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Here’s Where Gearheads Can Find Discounted Gadgets in One Place

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For the gadget-obsessed, online marketplace Grand St. gives members access to the latest in “creative technology.”

The exclusive service, whose memberships are only available by invitation, acts as a one-stop shop by curating new products, then letting users view and buy them all in one place.

Much like Gilt, which provides members-only shopping for fashion and lifestyle items, Grand St. offers discounts on devices ranging from an iPad cover that makes typing more efficient to a motion-sensitive bicycle light.

First-time visitors to the site, which is currently in private beta, are greeted with the following prompt:

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Wacom Teases Mobile Tablet With Pro Pressure Sensitivity, Multi-Touch And HD Display Coming This Summer

#SuryaRay #Surya Wacom, the leading player when it comes to pressure-sensitive input devices aimed at photo and digital art professionals, has teased an upcoming mobile tablet product on its Facebook account. In response to what Wacom characterizes as outspoken customer feedback, the company says it’s working on a a device with “a pressure-sensitive professional pen, smooth multi-touch, an HD display, and other valuable features that you haven’t seen in other tablets.” @suryaray

New Kickstarter Project Lets You Send And Receive ‘Sound Emojis’ On Your iPhone Or Android Device

#SuryaRay #Surya Apple’s greatest innovation in recent version of iOS was clearly enabling emoji keyboard support for all iPhone and iPad users, regardless of region. Emojis are fun for everyone, but they could potentially get better thanks to a new Kickstarter project. The TeleSound is an iPhone and Android device accessory that lets users send sound messages, by translating the emojis built into iOS into a corresponding sound and playing it back via a special speaker peripheral. @suryaray

Sony Xperia C670X Specs Leak, Suggesting A New Android Flagship To Take On The HTC One

#SuryaRay #Surya We didn’t see a new phone from Sony at MWC this year, though it did take the opportunity to show off the Xperia Z it demoed early this year at CES, but a new rumor suggests we’ll see a mid-year upgrade in a few months time that packs Android 4.2, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset with 1.8GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. @suryaray

Portable Bluetooth Speaker Lets You Listen to Emojis

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Sometimes a smiley just isn’t enough. If you’ve ever wanted to send a sound to express anger or delight — or you just love cat noises — the creators of TeleSound have got you covered.

TeleSound, a portable sound messenger, allows people to send more than 1,000 sounds from a smartphone or tablet. The device connects wirelessly via Bluetooth and uses a free iPhone or Android app to send emojis.

Each icon is linked to a corresponding noise, from clinking coins for a money bag to a surprised gasp for the shocked face. Check out the video, above, to see how it works.

SEE ALSO: Read 20 Great Books in 2 Minutes, Emoji Style

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YC-Backed MYO Armband Attracts 10,000 Pre-Orders In 2 Days, Which Adds Up To $1.5M In Sales

#SuryaRay #Surya MYO, the gesture control armband from Y Combinator-backed Waterloo startup Thalmic Labs, has managed to rack up over 10,000 pre-orders over the course of its first two days of pre-order availability. At $149 a pop, that means the young company has already managed to secure around $1.5 million in gross revenue, so long as they actually ship hardware. @suryaray

The Soccket Is An Electricity-Generating Soccer Ball For The Developing World

#SuryaRay #Surya We’re positively sure no one ever in the history of the world looked at a soccer ball and thought of it as anything more than just a soccer ball. That’s why we’re a little astounded at SOCCKET, just a normal soccer ball… that also doubles as a portable generator. It’s pretty ingenious. You take SOCCKET and play around with it just as you would with an ordinary soccer ball. Dribble, score some goals, take a few good-natured kicks aimed at people’s heads. @suryaray

Apple Patent Would Use The iPad’s Built-In Magnets To Turn The Tablet Into An In-Car Entertainment System

#SuryaRay #Surya A new patent application by Apple published by the USPTO this week describes a stand for the iPad that uses magnets to hold the Apple tablet in place. iPads already come with fairly powerful magnes built into their frames, something Apple introduced along with the very first model to make the iPad compatible with its smart cover. The patent describes a magnetic stand which would be able to hold the iPad firmly in place in a number of different settings, and perform various functions. @suryaray

Barnes & Noble Misses With $2.2B In Revenue, Loss Of $0.18 Per Share, Nook Revenue Down 26% YOY

