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LG’s OLED and LED 4K ULTRA HD TVs hit the US

They say that good things come to those who wait – well, I am quite sure that many of us living in the US would have been floored by what LG has offered in the past edition of CES, and finally, after close to a couple of months of waiting, both pricing as well as availability for the first of its 2015 4K ULTRA HD (UHD) TV models have been revealed – which means it is time to break the bank account and treat your eyes to a whole new level of TV viewing experience.

Leading the charge for this year’s lineup would be the LG 4K UHD OLED TV, which has received a whole lot of praise by the masses, as it is touted to deliver the best picture ever by virtue of its perfect blacks and brighter, crisper images for infinite contrast. There is also a slew of other new 2015 models available this coming spring, including LG’s PRIME UHD LED TV – a premium tier above the company’s ULTRA HD TV featuring LG “ColorPrime” wider color gamut technology which offers a broader range of colors for a truly premium, cinema-like experience.

LG’s 65-inch class (64.5 inches measured diagonally) 65EG9600 Art Slim Curved 4K OLED will arrive later this April for a whopping $8,999, where the revolutionary technology used delivers a breathtaking picture with perfect blacks and incredible color, even from wide viewing angles. The 65EG9600 will merge the intense detail of 4K ULTRA HD alongside the superior contrast and rich, accurate color that OLED provides, resulting in the ultimate in picture quality. Not only that, LG’s Art Slim design philosophy will also make sure that the TV itself complements just about any interior décor. If you are on a tighter budget, the LG 55EC9300 55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) OLED TV can be yours for $3,499.

LG’s PRIME UHD TV, an all-new premium line of 4K UHD LED TVs featuring LG “ColorPrime” technology, Ultra Luminance, 4K In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel and the LG Prime Mastering Engine, will make sure that you and your guests are treated to a truly premium, cinema-like experience. All of the new models mentioned will arrive with LG’s webOS 2.0, the award-winning Smart TV platform that is touted to make accessing content even simpler and faster.

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LG Watch Urbane LTE is a next generation smartwatch

When it comes to the world of smartwatches, you can be very sure that this particular niche market is starting to grow real fast – where more and more players will enter the market in order to sell their wares and fight for a slice of the pie. LG has had other smartwatches in the past, but this time around, being the fourth outing in the smartwatch department, the LG Watch Urbane LTE would certainly have shed the baggage of its previous releases, and smoothened out any rough edges of yore to truly turn this into more than a decent wearable timepiece.

For starters, the LG Watch Urbane LTE happens to be the most ambitious smartwatch from the South Korean company to date, where it offers not only the style, but also sophistication of an actual analog timepiece, while introducing the highest level of micro-technology that are centered around a 1.3” Plastic-OLED display. Located underneath the P-OLED display would see the LG Watch Urbane LTE pack a slew of communication capabilities of a smartphone within the confines of a polished, metal wristwatch.

It will work just like any other 4G capable handset, allowing you to make and answer calls, not to mention send and receive text messages. With the right carrier support, this smartwatch offers push-to-talk (PTT) capability with other devices on the same cellular network – making you utilize the LG Watch Urbane LTE as a walkie-talkie, and best of all is, you end up with virtually unlimited range to talk to multiple parties at the same time.

There is also the all new LG Wearable Platform operating system that keeps the entire operation running, where it has been specially developed for the company’s proprietary wearable products. Apart from that, there is the display with an always-on ambient mode, a 700mAh battery to keep it going for days in standby mode, a trio of physical buttons on the right side of the smartwatch, connectivity options such as NFC technology, LTE support and heck, even a built-in heart rate monitor and advanced motion sensors that will let you achieve your fitness goals easier than using a smartphone.

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Lully helps frazzled parents out by helping put their children to sleep

Being a new parent can be a really tough job – there are just so many different responsibilities that one will have to take up and own, not to mention the frazzled, sleepless nights as well as constant clean-ups and diaper changing sessions. Well, when your baby starts to grow older and in those pre-school years, a new set of challenges would present itself – even more so when your little one has another sibling, as two of them can sure as heck cause plenty of havoc around the home. Even at night when you are totally bushed, you might be surprised that your little “Energizer Bunnies” would still continue rambling – how else to help them get to sleep, especially when it comes to avoiding them dreaded night terrors? Enter the Lully.

Lully, being made available to consumers for the very first time, claims to be the only proven solution to night terrors. The Lully system will lull a child to sleep (hence its name) by sending gentle vibration from under the mattress to the child right before the night terrors kick in. These vibrations are touted to be able to protect the child from having night terrors, and it is by no means concocted by a group of quack doctors. In fact, Lully was developed from research at Stanford University and is proven to stop 9 out of 10 night terrors.

