DEAL: Start Your Smart Home With Samsung SmartThings Hub, Which is Just $50 Right Now ($50 Off)

Samsung’s SmartThings line of products has been a leader in smart home controls for years now. It works with just about every new platform that is created, including Google Home and Amazon Echo and Philips Hue and Ecobee thermostats and smart locks and smart wall outlets and cameras, to name a few categories. It’s probably the most widely adopted because it was introduced early enough that others have given it a chance to become a leader. But in order to control all of that stuff and begin your smart home setup, you need a hub to talk to everything. Today, Amazon is hosting a 50% off sale on the SmartThings Hub (2nd gen), which is the starting piece to this whole game. At just $49.99 ($50 off), you won’t find a better deal on SmartThings Hub.  (more…)

DEAL: PNY MicroSD Cards With OTG Readers on the Cheap Today – 128GB for $34, 64GB for $19

Amazon is hosting another of its patented flash storage sales, this time with PNY as the partner. You can get up to 50% off select PNY flash storage products, but if we’re talking specifically mobile, there are two microSD cards you’ll want to consider.

For $33.99, you can grab a 128GB Elite PNY microSD card that is coupled in a bundle with an OTG reader. That OTG reader allows you to easily move files or photos or videos from phone to computer. OTG readers are an incredibly handy gadget to have in your bag.

For $18.99, you can grab the 64GB version of the same bundle.  (more…)

Google Home Unboxing and Setup!

Google Home is available and we have a couple in-house to start our testing. No, we won’t be doing a 1-day review. Instead, we’ll actually do quite a bit of testing and get back to you with findings on whether or not this is an item your home needs. After all, with Google Assistant involved, these units should only get better the more we use them.

As a recap, Google Home is Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo. It costs just $129, though, so it’s quite a bit more affordable. But beyond the price, this thing is powered by Google, sports a built-in speaker, and also works with all of your Cast-ready devices, as well as a number of Google services (Play Music, YouTube, Calendar, Keep, etc.). It’s very much the hub that you may have been waiting for.  (more…)

Jaybird X3 Finally Available Today for $129.99

Jaybird X3, the 3rd generation version of their popular X Bluetooth sport earbuds, are now (finally) available through Jaybird’s site. I say “finally” because these were first introduced back at CES in January.

What’s new in the X3 vs. the X2? Jaybird says to expect a smaller body with “much bigger sound, better battery, and our most secure-fit ever.” That translates to a redesigned set of fins that are “super-ergo,” 8-hour play time (with 15-minute quick charging for an hour use), and a redesigned Bluetooth antenna for better connectivity. The X3 also work with Jaybird’s MySound app, giving you a personalized sound experience.  (more…)

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…)