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Sep

AmazonBasics Soundbar setup and unboxing: Add quality sound to your new TV


It can be annoying to purchase a huge, state-of-the-art 4K television with high dynamic range (HDR) support, only to realize the manufacturer did not leave enough room for adequate speakers. Luckily, there are myriad solutions. As the name implies, Amazon’s AmazonBasics product lines are intended for those who want quality workmanship without spending their whole paycheck.

At less than $100, the AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth Soundbar is an excellent example of this philosophy. It’s got a built-in subwoofer and a two-piece passive radiator to help drive full, wall-to-wall sound, a remote control for easy operation, and a few different modes to tailor your listening experience. Here, we will run you through the basics (no pun intended) in our AmazonBasics Soundbar setup and unboxing guide.

What’s in the box?

In addition to the soundbar itself, you will find the following in the box:

  • An external power adapter and compatible cable
  • A two-way RCA cable for use with older devices
  • A 3.5mm auxiliary cable
  • A digital optical audio cable
  • A remote control and two AAA batteries
  • Two wall brackets and screws
  • A mounting template

If you want to mount your soundbar, you also need to purchase some drywall anchors and compatible screws.

Hardware setup

First things first: Connect the A/C adapter and plug the other end into a wall outlet. Now that you have more power than one should ever have, remove the little plastic caps on both ends of the optical cable, and connect it from your television to your soundbar (assuming you bought the soundbar for use with your TV, that is).

Features and design

The soundbar has onboard control buttons (for when you inevitably lose the remote in the endless void of the couch) for power, volume, input selection (with some helpful LED indicators), Bluetooth pairing, and DSP selection, where you can choose between Standard, News, and Movie settings — kind of like an audio equalizer. These are located on top of the soundbar, near the right edge.

The remote has the same controls, laid out simply, plus a mute button in the upper right corner.

All the jacks and ports are on the soundbar’s back panel, in the center. To the left of these, you can see the ovular subwoofer, housed behind a screw-locked grate.

Software setup

Technically, soundbars don’t have software (not that you can see, anyway). Most modern TVs do, though, and they won’t all automatically route audio through your soundbar — even after connecting the optical cable. Head to your TV’s sound settings, and choose “sound out” or “output.” Make sure “optical” is selected and, if applicable, you might need to switch the “Digital Sound Out” setting to “PCM.”




18
Sep

Samsung HW-K950 Atmos soundbar unboxing and setup: Get your new audio rocking


Thanks to Dolby Atmos integration and the inclusion of a subwoofer and two satellite speakers, the Samsung HW-K950 is among the most compact, versatile, and advanced home theater sound systems on the market.

Such a modern soundbar system might seem stressful to set up, but we assure you it’s simple and easy. Check out our Samsung HW-K950 Atmos soundbar unboxing and setup video above, and keep reading for more information about the HW-K950 — from what you get in the box to how to connect it to your TV.

What’s in the box?

The package for the HW-K950 includes:

  • The soundbar
  • Two satellite speakers
  • A subwoofer
  • Four power cables
  • Wall mounting adapters
  • Remote control with batteries
  • An HDMI cable

The HW-K950 doesn’t come with a digital optical audio cable — if that’s your preferred setup method — and it also doesn’t come with stands for the satellite speakers, which you may need depending on your surround sound speaker placement plans.

Hardware setup

The bottom of the soundbar features a power port and a connection bay. The HW-K950 has ports for 3.5 mm analog audio, digital optical audio, HDMI with ARC output, and two HDMI inputs.

Those with a TV that supports ARC will want to use that port on the soundbar, as it’s a simple, one-cable solution. But if you don’t have that port, the others will allow you to use the soundbar as a sort of hub for your entertainment system, switching among components. In this case, you would need to run a digital optical audio cable down to the soundbar from the subwoofer to get audio from any streaming apps you use through the TV.

Once you’ve gotten the main soundbar set up, you’ll want to plug the supplied power cables into the bottom of each satellite speaker and the subwoofer. As soon as they receive power, they will automatically link up with the soundbar.

When placing the surround speakers behind you, remember that the left and right labels on the back of the speaker refer to left and right as you face the TV — this will keep you from hearing oddly placed sounds when you watch that first show or movie. In terms of placement, you’ll want to set them up off to the side and just behind the seating area if you can.

