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What Makes In-Ear Headphones Awesome Besides Being Totally Wireless

Don’t you hate it when your headphone wires tangle? It takes a while to untangle them and get going. There’s a great solution for this: those true wireless Bluetooth Earbuds.

The Apple Airpods probably’s the first pair that popped into your mind. After all, they’re the most popular. But, you have to know all the other in-earbuds that’s also available on the market. They have cooler features like…

Built-in fitness trackers

Yup, you’ve heard it right. Some earphones like the Samsung Gear IconX monitors your fitness stats and your heart rate as well. The Jabra Elite Sport can do the same as well. You can get them if you’re fond of exercising with your earphones on. Their batteries are more than enough to play your entire workout playlist.

Noise-cancelling technology

If your current noise-cancelling headphones is what’s stopping you from switching, you can just get the Doppler Labs Earbuds. They offer some serious noise-cancelling power. If you’re in a cafe and you need to get stuff done, this one’s the way to go as they also interact with Siri and other voice assistant platforms.

Street-safe features

If you’re a commuter, you need earbuds like the Dash by Bragi. That’s because they have audio transaparency feature, which lets you hear what’s going on in the background while you listen to music. You are made aware of the car’s honks. The Dash is also waterproof up to 1 meter so a little rain won’t cause damage.

Are you now ready to give wireless in-ear headphones a try? We’ve got a lot more on our list!

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Why Smart Sprinklers Are Surprisingly Practical

Smart Sprinklers

What?! Smart sprinklers? Uhm, no thanks.

If you think you’d rather water your plant the old school way than waste money, bandwidth allocation, and time in setting one up, wait. Smart sprinklers can be totally convenient and heaven-sent for the right people. Here are the reasons why.

They’re really good for the environment.

If you live in California or somewhere else where drought’s a serious porblem, you may be very water-conscious. Having a smart sprinkler can help as they manage your water usage. They’re usually connected to the Internet and they keep tabs on the weather. When it’s going to rain, there’s no sprinkling for that day. Most smart sprinklers claim that they can save up to 50% of outdoor water usage.

They can help plant-loving people who don’t have the green thumb.

Oh, this is my tribe. I love plants, but sometimes they just die on me. With a smart sprinkler like Parrot Smart, I am certain I can be a good plant mom. Parrot Smart monitors the amount of sun your plant receives, the fertizlier in the soil, and even your plant’s temperature. You can check the app for coaching and some tips. There are also simpler sensors like PlantLink which alerts you whenever your plant needs some watering.

They’re really helpful, especially for travelers.

If you travel all the time and you always come home to a dying or dead plant, you can turn to GreenIQ’s Irrigation Controller, Rachio, RainMachine or Blossom. These are some of the most complete smart sprinkler systems which can follow a watering schedule, rely on weather forecasts, and can be remotely monitored and adjusted through an app. Most of these sprinklers let you divide your yard into sections if you have various plants with different water requirements.

Smart sprinklers were not made just because. They actually do have a purpose. Yes, they are the “I never knew I need you until I met you” kind of tech.

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Why You Need a Smart Video Doorbell Right Now

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You may think that a smart video doorbell is a little too much, but nah it’s exactly what modern families need right now. With home invasion arising, you can stay safe and avoid one with a smart video doorbell. Here’s how it can help you and your family.

It gives you security and convenience

The primary purpose of video doorbells is to keep you safe by knowing who is at the door. Smart doorbells can do this with matching convenience. You can see and talk to your visitor on your smartphone when you’re too lazy (or scared) to go to the door. You can do the same thing even if you’re in the office or out on a vacation too.

Don’t worry, most smart doorbells only have a one-way camera so you can keep your privacy and you don’t give away your location. Other doorbells like the Ring Pro has motion sensors, which when trigerred can capture video in HD.

It makes a great tandem with other smart home devices

This is probably one of the best things about smart video doorbells. They can communicate to your other smart security devices to reinforce home security. Our classic example is the August Doorlock and Video Doorbell. You can open the door for your visitor right on your smartphone when you need to.

Another combo is the smart video doorbell with the front porch light. You can program your doorbell with motion sensor and your smart light through IFTTT or you can get the Zmodo Torch Pro, which is a smart video doorbell and a porch light in one.

It lessens the chances of package theft

Package theft is becoming a major concern for most homeowners, especially during the Holiday season when the gift delivery volume is quite high. With a smart video doorbell that can work with your doorlock (like August), you can keep your packages secure by asking the delivery guy to leave the package inside your house instead of just leaving it at your door.

Smart video doorbells actually offer more than convenience and sassy technology; it’s actually helpful in a real big way.

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Give the New Year an Epic Welcome With These Smart Technology

Give the New Year an Epic Welcome With These Smart Technology

Saying goodbye to a year that was and embracing a new one for all its new potential calls for a grand celebration. It’s a milestone that almost everyone on earth is looking forward to.

When the alcohol starts to flow and with everybody going crazy, it’s highly likely that give in to the moment and end up tending a hangover and finding lost keys on January first.

Smart tech is here to help you prep up so you’ll have a fun New Year’s Eve and an easy, carefree morning after.

Fancy up the mood 

People usually start with low energy during parties, but you can ease everyone in (especially if friends of friends are coming along and not everybody know each other) by setting up the mood first. Dim the lights and let your Philips Hue do its thing: popping colors of fun everywhere! And don’t forget to fill the room with music. There are fancy speakers which can double as conversation starters like the Crazybaby Levitating Speaker and the Yantouch Diamond Speaker and Light.

