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XDA phone F(x)tec Pro1-X lets you choose your OS

XDA phone F(x)tec Pro1-X lets you choose your OS

A phone called F(x)tec Pro1-X is in the works with a promise for unmatched power user options. Where most other phones focus on an overall positive experience, thus limiting the software and hardware for quality control, the F(x)tec Pro1-X seems to want to do something rare: Trust the user. Of course, as the phone project partners with XDA Developers for development, it's implied that users of this phone will have the ability to troubleshoot.

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MINISFORUM X35G Review: The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux Experience

MINISFORUM X35G Review: The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux Experience

Although not as common as towering desktops, the mini PC form factor has enjoyed increased popularity in recent years as consumers looked towards more general-purpose home computers. These relatively tiny PCs, however, are not exactly known for their performance and power, leaning more towards space-savings and power-efficiency, enough for basic computing tasks.

MINISFORUM, however, has long been trying to move away from such stereotypes with the likes of the H31G and its discrete NVIDIA GPU. With the MINISFORUM X35G, the company takes things in a slightly different direction, cramming in Intel's latest CPU generation and data storage tech to turn the small box into a capable workstation.

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HAL 9000 crowdfunded replica will no longer deliver as creator goes under

HAL 9000 crowdfunded replica will no longer deliver as creator goes under

Although it has been misused and abused by well-funded companies, crowdfunding is, at its core, more like investing rather than pre-ordering a product. It always comes with the risk of failing, no matter how successful previous campaigns from the same group have been. There is no shortage of anecdotes about dashed hopes and even infuriated backers and the case of the HAL 9000 replica has just been added to that archive now that its creators have gone bankrupt and gone silent.

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Peak Design Mobile range adds modular magnetic accessories to your phone

Peak Design Mobile range adds modular magnetic accessories to your phone

Peak Design has a new crowdfunding campaign, but after taking on backpacks and tripods, now it's the turn of the phone case. Mobile by Peak Design isn't just a single case but an ecosystem, designed for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones, with a specially-created low-profile connector system that can help mount your device in a car, on a bike or motorcycle, or to accessories for photographers and videographers.

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Atari VCS is finally ready to ship to backers anytime now

Atari VCS is finally ready to ship to backers anytime now

Crowdfunding has helped many dreams come true but also dashed many hopes. Pretty much like investors, backers took not just the financial but also the emotional risks of supporting projects in the hopes of seeing them come to fruition. For some time, it almost seemed like the Atari VCS would be one of those that remained as footnotes in history but the 000 behind the console revival is proud to announce that it shouldn't be long before backers finally get their rewards.

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HyperJuice Stackable GaN chargers promise the Holy Grail of chargers

HyperJuice Stackable GaN chargers promise the Holy Grail of chargers

Chargers come in all shapes and sizes, quite literally, not to mention have varying power outputs as well. More often than not, higher power ratings come in larger and bulkier forms, mostly owing to the technologies used inside. That's where HyperJuice's new crowdfunding campaign comes in, offering 65W and 100W GaN chargers that might still hog one or two power outlets but can also give back one outlet for other plugs, including over a dozen other HyperJuice Stackable GaN chargers.

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PadMate PaMu Quiet ANC Earbuds Review

PadMate PaMu Quiet ANC Earbuds Review

The proliferation of true wireless stereo or TWS earbuds like the Apple AirPods is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it has helped make wireless earbuds and earphones more common, making the loss of the headphone jack feel less painful. On the other hand, it also makes it harder for some products to stand out if they don't have a big company behind their name.

That is definitely a shame, considering how you may sometimes find a rare treasure among a sea of similar-looking earbuds. PadMate's latest earbuds, the PaMu Quiet, promises to rise above the rest and we take it for a spin to hear it for ourselves.

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Nubia Watch and its flexible screen meets Kickstarter goal in an hour

Nubia Watch and its flexible screen meets Kickstarter goal in an hour

Aside from putting in more senors and health-related features, it seems that innovation in the smartwatch space has practically plateaued. Screen sizes remain mostly the same, battery limits can't really be pushed any further, and very few apps have dared to think outside the box. That is probably what makes nubia's second and more formal attempt at a smartwatch with a flexible even more enticing, leading to a Kickstarter campaign that blasted through its funding goal in just a few minutes.

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Pumpkii home robot is like a Roomba that can scoop litter boxes

Pumpkii home robot is like a Roomba that can scoop litter boxes

A newly introduced home robot called Pumpkii is made specifically for pet owners (assuming they have a dog or cat, that is). The robot promises a variety of functionality that enables it to keep pets entertained, help owners interact with their pets from a distance, and more. One of the robot's most unique features is an extension arm equipped with a scoop for cleaning litter boxes.

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Jelly 2 takes a second stab at the smallest 4G phone crown

Jelly 2 takes a second stab at the smallest 4G phone crown

It wasn't too long ago since Unihertz burst into the smartphone scene with an outlandish solution to the smartphone distraction problem. Rather than offering a dumb "no phone", the Jelly packed a fully functional Android phone in a tiny box no bigger than some palms. The startup is now back with the Jelly 2.0, offering more hardware features while keeping the size almost the same, staying true to the goal of making smartphone use less addictive or even attractive.

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Sony Reon Pocket wearable air conditioner goes on sale in Japan

Sony Reon Pocket wearable air conditioner goes on sale in Japan

Japan enjoys a stereotype for producing rather eccentric products and devices and Sony's latest isn't exactly helping. Born from its internal crowdfunding platform, the Reon Pocket was revealed last year to be a thermal device you can wear underneath your shirt to keep you cool during these summer days. In other words, it is the world's first air conditioner that you can wear and, now, also purchase. At least if you're living in Japan.

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Eau de Space perfume uses old NASA recipe to smell like the cosmos

Eau de Space perfume uses old NASA recipe to smell like the cosmos

Have you ever wondered what space smells like? Astronauts who have been there reported that it is unlike anything you'd have experienced on Earth...that is until NASA replicated the scent using a secret recipe. A new Kickstarter campaign seeks funding for what it claims is a commercialized version of that scent recipe acquired, in part, using multiple Freedom of Information Act requests.

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