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Garmin’s new Fenix 5 multisport tracker will finally fit my small wrist

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LAS VEGAS—Garmin has updated its Fenix line of high-end multisport watches annually for the past few years, and 2017's update will be welcomed by all those with smaller wrists (myself included). This week Garmin announced the new Fenix 5 line of fitness watches, including the Fenix 5, 5S, and 5X, all of which were redesigned to be more compact than the existing Fenix watches. The new offerings should be easier for women and people with smaller wrists to wear.

Garmin's Fenix line combines the widest feature set with arguably the most inoffensive design out of Garmin's wearable family. However, Fenix watches are big watches—so big that whenever I put one on, the gigantic face weighed down my wrist and the metal band would leave a gap so large around my wrist my index finger could fit through it. The company is tackling that issue with the Fenix 5 line (no, there were no Fenix 4 models, you're not missing anything), which measure 42mm (Fenix 5S), 47mm (Fenix 5), and 51mm (Fenix 5X).

The Fenix 5X may be the size of a typical Fenix 3 HR, but the other two models are made to be compact and take up less wrist real estate. They all come in a variety of colors and finishes, and they all have sapphire versions that use scratch-resistant lenses. All of the watches are waterproof up to 100 meters and can be interchanged between leather, metal, and silicone bands depending on how you're wearing them.

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CES 2017: Faraday Future Shows Off ‘FF 91’ Connected Electric Car for 2018 Release

Secretive electric car company Faraday Future today held a press event at CES 2017 where it unveiled its first production vehicle, the autonomous FF 91. The unveiling comes just as Faraday Future has been rumored to be "on the brink of collapse" amid financial difficulties and employee departures.

Faraday Future has been a bit of a mystery despite its ambitious plans to remake transportation with a fleet of intelligent electric cars. Unfounded speculation had at one point suggested Faraday Future might somehow be related to Apple and its Project Titan vehicle efforts, but Faraday's partnership with Chinese electronics company LeEco, which has electric car ambitions of its own, proved otherwise.


Nick Sampson, senior vice president of R&D and engineering at Faraday Future, took to the stage tonight to discuss Faraday's work over the past two and a half years on "reformatting the future of mobility" with a focus on disruption.

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CES 2017: Withings Teams Up With L’Oreal for Smart Hairbrush

Withings, Kérastase, and L'Oréal have teamed up to create the world's first Bluetooth-connected smart hairbrush that's able to interface with your smartphone.

The "Kérastase Hair Coach Powered by Withings" combines sensors created by Withings with signal analysis algorithms designed by L'Oréal to determine the quality of the hair and "monitor the effects" of your haircare routine.

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There's a built-in microphone that listens to the sound of hair brushing to determine details about frizziness, dryness, split ends, and breakage, plus a feature that measures the force being applied to the hair and the scalp while you brush.

An accelerometer and a gyroscope analyze brushing patterns and count brush strokes, haptic feedback capabilities alert you if you're brushing too hard, and conductivity sensors can tell if you're brushing your hair wet or dry to provide accurate measurements.

The hairbrush connects to a mobile app that analyzes the data and the ambient weather to provide a hair quality score, data on brushing habits, and customized product recommendations for different hair types.

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"Withings has a track record for empowering everyday objects such as bathroom scales and watches with sensors that provide people with insight into their behaviors, and we're excited to now bring this expertise to the beauty industry," said Cedric Hutchings, Vice President of Digital Health for Nokia. "Each time someone uses the smart brush they get rich data they never before had access to, which can improve their overall hair care experience."
The hairbrush will be priced at under $200 and will be available at Kérastase hair salons, the Kérastase website, and the Withings website in the fall of 2017.


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Honor 6X released: A lot of phone for not a lot of money

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Specs at a glance: Honor 6X
Screen 5.5-inch, FHD (1920x1080)
OS Android 6 Marshmallow with Emotion UI 4.1
CPU Huawei Kirin 655 Octa-core (4x 2.1GHz A53, 4x 1.7GHz A53)
RAM 3GB/4GB (64GB model)
GPU Mali-T830 MP2
Storage 32GB or 64GB, plus microSD expansion
Networking 802.11 Wi-Fi a/b/g/n (2.4GHz), Bluetooth 4.1
Ports Micro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack
Camera 12MP and 2MP dual rear-facing cameras f/0.95 to f/16, 8MP selfie camera
 Dimensions 150.9mm x 76.2mm x 8.2mm
Weight 162g
Battery 3000mAh
Network Bands LTE FDD bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20
TD LTE bands: 38
WCDMA bands: 1, 2, 8
GSM bands: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Release date January 3
Price £225/$250

Honor, the budget offshoot of Chinese hardware giant Huawei, is releasing another surprisingly decent budget-minded smartphone to Europe and the US.

The Honor 6X, which was released in China in late 2016, features a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, speedy octa-core Kirin 655 SoC, and a dual-camera system for sharper pictures. And while that might not sound too exciting on paper—and despite Honor's teeth-gritting claim that the Honor 6X "is the smartphone for Internet-minded millennials"—those are impressive specs for a phone that costs a mere £225/$250. That's nearly half the price of a OnePlus 3T.

Even better, Honor hasn't skimped on the rest of the phone to hit that price point. Alongside the Kirin 655 SoC—which features four A53 cores running at 2.1GHz and four running at 1.7GHz—there's 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage with microSD expansion, and a hefty 3340mAh battery that Honor claims will last as much as two days without a charge. Should users run short on power, there's 5V/2A fast charging support too.

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CES 2017: ConnectSense Announces HomeKit-Compatible Sensors and Bluetooth Extender

At the Consumer Electronics Show that's taking place this week, ConnectSense is showing off its latest connected home products, including HomeKit-compatible sensors and a new Bluetooth Extender.

ConnectSense's Bluetooth Extender serves as a Bluetooth to Wi-Fi converter and is designed to allow users to access and control their Bluetooth-enabled sensors and products outside of their homes.

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The Bluetooth Extender works with HomeKit or with the ConnectSense Cloud, and when paired with ConnectSense's new Bluetooth-enabled temperature and water sensors, it allows those sensors to be accessed from anywhere. It also works with other Bluetooth-enabled sensors, such as those from Elgato's Eve lineup.

With ConnectSense cloud, sensor data is saved to the cloud and notifications can be sent to a smartphone or via email. Using the ConnectSense Bluetooth Extender, HomeKit users do not need to have an Apple TV or an iPad to access their Bluetooth-enabled accessories, which were previously the only way to use Bluetooth HomeKit products when away from the home.

ConnectSense is also showing off its Smart Outlet and the aforementioned new sensors, the Bluetooth Temperature & Humidity Sensor, which detects room temperature, and the ConnectSense Bluetooth Water sensor, designed to detect water and send alerts before damage can be caused. Both sensors work over Bluetooth and are powered by AAA batteries.

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Water Sensor on left, Temperature Sensor on right

Pricing and specific release dates for the sensors and the Bluetooth Extender have not yet been announced.


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