Sonos speakers are on sale for Black Friday beginning right now

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Discounts on Sonos speakers are super rare. High-end audio fans only get two or maybe three opportunities each year to save on Sonos speakers. Needless to say, Black Friday is one of those opportunities. Sonos just went live with its annual Black Friday sale, and this time it covers every single one of the company’s most popular wireless speakers.

How good is the sale this year? You’ll save $25 on the new Sonos One, which is basically a Play:1 but with Amazon Alexa built in. It’s a modest discount, but it’s a brand new speaker so it’s better than nothing. More substantial discounts are available on the Sonos Play:1 and Sonos Play:3, both of which are $50 off right now. Finally, you’ll save $100 each on the Sonos PlayBar sound bar or the Sonos PlayBase, both of which offer killer sound for your TV in addition to wireless streaming.

There is a definite chance that supply on some of these speakers won’t last through the weekend, so take advantage while you can.

Sonos One

  • Start and control your music with your voice. Amazon Alexa built right in.
  • Play songs, check news and traffic, manage smart devices and enjoy other helpful Amazon Alexa skills using a single Sonos speaker. Sonos One does not support Alexa voice calling.
  • Ask Alexa to play music from Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and SiriusXM. Spotify voice control supported by 12/21/17. Listen to hundreds of other streaming services with the Sonos app.
  • Enjoy surprisingly rich, room-filling sound from a smart speaker.
  • Connect wirelessly with other Sonos Home Sound System speakers to play music in any or every room.
  • Better over time. Since Sonos is continually updating with new features, services and skills, your music and voice options will both keep getting better over time.
  • Pair two Sonos Ones together in the same room for instant stereo sound. Cannot be stereo paired with other Sonos speakers.

Sonos Play:1

  • Play:1 is our compact, surprisingly powerful speaker. It’s a perfect fit for bookshelves, counters, and other snug places. So now you can enjoy great-sounding music anywhere.
  • Connect your Play:1 to any Amazon Echo or Alexa-enabled device, then just ask for the music you love.
  • Play different songs in different rooms at the same time. Or, pump one song in perfect sync, throughout your home.
  • Set-up in five minutes using your home Wi-Fi. Easily expand your home audio system over time by adding wireless speakers to additional rooms whenever you’re ready.
  • Wirelessly Stream all your favorite music services like Amazon Music, Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify.
  • Perfect for home theater rears or a stereo pair. Wall mountable.

Sonos PLAY:3

  • Delivers richer and deeper sound than PLAY:1, making it perfect for spots where you have more room.
  • Connect your Play:3 to any Amazon Echo or Alexa-enabled device, then just ask for the music you love.
  • Play different songs in different rooms at the same time. Or, pump one song in perfect sync, throughout your home.
  • Set-up in five minutes using your home Wi-Fi. Easily expand your home audio system over time by adding wireless speakers to additional rooms whenever you’re ready.
  • Wirelessly Stream all your favorite music services like Amazon Music, Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify.
  • Versatile design fits great in almost any space. Place it vertically or horizontally. Can be used as home theater rears and as a stereo pair.

Sonos PLAYBAR TV Soundbar

  • Complements HD television screens with crisp and powerful sound from nine amplified speaker drivers. Wirelessly streams all your favorite music services too.
  • Connect your Playbar to any Amazon Echo or Alexa-enabled device, then just ask for the music you love.
  • Syncs wirelessly with other Sonos speakers so you can listen to TV or music in perfect sync, throughout your home.
  • Pair with two PLAY:1s and a SUB for a 5.1 surround system, the ultimate home theater experience.
  • Simple two-cord setup. One for power and one for the TV. Control from your existing TV remote, or wirelessly connect on the Sonos app from your smart device.
  • Enhances speech for extra clarity. Turn on night sound to enhance quiet sounds at lower volumes and reduce the intensity of loud sounds.


