Vizio introduces new M-Series of Ultra HD Smart TVs

Vizio has dabbled with living room appliances and devices before such as the 5.1 Sound Bar System, but it looks as though they have upped the ante with the new range of M-Series of Ultra HD Smart TVs. Yes sir, we are talking about a totally new collection of Smart TVs that will be able to offer superior image quality alongside upscaled and native Ultra HD content – without breaking the bank, too, thanks to a starting price point of just $599.99 for the “entry level” model among them.

It does make sense, actually, especially when you take into consideration how Vizio happens to be the top Smart TV company in the U.S., and the announcement of its second Ultra HD line-up is cause for excitement. The all new 2015 M-Series Ultra HD Full-Array LED Smart TV collection will feature various screen sizes to suit every budget, ranging from 43″ and going all the way to 80″, where users too, will be able to enjoy stunning picture quality and access to several Ultra HD streaming apps along the way.

There is also a Spatial Scaling Engine which will be able to upscale lower resolution content to near 4K Ultra HD picture resolution, in addition to Full-Array LED backlighting with up to 32 Active LED Zones, and up to Clear Action 720, where they all work in tandem in order to produce a stunningly beautiful Ultra HD experience.

The 43” M-Series 43″ Ultra HD Full Array LED Smart TV will be the “baby” of the collection, with a starting price point of $599.99 a pop, and if you happen to have some serious coin to throw around, then I would suggest making a beeline for the M-Series 80″ Ultra HD Full Array LED Smart TV that will retail for $3,999.99. Which particular screen size would you be most comfortable with in the eventuality that you would be making an upgrade?

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Hitori de Karaoke DX lets you sing your heart out without raising a ruckus

hitori-de-karaoke-dx-solo-noise-freeThe Japanese are the ones who invented karaoke, and there has been no looking back on the karaoke phenomenon even until today. In fact, it is one of the better and healthier ways to let off some steam at the end of a particularly difficult day at the office, since you will be able to belt out all of your favorite hits, although your colleagues or neighbors might not be too happy with the quality of your cover compared to the original artist. Having said that, here is a unique device that will let you sing to your heart’s content – without waking up a sleeping baby right beside you. Enter the $92 Hitori de Karaoke DX, which is actually a solo singing noise-free microphone set.

I guess the trend for solo (hitori de) activities in Japan continues to remain strong, be it a Korean BBQ to a Moomin-themed cafe, solitary diners are a norm, and so too, is karaoke despite it being a great way to socialize with the rest of the world. This noise-free microphone karaoke set has been specially designed to mute your singing to the outside world, allowing the shy songsters to revel in their talent without revealing just what they have deep within their diaphragm. There is a funnel mic cover that ensures your singing remains muffled, while the earphones will cancel out the external speaker output, resulting in a private concert which is a perfect way to relieve stress.
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Garmin announces VIRB X and VIRB XE action cameras

garmin-virb-xeIt certainly pays to diversify one’s portfolio, and imagine if Garmin as a company were to rely on their dedicated GPS navigation devices alone, chances are they would have ended up as obsolete and irrelevant. Hence, it is always a pleasant surprise to know that they have diversified their portfolio by making a foray into the world of action cameras, and here we are with the announcement of a couple of models that might just pique your interest – the Garmin VIRB X and the Garmin VIRB XE action cameras.

Regardless of which particular model that you decide to bring home, both of them are more than capable of shooting rich, high-definition, wide-angle footage, where the Garmin VIRB X and XE will boast of an all-new form factor that paves the way for additional mounting options – and indirectly, offer you new and creative ways of capturing video, now how about that?

They are also waterproof up to 50 meters, and the updated camera design happens to be even more rugged, not to mention that they do not need to have an external case when it comes to underwater shooting. Not only that, there are also enhanced video and audio modes, alongside a slew of built-in sensors and wireless functionality options, which can be made use of via the new G-Metrix feature for a wide range of data overlays as well as a richer viewing experience.

The Garmin VIRB X and XE will be able to deliver the best user experience, in addition to the best viewer experience, too, regardless of the activity that you are indulging in at the moment. It does not matter if you would like to analyze your power output by overlaying Vector data, or to show off high G-loading during an aerobatic flight, or to re-live the runs made and vertical feet covered during a powder day with the help of fēnix 3, or even to check out the acceleration and highlight top speed on the racetrack, both the VIRB X and XE will be more than up to the task.

As for the asking price, the Garmin VIRB X and XE will be out later this summer for $299.99 and $399.99, respectively.

