October 18, 2018

Amazon’s running a one-day sale on our favorite compact drill and driver bundle

Unless you do seriously heavy-duty work on a regular basis, your priorities when shopping for a new cordless drill or impact driver should be simple. You want something powerful yet lightweight, you want good battery life and batteries that are easily swapped, and you want it to be reliable. Bosch's cordless drills definitely check every box, and Amazon is running an awesome one-day sale on Thursday that you won't want to miss. The Bosch CLPK27-120 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit comes with a cordless drill, a cordless impact driver, two batteries, a charging dock, and a carrying bag — and on Thursday the whole bundle is only $98! This is a deal you definitely don't want to miss.

Here are the key details from the product page:

  • PS41: high-torque 930 inch-pounds with pocket-sized body
  • PS41 can cover 80% of standard-size impact driver applications
  • PS21: 265 inch-pounds of max torque
  • Compact and lightweight with enough power to take on professional applications
  • Both tools feature variable-speed triggers for complete control
October 18, 2018

Marvel star who died in Infinity War says ‘it’s only going to get worse’ in Avengers 4

Half of the population in the known universe died at the end of Infinity War, including half of our favorite Avengers. As heartbreaking as it may have been initially, Avengers fans must have realized rather quickly that the deaths can’t be final because many of those characters would still have to appear in Marvel films down the line. In the months that followed the Infinity War premiere, a growing stack of reports revealed that many of the dead heroes would be resurrected in the sequel. We also learned that anything is possible in the MCU, but at high personal cost, a hint that bad things are in store for the Avengers who may want to undo Thanos' snap, especially given the Russos habit of shocking audiences. And now we have one more confirmation that the Avengers 4 will not bring the happy end that some fans want. “It’s only going to get worse,” said Elizabeth Olsen when talking about the Infinity War ending. Olsen, of course, plays Scarlet Witch/Wanda, and she too died after the snap. The actress failed to confirm earlier this year whether she will appear in Avengers 4. But this spoiler-free revelation seems to tell us that Wanda will be very much alive. Olsen and Tom Hiddleston were on deck at ACE Comic Con in Chicago last weekend, ComicBook reports, where they talked about Infinity War. “The thing you have to do at the end of Infinity War is a kind of sacrifice, and arguably Loki makes a similar one," Hiddleston said at one point during the panel, referring to the fact that Wanda had to kill Vision at one point during Infinity War. And that’s apparently where Olsen said that things are going to get worse going forward. We expect some of the older Avengers to give up their lives for the greater good, although we have no idea how it will happen. Mark Ruffalo may have spoiled the Infinity War ending, but we only paid attention to his revelation well after the movie launched. So far, Avengers 4 stars haven’t really leaked anything other than to confirm that Doctor Strange has a lot of Quantum Realm lines in the new movie, even though Doctor Strange is also dead. Reshoots for Avengers 4 are done, and we expect a first teaser to drop at some point next month.
October 18, 2018

Toshiba’s 3TB portable hard drive is on sale for $83 today

If you're looking for a cost-effective way to offload all of your files but still be able to take them with you anywhere, today is your lucky day. Amazon is running a sale on the popular Toshiba Canvio Basics 3TB Portable External Hard Drive that shaves a few extra dollars off of its already affordable price. That's right, you can get a portable hard drive with a massive 3TB capacity for just $82.99!

Here are the bullet points from the product page:

  • Sleek profile design with a matte, smudge-resistance finish
  • Plug & Play - Easy to use with no software to install
  • Quickly add more storage capacity to your PC and other compatible devices
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatible with no external AC power cord needed
  • Includes Toshiba 1-year standard limited warranty
October 18, 2018

