Casio EDIFICE timepiece simply loves the sun

Casio America, Inc. is more than pleased to announce that they have yet another timepiece that will hit the market, where it will fall under the EDIFICE banner. Targeting the men this time around, the model number of EQB-500DB-2A might be difficult to roll off the tongue, but that is all right, since it would be a whole lot easier to simply refer to it as the all-new Casio EDIFICE watch. This particularly new timepiece will come equipped with Smart Phone Link, Tough Solar Power, a 3D Dial and water resistance up to 100 meters, where the advanced functionality will be merged alongside a modern style which makes Casio’s EQB-500DB-2A ideal for any man’s professional or weekend lifestyle. It does not matter whether he is going abroad for work or a holiday, or is just a local traveler, the watch’s Global Time Sync functionality will be able to ensure that he remains on pace.

Thanks to the integration of Smart Phone Link technology, the EQB-500DB-2A will be able to hook up to a smartphone with a simple push of a button via Casio’s Mobile Link Technology. If you were to download the CASIO WATCH+ app, you can then connect it to a compatible smartphone via Bluetooth SMART, allowing the timepiece to access the correct time in its current location and for more than 300 cities worldwide, which will also offer correction for Daylight Saving Time if required. Users will also gain the capability to swap the specified home time and world time thanks to a simple press of a button, in addition to correct alarms and other time settings. Not only that, it has a handy phone finder function that is self explanatory — you can locate a lost device by connecting to it, letting it emit a sound to help find its location, even if the phone is on silent.

Not only that, the new EQB-500DB-2A will boast of Casio’s Tough Solar Power that does away with the need for battery changes. A full-charge without further exposure to light will allow it to run for approximately seven months, now how about that? To further enhance it, it boasts of a special power save feature which will let it power down when not exposed to light for a certain period of time to further conserve energy. Expect Casio’s EQB-500DB-2A to retail for $410 from next month onward.

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Razer ManO’War gaming headset ups the ante further

Razer has certainly done its fair bit to deliver a number of high end gaming peripherals over the years without any exception, and this time around, they also happen to be able to cater to those who are on the lookout of a gaming headset par excellence. Just in case you are in the market for a new gaming headset that will be able to deliver all of the different nuances regardless of the game genre, Razer steps right up to the plate to get the job done, in the form of the ManO’War headset.

Of course, this will not be a tethered headset, but rather, it will be a wireless one that provides freedom and uninterrupted play for long hours on end, now how about that? Boasting of an all new design that promises to also extend battery life, while you enjoy 7.1 surround sound in a zero lag environment, you can be sure that you will be the envy of the rest of your mates whenever you don the Razer ManO’War headset.

The Razer ManO’War is deemed to be an ultra-compact wireless USB adapter which delivers plug-and-play connectivity from up to 12 meters, but of course, if you think that this is not enough simply because you live in a really, really large mansion, there is the optional extension dock that will be able to offer an even greater 14 meter range. The aforementioned immersive 7.1 channel virtual surround sound in the Razer ManO’War happens to be supported by the Razer Surround software engine, where it is paired with the Razer ManO’War’s custom tuned 50mm Neodymium magnet drivers, allowing your ears to enjoy virtual soundscapes that come alive thanks to 360-degree fidelity.

Hidden in the left ear cup would be a unidirectional digital microphone boom which can be easily pulled out when required, and it can also be adjusted to whatever position that is desired. All in all the Razer ManO’War will arrive worldwide this May for $169.99.

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Riley is a robot companion that will keep an eye on things at home

 

When you’re barely home long enough to sleep, you might begin worrying if you locked up after you left, or took care of everything that needed to get done at home. While you can’t exactly trust a dog or cat to look after things, it’s at least one layer of protection for your home. Getting a camera to help with home security would certainly ease your mind, but those are usually anchored to one spot.

