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Three new connected gadgets for a Smarter kitchen (pictures)

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Home Automation

Twitter takes another stab at music by investing in Muzik social headphones

Twitter shut down its #Music discovery service in March last year but it is bravely taking another step into the entertainment world with an investment in socially-driven headphone startup Muzik.<p>The wireless Muzik headphones, which are yet to launch, pair with the company’s app to enable users to …

Hunter Fan Company announces two HomeKit-enabled ceiling fans launching this spring

Hunter Fan Company, one of the top manufacturers of ceiling fans, has today taken the wraps off of its foray into the HomeKit market. The company has announced a pair of connected ceiling fans that are WiFi enabled and support Apple’s HomeKit platform for communication. The ceiling fans are named …

Home Automation

Here's the MagSafe connector your new MacBook is missing

And a battery pack for your Apple Watch<p>The new MacBook is finally seeing more adapters and peripherals to make use of its versatile USB port, but longtime Mac notebook users will still feel like something's missing: MagSafe. Apple's magnetic charging connector has been a useful staple of the …

Withings' infrared thermometer adds fevers to your quantified self data

A smart thermometer designed for children and adults<p>Withings is known for elegant and smart takes on simple household products — a baby monitor, a scale, a smartwatch. You can now add thermometer to that list. The company's new Thermo thermometer, shown off here at the Consumer Electronics Show in …

Sleepion will stimulate your senses to put you to sleep

We're not sleeping well. Off-late there's been an onslaught of sleep-guaranteeing tech including apps and beds that can prep your mind and body for the deepest slumber. Cheero, a California-based company known for its power packed external batteries, has come up with Sleepion, a three-in-one …

Blink is a cheap, battery-powered Nest Cam competitor

Can two AA batteries really last a year?<p>Wireless doesn't always mean wire free. Many smart home products still require plenty of wires, mostly for power. So a battery-powered, budget-friendly smart home camera that promises up to a year of battery life stands out a little bit, even at a noisy, …

MediaTek is developing a wearable-centric chip

Wearables are pretty new to the mobile marketplace. So, historically, wearable devices have basically just borrowed processors that were originally intended for smartphones. It’s not unusual, for instance, to see a Snapdragon 400 running a smartwatch. Unfortunately, wearables are fundamentally …

Smartwatches

This transforming robot rolls around your home and shoots projections everywhere

LAS VEGAS — In between the million of TVs, laptops, and wearables at CES are a whole bunch of weird gadgets, like Cerevo's Tipron robot.<p>Tipron is a …

Faraday Future unveils its FFZero 1 supercar of the future

Faraday Future has unveiled the FFZero1, a concept car that the firm promises will spearhead a complete revolution in the way we drive. "What would happen if we just started clean?" the company's flashy promotional video asked the assembled audience here at CES 2016. The Zero1 is a single-seat race …

First Alert OneLink Wi-Fi Smoke and CO Alarm review: Siri can't save First Alert's surprisingly dumb connected smoke alarm - CNET

<b>The Good</b> First Alert shows off its hardware pedigree with the OneLink by First Alert Wi-Fi Smoke and CO Alarm. The device looks good, and responds to smoke quickly and consistently.<p><b>The Bad</b> The HomeKit integration doesn't add anything and the unresponsive app takes quite a bit away from this …

Home Automation

CES 2016: Home Automation System Works Around You

Wi-Fi Based, Home Automation System Works Around <i>You</i> [CES 2016]<p>Available to Premium &<br>Purple Members<p>Before you start filling up your calendars with …

CES 2016: You Can Control BB-8 with Sphero's New 'Force Band'

Take my money.<p>Sphero's app-controlled BB-8 can now be controlled by the Force -- sort of. The company showcased a motion-tracking "Force Band" at CES …

Wearable Tech

Consumers are bored with today's tech and nervous about tomorrow's

Alongside booths advertising home security cameras and self-playing pianos and smartphone-controllable essential oil aerosolizers, I saw a lonely booth with nothing in it but a single laptop and a company logo: Accenture.<p>Accenture, if you don't know, is a massive consulting firm that specializes in …

Gear & Gadgets

Chemistry: Four elements added to periodic table

<b>Four chemical elements have been formally added to the periodic table, completing the scheme's seventh row.</b><p>They are the first to be included in the table since 2011, when elements 114 and 116 were added.<p>The first true iteration of the table was produced in 1869 by the Russian chemist Dmitri …

Chemistry

CES 2016: Romy machine mixes custom-made moisturiser

<b>A machine that can mix a custom-made moisturising cream to suit an individual's needs will be shown later this week at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.</b><p>Romy Paris' device ingests small capsules with different functions - for example hydration, UV filtration and anti-ageing - and mixes them into a …

