Satechi expands Metallic series to keep new rose gold Apple products company

When it comes to modern day computing accessories, there is one particular name that we should always keep in mind — Satechi. After all, they have rolled out their fair share of peripherals over the years to keep us convinced that there is nothing but quality behind their lines, and the same can be said of their latest expansion in the Metallic Series which will keep company the new rose gold MacBook, iPhone® and Apple Watch.

After all, the color of rose gold is definitely one that is taking the tech world by storm, as the pink-hued iOS devices will no longer be left alone without similarly colored peripherals from Satechi, where among them include the likes of wireless headphones, a handy headset stand, convenient charging stations and even the all time popular and useful Type-C Hub with pass-through charging. This fashionable finish of the new Apple products will definitely brighten up the day of any user, and Satechi hopes to be the one to facilitate a seamless transition.

The Aluminum Wireless Headphones and complimentary Slim Aluminum Headset Stand are perfect for any desktop, as these Bluetooth 4.0 headphones sport a luxurious and comfortable design as well as premium sound quality from up to 33 feet away, delivering up to 16 hours of playtime or up to 18 hours of talk time. These should be more than enough to last the entire day, while folks who prefer a tethered experience can have that thanks to an auxiliary cord. The Aluminum Wireless Headphones and Slim Headset Stand will retail for $69.99 and $27.99, respectively.

Not only that, there will be a couple of Type-C offerings that arrive in the new rose gold hue, comprising of the Type-C Pass-through USB Hub and the new Type-C Micro/SD Card Reader. The former boasts of a charging port and expands Type-C USB 3.1 ports into a trio of Type-A USB 3.0 ports, an SD Card slot and a Micro SD Card slot, while the new Type-C Micro/SD Card Reader delivers a solution for simultaneously reading and accessing both your SD and Micro SD cards. These will arrive in rose gold for $44.99 and $24.99, respectively. Any takers?

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Skybuds wireless earbuds are ready to rock and roll

skybudsWe all love our music. After all, music does get the body moving, not to mention it is a way to recover emotionally and mentally with the right kind of tunes. Just step into any spa, and the soothing background music would then do its job of bringing you to another place mentally, as you lose yourself in the massage and environment. Having said that, some of us are unable to live without any music, regardless of where we go or travel. That means getting a good pair of earphones or earbuds, and with so many different choices that are available on the market, just which particular model should you settle for? If you haven’t yet parted ways with your money, then the Skybuds wireless earbuds might be worth checking out.

These are touted to be “true” wireless earbuds, where they were also picked out to be part of the Wearables 2016 CES Innovation Awards Honoree. Thanks to Alpha Audiotronics, Inc., the Skybuds claim to offer a truly wire-free solution with premium sound quality as well as reliable connectivity, hoping to transform the way users experience sound.

Skybuds make use of Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) technology, which are more often than not, seen in action in hearing aids. With NFMI technology, it should be able to ensure uninterrupted, high-quality sound in the headphone industry. Accompanying the NFMI technology would see each earbud make use of a top-of-the-line, balanced armature driver and psychoacoustic features, including base enhancement, so that a premium audio experience can be created. These earbuds have been specially designed in such a manner that they boast of Passive Noise Cancellation, which will suppress unwanted and distracting external audio.

The Skybuds will juice up and can be stored in a light, portable case known as the Skydock, which conveniently delivers up to another 24 hours of on-the-go charging time. Apart from superior sound quality, each Skybud will be fitted with an omnidirectional microphone, and have been ergonomically designed to comfortably sit in users’ ears.

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VOXXHirschmann reveals EVO vehicle infotainment system

evoWhenever one travels in a car or in something larger such as an SUV or even MPV, chances are the radio would be turned on at the very least. Well, there might be more than meets the eye for longer distance routes, especially when you take into consideration how children would fit into the ride without asking you “Are we there yet?” every 10 minutes. Keeping them occupied with the latest movies on a mobile device is fine and dandy, but won’t it be better if they had a larger sized screen located into the back of the headrest? VOXXHirschmann latest foray into automotive rear seat vehicle infotainment has resulted in EVO, which intends to bring the in-home TV entertainment experience in your vehicle.

