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We're getting a fresh coat of awesomeness today! If you're visiting from your desktop or mobile device (no changes in the app, yet!) you can see our brand new header, packed with all kinds of fresh goodies. We're bringing all of the biggest news and stories up close and personal, so you'll always see the hottest posts as soon as you hit the site. Mixed in we'll have some of our most popular...

Kreyos finally begins shipping devices to backers

Some fun Friday news for Kreyos backers today as initial Meteor shipments are finally on the way. It's been a long, impatient road for many who have been overly-anxious to get their hands on a Meteor, but they should soon be finding a good home. We too hope to have one in the next few days, so expect a full review with our thoughts very soon. Here's what Kreyos had to say: Hi Everyone,...

MiniDrones

It's been a while now since Parrot first announced the coming of their MiniDrones, and tomorrow you'll finally be able to get your hands on one. Starting Friday, both the Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo will be available in a variety of retail stores (and assumedly online) for $99 and $159 respectively. Best Buy, Brookstone, the Apple Store and Sprint will all be carrying the latest connected...

Revolv hub gains Nest support and new Android app

Revolv

Today Revolv, the home automation hub that brings together all of your connected home devices, has picked up Nest support and is also welcoming a new Android app. With the added support, users will now be able to integrate their Nest thermostat with other devices in the home, creating automations or controlling Nest through the Revolv app. The Revolv hub connects to your existing connected...

Ford to host app developer conference at CTIA's Super Mobility Week

Ford Applink

Ford has announced today that they will be holding their first ever app developer conference on September 8th, in conjunction with the Connected Car Expo at Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas. Conference attendees will learn how to create in-vehicle apps and features, and see the new capabilities of apps with vehicle data. "Major technology companies host annual developer conferences,...

Runtastic Orbit keeps things focused on the run

Runtastic, best known for their suite of fitness apps, has today released their Orbit fitness tracker. The Runtastic Orbit tracks a users steps, fitness activities, calories burned, sleep cycles, and even ambient light. The Orbit uses Bluetooth smart to connect to the companion smartphone app, features and OLED display on the front and is waterproof up to 300 feet. Available for $119, the...

Janelle Monáe and Samsung cozy up for Electric Lady

Janelle Monae

When it come to pop culture, it seems that no matter what it is, Samsung finds a way to get all up in it. The latest example is Janelle Monáe's Electric Lady music video. Right from the start, Janlle is carting an S5 out the door when she stops and says, "Ooh, ya'll look so cute. I'm gonna take a picture," and proceeds to do so on her Gear 2. If you watch close enough, you'll see plenty...

Archos Smart Home gets you connected, but you can probably do better

Archos Smart Home

Archos recently released their latest offering in the connected home space, dubbed Smart Home. We first checked out the system back at CES in January, and Archos has recently made the starter kit available in the U.K. The Archos Smart Home system offers smaller, less expensive components than most other systems but still boasts many of the same features (and is also lacking a few). The $250...

HOT Watch Kickstarter edtion unboxing

It's been quite a while since we first saw the HOT Watch hit Kickstarter for the first time, and now some backers are finally receiving their watches. We had a chance to check out the HOT Watch in action back at CES in January, but we've been anxiously awaiting more hands-on time since then. One backer was kind enough to post up a quick video unboxing of his HOT Watch in the Connectedly forums...

Not everyone is buying into wearables just yet, so some companies are offering up some other options. One such new device is the Smart Keychain — a small flash drive that can also show you important emails and calendar events. It's not as robust as smartwatch would be, but it still gives some smart functionality to those who don't want to go overboard. Oh, and it will help you find your lost...

Lenovo teams up with Vuzix to offer M100 Smart Glasses in China

Vuzix

Lenovo has teamed up with Vuzix and will soon be offering the M100 Smart Glasses in China. With sales beginning in September, Lenovo will begin marketing the connected eyewear as part of their New Business Development (NBD) brand. The M100 Smart Glasses feature voice recognition, mapping and various other cloud-based services. Expected to retail for around $1300USD, the M100 glasses will be...

Square

Today IFTTT has added another big name to their list of available channels as Square is now available for your automating pleasure. Using the robust IFTTT system, Square users can now create various recipes to track transactions, receive alerts, and much more. To get started, you simply need to activate the Square channel within IFTTT, and you can then add recipes for all kinds of fun things...

The Canon Pixma MG7120 lets you print anything from anywhere

Canon Pixma

For as long as I can remember, I've had the same old printer in my office — mostly collecting dust or serving as a resting place for other office supplies. It wasn't until about two years ago when it finally gave out and I upgraded to a newer, Wi-Fi connected printer (ooh, Wi-Fi!). It was great to be able to print from anywhere in the house without having to be connected to the printer itself,...

Reviewed: INSTEON home automation system

INSTEON

There are loads of awesome home automation systems available now, but one that has been around for a few years now is Insteon. The system includes a variety of sensors, cameras, switches, a thermostat and of course a hub to tie it all together. There are a few sizes of starter kits to get you going, ranging from the $199 Starter Kit to the $299 Home Kit to the $499 Business Kit. You can also...

I am always surprised when I see an awesome connected accessory, and the Racho Iro is no exception. This connected sprinkler controller lets you manage your sprinkler system from anywhere in the world using just your smartphone. The controller is available for either 8 or 16 zones and lets you take charge of your system with everything from auto-scheduling to analytics & reports. Iro is...

You'll never run out of propane again thanks to Refuel

One of the biggest issues I run into over the summer is running out of propane in my gas grill. We grill almost daily, and while I try to always have a spare tank handy, sometimes I forget to get the spare filled up. Thanks to a new product from Quirky, my tank woes are over. Refuel is a simple accessory that sits under your propane tank and talks to your smartphone. It lets you know how...

Gear Live or G Watch - What's the best Android Wear device?

Gear Live G Watch

If you're a still pondering just what Android Wear device is the one for you, ours pals at Android Central are here to save the day. Currently there are only two Android Wear devices on the market — the G Watch and the Gear Live — but the Moto 360 and (many others) aren't too far off. So which Android Wear watch is the best? Right now, with just two devices to choose from, there are only a...

I have way too many smartwatch chargers

Chargers

Last week I took my yearly beach vacation, and I was a bit bummed out when I realized that I forgot to pack my Pebble charger. Luckily it only fell a day short, but I was still a bit upset that I had every charger I needed except my special, proprietary Pebble juicer. After picking up an G Watch I also realized that I've now amassed more smartwatch chargers than I ever thought possible. Nearly...

Android Central reviews the Android Wear software

Currently Android Wear is the hottest thing in the smartwatch world. With the release of the G Watch and Gear Live — as well as the upcoming Moto 360 — Android Wear is soon to be on wrists all over the globe. It's Google's effort to bring a streamlined Android experience to wearables, but is it good enough? The boys at Android Central took the Android Wear software for a spin to find out. It...

Why I love my connected home

Nexia keypad

A few years back I made the decision to start outfitting my house with some connected devices. I'm a geek at heart (I always have been) so having my humble abode outfitted with electronic gadgets felt like the right thing to do. I took the plunge with a Nexia start kit and installed a keypad door lock, simple lamp module, thermostat, and one wireless camera inside my house. From there I got...

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