Apple sends out invites for iPad Pro event for October 30

Even though we're just a few weeks removed from Apple unveiling its 2018 iPhone lineup and the jaw-dropping Apple Watch Series 4, the company still has a few more products it plans to release before the 2018 holiday shopping season kicks off. Earlier today, Apple sent out invitations for yet another media event where the company is expected to introduce a slew of new hardware, including new iPads and more. As to what Apple will introduce at its upcoming media event, the biggest announcement will likely be two brand new iPad Pro models in 11-inch and 12.9-inch form factors. Indeed, renders of these rumored iPad Pro models surfaced in early September and are purportedly based on leaked CAD images. As evidenced from the render below, Apple's iPad Pro models will borrow some heavy design cues from the iPhone X in the sense that the home button has been removed entirely and replaced with Face ID. Note, however, that the new iPad Pros will not incorporate a notch design a'la the iPhone X. Incidentally, there are reports that Face ID on the iPad Pro will thankfully be able to work in both portrait and landscape mode. You'll also note that the bezels on the new iPad Pro models are significantly smaller. It's also worth mentioning that Apple's next-gen iPad Pro models will reportedly ship without a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Further, a report that surfaced last night relays that a new Apple Pencil is in the works as well, with 9to5Mac reporting: "The new Apple Pencil will be paired with iPad Pro by proximity, much like AirPods or HomePod. Switching between devices will be possible without connecting the Apple Pencil to the charging port." https://boygeniusreport.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/ipad-pro-12-9-render.jpg?quality=98&strip=all&strip=all New iPads aside, there's also a possibility that we might see some refreshed Macs at Apple's forthcoming October event. Earlier in the year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said via an investor note that Apple is planning to introduce spec bumps for the MacBook Pro, iMac, and believe it or not, the Mac Mini later this year. Though Apple has neglected the Mac Mini for years, Tim Cook last year, while responding to a customer email, said the following: "We do plan for [the] Mac Mini to be an important part of our product line going forward." Interestingly enough, there's also a rumor that Apple this year will introduce a new low-cost laptop that looks similar to the MacBook Air, albeit with slimmer bezels and a high-res Retina display. Coupled with the impending launch of the iPhone XR, Apple is poised to have yet another monster holiday quarter.
October 18, 2018

YouTube now lets you browse on desktop while you watch videos in the Miniplayer

At long last, one of the YouTube mobile app's best features is coming to desktop. This week, YouTube informed users that a new feature has been added to the desktop version of YouTube that will allow them to watch videos in a corner of their browser while they continue to browse around the site. The new feature is known as the Miniplayer, and it appears to have rolled out to virtually everyone at least as of this Wednesday. In order to activate the Miniplayer, just hover over a video while it's playing on YouTube.com and find the little button that looks like a box inside of another box. Click on it, and the video will immediately shrink down into the lower-right corner, and the homepage will appear on the screen so you can start browsing. Once you have put a video in the Miniplayer, you can still access many of the controls available on the video page, including play/pause, seeking, and jumping to the next video in the playlist. Hitting the X button on the Miniplayer or the ESC button on your keyboard will dismiss the player, as will clicking on a new video. YouTube made headlines earlier this week when all of its services, including YouTube TV and YouTube Music, went offline for over an hour. It's still unclear what caused the outage, but against all odds, we managed to make it through. It's probably not intentionally an apology, but the Miniplayer is a welcome addition regardless.
October 18, 2018

Nest’s popular smart thermostat probably won’t be this cheap again until Black Friday

There are dozens of different options out there these days for people in search of a good smart thermostat. Of course, there's still only option for anyone looking for the best of the bunch. The Nest Learning Thermostat still sports a design and features that can't be beat, and it's currently on sale on Amazon at a discount of more than $40. This is probably the best price you'll find until Black Friday, so grab one while you can.

