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ORA-X Smart AR headphones aim to reboot Glass with audio focus

ORA-X Smart AR headphones aim to reboot Glass with audio focus

Google Glass poisoned the well for head-mounted wearables, but could headphones with a side of augmented reality make the tech mass-market palatable? That's what Optinvent is hoping, focusing not so much on the wearable-display part of its new ORA-X headset, but the fact that they're a pair of high-quality Android-powered headphones that just so happen to feature a transparent screen.

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HTC One A9 hands-on: Android most controversial

HTC One A9 hands-on: Android most controversial

HTC has a new flagship, the One A9, and it's going to be controversial. Hero device after the One M9 and M9+, it's one of the first Android 6.0 Marshmallow phones outside of Google's own Nexus, and with a highly competitive price tag that belies its build quality. That controversy? Just about everyone agrees, the One A9's design is… familiar. Exactly what it's familiar to depends on who you are, though.

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UE Block Party update turns Boom speakers social

UE Block Party update turns Boom speakers social

Portable Bluetooth speakers may already be social ways to enjoy music, but an Ultimate Ears update now gives those impromptu groups a way to get involved in the playlist. Block Party, a new addition to the UE app for iOS and Android, opens the company's wireless speakers up to multiple streaming sources, meaning that no longer can one person force 80s power ballads onto everybody else.

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Nexus 6P 240fps video camera test: impressive, most impressive

Nexus 6P 240fps video camera test: impressive, most impressive

With the Nexus 6P users have access to the slowest slow-motion ever delivered to an Android smartphone. Inside you'll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with an Adreno 430 GPU, but no mention of a separate processor for the camera. If indeed the entire load is being handled by Qualcomm's SoC, color us impressed. What you're about to see are a couple of brief examples of how this slow motion system works - slick - on the Nexus 6P right out of the box.

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Lenovo YOGA 900 hands-on

Lenovo YOGA 900 hands-on

Clever hinges are in fashion this month, but Lenovo is more confident than most that it has the right way to flip a convertible notebook 360-degrees with the YOGA 900. The latest iteration of the form-factor switching ultraportable, as well as an Intel Skylake upgrade the 1.29kg convertible promises more touchscreen stability as well as greater runtime.

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Nexus 6P camera testing: our first real-world results

Nexus 6P camera testing: our first real-world results

This week we're reviewing the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P, starting with its camera - today you're going to see our first results. This part of the test is extremely simple - it's mostly to gauge how well the device can capture everyday objects out in the wild. This presentation comes before our comparisons with other smartphones and before our comparisons with a DSLR camera. This walk takes what might be Google's most powerful smartphone camera on a walk outside and through a set of low-light shots indoors, as well.

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Beddi smart alarm clock can call you an Uber

Beddi smart alarm clock can call you an Uber

If you've stayed in a hotel in the past couple of years, you've probably seen them: alarm clock speaker docks, complete with a now-useless 30-pin docking connector. Innovation in nightstand docks for your iPhone seemed to pretty much dry up when Apple ditched its original port in favor of Lightning, but Witti is hoping to change all that.

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Nexus 6P first impressions: Huawei may’ve made a knockout

Nexus 6P first impressions: Huawei may’ve made a knockout

On Friday I received the Nexus 6P in the mail, and over the past couple of days I've used it non-stop. The Nexus 6P is not the device I expected it to be. The first couple of Huawei devices I've used over the past couple of years have been extremely high quality - but they haven't been working with a brand of Android that I recognized or could use fully. With this Huawei-made Nexus 6P, this largely-China-based device manufacturer gets its chance to really show the US market what they're capable of.

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SmartThings 2.0 is here: First-impressions

SmartThings 2.0 is here: First-impressions

SmartThings struck it big on Kickstarter, got snapped up by Samsung, and now has begun delivering its much-anticipated Hub 2.0. The SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit, the centerpiece of which is the second-generation hub, is in stores today, priced at $249. Best Buy and Sears will carry it on their shelves, while it'll also be available online.

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August’s new Access lock works, but trust may take longer

August’s new Access lock works, but trust may take longer

The smart home can't just be clever, it needs to be impeccably designed, but while August's expanded range satisfies both criteria it may be user trust that really needs an upgrade. I spent some time with the Smart Keypad, Doorbell Cam, and the HomeKit version of the Smart Lock today, as well as talking with August's exec team about whether even committed automation fans are ready to hand over the digital keys to the cable guy.

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