Pansonic’s Nubo weatherproof, 4G-equipped monitoring camera is poised to slay Dropcam

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We haven’t seen much in the way of major innovation when it comes to surveillance cameras, with Dropcam and Foscam pretty well dominating the space in recent years. Today, we’re seeing something new from Panasonic with its Nubo monitoring camera, which features 4G connectivity and a waterproof design. They proudly proclaim that this is the “world’s first” camera design to lean on a cellular connection instead of WiFi.

It’s chocked full of features, head below for full details, pricing and availability.

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Mad Catz brings console style gaming to Android devices with the L.Y.N.X.3

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Mad Catz is adding to its line of popular gaming controllers, but this time its put a focus on Android devices. The L.Y.N.X.Mobile Wireless Controller is a “highly-compact mobile game controller” that can collapse for travel and has a full-range of controls that you’d expect from a full-sized console. 

Head below for full details, pricing and availability.

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Free Xbox Live Gold Games for March: Rayman Legends, Tomb Raider + Bioshock Infinite

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Each month, Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold and Sony’s PlayStation Plus services give away a handful of free games to subscribers, adding value to each company’s multi-console online gaming service. Microsoft has already announced its free games for March, but Sony’s run into unexpected delays, so we’ll update this post when the PlayStation games are announced.

This will be a great month for Xbox Live Gold members. Microsoft is giving away the 2D action-platformer Rayman Legends (normally $40) to Xbox One players all month long. From March 1 to the 15th, Xbox 360 players get the phenomenal 3D adventure game Tomb Raider (reg. $20) — topic of one of our Gaming For Couples articles — then the incredible first-person shooter Bioshock Infinite (normally $30) from the 16th to the 31st. A one-year Xbox Live Gold membership is normally $60, but there’s a “Limited Time Offer” direct from Microsoft: $39.99. Given the value of games given away each month, and the other benefits it offers (other discounted games, online multiplayer), Xbox Live Gold is now a no-brainer purchase for Xbox owners.

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Kitchen Tech: Carbonating tools turn water into soda, fruit and desserts into fizzy magic

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I realized the other day that my first exposure to carbonation – the little carbon dioxide bubbles found in soda — came so early in life that I couldn’t possibly remember it. My kids will eventually say the same thing. Despite warning parents that sugary drinks are unhealthy, doctors still recommend fizzy ginger ale to settle kids’ upset stomachs, and no one’s likely to give up Pepsi, Coke, or Red Bull any time soon.

But carbonation isn’t just for sodas. It’s also the bubble power behind beer and champagne, as well as some avant garde culinary tricks that are both surprising and compelling. This week’s edition of Kitchen Tech looks at three different and affordable ways to bring carbonation to your drinks — and food (!) — at home.

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WaterField Designs has a new travel pouch for your tech from its San Francisco workshop

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There are many ways to carry the smorgasbord of items we carry on a daily basis while traveling or going to work. Sometimes though, it’s the smaller things that don’t find a home in your bag or suitcase. With many larger offerings already on the market, made-by-hand San Francisco manufacturer Waterfield Designs has introduced a new Padded Gear Pouch specifically for carrying all the smaller items.

Whether it’s for an iPad mini, external hard drive, Apple TV or simple toiletries, this multipurpose bag can carry a number of different items. We’ve got the full details on this new product from Waterfield, a video from its designer and the full press release below.

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Gaming For Couples: Catch up on 9 great video game columns!

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We created the weekly column Gaming For Couples to help you find excellent games to play with your significant other — someone who might not yet be into gaming as much as you, but could be won over with the right game picks. Here’s a roundup of our past nine columns, which contain a bunch of great games, plus recommendations of the best console bundles, demos, and accessories to pick!

Column 1: Our first Gaming For Couples piece looked at super-fun casual games Peggle, Peggle 2, and Peggle Blast, plus the incredible classic rock music game The Beatles: Rock Band.

Column 2: A column focused on Fireproof Games’ iOS and Android steampunk puzzle games The Room, The Room Pocket, and The Room 2.

Column 3: Focused on the console edition of board game Monopoly Plus, this column discusses what happens when you choose the wrong game to play with your significant other; “if at first you don’t succeed, try again”

Column 4: A top pick for couples and families, this looks at the best Nintendo Wii U bundle, games, demos and accessories, including the awesome Super Mario 3D World.

Column 5: A guide to the best Microsoft Xbox One bundles, games, demos and accessories, such as Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

Column 6: Our look at the best Sony PlayStation 4 bundles, games, demos and accessories, including The Last of Us: Remastered.

Column 7: We look at the better-than-movie-quality multi-console game Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, and NES Remix Pack for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Column 8: Featuring multi-console cartoony platformer Rayman Legends, this edition also looks at Amiibos and the PlayStation 4 Camera — some Valentine’s Day picks for gamers.

Column 9: Two budget-priced Nintendo Wii U titles — Captain Toad Treasure Tracker and Kirby & The Rainbow Curse — plus related Nintendo 3DS games and Amiibo figurines.

Some of my other gaming columns include budget PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One games worth second looks, and a guide to the entire lineup of Nintendo Amiibos, Enjoy!

