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Update bricks smart locks preferred by Airbnb

By | Airbnb, Collaborative Consumption, connected devices, Gadgets, Hardware, Internet of Things, IoT, Lockstate, smart lock, TC, vacation rental | No Comments

 A subset of smart locks made by Lockstate have been bricked after an update. The smart lock vendor is part of Airbnb’s Host Assist program, and integrates with the accommodation rental platform so, for instance, hosts can automatically generate and email one-time codes for their guests to use during check-in. Read More

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Mighty fills an iPod shuffle-sized hole for Spotify subscribers

By | Gadgets, Hardware, ipod shuffle, mighty, music player, Reviews, Spotify | No Comments

 The company launched a Kickstarter last year with the promise of “streaming music without your phone,” delivering the still-tangible benefits of devoted music hardware for the Spotify generation. The startup built up enough excitement to hit $300k on the crowdfunding site, and the recent end of the iPod shuffle and nano have only furthered that interest among consumers. CEO… Read More

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The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the most flexible connected video doorbell

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Reviews, ring, TC | No Comments

 Ring is steadily releasing new products, but the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the first re-think of its original, core product. The new version of the smart Wi-Fi doorbell that started it all still offers both wired and battery power options, but the batteries are now removable, and it’s got a few other upgrades including true 1080p HD video.
I’m a longtime user of the original, and… Read More

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8bitdo’s NES30 Arcade Stick is a big, beautiful fighter companion

By | 8bitdo, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Nintendo, Reviews, TC | No Comments

 If you’re looking for a little more arcade feel for your Nintendo Switch, look no further than 8Bitdo’s NES30 Arcade Stick. The Bluetooth controller accessory is compatible with a range of platforms besides the Switch, and it’s a well-made gadget with careful attention paid to how buttons and the joysticks feel, giving an authentic arcade cabinet experience. It’s also… Read More

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Ikea smart lightbulbs get HomeKit, Alexa and Google Home support

By | Amazon, Apple, Gadgets, Google, Hardware, ikea, TC | No Comments

 Ikea’s smart lighting system has received an update that makes its wireless hub compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, as well as with Amazon Alexa, and Google Home. This means if you have the hub and bulbs, you should be able to control them with your voice using any of those devices, as well as control them in Apple’s iOS Home app. The update also makes it possible to discover… Read More

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Essential confirms $300M funding, Amazon and Best Buy retail availability

By | Amazon Alexa Fund, andy rubin, essential, Gadgets, Hardware, TC, Tencent | No Comments

 Smartphone company Essential, which is founded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin, has finally made official a $300 million funding round first reported in June. The funding round comes from investors including Tencent, as well as Amazon’s Alexa Fund, among others. Essential also revealed new information about its retail launch, including retail partners Amazon and Best Buy who will be… Read More

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Active ditches the Infinity Display for ruggedness

By | Gadgets, galaxy s8 active, Hardware, Samsung, samsung galaxy s8 active | No Comments

 After weeks and months of leaks, the Galaxy S8 Active hasn’t left much to the imagination. We’ve already seen the phone from virtually every angle and got a sneak peek of a prematurely launched carrier page last week, to boot. The only thing left was for Samsung to officially make the thing official. The company’s doing just that this morning, a day before the rugged… Read More

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HP’s new Nvidia-powered backpack VR PC is designed for work, not play

By | Enterprise, Gadgets, Hardware, HP, nvidia, TC, Virtual reality | No Comments

 HP has a new entrant in that most curious PC niche – the backpack computer. A product of the virtual reality computing wave, the backpack PC provides all the power needed to drive high-quality VR headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but with a form factor that allows the user to roam about untethered. The new HP Z VR Backpack is a bit different from the rest of the field, though,… Read More

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Facebook said to be working on dedicated video chat device

By | computing, Facebook, Gadgets, Hardware, photo sharing, Social, social media, Software, TC, world wide web | No Comments

 Facebook is reportedly working on dedicated video chat hardware, per a new report by Bloomberg. The device is said to be the inaugural major product from Facebook’s hardware-focused Building 8 product development lab, and will include a notebook-sized display. It’s intended to make video chat participants separated geographically feel like they’re together in the same space,… Read More

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