The new Walmart Great Value 10W LED Light

The LED light bulbs market has exploded this year. Several companies have released several new bulbs that can be very useful for customers. The 60 W bulbs are available at the price of 5 dollars these days on the market. 

This is not a good thing, knowing the fact that incandescents can save approximately 7 dollars to the year energy bill, while a LED will save probably just one dollars. However, customers will find at Walmart a bulb called, Great Value. This is a dimmable 60W replacement and it is available at the price of 4.88 dollars a piece. 

The price is probably the strongest point for Great Value. However, this bulb also has some serious competition at this price rage, like GE Bright Stik LED and Philips 60W Replacement LED. These two bulbs will not dim at all, but Great Value is brighter than them and it promises a longer lifespan, approximately 25,000 hours. These are enough hours, to consider this bulb a good deal. 

However, it isn’t perfect, because it has some minuses. For example, even if it dims, it doesn’t dim perfectly, because it cannot go much lower than approximately 20 percent brightness. Moreover, at this percent of dim, the bulb flickers, which is not a good thing, especially for users that like the lights on low. 

However, compared with GE and Philips, Walmart Great Value can be recommended for its price, but for other features, such an excellent dimming performance, probably not. Most likely, many users will prefer to spend some extra money for Philips or even Osram 60W Replacement LED. To be added that Walmart Great Value is manufactured by TCP, a brand that has a good reputation on the market. 

Users will receive brightness from a power draw of 10 watts, which is similar with GE Bright Stik. However, probably the only low-cost LED that can be more efficient than Great Value is Philips 60W Replacement LED that costs somewhere around 5 dollars. However, if the company promises 25,000 hours of use, it results that this bulb can last approximately 20 years. 

Will Blocks be the next successful smartwatch?

The smartwatch market is filled with a high number of interesting handsets that are also quite unique. Actually, every smartwatch has a feature that is unique in its way. But, there will always be a new idea that will make a device successful. 

These days, a new idea has arrived on the smartwatch market, and it is called Blocks. This new smartwatch will offer the opportunity to its customers to create their own device. Blocks is powered by a version of Android and has a strap made of interchangeable sections. Moreover, each of these sections has a different technology to perform a specific function. 

This new idea will probably be the next step into the smartwatch market. Blocks will definitely be a hit on the market and many companies will probably follow its innovation. The watch also has the function to connect to the user’s smartwatch and deliver notifications. However, the interesting part is just about to come, because the strap module has the mission to deliver extra functions, like NFC to contractless payments, GPS and extra battery. Is this true? Of course. Customers have the possibility to choose all these functions. 

How? Well, the idea is that customers will have to choose the features that they want and simply clip them together to create the smartwatch that they need. This is an incredible opportunity for everyone to build a smartwatch with the features that they need, without having one filled with features that they don’t need. So, how can customers buy this device? Unfortunately, for the moment, Blocks is not available because the Kickstarter campaign has only come to an end, and the device will probably be available sometime around June 2016. However, customers could preorder the device, but they have to wait before they can own it. 

The price is somewhere around 295 dollars and it is available in red, black and white colors. Blocks will run Android operating system, but it will work with both Android and iOS phones. As for design, this watch will look similar with other smartwatches on the market, featuring a round display. 

Sony has released the new Xperia Z5 Compact

Now, it looks like Sony will not stop releasing new phones at this end of the year. After Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium, this company has released a new phone, called Xperia Z5 Compact. This new device is probably the best pocket phone of the year. 

Therefore, if we step back a little bit, we will probably remember that Sony has released the best “mini” phone of the year, called Xperia Z3 Compact. However, Sony Xperia Z3 was also probably the best phone of the year. However, they are now back with a new Xperia Compact line, and it promises a lot.

Just like its predecessor, the new Xperia Z5 Compact comes with a 4.6-inch screen and has almost the same features and specs as its original phone, Xperia Z5. This new phone is probably a copy of the original version, but in a much more portable body. Many famous companies on the market, and rival manufacturers, as well, tend to heavily reduce the specs when it comes to much smaller versions of their flagship phones. For example, Samsung S5 Mini or LG G4C are two of the few devices that have much lower specs then their flagships.

