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Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 get tougher and cheaper

Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 get tougher and cheaper

Ultimate Ears has revealed its new BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 Bluetooth speakers, making them more rugged, longer-lasting, and more affordable than the old pair. It's also taken the opportunity to give the two new speakers an aesthetic revamp, with the result being a cleaner and more modern-looking design.

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Honor Play unboxing: My first impressions for you

Honor Play unboxing: My first impressions for you

Today we've got the Honor Play in the house ready to roll up on the likes of Xiaomi's Poco F1 and the OnePlus 6. This device is the definition of budget-level cost with flagship-aimed specs. How Huawei's Honor manages to deliver a device like this with these specs at this price, I've not yet been able to figure out. But let's take a peek here and drop in on our first and main questions.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch unboxing: My first impressions for you

Samsung Galaxy Watch unboxing: My first impressions for you

I've got the bigger version of the Samsung Galaxy Watch right here, in black, and I'm going to tell you about it. I got the device in the mail today from Samsung. Over the next few days (and beyond) I'll be giving this device the once-over, looking at all the intricate bits and pieces, detailing everything I find out and everything I find interesting. To begin, there's the device's nature, very shiny and chrome.

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Note 9 S Pen: What you should know about the big stylus upgrade

Note 9 S Pen: What you should know about the big stylus upgrade

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may not look too different from its predecessor, but the new S Pen packs a big upgrade. A Bluetooth connection between the stylus and the phone means the revamped S Pen now doubles as a remote control, and Samsung is hoping it'll give the Note 9 even more of an edge in the flagship phone segment.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on: Pro Android comes at a price

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on: Pro Android comes at a price

Bigger screen, better S Pen, and bolder colors. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may not come as a great surprise, after the usual cavalcade of pre-announcement leaks, but today's big Unpacked news is rich pickings for stylus fans nonetheless. The big question was just how much would Samsung differentiate the Note 9, not only from its predecessor, but from the Galaxy S9+ launched earlier this year.

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In our Audi e-tron Pikes Peak drive, the challenge is reversed

In our Audi e-tron Pikes Peak drive, the challenge is reversed

It’s just after 5:00 AM, and we’ve ascended past 14,100 feet as the sun was just starting to rise. A fitting moment, indeed, as the vehicle that I was about to meet represents a new chapter for an iconic brand. In front of us, a half dozen Audi e-tron prototypes dressed in camouflage with bright orange accents greet us. It was no mistake that Audi chose one of the most iconic mountains in its history to introduce us to its most important model in many years. The Audi e-tron represents not only the future of the brand but also the industry as a whole, the automaker's first attempt at going head-to-head with Tesla, not to mention other behemoths each sprinting to unveil their latest all-electric models.

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Moto Z3 hands-on: Getting ready for 5G

Moto Z3 hands-on: Getting ready for 5G

Earlier today in Chicago, Motorola took the stage to announce a phone that is instantly familiar: the Moto Z3. You've seen this phone before, or at least most of it, as it's almost exactly the same as the Moto Z3 Play, which launched back in June. The major difference between the two is yet to come, but when it arrives next year, it will indeed be quite the differentiator.

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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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