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Google’s Star Wars Website Asks You to Pick Sides

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 12:45 PM PST

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Since the launch of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is less than a month away, Google figured out that it’s about time people chose whether they want to fight for the Light or the Dark Side.

Found at google.com/starwars, the site in question offers its visitors a simple choice, but with life-altering consequences. Basically, what the tech giant would very much like to know is which side of the Force you’d rather be fighting (or just rooting) for: the Light Side or the Dark Side. The consequence is presented in the form of a skin for 11 of Google’s service, so choose wisely, young Padawan (or Sith Acolyte, I don’t judge)!

The first thing you’ll see after shooting up the website is a loading circle along with the Google and Star Wars brands positioned on each side of a lightsaber. Clever? Very much so, I’d say, since every element of the website needed to be themed, and they couldn’t have left a boring loading page in place, now could they?

Assuming that you’re already logged into your Google account in the browser that you’re using, a page will appear next, asking you to choose your side. On the left, there’s Rey representing the Light Side, while on the right there’s Kylo Ren on a dark background, holding his lightsaber in hand.

If you happen to choose the Light Side, the whole background will change to a picture of Rey and BB-8 in the dessert. Your avatar will get a filter (blue if you join the Light Side), and you will be announced that you’ve joined the side you picked on the previous page. A small Alliance Starbird is displayed, along with the 11 (now themed) services that you can visit.

Personally, I would recommend you to join the Dark Side, not only because the background image is much cooler, but also because they have cookies. Or so they said. As you can see in the above image, Kylo Ren is displayed with his Swiss knife-like lightsaber in a fighting position, and other than that, and the Empire’s logo, there aren’t any differences from the Light Side’s page.

Most of the differences are visible on Google’s services after picking a side. For example, Gmail’s loading bar is now a lightsaber that fills with red for the Dark Side, respectively with blue for the Light Side. The same goes for the progress and volume bars on YouTube. In Google Maps, you’re location is now shown using a TIE fighter or an X-wing.

The background of the services also changes, to reflect that you’ve shown your allegiance to a particular Side. You can tell which Side I prefer, and according to the website, I’m not the only one, as most people seem to go with Kylo Ren. Star Wars definitely has a lot of fans, and as VP of Product Management Clay Bavor pointed out, the Google galaxy is full of them: “You can regularly spot Darth Vaders, dogs dressed like Yoda, and even the occasional stormtrooper, roaming the halls of our data centers (probably still looking for those droids).”

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The 9 Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones of 2015

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 12:44 PM PST

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Music lovers know what’s up: listening to music without the proper equipment is possibly one of the worse things that could ever happen. 

Whether you love music, are a hardcore audiophile who won’t listen to anything but vinyl or a casual fan who enjoys spending time alone with the art of combining sounds, there is no denying that a good set changes your music listening experience completely. While a cheap par of headphones might be okay for a quick bike ride from home to the gym, a good set is basically essential if you really care about music, and out of all of the good sets its the ones with noise-cancelling features that are considered the absolute best. So grab your favorite CDs or Vinyl, FLAC or MP3s, and join us while we recommend some of our favorite sets and where to purchase them.

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

If you’re looking for devices that are top of the line and have nothing but the best performance, these Bose Quietcomfort Noise Cancelling Headphones is the closest you can come to perfection. We know this pair is quite more expensive than several other sets featured in this story, but once you try these, you will know exactly where your money went. The idea is that these headphones will help you isolate yourself, and tune the world out while you listen to some of your favorite music in perfect balance, The QuietComfort headphones feature Bose’s proprietary Active EQ and TriPort technology for improved sound along with the noise cancelling technology so you can choose whether you want music or some silence. If you end up buying this model, be sure to pic whether you want the version for Apple or Android devices, for they feature different jacks.

Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones


Sony are already renowned worldwide for their audio devices, and their headphones are some of the best in the market. The Sony MDRZX110NC is a very classic-looking set capable of delivering an excellent noise-free audio experience. This set can be bent, and features really comfortable cushions for a better fit, but the area where it really excels is at noise cancelling, for thanks to Sony’s technology, ambient noise can be reduced by up to 95 percent.

Noontec Hammo GO Headphones Noise Cancelling

When it comes to noise cancelling headphones, we usually argue that over-the-head sets are the way to go. The Noontec Hammo GO are particularly great for they come with external noise-blocking technology that you can activate or deactivate, depending on whether you need it or not. What’s more, the sound is great by itself as its built to keep a perfect balance between treble, mid-ranges and bass for natural transitions. This set is ergonomic, foldable, and can be adjusted for the best fit while also being sturdy and durable. Keep in mind, though, the noise cancelling features require an extra AAA to be turned on, but they will still work if it runs out regardless. These headphones are compatible with most mobile phones including those running iOS, Android and Windows mobile.

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones


The team behind the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones are so sure of what they are doing that they get very comfortable and technical. Their technology and noise cancelling features are capable of attenuating up to 32 dB of outside sound while remaining lightweight and comfortable thanks to its long cord and fantastic, ergonomic design. The earcups and headband are both padded for better comfort, but the best bit is that each part of those as well as the cord can be replaced for a better, long life, and if you travel around a lot, you know the cord is what first starts giving you trouble when you least expect it.

