Delivery Mileage McLaren F1 For Sale – Just 239 Kilometres

Delivery Mileage McLaren F1 For Sale – Just 239 Kilometres:

British second-hand supercar dealer Tom Hartley Junior has secured a once-in-a-lifetime McLaren F1 which joins its inventory this week! The dandelion yellow McLaren F1 is offered in timewarp condition, featuring most of the original packaging and with a scarcely believable 239 kilometres on the odometer! The McLaren F1 is undoubtedly the most collectable of the […]

Delivery Mileage McLaren F1 For Sale – Just 239 Kilometres

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The Best Smart LED Light Bulbs

The Best Smart LED Light Bulbs:

We considered more than 20 smart-light-bulb systems and then spent eight weeks testing 10 contenders, confounding a family of four by constantly changing how their lights worked. After all that, we determined that the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 – Gen 4 is the best all-around smart LED bulb. Hue lets you change your lighting color easily and does everything other smart light bulbs do, and it’s also part of a larger product and app ecosystem, allowing for more flexibility and creativity than any other smart bulb we tested. Plus, it’s compatible with the widest variety of smart-home systems, including Apple’s HomeKit, Samsung’s SmartThings hub, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Home. It’s not the cheapest bulb we tested, but its reliable performance and wide compatibility make it a solid choice for any smart-home enthusiast or newbie.

(Via Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World)

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The Best VR Headsets for PC and PS4

The Best VR Headsets for PC and PS4:

After years of waiting, you can now choose from among three competent VR systems for turning your TV room into a one-person holodeck. VR is still a new technology with a lot of kinks to be ironed out (far from a “most people” purchase), but after spending hours using each first-gen system with a five-person panel of VR experts and beginners, we’ve chosen the Oculus Rift with Touch controllers as our pick because it combines a comfortable, approachable design with top-notch image and audio quality, plus it offers the largest currently available VR content catalog.

(Via Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World)

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Wireless convenience is driving us to spend more on headphones

Wireless convenience is driving us to spend more on headphones:

The average price of a pair of headphones has inched past the $40 mark this year, according to new data released this week by Futuresource Consulting. We now pay an average of $42.70, which is a 14 percent rise year-on-year and maintains a trajectory of double-digit annual growth. Last summer, Futuresource reported an 11 percent rise in pricing in 2015, to a mark of $34, driven by an appetite for more advanced features. Those are things like advanced noise canceling, fitness tracking for sports buds, and the novelty of integrated assistant software (like with Google Assistant on Bose’s updated QC35s).

By far the most commonly sought extra feature, however, is wireless technology, which Futuresource’s analysts believe is primarily responsible for the rapid growth in spending. Whether it’s over-ear or in-ear headphones, consumers are showing themselves increasingly willing to spend the extra money to ditch the wires. The enthusiasm for wireless is also said to spill over into driving sales of headphones with other added features. In the second quarter of 2017, for instance, the market for wireless noise-canceling over-ear headphones registered 42 percent growth, with 95 percent of those sales going to Beats, Bose, and Sony.

Apple’s abandonment of the headphone jack on the iPhone last year and the increasing adoption of jack-less designs from its Android rivals might also be starting to have an effect on this trend. In the future, the most sure way to know that your headphones will be compatible with whatever phone you have might just be to get the Bluetooth version. Certainly, Apple has contributed to the growth of the so-called true wireless earphones category, and the Cupertino company already commands 85 percent of shipments in that segment with its AirPods. Futuresource forecasts 10 million units of true wireless buds will be shipped this year, and the data also reveals that the average price of true wireless buds has gone down from $219 last year to $174 this year.

Google’s Pixel Buds — whose announcement softened the blow a little bit from the demise of the headphone jack on the new Pixel 2 phones — are just the latest in an expanding group of “smart” headphones that do more than just play back music. Between the Pixel Buds, Apple’s AirPods, Bragi’s Dash Pro, and the diversity of other smartened-up Bluetooth headphones, it seems like we’ll see plenty of choice and rapid iteration as this category builds out. One thing’s for sure: headphones are gradually evolving into more sophisticated, and thus more expensive, gadgets, and the momentum of their sales expansion indicates that it’s nowhere near reaching its peak.

(Via The Verge – All Posts)

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The Best 4K Blu-ray Player

The Best 4K Blu-ray Player:

After researching every currently available 4K Blu-ray player, and spending more than 20 hours testing the features and performance of six contenders, we’re sure that the Sony UBP-X800 is the best for most people. All the players we tested had indistinguishable 4K disc performance, but the Sony’s disc-loading speed, snappy menus, and superior 4K upscaling of DVDs and non-4K Blu-rays set it apart from the pack.

(Via Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World)

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The Best Drones

The Best Drones:

After 25 hours of research and several days of real-world flight and photography with nine leading models, we’ve found that the DJI Mavic Pro is the best drone for most aspiring aerial photographers and videographers. It matches or beats similarly priced competitors in image quality, ease of flight, and autopilot modes, but it really stands out for its portability—it’s smaller and lighter than a full 1-liter water bottle, so it’ll fit in almost any bag.

(Via Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World)

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Google Glass EE and the importance of timing

Let’s talk about timing. When it comes to innovations like wearable tech, virtual and augmented reality, move too soon and you risk your potential customers not being ready for what you’re pitching. Move too late and you look like a copycat. Apple is still the master at this – just look at the Apple Watch – there were dozens of high profile smartwatch launches before it.

There’s probably no other device that was so penalised for launching early as the Google Glass Explorer Edition. And to be fair to Google, it didn’t launch as a mainstream gadget in 2013 or really the following year. It was always designed to be an “open beta” experiment in AR. Still, it was treated like a failed product.

Which brings us to the now official Google Glass Enterprise Edition.

As promised back in 2015, Google Glass is back with a bang for 2017. That is, if you work in a factory or hospital, let’s say. The clue is in the name – Enterprise Edition – as the lighter, redesigned glasses are programmed with one specific application, personalised to the wearer and their task.

There’s a lot of interesting stuff in here for the future of AR glasses, though. Clients, including Boeing, Volkswagen and GE, are paying $,1300+ per pair. The device has a Glass Pod, which houses all the electronics, and this can be swapped in and out of prescription frames or safety goggles. Battery life is improved as is Wi-Fi speed and reliability. Plus the 8MP camera now features a red light to show when it’s recording, helpful to allay privacy fears.

As for a follow up to the Explorer Edition, on limited or general sale to the public, we return to the question of timing. All Alphabet is saying is that “the Glass team is back at X”. I reckon Google is going to bide its time until Snap or Apple, perhaps, has shown its cards in augmented/mixed reality wearables. It’s not really in its interests to walk out to the end of the diving board, alone, again.

Google is also one of the biggest investors in Florida MR startup Magic Leap which so far has talked the entertainment and productivity talk that you’d expect from a product that is shooting for the mainstream.