$17 smart bulbs as good as Philips Hues are better than any Black Friday deals

Nothing has been announced at this point, but we would be absolutely shocked if Philips Hue didn’t offer its customary discounts this year for Black Friday 2018. That means modest (but much appreciated!) discounts on its most popular smart lighting products, and that typically includes $10 off the company’s $50 A19 multicolor bulb. $10 in savings is certainly helpful since the company’s bulbs are so expensive, but there’s another option you should consider instead.

The MagicLight WiFi A19 Smart Light Bulb supports 16 million different colors just like the Philips Hue bulb. It can also be controlled by an app, by Alexa, or by a smart home hub just like Philips Hue. What’s the biggest difference? MagicLight’s bulb is on sale right now for just $17!

Here are the bullet points from the product page:

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12 Best Android Phones of 2018 (New, Unlocked, and Cheap)

(Works on AT&T and T-Mobile) It’s easy to look at a phone with a keyboard and laugh, but this BlackBerry is worth a second pass. The Key2 (which we gave a 7/10 in our review) gets better battery life than any Android phone we’ve tested this year, lasting nearly two days between charges. It takes some time to get used to thumb-typing on a physical keyboard, but the screen is plenty big, and the keys are well-spaced, increasing typing accuracy. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it—in a year of edge-to-edge screens, this Blackberry does something different and succeeds.

Netflix is premiering 64 new original shows and movies in December – here’s the full list

Netflix just released its big list of all the new content coming to its catalog in December 2018, and there are some fantastic third-party titles to be found. Among them are The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical ManAvengers: Infinity WarAnthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 11, season 3 of The Magicians, District 9, the return of some of the greatest cult classics in recent history like The Big Lebowski and Shaun of the Dead, and plenty more. As is always the case each month when Netflix pulls back the curtain on its plans for the following month though, the biggest story is all of the new Netflix original content scheduled to debut.

After premiering 57 different Netflix original movies, new seasons of shows, documentaries, and specials in the month of November, Netflix will release a whopping 64 different Netflix originals in December 2018. That list includes plenty of new seasons of TV shows, a number of intriguing movies, and some hotly anticipated specials like a special installment of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and a new Ellen DeGeneres stand up comedy special. Netflix is also releasing new installments of some fan favorites like The Ranch and Fuller House, so there’s definitely something for everyone in December.

The complete list of all 64 new Netflix original movies, shows, and more coming next month can be found below, and you’ll also find links to each title on Netflix’s site. If you’d like to check out the complete list of Netflix’s December additions including all third-party studio content set to be added to the company’s catalog over the course of December, you’ll find it right here. As for all of the content departing from Netflix next month, you’ll find that over here.

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Watch: ESA, NASA Celebrate 20 Years of the ISS

The International Space Station turned 20 this week, and ESA celebrated with a stunning timelapse video from outer space.

The European Space Agency on Monday released a 15-minute movie, featuring more than 21,000 images of Earth.

Captured by German astronaut and current station commander Alexander Gerst, the photos have been stitched together and sped up 12.5 times.

“Join us as we celebrate 20 years of international collaboration and research for the benefit of Earth with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s longest timelapse yet,” the agency wrote in a video description.

The beautiful clip, set to a score by LA-based musician Matt Piper, takes viewers on a journey from Tunisia, across Beijing, and through Australia in two round trips.

Follow the station’s location using the map in the top right corner of the screen, alongside annotations on the images themselves.

Two years after the ISS was born, NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd and cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev became the first crew to live on board.

In the decades since, a rotating catalog of crew members have taken spacewalks, conducted experiments, and made history.

“Since the very first module Zarya launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Nov. 20, 1998, the International Space Station has delivered a whole new perspective on this planet we call home,” ESA said.

The three astronauts who call the ISS home, meanwhile, commemorated the 20th anniversary with a special video dispatch, released Monday by NASA.

In a joint message from Gerst, Roscosmos flight engineer Sergey Prokopyev, and NASA flight engineer Serena Aunon-Chancellor, the astronauts share a vision of progress and hope.

“Seven billion humans live on planet Earth, three humans live in space right now,” Gerst said. “We are from different continents, we are friends. We are here for you. We are your eyes, looking down on this beautiful planet.

