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5 must-have accessories for your new Amazon Echo

5 must-have accessories for your new Amazon Echo

So you found an Amazon Echo under the tree, and now you're wondering what to do next. Amazon's best-selling smart speaker line-up was its star of the holiday 2017 shopping season, with millions sold. Once you've got Alexa set up to your liking, however, there are some easy first-steps to wade into the smart home, accessories that address some of Echo's lingering annoyances, and general usability improvements that needn't break the bank.

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5 must-have Switch accessories for your holiday odyssey

5 must-have Switch accessories for your holiday odyssey

For a lot of people, travel goes hand-in-hand with the holiday season. Many people will spend this weekend driving or flying to spend Christmas with family, and those trips can be packed with a lot of downtime and general boredom. Luckily for us, 2017 saw the release of the great portable console in the Switch, but if you're going to take it on the road, you need be equipped with some accessories to both protect your Switch and make sure it doesn't run out of juice.

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Signia Nx hearing aid separates user’s own voice from the background

Signia Nx hearing aid separates user’s own voice from the background

Many headsets today flaunt features like active noise cancellation or even sophisticated audio technologies that let the world’s sounds through while you listen to your music. Such things might be “nice to have” features for audiophiles, but technologies like these are essential to people with less than perfect hearing. Sivantos, the hearing aid company spun off from Siemens, is putting that technology at the service of such people. Its new Signia Nx, for example, boasts of the ability to replicate nature by allowing separating the user’s own voice from ambient sound.

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Satechi Type-C Clamp Hub Pro for iMac, iMac Pro now on pre-order

Satechi Type-C Clamp Hub Pro for iMac, iMac Pro now on pre-order

Are you short on a few ports on your iMac? Do you feel Apple sacrificed usability for having a seamless, unbroken look? Are you looking for a solution that won’t make your iMac or your desk an ugly mess? If you answered yes to any or all of the three, then Satechi has just the solution for you. Yes, it is a hub for the iMac and the new iMac Pro. But, no, it’s not a hub that will cause disharmony on your meticulously designed workspace. That’s because Satecih’s new Type-C Clamp Hub Pro gets the job done by hiding in plain sight.

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OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock review

OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock review

Like it or not, we’re still in the thick of a USB-C hate-storm. Most recently, a notable iOS developer slammed the most current iteration of the MacBook Pro in part for eliminating all but a few of the same kind of port. It’s a bold move by Apple and others, but one that hasn’t been widely lauded. But, for a few hundred bucks, you can fix all of your connectivity woes. Sort of.

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BEAM AMOLED smart button lets you wear a GIF

BEAM AMOLED smart button lets you wear a GIF

BEAM Authentic has taken the wraps off what it calls a "smart button" by the same name. BEAM is a wearable broach, basically, except it packs an AMOLED display, making it possible to literally wear GIFs. The smart button works with a related app for adding the GIFs to the device, the end result being what BEAM Authentic calls "the world's first digital dynamic button."

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Unique gift idea: Toast custom wood device covers

Unique gift idea: Toast custom wood device covers

Today we're having a peek at a Toast wooden smartphone cover for the Google Pixel 2 XL. This is the second time I've used a smartphone with Toast wood on its exterior. Both times I've been above and beyond the average amount of impressed. The custom cuts, the feel, and the unique nature of the fit - for all of these reasons, I cannot recommend Toast any higher. These products do their job well, and they look good doing so.

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Trump guts National Monuments; Patagonia, Wildlife Groups fight back

Trump guts National Monuments; Patagonia, Wildlife Groups fight back

This week the folks at Patagonia clothing company have launched a largely web-based response to Trump's secret axing of National Monument land. The two National Monuments Trump reduced were Bear Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, one each of these designated by Trumps 2 most recent Democratic predecessors. President Bill Clinton classified Grand Staircase-Escalante in 1996, and President Barack Obama designated Bears Ears a monument in 2016.

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Galaxy S9 DeX dock gets a new name for an exciting feature

Galaxy S9 DeX dock gets a new name for an exciting feature

With 2018 quickly coming up, it's nearly time to start looking forward to the reveals of various spring flagship phones. One such phone is the Galaxy S9 (and its expected big brother, the Galaxy S9+), and recent rumors tell us that the launch of those phones could be coming as soon as January. They may not be alone, either, as we're now hearing that Samsung will have a new DeX dock to go along with them.

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FDA approval of Apple Watch medical accessory is world’s first

FDA approval of Apple Watch medical accessory is world’s first

An EKG reader by the name of KardiaBand is officially the first Apple Watch medical accessory to be approved by the FDA. This device works with the Apple Watch to detect abnormal heart rate. KardiaBand allows users to take a single 30 second EKG on their own wrist with a tap.

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Larger Razer Phone teased by CEO amid DAC talk

Larger Razer Phone teased by CEO amid DAC talk

The CEO and co-founder of Razer defended the company's lack of headphone jack on their brand new Razer Phone this week. Users submitted "feedback" on the subject over the past week, and Razer's Min-Liang Tan responded this weekend in kind. The changes, he suggested, came not because of industry trends, but because there are more important things to fill that space with - like more battery capacity.

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DJI Goggles RE give drone racers a first-person view

DJI Goggles RE give drone racers a first-person view

More than a year ago, drone maker DJI revealed its first pair of DJI Goggles. It wasn't until May that those goggles started shipping out to customers and now, a mere six month later, DJI is back with a new version. This new headset is called DJI Goggles RE, with the new edition to the name short for "Racing Edition."

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