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It seems the relationship between the two companies has fallen apart as it didn’t quite work out as well as they had hoped. Now it looks like they will be seeing different people as they go their separate ways. This was all of course triggered by the negotiation over who would have what (and how much) control over the newly combined wireless company. It would have quickly boosted the companies to a competitive subscriber number (more than 130 million subscribers) against AT&T and Verizon, allowing them to thrive with these new numbers and combine technologies for a stronger network. Of course…

Just in case Amazon hasn’t already crippled the rest of the retail industry, you can now preview what a product would look like in your home (or business) using their app before you buy it. Similar to the app and service “Hutch”, you simply open their app and run your fingers to their new feature “AR View”, which is located by pressing on the camera icon within the search area and choosing AR View. You will then be able to virtual place product using the phone’s camera, to get an idea of what that product would look like if it…

Here comes another interesting idea by a company hoping to get their product onto the market next year. What if you didn’t have to iron your clothes manually, while also not having to bring your clothing to the cleaners to accomplish the task? What if you had your own personal machine to do it all for you? Rohan and Trevor are two individuals who are working hard to accomplish just this. The solution is called “effie”, a machine that can dry and iron your clothes for you in as little as three to six minutes per garment (six if it needs…

Those little roaming vacuum cleaners just got a whole lot better with the announcement of Samsung’s Star Wars Limited Edition POWERbot cleaner. There’s already a number of cleaners available on the market, including the popular Roombas that most are familiar with. However, none of them are as cool as a Star Wars themed cleaner that rolls around your house. The new POWERbots will be dressed to either look like a Stormtrooper or Darth Vader himself, and feature a number of sound effects and quotes inspired by the Star Wars films. Perfect for dedicates Star Wars fans around the world. http://brightcove05.brightcove.com/o1/923227797001/923227797001_5604207630001_5604201058001.mp4 Samsung promises…

I have had the pleasure of covering a number of Azulle’s mini PCs that has come into the office here over the last few years, some of which have really blown me away in performance. They split between two design styles, including a box-style that is smaller than a typical wall-powered external hard drive or router, and an HDMI stick (style) that is about the size of a small candy bar plugged into the back of your TV. All of which run Windows 10 quite nicely. Now, Azulle is back with their new Byte3 Mini Desktop PC and it better than…

The Kinect sensor built up a lot of anticipation when it was first announced in 2009 during the Xbox 360’s life cycle, with announcements and conceptual videos to show where the future will take us with such technology and what they planned to deliver using it. From the ability to control your console using your voice to being able to scan physical objects into the game you’re playing to create custom personal skins (their example was a skateboard). You could stand in front of the Kinect and virtually see what a piece of clothing would look like on your body…

Are you one of those many who save the caps on their Coke beverage bottles and cases to enter later into Coke’s reward website? How would you like to earn a free $5 gift card for Amazon? The process is quite easy as long as you have at least 10 cokes laying around. Visit Coke’s new rewards website/domain here and login (same login as the old site). Scroll down until you see the image just above that features an entry box. Now, enter your 10 separate codes. After the tenth code, it will automatically take you to the redemption page where…

We have found another great set-top smart box solution running Android that helps deliver your favorite apps and features to even the dumbest HDTVs on the market (assuming they have an HDMI connection at least). This round we have the G-Box Q3 Android Box by Matricom, a good solution for those looking to keep costs down while getting all of the bells and whistles crammed into a tiny little box that sits nearly by your TV. It features Android Nougat (7.1) inside and a quite user-friendly interface where they organize everything into your typical categories, including Videos, Music, Apps, Games…

In the continuous race to see who can release the best digital assistant, A.I. equipped speakers are launching left and right into the market. Amazon has their new Echo speaker (Alexa) they recently announced; Samsung has announced they are moving into the same market with Bixby (2.0); Google has their new Home Mini speaker; and now Microsoft will have their own as well thanks to Harman Kardon with the new Invoke Speaker. We have spoken about it in the past as they took their time making their way in, making sure it wasn’t a rushed product (Harman Kardon does have known…

We seem to run across dozens of headphones every quarter, covering everything from buds to cans. Despite such traffic, one thing that never changes, is the fact that it never gets old. Mostly because most of us here are audio heads, so breaking open a new pair of headphones or a fancy new speaker is like Christmas every day. The magic of it all is always understanding the various levels of consumers who are looking for these solutions and what their needs and interests lead toward when it comes to expectation and function, vs turning into an audio snob and…

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