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Trifecto Infinity – The World’s FIRST All-in-One Pen, Stylus, and Phone Tripod! Trifecto Infinity is also available in an alternate configuration featuring the Flashlight Tripod. .The Trifecto Infinity is a pen – but it's more than just a pen! Inside the pen is a tripod that conveniently holds your cell phone!  Join NOW and EARN: https://dz241.isrefer.com/go/kbrefer/a4864/   Pledge NOW and get it at a discount price. 

Who Has a Smartphone?
Cell phones are part of our everyday lives and EVERYONE has one. Creating LIVE videos on Social Media has been a struggle with figuring out how to prop up and balance the phone for best recording. 

Now, with the Trifecto Infinity, you can hold your phone in a simple hands-free way while using the pen or stylus at the same time. The tripod, stored inside the pen, conveniently holds your phone or tablet upright while in use!   

Trifecto Infinity is the helping hand when you need to hold your phone or tablet while chatting, video conferencing, reading, taking selfies, watching videos, and so much more.  

Choose The Pen or the Flashlight… or Both!
Trifecto Infinity is more than just a pen! Available in a second configuration, the Trifecto Infinity is also a Flashlight Tripod. After struggling to see what he was working on in the dark, Peter with Len designed the Trifecto Infinity Flashlight Tripod along with the Trifecto Infinity Phone Tripod.

Pledge on Trifecto infinity right now and enjoy hands-free access to your phone! Trifecto Infinity, it's more than just a pen! 

Designed For Everyone!
Thank you for checking out the Trifecto Infinity project. The all-in-one pen, stylus, and tripod are the first of its kind and today we are excited to launch our project for the world to see. Trifecto Infinity is a simple and obvious solution inspired by the way we work, play, and use technology.

Now, more than ever, most people have smartphones. How many times have you found yourself looking for a place to set down your phone to take pictures or record a video? You prop it up against something hoping it will work while most of the time getting a poor picture or video. You look around thinking like “MacGyver” trying to find the best way to place or balance your phone so it hopefully works just right. Sadly, nothing has worked… UNTIL we designed the Trifecto Infinity pen, stylus, tripod!

 We Love Quality Built Gadgets

Working tirelessly on the perfect design for our “James Bond” gadget, the Trifecto Infinity tripod we've created provides the perfect hands-free solution for holding a phone or tablet. This all-in-one pen is super cool and works extremely well!

The Trifecto Infinity tripod is designed for stability on most surfaces to securely hold smartphones. Whether the pen or flashlight, the Trifecto Infinity is easy to carry wherever you go—in your pocket or in your purse.

The Trifecto Infinity is manufactured from quality materials with the tripod stand being made from high-quality aluminum. Our patent-pending pen integrated tripod design allows you to seamlessly use the tripod with almost any smartphone, the stylus with any touch screen and the pen wherever you like!

The Color Choice is Yours!  We are offering the Trifecto Infinity in three colors—white, black and silver. The only problem… you'll likely want one of each!

Perfect For Phones or Tablets           With the Trifecto Infinity pen, going from paper to screen is as easy as turning the front of the pen. The tripod can be used completely separate from the pen allowing you to easily use the tripod to hold your phone while using the stylus pen on your phone or tablet.

The Trifecto Infinity was developed with the desire to make cell phones more convenient to use. We have tested and designed the smallest possible tripod capable of holding almost any cell phone with cases (excluding the bulky thicker cases)

The Trifecto Infinity has come a long way from the initial prototypes as you can see below.

And Then, We Got It Right!
Now, check out the final design of the Trifecto Infinity tripod; it truly is super cool! Seriously, a neat product and design! 

When we recorded our campaign with Chanel, she was amazed that this tiny device, pulled out of a pen, would securely hold her phone making it easy and comfortable for her to chat and snap selfies.

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Help make Trifecto Infinity an incredible project on Kickstarter. Get your own gadget pen to make your phone a hands-free device and share this fantastic innovation with your friends!

We have found Kickstarter to be a great way for us to test and realize our creative ideas; most of which begin in our small shops while we envision people loving our ideas and concepts. Working with big companies can be expensive, risky, and a slow process to the finish line. We love creating cool stuff without the big company politics and indecision. We truly believe in the emerging power of community, collaboration, and the individual to bring ideas to life.

What Your Support Does
We've got the prototype complete and are ready to move forward! Now we need your help to complete the development process. Your donations go toward the tooling, purchasing raw materials, manufacturing and will finance production so that we can bring Trifecto Infinity to the retail market! 

Our Design and Planning
Products take a lot of time and money to develop and launch and this one is no different. All of the CAD design has been completed. Our manufacturer in Asia, that we have worked with previously, has given us pricing and production capabilities. Shipping is expected to begin in early November 2017

Risks and challenges

This isn't our first product. We've brought several products to market in the past, and have learned from our experiences. While we have been relentless with the details throughout designing, prototyping, and planning the production itself, there is always the chance that Murphy may make an entrance with that law of his.

