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Fitbit Flex 2 review: Fitbit jumps in the pool for the first time and doesn't drown

For the past 4 years, I've been wearing a Fitbit device of some sort. I started with the One, which stuck with me for the better part of 3 years, then I tried the Blaze, the Alta, and the Charge 2. My main complaint with each of these trackers was the lack of water-resistance, which meant that I couldn't wear them in the pool or track my swims with them. I've tried several swim trackers including the Misfit Shine 2 Swim Edition and Amiigo, looking for something that could replace Fitbit, but the best that I found was the Garmin vivoactive, which has excellent swim tracking and can send the main stats to Fitbit through MyFitnessPal.

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LG G Flex2 Review: More Practical, Less Interesting

Specs

Operating System Android 5.0.1
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octacore - 4x A57 processors at 2GHz, 4x A53 processors at 1.6GHz
GPU Adreno 430
Display 5.5" P-OLED flexible display with Gorilla Glass 3 and LG Dura Guard Glass at 1920x1080 (403 DPI)
RAM 2GB
Storage 16-32GB, microSD slot.
Battery 3000mAh, non-removable.
Camera 13MP (OIS, laser auto-focus) rear, 2.1MP front
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi AC, IR, NFC, 3G, LTE (bands depend on market)
Weight 152g

The Good

Size The G Flex 2 lacks the portly dimensions of its predecessor, and is just slightly larger than an ordinary G3, with the same 5.5" display size.
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Amazon previews Prime Day deals including Echo, Fire, and Kindle hardware

Amazon wants to make sure that no one misses out on its upcoming Prime Day sales, which begin next Monday. To keep us all tantalized, the company has just pushed out a list of deals to watch for, including many first-party hardware discounts for things like Kindles, Fire TVs, and Echo smart speakers. Among the bigger discounts are a Fire TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice Remote for just $15, an Echo for $50, and the "all-new" Kindle for $60 with $5 in eBook credit and three months of Kindle Unlimited.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Summer 2019)

Worldwide sales of voice assistant smart speakers from Google, Amazon, and others continue to grow, and the same can be said of the smart home sector as a whole. The technology underpinning these products is always improving and it’s becoming increasingly affordable to bring smart gadgets into your house.

There's already such a vast number of different products from various companies out there that it's hard to know which ones are the best, so we've put together this list with some of our favorites.

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ADT's LifeShield launches HD Video Doorbell for $200

Established security firm ADT broke away from Samsung SmartThings to launch its own fully-fledged smart home security platform earlier this year, and now its LifeShield subsidiary is releasing a video doorbell to go with its own DIY system.

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The best Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and Chrome OS tablets you can buy right now (Summer 2019)

Chromebooks have come a long way from the original CR-48, and for many, a complete workflow is now possible in the confines of Chrome OS thanks to the addition of Android and Linux application support. But there are quite a lot out there to choose from, and some are better options than others. For your convenience, we've put together a small list of some of our favorite picks, categorized based on your primary consideration.

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Google killing its tablets in 2019 is as shortsighted as it was in 2016

Today, Google announced it was giving up on tablets... again. I have never been a cheerleader for Google's tablets. I have never been very happy with its primary tablet platform. And I found its first tablet in three years to be a fairly massive disappointment. So, you'd think the news today that Google is, once again, killing its tablet hardware division would be of little consequence to or face much disagreement from me. After all, the Pixel Slate was a flop, likely sold poorly, and Google even cancelled the entry-level models because they were just that bad. Nothing here says success.

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The sports-friendly Plantronics BackBeat Fit 2100 fall to a new low of $60 on Amazon

If you work out a lot like I do, you know how important it is to have the right headphones during your session. I've learned that the hard way: Five years ago when I started lifting, I would use the cheap earphones that came with my handset, but I quickly gave up because the wires would get caught in different things or an earpiece would fail in the middle of a workout. They eventually drowned in my sweat and died, so I decided to get a pair of wireless earphones especially designed for athletes that cost me about $180 back then.

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Synology LiveCam review: Turns old phones into security cameras, but I wish it worked better

Last year when Synology revealed its new LiveCam app, we knew we had to check it out. The potential convenience of turning an old phone into a remote, battery-augmented security camera was appealing, especially considering the existing power and flexibility of the company's Surveillance Station security camera management system. After months of testing, though, LiveCam makes a better stop-gap than a solution.

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Anker Powerhouse 200 review: A $350 USB-C battery pack the size of a lunchbox

There are an incredible number of choices when it comes to smaller capacity batteries, but the selection of big, camping-sized units thins out substantially especially if you want comparatively modern amenities like Type-C charging and output. Anker's new Powerhouse 200 fills a slightly smaller niche than its older Powerhouse 120,000, together with the addition of a more modern connector, but its $350 asking price is too much given the compatibility issues and feature set.

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