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February 16, 2017

D-Link Releases Omna Home Camera: Touts 180-Degree FOV, Apple HomeKit Integration

Monitoring your home while you’re away is about to get easier thanks to D-Link’s new Omna 180 Cam HD.

According to the announcement, the D-Link Omna will be one of the very few home cameras that will feature up to a 180° ultra-wide field of view. Most solutions are restricted to 120° which either requires the camera to rotate or suffer limited vision.

Behind the ultra-wide 180° lens is a 1080p sensor which ensures that the camera records with clarity and a set of IR LEDs lets you see up to 16 feet in complete darkness. A built-in microphone allows for easy two-way communication and motion detection alerts you when things get [...]

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February 2, 2017

PC Gaming Hardware Market Surpasses $30 Billion with Projected 6% CAGR

Remember all those guys spewing all that non-sense on how smartphones and tablets are going to replace gaming PCs? Well, it looks like it hasn’t gone to plan. The PC gaming market is exploding, now reaching a massive $30 Billion with a projected 6% CAGR through 2019, according to market intelligence firm Jon Peddle Research. Previously, the PC gaming hardware market wasn’t expected to reach $30 Billion until 2018. PC Gamers FTW.

According to the research numbers, the $30 Billion market is split into three categories – Entry Level, Mid-Range, and High-End. The High-End portion of the market, which is led by North American and Western Europe, [...]

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January 19, 2017

LeEco TVs and Smartphones Now Available on Amazon

LeEco is a company many people in the US have never heard of, but the company has been making a huge effort to capture the American market. After its purchase of Vizio last year, and release of its own-branded smart TVs and smartphones last year, the company has made the next move in becoming a household name in the US; it’s started selling its products on Amazon.

LeEco Smart TVs and Smartphones Available on Amazon

It's true! You can now get ecophones and ecotvs @Amazon! https://t.co/SkTkv1H3oJ #LeNext pic.twitter.com/OVY2Cx6Dlm

— LeEco Global (@LeEcoGlobal) January 16, 2017

The products the company has now made [...]

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January 18, 2017

CES 2017: FLIR Introduces ONE, ONE Pro, Duo, Duo R, C3 Compact Thermal Cameras

At CES 2017, FLIR launched a new lineup of consumer friendly thermal cameras designed for the consumer market.

 

FLIR ONE, FLIR ONE Pro

The first two thermal cameras are from FLIR’s popular ONE lineup which offers thermal imaging at consumer friendly pricepoints. For CES, FLIR unveiled an updated third generation FLIR ONE along with the FLIR ONE Pro. The third generation FLIR ONE builds on the second generation FLIR ONE by now featuring an adjustable height USB-C connector which will allow use of the FLIR ONE even with thick and bulky cases. The new FLIR ONE with its USB-C connector is also more future [...]

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January 17, 2017

NZXT’s Puck Can Reduce Your Cable Anxiety, Find Your Headphones a New Home

Tired of kicking your cables every time you take a step? Looking for a way to hang your headphones without permanently drilling holes into your house? Maybe you need a NZXT Puck in your life.

The magnetically-attaching Puck is a cable and device organizer that can be magnetically stuck on any metal surface. It can also be split apart for extended cable coverage or mounted on narrower surfaces. According to its promo video, half a Puck was shown to hold up an entire headset all on its own which is pretty impressive. Its specs sheet indicates that it can support up to 2kg of weight, which is more than enough for most everyday accessory cables.

Got fancy cases [...]

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December 26, 2016

Review: ecobee3 Smart Thermostat

The Smartest Thermostat Ever?

Ever since the Nest introduced their smart learning thermostat back in 2011, smart thermostats have become one of the most popular upgrades for people looking to make their homes just a bit “smarter”. While Nest is without a doubt the most popular name in home automation thanks to Alphabet Inc’s (Google) acquisition of the company back in 2014, numerous other entrants into the smart thermostat market have appeared with one of the most promising being Ecobee, a Canadian home automation company currently specializing in smart thermostats.

The flagship Ecobee smart thermostat which we’ll be reviewing today is the ecobee3. The [...]

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November 23, 2016

Google Home Discounted to $99 for Black Friday

Google Home, Google’s new home assistant will be $99 starting now for a limited time in celebration of Black Friday.

For those unfamiliar with Google Home, it’s Google’s “voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant”, similar to Amazon’s Echo home assistant. It accepts voice command from the user and feed you the relevant information, just like a real assistant.

The simple, smooth shell is home for a speaker, signal processor, and a touchscreen. Activating the far-field voice recognition mic is as easy as saying “OK Google”. If you have a huge house, multiple Google Homes can be wirelessly linked together to [...]

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October 14, 2016

Amazon Hiring 120,000 Employees for the Holidays

Need a job this holiday season? Amazon is hiring.

According to a recent press release, Amazon announced that they’re going to be hiring a whopping 120,000 temporary workers to fill openings at their fullfillment centers, sortation centers, and customer service sites. If you’re looking for something more permanent, last year Amazon transitioned 14,000 of their temps into full time employees and they expect that number to increase this year.

Job openings will be available in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New [...]

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October 11, 2016

Intel Announces Falcon 8+ Professional Drone Packing Full Frame Camera, Quad Core Atom Processor

Thanks to improvements in technology, UAVs are now more popular than ever before and while Intel’s technology is already powering a number of the latest consumer and commercial drones including the new Yuneec Typhoon H, Intel is now looking to enter the drone market for themselves as well.

According to a recent announcement, Intel is launching their new Falcon 8+ drone which will be the first Intel branded drone on the market and the successor to the Ascending Technologies’ Falcon 8 drone which they acquired as a part of their acquisition of Ascending Technologies back in January.

The Falcon 8+, designed for professional drone service providers and [...]

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October 11, 2016

Intel Begins Sampling Stratix 10 ARM Based 14nm FPGA

According to a recent announcement, Intel is now sampling the Stratix 10 FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array).

The Stratix 10 FPGA , which was acquired by Intel as a part of their $16.7 billion acquisition of Altera back in 2015, was at the time Altera’s most ambitious high performance FPGA design ever. Utilizing Intel’s 14nm tri-gate process along with an innovative new HyperFlex architecture, the Stratix 10 FPGA is capable of up to 10 TFLOPS of single-precision floating point DSP performance which amounts to about ~2x the performance compared its predecessor. The Stratix 10 FPGA also offers 70% better power efficiency and up to 1TBps (128GB/s) memory [...]

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