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SOUL Electronics announces Run Free Pro In-Ear Sports Headphone

While some of us are the strong and silent type, and prefer to spend time in solitude – even when you are exercising, there are others who need external stimuli in order to go to the next level of performance. Having said that, music plays a very important role when it comes to motivating one in the realm of sports, and if you were to engage in some of the rather more vigorous activities to sweat those calories away, it will definitely require a good pair of earphones. In-ear headphones work well, and Soul Electronics knows this – which is why they have just announced the Run Free Pro in-ear sports headphone that has been specially designed so that it will not fall off.

The Run Free Pro will sport a sleek design that has a first ever interchangeable ear lock system that offers comfort and style – even as you run, or when you are on-the-go. The Run Free Pro also happens to be the very first Bluetooth in-ear headphones that claim to offer a guarantee that they will never fall off or fall out. In addition, Soul’s Run Free Pro will offer the ultimate listening experience that caters to an active lifestyle community as it embodies the brands core elements: power, clarity and comfort.

It does not matter if you are pounding the pavement or on-the-go, the Run Free Pro will boast of a reversible fitting option that will allow the cable to be moved over or under your ear for superior comfort. It will also feature a wind noise reduction technology that does away with wind interference, and this sporty and fashionable waterproof Run Free Pro will go a long way in exemplifying Soul Electronics blend of high-performance sound and fashion elements.

The asking price for the Run Free Pro stands at $129 a pop if you are interested, where it comes in storm black and electric blue shades.

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The iPhone 6 Plus Bluetooth Keyboard makes quick work of texts and emails

If you’re the type of person who never stops moving and shaking, then you always need a way to get your work done. This usually means constantly having access to a laptop, tablet, or having the right accessories to turn your phone into an all-out workstation. If you like to travel light, then the last option is likely the most appealing one.

If you are the proud owner of the phablet known as the iPhone 6 Plus and need to make it into a mini workstation at a moment’s notice, then you’re going to love this Ultra Thin Bluetooth Keyboard. This has a rechargeable battery, built-in stand for viewing your phone in landscape mode, and comes with a crystal case, in case you don’t want the extra bulk on your phone all the time, but don’t want your phone to go naked.

This charges via MicroUSB and only comes in white, which fits the theme for most of the devices in the Apple family. While this can work up to 32 feet away, there’s a good chance you won’t be trying to use this more than 5 or 6 feet away. The only downside to this keyboard is that it’s really no bigger than the one on your phone, which means those with sausage fingers are still going to have difficulty typing. There is the plus side of getting the tactile feedback whenever you’re typing, which means not having to look at they keys. While that aspect is nice to have, it may not be $48 worth of nice.

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Linknotize makes the connected life more fun

In this day and age, how many people do you know of who still indulge in board games? Not too many, am I correct? After all, board games have more or less been relegated to the past, and it would be the mobile games arena that takes centrestage at the moment. Perhaps the tide might turn in favor of more traditional board games if more and more ideas like the £19.99 Linknotize are developed and rolled out among the tabletop gaming communities.

Linknotize has been touted to be the least traditional board game ever, where it will require you to connect a pair of unrelated topics in less than 10 clicks and 3 minutes, and not only that, it will not ban the use of smartphones, and Wikipedia happens to be a legitimate source of information in this particular case. Linknotize plays this way – you will go up against others to connect a couple of unrelated topics online, and these events will have to take place in less than 3 minutes. Forget getting hypnotized – it is Linknotize that is going to be the new kid on the block!


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Soen Audio introduces Transit XS Mountable Speaker

transit-xsDo you like to have plenty of choice? If you have answered in the affirmative, then you would most probably also know that having a wide array of speakers to choose from can be quite the fun experience, especially, if you happen to have a great love for all things audio. Well, Soen Audio has come up with something that might just cater to those who love to listen to their music regardless of where they are, through a mountable device – and by that, I do not mean a mounted CD player, but rather, the Transit XS Mountable Speaker.

Soen Audio is no stranger to producing devices that deliver stunning sound from amazingly small spaces, and they have just announced the availability of the Transit XS mountable speaker. The Transit XS happens to be a portable, mountable Bluetooth speaker, and while you might roll your eyes at it, wondering just what will help set apart the Transit XS from the rest of the bunch, it would be this – the crystal clear sound that this particular device delivers, not to mention it is easily mountable to any ¼ – 20 inch mounting bracket which are normally found on standard tripod or camera mounting hardware.

