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User Image verge Posted: Oct 9, 2017 9:44 PM (UTC)

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The pom-pom placement strategy on this phone case is exceptional, but as our tech reporter @ashleycarman found out, not practical. The pom-poms kept falling off, the confetti shed everywhere, and after being dropped in guacamole once, the iPhone met an even worse fate and fell face-down on the sidewalk, shattering the screen. A pom-pom case may look nice in the beginning, but it won’t last long and isn’t designed for this world. 📸: @holowatyrose

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User Image verge Posted: Feb 17, 2018 10:58 PM (UTC)

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The days of buying specific laptops or computers just for #gaming may be coming to an end. Intel is introducing a new feature for its processors with integrated #graphics, allowing games to be automatically optimized on systems. The feature is similar to Nvidia’s GeForce Experience, an application that’s designed to tweak game settings so they work best on a laptop or PC. Intel’s new graphics control software is particularly useful on laptops that aren’t really designed to run games, and it works on all Skylake or newer processors. You can download Intel’s latest graphics driver from the company’s website. 📷:The Verge
User Image verge Posted: Feb 17, 2018 12:06 AM (UTC)

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Tesla’s Model 3 is the company’s long-anticipated move into mainstream cars, and it’s been slowly reaching customers since last fall. The Tesla Model 3 is basically a rolling gadget, so @reckless1280 drove one around New York to get impressions from @mkbhd, Circuit Break gadget reporter Ashley Carman, and Verge Science reporter Loren Grush. Click the link in our bio to watch the full video.
User Image verge Posted: Feb 16, 2018 7:48 PM (UTC)

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Nothing is immune to the wearable #tech trend. This neckband is actually a 360-degree camera. Fitt360 comes from Linkflow and can record video in every direction all while being worn from your neck. It's on par with other 360-degree cameras: pixelated, blurry, with limited colors, poor dynamic range, and occasionally odd, cut off, and stretched out portions. But for all those issues, it’s still a joy to look through, for both the novelty of moving around in all directions and for the first-person experience. The product will be on Kickstarter through late next week. It’s already surpassed its goal several times over, having raised over $300,000 at this point in time. The product is expensive, though, even for a 360-degree #camera: the early bird price is just under $400, and the retail price is supposed to be $600 when it launches later this year. 📷:@micheledoyingphotography
User Image verge Posted: Feb 16, 2018 3:28 PM (UTC)

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Sony is putting the PSVR on sale again with discounts that make picking up the PlayStation 4’s virtual reality headset look a lot more affordable. It’s offering discounts on three PSVR bundles, the best of which is a $199.99 package that includes Gran Turismo Sport, the original PSVR headset, and the PlayStation Camera, which is necessary for #VR. The other two packages include Skyrim or Doom. All three bundles will be discounted for two weeks, from this Sunday, February 18th to March 3rd. #gaming 📷: @happicamp
User Image verge Posted: Feb 15, 2018 9:44 PM (UTC)

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Microsoft's first Surface Pro weighed a whopping two pounds. The original device was too heavy as a tablet, and too small as a #laptop that didn’t work very well on the lap. Now, just five years later, we have the new and improved Surface Pro that is lighter, thinner and more functional as a laptop / tablet hybrid. In honor of its fifth anniversary, Microsoft is offering a $200 discount. A Surface Pro with a Core i5, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage will be available for $799, while a 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage model will be priced at $1,099. Both of these offers are temporary, and only available over this President’s Day weekend (February 17th to 19th). Are you going to get one? #tech 📷:@tomwarrenuk
User Image verge Posted: Feb 15, 2018 7:30 PM (UTC)

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After a lengthy development cycle, a new round of funding, and some limited beta testing, the first 5,000 Caavo units went on sale today for $399. Here’s the basic difference between Caavo and other universal remotes: the Caavo can see mostly everything that’s happening on your TV, and figure out what to do next based on what it sees. Other universal remotes are actually quite dumb: they just fire off preprogrammed sequences of commands without being able to confirm if things went well. Setting up the Caavo is a bit of a process. When you first order it, you set up a Caavo account and enter in all your service logins. This lets Caavo build watchlists for you. Once you’re up and running, you can just use the Caavo remote to control all your devices like normal, you can issue voice commands, and you can install a Caavo Alexa skill to control things that way. You can also use your original remotes at will; because the Caavo knows what’s going on on-screen, it never gets confused. The Caavo could be a little slow sometimes and the software doesn’t yet know how to read a TiVo interface, so it can't index recorded shows the way it can with various cable and satellite DVRs. And there’s just no way for the Caavo to control smart TV apps the way it can control a set-top box. However, the biggest limitation is that Caavo supports 4K, but not HDR. There’s still more polish needed to make the Caavo live up to its lofty potential but it's a start. #tech 📷:@holowatyrose
User Image verge Posted: Feb 15, 2018 3:06 PM (UTC)

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Tinder says it has a new feature in the works that’ll create a better experience for women on the dating platform. Similar to Bumble, Tinder will soon let women decide whether they want to prevent men from sending the first message. Women can choose whether they want this feature on or off, and it seems to be only for heterosexual women. This, and other features in the works, are an attempt to curtail any inappropriate communications. #tech
📷: The Verge
User Image verge Posted: Feb 14, 2018 9:58 PM (UTC)

