This Diversirtech Drain Clearing Gun uses air to deal with clogs

When you have a drain line that gets clogged, you can call a professional, or take matters into your own hands. This normally means using a fuzzy pipe cleaner or a mascara brush if you can see the issue, but if you’re too rough you might make a hole in your line. There are all sorts of drain cleaners available on the market, but some methods are bulky (having to lug around a Nitrogen tank) or dangerous with the use of chemicals.

If you want a quick, easy, and extremely portable method of dealing with clogs, then this Diversirtech Drain Clearing Gun will make quick work of the issue. This portable tool blows out 800-PSI of oil-free food grade air with the press of a trigger. This is meant for lines that have a 3/8 – 3/4” opening, so don’t think this is going to help you with things that have to do with your toilet. Think more along the lines of A/C unit drain lines or washing machines.

This would likely be of use for repairmen or those who maintain buildings with multiple A/C or washer units. While this isn’t terribly expensive at around $44 for the gun, the cartridges will quickly up the price as each shot will cost almost $3 a piece, and the initial purchase doesn’t come with any of them. There are more than likely ways to go about fitting much cheaper Co2 cartridges onto this, they just won’t be name brand. If they work though, it’ll be better than blowing $30 on a 12-pack.

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Virtual 60-Game Pinball Arcade lets you enjoy many games on a single machine

When was the last time you stepped into a video game arcade to have a spot of pinball action? That would be an experience that would normally resonate with those of us who are much older, as the younger people these days have had the advantage of enjoying games on a mobile platform, or spending most of their time glued behind the screen at home on a console or a PC. Well, if you are feeling a little bit more flush these days, how about sprucing up your home’s basement with the $4,000 Virtual 60-Game Pinball Arcade?

This is definitely a big boy’s toy, as this one particular arcade cabinet comes with more than 60 different kinds of virtual pinball for you to indulge in. It is available as a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, where this particular machine delivers a library of pre-installed virtual pinball games. Each of these virtual pinball games will come with its very own immersive 3D environments that comprises of animated characters, flippers, bumpers, and ramps. For instance, Star Wars fans will be able to use a lightsaber to launch the ball in Star Wars: A New Hope, while flippers and a digital pinball attempt to ward off a queen Xenomorph in Aliens, with a patriotic superhero seeking out the cosmic cube and sparring with the Red Skull in Marvel’s Captain America.

The Virtual 60-Game Pinball Arcade comes with a 32″ LED playfield that will be able to faithfully reproduce the hallmarks of a classic pinball cabinet complete with the details of their mechanical predecessors while offering razor-sharp 1080p high-definition. This particular machine is also able to download a further 60 classic arcade games, which will correspond with its outward physical characteristics of a retro arcade game. Among them include an OEM-style coin door — although you do not need to feed it with quarters, obviously, a pair of coaxial speakers that reproduce authentic sounds, among others.
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ROLI introduces BLOCKS, the accessible and scalable music creation system

There are many different ways in which one will be able to make music, as the level of creativity shown by us humans never cease to amaze. Well, ROLI has decided that the usual bag of instruments should be shelved with the introduction of BLOCKS, which comes across as a modular music studio which will be able to open up the world of music-making to just about everyone and anyone. Every single Block will deliver special capabilities which allow folks to create music in simple but far-reaching methods.

When the Blocks are connected together, they will be able to result in customizable kits which can suit any kind of budget, skill level, as well as musical style. All that it takes is a click of magnetic connectors, where these music-makers are now able to build their very own instruments as they go.

Some of the notable names such as Grimes, Steve Aoki, and RZA are already using BLOCKS to make music, as well as churning up signature soundpacks for BLOCKS musicians. Grimes, who is a composer, producer, and global superstar and whose sound is redefining pop music, shared, “ROLI BLOCKS will democratize music production. It’s so intuitive and versatile. I’m always on the go, and BLOCKS is the most powerful mobile production tool I’ve ever used.”

A trio of Blocks are available at the moment. The Lightpad Block will boast of a tactile, glowing surface which enables folks to shape music via presses, glides, and other natural gestures. As for the Live Block and Loop Block, those will come with controls that make it even easier to perform and produce in real time. All BLOCKS will be powered by NOISE, which is a free music app that can run on the iPhone and iPad, as NOISE plays the role to hook up to BLOCKS sans wires over Bluetooth.

The Lightpad Block, Live Block, and Loop Block will be available for $179, $79 and $79, respectively.

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The Zoom H4N Digital Recorder captures sound as you hear it

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When you listen to music and take out one ear bud, you normally lose the depth of the intended experience, as both the right and left ear buds pump different aspects of the music. To make your own music, you could certainly record a lovely song on your phone and put it up on iTunes, but for obvious reasons it’s not going to sound as good as something you would record in a studio. For those that are interested in audio, you know that not all mics are created equal, as some are able to record in stereo rather than mono alone, meaning you’ll be able to hear the sound you’re picking up in a more realistic way.

