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August Doorbell Cam, Keypad, and HomeKit lock launch Access platform

August Doorbell Cam, Keypad, and HomeKit lock launch Access platform

August may have started with a single smart lock, but the company won't be happy until it has upgraded your entire front door experience. The new August Access platform, and three new or updated products that arrive under its umbrella, will not only allow you to lock and unlock your door from your phone, but hand out PIN code access, speak to delivery people while you're away from home, and integrate with services like Postmates and Shyp.

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HP Star Wars Special Edition is the Sith of notebooks

HP Star Wars Special Edition is the Sith of notebooks

Star Wars: The Force Awakens may still be several months out, but HP might have the limited-edition PC to tide over your sci-fi needs. The new HP Star Wars Special Edition notebook may have a Pavilion at its core, but it's been thoroughly customized with external graphics, accessories, and a whole catalog of digital content.

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HP’s ENVY Curved All-in-One is 34-inches of awesome

HP’s ENVY Curved All-in-One is 34-inches of awesome

There's nothing quite like a 34-inch, super-widescreen, curved All-in-One PC to grab your attention. Expect guests to give you half of their attention - at most - if you bring HP's new ENVY Curved All-in-One into your home. The broad Windows 10 desktop has a 2,000 mm curved radius, and with WQHD+ resolution can easily put two regularly-sized windows side-by-side.

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HP Spectre x360 updated with sleek ENVY along for the ride

HP Spectre x360 updated with sleek ENVY along for the ride

HP has revamped its flagship convertible notebook, outfitting the Spectre x360 with Intel's newest 6th-gen Core "Skylake" processors. The revamped laptop - which owes its name to a 360-degree hinge that allows the 13.3-inch touchscreen to rotate all the way around into a slate form-factor - also gets a new color option, a striking Ash Silver with Copper accents.

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A superfan tried to convince me Microsoft Band 2 is a winner

A superfan tried to convince me Microsoft Band 2 is a winner

I probably shouldn't have been surprised to find a Microsoft Band fan at the company's big Windows 10 device launch, but the wearable has kept a low profile over the past twelve months. Launched to no small fanfare last October, the chunky fitness wearable proved polarizing: lovers praised its fitness routine tutorials and Cortana integration, while haters slammed its prototype-like looks and patchy biometric sensors.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and 950 hands-on

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and 950 hands-on

Lumia fans have been a patient bunch, not entirely by choice, waiting on a new set of flagship phones. Despite Microsoft's various and vocal commitments to Windows 10 on smartphones, it hasn't given much outward sign of what hardware might have been in the pipeline. Today that all changed, of course, with the Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950, which filled the gap in Microsoft's top end (as well as bringing along a low-cost model too, the Lumia 550).

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This is Microsoft Surface Book – Hands-on

This is Microsoft Surface Book – Hands-on

The Microsoft Surface Book at first appears to be a very thin, stylish notebook with Windows 10 Pro inside. This notebook is by all means one of the most powerful notebooks of this size in the history of the notebook. The hinge is interesting, uncoiling like a snake to bring the display upward and back to allow you to type and move about the screen with a standard touchpad Microsoft suggests was optimized for Windows 10 use. Unlike a traditional notebook, this device's display detaches and can be flipped around backwards or used completely independent of its base.

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