Disappointed Sony PlayStation 4 owners with broken consoles can take advantage of a new exchange process cooked up by Amazon to address hundreds of unhappy customers.
GeekWire spotted an Amazon review Monday that said the online retailer had a "special process to send replacements to those who have faulty consoles," without needing to ship the defective gadget back right away. Commenters on the review said they also were able to take advantage of the program by contacting Amazon customer service.
Amazon said that the majority of its customers who have ordered the PS4 have not been affected. "… Read more
The smart home options just keep on coming. The latest is the Connected by TCP Wireless LED Lighting Kit, which will set you up with three LED bulbs, the "Gateway" hub that serves as their collective brain, and a handy remote control. Setup is a breeze -- just plug in the Gateway, screw in the bulbs, and download the free TCP app to your Android or iOS device. You'll be controlling your new lights within minutes.
As smart lighting kits go, there isn't a lot to dislike about what TCP's offering here. Each bulb gives … Read more
Las Vegas is truly one of the world's great cities.
It's a place where you can let your hair down, or even wear someone else's, without anyone thinking this is abnormal.
Now, though, there's a frisson of doubt as to whether what happens in Vegas will stay there. Or, more accurately, whether what happens in Vegas will all fall into the dancing laps of the authorities.
About 20 percent of the world's population still lacks access to electricity, according to the World Bank. Those who use kerosene as a source of light at night face the danger of fumes and fire.
Lighting startup Nokero has launched what it calls the world's most affordable solar bulb, the N180-Start, which sells for $6 on its Web site.
The bulb has a 5-lumen LED that can shine for about four hours on a full charge after hanging outside in the sun. … Read more
T-Mobile on Wednesday announced pricing and availability for a number of new products, including three smartphones and a mobile hot spot.
Starting today, T-Mobile customers can purchase the entry-level Alcatel One Touch Evolve at T-Mobile stores and retail partners. Priced at $27.99 down with 24 monthly device payments of $3, the net cost of the phone is $99. Powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Evolve features a 4-inch display and 5-megapixel back camera with fixed focus. Powered by a single-core 1GHz processor, the smartphone received low marks in the CNET review.
Also available today, the Samsung LTE … Read more
With the original Ostrich Pillow, design, fashion, and functionality collided in a tangled mess we couldn't take our eyes off. Truly, the head-engulfing travel sleep pillow caused a rift in the universe. Some people thought it was brilliant. Some people thought it looked like your head was being sucked into the body of a voracious octopus.
Nonetheless, the Ostrich Pillow was a raging Kickstarter success. Now, its little cousin, the Ostrich Pillow Light, is raising funds to go into production. It has the same gray looks as the original, but scales down the overall effect into something more akin to a small stack of tires.… Read more
Consumers looking for additional reasons to switch their lights over to LEDs will want to take a look at what Cree is offering with its new 13.5-watt, 60-watt replacement TW Series bulb, available exclusively at Home Depot for $19.97 (a 40-watt replacement TW Series LED is also available for $17.97).Hailing its LEDs as "the biggest thing since the light bulb," Cree already has a certified winner under its belt with the original household LED, a 9.5-watt 60-watt replacement that recently earned Energy Star qualification, knocking its already attractive $10 price tag down below $… Read more
LIFX is a Wi-Fi-enabled LED bulb that you can control on your Android or iOS device. Much like the Philips Hue and fellow crowd-funded lighting project Ilumi, LIFX bulbs boast functionality way beyond that of incandescent lights or even other LEDs.
LIFX began on Kickstarter with a $100,000 goal, and ended up with pledges totaling $1,314,542 by the end of its campaign. Though the funding period is over, you can still preorder a LIFX bulb on the Web site for $89. That $89 will net you a highly customizable, energy efficient LED light that claims to last … Read more