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The quantified kid: Wearables for children are on the rise, for better and worse

Kiddo is a kid-focused wearable device, capable of monitoring everything from your child's skin temperature and heart rate to their nutrition. The question is whether we're ready for children's wearable devices?The post The quantified kid: Wearables for children are on the rise, for better and worse appeared first on Digital Trends.

For the first time since the 1980s, we’re excited about a music synthesizer

Roli's new keyboard, the Seaboard Block, is fully compatible with the company's modular Blocks system, but it also makes a great standalone keyboard that works with PC music creation apps, Roli's Noise app for iOS, and more.The post For the first time since the 1980s, we’re excited about a music synthesizer appeared first on Digital Trends.

For the first time since the 1980s, we’re excited about a music synthesizer

Roli's new keyboard, the Seaboard Block, is fully compatible with the company's modular Blocks system, but it also makes a great standalone keyboard that works with PC music creation apps, Roli's Noise app for iOS, and more.The post For the first time since the 1980s, we’re excited about a music synthesizer appeared first on Digital Trends.

With lasers and hot nylon, Formlabs just took 3D printing to a whole new level

Formlabs' new 3D printer, the Fuse 1, is the most affordable selective laser sintering machine the world has ever seen -- and it has huge implications for the future of 3D printing.The post With lasers and hot nylon, Formlabs just took 3D printing to a whole new level appeared first on Digital Trends.

Apple still doesn’t know what to do with Macs, and WWDC 2017 was proof

This April, Apple made a peculiar move – it invited a select batch of journalists to see the future of its high-end Macs. Behind closed doors, the company provided a glimpse into its upcoming iMac and Mac Pro hardware. This rare, exclusive, off-schedule presser served an obvious purpose. It was an apology to Mac fans. […]The post Apple still doesn’t know what to do with Macs, and WWDC 2017 was proof appeared first on Digital Trends.

We flew to Taipei to see how HTC made the U11

HTC just announced a new phone -- the HTC U11. Following in Samsung and LG’s footsteps this year, the company invited us to its factory in Taiwan to see how its smartphones are built.The post We flew to Taipei to see how HTC made the U11 appeared first on Digital Trends.

New tech lets us ‘speak’ with Holocaust survivors, even after they’re gone

New technology for holding natural conversations with recordings of Holocaust survivors could also someday be used for you to speak with deceased loved ones.The post New tech lets us ‘speak’ with Holocaust survivors, even after they’re gone appeared first on Digital Trends.

New tech lets us ‘speak’ with Holocaust survivors, even after they’re gone

New technology for holding natural conversations with recordings of Holocaust survivors could also someday be used for you to speak with deceased loved ones.The post New tech lets us ‘speak’ with Holocaust survivors, even after they’re gone appeared first on Digital Trends.

Your next notebook will run for days thanks to Qualcomm — not Intel

Microsoft is working with Qualcomm to make the full version of Windows 10 on ARM a reality. The partnership lives under the shadow of Microsoft’s failed Windows RT, but there’s reason to think this new effort will be different.The post Your next notebook will run for days thanks to Qualcomm — not Intel appeared first on Digital Trends.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium first impressions

While in Taipei for Computex 2017, I got to spend some time with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Here are

Amazon’s new retail bookstores have all of the books, but none of the charm

The opening of NYC's Amazon Books brought in tons of customers but the concept falls completely flat in transforming the experience of purchasing books when you’re trapped on your phone the entire time.The post Amazon’s new retail bookstores have all of the books, but none of the charm appeared first on Digital Trends.

The first ‘steps’ of this giant mech make a baby giraffe look graceful

Digital Trends traveled out to Elkhart, Indiana to watch "the world's first exo-bionic racing mech" take its first steps -- and it didn't quite go like we thought it would.The post The first ‘steps’ of this giant mech make a baby giraffe look graceful appeared first on Digital Trends.

You aren’t ready for this crazy 8K monitor. No really, you probably can’t use it

Want an 8K monitor? The Dell UP3218K is the only choice. It’s a gorgeous piece of technology that blows away even Apple’s iMac with Retina, but your computer probably can’t handle it.The post You aren’t ready for this crazy 8K monitor. No really, you probably can’t use it appeared first on Digital Trends.

