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Mimoco Star Wars PowerBot and PowerTube review

Mimoco Star Wars PowerBot and PowerTube review

There used to be a time where I only charged my cell phone every few days, and rarely worried about it actually dying on me. These days, if I don't charge my phone every single night, it will run out of juice before noon on the following day. And if I'm covering a show, or using it heavily, my iPhone 6 might not even last the day. This is why I like having a portable charger in my bag, so that I've always got a way to charge my phone.

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HTC Vive Pre user manual details first steps with VR headset

HTC Vive Pre user manual details first steps with VR headset

The HTC Vive Pre headset, one of the newer virtual reality products that take users to different worlds, has been detailed in its user manual. The manual is available now from HTC's own website, and it brings with it all the details new users will need to know to get started. Among the more boring details, including things like putting it on, the user manual details how to arrange your room to accommodate VR gaming.

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Razer releases $10 notebook

Razer releases $10 notebook

If it weren't already clear that Razer was expanding to a full "lifestyle" brand, today's release of a real paper pages notebook should do the trick. What you're seeing here is a notebook - for you to write in, not electronic - that's meant to be an exact replica of the Razer Blade laptop lineup at a glance. The cover looks like the outer shell of the Razer Blade line, and the first page looks like a keyboard. This is likely the first and last time you'll see a notebook for sale from a major OEM for a cool tenner.

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Order your Super Bowl Pizza from Domino’s using Amazon Echo

Order your Super Bowl Pizza from Domino’s using Amazon Echo

If you're into sports, this Sunday is probably a big deal for you. You'll probably be at a party watching the Panthers and the Broncos duke it out in Super Bowl 50. And like any good football party, you're probably going to order pizza. And today Domino's has announced a new way for you to do that.

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Beware USB-C cables that could seriously fry your device

Beware USB-C cables that could seriously fry your device

As part of the team who worked on the Pixel C, Google engineer Benson Leung took it upon himself to survey the myriad USB Type-C cables being sold, particularly on Amazon, for their compliance with the USB specs and accuracy, not to mention safety. Every test carries a risk but Leung perhaps hoped never to come across one as destructive as this. Now he has the war wounds to show for his crusade and at least three dead devices, including a 2015 Chromebook Pixel because of a poorly and incorrectly made USB-C cable.

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ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

This afternoon ZAGG announced that they'd be acquiring Mophie, bringing the battery giant into the accessories giant thusly. ZAGG will be holding a conference call for investors this evening at 6:30 PM Eastern Time, at which point ZAGG will explain the terms of this merger. ZAGG suggests that this combination of companies will create one which had a combined net sales of "approximately $470 million" in the year 2015.

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Evernote closes Market down, will link to actual manufacturers

Evernote closes Market down, will link to actual manufacturers

Evernote calls it focusing on its core business. Others might see it as signs of trouble. The once popular startup, considered to be a unicorn in Silicon Valley, has shut down many of the products and services it has considered dead weight. The latest to get the ax isn't even a product technically speaking but a marketplace. Evernote Market, the place where you can order and buy physical products and objects related to the note-taking service, is shutting down, freeing Evernote to concentrate on what it does best.

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TappLock is a padlock with a fingerprint sensor to open

TappLock is a padlock with a fingerprint sensor to open

Now that we're living in the age of sufficient fingerprint sensors, devices like the TappLock are on the rise. The creators of the TappLock have embedded a fingerprint sensor (aka a fingerprint reader) into a padlock, allowing the user to do away with keys altogether. This system, they suggest, will allow you to "never worry about losing your keys, forgetting your combination code, or getting your locks picked again." That is, until the device's sensor malfunctions. But that'll never happen, right?

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PSA: Your Apple AC adapter may need to be replaced

PSA: Your Apple AC adapter may need to be replaced

As of this week, Apple has issued a warning for owners and users of a certain set of Apple-brand AC wall plug adapters around the world. While there's likely no immediate danger to you and yours, Apple isn't taking any chances with this program, suggesting that "in very rare cases, the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched."

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Sony unveils new line of USB Type-C flash drives

Sony unveils new line of USB Type-C flash drives

Sony has introduced a new line of USB Type-C flash drives, each with a sleek metal design and compact size. The line features drives in three different capacities: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, each featuring USB Type-C and Type A dual connectors for use with a wide array of devices, including Apple's Macbook. The product line will be available starting next month.

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NextDesk CrossOver makes any desk a standing desk

NextDesk CrossOver makes any desk a standing desk

NextDesk creates a device that allows your existing, standard desk into a future-ready power-adjustable standing desk. While you could just bust out a stack of books to raise your computer up to standing height, this machine makes the entire process a whole lot easier. With the CrossOver, NextDesk moves from the standing desk elite business to the business of convincing everyone they'd be better off with a desk that's able to rise at will.

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Amazon Echo’s Alexa gains Movie, Super Bowl knowledge

Amazon Echo’s Alexa gains Movie, Super Bowl knowledge

This week Alexa (inside the Amazon Echo) will be updated to roll with the punches when it comes to movie queries. Users will soon be able to ask when Star Wars: The Force Awakens is playing, or "what horror movies are playing this Friday" using local movie listings and theater showings. Users will also be able to ask more general questions like "what movies are playing" or "tell me more about the movie "Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood".

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