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Nest controls will soon make their way to Google Now

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You will soon be able to control you Nest thermostat from Google Now. The functionality is already baked into the search giant’s virtual assistant, though it is yet to go live.

If you ask Google Now on your device to “set Nest to 70 degrees,” it will try and complete the task. Read more »

Chromecast guest mode lets your friends connect without using your Wi-Fi

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Today Google has announced “guest mode” for its Chromecast HDMI streaming dongle. This new functionality lets people connect to your Chromecast without having to also be on the same Wi-Fi network as the dongle.

Previously, anyone who wanted to send stuff to a Chromecast had to have their mobile device connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the streaming device. Not anymore, though. Read more »

Xiaomi announces Mi Air Purifier for $150

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Xiaomi has announced a new air purifier for homes. Called, well, Mi Air Purifier, the tiny tower takes up about A4 paper size space on your floor and costs just $150.

The Mi Air Purifier has two fans and four air ducts. It can produce 10,000 liters of clean air per minute and the 3 layer filter removes 99.99% of PM2.5 particles. PM2.5 particles are the ones that are smaller than 2.5 micrometers and contain dust , dirt, soot, smoke and liquid particles and are harder to filter and usually cause the most damage to lungs. Read more »

Google Chromecast now officially available in India

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It took a while, almost a year and a half since it was announced in the US, but the Google Chromecast is finally coming to India.

The multimedia streaming device will be available exclusively through Snapdeal.com for a price of Rs. 2,999 ($48). Read more »

Samsung Gear VR listed for $200 in AT&T site and available online

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The Samsung Gear VR is available now online from AT&T so be sure to act quickly before it is all gone!

The Samsung Gear VR is perhaps one of the most interesting smartphone-based hardware kits ever, not to mention the trendiest at the moment. With all the hype Oculus VR has been causing lately with its Oculus Rift kit and recent Facebook acquisition it seems that virtual reality is making a huge comeback, only now it is more real than ever. Read more »

Sony working on e-paper watch

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Sony is working on an e-paper display. Called the FES Watch, the watch is one of the things under the FES group of devices with e-paper displays.

The unique thing about the FES Watch is that the entire surface is actually an e-paper display. You can change the patterns on the display to change the look of the watch. Read more »

LG’s KizOn wearable for children makes it to Verizon as the GizmoPal

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Today Verizon has announced the LG GizmoPal, a specialized wearable band for children. If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s basically nothing but a rebranded LG KizOn – which was made official in South Korea in July.

Verizon will start selling the GizmoPal online tomorrow, in blue and pink, and it can be yours for $79.99. In stores, it will first be available in select locations in the Midwest, followed by a proper nationwide launch on December 11. Read more »

5,000 mAh Xiaomi Mi Power Bank goes on sale in China

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Xiaomi has launched yet another Mi Power Bank. This time around the portable charger has 5,000 mAh capacity and boast small and lightweight body as well as fast replenishing time.

Xiaomi has already introduced a big fat 16,000 mAh Mi Bank, as well as smaller 10,400mAh and 5,200mAh capacities for some markets. Read more »

Samsung Gear VR takes customers around a virtual track in the new Audi TT S Coupe

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This week, during the launch of the latest installment of the iconic TT Coupe, 115 Audi Centers all around UK will offer a unique virtual reality experience. Thanks to the power of the Samsung Gear VR headsets and Oculus technology showroom goers will be able to explore and experience Audi’s new lineup in action.

The demonstration itself is held entirely in virtual reality, thanks to Oculus coupled with the stunning Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. In it Juergen Loffler, TT designer, offers a personal guided tour around all of the design and technological features of the car and tops it of by giving you the chance to go around the famous Neuberg race track. Read more »

Xiaomi might be working on its own $163 action camera to rival GoPro and HTC’s Re

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According to the latest rumors out of China, Xiaomi has a new product in the pipeline, though this isn’t a smartphone as you may expect. Apparently the company wants to get into the action cam market, for whatever reason.

So it will make such a device, one to rival GoPro’s offerings, but perhaps also the recently unveiled HTC Re camera. Read more »

Amazon Echo is a Bluetooth speaker that’s also a personal assistant

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Not convinced to stop experimenting by its less than stellar Fire phone sales, Amazon has introduced a new product today. It’s called Echo, and it’s a Bluetooth speaker, which also packs Siri, Google Now, or Cortana-like personal assistant functionality.

That’s definitely a combo no one’s ever tried before, though we may soon find out that there might have been a reason for that. Anyway, you can’t say Amazon isn’t trying to come up with new product categories. Read more »

Google enhances 2-step authentication with USB Security Key

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Google has today announced it’s started supporting a new type of two-factor authentication for its websites, as long as you use its Chrome desktop browser. The existing 2-step verification system is based on you entering your password followed by a six-digit code that you either receive via SMS or get from a special mobile app.

The new system replaces the code-entering with inserting a physical USB device into your computer, then tapping its sole button when prompted to do so. Read more »

Breathometer Breeze is a Bluetooth touting wearable breathalyzer

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Breathometer has unveiled the Breeze today. This is a new breathalyzer that the company claims is the industry’s first such device to be “truly wearable”. It’s small, has a built-in mouthpiece, and it comes with a wearable clip, keychain, and a mouthpiece cover.

It apparently delivers ultra fast and ultra accurate results, and it uses Bluetooth LE to talk to your iPhone or Android smartphone – on which you install the Breathometer app. Read more »

Air Umbrella uses air flow to shelter you from the rain

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A team of Chinese designers has taken to Kickstarter to fund a nifty little idea called Air Umbrella. It’s an umbrella that’s powered by a “force field” of air. It uses this to replace the fabric in a normal umbrella, with the air flow deflecting the rain drops from you.

The inventors have already received more pledges than they asked for – right now around $17,000 have been pledged by people eager to replace their umbrellas with something more high-tech, and the goal was just $10,000. There are 9 days to go in the Kickstarter campaign, but since the goal has been surpassed this thing should become reality. Read more »

HTC RE action camera goes official – 146-degree 1080p videos for $199

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HTC has decided to step out of its smartphone comfort zone and announce an action camera. Dubbed simply the HTC RE, the camera boasts a 16MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor with an 146° ultra wide angle lens. And since it’s an action camera, the RE is IP57 dust and water resistant (you can optionally bump the certification to IPx8 with an accessory cap).

HTC’s first action camera records 1080p@30 fps video and 720p@120fps slow-motion video. Inside the RE, there’s a grip sensor, which activates the camera as you pick it up. On board there’s a large shutter button, which captures shots on short press and videos on press and hold. Read more »