Tech & Gadgets
Redesigned and smarter than ever, Google’s updated lineup of Nest security cams feature new TPU chips for improved in-device processing and more powerful object recognition. A red indicator light has also been added to every device to assure users they’re recording. The whole suite of Nest cameras are now available in a variety colors to match your decor.
With the safe, secure hold of the OtterBox Mobile Gaming Clip for MagSafe, you can easily use your Xbox controller with your phone anywhere, anytime. Designed for seamless interaction with Apple MagSafe technology, it performs perfectly with zero interference with your Xbox controller functions. One-handed angle adjustment and tilt provide non-stop gaming comfort.
All of the brand’s best features & tech come together in the Klipsch T5 II ANC earbuds. These true wireless buds boast Bragi Ai that enables users to create custom gesture controls, like answering calls with just a nod. Dirac’s HD Sound technology optimizes digital audio for improved clarity across all frequencies. Klipsch is offering a McLaren Edition as well.
In its quest to create the ultimate gaming monitor, Samsung takes a big leap forward with the Odyssey Neo G9. It is a curved 49” display that uses Quantum MiniLED technology to yield a stunning resolution of 5120 x 1440. Peak brightness hits 2,000 nits, the contrast ratio is 1,000,00:1, and with a refresh rate of 240Hz, this thing is ready to get in the game.
Bang & Olufsen is back with another first. Their Beoplay EQ Earbuds are the brand’s first to feature Active Noise Cancelling technology. The flagship buds feature a dedicated ANC chip, while a separate chip handles bluetooth—making for flawless connectivity. Battery life is 6.5 hours with 2 additional full charges from the case. Available August 19.
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Taking direct aim at Apple AirPods, Nothing—a brand created by OnePlus founder Carl Pei—has just unveiled its noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds called simply “Ear 1”. The pods are equipped with 11.6mm drivers and offer 5.7 hours of playback & up to 34-hours using the charging case. They also offer Qi wireless charging for a pretty remarkable price. On sale on August 17th.
The Cinema 1200 soundbar from Klipsch is the brand’s first soundbar speaker to feature Dolby Atmos. The 54-inch long soundbar also boasts 1200 watts of power & includes a wireless subwoofer plus a pair of surround speakers for a cinematic & deeply immersive 5.14 surround sound experience.
EcoFlow’s Delta Pro is a high-output 6000W portable home battery that gives you not just plenty of power but security & independence, too. It can power your home appliances, charge your EV, & offers fast-charging for all AC powered devices. The system is also expandable to link multiple units for more power & optional solar panels enable off-grid generation. A funded Kickstarter.
Fjorden is a tool that makes the most of your iPhone’s camera. It’s a comfy camera grip that not only feels right, it offers DSLR-like controls so you never miss the shot. Unlike the phone’s internal controls, Fjorden responds like a real camera. It features a 2-stage shutter button, custom control dial, multi-function button, and a zoom lever. All together, they give you unrivaled creative control. A funded Kickstarter.
Sony’s Dolby Atmos-equipped HT-A9 surround sound system is comprised for 4 identical wireless cylindrical speakers that can be placed anywhere in the room & use internal microphones to recognize obstacles like walls, and echo, then self-adjust to optimize audio. A small control box drives the 4 speakers, it connects via wi-fi & is compatible with both Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant.
PC gamers have been waiting for this one. The Steam Deck from Valve is a new handheld—basically a Nintendo Switch. It’s a pocketable PC that runs SteamOS through a 2.4-3.5GHz processor. It features a seven-inch touchscreen with 1,280 x 800 rez at a 16:10 aspect ratio. Brightness is 400 nits. 64GB of eMMC internal storage let’s you take your favorite titles on the go.
Going “beyond rugged” is kind of what Pelican does. All their gear is built for hard-hits and harsh environments. The Rugged Lens Cover follows suit. Designed to work with & protect every lens you own, the silicone cover fits most pro-grade lenses. Constructed of high-density elastic silicone, it will keep your glass covered & keep out dirt, moisture, and guard against impacts, offering total protection.
Designed specifically for its iPhone 12 lineup, Apple’s 5W MagSafe battery pack attaches magnetically & fits on all models in the 12 series, providing backup power on the go, as well as offering wireless Qi-charging for other accessories like AirPods and Watch.
Sony’s LSPX-S3 is a tabletop Bluetooth speaker with a truly unique design. It features an organic glass tweeter with three actuators to emit full 360º sound. A 46mm driver provides bass & mids for rich, room-filling audio. Internal lights sync to music, a built-in mic enables calls, and battery life is up to 9 hours.
101 decibels is loud for a home speaker, especially when you consider a live rock show will hit about 115dB. But there’s more to the Kube4 all-in-one audio system than loud volume. Designed in partnership with SoundHub, it’s a portable wi-fi & bluetooth speaker that supports AirPlay 2.0, Spotify Connect, and uses the Kube app to deliver a full-range premium audio experience. It has a waterproof rating of IPX5 for indoor-outdoor versatility and with 40-hours of battery life, it’ll keep the soundtrack pumping all weekend long. A funded Kickstarter.
Designed to work seamlessly with the M1 Mac mini, Satechi’s Stand & Hub with SSD Enclosure makes your mini into an efficient desktop performer. It features a USB-C data port, three USB-A data ports, micro/SD card readers, a 3.5mm headphone jack port, and is equipped with an internal SSD enclosure, to provide convenient access to all of your peripherals.
The Smart Clock 2 from Lenovo is a bedside alarm clock powered by Google Assistant. It’s got a 4-inch touchscreen that offers access to other smart home controls, an optional Qi-charging adapter, and it even functions as a night light. It’s available in 3 colors and 85% of the plastic used in the clock is made from recycled material.
Nintendo players have something new to fiend for with the release of the Switch OLED model. This new variant of the popular portable console offers a larger 7-inch 720p OLED display with support up to 1080p in TV mode. This means sharp, crystal clear game-play with a healthy 9-hour battery-life. With few internal changes other than the display, it’s compatible with all existing Switch games.
Purpose-built for hauling a camera safely & securely in extreme environments, Shimoda’s Explore V2 pack is an updated & upgraded version of their original. Sized for carry-on, it features padded & removable internal organization, TSA-friendly locks, padded laptop storage, and a host of pro-grade features for unquestionable function in the field. Another funded Kickstarter.
Dell’s high-end UltraSharp webcam is a USB-C camera that packs impressive capabilities into its small, cylindrical design. For optics, it’s got a Sony STARVIS CMOS 8.3-megapixel sensor capable of recording & streaming in both 4K & 1080p with variable frame rates. Field of view is also adjustable from 65º-90º. AI-driven auto-framing keeps you focused & in the frame even as you move for seamless motion tracking.