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This tiny button could solve the IoT’s big headache

This tiny button could solve the IoT’s big headache

Controlling your digital life from your smartphone, or even by voice, is great, but there are times when it'd be a whole lot more convenient to reach out and stab a physical button. That's the idea behind Flic, crowdfunding success from late last year, and here at CES to show off what you can do with a tiny stick-on button, long-lasting battery, and a few simple conditional rules. Flic's primary target is smartphone users looking to gain swifter access to a couple of key features, but as I played with the rubber-coated key I realized it comes surprisingly close to the perfect IoT control.

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LAPD getting tasers that trigger recording when used

LAPD getting tasers that trigger recording when used

On the heels of President Obama calling for more police to wear body cameras, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to bring around 8,000 cameras to the LAPD. Not content with monitoring, the LAPD is also purchasing 3,130 tasers that connect to those body cameras. The Taser X26P, a “smart” taser released two years ago, will automatically activate the worn camera if the safety is turned off. The two pair over Bluetooth, theoretically calling for rolling tape each time the taser is fired.

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Hands-on with ReSound’s collection of smart hearing aids

Hands-on with ReSound’s collection of smart hearing aids

We've always believed that aside from benefiting the masses, technology should also be of use to those who are physically handicapped in one way or another. ReSound is one of those companies that have taken up that call and have produced quite an assortment of hearing aids that not only help people to hear better, they also help them stay connected with the latest trends in media streaming. ReSound also has a rather smart app that really drives home the "smart" point.

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Sennheiser unleashes several new headphones at CES

Sennheiser unleashes several new headphones at CES

Sennheiser is back with some new headphones, hawking its wares at CES 2015 to both fitness enthusiasts and those who prefer to listen to their music without a cable shackling them to their gadgets. A couple of SPORTS earbuds and several RS, Urbanite, and Momentum headphones deck out its offerings, bringing with them features like NFC, long battery life, noise isolation, and durability to meet a variety of needs. All the while, these cans include design elements any Sennheiser fan will recognize.

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New ZAGG Speaker Case for iPhone 6 is also a battery pack

New ZAGG Speaker Case for iPhone 6 is also a battery pack

Bluetooth speakers are now ubiquitous, with just about everyone jumping into the market segment in an attempt to win your favor. when you’re on the go, it’s just another thing to carry along, and charging it up can be a bit annoying. ZAGG thinks they have the solution, though, and it’s a pretty interesting one. their Speaker Case for the iPhone 6 packs a detachable Bluetooth speaker, and also serves to protect your phone and bring a battery backup along for the ride.

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UE Megaboom portable wireless speaker has 100-foot wireless range

UE Megaboom portable wireless speaker has 100-foot wireless range

Ultimate Ears has been cranking out earphones and other audio accessories for a long time and has announced the addition of a new product to its line. The new product is called the UE Megaboom portable wireless speaker. The speaker promises more bass, sound, and power than other portable speakers on the market today and it is an improvement over the original UE Boom wireless speaker.

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SuperTooth takes on Sonos with Multiroom speaker system

SuperTooth takes on Sonos with Multiroom speaker system

There's no shortage of options if you want to spread music around your home, but SuperTooth thinks its Multiroom System has an edge by virtue of its affordability. Offering three zones for under $300, the system eschews WiFi in favor of a combination of Bluetooth and its own, proprietary radio connection, piping through audio from whatever sources you have on your phone or tablet. It's a tough segment to break into, though, especially when you consider well-regarded rivals like Sonos are already established.

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Geek builds Bluetooth Smart Ring with OLED display

Geek builds Bluetooth Smart Ring with OLED display

An enterprising geek has set about building a custom smart wearable device in the form of a fat ring that has Bluetooth tech inside. The Bluetooth Smart Ring also features a 64x32 monochrome OLED display and a touch button that allows the wearer to receive and reply to notifications from a smartphone using the ring.

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BTunes makes your favorite headphones wireless

BTunes makes your favorite headphones wireless

Music lovers probably have their favorite set of headphones and most likely, they have wires. Some of those wired headphones have cables that can be unplugged at the ear cup allowing you to change the cables for ones that have mics for smartphones or plain cables that don’t. If your favorite set of headphones is one of these types a new product has debuted that will make them wireless.

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