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Amazon Fire TV Edition is coming to 4K UHD smart TVs

Amazon Fire TV Edition is coming to 4K UHD smart TVs

There’s a new smart TV platform on the market, and it’s one that many consumers already know well: Amazon Fire TV Edition, the smart TV version of Amazon’s Roku competitor. This version of Amazon Fire TV will be available on a new line of 4K Ultra HD televisions from Element Electronics, Seiki, and Westinghouse. Much like the Roku smart TVs, you’ll be able to access the Fire TV functionality and interface directly on the television, no set-top-box or HDMI stick required.

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LeEco Mountain and Road smart bikes unveiled for the U.S. market

LeEco Mountain and Road smart bikes unveiled for the U.S. market

LeEco has unveiled a pair of smart bicycles at CES 2017, adding both of these connected products to its North American portfolio. These two new connected smart bikes come in Mountain and Road versions, both of which feature LeEco’s BikeOS, an Android 6.0 system that cyclists can access via a 4-inch touchscreen display. The system is powered by a Snapdragon 420 processor and a rechargeable 6,000mAh li-ion battery.

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iDevices wireless Instant Switch makes connected homes simple

iDevices wireless Instant Switch makes connected homes simple

iDevices has introduced a new product that makes it easy to add smart connectivity to one’s home. The iDevices Instant Switch is a wireless wall switch that doesn’t require any home wiring or other installation troubles — rather, consumers just stick it to the wall thanks to Stick-on Command adhesive. The device is also provided with a wall plate to disguise it as an ordinary light switch. The batteries powering the device last two years without needing replaced.

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Intel is acquiring an ownership stake in navigation company HERE

Intel is acquiring an ownership stake in navigation company HERE

Intel has announced plans to acquire a 15-percent ownership stake in HERE, the navigation company. HERE provides a navigation app not unlike Google Maps, and its data is used for relevant technology, including IoT services and automotive applications. This transaction, says Intel, is expected to close in the first quarter of this year, after which point Intel’s nominee will be added to the company’s Supervisory Board of Directors.

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Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller mini keyboard with touchpad arrives in March

Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller mini keyboard with touchpad arrives in March

Lenovo has introduced its new keyboard and mouse combo device, the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller. This wireless device is small enough to fit in your hand, and is designed to control consumers’ various gadgets, doing so with typing, gestures, and other simple movements. Among its other perks, the 500 Multimedia Controller has a larger-than-average wireless range of 65.6ft.

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Lenovo Legion Y720 and Y520 laptops launch for your gaming and VR needs

Lenovo Legion Y720 and Y520 laptops launch for your gaming and VR needs

Lenovo has introduced a pair of new gaming laptops for the new year, the Legion Y520 and the Legion Y720. Both models sport designs similar to the Lenovo gaming laptops we’ve previous reviewed, but with updated hardware to meet gamers’ latest needs. One of those needs is virtual reality, which the Y720 model specifically is poised to support — this model was built from the ground up and is fully VR-ready, says Lenovo.

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Lenovo Smart Storage boasts dual-band WiFi and 6TB capacity

Lenovo Smart Storage boasts dual-band WiFi and 6TB capacity

Along with its other CES 2017 offerings comes the Lenovo Smart Storage device, an attractive external storage option boasting a 6TB capacity and a variety of connectivity features, including peer-to-peer access and dual-band WiFi. Unlike many similar devices, the Lenovo Smart Storage features integrated facial recognition for better sorting your synced photographs, doing so based on the faces in those photos.

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Lenovo X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, and X1 Tablet get a 2017 update

Lenovo X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, and X1 Tablet get a 2017 update

On the heels of CES 2017 comes all the details on Lenovo's latest X1 product lineup update. The Lenovo X1 Carbon, the company's beastly business ultrabook, stands chief among the new lineup, and is joined by the similarly fantastic X1 Tablet and X1 Yoga. The line was first popularized by the X1 Carbon, and 12 months ago Lenovo introduced the expanded lineup, which are now themselves updated with this latest array of devices.

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Lenovo Smart Assistant with Alexa is an Echo alternative

Lenovo Smart Assistant with Alexa is an Echo alternative

Lenovo has introduced its new Smart Assistant with Amazon Alexa, a tower-shaped device similar in shape to the Amazon Echo device. This device was built in collaboration with Amazon, according to Lenovo, and it features Alexa voice services. As with similar personal assistant devices, the Smart Assistant listens for its owner’s voice commands, using Alexa to perform whatever it is you want: get calendar updates, play a song, make a list, and more.

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Lenovo Miix 720 with Active Pen 2 is a ‘work from anywhere’ 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo Miix 720 with Active Pen 2 is a ‘work from anywhere’ 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo has updated its Miix model with the new Miix 720, a Windows 10 detachable PC that comes with the Lenovo Active Pen 2. This model, like the ones before it, are designed to easily transition from a ‘laptop’ design to a tablet design, both of them having the convenience of a lightweight design alongside the stylus for hands-on creations. Lenovo describes this model as an ‘all-purpose digital vehicle.’

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NASA wraps up the year with a catchy tune and 2016 highlights

NASA wraps up the year with a catchy tune and 2016 highlights

NASA has wrapped up 2016 with a catchy tune put on video to the space agency’s biggest highlights over the last year. The music is accompanied by a photo of a cassette tape appropriate dubbed 'Goddard,' a word referring to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center located in Maryland. At only about a minute in length, the video doesn't even begin to detail all of Goddard's achievements throughout 2016, but it does offer a selection of the best ones.

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Bitcoin is back over $1,000 as value climbs

Bitcoin is back over $1,000 as value climbs

Bitcoin’s value is slowing climbing, and has exceeded the $1,000/ea valuation for the first time in about three years. The so-called cryptocurrency saw its value peak — and then crash — in 2014, and though the price has been relatively stable since, the yearly trend shows its value climbing. The currency is largely used for online purchases in which anonymity is important, though it is increasingly being accepted by mainstream retailers, too.

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