Photos by iPhones and iPods are already good, but the Olloclip 3-in-one lens improves, writes Hugh John 

OlloclipThe iPhone 5 and 4S, and iPod Touch feature cameras with resolution of up to 8 megapixels. They may not be up there with the latest specifications for smartphone cameras – Samsung’s Galaxy S4, for example, flaunts 13 megapixels – but, nonetheless, they take stunning pictures.

Now, for a relatively small outlay, it’s possible to add macro, wide-angle and fish-eye lens capability to these devices and widen the photo opportunities. Interested?

Compatibility, consistency and familiarity win Chris Drage over to the Surface RT and Windows 8

Surface RTSo what is the Surface RT? And what is the Surface RT Pro? And how do they relate to Windows 8? We had hoped to bring you a review of both Microsoft’s new tablets: the Surface Pro and the Surface RT.  But the demand for review models at BETT 2013 meant that only the Surface RT has been available. 

There has been considerable misunderstanding about the precise nature of these hardware offerings and Windows 8 generally. Hopefully we can begin to clarify the situation.

Chris Drage finally comes across a memory stick that is reassuringly safe – the DataTraveller Locker+ G2

We have seen countless examples of sensitive data going AWOL either due to a misplaced laptop or a forgotten or lost memory stick. Keeping data secure is a headache for most teachers and the penalties are severe.

Teachers have been vulnerable because they are probably among the heaviest users of USB memory sticks. But they should be vulnerable no longer thanks to devices like Kingston’s DataTraveller Locker+ G2.

Chris Drage talked to the Dragon, and the Dragon talked back – NaturallySpeaking of course

Dragon NaturallySpeakingHaving a son who’s suffered with dyslexia all his life (unrecognised even by his primary school) and watching him struggle when writing, I fully appreciate the assistance that speech-recognition software provides.

Over the past ten years the accuracy of speech recognition software has improved immensely, offering both accurate spelling and audio feedback which helps students get their thoughts down quickly, clearly and correctly in professional documents. And Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 makes this even easier.

The market is awash with active loudspeakers, which means there are bargains to be had. Hugh John reports 
Spinnaker“Edifier. Big in China”. Is it just me, or does this marteting phrase sound like some sort of eighties heavy metal band (only in those days it was Japan)? Edifier in fact, is a Chinese manufacturer of audio equipment that is big – well, massive – in China though relatively unknown in the UK. It is also developing a reptation for its ethical production and employment conditions.

If the products the company was demonstrating at the Digital Winter technology preview event were any indication, its UK profile could be about to change.