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Sesame smart lock fits over your current (dumb) lock

Sesame smart lock fits over your current (dumb) lock

You've been working with a dumb lock on your door for long enough - so suggests the folks bringing the smart lock called "Sesame" to the public. This lock unlocks your door via your smartphone, and it does it without requiring you to take apart the lock your door already has. Sesame fits over the lock your door already has. This smart lock also provides several different ways to open your door, including a special knock combination you create and tap out yourself.

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Pebble Time: color smartwatch returns to Kickstarter

Pebble Time: color smartwatch returns to Kickstarter

That's right: the second-generation "Pebble Time" smartwatch will be launched on the same platform as its predecessor: Kickstarter. This unit is reminiscent of its predecessor, working with a subdued physical design and a newly updated Pebble OS software interface. Pebble Time, as it's called, will be available to backers of this Kickstarter by May of 2015 and will be delivered at a price point roughly double that of the original - unless you're talking about the original price - it's the same as the launch price of the original Pebble and that of the newer Pebble Steel.

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Google Inbox invites light up for Google Apps and Work

Google Inbox invites light up for Google Apps and Work

Users working with a non-Gmail email address inside of Gmail may want to check their inbox for an Inbox by Gmail invite this morning. Google has release a number of invites to users across the United States this morning and throughout the weekend, pushing Inbox for Gmail to Google Apps and Work users in waves. Users with business accounts in Gmail will now be able to make use of this next-generation email system - provided they've been invited to do so - just like non-business users of the past several weeks.

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YouTube Kids Review: Google thinks of the children

YouTube Kids Review: Google thinks of the children

Today is a turning point for the Google-owned YouTube video environment. Today children are able to use YouTube Kids, an app made specifically for children, made to allow kids access to the ever-growing video environment without risking unwanted sights for young eyes. While Wu-Tang may be for the children, their music videos decidedly are not. The YouTube crew have taken care of this situation by creating this portal - one that's long overdue, as we discussed in brief at rumors of YouTube Kids last week.

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Unofficial iPhone support for Android Wear without Jailbreak unveiled

Unofficial iPhone support for Android Wear without Jailbreak unveiled

Android Wear is one of the most recent developments in wearable technology and smartwatches. Wearables have a lot of potential, but right now they still have their drawbacks. Besides a comparatively short battery life, the largest drawback is no cross-platform support. Until now, Android Wear could only be used with an Android smartphone. If a user switches to an iPhone, the smartwatch is rendered useless. That is, until this latest hack from developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyah. Now Android Wear can function with any iOS device without having to jailbreak your iPhone.

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iPhone no longer available from Virgin Mobile

iPhone no longer available from Virgin Mobile

It was probably a long time coming, but Virgin Mobile USA officially no longer offers any model from Apple's iPhone lineup. The Sprint subsidiary stated it had no plans to offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shortly after their release, however they used to offer the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 4S. The carrier also went into the holiday sales period without any iPhone stock, but the online store pages for the earlier devices simply said "out of stock," leading some to expect their return in the near future.

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Jolly Jam: Angry Birds maker makes its own Candy Crush

Jolly Jam: Angry Birds maker makes its own Candy Crush

Rovio is about to try its luck with a Candy Crush-LIKE game, I suppose we should say. Not like it's the same game - and not like there isn't a precedent for creating games like this, like Bejeweled turning into a game about candy, or anything like that. And forbid it that there ever be a game like Bejeweled that takes what Dr. Mario was - or what Tetris was - and evolves it into something entirely new, with a smidgen of the old game in its bones.

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Inbox by Gmail updated for iPad

Inbox by Gmail updated for iPad

Google has updated their iOS build of Inbox by Gmail to work for the Apple iPad. This update brings a couple of changes to the way the app is organized on the tablet vs the ever-so-slightly smaller iPhone. This app continues to be an "invite only" situation, but emailing inbox (at) google (dot) com generally results in an invitation sent rather rapidly. This app is also (obviously) out for Android and was originally released to both platforms essentially at the same time.

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Motorola boss rebuffs Apple’s Ive Moto Maker slight

Motorola boss rebuffs Apple’s Ive Moto Maker slight

Whether you use Apple products or not, you have to admit; they’re really gorgeous, masterfully crafted devices. Jony Ive and his crew dedicate a lot of time and energy into creating some really great hardware, so his views on the subject of design should be treated with a level of respect. I mean, the guy was knighted — he’s probably worth hearing out. Still, the guy running Motorola was non-plussed about recent statements Ive made. Though he didn’t specifically call Motorola out, Ive’s comments were pretty transparent.

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Apple awarded patent for iPhone headset ala Gear VR

Apple awarded patent for iPhone headset ala Gear VR

It seems like almost everyone is getting on the VR trend these days. Surprisingly, even Apple seems to be game, or at least considered the possibility. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just granted Cupertino a patent for a "Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display". Or to keep it short, a Samsung Gear VR-like accessory but powered by the iPhone instead. Is Apple now jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon? Probably not yet, but at least the legal groundwork has been established.

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