Archive for October, 2017

808 Audio XL-V features Alexa Voice Service

808-xlv808 Audio might be a relatively young company, having started off in 2011, but it also happens to be one of the fastest growing and top performing audio brands. This goes to say a whole lot about just how great its products are, and the company has just announced the 808 Audio XL-V, making it the very first venture into the smart home market that will help expand its range from the portability of the CANZ products.

What makes the 808 Audio XL-V so special? For starters, it will integrate Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service in order to have it deliver information, answer any niggling questions that you might have, play back music, read the news, check out sports scores and even know what the weather forecast is like, among others, right there and then on the spot. All that you need to do is to say the song, artist or genre that your ears are itching to hear at that moment, and it will be done by streaming directly over Wi-Fi from Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Amazon Music, among others. Alternatively, you can also opt to stream virtually any audio content sans wires from your smartphone or tablet via the XL-V.

Other features of the 808 Audio XL-V include multi-room audio so that users are able to pair extra speakers in different areas of the home in order for them to stream music in those places simultaneously. Working alongside 808 Audio’s signature high-powered audio that is more than capable of filling up the room with immersive stereo sound while delivering crisp vocals and dynamic bass response, one will get nothing but the very best in-home experience without having to break the bank.

Those who are interested in making the 808 Audio XL-V part of their home device collection can look forward to picking it up in November this year for $129.99 a pop

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Wyze Labs reveals the WyzeCam

When it comes to home security, there are many different kinds of options to choose from. However, for those who are running a tight budget and yet would like to have a semblance of peace of mind, how about checking out the $19.99 WyzeCam from Wyze Labs? This is a smart home camera that is extremely affordable, which means no home should go without a security camera of some sort, ever. After all, installing a few of these to strategically capture different areas of your home would not cost a bomb, and since each WyzeCam comes with an adhesive-equipped mounting bracket, this means you do not have to worry about drilling holes into your walls.

The WyzeCam will be a full featured wireless Full HD smart home camera, and we love the fact that it comes with 14 days of free rolling cloud storage. The 1080p Full HD camera boasts of 2.8mm focal length, a 110º wide angle lens, a 1/2.7″ CMOS sensor and 8x digital zoom capability. When it becomes dark, fret not. There is a night vision mode which delivers F2.0 aperture, an IR-CUT filter, and a pair of 850nm infrared LEDs to get the job done for everything it sees within a 30 feet radius. In addition, there is two-way audio that is enabled using the integrated speaker and microphone.

Whenever you are not around the home, the built-in motion and sound detection capability of the WyzeCam will send you real-time alerts through push notifications to a designated smartphone. In addition, there is more than meets the eye with the WyzeCam, since it sports smart sound recognition that is able to figure out the unique sound patterns of smoke alarms as well as CO monitors so that you can be alerted to such specific emergencies.

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C-me Folding Pocket Flying Social Camera

If you are a social media butterfly, chances are you are always on the lookout to make sure that you can capture even better looking photos and selfies than ever before, in a bid to maintain your supremacy in the social media landscape while making sure that you always raise the stakes. The selfie stick is so passe, so why not look to the all new C-me Folding Pocket Flying Social Camera in order to shoot some really unique shots of you so that your followers will always be entertained?

Smaller than a regular sized smartphone, the C-me folding pocket flying social camera from Hobbico will ensure that your Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook will never be the same again. Sporting the smallest footprint in the market for a drone of its size, it is tiny enough to fit into just about any pocket, and can take and share aerial selfies up to 8MP in resolution, not to mention capture a nice, panoramic view of your surroundings in Full HD (1080p) video.

Not only that, there is no need to enrol yourself in a drone piloting school beforehand, since the C-me comes with an innovative single-touch control interface which takes mere minutes in order to master. You will no doubt need to familiarize yourself with the free C-me app that offers connectivity to the most popular iOS and Android smartphones out there. It has a self-generated private Wi-Fi network that resists interference and network sharing from nearby routers to deliver a safe, interference-free flight. Not only that, you get to enjoy a 360° option when it comes to panoramic video, a burst mode which can capture up to 15 images sequentially with a single touch, and a 10-second delay timer.

The asking price of $219.99 apiece is definitely well worth checking out if you want a casual drone to be your companion.

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Razer Core V2 makes for an instant gaming laptop

When one talks about laptops, the general idea is this: laptops are not meant to function as a gaming machine, unless stated otherwise. The thing about gaming laptops is this, they tend to be rather bulky and are great power guzzlers due to the kind of powerful hardware packed underneath the hood. Razer decided that you can have the best of both worlds through the introduction of the Razer Core V2. The Razer Core V2 is able to transform highly mobile Thunderbolt 3 laptops into a portable, desktop-class gaming machine where all it requires would be a solitary Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) connection in order to hook up your existing laptop to this graphics enclosure.

Chances are, after you have hooked up the Razer Core V2 to your laptop, the bottleneck would no longer be in the video card department. Rather, it would most probably be the processor, hard drive, or even lack of memory that causes gaming performance to drop. We say this because the Razer Core V2 boasts of the world’s first dual Thunderbolt 3 internal controller design which will sport separate lanes for graphics and connected devices, delivering fluid gameplay. This external graphics enclosure will be accompanied by a quartet of USB 3.0 ports as well as Gigabit Ethernet in order to hook up a wide range of different peripherals.

