Blocks modular smartwatch has started shipping to backers after official launch at CES

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BLOCKS, the world’s first modular smartwatch, launches at CES BLOCKS showcases five new modules, Android Oreo and Amazon Alexa Las Vegas — January 9, 2018 – Two years in the making following a $1.6 million crowdfunding campaign, BLOCKS showcases the first device of its kind in the wearables market - a modular smartwatch. BLOCKS Core is a fully featured smartwatch on its own that has smartphone notifications, fitness tracking, Amazon Alexa and a whole range of apps and other features. Its functionality can be extended by adding ...

Haier, owner of GE Appliances, announces Android TVs at CES 2018

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If you don't follow the thrilling and fast-paced world of home appliances, you might be forgiven for never having heard of a company called Haier. The China-based consumer electronics and home appliance manufacturer made headlines in 2016 when it announced it would be buying General Electric's appliance division for $5.4 billion. Aside from making kitchen appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and microwave ovens, Haier's product line also includes washers, air conditioners, televisions, and even computers, smartphones and Chromebooks. One year ago, at CES 2017, Haier announced ...

[$$$] NVIDIA announces 65″ 4K 120Hz gaming displays with Android TV built in

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NVIDIA Supersizes PC Gaming with New Breed of Big Format Gaming Displays “BFGDs” Integrate NVIDIA G-SYNC and SHIELD to DeliverWorld’s First Giant Screen PC Gaming Experience LAS VEGAS—CES—Jan. 7, 2018—PC gaming today makes the leap to a giant screen, with NVIDIA’s introduction of big format gaming displays, or BFGDs. Created in conjunction with NVIDIA hardware partners Acer, ASUS and HP, BFGDs integrate a high-end 65-inch, 4K 120Hz HDR display with NVIDIA® G-SYNC® technology together with NVIDIA SHIELDTM, the world’s most advanced streaming device. The combination delivers a buttery-smooth ...

The Stream+ is an Android TV box with integrated TV tuners, and it’s available for pre-order

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The Android TV ecosystem currently consists of the SHIELD and some other things no one buys. There may soon be another Android TV device worth picking up. The Stream+ from Channel Master is up for pre-order, and it ships later this month. This is an Android TV box, but it also has built-in dual TV tuners and DVR functionality. The hardware looks like a slightly warped Google Home that was cut in half. I don't mean that to sound negative—that's just an unavoidable comparison. ...

[Deal Alert] Misfit Vapor is €139.99/£129.50 (30% off) with promo code in the UK, Germany, Italy, and France

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We know how much of a tease many of our Deal Alert posts can be for our readers outside the US and Canada, so let's end the year on a more inclusive note, shall we? Misfit is giving folks in the UK, Germany, Italy, and France 30% off of its Vapor smartwatch and other products via a promo code. If you live elsewhere, there's a separate promo code to get the same discount on a more limited set of products. If you live in the UK, ...

Garmin launches the Vivofit 4 fitness tracker with a year of battery life

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OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the vívofit 4, a daily activity tracker1 with an incredible 1+ year battery life – no charging necessary – and a sunlight-readable, always-on color display. Designed for 24/7 wearability, the vívofit 4 is swim- and shower-safe and features a sleek, comfortable band. The vívofit 4 is ready to go right out of the box, and can be paired with a smartphone for additional features. Easy to set up and simple to operate, all ...

SiriusXM quietly arrives on Android TV

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SiriusXM is a satellite/internet radio company, which has offered an Android smartphone app since 2010. The company has also embraced Android's other form factors - a Google TV app is still live on the Play Store. An Android TV version is now widely available, with seemingly no announcement from the company. The app is already up to version 1.1, and since the changelog says "Added support for more Android TV devices," it may have only been available on select smart TVs. You should now be ...

Tidal splashes onto Android TV with its lossless music streaming

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If you are someone who would pay 20 bucks a month for lossless streaming audio, you would probably like the option to play those high-bitrate tunes through the receiver connected to the biggest screen in your house. It's only fair. Rejoice, audiophiles and audiophile wannabes (like me), because streaming service Tidal has released an Android TV version of its app.  Tidal also leans heavily on providing high-resolution music videos as well as audio, and boasts in its Play Store listing that users can now "stream ...