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Month: December 2014

A First Look at the Jordan Melo M11

Jordan Brand unveils three new iterations of the Jordan Melo M11, the latest chapter in Carmelo Anthony‘s signature sneaker line. Inspired by the concrete jungle of New York City, the birthplace of Anthony, the Jordan Melo M11 “Concrete Island” features a speckled grey and black upper decorated with splashes of fluorescent colors, offering a vibrant and contrasting performance sneaker. Paying tribute to Jordan Brand’s undying loyalty through the years, the “Jordan Family” rendition highlights a perforated upper coated with classic black and red overlays, reminiscent of Michael Jordan’s traditional colorways. Completing the trifecta, the “Red Hook Sunset” takes sunset color cues from Melo’s childhood in Red Hook, Brooklyn as a combination of blue, magenta, and orange accents decorate the model. The Jordan Melo M11 is available now at Nike’s online store. Article source:...

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The Nest Thermostat Can Now Be Controlled By Voice

Your house is cold, but your thermostat is way over there. You could walk over to your thermostat and crank the heat, but pfft, walking. If you have a Nest, you could open up the app and control it that way, but, pfft, opening apps by hand. What is this, 2007?! As of this morning, you can now control a Nest with your voice. Making use of that $3.2 billion acquisition it made earlier this year, Google is integrating Nest functionality into Google Now. Want to make it warmer? Just say “Ok Google, change temperature to 75 degrees.” to your phone. Meanwhile, Google Now will also throw up a card whenever Nest’s automated control settings kick in. If it decides to bump the temperature up on its own to prep for your arrival from work, for example, it’ll show up as a Now card. A few things to note: Because it relies on Google Now, the voice functionality will only work system-wide on Android for now. You can still use the voice commands on iOS, but it’ll only work through the Google app. Importantly (and obviously, I hope) you also need a Nest installed for this to work. It won’t work with other thermostats, though it’d be funny to tell people otherwise and watch them yell at their house. You need to opt-in on your Nest account first, because people...

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The ToneWoodAmp Blows Amplified Sound Out Of Your Guitar’s Sound Hole

Are you ready to amp up your acoustic guitar to the MAXXXX? The ToneWoodAmp has got you covered. This surprisingly cool Kickstarter project is essentially a speaker that takes the sound coming in from your acoustic guitar, modifies it, and then reproduces it automatically so you can hear it out of the guitar body. It’s great for folks who might not have access to effects pedals or a PA system and for buskers or live players who are looking for an interesting way to modify a standard guitar. The amp connects to the back of your guitar and the sound reverberates through the body. It has a number of inbuilt effects including tremolo an reverb and you can even run the sound through an iOS device to use software filters and effects. The amp costs $110 for early bird backers and will eventually retail for $199. The team has working prototypes so far and it looks like it’s going to ship in June. While most guitarists already have a bank of pedals and effects they use, having this attached to an acoustic guitar seems like an interesting solution for gear heads. The kit connects to your guitar using magnetic rails that are mounted inside the guitar. This means it can be removed as necessary and won’t destroy the outside of your guitar. As TechCrunch’s resident SHRED MAETERXXXTOTHEMAXXX I’m actually...

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HBO GO Finally Comes To Amazon Fire TV

Amazon just made good on its promise. HBO GO is now available on the Amazon Fire TV and will hit the Fire TV Stick this coming spring. Best yet, the app fully supports Amazon’s impressive voice search that let’s users find content with a button built into the Fire TV remote. When the Fire TV launched, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos promised that the streamer would get HBO GO by the end of the year. And with just two weeks go in 2014, Amazon just made the cut. “Since launch we’ve increased the number of services available on Amazon Fire TV by more than 4x,” said Peter Larsen, Vice President Amazon Devices, said in a released statement. “We’re thrilled to add HBO GO, the most requested service, to Fire TV in time for the holidays. HBO has produced some of the most groundbreaking and award-winning TV shows and movies, and we are excited to bring this amazing content to our customers, all of which is accessible via voice search on your Fire TV remote.” Amazon had previously cut a deal with HBO that brought a large chunk of HBO’s back catalog to Amazon Prime Instant Video and the Fire TV devices. Yet new content from new series like Game of Thrones, The Newsroom and Girls were missing. The addition of this app sort of solves that problem; an HBO subscription...

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Watch Kobe Bryant Surpass Michael Jordan on the NBA’s All-Time Scoring List

From the moment he stepped into the league, Kobe Bryant has lived in the shadow of Michael Jordan. As an 18 year old, Kobe was billed as the second coming of MJ, and for 19 years he’s done everything in his power to live up to his childhood idol – now he’s moved one step closer to surpassing him. With a free throw in Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kobe Bryant jumped past Michael Jordan to become third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. For Kobe, the title is as much a personal honor as it is an homage to MJ. “He knows how much I learned from him. From other legends, but him in particular,” Bryant said of Jordan. The historic milestone further cements Kobe’s place amongst the upper echelon of NBA elite, and provides a fitting cap to a Hall of Fame career that includes 5 championships, 15 All-NBA Team selections, and 2 Finals MVP awards. While the perennially dominant Lakers have faltered this year, Kobe himself has refused to slow down – in addition to moving up the all-time scoring list, Kobe also became the first player in NBA history to record 30,000 points and 6,000 assists. The debate over the greatest player of all time may never be settled, but Kobe, with the kind of accolades that can only be rivalled by MJ himself, continues to add more...

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