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From heart attacks to fainting, this watch flags up health threats before they strike

Along with a range of health sensors, ContinYou's new Contact watch can send alerts about changes to its wearer's vital signs.
 Stig Øyvann
By Stig Øyvann for Norse Code | April 7, 2017 — 
The Contact watch has built-in sensors to measure pulse, blood oxygen level, temperature, and barometric pressure.

Norwegian entrepreneur Terje Tobiassen survived a heart attack while driving in 2014. The experience inspired him to find a way to help himself and others get warnings of imminent health threats, such as falls and fainting.

Tobiassen established the company ContinYou to develop health technology, and this month its first product, the health-monitor watch Contact, will be available in Norwegian stores.

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The Contact watch has several built-in sensors to monitor its wearer's pulse, blood oxygen level, temperature, and barometric pressure. By combining data from these sensors, the device can predict dangerous situations before they occur, according to ContinYou.

"Based on increasing pulse and lowered oxygen saturation levels, we can estimate if the wearer is about to faint, or if there is a risk it can happen. Through mobile technology the watch can communicate with heath personnel or the wearer's relatives," Tobiassen said in a statement.

The barometric pressure sensor is used to detect if the wearer falls.

The Contact watch is equipped with a built-in GSM SIM card from mobile operator Telia. Using this communication channel, the watch can alert others when it detects changes in vital signs that give cause for concern, or if the wearer presses its large button.

The cooperation with Telia goes further than just a communication vehicle. Telia will use its marketing muscle to promote the product when it is ready for sale. The Contact watch will also retail through Telia's own stores throughout Norway.

The target users for the device are people aged over 60 years. The company states that it shall be "relevant first and foremost for family and relatives".

Tobiassen's thinking is that welfare technology is not important just for the elderly, but also for their families.

"What happened to me in 2014 was a big strain for my family. This watch will provide safety both for the wearers and their families," he said

 

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The 10 best smartphones of 2017 so far

Samsung just revealed the new Galaxy S8 while all the rest of the major announcements have been completed over the past two months. By Matthew Miller for Smartphones and Cell Phones | April 4, 2017 — 13:14 GMT (14:14 BST) | Topic: Mobility

The Apple iPhone tends to take the top spot in most of my biannual lists, with Samsung making an appearance every once in a while. With continued innovation in the Android space and much of the same from Apple, the advancements in technology outweighed simplicity this time.

It is not easy to pick the top phone when so many great options exist. While you may not agree with my particular order, it's likely you have most of these in your top 10. I was fairly certain of my top pick this year, especially after attending the launch event in NYC last week, but I still posted a Twitter poll that confirmed my top two phones.

1. SAMSUNG GALAXY S8/S8 PLUS
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I actually had the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 at the top of my last list in December 2016, but after two recalls it was removed from consideration. The Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus takes first place this time for many reasons.

Samsung's Infinity Display looks fantastic and minimizes the top and bottom bezel while removing anything on the sides which roll down from the front to the back. We see ample RAM and internal storage with the ability to add inexpensive microSD cards, new Bixby assitant and a hardware button dedicated to its use, improved front facing camera, Samsung Pay payment technology, wireless and fast charging, IP68 dust and water resistance, a USB Type-C standard port, and traditional 3.5mm headset jack. There is nothing missing from the Galaxy S8 and it deserves the top spot.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 can be pre-ordered now and will ship in the next couple of weeks. The S8 is priced at $750 and the S8 Plus at $850. Pre-orders include a free Samsung Gear VR and controller too.

My Galaxy S8 Plus review will be posted in a couple of weeks. I'm picking this as the top device based on my limited time with the S8 at the launch event and my extended time with the S7 and S7 Edge.

2. APPLE IPHONE 7/7 PLUS
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Whenever I need to make sure I have a phone that does it all and gets me through a long day, I regularly pop my SIM into the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The water resistance, improved cameras, more RAM, a larger capacity battery, a faster processor, and stereo speakers are all compelling features.

However, the iPhone 7 ends up in second because it has no fast charging technology, internal storage is locked to whatever capacity you purchase, there is no standard headphone jack, there is no wireless charging, Apple Pay has limitations, and the phones are quite large for the display sizes.

The Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are also the most expensive smartphones available today, when compared to similar flagships.

Check out the my full review of the iPhone 7 Plus (9.3 rating) and Jason's iPhone 7 review (9.0 rating). CNET also has reviews of the iPhone 7 Plus (8.8 rating) and iPhone 7 (8.7 rating).

3. LG G6
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LG was the first to get its flagship out to customers with the new 18:9 aspect ratio and after using one for more than a month I considered it as a possible number one contender. It is priced the lowest of these top three at just $650 with a microSD card slot, incredible performing dual rear cameras, shock resistance, minimal bezels and a pocketable form factor, wireless charging, and dust and water resistance.

