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Amazon Dash

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Amazon launched a new product named Amazon Dash today (April 4, 2014) that allows the user to add groceries and household goods to their shopping lists using the company’s AmazonFresh service.

A black-and-white hand-held wand-shaped remote-control features a microphone, speaker as well as a bar-code reader and links directly to the user’s AmazonFresh account.

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Dash connects to your home Wi-Fi network and works directly with your AmazonFresh account. Say or scan items into your Dash, and then view the list on your desktop or mobile device to purchase and schedule delivery.

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Every member of the family can use Dash to easily add items to your AmazonFresh shopping list. Keep it on your kitchen counter or hang it on the refrigerator. Did your kids just eat the last of the cereal? Conveniently refill and restock your home’s everyday essentials, and have fun doing it.

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The device is available only for users of the AmazonFresh which currently operates exclusively in Southern California, San Francisco and Seattle. The device is free during the trial period, according to the product’s website.

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Amazon Launches Amazon Fire TV

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At a media event today, Amazon introduced Amazon Fire TV ($99), a streaming box designed to compete with Apple TV. The box has a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for fast downloads. Larsen claims it’s three times as fast as Apple TV and other boxes. Many apps are supported, including Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and of course, Amazon Prime. The included remote control supports voice search with a built-in microphone. FireTV also supports games with the physical remote, an upcoming app, or the Fire game controller ($40). The device will begin shipping today.

Features include:

- Massive selection—Over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, millions of songs, and over a hundred games

- Perfect with Prime—Unlimited access to thousands of popular movies and TV shows including exclusive titles like Downton Abbey and Under the Dome. Get a free 30-day trial

- Voice search that actually works—Simply say the name of what you want to watch and start enjoying in seconds.

- Tiny box, huge specs—Fast quad-core processor, 2 GB of memory, dedicated GPU, plus 1080p HD video and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound

Easy to set up and use—Pre-registered to your Amazon account so you can enjoy favorite titles and personalized recommendations

- Instant streaming—Exclusive new feature ASAP predicts what movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and buffers them for playback before you hit play

- Perfect for parents—Amazon FreeTime lets you easily limit screen time and create personalized profiles just for kids (coming soon)

- Great for gaming, too—Play blockbuster titles like Minecraft-Pocket Edition, The Walking Dead, and Monsters University, plus free games and Amazon exclusives. Paid games start from just 99 cents

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Darth Vader Toaster

The Darth Vader Toaster ($45) used the power of the Force (electricity) to transform regular bread into delicious toast, complete with the Star Wars logo on one side and a picture of the Dark Lord of the Sith on the other. But the best part is the toaster itself. It’s shaped just like Darth Vader’s helmet. It will be available July 2014 but it can be pre-ordered now for $45 at BigBadToyStore.com.

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Wake Up And Smell The Bacon With Oscar Mayer’s New iOS App

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Prepare yourself for a bacon awakening beyond your wildest imagination. Wake Up & Smell The Bacon is a multi-sensory alarm experience that starts your morning with the mouthwatering sizzle and smell of Oscar Mayer bacon.

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A new alarm app by Oscar Mayer lures you out of bed every morning to not only the sweet sound of frying bacon, but to the smell as well. A small gadget attached to your iPhone’s headphone jack sends a bacon fragrance your way as the alarm sizzles.

The bacon device isn’t being sold – you’ll have to win it through a sweepstakes on Oscar Mayer’s website.

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Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs

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Flip your burgers and franks with the ruthless precision of a Sith Lord. Star Wars BBQ Tongs (£19.99) are the pincers of choice for any galactic chef.

These handy barbecue tongs are based on Darth Vader’s lightsaber, circa Episode IV. With a handy pair of pincers at one end and the lightsaber’s iconic hilt at the other, these BBQ tongs are the perfect kitschy gift for any Star Wars fan/outdoor chef! May the Sauce be with you.

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Features:

- Barbecue tongs with removable transparent red cover
– Officially licensed Star Wars product
– Features classic Lightsaber SFX
– Requires 2 x AA batteries (not included)

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Sony The Bottled Walkman

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To release their new underwater, swimmer-friendly MP3 players, Sony and their advertising agency, DraftFCB created the Bottled Walkman. To showcase the waterproof function of this MP3 player, Sony sold these Walkman sets immersed in a bottle of water.

