Smart TV boxes have become more and more popular over the last year in particular. At first I was a bit skeptical but then my Dad got one to test out and we have to say we were really impressed. In case some of you don’t know what a smart TV box is, it is a small box about half the size of an internet router that runs on a popular android system called Kitkat 4.4. With this operating system you can stream thousands of movies, TV shows, browse the internet and even go on Youtube.
This means that a smart TV box is really an all in one multimedia system. They come installed with Google play so you can download new apps such as games, TV streaming apps and pretty much any sort of app you can think of. One thing you do need for the smart TV box is a strong internet connection. It is recommended that you have at least a 3mb connection in order to stream content without interruption. If you are unsure of your internet speed then contact your internet provider or else go to speedtest.net to check your internet speed live.
Many households are paying an expensive TV subscription to get all the top channels but with a smart TV box you don’t need to. You simply buy the box out right which can be gotten for in and around €89 upwards and then everything runs through your internet connection. This can mean huge savings month on month whilst still being able to access the best TV shows and channels on demand. When we caught up with David from smart TV boxes Ireland he said that they are selling huge amounts of their popular TV boxes and that as more people become aware of them more people are buying them.
We are only what…6 months behind everyone else but the selfie stick has finally come to our beautiful island. The selfie stick has actually been around for nearly 2 years but it has only come to the west in the last 6 – 12 months and in Ireland we were even slower on the uptake. I know we blogged about this last month here but I noticed an online shop called the selfie stick store popped up online selling selfie sticks in Ireland and it is the first one I have seen here so thought it was worthy of a mention.
They look to sell the same selfie sticks that you see everywhere and there are basically 3 types. The original one was just an extendible selfie stick that had a wire on it to connect into your audio jack socket. This would then allow you to send a signal to take the picture. Then the next step in the selfie stick evolution was bluetooth. These selfie sticks had a bluetooth remote control which allowed you to take the picture. And finally there is the latest release which is the built in bluetooth selfie stick. This has a bluetooth button on the handle that allows you to take your snap and is rechargeable. From what I know a 1 hour charge can last up to 10 hours which is pretty good!
By now the Tefal Actifry is a well known piece of cooking equipment but not too many people have taken the plunge and picked one up. Most of my friends and family still use standard deep fat fryers which soak your chips and other foods in fatty oils which obviously are not too for the heart. The Tefal Actifry was one of the first cookers to use steam to cook your food. Not to be confused with a microwave the Actifry machine gives a delicious crispy texture to your food.
They are a fairly compact machine about the size of a normal deep fat fryer and they come with a timer and self stir attribute which means you can set your desired time and the machine does the rest. With most deep fat fryers you have to keep a watch on the food and shake it around to ensure it gets cooked evenly, not with the actifry however. It is also a much cleaner way to cook your food in every way. Cleaner for your body and cleaner for your kitchen.
The inside of the machine comes apart and can be hand washed quite easily or even put in the dishwasher. With other deep fat fryers you have to replace the oil every few weeks which can be very messy and greasy for your kitchen. The obvious benefit of the Tefal Actifry is that it uses a fraction of the oil that a standard deep fat fryer uses. It cooks your food with steam rather than steeping them in oil. It does take about 10 minutes longer than a normal deep fryer but the results are actually a nicer tasting chip (in my opinion).
There are several versions of the actifry machines on the market and they are fairly reasonable for what they are. You can check out the official actifry sure for the tefal actifry best prices as they are usually the cheapest and the standard size can feed up to four people and is the most popular and recommended unless you have a large family.
Our first blog post is going to be a little controversial as we find people either love them or hate them. In my opinion that is always the sign of a good product as not everyone is going to love your product as even Apple will tell you. People tend to love or hate Apple products. Anyway, what I am really talking about here is the selfie stick. This is a very young product and it has only been on the market just over a year and less in most places.
For those of you who are not aware of what a selfie stick is, it is a monopod which allows you to attach your camera to the end. What are the advantages of this? Well I am glad I asked :). This means that you can get more background in the photo as the stick can extend usually to around a foot and a half. Not only does this allow you to get more background in the picture it also means you can get better angles and pictures that you would not usually be able to get before .
They certainly are a controversial topic as many places have banned them for various reasons. I can understand how certain venues may not want thousands of people holding a selfie stick in the air but is it really much worse than holding your phone in the air? Anyway that is possibly another days work but we will keep you guys posted on any banning announcements in the coming weeks as we get closer to the festival season.