ION Audio introduces new hybrid smart LED light bulb speakers and the Air LP Bluetooth turntable audio interface

As the new gear rolls in from our team on the show floor of CES 2015, consumer audio and electronics lifestyle company ION has a few announcements of its own. Makers of everything from Bluetooth speakers to headphones and DJ gear (among other things), ION Audio is introducing new hybrid light bulb speakers and a new Bluetooth turntable/audio interface…

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CES roundup: FirstBuild’s ChillHub Smart Fridge, Harman’s Yurbuds, SanDisk, Linksys, and Netgear

FirstBuild's USB-packed ChillHubIntroduced this morning on the floor of CES, The ChillHub is a refrigerator with two 4-port USB hubs, built-in Wi-Fi, and an open-source iOS-compatible app. The idea is that you can access sensor data and control the fridge components remotely. This “first-of-its-kind platform” enables the development of new hardware products that benefit from operating inside a cooled space.

FirstBuild, the company that developed the “smart fridge,” describe ChillHub as an open development platform designed for “makers, hackers, tinkerers and developers”.

Head below to see more new products unveiled at CES this morning including: Harman, SanDisk, Linksys, and Netgear.

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Roku goes 4K Ultra HD with new Netflix partnership and upcoming Roku TVs

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CES 2015 is now in full swing with a number of companies announcing new and interesting products. One of which is Roku, who has so far announced a series of new Roku TVs and deeper 4K Ultra HD content support across the board.

Not only is the company planning to support 4K for future Roku TV models, the company has also teamed up with online content powerhouse Netflix to offer 4K content on Roku’s streaming boxes/sticks in the future. As 4K TV prices plummet, both companies are looking to offer solid Ultra HD solutions for their customers, something Roku believes is instrumental in the overall adoption of higher resolution content.

Head below for more details on the new Roku TVs and future 4K support for the platform:

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Kitchen Tech: The best bar tools for making amazing home cocktails (Part 1)

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Some wonderful things can be made entirely with your hands. Others — including fantastic cocktails — require tools. The topic for this week’s edition of Kitchen Tech is bar tools, specifically the ones necessary to make restaurant-caliber cocktails at home. Not just any restaurant and cocktails, mind you: we’re talking about making the very best cocktails from leading restaurants across the world.

Ready for the surprise? These tools aren’t crazy expensive. They’re actually some of the most affordable we’ve covered in Kitchen Tech, even though most of our choices are endorsed by top bartenders inside and outside the United States. Inside, you’ll find over a dozen different types of tools I’ve personally tested and found worthy of recommending, along with a few tips on why I didn’t pick some other options.

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Home: Brentwood Stainless Steel electric kettle $20, Sunbeam heated blanket $40, Pyrex storage set $25, more

Brentwood 1.2 Liter Stainless Steel Tea Kettle (Model KT-1770)-sale-01Amazon is offering the Brentwood 1.2 Liter Stainless Steel Tea Kettle (Model KT-1770) for $19.99 with free Prime shipping (free trial) or on orders of $35 or more. Some retailers charge as much as $40 for this model and this is about $6 under the next best prices we can find from trusted retailers.

This model features a lift-off base for cordless use, a 1.2 L capacity, a brushed stainless steel finish, 1000 watts of power and an auto shut off function. It has received a 4.2/5 star rating from over 300 Amazon customers.

Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw blanket in Walnut brown (TSM8US-R470-25B00)-sale-01Next up, Amazon has the Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw blanket in Walnut brown (TSM8US-R470-25B00) for $39.99 shipped. That’s around 40% under the original listing, and the best price we can find from a trusted retailer.

This heated blanket features 3 warming settings, a 3 hour auto off function, a 6 foot power cable and is completely machine washable/dryer safe. This model has received a 4.2/5 star rating from over 920 Amazon customers.

Head below for the rest of today’s best home deals including discounts on Pyrex food storage, tools, and more:

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VIZIO Smart 240Hz LED 4K UHDTVs: 50-inch $800 (Reg. $1,000), 55-inch $1,000 (Reg. $1,400)

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Update (12/6 6:30am): Amazon has matched the price on the VIZIO 55-inch 4K for $999.99 with free scheduled delivery. Additionally, they’ve dropped the price of the 50-inch 4K version to $799.99, which is an all-time low as well.

Best Buy offers the VIZIO P-Series 55-inch (P552UI-B2) Smart 240Hz 4K LED UHDTV for $999.99 shipped. That’s a savings of $400 off the regular price, $349 better than Amazon and the lowest that we’ve ever seen it go for. Over at Amazon this UHDTV is rated 4/5 stars by over 207 reviewers.

This VIZIO 4K UHDTV features 4x the resolution of 1080p displays, 64 active LED zones, a 240Hz refresh rate and five HDMI inputs. Additionally, it has 802.11ac wireless for smart functionality with Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora.

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Roundup: The best selfie sticks for your iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and 5/5c/5s

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Not only is the selfie not going away, but thanks to the selfie stick, the trend is going to the next level.

Take a stroll around nearly any major city and you’re bound to see individuals and groups of people taking their pictures with iPhones affixed to poles. Just last weekend, I was at one of the biggest tourist spots in the world, Walt Disney World, and I couldn’t walk a few feet without bumping into one.

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The idea of the selfie stick is to hold an iPhone further than your arms can reach to grab the perfect selfie angle. It’s also a good way to capture more scenery and people in each picture without having to hand your iPhone to a random person nearby. Aside from a few ridiculous exceptions, most of these monopods extend to around 3.5 feet.

You’ll find that the majority of selfie sticks are made by no-name companies out of China, so you’ll come across a lot of cheap options. Nicer models include a Bluetooth remote, while less expensive models connect via the headphone jack. One of these options is necessary to snap the shutter for the photo when you can’t touch the iPhone,

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OtterBox iPhone 6/Plus cases in multiple styles and colors from $22 Prime shipped


Amazon has discounted a variety of OtterBox iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases. Choose the Defender Series if you’re looking more protection and a built-in screen protector, or the Commuter Series for everyday protection. Prime members (free trial) will receive free 2-day shipping on every case, while non-members will need to spend $35+ to sidestep shipping costs.

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Review: SmartThings offers an open and flexible home automation experience with a few caveats

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The home automation sector of consumer technology continues to grow and generally improve, as more devices gain “smart” functionality. We’ve seen a number of products enter the fray during Q4 of 2014, but it’s yet to be seen whether any one company is ready to bring it all together in a truly mainstream way. While we continue to wait on Apple HomeKit-compatible devices, we had the opportunity to spend some time with products from SmartThings, a Washington, DC-based company that promises an “easy, open and limitless” smart home experience.

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Samsung preparing to offer Galaxy S5, Note 4, and Tab S buyers a free year of Netflix ($107 value)

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According to an image obtained by Android Central, Samsung is soon planning to offer all Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Tab S buyers one free year of Netflix ($107 value). The promotion will apply to U.S. customers only, however, and will only be available for the first 115,000 people to take advantage of the deal.

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