Accessories

Fitbit’s Alta HR out in April, enhanced sleep tracking incoming

Fitbit’s Alta HR out in April, enhanced sleep tracking incoming

Fitbit today unveiled its first fitness tracker of 2017: the Alta HR. While not exactly a new device, it is a redesign of one of 2016's most popular models, and it comes with some improvements that fans of the first will definitely want to consider. The most important is likely the addition of PurePulse technology, which Fitbit says was the most requested feature from Alta users.

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Nintendo Switch owners, don’t put a skin on your new console

Nintendo Switch owners, don’t put a skin on your new console

For more than a few years now, a popular way to customize the look of your game console and controllers has been with vinyl skins, or temporary stickers that wrap around the surface of the device, but can be peeled off without damage. Owners of the new Nintendo Switch, however, will want to avoid purchasing these accessories, as the adhesive has been found to damage the outer surface of the console.

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Amazon tipped to release Alexa-based home intercom devices

Amazon tipped to release Alexa-based home intercom devices

Amazon has plans to bring Alexa into more homes via one or more devices that function as in-home intercoms and as devices for making phone calls via voice commands. The news comes from recently surfaced sources who claim Amazon will be releasing one or more of these types of devices some time this year, and that such hardware has already undergone beta testing within the company.

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PlayStation VR ‘Aim’ gun controller hits shelves in May

PlayStation VR ‘Aim’ gun controller hits shelves in May

PlayStation VR owners will soon have access to a new ‘Aim’ Controller vaguely shaped like a gun. The new controller will be available starting in May to coincide with the Farpoint virtual reality shooting game that is exclusive to the PS VR. Sony made the new ‘Aim’ controller based in part on recommendations from Impulse Gear, the indie studio behind Farpoint. It won't, however, be necessary to play the game.

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Nintendo Switch Buyer’s Guide: Accessories you should get

Nintendo Switch Buyer’s Guide: Accessories you should get

There's no lack of accessories launching alongside the Nintendo Switch today, but it can be difficult to distinguish what's essential from what's merely supplemental. Given the Switch's portability and interesting control scheme in the Joy Cons, you'll certainly want to consider some of the accessories you'll undoubtedly be offered when you purchase a Switch. With that in mind, here are a few Switch accessories that are, in my opinion, essential.

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Netflix’s DIY personal trainer adds Terry Crews to your workout

Netflix’s DIY personal trainer adds Terry Crews to your workout

Netflix has introduced a unique DIY project for those who like to create their own gizmos and want a little something extra to keep motivated during workouts. Simply called the Netflix personal trainer, this DIY project creates a little gadget you can clip onto your belt or an armband for inspiration, motivation, or whatever else, from some notable actors and actresses.

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Pokemon GO tip: how to get Special Items on auto

Pokemon GO tip: how to get Special Items on auto

This week in Pokemon GO we've happened upon a way in which users can attempt to attain Special Items automatically. This method requires that the user have their own Pokemon GO+ (Pokemon GO Plus, if you prefer) accessory, and that they be reasonably comfortable opening this device up. Inside the device, there's a way to turn the appearance of PokeStops into automatic spins of said PokeStops, thereby making attempts at finding Pokemon GO Special Items far, far simpler.

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HP reveals Pro x2 detachable notebook, Elite accessories lineup at MWC 2017

HP reveals Pro x2 detachable notebook, Elite accessories lineup at MWC 2017

HP's big MWC reveal centers around a single device, but it's betting that the new Pro x2 612 G2 detachable 2-in-1 can make a splash in the enterprise space. HP has designed the Pro x2 to cover a number of different applications for professionals, whether that's using it as presentation tool or as a slate for taking notes. The Pro x2's detachable Collaboration Keyboard – a new version of the HP keyboard we've seen before – is a key component of some of these configurations.

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Supreme x Mophie Powerstation Plus Mini gives Hypebeasts a boost

Supreme x Mophie Powerstation Plus Mini gives Hypebeasts a boost

Mophie and fashion brand Supreme have teamed up on every Hypebeast's must-have accessory, a branded portable battery for your iPhone (or your Android-carrying friend). The Supreme x Mophie Powerstation Plus Mini takes a 4,000 mAh battery and gives it a distinctive makeover, with Supreme's bright red logo emblazoned across the front. Inside, meanwhile, there's enough power to for up to two recharges of your phone.

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Honor VR Camera is a custom-made Insta360 Air

Honor VR Camera is a custom-made Insta360 Air

It’s actually been a while since we’ve seen new equipment that tries to actually create VR-related content rather than just consuming them. Professional VR cameras still cost an arm and a leg and probably more, but there are always cheaper and more portable solutions around. Some of those come from Insta360, a company that specializes in smartphone-compatible 360-degree cameras. It has revealed that Huawei has chosen it to help create the Honor VR Camera for Android smartphones.

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Dyson patent details ‘high-velocity’ brush that can dry and curl hair

Dyson patent details ‘high-velocity’ brush that can dry and curl hair

Dyson has patented a new device described as a ‘high-velocity’ hairbrush that can dry and curl hair as well as untangle it. The patent shows a long cylindrical brush with rows of bristles on one end and what appears to be a power cord on the other. This would essentially be a hot brush with the ability to blow air through small slots to also double as a hairdryer, cutting down grooming time and only requiring one hand.

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Amazon’s All-New Fire TV Stick pre-orders begin in the UK

Amazon’s All-New Fire TV Stick pre-orders begin in the UK

Back in September, Amazon revealed the next iteration of its Fire TV Stick. Brilliantly named the All-New Fire TV Stick, there wasn't a whole lot that was changing with this new device, save for one thing: the introduction of an Alexa voice remote. Even though it went up for pre-order in the US with that announcement, folks in the UK were left waiting.

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