Would Apple dare kill the MacBook? Yeah, it might

Apple’s MacBook is one of its most iconic products, but as the company looks to what’s next, the laptop’s future may be in doubt.The post Would Apple dare kill the MacBook? Yeah, it might appeared first on Digital Trends.

5 reasons why the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is my daily driver

Here are five reasons why the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is going to be my daily driver for the foreseeable

No $4,000 PC needed: To dominate mobile esports, you just need a phone

We attended the first championship event of 2017 for mobile game Vainglory, and not only did the experience changed our impression of esports, but it gave us an insight into how smartphones are shaping the future of esports.The post No $4,000 PC needed: To dominate mobile esports, you just need a phone appeared first on Digital Trends.

The new Surface Pro is boring — and that’s a good thing. Here’s why

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro is an incremental update on the Surface Pro 4, and that’s okay. It shows that Windows PC makers are doing their jobs by making high-quality, innovative PCs.The post The new Surface Pro is boring — and that’s a good thing. Here’s why appeared first on Digital Trends.

Fabrics of the future will shed like snakes and sanitize your skin

The fabrics of the future are being developed in research labs today to solve age-old problems, from keeping us dry to killing germs.The post Fabrics of the future will shed like snakes and sanitize your skin appeared first on Digital Trends.

Weed, booze, guns. This vending machine can sell just about anything

A smart vending machine that can verify your age and identity is designed to sell pot, alcohol, and guns.The post Weed, booze, guns. This vending machine can sell just about anything appeared first on Digital Trends.

How Google Assistant on Google Home is outclassing Amazon’s Alexa

About six months after Google Home's debut, Amazon may still have more third-party skills, but Google Assistant is matching and outclassing Alexa in all its other features.The post How Google Assistant on Google Home is outclassing Amazon’s Alexa appeared first on Digital Trends.

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AG DEALS: Gadgets and gear on sale today

Who doesn’t like a good bargain on tech and gadgets? If you’re like us, you’re always on the hunt for something new and fun to pick up, especially if it’s on sale.We’ve gathered up a handful of best-selling products in the AG Deals Store and are sharing them below.The products span a range of different topics, but each of them has a common feature: excellent pricing. Be sure to look around the entire store, though, as there are tons of great things to grab.RokBlok: The World’s Smallest Wireless Record Player ($89.99)As seen on Shark Tank, RokBlok is the world’s smallest, wireless record player. This handy device combines classic and modern. Rock out to your favorite records with RokBlok’s built-in speaker. Simply place RokBlok on a record, and raise the control lever to start playing. You can even wirelessly send your music to any Bluetooth device for an even bigger sound. Use RokBlok to listen to your favorite records anywhere you can find a flat surface. $89.99JOT Battery Base for Google Home Mini ($16.99)JOT is a portable, battery base for your Google Home Mini designed to provide rechargeable, cord-free mobility at your fingertips. Simply nest the Google Home Mini securely into JOT to untether and enjoy cordless use anywhere in your home. $16.99MOGICS Power Bagel: Travel Power Strip ($36.95)The MOGICS Bagel is the world’s first and only travel power strip with 5 international AC sockets, dual USB ports, 3ft integrated length-adjustable power cord, and an ergonomic AC plug. The adjustable cord comes with auto-lock stoppers to keep it all neat and organized. No more messy flying cords with MOGICS Bagel! $36.95Sinji Flexible Borescope Camera ($29.95)The Sinji Borescope is a flexible inspection camera to provide a quick and easy overview of hard to reach areas. Investigate your blocked drain pipe or a defective machine part, take photos, or record a video. The waterproof camera is equipped with a 2-meter microUSB to USB cable and a ø8mm camera lens. With included hook and magnet, you can also use this borescope to retrieve lost keys and other items. ($29.95)OMNIA UVC+ Ozone Sterilizer Box with Fast Wireless Charger ($69.99)The OMNIA UVC+ Ozone Sterilizer Box kills 99.9% of bacteria on small personal items such as smartphones, watch, headphones, jewelry, credit card, makeup brushes, and more. With a simple press of a button, you can sterilize your stuff at a standard 18-minute period or superior 30-minute mode. Not only that, this device also lets you refresh and charge your item while sanitizing thanks to its aromatherapy and wireless charging function. It’s three gadgets all in one! $69.99Samsung Galaxy Buds Bluetooth True Wireless Earbuds with Wireless Charging Case (No Box) ($99.99)Pair Samsung Galaxy Buds with your phone or tablet and go. Listen and chat during the day, then wirelessly recharge for 15 minutes to get up to 1.7 more hours of play time. Tuned by AKG, Galaxy Buds deliver clear calls, your favorite podcasts and the music you love while keeping you aware of your surroundings when walking, working or working out. water proof IPX2 (Splash resistant).Battery Capacity (Earbud) 58mAh. Battery Capacity (Case) 252mAh. $99.99

