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Five Water-Resistant Products for Your Spring Adventures

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

April showers can lead to more than just May flowers if you like to be active outdoors in the spring. You might not mind a little sprinkle on your morning run or weekend in the park, but your electronics probably will. A typical phone, wireless speaker or camera can usually survive a brief encounter with water, but when you’re unsure what the weather’s going to bring, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Luckily, there are more options than ever for ensuring your electronics can endure extensive exposure to nature’s wrath. Here are five of our favorite water-resistant products for your spring adventures.

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Your smartphone is your hub to any and all digital activities, from entertainment to productivity. If it gets soaked by a surprise shower or a dip in a puddle, you may suddenly find yourself without your music collection, workout tracking, communications and more. If you’ll be springing for a new smartphone this spring, consider choosing a waterproof model like the Samsung Galaxy S7. This high-end smartphone packs all of the great features you’d expect from a Samsung flagship smartphone (a quad-core processor, QHD AMOLED display, expandable storage, 4K video, and more) all wrapped in a resilient package. So not only do you get IP68 rating for dust and water-resistance—meaning the S7 can survive a dunk in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes—but you don’t have to sacrifice performance to get it. (more…)

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Best of CES 2017: Top 5 Best TV Developments

Monday, January 9th, 2017

CES 2017 wasn’t much for shocking new technology debuts or any real game-changers. Instead, we saw plenty of refinements and advancements to the wowing tech that debuted maybe last year or the year before. That trend was especially evident with televisions and associated home theater stuff. Here are our Top 5 Developments in TV from this year’s CES.

1.) More OLED

For nearly three years now, LG has had run of the court as the only manufacturer with a commercially-available OLED set. While a bit pricey, they also produced what was unanimously considered the best picture possible in a backlit display that you could fit in your family room. That changed this year, with both Sony and Panasonic showing off their own OLED models.  The Sony Bravia A1E OLED has a few other tricks up its sleeve, in addition to the stunning picture. Meanwhile, Panasonic’s 65EZ1000 OLED is claimed to have double the brightness of a typical OLED, which may make it reigning champ of the home theater picture quality, a crown they often wore in the Plasma TV days.

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CES 2017: Samsung Invisible Connections & No Gap Wall Mount

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Samsung has been working hard over the past year to eliminate the mess of wires behind your TV and make hanging it on the wall much easier.  The new QLED TVs from Samsung feature their new “Invisible Connection” cable, is a thin optical wire that carries content from the One Connect box to your Samsung TV. The cable is in-wall rated, so you can run it through drywall just like conventional cables. But the new cable is especially great for people who don’t want to run their cables through their walls, because it’s so thin and nearly transparent that it can easily blend into the wall. This cable will reduce the clutter behind your TV Set making for a clean look and, with both five and 15-meter options, will be applicable to most typical home theater setups.
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Building the Ultimate Affordable Home Theater: Black Friday Edition

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

There’s no better time to buy electronics, especially products for your home theater, than Black Friday. The year’s lowest prices on TVs, audio components, and video game consoles mean that you can put together an impressive entertainment system for under $1000. And this isn’t a collection of leftover no-name electronics—we’re including the latest technology from the best brands in the business.

Getting the best picture and sound for your money

At the heart of any good home theater is a stunning display. We’re going to go with a 50-inch TV, which is a great size for the average family room. This Black Friday weekend (11/24-26), the Samsung UN50KU6300 will drop to just $398. That’s an Ultra HD, HDR-capable Smart TV for less than four hundred bucks, a price that was unheard of even just last year. The KU6300 will play all of the latest content from both physical and streaming sources in 4K UHD resolution, with HDR, which means the picture will have the extra clarity of 4K and contain a dynamic range of tones that a normal TV could never display. This set is probably the bang-for-the-buck TV deal of the year.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Information

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The problematic phablet has officially been axed

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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…)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Now Available for Pre-order

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

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.

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Squad Up with Samsung Galaxy Tablets

Friday, July 15th, 2016

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In less than a month, the action-packed summer blockbuster Suicide Squad, is coming to theaters. Starting today, Samsung is giving you two tickets to see Suicide Squad in theaters when you purchase a qualifying tablet*!

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Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Samsung tablets are perfect for the classroom or for your own entertainment. Light-weight, sleek, and compact, Samsung tablets great for whenever you are on the go to your next class or the coffee shop. To redeem your tickets, you must purchase a Galaxy Tab A (10.1 version only), Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy View, or Galaxy Tab ProS. As an added bonus, when you purchase a qualifying tablet, you’ll also receive a digital download of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice*.

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Stay Active with the New Samsung Gear Fit2

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

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Fitness bands and heart rate monitors are essential in the fitness world; they help us stay fit while maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Most fitness bands provide useful features that monitor our heart rate, keep track of how many calories we burned, or track our sleeping patterns. There are multiple kinds of fitness bands out there that can fit your lifestyle, but the most important purpose of having a fitness band is to reach our fitness goals. There many brands that you can choose from, like Samsung. Samsung isn’t only known for TVs and smartphones, but they are making their way up in the fitness world by designing high-tech wearable devices like the Samsung Gear Fit2. The Gear Fit2 ensures precise results especially with built-in GPS tracking. The built-in GPS tracks your distance, speed, and running route in real time, so you can ditch your phone and leave it at home.

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Samsung’s Family Hub Refrigerator

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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Imagine a fridge that can entertain during dinner, view your son’s soccer practice schedule, and capture pictures of the inside of your fridge. Seems too good to be true, right? Believe it or not, Samsung has stepped up their game with their notable appliance, the Family Hub refrigerator. The Family Hub is Samsung’s new Wi-Fi enabled touchscreen fridge that can help your family stay organized while providing entertainment for the whole house.

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CES 2016: Transparent TVs

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Televisions have been getting thinner and thinner every year, bringing us to today’s svelte OLED TVs that measure under a centimeter in depth. An ultrathin TV flush-mounted to the wall blends into existing home decor much better than the huge tube TVs of yesteyear. Even relatively recent plasma TVs are bulky in comparison. But view an OLED TV from the side and it almost disappears. So perhaps the next evolution in TVs will be to make them almost literally vanish with the push of a button. This year at CES, we’ve scoped out transparent TVs from two of the big names in display technology.

Panasonic cleverly integrated their transparent LED TV into home shelving, so when the TV is powered off it acts as a display case for knick-knacks or photos.

Samsung, meanwhile, utilized OLEDs to achieve a similar effect.


Samsung’s display hints towards a more commercial application, as opposed to home use. Although, we do like the suggestion that panels like these may one day replace windows—we’d never have to suffer through a gloomy Chicago winter day again! There’s no definitive release information set for either of these examples, so don’t expect to see transparent TVs (pun intended) in stores any time soon.

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