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Snapchat Spectacles 2 leaked: Looks like they’re real

Snapchat Spectacles 2 leaked: Looks like they’re real

Though the first version of Snapchat's Spectacles were ultimately a disappointment, it looks like the company will press on. Recent rumors have claimed that Snapchat will look to release two new versions of Spectacles in the near future - one this year and the second next year. It would appear these reports are legitimate, as today a filing for 2018's Spectacles popped up at the FCC.

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This Moto Z Stereo Speaker Mod is respite from the tyranny of Bluetooth

This Moto Z Stereo Speaker Mod is respite from the tyranny of Bluetooth

Many of us probably have some kind of wireless speaker that connects to our phone through Bluetooth, and while that's a convenient solution to playing music through your phone, it isn't always a very portable one. Motorola is trying to solve that little conundrum today by introducing a new stereo speaker mod for its Moto Z line up. As the name suggests, this speaker snaps right onto the back of your phone, allowing you to play music without carrying around a separate speaker.

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Samsung’s best wireless earphones just got a big upgrade

Samsung’s best wireless earphones just got a big upgrade

It's been a little while since we last heard from 2018's Gear IconX model, but today Samsung is back with a new software update for the earbuds. While the list of new features isn't exactly extensive, what's being added today will be handy nonetheless. Best of all is that the update is available immediately, so if you like what you read here, you'll be able to enable this functionality right away.

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Galaxy S9’s Samsung DeX Pad price and US release confirmed

Galaxy S9’s Samsung DeX Pad price and US release confirmed

Samsung's DeX Pad for the Galaxy S9 and S9+, the docking station which turns the Android smartphones into a desktop PC replacement, has finally got a US shipping date. Announced alongside Samsung's 2018 flagship phones, the DeX Pad is the company's second generation of desktop dock and addresses a number of criticisms about the original.

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Astro Gaming Nintendo Switch headset in the works: What we know

Astro Gaming Nintendo Switch headset in the works: What we know

With Nintendo Switch's online ecosystem set to officially launch in September - complete with a yearly fee customers must pay to play online - there's a rather big elephant in the room that needs to be addressed: voice chat. Currently, the voice chatting solutions we have for the Switch are inelegant, as those wishing to communicate with other players generally need to do so through a mobile app. Since voice chat isn't handled on the Switch console itself, letting players chat with friends while listening to in-game audio becomes a big challenge for manufacturers looking to make headsets for the Switch.

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Mophie’s Charge Stream Pad+ is a 10W wireless charger

Mophie’s Charge Stream Pad+ is a 10W wireless charger

Mophie has added a new, higher-power wireless charging pad to its line-up, delivering the fast wireless charge that the latest iPhone X, Galaxy S9, and other recent smartphones are greedy for. The new Mophie Charge Stream Pad+ looks pretty much identical to its predecessor, though what's changed inside is key.

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Nintendo Switch bricked over third-party docks after 5.0 update

Nintendo Switch bricked over third-party docks after 5.0 update

OEMs probably love news like this, whether or not the sudden influx of RMAs and repair requests flood their channels. It is, after all, an opportunity to warn consumers about the dangers of buying alternative and often more affordable third-party accessories. The latest Nintendo Switch firmware 5.0 update brought a lot of goodies to all Switch owners, but a subset of such users are instead finding themselves in living hell. These users have mostly lost their saved games and have to bring in their Switch for repairs or replacement after third-party docks not only stopped working but also bricked their handheld consoles.

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Logitech’s iPad Crayon and Case are something Apple should’ve made

Logitech’s iPad Crayon and Case are something Apple should’ve made

Logitech has announced a pair of accessories for the newly announced 6th-generation iPad: the Logitech Crayon and Logitech Rugged Combo 2. Both devices were designed specifically for use in the classroom and are arguably vital for it, the first being a stylus for children that is only about half the cost of Apple's Pencil; the second is a durable case with a keyboard and kickstand.

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Apple Space Gray devices released in silence

Apple Space Gray devices released in silence

The Magic Trackpad 2, the Magic Mouse 2, and the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad now come in Space Gray. That's big news to Apple-loving accessory-buyers and those that cannot possibly use accessories made by anyone else. Especially those that have a Space Gray Apple product they want to match up with. That's a rare breed, but they're out there man, they're out there.

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PUBG SteelSeries accessories revealed

PUBG SteelSeries accessories revealed

SteelSeries PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) accessories were announced today in a real power move by both companies. This accessory release will basically plant PUBG branding and imagery on already-nice SteelSeries devices and peripherals of many sorts, but it's going to be super neat. This is one part of the one-year Anniversary Celebration of PUBG, with both companies giving away a bunch of SteelSeries stuff, PUBG stuff, codes, and whatnot.

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Apple Watch welcomes spring with a colorful trove of new bands

Apple Watch welcomes spring with a colorful trove of new bands

Though some of us in the northern US may not have noticed it, spring is officially here. Apple is ready to see in the new season with a selection of new bands for the Apple Watch. There are a bunch of bands on offer for the standard Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Nike+, and the Apple Watch Hermès, so there's a little something for everyone with this new batch of accessories.

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Best wireless earphones for running and working out

Best wireless earphones for running and working out

There has never been a better time to be mobile. And not just in the road warrior kind of mobility. It’s almost as if we’ve entered the couch potato counter-culture age, where there is no shortage of incentives, tricks, and devices to get you up and about, from Pokemon GO to gamifying activity tracking. But walking hither and thither is just half the equation. The other half is making sure you’re actually burning that lunch or dinner you just had. When it comes to running, jogging, or exercising, you probably don’t want to do so in silence. Here are some of the best workout companions that won’t tie you down or snag you up while you channel the spirit of Rocky.

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