  • Full-theater sound for TVs on stands and furniture. Wirelessly streams all your favorite music services too.
  • Connect your Playbase to any Amazon Echo or Alexa-enabled device, then just ask for the music you love.
  • Slim, low profile design practically vanishes beneath your screen, yet it amps up movies, TV shows and games.
  • Custom-built 10-speaker array delivers a completely immersive audio experience. Robust construction securely supports TVs up to 75 lbs.
  • Pair with SUB and two PLAY:1s for full surround sound. Sync wirelessly with other Sonos speakers to enjoy TV, sports and music throughout your home.
  • Simple two-cord setup. Control from your existing TV remote, or wirelessly connect on the Sonos app from your smart device. Dialog Enhancement and Night Mode settings accommodate your unique viewing needs.

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Apple gets in the holiday spirit with latest promo video

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Apple has released its new holiday-themed ad, starring the new iPhone X and the AirPods. The video shows a girl, dancing to the sound of “Palace” by Sam Smith around the snowy streets of Prague.

The Apple ad reveals the mobility and freedom AirPods give to the listener, or as in the video, even for two listeners, dancing at the same time.

The cinematography, the beauty of winter Prague and the lovely new Sam Smith song sure add to the holiday vibe, with Thanksgiving today and Christmas just a month away.

Apple iPhone X vs LG V30

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Exciting, appealing, futuristic – these are just some of the words we’d use to describe Apple’s iPhone X. But so are “expensive” and “imperfect”, as those who have read our iPhone X review should know. Long story short, the iPhone X is a phone worth being thrilled about, but it doesn’t quite tick all the boxes that a $1000 phone should, and many rivals in the high-end space could give it a good run for its money. One of these rivals is the LG V30, which is no less rich in features, but comes at a considerably lower price. Let’s now dive deeper and see how these two phones compare.


On the surface, the iPhone X and the LG V30 seem similar in many ways. They are both made of glass and metal, they are both designed around “bezel-less”, extra-tall displays, and they’re both water resistant. But the closer we examine the two, the more differences we encounter. The iPhone X, for instance, uses a stainless steel frame, and while steel is heavier than the aluminum used in the V30, it is also stronger. The V30, on the other hand, has a higher water resistance rating and retains the 3.5mm headphone jack which the iPhone lacks.
Both phones have a certain visual appeal to them – not only thanks to their stylish glass-and-metal construction, but also by the fact that their screens fill nearly all of their front areas. LG’s execution looks better, though. The iPhone X’s notch eats up screen space and simply takes away from the experience. But we must admit that the iPhone X feels better in the hand. It may be heavier than the V30, but it is also narrower, allowing for a firmer grip and more comfortable single-thumb navigation.

The dedicated mute switch is a nice perk you get only with the iPhone X. What you don’t get is a fingerprint scanner. In its place is Face ID, which is Apple’s facial recognition system – a facial recognition system that is difficult to fool and works reliably most of the time. Still, a fingerprint scanner is a fast and convenient alternative, and that’s exactly what we have on the V30, where a fingerprint scanner is embedded in the power button at the back.


First things first, we must point out that the two displays we’re comparing here are based on the very same OLED technology, which is known for its greater contrast compared to traditional LCD panels. The screens are also packed with plenty of pixels: 1125 x 2436 pixels (459 ppi) for the iPhone X and 1440 x 2880 pixels (537 ppi) for the LG V30 is more than enough resolution to produce clear and sharp visuals.

Still, the iPhone X is superior when it comes to color reproduction. Colors are accurate and vivid, but without any of that artificial saturation boost OLED screens are known for. In contrast, the V30 produces colder whites and pumped-up colors. This is a look that some might actually find appealing, but it is unnatural nonetheless. Thankfully, color reproduction can be configured from the settings menu.

Despite its shortcomings, the screen on the LG V30 has a thing or two going for it. For instance, the Always-on Display feature is kind of neat, and the greater area has the potential to fit more content. But most importantly, it doesn’t have a notch getting in the user’s way.

