Warehouse Discounts https://warehousediscounts.co.uk Bumper Bargain Offers Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:51:37 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 6 flying cars that you might actually be able to own (and fly) in your lifetime https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/6-flying-cars-that-you-might-actually-be-able-to-own-and-fly-in-your-lifetime/ https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/6-flying-cars-that-you-might-actually-be-able-to-own-and-fly-in-your-lifetime/#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:00:33 +0000 https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/flying-cars-taxis-coming-soon/ Warehouse DiscountsToday, commuting to work in a personal helicopter or private jet is something that’s only really available to billionaire CEOs, hedge fund managers, and “one hit wonder” rappers who are six months away from bankruptcy.That’s all going to change in the ...]]> Warehouse Discounts

Today, commuting to work in a personal helicopter or private jet is something that’s only really available to billionaire CEOs, hedge fund managers, and “one hit wonder” rappers who are six months away from bankruptcy. That’s all going to change in the near future, however. Just like the way that cellphones used to be exclusively for the 1 percent, soon the idea of taking a personal flying machine to work is going to be a part of everyday life.

Don’t believe us? Check out some of the companies who are building personal drones, flying “cars,” and even an Iron Man-style jetsuit that will soon be available to the masses. That means you and I!

Opener BlackFly

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Californian startup Opener’s entrant into the flying car market is BlackFly, which the company hails as, “the world’s first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.” It’s a single-seat aircraft/vehicle capable of travelling up to 25 miles on a charge, with a top speed of 62 miles per hour.

You won’t need a pilot’s license to fly it, although you will have to complete vehicle training and an FAA Private Pilot written exam. As with a lot of the other vehicles on this list, no official price has been announced yet, although Opener has stressed the importance of “competitive pricing.” In interviews, designer Marcus Leng has said that Opener should cost no more than an SUV. Provided he’s talking about an average midsize SUV, that would suggest we’ll be able to take to the skies for around £33,000.

Passenger Drone

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Sometimes you don’t need to give your product a flashy millennial marketing team name — unnecessarily frivolous and featuring lower case letters where upper case ones should be — to sell your product.

That’s the case with the simply named Passenger Drone: an upcoming self-driving, 16-rotor, human-sized drone. The machine will be controlled by a touchscreen, and promises to take off with just one button. Users can then draw their route on a map, and have the drone fly them there, using a range of smart autonomous technologies to do so without accidentally running into anything on the way.

The company has yet to reveal how much this will all cost. While we’re expecting it to be pretty pricey, the theoretical ease-of-use of such a device could certainly help make this a mainstream entity, provided it’s within reach of your average consumer. And that it works, obviously.

Aston Martin’s Volante Vision

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We’re including this one despite the fact that, yes, we realize that most people don’t currently drive an Aston Martin to work.

The idea that somehow one of the world’s most luxurious car brands will become cheaper when it adds a new flying feature to the mix is pretty darn unlikely. But the dream of arriving at the office in a flying version of James Bond’s car is too intoxicating to ignore. Aston Martin’s Volante Vision flying car is a hybrid-electric aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capabilities.

Although no official release date has been announced, it promises to offer sufficient space for three adults in a triangular configuration. Given that the company is sticking to its luxury market ethos, this one’s probably more of a weekend hire if we’re honest. But what a birthday gift that hire will be!

Uber flying taxis

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Who said that you need to actually own a flying vehicle in order to enjoy all the good things it can deliver?

That’s what Uber has figured out, and is working toward with its flying taxi program. Uber’s concept, as depicted in a promotional video, shows how we might summon UberAir flights using a smartphone app. So far, so identical to catching a regular Uber.

After you’ve booked your flight, however, you’ll then have to get to a dedicated “Uber Skyport,” gain access to your vehicle with the QR code from your digital boarding code, and then take off. The tagline at the end of the video reads, “closer than you think.” To this we can hopefully add, “cheaper than you fear.”

Lilium Aviation

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German aviation startup Lilium Aviation has attracted the support of high-profile investors like China’s giant holding company Tencent to bring its flying car dreams to life. In 2017, Lilium carried out a demo of its two-seater VTOL vehicle at a private airfield in Bavaria.

The vehicle was remotely remotely by a pilot on the ground. Lilium is also working on a five-person vehicle, which should be able to fly for up to 60 minutes on a single charge. The company hasn’t announced pricing information but, like Uber, it is very interested in the concept of flying car taxis.

CEO Remo Gerber has said that taking a ride should be no more expensive than taking a road-based taxi or buying a train ticket. That sounds promising.

Gravity Industries’ flying exosuit

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Most of the flying machines on this list fall into the same category of vertical take-off and landing vehicle. Not this one.

Created by British inventor Richard Browning, it’s a flying jetsuit, capable of transforming you into something approximating Marvel Comics’ Iron Man. Gravity Industries’ flying exosuit boasts five jet engines and a head-up display which shows your remaining fuel levels. Despite the fact that you’ll never have used anything like this in your life, Browning previously told Digital Trends that training takes just a few minutes. “We’ve had a pilot with five minutes’ training who managed to hover untethered very happily,” he said. “A lot does depend on fitness level and aptitude, but you don’t have to be a superhero or superhuman to fly it.”

The exosuit is currently available for sale, although the price may make you wince.

Right now, a limited number are available for £446,000, but Browning has told us that, “Inevitably, the cost will come down.” A much cheaper electric version is also in the works.

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Dell XPS 15 vs. Razer Blade 15 https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/dell-xps-15-vs-razer-blade-15/ https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/dell-xps-15-vs-razer-blade-15/#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:00:31 +0000 https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/dell-xps-15-vs-razer-blade-15/ Dan Baker/Digital TrendsYou can pick up a dedicated gaming notebook and put up with a sci-fi aesthetic with jet fighter exhausts, or you can pick up a stodgy business-oriented machine that looks like something out of a cubicle farm. Those are your only...]]>

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You can pick up a dedicated gaming notebook and put up with a sci-fi aesthetic with jet fighter exhausts, or you can pick up a stodgy business-oriented machine that looks like something out of a cubicle farm. Those are your only choices, right? Wrong.

Today, you have other options, tweeners that straddle the gamer aesthetic and performance fence. They won’t stand out too much in both a boardroom or a LAN party. Here, we compare two such machines, the Dell XPS 15 and Razer Blade 15, that provide a mix of (relatively) conservative looks and some moderately good gaming chops.

