Bose’s latest home speaker is called the Sonos Beam, and it’s a terrific little sound bar that delivers terrific sound in a compact enclosure. It’ll also set you back $350, which is a pretty tall order for many people. If you’re looking for a great alternative that’s still made by a premium brand and still delivers phenomenal sound quality in a tiny package, the Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System is just what the doctor ordered.
Here are some additional details from the product page:
Single sound bar provides better sound quality compared to your TV.The Solo 5 TV sound system is an easy solution, with advanced technologies that deliver the clear audio your TV can’t. Dialogue mode to make every word and detail stand out Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly stream music from any of your devices One connection to your TV. Optical audio input (digital); Coaxial audio input (digital); 3.5 mm aux input (analog) Universal remote controls TV, bass, Bluetooth connections and more Speaker:2.6 H x 21.6 W x 3.4 D (3.73 lbs), Remote control:4.1 H x 1.6 W x 0.4 D (5 oz)
‘Pokemon: The Movie 2000’ (Photo Credit: Warner Bros.)
Don’t have time to “catch ’em all?” Now, you can: Twitch is hosting a mega Pokemon anime marathon for three months straight.
On Wednesday, the Pokemon Company shared Pokemon Day 2019 details online, which revealed the massive, multi-month Pokemon marathon. ComicBook.com noted that the company will air multiple Pokemon films and TV series for free on Twitch from February 27 to May 5.
Pokemon Day 2019, which takes place on Feb. 27, will be the beginning of this massive Pokemon marathon, which will allow fans to binge-watch Pokemon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, Pokemon the Series: Black & White, Pokemon the Series: XY, and other popular movies from the anime franchise. On Feb. 27, Twitch will air fan-favorite episodes and flicks before announcing a set Pokemon schedule.
Watching the Pokemon marathon is easy: After fans set up a Twitch account, they can bookmark or leave comments on the marathon’s feed. Pokemon also has an official Twitch page, which can come in handy for marathon schedule announcements.
Before Pokemon Day 2019, you can stream Pokemon: The Sun & Moon series on Netflix. This show highlights Ash and Pikachu’s trip to the Alola region, where they attend the Pokemon school for additional training.
Now that Samsung’s lineup of new Galaxy S10 handsets has been unveiled and everyone has started to get a sense of the design and specs you can expect from these new devices, the next consideration is when you can actually get your hands on the variant you prefer. Luckily, we’ve got you covered on all fronts, so read on for the important details like first availability and the variety of carrier offers.
The first thing you may want to be aware of is you can signup at Samsung’s reserve page to secure a spot in “line” that will allow you to place a pre-order once they go live (starting tomorrow, February 21). It’s also worth noting that you can get up to $550 in trade-in credit that you can put toward a new Galaxy S10 by trading in your current phone — and not only that, but if you order either the S10 or S10+ before March 7, you’re eligible for a free pair of Galaxy Buds, according to this Samsung promotion.
Ok, let’s move on to the carrier deals:
AT&T customers, starting tomorrow, can go to either an AT&T store or visit att.com/galaxy to order the S10, S10+ or S10e. AT&T says the entire S10 family will be available in-store starting March 8 — also, AT&T customers who buy a Galaxy S10 128GB, an S10+ 128GB or S10e can get a second model free.
On AT&T Next over 30 months, consumers can buy the Samsung Galaxy S10e for $25 per month, the S10 for $30 per month or the S10+ for $33.34 per month.
Sprint customers, meanwhile, can likewise snag a free device. Its offer includes giving customers who preorder an S10e, S10 or S10+ a second Galaxy S10e for free. Also, when you pre-order the S10 or S10+ you get a free set of Samsung Galaxy Buds (Full details are available here).
All three models will be available at Sprint retail stores starting March 8, and you can get your pre-order in starting at 12:01 p.m. eastern tonight at www.sprint.com/GS10. Per Sprint, the Samsung Galaxy S10e can also be paired with no-contract plans from Boost Mobile, giving consumers an additional way to save.
