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Logitech Z537 Powerful Sound with Bluetooth keeps things simple

Logitech Z537 Powerful Sound with Bluetooth keeps things simple

Smart speakers seem to be the trend these days, but not everyone wants a speaker that talks back at you or buys dollhouses just because the TV said so. Some just want the ability to wirelessly play audio from their phone or computer and sound great while doing it. For these more traditional use cases, Logitech is providing the new Z537 Powerful Sound with Bluetooth. A mouthful that really just translates to a wireless, sometimes wired, 2.1 speaker system.

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The 1996 Tamagotchi is back, but in a smaller egg

The 1996 Tamagotchi is back, but in a smaller egg

Wish you could raise a virtual pet that didn't need to be involved in fights? Jealous of the portability of the Nintendo Switch? Have a thing for all things retro and pixelated? If you answered a resounding "Yes!" to all three, then this new Tamagotchi is probably perfect for you. Actually, it's the old Tamagotchi, the original 1996 model, in fact. Just re-released in a smaller package to give fans a heavy dose of nostalgia and to give today's younger generation a chance to learn some old-school patience and responsibility.

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Western Digital G-DRIVE USB-C bring 10TB storage to MacBooks

Western Digital G-DRIVE USB-C bring 10TB storage to MacBooks

The new MacBooks, especially the new MacBook Pros, are probably the most controversial MacBooks yet. The smaller models ditched all but one USB-C port while the Pros ditched all ports in favor of all Thunderbolt 3's. That said, the decision had one positive side effect on the computing industry as a whole. More and more accessory and peripheral makers are jumping on the USB-C train to become compatible with the new MacBooks. Like this G-technology G-DRIVE USB-C device from Western Digital that brings not only external storage but also power to the MacBook.

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Google AutoDraw tries to make sense of your doodles

Google AutoDraw tries to make sense of your doodles

They say a picture paints a thousand words, but not everyone is confident they can even paint a picture at all. Almost all, however, would concede they can at least draw stick figures and shapes. The problem is that they don't think they represent the real thing they wanted to draw. Just as we "google" things we don't know these days, we can now also "google" scribbles and sketches. That's thanks to Google's new AutoDraw website and a whole lot of machine learning.

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Chrome browser’s new anchors will keep pages from jumping

Chrome browser’s new anchors will keep pages from jumping

Isn't it just annoying when you're in the middle of reading a rather engrossing web page only to have it suddenly jump back to the top or elsewhere? In this day and age of the modern web, websites still have a problem of jumping content, which, ironically, is a side effect of technologies designed to actually make the web more efficient. To make the web a better place, Google has added a new feature to Chrome called scroll anchoring to keep what you're currently seeing locked in place.

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Nikon D7500 DSLR offers D500 features at a lower price tag

Nikon D7500 DSLR offers D500 features at a lower price tag

Nikon just recently made a throwback to celebrate its 100th year in the camera business, but that doesn't mean looking back is all that it's going to do this month. It just announced the availability details of its new D7500, its latest DX-format digital SLR. While it isn't meant to be a flagship model, the D7500 boasts of flagship features nonetheless. Specifically, it shares the same image sensor and processor of Nikon's DX flagship, the D500 from 2016.

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You can now buy an AMD Ryzen 5 for your desktop

You can now buy an AMD Ryzen 5 for your desktop

AMD fans and gamers and streamers thirsting for something new can finally quench their processor thirst. Making good on its promise last month, AMD is finally making its more affordable Ryzen 5 processors available for purchase for desktop owners. Built on the same Zen architecture that AMD has been singing about since December last year, the Ryzen 5 line offers a more affordable alternative to the monstrous Ryzen 7 flagships, but with the matching "more efficient" power management.

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Galaxy S8’s Bixby will have a confusing, convoluted rollout

Galaxy S8’s Bixby will have a confusing, convoluted rollout

Gone are the days when you could expect most smartphone features, save for network support, to be uniform across all devices everywhere. These days, you have to be more aware of how certain features might be available for one market but not for your market. Or that those features might not come all at the same time, if at all. That mess is what will greet new owners of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ when the smartphones rollout next week without one key feature: Bixby voice control.

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Windows 10 Creators Update is now officially rolling out

Windows 10 Creators Update is now officially rolling out

Let a thousand updates bloom! Microsoft has just finally fired off the release engines to bring the latest major update of Windows 10 to the general public. Of course, it's not as big a jump as Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 considering Microsoft's new found path of rolling updates, but it's a significant one nonetheless. Microsoft has already been teasing and revealing what users can expect so there are very few surprises. At least the positive ones. So far, the rollout hasn't yet been met with botched updates and broken systems, so we'll keep our fingers crossed.

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#LiveFree Backpack sings to digital nomads with wireless charging

#LiveFree Backpack sings to digital nomads with wireless charging

Mobile devices have changed not only our lifestyles but has even changed the nature of our work. Some are no longer tether to any desk, office, or even city while others have some amount of freedom to be out and about, as long as they check in from time to time. These road warriors and digital nomads have also created new needs as far as "office equipment" goes. The #LiveFree Backpack by Knomo tries to address as many of those by providing wireless charging, Bluetooth tracking, and tons of pockets for your devices, all in a bag that looks sleek enough for work.

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FCC Chair wants to keep phone calls banned on flights

FCC Chair wants to keep phone calls banned on flights

It isn't unusual for new administrations to overturn the decisions, mandates, and thrusts of the previous, especially when they come from opposite side. So far, the FCC, under the new chair Ajit Pai has undertaken the process of undoing Net Neutrality rules. Now it is taking aim at another controversial old FCC stance. Although still to be put to a formal vote, Pai has already made it formally known that he intends to maintain rule that bans making phone calls while a plane is in flight.

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SwitchCharge keeps your Switch topped up while propped up

SwitchCharge keeps your Switch topped up while propped up

The Nintendo Switch is admittedly creative in the way it has mixed console and handheld gaming but, in the weeks that followed its hotly received launch, a few design warts have popped up. One of biggest design headaches is the location of the Switch's charging port, which basically meant you can't charge it while playing with the Switch propped up on its kickstand. While there are a few solutions floating around, the SwitchCharge may have trumped all those by offering charging on the go, a more stable kickstand, and some added protection for your Switch.

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