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This device is trying to replace your phone AND laptop

Image: Bridget Bennett/Mashable While CES sets the tech trends for the year, it rarely sets the tone. The giant-size tech carnival is a great place to see the latest TVs, smart home gadgets, and self-driving vehicle tech, but it’s also a bubble. Hype and excitement over mostly incremental upgrades is epidemic at the show, and it has very little to do with our real-world relationship with technology. If there was any doubt about that, it was made jarringly clear on Thursday when news broke that Amazon-owned company Ring, fresh from…

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20 of the best gift ideas for men: Get him something he really wants

Finding the perfect gift for the man in your life can be difficult. What if he doesn’t like it? What if he doesn’t need it? What if he already has it? These are just a few questions that might race through your head when trying to pick out the perfect gift. While you may be tempted to get your guy something he needs, we’ll let you in on a little secret: Get him something he really wants instead and watch his eyes light up as he unwraps your gift.  Whether…

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Make a ‘Doom’ map with the help of your Roomba

Your Roomba can help clean up your enemies.Image: Bildquelle/ullstein bild via Getty Images Once your Roomba is done tidying the house, you can clean up your enemies in hell. Game programmer and designer Rich Whitehouse released a script on Christmas Eve which allows you to convert the robotic vacuum’s trip around your home into a playable Doom map. SEE ALSO: The creator of ‘Doom’ is releasing nine new levels for free in 2019 Naturally, the script is called Doomba, which works with Whitehouse’s Noesis software that allows developers to convert…

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Furbo dog camera in action

There's more than meets the eye with this dog camera.Image: ZLATA IVLEVA/MASHABLE Furbo Dog Camera $249.99 The Good Easy to use • Made of durable plastic • Bamboo lid tightly secures treats • Launching treats is fun! We’ve all been there before: You’re about to leave for work, and the family dog follows you to the door, watching through the window as you enter your car and leave. But what if you could keep a watchful eye on your dog the entire day — even from your office? The Furbo…

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Get a full year of Hulu for just 99 cents per month

All this could be yours.Image: hulu It may be getting cold, but Hulu is coming in HOT this weekend with their best offer ever— a full year of streaming for just $0.99 per month.  I never thought I needed a nod for my sedentary winter lifestyle, but this definitely feels like one and I’m not hating it.  For literal pocket change, you’ll be able to watch thousands of TV shows and movies, including full seasons of exclusive series like Hulu originals The Handmaid’s Tale and Difficult People, plus full seasons…

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Flickr cuts down storage for free users, for some interesting reasons

Flickr is cutting down on storage for free users.Image: LightRocket via Getty Images Flickr found new ownership under Smugmug earlier this year, and inevitably, that comes with changes. The image hosting service has made a big one: Free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos from Jan. 8, 2019, a significant cut from the terabyte of storage that was previously offered to users. SEE ALSO: Apple’s new MacBook Air is fine. Just fine. If you’ve reached 1,000 photos, you won’t be able to upload any more. If you’re already over…

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Dunking the iPhone XR in water, tea, beer, and of course … La Croix Technically Speaking

The 2018 MacBook Air comes with a bigger, higher quality display.Image: screenshot: Rachel Kraus/mashable/apple It’s not an envelope moment, but it’s pretty nifty. Apple unveiled a shiny new 2018 MacBook Air at its product launch event in Brooklyn on Tuesday. It’s the most meaningful physical redesign of Apple’s least expensive (and definitely cutest) laptop since 2015. “It’s time for a new MacBook Air, one that takes the MacBook Air experience even further in the areas that are most important to our customers,” Tim Cook said. SEE ALSO: Apple’s Oct. 30…

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Everything Apple unveiled at its iPad event

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the low-down on new Apple products.Image: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images It feels like we literally just wrapped up a major Apple event with three new iPhones. But wait, there’s more… SEE ALSO: Apple’s Oct. 30 iPad and Mac event: live blog It’s only been a month, and Apple is already releasing more hardware. This time the company held a special media event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where it showed off new iPads, MacBooks, a Mac Mini, and even a revamped Apple Pencil.  Here’s…

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4 sleek charging stations that hide your phone to keep your family off their tech Optimize That

The Pixel 3 leaks are completely out of control.Image: raymond wong/mashable Google’s big Pixel event is a couple days away and the leaks just reached a new level of ridiculous. Does it even count as a leak if you can just walk into a store and try it out? That’s what Engadget’s Richard Lai apparently did. The Hong Kong-based writer reports that a local mobile phone shop is selling the still unannounced Pixel 3 XL. SEE ALSO: Google’s new Easter egg is a secret text adventure game It’s not clear…

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4 toys to give kids a head start in STEM without screen time

Image: Bob Al-Greene / mashable Welcome to Small Humans, an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it’s 2018 and we have the entire internet to contend with. Buzzwords like “STEM” and “STEAM” are everywhere these days. When it comes to educating young minds, learning these skills — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — can help prepare budding minds for the future workforce. More specifically, coding…

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17 gifts for people who don’t drink their daily water requirements

Here are the perfect gift ideas for someone who doesnt reach their daily water quota.Image: memobottle How much water do you drink a day, really? What about your closest pal, or your family? Be honest. If it’s not the two litres recommended, then we’ve got work to do. We all know someone (or are someone) who refuses to reach their daily H2O quota, so perhaps said rebel just needs a little sprucing up of their water receptacle. Plus, with an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic waste entering the global…

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‘Billy on the Street’ is asking important questions: Why isn’t Emma Stone on Instagram?

Our country is extremely divided, but Billy Eichner is back on the street asking real questions to real people.  Eichner led Emma Stone through the streets of New York to find out what it’ll take for her to join Instagram. SEE ALSO: Billy Eichner Proves New Yorkers Don’t Care About the Emmys New Yorkers have a lot to say to Emma Stone, it turns out. There’s the man who saw La La Land three times in theaters, the woman who doesn’t care for her to do a horror movie, and…

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From unzipped office buildings to melting houses, this artists architectural illusions are mind-bending

Image: Zlata Ivleva/Mashable Logitech MX Vertical $99.99 Logitech is flipping the design of the computer mouse on its side with its MX Vertical Advanced Ergonomic mouse. The idea is to re-invent the mouse, at the same time making in forward-looking and more useful, I guess. It also happens to look like an enlarged garlic clove. SEE ALSO: 50 websites to waste your time on The point of a vertical mouse is to provide an “ergonomic” design (i.e. one that won’t strain your hand). The packaging is says it positions your…

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Snap launches Spectacles in two new styles: Nico and Veronica

Nico on the left, Veronica on the right.Image: Snap Snap’s original Spectacles, though designed more or less like traditional sunglasses, weren’t for everyone. The funky frame was…well, ugly, and the camera in one corner and LED flash in the other were visible from an airplane.  The originals launched in 2016, and the company redesigned them in April 2018 (technically called Spectacles 2), making them smaller and lighter, but the design remained mostly the same.  But on Wednesday, Snap launched Spectacles in two new styles, and these will likely appeal to…

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Huawei enters the smart speaker race with the AI Cube

Woo-hoo, another smart speaker!Image: Stan Schroeder/Mashable Does the world need yet another smart speaker? Probably not, but Huawei’s AI Cube, unveiled at the IFA trade show in Berlin on Friday, at least offers something a little different.  The AI Cube is an Alexa-powered smart speaker that also doubles as a 4G router, which makes sense given Huawei’s expertise in building communications equipment.  SEE ALSO: Samsung’s Bixby-powered Galaxy Home will take on the Amazon Echo Design-wise, the AI Cube looks like a taller Google Home, with a set of control buttons…

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