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LG V30 hands-on

LG V30 hands-on

The LG V30 is here, and the new smartphone has the potential to please photographers while it frustrates Android power-users. Revealed at IFA 2017, the latest iteration of the V Series marks something of a departure from what we've come to expect of that line, as LG narrows the gap between it and the G6.

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Insta360 ONE hands-on: a new, exciting way to make memories

Insta360 ONE hands-on: a new, exciting way to make memories

By now, 360-degree cameras are a dime a dozen, ranging from accessories that have to be clipped to a phone to standalone but palm-sized spheres or sticks to alien-looking disks that only big studios can afford. But no matter their shape or the quality output, the mostly function in the same way: taking a spherical view of the world around them. Not so this new camera coming from Insta360, one of the most prolific creators of consumer 360-degree cameras. The Insta360 ONE is almost like the one ring, the 360-degree camera to rule them all. And that is thanks to its ability to capture everything now and worry about what to share later. And, yes, it can make selfie sticks, or strings. vanish without a trace.

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HEXAD Carryall Duffel is a traveler’s bestfriend

HEXAD Carryall Duffel is a traveler’s bestfriend

Technology has greatly changed how we produce content. No longer burned by large professional equipment, we can now stash our gear alongside our clothes and other possessions when we hit the road. That, however, doesn’t meant that every luggage or bag can rise up to the challenges of safely and conveniently storing our portable but still expensive devices, cameras, and whatnot. That is where the HEXAD Carryall Duffel comes in, offering extra rugged protection for sensitive equipment but also has enough room for almost all your things.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 the most highly-anticipated Android smartphone of 2017? There's a good case to be made for that; certainly, given the fiery fall from grace of its Note 7 predecessor, launched to rave reviews and then forced into an embarrassing, and costly recall over battery issues, many have been waiting to see what Samsung would do with its new phablet. The answer, it seems, is double-down. More productivity, more S Pen features, more cameras, and more screen. If you expected Samsung to be coy, the Note 8 will prove you wrong.

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Essential Phone first-impressions

Essential Phone first-impressions

In a crowded smartphone world you need to do something seriously special if you want to stand out. Essential's mix is a combination of pure Android, high-end build quality even a Vertu fan would have to give credit, and an ambitious roadmap of modular accessories, multiple form-factors, and a new generation of AI. Today, though, with the Essential Phone in hand and most of the rest still somewhere on a nebulous roadmap, I can't help but wonder: would it be taken as seriously if it wasn't the handiwork of Andy "Father of Android" Rubin?

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SERPENT Electric Skateboards are making boarding fun again

SERPENT Electric Skateboards are making boarding fun again

For a while, it seemed that the poorly named hoverboards would be the skateboards of the future. That was until they started catching fire left and right and the rest, as they say, is history. Despite the poor execution, particularly by knockoffs, these motorized boards did have some bright ideas. Hoverboards, however, aren’t the boards of the future. This SERPENT-C and SERPENT-W might very well be, though, particularly in their use of electricity and motor to push the skateboarding experience forward. Pun totally intended.

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We’ve got Trypticon: Transformers’ biggest Decepticon action figure yet

We’ve got Trypticon: Transformers’ biggest Decepticon action figure yet

Behold this absurdly massive action figure, and cower before his retro reboot mightiness. This is the 2017 edition of Trypticon, a Transformer chosen to be reborn by the fans themselves. It was back in 2015 that Hasbro asked fans to choose between Omega Supreme, Scorponok, and the king monster big-boss hunk of t-rex you see standing before you. Today we've got the real-deal result of that fan interaction, the mighty, mighty 2017 edition of the city-sized t-rex TRYPTICON.

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Waze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-car

Waze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-car

Ask any Android Auto user what app they've been most eagerly awaiting, and the answer will probably be Waze. Sure, Google Maps is one of the best navigation apps around, but for the true road warrior there's no replacing its speeding ticket-saving cousin. The good news is that Waze for Android Auto is here, and I've been testing it out to see if it was worth the wait.

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HTC U11 Alexa hands-on: What works and what needs work

HTC U11 Alexa hands-on: What works and what needs work

This past week we've had some time with the HTC U11's newest feature boost: HTC Alexa onboard. That's Amazon's Alexa personal assistant, but placed on the HTC U11 in a way that's unique to this device. While Alexa is available in its app form for other smartphones, here Amazon and HTC have worked together to allow Alexa to act as similar to an Echo or Echo Dot as any smartphone has been before.

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This Moto Z2 Play Moto Mod seemed absurd at first, now it’s my favorite

This Moto Z2 Play Moto Mod seemed absurd at first, now it’s my favorite

The JBL SoundBoost 2 Moto Mod makes the Moto Z2 Play downright thick. I'd laid hands on a few Moto Mods before and I'd even used the Moto Z for a while when it was first revealed. But until now, I'd not been convinced that Motorola's implementation of a modular smartphone accessory system was worth the effort. With the release of the second wave of Moto Mods with the Moto Z2 and the Moto Z2 Play, I've seen the light. And it comes from the speaker masters at JBL.

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Cozmo Code Lab makes robot programming easy as dragging blocks

Cozmo Code Lab makes robot programming easy as dragging blocks

Anki's Cozmo may have looked like a toy by way of Wall-E when it launched last year, but the personality-filled robot has bigger ambitions than mere entertainment. Launching today is Cozmo Code Lab, an incredibly simple way to unlock the many talents of the robot, even if you can't string together a single line of code.

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OnePlus 5 took these photos : Zoom, Low-Light, Bokeh, Speed

OnePlus 5 took these photos : Zoom, Low-Light, Bokeh, Speed

This afternoon I took the OnePlus 5 on a walk to take a set of photos. I walked the dog with the phone, took a few photos of birds, then came back home to take some photos of oddities around the house. What you're about to see is a set of photos I captured this afternoon, resized but not edited at all in any other way. This is the first part of our camera judgement, part of our OnePlus 5 review, extended through this week.

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