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Amazon Premium Headphones

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The Amazon Premium Headphones ($25) are designed with magnetic earbuds and a flat cord that keeps everything tangle free.2
These ergonomically-designed earbuds provide clear, consistent sound and feature a mic and multi-function button to allow you to control your calls, music and more.

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Apple Releases The Best iPod Touch Yet

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Apple today introduced the best iPod touch yet and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink and blue. The ultra-portable iPod touch features a new 8 megapixel iSight camera for beautiful photos, an improved FaceTime HD camera for even better selfies, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor. With the newly launched Apple Music service, members can enjoy playlists curated by the most talented music experts from around the world, stay in-the-know on music culture with a global 24/7 broadcast on Beats 1 radio, and comment on or like backstage photos and videos shared directly by their favorite artists on Connect.

With the A8 chip, the same used in the revolutionary iPhone 6, users can play even more immersive games for hours at a time, all the while with great battery life. iPod touch has become one of the world’s most loved mobile gaming experiences — its 4-inch Retina display and rich collection of gaming titles are further enhanced with incredible graphics performance and thousands of Metal-optimized games. With the advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, iPod touch owners, for the first time, can have fun with popular features including slo-mo and burst mode, while capturing memories and everyday moments with gorgeous photos and videos. Three times faster Wi-Fi lets customers stay in touch with friends and family through FaceTime calls, and download movies and TV shows with ease.

Pricing & Availability

The new iPod touch starts at $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $249 (US) for 32GB and $299 (US) for 64GB, and the entire iPod family in its five new colors is available starting today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. For the first time, iPod touch is available in a 128GB model for $399 (US) through Apple Retail Stores and the Apple Online Store, along with the (PRODUCT)RED lineup. iPod touch requires a Wi-Fi connection or a Mac or PC; USB 2.0 port; Mac OS X v10.7.5 or later; Windows 7, Windows 8 or later; and iTunes 12.2 or later. An Apple ID is required for some iPod touch features.

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GoPro Hero4 Session Camera

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Smaller and lighter than any GoPro before it, the GoPro Hero4 Session Camera ($400) opens up new shooting possibilities thanks to its diminutive stature. With no rear LCD, it uses a simple one-button control scheme to start recording, and connects to the GoPro app for more robust control. It’s also compatible with existing GoPro mounts, makes possible some new ones thanks to its smallness, and is waterproof down to 33 feet without needing separate housing, letting it capture better underwater audio than its stablemates while still grabbing 1080p60, 720p100, or 1440p30 video.

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Apple Announces OS X El Capitan

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Apple today announced OS X El Capitan, a new version of OS X that refines the Mac experience and improves system performance. Building on last year’s landmark release of OS X Yosemite, El Capitan introduces enhancements to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search, and makes everyday activities — from launching apps to accessing email — faster and more responsive. Metal, Apple’s breakthrough graphics technology, is integrated into El Capitan, delivering system-wide performance gains and enabling games and pro apps to tap into the full power of Mac graphics processors.

Availability

The developer preview of OS X El Capitan is available to Mac Developer Program members starting today. Mac users can participate in the El Capitan Beta Program in July and download the final version for free from the Mac App Store this fall. Customers interested in signing up for the public beta can visit www.apple.com/osx/elcapitan-preview/ for more details. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

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Apple Previews iOS 9

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Apple today unveiled iOS 9, giving a preview of new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch software that will be available this fall. In this upcoming release, iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features — all without compromising users’ privacy. New multitasking features designed specifically for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature, to keep watching a video while browsing the web, composing email or using any other app. Built-in apps become more powerful in iOS 9 with detailed transit information in Maps, a redesigned Notes app with new ways to capture ideas, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device.

Availability

The iOS 9 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com, and a public beta program will be available in July at beta.apple.com. iOS 9 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and later. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

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Apple Announces Apple Music

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Apple today unveiled Apple Music, a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place. Apple Music is a revolutionary streaming music service, a pioneering worldwide live radio station from Apple broadcasting 24 hours a day and a great new way for music fans to connect with their favorite artists. Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music on the planet with the expertise of world-class music experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones. Apple Music will be available starting on June 30 in over 100 countries.

Pricing & Availability

Starting on June 30, music fans around the world are invited to a 3-month free membership, after which a $9.99/month subscription fee will apply. There will also be a family plan providing service for up to six family members available for just $14.99/month.

Requires initial sign up. At the end of the trial period, the membership will automatically renew and payment method will be charged on a monthly basis until auto-renewal is turned off in account settings. Family plan requires iCloud Family Sharing. See www.apple.com/icloud/family-sharing for more information.

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Star Wars R2-D2 Trashcan Available At Thinkgeek

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Trash is just not that cool. Not only can it be dirty and odorous but it’s simply low-tech and boring.

At least that’s what we used to think… until we saw this amazing R2-D2 Trashcan and learned to love trash. This stylish officially licensed Lucasfilm collectible is imported from Japan and is an incredibly detailed vinyl replica of R2-D2. Step on R2’s center “foot” and his dome swings wide to collect your expired TPS reports and leftover wookie dung.

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The removable interior can with handle makes trash removal easy. The outer dimensions are 23.5″ tall x 16″ wide and the wastebin inside measures 11″ tall.

You can order the Star Wars R2D2 Trashcan for $129.99 from Thinkgeek HERE.

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28 Unexpected Things You Didn’t Know Your Kitchen Needed

BuzzFeed shares 28 unexpected things you didn’t know your kitchen needed. Check them out HERE.

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The Lily Drone Camera Can Follow You Around

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The Lily drone camera is self-flying and will follow you around. It has been described as the “world’s first throw and shoot camera,” using GPS tracking to follow you while recording some stunning footage, capturing the action in 1080/60p, 720/120p slow-mo, or as 12 megapixel stills.

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No controller required — just put the tracker in your pocket, throw the camera up in the air, and get going.

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Lily will retail for $999 USD but is currently at a preorder price of only $499 USD. Thanks for the tip Neal DiNicola!

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Flyte Levitating Light

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The Flyte Levitating Light ($250) is a shatterproof LED bulb available via Kickstarter that floats and rotates slowly in the air above a sustainably-sourced wood base. The device plugs into a standard power outlet and lets you turn the light on and off with a single touch. As an added bonus, the base doubles as a wireless charging station, so it serves a purpose even when you don’t need the light on.

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