“Here we are in the most complex machine that humanity has ever built. But this didn’t just happen by itself,” he continued. “Humans built this with their visions and with their hands. And we could not have built it if we didn’t throw international discrepancies aside and get together [at] a global level.”

Participate in ISS celebrations on social media using the hashtag #SpaceStation20th.

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AnTuTu shows the Samsung Galaxy M2 will have a 1080p+ display

The Samsung Galaxy M2 is starting to look better and better – specs details by AnTuTu reveal a 1,080 x 2,340px screen. That’s better than the J-series phones, which have 720p displays. The Exynos 7885 chipset is better than most J phones too.

The 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage combo was confirmed, the M2 is also supposed to have a 64GB version (it wouldn’t surprise us if that one has more RAM). The rest is as expected – we’re referring to Android 8.1 Oreo. Samsung is just now starting to update flagships to Pie, these entry-level phones will have to wait.


Samsung Galaxy M2 (SM-M205F) at AnTuTu

We say “entry-level” as the M-series is thought to take over from Galaxy On, the online-exclusive versions of J-phones. Meanwhile, the J-series will merge into the A-series. That’s a roundabout way of saying that the M-series will feature entry-level phones.

But even if it targets the mid-range, the “2” in Galaxy M2 suggests a phone with more modest specs. It seems like Samsung is gearing up for a fight with Xiaomi and the like.

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You’re crazy if you have a PS4 and don’t get in on this PlayStation Plus Black Friday deal

There are going to be tons of different deals available on PlayStation console bundles and all sorts of different games during Black Friday 2018. Different deals will appeal to different gamers, but there’s one Black Friday bargain that any PS4 owner (or PS3 owner) would have to be absolutely insane not to take advantage of. Amazon is offering 12 Month Memberships to PlayStation Plus at an all-time low of just $39.99, discounted from its year-round price of $60!

You pretty much can’t have fun with a PlayStation console without PlayStation Plus, so you’re obviously going to be subscribing anyway. Why on Earth would you wait and pay full price when you can save so much right now? And don’t worry if you’re not due to re-up, because this is a digital code that will add 12 months to whatever your remaining PlayStation Plus balance might be.

Here are the highlights from the product page:

12 Months – Play All Year Long Enables online multiplayer on PS4, so you can play games online with friends FREE PlayStation 4 games every month Access to exclusive PlayStation Store sales and discounts

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Snapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350

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Snapchat’s parent company Snap is working on a new version of its quirky, video camera-outfitted Spectacles, according to a report from Cheddar.

The new Spectacles will have two cameras and will likely be sold for $350, which is double the price of the original glasses. The new version with upgrades and other cool bells and whistles is codenamed Newport and will feature a sturdy aluminum frame aside from the dual camera setup. Said cameras will allow users to take the Snapchat app and use AR lenses as well as 3D photo effects with footage captured via the Spectacles.

The original Snap Spetacles, which debuted in September 2016, retailed for just $130, which did seem pricey at the time, but this new price makes that number pale in comparison. Spectacles 2 only just released this year, earlier in April 2018, with a few new frames for customers to choose from, with the price bumped up to $200. Two cameras and the aluminum frame may not be the only reason for the massive price jump, but that’s all we know about the upcoming product so far.

Snap Spectacles can be useful for a number of different reasons – mainly, they offer a hands-free way to record footage from the point of view of a person just walking around and exploring the world rather than holding up their phone. The cameras aren’t really discreet (you can see them clear as day) but it certainly looks a lot better than someone obnoxiously waving their phone around in front of them to make Snapchat updates.

There’s no word on what kind of designs, frames, or colors the new glasses will come in, but hopefully they can sport some more understated looks – the originals were a little too eye-catching for some folks’ tastes. And the most Snap-worthy accessories are the ones you can pair with your outfit, after all.

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Galaxy S10 screen protectors leak, teasing the smartphone design we’ve always wanted

Samsung early next year will launch five flagships, including four distinct Galaxy S10 flavors and the first-ever foldable phone. These devices are already expected to deliver several innovations compared to previous high-end Samsung phones, as the Korean Android device vendor is looking to make up for its unimpressive 2018 performance. While there are plenty of reasons to get excited about Samsung’s flexible phone, it’s the Galaxy S10 that should impress you the most. A few new leaks seem to suggest that Samsung is indeed getting closer to making the smartphone we’ve always wanted.

