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

fire phone 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

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Sarah Perez

January 7th

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Misfit Debuts “Bolt,” A $50 Smart Bulb That Works With Sleep Monitoring Devices

Bolt On the heels of yesterday’s announcement of a new collection of Swarovski-encrusted Shine wearable devices, connected products maker Misfit today unveiled a wirelessly-connected, color-changing light bulb called Bolt. The bulb, which competes to some extent with Philips Hue’s smart bulbs, as it supports multiple colors into addition to white light, but can also work in conjunction… Read More

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Sarah Perez

January 6th

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iDrive Debuts 1 TB And 2 TB Wireless Drives Offering Encrypted Local Backups And Cloud Storage

wifi-devices Cloud storage and backup company iDrive today launched its first hardware product sold directly to consumers and businesses, with the debut of the new iDrive Wi-Fi. The encrypted external drive offers either 1 TB or 2 TB in storage space and, as the name implies, includes wireless connectivity. This allows customers to back up their computers and mobile devices more quickly over their… Read More

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Sarah Perez

January 6th

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eBay Debuts “Innovators Collective,” A Tech-Focused Section Featuring New Lifestyle Products, Electronics And More

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 11.30.30 AM With only weeks of holiday shopping remaining, eBay today has rolled out a new product category on its U.S. marketplace which features a collection lifestyle products and other items from companies ranging from emerging small businesses fresh off a crowdfunding round to larger, better-known tech brands like Nest. Called the “Innovators Collective,” this section of eBay now… Read More

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Sarah Perez

December 3rd

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Atlas Wearables Raises Another Million For Its Smarter Fitness Tracker, Starts Shipping This Winter

atlas01 2 Wearables are a crowded market, but in the fitness-tracking niche, many of the top devices today are still just glorified step trackers with fancier software and a few more bells and whistles. A company called Atlas Wearables wants to push the fitness band market forward with a device that’s able to track which exercise or activity you’re currently doing, the reps you’ve… Read More

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Sarah Perez

November 14th

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FiLIP 2, A Smartwatch For Kids, Arrives Today At AT&T For $100

filip2_4-across_highres1 Will Santa stuff children’s stockings with smartwatches this holiday season? That’s the hope for Filip Technologies which is today launching its FiLIP 2 smartwatch for kids at AT&T stores and online at ATT.com for the discounted launch price of $99.99. The watch, which is essentially a small smartphone strapped to the wrist, is one of the first “wearables” aimed at… Read More

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Sarah Perez

November 7th

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Former Google Wallet Head Launches Poynt, A “Future-Proofed” Payment Terminal

Poynt - Merchant screen on counter The former head of Google Wallet and longtime PayPal exec, Osama Bedier, is this morning revealing his new company Poynt, a “future-proofed” payment terminal that combines an Android-based tablet with a hardware docking station, and includes support for all modern payment technologies, including traditional magstripe cards, EMV (chip and pin), NFC (Google Wallet and Apple Play)… Read More

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Sarah Perez

October 29th

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Fitness Tracker Moov Raises $3 Million For Its Wearable A.I. Coach

App_Collection The crowdfunded fitness tracker Moov, built by former Apple engineer and HALO game designer Nikola Hu, Microsoft Research vets Meng Li (now Moov CEO) and Tony Yuan, has raised $3 million in new funding in a Series A round led by Banyan Capital. The additional capital follows Moov’s earlier raise of $1 million via a crowdfunding page on its own website. There was early buzz around… Read More

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Sarah Perez

October 22nd

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Apple Announces Too Many iPads

ipad-mac-event0201 If you’re in the market to buy a new iPad, your choices just became dizzying. As expected, Apple announced new iPads this morning at its news conference in Cupertino, but it didn’t retire some of its older products to make way for the additions. How many iPad models can you choose from now? Five? And that’s not even counting the fact that each flavor comes with various… Read More

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Sarah Perez

October 16th

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Mobile

iOS 8.1 Out Monday Brings Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library … And The Return Of The Camera Roll

ipad-mac-event0124 At the Apple event being held today in the Town Hall auditorium at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, Craig Federighi, SVP Software Engineering, briefly detailed iOS 8.1’s upcoming features, namely support for Apple Pay and iCloud Photo Library. The software is coming out on Monday. Federighi also briefly went through 8.1’s support for iCloud Photo Library, including… Read More

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Sarah Perez

October 16th

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