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How the Digital Age Is Changing the Used Car Buying Experience

The car buying industry has been one of the most stagnant and slow to adapt markets in the consumer world. The traditional model of blindly visiting your local used car dealer and putting your fate in their hands remained the only car-buying option until recently. However, in the same way that the digital age has revolutionized so many other aspects of our lives, the used car buying experience is finally evolving. While this is almost entirely a positive change for the consumer, the process is not without its risks.


Arguably the most important aspect of any used car buying experience is research. This research covers a multitude of factors, including the reliability of certain models, the reputation of specific dealers, or even the price you should pay. In the past, conducting comprehensive research was extremely challenging, if not impossible. However, the power of knowledge is finally in the hands of the consumer. There are now countless websites that provide any amount of information a car shopper could buy. One of the most important pieces of research that a consumer can conduct is to review the reliability ratings of the models they are considering. These ratings often go beyond simple scores and instead function as highly in-depth analyses of the strengths and complications of any make and model. People can now know more about a car before buying it through the information available from vin reports, reviews, and other websites. Beyond researching the cars, themselves, the digital age has also empowered shoppers to research specific dealers. It is now effectively impossible for a dishonest dealer to hide behind a flashy facade; if they have earned a bad reputation, it is now trivial to find out why. Lastly but arguably most important is the ability to research the price to pay. Never before has a customer been more able to compare prices and thus walk into a dealership wielding a competitive offer.

Social Media

Social media has also played a surprisingly powerful role in transforming the used car buying experience. Rather than heading directly to a dealership, more and more people are using options such as Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist to find their new car. These options not only broaden the choices available, but they reduce the cost associated with a needless middleman. Even if they choose to buy a car from a traditional dealer, social media is now serving as a powerful sounding board where people can ask and gather opinions of cars, dealers, or options.

The Consumer Is No Longer a Passive Observer

The amount of power and information available to a used car shopper can at times be overwhelming. However, the available websites do a fantastic job of organizing and categorizing information, making the process as easy as possible. While focus and a plan of attack are crucial in the car shopping experience, the playing field has never been more level. Thankfully, the changes seen so far have been almost universally positive.

It is likely true that the traditional dealership network will continue to go through various growing pains as the industry continues to evolve. However, the most likely outcome is a continued positive transformation for everyone involved.

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Projector Deals, Markdowns and Samsung Galaxy S9 Bundles

Bundles, Projector Deals, And Markdowns

Ultimate bundles are being offered Samsung. The bundles are for Samsung’s S9, S9+ and some projectors. These Android phones are out in the market for a week now.


For the bundles, we have the Samsung Ultimate Bundle. This include a Samsung Gear IconX, Gear VR and a wireless charger. This is available for $99 with the purchase of Samsung S9 and S9+. Also available is the Power Bundle if this is more you speed. The Power Bundle has a wireless charger, a battery pack , and car charger. Still this is available with the purchase of Samsung S9 and S9+.

Availability of the Bundles

These bundles will be available until April 6th only. So if you are interested, better go to your Samsung stores and get one.

Projector And Wearable Markdowns

There are plenty of markdowns on projectors and wearables. Apple Watches are at a discount for $70 at Best Buy. BuyDig offers Garmin’s Vivosmart Watches at $59.99. The Nebula Capsule, Anker’s portable projector, is being bundled with its official travel case at $39.99.

Other Offers

Samsung also has other offers. Verizon offers Samsung S9 phones at buy one take one. This offer is a good buy if you are buying for more than one person. Samsung S9 and S9+ are 50 per cent off until March 31, Saturday, at AT&T.

Unlocked Essential Phone 4G LTE with 128GB with $25 Best Buy Gift Card at Best Buy. RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger for $30.59 at Amazon.

Anker Premium Bluetooth Speaker with Anker Soundbuds Bluetooth Headphones at $49.99 at Amazon. Beats Studio2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones at $219.99 at Best Buy. Nebula Capsule Portable projector with Official Case at $349.99 at Amazon. And a lot more other offers.

For computers, the Acer 14-inch Swift 3 Notebook is at $599.99 at B&H. Samsung 128GB MicroSD at Amazon at $39.99. Netgear AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender at $29.99 at Amazon.


Apple Watch Series 1 38mm and 42mm Space Gray at $179 and $209 respectively. Garmin Vivosmart HR+ Activity Tracker at BuyDig for $59.99.

There are good deals every week. All you have to do is to check them out.

What Was Technology 20 Years Ago?

What is Happening: A Look At Technology 20 Years Ago

Technology 20 years ago already had the internet, of course. But only a few computers were connected to it. So what do you think technology is that time?

How Was The Internet Then

The internet of 20 years ago was, shall we say, “primitive”. It was known as the World Wide Web. There were just about 10,000 websites as compared to today’s 45 billion web pages. And there were only two million computers connected to the internet during that time. Today, there are almost four billion web users.

