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1 year ago

Everything you need to know about the ANT VR kit for the Lenovo VIBE K4 Note

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Earlier this week, Lenovo launched the VIBE K4 Note in India. The smartphone packs in an innovative technology, dubbed TheaterMax, that offers an immersive large screen experience on smartphones powered by Lenovo Virtual Reality (VR) technology.

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1 year ago

The Best Smart Scales to Get You On the Right Track to Weight Loss

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Whether it's your New Year's resolution to shed some extra weight or you're deep into a workout regimen and just want to start tracking your weight, BMI, and more, a smart scale is an awesome way to keep your fitness goals in check. These scales connect to a corresponding app on your phone or tablet and show you comprehensive results that you wouldn't get from a regular ol' bathroom scale.

The scales you find below aren't heavy — they're our favorites!

Fitbit Aria

The Fitbit Aria features a polished glass surface with a digital display that syncs your weight, BMI, and body fat percentages straight to your Fitbit account. This smart scale recognizes up to 8 users and keeps everyone's results separated and private. You can pair the Aria with any Fitbit tracker, including the Fitbit Charge HR or the Fitbit Surge, and keep track of your results using the Fitbit Android app or on the Fitbit website. The Aria can register weights up to 350 pounds and distinguishes between users by individual weights and body fat percentages.

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Withings Body Cardio

The Withings Body Cardio smart scale is a comprehensive scale that gives you a total-body readout, complete with high-accuracy weight, BMI, body fat, muscle mass, bone mass, and even water measurements, using what Withings calls "Position Control" technology.

If you're looking to be heart smart, the Body Cardio also provides a detailed picture of your heart health, reading your heart rate, and measuring your pulse wave velocity, which is used to determine arterial stiffness.

Keep physically fit and heart-healthy with the Withings Body Cardio. It also looks great, with a black finish and blue stripes.

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Weight Gurus Smart Scale

Sporting a larger LCD display with a bright blue backlight is this smart scale from Weight Gurus. Along with measuring your weight and BMI, this scale covers key factors like lean mass, body fat, bone mass, and even water weight. Using 4 high-precision sensors, it provides accurate measurements every time you step on its tempered glass surface. The scale syncs to your Android device via Bluetooth to the Weight Gurus app, Fitbit, Google Fit, and more. Powered by 4 AAA batteries, the Weight Gurus Smart Scale features a 400 pound capacity.

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Garmin Index Smart Scale

This sleek smart scale from Garmin is quick to set up via Wi-Fi and tracks a slew of in-depth metrics including body weight ,BMI, water percentage and skeletal muscle mass. Able to recognize 16 different users through the Garmin Connect app, simply step on the Garmin Index and it will and automatically upload data straight to your specific account. And with extra-large white-on-black numbers, it's always easy to read the display, even in the dark. The Garmin Index Smart Scale is available in white or black options for just $149.99, and works well with Garmin's Vivofit activity trackers and Vivoactive smartwatch in your quest to crush your fitness goals.

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Archos Connected Scale

Able to recognize up to 4 different users, the Archos Connected Scale is a great option for tracking your fat mass, BMI, and general weight. Using the Archos Connected Self Android app you can set up goals and deadlines to help yourself stay motivated and monitor your progress using graphs. The Archos Smart Scale connects to your device using Bluetooth, but doesn't require you to have your smartphone or tablet nearby every time you weigh-in, as it's able to store a month's worth of data on its onboard memory. This smart scale is a great addition, especially if you're using an Archos Activity Tracker and/or Blood Pressure Monitor.

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WiTscale S200

More affordable than the average smart scale is the WiTscale S200 which uses 4 highly sensitive sensors to measure your body weight and BMI. With a maximum capacity of 330 pounds, this smart scale features a tempered glass surface with a 3.5-inch LCD display that's easy to read. The WiTscale is powered by 2 AA batteries that are included and it tracks all your data in a single graph that you can share through social media. Although their Bluetooth Scale app for Android leaves much to be desired, it still provides accurate weight readings, making it hard to argue with for its price.

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Polar Balance

The new Polar Balance smart scale offers an easy way to monitor your weight using the Polar Flow Android app. Its weight capacity of nearly 400 pounds, matched with advanced activity control, provides a personalized daily activity goal to help you reach your goal weight. The "weight speedometer" will tell you how hard you need to work out each day and how many calories you need to burn to meet the goals you've set. The Balance also works great with Polar's wearables like the A300, Loop, and A360 if you're after complete tracking of all your activities.

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Under Armour UA Scale

HTC and Under Armor have partnered together to create the UA Scale, just one accessory within the entire UA HealthBox that's available for a whopping $400 (it also features a wristband and heart rate monitor). This Wi-Fi smart scale is $120 on its own and features auto-recognition for up to 8 users and tracks your weight, body fat percentage, and more through the Under Armor Record app. The entire HealthBox includes a heart rate sensor, activity tracker, and of course the smart scale.

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Yunmai Smart Scale

If you're on a budget, but still want smart scale functionality that's reliable and easy to set up, check out this scale from Yunmai. It'll provide you with 10 body measurements, like weight, BMI, body fat, hydration, and more.

You can track up to 16 users and setup takes only 5 seconds, so for about $35, you're in for a hell of a deal. The app is a bit difficult to use, since it's seemingly directly translated from Chinese, but for $35, you put up with the little things.

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You weigh in

What's your favorite smart scale? Sound off in the comments below!

This article was recently updated in December, 2016 with the following changes: Updated Amazon links; changed Withings WS-50 to Withings Body Cardio (newer version); and added Yunmai Smart Scale.

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1 year ago

Grab a DBPOWER sports armband for your phone for just $3.50 at Amazon with coupon code

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DBPOWER is offering a 50 percent savings on its sports armband at Amazon with the coupon code D4YPGOPP, so you'll only pay $3.50. There are three different size pouches to fit your smartphone of choice in it, whether it be large or small. The pouch allows you to place your smartphone, a house key, ID and even cash if you need it inside, and then it gets strapped to your arm.

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1 year ago

SCOSCHE announces a plethora of new USB-C accessories

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Accessory maker SCOSCHE has announced a new lineup of USB-C products, including new adapters, port hubs, and cables. These new product lines give you several options for connecting, syncing, and charging your devices over USB-C connections like those found on the Chromebook Pixel.

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1 year ago

Google reveals more hardware partners for Android TV and Google Cast

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Google is making new friends and partners as it continues to expand the reach of its Android TV and Google Cast platforms. The company revealed those new partners as part of its CES 2016 announcements.

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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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