Category Archives: Gadgets

Introducing Element 4K Ultra HD Smart TV – Amazon Fire TV Edition

A smarter TV is here. It’s the world’s first 4K Ultra HD Smart TV with the Fire TV experience built in and including a Voice Remote with Amazon Alexa.

Fire TV Edition ($450-$900) seamlessly integrates your favorite streaming and live over-the-air content on a unified home screen (HD antenna required). The included Voice Remote with Alexa allows you to control live TV playback, launch apps, search for TV shows, play music, switch inputs, control home smart devices, and much more.

Get more info HERE.

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The Mobile Trend Continues

No one would disagree that we now live in a mobile world and the trend towards having a bet using a mobile device has increased alongside the growth of mobile use.

If you think about it this makes a lot of sense because as technology advances and wi-fi becomes far more widespread many people now use mobiles for so many daily tasks as well as for sourcing  entertainment, and because of this statistics show that the growth of mobile gambling is exploding.

Another big trend towards mobile use is the cost of the devices as well as their availability. We can now buy a mobile device alongside our weekly shop that does the job of playing games perfectly reasonably.

Smartphone have actually become a culture in their own right and phubbing (or phone snubbing) which is the act of ignoring your partner in favour of your mobile phone has been put up there with money and child issues as one of the major reasons for relationships breaking up.

The gambling industry has always pioneered new technology and ideas, and now many online casino sites supply games that are totally optimised for mobile devices. This means you can for instance log into your favourite site (often without having to download an app) and play no deposit slots anytime and at anyplace you choose.

Another benefit for those wanting a bet using their mobiles is the many exclusive bonuses that are given to mobile users

The convenience that our mobile devices offer us  makes the mobile industry and all of the offshoots businesses attached to the industry incredibly lucrative. The trends in mobile gambling also show us that PC gambling is not as popular as it once was with mobile devices taking the spotlight.

This is a far cry from the days of old where having a bet on your mobile phone was quite frankly a terrible experience with games crashing half way through and devices being of inferior quality, although it wasn’t really that long ago that gambling actually appeared on the internet.

The consensus of thought is that mobile use will not decrease and should develop even more as technology advances and for those that enjoy having a bet or playing on their favorite games this can be nothing but good news.

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Amazon Dash Wand 

The Amazon Dash Wand lets you order with just a scan. This Wifi-enabled gadget has a barcode reader on one end, allowing you to scan everyday household items and food products for reordering when you’re getting low, has Alexa built-in, so you can still find recipes and do simple conversions with your voice, and is magnetic, so you can keep it handy.

You get a $20 credit in your Amazon account once you activate it, so it’s practically free.

Order HERE.

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Toy Story Characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear  & Jessie Coming To The Apple Watch This Fall

This fall, Disney Pixar characters from Toy Story, including Woody, Jessie, and Buzz Lightyear, are coming to Apple’s new watchOS 4!

The familiar characters will animate on the watch face throughout the day. WatchOS 4 will be available this fall as a free update to Apple Watch.

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Apple Announces New iPad Pro, In 10.5-Inch & 12.9-Inch Models

Apple today introduced an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, featuring the world’s most advanced display with ProMotion technology and incredible performance with the new A10X Fusion chip. The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by nearly 40 percent to fit into an incredibly compact package that still weighs just one pound. Combined with powerful new iPad features in iOS 11 coming this fall, like the all-new Files app, customizable Dock, improved multitasking and deeper integration of Apple Pencil, iPad Pro gives users the ability to be even more productive and creative.

Pricing and Availability

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and rose gold and starts at $649 (US) for the 64GB with Wi-Fi model and $779 (US) for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space gray and gold and starts at $799 (US) for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

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Apple Announces HomePod

Apple today announced HomePod, a breakthrough wireless speaker for the home that delivers amazing audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio. Designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music.

HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings.

HomePod will be available starting in December, initially in Australia, the UK and the US.

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Apple Announces iMac Pro

Apple today gave a sneak peek of iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows. The all-new iMac Pro, with its gorgeous 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, is the most powerful Mac ever made.

Featuring a stunning new space gray enclosure, iMac Pro packs incredible performance for advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering. iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at $4,999.

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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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