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Score a trio of extra long Lightning cables on sale for 65% off

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Apple's included one of its Lighting-to-USB connectors with every iPhone and iPad for the past seven-ish years, and that's seven-ish years too long.

It's not just that the thin cable breaks and frays easily, but at 3-feet long, it's simply too short for practical use. Plugging in a device to charge makes one feel like a leashed kid at the mall: You'd have the whole world at your fingertips if it weren't for that pesky cord.

Misplacing one almost feels like a blessing, because then you at least have an excuse to shop around for a different model — say, this 3-pack of cables from the Mashable Shop. Measuring in at an impressive ten feet (each), these cords are more than three times longer than Apple's standard Lightning connector so you'll get plenty of flexibility when it comes time to sync or energize your devices.  Read more...

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Posted on 20 January 2019 | 10:00 am

FDA boss threatens 'game over' for e-cigs if companies won't keep kids away

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The head of the Food and Drug Administration has threatened to pull e-cigarettes out of U.S. markets entirely unless e-cig makers take greater measures to curb the youth's use of their products. 

Speaking at a public hearing Friday, Scott Gottlieb, the FDA Commissioner, said he was "horrified" at the surge in rates of teen vaping, NBC reported. More than 3 million U.S. teens use e-cigarettes, an increase of 78 percent since 2011, according to recent CDC data.

SEE ALSO: 5 Reasons to Ditch JUUL in 2019

"I still believe e-cigarettes present an opportunity for adult smokers to transition off cigarettes and onto nicotine delivery products that may not have the same level of risks," Gottlieb wrote in a tweet ahead of the hearing. "However, if the youth use continues to rise, the entire category will face an existential threat." Read more...

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Posted on 19 January 2019 | 10:42 pm

Chevy built a massive, 3,000-pound Lego replica of its Silverado truck

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If you've ever wondered what a full-sized pickup truck would look like in Lego form, Chevrolet and Lego have you covered.

The two companies have teamed up to make a massive, life-sized Lego version of the Silverado pickup truck — and the results are impressive

Despite being a publicity stunt for Chevrolet's work with Lego on the upcoming The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, the truck is nonetheless a considerable feat of Lego brick engineering. 

SEE ALSO: This Lego robot is your personal bartender

The Lego Silverado, is a near exact replica of Chevy's full-size pickup. It's 6 feet high and and 8 feet wide. It has working headlights and reproduces even small details, like the front grill and Chevrolet logos, in Lego form. Read more...

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Posted on 19 January 2019 | 9:43 pm

More Snap execs are out amid reports of an 'inappropriate relationship'

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Snap is facing a fresh round of executive drama after reports have surfaced that two more executives are leaving the company under less than desirable circumstances. 

The company's head of security, Francis Racioppi, and head of human resources, Jason Halbert, were pushed out after an investigation into Racioppi's "inappropriate relationship" with an outside contractor, The Wall Street Journal reported.

SEE ALSO: Snap's new problem: disappearing executives

Racioppi was reportedly fired last year in a previously undisclosed incident after the company discovered he had ended the contract of a woman he had hired following a personal relationship with her. Read more...

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Posted on 19 January 2019 | 8:35 pm

There's a secret dog hidden in your YouTube video timeline

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YouTube hasn't ever been one to skimp on the Easter eggs, but this is a new one for me.

It's hidden away on the timeline that charts your progress through a video. If you highlight that timeline and hold left — either left on an attached game controller, or the left arrow key — in certain versions of YouTube (I'll get to that in a minute), you can summon a dog.

SEE ALSO: Please enjoy these Pope-like dogs wearing Crocs on their impossibly small heads

It takes a bit, so be patient. If you've watched any of the video, it'll rewind first. Then you want to keep holding left for another 10 or 15 seconds. Eventually, a little, brown dog, possibly a Corgi, will trot across your timeline, from left to right. Read more...

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Posted on 19 January 2019 | 8:32 pm

Facebook could face 'record-setting' fine from FTC

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Facebook could soon set a new record — just not the good kind.

