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News Stories May 24
Microsoft’s Project xCloud is something that I’m waiting to launch. Sony just announced that the PlayStation 5 will be cloud-based, but Microsoft has already been working on a solution. In fact, Microsoft and Sony are teaming up for an even better cloud gaming platform. But, today, Microsoft released news that its dedicated Project xCloud game streaming technology will support all Xbox One games, including backward compatible ports, for a total of 3,500 games (and counting).
Today we are diving in head first with the IK Multimedia iRig Micro mini guitar amp. This tiny device offers up a ton of value on paper with an integrated audio interface and software emulation system, but does that justify the price tag? We went hands-on to find out. Head below for all the details. expand full story
Father’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re still on the hunt for a gift we have an array of cologne options for you. Give dad a new sent for father’s day with one of the many new releases for spring and summer. Top brands such as GUCCI, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy and more have released new scents and the majority are under $100. Head below to find our top picks.
It’s been about six months since I dove headfirst to the Amazon Alexa ecosystem. While it’s not perfect, I’m very happy with my decision to switch away from Siri as my primary voice assistant. Having fully immersed my home in Echo Dots, I initially didn’t see a need to venture outside of Amazon’s most affordable smart speaker.
My feelings changed pretty quickly after I realized how feature-rich Echo Plus was at such an affordable price. More microphones, better sounding audio, and a built-in smart home hub all worked together and eventually pushed me to try an upgraded Echo experience. expand full story
This week at the Philadelphia-based LIGHTFAIR 2019 Conference, ET2 Lighting announced a new series of smart multicolor lights. The brand’s new products enter with unique designs that are made of premium materials. Plus, taking advantage of the Friends of Hue program, ET2’s three new styles of light will integrate with HomeKit, Alexa and Assistant and more. Head below for more details.
Fujifilm introduced the latest addition to its ever-expanding fold of cameras with the new GFX100, a monster large format device that “offers the highest resolution in the history of mirrorless cameras.” While it is certainly not for the faint of heart (or perhaps more accurately, those not willing to open their wallets), the amount of tech here is quite impressive. Headlining is a 102MP sensor that makes the Fuji GFX100 one of the most intriguing releases in this industry over the last decade. That adds to an impressive list of specs which includes 4K, enhanced stabilization, and notable autofocus improvements over the brand’s previously released large format cameras. Hit the jump for more.
News Stories May 23
If you have an Xbox One, then you’ve likely seen the Elite Controller. I have an Elite Controller and it’s one of my favorite ways to enjoy Microsoft’s console, but that might soon change. Scuf has been making controllers for a while now, and I’ve got just about every one of those, too. The Vantage for PS4 is a great way to enjoy Sony’s console with a lack of professional controllers there, but what about Xbox? Though Microsoft has the Elite Controller, the brand-new Scuf Prestige could dethrone it as the best way to interact with the Xbox One.
If you can’t get enough of Marvel, then The Iron Man MK50 Robot by UBTECH is a way to bring the experience home and into your hands. Similar in design to its First Order Stormtrooper, the Iron Man MK50 brings authentic licensed Marvel experiences to your command. Of course, it’s a bit of a specialty piece at a whopping $290 – but for collectors, it might be a must have addition. Check out the video below. expand full story
With the release of an all-new NOOK GlowLight Plus, Barnes & Noble continues to put up a fight against Amazon’s dominative Kindle lineup. The new product sports the company’s largest E-Ink screen ever, a move much like its NOOK 10.1 release late last year.
In addition to its large 7.8-inch display, the new NOOK GlowLight Plus is waterproof with 8GB of storage onboard. Despite that sounding like a puny amount of space when compared to smartphone standards, the company touts that it’s capable of holding thousands of books. expand full story
Pad & Quill has now launched its Memorial Day iOS accessories sale. It was only a matter of time before one of our favorite Apple gear accessory makers unveiled its holiday offerings and it definitely did not disappoint. We are looking at up to 25% off all of its iOS gear using code MemorialDay at checkout. While we have seen Pad & Quill sales more frequently this year, they don’t have this much selection at up to 25% off very often. Head below for more details. expand full story
Nordstrom has a new pop up shop and your kids are about to look stylish this summer. Partnered with the luxury kids boutique Maisonette, the two have curated a list of summer essentials that are adorable. From clothing to shoes and accessories, there is something for every child in your life. This list is also a wonderful way to shop for any baby showers or kids birthday parties you may have. Head below to find a few of our favorites from the Nordstrom Maisonette collection.
Tascam has now unveiled the latest addition to its TH-series family with new monitoring headphones. The TH-06 Bass XL cans feature custom components and technology to provide an enhanced low frequency response. Designed for DJs and music producers, they are also a great choice for anyone who wants more bass blasted directly in to the ear drum, according to Tascam. Head below the jump for more details and availability. expand full story
Amazon has kicked off its annual AmazonBasics Memorial Day sale, discounting just about every item in the brand’s stable of in-house products. You’ll find a smattering of deals across every category, including but not limited to smartphone accessories, home goods, kitchen necessities, and sports gear. The usual free shipping for Prime members is in place here. Those without a subscription to Amazon’s delivery service will need a $25 order total to side-step any delivery fees.
The AmazonBasics line is a great way to save on everyday essentials at a fraction of the cost of competitors. Hit the jump to find all of the best deals in this year’s AmazonBasics Memorial Day sale.
News Stories May 22
Panic, the company behind a handful of popular developer applications and the hit indie game Firewatch, has announced its foray into hardware. The company today unveiled the Playdate, a handheld gaming device that’s barely bigger than the iPhone.
If you’re still using a 1080p TV or maybe a smaller 4K unit, upgrading might seem daunting. While some 65-inch 4K TVs can be quite expensive, Walmart aims to bring 4K to the masses with its new ONN brand. Walmart isn’t just focusing on 4K here, the shopping mega giant has its hands in multiple areas from 24-inch 720p displays all the way to 65-inch 4K. Keep reading to find out more.
Now that spring has hit and summer is right around the corner, it’s time to prep for outdoor adventures. For many, this involves using RVs or cost-conscious tents. Folks that don’t like any of the cookie-cutter solutions may find the new Earth Traveler Trailer to be an intriguing compromise.
Weighing just 216 pounds, the T250LX Earth Traveler Trailer is an impressively light way to travel. Such a lightweight build has been achieved thanks to the use of carbon fiber. Going this route also yields an extremely strong and durable shelter that’s ready to be towed by nearly any vehicle, according to the manufacturer.
Constantin has locked down the film rights to create the first Just Cause movie. The action-heavy open-world video game series adaptation is said to be going in to production next year with Derek Kolstad attached to pen the script. While confidence in video game films has never really been all that high, the frenetic action and sheer destruction from Just Cause is sure to translate to the big screen, if it’s done right that is. All the details are down below. expand full story
The Container Store has new organizers for spring in partnership with Home Edit. If you haven’t heard of the Home Edit, these two girls have taken organization to the next level, helping some A-list celebrities (Gwyneth Paltrow, Mandy Moore & more) clean up their closets, pantries and cabinets. Plus, the new line offers organizers from just $5 and will help you tidy up your pantry, bathroom drawers and even your closet. Head below to find out more about the new line and be sure to take your organizing to the next level by picking up their book, which shows you how they use all of the pieces in the new line.