After a tumultuous few months that included countless news stories, multiple product advisories and an offer to replace units they suspected of being problematic, Samsung has officially discontinued the beleaguered Galaxy Note 7 over concerns about the devices overheating and exploding. No new Note 7s will be produced, and all existing units will be recalled. (more…)
If you’re looking for arguably the best picture that’s ever been on a TV screen, then check out Sony’s all new Z9D Series 4K HDR with Android TV available at Abt. Sonyhas successfully used several different features to make this the most spectacular picture they have ever produced for consumers. Its design alone portrays.. (more…)
Pre-orders are now open for the latest entry into the world of high-end phablets, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Building on the success of previous Galaxy Note models, the new Note 7 brings some new features to the table and sees improvements to other existing tech. Visually, the most noticeable difference is the inclusion of the curved glass panel made famous by the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. In fact, the new Galaxy Note 7 bears more than a passing resemblance to the Galaxy S7 Edge, with the Note looking like the Edge’s older brother.
In the world of fitness, FitBit is recognized as one of the most popular fitness tracking devices out there. This week at CES, the company unveiled its brand new FitBit Blaze – their second fitness watch to date. The Blaze is much different from what we are used to seeing from the brand and this year Fitbit has managed to deliver a Smartwatch that can compete in not only tech, but style as well.
Close-up of the sleek FitBit Blaze in a stainless steel band.
Considering that the company occupies about 88% of the total health and fitness wearable market, bringing style to their technology is something many consumers’ have been waiting for. The fitness watch features a colorful touchscreen display and a collection of stylish leather and stainless steel band accessories to choose from. You can wear a casual band for working out and easily swap it out for a fancier choice when going out for the night.
FitBit display at CES.
The main purpose of the FitBit Blaze is still heavily focused on monitoring your fitness. It includes features such as PurePulse™Heart Rate monitoring, Connected GPS tracking, and On-Screen Workouts. Unfortunately, it does not come with built-in GPS to track your fitness on its own. However, you are able to tether it to your Smartphone and bring your mobile device along for a run or bike ride to still track your route. FitBit has also included On-Screen Workouts, a newer feature that allows you to choose from three popular workout plans accessible directly from your wrist. But perhaps the biggest difference that sets the FitBit apart from all the other fitness trackers is its SmartTrack feature. SmartTrack knows exactly what type of exercise you’re doing – without you having to touch a button. Whether you are hiking or bike riding, the built-in sensors detect your current workout and automatically log your movements for tracking. This applies to their sleep monitoring as well; the FitBit Blaze knows when you’re asleep based on your movements, so you don’t have to bother with simple tasks such as remembering to switch it into sleep-mode.
Last but not least, we absolutely cannot forget to mention that the Blaze fitness watch can also send notifications from your Smartphone to the watch. You are able to answer (or reject) phone calls, check out incoming text messages and receive calendar alerts, which is partially what allows it to hold a Smartwatch title!
All in all, the FitBit Blaze is a huge step-up for the brand in the wearable tech category. Not to mention, its thin and sleek design will surely appeal to fashionable health “techies” everywhere. Currently it’s only available to pre-order for the retail price of $199.95, with an expected arrival date in March of this year.
This week at CES 2016, our team stopped by Panasonic and got a closer look at their new upcoming product. Panasonic showcased their new Counter Top Oven with Instant Heat. The product displayed Panasonic’s new, sleek design that will carry over to other upcoming models in their product line, like the vibrant blue non-stick interior. The new Panasonic counter top oven with instant heat is a 6 slice standard sized counter top oven.
The all blue interior of the Panasonic Counter Top Oven With Instant Heat.
The Panasonic counter top oven also has great features, the small appliance has instant heat technology, making it convenient and easier when you cook, broil, bake and more. The device also has a touchscreen interface, it’s just like using your smartphone. You touch the screen to interact with the device. The touchscreen feature replaces the buttons that you find on any other appliance, you simply touch the screen to cook, bake, broil and more! But what makes this counter top unique is the USB port found on the side of the oven. The USB port can pull in information from a connected device and can allow you to pull in recipes or from cooking websites like allrecipes.com or the foodnetwork.com. Talk about easy cooking! No more damaged and stained cooking books.
You can pull in recipes by using the USB port on the side of the oven.
Panasonic’s Counter top Oven with Instant Heat makes cooking easier and the cooking ideas are endless. From roasting a chicken to baking pizza rolls, this counter top oven can make cooking hassle-free. This great small appliance will be available to you in the Fall 2016.
If you can’t wait until the Fall for a new counter top oven, check out our selection of counter top ovens by clicking here.
Samsung is one the largest manufacturer of TVs in the world, they just showcased the largest 170 ” SUHDTV this week at CES 2016 and our team got to see it. It is huge! The gigantic TV and the rest of Samsung’s SUHD TV line, 8 series and above, possess quantum dot display. This type of display will enhance the view of colors, brightness, and contrast, making it an enjoyable, realistic view. The quantum dot display consists of 1000 nits of brightness that will create a brighter picture and with Samsung’s new ultra black technology, this feature will accentuate the blacks while viewing. The quantum dot display is great for high dynamic range content like Amazon. To make the viewing experience exceptionally realistic, the SUHD TVs will have a larger color spectrum, that means more colors and a brighter picture.
