Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus is here

After its adventure with Nook tablets, the company is now back on the e-book market and has released a new device.

However, this doesn’t mean that they will stop selling tablets, as the company has made a smart change, opting to sell Samsung tablets with a custom Nook interface. 

So, after selling the famous Nook GlowLights for about two years, without any updates, now it’s time for a change. The company has released the new Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus, which comes with a bunch of interesting features. 

The new e-book is designed exclusively by the bookseller, featuring a white front bezel that can be compared with its predecessor, but with sleeker looking.

Moreover, it has a 300 dots-per-inch E Ink display, meaning that it features twice as many pixels as its predecessor. With these new updates, Barnes & Noble has declared that their new device can be compared side-by-side with the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite’s screen. 

Moreover, Barnes & Noble has decided to move to a more responsive capacitive touchscreen, instead of sticking to an infrared-base touchscreen. This kind of touchscreen can also be found on Amazon’s Voyage and Paperwhite. Another attractive feature is that the company has decided to update the built-in light, meaning that the screen lights will feature more uniformity and be brighter at the highest settings.

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus comes with a back panel made out of aluminum, which is another attractive thing. All the e-readers have accustomed their users with a plastic panel, but Barnes & Noble has stepped into another level. So, the aluminum back gives the device a more premium feel, but it weights slightly more, 6.9 ounces. At the bottom of the e-reader there is an “n” shaped home button that became a touch-sensitive button, compared with the mechanical one that was found on previous models. 

After making some changes to the hardware, the company also brought some updates to the software, meaning that it’s Android and iOS apps have been updated and that capacitive touch was also improved. However, probably the only thing that makes Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus better than Kindle Paperwhite is the waterproof and dust-proof. This feature will transform the e-reader into a more durable device and owners can use it in bathtub or at the pool.  

Pinterest introduced Visual-Search

When it comes to inspiration, home décor ideas or many other things, Pinterest is without a doubt the place to go. Pinterest is one of the most used virtual places for users and during the years it has gained an amazing popularity. 

Well, these days, the company has announced a better search experience that will help users discover interesting and new content. Starting on Monday, Pinterest will launch a new and incredible visual search tool that will allow users to take any existing pin, zoom into any part of the associated image and get results for visually similar pins. 

These new features will be available to all of the 100 million monthly active users, no matter if they use the Web, Android or iOS to access the site. “Sometimes you spot something you really love on Pinterest, but you don’t know how to find it in real life, or what it’s even called,” has declared Kevin Jing, an engineering manager at Pinterest. “There’s that perfect lamp hiding in a Pin of someone’s living room, or maybe a random street style shot with the exact shoes you’re looking for,” he continued sharing through his blog post. 

So, with this new feature, users will be able to find the exact product that they have seen on someone’s pin and they didn’t know where to find it. This new visual search tool is the result of the company’s efforts to help users find what they love. To be mentioned that two years ago, Pinterest has released “Related Pins,” a feature that allows users to show results based on pins they’ve liked or content that they have saved on boards. 

Another feature was “Guided Search,” released in 2014. Guided Search was a tool that provided users pins based on what they have typed into search, even if they didn’t know exactly what they are looking for. “Since its launch, Guided Search has become an important driver of Pinterest search traffic and Pinner engagements,” has declared Kevin Ma, software engineer on Pinterest’s Discovery team. 

To be mentioned that Pinterest was founded in 2010 and during the years this company got serious about visual search, especially after the acquisition of VisualGraph. It is important to know that VisualGraph was founded by Kevin Jing, who had worked for Google on image search. 

Apple Introduces Shopping Category

Apple fans and users will definitely be pleased to find out that the famous company has introduced a new category to its App Store. This new category, named Shopping, will actually allow users to better locate the mobile shopping applications that they may be interested in.

Apple Shopping MaddApple.comThe tech giant announced that the application will be available worldwide, meaning that Apple customers from all around the world will be able to use it. In this new category, users will find apps linked to auctions, product reviews and many others. All these apps were found until now in the Lifestyle section.

However, many Apple users have previously complained that searching the Lifestyle section for such apps was quite difficult for them, even more so as the apps were listed alongside numerous other types of applications.

The Lifestyle section includes for instance dating apps, but also smart home apps and even real estate apps, among many others.  Apple’s new move may not be only appreciated by customers interested in Shopping, but also by large businesses such as Walmart, Amazon and Groupon, which develop mobile shopping apps.