The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly considering a "record-setting" fine for the social network, as the result of its investigation into Facebook's privacy practices following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed Facebook had exposed the personal data of millions of users.

The FTC confirmed it had opened an investigation into Facebook in March. 

Now, The Washington Post reports that investigation could result in a massive fine for the company.

"The penalty is expected to be much larger than the $22.5 million fine the agency imposed on Google in 2012," according to The Post. That fine, while not the largest ever imposed by the FTC, was the body's largest fine for a privacy violation.  Read more...

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Posted on 19 January 2019 | 6:39 pm

9 of the best drones according to Amazon reviews

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Over the past few years, drones and quadcopters have become more accessible. The cost of designing and manufacturing a good quality drone has gone down, so now more and more people can take up the hobby or up their photography game with impressive and daring photos and videos. But some drones are definitely better than others, so we rounded up the best drones for just about any person and situation.

SEE ALSO: Video proof that Jimmy Kimmel is terrified of drones

But before you start flying, it's important to register your new drone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first, so you won't get in trouble with the authorities. After all, piloting an unregistered drone is against the law.  Read more...

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Posted on 19 January 2019 | 10:00 am

Facebook to teens: Plz laugh at these old memes

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Facebook, as part of its never-ending quest to win over teens, is now working on a feature just for memes and funny viral content.

The social network is experimenting with something it's calling "LOL," according to TechCrunch, which got a look at some early beta versions of the feature. 

While Facebook could eventually decide to make LOL into its own app, it's for now part of the main Facebook app, as the company tests out the new experience, which TechCrunch describes as "a special feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips."

“We are running a small scale test and the concept is in the early stages right now," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to Mashable.. Read more...

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Posted on 19 January 2019 | 1:12 am

New self-driving features are about to make the road safer for terrible drivers

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Distracted? Tired? Bad at staying in your lane? Just plain out of it? Don't worry, your car's got you.

While fully autonomous vehicles might not be here for awhile, new driver assistance systems are so advanced you'll feel like you're in a self-driving car. 

What's coming down the pipeline makes Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot system look positively polite and passive. Instead of quiet beeps urging you to put your hands back on the wheel or a light flashing when something's in your blind spot, these features plan to give control over to the vehicle. 

SEE ALSO: Daimler's semi-autonomous trucks may be hitting a road near you Read more...

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Posted on 19 January 2019 | 1:07 am

Spotify's rumored $100 music player is a great idea, thinks dumb person with cash to burn

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So you've got a $100 to spare. Maybe grandma included a crisp hundo in this year's birthday card, or, hell, let's just say you're a brain genius who always has extra cash laying around. Yeah, let's go with that. 

The question is, just what are you going to do with your excess wealth? If music-streaming service Spotify has its way, you're going to spend those dollars on its completely necessary forthcoming voice-controlled music player for your car. That's right, Spotify is allegedly getting into the hardware game. 

So reports the Financial Times, which notes that the company best known for paying artists shit is asking you to kick some additional hard-earned dollars its way in exchange for a device that the market is definitely crying out for.  Read more...

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Posted on 19 January 2019 | 12:23 am

Russia attempted to hack the DNC again after the 2018 Midterms, claim Democrats

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New court documents filed by the Democratic National Committee unveiled a previously unknown infiltration attempt by Russian hackers.

“On November 14, 2018, dozens of DNC email addresses were targeted in a spearphishing campaign,” claim the DNC in the documents, which were filed on Thursday night. “The content of these emails and their timestamps were consistent with a spearphishing campaign that leading cybersecurity experts have tied to Cozy Bear (APT 29).”

