April 16, 2014

AMAZON TAKES ONLINE SHOPPING TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL

Amazon Dash
(Image Via Amazon.com)
Amazon are taking the shopping experience to a whole new level with their newest innovation, The Amazon Dash. This new handheld grocery ordering device allows you to shop right from the comfort of your own home. The Amazon Dash scans the barcodes of items, or allows user to order goods via voice command with it's integrated microphone.
 
The Dash connects to your Smartphone of Laptop via Wi-Fi. Once an item is added to the basket, users can checkout using the Amazon Fresh site via the Smartphone App or Laptop.
 
The Amazon Dash is very intelligent and remembers your previously ordered items so you don't have to!
 
Below are some of the key features of the new Amazon Dash which is currently free to customers of Amazon Fresh in California and Seattle. Amazon have not yet revealed when they will launch Fresh outside of America.
Amazon Dash Features
(Image Via Amazon.com)
March 31, 2014

TALKING DESIGN WITH THINK BY M

We caught up with Lester Mapp, CEO and founder of the American based design firm Think by m to talk design, innovation and their newest product on Kickstarter.
 
Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a lover of great design with a passion for making premium quality products affordable and accessible to everyone.

Who are designed by m?

We’re a bunch of 8 creative minds and talented designers.

What’s your background?

I wanted to be an architect because I had a love affair with the beauty of structural design but somewhere along the way, I became fascinated with minimal, functional design. What began as exploratory packaging design evolved into product design and a bit of tech.

How would you describe your products?

Simple, minimal, functional.

How would you describe your design style and design philosophy?

My style is definitely modern minimalism. Less is more.

What has influenced and affected your outlook on design?

I admire the work of Donald Judd and Scott Wilson but when it comes to design, I first dissect the problem that I am solving and that inspires my design.

Finally, tell us about your latest Kickstarter campaign..

Our newest campaign is AL13 v2; the second iteration of our premium aerospace aluminum bumper for iPhone designed to deliver tough protection without the bulkiness of traditional tough cases. Through minimal and thoughtful design, we’ve been able to create one of the first Aluminum bumpers that does not cause any signal loss and we’re really excited about it.

Designed by m logo

February 25, 2014

Samsung Unveil the Galaxy S5 and New Gear Range.

Samsung have gone all out at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain by announcing the release of the newest product in the Galaxy range, the S5. Like Apple, Samsung have now introduced a front fingerprint scanning home button, used to unlock the device whilst also boasting it's water a dust resistant ability. The Galaxy S5 looks pretty similar to it's previous models, although it has a soft-touch textured back. Also built in is a heart rate monitor, a sensor on the back of the phone that determines the blood flow in your fingers!

Samsung Galaxy S5 Concept

(Galaxy S5. Image Source: samsung.com)

"The 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display features a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and the phone offers a 2.5GHz quad core processor with 2GB of memory. It runs Android KitKat 4.4.2 and includes an upgraded 16-megapixel camera with quick autofocus and real-time HDR. It has a 20 percent better battery life than the previous generation phone and includes a built-in power saving mode that will activate a black and white display with limited app access when the battery is low" - MacRumors.com

But Samsung didn't stop there, they also announced a new range of wearable devices - the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit - the world's first curved AMOLED wearable device with a 1.84-inch touch screen. the Gear Fit displays instant notifications such as incoming calls, emails and texts. 

These products are set to be released in April but pricing is yet to be announced.

Samsung Gear Fit Concept 

(Samsung Gear Fit. Image Source: samsung.com)

February 20, 2014

FACEBOOK TO BUY WHATSAPP

After the purchase of Instagram for $1 billion back in 2012, Facebook are now set to purchase the popular messaging app WhatsApp. The deal is said to be around $19 billion (£11.4 billion) spread in cash and shares.

"The purchase, $4 billion in cash plus $12 billion in Facebook shares and potential for an additional $3 billion in employee stock payouts, will see WhatsApp founder Jan Koum joining Facebook's board of directors". - MacRumors

WhatsApp is a free messaging app and now has more than 450 million monthly users due to the popularity of avoiding text message charges. WhatsApp claim that they are currently registering one million new users per day and currently stand as the 35th most popular app on the App Store.

 WhatsApp Logo

January 03, 2014

CES 2014!

We are exhibiting at this years International CES event in Las Vegas, located in LVCC North Hall, Booth 3723. This is where you can follow our adventure out in Las Vegas and we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest technology news straight out of CES!

We will also be keeping you up to date on all our social media pages so follow us out there...

The journey begins, en route to Gatwick Airport!

Airport Train Journey

About to take off...

Our home for the next couple of days, New York New York hotel!

A room with a view!! Looking over Excalibur and Mandalay Bay...

The Paris Hotel

The stand has arrived, now time for setup!!

 

The Breffo stand coming together pretty nicely.

Mercedes-Benz will announce at CES14 that their cars will now connect with Smartwatches such as the Pebble Watch. The car's software will send vehicle data and current navigation information to the watch.