This Walkman allows swimmers to listen to music while they are swimming laps in the pool. With a specific target audience of swimmers, it was even more crucial for the brand to ensure that their intended audience got to experience the product.

Keeping that in mind, Sony embarked on a smart product placement idea: to sell these MP3 players in vending machines at gyms and pool complexes where swimmers gathered. The work definitely paid off, with news channels picking up the story of this unique marketing idea.

 

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iPhone In1Case

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The In1Case ($45) combines an iPhone case with multitools without having anything extra in your pocket.

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Hidden in slots built into the polycarbonate case are blue and red pens, Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers, a nail file, tweezers, scissors, and a toothpick, as well as a kickstand for viewing video. The case is designed to fit an iPhone 5 or 5s.

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Skydrop Wi-Fi Sprinkler Controller

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The Skydrop Sprinkler Controller ($300) has a built-in Wi-Fi connection which syncs with a cloud service and adjusts its watering schedule based on current local weather conditions. You can manage the system from your phone, tablet, or laptop, keeping you informed while saving you money and conserving water.

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The Akebono Bin 8 All-in-One Kitchen Set Includes Nine Handy Tools Inside a Wine Bottle Sized Container

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The Akebono Bin 8 All-in-One Kitchen Set Includes Nine Handy Tools Inside a Wine Bottle Sized Container

For those of us with small kitchens and big dreams, the Akebono Bin 8 All-in-One Kitchen Tool Set ($40) is pure serendipity. The set boasts nine handy tools including a funnel, flower vase, lemon squeezer, spice grater, boiled egg dicer, cheese grater, lid opener, egg separator and a 420 ml measuring cup, leaving a footprint no larger than a wine bottle.

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The set is part of the MoMA Design Store’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

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Sony XSP-N1BT Smartphone Cradle Receiver

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The Sony XSP-N1BT Smartphone Cradle Receiver ($250) is the first system that turns your mobile device into the interface for your infotainment. Its unique clamping system grips your phone in landscape orientation, and when combined with their AppRemote for iOS and Android devices, functions as the complete input for your stereo. Wireless connection is available for Android devices, while iPhones will still have to connect over USB, which also charges your device while it’s in use.

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Mophie Space Pack

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The Mophie Space Pack ($150-$180) not only provides extra battery life for your iPhone 5 or 5s but the case also provides much needed storage, with either 16GB or 32GB of capacity available. An easy-to-use file management system, Airplay and Airdrop integration, as well as the ability to easily access any kind of file at any time let you stop worrying about maximizing your storage limit on your phone.

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The World’s First Burrito Kiosk Opens In Los Angeles

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Just walk up to Burritobox and choose from their menu of six hand-rolled burritos, watch a 60-second ad while your meal heats up and enjoy a hot fresh tortilla wrapped treat!

The ingredients in their 100 percent natural burritos have no hormones or antibiotics and their breakfast burritos have cage-free eggs. The varieties include roasted potato with egg and cheese, uncured bacon with egg and cheese, chorizo sausage with egg and cheese, free-range chicken with beans and rice, and shredded beef and cheese. You can also add sides such as sour cream, Tabasco and guacamole to your order on the touch screen for an additional fee.

The burritos cost $3 plus tax. The first kiosk is now open inside the new Mobil Station at 8380 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles and a second machine is slated to pop up at the 76 Station in Century City on January 18th.

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The Pebble Steel Watch

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Annnounced at CES 2014, the Pebble Steel ($250) is smaller and thinner than the original. This new model is made from forged and CNC-machined stainless steel in a brushed or matte black finish, but retains the ePaper display and app compatibility of its predecessor.

The Pebble Smartwatch connects to your iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth so you get the information you need exactly when you need it. Designed to make your life easier, Pebble provides personalized notifications and downloadable apps to keep you in the loop when you’re on the go. You can also customize with watchfaces and apps to suit your personal style and interests. It features a long-lasting battery, user-friendly operation, and a screen that’s readable even in bright daylight or underwater. Pebble comes with a charging cable and Quick Start Guide.

Available in brushed stainless and black matte finishes, each watch ships with a metal and leather strap, giving you the choice to dress it up or dress it down.

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Belkin Announces The Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker With WeMo

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The Crock-Pot WeMo Smart Slow Cooker ($100) is the first ever web-connected crock-pot. This crock-pot lets you turn it on or off, adjust cooking temperature, and change time using the Belkin WeMo app for iOS or Android from anywhere. 