Well, Sony has managed to keep the same specs that customers could find on the flagship model, but in a smaller body. The new Xperia Z5 Compact is a proud device that comes with the same specs that many other top-end flagship phones have packed. So, this means that this phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and an amazing 23-megapixel camera, a fingerpint scanner, a water-resistant design, a battery that lasts more than a day and expandable storage. 

For the moment, the new Xperia Z5 Compact is available in the UK, at the price of £390. This is an affordable price, knowing how powerful hardware this device has. So, many customers are looking for a huge screen, but having a smaller one is more comfortable to hold in hand and it fits perfectly in jeans pocket. The new Xperia Z5 Compact is 8.9 millimeters thick and weighs approximately 138 grams. 

Apple has bought Faceshift

These days, Apple has made a surprising announcement. The giant company has declared that it has acquired Faceshift, a company that makes animated characters look more real and human. This is without a doubt an interesting acquisition, and that question is: What is Apple up to? 

We don’t know for the moment, but we will surely find out in the coming months. As for the company, Faceshift is a startup based in Zurich and has developed technology to create animated characters that capture a person’s facial expression in real time.

Another interesting fact is that this company’s motion capture technology has been used in the famous and much awaited Star Wars movie, which will be launched on December 18. 

Of course, throughout this year there were some rumors indicating that Apple was considering buying this company, but there was no proof of the deal. Yesterday, Apple has confirmed the acquisition of Faceshift, through a customary statement: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” the statement said. 

This means that approximately all the employees from Faceshift are now working for Apple. However, the main question is how Apple intends to use this motion capture company? One thing is sure, although there are several ways where it can be useful for the tech giant.

So, in gaming experiences, players have the possibility to adopt avatars whose faces will be based on the player’s actual expressions for more realistic experiences. Another way where this technology can be useful is in movies. Of course, this area was already confirmed, knowing the fact that it has been used in Star Wars. Therefore, the last chapter are the applications, where Faceshift can be used for facial recognition or any other security purposes. 

To be added that, until now, Faceshift has been focusing in areas like film and gaming. It is not a secret that animation technology can be time-consuming and costly to implement, but this company has been a game changer on the market. 

“Faceshift studio is a facial motion capture software solution which revolutionizes facial animation, making it possible at every desk,” the company has declared. 

Firefox doesn’t need Google’s money anymore

It looks like Mozilla doesn’t need Google’s money anymore and is doing fine. There was a moment when this organization had millions of dollars from Google that paid for search traffic. Now, Mozilla relies on Yahoo, Baidu and others. Firefox is one of the most used browsers in the world, while its biggest competitor is Google’s browser, Chrome. 

At the end of last year, Mozilla has made a surprising announcement, saying that they will no longer use Google as their prime search tool and they will switch to Yahoo. This announcement has managed to shock all users.

These days, the developer behind Firefox, has declared that they will no longer rely on Google for its revenue. Why? Because their confident new search-engine deals will bring even more money than what Google has brought. This announcement came out as a shocker, because for years the giant search company has sponsored Mozilla by paying for Web searches launched through their browser. Mozilla is a nonprofit organization based in Mountain View, California. They have managed to build one of the most successful web browsers, called Firefox.

As it was earlier mentioned, Mozilla has the global Google deal and has moved to regional deals with other famous search engine companies. This means in United States, Mozilla will use Yahoo, in China they will use Baidu and Yandex in Russia. However, in Europe Google is still the default search engine for Firefox. “We don’t have a commercial relationship with Google at this point,” has declared Denelle Dixon-Thayer, Mozilla’s chief business and legal officer. “It goes back to our strategy of how we can encourage more competition,” she continued. 

This is an interesting move for Mozilla, because more competition means giving users more choices when they access information and services online. A move like this from Firefox is like a hit for those giants who have power in their positions and are making several abuses, like skewing search results in their own favor or blocking rivals’ content. However, Mozilla and Google are both trying to make the Web better for activates like blogging, new publishing, e-commerce and social networking. 

T-Mobile offers free video streaming

Well, it looks like T-Mobile has prepared a huge surprise to its users. The company has declared that it will not charge customers for the data used to stream videos from services like Hulu, HBO and Netflix. 

