Ford Focus ST Performance Pack Bumps Power and Protects Warranty


Ford has announced a new performance upgrade kit for the already potent 2015 Focus ST. The Performance kit will add 23 hp and 26 lb-ft of torque to the Focus St. That brings total power to 275hp and 296 lb-ft of torque. That is a significant bump in power and torque and the kit requires installation by an authorized Ford tech. Once installed the car keeps its base factory 3/36,000 mile warranty.

The kit does require the use of 93-octane fuel and most of the performance boost comes via an ECU calibration. Ford’s kit also keeps the Focus ST emissions legal in all 50 states. The kit includes multiple components and all the hardware needed for installation.

Included are a handheld ECU tuner, the tune, mountune induction kit, mountune high-flow intercooler, mountune mtune handset, and hardware. Options include a high-flow air filter. “The 2015 Focus ST MP275 upgrade is the latest addition to Ford Performance’s vast Focus and Fiesta performance catalog that gives enthusiasts the components they need to take their car to the next level,” said Adam Gair, product manager, Ford Performance. It’s unclear if the performance kit removes the factory extended power train warranty.

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New Apple TV To Run iOS 9

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Apple are expected to release their new Apple TV at their iPhone 6S event next month, we have already heard that the updated set top box will come with apps and games.

Now according to a recent report by Mark Gurman from 9 to 5 Mac, the new Apple TV will be the first of Apple’s TVs that will run a full iOS core.

The updated Apple TV will run Apple’s latest mobile OS, iOS 9, this will be a TV optimized version of Apple’s mobile OS and this will bring a range of new features to the Apple TV.

One of the new features in the next generation Apple TV will be support for Siri, there will also be an improved search feature on the device and you will be able to use voice search with Siri to search for TV shows and movies.

Apple will also apparently release a full SDK for the Apple TV, this will allow developers to create apps and games for the platform in the same way it does with the iPhone and iPad. Apple is also expected to release a new app store which will allow you to download apps and games directly onto the new Apple TV.

The device will get a number of hardware changes which will include a faster processor and more storage for apps and games, there will also be a new remote and the device will feature a new design.

LG Tone Ultra HBS-810 Bluetooth Headset Announced

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LG has announced its latest Bluetooth headset, the LG Tone Ultra HBS-810 and it is designed to deliver an enhanced audio experience.

The LG Tone Ultra HBS-810 Bluetooth headset is the successor to the HBS-800 and LG will be showing the device off at IFA 2015 next month.

The new TONE ULTRA also comes with advanced features that were previously available only on high-end headsets. LG’s innovative wire management technology makes the ear buds completely retractable, leaving no tangled wires and helping the headset maintain its sleek profile at all times. The two-way jog button makes it easy to control volume as well as content with options like fast-forward and rewind readily available.

“We are excited to add another new product to our TONE ULTRA portfolio, opening up more options to enjoy the ultimate sound quality that comes with a Bluetooth stereo headset,” said Seo Young-jae, vice president in charge of Innovative Personal Devices at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With so many premium features available at such a highly competitive price, we hope that more people will be able to experience the superior quality of our Tone Series Bluetooth headsets for themselves.”

As yet there are no details on pricing or availability on the new LG Tone Ultra HBS-810 headset, LG has said that this will be announced at IFA next month.

Samsung’s Level On Wireless Pro Headphones Come In Gold

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Samsung has been building up its Level lineup of premium audio devices and now it is offering another model called Level On Wireless Pro. These headphones have been designed specially for music fans, with a comfortable fit in a premium design and build that also boasts intuitive functions for ease of use.

The Level On Wireless Pro headphones feature Ultra High Quality Audio that promises better sound quality than CDs with the correct format. UHQA provides an almost live listening experience that users will love.

They sport a comfort memory foam cushion in a premium design and build for long hours of use with minimal discomfort. That is something we all love. They have One Touch Connection controls for tasks like adjusting volume and directly changing tracks as well. Other features include active noise cancelling, and four external and internal microphones detect and cancel-out background noise for a richer sound.

They also have a talk-in mode so that users can listen to music and ambient sound at the same time, this helps in situations like walking or running outdoors. We have no information about pricing yet, but we know that the headphones will be available to purchase in black and even gold colors. They sound well worth checking out.

Next Generation Samsung SmartThings Hub

Samsung SmartThings Hub

Anyone patiently waiting for the new next generation Samsung SmartThings Hub to start shipping will be pleased to know that it is now available to pre-order priced at $99 and will start shipping next month during September 2015.

The latest SmartThings Hub has now been equipped with a more powerful processor and a local app engine to aid the ability to control light, appliances and more around your home.

Samsung has also updated the sensors within the device and has also launched an optional premium service for customers that would like to enhance the home monitoring features and add the ability to capture live DVR video using SmartThings-compatible cameras. Together with the ability for it to continue operating in the event of a power or Internet outage thanks to the inclusion of a built-in backup battery. Samsung explains more :

We are updating our family of sensors with modified versions of the SmartSense Presence, SmartSense Motion, and SmartSense Multi sensors. At roughly one-third the size of our first-generation devices, the new SmartSense Motion sensor and SmartSense Multi sensor pack all of the power of SmartThings’ current devices, while offering a more minimal presence in your smart home.  And the new SmartSense Presence sensor features a more durable and compact plastic enclosure.