Here's more info from the product page:

  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).
  • SAVE ENERGY WITH NEST: Nest introduces the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat. With four beautiful colors to choose from and an easy to read display, this thermostat will help make your home not only smart but energy efficient. With just a few manual adjustments, the Nest Thermostat can learn your habits and start to save you money by automatically adjusting the temperature.
  • READ THE DISPLAY FROM ACROSS THE ROOM: The Nest Thermostat does something new. It’s called Farsight, and it lights up to show you the temperature, weather or time. You can even choose a digital or analog clock face. Farsight is big and bright on the beautiful display – you can see it from across the room.
  • A STYLE FOR EVERY HOME: The Nest Learning Thermostat now comes in four fantastic colors; Copper, Stainless Steel, Black, and White. Choose copper to add a warm touch. Stainless steel is perfect for a classic, versatile look. Black blends in with dark walls and stylish decor. And white looks great in simple, modern homes.
  • WORKS WITH NEST: Nest has worked hard to design thoughtful devices to help keep you safe and secure. Nest devices not only communicate with each other but also with the other smart devices around your home. Your Nest Secure can use your smart light bulbs to help get your attention in the event of an emergency; your smart washer and dryer can take the data from Nest and run the next load of laundry when energy demand is low. Look for the Works with Nest badge and let Nest handle the rest.
  • THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE A NEST HOME: We love home. It’s the best place in the world. But not everything inside our homes is lovable. Some things beep at us; fail without warning; keep us in the dark. There are things we’ve learned to ignore. We think these things should do more. Nest is focused on making simple, human, delightful things. That’s how we’re creating the thoughtful home: A home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it.
  • Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
October 18, 2018

6 paid iPhone apps that are free downloads on October 18th

If you thought yesterday's roundup of the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was a good one, well, you'd be correct. It was one of the best roundups we've had in the recent past, and there are still a few freebies in there that you can go back and download if you missed that post yesterday. Thursday brings a fresh new batch of app sales though, and we dug through them all to pick out the six best one. Check them all out below. This post covers paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. BGR is not affiliated with any app developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app anyway, you will be charged by Apple. Some apps may have additional in-app purchases. Subscribe to our RSS feed to be notified as soon as these posts are published and you’ll avoid missing the sales we cover.

Funnel

Normally $1.99.
"It’s like having a single radio station with a huge variety of content to keep you constantly in the know." - Time Featured by Apple, Time, Product Hunt, Beautiful Pixels, AppAdvice and more. Hourly news podcasts from outlets like BBC, NPR, WSJ, CBC, VOA, Fox 5 and more. Funnel gives you a clear account of what's going on in the world from a multitude of sources. Just pick your favorite and listen from anywhere. Control the sources in your feed and set up AutoPlay, Autostart and Reminders for a custom experience.
Download Funnel

Voice Changer - Voice Effects

Normally $0.99.
The Voice Changer Recorder is a funny vocalizer app that can be changed to other voice effects based on your recordings, such as the effect of the Robot, Alien etc. You can also change your voice with built-in voice effects. Features - Recording voice - Built-in 20 prank voice effects - Change video voice effects - Real-time switching voice effects without waiting - Quickly export voice effects and share to friends via iMessage,Messenger etc.
Download Voice Changer - Voice Effects

Towar.io

Normally $0.99.
Towar.io is a casual real-time strategy game. Become the commander of a mighty army. Clash in battle to capture enemy fortresses while increasing the numbers and power of your forces! Forge alliances with other players and lead your soldiers to victory! What awaits you in Towar.io: - Real-time online battles with real foes - Cute graphics - Simple and intuitive controls - Endless tactical possibilities and daring strategies
Download Towar.io