Once everything is plugged in and set up, you’ll want to go into the audio menu on your TV and make sure that the soundbar is set up as an audio device. If you have a Samsung TV, this should be automatic.

Features and design

The HW-K950 is a simple and elegant looking 5.1.4 soundbar system with metal grilles and a few basic controls on the side of the main soundbar, including volume pairing, and power buttons. For any kind of advanced controls you’re going to want to use the included remote, which lets you get pretty specific, offering the ability to change the volume of each channel and of the subwoofer, as well as adjusting effects.

Inside the soundbar itself there are three clusters of speakers firing out at you — one on the left, one on the right, and one in the center. On top of the soundbar are two up-firing drivers that beam sound to the ceiling and bounce it down at you — something you’ll also find on the satellite speakers. These up-firing speakers provide an immersive sound experience where audio comes at you seemingly from all directions.

To make music listening easier, you’ll want to make sure you download Samsung’s Connect app. This will help you connect the speaker to your home Wi-Fi network, giving access to all kinds of popular music streaming services, including Pandora and Spotify, as well as your personal music library, if it’s connected to a network.

We hope you’ve found our Samsung HW-K950 Atmos soundbar unboxing and setup guide useful. Happy listening!




18
Sep

Best iOS app deals of the day! 6 paid iPhone apps for free for a limited time


Everyone likes Apple apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance. Here are the latest and greatest iOS app deals available from the iOS App Store.

These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only. If you go to the App Store and it says the app costs money, that means the deal has expired and you will be charged. 

My Book List

The ideal repository for book recommendations gathered from friends, reviews, and other sources, this app will locate the actual book cover and store it on its iBook-like shelf or as an entry on a list.

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Reminders Widget

Add reminders to your iPhone with a built-in reminders app that lets you check out your to-do list without ever unlocking your device. Save time looking and scrolling through all your tasks and reminders.

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Tadaa SLR

Now you can shoot SLR-quality photos wherever you are, all with your iPhone. Use this app and just point, focus, and end up with a high-quality photograph.

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eXtra Voice Recorder

eXtra Voice Recorder is a combination of a high-quality audio recorder, a multifunctional audio editor, and an easy-to-use audio files manager. With eXtra Voice Recorder all your recordings will be fully organized and available.

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Orderly

Orderly is designed based on how the human-mind visualizes to-do lists. It is an incredibly easy to use to-do list app that features a user-friendly interface, seamless cloud sync, and location-based reminders.

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Grab for Dropbox

This app downloads all the photos and videos from a Dropbox link or shared folder. You can either paste in a link without signing into Dropbox, or sign in and pick a shared folder.

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18
Sep

Chic Pi aims to change what you think about hoverboards (i.e., not blow up)


Why it matters to you

You shouldn’t have to worry about spontaneous combustion with the next-generation hoverboard known as the Chic Pi.

Hoverboards have suffered quite the bad rap over the last several years, what with exploding batteries making for distinctly uninviting rides. But now, there’s a new hoverboard hoping to change our perceptions once and for all. Meet the Chic Pi, heralded as the 2.0 version of the hoverboard that we all deserve.

Let’s start with the most contentious component of the board: The battery. Unlike previous models, the Chic Pi boasts the world’s first aluminum casing battery, which promises better heat emission, flame-retardant capabilities, and extra protection. Moreover, Chic Pi promises that this battery features no wires, which reduces the risk of an electrical short. Consequently, the team claims, the Pi Hoverboard has a zero percent fire risk (though we’d certainly take that claim with a large grain of salt).

As far as the design of the board is concerned, the Pi features a unibody setup that is entirely disparate from the traditional modular approach. Rather, this one-piece frame is made of aluminum, which promises to be stronger and more durable than its plastic counterparts. And because the foot pedals are precisely located and immovable, even beginner riders should be able to master operations in a short amount of time.

Moreover, the frame is completely sealed, which means that it’s IP55 water and dust resistant. So whether you’re boarding through a puddle or through sand (though the later seem more difficult), rest assured that the Pi can handle it.

The Pi also allows you to power it on without using your hands. Simply slide the board forward and backward once, and it will turn itself on automatically. Don’t bother pressing any power buttons with your hands — just place the Pi on the ground and get moving.