The Galaxy S10’s Infinity screen will occupy almost the entire available real estate on the front of the smartphone. That’s something several other rumors claimed in the past, but a fresh batch of leaks show us what that screen may look like. Posted on Weibo and picked up by well-known Samsung insider Ice Universe, the alleged Galaxy S10 screen protectors in the following images indicate the Galaxy S10 will have tiny bezels at the top and bottom.

These bezels, however, won’t be symmetrical, with the chin at the bottom supposed to be slightly wider. What’s also interesting is that some screen protectors show a cutout near the top which could accommodate the front speaker. Other protectors have a different design:

These screen protectors also feature a bigger bottom bezel, as well as curved edges.

Considering that Samsung will sell four Galaxy S10 versions next year, including a cheap model with a flat screen and an expensive 5G version, we may see some design variations between them.

In addition to tweeting these renders, the leaker also mentioned a detail about the Galaxy S10’s screen that we heard of a few days ago:

The Galaxy S10’s Infinity-O screen laser hole punching technology is called “HIAA” (Hall In Active Area) by Samsung. This is Samsung’s exclusive OLED screen technology. Samsung has exclusive technology for a certain period of time. pic.twitter.com/jWPXUgoAMl

— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 21, 2018

The Galaxy S10 should feature an Infinity-O screen. That’s a display with a camera cutout somewhere at the top, where the selfie cam would be placed. Ice says that Samsung will use an HIAA (Hole In Active Area) technology to punch through the screen with the help of lasers. Apparently, that’s going to be an exclusive Samsung tech for a period of time. A few days ago, a report from Korea did mention HIAA screens, saying that Samsung will drill holes in the screen with a diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers.

The exclusivity detail may be important given that Apple also has patents exploring technology for drilling holes into screens, and that Samsung Display happens to be the provider of OLED screens that go inside iPhone X and iPhone XS phones.

Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S10 series in February and launch the phones in several markets by March.

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The Asus ROG Phone is coming to India on November 29

Earlier this month Asus unveiled a couple of affordable phones for the Indian market, but is now bringing the big guns – the Asus ROG Phone will launch on November 29 (that’s Thursday next week).

The phone will most likely be available exclusively through Flipkart, thanks to the Asus-Flipkart partnership announced earlier this year. There’s no word on pricing, but we can speculate.


The Asus ROG Phone is coming to India on November 29

The Asus Zenfone 5z is INR 25,000 in India and €400 in Italy (note: both prices feature discounts). The ROG Phone is €900 in Italy. So, somewhere above INR 50,000 seems like a solid guess (that’s Galaxy S9 money).

That may be overly optimistic, however, €900 is INR 73,000. Plus, you shouldn’t forget about the accessories, those offer hardware controls for gaming (including a second screen) or create a desktop experience with plenty of ports. These are pretty cool, though not cheap.

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The Future of Fashion: Turning Recycled Plastic Into Clothes

For a man who works in fashion, Michael Preysman thinks an awful lot about the world’s oceans. He thinks about the stuff that runs off and pollutes the coastlines, the plastics that slide down the drains and choke fish. When he founded Everlane, the minimalist clothing brand that promises “radical transparency,” Preysman didn’t just want to make cashmere sweaters and wide-leg pants that would constitute a certain kind of Silicon Valley uniform. He wanted, in some small part, to make clothes that wouldn’t destroy the ocean.

Preysman, now 33, brings this philosophy to everything at Everlane. When it introduced its first denim collection last year, the company focused on making jeans that lessened water pollution from the dye and chemicals. When it started selling silk shirts, Everlane branded its material as “clean silk,” made without toxic dyes; someday soon, Preysman says, that silk will be made with 100 percent recycled water.

Head to Everlane’s flagship store in San Francisco, push past the cocoon coats, and you’ll find the brand’s next initiative: clothes made from recycled plastic. It comes in the form of a new outwear collection called ReNew which has rescued some three million plastic water bottles (so far) from landfills and beaches, repurposing them as synthetic fabrics.

