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January 6, 2015, 5:25 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
12" MacBook Air to be substantial redesign with narrower, thinner body than 11" model, higher resolution display, edge-to-edge keyboard, single USB type-C port  —  Apple's next major Mac revealed: the radically new 12-inch MacBook Air  —  Apple is preparing an all-new MacBook Air for 2015 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Watch launch expected in March, retail training set for mid-February  —  Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch's software, and sources familiar with the product's development say that the device is currently on track to ship in the United States by the end of March.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
As Fire Phone product manager, Jeff Bezos insisted Lab126 build a premium phone and include useless Dynamic Perspective feature in attempt to compete with Apple  —  The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos's Fire Phone Debacle And What It Means For Amazon's Future  —  “What the hell happened?”
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple now selling SIM-free unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the US, from $649  —  As we reported yesterday, Apple is now selling contract-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in retail stores and online.  Following historic pattern, the 16 GB base model iPhone 6 costs $649 with higher tiers costing $100 extra.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Razer Unveils Its $100 Android-Powered Gaming Console, Razer Forge TV  —  Earlier this year, high-end gaming tech company Razer announced at Google I/O that it would be soon be making its first foray into Android-based gaming consoles.  Today at CES, that device made its public debut.
Brian Hough / Haverzine:
HomeKit compatible switches, devices, and sensors for home automation debut at CES  —  Apple may not be at CES, but their HomeKit system is the a star  —  I've been a fan of the Smart Home concept since I first saw the American classic movie “Smart House” by the Disney Channel …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Indiegogo launches InDemand, a feature that allows pre-orders to continue after crowdfunding ends  —  Indiegogo elbows its way into ecommerce with the launch of InDemand  —  What will be hot in consumer electronics and computing in 2015?  Read VB's full coverage of International CES 2015 to find out.
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Misfit Bolt, a $50 smart bulb with sleep tracker integration, now available for pre-order  —  Misfit introduces a smart bulb to go with its sleep tracker  —  There's no shortage of smart light bulbs on the market, but wearables company Misfit has decided that its influence shouldn't stop with collecting health data.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Radiohead's Thom Yorke, most legally-downloaded BitTorrent artist in 2014, may have made up to $20M with BitTorrent Bundles  —  Thom Yorke made as much as $20M from his BitTorrent experiment  —  Credit: Nikola Spasenoski / Shutterstock.com  —  Credit: Nikola Spasenoski / Shutterstock.com

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