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Gather Desk Organizer

Nearly every desk has the same problem: clutter. The Gather Desk Organizer is a well-made, well-designed way to keep all your essential tools handy while minimizing the mess.

It starts with a solid walnut or maple base, with four slots on top to hold its modular attachments. Those include a phone holder, trays, a pen holder, and a Post-It holder, and magnets in the base let you attach a coaster and even a headphone stand. You can easily move everything around to find a configuration that fits your needs, and even add a second base unit if you really have a lot of stuff.

Pre-order from Kickstarter for $100+.

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Amazon Unveils Echo Show With Touchscreen & Video Calls

Amazon has unveiled a new version of its Echo speaker and Alexa intelligent assistant that has a touchscreen and video calling. The voice-controlled Echo Show has a tablet-style screen from which users can make video or audio calls, control smart home devices and shop online.

It has been designed as “a new way to be together”, Amazon said, as it lets users “talk to family and friends who have an Echo or the Alexa App”. The Echo Show operates like the current Amazon Echo and Dot speakers, which use the Alexa virtual assistant to answer questions or perform voice-activated tasks. In addition to the speakers, it has a 7-inch touch screen, 5MP forward facing camera and Dolby speakers. It can make video calls to designated contacts, as well as playing content from YouTube and other apps.

The calling feature lets users contact friends or family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa app on their phone by asking Alexa to “Drop In” on them.  Video callers will initially only see a frosted glass picture, which turns into a full video call if accepted. The touchscreen also allows users to send text messages and make audio only calls to users of other Amazon Echo devices.

Amazon suggested the Echo Show could also be used to replace security technology such as baby monitors and front door video cameras.

The Amazon Show will be available on June 28 and will go on sale for $229.

Features:

– Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free—just ask.
– Introducing a new way to be together. Make hands-free video calls to friends and family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa App, and make voice calls to anyone who has an Echo or Echo Dot.
– See lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and stream over Wi-Fi. Also, stream music on Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.
– Powerful, room-filling speakers with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and extended bass response
– Ask Alexa to show you the front door or monitor the baby’s room with compatible cameras from Ring and Arlo. Turn on lights, control thermostats and more with WeMo, Philips Hue, ecobee, and other compatible smart home devices.
– With eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo Show hears you from any direction—even while music is playing
– Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Allrecipes, CNN, and more

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Bose SoundLink Revolve Speaker

The Bose SoundLink Revolve Speaker ($200) is their first to incorporate 360-degree sound. Highly portable, it overcomes its small body by using a downward-facing transducer, dual passive radiators, and a carefully-angled acoustic deflector to transmit full sound wherever it’s placed. Its rechargeable battery lasts for 12 hours per charge, Bluetooth frees you from the tyranny of wires, and the water-resistant body means it’s as welcome at the pool as it is on the patio. Also available in a larger, more robust “+” version for $100 more.

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Apple Introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition

Apple today announced iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition in a vibrant red aluminum finish, in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED).  This gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an AIDS-free generation.

The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24.

Pricing & Availability

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition will be available in 128GB and 256GB models starting at $749 (US) from Apple.com and Apple Stores.

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Apple Announces A New 9.7-inch iPad

Apple today updated its most popular-sized iPad, featuring a brighter 9.7-inch Retina display and best-in-class performance at its most affordable price ever, starting at $329. Designed for unmatched portability and ease of use, along with incredible performance and all-day battery life, iPad is the world’s most popular tablet and the primary computing device for millions of customers around the world.

iPad features a beautifully bright Retina display with over 3.1 million pixels for stunning pictures and videos, and is enclosed in a sturdy yet thin aluminum unibody enclosure weighing just one pound for great portability and durability. The Apple-designed A9 chip with 64‑bit desktop-class architecture delivers fast processing and graphics performance for apps and games, while maintaining the same all-day battery life customers have come to expect from iPad.

The front- and back-facing cameras offer exceptional low-light performance and HD video recording, making it fun and easy to FaceTime with friends and family and capture unforgettable memories using the large Retina display as a viewfinder. Ultrafast wireless means connecting with iPad is quick and easy, and support for LTE cellular bands worldwide helps customers stay connected when traveling.2 Apple SIM makes it even easier to connect to wireless data plans right from your device when traveling in more than 140 countries and regions.

Touch ID gives iPad users a simple and secure way to unlock iPad, keep personal information private within apps and approve purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store. With Apple Pay on iPad, paying for physical goods and services within apps or on a website in Safari has never been easier.

iPad comes with iOS 10, which brings more expressive and animated ways to communicate in Messages, new ways to use Siri with your favorite apps, beautifully redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News, and the new Home app, which lets you simply and securely set up, manage and control your home all in one place. Multitasking features including Slide Over, Split View and Picture-in-Picture help you do even more.

Pricing & Availability

iPad comes in silver, gold and space gray and starts at $329 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $459 (US) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model at Apple.com and Apple Stores. For more information, please visit apple.com/ipad. iPad is available to order beginning Friday, March 24, from Apple.com and starts delivering to customers and arriving next week in Apple Stores.

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Apple Introduces Clips: The Fun, New Way to Create Expressive Videos On iOS

Apple today introduced Clips, a new app that makes it quick and fun for anyone to create expressive videos on iPhone and iPad. The app features a unique design for combining video clips, photos and music into great-looking videos to share with friends through the Messages app, or on Instagram, Facebook and other popular social networks.

