Accessories

Crosley’s 2016 Record Store Day Turntable Review

Crosley’s 2016 Record Store Day Turntable Review

A special edition of the Crosley Cruiser portable turntable (read: vinyl record player) is sitting on our review bench today, Mickey Mouse-infused. This version of the Crosley Cruiser has a couple of images of the Disney mouse, both rolling pretty hard with his own stack of records as such. This piece of equipment has the same internals as you'd find on a classic Cruiser model, but here it has a limited edition set of images to adorn its exterior - and under the hood.

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USB-C Authentication spec could save devices from bad cables

USB-C Authentication spec could save devices from bad cables

Late last year, Google engineer Benson Leung, part of the team that worked on the Pixel C, went on a crusade to scour Amazon for USB Type-C cables and test them for safety. The results were discouraging, even leading to the irreparable damage of one of Leung's computers. Taking note of the dire situation, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, who developed the standard, are now proposing a new USB Type-C Authentication protocol that will protect such devices from the dangerous effects of poorly and incorrectly designed, as well as insecure, Type-C accessories such as cables and chargers.

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Audiofly AF240 Headphones Review

Audiofly AF240 Headphones Review

Over-the-ear headphones get your hopes up. Those who choose to wear bulky cups balanced on top of their heads expect to be rewarded with above-average sound quality to make up for the lack of convenience, particularly on consumer-grade cans designed to be used outside of a studio environment. The Audiofly AF240 represent the first attempt by the Australian company to bridge the gap between the earbuds it's known for, and the new territory that comes with the over-the-ear market.

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LG offers developers the keys to G5’s modularity

LG offers developers the keys to G5’s modularity

LG is opening up its modular G5 smartphone for third-party developers, allowing them to tap into not only the company's own add-on camera and other gadgets, but develop their own. The G5 distinguishes itself from the rest of the Android pack by virtue of its interchangeable accessories, which at launch include a battery-toting camera grip, and which generally slot into the lower portion of the handset.

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Apple Watch Hermes bands get new colors, will be sold individually

Apple Watch Hermes bands get new colors, will be sold individually

So far, the Apple Watch Hermes band has been one of the most impressive collaborations between the tech giant and a high-end fashion brand. Unfortunately for those who are fans of the French brand, the only way to get the luxury accessory was to buy the Apple Watch that comes paired with it; if you already own the smartwatch, you're out of luck. That's changing later this month, the two companies have revealed, as the Hermes band will start being sold separately on April 19th.

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Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader arrives this month

Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader arrives this month

Lexar has introduced its new Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader, and it’ll start shipping it later this month. The reader is aimed at videographers and photographers with professional-level requirements, enabling them to transfer 4K-resolution and RAW images at high speeds using SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology. The reader, as its name suggests, works with XQD 2.0 cards.

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R2-D2 Architectural Desk Lamp is a droid for your studies

R2-D2 Architectural Desk Lamp is a droid for your studies

When the time rolls around to finish up some work or hit the books, you head to your desk, only something feels off. Your desk seems a bit too generic, a little too all-business-and-no-play. It's functional, yes, but sometimes you need something a more, just a touch of personality to carry you through those long evenings. What's better than an astromech droid illuminating your books?

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VR headset hygiene mask keeps things sanitary

VR headset hygiene mask keeps things sanitary

I'll be honest, I really don't want to be writing today. It's Vive launch day, and I have games that are waiting to be played in the other room. Thankfully, I've found something worthwhile to write about, that's also related to my burning desire to play VR. It will also help me with a certain problem that I've been worrying about.

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LucidSound LS30 Review : wireless gaming headphones that don’t look ridiculous

LucidSound LS30 Review : wireless gaming headphones that don’t look ridiculous

I'm not the sort of person who shies away from slime green headphones - but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate a pair of muted grays and blacks now and again. With the LucidSound LS30 wireless gaming headphones, you'll find a pair of sound-blasters that don't look insane. And they sound pretty good, too. You'll be able to connect to basically any gaming system, including PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and your smartphone - and your PC, of course, but only unofficially.

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Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones hit USA

Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones hit USA

This week the folks at Marshall Headphones have brought their slick looking MAJOR II Bluetooth headphones to the United States. This pair of headphones keeps the look of the Marshall headphone line consistent whilst bringing the added convenience of wirelessness with Bluetooth to the mix. This pair of headphones works with Bluetooth APTX for digital audio data reduction - that's there for as little latency as possible between the device projecting the audio and the headphones receiving them.

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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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