LG G Watch makes worldwide debut

Owning a watch can be a source of pride and joy for anyone, and after all, being punctual is definitely one of the better traits that one can exhibit, don’t you think so? While some of us rely too much on our smartphones to tell the time, perhaps it is time to jump aboard the smartwatch bandwagon that is starting to gain momentum. With a fair number of players in the market already peddling their respective wares, here we are with the LG G Watch that runs on Google’s very own Android Wear platform.

Those who are interested in picking up the LG G Watch will be able to do so now, where you can place your order via the Google Play Store. Of course, worldwide availability does not automatically translate to every single market getting this smartwatch, since it will still be subject to availability according to the various regions that LG is involved in. One thing is for sure – the LG G Watch happens to hold the status of being the first Android Wear device that boasts of a button-free design alongside a display that remains “always-on”, delivering maximum convenience and usability.

As for the hardware specifications of this chic yet modern timepiece, we are looking at a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor running proceedings from within, accompanied by a 1.65” LCD IPS display at 280 x 280 resolution, 4GB of internal memory, 512MB RAM, a 400mAh battery, Android Wear that is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, all crammed into a 63 gram chassis that is IP67 rated for dust and water resistance, measuring 37.9mm x 46.5mm x 9.95mm. Interested parties will be able to pick it up in White Gold or Black Titan colors.

The LG G Watch has arrived both online and offline in a dozen countries: United States, Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Japan and South Korea. Another fifteen countries, where among them include key markets such as Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Singapore and New Zealand, will hit retail stores in due time. Pricign varies from market to market.

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The Aether Cone – Mind Reading Speaker?

Nothing changes a mood like music. The soundtrack you decide upon most often sets the tone for the entire party, a romantic evening, an afternoon luncheon, or a late night drinking session. Do you like to relax with some easy listening, and then get down to business with some heavy metal, or perhaps a few country tunes are more to your liking?

Well, the Aether Cone can not only figure out what music you like, but what kind of music you enjoy at different times, or even in different rooms. This interesting ability is carried out via the device’s built-in firmware in tandem with the company’s algorithms located somewhere in the cloud. Hmmm? Okay. The cone is designed to think and respond appropriately to you, and to continuously enhance the moment, and to make your environment more pleasing, wherever it is you happen to be.

To listen, you simply turn on your Aether Cone and turn the faceplate, if you like what you hear, just let it play. You can even give your Cone special requests, skip songs, pause them, or play them again. You must actively participate in liking and disliking songs, in order for it to determine your preferences, and of course the best musical selection will come at a price (around 10 bucks a month) although some services are free. Evidently, the speaker delivers a nice crisp sound, and the unusually designed Cone is sure to enhance any room in your house.

Designed by folks that used to work for Google, Apple and Nokia, the Cone weighs in at just under 3 pounds, comes in black/copper or white/white, with an eight-hour rechargeable lithium-ion battery, so you can take it almost anywhere ( you need WiFi). Learn more, or reserve one from aether.com for around 400 bucks. For that price, I’d like to see it be able to download a playlist for true portability, but I can see one on my bookshelf all the same…
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The Kisai Sequence LED Watch is a modern, yet eclectic timepiece

We become so used to our surroundings that we start to view everything as commonplace. Oftentimes we get bored of seeing the same things day in and day out. All we need is a break in the monotony, however small it may be. You can get a new trinket for your desk, or maybe even get a new watch that has a little bit of flare.

If you really like going overboard, but still want to have a stylish, modern feel, then the Kisai Sequence LED Watch might be the change you want. This is a digital LED watch that is both cryptic and easy to read. There are two time modes programmed into the watch, the first being a regular digital time which shows hours in the top portion, and minutes in the bottom. The second mode is cryptic, which removes some of the lines, but has the same setup. Once you understand how to read the cryptic, it is just as easy to read as the regular digital time.

The hours can be displayed in 12 or 24 hour increments with either blue or red LED lights. You’ll have the option of a black or white leather strap to accompany the highly-polished face and casing. The date and alarm time are shown in a similar fashion to the time. Should you choose, there is an animation mode which will let you choose an animation pattern to play which will display every 15 minutes between 6pm and midnight. This is a USB rechargeable watch, but will only need to be plugged in every month or so. Should you have interest in getting this snazzy watch, you’ll be looking a $109 price tag.

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Adesso iMouse G3 3-Color Illuminated Gaming Mouse

When it comes to the sensitive topic on the kind of gaming hardware that you use, you can be sure that just as there are many different camps out there, you too, will find different factions that swear by the quality and accuracy of a particular brand. Regardless of whether you live and “die” by the Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable gaming mouse or the ROCCAT Kone Pure Military gaming mouse, to each his or her own. Of course, with so many different models to choose from, sometimes it can be a case of actually narrowing down to what would work with the shape of your hand best, since there is no one size fits all solution. The Adesso iMouse G3 gaming mouse intends to step in and offer gamers new levels of immersion thanks to its stylish design, colorful LED colors, and other features for hardcore gaming use.