Arlo adds two cameras to Essential line

Arlo on Tuesday added two new cameras to its portfolio of wireless cameras. Both devices, the Arlo Essential and Arlo Essential Spotlight XL, are set to arrive in the coming months.As part of the Essential line of cameras, these are more affordable than the Pro line, and give consumers a wallet-friendly way of outfitting their home. The two more or less bookend the already-available Essential Spotlight camera.The cameras are designed to work indoors or outdoors and can even handle heat, cold, rain, and sun. Moreover, they’re compatible with your favorite digital assistant and can be tied to IFTTT for automation.The Arlo Essential will be offered later this holiday season for $99.99 and features 1080p HD video, two-way audio, and a 130-degree viewing angle.Arlo Essential FeaturesFull High Definition Camera: Capture clear details in full high definition with the ability to record video in 1080p2-Way Audio: Hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio qualityBuilt-in Siren: Siren can be triggered automatically or manually from the appNight Vision: Black and white night vision turns on automatically once its dark so you can see even without a lightWeather-Resistant: Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun and can be used indoors or outdoorsMotion Detection and Alerts: Alerts sent directly to your phone when motion is detectedRechargeable Battery: Convenient and long-lasting battery with six-months of battery life on one charge130° Viewing Angle: Keep an eye on more of what matters with a wider field-of-viewPlatform Compatibility: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT for easy interaction, automation and controlThe Arlo Essential XL Spotlight is basically the Arlo Essential Spotlight (read our review) with an extended battery. According to Arlo it will last up to one year on a full charge. Customers can pre-order the camera for $149.99 today; the launch date is not clear.Arlo Essential XL Spotlight FeaturesExtended Battery Life: One year of battery life on one charge, perfect for high traffic locations or areas that are difficult to reach so you can charge less frequently1Integrated Spotlight: Let’s you see what’s lurking in the dark with a bright spotlight to illuminate the area of activity; spotlight can be motion activated or manually turned on2-Way Audio: Hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio qualityBuilt-in Siren: Siren can be triggered automatically or manually from the appColor Night Vision: See color even at night thanks to an integrated spotlightFull High Definition Camera: Capture clear details in full high definition with the ability to record video in 1080pWeather-Resistant: Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun and can be used indoors or outdoorsMotion Detection and Alerts: Alerts sent directly to your phone when motion is detected130° Viewing Angle: Keep an eye on more of what matters with a wider field-of-viewPlatform Compatibility: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT for easy interaction, automation and control