This announcement has come after T-Mobile has reached an agreement with HBO, Neftlix and other 22 stream video services, but not with YouTube. However, this announcement has come as a huge surprise to its customers, and it can be considered like a Christmas gift, now that the holidays are coming.

However, to be added that the carrier will stream these videos at a lower quality, which is not so great, especially for those who are used to watch HD videos. T-Mobile will also make some new changes, because they are willing to raise the monthly service cost to include more data. However, they are sure that customers will prefer to watch lower-definition video free on their devices, instead of paying a higher price for higher resolution images. 

Unfortunately, there are some big brands that are missing from their offer, including Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat. However, even if YouTube is not in the offer, T-Mobile’s move is surprising, knowing the fact that many carriers in U.S. have built their business around wireless data and mobile video usage.

“Investors will be scared because it looks like T-Mobile is lighting a torch into a competitive wireless environment,” has declared John Leger, T-Mobile’s CEO. “All I can say is we’re not that stupid,” he added. 

For customers, this is a good deal, because they will not be charged for streaming videos from 24 services, including Showtime, Sling TV and ESPN. It is known the fact that T-Mobile has not been paid by content companies. However, they have declared that they will allow other services to join this offer if they meet technical requirements. However, users will still need to pay separately for subscriptions to individual services, like Sling TV or Netflix. 

“We are excited to be a part of their latest move to help make streaming video more easily accessible,” has declared Hulu’s head of distribution, Tim Connolly. “We’re confident T-Mobile will provide a video experience that meets customers’ expectations,” said an ESPN spokeswoman.

An interesting plug called Zuli Smartplug

In the last year, the smartplug market has started to get bigger and bigger. Many famous companies have started to release interesting devices that will definitely help the user have an easier life. Zuli has released these days a new outlet that comes with some interesting new features. 

Moreover, if users will visit the company’s webpage, they will see a huge announcement that says: “Connect your lights and appliances to Zuli Smartplugs,” continued by “And enable them to adapt to your presence.” How? There is also an app, but many companies have released a smartplug that can be controlled through an app.

Well, Zuli has come with something more special, because this new smartplug has the ability to sense the user’s presence and react. Another huge advantage for Zuli is that it is the only major smart outlet that has the ability to work with Nest. This will be a huge advantage for Zuli, because this means that it is a responsible company and customers are looking for that. 

Moreover, the new Zuli Smartplug really has something special and offers satisfying results thanks to its Bluetooth technology and has a great app interface. Sadly, the new Zuli Smartplug is compatible just with iOS at the moment, but CEO Taylor Umphreys has declared that Android compatibility isn’t far off. 

So, this means that customers who are interested in Neast Learning Thermostat or other Google devices that will make the house smarter may consider to buy a Zuli Smartplug. Moreover, this small and intelligent device is available at the price of 60 dollars per plug. So, this is not an expensive price and it definitely is worth the money. Therefore, the setup is relatively simple, that’s way Zuli Smartplug doesn’t come with an instructional booklet into the package.

Why? Because the app will help users to set it up. So, each screen will give users a single instruction and let them follow it, then they have to swipe aside for the next screen. So, every process that pops up on the screen is very easy and it will take two or three minutes for the setup to be ready.

Olympus has released the new OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Now, the dSLR market is probably one of the most filled markets with all kind of interesting devices. Here, customers have a large variety of models that come with many features, some of them being quite unique. These days, Olympus has released a new model, called OM-D E-M10 Mark II. 

This new camera joins the ranks of cameras, such as Fujifilm X-T10 and Panasonic Lumix G7. With this new release, Olympus wants to attract entry-level dSLR buyers, who don’t want to spend a large amount of money on high-end models like Canon EOS Revel T5I/700D and or Nikon D5500. 

The new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II also has some incredible features that cannot be found on other models, including an attractive design. However, probably it doesn’t have the same technological capabilities like other devices, but it is a great alternative. This new camera is available at the price of 750 dollars, which includes 14-42mm power zoom lens. 