Made from a block of durable raw aluminum, the chassis is CNC precision milled in order to deliver a very compact form factor. It comes with its own 500W power supply in order to deliver a right amount of power when it comes to graphics and connected devices, while extra cooling fans have been built into the design to help dispense heat quickly in order to achieve an optimal level of performance. It can fit an expanded range of taller graphics cards, including support for the NVIDIA GeForce 10 series and AMD Radeon 500 series with XConnect technology. The Razer Core V2 will retail for $499 apiece and is currently available for purchase.

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Phiaton BT 150 NC wireless headphones look absolutely space age

Phiaton-150-bt-ncWhen it comes to wearing a pair of headphones, many of us these days have already decided to settle for wireless models. After all, doing so would mean having far less worries, especially when it comes to a tangled mess, and it also provides a greater degree of freedom. Phiaton Corporation is a name that many have looked to when it comes to high-performance personal audio products, including wireless headphones or neckbands. This time around, the Phiaton BT 150 NC is being rolled out, where it boasts of Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, powerful 12mm dynamic drivers and a lightweight design, targeting professionals who are always on the move with an asking price of $149 a pop.

Being lightweight in nature, this pair of neckband earphones will boast of an interactive surface on the sides of the neckband, delivering convenient call and music control with but a simple tap or swipe of a finger in order to fast forward, rewind, play, pause and adjust the current volume level. When you are traveling long haul on a train or plane, the BT 150 NC has the ability to cancel ambient noise by up to 95%, and the Memory Flex neckband delivers a comfortable fit with a sleek, no-slip design.

Offering up to half a dozen hours of music playback time as well as call time with the noise cancelling feature turned on, it is able to last up to 10 hours with that particular feature turned off. Not only that, it comes with a Power Saving Sensor which will automatically power off the active noise cancelling whenever the earbuds are retracted, and this smart feature will help to extend battery life. With Everplay-X, you can continue to enjoy your music even when there is no more battery life or the particular device is not Bluetooth compatible. IPX4 sweat and water-resistant rating rounds off the list of the earphones’ versatility.

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Ecoxgear EcoBoulder+ speaker pumps up outdoor entertainment

Ecoxgear is a name that many of us are familiar with, especially when it comes to tough, durable, and waterproof wireless speakers. This time around, Ecoxgear has decided to take the hugely popular EcoBoulder speaker by making some improvements to it, resulting in the EcoBoulder+ speaker that is there to help pump up your outdoor entertainment sessions without getting into a fix.

The Ecoxgear EcoBoulder+ will definitely not shy away from delivering top notch audio when you are outdoors having the time of your life, since it arrives packed with 100 watts of power right out of the box that is accompanied by an 8-inch full range speaker, a 3-inch tweeter and an 8-inch passive woofer that will certainly be able to rock any party. Not only that, it will also boast of equalizer settings as well as new digital audio sound processing technology which enables it to enhance and customize the already stellar sound. Sporting integrated ECOTALK technology, the user is also able to speak directly into the EcoBoulder+ while gaining access to Siri or the OK Google voice assistant, allowing you to alter the current playing track or volume without having to worry about your smartphone being dunked or catching some dirt.

The Ecoxgear EcoBoulder+ prides itself in being 100% waterproof thanks to its IP67 certification, which makes it fully submersible while featuring a UV protected housing. This would also mean it is dirt/dust proof and will float in the event that someone accidentally knocks it into the water. Such a rugged, outdoor friendly speaker has enough battery power to deliver up to 50 hours of playtime at normal listening levels, which should be enough to guarantee adequate battery life for the whole weekend before requiring a quick trip to the nearest power outlet. It also doubles up as a portable power bank since there is an integrated USB charging port.

Expect the Ecoxgear EcoBoulder+ to retail for $249.99 a pop.

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Studio Stick portable recording studio for smartphones

studio-stickThe modern day smartphone is indeed an indispensable tool for anyone and everyone, where it functions as our primary camera, our navigation device, our portable media player, our fitness tracker, and for some, a simple microphone to take down audio notes as and when required. All of these in addition to it being a primary communications device to keep us connected to the rest of the world. However, no one has really tried to turn the smartphone into a portable recording studio, not until now with the introduction of the Studio Stick.

The Studio Stick is touted to be the world’s first portable recording studio for smartphones which will enable users to record high quality songs/audio regardless of where they are, and at a far lower cost compared to renting a professional studio. Being a Kickstarter project, the Studio Stick will first need to raise the necessary amount of funds before it will become reality. The ultimate objective is to democratize the studio recording experience, so that artists can gain access to a professional recording studio without having to blow their budget.

