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Reviewed: Rachio Iro lets you water your yard from anywhere

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Rachio Iro

The Rachio Iro is no watered-down connected irrigation controller

Do I really need my sprinkler system hooked up to the Internet?

That point was about to become moot as I picked up the screwdriver and removed the basic timer that had served both myself and my lawn well for the past 10 years. Nothing frilly — just your basic monochrome LCD display that controlled the half-dozen zones and their numerous sprinkler heads.

Water turns on, water turns off. If it rains, and I remember to do so, I could manually turn everything off. Every spring I'd try to remember how to manually cycle the system to make sure everything still worked. Simple enough.

But we have to connect all the things these days. And when Rachio announced the Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller, well, why the hell not. We asked them to send us one to test out, and they obliged.

And in the heat of the July summer in Florida, down came the trusty old timer, and up went white Rachio Iro. We're using the $249 eight-zone model. A 16-zone Iro is available for $299.

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1 week ago

Doctor Who Legacy game to get new content thanks to comic books

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Doctor Who Legacy, the popular free mobile game based on the even more popular BBC sci-fi TV series, will be getting some new content very soon, thanks to the launch of the two new Doctor Who comic books from Titan Books.

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1 week ago

Twitter is about to make direct messages a little less maddening

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Managing your direct messages on Twitter is about to get a lot more convenient, as the microblogging service announced today that it is rolling out an update over the coming weeks that makes "deleting DMs more consistent" across the web and mobile.

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1 week ago

Android Central 194: Bearded Men of Genius

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Audio-only stream below

We're live! With beards! (Well, some of us are.) This week on the Android Central Podcast: We get our hands on the HTC One E8, the LG G3 is finally available in the U.S., and more thoughts on Android Wear. Plus we answer your questions live!

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1 week ago

NVIDIA SHIELD gaming tablet allegedly coming July 29, starting at $299

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NVIDIA has a Shield gaming tablet based on Android coming out very soon. We just saw an image of the device leak yesterday, but today we're getting all the details on the tablet. Ready for an 8-inch 1200p tablet with a Tegra K1 SoC? Yes you are. Read on for full details and specs on the SHIELD tablet.

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1 week ago

Industrial design finished for the Recon Jet HUD glasses

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We've been covering the Recon Jet HUD glasses for a very long time. It was over a year ago they were first announced, but a few delays have pushed the launch date back. It was seven months ago that the hardware was redesigned, and production was set to ramp up. However, a email blog post from Recon CEO Dan Eisenhardt says that the industrial design has now finished.

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1 week ago

Glympse and Kik team up to help friends share their location

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Popular location-tracking service Glympse is announcing a partnership today with Kik Messenger that will bring offer time-limited location sharing between friends. Now you can share your location or request that a friend share their location using Glympse straight from a Kik conversation, found right from inside the app.

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1 week ago

Project Athena is the Chromium team's experimental redesign of Chrome OS

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Material Design is Google's attempt to unify design across its products. We've seen the first of it with Android L, but it won't be too long before it shows up in other products. A screenshot for an upcoming experiment of Chromium OS, called Athena, shows what it might look like with a touch of Material Design.

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1 week ago

HTC One E8 hands-on

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HTC One E8

Turns out an M8 in a plastic shell is still a pretty awesome phone.

A couple of months after the launch of the HTC One M8 came word of a new plastic-clad variant aimed at emerging markets — the HTC One E8. Looking like a mashup of various HTC designs from the past year or so, the E8 aims to translate the core of the M8's high-end experience into a less expensive package. Right now HTC is targeting markets like China, Russia and India with the E8, so there's no indication of any wider international launch. Nevertheless, we've got the device in-hand, and we've given it the full hands-on treatment.

And as it turns out, transplanting the M8's guts into a soft-touch plastic shell makes for a pretty compelling smartphone.

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1 week ago

Google Glass takes wicked road show to Boston July 26

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There are only a few places in the world where you can try out Google Glass in person without having to plunk down $1500 to own one first — and on July 26th one of those places will be Boston, Massachusetts. The Google Glass road show is hitting up Boston later this month, camping out at the The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts for one day.

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