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Highly recommended: The MV1 is my favorite dry-herb vape

I’d never heard of Ghost Vapes when I agreed to review the MV1. Now, after using a unit for a few weeks, I’m sure I won’t forget it. Hands down, this is my favorite dry-herb vaporizer. There’s a certain level of convenience that comes with using a high-end herb vaporizer. Rather than dealing with ashes and smoke, or sticky concentrates and leaky cartridges, you simply vaporize fresh, ground herb and discard the desiccated plant bits. It’s the tastiest way to enjoy your cannabis, especially if yo...
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The WiCub 2 is an air quality monitor for data nerds like me

Before I wandered – staggered, really – into tech journalism, I was a software developer. My first college internship was at a data science startup, where I spent my summer writing scrapers and learning how to convert clunky HTML tables into elegant spreadsheets that were ripe for analyzing. And although I don’t write much code nowadays, I still get giddy about handling data. This ethos has bled into my journalism career, in a weird way. I’ve got a natural pre-disposition to open systems. If an ...
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JBL 100 Classic Review: An iconic ’70s speaker revived as a modern standout

Tell me if this image seems familiar: Though the ad series – known as ‘Blown Away Guy’ – was meant to sell Maxell cassettes, it’s the speaker blasting the sound that draws your eyes. In the heydays of 70s hi-fi, few speakers were as famous as JBL‘s L100. Considered one of the best speakers for rock, and armed a unique waffle-shaped grille in bright colors, it’s no great surprise the L100 was cemented in one of the most iconic audio campaigns of the era. At least, that’s the lore surrounding the ...
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JBL 100 Classic Review: An iconic 70’s speaker revived as a modern standout

Tell me if this image seems familiar: Though the ad series – known as ‘Blown Away Guy’ – was meant to sell Maxell cassettes, it’s the speaker blasting the sound that draws your eyes. In the heydays of 70s hi-fi, few speakers were as famous as JBL‘s L100. Considered one of the best speakers for rock, and armed a unique waffle-shaped grille in bright colors, it’s no great surprise the L100 was cemented in one of the most iconic audio campaigns of the era. At least, that’s the lore surrounding the ...
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The iPhone Pro 11’s 4k 60fps recording gives it a leg-up on the Pixel 4

These days cameras have become the de facto differentiation factor between phones. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this became the battleground for handset manufacturers, but we’re currently deep in an arms race for photography supremacy. But there’s one element of this scrap we rarely talk about: video cameras. Of course these features are mentioned in phone releases and highlighted as part of a raft of upgrades, but it’s uncommon they take center stage in discussions like still images do. W...
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Re-live the golden days with this boss repository of macOS screensavers

I remember being obsessed with screensavers as a kid. I’ve spent hours flicking through an array of animated backdrops, trying to find the one I thought was coolest, feeling like I was flying through space, or editing the text-related ones to say insightful things like “CALLUM IZ GREAT.” Truly, friends, a golden era. Then — and I’m not sure when exactly — screensavers stopped being so much of a thing. It could be that I entered puberty, that the point of a screensaver (to, quite literally, save ...
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New test shows dark mode helps increase battery life on OLED iPhones

It seems dark mode is coming to every single thing you can think of this year. And with that, there’s a growing discussion around whether it actually helps saving battery or is it just a visual gimmick? If you believe a test performed by a YouTube channel Phonebuff, dark mode plays a significant part in saving batteries in phones with OLED screens. OLED screens – used in phones such as the iPhone 11 Pro or the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – can turn on specific pixels on or off on the phone depending ...
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CHEAP: Stop, thief! There’s $90 off a Ring Video Doorbell 2 and an Echo Dot

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! I don’t really know why, but video doorbells have always seemed hella futuristic to me. Maybe it’s a youth spent absorbing sci-fi movies and TV shows, but there’s something crazy cool about being able to see who’s ringing your doorbell. Basically — and to paraphrase Mac from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia — it lets you give whoever’s at the door an ocular pat down. If that’s something you’ve been pining fo...
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CHEAP: $35 for a Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 controller? TAKE MY THUMBS

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Yeah, beating someone online is fun. It’s satisfying — especially if you can hear their anguish down the other end of the line — but there’s something even better about wiping the floor with someone you can see. Someone you’re in the room with. Maybe it’s the facial expressions, maybe it’s the body language, maybe it’s look of horror in their eyes; but it’s probably a mixture of all that. And it feels damn go...
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CHEAP: This DJI Mavic Air drone kit is $150 off — fly my pretties, fly!