Software and interface

Android vs iOS: it’s an ever-going rivalry of mobile platforms, and while labeling one as better than the other would be tricky, we can easily list a number of factors that set them apart. To put it briefly, the theme with the LG V30 is that it is a phone made for power users. LG’s software experience, running on top of Android 7.1, is highly customizable and packed with features, most of which would be appreciated primarily by enthusiasts: the Floating Bar and side-by-side multitasking, for instance, or the option to adjust the screen’s resolution to save battery.

The iPhone X, on the other hand, running iOS 11.1, has a much shorter list of bells and whistles. But Animoji is definitely on it, and by now we’re pretty sure you know what these are. Sure, they’re fun, and the face-tracking technology behind them is remarkable, but we feel like most people (read: people who can actually afford an iPhone X) would get tired of them quickly. Animoji aside, iOS 11 remains a fast and rich operating system acclaimed for its visual consistency and for being a gateway to a universe of quality apps and games.

You might have noticed that the iPhone X lacks a home button. There are no on-screen buttons either. To get back to your home screen, you just swipe from the bottom of the screen. New gestures for Reachability and for switching between apps are also implemented. Fear not, as these are mostly easy to get the hang of. Meanwhile, the LG V30 relies on familiar on-screen buttons. These do eat a small fraction of screen space, but can be configured to disappear when not needed. Also, it is neat that their arrangement can be modified, and a handy shortcut for pulling down the notifications panel can be added.

Processor and memory

Here we could have listed the technical specs of these two phones side by side: processor cores, clock frequency, amount of RAM and so on. However, we chose not to, as that wouldn’t be giving you the slightest clue as to how these two phones actually perform. In a nutshell, neither the iPhone X, nor the LG V30 feel slow in any way. Both are fast and responsive in real life and deliver performance of roughly the same level, although benchmarks indicate that the iPhone X has a greater potential as far as raw number crunching goes.

On-board storage starts at 64GB for both phones. Unsurprisingly, there is no storage expansion slot on the iPhone X, so if you need extra gigs, you will have to spend the extra cash on a 256GB model. The LG V30 offers a microSD card slot, which is nice having, but one should keep in mind that microSD cards are neither as fast, nor as reliable as on-board storage.


Both phones are playing the dual camera game, but with a totally different strategy. On the iPhone X we find a regular camera paired with a secondary telephoto shooter providing 2X optical zoom, bringing the subject in the frame significantly closer. Also, the arrangement enables Portrait Mode, which adds artistic background blur to images, and Apple’s software algorithms let us apply lighting effects to the image, even after it has been taken.

On the LG V30 we have a standard camera as well, but it is coupled with a wide-angle shooter, which fits much more in the frame than any other standard camera would. While image quality and detail suffer, the secondary cam allows you to fit epic sceneries, monuments, or parties without having to step back. In tight spots, this camera proves a valuable asset.

Both of these dual cam setups have their pros and cons and we can’t say that one approach is better than the other. It’s all a matter of what kind of photographer you are and what kind of situations you find yourself into. But no matter which side you’re on, regardless of which phone you pick, you’ll be definitely using its primary camera more often. Their secondary cameras just aren’t as sensitive to light as the normal ones are.

One thing worth mentioning is that the LG V30 comes with full manual camera settings out of the box. In other words, you can take full control of how images and videos look, which is great news for camera enthusiasts. On the iPhone X you need the help of a third-party app if you require manual adjustments of any kind.

Image quality

We recently featured the iPhone X and the LG V30 in a camera comparison across a number of situations. Both phones did well, especially in daytime and well-lit situations, where the two perform at the same level. But the outcome was in favor of the iPhone, mostly thanks to its consistent low performance and better handling of scenes where HDR mode is required. Low light images from the iPhone are livelier, with better colors and detail, while the V30 tends to leave such images a tad underexposed.

Selfie quality

All in all, both phones take good-looking selfies, but it is different features that make their selfie cameras special. On the iPhone X you can use Portrait Mode and Studio Lighting when taking selfies to achieve a more dramatic or more professional look, but the results are mostly hit and miss. Still, regular selfies turn out great, with faithful colors and more than enough detail.