This next generation Evolution Series (“EVO”) Rear Seat Vehicle Infotainment (“RSI”) solution will be part of models rolled out by General Motors (“GM”) for forthcoming model 2018, 2019 and 2020 vehicles.

According to Pat Lavelle, President and CEO of VOXX International Corporation, “With EVO, we are redefining rear seat vehicle infotainment, moving far beyond DVD-based systems intended to entertain our children, to a truly mobile, wireless infotainment hub for global vehicles. By incorporating advanced media playback and streaming capabilities with wireless in-car connectivity and easy-to-integrate form factors designed for OEMs, EVO was created to enable consumers to seamlessly take and share their content across multiple devices such as tablets and smartphones, no matter where they go. We look forward to working with GM and our other OEM partners to bring the vision of the Connected Car to life.”

Forget about legacy DVD-based players — the new EVO product range will be the next evolutionary step in rear seat vehicle infotainment. Users are able to create and securely log into their own wireless in-car rear-seat infotainment networks, not to mention share and stream media content across all occupants of the vehicle. It does not matter whether the content is stashed away or viewed on the EVO system, or even on a passenger’s mobile device.

The EVO system will also accept content from SD card and HDMI/USB-based devices, offers support for Miracast and DLNA functionality, and boasts of the EVO Slingplayer, resulting in consumers enjoying a live TV experience in the car via VOXXHirschmann’s exclusive partnership with Sling Media. Looks like traveling has become all the more fun with EVO!

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Sony reveals new Z series of TVs

Do you think that it is time for your living room to obtain a new TV for your home entertainment purposes? If you have answered in the affirmative, then you might want to check out Sony Electronics’ latest release in the form of the Z series. The Sony Z series is touted to be the next generation in television display technology, where it boasts of the ability to reproduce the deeper blacks, brighter lights, and vibrant colors of the real world.

The new flagship Z series will be the high end models, being even above Sony’s existing X series line-up of premium 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs, which includes the award winning X930D and X940D. Why the “Z” moniker? It is meant to signify a significant leap forward and the ultimate in display technology. You can be sure that each Z series TV will see Sony bring the likes of 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) to a new level with ultra-contrast and even more realistic, accurate color, so that your eyes will be able to revel in the kind of content that creators truly intended.

The new Z series will make use of the Backlight Master Drive technology that Sony introduced as a prototype at CES 2016 earlier this year. The Backlight Master Drive happens to be precision backlight boosting technology, where it expands brightness and contrast so that it can offer the full combined potential of 4K HDR. Not only that, contrast is further enhanced via the Backlight Master Drive that boasts of a dense LED structure with a super accurate lighting algorithm, discrete lighting control, and a unique optical design with a calibrated beam LED, resulting in unprecedented dynamic range with incredibly deep blacks and dazzling lights for more realistic scenes than ever before.

The Z Series 65″ and 75″ class 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs are already available for pre-sale at $6,999 and $9,999, respectively, while we do not know just how big of a hole the monstrous XBR100Z9D, 100″ class TV will burn in your pocket.

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1MORE reveals new Bluetooth models for your ears

When it comes to a pair of headphones or earphones, the choice is a very personal one. However, many of us might want to consider picking up a wireless model which will more often than not involve Bluetooth connectivity, as the tangled mess that wired models end up with tend to be very irritating, especially when you need to unravel it. 1MORE knows this, which is why this premier consumer electronics audio company has started to sell a couple of its latest Bluetooth models, accompanied by a single wired in-ear headphone. The new models would be the iBFree Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones, the MK802 Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones, and the Piston Classic In-Ear Headphones.

For those who prefer something wired, the Piston Classic In-Ear Headphone might be the ideal choice, as it delivers quality, sound, and style in an affordable manner. I guess this is something that is a step up from generic headphones that are on the market, and yet won’t keep any serious audiophile happy.

For folks who prefer the Bluetooth treatment, the two models will boast of CRS Bluetooth 4.1 chips with aptX coding technology, where it delivers meticulous sound quality and a stable wireless option for consumers who want more freedom from wires. In fact, Tim Burton, VP of Sales, claimed that these models are the first Bluetooth headphones that he has used so far which he is unable to tell whether they were wireless based on the audio quality, stressing that “even the talk quality is far superior without the common echo of other Bluetooth headphones.”

