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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ hands-on: Unrivaled beauty, but is it more than skin deep?

New Atlas goes hands-on with Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+

After months of leaks and rumors, there wasn’t much left to the imagination before Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. But no matter how many alleged press images and stealthily-taken spy shots we’d seen of the phones, there’s nothing quite like gazing at it with your own eyes and holding it in your own hands. We got to do just that at Samsung’s New York launch event today.

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For this new RC car, it’s all in the arm

The Ultigesture Gesture-Controlled Smart Car

When it comes to remote-control cars, not everyone “takes” to traditional joystick or trigger-style remotes. If you’re one of those people, then you might be interested in the Ultigesture Gesture-Controlled Smart Car. It’s controlled using arm movements, via a Bluetooth LE wristband.

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Michaels: 60% off one regular priced item coupon (today only)

Michaels: 60% off one regular priced item coupon

Michaels has a rare coupon available good for 60% off any one regular priced item!

If you prefer to shop online, you can also save 60% off any one regular priced item when you use the promo code 60SAVE32917 at checkout.

Valid today only, March 29, 2017.

Thanks, Freebie Shark!

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Samsung Unveils Galaxy S8 and S8+ With Iris and Facial Recognition, No Home Button

Samsung officially announced its much-anticipated Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones today at simultaneous launch events held in New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s Olympic Park.



The company’s post-Note7 comeback device and de facto “iPhone 8″ rival has already been the subject of several leaks in recent weeks, but today we finally got the full picture of what Samsung’s new flagship models are offering consumers who are in the market for a new smartphone this year.



As expected, the S8 comes in two sizes with a curved edge-to-edge 5.8-inch or 6.2-inch QHD AMOLED display. The always-on screen has a 2960×1440 resolution within a minimal bezel design that pushes the home button with fingerprint recognition to the rear of the device, alongside the camera.


The rear camera features a 12 megapixel f/1.7 lens, while an 8 megapixel f/1.7 camera with autofocus sits above the screen on the front. Samsung has also integrated iris scanning and facial recognition into the front camera to make unlocking the phone and signing into websites easier.






On the right side of the handset is the power button, while the left side houses volume controls and a separate button to activate Bixby, Samsung’s new virtual assistant, developed by the original creators of Siri. Harman Kardon stereo speakers are visible on the bottom of the device, along with a USB-C port and a headphone jack.


Inside, the S8 features a Snapdragon 835 processor, a 10 nanometer chip made in partnership by Qualcomm and Samsung. Paired with the chip is 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage with microSD support for up to 256GB. The standard model has a 3,000mAh battery, while the Plus device gets 3,500mAh. Both models support fast wireless charging.



On the software side, the S8 runs Android 7.0 and has a Bluetooth dual audio feature that lets users stream audio to two separate headsets or speakers at the same time. There’s also a multi-window feature that enables two apps to run on the screen simultaneously. Another feature Samsung is debuting with the S8 is Samsung DeX, which allows users to connect the phone to an external display, keyboard, and mouse, to use the operating system like a computer.



The 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 price starts at $750, while the 6.2-inch 8+ device starts at $850. Prices may vary. Both handsets are waterproof to IP68 standard and come in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, and Arctic Silver colorways. Pre-orders begin on March 30. Both handsets will go on sale online and in stores in the U.S., Canada, and across Europe on April 21.



The pieces are finally starting to come together for what should be a remarkable battle of the smartphones this year. Apple’s widely rumored high-end redesigned iPhone with a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display will likely launch in September, although the majority of stock may not be available until later in the fourth quarter, according to recent rumors.


Apple is widely expected to use Samsung-made AMOLED display technology in at least one of three possible iPhones to be released this year, so the S8 arguably offers the best preview yet of the screen quality of possible future Apple devices. Rumors suggest Touch ID could be embedded in the equivalent Apple display, while iris scanning, facial recognition, and some form of wireless charging have also been floated as possible features of a “10th anniversary” edition iPhone.

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MIDI controller can turn everyday objects into music makers

The automat analog orchestra, featuring bashers and beaters triggered by MIDI software running on a laptop ...

Though MIDI controllers are generally used for digital music making, the automat from dadamachines offers laptop or smartphone tunesmiths the opportunity to create something distinctly analog. A central control box acts as the go-between for MIDI software and a bunch of bashers and beaters that can be placed near such things as plastic boxes, metal balls or glass jars to sound the melody.

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Apple’s Stock Soars Past $1,000 Pre-Split Price as Bulls Think ‘Golden Opportunity’ to Buy Remains

AAPL rose over two percent on Tuesday to close at $143.80, a new all-time high. The stock also surpassed a per-share price of $1,000 when adjusted for Apple’s 7-for-1 stock split in June 2014. Apple now has a market valuation of over $750 billion on its path towards becoming the world’s first trillion dollar company.






The milestone comes as longtime Apple analyst turned venture capitalist Gene Munster told CNBC that now remains a “golden opportunity” to buy Apple stock. Munster’s new firm Loup Ventures has a $180 to $200 price range for AAPL, and he expects “clear sailing” for Apple investors in the months ahead.



Apple analyst Brian White of brokerage firm Drexel Hamilton maintained his “buy” rating for AAPL today, with a price target of $185. He continues to believe that Apple remains “among the most underappreciated stocks in the world” and that “Apple has Samsung on the ropes like never before in recent memory.”


An excerpt from White’s latest research note obtained by MacRumors:

With Apple operating on all cylinders and a strong iPhone launch expected this fall, combined with the rise of more China-based competitors, we believe the pressure is on Samsung to deliver a strong upgrade without any missteps. We believe if Samsung stumbles again, the company’s position in the smartphone market could be permanently impaired.

Apple analyst Steven Milunovich of investment bank UBS has maintained his “buy” rating for AAPL as well, with a price target of $151 set in late February. In a bullish scenario where Apple has “caught the next major trend,” he believes the stock’s price could reach $200 within the next two years or so.



Apple is widely expected to benefit from another “supercycle” of iPhone upgrades this year, given a “larger than ever” base of existing customers with an iPhone 6 or older device. Apple’s stock price has also been fueled by excitement surrounding a rumored 5.8-inch iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display.



Update: AAPL closed at $144.12 on Wednesday, setting yet another all-time high.


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No expense spared for luxury tiny house build

Luxury features in the Earth and Sky Palace include replica embossed alligator skin wallpaper, and a ...

Though brand-new, the Earth and Sky Palace tiny house has a pleasantly weathered appearance that helps it stand out in the crowded small living scene. Inside, the towable dwelling is laid-out on one floor and boasts some high-end additions that are unusual for a tiny home, including an app-controlled air-con unit.

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Should you buy a headset or studio mic for your recording needs?

We recommend either a headset with a built-in microphone or a studio microphone and headphones setup for your audio needs. Here’s what you need to know about both options

Keep it simple

Opting to invest in a quality headset with a quality microphone is a great way to keep everything simple. There’s no need for extra hardware to get everything working. Simply plug in the 3.5mm connector or USB plug, and you’re good to go. Another positive of headsets is that they do not require space on the desk aside from when you’re not wearing them. It’s less hassle for those who just want to enjoy music and media, and also play some games while talking to others.

One reason many still rely on the trusty headset is due to the accessory not picking up keyboard noise as much as a studio or desk-mounted microphone, which can pick up keystrokes and send them across to whoever may be listening on a VoIP platform. They also do a solid job of cutting out background noise and are normally positioned adjacent to the mouth to better hone in on and pick up your voice.