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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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Don’t Move tags stick to anything and alert if disturbed

Don’t Move tags stick to anything and alert if disturbed

Living in shared accommodations can be a hassle, as can working in an office or any other number of situations where people are prone to getting in your stuff. There are tricks to determine if something has been tampered with: tape over a drawer seam, a penny precariously balanced on an edge. They're archaic and not terribly accurate, among other things, and now fully obsolete thanks to the roster of connected devices that abound. The "Don't Move" Bluetooth tags, a new product being funded on Indiegogo, may stand chief among them all.

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JookBox speaker lets every listener add to its playlist

JookBox speaker lets every listener add to its playlist

The wireless speaker market is getting crowded, being packed by big players like Sonos and smaller brands alike. That doesn't mean there isn't room for new products, however, only that they need to stand out in some way to catch attention. BSX Electronics has achieved that with its new JookBox Bluetooth speakers, boasting that they're the first of their kind that allow multiple people to add music to a central party playlist from their own devices. In addition, JookBox offers three wireless syncing options.

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Google’s ‘Nearby’ may also be dubbed ‘Copresence’

Google’s ‘Nearby’ may also be dubbed ‘Copresence’

Earlier this year, we relayed to you info about a service dubbed “Nearby”, which is believed to be Google’s way of having otherwise disparate devices in communication with one another. It seems that service might be nearing our devices, though it’s not entirely clear how Google plans to occupy this space just yet. With several references to a service called Co-presence — which may be the back-end functionality for Nearby — this interconnectivity we once discussed might be bigger than originally thought.

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Drivebot dongle monitors your car’s health

Drivebot dongle monitors your car’s health

Unless you own an OBD-II reader, a random check engine light coming on in your car requires a trip to the nearest auto shop or service station to have it read -- an annoyance in what are often busy days with little time for unexpected car troubles. The makers behind Drivebot aim to eliminate this hassle with what they call "a Fitbit for your car", and it comes in the form of a Bluetooth-equipped dongle that shuttles data about your vehicle's status to a paired smartphone.

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B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

Bang & Olufsen has introduced its first portable Bluetooth speaker, marking its entrance into yet another segment of the audio industry. Called the BeoPlay A2, this new speaker is a stylish, relatively compact offering that is -- as those familiar with the brand would expect -- hailed as offering superb audio quality. This is despite being a Bluetooth device, which is often criticized for its compressed, lackluster performance. Even better, for those located in the United States the device has already launched at $399 USD.

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Naim mu-so hits Apple store for High-resolution digital sound

Naim mu-so hits Apple store for High-resolution digital sound

Naim Audio have let it be known that they're aiming for the big-time with their newest wireless audio device, the mu-so, going so far as to hit Apple with the device. Landing a spot in the Apple Store and Apple online, the Naim mu-so will bring on 450 watts of power, six 75-watt digital amplifiers, and 24/bit/192kHz high-resolution music. This isn't your momma's CD player - this is digital music playback, "identical to the master tapes from the artists themselves." If that sounds familiar, it very well should. That's very similar to what Neil Young promised back in 2012.

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Headphone Divine: first wireless headphones with DSP

Headphone Divine: first wireless headphones with DSP

Many people grab a pair of headphones and go; as long as music comes through them and nothing about it stands out as inferior, little thought is given towards sound quality. Of course, this doesn't apply to all of us, and so higher-quality headphones are available to appease the tastes of audiophiles, musicians, and professionals. Wireless headphones are more convenient than wired cans, but often produce lesser quality, making them unappealing to some. XTZ has addressed that latter problem with its new Headphone Divine headphones.

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