Target’s Heyday headphones are a surprisingly good value

Target’s Heyday headphones are a surprisingly good value

In case you missed it, Target — yes, that Target — is selling a new line of electronics accessories under its new Heyday brand. Along with a selection of iPhone cases and cables, Apple Watch bands and screen-protecting bumpers, Target’s making some portable audio products, including Bluetooth speakers and headphones. 

One of the more intriguing products is a set of modestly priced ($60) over-ear wireless headphones that have somehow been labeled Heyday On-Ear Wireless Headphones on Target’s website. They aren’t on-ear headphones, which is a good thing — I prefer over-ear — but I’m going to continue calling them by their given name until Target changes it (after reading this write-up, one hopes).

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As far as the design goes, they seem sturdy but are pretty lightweight at 8.3 ounces (236 grams) and feature nicely padded earcups. They’re comfortable to wear, have a clean, stylish look and fold flat, but they don’t come with any sort of carrying case. The only complaint I’ve heard is that the headband (at its crest) puts pressure on the top of some people’s heads and creates discomfort. You can alleviate that by opening up the headphones a bit, but then they won’t fit your head as snugly.  

One smart choice the designers made was to keep the Heyday brand label small. You barely notice that it’s stamped on a tiny plate at the base of the headband on either side. The headphones come in three color options: My sample was the tan and gold version, but it also comes in gray and gold or black print and gold.

The controls are straightforward. There’s a power button and a set of small volume control buttons. I had no problems pairing and re-pairing with an iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. You tap the power button to pause or play music and answer or end calls. To move tracks forward, you hold down the volume-up button. To skip back a track, you hold down the volume-down button.

As for the sound, it’s well balanced overall and doesn’t accentuate the bass (if you’re looking for really big bass, this isn’t the model for you). It’s not incredibly defined or articulate (the sound tilts warm), which you wouldn’t expect from $60 headphones, but there’s just enough of presence boost in the treble to bring the detail out and give the sound a bit of sparkle.

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Flickr postpones photo deletions for free users to March 12th

Flickr postpones photo deletions for free users to March 12th


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Don’t panic if you missed the February 5th deadline before the new owners at SmugMug started deleting Flickr photos beyond the 1,000-image limit for free accounts. SmugMug has postponed the deletion period to March 12th in the wake of feedback and “complications” with photo downloads. While it wasn’t specific about what those issues were, USA Today reported “unresponsive” downloads and sluggish deletions, with requests for archives going unanswered days later.

The delay gives Flickr users more of an opportunity to decide how they’ll preserve their photos, according to SmugMug’s Scott Kinzie.

Flickr said in an earlier statement that this doesn’t mean all your photos above the 1,000-picture limit will suddenly vanish. Rather, it’s that they’ll become “eligible” for deletion. The service will initially focus on “abandoned” accounts with large numbers of private photos. You might not want to panic about your publicly listed vacation photos, then, although you might not want to count on getting a reprieve unless you’re willing to shell out $50 per year for Pro access.

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The Morning After: Unlimited MoviePass part two

The Morning After: Unlimited MoviePass part two

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Where were you when we defeated the robots? If you missed yesterday’s Starcraft II stream, we’ll fill you in on the details of DeepMind’s latest gaming exploits. Also, MoviePass is ready to try unlimited tickets again, and we’ve got another new phone with (almost) no ports.


Rise and fly, humans.DeepMind AI AlphaStar goes 10-1 against top ‘StarCraft II’ pros

After laying waste to the best Go players in the world, DeepMind has moved on to computer games. Its AI agent, named AlphaStar, managed to pick up 10 wins against StarCraft II pros TLO and MaNa in two separate five-game series that took place back in December. The pros scored a victory in a live match once the AI was forced to play with some restrictions on its view.


How much are you willing to pay?MoviePass is planning to relaunch an unlimited movie plan

Khalid Itum, the executive vice president of MoviePass, said a new unlimited plan would arrive next week — but he didn’t say how much it will cost.


The number of tournaments is increasing.When esports blew up, DDR moved to the suburbs

In an age when esports have become synonymous with big business — with the Overwatch League selling out Barclays Center and DOTA 2 smashing global Twitch records — American DDR remains a strange anomaly: a completely grassroots movement with regional organizers keeping their local communities engaged.


Flexible phones are already an old trend.Vivo’s all-glass phone has no ports and a full-screen fingerprint reader

Following yesterday’s Meizu Zero, today Vivo has announced its latest concept 5G device, the APEX 2019, which is yet another smartphone with almost no holes.


The brand is moving beyond home theater.Sonos is reportedly working on wireless headphones

Sonos will reportedly target the high-end market for its headphones, which may cost upwards of $300 and could be released next year. As with its speakers, it seems Sonos wants the headphones to work with a number of music services and audio assistants while delivering high-quality audio.


F1 2050.McLaren imagines a future with AI co-piloted race cars

Formula One racing will be more like a video game in 30 years, according a fanciful vision of the future unleashed by supercar maker McLaren. According to its MCLExtreme research project (don’t try to pronounce that), future formula race cars will do everything short of flying. The concept designs are pretty fun, even if it seems like McLaren’s engineers saw Ready Player One a few too many times.

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The Morning After: The iPhone SE returns

The Morning After: The iPhone SE returns


Baywatch

Some of you might be enjoying the day off, but for others it’s just another Monday. Over the weekend, you might have missed out on the fact that Apple’s last small iPhone has made a reappearance with a clearance price tag, and Baywatch is back — on Prime, at least.