Create a mobile app for your business to maximize growth

The popularity of mobile apps is indisputable. The number of downloadable apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store is only increasing. Everyone who has a smartphone has at least one app on it. But what does this mean for businesses?Mobile apps have given companies a completely new way to connect with their customers, and they offer a lot of opportunities for small businesses to grow and expand. If you want to learn how to create an app and make money, you’ve come to the right place.Benefits of creating a mobile appCredit: Pexel (Pixabay)If you’re not completely sure how a simple mobile app can be beneficial for your business, you’ll probably be surprised by all of the reasons why you need to create an app. Not only does it help you keep up with trends, but it also allows you to expand your market and increase revenue.There are multiple ways mobile apps help you do this.Reach customers from all over the worldNot that long ago, businesses could only cater to local buyers, especially if they were small and didn’t have a large marketing budget. However, thanks to the mobile app revolution, you can now offer your products and services to people from different cities, regions, and even countries.While you will cater to local buyers at first, once you start growing, you can use geo-location technologies to expand your customer base easily. Furthermore, customers will have access to your store at their fingertips, no matter where they’re located.Easy to create brand awarenessBranding is very important if you want to grow your business. When you think of some of the most successful companies, you can probably see their logo in your mind’s eye as well. Branding plays a significant role in staying at the top of your customer’s mind and increasing visibility.When you have a mobile app, creating brand awareness becomes significantly easier. This is because when a customer installs your app on their phone, your company’s logo will be on full display whenever they look at their mobile screen.You can create better customer experienceUnlike mobile websites that depend on organic traffic to be even remotely successful, mobile apps only require the user to download it. Once a customer finds your app and installs it consciously, it is easy to turn them into a loyal customer if they find your app useful and helpful.Mobile apps can use optimized device features to create a more enjoyable experience for all users. Mobile payment technologies make transactions quicker and easier, while geo-location technologies can leverage more business opportunities by providing contextual and location-based advertising.Collecting user data is easierNowadays, it’s common practice to always have your smartphone with you wherever you go, and businesses with mobile apps can use this to their advantage. Since mobile devices have an array of device-specific sensors built into them, it’s easy to collect accurate user data.You will be able to find out a plethora of valuable user-specific data such as location, demographics, buying habits, and preferences. This allows you to create better targeted marketing strategies.Advice for mobile app creationWilliam Iven (Pixabay )Before you create an app marketing strategy and start attracting users, you need to make sure your app follows some basic principles. After all, you need to be careful about every aspect of your app if you want to prioritize business growth.Don’t put too much information in your appKeep in mind that when someone installs your app, they do it because they’re already familiar with your business and products. There’s no need to over-educate them and provide them with the information they already know.Many business apps have long texts on their opening screens, which does nothing except annoy users. Replace these with tooltips that will tell your users more about the app and a tutorial that will explain how to use the app and what it’s meant for.Remove all sources of frictionThe smallest things can cause friction in your app, so you need to remove all potential risks.Make actions clear. Every screen on your app needs to have one clear action that makes it easy for users to move through the app without making any wrong choices.The CTAs need to be consistent. Every CTA you include needs to have the same superficial traits. This includes placement, color, wording, and font.Avoid cognitive load. Examine how much text you have on every screen and decide if all of it is necessary. If not, remove everything that doesn’t explain how to reach the next screen.Include positive reinforcementIt’s important to encourage users to go through your app, and the best way to do so is by rewarding them for every action no matter how small it is. This can be done by including checkmarks when they fill out form fields and including transition animations that will thank users after performing an action such as completing a purchase.Prioritize effective referral channelsA referral program needs to be an essential part of your app, as 92% of consumers trust referrals from people they know. In the early stages, offer multiple referral channels, but after some time, analyze their success rates to find the channels that yield the highest number of referrals. Once you do that, only keep those channels and focus on maximizing send volume from them.Make referral programs appealing to both sidesReferral programs can be a powerful tool that influences your business’ growth, but only if it appeals to both the people who invite their contacts and the ones who are invited. The best way to make your referral programs appealing to both sides is to offer double-sided incentives.For instance, you can offer a discount, a free sample, free shipping, or any incentive that would appeal to customers who love your brand. Just don’t forget that once new customers come to your app, you need to provide them with great user experience so they stay there long-term.Final thoughtsThe widespread use of mobile apps has made it easy for companies to utilize their power, attract more customers, and make their business grow. Now that you know all the benefits of mobile business apps and how to design a good one, there’s nothing stopping you from growing your business. All that’s left to do is create an app and start making money with it.Featured Image: Mohamed Hassan (Pixabay)EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Samsung Galaxy adds another star with S20 Fan Edition

Samsung on Wednesday added another member to its Galaxy S20 family with the introduction of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE).With pricing that starts at $699, the S20 FE retains many of the popular and most-wanted features from the standard model.The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition packs a large (6.5-inch) AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, triple cameras, and a generous 4500mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities.The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 6GB RAM and houses 128GB internal storage. A microSD expansion card slot allows for up to 1TB external media.The triple rear camera setup is comprised of a 12-megapixel main, 12-megapixel wide, and 8-megapixel telephoto lens. The front packs a 32-megapixel selfie camera.Samsung Phone Buyer’s Guide (Fall 2020)Rounding out the specs, the Galaxy S20 FE includes an in-display optical fingerprint reader, sub-6GHz 5G support, IP68 rating against dust and water, and NFC.The phone will be offered in six colors: Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange, and Cloud White. Galaxy S20 Fan Edition 1 of 12 AvailabilityPre-orders start immediately for the $699 Galaxy S20 Fan Edition with general availability on October 2. It can be purchased through a variety of wireless service providers as well as unlocked through Samsung.Verizon will offer a version of the phone which also supports its mmWave 5G network. That model will be named the Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW.