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Maybe you’re going to throw a giant barbecue for the 4th of July, and if you are, be sure to read our Grillin’ Gear picks. But backyard parties aren’t for everyone. If you’re planning to stay indoors and do a little gaming (or need other new tech), check out these deals. There is a great …

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11 Amerex Fire Extinguisher As long as we’re on the subject of fireworks, let’s talk about fire. Celebrating the Fourth of July means that fire will be everywhere—in the barbecue, in candles at the table, or exploding across the night sky. Should things go awry, a small, light, easy-to-use fire extinguisher will be one of …

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When Google first demonstrated its AI phone-calling technology Duplex back in May, the pre-recorded demo struck many observers as eerie. Piped through the speakers on stage at the Google I/O developer conference while a video capture of an Android phone played on screen, we heard an artificial voice call both a hair salon and a …

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In a well-known parable, a group of blind men encounters an elephant. Each man touches a different part of the elephant and receives very different tactile feedback. Their later descriptions of the elephant to each other disagree, though each individual’s description is accurate and captures one portion of the elephant: a tusk, a leg, an …

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Though instant photography has seen a resurgence in popularity lately, it’s been hard to recapture the feeling of a true square Polaroid image. Polaroid Originals (neé Impossible Project) makes film that’s compatible with older Polaroid cameras, and sells brand-new cameras under the brand)—but the original chemical recipe that gave photos their pop was lost to …

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Crack open some of today’s best compact cameras and you’ll find Sony sensors embedded in their guts. However, the Japanese giant hoards its best work for its own Alpha line of mirrorless cameras. The latest, Sony’s A7 III, has a 24-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor that’s the stuff of a silicon junkie’s dreams. Its 693 phase-detection …

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In a rare but not unprecedented acknowledgement of fault in one of its products, Apple announced Friday that it would cover the cost of repair of recent MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards, for free, for four years from the date you purchased it. It won’t keep your keys from succumbing to a speck of dust, …

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If you’re thinking of buying the Amazon Fire TV Cube because you’re delighted by the idea of having an Amazon Echo and a Fire TV device mashed into one device, let me stop you right there. Alexa on a TV interface demands a level of conversation like no other streaming TV product I’ve used before. …

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Testing workout earbuds requires an entirely different set of metrics than regular in-ear headphones. More than anything else, workout earbuds need to stay put. Running is hard enough without constantly flibberting with something in your ear canal. Other factors that might be big pluses when you’re sitting at your desk are not so great when …

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If you know the company Square, it’s probably because you’ve paid in a store using a Square “stand,” a dock that supports a tablet, or you’ve swiped your card through Square Reader, a smartphone dongle that processes payments. These products have a soothing, decidedly Apple-y aesthetic, from the simple dongle to the all-white stand that …

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