Archive for October, 2017

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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G-Shock MR-G connected timepieces get a couple of new models

Casio’s G-Shock has long been the gold standard for affordable timepieces that are extremely tough and more than capable of handling just about anything that you throw at it. There is a constant improvement in the kind of G-Shock models that hit the market, and the newest two models under the MR-G connected watches from G-Shock will boast of 3-way time sync connectivity.

With the expansion of the elevated MR-G line, courtesy of a couple of 3-way time sync models, these watches will be able to receive radio waves, GPS satellite signals as well as Bluetooth transmissions in order to deliver the most accurate level of timekeeping available to the masses. These new models will also arrive with a premium feel to them, since it uses high grade materials in order to deliver the ultimate in luxurious, indestructible construction.

First of all, there is the MRGG2000CB-1A which comes with a bezel that boasts of a Cobarion finish. Cobarion is a totally new material that was developed in Japan in order to deliver a beautiful mirrored surface, not to mention a greater degree of scratch and allergy resistance. The MRGG2000HB-1A sports a black-dragon inspired bezel, arriving in deep black, with a specialty Marume-TSUIKI hammer tone finish. Regardless of which particular model that you decide on, both of them will feature evolved functionality alongside city codes and watch modes that are easily viewed on the right side of the watch face.

Not only that, both of these timepieces also sport G-Shock’s GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid technology that will be able to accurately measure time and location, regardless of where you are on earth. Tough Solar capabilities ensure that your battery function is not hampered in any way, while the non-reflective sapphire crystal and a black titanium case and bracelet provide premium construction quality. Expect the usual G-Shock technology of shock resistance and 200m water resistance, a high-brightness LED light, World Time display with 39 cities + UTC, daily alarm, stopwatch, countdown timer, date display and a full auto calendar to be part of each purchase, where the MRGG2000CB-1A and MRGG2000HB-1A will retail for $3,700 and $5,000, respectively.

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GoPro Hero6 Black is the latest all-round action camera

gopro-hero6It looks like it is time to get on with the times with a hardware refresh every single year. From smartphones to tablets and even action cameras, not releasing a new model each year is suicidal. GoPro knows this, which is why the company has decided to move forward from the GoPro Hero5 by unveiling the all new GoPro Hero6 Black, which will set the new bar when it comes to image quality, stabilization and simplicity where action cameras are concerned.

Touted to be the most powerful and convenient GoPro ever released, the GoPro Hero6 Black will be powered by GoPro’s very own custom-designed GP1 processor in order to help it achieve a whole new level of performance which includes stunning 4K60 and 1080p240 video, as well as bringing the most advanced video stabilization in a GoPro, ever. Apart from that, the $499.99 GoPro Hero6 Black will arrive in a rugged, waterproof, go-anywhere design that allows it to venture into the most adrenaline pumping experiences with you without missing a beat.

It will work best with the GoPro App that will automatically transform your adventures into cinematic QuikStory videos, which you can then opt to share with the rest of the world. The Hero6 Black has also greatly improved dynamic range and low-light performance in order to ensure that things really look spiffy, while the inclusion of digital zoom helps you get closer to the action if you are physically unable to do so. Even better yet is its ability to be waterproof up to 10 meters, and it captures photos in RAW and HDR formats for a wider range of editing options later on. Just in case you are unable to control the GoPro Hero6 Black with your hands, fret not: it comes with support for voice control in 10 different languages.

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Focal reveals the Clear reference headphones

Are you on the lookout for a brand new pair of headphones? If you have answered in the affirmative, then here you are with Clear, the reference headphones from Focal that is able to deliver high quality audio while making you look good wearing it. Focal is a leading French speaker and headphone manufacturer, and the Clear happens to arrive in a circum-aural open-back headphone design that targets audiophiles who are big on performance.