All that it takes would be a single click of a button for the Adesso iMouse G3’s illuminated lights to be turned on, where you can then opt to have it switched between green, blue or red as you play around with 800, 1200, 1600 and 2400 DPI settings. Needless to say, the higher the level of DPI, the more control you will gain when it comes to mouse precision, making it ideal regardless of intense gaming situations, or for general application use.

Not only that, this would also make the Adesso iMouse G3 ideal for dim environments, since it has a moody, soft glow that ensures an immersive experience. Your hand will not experience fatigue after spending hours with it too, since it has been shaped for maximum comfort and the rubberized outer layer will help improve gripping traction. Apart from that, you can be extra productive thanks to the built-in Back and Forward buttons for internet navigation, while it has a rugged gaming cable that adds to its durability.

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AudioTechnica QuietPoint Headphones remove distractions from your mental oasis



There are times in the day where we need to be thinking on our feet, plowing through work and daily challenges as if there were no tomorrow. While that takes up a good portion of the day, we find respite in small moments of listening to music, watching movies, or playing games. If any of those things happen to occur while you’re on the bus, during a break, or around the public, exterior sounds can break your mental peace.

The best thing to do to block out external annoyances is to use headphones, but sometimes even that is not enough. Audio-Technica knows of this problem all too well, and created the ATH-ANC70 QuietPoint noise-canceling headphones. These are said to give you “clear, high-resolution sound, with intense bass, a detailed midrange, extended treble and accurate imaging in an immersive soundfield”.

They use memory-foam padding and 40mm drivers which should provide a 90% reduction in background sounds. If you need to take a call while using these with your phone through the 3.5mm jack, you only need to press the illuminated logo on the earcup to start chattering away. These will cost you around $199 if you are in need of a portable oasis for your mind through sound. These are rechargeable (by using rechargeable AAA batteries), and will last up to 40 hours on one go.

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Pyle Aqua SunBlast Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker gets the job done even when wet

Pyle Audio, the company behind their latest speaker release which is known as the Aqua SunBlast Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, intends to make this summer a whole lot more fun. After all, the summer is all about soaking up the sun, in addition to spending time by the seaside, or perhaps by the pool if you do not have the time to make a drive down to the nearest beach, listening to good music, downing your favorite ice cold beverages, and perhaps even go people watching. Having said that, if you are going to attend a long list of pool parties later this year before summer calls it quits, perhaps it would be prudent to share your preferred tunes with the masses to show how eclectic your choice of music is, and what better way to do so than with the $99.99 Aqua SunBlast Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker.

The Aqua SunBlast Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker has been specially designed to be of marine grade construction, where this particular waterproof will be able to float around, roaming freely about the pool without having you worry that the music that is playing back on this bad boy will not stop, and neither will it sink to sleep with the proverbial fishes.

The Aqua SunBlast will also boast of yet another ability – to stream music wirelessly from a range of up to 32 feet away thanks to Bluetooth connectivity thrown into the mix. This means any other mobile device such as smartphones and tablets with Bluetooth support built right in would do the trick, and in this case, you might as well go the whole nine yards by using it in tandem with a waterproof smartphone, ala Samsung Galaxy S5. In addition the Aqua SunBlast also boasts of an integrated solar panel and rechargeable design, letting the speaker soak up the sun’s rays to keep it going all day long. When fully charged, it can offer up to a quartet of hours of playing time.

If you do not have a Bluetooth device to “send” music over wirelessly, fret not, there is a built-in microSD memory card reader to store your favorite tracks, in addition to an integrated FM radio that plays tunes from your favorite station. Expect your ears to enjoy 360 degree sound thanks to its quartet of built-in full range stereo speakers.

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The Qwertywriter is a link between the old and new world

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of the word “steampunk” by this point. It’s a blending of Victorian aesthetics and mannerisms with modern or advanced technology. Really old-fashioned Sci-Fi if you will. While it keeps cropping up in music videos, television, and all over the Internet, it is truly a way of life for some. It has inspired a lot of amazing contraptions that are not only functional, but look beautiful to boot!

Brian Min, a game developer who has a passion for mechanical keyboards was inspired by typewriters of a bygone era, and decided to combine the two. He came up with the Qwertywriter. This is an 84-key USB keyboard that uses Cherry MX Blue switches underneath a vintage-themed key cap. There is a move-able return bar, but at the present it doesn’t have any functionality.  This is Bluetooth enabled, but you can plug it in via USB.

