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 The leader of the “smart home” industry doesn’t want to call it that any more. Nest CEO Tony Fadell says his company uses the term “Conscious Home” because its connected thermostat and smoke alarm create a two-way relationship with users where both help and teach each other. “We call it the conscious home. Smart is overused. It’s not smarter than… Read More

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 Microsoft released a set of updates for its Surface Pro 3 tablet today,  including fixes for the tablet-hybrid’s Wi-Fi connectivity, a part of the device’s performance that some have flagged as problematic. I’ve had some Wi-Fi issues with my loaner Surface Pro 3, but haven’t been sure if they stem from Windows 10′s nascency, or the device itself. Paul Thurrott… Read More

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 Amazon announced this morning that its Chromecast competitor called the Fire TV Stick, which the company also revealed is the “fastest-selling Amazon device ever,” is now shipping to customers on a first-come, first-serve basis. The dongle’s immediately popularity likely came from the introductory price Amazon offered its Prime subscribers – the company sold it for only… Read More

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 Parrot just dropped the price of high-definition drones. The firm’s Bebop drone will hit stores next month with a starting price of $500. That’s several hundred less than DJI’s entry-level Phantom drone even though it packs the same quality camera and several novel tricks including being controllable from a smartphone or tablet.. The Bebop is a big upgrade from the cheaper… Read More

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 San Diego-based startup Cue believes the future of personal health fits in a small plastic box that — linked up to a smartphone or tablet — will give consumers the ability to monitor and quantify their personal health at a molecular level, right from the comfort of their own home. Read More

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 Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has revealed the next step in its hardware journey: it’s making a tablet, albeit The Jolla Tablet will be crowdfunded. So this is mostly a pitch for pre-orders right now, with the price-tag starting at $189 for the first 2,000 pledgers. Read More

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 Most guitars sound far better when properly tuned. As a novice guitarist, I’m rarely in the position to do this correctly and, as a result, my endless renditions of No Woman No Cry sound awful. Thankfully, the $99 Roadie is here. We started talking about the Roadie last year and the product recently completed a Kickstarter that rocketed it into reality. The resulting product looks a… Read More

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 What’s the short term trajectory for fitness wearables? Down. Analyst Gartner is projecting a dip in overall shipments next year, owing to overlapping functionality between different types of fitness wearables and because smartwatches are eating into their functionality (while also offering more in the way of communications features). Read More

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Intel today debuted the Intel MICA bracelet (short for “My Intelligent Communications Accessory), which was developed in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, the CFDA and sold exclusively at Barneys. The company also announced that it will go on sale in time for Christmas, and will retail for $495. That price includes at AT&T Sim card, complete with data and SMS messages, for two years. Read More

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 Google is already leading the pack in terms of tablets and notebooks sold to K-12 education providers, according to recent numbers from research firm IDC, and now it has gained another powerful new ally: The New York City Department of Education. The NYC CIO has signed on with Chromebooks, and Google Apps for Education, as par of their approved and supported (from an IT standpoint) tools for… Read More

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 iOS 8.1.1 is now available, as the first update since Apple’s launch of Apple Pay on the platform. It includes a number of bug fixes, improved overall stability, and, most importantly, performance improvements for older devices including the iPhone 4s and iPad 2. These devices, while technically supported with iOS 8.0, suffered a performance hit according to some as a result of the… Read More

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 Smartphones are mostly similar, barring differences in performance, attention to detail and and features that these days can seem pretty minor, especially on paper. YotaPhone is a different kettle of fish, a device from a Russian company that boasts a fairly standard smartphone display on one side, but also comes complete with a power-saving e-ink screen on the back. Generation 1 of the device… Read More

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 Microsoft is up to its old tricks again, and just in time for the holidays. The latest ad out of Redmond pits its Surface Pro 3 against the MacBook Air, and with all the holiday cheer and spirit you’d expect in mid-November. Going over all the same features we see listed in every Surface Pro 3 ad, Microsoft talks about the touchscreen and the pen and the detachable keyboard, all the tune… Read More

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 Nokia is getting back into hardware after selling its handset division to Microsoft, but its re-entry into the gadgets market doesn’t look like it’s going to be a phone. The Finnish company tweeted out a teaser for an announcement it’s making November 18, which included a photo of a device that looks quite a big like an Apple TV, or some kind of streaming set-top box. It… Read More

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 From wearables to moveables, the rise of the sensornet rolls on: a Bluetooth-connected suitcase which keeps tabs on where in the world you’ve traveled and tracks its own location using GPS so you’ll never have to leave the lost luggage department with a crestfallen face has passed $1 million raised on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website. Read More

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 Do you like games? Do you also like playing them, regardless of surroundings, access to power, Wi-Fi or a clean water supply? We’ve got you covered, with a list of must-haves for those who’d rather play in virtual worlds than exist outside them. Strap in and prepare your hands with ample stretching, because what follows will arm you for hours of game time, both on-the-go, and at… Read More

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 Human interaction is hard. Humans are weird animals, covered in hair and full of blood and stuff and getting to know one or two for the purposes of procreation or whatever is really hard. But not if you have Tinder! It’s a dating app that lets you pick people based on appearance. But what if you really can’t tell if a human is pretty? That’s a stumper but finally, there’s… Read More

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 Announced back in September, the Samsung Gear S is the South Korean electronics company’s sixth attempt at making a smartwatch. It’s got the specs of a mid-range phone from a few years back and runs Tizen, Samsung’s own operating system. Read More

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 Don’t doubt the commitment of MIT graduate and Dynepic co-founder Krissa Watry. She used to work for the U.S. Airforce as a chief engineer designing and building aerospace hardware and helping launch satellites. But working on kit destined for space was a just stepping stone on the road to her real dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Read More

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 Just over 18 months ago Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said he found having to talk to Google Glass out loud “the weirdest thing” and admitted that there would be “places where Google Glass are inappropriate.” Well, hello! I think the average person could have told Google this long before they spent millions developing the thing, and as I wrote at the time, the product… Read More

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 Wearables are a crowded market, but in the fitness-tracking niche, many of the top devices today are still just glorified step trackers with fancier software and a few more bells and whistles. A company called Atlas Wearables wants to push the fitness band market forward with a device that’s able to track which exercise or activity you’re currently doing, the reps you’ve… Read More

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 Logitech has been building iPad keyboards for years – they were among the first to recognize the value of doing so, in fact. But for all their experience, and various iterations of the concept of the keyboard case, the company may have got it most right with a remarkably simple design introduced just this past month with the new Keys-To-Go Bluetooth wireless keyboard. The Keys-To-Go is… Read More

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 Kindle has a new update rolling out to its Kindle e-reader device hardware, which includes new features for the latest Kindle, Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite devices. The update includes the new Word Wise feature that automatically shows definitions to difficult words above the within text on compatible titles, as well as Family Library, which lets you access not only your own books, but… Read More

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 Our future robot overlords could have feline cunning and cat-like reflexes thanks in part to research being conducted at Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing Studies. Read More

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 A Swiss company called Sintratec is planning to release the world’s first sintering 3D printer for the desktop. Sintering, which is the process of building a 3D object by shooting lasers at a layer of nylon powder, is one of the best ways to make high resolution objects that are completely solid. The company is planning to launch the product on Indiegogo soon and will charge $4,000 for… Read More

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