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Amazon’s new Echo Dot is a $50 Alexa-enabled speaker, now comes in black or white

When Amazon launched the Echo Dot earlier this year, the $90 speaker was one of the cheapest ways to interact with Amazon’s Alexa voice service. Now it’s even cheaper. Amazon is now selling a new version of the Echo Dot for $50. Or you can save money by purchasing a pack: 6 Dots for the […]

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Deals of the Day (8-04-2016)

The UE Roll portable Bluetooth speaker tends to get stellar reviews for its combination of an affordable price and high-quality audio for such a small device. It’s also waterproof, has a 360-degree speaker array so it should sound good from any angle, and connects to phones, tablets, or laptops from up to 65 feet away. […]

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UE Boom speakers now have “voice integration” for Siri, Google voice search

The Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 and Megaboom are popular, well-reviewed cylindrical Bluetooth speakers that allow you to stream music from your phone, tablet, computer, or other gadgets without wires. Their shape also makes them look a bit like Amazon’s Echo or Amazon Tap devices… and now you can UE’s speakers a lot like an […]

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Xiaomi Mi 4c is a premium smartphone with a $205 price tag (in China)

Chinese startup Xiaomi has made a name for itself by delivering high quality smartphones at mid-to-low range prices, and the company’s latest keeps up the trend: the Xiaomi Mi 4c is a $200 smartphone with specs that rival competing phones that sell for twice as much. The phone features a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 […]

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Star Trek Communicator replica lets you take calls 23rd-century style

If you have always wanted to be able to talk to your buddy using Star Trek style communicators, you are in luck. You don’t have to buy one of those silly kid’s walkie-talkie sets either. You can truly show your loyalty to Starfleet with a Bluetooth-enabled original series Communicator, complete with a microphone so you […]

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UE Roll waterproof Bluetooth speaker launches for $100

There’s no shortage of Bluetooth speakers on the market, but based on a recommendation from The Wirecutter, when I was looking for a portable speaker last year I picked up a UE Mobile Boombox (which is an older version of the popular UE Mini Boom from Ultimate Ears, a subsidiary of Logitech). It’s a compact speaker that […]

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Make your own Bluetooth speaker out of PVC pipe

I am a fan of portable Bluetooth speakers. I have about a half-dozen of them. Different types for different situations. I’ve got a water-proof one for poolside entertainment, a rugged one for camping trips, and a high-quality one for parties. Whether they are cheaply made or audiophile quality, external speakers are almost always better than […]