Cozy Bear is the Russian intelligence agency-linked hacker group that infiltrated the DNC during the 2016 presidential elections

The DNC says there is no evidence that the group was successful in the attempt, which was made one week after the 2018 Midterms. Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 10:46 pm

This company wants to illuminate our skies with artificial shooting stars

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Bored of regular fireworks? ALE, a Japanese "space entertainment" company, is working on making artificial meteor showers an option. ALE has already managed to send its first satellite into orbit to conduct experiments ahead of their first attempt for a meteor show due in 2020. If the company succeeds, you might soon be able to buy shooting stars. Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 9:09 pm

Jack Dorsey's footwear evolution: An investigation

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At the last real day of CES (before Kanye showed up and tried to make the vacant halls of Thursday a "thing"), Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey held a public discussion to clue us all in on his efforts to make Twitter better.

But hey! Forget the hate speech, Nazis, account-muting, and general directionlessness of Dorsey's social media devil child for a sec. What the people really wanted to know about were Jack's SHOES.

What are those shoes @jack? #CES pic.twitter.com/53pc4nkHDD

— Rich Greenfield (@RichBTIG) January 9, 2019

Waiting for @Jack at #CES2019. Wondering if we’ll see his trademark thong-style sandals today..pic.twitter.com/D6gyvcK83Z

— Michael Nuñez (@MichaelFNunez) January 9, 2019 Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 7:57 pm

Best 4K TV deals: Samsung, Sony, VIZIO, and more on sale this weekend

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"Tell me somethin', girl. Are you happy in this modern world? Or do you need more? Is there somethin' else you're searchin' for?" 

Maybe you're searching for a brand new 4K TV. 

If you plan on just watching movies and TV shows all weekend long (we hear A Star Is Born is now streaming on VUDU), maybe you should sit back and relax in front of a brand new 4K smart TV. Did you know Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga look so much better in 4K?

SEE ALSO: 8 of the best soundbars for your TV and home theater

We found the best deals this weekend from Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy on amazing 4K TVs from top manufacturers like Sony, LG, Samsung, and more. Even though A Star Is Born is still playing in theaters, you can catch it at home on a brand new 4K TV and avoid the crowds and the nasty weather. Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 6:35 pm

Play over 100 great games on Xbox One with this heavily discounted Xbox Game Pass

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Most gamers have their favourite game, and there's not much that can change that. 

No matter what new and exciting titles are purchased, there's that one game that always draws you back in. Don't worry, we're not trying to take this away from you. No need to cower in fear. Nobody is going to take Red Dead away from you.

We're talking about all the time in between your mammoth FIFA or Red Dead sessions, because yes, other games do exist. With an Xbox Game Pass you’ll always have something new to play, and something to occupy you when you begin a much needed break from your favourite title.

For the low price of £49.99, reduced from £89.99, you get unlimited access to over 100 Xbox games on Xbox One for 12 months. That's a saving of £40 on the list price. Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 5:03 pm

Slumping iPhone demand causes layoffs, slashed profit forecasts

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Apple's iPhone gravy train is thinning out.

A pair of reports from the Nikkei Asia Review show how effects for lowered demand for new iPhones is rippling along Apple's supply and manufacturing train. 

SEE ALSO: It's official: iPhones are too expensive

iPhone assembler company Foxconn has reportedly terminated 50,000 contract iPhone workers early over the past few months. And component suppliers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Nidec have each slashed their product forecasts by 22 and 25 percent, respectively.

On the second day of 2019, Apple paused stock trading and informed investors that it had to reduce its profit forecasts thanks to decreased iPhone demand, particularly in China. When Apple stock came back online, it lost billions in its stock value.  Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 4:59 pm

Facebook cracks down on Russian-based "fake news"

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Facebook says it has removed over 500 pages, groups and accounts from its site due to the accounts working in a "coordinated inauthentic effort to spread misinformation." Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 4:58 pm

Craziest Tech Coming in 2019

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 4:27 pm

Windows 10 Mobile's final death shouldn't be mourned, but celebrated

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The time has come to smash open that emergency bottle of whiskey and pour one out for Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile platform. 

Wait, didn't Microsoft's failed mobile operating system and phones already die years ago? Yes, Microsoft stopped building new features, but it still continued to support existing devices with security and stability updates.