The LG G6 has a rather thick uniform body and doesn't have anything that particularly makes it stand out from the crowd. The LG UX is OK and is not too intrusive, but LG doesn't have a great track record with regular software updates and there is still something for LG to prove in 2017. But the LG G6 is a wonderful device to show that LG is able to compete with Samsung and Apple.

Check out my full review (9.5 rating) of the LG G6.

4. GOOGLE'S PIXEL AND PIXEL XL
It's hard for me to pick a phone for the top three that six months after release still has a back order from four to five weeks. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are outstanding devices and for about a month I owned a Google Pixel XL.

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Image: CNET
The Pixel has a 5 inch display while the Pixel XL has a 5.5 inch display. Both are powered by a Qualcomm 821 processor. Other key specs include 4GB of RAM, 32 or 128GB of internal storage, 12.3 megapixel camera and 8 megapixel front facing camera, and Android 7.1 Nougat.

There is no water resistance or wireless charging capability, internal storage is locked to either 32GB or 128GB, and the bezels of the phone are quite large when you compare it to the new LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8.

Just like the iPhone, you will get updates to the Android software first on a Google Pixel or Pixel XL so if having the latest version of the software is important to you then you can't beat a Pixel.

The camera helps you take wonderful photos and that was the one reason I almost kept mine. However, there are too many other compromises with the hardware that I was not willing to make. The Google Pixel is priced at $649 and $749. The Google Pixel XL is priced at $769 and $869.

Check out the Jason Cipriani's full review of the Google Pixel XL (8.0 rating). CNET also has a review of the Google Pixel (8.8 rating).

5. MOTO Z/Z FORCE DROID
It's been a while since I've been impressed by a Motorola phone, but the Moto Z and Moto Z Force Droid look great, feel great, and perform well. These phones incorporate a modular design that actually makes sense and works well.

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The Moto Z is available as a GSM unlocked phone for $699 with the Moto Z Force Droid a Verizon exclusive, available for $720 (32GB) and $770 (64GB).

The Z Force Droid edition adds a shatterproof display, which is something we don't see often today. Both phones have high resolution displays, leading internal specifications, a water repellent nano-coating, and battery life that lasts longer than an iPhone 7 Plus.

Motorola has done a good job updating these latest Moto Z phones with the operating system and monthly Android security updates. You can also use the Moto Z Force Droid in a Google Daydream headset for a VR experience.

The Moto Mods snap on and off easily and are very functional. Motorola has spent time and money fostering the Moto Mods development and we are starting to see projects on Indiegogo and elsewhere.

6. HUAWEI MATE 9
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While I enjoy testing out Huawei phones as part of my ZDNet experience, I don't usually include Huawei phones on this list since they are rarely sold in the US. However, the Huawei Mate 9 is available for GSM phone users on Amazon and other US retailers for just $599.

If long battery life, high quality photos, and a big 5.9 inch screen are important to you then you may want to consider the Huawei Mate 9. You can now install the Amazon Alexa app and have another assistant to work with Google Assistant.

The Huawei Mate 9 has a powerful Kirin 960 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage with microSD card slot, dual rear cameras with Leica branding, and a massive 4,000 mAh battery to get you through two days of work.

7. GALAXY S7/S7 EDGE
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While the Samsung Galaxy S8 may be the ultimate Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are still fantastic smartphones that can be found at reduced pricing with the S8 soon hitting store shelves. These smartphones have industry leading specifications, refined design, and capabilities that had me almost awarding it a perfect 10 in my review. The only con I could come up with for the S7 was that it is a fingerprint magnet and for the S7 Edge that the edge screen sometimes facilitated inadvertent screen presses.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have extremely fast cameras that take excellent photos and video, responsive fingerprint scanners and advanced Samsung Pay support, water resistance without the fuss of ports, elegant refined design with the use of metal and glass, and also launched with sweet offers from US carriers and Samsung.

The S7 and S7 Edge still use microUSB and have a front physical home button, both of which may still appeal to some people.

CNET also awarded the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge an Editor's Choice award so there's little doubt that Samsung's year old smartphones are still some of the best smartphones available today.

8. BLACKBERRY KEYONE
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BlackBerry KEYone (Image: TCL)
The BlackBerry DTEK60 is a solid device, available at a great price, that offers a high level of security in an elegant design. However, I decided to award the spot on this list to the upcoming BlackBerry KEYone that brings a physical QWERTY back to BlackBerry customers.

The BlackBerry KEYone doesn't have all of the highest flagship specs found in the DTEK60, but it is a very capable device with an excellent camera. The KEYone has a 4.5 inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, massive 3505 mAh battery, 12 megapixel rear camera, and fingerprint sensor built into the keyboard spacebar.