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The line of plastic parkas and puffer jackets follows a trend from companies big (Adidas), small (Rothy’s), niche (Girlfriend Collective), and mainstream (H&M), all of which have recently incorporated recycled plastic into their wares. Some, like Kelly Slater’s Outerknown line, repurpose all kinds of shoreline waste as clothing. Others, like Timberland, focus just on water bottles.

“Plastics live forever,” says Preysman “Once you create them, they never go away.”

But water bottles—collected, chipped, melted, and spun into yarn—can have a second life as yoga pants, a puffy jacket, or a pair of sneakers. Brands like Patagonia have been doing it for years. Lately, though, more companies are turning to recycled materials as a way to reduce their environmental impact, or maybe just to earn kudos from their customers. In October, following a United Nations initiative, 250 major brands pledged to cut single-use plastics from their supply chains and replace them with natural or recycled ones.

For Everlane, the ReNew collection represents more than just a hop onto the bandwagon. The company has also made a commitment to remove virgin plastic from its supply chain completely within the next three years, replacing all of the plastic packaging, zipper pulls, and synthetic fabric in its clothes. Preysman sees it as a chance to take recycled plastic clothing mainstream—not just in workout clothes or outdoors gear, but in the kind of fashion basics people wear everyday. That starts with sewing the sustainability message into the product itself.

Fabricated Future

Polyester, lycra, and nylon—the materials that afford stretch in activewear and durability in outerwear—are derived from plastic, meaning they won’t biodegrade. When these synthetic fibers are washed, tiny amounts of “microplastics” break off and wash down the drain,

The Instant Pot with 23,000 5-star reviews just went on sale ahead of Black Friday

Well, bargain hunters, it looks like the deal everyone awaits most eagerly each and every year for Black Friday is finally here! The Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is by far the most popular model Instant Pot makes, and truth be told it’s a bargain at its typical retail price of $100. With Black Friday 2018 right around the corner though, this beloved multi-use cooker just dropped to $69.99. That’s only $2 more than the 3-quart model! This deal sells out every single year, and we guarantee it’ll sell out this year. So if you want one you’d better grab one as soon as you can.

Here are some key details from the product page:

Duo, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle Features 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time.Product Dimensions: 14.17 x 14.84 x 13.31 inches UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors.Accessories include, stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet Power supply: 120V – 60Hz

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New NBA 2K mobile available on iOS

November 21, 2018 • Gadgets and Gaming, Top Stories

New NBA 2K mobile available on iOS

2K and Cat Daddy Studios have announced that the all-new NBA 2K Mobile is now available for free on iOS and is coming soon to Android. NBA 2K Mobile delivers console quality graphics and lifelike NBA 2K action on the go.

“NBA 2K Mobile presents an all-new way to enjoy the best of NBA 2K on handheld devices,” said Harley Howe, president of Cat Daddy Games. “Our team has worked for years to match the quality bar set by our console counterparts, and we are excited to bring this new level of quality to basketball fans and the mobile gaming world.”

NBA 2K Mobile lets gamers experience their favourite NBA moments, build dream teams, and step onto the court in lifelike 5v5 match-ups. NBA 2K Mobile users collect player cards to build their dream squad and use drills to train up their players. Users can compete in Seasons to earn new rewards, participate in limited time events for exclusive cards, and rise up the leaderboards on their way to becoming legendary.

NBA 2K Mobile delivers dynamic new features including:

Console quality graphics and authentic on-the-court action Over 400 of your favourite NBA players and NBA superstars Multiple modes and events to test your skills Build your ultimate dream team of NBA players from the past and present Gather followers who admire your team Exclusive rewards in real-time events like The Gauntlet Daily bonuses from the Checklist and for logging in

NBA 2K Mobile is free and available now on the App Store.

Pre-registration is open on Google Play.

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Cow Wearable Helps Aussie Farmers Track Livestock

So, fitness trackers for cows are a thing now.

Australian scientists have developed a new wearable that helps farmers remotely monitor livestock.

Much like a human’s smartwatch, the new ear tag technology can keep tabs on location and “unusual movements,” alerting cattle owners to an escaped, stolen, sick, or delivering animal.

The aim, according to Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, is to save farmers time and money, compared to manually stalking herds using vehicles or aircraft.

