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LaCie Rugged and d2 storage updated with Thunderbolt 3

LaCie Rugged and d2 storage updated with Thunderbolt 3

LaCie has announced updates to both its d2 and Rugged storage models, adding USB-C to the Rugged model and Thunderbolt 3 to the LaCie d2. With these updates, users can use the same drives LaCie has previously announced with the latest laptop models, such as the new MacBook Pro. These drives are offered with storage options ranging up to a 5TB hard drive or a 1TB SSD for the Rugged and up to 10TB for the d2.

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Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Surround brings 3D audio recording to the masses

Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Surround brings 3D audio recording to the masses

Sennheiser is making it easy for anyone to record binaural ‘3D’ audio via its new AMBEO Smart Surround, a pair of earbuds with two microphones that record audio from the position of one’s ears. The Smart Surround will be made available with both Lightning and USB-C connectors, as well, ultimately giving consumers a way to record high-quality 3D audio for their similarly high-quality and VR videos.

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Dell Precision 7720 is maker’s first VR-ready mobile workstation for creators

Dell Precision 7720 is maker’s first VR-ready mobile workstation for creators

Dell has announced its first VR-ready mobile workstation, the Dell Precision 7720. This model was built specifically for creating virtual reality content, says Dell, giving developers a new option that doesn’t shackle them to a desk. The Dell Precision 7720 is offered with various hardware options, including Intel Xeon and 7th-generation Intel Core processors.

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible launched alongside updated XPS 15

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible launched alongside updated XPS 15

Dell’s sleek XPS 13 has been reborn as a 2-in-1 convertible, a model with a 13-inch InfinityEdge display that is, according to Dell, ‘virtually borderless.’ The company goes on to claim its XPS 13 is the smallest thirteen inch convertible notebook in the world, making it a notable addition to the XPS family. This is joined by the updated XPS 15.

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Dell Canvas is a 27-inch QHD ‘smart workspace’ display for artists

Dell Canvas is a 27-inch QHD ‘smart workspace’ display for artists

Dell has unveiled its new Dell Canvas, a 27-inch so-called “smart workspace” alternative to the Surface Studio, only without the PC aspect of the latter device. This display has a QHD resolution and is targeted at artists, among others, who may want to work on their creations in a manner similar to pen on paper: flat on their desk or worktable. Dell says the Canvas was developed in partnership with Microsoft.

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Misfit Vapor Smartwatch has a fully round 1.39-inch display

Misfit Vapor Smartwatch has a fully round 1.39-inch display

Misfit has announced a new smartwatch called Vapor, a wearable with a fully round 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a 326ppi resolution and a ‘vibrant color palette,’ according to the company. This smartwatch packs a bunch of features into its tiny body, including sensors like an altimeter, heart rate sensor, accelerometer, GPS, and gyroscope. There are also the expected features including a microphone and health tracking.

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August Smart Lock Mortise Kit is the first of its kind in North America

August Smart Lock Mortise Kit is the first of its kind in North America

August has introduced its new August Smart Lock Mortise Kit, the first product in North America that converts a mortise style lock into a smart lock. This mortise kit works with the August Smart Lock, and brings the same functionality we’ve previously detailed. Though the name is likely unfamiliar, most people have used these lock styles before -- they're commonly found in commercial office buildings, schools, and similar places.

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Sony HT-MT500 and HT-MT300 soundbars are compact and wireless

Sony HT-MT500 and HT-MT300 soundbars are compact and wireless

Sony has unveiled a pair of compact soundbars, the HT-MT300 and the HT-MT500. Both models feature a modern design to, says Sony, match current living room design trends. The HT-MT500 also features high-resolution audio for enhancing and upscaling existing audio, while both feature a wireless and slim subwoofer. Both models include both NFC and Bluetooth.

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HTC Vive Tracker accessory turns objects into VR controllers

HTC Vive Tracker accessory turns objects into VR controllers

HTC has a new accessory item for its Vive VR headset that can turn just about anything into a VR controller. One example HTC gave is a baseball bat — with the Vive Tracker embedded, the baseball bat becomes a controller that can open the door for realistic baseball gameplay or zombie head smashing. The same goes for gloves, imitation rifles for shooting games, and even, HTC says, a fire hose that may pair well with a simulator.

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Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 has 60x optical zoom and optical image stabilization

Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 has 60x optical zoom and optical image stabilization

Yet another Panasonic camera has been bestowed upon us, this model being the Lumix FZ80. The newest addition to Panasonic’s FZ series features the same Venus Engine found in today’s other two camera announcements, as well as a High Sensitivity MOS 18.1-megapixel sensor. Most notable, though, is the FZ80's massive 60x optical zoom, a 20 - 1200mm 35mm camera equivalent. To keep those ultra-zoomed photo sharp, the camera also features POWER Optical Image Stabilization.

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Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock can drive two 4K 60Hz monitors

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock can drive two 4K 60Hz monitors

Elgato has introduced its soon-to-launch Thunderbolt 3 Dock, a device that supports dual 4K displays, laptop charging, fast data transfers, and more. The dock, like ones before it, is designed for demanding laptop users who need to, at times, use a full workstation comprising external monitors and, perhaps, an external storage drive or two. The dock is designed for both Windows and macOS laptops.

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Incipio OX Case adds a headphone jack to the iPhone 7

Incipio OX Case adds a headphone jack to the iPhone 7

Incipio has taken the wraps off its new OX Case, an audio-enabled iPhone 7 case that adds a headphone port to Apple’s latest smartphone. When using the case, iPhone 7 owners have access to both a Lightning port and the headphone jack, making it possible to charge the phone and use a pair of wired headphones or earbuds at the same time.

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