Apps On The Internet Then

Of course there were already apps on the internet then. Amazon, Yahoo! And Mosaic Communications (later known as Netscape) were in the beginning stages. Netscape Navigator was the first commercial web browser launched then. Two years after came Microsoft Internet Explorer. Then ten years after came the Mozilla Firefox.

How Computers Functioned

Internet was mostly used by scientists and clients then. But computers used floppy disks then. And it required telephones to literally dial a connection. The internet connection was made available through America on Line (AOL) and Compuserve. Sites had to give internet users instructions since no one knew what they were doing.

Other Information

Then US Vice President Al Gore used the phrase “information superhighway”. A year later the internet became popular in movies. Films like “Hackers” ( which starred Angelina Jolie) and Sandra Bullock’s “The Net” was released in the movies. Jolie was even quoted as saying that “talking to people all over the place…it’s amazing”.

More Innovations

The first banner was launched by Wired (so they claim). Graphics for AT&T and Zima, changed advertising forever. These graphics generated revenue for websites that did not charge users for access. It offered clients real numbers for how many saw their ad and clicked on it.

The first radio station to broadcast online was WXYC at the University of North Carolina. It paved the way for an audio streaming industry. This now includes Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. The first Online Shopping transaction was done for a pizza by Pizza Hut. While students from Swarthmore created the first online “secure market”. They called it NetMarket.

As the years go by innovations were made to improve and develop technology. That is why we enjoy the ease of doing hassle-free transactions and works.

These Products Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

Dreaming of a home that is smarter than you? These iDevices’ products will surely give you what you’re asking for!

In this techy age, you may own a house that might be smarter than you. At CES 2018, connected home brand iDevices launched these products that will make your life so much easier. From voice command services into your walls, to a smart ceiling fan switch and to an electric vehicle charger. iDevices is ready to give you a hand.


Instinct, a smart light switch that doubles as a stand-alone voice assistant, ambient light sensor and motion detector. “The iDevices Instinct is a breakthrough in the smart home industry. It represents the next evolution in our extensive line of premium connected solutions,” said by iDevices CEO Chris Allen in a statement. “The Instinct is one of many innovations to come from iDevices, forever changing the home as we know it.”
With the help of Instinct, you can easily use products directly from your wall. Like listening to your favorite music while in the bathroom or pulling up a new recipe to cook for dinner. Thanks to Soen Audio for providing the premium sounds. To top this up, the Instinct’s motion and light sensors allow you to automate lighting schedules and save energy. You may also control a wide range of devices using just a single light switch. It also work alongside Siri and Google Assistant.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger

Introducing the Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger which allows you to control and monitor your charger. Using the iDevices Connected app, users can keep track of their electric vehicle’s charging status. And gives you an alert whether it is accidentally unplugged. Also it can schedule custom charging so that their eco-friendly mode of transportation remains as green as possible. Good thing is, it doesn’t need a hub unlike the other iDevices and can work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The EV Charger is available for both hardwired and plug-in model that will mount directly to your home’s garage. This product is best for people who are always travelling but also a nature-lover.

Ceiling Fan Switch

And lastly, the Ceiling Fan Switch, a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled fan controller. A major twist from a traditional ceiling fan to its new era. It allows you to control your fan’s speed and lighting with just a voice command! It’s really amazing because you don’t need to stand and adjust the fan while you’re on your comfort place. With also the help of any of the three major smartphone home assistants- Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. So whether you have an Android or an Apple device, you may surely use this. Moreover, the Ceiling Fan Switch has three speeds and will allow you to monitor the energy used. That is with the help of iDevices Connected App.
Both the EV Charger and Ceiling Fan Switch represents the joint efforts of iDevices and Hubbell Incorporated. Prices for each we’re not yet announced but we’ll keep you updated for more.
These products are the start of a hassle-free, easier life at home and will give you comfort with the family.


2017’s Holiday Gift Guide of Best Tech Gadgets for Loved Ones

♫ ‘Tis the season to be jolly tralalalala lalalala ♫ You sang it, didn’t you? Well, with Christmas coming in so fast, it’s normal to sing Christmas carols. Have you ever found the perfect Holiday gift for your family and friends?

It’s easy to find Christmas gifts for kids who don’t like particular things. You can just buy them toys or clothes. But what about those people who want gadgets?

Choosing gadgets is a tough one. Why? Because there are lots of gadgets to choose from and it should suit their wants and needs. I mean, who would want to see their gift being stuck in a corner because the person wants something else, right?

In order to help, I’ll give you a list of some gadgets that your tech-savvy loved ones will surely love.

Holiday Gift Guide

1. SNES Classic

This is a great gift for those gaming peeps. Also knows as Super Nintendo Entertainment System, it is an incredible gift to give because it is jam-packed with the most iconic games. Super Mario RPG, Final Fantasy III and Super Mario World are some of the games which makes SNES Classic a superb item even for those collectors. The price is also within budget range at only $80.