The LG V30 has a skin softening effect to smooth out imperfection and a lighting slider to make faces brighter, but we kept these set to a minimum level to avoid an unnatural look in our selfies. The selfie cam’s top feature, however, is its extra wide lens mode. While it adds some distortion near the edges, it has a very wide field of view that lets you fit the whole party in a single shot. Admittedly, overall image quality is still better from the iPhone, but the V30’s wide-angle selfie cam could prove useful when snapping group shots.

Video quality

The LG V30 is advertised as a phone that excels at video capturing. It comes with full manual video controls and advanced modes that experienced videographers could find useful. And indeed, videos out of it look pretty good, but as far as every-day video recording is concerned, the iPhone produces better results with less effort on the user’s side. Videos are more detailed, better stabilized, and the 60fps 4K mode produces footage of epic clarity.


One detail that we haven’t mentioned yet is that both phones support HDR video, which delivers richer color and contrast. Such content is still in short supply, but can be found on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, even on YouTube. But as far as general video playback is concerned, the V30 is the more suitable device. It may not have the iPhone X’s excellent color calibration, but it has a larger screen where there isn’t a notch in the way.
As we mentioned in the beginning, the LG V30 has a headphone jack for those who still prefer conventional, wired headphones. Plus, its Quad DAC has a high-enough output to drive even large, high-impedance earphones. But you don’t get a pair of headphones in the box, at least not with the V30 sold in the US. Since the iPhone X has no headphone jack, you can either use the dongle found in the box to connect a pair, or you can just use Apple’s own Lightning Earphones that come included. Or you can always go wireless, of course.

When it comes to loudspeaker quality, however, the iPhone X has the upper hand. While the V30 sounds okay with its single bottom-firing speaker, the iPhone’s stereo speakers are clearer and with more substantial bass to accentuate any music you may be listening to.

Battery life

How long a phone lasts between charges depends greatly on how it is used and configured. That’s why we level the playing field by subjecting phones to our custom battery test, which runs at a constant screen brightness level and simulates real-life usage. All in all, both the iPhone X and the LG V30 scored really well, meeting our expectations for a phone of this class.
Charging, however, is significantly quicker on the LG V30. The phone is supplied with a rapid charger out of the box, which allows it to charge nearly twice as quickly as the iPhone X. To get faster charging on the iPhone X, you need both a more powerful charger and a special cable, both sold separately.

Wireless charging is available on both phones, assuming you have a Qi wireless charging accessory. Right now, however, only the LG V30 supports fast wireless charging, while the iPhone X charges at a slower rate.


At $1000, the iPhone X is one of the most expensive phones around. While the LG V30 isn’t cheap either, it costs $200 less, which is a considerable price gap – enough to get you 2 years of Spotify Premium or a decent budget backup phone like the Nokia 6 or the fifth-generation Moto G.

Yet despite the four-digit figure, the iPhone X has been selling really well, and it is easy to tell why: it is a phone surrounded by hype and excitement, and owning one is like holding a piece of the future – today. For many people, choosing the iPhone X over any other phone would be an emotional decision above all. But the good news is that the iPhone X, while expensive, is also a great phone – fast and good-looking, with excellent cameras, clear-sounding speakers, and, ahem, a top-notch display. If money is no object, that’s the phone to go with.

On the other hand, the LG V30 still has a lot going for it. Just like the iPhone X, it is an enthusiast-grade device, but while the iPhone X is targeted at early adopters, the V30 is more suitable for tinkerers and power users. It may not have the iPhone’s color-accurate display, but it doesn’t have a notch to distract you with. Its cameras may not have Portrait Mode, but its wide-angle lenses could be of use in tricky situations. And while you won’t find Animoji on it, you will find a fast charger in the box. In other words, if you value practicality over showmanship, perhaps the V30 is the phone to consider.


