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Amazon Claims Record Weekend For Its Devices

Amazon Claims Record Weekend For Its Devices

Amazon says it had a record holiday shopping weekend for sales of its devices. While the company didn’t reveal any hard numbers, it says it sold “millions of devices” and 3x over last year. The top-selling products across all of the products available on Amazon.com on Black Friday were Amazon devices. #1 was Fire and #2 was Fire TV Stick. …

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Microsoft’s Zune Completely Dead Now

Microsoft’s Zune Completely Dead Now

Microsoft first released the Zune as its competitor to Apple’s iPod in 2006. While the device looked promising at the time, it just didn’t work out. It was discontinued in 2011, but the brand and some associated capabilities have lingered around in the meantime. That ends now. A couple months ago, Microsoft announced the official retirement of the Zune brand. …

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Google Unveils New Nexus Phones, Pixel C Tablet

Google Unveils New Nexus Phones, Pixel C Tablet

Google made a bunch of announcements at a press event today, including the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, which we talked about here. Among the announcements were three new Android devices from the company. Two of these are new Nexus phones: the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X. Both include a new fingerprint sensor called Nexus Imprint and Android Pay …

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Netflix, Hulu And Others Headed To Virtual Reality

Netflix, Hulu And Others Headed To Virtual Reality

You’ll soon be able to watch Netflix, Hulu, and other video streaming services in virtual reality, it was revealed today at an Oculus developers conference. At first, the new experiences will just let you watch content like normal in virtual reality settings. For example, you’ll be able to watch Seinfeld on Hulu while sitting on a virtual version of Jerry’s …

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Amazon Just Unveiled A Bunch Of New Fire Devices

Amazon Just Unveiled A Bunch Of New Fire Devices

Amazon has been making headlines over the failure of its Fire Phone, but its Fire tablets and Fire TV devices live on with new models just being unveiled in time for the holiday shopping season. The company announced a new Fire tablet, new Fire HD tablet models, and a new Fire Kids Edition tablet as well as a new Fire …

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Amazon Makes Echo Smart Device Available To The Masses

Last year, Amazon unveiled Echo, its smart device that serves as a speaker and a virtual assistant. Until now, it’s been available on an invitation basis, but on Tuesday, Amazon announced that it’s now available to all customers. You can now pre-order the device for $179.99, and it will begin shipping on July 14. It also has some new features. …

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Amazon Launches New Store for Shark Tank Stuff

Ok, not just Shark Tank stuff – Amazon wants to sell you all the hot new gadgets and gizmos. The company has just launched a new storefront called Amazon Exclusives, which “gives customers direct access to innovative new products from popular up-and-coming brands [including] electronics accessories, toys, sporting equipment and much more.” Amazon’s “exclusives” are products from companies that have …

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Google Glass Will Be Back When It’s ‘Perfect’

Last month, Google Glass Explorer Edition went off the market. While it’s been pretty clear that the device would be back in one capacity or another, a plethora of articles have been written about how the device is “dead”. Glass in the form which we’ve come to know it does pretty much appear to be dead, but Under Ivy Ross …

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Google Glass: If You Want One, You Better Get It Now

As has been widely reported, Google Glass, at least in its current form, is going away. Google says it will continue to develop the technology, and we might see a different version somewhere down the line, but the Glass Explorer Edition that has been the focus of Google’s efforts since unveiling the device, is no more. According to TechCrunch, this …

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Google Glass: Looking Back On 3 Years Of Ridicule

It was nearly three years ago that Google first unveiled its “crazy future glasses,” under the label Project Glass, which would go on to become known as simply “Google Glass”. Now, as you may have heard, Google is halting general sales, though the Glass at Work program will continue. The team and leadership of the Glass unit is making some …

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CES: Sony’s New $1,100 Walkman Can Soon Be Yours (Complete With Outdated Android Jelly Bean)

Sony unveiled its new Walkman at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It will reportedly cost just north of $1,100. Seems pretty reasonable. Business Insider says Sony hasn’t set price for the device yet, but both The Verge and CBS News are reporting about $1,120. The Walkman NW-ZX2 is due out in the spring, and runs Android Jelly Bean, …

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CES: Google’s Nest Gets A Bunch Of New Integrations

Last summer, Google’s Nest Labs unveiled its first “Works with Nest” integrations. These are experiences created by third-party developers that enable Nest to work with different types of products. The first integrations included: one from Jawbone to adjust your home temperature as you get out of bed; warning-flashing lightbulbs from LIFX; a universal remote from Logitech; a Mercedes-Benz integration to …

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Amazon Reports Big Increase In Black Friday Sales Of Its Devices

This year was a lot better than last year when it comes to Black Friday sales of Amazon’s tablets and e-readers, according to the company. Amazon said Black Friday sales of Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets on Amazon.com grew “significantly” year over year. Fire tablet sales on the site were up over 3x year over year on Friday, while Kindle …

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Amazon’s Echo Device Quickly Parodied

On Thursday, Amazon unveiled Echo, its new $200 cylindrical device that listens to you and tells you stuff. Okay, it does more than that, but that seems to be the gist of what most people are taking out of it. As you might expect, someone has already put out a video parody based on the promo Amazon released. Honestly it’s …

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Amazon To Expand Hardware Unit, Get Into Home Devices

Amazon will reportedly invest $55 million in its Lab126 hardware unit’s operations in Sunnyvale and Cupertino, and expand its staff by 3,757 people or 27 percent by 2019. That is according to a report from Reuters, which cites a “little-known government document” and people familiar with the matter, indicating that by doing so, Amazon will get $1.2 million in tax …

