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Citizen Star Wars Rebel Pilot Watch

May the Force be with you, with this Rebel Pilot inspired watch from Citizen celebrating the Star Wars galaxy. 

Inspired by an original Citizen analog-digital watch from the 1980s, this stainless steel rectangular case watch is packed with features, including dual time and subdials with both the Rebel Alliance logo and the X-Wing with Rebel inspired colors. 

It also includes an alarm, the digital time, and the temperature, making it a unique and stand-out timepiece. 

Whether you are a long-time fan who still believes the original trilogy can never be topped, or you’re just being introduced to this galaxy far, far away, this is a Star Wars watch every collector will want to show off.

Order HERE for $350.

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Apple Introduces New iPad Pro

Apple today announced the most powerful and advanced iPad Pro ever, pushing the limits of what’s possible on iPad. The addition of the Apple-designed M1 chip delivers a massive leap in performance, making iPad Pro the fastest device of its kind. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro features a new Liquid Retina XDR display that brings extreme dynamic range to iPad Pro, offering a stunning visual experience with more true-to-life details to the most demanding HDR workflows. Cellular models with 5G deliver even faster wireless connectivity when on the go, and to provide users with pro-level throughput for high-speed accessories, iPad Pro now includes support for Thunderbolt. Additionally, an all-new Ultra Wide front camera enables Center Stage, a new feature that automatically keeps users perfectly framed for even more engaging video calls. 

The new iPad Pro is available to order beginning Friday, April 30, on apple.com and in the Apple Store app in 31 countries and regions, including the US. iPad Pro will be available in Apple Store locations in the second half of May.

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space gray finishes. iPad Pro is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations3 — providing pro customers more room for their apps and content.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $999 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099 for the Wi-Fi model and $1,299 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model from apple.com.

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Apple Announces An All-New iMac

Apple today introduced an all-new iMac featuring a much more compact and remarkably thin design, enabled by the M1 chip. The new iMac offers powerful performance in a design that’s just 11.5 millimeters thin, with a striking side profile that practically disappears. Available in an array of vibrant colors to match a user’s personal style and brighten any space, iMac features a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display with 11.3 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness, and over a billion colors, delivering a brilliant and vivid viewing experience.

The new iMac also includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, studio-quality mics, and a six-speaker sound system — the best camera and audio ever in a Mac. Also, Touch ID comes to iMac for the first time, making it easier than ever to securely log in, make purchases with Apple Pay, or switch user profiles with the touch of a finger. Combining the power and performance of M1 and macOS Big Sur, apps launch with blazing speed, everyday tasks feel incredibly fast and fluid, and demanding workloads like editing 4K video and working with huge images are faster than ever.

The new 24-inch iMac is available to order beginning Friday, April 30, on apple.com and in the Apple Store app. It will begin arriving to customers and be available in select Apple Store locations and through Apple Authorized Resellers beginning in the second half of May.

iMac with 7-core GPU starts at $1,299 (US) and $1,249 (US) for education, and is available in green, pink, blue, and silver. It features an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, 256GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Mouse.

iMac with 8-core GPU starts at $1,499 (US) and $1,399 (US) for education, and is available in green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver. It features an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, 256GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, two additional USB 3 ports, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Magic Mouse, and Ethernet.

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Apple Unveils The Next Generation of Apple TV 4K

Apple today announced the next generation of Apple TV 4K, delivering high frame rate HDR with Dolby Vision and connecting customers to their favorite content with the highest quality. At the heart of the new Apple TV 4K is the A12 Bionic chip that provides a significant boost in graphics performance, video decoding, and audio processing. And with an all-new design, the Siri Remote makes it even easier to watch shows and movies on Apple TV with intuitive navigation controls. Together with tvOS — the most powerful TV operating system — Apple TV 4K works seamlessly with Apple devices and services to magically transform the living room in ways that everyone in the family will love.

The new Apple TV 4K will be available starting at $179 from apple.com, in the Apple Store app, and Apple Store locations. Customers can order the new Apple TV 4K beginning Friday, April 30, with availability beginning in the second half of May.

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Apple Introduces AirTag

Apple today introduced AirTag, a small and elegantly designed accessory that helps keep track of and find the items that matter most with Apple’s Find My app. 

Whether attached to a handbag, keys, backpack, or other items, AirTag taps into the vast, global Find My network and can help locate a lost item, all while keeping location data private and anonymous with end-to-end encryption. AirTag can be purchased in one and four packs for just $29 and $99, respectively, and will be available beginning Friday, April 30.