If you miss small phones, now’s your chance.
iPhone SE goes back on sale as a $249 clearance item

Apple has quietly resumed selling the iPhone SE as a clearance item in the US, starting at $249 for a 32GB model (down from the original $349) and $299 for a 128GB version (a sharp drop from the initial $449). These aren’t used models, either — they’re shiny new.

Launched in 2016, it’s effectively a shrunken iPhone 6s, including the A9 processor and 12-megapixel rear camera. It can still run the latest version of iOS, though, and in an age where most phones are huge, it’s one of the best small phones (still) out there.


So much Lego.Chevy made a full-size Silverado truck out of Lego bricks

Chevy enlisted the help of students from Oxford Community School and Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary to create a one-for-one rendition of its 2019 Silverado 1500 LT Trailboss using Lego bricks — 334,544 of them, to be precise. Just don’t expect the thing to start.


You can watch The Hoff save drowning people in HD.
Amazon adds remastered ‘Baywatch’ to Prime Video on January 20th

Sick of some people standing in the darkness, afraid to step into the light? No more: Baywatch is back. Well, the ’90s original, at least, is headed to Amazon Prime, with the Hoff, Pamela Anderson and The Rest Of Them.


It’s a logical step for a company dabbling in two-wheel EVs.
Ducati is working on an electric motorcycle

Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali told guests at a Spanish event that the “future is electric” and the company was “not far from starting production” on its own two-wheeled EV. Regional Managing Director Edouard Lotthé had hinted at plans in 2017, but this is about as official as it gets.

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Netflix announces ‘Space Force’ comedy series starring Steve Carell

Netflix announces ‘Space Force’ comedy series starring Steve Carell


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If you’ve missed The Office and Steve Carell’s Michael Scott, Netflix’s latest series announcement may be a bit of welcome news. In a video, which you can see below, Netflix has revealed a new workplace comedy called Space Force, which will center on the (fictional) folks tasked with getting President Trump’s Space Force up and running.

In an overlay, the video notes how, last year, the Trump administration announced Space Force as a future sixth military branch. “The goal of the new branch is ‘to defend satellites from attack’ and ‘perform other space-related tasks.’ Or something,” it continues, adding that the series will feature “the men and women who have to figure it out.”

Carell co-created and will also star in the series. Greg Daniels, known for his work behind the US version of The Office and Parks and Recreation, among other popular titles like King of the Hill, created the series alongside Carell. Though Carell is also slated to star in Apple’s upcoming Reese Witherspoon- and Jennifer Aniston-led morning TV show drama, Deadline reports that he still appears to be attached to both projects.

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Citizen astronomers discover new planet that NASA algorithms missed

Citizen astronomers discover new planet that NASA algorithms missed


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NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope might not be doing much anymore, but discoveries are still being made thanks to the data it left behind. By analyzing its historical records, and crowdsourcing help from volunteer astronomers, a citizen team has discovered a new planet roughly twice the size of Earth. The planet, known as K2-288Bb, could be rocky, or gas-rich, similar to Neptune. Its discovery is particularly exciting because the planet’s size (just slightly smaller than Neptune) is so rare among those beyond our solar system – known as exoplanets.

K2-288Bb is located 226 light years away, in the constellation Taurus and part of a stellar system which contains two dim stars roughly 5.1 billion miles apart. One of the stars is half as large as the sun, the other around one-third the size of the sun. The research team found that the new planet orbits the smaller star every 3.1 days. According to the discovery’s supporting paper, this star is theoretically capable of sustaining biospheres with the same productivity as Earth.

The planet was discovered largely because of volunteers examining light-curve data from the Kepler with their own eyes, rather than via software. Volunteer scientists from a citizen program named Exoplanet Explorers were able to spot the planet that software algorithms had missed. Adina Feinstein, the study’s lead author, said “it took the keen eyes of citizen scientists to make this extremely valuable find and point us to it.”

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Here’s what you missed at the 2018 Paris Auto Show

Here’s what you missed at the 2018 Paris Auto Show

France badly wants electric cars, but as the 2018 Paris Auto Show demonstrated, that’s still a long way from happening. Sure, we saw plenty of exciting EV concepts, like Peugeot’s throwback E-Legend, the autonomous Renault EZ-ULTIMO land yacht an…

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Twitter will revive the purely chronological timeline

Twitter will revive the purely chronological timeline

Ever since Twitter started mucking with the timeline to insert tweets people “might have missed” or things supposedly “liked” by people they follow, some have complained they miss things. Now, Twitter has announced that in the coming weeks it will st…

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Tesla’s wireless charger is back (and it’s cheaper)

Tesla’s wireless charger is back (and it’s cheaper)

If you missed out on getting Tesla’s wireless phone charger when it was first released, you may want to head over to the company’s website ASAP. The automaker has relisted the device for sale, and it even costs $16 less than before. From $65, the Qi-…

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Tesla reportedly missed its latest Model 3 production goal

Tesla reportedly missed its latest Model 3 production goal

When Tesla made over 5,000 Model 3s per week at the end of June, it had lofty ambitions for its future — it was going to press for 6,000 per week by the end of August. So how’d it do? Not so well, if Electrek is accurate. Its source claims that Tesl…

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A DC-themed Snapchat Lens could get you into Comic-Con

A DC-themed Snapchat Lens could get you into Comic-Con,

You’re not completely hosed if you missed your chance to attend San Diego Comic-Con… if you’re willing to dabble in some augmented reality art. Snap and DC Comics have launched a DC Super Heroes Challenge that asks you to create a DC-themed Lens c…

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Here’s everything you missed at Computex 2018

Here’s everything you missed at Computex 2018

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Nest’s Temperature Sensor is now available for $39

Nest’s Temperature Sensor is now available for $39

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