QY8 V4.1 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Who says that all noise-cancelling devices have to be big devices covering your ears? For people who like working out, running, or generally don’t carry backpacks, purses or bags, when it comes to headphones is portability that comes first. Yet, just because a set is portable doesn’t mean you have to give up the noise cancelling features of all other devices in this story. This is where the QY8 V4.1 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones come in, a fantastic pair of headphones that are completely wireless and pair with your favorite devices via Bluetooth. What’s more, it can potentially connect with up to two devices simultaneously, and it’s not like this is useful for music, but if you’re the type of guy/gal that needs two phones simultaneously, this is the device for you – it even comes with a microphone built-in, so it’s like they thought of everything.

Beats Executive Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones

When it comes to high-end headphones, hardly any brand is as talked about as Beats is.The Beats Executive Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones are a pair of relatively expensive headphones that excel at what they do: provide the highest quality sound, completely unadulterated and interference free, to the point that they would please not only the casual listener but the audio professional who needs them to work at a studio. These are lightweight but sturdy, and can be folded for carrying, and feature Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) with a custom EQ deliver to completely tune out the outside world. While several people around the web have given them a reputation for being over-priced, the truth is these are nothing short of excellent and give a recognizable brand and face to the product. Also, just like with Apple gear, it just works.

Golzer BANC-70 Bluetooth 4.1 Active Noise Cancelling 

The Golzer BANC-70 are a pair of bluetooth capable headphones (that is, completely wireless) that feature a low latency chipset, which makes it one of the best options for mixing and editing either video or audio. Its high power battery assures that it works for some 40 hours just as a noise-cancelling device, but as many as 20 hours working at full potency. You can do a full charge in less than 3 hours, and enjoy its superior sound quality afterwards. Also, extra points for featuring controls on the outside so we don’t have to take out our devices for each and every little adjustment we need to make.

Sentey Headphones Stereo Warp High Definition


When it comes to good headphones, usually the hardest part is finding the right balance. Most high definition headphones don’t really feature decent noise isolation ear cups, or sometimes you just don’t like the bass. That is where the Sentey Headphones Stereo Warp High Definition make a difference, by striking a very acceptable middle in most aspects we can think of. It’s a wired set, but the cord can be removed. They are capable of some 40mW of sound and 32 Impedance, with some of the most comfortable ear cups we’ve ever tried. The noise cancellation isn’t active, but passive thanks to its tight, adjustable device, but the quality over-all is so good we can give them a pass this time around.

Alienvibes EP03 Headphones


Headphones don’t need to be ugly to be functional. These Alienvibes EP03 active noise cancelling headphones feature 53mm high definition acoustic drivers along with one of the sleekest, coolest designs we’ve seen because the way things look is almost as important a the way it sounds. Its active noise cancellation technology will clean up and filter ambient sound and outside distractions, while its ear cups and cushions will ensure that listening to your favorite tunes is a relaxing, comfortable experience. The noise cancelling features are completely optional, and users can choose whether they want them to be active or not at any given time, while its built-in microphone is perfect if your telephone is your audio playing device of choice, so you can take calls without even having to touch the phone itself.

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Take an Additional 15% Off All Drones on Walyou Deals, Today Only

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 12:01 PM PST

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The drones sold here, at Walyou Deals, are already discounted, but for a limited time, you can slash the prices by an additional 15%.

At some point, RC cars were all the rave, but those somehow felt out of grace and left room for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles that can offer so much more fun. They differ in size, design, and provide so many different functions, that it’s impossible not to please a kid (or a grown-up, mind you) with one of these. Walyou Deals offers today only 15% off the SKEYE Hexa Drone and all of the other drones found in the store assuming that you use the coupon code DRONE15 during the checkout procedure.

TRNDlabs, the maker of the SKEYE Hexa Drone, advertises its product as a next-generation UAV, mainly because of its unique design and flying capabilities. SKEYE Hexa makes use of six propellers to fly in any direction, and in case that wasn’t enough, it can also do several stunts. With a range of 164 feet, it can get quite far away from you, but it can be brought back without any problems, because of its precise control. TRNDlabs claims that the learning curve on this drone has a steep start, meaning that you’ll make rapid progress in no time and you’ll become an expert before you know it.

As far as the materials are concerned, the SKEYE Hexa Drone is made out of durable, but lightweight plastic. The propellers feature bumpers that keep the drone from crashing into things. To make sure that the UAV doesn’t end up hitting a wall or tree, you can adjust the gyro sensitivity, as well as the controller sensitivity in three steps. In case the drone’s blades get damaged, you can replace them with one of the 6 supplementary rotor blades that come with the SKEYE Hexa Drone.

One thing that you will surely appreciate is nighttime navigation. You’ll be able to see the drone anywhere, since it packs bright LED lights that are visible at great distance.

The 250mAh battery takes 30 minutes to charge and provides 7 to 8 minutes of flight time. That may not seem like much, but it’s enough to keep your mind off stressful things. On top of that, in 8 minutes you can do quite a few stunts with it. On the other hand, the controller needs 3 AAA batteries to work, which are not included, so make sure you have some of those before receiving the parcel.

The SKEYE Hexa Drone typically carries a price tag of $45 on Walyou Deals, even though the MSRP is $69. Today you can get it for $38.25, if you use the coupon code DRONE15 at checkout.

Remember that the coupon code is valid for all of the drones currently sold on Walyou Deals, just in case you don’t think that the SKEYE Hexa Drone is what your kid would like.

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