TCL is now making BlackBerry hardware and as I saw on the DTEK60 it is doing a fantastic job at providing monthly Android security updates, which is not something many Android manufacturers can say.

The BlackBerry KEYone was scheduled for an April release but with the latest news it may be delayed until May. It is priced at $549, which is reasonable for this unique BlackBerry device.

9. ONEPLUS 3T
There are a number of excellent Android smartphones available today in the $400 range and one of the best is the OnePlus 3T. OnePlus has recently sold some special color options, including midnight black, in order to satisfy customers looking for a unique device.

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Image: OnePlus
The OnePlus 3T feels much like an HTC 10, but the customization, more RAM, and longer battery life make it compelling. It does have a 1080p display so the resolution is not as high as an HTC 10, but it is priced significantly lower.

The OnePlus 3T has a Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB RAM, and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. There is a 3,400 mAh battery to keep you going, along with Dash Charge for quick top off when you need it.

OnePlus has shown it can update the phone regularly as well with a few updates already made since its release. It has some awesome customization options and is one of my favorite low price smartphones.

Sandra Vogel gave it a 9/10 rating in her ZDNet review. CNET awarded the OnePlus 3T 9.0/10 in its review.

10. HTC U ULTRA
For many years I was an HTC fan and purchased most of the One series. The HTC U Ultra was released over a month ago and while it looks gorgeous it is a bit of step back from the HTC 10 and doesn't compete well with the current flagships.

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Like the HTC 10, the HTC U Ultra provides a fantastic audio experience with dual stereo speakers and an included USonic headset that maps the specifics of each of your ears.

The U Ultra has a 5.7 inch high resolution LCD display in a 162.41 x 79.79 mm form factor. Despite the size of the phone, you will only find a 3000 mAh battery inside that didn't even let me make it through a full day of work.

The price is a bit high at $749, especially when you compare the HTC U Ultra to other flagships. The back glass, an unusual move for a company that set the bar with aluminum unibody designs, is stunning. However, it is also a major fingerprint magnet.

There is no level of water resistance, wireless charging is not present even though the back is glass, and there is no headphone jack.

I awarded the HTC U Ultra a a 7.0/10 in my review, while CNET awarded the HTC U Ultra a comparable 6.8/10.

While it's always fairly clear which devices are in the top five, the second five are a bit tougher and some devices get left off the list. I didn't expect a BlackBerry and an HTC device to be on the list this year, but could also add in some more affordable Motorola and other devices. What other devices would you recommend for this top ten list?

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Nokia’s BACK With THREE Android Phones: No Flagship In Sight, Though…

Nokia's Back With Three Android Phones. Meet The Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6

Nokia returned to MWC 2017 with a bang, releasing three new Android phones – the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 – as well as the oft-rumoured Nokia 3310 reboot.

First and foremost: these Nokia Android phones are not flagship-grade phones. They’re not designed to compete with Apple or Samsung at the top of the market; no, these handsets have a decidedly mid-range feel to them which is reflected in how they’ve been priced.

The handsets go up in price and specs as you move through the numbers; the Nokia 3 is the base model and is also the cheapest, whereas the Nokia 6 is the most potent and costly – though its still retailing under $250.

And if you're in the UK, you can pre-order any of these Nokia handsets from Carphone Warehouse right now. 

Nokia 3 Specs

Operating system Android 7.0 Nougat
CPU: MTK 6737, Quad-core 1.3Ghz
RAM: 2 GB
DISPLAY: 5.0” IPS LCD (1280 x 720, 16:9)
Camera: 8MP AF, 1.12um, f/2, LED flash; (front) 8MP AF, 1.12um, f/2, FOV 84 degrees, display flash
Battery: 2650 mAh
Storage: 16GB 
MicroSD: Yep – up to 128GB
This is Nokia’s entry level model. It should cost around $150 and is clearly aimed at the budget-end of the smartphone market, a very lucrative segment for players like Samsung, Huawei and, once again, Nokia.

The Nokia 3 features pure Android Nougat; no custom skin, no bloatware. That’s a huge plus for users, so hat’s off to Nokia for that one. Inside you have moderate specs as well as support for MicroSD cards.

This handset is an affordable option, and that’s reflected in the specs. But given the attention to detail, the nice, overall design and the decent specs we can see a lot of budget-conscious users flocking to this handset.

Nokia 5 Specs

OS: Android Nougat
CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 430 mobile platform
RAM: 2GB
Display: 5.2” IPS LCD 1280 x 720, 16:9
Camera: 13MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2, dual tone flash; (front) 8MP AF, 1.12um, f/2, FOV 84 degrees
Battery: 3000 mAh
Storage: 16GB 
MicroSD: Yep – up to 128GB
The Nokia 5 is slightly more potent. It has better specs, a more refined design and a better camera.

It’s still a mid-range handset through and through, though it does provide way more bang for your buck than the Nokia 3.

