Nest Thermostat now available through Google Play for $250

Google's now offering the Nest Thermostat directly through Google Play

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Google-owned Nest has made its thermostat available through the Google Play Store for the first time. The $250 thermostat is the only Nest-branded product available, after sales of the Protect smoke detector were halted after the company “observed a unique combination of circumstances” that could potentially activate Nest Wave — a key feature that allows users to deactivate the alarm by waving at it.


Solidoodle sale brings entry-level 3D printer to $399

3D printer prices continue to decline

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Solidoodle is kicking off a sale that nearly puts their 3D printers inline with the $299 Micro we reported on last week. The company now lists their base Solidoodle 2 printer at $399 and the “expert” edition at $499 — a discount of $100 and $300, respectively. The Solidoodle 3 has also been discounted $100 to $699 and includes a roll of filament in the box.


Google Glass will be available to everyone on April 15

Google gives anyone the ability to purchase Glass for the first time ever

Posted in Gadgets, Wearables

Google Glass Explorer Program

Do you want Google Glass? Google is preparing to offer the common technologist the opportunity to join the Glass Explorer Program on April 15. The $1500 glasses go on sale starting at 9 a.m. Eastern and will last until there aren’t anymore spots available. It’s appropriate to say they will go fast, so the sooner you act the better.

The wearable piece of hardware has previously been available to previous Google I/O attendees and those who were on the waiting list.

Do you plan to purchase Google Glass tomorrow? If not, at what price would you consider purchasing a pair?


The I/O Show: Ep.12 – TV ‘soft launch’ #1

Gearing up for the official TV launch on May 4

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The first on-air episode of The I/O Show! This sample TV episode features our review of Google Chromecast, how to record a PC’s screen for free, how to install an Intel Core i7 CPU, how to set up Google 2-step verification and how to install a power supply in a computer tower.

This episode is a part of a “soft launch” series that was required of us to put together before the actual show starts on May 4. You can find more information here.

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'The I/O Show' makes its Omaha TV debut tonight at 8 p.m.

Posted in News, Techno FYI, The I/O Show


I’m very excited to say that The I/O Show will debut on KPAO tonight at 8 p.m. here in Omaha. Those in town have two ways to view the show: Cox channel 22 or CenturyLink channel 3. If you’re outside Omaha, or would like to watch the episodes on-demand, you can access the show on iTunes, YouTube or the podcast page around 8:30 p.m. Central.


This small 3D printer is available for only $300

Affordable 3D printer generates over $1.3 million in pledges through four days

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If you’re looking to get started with 3D printing, but unwilling to spend an arm and a leg to do so, M3D’s new low-cost printer might be for you. The company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a $300 3D printer aimed towards anyone wanting to get their feet wet. The device has been incredibly well-received, earning over $1.3 million in just four days.


Windows XP support ends tomorrow; Best Buy offering $100 credit per working laptop

Microsoft finally ending Windows XP support

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If you’re still hanging on to Windows XP, you should really consider upgrading soon. By soon, I mean by tomorrow. The 12-year-old operating system will go unsupported on April 8, meaning there will be no more security upgrades to keep your computer from being exploited — putting your data at risk. For governments and other organizations with a lot of money, Microsoft seems willing to continue supporting the legacy OS.


Virgin America to feature Nest thermostats on their entire A320 fleet this year

Nest moves from in-house to in-flight with Virgin America partnership

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Nest thermostats will be featured on Virgin America’s entire A320 fleet by the end of 2014, according to a Nest blog post. The devices will debut on flights serving Boston and Newark from San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Square Market begins accepting Bitcoin

Square embraces Bitcoin

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Square Market Lead Ajit Varma today announced that the popular virtual currency Bitcoin is now accepted on the site. The move continues to show commercial trust in the Bitcoin ecosystem, despite MtGox’s sudden collapse earlier this year and several wild price fluctuations in 2012.