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Come February, Amex users won’t be able to pay with a Jawbone Up4

(credit: Valentina Palladino) Jawbone may have switched gears to medical devices, but there are some Up fitness trackers still out there. Those who use the Up4 , Jawbone’s most advanced tracker and one of the last it debuted before pulling out of the consumer-wearable market, won’t be able to use its NFC payment feature for…

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Marvell Technology to buy chipmaker Cavium for about $6 billion

Enlarge (credit: Google) In another consolidation move in the semiconductor industry, chipmaker Marvell Technology announced it will acquire competitor Cavium Inc. for approximately $6 billion. It’s estimated that the combined company will generate about $3.4 billion in annual revenue. Bermuda-based Marvell makes semiconductors for data-storage devices while California-based Cavium produces communications and networking chips. The…

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Defakto’s ‘Stille Nacht’ watch is a limited edition of galactic proportions

 Independent watchmaker Defakto creates some stunning timepieces via its regular collection, but it has a new limited series that is particularly eye-catching. The new Defakto Stille Nacht is a collaboration with artist Friederike Bellman, and it uses a hand-painted star field to brighten and distinguish each watchface for the 50-piece limited edition run. The Stille…

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OnePlus 5T review—An outstanding combination of specs, design, and price

Ron Amadeo After launching the OnePlus 5 earlier this year, OnePlus is back with an end-of-year upgrade for the device. The OnePlus 5T takes a winning formula—high-end specs with a low price tag and a metal body—and reworks the front of the phone to dedicate as much space as possible to the screen. This device…

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Havit’s RGB mechanical keyboard is a delight for gamers on a budget

I thoroughly enjoy mechanical keyboards for the tactile feedback they offer as you press down on each key that’s supported by a precisely manufactured switch; I wrote a love letter to these wonderful devices a while ago, and the novelty isn’t likely to wear off anytime soon. Of course, they can prove to be a…

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Pixel Buds review: OK Google, go back to the earbud drawing board

Enlarge (credit: Sam Machkovech) Find me a critic who would recommend any company’s first-ever earbuds priced at $159, and I will find you that critic’s sordid history of wire-transfer scams on Craigslist. Headphones and earbuds have to cater to so many tricky, subjective variables: various ear fits, sound preferences, and desired features. Nobody gets that…

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Report: Apple’s iMac Pro will come with always-on Siri

Apple is slated to begin shipping its all-powerful iMac Pro desktop computer next month, with options including an 18-core 4.5GHz processor, 11 teraflops of GPU horsepower, and a 5K display. It might also come with a surprise in the form of an A10 Fusion chip, according to reverse engineering expert and author Jonathan Levin. That’s…