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Sylvania Smart+ light collection review: Round out your smart home on a budget

Whether you’re looking to finally jump on the smart home bandwagon and start buying some connected bulbs, or you’re just rounding out some lights around the house, Sylvania’s latest partnership with LEDVANCE wants your attention. This new Smart+ collection from both companies is aiming to deliver an easy smart bulb experience on a budget that’ll […]

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[Deal] Save $40 on Anker’s 521 Portable Power Station with 265Wh, LED light, and USB-C PD output

We’ve reviewed serious power stations from EcoFlow recently that cost anything from $ 999 to $ 3,500, but if you need a more portable experience at an affordable price then Anker’s 521 Power Station with its 265Wh capacity could be the perfect solution to your problem. Packing in features such as a pair of AC outlets, 60W […]

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Meet Tronsmart’s Bang 60W speaker with a built-in Light Show, Power Bank, and Dual Woofers for $110

If it’s a portable outdoor speaker you are on the hunt for then Tronsmart’s Bang 60W Speaker could be just what you need to become the life of the party. Sporting 60W of audio power thanks to its dual tweeters and woofers, the Bang 60W also packs in Bluetooth and NFC for seamless connectivity along […]

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The best light therapy lamps

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects millions of people, but light therapy can be an effective treatment. Here are our favorite lamps on the market.
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Sony’s latest smartphone camera sensor gathers twice as much light

Sony has unveiled a new type of stacked CMOS sensor that uses "two-layer transistor pixels" to double the light gathering capability. Typical image sensors have the light-sensitive photodiodes and pixel transistors that control and amplify the signal on the same layer. However, the new design puts the photodiodes on top and the pixel transistors below, "approximately doubling saturation signal levels," Sony said. 

Sony pioneered stacked sensors that put fast memory and other electronics directly under the sensor, allowing for faster readout speeds and thus rapid burst shooting and reduced rolling shutter (jello effect) on cameras and smartphones. This latest sensor uses a similar idea, but packs the pixel transistors onto a separate substrate underneath the photodiode layer.

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That means each layer could be optimized, allowing Sony to double the sensor's light saturation (well depth), or the amount of charge each pixel can hold. That in turn allows for around double the light-capturing capability.

Sony notes that because the transistor pixels sit on a separate layer, it was able to boost the amplifier transistors in size. That allows for a bigger signal boost, reducing noise when shooting nighttime or other images in dark locations. The increased dynamic range will allow for "high-quality, low-noise images even in low-light," according to Sony. 

Sony specifically stated that the tech will allow for higher-quality smartphone photography. With double the light gathering capability, it will allow for much improved light sensitivity even in relatively small, high-megapixel sensors. Sony has yet to say when this tech will make it to smartphone or cameras, but it plans to further improve the design for both large and small sensors. 

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Sustainable with Google 2021: Nest Renew, traffic light efficiency, and more

Google has made a series of updates to encourage sustainable choices across its products.
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[Deal] Save 20% on Yeelight’s dimmable Smart WiFi LED Light Strip

There’s nothing like a light strip to accentuate your new television or perhaps shed some light on the stairway without blinding you in the process. Yeelight’s 6.5ft Smart WiFi LED Light Strip brings multi-color control and integrated Chroma RGB support, is extendable up to 33ft, and works with Google Assistant, Alexa, and Homekit with no […]

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NFL tech competition winners reduce concussions and heal with light

The Super Bowl is almost here, and that means the NFL has picked the winners of its partly tech-focused 1st and Future competition. The main $ 50,000 prize for its Innovations to Advance Health and Safety competition is TopSpin's namesake TopSpin360,…
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LiFiMax’s invisible light internet works with up to 16 users

If you need to connect multiple folks in a room but are concerned about security or radio frequency pollution, French company Oledcomm has a new LiFi tech solution. LiFiMax mounts on a ceiling like a smoke detector or light and provides up to 16 dong…
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YouTube Shines a light on next generation of superstars with Artist on the Rise program

Colombian-Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez debuts as first YouTube Artist on the Rise

Many fans can tell you about the first time they heard an incredible new song or watched a groundbreaking video from a musical newcomer. Some of the most memorable moments with artists happen early. That’s why we aimed to capture those moments with last year’s launch of Artist on the Rise on YouTube’s Trending tab, which spotlights three songs from emerging artists every week.

To support and help more artists get discovered at every phase of their career, today we’re expanding the Trending tab feature with the launch of a new monthly program called Artist on the Rise.