Sporting an ‘M’–shape aluminum/magnesium dome, it arrives equipped with a revolutionary copper voice coil which delivers remarkable dynamics across the audio spectrum. Not only that, the bass will always be controlled even at high volumes, while featuring exemplary linearity in the high-end. This new generation of perforated microfiber ear cushions will also ensure that the Clear’s open design remains as that, providing the headphones with a weightless and almost invisible feeling as if it is not even there.

Backed by three and a half decades of expertise, Focal’s ‘M’-shape inverted dome which is composed of an aluminum/magnesium alloy will deliver an ideal combination of lightness, rigidity and dampening. These traits in addition to an open-back design would enable listeners to feel as though they are using the best high-fidelity loudspeakers despite the fact that it is just a pair of reference headphones. Is it possible to say that this is magic at work? Apart from that, Clear will also offer a full range of connectors, including three different types of cables to ensure that users have the best solution ready at all times. The braided cotton sleeve alongside the 24 AWG oxygen free copper cable delivers low resistance to deliver sound with utmost transparency, while a pair of 3.5mm mono jack sockets located within the headphones can be locked to secure the connection of the cables.

Expect the Focal Clear reference headphones to retail for a whopping $1,499 per pair — not cheap at all, but the kind of quality delivered is mind blowing.

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TaoTronics Bluetooth earphones is light as a feather

When it comes to Bluetooth earphones, there are simply so many different brands and makes out there, it can be rather challenging and difficult to choose if you are on a limited budget. Hence, singling out the model that provides the best bang for your hard earned buck is always a challenge, but perhaps with the introduction of the TaoTronics Bluetooth earphones, this decision is easier to make.

Touted to be the lightweight partner for music lovers as well as the physically active, the TaoTronics Bluetooth earphones ensures that the wireless revolution is moving in the right direction. The high quality sound and stable connectivity provided by 3.5mm wired earphones is something that the Bluetooth earphone market needs to meet and exceed, and this is exactly what the TaoTronics Bluetooth earphones is all about. After all, nobody likes to run a marathon with the wires to a pair of earphones making a tangled mess out of things.

Being a budget-friendly option without compromising on quality, the TaoTronics Bluetooth earphones will target sports and fitness enthusiasts. Featuring a lightweight build, fast pairing, stable Bluetooth connectivity, and a long battery life, these are the right kind of qualities rolled into a single device. Even better yet is the fact that they offer a secure fit in order to remain in place, regardless of how vigorous that exercise is at the moment. An integrated CVC 6.0 noise cancelling microphone is also part of the setup that allows you to entertain phone calls without any kind of outside distraction. Hence, even if your surroundings are noisier than usual, the microphone will work its wonders to ensure that only the crisp, clear sound of your voice gets through to the other end. The asking price of $25.99 makes the TaoTronics Bluetooth earphones an attractive proposition for everyone.

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SteelSeries APEX 150 gaming keyboard offers a solid gaming solution

When it comes to gaming peripherals, there are many different kinds of brands to choose from. However, if you are extremely loyal to the SteelSeries brand, then you would do well to check out the latest gaming keyboard that is known as the SteelSeries APEX 150 gaming keyboard. The APEX 150 is a gaming keyboard that lays claim to being able to deliver durability as well as advanced features, all within an affordable package that will keep gamers with even the smallest budget smiling from ear to ear.

For starters, the APEX 150 introduces SteelSeries’ new membrane switches which will be able to deliver an ultra-fast and quiet key feel, in addition to a guaranteed 20-million click and splash resistance. Not only that, the keyboard will also feature RGB lighting in five zones that are fully programmable using SteelSeries Engine software, and will also play nice with SteelSeries apps including Discord, PrismSync and the Audio Visualizer. With fully-programmable keys that arrive with advanced anti-ghosting and 24-key rollover, one is able to enjoy fast-paced, accurate gaming. Such quick tension keys have been specially designed for fast reaction times; where the tension membrane’s design pulls the key into actuation, resulting in a tactile key feel and quiet operation.

