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Fireside Audiobox pulses fire to the beat of your music

Fireside Audiobox pulses fire to the beat of your music

Mixing together the primitive and modern is a new Bluetooth speaker that pulses flames to the beat of whatever music you’re playing. Called Fireside Audiobox, the speaker is battery-powered and uses propane to fuel the flames; combined together, you get all the functionality of a portable wire-free speaker coupled with the classic beautify of an open flame. It's like lighting candles and playing music, only better.

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What’s up with the ‘deep blue’ iPhone 7 rumors?

What’s up with the ‘deep blue’ iPhone 7 rumors?

We saw an iPhone 7 rumor resurrected today: that there's a 'deep blue' iPhone 7 color in the pipeline. Rumors about this fabled blue phone surfaced earlier this year, and again resurfaced today on a Czech website that posted high-resolution photos of a gold-colored iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dummy unit. According to the website, the source of its photos, an online retailer called Topp Ten, claims there is a deep blue version of Apple's upcoming handset, though it didn't supply any photos of the supposed model.

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T-Mobile gives subscribers unlimited 4G LTE at Paralympic Games

T-Mobile gives subscribers unlimited 4G LTE at Paralympic Games

T-Mobile has been passing out high-speed data like candy, and its latest announcement is no exception. The Uncarrier has announced that all of its Simple Choice postpaid subscribers will be getting unlimited 4G LTE high-speed mobile data at no extra cost at the Paralympic Games next month. According to the carrier, all calls made from Brazil, where the games are held, to the U.S. will be free. Texts are free to send and receive globally.

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CVS Pay officially unveiled, dashing Apple Pay rumors

CVS Pay officially unveiled, dashing Apple Pay rumors

We've known for a few weeks now that CVS Pharmacy has been working on making mobile payments available in its stores, and all signs pointed toward those mobile payments involving Apple Pay. While CVS had confirmed in a roundabout way that it was looking into mobile payments, it didn't specify platforms one way or the other. Now, it turns out via an official announcement, CVS wasn't planning to launch Apple Pay: it was developing its own mobile payments platform called CVS Pay.

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iPhone 7 Plus Gold with dual-lens camera laid bare in new photo

iPhone 7 Plus Gold with dual-lens camera laid bare in new photo

The iPhone 7 will be available in four colors if past leaks are to be believed, and one of those colors is said to be “Gold.” We’ve seen the gold iPhone 7 in bits and pieces in leaked shots over past weeks, and now three new photos have surfaced laying it all bare. Both the front and the rear sides of the iPhone 7 are shown in the photos, as well as one shot showing off what is said to be a dummy unit of the iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens camera on the back.

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Minecraft for Oculus Rift launches next week

Minecraft for Oculus Rift launches next week

We heard in late July that Minecraft for Oculus Rift would be available soon, and now we have a more specific time frame: it will be available next week, leaving only a precious few days of waiting. The information comes from Mojang’s Tommaso Checchi who works on the Minecraft Pocket Edition. According to a tweet from Checchi published a couple days ago, the Oculus Rift version is finished and ready to go live.

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Slack is now selling emoji-based temporary tattoos

Slack is now selling emoji-based temporary tattoos

Have you ever looked at an emoji and wished you could print it on your flesh in the style of classic American tattoos? If you answer yes, then Slack has good news for you. The company has added a pack of temporary tattoos to its online store. The tattoos were designed by tattoo artist Jessi Preston and come in sets of half a dozen. This is the latest item in Slack's online store for physical goods.

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Amazon’s Hugh Hefner docuseries premieres in 2017

Amazon’s Hugh Hefner docuseries premieres in 2017

Amazon has decided to launch a new original series: “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story.” The company describes its latest original show as a “docuseries,” saying it draws from more than 17,000 hours of video footage and more than 2600 scrapbooks as the basis for its show. The docuseries will include reenactments and some archival footage, as well as interviews relevant to the show, to tell Hefner’s story. The show’s first season will span 13 episodes, and will be available in five different regions starting next year.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook Review

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook Review

Want the style and durability of a ThinkPad with the budget-friendliness and speed of a Chromebook? Enter Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 Chromebook, a version of its ThinkPad 13 laptop that runs Google's Chrome OS. High-end Chromebooks have become more common over the past couple years; we’ve seen such offerings from Dell, for example, and now the latest is the Thinkpad 13 Chromebook. Particularly notable with the model is the inclusion of UBS-C ports, but that’s just a small sliver of what the laptop has to offer. Is Lenovo’s Thinkpad 13 Chromebook the Chrome OS business laptop you’ve been waiting for? Read our full review to find out!

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Kobo Aura ONE 7.8 premium ereader leaks ahead of launch

Kobo Aura ONE 7.8 premium ereader leaks ahead of launch

A new ebook reader from Kobo appeared online at the FCC in recent days, and now the device itself has surfaced via a Dutch retailer which appears to have since pulled its accidental listing. According to the product listing that was published, the device will be called the Kobo Aura ONE and it’ll feature ‘premium’ specs not unlike the ones you find on Amazon’s higher end e-ink readers. The device still hasn't been formally launched, but the leak leaves little to the imagination.

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Snapchat pulls racist Asian stereotype lens

Snapchat pulls racist Asian stereotype lens

Snapchat is being heavily criticized (again) over a racist filter, this time for making one available that produces Asian caricatures from user selfies. If the criticism sounds familiar, that’s because it is; it was only back in late April that Snapchat received backlash for a Bob Marley filter that earned accusations of blackface. Snapchat didn't remove that Bob Marley filter, saying at the time that it had the blessing of his estate, but it has pulled the most recent offensive filter.

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Adidas robotic shoe factory to open in Atlanta next year

Adidas robotic shoe factory to open in Atlanta next year

Adidas will be opening a facility in Atlanta, Georgia next year in order to bring its shoe manufacturing closer to its U.S. customers. The catch? The facility will, in part, employ robots to make its shoe production rate rapid, hence the new upcoming factory's "speedfactory" designation. The facility won't be entirely manned by robotic machinery, though, as Adidas says it will also be creating 160 jobs for local workers, and that's never a bad thing.

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