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Apple HomeKit’s newest Hue addition is retrofit

Apple HomeKit’s newest Hue addition is retrofit

The Philips Hue ecosystem will be fit with Apple HomeKit capabilities this Autumn, including both systems old and new. Philips Hue has suggested that they "will help existing users to upgrade their system" and will be updating "all existing Hue light sources" to be "made compatible with HomeKit." If that's not good news for those Hue users looking to work with HomeKit in the future, I don't know what is. Come this September, this system will be sent up in full detail. For now, Philips is preparing their system for full compatibility.

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Valve’s VR headset unboxing and super cute illustrated manual

Valve’s VR headset unboxing and super cute illustrated manual

It has begun - Valve and HTC have shipped the first round of Vive VR headsets to developers of all sorts. What you're about to see is a series of photos of the Vive Dev Kit manual, the box, and the headset itself, as shipped to users across the United States, Canada, and abroad. As Valve's Chet Faliszek suggests, "this first wave includes a wide range of developers from major movie studios, triple A developers, to small indie teams working on their first title."

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Steam Machines released for pre-order – for real this time

Steam Machines released for pre-order – for real this time

Valve's SteamOS operating system is coming, complete with the Steam Controller and Steam Machines and the Steam Link. Today pre-orders have opened up for the lot of these devices, starting with the Steam Link, the Steam Controller, and two Steam Machines right out the gate. Valve suggests that pre-orders will receive their hardware starting October 16th while the rest of the SteamOS collection will be released to the public this November. That's November for the general release of SteamOS for the public, for everyone.

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Here’s the Beats Pill Apple just recalled

Here’s the Beats Pill Apple just recalled

Apple recalls the Beats Pill XL portable, wireless speaker due to an overheating problem. This problem has been recorded by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and is an official recall of one model of the Beats Pill. This model is the Beats Pill XL, the capsule-shaped speaker system approximately 4-inches tall, 13-inches wide, and 4-inches deep. There's a carrying handle on the rear, the Beats "b" logo up front, and the name "beatspillXL" on the handle. All other editions of the Beats Pill and Beats Headphones appear to be safe at this time.

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Kingston microDuo 3C USB Type-C Flash Drive aims for MacBook

Kingston microDuo 3C USB Type-C Flash Drive aims for MacBook

The Kingston microDuo 3C USB Type-C Flash Drive has been announced at Computex 2015, ready and willing to work with your brand new MacBook. This tiny worker is made to connect to USB Type-C ports as well as USB Type-A - so it's versatile. It'll be delivered in three different sizes, 16, 32, and 64GB, so it's made to bring storage to whatever tiny project you have on hand. It'll be delivered later this month - so you're going to be able to pocket it by July.

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ASUS debuts Zen AiO all-in-one with USB 3.1, RealSense 3D camera

ASUS debuts Zen AiO all-in-one with USB 3.1, RealSense 3D camera

ASUS has just announced its first all-in-one desktop PC to be included in their Zen line of premium products: the 23.8-inch Zen AiO (Z240IC), boasting both USB 3.1 connectivity and Intel's RealSense 3D camera technology. There is also a 21.5-inch model Zen AiO (Z220IC), which leaves out the RealSense. Both models feature a design that's right out of Apple's iMac design book, with an aluminum unibody that tapers down to only 6mm thick on the edges, and a display behind edge-to-edge glass.

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Qualcomm partners with Google on Tango phone

Qualcomm partners with Google on Tango phone

While both units remain "developer units", Google has announced that Project Tango is prepared now as a tablet for the public and as a phone with Qualcomm inside. The Project Tango Developer Kit tablet will be available from the Google Store as early as this afternoon to all buyers. It'll have the same price as it did for developers most recently (reduced from the original, of course), for a cool $512 USD. This kit will use an NVIDIA K1 processor inside while another phone-sized device is currently in development. This phone-sized device will have Qualcomm's processor technology running the show.

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Origin PC CHRONOS Gaming Desktop Review

Origin PC CHRONOS Gaming Desktop Review

While Origin PC's Chronos comes as one of the most compact gaming PC builds in the industry, it still manages to thrill. While you'll see a whole lot more of the big builds like Origin's GENESIS sitting out in the open at gaming shows - or your most affluent gaming friend's basement, Origin's finesse in jamming the best components into the smallest of cases shines in the Chronos. While Origin also offers the "Omega" small-size gaming desktop, it's the slightly lovelier to behold Chronos we're reviewing today.

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iPad Jumbo: more details on “Pro” model leaked

iPad Jumbo: more details on “Pro” model leaked

Several feature software enhancements for the iPad and new details on the so-called "iPad Pro" appear. One feature update is the long-rumored two-app split screen viewing mode akin to Windows Snap Screen functionality for Windows 8 and Xbox One. This bit of functionality may come to the current line of iPad Air and iPad Mini devices, but could also be limited to the upcoming iPad Pro. Two versions of the iPad pro are said to be in production testing, one code-named J98, the other code-named J99.

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Nintendo’s 8GB Wii U Basic set to be discontinued in Japan

Nintendo’s 8GB Wii U Basic set to be discontinued in Japan

Things have been somewhat quiet for Nintendo in the Wii U market lately, what with several of the system's big games delayed until later this fall, and it being unclear what the company might show off at E3 this year. Now, that doesn't mean the console is in dire straits at this point, but Nintendo has revealed that it's killing off one of the Wii U models in Japan, which may be a sign of what's to come for other regions.

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