Why is Apple introducing the Shopping category now? Well, after all this could be the best time for such as release as the holiday season is coming soon, meaning that Apple needs to make sure that customers will have absolutely no issues in finding whatever they are searching to buy.

For an even better functionality, the famous company will be dividing the section into two categories. The first, Save While You Shop, is set to offer only the best deals and discounts, as well as other special features.

Shop for Everything is the second section of the Shopping Category. Here, Apple users will find apps from further distinctions, including for instance Gifts or Groceries, and some other categories. Of course, users will be able to use Apple Pay for their payments and naturally the famous company is interested in making its new service as popular as possible.

However, that might not be all. Apple also receives a small portion of each Apple Pay transaction that is made through online shopping. This could mean some great earnings for the famous company, mostly during the holiday season. The Black Friday is also coming soon and numerous customers are expected to make their payments using the Apple Pay.

So, it seems that by introducing this new service, Apple has actually found a new way to promote or sustain the usage of its Apple Pay. Apple has put a lot of effort and a lot of interest in the Apple Pay. Actually, recently the famous company’s CEO revealed that he sees quite an interesting future when it comes to the way payments are going to be made.

Cook said that in the future physical money will no longer exist, suggesting that all payments will be made electronically. This is not such an absurd hypothesis having under consideration that the use of such payment means has become widely available all around the world. 

What’s a Steam Link?

So, after releasing the amazing Alienware Steam Machine, Valve has another tiny surprise for its customers. These days, there were some rumors about a little tiny box being released, called Steam Link. What’s a Steam Link? 

As it was already mentioned, it is a little box that will make everyone’s PC as powerful as a gaming console. The new Steam Link is probably the best alternative for those who don’t afford to buy a Steam Machine or already own a gaming PC. Moreover, setting up the new Steam Link is pretty simple, too. 

Customers who will buy this new little box just have to hook it up to their home network and their television, take the controller and they will be able to stream all of the action on their PC to the TV. However, they must know that Steam Link is not perfect, meaning that it only works with content that they load in Steam. 

Well, at the price of 50 dollars, this device may not be perfect. However, Steam Link is a great device that offers a good alternative for the Steam Machine. This tiny box is pretty affordable and gives the opportunity to hard-core gamers to extend their passion to a larger display.

Probably, customers will say that they can hook up their PC on a TV right now, without the Steam Link. That is correct, but they have to think at the awkward process of moving the PC near a TV, connect the two with the correct video cable and then change the PC’s resolution so that their Windows can fit perfectly on a big screen. 

Or not, just connect a Steam Link to the home network, choose a controller and that’s it. The new Steam Link is perfect for those who are searching for a comfortable way to play games on a bigger screen, direct from their PC and using a gaming controller.

Customers could also opt for the Nvidia Shield Android TV, another device that can easily stream games from the user’s PC to the TV. Moreover, this device could also stream up to 4K. So, it looks like the Steam Link already has a competitor, but with a good advantage, because Nvidia Shield Android TV requires using a Nvidia GPU and costs approximately 200 dollars. 

The New Alienware Steam Machine was Released

After several updates to the system software and firmware and lots of additions to its hardware, the new Alienware Steam Machine is ready for sale.

Now, probably everyone knows about Valve, a company that was formed in 1996 by former Microsoft employees, Mike Harrington and Gabe Newell, which developed famous games like Counter-Strike, Half-Like, Left 4 Dead and Dota. Well, they decided to make a little change and released a gaming console that has over 1,000 games and can take down any PC.

The new Alienware Steam Machine is running Valve’s Steam OS operating system and also has a Steam Controller that is simply amazing, probably the best gaming controller on the market. Alienware Steam Machine is already loved by every hard-core gamer and costs less than 500 dollars. 

Now, releasing a gaming console that homes more than 1,000 games, amazing hardware and which is not so expensive is something that probably only Valve could have thought of. The release of this product wasn’t so easy, because there were numerous delays, roadblocks and redesigns that made the Steam Machine the gaming console that it is today. However, the new Alienware Steam Machine is finally here and it is an incredible product that will definitely have a huge success on the gaming console market.

For approximately two years there were numerous rumors or even a beta version with the Steam Machine, but all that ended because they have released the final product. The new gaming console was built by Dell’s gaming division, which was not easy, because building something that costs less than a gaming console, but being more like a gaming PC is something hard to achieve. The new Alienware Steam Machine is available at the price of 449 dollars, which is pretty affordable for every hard-core gamer.

