Molson and Google team up on voice activated fridge that dispenses free beer

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Molson, the well-known Canadian beer company is teaming up with Google on a rather interesting new marketing project. Leveraging Google’s translation/speech recognition software, Molson has built a special, one-of-a-kind fridge that only opens when you say just the right thing to it. The fridge isn’t for sale or mass produced, instead it will be placed out in public and filled with free beer for the taking. However, it’ll be a little more difficult than “Open Sesame” to get your hands on it: Read more

The Luzi Smart Lamp combines Siri-like powers with charging options for Apple Watch and other devices

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Admittedly, my nightstand is a mess. A lamp, an IKEA clock, Apple Watch dock and a charger for my iPhone. It’s like the wild west. I’m always interested in solutions that simplify my life and my nightstand is in desperate need of that.

There is a pretty cool Indiegogo campaign going right now that aims to wrap all of the nightstand necessities into one slim and modern package. Luzi offers all of the previously mentioned mainstays plus a few cool tricks like voice control. It’s definitely worth a look. Read more

Amazon’s Treasure Truck brings daily deals to the streets

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After a week of puzzling YouTube clips and tweets surrounding Seattle’s downtown, we have learned what the Treasure Truck is. Those in Amazon’s home city will be able to obtain special one-day deals on products, food and other items by following the status of the truck on the retailer’s mobile app.

Starting on Saturday, Amazon will be selling items out of the truck but you’ll have to find it first. Read more

ZeroLemon ToughJuice Monster 30000mAh Battery Pack, 6Ax4 USB ports: $60 shipped (orig. $100, CA Tax Only)

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9to5Toys Specials currently offers the ZeroLemon ToughJuice 30,000mAh Battery Pack for $59.99 with free shipping. It lets you bring plenty of backup power wherever you may be headed.

Most backup batteries have delicate skins, but not so with the ToughJuice. The internal cell is encased in two layers of protection — a soft anti-shock shell, with a hard plastic material for impact dispersion. The battery inside has considerable capacity. At 30,000mAh, there is enough power here to charge an iPhone eleven times over. It has four USB ports, which have a total charging output of 6A, meaning you can easily top up a phone and a tablet at the same time at full speed. Given this functionality, the ToughJuice is also remarkably compact, at under four inches wide.

  • Premium li-polymer battery cells
  • Quad USB ports with total 6A output to charge four devices simultaneously at top speed
  • Enormous 30,000mAh capacity
  • Double layer anti-shock softshell, and hard plastic material to disperse extreme shocks

This deal takes 40% off the price of the ToughJuice, with free shipping thrown in.

Camp Champ delivers an all-in-one luxurious kitchen experience to your tent

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It seems like every camping experience is a hassle. First, you have to gather all your gear, travel to a location and finally set it all up in hopes that you didn’t forget something. Tents and sleeping bags aside, making sure that you have all the cooking tools on hand can be an arduous process.

There is a clever company out of Europe that is attempting to solve all these struggles. Instead of piecing together a useful set of kitchen utensils, Camp Champ puts a whole kitchen together in one small wooden package.  Read more

Hulu secures its subscribers a 20% discount on the new Showtime streaming service

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Earlier this month CBS announced its plans to make Showtime available as a standalone streaming service. When it launches in mid-July it’ll cost you $10.99 a month if you sign up directly through your Apple TV or other device.

But we’ve just found out that Hulu subscribers will have the opportunity to add Showtime streaming for $8.99 a month (a 20% discount). Of course, that’s in addition to their standard monthly Hulu subscription fee of $7.99. A 30-day free trial will also be available. Hulu really wants to sell its base service. So much so, that it’s eating the $2 discount to bring its subscribers this exclusive benefit.

Showtime streaming will be available for Hulu subscribers just before the July 12th premiers of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. Read more

Ily puts video calls front and center with compatibility for iOS and Android devices

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Amongst other things, one of the best results of the ever developing world of technology is its ability to connect us with friends and family from far away. However, it has admittedly left some out of the loop as its developed with more complex features. FaceTime and Skype offer quality solutions for communicating with loved ones but require pricey iOS devices or login hassles, and sometimes subscriptions.

Insert Ily, a new hardware solution to bring everyone into the fold. Its simple design puts video chat and communication front and center. Best of all, it doesn’t matter if loved ones have an Ily of their own or not, it can communicate with both iOS and Android. Read more

Amazon Echo smart speaker now available for purchase for $180 shipped

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Amazon today announced that its Echo smart speaker is available for purchase for $179.99 shipped with delivery times extended out until mid-July (initial shipments to be delivered sooner). The original price was $199.99 but initial Prime testers got one for $99.99.

The Echo is the highly acclaimed “Siri in a speaker” that allows users to get information with only voice. iOS and Android apps allow you to configure Echo from your smartphone as well.

It features:

  • Information, music, audiobooks, news, weather, traffic, sports, and more–instantly
  • Controlled by your voice for hands-free convenience
  • Far-field voice recognition hears you from across the room
  • Connected to the cloud so it’s always getting smarter
  • 360º omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound
  • Compatible with Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue connected devices to control lights and switches with your voice
  • Plays music from Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more
  • Also functions as a highly capable bluetooth speaker for all of your other gadgets.

Many (18,000+) early reviewers gave it an impressive 4.5/5 star rating. Check the videos below and press release for more information.

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Pebble Time now available to pre-order from Best Buy for $200

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Update: The Pebble Time is now available to purchase from Best Buy and is coming to Target next month.

Pebble has a long-time friendship with Best Buy, and now the smartwatch maker is launching the first widespread availability of its new Pebble Time through the retailer. Available for $200, the standard 22mm non-steel version of the watch is now available for consumers to put their claim on red, black, and white models.

While the Kickstarter Edition just recently began shipping to those who backed the watch, those just now realizing that they would actually like a smartwatch that has a color e-paper display, more than 5 days of battery life, and cross-platform compatibility are in luck:

We recently reviewed the Pebble Time, saying that while it does have its upsides, it still feels stuck in the past compared to the currently-available Android Wear devices and the Apple Watch. Long battery life is nice, but the lack of a touch screen and sketchy compatibility with iOS hold the device back—especially at this price point.

Opinion: New games and hardware announced at E3 make Xbox One deserving of a second look

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It has already been an eventful week at E3, with Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo showing off the latest titles and hardware advances to be expected over the next 6-8 months. Microsoft made a huge splash yesterday with new games and a killer updated controller that would make even James Bond jealous.

Regardless of which side of the console wars you’re on, or if you are undecided, the Xbox One deserves a second look. Microsoft has rebounded from a tough start to the year with some killer titles coming by Christmas and has pushed itself out in front of the PlayStation 4 as a dominant streaming media player. On top of that, the deal machine has been cranking out solid discounts on some of Microsoft’s flagship bundles. Now is the time to get on board with Xbox One if you’ve been waiting… Read more