The New Nintendo 3DS XL proves that little changes make a big difference


If you love handheld gaming, then you likely have a 3DS, DSi, or something along those lines. Nintendo is near and dear to our hearts, and it’s always exciting to see what they have up their sleeves. While their latest and greatest in the realm of hardware is not always the most riveting thing ever, sometimes they surprise us.

The New Nintendo 3DS XL took something we love and made it better. While the changes are few, they certainly make an impact. Despite the fact that it is incredibly cheesy to put “new” in the name of your system, you can’t help but be a little excited. This will have faster load times thanks to an improved CPU, a C stick (camera control), ZL and ZR buttons, and it will let you transfer all sorts of data wirelessly without having to remove your SDHC card.

One of the things that seems like it should have been a feature at the initial 3DS release is that they have also included face tracking. You no longer have to be directly in the front and middle of the screen to get the 3D effect. This will make it so the screen will adjust to your movements, rather than the other way around. Merely an added bonus for those who already use this aspect, this a big deal for those who were too annoyed to use it because of that fact. This will still play nicely with all of your previous 3DS games, though it will likely have exclusives in the future. They have also included near-field communication to support amiibo-compatible games. This will start shipping to North America on February 13th and will cost you  around $199.99, but be aware that the basic package does NOT come with an AC adapter. However, it will work with any other charging cables you already have for a DSi or 3DS. There is a Majora’s Mask edition, but good luck getting your hands on that before it sells out completely.

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The Tritton Swarm Wireless Headset makes sure you always have quality sound


When you’re on the go, you want to listen to podcasts, music and watch videos with the same audio clarity that you have at home. However, it’s hard to take a full-on headset everywhere you go. They can be bulky, and weren’t made to fold down. If you don’t want to look like an air traffic controller, but still want the same kind of all-encompassing sound, then you are likely on the hunt for a headset that is worthy of your hard-earned cash.

While Mad Catz may have been a faulty choice years past, they have revamped themselves to be better than ever. We’ve seen some of what they’re capable of, and they haven’t stopped making more to tempt our wallets. The Tritton Swarm Wireless Mobile Headset might take the place of your new favorite headgear at home or on the move. This will work with your Android, iOS, smart devices, PC, Mac, and gaming consoles. This has the ability to detect what your device is capable of, and configuring your audio so you get the most from your listening experience.

The buttons are on the ear cup, and will let you skip or go back to previous tracks, play/pause music, mute, control the volume, and answer calls. You’ll even be able to sync to two devices so you can switch seamlessly. This does fold flat, so it can go wherever you do. You’ll be able to pre-order a pair for yourself in iridescent blue, red, pink, green, or straight up black. This will cost you $149.99, and will start shipping in March.

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Delsey Pluggage Prototype typifies the Internet of Things

This year’s recently concluded CES saw the Internet of Things being one of the mainstay features – and it is not surprising, really, especially when one takes into consideration the direction in which the consumer electronics industry had been moving toward in recent years. Having said that, how does one improve on something as “boring” as luggage? Well, apart from the rather obvious points such as better and more durable material which will not add to the weight, the inclusion of a strong backbone and four spinning wheels, how about throwing in some “brains” to the entire get up? This is what Delsey intends to do with their Delsey Pluggage prototype.

Travelers are requested to cast their vote online for a favorite feature to end up in the final version of the Pluggage – which would be a decent example of democracy being the tyranny of the majority in this case. French brand Delsey has thrown in a couple of years of research and development into the Pluggage, and ultra-connected travelers would be the ones to benefit at the end of the day.

The Pluggage connected bag prototype will come with a possible feature that I am sure frequent travelers would love to have – that it has an overload indicator so that you can avoid nasty surprises concerning overweight baggage whenever you check-in at the airport. Apart from that, how about having a built in charger that will juice up your smartphone regardless of where you are – thanks to the Pluggage? Apart from that, how about the possibility of having the app confirm the presence of your luggage on board, which is one of the “must have” features especially when one takes into consideration that 82,000 bags are lost each day, and that translates to 26 million pieces of luggage worldwide per year.

Integrated speakers would also enable the traveler to listen to their favorite music on the go, now how about that? There will also be an interior lighting system that makes it easier to search for personal belongings in a jiffy, while there is an opening and closing digital fingerprint system – although a TSA lock would also come in handy. Which of the mentioned features would you like to see make the cut?

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Stelle Audio Earbud Locket delivers audio in a crystal jewel

Stelle Audio is a name that has long been associated to bring together fashion and technology, as what we have seen just as recently as in November last year with the Mini-Clutch speaker. Well, this time around, they are back with a brand new, first-of-its-kind wearable tech accessory, which is known as the Earbud Locket.

