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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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Bose SoundTouch takes on Sonos in whole-home streaming

Bose SoundTouch takes on Sonos in whole-home streaming

Bose has launched a whole-home streaming music system to take on Sonos, Bose SoundTouch, pushing locally-stored and internet music to multiple speakers over a WiFi connection. The three speakers in the new streaming range - the SoundTouch 30, the SoundTouch 20, and the SoundTouch Portable which is the only model with an integrated battery - aim to make finding favorite stations more straightforward with six preset buttons on each unit. Once set up, the presets are synchronized across every speaker in the network, with the source shown on an OLED display on the front.

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Sonos PLAY:1 leaks in full

Sonos PLAY:1 leaks in full

Sonos's entry-level Play:1 speaker surprise was spoiled by Target, and now we can see what's going on inside the box, too. Target isn't processing any sales until October 13th, but SlashGear reader Steve managed to pick up a Play:1 ahead of time through eBay, and has shared some photos of the $199.99 streaming speaker with us. Check out more pictures - including comparisons with the Play:3 - after the cut.

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Microsoft native Remote Desktop coming to iOS and Android

Microsoft native Remote Desktop coming to iOS and Android

In a move that's sure to make the folks at Splashtop less than pleased, the team at Microsoft behind the native Remote Desktop functionality inside Windows have announced extensions to iOS and Android. This means that there will be apps from Microsoft for your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, and Android tablet that allow you to see your Windows PC's desktop from your smaller device. Seeing it there will also include full tap access - and with the touch-friendly abilities of Windows 8, the whole process is likely going to take on a functionality not unlike that of a full touchscreen desktop computer, too.

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