The camera sounds decent. Ditto battery life. Again, Android will run in pure stock configuration with minimal bloatware. The display is full HD and you have a decent CPU in the form of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430.

The Nokia 5 will retail for around $200 once it becomes available later on this year.

Nokia 6 Specs

OS: Android Nougat
CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 430 mobile platform
RAM: 3GB
Display: 5.5” IPS LCD 1080p
Camera: 16MP PDAF, 1.0um, f/2, dual tone flash; (front) 8MP AF, 1.12um, f/2, FOV 84 degrees
Battery: 3000 mAh
Storage: 64GB/126GB 
MicroSD: Yep – up to 128GB
The Nokia 6 is the MAC DADDY for the time being, and it certainly looks the part as well. The handset features a gorgeous aluminium body, decent specs and a very appealing price tag of around $250.

Again, this isn’t a flagship handset – that phone, currently referred to as the Nokia P1 will likely launch at a later date – but it should be very competitive given its specs and operating system.

I do like what Nokia is doing here, though. It’s not coming in and trying to take on Apple and Samsung. Instead, it’s targeting the mid-to-low-end of the space, the space where handsets like the Moto G5 operate, in order to get some quick wins before rising up later on in 2017 to take on the big boys with the Nokia P1.

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Tiny Device Allows You To Track Your Vehicle Using Your Smartphone

 

This is The Most Affordable Solution to Find Your Lost Items!

Have you ever lost your car on a parking lot? It happens. You park and go shopping. When you get back, you don't have a clue where your car is. Then you start roaming around clicking on the panic button on your car keys so the alarm goes off. It can be frustrating, especially on a hot, sunny day.

No, you don't need to install an expensive GPS system to keep track of your car. That's way too expensive. You would need to pay a monthly subscription fee just to use it. Don't we have enough bills to pay already?

But is there a way to track your vehicle without spending a fortune? Yes, now there is!

A California-based startup company was able to make this a reality. They created a tiny device that works with your smartphone, and it could be exactly what you're looking for!

What is it?

It's called TrackR. It is a state-of-the-art tracking device the size of a quarter. It's changing the way we keep track of the important things in our lives.

How Does it Work?

It's easy! Install the free TrackR app on your smartphone, connect the app to your device and you're ready to go! Simply attach TrackR to whatever you want to keep tabs on. The entire process of setting it up only takes 5 minutes or less.

You can attach it to your keys, briefcase, wallet, your latest tech gadgets and anything else you don't want to lose. Then use the TrackR app to locate your missing item in seconds.

"This device has saved me tons of time and money!"

Forget expensive GPS systems or tracking services. Nobody wants to pay expensive monthly subscription fees. We understand how stressful these things can be, and this is the reason why TrackR was created. This device is your VIP when you need to take care of more important things in life.

Remember the car scenario above? If you have the TrackR, you can just hide it under your car's floor mat, in the trunk or in the glove compartment. Somewhere it won't be found if your car gets stolen.

If you forget where you parked your car, whip out your smartphone and open the TrackR app. Tap on the "lost item" icon on the screen and the app will tell you the exact coordinates of the last known location of the TrackR.

How Much is it Going To Cost Me?

You're probably thinking that this device is very expensive… False! TrackR only costs $29! That's a small price to pay for peace of mind, isn't it?

NOTE: As a special promotion, the company is now offering an incredible "Buy 4 – Get 4 FREE" deal to all new customers.
What else can I do with TrackR?

As we said before, TrackR has unlimited possibilities. The device is small and unobtrusive enough that you can attach it to your pet. Put it on their collar, and the issue of searching for them as they scamper off to nearby places will be over! Attach it to your keys and wallet, and never waste a minute rummaging the whole house for it.

TrackR even comes with a double-sided adhesive so you can stick it to your laptop or under your bike seat. Track down and punish the thieves who steal your expensive things!

Attach it To Everything That's Important To You…

Now that you've been informed about this brilliant invention, let me show you how easy it is to track your valuable items. All you need to do is to follow these 3 steps:

Step 1: Order TrackR today to take advantage of the 50% OFF sale.
Step 2: When you receive it, open the package and place the thin battery inside the device. Then download the free TrackR app on your smartphone and link up the unit with the app. Finally, hide TrackR in your car or attach it to the item you wish to track.
Step 3: Relax… Use the TrackR app to find your things. It's easy!
Here's a tip: TrackR is a great gift idea because there's no monthly fee involved!
"Remember, they have an amazing sale going on right now.

This way you and your loved ones can keep track of everything. Keys, car, wallet, bike, toys, pets and even electronics such as a laptop, iPad or Kindle!

