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Review: FiftyThree's Pencil Bluetooth stylus rating

12/09/2013, 02:31:AM

Development studio FiftyThree takes a bold step into the hardware game with its Bluetooth-enabled stylus designed to be a companion tool for the company's popular drawing app Paper.

37 Comments

Review: Fitbit Force fitness monitorrating

12/01/2013, 07:35:PM

Fitbit's latest activity tracking device looks to improve on the company's earlier offerings by incorporating a host of sensors, onboard screen and wireless connectivity into a wearable package.

25 Comments

Review: Nest Learning Thermostatrating

12/01/2013, 11:24:AM

It's hard to believe a device like the the Nest Learning Thermostat wasn't invented earlier; it blends existing hardware technology with customized software to solve a number simple of problems many people deal with on a daily basis, and does so elegantly.

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Review: Ultimate Ears Boom Bluetooth portable speakerrating

12/01/2013, 08:45:AM

Ultimate Ears brings its third Bluetooth speaker offering to market in the Boom, a device that features "360-degree sound" and the ability to "Double Up," or pair two speakers together, for stereo output.

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Review: Dropcam Pro Internet-connected monitoring systemrating

11/30/2013, 08:16:PM

Amid a sea of Internet-connected cameras, startup Dropcam has managed to accumulate a healthy following with its eponymous device, the latest version of which ups the ante with markedly better picture quality, intelligent alerts and Bluetooth LE connectivity.

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Review: Friends of Hue Bloom Lamp and LightStripsrating

11/30/2013, 12:22:AM

Philips has expanded its wireless light product line with the Friends of Hue series, the first offerings being a lights strip and accent lamp that, like the original Hue bulbs, can be controlled remotely, change color and are expensive.

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Review: Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Starter Packrating

11/28/2013, 03:22:PM

Philips's Hue Light Bulb combines energy-efficiency, wide-spectrum LED lighting and remote control capabilities via iOS app into a neat little package, but is it worth the high price of entry?

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Review: Using the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition camera with Apple's iPhonerating

11/28/2013, 12:03:AM

The world's most versatile camera and the world's most popular smartphone lineup join forces thanks to the official GoPro app for iOS. Built-in wireless connectivity, stunning picture quality and a stellar lineup of accessories make the GoPro Hero3+ camera an easy recommendation -- one made only better by connecting it to an iPhone.

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Review: Nike+ FuelBand SErating

11/20/2013, 03:23:AM

Nike's second-generation FuelBand makes progress toward a more complete activity monitor, including support for Bluetooth LE, an improved accelerometer, increased durability and a new iOS app.

10 Comments

Review: Apple's second-generation iPad mini with Retina displayrating

11/15/2013, 12:02:AM

Apple's second-generation iPad mini squeezes a high-resolution Retina display -- one with an even greater pixel density than the iPad Air -- into its diminutive form factor. It's an impressive technical achievement, but one that comes at a greater cost to customers.

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Review: Shine activity monitorrating

11/13/2013, 01:25:AM

Misfit's Shine physical activity monitor takes a road less traveled by attempting to strike a balance between aesthetics and utility, rather than packing in more sensors.

10 Comments

Review: nimblstand mates iPad with Apple's full-size Wireless Keyboardrating

11/09/2013, 09:35:PM

In a growing sea of third-party iPad stands, docks and covers, nimblstand looks to set itself apart by joining stylus-driven "inking" and QWERTY input from Apple's Bluetooth keyboard into a single flexible accessory.

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Review: Withings Pulse with built-in heart rate monitorrating

11/05/2013, 01:02:AM

French fitness tracking product company Withings integrates a heart rate monitor into its latest offering, adding yet another metric with which users can measure and manage their workout routine.

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Review: Apple's fifth-generation iPad Airrating

11/03/2013, 07:15:PM

When Apple announced the iPad Air, the company said that words alone wouldn't do it justice -- users had to feel its latest tablet to truly appreciate the difference. As it turns out, they were right.

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Review: Apple's late-2013 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina displayrating

11/03/2013, 05:37:PM

The late-2013 version of Apple's high-end professional notebook, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, is a computer in a class of its own, offering a near-perfect blend of style and performance in a more affordable package than before.

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Review: Apple's late-2013 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina displayrating

11/02/2013, 05:06:PM

Apple's new late 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a slightly thinner profile and reduced heft from last year's model, along with a smaller price tag. But it's what's on the inside that really makes this notebook a stunner.

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Review: Sony's high-end Cyber-shot QX100 wireless camera lens for iPhonerating

11/02/2013, 09:56:AM

The Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 is the high-end version of Sony's newly released iPhone-compatible wireless camera accessories, packing in a Carl Zeiss lens at an attractive price point. Like the low-end QX10, it's a forward thinking device with a great deal of potential that remains held back by shaky software.

34 Comments

Fantastical 2 brings natural voice recognition, enhanced calendar views to iOSrating

10/31/2013, 05:28:PM

Fantastical 2.0 for iOS is a virtual personal assistant masquerading as a calendar application. Oh, I know Siri acts like a personal assistant, but only Fantastical is really good at managing my calendar.

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Review: Kwikset's new iPhone-compatible 'Kevo' keyless deadbolt lockrating

10/30/2013, 11:57:AM

The home automation sector's move to the mainstream has introduced consumers to innovative new products from startups and industry stalwarts alike, one being the Kevo lock from Kwikset, a Bluetooth-enabled, touch-activated smart lock that lets owners use their iPhone as a door key.

38 Comments

Review: 1Password 4 for Mac makes managing all your passwords easy and securerating

10/10/2013, 09:24:AM

Passwords stink. Password policies vary widely from the many sites you choose or have to use, and satisfying them all is hard, and hard to keep up with. That's why 1Password is an invaluable application — and the new 1Password 4 qualifies as a worthy update.

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