But which is better?

Design

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Razer took the previous Blade 14 design and modernized it, expanding the display by framing it in smaller side bezels. This avowed gaming notebook is surprisingly thin at 0.66 inches and it’s contained within a relatively svelte, all-aluminum chassis that weighs a reasonable 4.5 pounds. We call that “reasonable” because that chassis tucks in some seriously powerful components.

The Blade also enjoys an excellent keyboard that offers sufficient key travel, beautiful RGB lighting, and even spacing with only a handful of irksome layout issues. The attractive and sleek aesthetic manages to avoid projecting its owner as either an overt gamer or a conservative businessperson. Dell’s 2018 XPS 15 looks a great deal like the same version a couple of years ago.

In fact, it’s pretty near to identical, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s made of machined aluminum and carbon fiber that combine for a sturdy and particularly comfortable notebook to carry around and use. It’s not the thinnest notebook around, coming in at 0.70 inches at its thickest point, and it’s not exactly light at 4.5 pounds when equipped with its massive 97 watt-hour battery (more on that later).

But it’s maybe the smallest 15.6-inch notebook around thanks to super-thin bezels that unfortunately relegate the webcam to an unflattering location below the display. The keyboard is top-notch, with decent travel enhanced by a snappy mechanism that invites fast and accurate typing, and the touchpad — Microsoft Precision, of course — is expansive and oh-so-comfortable to swipe. The Razer Blade is prettier, and the Dell XPS is smaller, but both are solidly built and neither will embarrass you no matter the environment.

Performance

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The Razer Blade is built around Intel’s latest 8th-generation 45-watt CPU, the Intel Core i7-8750H that packs in six cores and twelve threads.

It’s a supremely speedy mobile CPU that burns through whatever task it’s assigned whether physics-oriented gaming or video editing and encoding. Storage is also fast thanks to a PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), and the CPU is kept well-fed by fast RAM. Finally, given its fundamental nature as a gaming notebook, the Razer Blade offers powerful GPU options including the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q.

The Dell XPS 15 also equips Intel’s 8th-generation 45 watt parts, including the same Core i7-8570H. It, too, enjoys a speedy PCIe SSD and high-speed RAM. And, all of that computing power is mated with an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti Max Q that’s good enough for light gaming.

But one difference from the Razer Blade is the Dell’s more conservative tuning and cooling system, which tries to keep things quiet and cool to the touch rather than enabling full-out — and hot — gaming performance. Interestingly, the XPS 15 holds its own against the Blade when it comes to CPU-intensive tasks. For example, in our Handbrake test that encodes a 420MB video to H.265, the Dell was faster than the Razer, finishing the job in 150 seconds compared to 203 seconds.

But when it comes to gaming, the Razer Blade, of course, takes a massive lead thanks to significantly faster GPUs. If you want to get your work done and then game a little on the side, the XPS 15 is your best choice. If you’re a gamer, though, who squeezes in some work between competitive sessions, then your choice is equally clear.

But don’t forget the displays. Dell offers two options, Full HD and 4K panels aimed at being bright and colorful. The high-res display, in particular, is excellent for professional videographers and photographers with its near-100 percent AdobeRGB gamut support, accurate colors, and superior contrast and brightness.

The Razer Blade, on the other hand, focuses on gamers with display options that range up to a 144Hz refresh rate. Color support, contrast, and brightness are closer to average, and so once again the same caveat about gaming versus professional workflows applies. If your a gamer first and businessperson second, then the Razer Blade is your better choice.

But the Dell XPS 15 provides more well-rounded performance and beautiful displays that are more likely to please more of the people, more of the time.

Portability

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The Razer Blade and Dell XPS 15 are equally dense and very close to equally thin, while the latter is smaller overall thanks to its insanely small bezels. Neither are particularly easy on the back when you toss them into your backpack, but that’s the price you pay for carrying around so much power. But Dell packed in a massive 97 watt-hours worth of battery capacity into that hefty frame, justifying the weight more than the Razer’s 80 watt-hours’ worth.

And in our battery tests, the XPS 15 outlasted the Blade even more than that disparity would indicate — not quite twice as long when playing video or running a web benchmark, but close enough that it puts the Dell in a different category. If you need to work for longer away from a charger, then the XPS 15 is a better choice. Neither of these meaty machines is exceedingly portable, but considering how powerful they are, they’re more portable than you might expect.

Even so, the XPS 15 lets you keep the charger behind and is thus the more mobile option.

Conclusion

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If you’re looking at notebooks in this class, then you’re likely not quite so sensitive to price. Even so, the Dell XPS is the better value. You can pick one up for £1,000 at the low end — with a Core i5 and 56 watt-hour battery — and spend up to £2,900 with a Core i9 CPU and 2TB SSD.

The Razer Blade, on the other hand, starts out at £1,900 and also maxes out at £2,900 if you go whole-hog on the GPU selection.

The Razer Blade obviously has significantly better gaming performance, but we like the Dell XPS 15 for more people.

It’s fast, efficient, and elegant, and it lets you take a break from your work and get in some gaming — and in our opinion, that’s a mix with a significantly broader appeal.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch: Everything you need to know https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/samsung-galaxy-watch-everything-you-need-to-know/ https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/samsung-galaxy-watch-everything-you-need-to-know/#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 18:40:48 +0000 https://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/samsung-galaxy-watch-news/ Previous Next Ignore the initial stumble. The original Galaxy Gear was anything but awesome. Samsung wearables are solid devices, notably the Gear S2 and Gear S3, which combine great design with a simple interface and a cool, rotating bezel. A...]]>

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Ignore the initial stumble. The original Galaxy Gear was anything but awesome. Samsung wearables are solid devices, notably the Gear S2 and Gear S3, which combine great design with a simple interface and a cool, rotating bezel. At the company’s Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event in Brooklyn, Samsung took the wraps off of its latest smartwatch, simply called the Samsung Galaxy Watch — which promises to make you not just healthier but a better person overall.

Whether you’re in the market for a new smartwatch, or simply interested in the new device, here’s everything you need to know.

