New Product ▪ Yesterday

Portable grills are not a new thing, nor are they especially complex: if you’re looking to do basic tailgate-quality BBQing or Japanese-style yakitori grilling, you can achieve either goal for around $50 plus the $10 cost of charcoal, ignition fluid, and matches. What that will get you is a little fireproof box with a basic wire top, passive cooking features such as “adjustable air vents,” and no style.

Importing an award-winning design from Korea, a company called Homping USA is trying to change the face of portable grilling. Rather than selling a plain box with disposable parts, the Homping Grill ($199) is a 13″ circular grill with a washable 11.5″-diameter cooking surface. Available in silver with a black or orange base, it’s claimed to be “smokeless,” safe to touch, and easy to clean. A fan is built into the base so you can actively control the power of the charcoal fire inside, and a carrying bag is included for portability. After testing the Homping Grill, I had mixed feelings about its performance relative to much cheaper or peer-priced Weber portable grills, but some people may prefer its design regardless…

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IFA 2015 is in full swing as you have likely been able to tell from the wealth on new products popping up this week. Today it’s headphones. Parrot has shown off its new crocodile Ziks and now JBL and Sennheiser are up: expand full story

IFA 2015 is well underway over in Berlin and is bringing new products to light by the boatload. Today, Parrot has introduced the latest iteration of its Zik line of headphones. The new third generation model has unique stylings and is boosted by a completely wireless design (even charging) and new software for iOS and Android wearables.

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New Product ▪ September 3

Philips is expanding its Hue family of connected lighting products with the new Lightstrip Plus. This two meter parade of LEDs can produce millions of colors, which is nothing new for Hue products, but it also glows in different shades of white light — a huge feature its predecessor lacked. Philips also made it possible for you to extend these lightstrips to a length of up to 10-meters. Continue on for more launch details and a promo video: expand full story

Philips is the latest to throw its hat into the multi-room audio speaker system competition. Instead of loading up on features and raising the MSRP, these new options look to slide in at a lower price point. Philips is putting the focus on a simple one button approach to getting the music started. Head below to learn more about the new Izzy BM58 speaker.

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Bang and Olufsen is at it again – today releasing a new wireless speaker at IFA 2015 in Berlin. The BeoPlay A6 brings a modern design with a unique capacitive touch control system for adjusting playback and volume. In typical B&O fashion, this new speaker is unlike most traditional options on the market with its luxurious visuals and high-end audio components.

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Update (9/4 7:30am): Now available for pre-order at Amazon and Best Buy.

Ever since the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer hit during Thanksgiving weekend last year, there has been one character that has stood out amongst the rest. Everyone fell in love the BB-8 droid and now it’s coming to your living room with smartphone-connected controls.  expand full story

JBL’s most playful Bluetooth speaker is getting upgraded today. The JBL Pulse caught everyone’s attention a few years back when it arrived complete with a full-on LED lightshow. Now, Harman is announcing the JBL Pulse 2 today that looks to be even more fun. expand full story

New Product ▪ September 2

While Polaroid has a number of unique camera products on the market like the recently released Wi-Fi connected Polaroid Cube+, it has always been known for its instant photographs. From the show floor at IFA 2015 in Berlin, the company has unveiled its latest mini shooter. It pulls the modern design of the Cube products into a more traditional point-and-shoot form factor along with the instantaneous results the brand is synonymous with: expand full story

In the battle of online streaming services, Hulu has slowly taken the lead over its competitors. Netflix has made a push to increase its original content offerings while Hulu has focused on adding movies, current season television shows and hit syndicated re-runs like Seinfeld. The former has always held one distinct advantage over its competitor: no ads. Until today. Hulu has announced that will now offer its catalog sans advertisements. But it will come at a price.

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Starting today, Amazon is offering all Prime members the opportunity to purchase a Dash Button for $4.99 and with the first Dash purchase $4.99 will be credited back to the Prime members account. Amazon is also expanding the program to include 29 different brands, representing more than 500 products for Prime members to choose to purchase with the press of a button.Amazon dash program

The Dash program is incredibly simple: when you’re out of a home good, just press the button and a refill will arrive at your door step within a couple of days. It connects to your Wi-Fi and communicates directly with Amazon. Some of the more notable options include Tide, Bounty, Glad Trash Bags, Gatorade and more.

