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Xiaomi Mi Smartwatch confirmed for this year

Xiaomi Mi Smartwatch confirmed for this year

We know that Xiaomi will be having an event on May 10 where some new products and software will be unveiled. Hardware expected at the event includes the Xiaomi Max and the Mi Band 2. Software tipped to be unveiled includes the MIUI 8 OS. Word has surfaced hat another device might be unveiled after this event and this one is a smartwatch called the Mi smartwatch.

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Helium Core adds lenses and accessories for photography to the iPhone

Helium Core adds lenses and accessories for photography to the iPhone

The most common cameras used in the US and many other places around the world are the cameras in smartphones. The most common smartphone in many locations is the iPhone. A new camera chassis for the iPhone has debuted called the Helium Core that is designed to make photography with the iPhone more comfortable and to allow the addition of accessories to make the iPhone camera perform better.

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Galaxy S7 Edge battles HTC 10 in speed tests

Galaxy S7 Edge battles HTC 10 in speed tests

We are all impatient today and what may be only a few seconds for your smartphone to boot up or perform a task feels like an eternity when you are in a hurry. The HTC 10 and Galaxy S7 Edge have been pitted against each other in several speed tests to see which is faster for a variety of tasks. The first is a simple bootup test.

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Google Trips travel app in testing with Local Guides

Google Trips travel app in testing with Local Guides

Word is that Google is currently testing a new app that is designed to help you keep an eye on all the trips that you have coming up. The app is called Google Trips and it will be an app for travelers, assuming it ever leaves the beta stage and heads for the masses. For now, the app is said to be in testing with Local Guides, folks who contribute a lot to Google Maps.

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Google Calendar for Android finds the perfect meeting time

Google Calendar for Android finds the perfect meeting time

Google Apps for Work and Apps for Education users have a new feature that is launching that will make it easier to find a time when everyone in the office can get together for a meeting. The problem now is that many people have to send emails to everyone or call everyone that needs to be in the meeting and wade through each schedule to find when people are available and can come.

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Furbo is a dog camera that tosses treats

Furbo is a dog camera that tosses treats

People love their pets and around the world, massive fortunes are spent each year on toys and treats for pets. A new product called Furbo has turned up on Indiegogo and this is a very cool camera and treat dispenser for pets that lets pet owners feed and play with their dog from afar. Furbo is described as an interactive dog camera with a connected app. The app allows you to see, talk, and give treats to Fido while you aren’t at home.

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ZTE Axon 2 pops up at TENAA packing Snapdragon 820 and 4GB RAM

ZTE Axon 2 pops up at TENAA packing Snapdragon 820 and 4GB RAM

A new ZTE smartphone has turned up and this time the little beast is called the ZTE Axon 2. The phone has turned up on TENAA bringing some of the specifications with a couple images of the smartphone. This isn't the first ZTE device that we have spied at TENAA this month, the ZTE Nubia X8 and X8 Mini were seen previously. The ZTE Axon 2 has significantly better specs than either of those other two devices.

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Samsung Checkout on TV Lets you Pay for Stuff with no Phone

Samsung Checkout on TV Lets you Pay for Stuff with no Phone

Samsung has unveiled a new way that people can pay for items over their TV and it is called Samsung Checkout on TV. The cool part about this new payment system is that it doesn't require a smartphone to complete a purchase. The native billing option allows all parts of the payment process to be carried out directly on the TV screen.

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Philips Hue gen 2 app adds Rooms, Routines and more

Philips Hue gen 2 app adds Rooms, Routines and more

Philips has announced a new version of the app that controls the Hue smart light bulb for iOS and Android devices. The new app is called the Philips Hue gen 2 app for iOS and Android. The app has a new interface design and has some new features including Rooms, Routines, and Scenes.

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Acer Liquid M330 unlocked smartphone launches in the US

Acer Liquid M330 unlocked smartphone launches in the US

Acer has several smartphones in the Liquid range and one of those devices is now available to purchase in the US. The smartphone is called the Acer Liquid M330 and it runs Windows 10. Since Windows is on board, the place to purchase the smartphone is directly from the Microsoft Store. The big feature of this smartphone is the price with an unlocked version selling for $99.

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Special Edition Pebble Time Round lands for Mother’s Day

Special Edition Pebble Time Round lands for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is right around the corner and if your mom likes gadgets, Pebble has a special edition smartwatch for you to give her. The Pebble Time Round Special Edition is available today and comes in rose gold and silver colors. Both of the special versions have a coordinating double-wrap leather band. Apparently that means the band goes around the wrist twice. Fancy.

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Joby GripTight Pro Tablet holder does landscape and portrait modes

Joby GripTight Pro Tablet holder does landscape and portrait modes

Joby is well known for making interesting and flexible mounts for everything from digital cameras to tablets and smartphones. These mounts are known for having three legs that are very flexible allowing the user to wrap the legs around things to attach their tablet or other device to just about anything. Last year Joby unveiled the GripTight Mount for Smaller Tablets but that mount used a design that didn’t allow tablets to be held easily in landscape mode. This is where the GripTight Pro Tablet mount comes in.

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