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Xperia Touch

Sony’s Xperia Touch is an interactive projector that turns any surface into a 23” HD touchscreen. Whether you want to play games on the living room floor, project a recipe onto the kitchen counter, or even Skype far-flung family members, Xperia Touch has you covered and the sophisticated understated design makes for a smart addition to any home.

Initially available in UK, France, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland the device will roll out to more regions worldwide over the coming months.

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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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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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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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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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BoseBuild Speaker Cube

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More than just a Bluetooth box, the BoseBuild Speaker Cube ($149) is a chance to get your child interesting in electronics. The kit includes everything you need to build the speaker, with rugged components designed with kids in mind and app-based instructions.

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Along the way, your child will learn about concepts ranging from magnets and electromagnets to how sound works, and when finished will end up with a high-quality speaker they can take pride in having built themselves.

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