Of course, because this is a modern device, the Pi comes with a companion app that will allow you to set turning sensitivity, specific LED light styles, max speeds, and other parameters based on your comfort level and abilities. And as you become more of an expert, you can always change your settings accordingly.

Soon to come on Kickstarter, the Chic Pi will set you back $399, and should be delivered by the holidays.




18
Sep

How to post GIFs on Instagram


Animated GIFs are a great source of amusement — not to mention, a big business opportunity. It’s entertaining to come across a hilarious GIF your friend posted while scrolling through your social feed. Uploading them to Facebook is easy, but what if you want to post them on Instagram? Sadly, posting a GIF on Instagram is not as straightforward as one would like, though, you can use video as a work around until the social platform adds native support for animated GIFs.

In order to upload GIFs to Instagram you need to first convert them into a video file. Afterward, you’ll be able to post your GIF on Instagram like you would your standard video. Here’s how to post GIFs on Instagram, if you need further clarification.

How to post GIFs using Giphy

Giphy is a popular search engine for GIFs, one you likely already use when sourcing for a GIF. The nice thing about Giphy, however, is that it lets you easily post to various social networks, including Instagram. After finding that perfect GIF on your desktop machine, all you need to do is click the Instagram icon and enter your email when prompted (a box will appear). Once done, a 15-second MP4 will appear in your inbox.

Next, open the email message on your phone — remember, you can only post to Instagram using the mobile app — and save the video to your phone’s camera roll. Then, open Instagram and post the GIF. The process is just like sharing any photo or video, meaning you’ll be able to add a caption, filter, and location. You can also download the GIF to your computer and transfer it to your phone, instead of having Giphy email it.

The process is even easier with Giphy’s mobile app. It’s similar to the desktop method outlined above, but doesn’t require you to email the video to yourself. Instead, it allows you to download the GIF to your camera roll and open it in an Instagram post.

You can also use Giphy with GIFs from other places, whether it’s from your desktop or another website (like Imgur). To do so, simply upload it to the Giphy website. Afterward, follow the same directions as outlined above to share it to Instagram. Just make sure that the GIF you’re uploading is something that you have permission to repost, or you could run into legal trouble.

There are plenty of GIF-related websites besides Giphy, but we find Giphy to have a robust library and an easy approach for uploading GIFs to Instagram.

How to post GIFs using Photoshop

Do you own Photoshop? If so, you can use it to easily convert GIFs into a video file that you can then upload to Instagram.

The process is really simple. First, open the GIF inside Photoshop and click File, Export, and Render Video. Don’t worry about adjusting the settings — the default settings are fine, so just pick a location where you want to save the GIF and hit Render. Most GIFs are relatively small, so it should take a minute or two at the most to render the video.

Once you’ve rendered your video file, send the file to your phone via email, Dropbox, or whatever method you prefer to transfer files. Then, post to the video to Instagram as you would with any other picture or piece of content.

The above method is for quickly rending an existing GIF into a movie file, but Photoshop is a powerful tool for creating GIFs. If you want to make your own, we have a guide on how to do just that.




18
Sep

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. Galaxy S8 Active: What’s the difference?


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Which version of the Galaxy S8 is the one to buy?

Samsung has continued the trend of releasing an “Active” version of its latest mass-market flagship a handful of months later, and the Galaxy S8 Active is the least compromised Active model yet. It thankfully shares a vast majority of the components, features and experience with a standard Galaxy S8 — and that’s a definite selling point compared to the rest of the rugged phone market.

So how does the Galaxy S8 Active compare to its standard counterpart? We’re here to lay out all of the differences, big and small.

What’s the same

As we went into detail on in our complete Galaxy S8 Active review, one of the best features of the phone is that it behaves and performs like the standard Galaxy S8 in just about every way. It’s built on the exact same platform of specs, with the same exact software features and hardware components. You won’t notice a difference in daily use no matter which one you pick up, and that’s wonderful.

In daily use, these phones are identical.

The Galaxy S8 has its fans and its skeptics, but the general feeling on the phone is that it’s fast and super-capable in terms of the raw number of software features it offers. Being an AT&T-exclusive phone (for now) you’ll have to deal with some extra bloatware and small superfluous software changes, but you get that on an AT&T-branded Galaxy S8 as well. The camera continues to perform with the best in the industry, with a great consistency you don’t always get even in high-end phones.