Probably, at this price range and the features that it has, it is a little bit expensive compared with other competitors. As for image quality, this is pretty good and at this price range, probably customers will not find a better alternative. JPEGs are relatively good up through ISO 800 and they are also usable up through ISO 1600.

The colors found on the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II are accurate and neutral, even if it has some problems at reds, but that most camera don’t get right. Therefore, the colors are pleasantly saturated. As for the video recording, the HD is not as good and sharp as the 4K video, which can be found on the Panasonic Lumix G7. However, it is still perfect for vacations or recording the family. It also has some flaws, like the noise in the shadow areas, but that is not a critical thing. 

So, the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II performs quite well. Moreover, it has a fast focus system which will allow users to focus and shoot in approximately 0.2-0.3 seconds in a good dim light. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is perfect for vacations and for those who are new to this domain and want to learn more.

The new Insteon Hub Pro

Step by step, Apple is starting to build a strong foundation for connected-home devices. This foundation is called HomeKit and it has the mission to gather around all the devices from the house to be controlled from the user’s phone, with Siri’s help. 

Insteon Hub Pro was probably the first HomeKit-compatible device that was launched on the market and has the ability to control all the devices that are plugged into a socket.

The installation is also very easy, users just have to plug it into their router and Insteon Hub Pro will do all the work by itself. After a couple of seconds, users will be able to control all the devices from their smartphone.

This Insteon Hub Pro is available at the price of 150 dollars and it is a device that will surely have success on the market. Doesn’t everyone dream to turn on the light just by saying “Open the light,” or to open a lamp just with a simple tap on the screen while sitting on the bed? Well, Insteon Hub Pro has the ability to do that and Siri is also there to help. 

Once Insteon Hub Pro is connected to the router, Siri will have full control over them. However, to be added that Insteon Hub Pro is not compatible with all the devices from the house, meaning that it just works with Insteon’s connected light bulbs, dimmers and switches. Motion sensors, camera or leak detectors aren’t compatible yet, probably this will happen in the future.

Insteon has been in this business for a few decades now, meaning that they are very professional and the company is fairly well developed. Its devices have the ability to communicate with one another using dual-mesh signal. Its apps are also very nice and simple and once users will add all their devices to the app, they will be able to control and customize them.

Insteon’s app offers a large variety of options, which will make it easier to control it. This app also has animated icons, like a desk fan that spins when they turn it on. So, Insteon’s app can be used by all the members of the family, due to its user-friendly interface.

iRobot Roomba 980, a premium vacuum cleaner

iRobot is a famous company that has a large variety of devices available in sale, from commercial-grade military to pool-cleaning gadgets. Rumors are claiming that this company will also release automated lawnmowers, which is a great thing. 

However, iRobot is without a doubt famous for its Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. In 2013, this company has released the Roomba 880 at the price of 700 dollars and it was one of the best robot vacuum cleaners on the market. However, this market is in continuum growing, so there are many competitors that have similar great vacuum cleaners in sale.

These days, iRobot has released a new robot vacuum cleaner, called Roomba 980. The new device is available at the price of 900 dollars and it is Wi-Fi enabled. The Wi-Fi feature is probably the best attraction at this new vacuum cleaner, which also has an app where it can be controlled from the smartphone. 

The new iRobot Roomba 980 comes with a larger variety of features, but clients will probably consider that the previous Roomba 880 was way better. Now, it must mentioned that the previous version costs approximately 200 dollars less. However, the new iRobot Roomba 980 also has some strong competitors at this price range, like Neato Botvac Connected and Dyson 360 Eye.

As for design, the new iRobot Roomba 980 comes with the similar design as the previous version. So, it has the same round design, a removable dust bin, two main rotating brushese and a larger Clean button situated in the center. However, there are also some differences between the two models, like the lack of the glossy black and silver finish that Roomba 880 has, which probably makes the vacuum look nicer. The new iRobot Roomba 980 comes with just three buttons: Home, Clean and Spot Mode.

So, pressing the “Clean” button, users will wake the vacuum cleaner and if they will press it again, they will initiate a cleaning cycle. Moreover, if they press “Clean” while the vacuum is on, they will pause it. Holding the button down will end the cycle.