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Get a new TV for your smart home with this 55-inch LG OLED B8, on sale for $1000 off from Walmart

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"Hey Google, who has the coolest TV?" "You do."
“Hey Google, who has the coolest TV?” “You do.”

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Shopping for a smart TV? We have a sale you won’t want to miss.

The 55-inch LG Smart OLED B8 with AI ThinQ is currently available at Walmart for $1996.99. Normally, the TV is listed at $2999, saving you $1000 on one of LG’s best available 4K TVs.

Since this is an OLED, you know the picture will be excellent. You get colors that are much brighter and crisper, four HDR formats for blacks and whites, and support for Dolby Atmos for 3D sound. You may actually stop going out to the movies, this TV is that good. There’s also the webOS smart system for all your streaming services.

The biggest addition comes in the form of the AI ThinQ, which LG has been integrating into more of its products. The idea is to turn your TV into the center of your smart home, connecting with other devices and controlling them through the TV. From checking the weather to adjusting the lights, just issue a voice command through the LG Magic Remote without having to pause Avengers: Infinity War. And since it works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa devices, you won’t get pigeon-holed into any one AI.

Between the beautiful picture and the smart home capabilities, this is definitely a TV for the modern home. So if this sounds like the perfect addition to your home theater setup, check out Walmart and save big.

Get a brighter, better, and bigger TV with this 65-inch LG OLED that’s $800 off at Walmart

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Look at the beautiful picture.
Look at the beautiful picture.

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Need a new TV? The LG 65-inch Class B7 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV is on sale for $2,496.99 at Walmart. While that sounds like a lot up front, you’ll actually save around $800 from its original list price of $3,299.

The LG B7 is part of the latest group of TVs using OLED bulbs. OLED, or organic light-emitting diode, bulbs are of a much higher quality compared to normal LED. They offer more crisp colors, smoother pictures, and better high-dynamic range for blacks and whites. When put up next to standard LEDs, the difference becomes much more apparent. And since it’s also a 65-inch smart TV, you won’t have to skimp on the size and you’ll get all the streaming services you’ll need thanks to LG’s webOS.

This TV will make you the envy of all your friends and family. Movies will look more like the theater quality, sports will be smoother and crisper, and video games will be more vibrant. So if you’ve been looking to upgrade your TV, this sale at Walmart is not to be missed.

Next iPhone could be available in grey, white, blue, red and orange

According to a supply chain report, Apple is preparing to release three iPhone lines this fall. One, a 5.8-inch iPhone X with improved specs and lower price. Two, a new 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus with an OLED screen. And three, a 6.1-inch iPhone with Face ID, which is said to come in a variety of colors including grey, white, blue, red and orange.

Ming-Chi Kuo reports, via 9to5mac, that the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus is said to take the $1000 price point from the iPhone X. This will cause the next iPhone X to be less expensive than its current incarnation. The colorful 6.1-inch iPhone will be the least expensive model with a price tag around $700. Information about storage was not included in the report.

The least-expensive iPhone is said to resemble the iPhone X and include FaceID though Apple might concede the dual-camera option to the higher price models. The analyst expects this $700 option to account for 55% of new iPhone sales and increase through 2019.

If the part about the colors is correct, Apple is set introduce a slash of color to the monochrome phone market. Currently, phones are mostly available in greys and blacks with most vendors offering a couple color options through special editions. That’s boring. Apple tried this in the past with its budget-minded iPhone 5c. Making its best-selling model available in colors is a distinct shift in strategy. It’s highly likely other firms such as Samsung and LG will follow the trend and push the smartphone world into a rainbow of colors.

The Skagen Falster is a high fashion Android wearable

Danish understatement meets Mountain View tech

Skagen is a well-know maker of thin and uniquely Danish watches. Founded in 1989, the company is now part of the Fossil group and, as such, has begin dabbling in both the analog with the Hagen and now Android Wear with the Falster. The Falster is unique in that it stuffs all of the power of a standard Android Wear device into a watch that mimics the chromed aesthetic of Skagen’s austere design while offering just enough features to make you a fashionable smartwatch wearer.

The Falster, which costs $275 and is available now, has a fully round digital OLED face which means you can read the time at all times. When the watch wakes up you can see an ultra bright white on black time-telling color scheme and then tap the crown to jump into the various features including Android Fit and the always clever Translate feature that lets you record a sentence and then show it the person in front of you.

You can buy it with a leather or metal band and the mesh steel model costs $20 extra.

Sadly, in order stuff the electronics into such a small case, Skagen did away with GPS, LTE connectivity, and even a heart-rate monitor. In other words if you were expecting a workout companion then the Falster isn’t the Android you’re looking for. However, if you’re looking for a bare-bones fashion smartwatch, Skagen ticks all the boxes.

What you get from the Flasterou do get, however, is a low-cost, high-style Android Wear watch with most of the trimmings. I’ve worn this watch off and on few a few weeks now and, although I do definitely miss the heart rate monitor for workouts, the fact that this thing looks and acts like a normal watch 99% of the time makes it quite interesting. If obvious brand recognition nee ostentation are your goal, the Apple Watch or any of the Samsung Gear line are more your style. This watch, made by a company famous for its Danish understatement, offers the opposite of that.

Skagen offers a few very basic watch faces with the Skagen branding at various points on the dial. I particularly like the list face which includes world time or temperature in various spots around the world, offering you an at-a-glance view of timezones. Like most Android Wear systems you can change the display by pressing and holding on the face.

It lasts about a day on one charge although busy days may run down the battery sooner as notifications flood the screen. The notification system – essentially a little icon that appears over the watch face – sometimes fails and instead shows a baffling grey square. This is the single annoyance I noticed, UI-wise, when it came to the Falster. It works with both Android smartphones and iOS.

What this watch boils down to is an improved fitness tracker and notification system. If you’re wearing, say, a Fitbit, something like the Skagen Falster offers a superior experience in a very chic package. Because the watch is fairly compact (at 42mm I won’t say it’s small but it would work on a thinner wrist) it takes away a lot of the bulk of other smartwatches and, more important, doesn’t look like a smartwatch. Those of use who don’t want to look like we’re wearing robotic egg sacs on our wrists will enjoy that aspect of Skagen’s effort, even without all the trimmings we expect from a modern smartwatch.

Skagen, like so many other watch manufacturers, decided if it couldn’t been the digital revolution it would join it. The result is the Falster and, to a lesser degree, their analog collections. Whether or not traditional watchmakers will survive the 21st century is still up in the air but, as evidenced by this handsome and well-made watch, they’re at least giving it the old Danish try.