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Apple today added the #Apple Watch Series 3, the company’s latest #smartwatch, to its list of available refurbished gadgets. The device is only available in two different versions: a 38mm, gold aluminum case with a pink sport band, and a 42mm space gray aluminum case with a black sport band. The 38mm version is $279 while the 42mm version is $309, with both receiving $50 discounts from the standard price. It doesn’t look like you can buy these watches with LTE functionality, but both do come with GPS.​ 📷:@holowatyrose
User Image verge Posted: Feb 14, 2018 6:57 PM (UTC)

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YouTube TV, the company’s internet TV streaming service, is expanding its programming with the addition of several Turner networks including TBS, TNT, CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. Those channels are all being added to the core monthly package, giving customers access to hits like #RickandMorty. YouTube #TV is also bringing #NBA TV and #mlb Network to the base lineup. NBA All Access and MLB.TV will be offered as optional paid add-ons “in the coming months.” But there’s a significant downside coming along with the good news: these changes are leading to a price hike. Starting March 13th, YouTube TV’s monthly subscription cost will rise from $35 to $40. All customers who join the service prior to the 13th will be able to keep the lower $35 monthly rate going forward. Is the price still worth it? 📷:@happicamp
User Image verge Posted: Feb 14, 2018 4:04 PM (UTC)

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The issue with gaming laptops: they’re never as powerful or convenient as they should be. In order to make a laptop suitable for #gaming. Origin's EVO15-S may solve all of those problems. Origin is a boutique manufacturer that builds most of its systems to order, so you can’t just walk into a Best Buy and grab one. The starting price for the EVO15-S is $1,615, but as reviewed, this unit retails for $2,136. This particular EVO15-S’s specs include a quad-core, 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor (Turbo to 3.8GHz), 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 250GB Samsung 960 Evo solid state drive, a second 2TB Seagate hard drive, a 15.6” FHD screen with 120Hz refresh and finally, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5, Max-Q spec). In order to fit in a laptop-size chassis, a Max-Q GTX 1070 operates 10-15 percent slower than a “real” desktop GTX 1070. The speed boost is also lower than the desktop card, but the memory clock remains the same. If compared to a traditional gaming laptop with similar specs and price — say, a loaded Razer Blade 14 — then the EVO15-S wins in processor, graphics and storage options. From a #design perspective, the EVO15-S doesn’t stand out like other loud, gaudy gaming laptops. Almost every port you could need adorns the machine’s sides. Thanks to its combination of processing power and usability, the EVO15-S is the best Max-Q laptop, hands down. 📷:@holowatyrose
User Image verge Posted: Feb 13, 2018 8:00 PM (UTC)

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Throughout its history, #scifi has imagined how humanity might meet its cosmic neighbors. In Sue Burke’s debut novel Semiosis, she imagines contact in a unique way: first contact not with animal-like life, but between humans and a planet full of intelligent plants. Burke’s colonists contend with hostile plant and animal life that could scrape them off the planet’s surface, and their efforts to simply survive with meager resources. But Burke adds in another complication: her characters fled a ruined Earth, and work to not only survive, but rebuild civilization in a way that reinforces cooperation and unity. While the #book runs for just over a century, we only see the beginnings of a tenuous existence for humanity. Hopefully, Burke will return with another book to check in on the development of this fascinating world.
📷: @liptakaa
User Image verge Posted: Feb 13, 2018 1:56 PM (UTC)

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Google’s Pixel Buds were only available in the US and Canada when they first launched last fall, and now they’re making their way to Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. They pair to your #smartphone over Bluetooth and work best with the #Google Pixel. The outside of the right earbud is also a touchpad; tap to play or pause, swipe forward or back to turn the volume up or down. A double tap will, on Android phones, tell you the time and read out your most recent notifications. The Pixel Buds are available now from the online Google Store in the three new countries. They’ll set you back $249 AUD in Australia, €179 in Germany, or £159 in the UK, all of which work out to be between $195 to $220 after exchange rates, which is far more expensive than the $159 price tag that Google charges in the US. 📷:@holowatyrose
User Image verge Posted: Feb 12, 2018 8:28 PM (UTC)

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The $8,000 Hasselblad X1D is another expensive medium format #camera (you can’t buy a lens for it for less than $2,000), but it breaks with convention by actually being portable. It takes the 50-megapixel sensor previously inside the H6D and streamlines everything around it to produce a device that’s no larger or heavier than a regular #DSLR. As far as size goes, the X1D is most comparable to the Canon T7i. It is substantially taller and bulkier than the slick mirrorless portable shooters on the market today, but if you’re already using a DSLR, it won’t feel any heavier or more awkward to handle. It might even be easier to use, owing to its ergonomically shaped right-hand grip. The other big #design decision that Hasselblad made with the X1D is to shamelessly copy the touchscreen interface from modern smartphones. Shooting with the Hasselblad X1D is an exercise in patience. Powering it up takes eight seconds. Taking a photo is also a very slow process: the autofocus is slow, the shutter release is slow, and the processing after capture is slow. These are all compromises inherent in shooting with a medium format sensor. So, in short: this is a terrible camera for trying to capture sports, hyperactive kids, or serendipitous moments in the street. The advantage of a medium format sensor, though, is that the X1D has massive pixels and a huge number of them, too. This means that the pictures come out sharp and crisp, even after zooming in. While the Hasselblad X1D camera is better suited for enthusiasts, it still remains an impressive piece of equipment overall. 📷:@dcseifert
User Image verge Posted: Feb 12, 2018 4:57 PM (UTC)