If you want to be able to roam the halls of your home while you’re away, then why not invest in a robot that will let you do just that? Riley is a robot whose “face” is a camera, and its body is built like a little tank. Most crowdfunding projects are a bit iffy since you never quite know what the finished product is going to be. Thankfully, I attended a demo day and got to play with Riley! This little robot is cute and unassuming, which is what makes it the perfect guard dog.

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Not only can you tilt Riley’s head up to 120 degrees, but its 5HD megapixel camera is going to capture anything it sees during the day or night with its night vision. There’s also a mic and speaker so you can talk to your pets or family if you’re away on a trip. It could also be fun to spook baddies who think breaking into your home is a good idea, but hopefully that never happens. If you know you forgot to lock the back door, you can also hide Riley nearby and set it up to alert you if its motion sensor is activated.

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The grippy treads that will get Riley from place to place can handle going up steep inclines and over objects that are in the way without much trouble. The treads also come in a variety of different colors if you have a preference for that sort of thing. If it falls forward, it can pick itself up so one bad fall won’t end its journey for the day. You can control Riley from anywhere in the world by using the app on your iOS or Android device so long as it’s connected to WiFi. When Riley is starting to lose power, you only need to get it about a meter away from the docking station and it will automatically dock itself to juice up its 2600mAh battery. This is going to retail for $229, but is presently available for $159.

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New versions of Razer Hammerhead Pro announced

gallery-razer-hammerhead-pro-v2When it comes to headsets and earphones, there are many different kinds of models to choose from, and it all depends on what you are going to use it for. For gamers who would need something that works in a crystal clear manner without any kind of compromise so that they can know what is going on in-game, then the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 headset and Razer Hammerhead V2 in-ear headphones would be able to do the trick quite well, taking into consideration Razer’s prowess when it comes to gaming peripherals that they have released over the years. .

The all new Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 and Razer Hammerhead V2 will both arrive with an enhanced chassis that is CNC milled out of aircraft-grade aluminum, while flat-style cables make them ideal for mobile gaming and music use. Specially engineered for improved acoustic clarity as well as more powerful bass for which the Razer Hammerhead series is famous for, the in-ear headset and headphone will also come equipped with extra-large 10mm dynamic drivers, which would be a 20 percent increase compared to the earlier generation.

The Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 will boast of a trio of quick-action control buttons on the in-line microphone, which will play nice with both iOS and Android devices. There is also a trio of ear tip sizes to choose from and an optional bi-flange attachment that delivers superior sound isolation, in addition to customizable comfort for increased versatility. Not only that, an included splitter cable enables it to be connected to devices with dedicated audio and microphone jacks.

As for the Razer Hammerhead V2 which was developed for users who want a streamlined mobile audio solution, it will come with all the features of the Pro V2, although it would miss out on the in-line mic and controls. Expect the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 to go for $69.99 a pop while the Razer Hammerhead V2 would retail for $49.99 each as they both arrive next month.

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ROAM Ropes wireless Bluetooth headphones let you live the untethered lifestyle

Listening to your favorite music can be done in many different ways and methods, and depending on one’s personality, one might just prefer to settle for a regular speaker system, while others would want to enjoy something that is more personal to the tune of a pair of headphones. When we enter headphone territory, there will also be many different choices to pick from – some of us would not mind getting a wired model simply because we believe that it delivers better sound, while others would want to enjoy the freedom of a wireless pair. ROAM caters for the latter group, where their ROAM Ropes happens to be a premium, mobile audio platform that reproduces sound that is true to the artist’s intention.

ROAM Ropes happen to be wireless and Bluetooth-enabled, where it will come with an audio equalizer which can be personalized thanks to the ROAM mobile app which is known as ROAM EQ, allowing users to be freed from a “one sound fits all” listening experience. As users are given the freedom to adjust the audio frequencies in their Ropes, ROAM EQ will then empower listeners to customize their own sound based on the type of music they listen to as well as how they would like to enjoy it. Not only that, ROAM EQ will also come with pre-sets for various music genres, offering a fast, convenient path to audio customization.

