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Giveaway: Two tickets to the Ford Focus ‘Start More Live’ event

By Laura on May 16th, 2011

Ford has just launch the new Ford Focus and to celebrate they are hosting an event called “’Start More Live” on May 25 in Central London. In the run up to the event they have teamed up with Tim Lovejoy and Robbie Knox, to hunt down the best of everything from gadgets to golf, stunt driving and food.

At the event there will be the latest car tech on display, the chance to try out some golfing trick shots with Jeremy Dale, Stefan Gates cooking up an extreme culinary storm, and a performance by The Enemy’.

There are only 250 tickets to the event, but Ford have generously offered us a pair to give away to Brandish readers. To enter leave us a comment and we will pick a winner at random on Friday May 20th.

To find out more about the new Ford Focus and Start More Live” head over to their Facebook page.

***Please make sure you can attend the event in central London on May 25 before entering. You will be responsible for covering your own transportation/any accommodation costs.



iPhone App, Lifestyle & Gadgets

iSupr8: Make Ultra Hipster Videos With Your iPhone

By Laura on January 18th, 2011

If there is one thing that iPhone users apparently love its retro style apps. Both the Hipstamatic and Instagram apps take care of your photos, but what about your videos? They just look so modern and boring. Well get ready to rejoice the iSupr8 is about to fix this by applying a Super 8 filter to your iPhone’s video function.

The £1.99 app lets you record in 360p, 480p or 720p, and has shortcuts to export to your camera roll, share on Facebook and send via email. Check out the demo above.

First posted to Tech Digest



Lifestyle & Gadgets

Olympus TOUGH TG-610 and TG-310 Digital Cameras

By Laura on January 17th, 2011

Olympus has launched the new TG-610 and TG-310, the latest cameras to join their TOUGH line.

As with their other TOUGH cameras, both the TG-610 and TG-310 are waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof allowing you to take great photos and shoot HD movies in almost any environment. I have yet to personally test out these latest models, however, I personally owned one of the older versions of this camera, and found it perfect for more sporty or adventurous people, looking for good quality point and shoot camera that can keep up with them. Mine has survived a month long canoe trip to the Canadian Arctic, multiple skiing trips, been dropped off a few cliffs and even into a beer stein at Octoberfest, yet despite all this abuse it still works perfectly. So if these new cameras are anything like the older versions, tough is a bit of an understatement.

The 14 Megapixel cameras are Eye-Fi card compatibility and will automatically upload your pictures and movies wirelessly to your computer or website. They can also be charged through USB which is obviously useful when your traveling. Designed to shoot underwater, the cameras feature a sliding double lock mechanism protects the battery, card slots and ports, while an additional lens barrier (metal on the TG-610 and hard glass on the TG-310) safeguards the optical zoom lens for taking pictures underwater; the TG-310 is waterproof to three meters while the TG-610 can shoot images up to five meters. The Olympus TOUGH TG-610 also has an automatic Underwater Snapshot Mode. In addition both cameras are freezeproof to -10°C and shockproof to a height of 1.5 meters.

Similar to their EPL cameras they both feature what Olympus calls Magic Filters. These allow you to add a number of filters to your photos including Pop Art, Soft Focus, Punk ( which transforms your image into contrasting pink and blacks), Sparkle Magic (which adds twinkling lights to objects) and the Beauty Mode (allowing you to smooth away wrinkles and eliminate imperfections and blemishes). The cameras also has Face and Pet Detection. While a lot of these filters are rather gimmicky, for the casual photographer they can be quite fun to play around with.

Both cameras will be available from February, with the TG-610 available in silver, black, blue and red for £250 and the TG-310 available in silver, blue, red, white and orange for £200.



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Top 5 Gifts For The Gadget Lover

By admin on December 9th, 2010

Searching for the perfect gift for the gadget or tech lover in your life this Christmas? Well look no further, here at Brandish we have complied a list of some of our favourite gadgets to help inspire you this holiday season. From Headphones to Cameras here are our top 5 gadgets.



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Top 10 Pantone Inspired Gifts For This Holiday Season

By Laura on November 16th, 2010

Pantone has been defining pigments for almost 50 years, and sets industry standards in colour. Its matching systems and guides are essential for designers and artists for referencing and producing the precise hue, tint or shade.

In addition to their colour guides they also have a whole range of products inspired by the now infamous coloured chips. So if you are looking for the perfect present for the design or art lover in your life this holiday season check out our top 10 Pantone inspired gifts



Lifestyle & Gadgets, photography

Lomo Pearl Blue and Red Fisheye Packs.

By ThomasHewetson on July 14th, 2010

lomoblue.jpgAt Colette you can find two new colourways of red and pearl blue for the now famous (infamous?) Lomo Fisheye camera. Giving Urban Outfitters a run for their money with their Lomography range, Colette have also collaborated in a limited edition Diana F which you can find on their website.lomored.jpg



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Lomography DigitaLIZA 35mm Scanning Mask

By ThomasHewetson on July 9th, 2010

lomodigitaliza.jpegLomography have just announced the release of the it’s new 35mm Scanning Mask. See the how to video to find out more and check out the microsite on their website for further information.


From shooting to the final picture: A DigitaLIZA adventure from Lomography on Vimeo.



Lifestyle & Gadgets

The Apple iPhone 4 Is Announced.

By ThomasHewetson on June 7th, 2010

steve.jpegUnveiled today was the iPhone 4. Without getting into too much detail, here is the specifications.

