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The Amazon Echo Gets The PRODUCT(RED) Treatment

Tyler Lee November 20, 2017

If you’re thinking about buying a new set of speakers and doing your bit for charity, you’ll be interested to learn that Amazon has recently announced a PRODUCT(RED) edition of their second-gen Echo speakers. As you can see in the photo above, this means that we’ll be seeing the Echo speaker get a new look.

In case it wasn’t obvious, the only change that the Echo will be seeing will be to its outside grill, where it will now sport a red cover. However apart from that, the tech specs and the features of the speaker will remain identical to the regular second-gen Echo. The speakers are priced at $100 and is available for pre-order via Amazon’s website, with 10% of the proceeds being donated to fighting AIDS through the Global Fund.

Whether or not you believe in the cause is up to you, but if you’re looking for a set of speakers with a striking finish instead of the usual black finish that we typically see, then perhaps this could be worth taking a look at. The speakers are currently set for a release on the 6th of December and also marks the first time that Amazon has launched such a device.

Amazon is of course not the first or only company to do so, with Apple possibly being the more at the forefront of such endeavors, such as creating (RED) iPods, iPhones, headphones, and so on.

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Nintendo Switch Named As TIME’s Top Gadget Of 2017

Tyler Lee November 20, 2017

With the Wii U flopping like it did, we suppose you can’t blame investors and the media for being a tad skeptical when the Nintendo Switch was officially announced. It seemed like it had potential, but then again so did the Wii U, but luckily for Nintendo, the Switch went the complete opposite direction of the Wii U.

In fact it seems that TIME has bestowed an honor onto the Switch by calling it the top gadget of 2017. TIME has recently published their top 10 gadgets of 2017 and the Nintendo Switch was on top of that list. The publication does not state why the Switch made it to the number one spot, but we’re sure that Nintendo and their investors have to be pretty chuffed about the accolade.

So far Nintendo has been enjoying a ton of success with the Switch. The company announced that they have managed to sell close to 8 million units worldwide since its release earlier this year, and it is also on track to beat the Wii U’s lifetime sales within a year, which says a lot about the Switch’s demand and also how badly the Wii U performed.

We are also seeing Nintendo enjoy a lot of success with first-party titles, such as Super Mario Odyssey which sold 2 million copies in 3 days. The Switch is also seeing a lot of support from big name publishers and developers, such as Bethesda who have released/will be releasing titles like DOOM, Wolfenstein II, and Skyrim for the platform.

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Samsung Gear S3 Battery Life Can Now Last 40 Days

Adnan Farooqui November 20, 2017


Battery life is always a concern with smartwatches. Most get you through the day but it all depends on how you’re using them and if they’re connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network. Samsung has rolled out a new update for the Gear S3 today. It’s called a Value Pack update and it brings a handful of new features for the smartwatch. One of the features enables the smartwatch’s battery to last for 40 days.

The Value Pack update is a major firmware update for the Gear S3. Samsung has updated its smartwatch to Tizen 3.0. That’s the latest version of its own OS that ships with the Gear Sport.

So how does the new update extend the smartwatch’s battery life to 40 days? It has a new feature called “Watch only” mode. As the name suggests, this mode will disable all of the smart functionality of the Gear S3 and make it function as any other watch. In this mode, the Gear S3 will only be good for keeping an eye on the time and nothing else.

The implementation of this feature leaves a lot to be desired, though. The Gear S3 doesn’t show the time constantly even when this mode is enabled. Users have to press the power button to check the time after which the display goes blank once again.

If the idea was to turn the smartwatch into a regular watch with this feature, at least Samsung could have thought that having users press the power button again and again to check the time isn’t conducive to a good user experience.

The Watch only mode can be enabled on the Gear S3 by launching the settings menu and going into the Battery management section.

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Smartwatches For Kids Banned In Germany Over Privacy Concerns

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

Are smartwatches, smartphones, and tablets designed for kids something that is really necessary? We suppose we can’t blame manufacturers for trying to cover all their bases, but unfortunately over in Germany it seems that the authorities aren’t too thrilled about such devices and have recently banned the sales of smartwatches aimed at children.

In fact the country’s Federal Network Agency has gone as far as urging parents who own such devices to “destroy them”. According to Jochen Homann, president of the Federal Network Agency, “Via an app, parents can use such children’s watches to listen unnoticed to the child’s environment and they are to be regarded as an unauthorised transmitting system. According to our research, parents’ watches are also used to listen to teachers in the classroom.”

The agency has also stated that they have taken action against several companies who offer such devices on the internet. They are also urging schools to “pay more attention” to such devices used by students, although we have to wonder if children wearing “adult” smartwatches are fine?

That being said, this isn’t the first time that smart devices aimed at kids have come under fire over privacy concerns. Earlier this year Germany also banned a “smart” doll from being sold, and just last month toymaker Mattel announced their decision to cancel an upcoming smart speaker for kids after some have questioned the company on their plans on how they plan to store and protect the data that it collects.