Break the ice

In breaking the ice, there’s nothing more effective than alcohol. It loosens up even the most uptight person in the room. Nope, you don’t need to hire a bartender this time. He needs to party too. Quickly chill a bottle of wine that you have just bought the last minute with Waring Wine Chiller. Or get the Somabar or the Smart Bartending to mix your favorite cocktails the whole night through.

Keep memories 

There’s nothing more disappointing than realizing you have no memory or battery when taking the most important pictutes. Make sure this doesn’t happen again by having a full-charged power bank with you. And in case your friends forget to charge theirs, be safe and bring the Juno Powerbank with 13,000mAh. It’s powerful enough to charge a couple of smartphones a couple of times.

And for the perfect New Year’s Eve selfie even in low light, get your selfie lights ready! You can go for the Cynux spotlight that’s clippable on your smartphone or the light stick that can cover more area for a groufie.

Keep safe

Don’t drink and drive. A car crash or being temporarily detained isn’t exactly a great start for the year. So, bring a portable breath analyzer with you. Check on yourself and your friends too. Wait until you’re sober before you hit the road.

Have a breezy morning

All the late-night partying might give you temporary memory loss. You might find yourself tensed the moment you wake up because you can’t find your car keys or your wallet or whatever. Attach a Tile on your valuables so you’ll know where they are when you can’t seem to find them.
And, of course, help yourself to a cup of coffee the moment you wakeup. Make your smart coffee maker brew a cup or carafe. Waking up to the smell of coffee will be the perfect way to start the first day of the new year.

Have a blast this New Year’s Eve and an even happier day ahead!

[New Year’s Eve Tech Gadgets To Help You Celebrate]

 

Building a Smart Home? Start With These Easy Gadgets.

So you’re thinking of making your house smart? Great decision! Going smart will give you convenience and peace of mind. It will also give you more time to spend on things that actually matter.

For new smart home converts, we always encourage you to start with light and simple automation. Easy always does it. Get a thorough primer of what it’s like to have a smart home without the hardcore installation first.

In fact, we have compiled a list of easy products which can easily transform your house into a smart one. Here are some.

Light switches

You can still keep your old “dumb” switch. Just place the Switchmate Smart Light Switch on top of it and you can already control it on your smartphone. It uses magnetic forces to attach and is ready to use. You can also replace your “dumb” switch with Wi-Fi switches from WeMo and TP-Link if you like.

Smart sockets

As for making your lights smart, use the smart sockets from Emberlight, iDevices, and LampChamp. Just plug in your “dumb” incandescent, CFL or LED bulbs into these sockets and viola, you got yourself an instant automated lighting system.

Smart plugs 

Smart plugs are smart home staples that turn almost all your electronic devices smart! Just plug in your lamp, TV, hair iron (which you always forget to turn off before you go) or any other devices and schedule their switching times on your smartphone.

Sounds easy, right? Converting your home into a smart one is not that complicated. Don’t be too overwhelmed. Join the smart home revolution easily with our suggested devices above.

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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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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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Our Top 2: Best Wireless Routers

Best Wireless Routers

Maximize your home’s broadband with our top wireless router picks.

When wireless routers do their job, you rarely notice them. However, the latest wave of the best routers is seeing exciting gains in speed and new features for home monitoring and other tasks. If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your router, we have some exciting Wi-Fi options for you.

First, let’s talk about what’s making the top wireless routers in 2017 interesting. First, an increasing number are using smart technology to target individual mobile devices, which means a lower chance of running into a dead zone inside your own home. Additionally, more are using app management to give families greater control over who is on the wireless network and what they are browsing. Also, let’s not forget about important new technologies like the MU-MIMO standard, which are making routers far more efficient and dependable by changing the way they communicate.

When looking for a router, pay particular attention to what extra feature it has and if they fit your current needs. You should also note how many bands the router operates on: Both the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz    bands are used, although the 5GHz band is typically more short range and used to take some of the load off of a full 2.4GHz band. A web app or other way to manage settings with computers is also a big plus. Let’s take a look at some of the best wireless routers around and what makes them special.

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Fully-functional 3D-Printed Drone Made Using 3Doodler pen

3D printed drone made using 3Doodler pen

We have come a long way since the 3Doodler – the 3D printing pen, surprised the world by raising over $2 million on Kickstarter. One thing that has changed for good since then is that some of the most incredible works of 3D art have been designed using the 3Doodler. Case in point is this 3D printed flying hexacopter drone made entirely with the 3Doodler. Created by Louis DeRosa of Plasticity Productions, the 3Doodler printed hexacopter can actually fly like an efficient drone.

Except for the motor, motherboard and battery, everything on DeRosa’s drone is made from 3D printing. Like many 3D creators would affirm, working with the 3Doodler is just like working with the pen on paper, but it wasn’t as simple for DeRosa. The first version of the drone he conceived had some design flaws and proved to be a little off balance. If you’ve built your own drones, or have used a hexacopter like this, you’d know – complete balance is key to a hexacopter’s consistent flight.

Working more cautiously on the things he’d done incorrectly, DeRosa created the second version as a 6-winged flying drone. It took DeRosa a few hours to work upon the first version and arrive at a fully tested second and final version.

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