Wow, I did not know 4K display were this cheap… as in $600 for a 40 inch TV cheap… I haven’t decided if I want a TV for my new place, it’s been oddly liberating not coming home and just sitting in front of a TV. I find myself being more productive, going back out and walking around much more. I will binge on Netflix on the iPad or on my mac occasionally, but I’m definitely not spending as much time in front of a TV as I used to. Anyways, this looks like a great deal for a 4K display and I can say that I’ve been a big fan of the LG TVs lately. And here’s one of the better reviews giving the TV 5 out of 5 stars:
Absolutely amazing picture! I haven't had a chance to try gaming in 4k on it because I haven't finished my new build yet but even the 1080p on this thing looks better than your usual 1080p television. I am in love! I can't quit playing all my favorite games on it just being completely amazed by the beautiful details that I never got to see on my old 720p Samsung television. I couldn't be happier!
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So I was super excited to start using React Native, it’s been a while since I tried building an iOS app and because I haven’t used Objective-C in a while, I really haven’t had any motivation to build any of the ideas I have had. Then enter React Native and the dream that all the speed and ease of building React apps on the web would be ported to building mobile iOS apps. So as soon as I had free time (which is rare) I started going through the Getting Started guide. Even the Getting Started guide was fast and easy. Got everything downloaded and everything seemed to be working, I was able to create a new project and open it up in Xcode and it built perfectly. But then I made some text changes – my personal favorite is always to add “Hello World” to any app – and then I tried the reload feature by clicking cmd+R in the simulator… wait… nothing… try again… still nothing. That’s weird, everything up until now has been easy and just worked. So I closed the simulator, and tried to rebuild… still not showing my changes… okay, maybe something isn’t being build, I’ll just close down Xcode… bring back Xcode… rebuild.. still nothing… okay, maybe there was something weird with my project, let me blow it away and recreate it… okay, now rebuild… still nothing… getting a little frustrated… let’s just say I decided to walk away and came back a while later… and looking through the GitHub issues for React Native, I found the following:
Cmd-R not refreshing?
Everything loads up fine, example are are running smoothly, but if I make a change in the JS file and hit Cmd-R in the simulator, nothing happens. Did I forget something?
And after going through the thread and trying a few things suggested, I noticed a terminal window that was running in the background:
I also notice that there was a problem with the packager and it wasn’t could initialize. So I kill the process and try again… still nothing… so I decide to try the good old Windows solution and reboot my machine… wait for it… it worked (thanks Microsoft for conditioning me to always do this). So it seems Watchman was in a weird state and wouldn’t actually run, so I had to reboot the machine to get it un-weird. There was probably a way to do it without rebooting my machine, but rebooting was quick and worked. Anyways, I hope this helps someone out there – good luck and happy hacking with React Native.
For the PC enthusiast installing CPUs or even modding graphic cards or memory by replacing heat-sinks, Arctic Silver 5 is a great and a must-have at $7. I can’t say that I build too many PCs these days, but if I did, I would order this in a heart beat. And here’s another review from a happy customer:
Arctic Silver 5 is the best thermal compound on the market. There are other types that might be better for specific purposes (Arctic Céramique for example), but for cooling a CPU, this is the best. I've used it extensively for quite a few computer builds as well as a few 'special projects' like replacing the thermal compound on an Asus Formula X48 mother board's Northbridge and Southbridge heatsinks.
The results are always a 4-10c drop in CPU temperatures under load. You will not notice a huge difference at idle. The real gains in heat dissipation come when the CPU is being pushed. Also, don't trust the board makers proprietary software to tell you what your temperatures are; download a good program like RealTemp 2.41 or Everest for free (use google to find them). Either will give you more accurate numbers than Asus PC Probe, or whatever software your board manufacturer supplies.
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Here is a great deal on some serious headphones if you’re a gamer. This is a pretty big discount on a massive headset if you need all the bells and whistles like surround sound, noise canceling boom mic and programmable keys. I can’t say that I’m much of a gamer anymore – I blame work, but if I was, I would want a pair of these (well, and if it wouldn’t mess up my hair). Anyways, read the review from someone else if you’re not completely sold:
Well this is perhaps the best option for a wireless gaming headset. It's an old design and logitech seems to have put out some other wired stuff to update all the other proto-plebian-headsets that use this same frame. This headset is peerless, but that's kind of a shame because it doesn't really have any competition, it is the best in a class of one.
And check out SetSocial where this deal was posted.
And today, our friends at SetSocial have analyzed the top items in the electronics department and have found a great deal on the Roku 3 Streaming Media Player saving you 23% (or $23) off the original price. These are great devices that let you stream your own media from almost any source or stream from one of the content providers like Apple iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, etc. – there’s really too many to name. And that’s my personal opinion on these things, from the reviews, here’s one of the most helpful reviews:
For anyone new to the Roku world, I would recommend the Roku 3 over any other previous models mainly on it being so much faster to operate. If 'cost' is an issue and 720p only is not a bother then the LT should be a great pick for half the price.
True for all Roku models: there's an enormous amount of channels to choose from, including most popular ones. And if there's something that you can't find in the official store you can always check the private channel listings (I included the URL of my favorite site) which is where I found things such as streaming CNN, CNN International and BBC World.
