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iPhone XR Available For Pre-Order On Friday, October 19

The new iPhone XR, integrating breakthrough technologies from iPhone XS in an all-screen glass and aluminum design featuring a stunning 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display — the most advanced LCD in a smartphone — and six beautiful finishes will be available for customers to pre-order beginning Friday, October 19 at 12:01 a.m. PST on apple.com and the Apple Store app. iPhone XR is packed with the newest technologies including the A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, the smartest and most powerful chip in a smartphone, which unlocks new experiences for immersive AR, games and photography, while still delivering all day battery life, lasting up to an hour and a half longer than iPhone 8 Plus.

iPhone XR features an advanced wide-angle lens camera with an all-new sensor that delivers Smart HDR and faster auto-focus, while a 30 percent larger sensor with larger and deeper pixels improves image fidelity and low-light performance in photos and videos. Improvements to the ISP, Neural Engine and software algorithms enable Portrait mode from a single-lens camera with sophisticated bokeh effect. The new Depth Control lets you adjust the depth of field both in real-time preview2 and post-capture. The latest TrueDepth camera system offers Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting for amazing selfies, and also brings Face ID, the most secure facial authentication system ever in a smartphone, to iPhone XR.

The most durable front glass ever in a smartphone is wrapped in an elegantly matched anodized band made from 7000 series aerospace-grade aluminum, and the glass back enables wireless charging. A seven-layer color process gives the glass back beautiful nuanced hues in six beautiful finishes, black, white, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED. iPhone XR also introduces Dual SIM2 through the use of a nano-SIM and digital eSIM. iPhone XR is water resistant, with a rating of IP67, and protects against everyday spills including coffee, tea and soda.3

iPhone XR will be available in more than 50 countries and territories, and in Apple Store locations beginning Friday, October 26 at 8 a.m. local time. Stores will have iPhone XR available for walk-in customers, who are encouraged to arrive early.

Pricing and Availability

iPhone XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in black, white, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED starting at $749 (US) from apple.com in the Apple Store app and Apple Store locations, and is also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary). 

Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone XR beginning Friday, October 19 at 12:01 a.m. PST with availability beginning Friday, October 26.

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Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones – Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Edition

Celebrate “The True Original” with Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Edition Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones. Keep the magic going with award-winning sound and up to 40 hours of battery life. The cool-gray headphone features Mickey Mouse in the iconic pose seen on classic t-shirts that we all know and love. It also comes with a custom felt case inspired by the materials from Mickey Mouse ear hats, along with a collectible pin and decal sticker to honor the collaboration.

Priced at $329.95, the headphones are gray with a classic Mickey design and come with a matching gray felt carrying case, a 3.5mm RemoteTalk cable, a Universal USB charging cable (USB-A to USB Micro-B), a collectible pin, and a decal sticker. 

The new Mickey Mouse headphones are listed as “Coming Soon” on Apple’s own website, but can be pre-ordered from Amazon. The official launch date on Amazon is listed as November 11, 2018.

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Facebook Portal

Facebook has announced Portal and Portal+, two new video communication devices for the home that dramatically change the way we keep in touch. Thanks to AI technology, Portal makes video calling easier and more like hanging out, while a widescreen display lets you enjoy every moment together. When you can’t be there, Portal and Portal+ let you feel there.

With a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, Portal from Facebook improves video calling and lets you enjoy quality time with family and friends — hands and distraction free. Looking for a larger screen for more flexibility? You can also opt for a 15-inch 1920 x 1080 pivoting display with Portal+. Both models are designed to help you feel closer to the important people in your life and make video chats feel less like a call, and more like you’re actually in the same room.

Portal and Portal+ are available now for pre-order in the US – from Facebook at portal.facebook.com, as well as Amazon and Best Buy – and will begin shipping in November. You can bring Portal home for $199 USD and Portal+ for $349 USD. You can also receive $100 USD off any two devices — this means a bundle of two Portal devices will be priced at $298 USD, so you can share the experience right out of the box.

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Ninebot Electric Gokart

Winner of a 2018 Red Dot Design Award, the Segway Electric Gokart was engineered for one thing: fun. Its clever design uses a Segway miniPro as its rear wheels and propulsion system, making it useful even after the race is over. 

Made to drift, it accommodates a height range of 4′ 5″ to 6′ 3″ , has a maximum load of 220 lbs., and can accelerate from 0-12 mph in just 2 seconds, with different riding modes capping the top speed at 5, 10.8, or 15 mph. 

Connect your Gokart to the app via Bluetooth to display driving speed, cruising range, and fault reminders of the Gokart in real-time. You can also access the new rider tutorial, control lighting, set driving modes, update firmware, and more.