Since spring is here and summer will soon be upon us, the Transit XS’s mounting system might prove to be the perfect fodder for the upcoming season, as it easily secures to your bicycle with a Soen bike mount in order for you to enjoy your cycling sessions without losing out on listening to your favorite tunes. There is also a belt clip which will let you “wear” the speaker, so to speak, as it is attached to your bag or belt. Basically, the Transit XS is so versatile that it would enable one to mount it on just about anywhere – regardless of whether it is a railing, tree or balcony. It will arrive in red, black and white colors, tipping the scales at 0.6 lbs. and measuring all of 1” thin, with an asking price of $129.95 a pop.

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Optoma has a pair of new earphones available

I suppose having a good pair of earphones is essential, especially if you happen to be one who spends plenty of time commuting each day, and would like to listen to your favorite tunes along the way in order to pass time. Having said that, there are way too many different brands out there in the market,and each company would have touted the merits of individual headsets. Optoma is one of them, and this particular company has just announced the availability of not one, but two new earphones, known as the NE800M and NE750M, which will make up part of its NuForce range of audio products.

Optoma did show off these earphones earlier this year at CES, but they were not made available for purchase, not at least until now. These earphones have been specially designed for those who care about the best sound quality, and happen to be perfect for audio enthusiasts, music lovers and gamers alike.

Both earphones will boast of new NuForce designed 8.6mm UWB (ultra-wideband) drivers for superior sound quality. The innovative aperiodic bass loading method is said to be able to yield a wide and open soundstage, at the same time reducing the ear pressure for a fatigue free and more comfortable listening experience. It does come with exceptional acoustic design, top quality components and an ultra-lightweight and durable chassis, where the NE800M and NE750M offer a substantial upgrade from the standard earphones which happen to accompany a new smartphone or music player. Both of these earphones will also come equipped with a smartphone compatible microphone, and they have their very own carrying case and a range of ear tips in various sizes in order to ensure the best possible fit.

The NE800M earphones have been machined from carbon fiber, and this would help eliminate the micro-dynamic vibrations which add unnecessary colorations to music. Fret not about your ears, as the soft silicone tips will deliver the best shape, fit and sound quality to any user. It comes only in one shade – Black Carbon Fiber with Brass, sporting an asking price of $149.

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This Birthday Card is the best kind of prank

There is a pretty noticeable difference between a good prank and a mean prank. Seeing that April 1st isn’t too far in distant memory at this point, you’ve all likely heard or seen stories of people being ridiculed or injured as a result of a seemingly harmless prank that ended poorly. The general rule of thumb is if you’re the only person laughing after the prank has played out, it’s not really a prank, and you’re a jerk.

However, there are some creative ways to poke fun at your friends, family, and coworkers without possibly landing one of them in the hospital, or making them hate you forever. The Best Prank Birthday Card is so unassuming that you would never know it could lead you to insanity. The idea is that you open the card to sign it, pull out the perforated activation tab, and put it in the envelope. Once your target opens the letter and presses play, the song it plays will keep playing on loop until the battery dies, or the card is destroyed.

You might be thinking this would be cute for about 2 minutes, but the idea is to make it unbearable. This is why the battery can last for up to three hours. They can try their hardest to get rid of it, but even submerging it in water won’t drown out the joyous birthday song the card wants to play for you. One of these cards is going to cost you $15, but the memories will certainly be priceless. The lack of trust your friends will have for you giving them a card will also last a lifetime.

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The ROCCAT Kave 5.1 Analog Headset – when good gets better

Once you find a hardware company you really like, it’s easy to be biased. However, you can also call bull whenever they come out with something terrible. We’ve seen lots of peripherals from ROCCAT in the past, and while the Kave and Kave 5.1 Digital were great, there’s always room for a bit of improvement.

The Kave 5.1 Analog has a 40mm driver and 30mm vibration unit for each ear cup. This is not only going to give you the sound that every gamer dreams of when playing fast-paced games, but will also give you a fully-immersive experience thanks to the added vibration. There is zero noise technology which uses an interference isolator to cut down the noise that’s not supposed to be there. The ear cups and headband have plenty of padding, so they should be comfy cozy for those long gaming sessions.

The mic is detachable, so you won’t have to worry about it constantly being in your face when you’re not gaming with friends. If you want to mute, you can press a button on the remote, and an LED light will illuminate on the inside tip of the mic so you will always see whether or not it’s on. There’s also a solid remote stand so you can make sure the remote stays on your desk if you don’t want to clip it onto your person. This is going to cost you around $130, but you’ll have to wait for a bit, as they’re not shipping to anywhere that isn’t Germany or Austria just yet.

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