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A non-Apple smartwatch that you’ll actually want to wear

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There are plenty of smartwatches on the market, but not all of them are as smart as you’d think.   

With issues like compatibility, battery life, and appearances keeping non-Apple watches from hitting it big, it really takes something special to wow shoppers. Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch by Mobvoi is one such special find.    

Unlike the Apple Watch, Android Wear, and other comparable models carrying a hefty price tag, the Ticwatch provides a robust smartwatch for under $200. Its user friendly Ticwatch OS makes it easy to get social media notifications, track fitness goals, read texts, and even use GPS navigation — all without taking out your smartphone.    

Ticwatch 2 also sports voice command features; you can speak to it to hail a car, set important reminders, and communicate with your favorite apps. Getting an incoming call while running or riding your bike? No need to stop and take out your phone — you can literally answer with the flick of your wrist and take the call through headphones.    

Ticwatch 2 has a sleek, round face with customizable backgrounds and has a vibrant 400 by 400-pixel OLED display. It’s also IP65 rated, meaning you have the freedom to get a little wild and take it to the beach.    

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Whether you’re an avid Android user, an Apple devotee, or feel absolutely no allegiance to either, the Ticwatch 2 works flawlessly with your device. Plus, there’s the battery life: One 80-minute charge carries you through two days of use.    

Your search for the perfect wearable might be over. Get the Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch for the price of $169.99 when you buy now. That’s a 15 percent reduction from the regular price of $199.99, so don’t miss it.     

Finally, a way to turn your smartphone into a universal remote

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What do your television, air conditioner, cable box, and ceiling fan all have in common? They can soon all be controlled through the smartphone in your pocket.    

The KlikR Universal Remote Control provides a welcome respite from remote mayhem by combining every remote you need into the one device you use every day: Your smartphone.   

To downsize your remote collection into one master KlikR setup, attach the coin-sized dongle to any appliance you want to control with the KlikR app. From there, a customizable control panel shows you what’s connected and allows you to sort through at will, and control them with your voice.    

KlikR will also pause or mute any background noise when you receive a phone call, and archive your settings in the event you lose your phone.    

Reinvent your home electronics and appliance setup with KlikR for just $19.99.  

These low energy smart bulbs can change color to match your mood

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If you’re still using regular incandescent light bulbs, you’ve been left in the dark. Traditional bulbs waste more electricity, burn out in months, and offer little variation in the type of light they provide. Kasa LED Low Energy Bluetooth Smart Bulbs, on the other hand, add fun and functionality to your lighting setup. Plus they can save you money as well as time. Kick off those savings now by taking 44% off a 2-pack of Kasa lights when you purchase from the Mashable Shop.

Kasa’s LED technology provides 400% more efficiency compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. This can lighten your electric bill, and save you from the hassle of removing and disposing of burnt-out bulbs. In fact, each bulb can be expected to last 15 years without losing its luster.  

In addition to their longevity, Kasa bulbs give you complete control over your home’s lighting via its free app. You can turn lights on and off, raise and lower brightness, and choose from more than 16 million color options (including various tones of white light if you want to keep things simple). The app also features scheduling settings and presets that let you set the perfect mood at your next home rave.

This 2-pack of Kasa Smart Bulbs typically costs $89.99, but they can light up your life today for just $49.99.

Extend your smartphone’s camera on a budget with these accessories

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Thanks to Instagram and the relative quality of even the most basic smartphone cameras, nearly anyone can take “artsy” photos these days. But the same principles that applied to film photography for a century still hold true in the digital realm: if you want to take truly outstanding pictures, a little added effort goes a long way. These five simple accessories will take your shots to the next level, without requiring years of training or a hefty hit to your bank account.

1. View the world through a different lens

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One reason your phone’s pictures never quite achieve DSLR quality? Lack of lenses. Pro photogs use different lenses for different situations, but your smartphone is stuck with one standard setup. Mix things up with the Acesori 3-in-1 Smartphone Camera Lens Kit. It includes a fisheye lens, a wide-angle lens, and a macro lens — all of which attach to your iPhone (up to version 6S), Samsung, and other mobile devices with ease.

Buy now for $9.99, formerly $49.99

2. Get some lens love for your iPhone 7 (and nearly everything else)

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Got a brand new iPhone, or some other device that tends to defy usual accessory specs? The LimeLens Universal Smartphone Camera Lens Set includes a 10x macro lens and a 0.67x wide-angle lens that are both compatible with almost any smartphone or tablet currently available. 

Buy now for $39.99, reduced from $99

3. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try a tripod

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Here’s a lesson on how to snap dynamic pics without holding your phone in your hand. 

Step 1: Throw your selfie stick in the trash. 

Step 2: Grab the ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod. This rough-and-tumble tripod features flexible legs and rubber grip feet that allow you to position your device nearly anywhere. Plus, the included Bluetooth shutter remote lets you snap photos from afar (but please, think before you selfie). 

Buy now for $19.99, or 42% off the regular price

4. Strive for stability

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Picture this: You’ve got the perfect shot all framed up, the lighting is just right, your subject is in focus, but at the precise moment you hit the shutter button, your shaky hand suddenly throws everything out of whack. Now the moment has passed and you’re stuck with a blurry image. Perhaps it’s time to get a grip. The Ztylus Stabilizer Rig Kit adds an ergonomic handle to any smartphone, allowing much greater control without disruptive shakiness.

Buy now for $21.95, marked down from $29.95

5. Take a stand

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When it comes to digital photography, capturing the image is only half the battle. You still need to review your photos, choose the keepers, and edit them to perfection. This Credit Card Sized Smartphone & Tablet Stand 3-Pack is incredibly helpful for keeping your devices at an ideal viewing level, allowing you to flip through your pics and make edits without hunching over a screen for hours. And when you’re done, the stands fold up flat enough to fit in your wallet.

Buy now for $19.99 after a 33% reduction

This slim iPhone case uses ‘smart material’ to shield your phone like a tank

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If you want to make your phone nearly impervious to dings and dents and cracked screens, one approach is to buy an ultra-thick case. But good luck fitting it in your pocket, mounting it in any dock accessory, or carrying it around without pulling a muscle. 

Instead, you could choose to take a more scientific approach to phone protection, with the Mous Limitless Ultra-Slim iPhone Case. This mind-blowing accessory utilizes military-grade technology to provide the protection of those tank-like phone cases while maintaining the slim form factor that made you opt for an iPhone in the first place. It doesn’t hurt that you can purchase one today for 41% off the regular price.

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By wrapping your phone in a scientifically engineered “smart material” known as Airo Shock, the Mous Limitless case can protect against damage by dissipating the impact from drops. And we’re not just talking about knocking your phone off your desk. It’s tested to protect against drops of up to 45 feet, so should your iPhone ever take a tumble out a third-story window, you’ll have nothing to worry about (except maybe some angry pedestrians). 

Even face-down drops aren’t an issue, thanks to the case’s raised lip and the included screen protector. All told, the Mous Limitless only adds 2mm of thickness and 1.5 ounces of weight to your device, while taking a metric ton of stress off your shoulders.

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Mous Limitless is compatible with iPhone 6, 6s, and 7, and it allows unrestricted access to all of its ports and buttons — so you can use most any charger, dock, or other accessory without removing the case.  It also includes a Mous One-Touch Mount, which you can attach to nearly any surface to create a magnetic point of contact that securely holds up your device.

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Get your Mous Limitless Ultra-Slim iPhone Case for $34.99, or 41% off the regular price of $59.99.