The streaming is exceptionally smooth. Quite impressive considering that I set this Roku on the second floor, some 60-70 ft. and two floors away from our Wi-Fi router located in the basement.
This model especially, due to the more powerful processor is easy to operate through Roku's very basic remote control.
Roku 3 and all Rokus are stable. I didn't have the Roku 3 for too long (will update) but my experience with a Roku LT was that it almost never crashes and I only had to manually reconnect to my Wi-Fi router once over a 6-months period.
The 'universal search' feature is quite amazing. You simply type in the name of a movie or show even an actor and you will see all you options on all channels and you will know in advance whether it's going to be free or exactly how much it was going to cost. On the Roku 3 all information appears almost instantly.
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I was pretty excited when I saw this deal for a Samsung 64GB Micro SDXC – I actually ordered a card for my Raspberry Pi. I don’t think I’ve seen a better deal on a 64GB micro SDXC card. I’m not sure how long this deal will last, but I definitely recommend getting this while you can. Yesterday’s deal for a 32GB micro SD card was for $18 so at $33, this is less than double the price for twice the memory which is usually a premium to get more memory in the same form factor. And all that techy talk means this is a great deal. And at a Class 10, this card is fast… and if you don’t believe me, here’s the review from someone who already has it:
This is a very fast card, particularly suited to not only transferring files quickly but also running as a phone or tablet card for applications as well.
In phones and tablets one of the most important things is not just the transfer speed but also the IOPs that the card can deliver. Many class 10 cards have great transfer speeds but terrible and I mean terrible IOPs, often a 5 year old card easily out performs them in IOPs.
This card delivers in both areas, fast class 10 transfer speeds 23mb read, 15mb write but also 482 write IOPs and 1668 read IOPs.
That's IOP speeds that are slower than an SSD but way faster than a hard disk. Bare in mind that some class 10 cards give 4 write IOPs and you can see why I'm impressed. The only card I have seen outperform it in IOPs it the SanDisk Extreme Pro and they are seriously expensive and not available in 64gb. Testing against the third SanDisk I have, a 32gb ultra, is almost funny as the ultra only gives 15 write IOPs under the same conditions, making this card 30 times faster.
What does this mean for normal use, well it translates into an excellent general purpose card, that even if it doesn't have the official fastest transfer speeds will actually perform much better in the real world. Which is why its getting such rave reviews on here for speed (so long as you get a genuine one!)
This was tested in my Dell Venue 8 tablet using the built in card reader. For the techies (if you've got this far then I assume you are)I am actually using it to run Server 2012 virtual machines in VMWare workstation and the performance is surprisingly good, I would even call it snappy!
Full Crystalmark disk scores below.
Sequential read 23.66mbs write 16.03 mbps
512kb random read 23.25mbs write 15.67 mbps
4k random read 6.40mbps write 1.850 mbps
4k random qd32 6.65mbs write 1.92 mbps
Parameters 5 iterations 1000mb sample size.
Tested on the 64gb Samsung Evo microsdhc.
And as always, here’s my plug for SetSocial which is where I found this deal.
TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit
We have another great deal for those that need internet connectivity in parts of their home where wifi can’t reach or has a really weak signal. Just plug one of these powerline adapters near your router/modem and the other in the room where the signal is weak and you instantly have super fast internet going over your power lines. You can then plug your TV, HTPC or a wireless access point. And the best part is that you get to save over 50% if you buy this kit which has an average 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon. And here is one of the top-rated reviews:
I moved into a larger house and as a result had weak WiFi on the top floor and opposite end of the house, where both my wife and I work during the day. For the past year, we've been battling with an intermittent signal - usually weak - by using WiFi extenders. Not only are these adapters cheaper than the extenders I previously bought, but now we've got a solid connection 100% of the time. Also, I didn't have to do any pairing. Just plugged them in!
And as always, if you want more deals like this, check out SetSocial.
Great list of open source projects – focused on front-end projects (which are really the only ones I use). I also like how he broke up the projects into fairly logical/useful categories so I can just jump to the section that I’m interested in. For example, right now, I’m interested in charting libraries and have only really used nvd3, so I’m now interested in trying out a bunch of the other charting libraries listed. Anyways, great list of resources, definitely check it out if you’re looking for UI frameworks, charts, maps, text, video, audio, tables, lazy loading, scrolling, animations, UI elements, templating, HTTP requests, dates (probably not the kind of dates you’re really looking for), events, icons, colors, databases, social. If you find anything good, be sure to star the project and give a shout-out to the author.
Photive PH-BTE50 Lightweight Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Sports Headphones
Today’s great deal comes from analyzing the best sellers in Amazon’s Electronics department and finding the products that have the deepest discounts. This looks like a great pair of headphones for $33.95. Here is what one of the top-rated reviews has to say about these headphones:
The Photive EB-10 in ear headphones is a great bargain for what features it has and the sound quality it gives!
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Just like the title says, if you’re an existing user in Canada, you can get a $25 credit by entering the code “roamlikehome” into the promotions area on the app. Wish I was in Canada right now. Hope all the friendly, poutine-loving people of Canada take advantage of this and get home quickly. I hear it’s quite chilly, so a free/cheap ride home sounds good to me.