  • Bright and color-accurate display
  • Better fit in the hand
  • Superior cameras take great photos and videos
  • Loud and clear stereo speakers


  • Larger screen without a notch on it
  • Wide-angle cameras can be useful
  • Fast charging out of the box
  • Cheaper, easier, faster to get

Nokia 2 to hit India tomorrow

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HMD has announced the India launch date for its entry-level Nokia 2 smartphone. The device – which was officially unveiled in the Asian country late last month – will go on sale tomorrow, November 24.

The handset will cost INR 6,999 ($108). The phone will be available through offline retailers in Pewter/Black, Pewter/White and Copper/Black color schemes. There are also some launch offers for Reliance Jio and new Kotak bank customers.

Previously, the Nokia 2 launched in Russia, the US, and South Africa.


Of course there are Street Fighter-meets-Transformers toys

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Listen, I’m sure some of you grew up watching the Transformers cartoon and played Street Fighter years later with a wish in your heart that these two worlds would meet. For those happy few, there are now mash-up toys that let Ryu, villain M. Bison, Ken and Chun Li morph into cars and planes.

Tipsters pointed Transformers fan site Seibertron to the new line, which seems to reuse old models from previous years’ Transformers toys. Ergo, Ryu is Optimus Prime (called Convoy in Japan), M. Bison is Megatron, Ken is Hot Rod and Chun Li is Arcee. They’ll be released in paired sets, with the more complex Ryoptimus and M. Bisotron going for about $115 US while Kot Rod and Charcee cost around $76. The rumor mill has both coming out in May 2018. Check out the full mock-ups below, which Seibertron put together:



Apple tops UK smartphone market in Q3, Samsung close second

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According to market research firm Counterpoint, Apple is the top smartphone player in the UK. The stats shared by the firm reveal the Cupertino based company had a market share of 34.4% in the country in Q3.

Samsung followed closely with a 34% slice, while Chinese manufacturer Huawei came in third with 13% of the market. Alcatel and Motorola rounded up the top five with 4% and 3% shares, respectively.

“Like we see in the US market, Apple & Samsung together control more than two thirds of the UK smartphone market in sales volumes and more than 80% in sales value,” the report says.

As for best selling smartphones, the Apple iPhone 7 topped the charts with 15% of the sales. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ followed with 9% and 6% share, respectively.


Amazon’s deal of the day gets you one of the best-rated robots vacuums for just $135

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Vacuuming is easily the most aggregating chore we have to deal with in our day-to-day lives. There are so many better things you could be doing with your time, and the worst part is that you’re never really done. By the time you finish vacuuming your home, your family has already started to make a mess again. That’s what makes robot vacuums so great — they do the work for you and they never complain when people make a mess again.

Of course, not all robot vacuums are created equal. Some can cost almost $1,000, which makes a lot of consumers think that you need to spend that much in order to get a decent product. Well, we assure you that’s not the case at all. The ILIFE A4s Robot Vacuum Cleaner is one of the best-rated robot vacuums on Amazon, and it costs just $199.99. It’s worth every penny, but right now it’s Amazon’s deal of the day, dropping the price to just $134.99 for a limited time.

The ILIFE A4s is designed to adapt to different types of floors without sacrificing suction at all. It can handle wood floors, laminate, tile, and even low-pile area rugs with no problems at all. It’s packed with sensors so it can navigate around obstacles and under chairs or beds with no problem, and it also won’t take any spills down stairs. Best of all, our two favorite features are that it automatically returns to its base to recharge, and it has a high-quality motor that’s far quieter than any other robot vacuums in this class.

Here are some highlights from the product page:

  • 3-step cleaning system with a strong suction provides thorough and concentrated cleaning.
  • Automatically starts on its scheduling program and returns to docking station to recharge when battery runs low.
  • Multiple smart sensors avoid bumping around or falling off stairs. The A4s even cleans under beds, along the walls and around the clutter… Dirt cannot hide.
  • Superior battery-group brings up to 140 minutes of cleaning time and prolonged life time.
  • Advanced BLDC motor with extremely quiet delivery compared to other vacuums.

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Razer Phone arrives in Asia, Singapore gets it first

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After the US, UK, and a few other western markets, the Razer Phone is now available in Asia, with Singapore becoming the first market on the continent to get it. Pre-orders for the device are now live in the country through Singtel, with the window closing on November 26.

