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Oct

Best cases for protecting your big, expensive headphones


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You spent a lot of money picking up the perfect headphones; now it’s now time to protect your investment with a carrying case. Popular models like the ATH-M50x and Sony’s MDR7506 come with a pouch that doesn’t quite hold up to the rigors of everyday use. That’s why you should consider picking up the Slappa HardBody Pro Case. The hard shell case is much more durable, and offers great protection for your audio gear. Here are some other options.

Our pick

Slappa HardBody Pro Case

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If you’re using the ATH-M50x, MDR7506, HD518, or any other large headphone, your search for a hard shell case ends here. Slappa’s case offers a rugged exterior that is water-resistant, and the interior is lined with velveteen to prevent any scratches. The durable design combined with the quality of the materials used make this the go-to choice to protect your headphones.

$19 at Amazon

For large headphones

Geekria HippoCase

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If the Slappa case doesn’t fit your headphones, then this Geekria option should do the job. The HippoCase has more than enough room to accommodate the largest of headphones, and you also get a pouch for cables, DACs, or other accessories. The sturdy construction of the case and the generous amount of padding on the inside makes it an ideal choice for the likes of the AKG K702, HiFiMan HE400S, and other large headphones.

$33 at Amazon

Versatile option

Headcase Audio Protective Case

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Headcase Audio’s offering is a semi-hard-shell case easily fits your headphones, and there’s also an internal case that’s designed to hold cables. The case is quite compact, but you get the option to remove the padding at the front to accommodate larger headphones.

$19 at Amazon

Also great

Caseling Hard Headphone Case

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The Caseling hardshell case is large enough to fit an ATH-M50x along with both of the bundled cables, so there’s no shortage of room to offer. At $13, it is also one of the more affordable options for a hard shell case. The outer layer is not entirely rigid, the interior is lined, and the case is water-resistant.

$13 at Amazon

Perfect for Sennheiser

LTGEM Hard Shell Case

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The LTGEM case is designed to fit most Sennheiser headphones, and the EVA case is resistant to the elements. The hard shell combined with the lined interior should provide an adequate amount of protection for your audio gear, and the case will easily fit a Sennheiser HD598 along with the cables.

$13 at Amazon

Great for earbuds

UGREEN Headphone Organizer

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If you’re looking to carry earbuds, UGREEN’s case is a great affordable choice. It costs just $8, and has a water-resistant hard shell design that should provide ample protection. It also has a mesh pocket for storing cables, and overall it is a great case for transporting earbuds.

$8 at Amazon

Slappa’s HardBody Pro Case is the ideal pick as it offers a rugged design that’s guaranteed to protect your headphones. It is resistant to the elements, the design accommodates most headphone models, and the quality belies its $19 price tag.

8
Oct

Do Ring products work with Alexa?


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Best answer: Yes! All of the Ring doorbells and cameras work perfectly with Alexa, and there are few different things you can do with the two ecosystems.

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Do Ring products work with Alexa?

Yes! Once you install the Ring Video Doorbell Alexa skill, you can use your Echo speaker or other Alexa-enabled device to control your Ring devices.

What can you do with Ring products and Alexa?

You get different capabilities depending on which Alexa device you’re using. If you have an Echo Show or another device with a screen (including a Fire TV), you can say, “Alexa, show the front door” to see what your front entryway looks like. Same goes for any cameras you have around the house.

If you don’t have an Echo Show or other device with a screen, there’s really nothing you can do with your smart speaker and the Ring Video Doorbells. At this time, you can’t use your Echo speaker to hold a two-way conversation using your Ring’s microphone and speaker. You can add that capability with a $40 Fire TV, though. You would use your Echo speaker to say, “Alexa, show the front door”, and have your video come through your television.

The doorbell for you

Ring Video Doorbell 2

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$199 at Amazon

A great way to start your smart home.

If you want to keep an eye on your front entryway, this doorbell is perfect for you. You can see the video feed from anywhere in the world with Ring’s smartphone app, or by using Alexa to show you the feed.

A smarter screen

All-new Amazon Echo Show

$229 at Amazon

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See your camera feed, and a million other things.

You can use other Amazon devices to see your camera feed, but the Echo Show is useful for so much more. It’s a great companion in the kitchen to let you follow along to your favorite recipes, talk to your friends over Skype, see the weather, and more.