If you want to record audio for music, interviews, learning, or just to record for the fun of it, the Zoom H4N seems like a top-notch way to go about doing it. Microphones like the Blue Yeti and the Widget are more stay-at-home mics, while this can go in your pocket or on a camera hotshoe. The beauty of this little mic is that it can record up to 4 simultaneous tracks, with a phantom power that can work with just about any type of microphone.

On its own it’s capable of recording up to 2 tracks at either 90 or a 120 degree angle. It only needs 2 AA batteries, and will give you around 11 hours of battery life. There is also a slot for a 32GB SD card so you can record to your hearts content. This is no cheap purchase as it is intended for more professional use, so be ready to deal with a $200 price tag. The plus side is that you could use this for just about anything in the realm of recording.

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Skybuds wireless earbuds debuts in Best Buy

skybudsRemember the Skybuds that we talked about earlier this year during summer? Well, it looks like this pair of wireless earbuds is now available, ready to rock and roll over at Best Buy nationwide. The Skybuds are special, in the sense that these are touted truly let you live the untethered life, where it boasts of best-in-class battery life, strongest connectivity and has been designed for an immersive audio experience.

Alpha Audiotronics are the ones behind the Skybuds, where it will boast of seamless Near-field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) connectivity in order to deliver premium audio quality for audiophiles and casual listeners alike. The Skybuds have been specially designed to fit just about any lifestyle, and you can also opt to pick up a pair online at skybuds.com.

Availalbe in charcoal and nimbus colors, the Skybuds are good to last for up to four hours of on-the-go listening, and you will be able to eke out an additional 24 hours of battery life thanks to the sleek and portable Skydock charging case. The Skybuds will hook up to your portable music playback devices via Bluetooth, and these happen to be one of the pioneers in using NFMI within the earbuds. In other words, you should not be able to find a stronger or more reliable connection on the market, anywhere — at least for the moment. Other earbuds do suffer from disjointed connectivity, but the technology used within Skybuds ensures that the two earbuds are connected seamlessly, resulting in a flawless and uninterrupted audio experience. Not only that, Skybuds will play nice with any Bluetooth enabled device regardless of the operating system.

Other features of the Skybuds will include a digital microphone for phone calls as well as on-device button controls which can be used to manipulate audio listening and calls. Each $249.99 purchase comes with three sets of fit tips, a single USB charging cable and a Skydock that will juice up and store the earbuds.

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Braven Premium Home series introduced

For those who have always wanted to enjoy more out of their music, then getting a decent speaker system would be the right way to go. However, high end speaker systems tend to cost a bomb, and some might run into the price point of a vehicle itself. What about us mere mortals who would not settle for the ditties that are played back by your notebook’s speaker, and yet do not want to break the bank for a high end, premium speaker? Braven might have the answer in the form of their Premium Home series, where it boasts of a trio of advanced wireless speakers, namely the 1100, 2200m and 2300.

Regardless of which model you pick, all of them will come with unparalleled room filling audio that is accompanied by refined design that will complement your home décor, merging both style and sound in a single device. The 2200m and 2300 speakers even come with built-in mounting option and are Bluetooth Smart enabled.

The Braven 1100 will arrive encased in premium fabric, and is the most compact of the lot, which makes it extremely portable. Despite its sleek design, this does not mean that it is not a performer — it sports Dual Passive Radiators and an extended range driver which can generate rich bass, perfecting notes of the highest high and lowest low. Sporting an impressive 28-hour playtime, it also doubles up as an 8800mAh power bank. You can pick up the Braven 1100 for $249.99 in Graphite and White shades.

As for the Braven 2200m, this is one of the stable’s most advanced speakers to date. Bluetooth Smart Control, a robust low frequency response, mounting hardware, TrueWireless technology that lets you pair multiple 2200m speakers together, ensure a first-class sound experience in a premium, wireless speaker form factor. You can pick it up for $299.99 in Graphite and White colors.

Last but not least, the Braven 2300 would be the most powerful of the lot, sporting Braven’s very own Bass Optimization technology, Bluetooth Smart technology, and TrueWireless technology, where it sports an asking price of $349.99 a pop.

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SOL Republic reveals Amps Air headphones

SOL Republic is a name that many of us are well versed with, as they have come up with their fair share of fantastic performing headphones in the past. The kind of pedigree that the brand name carries with is certainly not lost on the latest arrival — the SOL Republic Amps Air headphones. What would make this pair of $179.99 headphones worth checking out? It is certainly not priced to target the impulse purchase market, that is for sure, and it would be a proper investment for those who would like to enjoy their music or movies while they are on the move.

For starters, the Amps Air headphones would be sweat-resistant, making them ideal for use while you are busy pounding the pavement as part of your exercise regime in the battle against the bulge. Apart from that, they are also wireless — and this provides you with the kind of freedom that you could only previously dream of, as long as it jives with your music playback device over Bluetooth.

The Amps Air wireless headphones might be small and extremely light, but do not for a second think that battery life is compromised due to the form factor. Capable of allowing up to three hours of playback on a full charge, this is definitely impressive for a pair of wireless headphones. Not only that, to keep up with the trends in the industry at this point in time, the Amps Air headphones will be accompanied by a sleek, portable charging case that will be able to recharge the Amps Air more than 15 times thanks to its integrated 2200mAh battery, while the inclusion of a USB port would turn this into a portable power bank.

