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Lockmaker Yale Unveils NFC Residential Locks

Yale is launching residential locks with near field communication (NFC) technology. The new deadbolts replace conventional keys with digital keys instead, which are accessed through an app for NFC-equipped Android mobile devices. The mobile app lets homeowners unlock doors, send keys to others, or revoke a...

New Misfit Fitness Trackers Use Swarovski Crystals, Solar Cells

Misfit has launched a Swarovski Shine lineup of activity trackers, featuring Swarovski crystals. The devices include a violet Swarovski Shine that utilizes energy harvesting technology, lettings users expose the wearable device to light to keep it charged. The two devices track steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep quality. The collection will be available this spring.

AT&T Launches Commercial Support For WebRTC

AT&T has launched commercial support for Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) via its AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API; the first US carrier to do so, according to the company. The WebRTC standard, which is already enabled on more than a billion browsers, allows voice...

New Samsung SUHD TVs Will Have 64 Times Color Of Regular TVs

Consumer electronics giant Samsung is launching a lineup of SUHD TVs, the company announced at a press event in CES on Monday. Samsung did not specify what the 'S' actually stands for; could mean either 'Samsung', or 'Super', or...

LG To Unveil 21:9 Gaming Monitor With FreeSync

LG will introduce the world's first 21:9 gaming monitor compatible with AMD FreeSync technology at CES this year, says the company. The UltraWide Gaming Monitor is the company's first 21:9 monitor specifically developed for graphics-intensive gaming, says LG. AMD's FreeSync technology...

Macy’s Starts Selling Bags With GPS, Biometrics, RFID

Macy's has now started selling handbags, briefcases, and wallets that come equipped with fingerprint technology, RFID blocking, and GPS. The bags are manufactured by Royce Leather. The collection is available for both men and women.

Adobe To Acquire Fotolia For $800M In Cash

Adobe has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Fotolia, a marketplace for royalty-free images and video. The transaction is pegged at roughly $800 million. Fotolia will be integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud, which can now boast of 34 million images and...

Intel, Luxottica Ink Deal For Smart Glasses

Intel has inked a multi-year deal with premium fashion brand Luxottica. The two companies will be working on a multiyear R&D collaboration to develop luxury eyewear with smart technology.

Worldwide Smartphone Growth To Slow: IDC

According to a mobile phone forecast from the IDC worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker, worldwide smartphone shipments will reach a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3% over 2013. Looking ahead, IDC expects...

First Material Created In Space – NASA 3D-Prints Objects On ISS

The first 3D printer built to operate in space successfully began manufacturing on the International Space Station (ISS) early Tuesday morning. This is the first time that hardware has been additively manufactured in space, as opposed being launched from Earth....

MakerBot 3D Printers Come To Staples, Fry’s

MakerBot 3D printers and filaments will now be available at electronics retailer Fry’s Electronics and Staples. Makerbot printers and filaments will also be available online from these retailers. Frys.com will also offer the full line of MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers,...

Starbucks Begins Powermat Wireless Charging Roll-Out

Starbucks unveiled Powermat wireless charging in approximately 200 of its stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The coffee store franchise says this is its first step in offering Powermat throughout its U.S. locations. Starbucks is also exploring rollouts in Europe and Asia...

Bipsync Raises $1.5M

Bipsync, a research automation platform for investment professionals, has closed a $1.5 million round of seed financing. Investors in the round include Russell Siegelman (Stanford Lecturer and Partner Emeritus, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), David Eisner (Founder of themarkets.com), and Steadfast Venture Capital.

Expedia To Begin Selling Airline Branded Fares

Online travel site Expedia  will begin offering users the ability to search for and purchase branded fares from airlines in 2015. Expedia has partnered with global distribution system company Amadeus for the new offering. "Price remains the single most important...