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Anker is serious about audio with the Zolo Liberty+ wireless earbuds

Headphone jacks have been a big part of smartphones since the beginning. But as more device manufacturers decide to get rid of the headphone jack, their users are going to have to rely on a pair of Bluetooth headphones or earphones.And ever since Apple introduced the AirPods last year, you’re going to be seeing a lot more wireless earphones like Anker’s new Zolo brand name and product line. The first product under the new brand is the Zolo Liberty+ wireless earbuds and even though the Kickstarter for the product just launched a few days ago, they’ve already blown past their goal of $50,000 around 12 times.The biggest claim to fame that Zolo is making is their “breathtaking audio fidelity” which uses a lab-created material called Graphene that is 100 times stronger than steel. The Graphene is used to create a dynamic driver to help create “an astonishing improvement in sound quality.”Zolo also says their Liberty+ earbuds have a “virtually unbreakable” Bluetooth connection, which uses a…

Netflix launches new interactive kids shows

Netflix has announced the first (of possibly many) shows with interactive elements. Viewers are able to decide what happens in the show they’re watching. Netflix is debuting these new interactive elements to a few new children series, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, which is available now and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, which will debut on July 14th. The third series with the new “branching narratives”, called Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout will arrive in 2018.Netflix has teamed up with DreamWorks Animation Television, American Greetings Entertainment, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios to help make the new series with their branching narratives.The company also says that they’ve done extensive research and have collected a lot of data by talking to parent and kids to help them better understand if people will be interested in this sort of thing.Netflix says that Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, has 13 breaks to offer viewers a choice and there are two different endings.…

OnePlus 5: Everything you need to know

OnePlus has officially unveiled their latest flagship smartphone with the OnePlus 5.The OnePlus 5 is being powered the Snapdragon 835 processor (clocked at up to 2.45GHz) with either 6 or 8GB of RAM. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display (with a 16:9 aspect ratio) and while 1080p may help with battery life, it would have been nice to have a high-res screen.The OnePlus 5 has a smooth, rounded design that is also slimmer than previous models. One feature that OnePlus didn’t add was waterproofing.Below the screen is the fingerprint sensor which OnePlus only takes about 0.2s to unlock the device. The battery is 3,300 mAh with OnePlus’ Dash Charge which charges your device within half an hour. And yes, OnePlus has kept the 3.5mm headphone jack on the OnePlus 5.The OnePlus 5 also has support for 34 network bands, so you’ll be able to easily use your phone around the globe. In Canada, the phone is compatible with Rogers, Fido, Bell, Virgin Mobile, Telus, Koodo, Videotron and Freedom Mobile (includ…

Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

Amazon announced today, that they will be acquiring Whole Foods Market for approximately $13.7 billion, which is about $42 per share.“Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”Whole Foods’ headquarters will stay in Austin, Texas and Whole Food CEO, John Mackey will remain in his position. The company also announced that they will continue to operate under the Whole Food Market brand.Some say that this acquisition was so then Amazon could easily roll out Amazon Go, which is their idea of grocery stores without lines or cashiers.Whole Foods has over 460 locations in the US and a few in Canada and the UK. The acquisition is expected to close during the second half of 2017.Amazon is also rumored t…

Nintendo Spotlight E3 2017: Everything you need to know

Nintendo made a couple of announcements at E3 2017 including a release date for Super Mario Odyssey, a new Metroid game, a new Yoshi game and more.Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Odyssey will be coming to the Switch on October 27th. It’s a sandbox game that has Mario exploring various worlds with new abilities.New amiibosNintendo revealed some new amiibo figures, with four new Zelda: Breath of the Wild ones and three that are based on Super Mario Odyssey, with Mario, Princess Peach and Bowser in their wedding outfits.The Super Mario Odyssey amiibos will release in October and be available in a three-pack or individually. The Breath of the Wild amiibos will include, the Goron champion Daruk, the Rito champion Revali, the Zora champion Mipha and the Gerudo champion Urbos, these will release this holiday.

Sony PlayStation E3 Experience 2017: Everything you need to know

Sony made a couple of announcements at their E3 2017 press conference including Skyrim for PSVR, SpiderMan, God of War and more.Knack 2 A follow-up to the PlayStation 4 launch title is coming on September 5th. It’s headed by lead system architect Mark Cerny and SIE Japan Studio.The new game will offer a ton of new platforming and combat options, which are more complex than the ones found in the first Knack.Hidden Agenda Hidden Agenda is a new project from Supermassive Games, the ones behind Until Dawn. Hidden Agenda focuses on the hunt for a serial killer by the name of The Trapper, and players will be able to make choices collaboratively by voting using their phones with Sony’s PlayLink technology.The PlayLink technology allows players to use their Android or iOS device to control what’s happening on screen. Hidden Agenda is scheduled to be released exclusively on PS4, later this year. Matterfall Matterfall is a new project from the developers of Resogun. The game is a side-scrolling plat…

Ubisoft E3 2017 Press Conference: Everything you need to know

Ubisoft made a couple of announcements at their E3 2017 press conference including details about Assassin’s Creed Origins, Far Cry 5, The Crew 2 and more.Assassin’s Creed Origins It seems like every Assassin’s Creed game gets leaked and Assassin’s Creed Origins is no different. The game was first announced and shown off at Microsoft’s E3 briefing.Assassin’s Creed Origins takes place in Ancient Egypt and is the first game in the series to take place earlier than previous games. You will play as Bayek, a protector of Egypt and you’ll learn and experience the origin story of the Brotherhood. The new game also brings action-RPG elements, so you can level up and customize Bayek to make him more powerful and use unique gear. Ubisoft that the new combat system has been designed “to offer more tactical freedom than ever before in the franchise.”Assassin’s Creed Origins will release on October 27th on Xbox One, PS4 (with PS4 Pro support) and PC. It will also be available at launch for the Xbox O…