Just what does the Earbud Locket bring to the table? For instance, it will merge the various fields of fashion, music, design and technology, bringing all of them together under a single roof. The Earbud Locket itself will be a stylishly crafted necklace complete with Bluetooth earbuds that are nestled within the confines of a jeweled locket for wireless music and phone calls. This particular piece of wearable technology will seamlessly integrate itself into the multi-tasking, on-the-go lifestyle of women, paving the way for them to enjoy their music as well as receive incoming calls at any time, any place.

Stellé Audio designed the Earbud Locket with style in mind – and you can see the evidence through a lust-worthy octagonal crystal jewel locket that comes accented by a dual necklace chain. When you open up the locket, you will be presented by jewel-beveled earbuds that are hidden inside, delivering long-lasting comfort, easy access and Bluetooth premium sound.

This certainly brings a whole new level of functional and beauty in terms of wearable technology, and it is a rather safe assumption to say that the Earbud Locket will cater to just about every style as it comes in two colors – Midnight, a luminous onyx, and Seabreeze, an aquamarine blue.

Music volume can be controlled discretely from the outside, thanks to the Earbud Locket’s easy-to-use side controls. Custom 6mm drivers deliver superb audio quality, and it has enough juice to last you throughout the day. Those who are interested will be able to pick up the Stellé Audio Earbud Locket some time early this year for $199 a pop.

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Topsy Turvy Alarm Clock loves being flipped

Not all alarm clocks are created equal, this is for sure. Well, you can always settle for the regular, old school din that the metal hammer of the alarm clock emits each time it strikes the bell, and turning that off is as simple as flipping a switch behind. How about some of the more modern digital ones, where you slam a relatively large button (as opposed to the rest that dot the alarm clock itself) in order to silence it or send it to snooze mode? Here is a different take with the $44.95 Topsy Turvy Alarm Clock.

The Topsy Turvy Alarm Clock happens to be a timepiece which would see its numbers reorient as well as alarm shut off whenever it is flipped over, in the same manner as that of grilling a burger patty, I suppose. Definitely far more civilized, thanks to its rather innovative product design, allowing this timepiece to do away with the kind of groggy fumbling associated with those who have been rudely awakened from their forty winks. When the side marked “on” is up, the alarm is set and its time is shown in the corner of the display, and in order to keep the alarm quiet, all that you need to do is to flip the clock over in order for the “off” side to face up. There will also be numbers in the digital display that perform a 180° turn so that it will appear the right side up. It runs on AAA batteries, and tapping the clock briefly illuminates the screen while giving you another eight minutes of snooze time.
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Hourglass Desk Clock tells the time in style

Having a clock or a timepiece is one thing, but being able to have that very timepiece complement the rest of your home’s decoration is another. It will require a mind of art that not too many people possess, and if you would want something that can spruce up your home, then might we suggest the $56 Hourglass Desk Clock. The name of this particular timepiece gives the game away, where it will merge both modern style alongside traditional utility. Definitely one of the more unique desk clock designs that we have come across so far, and we do have our fair share of special candidates which we have seen in the past.

As a result, you end up with an entirely new twist on the classic hourglass. Your eyes will not miss the hours as well as minutes that are displayed clearly on this particularly unique plastic and metal clock. At the bottom would see the hours being shown off, while minutes and seconds will be displayed on top. As for the red line, it will point out the current hour (bottom) and minute (top). It will work even in the event of a zombie apocalypse, since it will not run on AC power, but rather, would “survive” on a sole AA battery.
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Sennheiser reveals new range of SPORTS headphones

Sennheiser is a name that just about all of us are familiar with when it comes to audio products. This particular audio specialist has revealed a new range of SPORTS headphones, where they happen to arrive in the form of the MX 686 SPORTS, CX 686 SPORTS, PMX 686 SPORTS and OCX 686 SPORTS, delivering the perfect fusion of sound, performance and ergonomic design – targeting folks who happen to have a passion for sport.

Daniel Chee, Product Manager Consumer Electronics at Sennheiser, shared, “Our new SPORTS headphones have been built on Sennheiser’s passion for sound and insight into the impact and challenges of extreme movement on audio, comfort and fit – all of which guided the design and selection of materials. Like all great sporting achievements, it’s this fusion of technique and passion that delivers the ultimate performance – an energizing sound that helps you reach your own personal best.”

High-tech materials will be featured in each pair of such headphones, where they have been carefully selected in order to deliver comfort, water resistance, durability and hygiene. You can be sure that your ears will be pleased as punch with the new SPORTS headphones enjoying an energizing level of sound alongside an excellent fit, not to mention a significantly reduced level of noise from wind or from contact with clothes.

Regardless of which particular model that you choose to pick up, all of them will come with an integrated smartphone remote and microphone which paves the way for easy controlling of volume, tracks and calls when exercising.

The SPORTS range will boast of open and closed acoustic designs which have been specially built to suit various activities, where the MX 686 SPORTS and PMX 686 SPORTS will come with open acoustics so that one has a better awareness of external sounds – making it ideal for outdoor pursuits including running. New adapters has been integrated in the MX 686 SPORTS and a vertical in-ear design for the PMX 686 SPORTS, offering a punchy bass while remaining acoustically open. All the new Sennheiser SPORTS headphones will be available from this month onward, with the MX 686 SPORTS and CX 686 SPORTS being optimized for Android and Windows smart devices.

