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Ecobee3 smart WiFi thermostat uses remote sensors for accuracy

As manufacturers start to figure out the long term benefits of smarter thermostats and a generally connected home, it's going to become important to measure more than what's happening in the room with the thermostat. While that is usually a primary location in the home, if you have bedrooms or hallways that are traditionally warmer or cooler than the primary living space that could be important information to collect. The Ecobee3 smart thermostat solves this by relying on multiple remote sensors, which you can place wherever you choose. In their demo at CES this year, you can see the starter kit includes a single extra sensor to help you determine how many you might need to measure your whole house.

The best part about these remote sensors is the way that they can be mounted just about anywhere, and the Ecobee3 thermostat or app will help you see exactly what is happening to the temperature throughout your house.

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Withings Activité Pop is very good at hiding all the smarts

It's not always appropriate to broadcast the fact that you're wearing a fitness tracker, especially if your gadget of choice is a bright blue band and you've just stepped into a very important business meeting. Sometimes you need something with a little more style, and the folks at Withings have been pushing in that general direction for a while now. At CES this year, the company is showing off a budget friendly version of their watch that hides just how good it is at tracking your sleep and steps. It's called the Activité Pop, and the biggest feature to this gadget is the massive step down in price from the original. While you lose the classy Swiss design chops, the Activité Pop comes in at $150 instead of $520.

Myriam and John have all the goodies in the video, as well as a more detailed hands on right here, but it's cool to see Withings going all out on the watch design. All too often you hear how our smartwatches don't behave enough like watches, and now there's a functional and relatively inexpensive option for those folks.

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Qardio's medical-grade body monitors are built for accuracy

While your average fitness monitor or health tracker is great for keeping a daily tally of how many steps you've taken or how well you slept last night compared to the night before, you can't really take this information to your doctor and expect that data to be useful. CES is positively overflowing with this technology this year, but a lot of it is deliberately made for personal use only. Medical professionals rely on finely tuned instruments for their data collection, and in most cases that equipment is not something you can carry around in your pocket. The folks at Qardio are hoping to bridge that gap with their health tracking equipment, claiming that their hardware is medical grade and could be used by doctors.

Cali and Scott have all the details in the video, but with Qardio it's not hard to imagine a scenario in which your health data is something medical professionals could just grab from your phone in the future and have it actually be useful information.

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On Apple news during CES

Apple hasn't attended the Consumer Electronics Show since Nirvana's "Nevermind" topped the Billboard charts, but that doesn't stop the company from casting a very long shadow over the event. It seems that even now, Apple news and rumors have a way of weeding themselves into the tech blogosphere during the very time that everyone's attention should be directed elsewhere.

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AT&T's new Rollover Data plan for its Mobile Share Value users starts Jan. 25

AT&T will begin offering its own Rollover Data plan for all of its 50 million Mobile Share Value customers starting on Sunday, Jan. 25 at no additional cost. This news follows that of T-Mobile which announced a similar plan in December for its customers called Data Stash.

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iOS 8 now installed on 68% of devices

Apple has released the latest App Store distribution numbers, which give a breakdown of what percentage of devices are using which version of iOS, and iOS 8 has climbed a bit in the past few weeks. Versions of Apple's latest major release now stand at 68% of total iOS installations as of Jan. 5, 2015. iOS 7 now stands at 29%, with iOS 6 and earlier holding a total of 4% of installs.

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Apple's market share continues to rise across Europe, US and China

A new report from Kantar Worldpanel shows that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales continued at a brisk pace leading up to November 2014. The new iPhones accounted for 47.4 percent of smartphone sales in the US, an increase of 4.3 percent from the same time in 2013. The iPhone 6 was recorded as the best-selling smartphone three months in a row, achieving a market share of 19 percent. Verizon and AT&T made up 57 percent of iOS sales during this time.

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Basis Peak fitness and sleep tracker is all about nonstop bio monitoring #CES2015

The folks at Basis have updated their design but have lost none of the original drive that made their first fitness and sleep tracker important in the first place. Basis Peak is an upgrade in every conceivable way, from the solid design update and fantastically responsive display to the hardware responsible for data collection. The whole point of Basis from the beginning has been to accomplish the most accurate picture of your health with hardware that is constantly monitoring. Not only do you get a clearer picture of your health throughout the day, but Basis is using some clever contextual software to simply know when you are doing things. This means no prompting for sleep mode or workout mode, but the app will still be able to accurately demonstrate when you fell asleep or how long you were riding a bike.

What you won't find on the Basis Peak is any smartphone notification integration of any kind. This is a connected fitness and sleep tracker through and through.

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Garmin talks VivoFit 2, personal bands, and Connect IQ

There are fitness trackers, and then there are Fitness Trackers. It's fair to say the folks at Garmin know a thing or two about fitness tracking, since they've been making GPS watches since 2003. Their most recent efforts demonstrate clearly how much time they have had to perfect adding complex parts to their watches, if for no other reason than the battery life on these products is just outstanding. The Garmin VivoFit promised a year of battery life on a single charge, and it's successor is taking that same bold claim and adding a bit of style.

CES for Garmin this year means showing off the entire collection, which includes everything from the $130 VivoFit 2 to the $500 fēnix 3. The VivoFit 2 is going to work its way into several different band designs to suit your needs, and with Connect IQ acting as a developer kit Garmin hopes third party support will make these wearables even more useful. They're simple, stylish, and the battery life alone is worth giving Garmin's wearable efforts a serious look.

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Martian and Guess double down on smartwatches with real watch style #CES2015

While Google and Apple have made it clear they plan to make smartwatches a touchscreen-focused experience, there's still plenty of companies out there working hard to embed smarter features into traditional watch designs. The folks at Guess have decided that the way Martian Smartwatches has been doing things is the way to go, and so their new partnership has created a whole new line of devices aimed at both style-focused users and several options for women. During CES this year the two companies are showing off what that partnership looks like, and why it matters. Adam and Rene took a quick look at what makes the Martian platform special, and it turns out everything comes down to audible responses and a multi-pattern vibration setup that allows users to prioritize notifications without even looking at the watch.

It's cool to see Martian continuing to come up with new ways to set themselves apart, especially with their future plans to interact with the connected home through voice commands. If you're not totally sold on having a big screen on your wrist, Martian and Guess have lots of things to show you.

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