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1 month ago

LG's robot vacuum uses your phone to show how dirty you really are

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LG HOM-BOT Turbo+

LG is starting announce its CES 2016 lineup, and one of the first products is the new HOM-BOT Turbo+ vacuum. It's a cordless, robotic sort of deal that's doesn't look unlike other vacuums in this category. But this one's got a little trick up its sleeve. Or, rather, in your pocket.

The HOM-BOT Turbo+ uses a "Triple Eye" system of cameras to record the room and figure out where it's already cleaned. And the front-facing camera also feeds into an Android app, allowing you to control the little thing remotely — and give you a peek at what's going on while you're not there. It also can fire over still pictures of your home should it detect movement. LG calls these "Home-View" and "Home-Guard." We call it a hell of a fun idea if you've got pets or small children, and an interesting home security backup.

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1 month ago

Picture perfect holiday gifts for the photographer

Need help finding gifts for the aspiring photographer in your life? We've highlighted a handful that will ensure they never miss that perfect shot.

Taking amazing quality photos and video is easier than ever with the cameras found on today's high end smartphones. There are devices available beyond the stock smartphone shooter that meet the needs for every photographer, whether they be a professional or ameteur. It's up to you to choose what suits your skills. For even more gift ideas for the holiday season, feel free to check out our extensive 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.

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1 month ago

HTC teases 'big technological breakthrough' for Vive VR headset for CES 2016 reveal

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HTC CEO Cher Wang claims she has something up her sleeve that will be revealed at CES 2016. Specifically, she says that HTC and the company's partners at Valve have recently made "a very, very big technological breakthrough" in its HTC Vive virtual reality headset and that it will be demoed at the big electronics trade show in Las Vegas in early January.

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1 month ago

Where to buy Sphero BB-8, the Star Wars droid toy

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Ask any Stormtrooper, it can be hard finding droids.

If you've had trouble finding a Sphero BB-8, either prepping for a Christmas present or just some immediate nerdy satisfaction for yourself, you might be in luck. A number of major retailers, including Amazon, now have stock of the world's most popular droid. Considering how hot these things are right now, these could go out of stock at any moment, so you probably want to act fast.

Buy the Sphero BB-8 from Amazon

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1 month ago

Tap into the Force with these 14 great Star Wars gifts for the Jedi in your life

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Need help finding the perfect Star Wars gift for the holidays? Let's see what the Galaxy has in store for you.

With all the excitement surrounding The Force Awakens many of us are doing our very best to steer clear of spoilers while staying pumped about the latest addition to the Star Wars Saga. Staying in the spirit of things we're highlighting 12 awesome Star Wars gifts worth checking out that are sure to put a smile on the face of that special someone in your life. Go ahead and dive in — and may the force be with you!

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1 month ago

Limited time offer: Free shipping at ShopAndroid US until December 31

Shop for all your Android accessories and have them shipped for free through December 31.

Starting today, all orders shipped via standard USPS to the 48 contiguous states will have shipping costs waived through December 31, 2015. Here at ShopAndroid we have a large selection of popular Android accessories including cases, chargers, Bluetooth, and more for the latest devices. Find your favorites and let us cover the shipping! Keep in mind this offer won't last long and is only valid in the US. Oversized handling fees may apply.

Let's go shopping!

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1 month ago

EE recalls every Power Bar USB battery due to overheating complaints

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The UK-based wireless carrier EE has issued a voluntary recall of all of its Power Bar USB batteries. The company says it has received what it calls "a very small number" of reports of the battery overheating which could cause a fire risk, and it has decided to play it safe.

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1 month ago

GOOLOO's jump start kit and battery pack is on sale at Amazon for $36 with coupon code

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GOOLOO is offering $14 in savings on its battery pack that doubles as a jump start kit for your car or motorcycle, making it only $36 with coupon code FUOIZDSY. Unlike the rest of the battery packs we've featured here, this one also doubles as a jump start kit for your car or motorcycle, allowing you to get it going if the vehicle's battery runs down.

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2 months ago

ASUS Chromebit is coming to India in January for ₹7,999

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At the Google for India event in New Delhi, the search giant announced that the ASUS Chromebit — a full-fledged Chrome OS machine the size of a HDMI stick — will be launching in the country in January for ₹7,999 ($120).

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2 months ago

Stay in shape with these fitness gifts for the holidays

Get started on setting new goals for the new year and stay on top of managing your health with these great fitness gifts for the holiday season.

The past few years have brought an explosion in fitness technology. Where we used to be limited to basic pedometers and then fitness trackers that were little more than glorified pedometers with a Bluetooth radio, today's fitness devices are tracking our movements in all dimensions, monitoring our vitals, and are even smart enough to dispense advice in real time.

Check out some of our favorites below and feel free to get filled in on some other amazing gadgets with our extensive 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.

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2 months ago

LG announces new Music Flow sound bar lineup to be shown off at CES

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It looks like LG is set to unleash some new Music Flow audio equipment on the world at CES 2016. The company has announced a range of new Google Cast-enabled sound bars, featuring a bit of new tech, will be fully unveiled at the event in early January.

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2 months ago

What you need to know about Chromecast Audio groups

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Groups are now possible with Chromcast Audio, but setup can be a little tricky.

Google's audio-only addition to the Chromecast lineup this year seemed a little lackluster at first, but a recent update adding higher quality audio and the ability to group multiple Chromecast Audio together has elevated the accessory to a must for folks with multiple speaker setups in the home.

As is often the case with new software, there's a few things you need to know in order to get everything up and running in your home or office.

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2 months ago

Top 10 holiday gifts for the movie nut

Make how you watch your favorite movies and TV shows better than ever before with these great gifts for the movie nut.

There's been talk of this being the golden age of television, but it's also a golden time for those that love movies. Not necessarily because there are great movies out there (there are, no doubt), but because it's never been easier to watch our favorite TV shows and movies. Combine large high-resolution screens on smartphones, speedy LTE connections, and services that stream our entertainment straight from the cloud, the options are nearly limitless.

Check out some of our favorite products that can make your entertainment experience comfortable for everyone on the couch or find more amazing gifts in our extensive 2015 Holiday Gift Guide that expand beyond the home theater setup.

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2 months ago

New Chromecast buyers can get $20 in free Google Play credit until Jan. 2

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Chromecast

If you have been thinking about getting a Chromecast for the holidays, Google has made it easier to make up your mind. The company has launched an offer for new buyers of its streaming HDMI dongle that will give them $20 in free Google Play credit from now until Jan. 2, 2016.

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2 months ago

Hands-on with Homeboy, the simple app-powered security camera

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Being able to access a video feed from your phone is a big deal, but how users get that feed is a topic of dispute most days. Some prefer letting a third party handle all of the heavy lifting in the cloud, while others prefer handling all of the software on their own to avoid added costs or sharing personal data. Homeboy is a security camera focusing on the former, with an app that pulls video into their servers for the users to quickly access from anywhere.

Unlike other cloud-based security cameras, the software isn't what makes Homeboy interesting.

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