This smartphone projector is the perfect budget home cinema system

Watching films at home on a big screen is one of life’s great pleasures, but the problem is that the tech needed to do that is often very expensive. No more, thanks to this smartphone projector. It’s called the Smart Phone Projector, and as you may have realised it’s a projector for your smartphone. All you have to do is place …

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Tom PritchardThis smartphone projector is the perfect budget home cinema system

This digital tattoo can be used to unlock your Moto X

It’s a bit of a pain using passcodes, or patterns, or even pictures of your face to unlock your phone, but it’s definitely better than leaving it open for the world to access. Fortunately Motorola has developed a temporary  so-called digital tattoo that your phone could scan to unlock. Tattoo might not be the right word, since it’s actually a …

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Tom PritchardThis digital tattoo can be used to unlock your Moto X

iPhone 6 sales expectations have suppliers rushing to meet the demand

There’s never been any doubt that the iPhone 6 is going to sell well, but the expectations for high sales have had Apples suppliers working overtime to meet the probable demand. That’s producing between 70 and 80 million units before the 30th December. For reference the initial number of iPhone 5S and 5C units ordered was between 50 and 60 million. …

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Waterlog Reswum: Joe Minihane talks about Roger Deakin and open water swimming #SwimmingWeek

Image: Devil’s Bridge, The River Lune, waterlogreswum.com In 1999 nature writer and documentary maker Roger Deakin made swimming history. Although the quintessentially eccentric English gent with his rambling Suffolk home (complete with its own moat) didn’t know so at the time, his epic book Waterlog would go on to revolutionise open water swimming.  For a generation stuck behind a desk whose …

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shinychrisWaterlog Reswum: Joe Minihane talks about Roger Deakin and open water swimming #SwimmingWeek

The iPhone 6 might feature a 13MP camera sensor

According to a post on a Chinese forum Digi-Wo, the iPhone 6 will include Sony’s  Exmor IMX220 camera sensor which has a 13MP, 1/2.3″ sensor and can record video in 1080p. Previous rumours have suggested that the iPhone 6 would stick to the 8MP resolution from the iPhone 5S, but would include improved image stabilisation, and that this would only be …

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Philipp Lahm announces his retirement from international football

BREAKING: Philipp Lahm has retired from international football. pic.twitter.com/8Wo7Bb534F — SportlobsterFootball (@Football_SL) July 18, 2014 The Sport’s Lobster today tweeted this breaking news as it was announced this morning that Germany captain and  World Cup winner, Philipp Lahm has retired from international football. The 30-year-old German defender has been the consummate professional for his country and is a true leader …

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The future of swimming – urban lakes and re-generated Lidos? #SwimmingWeek

Whether it’s global warming, cleaner rivers or just the need to get away from the trappings of modern day life stuck behind a desk, it seems there is a huge rise in urban swimming. In the summer it’s traditionally been the many lidos that have been our city’s beaches, particularly in London where dozens of these large outdoor pools still …

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shinychrisThe future of swimming – urban lakes and re-generated Lidos? #SwimmingWeek
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Extreme Swims – including Land’s End to John O’Groats and The Amazon #SwimmingWeek

  Most of us are happy to plod up and down our local swimming pool for a few laps. Or maybe if we are feeling really adventurous heading off for a quick dip in the sea. But what if you really want a swimming challenge to impress your mates? Here we look at six of the most extreme swims ever …

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shinychrisExtreme Swims – including Land’s End to John O’Groats and The Amazon #SwimmingWeek
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So why does everyone hate Kasabian then?

I don’t know about you, but over the past few days my social media feeds have been dominated by a series of moans about 1, Glastonbury in general and 2, Kasabian in particular. Here’s a sample ‘They’re just a cocky, indie-dance-pub-glam-rock band with a ludicrous sense of self-importance, dodgy fashion sense & poor tunes…’ Ouch! Obviously Kasabian have their fans, …

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Welcome to the new Brandish

Yep, after a brief hiatus we are back bringing daily dispatches from the worlds of tech, style, music and football to the discerning gentleman. And there have been a few changes. We have a lovely, new easy to follow design, added a few new categories – check out Timewarp to re-live yours (or indeed someone else’s) youth and we are …

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Arsenal update: if not Morata then who? Remy? Benteke? Berbatov?