Dubbed Ceres Tag, the GPS-enabled device features on-board accelerometers to detect unusual activity patterns and notify users of possible theft or other bovine disturbances.

“Aussie farmers need every bit of help they can get right now,” CSIRO group leader Ed Charmley said in a statement. “So we are pleased it has taken less than a year for this technology to move from the research phase into development for a real-world trial on cattle.”

The economic, environmental, and social benefits of Ceres Tag, according to the product website, include more efficient land use, biosecurity, and financial gain.

“There is potentially no bigger improvement to provenance and livestock management than with Ceres Tag,” the site said.

No battery replacement required, the tags are designed to last the lifetime of an animal—particularly in Australia’s “unique and often harsh conditions.”

But this is just the beginning for Ceres Tag, according to CSIRO.

“Our focus for future iterations is to create a smaller and lighter tag,” Charmley teased, “as well as added functionality such as a temperature sensor, which could alert farmers to illnesses at an earlier stage.”

Ceres Tag will be on display at this week’s Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) Red Meat 2018 event (Nov. 22-23) in Canberra and the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (Nov. 27-28) in Brisbane.

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Simple tips to protect yourself this Black Friday

November 21, 2018 • Online & Social, Security

Simple tips to protect yourself this Black Friday.

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day on the calendar, with a growing list of retailers offering greatly reduced prices on a range of products. As these great deals start to hit our TV screens, inboxes, and social media screens, Namola, the free mobile safety app supported by Dialdirect, brings you these simple tips to keep safe this Black Friday.

Minimise carrying cash. As great deals are lined up for Black Friday, so too are criminals looking to exploit shoppers. These criminals can be especially treacherous in busy shopping centres. Make sure that you have a zip on your bag and that you do not carry large sums of cash.

Be vigilant. Looking forward to your new purchases? Criminals are probably too. Be vigilant when travelling back from Black Friday. Be as discreet as you can with your new purchases. Pay attention when putting bags in your car.

Watch out for your fellow South Africans. If we all keep a lookout for criminals, we can ensure that our fellow South Africans stay safe. See something? Remember to request assistance through Namola.

Go online using secure websites. As a rule of thumb, if the site has a green little lock sign on the top left, then it is safe to use. Don’t take chances with sites you’ve never heard of they could well be a scam. It is also wise to update your antivirus software to further prevent accessing unsafe websites. NEVER save your payment information on a site.

Beware rock-bottom prices. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other big sales along the way have become a tradition of holiday shopping. But if a website offers something that looks too good to be true, then it probably is. Compare prices and pictures of the merchandise at similar websites. Rock-bottom prices could be a red flag that the business doesn’t have those items in stock.

Watch out for scam emails. While it might be tempting to open an email that promises a “special offer,” clicking on emails from unknown senders and unrecognizable sellers could infect your computer with viruses and malware. It’s better to play it safe. Delete them, don’t click on any links, and don’t open any attachments from individuals or businesses you are unfamiliar with.

“Whether you are heading to retailers or purchasing online this Friday, remain vigilant during your Black Friday shopping experience,” says Maanda Tshifularo, Head of Dialdirect Insurance. “It’s imperative that we as South Africans show criminals, not only that they are unwanted, but that we are aware of them.”

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Realme 2 Pro now also getting ColorOS update

Days after Realme started feeding a firmware update to Realme 2 and Realme C1 smartphones, the Oppo subsidiary issued an OTA package to its Realme 2 Pro smartphone.

The new update brings plenty of optimizations, along with single-swipe notification dismiss, and the headset icon is finally appearing in the status bar when you are into a call.

We heard you! The #MaxPowerMaxStyle update is here. The latest update for #Realme2Pro is rolling out. Don’t miss it! pic.twitter.com/GrpEiL5fGE

— Realme (@realmemobiles) November 20, 2018

Realme reminds you that the update will be gradually rolled out and it will take “a few days for all users to receive”. In comments below the official announcement on Twitter, the Oppo subsidiary acknowledged drain battery issues – it said they are now fixed with an update for Touchpal App.

The new package brings the November security patch as well, but Color OS 5.2 is yet to arrive, scheduled for the end of December. It is based on Android Oreo, so no Pie in the near future as well.

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