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Toshiba’s Fire TV Edition hands on: Alexa-smart TV ships today

Toshiba’s Fire TV Edition hands on: Alexa-smart TV ships today

If the Fire TV Cube caught your eye, but your TV itself is due an upgrade, Amazon and Toshiba are hoping their new smart TV collaboration will fit the bill. The Toshiba 4K Ultra HD Smart TV Fire TV Edition may not have an elegant name as it begins shipping today, but as I discovered with an early play, it does a surprisingly smooth job of integrating Amazon's set-top box at an affordable price.

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BlackBerry KEY2 first look

BlackBerry KEY2 first look

The BlackBerry KEY2 is an obstinate phone, and one defined by its most retro feature: the keyboard. Just about every design, software, and hardware decision manufacturer TCL has made comes down to the physical keys in some way, whether it's the form-factor, the size of the touchscreen, or the new "Speed Key" that promises to make navigating Android 8.1 Oreo all the smoother. I've been using the KEY2 since last week, so read on for my first look first-impressions.

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This zombie-filled “Holodeck” VR game is unexpectedly addictive

This zombie-filled “Holodeck” VR game is unexpectedly addictive

If the Star Trek Holodeck is the virtual reality dream, then Sandbox VR has got closer than most. Opening in new pop-up locations in San Mateo, CA, as well as other US cities, ahead of fixed centers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, it's a tried-and-tested group VR experience that has already seen success in Asia. Now, it's hoping to bring that experience to the US.

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Sonos Beam hands-on: Big sound, bigger promises

Sonos Beam hands-on: Big sound, bigger promises

Sonos has built its reputation on making streaming, whole-home music easy: now, with the Sonos Base, it wants to oust remote controls from your coffee table. Revealed today, the shrunken speaker bar relies on Amazon Alexa and some clever connectivity to streamline the living room, but as I discovered that doesn't mean Sonos has forgotten about sound quality too.

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Hue Sync release liberates on-screen color from your PC and Mac

Hue Sync release liberates on-screen color from your PC and Mac

Your Philips Hue bulbs are about to get a lot more interesting, with Hue Sync launching to expand the colors from your PC or Mac into the room. Designed to deliver a more immersive viewing experience, whether you're watching movies or playing games, Hue Sync offers a DIY approach to Philips' Ambilight TV sets.

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Apple HomePod stereo pairing: Hands-on

Apple HomePod stereo pairing: Hands-on

If one HomePod sounds great, how about two of Apple's speakers set up as a stereo pair? With the arrival of AirPlay 2 this week, right on the cusp of WWDC 2018, Apple finally delivers on music promises it made back when it first announced HomePod at WWDC 2017 last year.

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HTC U12+ hands-on: 4 cameras, more squeeze, no notch

HTC U12+ hands-on: 4 cameras, more squeeze, no notch

You have to give HTC its due: the new U12+ is more than enough evidence to prove the phone-maker isn't giving up on the high-end Android space. Even in a crowded marketplace, slick design and some clever hardware helps the new phone stand out, hopefully appealing to more than just the HTC-faithful in the process. And, if you want to avoid the scourge of the notch, the U12+ is one of just a small handful of flagship options for 2018.

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OnePlus 6 camera: Our first Photos and Videos

OnePlus 6 camera: Our first Photos and Videos

The OnePlus 6 features a pair of cameras at its back that roll with top-notch Sony Exmor IMX image sensors. Because of the way the OnePlus 6 processes photos here in 2018, we're getting results very similar to those of the Galaxy S9 and the Google Pixel/Pixel 2. The following is a very basic look at our first results with backside camera photo and video capture on the OnePlus 6.

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OnePlus 6 buyers guide: 10 tips before and after purchase

OnePlus 6 buyers guide: 10 tips before and after purchase

The following is a OnePlus 6 Review Companion - this is the article you read after you've seen some opinions on the phone. This is a rundown of 10 items of interest for the OnePlus 6 buyer - just before buy, once you've bought, and once you've got the device in-hand. This device appears first online in less than 24 hours after this article is first set to go live on SlashGear.

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Logitech’s Circle 2 Magnetic Mount makes renters an easier camera

Logitech’s Circle 2 Magnetic Mount makes renters an easier camera

Connected security cameras are a mainstay of the modern smart home, but if you rent and can't get busy with your drill then installing them can be a pain. Logitech is adding a new, easier way to fix up its Circle 2 camera line-up, a Magnetic Mount that promises to cling tenaciously to most metal.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 330, 330S, and 530S laptops start at $250

Lenovo IdeaPad 330, 330S, and 530S laptops start at $250

It's graduation season - not to mention Mother's Day and Father's Day nearly upon us - and Lenovo thinks the new 2018 IdeaPad range should be your first port of call for a laptop gift. Starting from $249.99, and spanning 14- to 17-inches in size, the IdeaPad 330, 330S, and 530S series include features like USB-C, HDMI ports, and discrete graphics options from NVIDIA, not to mention a rapid-charge battery system that can deliver up to 2hrs from just 15 minutes plugged in.

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LG G7 ThinQ hands-on: AI camera, Boombox and a notch

LG G7 ThinQ hands-on: AI camera, Boombox and a notch

In some ways the new LG G7 ThinQ shares more in common with the LG V30, than it does its G Series predecessors. The smartphone company's 2018 Android Oreo flagship is its latest bet on artificial intelligence (AI) as a mobile must-have, baking machine smarts into everything from the camera to dedicated hardware. As I found out when I tried the G7 ThinQ myself, in some ways that works better than others.

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