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Firefly wireless earbuds: ultra-fast charging, ambient mode, and more

Firefly wireless earbuds: ultra-fast charging, ambient mode, and more

AirPods were arguably the flashpoint for the truly-wireless earbuds industry. The market has seen models launched by big and no-name companies alike, some with nearly perfect functionality, others that are barely usable. Now that these wire-free earbuds are more common and competition is stronger, we're seeing makers pack increasingly useful features into their own offerings. Firefly is no exception.

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Purism Librem 5 privacy-focused Linux phone launching next year

Purism Librem 5 privacy-focused Linux phone launching next year

Thanks to the antics of some of your favorite, and not so favorite, tech companies, there has been a lot of focus and frenzy shed on privacy. If you really think about it, no one and nothing is safe from these corporate giants, from always-listening and sometimes-recording smart speakers to even your supposedly silent and deaf smartphone. There has never been a more opportune time for products that champion privacy and the user to come out of hiding. And, if all goes well, one such product will be available for purchase at the start of 2019: the privacy-focused, freedom-loving, Linux-based open source Purism Librem 5.

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POGs return as an augmented reality mobile game

POGs return as an augmented reality mobile game

POGs, the 90s game that enjoyed massive popularity, will return in the form of a mobile augmented reality game. The game comes from Compton Technology, which is seeking funding for its product on Indiegogo. The game will be free to play and is officially licensed by the World POG Federation.

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Bloxvox straps over your mouth to keep conversations private

Bloxvox straps over your mouth to keep conversations private

Bloxvox, a contraption you hold and/or strap to your face, wants to help quiet down the open office workspace, enable phone conversations in libraries, and keep private details private. The device, which is being funded on Kickstarter, is similar to the HushMe devices introduced last year, but designed to accommodate a user's existing headset rather than a proprietary one built into the unit.

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OSSIC X 3D audio headphone dream is no more

OSSIC X 3D audio headphone dream is no more

Crowdfunding is always a risky venture, both for the creators as well as the backers. Being successfully funded, even raising three to five to ten times the goal, is never an assurance that the promised product will be delivered. The bigger the ambition, the bigger the risks and the OSSIC X is definitely a big one. It promised to do for audio what VR is doing for visuals. Sadly, that promise is dead as OSSIC, the startup behind the headphones, reveals it will no longer be able to deliver the remaining headphones as it has completely run out of funds.

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Pomera e-ink ultra-portable typewriter targets the US market

Pomera e-ink ultra-portable typewriter targets the US market

A Japanese company is hoping to launch an e-ink portable typewriter in the US market, a model called Pomera. The typewriter resembles a folding keyboard, but with a twist: a 6-inch e-ink display appears alongside the keyboard, enabling users to type out a document without carrying around a full-size laptop or a large battery. The company is seeking funding on Kickstarter.

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Spigen’s new iPhone X cases have classic iMac G3 and iPhone designs

Spigen’s new iPhone X cases have classic iMac G3 and iPhone designs

Spigen has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a series of iPhone X cases designed after the iPhone 2G and iMac G3. The latter device -- the G3 -- was launched 20 years ago, bringing with it a unique, colorful design. Spigen has used that design as inspiration for its new iPhone X cases, bringing the nostalgic look to Apple's latest and greatest iPhone model.

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nubia Red Magic gaming phone kicks off, US buyers have to wait

nubia Red Magic gaming phone kicks off, US buyers have to wait

Red Magic, the gaming arm of ZTE sub-brand nubia, has finally and fully taken the covers off the Red Magic gaming phone. Rather than jumping into retail immediately, however, it is stopping by Indiegogo first both to test market interest as well as offer discounts for early birds and true believers. It is now also spilling some of the beans on what may make the Red Magic phone a true gaming phone and not just one that looks like a miniature ASUS ROG or HP OMEN gaming PC.

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Reolink Go wireless outdoor camera has built-in 4G LTE

Reolink Go wireless outdoor camera has built-in 4G LTE

A Hong Kong-based based company is seeking funding for Reolink Go, a wireless outdoor security camera that has built-in 4G LTE connectivity. The camera is designed for use in places without WiFi access or a power outlet, such as remote locations on a farm, rural homes, and similar. The camera uses a combination of cloud storage and solar charging to bypass traditional limitations.

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Why is this Red Magic phone so compelling? Showmanship.

Why is this Red Magic phone so compelling? Showmanship.

This morning I received an email from "Red Magic Team" about a new smartphone. This group of creators works with Nubia, a smartphone company most haven't heard of - part of the brand ZTE, a brand you've most likely heard of, especially very recently. The most important part of this situation isn't the wild contents of this phone, it's the presentation which surround them.

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TicPods Free: an AirPods Android alternative with touch controls

TicPods Free: an AirPods Android alternative with touch controls

A new pair of truly wireless earbuds will hopefully hit the market soon, and they're called TicPods Free. The somewhat unfortunate name aside, TicPods are an attractive alternative to AirPods for Android owners, promising interactive functionality that includes taps for answering calls. The model boast both noise isolation and noise-cancelling tech, in-ear detection, and more.

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Myst 25th anniversary Kickstarter brings all 7 titles to Windows 10

Myst 25th anniversary Kickstarter brings all 7 titles to Windows 10

Although it’s arguably not as iconic as, say, Doom, Cyan World’s Myst has a cult following that the 90s gaming market by surprise and have been referenced in pop culture and media time and again. Since its initial release, the game has produced 5 sequels and one 3D “remake”. Given its age, however, not all those titles have become available or work on the latest Windows systems. Now the developers have gathered all 7 titles into one to make them all work on Windows 10 in a 25th anniversary collection only available from Kickstarter.

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