Accessories

Ecobee3 lite smart thermostat trims cost, launches October 31

Ecobee3 lite smart thermostat trims cost, launches October 31

Ecobee has announced the launch of the ecobee3 lite, a new less expensive version of the maker’s latest smart thermostat. The new model is largely similar to the regular ecobee3, featuring the same design style and touchscreen interface. However, the ecobee3 lite costs $80 less than the regular ecobee3, making it a more appealing option for those in need of both smart home control and a lower price tag.

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Virgin America ‘First Class’ shoes include seat buckle, WiFi, TV

Virgin America ‘First Class’ shoes include seat buckle, WiFi, TV

There's a new pair of shoes out there that give the Virgin America 'first class experience,' and they're quite literally one of a kind. The only pair of shoes equipped with its technology, the Virgin America First Class Shoe is the craziest pair of kicks since Nike's Air Mag, and they do a lot more than just get you around in comfort. Included among the First Class shoes' feature is an airplane seat buckle, a functioning TV, phone charger, and more.

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ASAP x-connect: one super strong magnetic cable to rule them all

ASAP x-connect: one super strong magnetic cable to rule them all

Though still widely used, micro USB connectors aren’t exactly widely loved because of the hassles involved in connecting to them. While USB-C aims to fix that, not everyone is in the game yet, like Apple’s iPhones and iPads. Wouldn’t be nice to just have one connector for all of them? Not to mention a single USB cable as well? And wouldn’t it be great if that cable didn’t get so easily and dangerously snagged everywhere? Fortunately, the folks over at ASAP are making that wish a reality, with the extra strong magnetic ASAP x-connect cable that doesn’t really care what what your phone or tablet is or who made it.

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Galaxy Note 7 woes go beyond stopping production

Galaxy Note 7 woes go beyond stopping production

If you thought that Samsung’s announcement of the halt of Galaxy Note 7 productions is going to be the end of it, better dream on. Or for Samsung, a nightmare. In addition to slashing its projected earnings by nearly a third, Samsung also has to recall all units for safety reasons. But that latter might be hampered as more and more shipping services refuse to handle the explosive device. The one good news for early Galaxy Note 7 adopters is that Amazon is reportedly willing to refund accessories purchased through it.

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ZTE finally puts its crowdsourced ideas to the vote

ZTE finally puts its crowdsourced ideas to the vote

While companies will always talk about connecting with their customers, getting their feedback, and having open lines of communications, very few will actually get those involved in the design process of products. Such poses the risk of too many cooks ruining the broth. But last August, ZTE defied that commonly accepted business sense with Project CSX, short for “Crowd Sourced X”, which asked the crowd what they want ZTE’s next innovative product to be. After whittling those down to five, ZTE is now asking the very same crowd to vote for their favorite.

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HP Elite x3 “Lap Dock” is finally on pre-order

HP Elite x3 “Lap Dock” is finally on pre-order

The HP Elite x3 is undoubtedly the highest end Windows 10 Mobile smartphone so far. But as interesting as the giant smartphone is by itself, it is actually made more interesting thanks to one of its accessories. Not the desktop dock, which Microsoft and even Acer have. No, that distinction belongs to the HP Lap Dock, practically an empty laptop or portable monitor, keyboard, and trackpad in one, which turns the Elite x3 into a true portable computer, also thanks to the soon to be better Continuum for Mobile.

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LG Quick wireless charger promises to be as fast as wired

LG Quick wireless charger promises to be as fast as wired

Wireless charging might be fine and dandy, but, in addition to two or so competing “standards”, it usually suffers from one fatal flaw: it is slower than charging through wires. “Usually”, because LG Innotek, LG’s components arm, is trying to prove that wrong. It has just announced a new wireless charging pad named Quick and, just as its name implies, it is advertised to be very fast indeed. So fast that it could actually match wired quick charging technologies currently in the market.

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Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero's Force Band for BB-8 is the best example of going above-and-beyond the call of duty I've ever seen in a Star Wars toy. And I've seen a lot of Star Wars toys. While there are some mightily impressive action figures out there - some with details so striking, I can barely tell model from real life - this Force Band for the BB-8 by Sphero amplifies the Star Wars magic already present in BB-8 by Sphero, a device we maintain is the Best Star Wars Toy Ever Made.

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Apple event’s secret MacBook accessories detailed in brief

Apple event’s secret MacBook accessories detailed in brief

If you believe the talk, Apple isn't quite done with product announcements for 2016. Even though the announcement and launch of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are in the bag, Apple is said to be hosting another event before the year is out to reveal, among other things, a revamped MacBook. If a new leak is to be believed, however, hardware refreshes aren't the only thing Apple is plotting to reveal at this event.

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HoloLens goes up for pre-order in six new countries

HoloLens goes up for pre-order in six new countries

After being exclusive to the US and Canada for a little more than half a year, Microsoft has announced that its HoloLens headset is now available for pre-order in six new regions. Microsoft is opening up orders in France, Germany, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia today, greatly expanding the reach of HoloLens in one fell swoop.

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Tile Mate is company’s smallest Bluetooth tracker yet

Tile Mate is company’s smallest Bluetooth tracker yet

Just when we thought that the recently launched Tile Slim was Tile’s most petite product, here it is just a month later to prove us wrong. The company was apparently also working behind the scenes on an even smaller Tile. Though not as slim as the Tile Slim, the Tile Mate is still smaller in size, 25% smaller than the first Tile. At a now substantially tinier size, the Tile Mate can be attached to anything and everything, making sure you won’t have to permanently lose anything anymore.

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Western Digital unleashes My Passport redesigns, new WD Blue and Green SSDs

Western Digital unleashes My Passport redesigns, new WD Blue and Green SSDs

Western Digital has a slew of new product announcements to make today, announcing redesigns for two lines of external hard drives and revealing two new internal solid state drives. The company is teaming up with fuseproject to give the My Passport and My Book lines something of a refresh, while at the same time introducing its new WD Blue and WD Green SSDs.

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