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The Astro A50 Wireless Headset is large and in charge

When you want a new gaming headset, there’s a lot to consider. If you know you want top-of-the-line quality, then you’ll need to be prepared to spend upwards of $200. There’s always the aesthetics to consider, but that is far less important than the functionality. Of course, whether or not you actually need that nice of a headset is not relevant. You don’t have to be a professional gamer to want quality, just like a regular driver doesn’t need a Ferrari. We all have our hobbies, right?

We recently saw a worthy contender for the high-quality headphones game, which has functionality across multiple platforms with the MadCatz F.R.E.Q. 9. However, the Astro A50 Headset appears to be a worthy opponent. This is a  set of 5.8GHz wireless headphones that uses 7.1 Dolby digital sound, and made sure that you can hear other players and in-game sounds clearly. There is an omnidirectional microphone, and to mute yourself you only need to flip it up.

There are three different EQ modes that will let you balance out sounds for different genres of games or movies. That way you can choose what aspects stand out the most for each scenario. The headset is adjustable, and has plush cushions for over-the-ear comfort. This is a $299.99 headset that comes with the MixAmp Tx, a display stand, and cables should you decide you don’t want to go wireless. While the above is a Halo version that is aimed more at FPS gamers, there are black and white options available on the main site.

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Sony XBR X900C 4K Ultra HD TV range is incredibly thin

sony-xbr-900cApart from smartphones that want to get thinner and thinner, the TV segment too, has gone through a slimming session that would help shave a few more square inches off your TV rack, making quite a difference if you so happy to live in an already cramped apartment or flat. Sony has made quite the splash with its Sony XBR X900C 4K Ultra HD TV range, arriving in the first quarter of this year in three sizes – 55”, 65” and 75”. Being the thinnest LED TV from Sony to date, it measures a mere 0.2” at its thinnest part for the 55″ and 65″ class models, while sporting a design that looks as though it is floating on thin air thanks to its extremely thin bezels that are close to non-existent.

Not only that, Sony has thrown in a new 4K Processor X1 which will hopefully improve colour accuracy, contrast and clarity of HD and 4K video. To make sure that this is no passive idiot box, Sony will also offer support for Google’s Android TV operating system, making it a snap to stream video, or have it double up as a gaming device and provide enhanced features like voice-enabled searching through a remote equipped with a microphone. The TRILUMINOS display would be able to deliver enhanced colour accuracy, while powerful front-facing speakers (tweeters, woofers, and sub-woofers) ensure that your ears are treated to clear dialog and deep bass all the time.

There is also the integrated Google Cast feature which would allow users to enjoy seamless smartphone or tablet integration., while the entire setup is ready for the latest 4K new spec “HEVC” and “VP9″ which will be able to receive 4K distribution services and YouTube in 4K goodness, now how about that? Out later this spring, you might want to start saving up from now onward. All in all, the Sony XBR range does look as though it is growing from strength to strength each year.

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Panasonic LUMIX TS6 camera takes whatever you throw at it

We live in a world where photos happen to say a whole lot – and any strategically captured image can go viral in an instant. However, there are some situations where consumer electronic devices like smartphones and tablets are unable to shoot photos simply because there is a risk of said device “drowning”. Waterproof handsets are not too commonplace either, so if you absolutely need to capture photos wherever you are, dare I suggest the Panasonic LUMIX TS6 camera? The new 16.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-TS6 camera will sport a 28mm wide angle 4.6x optical zoom LEICA lens (35mm equivalent: 28-128mm), coming in a rugged design that the TS series is famous for.

It has been exclusively geared for outdoor use, sporting the ability to capture video in Full HD glory, at the same time sporting waterproof capability of up to 43 feet and 220 lbf pressure resistance. Want to transfer captured images and videos to a notebook or desktop sans wires? That’s a piece of cake with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. Apart from that, the Panasonic LUMIX TS6 camera is one tough cookie by being dustproof, shockproof to 6.6 feet, freeze-proof to -10℃ and pressure resistant to 220 lbf, ensuring it will continue to go on even in the most extreme of conditions out there.

Interestingly enough, you can use the smartphone/tablet to function as another monitor of the camera which will enable one to set the focus, zoom or release the shutter away from the spot where the camera is positioned.

Integrated GPS (Global Positioning System) which complies with GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) would deliver a high level of accuracy, while it even comes equipped with a compass, altimeter and barometer to cater to outdoor enthusiasts. It boasts of a 16.1MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor, has a range of built-in special effects to pick from, and a Torch Light function that adds another dimension to its LED flash. Pricing details have yet to be determined, but it looks like the LUMIX TS6 is set to be a winner here.

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