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 Best Buy may have inadvertently revealed pricing for the Moto 360 smart watch, set to be unveiled at a press event in early September. The big box retailer put up a listing for the smart watch on their website, which had a full list of specs as well as a $249 price tag. The page was removed shortly after appearing. Luckily, the folks over at DroidLife grabbed a screenshot of the listing. Read More

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 We rarely talk about bags on TC these days (except during Bag Week) but here’s a crowdfunding project that I think would be perfect for all of us multi-phone, laptop-toting nerdotrons. Call the Bolstr, this U.S.-made bag is small enough to be unobtrusive and not fancy enough to rank as a true murse. Created by Cleveland native Jay Yoo, the thin back features pockets for all your… Read More

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 Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk just announced via Twitter and the company blog that the drivetrain warranty for the 85 kWh Model S has been extended, giving it an 8 year, infinite mile warranty to match that of the battery pack. This new warranty arrangement applies retroactively to every Model S every produced, too, meaning it benefits both existing and new owners. Model S drivetrain… Read More

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 As you might have heard, Samsung loosened up the purse strings yesterday with a ~$200 million acquisition of SmartThings, a platform that sells starter kits for entirely personalized smart home customization. For a few hundred dollars, SmartThings can help pretty much anyone get started building out a smart, connected home, with more than 100,000 different devices (from light switches to… Read More

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 Back in 2012, Apple signed up for the Fair Labor Association’s voluntary audits in order to bring more transparency to its production practices and supplier partnerships. Today, the FLA released a new report, which contains an audit of two facilities operated by supply partner Quanta in Changshu and Shanghai. The results of the report capture a snapshot of the state of affairs at… Read More

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 Beats rolled out a couple new products immediately following the news that it would be acquired by Apple, and one of them is the new Powerbeats2 in-ear wireless headset, which packs Bluetooth and a water resistant design to make it a suitable companion for workouts. The new version of the Powerbeats line sports a different design than the original, improved water resistance and better… Read More

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 It seems that a lot of people will shell out to use heads-up displays in their vehicles, whether it’s a attached to a car’s 16-pin data port or is integrated into a helmet for motorcycles. Read More

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 Apple’s plan is to work synthetic sapphire into pricier next-generation iPhone models, according to the WSJ, provided they can get enough supply. While some analysts quoted expect this to potentially increase the consumer price of iPhone hardware, I’d be very skeptical of next-gen smartphones from Apple carrying retail costs higher than they currently do for buyers. Instead,… Read More

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 Windows Phone sales aren’t doing well. According to the latest IDC data, 7.4 million Windows Phone units shipped in the second quarter of 2014. That’s down from 8.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Microsoft’s smartphone platform saw its market share fall from 3.4 percent to 2.5 percent in the year period. In comparison, the lager smartphone market grew from 240.5 million… Read More

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 50 Cent’s SMS Audio is holding an event in NYC tonight, but the cat’s out of the bag: the product to be unveiled is a new fitness tracking in-ear headset, which is entirely Intel inside – the technology used was originally developed by Indira Negi, an Intel engineer who created Intel’s smart earbuds reference design, which is what the SMS Audio product will basically… Read More

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 The madmen at Harvard have finally done it: they’ve simulated real life swarms with tiny robots, thereby bringing the coming robot apocalypse that much closer. Or maybe they just created some really cool proof-of-concept robotic self-assembly systems. Either way, what you’re seeing is a set of a thousand “kilobots” that can self-assembled into shapes and patterns. The… Read More

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 Navdy, the voice and gesture-controlled heads-up display that wants to keep your eyes on the road, hit $1 million in pre-orders in its first week of the company’s pre-order campaign. Read More

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 Have you ever wanted to become a self-sufficient hermit, living off the grid and generating all your own energy? Well you can stop drying out and burning your number-twos because here comes AirEnergy 3D. This Polish crowdfunding project is a compact, portable, and upgradable wind turbine that consists of blades and a base station. Created by the folks at Omni3D, a 3D printer manufacturer… Read More

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 Apple’s iBeacon tech is still in its early stages, but we’re starting to see more people show interest in the idea of connecting their smartphones with real-world places and items. Ifinity, a Warsaw-based company, uses a similar type of beacon service but wants to raise its scalability so that a whole city can make use of it. Ifinity’s beacons are small transmitters… Read More

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 Firefox OS is a would-be competitor to Android and iOS, the two major mobile platforms out there, with all the challenges that entails, but the process of getting things going has been slow. Today, however, Mozilla has shipped the Flame Developer reference phone to developers who created apps for the platform or pre-ordered the device, and they’re providing video tutorials for new… Read More

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 Motorola has sent around an invite for revelations of the new Moto 360, along with indications that it will also have news about Moto X and G smartphones, and possibly accessories including a headset at an event on September 4. The invite uses the classic paper fortune teller children’s game as the means to preview what’s going to be up for discussion, with graphics for each of… Read More

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 Apple has a new patent application with the USPTO (via AppleInsider) for a better mouse that is far more sensitive to how much pressure a user applies with each click, and provides them with haptic (read: vibration) feedback to let them know what kind of input was registered when they clicked. The mouse design would make it possible to click with less force to perform actions like selecting a… Read More

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 If you’re having trouble choosing whether to buy a connected lightbulb or a Bluetooth speaker then points your eyes at this Kickstarter project: LightFreq combines an app-controlled lightbulb with a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connected speaker so you can have your visual cake and consume some audio too. Read More

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 Wearable tech that aims to blend in and look like a fashion accessory is the next obvious step in the trajectory of electronic things designed to cling to the human body. Bottom line: not everyone wants to put something utilitarian looking — or downright ugly — on their person. The Bluetooth-connected elemoon bracelet, whose New York-based makers are currently raising crowdfunds… Read More

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 Most home 3D printing systems use a few basic tools to build objects. First you have a build plate and an extruder. A motor pulls plastic filament through a heated nozzle and squeezes it out, slowly but surely creating layer after layer until you have a 3D-printed Pokemon knock-off. But specialized filament is comparatively expensive, and the raw resource from which it’s made, plastic… Read More

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 The Dash smart driving assistant that made its debut earlier this year on Android, has launched on iPhone answering one of the most frequently-heard requests from its users. The Dash app, which is backed by Techstars New York, connects to any ODB-II dongle that you can get for your car (most cars mad since 1996 should have one that’s easily accessible) providing feedback about your… Read More

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 Robots are everywhere, including wandering around your hotel. Starwood, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, is rolling out two robotic “Botlrs” named A.L.O. in their Palo Alto Aloft Hotel. Read More

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 Personal drone enthusiasts — specifically, those who like flying quadcopters — have a new way to make the experience a lot more social. Meet the Flytrex Live: a ‘black box’-style flight recorder that connects to the Internet in real-time to unlock a burgeoning online community of other drone hobbyists. Read More

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 Samsung has announced a new metal-edged flagship smartphone that takes its design language a step closer to the iPhone — and gives it something to fend off competition from surefooted Android startup Xiaomi. Read More

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 One of the defining images of the cyberpunk movement of the 1980s and 90s was William Gibson’s cyberspace decks. Although never explicitly described, they seemed to be something like a self-contained keyboard with electrode leads hanging off and a sometimes unmarked keyboard that hackers used to jack into the Matrix. I remember running around in my parents’ basement with my… Read More

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