Design

As with many smartwatches these days, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is available in a few different models, one 42mm and one 46mm — which is good news for those that often feel like smartwatches are too bulky and too big for their wrists. In our hands on preview of the device, we found it relatively lightweight and supremely comfortable on the wrist. The Galaxy Watch is similar to previous Samsung smartwatches in many ways, but there are also a few major tweaks to the design.

Like some previous iterations, it has a round watch face that’s built to look like a “normal watch” in day-to-day life. This stands in strong contrast to Apple’s smartwatches; even the upcoming Apple Watch Series 4 is likely to retain its square face — which for better or worse announces to the world that it’s anything but an ordinary watch. On the back of the device, you’ll find a heart rate sensor — which is a welcome feature and will come into play for fitness tracking.

Like previous Samsung smartwatches, the device also features a rotating bezel, which is another way to interact with the device apart from the touch screen and the two buttons on the right of the device. The Super AMOLED display inside that bezel comes in at 1.3 inches or 1.2 inches, depending on the size device you go for, and has a resolution of 360 x 360. Samsung has taken durability pretty seriously too.

The company touted “military-grade durability” coupled with Corning’s DX+ glass at Samsung Unpacked 2018. The device also features 5ATM water-resistance, meaning it’s perfect for those that don’t want to worry about their device while swimming and should be able to withstand up to 165 feet of water. When it comes to colors, the Galaxy Watch is available in three colors — silver, for the 46mm model, and either midnight black or rose gold for the 42mm model.

There is also a host of watch band styles, so you can tweak the device to look exactly the way you want it.

Specs

Under the hood, the device features an unnamed dual-core 1.15GHz processor that’s built specifically for Samsung’s smartwatches. Battery life was a big consideration here — and the processor was built to conserve energy as much as possible. In fact, coupled with a 270mAh or 472mAh battery, depending on your model, Samsung says the larger device should last around 4-6 days on a single charge.

We’re not currently sure how long the smaller device will last, but probably less than 4 days. While you may not use the device to store tons of files, you do have 4GB of storage anyway, coupled with either 1.5GB of RAM in the LTE version of the device, or 768MB of RAM in the Bluetooth version.

Software

While some early rumors hinted at Samsung switching to Google’s Wear OS for the new Samsung Galaxy Watch, those, unsurprisingly, turned out not to be true. Samsung has put a heavy emphasis on fitness tracking here.

The device features a heart-rate monitor and will detect when your heart rate goes up and give you guided breathing exercises as a way to manage stress. The device also tracks up to 39 workouts, and 6 of the most common workouts can be tracked automatically. And, last but not least, the watch tracks sleep.

All this data goes straight to the Samsung Health app, so it’s easily accessible on your Samsung phone. The device also features Bixby, Samsung’s own digital assistant — though we’ll have to wait and see if the digital assistant actually turns out to be useful on the device considering its rough track record. The device is built to work seamlessly with Samsung phones, but it’ll also work on any phone with Android 5.0 or later, as well as any iPhone 5 or later with iOS 9.0 or above.

Will it interact in some special way with the forthcoming Galaxy S10 or the futuristic, foldable Galaxy X phones? Only time will tell.

Pricing and availability

Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the Galaxy Watch will be available for pre-order starting on August 10, with full sales for the device beginning on August 23. The watch comes at £330 for the 42mm Bluetooth model, or £350 for the 46mm Bluetooth model.

Unfortunately, the LTE model won’t be available until “later in 2018,” and we don’t yet have pricing for it. Samsung says it’ll be available from T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon. Those that order the device before September 8 will also get a free Samsung watch band.

Updated on August 9: The Samsung Galaxy Watch was announced by Samsung.

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Games with Gold: Epic Mickey 2 Full Walkthrough https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/games-with-gold-epic-mickey-2-full-walkthrough/ https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/games-with-gold-epic-mickey-2-full-walkthrough/#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:51:16 +0000 http://feeds.ign.com/~r/ign/all/~3/gwlSDVsj2kk/games-with-gold-epic-mickey-2-full-walkthrough Warehouse DiscountsWelcome to the single-player Walkthrough for the game's main storyline. This is the place to find tips on getting Mickey and Oswald through the Wasteland, grabbing the Collectibles, and uncovering secrets along the way! As choice and consequence play a...]]> Warehouse Discounts

Welcome to the single-player Walkthrough for the game’s main storyline. This is the place to find tips on getting Mickey and Oswald through the Wasteland, grabbing the Collectibles, and uncovering secrets along the way! As choice and consequence play a role in the game, different choices may result in different areas being available, different interactions with characters, and different items.

Feel free to help fill in the wiki by adding information on how different choices play out!

Check out the Side Quests section for a guide through the game’s many side missions.

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Apple Watch Series 4: Everything you need to know https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/apple-watch-series-4-everything-you-need-to-know/ https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/apple-watch-series-4-everything-you-need-to-know/#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:51:03 +0000 https://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/apple-watch-series-4-news/ Prykhodov/123RFIt’s that time of year again — when Apple rumors begin to fill up every corner of the internet. While there’s already plenty of speculation about the next iPhone, iPad Pro, and even MacBook, rumors about the upcoming Apple Watch Series 4...]]>

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It’s that time of year again — when Apple rumors begin to fill up every corner of the internet. While there’s already plenty of speculation about the next iPhone, iPad Pro, and even MacBook, rumors about the upcoming Apple Watch Series 4 have been pretty sparse … until now.

From a release date just around the corner (September, anyone?) to details on battery life and an interesting new type of button, we’re finally hearing rumors we can trust about the device, and it looks like this may be a huge year for the popular wearable. Here’s everything we know about the forthcoming Apple Watch Series 4.

Software and special features

Apple Watch Series 4: Everything you need to know

The Apple Watch Series 4 will run on WatchOS 5. The newest version of WatchOS includes improved health-tracking options, an all-new walkie-talkie feature, and a Podcast app.

There are more features in WatchOS 5, of course, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see something completely unexpected (“one more thing” in Steve Jobs parlance) when the next Apple Watch is announced. In addition to the improved health tracking in WatchOS 5, we’re expecting to see hardware updates to improve health monitoring. Industry analysts predict we’ll see improved heart rate tracking on the Series 4, for example.

