Fossil’s first smartwatch is here in time for the holidays

Fossil’s first Android Wear watch, the stunning Q Founder, has finally arrived. The device ships with a bunch of exclusive Fossil faces, and it can be ordered from Fossil’s online store now for $295. If you prefer your smartwatch to look just like a traditional watch, but you don’t have $1,500 to spend on the […]

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Can TAG Heuer help Android Wear defeat Apple Watch?

When it comes to smartwatch sales, Apple Watch has well and truly embarrassed the entire Android Wear ecosystem, even though it hasn’t spent anywhere near as long on the market. But with Google’s platform getting a high-profile supporter this week, is it time for change? TAG Heuer’s new Connected is the first smartwatch from a luxury […]

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TAG Heuer’s first smartwatch goes on sale this week for $1,500

TAG Heuer is ready to take on the Apple Watch. Its first smartwatch, powered by Android Wear and called the Carrera Connected, is set to make its debut later this week, and it will retail for $1,500. TAG CEO Jean-Claude Biver revealed in an interview with Swiss magazine Le Matin Dimanche that the company’s first Wear watch, which […]

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Cortana unites with Xbox Live to provide users with personalized game information in Windows 10

It has been reported that Cortana is able to integrate with Xbox Live and provide Windows 10 users with game-related information such as personalized notifications, and a few surprising new features. Read more…

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iDevices Announces Launch Dates for HomeKit-Enabled Smart Plugs and Thermostat

iDevices today announced the launch date of its trio of HomeKit-enabled products that includes the iDevices Switch, Outdoor Switch, and Thermostat. The Switch and Thermostat will be available for purchase on iDevices’ online storefront, or exclusively from Lowe’s retail stores, starting on September 28, while the Outdoor Switch is slated for a release later in November.

Originally announced back in January at CES, the iDevices Switch allows HomeKit users to easily control, monitor, and program anything directly connected into the smart plug. Users will be able to set powering on and off schedules, and use Siri to control the status of the device connected to the Switch. The iDevices Switch will retail for $49 when it launches later this month.

The Outdoor Switch is largely similar to the traditional Switch model, but includes a rain-tight plug along with dual outlets so that users can control and program anything outdoors, like seasonal holiday lighting and spotlights. This model won’t be available until an unspecified time in November, however, and as such doesn’t have a specified retail price yet.

Lastly is the iDevices Thermostat, which the company states can control a home’s AC and heat from anywhere using Siri or the connected app, so that they „can ensure their home temperature will always be exactly the way they like it.“ On September 28, the HomeKit-enabled Thermostat will launch for $149 alongside the Switch in Lowe’s stores and on the iDevices website.

Along with the new products, iDevices is updating its Connected App [Direct Link] to version 2.0, with a new interface and the ability to connect and support other company’s HomeKit products – like the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt – in addition to its own. Users interested can find out more information, and pre-order the iDevices Switch, Outdoor Switch, and Thermostat over at the company’s official website. Lowe’s is also accepting pre-orders on the Switch and Thermostat, with the ability to pick up the new HomeKit-enabled products at your local store on launch day.



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How your iPhone could start your car before you get in it

Apple already has its in-dash operating system CarPlay, which it hopes will make its way into more than 24 million vehicles over the next five years. But if a new patent published today is anything to go by, that’s the tip of the iceberg…Read more ›



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iDevices’ HomeKit-compatible Switch lets Siri light up your house

LAS VEGAS — iDevices’ first HomeKit-compatible product will be a simple on-off switch that turns your iPhone into a remote control for lamps and appliances. It’s name is simple too: Switch. The $49.99 rectangular device plugs into an outlet. You…Read more ›



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CES 2015: Connected Cycle Reveals Smart Bike Pedal with Location and Fitness Tracking Features [iOS Blog]

French startup Connected Cycle has introduced its new smart bike pedal at CES 2015, which is able to track a bike’s exact location in the event of a theft and a number of distance and fitness statistics during biking activity.

The aluminum pedal works with a companion app on iOS to track where a bike is located, and can send a push notification if the bike has been moved or give a location as to where a bike was last parked. The pedal and the app also automatically record metrics like the speed of a bike, the incline of a given location, routing info and even calories burnt. Connected Cycle notes that the pedal generates its own energy and that installation takes less than two minutes without the need for mechanical skills, although removing the pedal requires a specialized key that comes in the box.

The Connected Cycle comes with two pedals, with one pedal containing smart functionality and the other pedal sporting a similar look for aesthetic purposes. Connected Cycle has yet to announce a price or release date for its smart pedal, but does note that it will come in colors including black, red, green, blue, and orange.




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