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January 29, 2015

Whistle Acquires Tagg To Expand Pet Tech Offerings

Whistle, maker of the the activity monitor for dogs that tracks how much exercise Fido gets and more, announced today that it has acquired Tagg, the largest maker of pet GPS devices, for an undisclosed amount.

The deal integrates Tagg’s GPS capabilities into Whistle’s brand of app-enabled hardware products created to help provide solutions for pet owners.  Ben Jacobs, Whistle co-founder and CEO, will remain at the helm of the newly formed company, while Scott Neuberger, Tagg CEO, will join Whistle as Chief Financial Officer. [...]

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December 17, 2014

HooToo TripMate Elite: The Swiss Army Knife of High-Tech Travel

The HooToo TripMate Elite looks like a wall charger but oh, it is so much more.  It is a dual USB wall charger, 6,000mAh external battery charger, personal cloud, travel router and Wi-Fi HotSpot, all in a compact case that can fit into the palm of your hand.  It seems like the only thing it can’t do is brew your coffee (but, I guess technically it could if you had a smart coffee maker and an app…well, you get the point.)

The TripMate Elite is the latest offering from HooToo, which has been designing small electronics [...]

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December 3, 2014

These Smartphone and Tablet Accessories Are Sure to Please

If you’re short on gift ideas this holiday season, we’ve got you covered.  Most people have a smartphone or tablet these days, so why not pick up one of the hottest accessories of 2014 for your loved one’s device?  Here are our picks for the top four smartphone and tablet accessories for 2014:

1) Spider Monkey

The Spider Monkey by Octa is the creme de la creme of tablet holders.  For $79.99, the Spider Monkey will hold any iPad, tablet or e-reader and let you wrap, curl or tuck your tablet in place for a [...]

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July 10, 2014

Boxes Is a Find For Collectors

Boxes started out an idea to help people organize their stuff in a really sleek and easy-to-use to design.  What it’s turned out to be, however, is social network for collectors and fashionistas, plus a whole lot more.

The iOS app, which officially launched last summer, allows you to catalogue all of your items in an interface that connects through social sites Facebook and Twitter.  As a result, photos of items like shoes can be shared and viewed by people in your circle.  The company is also building an e-commerce [...]

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July 2, 2014

Real Food Works Is the ‘Uber For Food’

When serial tech entrepreneur Lucina Duncalfe was eating lunch in a deserted restaurant on a Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia, a lightbulb went off in her head.  Why couldn’t the restaurant make food during their slow period that could be delivered to customers?  A few months later, Real Food Works was born.

Real Food Works is similar to NutriSystem but with fresh, never frozen, 100% whole food ingredients made with nothing artificial and low added fat, sugar, and salt prepared by select restaurants.  Customers sign up for [...]

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July 2, 2014

Fab Announces Hem, Customizable Home Furnishings

Online retailer Fab announced that it will be launching a new brand called Hem for “private label furnishings.”  Similar to the company’s recent refocus on selling its own products instead of other brands, Hem will carry its own line of furnishings in partnership with individual designers.

Jason Goldberg, founder and CEO of Fab, said on Twitter that the new Hem portal will be a spin-off business from Fab, rather than a rebrand. The portal is expected to open in more than 30 countries in September.

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June 25, 2014

How Clutch Is Turning Loyalty Programs On Their Head

The problem with loyalty programs is that they aren’t always loyal to the right people.  The customers that spend the most money and are the most loyal to the brand aren’t always the ones that get the best discounts.  Clutch realized that this wasn’t good for business and through its own platform, gave brands the tools to target the right customers and boost their bottom line.

Clutch, which started in 2012, initially started out with the idea to simplify royalty gift cards for consumers by creating a digital [...]

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June 24, 2014

TicketLeap Focuses On Experiences to Fend Off Competition

The idea that you could get a ticket from someplace other than Ticketmaster was a novel concept ten years ago, but today there are dozens of online ticketing services to choose from including EventBrite and Brown Paper Tickets.  TicketLeap, which was one of the first in the space, is shifting its focus to experiences by offering up dynamic products such as the “selfie-ticket” to fend off growing competition.

TicketLeap, which launched in 2003, started off purely trying to democratize ticketing by breaking into the [...]

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June 19, 2014

Delectable Update Allows Instant Image Recognition of Wines

Wouldn’t it be great to walk into a wine store and immediately know what wines were good and which ones were a rip off?  Delectable, a wine app for iOS,  has released 4.0, allowing users to take a snapshot of a wine label and instantly learn about a wine within seconds.  

Delectable’s previous version took a few minutes to process the text on a wine label so the new version’s instant recognition capabilities (2.6 seconds on average) are a boon for winemakers, sommeliers and wine enthusiasts.  Once the app [...]

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June 17, 2014

Automatic Updates iOS Alerting Drivers When They’re Low on Gas

Automatic, the smart driving assistant that gives drivers information about fuel economy and car problems, has updated its iOS app to give users even more information about their car including notifications when they’re low on fuel or driving too fast.

Automatic 2.0 is the first major update to the iOS app since it was released last summer and includes a more modern and faster UI.  The Automatic app, which works in tandem with a $99 dongle that plugs into your car’s data port, turns regular cars into a smart cars, giving [...]

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