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Apple may have more than 1,000 engineers working on augmented reality for the iPhone, UBS says

Investors should buy Apple shares because the company is making a big bet on augmented reality, according to UBS, which reiterated its buy rating.
"According to some industry sources, the company may have over 1,000 engineers working on a project in Israel that could be related to AR [augmented reality]," analyst Steven Milunovich wrote in a note to clients Tuesday. "Our work suggests that AR could be the next major innovation from Apple and that its competencies could make the company a winner … Augmented reality is an area where Apple could leapfrog competition in providing a superior user experience. This could result in sustained iPhone retention rates and more switchers."
Augmented reality is a technology that "overlays digital content on the real world through the device's camera view."
Milunovich raised his Apple price target to $151 from $138, representing 10 percent upside from Monday's close.
The analyst quoted Apple CEO Tim Cook comparing augmented reality innovation to the iPhone, saying, "I think AR is that big, it's huge." 

Milunovich cited how the company bought multiple AR technology companies such as PrimeSense, Metaio and RealFace. Milunovich thinks it's possible an early form of AR may be released with the iPhone 8 later this year.
"Apple appears more interested in AR [augmented reality], which connects people, than VR [virtual reality], which potentially isolates experiences," he wrote. "Apple may be well equipped to lead given its core competencies in hardware design and software/hardware integration as well as its large base of affluent iPhone and iPad owners."

— CNBC's Michael Bloom contributed to this story

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Siemens is buying a software company for about $4 billion

Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser.

It's official: Siemens just announced it was buying the semiconductor-design software company Mentor Graphics for $37.25 a share in cash, or about $4 billion.

That's a 21% premium to Mentor's closing price Friday, and it values the Oregon-based company at about $4.5 billion, including debt.

"Siemens is acquiring Mentor as part of its Vision 2020 concept to be the Benchmark for the New Industrial Age," Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said in a statement. "It's a perfect portfolio fit to further expand our digital leadership and set the pace in the industry."

Kaesar has made it a priority to sell off core units to boost profitability since taking control in 2013.

Mentor Graphics has been fending off interest from activist investors for years. Carl Icahn fought and won a proxy fight to get three board seats in 2011, but he later exited the trade. Elliott Management in September reported a stake in the company, saying the shares were deeply undervalued, according to Reuters.

Reuters in October reported that Mentor Graphics had hired Bank of America to explore strategic alternatives.

Here's the press release:

Siemens is further building its Vision 2020 to shape Digital Industrial Enterprise by expanding its unique portfolio for industrial software. Siemens and Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT) ("Mentor") today announced that they have entered into a merger agreement under which Siemens will acquire Mentor for $37.25 per share in cash, which represents an enterprise value of $4.5 billion. The offer price represents a 21% premium to Mentor's closing price on November 11, 2016, the last trading day prior to the announcement. Mentor's Board of Directors approved and declared advisable the merger agreement, and Mentor's Board of Directors recommends the approval and adoption of the merger agreement by the holders of shares of Mentor common stock. Mentor shareholder Elliott Management has committed to support the transaction.

This acquisition decisively extends Siemens' leading Digital Enterprise Software portfolio with Mentor's well established electronics IC and systems design, simulation and manufacturing solutions. These capabilities are essential for today's smart connected products such as autonomous vehicles. The combination provides mechanical, thermal, electronic and embedded software tools which will allow Siemens' customers to further accelerate their innovation, drive production efficiencies and optimize the operation of their products in the field. Now, for the first time, quality, efficiency, flexibility, safety and speed can be optimized across technical domains, throughout the entire lifecycle and for the entire extended enterprise.

"Siemens is acquiring Mentor as part of its Vision 2020 concept to be the Benchmark for the New Industrial Age. It's a perfect portfolio fit to further expand our digital leadership and set the pace in the industry," said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG.

"With Mentor, we're acquiring an established technology leader with a talented employee base that will allow us to supplement our world-class industrial software portfolio. It will complement our strong offering in mechanics and software with design, test and simulation of electrical and electronic systems," said Klaus Helmrich, member of the Managing Board of Siemens.

Mentor is headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, U.S., and has employees in 32 countries worldwide. In its fiscal year ended January 31, 2016, Mentor had over 5,700 employees and generated revenue of approximately $1.2 billion with an adjusted operating margin of 20.2%. Siemens expects these attractive margins to continue in the future and contribute significantly to the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software business of Siemens Digital Factory (DF) Division, which Mentor will join. Mentor serves a large, diverse customer base of marquee systems companies and IC/semiconductors companies with over 14,000 global accounts across communications, computer, consumer electronics, semiconductor, networking, aerospace, multimedia, and transportation industries. Mentor is viewed as a global leader in strategic industry segments including IC design, test and manufacturing; electronic systems design and analysis; and emerging markets including automotive electronics.

"Combining Mentor's technology leadership and deep customer relationships with Siemens' global scale and resources will better enable us to serve the growing needs of our customers, and unlock additional significant opportunities for our employees," said Walden C. Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor. "Siemens is an ideal partner with financial depth and stability, and their resources and additional investment will allow us to innovate even faster and accelerate our vision of creating top-to-bottom automated design solutions for electronic systems. We are excited to join the Siemens family, as it is clear they share the same values and focus on customer success, and are pleased that this transaction provides immediate and certain value to our stockholders."

