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Buying gifts on a tight budget isn’t easy, but there’s still some worthwhile tech even at "stocking-stuffer" prices. We’ve highlighted a range of goodies like charging cables, laptop stands, and much more, all for less than $25 each. Wanting to treat a friend or a loved one to some tech or a cool gadget while on a very lean budget can feel like an impossible task. Most of the everyday devices we use cost multiple hundreds of dollars, so what do you get when you just want a nice

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iPads might lose their smart home hub abilities in iOS 16

Apple will no longer let you use an iPad as a home hub to control HomeKit accessories starting with iOS 16, MacRumors reports. That means you’ll need to use a HomePod, HomePod mini, or Apple TV as your home hub instead. Apple will no longer let you use an iPad as a home hub to control HomeKit accessories starting with iOS 16, MacRumors reports. Text apparently found in iOS 16’s second developer beta by MacRumors contributing writer Steve Moser spells out the

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The best early Amazon Prime Day deals you can get right now

Amazon’s two-day Prime Day sales event doesn’t start until July 12th, but some deals have begun trickling in. See if the early bird gets the worm when it comes to smart home devices, TVs, streaming sticks, and phone accessories. Amazon Prime Day is inching ever closer, and there’s already some momentum building with early deals. July 12th is slated as the start of the two-day sales event, but you can bet on some nice discounts popping up ahead of that date. We may see a

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EcoFlow solar-tracking robot review: beep, blop, stop!

The EcoFlow Solar Tracker is a two-axis robot that lifts and turns your solar panels to always be at a 90-degree angle with the sun. The results, according to the company, are 30 percent more output from the sun. Solar panels are more efficient than ever, with consumer options now capable of converting up to 25 percent of the sunlight hitting cells into electricity. But those efficiency rates assume that the panels are pointed directly at the sun, which is

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Philips Hue gets a new Tap dial switch, customizable track lighting, and more

Signify has announced a new Philips Hue range today includes a Tap dial switch, fully customizable Perifo track lighting, a Hue Go portable table lamp and more Signify just announced a new Philips Hue Tap dial switch, portable Hue Go lamp, and fully customizable track lighting alongside a new range of smart lights today. The Hue Tap dial switch (€49/$49) available in matte black or white adjusts lights

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The 65-inch TCL 5-Series with Google TV is down to a new low price of $549.99

The 2022 TCL 5-Series 4K QLED hits its lowest price yet on Amazon and Best Buy. Meanwhile, there are more deals today on Fire 7 Kids Pro tablets, Eero mesh Wi-Fi routers, and the return of Drop’s MT3 mechanical keyboard keycaps BOGO offer. With the recent announcement of Amazon Prime Day returning on July 12th and 13th, you may think the best deals on things like TVs are yet to come. While there’s sure to be some great discounts to take advantage of, we’ve got some ready for you

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Google’s Matter update for the Nest Hub Max will break direct Nest x Yale Lock integration

The update makes the Nest Hub Max ready for Matter over Thread but removes the ability to connect directly to the Nest x Yale Lock, so some users will need to buy a Nest Connect to restore functionality. The Google Nest Hub Max is getting an update to prepare it for Matter support (hooray!) but will lose the ability to connect directly to the Nest x Yale Lock (boo). Next month, a “small number” of people could find themselves temporarily

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Samsung Wallet is back to organize your ID, keys, and crypto

Samsung Wallet is available now to Galaxy phone owners, bringing features from Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass together under one umbrella app. Other features include storage for digital car keys, IDs, and boarding passes. First, there was Samsung Wallet. Then it became Samsung Pay. Now, because time is a flat circle, Samsung is bringing the Wallet app back — basically, bringing a lot of existing Samsung services into one app. And this time, there’s crypto! The

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SwitchBot’s retrofit smart door lock installs in under a minute

The SwitchBot Lock and $29 SwitchBot Keypad work over Bluetooth and allow access to your door via an app, key, code, or fingerprint. SwitchBot, the company that makes tiny robotic fingers to press your switches for you, is branching further into the smart home. The new SwitchBot Lock ($99.99) sticks to your door and turns the thumb turn automatically to lock and unlock it. This

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Federal appeals court pauses FDA ban on Juul’s e-cigarettes

A court has ruled that Juul can keep selling its products while the company prepares an emergency motion to stay the FDA’s recent order preventing sales of the Juul device and Juul pods. Juul can continue selling its e-cigarettes despite the Food and Drug Administration ordering a ban Thursday, according to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (via TechCrunch). In its order, the court says it’s issuing the

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Snoop Dogg and Eminem’s Bored Ape music video is here to try and sell us on tokens

To close out the ApeFest 2022 event, Snoop Dogg and Eminem present a new song and video, which features animations with their associated Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT characters, called From The D 2 The LBC. The last couple of weeks have had a lot of bad news for some in the “web3” space, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at announcements in and around the recently-ended NFT.NYC and ApeFest 2022 events. The Bored Ape Yacht Club’s (BAYC) annual

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