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Nexus 4 LTE Bluetooth SIG suggests 5 is near

Nexus 4 LTE Bluetooth SIG suggests 5 is near

The LG-made Nexus 5 is right around the corner - more signs of the release of this device appear every day. Today's clue comes from the Bluetooth regulatory station showing off a Nexus 4 with 4G LTE connectivity - a device that's not existed on the market yet. This release - alongside the fact that the LG Nexus 5 has been teased more than a few times over the past few weeks - suggests a two-tiered smartphone release system for Google Play from here on out.

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Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with voice control hands-on

Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with voice control hands-on

Think of smart home thermostats and you probably think of Nest, but HVAC stalwart Honeywell wants to change all that with its WiFi Smart Thermostat with voice control. The touchscreen heating and air conditioning control unit not only allows you to fiddle with your settings with a fingertip, but call out instructions not only from up close but from across the room and, potentially, elsewhere in the house. We stopped by to pretend we were talking to the computer out of Star Trek; head on past the cut for some early impressions.

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DoorBot WiFi video doorbell hands-on

DoorBot WiFi video doorbell hands-on

Does your doorbell need WiFi? DoorBot thinks it does, and the company crowdfunded its way to production having convinced enough backers that $199 wireless video-streaming door furniture with a companion iOS app was an essential part of the smart home. Now, with the first units shipping out, we caught up with DoorBot to try out the camera ourselves, and find out why soon the cloud might be keeping a record of your every caller.

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Parrot Flower Power launch detailed for green-fingered geeks

Parrot Flower Power launch detailed for green-fingered geeks

Parrot has confirmed launch details for its Flower Power plant monitoring sensor, the wireless plastic shrub that shares pot space with your petunia and tells your iPhone when it needs water. Shown off at CES back in January, though with no price attached, the Parrot Flower Power uses Bluetooth LE to push information on soil moisture, fertilizer, ambient temperature, and light intensity to the companion app, which can then give advice on different types of plant, where they should be placed during the day, and what might be wrong for them.

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SlashGear 101: Nike+ FuelBand SE top to bottom

SlashGear 101: Nike+ FuelBand SE top to bottom

The original Nike FuelBand works with a rubberized body with the ability to rack up NikeFuel Points with a companion app for iOS devices - the Nike+ FuelBand SE isn't all that different. What you're seeing here is the next-generation device detailed by Nike this week in an effort to reboot the wearable for the next season of fitness fanatics. This device may not look a whole lot different from the original, but it's got a suite of updates in both hardware and software making it an incremental change-up ready to take on 2014.

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Nike+ FuelBand SE preorder starts today, shipping November 6

Nike+ FuelBand SE preorder starts today, shipping November 6

Sports-loving pushers of the wearable technology known as the Nike+ FuelBand SE have announced today that their next-generation wristband will be hitting preorders immediately today with shipping at the start of next month. Ready for the holiday season - or even a bit early, if you please, the folks at Nike have responded in kind with the competitors that've popped up since its original inception: Jawbone UP and FitBit Force (and Flex, for that matter). Here you'll find the second-generation FuelBand bringing back the same fashionable look with an advanced bit of technology under the hood.

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Sonos PLAY:1 Review

Sonos PLAY:1 Review

Once upon a time, Sonos was a tough sell. Whole-house streaming audio had its appeal, certainly, but it was also expensive. The wireless audio market has come on strong since the first Sonos all-in-one speaker, the PLAY:5, in 2009 though, and with Apple's AirPlay, not to mention various WiFi and Bluetooth models from rivals, it's time for a new entry-level option, the Sonos PLAY:1. At $199.99 apiece it's Sonos' most affordable speaker yet, billed as not only the ideal accessory for smaller rooms, but well-suited to act as the rear surround pair to the PLAYBAR. Competition is strong, though, so does the PLAY:1 do enough to keep Sonos ahead of the pack? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Sonos PLAY:1 official: Streaming speaker happy by the bath

Sonos PLAY:1 official: Streaming speaker happy by the bath

Sonos new baby, the PLAY:1, for its wireless streaming range doesn't come as a great surprise - we showed you exactly what it looks like last week - but the $199.99 bathroom-friendly speaker is certainly welcome. On sale from today, the $200 entry-level option to Sonos whole-home audio range serves a few roles in the line-up: a more affordable model for smaller rooms and first-time buyers; a cheaper way to set up a stereo pair; and as the perfect rear surround speaker accompaniment to the Sonos PLAYBAR we reviewed in March.

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