More: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ specs

A Snapdragon 835 processor is still the top of the line, and 4GB of RAM is more than enough. 64GB of storage remains on the Active, and you keep an SD card slot as well. Despite the rugged exterior you don’t have to deal with any additional flaps or port coverings, either — you even keep the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Its thick back case still gives you wireless charging as well. Even though it’s more actively styled the GS8 Active has the same IP68 water and dust resistance, but that’s still the standard we can realistically expect on mass-market phones.

What’s different

You can probably guess that the biggest difference here is the external hardware design. The GS8 Active is indeed very rugged, and not in the way a standard GS8 can be tough with the addition of a big case — there’s an extra bit of security about knowing that the exterior rubber and tough plastic is part of the phone. There are big bumpers on the corners, notable extra thickness throughout, a housing surrounding the camera and a tough plastic textured back that’s easier to hold onto and so much more resilient than glass.

The GS8 Active looks like it can take a drop without worry — and it actually can.

That, of course, means that the Galaxy S8 Active is also much larger and all-around tougher to use in one hand than the extremely svelte standard model. A Galaxy S8 measures up at 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm and 155 g. The Active? 151.89 x 74.93 x 9.91 mm, 208.09 g. Those are big change, particularly in width, thickness and of course weight. The Active is considerably tougher to wrap your hand around, and even though the casing makes you more confident in its robustness it’s also a bit tougher to maneuver being 34% heavier than the GS8.

Completing the rugged streak of the GS8 Active is its display. It’s the same great Super AMOLED panel as before, but now it’s completely flat with flat glass to match. That definitely improves the ergonomics of the phone, eliminating accidental palm touches, but all of that usability is washed away by the extra thickness and width. The display is shatter-resistant, which is a claim not made on the standard GS8 and that’s because the Active has a special plastic coating over its standard Gorilla Glass 5. The coating makes sure the screen won’t shatter even when dropped from five feet, but the downside is the plastic is dramatically more susceptible to small everyday scratches (yes, like the Moto Z2 Force). Considering the number of people we see walking around with shattered screens it seems like they’d take that trade-off, but not everyone will prefer it.

Now, a pure and simple benefit of the Galaxy S8 Active: a larger battery. And not just a little larger, a whole 1000mAh larger — totaling 4000mAh, and making sure you really don’t have to worry about battery life on this thing. Whereas the Galaxy S8 had to strike a balance in terms of size, weight and battery life, only making it a day with normal use, the Active can definitely take on a heavy day without complaining and leave you with some battery left over at the end of the day. It’s one of the main reasons people are even considering the GS8 Active, and it is definitely a serious improvement.

Which should you buy?

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Knowing nothing about a person’s specific usage needs, if someone asks me which version to buy I’ll immediately say, “get the regular Galaxy S8.” Despite the massive improvement in battery life on the Active, the standard Galaxy S8 offers a much more well-rounded approach that is applicable to the widest number of people. It’s beautiful, compact, easy to hold and truly feels like a high-end phone worthy of the price tag. It’s also much less expensive, in the range of $150-200 less at this point — that’s some serious cash.

But if you need to have a “rugged” phone and know for a fact that your Galaxy S8 will end up spending 100% of its life bolted into a seriously heavy-duty case, there’s reason to consider buying the Galaxy S8 Active from the start. Assuming that the price difference isn’t a big issue for you, the GS8 Active gives you the full daily experience of a Galaxy S8 without the worry of cracking glass on both sides of the phone. You’ll have to deal with substantial added weight and some casual scratches on the screen protector, but in return you get massive battery life — that may be a calculation that works out for some people.

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18
Sep

Five Common T-Mobile Problems and How To Fix Them


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Some issues are easy to fix once you know how!

Our Android phones and the cellular networks they use to communicate are some pretty complicated beasts. It takes a ton of parts and millions of lines of software code to make magic happen when you tap an icon or enter a phone number to use any of the services and apps we take for granted. Kudos to the folks doing all the hard work to make that happen!

Because things are so complex behind the scenes, there are bound to be issues now and then. It’s not unheard of for networks to go down completely or for some quirky bug to stop your phone from working completely, but more common problems often have a quick fix. Let’s take a look at some common issues T-Mobile users have and things to try so that they don’t stop us from enjoying our phones.