Customers can order AirTag beginning at 5 a.m. PDT on Friday, April 23.

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Apple Unveils Apple Podcasts Subscriptions

Apple today unveiled Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, a global marketplace for listeners to discover premium subscriptions offered by their favorite creators alongside millions of free shows on Apple Podcasts.

Starting in May, listeners in more than 170 countries and regions can sign up for premium subscriptions that include a variety of benefits curated by creators, such as ad-free listening, access to additional content, and early or exclusive access to new series. Listeners will be able to enjoy premium subscriptions from independent voices and premier studios, including Tenderfoot TV, Pushkin Industries, Radiotopia from PRX, and QCODE, to leading media and entertainment brands, including NPR, the Los Angeles Times, The Athletic, Sony Music Entertainment, and many more.

Apple Podcasts Subscriptions will be available to listeners in over 170 countries and regions in May. Specific software requirements for Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels will be shared ahead of availability.

Pricing for each subscription is set by creators and billed monthly by default. Creators can additionally offer annual billing, which subscribers can manage from their Apple ID account settings, now accessible from Listen Now. Listeners will also be able to access free trials and sample episodes offered by creators.

Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share a subscription.

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Apple “Spring Loaded” Event Scheduled For April 20

Apple’s first 2021 event, “Spring Loaded,” is set to take place on Tuesday, April 20 at 10 AM (PT). 

Apple’s “Spring Loaded” event will be digital only and will be livestreamed in the Apple TV app and on the events page.

The event is expected to see the launch of new iPad Pro models, a new iPad mini, and perhaps the AirTags that have long been in the works.

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Spotify Launches Car Thing, A Smart Player For Your Car

Between work commutes, taking the kids to school, daily errands, and road trips, Americans spend countless hours on the road. It’s no surprise, then, that there are over 70 million user-generated driving-related playlists on Spotify. No matter where you’re headed, Spotify is the perfect companion in the car, thanks to the many ways to listen to Spotify and our curated playlists, like Daily Drive and Songs to Sing in the Car. And today, Spotify announces their newest exploration: a limited release of Car Thing, a new smart player that fills your car with music, news, entertainment, talk, and more.

Currently available to eligible users in the U.S., Car Thing enables you to play your favorite audio faster, so you’re already listening to that hit song or the latest podcast episode before you’ve even pulled out of the driveway. Switching between your favorite audio is effortless, allowing you to shift gears to something else as soon as the mood strikes. And when it comes to controlling the device, use it in the way that works best for you, whether that’s voice, touch, or physical controls.

The limited release of Car Thing is not meant to compete with in-car infotainment systems. Instead, it’s another step in our larger ubiquity strategy—creating a truly frictionless audio experience for our users, wherever they are and however they choose to listen. 

Car Thing makes the entire experience, from setup to navigation, simple and seamless. 

Here’s how it works:

– Use voice control for easy access. Spotify’s voice search lets you quickly play specific music or podcasts, and can even help you find something new. Just say “Hey Spotify,” then ask for a song, album, artist, playlist, station, or podcast. With four microphones along the top, Car Thing can understand what you’re asking to play, even with the music turned up or your windows down.

– Try the dial for a hands-on way to steer to the audio you love. You can also browse deeper, curating the perfect soundtrack to wherever you’re headed. Use the dial to browse, select, play, pause, and discover.

– View the touch-screen display to see what’s playing. You can also use the screen to see what’s in your library, as well as results from voice search. Swipe to browse further or skip, or tap to play.

– Choose four preset buttons to get to your favorites faster and then change them anytime. They’ll always bring you the newest podcast episodes and up-to-date news.

Car Thing from Spotify is currently a limited product launch, available in the U.S. on an invite-only basis. For a set time, Car Thing is available at no cost (excluding shipping) to select Spotify listeners. Car Thing requires a paid Spotify Premium subscription plan and a smartphone with WiFi or mobile data connection. Eligible paying subscribers only. One Car Thing per eligible subscriber, while supplies last.

Hit the gas and join the wait list at carthing.spotify.com.

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Wireless Earbuds: Pros And Cons

If we select a product that became one of the trendiest in the past year, that would be wireless earbuds. The days of fighting to untangle the wired headphones and breaking the cable are far behind. Not only are they small, but they’re also perfect for many indoor and outdoor activities like running, biking, or hiking.

