Google's Street View has become ubiquitous. It's one of the pioneering features of Google Maps, and it has become such an integrated part of our modern lives that we might take it for granted. Not long ago, looking around from an arbitrary point on a map would have sounded like science fiction, but today that's just another way to see where something is. Now Google's making that experience even better, by improving how Street View stitches together its elaborate 360-degree panorama images.
A few months ago, I caved in and graduated from the Wink Hub v2 to a SmartThings Hub v2 when the latter's price went down to $49.99. I've been a happy camper since. I managed to move my GoControl door/window sensors and motion detector to SmartThings, I connected my LiFX bulbs, I've hooked it up to IFTTT and Google Home, and I'm looking forward to tinkering with a few user-generated SmartApps to connect my Netatmo cam and Nuki smart lock. The possibilities are a lot more wide with SmartThings and I'm quite pumped to see a few deals on their products now.
PayPal has launched a new crowdfunding-type service called Money Pools, which enables users to set a fundraising goal, and share a page describing the nature of the fundraiser with friends. PayPal suggests using money pools for group gifts, planning trips, special events like baby showers, or collecting money for someone in need. Chances are it will be used predominately for the latter, as almost half of the $2 billion raised on GoFundMe has been for medical expense fundraisers. Pages can be shared through email, social media, or messaging apps.
The payment processing is handled securely, as is to be expected from PayPal.
Sony has released a lot of over-ear headphones in the past year, but who are we to judge its product management division? Especially when it benefits us greatly in that relatively new products get really nice discounts because a slightly newer version is on the market. That's the case with the XB950B1 and XB950N1 headphones. Only announced in January at CES, these two headphones geared toward the bass-loving crowd can be controlled with the Headphones Connect app to choose different listening modes, have Bluetooth, NFC, and a 3.5mm input in case the battery dies. They also have 40mm drivers and LDAC support.
Bang and Olufsen (B&O) makes some high-end audio products. Some would say overpriced, some would argue that the design, materials, and audio quality justify the premium price tag. B&O's latest venture into streaming speakers is reminiscent of Sonos, but the company is being more open about its connectivity standards. As an example, the newly announced Beoplay M3 speaker supports Chromecast (thus Google Assistant/Home), Airplay, Bluetooth, and Beolink Multiroom, so you can choose whichever protocol works best for you.
The M3 is the most compact speaker in B&O Play's Connected Audio line-up. It follows the design language of the M5 by featuring premium aluminum and fabric with exchangeable front covers.
DJI has been a leading name in drones for some time, with a large lineup with entries at various price points. We've actually reviewed the more budget-oriented DJI Spark and found it to be a great product overall. But if you're looking for something a little more upscale, the Mavic Pro is being discounted in anticipation of Black Friday.
As enthusiasts, we enjoy watching livestreams to learn about the latest devices as live events are happening. But if you had the opportunity to actually attend such an event, would you pay to go? You might want to ask yourself this question, as OnePlus will be offering tickets to its OnePlus 5T unveiling on November 16th in Brooklyn, New York for $40 a pop.
Bose's beloved QuietComfort 35 may already have a successor, the QuietComfort 35 II, but the company has still been selling the wired QC25 for quite some time. At $279, it appeals to a slightly different market than the $349 QC35 (II). But for the impending Black Friday deals, the company has dropped prices by $100 to just $179 at quite a few retailers.
T-Mobile has been moving aggressively to expand its network over the last few years. A major component of that push has been rolling out new LTE bands. How can you know if a phone has support for those bands? There's now an official T-Mobile app to help you figure it out.