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20 Gadgets Under $20 That You’ll Actually Use Every Day

Most of us are clinging into our new and expensive Apple gadgets. But if you can’t afford these kind of gadgets, you can still buy cool and latest ones without expending a lot. Luckily there are lots of gadgets these days that you can buy under $20.  This article throws light on some latest and affordable gadgets you can consider.

There are plenty of products out there that cost less than $20, but most of them never get used. A USB drive that works in outer space? Can’t imagine a situation where that would come in handy unless perhaps you’re Richard Branson. Are you Richard Branson?

Anyway, here are 20 products under $20 that you will actually use every day.

1. The Anchor: The Original Under-Desk Headphone Stand Mount

Need somewhere to put your headphones when you’re not using them? Of course you do. This sturdy yet flexible hook lets you hang two sets of headphones under your desk so they’re out of the way when you don’t need them. Pretty handy.

Sale Price: $9.99 (MSRP $19.99) Buy it here.

2. MOS Cable Organizer

Your desk is probably teeming with cables, and it’s time you tamed them. This sleek magnetic organizer keeps all of your cables in one place so you never have to go fishing for them on the floor.

Sale Price: $11.99 (MSRP $24.99 ) Buy it here.

3. Tritan Infusion Water Bottle

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Plain water is boring, but this bottle infuses it with your favorite fruit, vegetable, or herb. Perfect for those of us who are trying to cut out sugary drinks, but still crave a beverage with some flavor.

Price: $9.99 (MSRP $19.99) Buy it here.

4. Hand Stylus

Fingers are great for many things, but they’re no substitute for a good stylus. This stylus can be used for all kinds of tablet activities, like taking notes, drawing, typing, and playing games. It also retracts when it’s not in use so you don’t have to worry about it accidentally breaking.

Sale Price: $14.95 (MSRP $24.99) Buy it here.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/08/07/tech-items-for-under-20-dollars

 

Here Are the iOS 11 Features You Should Be Excited About

iOS 11 is coming this fall and I’m sure all of iPhone users are excited to know the exciting and new features it has. Let’s find out from this article so we can find out if it’s better to download this on our iPhone.

The next version of Apple iOS is set to deliver a number of groundbreaking features, especially for iPad users. We spent some quality time with a public beta of the upcoming OS to experience all the new bits you should be excited about.

Improved Camera Experience

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are among the best camera phones out there, and iOS 11 will make them even better. The new OS will bring more ways to capture Live Photos, including Loop and Bounce effects, as well as a Long Exposure capture option.

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The dedicated portrait camera mode on the iPhone 7 Plus will be greatly improved as well. You’ll be able to utilize the optical image stabilization and HDR capabilities of the camera, as well as its flash when capturing portraits.

Best of all, thanks to a new High Efficiency Image File Format, iOS 11 will let you capture even more photos and videos before running out of space.

Customizable Control Center

With iOS 11, Apple will bring a more intuitive Control Center layout. It’ll also be customizable, allowing you to place the settings and features you use most right where you want them.

Better Keyboard

You’ll no longer need to switch between letters and symbols when using the stock iPad keyboard in iOS 11! Instead, you’ll be able to see and directly access all commonly used symbols via a long press or a flicking gesture.

The iPhone keyboard, on the other hand, will get a dedicated one-handed mode. The feature will come particularly handy to users of the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPhone 7 Plus.

Read more: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/a27607/apple-ios-11-features-review

 

Amazon Launches New £50 and £80 Fire Tablets with Alexa Digital Assistant

Amazon just released two affordable tablets and this time with Alexa Digital Assistant. I’m not sure what’s the difference these two have from their past releases. But since this one is affordable, I might want to buy it. Check out this article and read the features of the tablets.

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Amazon has launched two new budget Fire tablets, with one costing just £50, and has brought its Alexa voice assistant to tablets in the UK.

The new thinner and lighter £50 Fire 7, which has an improved screen, longer battery life and more storage, hopes to continue the success of the previous Fire 7 tablet, which won plaudits for balancing low cost with features. At the same time, Amazon has launched a new version of its Fire HD 8 tablet, with similar improvements and a lower starting price of £80.

Kevin Keith, Amazon’s general manager for Fire tablets, said: “The Fire 7 for under £50 shocked a lot of folks, and became the bestselling tablet we ever built. We found most of the folks who buy our devices do so for entertainment, or what I like to call digital snacking: social media, light email, apps, games and music. So we’ve really focused on those areas.”

Both tablets now come with Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant in the UK – the same one available through the Fire TV set-top boxes and Amazon’s Echo devices – allowing users to get information, control smart-home devices and play media with voice commands.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/17/amazon-launches-fire-tablets-fire-7-hd-8-alexa-digital-assistant

 

Best Games of 2017: Splatoon 2, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, and more

For those who are looking for the best and amazing games, check out this list of The Verge.  I just played Gravity Rush 2 the other day and I can’t get enough of it. Will probably try the others in the list.

