Raspberry Pi is a little techie – but FUZE makes it easier for teachers to manage, says Drew Buddie
picfuzeraspberrypiWhen your 13-year-old daughter excitedly exclaims, “What’s that gadget dad?  It looks DEAD cool!”, you know you’re on to a winner.  When the gadget concerned is a bright red, retro-looking computer, you know you have something exceptional in your hands.

I found myself in this situation when I unboxed the new FUZE for Raspberry Pi in all its pillarbox red glory. I don’t think I had been quite so excited by a delivery to my home since Santa brought me a Jean Michel Jarre album in the 1970s – and this was just a sturdy white box.

Drew Buddie finds two must-have add-ons for tablets and phones – the Mobio Grip and Olloclip lens
MobiogripThe Mobio Grip is one of the niftiest and most versatile accessories I have yet seen for use with a tablet. As a teacher I have had great trouble knowing how to hold my iPad when trying to demonstrate a topic to a group of students.

Somehow I have felt that clutching it by its frame seems clumsy and inadequate and can result in breakage. Thus I was thrilled to discover that simply by putting the 10p piece-sized Mobio Grip magnet (around £29 online) in the centre of the rear of the tablet to which the Mobio Grip itself can be temporarily attached, you get for a minimum of effort, an ergonomic handle for holding the tablet. 

Why have one headset for music and another for voice? Some quality headphones swing both ways
Klipsch Image OnesMy first encounter with the Klipsch audio brand was an iGroove speaker dock for iPods bought through Amazon. High-quality sound with unflinching treble and bass was delivered from a relatively compact unit at a competitive price. A happy compromise.

So winning a pair of high-end Klipsch headphones, the Image Ones (recommended price £129, but currently available from Amazon at £54.99), in the raffle at a Digital Seasons event where technology journalists meet selected vendors and their products was more than welcome.

CrazyTalk 7 brought easy animation to the desktop. Its mobile app brings it to your fingertips, says Hugh John
CrazyTalk AppAnyone familiar with the full CrazyTalk 7 animation software program will know what a powerful, creative and, above all, fun tool it is, managing to make animation seem a relatively simple and easy process.

Reallusion Inc, the publisher, has managed to transfer these remarkable lip-syncing techniques into a free CrazyTalk app for Apple mobile devices. This time round however, gestures are added by using finger and hand gestures made possible by touch-screen technology.

What are the prospects for a 'sensible' laptop in a school? Dell is about to find out with its Latitude 3330
Dell's budget Latitude 3330First impressions of this Dell Latitude 3330 laptop were based on a slip in an email – that the machine offered for review would be a Windows tablet. So there was immediate disappointment with the weight and Windows 7 – why not Windows 8?.

It might seem unfair to mention that – it was a mistake after all – but it does echo current expectations of many mobile technology users. They want to lighten their burden - if not a tablet then netbook, ultrabook or Chromebook - and use the latest operating system.