Siemens expects to achieve synergies through a combination of revenue growth and anticipated margin expansion, with a total EBIT impact of over €100 million within 4 years from closing the transaction. Additionally, the transaction is expected to be EPS accretive within three years from closing. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected in Q2 of calendar 2017. Mentor will be part of the PLM software business of Siemens' DF Division. DF is the industry leader in automation technology and a leading provider of PLM software.

"By adding Mentor's electronic design automation solutions and talented experts to our team, we're greatly enhancing our core competencies for product design that creates a very precise digital twin of any smart product and production line," noted Helmrich."

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ZTE wants you to design its next product with Project CSX

What will the next greatest mobile product be?”

It’s the question on every tech lover’s lips, and up-and-coming Chinese company ZTE wants to answer that question in a highly unusual way. The company is crowdsourcing ideas for its next mobile project from the internet and has committed to building and selling that product once a winner has been chosen.

ZTE’s Vice President of Technology Planning and Partnerships Jeff Yee is the core driving force behind Project CSX, ZTE’s mission to give the mobile-buying public what they want by asking them to formulate a product idea, and then design it from the ground up. CSX stands for Crowd Sourced X, and the X symbolises the mystery behind the final product, which will be decided by a competition. Once the votes have been cast and the winner selected, ZTE will build and sell the winning product.

That’s right. If you’ve got an idea for a mobile product that’s feasible right now — not one with three processors, a roll-up screen, and five-month battery life — here’s your chance to tell a company that not only wants to listen, but will actually make the device if it’s good enough and technically feasible. It’s Kickstarter without the risk, and the opportunity to genuinely influence the direction of a mobile company, and potentially the industry itself. Really.

This is how a new product usually comes to life: ZTE gets an idea, designers come up with mockups that are agreed on, and the device goes into production for consumers to buy. Project CSX turns this on its head. “No company has flipped the process before,” said Yee, continuing, “Now it’s customers coming up with the idea, and engineers will work with them on design.”

Still time to get involved

Project CSX is already underway, and the first product ideas have been selected from the more than 400 submissions in total, ready for people to come up with a concept design. The three product ideas that need a concept design are:

A system to minimize physical interaction with a phone using eye tracking, or a polymer case to stick the device to various surfaces.
A wearable device that makes learning a skill easier and more fun. For example, a glove that teaches you to play the guitar through guided finger movement.
More waterproof gadgets, such as a submersible VR headset to turn a pool into the Great Barrier Reef.
ZTE wants to see what’s called a six-view breakdown — a design term for an image showing the product from six different angles. There needs to be a story attached to the features so the benefits are easy to sell, you’ll need to consider where to place components, what materials are used for the construction, the dimensions, and even an app or device user interface if one is necessary.

Creativity and fun come first, and ZTE will guide you through the rest.
You don’t have to be an engineer, be able to use Powerpoint or CAD design programs, or know how to code. You can sketch out the product, take inspiration for the materials in the world around you, and get the app’s flow down perfectly without doing anything other than picking up a sketchpad. You may need years of experience to do this professionally, but that’s not true here. Creativity and fun come first, and ZTE will guide you through the rest.

If you missed out on the opportunity to submit your product idea and already have a concept design for it, ZTE’s going to put a wildcard of its own choosing alongside the three Project CSX finalists, so you still have time to get involved and pitch your idea. You’ll have to be quick though, as the window closes on September 30.

ZTE wants to make something new

Project CSX’s winner will be announced after a series of votes ending on October 19, and the final product will be revealed at the CES tech show at the beginning of 2017. The sale date is the only factor that’s currently variable because it will depend on which product wins. The unusual project is already changing the mentality at ZTE.

“The engineers love it,” Yee told Digital Trends, adding that it was the interaction between all teams that he enjoyed the most. “It’s really listening to the customer,” about products rather than just relying on a focus group to fine-tune an internal idea.

One of the few rules in Project CSX is that it must be a mobile device. However, mobile could mean many different things.

“I want to have a challenge. Something innovative that doesn’t already exist,” Yee enthused.

ZTE’s Senior Director of Mobile Devices Waiman Lam had earlier told us he was hoping for something exciting that may use virtual reality or augmented reality. It’s obvious the company really wants Project CSX to birth something exciting, interesting, and innovative.

At the moment it’s only ZTE behind Project CSX, but it has attracted the attention of T-Mobile — a network that’s never afraid to push the industry in a new direction — which apparently “loves the idea,” and may want to work on a similar project in the future. For now, though, you could shape the future of mobile with ZTE.

