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“Internet of Things” Economy Set to Grow at Rapid Pace

Analysts have predicted that the long-heralded “Internet of things” will feature a whopping 50 billion connected devices by the year 2020, which will generate $7.1 trillion in related revenues. While the actual consumer market has yet to show tangible and visible signs of embracing the kind of growth that will make these numbers possible, that is likely to change very soon, and in a big way. Looking at trends among major long-term investors in the technology market, it’s clear that more and more experts are placing their bets now, so to speak, hoping to get in on the ground floor…

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Back-to-School Wearable Devices for Teens

Back-to-School Wearable Devices for Teens

For teens, the arrival of August means that the school year is fast approaching, and tech manufacturers are offering an interesting collection of affordable wearable devices. Here’s a run-down of some of the hottest items on the market: Smartwatches. Manufacturers like Martian and Pebble Steel have introduced smartwatches that allow users to get phone notifications and run apps. These sleek timepieces are available in a wide range of designs, colors and layouts, with very affordable price tags. The Moto 360 is also a noteworthy entrant in the smartwatch market, offering more advanced features and Android connectivity. Fitness and sleep trackers….

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Fitbit Set to Launch Next-Generation of Wearable Devices

Fitbit Set to Launch Next-Generation of Wearable Devices

After recalling the Fitbit Force in the wake consumer complaints that resulted in a class-action lawsuit, Fitbit is gearing up for a reentry into the fitness tracking market. The company’s upcoming products include the PurePulse, the Fitbit Surge and the Fitbit Charge. According to a recently filed trademark application, the PurePulse is a multifunctional wristband wearable built around an optical-display heart rate monitor. It will also offer numerous other performance features, including workout intensity, the number of calories burned, and time tracking capabilities. The Fitbit Surge is apparently aimed at running enthusiasts, offering weather data including wind speed, wind direction…

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Amazon’s Fire Phone Launches to Mixed Reviews

Amazon’s Fire Phone Launches to Mixed Reviews

Amazon is the latest tech and Internet giant to make a foray into the world of smartphones, and the company’s upcoming Fire Phone has generated a great deal of debate among industry onlookers. Some believe it is going to be a spectacular and embarrassing flop for Amazon, while others think it will inevitably succeed as Amazon continues to grow. Both sides have compelling arguments to make. Those who think the Fire Phone is doomed to fail point to its lofty price tag; the Fire Phone starts at $199, and an unlocked model commands a whopping $649. Considering that the Fire…

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HomeKit to Sync Up with All Your Apple Devices

At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple unveiled its HomeKit suite of “smart home” tools. HomeKit will allow users to control everything from their furnaces and air conditioners to their thermostats and security systems from a single connected iOS device. Smart home technologies are already widely available, but there are some significant limitations on the way they currently work. As it stands, users must access each individual appliance or control through a dedicated app, which means that you have to go through one app to adjust your thermostat, another app to set your security system, and yet another to unlock…

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Apple iWatch Launch Possible this Fall

Apple iWatch Launch Possible this Fall

Over the past few days, various media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, have added to the speculation surrounding Apple’s upcoming iWatch. According to the reports, the new smartwatch, which was designed with high-level input from fashion industry veteran Paul Deneve, will be offered in a range of styles and configurations. It was also reported that Apple has set lofty sales goals for its iWatch; the company is said to expect year-end sales figures to reach the range of 10 to 15 million. However, conflicting details have emerged about screen sizes. According to Reuters, Apple had finalized a 2.5-inch rectangular…

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New from Samsung: Bluetooth-Enabled “Smart Bulbs”

New from Samsung: Bluetooth-Enabled “Smart Bulbs”

Hot on the heels of a similar announcement by rival electronics manufacturer LG, Samsung debuted its new Smart Bulb in Frankfurt, Germany. The new Bluetooth-enabled Smart Bulb offers enhanced features that allow users to control it from a multitude of connected devices. This technology also reportedly allows users to download apps that will enable them to add as many as 64 Smart Bulbs to a single central control. The Smart Bulb’s precision features include the ability to dim lighting levels to as little as 10 percent of full brightness while providing an estimated 15,000 hours of lighting. Based on average…

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Is Google Glass Doomed for Commercial Failure?

Is Google Glass Doomed for Commercial Failure?

  Google Glass is one of the most anticipated technology products of recent years. Industry pundits expected it to mark the dawn of the wearables era, but there’s a problem — it seems that very few people are actually interested in wearing them. While Google Glass is still technically in the beta phase of its development, Google has now made the ocular wearable available to anyone willing to meet the reported $1,500 price tag. The first sign of problems with the Google Glass can be traced back to last year, when Google unveiled Glass to a select list of invitees….

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Smartwatch Market Sees Exponential Growth, Doubles in Size

Smartwatch Market Sees Exponential Growth, Doubles in Size

Recent sales figures show that Samsung, already the world leader in smartphone sales, has charged out to a commanding lead in the rapidly growing smartwatch market. Samsung shipped half a million smartwatches during the first quarter of 2014, earning the company an astounding 71 percent market share. In total, smartwatch manufacturers shipped 700,000 units during 2014’s Q1, marking a reported 250 percent increase over the industry’s performance of a year ago. Despite that aggressive growth, many industry observers believe that the smartwatch market has plenty of room to build up even more momentum. This speculation is largely fueled by the…

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Samsung Adding Iris Scanners to Future Phones

Samsung Adding Iris Scanners to Future Phones

With smartphone manufacturers racing to become the first to introduce biometric security to their devices, Samsung recently tipped its hand by revealing that the company is actively researching iris-scanning technologies. Implemented in a smartphone, iris scanners would ensure that nobody but the registered user would be able to access the phone’s contents. With users becoming increasingly concerned about privacy, such a development would likely fare well with consumers. At a recent conference, Samsung’s vice-president Rhee In-Jong said that Samsung is developing iris-scanning smartphone technology, and that it would likely debut in an upcoming line of premium smartphones. From there, he…

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