But all of it officially comes to an end on Dec. 10. Microsoft has set that date as the official kill date to end all support for Windows 10 Mobile. After that, Window 10 Mobile users are on their own.

And honestly, it's about time Microsoft moves on. Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 4:27 pm

Some Netflix subscribers say they'll leave over new pricing

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Streaming services took off because people were tired of paying outrageously high prices for cable packages they only used part of and for the occasional night at the movies. But as streaming providers proliferate, the cost of cord-cutting is getting higher and higher, and customers are thinking of opting out once again. This week, Netflix introduced price increases, and some of its subscribers have had enough.

The basic Netflix subscription is increasing from $8 to $9, the standard plan is going from $11 to $13, and the premium plan will now be $16 instead of $14. A Streaming Observer survey found 24 percent of respondents "might cancel" Netflix and 3 percent will "definitely cancel" in light of the price hike. Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 4:18 pm

Unsealed docs will detail how Facebook made money off children

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Facebook will surely be bracing itself for some fresh backlash from the public next week following a number of revealing legal documents being unsealed. Those documents are expected to detail how Facebook made money off children without ongoing and clear consent from a parent or guardian.

The documents are being unsealed thanks to the work of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. They form part of a 2012 class action lawsuit which was filed by two children through their parents. It represented a class of children who were all under 18, Facebook users, and who had purchased Facebook Credits on their accounts. Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 4:17 pm

MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPad, Beats, Instant Pot, Neato robot vacuum, and more great deals for Jan. 18

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It feels like this week wouldn't end, but Friday's finally here. Congrats — you made it.

With the weekend upon us, we've rounded up the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Macy's on laptops and accessories, home products like cookware and floor care, and Amazon devices and tablets for video streaming and home security.

So what's the best of the best today? You can save $110 off a pair of Beats by Dre Studio3 headphones at Best Buy and save $10 off the Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 and $20 off the Instant Pot DUO30, on Amazon and Macy's, respectively.

Also, we found deals on Udemy online courses to continue your education into adulthood. Isn't it time to get out of your dead end job and start a new career? An online class is a good place to start. Read more...

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Google Maps wants to help you avoid that speeding ticket

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Drivers will soon have an extra set of eyes on the road, courtesy of Google.

Google’s navigation app, Google Maps, is starting to roll out speed limit and speed trap features, according to AndroidPolice.com. 

A screenshot showing the speed limits feature within Google Maps.

A screenshot showing the speed limits feature within Google Maps.

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With the speed limit feature, drivers using Google Maps will be shown the post speed limit of the road they’re driving on in the lower left side of the app. Speed traps are designated with a small camera icon and shown on the visible area of the map. AndroidPolice’s source also reports that Google Maps provides an audio warning for drivers when they are approaching a speed trap. Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 3:16 pm

Adorable kid tries to train his Google Home, and it does not go well

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Ever feel like you're more advanced than technology? This little kid can relate.

A young, very patient boy was spotted in his kitchen talking to his family's Google Home, desperately trying to impart some wisdom.

He begged the device to repeat him so that he could teach it some brand new skills, saying, "I'm telling you stuff and you don't know what it is... Can I please train you because you don't know what stuff is?"

The boy then realized maybe Google should help him, too, since he "doesn't even know his ABCs."

Finally, after nearly a minute-long one-sided conversation, Google replied, "Huh. Looks like there's a problem," and that's when things went completely off the rails. Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 3:04 pm

You can save over 50% on Remington Proluxe hair straighteners, if you act fast

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We don't want to pressure you or anything, but there's this deal that's pretty good, and it ends at midnight on Jan. 18. We know that doesn't give you a lot of time. We're sorry. But surely you'd rather know late than not know at all, right?

The timing is kind of beside the point though, because if you are in the market for a new set of quality hair straighteners then you shouldn't hesitate. You should grab this deal while it's hot, because it's not going to be there for long.