The Audi stand at CES14 is pretty awesome!!

We took a stroll down the Las Vegas Strip last night.

Our stand on the first day of CES 2014

The Breffo Gumstick on display at CES 2014

The Audi Sport Quattro

Lamborghini on display at CES 2014

The Breffo Leather Range for the iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPhone 5/5S on display at CES 2014.

December 13, 2013

Breffo Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is just around the corner and many of us are joining in the manic 'last minute buy' craze. Stuck for ideas? Well we have some great gift ideas for him or her this Christmas.

Leather Smartphone Wallet for iPhone 5/5S

How about our stunning Leather Smartphone Wallet for iPhone 5/5S which are handcrafted from the finest British Shorthorn Cattle and come in a beautiful gift box. All our Leather Smartphone Wallets are not just made exclusively in the UK, but are also made with quality craftsmanship!

 

iPhone 5/5S Leather Sleeve

A Great Stocking Filler

The Breffo Earphone Tidy prevents those unwanted tangly Earphone Cables!! The Earphone Tidy comes in 7 different colours and work with almost all Earphones. Click here to pick your colour!

The Award Winning Tablet Stand

How about the Breffo Spiderpodium Tablet, a fully flexible Tablet stand that works with all Tablet devices. The Spiderpodium Tablet is dubbed the 'Big Brother' to the multi award winning Spiderpodium stand for Smartphones. The Spiderpodium Tablet has recently made it to The Guardian's 'Christmas Gift Guide 2013'.

Click here to check out the full Spiderpodium Tablet Range. 

Spiderpodium Tablet

Click here for 2013 Christmas Shipping Dates

October 11, 2013

Kickstarting the Party! Introducing our newest innovation Gumstick™

As we can't contain our excitement about the launch of the Gumstick™ campaign, we are giving all our awesome fans the chance to enter our competition to win an iPad mini. There are several ways to increase your chances of winning so spread the word to your family and friends!!

We’re pretty stoked in these parts about the newest addition to our product assortment!  The Breffo Gumstick™ was officially introduced today via popular crowd funding platform, Kickstarter!  Cue hoots and hollers!  Can you tell the launch is beyond exciting for us and we can't wait to share some of the details of the campaign.

Gumstick Kickstarter 2

So, what is this fantastically awesome product? The Gumstick™ is the world’s most beautifully minimal, yet fully functional smartphone stand.  Compatible with all iPhone, HTC, and Android smart phones as well as mini tablets. It can be used for holding your device in different positions, allowing for viewing in portrait and landscape, making it the perfect accessory for home, work, or travel. Lightweight, strong, and compact, this product fits easily into your pocket or bag making it the ideal product for your busy, on the go lifestyle!

Gumstick Kickstarter 3

iPad Mini and the Gumstick™

Gumstick Kickstarter 4

Facetime on the go.  Anywhere and Everywhere.

Gumstick Kickstarter 5

Perfect for following recipes in the kitchen.

If you still need some convincing after viewing our awesome video and images (not to 'toot our own horns' here)! Let me remind you of a pretty familiar scenario and believe me I've seen it.  We’ve all had those moments, you're crammed into a business flight and you’re propping your device up against a soda can or book so you don't have to sit and hold the darn thing through the flight. Come on, admit it - you know what I am talking about.  I speak from experience (but my scenario involves a bored 3 year old child on a transatlantic flight) you get my drift. Sure it works but not the most aesthetically pleasing or effective method, right? It was experiences like these that prompted the design of the Gumstick™ stand. It’s amazingly simple, straight out of the box a flat piece of rubber but once you start playing with the product it really starts to take shape. The device bends and molds so that you can position your device at different angles. Hurrah, you can kiss that soda can goodbye!

Well, almost... That is where you come in!  To make this amazing product a reality we need your help.  As a company we've had some fantastic successes much in part to the support of all of you; however, in the greater scheme of things we're a start up. Developing a product takes more than innovation, dedication, and passion - it takes capital.  With the support of backers such as you we know we can successfully bring the Gumstick™ to market. Please take some time to check out our Kickstarter campaign page.  We’re offering some fantastic rewards and discounts to those who get in their early.  Plus, you’ll be able to read all about Gumstick™, what your funding will support, our production plan and timelines.  If you still have unanswered questions reach out to us directly we’d love to hear from you!  That said, one last thing.... From all of here at Breffo HQ to all of you thank you in advance for your support!

Click here to view our Kickstarter page.

September 11, 2013

Apple announce the iPhone 5C & 5S

The eagerly anticipated Apple event finally took place yesterday, with the world looking to see what Apple had under their sleeve this time around. The rumors had come to reality as Apple announced the iPhone 5C and the 5S as well as many key features such as the fingerprint scanner, improved battery life and improved camera features, to name a few!

The iPhone 5S come in 3 different colours - Silver, Gold & Space Grey.