There’s also the possibility that will will see a UV tracking feature on the upcoming Apple Watch. Apple submitted a patent in late 2017 for a “sunscreen detector” that can be used with a “mobile and/or wearable device.” The device monitors sun exposure and will “generate a notification to the user about whether they should apply sunscreen.” While we don’t know the specifics of the feature, it does sound a bit like L’Oreal’s UV Sense, a UV monitor you wear on your fingernail. Finally, there’s a chance Apple may introduce native sleep tracking (especially since Apple bought Beddit in 2017) this year, along with period tracking on the next Apple Watch — a feature Fitbit brought to the Ionic in March.

Battery and charging

Apple Watch Series 4: Everything you need to know

Will the Apple Watch Series 4 pack a bigger battery than its predecessors?

If a report from KGI Securities is to be believed, the Apple Watch Series 4 will get a bump in battery capacity this year. In addition to a larger battery, it’s also likely we’ll see better battery life overall on this year’s refresh since Apple continuously finds ways to make its chips more energy-efficient. The transition from an OLED to a MicroLED display could also significantly increase the battery life for the Apple Watch Series 4.

Additional battery capacity isn’t enough? Apple may be planning a watch strap that acts as a battery pack. The Californian tech giant submitted a patent application for an “auxiliary device attachable to a wearable electronic device.” This device is said to “wirelessly transmit power to charge a rechargeable battery within the wearable electronic device,” and will use an “attachment mechanism [that] includes a pair of lugs that extend from opposite ends of the housing.”

In terms of charging, we’d hope to see more wireless charging options for the Apple Watch Series 4. Since Apple announced a wireless charging option with Apple AirPower for its Series 3 smartwatch — although the world has yet to see it — it’s not too far-fetched to think this year’s Apple Watch may offer wireless charging via the Qi Standard.

Design

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The Apple Watch’s design has become somewhat iconic, and the inspiration for many a smartwatch, but it may be time for change. According to a report from KGI Securities, first spotted on 9to5Mac, a design change is coming to the Apple Watch Series 4.

While KGI Securities does not provide a lot of specifics, it predicts that this year’s Apple Watch will feature “a more trendy form factor design.” The firm also suggests that the display on the Apple Watch Series 4 will be 15 percent larger. In July, analyst Ming Chi-Kuo elaborated a bit and predicted the Apple Watch Series 4 will have 1.57-inch and 1.78-inch displays. While we can’t imagine that Apple would actually make the overall case on the Series 4 smartwatch any larger, it could add more display real estate by decreasing the size of the bezels.

Specs

Apple Watch Series 4: Everything you need to know

This year’s Apple Watch will almost certainly ship with an upgraded Apple S4 processor.

As with every processor update, we’d expect to see better performance and improved efficiency. Since the Apple Watch Series 3 shipped with 16GB of storage, we think it’s unlikely to see a bump in storage for the 2018 refresh. As for memory, the Series 3 Apple Watch — which we currently call the best smartwatch money can buy — shipped with 768MB of RAM, so we don’t think it would be unheard of for Apple to bump it up to an even 1GB on the Series 4.

We’d also like to see Apple move to Bluetooth 5 for the Apple Watch Series 4. There’s also the possibility that Apple will transition to more efficient MicroLED displays for this year’s Apple Watches.

Price and Release

Apple Watch Series 4: Everything you need to know

Pricing for the next Apple Watch is unknown but we would anticipate a modest price increase over the Apple Watch Series 3 to account for the larger display and improved internals. We also anticipate a Wi-Fi model, as well as a more expensive LTE version.

It’s possible that the White House’s recent tariff threats may increase the cost of Apple’s next wearable. While it’s tricky to guess exactly when the Apple Watch Series 4 will be announced, our best guess is in September 2018. For the past few years, Apple has announced Apple Watch refreshes alongside its iPhone, and we expect that tradition to continue.

Updated July 24, 2018: Added charging band patent and sunscreen detector patent information.

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Everything Coming to Disney's Streaming Service (So Far) https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/everything-coming-to-disneys-streaming-service-so-far/ https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/everything-coming-to-disneys-streaming-service-so-far/#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:47:35 +0000 http://feeds.ign.com/~r/ign/all/~3/NaJmdAfG-gs/everything-coming-to-disneys-streaming-service-so-far-2 Warehouse Discounts Every big gun in Disney's streaming arsenal. By Jesse Schedeen Lately it seems like we can't go more than a week or two without a studio announcing their own dedicated streaming service. Everyone wants their own answer to Netflix, but competing with...]]> Warehouse Discounts

Every big gun in Disney’s streaming arsenal.

Lately it seems like we can’t go more than a week or two without a studio announcing their own dedicated streaming service. Everyone wants their own answer to Netflix, but competing with Netflix’s massive library of original content is easier said than done. But if any studio has the library and the resources to out-Netflix Netflix, it’s Disney.

From exclusive new TV series to blockbuster Marvel and Star Wars movies to the newly acquired 21st Century Fox lineup, Disney’s upcoming streaming service will have plenty to offer. Check out our slideshow or scroll down to find out everything that will be included, at least what we know about so far.

Untitled Live-Action Star Wars Series

Perhaps the single biggest draw for Disney’s new service is the very first live-action Star Wars TV series. Director Jon Favreau is overseeing this ambitious project, which is said to have a budget of £100 million for its initial 10-episode run.

Little is known about the plot or characters involved, though the series is reportedly set several years after the events of Return of the Jedi and the fall of the Galactic Empire. Rumors suggest that the series may center around the planet Mandalore as its citizens rebuild in the aftermath of Imperial occupation. This would make sense, as Favreau himself voiced the Mandalorian leader Pre Vizsla in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7

Star Wars fans were ecstatic to learn at Comic-Con that The Clone Wars is making a comeback.

A 12-episode seventh season will be debuting on the service, helping to wrap up the various unfinished storylines left hanging when the series abruptly concluded on Cartoon Network in 2013.

Star Wars Movies

Naturally, existing Star Wars movies will be included on the streaming service, though not nearly as many as fans might be expecting. Because of various existing licensing deals with the likes of Netflix and Starz, no Star Wars movies made before 2019 are currently able to be included. In particular, Turner has the broadcasting rights to the original six films locked up until 2024.

However, Disney is reportedly trying to buy back those rights, so it’s possible the classic films will wind up being available when the streaming service goes live.