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Apple’s HomePod Speaker Has Been Delayed To 2018

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

We’re sure that some of you guys might have noticed or found it a bit odd that during Apple’s iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X announcement that the company pretty much did not mention anything about the HomePod speakers. In the past we’ve seen how Apple has announced products at one event, and then touch on them at a later event, but that wasn’t really the case here.

Turns out there’s a reason why: the HomePod has been delayed. In a statement provided to John Gruber at Daring Fireball, Apple has confirmed that the speakers have been delayed and will not be released in 2017. Instead it looks like the HomePod will only be arriving in “early 2018”, whenever that might be.

The statement reads, “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.” Like we said we’re not sure what “early 2018” means, but Apple usually holds an event around March/April which tends to be iPad/MacBook-related in nature, so it is possible that we could learn more about it then.

Unfortunately for Apple the delay also means that they’ll be giving companies like Amazon and Google an even bigger lead that they already have. Whether or not the HomePods will be worth the wait remains to be seen, although in the case of the AirPods which also faced delays last year, many reviews seem to think it was worth the wait, so maybe the HomePods could replicate the AirPods’ success.

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Razer’s Hammerhead Earbuds Now Available In USB-C

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

Many have given Apple flack and made fun of them for removing the headphone jack on the iPhone (despite Apple not being the first), but it seems that ever since Apple’s decision, quite a few Android handset makers have quietly followed suit, such as Razer who have since launched their own Razer Phone.

The phone comes without a headphone jack and will require users to either connect headphones via Bluetooth or USB-C, and what better way to upsell your own products by launching a pair of USB-C headphones, right? The company has recently taken the wraps off the Hammerhead earbuds that will now feature USB-C connectivity.

Now the Razer Hammerhead earbuds aren’t new, although they have gone through a couple of iterations, like earlier this year when they launched the Bluetooth/Lightning version, but for those who don’t own an iPhone or prefer a wired connection, then the new USB-C model might be of interest to you.

According to Razer, “The Razer Hammerhead USB-C houses a custom-tuned DAC converter that leverages its digital output to produce clean, unprocessed audio that comes straight from the source. What you’ll get is the purest and most accurate sound anywhere you are.” The headphones will also feature 10mm drivers, an aluminum housing, flat-style cables to prevent tangling, and can be had for a price of $80. In the meantime the company’s Razer Phone has recently gone on sale in the US.

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Teenage Engineering’s ‘H’ & ‘R’ Smart Speakers Are Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen

Tyler Lee November 16, 2017

When it comes to speaker design, it’s safe to say that for the most part many of them tend to be pretty boring in terms of their shape and color (although at least one has made its way into the Museum of Modern Art). However the folks at Teenage Engineering are trying to change that perception with the unveiling of the “H” and “R” smart speakers.

These are speakers that the company has collaborated with China’s Baidu and Raven Tech, and as you can see in the photo above, these are definitely not your run-of-the-mill smart speaker. Starting with the “H”, they look like a stack of coasters or maybe even LEGO bricks. However the top is removable and has touch-sensitive LEDs with built-in microphones, and when removed it can act as a remote control for the speaker unit below it.

As for the “R”, this is the more ambitious design of the two. Its top is reminiscent of the “H”, but instead of a stack of these, there is only one and it is mounted onto a robotic arm that when you speak to it, it will actually be able to swivel and “look” at you, and will also move along to the beat of the music, thanks to its speakers which are housed in the base of the device. Both speakers will also be powered by Baidu’s DuerOS.

As for availability, the “H” is expected to go on sale in China next month where it will be priced at CNY1,699. As for the “R”, it is still in development and we’re not sure when it will be released or how much it will cost.

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Spire Health Tag Is A Health Tracker That Doesn’t Need Charging

Tyler Lee November 16, 2017

If there is one problem with fitness trackers and smartwatches is that for the most part they are powered by batteries, and this means that after a while they run out and require charging, which sometimes isn’t exactly the most convenient. However a company by Spire might have solved that with the launch of the Health Tag.

This is a health tracker that can stick to your clothes. This means that if you already wear a watch or don’t like to wear a watch, not to worry as this will adhere to your clothing instead. It is also waterproof which means that if you wear it to the gym, sweating is not going to be an issue, and apparently putting it through the laundry is not a problem either.

It has a battery that is good for 1.5 years, so stick it on your gym clothes or favorite clothes and you won’t have to worry about it. We’re not sure how long the adhesive will last, especially if it gets wet, but we have to admit that we are concerned about it potentially falling off while you’re out and about.

As for the tracking features, it will feature pretty standard tracking of your metrics, and will also be able to offer personalized guidance for sleep and daily activity. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, Spire is selling the Health Tag individually at $49 each, or alternatively you could purchase a pack of 8 for $200 or 15 for $300.

Spire Health Tag Is A Health Tracker That Doesn’t Need Charging , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.