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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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Baby Groot charger dances in your car’s cupholder

Baby Groot charger dances in your car’s cupholder

There's a new USB car charger out there, and it's entirely too cute for the road. ThinkGeek's new baby Groot charger is designed to fit in your car's cupholder where Groot dances while charging your phone or other small USB gadgets. The charger has two USB ports and can itself be plugged into your car's DC 12V port, and it outputs enough power to charge tablets as well as smartphones. The item is officially licensed and available now.

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Apple USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 prices cut amid MacBook Pro dongle outcry

Apple USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 prices cut amid MacBook Pro dongle outcry

Today Apple cut prices of USB-C accessories of all sorts, citing a need for legacy connections to older devices by professionals. The MacBook Pro is meant to be a professional notebook, and as most accessories have not yet moved to USB-C, dongles are needed. Apple suggests today that they've seen the need for this, and are therefore cutting costs to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 peripherals throughout the Apple Store.

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Samsung recalls 2.8m washing machines in US

Samsung recalls 2.8m washing machines in US

For Samsung, it seems that when problem ends, another one rears its ugly head. With the Galaxy Note 7 mess finally beginning to wind down after a second recall and a halt in production, Samsung is now being forced to recall nearly three million washing machines. The recall affects a range of top-loading washing machines sold by Samsung in the US.

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OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock returns MacBook Pro ports Apple removed

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock returns MacBook Pro ports Apple removed

The long-awaited MacBook Pro refresh turned out to also be the perhaps the most controversial. Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away. While it added the novelty of a Touch Bar, at least for the higher-end model, it practically stripped the MacBook of every other port other than Thunderbolt 3/USB-C. Even worse for the entry-level model that only has two such ports. For those with port anxiety, OWC is offering a fix in the form of its Thunderbolt 3 Dock that offers 13, yes read that, 13, ports just for the price of one port on your MacBook Pro.

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iRig Mic Studio XLR has a large diaphragm in a small size

iRig Mic Studio XLR has a large diaphragm in a small size

As powerful as our smartphones have become, there are still limits to what it can do. It isn’t exactly easy, for example, to use one for recording professional-sounding audio. Not easy but not impossible, especially when you have the right accessories for the job. IK Multimedia is renowned for its boxes and attachments that turn smartphones into portable or makeshift recording studios. And its latest iRig Mic Studio XLR brings that professionalism to audio recording, in a device that is not much longer than an iPhone.

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BRAVEN 1100, 2200m, 2300 wireless speakers bring premium home

BRAVEN 1100, 2200m, 2300 wireless speakers bring premium home

Wireless Bluetooth speakers have been around for quite some time, but it was really only with the arrival of smartphones that they truly kicked off. While not exactly sporting the same smartness as “smart home hubs” like Amazon Echo and, now, Google Home, speakers like those from BRAVEN still mesh nicely with our digital lives. Just in time for the coming holidays, the Bluetooth speaker maker has unveiled the 1100, 2200m, and 2300 speakers as part of its new premium home line that doesn’t only sound good but looks good as well.

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Samsung Gear S3 pre-order and release details revealed

Samsung Gear S3 pre-order and release details revealed

Those of you who have been waiting since August to get your hands on Samsung's Gear S3 will soon get your chance. Samsung has announced pre-order and availability details for the Gear S3 today, revealing that the smartwatch will make it store shelves later this month. Pre-orders open up on November 6 as well - just three days from today.

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