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The Military Duffel by Whipping Post

Building on the success of their previous vintage-inspired leather messenger bag, leather goods producer Whipping Post's latest offering is a rough-and-tumble duffel. Originally from Georgia and now NYC-based, founder Ryan Barr (who started making leather goods after he needed a new guitar strap) …

iBeacon rollout continues as inMarket connects over 200 grocery store locations

We’ve already seen retailers and major venues like Macy’s, the Apple Store, MLB, and even CES implement iBeacon technology into their overall visiting experience, and today inMarket is kicking off its Mobile to Mortar campaign (<i>via</i> <i>TechCrunch</i>) to bring the Bluetooth LE beacons to over 200 grocery …

LG launches Lifeband fitness gadget and heartbeat-detecting earphones

South Korean electronics giant LG is moving into the fitness gadgets market with the announcement of its Lifeband fitness band and a pair of stereo headphones that detect your heartbeat.<p>Both devices work with iOS or Android mobile apps and give you data such as how many steps you’ve taken. The …

Pinterest Acquires Image Recognition And Visual Search Startup VisualGraph

Pinterest has just acquired two-man startup VisualGraph, which creates machine vision, image recognition, and visual search technologies. The company’s founder Kevin Jing and his partner David Liu are joining the Pinterest engineering team today.<p>Pinterest says “the acquisition of VisualGraph will …

Pebble Steel declassified: Raising the smartwatch design bar without breaking the mold

If 2014 is to be the year of the wearable it's at least partly thanks to the success of the<p>Pebblein 2013. Sure, it was 2012 that the company's smartwatch hit Kickstarter and promptly blew the minds of many would-be entrepreneurs, raising a record-breaking $10 million on the crowd-funding site. But …

Withings' latest health gadget is designed to help you sleep (updated)

If you're anything like us, then getting out of bed on a cold, dark winter's morning is akin to raising the dead. Plenty of gadgets have promised to monitor our circadian rhythms and rouse us at the most biologically convenient time like the Zeo, but none have managed to totally win us over. That …

Wellograph is an activity tracker with good looks and fun graphs (hands-on)

One of the latest entrants to the crowded wearables market is an activity tracker that you might actually want to wear on a night out. The Wellograph, a device with a sapphire crystal display, features a heart rate monitor and an activity tracker, and -- gasp -- it's a standalone device, with no …

Roku renews bid for the living room with streaming-ready Roku TVs

Up until now, Roku's bid for the living room has mainly come in the form of its puck-like streaming players and sticks. These devices, priced at below $100, are a cheap way for consumers to augment existing HDTVs and make them "smarter." But now Roku's getting into the TV hardware business …

Jaybird's Reign fitness wearable promises to tell you when you want to work out (updated)

Because there might not be enough fitness wearables, Jaybird has announced its own wristband -- Reign. Health-centered (just like the company's recent Bluetooth headphones), we're promised activity and sleep monitoring, separating out users' movements by specific physical activity and sport. …

Okidokeys gives you more options than you could ever possibly need to open your front door

We first got word of the Okidokeys smart lock system roughly an hour ago, and just now got a chance to see the thing in action -- well, we got a chance to see it in various states of disarray on a table at tonight's CES Unveiled event. The primary module hooks up to the lock on the inside of door, …

The Internet's Cicada: A Mystery Without An Answer

"Hello. We are looking for highly intelligent individuals. To find them, we have devised a test. There is a message hidden in this image. Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. We look forward to meeting the few that will make it all the way through. Good luck."<p>That message, …

Check out this crazy $99 connected electric toothbrush

Kolibree is announcing what it calls the world’s first connected electric toothbrush today. It sounds pretty weird, but Kolibree says it can analyze your brushing habits and display them on a mobile dashboard that you can access from your phone. The idea is to motivate you, or shame you, into …

Lenovo’s new ThinkPad 8 is the best Windows alternative to the iPad mini Retina

Lenovo’s second 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet might just be the best one yet. While Lenovo only unveiled its 8-inch Miix 2 tablet back in October, the company is launching the 8.3-inch ThinkPad 8 today with a focus on power. Alongside the slight increase to the tablet's display size, Lenovo has opted …

App developers see wearable devices as next big thing

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Wearable computers like Google Glass and the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch may not have caught fire yet, but that hasn’t stopped mobile game developers from rushing to create apps for the new devices, eager to seize what they hope is the next big moment in consumer …

