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This is the coolest gadget we’ve seen in a long time, but it’s missing a crucial feature

QGeeM Hubboard – £54.90 from Amazon(roughly $70)This nifty device from QGeeM crosses a laptop docking station with a keyboard. The design is certainly innovative, but it’s a serious shame there’s no PC built in.View Deal Vendors have long toyed with the idea of integrating keyboards with desktop PCs – after all, this is how the first mainstream computers were presented to budding hobbyists back in the 1970s. Fast forward to today and a Chinese company with an unorthodox name (QGeeM) has released a keyboard with plenty of ports, but sadly no computer inside – and that’s a massive disappointment. The Hubboard, as it is called, squeezes 11 ports into a minuscule keyboard; you get all the essentials and then some. There’s a legacy VGA port, three USB ports, two USB-Type-C (one with power delivery), a Gigabit Ethernet port, microSD card slot, SD card slot, audio port and an HDMI connector that can output to 4K. There are a number of obvious issues with the device, though. There’s no numeric keypad – let alone a touchpad) – so while it’s great for drafting a quick email, you’ll long for an input peripheral before long. For some reason, QGeeM also opted for a super cramped chassis with barely any space between the keys, plus the function and cursor keys are also squashed. We would have loved to see a computer (Android or Windows-based) built in, which would have made this piece of kit even more useful. Add in a battery and you’d…Continue readingThis is the coolest gadget we’ve seen in a long time, but it’s missing a crucial feature

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The best cheap smart home devices and gadget deals for August 2020

This is an excellent time to upgrade your living space into a smart home without breaking the bank. You can find massive savings on speakers, security cameras, light bulbs and more and create a smart home hub. All of these gadgets work with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant to simplify your technology and help make your day-to-day life even easier. You can also find Google device discounts with our roundup of the best Walmart deals that are happening now. Whether you want to personalize and control your lighting, stream music and videos or secure your home, we’ve found a variety of top-rated smart home gadgets to help you get started building your smart home. Most of your products work with Alexa or the Google Assistant so that you can control the devices with the command of your voice. We’ve also included the Aukey Smart Plug-in our list which gives any device you plug into smart capabilities. Read on for our list of the best smart home gadgets that include the best prices and deals that are currently available. Keep in mind that most of these device deals are at an all-time-low price and are limited-time offers. The best smart home device deals Ring Video Doorbell Pro Home security from anywhere Dimensions: 4.5″ x 1.8″ x 0.8″ | Resolution: 1080p HD | FOV: 160° horizontal, 90° vertical | Power: Hardwired Sends alerts to your smart phone Works with Alexa Easy to install Help secure your home with the Ring Video…Continue readingThe best cheap smart home devices and gadget deals for August 2020

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A New Gadget Stops Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

Achieving all of that required the researchers to overcome two challenges. The first is that most assistant traffic is encrypted. That prevents LeakyPick from inspecting packet payloads to detect audio codecs or other signs of audio data. Second, with new, previously unseen voice assistants coming out all the time, LeakyPick also has to detect audio streams from devices without prior training for each device. Previous approaches, including one called HomeSnitch, required advanced training for each device model. To clear the hurdles, LeakyPick periodically transmits audio in a room and monitors the resulting network traffic from connected devices. By temporarily correlating the audio probes with observed characteristics of the network traffic that follows, LeakyPick enumerates connected devices that are likely to transmit audio. One way the device identified likely audio transmissions is by looking for sudden bursts of outgoing traffic. Voice-activated devices typically send limited amounts of data when inactive. A sudden surge usually indicates a device has been activated and is sending audio over the Internet. Using bursts alone is prone to false positives. To weed them out, LeakyPick employs a statistical approach based on an independent two-sample t-test to compare features of a device’s network traffic when idle and when it responds to audio probes. This method has the added benefit of working on devices the researchers have never analyzed. The method also allows LeakyPick to work not only for voice assistants that use wake words, but also for security cameras and other Internet-of-things devices that transmit audio without…Continue readingA New Gadget Stops Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

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The best meditation gadget money can buy right now

Comforting design • Excellent battery life • Great heart health measurements Can buzz too much • Premium ‘studio’ offering not worth the cost Easy to pick up, hard to put down, the Core trainer will build your meditation habit like no other device. Imagine the sensation of holding a small but nicely solid wooden teacup in your hands. Now imagine that cup can purr like a large cat; if you match your breath to the rhythm of the purring, you could either be calmed down or energized, depending on your preference. Further imagine that this cup is taking a key measure of your cardiovascular health, and can help you improve it in the space of a few minutes every day. That describes my experience of using the Core  meditation trainer. It’s a curious $169 rosewood orb that measures your heart rate via your thumbs and pairs with a phone app containing a raft of meditation classes and breath training sessions. Team Mashable first tried the Core during CES in January. But as it turns out, there’s a world of difference between getting a demo of a meditation device on a crowded show floor and using it for a month at home while combating the anxiety of coronavirus quarantine.  The former experience left me underwhelmed; the latter convinced me that the Core is probably the best meditation gadget money can buy right now. This is not a pronouncement I make lightly. I’m a big fan of the Muse meditation headband in…Continue readingThe best meditation gadget money can buy right now