what exactly is a smart fridge? A smart … Continued

How do smart thermostats work?

Smart thermostats are one of the most popular devices you can buy if you’re building a connected home. They should not be confused with smart meters, which digitally send meter readings to your energy supplier. They let you remotely control your home’s temperature via a tablet, smartphone or desktop for greater control over your central … Continued