Wi-Fi calling errors

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Wi-Fi calling is awesome. The call quality is great, you don’t have to worry about having a good signal and you can use it anywhere in the world without worrying about international plans or roaming fees. It’s one of those things that you realize how much you loved having it as soon as it stops working. Thankfully, Wi-Fi calling errors aren’t as common as they used to be. The software itself and T-Mobile’s infrastructure have been tweaked so that it just works for almost everyone, all the time.

There are two common issues you might face, and both are simple to fix.

  • Wi-Fi calling doesn’t work on your new phone or new line of service. The first “fix” requires you do nothing — wait 24 hours. It takes time for your phone to be fully registered on the network and to your account. Part of this happens as soon as you put your SIM card in the slot and turn on your phone, but there is a longer process that happens behind the scenes to complete everything. You have to wait it out.

If you are still having problems 24 hours later, hit T-Mobile support.

  • You have a Wi-Fi calling error in your status bar. There are about a million different reasons this could happen, but luckily almost all of them are fixed the same way — reinitialize the connection. Try shutting Wi-Fi off for a few seconds and then turn it back on. If that doesn’t work, turn Wi-Fi calling off in the settings, then turn it back on. If neither works, make sure Wi-Fi calling is turned on and you are connected to a Wi-Fi network with internet access, then reboot your phone.

If you’re still having problems you can check and see if it’s a global issue or check with whoever administers the Wi-Fi network you’re using and make sure everything is working as it should be.

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My VPN isn’t working

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T-Mobile uses IPv6 by default for most Android phones, and that can cause issues with some VPN services and apps. Adding a new IPv4 APN to the VPN connection can use fixes this.

You’ll need to edit your APN settings. if you need some guidance on how to do that, here’s a walkthrough of the process.

  • Go to Settings > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
  • Create a new APN and give it a unique name (the name is for your benefit, so name it whatever you like).
  • Enter the same settings as your existing T-Mobile APN. If you have a second APN for T-Mobile MMS, you can ignore that one for these purposes.
  • Edit the sections marked APN protocol and APN roaming protocol to IPv4.
  • Choose the new APN you just created for the default.

Videos look bad on my high-resolution screen

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You need to shut down Binge On. Binge On is a feature that allows certain streaming services to play without counting against your monthly data usage, and as a result, the streams are throttled to 480p. A 480p video doesn’t look so hot on a phone like the Galaxy S8 with a really great display. Binge On is an account setting so you’ll need to be online to fix it through your T-Mobile account.

  • Visit the T-Mobile website and log into your account or use the T-Mobile app on your phone.
  • Open your profile from the menu in the upper right corner.
  • Click Media Settings.
  • Turn the Binge On toggle switch off.

You can also disable Binge On by dialing #263# on your phone. Turn it back on by dialing #266#. Check if it is activated by dialing #264#.

You need to be using the right plan to be able to disable Binge On, and when you do, all of the media you stream counts against your monthly data use. But YouTube and Netflix look a heck of a lot better.

Texts won’t send over Wi-Fi

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Ugh! This can be frustrating. You’re in a different area or you have a new phone and all the sudden you can’t send or receive (or both) texts until you shut off Wi-Fi. There are two reasons this can happen.

  • You’re in a new place and it suddenly stopped working. Wi-Fi networks that use a proxy (and there are a lot of those) can’t forward the small data component of an SMS message. All you can do is talk to the person in charge of the network. See if they have an alternative that’s used for services which won’t work behind a proxy. If not, you’ll have to turn off Wi-Fi while you are texting.
  • Your old phone worked but your new one doesn’t. This used to be a common problem, but thankfully it’s not as prevalent nowadays. Some of the companies that make Android phones include a default messaging application that refuses to work on Wi-Fi. The fix is to download a different messaging app.

More: Best text messaging apps

Messages won’t send over Digits

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This issue seems to come in spurts. Since Digits is a relatively new service there’s a good chance T-Mobile is still tweaking things on their end. That usually means glitches for everyone.

If you’re trying to send messages with your Digits number through the app and they won’t go through, try turning VoLTE (Voice over LTE) off. You will find this in your phone’s network settings and it could be marked as HD Voice.

Turning VoLTE off shouldn’t cause any issues unless you’re in an area where certain radio bands have been repurposed for LTE and have an unlocked phone without full support for all of T-Mobile’s network frequencies. Your calls just won’t sound as good, but who still makes phone calls? Right?

