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  • Fogo’s Smart Flashlight Is The Swiss Army Knife Of Personal Lighting

    Fogo’s Smart Flashlight Is The Swiss Army Knife Of Personal Lighting

    Today at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES 2015, Fogo Digital showed off the prototype of its smart flashlight, a tool that will offer everything from GPS to Bluetooth once it comes to market. Fogo intends to launch the device on Kickstarter in the near future, selling various editions of the flashlight at separate price points — adding GPS, for example, will cost… Read More

  • Lights, Camera, Appliances: Branto’s Smart-Home Orb Controls It All

    Lights, Camera, Appliances: Branto’s Smart-Home Orb Controls It All

    A smart home hub is a dumb purchase if most of your appliances aren’t smart, too. So Ukrainian startup Branto developed a hub that has a built-in 360-degree camera and speaker for security and telepresence, in addition to being able to operate gadgets over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and infrared. That’s a lot of functionality for $399, and it works even if your power or Wi-Fi goes do Read More

  • Sutro’s Smart Device Helps Pool Owners Take Control Of Their Water Chemistry

    Sutro’s Smart Device Helps Pool Owners Take Control Of Their Water Chemistry

    Sutro, a startup presenting at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield in Las Vegas, aims to remove one of the big headaches of owning a backyard swimming pool or spa. Now, I don’t own a pool myself (weird, I know), but co-founders Ravi Kurani and Amanda Nagai told me that owners are expected to constantly check and adjust the chlorine and pH levels of their pool — otherwise they… Read More

  • Slingshot Down the Strip with SCOTTYeVEST | CES 2015

    A Ride With The Pocket Man

    Scott Jordan has been a tech fixture for almost a decade. His company, ScotteVest, makes clothing for gadget lovers, feature pockets for almost everything including tablets, phones, water bottles, and even passports. Now he’s taking on a new persona, Pocket Man, and trying to help people follow their passion. While his adventure is a little self-promotional, he means well. He’s… Read More

  • TrackingPoint Takes Dead Aim At The Future Of Firearms Targeting

    TrackingPoint Takes Dead Aim At The Future Of Firearms Targeting

    I arrived at a massive shooting range compound where a security guard promptly introduced himself as a retired police officer and not a friend of the media. I had to follow his self-proclaimed “diesel-guzzling pig” of a Dodge through the facility’s maze of shooting ranges to the edge of a canyon. It was a location that was straight out of the opening scene of Iron Man. Read More

  • Amazon Again Tries To Unload Its Fire Phones, Dropping Price To $189 Off Contract, Including Prime

    Amazon Again Tries To Unload Its Fire Phones, Dropping Price To $189 Off Contract, Including Prime

    Amazon’s Fire Phone made news this week with the backstory of why the phone flopped, and Amazon’s plans to reorganize the hardware group, Lab126, responsible for the smartphone. Now the retailer is trying again to clear the shelves of this device, selling the Fire Phone today for $189, off contract, including a year of Amazon Prime (normally $99). This is not the first fire… Read More

  • Lenovo Brings Motorola Smartphones Back To China

    Lenovo Brings Motorola Smartphones Back To China

    Less than three months after completing its $2.91 billion acquisition of the phone manufacturer from Google, Lenovo announced today that it will bring back Motorola smartphones to China. Three devices—the Moto X, Moto X Pro, and Moto G with 4G LTE—will go on sale early this year. Read More

  • The Next MacBook Air Will Be A 12-Inch Beauty With An Edge-To-Edge Keyboard

    The Next MacBook Air Will Be A 12-Inch Beauty With An Edge-To-Edge Keyboard

    Apple’s 12-inch MacBook Air has been rumored for a while now, but the computer is very real, according to a new report from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman. The resourceful and consistently accurate site has revealed specs and renders of a 12-inch MacBook (which is pegged for release anytime between the near future and mid-2015) that pushes the limits in terms of thickness, input and… Read More

  • Tales Of CES: How Many Selfie Sticks Are Too Many?

    Tales Of CES: How Many Selfie Sticks Are Too Many?

    CES is in full swing — the doors of the show officially opened this morning, tens of thousands of people took over the show floor, going from one stand to another. The Las Vegas Convention Center was as overwhelming as I expected, but one thing in particular struck me. CES is a trade show, it wasn’t designed to entertain the press. And in some way, selfie sticks are the star of… Read More

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