Razer’s CEO had the following to say about it : “while we founded Razer in California, US, I’m a Singaporean still and I’m very excited to make Singapore the first country in Asia to release the Razer Phone.”

First 200 pre-orders will get free Razer Hammerhead Bluetooth headset (worth $169). There’s no clarity on exactly when the pre-orders will begin shipping. Officially, Razer will begin selling the phone in the country December 1 onwards.

Coming to pricing, the off contract tag is SGD 1,068, ($790). Of course, you’ll have to pay less if you purchase the device on a plan.

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Our nights keep getting brighter

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Our nights are getting brighter and they have been every year since 2012, according to a new study published today in Science Advances. Researchers led by Christopher Kyba at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences used satellite imagery to track changes in nighttime outdoor artificial lighting around the world and they found that between 2012 and 2016, the amount of lit area grew by 2.2 percent per year. The amount of brightness from continuously lit areas also increased by 2.2 percent per year. So not only is more area being illuminated at night, already lit areas are getting even brighter. “We’re losing more and more of the night on a planetary scale,” said the journal’s editor, Kip Hodges.

Some areas stayed largely the same year over year, but many of those regions, including those in Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the US, were already among the brightest to begin with. Lighting increased throughout South America, Africa and Asia. And the numbers are likely to underestimate the problem because the satellite used doesn’t pick up blue light emitted by LEDs, which have been used more and more in the last few years.

“The numbers are truly shocking, given that we know illuminating the nocturnal environment can have widespread ramifications for the environment and human health,” University of Exeter researcher Thomas Davies, who wasn’t involved with the study, told Gizmodo. And exactly how much it will impact human and environmental health is unclear since nighttime illumination is a fairly new phenomenon. “Artificial light at night is a very new stressor,” said Franz Holker, one of the researchers on the project. “The problem is that light has been introduced in places, times and intensities at which it does not naturally occur and [for] many organisms, there is no chance to adapt to this new stressor.”

And unless we change how we’re lighting our outdoor spaces, this trend will likely continue. “In the near term, it appears that artificial light emission into the environment will continue to increase, further eroding Earth’s remaining land area that experiences natural day-night light cycles,” said the study.

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Android Oreo Beta 3 for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ now rolling out [Updated]

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Update: The Android 8.0 Oreo update is now rolling out to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ units across the UK. It’s a 600MB update, which includes the November security patch and major improvements to Bluetooth stability.

This close to launch, there are no new features to speak of (save for the option to hide the notification of “Apps running in the background”). There are, however, plenty of bugfixes, check out the official change log below:

The original story follows below:

Looks like Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ users who are part of the Oreo beta group may soon get to test the third beta build of the Android 8.0 firmware. The information comes courtesy of a Samsung representative who is part of the company’s UK Beta Team.

In the rep’s own words, the update will be released “very very soon.”

To quickly refresh, the Oreo beta program for the Galaxy S8/S8+ – officially called Samsung Experience 9.0 Beta – kicked off earlier this month. The second beta build arrived just a week later, bringing some minor improvements as well as stability and bug fixes.

The beta program is currently limited to the UK, US and South Korea. The second wave of countries that’ll get access to it include Germany, Spain, France, Poland, India and China – no info on exactly when will that happen though.

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BMW will never make this absolutely insane concept motorcycle, but it totally should

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BMW, perhaps more than most other longtime auto manufacturers, embraces odd designs and out-of-the-box concepts. You don’t need to look far in the company’s lineup to see some incredibly unique design choices, but every company has its limits. That’s why you’re absolutely never going to see the BMW R1100R KHAN concept cruising down your city streets, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less awesome.

The brainchild of Turkish designer Mehmet Erdem, the R1100R KHAN looks like something you’d expect to see in a modern day Tron reboot, but it’s actually designed with real world tolerances in mind. Featuring a massive rear wheel, forward-leaning rider position, and a big, beefy motor, and incredibly aggressive body, it’s a glorious example of what vehicles might be like if safety and practicality were thrown out the window.