Moisturizers

CES 2016: Triby adds Amazon Alexa assistant to fridges

<b>A colourful speaker that brings Amazon's voice-controlled assistant Alexa to your fridge is one of the products being put on display at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.</b><p>The Triby can receive picture messages, make phone calls and answer questions you ask it.<p>It is the first third-party device to …

Smart Homes

MyFC launches the Jaq, a tiny fuel-cell charger that runs on water and salt

Fuel cells are starting to live up to their promise. They may not save the world, but they’re certainly capable of providing enough energy for your smartphone.<p>MyFC is demonstrating this with its eco-friendly Jaq fuel-cell charger, which is debuting this week at the 2016 International CES (the …

Fuel Cell

The BoomStick makes any wired headphones sound better

A $99 dongle for your ears<p>Most of us would like our music to sound better, even if we're not willing to do much about it. The only real solution — buying better headphones — costs money, and picking the right ones takes time and effort. That's why a new company called BoomCloud 360 created the …

Apple in 2016: What we expect from new iPhones, iPads, Macs, & Apple Watch this year

With Apple’s big fall product launches behind us and the last of its 2015 lineup launching with the iPad Pro, we now turn our focus to what’s on deck for 2016. Should you buy a new Apple Watch, MacBook, iPad, or iPhone now? Or wait until Apple’s inevitable refreshes coming later this year?<p>Below we …

IPad Air

OrCam's MyMe wearable will watch and decode the world for you

You've probably heard of wearable cameras from companies like Narrative, which clip onto your clothing and log images of your daily life. The upcoming MyMe from Orcam takes that idea to a whole new, and potentially even more useful, level. Instead of simply recording images, it uses artificial …

Apple Raises iPhone and iPad Prices in Germany to Reflect Copyright Fees

Apple has slightly raised iPhone and iPad prices in Germany on January 1, likely to comply with new private copying levies agreed to by German trade association Bitkom and ZPÜ collecting societies such as GEMA in December 2015.<p>iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 5s prices increased by around 5 …

IPad Air

Charlie Rose to tour Jony Ive’s ‘secret design studio’ and new Store design for CBS on Sunday

Jony Ive will give a rare look into Apple’s secret design studio in Cupertino this coming Sunday, December 20th. Ive will lead Charlie Rose through the secret design study for his popular show 60 Minutes on CBS. In addition to a tour of the design lab, Rose will also get a “first look at Apple’s …

Charlie Rose

The first guy to hack the iPhone built a self-driving car by himself

George Hotz made a name for himself at 17 years-old as the first person to hack the iPhone, but his next project could be headed on a collision course with Apple’s self-driving car.<p>Using affordable electronics that any nerd on the street can purchase, Hotz revealed that he hacked an Acura ILX to …

Autonomous Cars

Philips Hue reverses course, will continue to work with third-party bulbs

After customers cried foul, Philips will roll back the software update blocking users from adding third-party smart bulbs to their Hue setups.<p>After upsetting some of its user base, Philips Hue is announcing that it will roll back a recent system software update that blocked customers from pairing …

Home Automation

Netflix has created 'smart' socks that sense when you fall asleep and pause the show you're watching

Depending on how far down the rabbit hole you are, when you wake up, you might have no idea where you fell asleep in the episode. You might not even remember which episode you were in altogether.<p>Fortunately Netflix has a cheeky solution to your problems: "Netflix socks." Netflix has built socks …

​Breitling's new connected watch costs $8,900: Hands-on with the Exospace B55

A traditional watch meets some phone-connected smart features. We try one on our wrist.<p>This is the year that real watchmakers are making smartwatches. TAG Heuer, Fossil and now Breitling, too. The Breitling Expospace B55, however, is a "connected watch," which means it's a traditional watch with …

Wearable Tech

Facebook lets you add 'Star Wars' lightsabers to your profile with one click

You probably already know that this is <i>Star Wars</i> premiere week, but you may not know that you can now add a bit of the Force to your Facebook page.<p>On …

Avegant’s Glyph 'personal theater' headset starts shipping next month

But don’t call it VR<p>The Avegant Glyph will get you noticed. The consumer version of the projector-headset combo is remarkably more attractive than the prototypes Avegant has shown off in the past, even if wearers will never quite escape looking like LeVar Burton donning a <i>Star Trek</i> VISOR. That might …

Netflix is re-encoding its whole catalog for better streams that use less data

Netflix has spent four years rethinking the way it serves movies and TV shows to its customers over the internet, and it's in the process of rolling out the result. Pretty soon the company's streams will use up to 20 percent less data, though Netflix is confident that no one will notice any …