Samsung Gear S3 to be the only smartwatch that plays Spotify tunes offline, though not for long

Here’s something the Samsung Gear S3 can do that other smartwatches don’t – it can play your Spotify tunes offline! To get going, you must download a Spotify add-on app for the smartwatch through the Gear Manager app on your paired smartphone.

Following which, you’ll have the option to choose playlists, songs, and albums to be saved right onto your Gear S3. This way, you will be able to listen to some of your favorite music when offline and not connected to a smartphone.

With this functionality on board, the Samsung Gear S3, which runs Tizen OS, becomes rather unique as …


Incredibly lifelike Stormtrooper helmet mini portable speaker plays tunes for the Empire

Always count on Firebox to deliver something fresh and individual to the gadget realm! The cool stuff shop has this incredibly authentic mini Stormtrooper speaker that seems able and ready to defend the Empire from the Republic scum by blasting tunes from its 2W driver. It’s not surprising that the Bluetooth speaker looks so true, for it is actually modeled from an original Stormtrooper helmet prop dating from 1976. Hence why it looks a bit different from the helmet you probably know best.

Like any self-respecting portable speaker, this one too has a bundled microphone, …

Nintendo Switch vs. Wii U: Which 'Zelda' plays better?

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There are two versions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild available to buy. Only one of them requires a new console purchase, which has lots of Nintendo fans wondering which is better. Is it more stable on established hardware like the Wii U or the newer Switch?

The results, according to the experts at Digital Foundry, are inconclusive. The Switch version outputs to TV at a higher resolution than Wii U — 900p versus 720p — but the resolution boost comes with an occasional cost: lowered frame rates.

It’s an issue that manifests in both versions of the game, for different reasons. While DF notes a marginal Switch advantage — in tablet mode, the frame rate issues disappear — the video also admits that more testing is needed. Read more…

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Kate McKinnon plays Jeff Sessions as Forrest Gump in 'SNL' cold open

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In the immortal words of Mr. Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

So if you’re Octavia Spencer, you just might serve a very special kind of pie to Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions on Saturday Night Live

Spencer made an unusual host cameo in tonight’s cold open. She showed up as her Oscar-winning character from The Help, Minny, all to deliver a hot slice of “chocolate” pie to Kate McKinnon’s Sessions in a hilarious Forrest Gump send-up.

For those who haven’t been following recent events, the attorney general is in a spot of bother right now over meetings he had with the Russian ambassador. Meetings Sessions apparently failed to disclose during his Senate confirmation hearing.  Read more…

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