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Mycroft Mark II: the open source Amazon Echo you’ve always wanted

Mycroft Mark II: the open source Amazon Echo you’ve always wanted

Smart speakers are all the range in tech these days and soon it will be the battle of the titans. But as those giants scuffle, the small men, the consumers, sometimes get trampled on. Especially their privacy. It's no secrets that the likes of Amazon and Google want your data. They promise to do no evil, but you can never really tell. Consumers have opted to just accept the status quo in exchange for convenience. Now, however, they don't have to compromise just to get an Amazon Echo or Google Home experience, with the Mycroft Mark II Open Voice Assistant speaker.

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GPD WIN 2 Windows handheld console sells out fast on Indiegogo

GPD WIN 2 Windows handheld console sells out fast on Indiegogo

How do you know when you have a winning product? When over 1,000 people collectively raise more than half a million dollars for a $600 product from a company that many have already complained about in the past for their late deliveries and lack of communication. Those seem to be inadequate to deter PC gamers from getting their hands on the GPD WIN 2, which promises no gaming laptop could: gaming on the go, even while standing up.

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Lofree mechanical keyboard comes with seasonal colors, improved keys

Lofree mechanical keyboard comes with seasonal colors, improved keys

Coders and word smiths just love their mechanical keyboards. But just because the mechanisms might be considered “old school” doesn’t mean the design has to be. Then again, there’s no stopping keyboard makers from giving a nod to an even older typing favorite. Lofree, who already successfully crowdfunded a mechanical keyboard in April 2017, is now back with a new and improved model, with colors inspired by the four seasons, a design inspired by typewriters, and functionality inspired by modern Mac keyboards.

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Qoobo therapeutic cat pillow with wagging tail now up for preorder

Qoobo therapeutic cat pillow with wagging tail now up for preorder

Back in October, Japanese company Yukai Engineering introduced a therapeutic pillow called Qoobo. Though it is a pillow, it has a big twist compared to other pillows: it is styled after a cat, including soft fur and a wagging tail. That makes Qoobo as much robot as it is cushion, one designed to give someone a sense of comfort without squeezing an actual living cat.

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PITTA modular drone doubles as an action and security camera

PITTA modular drone doubles as an action and security camera

A new Kickstarter campaign seeks funding for PITTA, a sphere-shaped multi-purpose camera device that can function as a drone, action camera, and more. According to the team behind it, PITTA is a "modular transformative drone," one that has mountable and wearable functionality as well as being aerial. That makes it a complete package of sorts, able to meet different needs at different times while maintaining a compact size.

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Zanco tiny t1 is the world’s smallest feature phone

Zanco tiny t1 is the world’s smallest feature phone

Smartphones are getting more powerful but they’re also growing bigger. Even Apple, who held out the longest, has jumped on the phablet train two years back. There are still some, however, who find riches in the smallest things. Earlier this year, we got to see the Jelly, the world’s smallest smartphone. That might still be too much for some who just need a small device for calling. Enter tiny t1 from UK-based Zanco, which is probably the smallest “dumb” phone no one thought they wanted until now.

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GPD WIN 2 game performance looks promising, price isn’t

GPD WIN 2 game performance looks promising, price isn’t

Chinese company GPD, short for “Game Pad Digital”, has just taken the veils off its next bid for a Windows 10 gaming handheld. The GPD WIN 2, the follow up to last year’s more or less successful first attempt, is already picking up steam. But while the handheld computer’s specs look fine on paper, the real question is whether it will be able to actually play more than just simple games. It turns out that it can, but there’s going to be a price to pay. A very literal one.

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CamFi Pro wireless camera controller is almost as fast as cable

CamFi Pro wireless camera controller is almost as fast as cable

Digital cameras still have an edge over smartphone when it comes to quality, but they can be slow when it comes to workflow. Sharing or printing a picture requires sending it to another computer and while built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth try to alleviate that, these features are often painfully slow. That is why a group of digital photography enthusiasts have come together to build the CamFi Pro, a wireless camera controller that’s so fast, you might think you’re transferring data over a USB cable instead.

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Eve V Review: dreams can come true

Eve V Review: dreams can come true

Microsoft has never had good luck with its own hardware outside of the Xbox. And when it did strike gold, the company may have suddenly decided to take things in a different direction. Rumors of the Surface Pro’s imminent demise and the OEM fallout that might follow has some 2-in-1 fans worried. Fortunately, a rather daring startup based in Finland, once considered the leader in innovation, not only picked up the torch but even did what no OEM would dare do: ask users directly what they wanted. And thus the Eve V was born. And now we get to take a deep look to see if they were able to deliver.

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Kudos is a Black Mirror nightmare brought to life

Kudos is a Black Mirror nightmare brought to life

The same crew that tried bringing an Uber-like model to city busses is now attempting to replace server tips with digital ratings. Instead of an amount of cash given to a restaurant server after friendly, prompt, helpful service, they'd instead receive some stars in an app. The Black Mirror episode Nosedive is about almost exactly this same thing.

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Eve V 2-in-1 computer is coming: 5 things to know about it

Eve V 2-in-1 computer is coming: 5 things to know about it

It almost feels like there’s nothing that can be done for the 2-in-1 tablet form factor started by ASUS and then popularized by the Microsoft Surface Pro. After all, how much can you cram inside such a thin space without making it as unwieldy as a laptop? In two weeks, Finland-based Eve Tech will be proving the industry wrong by finally selling the Eve V computer to the public, challenging the status quo, not to mention the Surface Pro, not just in features but also in the way products can be made.

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Chuwi CoreBook brings the fight to the iPad Pro’s doorstep

Chuwi CoreBook brings the fight to the iPad Pro’s doorstep

Chuwi has been boldly pitting its products against some of the biggest tech companies in both name and design. The SurBook faced off with the Microsoft Surface Pro and the LapBook Air against the Apple MacBook Air. The CoreBook, the company’s latest baby, probably won’t ring any bell. But the moment you look at it, you’ll most likely get the idea. The Chuwi CoreBook is practically what you’ll get if you took an iPad Pro and put Windows 10 on it. And that might be a good thing.

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