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Nyrius Smart Switch review; simple IoT for your home

Nyrius Smart Switch review; simple IoT for your home

The smarter home; we all want it, but can we achieve it in the house we have? That’s the aim Nyrius has with their Smart Switch; a true, easy-to-use home automation primer via a single plug-in dongle. Accompanied by an app (Android version currently available, iOS coming soon), Nyrius’ Smart Switch makes quick work of customized home settings. Easy and simple, Smart Switch nonetheless takes up valuable outlet space. Will a home full of outlet dongles really make your home smart, though? We find out.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Review

Samsung has a lackluster track record making flagship smartphones with serious lust-appeal. Its plastic-bodied Galaxy range was the Camry trying to play in Mercedes and Audi territory, earnestly ticking the boxes on the spec sheet, but failing to grasp that owners care about a sense of prestige as much they do a roster of the latest functionality. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and its flashy Galaxy S6 edge sibling are a lesson hard-learned, then, with both patchy sales and increasingly vocal criticism in 2014 demanding changes be made. 2015 might well be the fiercest year in phone tech yet; these two are evidence of Samsung's A-game.

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Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Building an app starts with a concept, and idea, a vision. If you don’t have a guiding light in mind, you’re just doing. That isn’t necessarily creating. Idea to App: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Making iOS Apps is a new book from Megan Holstein, who is also responsible for the website of the same name. Her book promises not to be a rehashing of the website, though; it’s billed as one that is full of fresh ideas, and a better walk-through of how to get from idea to app. To see if it accomplishes that, I decided to give it a read.

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Enlight for iOS review; a great photo editor for most

Enlight for iOS review; a great photo editor for most

Photo editors for mobile devices are fast becoming both powerful and easy to find. The competitive market that once had a few standouts controlling things now has a seemingly endless array of apps, all claiming to do something special or unique. That’s where Enlight comes in. Currently available for the iPhone, the photo editing app wants to make photo editing much easier and more intuitive. Does it do as much, or is Enlight another also-ran in mobile photo editing?

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus Review

Huawei Honor 6 Plus Review

After a few weeks of use, one thing is clear: with the Honor 6 Plus, Huawei isn't messing around. While this device will not be released internationally* - nor will it be coming to the United States - Huawei has delivered a smartphone that's worthy of your attention. In the future, we hope, Huawei will be able to continue their path to highest quality as they reach the United States with devices in the near future. For now - here's what they've got brewing in the Honor line of smartphones with the 6 Plus.

*UPDATE: According to Huawei, "Honor 6 plus will [soon] also be available in Europe and other markets."

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Adonit Jot Script 2 Evernote Edition review

Adonit Jot Script 2 Evernote Edition review

Adonit wants to keep you scribbling away digitally, and their new Jot Script stylus is their best effort to that end thus far. Though penning a long letter digitally probably isn't the aim (or your desire), quick notes are. Jot Script 2 boasts improved hardware, and a firm grasp on Penultimate, the note taking app from Evernote. To see if Adonit improved o their original Jot Script enough to make us ditch paper, we took Jot Script 2 and Penultimate for a spin.

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Moshi Overture Review; Apple Pay for iPhone 6, no matter what

Moshi Overture Review; Apple Pay for iPhone 6, no matter what

You probably slip your phone and wallet in your pocket or bag on a daily basis. You probably don’t want to tote multiple items around, especially if you’re just heading out for a night on the town or grabbing a bite to eat. For those times, we suggest taking a look at Moshi’s Overture case for the iPhone 6. Part case, part wallet, and all kinds of useful, the Overture is your all-in-one for just about everything you need when heading away from home.

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Review: Lenovo Yoga 3 14 convertible laptop

Review: Lenovo Yoga 3 14 convertible laptop

Lenovo has another Yoga notebook very similar to the ThinkPad Yoga 14 we recently reviewed, and it's called the Lenovo Yoga 3 14. The increasingly convoluted names aside, the Yoga 3 14 is a bigger version of the Yoga 3 11-inch model, bringing with it the same design and general functionality. There are several Yoga-brand PCs available at this point, and so the big question is: does the Yoga 3 14 stand out among them, or is it a rehash of a laptop we've already seen a time or two? Read on to find out!

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Logitech MX Master Review – The ambitious mouse

Logitech MX Master Review – The ambitious mouse

Turns out, mouse design is a serious business. Logitech has spent several years designing its new flagship peripheral, the MX Master, capable of embracing not just one but three of your computers, and even coaxing loyal trackpad users back into the fold. It also sees the return of one of Logitech's more contentious features, a slick scroll wheel with some fancy friction. I pushed my Magic Trackpad to one side to give the MX Master the chance to win me over; read on for the full review.

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Acer Aspire Switch 11 review: the best of both worlds

Acer Aspire Switch 11 review: the best of both worlds

Acer is back with another convertible PC: the Acer Aspire Switch 11. As with this machine's previous iteration, the Aspire Switch 11 is both a tablet and a laptop, being whichever you'd like it to be in any given moment. This is nothing new, but these type of machines can often miss the mark when it comes to usability. Such isn't the case with the Switch 11 -- though a bit on the thick side, this convertible PC works wonderfully as a laptop and even better as a tablet. Will it meet your needs? Read our full review to find out!

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