The program will promote a diverse lineup of music’s most important new voices across all genres, connecting them with fans worldwide through in-product promotion and programming, out-of-home, social and fan events at YouTube Spaces. The Artist on the Rise Trending tab will also continue to feature three songs a week from emerging artists that are making a significant impact on YouTube.

The program’s first Artist on the Rise is Jessie Reyez, a 27-year-old Colombian-Canadian singer-songwriter signed to Island / FMLY and known for her smoky voice, outspoken lyrics and soulful R&B hooks. She’s grown from an aspiring artist covering hits like Adele’s “Hello,” to become a star in her own right, receiving the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the year and partnering with Calvin Harris on the track “Hard to Love.” In true YouTube fashion, she’s cultivated a loyal fanbase over the years, racking up 22.6 million views for her breakout hit “Figures.” 2018 will be a huge year for Jessie – if you don’t know her now, you will soon.

To check out more from Jessie Reyez, head to her story on the YouTube for Artists blog and stay tuned on the Artist blog and @YouTubeMusic’s socials for future updates on YouTube’s Artist on the Rise program.

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Netgear’s smart security light alerts you of unwanted guests

Netgear is taking another stride into smart home security under its Arlo banner. The company has already released a bunch of comprehensive surveillance cameras, and its latest piece of connected hardware is a wireless, outdoor security light. Like sm…
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Light and agile: The Atomic Hawx Ultra 130 sheds weight without losing strength

Atomic’s Hawx Ultra 130 are not only the stiffest boot in its Hawx Ultra range, it is also the lightest ski boot the company has produced. All it took was a completely new way of thinking about ski boot design.

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Light up the night: the 6 best flashlight apps

The addition of a flashlight utility in smartphones may have been the kill shot for many third-party apps, but many of today’s flashlight apps come loaded with convenient features that push your smartphone’s functionality beyond its native capabilities.

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The Gemio is an illuminated smart band that will light up your evenings

The Gemio, a Kickstarter project, is a multicolored LED band for your wrist. It responds to music and sounds around you, lets you assign color patterns to individual friends, and pairs to a smartphone app for further customization.

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Light raises $30M, boosts specs of upcoming 16-sensor camera

Citing feedback from pre-order customers, Light has extended the zoom lens and doubled the memory on its L16 computation camera, slated to ship this summer. The company also announced it raised $ 30M to expand its capacity.

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Red, white and pool: Light up your Fourth of July party

Don’t let the light show end with the fireworks this Fourth of July. These LED-equipped stools, lamps, and fountains can add some additional light and color to your next summer shindig.

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Science fiction uses ultraviolet light to kill vampires: real science uses it fight and kill something worse — cancer

Sci-Fi taught us ultraviolet light was a weapon to use against the scary undead stalking the night. Actual science has discovered that it may be an extremely effective treatment for cancer.

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Just two megapixels and $40 turns any Android into a light field, 3D camera

The Eye-Plug may only add a 2-megapixel camera to Android smartphones, but don’t scoff at the little dongle. The $ 40 accessory, introduced at Computex, can add 3D functionality and refocusing capabilities — and therefore brings depth to simple smartphone images or video.

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Need a light? This matchbook is packed with 8 match-sized LED flashlights

The discreet MBI MatchBook is packed with 8 of the world’s tiniest flashlights. Each Matchlight is waterproof, magnetic, and lasts for up to 8 hours on a lithium battery charge. The MatchBook is raising support and funds on Indiegogo.

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Set the lighting scheme that matches your daily routine with this connected light

Philips Lighting has introduced Hue white ambiance, a connected light that can be adjusted throughout the day to increase your energy and improve your sleep. Users can set their lighting to match their daily activities.

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We’ve seen the light! Li-Fi is the future of wireless connectivity

The promise of faster and more stable Internet access through our lights is really exciting. We got a demo of PureLiFi in action at MWC 2016 and talked with the COO about the future of this technology.

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The Tesla light show wishes you a Merry Christmas

In yet another example of brilliant brand marketing, a Wednesday YouTube video shows the highly anticipated Tesla Model X performing a that-minute light show that is sure to put your neighbors’ displays to shame

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Google Play Books adds ‘Night Light’ mode to cut out that nasty blue light

Enjoy a good read before hitting the hay? If you’re using a mobile device, that blue light coming off your screen could be affecting the quality of your sleep. With that in mind, Google Play Books has introduced a new Night Light mode in its latest update.

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Cooling down the house: A new smart glass could block both heat and light

University of Texas at Austin professor Delia Milliron and her team are working on a material that can block 90 percent of near-infrared rays and 80 percent of the sun’s visible light, which should help keep homes cooler.

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