Majority of the listeners out there would say that an artist’s studio rendition is the ultimate listening experience, and with this in mind, ROAM will partner with both new and established artists to create a unique collection of ROAM Sound Signatures. Out later this coming summer, ROAM users will be able to download from a library of artist Sound Signatures directly to their ROAM EQ app, which would then connect them to the artist and their recordings in a groundbreaking new way for the music industry.

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SteelSeries Apex M500 mechanical keyboard enters the eSports arena

When it comes to gaming, many gamers are on the lookout for the best possible hardware that will be able to suit their current configuration. Of course, there are many different kinds of makes and models out there, and depending on the type of game as well as gamer whom you are, in addition to the genre that you would like to get involved in. SteelSeries, a name that has long been revered as one of the better gaming hardware manufacturers out there, has just revealed their SteelSeries Apex M500 mechanical keyboard.

In a nutshell, you can call this a battle-ready mechanical keyboard that will target performance purists who will then be duly armed with Cherry MX and SteelSeries Engine software. Being tournament-ready at all times, this mechanical keyboard will come outfitted with Cherry MX Red gaming switches as well as SteelSeries Engine customization software. The asking price for such a high performance piece of gaming hardware would be $99.99 a pop, where it will boast of a traditional key layout for universality, Anti-Ghosting technology and blue LED backlighting.

SteelSeries’ acclaimed software that comes with each purchase will be able to deliver the ultimate level of individual customization for gamers. Both pros and enthusiasts are able to program individual keys for unique combinations, create advanced macros for faster gaming commands, launch game profiles automatically, and create unlimited profiles to unlock infinite gaming possibilities. Throw in a smart cable management system with a trio of cable guides that will adapt to your keyboard setup to eliminate tangles and interference, and you’re good to go. It will also be armed with 100% Anti-Ghosting technology with 104 key rollover to ensure precision no matter how fast you play. Definitely you will no be able to press the buttons on this keyboard faster than it can register the movements, which is a good thing for sure.

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Casio reveals trio of new timepieces under G-Shock Master of G line

When it comes to owning a watch, many of the younger ones out there do seem to make more use of their phones as a timepiece than wearing a watch, where the thing on your wrist ends up more as a fashion accessory than a time-keeping device – unless of course, they decide to settle for a smartwatch like the Apple Watch, of course. Well, having a good watch is always a boon, since you can never quite tell just when you would need to tell the time when you are caught out in a thunderstorm and are soaking wet. Surely the average smartphone is not going to last in the showers, but Casio’s G-Shock range is going to shrug off all that water without missing a beat. Here we are with word that the Japanese firm will be introducing three new timepieces in a striking Rescue Red color theme for the G-Shock Master of G line.

This trio of timepieces in the collection will ensure that the Master of G spectrum of air, land, and sea are covered, and all of them have been specially designed in order to withstand extreme conditions. They will include the GPW1000RD-4A Gravitymaster, the GWG1000RD-4A Mudmaster, and the GWN1000RD-4A Gulfmaster. Each of these are advanced, durable timepieces that demonstrate the absolute toughness that G-Shock is known for, where they have also been paired with specialized functions and a modern style and feel.

The GPW1000RD-4A Gravitymaster has been constructed for the air with Triple G Resist construction, GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid technology and oversized numerical indicators for at-a-glance readability. The GWG1000RD-4A Mudmaster, as its name suggests, is mud resistant, as well as being shock resistant and vibration resistant. It will boast of a Triple Sensor (Altimeter/Barometer, Thermometer and Compass) as well as a carbon-fiber insert band. As for the GWN1000RD-4A Gulfmaster, this model will also come with Triple Sensor technology, but adds a barometric tendency alarm, Tide Indicator, and Moon Graph. Any takers?

