BB-8

BB-8, the super-cute droid from the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, could be a real robot that you could buy, if a hint from the Sphero company website is any indication. Sphero, which has sold electronic balls that can roll and be guided by a human with a smartphone app, helped to create the real BB-8 that made its public debut this past weekend at the Star Wars Celebration...

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Sony 4K TVs

Sony has announced that its new lineup of 4K Ultra HD televisions, all of which will use Google's Android TV, will begin shipments in May, with pre-orders starting now. The new models all have Sony's X1 processor engine inside, which should make the Android TV user interface look even cooler. Here's what Sony has to say about that processor. While Sony TVs have had expanded color,...

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Android Wear smartwatches

Google will launch a software update for Android Wear smartwatches soon that will add many new features, including some that won't require the use of a phone. Google will also add some hands-free features to Android Wear devices in the next update, such as flicking a wrist to move to a new card, along with support for always-on apps on the smartwatch. Here's the breakdown of what will be...

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MakerBot reportedly lays off 20% of its employees and closes three stores

Makerbot

The prosumer 3D printer company MakerBot has reportedly laid off 20% of its employees. The company itself has confirmed it has let some of its workers go and also announced it had closed three of its retail stores. The layoffs were first reported by Motherboard and added that MakerBot had about 500 employees in 2014, which means as many as 100 of them may now be looking for work. MakerBot...

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Jawbone's latest $199 Up4 fitness tracker lets you make payments via NFC

Jawbone Up4

With Jawbone's Up3 fitness band now shipping, the company has announced its latest offering, the Up4. The upgrade to the Up3 comes with an NFC chip that allows you to tap and pay directly from your wrist at supporting outlets, although only American Express cardholders can avail the mobile payments service. The Up4 will be available sometime over the summer for $199, $20 higher than the...

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Xiaomi invests in the company that just acquired Segway

Lei Jun on a Ninebot

In its continued bid to become a lifestyle brand and not just a phone manufacturer, Xiaomi has announced today that it is investing in Ninebot, a Chinese robotics company that earlier today acquired Segway. Xiaomi is one of several investors including Shunwei Capital, Sequoia Capital and WestSummit Capital that have contributed $80 million in funding to the Beijing-based Ninebot. Founded in...

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American Express and Jawbone may team up for wearable payment service

Jawbone Up24

A new report says that American Express will announce a partnership sometime later this week that will allow those credit card owners to pay for items by using a future product from the Jawbone fitness band company. The report from The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, says that this payment setup will work with retailers that have NFC-based check-out terminals in place, similar...

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Asus VivoWatch Press Image

Asus has revealed its newest smartwatch, the VivoWatch, which will have a primary focus of being a fitness tracker. Unlike their previous smartwatch, the Asus ZenWatch, the VivoWatch will have a black and white display with a colored LED strip below, and will not run on Android Wear. With being able to last for 10-days on a single charge, the VivoWatch will have no trouble measuring your...

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Amazon Fire TV now shows on-screen info about movies and TV shows

Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has added its X-Ray feature to both Fire TV and Fire TV Stick to provide owners quick on-screen information about movies and TV shows. The feature, which was previously available on Amazon's Kindle tablets, will be added to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick via a software update that starts rolling out today. X-Ray will be available for owners of those devices who use Amazon Instant Video...

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Jawbone to begin shipping UP3 on April 20, revises water resistance expectations

Jawbone to begin shipping UP3 on April 20, revises water resistance expectations

Jawbone has announced today that its UP3 fitness tracker will finally begin shipping to pre-order customers in the US on April 20. Though the UP3 originally was announced in November of last year, pre-order customers have been left waiting several months for the fitness tracker to ship. In a blog post today, Jawbone explained that the delay was mainly caused by issues in achieving consistent...

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