News Overview Updated January 16, 2019


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More and more people are cutting the cable cord these days. According to recent reports, somewhere around 16,000,000 homes are now getting over-the-air content. Now, Sinclair Broadcast Group just launched STIRR, a free streaming service that offers live and on-demand content.

You’ll be able to access this content from your iOS or Android device, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, or the web. This means that if you have any of the aforementioned streaming devices, you’ll be able to enjoy STIRR and view both live or on-demand content.

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I love home automation. For so long I have bought a thing or two here and there to expand my smart home, but up to this point the high-cost of HomeKit-enabled accessories has kept me from going all-in on light bulbs and switches.

When I made the switch to using Alexa as my primary voice assistant, one of the deciding factors was how inexpensive it is to buy Alexa gear compared to competitors that support Apple HomeKit. Head below for a look at which lighting products I’m using to illuminate my home. expand full story

Now until February 24th, Nordstrom is currently partnering with Away luggage for a colorful collection just in time for spring break. The new line includes three new exclusive colors of Away suitcases — bright blue, yellow, and red — that are each available in the brand’s four signature bag sizes. Also, two new colorways with black and white shells and red, blue, and yellow zippers will debut on January 22nd. This collaborative pop-up shop even offers over 250 unique travel accessories including pillows, packing cubes, skin care and much more with prices from $10 to $550. Head below to find our favorite items from the new Nordstrom x Away collection.

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EA’s open-world Star Wars game has now been cancelled. After what could be described as a tumultuous last few years, Star Wars video game news is getting even worse today. Head below for all the details. expand full story

The Raspberry Pi Zero may be small, but it’s one of the most versatile computers on the market for tinkerers and tech enthusiasts alike. Maker and YouTuber Electronic Grenade has pushed the envelope even further on what is possible with the miniature device, managing to combine the Zero with its peripherals into what has been deemed the Computer Mouse. That’s right, it’s a computer mouse that is itself a full-fledged computer.

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Today a new report from Nielsen details that over 16 million homes in the United States are now utilizing over-the-air antennas to receive content. That’s up nearly 50% over the last eight years, a dramatic increase in cordcutting as more consumers look to trim the fat from their monthly expenses. When combined with more options — both free and paid — on the market than ever before, it’s a very compelling time to consider ditching your cable altogether. Head below for more details on the report, and our top OTA antenna picks to help you dive into the world of cordcutting.

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News Stories Yesterday

Sony has long been the king of the mirrorless camera industry. From the company’s highly-rated Alpha A7 line to the more budget-friendly prosumer a6xxx line, Sony has reigned king for the past few years. Now, the Sony just announced its a6400 camera with real-time eye autofocus and tracking, the “world’s fastest autofocus,” and even a flip-up screen, something we’ve yet to see on anything but Sony’s RX lineup of cameras.

The a6400 features a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and the company’s acclaimed autofocusing technology. Pair that with the first flip-up touchscreen Sony has put on its mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, stellar 4K recording, and amazing autofocus, and the a6400 is going to be the camera to beat.

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When it comes to competing with the leather cases and watch straps produced by Apple, there are not many companies that have what it takes to offer the same level of quality and attention to detail. Of the few that do, Nomad prominently stands among them.

Earlier today, Nomad took the wraps off of its Natural leather collection. Although the company has gear for products made by Apple, Samsung, and Google, the products included in the new release are all made for Apple devices. The Natural leather collection is comprised of two Apple Watch bands and an AirPods case.

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If you have warm weather travel plans or are just waiting for summer to arrive, then you must have a look at Target’s new Kona Sol swimwear line. The collection, which is now available, features pieces in sizes from XS to XL, with select styles ranging from 14W to 26W. The pieces in the Kona Sol line range from bikinis to cover-ups to one-pieces, so there is plenty to choose from. Even better, all of the prices in this collection are under $50. Head below to find our favorite pieces from Target’s new Kona Sol swimwear collection.

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The current real-world Pinkerton security company is suing Rockstar for its use of the name in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you’re anything like me, you’re just learning for the very first time that the well-known 19th/early 20th century enforcement agency still exists and it is now laying the law down on Rockstar. expand full story

Amazon is now making its entry-level Fire TV Stick more appealing for shoppers. The $40 streaming stick is now going to be bundled with the company’s new Alexa Voice Remote, an upgrade that would have normally cost you $30. The improved controller debuted with the Fire TV 4K and adds a few key features into the mix. Most notably, you’ll find Bluetooth support as well as power and volume control of your TV set thanks to built-in IR. The updated bundle of the Fire TV Stick is now available for pre-order at Amazon and will be shipping on January 23rd. Those who already own the Fire TV Stick can also now upgrade to the better remote for $14.99, scoring you a 50% discount.

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Just ahead of this year’s NAMM show, Korg has now unveiled the new minilogue XD synth. The combo analog-digital hybrid comes alongside new entries to the company’s modular-friendly Volca lineup and more. Head below for all the details. expand full story

Kano, a STEAM-focused computer kit company, has impressed us time and time again with their releases in the past. Today, it looks to continue that trend of success, as it’s announced a partnership with Disney for its upcoming coding kits. First, the two companies will be traveling to a galaxy far, far away for a Star Wars-themed release. Due out in 2019, Kano will pair its usual educational flair with the beloved sci-fi franchise. Head below for all of the details on the upcoming Kano Star Wars Coding Kit.

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Last month word began to circulate that Nike would soon be revealing the latest iteration of its self-lacing HyperAdapt shoes. While details were somewhat thin at the time, it recently began to surface that these Marty McFly-inspired kicks were indeed on the way. This morning, Nike has unveiled the new Adapt BB. Not only is the self-lacing prophecy being fulfilled, Nike is also introducing the Adapt BB as a smartphone-controlled shoe. While the app offers the ability to change your shoe’s LED color and more, the shoes defining feature is their ability to constantly adjust how tight the laces are pulled. Thus, the Adapt BB name. Head below for more.

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News Stories January 14

If you’ve never used Sling TV, it’s a great way to cut cable. Sling is the “#1 live TV streaming service” and starts at just $25 per month. New users on Roku will soon be able to enjoy certain Sling benefits at no cost with the company’s latest update. The biggest update here is the ability to try out on-demand content without entering an email or credit card information. Keep reading to find out more about this latest update for Roku users.

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There are multiple reasons to pick up a new TV before the Super Bowl. The obvious one is to have the best viewing experience, but an additional perk is that you can typically lock-in some additional savings before the big game. With loads of options out there, it can be confusing which one is right for you. This guide provides a look at the best models at various price points so you can quickly find the perfect fit for your home.

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Sony is finally allowing Rocket League cross-play. After Sony went under fire for not allowing Xbox One and Switch players to match up with PS4 gamers in Fortnite and Rocket League, it made a change of policy in 2018. And now Rocket League gamers will be able to wage battle car soccer war with Switch and Xbox One gamers. More details below. expand full story

Adding a MacBook or MacBook Pro stand to your setup is a great way to organize, declutter and maximize any workspace. Perhaps most importantly it can help reduce neck strain by elevating your MacBook to eye-level. The good news is that there are plenty of MacBook stands out there for any budget and style. The bad news? It’s almost overwhelming to wade through all of the options. Head below for the best MacBook stands for 2019 to date.

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