It’s perfect for cooking chili, soup, and other common crock-pot meals, even if you’re schedule is unpredictable, letting you turn it off if you’re working late, or if you get stuck in traffic. With push reminders and the ability to calculate cook times and processes on its own, it takes all the difficulties out of slow cooking.

Available in the Spring of 2014, the device includes the following features:

- Turn on/off, change temperature or time settings from anywhere
- Receive reminders
- Timer calculates cook times and process
- Works with the WeMo app for iOS or Android
- Manual control option

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Wall Torch Sconce From ThinkGeek For Little Explorers/Adventurers

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The Wall Torch Sconce ($19.99) is a wall-mounted light fixture that can also be detached from its mount and used as a hand-held torch. 

It measures almost a foot tall and is made of plastic for easy gripping (and safe dropping) by little hands. And when their adventuring is done, it hangs back up on the wall to serve as a nightlight.

The combination torch/nightlight is available to purchase online for your little Explorer/Adventurer from ThinkGeek.

Product Specifications

- For Ages 5 years and up
- Wall Torch Sconce that gives off a flickering glow
- Great for little Indy, your tiny Olympic runner, or to decorate castle-, jungle-, or cave-themed rooms
- Torch easily detaches from wall mount for adventuring
- Includes Explorer Activity Guide
- Great nightlight – light turns off automatically after 10 minutes to prevent battery drain
- Materials: plastic, led bulb
- Batteries: 2 AA (not included)
- Dimensions: 3 1/2″ diameter x 12″ tall (x 10″ deep if wall-mounted)
- Weight: 10 oz.

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Mr. Postman, The Smart, Secure, Wi-Fi Enabled Mailbox

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Mr. Postman is 1/2″ wider than the standard mailbox and is solar-powered and WiFi-enabled, so you can unlock it with your smartphone. The Mr. Postman app works along with the smart mailbox, letting you know when new packages have arrived and when outgoing mail has been picked up. Get in now and a pledge of $180 will get you the mailbox, set to be delivered this summer.

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Joseph Joseph Nest 100 9-Piece Food Preparation Set

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The Joseph Joseph Nest 100 ($100) is a practical, space-saving 9-piece food preparation set which includes two sizes of stainless-steel mixing bowls, both with non-slip bases; a fine stainless-steel sieve; a large stainless-steel colander and a set of five measuring cups ranging in size from 1 teaspoon up to 1 cup.

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The innovative design of Nest allows the individual elements within each set to be stacked neatly together, thereby occupying the absolute minimum amount of space.

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The mixing bowls, sieve and colander are all made from high quality 18/8 stainless steel, providing exceptional durability.

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Apple’s New Mac Pro To Go On Sale December 19, 2013 For $2,999

Apple announced today that the Mac Pro will go on sale starting Thursday, December 19 with prices starting at $2,999.

The Mac Pro is Apple’s professional workstation with four-core, six-core, eight-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, up to 64GB of ECC DDR3 RAM, dual AMD FirePro graphics chips with up to 6GB of dedicated memory, up to 1TB of PCIe-based solid state storage, six Thunderbolt 2 ports and support for 4K displays. This power is coupled with a radical new design that turns the bulky desktop into a smooth cylinder.

You can buy a new Mac Pro tomorrow through the Apple’s online store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

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Do We Really Need This? The Crock-Pot Lunch Food Warmer

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Is that Beef Stew I smell cooking at Bob’s desk? Who can resist the smell of steamy clam chowder wafting through the office? Wish you could have hearty swedish meatballs for lunch but don’t want to leave your cubicle, then this time saving miracle is for you…

Enjoy warm, hearty lunches without leaving your desk. The Crock-Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer ($20) is a lunch tote and food warmer in one that warms while you work for delicious on-the-go meals that are ready when and where you are.

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Heats leftovers, soups, oatmeal and any number of favorites into amazing meals away from home. Superior portability features include an outer lid, cool-touch exterior, easy-carry handle and cord storage. 20-ounce capacity is perfect for a personal, portion-sized meal. Container is removable for filling and transporting, eliminating need to travel with entire unit.

