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Steelie Desk and Dash System Review: This magnet is your phone’s new friend

Steelie Desk and Dash System Review: This magnet is your phone’s new friend

If you've got a phone (and who doesn't, these days?) then you've got access to thousands of different accessories for it. Regardless of the manufacturer, you'll find things to help you do just about anything you want with it. I'm pretty simple, and don't have too many extra gadgets for mine, besides a case. However, I recently had the chance to test out the Nite Ize Steelie Desk and Dash System for mine, and it's been interesting.

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Sony Xperia Ear: the first in new breed of intelligent devices

Sony Xperia Ear: the first in new breed of intelligent devices

Sony's Xperia brand has been, for quite a few years now, synonymous with mobile devices. But smartphones, and especially tablets, are no longer the hottest craze in the market, something that Sony is feeling especially in its coffers. To adapt to the times, Sony is "re-imagining" the Xperia brand to embrace more types of devices. In particular, devices that exude intelligence and deliver personalized experiences. In other words, more smart devices, starting with the Xperia Ear, which Sony promises is more than just an in-ear Bluetooth headset.

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Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2 to be faster, smaller

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2 to be faster, smaller

Sometimes, it isn't enough to view content on a 5, 7, or even 10 inch screen. Sometimes you need something even larger, a whole wall even. While it has certainly been possible to mirror a device's screen to a TV or projector with cables and whatnot, nothing really beats the convenience, distance, and mobility that a wireless connection offers. Building on the success of its first Wireless Display Adapter, Microsoft is announcing the next generation of the HDMI plug that converts any monitor, TV, or projector into an extension of your phone, tablet, or laptop. Wirelessly, of course.

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LG TONE Platinum puts Harman Kardon inside sleek BT headsets

LG TONE Platinum puts Harman Kardon inside sleek BT headsets

LG's TONE line of wireless headsets has been around the block already a few times but at the upcoming MWC 2016, it will be showcasing something a bit different. For one, the new TONE Platinum Bluetooth headset gives justice to its name, with its premium looking aluminum housing. But more than just the looks, it also flaunts sound quality that is delivered through a combination of multiple technologies, like Balanced Armature and aptX, and certified with Harman Kardon's iconic brand.

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Sony e-paper HUIS remote control goes on sale after all

Sony e-paper HUIS remote control goes on sale after all

Who says dreams can't come true? That idea was partly behind crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, helping dreamers and makers turn ideas into products. July last year, Sony took that rather popular idea and turned it into a sort of internal incubation platform, allowing employees to test their ideas with the potential of turning them into actual Sony products. Now the first of those ideas have achieved maturation and is being launched by the company's Japanese headquarter. Introducing the HUIS, perhaps the world's first e-ink universal remote control.

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Speck MightyPack Plus Review: Mighty indeed

Speck MightyPack Plus Review: Mighty indeed

I'm the kind of guy that's much happier carrying around a backpack, rather than a typical laptop bag. Not only do I find them more comfortable, they typically have more storage space. For a couple of weeks, I've been testing out Speck's MightyPack Plus, and using it to lug around my various gadgets.

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US Apple Stores now applying iPhone screen protectors with Belkin device

US Apple Stores now applying iPhone screen protectors with Belkin device

Apple Stores in Japan last week were among the first to first debut a new service for iPhone owners that correctly aligns and applies a screen protector to their device. Now Apple's retail outlets in the US doing the same, making use of a handheld Belkin device that can attach a clear plastic film to iPhone screens, protecting them from scratches and finger smudges, all while avoiding hassles like air bubbles or crooked alignments.

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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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