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Moft's X Tablet Stand is the incredibly portable kickstand your tablet deserves

Moft's X Tablet Stand is the incredibly portable kickstand your tablet deserves

I love kickstands. Everything should have kickstands, and the fact that everything doesn't is a damn tragedy. That's especially true for tablets, little slabs of fragile glass that are designed for media consumption. Despite some sterling work from Microsoft, Lenovo, and (occasionally) Samsung, tablets with kickstands as an integral part of their design are still rare. But with this cheap add-on from Moft, you can give almost any tablet the kickstand it deserves.

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Amazon Echo Frames review: About as useful as an Echo Dot taped to your forehead

Amazon Echo Frames review: About as useful as an Echo Dot taped to your forehead

Amazon's Alexa has been put into basically every product imaginable from smoke detectors to toilets. The goal, apparently, is to get Alexa into as many places as possible, so putting Alexa in glasses seemed like the next logical step. Amazon Echo Frames bring Alexa even closer and make it easier to access by putting it right on your face. While the Amazon Echo Frames are cool, they lack the audio quality I'd expect from $250 earbuds, and easy access to Alexa doesn't make up for that.

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BlueDriver for Android: The all-inclusive digital car mechanic

BlueDriver for Android: The all-inclusive digital car mechanic

Bluetooth helps link your smartphone with your car, and already grants you the power to play music wirelessly over the sound system, pull up audio cues for road navigation, and enhance the hands-free calling experience. Now imagine also using Bluetooth to perform vehicle diagnostics without an expensive visit to your mechanic, right from the comfort and convenience of your Android device.

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Five great cases for the Google Pixel 4a

Five great cases for the Google Pixel 4a

Even after seven months, the Pixel 4a is still a phone worth picking up, thanks to its reliable performance and value-driven price tag. Although affordability is a key feature of the 4a, you're probably going to want to grab a good case to keep your phone looking clean and pristine for years to come. Here are some of our favorite cases for the Pixel 4a.

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This cheap adapter replaced my car's crappy Bluetooth connection

This cheap adapter replaced my car's crappy Bluetooth connection

A few weeks ago I bought a used Kia Soul. (Please, no comments from the peanut gallery.) I'm pretty pleased with it overall, and my dog Marty freakin' loves having the spacious back all to himself. But it's a 2013 model, made in that awkward period when pretty much all cars had Bluetooth, but they sucked at it. The Soul's built-in Bluetooth stereo can't play, pause, or change tracks on my phone, which is a bummer.

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YubiKey 5C NFC review: Everybody should have one of these

YubiKey 5C NFC review: Everybody should have one of these

If you're at all serious about online security, you're sure to have at least a passing familiarity with two-factor authentication, or 2FA. Single-use codes sent in text messages or emails are probably the most common type of 2FA, but there are more secure methods. The YubiKey 5C NFC facilitates several of those methods in a small, affordable package: at 55 bucks, it's a pretty fantastic little gadget. Honestly, everybody should have one of these things.

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Artellia Monno review: Too much and not enough

Artellia Monno review: Too much and not enough

Over the past few years, wireless charging has become pretty ubiquitous; even some bargain-bin true wireless earbuds support it. Given that, it's entirely possible you have several wireless charging-compatible devices floating around your home right now. If you want to charge them all at once, a multi-device wireless charger could be just what you need. The Artellia Monno, recently funded on Kickstarter, is a sleek and competent charging pad that can wirelessly top up three devices at a time. During its campaign, it was available for $79, but it's projected to cost $129 at retail — a pretty penny for a third-party charger.

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Aukey Omnia chargers reviewed: A good deal from 18W to 100W

Aukey Omnia chargers reviewed: A good deal from 18W to 100W

Christmas is coming up, and before all the gifts are open, there's one thing you should remember: Most of those snazzy new gadgets need to be charged. But before you toss a five dollar Amazon special in little Billy's stocking to go with his new Nintendo Switch, keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Although the dark days of dangerous and out of spec chargers are mostly past us, we still think it's worth throwing a few extra bucks at a known-good charger. To help your purchasing decision, we took a look at a handful of different models from Aukey's current charger lineup, from 18W to 100W and $15 to $50.

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Zhiyun Smooth-X and Smooth-XS review: The new standard for travel gimbals

Zhiyun Smooth-X and Smooth-XS review: The new standard for travel gimbals

Smartphone gimbals (a.k.a. stabilizers) aren't a new product category, but they've changed and improved quite a bit over the years. While there are always new features being added, that can make them cumbersome and get in the way of usability. Zhiyun is trying out a more simplified and compact design with the Smooth-X and Smooth-XS that's targeted at travelers and casual users. These aren't as flexible as most gimbals, but they're easier to use, cost less, and take less space.

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OnePlus Buds review: Fantastic $80 AirPods knockoffs

OnePlus Buds review: Fantastic $80 AirPods knockoffs

Bluetooth headphones are a dime a dozen, but good headphones — especially good true wireless headphones — are anything but cheap. OnePlus used to be known for its "flagship-killer" mantra, and now the company is bringing the same approach to Bluetooth headphones with its new OnePlus Buds. For just $80, you can get a good-sounding and very comfortable pair of truly wireless earbuds (or, more honestly speaking, AirPods clones), and they're easy to recommend.

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