Fitbit has officially announced its Force wireless activity and sleep-tracking wristband. The Force wristband features an OLED display and offers real-time access to all your stats like steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. The Force will also send you smart call notifications when coupled with an iPhone running iOS 7 or higher.
Other features include a state-of the-art altimeter for tracking how many floors you climb a day, sleep monitoring / silent wake alarm, and Bluetooth 4.0 support.
The Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-ray Giftset is now available for pre-order. This is the first time ever that the BBC has collected the entire new series of Doctor Who together on Blu-ray. The set includes, a unique Doctor Who Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdriver, three original art cards, and an exclusive Doctor Who comic book. Special features include: The Brit List's Doctor Who Ultimate List of Lists, The Best of the Christmas Specials, Doctor Who at the Proms (90-minute version with 5.1 Surround Sound), Audio Commentary, Doctor Who Confidential/Behind the Scenes, Deleted Scenes and Outtakes, Feature-length Specials and Featurettes, Episode prequels and Video Diaries.
The set features Series 1-4, featuring the Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston and the Tenth Doctor David Tennant, and Series 5-7 featuring the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. All the discs have been newly remastered at full 1080p high definition.
It looks like Skylanders fans will once again have to hit up various retailers if they want to collect all the Swap Force characters and accessories. It has been confirmed that Enchanted Hoot Loop will be a Walmart exclusive, and that the Legendary characters will only be available at Toys R Us. Target will also be carrying an exclusive Nitro Magna Charge 2-pack on launch day.
Skylanders collectors are urged to sign up for free Swap Force notifications so they don't miss out on any pre-orders. This is a much better option than running store-to-store on launch day, or having to sign up for different email notifications from several retailers. The whohas.it Skylanders Swap Force tracker will notify you via mobile alert (iOS only, Android coming soon), email, or desktop alarm when any of the Swap Force characters become available for pre-order or for sale. This will ensure that you will not miss out on any characters or store exclusives, and will help guarantee that you don't get stuck paying high scalper prices for the harder to find Swap Force action figures.
Amazon has been doing a great job of keeping to its goal by offering "premium products at non-premium prices," and the company has just upped the ante with its Kindle Fire HDX tablet. The new 7-and 8.9-inch slates feature much higher resolution than their predecessors at 323 ppi (1,920 x 1,200) and 339 ppi (2,560 x 1,600), respectively.
The Fire HDX is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, the fastest processor ever put in a tablet, and 2GB of RAM. The 8.9-inch model is equipped with a 8MP rear-facing camera with an LED flash and built-in electronic image stabilization. The 7-inch model only ships with a front-facing camera.
Sharp's newly announced Aquos Ultra HD LED TV has popped up online at several retailers for less than its original $7,500 asking price. Sharp announced "the world's first 70-inch THX 4K certified TV" a few weeks ago. The Aquos (Model# LC-70UD1U) television features four times the pixel resolution of high definition and Sharp's proprietary Revelation 4K Upscaler, which promises to provide a "sharper, more realistic and more stunning" picture, according to Sharp.
"For the past several years the focus with high-end television panels was on delivering a more exciting experience through size," said John Herrington, President, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America. "With the introduction of our AQUOS 4K TV, we now offer consumers an even more life-like TV experience coupling size with resolution and clarity."
This is your last chance to lock in your iPhone trade in value before prices plummet tomorrow at 12:01 a.m. PST. iPhone trade in values typically go down after a new Apple handset is released. Apple is launching two iPhones tomorrow, which means the price of the discontinued iPhone 5 and older models will decrease. However, you can still trade in your device and have money left over even if you're still locked into a carrier contract. Here's how:
NextWorth is currently offering around $300 or higher for working used iPhones. "Working" means the device powers on, is fully functional and doesn't have any water damage. AT&T and Verizon Wireless early termination fees range between $325-350, minus $10 for every month you've completed. iPhone owners who are only one year into their contract would only owe a $205 early termination fee to AT&T. This means you could potentially trade in a 32GB iPhone 5 for around $300, pay off your fee, and still have around $95 to put towards a new iPhone 5s.
The 16GB iPhone 5s is $199, the 32GB is $299 and the 64GB is $399... You can do the rest of the math.
Angry Birds Star Wars 2 quietly slipped into the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store one day early. The interactive tie-in action figures and playsets, or "telepods," are also now available for purchase at several retailers. The telepods allow you to "teleport" your favorite characters into the Angry Birds Star Wars universe on your mobile device, but they are not required to play the game. They're just an extra fun bonus. Unlike Activision's popular Skylanders series, the telepods use your device's camera, not NFC technology to make their magic work. Below is a complete list of available Angry Birds telepods and retailers where you can buy them.
As for the actual game, Angry Birds Star Wars 2 features more than 30 playable characters, and allows you to choose between the Pork Federation or the Pork Side. New characters include Yoda, Pod-Racing Anakin, Mace Windu, Jango Fett and Jar Jar Binks! You can download the free version or the $0.99 full version now from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
While the world waits for iOS 7 to officiall launch, BlackBerry is giving it one more go with the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone. The Z30 is the successor to the Z10, and it is "BlackBerry's biggest, fastest and most advanced smartphone," according to BlackBerry. It features a 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 Super AMOLED display (295 ppi), BlackBerry's new 10.2 operating system and up to 25 hours of "mixed use" battery life. Under the hood is a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro paired with 2GB RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU.
It is taller and wider (140.7mm x 72mm) than the Z10, and features the same 16GB storage, with the option to upgrade thanks to its microSD slot. The Z30 is 4G LTE capable and ships with WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. Other specs include a 2MP front-facing camera, an 8MP rear-facing camera, BBM, and other BlackBerry features such as BlackBerry Priority Hub
This is a friendly reminder to pre-order the Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Limited Edition before it is too late. A lot of Grand Theft Auto fans learned the hard way after missing out on the GTA 5 Special Edition. The lesson is: It's never too early to pre-order. The special edition of Assassin's Creed Black Flag for the PC has already sold out at GameStop and Target, and you can bet the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions will sell out quickly come November.
A lot of times these special and collector's editions never come back in stock. Just ask Tales of Xillia and Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker fans, who didn't get their hands on those limited releases and are now paying scalpers on eBay.
SanDisk announced today the Extreme Pro CFastTM 2.0 memory card for "professional broadcast, cinematography and next-generation professional photography." According to SanDisk, the card can read speeds of up to 450MB/s and write speeds of up to 350MB/s, which gives it "double the shot speed of today's fastest cards."
"With the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 card, we are enabling a next generation card format to meet the needs of high-end professional cinematographers," said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. "These cards will enable new digital solutions for professional filmmakers looking to embrace technologies such as high-quality 4K video, and are another example of SanDisk's innovation and leadership in flash memory storage."