Accessories

Build your own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi for $60

Build your own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi for $60

It's amazing how a company can spend a fortune on researching and developing a product, and eventually someone finds a way to make the same thing for far less. Amazon's Echo has been out for a while now, but it still costs $180 for you to get your hands on one. But what if I told you that you could make your own at home for just $60?

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LG G5 Friends get priced in the UK

LG G5 Friends get priced in the UK

Android users in the US eagerly awaiting their newest flagship in the form of the LG G5 will be able to get their hands on the device in just over a week. But what's also been on their minds is the availability and pricing of the phone's modular accessories, dubbed LG Friends. We've known the general pricing range for some of the items, such as the LG 360 Cam, a 360-degree VR-ready camera expected for around $200, but the official UK pricing for four of the accessories has been announced, giving a better idea of what we'll be coughing up at the register.

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Valve releases CAD files for Steam Controller

Valve releases CAD files for Steam Controller

When you want to mod something like a controller, there's a fair bit of work that goes into it, before you can really even start. Depending on how you're wanting to modify it, you have to do precise measurements, and sometimes even try to map the entire thing in 3D. Well, if you've ever wanted to make some changes to your Steam Controller, Valve has just made the process a lot easier.

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Schnap under-desk hammock is for long days at the office

Schnap under-desk hammock is for long days at the office

Rough day at the office? Channel your inner George Costanza with the Schnap, an under-desk hammock that, apparently, makes napping at the office easier than ever. You could just lean your chair back, yes, but that'd be too prone to interruption, and what if you're not allowed to nap at work? With an under-desk hammock, you could use a strategically based jacket and chair to hide your non-working ways.

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Razer BlackWidow X line to disrupt gaming keyboard pricing with simplicity

Razer BlackWidow X line to disrupt gaming keyboard pricing with simplicity

Razer gaming keyboards aren't cheap - they're made to last, and they're not made to tend to the non-gamer crowd. With the new Razer BlackWidow X line of keyboards, the company is cutting down on price - not on production value, mind you, on price. The keyboards will be the same high-quality hardware you're used to with Razer, only now they'll be stripped of (almost) all of their bells and whistles.

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Let’s See: will S6 cases fit on a Galaxy S7?

Let’s See: will S6 cases fit on a Galaxy S7?

So you've got your hands on a Samsung Galaxy S6 and you're planning on updating to a brand new Galaxy S7 in the immediate future. You want to know - will the accessories I'm using today work for my smartphone of tomorrow? The answer is yes - some of the time. Today we're exploring the possibilities between smartphone generations, seeing how well you're going to be able to use the gear you've already got in your possession - just in case you want to avoid dropping tens of dollars more on the multi-hundred-dollar device you're about to purchase.

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Apple finally releases a USB-C to Lightning Cable

Apple finally releases a USB-C to Lightning Cable

Sometimes you see a product announcement, and you stop and wonder how such a thing hasn't already existed. That was my response when I heard that Apple finally announced a USB-C to Lightning cable yesterday. The fact that the company has only just released this product is baffling.

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Lifepack gear bag has built-in locking cable, solar charger

Lifepack gear bag has built-in locking cable, solar charger

Many people work on the go, whether for their company or as a freelancer hopping from one gig to another. That means packing a lot of expensive equipment up into a single bag and taking it into the great outdoors…where it is vulnerable to thieves. Enter Lifepack, a new backpack aimed at on-the-go individuals; it features an integrated locking cable for securing the bag, and a solar charger for keeping devices juiced up.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro ups the Wi-fi ringer ante

Ring Video Doorbell Pro ups the Wi-fi ringer ante

This week the folks at Ring have revealed the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, a second, more powerful version of the first-gen wi-fi-enabled ringer. This piece of hardware works with "highly configurable motion detection zones" as well as a small form factor. This second-gen device improves upon the original while the company suggests they've become the business with the largest line of smart, outdoor security products available today.

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Boba Fett purse launches for discerning fashionistas

Boba Fett purse launches for discerning fashionistas

Is there a notable lack of green purses in your closet? If so, ThinkGeek has a new item that’ll fill that hole: a leather purse styled to resemble Boba Fett from Star Wars. The purse itself comes from Loungefly and features a shiny finish over bright green sections of embossed faux leather. Even better, says ThinkGeek, it includes little feet on the bottom so it won’t stick ‘to the movie theater floor.'

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Nurugo Micro: a 400x microscope for smartphones

Nurugo Micro: a 400x microscope for smartphones

Nurugo has introduced the Nurugo Micro, a small attachment that fits over a smartphone’s camera, transforming it into a 400x microscope. With it, users are able to see microscopic details using their phone’s built-in camera, presenting a low-cost and highly portable way for students, researchers in the field, and more to gather images.

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The essential VR accessory for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift buyers

The essential VR accessory for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift buyers

If you want to escape the real world, it's soon going to be easier than ever with virtual reality. Sure, you can use books, TV, and even non-VR video games to escape, but it's not quite the same. With all of those options, you're still connected to the rest of the world in some way or another. Usually you can still hear your surroundings, or at the very least, you can easily see what's going on around you. But with virtual reality, that's not the case. And sometimes that's not a good thing.

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