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The Sennheiser HD 558 Headphones make sounds as crisp as Fall leaves

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When you’re playing games on your computer, you know you’re going to want to use headphones to get the full impact of the noises in-game. You need to know if enemies are on your left, right, or behind you, and headphones are the best way of getting that information. While two pairs of headphones can definitely be built the same, the quality can vary greatly between different price brackets.

These Sennheiser HD 855 headphones are mainly aimed at music and movie lovers, but they’re built well enough to do any audio experience justice. These are over-ear, open-backed headphones that are plush and lined in velour, which sounds far fancier than it might actually be. There’s also a headband cushion to make sure long listening sessions don’t give you an external pressure headache. Of course, these are all just the physical aspects.

These have an internal surround reflector, and use software that appropriately channels the audio signals into your ears. This is supposed to be the aim of every audio reproducing headset, so hopefully it does this better or more adequately than others. It also uses Duofol diaphragms that will deal with resonance issues. It uses a gold-plated 1/4” plug with an 1/8” adapter, and has a neodymium ferrous magnet system. These are $95 a pop which is pricey, but they seem like decent quality so far as mid-range headphones go.

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The Snooperscope gives your smartphone night-vision, for better or worse

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When walking at night, are you the type of person who waits for their eyes to adjust to the light, or do you prefer to have a flashlight with you? Both feel a bit ominous at times in completely different ways, mainly because we can’t see a full picture of everything that’s in front of us. If you could see it all whether it’s day or night, would you want to?

If that was met with a quick yes, then the Snooperscope will be an item worth looking into. This is an attachment for your phone or tablet that will let you see in low or no light situations. It uses special optics to let you see the world of night in a green tint. This would be useful for nighttime wildlife watching, action or sport cameras, or ghost hunters who want to see what goes bump in the night. For that last one, we all hope the answer is nothing.

This runs through WiFi peer-to-peer connection, giving you secure H.264 compressed video feed. It has its own battery which will continue working for up to 4 hours, and won’t be draining your device in the process. To use this, simply connect it to your smartphone and be on your way. You can also configure it for sound or motion detection while leaving it on a stationary tripod where it will send you an email if anything causes a stir. This works with iOS and Android, and will cost you $139, coming in black, white, green, and camo.

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Fluance RT80/81 turntables bring back the style for vinyl lovers

If you are one who firmly believes in the quality of vinyl records for the simple fact that the kind of audio produced is a whole lot “warmer” than what you would get through regular MP3s and lossless digital music, then you would seriously want to consider what Fluance has in store with its RT80 as well as RT81 turntables. These are high fidelity, affordable and beautifully designed turntables which will surely do their bit to reinvigorate consumers’ love when it comes to vinyl!

Fluance has made it mark in the audio industry in recent times with its Fi70 and Fi50 Bluetooth speakers, as well as Signature Series home theater system, and now, it looks like its maiden attempt at the turntable market has yielded some pretty compelling fruit. We are looking at the clever engineering which will make use of premium components, where both of the high-fidelity, belt driven RT80 and RT81 are able to deliver a pure analog listening experience that authentically recreates artists’ performances.

The RT80 and RT81 play traditional LP and EP vinyl albums (33 1/3 or 45 RPM), and it does not matter if you are dusting off a classic album from your parent’s collection, or simply discovering vinyl for the very first time with Adele’s 25, Fluance’s new turntables will be able to send you through a stunning audio adventure down the sonic spectrum.

The RT80 will integrate AT91 Audio Technica needle that produces rich sounds, as users rest in the grooves of their favorite vinyl records at a mere 2.0 grams of tracking force. The RT81 will be a wee bit more advanced, of course, as it features an AT95E Audio Technica needle. Regardless, both of the included styluses are renowned for their freedom from noise and distortion, clarity on musical peaks and channel balance.

The RT80 and RT81 can now be picked up as a pre-order on Kickstarter for $195 CAD/ $150 USD and $265 CAD / $200 USD respectively, where Fluance expects the to ship to backers and be fully available by the time May 2016 rolls around, for $199 and $249, respectively.

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