The new Citroën C3 is a quirky-looking five-door supermini with some tempting technological enhancements. The big news is the world premiere of ConnectedCAM Citroën™, a fully integrated on-board HD camera that allows drivers to share their road-trip pics and videos directly with friends and family via social media (once you’ve parked up). Located behind the rear view mirror and boasting 2m pixels, GPS and a 16GB internal memory, the camera automatically activates the video mode in the event of an accident and also allows you to locate your vehicle and store its position in busy or unfamiliar places. Other features of the C3 include lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.
Mirror screen technology duplicates smartphone content directly onto the C3’s seven-inch touchscreen, which is also the hub for the voice-controlled 3D satnav system, compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto (available early next year) and MirrorLink.
As seen on the C4 Cactus, the C3’s Airbump® panels are, perhaps, an acquired taste, but they certainly provide a distinctive look as well as protecting the vehicle. Filled with air, the thermoplastic polyurethane material resists sunlight, water, scratches and so on, protecting the doors at their most vulnerable points.
LG JonOne speaker
Featuring the street art of New York artist JonOne, LG’s new Portable Speaker offers wireless audio with sound quality and style. All of the devices in the series allow users to connect easily via Bluetooth and two speakers can be paired up to provide left and right stereo channels thanks to Dual Play. There are three designs to choose from, inspired by art, culture and city life.
If you can’t wait until the autumn for the full version and don’t mind taking a risk, try the new public beta download of iOS 10. Apple has made big changes to its mobile operating system, including animations in messaging, redesigned maps, all-new design for Apple Music and News, and a Raise to Wake feature that automatically wakes the screen as you lift your iPhone.
If you’re a GoPro addict and need a way of carrying all your cameras around, look no further than the brand’s own specialist backpack. With protective spaces for 5 GoPros, mounts and accessories, the Seeker bag (£149.99) is weather resistant and lightweight, and can itself be accessorised with a two-litre hydration pack. GoPro reckons it’s the only backpack you’ll ever need.