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Snapchat Renames To Snap & Announces Spectacles

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Communications app Snapchat has a new name, Snap Inc., and is getting into the hardware business.

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Early Saturday, Snapchat, one of the most popular smartphone apps, reaching 100 million visitors daily, announced its first physical product, available later this year: Spectacles, $129.99 glasses that can record up to 10 seconds of video, similar to the ill-fated expensive Google Glass.

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In a news release, Snapchat described the new product as “the best way to make memories … hands-free, with the simple tap of a button.” It put up a bare-bones website to announce the product, Spectacles.com, and says the new video glasses will be “landing soon.”

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Belkin Introduces Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar For iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus

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The Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar offers dual functionality for charging and listening. Whether you want to charge in the car, on the go, or at home, the Belkin adapter makes it possible to listen to Lightning Audio and power your iPhone, simultaneously.

The adapter is designed to work with the full ecosystem of Lightning Audio headphones and there’s no need to remove your phone case while using it. The new Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar will be available October 10 for an MSRP of $39.95 on Belkin.comApple.com and at Apple retail stores.

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Taylor Guitars Announces TaylorSense

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Taylor Guitars recently announced its latest technology innovation: TaylorSense, a revolutionary new guitar care technology that puts the health and vital signs of a Taylor guitar directly into the owner’s hands.

TaylorSense is a smart guitar battery box that replaces the 9-volt battery box in any acoustic-electric Taylor guitar, and houses sensors that monitor the condition of the guitar and communicate that data via low-energy Bluetooth to a free Taylor Guitars iOS App. Shaped by the company’s decades of guitar care experience, TaylorSense is calibrated to send timely alerts and notifications to address some of the most common concerns that guitar owners face: humidity and temperature extremes, potentially damaging impact, and pickup battery life. The guitar health data is reported in a series of easy-to-follow screens and when enabled, push notification alerts of extreme conditions appear on the iOS device’s home screen. Each notification includes a link to a suite of “how-to-fix” tutorial videos to help the owner provide proper care for their guitar.

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“Over the company’s forty-year history, we’ve witnessed the distress that can be caused by extreme conditions or the damage caused by travel that many gigging musicians face,” says Tim O’Brien, Taylor’s Vice President of Marketing. “As part of our continued commitment to helping owners care for their Taylor guitars, TaylorSense gives real-time insight to prevent and treat common guitar health issues, and provides expert solutions to help owners keep their guitars playing beautifully for generations to come.”

In addition to providing alerts and guitar health data, the Taylor Guitars App also features a variety of free mobile playing tools, including a tuner, metronome, and Sonoma Wireworks’ FourTrack: a songwriting and practice tool for players who want to capture their musical ideas and record songs on their iOS device. FourTrack works with the iPhone’s built-in microphone, headset microphones, or dock-connecting audio interfaces.

TaylorSense made its debut in January at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, and was subsequently named one of the “Four Coolest Things at NAMM,” by USA Today. The TaylorSense smart battery box will be available for sale in Q2 2016.

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Interested players can sign up to learn more about the product, its release date, the Taylor App, and other information about TaylorSense by visiting HERE.

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Blockhead Side-Facing Plug For Apple Chargers

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Blockhead snaps on to your existing Apple charger, allowing it to sit flat against the wall. Now it can fit in more places than ever. Turning your charger sideways lets it fit just about everywhere.

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Blockhead is compatible with all MacBook chargers, 10W and 12W iPad chargers. Order HERE for $19.99.

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Beats Pill+

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The new Beats Pill+ wireless Bluetooth speaker ($229.95), available in black and white, will be available at retail and on Apple.com next month. Slightly larger than the original Pill speaker, the Beats Pill+ has two tweeters and two woofers.

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Beats engineers have employed a two-way active crossover, an approach not often used for a small Bluetooth speaker, says company president Luke Wood. “Everything is very specific and concise as to what is going to what speaker,” he said. “We think that gives us the control over tonality and the kind of sound field dispersion you don’t get with other technologies.”

The speaker, which charges in three hours and has a 12-hour battery life, comes with a lightning cable that connects its USB port so that you can charge an iPhone or iPad as its used as a music source.

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A new app to use with the Beats Pill+ speakers gives you the option to pair two speakers in amplify or stereo mode and a DJ mode to let you and a friend control what music is playing.

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TiVo BOLT

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TiVo today introduced the TiVo BOLT, the most advanced television-viewing experience available.

The TiVo BOLT is all about speed, getting viewers to and through their content faster than ever. BOLT allows viewers to skip entire commercial breaks in a single bound at the press of a button. BOLT’s ability to skip entire commercial breaks of certain recorded shows with TiVo’s new SkipMode feature is a breakthrough that distinguishes BOLT from everything else.