Untitled Marvel TV Series

While the heroes of the Marvel Universe can currently be seen on everything from ABC (Agents of SHIELD) to Fox (The Gifted) to Hulu (Runaways) to Freeform (Cloak & Dagger), Disney clearly feels there’s still room for more Marvel-themed TV. A new live-action series is being planned for the streaming service, though it’s unknown what characters it might focus on. Speculation involves everything from an Agent Carter revival to the Marvel’s Most Wanted series that never got off the ground at ABC.

MCU Movies

Disney’s streaming service will obviously include as much existing MCU content as possible, though as with the Star Wars movies the actual selection will be limited by the various existing licensing deals in place.

With Marvel’s current arrangement with Netflix winding down, 2019’s Captain Marvel will be the first new MCU movie to bypass Netflix and head to Disney’s service instead. However, there is one corner of the MCU fans shouldn’t expect to see make the jump to Disney’s service. Netflix shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage will remain where they are for the foreseeable future.

It’s possible they could migrate to Disney’s streaming service one day when Netflix stops making new shows with the Marvel characters, but given Disney’s refusal to include R-rated content, they may be just as happy to let these darker, more adult-oriented shows stay at Netflix.

Don Quixote

While Terry Gilliam’s infamously troubled Man From La Mancha is finally seeing the light of day, that’s not stopping Disney from taking a crack at the beloved Cervantes novel. The Hunger Games writer Billy Ray sold a Don Quixote adaptation to Disney in 2016, one that’s reportedly similar in tone to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Father of the Bride

The beloved 1991 comedy (itself a remake of the 1950 original) is being remade for Disney’s streaming service. No cast, director or writer have been revealed.

Flora & Ulysses

In May 2018 it was revealed that Disney is adapting this popular children’s book into a direct-to-streaming film.

Flora & Ulysses follows the misadventures of a grumpy youngster and a super-powered squirrel.

High Fidelity

Like About a Boy, this film adapted from a popular Nick Hornby novel is being re-imagined as a TV series. Scott Rosenberg is returning to write the series, which will reportedly feature a female lead this time.

High School Musical

Disney is bringing back the successful High School Musical franchise, this time as a TV series rather than a film. It remains to be seen if the series will reboot the franchise or whether the original actors might return in some capacity.

It’s also unknown whether the series means the previously announced High School Musical 4 is dead in the water.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

After spawning two sequels and a TV spinoff, the original Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is being remade for Disney’s streaming service. Most likely this will be a full reboot for the franchise, as star Rick Moranis has long since retired from acting.

Lady and the Tramp

Practically every classic animated Disney movie is being remade in live-action nowadays, and Lady and the Tramp is no exception. This remake will be directed by Charlie Bean and written by Andrew Bujalski, with Tessa Thompson, Ashley Jensen and Justin Theroux among those providing voices for the canine characters.

Filming is expected to begin in September 2018.

Magic Camp

Adam Devine, Gillian Jacobs and Jeffrey Tambor star in this movie about a struggling man who returns to the magic camp that shaped his youth. The film is directed by Mark Waters and written by Dan Gregor and Doug Mand. It was originally slated to hit theaters in April 2018 but was pulled from release and re-purposed for Disney’s streaming service.

The Mighty Ducks

The Mighty Ducks franchise is returning as a TV series for Disney’s streaming service.

Original screenwriter Steven Brill is returning for the new series, which could suggest that it’s meant to be a continuation of the original movies rather than a reboot. Perhaps some of the original Ducks will return to mentor a new generation of would-be hockey stars?

Monsters Inc. Series

Disney confirmed in November 2017 that they’re developing a TV spinoff of Pixar’s Monsters Inc.

It’s unknown whether the series will be a sequel to the original film or a prequel, a la Monsters University. For all we know, it may not even focus on Sully and Mike.

Untitled Muppets Series

The Muppets didn’t have an easy go of things when they returned to television for the short-lived 2015 ABC series, but that’s not stopping Disney from having another go. This new series is separate from the Muppet Babies reboot that premiered on Disney Junior in March 2018.

Noelle

Like Magic Camp, Noelle is a completed film originally scheduled for a 2018 theatrical release but eventually shifted to a streaming-only debut.

Anna Kendrick stars as Santa Claus’ daughter Noelle. The film is directed by Marc Lawrence and also stars Bill Hader, Billy Eichner and Shirley MacLaine.

The Paper Magician

Disney acquired the film rights to author Charlie Holmberg’s popular YA fantasy series in 2016, and it appears that an adaptation of the first book will be debuting on their streaming service. Presumably, more films will follow, though no cast or director have been revealed yet.

The Parent Trap

Disney is remaking 1961’s The Parent Trap for a second time, this time as a streaming exclusive.

No cast or director ave been revealed yet.

Stargirl

Not to be confused with the superhero series being developed for the DC Universe streaming app, Stargirl is an adaptation of author Jerry Spinelli’s 2000 YA novel. Julia Hart is directing the film, with Grace VanderWaal starring as the titular Stargirl. Filming is set to begin in September 2018.

The Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone is another beloved animated movie due for a live-action remake.

The film will be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and written by Bryan Cogman. Production is set to begin in September 2018.

Three Men and a Baby

This beloved 1988 comedy has been remade in several foreign language markets, so it’s only fitting that Disney remake it again for American audiences. No cast or director have been revealed yet.

Timmy Failure

Stephan Pastius’ popular book series about an 11-year-old boy detective with an imaginary polar bear sidekick is also getting the film treatment.

Tom McCarthy is directing, with principal photography set to complete in September 2018.

Togo

Fans of 1994’s Iron Will should be interested in this project, which is also based on the real-life exploits of a team of overachieving sled dogs. This film focuses on the titular dog and his handler Leonhard Seppala as they strive to make the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska.

Disney Back Catalog

For all that Disney is emphasizing new and original content on their streaming service, for many fans the real draw will be having access to so many classic Disney movies in one place. Though as with the Marvel and Star Wars franchises, don’t be surprised if there are some notable omissions at first, including 2017’s Beauty and the Beast.

Pixar Back Catalog

The same goes for Pixar’s impressive back catalog.

We’re hoping to see at least some of these films included in Disney’s streaming lineup, but more recent releases like Coco may stay locked up with other providers for now.