The Galaxy S10e in Prism White will be available for purchase starting March 8 in Boost Mobile stores and at www.boostmobile.com.
Links for Verizon customers to order the S10 devices go live tonight and will be accessible at the URLs below:
The carrier has also announced a few promotions to be aware of. The details of those are as follows:
For a limited time, customers can purchase a Galaxy S10e, S10 or S10+ on Verizon device payment and get an S10e 128 GB free, or $750 towards a more expensive Galaxy model. At least one line new line of service is required, the discount is applied via 24 monthly credits, and there’s no plan or trade-in required. Customers who preorder a S10 or S10+ can also redeem for free Galaxy Buds.
Today Samsung made the jump to 5G and foldable, phones, showed its latest Galaxy S flagship line which consists of 4 phones, but it also took the time to refresh its wearable ecosystem with a smartwatch, two smart bands and new truly wireless ear buds.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active breaks away from the familiar design – there’s no rotating bezel! However, the watch walks the fine line between stylish and sporty and is quite thin, just 10.5mm (the Galaxy Watch is 12.7mm). The whole watch is rather petite with a 40mm diameter.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
The hottest new feature is Blood Pressure Monitoring, the watch also supports the usual heart rate monitoring and aims to track your stress level. It can automatically track 39 activities with the help of GPS/GLONASS, accelerometer, gyroscope and barometer.
The Galaxy Watch Active is waterproof up to 5ATM, so you can hop in the shower and even jump in the pool. You can customize its look with 20mm interchangeable bands.
The watch features a 1.1” AMOLED display (360 x 360px) with Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The software is Tizen OS 4.0 running on an Exynos 9110 chipset with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage.
The watch has a 230mAh battery that can be charged wirelessly from a Galaxy S10 (or any other Qi-based charger).
Galaxy Watch Active color options
The Galaxy Watch Active costs $200/€250.
Samsung Galaxy Fit and Fit e
Surprisingly enough, the Galaxy Fit and Fit e smart bands can track even more activities than the watch – 90 – covering everything from rowing to an elliptical trainer. Both are water resistant up to 5ATM and super lightweight (the Fit is 24g, the Fit e is just 15g).
Both have heart rate monitors and will track your sleep and stress levels. They don’t run Tizen like the Watch, but you can still get alarms, calendar events and weather info from your phone.
The main difference between the two is the screen. The Galaxy Fit has a 0.95” color AMOLED with 120 x 240px resolution (282ppi). The Fit e settles for a smaller 0.74” black and white PMOLED with 64 x 128px resolution (193ppi).
The Galaxy Fit e starts at $100/€100.
Samsung Galaxy Buds
AKG tuned the Galaxy Buds for a premium sound, but they goes beyond music. The Adaptive Dual Microphones system places one mic on the outside and one on the inside, so your voice will be loud and clear in every environment.
Samsung Galaxy Buds
Speaking of, Enhanced Ambient Sound that keeps you alert and aware of your surroundings by mixing in ambient sound.
The Galaxy Buds by themselves can play music for 6 hours or handle voice calls for 5 hours. The carrying case adds up to 7 more hours. If the Buds battery goes flat, putting them in the case for 15 minutes pumps in 1 hour and
Some of the most exciting things in the arts today wouldn’t be happening without Kickstarter. It’s a platform and crowdfunding tool that has funded over 100,000 projects with the help of over 14 million backers. One of the biggest beneficiaries of this platform has been the comics community. Kickstarter has helped bring older comics and graphic novels back in print, print webcomics, launch new series, and even help launch and sustain publishers, such as Iron Circus Comics and Space Between Entertainment.
Here are just some comics you can back on Kickstarter right now.