If you act fast you can save over £40, or 53% to be specific, on a rose gold set of Remington S9100 Proluxe hair straighteners. These normally go for £82 but can be bought for as little as £38.95 right now. That's a substantial saving, so don't give us too much of a hard time about not giving you any warning. Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 3:00 pm

Tesla faces 'difficult road ahead' as it cuts 7% of its workforce

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Tesla is reducing its full-time employee headcount by 7 percent, Elon Musk announced in an email sent to staffers on Friday. 

The layoffs are necessary if the company plans to keep turning profit as it starts delivering cheaper variants of the Model 3, Musk wrote. The company will also retain only the "most critical" temps and contractors. 

SEE ALSO: Elon Musk makes it more expensive to own a Tesla

"Tesla will need to make these cuts while increasing the Model 3 production rate and making many manufacturing engineering improvements in the coming months. Higher volume and manufacturing design improvements are crucial for Tesla to achieve the economies of scale required to manufacture the standard range (220 mile), standard interior Model 3 at $35k and still be a viable company. There isn't any other way," Musk wrote.  Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 1:05 pm

Save 39% on the Sky TV and Fibre Unlimited package in this flash sale

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January is well known to be a great time to pick up a deal, but we often overlook broadband packages, and we can't figure out why.

Broadband deals might not generate quite the same buzz as other deals we see in January, but that doesn't mean there aren't some great opportunities to save out there. After all, Broadband is something you pay for every month and notice every day, so securing a good deal is all the more important.

Sky has launched a Flash Sale until Jan. 21, and you can save 39% on the Sky TV and Fibre Unlimited packageSky Fibre Unlimited and Sky Entertainment would usually set you back £61.99 a month but in the sale you can secure the package for as little as £37 a month for 18 months (plus a one-off line rental charge of £19.95). Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 12:35 pm

The best UK deals for Friday: iPhones, Samsung mobiles, Huawei mobiles, and more

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This might shock you, but there are people out there right now who are persisting with an old mobile phone that's physically falling apart, struggling to perform simple functions, and barely holding it's charge for more than a couple of hours. Actually, maybe this sounds like you. That's awkward.

We know how it goes. One day your phone is speedy and the next it's, well, not. Sometimes the decline is so slow and you barely notice it — until you use someone else's phone, or someone else uses yours, that is. Then you're made fully aware of how pathetic your handset is.

There's a solution, guys. Purchasing a SIM-free smartphone means you can keep your contract, but you don't have to struggle with a dying phone anymore. We have selected the best deals on SIM-free smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and Nokia, so you can end the suffering. There's a wide range of different handsets with different specs and styles, suitable for any budget. Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 12:30 pm

Super expensive Apple Watch lookalike makes you work hard to tell the time

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Imagine a watch that looks a lot like the Apple Watch, but it's fully mechanical, and has no screen. It also has no hands — it's just a black slab of nothingness with a single window that shows a tourbillon, an expensive complication that, once again, doesn't tell the time. On the back, you see more of the watch's mechanism, but you still cannot tell the time. 

So how do you tell the time? You listen. 

We're talking about H. Moser & Cie.'s Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black, an insanely expensive, off-the-charts weird luxury wristwatch that sounds like a joke but isn't. 

SEE ALSO: Withings ECG smartwatch is an analog Apple Watch killer Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 12:06 pm

8 of the best soundbars for your TV and home theater

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As great as TVs are today, the audio leaves a lot to be desired. Most speakers are built into the back or bottom of a flatscreen, which aren't ideal locations for quality audio.

That's why you need to invest in a soundbar.

Besides delivering generally better audio, a soundbar can become the foundation for turning your living room into a personal movie theater. But with all the options available, what's the best for you?

Obviously, the first thing to think about is audio quality. More affordable options will offer a vastly better audio experience than the TV ever could, but you may still need to look into additional speakers to really fill out the room. But if you invest in something just a little more expensive, it could be the first piece in a home audio system that makes your house the envy of the neighborhood. Read more...

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 10:00 am