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Have you run into any persistent issues while using T-Mobile? Post in the comments if you have. If you know the fix, post that too! If not, maybe someone else knows and can help figure it out.

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18
Sep

Five must-have games for your Oculus Rift


Consider this your Oculus Rift starter kit.

There’s a lot going on in the Oculus Store, which is the primary place you get games for your Rift headset. Titles range wildly when it comes to price and description; many titles have been pulled in from the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus has funded many amazing AAA games, and indie devs are creating content at a swift pace. It’s a lot to take in, and that’s only going to get more interesting when you start playing games for your Oculus Rift that come from Steam instead of the Oculus Store.

To help you get started with your Oculus Rift, we’ve put together a quick list of titles from Oculus Home that everyone should have in their library in order to fully appreciate this incredible VR experience.

Ready, go!

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18
Sep

The Amazon Tap portable Bluetooth speaker is down to its lowest price


Get a new Amazon Tap for $80 right now as part of Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day. This is the same price as a refurbished unit but without the refurbishiness of it. The Tap normally sells around $130. While we’ve seen some deals in the past, we’ve never seen it go this low.

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Oddly, the Amazon Tap no longer has a reason to be called the Tap. Originally you had to physically “tap” the speaker to enter a command to Alexa. Now you no longer need to (if you don’t want to), making it the same as the Echo Dot and other Alexa-enabled devices. Add in a powerful speaker and battery-powered portability, and it’s one of the most versatile ways to talk to Alexa in the Amazon ecosystem.

With Black Friday coming up in a couple months, you can bet there’s going to be exclusive Alexa-only deals, too, which makes for another good reason to get this device. Features include:

  • Just tap and ask for music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Enable hands-free mode to control music and more from a distance.
  • Uses the Alexa Voice Service when connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot to play music, read the news, provide weather reports, and even order a pizza
  • Provides up to 9 hours of continuous playback (up to 8 hours when in hands-free mode), Charging Cradle included
  • Streams all your music via Bluetooth from your phone or tablet
  • Delivers crisp sound powered by Dolby, with dual stereo speakers that provide 360º omni-directional audio
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features and skills

The Tap has 4.2 stars based on more than 7,550 user reviews.

If you plan on carrying your Tap around with you, spend some of your savings on the $20 Tap Sling and add some color to your device.

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18
Sep

Porsche’s Mission E pricing might give Tesla buyers pause


Porsche boss Oliver Blume has dropped some details about the Porsche Mission E that should perk up the ears of EV and sports car fans. The all-electric vehicle will look much like the dramatically-styled concept that first appeared in 2015 and get to an 80 percent charge in just 15 minutes. It will also go on sale in 2019 and have a (relatively) reasonable price of an “entry-level Panamera,” which is around $80,000-$90,000, he told Car Magazine at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Concept cars are often a designer’s pipe-dream, but the production Mission E will be “very close to what you saw two years ago at Frankfurt,” Blume said. “It will be exciting but a bit different from the concept.” That means you’re looking at a a four-door 2+2 that’s meant to take on, say, the Tesla Model S, but with much sportier styling.

It goes as fast as it looks, though not quite up to the Tesla Model S 100P’s “ludicrous mode” acceleration. Still, it’ll hit 62 mph in “less than 3.5 seconds,” says Blume, 124 mph in 12 seconds and max out at over 155 mph. What’s more, it’ll have dual-motors with four-wheel drive and 911-like four-wheel steering.

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Most importantly for potential Tesla buyers, the Mission E will launch with 350kW fast-charging, allowing a quarter-hour recharge to 400 km (250 miles). Total range with a full battery will be 500 km (300 miles). Porsche has said that its Le Mans 919 hybrid racing experience helped it develop the fast-charging tech. It’s well behind Tesla in terms of its charging network, but it recently launched 800-volt chargers (pictured above) that can handle the 350kW needs of the Mission E.

The price is a lot for most of us, but it looks to be around the same as, say, an $87,200 Tesla Model S 100D (with 335 miles of range). And it’s less (final pricing pending) than the $135,000 P100D with ludicrous mode, which is perhaps a more apt comparison. In other words, the right kind of buyer will have a tough decision in 2019 — if you had the budget, which would you go for?

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Car Magazine

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