How to use gadgets for Halloween pranks in your home

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If you wanna kick up your Halloween festivities, you may be able to do so with some of the smart home gadgets and consumer electronics that you already have in your posession. One example is using your Hue lights to simulate a thunderstorm or fire happening in your home, which I&#39;ve been enjoying for the past few days. The ambiance can be enjoyed both from inside the house, as well as by people passing by (especially with a connected Bluetooth speaker chiming in with sound effects, pointed outside an open window!)


For more inspiration, Best Buy has compiled five videos that show how you can use different pieces of technology that you can use to put together you own scary holiday scenes. The one I liked most is the Haunted House Wicked Washroom, where you use Philips Hue lights, a Bluetooth speaker with ambient lighting, and Belkin WeMo smart <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss_2?i=kJ4UJ142SN0:Ujm-QARKqqg:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></div>
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Bleeding Edge TV 549: Apple iPhone 6s Review

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Thinking about picking up the <a href="http://www.gearlive.com/news/tag/apple">Apple</a> iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus? Make sure you check out my full review of both Apple 2015 flagship smartphones in this episode! I give you a rundown of all the new iPhone 6s features - things like 3D Touch, Live Photos, the new 12 megapixel iSight camera, 5 megapixel FaceTime HD camera, second generation Touch ID, Taptic Engine, 7000 series aluminum body, Retina Flash, 4K video recording, and so much more!


Join me as I walk you through each new feature, as well as specify the subtle differences between the iPhone 6s and the larger iPhone 6s Plus (spoiler: battery life and optical image stabilization!)


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Unboxing Live 174: Amiibo Retro 3-Pack (Duck Hunt, R.O.B., Mr. Game &amp; Watch)

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It&#39;s time for an <a href="http://www.gearlive.com/news/tag/amiibo">amiibo</a> blast from the past with the Retro 3-Pack! Included in this set are Duck Hunt (the dog with the duck flying above), Mr. Game and Watch (the predecessor to the Game Boy), and R.O.B. (the robot peripheral for the original NES Nintendo Entertainment System.)


I give you an up-close look at each of these old school amiibo characters, which work great with Super Smash Bros U and 3DS! Let me know your thoughts in the comments - I thought Mr. Game and Watch was pretty cool the way you could change his pose, and the detail in R.O.B. was awesome.


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Unboxing Live 173: iPhone 6S Launch and Unboxing

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<a href="http://www.gearlive.com/news/tag/apple">Apple</a> has eliminated most of the fun from Apple Store iPhone launches! In this episode, I am waiting for the iPhone 6S to launch at the Alderwood Mall Apple Store. Typically, there are hundreds of people all camped out, waiting in line, and generally switching between having a great time and hating life depending on the temperature and the rain. This year? For the vase majority of the night it was 3 people. THREE PEOPLE! I was the third to arrive, getting there at 8:00PM the night before launch - last year by then there were 80 people in line. The next person didn&#39;t arrive until about 4:30am - 8.5 hours later. I do finally get my hands on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, and bring you an unboxing of the device as well.


You can <a href="http://www.gearlive.com/go/iphone6s">order the new Apple iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus</a>&nbsp;now.


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Grab one year of Backblaze unlimited online backup for $25!

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Backblaze not only allows access to data from all your devices, but it backs up automatically and continuously so there are zero tasks added to your plate. It&rsquo;s a simple solution to a complex problem that can often end in disaster.Right now you can <a href="https://deals.gearlive.com/sales/backblaze-1-year-subscription">grab a one-year subscription for $24.99 from Gear Live Deals</a>. That is half off the regular price!
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Apple OS X 10.11 El Capitan now available, here’s what’s new!

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<a href="http://www.gearlive.com/news/tag/apple">Apple</a> has released OS X 10.11 El Capitan to the public, and all users with compatible Macs are able to download the updated version of Apple&rsquo;s desktop operating system for free from the Mac App Store. Just launch the Mac App Store to grab the download, or if you don&rsquo;t see it, you can use this link to take you right to it: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/os-x-el-capitan/id1018109117?uo=4&amp;at=10l4K5">OS X El Capitan</a>


OS X El Capitan brings with it a slew of bug fixes and performance improvements, tightening up everything from last year&rsquo;s Yosemite release. That said, there are still quite a few user-facing improvements as well. These include:






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