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Remember that BB-8 Star Wars Droid made by Sphero that took over the Internet back on Force Friday? Well,  we thought we'd bring you guys a giveaway so you can win a Star Wars BB-8 Sphero Droid of your very own! They are hard to find, but we've got two of them here that we're giving away to two of our YouTube subscribers. I've teamed up with two of my favorite YouTubers, Chris Pirillo and Erica Griffin, to bring this giveaway to you.

Rules to enter are listed below, or you can just watch the video for all the details! Enjoy!

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The Monster SoundStage speakers support a bunch of different connection methods to various devices and music services. There are the Qualcomm AllPlay-powered wireless options, like Wi-Fi, Direct Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, as well as the wired choices, like 3.5mm jack and digital Toslink cable.

In this episode, I talk more about each method, and show you have to cycle between them to get just the right music playing from whichever device you want to use.

You can get the Monster SoundStage wireless speakers now!

Don't forget to subscribe to Gear Live's YouTube channel--also, we are giving away awesome perks for our Patreon backers - thanks for your support!

Here's how to get the show:
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It's important to keep the Monster SoundStage wireless speakers updated. Monster is always adding new features and making improvements to the SoundStage products, and keeping your firmware updated is the only way be sure you have all the latest goodness. In this video, I show you how easy it is to update the SoundStage S1, S2, and S3 - be sure to do this when you are setting your speakers up for the first time.

You can get the Monster SoundStage wireless speakers now!

Don't forget to subscribe to Gear Live's YouTube channel--also, we are giving away awesome perks for our Patreon backers - thanks for your support!

Here's how to get the show:
[Download] - iPod-formatted H.264
[Download] - 720p HD
[Download] - 1080p MP4

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iPhone 6s pre-order

The Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are now available for pre-order. You can head over to Apple’s Web site now to grab the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s or 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. Just be sure you know which carrier, color, and storage option you want so that you can get the iPhone s6 in your cart and check out quickly, as the site is getting hammered with traffic, which may result in errors:


  • AT&T
  • Sprint
  • T-Mobile (requires full price purchase)
  • Verizon Wireless


  • Gold
  • Rose Gold
  • Silver
  • Space Gray

Storage Options:

  • iPhone 6s: 16GB ($199) / 64GB ($299) / 128GB ($399)
  • iPhone 6s Plus: 16GB ($299) / 64GB ($399) / 128GB ($499)

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will launch on September 25th, but as sales happen through the night, delivery dates are likely to start slipping.

Good luck! Let us know what you ended up getting! 

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iPhone 6s Rose Gold

Earlier today, Apple announced the brand new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones. Be sure to check out our post that covers all of the new features. In addition to announcing the years new flagship smartphones during the Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint event, the company also released a brand new color option for iPhone buyers - rose gold. As you can see above, the rose gold iPhone has a light pink metallic shade to it--more pink than copper. The rose gold color joins the silver, space gray, and gold colors to make up this years iPhone line.

Will you be choosing rose gold this year? You can pre-order the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus from Apple.

iPhone 6s & 6s Plus

During it's Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint event, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones. The updated smartphones still sport the 4.7-inch Retina HD display for the 6s and 5.5-inch Retina HD display for the 6s Plus, but there's a lot of new stuff that Apple is bringing to the table with this years flagship models:

  • 12 megapixel iSight Camera: Apple has bumped the megapixel count in the iPhone for the first time in 4 years, going from 8 megapixels to 12. This is a 50% increase in pixels, and with it comes 50% more focus pixels, making autofocus even faster than before as well.
  • 5 megapixel FaceTime HD camera: Another big improvement, as the front camera on the iPhone goes from 1.8 megapixels to 5.0. Apple will use the display itself as the True Tone Retina Flash for those selfies you need to take while in the dark.
  • 4K video recording: You can now shoot 4K video directly from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
  • 3D Touch: This is one of the tentpole features. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can now sense depth. This is similar to Force Touch on the Apple Watch, but much more advanced. Pushing down on different elements throughout iOS will allow you to select shortcuts, preview information with the "peek" gesture, go further into that data with the "pop" gesture, and more.
  • A9 processor: Apple's A9 processor offers 70% faster performance and 90% faster graphics than the previous A8 chip. Not only will things feel much faster, but games are now "console quality" according to Apple.
  • Touch ID Second Generation: Apple has doubled the speed of the Touch ID sensor
  • Wi-Fi speeds doubled
  • LTE Advanced with support for 23 LTE bands, and speeds that are twice as fast
  • Live Photos: This might have been the coolest thing Apple showed today. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will capture 1.5 seconds before and after you take your photo

The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in silver, space gray, gold, and a new rose gold color option. Be sure to check out our iPhone 6s pricing guide.

OS X El Capitan Beta 5 download

During a demo of the new iPhone 6s 3D Touch feature at the Hey Siri, Give Us A Hint event, Apple's Craig Federighi opened an email on his iPhone 6s from Phil Schiller that announced that OS X El Capitan would be released on September 30th. Apple's latest OS X 10.11 Mac operating system has been in beta since WWDC 2015 in June. Thanks to that peek at Federighi's email, we now know that all Mac users with compatible computers will be able to update to El Capitan three weeks from today, completely for free.

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Apple TV 2015

During today's Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint event, Apple announced the long-awaited, completely redesigned Apple TV. In an effort to bring TV into the modern age, Apple is focusing on an app-based solution for reinventing television. On the inside, Apple has added 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, giving the Apple TV faster networking access. The App Store is now front and center on the new Apple TV, allowing users to download television-optimized apps from developers. The user interface has been modernized, and on the inside, Apple has included the A8 processor from the iPhone 6. This is a big improvement over the A5 processor found in the previous model. Apple has updated the software to a version of iOS 9 that it's calling tvOS.

Click to continue reading Apple announces brand new Apple TV with Siri integration and touch remote

Apple iPad Pro specs

Apple has announced the new iPad Pro at today's Hey Siri, Give Us A Hint event. This is the largest iOS device yet, sporting a 12.9-inch display with a 2732x2048 resolution - that equates to 5.6 million pixels, which is more than even the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. In fact, as Apple points out, the length of the iPad Pro display when in landscape orientation is equal to that of two iPad Airs side-by-side. What that means is that you can run two full-sized standard iPad apps on the iPad Pro simultaneously, side-by-side.

As for ports, the iPad Pro has the standard Lightning connector that we're all used to for charging and syncing. Additionally, it has a new connector called the Smart Connector. This allows you to attach the new Apple Smart Keyboard.

The iPad Air Pro also sports a four speaker array. Two stereo speakers on the top, and two more on the bottom. Depending on the orientation and how you are holding the iPad, it will change the dynamics of the sound to optimize it for that specific scenario. Apple says that the iPad Pro at full volume is three times louder than the iPad Air 2 at full volume. This is been a big complaint with iPad in the past, since it was never great with sound.

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Gold & Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport

Apple has announced two new colors for the Apple Watch Sport line at today's Hey Siri, Give Us A Hint event. Originally released in silver and space gray 7000 series aluminum, now users have option of picking up the Apple Watch Sport in both gold and rose gold colors. These aren't real gold, of course, although Apple does sell watches made of genuine gold and rose gold. Instead, these are the exact same Apple Watch Sport model, with gold-colored aluminum.

The new gold and rose gold Apple Watch models are shipping starting today. You can pick one up now.