ZTE is on a roll

Project CSX could go either way. The result may be hugely exciting or terribly lame, but there’s no arguing that ZTE’s current range of phones is extremely tempting. Last year, there were many different Axon phones made for different regions, with different specs. This year there are two — the super Axon 7 and its newly announced, Digital Trends’ award-winning counterpart, the Axon 7 Mini. Both phones represent superb value for your money, have strong spec sheets, some interesting differentiating features, and a delectable design.

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It’s a big shift from the confusion of last year, in which there were dozens of Axon phones with little to no differences between them. While maturity plays a part in this shift, ZTE has likely been looking at two of its biggest competitors, Huawei and OnePlus, for inspiration. The Axon 7 challenges the OnePlus 3 on price and specs, and comes very close to matching the considerably more expensive Huawei P9 in outright sleek design.

ZTE’s Waiman Lam told Digital Trends that the only reason it can beat companies like Huawei on price is that it doesn’t throw outrageous phone launches and multiple press events.

We really don’t think it’s a coincidence that this newly streamlined company has not only introduced the Axon 7, easily the best phone it has ever made, but is also running a truly fascinating competition that could end up introducing an entirely new mobile product that we’d have otherwise never seen.

The potential, drive, and ambition were always there for ZTE, but it’s all coming together in 2016, and the company has done everything right so far. We’re going to be watching Project CSX and ZTE very closely over the next year, and suggest you do the same.

If you want to enter Project CSX, visit the dedicated website here.

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Sprint wants to help parents decide when it’s time to get their kids a smartphone

These days, it can be difficult to figure out when it’s the right time to give your child a phone. Sprint thinks it has the solution.
The company has launched a new website, called ‘KidsFirstPhone,’ designed to help advise parents when it’s time to buy a phone for their child. The site features a number of smartphone facts, as well as a quiz to help parents make the decision.
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In fact, according to an Influence Central survey, the average age for a kid to get a smartphone is 10.3 years, and 1 in 2 kids have a social media account by the time they’re 12 years old.

“It used to be that getting your driver’s license was the signifying moment when freedom and the race toward growing up started,” says the website. “Times have changed and thanks to an ever-evolving world of iEverything, the timeline has accelerated — having a phone to call your own is the new first step toward independence.”
The quiz includes five questions, including asking if your child needs to stay in touch with you, if they’re honest with you, if they often break things, and so on. While Sprint says that there are a number of benefits associated with giving a child a smartphone, it also mentions the drawbacks, such as the fact that it opens kids up to cyber bullying and to having to protect their online data.
Of course, it’s important to take the new website with a grain of salt. After all, who benefits when more people are getting smartphones? Carriers and manufacturers, of course. While the site won’t totally replace the role of parents in figuring out what’s right for their kids, it could still get you pointed in the right direction and give you the arguments for and against getting a smartphone for your children.
Also watch: Best Family Plan: Sprint vs. AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile

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People around the world waited in line for 13 hours to buy this new phone

It's approaching midnight when the last customer finally scurries out of the door and into the crisp London night. The shop doesn't normally keep such late hours, but tonight is a special occasion.

The customer stands in the dim light outside of the storefront, giddily looking through the contents of his shopping bag, but it doesn't contain a new suit or any other tailored piece of menswear that would typically be sold during the bespoke tailor’s business hours.

It's a smartphone.

Some arrived 13 hours in advance, to be joined later by hundreds of people anxiously awaiting the store opening at 3pm.
Like hundreds of eager Londoners before him, he had to brave a massive crowd that lined several blocks on Brushfield Street since the early hours of the morning in order to get it. Some arrived 13 hours in advance, to be joined later by hundreds of people who anxiously awaited the store opening at 3pm.

Just hours before, the scene looked the same outside of Colette on Rue Saint Honoré in Paris — before that, outside of Firmament on Mitte, Linienstraße in Berlin.

And as the doors of Joshua Kane locked in London, a line started to form outside of Magnum Soho in New York City.

Over the next few days, thousands of fans flocked to the bustling streets of Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore as the anticipation and excitement spilled over to India. Each location had been transformed, for a mere handful of hours, to accommodate the most anticipated smartphone release of the year.

But this phone — the one that compelled fans across the world to travel up to hundreds of miles to eagerly wait for hours on sidewalks — might not be the one you have in mind.

The phone you'll be willing to wait for
On June 14th, OnePlus launched its newest flagship device, the OnePlus 3. The following day, the phone was made available at a series of pop-up stores across the world. Now, for any casual smartphone user, it would be enough to sit back, order the phone online and patiently wait for the new device to arrive at their doorstep days later.

But for the OnePlus community, waiting isn't in the cards.

Eager to scoop up the phone at the first opportunity, rabid technophiles flooded the streets outside each pop-up location in New York, London, Paris and Berlin.

Thousands showed up for the phone's debut, and each store stayed open longer than anticipated in order to meet the demand.

While they were waiting, some OnePlus fans shared why they were so excited for the new phone, and why they keep coming back to the growing tech player.

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