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HDTVs: Samsung 48″ Smart $548 (orig. $848), Samsung 51″ Plasma $348 (orig. $879), more

Samsung UN48H6350 - 48-Inch Full HD 1080p Smart HDTV 120Hz with Wi-FiBuyDig has the Samsung 48-Inch 1080p Smart HDTV for only $547.99 shipped (Note: You will not see the sale price until the final checkout screen.) That’s more than half off the original list price, $148 less than Amazon and the lowest we could find.

It features a full HD (1080p) native resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, WiFi, Smart TV apps such as: Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube, more. It also has 1 USB, and four HDMI inputs. Amazon shoppers gave it 4.4/5 star reviews.

Samsung PN51F4500BFXZA 51%22 600Hz Plasma HDTVNext up, Walmart is offering the Samsung 51″ Plasma HDTV for a low $348 for in store pick-up (Note. This HDTV is also below retail, so you will not see the sale price until the last screen of checkout.) It’s $748 off the original list price and $217 less than Amazon’s current listing.

Features include: an HD (720p) 1024 x 768 native resolution, 600Hz subfield motion for fast action and Dual HDMI Inputs & Plasma +1 Technology. Customers on Amazon gave it 4.4/5 stars.

We also still have the Sony 48-inch 1080p Smart HDTV w/ PlayStation Now (refurb) for a low $400 shipped (orig. $650)

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Target turns up the heat on Best Buy/Amazon by slashing its free shipping threshold

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Target has dropped its free shipping threshold down to $25 making it one of the best places to order small items from. By meeting the minimum order limit, Target customers will receive free 3-5 business day shipping as well as free returns on all orders. They also have free in-store pick up which is another advantage over some online retailers you have a local store. In comparison, Best Buy and Amazon offer free shipping on orders of $35+, while Walmart takes off the fee at $50+.

Target has upped its online offerings in recent years, with programs such as Cartwheel handing out discounts and its REDcard bringing additional 5% savings plus free shipping on all purchases. Much like Amazon, Target has a subscription service for some goods which also allows you to schedule delivery and save 5% on eligible orders.

Head over to Target’s shipping hub for more details on this change.

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Small States: Etwas builds timeless bags with legacy and heirloom design in mind – giveaway worth $380

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Update (2/28 12:30pm): @DavidFell is our winner, thank you for entering our giveaway!

For as much as we love our new technology, we tend to either carry them in the cheapest possible option or the most expensive one we can find. There are thousands of plastic and synthetic material items that are available to serve this exact purpose. But more often than not, they have a short life and end up in the trash. What if the focus shifted from the latest accessories to purchasing one item that could protect your tools, digital or not, for your entire life?

Etwas is answering that question while creating on-the-go solutions for your gear. In a technology driven world where it’s often about the latest, for this Brooklyn-based company it’s all about staying power. Utilizing techniques from centuries ago, these bags are made in an electricity-free work environment designed with heirloom quality in mind.

We’ve got the full story on Etwas as well as a giveaway worth $380, head below for more.
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Gaming For Couples: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker and Kirby & The Rainbow Curse

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As I’ve said in a prior Gaming For Couples column, Nintendo’s Wii U is “the best current-generation console for couples and families, hands-down.” If you’re trying to convince your significant other to pick up a controller, the games that are most likely to make that happen are on the Wii U, and many of them come from Nintendo itself.

Today’s Gaming For Couples looks at two affordable Nintendo releases, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Kirby & The Rainbow Curse. Each one features one of Nintendo’s cutest characters, and is designed to appeal to casual gamers with bunches of easily digestible levels. Rather than selling them for $60 each and then discounting them, Nintendo launched both games at $40 — bargain day-one pricing for current-generation console games — and plans to keep them there. Below, I’ll discuss the games, the Amiibo figures that work with them, and some earlier titles featuring the same great characters.

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Rovio releases new matching puzzle game ‘Jolly Jam’ for iOS and Android

Rovio, creators of the hit game Angry Birds, has announced its latest iOS and Android offering ‘Jolly Jam’. Playing off the popular connect-three matching style of gaming, Jolly Jam has visual cues that will remind gamers of Candy Crush.

This puzzle based game focuses on matching like colors from corner to corner using a drag and highlight style of play. The idea is for users to draw boxes around matching jellies to complete levels with combo attacks and special jellies releasing colorful explosions. With ‘endless’ levels of play, Jolly Jam is highlighted by bright colors and sounds through gameplay.

Jolly Jam is available now for free on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

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Ray’s 4.8-inch touch screen Super Remote takes TV watching out of the dark ages

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While it seems like every week our living room technology evolves, with new curved and 4K UHDTVs, the remote that controls these new devices seems to have hit a wall. Harmony has long dominated the upper-echelon universal remote world, but its solutions haven’t always been the most intuitive.

The good news is a fresh competitor is set to enter the marketplace, taking design cues from Cupertino while putting a highly-visual user experience first. The Ray Super Remote puts all of your devices, programming and functions into one 4.8-inch display that promises to simplify your home entertainment experience. Read more