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I am a sucker for end-of-year lists. They’re positive, celebratory, and useful. But too often, lists are backloaded with fall releases. A book published in January? A video game released in March? They’ll need luck and a good publicist to score best-of list slots come December.

I empathize with annual curators. Given the constant deluge of new titles, each arriving with their own noisy hype, it can be a struggle to remember a TV show or a film from 11 months ago. So this year, I’ve decided to keep a journal of my favorite video games, a public way to collect the year’s finest.

The format is inspired by Thrillist’s ongoing list of the year’s best movies. Critic Matt Patches only catalogs the stuff he can recommend 100 percent. “No mixed-bags,” he writes, “[or] interesting train-wrecks.” My list won’t be quite as definitive. I love train-wrecks; I live for mixed bags.

I’ll be updating my list as often as I can — hopefully I’ll have plenty of games to add. I’d love it if you joined me in this experiment. I’m opening the comments so you, dear reader, can share your favorite games as the year goes on.

Dates refer to when I began each game, and may not align with release dates. This is not a definitive list for The Verge. I am only adding games as I play them. If you feel something is missing, please recommend it in the comments.

Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2017/1/31/14438538/best-games-of-2017-ps4-xbox-one-pc-online-android-ios

 

Top 10 Best Bluetooth Speakers in 2017 Reviews

There are lots of bluetooth speakers that are out in the market these days. To help you narrow your options, you can check this list of the best bluetooth speakers as of year 2017.

Tablets and smart phones are really awesome gadgets that can provide you with so many exciting features. The most attractive aspect is that they can be easily fit into your pocket or purse without any hassles. It is not possible for these small gadgets to produce excellent sound. If you are someone who loves to have great audio then you can think about buying Bluetooth audio that can be used for connecting with your gadgets and listen to whatever you want in better quality and in the level of the sound that you want. Below are the Top 10 Best Bluetooth Speakers:

10. Beats Pill XL

This is the Bluetooth speaker that can be used by those people who love bass. This is the Bluetooth speaker that has got the capability of providing with awesome audio performance. These are the speakers that can be easily portable. These are really speakers awesome for versatile playback options. There is built-in speakerphone available with this Bluetooth speaker. These Bluetooth speakers can be used for charging external devices. It is but an overpriced option.

9. TDK Life On Record A33 Wireless

This is the speaker that has got almost the same price of any of the best speakers that you can get from the market. This is the kind of the speaker that has got features for protecting itself from adverse weather conditions. These speakers are particularly designed for outdoors. This is the one that you need to consider when you are someone who stays outside for a long time. This is the one that can be used both for music and phone calls. The audio quality available with it is also great. There is a subwoofer and also dual drivers available with it. It is possible for you to get battery life of 6 hours but the volume and sound potential is great.

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Read more: https://top10perfect.com/best-bluetooth-speakers

 

Nintendo’s New 2DS XL is The Closest You’ll Ever Get to a ‘3DS XL Lite’

Nintendo never runs out of idea when it comes to gaming. No wonder they are on top of their respective field. They are introducing a new portable gaming console in the 3DS family. For gamers out there, you wouldn’t dare to miss this gadget!

When most of us think about Nintendo hardware, we think about the gimmick. The motion controls of the Wii, the second screen of the Nintendo DS, the stereoscopic visuals of the 3DS and the duality of the Nintendo Switch. These innovations define Nintendo’s brand — but it’s not the only hallmark of Nintendo hardware.

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The company is as much of a house of iteration as it is innovation, particularly when it comes to portable gaming. Almost every one of its handheld consoles — from the original GameBoy to the Nintendo DS — has been revised, retooled and released in a new form. Nintendo has made five versions of its original 3DS hardware, and it’s about to release one more: The New Nintendo 2DS XL.

  • Pros
    Plays ever 3DS game on the market
    More comfortable controls than previous model
    Easy access to external storage
  • Cons
    Shorter battery life than the New 3DS XL
    Uncomfortably short stylus
    Speakers are just okay

Read more: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/14/new-nintendo-2ds-xl-review

 

High-Def Camera Maker Red Announces 3D Smartphone

Wow! Technology really upgrades fast. This good news will surely shake the world of smartphone. Red will make it as a trend  and I  guess within 5 years or probably less than that, all smartphone will have a 3D camera.

The Hydrogen One Media Machine has a 5.7-in “retina-riveting” holographic display, runs Google’s Android OS and incorporates a new high-speed data bus and an “ever-expanding modular component system.”

What the company called “nanotechnology” will allow the smartphone to seamlessly switch between traditional 2D content, holographic multiview content, 3D content and interacting games, which can be viewed in both landscape and portrait modes.

