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I should start by saying a huge thank you to Powerpackxl for sending out these review units to have a play with.
Starting with build and aesthetics I would have to say that the PowerPackXL Mini comes up trumps due to it’s small and compact size. No bigger than a credit card and only as thick as maybe three or four credit cards it fits easily and discreetly into a wallet or shirt pocket. Made from plastic and very lightweight you never know it’s there. Build quality is nice and only shows a small seam around the back.
I was sent one black and one pink, so a choice for the ladies purse is available too. Their website claims the ability to charge a flat phone to 70%, though there is no mention of the phone itself.
The built in cables are short and fit very snugly into the end of the body of the 1020 mAh battery hiding there until required, one is a standard Micro USB and the other is a MFi certified lightning connector. I was able to test this battery on an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus giving very consistent results with a completely flat iPhone 6 taken to 37% and from 50% to 88% before needing a recharge and the 6 Plus gaining 21% and 22% which is more than enough for those end of day calls, texts and Facebook notifications that you were desperate to look at while the boss was around. Charging is easily facilitated via a supplied USB to Micro USB lead and takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes from your USB port on any laptop or desktop or a standard USB wall charger. Charge level is also indicated by four green LED’s giving you an idea of battery percentage, a huge plus point on such a surprisingly cheap product.
Definitely worth having in your arsenal of weapons against that dreaded flat battery and the sulky face your other half will ask about when you arrive home.
They offer corporate branding for those of you looking to get your name out there (a damn fine way to get seen in my opinion) and the price is very fair indeed. You can pick one up from the company website using the link at the top of this post or pop over to Amazon UK and try your luck on a deal.
Anyone here had to use this feature yet?
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
The temptation of a smartphone for a thief is dropping, thanks to Apple’s decision to implement a remote kill switch via Find My Phone that can erase and disable a phone once it’s been stolen or gone missing. A new report from Reuters found that iPhone theft dropped by 50 percent in London, 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York. The drops represent theft activity as measured during the 12 months following Apple’s introduction of the remote locking feature in September 2013 as part of iOS 7. With iOS 8, Apple made its so-called said “kill switch” active by default, in accordance with California regulation, and that should help the rates of theft continue to trend downwards.
Apple’s Activation Lock requires a user to authorize a wipe or fresh install using the existing iCloud credentials on record, ensuring that a thief can’t go ahead and just wipe…
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Originally posted on BGR:
Just how amazing were Apple’s Q1 2015 earnings results? So amazing that the company is seemingly shredding years’ worth of conventional wisdom about how much an established firm can keep growing. Jean-Louis Gassée at Monday Note has written a tongue-in-cheek look at all the “laws” of economics Apple has broken with its record-crushing earnings report and he explains why some of these laws were highly questionable to begin with.
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Interesting stuff for sure.