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Lenovo Home Assistant adds Alexa to Tab 4 smart speaker

Lenovo Home Assistant adds Alexa to Tab 4 smart speaker

Lenovo has a new use for the Tab 4 Android tablet on your coffee table, with the Lenovo Home Assistant turning it into an Alexa-powered smart speaker. Unveiled at IFA 2017 today, the new speaker accessory acts as a docking station for the Tab 4 8, Tab 4 8 Plus, Tab 4 10, and Tab 4 10 Plus that Lenovo launched a few months back at Mobile World Congress.

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iRig Keys I/O makes your iPad a mini music studio

iRig Keys I/O makes your iPad a mini music studio

The options for making digital music with an iOS device on the move keep getting more affordable, with IK Multimedia weighing in with a new combo controller and audio interface. The iRig Keys I/O throws together a keyboard, velocity-sensitive pads, and touch-sensitive sliders along with various other physical controls, plus a 24-bit audio interface. It'll work both with your iPhone and iPad, or with a Mac or PC.

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JBL Boombox speaker is a Bluetooth behemoth

JBL Boombox speaker is a Bluetooth behemoth

While some Bluetooth speakers try to pack the best sound quality into as small a package as possible, the new JBL Boombox is taking the opposite approach. Definitely a boombox for the current decade (and century), the Boombox is one of the largest Bluetooth speakers we've ever seen. That increased size comes with some attractive benefits, though, such as a long-lasting battery and the promise of "exceptional sound and hard hitting bass."

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Ninety7 Vaux Review: Echo Dot speaker-battery cuts Alexa’s cord

Ninety7 Vaux Review: Echo Dot speaker-battery cuts Alexa’s cord

It's easy to get hooked on having Amazon Alexa around, but though the affordable Echo Dot's always-listening microphones are good, there's no beating the true portability of a battery-powered speaker. Rather than splash out on an Amazon Tap, though, Nintey7's Vaux offers an upgrade route to make an Echo Dot mobile. For $49.95 you can not only cut the power cord, but boost Alexa's volume in the process.

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Logitech Slim Folio gives 9.7-inch iPad a keyboard

Logitech Slim Folio gives 9.7-inch iPad a keyboard

Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad is resolutely targeted at those wanting to ditch their laptop for something easier to carry, and Logitech thinks it has the perfect keyboard companion. The Logitech Slim Folio keyboard case promises more notebook-like text entry for the iOS tablet, complete with a magnetic locking mechanism for more flexibility in where you use your tablet, not to mention impressive battery life.

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Supreme x Mophie Powerstation Plus Mini gives Hypebeasts a boost

Supreme x Mophie Powerstation Plus Mini gives Hypebeasts a boost

Mophie and fashion brand Supreme have teamed up on every Hypebeast's must-have accessory, a branded portable battery for your iPhone (or your Android-carrying friend). The Supreme x Mophie Powerstation Plus Mini takes a 4,000 mAh battery and gives it a distinctive makeover, with Supreme's bright red logo emblazoned across the front. Inside, meanwhile, there's enough power to for up to two recharges of your phone.

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Senstone voice-recorder makes Star Trek comms badge an AI notetaker

Senstone voice-recorder makes Star Trek comms badge an AI notetaker

Mix a dictaphone with a connected Post-It note, add voice-to-text transcription, and you get Senstone, the latest "AI" equipped gadget aiming to corral your moments of genius. Launching on Kickstarter today, the discreet pendant promises not only a simple way to capture voice recordings, but transcribe and organize them on your iPhone, too. I've been trying a prototype Senstone over the past week; read on for some first impressions.

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Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX are finally shipping this month

Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX are finally shipping this month

The new Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX headphones, delayed from last year, will finally be hitting store shelves this month it's been confirmed today. Announced back in September 2016, the wireless headphones were meant to land in the fall, but were postponed for unexplained reasons. Now, Apple-owned Beats has confirmed exactly when we'll be able to buy them, and the good news is that there's not long to wait.

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Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 7 hands-on: A battery case must-have

Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 7 hands-on: A battery case must-have

If you'd asked me to predict what I'd miss most about the iPhone 6s when I switched to the iPhone 7 Plus, I probably wouldn't have said wireless battery charging and magnetic mounting. Turns out, though, those were just the two features - supplied, naturally, by Mophie's Juice Pack Air cases and companion mounts, since Apple is yet to embrace this wireless charging world - that have been most frustrating about the latest iPhones. Happily, then, Mophie has delivered its new battery cases today.

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The 5 best power packs for the new MacBook Pro (right now)

The 5 best power packs for the new MacBook Pro (right now)

The new MacBook Pro has a very cool trick you may not be aware of. In addition to those USB-C ports being the future of connectivity, they can also charge your computer. That means you now have four different ports to charge from! And maybe the best part: you don’t need to plug in. Those ports also accept charges from battery packs, which makes your new MacBook Pro the ultimate in portability. Here are a few packs you should consider slipping in your bag.

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HTC Vive wireless upgrade kit by TPCAST cuts the wires

HTC Vive wireless upgrade kit by TPCAST cuts the wires

With the year coming to a close, HTC is showing off a cool upgrade kit that is expected to be available early next year for the Vive VR headset. The upgrade kit is made by TPCAST and cuts the tether from the headset. TPCAST was the first company to join the Vive X Accelerator that has 33 firms in the mix at this point.

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There’s a new Samsung Gear VR to play nice with Note 7

There’s a new Samsung Gear VR to play nice with Note 7

Samsung isn't just launching a new phablet today, but introducing an updated version of its Gear VR virtual reality headset, complete with a new connector and a more immersive experience. The new Gear VR picks up where the existing, Oculus-powered model leaves off, with the Android smartphone docking in a bay at the front and lending its processing power and display to 360-degree photos and videos along with games and apps.

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