Nest says that they have “changed the game” as of this morning with the release of a major software update to the Nest app that brings new functionality to Nest Cams (both indoor and outdoor, and Dropcams). The update includes Sightline, a smart software that can pull out the “key moments” in a day for later reviewing, and Person Alerts, which are exactly what they sound like. On top of that, Nest announced that they are giving everyone free 3-hour history, even without a Nest Aware subscription. (more…)
Motorola has finally unveiled the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for the Moto Z family. Along with its $249 or $299 price tag, depending on where you buy it from, you get a Mod that takes over the back of your phone in hopes of turning it into the ultimate portable point and shoot.
When attached to the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, or Moto Z Play, you get a Hasselblad built camera with ergonomics in mind, 10x optical zoom, Xenon flash, and power and shutter buttons. It doesn’t contain its own battery, so it does utilize your phone for power and storage. (more…)
Sonos, a pioneer in the multi-room speaker game who has struggled recently because of poor software experiences and increasing competition, announced two major moves today that it hopes will help it maintain its lead in the category. For one, Sonos will soon get Amazon Alexa integration, so that users will be able to control their Sonos speakers by talking to an Echo or Echo Dot, for example. And two, before Alexa support arrives, users will be able to control Sonos through the Spotify app. (more…)
Jaybird X2, the Bluetooth sport earbuds that we have written up and shared thoughts on more times than I can count, are heavily discounted right now at Best Buy. The electronics retailer is hosting some sort of mega-sale on lots of tech products, but this deal here stood out for the size of reduction. Normally $149.99, you can grab any of the six different colors of Jaybird X2 headphones for $69.99, an $80 discount.
I don’t think I need to explain again why these earbuds are well worth that $70 price tag, but the basics are that you get great sound for a Bluetooth earbud, long battery life, all sorts of flexibility in fit, and a sweatproof design. They don’t look too shabby either, especially in some of the fun colors.
We don’t know how long this deal is lasting, so you may want to jump on it.
Samsung’s Gear 360, the 360-degree VR camera that was first introduced months ago but just today launched in the US, already seems to have a steep discount at Amazon. Normally priced at $349.99, Amazon appears to have a load in stock with Prime shipping at just $280.30. That’s a solid $69 price reduction and easily the best price you will find on the internet.
In case you were curious, Amazon lists this as model number SM-C200NZWAXAR, which is the same version Samsung, Best Buy, and B&H Photo all are selling for $349. So, if you have been curious about Samsung’s Gear 360, you may want to jump on this price before it’s gone. (more…)
Logitech introduced a new smart home product today that might just solve one of the problems I seem to constantly complain about. Yeah, I know, this is all about me. But listen, if you get into overstuffing your home with “smart” stuff like I have, you’ll soon know why this might be a great idea.
The new product is called Logitech Pop and its a mix of smart switch and buttons that allow you to automate your smart home and all of its random gadgets with the touch of a button. At least, that’s the basics here. (more…)
Amazon is currently selling the Amazon Echo for just $139.99 as a “certified refurbished” unit. That’s a good $40 discount off a brand new unit, which Amazon describes as being “refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new.” So in other words, you are basically getting a unit that has had any issues fixed and then made new again.
In case you need a recap on the Echo, you could think of it has a decent room-filling speaker for playing music from from a variety of sources or via Bluetooth. But on top of that, you can ask Alexa (the brains behind Echo) for answers to questions, about the weather, to set timers, control lights and thermostats, read the news, share sports scores, re-purchase products on Amazon, and even order an Uber or pizza. It’s a bit like a home assistant.
To add to the limited number of “Friends” currently available for the world’s smartphones, LG last night introduced the Action CAM LTE, which as the name suggests, is an action camera that has LTE connectivity. It’s also powered by a Snapdragon 650 processor and can stream directly to YouTube Live, which is pretty sweet for an action cam.
Since this is an action camera, LG made sure it’s ready for your abuse and built it to be rated at IP67, which means it is dust and sand proof, but can be dunked in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes at a time. It should work with “various” mounts and accessories from third parties as well. (more…)