Well the Alvaro Morata to Arsenal story didn’t last that long did it? Several sources are saying that Arsene Wenger has no interest in the player who was apparently heading for a few months on loan to provide back up for Olivier Giroud. There are still plenty of names being linked with Arsenal. Pato – though that seems very unlikely …

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AshleyArsenal update: if not Morata then who? Remy? Benteke? Berbatov?

Arsenal update: Higuain deal close, Payet buzz, Villa off to Spurs?

There is still no hard news coming out of Madrid this morning, which means that several news sites are running with ‘Gonzalo Higuain deal gets even closer’ type stories. At least a couple of sites have claimed that an Arsenal entourage are in Madrid and that Wenger may be jetting out to join them soon. Goal also says that Higuain’s …

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AshleyArsenal update: Higuain deal close, Payet buzz, Villa off to Spurs?
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This summer’s hottest plimsolls and canvas shoes

Ever wondered why the plimsoll is called that? According to Nicholette Jones’ book The Plimsoll Sensation in the 1870s it got the name because the coloured horizontal band joining the upper to the sole resembled the Plimsoll line on a ship’s hull. So just like the Plimsoll line on a ship, if water got above the line of the rubber …

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AshleyThis summer’s hottest plimsolls and canvas shoes
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Style – Cricket Chic – how to look good when watching The Ashes

We are now just a month away from the first game in The Ashes series as the under achieving Aussies face the mighty England team at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. If all goes to plan it will be business as usual with the England team notching up their third Ashes series win in a row. But then again when has …

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AshleyStyle – Cricket Chic – how to look good when watching The Ashes
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How to dress like Jay ‘The Great’ Gatsby

In case you hadn’t noticed The Great Gatsby is back in the cinemas again with Leonardo Di Caprio playing the doomed title role alongside his Daily Buchanan, in this instance Carey Mulligan. Given that the director is Baz Luhrmann of Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet fame the film is not surprisingly rather stylised with much of the fashions that …

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The 11 hottest new psych bands – Hidden Masters, Hounds Tooth, Magnetic Mind…

Barely a day seems to go by at the moment without some great new psych music arriving on Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube or (gosh) vinyl. So I have rounded up 10 of the best recent releases (plus one bonus one) and included videos, embeds or links if they exist. So without further ado – here you go. The Sudden Death Of …

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Style – Summer Hats round up – Zara, Fred Perry, Ted Baker and more

In case you hadn’t noticed the sun has suddenly decide to grace us with its presence which is great news for everyone, except for those of us who are folically challenged. It is now the time of year when hat wearing shifts from begin a quirky affectation to a necessity. Fortunately there’s a pretty good selection in the stores at …

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AshleyStyle – Summer Hats round up – Zara, Fred Perry, Ted Baker and more
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Style Safari – Retro Sunglasses guide

With summer fast approaching (- or due to make an appearance any time now) your look is not complete without a set of shades. With so many different styles to choose from and plenty of good High Street versions at a fraction of the cost, some of the coolest ones right now have got to be retro inspired ones. Sunglasses …

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AshleyStyle Safari – Retro Sunglasses guide

Some tricky decisions for Alan Pardew and Newcastle for the West Ham game

Following an embarrassing 6-0 hammering by Liverpool, and after a week where newspapers were warned against revealing the extent of Newcastle’s dressing room tensions, this weekend’s trip to West Ham feels like a particularly important game for Alan Pardew. Newcastle are now in 17th, just one point away from the drop-zone. They could do without further selection issues, but the …

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AshleySome tricky decisions for Alan Pardew and Newcastle for the West Ham game
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Andy Warhol Pepe Jeans Campbell Soup Jacket

Ok, so the Pop Art spotlight is very much on Roy Lichtenstein at the moment what with his retrospective at the Tate Modern in London. But when it comes to a style/art crossover then there’s only one pop art name that counts, and that’s Andy Warhol. There are literally hundreds of Warhol’s prints available on t-shirts – check this lot …

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