The base model of this gaming console comes with an Intel Core i3 processor, a custom Nvidia graphics chip and 500GB of storage. However, customers also have the possibility to opt for a more powerful configuration, like 1TB of storage and 8GB of RAM for the price of 549 dollars. Moreover, at the price of 649 dollars they can opt for more powerful processors, like an Intel Core i5 or Core i7. 

The new Motorola Droid Turbo 2 comes with an incredible screen

Nowadays, probably the main problem that every smartphone has is its screen. Why? Because there are high chances that during at an accidental drop, the screen will break. There are many people on the streets who are trying to send an email or to make a phone call with a phone that has its screen damaged.

Now, Motorola knows about this issue and it looks like it is trying to solve the problem with the new Motorola Droid Turbo 2. This new device comes with an incredible screen that doesn’t get broken even after a couple of drops. Motorola Droid Turbo 2 is probably the most recommended phone for those who are tired to change their device due to a broken glass.

So, now, the screen from the new Motorola Droid Turbo 2 doesn’t shatter. This means that no matter if users will drop the device on an edge, or face-first into the pavement or on a corner, the screen will not broke. The company is so sure that the screen will not get broken easily that it has offered the guarantee that the screen will last for four whole years. This is a longer warranty than the one of the entire device. 

Under the hood, this new phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, accompanied by 3GB of Ram and a big 3,760mAh battery. This battery also has a fast charging feature and two different forms of wireless charging, which is pretty comfortable and useful for any owner. To be added that Motorola Droid Turbo 2 also comes with a microSD slot built that can expand the storage. 

The new Motorola Droid Turbo 2 is available at the price of 624 dollars for the 32GB of storage version and 720 dollars for the 64GB model. However, even if it costs a lot for many, having a phone that features a screen that doesn’t crack is probably a good deal. To be added that having a shatterproof screen doesn’t mean that the phone is indestructible. This means that users will not be able to throw the phone from the fifth floor or hit the screen with a metal. 

Impressive sound with the new Yamaha RX-V479

Multiroom music gives the possibility for users to listen to the same song in all rooms, at the same time. This is quite incredible. Until now, the only company that had this feature was Sonos, but now Yamaha is the next tech company to deliver this. Even if it’s kind of late, Yamaha’s new MusicCast is Sonos’ best alternative. 

This feature works like any other system that streams and plays music from a tablet or a smartphone, but Yamaha has gone even further and integrated the system in other products, like soundbars, receivers and powered speakers. 

The new Yamaha RX-V479 serves as a hub and transforms into a great component that is able to offer multiroom streaming. This new AV receiver is one of the best devices from Yamaha that comes with MusicCast, 4K video compatibility and Bluetooth wireless audio. Even if it lacks Atmos playback, a feature that can be found on more expensive units, Yamaha RX-V479 is still one of the best AV receivers on the market. Yamaha RX-V479 is available at the price of 399 dollars. At this price, the RX-V479 delivers an incredible home theater sound, enough power for most living room setups and a larger variety of features.

As for design, it is not a secret the approximately all the receivers look practically the same, regardless of their brand. That’s why, customers will recognize the brand only if they are looking to the bottom right corner for the model number or name. Now, the front panel from the Yamaha RX-V479 is a little bit complicated, but the direct input buttons are much more usable compared with other receivers. To be added that the panel also comes with the company’s blue LED display, which looks better compared with the old orange version. 

As for the remote, Yamaha is recognized as having remote controllers that come with button that are hard to use. Well, this year, the remote control comes with a smaller number of buttons, with a little bit of color and it also is simpler to operate. For users who don’t like the button arrangement or the design of the controller can always switch to a dedicated universal remote. 

Excellent in-ear headphone for music enthusiasts, the new Focal Sphear

The in-ear headphone market is filled with excellent headphones that are delivering incredible sound and lots of other interesting features. These days, an interesting and new company has made its presence known on the market. 

A French company, called Focal, has released a new headphone by the name of Sphear. Now, even if this company has arrived on the headphone market in a short time, this unveil will probably be one of the best. The new Focal Sphear is an incredible headphone that delivers an amazing sound that will attract a lot of clients.

The new Focal Sphear is available at the price of 179 dollars, making it an affordable price compared with its performance. So, why will clients be so impressed about this new headphone? Because it is lightweight, delivers an incredible sound and it is very comfortable to wear. More importantly, compared with other headphones, the new Focal Sphear stays in users’ ears, which is important to know. 