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Phone Case of the Month is a monthly series in which we live with, and subsequently review, our time with a #phone case. This particular case has 11 small suction cups and one massive cup in the middle. The suction cups are incredibly powerful and allow users to stick the phone to almost any surface such as: a bathroom mirror, random windows in bars, laptops, walls, a windshield, other phones, and glass tables. The #design of the case can be impractical when it comes to tucking it away in pockets or taking phone calls if you have long hair. The case is made out of silicone so it collects dust and dirt easily making it hard to keep clean. Due to its flaws, let this post be a reminder that sometimes your phone case dreams aren’t always what you imagine. 📷: @holowatyrose
User Image verge Posted: Feb 12, 2018 2:35 PM (UTC)

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Hasbro has announced its new Marvel #Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience. The Iron Man likeness comes from the toy’s included mask and gauntlet (the hand piece). The “AR experience” is provided by a phone and companion Android / iOS app. Kids are basically wearing a #VR headset on their faces with a phone strapped in. But instead of an immersive VR world, the app takes advantage of the phone’s #camera and creates an AR overlay of enemies and bases around players. The goal is to take down all enemies and, ultimately, Thanos. Kids target enemies by raising their hand (and thereby the gauntlet) and pointing it at whatever they want to destroy. Now every child can be a superhero. 📷:@holowatyrose
User Image verge Posted: Feb 11, 2018 12:58 PM (UTC)

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This gadget lets you scratch and DJ timecode #vinyl without a needle. #dj
User Image verge Posted: Feb 9, 2018 7:57 PM (UTC)

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The new BlackBerry Motion was released late last year but just arrived in the US a few weeks ago​. The $449.99 Motion is sold unlocked and works on AT&T or T-Mobile, but not Verizon or Sprint​. Though it has a very large battery and is well-built, it uses a two-year-old processor and a completely average and mediocre #camera.​ The phone’s #design is large and clunky​ but the battery can last up to 32 hours on a single charge. On top of that, the Motion has IP67 water and dust resistance, so it’s safe from the elements.​ The phone runs an #Android interface and includes new features in pre-installed productivity apps such as the Hub unified messaging client, BBM messenger, a tasks app, and a notes app.​ While this may not be the keyboard-toting Blackberry people are familiar with, would you still use it? 📷:@holowatyrose
User Image verge Posted: Feb 9, 2018 3:57 PM (UTC)

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Apple's HomePod is out today, but is it worth $349? The Siri-enabled device is all about the music first, and about smart assistant stuff second. The HomePod isn’t just one speaker, it’s actually eight of them, all controlled by Apple’s own A8 processor and tons of custom software. The HomePod’s power cord is built in and wrapped in fabric, and on top, there are LED-backlit volume buttons and a display that acts more as a touch surface. However, Siri just can’t do nearly as many tasks as Alexa or Google Assistant. And the HomePod is tightly locked inside Apple’s ecosystem. It’s tied more closely to a single iPhone and iCloud account than any other smart speaker. Despite all of this, it is, by all accounts, a superb speaker for its size. 📸 @happicamp
User Image verge Posted: Feb 8, 2018 5:16 PM (UTC)

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Everything about Hasselblad’s products is big: these #cameras have large medium format sensors with ridiculously high resolution — 50 megapixels on the X1D, but there’s also a 100-megapixel H6D and a multi-exposure 400-megapixel camera now, too — which have earned the company a grand reputation and a lot of high-profile admirers. This is why it comes as a shock to discover how tiny #Hasselblad, the business, actually is. The entire headquarters, including device assembly, storage, and offices for software development and other operations, is a nondescript three-story building. However, there’s still a considerable amount of the promised “handmade” work with Hasselblad’s cameras, and one of the striking things about the company’s facility is how basic most of the tools are. This isn’t so much about advanced manufacturing techniques as it is about scrupulous quality control. While the company has a stark and minimalist aesthetic, the quality of the camera speaks volumes for its grand reputation. 📷: @vladsavov
User Image verge Posted: Feb 8, 2018 12:19 PM (UTC)

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Amazon has rolled out several new features for its Echo Look “style assistant” including a new collections tool, curated content from Vogue and GQ, and voice profile support. The Echo Look is a #camera that takes full-body length photos to catalogue your outfits in a “Look Book” and suggests fashion recommendations through machine learning. It also has a shopping element that suggests fashion items from (of course), #amazon. The Echo Look update is free and available now on iOS (which now supports #iphone X) and #Android but the actual Echo Look is still invitation-only. 📷:@vjeranp