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Monthly Archives: November 2016

3 Reasons Why the Philips Lightstrip Makes a Better Home Decor

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Philips Hue Lights have been smart home favorites because they’re easy-to-use and they make your home beautiful in a click of a switch (or at the command of your voice)!

The lightstrips are the variety which is the most interesting because you can play with light in ways that you can never do with the good old bulbs. We’ve rounded up a few reasons why you’ll want to have the Philips Lightstrips as your home decor from now on.

They give your home an instant (sometimes, unconventional) makeover.

A little light here and there and your home will look like a set from a sci-fi movie or, if done elegantly, a cozy space from a posh hotel. A neon blue light outline underneath your bed. Color wash on your walls. Lit-up stairs for home parties.

The magnitude of a lightstrip’s effect is huge, yet the effort that it takes in installing one is nothing to worry about.

It also doesn’t matter what your current decor or home style is. The lightstrips is capable of projecting over 16 million colors and a thousand shades of white.

They’re low maintenance.

First, the lights are LEDs. We all know how efficient and long-lasting they are. They consume little power and can last for as long as 50,000 hours or 5.7 years. That is, if you left them on for the whole 24 hours. They can even last longer if you use them for a few hours per day.

When it comes to cleaning, all you need is just a cloth to get the dust off. Compare cleaning the lightstrips to a chandelier or an intricate piece of furniture. You get the picture, right?

Functionality-wise, they deliver.

The Philip Lighstrips ain’t just pretty to look at. They can be smart too. Switch them on remotely before you get home or ask Siri to set them to a party mood. You can even make them pulse with the beat. Or create an IFTTT recipe to flash your football team’s colors everytime they score.

There you have it. For convenience and effortless style, it’s wise go for the Philips Lightstrips. We also got more ideas on how to use it at your own home.

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Deal Of The Day: 20% Off On Pocket Tripod PRO

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Stands for the iPhone are a dime a dozen. But it’s not often we come across a credit card-sized stand that has adjustable angles. The Pocket Tripod PRO lets you prop your phone up and adjust its inclination on the fly. It’s then super easy to unfold and slip back into your wallet.

The best tripod for your smartphone fits in your pocket. The Pocket Tripod PRO has been cleverly engineered to be the most practical smartphone stand ever. Portrait, landscape, upside-down – any type of photography works because the Pocket Tripod fits your smartphone in any orientation. Leave your tripod at home on your next trip, this one fits in your wallet, and has all the functionality you need.

“Great project. Never would have come about without a great deal of creativity and desire to do something different…it’s perfect for me. You can count me in. I never had thought that something like that could be done.” Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple
“Blew me away.” Gizmodo

– Stores like a credit card directly in your wallet, purse, or pocket
– Rubberized connection to your phone is safe for glass screen protectors & delicate cases
– Transforms into an adjustable stand w/ a simple twist & flip
– Engineered w/ high-tech plastics to be robust & durable
– Carbon fiber legs offer optimum stabilization
– Combination of 4 90° sweeps of tilt adjustment allow you to hold the smartphone at any angle – take creative long-exposure images, breathtaking time-lapse videos, or enjoy hands-free FaceTime

Normally $25, it’s $19.99 after today’s rebate.

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Auxillite iPhone 7 Adapter Is As Elegant As These Things Go

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Apple’s boneheaded decisions can often create opportunities for other manufacturers to develop products to fill in the gaps the company so courageously opens up. The lack of audio port on the iPhone 7 is creating a secondary industry of dongles and adapters, and the Auxillite is one of the more elegant ones we’ve come across. It allows you to do the most basic of things with your brand new phone: charge and listen to your normal freaking headphones at the same time. The device even features a Digital To Analog Converter (DAC) running at 16-bits with sampling frequency 44.1kHz/48kHz and 24-bits with sampling frequency 96kHz. It’s small, sleek, and fits-in with the overall aesthetic of the phone. And at $13 for one, it’s priced just right. The kickstarter is fully funded and the device should ship in June 2017.

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Non-Emotional Christmas Cards For The Thoughtful, But Not Sentimental, Reveler

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Look, it’s the Holidays and maybe you want to show your friends that you care enough about them to buy them a Christmas card, but not quite enough to wish them a “Happy” one? I mean, maybe their life is shitty right now and wishing them happiness would be out of line. Maybe spending days with annoying family members you see only once a year doesn’t make you feel very “happy”. Or maybe you just want to wish them a crappy Christmas, but can’t bring yourself to do it. There are, in fact, many scenarios where this Non-Emotional Christmas card would fit right in. Printed on 110lb cover stock French Paper and paired with gumdrop green envelopes, these cards wish you to simply “Have a Christmas”. A pack of 6 will set you back $19.

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The Only Wearables That People Will Actually Wear

The Only Wearables That People Will Actually Wear

Wearables are everywhere, but fashionable wearables? Not so much.

You may have cringed at a couple because they’re too dorky. Or too ridiculously bulky. Or too sporty you always have to be in your gym shorts to wear one. You probably have your list of the ugly ducklings of wearables.

