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This $85 wireless charger doubles as a power bank, and it’s perfect for all your travels

If you’re on the road a lot, it makes sense to invest in an international charger that can plug into a range of power outlets around the world. You can easily get one of those online or even at most airports, but I’d recommend considering Ohio-based accessory maker Fuse Chicken’s latest offering. It comes with two ports, wirelessly juices up supported devices, and packs a power bank to boot. It’s called the Universal, and it lives up to its name with four included plugs to sort you out in most p...
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Post Foldgate, Samsung reportedly delays Galaxy Fold launch in China

Samsung has reportedly postponed the launch events for its $2,000 Galaxy Fold smartphone in Hong Kong and Shanghai, according to reports by SamMobile and Engadget. The press events were originally scheduled for April 23 and 24. The company hasn’t announced revised dates as yet. While no reasons have been provided for the Hong Kong delay, Engadget, quoting National Business Daily, is reporting that the South Korean chaebol has cancelled the Shanghai event citing issues with the venue. The Galaxy ...
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Post Foldgate, Samsung delays Galaxy Fold launch in China

Samsung has reportedly postponed the launch events for its $2,000 Galaxy Fold smartphone in Hong Kong and Shanghai, according to reports by SamMobile and Engadget. The press events were originally scheduled for April 23 and 24. The company hasn’t announced revised dates as yet. While no reasons have been provided for the Hong Kong delay, Engadget, quoting National Business Daily, is reporting that the South Korean chaebol has cancelled the Shanghai event citing issues with the venue. The Galaxy ...
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CHEAP: Level up your gaming with $300 off on Razer Phone 2

If you spend plenty of time playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) or Fortnite on your phone, it might be worth upgrading to something that’ll take your gaming to the next level. I’ve got good news on that front. There’s a massive discount of $300 on the Razer Phone 2, so it’s now down to just $499. The Razer Phone 2’s a very good looking phone that launched last year. Its super bright (600 nits) 120Hz LCD display and its boxy design might be the most eye-catching things about it, but it’s...
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CHEAP: At $599, Lenovo’s 2018 Premium ThinkPad is the best Easter gift for your fam

Your kids or your parents might often ask you to borrow your computer just when you need it the most. So, it’s never a bad idea to keep another device at home for your family to use. At $599 (down from $1,999), Lenovo’s 2018 Premium ThinkPad might just be the perfect device for such occasions. At this price point, you get a basic package with an entry-level i5 processors, a 500GB hard drive, and 4GB RAM. Amazon also gives you an option of upgrading the processor to a faster i5-8250U (for $190) p...
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Here’s what we know about the upcoming OnePlus 7

We’ve already seen flagship phone launches with the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Huawei P30 Pro. So, now it’s time to turn our attention to the OnePlus 7. The company already told us last year that its next device will be one of the first to use Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 processor. Last October, OnePlus also hinted that it’ll launch a 5G-enabled phone in 2019. That’s not telling us much though – so let’s take a look at the latest leaks and rumors to paint the whole picture. In March, Priceb...
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CHEAP: Scrumptious 128GB Google Pixel XLs are now just $270, yum

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Boy, do we have a wonderful deal for you today: an original 128GB Google Pixel XL for only $270. Yes, it might’ve been released three years ago now, but it’s still an excellent buy – especially if you’re on the lookout for a second device, have recently broken or lost your latest phone, or simply want something a bit different. Specs-wise, the Google Pixel XL is still good value. For that $270 you get the afo...
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Despite damaging reports, Samsung is hell-bent on releasing its Galaxy Fold this month

Last night, major drama unfolded as several gadget reviewers who got their hands on the Samsung Galaxy Fold reported that their screens broke or began malfunctioning, because of hardware and software issues. The company later issued a statement saying that it’s investigating the issue. More importantly, it said that it’s going ahead with the original plan of launching the ~$2,000 device in the US on April 26. That’s quite a bold move, given the device (or at least the screen) doesn’t seem ready ...
Tags: Startups, US, Samsung, Plugged, Samsung Galaxy Fold


Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is glitching out and breaking days after reviewers got them (Update: Samsung is investigating)

Samsung has another PR disaster on its hands. According to multiple sources, Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold — its dual-screen, folding smartphone — is failing just days after reviewers got their hands on it. At least it’s not catching fire. “A review unit given to CNBC by Samsung is completely unusable after just two days of use,” wrote Todd Haselton. After one day of use… pic.twitter.com/VjDlJI45C9 — Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) April 17, 2019 So far, the $1,980 device has only been sent to a select ...
Tags: Startups, Samsung, Cnbc, Steve Kovach, Todd Haselton, Plugged


CHEAP: This baby T-Rex is only $2.95M on eBay, paleontologists HATE it

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! When we started CHEAP, it had a simple premise: finding a great deal, no matter the cost. And, well, we’ve just found the deal to top all deals. Say hello, one and all, to a baby T-Rex skeleton – (arguably) the only one in existence! Yes, it might set you back $2.95 million, but you’ll be the only person in the world to own one. Surely that’s worth it. So, what sorta specs does this baby T-Rex have then? What...
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Video: We grew weed in our office with this ~high~ tech smart garden

