Most of us hate our banks for gouging us for fee after fee, requiring minimums, and offering teaser rates that turn into nothing more than the same old BS accounts. I’ve studied most of the checking accounts on the market … Continued
This week, I’m sharing my favorite accounts with you. Tuesday: The best checking account Yesterday: The best credit card Today: The best savings account In my last note, I talked about why American Express Starwood card is the best all-around … Continued
One sale now 32% OFF at Snapndeals: Collier’s Guide to Night Photography in the Great Outdoors eBook. Now only until January 26th, 2016 Of all the phenomena you can view in the night sky, the Northern Lights may be the most spectacular. The lights are created by charged particles from the sun, interacting with gaseous […]
The forthcoming Smart Remote from Sevenhugs easily controls all your connected devices—just point it at what you want to control. It recognizes the device & adapts its color touchscreen accordingly. Use it for Philips Hue lights, Nest thermostat, Sonos speakers, and more.
Goldenvoice — the people behind Coachella — are partnering Silicon Valley with Silicon Valley startup Doppler Labs to bring the Here Active Listening System to the masses.
Here — which raised more than $600,000 on Kickstarter last year — is an in-ear audio system that uses wireless earbuds and an app on your phone to control and personalize a live-audio environment.
The idea is that the earbuds — which are kind of like high-tech hearing aids — can be used to modify the sounds in your physical environment. This can mean eliminating background sounds, raising the bass, adjusting reverb or creating other sonic experiences. Read more…
Sony is launching a connected light that performs a surprising number of chores. The "Multifunctional Light," developed using Toshiba’s LED lighting tech, can (of course) output a full spectrum of light to match your mood. When it’s connected to your smartphone or other WiFi device, you can also activate it remotely or set it up on a scheduled timer, like most other smart bulbs. That’s just scratching the surface of this product, though. It also has built-in motion, luminance, temperature and humidity sensors, along with a memory card slot, infrared controller, speaker and microphone. For a light fixture, that lets it do a ridiculous amount of stuff.
For instance, it can detect when you’re in the room and turn on the TV or air conditioning, work as a room-to-room intercom, control your thermostat, play music, act as a motion detector alarm system and record and play back messages. You can program all of those features in infinite ways via the app, making it more like a smart home hub than a simple light fixture. The one large caveat is that it’s likely only coming to Japan in the first half of 2016, for now. Once Sony tests the waters there, hopefully they’ll unleash the intriguing device in Europe and North America.