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Smartwatches for the Techie In Your Life

Skagen Men's 42mm Stainless Steel Smartwatch

It’s a bit early for Christmas shopping, but today, you can get a lot of smartwatches at a discount. First is the Skagen Men’s 42mm Stainless Steel Smartwatch. It features activity and sleep tracking, filtered notifications, and more. There’s also a customizable link button that you can program to snap a photo, ring your phone (to find it) or control your music.

Skagen Smartwatch

Here’s another Skagen Smartwatch. It is similar to the latter, but this one has a leather band.

Guess Women's Connect Smartwatch

For women, there’s this Guess Women’s Connect Smartwatch that is Alexa-compatible. Tap this watch and get to enjoy Alexa’s thousands skills on the go. This watch can also get your life in order by sending you email, text, calendar, and call notifications. Plus, it can help you take that perfect selfie with its camera control.

Here’s another chic smartwatch for the ladies, Kate Spade New York Leather Strap SmartWatch. It can track your steps, sleep, and other habits. It also countdown to important days, keeps you up to date with notifications, and control your favorite playlist. The bottom button also acts as a camera trigger to let you capture the perfect selfie.


Tech Deals for Your Gaming Needs

Pecham Vertical Stand for PS4/PS4 Slim

Keep your PS4 cool and your entertainment room tidy with this Pecham Vertical Stand for PS4/PS4 Slim. The charging station has a cooling fan and it can accommodate your console and controllers. You don’t have to worry about them overheating anymore. The stand also has 3 hub ports that you can use to power up your other devices. It’s down to only $17 today.

Pecham DualShock 4 Dual Charging Station

If you just want a charging stand for your controllers only, you can get this Pecham DualShock 4 Dual Charging Station instead. The charging station can charge your controllers simultaneously and comes with a charging USB controller. You’ll also get 4 white and 4 black thumb grips for your controller joysticks as a bonus. Get it for only half the price at $10 today.


UtechSmart Gaming Mouse

Lastly, here’s the UtechSmart Gaming Mouse that every gamer dreams of. Firm, crisp, and fast clicks will truly satisfy your itching fingers. The mouse has 18 programmable buttons, 5 savable memory profiles and 5 LED colors to distinguish the different setups. With an ergonomic right-handed design and durable, yet smooth Teflon feet pads, it’s a steal for only $30 (instead of $100).

Kindle and iPad Sale Alert! Calling Digital Bookworms, Artists, and Anyone Who Wants an iPad Upgrade

Apple iPad Air

Are you still on the fence about upgrading to Apple iPad Air? Take this as a ‘sign to go for it because it’s having a $25 price slash off today. This space grey Air refurb tablet can be yours for only $239.99, but only for today. Enjoy a fast processing with an A7 chip, a 5MP iSight camera, and 9,7 retina display.

Kindle Paperwhite e-reader

Why stick with a Kindle with no cellular data and low resolution? Upgrade to a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader today and enjoy 300 ppi resolution and data connectivity. You can finally download books anywhere, anytime! If you try Prime for FREE, you can score a $30 discount on this item.

Kindle e-Reader

However, if you just want a decent book reader under $100, you can stick to the original Kindle e-Reader. It’s easy on the eyes at 167 ppi and you can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. It only costs $79.99, but you can bring the price further down to $49.99 if you try Amazon prime for FREE and purchase it today.

Atari Announces $250 Ataribox For 2018, Which Seems Very Pricey For A Retro Console

Atari may be jumping on the retro games bandwagon that has given Nintendo tremendous success through the past year with their NES Classic and their, just released, SNES Classic. The company is announcing details about their upcoming product, the Ataribox. It seems like a terrific idea, throw some old school Atari games on a retro console, update the graphics, and don’t forget the wood accents.

The Ataribox hopes to play more than just old school Pitfall and Space Invaders though, as the console will be powered by an AMD processor and will be able to play more modern independent games. Think games like Minecraft, instead of Overwatch and Call of Duty.

Atari has also announced that the console will go on sale for around $250-300. That seems steep, like, super steep, especially considering that it could cost as much as an off-the-shelf Nintendo Switch. This, along with hardware that might very well limit its supposed modern game library to cheap games that are little more than iOS App Store clones, means that the Ataribox could very well end up being little more than the 2018’s version of the overhyped, underpowered, OUYA.

I’d certainly buy an all-in-one Atari console, but only if its price were more reasonable, like the NES Classic at $60. Maybe I’m wrong and the Ataribox will be worth every penny of its price, but it seems like Atari doesn’t know if they want to make a retro console or a modern console, and what we might be stuck with is some muddled mess, stuck somewhere in the middle, that’ll be collecting dust on clearance shelves by the end of its first week. Wow, I’m harsh.


LG is Making A Phone That Repels Mosquitos

LG has announced a new smartphone called the LG K7i with a bit of an odd feature, it claims to repel mosquitos using ultrasonic waves. The feature seeks to boost the phone’s reputation in the target market of India where Dengue Fever and Malraia are common concerns for citizens where LG already makes several other ultrasonic emitting products claiming to repel mosquitos, including air conditioners.

Now, I say it claims to repel mosquitos because there are many scientists who will tell you that ultrasonic waves do nothing to repel mosquitoes and are simply marketing buzz words. Texas A&M University entomology professor Dr. Roger Gold has spent years running studies showing the ineffectiveness of ultrasonic waves, but says that despite being ineffective, the tech has served as an incredible tool for marketing.