The picture on Samsung’s 170″ SUHD TV is amazing!
But that’s not it! This 170″ TV isn’t just one big TV. The 170″ TV is made up of multiple small TVs to make one big picture, Samsung calls this concept “Modular TV“. Modular TV consists of smaller TVs -without bezels , linked together to create a seamless and bigger view. Although Samsung has not started this concept, the bezeless design is carried over to their consumer line. Customers interested in the 8 and 9 series SUHD TVs can also benefit from the bezeless design with a near invisible bezel.
These modules have a bezeless design to create a seamless look.
It might be a while for Samsung to have 170″ TVs in stores, but Saumsung’s 8 and 9 series SUHD TVs are available to customers. Maybe one day this 170″ SUHD TV will be displayed at our store!
When it comes to the latest technological trends, health and fitness has become a major focus. With the ability to monitor one’s fitness, technology has redefined how people workout, diet, and maintain a healthier lifestyle overall. During CES 2016, our team has come across a number of devices, such as the Misfit Shine 2, which have proved how this trend is still going strong.
In 2013, the original Misfit Shine won CES’s Top 2 Gadgets, so when our team spotted the new Misfit Shine 2, we had to take a closer look. While discussing some of the new advancements the Misfit Shine 2 has to offer, we were excited to find out that there are now 12 LED colors, a new Misfit Mood function, and a new link application. With 12 LED colors, the Shine 2 now offers easier to see updates, which is a feature many have been eagerly awaiting. By adding their new Misfit Mood, the Shine 2 offers vibration notifications to help you get up and get moving throughout the day. Seeing that Smart Home devices have also started to take over the top technological trends, Misfit has created a Link App that can be downloaded from either Apple’s App Store or on Google Play. The Link App allows the Shine 2 to control your smart devices such as the Misfit Bolt, which means you’ll have more use and functionality.
At CES 2016, we saw this portable bluetooth speaker by Hercules called the WAE Outdoor Rush Beach Speaker. This isn’t any ordinary bluetooth speaker, it’s built to enjoy music while you’re spending some time at the beach. Unlike most speakers that are painted metal, this speaker is coated with nickel so it won’t rust while you’re at the beach. This speaker is also sand-proof and dust-proof, and its IP67 rated which means it can be submerged at a meter for about 30 minutes with no damage. It has a phone charger on the bottom, an auxiliary input and a FM transmitter. There is an app you can download from their website that allows you to set your presets through your phone. This speaker is rechargeable and has a 15 hour battery life. The Hercules WAE Outdoor Rush Beach Speaker will be available in March and priced at $129.99. Say goodbye to damaged phones and speakers while you’re soaking up the sun at the beach!
The WAE Outdoor Rush Beach Speaker can be submerged at a meter for about 30 minutes with no damage to the speaker.
One of the most exciting technological advancements of the last few years has been the dawn of functional, high-quality virtual reality headsets. Products like the Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR hold the promise of truly immersive gaming and movie experiences. And while they have the optics and illusion of immersion down pat, they do tend to suffer when it comes to truly seamless integration of the user’s movements and the reactions of the displayed environment. Lag in the display compared to your movements, even if so slight it’s almost imperceptible, tells your brain that something’s not quite right. It breaks the virtual reality experience and is one of the leading causes of VR-helmet-induced motion sickness. This sophisticated motion-tracking system from IndoTraq promises to revolutionize the industry by offering uber-accurate, real-time motion tracking.
IndoTraq is accurate down to the millimeter, measuring the user’s position about 60 times a second. With the vast majority of displays running at a matching 60Hz refresh rate, the system ensures that what the user sees with every new frame matches their position in real space. Thanks to a miniature tracking tag that monitors 12 axes of information and transfers data over a variety of wireless protocols, the IndoTraq fits into an unobtrusive (relative to the giant goggles you’ll already be wearing, anyway) device that sits atop your head. Have a look at the video to learn more:
As we begin the new year, many of us want to work on a healthier lifestyle. The start of a healthy lifestyle consists of eating right and of course staying active. We go for a run, swim or go to the gym to work out.There are a variety of workouts and fitness equipment for different parts of the body, and some of us may not know what kind of workout each muscle needs. At CES 2016, our team passed by the Skulpt Chisel. The Skulpt Chisel is the first device ever to measure muscle quality, fat percentage, individual muscles and the total body as well. This device can measure up to 24 different muscles, it measures how strong or lean your muscles are by measuring the muscle fiber size. There are 12 sensors on the back of the device, the sensors on the back send small currents through the muscle fibers, picking up tons of data instantly. The device calculates the flow of the current to measure the fat percentage on each muscle, and then determine the condition of the muscle precisely. This type of technology is called Electrical Impedance Myography (EIM). This type of technology has been used in hospital research and used with NASA!
The technological part seems complex but using the device isn’t! All you do is simply spray the back the device with a little bit of tap water, and then you place it on the muscle you want to measure. You get results instantly using the app, the app is compatible with IOS and Android. Based on your results, the data helps the app determine which workout is best for you to reach your fitness goals. Using the data, it customizes what kind of workouts will be best to reach your goals.
You can check your results instantly using the app. The app has a heat map, that indicates what areas you need to work on based on the measured data. This device is great to start off the new year. Not only are you keeping your body healthy and optimizing your workouts, you are also learning and understanding how your muscles work.