To be added that this headphone seems sturdily built and has a thick main cord that has an L-shaped plug. Users will also be able to make or receive phone calls, due to the mic situated on the cable and which can be found high up on the left cord. This mic features a single-button remote, which can act as a call answer/end, but also as a pause/play button and skips tracks forward when users will tap it twice. 

The call quality is pretty good, users will be able to have normal conversations, without any problems. As for accessories, the new headphone comes with two sets of small, medium and large tips, one foam set and one silicone set. Moreover, customers will also receive a small carrying case, which is perfect for travelling, because it will keep the headphone safe. To be added that the new Focal Sphear is recognized as a noise-isolating headphone, meaning that the sound quality is perfect. The treble is very good, while the bass is full and clear. 

The new Focal Sphear is perfect for music enthusiasts and it can be also worn while doing fitness activities, thanks to its solid built. 

What is new on BlackBerry Priv?

BlackBerry was without a doubt one of the most attractive and famous companies on the phone market. Unfortunately for them, after moving from physical buttons to touchscreen, their popularity has decreased. Now, they are back with the new BlackBerry Priv. 

Even if BlackBerry has been replaced by tech gianta like Google, Samsung or Apple, this company has always made good phones. The new BlackBerry Priv is without a doubt an incredible phone with high-end features. Moreover, for those who are missing the company’s excellent physical keyboard, this new phone has it. 

Now, even if Blackberry has released a few smartphone that run BlackBerry 10 OS, this new phone comes with the famous Android Lollipop. However, the company still promises that users will have the same secure experience that they always had on BlackBerry devices. 

It seems that BlackBerry still insists to deliver a secure experience for its users, a quality that made this company so famous. Now, users also have the possibility to enjoy Google’s operating system, on a BlackBerry device.

The new BlackBerry Priv is an attractive and good-looking phone and features a backlit QWERTY keyboard that slides out from behind the phone’s 5.4-inch quad HD display. Remember those slide phones that had a huge impact on the market a couple of years ago? Well, BlackBerry had brought back that design.

The new BlackBerry Priv is available at the price of 699 dollars unlocked and customers could buy the device directly from the company’s website. As it was earlier mentioned, BlackBerry Priv comes with a 5.4-inch AMOLED display that features a 2,560×1,440 pixel resolution.

Moreover, this device measures 5.7×3.04x.0.37 inches and weighs approximately 6.77 ounces. To be added that the display is coated in Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which make it more secure. Probably, the main attraction on this phone is the keyboard. BlackBerry has added the vintage keyboard style that features a layout identical with other BlackBerry devices. 

The keyboard feels pretty good and it is useful because having a physical keyboard means that users will have more room on the display to view.

An incredible Action Cam, TomTom Bandit

The action-camera market is filled with famous brands that own cameras which have some incredible features. Moreover, this market is pretty crowded at the moment, meaning that any brand that releases one of these devices must do something to get noticed. 

So, probably that main action that any brand makes is to release a camera that has a really low price, but they can also do something else that can attract clients.

Well, what will attract clients? Every customer has a wish that wants to see in a device and when it comes to action cameras, probably that very user wants to edit its video capture without sitting down at a computer.

TomTom has thought about this and it released a new camera, called TomTom Bandit. This company is probably well known for its GPS navigation systems. So, these days they released an action camera, called TomTom Bandit, which comes with a solution of capturing all the adventure and editing the best moments together into a movie that can be shared directly from a tablet or phone. Moreover, this camera homes other incredible features and have very good video quality. This action camera is available at the price of 400 dollars and the easy on-camera editing is without a doubt its main attraction.

The new TomTom Bandit comes with an adapter that can be used with GoPro accessories and other two adhesive mounts. Moreover, there is also a Premium bundle that comes with a wrist remote control, a dive lens cover that can go down to 50 meters, a handle bar mount, a power cable and a 360-degree tilt mount that costs approximately 500 dollars. To be added that the dive lens cost separately 40 dollars. 

The new TomTom Bandit also comes with features like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but it also has motion sensors and GPS. These features can be used especially when recording a video, because they can be used to tag the user’s clips for max speed, heart rate, rotation and g-force. The video quality is pretty good and the content that’s transferred to the tablet or phone is 1,280×720-pixel resolution.