If you want to find out how our weed experiment went, watch the video above. It tracks the entire journey from start to finish – and you’re gonna want to see how it ends. The video above is pretty much all about weed. The article, less so. It looks more at the Smart Garden 9 hardware itself, but is just as fun. I promise. Cool! So, uh, what is it? As the name suggests, it’s a smart garden. But what actually is that? Basically, it’s a device that lets you grow plants while doing (almost) nothing....
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Microsoft’s cheaper, disc-less Xbox One S sounds like a good buy in 2019

Microsoft has just unveiled the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, a new version of its gaming console that doesn’t include a disc drive. It’s cheaper by $50 than the standard Xbox One S at $249, and it’ll arrive in stores on May 7. The company’s ad for the new variant is all about how obvious this evolution is, and Microsoft’s right. It already has a robust system for delivering titles over the internet to your console, and broadband speeds and download caps are increasingly improving around the w...
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Logitech’s new Harmony Express is a universal remote powered by Alexa

Universal remotes can be a godsend if you have a myriad of individual controls for different devices. Logitech has long made some of the most popular universal remotes with its Harmony family of products, but the new Harmony Express adds a decidedly 2019 feature: Alexa. It’s immediately obvious the Harmony Express is quite different to the universal remotes we’re used to, even Logitech’s own. Rather than having buttons for virtually every feature imaginable – or a touchscreen, when buttons don’t...
Tags: Startups, Logitech, Harmony, Alexa, Insider, Plugged, Harmony Express


Microsoft’s Surface team is reportedly making an AirPods competitor

It was just last October that Microsoft released the Surface Headphones, its first real foray into headphones. It turns out the company might not be stopping there. Microsoft is reportedly planning on building its own “true wireless” headphones in the vein of Apple’s AirPods. The report comes courtesy of Brad Sams of Thurrott, which has a reliable track record on Microsoft rumors. Sams writes the earbuds are codenamed ‘Morrison’ – likely after Jim Morrison of the Doors – citing “multiple sources...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Microsoft, Insider, Morrison, Jim Morrison, Sams, Plugged, Brad Sams of Thurrott


CHEAP: This beefy JBL Link smart speaker is now HALF PRICE OMFG

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Say hello, everyone, to the JBL Link 500. This is a voice-activated smart speaker with a big sound. Oh, and it’s currently HALF PRICE, meaning you can pick one up for the low, low cost of $199.95. We’re in bargain country now. Before we go on, why would you want a JBL Link 500? Well, it’s rated to deliver a whopping 60W RMS of sound that should be more than enough to fill your living room. While I’ve never us...
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Google will reveal a new Pixel product on May 7

After several leaks detailing Google’s upcoming mid-range phones over the past couple of months, we might finally see the Pixel 3a, and the Pixel 3a XL in a matter of weeks. Google just announced that it’ll hold a briefing on May 7 (May 8 for some parts in the world), and it’s almost certainly about the company’s new handsets. Earlier reports have suggested that both devices will be powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor announced from the last year, and will have a 12-megapi...
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These phones give you the most battery life per dollar

Phones have improved in pretty much every way over the past 20 years. Well, apart from in one area: battery life. Yep, the days when you could expect your phone to last you a week without a full charge are long gone. Now, you’re lucky if you get a full 24 hours out of one. There are phones (like this Energizer unit) that have huge batteries, but these normally come at a high price. Here at TNW, we’re not about that. So, to help you out, we’ve done some detective work and found the phones that’ll...
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Video: We forced the R2D2 builders association to reveal its raison d’etre

This video is part of our series on Lille’s Maker Faire. To stay up-to-date on releases (and to find out more), check out our master post here. Despite science’s continual advances, there are mysteries we’ve still never solved. You know, things like what went on at the Dyatlov Pass? What’s the deal with the Great Attractor? And, most pressingly, why does R2D2 builders association exist? On our trip to Lille, we tried to solve one of these questions. Specifically, the last one. Check out the vide...
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CHEAP: Get 3 (yes, a whole 3!) Amazon Echo Dots for only $70! WOW!

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! It’s almost Easter everyone! That means one thing: rolling back a boulder and revealing some spicy deals. And, boy, do we have an offer for you: three Amazon Echo Dots for only $70! Whether you already have an Echo device and want to expand your set-up, or if you’re just starting out building your very own smart home, this is the deal for you. The Echo Dot is one of the smallest of Amazon‘s range of voice-act...
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CHEAP: Protect your family with Ring’s 15-piece home security kit for just $300

Not long ago, getting your hands on a decent automated home security system was an almost impossible task – at least for those who didn’t have a few thousand dollars to burn. Things are different now, and you can pick up a sophisticated home protection system for just a few hundred dollars. Take, for example, Ring’s 15-piece home security set, which is currently on sale on Amazon for $305. So, what do you get for your hard-earned cash? One base station One smoke and carbon monoxide detector One ...
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CHEAP: 29% off Harman/Kardon’s Onyx Studio 4 speaker, just for you

