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5 months ago

Google's Project Brillo has gained a whole lot of partners to help make IOT less terrible

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Project Brillo is slowly becoming more than a just a project.

If there's one thing the disconnected reject pile of internet-connected toothbrushes and refrigerators we begrudgingly refer to as the Internet of Things is in need of, it's direction. Some kind of grand, unifying force that will make using all of these potentially interesting products actually useful when bound together as a single household of objects. Google's Project Brillo, which we first heard about during their most recent developer conference, seems to have all the bits in place to offer that guidance. All we need now is some hardware partners willing to jump into bed with Google and support both Brillo and the Weave networking protocol that will help pull it all together.

Fortunately, this is CES and that's exactly what we have now.

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5 months ago

SanDisk's Connect wireless flash drive gets a storage boost to 200GB

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SanDisk's Connect is a USB 2.0 flash drive that offers Wi-Fi connectivity, letting you connect to the flash drive from your Android device to easily transfer content. At CES 2016, SanDisk is launching a higher-storage model in the series, offering 200GB for those looking to store and stream media on the go.

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5 months ago

Your Amazon Echo may soon be able to start your Ford vehicle with a simple voice command

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Ford and Amazon are working together to add new features to the Amazon Echo connected speaker so its owners can control various features of Ford's cars that will have its new SYNC Connect technology. The partnership was announced today at CES 2016.

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5 months ago

Polaroid debuts its next-gen instant print camera, the Snap+

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Polaroid has debuted its latest instant print camera, the Snap+ at CES 2016. This camera will be able to take, edit and print pics between using just the camera and the Android companion app. The photos are stored on a microSD card inside the camera, and the Snap+ has a 13MP sensor along with the ability to record 1080p video.

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5 months ago

HTC and Under Armour Band, Scale and Heart Rate hands-on and first impressions

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UA HealthBox

A new market for Under Armour to push into, and a growing partnership with HTC is helping it come together.

CES 2016

Under Armour is immensely popular in the sportswear and sports equipment industry, but is now trying its hand at something new: connected fitness equipment. Going in blind is never a good idea, so Under Armour has chosen to partner with HTC for its technology, design and manufacturing prowess. The end result is a new slate of products: UA Band, UA Scale and UA Heart Rate — sold together in the HealthBox.

While the three products will be offered separately, they'll be marketed as being best-used together in a complete package. We've had the ability to use the trio for a little bit now leading up to the announcement, and while we'll have a full review in due time we wanted to share our initial impressions first. Here's a quick look at the UA Band, Scale and Heart Rate monitor.

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5 months ago

HTC and Under Armour announce slate of connected fitness products, including the UA Band

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UA Band

HTC and Under Armour are getting into the connected fitness arena in a big way.

CES 2016

After a weak (and ultimately canceled) attempt at entering the fitness wearable space last year with the Grip, HTC and Under Armour are making a more serious attempt with a full slate of connected fitness products launching together. The official branding for the new line of products is under the Under Amour name, but with prominent "designed by HTC" branding and HTC logos found on each of the products, which shows the strong partnership here. UnderArmour is also partnering with JBL for new audio products.

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5 months ago

Lenovo LINK pulls double duty as a PC flash drive, remote control for your Android phone

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Lenovo is well known for its Windows PCs but also has a growing Android smartphone business, and the new Lenovo LINK is a new accessory that ties the two together. At its most basic level the LINK is a 32GB flash drive, but when you look a bit closer you'll notice it has USB 3.0 port lined up opposite of its USB plug where it connects to your computer. When you plug your phone into that USB port via a standard USB cable, it turns your computer into a remote desktop, of sorts, for the connected phone.

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5 months ago

Lenovo adds new projector and Qi charging pad options to its ThinkPad Stack accessory set

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Lenovo ThinkPad Stack

CES 2016

Last year Lenovo announced a new accessory design system called the ThinkPad Stack, which is a stackable and interchangeable set of peripherals like batteries, routers and hard drives. This year it's expanding the program to include a new mobile projector and a Qi wireless charging pad to complete the stack.

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5 months ago

These are Ventev's new colorful and tangle-free USB-C cables

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Ventev is a name you likely know for its accessories (and particularly cables), and now that USB-C is ramping up in popularity it's getting in on the game with its first two USB-C offerings. Right out of the gate, as you'd expect Ventev is going with the most popular choices — a USB-A to USB-C cable, and a USB-C to USB-C offering.

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5 months ago

HTC One A9 cases: the good, the bad, and the disappointing

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The HTC One A9 is many things. Grippy is not one of them.

While you may be fond of carrying your phone au naturel, if you're going to be carrying the HTC One A9 for long, you're going to want to find yourself a case for it. You'll want that case if for nothing else than to try and mitigate just how ridiculously slippery this slim, metal-bodied phone is. I've been carrying the A9 for two months now with a variety of cases, finding what works and what doesn't when it comes to keeping this phone protected and maintaining its functionality, while striving to be — at times — fashionable.

Here are the cases I've tried, and what I think of them. Some are great. Some are not.

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5 months ago

Mad Catz to make 'optimized' game controllers for Samsung smartphones and tablets

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Mad Catz wants to turn Samsung smartphone and tablet owners into hardcore gamers. The game accessory maker announced it is the first such company of its kind to join the Designed for Samsung (DFS) program. Through the program, Mad Catz will create game controllers and gamepads that it says will be "optimized for Samsung smartphones and tablets."

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5 months ago

The iRig Mic Lav gives you great audio without the hassle

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Getting bolder sound is as easy as plugging in a mic to record.

When it comes to getting great audio recordings, the days of hauling around a giant bag of equipment are over. IK Multimedia's iRig Lav Mic is compact, and made to be used on the go. Whether you're podcasting, doing interviews or recording for personal use, having access to better audio is never a bad idea. With easy setup and use, this mic should definitely be on your list if you do much recording.

We've got all the details you want, about the sound quality you've been craving.

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5 months ago

Amazon Echo now helps you with your workouts

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2016 has officially started, and many people want to begin a new year by taking better care of themselves. In this week's content update for the Amazon Echo connected speaker, one of its new skills will allow owners to get moving in the morning, or whenever they want to work out.

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6 months ago

Save up to 70 percent on select Transcend microSD cards at Amazon

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Amazon is currently hosting a deal on select Transcend storage products that can save you as much as 70 percent on the purchase. Whether you are looking for a microSD card or a full sized SD card, or want a solid-state drive for your computer, this deal has you covered.

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6 months ago

Hands-on with Canary, an all-in-one indoor security system

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Cameras aren't so much getting smarter as they are getting easier to use and nicer to look at.

There's a lot of connected cameras out there, for users who want to keep an eye on their home or office from their phone. The key to a lot of these experiences is a quick and painless setup with a convenient app that will keep an eye on things for you. A quick notification lets you know when you need to look at your cameras, but otherwise these systems live in the background until you need them. Canary is a perfect example of a quick and easy connected camera, but the company is aiming a little higher than just streaming video and motion sensing. The goal of Canary is to act as an all-in-one security system, and to look great in the process.

Lets take a look.

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