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Automatic

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The check engine light — that enigmatic indicator that can signal anything from a loose gas cap or old spark plugs, to a worn out catalytic converter or an empty windshield fluid reservoir — is hardly an effective way of remaining in-tune with your car. But with Automatic ($100) you can finally decode that uninformative light, letting you know what kind of help your car needs and potentially saving a trip to the mechanic. And that’s not all it does: helping improve your car’s fuel economy, alerting emergency response in case of a crash, and automatically remembering where you parked are just a few incredibly-useful features.

Automatic plugs into the same port your mechanic uses when you take your car in for service. It’s easily accessible near the steering wheel.

Add in that its beautifully-designed iOS and Android apps are constantly updated with new functionality, and you get the partner your car always needed.

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Meet Jibo The World’s First Family Robot

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We’ve dreamt of it for decades: a robotic assistant that becomes more than just an appliance, and more like part of the family. Jibo ($500) promises to be exactly that. This white, 11-inch tall companion would look right at home alongside Wall-E’s EVE, with an HD LCD touchscreen “face”, a sleek, white ABS plastic, glass, and aluminum body, and a 3-axis motor system that allows for natural, emotion-stirring movement.

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Thanks to two hi-res cameras, Jibo can recognize and track faces, and can even independently take photos and video, while 360º microphones and natural language processing let you talk to him from anywhere in the room. He can even connect with your phone to give you hands-free reminders and messages, while being so much more personal than a simple bop or buzz. Coming in 2015.

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NomadPlus iPhone Backup Battery

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NomadPlus ($40) is a smart backup battery that sits between your phone’s charging cable and the wall wart itself, letting you slide the white pronged square into its black body and connect your charging cord to the other side.

Plug it into the wall, and once it’s done charging your iPhone, it’ll fuel up its internal 1500 mAh battery, giving you a 70% additional charge when you need it the most without forcing you to use a bulky battery case or carry around an extra power brick.

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Apple Brings Vibrant Colors & iSight Camera To Most Affordable iPod touch Model

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Apple today announced its 16GB iPod touch is now available in vibrant colors and equipped with a 5 megapixel iSight camera for just $199. The entire iPod touch lineup features the 5 megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, brilliant 4-inch Retina display, Apple’s A5 chip and FaceTime camera. iPod touch features an ultra-thin and light anodized aluminum design and is available in pink, yellow, blue, silver, space gray and (PRODUCT) RED. iPod touch comes in a 16GB model for $199, 32GB for $249, and 64GB for $299.

iPod touch comes with iOS 7, offering more than 200 features including Camera app filters that let you easily add real-time photo effects. Additionally, the Photos app offers ways to automatically organize your photos based on time and location. With iCloud Photo Sharing, it’s simple to share photos and videos with exactly the people you want to see them and your friends and family can comment and access their shared streams from any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC at any time. This fall, iOS 8 will be supported on the entire iPod touch lineup.

Pricing & Availability

iPod touch 16GB is available starting in the US today and worldwide in the coming days, in pink, yellow, blue, silver and space gray through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested price of $199 (US). Starting today, the 32GB and 64GB models have been repriced worldwide, at a suggested price of $249 (US) for the 32GB model and $299 (US) for the 64GB model. iPod touch requires a Wi-Fi connection or a Mac with a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port, Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later and iTunes 10.7 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later and iTunes 10.7 or later. An Apple ID is required for some iPod touch features.

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Amazon Fire Phone

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Today Amazon announce the Amazon Fire Phone ($200 – $649) which sports a 4.7-inch HD display, 13MP rear-facing camera, global LTE and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon processor. The Fire Phone utilizes four specialized front-facing cameras that track your head movements, allowing for Dynamic Perspective — a 3D-like view that provides a more immersive experience.

In addition, the device features a dedicated button for the new FireFly service, which can instantly identify over 100 million things like products, email addresses, phone numbers, songs, TV episodes, movies, and more — and can integrate with third-party apps.

Built using premium materials, including Gorilla Glass 3 for the rear and front, aluminum buttons, stainless steel details and a rubberized polyurethane grip area, Fire is optimized for beauty, hand comfort and powerful performance.

Features include:

- Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2 GHz processor and 2GB RAM for excellent fluidity and image rendering.

- 4.7-inch HD display with an ambient light sensor and Dynamic Image Contrast that delivers better outdoor viewing.

- Global LTE and connectivity with nine bands of LTE, four bands of GSM, five bands of UMTS for better voice coverage and faster data speeds, 802.11ac support, Wi-Fi channel bonding, NFC, and Bluetooth.

- Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus for a virtual surround sound experience.

- Advanced imaging system with custom-tuned 13MP rear-facing camera with backside illumination, LED flash, 5-element f/2.0 lens, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities for beautiful, crisp photos, even in low-light conditions. Fire also includes a 2.1MP front-facing camera. Both front and rear-facing cameras record smooth 1080p HD videos.

- Reliable backup and restore leveraging the experience and operational excellence of Amazon Web Services and its cloud technology. Fire customers can automatically back up device settings, notes, bookmarks, messages, and installed applications—no need to manually configure or connect to a computer.

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eBay Valet

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You probably have some old stuff just lying around your house that you’ve been meaning to get rid of — gadgets you don’t use, collectibles taking up space, unwanted family heirlooms — but you’d rather not take the time to sell it on eBay.

Fortunately eBay Valet has you covered, taking all the effort out of selling your stuff online, from the convenience of your iPhone.

All you need to do is take a picture of the item you want to sell, and send it to your valet. They’ll evaluate the item, give you an estimate, and send you a prepaid box to ship it to eBay. They’ll handle it on their end, selling your stuff and sending you 70 percent of the profit.

You can download the free app HERE.

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PlayStation TV

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Sony announces PlayStation TV system($100), a sleek and compact console with a universe of PlayStation games available for stream, download and play. PlayStation TV can be used as a second console in your bedroom for PS4 remote play and streaming PS3 games from PlayStation Now. PlayStation TV is an easy way for gamers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy playing games together.

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Vessyl, A Smart Beverage Container That Recognizes & Tracks Everything You Drink

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Vessyl is a beverage container by Mark One that recognizes and tracks everything you drink so as to better understand things like calorie and sugar consumption from liquid.

The container provides feedback on these statistics via a companion smartphone app to allow for better planning and regulation. More information on the design and operation of a Vessyl is available via the company’s FAQ page.

Vessyl is currently available for pre-order for $100 with an expected release date of early 2015.

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Philips AirFryer

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Say goodbye to your deep fryer and hello to healthier food with the Philips AirFryer ($250). As the name suggests, this sleek appliance can fry foods with little to no oil thanks to its ability to circulate hot air at temperatures up to 390 degrees.

The result is extra-crispy food that’s cooked thoroughly, using a tablespoon or less of oil — which of course means far less fat.

Using the touchscreen, you can also set the device to bake, roast, or grill, meaning that unlike your deep fryer, it might actually be worth leaving out on the counter.

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Jimi Makes Your iMac’s USB Ports Accesible

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Jimi (415) is a “J” shaped USB extension for your iMac. Never again will you have to crane and reach around to access the USB port behind your computer.

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Simply plug in this smart accessory by snapping it in the air vent at the bottom of an iMac and the smart and simple “J” shaped device puts your USB port right beneath your monitor for easy access.

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