2. UE Boom 2

Do you have a friend who wants to throw in small parties? Or a brother who wants to break his eardrums? This is a perfect gift for people who wants to boom the world with great music. It is loud enough and can survive five-foot tall falls. Water proof for a max of 30 minutes, the speaker can be used in a shower or in beach parties. You can basically have a party for more than 12 hours with just a single charge of this gadget. Market SRP is at $150.

3. Lenovo Tab 4.8

So your nice or nephew is aching to have a tablet, why not get them the Lenovo Tab 4.8? You can have it for $130 or less. It has an 8-inch 1280×800-resolution screen. It also comes with Android Nougat. With 16GB internal storage, you can store a lot of files.

4. TCL 55P605

Love movies but too lazy to go to a movie theater? This will save the day. It’s a 4K HDR TV and it’s within budget. It supports HDR 10, Dolby Vision and is only $600. So why not grab one for your loved ones and watch great movies together?


2017 Best Gadgets To Watch Out For

Last year has been an amazing year when it comes to new technology and gadgets. But guess what? 2017 has a lot in store for us, too!

Are you ready to know what the hottest gadgets are for us this year?

Check these out:

1. Apple iPhone 8

If you’re loving your iPhone 7 now, wait until you see the awesome features of the upcoming Apple iPhone 8. It is expected that Apple will overhaul the phone’s design for their 10th anniversary this year.

Rumor has it that Apple will swap its liquid-crystal LCD display for one made of organic light-emitting diodes or OLEDs which will wrap around the phone’s edges.

Since OLED displays are thinner, you can expect that the new Apple iPhone8 will be lighter and more flexible than ever.

It also seems like Apple wants to make the feature more functional by enabling the phone to reach when you touch its sides (not just one).

2. Nintendo Switch

This new generation console from Nintendo will hit the ground running this year. The release was announced October last year when the Japanese game giant Nintendo claimed that Nintendo Switch will reinvent gaming.

This is a hybrid device that transformed a traditional home console to a device with detachable controllers.

Nintendo’s last release was ten years ago when they introduced Wii U. Unfortunately, things didn’t go so well and they ended up only selling 13 million Wii U consoles worldwide for ten years.

This year, they are very positive to release this amazing console in March 2017 and they’re hoping for better sales.

3. Samsung Galaxy S8

If you’re an android loyalist, then this one is for you. After the Galaxy Note 7 recall, Samsung has to find their way to get their good reputation back. Hopefully, the release of upcoming Galaxy S8 will delight consumers once again.

It is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress trade show in late February.

Samsung already revealed some cool features like its new virtual personal assistant. It’s also rumored to pack a high-resolution “4K” display, a second rear camera, and an added security, iris scanned.

4. Doppler Labs Here One

It’s been over a year when Doppler Labs made their promise to revolutionize the way we hear the world through its digital ears, Active Listening ear buds.

The company made more than $600,000 in Kickstart and now, everyone is waiting for people to test it out.

Doppler Labs claimed that their earbuds can filter out unwanted noise from the world like a crying baby while allowing wearers to listen to music and hold conversations.

5. Android Wear 2.0 smart watches

Let’s admit it. 2016 wasn’t a great year for smart watches. But if everything turns out well, 2017 will bring new smart watches based on the updated version of Google’s operating system, Android Wear 2.0.

This system will let users to download and run apps on their watches through cellular connection, Bluetooth, and Wifi.

What gadgets are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!

Analysts predict $1 Trillion gadget sales for 2012

The one that will drive the global sales of consumer electronics will not be the US or countries in Western Europe. You read that right. It won’t be the usual suspects that will spend. Rather, it’s developing countries like India and China that will continue the thrust that was left behind by the cash strapped Americans and Europeans.

This was what an industry analyst revealed last Sunday. He said that developing countries will be responsible for 46% of global sales in gadgets this year.

GfK Boutique Research and the Consumer Electronics Association presented their forecast before the kick-off of the Consumer Electronics Shows this week in Vegas.

They estimate that this years electronic sales worldwide would reach $1.038 trillion.

Buyers from China and other Asian countries, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe are gobbling up the market as they improve their lifestyle.

The NPD Group also said that American sales of electronics were down by at least 5.9% last Christmas. They also added that sales in electronics, excluding phones, totaled $9.5 billion five weeks leading to Dec. 24.

Best Buy Co. said last Friday that their December sales feel short because of weak traffic. However, smartphones, tablets and e-readers showed strong sales performance for the month.

Steve Bambridge, the research director at UK-based GfK said, “we’ll see most product categories slowing down or going into contraction.” Smartphones and tablets are going to suck up consumer expenditures he said.

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