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TicWatch Pro review: A good Wear watch at a bad time


Chinese firm Mobvoi — founded by ex-Googlers — has a history of making connected watches that stretches back to its original TicWatch and TicWatch 2 running the proprietary TicWear OS. Around this time last year, the TicWatch S and E were launched with Wear OS (then Android Wear) on board, and they were praised for their quality and excellent value proposition.

Now, Mobvoi is back with a premium Wear OS smartwatch, the TicWatch Pro. It offers better build quality and adds NFC, but the real star of the show is a transparent second display for more efficient always-on functionality with the promise of excellent battery life.

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[Deal Alert] GGMM D6 20W speaker dock for Echo Dot on sale for $41.85 ($15 off) via Amazon today only

Smart speakers come in all shapes and sizes, but the smallest ones are basically in impulse purchase territory now. the problem: the speaker performance isn't great in devices like the Echo Dot. Today's Amazon Goldbox deal includes a neat speaker dock for the dot that adds a lot more power.

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This 'airbag' smartphone case is both absurd and brilliant

Smartphone cases, in all their various forms, are meant to do one thing: guard our increasingly expensive pocket-sized supercomputers in case we lose our grip as we absentmindedly jab at them with one finger while also walking and drinking coffee. There are many that do a pretty good job of this, but a German engineering student was evidently dissatisfied with the level of protection afforded by what's currently on the market. So, naturally, he created ADcase, a silly and wonderful contraption that detects when your phone is falling and ejects springy spider legs to dampen its impact.

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Remember: You aren't just buying a phone, you're buying an accessory ecosystem

Pretty much the first question that I am half-jokingly asked once a new acquaintance discovers my profession is: What phone should I buy? In fact, when you boil it down, that's what most of this job really works out to. All this news, all these reviews, most everything we write is with the goal of educating our readers to answer that question for themselves. But one thing we often neglect to mention when you pick out a new phone is that you're buying a lot more than just one piece of hardware. 

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Poké Ball Plus accessory announced for Pokémon Go and Nintendo Switch

Pokémon Go enjoyed immense popularity in the weeks and months following its 2016 release. It's since tapered off, but the game is likely to see a resurgence this fall with the release of two new Nintendo Switch games that borrow heavily from Go's gameplay and feature some cross-platform elements. One of those elements is the Poké Ball Plus, a spherical Switch controller that doubles as a Pokémon Go Plus-style smartphone accessory, allowing players to catch monsters in the mobile game without interacting with their phones.

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[Deal Alert] Get an Anker PowerCore+ 26,800 mAh USB-PD power bank for $80 ($30 off), 5-port USB-C wall charger for $38 ($16 off)

Anker's currently got deals on Amazon for all kinds of products to keep your electronics juiced. Two of the best: a three-port 26,800 mAh power bank bundle for $80, and a five-port USB wall charger for $38. Both items support power delivery over USB-C.

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Google pulls Moshi Type-C charging/audio adapter from Google Store without ever selling it

We live in strange times when many phones have but one port, forcing you to choose between charging and audio. The $45 Moshi Type-C charging/audio adapter promised to let you do both, but Google just pulled it from the Google Store. In fact, it never actually went on sale. It was "coming soon" for six months, and now it's dead.

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[Deal Alert] SanDisk 200GB microSD card drops to $55.99 on Amazon

So you need some more storage in your phone? Well, you're in luck as long as you've got a microSD card slot. The 200GB SanDisk card is on sale today for a mere $56. That's the cheapest we've seen it since the last Black Friday sale.

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Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL case & screen protector reviews: Protection for every scenario [Updated continuously]

With phones getting as expensive as they are, you'd have to be nuts not to get a case to protect your investment. A base model Pixel 2 is nearly $700 out the door, with the 128GB Pixel 2 XL going into four-figure territory. But even after you've made the decision to spend a few bucks on a case, you might be wondering which one in particular you should buy.

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Google offering a free pen loop to anyone who bought the Pixelbook

Google's Pixelbook comes with a big trackpad, a touchscreen, and (obviously) a keyboard. If that's not enough input for you, there's the Pixelbook Pen for an additional $100. This fancy stylus lets you write, draw, and access Google Assistant. One thing it can't do is dock inside the computer. Recognizing the obvious storage conundrum here, Google has decided to send out pen loops to all previous purchasers.

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