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 Wearables for kids are coming. A company called ActvContent is today launching the Sync smartband, which was initially aimed at parents looking to keep track of their wandering children. Today, as the product goes live on Indiegogo, the company is broadening its focus to appeal to families and adults as well, with a variety of health tracking functions, including a fitness tracker and sleep… Read More

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 Sitting down — and the sedentary lifestyle it encourages — is killing you, slowly but surely. The problem is, standing desks aren’t for everyone. Making the switch is a big deal. I love mine but it took a week of pain and suffering to go from seat to feet, and it still feels pretty tough on calves and soles after a full day-long standing stretch. So here’s a third… Read More

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 Announced last month, the Amazon Fire Phone is the company’s first attempt at mobile hardware. Like its cousins in the Kindle Fire line of tablets, it runs a fork of Android and gives you quick access to everything in Amazon’s large (and growing) content library. Read More

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 Remember the Surface Mini, a device that got axed at the last minute? Microsoft gave it a shout out in its earnings report today. The company noted in its hardware section that its “[c]urrent year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor.” Ding. Read More

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 Apple’s earnings are out, and there’s a narrative contained therein of the emerging importance of China and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries in general – the company revealed to the FT that iPhone sales are up 55 percent year over year in the BRIC nations, and Chinese iPhone sales are up 48 percent, with the iPad sales in that country rising 51 percent year… Read More

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 Apple has released its latest quarterly earnings report, and the hardware story is one that you might have heard before: For the most part, the company sold more devices year-over-year, with the notable exception of the iPad, which continues to see slight declines as it did last quarter. By the numbers, Apple sold 35.20 million iPhones, 13.27 million iPads, 4.41 million Macs and 2.96… Read More

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 Apple has just released its fiscal Q3 2014 earnings, reporting $37.4 billion in revenue, $7.7 billion in net profit representing $1.28 per share. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 5.9 percent in revenue, and 19.6 percent in EPS (adjusted for the 7-for-1 split). Fortune‘s consensus among analysts was for Apple to report earnings of $1.26 per share on… Read More

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 Safety first! That’s what my mom always says. Which is why it’s somewhat shocking that technology hasn’t already been leveraged to provide additional personal protection to people on the go. But the Defender looks to change all that. It’s a new pocket-sized device that combines a camera, a 24/7 monitoring system for police and health services, and pepper spray to… Read More

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 Yesterday Apple released a new ‘Stickers’ ad for the MacBook Air. I found it interesting for a few reasons. Read More

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 Later today, Apple will announce its quarterly earnings for Q3 2014. For the past couple of years, the April-to-June quarter has been the slowest quarter of the year for the company. Before that, Apple used to refresh its iPad lineup in the spring. Now, it seems like nothing is happening during the Q3 quarter. But gross margin is on the rise and should make this quarter more impressive than… Read More

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 Google opened up applications today for the Little Box Challenge, announced in May, with plans to give away $1,000,000 to the group that can create a smaller and cheaper power inverter. Inverters take direct current from power sources such as solar panels and turn it into alternate current so that it can be used in homes, cars and businesses. Making the inverter smaller allows for more cost… Read More

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 Back in March 2013, eBay said it would start to work on applications for Google Glass — the idea being that the Android-powered, head-mounted computer could help consumers shop for things online and in the real world more seamlessly than pulling out your smartphone (and even less so, a full-fledged computer). Read More

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 Drawing tablet and digitizer hardware maker Wacom is expanding the availability of its homegrown note-taking app today, with a launch that brings the previously iPad-only app to devices powered by Android and Windows 8, and to Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. The note-taking app is optimized for handwritten notes and doodles, and works with Wacom’s Bamboo line of tablet styli, and the… Read More

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 If you ever wanted to experience how the Predator sees the world, now’s your chance, and all you’ll need is an iPhone and the FLIR ONE case. The FLIR ONE case packs a full thermal imaging camera that sees variances in temperature on the infrared spectrum, and works with either the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s, along with the FLIR ONE companion app. It can show you a live view of the… Read More

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 Samsung can’t resist throwing shade at Apple – even with devices that don’t actually exist yet. The Korean smartphone maker has a new video on its official YouTube account that digs into the Mac maker about rumors that it’ll ship an iPhone 6 with a bigger display this fall. Samsung’s conceit: We’ve had that all along! And so you have Samsung, and therein… Read More

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 Move over Lockitron, there’s a new smart lock contender aiming to connect your door handles to the Internet so that you can lock and unlock remotely, send digital keys to friends and tradespeople (via the companion app), keep tabs on comings and goings, and get into your home without the faff of taking your keys out of your pocket. Read More

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 Apple has made its largest-yet initial order for iPhones, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. The order encompasses devices with both 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, echoing rumors we’ve been hearing for a while now, but the WSJ’s sources say that Apple has ordered between 70 million and 80 million units combined across the two styles, which is increased well above… Read More

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 Apple has received a patent from the USPTO (via AppleInsider) that covers multiple kinds of smartwatch devices, including a modular design that includes a smart strap with built-in sensors and controls that can host a plug-in personal media device (like the previous iPod nano) and an all-in-one that likely bears more resemblance to the coming iWatch we’ve been hearing so many rumors… Read More

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 Fast growing Chinese Android smartphone startup Xiaomi, which earlier this month reported that it had shifted ~26 million handsets in the first half of this year, has unveiled a new flagship device which it will be hoping powers it over its sales target of 60 million smartphones in full year 2014. It’s also taken the wraps off its first wearable: the Mi Band. Read More

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 After the introduction of the Surface Pro 3, I tweeted that I thought it would do pretty well in the market. I should have clarified that I meant that in the context of prior Surface sales, but I can’t edit tweets after the fact, so here we are. Read More

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Like anything in this world, the LG G Watch has its pros and its cons. It’s LG’s first venture into smartwatch territory, meaning that the company is just now figuring out its design aesthetic in the space. That said, it looks and feels surprisingly nice, with options for both black and gold. Read More

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 Apple’s iOS 8 beta 4 just hit the interwebs today, and among the new features found therein, there’s a cool new visualization of the iOS dictation feature (seen in the MacRumors video above) that shows your words being transcribed almost in real-time as you say them. It’s a feature that previously appeared in Siri, but it’s new to the dictate option found in Messages… Read More

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 Microsoft revealed its Surface Pro 3 earlier this year, and now there’s a new accessory up for sale, following the official shipping launch of the new Surface last month. The new gadget is a Docking Station, which provides a host of external input and output ports for the Surface Pro 3, including three USB 3.0 ports, a 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port, and a security lock slot, along… Read More

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 The latest iOS 8 beta release includes a new Tips app pointing out features and shortcuts that aren’t immediately apparent, as well as the steps necessary to turn them on or off in settings. Read More

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 You’ve been there. At a friendly gathering, slowing removing yourself to take care of personal business in the restroom. Your mind wanders as you relieve yourself, only to notice but a shred of soft Charmin left on a cardboard roll. A hasty, anxious look in the cabinets and under the sink yields nothing, and creative problem solving takes over. Time is ticking. A knock at the door… Read More

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