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popSLATE 2 iPhone e-ink case is no more, no refunds possible

popSLATE 2 iPhone e-ink case is no more, no refunds possible

Crowdfunding is always risky business, not too different from investing in something that doesn’t exist yet. Some don’t deliver on time, others not at all. Some disappear like the wind, while others try to make a graceful exit, whether or not refunds are offered. popSLATE 2, a redux of an iPhone e-ink case, is somewhat all of the above. The company behind it has made one last update on Indiegogo, announcing its bankruptcy and dissolution and, to add insult to injury, the lack of funds to refund more than 12,000 backers who helped it raise $1.1 million last year.

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Galaxy S8 AKG-branded earphones confirm 3.5mm jack

Galaxy S8 AKG-branded earphones confirm 3.5mm jack

Samsung made it known before that it wasn’t in a rush to ditch the headphone jack, unlike eternal frenemy Apple. But that was before the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, before Samsung was placed in a position where it needed to make the Galaxy S8 really stand out. As it turns out, these days, you actually stand out by still having a headphone jack. Audiophiles need not worry (too much) as the Galaxy S8 will still indeed have a 3.5 mm port, seemingly confirmed by leaked earphones for the device.

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Heatbuff is a small infrared keyboard finger warmer for gamers

Heatbuff is a small infrared keyboard finger warmer for gamers

If you tend to play PC games in a cold house, a new Kickstarter campaign has the perfect solution for your no-doubt cold fingers: a small infrared heater that is positioned over a keyboard to keep your fingers warm while gaming. Called Heatbuff, this small contraption looks somewhat like a pair of long, narrow headlights, only with a warm glow that indicates there’s warmth nearby. And no, says the company, it won’t make your keyboard hot.

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US ally uses Patriot missile to shoot down $200 quadcopter

US ally uses Patriot missile to shoot down $200 quadcopter

One of the more effective weapons the US military and its allies have at their disposal is the MIM-104 Patriot missile system. The surface-to-air missile is primarily used as an anti-ballistic missile these days, but one unnamed US ally recently found an unintended use for the system: shooting down quadcopter drones obtained from Amazon.

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LG’s odd TONE Studio wireless headset begins its global launch

LG’s odd TONE Studio wireless headset begins its global launch

Around-the-neck wireless headsets have always been strange to look at but surprisingly effective. It combines the freedom of movement provided by wireless earbuds with the controls and structure of conventional headphones. LG, whose TONE headsets embrace this design, believes it can still improve on this concept. At CES earlier this year, it unveiled two new TONEs. One of those, the LG TONE Studio, is finally going on sale this week to bring its surround sound capabilities to your neck.

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Motorola Dash Cam has your car security needs covered in style

Motorola Dash Cam has your car security needs covered in style

June last year, Motorola licensed its brand to British telecommunications company Binatone to launch a series of mobile accessories under the “Verve” brand. Now the two are at it again, though with a slightly different twist. While the “non-plus” Motorola VerveLoop does fall under your conventional mobile accessory category, the Motorola DASH CAM is more an accessory for your car, recording your trips and potential accidents, all without looking like an out of place action cam.

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Sitpack portable ‘resting device’ turns your body into a tripod

Sitpack portable ‘resting device’ turns your body into a tripod

Have you ever been out in public, forced to stand in long lines, wishing you had a place to sit? The answer is probably yes, and that’s why we’ve seen various portable seating contraptions over the years, most of them unwieldy and unpopular. Here to challenge that norm is a new ‘portable resting device’ called Sitpack, and while it serves as a kinda-chair, it basically functions as a kickstand for your butt.

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Moment 2.0 makes your iPhone, Pixel feel more like a camera

Moment 2.0 makes your iPhone, Pixel feel more like a camera

The Google Pixel and Apple iPhone are often touted as the best of the best when it comes to smartphone cameras but, true or not, they’re not exactly perfect yet. Some compromises have to be made for the sake of cost and portability, relying on after-market accessories to fill in the gaps. Wide-angle lenses, for example, are the most common ones. Moment 2.0 aims to do just that, but it’s not simply slapping on a lens. It is also slapping on a case on your phone to slap the lens onto.

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iPhone 7 Plus finally gets a rugged ZeroLemon Slim Juicer case

iPhone 7 Plus finally gets a rugged ZeroLemon Slim Juicer case

Better late than never, as they say. In a few months, Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus to replace last year’s generation. But before that comes to pass, ZeroLemon is launching the 5000mAh Slim Juicer Protective Case for the larger iPhone 7 Plus. In addition to extending the smartphone’s life without extending its size, at least not too much, the case also protects the iPhone from accidental drops and bumps.

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Amazon Echo gets Bluetooth speaker support

Amazon Echo gets Bluetooth speaker support

Thus far, if you wanted to use Amazon Alexa with a Bluetooth speaker, you needed to get a Dot device. That has changed, as Amazon has quietly introduced Bluetooth speaker pairing support for its Echo device, as well. By pairing Echo with a Bluetooth speaker, users are able to enjoy the powerful and better quality audio delivered with a speaker rather than the device’s own built-in audio offering.

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Edge Mod adds TRON ring of lights to Moto Z

Edge Mod adds TRON ring of lights to Moto Z

The edge of the Moto Z is about to get a whole lot more wild with the release of the Edge Mod. This is a 3rd-party mod mad for the Moto Z by the folks at Imagine Tech. They've created a prototype of this product which turns the notification light of the past into a ring of light - for the future.

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Now you can use Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons with the NES Classic

Now you can use Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons with the NES Classic

In recent days, we've discovered that the Joy-Con controllers for the Nintendo Switch have compatibility with more devices beyond the console they're intended for. We can add one more to the list today, as 8bitdo and Analogue are making them compatible with the NES Classic through their previously released Retro Receiver.

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