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16
Apr

Best Buy and B&H Photo are offering gift cards in addition to the $50 Nexus 5X and 6P savings


If you are looking for a deal on the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P and want to buy it somewhere you can pick it up the same day, you may want to check out these deals from Best Buy and B&H Photo. In addition to the $50 discount, both retailers are offering gift cards with the purchase as well. B&H is offering a $25 gift card with the Nexus 5X and $50 with the Nexus 6P. Best Buy is only offering a $50 card with the Nexus 6P, and nothing with the Nexus 5X.

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B&H Photo is also offering a free selfie stick with the purchase. Depending on your location, you may be able to pick one up at a retail location instead of waiting for it to be shipped to you. You can hit the links below to pick one of the deals up for yourself.

  • See at Best Buy
  • See at B&H Photo

Thanks for the tip, Nicholas!

Nexus 5X

  • Nexus 5X review
  • 5 things to know about the Nexus 5X
  • Read the latest Nexus 5X news
  • Learn about Nexus Protect insurance
  • Learn about Project Fi
  • Join the Nexus 5X forums
  • Nexus 5X specs

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Nexus 6P

  • Nexus 6P review
  • 5 things to know about the Nexus 6P
  • Read the latest Nexus 6P news
  • Learn about Project Fi
  • Join our Nexus 6P forums
  • Nexus 6P specs

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16
Apr

6 tents that take technology off-grid


By Cat DiStasio

People often go camping to escape the modern world, but a little technology can make a good vacation even better. The tents of the future set up in a snap, protect campers from lightning strikes and incorporate solar panels so you can keep your cellphone charged. Some even allow you to sleep high off the ground in a suspended treehouse. Read on for a look at six high-tech tents that offer a temporary oasis away from home.

16
Apr

Mini review video: Our verdict on the HTC Vive in a minute


Without a doubt, the HTC Vive is the most immersive VR headset you can buy right now, but that doesn’t mean we recommend it wholesale. Though the included motion controllers and whole-room option add a new dimension to the experience, we ultimately found that the Vive was both harder to set up and less comfortable to wear than its chief rival, the Oculus Rift. It’s also more expensive than the Rift, which “only” costs $600, though once Oculus’ touch controllers become available, the price gap should narrow somewhat. All told, it was difficult for us to choose a favorite, and indeed, the two headsets earned similar scores (82 for the Vive and 84 for the Rift). If you’re thinking of buying one yourself, your purchasing decision will ultimately come down to what you value more: immersion or ergonomics.

16
Apr

Google Now, Siri and Cortana sound more human than ever – CNET


16
Apr

Amazon Echo can now answer questions about your child’s health, recite haikus and more


The Amazon Echo has been gaining new features each week, and this week is KidsMD integration for answering questions about your child’s medication dosages and more. With this, you can get answers from doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital as to whether the symptoms merit a doctor’s visit or not. Keep in mind, while it’s a cool thing to do to be able to ask your speaker for medical advice, please remember to actually take your kids to the doctors when they need it. Some of the commands include “Alexa, ask KidsMD about a fever”, or “Alexa, ask KidsMD about dosing.”

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It can also recite haikus and help you with projects around the house with help from HomeAdvisor. To help celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day on April 17 you can now just ask Alexa for a haiku. HomeAdvisor integration will help you find an air conditioning expert or a plumber to fix your clogged drains. You can enable all of these new skills in the Amazon Echo app now.

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16
Apr

Get a Vena case for your LG G5, Galaxy S7 or S7 edge for as little as $2 at Amazon with coupon


If you are looking for a new case for your LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, you’ll want to check out this deal from Vena at Amazon. You can score a variety of cases for as little as $2 with coupon codes. From thin to protective, clear to colorful, there is likely a case here that will fit your style. Be sure to use the coupon code next to each listing for the savings on that case.

