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Bellabeat Leaf’s new wearable and app help women tackle stress

Leaf_Urban_Rose_Gold05 Bellabeat, the maker of a line of health trackers aimed at women, has sold over 400,000 units of its first health tracker known as the Leaf – a name given to the device because of its leaf-like shape which can be worn on the wrist, as a brooch, or pendant. Today, the company is rolling out its next generation tracker called the Leaf Urban. The update gives the wearable a more modern… Read More

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Sarah Perez

July 26th

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Ex-Mozilla team behind smart home hub Sense refunds Kickstarter backers, focuses on software

silk-labs-sense Earlier this year, a company called Silk Labs, co-founded by former Mozilla CTO Andreas Gal, unveiled its plans to address the smart home market with a hub called “Sense,” which interoperates with a home’s connected devices, while also automatically adapting to its owners’ patterns and behavior over time. The device was crowdfunded via a Kickstarter campaign, as means… Read More

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Sarah Perez

June 8th

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New subscription service Circle Go lets parents manage kids’ devices outside the home

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 10.14.19 AM The company behind a device that helps parents enforce their home’s internet rules and restrictions, Circle with Disney, launched last winter in partnership with Disney for its included media content, will now allow parents to manage children’s devices outside the home. The company announced this morning the launch of a subscription-based companion service called Circle Go that… Read More

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Sarah Perez

May 23rd

Gadgets

Mobile

Google and Levi’s team up on a “connected” jacket that lets you answer calls, use maps and more

jacquard 1 At Google’s I/O conference today, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) research unit offered an update on its interactive textiles project unveiled last year, Project Jacquard. ATAP’s Ivan Poupyrev announced that the company was collaborating with iconic clothing company, Levi’s, to launch a “connected” smart jacket aimed at urban cyclists… Read More

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Sarah Perez

May 20th

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Mobile

GeoOrbital’s wheel turns almost any bike into an electric bike

GeoOrbital_with_Dakota_Decker_3 TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016’s “wildcard” participant GeoOrbital has a different take on the electric bike. Instead of putting a motor on the bike, they put it in the wheel. This crazy idea was actually prompted by something founder Michael Burtov saw in the movie “Tron.” He thought there was a lot of wasted space inside the motorcycles because of their hollow wheels. Read More

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Sarah Perez

May 11th

Gadgets

Roku debuts a new Streaming Stick with a quad-core processor, support for private listening

Roku Streaming Stick w_remote Roku this morning introduced the third generation of its lower-cost streaming service, the Roku Streaming Stick, priced at $49.99, and a competitor to other sticks and dongles, like Google’s Chromecast or Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. The new device now includes a quad-core processor which will make using Roku’s software feel speedier than before, and it also introduces a way to… Read More

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Sarah Perez

April 5th

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Google rebrands its Chromecast app to Google Cast to reflect expansion to more devices, including speakers

google-cast Google announced this morning that it’s renaming its Chromecast application to “Google Cast,” in an effort to better reflect how the technology works across an array of devices, including not only the Chromecast dongles, but also TVs, displays and speakers. The company says the updated app, available for both iOS and Android, will roll out this week for all users. Chromecast,… Read More

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Sarah Perez

March 22nd

Gadgets

AliveCor unveils Kardia Band, a medical-grade EKG band for Apple Watch

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 2.01.02 PM A medtech startup called AliveCor today unveiled what may be the first medical-grade EKG band for the Apple Watch, the Kardia Band, pending its FDA clearance. The product is intended to help wearers detect cardiac arrhythmia conditions that can cause stroke, as well as indicate whether your heart rate and rhythm are normal. The band works with an accompanying Apple Watch application,… Read More

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Sarah Perez

March 16th

Gadgets

Even Barbie Has A Smart Home And Hoverboard Now

dreamhouse Consumers may have been slow to adopt smart home technology, but that’s not the case for Barbie. At the recent New York Toy Fair, Mattel unveiled a newly upgraded – and now tech-enabled – Dreamhouse for its iconic doll. The house lets kids control its various elements – from the lights to the elevator to other appliances – and even the music! – using… Read More

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Sarah Perez

February 18th

Gadgets

HomeKit-Enabled Eve Energy Can Help You Cut Your Power Bill

eve-energy Elgato, a company that makes a number of smart home devices under its “Eve” brand, including those that track weather and air quality, is today rolling a new product for those more concerned with monitoring and controlling their home’s energy usage. The Eve Energy device plugs into a wall socket, allowing you to control connected devices via iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch… Read More

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Sarah Perez

February 16th

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