Philips Hue announces a $40 motion sensor to automagically turn your lights on

Philips Hue motion sensor light sensitivity in Philips Hue app Philips Hue is expanding its line up of smart light devices with a motion sensor. This one is pretty straightforward — when you walk in front of the sensor, your Hue lights will turn on.
What’s different from other motion sensors? It works on battery, so you can put it anywhere around your home, such as the corner of a hallway, a bathroom or a garage. Philips says the device is… Read More

The Tech Media Minute: Frank Ocean Might Have Killed Music Streaming Exclusives

The first “iOS 11” leak has likely arrived, even before Apple released iOS 10 to the public. Here’s a look at what’s making news for Thursday, Aug. 25.
Top news storiesBloomberg: Apple preps its own Snapchat app
Faced with declining hardware sales, Apple is looking for ways to make more revenue in the company’s services business. One plan now being discussed: an iPhone video editing app like Snapchat, according to Bloomberg.
According to the report:
The goal behind the project’s development is to offer simple video editing with tools that appeal to the generation of users growing up with Snapchat and Instagram, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private.
Apple plans to introduce the new video features in 2017.
Are Apple devices less relia…

Google’s Daydream VR reportedly launching soon with original YouTuber content

daydream Google is set to launch Daydream VR sometime “in the coming weeks,” according to Bloomberg, after laying the groundwork for its launch with the official debut of Android 7.0 this week. The new report says Google is investing big in original content to accompany the launch of its VR platform, which will be built-in to upcoming Android smartphone handsets that meet the recommended… Read More

Pixinote Lets You Send Some Love the Old-Fashioned Way

Are you tired of digital photos and email greetings? Do you miss the days of sending and receiving cards in the mail? If you answered yes, then say hello to Pixinote. This cool app lets you create photo greetings that are sent to your loved ones using U.S. Postal First Class mail.
Create your greeting card
Pixinote makes it super easy to create all sorts of greetings. Just pick a photo from your library or capture a shot on the fly. Then, write your birthday, anniversary, or “just thinking of you” message and pick one or more recipients. When you are finished, hit the button and let Pixinote take it from there.
Pixinote details

Joining is free
Billing information is secured by Stripe
Greetings are $2.50 each and include printing, cropping, and U.S. mail delivery
Pixinotes are printed the next business day for estimated arrival within two to seven days
Only addresses in the United States are deliverable at this time

Pixinote offers a clean and easy way t…

Today’s Apps Gone Free: PrintCentral, iOrnament, ElectronShock and More

Print from your iPad, create ornamental designs, and smash atoms while avoiding their orbiting electrons with today’s collection of apps and games.
All app prices are subject to change at any time and without notice regardless of stated free duration. Price changes are solely under the control of the developers.
iPhone:
Coinverter – The Currency Converter ($0.99 → Free, 3.2 MB): Convert currencies in an instant with Coinverter. It’s perfect for international travelers and business professionals.
This super simple currency converter will take the pain out of travel. There’s no need for an in…

Today’s Apps Gone Free: Red Dot Camera, CALC Swift, Owen’s Odyssey and More

Bring your images to life, crunch numbers, and help Owen fly around dangerous obstacles with today’s collection of apps and games.
All app prices are subject to change at any time and without notice regardless of stated free duration. Price changes are solely under the control of the developers.
iPhone:
Red Dot Camera – Manual Rangefinder Style Camera for iPhone ($2.99 → Free, 63.9 MB): Bring your images to life with Red Dot Camera. It’s for those who prefer classic cameras.
Red Dot Camera mimics the look and feel of a professional manual camera. Its rangefinder-style manual f…

The AppAdvice Tech Week in Review: Ahead of 'iPhone 7' Announcement, an Important iOS Update

A mostly quiet week in technology is best described as the calm before the storm with the “iPhone 7” announcement just a few days away. Here’s a look back at the week that was.
Top News StoriesApple Music Festival, 2016 Edition
The Apple Music Festival is once again coming to London. The free annual concert series runs from Sept. 18 through Sept. 30 at the London Roundhouse.
This year’s festival features performances by Alicia Keys, Bastille, Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Chance The Rapper, Elton John, Michael Bublé, OneRepublic, Robbie Williams, and The 1975.

As in previous years, folks in the United Kingdom can enter a drawing to receive tickets to one of the festival’s performance. In order to watch performances from the Apple Music Festival either live or on-demand, you’ll need to be an Apple Music subscriber.

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Spigen Has Launched 33 New Cases for Apple's Soon-to-Be Announced 'iPhone 7'

Spigen, the iOS accessory-maker that specializes in protective cases for the iPhone (and iPad) lines, has unveiled a total of 33 cases for Apple’s unannounced “iPhone 7” series devices.
It’s a gamble, for both Spigen and its customers. Over at Spigen’s website, there are cases for both the unannounced iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets, with the differentiating factor between the two being the larger, dual-camera module in the Plus-sized smartphone. Prices range from $15 to $40, depending on the nature of the case itself.
Of course, given the unannounced nature of the iPhone 7, it’s uncertain whether these cases will even fit the new iPhones, as AppleInsider observes. It’s a big gamble, for both the manufacturer and consumer, since the case designs appear to be based on leaked iPhone 7 schematics. Other companies, including the much-loved Incase, don’t use leaked specifications when designing their own lines of cases and accessories for upcoming iOS d…

The top 7 startups from Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

top-7-yc-demo-day In-flight VR entertainment and security guard drones were amongst our favorites from the 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator’s Summer 2016 Demo Day 1. After querying investors and our writers, here are TechCrunch’s picks for the 7 most promising companies from the first half of the batch, plus an honorable mention. Check back later for all the startups and our picks from… Read More

The Tech Media Minute: The End of the iPhone Home Button, Should Apple Buy Sirius XM?

Welcome to Friday. Here’s our brief look at what’s being discussed in the world of technology for Aug. 26, 2016.
Top news storiesThe iconic Home button is going away in ’17
Apple seems set to eliminate the Home button on next year’s iPhone, according to a new report from Bloomberg. In June, The Wall Street Journal made a similar claim.
Unlike previous iPhone models (including the one set to launch next month), Apple’s 2017 handset is expected to include an OLED display. This would allow the screen to appear as one sheet of glass.
Cramer: Apple should buy Sirius XM
CNBC’s Jim Cramer thinks that Apple should purchase Sirius XM. The move, according to the “Mad Money” host, would help Apple better promote CarPlay. (Via Patently Apple)
“Anything …