Destiny, NY: Volume 3
Pat Shand is back on Kickstarter to help fund the next book through his publishing arm, Space Between Entertainment, Destiny, NY: Volume 3. Joined by artists Elisa Romboli and Carola Borelli, letterer Jim Campbell, and editor Shannon Lee, Pat takes us back to the characters of Logan and Lilth. Though they love each other, fate has forced them apart. Now Lilth has to confront her demons in New York while Logan goes off to solve her problems in California. The graphic novel is comprised of two graphic novel-length chapters split between the events in New York and California while also giving you four back-up stories as a bonus. This is definitely some of the most bang for your buck you’re gonna get from a graphic novel on Kickstarter! Backing for just $4 will get you the PDF copies of both issues 1 and 2 and $14 will get you the physical copy of issue 2 as well. Reward tiers go up to $750 and include prints, sketches, original pages, and more.
New York based trans non-binary artist, Justin Hubbell, has launched their first Kickstarter to help fund their latest comics project, In a Word: Trans. This graphic novel collects the early works of Justin Hubbell including very personal, controversial, and educational pieces. To help make this collection a unique experience for those who may already be familiar with their work, Justin has created new comic content that narrates the process as well as new comics about Justin’s personal transition. Part of the goal of this book is to educate and provide a resource for people to better understand trans issues as well as providing comfort and relatable content to trans readers. To that end, this Kickstarter will also be helping to get this book into places like libraries and schools in addition to book stores and conventions. Backing at the $5 level gets you the PDF copy of the book and $15 gets you the physical copy as well. Reward tiers go up to $500 and includes variant covers, prints, getting drawn into the comic, and more.
Red Stylo Media is back on Kickstarter to help fund their latest anthology project spearheaded by Jennie Wood, Cosmic Love. Inspired by the music of Florence + the Machine, this curated anthology features different creative teams picking their favorite Florence
In a little over two weeks, the final movie we need to see before Phase 3’s epic Avengers: Endgame conclusion will hit cinemas around the world. Captain Marvel will easily win the box office during its launch weekend, and will probably hold on to it for at least another weekend if not more. Because we’re so close to the film’s premiere, Captain Marvel is already being screened for the media, and we now have official confirmation that the movie will have two post-credits scenes. We obviously already expected Captain Marvel to feature credits scenes. After all, this is an MCU film meant that will tease not only Avengers 4, but also other events to follow in the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Captain Marvel will have two post-credits scenes, including one before the credits and one after the credits roll, ComicBook reports.
What will those post-credits scenes tell us? That’s a whole different story, as their contents haven’t yet leaked. We would expect the scenes to tie Captain Marvel to Infinity War as well as Endgame. After all, it was in the post-credits scene after Infinity War that gave us our first hint Captain Marvel was coming.
Captain Marvel is an effective Avengers prequel in some ways akin to the 1st Captain America movie. It’s pro-woman without being overdone with pre and post credit scenes that made me tear up and gave me goosebumps respectively pic.twitter.com/or2Oj7CdRV
Whatever these scenes end up being, they’ll be very emotional. On top of that, the film will be preceded by a tribute to the late Stan Lee, who passed away last year. As a reminder in case you needed one, Captain Marvel opens on March 8th, while Avengers:Endgame will launch about a month and a half later, on April 26th.
One of the paper bills, the 1891 $1000 Silver Certificate is known by currency aficionados as the “Marcy Note” due to the portrait of William L. Marcy, according to Stack’s Bowers Galleries. It is the only example of the design type in private hands and is one of just two known to exist. The other example is forever held in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. Just 8,000 examples of this note were issued.
The 1891 $1000 “Marcy Note” once set the world record for the highest price ever paid for a paper bill when it was sold in 2013 for $2.6 million. (Photo Credit: Stack’s Bowers Galleries)
This Marcy Note once set the world record for the highest price ever paid for an example of paper money when it was sold by private treaty in 2013 for $2.6 million. The opening bid for this auction is $1.2 million, and it’s expected to fetch up to $3 million.