One does wonder why do children these days experience more night terrors than in the past, and night terrors happen to be caused when a child enters an unhealthy stage of deep sleep. When you manage to solve the issue of such night terrors, you can be sure that parents’ themselves would also be able to have a better quality of life in the long run. The Lully will retail for $169 a pop – small price to pay for quality sleep! Perhaps using the Lully with the iMusic Pillow would be a potent combo.

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The Tesoro Gungnir Optical Gaming Mouse is on point

When gaming on PC, there’s nothing more frustrating than lag that lasts so long that it makes your game unplayable. Well, unless your mouse or keyboard fails you at random that is. If you can’t help but want the best possible equipment for gaming but don’t have a budget to match pro gamers, then you’ll want something that can keep up with you without costing a week’s worth of pay.

Next month, Tesoro will be releasing the Gungnir Black Optical Gaming Mouse in North America. It is named Gungnir after the spear that Odin carried, which was supposed to be so well-balanced that it could strike any target, no matter the skill or strength of the person who carried it. If you think that marketing point is trying to tell you that this mouse will make you good at gaming, you’re 100% correct. Of course, whether or not that is true can certainly be called into question.

This has a 3500 DPI optical sensor, 7 buttons to be programmed, LED lighting which can be customized, and 5 game profiles so you can map your buttons for different games. Since this is using a new UI that has been designed to be user-friendly, there’s a chance that there may be a few bugs lurking about. This is going to cost you $29, which does make you wonder whether or not it would be worth it even at a cheaper price point.

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Uamp – small but potent headphone amplifier

Now here is a diminutive device that you might want to take into consideration the next time you think about upgrading your mobile listening experience – with the Uamp, which happens to be a tiny headphone amplifier that will be able to fit into the coin pocket of your pants, and at the same time, work with an entire slew of your mobile devices that are more than capable of playing back music. For the very first time ever, one is able to enjoy Hi-End sound on your smartphone, MP3 player, portable media player tablet, laptop or desktop machine.

While mobile devices work great as a portable storage of thousands of songs, there is a price to pay for it – including the sacrificing of audio quality through the use of inadequate headphone outputs. This would translate to majority of the folks having to settle for ordinary sounding audio quality, and the rather sad part (for audiophiles, I presume) would be that they are not even aware of this.

Having the right kind of amplifier is idea in order to enjoy clearer, louder, and richer-sounding tunes with a superior bass, although such an experience would mean having to undergo a rather expensive undertaking, which is also too large to be portable, not to mention being readily available to the average music listener.

The Uamp would be able to offer a similar high quality sound experience without having to break the bank, since the co-founder of Uamp, Joe Chehade has shared, “We want to make premium sound accessible to everyone, on any device.”

Uamp would arrive in a beautiful aluminium design, where the entire shebang measures all of just 1.69” x 1.69” x 0.36”, tipping the scales at a mere 0.9 ounces. This allows it to fit into the coin pocket of your jeans, which means you can bring it with you wherever you are. Merge all of these with a ten hour rechargeable battery, and you will be able to virtually enjoy high quality sound playback regardless of where you are. In fact, the Uamp claims to have five times the power of the amp in an iPhone, and will work with virtually every other headphone on the market. All that you need to do is to plug the Uamp into your iPod, iPad, iPhone, Android device, laptop, or any device with a 3.5mm headphone output, and let your ears enjoy the turbocharged sound.

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The Afterglow Nur Wireless Headset

Playing video games can be fun and relaxing, but having equipment that doesn’t work properly is bound to be take away some of the entertainment aspect. There’s a good chance your headset, keyboard, or mouse have broken a time or two, so you know how hard it is to look for a replacement. If you don’t end up buying the same thing you had before, then why not swoop on something that is a little more modern?

The Afterglow Nur Wireless Headset has a “next-generation look” with a boomless mic and no cables to knock things over or get tangled in. There are three custom LED lighting modes; manual, where one stable color of light is chosen, automatic, where the colors cycle through, and lights out, where all the lights are off. You’ll also be able to use two different audio modes for customized sound, and there is a voice cue interface to indicate the audio mode and battery power.

This will work with PS3, PS4, PC, Mac, and mobile devices. The transmitter will give you 100 feet of wireless connectivity, and with a 10 hour battery life it should last for long gaming sessions. This looks to be quite cushy with massive ear cups and a split headband so it won’t weigh down on the top of your head so much. It is at this split point where the charging dock will settle. This comes with a price tag of $159.99.