In this article, we’ll try to discuss all the advantages as well as disadvantages to give you a reliable buyer guide that will help you decide whether to buy them.

Advantages

Increased Comfort and Free Movement

One of the best things about wireless earbuds is their simplicity. You no longer have to deal with long wires, and that’s what gives you the liberty to engage in other activities while listening to music, podcasts, or while talking to someone. Before, you would have to keep your phone close at all times so that you can walk while talking.

Those days are over since earbuds have a strong Bluetooth connection with your phone, and Google Assistant or Siri can help you start or end any call without the need to take your phone out of the pocket. You can get up to 40 meters from your phone and still enjoy a strong connection in some cases. That means you can be anywhere around the house without your phone while you’re cooking or cleaning.

User-Friendly Design

Earbuds have various shapes and sizes, but what goes for them is a simple, minimalistic style. All it takes is to take them out of the box, and they’re ready to use.

If you have small ears or slightly larger, you can get a rubber add-on part and make them even more comfortable for every-day use. There’s a variety of options you can choose from on https://www.bemwireless.com/earbuds/best-wireless-earbuds-for-small-ears/, plus, when you’re presented with selecting the best ones, it will be easier to find what you like.

Noise Cancelation Feature

If you’re someone who commutes a lot and likes to use that time to listen to music or audiobooks, noise cancelation is a must-have option. This way, you’ll focus solely on the content you’re listening to, and the noise will stay in the background. However, in situations when you’re outside, you need to hear what’s happening around you.

New Technology

Every pair of earbuds comes with sensitive touch sensors and high-quality sound comparable to some of the best wired headphones. Since they’re waterproof, you can wear them when it’s raining or even to the swimming pool and the chagrining process is amazingly fast, and you can have them ready after an hour.

Disadvantages

Easy to Misplace

Earbuds give you a lot of freedom to move, but if you leave them somewhere and forget where they are, you can easily lose one. Due to their size, it’s hard to find them on a crowded table or if you’re switching bags. Some people claim that they often leave them in their pants, and they end up in a laundry bin.

Every pair of wireless earbuds comes with a box, so it might be good to attach it to your key chain or wallet so that you would never forget it.

Pricey

On average, quality wireless earbuds cost between $100 and $150. For most users, that’s a lot of money spent on something that’s an addiction to their phone. Although there are cheaper brands, they’re offering products with lower sound quality and shorter battery life.

Charging

Unlike classic wired headphones, wireless earbuds will become another thing you’ll have to charge every day. For some users, constant recharging is one of the biggest downsides of earbuds. In the end, it depends on your preference as well as the amount of time you spend using them.

With up to five hours of use, earbuds give their users enough time to listen to music or use them for calls during the day. However, for professionals, it might be better to get a wired set of headphones.

Get the Best Product

These days the market is flooded with new wireless earbuds that offer more features. That’s why customers become overwhelmed with the variety and can’t decide which ones to get. Before you make any purchase, think about your needs and habits and then try to find the model that will deliver.

Now that you have seen earbuds from both sides, you can decide whether they’re the right product for you. If you have small ears, go around and research brands that will cater to your needs. It might take a while, but once you find good ones, it will all be worth it.

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Coming Soon: Disney MagicMobile Service, A Convenient New Way To Experience Walt Disney World Resort

The MagicBand, the colorful wristband guests wear at Walt Disney World Resort, makes each visit even simpler and more seamless. Disney has continued to invent and innovate, and soon, they’ll be debuting a new option: Disney MagicMobile service!

Launching in phases starting later this year, Disney MagicMobile service is a convenient and contactless way to access MagicBand features like theme park entry through the power of your iPhone, Apple Watch or other smart device. Guests will be able to create a Disney MagicMobile pass through the My Disney Experience app and add it to their smart device’s digital wallet. It works like magic – most features will be available by just holding up your smart device near an access point, just like you do with a MagicBand. Disney MagicMobile service and its features will roll out first on Apple devices.

Guests may choose to use Disney MagicMobile service or a MagicBand – pick whichever option works best for you during your visit. You can even use both and alternate between the two for added flexibility. They’ll also soon be introducing more MagicBands in trendy new colors and fun designs featuring favorite Disney characters and stories.

The existing digital room key feature will continue to be available within the My Disney Experience app, which helps guests expedite their arrival by using online check-in service, going directly to their Disney Resort hotel room and using their phone to unlock their door. Disney Resort hotel guests may also still pick up a Key to the World card at their convenience by visiting the front desk.

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