  • Just 9.3mm thick
  • Glass front and back with antenna built into side
  • 25% thinner than the iPhone 3GS
  • 5MB Camera with LED flash in the back
  • 5x digital zoom
  • Front-facing camera for video calling
  • 960 x 640 pixels on 3.5 inch display
  • Uses same A4 chip as in iPad
  • 7 hours 3G talk, 10 hours video, 300 hours standby
  • Quad band HSDPA radio. 802.11n WiFii
  • Movie for iPhone

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Lifestyle & Gadgets

Cote et Ciel Laptop Sleeve.

By ThomasHewetson on May 28th, 2010

coat.jpgJust arriving at Oki-Ni, these Cote et Ciel laptop sleeves, designed to meet the specifications of Macs come in 13 and 15 inch variations and also a size to fit the Macbook Air. At a good price of £29 it’s rare to find a laptop sleeve that is actually stylish.



Lifestyle & Gadgets

iPad Keyboard.

By ThomasHewetson on May 26th, 2010

ipadkeybpard.jpegAny concerns you had about purchasing the iPad with the release date here in the UK coming ever closer should be banished with the arrival of the iPad keyboard. Although the touch screen keypad should be enough, when not on the move it’s going to make typing a whole lot easier.



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iPad Release Date Announced.

By ThomasHewetson on May 11th, 2010

Apple have announced that the iPad will become available in Britain on the 28th of May and the 16GB WiFi model shall retail at £429. I was in New York a few weeks ago and played around with one in the Apple shop and it is actually amazing. It fills a space in your tech life which you didn’t know existed. It’s beautiful and the web browsing on it is better than a laptop. Still, it’s far too expensive over here for me to buy. Plus, clothes are a definite priority when it comes to spending money. Anyway, here’s a video which finds another use for an iPad.




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Monster Cable Special Edition On-Ear Headphones.

By ThomasHewetson on April 16th, 2010

headphone.jpgA portion of the profits from these special edition headphones will help fund the fight against AIDS, so you are not only are you getting some fantastic headphones, but are helping out. They also feature ‘Monster ControlTalk™ for iPod® playback control and iPhone™/music phone hands-free calling.’Available from Colette for €249

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Apple iPad: the ultimate gadget?

By shinychris on January 27th, 2010

apple iPad.jpg Is this the most desirable gadget ever? Certainly Apple hopes so. After much speculation and rumour-mongering, Apple has finally unveiled its tablet device, called obviously the iPad.

Much like a giant iPhone, it has a huge touchscreen and a ton of apps running on an updated iPhone operating system. Prices start from a staggeringly affordable $499 (£309) up to $829 (£514) and it will be available to buy in just over 2 months time, with 3G enabled models available within 90 days.

So what do we know about the iPad? Well, quite a lot actually. Apple’s announcement today saw the company’s main-man Steve Jobs talk the world through its device, revealing a host of great features and the gear behind all the magic.

First up, the iPad’s size. It’s difficult to ascertain how comfortable the iPad is without touching it, but we do know it’s only half an inch thick despite the massive touchscreen and that it is also surprisingly light.

There’s 10 hours of battery juice from a single charge even while watching video, as well as a 30-pin dock connector on the side for plugging in add-ons such as a fully mechanical keyboard. The iPad will also sync and back data up with your computer via USB.
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Lifestyle & Gadgets

Gallery: Stylish DAB radios

By shinychris on October 26th, 2009

Fed up listening to the same old boring radio stations? Then now may be the time to consider replacing your old kitchen/bathroom radio with a new DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting model) so you can tune into stations like Radio1 Extra and Radio6.

Sound quality has improved considerably and there’s now more choice of stylish-looking models than ever before. Here we look at some of the latest portable models on the market, though alternatively you can now get DAB-based hi-fi systems and stand alone receivers. For more information about digital radio go to Get Digital Radio.

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Lifestyle & Gadgets

Lambretta launches Quadrophenia bike

By shinychris on September 30th, 2009

Lambretta Bike Mens 01 -.jpgMust confess I’m not a big fan of bikes or the goddam ridiculous gear cyclists wear while jumping red lights or ignoring zebra crossings. But this retro-chic Lambretta would be enough to get me back on two wheels cruising the streets of Brighton in my Sta-Press trousers rather than Lycra of course.

Brought to you by Fisher Outdoor Leisure, the world’s first Lambretta Bicicletta (Li126) is modelled on the Lambretta driven by Jimmy in cult film Quadrophenia and will be launched to the public at the London Cycle Show 2009 at Earls Court, 8-11 October.

Every one of the 500 £599 limited edition models is individually numbered and comes with its own certificate of authenticity. Rather fittingly number 1 of this limited edition model is owned by the self-styled ‘modfather’ himself, Mr Paul Weller.

Comments Fisher Outdoor CEO Richard Allmark: “We are very excited to be launching the Li126 Lambretta Bicicletta. We are huge fans of Lambretta, and as such have been faithful in our efforts to create a bicycle with style and class, that is in keeping with the brand heritage.”

Though the brand is vintage, Lambretta claims the Li126 is a thoroughly modern bicycle incorporating the latest developments in bike technology and design to create a beautifully honed and high-performing ‘city cruiser’ bike. Further models in the Lambretta Bicicletta range will be announced in Spring 2010.

More images of this beautiful bicycle over the turn.

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