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! If not just straight-up ugly, a lot of Bluetooth speakers are, well, instantly forgettable. But you know one that isn’t? Yep, that’s right: the Harman/Kardon Onyx Studio 4. Even better, you can currently get this speaker for only $149.99, that’s $60 (or 29 percent) off its list price. Woo! Rather than appearing like the normal cylinder speaker, Harman/Kardon did something different with the Onyx Studio 4. It’...
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CHEAP: Get $20 off Anker’s noise-cancelling neckband earbuds

It was only a few years ago that Anker started making premium audio gear, through its Soundcore sub-brand. Even though it doesn’t exactly have much of a historical pedigree, it’s managed to impress through worthwhile products like the Soundcore Space NC. One interesting product in its line-up is the Soundcore Life NC. These neckband earbuds come equipped with active noise cancellation (ANC) technology, which can absorb external noise that would otherwise interrupt the listening experience. This ...
Tags: Startups, Anker, ANC, Soundcore Space NC, Plugged


Umm, how did a fly get into this ‘weather-sealed’ camera lens?

Weather-sealed camera lenses let you shoot in the rain, in the snow, at the beach, in a desert, and all sorts of situations that might otherwise make you think twice about bringing your gear. They’re sealed against the elements, so though it’s not uncommon to find some specs of dust here and there, that’s usually as bad as it gets… which is why I’d really like to know: how did a whole fly get into one? Roger Cicala from the aptly named Lensrentals.com penned a blog post detailing the process of ...
Tags: Startups, Canon, Insider, Roger Cicala, Plugged


Samsung Galaxy Fold: You can now pre-order your pre-order (not a typo)

Samsung’s biggest announcement of the year wasn’t the S10, but the Galaxy Fold. Despite the astronomical $1,980 price, early adopters will surely be lining in time for the April 26 release date. Starting Monday April 15, you’ll be able to pre-order the device. But because the device will be available in limited quantities, Samsung is now letting you reserve your spot in the pre-order line. You’re basically pre-ordering your pre-order, but thankfully, you needn’t put money down just yet As a reca...
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CHEAP: PlayStation Classic for $30? Don’t mind if I do.

When Sony revived the PlayStation Classic, it was regarded by many in the gaming chattering classes as a lazy and transparent attempt to cash in on the retro gaming craze. Overwhelmingly, people’s complaints centered on one key issue: the games. The PlayStation Classic has a bunch of genuinely cracking titles, like the original Grand Theft Auto, Rainbow Six, Resident Evil Director’s Cut, and Tekken 3. It also includes some more obscure gems like Syphon Filer. The problem was there wasn’t enough ...
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6 things we learned after playing with Nintendo’s Labo VR kit

No one expected the Labo. Nintendo’s cardboard-based contraptions for its Switch are the sort of thing only the Japanese game giant could do. I mean, could you imagine Microsoft coming out with an arts-and-craft set that lets you turn the Xbox into a piano? Nah, me neither. I never played with the original Labo. Nintendo refused to send me one, which led to the creation of the Labooth, something you can read about here and here. Thankfully, things have changed. Yes, Nintendo finally saw the ligh...
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How to use your Android phone as a security key for your Google accounts

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Google has been working to make it easier to secure your accounts for its services with two-factor authentication over the past few years. Now, it’s enabled a handy feature you should definitely consider using if you’ve got an Android phone. When you turn it on, you’ll need to not only provide a password to log into your Google services, but also prove your id...
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The Samsung Galaxy A80 takes selfies in a way that’s totally insane, but completely inspired

At an event in Bangkok, Samsung today announced a swathe of new phones for its mid-range ‘A’ line. These middle-of-the-road phones are decidedly conservative in nature. They seldom break ground, instead choosing to offer respectable specifications without breaking the bank. I said “seldom,” because the Samsung Galaxy A80 bucks that trend in the most spectacular way possible, and it’s all thanks to the phone’s impressive rotating camera mechanism. This allows users to take selfies using their pho...
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CHEAP: Get these excellent Jabra wireless workout earbuds for just $46

Whether you like to exercise at the gym, at home, or somewhere in the open, it can be tough to find the perfect pair of workout headphones. Your search ends here. Jabra Sport Coach SE Wireless Headphones are on sale for just $46 (a massive 62-percent discount), which means you can get a great bang for your buck. I hate gyms. So whenever I’m not going to my boxing or football sessions, I workout at home, or go for a run, and I like to listen to music or podcasts while I’m at it. And these headpho...
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Video: Wood you believe this business makes bikes out of… wood?

This video is part of our series on Lille’s Maker Faire. To stay up-to-date on releases (and to find out more), check out our master post here. Have you ever looked at a bike and thought “THERE’S TOO MUCH METAL THERE?” Well, at least one person has: Edouard from Atelier Suji. He runs a company that makes wooden vehicles – you can find out all about them in the video above. Edouard began his career by making skateboards, but eventually moved onto making two-wheelers out of wood. Specifically, Fre...
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