The auction also features the only privately held 1869 $1000 “Rainbow” note. It is only one of two known to exist; the other known note resides in the collection of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
A portrait of DeWitt Clinton is featured at center, while to the left is Columbus in His Study, depicting the explorer seated at his desk with a globe nearby on the floor. To the right is a large, pink spiked Treasury Seal. Series of 1869 notes were issued from October 19, 1869 until July 25, 1874, according to Stack’s Bowers Galleries. There were 74,400 examples of the $1000 note printed.
The 1869 $1000 ‘Rainbow’ note is one of just two known to exist,. The other is forever held in the collection of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. (Photo Credit: Stack’s Bowers Galleries)
This “Rainbow” note was last sold publicly in a 1946 auction where it fetched a then-impressive sum of $1,200 (when annual average income was around $2,600). It’s known as one of “the ultimate rarities in American numismatics.” The opening bid for this note is $900,000, and it’s expected to fetch up to $2.5 million.
An 1869 $500 “Rainbow” note is also up for auction — and it’s the only example of its type available to collectors. The note features the allegorical figure Justice at left, holding balance scales in her left hand and an upward pointing sword in her right. The portrait of President John Quincy Adams is in an oval frame at right.
This 1869 $500 “Rainbow” Legal Tender Note is the only example of its type available to collectors. (Photo Credit: Stack’s Bowers Galleries)
Just 89,360 examples of the 1869 $500 “Rainbow” note were
Samsung has announced a few phones today, as you may have noticed. The flagship S line has grown to four devices now – the S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G, but then there’s also the Galaxy Fold, the much anticipated handset with a flexible screen.
The company has now uploaded a bunch of promo videos for these. For the S10 family you get an unveiling video, an official introduction video, and the first TV commercial.
If you’re more into the Fold, then here’s its unveiling video.
Last but definitely not least, the first TV commercial for the company’s first ever foldable smartphone:
At an event for gamers in Leipzig, Germany, Arctic demonstrated a prototype of one the industry’s first partially-passive cooling systems for AMD’s Threadripper processors. The Freezer 50 TR is a sizable heatsink-fan cooler that is specifically designed to be able to cool a Threadripper processor passively under low loads, allowing its fans to be turned off to minimize noise. And while it looks extremely big and will be an interesting challenge in fit in most modern PC cases, having cooler that can run noise-free under light loads certainly comes with its advantages.
The construction of the Arctic Freezer 50 TR generally resembles that of other so-called “mega coolers”. The Arctic Freezer 50 TR is comprised of two massive aluminum radiators outfitted with eight thick heat pipes that are in direct contact with the processor’s IHS. The cooling system can be equipped with two (presumably 140-mm) fans that stop spinning when PWM signal drops below 5%. As an added bonus, the unit has adressable RGB LED bars.
Arctic is not disclosing the TDP rating of its Freezer 50 TR cooler just yet (just like it does not disclose maximum rotation speed of its fans) as the product is still a prototype. Given that it’s made especially for Threadripper, it’s reasonable to to expect that it can dissipate more than 250 W, but the upper limit is unknown. For reference, there are air coolers capable of dissipating up to 340 W of power, but they are pretty rare.
Since AMD’s Threadripper (as well as Intel Core i9/Xeon W-3175X) processors are aimed at extreme desktops and workstations and usually get overclocked by their owners, CPU makers often recommend using closed-loop liquid cooling systems with them to ensure consistent performance and longevity. Meanwhile since not everyone trusts LCS, many suppliers offer air coolers for “extreme” CPUs.
Arctic did not disclose when it plans to release its Freezer 50 TR as well as its estimated price. Considering the fact that it usually takes months to finalize validate CPU coolers, it is possible that the product will be launched towards Computex trade show. Whether or not it will support next-gen processors is something that remains to be seen.
When Samsung first teased its foldable smartphone in November, it mostly left the details to the imagination. At its Unpacked event on Wednesday, the company began sketching a fuller picture. The wild concept is now officially real, and it has the name, price, and release date prove it: Galaxy Fold, $1,980, April 26.
