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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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Drop connected kitchen scale bakes with your iPad

Drop connected kitchen scale bakes with your iPad

Wirelessly-connected scales aren't new, with Withings' model gleefully telling everyone in your social networks just how fat you are for some time now, but Drop aims to do something similar only before the food actually makes it past your lips. The Drop connected kitchen scale claims to take the measuring confusion out of baking, integrating with a companion iPad app that not only shows recipes but gives real-time guidance on how you piece it all together, even automatically adjusting the overall recipe if you're short on an ingredient.

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Ramos alarm clock forces you to wake up with portable beacon

Ramos alarm clock forces you to wake up with portable beacon

Some people have a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the morning, and for that reason a nearby snooze button is its own sort of addiction. Ramos is a smart alarm clock designed specifically for these non-morning people, forcing users to get out of bed by limiting how many times the snooze button can be hit before they have to get up and take their phone to a paired off-site beacon. Bringing one's phone and the beacon together allows one to enter the "defuse code", which finally, mercifully, silences the alarm.

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JBL Horizon Bluetooth Clock uses ambient light to wake you

JBL Horizon Bluetooth Clock uses ambient light to wake you

Thankfully the sudden screech of a traditional alarm clock is no longer necessary for waking up in the morning, with fade-in alarms on smartphones and various ambient light alarms becoming the consumer favorite. JBL is the latest among device makers to introduce its own ambient alarm clock flavor into the mix, and with it comes both Bluetooth and FM radio to complement the fade-in lighting. The JBL Horizon Bluetooth Clock is shaped like a thermostat and now available for pre-order.

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Samsung Proximity brings beacons beyond iPhone

Samsung Proximity brings beacons beyond iPhone

Before today, Samsung had been relatively mum on the subject of "beacons." Apple started talking about their program - "iBeacon" - some time ago. We saw a Qualcomm Gimbal-made system for Apple Store in action back in February - ready to roll. Here near the end of the year, Samsung's developer conference has led the way to the company's own software solution for beacon technology. It all begins with Bluetooth LE.

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Apple-owned Beats release Solo2 Wireless headphones

Apple-owned Beats release Solo2 Wireless headphones

The first headphones released by Beats by Dre since they've been acquired by Apple fully has come to fruition. This set of Solo2 wireless headphones is wireless for the first time. You'll also be able to connect this pair of headphones in with what they're calling a "RemoteTalk" cable if you've used up the 12 hours of battery time these phones contain when fully charged. They won't have a big Apple logo on their earpieces, but they'll certainly have Apple on the box - in the footnotes, at least.

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Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 Review

Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 Review

The team at Creative have made something special in the Sound Blaster Roar SR20. This isn't just a Bluetooth speaker. It's not just an alarm clock. It's not just a collection of wireless and wired sound-centric features in a single package. It's part of the future - one in which multiple abilities doesn't mean lower quality in any one of those abilities. The Creative team have made a masterpiece of personal, portable sound. Multiple connections, multiple uses - a real do-everything-well machine.

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FCC docs show Bluetooth Beats headphones incoming

FCC docs show Bluetooth Beats headphones incoming

It seems as though Apple may be readying a new set of Beats headphones for us, or at least an update to the existing lineup. The Solo2 is one of the more popular pair of Beats headphones around, and serve as a lower cost option to the Studio headset. A new FCC filing suggests we’re about to get a Bluetooth version of those headphones, but that’s not where the news ends. It seems Apple isn’t making the changes we previously assumed they might.

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Samsung Gear Circle release set for USA

Samsung Gear Circle release set for USA

There's a device called the Samsung Gear Circle out there in the wild today - have you heard of it? It's not gotten one whole heck of a lot of press thus far. Mostly because it's not a smartphone, it's not a smart watch, and it's not part of a category of devices that gets much innovation all that often. The Samsung Gear Circle is a pair of earbuds - sort of. This pair of earbuds is meant to be worn as a necklace, and at any time.

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Jawbone UP3 hands-on – Smarter sensing, cleverer coaching

Jawbone UP3 hands-on – Smarter sensing, cleverer coaching

If you're going to ask someone to wear a fitness tracker 24/7, it better be good, and Jawbone believes its come up with a killer in the new UP3. It's 30-percent smaller than Jawbone's old flagship, with a new design from Yves Behar, but this is no simple remolding of an UP24, however. Instead, it's the launch vehicle for the company's new multi-sensor platform, stepping beyond the simple accelerometer found in most wearables and adding a new bioimpedance sensor among others for not only movement, sleep, and heart tracking, but the promise of even more in-depth metrics that can be unlocked with a simple firmware update. I stopped by Jawbone to find out why UP3 could put other wearables to shame.

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Jawbone UP MOVE – Body tracking for the mass market

Jawbone UP MOVE – Body tracking for the mass market

Jawbone has clearly taken leave of its senses, if the new UP MOVE is anything to go by. Taking the fitness and sleep tracking that made the UP24 a hit, and then packaging it in a tiny clip-on dongle with six month battery life, the UP MOVE not only promises liberation away from the charger but at a fraction of the UP24's price. $49.99 gets you the sort of wearable tracking abilities that, not long ago, would've cost you three times the amount. I caught up with Jawbone to find out what the big idea is, and why luxury cars might represent the best explanation for the UP MOVE.

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Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

It would appear that Starwood hotels are jumping aboard the keyless entry train for their hotel rooms starting this Autumn. Check in, pull out your smartphone, get it activated, and you'll be on your way to walking in your hotel room without a key. Starwood hotels aren't the first company to create such an entry system, nor have they simply jumped aboard a fast-moving fad. They've had this system in the works since January of this year - and it's all ready to go!

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