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Kicker KPw Wireless Speaker System portable Bluetooth speaker

There are speakers, and then there are portable speakers. Of course, there are some portable speakers out there which are more noteworthy and capable than others in the same field. The $199.99 Kicker KPw Wireless Speaker System is a portable Bluetooth speaker that intends to deliver maximum flexibility for the owner, as it packs in great sound with a pair of drivers as well as a couple of radiators. In addition, there is a microphone available for phone calls as well as wireless Bluetooth connectivity.

The Kicker KPw Wireless Speaker System would be able to understand that some of us out there might not be moving in the direction of the fully wireless lifestyle. This will include a standard 3.5mm Aux input jack just in case you do not happen to have any device out there that has Bluetooth connectivity. As for the aforementioned drivers and passive bass radiators, they measure 1.75” (44mm) and 2″ (52mm), respectively. The integrated rechargeable battery would be able to deliver up to 10 hours of music playback, and whenever it runs out of juice, it will require just 3.5 hours in order to fully recharge.
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OTTO reveals brand new headset for the masses

OTTO is an industry leader when it comes to two-way radio accessories, and alongside SureFire, a leader where hearing-protection technology is concerned, have worked together to roll out the spanking new Hurricane III headset that will feature SureFire’s Patented EarLock Retention Rings and Noise-Reducing Filters. There is a switch on each earpiece that would allow the user to control the amount of ambient sound which passes into the ear.

When in the open position, the Noise-Reducing Filters would enable ambient sounds and conversations to be heard clearly. Should one be in the presence of an extremely high noise environment, all that one needs to do is to place the switch in the closed position in order to increase the noise blocking effectiveness.

The Hurricane III headset itself would be able to deliver up to 40dB of protection against loud noises, where among them include the likes of gunshots as well as other impulse noises, all the while preserving situational awareness. There is a switch in the closed position the headset that will do further work to reduce ambient background noise by another 21dB. The headset itself will also boast of a noise-canceling microphone and a low-profile design which can be worn while wearing a helmet or mask. The durable design in addition to its tough construction would let the headset withstand harsh environmental conditions.

The Hurricane III is well positioned to balance excellent noise reduction with the ability to hear ambient sounds or conversations, and at the same time maintain clear radio communication. It comes across highly recommended for shooting ranges, public safety applications, and any environments where loud noises are present and hearing normal conversation is important. Any takers for this particular Hurricane III headset from OTTO? It certainly looks as though it will be able to do its bit to help you save your eardrums in the long run.

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Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary (British Flag) Dalek lets you show off your patriotism

Over the years, we have seen the Doctor Who series roll out a fair number of merchandise that involved Daleks of all kinds – including a Dalek Eye Stalk flashlight, now how would have thought about that? Well, if you happen to be British and have a strong streak of patriotism in you, then chances are you might be more than willing to drop some serious coin – to the tune of $102.95, in fact, for the Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary (British Flag) Dalek.

This uniquely patriotic British Flag printed Dalek will celebrate the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, and does it in style. In fact, this Dalek will not be static at all, where you will need to come up with your very own sound effects for that added touch of reality. Rather, he is capable of moving around on rather pliable wheels while featuring posable arms, head and eye. Heck, Doctor Who fans who love Daleks in particular will be pleased as punch to hear him spout 8 different Dalek phrases with lights and sound FX. The Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary (British Flag) Dalek will be powered by a quartet of AA batteries, where the 8 Dalek Phrases will comprise of “Seek, Locate, Annihilate”, “Seek, Locate, Destroy”, “You will obey the Daleks, obey, obey!!”, “Halt or you will be Exterminated!”, “You are an enemy of the Daleks!”, “We are the Supreme Beings”, “Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate! + Gun SFX” and “Exterminate! + Gun SFX”.
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Dashboard Watch targets petrolheads

Telling the time used to be a simple process – all that you needed to do was to take a pocket watch from our, er, pocket (where else?) and see what the two hands tell you – and as time progressed, we have moved on to wristwatches, be they of the analogue or digital varieties. Having said that, the watch pretty much remained the same in terms of time telling design for many years, but it looks as though the folks over at Hammacher have come up with a creative method of telling just what time it is – with the $149.95 Dashboard Watch, of course.

Ford might have unveiled an earth-friendly dashboard more than half a decade ago, but this particular timepiece happens to bring an aspect of the dashboard to your wrist. This particular timepiece will tell the time in a windowed gauge which is reminiscent of a 1930s automobile dashboard, and needless to say, this is a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive. It will be similar in nature to the instruments on classic roadsters such as the Cadillac LaSalle and the Hudson Great Eight, where the watch’s arcing aperture will point to a couple of overlapping dials with large numerals. There is the top row that demarcates the minute while the bottom row tracks the hour; whereas the presence of a central vertical line will point to the current time.
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