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 Garmin’s Fenix line is dark, brooding, and, in a way, beautiful. Their latest watch, the Fenix 3, joins that rebellious lineage with three new styles including a “Sapphire” model with real sapphire crystal face. The multi-sport device can record running and swimming as well as almost any outdoor activity including hiking and skiing. It has a large GPS antenna in the bezel… Read More

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 LG has taken your laundry to the next level with the introduction of a new front-loading washer with a Twin Wash system. What does that mean? It means that LG has packed a regular-sized washing machine with an extra, mini washing machine in the bottom. This allows you to do two separate loads at the same time, or simply pop a smaller load into the mini washer to save water and energy. Read More

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 One of the bigger evolutions in education has been the push to get kids to become more computer-literate, yet one of the hardest hurdles has been making the process of learning and writing programming languages less dry. A startup out of southern California has found an innovative way of tackling this, using a golfball-sized robot that follows trails that you draw using fat, colored felt… Read More

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 Google is launching its own streaming audio solution, which is designed to let hardware partners embed Chromecast audio capabilities into their speakers, soundbars, receivers and other sound-producing devices. Google launching Cast for audio means that its streaming solution is now more directly analogous to AirPlay, but it also allows you to use Android, iOS and even web-based sources via… Read More

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 On the cusp of the annual plunge into the CES-pool, where a gigantic cocktail shaker of consumer electronics companies will spray forth what will mostly turn out to be forlorn hopes for growth, it’s customary to shake one’s head at the sorry, self-obsessed state of tech. Read More

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 Fans of branding confusion will be pleased to hear Microsoft hasn’t ditched the Nokia phone brand quite yet. It’s just announced a new entry level mobile phone, badged with the Nokia name: the Nokia 215, dubbing the handset its “most affordable Internet-ready entry level phone yet” — and aiming it at first time mobile buyers starting in the Middle East, Africa,… Read More

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 Nest is today announcing significant new partners to its “Works with Nest” developer program. The new additions continues Nest’s quest to turn its product into the heart of a smart home. Among the new partners includes Lutron, Insteon, and Philips Hue. Each company built Nest products into its ecosystem. For example, now, with the Lutron intigration, home owners can… Read More

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 You never really feel like you’re there when you’re stuck watching from whatever angle the camera person chose. Meanwhile, professional virtual reality cameras are way too big or expensive for consumer use. But thanks to new video stitching technology, the new Allie camera from IC Real Tech can turn two 360-degree camera feeds into an “all-D” image that lets you look… Read More

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 When you think of Parrot, chances are you are thinking about the A.R. Drone or it’s recently launched Bebop drone. But as the company’s CEO Henri Seydoux told me in an interview earlier today, drones are only one area of interest for the company. Parrot is interested in everything that connects to the smartphone and these days, that includes your house plans. The company today… Read More

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 At a press conference in Las Vegas, Nvidia today announced an update to its highly successful Tegra K1 mobile processor. The X1 combines a 64-bit ARM_based processor with a graphics chip based on the company’s Maxwell architecture. The K1 used Nvidia’s older Kepler GPU technology. The X1 will feature a 256-core Maxwell GPU and an eight-core 64bit CPU. That, the company says, makes… Read More

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 It’s been almost a year since Takuro Yoshida and his team blew up Kickstarter with the Ring, a wearable that uses simple wand-like gestures to control gadgets in the home. Promises abounded: You’ll be able to control the lights in your home with the flick of a finger. You’ll be able to change the song on your iPhone, turn up the music, or even snap a photo. Read More

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 At CES this year, Snail, a Chinese gaming company, demoed a new console it is working to release early this year called the OBox. The device is essentially a modular — their word — computer that runs Android games. I tinkered with the thing earlier today when it was attached to a large television, playing games in 3D. Snail declined to detail the price of the device, which was… Read More

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 Next week will be my first CES. Over the past couple of months, when I talked with CES veterans, they all told me that CES is a horrible experience. And yet, I am still incredibly excited. I plan to take advantage of my fresh perspective on the show to share my experience over the next few days. But first, let’s start with figuring out why everybody keeps telling me that CES is a mess.… Read More