VisualX - After Camera Effects

Normally $1.99.
VisualX will help take your photos from average to outstanding in mere moments. Crop, splash, adjust, rotate, draw, add text, add filters and hordes of effects then export in full size or to the usual social media suspects. "Easily fix your photos with VisualX" ~ Product Hunt "VisualX photo editor is high performance image editing software" ~ Applion.jp "VisualX will help take your photos from average to outstanding in mere moments" ~ AppAdvice.com "VisualX photo editor is all in one photo editor" ~ newmobilelife.com "Photo Editor with many filtering tools and effects. Covering virtually all aspects of dressing. Whether it's adjusting the light, adjusting the white effect, attaching a sticker, writing a picture, cutting or blurring pictures. It can be done easily through tools that are arranged in a neat manner" ~ Thai.co _______________________________________________ KEY FEATURES :- ●Filters Choose from dozens of breathtaking filters and effects to completely change your image ●Stunning Effects Choose from a perfectly categorized collection of stunning effects such as Spot, Bloom & Gloom to easily make your photos stand out! ●Beautiful Text Simply add beautiful text to your photos with many artistic fonts to choose from. Express yourself, with the most perfectly designed text editing tool for your phone ●Emoji Add all your favorite emojis to your photos and bring them to life! ●Tone Curve It is a powerful tool that can be used to make advanced tonal adjustments on your image. ●Sharpen Makes the detail in your photo appear sharper and more defined. Push the slider slowly and be careful not to over-sharpen. ●Saturation Controls the vibrancy of the colors in your photo. Increase saturation to make the colors more vibrant, or decrease it to make them less vibrant. ●Fade Washes out shadows and gives your photo a faded or vintage look ●Draw Draw on your photo with any color you want ●Color Splash Selectively remove and replace color with Splash ●Crop Options - Flip, rotate, and straighten crooked photos -Perspective: vary the photo as if taken from a different angle -Transform your photos with our rotating tool, vertical and horizontal flipping tools, and straightening. ●Simple Sharing Share your favorite photos with your friends in just 1 tap! Our simple sharing features, allows you to post your pics to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or whatever social network you use, faster than ever! ______________________________________________ ◉No In-App Products ◉No Ads Download now!!
Download VisualX - After Camera Effects

Toca Life: Town

Normally $3.99.
*App Store Best of 2014* You rule this Town, a play world where anything and everyone is welcome! With different locations and many classic Toca Boca characters, the everyday adventures in Town are infinite. EXPLORE Move around in town! Visit the store to buy groceries, stop by the restaurant to cook lunch, and head home to watch movies with friends. Run over to the park for a picnic and go for a swim in the pond. Build a sand castle or go on an adventure in the dark? In this Town you decide! CREATE Play cops and robbers today and hide and seek tomorrow, the story is up to you. Use your imagination to create your own world and play together with friends and family. DISCOVER There are treasures hidden everywhere. Turn on and off lights, toss garbage in the bins, or wrap up a present in the store to give to friends. Throw stones in the pond and tap the sun for day and night. Remember there are no rules so don't be afraid to interact with anything, even the toilet! TOCA LIFE Toca Life is a series of apps that takes you beyond the map of Toca Life: Town and let you discover new places within the Toca Life universe. FEATURES - 24 characters to play with. Do you recognize any of them? - 6 locations to explore - park with a pond, store, police station, restaurant, house & apartment - 30 different dishes to cook in the restaurant - Go on adventure - light a campfire and sleep in a tent - Control day and night - 5 different animals to play with - Open game play with no rules or stress - Kid-friendly interface - No third-party advertising - No in-app purchases Toca Life: Town is made for kids as young as 3 yet can capture the imagination of those much older. It's filled with surprises and exciting things to do - there are no limits, just fun! Come play
Download Toca Life: Town

Frame for Unsplash

Normally $0.99.
Frame collects beautiful free photos and offer you advice to choose the wallpaper. You can share each photography and story behind the work with friends. Please feel free to save or use each photography in Frame. All photos in Frame are displayed with the hyperlink to Unsplash.com. Unsplash.com is a great community with free high-resolution photos licensed under CC0. You can see more details about the license in Frame.
Download Frame for Unsplash
October 18, 2018

Today’s top deals: Echo Dot for cars, big Philips Hue sale, SanDisk microSD, $17 Bluetooth buds, more

We've got a fantastic roundup of daily deals for you to look through on Thursday. Highlights include a crazy low $33.99 price on the gadget that brings hands-free Alexa to cars when you use the coupon code ROAVFF44 at checkout, a big Philips Hue sale that offers discounts on all the most popular smart lights like the LightStrip Plus and A19 color LED bulbs, SanDisk's fastest 128GB microSD card for less than $25, the best-selling Bluetooth earbuds on Amazon for $16.99, the lowest price we've seen since Prime Day on the popular Nest Learning Thermostat, $150 off a SanDisk 1TB portable SSD, the best-selling Wi-Fi range extender on Amazon's whole site for $26, 300 glow sticks for $16, refurbished Fire TV Sticks for only $25, and plenty more. Check out all of today's top deals below.