The SteelSeries Engine which now boasts of chat notifications will work in partnership with Discord. Such a feature was first introduced with the Apex M750, where it enables real-time chat notifications from Discord in order to be synced to SteelSeries illuminated products. It does not matter whether you are a streamer, gamer or esports player, the new Apex 150 can now light up with customizable notifications which point to the presence of new messages and mute status, among others. With an asking price of $49.99 a pop for the SteelSeries APEX 150 gaming keyboard, this is certainly a bargain that should not be overlooked by anyone who would like to enhance their gaming experience without breaking the bank.

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LunaR is a solar-powered smartwatch

A smartwatch more often than not comes with its very own collection of features apart from simply telling the time. It will, most of the time, be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, alerting you of any incoming messages or phone calls so that you know who is contacting you without having to go through the trouble of taking out your smartphone from your pocket. However, smartwatches have far less battery life compared to their standard issue counterparts, for one simple reason: the processor within, screen time, and other chips require plenty of juice compared to just having a few hands ticking away. Why not harness the power of the sun? This is exactly what the deal is with LunaR, a solar-powered smartwatch that has been launched on Kickstarter.

Touted to be the world’s first solar powered smartwatch, the LunaR will incorporate next-generation proprietary technology, integrating various smartwatch features and a solar charging system complete with traditional timepiece aesthetics. Thanks to the transparent solar panel, it does not look unsightly at all, harvesting all of the sun’s power in addition to artificial light around, so much so that if you were to use it on a daily basis, there is virtually no need for you to charge it, ever.

Specially designed for outdoor enthusiasts, avid travelers and lifestyle watch aficionados, the LunaR will arrive in a sleek design alongside discreet notifications for text, calls and social media. Not only that, it has valuable life-tracking and monitoring functionality too, including steps, distance, calories and sleep data.Dual timezone timekeeping makes it a snap for travelers to keep on schedule at home and on the road, and it is also tough enough to be water resistant up to 50 meters. Those who would like to secure the LunaR smartwatch on Kickstarter will be able to do so for $239 a pop.

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Casio announces men’s G-Shock G-Steel line of connected watches

The humble watch used to be a tool to tell the time, but over the years, it has ended up as a fashion statement, one that could even cost more than an entire house if it is studded with jewels and other kinds of precious gems. Well, the watch was said to die a slow death with the introduction of smartwatches, but such a prediction has proven to be otherwise. The luxury line of watches continue to sell well regardless of the economic climate among the well-heeled and famous, while the regular watch maintains its market share as smartwatches struggle to break into the mainstream consciousness and being a “must have” item on everyone’s wrists. Casio forges on with its very first connected watches for men, the G-Shock G-Steel line.

In the new G-Shock G-Steel range for men, these new models will boast of Bluetooth connectivity alongside the ability to charge itself up via solar power, now how about that for bringing a 21st century update to the old school idea of a watch? Specially designed to boast of a new layer guard case structure that is not only slimmer than previous generation G-Steel timepieces, the new connected watches will represent the cream of the G-Steel crop. All of the new models will arrive in silver stainless steel (GSTB100D-1A), black resin with a silver stainless steel bezel (GSTSB100-1A), and a special edition black resin with a black, carbon fiber bezel (GSTB100X-1A).

Regardless of which model you decide on, all of these new timepieces will make use of Bluetooth low energy technology in order to pair with smartphones using the G-Shock connected app. This would enable the user to utilize the Phone Finder feature, change time zones, check the battery level, and set a timer or alarm from the app itself. Solar-powered charging capabilities, a new functional face design with a “turbine inspired” level indicator disc and a super LED light rounds off the list of impressive features.

The GSTB100-1A and GSTB100D-1A will respectively come with a $320 and $400 price tag, while the special edition GSTB100X-1A is going to be a tad more expensive at $700 a pop.

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