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Intel talks wearables: Fashion forward, tech behind

Intel talks wearables: Fashion forward, tech behind

Intel isn't leaving its wearables push to chance, looking to the world of fashion in order to do what its executives claim nothing else in the segment has managed: build an emotional relationship without compromise with the wearer. "Today the smart wearables we see on the market are very much led by technology companies," Ayse Ildeniz, VP for business development and strategy in Intel's New Devices Group said today during a CES 2014 roundtable. "Whereas, the things we wear are very personally-led: we somehow get very attached to them." To try to build that emotional stickiness, Intel is being very clear on its limits: unlike the do-everything approaches of Samsung, Pebble, and others, it's going to focus on the chips and leave the rest to the fashionistas.

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Jigabot auto-framing camera mount tracks solo performers

Jigabot auto-framing camera mount tracks solo performers

Solo videographers and extreme sports junkies wanting to record their adventures could have some robot assistance later in the year, in the shape of the Jigabot robotic auto-framing system. Resembling a Beatles-style yellow submarine, the rotating, swiveling mount takes your GoPro, point-and-shoot camera, or compact camcorder and - thanks to a compact dongle that clips onto your jacket - tracks you as you move around the frame.

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LightingScience Bluetooth bulbs claim to conquer jetlag; ease early starts

LightingScience Bluetooth bulbs claim to conquer jetlag; ease early starts

Remote control lights like Philips hue may allow you to change the color of your environment, but LightingScience claims its bulbs actually improve the quality of it. A Bluetooth-enabled downlighter, the Rhythm Downlight cuts out the frequency of blue light that tells the body to "wake up" and runs the user through a smartphone questionnaire to learn their living routines and automatically adjust what frequencies are emitted.

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Garmin vivofit fitness band hands-on

Garmin vivofit fitness band hands-on

Garmin knows it can't count on the in-car navigation market to carry its fortunes, and so the company is ramping up its wearables focus, kicking off CES 2014 with the vivofit band. Tracking both movement and sleep, the vivofit hooks up to a computer via Bluetooth 4.0 or an ANT+ dongle, but the best news could be the battery life: Garmin says it'll last for a year on a single set of replaceable batteries.

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Samsung Galaxy NotePRO hands-on: 12.2″ of S Pen prosumer slate

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO hands-on: 12.2″ of S Pen prosumer slate

Samsung thinks it's time the tablet got serious, unveiling the new Samsung Galaxy NotePRO at CES 2014 today complete with a 12.2-inch high-resolution touchscreen, S Pen stylus borrowed from the Note series of phablets, and an all-new interface on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. Biggest of Samsung's Android tablets to-date, not to mention the most powerful, it's the company's take on what a keyboard-free slate needs to be in order to satisfy both work and play. We got to grips with the NotePRO here at the Las Vegas show; read on for our first-impressions.

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Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, 10.1 and 12.2 hands-on

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, 10.1 and 12.2 hands-on

Samsung's tablet range is growing, with the company adding a new top-tier of Android slates, the Galaxy TabPRO line, intended to be just as at home creating content as they are consuming it. The three-strong line - starting at 8.4-inches, then stepping up through 10.1- and finally 12.2-inches - each offer high-resolution displays and optional LTE, along with the new Magazine UX interface that Samsung debuted on the flagship Galaxy NotePRO. Read on for some first-impressions.

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Huawei announces their Ascend Mate 2, a followup that actually impresses

Huawei announces their Ascend Mate 2, a followup that actually impresses

A few years ago, Huawei decided they’d go their own way. In their move from a device maker for the stars to a device maker for the people, Huawei did what they’d always done — and we liked — but put their name on it. The Ascend Mate, the phone many consider the first “phablet”, helped to raise awareness to the brand, and ruffled a few feathers in the process. With the Ascend Mate 2, Huawei is at it again, and bringing the same energy and focus that made our heads turn the first time.

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Pebble Steel hands-on: The smartwatch goes classy

Pebble Steel hands-on: The smartwatch goes classy

New year, new Pebble, and the smartwatch company that took Kickstarter by storm has cooked up a second model, the Pebble Steel, to continue its assault on the wearables space. Announced here at CES 2014, where SlashGear caught up with CEO Eric Migicovsky to check out the new watch, Pebble Steel takes aim at a slightly different market to the original version, those watch-wearers who perhaps didn't want to give up their classically-designed Rolex, Omega, or similar for the chunky plastic of the first-gen model. Read on for some first impressions.

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