Features:

- Serves 1 person
- 20-ounce capacity
- Tote-like handle for easy carrying
- Travel lid seals food during transport
- Cord storage
- Removable, dishwasher-safe food container and lid

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Do We Really Need This? The Fischer Price Ipad Apptivity Seat

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The Fischer Price Ipad Apptivity Seat ($80) is suitable for the newborn and toddlers. The seat features an overhead pivoting case for iPad. For those parients worrying the harm to their baby’s eyesight, a mirror and removable toys can be placed in the pivoting case instead.

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Features

- Adjustable toy bar has dangling activity toys that are always within reach, and a large, 7” mirror that’s more than entertaining as it reflects baby’s image – it’s also beneficial for facial recognition and developing a sense of self.

- Option to insert your iPad into the mirror’s case for another way to stimulate and engage your child.

- Toy bar with iPad holder removes completely when you want a traditional seat.

Download free apps that were created with the guidance of child development experts. Visual content and sounds are slow paced and time out after 10-12 minutes.

Activity toys are fun on their own and are also interactive with the apps, prompting fun sight and sound surprises for baby.

- Adjustable, three-position seat recline for comfort and extended use through toddler years.

- Three-point restraint for safety.

- Seat pad and head support remove for machine washing.

- Durable case for all generations of iPad, excluding iPad mini. (iPad device not included)

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thingCHARGER

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thingCHARGER is one of those ‘Duh – why did no-one think of this before’ things.

A gorgeous design, an almost invisible way to charge any phone, any tablet, any reader from any brand.

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thingCHARGER works with any outlet and features interchangeable adapters that attach to the top, allowing you to dock and charge most smartphones and tablets out there. There is even dual USB sockets at the bottom, allowing you to connect additional devices for charging at the same time. Its is elegant in its simplicity.

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The device is also modular allowing you to add another thingCHARGER on top of the other so that you can dock and charge two devices at once, such as an iPhone and iPad.

According to their website, the thingCHARGER is currently available to pre-order from $29.99 with estimated shipment date Winter/Spring 2014.


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iTunes 12 Days of Gifts App

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The 12 Day of Gifts app is now available to download from iTunes. Here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id777716569 or you can search the iTunes store on your Apple device for the 12 Days of Gifts.

From December 26th through January 6th, the free app allows you to download free music, TV episodes, movies, apps or books from some of the biggest stars on iTunes. Each free download is available for 24 hours only. Get each gift before midnight PST!

Please note, the app is only compatible with iOS7 and onwards.

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Square Introduces New Thinner Credit Card Reader

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Today Square released the latest generation of the pioneering credit card reader that empowers millions of people to accept credit cards. The all-new Square Reader is built with custom-designed components for better performance, easier use and an elegant, thinner design.

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Features of the new Square Reader include:

- A custom magnetic readhead and spring. Thinner and more accurate than the alternatives, the readhead parses redundant data from credit cards to ensure successful swipes.

- Custom electronics in a single chip. The reader is powered by the phone into which it is plugged, eliminating the need for a bulky battery and increasing life and reliability.

- Improved communications protocols and a custom audio plug. The Square Reader is compatible with more devices than ever before.

- The thinnest mobile card reader on the market.

The new Square Reader is available today and is free to anyone that signs up for a Square account.

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The $3,300 Apple Solid Gold iPhone 5S

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The Apple Solid Gold iPhone 5S ($3,300) comes in solid, 24-karat gold covering the edges, top, bottom, and back. You can also choose the platinum or rose gold additions. 

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If you want to bling out the device you can choose to upgrade it with Swarovski style embellishments on the logo, bezel, and more.

The unlocked sim-free phone will arrive in a luxury cherry oak finish box that will look impressive under the Christmas tree.

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THE FIRE WIRE 2013 Holiday Must-Have List: UE Boom Wireless Speaker

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The UE BOOM wireless speaker ($200) offers 360-degree immersive room filling sound in a compact stylish battery-powered device. 

At a weight of just above one pound, and just over a half-foot long, these cylindrical speakers are also made to go anywhere, easily slipping into most bags. The handsome device is coated in an acoustic skin (available in a range of colors) that makes it resistant to water and stains.

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Other features include wireless connectivity with a 50 foot range, 15 hours of battery life and the ability to chain multiple speakers together through the free UE BOOM app (available for iOS and Android) to play them in either stereo-to-stereo mode or traditional left/right stereo mode.

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