Drones are badass, right? Something that would’ve been science fiction a decade ago is now generally affordable. You know, like the DJI Mavic Air. This drone lets mere mortals have access to what’s basically professional cinematography equipment. And while this classy piece of tech usually doesn’t come cheap, hold onto your hats, because this DJI Mavic Air Kit is discounted by almost $150 — making it a sweet $750. So, what is the DJI Mavic Air? Well, it’s a foldable drone with a 4K camera. It’s ...
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Report: Apple will announce AirPods Pro with noise cancelling this month

Apple may have announced three new iPhones last month, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the company is done for the year. A report from China Economic Daily suggests Apple plans to announce a ‘Pro’ version of its ubiquitous AirPods soon. Like, before the end of October soon. The most notable rumored update to the AirPods Pro is the inclusion of noise canceling. That would be a big boon to everyone who appreciates the reliability of Apple’s buds, but wants something that can actually block out s...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Insider, Plugged, China Economic Daily


Honor’s latest fitness wearable wants to prevent sports injuries

Fitness wearables aren’t that exciting to cover. It’s a crowded niche, with few factors of differentiation between the dozens of competing devices. Fortunately, the Honor Band 5 Sport edition is an exception, and has a focus that stretches far beyond step counting. By and large, fitness wearables are focused on those with an interest in exercise. If you’ll forgive the pun, the Honor Band 5 Sport takes that a step further. It emphasizes the quality of exercise, while including metrics that help u...
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My beloved Master & Dynamic MW07 earbuds have been upgraded — and I’m hyped

Of all the true wireless earbuds I’ve tried, the Master & Dynamic MW07 have been my favorite. Yeah, AirPods feel sophisticated, the Jabra Elite Active 65t are slick and durable, while the Sennheiser Momentum sound fantastic — but it was the MW07 that really captured my heart. They’re well designed, work flawlessly, and — importantly — sound tight as fuck. Well, today is a good day, because Master & Dynamic has updated the MW07 true wireless with two new models: the MW07 GO and the MW07 PLUS. Gre...
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Hey Google, why the hell doesn’t the Pixel 4’s camera app have a pro mode?

I was giddy to get my review unit of Google’s brand new Pixel 4. I ripped the plastic seal around the box like a wild animal that hasn’t been fed for weeks, turned the handset on, and rushed through the setup menus so I can get to the camera app. And then it struck me like a dagger in the back: there’s no pro photography mode. I’ve been truly impressed with the Pixel series’ cameras for years, but never quite got my hands on one. So naturally, my expectations were high. I couldn’t wait to put th...
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The iPhone 11 convinced me that Apple’s a photography powerhouse again

It’s kind of poetically funny to post an iPhone camera review during the week of the new Pixel launch. Google’s phones have been fierce, and often overpowering rivals to iPhones, especially in the camera department. Last month, when Apple announced its new set of iPhones, it talked about cameras and their new features a lot. So, it was time to test out whether the company’s tall claims were true. Just so you know, we’ve used the iPhone 11 for this review. Camera specs Rear camera: 12-megapixel w...
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CHEAP: Wreck your friends all year long with $20 off PlayStation Plus subscription

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! There’s nothing better than humiliating your friends… in a heated PlayStation showdown. But if you wanna wreck your buds online (because what else is gaming good for), then you’re gonna need a PlayStation Plus subscription. Especially if you don’t want them to swing by your dirty crib for an IRL multiplayer session. Worry no more, we’ve got you covered. There’s currently some handy discounts on one-year Plus ...
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Moto’s foldable Razr might launch next month

Motorola might finally give us want we’ve been asking for – a reincarnated Razr phone. According to a report by CNET, the company has sent an invite for an event scheduled for next month that hints towards a flip phone’s launch. The invite shows a device folding and unfolding with “An original, unlike any other” tagline. CNET adds the invite says, “You’re going to flip.” Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been hearing rumors of Motorola bringing the sexy back with a foldable Razr. We’ve even...
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Rant: Google has no good excuse for the Pixel 4’s missing ultrawide camera

“Most popular SLR lenses do magnify scenes, not shrink them. So while wide-angle can be fun, we think telephoto is more important.” In those two sentences, Google tried to dismiss the omission of an ultrawide-angle lens while announcing the Pixel 4. Instead, the company just reminded everyone that when it comes to hardware, it’s often a generation or two behind. I like the Pixel 4 a lot, even though part of me wishes I didn’t. I still think Google has the best image processing on the market, by ...
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RIP Clips: Palm-sized AI-powered camera joins the Google graveyard

Google purged Clips, those tiny little cameras that could fit in your palm and which would take pics of you autonomously, from its store, meaning they join the graveyard of products quietly killed off by the company. The company revealed Clips two years ago. The conceit behind them is that you’d put them in strategic areas around your home or wherever you wanted to make memories. It’d detect ideal lighting or framing, and take photos of its own accord — which, in theory, sounds like something th...
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Samsung security flaw allows your fingerprint to unlock any Galaxy S10

Samsung just landed itself again in hot water. According to a report by BBC, a British woman discovered a horrible issue in the Galaxy S10 that lets anyone unlock the phone using the fingerprint sensor. That means you probably can go around and unlock anyone’s Galaxy S10 phone. The device uses an ultrasonic 3D sensor to register your fingerprint and unlock the phone — or at least it’s supposed to. As The Sun reported earlier this week, a British woman bought a cheap gel-based screen protector of...
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CHEAP: Ditch your DSLR with this sleek Fujifilm mirrorless camera kit for $499

