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The Revolv Hub is the center of your connected universe

If you have more than one connected device in your home, chances are you'll also have more than one app to control said devices. As you add more toys, you also get bogged down with more apps, more hubs, and an all around bigger mess. That's where Revolv comes in. The $299 Revolv hub sets out to automate all of your connected devices — from lights to door locks to home audio — all from one streamlined app. It's great if you're already loaded up with a bunch of connected devices, but if you only have a few, you may not even need it. Lets jump in and see what makes Revolv tick.

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CrackBerry reviews the BlackBerry Passport

Some of you may or may not be BlackBerry fans, but on the heels of the biggest iPhone to date, the biggest BlackBerry to date has arrived as well. The BlackBerry Passport is the largest, squarest BlackBerry device there is and CrackBerry took it on with both hands. It has design that's optimized to get things done, and with a 3450mAh battery and 32GB of storage, you'll be able to do just that.

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Reviewed: The AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is the connected toy you've always wanted

I have had my eye on the AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadcopter‎ for quite a while, though I was never quite ready to drop $300 for one. So when Parrot offered to send me one, to say I was ecstatic would be an understatement. When the package arrived at my door, I quickly dropped what I was doing and got to work (well, got to play I guess). I popped open the box, pulled out all of the pieces, installed the free app (Android & iOS) and it was up, up, and away!

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SwiftKey for iOS review: An Android favorite comes to iPhone and iPad

SwiftKey has been one of the most popular alternative keyboards on Android for years, and one of the best selling apps of all time in Google Play. With an incredibly fast and accurate prediction engine, SwiftKey can not only correct misspellings, but make suggestions based on actual context. SwiftKey Flow lets you drag your finger effortlessly across keys in order to form words faster than ever. And with the introduction of iOS 8 and third-party keyboards, SwiftKey brings smarter and more efficient typing right to your iPhone and iPad!

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Connectedly: Smartwatch Buyers Guide

Smartwatches are starting to become more and more mainstream, so we understand if it's hard for you to decide which one is the right device for you. There is currently a huge variety of devices on the market, and plenty more are on the way. Some have been around for a while now, and others are the new kids on the block — but don't worry — we're here to help you sort out which smartwatch is the right one for you.

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Blue Mo-Fi Headphones Review

Ever since I started working in the tech field and traveling more often than I ever did, I've always been in pursuit of the best set of headphones. Not just for podcasting or zoning out at home, but for when I'm sitting in airports, on a plane, or just trying to put myself to sleep in a hotel room. I'm not a huge fan of earbuds, so I've opted for over-the-ear headphones in my search. Some of my favorites in the past have been the Urbanears Zinken and the Bose Around Ear Headphones — though I've been through quite a few sets trying to find one that suits me best. I recently received a pair of Blue's new Mo-Fi headphones however, changing everything I thought a solid pair of headphones should be.

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The new Foursquare and why it might have you running back to Yelp

Foursquare recently stirred up the world of social check-ins by splitting its popular app into two parts — the original check-in functionality going to the new Swarm app, and the location discovery and information portion fully taking over the original app. Yes, it's confusing. Yes, it could have you reaching for the delete button, but could it also be for the better? Considering Foursquare is one of the only apps I use when traveling, the change made me both skeptical and nervous. Now that I have the new Foursquare in my pocket, will I remain loyal, or will I go running back to Yelp?

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Best software update tools for your Mac: AppFresh, MacUpdate Desktop, Software Update

Don't make more work for yourself than necessary to keep your Mac up to date. Use these tools instead!

Looking for the best Mac app to keep your Mac software up to date? If you're like me and you get software from other places besides the Mac App Store, keeping those apps up to date can feel like a full time job. Here are a few ways you can help stay up to date with your apps.

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Improve your Mac gaming with Razer's Kraken Pro headset and Taipan mouse

If you like to game on your Mac, you probably want any extra edge you can find to improve your gaming performance. A good headset and a precision mouse are key to a good gaming experience, which is why I've been using Razer's Kraken headset and Taipan gaming mouse.

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Rachio Iro lets you take charge of your sprinkler from your iPhone

I am always surprised when I see an awesome connected accessory, and the Racho Iro is no exception. This connected sprinkler controller lets you manage your sprinkler system from anywhere in the world using just your smartphone. The controller is available for either 8 or 16 zones and lets you take charge of your system with everything from auto-scheduling to analytics & reports. Iro is smart enough to watch the weather too, so it can adjust on the fly no matter what the current conditions.

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