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The way you control Apple’s smart speaker, the HomePod, is pretty cool. You just talk to it. But Siri, Apple’s voice assistant, can’t make the speaker do much beyond the basics and can only summon music from Apple-owned cloud services. That sets it behind the other products in the voice-activated speaker race—most notably those from …

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Your phone can be a sad place. There’s the overwhelming FOMO every time you scroll through Instagram, the barrage of work emails at all hours, and, you know, the news. Maybe you’ve noticed that the apps you use most are the ones that make you feel the worst. Maybe you’ve started tracking the time you …

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We’ve all had smartphones for the better part of a decade, yet their prices just seem to keep climbing. High-end phones seem to cost $800+ now. Don’t let a monthly payment plan fool you, that’s a ton of money for a device that likely won’t last you more than two years. There are some Android …

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Serious typists deserve a responsive keyboard. Here are three steps to tactile heaven. 1. GOOD: Aukey KM-G3 RGBAdd some tappy feedback to your strokes and sharpen your email routine with Aukey’s nicely priced keyboard. Even with its garish, multicolored LED backlights and springy key switches that click loudly enough to be heard five cubicles away, …

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1. Chrome Juno Travel Tote BagA briefcase adds panache to an outfit, but they’re usually no good for protecting precious electronics. This carry-all splits the difference. The tough ballistic nylon construction withstands weather and wear, while the dedicated padded laptop sleeve and copious interior pockets keep all your mobile office essentials secure.$140 2. Hydro Flask …

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If you’re already spending the entire 9-to-5 workday gazing at the clock, you may as well invest in a timepiece worthy of prolonged ogling. Every 30 seconds, the current time slowly materializes on the Etch’s thermoelastic membrane. Seven-segment numerals, reminiscent of a classic LCD clock, sit beneath the slate-­colored face. To display the time, the …

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For some folks, President’s Day is a time to honor U.S. presidents of old, like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. For others it’s a much-needed extra day off work. But for tech companies and online retailers, it’s another opportunity to lay out some discounts and rake in some sales. We hope you’re able to enjoy …

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Pinterest is the place where dreams are realized. Millions of people log on every day to plan their weddings, create dinner menus for the week, learn how to craft like Martha Stewart, and map out their dream vacations to Paris. Pinterest may have launched as a twist on social networking, but anyone who’s spent time …

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February is the cruelest month, as the poem goes. Oh, no, wait. That’s April. February is a great month to be born in if you want to become famous, but the rest of us might find the cold, gray days to be a bit of a bummer. In sum, this is a great time of …

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Florie Hutchinson’s crusade against emoji fashion started last year, on the heels of the presidential election and the 2017 Women’s March. She’d been thinking about feminism, her three young daughters, the kind of world she hopes they grow up in. Then one day, thumbing a message on her phone, a predictive emoji popped up. It …

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