Battery life ranges from 8 to 12.4 miles, depending on driving mode, and the collapsible design means it will fit in most trunks.

Preorder from Indiegogo for $1,149.

 

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HP Tango Smart Home Printer

Built to match the way you live and designed to use with the HP Smart app, Tango helps you stay a step ahead by connecting and printing from any device, anywhere.

HP Photo and Document All-in-One Printers are designed for families and other home users who want a device capable of printing everything from documents, email and web pages to rich, bright lab-quality photos – with copy and scan tools too.

Smart and simple

Get started fast with simple setup that guides you through each step. Share with friends and family from a variety of smartphones, tablets, or laptops. Have confidence in your connection with steady performance from dual band Wi-Fi. Get voice-activated printing that saves you time and delivers a hands-free printing experience. 

More connected than ever

Connect to cloud-based printing with Wi-Fi or your cellular network. Easily print everyday documents from your smartphone. Get high-quality scanning, and share to email or cloud. Plus, take a photo as a copy to send to Tango. Get notifications when printing, scanning, or copying from your smartphone. 

Save up to 50% on ink and never run out

Save on ink and get it automatically delivered right on time. Get rich black text and vibrant graphics for all your everyday documents.HP 64 ink cartridges deliver authentic colors so all your prints will shine.

Your photos print free

Print photos from your smartphone for free, with Tango and HP Instant Ink.

Order HERE for $149.99.

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The Gillette Heated Razor 

Introducing the Heated Razor by GilletteLabs – the razor that makes the comfort of a hot towel shave accessible to guys every morning.

The Gillette Heated Razor promises to provide the same experience. Instead of a towel, it uses a warming bar to heat your skin, soothing it as the five anti-friction blades rid your face of hair. It offers two heat settings, is waterproof, so you can use it in the shower, has a FlexDisc to tackle rough facial terrain, and has a built-in battery that charges wirelessly on the display stand. 

Limited in quantity and can be pre-ordered via Indiegogo for $124. The product will ship in February 2019.

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Apple Introduces iPhone XR

Apple today announced iPhone XR, integrating breakthrough technologies from iPhone XS in an all-screen glass and aluminum design with the most advanced LCD in a smartphone featuring a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display and six beautiful finishes. iPhone XR brings the powerful A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, the TrueDepth camera system, Face ID and an advanced camera system that creates dramatic portraits using a single camera lens. iPhone XR will be available to pre-order beginning Friday, October 19 and in stores beginning Friday, October 26.

Phone XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED starting at $749 (US) from apple.com and Apple Stores, and is also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).

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Apple HomePod Adds New Features

HomePod, the wireless speaker from Apple, is adding new features that let customers do even more with Siri on HomePod, including the ability to search by lyrics, set multiple timers, make and receive phone calls and more. HomePod delivers the highest-fidelity audio quality wherever it is placed in the home, and provides unmatched stereo sound with a stereo pair that offers a wider, more immersive soundstage than traditional stereo speakers. HomePod works together with an Apple Music subscription to stream over 50 million songs directly to HomePod.

With a free software update due next week, HomePod adds support for Spanish in the US, Spain and Mexico, and expands support in Canada with Canadian French. On HomePod, users can also ask Siri to:

Search by lyrics: In addition to asking Siri to play a particular song, artist or genre, now it’s easy to ask Siri to “play the song that goes like this…” or ask Siri to “play the song that goes ‘I’m a rebel just for kicks now.’”

Set multiple timers: HomePod now supports multiple named timers. Set a timer for the cake, another one for lasagna and another one as a reminder to dim the lights — using just your voice.

Make and receive phone calls: Conveniently use HomePod to make and receive phone calls for crisp and clear audio quality. To make a call, simply ask Siri to call someone from Contacts or say the number to call. Incoming calls are automatically directed from iPhone to HomePod — just ask Siri to answer the phone — and for missed calls, it’s as easy as asking, “Hey Siri, who just called?” Using the audio picker on iPhone, calls can be moved from HomePod to iPhone at any time.

Find My iPhone: The popular Apple Watch feature comes to HomePod, so users can ping any of their nearby devices to find them.

Siri Shortcuts: Shortcuts opens up a world of apps to work on HomePod. As Siri learns routines and suggests ‘shortcuts’ on iPhone and iPad, these same shortcuts are now accessible on HomePod. Personalizing shortcuts for HomePod with a series of tasks is easy with a new Shortcuts app. For example, “Hey Siri, good morning” could run a morning routine and order coffee from a coffee shop’s app, turn on the kitchen lights from the Home app and share the first few calendar appointments for the day — all with one simple, customizable command.