8
Oct

Amazon’s 2nd-gen Echo is back down to just $80 today


Buy today and save!

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Right now you can pick up the 2nd-gen Amazon Echo for just $79.99 at Amazon, which is $20 less than it normally sells for. We’ve seen the price move around a bit this year, but . only a few times has it ever dropped down to this low, and only once (on Prime Day) was it ever more affordable than this. The discount applies to all the fabric versions of the speaker, and if you prefer the limited edition oak or walnut finish it will set you back an extra $20, making it $100.

The Echo has Amazon’s Alexa baked right in to help answer your questions, convert measurements, keep you updated on the news, and even control your smart home gear, including all these discounted Philips Hue lights and accessories. It has seven microphones, which allows it to hear you even in loud situations when you’re not right next to it, and the improved speaker quality makes listening to music on it a better experience. Amazon is constantly adding new skills and features to Alexa, thus making the Echo devices even smarter and better to use.

Whether you’re looking to grab your first one ever or add another to your home, today’s price drop makes it a great time to purchase!

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8
Oct

Samsung Galaxy S10 krijgt 5 kleuren en aparte chip voor AI


Er zijn wederom enkele geruchten over de aankomende Galaxy S10 van Samsung binnen. Ditmaal over het toekomstige kleurenschema en er is iets meer bekend over de rekenkern. Zo krijgt de S10 mogelijk een aparte chip voor kunstmatige intelligentie (AI); een zogenaamde NPU. Ook fabrikanten zoals Huawei en Apple passen die momenteel toe.

Daarmee lijkt het er op dat Samsung met de Galaxy S10 zich meer wil richten op kunstmatige intelligentie. Om dit mogelijk te maken krijgt de Exynos 9820 als eerste Samsung-processor een aparte NPU (neural processing unit). Deze chip kan berekeningen die nodig zijn voor kunstmatige intelligentie veel sneller uitrekenen. Alhoewel de S9, S9+ en Note 9 ook al functies hebben die leunen op kunstmatige intelligentie richt Samsung en in tegenstelling tot sommige andere fabrikanten nog niet erg op AI.

Ook de Galaxy S6 kwam in het groen uit

Ook ontvingen we berichten over het toekomstige kleurenpalet waarin de S10 straks verkrijgbaar zal zijn. Naast het traditionele zwart en wit worden dat hoogstwaarschijnlijk grijs, roze en groen. Die laatste klinkt misschien nieuw maar Samsung bracht haar vlaggenschip eerder al eens uit in deze Green Emerald-optie. De grijze en roze uitvoering klinken ook bekend maar die worden wel iets anders dan de huidige kleuren. Grote vraag is waar de blauwe (Coral Blue), paarse (Lilac Purple) en gouden (Sunrise Gold) uitvoering blijven. Mogelijk volgen die later, iets wat Samsung wel vaker doet. De lancering van de Samsung Galaxy S10 ligt op moment van schrijven nog redelijk ver weg en wordt niet voor 2019 verwacht. Traditiegetrouw lanceert Samsung haar Galaxy S-vlaggenschip ergens in het eerste kwartaal aan.

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8
Oct

Yoink 2.0 for iOS Brings iCloud Sync, Handoff Support, Siri Shortcuts, and More


Eternal Storms Software today released Yoink 2.0 for iOS and Yoink 3.5 for Mac, two major upgrades to the popular drag and drop-improving “shelf” app.

For those unfamiliar, Yoink acts like a convenient shelf for users to drag in files and other content, do something else (switch apps, tabs, and so on) and then easily access those items again by dragging them out of Yoink.

Version 2.0 of Yoink for iOS brings iCloud sync support, so items stored in Yoink are available across iOS devices logged into the same Apple account. Each device has its own “shelf” in iCloud, so all items are grouped for easy discoverability.

The different shelves are accessible through both the Yoink app and also in its extensions, users can access all items via the Today Widget, the keyboard, the file provider, and Spotlight search.

Yoink 2.0 for iOS also brings support for Handoff across iPhones, iPads and Macs, so items selected on one device can be handed off to another and those files are transferred right away.

Elsewhere, Yoink now also includes support for Siri Shortcuts. Using Siri, users can store clipboard contents or download the link to the clipboard in Yoink, without having to switch to or activate Yoink itself.

