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News Stories Yesterday
Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro is a fantastic console. I bought mine late last year and play it almost daily (when I’m not rebuilding my entire entertainment center…) Well, Sony being Sony, the company is releasing a special edition Spider-Man PlayStation 4 Pro in celebration of the upcoming release of the game. Costing no more than the regular PS4 Pro, this is a must-have for die-hard Spider-Man and Marvel fans alike.
Fujifilm has announced its latest compact camera today, the XF10. The new camera serves as a replacement to the Fujifilm X70 and it does not disappoint when comparing specifications between the two. The Fujifilm XF10 boasts 24.2 megapixels thanks to fitting a large APS-C sensor into a slender form-factor. expand full story
For children, bath time is all about having fun. It also makes it easier on parents if you can distract your kids while giving them a bath. That’s why today we are rounding up the best accessories for bath time. From babies to toddlers, there are an abundance of bath toys on the market that are fun and educational. We even are sharing options for you to store toys too! Keep scrolling to find the best bath toys that will make a serious splash of fun.
Retro gaming may arguably be at one of its most popular points in history, with everyone from third-party companies to Nintendo themselves cashing in on the fad’s latest peak. And while playing your favorite classic titles is a blast, giving up the modern comforts like wireless controllers takes away from the nostalgic fun. At least that’s the thought process behind 8BitDo’s latest retro release, which offers gamers the ability to convert their beloved classic controllers into fully wireless versions.
Arturia has been one of our favorite music gear makers over the last few years. Its affordable analog Brute-series synths and drum machines provide that classic sound to those that may have otherwise been left dreaming about having that MiniMoog one day. While personally I like to have a balance between pricey analog sound sources and interesting software options, Arturia is unveiling the latest member in its analog Brute family and we are stoked about it. expand full story
Fornite has enjoyed unrivaled success in 2018 as revenues have soared thanks to its availability across various platforms. With so much demand, it’s only natural that the brand would start to expand into spin-offs to further cash-on on this success. Well, fan-favorite accessory-maker Funko Pop has announced this morning that it’s entering into a partnership with Fortnite on a new line of accessories modeled after its popular characters. Full details below.
News Stories July 18
In a world that has become packed with smart home products like thermostats, lightbulbs, power outlets, and more, it is only natural for the trend to hit new product categories and for more companies to join in and capitalize on the ever-growing interest in home automation. GE’s new microwave oven is the company’s latest addition to its smart home platform, referred to as WiFi Connect. Noteworthy features include Alexa integration and scan-to-cook technology, offering users the ability to scan barcodes on food products and have cooking instructions sent directly to the microwave.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will go live for non-card holders on July 20th and it’s one of the best sales to date. During this sale, brand new fall merchandise from amazing designers such as Patagonia, Tory Burch and more are all marked down to really low prices. This is the perfect opportunity to buy any big-ticket items you’ve been wanting to get your hands on or items you’re wanting for this fall and winter. That’s why today we are rounding up our top picks from the sale for both men and women.
If you have fond memories of piecing together model kits from when you were a kid, it might be time to dust off your tools. Bandai, in partnership with Star Wars and LucasFilm, has unveiled two new model kits from a galaxy far, far away centering around 1/12-scale astromech droids. While a version of the lovable R2-D2 is the star of the show, we’re also getting a new R4-I9 kit as well. So be sure to hit the jump for all the details.
Microsoft had a surprisingly notable E3 showing this year. After it appeared as though it might not have much to show when it hit the stage, it proceeded to bombard us with 50 games including 18 exclusives and 15 world premieres. So yeah, things turned out alright. After all, we awarded the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer shown off during the Xbox presser one of our Game of Show awards this year.
Since then, we have seen some notable official price drops and even a pair of new Xbox One bundles as we continue through summer 2018, but it looks like the Xbox announcements and product unveils are just starting to heat up. expand full story
As per its annual tradition, Amazon is taking its Prime Day victory lap this morning sharing out which deals were the most popular across its two-day shopping event. As expected, this was the biggest Prime Day to date as Amazon stretched its summer shopping bonanza across 36-hours this year. Much like Black Friday 2017, shoppers went for the home goods category more than any other over the last two days. Full details below.
While many of the large recreations of iconic vehicles from LEGO as of late have been additions to the company’s lineup of Technic sets, today LEGO will be reaching back into its tub of bricks to debut its new spy-themed sports car. In partnership with Aston Martin, LEGO is bringing 007’s famous ride into a nearly 1,300-piece Creator Expert set.
News Stories July 13
Wyze Cam has become a fan-favorite around here. With prices starting at $26 shipped from Amazon, local storage, free cloud storage, and the latest model featuring both pan and tilt functions, these are must-haves for anyone building a smart home on a budget.