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Apple Introduces Apple Watch Series 4

Apple today introduced Apple Watch Series 4, redesigned and re-engineered to help users stay connected, be more active and manage their health in powerful new ways. While retaining the original iconic design, the fourth-generation Apple Watch has been refined, combining new hardware and software enhancements into a genuinely singular, unified form. The stunning display is over 30 percent larger and seamlessly integrates into the thinner, smaller case, while the new interface provides more information with richer detail. Apple Watch Series 4 with watchOS 5 brings advanced activity and communications features, along with revolutionary health capabilities, including a new accelerometer and gyroscope, which are able to detect hard falls, and an electrical heart rate sensor that can take an electrocardiogram (ECG) using the new ECG app,1 which has been granted a De Novo classification by the FDA.

Apple Watch Line-Up

Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) starts at $399 (US) and Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) starts at $499, both featuring the updated design and new health features. Series 3 will be available at the new starting price of $279, making it even more accessible to customers. Along with the three aluminum finishes anodized in silver, gold and space gray, Apple Watch Series 4 now comes in a striking gold stainless steel with matching Milanese band, joining the silver and space black stainless steel models. A new collection of bands debut for fall and all bands continue to work with any generation of Apple Watch.

Customers will be able to order Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) beginning Friday, September 14, with availability beginning Friday, September 21, in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UAE, UK and US, with other countries later this year. For carrier availability, visit apple.com/watch/cellular.

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Sonos Unveils All-New Sonos Amp 

Sonos unveiled the all-new Sonos Amp, a powerful and versatile home audio hub that powers traditional wired speakers with sound from nearly any source, and fully integrates these speakers into Sonos’ easy-to-use wireless home sound system. The all-new Amp is twice as powerful as its predecessor, supports Apple’s AirPlay 2 and more than 100 streaming services, and includes an HDMI Arc port for TVs. Launching globally in February 2019, the $599 Amp will be available starting December 1, 2018.

Amp is designed to fit perfectly into standard AV racks used by custom install professionals, and can power up to four speakers with 125 watts per channel—more than enough for even the most demanding set-ups. Onboard HDMI and line-in ports means TVs, turntables, CD changers, and other audio components can easily connect with Amp and become part of the Sonos system.

Amp’s thoughtfully designed and versatile hardware was built to power the Sonos software platform. New updates to the platform make it easy for installers to incorporate Amp into integrated smart home set-ups, including smart lighting and centralized control systems. It is also AirPlay 2 compatible, meaning music and other audio from any iOS device can be played wirelessly through Amp. And when wirelessly connected to an Amazon Alexa-enabled device like a Sonos One or Beam, Amp is controllable with voice commands. Finally, like other Sonos devices, Amp will gain new features, services, and integrations over time through free software updates, ensuring customers will get the best from their set-up for years to come.

Sonos Amp Product Specifics:

– More Power. More Possibilities. Packing 125 Watts per channel, Amp powers even the most demanding speakers. You can now power up to four speakers instead of two.
– Enjoy music, TV, and more. Amp has an HDMI ARC port and an input for an additional audio source, whether listening on floor standing speakers, integrated home theater, or through a turntable.
– Power home theater sound. Use Amp to add stereo sound to TV, add wireless rears to a Sonos home-theater setup or two Amps for surround sound.
– Stream everything. Listen to music, podcasts, radio, audiobooks, and more. Also, play all the music stored on a computer or other devices.
– Works with AirPlay. With Amp, use AirPlay 2 to send the sound from an iPhone or iPad to any speakers in the home sound system.
– Choose how to control. Use the Sonos app on a phone or tablet, TV remote, keypads, AirPlay 2, or through voice with Amazon Echo and Alexa-enabled devices.
– More ways to customize the experience. New APIs and deeper integrations with the Sonos platform partners create seamless smart home control.
– Wireless. Or not. Enjoy solid and reliable WiFi performance, or connect Amp to an ethernet cable and easily turn the WiFi off in the Sonos app.
– Stereo or dual mono sound. Whether configuring Amp for an open floor plan or a custom listening room, create the best experience.
– Engineered for reliability. With a centralized heatsink, air inlets, and a discrete output stage, Amp is built to keep its cool and deliver lasting power.
– Amazingly pure sound. Direct digital input eliminates the need for analog conversion, so you get clear, undistorted sound for music streaming and your TV.
– Custom speaker connectors. A pair of threaded connections for left and right channels guarantee high-quality performance. Plus, they’re standard diameter so you can remove them and use your own banana plugs.

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