Items can also be copied from Yoink using Siri (the most recently added image, PDF, text or link, for example), while Yoink can be opened using the virtual assistant to show a specified, synced device’s items.

In addition, Yoink for iOS has expanded support for keyboard commands, an optional Dark Mode interface, and optional smaller icons for showing more items stored in the Yoink “shelf” at once.

Meanwhile over on Yoink for Mac, the new version 3.5 update adds Handoff support between Macs and iOS devices, a clipboard history Today Widget that keeps track of your clipboard’s contents, and full compatibility with macOS Mojave (including Dark Mode) as well as a Finder Quick Action.

Yoink for iPad and iPhone is available on the App Store for the introductory price of $3.99. After the introductory week has passed, the price will change to $5.99.

Yoink for Mac is available on the Mac App Store for the introductory price of $4.99. After the introductory week has passed, the price will change to $7.99. A free, 15-day trial is also available on the website – the app requires at least OS X Lion 10.7.3, although macOS High Sierra 10.13 or later is recommended.

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8
Oct

U.K. Court Blocks Mass Legal Action Over Google’s Alleged Tracking of Safari Users


London’s High Court on Monday blocked attempts to bring a collective lawsuit against Google over alleged historical snooping of millions of iPhone users in the United Kingdom (via Reuters).

The lawsuit’s claimants alleged that Google illegally gathered the personal data of over 4 million iPhone users in the U.K. between 2011 and 2012 by bypassing the default privacy settings on Apple’s smartphones which allowed it to track the online behavior of users browsing in Safari.

Original explanation of the “Safari Workaround” in 2012 WSJ article
Veteran consumer rights campaigner Richard Lloyd, who led the collective 20,000-strong lawsuit, had claimed that Google’s “Safari Workaround” breached the U.K. Data Protection Act by taking personal information without permission, and wanted the tech giant to pay out several hundred dollars in damages to each person affected. As a ballpark figure, a claim by 5.4 million people for £500 each would result in a £2.7 billion ($3.63 billion) payout for Google.

When the case was first brought in November 2017, it was the first time a collective action has been brought in the U.K. against a leading tech company over alleged misuse of data. “Collective action” is where one person represents a group with a shared grievance, similar to a class action lawsuit in the U.S.

However, Google said it was “not new” and vowed to defend itself, having defended similar cases before. “We don’t believe it has any merit and we will contest it,” said the tech giant at the time. On Monday, the court ruled in Google’s favor.

“Today’s judgment is extremely disappointing and effectively leaves millions of people without any practical way to seek redress and compensation when their personal data has been misused,” Lloyd said in a statement.

“Google’s business model is based on using personal data to target adverts to consumers and they must ask permission before using this data. The court accepted that people did not give permission in this case yet slammed the door shut on holding Google to account.”

A similar case occurred in the U.S. in 2012, when Google and several other advertising agencies were discovered to be circumventing privacy protections in Safari for iOS in order to track users through ads on numerous popular websites.

At the time, Safari blocked several types of tracking, but made an exception for websites where a person interacted in some way — by filling out a form, for example. Google added coding to some of its ads that made Safari think that a person was submitting an invisible form to Google, and thus Safari let Google install a cookie on the user’s phone.

Google halted the practice once it was reported by the Wall Street Journal, but argued that the tracking was unintentional and did not harm consumers. However, that didn’t wash with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and the company was forced to pay a record $22.5 million fine over its use of the tactic.

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8
Oct

Some Apple Watch Series 4 Models Caught in Reboot Loop Due to Daylight Saving Time Bug


Some Apple Watch Series 4 owners in Australia experienced crashes and reboots on Saturday due to a bug that surfaced because of the daylight saving time change (via 9to5Mac).

According to Reddit users hit by the Apple Watch bug, the root of the problem appears to be the Infograph Modular face’s Activity complication, which displays a timeline graph with hourly data for the user’s Move calories, Exercise minutes, and Stand hours.

When daylight saving time (DST) lops an hour off the typical 24-hour day, the Activity complication is apparently unable to compute the change and draw the timeline graph with only 23 hours, which throws the Apple Watch into an endless reboot loop until the battery runs out.

According to reports, the bug corrected itself when the date rolled over to Sunday and the normal 24-hour day was reinstated, but some users were able to restore normal function to their watch before then by removing the Infograph Modular watch face via the iOS Watch app.

