Every single week we roundup the best new gadgets, apps and tech startups. But just because we’ve carefully narrowed it down to 10, that doesn’t mean that this is all the wider technology world announced or unveiled since last Friday. This is just the stuff we thought you, the not-so-average consumer, would want to know about. But wait! Before you get any further, catch up on last week’s list of the best new tech before you get started here (just in case you missed it).
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Light L16 Camera
The Light L16 camera is a new type of camera with up to 52 megapixel resolution. Adjust focus and depth of field even after a photo has been taken, 35-150mm optical zoom and beautiful low-light photos. This is pure technological innovation; it’s way outside-the-box thinking that, once you’ve seen it, makes you wonder why nobody thought of this before. And the cell phone like shape makes it easy to take with you and won’t draw unwanted attention.
The brand new version of the Beats Pill, the Beats Pill+, offers a richer and more refined portable speaker experience. A simple interface, the ability to charge your phone as a portable battery, an app that lets you and your friends become the DJ and the ability to link a second Beats Pill+ for a more dynamic left and right stereo experience are all welcome improvements. The design is, of course iconic, and begs to be displayed prominently.
Microsoft Surface Book
With the brand new Microsoft Surface Book, a gadget Microsoft dubs “the ultimate laptop,” Microsoft is doing it’s best to pull an Apple. With three distinct modes — laptop, tablet and canvas (pen-first) — the Surface Book is a good option for Windows-based creative work like photo and video editing, which require lots of processing power. Even the most die-hard Apple fans have to be honestly intrigued by the unique design of this device.
The Roku 4 is the company’s latest, slickest foray into the home streaming game. For $129.99 you’ll get access to 2,500+ streaming channels, will be able to stream 4K Ultra-HD content, can use the comprehensive voice search and will even have the ability to find a lost remote with the press of a button. Roku devices have come a long way in recent years and this is the company’s most polished effort to-date.
Burner is a new app/service for iOS and Android users alike that offers free, disposable phone numbers. Whether you’re an Airbnb host or just out there on the dating scene, or if you’re in any number of situations where you don’t want to give out your real phone number, Burner has you covered. You can even connect your Burner numbers to popular apps like Evernote, Slack or Dropbox. Smartphones have been around for awhile now, but is this the dawn of the smart phone number?
Medium, the service that aims to be the default place to share important, intellectual, inspiring or just plain interesting information just launched an important new update (here’s everything that’s new). There are new apps, users now have the ability to @mention other users (like on Twitter), there’s a new API, users can now move their domains to Medium and there’s even a new logo. Medium was already the place to go for beautifully written content presented beautifully, but now it looks primed for mass adoption.
Tribe is a clever new way to track tasks from your email. This app is brilliant on top of brilliant: there’s nothing to download or setup and it’s free to use. Just cc firstname.lastname@example.org and the Tribe bot will automatically create a task which can be assigned to another person who can then accept or decline. You can ping them for updates and even sent a thank you. For more great email-related apps checkout our recent roundup of the 5 best email apps for iPhone heading into 2016.
The Veiltower, which is currently accepting preorders on Kickstarter, has 5 important features in one device: router, WiFi, firewall, VPN and anti-virus functions. It’s for privacy-minded individuals who demand a secure, reliable and fast network setup. Plus, the design looks more like a sculpture or piece of contemporary art which is refreshing in an age of Internet-connected black boxes.
Sunshine is a different sort of weather app; it’s crowd-sourced. Gone are the days of getting ultra-broad weather reports that may or may not be accurate in your specific location. With Sunshine, you’ll get street-level accuracy thanks to a network of smartphone users supplying relevant data. Just when you thought there was nothing innovative left to try in the weather apps space, a ray of sunshine poked through.
Tado is a new smart thermostat that will be competing with the likes of Google-owned Nest. It can help cut your energy bills by using your phone’s location and can work with all remote-controlled AC’s. It’s nice to see another smart entry into this space that will force fiercer competition that will, in the end, mean better smart home’s for us all.