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Nov

Karalux unveils the 24K gold BlackBerry Priv!


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Popular Vietnamese gold-plating company Karalux has today revealed that BlackBerry’s first Android-powered smartphone, the Priv, is the latest flagship handset to enlist in its vast lineup of 24K gold devices.

As the Priv supports a Gorilla Glass display and a solid textured backplate, there isn’t much surface area for the Karalux team to dip, so it could only coat the bezel surrounding the unit, the volume rocker and the metal rim surrounding the camera module in gold.

Hit the break below to see a selection of hands-on pictures.

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Source: Karalux

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30
Nov

JCPenney Testing Apple Pay Support for Store Cards, Nationwide Rollout Coming in Spring 2016


JCPenney has started testing its store credit cards with Apple’s Apple Pay payments service, allowing customers at one location in Texas to add their JCPenney charge cards to Apple Pay. Customers in the Dallas–Fort Worth area visiting the JCPenney store at The Village at Fairview are able to participate in the Apple Pay pilot program, which is set to roll out to stores nationwide in the spring of 2016.

Customers with a JCPenney charge card receive a notice about the Texas pilot program when attempting to add a JCPenney card to Apple Pay using the Wallet app. The notification also includes details about the full launch of the JCPenney Apple Pay service.

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Apple Pay support for store credit cards is a new feature, introduced alongside iOS 9 but announced at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Thus far, Kohl’s is the only major retailer that currently allows its store cards to be added to Apple Pay, but both Kohl’s and JCPenney have been touted as the two major partners for the feature.

iOS 9 also brought Apple Pay support for in-store loyalty cards, allowing customers to add their rewards cards to the Wallet app to further cut down on the number of physical cards that must be carried. Walgreens is the first retailer to support the Apple Pay rewards program.

Related Roundup: Apple Pay
Tag: JCPenney

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30
Nov

Apple Music Available on Sonos Devices Starting December 15


As of December 15, Apple Music will be available on Sonos, allowing those who own Sonos speakers to use them with the Apple Music service for the first time since it launched in June. Sonos and Apple today announced a new Sonos Apple Music public beta that will go live to all Sonos users in approximately two weeks.

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Sonos users will be able to access Apple Music on their Sonos speakers, streaming songs from For You, New, Radio, and My Music. The beta will allow users to access the Apple Music features through their dedicated Sonos apps on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC, with full support set to roll out in 2016.

“Many of our members love Sonos and want to enjoy our service throughout their homes,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re thrilled to be working with Sonos to provide the Apple Music experience in even more places fans enjoy music.”

Since Apple Music launched, Sonos has been working on support for the service, with a promise to have the feature ready to roll out by the end of the year. Beats Music, which did work with Sonos, is shutting down as of today. Sonos has recommended its users move their Beats Music accounts to Apple Music to save their playlists ahead of the rollout of the Apple Music for Sonos beta.
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30
Nov

9 gifts for the ultimate tinkerer


Winter is coming. And with it also comes the need to show the loved ones in your life just how much you care for them by spending, spending, spending on gifts. Trouble is, there are just so many options to choose from. What you really need is someone, some outside force to hold your credit card-holding hand. And boy, do we have some suggestions for you. Happy Holidays! You’re very welcome.

Were you or someone you know the type of kid that took apart telephones, pushed pennies into (old, CRT) TV sets or mixed as many under the sink cleaning agents together to call it a potion and see what would happen? If you answered yes to any of the above, then this is the gift-giving category you’re looking for.

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Image credit: Getty Images

30
Nov

Microsoft updates navigation headset for the blind


In 2011, Microsoft UK teamed up with charity Guide Dogs to create ‘Cities Unlocked,’ an organization that worked to create a headset designed to help the visually impaired. That device came last year, but now it’s received some major hardware and software upgrades. Although the original simply used bone conduction to send audio clicks and cues to guide the user around, the latest iteration is less of a practical tool and more of an information-rich service. It uses something called “3D soundscape technology,” which is kind of like a GPS that describes everything that’s around them, from local cafés to alerts telling them when a bus or train is approaching the stop.

Source: Tech Insider

30
Nov

Post a racist comment online, see it on a billboard near your house


Messages posted on Facebook, Twitter and other online spaces may feel like they carry less weight than things said in the physical world — but that’s not the case, argues Brazilian civil-rights group Criola. This year, Criola launched a campaign labeled, “Virtual racism, real consequences,” which pulls racially bigoted comments from the internet and places them on billboards in the neighborhoods where the commenters live. Criola finds racist messages online and then uses geotag data to locate the author’s neighborhood; the group then rents billboard space nearby and prints the comments for the world — and the original writer — to see. The names and images of the commenters are blurred out, but the message rings clear: Things said online affect people in real life, in real ways.

Via: TNW

Source: Criola

30
Nov

Sonos will support Apple Music starting December 15th


Sonos will close a major gap in the services that it supports on December 15th — that’s when the company’s products will start working with Apple Music. The company said that this would happen by the end of the year back in June, just before Apple Music launched, and it seems that it’ll make good on its promises. The service will first be available as part of an open beta, with full availability to come in early 2016.