#SuryaRay #Surya Barnes & Noble has reported Q3 2013 earnings for the fiscal three-month period ending January 31, with a loss of $0.18 per share on quarterly revenues of $2.2 billion. That’s down 8.8 percent from the same period last year, when B&N reported gains of $0.71 per share. Net losses in Q3 totaled $6.1 million, a clear drop from net earnings of $52 million a year ago. Analysts predicted revenues of $2.4 billion, and an EPS of $.54. Last quarter saw revenues of $1.9 billion and losses of $0.04 per share. Q3 has been a messy one for the retailer, which started out as a college text book store. The holiday period, which is usually a sure spike for retailers, left Barnes & Noble with a 10.9 percent sales decrease on B&N retail and from the same time last year. B&N blames this on declining Nook hardware sales at its retail locations. Reports are floating around that Barnes & Noble may spin out its Nook hardware business, or perhaps focus its OEM vision on partnerships with Microsoft. Barnes & Noble denies the reports, but based on the widening losses compared to Barnes & Noble’s glory days, the question of a drastic change becomes not if, but when. The Nook segment had revenues of $311 million during the nine-week period ending December 29, which was a 12.6 percent decrease from last year’s holiday Nook sales. All in all, Q3 saw a 26 percent YOY drop in Nook retail. Barnes & Noble announced on January 28 that it would shutter nearly 1/3 of its retail stores, bringing its total from 689 to between 450 and 500 over the next decade. Luckily, digital content sales rose 13.1 percent over that same nine-week holiday period, indicating that a departure from hardware and a focus on digital products could be the saving grace for the company. The company also said on Valentines Day that it expected the Nook business to post an increased full-year loss, exceeding the $262 million loss seen in fiscal 2012. Though, B&N also expected losses to be less than $3 billion. @suryaray

#youdidntgetglass Google Has Closed Registrations For Their #ifihadglass Pre-Order Ploy

#SuryaRay #Surya Google has officially shut down registrations for its #ifihadglass round of Google Glass pre-orders/applications. The competition was first announced on February 20, asking perspective Google Glass buyers to take to Twitter or Google+ using the #ifihadglass hashtag to explain why they deserve one of the first-ever Google Glass Explorer Editions. Along with the social post, users also filled out an application here. Today, however, the window has closed. @suryaray

Foursquare CEO Looks Beyond Mobile Handsets: Anywhere There’s A Screen, We Want To Be On It

#SuryaRay #Surya Google has yet to release the Mirror API that will open Google Glass as a platform, but developers of some of the more popular mobile apps today are gearing up for when it will. Today, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Dennis Crowley, CEO of social location app Foursquare, highlighted Google’s new headgear as an example of how mobile screens are evolving. Later, he told TechCrunch that Foursquare is looking at how it can evolve along with that. @suryaray

This Could Be The World’s First 3D-Printed Car

#SuryaRay #Surya With 3D printing on the verge of going mainstream, you can manufacture almost anything. As of November 2010, you can add a 3D-printed car to that list, too. @suryaray

5 App-Enabled Baby Monitors That Work With iOS Devices

#SuryaRay #Surya 1. Withings Smart Baby Monitor

The Smart Baby Monitor from Withings hooks up to your iOS and Android devices to give you a clear view of your baby from afar, complete with pan, tilt and zoom functions. The monitor gives you audio, high-res video, night vision, and alerts for noise, motion, temperature and humidity. You can also talk to your baby through the system, play one of seven pre-loaded lullabies and even turn on a nightlight. Cost: $249.95 _Image courtesy of Withings_

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While baby monitors have been around for years, the next generation takes the concept ultra-mobile, with app-enabled solutions that work wirelessly with iOS devices.

We’re taking a look at five such solutions that offer remote monitoring from your iPhone or iPad, letting you listen to, see and even talk to your baby from elsewhere.

SEE ALSO: How to Capture Stunning Snaps of Your Kids

If you’re interested in getting some of this cool tech in your nursery, take a look through the gallery above.

Already using one? Let us know in the comments below about _your_ experiences with any of these devices.

_Image courtesy of Flickr, Charles Huss_

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Designer Imagines What An iPhone Phablet And iPhone Mini Might Look Like

#SuryaRay #Surya Big screens are the talk of the town at MWC. Got nothing else to announce that makes your handset stand out from the crowd? Throw a huge screen on the sucker. Or just put phone features in a tablet and call it a day. Apple seems to be the only smartphone OEM out there without a giant-screened smartphone, but designer Peter Zigich has created a concept of what a Cupertino phablet could look like, should Apple ever feel the need to big it up. @suryaray

8 Digital Tools for Your Perfect Wedding Day

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Nothing says 21st century wedding more than a custom hashtag. Share the official hashtag on invitations or programs and encourage guests to tweet away. A service like TweetWall Pro can moderate and project the 140-character well wishes live at any event. The TweetWall service costs anywhere from $500 to $1,800. If that’s a budget-buster, check out a free version, Another Tweet on the Wall. You won’t be able to moderate tweets or customize graphics, but newlyweds will save a chunk of change.

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Brides are no strangers to technology. From finely pruned Pinterest boards to shared Google Drive spreadsheets, there is an abundance of digital assistance out there for wedding planning.

But what about the big day?

As the wedding industry becomes more accepting of online RSVPs and honeymoon donations, there’s no reason why the day-of should be without. (Emily Post is rolling over in her grave right now.)

SEE ALSO: Create a Beautiful Wedding Website With These 6 Services

Technology can accomplish everything from saving some serious ceremony cash to crowdsourcing wedding memories. These eight apps and gadgets range from free downloads to several hundred-dollar services, but…
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