Archive for August, 2018


Master Python, HTML, CSS, and computer science on the cheap

It’s never to late to get started on a new hobby or career path. Finding what resonates in you is important, and for some people, that means creating and tinkering. To create in today’s world that often revolves around coding, or computer science.

Don’t you want to be among the nerds and geeks shaping the way we work, communicate, or simply live? We’ve got an incredible collection of training designed to help you become proficient in a variety of languages.

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Find your perfect match-ress. Take the Helix Sleep quiz and save up to $150 off this Labor Day

In a perpetually stimulating world full of smartphones, computer screens, and now VR, people are turning to caffeinated beverages, nootropics, and meditation sessions to recharge their energy reserves.  But there is simply no replacement for a good old fashioned night’s sleep – and a high quality mattress is the foundation to achieve that healthy lifestyle.

That’s the core concept behind Helix Sleep, a rising star and unique player in the mattress startup community. Helix matches each type of sleeper to  [Read More…]

Alcatel 7 review

As phones continue to get better, we’re seeing some compelling options at the cheaper end of the market. Companies like Motorola have made a statement by producing very nice devices that can be had for the price of a nice steak dinner with the family.

Alcatel, much like Motorola, has plenty of experience making “cheap” but good devices. We’re now getting our first look at its newest “flagship” device the Alcatel 7. This isn’t a flagship in the normal sense,  [Read More…]

Google pulling Android Messages update is a breach of trust

Google recently pushed an update out that brought its new Material Theme and dark UI to Android Messages. Users were happy to see this new version of the app hit their phones. Unfortunately, the excitement was short lived. Less than 48 hours after the update, Google pulled the new UI back with no explanation via a server-side regression.

Downgrading a new version of an app isn’t uncommon. Developers find small bugs after the fact all the time and recommend users  [Read More…]

Motorola One and One Power offer the notch on the cheap

After months of leaks and rumors, the Motorola One and One Power are finally official. The Lenovo-owned company introduced the two phones just in time for IFA 2018.

These are Motorola’s first smartphones featuring a notch, so if you’re a fan of this popular design trend you’re probably going to be quite excited about the two new models. The One and One Power are also part of the Android One family, so this means you’ll get near-stock Android experience and  [Read More…]

Qualcomm’s AptX Adaptive codec aims to make Bluetooth headphones not suck

The algorithm can adapt to your environment and kind of audio you’re listening to.

Qualcomm’s been on a mission to make Bluetooth headphones not so terrible with its AptX audio codec, and at IFA 2018, the company announced the next generation of this — AptX Adaptive.

As convenient as wireless headphones are, the Bluetooth connection they rely on isn’t always the best. Sometimes your audio will cut out, certain environments cause for a lot of interference, and  [Read More…]

Mophie introduces four new wireless chargers from the Charge Stream family

Mophie known for its quality mobile accessory, this week launched a four new additions to the Charge Stream lineup. These are all wireless chargers designed to work with compatible smartphones from Apple, Samsung and other Qi-enabled smartphones.

The new products are the vent mount, desk stand, powerstation wireless, and powerstation wireless XL. Below we take a quick look at each to see what they bring to the table.

Vent mount

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Which PlayStation 4 should you buy to play Spider-Man?

Get your sling on with the best console for you.

Marvel’s Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 launches Sept. 7, so if you don’t have a PS4 yet, it’s time to start thinking about which one you want to buy. Let us help you with a quick guide on which one to get.

If you want 4K — get the PS4 Pro

Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 will support PS4 Pro enhancements. Developer Insomniac Games has confirmed that the  [Read More…]

Are planar magnetic headphones worth the higher cost?

Best answer: Planar magnetic headphones are more expensive than their dynamic driver cousins, but the better sound quality will surely be worth it. If you don’t want to spend too much, the HIFIMAN HE-400I are a great pair for a decent price. For a bit more money, the new Audeze Mobius headphones offer more features like Bluetooth connectivity.

Amazon: HIFIMAN HE-400I ($ 189) Audeze: Audeze Mobius ($ 400)

Headphones are easy to understand on the surface: plug  [Read More…]

Eletrolux announces Google Assistant support for smart ovens early next year

What’s the point of a smart home if Google Assistant support isn’t available? Is a product truly “smart” if you can’t tell your Google Home to control it?

Existentialism aside, Electrolux announced that future smart ovens will feature Google Assistant support. While the smart-ifying of common household appliances is often frowned upon (as they get more complicated, more annoying, less secure, and potentially even less reliable), this one makes sense.

How many times have you left the house and realized you  [Read More…]