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The hot list – August 2015

Written by Josh Russell on Tuesday, 04 August 2015. Posted in Technology

There’s been something of an existential crisis on Twitter recently, with the site reporting that many users – including Richard Dawkins – don’t exist, despite all evidence to the contrary. How about some tech that doesn’t doubt your actuality?

The hot list – August 2015

OnePlus 2

Hardware

The OnePlus One captured people’s imaginations with its flagship features and budget price and its successor, the OnePlus 2, seems to be proving just as popular, with more than a million units already reserved. Getting a 5.5-inch, 1080p screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and USB-C charging for just £239 is, unsurprisingly, proving to be a bargain few consumers can resist. With mobile payments taking off across the board, the OnePlus 2‘s lack of NFC does seem like something of an oversight but we’re sure plenty of users will happily make the trade to leave a lot more cash in their pockets.

 

Affinity Photo

App: OS X

If you work with images on a regular basis, Photoshop is great. Aside from the price that is. Five years in the making, the OS X exclusive Affinity Photo is perhaps the first real contender for the Adobe crown. Not only does it come with no end of tools upon which experienced Photoshoppers rely – such as live filters, retouching tools, adjustment layers and liquify tools – but it also offers full support for RAW photos, Force Touch and can import and export Photoshop files. Not bad for just £39.99.

 

Baubax Travel Jacket

Lifestyle

When you travel a lot, it’s easy to forget the things you need to smooth the journey; fortunately this is something the Baubax Travel Jacket intends to solve. Designed to provide travellers with everything they need to get through an arduous journey, Baubax has created a range of hoodies, blazers and jackets with a whole host of built-in features, such as a charging pocket, an inflatable pillow, a blanket and an eye-mask. And it’s proven a real hit with consumers: already claiming itself to be the most funded clothing project in the history of crowdfunding, the Baubax Travel Jacket had, at the time of writing, already netted $3.7m or 18,500% of its funding goal.

 

Nokia OZO

Hardware

The last decade hasn’t been kind to Nokia but it does seem like it’s on the fightback and is diversifying into new product lines. Aimed at catching the wave of VR content kickstarted by devices like the Oculus Rift, the Nokia OZO is a spherical camera that can capture video and audio in 360 degrees, allowing filmmakers to create truly immersive films for VR devices. Whilst Nokia hasn’t yet announced a price for the OZO, it has announced that the device is intended for the professional market rather than the amateur market. So it’s definitely something to look into for marketers and filmmakers looking to stay ahead of the curve.

 

Windows 10

App: Windows

It’s fair to say that Windows 8 was a divisive operating system. Whilst its attempts to fuse the tablet and desktop experiences in a single product was laudable, it alienated its fair share of PC users. Windows 10 goes some way toward healing the damage: it has reinstated the much-loved Start Menu, which has absorbed the live tiles that previously sat on the Windows 8 home screen. It has also introduced virtual desktops, brought Cortana to desktops and has replaced the long vilified Internet Explorer with Microsoft Edge, which seems a much more 21st century browser. All told, Windows 10 looks like it may salve some injured feelings. 

About the Author

Josh Russell

Josh Russell

Our former editor, Russell was the man in charge of properly apostrophising our publication and ensuring Oxford commas are mercilessly excised. Our former digital doyen, he’s also a Photoshop pro, a dab hand with InDesign and the man to go to if you need a four-hour soliloquy about the UK's best silicon startups.

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