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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]

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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How to Spot the Best Robot Vacuum Deals This Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Best Robotic Vacuum Black Friday adn Cyber Monday Deals

If you are on the fence about robotic vacuum cleaners, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the push that you need. There are really steep deals on this tech line because they’re well-loved. Who wouldn’t love a little robot doing all the dirty job for you?

Before you go randomly picking which robotic vacuum is the best one for you, here are some tips:

There are budget-friendly ones.

If budget seems a bit tight, you can score decent varieties under $200 which has the basic functions like automated scheduling and cleaning settings. Good canditates for these include the ILIFE V3, Rollibot BL100, and Infinuvo QQ-2.

Know how you’re going to use it.

Like a responsible adult, ask yourself first what’s your purpose of buying a vaccum. Got furry friends who constantly shed? The iRoomba 860 has special extractors which prevent the machine from clogging. Got a pool to clean? The iRobot Mirra will save you costs on professional pool cleanings.

Notice the features and compare the price difference.

Take for instance the iRoomba 980 and the 960. The first one runs up to 120 minutes and has a carpet boost feature. The 960 only runs for 75 minutes and lacks the carpet boost feature. Sounds like the iRoomba 980 is a better buy, right? But if you’re living in a small apartment with absolutely no carpets to clean, go for the iRobot 960 and save yourself the extra $200.

You still have time to do your research and know which robotic vacuum will cater you best.

[Which Robotic Vacuum is Right For You?]

EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker Smartphone Vision Test

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The EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker is a super convenient way to check your vision and keep track of it over time. The EyeQue team has developed a small optical device and smartphone app (based on an MIT patent) that makes vision assessment possible anywhere, anytime. After a few rounds of measurements, users will receive a set of “EyeGlass Numbers” which they can use to purchase glasses online.

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How To Score The Greatest Black Friday Tech Deals

How To Score The Greatest Black Friday Tech Deals

 

It’s that time of the year again when people are hustling and bustling virtually to get the best deals on the internet ahead of time. The psychological shopping torture is real, guys.

Am I getting the best bargain at this price? Maybe it’ll drop to 50% tomorrow? Oh what if it didn’t?! Should I buy it right now?

You’re not alone. A lot of people are feeling this way right now. To help you prep up, here are tips on how you can score the greatest Black Friday Deals:

Research early

Big retailers and tech stores have their compilation of the best Black Friday deals weeks before. Tailor the store that you’re following to tech providers for specialized and more focused leads like getting $100 less on Beats, $450 Off a Samsung Smart LED TV, and $50 discount on Nest 3rd Gen Thermostat.

Be frugal, but intentional

Since you’re shopping for tech products, it’s expected that you already have a set of specs in mind. Going for super cheap tech products that cannot meet your demands is a waste. So make sure that the product that you’re buying is everything that you need and want.

Be picky with the apps

In your hopes of getting the lightning deals first, you’ll turn to apps for support. But, be sure that the app you’re downloading is legitimate! You’ll be entering your credit card information and the risk is huge. One red flag is asking too many permissions.

When shopping for Black Friday, be smart and alert. Don’t let the rush of emotions get to your logical way of thinking.

[Browse Black Friday Tech Deals 2016]

Erato Apollo 7 Earbuds Dominate The Delayed Apple Earpods — And They’re Available Now

Erato Apollo 7 Earphones

Of course you have heard how Apple revolutionized wireless audio listening with its debut of Airpods and the controversial missing headphone jack. But before that, there’s already a compact wireless headphone that’s been around the market — Erato’s Apollo 7. It’s the industry’s first waterproof, truly wireless headphones and the highest quality true wireless earbuds out on the market.

In fact, the earphones have received notable reviews from tech sites like CNET and Digital Trends, gaining remarks such as being the “first truly wireless headphones that work well and delivers decent sound”. Here are more reasons why you might want to own a pair:

Perfect synchronization between left and right channels

Since Erator has spent the last decade perfecting this technology, Apollo 7 has balanced audio with no sound dropouts and signal interruptions, which other wireless earbuds fail to completely eliminate.

