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Galaxy Note 8 and Dex – one month later: I almost ditched my PC

Galaxy Note 8 and Dex – one month later: I almost ditched my PC

I will confess. I am one of those who have been mesmerized by the likes of Microsoft's continuum, Ubuntu's Convergence, and all the other attempts at utilizing the computer in your pocket as your only, or at least primary, computer on your desk. So when Samsung came out with the oddly-named DeX and the promise of another “PC in your pocket” experience, I was naturally intrigued. Did Samsung succeed where many others have failed? Just a week of use might not be enough to truly judge that proposition, so I decided to do one better. I used the Galaxy Note 8 and the Samsung DeX exclusively for a month, for both work and play. This is how my adventure went.

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Apple Pendant : The forgotten smart wearable

Apple Pendant : The forgotten smart wearable

There's an image of a pendant drawn by Apple in a document produced in the year 2015. This product is part of a collection of examples for products in which a new type of NFC integration would work. NFC for services like Apple Pay would work through the display of this pendant, making it somewhat of a key card for buying all manner of consumables.

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AOC USB-C monitor detailed for laptop expansion

AOC USB-C monitor detailed for laptop expansion

The folks at AOC have a new monitor they want to add to your backpack of goodies. This display is a 15.6-inch panel that connects to a computer with a single USB-C cord. That cord acts as both power and video source, allowing for the most mobile-friendly display add-on for a laptop basically ever invented - with a wire, that is to say.

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OJO Nintendo Switch projector promises ultimate portability

OJO Nintendo Switch projector promises ultimate portability

The Nintendo Switch is the ultimate portable gaming console. And no, we don’t mean just a handheld but an honest to goodness console that you can plug up to a larger screen and play from your favorite couch. When you do the latter, though, you temporarily give up that portability. That is why the folks at Hong Kong-based YesOJO Studio though of creating the OJO so that you could take your TV with you anywhere and not even worry about power. All you need is a flat, white wall to project on.

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Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-3 prints phone photos in SQUARE format

Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-3 prints phone photos in SQUARE format

The craze around the revival of the instax photo seems to have mellowed down a bit, but Fujifilm remains unfazed and continues to hold on to its prized cow. In fact, it has just announced a new smartphone-compatible printer for that very purpose. The new instax SHARE SP-3 is almost similar in capabilities to last year’s instax SHARE SP-2, with one key difference. The new instax SHARE SP-3 prints, and actually can only print, in the new instax SQUARE format that is too obviously “inspired” by Instagram.

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Fynd LTE tracker finds dogs, keys or kids in real-time

Fynd LTE tracker finds dogs, keys or kids in real-time

The tracker market may be growing, but startup Fynd thinks it can out-perform Tile, TrackR and others with its new 4G LTE tracker. Tracking dongles, which promise to help you find your keys, dog, or kids, are increasingly popular, but most rely on Bluetooth and that has some big issues. While it's low-power, Bluetooth doesn't have the service coverage that cellular radios offer.

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HORI TAC Pro One brings Xbox One’s first keyboard, mouse

HORI TAC Pro One brings Xbox One’s first keyboard, mouse

Microsoft wants to blur the boundaries of console and PC gaming. It started when it shifted the Xbox hardware to one that’s closer to a PC. Then it made Windows 10, Cortana, and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps to the console. And, now, it has officially approved the console’s first key officially licensed keyboard and mouse peripherals. Well, somewhat. While the HORI TAC Pro One does register as a keyboard and mouse, don’t plan on writing your NaNoWriMo masterpiece on the Xbox One. This pair is unabashedly design for gaming only, PC and console.

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Razer targets streamers with Kiyo camera and Seiren X mic

Razer targets streamers with Kiyo camera and Seiren X mic

Razer today is announcing two new products aimed directly at gamers who stream on platforms like Twitch and YouTube. The company revealed its new Kiyo webcam and Seiren X standalone microphone today. Both were developed with input from Twitch and YouTube personalities, earning the label of "streamer certified broadcasting hardware" as a result.

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comma.ai EON Dashcam DevKit continues self-driving car dream

comma.ai EON Dashcam DevKit continues self-driving car dream

Everyone and anyone seems to have an idea about what the ideal self-driving vehicle should be like, but only few are able to turn those into reality. Startup comma.ai only knows that too well. It’s plans were more or less dashed when the NHTSA put down its foot, only to resurface in open source form. comma.ai, however, never really gave up on the dream and has just taken one step closer to becoming the “Android of self-driving cars” with the launch of its EON Dashcam.

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Romeo Power Saber power bank has an AC outlet for charging laptops

Romeo Power Saber power bank has an AC outlet for charging laptops

A company called Romeo Power has just launched its Saber battery for pre-order, promising it to be more versatile than any power bank you already have lying around. Whereas most power banks are limited to micro USB, Saber covers all of your needs: microUSB, USB-C, and, yes, an ordinary AC outlet for plugging in your ordinary laptop charger.

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Bento Stack is the Japanese lunchbox of Apple dongle holders

Bento Stack is the Japanese lunchbox of Apple dongle holders

The Bento Stack was announced today by Function 101 in an effort to easily contain the many Apple cords, dongles, and accessories some users use. This includes holding the Apple Pencil, the MacBook Pro power cord, the AirPods, and etcetera. Much like the original Japanese-designed lunch box system, this Bento Box stacks up and keeps things tidy. Especially dongles - all the dongles.

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This Moto Mod Smart Speaker just popped up with Alexa

This Moto Mod Smart Speaker just popped up with Alexa

Motorola's latest Moto Mod is the Moto Smart Speaker, a device with Amazon Alexa onboard. All Android devices can access Alexa to some degree - with the Amazon Alexa App or through more direct means. With the Moto Smart Speaker, Moto Z devices will be able to access Alexa on the fly - with an extra large speaker, battery, and 4 far field microphones.

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