The future of music is streaming - whether that means streaming from a service like Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play Music, or streaming your local library throughout your home to various devices in your house. Did you know that you can take any of your old speakers and breath new life into them, allowing them to join in on streaming content from either your local library or the cloud?
All you need is the Google Chromecast Audio and a Wi-Fi network. Simply plug the device into an available speaker through the AUX port, then into USB for power, and your old speakers are now ready for your streaming music. You can send audio from your smartphone, tablet, or computer right over your Wi-Fi network, which provides a much stronger and robust connection than using Bluetooth.
If you're looking for the best Black Friday 2016 deals for tech and gaming, I looked all over to find the best tech deals for Black Friday 2016 and I bring them to you in this video! I narrowed it down to great tech products like 4K TVs, Google Home, Xbox One bundles, and more - and then I also break it down by stores, including Target, Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, and Walmart. Any deals that are available online are linked below!
- $99 Nintendo 3DS
- $49 Kindle e-reader
- $99 Kindle Paperwhite
- $169 Kindle Voyage
- Save $50 on Amazon Tap
- $40 off Amazon Echo
- $199 Bose Quiet Comfort 20
- $199 ecobee3 Thermostat 2nd Gen with HomeKit & Alexa
- $699 HTC Vive
- $1498 Samsung UN65KS8000 65" 4K TV
- $50 off all Xbox One consoles
- Samsung 55-inch 4K UHD TV $479.99
- Toshiba 49-inch 4K with Chromecast $199.99
- DJI Phantom 3 $399.99
- Surface Pro 4 $599
- Samsung Galaxy S7 with plan + free Gear VR + $250 Best Buy gift card
- $198 Apple Watch
- $449 iPad Pro
- 25% off all Apple TV models
- Free iPhone 7 with Plan
- PowerBeats 2 $89.99
- Nikon D3400 Bundle (DSLR camera, 18-55mm lens, 70-300mm lens) $499.99
- $399 GoPro HERO5 Black (get $60 Target gift card)
- $179 GoPro HERO Session ($20 Target gift card)
- $20 off Call of Duty Infinite War
- 50% off Madden 17, NBA 2K17, FIFA 2K17, Gears of War 4, Mafia III, Skyrim
- Save $115 on Hoverboard
- LG OLED55C6P curved 55” OLED 4K TV $1499
- Samsung UN70KU6300 70” HDR 4K TV $1297.99
- Hisense 50” 4K TV $480
- Unlocked iPhone 6 128GB $299.99
I’ve been excited for the wide release of 4K UHD television sets that specifically integrate HDR (high dynamic range) to create an amazing picture. HDR 4K sets have been around for a couple of years, but have been very price prohibitive. Now, Vizio has released its new SmartCast P-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display, and has changed the game in the process.
We've come to the end of another year, and as we wave goodbye to 2013, we figured it was only fitting that we share the most popular stories published on Gear Live this year, as determined by our readers (we've also got the top ten most read stories regardless of publish date, as well as the ten most popular Gear Live videos of 2013!) These are the ten stories that were read the most, and when you consider that fact, it's pretty surprising to see what made the list. Let's kick it off with our most read story of the year:
If you're into tech (and if you're reading Gear Live, then it's safe to say that you are,) you'll want to check out Best Buy this Saturday afternoon. Coming to select Best Buy stores will be the Best Buy Special Holiday Shopping Event - yep, the holiday shopping season is being kicked off at Best Buy in a majoy way. In fact, this is Best Buy's biggest shopping event of the year. It all goes down on Saturday, November 7th. What can you expect? Read on!
Where I live, it’s a typical safe neighborhood. Nothing too crazy happens all that often (stolen UPS packages that are left on doorsteps not withstanding.) I do subscribe to Vivint though, a home security service that ties in home automation. Of course, that required a team to come out and install things all over the house—but what if that’s overkill for you? Maybe you live in an apartment or condo, or maybe you just don’t want the monthly bill.
That’s where Best Buy comes in. Rather than shelling out monthly for a monitored home security system, you can now take those matters into your own hands for what I’d consider to be a fair price. Best Buy sent over the Canary Home Security System for me to check out. If you’re unfamiliar, the Canary is an all-in-one unit that you put in a high-traffic area in your home. It’s a small package, but packs in the features.
Here at Gear Live, reviewing gadgets, putting together gadget photo galleries, and creating image thumbnails for our YouTube videos. The thing is, there isn't much I need to do to make the images look great, and as such, Photoshop has always felt like overkill--a tool that is way more powerful than I need. I recently spent time with the new Adobe Photoshop Elements 14. This is the prosumer version of Photoshop that immediately felt way more accessible upon launching the application than it's more capable big brother.
If you're looking for a 2-in-1 convertible notebook to add to your holiday wish list this season, be sure to consider the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12. Built and designed for Windows 10, the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 can go from laptop mode over to tablet mode with a quick flip of the display. It sports an amazing 12.5-inch 4K UHD touchscreen, which is one of the best you'll see in this category. On the inside, you'll find an Intel Core i7 processor paired with 8GB RAM, and a blazing fast 256GB SSD.
If you wanna kick up your Halloween festivities, you may be able to do so with some of the smart home gadgets and consumer electronics that you already have in your posession. One example is using your Hue lights to simulate a thunderstorm or fire happening in your home, which I've been enjoying for the past few days. The ambiance can be enjoyed both from inside the house, as well as by people passing by (especially with a connected Bluetooth speaker chiming in with sound effects, pointed outside an open window!)
For more inspiration, Best Buy has compiled five videos that show how you can use different pieces of technology that you can use to put together you own scary holiday scenes. The one I liked most is the Haunted House Wicked Washroom, where you use Philips Hue lights, a Bluetooth speaker with ambient lighting, and Belkin WeMo smart plugs to allow you to turn on plugged in gadgets remotely. Head on over to Best Buy to check out all five video tutorials.
Summer is nearing an end, and back to school season is in full swing. As you shop for those notebooks, backpacks, pencils, and the like, be sure to keep in mind that we live in a digital world where students are expected to become comfortable with technology. Homework now involves the Internet and the usage of tablets and laptops to get the job done. When moving those items around, it’a always good to have a backup, even in the age of cloud storage. SanDisk is always up to the challenge, and I’ve relied on SanDisk digital storage for over a decade when it comes to photography, and external storage.
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