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TrackR Delivers New pixel, wallet 2.0, atlas Products, and Alexa Integration

· John F. Braun · Product News

LAS VEGAS — At CES Unveiled 2017, TrackR demonstrated several new products in their line of personal item management devices.  In other words, they help you find not only your stuff, but stuff that other people have misplaced.  Mia Costa, Vice President of Marketing, gave John F. Braun an overview.

Blue Microphones Launches Sadie Headphones, Ella Headphones with Planar Speakers

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Blue Microphones announced two new high-end headphones at CES, Sadie and Ella. Sadie is essentially the next iteration of the company’s Mo-Fi headphones that I like so much. Sadie dumps the tension controls in the top band to make them lighter, and the company lightened and tightened other physical elements of the design, too. The company told me the sound profile has been tweaked, too, but until I can test them out, I won’t offer any judgement. Sadie is priced at $399.99. Ella features planar magnetic speakers, but Blue says they’ve been tuned to deliver both the detail inherent to planar magnetic speakers and the kind of impact you get from dynamic drivers. Ella also features the swing arm and hinged band that makes the Mo-Fi (and Sadie) headphones such a pleasure to wear. Ella is priced at $699.99. I’ll be covering these headphones in more detail when I review them. In the photo below, Ella is in the foreground, while Sadie is in the background.

Blue Microphones Launches Sadie Headphones, Ella Headphones with Planar Speakers

Speck's Presidio CLEAR for MacBook Pro Has 4-Feet Drop Protection

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Speck announced a new case for MacBook Pro (13-inch) that features 4-feet drop protection. Considering the lack of a MagSafe connector for charging on Apple’s new MacBook Pro models, drop protection may be on the minds of lots of folks. Speck said the case is made from its Impactium Clear material originally used for iPhone cases. As the name suggests, Presidio CLEAR is see-through, and it has a “no-slip grip” feel to it. It ships in later in the first quarter of 2017 and is priced at US$99.95—it hasn’t yet been added to the Speck website. I’ve never been a fan of cases on MacBooks, but drop protection? Come on, that’s cool.

Speck’s Presidio CLEAR for MacBook Pro Has 4-Feet Drop Protection

iDevices Introduces HomeKit Wall Switch, Wall Dimmer, Wall Outlet

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – iDevices introduced Wall Switch, Wall Dimmer, and Wall Outlet at CES. These Wi-Fi-enabled devices support Apple’s HomeKit, as well as Amazon Echo. They don’t need a hub, and company reps told me they meet all of Apple’s and Amazon’s security (and other) requirements. Folks looking to build a HomeKit-specific smarthome should take a good look at these devices.

iDevices Introduces HomeKit Wall Switch, Wall Dimmer, Wall Outlet

TMO CES 2017 Coverage Sponsor: iMazing

· Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

Our thanks to DigiDNA, makers of iMazing, for being a sponsor of TMO’s CES 2017 coverage this year. Bringing the team to Las Vegas to dig in and cull through all the noise to bring you targeted coverage is no small task. It takes a lot of planning, effort and, yes, money. DigiDNA sees the value in this and joined as a sponsor this year to help make sure we had the team in place to bring you the very best CES coverage for you, our Apple-focused audience. But there’s more, iMazing is one of those tools that should just come with every iPhone or iPad to be installed on your Mac or Windows machine. It takes over where iTunes leaves you hanging and truly lets you manage your iOS device with the simplicity and granularity that you need. Read more, including how to restore individual app data from your iOS backups!

Sony Does About-Face - Introduces OLED 4K/UHD TV With Dolby Vision

· John Martellaro · Analysis


LAS VEGAS — For a long time, Sony has had an excellent reputation for building great TVs. However, until yesterday, only LG was selling those magnificent OLED 4K/UHD TVs. Now, Sony has joined the fray with its own branded OLED 4K/UHD sets, and they’re amazing. And not only HDR but Dolby Vision to boot. The word is… wow.

CES 2017 Wireless Charging, Sober Sensors, and More - TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-05

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Pepcom at CES 2017 was packed with cool tech gear, so Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, and John F. Braun join Jeff Gamet look at some of the products they liked. There’s an Apple Watch band that knows if you’re drunk, ubiquitous wireless charging, and more.

Track Your BAC With This Wearable Alcohol Monitor for Apple Watch

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Need to drive or operate heavy machinery? BACtrack, a company specializing in breathalyzers, wants to make sure you know when you’ve hit your limit. Introduced at CES and shipping later this year, the BACtrack Skyn is a strap that attaches to your Apple Watch band and provides real-time feedback of your blood alcohol content. Users can monitor the loss of their sobriety on demand, or configure the device to vibrate when you’re nearing the legal limit, allowing you to gracefully pass on that third glass of Champagne without causing a scene. BACtrack also hopes that the device’s real-time monitoring capabilities will present new opportunities for the research and treatment of alcoholism.

Track Your BAC With This Wearable Alcohol Monitor for Apple Watch

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 Preserves eSATA Ports for Legacy Drives

· Jim Tanous · Product News

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CalDigit has joined the Thunderbolt 3 crowd with the announcement of its new Thunderbolt Station 3 docking station. In addition to all the usual ports you’d expect in a docking station, CalDigit is one of the only options for those who need eSATA support for their legacy storage drives.

Kyon Tracker, a Smart Dog Collar that Seems Pretty Smart

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – I’ve seen a lot of pet tracking devices over the years, but haven’t taken any of them very seriously, but I’m giving Kyon a definite look. Here’s the quick and dirty, starting with the fact that it works with a hub. You set up a 300 foot geofence with that hub, and inside the fence, the tracker collar communicates via Bluetooth. Outside the fence, Kyon Tracker’s built-in SIM activates and you can track your dog via cellular networks. And of course, it talks to a smartphone app. It does some other smart things, like having a built-in LED display for simple messages. Like, “Hi, I’m lost.” Or the dog’s name. But it also has 12 sensors that measure things like temperature, and the collar can then tell you, “I’m hot,” or “I’m cold.” There’s a water-sensing sensor. You can also have it emit a dog-only frequency when your dog barks. It’s thin, the battery lasts for 30 days, and it’s priced at $249 and shipping later this year.

Kyon Tracker, a Smart Dog Collar that Seems Pretty Smart

California Roll Bluetooth Speaker - Solar Powered, Water Proof

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – I don’t often talk about Bluetooth speakers, but Lemon Tech caught my eye with its California Roll during Tuesday night’s CES Unveiled. That’s because it’s solar powered. It has a 5,000mAh battery in it and 32 solar cells on the back. 7 hours of sunlight will get about 20 hours of playback time. That’s handy, but it also has a USB port on it so you can use that battery to charge your mobile devices. And while you’re charging your mobile devices, it will be recharging the battery if it’s getting light. Right? So, rock on. Plus, it’s water and dust proof, making it suitable for the beach and other messy environments. It’s $249, and it ships in March. There’s a coupon code for 20% off (“5W20”), making it just under $200. It’s available in many different colors.

California Roll Bluetooth Speaker – Solar Powered, Water Proof

Sleep Number Shows Off its 360 Smart Bed at CES 2017

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Sleep Number thinks your bed should adapt to you instead of making your body conform to it. Christine Hamon tells Jeff Gamet how the 360 Smart Bed does that at CES Unveiled 2017.

Lounging at CES 2017 with Bryan and Jeff - ACM 392

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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LAS VEGAS – Join Bryan and Jeff as they lounge at CES 2017. On deck for this week’s episode are Q.RAD, the super computer that heats your home, smart clothes (for Android only?), and Eugene, the smart trash can thingy.