The original BMW R1100R was a fairly modest motorcycle, produced by the company for five years beginning in 1994. It featured a twin engine that put out close to 80 horsepower, and had a top speed over just over 120 miles per hour.

The reimagining of the bike as the KHAN concept changes things in a big way, trading the normal upright rider position for a forward-leaning posture that puts the rider’s head over the completely covered front wheel. The massive rear wheel spins just inches from the back of the saddle, so we’d recommend avoiding a long shirt.

It doesn’t look like it would be the most comfortable thing in the world to ride, at least for extended periods of time, but it would probably a very exhilarating experience while it lasted. Just don’t slam into anything or you’d likely be launched like an arrow right over the Khan’s smooth body panels and windshield-free front section.

Deals: Grab T-Mobile Moto Z2 Force for $375, Google Home for under $65

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If you are a Motorola fan in the US, and are planning to purchase a high-end smartphone, you’ll be glad to know that T-Mobile is currently offering a solid discount on the Snapdragon 835-powered Motorola Moto Z2 Force.

The magenta carrier currently has the handset listed for $375, down from the usual $500 price tag the device usually carries there.

It’s worth mentioning that Motorola is officially selling the T-Mobile variant for $720, so purchasing directly from T-Mobile will currently save you around 50%.

Moving on, if you are planning to purchase a voice controlled smart speaker instead, you might want to check the deal an eBay seller is offering on the Google Home. Specifically, yapper_wireless is selling the device for $79.

Given that officially, the device is still being sold for $129, that turns out to be a discount of $50. However, if you want, you can take that discount up to $65 by purchasing the speaker through eBay’s Android app and applying the code PSHOPAPP during checkout.

So that means you can currently get a Google Home unit for just $64. No information on when both these promos end (and the eBay listing says limited quantities are available), so those interested in availing any of the deals may have to act fast.

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MacMall Black Friday deals offer up to $250 in savings on new Macs and iPads

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If you’ve been patiently waiting to update any of your existing Apple hardware, this is the best time of year to finally take your wallet out and take the plunge. Whether you’re in the market for a new MacBook, iPad, iMac or even a brand new Mac Mini, there are a lot great deals to be had if you know where to look. Of course, if you’re keen on exploring every noteworthy Black Friday deal going on, you’ll definitely want to check out our master list over here. But if you’re exclusively on the lookout for deals on Apple hardware, you’ve come to the right place.

MacMall recently rolled out its Black Friday 2017 sale on all things Apple where you can save upwards of $200 on an assortment of Apple hardware. Listed below are just a few of the deals you’ll be able to take advantage of. Unless otherwise noted, all the listed prices below offer up $100 in savings.


21.5″ iMac – 2.3GHz – $999

21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K Display – 3.0GHz – $1,199

21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K Display – 3.4GHz – $1,379 ($120 in savings)

27″ iMac with Retina 5K Display – 3.4GHz – $1649 ($150 in savings)

27″ iMac with Retina 5K Display – 3.5GHz – $1869 ($130 in savings)

27″ iMac with Retina 5K Display – 3.8GHz – $2099 ($200 in savings)

21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K display – 3.1GHz – $1249 ($250 in savings)

MacBook Pro

Below are just a sampling of the deals available, with the full range of buying options viewable here.

13.3″ MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) 2.3Ghz, 128GB SSD- Silver – $1219 ($80 in savings)

13.3″ MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) 2.3Ghz, 256GB SSD – Space Gray  – $1349 ($150 in savings)

13.3″ MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) 2.3Ghz, 256GB SSD – Silver – $1349 ($150 in savings)

13.3″ MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) 3.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD – Space Gray – $1629 ($170 in savings)

13.3″ MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) – 3.3GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD – Space Gray – $1909 ($190 in savings)

13.3″ MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) – 3.3GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD – Space Gray – $2199 ($100 in savings)

13.3″ MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) – 3.3GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD – Silver – $2,499 ($250 in savings)


Full list of iPad deals can be seen here.