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LG G5:

  • Retain (Clear case) – $1.99 with code VENOFF08
  • vAllure in Navy Blue/Gold – $3.99 with code VENOFF09
  • vAllure in Coral Pink/Gold – $3.99 with code VENOFF09

Galaxy S7:

  • Retain (Clear case) – $1.99 with code VENOFF08
  • iSlide in Teal/Champagne Gold – $2.99 with code VENOFF08
  • iSlide in Lavender/Champagne Gold – $2.99 with code VENOFF08
  • vAllure in Navy Blue/Gold – $3.99 with code VENOFF09
  • vAllure in Coral Pink/Gold – $3.99 with code VENOFF09
  • vArmor in Black/Black – $4.99 with code VENOFF10

Galaxy S7 edge:

  • Retain (Clear case) – $1.99 with code VENOFF08
  • iSlide in Teal/Champagne Gold – $2.99 with code VENOFF08
  • iSlide in Lavender/Champagne Gold – $2.99 with code VENOFF08
  • vAllure in Coral Pink/Gold – $3.99 wtih code VENOFF09
  • vAllure in Black/Black – $3.99 with code VENOFF09
  • vArmor in Black/Black – $4.99 with code VENOFF10

Don’t wait too long to act on this deal, as we don’t know when it will end. Which one will you grab? Let us know in the comments!

16
Apr

Recommended Reading: A look at what music does to your brain


The Surprising Science Behind What Music Does to Our Brains
Belle Beth Cooper,
Fast Company

You probably enjoy listening to music while you’re in the office, at the gym or to relax in the evening. But did you know just how much playing some tunes affects your brain? Fast Company dives into the science behind what music does for your creativity and overall mindset.

How to Buy the Best Turntable and Stereo System for Your Record Collection
Marc Hogan, Pitchfork

Vinyl popularity continues to soar, but jumping into the habit can be quite intimidating. Thankfully, Pitchfork has a guide to turntables, receivers and speakers to lend a hand.

What It’s Like to Cosplay for Money
Luke Plunkett, Cosplay (Kotaku)

Cosplay can be much more than a hobby. It’s also a career, especially for folks who dress up like video game characters.

Attorney Jack Thompson and His Personal Vendetta Against Video Games
Brock Wilbur, Inverse

Jack Thompson is well-known for his crusade against violent video games. Inverse sat down with him to discuss it.

Enough With the Canon
Asher Elbein, The Atlantic

Is there only one true way to interpret the fictional foundation for the Marvel and Star Wars universes? Asher Elbein argues that fans should stop claiming there is and embrace the possibilities.

16
Apr

ICYMI: VR real-life surgery, drone impact study and more


ICYMI: VR Real-Life Surgery, Drone Impact Study and More

Today on In Case You Missed It: Royal London Hospital and VR company Medical Realities made the first VR surgical training video while performing an operation on a real person. Meanwhile the pain of getting hit by a drone’s propeller is being studied in Denmark. We’re also showcasing a wearable for stress relief that reminds you to do some deep breathing or meditation.

Definitely make sure you read about the web master who deleted thousands of websites accidentally (poor guy) and the UC Davis blunder of trying to cover up the Pepper Spray Cop. As always, please share any great tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd.

16
Apr

Genetically modified mushrooms cleared by the USDA


While the ethical debate rages on about genetically modified human embryos, the United States Department of Agriculture has cleared its first CRISPR-modified organism. CRISPR, in case you’ve forgotten, is an editing technique that can alter the genome of almost any organism pretty easily. Penn State University’s agriculture department used the method on white button mushrooms to include an anti-browning phenotype that reduced the polyphenol oxidase enzyme (turns produce brown when exposed to air) down to about 70 percent effectiveness. Popular Science notes that because CRISPR doesn’t use bacteria or viruses to affect the DNA like previous methods have, these ‘shrooms aren’t considered “plant pests.”
Before you see these longer-lasting mushrooms at the grocery store or on your next salad or steak, though, they’ll have to pass through other regulatory bodies first. Meaning, the Food and Drug Administration or Environmental Protection Agency could still put the kibosh down. Even that could take awhile however because of how slow bureaucracy moves: Penn State’s Yinong Yang submitted his work October 30th last year and was only given the USDA letter of approval (PDF) this week.

Via: Popular Science

Source: Nature, APHIS (PDF)

16
Apr

Outlook arrives for Android Wear devices


Microsoft is putting Outlook on the wrists of Google fans. The email app now has support for the Android Wear platform. With it, you can check any notifications that pop, pore over messages, and use pre-set responses or voice dictation to bang out a quick reply. Android Central notes that the app is rolling out to users, so not everyone might have access to the wrist-bound productivity app just yet. This is a welcome addition to the version of Android tailored to wearables to be sure, but a little bit late – – Outlook’s had an Apple Watch app since last August.

Via: Android Central

Source: Google Play

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