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ecobee3 smart thermostat can now be bough from Apple Store

ecobee3 smart thermostat can now be bough from Apple Store

Brace yourselves folks. The tech giants are bringing their turf wars out of your pocket and into your homes. Apple has now just started to carry in its online Store shelves the ecobee3, the latest smart WiFi thermostat from ecobee, who market themselves as the original smart thermostat. This can be seen as another direct competition between Apple and Google, as the latter's Nest Learning Thermostat is also being sold through Google Play Store. Let the smart home wars begin!

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ThunderBay 4 Mini delivers big performance in a small size

ThunderBay 4 Mini delivers big performance in a small size

Today's data storage needs are getting bigger and bigger, but that doesn't mean that our hard drives, especially external ones, need to grow as big. The ThunderBay 4 Mini, the latest storage solution from Other World Computing, can cram as much as 8 TB in a single box, but at a size that snuggly fits 2.5-inch drives. But do not underestimate this little box, as the lethal combination of Thunderbolt 2's super fast data transfers plus RAID-ready capabilities makes this ThunderBay 4 Mini an enticing option for multimedia workers short on space and budget.

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Intel’s last ditch effort: merge mobile and PC chip units

Intel’s last ditch effort: merge mobile and PC chip units

Despite what seems to be nothing but losses on the mobile front, Intel isn't ready to call it quits just yet, at least not formally. While some companies (HP and Sony come to mind) are divorcing their businesses in order to remain profitable in at least one area, Intel isn't about to let someone else take its mobile and tablet business elsewhere. Instead, it will be merging that loss-making unit into its division in charge of making chips for PCs, in the hopes that they will finally hit some sweet spot in the end.

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Nikon Df Gold Edition to be limited to 1,600 units only

Nikon Df Gold Edition to be limited to 1,600 units only

Nikon really loves its Df DSLR and gold. So much that it has announced yet another Gold Edition for the camera, but this time with a more subdued treatment. Opting for gold accents instead of smothering the whole camera in the color, this limited edition Nikon Df will be available in a total of 1,600 units only, 600 for only a camera and 1,000 including a kit. In all other aspects aside from the color, this Nikon Df remains exactly the same lightweight FX-format camera as the original.

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Intel’s MICA: more than just a pretty face, still pricey

Intel’s MICA: more than just a pretty face, still pricey

Intel has just announced the availability of its new wearable MICA, short for My Intelligent Communication Accessory, where Intel and Opening Ceremony try bring up a product that blends technology and fashion. Unequivocally targeted at women who have a penchant for both worlds, MICA flaunts materials that very few smartbands and smartwatches would dare to wear. But it also has a bit of smarts hidden inside as well, though somewhat a bit less than a smartwatch, which still sounds quite OK, at least until you get to the price tag.

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Glass-less Brin raises doubts about the eyewear’s future

Glass-less Brin raises doubts about the eyewear’s future

At the red carpet Annual Breakthrough Prize Awards held at Silicon Valley, Google co-founder Sergey Brin arrived on the scene without his usual accessory, his Google Glass, adorning his head. Although the exec did say he left his in the car, perhaps for the sake of respect and propriety, the absence of a product placement in a high profile tech even managed to spark some discussion about the Google's "moonshot" product. Is Google Glass DOA? Of course, Google would insist otherwise, but some are pointing to writings on the wall.

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PS4 Black Friday Bundles: GTA V and LEGO Batman 3

PS4 Black Friday Bundles: GTA V and LEGO Batman 3

Black Friday is coming and you know it by how brands are ramping up their promos and treats designed to relieve you of the burden of holding on to your money. Naturally, games and gaming hardware are one of the most common beneficiaries of such sprees, and the PlayStation 4 is no different. Claiming it to be the consistent top selling console since last year's launch, Sony is offering not one but two bundles, each with not one but two games to be enjoyed.

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Sennheiser engineer shares Phonebloks audio module ideas

Sennheiser engineer shares Phonebloks audio module ideas

Most if not all of the modular smartphone spotlight has been taken up by Google's Project Ara, but they aren't the only ones working on that front. Though the relationship might be a bit unclear to onlookers, Phonebloks and Project Ara work together for a common goal, with the former having more of a community-driven voice. Phonebloks, not Project Ara, has partnered with Sennheiser to bring sound to the modular smartphone and now the two are sharing some of the interesting ideas and mockups they've come up with.

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Wearhaus Arc turns headphones into social devices

Wearhaus Arc turns headphones into social devices

"Social headphones" might sound like an oxymoron, considering that wearing a pair shuts you in and shuts out the rest of the world. But that is exactly what Wearhaus is trying to pull off. Saying that music is also a social experience, they are designing the Wearhaus Arc, wireless headsets that can both let you enjoy your tunes by yourself or, if you're feeling pretty charitable, share it with others around you. And it's also designed to look fancy as well, with customizable LED lights.

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Sony IMX230 brings mirrorless camera features to phones

Sony IMX230 brings mirrorless camera features to phones

Sony has just announced a new EXMOR RS sensor and it is poised to take smartphone photography to the next level. Although the new IMX230 has almost the same effective 21 megapixel count as the camera found on, say, the Xperia Z3, this new sensor uses a stacked design that allows it to cram high-end camera functionality in a 1/2.4 size CMOS sensor. Such functionality include an image plane phase detection autofocus system and HDR imaging not just for videos but for still photos as well.

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