We first reported back in March when we thought it could possibly be an April Fools joke from Amazon.

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New Product ▪ September 1

Last we heard from popular robotic vacuum maker Neato it was releasing its latest D-series Botvacs. And now it is back with the new Neato Botvac Connected robotic smart vac. Along with smartphone control, the new vacuum is being billed as “the best cleaning robot the company has ever designed.” expand full story

New Product ▪ August 31

Binoculars have been around for centuries, playing a key role in military operations, astronomy and ornithology, with many other uses as well. The beauty of this technology lies in its commonality and use amongst professionals and hobbyists alike. A wide range of price points make it easy to find a pair that fits your needs.

However, visually it’s a product that could use a little boost. That’s where Leica comes in. For nearly 170 years, the camera and optics company has been cranking out beautifully designed products. A new collaboration with Italian carmaker Zagato has rendered a limited edition run of 1,000 of the most gorgeous binoculars we have ever seen. expand full story

Update (9/1 11:30am):  The Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Special and Libertalia Collector’s Editions are now up for pre-order on Amazon.

Today we have a pair of announcements from two of gaming’s biggest companies, starting off with the official release date for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, followed by some new details on the next Deus Ex game:

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Update (9/1 1:30pm): The Elite console is now available for pre-order via Amazon.

Today, Microsoft has announced a new Xbox One bundle and Special Edition controller that are set to hit online shelves this fall. The Elite Bundle will include hardware upgrades and the upcoming Elite Wireless Controller, but it’s the Lunar White model that has caught our eye. Head below for full details.

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New Product ▪ August 28

If you’re an avid bike rider, there is no doubt that you’ve wondered how to bring smartphone integration into your daily commute or exercise routine. There are plenty of iPhone or Android bike mounts, like this one from iOttie, that will suffice but still require riders to focus in on a display that may be difficult to read while riding.

SmartHalo is a new project on Kickstarter that attaches a simple round display onto the handlebars of a bike. It connects with your smartphone via Bluetooth so directions can be transmitted from the iOS or Android app. From there, SmartHalo provides turn-by-turn navigation, amongst other data, until you’ve arrived at the destination.

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New Product ▪ August 27

Nothing completes a gaming experience like a solid pair of headphones. Sure soundbars and 5.1-channel systems improve the audio from your television but a good pair of on-ear cans really brings games to life. Today, Logitech has announced the G633 and G933 Artemis Wireless Gaming Headsets that feature all the bells and whistles a gamer can hope for.

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New Product ▪ August 26

Samsung continues to take aim at SONOS as it further pushes into the whole home audio market. Today, the electronics manufacturer has revealed three new 360-degree multi-room speakers. The R1, R3 and R5 are smaller and lower priced models than the $500 R7 that Samsung first detailed back in April.

Significantly dropping the entry level price should spike interest amongst consumers that are looking for an alternative to other ecosystems currently on the market.

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Amazon has launched a new service for Android users that will deliver “over $10,000 in paid apps, games and in-app items” for free. Amazon Underground is replacing the popular Free App of the Day promotion. The promotion page teases Frozen Free Fall, Star Wars Rebels: Missions, and Goat Simulator amongst others that will be available as a part of this promotion.

Here is how you claim your free apps:

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New Product ▪ August 25

Collectibles company iam8bit is back at it again with another gorgeous looking LP release. Last we heard from them it was with the original NES Battletoads soundtrack, and now it is set to put the BIT.TRIP’s Greatest Chips vinyl up for pre-order starting tomorrow. Unlike most of the previous game related vinyl releases we have seen thus far, including this limited run Street Fighter LP, iam8bit is packing in a ton of extra value here:

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New Product ▪ August 24

Kids are headed back to school or off to college for the first time, so backpacks are flying off the shelves in anticipation of heavy course loads and spelling tests. There are some pretty cool options out there from Ogio, Under Armour and Herschel, but some times a little more technology is in order.

That’s where the iBackPack comes in. It’s a fully loaded satchel that recently hit Indiegogo and has raised nearly 500% of its $50,000 goal. While the name may not be that original, the specifications on this bad boy will help you get over it.

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