This is made possible thanks to the MK802 Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones boasting of rare Beryllium drivers, allowing it to deliver an exceptionally comprehensive sound with a durable, lightweight, and stylish TR-90 exterior. Sporting a “Bass Level” switch on the ear cup for folks who would like to have bass highlighted or limited, in addition to optional hearing protection so that hearing loss and fatigue are reduced, the MK802 will also play nice with the 1MORE app so that one can control hearing protection, and assign controllable apps, among others. With an asking price of $129.99, it is not an impulse purchase for sure.

Up next would be the $49.99 iBFree Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones that feature extremely lightweight aluminum alloy earpieces with Bluetooth 4.1 aptX coding, oblique angled ergonomic comfort, and titanium dynamic drivers. Not only that, it is also IPX4 rated water-resistant against rain, spills, and sweat, and will arrive in vibrant red, space gray, aqua blue, and apple green colors.

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D-Link offers a new bunch of IP surveillance cameras

d-link-surveillance-camWhile many of us know of D-Link as a company that delivers networking products par excellence, this does not mean that they have not branched out to other sectors or niche markets. In fact, D-Link has now a new collection of IP surveillance cameras that could adorn your home without looking out of place at all.

There will be a couple of HD IP cameras that are announced by D-Link, as part of the company’s efforts to expand its popular range of professional IP surveillance and security solutions. The first of the two would be known as the Full HD Outdoor PoE Mini Dome Camera (DCS-6212L), while the other would be the HD Covert Network Camera (DCS-1201). These new HD cameras will be able to offer advanced security features, where among them include Power over Ethernet (PoE), HD resolution, local recording, and a complete surveillance software package, enabling users to view, manage and record from up to 32 cameras on a single computer.

The Full HD Outdoor PoE Mini Dome Camera (DCS-6212L) is equipped with industry-leading Full HD 1080p, 2 megapixel resolution and H.264 compression — resulting in high-quality, detailed video recording as well as up to 30 feet of night vision. It boasts of weather and vandal-proof housing so you can be sure that it offers durable protection against impacts and the elements, making it ideal for monitoring outdoor environments. Apart from that, the DCS-6212L is mydlink enabled, enabling users to access and configure the camera remotely through the mydlink website, not to mention to view live video on iOS and Android devices, and Windows phones to boot — if you are still using those, of course.

As for the D-Link Full HD Outdoor PoE Mini Dome CameraD-Link HD Covert Network Camera (DCS-1201), it has a versatile, compact form factor, delivering a robust solution to discreetly monitor an area. It is small in size, and yet accompanied by a generous 50 foot cable so that users can place the DCS-1201 in a far corner of a room or make use of a discreet pinhole installation. Features include motion and tamper detection, making it ideal for ATMs, elevators, police stations, mass transit, and other applications where a hidden or small camera is required.

The Full HD Outdoor PoE Mini Dome Camera (DCS-6212L) and the HD Covert Network Camera (DCS-1201) will retail for $359.99 and $499.99, respectively, if you’’re interested.

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Braven 105 is the latest waterproof and compact speaker

braven-105When it comes to portable speakers, there is one particular aspect from which you need to look out for — its durability, of course. After all, if you are going to bring it out with you, then chances are said speaker is going to run into all sorts of challenges, ranging from knocks and drops, and even at times, being dunked in water. Braven Audio knows this, which is why their latest attempt for folks who want something that is portable and yet powerful, has revealed the Braven 105.

The Braven 105 is a waterproof and compact speaker that has been inspired by active lifestyles, where it has been specially designed to be brought with you just about anywhere you are. It merges a modern round design alongside exceptional versatility, not to mention booming full body sound. In other words, the Braven 105’s audio quality is unmatched at the price point in which it is sold for.

Regardless of the activity in which you are engaged in, the Braven 105 should be able to meet it head on without missing a beat. It is more than capable of keeping up with the everyday athlete and on-the-go individual, where it boasts of an IPX7 waterproof rating, meaning the Braven 105 is capable of withstanding sweat, rain, mud, dirt and sand — as you enjoy your favorite tunes to spur you on.