Aside from the ultrasonic waves, the phone has pretty low-end specs, sporting an 8MP rear camera and a 1.1Ghz quad-core processor, but is priced at only 7990 Rupees (~$122). If you’re interested in what are the most effective ways to repel mosquitos, New Mexico University did a study showing the effectiveness of mosquito repellents. TLDR: bracelets, ultrasonics, and herbals do nothing, sprays with DEET were by far most effective.

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SNES Classic Review: The Micro Console At Its Best

Nintendo’s latest micro console is here and despite long lines and store shortages, I managed to pick one up and I’m excited to talk about it.

The SNES Classic builds off the success of last year’s NES Classic, offering 21 of the best games the Super Nintendo has to offer. So, is the SNES Classic the best way to play old school Super Nintendo games? I’ve been playing with it non-stop, all weekend (for you guys, of course) and here are my thoughts.

Hardware: It’s a Glorious Little Box

The first thing that strikes you is that the SNES Classic comes in a very small size. While looking identical to the its big brother, it fits comfortably on my desk between my monitor and one of my speakers. It really stays out of the way, and is closer in size to my computer mouse than my Xbox. The console sports a single HDMI output and DC in for power. The console also comes with two controllers this time, that allow you play two-player modes right out of the box.

The controllers themselves are fantastic, they’re lightweight and sturdy with buttons that feel very tactile and a d-pad which allows for tight controls in platformers like Super Mario World. The plug connectors are redesigned from the Wii’s controller input that Nintendo has used for a while. This means you can use these SNES controllers with a Wii, or even use them on your NES Classic.

The console itself has a small flap to hide the plug connectors when not in use, that really makes the SNES Classic look great when sitting on a shelf. Aside from the controllers, there are two switches on the SNES, one for power on/off, and the other is a reset switch that you’ll be using a lot to save your games.Continue Reading

SN30 is a Wireless Controller for The SNES Classic

The SNES Classic’s controller is fantastic, and the fact that the console comes with two is even better. But if you’re hoping for a little more space to do your gaming, 8Bitdo is releasing a wireless version of SNES controller that works with the micro-console, called the SN30.

As you might expect the controller connects via a small Bluetooth dongle, and extends your range beyond the 4.5-foot cord of the included controllers. The wireless controller also has another great feature, pressing both Select/Start will take you back the home screen, a feature not found on Nintendo’s included controllers. 8Bitdo is also noted for having made a widely loved wireless version of the controller for the NES Classic last year, the NES30.

If you interested in the SNES Classic, there’s not much to hate here. The controllers are built by people with a very good reputation for accuracy, they have a built in rechargeable battery, and best of all, they’re only $25.

The only complaint is that right now they’re only taking pre-orders and the controllers won’t ship until December 10. But if you’re someone who’s likely to throw away many hours on the SNES classic, the SN30 is probably the best accessory to pair it with.

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Improve Your Singing in Private With The Utaet Silent Karaoke Mic

How many times have you gone out on a Friday night with a group of friends to bar that your friend swears ‘has the best wings’ and get suckered into singing a version of Don’t Stop Believing that makes Steve Perry sound like Gilbert Gottfried? Well, no longer do you have to be the laughing stock of your friends with the Utaet Voice Training Silent Karaoke Mic.

This funnel shaped hose allows you to sing your little heart out by reducing your singing volume by up to 70%. It does this with a highly advanced mono-directional microphone and a noise cancelling triple-driver earpiece for perfect playback, nah I’m just kidding, It’s actually just a funnel and a tube that hooks into your ear.

Hey, if you want to practice that badly, then who am I to stop you? Oh wait, it cost $81, plus $20 shipping? Never mind just have a shot of Jaeger before you go up and make fun of your friends before they rip on your performance. “Oh, my singing is bad, Lisa? Well, you make poor financial decisions.”

Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

The All New Echo (2nd Gen) and Other Smart Home Items on Sale

Echo 2nd Generation

The all new Echo 2nd Generation is here and it’s smaller, more affordable, and more stylish with its new design. It comes in 6 styles: 3 fabric cloth-like finish and 3 textured finishes. Its cloth fabric finish is almost similar to that of Google Home. It has an improved Dolby speaker that can fill up an entire room and just like the old Echo, it keeps getting smarter and smarter every day.

Get it for only $100 a piece, but if you’re planning to buy 3, you can save an extra $50 if you use the code ECHO3PACK.

Smart LED Light Bulb from TP-LINK

Next is the Smart LED Light Bulb from TP-LINK. The dimmable white light can be customized to suit your mood and can be used even without a hub. For advanced home automation, you can connect it to your Google Assistant or your all new Echo. It’s at a 10% discount today and is priced at only $17.99.

Lastly is this Amcrest Wireless IP Security Camera. It records in full HD 1080p at 30 fps, giving you crisp and clear footage for excellent security checks. You can seamlessly stream the video on your smartphone, tablet or even your desktop computers. Control its pan/tilt setup and digital zooming according to your preference. It is equipped with an IR LED Night Vision for clear recording up to 32 feet even at night. Plus, it works with Alexa for voice control. Get it for only $66.39, 20% cheaper than its usual price.