21st Century Fox’s Back Catalog

It’s generally assumed that Disney’s recent purchase of 21st Century Fox was motivated not just by a desire to win back the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, but also to gain access to Fox’s vast library of films and TV series. Disney’s streaming service could be bolstered by everything from Avatar to Planet of the Apes. The Simpsons’ 600+ episodes alone could be a huge draw for many subscribers.

Though, as always, there’s the question of how many of these properties will be tied up with other streaming providers right out of the gate.

No R-Rated Movies

One thing subscribers shouldn’t expect to see from Disney’s streaming service is R-Rated movies. Disney is maintaining a family-friendly approach to the service. That means R-rated fare distributed through subsidiaries like Touchstone or R-rated Fox franchises like Alien, Predator and Die Hard will go to Hulu instead.

Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN.

Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter, or Kicksplode on MyIGN.

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Planet With Is This Anime Season’s Hidden Gem https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/planet-with-is-this-anime-seasons-hidden-gem/ https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/planet-with-is-this-anime-seasons-hidden-gem/#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:47:22 +0000 http://feeds.ign.com/~r/ign/all/~3/Ew7WCx04-ws/planet-with-is-this-anime-seasons-hidden-gem Warehouse Discounts Summer 2018 brings back classics and favorites alike, but what’s so fascinating about this mecha show that’s under everyone’s radar? By Natasha H. Aliens. Cat mascots. Robots. Maid girls. What’s the first word that comes to your mind when you think ...]]> Warehouse Discounts

Summer 2018 brings back classics and favorites alike, but what’s so fascinating about this mecha show that’s under everyone’s radar?

Aliens. Cat mascots. Robots.

Maid girls. What’s the first word that comes to your mind when you think of anime? Lately for me, it’s been the show Planet With, streaming on Crunchyroll this season.

Planet With, in many ways, reminds me of the chuuni anime that aired back in the 2000s: the ones filled with high fantasy, big stakes, and a large cast of complicated friendships. Remember the times of Inuyasha, Code Geass, and Fullmetal Alchemist? Each one of these shows revelled in the unordinary and embraced the joy of being a variety of genres.

Romance, drama, mystery – you name it, and these shows had it. But they also weren’t afraid of tackling the utter bizarre. The main character of Inuyasha is a dog demon?

Check. In Fullmetal Alchemist, one of the companions is a tiny panda? Sure.

Why not wield a power in only one eye? Code Geass wasn’t afraid to. With changes in the industry and in animation, a departure into smaller areas of focus was seen.

All of these shows had at least 50 episodes to flesh out their utterly bizarre but realistic worlds that spanned relationships with enemies, friends, and family, over time. They all managed to pack in every moment of entertainment and land every red herring and cliffhanger without feeling rushed or overbearing. Over time however, with changes in the industry and in animation, a departure into smaller areas of focus was seen.

Nowadays, shows tend to be, at max, two cour (24 episodes), with a gravitation towards safer narrative choices, like light novel isekai adaptations or manga adaptations. Planet With, however, has a mission to do something different: to accomplish the same feeling as these grand shows did, but in no doubt, in far less time. Sounds impossible, right?

Most 12-episode series this ambitious would have a rushed ending. But five weeks in, and the amazing thing? It’s succeeding.

Planet With is one of the weirdest combinations of everything ‘anime’ I can think of, all jam-packed into 30-minute episodes, featuring every typical trope I’ve seen in the book.

But what’s astonishing is how it manages to supersede expectations and defy them in nearly every way possible. The show is about a high schooler named Souya Kuroi, living with a maid named Ginko Kuroi, and a large purple cat named Sensei. He remember little of his past life, and tries to enjoy his day to day activities until he’s dragged into an intergalactic fight with aliens called Nebulans and a human defense force called Grand Paladin.

Unbeknownst to Souya, and the viewer, it turns out that he must fight against the human defense force with the assistance of said Cat Sensei and maid girl Ginko Kuroi. Every episode is structurally created to combine extremely-familiar tropes in an effective manner to connect you with its diverse cast. And that’s it.

That’s all Planet With leaves you with, on its spectacular first episode. From there on every episode is structurally created to combine extremely-familiar tropes in an effective manner to connect you with its diverse cast. Usually this method would be a technique of lazy writing or setup, but in Planet With, Satoshi Mizukami (a name you may recognize as the person behind equally bizarre works, Spirit Circle and Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer) specifically uses these tropes as ways to immediately familiarize yourself with the characters and jump to the meatier, more fleshed out parts of development.

The result is a set of stereotypes that immediately break down with each episode to become compelling, lovable characters whom I root for and want to get to know better. That cute and shy girl who’s always smiling? That rather mature young man who seems to have his life in order?

There’s always more than meets the eye in Planet With. The same can be said on a grander narrative level. Much like Samurai Flamenco, Mizukami is interested in defying expectations as much as he is about indulging in them – so much that each episode’s development is staggering.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all (and Planet With does a fantastic job of luring you in with those familiar tropes), the show kicks back and does something new. Betrayals, side switching, mystery backstories, and so much more all lend to this ever-twisting and intensifying plot, leaving me feeling almost breathless by the end of each episode. Without spoiling, I can confidently say that we haven’t even reached the halfway point of the show and it’s already gone through most of the motions of development in many fantasy or science fiction shows like Gurren Lagann or Escaflowne.

And the best thing is? It never feels rushed, overbearing, or cliche. Planet With’s ambition always grows, but never becomes its own undoing, and it’s a kind of writing I deeply admire.

However, the beating heart of Planet With, and what I fiercely love about it so far, isn’t just how it plays with usual anime tropes, but how in the end, it always embraces them as a source of truth.

One of the best moments in the show so far for me is in the fourth episode, when one of the members of Grand Paladin runs back to a fight in order to help her friend by calling out to her. Being a high schooler, we automatically assume her actions to be typical of an anime. A fellow member even calls her out on her naivety. “That’s like something out of a manga,” he remarks, casually breaking the fourth wall, to which she very bluntly replies, “But you’re into manga like that too, aren’t you?” and convincing him to help out.

It’s a brief moment, but Planet With is filled with them. In an age where most series confuse investigating tropes with making them more cynical and nihilistic, Planet With resolves to be endearing and prove that those tropes are what makes these messages meaningful. At the same time, it’s not afraid to call these patterns out for being so ridiculous.