But, thankfully, ducklings do evolve. The available options for fashionable tech are expanding. We’ve compiled the top categories of fashionable wearables that people will actually want to wear. Here they are.

Classic and elegant smartwatches

Have you seen Fossil Q’s Hybrids? At one glance, they’re just like your classic wristwatch, but they’re smart. They can control your music, track your steps, and more. Both men and women can enjoy these smartwatches because there are design lines intended for each.

Sporty, yet fashionable smartwatches

For the sporty who also care about fashion, Pebble has an excellent smartwatch model, the Pebble 2. It’s sleek and slender with an e-paper LCD screen. It can even track your heart rate! You can get one in stylish colors: Black, Black/Flame, Aqua/White, and White/White.

Modern and minimalist smartwatches

If you belong to the less-is-more spectrum, you may want to opt with the Pebble Time Round or the Misfit Phaze. They have this simple analog look and they are intentionaly thin.

Fashion and tech are beautifully merging. We have finally arrived at a time where wearables are slowly becoming fashionable items and we couldn’t be more ecstatic about it.

[Take a Closer look at these Fashionable Smartwatches]

Cyber Monday Deals

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Went a little crazy of Black Friday? Got some rest over the weekend? Ready for more? Cyber Monday is like Round 2 of the post-Thanksgiving shopping craze and we’ve got you covered with some awesome deals like 95% off on The Complete Guide to Photography Bundle.

This encyclopedic course provides everything you need to learn the ins and outs of photography, and to master this medium even if you’re just starting out. Whether choosing between the humble iPhone or fancy DSLR, or shooting photos indoors or outside–you’ll learn all you need to turn out professional-quality photos certain to impress viewers and even attract interested customers.

– Dive into an overview of key photography concepts w/ 13 hours & 175 lectures
– Understand how different kinds of cameras work: DSLRs, smartphones, etc.
– Create well-composed shots by correctly positioning subjects, manipulating depth of field, etc.
– Master situational photography to take strong photos no matter your setting or subject
– Obtain the equipment you need to capture great photos
– Illuminate your photos to capture your subjects in their best light
– Edit images in post-production to ensure they truly pop
– Monetize your work by knowing where to sell it, how to license it & more

That’s a lot of lectures and courses and you’re only being asked to pay $29 for all of it.

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The Menorah Bong For A Happy Hanukkah

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There are many ways to be festive this Holiday Season, and we think the Menorah Bong is just about the most creative accessory with which to complement this year’s Hanukkah. What this is is pretty obvious and self-explanatory, but just in case you’re truly clueless, you’re looking at a water pipe with eight bowls, made to look like a Menorah. It’s a scaled down version from previous years, easily fitting on a desktop, at 14″ long by 4″ wide. The challenge, of course, is to figure out how to light all eight bowls at once without choking.

420Science has been making these for a while, but we’ really like this year’s format. We just wish it wasn’t an expensive, limited-edition (60 pieces) item, costing $600.

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Redundant Clock Is Redundant

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This is the Redundant Clock, by graphic designer Ji Lee. It’s a clock that shows you what time it is by showing you what time it is… if that makes any sense. He conceived of it several years ago as a school project and ever since he posted the image to his portfolio, he’s had people all over the Interwebs ask him where they can buy it. It was just a concept until recently, but now he’s got a fully funded Kickstarter where you can get your own for all of $49.

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3 Totally Lit Smart Bulbs That Work With IFTTT

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The easiest way for anybody to get started with building a smart home is through the lights. They’re the easiest to setup and some don’t even need a hub — just the bulbs, a decent Wi-Fi connection, and your smartphone.

To take your lighting a little further, you can turn to IFTTT (If This, Then That) for no-sweat integration. You can set schedules, dim the lights automatically, and switch them on a couple of minutes before you get home. Here are 3 totally lit smart bulbs that have ready-to-use IFTTT recipes for you to use.

Philips Hue

We’re starting with the most popular bulbs, the Hue. The IFTTT recipes for Hue include turning the lights on/off at certain times, during sunsets or when you get home; switching the colors to blue when it rains outside; making the colors loop when you feel like it, and dimming down the lights.

WeMo Lights

You can find practical recipes on IFTTT for WeMo like switching the bulbs on and off when you get home or when it’s raining outside or track the bulb’s energy usage in your Google Drive. But there are fun uses too! You can make the bulb dim a little bit when you get an email from your SO or get notified of your favorite football team’s score with your WeMo bulbs.

LIFX Bulbs

LIFX probably has the most number of available IFTTT recipes online and they range from practical to smart-home interactive to the unnecessary, but charming.

As expected, there are recipes that turn on the lights on/off when you arrive/leave, fade the lights so you wake up gently in the morning, and flash the lights when your doorbell rings. Then, there are fun recipes which make the bulbs blink when you’re mentioned on Twitter or Facebook. Or recipes that make the bulb flash your team’s colors everytime they score!

You can get any of these bulbs, but in case you want the bulbs with the most number of available IFTTT integrations (the LIFX bulbs), you can get one at a $15 discount with the code LIFX15.

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