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Grovemade’s latest speaker system goes natural with walnut and maple shells

Grovemade’s latest speaker system goes natural with walnut and maple shells

Grovemade has announced a new line of speakers that are looking to take a more natural approach to sound quality. This new speaker system is the result of a team up between the accessories maker and Portland, Oregon-based designer Joey Roth, and the finished product offers up a premium system that has a rather unique spin on speaker design and construction.

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Sinn Dual Strap wants an Apple Watch opposite a regular one

Sinn Dual Strap wants an Apple Watch opposite a regular one

Not everyone likes smartwatches, but even those who have sworn loyalty to the intricate beauty of mechanical time pieces do sometimes wish their beautiful timepieces could, in fact, do more than tell the time (or date). While there are already some compromises available, like analog watches with hidden digital displays, German watch maker Sinn has what is probably both the most imaginative but also most awkward solution: a strap system that allows you to wear both a Sinn mechanical watch as well as an Apple watch.

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Samsung’s new Gear VR now available for pre-order

Samsung’s new Gear VR now available for pre-order

The Galaxy Note 7 is definitely the new star of Samsung's lineup, but the anticipated device is also releasing alongside a revamped Gear VR. Both devices will be launching on the same day, and indeed, it sort of seems like Samsung is positioning these two as complimentary devices, meant to be purchased and used together. While we still have a little while to wait - both the Note 7 and the new Gear VR will be launching on August 19 - eager purchasers can now pre-order Gear VR from either Amazon or Samsung.

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Slack is now selling emoji-based temporary tattoos

Slack is now selling emoji-based temporary tattoos

Have you ever looked at an emoji and wished you could print it on your flesh in the style of classic American tattoos? If you answer yes, then Slack has good news for you. The company has added a pack of temporary tattoos to its online store. The tattoos were designed by tattoo artist Jessi Preston and come in sets of half a dozen. This is the latest item in Slack's online store for physical goods.

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Eye-Fi back tracks, has app to put old products on life support

Eye-Fi back tracks, has app to put old products on life support

At the start of July, Eye-Fi, makers of the popular Wi-Fi enabled SD cards, made a very unpopular announcement. One that could have ended in a lawsuit of some sort along the way. While it was technically just shutting down some old servers and services, it was, in effect, bricking "legacy" Eye-Fi cards as well. Unsurprisingly, there was such an uproar among its customers that Eye-Fi really had little choice but to give in and offer those customers an imperfect but probably acceptable solution, a software that will let them continue using those products long after the have been formally declared dead.

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NexDock “lapdock” for mobile finally starts shipping

NexDock “lapdock” for mobile finally starts shipping

It's not really that unusual to hear of successfully crowdfunded projects that failed to deliver, though they are thankfully still the exception rather than the norm. For a time, it seemed that NexDock was going to be one of those tragically doomed Indiegogo promises, despite the publicity it garnered. Fortunately, for the company and its backers, the docks that turn your smartphone into a laptop have started shipping to already disappointed backers, with (almost) all rewards expected to be sent out by the end of the month.

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Wilson X Connected Football goes up for preorder

Wilson X Connected Football goes up for preorder

The Wilson X Connected Football introduced earlier this year is now available for pre-order with shipping being scheduled to start September 8. Those who preorder the smart football will also receive a copy of Madden 17 for free, with versions being available for both the PS4 and Xbox One. The football contains Bluetooth connectivity and a bunch of sensors, and joins Wilson's existing Wilson X Connected Basketball.

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HP Powerup Backpack hides a 22400mAh battery for your laptop

HP Powerup Backpack hides a 22400mAh battery for your laptop

One of the biggest problems of road warriors, other than a consistent Internet connection everywhere, is the rapidly decreasing meter on their batteries. Mobile devices, especially smartphones, are easier to deal with, but when you really need to get work done, a laptop is your Obi-Wan Kenobi. Well, and this new HP backpack. Unassumingly stylish, the HP Powerup Backpack actually stores a large 22,400 mAh 84 Wh battery pack that can keep even your laptop sufficiently juiced up when power outlets are as rare as a Mewtwo.

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These Nike sunglasses cost more than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

These Nike sunglasses cost more than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

These days, expensive headgear is becoming more and more common. There are two consumer virtual reality headsets, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, available for prices of $600 and $800, respectively. That's already a steep buy, and it doesn't include the high-end gaming PC required to run the devices. But now here's Nike debuting a pair of sunglasses that cost a jaw-dropping $1,200. Are they capable of VR or augmented reality features? Nope. They're just sunglasses. Really, really expensive sunglasses.

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Steelseries Apex M800 Keyboard Review

Steelseries Apex M800 Keyboard Review

When it comes to desktop keyboards, there are generally two types to choose from. There are those with the typical rubber-dome keys, and those that use mechanical switches. Gamers tend to gravitate toward the latter for many reasons, and the latest keyboard from Steelseries takes a different approach to the mechanical keyboard.

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Pokemon GO API’s latest update victim: a “real” Pokeball

Pokemon GO API’s latest update victim: a “real” Pokeball

This week it's become clear that Niantic has gotten serious about stopping hackers and cheaters from ruining the vision they had for Pokemon GO. They've gone ahead and modified their game's API - and will continue to do so - to stay one step ahead of 3rd-party interlopers. One of the most awesome - and simple - projects we've come across that's been making use of this API is this Pokemon detecting Pokeball. This device is effectively a smartphone inside a sphere.

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Prisma Cold Brew makes cold brew coffee in 8 minutes

Prisma Cold Brew makes cold brew coffee in 8 minutes

Some people prefer cold brew coffee, saying the flavor is better when the coffee beans haven't been exposed to high temperatures. The problem, however, is that cold brew coffee takes a long time to make -- usually 12 or more hours, which means you're going to have to put a lot of foresight and planning into your morning habit. Prisma Cold Brew aims to change this reality; the coffee maker is said to produce cold brew coffee in less than ten minutes, doing so in part using vacuum infusion.

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