This morning, Samsung announced that it has taken expandable storage to a ridiculously fast level. Their new removable memory cards are more than five times faster than the typical microSD cards you probably have in your phones now. Read that again: five times.
The new cards are build on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 standard, which means read speeds of up to 530MB/s and write speeds of 170MB/s. The current crop of fast microSD cards that we all own are built on the UHS standard and mostly top out around the 95MB/s read mark. That’s nuts! (more…)
This morning, SanDisk joined Samsung as removable storage makers who plan to offer microSD cards in 256GB options. According to SanDisk, we should expect two new 256GB cards throughout the year, one of the Extreme variety that should be good for action cameras and 4K-ready phones, plus another of the Ultra variety that will be great for casual smartphone use. (more…)
The last time we saw a new series of Android mini collectibles was all the way back in February of 2015. Without hearing any details of a new series in over a year, we were actually starting to wonder if the Dead Zebra and Andrew Bell-backed project had run its course. Today, though, those silly thoughts were confirmed to be garbage. (more…)
Nest Thermostat, one of the few items of tech I’ve purchased within the past few years that I often refer to as “an item I can’t live without,” is discounted at the moment in celebration of July 4th. Nest has dropped the 3rd gen model (the newest version) by $50, so to get into a device that rarely sees discounts, you can do so for $199 instead of $249.
Not all that familiar with Nest Thermostats? Just know that they are the ultimate smart home convenience items. Not only can you adjust the temperature of your house at any time from anywhere, you can also set schedules for heating and cooling or let Nest create them for you automatically. Nest works with a number of smart home platforms (like Amazon Alexa) and can be a hub of sorts for automation, like your doors locking or your WiFi cameras turning off or on.
As of right now, most retailers have the Nest Thermostat (3rd gen) at $50 off.
Links: Amazon | Best Buy | Nest
When it comes to the best reviewed and often most popular Bluetooth speakers on the planet, Ultimate Ears (UE) and its line of Boom and Megaboom speakers typically tops most lists. The combination of great sound, design, and value makes these speakers tough to beat. So when we see deals on them, well, we point them out immediately.
Right now, if you don’t mind a “manufacturer refurbished” product or two, the UE Megaboom can be yours over at eBay for just $159.99. (more…)
Amazon Echo is a good product and all, thanks to the constant stream of new features to Alexa, but the problem with Echo has always been the fact that it needs to be anchored to a power source. That’s why Amazon created the Amazon Tap, which is basically the Bluetooth version of Echo that can be taken with you for tunes and access to Alexa.
For those looking for access to Alexa, but would rather have it in a portable format, we thought you should know that the Amazon Tap has been discounted by $20 at the moment. That discount brings the price to a really reasonable $109 with Prime shipping. (more…)
With the launch of many flagship devices featuring it, USB Type-C is finally becoming the norm this year, thank goodness. The only downside to this, for pretty much every old school Android user, is we now have to upgrade all of our microUSB accessories. It’s not the most difficult process, but as you will see from the latest Belkin offering, it certainly isn’t the cheapest. (more…)
Withings, a smart health accessory maker who was recently acquired by Nokia, announced and made available its newest WiFi scale this morning, the Body Cardio. The Body Cardio attempts to give you a comprehensive and “holistic view” of your health, which includes a metric for measuring your cardiac health.
Withings says that within seconds of stepping on the new Body Cardio, the scale will measure your weight (obviously), but also your BMI, body composition (like fat, muscle, water and bone mass), standing heart rate, and the big selling point, your Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV). After measuring all of this, you can have the information synced through the Withings app and a variety of other services that connect with Withings. (more…)