Smartwatches, Not Exactly Selling Well These Days

IDC released their latest smartwatch market info this morning and it certainly appears to paint a bleak picture for the smartwatch industry. From Q3 of last year to Q3 of this year, shipments of watches dropped 51.6%. That’s, um, a big drop.

Their numbers show smartwatch shipments dropping from 5.6 million last Q3 to 2.7 million this Q3. Part of the drop could be attributed to the fact that the new Apple Watch only arrived with two weeks left in the quarter, but it could also be because no one else really seems to be releasing new watches worth jumping on.  (more…)

DEAL: Jaybird X2 Wireless Earbuds are Just $80 at Target (UPDATED: Amazon and Best Buy)

Jaybird’s still-very-good X2 wireless earbuds are currently on sale at Target for just $79.99. Target claims that’s a $100 discount, but it’s really more like $70, since the earbuds are listed at $149.99 at most retailers these days. Either way, if you need a good pair of Bluetooth earbuds, these are a great choice. We talk about them a lot when they go on sale and that’s because they were a good buy at full price and remain a great buy as the price drops in antipication of the X3.

The Jaybird X2 feature 8-hour battery life, both Comply memory foam tips and standard rubber tips, sweat-resistance, and of course, really solid audio performance for a Bluetooth headset. I personally use them for workouts and don’t know that I’ll switch off of them, well, until the X3 comes out.

Free shipping is included.

Links: Amazon | Best BuyTarget ($79.99)

DEAL: Jaybird Freedom Earbuds for $149 With Code ($50 Off)

Jaybird’s newest set of wireless earbuds, the Freedom, can be had through the Jaybird store today for $149.95, a $50 discount. All you need to do is plugin in coupon code “FREE149” at checkout and the price will drop from $199.95. That’s a good deal for wireless buds that were just released a couple of months ago.

For those not familiar, the Jaybird Freedom are sport earbuds that connect to your phone over Bluetooth. They pack in higher-end audio that you don’t typically get with wireless buds, are sweat-proof, offer up to 8 hours of play time, and offer customized sound profiles through the Jaybird app.   (more…)

Here is the Chromecast Ultra, Google’s New 4K Stream Machine

October 4 is going to be a big day for both Google and tech enthusiasts. Not only are we expecting Google to show off its first Pixel phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, we won’t be shocked if they unveil pricing and availability for Google Home, and introduce Google WiFi routers and a new Chromecast. That new Chromecast is said to be called the Chromecast Ultra and the folks at VentureBeat have given us pictures of it (above).

Ooooooh. Mmmhmmm. That’s nice.  (more…)

DEAL: Fossil Q Founder Android Wear Watch is Just $191.75 if You Order Through Alexa ($103.25 Off)

If you own an Amazon Alexa-equipped device, like an Echo or the new Echo Dot, and have been eyeing an Android Wear watch like the Fossil Q Founder, today is your day. Amazon is hosting a daily deal for the $295 Q Founder with a stainless steel bracelet where you can buy one through Alexa for 35% off. At 35% off, you can have one shipped to you for just $191.75. That’s a $103.25 discount.

To get the deal, you just say to Alexa, “Hey, Alexa, buy the Fossil Q Founder stainless steel smartwatch.” She will then take you through the steps and confirm which version you want and if you want to buy it.  (more…)

DEAL: Anker Chargers With QC 3.0 and Power IQ for 15% Off With These Coupon Codes

For a limited time, until September 23 to be exact, folks can grab a number of Anker charging accessories off Amazon for 15% off. As for which items you can find, there are five in total. There is the 3-Port 42W USB Wall Charger, 5-Port USB Wall Charger with Dual Quick Charge 3.0 Ports, 39.5W Dual USB Wall Charger, 42W 2-Port USB Car Charger, and the PowerCore 20000.  (more…)

Quick Look: Carved Wood Cases for the Galaxy Note 7

The Galaxy Note 7 has been available for a few solid weeks, but if you are still looking for just the right case to protect your precious investment, Carved has a new lineup that might suit you well. We previously took a look at Carved’s offerings for the Nexus 6P and Galaxy S7 Edge, coming away extremely impressed by the quality of the pieces. For the Galaxy Note 7, we asked to check out a few different options, and we are still very pleased with what we received.

The three options we received are the Grand Teton Inlay, Random Puzzle, and the Katy Lipscomb Pack Print. Given the names, you should be able to spot which one is which rather easily, but if you can’t, I’ll dive into each one briefly.

Let’s take a look. (more…)