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The Best Google Pixel phone cases: Live, Silicone, 3rd-party

The Best Google Pixel phone cases: Live, Silicone, 3rd-party

Today we're running down the best Google Pixel cases that've been released thus far for the larger of the two devices, the Pixel XL. As Google is in the process of making a very big deal about these devices, both the Pixel and the Pixel XL are enjoying attention with cases from many brands. We've done some syphoning of the best of these cases and bring you the best of the best, as follows.

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Star Wars office paper comes in a box that doubles as artwork

Star Wars office paper comes in a box that doubles as artwork

There’s a fine line between a fun Star Wars-themed item and a seemingly pointless Star Wars-themed item. We’ll let you decide which category the following product falls into, but we’ll presume its the latter one: office paper. As in, the white sheets of ordinary paper you put in the inkjet and use to print out whatever still needs to exist in paper form. The paper itself isn’t themed, just the packaging it comes in.

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Eero Wifi system update boosts speed with TrueMesh, enables Alexa skills

Eero Wifi system update boosts speed with TrueMesh, enables Alexa skills

If you happen to own an eero home Wifi system, then you might be interested in hearing about a rather large update that's coming your way. First and foremost, this update will implement a new feature called TrueMesh. TrueMesh includes improvements to eero's mesh routing algorithms, which increases the speed at which your signal is transferred between individual eeros.

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The 5 best power packs for the new MacBook Pro (right now)

The 5 best power packs for the new MacBook Pro (right now)

The new MacBook Pro has a very cool trick you may not be aware of. In addition to those USB-C ports being the future of connectivity, they can also charge your computer. That means you now have four different ports to charge from! And maybe the best part: you don’t need to plug in. Those ports also accept charges from battery packs, which makes your new MacBook Pro the ultimate in portability. Here are a few packs you should consider slipping in your bag.

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Sony Xperia Ear is finally arriving this week

Sony Xperia Ear is finally arriving this week

If having a virtual personal assistant on your phone or in you computer wasn’t enough, Sony is more than happy to put one in your ear. Yes, we’re referring to the somewhat curious, somewhat odd Xperia Ear, which, after nearly 8 months since its unveiling, is finally landing in store shelves worldwide. And while Sony’s invisible assistant doesn’t exactly have a name, it promises to be just as intelligent as others, without getting in your face. Although it will, of course, always be in your ear instead.

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Vimble S gimbal keeps your phone steady when your hand isn’t

Vimble S gimbal keeps your phone steady when your hand isn’t

We’ve all been there. We’ve used our smartphones, no matter the camera quality, to capture some of the fleeting moments of life, only to realize later how unsteady and dizzying the resulting footage is. “Shaky cam” is so common these days that it has even become a (rather contentious) cinematic technique. Whether intentionally or not, and especially the latter, you can say goodbye to shaky cam on your phone with the Vimble S, the latest three-axis gimbal that promises to produce smooth, steady photos and videos, regardless of the jitters.

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USB-C Fast Chargers: what to buy and what to avoid

USB-C Fast Chargers: what to buy and what to avoid

USB-C is the new darling of both mobile and computing industry because of how it can be (almost) everything for any need. And you won’t have to learn how to plug it in right to boot! But as with any new technology, there is some teething pains to be experienced with USB-C, especially considering how both device and accessory manufacturers seem to be in a hurry to push the standard forward. It gets even more complicated when you factor in fast charging technologies, which could spell disaster for your device if used incorrectly. This list will hopefully find the best, not to mention safest, one.

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Freedrum lets you make real drum beats by air drumming

Freedrum lets you make real drum beats by air drumming

A new product called Freedrum promises to take air drumming to a whole new level, allowing anyone to create beats using a pair of smart drum sticks. You don’t need an actual set of drums to play them with Freedrum — rather, each stick is equipped with sensors and smart tech that works with your smartphone and a mobile app. The best part? You can put a pair of earbuds in and won’t have to hear anyone complain about your skills.

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Vuzix Blade 3000 Sunglasses are like a smartwatch for your face

Vuzix Blade 3000 Sunglasses are like a smartwatch for your face

Vuzix is looking to fuse the world of wearable tech and augmented reality with its new Blade 3000 Smart Sunglasses. The company has unveiled its new smart specs, announcing that they'll be at showcased at CES next year. These glasses aim to give users a head-up display that can take the place of their smartphone in many instances, similar to the capabilities of a smartwatch.

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Snapchat Spectacles now available via yellow ‘bot’ vending machine

Snapchat Spectacles now available via yellow ‘bot’ vending machine

Snapchat's previously announced Spectacles -- that is, its camera-equipped sunglasses -- are now available to buy, but they're not easy to get (for most people). You have to buy the camera glasses from a yellow vending machine Snap Inc. calls a 'bot,' and it is currently located in Los Angeles, California. The vending machine is only staying in one spot for a single day, though, then it'll disappear not unlike photos and videos shared via Snapchat.

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StarTech’s new dual-slot SD reader transfers data between cards

StarTech’s new dual-slot SD reader transfers data between cards

StarTech has introduced a new SD card reader that'll make life easier for photographers and others who frequently use these media cards. The dual-slot card reader -- which is being offered in USB-C and USB 3.0 varieties -- makes it easy to write content to two cards at once, to access content from two cards at once, and to transfer content between the two cards. The reader has a built-in cable, as well, eliminating the need to carry one around.

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Microsoft Surface Dial ads show the wonders you can create

Microsoft Surface Dial ads show the wonders you can create

As fascinating as the Surface Studio might be, without one particular optional accessory, it’s really just a gigantic, but well endowed, Surface tablet. Microsoft all-in-one computer’s spellbinding appeal is thanks partly to the Surface Pen but probably more importantly thanks to the odd but fancy Surface Dial remote control. And to hammer down on how game changing this little puck can be, Microsoft has released not one, not even two or three, but five ads that show how, with the right app mixed with the right tool, great things can happen.

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