Samsung’s not the first company to sell a folding phone. Many have tried hinges in the past, and a Chinese company called Royole showed off a working model of its own bendy display before Samsung even teased the Galaxy Fold. And more foldable phones will follow close behind, especially given recent materials breakthroughs and a broader Android push to support them. But Samsung is the first company with real clout—and the technological know-how to make one that might actually work.
You could see signs of that in Samsung’s presentation Wednesday, which focused as much on the physical curiosity of the Galaxy Fold as it did the software that will attempt to make it useful.
On the build side, the Fold has a 4.6-inch display when in smartphone mode, which should be a chunky but welcome reprieve to those who miss the small smartphone era. When opened, it reveals a 7.3-inch “Infinity Flex” display made not of glass—which would crack under the strain of opening and closing—but of a plasticky polymer that Samsung has previously said can withstand hundreds of thousands of openings and closings. (It’s unclear, though, how soon you’ll start to see a physical crease.) Likewise, Samsung says it invented a new type of hinge system, hidden between the displays, that can withstand the strain.
The Galaxy Fold relies on two batteries—one on each side. The other internals seem befitting of a device that needs serious power not to sputter: a 7-nanometer processor, a whopping 12 gigabytes of RAM, and 512 gigabytes of onboard storage. It has not one, not two, but six cameras, strategically stationed so you can take photos no matter what mode you’re in or what side of the phone you’re looking at.
Still, all the specs in the world won’t save you from a stuttering software experience. Samsung has at least given this area some thought, which is more than can be said for previous dual-screen disasters. It has three-app multitasking, which one should expect from a tablet these days (though it may feel crowded on a 7.3-inch screen). More important, it offers what Samsung calls “app continuity,” which lets you carry over your small screen experience to the bigger one. In a demo onstage, a small view of Google Maps became a larger view when the phone is unfolded. That seems genuinely useful, unless of course you don’t want to carry Google Maps with you into tablet mode, in which case it’s just creating extra work.
It’s clear that Samsung’s trying. The bigger question is whether developers will as well, since they need to create foldable smartphone experiences to make this phone worth
The new Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10+, and the Galaxy S10 smartphones are displayed during the Samsung Unpacked event on February 20, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
If you choose to pronounce it correctly (which you shouldn’t) the “X” in iPhone X represents the ten years it’s been since Apple changed the smartphone game. So that means it’s also been about ten years since Samsung started Apple’s main Android rival the Galaxy series. Two billion sold devices later Samsung just revealed a suite of new Galaxy smartphones at its recent Unpacked event, proving the company hasn’t just been twiddling its thumbs and making batteries blow up for the past decade.
The most interesting device on display was the Galaxy Fold, the smartphone you can fold up like a piece of paper Samsung first detailed last year. For me the most exciting part is that you can use this thing as a relatively small 4.6-inch phone. But for most people the key gimmick is how you can unfold the phone into a 7.3-inch tablet.
There’s a lot of cool engineering going on to make this work. The (potentially colorful) hinge is a hidden system of gears. There are two batteries funneling into one power source. Six cameras are spread across different parts of the interior and surface. And the 7nm processor and 12GB of RAM power impressive app multitasking and “App Continuity” features like looking at Google Maps on the front and then unfolding to seamlessly see a bigger picture.
This Nintendo DS for the modern era comes at a cost though. At $1,980 you’re basically paying for the price of the two phones you’re buying. And that’s before upgrades like 5G and more storage than the base 512GB. But the Galaxy Fold doesn’t launch until April 26, so there’s plenty of time to decide.
You may in fact choose to get one of the three new Galaxy S10 phones instead. Like the current iPhone X series, the 6.1-inch S10 now has a cheaper 5.8-inch S10E model to complement the larger 6.4-inch model.
Beyond the new range of options the S10 series also introduces some nifty new features, as part of Samsung’s desire to prove there’s still room left for smartphone hardware innovation. The sensors are housed in a tiny hole notch that lets the AMOLED display be even more expansive. The display also has better color accuracy and less blue light. There’s a more secure ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and upgraded Wi-Fi 6 for better connections in crowded areas.
