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ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23 with ThinkCentre M83 PC Review

ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23 with ThinkCentre M83 PC Review

One of the biggest criticisms of all-in-one PCs is the inability to upgrade hardware if necessary. Lenovo has addressed that issue with its ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23, an all-in-one monitor with an open slot in the back in which users can slide certain slim Lenovo PCs. Connectors built into the monitor connect to the PC, which can then be accessed through "wings" on the back of the monitor that expose its various ports. Likewise, a couple of USB ports are offered on the front of the monitor for ease of access, ultimately providing a typical AiO experience. Sound interesting? Read our full SlashGear review to find out!

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PowerLite: a battery charging external flash for smartphones

PowerLite: a battery charging external flash for smartphones

Since we're constantly pushing our phones to do a little more than they previously could, it only make sense that we've seen the number of accessories expanding their usefulness increase. The PowerLite is one example, bringing with it a couple of different features wrapped up in a thin square wafer small enough to fit on a keychain. Those who frequently partake in mobile photography will find the unit's embedded LED lights to be particularly useful, with the effect it provides being less harsh than a phone's integrated flash.

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Listnr personal assistant always keeps an ear out

Listnr personal assistant always keeps an ear out

Yesterday we saw the Personal Robot, a personal assistant robot with artificial intelligence and the ability to wheel itself around your home or office. If the idea of having a personal assistant of this type strikes your fancy, only you're not too keen on having a deep learning and mobile robot wheeling around while you sleep, there's the Listnr instead. Listnr is an electronic ear that is always listening to its surroundings and taking actions based on what it hears.

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Branto connected orb can rotate, monitor your home

Branto connected orb can rotate, monitor your home

Imagine having a small orb on your bookcase or counter. This orb can be remotely accessed from your smartphone to, for example, turn up the heat in your home before you leave work. Likewise, the orb -- with its integrated camera -- can be rotated using a mobile device so that the user can take a peek around at whatever is going on nearby. Such are some of the features of Branto, another Internet of Things device that promises users home security, automation, and a slight cool factor.

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Facebook testing voice chat transcription in Messenger

Facebook testing voice chat transcription in Messenger

Chat is a big feature for many Facebook users -- the only feature some of them use at this point -- and so it always nice to see when a new feature is on the horizon. In the past, the social network introduced a feature that allows users to send their friends voice clips through Messenger in much the same way one can in WhatsApp, and it is convenient to be able to speak a message quickly. Those on the receiving end, however, might find listening to that message terribly inconvenient when in public.

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Light & Motion’s Sidekick adds light to your GoPro

Light & Motion’s Sidekick adds light to your GoPro

GoPro makes some nifty little cameras, but their usefulness drops drastically when put up against a low-light situation. External lights are the solution, but if you're using a spotlight or some other secondary battery-powered unit, the odds are it is both inconvenient and less than effective. The folks at Light & Motion are addressing that issue with their new Sidekick light, a rectangular LED light that is design specifically for mounting next to a GoPro camera to function as a complementary flash.

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Jeep Cherokees under investigation following fires

Jeep Cherokees under investigation following fires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs following complaints about fires in the engine compartment. About 50,415 Cherokees are being probed as part of the preliminary investigation, which will look into a possible defect that has caused multiple newer Cherokees to go up in flames for no readily discernible reason. The NHTSA is said to also have some field report data from an Early Warning Reporting program on the matter which will be factored in.

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Uber told to stop service in South Carolina

Uber told to stop service in South Carolina

Uber has developed more troubles stateside, with South Carolina bringing the service to a halt over a certification issue. Yesterday, the state's Public Service Commission ordered the ridesharing service to stop until it gets a certificate of public convenience and necessity, something taxi companies and other vehicle-related carriers must get. The state seems to have retained a favorable opinion of the service, but is firm in requiring it to get in line with state law. Uber, for its part, is proceeding to satisfy the requirements.

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Dolfi “washing device” uses ultrasonic tech to clean clothes

Dolfi “washing device” uses ultrasonic tech to clean clothes

Washing clothes is a simple matter when at home, but becomes more difficult or unnecessarily expensive when traveling. You might have resorted to washing a shirt or two in the sink in a moment of desperation, and with the Dolfi you'll largely repeat that process, only with one big difference: the inclusion of ultrasonic tech, which is delivered by a handheld device about the size and shape of a bar of soap. Clothes are promised to be clean after about half an hour, no agitation or scrubbing necessary.

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Netflix to lose Discovery, Hasbro shows due to contract dispute

Netflix to lose Discovery, Hasbro shows due to contract dispute

Netflix has failed to strike new contract agreements with Hasbro and Discovery, according to multiple reports, and as a result the video streaming service will be pulling content from both once the current contract runs out. This includes popular series' like My Little Pony, Transformers, and some other children's content. It appears it is possible the shows could end up remaining if deals can be struck, but as of now that is looking unlikely and Netflix's kids' content will be shrinking.

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