Arriving in a tiny, 20-inch container which can open and expand to an adjustable height, the Studio Stick will feature a microphone, pop filter, mic stand, reflective filter, and phone holder once it is opened. This will then allow artists to be able to record high quality songs just about anywhere and at any time, making it a great tool to have around when inspiration hits. With the Studio Stick app, artists can also record, mix, and master songs, as though they were right smack in a traditional recording studio. Not only that, you can also proceed to sell or purchase beats directly from other users through the apps marketplace, and once the songs are completed, feel free to distribute them to major online retailers such as iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify among others via the Studio Stick App. Place a pre-order for the Studio Stick on Kickstarter now for $274 a pop.

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Lily Next-Gen drone ups the ante

Drones are all the rage these days, with so many different companies coming up with their very own take on what a drone should be like, and what it is capable of. While there are many pretenders to the throne, there are only a few companies which are able to deliver as promised. Lily is one of the more reliable brands, having launched the Lily Next-Gen. What makes the Lily Next-Gen stand out from its predecessors? For instance, this is a drone in the spirit of the Lily flying camera, where it is deemed to be a fun and simple selfie drone for extremely active people.

Sporting a point-and-shoot camera that is able to capture video in 4K Ultra HD or 1080p resolution, you will be able to ensure that precious memories are always stored in high resolution for editing later on. All of the video and still shots are shot using a Sony IMX 214 camera, where you will be able to enjoy 13MP stills in addition to the high resolution video. There are also multiple one-touch functions such as flight operations and media sharing to make it all the easier to use, while the Lily Next-Gen comes with up to 18 minutes of flight time which is extremely impressive considering the rather small form factor of the drone.

The Lily Next-Gen drone is also smart enough to capture follow-me video selfies thanks to object tracking software that can follow the user or another person. Apart from that, it is able to perform non-stop 360⁰ orbits around single point, letting you get that perfect Matrix shot done. For those who want to push the boundaries always, the Lily Next-Gen can be flown up to 3,280 feet from its take-off point, and is also equally adept at flying indoors courtesy of its optic flow and ultrasonic positioning technology that helps it to avoid obstacles below it. To further ensure that it does not get lost when outdoors, the Lily Next-Gen sports geofencing and automatic return to its take-off point. Expect to fork out $699 for the Lily Next-Gen Pro.

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MSI Vortex G25 is a small form factor gaming beast

When it comes to gaming, one very important element that most people would take into consideration first would be the kind of hardware that the gaming PC packs underneath the hood. The case itself might look really, really pretty, but if it does not have any high performance parts within, it would amount to nothing, either. MSI knows this, which is why they have come up with the Vortex G25 gaming desktop that will not only be able to deliver the level of performance that hardcore gamers crave, it will also look good without taking up too much space on your desk.

The Vortex G25 is not a conventional gaming desktop, courtesy of its small form factor setup. Taking it apart, it will be powered by an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, with the ability to handle up to a GTX 1070 graphics card, all within a 2.5-liter chassis. Now that is really compact, no matter which angle you are looking from. Apart from that, the Vortex G25 gaming desktop will also boast of MSI’s Cooler Boost Titan technology that will feature dual blade fans that work in tandem with eight heatpipes. This setup will be able to ensure proper cooling of the CPU and GPU, which in turn provides a 30% performance gain compared to the previous generation of processors.

One of the main reasons for developing the Vortex G25 is to have it function as a gateway for portable and convenient VR experiences. The front panel itself features a power jack which can help to power connected VR headsets, while there is also an HDMI port and a couple of USB 3.0 ports in terms of connectivity. MSI’s very own Nahimic VR software will be able to optimize performance and virtual surround sound so that the whole virtual reality experience is even more immersive.

Expect the MSI Vortex G25 to retail for $1,999 and $1,499 for the Vortex G25-022US and the Vortex G25-023US, respectively.

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Sonos One voice-controlled smart speaker

When it comes to audio products, Sonos is one of the names that would often crop up in a conversation. In fact, Sonos continues down the warpath with the introduction of the Sonos One, which is a totally new, voice-controlled smart speaker that is more than capable of supporting multiple voice services. Of course, it does not forget its primary reason for existence: to be able to play back your favorite tunes for all and sundry to listen to and enjoy, podcasts, audiobooks, as well as other kinds of sonic content from over 80 streaming services. The rich sound is well accompanied by a thoughtful design which will fade nicely into the background, where the asking price of $199 a pop for the Sonos One as it is released globally this October 24th is rather reasonable.

When the Sonos One is launched, music fans living in the US, UK, and Germany are able to interact with Amazon Alexa in order to gain control of the Sonos One right out of the box, now how about that? It even comes with full voice support for Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and TuneIn. Alexa voice control for Spotify on Sonos One has been set in stone for arrival not too long after its launch. Apart from that, you will be able to enjoy voice transport controls such as pause, skip, volume up and down, not to mention asking what’s playing that will be available for all other music services under the support umbrella of Sonos. In other words, Sonos One will empower owners to make full use of voice in order to control their slew of Sonos home sound systems.

Support for music is not the only great thing about the Sonos One: owners can also enjoy everything else that has made Alexa so enjoyable, including hearing about the weather, set timers, listen to news and traffic reports, not to mention the latest sports scores. Regular cloud updates make it all the smarter, too.

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