Omate X scales back the features and goes for stylish

Omate's new smartwatch isn't as smart, but it looks good

Omate's first smartwatch was a full-blown Android device on your wrist, but their second is dialing back the features in favor of something that's affordable and stylish. The Omate X, first teased just yesterday, trades in the Android OS of its TrueSmart predecessor for a more notifications-from-your-smartphone focused design. It is, as Omate calls it, a "companion smartwatch". Unlike the...

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LG goes up against Sonos, launches its own home wireless audio solution

LG goes up against Sonos, launches its own home wireless audio solution

LG has today announced Music Flow, a new wireless audio home solution for those who simply cannot live without the sound of music. Music Flow will see the company compete against Sonos by creating an environment where sound can be transferred between connected hardware to produce an integrated experience at home. The new family of product include three models of speaker, a sound bar, network...

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Samsung to let you play games and Skype on its latest Smart TVs

Samsung to let you play games and Skype on its latest Smart TVs

Samsung has announced that it will be showing off new content for its Smart TVs at the IFA show in Berlin next month. The company will be debuting a number of game titles as well as Skype video chat with HD support and group chat. How the move will affect Google's Android TV efforts announced earlier this year is still unclear, but for casual gamers Samsung's move may appease minimalists who...

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Omate X teaser sees a new smartwatch taking on Pebble Steel

Omate X poised to take on the Pebble Steel

Omate is teasing a new smartwatch for September, and it looks like a metal body version of the current OmateTrueSmart. Omate's original design was something more friendly, with its rounded edges, big buttons, and a silicon strap. This new Omate X teaser, it looks like something designed to take on the Pebble Steel, with a brushed metal casing and leather strap. There's not much more to say...

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First embedded Roku TVs coming soon from Hisense and TCL

TVs with Roku built in launching soon

People who purchase new smart TVs from Hisense and TCL in the very near future may see that their UI is based on the one developed by Roku for its popular set-top box. Today, Roku announced that televisions made by those two companies will incorporate their Roku TV interface later this fall. The Hisense Roku TVs will be available in 40-inch, 48-inch, 50-inch and 55-inch models and will go...

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ASUS teases something about time (i.e. a watch) for IFA 2014

Could ASUS be getting into the Android Wear game too?

Asus CEO Jerry Shen told an investors' conference earlier this month that the company could reveal an Android Wear smartwatch at IFA, and today its Twitter account this morning offered a teaser that likely points to such an announcement in just a few of weeks. The shape in the Twitter image certainly screams "smartwatch" to us. Then rhere's also the quote about, "Time has been transformed...

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Custom Windows OS coming to Intel Galileo to power Internet of Things

Custom Windows OS coming to Intel Galileo to power Internet of Things

Microsoft is promising to deliver a custom version of its ubiquitous Windows operating system to developers who own Intel's Galileo, which can be used to power and connect to other devices. Essentially, Galileo is like a Raspberry Pi for Windows developers to use to power the next generation of the Internet of Things. Developers will soon be able to download and install this custom version...

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Truffol Strap brings stainless steel elegance to Pebble Steel

The Truffol Strap is designed as a replacement watch band for the Pebble Steel. Featuring a stainless steel design, which is the same material as the original steel Pebble Steel watch band, the Truffol Strap also adds in a little sophistication. If you're looking to glam up your Pebble Steel, the Truffol Strap is on sale for $26.99 through the company, down from the $40 MSRP. According to...

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Pebble hires former webOS designers to help create next-gen UI

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Pebble has hired two former leaders of the webOS design team to help them create the next generation version of their user interface made for their wearable devices. According to The Verge, Itai Vonshak will now be Pebble's new head of product and UX, while Liron Damir will take over as the company's head of design. Both men worked at HP on webOS and then followed the operating system to LG...

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Noke padlock will allow owners to unlock it via smartphone app

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There will always be a need for padlocks to secure doors and other items and today a company called FŪZ Designs revealed a new kind of lock, the Noke, that supports Bluetooth and can be opened with the help of a smartphone app. FŪZ Designs says: "We designed Noke to be the simplest electronic device you own. Once you've downloaded our iOS or Android app, Noke automatically finds and...

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