Via: Buzzfeed

30
Nov

Nyrius Smart Bulb review: The best value for a smart bulb


If you’re looking for a way to make your home “smarter” this holiday season, look no further than Nyrius’s smart bulb option, the Wireless Smart LED Multicolor Light Bulb. Unlike most of its competitors, this smart bulb sells for $29.99, and does everything you need it to

Overview

The Nyrius smart bulb allows for Bluetooth connection between the bulb itself and any Android device 4.3 and up (except Android 6.0, I’ll mention this later) and iOS devices. Upon twisting the bulb into any standard light socket in your house (E26/E27 sockets), you’ll gain connection to the bulb once you have downloaded the Nyrius Smart Bulb app. Through the Android or iOS app, you can control the smart bulb in different ways through a Bluetooth 4.0 connection. You’ll be able to change the color of the light, dim the lights, create a timer for the light, and of course turn the light on and off.

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After downloading the free Nyrius Smart Bulb app from Google Play or the App Store, the app will request you turn on Bluetooth to connect the smart bulb. I found the app to take a few moments before connecting to the bulb for the first time, but I didn’t get much of a delay following that. Once connected, you can see the bulb listed on your devices list within the “Manage” section of the app. This is where you can select the bulb for further actions or simply turn it on and off.

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When you select the bulb you want to manage, you’ll have access to the multitude of the smart bulb’s abilities. Greeting you with an “infinite” array of colors, you can select the color you want the light to be from the color wheel. This can be deceiving, however, as you cannot select any color you want or fine tune colors, as the bulb will only change to a select amount of basic colors. This did not bother me in the slightest, as the bulb still can change to more colors than I really need it to. If a colored bulb is not your thing, selecting the white circle in the middle will restore the bulb to a regular white color. My favorite part of this page was the slider that allowed for dimming the light, no matter the color. It was easy, accessible, and there is no delay when adjusting it.

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You can also select a mood for the smart bulb. The options for moods include reading, dining, relaxed and party. While selecting a mood can be fun to show your friends, I have not once used these for any situation, as the colors are a bit hard on the eyes. The reading mood provided a red light, which is absolutely not what I need for reading. The dining mood was acceptable, but a yellowish light was still not exactly ideal. The relaxed mood was a dimmed blue light, and while some may find this soothing, I did not. The party mood showcased the technical abilities of the light, flashing different colors in a speedy pace.

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The next section of the app allows the smart bulb to react to sound, and change colors with a beat. If your smart bulb is connected to your phone, the light will change to whatever the phone’s microphone is hearing. So, if you’re phone is placed next to music speakers, this will provide for a great party scene.

For the price of this smart bulb, I was very happy with what the companion app can do. To give you an example of how I used the light’s timer feature, I would set the light to turn on the same time as my morning alarm, to eliminate the chances of me sleeping in. It is definitely worth noting that this app is not compatible with Android 6.0 so far. I have tested it with the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and HTC One A9 and none have successfully connected to the smart bulb, while other devices without Marshmallow were able to. The app could also use a new design, as the current one is very outdated and bares the look of Android Gingerbread.

What we liked:

  • Outstanding features
  • Creating timers
  • Device management

What could be better

  • App interface
  • Compatibility with Android 6.0

 

Overall

It’s going to be hard to find a better deal than the Nyrius Smart Bulb if you’re looking for smart home devices on a budget. For a thirty dollar device, I was amazed and surprised by what it could do. It’s also worth noticing that I accidentally dropped this bulb ten feet when unscrewing it, and it was completely undamaged. The durability, amount of features, and price of this bulb are reasons why you should try it out. Click below to check out Nyrius’s website.

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30
Nov

[Deal] Get the HTC One M9 for 40% off and the RE Camera for 60% off


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For those of you looking for a great new phone, you might want to check out the HTC One M9. Although the HTC One M9 didn’t receive the best criticism, since it was too similar to the One M8, it’s hard to beat the current Cyber Monday price of only $390.

HTC is currently having a promotion that will take 40% off the price of the One M9 and 60% off the RE Camera making it only $80. They are also offering free shipping. If you have been thinking about trying the Re Camera out, but not wanting to pay the normal $200 price, now is a great time to pick one up.

The HTC One M9 comes in silver, black, gold, or pink, and the HTC Re Camera comes in white, orange, blue, or green. However, hurry, it is only while supplies last. The green Re Camera is already sold out.

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30
Nov

[Deal] Cricket Wireless Cyber Monday Samsung Galaxy sale


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Consumers on the hunt for a Cyber Monday deal this year on a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone may want to check out Cricket Wireless. The pre-paid carrier is offering several Galaxy S devices for 50% off with activation on one of their no annual contract plans. The devices include the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The most expensive option is the Samsung Galaxy S6 which runs $250 when purchased with a $55 per month plan. That monthly price is after a $5 per month credit for auto pay and comes with 10 GB of data. The next device available is the Samsung Galaxy S5 that will set you back $200 when you sign up for a $45 per month plan, again, after a $5 auto pay credit is factored in. That plan comes with 5GB of data. Finally, consumers can get a Samsung Galaxy S4 for only $100 on Cricket’s 2.5 GB per month plan that runs $35 per month after the $5 auto pay credit.

The deal runs through December 3rd, but Cricket says the offer is only good while supplies last.

source: Cricket Wireless

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