The iPhone 5C comes in 5 different colours - White, Pink, Yellow, Blue & Green.

iPhone 5S Key Features:

  • A7 chip with 64-bit architecture
  • M7 coprocessor 
  • Touch iD - Fingerprint Sensor
  • 4-inch retina display, 1136x640 resolution, 326 PPI
  • iSight camera with a Sapphire Crystal lens cover
  • Burst mode on camera
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • FaceTime HD Camera
  • Ultra-fast wireless
  • iOS7
  • iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Keynote, Numbers included
iPhone 5S 2

(image via Cultofmac.com)

 

iPhone 5C Key Features

  • A6 Chip
  • 8 MP iSight Camera
  • 4-inch retina display
  • Ultra fast wireless
  • iOS7

iPhone 5C 2

(image via Cultofmac.com)

 

Your iPhone's Perfect Companion..

 

Are you looking for a Holder for your new iPhone? Why not gift your new iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C with the perfect partner, the Spiderpodium. The Spiderpodium works with all smartphones so you will never have to purchase a new one!! Available for purchase now on breffo.com and come in 7 awesome colours:

Black, Pink, Graphite, Blue, Purple, Green & White

Spiderpodium iPhone 5S, 5C Holder

 

Let us know your thoughts on all the news from the Apple event in the comments box below, we would love to know which colour you would choose! 

September 10, 2013

Today's Apple Event - What To Expect?

Today we see the latest event held by Apple since the WWDC event in June where the iOS 7 platform was announced. Today, many people including ourselves here at Breffo are looking to Apple for more innovation than that of their release of the iPhone 5 model nearly a year ago. The problem Apple are currently facing is their competitors seem to be a little ahead of the game with the likes of Samsung releasing the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch at this year's UNPACKED 2013 event in Berlin. 

It is said that today's Apple event is the first of two with the focus being on the much talked about iPhone 5C and the 5S as well as the updated iOS7. The second part of this event, which is believed to be scheduled in October, is more than likely going to be the announcement of the updated iPad and Mac OS X software. 

The iPhone 5C has been rumored to the the 'C'heaper version of the iPhone 5, with the same screen size as the iPhone 5 but with a 'tough' plastic outer casing, available in a range of different colors. The iPhone 5S on the other hand is said to be available in a 'champagne' colour and contain the much talked about fingerprint scanner to unlock you phone, an apparent 30% increase in speed due to a fast A7 processor and other updates such as an improved camera, larger storage availability and graphics enhancement, longer battery life and improved wi-fi connection.

The apparent fingerprint scanner contains a blue led surround light on the home button.

Apple iPhone 5S FingerscannerApple iPhone 5S Concept

(Image credits Martin Hajek)

We are all already aware of the iOS 7 release after the WWDC event in June, but Apple are expected to again today show off the slick new design as well releasing it to the public for download on existing iOS devices. Some updates we should expect include enhancements to existing services provided by Apple such as Passbook, new updates for Siri, Maps and several more.

Some of the redesigned App icons we are expecting to see in iOS 7.

Apple iOS 7

(Image Credits techradar.com)

What are your opinions leading up to the Apple event later on today, are you excited or do you feel Apple should pick up the speed and challenge these competitiors? 

Please leave your comments in the box below

September 04, 2013

Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Event

Breffo recently partnered with Athletes 4 Cancer for their Annual Kite Boarding for Cancer event which took place in beautiful Hood River, Oregon!  Since our US headquarters are based out of Portland, OR we were lucky to be approached to be a sponsor for the event and we were thrilled to support such a worthy cause.
 
As part of the event the Breffo team was on site, handing out free (Yes, free!) product to attendees.  In addition, each of the 200 contestants was gifted with one of our Adventure Camera Kits.  From what we heard, the product was extremely well received and we are hoping that we will receive some footage taken with this awesome product!  One attendee (who also happens to be a pro kiteboarder, Matt Thames) sought us out hoping to get his hands on one of the Adventure Kits!  
 
The crowds were amazing and we absolutely loved being able to speak to attendees about the product but to also hear about their personal stories and why they support Athletes 4 Cancer.  The stories were inspiring and humbling and we were beyond honored to support such a worthy cause!
 
Last, if you follow the blog and our social media outlets it is probably old news that we sponsored an Instagram photo contest at the event - view entries here! Asking attendees to post pics of the product or event, tag @breffo and hashtag their photos #kb4c for the chance to win a GoPro Camera and Breffo product pack!  There were some awesome pics entered and we had a tough time choosing our Grand Prize winner, Steve Rubin who hails from Victoria, BC!!
 
Special thank you shout outs to Tonia Farman and the organizers over at Athletes 4 Cancer for including us, to all the attendees who took the time to come and chat with us, to our Instagram peeps (we loved seeing all of your pictures), and to our gang over at AM:PM PR for helping represent the Breffo team.  You all helped make this event one to remember!  We will be back next year for sure!

The winning pic - from Steve Rubin!

AM:PM PR team representing

Some pictures from the event...

Breffo team member Ilka Ware and friends giving a helping hand!

We gave away some Spiderpodiums to people attending the event.  

The Spiderpodium giving a helping hand at the event!!

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