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Netgear's new Arlo Pro security camera lasts six months on a charge

Netgear's Arlo security camera has captured a sizable chunk of the market for consumer security cameras, and it's looking to increase that share with the release of Arlo Pro. The new version of Arlo adds several handy features and vastly improved battery life. According to Netgear, the built-in rechargeable battery lasts six months on a charge.

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Grace Digital CastDock X2 quick review: A weird little nook for your Chromecast Audio

As a kinda, sorta well-known technology journalist, I get a lot of pitches for hardware to review. More often than not, I just ignore these emails (sorry PR people) because I simply get too many of them. On occasion, someone pitches an interesting thing, and I'll take a closer look at it. Such was the case with the Grace Digital CastDock X2. I thought at first it was a Cast enabled speaker, and I bet that's what you thought just now too. Well, it's not. This is literally a dock for your Chromecast Audio, and that makes it just weird enough to warrant a quick hands-on here.

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Anker issues recall and replacements after researcher demonstrates unsafe USB-C cables

We're at an interesting crossroads in Android hardware. Manufacturers are switching from MicroUSB for power and wired data to the newer, more capable USB-C standard. But the rush to provide mobile users with hundreds of millions of new cables and chargers creates, well, a rush. We've already seen some USB-C cables and other hardware that have been substandard, sometimes with disastrous results. So civic-minded geeks, including independent researcher Nathan K., have been looking into the performance and power output of popular cables.

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Sympathy for the PR agent, or: Someone is trying to sell a battery with a rubber band for fifty bucks

In this job I work with a lot of public relations people. Their task is similar to mine, but in the opposite direction: while the responsibility of tech journalists is to present consumers with information that helps them make buying decisions, PR agents are generally instructed to drive sales by getting the news out. There's nothing wrong with the profession itself, and I've known great PR agents and those who are not so great. But I often look across the professional aisle and feel profound sympathy for my counterparts on the corporate side of tech media.

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Samsung's Gear 360 camera finally gets a US launch date: August 19th for $350

It seems like we've been talking about the Gear 360, Samsung's branded 360-degree "action cam," for a long time without getting to see it on store shelves. For the record it was officially announced way back in February, though there were a few leaks before that. We expected it to land around the same time as the Galaxy S7 and its Edgy brother, but as it turns out the camera will launch along with the Galaxy Note 7 later this month. It's scheduled to go on sale starting on August 19th in the United States.

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The Superbook Android laptop has passed $1 million in Kickstarter funding

We're careful about covering hardware Kickstarters because so many of them fail to deliver. The Superbook laptop dock first popped up a few months ago, then it hit Kickstarter last week. Whether or not this device lives up to the hype, there's enough hype that you should probably be aware of it. The Superbook has already pulled in more than a million dollars, and there are still a few more weeks left in the campaign.

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[Update: Now available] ZeroLemon's 8500mAh battery case for the Nexus 6P will be available later this month for $60

As a design element, the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner has its fans and its detractors. I'm going to bet that ZeroLemon, suppliers of almost ridiculous battery-boosting cases and replacement shells to the rich and poor, aren't fans. A big honking fingerprint sensor hanging out in the otherwise barren plains of a phone's rear housing means a big hole in any cases made for it, and thus less space to shove every possible spare milliamp into a battery case. So it is with ZeroLemon's latest addition to its power collection, a battery-case combo for the flagship Nexus 6P.

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[Deal Alert] Jaybird X2 Bluetooth earbuds on sale for $79.99 (Amazon Prime members only)

Jaybird's sport-focused Bluetooth earbuds have been very popular in recent years, but they're also very expensive. The new Freedom earbuds are $200, for example. If you don't mind last year's model, the Jaybird X2 earbuds can be yours for the low, low price of $79.99. The catch: this deal is only available to Amazon Prime members.

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ZeroLemon's latest gigantic battery-case is for the vanilla Galaxy S7: 7500mAh of extra juice for $60

ZeroLemon gets a lot of crap for making gigantic, bulky, and somewhat less than attractive cases and extensions that dramatically boost battery life. But you have to admit, they've found their niche and perfected it - the company wouldn't be releasing new models for most major flagship phones if there weren't a lot of people buying them. And so sometime after the fancier and larger Galaxy S7 Edge got the ZeroLemon treatment, now the standard model has a giant bulky plastic battery case all its own.

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Concrete skins now available from dbrand, plus get 30% off everything through tomorrow

So, you don't like the way your phone or tablet looks? You should have been more careful when you bought it then. Perhaps you can make up for that a little by hiding the frame under a dbrand skin, including the newly arrived concrete, which people have been pretty hyped about. To celebrate, you can get 30% off everything in the dbrand store through tomorrow.

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