9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 256GB Rose Gold – $659 ($140 in savings)

9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB Rose Gold – $729 ($100 in savings)

Savings on Apple hardware doesn’t come around too often, so you’ll definitely want to take a look at some of these deals if you’ve been thinking about getting a new Mac or iPad.

iPhone X is now only 1-2 weeks behind delivery in the US

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There’s no doubt that the iPhone X is a phone with high demand, so much so that Apple had delays as long as 5-6 weeks before you could get one when placing an order online.

Thankfully that’s no longer the case for those of you trying to snag an iPhone X in time for the holidays. Right now, Apple US and Canada offer the iPhone X with expected deliveries 1-2 weeks after placing an order.

Alright, so that’s still a lot of time to wait, but it still beats over a month’s time of waiting. All variants are available in 1-2 weeks’ time. That includes models for all four major US carriers and unlocked phones sold in either Space Gray or Silver.


NelsonHall Positions Landamp;T Technology Services in the Leaders Category for IoT Services

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L&T Technology Services Limited (NSE LTTS), a leading global pure play engineering services company announced that it has been positioned in the Leaders Category by independent global research firm, NelsonHall in its latest NEAT evaluation for Internet of Things (IoT) services providers. LTTS is the only global pure play engineering services to be positioned in the leader’s category.

LTTS has been identified as a leader relative to its peers’ due to its ability to meet future client requirements as well as deliver immediate benefits to IoT Services clients.

Dominique Raviart, IT Services Practice Director, NelsonHall said, “L&T Technology Services has several strengths that make it relevant to industrial IoT. The company has a background in the manufacturing industry. It is actively expanding its IoT portfolio, and has created its own IoT platform, as well as continuing to create IP-based use cases. Also, LTTS has a background in the ER&D industry, which means that it can provide a continuum of services, from product design and engineering to the IoT platform.”

Mr. Bhupendra Bhate, Chief Operating Officer & Whole Time Director, LTTS commented, “Digital Engineering is shaping things of the future. LTTS as the leading pure play engineering services firm is at the forefront of the digital wave and investing its resources and capabilities in transformative areas such as Embedded Systems & Platforms, Human Machine Interface, Big Data Analytics, Integrated Manufacturing & Asset Management and Design Thinking. Acknowledgements such as this from NelsonHall are a testimony that our strategic focus on new age technology is yielding the desired results.”

NelsonHall’s profile of LTTS’ IoT capabilities identified its wide IoT services portfolio which include IoT Platforms and connectivity services, connected devices and ER&D services for Smart Manufacturing.

Some of the key IoT solutions that have been deployed in LTTS’ global customer projects include:

Additionally, NelsonHall identified key strengths of LTTS which include:

NelsonHall noted that LTTS is investing in developing IP use cases and creating Intellectual Assets that are reusable like the smart building framework i-BEMS that enables ‘Net-Zero,’ energy generation management in buildings.

About L&T Technology Services Limited:

L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) is a listed subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Limited focused on Engineering and R&D (ER&D) services. We offer consultancy, design, development and testing services across the product and process development life cycle. Our customer base includes 52 Fortune 500 companies and 48 of the world’s top ER&D companies, across industrial products, medical devices, transportation, telecom & hi-tech, and the process industries. Headquartered in India, we have around 11,000 employees spread across 15 global delivery centers, 28 global sales offices and 38 innovation labs in India as of September 30, 2017.

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About NelsonHall:

NelsonHall is the leading global analyst firm dedicated to helping organizations understand the ‘art of the possible’ in next generation IT and business services. With analysts in the U.S., U.K., and Continental Europe, NelsonHall provides buy-side organizations with detailed, critical information on markets and vendors that helps them make fast and highly informed sourcing decisions. And for vendors, NelsonHall provides deep knowledge of market dynamics and user requirements to help them hone their go-to-market strategies. NelsonHall’s research is rigorous and all-original, and widely respected for the quality, depth and insight of its analysis.