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Zenbivy will help you get a good night’s sleep on your next camping trip

Why it matters to you The Zenbivy Bed is a lightweight and comfortable sleeping bag replacement that simulates the same sleep experience you have in your bed back home. A comfortable sleeping bag is essential for getting a good night’s sleep while camping. The right bag will provide plenty of warmth and comfort even when weather conditions outside the tent aren’t always optimal. But many campers find the traditional sleeping bag to be too c...
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What to do when you feel lost in ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the most open-ended game in the series since the original Legend of Zelda over 20 years ago. That game handed you a sword and told you, essentially, “good luck.” Breath of the Wild quickly gives you a multitude of tools, from bombs to a paraglider, but the message is effectively the same. More:  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild survival guide: Tips for getting by in Hyrule It can be easy to ...
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Latch shows off its new Latch R Series, a smart access system for the modern home

Why it matters to you The lock and key is old technology that doesn't really fit with your modern home, but the new Latch R Series access system might be a good alternative. The inside of your home is getting smarter, so shouldn’t the exterior be getting the same treatment? At the very least, your modern home should have a modern entry system. We’re talking about getting rid of that old lock and key, and looking to a company like Latch . It...
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Chowbotics is a company that wants a robot named Sally to make your salad

Why it matters to you Robots are playing an ever-larger part in the food industry, and Chowbotics wants its salad-making robot Sally to make a huge splash. First they came for our burgers, and now, they’re coming for our salads, too. We’re talking, of course, about robots — those highly-trained, super-mechanized creatures that have not only been programmed to help us flip patties, but now create healthier meals as well. At the forefront of ...
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Jay Farrar on ‘alternative country facts’ and why he’s super serious about vinyl

“In the end, I was aiming for where folk, blues, and country converge.” F using traditional song elements with your own original ideas to create a unique signature sound is the ultimate goal of many a gifted songwriter, but it’s easier said than done. One man who’s been successfully straddling the lines between past, present, and future his entire recording career has been Jay Farrar of Son Volt. The SV guitarist/vocalist — whom you may als...
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Logitech Z337 with Bluetooth review

With so many wireless speaker options out there, the lowly PC speaker seems like something of an anachronism. On the one hand, investing in a set of PC speakers, all the way up to full surround-sound 7.1 setups, still makes sense for gamers and maybe video buffs who use their PCs for watching movies and TV. On the other hand, if you’re primarily worried about playing the usual PC sounds, along with a fair amount of music, then a portable Bl...
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Apple may be banning ads in Chinese-language media at the behest of China’s government

Why it matters to you Apple may be censoring ads in publications at the behest of Chinese officials. When it comes to appeasing the local governments of profitable markets, Apple exercises a strong editorial arm. That’s according to The Australian, which reports that the Cupertino, California-based company has deliberately interfered with the Chinese-language print ad campaigns of carriers in Australia in order to curry favor with Chinese o...
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Oreo just flew 5 ‘cookie drones’ over NY City in a wacky milk dunk stunt

Why it matters to you Companies are discovering a myriad of uses for drones, but this has to be the most absurd yet. Remotely operated multi-rotor flying machines, or “drones” for short, are coming to the attention of not just indie filmmakers who’ve realized how much cheaper they are compared to hiring a helicopter for the day, but also power companies for inspection operations, farmers for crop monitoring, and real estate workers for prop...
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The ProTruly Darling might just be the weirdest phone you’ve ever seen

This ain’t your grandma’s phone. Heck, this ain’t even your phone. Rather, the Darling smartphone from ProTruly is either the phone of the future, or a bizarre idea that will flop and fade. Heralded as the first smartphone with a built-in 360-degree camera, the Darling certainly seems to have locked down a recipe for adoration from photo enthusiasts. But only the photo enthusiasts who do not mind an almost absurdly giant phone. You see, hav...
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Automated gardens and smart beds made my apartment every geek’s domestic dream

Smart-home devices sometimes require complicated installation that just doesn’t make sense for renters. Plus, apartments have different needs than single-family homes. That’s why we decided to outfit a whole condo with smart devices that don’t require rewiring or permanent installation. Each week, we’ll tackle a different category and look at various products, then explain how we made our selections. At the end of the series, we’ll examine ...
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Twitter to live-stream more than 15 eSports events as part of ESL deal

Why it matters to you Twitter is set to live-stream a ton of major eSports tournaments accessible to everyone on the web, regardless of whether you have a Twitter account. Twitter is opening a new front in its battle to become a live-streaming destination. On Thursday, the social platform announced a new deal with the world’s largest eSports company, ESL, that will include a total of 1,500 hours of live broadcasts from over 15 events. The c...
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Grace Digital’s Mondo+ is the first internet radio featuring Chromecast built-in

Why it matters to you If you're looking for an internet radio with multiroom features, Grace Digital's Mondo+ is currently your best (and only) option. After rebranding from Google Cast, Chromecast built-in has been making its way into an increasingly large swath of product categories. On Wednesday, Grace Digital announced its new Mondo+ internet radio, which it says is the world’s first to include Chromecast built-in. Grace Digital’s produ...
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Alcatel’s Plus 12 Windows 2-in-1 boasts a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot

Why it matters to you Alcatel's Plus 12 Windows 2-in-1 can help you and 15 colleagues set up a portable office. Although the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 is mostly about the most mobile of devices — namely smartphones and wearables — that doesn’t meant that manufacturers of larger mobile devices like PCs are being left out. Whether it’s traditional notebooks or Windows 2-in-1s, PC vendors are taking advantage of the hype to introduce so...
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Even Putin wouldn’t poo-poo this posh pop-up cabin overlooking Pirogovo Lake

