Snapchat Glasses

Snapchat unveils $129 sunglasses that can record video in 10-second snippets

Snapchat unveils $129 sunglasses that can record video in 10-second snippets

By on September 24, 2016 at 3:55 PM.

In an unexpected if not utterly bizarre move, Snapchat over the weekend introduced a new piece of Snapchat-oriented hardware: Snapchat glasses. That’s right, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel believes that the exceedingly popular instant messaging and photo sharing app can succeed where Google Glass failed.

Dubbed Spectacles, Snapchat’s new glasses are equipped with a video camera and, as you might expect, are pretty straight forward to use. Users simply tap a button on the frame and the glasses will record successive clips of 10-second video all from a first person perspective.

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Daredevil Wingsuit

This crazy helmet-cam video of a wingsuit flier is the coolest thing you’ll see today

By on September 24, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

This crazy helmet-cam video of a wingsuit flier is the coolest thing you’ll see today

Daredevil Graham Dickinson has a flair for the dramatic. Last we saw, Dicksinson stared death in the face when he jumped offf of a cliff in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and reached speeds of 111 MPH as he barely grazed by trees, rocks and any number of objects that would have undoubtedly killed him upon impact.

Well, Dickinson a few days ago uploaded new helmet-cam footage of that harrowing jump and, as you might expect, it needs to be seen to be believed. The video would feel right at home in a Hollywood action movie, and is all the more impressive because there’s no special effects wizardry or camera tricks in play. On the contrary, it’s just a man equipped with nothing more than a wingsuit, a video camera and pure adrenaline.

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Hit List

Portable iPhone Charger

$17 gets you a 10,000 mAh portable battery that can recharge your phone 5+ times

By on September 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM.

$17 gets you a 10,000 mAh portable battery that can recharge your phone 5+ times

See the iPhone 7 at the top of the screen? It’s an incredible phone — easily the best handset Apple has ever made. It has a killer design, a class-leading camera and it’s finally water-resistant enough to dunk. But it has one major problem that everyone can agree on: the battery life stinks. In fact, there isn’t a smartphone on the planet that people own without wishing the battery lasted longer on a charge.

It’ll be years before we see any real progress where battery technology is concerned. In the meantime, check out the SlimLine 10,000 mAh Light Weight Charger for your Smartphone with Dual USB, which can charge your smartphone five or more times before needing to be recharged itself. More →

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Game Changers

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This solid, feature-rich dual-SIM phone boasts 3 times better battery life than its competitors

By on September 24, 2016 at 8:50 AM.

This solid, feature-rich dual-SIM phone boasts 3 times better battery life than its competitors

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Some people don’t need a smartphone. Some people value compartmentalizing their professional and personal mobile lives. Both parties will be happy with the Blu Tank T190 Quadband Unlocked Dual-SIM Phone, offering an affordable way to reliably call and send data with a battery that outlasts the competition. For a limited time, BGR readers can get the Blu Tank T190 Quadband Unlocked Dual-SIM Phone on sale for just $29.99. More →

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iPhone 7 Water Resistance

The iPhone 7 is water resistant, but can it survive big wave surfing?

By on September 23, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

The iPhone 7 is water resistant, but can it survive big wave surfing?

With the removal of the headphone jack (oh the horror!), Apple’s iPhone 7 is more water resistant than ever before. Sporting an IP67 rating, the iPhone 7 can survive submersion in water at a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes straight. That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t really tell us too much about how the iPhone holds up to water in real world conditions. After all, it’s not like anyone ever decides to just drop their phone in a meter of water and let it chill there for a half hour.

So while we’ve seen iPhone 7s being put to the test by being dropped in bowls of water, it’s time to really see what the iPhone 7 is capable of withstanding. In an effort to really put the iPhone 7 to the test, the folks over at SquareTrade Labs came up with an fun little challenge and gave big wave surfer Kai Lenny an iPhone 7 to see how the device stood up to big crashing waves in a salt water environment.

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iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode Photo Samples

iPhone 7 Plus photo samples: The ‘DSLR’ iPhone in action

By on September 23, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

iPhone 7 Plus photo samples: The ‘DSLR’ iPhone in action

The iPhone 7 is the biggest thing in tech happening this month. Of the two new iPhones, the iPhone 7 Plus is the one that stands out thanks to its dual-lens iSight Duo camera system that packs both a wide-angle and a telephoto lens. Extra RAM, and Apple’s custom image signal processor complete the camera package of the phablet, which might be the first iPhone to offer DSLR-like effects.

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Safe Galaxy Note 7 Battery

Samsung is X-raying Galaxy Note 7s to make sure they’re safe

By on September 23, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Samsung is X-raying Galaxy Note 7s to make sure they’re safe

Samsung confirmed it has already replaced around half a million Galaxy Note 7 units in the US, but it’s still only halfway there. The company is also taking additional steps to ensure the safety of its customers, including a software update that helps them identify safe batteries, and lowers the maximum charge of bad batteries. But that’s not the only thing Samsung is doing to make sure its unprecedented battery problem is fixed for good.

Regulators ordered Samsung that Galaxy Note 7 replacement batteries go through x-ray testing before shipping, and that Samsung conducts additional quality testing going forward.

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cable tv

People are paying 40% more for cable than they were 5 years ago

By on September 23, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

People are paying 40% more for cable than they were 5 years ago

The average price people are paying for cable has skyrocketed by 40% over the last five years, according to a new study from  Leichtman Research. In a survey involving 1,206 adults across the continental U.S., it was found that the average price people are paying for cable these days checks in at $103.10. By way of contrast, the average price consumers paid for cable in 2011 was $73.63.

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No headphone jack? No problem. These $40 foldable Bluetooth headphones are the perfect travel companion

By on September 23, 2016 at 7:50 PM.

No headphone jack? No problem. These $40 foldable Bluetooth headphones are the perfect travel companion

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You value the listening experience offered by your headphones, but between the long wires and bulky frames, they’re not the easiest to tote around or travel with. The FRANKLIN Bluetooth Headphones address those issues, and they’re now on sale for only $39.99. More →

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iPhone 7 Plus Camera

Latest batch of iPhone 7 Plus photo samples are truly remarkable

By on September 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Latest batch of iPhone 7 Plus photo samples are truly remarkable

Though Apple improving upon its camera technology with each successive iPhone model is nothing new, what Apple achieved with the iPhone 7 Plus represents the company’s biggest leap forward yet. Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is particularly impressive and capable because it comes equipped with an advanced dual camera system, with one sensor a wide-angle lens and the other a telephoto lens.

Admittedly, dual camera systems aren’t entirely new, but Apple’s implementation is nonetheless impressive. Aside from being able to take incredible portrait photographs utilizing the bokeh effect, but even regular photos are designed to take advantage of the device’s dual-camera setup. As referenced in our iPhone 7 review earlier today, the iPhone 7 Plus camera “actually captures two images, one with the 28mm lens and one with the 56mm lens.” Following that, Apple’s software takes data from both images and then fuses them together to create one unified photograph.

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Spy Camera For Home Use

No one will find this covert nanny cam hidden in your home

By on September 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

No one will find this covert nanny cam hidden in your home

If you want to make sure things are running smoothly in your home while you’re away, a hidden “nanny cam” is definitely the way to go. You’ll need something covert to ensure that it isn’t seen by whomever you’re trying to record in your home, but it also needs to record decent-quality video so you can make sure you catch every detail. Check out the Camscura Tilt Hidden Camera Black Box Covert Home Surveillance and Nanny Camera By Brickhouse Security, which is on sale for 40% off right now on Amazon. More →

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