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  • Runtastic’s $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion

    Runtastic’s $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion

    Runtastic is doing the reverse of what many startups are doing these days: it’s going from being a software platform provider to becoming a hardware maker with the Runtastic Orbit fitness tracker. The Orbit is similar in concept and execution to the various trackers from Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike already available, but with a number of features designed to set it apart from the competition. Read More

  • The Philips Hue Tap Proves An Elegant Accessory For Connected Smart Lights

    The Philips Hue Tap Proves An Elegant Accessory For Connected Smart Lights

    The Philips Hue system provides lighting that you can control with your smartphone, and automate with location gating and time-based alarms. But for all its fancy magic, I still find myself using physical lightswitches to turn my Hue system on and off, in larger part because often it takes more steps to unlock my iPhone, find the Hue app, open it and select the “All off” or… Read More

  • Pronto.ly’s Contactless Ultrasound Transfer Tech Aims To Best NFC

    Pronto.ly’s Contactless Ultrasound Transfer Tech Aims To Best NFC

    Microphone: check. Speaker: check… Israeli startup Pronto.ly is working on a universal alternative to NFC that relies on high pitched soundwaves to perform a contactless handshake. Read More

  • The Modbook Pro X Turns Your Retina MacBook Pro Into A Graphics Tablet

    The Modbook Pro X Turns Your Retina MacBook Pro Into A Graphics Tablet

    Modbook has been making tablets out of Mac portables for years, combining the Apple computers with Wacom digitizers to let digital artists have all-in-one graphics-creating powerhouses that run full OS X software and come with ample pressure sensitivity. Now, the company’s latest effort incorporates the Retina MacBook Pro, and it’s turning to Kickstarter to fund this effort that… Read More

  • Xiaomi’s One More Thing

    Xiaomi’s One More Thing

    The young electronics company Xiaomi is exploding in China and seems posed to take over the world. In the four short years since its founding, Xiaomi has become the electronics brand to watch in the most populous nation on earth. Xiaomi is the now the real deal — thanks in part to its unabashed appropriation of design cues from companies like Apple. Read More

  • The Vocca Light Switch Is A Modern-Day Clapper

    The Vocca Light Switch Is A Modern-Day Clapper

    Smart bulbs, like the ones that come with the Philips Hue lighting system, are pretty cool… until you realize that physically flipping the switch is sometimes faster than unlocking your phone, opening the right app, and controlling the light through your mobile device. But what if you could achieve the same connectivity-based cool factor with the speed and ease of simply flipping a switch? Read More

  • The SBrick Expands Your Lego Universe

    The SBrick Expands Your Lego Universe

    Lego (or, if you’re pedantic, LEGO) is lots of fun. Lego Mindstorms is more fun. But what if you want to go to maximum fun? That’s where the Brick comes in. This $70 brick works with regular Lego and allows you to add unique features to your models including motor controls and light handling. The device is very similar to the actual Mindstorms brain but won’t take up most of… Read More

  • Sony RX-100 Mark III Review: The Best Compact Camera Gets A Lot Better

    Sony RX-100 Mark III Review: The Best Compact Camera Gets A Lot Better


    Sony built the best compact camera in the world with the original RX-100 – now it’s on the third-generation, and it isn’t resting on its laurels. The latest edition has a pop-up electronic viewfinder, a vastly improved lens, sensor improvements and more, and the result is a camera that, even at $800, delivers amazing value for the price. Basics 20.1 megapixel 1-inch… Read More

  • Square Reveals A Reader For Chip Payment Cards Ahead Of Coming U.S. Launch

    Square Reveals A Reader For Chip Payment Cards Ahead Of Coming U.S. Launch

    Square is set to bring its payment card reader for mobile devices in line with modern tech used most places in the world outside of the U.S. – today it revealed its upcoming EMV and chip-compatible dongle, which will be available soon for pre-order with an estimated ship date of sometime in 2015. The new reader looks very similar to the existing one, but it’s designed to read… Read More

  • Nintendo Posts A Loss Despite Wii U Sales Tripling During The Quarter

    Nintendo Posts A Loss Despite Wii U Sales Tripling During The Quarter

    Nintendo’s quarterly results are out (via WSJ), and the company saw disappointing sales of both its hardware platforms, with the Wii U managing to triple sales but still only achieving 510,000 units shipped overall, and the Nintendo 3DS dropping below a million units moved with a 41 percent decline in sales year-over-year. The release of Mario Kart 8 still managed to buoy the… Read More