Microsoft Band


You didn't think Microsoft was going to sit this one out, did you? The software behemoth is introducing a new wearable today called the Microsoft Band powered by their new Microsoft Health software. Compatible with Android, iOS, and of course, Windows Phone, the Band can track heart rate with 24 hour tracking, steps, calorie burn, sleep quality, UV Index, and has built-in GPS.

They've also added smartwatch features like text messaging, incoming call notifications, and social media updates. If you pair the Band with a Windows Phone you get Cortana access for voice-activated controls. Battery life for the Microsoft band is rated at 48 hours and is also dust and splash-resistant.


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HP Sprout


With all the focus on mobile computing it's been awhile since we've seen anything that truly excites us on the desktop side of things. That all changes today with an interesting new device from HP called the Sprout. As you can see, the Sprout ditches the traditional mouse and keyboard configuration for a camera/projector combo that they call the "Illuminator", a touchscreen display, and a "touchmat" that the Illuminator projects a screen onto.

How does it all work? The main display works just as you would expect any touch sensitive surface would, but the real killer app here is how the Illuminator and Touchmat work together. The Illuminator can scan 2D and 3D objects and place them into photos and design apps while the Touchmat acts as your input device and secondary display. The Sprout is powered by a 4th gen Core i7-4790S processor and has 8GBs of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT graphics, 1TB of storage, and a 23" display.

$1,899, HP

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Amazon Fire TV Stick


Amazon hopes to steal some attention away from Google's highly successful Chromecast with their very device: The Fire TV Stick. The device features all the popular streaming apps and services including Netflix, Spotify, Pandora Hulu, Plex, and of course, Amazon Instant Video.

The Fire TV Stick packs quite a bit of power in its small form factor with a dual-core processor, 8GBs of storage, and a VideoCore 4 GPU. It's also compatible with Amazon's Fire Game Controller and other Bluetooth-enabled gamepads that you can use with Amazon's gaming library.

$39, Amazon

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Fitbit Surge


Fitbit is growing their popular wearables lineup with a brand-new flagship smartwatch, the Fitbit Surge. The Surge is their most robust and feature-rich wearable with built-in GPS tracking to give you stats on your pace, distance, routes, and elevation without ever needing your phone.

It also packs a deep set of sensors including tracking info on heart rate, calories burned, and active minutes. You also get smartwatch features like receiving calls and texts as well as controlling your music right from your watch. The Surge is compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows and MacOS on the desktop.


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Lunatik Aquatik for the iPhone 6


There are a billion choices when it comes to "waterproof" cases for the iPhone, but most are way too thick and clunky, defeating the purpose of having a razor thin phone. Lunatik's Aquatik give you protection against water and dust while still keeping a slim profile.

We're not just talking about protection from light rain showers, you can fully submerge Aquatik and still operate your phone. You also get an additional layer of screen protection a Gorilla Glass cover, an interior suspension core and impact bumper to protect your phone from drops, sealed ports, and Touch ID compatibility.

$79, Lunatik

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BeoPlay A2


Bang & Olufsen might be a little late with their portable bluetooth speaker, but we think you'll ignore the fact once you see the specs. The A2 follows the beautiful styling of the Bang & Olufsen line with a minimalist aluminum shell design and a touch of full grain leather.

All the good stuff is on the performance side, of course. The BeoPlay A2 features their "True360" sound experience that puts dual speaker units on both sides so you'll be in the sweet spot no matter where you are. Most impressive is the A2's incredible battery life. On just one charge you get a full day's worth of juice.

$399, BeoPlay

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Audio-Technica ATH-DN1000USB


If you spend a lot of time at your desk, odds are you have a good set of headphones to keep you going throughout the day. Audio-Technica wants to take that desktop pair to the next level with their all-digital ATH-DN1000USB headphones.

The headphones use big 53mm drivers that are capable of handling a wide frequency of sound and uses their Dnote DSP technology to get the best sound music from your digital tracks. The headphones plug right into your USB port and is compatible with Windows 7/8/8.1 and Mac OS X Mavericks and later.


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Bowers & Wilkins T7


British hi-fi experts Bowers & Wilkins take on the Jamboxes of the world with their new entry into the Bluetooth speaker market, the T7. The first thing you'll notice about the T7 is the unique honeycomb design that surrounds the main speaker unit. That's not just for looks, that "Micro Matrix" reduces vibration and distortion to give you the best sound possible.

Inside the speaker unit is a set of twin bass radiators to allow for well-rounded lows and two 50mm drive units pump out big sound from its small footprint. You also get a high quality DACs and custom DSPs for crystal clear audio at high volumes and the rechargeable lithium ion battery will keep your music going for up to 18 hours.

$349, Bowers & Wilkins

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Sony SBH60 Bluetooth Headset


Anyone who's ever owned a Walkman will feel a bit of nostalgia when they see the SBH60 headphones from Sony. The retro-inspired cans are a 21st century update complete with Bluetooth audio streaming in a beautiful, low-profile design.

The headphones pack a bit of punch for such a compact design. They not only feature Bluetooth streaming and NFC, but can last up to 13 hours on a single charge for both music streaming and phone calls. The SBH60s are compatible with any A2DP compatible device and has a standard 3.5mm plug for tethered listening.


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Mac mini 2014


So you don't need an iPad or a 5K resolution iMac, but are in the market for a reasonably priced desktop computer. You can thank your lucky stars as Apple introduced a new Mac mini today and their portable desktop is more affordable than ever with a price that starts at just under $500.

That gets you a 1.4GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 4GBs of RAM, 500GBs of storage, and Intel's HD Graphics 5000 chip. Throw in a couple hundred more dollars and you get a 2.6Ghz Core i5, a 1TB hard drive, 8GBs of RAM, and Intel's Iris graphics chip. There's also a top of the line 2.8GHz model and all models feature dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a SDXC slot.


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