Being contoured to fit the ear and wrapped in a silicone sleeve, it sports futuristically designed tapered grooves which provide a lethal look at comfortable yet secure fit. You can choose from Rose Gold, Black, Teal, and Blue shades from the likes of Best Buy, Amazon, and solrepublic.com.

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Retro Fighters showcase new NES Retro Controller

The gamepad is one of the staples of console gaming, and it can never be separated from the console itself even if we are living in the age of VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality). Basically, even when the Nintendo Wii broke onto the scene with their Wiimote, there was still space for a Wii Controller for obvious reasons — you simply cannot waggle your way through Zelda or Mario. Well, Retro Fighters have come up with their next generation NES retro controller, updating a gamepad from a console that many of us grew up with in our very first exposure to home consoles.

This is the very first product from Retro Fighters, calling the next generation designed NES controller as the Jab Gamepad. Do not scoff at it even though it might look as though it hails from the 1990s, as the Jab Gamepad happens to be the very first NES compatible controller that has been redesigned from ground up, sporting next generation features and attributes in order to keep up with the times.

The entire look has been updated to make sure it is still relevant in the current century, although some might beg to differ. At least it is ergonomically shaped, which should deliver a potent user experience without losing any grip as you play. The D-pad looks comfortable enough to play with that it places less stress on the thumbs, and the ergonomic layout of the B & A buttons would be well appreciated by gamers who love marathon sessions.

Not only that, there are B & A shoulder and trigger buttons which lets you use it in conjunction with analog sticks or the D-pad, paving the way for many other button combinations. Heck, even a turbo function has been thrown into the mix, allowing you to gain a wee bit of boost as and when required.

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Turtle Beach introduces Stream Mic for gamers

If you are a gamer, you would know that going solo is just so 1980s and 1990s. In fact, before the Internet became the norm for the masses, multiplayer gaming was relegated to the “hot seat” concept or perhaps a split screen on the TV — although LAN connectivity did make multiplayer gaming a whole lot more interactive and fun. Having said that, multiplayer gaming has evolved to such a level where you will need to communicate with your team members in a match or raid in order to achieve maximum effectiveness, and typing out commands is just not good enough. Voice commands are the way to go, and Turtle Beach has stepped up with the all new Stream Mic.

The latest Stream Mic from Turtle Beach will certainly keep gamers happy — and content creators, too. This is touted to be the first-of-its-kind professional-quality desktop microphone which has been specially developed for gamers who would like to livestream from their consoles. Livestreaming has now gained quite a huge presence in the entertainment world, where content creators do a whole lot of active livestreaming — ranging from competitive matches to video walkthroughs and tutorials on Twitch, MLG.tv and YouTube.

It will even come with adaptive mic patterns with TruSpeak technology, where it delivers high definition voice pick-up from both tabletop and boom mounted positions in order to provide exceptional clarity. This happens regardless of whether the mic is stand-mounted beneath, or if it is placed on a surface near the user.

The Stream Mic allows both gamer and content creator groups to livestream with professional quality audio straight from their Xbox One, not to forget the PS4 Pro and PS4, PC and Mac platforms too, courtesy of the universal plug-and-play compatibility. The asking price stands at $99.95 a pop, and is already available today.

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SteelSeries Arctis headset range turns gaming audio stereotypes on its head

When we mention the name SteelSeries, most of the time, we would figure out that it will have something to do with gaming accessories, and they have come up with some pretty gaming mice in the past. This time around, things are not so different either, as the SteelSeries Arctis headset range has been revamped as part of an effort to transform gaming audio stereotypes.

The new range of revolutionary headsets are touted to deliver flagship-level comfort, microphone and sound — and these will be standard features across the whole range, now how about that? The trio of gaming headsets will shatter preconceived notions of what a gaming headset should sound, feel and look like. The Arctis lineup will come with design-forward thinking and timeless style as opposed to having it resemble that of a bulky toy.

There is an integrated microphone which is able to deliver exceptionally clear and natural-sounding voice communication, and to sweeten the deal, all headsets in the Arctis family will boast of SteelSeries’ award-winning speakers, which can also be found in their headsets that cost $300. The powerful, low-distortion speakers merged with 7.1 surround sound ensure total immersion as you game.

Not only that, you can get your in-game commands across in a clear manner thanks to the ClearCast microphone used within each Arctis headset. It will make use of a new ski goggle suspension headband and ear cushions, accompanied by exclusive athletics-inspired AirWeave fabric.

The patented headband design is capable of distributing weight across the top of the head evenly, and this helps to prevent pressure points even after prolonged use for a far more comfortable gaming experience. The three Artis headsets would be the Arctis 3, Arctis 5 and lag-free, wireless Arctis 7, where they will retail for $79.99, $99.99 and $149.99, respectively. Any takers for these new devices that hail from SteelSeries?

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