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Essential Phone gets a $200 price drop, existing customers get credit

Essential Phone gets a $200 price drop, existing customers get credit Essential has an offer that’s honestly very hard to refuse: The price of the Essential Phone (PH-1, going by technical model number), is now $200 cheaper, so $499 off-contract and unlocked. That’s an amazing price for their debut smartphone, which remains my favorite in terms of straight up industrial design (and it has one of the best color-tuned displays in devices right now in my opinion). The Essential Phone went on sale just a few months ago, but the…

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Jaybird’s Run totally wireless earbuds are wire-free wonders for everyone

Jaybird’s Run totally wireless earbuds are wire-free wonders for everyone The market for totally wireless earbuds is really maturing fast, with many entries from both new and established companies. Jaybird recently joined the crowd, with its own Run earbuds. The Logitech-owned company has long been a really solid competitor when it comes to Bluetooth headphones, and its Freedom and X-line, and in fact made some of the very first wireless sport earbuds that proved you could also get good sound with Bluetooth. Now, the Run proves that Jaybird can play…

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Amazon’s original Echo gets a much-needed upgrade

Amazon’s original Echo gets a much-needed upgrade With a good software-driven product, the hardware is almost inconsequential. After the unboxing and the setup, it just sort of fades into the scenery. That was always the case with Amazon’s original Echo, but even as Alexa continues to do all of the hard work, the grandaddy of smart speakers was in dire need of an update. It’s been nearly two full years since the first Echo was made available to Amazon Prime subscribers. In that time, the company added six new members…

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Nintendo nabs two-thirds of monthly game hardware sales thanks to Switch

Nintendo nabs two-thirds of monthly game hardware sales thanks to Switch Nintendo has managed to lead the industry in video game hardware sales – by a wide margin – for September, which is a very promising sign going into the holiday shopping season. The Nintendo Switch helped this immensely, leading the industry as the top-selling console for the third straight month, and the fifth month overall since its introduction seven months ago. Switch’s U.S. sales have now topped 2 million units, which is great considering that the Wii U sold…

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The Sonos One offers all that wireless speaker goodness with a side of Alexa

The Sonos One offers all that wireless speaker goodness with a side of Alexa There isn’t much to say about the new Sonos One that hasn’t been said about Sonos already. The company has long been the gold standard in wireless whole-home audio and their speakers, while small, are powerful and more than usable for music, home entertainment, and general merriment. So how do you make a good speaker better? Just add Alexa. The new Sonos One is a $199 fully wireless speaker controlled via your smartphone or desktop. You…

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Garmin’s new Vivosport is an ideal lightweight smart activity tracker

Garmin’s new Vivosport is an ideal lightweight smart activity tracker If you’re looking to get pretty much all the benefits of a smartwatch without a watch, and to track your activity and sport performance with tools that are more than up to the task, Garmin’s Vivosport is a strong option, with a price tag that comes in well under that of most dedicated smartwatches. It works well with both Android and iOS devices, has a built-in heart rate tracker and GPS, and provides access to all kinds of preset activity…

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The Populele makes it fun/easy to learn the “devil’s guitar”

The Populele makes it fun/easy to learn the “devil’s guitar” As a staunch believer in non-existent superstitions I feel that the ukulele is a very dangerous, sensual instrument that could lead to the ruination of our young people and rend the very fabric of society. That said, I can now play Stand By Me on the Populele, a feat that was rendered possible by the melding of LEDs, Bluetooth, and a clever app. The Populele by Popuband is a $159 ukulele with a plastic fretboard. LEDs embedded under the fretboard…

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Robots will touch more tenderly when they wear this sensitive skin

Robots will touch more tenderly when they wear this sensitive skin Robots increasingly have to interact with ordinary (that is to say, human-focused) objects and environments, and part of that is imitating the extremely delicate and complex human grip. A new type of electronic skin allows a robot to feel not just the pressure from its grip, but whether and in what direction an object is sliding or slipping. It may sound like that’s just something that happens when it’s about to drop something, but the data is actually extremely…

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Sorry SNES Classic: Analogue’s Super Nt is the ultimate Super Nintendo

Sorry SNES Classic: Analogue’s Super Nt is the ultimate Super Nintendo You may or may not have scored an SNES Classic from Nintendo, but either way, you don’t have the true retro gaming fan’s SNES reboot – yet. That’s because it’s not out yet, and it’s not even made by Nintendo: It’s the Super Nt, the next reference quality console recreation from Analogue, the same gadget maker that created the Nt Mini to play NES games as they were meant to be played on modern TVs. The Super Nt is designed…

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Samsung’s new connected tags monitor pets or kids for a week on a single charge

Samsung’s new connected tags monitor pets or kids for a week on a single charge Samsung has something worth your time if you like to keep tabs on kids, pets or other cherished items. The Korea electronics giant just announced Connect Tag, a small internet-enabled device that tracks location and lasts a week between charges. In other words, this is a similar offering to existing electronic tagging devices from the likes of Tile, the U.S. startup that pulled in $25 million earlier this year and has picked up nearly $60 million…

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