Want to go cycling with the Braven 105? Not a problem. You can also use it when you run, in addition to all of the other fun adventures, thanks to a multifunctional elastic strap which will secure the speaker to any handles, backpack or sport accessory. This means it is ideal to keep the music playing while you are on the move. Being durable and lightweight, it has the ability to run for for up to 8 hours on a single charge.

Not only that, the Braven 105 would impress you further as it can be mounted to just about anything using the included Action Mount, compatible with GoPro accessories. You can choose from Black, Electric, Alpine, Periwinkle, Energy, Sunset, and Raspberry colors for a mere $49.99 apiece.

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The Insta360 Spherical Video Camera gives you the full picture

Life is a flowing collection of moments, each of which are so unique that it’s hard to properly capture or describe them. It makes sense then that we love taking pictures as it’s the only way to give an accurate portrayal of a specific point in time. While getting a camera on your phone was a big deal years ago, now we’re worried about the quality of the images we take.

If you’re wanting a new way to capture your moments, the Insta360 Spherical Video Camera will give you the necessary tools. It’s not going to be the only option for your images, but it will add some diversity to what shows up on your Instagram feed. It consists of two 210 degree fisheye lenses that together can produce 3040 x 1520 res images, and the same quality at 30fps for videos.

Not only will you be able to take video and pictures, but you can use this for live feed and streams as well. It is compatible with iPhone 6/6s and 6/6s Plus, or you can use it as a standalone camera. There is a free corresponding app, and thanks to the small size of the device it can easily go wherever you do. You’ll be looking at paying out $215 to get this goodie, making it affordable only for the people who found a way to make Instagram their full time job.

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The Devialet Phantom – can you recognize quality sound?

When you watch a video on YouTube, you can tell when quality is lacking. The image on your screen is pixelated, the sound is tinny, and while you can figure out what’s happening, you know searching for another of the same video will likely yield better results. Can you tell when a speaker at home is lacking quality? Do you keep an ear out for how it handles highs and lows?

If you not only notice that sort of thing but are appalled when it doesn’t live up to your expectations, then you’re likely on the hunt for a better speaker. If Devialet isn’t all talk, it seems as though the Phantom might have something to offer. Their creation is a 3000 Watt speaker that is said to give an ultra-dense sound that you can feel. They tout no distortion, saturation, or background noise from 16-25khz.

While they say it will replace any system you have, they also recommend getting 2 or more for an even more immersive sound. That is likely due to speakers being prone to having a sweet spot where you can hear the sound the best from one angle to the speaker than another. This can play all your music wirelessly through Bluetooth or WiFi, and is going to cost you a pretty penny at $2,390, coming in silver or white, though the latter only has 750 Watts and costs $1,990. If you’re an audiophile and it lives up to the hype, then it sounds like it might be worth the trouble.

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Infant’s Sleep Sound Panda might perform a better lullaby than dad and mom

First time parents have plenty of skills to pick up — one of them would be to make sure that their little one gets to sleep. Of course, if your child fails to sleep, this would also mean that parents would not be able to get enough shuteye as well, resulting in them walking around in a zombie-like state the next day at work. Having said that, perhaps you might be interested in a tool that will let your little one enter dreamland at a moment’s notice? This is what the $34.95 Infant’s Sleep Sound Panda claims to deliver.

In fact, the Infant’s Sleep Sound Panda is the winner of a Creative Mind Magazine Preferred Choice Award for Creative Toys, where this particular plush panda generates eight different sounds to lull infants to sleep. It is even capable of re-creating the sound of a mother’s heartbeat heard within the womb, in addition to a gentle rain shower, the calming sounds of ocean surf, the harmonic sounds of whale song, Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star, Rock-a-Bye Baby, a classic lullaby, and a tranquil melody. Of course, the volume is fully controllable, while each sound can be set to turn off after 23 or 45 minutes. The panda itself will run on a couple of AA batteries as opposed to a diet of bamboo shoots. If you’re jealous of the little one’s new toy, you might want to get yourself the iMusic Pillow instead.


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