This isn’t the first time Apple has been caught out by daylight saving time changes, but the company has a few weeks yet to fix this latest DST bug before it happens again when Europe and the U.S. change their clocks on October 28 and November 4, respectively.

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Oct

Invites to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey arrive for Project Stream users


Testers of Project Stream will be able to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on Oct. 5.

Thanks to services like NVIDIA GeForce Now and PlayStation Now, the gaming industry has been experimenting a lot with the act of streaming video games over an internet connection rather than running them locally on a console or PC. Now, the latest company to dip its toes in the streaming games market is Google.

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October 7, 2018 — Invites start going out for users to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

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— Justin Duino (@jaduino) October 7, 2018

There’s a lot of people chomping at the bit at the prospect of being about to join in Google’s foray in streaming video games — or at least to play the brand-new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for free — and while invites for the program were supposed to go out Friday, it appears that invites didn’t start hitting inboxes until today. If you already signed up for Project Stream, head to your email and see if there’s invite waiting! If you haven’t signed up yet, well, what are you waiting for?

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October 1, 2018 — Google formally announces Project Stream

Google has announced a new technology from the company that is designed to stream AAA video games to your computer using just an internet connection and web browser, called Project Stream.

Per Google’s announcement post:

The technology and creativity behind these AAA video games is extraordinary—from incredible detail and life-like movement of the characters’ skin, clothing, and hair, to the massive scale of the world in which the game unfolds, down to every last blade of grass. Every pixel is powered by an array of real-time rendering technology, artistry, visual effects, animation, simulation, physics and dynamics. We’re inspired by the game creators who spend years crafting these amazing worlds, adventures and experiences, and we’re building technology that we hope will support and empower that creativity.

To kickstart Project Stream, Google’s looking for people in the U.S. to test drive the service with the opportunity to play Assassin’s Creed Oddysey for free starting October 5 and going through mid-January. All you need is an internet connection of 25Mbs or higher and a desktop or laptop with Google Chrome.

What’s the ultimate goal of Project Stream? While Google’s yet to say one way or another, it’s very possible that this will tie into reports from earlier this year of Google working on its own gaming console called “Yeti.” We already know that Yeti will have a focus on cloud-based streaming, so it only seems logical that Project Stream is our first introduction to that.

Google’s holding an event on October 9 to unveil the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, and should the company take some time to go into further detail about Project Stream and/or Yeti, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Sign up for Project Stream here

8
Oct

Amazon, Apple and government agencies deny Bloomberg’s hacking story


Late last week, Bloomberg released a bombshell report arguing that operatives from China’s People’s Liberation Army had hacked hardware used by Apple and Amazon. But in the days that have followed, numerous reports have emerged which contradict Bloomberg’s claims.

First came the denials by Apple and Amazon. Both tech firms vehemently denied Bloomberg’s reporting. Apple denied that it ever had any contact with the FBI regarding an investigation into this manner, and says that the company has found no evidence of the hacks which Bloomberg has reported.

“On this we can be very clear: Apple has never found malicious chips, ‘hardware manipulations’ or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server,” the press release reads. “Apple never had any contact with the FBI or any other agency about such an incident. We are not aware of any investigation by the FBI, nor are our contacts in law enforcement.”

Amazon has also publicly denied Bloomberg’s charges claiming that there were so many inaccuracies in Bloomberg’s initial story that it would be difficult to refute all of them in a single post. The company insisted that it takes security very seriously and says that it “never found modified hardware or malicious chips in Elemental servers. Aside from that, we never found modified hardware or malicious chips in servers in any of our data centers.”

In addition to the denials by both companies, agencies of the U.S. and U.K. governments have spoken out against Bloomberg’s story. On October 5, representatives of the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) spoke out in defense of Apple and Amazon’s security measures.

“We are aware of the media reports but at this stage have no reason to doubt the detailed assessments made by AWS and Apple,” a representative of the NCSC said.

When news of this story first broke, U.S. intelligence agencies were relatively quiet about the matter. However, on Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security released a statement expressing agreement with the NCSC’s assessment of the situation.

“The Department of Homeland Security is aware of the media reports of a technology supply chain compromise,” the press release reads. “Like our partners in the U.K., the National Cyber Security Centre, at this time we have no reason to doubt the statements from the companies named in the story.”

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8
Oct

Philips Hue smart lights, internal SSDs, and more are discounted today


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