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By Irvin Hayes Jr. | Reporting on some of the latest technology available.

Apple Watch vs. Fitbit Versa: How to choose

We tested the new Fitbit Versa alongside the Apple Watch Series 3 to find out their strengths and weaknesses as smartwatches and fitness trackers.<p>The Fitbit Versa ($199.95 at Amazon.com) is a worthy Apple Watch ($429.00 at Walmart) alternative.<p>The Versa is like if you took the Fitbit Ionic ($299.95 …

Smartwatches

These Ascend-1 wireless earbuds last six times longer than Airpods

popsci shop<p>Enjoy 30 hours of superior sound, now at 40 percent off MSRP.<p>Battery life is always a concern when you upgrade to wireless tech. But with their supplied case, the Ascape Audio Ascend-1 Truly Wireless Earbuds can keep going for 30 hours straight. What’s more, that playtime is filled with …

This smartwatch doesn’t look like a smartwatch, and that's awesome

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, …

MateBook X Pro: Huawei attempts to out-Pro Apple's MacBook Pro

New machine has a 14in screen squeezed into a 12in laptop frame, a discrete GPU and a camera that pops up from beneath the keyboard<p>Following Huawei’s attempts to directly challenge the dominant smartphone players Samsung and Apple, now the Chinese technology firm is going after laptops with the …

Gear & Gadgets

Moleskine’s latest smart pen saves your writing to download later

Moleskine has valiantly tried to bridge the divide between analog writing and digital files for years. The company released its Smart Writing Set in 2016 as a $200 holistic solution of pen, proprietary smart paper and app that instantly sent whatever you wrote or drew over to your paired device -- …

These LED bulbs offer 100 watts worth of light: Which is best?

100-watt replacement LEDs like these are plenty bright and surprisingly affordable. Let's put them to the test.<p>Most folks think of 60-watt light bulbs as the basic standard for common household lighting. If you want something brighter, you upgrade to, say, a 100-watt bulb. The thing is, most …

Home Automation

Roku aims to take over home audio with its wireless speaker platform

No, Roku isn't building a wireless speaker, despite rumors hinting at that. Instead, it's approaching home audio similar to how it tackled TVs: By offering its technology to other companies. Specifically, Roku is unveiling a new wireless audio platform, Roku Connect, that it'll license to third …

Televisions

The inventor of the iPod has made a new kind of high-end wristwatch

Belgium-based Ressence has a track record of reinventing the wristwatch. And for its latest concept the firm is collaborating with none other than …

Wearable Tech

Are Google Home and Amazon Echo listening more than you realize?

Digital assistants from Amazon and Google are listening – possibly even when you think they aren't, according to a consumer watchdog organization. It …

Samsung Is Said to Target First Half of 2018 for Smart Speaker

The device by the South Korean technology giant will have a strong focus on audio quality and the management of connected home appliances such as …

Samsung will reportedly unveil its new Galaxy S9 flagship smartphone in February

The device will follow Samsung's popular Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, which were unveiled in March of last year.<p>Samsung typically takes the wraps …

10 Android Wear Smartwatches That Are Actually Stylish

The launch of Android Wear 2.0 by Google prompted a number of manufacturers to launch smartwatches running the new wearable platform. From affordable …

The Biggest Whoppers From the FCC's Net Neutrality Meeting

It took less than two hours of debate for the Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality protections, a decision that could send …

11 Quick Tips to Improve Your Drone Photography

In this short video from the people over at COOPH, they bring you 11 tips to help improve your drone photography,If you enjoy drone photography check …

Aerial Photography

Fitbit continues to dominate Apple in wearables

In the US, Fitbit owns 61 percent of the wearables market, while Apple accounts for under 7 percent, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.<p>Sorry Apple, Fitbit remains the champ in the world of wearables.<p>About 12 percent of US consumers owned either a fitness band or a smartwatch as …

Wearable Tech

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge gained FM radio in the latest update

A recent update to the T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge enabled the phone’s built-in FM radio receiver, making it possible to tune it to local radio stations without consuming any data.<p>The update rolled out on May 3 with a rather vague change log that mentioned “enhanced voice services,” …

Mobile

A German designer’s AR pingpong table reacts to every shot

Forrest Gump may have made some pretty impressive strides of his own accord when it came to pingpong diplomacy, but imagine how much more he could’ve …

Table Tennis

Microsoft Outlook comes to Android Wear smartwatches

For those Android users that use Microsoft’s Outlook email service, you’ll be pleased to hear that the app now has a dedicated Android Wear counterpart. Outlook for Android Wear will allow you to reply with pre-set messages or dictate a response with voice and you’ll also be able to scroll in the …

Wear OS

China's realistic robot Jia Jia can chat with real humans

The University of Science and Technology of China has recently unveiled an eerily realistic robot named Jia Jia. While she looks more human-like than that creepy ScarJo robot, you'll probably still find yourself plunging head first into the uncanny valley while looking at her. Jia Jia can talk and …

The complete list of 'OK, Google' commands

There's a lot you can tell your Android phone to do. Yes, even "take a selfie."<p>With Google Now, you can use voice commands to create reminders, get help with trivia questions, and, yes, even find out "what does the fox say?"<p>And, with the recent update from Google, the voice assistant's reponse will …

Smart Homes

Microsoft's HoloLens partnerships show that augmented reality can be boring, too

Beware enterprise AR<p>Microsoft's HoloLens headset starts shipping to developers today with a price tag of $3,000, but early versions of the device are already being used by a handful of corporations around the globe. We've seen some neat uses of the augmented reality technology from these third …

Augmented Reality

Linux comes to Windows -- and 5 other big things Microsoft announced

The #Build2016 conference started with lots of developer-friendly announcements<p>Microsoft kicked off its developer-centric conference with a typically long-winded keynote full of exciting stuff...for developers. Unless you're a coder, the big news probably won't affect you, however it might …

Software

10 Best Fitness Apps for Android Wear Smartwatches

Metrics and progress tracking go a long way to helping one try to stay fit and healthy. For those who opt to this with the help of an Android …

Fitness Technology

8 Crazy Examples Of What's Possible In Virtual Reality

Sony made a big virtual splash last week.<p>The company finally said that its PlayStation VR virtual reality headset will debut in October. With the …

Virtual Reality

77 percent of users never use an app again 72 hours after installing

Nobody’s really arguing anymore over whether the future will be mobile. Apps have become one of the primary ways we engage ideas, each other, and the world around us. This trend is only expected to increase in the future, so right now app development is as hot as the surface of the sun and getting …

Apps

How to turn off your search and location history in Google

By now, it should come as no surprise that Google keeps track of your search and location history.<p>But you may be surprised to find out just how …

Maps

Amazon confirms it has dropped device encryption support for Fire tablets

Amazon has confirmed that version 5 of Fire OS for its Fire tablet removes support for device encryption.<p>In a statement sent to TechCrunch the company said: “In the fall when we released Fire OS 5, we removed some enterprise features that we found customers weren’t using. All Fire tablets’ …

Privacy

Microsoft wraps up SwiftKey purchase in move on Android, iOS

Microsoft completes its acquisition of SwiftKey, giving it yet another popular app on iOS and Android.<p>Microsoft has completed the acquisition of …

Apps

Feds approve Cadillac CT6 digital rearview mirror

Because it still functions as a standard mirror, NHTSA had no problem approving it for use in the US.<p>We don't often get the latest and greatest in-car tech in the US, and we have some outdated laws to thank for that -- it's why we likely won't receive laser headlights for some time. But not every …

Autonomous Cars