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Amazon Show Mode turns Fire HD 8, HD 10 into an Echo Show [UPDATE]

Amazon Show Mode turns Fire HD 8, HD 10 into an Echo Show [UPDATE]

Even before Google has a chance to finally respond to Amazon’s Echo Show with its own Smart Display lineup, Amazon is already changing the game yet again. This new Show Mode may be the reason why it hasn’t been rumored to be working on an Echo Show v2. With the Show Mode Charging Dock, a Fire HD 8 or Fire HD 10 tablet automatically becomes an ad hoc Echo Show, which could make Google regret it gave up on Android tablets so easily.

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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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Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock runs Windows Mixed Reality

Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock runs Windows Mixed Reality

Laptops are getting thinner and thinner, not to mention sometimes converting into tablets. But the price of portability is performance, at the very least graphics performance. There are, of course, a new breed of computing accessories that deliver added graphics processing power via Thunderbolt 3 but those are heavy in both price and form. Enter the Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock somewhat quietly revealed at CES 2013. No larger than a laptop, this graphics card enclosure claims it’s powerful enough to even run Windows Mixed Reality at 90 Hz rates. But, of course, there’s always a catch.

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Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock is a mobile hub for 4K

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock is a mobile hub for 4K

Elgato just revealed their newest in a line of docks made for Thunderbolt-loving computer enthusiasts. This dock is called Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock, and it's very tiny, and very full of ports. Much like past Elgato products, this one's clearly made to look good right next to your Apple computer - color matching!

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Belkin USB-C Express Dock 3.1 HD Review

Belkin USB-C Express Dock 3.1 HD Review

For over a decade, Apple has been using its own proprietary charging connector for its MacBooks. While it offered safety features no other connector did or does to date, it was also non-standard and incompatible with the not so small number of competing standards already in the market. When Apple finally gave in, it didn’t come without a price. The 2015 MacBook only had one USB-C port for both data and charging and last year’s MacBook Pros threw all ports out, replacing them with two or four Thunderbolt 3 ports. That, however, consequently gave birth to a new market of docks and dongles that aimed to bring back what was lost. One of them is the new Belkin USB-C Express Dock 3.1 HD, which we have taken for a spin to see how it fares against the competition.

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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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OWC USB-C Travel Dock hooks the MacBook up

OWC USB-C Travel Dock hooks the MacBook up

This week the folks at OWC have a new super-duper-dongle that they call the USB-C Travel Dock for Mac and PC. This device rolls with five ports, extending the abilities of the meager USB-C port well beyond its original, single-ported existence. Of course this device would be nothing if USB-C wasn't able to provide the connections - it's a teamwork sort of situation.

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ElevationDock 4 for iPhone, iPad can be used with one hand

ElevationDock 4 for iPhone, iPad can be used with one hand

What is the most diverse accessory for smartphones in the market? If you quickly answered “cases”, you’d be only half right. Though myriad in design, color, and appearance, smartphone cases, by nature, need to fit adhere to form and usability of phones. Docks, on the other hand, have a bit more room, almost literally, to innovate and differentiate, though that usually ends up making the docks more inconvenient at times. Elevation Lab’s new ElevationDock 4, in contrast, took that freedom to create a dock that, while completely functional, is so compact and easy to use that you can undock your iPhone or iPad with just one hand.

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Chuwi Hi-Dock Review

Chuwi Hi-Dock Review

There is no shortage of smartphone and tablet accessories of all kinds. We power banks and chargers of different wattage and technologies. We have stands and holders of all shapes and sizes. There are, however, only a few that combine these two traits: docks. And those that do are, more often than not, specifically designed for a specific model or OEM to the exclusion of others. Chuwi wants to do away with multiple wall chargers and multiple stands for those with multiple devices and it does so in a rather unique way. Chuwi calls it the Hi-Dock and it’s almost exactly what the doctor ordered. Almost.

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Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock Review: MacBook Pro ports, at a price

Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock Review: MacBook Pro ports, at a price

Thunderbolt 3 may be the wunderport of the future, but sometimes it feels like nobody told the peripheral-makers that. While notebooks like the most recent MacBook Pro may have switched entirely to Thunderbolt 3 and the USB Type-C connector, actually finding things to plug into them can be hard going. Enter Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock, one of the first to market to take advantage of the connection's 40 Gbps throughput and power/display/data flexibility.

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Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock to clean up desks next month

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock to clean up desks next month

Yesterday, Intel reveal its big industry push to make Thunderbolt 3 the de facto standard in wired connectivity. It enumerated the benefits of this technology, which is basically a beefed up USB-C connection. One of those is the ability for a single cable to do everything from power to data to display. No where is that going to be more evident than in Elgato's Thunderbolt 3 Dock specifically designed with the new MacBook Pro in mind and finally shipping next month.

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Samsung DeX Dock apparently works with Windows 10 Mobile Continuum

Samsung DeX Dock apparently works with Windows 10 Mobile Continuum

Samsung's DeX is hardly the first attempt at offering a desktop-like interface and experience using a Galaxy S8, a dock, and peripherals. While far from perfect or done, the advantage of hindsight allowed Samsung to deliver a somewhat better experience than, say, Microsoft's equivalent Windows 10 Continuum. Those two share a lot in common in idea and required accessories but apparently they might be sharing more than that. Out of curiosity, Youtube user Gary "gazcart" Carter tried to put his old Lumia 950 into the Samsung DeX. Lo and behold, it actually works like Microsoft's own Continuum Dock.

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