Souya’s name becomes something of a running gag in the series, as he attempts to find a way to eat meat amongst all the chaotic plot developments. And then there are moments like these: That’s not to say Planet With is on level with 2000-era greats like Eureka Seven or Code Geass.

It’s aware of the limited time it has, which can sometimes result in fast-paced sequences. The ‘shortcuts’ of using stereotypes can make it seem a bit overwhelming sometimes. As a result, for newcomers to the medium, Planet With can come off as far more bizarre than meaningful.

But in a time where we’re often overwhelmed with repetition and recycled ideas that never go anywhere, Planet With’s impossible dream to stop retreading ground, and reinvent the wheel using the motions we cherish in the crazy, weird, and wacky medium of anime, is powerful. I can’t recommend it highly enough. When not writing about Japanese cartoons, Natasha can be found on Twitter as @illegenes, talking avidly about her love for doomed relationships and complicated characters.

You can also find more writing by her on Crunchyroll or on the blog, Isn’t it Electrifying?

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Nvidia vs AMD: how do they compare? https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/nvidia-vs-amd-how-do-they-compare/ https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/nvidia-vs-amd-how-do-they-compare/#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.pocket-lint.com/laptops/news/nvidia/145422-nvidia-vs-amd-how-do-they-compare Warehouse DiscountsWhen it comes to computer graphics, two titans dominate the industry: Nvidia and AMD (Advanced Micro Devices). If you're wondering exactly how these two companies compare, and what the differences are between the hardware products they make, you've com...]]> Warehouse Discounts

When it comes to computer graphics, two titans dominate the industry: Nvidia and AMD (Advanced Micro Devices). If you’re wondering exactly how these two companies compare, and what the differences are between the hardware products they make, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll take you on a concise but comprehensive tour of how Nvidia and AMD got to where they are today, what you can expect if you’re buying any hardware from them, and the other areas of tech they’re involved in.

Nvidia vs AMD: the history

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US tech firm Nvidia has been around since 1993, founded with the intention of capitalising on the imminent explosion in computer graphics technology – it was the year the likes of Doom and Myst came out, setting new standards in the visuals that computers could produce, and Nvidia wanted to tap into that.

Since then, the company has become known for its GeForce line of graphics cards (for desktops) and integrated graphics (more compact solutions, often for laptops). Its biggest rival in these areas is AMD, but Nvidia has also expanded its operations into other areas of tech – which we’ll get into later on. Founded way back in 1969, AMD is actually focused on CPUs or Central Processing Units first and foremost, and in that regard its biggest competitor is Intel.

However, since the 2006 acquisition of graphics card company ATI, the US company has also been making graphics cards and chipsets in competition with Nvidia. Like Nvidia, AMD makes standalone graphics cards for desktop machines as well as integrated graphics chips for laptop use (and for desktops without a separate card). Like Nvidia, it’s invested in a number of areas outside the graphics market too, and custom AMD chips can also be found in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

Nvidia vs AMD: current hardware

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When most people ask about Nvidia vs AMD, they want to know who makes the best graphics cards.

Nvidia currently dominates the discrete graphics card market, with more than two-thirds of the market share. In terms of integrated GPUs (Graphics Processing Units), Nvidia is just slightly ahead of AMD, but both lag way behind Intel. Read the spec of a laptop or desktop computer and you might not see Nvidia or AMD mentioned.

Instead, you might see the names of their competing GPU technologies: GeForce for Nvidia and Radeon for AMD. Whether you’re shopping for a pre-built computer or a standalone graphics card, you’ve got a wide choice of both Nvidia and AMD options to pick from. Deciding between Nvidia and AMD for your graphics depends on the kind of performance you need and the level of budget you’re working to.

The two companies know they’re competing head-to-head, and so try to match each other in price. At the moment though, it’s fair to say Nvidia leads the way in terms of top-tier, 4K performance, as well as in the quality of its bundled graphics management software. AMD, generally speaking, offers better value further down the price points.

At the same time it’s also fair to say the landscape is constantly changing, with new hardware rolling out year after year, so it’s difficult to be definitive when it comes to buying advice – even when one company gets the edge in a certain section of the market, the other comes back strongly with a card of its own. Fortunately, you can find a ton of graphics card benchmarks easily accessible on the web – by checking these scores, online reviews, and the latest prices, you should be able to work out which cards or integrated graphics options are best for you.

Nvidia vs AMD: other projects

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As we’ve mentioned, Nvidia and AMD both have a whole load of other fingers in a whole load of other pies. Nvidia has the narrower focus in terms of being a company built for graphics, but it turns out that GPUs are particularly effective in a number of other areas of tech – including artificial intelligence.

Nvidia is currently producing tech for all kinds of self-driving car projects, including AI assistance for vehicles from Volkswagen and Uber. The company is also responsible for one of the best Android TV devices around, the Nvidia Shield – though the box is as much about gaming as it is streaming media content. Over in the AMD camp, it’s also waging silicon war against Intel with its CPUs for desktops and laptops.

The story is the same as it is with graphics: AMD tends to lead the way with value-for-money offerings, but just falls short at the very premium, high-performance end of the market. With both CPUs and GPUs though, the situation doesn’t stay the same for very long. As you would expect from two companies with a strong line-up of graphics cards, both Nvidia and AMD are busy exploring the possibilities of VR as well – not necessarily with their own branded kit, but by providing processors and chipsets (as well as plenty of graphics know-how) to companies who are making their own devices.

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Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder May Have Really Gotten Married While Filming Dracula https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/keanu-reeves-winona-ryder-may-have-really-gotten-married-while-filming-dracula/ https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/keanu-reeves-winona-ryder-may-have-really-gotten-married-while-filming-dracula/#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:19:46 +0000 http://feeds.ign.com/~r/ign/all/~3/eYVZOWR6qZQ/keanu-reeves-and-winona-ryder-may-have-accidentally-gotten-married-for-real-filming-dracula Warehouse Discounts "I swear to god I think we’re married in real life.” By Alex Gilyadov Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder might have actually gotten married by accident while filming Bram Stoker's Dracula back in 1992. Speaking to EW, Ryder revealed director Francis Ford...]]> Warehouse Discounts

“I swear to god I think we’re married in real life.”

Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder might have actually gotten married by accident while filming Bram Stoker’s Dracula back in 1992. Speaking to EW, Ryder revealed director Francis Ford Coppola used a real Romanian priest while filming the movie’s marriage scene. As such, Ryder believes the two actors may have accidentally tied the knot.

“We actually got married in Dracula,” Ryder said. No, I swear to god I think we’re married in real life. In that scene, Francis [Ford Coppola] used a real Romanian priest. We shot the master and he did the whole thing.

So I think we’re married.”

Exit Theatre Mode

When Ryder confirmed to Reeves they actually read their vows and said yes, Reeves had a simple but quite reasonable response to the revelation saying, “Oh my gosh, we’re married.” Ryder and Reeves can be seen together on screen once again in Destination Wedding, which hits theaters on August 31 in the U.S. See our list of eight things you may not know about Dracula for more on the 1992 film and the character’s origin.

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A review of Monitor-IO, a little gadget that wants to talk about your Internet https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/a-review-of-monitor-io-a-little-gadget-that-wants-to-talk-about-your-internet/ https://warehousediscounts.co.uk/2018/08/a-review-of-monitor-io-a-little-gadget-that-wants-to-talk-about-your-internet/#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:00:46 +0000 https://arstechnica.com/?p=1354749 Warehouse Discounts Monitor-IO on my office shelf—with 16-port switch and BB-8 for scale. "What is my purpose?" Monitor-IO is a $100 IoT gadget that tells you whether your Internet is working well, poorly, or not at all. The idea is you put this little black box n...]]> Warehouse Discounts

  • Monitor-IO on my office shelf–with 16-port switch and BB-8 for scale.
  • “What is my purpose?”

Monitor-IO is a £100 IoT gadget that tells you whether your Internet is working well, poorly, or not at all. The idea is you put this little black box next to (and plugged directly into) your router, and a quick glance at its color-coded screen will let you know if the Internet’s working solidly, if it’s having some problems, or if everything is just plain out. Monitor-IO even promises to tell users granular details like how long a connection has been up, or sketchy, or out.

All of this begs the question: do you need a gadget for that?

Tap, tap–is this thing on?

At first glance, Monitor-IO reminded me of the butter-spreading robot from Rick and Morty, doomed to a trivialized existence fulfilling an insignificant task. Look, I already know if the Internet is down! My wife and I feed and clothe three small but highly motivated Internet downtime detectors who let us know in a hurry if videos and games stop streaming to their tablets, the Rokus, etc.

Then again, there’s an entire troubleshooting flowchart burned into my brain, beginning with ping 8.8.8.8 from a wired computer, to make sure the problem is neither Wi-Fi nor DNS. From there, I’m isolating any remaining problems from switch, to router, to modem, to ISP. All the while, I know, support, and in some cases love a bunch of people who have a much simpler one-step flowchart that reads “call Jim, and say things that sound like they might be technical until the problem goes away.”

Once I remembered that reality, the appeal of this little plastic box with a cheerful LED screen and simple, human-friendly diagnostic messages was obvious. So I decided to take a closer look at your gadget.

Monitor-IO’s screen backlight changes color depending on your current internet status: green for A-OK, purple for problems, red for complete outage.

Accepting a review unit turned out to be a good decision. Monitor-IO’s deceptively simple premise (tell me if the Internet is on or not) is backed by a surprising amount of attention to detail and accompanied by a bunch of cool additional features.

The technically challenged folks can just look at the screen to see if it’s green for go, purple for “uhhh…,” or red for fail. This will rule out local problems like Wi-Fi or DNS and tell users in extremely simple terms whether the ISP’s service itself is up or down. But for more technical people–like my fellow consultants or family members non-techy folks probably rely on–a whole bunch of additional functionality is a couple of clicks away.

Monitor-IO marquees three different pieces of information on its screen: the current Internet uptime, the local IP address of the Monitor-IO device itself, and a reminder that you can log into your account at monitor-io.com for more information.

  • Monitor-IO’s local Web interface can give you more details about what is or isn’t working.
  • Monitor-IO’s built-in speedtest function is a refreshing change – a rapid, “good enough” blip of data (under one second) instead of the usual interminable grind that makes other users suffer.
  • You can also perform a fairly quick ARP scan to identify all the devices on your network from Monitor-IO’s local interface.

The local interface is nice because it’s available even when your Internet connection is not. If you point your Web browser to the IP address flashed on Monitor-IO’s screen, you can find more details about what is or isn’t working, saving you some donkey-work in troubleshooting. You can also run a speed test–a refreshingly quick one that.

While it’s nowhere near as detailed as the results at http://www.dslreports.com/speedtest, Monitor-IO’s speed test fully completes in a single second. This is good enough to give you an idea of whether you’re getting the speeds you should without grinding on so long it significantly interferes with other peoples’ downloads, Web browsing, or video streams. The local interface isn’t bad, but from my testing the really cool stuff happens at https://my.monitor-io.com/.

Once you log in with the username and password you got when buying the device, you can view a detailed history of problems and alerts with your Internet connection.

  • Monitor-IO groups alerts by three color-coded levels of severity: yellow, orange, and red. Yellow and orange alerts happen with dreary regularity on my Spectrum connection, but red seems fairly rare.
  • The distinction between “faults” and “alerts” is a little hazy, but the tooltips on the graphs do a fairly good job of telling you what you’re looking at.
  • With any luck, you’ll see fewer outright outages than you do faults and alerts, both of which are several-a-day occurrences on my 100 Mbps cable connection.

You can do some pretty neat things to catalog and monitor your home network here, too. You can (and should!) assign every device on your network a friendly alias based on its MAC (hardware) address.

This makes it easy to spot when you’ve got an unexpected device on your network or to figure out which of your own devices is which. Alerts can also be configured on home devices such as printers, computers, or set top boxes so you’ll get email notifications if they go offline. All of this takes as much pain as possible out of, for example, getting a frantic call from home about the kids not being able to watch Cartoon Network on their Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, et cetera.

Instead of walking somebody through troubleshooting over the phone, you can log into your my.monitor-io account and see instantly whether the ISP is up, whether your local network is up, and whether the device your roommate / significant other / child is frantic about has connectivity.

You’ll even know if any of the above have been spotty for the last hour / day / week.

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