Award-winning design

Reviews revealed that the earbuds are extremently convenient to use. Its construction was meticulously designed that it has won the 2015 Red Dot Homourable Mention Award. The earphones also come in different sophisticated colors including Silver, Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold.

On-the-go case charging

Erato Apollo 7 Earbuds Wireless Charging Case

The earbuds are housed in an elegant, one-finger open glide aluminum casing that has the capability to recharge the earbuds twice.

Erato is leading in the wireless audio category. Investing in a pair of Apollo 7 earbuds will be well worth your money.

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How To Know Which VR Glasses You Should Buy

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Everybody has easy access to the virtual world these days. Thanks to the surge of various VR glasses in the market from both huge tech companies (Google, Samsung, and HTC) and from small tech brands. You can even get a pair for less than $10! Owning one isn’t really the problem now; it’s which pair of VR glasses to get.

Before you go get the most expensive and the latest VR glasses just because you think it’s the best, here are the things that you need to ask yourself:

How will I use my VR glasses?

Will you use it just to watch movies on using your smartphone or do you want to use it with your PlayStation VR? HTC Vive is perfect for movie streaming, but for console gaming, the PlayStation VR is the winner.

Is comfort your top priority?

You may still want to go for another round of games, but if your neck is easily strained with all the weight, you may want to go wtih an extra slim and lightweight one like the ACCUPiX Mybud.

How much is your budget?

If you’re after a high-end VR, you need to prepare somewhere between $400 to $800. But if you want an affordable option, which is still one of the overall best for virtual reality, the Samsung Gear VR Headset is highly recommended.

Need more help in deciding which VR glasses to buy? Here’s a detailed guide:

[How to Get Started with VR]

3 Smart Light Bulbs That Are As Awesome As (But Cheaper Than) the Philips Hue

Smart LED Bulbs

When it comes to color-changing bulbs, the Philips Hue bulbs stand out. There’s no denying in that, but they can be awfully expensive. Also, you need the Hue bridge to control them as part of your smart home automation. If you’re not willing to spend a lot, but still wanted reliable and automation-ready light bulbs, here are some Philips Hue alternatives for you.

For seamless integration into your existing smart home

GE Link Wireless A19 Smart Connected LED Light Bulb

GE Link LED Bulb

 

The one which doesn’t need a hub
LIFX Color 1000 A19 Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb

LIFX Multicolor and dimmable bulbs

 

Lights which also play music
Pulse Dimmable LED Light
SengledPulse Dimmable LED Light with Wireless Bluetooth Speakers

Hope this has shed some light on what smart bulbs you would shop for next!

[Explore More Smart Light Bulbs Options]

3 Cool Things You Didn’t Know Your Wi-Fi Doorbell Could Do

3 Cool Things You Didn't Know Your Wi-Fi Doorbell Could Do

Wi-Fi doorbells are handy. You don’t need to go to your door to tell expected visitors that they can already come in. You’re obviously using your doorbell like this, but there are other cool things that you can do with your Wi-Fi Doorbell. Here are some.

Take deliveries for you when you’re out

If you’re expecting a package, but you’re not home, you can leverage technology. When the delivery guy shows up on your live video feed, remotely open your doorlock and ask him to leave the package inside your door.

The August Video Doorbell in tandem with the August Smart Lock can do this trick seamlessly.

Shoo away burglars — even when nobody’s home

Most doorbells have a motion alert feature that lets you see who’s at your door and a two-way audio for communication. Let sketchy people who are snooping around your door think that you’re home and drive them away.

The Zmodo Torch Pro will play this role nicely, especially when burglars come at night to your empty home. You can remotely switch on the light that comes with the doorbell and talk to them. Plus, you get a snapshot alert of the person at your front door the moment motion is detected.

Immortalize your pranks or surprises.

Use the doorbell to record priceless moments like welcoming your dog after being gone for a few days or trolling your wife by lipsyncing to Zayn’s PillowTalk like what one guy on YouTube did.

If cloud recording is one of your priorities, the Ring Doorbell Pro is the one to go with. It also lets you easily store and share video footages.

There you go. Have fun with your doorbell of choice!

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