One area that Wyze lacked in was smart assistant connectivity. Be it HomeKit, Assistant, or Amazon’s Alexa, there was no tie-in for Wyze at all. That is, until now. Announced today, Wyze Cams will now work flawlessly with Amazon’s Alexa service.
Hurom, a company based in South Korea, has released its latest juicer. The new H-AI Slow Juicer is the first of its kind to be released in the United States with a self-feeding feature that chops and pushes ingredients down on its own. The company claims that its newest juicer mimics the motion of hand squeezing due to a slow speed of just 60 revolutions per minute, allowing you to enjoy fresher juice with a more authentic taste.
Amazon’s Echo Show and Echo Spot have garnered mixed reviews, from people not sure if they want to put an all-knowing camera in their home to those who absolutely loved it because it gave them their beloved Echo with a built-in display. The Echo Show, however, is somewhat limited (and normally expensive).
Until now, the Echo Show or Spot have been the only way to get Alexa on a screen (besides using Fire TV). However, Amazon recently released the Show Mode Charging Dock for Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 8 and it offers one of the best ways to experience Alexa on the big screen, in my opinion.
Ready to read a great book with your toes in the sand? Today we are sharing new summer books that will have you on the edge of your seat. Whether you’re looking for a war story, romantic novel or a thriller we have a book for everyone this summer. Keep scrolling to find our top picks.
We feature our fair share of interesting gear and instruments for Mac/iOS musicians and producers around here. Just last week Elektron debuted the new Analog Heat external FX processor just after the fully-loaded Synth One iPad Synthesizer hit the App Store for free. A couple of months back Moog brought us the new Grandmother semi-modular analog synth, but today we are looking at the brand new SKULPT from British designer Modal. expand full story
As expected, Target has now announced that it will be going toe-to-toe with Amazon on Tuesday, July 17th for Prime Day. Also to no surprise, Target is touting its ‘epic’ sale as being available for everyone, further pushing Amazon’s Prime membership requirement into the light. This time around the big red retailer is promising discounts on a wide range of home goods, electronics toys and more.
Target will also be offering a special bonus for REDcard members and those that spend over $100 on Tuesday. More details below.
News Stories July 12
As display technology has progressed, our streaming devices have been playing catch-up. Nintendo still doesn’t support 4K, and the Xbox One S/Xbox One X has only supported HDR10 so far, with no Dolby Vision support in sight…until now.
In an upcoming update to the Xbox One software, Dolby Vision will finally be released. As it stands right now, no major gaming console supports Dolby Vision, as the PS4 Pro still only supports HDR10.
With summer well underway, enjoy a sunny day while hiking, biking, at the beach or out in your backyard with apparel that will help keep your skin protected. The market for UPF apparel has grown so much in the last couple of years with top brands joining the band wagon including J.Crew, L.L. Bean, Athleta and more. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor that means how effectively fabrics shield you from the sun. The good news is you don’t have to break the bank to get your hands on this apparel. That’s why today we are sharing out favorite pieces that are under $20.
In a world inundated with smartwatches, a new company called iBeat has stepped up to the plate. Instead of trying to compete on every level with showstoppers like Apple Watch or Samsung Gear, iBeat’s Heart Watch is marketed as a health device with a large focus on saving lives through continuous monitoring of heart rate and blood flow. In the event that Heart Watch detects what the iBeat’s algorithms consider to be unsafe, it will automatically notify you, selected emergency contacts, and the iBeat’s response team.
We have seen some interesting innovations for guitar players over the last few years like the IK app-connected stomp boxes. Even Fender released it’s own iOS/Android powered amps in mid-2017, but today BOSS is announcing the availability of “the world’s first totally wireless guitar amplifier”. expand full story
In case you haven’t heard, Prime Day is just around the corner. The deals are slated to kick-off on Monday at 3PM EST with a day-and-a-half of crazy savings. This morning, Amazon has detailed its upcoming offers for Prime Student members. Aside from the usual smattering of Amazon’s in-house devices, we’re also seeing markdowns on popular SanDisk storage, TVs and more. Head below for a quick look.
Brava has introduced its new smart oven, designed to reimagine the way we make dinner thanks to what it calls Pure Light Cooking. The gas is gone, along with any other type of fuel, swapped out for proprietary heat lamps that Brava says will change the way we spend time in the kitchen.
The big claim here is that Brava’s new smart oven will “cook an entire meal with less energy than a traditional oven uses to pre-heat.” That’s a significant promise from a company that is looking to re-shape kitchens one oven at a time. Of course, it’s going to cost you…
News Stories July 11
Whether you’re hearing about it in the context of more basic smartphone control, home security or voice assistants, a lot of perks come from being a smart home owner. But often times smart home tech can be expensive, especially to someone just looking to get started. So below you’ll find our top picks for building a budget smart home under $200 to have you living in the 21st Century in no time.