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OnePlus finally ditches its terrible TV remote for a new design


In September, weeks before launching its first TV, OnePlus‘ CEO Pete Lau tweeted the picture of its remote. The design confused the hell out of me. It had volume buttons on the side like a smartphone, and no mute button. At a OnePlus briefing days later, I got to use the remote, and it didn’t change my opinion. It was clunky and didn’t work half the time. Also, its buttons and functions were terribly confusing. The company is finally fixing it with a new design that has dedicated buttons for YouTube and Netflix in addition to Amazon Prime. As you…

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CHEAP: Say YES to fun AND fitness this Xmas with $70 off the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch


Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Ahh, December. On one hand, it’s a terrible month. It’s cold, it’s dark, it rains all the fucking time — it’s pretty grim when you think about it. But, on the other, it’s glorious. There’s a festive cheer in the air, holidays are on the horizon, and people actually seem to want to meet up and have fun. And then you have the indulgences. My god, the indulgences. The drink flows. Food’s everywhere. I’m salivating just thinking about it. It’s magnificent. But… it can…

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OnePlus might finally introduce a mid-range phone next year


OnePlus has increasingly grown every year with better and more flagship models. But with that growth, prices of their phones have increased too. The company hasn’t released a mid-range phone since launching the OnePlus X in 2015. However, this might change next year. A bunch of renders published by 91mobiles in partnership with OnLeaks suggest the company will release a OnePlus 8 ‘lite’ in 2020. The renders indicate the phone will have a punch-hole display – 6.4-inch or 6.5-inch – on the front, and a dual-camera setup with a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor on the back.   The report remarks the phone…

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CHEAP: Game your ass off with 43% off HyperX Flight wireless headset


Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Are you sick of storming off your gaming station without realizing you’re still wearing your wired headset? Now’s the time to go wireless. “But wireless headsets are such a rip-off,” you might say. Nope, not when the HyperX Flight is currently selling for just $80 — that’s a massive 43 percent off its list price of $140. The Flight lasts up to 30 hours on a single charge, according to the marketing materials, and unless you never sleep — you shouldn’t have any concerns…

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Oyama E8D II Review: This folding e-bike gets almost everything right


After testing a few e-bikes this year, it’s quickly become apparent that they are the fastest way to get around a crowded city like New York, especially if you want the optional workout. But there are a few important caveats. For one, e-bikes are typically big and heavy; many city dwellers already forgo regular bikes because they take up too much space in a small apartment or they don’t want to walk them up a flight of stairs. For another, you’ll be even more paranoid about locking them up. You’ll need at least two heavy-duty locks to protect your pricey…

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CHEAP: $1,300 off Sony’s beastly A7R IV mirrorless camera? Hell yeah!!!!


Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! I’m not a fan of cumbersome cameras. They’re a hassle to carry around and attract a lot more attention than I’m comfortable with. That’s why I’m a huge admirer of mirrorless cameras; even more so if they’re great at shooting both still images and video — like the Sony A7R IV. And as luck would have it, you can snatch one of these compact beasts at a $1,300 discount right now. Yep, you heard that right. There’s a 28-percent discount on the A7R IV,…

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Pokemon Go maker Ninatic is working with Qualcomm to build AR glasses


Pokemon Go creator Niantic announced last night it’s collaborating with Qualcomm to build AR glasses. The announcement, made at Qualcomm’s annual tech summit in Hawaii, meant both companies will join hands to create reference hardware, software, and cloud-components for AR-based wearable devices. The project will have two main components: Qualcomm’s newly announced 5G-supported mixed reality platform Snapdragon XR2, and Niantic‘s Real World Platform, which has powered games such as Pokemon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. In June, Niantic announced it’s accepting applications from developers to gain access to its Real World Platform. The company added the collaborative platform built in…

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Report: Apple’s flagship 2021 iPhone won’t have any ports


Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is at it again, this time with a bold claim about an iPhone that’s nearly two years away. According to the generally accurate Kuo, at least one variant of the 2021 iPhone will have no ports whatsoever. While most of us assumed Apple would make the switch to USB-C at some point, it now seems like this might not be the case. According to Kuo, the 2021 iPhone will “provide the completely wireless experience” (via 9to50Mac). Kuo expects the charging port will be removed from the flagship model first. Because of course, power users are the…

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OnePlus built a piano out of 17 phones because why not


Tech companies love to advertise their products with musical gimmicks. Last month, a Google ad showed off an incredibly impractical DJ rig built out of Pixel 4s to show off the phone’s gesture controls in the most basic way possible. And now OnePlus has built a full-sized piano out of seventeen 7T Pros to show off the fact it has, umm, a touchscreen, I guess? In OnePlus’ own words: Watch the OnePlus Phone Piano dial up the Christmas magic on its mission to connect people with what really matters this festive season—each other. With classical pianist Karim Kamar lending a…

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The futuristic Kinn Chair shifted my perception, and then my spine


I’d reviewed not one, but two different Autonomous AI standing desks. When the company offered me a crack at their newest seating option, the Kinn Chair, I didn’t hesitate. Kinn is decidedly new but also familiar to anyone who has eyed Herman Miller’s pricy Embody — a $1,300 technological marvel that can quickly shoot past $1,600 depending on the selected upgrades. What makes Embody special is its TPE spine, a collection of arms covered in rubberized mesh that mimics the movement of the human spine. When you twist to the left, for example, so does the chair. Kinn offers the…

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