In addition to being a fashionable mechanical keyboard, this can also be a stand and keyboard for your tablet (so long as it isn’t thicker than 5/8”). This is available for pre-order for only $309. That may seem like a lot, but you’d be getting something that is not only functional, but made with aesthetics in mind. If it makes you feel any better, there are other similar works out there from creators such as the late Datamancer that go for $500 at the very least (the major difference being craftsmanship and artistic value). This would definitely be a conversation piece for any office space or home setup.

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ARCHOS Smart Home revealed to help make life easier at home

Archos, a company that deals mainly in portable media players many years ago, has since moved on with the times, having a decent number of tablets on offer for the masses like the Archos 80 Xenon tablet, as well as an Android-powered netbook like the Archos Arcbook. Well, this time around, it seems that Archos will be ditching both product niches, and concentrate instead of its highly-anticipated Smart Home that boasts of unique technology within to give Archos a chance at competing in the Connected Home market, helping transform users’ houses along the way.

Thanks to the Archos Smart Home, connectivity has taken a big leap into the future, since users are now able to define actions that will be based on specific triggers in order to meet their individual needs, resulting in the creation of as many possibilities as one is able to imagine. Take for instance, a program that snaps a photo whenever someone enters the room right after opening the door, before sending you a notification alongside the snapped photo on your smartphone. Thieves, beware!

Right smack in the middle of it all for the Connected Home lies the Archos Smart Home Tablet that will control the Connected Objects, and has the ability to be tied to the Archos Smart Home application on any Android and iOS device so that users will be able to remain connected from just about anywhere.

For those who would want to turn their regular house to a Connected Home, the Archos Smart Home starter pack will comprise of one Archos Smart Home Tablet to manage the Connected Objects, a pair of Archos Mini Cams to snap photos, a couple of Archos Movement Tags to detect movement and door openings, and another two Archos Weather Tags which will help measure temperature and humidity.

Interested parties would have to be willing to part with $249.99 for the Archos Smart Home starter pack, while those who want to purchase stand-alone products will be able to do so from $24.99 onward. Expect other connected objects to arrive throughout the summer, including a smart plug to control power supply, a siren to serve as an alarm and a motion ball to detect movement.

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X-Doria announces KidFit activity tracker

Children are extremely active – and in this new generation, where many of them grow up on a sugar rich diet, they tend to be hyperactive and have lots and lots of energy to expend, that disciplining them the right way requires plenty of wisdom as well as love, sprinkled with some stern looks along the way. Since adults are able to enjoy gadgets such as activity trackers including the Razer Nabu, why not the little ones? X-Doria sees this particular need, and has since announced the KidFit.

The KidFit comes across as a wearable wireless activity and sleep tracker that was specially developed for those who are aged anywhere from 5 all the way to 13. KidFit will create customized daily activity targets for children, presenting them in an easy manner to understand with the main goal of hitting 100 points. The KidFit app itself will also provide timely feedback when it comes to progress through brightly colored “Results Cards”, where it encourages the little ones to achieve this daily routine. Built-in goals will continue to create ongoing challenges and engagement toward the child’s health goals, and the entire shebang will not burn a hole in your pocket either, retailing for $49.99 a pop.

Sporting an easy and intuitive interface, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity alongside a straightforward one-button design, setting up the KidFit is a snap – all that you need to do is to download the KidFit app, press a single button on the KidFit wristband, answer several simple questions, and KidFit will automatically set daily activity and sleep goals to help you get started right out of the box. Parents who want a greater level of customization can look to customize active time and sleep goals, and since it arrives in a colorful, “slap-band” style wristband that provides a continually adjustable, secure fit, children will love it. Boasting of an IPX3 water resistant rating and rechargeable battery that can run for seven days of continuous monitoring, this is worth every penny if it lasts your child from 5 all the way to 13.

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The iSwimband will alert you if your child is drowning

Kids will be kids, as they say. That includes breaking things, going against direct orders, and testing their physical limits almost every minute of every day. As adults, we’re far more aware of how our bodies function, and know if we’re going in too deep with exercising or working too hard. For kids at a pool, they often get a little too caught up in make-believe, which can lead to life or death situations.

If you have a little one who just can’t help but be an adventurer, then you would likely appreciate the iSwimband. This is a sensor placed on a wrist or head band that will time how long it has been underwater on its wearer, and will alert your phone should it reach a dangerous amount of time. Of course, this is also useful for pets and smaller children who shouldn’t be in the water at all. Being a parent means providing constant supervision, but there are small moments where you lose track. When it comes to being underwater, you only have so long before you have things could be very bad.

This is a nice added security for lounging parents on who might have accidentally dozed off under the summer sun, or just want an extra precaution in place. You can wear this with goggles and swimcaps, and you’ll be able to monitor up to 8 iSwimbands at once on an iOS device with 100 feet of range. Putting down $99 will get you a headband, wristband, and a sensor that can be placed in your pocket. The only alarming piece of information not given is how you would charge this device.

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