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The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR

Back in June, Google revealed Cardboard: an open-source attempt at mobile virtual reality. Heck, even the “hardware” is open source –here are instructions to make your own, right now!

But the concept is more than a low-tech solution to mobile VR….

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Google officially unveils Android TV

With a success under its belt with the Chromecast, Google is officially renewing its assault on the living room with Android TV. Running on Android L, Android TV will run on set-top boxes much like the Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku, but with an added focus on gaming.

Today’s announcement confirms details gleaned by The Verge this past April. Google TV, launched in 2010 with its apparent ambition to turn your television into a smartphone, is now firmly in the past. Android TV is Google’s rekindled vision for your home’s largest screen, and it’s considerably sleeker and more in line with the competition’s offerings. Entertainment is paramount this time around, as the software surfaces content from the Google Play Store and requisite…

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Samsung unveils Gear Live, its first smartwatch using Android Wear

So the rumors were true: Samsung has revealed its first Android Wear-powered smartwatch, the Gear Live. Details of the device are scarce at the moment, but it mates a squared-off design (much like the Tizen-powered Gear 2) with Google’s wrist-worn…

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Sony’s $99, life tracking SmartBand lands in the US

Let’s flash back to the heady days of CES 2014, shall we? Sony embraced the wearable bandwagon (again) with the “tiniest gadget” it’s ever made, and now the Americans reading this can go out and nab one of their own. Here’s what you’ve got to…

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Smash Wants to Track Your Tennis Game, Do you?

smashThere are smart wearable devices for everything these days so why not Tennis? Smash, is the ideal wearable for tennis fans and players – featuring sensors and tracking to record a slew of key statistics, it can monitor the number and types of shots, racket head speed, momentum, amount of spin, wrist rotation and much more – all while generating those into useful reports. The devices will last anywhere form 6-8 hours on a insole charge and the accompanying iOS and Android App will bring it to life. Smash is currently raising funding via Kickstarter, so take a peek and see if it interests you.

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Booq Outs New Boa Flow Graphite

Boa_shift_combo1Back in 2011 we told you about the Boa Flow…a gadget bag that not only carried your favorite laptop and mobile gear, but also had a dedicated pocket for your favorite DSLR. Fast-forward to today, as Booq has just released the new Boa Flow Graphite–featuring redesigned storage, combined with the same excellent materials (including weatherproof ballistic nylon) and design Booq is known for; and if you don’t plan on bringing your camera with you, the flexible DSLR compartment easily collapses, allowing you to create extra room inside…bravo Booq! The new Boa Flow Graphite retails for $225, and you can check out all of the details in the full press release after the jump.

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Roomba Beware: The New RYDIS Line Vacuums AND Mops!

H67-Pro-H68-Pro-ComboLet’s face it: There are some folks out there that simply aren’t impressed by a watch that tells you the weather and notifies you of incoming calls and texts–after all, we already have smartphones that can do that. But robotic vacuums? That’s a completely different story…and I’ve yet to talk with anyone who wouldn’t be willing to give up their vacuum routine if there was an automated option that fit their budget. While Roomba made a big splash with its original line of robotic vacuums, Moneual is taking it to the next level with its 2 new RYDIS models–the H67 Pro and H68 Pro. In addition to vacuuming your floors, both models are also able to mop up your messes, with the H68 even supplying its own water tank–an industry first. Both vacuums promise excellent battery life, as well as motors that feature a 5,000 hour lifespan–which, unless you’re Howard Hughes, should be more than enough to keep your floors clean well into the next decade. The H67 Pro and H68 Pro list for $399 and $499 respectively, and you can check out all of the details, including retail availability, after the jump.

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Nest Protect sales halted due to problem that could potentially delay a fire alarm

Nest Labs is halting sales of its new Protect smoke detector after determining that one of its flagship features could accidentally delay its alarm from going off during a fire. The feature, Nest Wave, allows homeowners to wave at the Protect to turn off its alarm, should it sound when there isn’t actually an issue. Nest has now found that this feature could be unintentionally activated. It hasn’t had any reports of this happening outside of a lab, but it’s preemptively halting sales and deactivating the feature on existing units with the hope of avoiding it.

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Amazon Enters Media Streaming Hardware Arena with Fire TV

b-slate-01-lg-hover2It was only a matter of time…

Amazon has been building its digital media library (music, movies, television shows) for quite some time; and while they’ve happily allowed third parties to deliver their content over numerous platforms, it only makes sense that they’d eventually commit to some first-party streaming hardware. Available now for $99, Amazon’s brand new Fire TV not only packs a punch on the hardware side (quad-core processor, 1080p output, 2GB of  RAM, and dedicated graphics processor), it also brings some innovation in its user interface, allowing voice commands through a microphone on the included Bluetooth remote. Along with Amazon Instant Video, the device streams content from some of the most popular 3rd party providers, including Netflix, HuluPlus, Vimeo, ESPN and Pandora. Fire TV also has something called ASAP (a clever acronym that stands for “Advanced Streaming and Prediction) that uses your viewing history to predict what shows you may like and pre-load them for you, thus cutting down the time it takes for your media to begin playing. Amazon has also forged relationships on the gaming side (a $40 Fire remote is sold separately), making it a good choice for casual gamers. There’s lots to see here, and we’ll have even more once we get one in-hand; but for now, you can head to Amazon’s product page to learn more about Fire TV.

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Nest’s Learning Thermostat lands in the UK for £179

Nest officially entered the UK market last year with the launch of its smoke and carbon monoxide detector Protect, but curiously, the Learning Thermostat the company’s known for remained exclusive to North America. That changes today, however, with…

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