Accessories

Qualcomm paves way to bundled wireless headphones

Qualcomm paves way to bundled wireless headphones

First the headphone jack disappeared, next the headphone cables altogether: at least, if Qualcomm has its way with a new Bluetooth audio chip. Announced today, the Qualcomm QCC3026 may not have a name that's music to the ears, but it promises to make wireless headphones cheaper and more reliable - to the point where they're likely to supplant the bundled wired headphones most new smartphones include in the box.

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Razer Huntsman keyboard delivers opto-mechanical key switches

Razer Huntsman keyboard delivers opto-mechanical key switches

This week the folks at Razer delivered their first keyboard with opto-mechanical key switches. Those are keys of the sort which combine infrared technology to detect key-press and mechanical clicking, for all those people who love the clicking. If you love clicking, this keyboard is the clicking keyboard for you, because it's clicky - and also has the benefits of the other sort of gaming keyboard, which generally does not have clicking.

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Amazon Show Mode turns Fire HD 8, HD 10 into an Echo Show [UPDATE]

Amazon Show Mode turns Fire HD 8, HD 10 into an Echo Show [UPDATE]

Even before Google has a chance to finally respond to Amazon’s Echo Show with its own Smart Display lineup, Amazon is already changing the game yet again. This new Show Mode may be the reason why it hasn’t been rumored to be working on an Echo Show v2. With the Show Mode Charging Dock, a Fire HD 8 or Fire HD 10 tablet automatically becomes an ad hoc Echo Show, which could make Google regret it gave up on Android tablets so easily.

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Microsoft Surface USB-C dongle is a joke

Microsoft Surface USB-C dongle is a joke

It’s almost embarrassing, at least for Microsoft, that Apple would be at the forefront of pushing new standards like USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 while its premier flagship computers obstinately remain in the recent past. Admittedly, there are business reasons for doing clinging to USB-A and DisplayPorts but Microsoft seems to have intentionally missed the USB-C boat even in its latest Surface Pro and Surface Laptop. It promised to dangle a dongle in front of USB-C lovers and that promise is nearly fulfilled. USB-C lovers, however, would probably feel insulted rather than assured.

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Venmo debit card is a physical option for real world payments

Venmo debit card is a physical option for real world payments

Digital payment platform Venmo has announced plans to release its own physical debit card, making it easier for users to buy things at the gas pump and other places where digital transactions may be problematic. The debit card is issued by MasterCard and, as such, can be used just about anywhere in the US and many other countries. The card is only available as a limited release right now; here's how to get your own.

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Galaxy Note 9’s biggest new feature is long awaited

Galaxy Note 9’s biggest new feature is long awaited

The most unique feature of the Galaxy Note smartphone series is getting an upgrade according to the latest leaked info on the subject. The S Pen for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will, at long last, see a substantial set of differences vs the last several years of releases. Not that Samsung needs it, as the Galaxy Note series hasn't had any substantial competition for the Note since inception - strange, isn't it?

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Apple plots noise-cancelling AirPods and smarter headphones for 2019

Apple plots noise-cancelling AirPods and smarter headphones for 2019

Apple may soon try to target the high-end with its audio devices, as new rumors are claiming that it has a more capable pair of AirPods in the works. Those new AirPods could be joined by a pair of over-the-ear headphones meant to challenge similar devices from Bose and Sennheiser, along with a new version of the company's HomePod. Details are a little spotty at the moment, but we're hearing that these new audio devices could arrive as early as next year.

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Flip Grip for Nintendo Switch brings vertical mode orientation

Flip Grip for Nintendo Switch brings vertical mode orientation

A new Nintendo Switch accessory called Flip Grip brings a vertical orientation to the console. The device is intended for games that are best played in vertical orientation, namely some classic titles that are now available for the Switch but with an aspect ratio option designed for old arcade cabinets. The accessory is currently being funded on Kickstarter.

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Loupedeck+ photo editing controller gets powerful update

Loupedeck+ photo editing controller gets powerful update

Loupedeck is giving its photo editing console an upgrade, with the new Loupedeck+ promising broader software support, better-feeling hardware, and even more flexibility. Designed to be for visual editors what music controllers are to composers, the original Loupedeck launched back in 2016 with Adobe Lightroom support.

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Bixby smart speaker details surface

Bixby smart speaker details surface

For as much talk as there's been about Samsung's Bixby smart speaker, the device is still shrouded in mystery. The veil is being lifted ever so slightly today, thanks to new patent filings with the World Intellectual Property Organization and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. These filings give us an idea of the capabilities we might expect from the smart speaker, and it looks like it could be a bit more advanced than similar devices from Samsung's competitors.

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Snapchat now lets you delete sent (and unopened) messages

Snapchat now lets you delete sent (and unopened) messages

The fact that Snapchat messages are only temporary might make some of us a little more bold with our words than we normally would be. Many Snapchat users know that it's still entirely possible to send a message you regret even with the knowledge that it isn't permanent, and now, Snap is rolling out new tools to help you erase those moments. With the latest Snapchat update, functionality that allows you to delete unread messages is beginning to roll out.

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Anker Nintendo Switch power banks are certified safe to use

Anker Nintendo Switch power banks are certified safe to use

There has been a bit of controversy lately over Nintendo's alleged crackdown on third-party docks and chargers that leave some Switches hopelessly dead. At the same time, however, Nintendo has yet to provide the official accessories that Switch owners need. Fortunately, there's a middle ground in certified third-party products. That's the path that popular power accessory maker Anker has taken to give users two officially certified power banks promised to give you hours and hours of gaming fun on the go.

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