“Wearable displays not spoken here,” the company stated in a press release. “It is no longer necessary to carry (or charge) another device to enjoy multi-dimensional content.”

Red said it has also created its own file type, called “Hydrogen 4-View content.” Like Apple’s iCloud service, video and photos will automatically be stored via the company’s Red Channel, which also users to stream holographic games and movies.

Read more: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3206585/mobile-wireless/high-def-camera-maker-red-announces-3d-smartphone.html

Nokia 3310 Luxury ‘Putin-Trump Summit’ Edition Launched at $2,468

I think the biggest news that really hit the politics this half-month of the year was the handshake of Putin and Trump that was caught in the camera. So if you are a fan of these two powerful men, better get your hand on this limited edition of Nokia 3310.

Nokia 3310 (2017) has been one of the most popular phones that came out this year and it seems like the feature phone has now received a luxury treatment as well. The ‘Putin-Trump Summit’ edition of the revamped Nokia 3310, which has been created in honour of the meeting between the president of the US and Russia at G20 international forum, is now available for purchase at a premium price of around $2,468 (roughly Rs. 1.6 lakhs).

The Nokia 3310 Putin-Trump Summit edition has been created by Russian phone customiser Caviar and comes with all the standard features offered by the regular variant but has a luxurious leather casing that has stripes of ‘Black Velvet’, as pointed out in a report by Neowin. With its name, it would obviously be a shame if the phone did not come with a gold plated circular emblem with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in it, and the phone doesn’t disappoint.

The case is made up of tempered titanium of VT-23 grade and the coating is a damask steel pattern. If you are thinking that there hasn’t been much thought put into the product, you are wrong. Caviar says that the emblem shows both Donald Trump and Putin looking in the same direction, which shows the common desire for progress in Russian-American relations from both the world leaders.

Read more: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/nokia-3310-putin-trump-summit-edition-price-gold-leather

 

What to Do If You Break Your Samsung Galaxy S8’s Screen

A new series of Samsung Galaxy is out in the market. But some owners have concern over the screen. You don’t have to worry for that since Samsung already had the solution  before they release this new model. Find out how in this article.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a premium smartphone known the world round for its beautiful aesthetics, all-glass body — and, of course, its immense fragility. So what happens when the gorgeous handset hits the floor and a crack spiders across its delicate exterior?

This is the question that many Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners are asking themselves, as reports of this weakness have turned out to be true. There are some great Samsung Galaxy S8 cases out there, but what recourse do owners have when an accidental drop turns out to be an expensive mistake?

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Let’s take a look at the different options for owners and the likeliness they will need to use them.

Just How Fragile is the S8?

We’ve heard about fragile phones before: the prettier they get, the less durable they often prove to be. In 2016, many consumers wondered about how easily the Galaxy S7 Edge would break and expressed concerns. But little did they know that a more fragile successor was on its way.

Insurance provider SquareTrade conducted their usual drop test with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ this year. Not only did they find out that the devices are very prone to cracks — but they are basically the most fragile handsets the company has ever tested.

The breakability of a device is measured on a scale of 100: the closer to 100 it is, the more fragile the smartphone.

The Galaxy S8 scored 76 on the scale, while the S8+ scored 77. This is classified as a “medium-high risk.” According to the company, the S8 is the first phone they’ve ever tested that has cracked on the first drop on all sides (e.g. front fall, back fall, edge, etc.).

Read more: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-to-do-break-samsung-galaxy-s8-screen

 

See Through Walls with This Smart Phone Add-On Camera

A pocket size camera that for home improvement is making a buzz in the market. It can be used to detect plumbing leaks, HVAC issues and many more. Grab it while it’s still hot!

Imagine plugging a pocket-sized camera device into your smart phone and then being able to see leaky pipes or ductwork inside walls. That’s what the Seek Thermal™ camera does.

Though thermal imaging previously required special gear costing thousands of dollars, the Seek Thermal™ camera sells for from $199 to $249 and is available through Amazon.com, Thermal.com, or Home Depot.

Mounted onto an iOS or Android phone, this tiny thermal camera accessory allows you to view, take photos, or shoot video that literally sees heat, revealing pipes, ductwork, insulation, and much more. It can find a myriad of hidden problems around the house.

What This Camera Will Do

“Some of the most cited uses have been around home improvement and construction applications,” said Seek Thermal VP of Sales, Tim LeBeau. “From finding air leaks around doors, HVAC issues, identifying drafty windows, or seeing electrical problems, use in and around the home have allowed thousands of people to see the unseen.”

Here are a variety of common uses:

  • Identify sources of energy loss, such as leaky windows and doors, broken heating ducts, and insufficient insulation
  • Trace water damage in a wall or across a ceiling to its source
  • Identify the location of pipes and pipe clogs

Read more: https://www.hometips.com/buying-guides/thermal-imaging-camera.html