October 18, 2018

Humans have found a way to kill the world’s largest living organism

Humans are already thought to be largely responsible for the almost complete extinction of massive mammals, simply because we can't stop killing the big ones. Now, a new study claims that mankind is also responsible for the slow decline of the world's largest living organism that's still here, a massive aspen tree network located in Utah called Pando. Pando is an incredibly special organism, but you'd never know it by looking. The tens of thousands of tree clones that make up Pando are all linked by their roots, and it has persisted for an estimated 80,000 years. It's seen the best and worst that planet Earth has to offer, but humans have found a way to slowly kill it off without even realizing it. You might assume that climate change is responsible for Pando's decline but that's not the full story. Yes, if we don't get global warming under control it's going to be very hard for all kinds of plants and animals to sustain themselves, but Pando's more immediate threat comes from mule deer. Mule deer love to feast on the tiny saplings that routinely sprout in Pando's forest. Those young trees pop up and replace the aging plants, completing the cycle that has sustained the tree network for tens of thousands of years, but the deer are posing a serious problem. Humans have impacted the natural balance of the region by killing off many of the predators that hunt mule deer. With far fewer wolves and big cats to thin the herd, mule deer populations have exploded and all those stomachs need to be filled. The deer have turned Pando into their personal buffet, and the trees simply haven't had an opportunity to keep up. As new trees sprout they are quickly munched on, and the older aspen clones continue to die off without young plants to take their place. "There should be no confusion over the point that both domestic and wild herbivore populations are governed by people’s preferences and actions, and that those decisions result in long-term consequences for ecosystems writ large," the researchers write. Going forward, finding a way to control the mule deer population, either by preserving natural predators or some other means, will be vital to ensuring the world's largest organism remains.
October 18, 2018

The popular Yi dome cam that pans and zooms is on sale for just $36

Why buy multiple home security cameras to cover the large rooms in your home when a single affordable camera can see it all? The YI Cloud Home Camera is one of several popular home cams from Yi, and this model packs all of the best features into a single device. It supports full HD resolution so it has crystal clear video streams, and it also sports motion and audio detection. But the cherry on top is the fact that it can pan, tilt and zoom so that a single camera can see every inch of any room it's in! Use the coupon code YIDOMECAM to slash the price from $47 to just $35.99.

Here are the highlights from the product page:

  • 1080p Full HD and Complete 360° Coverage: Capture complete panoramic scenes in bright 1080p High-Definition with practically zero blind spots, and 1080p HD live stream direct to your smartphone. 108°wide-angle advanced glass lens combined with 345°horizontal & 115°vertical rotation range create a complete 360°coverage
  • Enhanced Night Vision: Cloud home camera using enhanced sensor and 10 infrared LEDs extends the viewing distance in pitch dark with no light pollution, protecting your baby or pet from disturbance of LED glare and see more details at night, perfect for baby, elder or pet monitor 24/7
  • Smartphone Control: Support reliable LAN and Wi-Fi connectivity, access your camera with YI Home App on mobile device (iOS or Android) for controlling and viewing at anytime, anywhere. Customize your IP camera settings via the intuitive app, also supports connectivity to more devices with the same app/account for maximum convenience(Works with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks only)
  • Motion Detection & Real-time Activity Alerts: Receive real-time Activity Alerts whenever motion is detected and sends 10s motion tracking videos and centers the moving object. YI Cloud can avoids the risk of losing important footage from a SD card, it provides the most efficient compression, and ensures all your videos are safe and protected
  • Supercharged Two-Way Audio: YI Cloud Dome Camera Hands-free Mode allows for a flexible 2-way conversation with your loved ones, wherever you are. Intercom Mode activates the microphone and speaker, then you can send commands to your pet or scare off unwanted guests