The TiVo BOLT is born to binge, unifying the source of any available program from cable, video on demand, OTA, and OTT, while providing a way to watch without commercials. BOLT delivers TiVo’s renowned universal search and consumption across all your channels and streaming providers2 — not just the app world of over-the-top content.

The combination of SkipMode with the new QuickMode, which allows for 30% faster viewing of recorded shows while maintaining perfect audio, enables the average viewer to potentially recapture a month of time in one’s life each year. In addition to saving all that time, TiVo can save subscribers money — particularly as a household with multiple TVs — by getting out from under the rental charges of boxes from your cable operator.

The combination of BOLT’s accompanying mobile apps, together with features planned to be added in the coming months, enables an ever-increasing number of the personalization features that will get viewers to the most highly relevant content faster than ever. These personalization features include recommendations from friends and family, selections of top critics, and the latest videos related to one’s hobbies and interests — including the latest music video release in viewers’ favorite genres.

Availability & Pricing

TiVo BOLT 500 GB is available for $299.994, including a first year of annual service, and TiVo BOLT 1000 GB is available for $399.994, with a first-year of annual service. TiVo BOLT will be available September 30, 2015 at TiVo.com, BestBuy.com and Amazon.com, and in stores starting October 4, 2015 at Best Buy, Magnolia Home Theater and Magnolia Design Centers.

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Devon Star Wars Watch

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The incredibly complex Devon Star Wars Watch ($28,500) is powered by a belt-drive system that uses four glass-reinforced nylon time belts paired with four microstep motors to display the time, with a grand total of 313 electrical contacts and 350 individual parts.

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To harness the Force, Devon incorporates the key elements of Darth Vader and the TIE Fighter, the starship of the Imperial fleet. Naturally, the case of the watch is created in all black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon Coating) on stainless steel. The wings of the TIE Fighter spacecraft are part of the architecture of the case – spanning out on either side to enhance the bold rectangular case. The main screws that connect the case and lugs are reinterpreted as aircraft turbine intakes, finished with pointed silver screws that emulate the ones on Darth Vader’s helmet. Additionally, the crown is finished with the Galactic Empire logo.

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The otherworldly details don’t stop with the case design. Key elements are also executed within the movement. For instance, the existing belt system of the watch utilizes four motor covers that, in this case, are created in red and green to reflect the details on Darth Vader’s center console. A center hexagonal disk that features techy TIE Fighter inscriptions not only adds an industrial element, but also clearly outlines the time indications. The finishing touch is the specially made leather strap that is ribbed to replicate Darth Vader’s gloves. The attention to detail invested in the Star Wars | Devon watch is the perfect marriage of key elements from both Star Wars and Devon.

Specs

– 316L stainless steel
– True black diamond-like coating
– Scratch-resistant polycarbonate lens with bulletproof durability
– Numbered 1-500 on back plate
– Four interwoven 2-micron thin nylon time belts
– Lubricant-free ruby bearings
– Four micro-step motors
– Multiple high-tech optical recognition cells
– Temperature-compensated crystal
– Onboard microprocessor
– 313 electrical contacts
– Lithium-polymer rechargeable cell
– Powered for two weeks on one charge
– Recharge wirelessly through inductive charging tower

Only 500 of these timepieces will be built, making it a truly desirable collectible for die-hard Star Wars fans.

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Official Disneyland App Now Available For Download

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The official Disneyland App is available for download now from the App Store and on Google Play. This new app provides useful info, special features and more right at your fingertips.

Find the fun faster with maps of attractions, restaurants and shops. Check attraction wait times, Character appearance schedules and entertainment show times. You can even purchase park tickets instantly from your phone or mobile device! Simply show the barcode at the gate for admission when you first arrive — no ticket booth lines to stand in or e-tickets to print out.

Annual Passholders can also link their Annual Passports to the Disneyland App to check Blockout Dates and use the app’s virtual Pass feature to enter the parks (actual Annual Passport must be presented to obtain Disney FASTPASS tickets or to receive Passholder discounts).

Download the official Disneyland App now at disneyland.com/magic and make every Disneyland Resort visit even more magical!

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The Lexus SLIDE Hoverboard

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Luxury car company Lexus has just released this new video for SLIDE, a Hoverboard they have developed that uses magnetic levitation and nitrogen-cooled superconductors to float above the ground.

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Creating SLIDE required re-engineering core technologies and uncovering true technical innovations. From assembling maglev technology into a board, to finding the right combination of superconductors, magnets and liquid nitrogen – every step pushed the team to stretch the possibilities of technology.

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The hoverboard is constructed from an insulated core, containing HTSLs (high temperature superconducting blocks). These are housed in cryostats – reservoirs of liquid nitrogen that cool the superconductors to -197°C. The board is then placed above a track containing permanent magnets. When the board is cooled to its operating temperature the track’s magnetic flux lines are ‘pinned’ into place, maintaining the hover height of the board.

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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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