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1. SanDisk touts tiny USB 3.0 128GB flash drive

CEA SmartBrief | Jun 02, 2015

SanDisk claims that its latest 128GB flash drive is "smaller than a dime," making it the world's smallest USB 3.0 flash drive, the company says. The drive retails for $120. (06/01)

2. Google, Levi's see clothes as next the "smart" frontier

CEA SmartBrief | Jun 01, 2015

Google and Levi Strauss are partnering on Project Jacquard, which could eventually create "smart" textiles -- clothes that could control mobile devices, monitor health and fitness or even switch off lights in a home. The companies envision small, lightweight, touch-sensitive Jacquard yarn that will facilitate communication with digital devices. Computerworld (05/29) VentureBeat (05/29)

3. Vivint's doorbell shows homeowners who's outside

CEA SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

Vivint has launched a "discreet," Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell camera that offers a live video feed of the front doorstep to the homeowner's smartphone when a person rings the bell. The company expects to add facial recognition in the coming months to enable the door to be unlocked and the security system disarmed for approved people. (05/28)

4. Microsoft: More tablets will have Office apps pre-loaded

CEA SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Microsoft has added 20 tablet vendors as partners that will embed its Office applications and services on their Android devices, a company blog post says. The list includes LG and Sony, but most are smaller firms. CNET (05/26) Network World (05/26)

5. Minimalist "Cobblestone" turns sound systems wireless for $55

CEA SmartBrief | Jun 01, 2015

Muzo's "Cobblestone" device, funded by a Kickstarter campaign, can make a sound system run on Wi-Fi for $55. The company has deals with Pandora and Tune-in, and the small, round device also supports AirPlay and DLNA, allowing it to distribute music over speakers from other iOS and Android applications. Digital Trends (05/31)

6. Pebble's color-screen smartwatches ship to first customers

CEA SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Pebble's $200 color-screen smartwatch, whose battery lasts seven days, began shipping to Kickstarter backers on Wednesday. The company will begin taking preorders for the Pebble Time Watch, which raised $20 million in its crowdsourcing campaign, on June 22. VentureBeat (05/27)

7. Google unveils Android Pay, the next OS

CEA SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

Google is ramping up its efforts against Apple Pay with the introduction of Android Pay. The mobile service enables payments in physical stores, as well as online. Google also announced that it will bring Android M to market this year, and Google Vice President of Engineering Dave Burke said the operating system will emphasize quality, stability and usability. The Verge (05/28) (05/28) Quartz (05/29)

8. Canary raises $30M for home-monitoring system

CEA SmartBrief | Jun 02, 2015

Canary has secured $30 million in Series B funding for its Internet-connected home security and monitoring device, which sold out of "most retail outlets" within days of its March release, CEO Adam Sager says. The startup plans to grow its marketing and manufacturing line to keep up with demand, and it is also looking to add new features to the device. TechCrunch (06/01)

9. Netflix gets 4K content, surround sound upgrades

CEA SmartBrief | May 28, 2015 (05/27)

10. Fitbit poached employees with trade secrets, Jawbone says in lawsuit

CEA SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

Jawbone has filed a lawsuit accusing Fitbit of poaching employees who were willing to obtain Jawbone's business plans and other sensitive information before leaving. Nearly a third of Jawbone employees received communications this year from Fitbit recruiters, the lawsuit says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (05/27)

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