LG Announces its Rival to Nike's FuelBand Gadget

LG has entered the wearable fitness gadget space after it announced the Lifeband Touch, its newest attempt at rivaling the likes of Nike’s FuelBand.<p>The device is worn on the wrist and tracks a range of physical activity — including steps taken, distance covered — as well as calorie consumption. The …

This activity tracker lives in your shoe's insole

We're still several days out from CES, and we've already seen previews of a couple of fitness tracking devices. It's far, far too early to start talking overall trends for the show, but it seems pretty safe to suggest that we'll be seeing even more before the week is out. At the very least, …

How do you measure up? New health gadgets can tell you

An array of new personal health devices aims to help you beat depression, lose weight, reduce stress or improve your fitness level.<p>If it's January, it must be resolution time: that once-a-year phenomenon where Americans vow to do good things for themselves, like lose weight, get in shape and lower …

Tao WellShell is an isometric exercise device that tracks your fitness

Plenty of fitness trackers can track your steps and measure your heart rate, but few manage to become exercise devices in their own right. WellShell, a device announced today from Tao Wellness, is an isometric exercise device that tracks your progress with companion apps for Android and iOS. The …

Google Glass Meets Prescription Lenses--Something Every Geek Will Love

OK, I admit it. I’m a geek. And my glasses have been a badge of honor that I have worn all my life. And when Google Glass became available, it was love at first sight. Well, almost. As a Google Glass Explorer, my first experience with Glass was fascinating, but awkward. My clunky glasses didn’t …

Meet Notch, the motion tracker that maps exactly how your body moves

Fitness trackers like Fitbit and Fuelband are great at logging how much your body moves over a given day, but if you want more detail, like the angle of your knee or the jut of your hip, you're going to need more than just one sensor. That's where Notch comes in.<p>The new system takes a modular …

Wearable technology set to take the workplace by storm

Like the PC, mobile phone and tablet, wearable technology is poised to change how organizations collect, access and use information. The first three …

The mysterious object blocking Seattle tunnel was just a pipe

The mysterious, Thing-like object blocking Seattle tunnel-boring project has finally been revealed after weeks of investigation. Sadly, it wasn't an 18th century shipwreck or a glacial boulder, as many speculated. In the end, the culprit was a steel well casing left behind by an exploratory …

Music sales decline for the first time since the iTunes Store opened

Digital music sales declined for the first time in 2013 since the iTunes Store opened a decade before, according to new data from Nielsen SoundScan. <i>Billboard</i> reports that sales of tracks declined 5.7 percent, to 1.34 billion units, while album sales fell 0.1 percent, to 117.6 million. The chief …

Corvette's Performance Data Recorder turns your drive into a video game

You've heard of the quantified self, but what about the quantified car?<p>Chevrolet brought journalists to Spring Mountain Raceway this weekend — some 60 miles beyond the glitz of CES and the Vegas Strip — to demonstrate the 2015 Corvette's Performance Data Recorder, a GoPro-on-steroids that's …

Samsung's new Smart Home service outlined, wants to connect to third-party services and products

We heard whispers that Samsung was planning big for CES, and we're not just talking TV panels. It's now revealed Smart Home, which attempts to tie together Smart TVs, home appliances and handheld smart devices into one single platform. Perhaps more importantly, the company says it's going to …

Filson Leather Tote Bag

Having trouble reconciling your weekend outdoorsy aesthetic with your weekday workwear wardrobe? Don't worry, Filson has your back with the Filson …

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Hour of Code campaign teaches programming in 30,000 US schools (video)

Code.org wants to make computer science a staple of the classroom, and it's taking a big step toward that goal today with the launch of its Hour of Code campaign. More than 30,000 US schools (35,000 worldwide) will devote at least one hour this week to teaching programming, with incentives in store …

Twitter Soaring Near All-Time High As It Profits Off Your Web History

Twitter stock jumped to a near all-time high Monday, briefly gaining over 10% and flirting with the $50 share price mark it hit during its hot IPO a month ago. The stock increase came as Twitter is on a news roll: delivering new ad products, electing its first female board member, and petitioning …

Everything visible: How wearable cameras are changing the way we think about public space

<b></b>Unless you spend all of your time in a cave, you’ve probably been photographed without your knowledge.<p>The presence of surveillance cameras is becoming a growing norm in public spaces. For example, currently in the United Kingdom, there are an estimated 4.2 million cameras —some even with …