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Review: Tile Mate and Slim

For a few years now, the absentminded have found salvation in Tile, the simple tracking gizmo that helps you locate your keys or anything else you can hold onto. Late for work? Fire up your iPhone and the Tile app, then listen for the Bluetooth-activated sing-song or check the on-screen ...

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Review: Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 1

As an enthusiast-driven brand, Bang & Olufsen has exceedingly high design standards. Any product that comes off the line has to have that polished, modern B&O look—sleek aluminum, polished black control screens, striking shapes. Maintaining such standards is difficult, but it has benefits. You get to charge a premium, for ...

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Review: Google Home

I’d be lying if I said unplugging my Amazon Echo didn’t feel a bit like a breakup. “Alexa,” I whispered while pulling the plug, “it’s just for now.” But it wasn’t Alexa, it was me. More specifically, it was someone else. I needed the space for Google Home. The $ 129 ...

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Review: Furby Connect

People of Earth, Furby has returned. And its beady eyes are aimed at your wallet. WIRED For those not in the know, the original Furby was the Christmas gift of 1998, an animatronic, Mogwai-like fuzzball that spoke its own language when it wasn’t making rude noises. Like all fads, Furby was ...

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Review: Zeiss ExoLens Lenses for iPhone 6/6s

I’m no pro photographer, but like every other smart phone user, I’ve taken thousands of snaps on my iPhone. And like every doting dad or wannabe Ansel Adams, I’ve often wished I could zoom in closer or capture a proper panorama without having to do that ridiculous pan-and-stitch twirl that ...

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Review: Misen Chef’s Knife

Among all the tools and gadgets that can fill a kitchen, knives are without a doubt the most personal and indispensable. Admire one in a chef’s collection and prepare for an unsolicited earful of its history, but do not expect an offer for you to try it. My own collection ...

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Review: Switchmate

My editor says the Switchmate is “100 percent ridiculous.” To be honest, he’s not wrong. In an era when humanity is rushing headlong into the smart home, the Switchmate says, “Whoa, hold up there fella. Let’s think about this. Maybe all you really need is a fancy light timer.” And ...

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Review: Logitech Keys-To-Go

There is a certain market segment that gravitates to the tablet keyboard. I don’t think my father knows how to use his iPad without the keyboard attached to it. It’s hard to blame him. The experience of tapping on a screen pales next to even the lousiest of physical keyboards—not ...

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Review: Ambronite

It’s a ritual as old as civilization: hunt and gather, cook, masticate, repeat. Like everything else, though, the primal act of eating real food is under siege. Celebrity cyborgs dismiss traditional meals as a wasteful indulgence, and dream of a dystopian diet that’s as grim as it is efficient. Legions ...

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Review: Beats Solo3 Wireless

Apple’s recent announcement that it was releasing some goofy-looking wireless earbuds for $ 159 netted plenty of attention, but the geek vitriol overshadowed a key point—that Apple had developed a new wireless chip called the W1. The signaling around the W1 made it clear that this was going to change ...

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