We’re also launching an optional premium service that will offer customers advanced incident management control, and improved home monitoring through DVR video streaming.
This new service enables SmartThings customers to automatically send a text to or call friends, neighbors, or loved ones they pre-select whenever a problem is detected that needs immediate attention–such as a flood or fire. Customers will be able to grant trusted contacts access to their smart devices so that these friends or neighbors will be automatically notified of a problem requiring attention at the customer’s home, and also able to easily resolve it.

For more information on the new SmartThings Hub jump over to the official Samsung website for details via the link below.

Raspberry Pi Stack Built To Learn About The Internet Of Things

Raspberry Pi Stack

If you are looking to develop or just learn about the Internet of Things IoT you might be interested in a new awesome Raspberry Pi stack that has been created by Matthew Saunders a SysAdmin Developer.

The Pi stack has been built to explore the communications between IoT devices and the Internet, including the APIs, encryption, protocols, and algorithms that will make IoT possible.
Saunders the creator of the Raspberry Pi stack explains more about its construction :

The programming language I am planning to use is called Go (GoLang). The beauty of Go is that it can be compiled for multiple platforms (Linux (ARM/x86), Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS) and results in a single statically compiled executable. The Raspberry Pi Stack was created using the following components :

• Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Desktop (Quad Core CPU 900 MHz, 1 GB RAM, Linux)
• Samsung Memory 32GB Evo MicroSDHC UHS-I Grade 1 Class 10 Memory Card
• Anker 60W 6-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ
• NETGEAR GS108UK 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch
• 50 pack Brass M3x10mm Female Screw PCB Hex Pillars Standoffs Spacers
• 50 pack 10mm Body Long M3x6mm Male Female Brass Pillar Standoff Spacer
• 50 pack PC Mounting Computer Screws M3 x 1/4in Long Standoff
• 10 pack multi coloured Cat5e cables – 0.5 meter
• 6 pack Anker 1ft Micro USB Cables High Speed USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B Cables
• Plasticard Sheets A4 White 2.5mm When purchasing the components, I assumed that the mounting holes on the Raspberry Pi 2 were wide enough to accept the 3mm wide screw on the standoff spacers. I was wrong, but I believe that I now have a better solution. The holes are M2.5, drilled to 2.9mm wide.

New RetroPie 3.0 Retro Raspberry Pi Games Console Software Launches

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A new version of the awesome RetroPie software has been released this week in the form of RetroPie 3.0, providing an easy way to transform a Raspberry Pi mini PC into a retro games console.

The latest version of RetroPie 3.0 includes over 20+ emulators + ports as well as lots of configuration tools accessible from Emulation station including setting up wireless connectivity, a configuration editor, file manager, audio settings and more.

After 6 months of hard work we are pleased to announce the release of RetroPie 3.0. This retro-gaming project brings together a collection of popular emulators for those computers and consoles that you grew up with from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, all wrapped up and ready to run on the famous Raspberry Pi. From Atari 2600, to Sega Mega Drive to Sony PlayStation, all your favourite systems are covered. What are you waiting for – get playing!

Features of the new RetroPie 3.0 software include :

– Automatic controller configuration for RetroArch from EmulationStation.
– New system for single per system rom folders, default / per rom emulator switching, as well as per rom configurations.
– Per system and per game menu to set video output and default emulator setting.
– Basic Joypad control in RetroPie-Setup menus.
– Option to add game roms via USB without network access
– Now offering over 20+ emulators + ports.
– Lots of other improvements / bug fixes from the 2.6 release.

For more information on the new RetroPie 3.0 and to download the software jump over to the official website for details via the links below.

Apple Watch Extra Strap Links And Larger Plastic Straps Now Available

Apple Watch

Apple has this week launched a new Apple Watch accessory that has been designed to accommodate owners with larger wrists.

The Apple Watch strap accessory L/XL Sports Band and Link Bracelet Kit adds an extra 40 mm to the 42 mm metal bands providing six links to add on.
The extra Apple Watch link kits are now available from the Apple Store priced at $49 for the metal straps and large plastic straps are now also available. Expanding the range available to : S/M and M/L 140–210mm, M/L and L/XL 160–245mm. Apple explains more :

Crafted from the same stainless steel alloy as the case and the Link Bracelet, these links extend the 42mm stainless steel Link Bracelet by an additional 40mm. And thanks to a simple release button, you can add and remove them without any special tools.

Jump over to the Apple Store via the links below for more details and purchase.

Apple to Delay Launch of Online TV Service to Next Year

Apple will delay its online TV service to at least next year, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans.

The company had planned to introduce the service, which is delivered over the Internet, this year.

Discussions with broadcasters such as CBS and Twenty-First Century Fox to licence programming are progressing slowly, and lack of content has led Apple to scrap plans to announce the service at a September 9 event, Bloomberg said.

Apple also lacked the computer network capacity to ensure a good viewing experience, Bloomberg said.

Apple was aiming to price the new service at about $30 to $40 a month, media reports have said. Apple and Comcast were reportedly in early-stage discussions last year to offer a streaming-television service that would allow Apple set-top boxes to bypass congestion on the web.

The company still plans to introduce a more powerful version of its Apple TV set-top box at the event, which will be held in San Francisco, alongside the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphone models.

Based on previous reports, the new Apple TV is said to feature a slimmer chassis, a “drastically improved” remote with touch-pad input, increased on-board storage, and an operating system that supports Siri.

Earlier this week, Apple began contacting select customers who purchased the third-generation Apple TV to inform them about a faulty part. The company is offering a free exchange to the affected customers, shipping them brand new units.