Why it matters to you The benefits of prefabricated homes are many and the cabin's architects showed how quickly the innovative practice can help install a home. Located just outside of Moscow, Russian architecture firm Bio Architects took just 10 days to build an innovative prefabricated cabin nestled in the serene forests surrounding Pirogovo Lake. By leaning heavily on a modular design, the company built much of the cabin in Kazan, Russi...
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5G to debut in U.K. in 2017, with tests in 11 U.S. cities starting this spring

“5G will be a crucial pillar of the U.K.’s economy in the 2020s. The smarter network infrastructure and an enhanced ability to support exponential scale for connectivity will open the doors to further applications across a variety of markets such internet-of-things, industrial applications, and the full promise of autonomous vehicles,” Arqiva chief executive Simon Beresford-Wylie told IBTimes. So why are these tests being conducted in the U...
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Lyft rolls into 50 more U.S. cities to take the fight to Uber

Why it matters to you An increase in competition will lead to more options and hopefully to an improved service, whichever one you choose. Lyft has just embarked on the biggest one-day expansion of its ride-sharing service, rolling into more than 50 additional cities across the U.S. The major multi-city launch took place on Thursday and comes a month after Lyft landed in another 40 cities throughout the country. This means that only two mon...
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The best waterproof camera you can buy

Do your summer vacations revolve around an active lifestyle? Whether it’s snorkeling in the sea or wading in the kiddie pool, jaunting around cobbled-stone streets or tearing over hills on a dirt bike, you’ll want a camera to capture it all without breaking. More: Best vacation cameras, from action cams to micro four thirds Waterproof, rugged cameras are designed to tolerate the elements, making them ideal for travel. The bodies are designe...
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Best app deals of the day! 6 paid iPhone apps for free for a limited time

Everyone likes apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers make paid apps free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance. Here are the latest and greatest apps on sale in the iOS App Store. These apps normally cost money, and this sale lasts for a limited time only. If you go to the App Store and it says the app costs money, that means the deal has expired and you will b...
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Box office hits and misses: ‘The Great Wall’ crumbles while ‘Lego Batman’ reigns

Why it matters to you The most expensive movie ever made in China had a rough debut in the U.S. It wasn’t an entirely wonderful weekend for The Great Wall, director Yimou Zhang’s effects-driven $150 million adventure that featured a mercenary played by Matt Damon fending off hordes of monsters from China’s legendary wall. The most expensive movie ever made in China, the film earned a mere $18 million in its U.S. debut, according to early bo...
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Amazon’s smart home consult figured out how to connect a 50-year-old thermostat

Why it matters to you Finding out you just bought a gadget you can't use is annoying, so Amazon wants to offer free consultations before you buy. Having set up countless smart-home products, I have the routine pretty much down. Setting them up usually involves downloading the app, connecting the device to the Wi-Fi, and selecting preferences to make the product more automated so I have to use the app as little as possible. That doesn’t mean...
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Angelenos can borrow a Chevy Bolt EV with the Maven car-sharing service

Why it matters to you GM is combining the future of electric cars with what some argue is the future of car use. General Motors’ Maven “personal mobility” brand is adding the Chevrolet Bolt EV to its fleet. Members in Los Angeles can now borrow the electric car under an expansion of the car-sharing program that launched there in October. Maven is adding 100 Bolt EVs in the Los Angeles area, and expects them to be capable of covering 250,000...
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Eagle attack! France trains bird of prey to take down rogue drones

Why it matters to you The authorities are steadily building up their defenses against irresponsible drone pilots who continue to flout the rules. If you happened to be in charge of taking down rogue drones, what solution would you go for? A shoulder-mounted, projectile-firing bazooka , perhaps? Or maybe an electromagnetic defense shield ? Or how about something a little more low-tech, like a highly trained golden eagle? The bird-based solut...
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Get big savings (66%) and sound from tiny Anker SoundCore Nano Bluetooth Speaker

The term “portable” speaker is used rather broadly. It can mean anything from a speaker you can physically move away from an outlet to a speaker you can fit in your hand. If you’re looking for a true portable speaker — as in easy to pick up and take with you — check out this Anker SoundCore Nano Bluetooth Speaker,  now just $17 (66 percent off) on Amazon. More: T he Best Bluetooth Speaker You Can Buy The Anker SoundCore Nano Bluetooth Speak...
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Break out the birthday candles, Flickr just became a teenager

Why it matters to you Flickr's 13th birthday offers an opportunity to reflect on the pace of change and growth in the image-sharing space. Flickr has officially entered teen-dom — On February 10, the image-sharing platform celebrated its 13th anniversary . The photo platform says it is “just as full of wonder, snark, and creativity as we’ve ever been.” And now, the platform is home to 13 billion photos — and, as of 2016, a billion monthly a...
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What can’t she do? The best ways to use Amazon’s Alexa around the house

Whether you have an Amazon Echo, Dot, Tap, or what we can only imagine will be an increasing list of third-party devices that currently work with Alexa , there are lots of things you can ask the digital voice assistant to do. And while you likely already know she’ll read a couple lines of a Wikipedia entry or spout off a laundry list of facts, we doubt you’re aware of everything she’s capable of. That said, below are some of our favorite wa...
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