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Are you looking to ditch your hefty, old DSLR for a slimmer, slicker camera? Then you’re in luck. There are some pretty sweet deals on Fujifilm’s X-T100 series. An X-T100 photography kit with a 15-45mm lens is currently retailing for only $499. Oh, it also comes with a 32GB memory card and a camera bag to keep your new toy in. Not bad at all. Here’s what you get for that money: A sleek mirrorless camera with ...
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OnePlus TV review: great hardware, lackluster experience

OnePlus unveiled its most ambitious new product — a smart TV — to great fanfare in India a couple of weeks ago, after hyping the product for months beforehand. The company made a name for itself with a slew of well designed and thoughtfully appointed smartphones, and I was hoping to see that sort of thinking applied to a TV — so I was only too happy to test the 55 Q1 Pro over the past few days. Besides featuring a QLED screen, a minimalist remote control, and a mechanized soundbar that slides in...
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6 revelations I had during the Oppo Reno 2’s European launch

Ah, Oppo. The Chinese company is one of the world’s biggest phone manufacturers, yet — outside of tech circles — it remains widely unknown in Europe. But things are changing. Oppo now operates in 13 European countries, and is moving into Germany, Belgium, Portugal, and Ukraine this year. But this expansion would be useless without solid devices, and this is where Oppo‘s Reno range comes in. The first Reno was a fantastic phone with a wonderful display and a pizza-slice selfie camera. Then, hot o...
Tags: Startups, Europe, India, Ukraine, Reno, Oppo, Plugged, Germany Belgium Portugal


The Razer Blade helped me ditch my MacBook — but I bought a desktop instead

As much as it has refined my eye for detail, photography has become less of a hobby and more of a drag lately. I got into street photography because I wanted an element of surprise, a challenge that would force me to rely on my camera skills to get the images I want. But this experience, which I badly needed in the past, has become a hurdle to my progress. Out in the real world, things, people, and particles move on their own accord. All I can do is put myself in a position to capture the scene ...
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A comprehensive look at OnePlus’ mistakes and wins with its T series of phones

OnePlus released its 7T Pro last week, and many people were confused as to why a product with such minimal updates exist. This was the fourth consecutive year of the company releasing the T series of products. In this post, we’ll take a look at every T version in comparison with its non-T counterpart launched earlier that year. Please note I’ve not counted for software updates as OnePlus has a record of making almost all software features available to the previous version. The OnePlus 3 v the On...
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The Pixel 4’s Live Captions can transcribe any audio to text (others too, soon)

One of the coolest new Android features Google announced at I/O this year was the ability to perform real-time captioning on your smartphone. No, not just live captions for video, but rather for any audio that might pass through your phone’s speakers. We now know that feature will be available at launch with the Pixel 4, and will arrive on the Pixel 3, 3 XL, and 3a later this year. I was able to try out the feature early, and it’s quite impressive. This is doubly true considering all the process...
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Video: What’s new with the iPhone 11?

Unless you spend a lot of time reading about Apple, autumn can be a confusing time. Typically, the company releases three new iPhones — and this year isn’t an exception. Of the three devices, the iPhone 11 is the entry-level model — and probably the most suitable for the majority of people. Helpfully, we’ve put together a video that guides you through the new features of the iPhone 11 and its major selling points. You can watch that at the top of the page. But don’t want to use your eyes to star...
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CHEAP: Stop living under a rock, get the maxed out Surface Laptop for just $1,049

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop 3 at its special event. While the entry-level configuration starts at $999, you will have to spend more than $2000 to get the top configurations. But if you don’t want to spend too much money, and still get top-notch specs on a laptop, we’ve got a great deal for you. The maxed-out original Surface laptop is available for just $1,049, down from $2,699....
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Xiaomi’s $210 Redmi Note 8 Pro impresses with two days of battery life

Xiaomi launched its gaming and photo-centric Redmi Note 8 Pro in India today priced at Rs. 14,999 ($210).  The device features MediaTek’s gaming-focused G90T processor and a 64-megapixel primary sensor in a quad-camera setup. The company launched this device in China in August, and now it’s launching in India with an additional MicroSD slot and Alexa integration. The phone’s specifications are quite robust for the price range. Take a look: Specification Screen: 6.53-inch fullHD+ screen Processor...
Tags: Startups, China, India, Xiaomi, Alexa, Plugged, MediaTek Helio G90T


Google’s Daydream VR project is no longer a reality

Google’s senior VP of hardware, Rick Osterloh, talked about sustainability on the stage last night at the Pixel event. While it’s nice to see the company talking about making their products green, it seems to be finding it hard to ‘sustain’ projects they start. In its latest product killing, the search giant has slaughtered the Daydream VR. The company confirmed to VentureBeat the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL don’t support the VR project. Notably, the company didn’t include Daydream support in its...
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