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LG Watch Urbane Review – All that glitters isn’t gold

LG Watch Urbane Review – All that glitters isn’t gold

You can understand why Android enthusiasts might be resentful of the Apple Watch. Android Wear has been around long enough for manufacturers like LG to release several generations of smartwatch, but listen to some and you’d be excused for thinking Cupertino had invented the segment. Into the fray wades the LG Watch Urbane, promising genteel luxury instead of geek chic, and first to offer the very latest version of Android Wear itself, complete with a number of hotly-anticipated updates. $349 is a lot to ask for an Android smartwatch, though: is the Urbane worth it?

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The simple Smart Home: Where to start

The simple Smart Home: Where to start

Controlling lights, appliances, and keeping an eye on home security has never been easier, but as smart home technology proliferates, picking the best place to start can be tough. I’ve been upgrading my apartment for the past few years, now, and I know that the first step needn’t be too risky, however. Since home automation can be intimidating, I’m going to focus on products that require the minimum of installation effort. I’m a big fan of non-permanent options: it makes a lot of sense if you’re renting, but it also gives you flexibility to change things up as you get used to your newly-smart home.

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Rhino Slider & Motion review; a must-have movement in photography

Rhino Slider & Motion review; a must-have movement in photography

I have a confession: I love House of Cards. Part of the reason for my obsession is the opening sequence (and probably Kevin Spacey’s oddly passable/terrible accent). The time-lapse, gently rolling through various points of Washington D.C., is just magical. I’ve always wanted to do something like that, but it seemed like an investment beyond the scope of what I was willing to spend (HoC uses a RED Camera!). Rhino isn’t asking much of me, though. Motion pairs a slider with a simple motor for fine-tuned live motion time-lapse, and — spoiler alert — it’s awesome.

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Polaroid Zip Review: the best tiny photo printer on the market today

Polaroid Zip Review: the best tiny photo printer on the market today

The following review will give you a brief overview of what it'll mean to use the Polaroid Zip Instant Photoprinter. This little device can fit in your pocket (if you've got a wallet-sized pocket) and is able to print a collection of photos from your smartphone using NFC to connect and Bluetooth to send data. This device prints 2-inch x 3-inch prints with glossy fronts and instant-dry ink. This device takes the fun of the original Polaroid Instant Camera and jams it in to our modern age, with a sticky back to boot.

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Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Today Facebook is pushing their newest service, Instant Articles, bringing full News Articles to the public through Facebook alone. With this service, publishers like National Geographic will be bringing full-on articles and videos to Facebook without any buffer. The companies that work with Facebook this way will receive ad revenue, and Google will - essentially - be cut out entirely. Unless you're looking at the article on an Android phone, of course. You'll be leaving all your news requirements to Facebook and the publishers they deem to be worthy.

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Lily camera drone hands-on: Aerial video, no pilot required

Lily camera drone hands-on: Aerial video, no pilot required

If you're reinventing the camera, why not make it fly? That's the concept behind Lily, a drone that puts flying photography at its core, but doesn't require a pilot's license to use. Promising not only autonomous flight but eye-catching drone footage with zero operator talent, the new quadcopter wants to usurp the GoPro as the extreme sportsperson's go-to gadget, and snap the selfie-stick for family gatherings. I ventured into the park to strike a pose as I was filmed from the sky.

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Science Fiction: Roswell Alien Slides Debunked

Science Fiction: Roswell Alien Slides Debunked

Several sixty-year-old slides, recently claimed by their owner, Adam Dew, to be photos of aliens from Roswell, New Mexico, have been debunked. Just this past week, several people - citizens, UFO "believers" and even some so-called experts in the field - were invited to a New Mexico event to screen a documentary on the slides. As it turns out, the images show no more than the remains of a mummified child. The child currently resides in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, after having visited San Francisco on temporary loan in the 1940s.

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LG G4 Review – The hero Android needs

LG G4 Review – The hero Android needs

Life’s not so good when you’re stuck in the shadow of a big rival with deep pockets, but if anything can drag LG into the sunlight, it’s the new G4. LG’s flagship Android smartphone for 2015, the G4 takes what we loved about the G3 before it - and made it into the Android-to-have among those in the know - and hits the boost button. Screen, camera, performance, all have been in line for an upgrade. Nonetheless, the rest of the mobile world hasn’t stood still either, so does the G4 have what it takes to push back against Samsung’s excellent Galaxy S6?

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Jawbone UP3 Review – Flawed Ambition

Jawbone UP3 Review – Flawed Ambition

There’s a war on, and it’s for space on your wrist. For years it’s been fitness trackers like Jawbone’s new UP3 that have been sneering at traditional watches, but as smartwatches like Apple Watch mature, now it’s the health bands that are under threat. Like any good - or cruel - personal trainer would tell you, when you feel the burn it’s time to push harder, and so Jawbone hasn't held back on the tech for its latest flagship. So many sensors, but does UP3 make sense?

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Oculus Rift Consumer Version vs Crescent Bay: Basic VR Details

Oculus Rift Consumer Version vs Crescent Bay: Basic VR Details

Before we dive in on the Consumer Release of Oculus Rift as it compares to the most recent version of Crescent Bay, be forewarned. Not a whole lot is known to the public at this point. What we're going on here is a mix of what we've been told by Oculus and what's been made obvious in comments from Oculus leaders like John Carmack over the past few weeks and months. That said, let's have a look. This is Oculus Rift as it's set to appear in early 2016, with pre-orders starting near the end of 2015.

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