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Apple Watch has hidden diagnostics port (for now)

Apple Watch has hidden diagnostics port (for now)

Some interesting news about the Apple Watch has surfaced today, all of it revolving around a hidden diagnostic port available on the Apple smartwatch. This diagnostic port is said to contain a 6-dot brass contact array, which is inside of the bottom strap's connector slot groove. Sources have confirmed this port exists, but that's where the agreement among sources seems to end: one source has said that the port is used for diagnostic tasks (as you'd expect), but that it could theoretically be used for accessories after the watch launches. This has spurred speculation about so-called smart watch straps, but a different source has surfaced saying not to get your hopes up.

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Play any instrument with just an Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1

Play any instrument with just an Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1

We've seen accessories that turn your mobile device or computer into a makeshift recording studio, but what about one that lets you play almost any instrument? And one that actually feels like it has real strings? That's the almost unbelievable promise that the Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1 is making on Kickstarter, to deliver a strange looking contraption that can be played as a guitar, violin, keyboard, drum, or, thanks to software, any other instrument or sound known to man as well as those still unknown to man.

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Windblocker microphone clip lets you take a call in a hurricane

Windblocker microphone clip lets you take a call in a hurricane

We're seeing some of the hottest technology come out of the Mobile World Congress 2015. Now Windblockers is introducing some old school tech that's perfect for the mobile world. Mobile software developers have been undertaking the task of perfecting noise cancelling software for a while now. It still has a way to go, as anyone who has ever taken a call on a windy day can tell you. Instead of waiting for the perfect in-phone software you can try Windblockers microphone cover for instant noise reduction.

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Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

What follows is not a full teardown of the Samsung Gear VR. We're not going to go through all the steps involved in finding the right screwdrivers, spudgers, pins and all that. Instead we're going to go through the basics for two groups of people. First, the people that own Gear VR units that want to get inside without destroying their device. Second, for people who want to see what this device is made of. To the untrained eye, it's certainly not made of a lot, that's for certain.

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Razer Tactical Bag Review: the gear backpack of your dreams

Razer Tactical Bag Review: the gear backpack of your dreams

My review of the Razer Tactical Bag began in January of 2015, about a month and a half ago. The bag was delivered to me right in time for CES 2015 - easily the most action-packed week for me out of the whole year - for tech, that is to say. During the week I carry a lot of weight. In past years, I've brought bags that weren't up to the task. I've had bags whose handles rip partway through the week. I've had bags that didn't end up having nearly enough space or pockets for organization of oddities. The Razer Tactical Bag was up to the task.

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DeLorean case brings your iPhone 6 back to the future

DeLorean case brings your iPhone 6 back to the future

The Back to the Future series has inspired many a scientific and engineering quest, from hoverboards, to self-lacing shoes, to, of course, the time traveling DeLorean. And now it is inspiring, wait for it, smartphone cases. To mark the timeline of the second movie, which takes place in 2015, toy maker Bandai is coming out with a new case for the iPhone 6 that encloses the smartphone inside the iconic car. It has lights and secret features, but, unfortunately, can't give you time bending powers.

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Marshall Major II returns in Brown, Pitch Black, and White

Marshall Major II returns in Brown, Pitch Black, and White

Back in 2012 we had our first listen on the Marshall headphones line with the original Major. Now comes not only the Major II, but the Major II in several new colors. This collection of headphones is bringing on a Pitch Black color - like the original, as well as one in Brown, and another in White. These headphones aim to take the already-impressive sounds delivered with the 2012 model up a notch with a number of improvements in physical shape and high-definition audio.

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Police test “less lethal” bullet alternative

Police test “less lethal” bullet alternative

In light of recent events in which lethal force was used by police (in several incidents across the United States), a new "less-lethal" alternative is being tested. Created by the company "Alternative Ballistics," this "bullet attachment" hooks on to the front of the police officer's handgun and provides a sort of airbag-like system for the first shot. Once the first shot is fired, every subsequent shot is lethal as ever. This is "The Alternative", and according to the company that makes it, it was invented by a "retired sheriff police officer who did not like that people were being shot when the officers do have time."

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Xiaomi’s Mi coming to US, just not how you’d think

Xiaomi’s Mi coming to US, just not how you’d think

It would appear that Xiaomi is coming to the United States to sell devices after all. Just not smartphones. Or tablets. Much of the rest of their wide variety of odd electronics from all corners of the electronics industry are on their way, on the other hand. Instead, they'll be bringing their Mi dot com sales website to the United States for sales of products on the accessories side of things - and other oddities. As far as smartphones and tablets go - they've got no plan in place for those as of now.

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Phorm iPad mini case puts morphing keyboard over screen

Phorm iPad mini case puts morphing keyboard over screen

In a way that we've never seen attempted before, the Phorm iPad mini case appearing this week takes on physical keyboards for a digital screen. Instead of making a keyboard that sits separate from the rest of the iPad mini, this keyboard sits right on top. Instead of dismissing the keyboard that's already on the screen, this case puts physical bumps - or keys - above the keys on-screen. How utterly simple this solution is for the masses of keyboard-loving citizens around the world.

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