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If you've considered getting a smartwatch but think they all look ugly, you might be intrigued by this one. Intel recently debuted their new smart bacelet called the MICA or "My Intelligent Communications Accessory". This thing not only looks stylish, it also has an abundance of features. The price tag might keep most casual consumrers at bay though. At $450 retail, it's not cheap, but it does come with an AT&T SIM card with 2 years of service. The MICA will be coming to Barney's in time for Christmas and sold exclusively though this retailer.

“My Intelligent Communications Accessory (MICA), a collaboration between Opening Ceremony and Intel, celebrates what can happen when beauty meets intelligence. Meticulously designed for the stylish, connected woman and crafted from premium finishes, 18K gold coating and a curved sapphire glass touchscreen display. Engineered with Intel® technology, allowing you to easily view messages, your calendar, and alerts from your curated VIP contacts.

Source: Intel, Techcrunch

Smash Bros. for Wii U Is All Kinds of Awesome

Nintendo has been looking for the "killer app" for their Wii U that will drive sales and if you believe everything you read about the new Super Smash Bros., they may just have struck gold. In time for the holidays, the latest installment in the Smash Bros. legacy arrives this Friday - a week before the infamous Black Friday sales next week and you can bet that you'll be able to pick up a Wii U & Smash Bros for a steal. What makes it so great? Tons of gameplay as well as some insane 8-player multiplayer action. If I can snag one of these for cheap, I may finally upgrade my console - to a Wii U. Really.

I can't believe I just said that.

The Wii U version of Smash Bros. is very similar to the version that launched on 3DS back in October. The series' portable debut was a surprisingly solid outing; but with its fast pace and huge stages, Smash Bros. isn’t necessarily the best fit for a handheld, and when you play on Wii U the difference is obvious — Smash Bros. can finally breathe again. Playing the game on a television feels like stretching your legs, as you can finally test the limits of a level without having to worry about the camera zooming out and characters shrinking down to minuscule proportions.

Source: TheVerge

Loon Baloon Crashes in Africa

If you think that having your internet crash is a bit of a pain, be thankful that you are not depending on Google's Project Loon just yet. As part of the testing process, there were a lot of these baloons deployed and not all of them were met with success. One didn't work out well over Africa and a sheep farmer discovered one of these crashed on his property. Thankfully, no sheep were harmed.

Botha didn’t know what to make of the balloon, especially since it contained several electronic components. His 20-year-old daughter, Sarita, was just as intrigued, and took photos of the balloon on her smartphone, sending them to her brothers John, 30, and Benny, 27. The brothers identified the words “Made in the USA” and “Google X” on the pictures, and so Googled “Google X” and balloons.

Source: WSJ

iLuv TimeShaker Micro Radio / Pillow Shaker Review

We have just posted up our review of the iLuv TimeShaker Micro Radio. This is a Bluetooth alarm clock/radio that features USB charging and a "pillow shaker" to help you get up without waking your partner. If you have a hard time getting out of bed, strap this to your forehead before you go to sleep and you'll wake up with a start and get to work on time. You might think you're having a stroke as well, but that will just make the day better when you find out you're healthy! Take a look at our review for all the details.

The shaker feature of the clock is spectauclar. For the first couple of mornings I put it under my pillow as recommended. After that I would gently slide it up the sleeve of my girlfriend and watch her freak out in the morning as I yelled "spider" when it started to vibrate. It was a very effective wake-up call.

TimeShaker

Siri vs. Cortana - Bigger

If you're Microsoft, you don't usually post ads that are catchy and that attack other companies. There are several reasons for this. The biggest reason is that Microsoft doesn't always have what it takes to back up their smack-talk. Here's hoping for their sake that Cortana can turn this around - all while staying slim and trim.

 

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