A New York based startup company, Canary, is hoping to update smoke and carbon monoxide detectors using home automation technologies we have seen deployed for kitchen appliances, HVAC systems, lighting systems, and even door locks. The plan is to produce detectors that can connect to local WiFi home networks or possibly via Bluetooth connections, giving users better interaction with the devices and providing valuable information that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Those of you that would like to take a closer look at the Pebble smartwatch might get a chance this weekend. According to the image above, the Pebble will be available starting July 7th in at least one Best Buy store. Furthermore, employees from two different stores have confirmed that they were briefed by management in preparation for the launch. We have no idea how many stores will carry the Pebble, but the ones that do, will get at least 30 since that is how many is packed in each master. Will you be checking your local Best Buy this Sunday?
Although BlueStacks is just taking pre-orders for their GamePop Android-powered gaming console, they have decided to add to what is becoming an increasingly crowded market with the GamePop Mini console. The GamePop Mini will not only be different hardware, it will be sold using a different business model compared to the full-size GamePop. BlueStacks is currently offering the GamePop for free to users who pre-order their $6.99 per month subscription service. Once that special offer expires, the full-size GamePop is expected to cost $129, but buyers would get to keep that hardware even if they cancel their subscription. The GamePop Mini will be supplied by BlueStacks free, but users have to keep their subscription up to date. If they cancel during the first 12 months, they will have to return the hardware to BlueStacks and pay a small restocking fee. After that initial 12 month period though, they can keep the hardware.
According to BlueStacks, the GamePop Mini will run Jelly Bean 4.2 and will connect to a TV using an HDMI cable, just like the GamePop. Although expected to be less powerful than the full-size version, the GamePop Mini is supposed to be powerful enough to run any of the games available through the service.
You can read the press release below or head over to GamePop for more info. GamePop has not yet released full specifications for either device and only indicates they are expected to ship sometime this coming winter.
Phone cases are a dime a dozen and range from bulletproof to flimsy decoration, and everything in between. Until now these cases only protected your physical phone, and not the valuable information stored inside. Hong Kong company FingerQ has decided to fill that gap, releasing cases for many popular phones that feature a small fingerprint scanner on the back, which pairs with a FingerQ app on your phone. The scanner works with your mobile OS’s built-in security (pattern lock, face unlock, etc) for a comprehensive security solution.
The Kickstarter favorite, OUYA, has been officially released to retailers and is flying off shelves at $100 a pop. The console was originally supposed to launch on June 4, but after a slight delay, it’s finally here. This is great news, however some of the Kickstarter backers haven’t received their consoles yet, but founder Julie Uhrman is working overtime to resolve the issue. The package comes with the console itself, a controller, an HDMI cable, and batteries for $100, and you can purchase additional controllers for $50 each. OUYA has sold out on Amazon, but you can look elsewhere for it online for now, or get it in person at a Best Buy, GameStop, Target, or GAME. Hit the break for the full press release.
The Moto X isn’t expected until October, but you can already buy a Skinomi TechSkin Skin Protector for it for $19.99. They are offering silver carbon fiber, brushed steel, brushed aluminum, dark wood, light wood, or carbon fiber. They even offer a screen protector for $11.99. Last week the specs for the Moto X were revealed, but it wasn’t earth-shattering. It will come with only a dual-core CPU and a 720p display, but it will likely be a very good quality phone for an amazing price.
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Logitech just released a small puck-shaped receiver that communicates with your phone, allowing you to turn your Android or iPhone into a universal remote. It’s already included as part of the Logitech Harmony Ultimate and Logitech Harmony Smart Control products, and now it’s available as a standalone item. After you purchase the receiver for $100, users must download the free application, which can consolidate up to eight different remotes. The system is compatible with over 225,000 home theater devices and it turns Wi-Fi signals from your smartphone into IR and Bluetooth commands. Check out the full presser after the break.
Sony are no strangers to technology innovation, especially in the portable space. The same company that brought us the WALKMAN also brought us the first “smart” watch in 2007, two points they made very clear in recent tweets with hashtags #itstime and #MAE13 (short for Mobile Asia Expo). These tweets and a couple more in the same vein seem to indicate that Sony have a new SmartWatch up their sleeve (pun absolutely intended).
Aside from the Mobile Asia Expo, Sony has some upcoming media events in Shanghai and Europe in the coming weeks, where they are expected to announce their hotly anticipated 6.4-inch phablet, presumably alongside an updated SmartWatch. The timing is perfect as multiple companies including Google and LG have stepped into the smartwatch arena, and as Sony knows, there is always room for innovation.
Source: Xperia Blog
If you like odd phone accessories, we’ve got something that you’re really going to enjoy. UK carrier O2 is launching a new line of Talk to the Hand gloves, which basically let you talk to your hand. A collaboration between O2 and artist Sean Miles, these gloves are essentially Bluetooth headsets built into a glove for your smartphone with the ability to answer calls and talk on the phone built right in. Sure, you’re going to look really, really weird, but it’s a cool concept.
The coolest part about the gloves is that they’re made from old recycled phones. The entire project was really just a way to push recycling into the spotlight and prove that old electronics can be recycled for some pretty neat new uses. So don’t trash those old phones just because you upgrade to something newer and better; they’ve still got some life left in them outside of your desk drawer or a landfill.
source: Pocket Lint
Much like the highly anticipated Ouya, another crowd-sourced Android-powered gaming console has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. The GameStick, originally announced around the beginning of the year, has delayed the first non-developer run of systems to its Kickstarter backers by about a month, citing an unfinished UI as the cause of the delay.
On the bright side, the manufacturing tooling is finished and the first run of GameStick’s have rolled off the line, including a last-minute change which entailed redesigning the analog sticks for easy removal, allowing users to apply custom decals. Early backers should expect theirs to ship sometime this August with a retail release sometime this fall. Hit the source for the full update from the GameStick team.