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Hands-on with Huawei’s $1,500 Porsche Mate 9 phone

Hands-on with Huawei’s $1,500 Porsche Mate 9 phone

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 is a smartphone that will cost users a cool fifteen-hundred dollars if they decide to take the plunge. This is because Huawei made the device to be more posh than its non-Porsche edition. They've gone so far as to put the Porsche logo at its back, to make certain the world knows its pedigree.

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Huawei Mate 9 hands-on

Huawei Mate 9 hands-on

Today we caught up with Huawei to take a closer look at their new Mate 9 smartphone, just revealed this morning to the world. While this device wont be coming to the United States at launch, they suggest it'll be available to the states at some point in the future. This device works with a 5.9-inch FHD (1080 x 1900) LCD display with 2.5D glass, a fingerprint scanner at its back, and a new Kirin processor inside.

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Vufine+ wearable display beams iPhone or drone to your eye

Vufine+ wearable display beams iPhone or drone to your eye

Google Glass, among its faults, pretty much killed off the head-mounted display segment, but Kickstarter success Vufine is hoping to reignite interest with its latest wearable. The Vufine+, launching on Kickstarter today, doesn't attempt to do all of the social networking, notification flagging, and voice-controlled interactions which Glass tried to persuade us we needed, and nor - vitally - does it have a camera. Instead, it brings video from your phone, laptop, drone, or pretty much anything else to your eye-line.

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Huawei Fit hands-on: A fitness watch to undercut Fitbit

Huawei Fit hands-on: A fitness watch to undercut Fitbit

If there's a market for a wearable somewhere in-between a traditional smartwatch and a fitness tracker then Huawei wants to dominate it, and the competitively priced Huawei Fit is how it plans to do that. Revealed this morning at Huawei's event in Munich, Germany, but on store shelves in the US today, the Fit undercuts not only Android Wear watches, but is cheaper than fitness-first trackers like Fitbit's Charge 2. I strapped one to my wrist to see if it was Fit for purpose.

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FOVE’s eye-tracking VR headset is finally shipping: Here’s why it’s special

FOVE’s eye-tracking VR headset is finally shipping: Here’s why it’s special

Plenty of virtual reality headsets have hit the market since we first saw FOVE back in May 2015, but none can do what the Samsung-backed VR system can. Differentiating itself in the increasingly crowded entertainment space by its potentially game-changing eye tracking system, FOVE sets out to address what it calls the "owl problem". If you want to look around in a VR world then, traditionally, you have to move your head.

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New MacBook Pro 13 first look: Entry-level Touch Bar envy

New MacBook Pro 13 first look: Entry-level Touch Bar envy

After a long - some might say interminable - wait, Apple’s new MacBook Pro is here, and it’s proving to be controversial. Unveiled this week is the Cupertino firm’s vision of how touch and notebooks can co-exist, and it’s a very different interpretation compared to the 2-in-1’s and convertibles we’ve seen in Windows land. Not all the new MacBook Pro models are created equal, however, and it’s the new, $1,499 entry-level model which has landed first on the SlashGear test bench.

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New MacBook Pro hands-on

New MacBook Pro hands-on

Somehow both familiar and fresh, the new MacBook Pro is more than the sum of its parts: there's some witchcraft in here, too. I've spent some hands-on time with Apple's new flagship notebook, just announced at the company's Cupertino HQ in California today, and it's the upgrade many Mac users have been waiting with middling degrees of patience. More importantly, it feels like the final piece of Apple's argument against touchscreen notebooks and 2-in-1s.

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There’s more to LeEco’s Le Pro3 than its bargain price

There’s more to LeEco’s Le Pro3 than its bargain price

It's easy to make a modern flagship, you just drop the very latest components from the parts bin into one slinky sliver of metal and glass, and slap on a premium price tag. Making a capable and compelling budget phone, however, is a whole lot harder, and yet Chinese brand LeEco is hoping to take on Huawei, ZTE, and others and win with its new Le Pro3. You certainly can't argue with the price.

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PlayStation VR hands-on and eyes-on

PlayStation VR hands-on and eyes-on

For believers, the VR renaissance probably started with the Oculus Rift’s birth, though that did launch nearly at the same time as rival HTC Vive. But virtual reality, and augmented/mixed reality for that matter, is primarily a PC thing. Or a Windows thing even. Those who have chosen the path of the console have mostly been left out, unless they happen to have a PC rig worthy of those VR headsets or have settled for the smartphone version. Today, however, those from the PlayStation side of the fence no longer need to feel disenfranchised. The PS VR has arrived and with it, the promise of immersive virtual reality experiences for consoles. We take a brief tour to see what awaits us in this (slightly) new world.

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Xbox One S Gears of War 4 mini-Review in blood red

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 mini-Review in blood red

This special limited edition version of the Xbox One S is no average re-coloring. The folks responsible for tricking this console out have taken extra steps to make certain the device was no simple skin-job. This device looks like it's been customized personally - cut into by miniature beasts of war with claws of death. This comes from The Swarm - we'll see them again once the game is ready to roll later this month.

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Google Pixel XL vs Pixel first impressions and hands-on

Google Pixel XL vs Pixel first impressions and hands-on

Today Google has revealed two smartphones, one the Pixel, the other the Pixel XL. These devices are made to be part of Google's bigger picture - a future in which the company is known for its hardware and software suite, not just a company that makes Android and releases Nexus devices mainly for developers. This larger machine has more pixels than its companion, coming in at 2K (2560 x 1440) at 5.5-inches instead of 1080p and 5-inches, not entirely unlike the Nexus 6P was to the Nexus 5X.

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Ultimate Ears PartyUp pairs 50+ speakers for group streaming

Ultimate Ears PartyUp pairs 50+ speakers for group streaming

Pairing two Bluetooth speakers for a stereo pair is tablestakes these days, so Ultimate Ears is cranking music to the next level with PartyUp, for more than 50 speakers in a single group. The new feature, being released today as a firmware update for some of the Logitech-owned company's most popular models, relies on some Bluetooth trickery and a revamped app to make managing large crowds of BOOM speakers straightforward.

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