VSCO X unveiled for photographers who want more than Instagram

VSCO X unveiled for photographers who want more than Instagram

Sophisticated mobile photography app VSCO has announced the arrival of VSCO X, a subscription-based alternative to the free VSCO app that brings new film-based filter packs, improved technology, and more. VSCO X is invitation-only at the moment, and it’ll cost a total of $19.99-per-year, though the free app won’t be going anywhere if you prefer it. The service will go live for everyone in the coming weeks.

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30 Top bags for techies, gamers, and everyone else

30 Top bags for techies, gamers, and everyone else

Pockets aren't adequate for the modern techie. Your phone is likely the least of your gear, as far as storage needs are concerned. Laptops, tablets, ereaders, handheld game consoles, cameras, spare batteries, accessories...all things found in the average backpack. Given that it's possible to have thousands of dollars' worth of gear in a single bag, choosing the bag itself should be no small matter. Here's you'll find a bag for every gadget and situation, whether you need something for long-haul travel or a simple trot around the block.

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Light L16 camera begins mass production in Q2 2017, will ship soon after

Light L16 camera begins mass production in Q2 2017, will ship soon after

Light's L16 camera, a model that features many small lenses and image sensors to capture multiple shots of the same subject, will enter mass production in the second quarter of 2017, the company has announced. This follows a previous delay and means those who pre-ordered will see their purchase shipping "as possible after mass production begins," assuming no further delays surface. Assuming the camera meets the company's claims, it'll produce DSLR-quality images despite its much smaller form factor.

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The Best Games of 2016: Overwatch

The Best Games of 2016: Overwatch

It's late in the game and my team is defending the delivery point for the opposing team's payload. Things are hot around the payload, which is where I'm positioned, playing as an old, war-weary solider who's sick of fighting but nevertheless finds himself here. Bullets zoom by as I step out from behind cover, emboldened by my team's success in pushing the other team back. Then I hear it: "it's high noon," and realizing that there's no time to find cover, I accept my fate. Defeated, I decide to switch characters from the grizzled war veteran to the talking gorilla with a jet pack and a Tesla cannon, and it becomes clear that Overwatch is something special.

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Pokemon GO update makes it easier to transfer monsters

Pokemon GO update makes it easier to transfer monsters

It's been a big day for Pokemon GO, with Niantic earlier announcing an update that adds a ton of new PokeStops to the game through a partnership with Sprint. On top of that, Niantic also said that it will soon be adding more Pokemon to Pokemon GO, but we need to wait until next week for more details there. As if that somehow weren't enough, Pokemon GO is getting a second update today, and it's adding some quality of life improvements players have been requesting for quite some time.

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C by GE futuristic LED ring lamp includes Alexa voice support

C by GE futuristic LED ring lamp includes Alexa voice support

General Electric has taken the wraps off a new futuristic ring-shaped lamp called the C by GE. Not only does the C feature a design you’d expect to see in some future-minded sci-fi movie, GE boasts that it also has ‘Jetsons-like’ voice support thanks to the inclusion of Amazon Alexa. According to GE, this is the first time Amazon’s personal assistant will be available within a lighting product sans a related hub or other device like an Echo. This means anyone can use Alexa via the lamp itself.

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T-Mobile’s DIGITS allows for multiple phone numbers on a single device

T-Mobile’s DIGITS allows for multiple phone numbers on a single device

T-Mobile has introduced DIGITS, a new voice over LTE feature that will allow customers to use their phone numbers on a variety of internet-connected devices. Just as well, DIGITS will allow its customers to use multiple phone numbers on a single device. At first blush, DIGITS may sound like some VOIP solutions that exist, and though there are some similarities, T-Mobile is trying to make the experience with DIGITS a little more fleshed out.

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Sony Project Field merges card games with tablets and phones

Sony Project Field merges card games with tablets and phones

Sony has introduced a new game platform currently only slated for Japan: Project Field. Much like Disney Infinity and Nintendo Amiibo, the system involves a dedicated pad that connects with a device (in this case, a tablet or phone) and enables physical items (game cards) to be used as part of a quasi-digital game. Data can be written to the cards (once they're placed on the base pad) including things like the character evolution for the card.

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Fitbit makes Pebble users ask: What do I do now?

Fitbit makes Pebble users ask: What do I do now?

Pebble watch owners go to the web to suss out the Fitbit Pebble acquisition, asking what's next for them, the users. What does this acquisition of Pebble mean for a Pebble Time 2 crowdfunder? How about someone who owns a Pebble Watch from a past generation? As it turns out, there's very little a person can do if they're caught between Pebble and a hard place.

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Nintendo Switch might have a GameCube Virtual Console

Nintendo Switch might have a GameCube Virtual Console

Nintendo may look to give fans of the GameCube a reason to purchase a Switch next year. According to new reports, Nintendo is working on a bringing classic GameCube games to the Switch via its Virtual Console feature. This would mark the first time GameCube games have been available through the Virtual Console, and so far, Nintendo is said to have three games ready to go for launch.

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Estimote beacons get mesh networking in massive update

Estimote beacons get mesh networking in massive update

If you use Estimote's location beacons, then you're about to get a major new feature with the addition of low-energy mesh networking. Mesh networking is being added today by way of software update, and once that update has been applied, your beacons will be able to pass data between one another. Among other things, this means that you can now have beacons in more remote locations, as they no longer need to rely on a strong WiFi signal to work.

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Bluetooth 5 coming to devices in 2-6 months with these features

Bluetooth 5 coming to devices in 2-6 months with these features

As of today, the December 7th 2016, Bluetooth 5 is within 2 to 6 months away from consumer-ready products. This information comes from the folks at Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG), the most official source of Bluetooth certification information. The headline they chose this week was "Bluetooth 5 Now Available" - though that's largely aimed at manufacturers readying their devices for 2017.

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