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Review: Amazon's Fire TV Cube isn't that much better than older modelsrating

06/26/2018, 03:41:PM

Amazon has started shipping the Fire TV Cube, a media player aiming at the Apple TV 4K. But, can it bring as much to the table as Apple's device does, for just a little bit less money?

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Review: Netgear's Cable Orbi Kit delivers fast whole-home Wi-Firating

06/22/2018, 02:13:PM

The Netgear Cable Orbi is a quality -- if pricey -- all-in-one package, potentially ideal for people looking to escape modem rentals and leap into mesh Wi-Fi at the same time.

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Review: Amazon's Echo Spot is a cool device, but needs to do more with its screenrating

06/17/2018, 09:37:AM

The Echo Spot is undeniably a cool product, but without YouTube it's hard to justify over a regular Echo, except for people with security cameras or those wanting the world's best alarm clock.

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Nomad's upgraded Battery Cable simplifies on-the-go iPhone chargingrating

06/12/2018, 03:00:AM

Nomad's popular Battery Cable, which integrates a battery pack into a Lightning-enabled charging cable, has received a significant upgrade, with the second-generation version enhanced by a more robust exterior, higher capacity battery and other changes.

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Review: HomeKit compatible First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound smoke detector more than it appearsrating

06/10/2018, 03:41:PM

By acting as a pair of safety sensors, a speaker, a HomeKit device, an Alexa smart assistant, and soon an AirPlay 2 speaker, First Alert's Onelink Safe & Sound wants to be a welcome addition to any home. AppleInsider checks it out.

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Review: Logi Circle 2 is the best HomeKit camera, but Apple's support is lackingrating

05/20/2018, 04:08:PM

We've spent a few months with Logitech's flagship smart home security camera that gained support for HomeKit just last fall. After extensive usage, we have the verdict on one of the most popular HomeKit cams yet.

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Review: Philips Hue Wellner lamp with Apple HomeKitrating

05/18/2018, 03:05:PM

If you're into its style, the Philips Hue Wellner lamp can be a decent way to way to expand an existing Hue setup, but it's not much good to people who haven't invested -- or plan to invest -- in the ecosystem.

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Review: Linksys Velop dual-band routers are an affordable mesh networking solutionrating

05/13/2018, 06:32:PM

Mesh routers are the new hot trend in wireless networking, though they tend to be expensive. We took the new budget-friendly Linksys Velop dual-band whole home Wi-Fi system for a test to see how it performed, and compared it to the popular tri-band version.

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Review: Nomad's leather Apple Watch straps make a bold statementrating

05/07/2018, 03:17:PM

Nomad, using their standard blend of high-quality materials and expert craftsmanship, has released several Apple Watch bands. Of them, their leather straps are the most lust-worthy and notable, and AppleInsider has been wearing them for a while now.

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Review: Ecobee4 Thermostat a strong choice for Apple HomeKit & Amazon Alexa usersrating

04/30/2018, 11:16:AM

The ecobee4 is easily one of the best smart thermostats you can buy, the only questions being compatibility with your house and whether you can justify its hefty price tag.

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Review: Native Union Eclipse provides USB-A and USB-C charging with stylish cable storagerating

04/29/2018, 07:37:PM

Native Union aims to solve your cable clutter with a futuristic motorized charging station. AppleInsider took it for a spin to see if it really was the answer to all our charging problems.

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Review: Nomad wireless travel stand is our favorite portable charger, but it could do morerating

04/28/2018, 05:14:PM

Nomad's wireless travel charger for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X bucks the trend of many popular chargers, opting for a rounded-rectangular design that transforms from a charging pad, to a vertical charging stand -- and we've been using it for a while.

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Review: The Button by Fibaro makes a HomeKit setup more accessible to allrating

04/27/2018, 01:04:PM

The Button from Fibaro has finally gained much needed HomeKit support. While not as powerful as its Z-Wave brethren, it is still an awesome way to control your smart home.

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Review: Blue Raspberry gives good recording quality to Mac and iPhone users on the gorating

04/26/2018, 02:01:PM

Blue's Raspberry microphone is the ultimate portable mic that works not just with your Mac or PC, but your iPhone and iPad as well -- but isn't the best choice for an arm-mount or for the less mobile.

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Libratone TRACK+ wireless headphones pair svelte design and adaptive noise canceling with premium audiorating

04/25/2018, 07:14:PM

Libratone TRACK+ wireless headphones make a bold statement with a smooth, modern design and an audio profile to match, with an adaptive noise cancellation feature so good, that makes it hard to live without.

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Review: ONE Smart Keyboard Pro uses a Lightning cable and iPad integration to unlock its full potentialrating

04/23/2018, 03:03:PM

The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro unlocks incredible possibilities by integrating with the iPad you already own, and AppleInsider has been using one for a while.

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Review: ElevationLab CordDock is unlike any other iPhone dockrating

04/15/2018, 05:21:PM

Smartphone docks have been around since well before the original iPhone launched in 2007, but Apple's handset helped turn the accessory category into one of the largest for third-party manufacturers. AppleInsider has been using the CordDock for a few weeks now, and it stands out from most we've tested before.

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Review: iBolt's ChargeDock brings easy iPhone charging to the desk or the dashboardrating

04/08/2018, 11:00:AM

The new iBOLT ChargeDock iPhone Magnetic Charging Dock offers convenient charging for a variety of iPhone models, with the positives and negatives that come with magnets in an iPhone case.

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WeMo Bridge adds HomeKit & Siri support to your Belkin smart home accessoriesrating

04/05/2018, 05:34:PM

Belkin's popular line of WeMo smart home products was recently brought into the HomeKit fold with the release of the new Smart Bridge, a simple device that lets you control your existing WeMo devices via the Home app and Siri.

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Review: 2018 iPad with Apple Pencil support might replace your iPad Prorating

04/02/2018, 12:22:PM

Apple is aiming at the educational market with the new 2018 sixth generation iPad, but the addition of Apple Pencil support has generated a lot of commercial interest in the device. It is obviously superior to the popular iPad 2, but will it replace your iPad Pro?

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