Cameras got a lot of love, as they often do at these things. The new lens lets you take wider pictures than before and the camera is smart enough to offer composition advice. Adobe is putting out a version of Premiere Rush for video editing right on the device. And specs are powerful enough not just for productivity apps but also Unity-powered games through adaptive performance.
“Banana Plug,” which allegedly allowed customers to play a game and buy drugs, might have been named after the Banana Slug, UC Santa Cruz’s sports mascot, The New York Daily News noted. Howard reportedly advertised his illegal services with posters around campus, which caught the eye of local investigators.
“Upon discovering the posters and the application, a UC Santa Cruz police officer, in coordination with HSI, used the application to request a purchase of marijuana and cocaine and then communicated with Howard via Snapchat to set up the purchase,” said the press statement. “An undercover HSI agent made that purchase and separately continued to communicate with Howard on Snapchat to set up three additional purchases of controlled substances.”
Howard, who unknowingly sold drugs to an undercover UC Santa Cruz police officer, was eventually caught by law enforcement. The undercover officer, who went to Howard for multiple drug purchases, bought more than five grams of methamphetamine from Howard, and at a fourth meeting, UC Santa Cruz police officers arrested Howard before payment arrangements were made.
On Feb. 15, Howard was arrested on federal charges and he made an initial court appearance on Feb. 19. At court, he was indicted by a federal grand jury, “with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.” On Friday, Howard will have another court appearance for a bail review hearing.
Samsung’s Galaxy line is turning ten this year, and the company just had a huge event in celebration of that. You probably know about the Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G, and the Galaxy Fold by now, but here’s something you may not have been aware of.
The Korean company has sold over two billion Galaxy devices in the past nine years – since 2010, that is. The tidbit was shared by Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh on stage. Oddly enough the first Galaxy phone was launched a year prior to that, and we’re not sure why the company wouldn’t include the 2009 to 2010 period in its number, but anyway, it is a momentous achievement.
The first Galaxy S flagship was released in 2010, and that was definitely a big milestone for the Korean smartphone maker. With the tenth generation unboxed today, the sales numbers are sure to grow in the future.
‘The Departed’ (Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment)
Kickstarter is a truly amazing thing. We’ve seen some extremely innovative products and wonderful creative projects launched there. There are also plenty of Kickstarters that are awesome because of their absurdity.
There was that whole potato salad thing, which raised more than $55,000 and got more looks than the original Oculus Rift and Reading Rainbow Kickstarters.
The project is clearly not something that creator Adam Sacks just hastily threw together. He’s carefully laid out the entire process and crunched the numbers to arrive at his funding goal.
Sacks will start by buying a copy of The Departed on Blu-Ray, as well as a Blu-Ray player to play it on. He’ll also need to purchase Blu-Ray ripping software.
Once he’s got a digital file that can be worked with, Sacks will hand it off to visual effects artist Ed Mundy for the actual editing. He plans to pay Mundy $599 for his assistance, because $600 is the point at which you have to file tax forms with the IRS and he doesn’t need that hassle.
Once Mundy has done his thing, Sacks will pay to have a film print made — just like Scorsese’s original. Then it’ll be converted back to digital. $57.69 for a month of Adobe CC access will let Sacks splice in the rat-free closing scene.
Another $38.31 will go toward blank Blu-Ray discs that will be used to burn the finished product. $2.71 will cover a black Sharpie to “properly label” the discs (what’s more proper on a burned disc than Sharpie?).
A pledge of $70 will get you The Departed minus rat. Well, technically it gets you a sealed copy of the Blu-Ray which Sacks will helpfully throw away for you and replace with the expurgated version.
Assuming Sacks gets the $4,000 he’s after and the studio’s legal team doesn’t fire off a c & d, this is definitely a thing that could happen.