Clips also introduces Live Titles, a breakthrough feature that lets users create animated captions and titles using just their voice. Fun effects including comic book filters, speech bubbles, shapes and full-screen animated posters help bring out the personality in videos made with Clips.

Clips lets users create multi-clip videos on iPhone or iPad without timelines, tracks or complicated editing tools. Touch and hold a single button to shoot live video and photos, or add them from the Photo Library. Then add artistic filters, speech bubbles, shapes or emoji. Users can also add full-screen posters with animated backgrounds and customizable text. Clips has dozens of music soundtracks to choose from, and they automatically adjust to match the length of a video.

With Live Titles in Clips, users can add animated captions and titles using just their voice. Captions are generated automatically as a user speaks, and appear on screen perfectly synced with the user’s voice. Users can mix and match different styles, and tap any title to adjust text and punctuation, or even add inline emoji. Live Titles supports 36 different languages.

Videos made with Clips can be shared directly to popular social networks and video websites, including Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and more. When sharing with friends in Messages, Clips can suggest who to share with based on the people who appear in the video, and the people a user shares with most often. When a suggested name is selected, Clips inserts the video right into Messages so it’s ready to send with one tap.

Pricing & Availability

Clips will be available on the App Store for free beginning in April, and is compatible with iPhone 5s and later, the new 9.7-inch iPad, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation. Devices must be running iOS 10.3.

 

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Sonos Introduces PLAYBASE

Sonos has announced PLAYBASE, the latest addition to its wireless home sound system and the newest speaker in their home theater lineup.

Inspired by the simple insight that up to 70% of all TVs stand on furniture and are not mounted to the wall, PLAYBASE is a thin, yet powerful speaker that sits discreetly under the TV. Priced at $699 US and available in both black and white, PLAYBASE will be available globally starting on April 4, 2017.

At just 58 mm in height and packing 10 drivers, PLAYBASE offers everything you’d expect from a Sonos speaker – great sound when the TV is on and music all the time when it’s off. It was designed to disappear into the home.  Appearing as if it was cut from a single piece of granite, it challenges conventional expectations of sound from a thin speaker. The construction comes together with no visible seams resulting in incredibly clean lines, an ultra-flat top surface, and more than 43,000 holes that make up an acoustically transparent grill.

PLAYBASE was built from the ground-up by Sonos with unique manufacturing processes and materials to meet the level of quality Sonos stands by, including a complex insert molding process and a custom-designed glass-filled polycarbonate exterior to keep vibration to a minimum and withstand the weight of a TV for years to come.

Designed for TVs that aren’t wall-mounted, PLAYBASE is easy to control and set-up using just two cords (optical and power). It expands to other rooms when wirelessly connected to your Sonos home sound system, and is equal parts TV speaker and music speaker, with access to more than 80 music services. Later this year, like every other Sonos speaker, you’ll soon be able to control PLAYBASE using your voice and any Amazon Alexa enabled device. PLAYBASE and PLAYBAR are Sonos for your TV space, allowing listeners to choose the best set-up to fit any room.

Through a unique balance of hardware and software, all of PLAYBASE’s 10 custom-designed drivers with dedicated amplifiers – six mid-range, three tweeters, and one woofer – are powered by software to precisely control the sound coming from each transducer.  The result is a sound stage much wider than the speaker itself.

With software, Sonos is able to deliver flexible control experiences – whether with your TV remote, Sonos app, or select partner apps—and add new features over time. This includes Trueplay, recently available for Sonos’ home theater products, which adjusts the sound of PLAYBASE to the specifics of any particular room. In addition, Dialogue Enhancement and Night Mode, both options within the Sonos App, allow for enhanced vocal clarity or toned down bass for loud action scenes.

Features:

– Two-in-one. Full-theater sound for your TV. Streams music, too.

– Low profile design that practically disappears. Sound you just can’t miss.

– Securely supports TVs up to 77 lbs (35 kg).

– Simple two-cord setup. One for power, one for your TV.

– Add SUB and two PLAY:1 rears for wireless 5.1 surround sound.

Current Sonos owners have access to an exclusive pre-order of PLAYBASE on sonos.com.

Available Apr 4, 2017.

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Cheesy Grin Bread Cutter Makes Sandwiches Smile

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Cheesy Grin stamps out the perfect smile – ideal for adding goofy grins to your grilled cheese or smirks to your salami on rye. BPA-free polypropylene is food-safe and dishwasher safe. Order it HERE from Fred and Friends for $8.

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Wheel Turntable

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Reducing the turntable to its most basic elements, the Miniot Wheel Turntable ($600) cleverly hides its components behind the record itself. An electronically-stabilized belt drive spins the heavy aluminum platter at a perfect 33.3 rpm, while the outer ring secures the record and eliminates resonance.

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The tonearm, modified AT95E cartridge, drive, amp, and electronics sit in a vibration-isolated block inside a cavity in the platter, and it’s all controlled by the center stick. A wood base in walnut, cherry, or mahogany gives the minimal design an added bit of finish. Made in Holland.

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The Spontaneous Pop-up Display – SPUD

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SPUD is the only high resolution, 24-inch display with the awesome benefit of ultra-portability. It collapses just like a ruggedized umbrella to the size and weight of a paperback book – making it ideal for anyone on the go.

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When expanded, SPUD uses custom optics combined with the latest DLP technology to produce the sharp, bright image that you need. Either with an HDMI cable or wireless adapter like Chromecast, SPUD can be connected to a smartphone, tablet, or laptop – no matter where you are!

Pre-order via Indiegogo HERE for $418.

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