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Amazon Announces A Bunch Of New Kindle Devices

Amazon made a whole bunch of Kindle-related announcements late on Wednesday, including some new devices and a new OS. New Kindles First off, Amazon unveiled its seventh-generation Kindle, the Kindle Voyage. Amazon calls this its “most advanced Kindle ever”. Well, I would hope so. “Not as advanced as the last one” doesn’t sound nearly as appealing. The display is brighter, …

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Google Acquires Lift Labs To Help Those With Parkinson’s

Google announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Lift Labs, with the team joining the tech giant’s “moonshot” branch Google[x]. Lift Labs makes a spoon that uses a stabilization technology to counter tremors for those with Parkinson’s disease. Here’s a look: “Their tremor-canceling device could improve quality of life for millions of people,” says Google in a Google+ post. “We’re …

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Star Trek for Real: 5 Trek Gadgets That Came True

The television series Star Trek — now referred to by fans as The Original Series, or TOS — cast a vision for the future that has endured for almost 50 years now. Between TOS and the spinoffs that followed — The Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine, Enterprise, and all the feature films based thereon — the world was treated …

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Anyone In The U.S. Can Now Buy Google Glass

Last month, Google made Google Glass available to any adult in the U.S. for a single day in an effort to get the device in a bigger number of hands (or on a bigger number of heads, I suppose) without opening it up to everybody. It’s still not quite ready for primetime. Google announced, however, that anyone in the U.S. …

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Amazon’s Streaming Box Will Reportedly Launch with Netflix, Hulu Apps

Amazon’s still unconfirmed set-top streaming device will launch with third party apps, according to sources quoted by GigaOm. We’re talking a couple of big names here–Netflix and Hulu Plus–meaning that Amazon is choosing to make the device more appealing to more people by not just offering up its own content and streaming service, Amazon Prime Instant Video. But according to …

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A Fairly Ridiculous Amount of People Still Own VCRs

The list of “things that killed the VCR” is pretty lengthy – I mean, just start naming semi-recent technological advancements in the way human beings consume TV and movies and you have your list right there. Digital cable, DVDs, Netflix, DVR – the VCR, though perfectly useful in its time, is simply a relic of the past. Right? Well, not …

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iPad Mini With Retina Display Is Now Available For Purchase

Apple announced today that the iPad mini with Retina Display is now available. You can order it through the Apple Online Store or through the company’s retail stores (for personal pick-up apparently due to a limited supply), as well as through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon or other authorized resellers. The device was unveiled last month at Apple’s big press event …

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This Watch Counts Down to Your Inevitable Demise

Forget smartwatches. What the world needs is a good deathwatch. Enter Tikker, the wristwatch that literally counts down the seconds until you die. It’s a friendly reminder to stop wasting your time, and Tikker is running a Kickstarter campaign to get it in production. “Tikker is a wrist watch that counts down your life from years to seconds, and motivates …

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Wet Phone? DryBox Offers Rapid Drying Solution

Now you’ve really done it. Your big, dumb hands have fumbled your iPhone and it falls, in slow-motion, straight into the pool, toilet, puddle – whatever. Panic turns to helplessness. Your phone is waterlogged. What do you do? Surround the device with silica gel packets? Throw it in a bag with some rice? HALP. DryBox says they have the solution. …

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Condoms for Your Smartphone Let You Protect Your Other Important Device

Sometimes, your device needs protection. And sometimes, you also need to protect your iPhone (apologies). With Smartskin Condoms for Smartphones, you can keep your phone safe from rain, sand, or any other unsavory materials that it may come into contact with. These “rubbers” are actually made of soft and stretchy protective thermoplastic – and they’re water resistant. According to the …

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Roku Hits 5 Million Players Sold, 8 Billion Streams

Roku has just announced a pretty significant milestone: 5 million players sold. Roku first launched in 2008, and the device was called “the Netflix player,” basically because its only function was streaming Netflix. Over time, Roku broke out of the “Netflix box” moniker by adding plenty of other high-profile apps – Hulu Plus in 2010, HBO GO in 2011. Spotify …

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Android Smart Watch In The Works [Report]

In recent months the rumors have been picking up that both Google and Apple are working on smart watches. A new report from the Financial Times indicates that Google is indeed working on one, and it has its Android unit developing it. To be clear, this is still in going to have to be filed in the rumors department, and …

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This Wooden Spoon Doubles as a Stylus

In products that are so simple that they’re kind of genius news, I’m probably going to spend a few bucks and grab this new wooden spoon/stylus for my kitchen. As sites like CHOW, Food 52, and even All Recipes as well as apps like Epicurious continue to replace traditional recipe books for many home cooks, sticky, contaminated iPads and other …

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Another Day, Another Cool Oreo Separator

Remember earlier this week when that awesome physicist with that awesome mustache built that incredibly complicated machine to separate the Oreo cookie from the Oreo creme? Because he hated the creme? Well, these two guys did the same thing, in a different (and cooler) way. And at least one of them is sensible enough to appreciate the creme. [Oreo]

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Guy Builds Cool Oreo Separator. Twist? It’s to Get Rid of the Creme Altogether

I get that you built a super-complicated machine to separate the Oreo cookies from the Oreo creme. Seriously, I get it. It’s so you can harvest all the creme and make one mega creme-filled cookie, right? No? It’s because you hate the creme? What the hell? [Oreo]

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