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 Withings has shored up the only major complaint I had with its Activité fitness and activity tracker/watch: The price. The French health accessory maker has revealed the Activité Pop, which is a version of its flagship Activité that costs only $149.95, rather than $450, and it goes on sale tomorrow, at Best Buy’s website in a limited initial batch, with wider availability starting… Read More

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 If you’re attending the show we want to see you. As in year’s past, TechCrunch will have a large broadcast tent in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center. You can’t miss it. There are LED panels all over it. Twice a day we will hold Hardware Battlefield where 16 startups will compete for $50,000 and the Metal Man trophy. You can watch the show live at the booth or here… Read More

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 What did I tell you? In a last-ditch effort to save themselves, watchmakers are now turning to the band in order to ensure that timekeeping remains well in the realm of the mechanical. The new band, part of the Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed collection, is a little metal screen that can receive notifications and messages. From A Blog To Watch: The e-Strap features a high-end leather… Read More

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 Head spinning? Stomach gurgling? Did you just drink a Bloody Mary just to find some respite from your pounding gulliver? Why not take a look at Pekka Väänänen’s project, an attempt to play Quake on a Hitachi V-422 oscilloscope. Why? Because if it can’t run Quake it’s not a true piece of technological hardware, that’s why. But it’s pretty hard. To get the machine… Read More

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 Elon Musk is pretty much the best thing about Twitter, and today is no exception – the Tesla CEO tweeted that his electric car company is actually working on tech that would allow chargers to snake out of the wall and plug into your car automatically, eliminating the need to manually connect when you get your Model S back to your garage at night. Btw, we are actually working on a… Read More

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 At $600, the Matter And Form 3D Scanner is probably the cheapest 3D laser scanner on the market. While the system does require some tweaking to get great scans, I was quite pleased with the scanning results and, more important, thing this thing can stand up to the big boys in 3D scanning. Most 3D scanners use a turntable to rotate and scan objects. Like the impressive Makerbot Digitizer the… Read More

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 Another day, another wearable design. This time it’s something called the Kairos T-Band, a watch band that connects to your normal watch and enables all sorts of exciting things like step tracking and notifications. I’ve seen a few of these sorts of things over the past year – one company hid everything inside a nice leather band and didn’t include a screen – and… Read More

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 Your mobile two-screen setup just got a lot more perfect: Ten One Design has launched the Mountie, a two-sided clip that securely mounts an iPad, iPhone or any other mobile device to your MacBook or iMac’s bezel, while remaining small enough to slip into a jacket pocket or laptop case accessory compartment. The Mountie isn’t the first gadget to do what it does, but it does appear to… Read More

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 Apple is working to expand the reach of Apple Pay, and its next major destination might be the gas pumps. Chevron’s official Twitter account revealed yesterday (via Business Insider) that the gas company is working to make Apple Pay available at its fill-up stations in the U.S. Pump payments are a key ingredient to making Apple Pay truly a convenient, complete replacement for… Read More

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 Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) that describes a new type of stylus in detail, which can capture handwriting from a user, on a variety of surfaces and with a range of writing nibs that let it also write on paper, whiteboards or even an iPad’s capacitive touchscreen. The stylus design uses accelerometers and other motion sensors to track movement,… Read More

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 Though the market is still in its early stages, drone startups are becoming increasingly popular among venture capital firms. One of the latest companies to benefit is EHANG, maker of Ghost Drone, which users can control by tilting their smartphones. The company announced today that it has raised a $10 million Series A led by GGV Capital, with participation from entrepreneurs Xiaoping Xu,… Read More

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Sliders suck. “Little too far to the left. Ugh. Little too far to the right. ARRHGH!!!” The mouse can be a frustrating controller for Photoshop, Final Cut, AutoCAD, or even Spotify. But a new input device called Flow lets you play your computer like an instrument, with infinite dexterity through feeling rather than sight. The Y Combinator startup Senic’s ~$100 wireless… Read More

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