Samsung launches headphones to compete with Beats

Samsung has announced a new line of headphones called “Level.” The lineup was introduced in April. The Samsung Level Over is a $349.99 pair of over-ear Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation and NFC. The headphones can be plugged in using a detachable audio cable. Samsung launched an Android app for EQ customization called “SoundAlive.”
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LG is working on a flexible 18-inch display and 60-inch rollable TVs

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LG Display is working on some ambitious projects! LG is creating an 18-inch OLED panel, which can be rolled into a tube that is 3 centimeters across. The prototype has a resolution of 1200×810 and it has a new polyamide film on the back of the panel which gives the panel even more flexibility.

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VAIO computers are now for sale again

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The VAIO PC brand is back! Sony sold the VAIO brand to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners. At that time, Sony said it was planning to concentrate on smartphones and tablets due to a drop in the PC market. The Sony-Japan Industrial deal was set to close in July. Now the new VAIO Corporation is selling VAIO Fit and VAIO Pro computers in Japan. The PCs are selling without Sony branding, but they are being offered through Sony’s online store. The new VAIO company will have no more than 240 employees. VAIO Corporation was officially founded on today and Sony has a 5% stake. It is unknown whether it was expand outside of Japan as of yet.
[Source: TheVerge]

GE launches a $15 connected LED light bulb

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General Electric has announced a $15 connected LED light bulb that is controlled by the Wink app. The connected Link lightbulb is controlled by the Wink app (iOS and Android) from Quirky.

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Google Fit is a health and fitness tracking service

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Earlier this week, Google announced Google Fit for Android, which is a fitness and health tracking platform. Google Fit is an open platform that is now available for developers. The platform SDK will be available in the next few weeks. It uses sensors on mobile devices and wearables like Google’s smartwatch collection. 
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LG G Watch will cost $229

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Earlier this week, Google announced that the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch smartwatches will be up for pre-order on the Play Store later today. No official word was mentioned about the price. LG confirmed that its offering will cost $229 when it arrives on the Play Store on July 7th.

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Apple launches new iPods with lower prices

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Apple has launched a new version of the iPod Touch. The new iPods include a new 16GB model and there are lower prices for the 32GB and 64GB versions. The cheapest iPod Touch is now the 16GB model for $199. It has six colors and a rear facing camera. The 32GB and 64GB models cost $249 and $299, respectively. The iPod used to be one of Apple’s best selling products, but it is now being overshadowed by the iPhone and iPad.
[Source: TC]

Barnes & Noble is splitting the Nook Media business from retail ops

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Barnes & Noble has decided to split off its Nook Media business from its retail operations as part of a plan that the company came up with a while ago. Barnes & Noble launched the Nook e-book reader in 2009 to take advantage of the digital book market.
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