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Today in Gear: September 8, 2014

Today in Gear: The Samsung Gear VR, a portable city grill by Kenyon, ROAM Ropes, Meta M1 smartwatch collection, and off-roading robot named Ollie and the Contact Center app.

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ROAM Ropes
From the Co-Founder of Beats By Dre, ROAM is ushering in the next generation of earphones. With an integrated ergonomic design, ROAM Ropes are strong, light, powerful and boast “Noise Equalization” technology. Pre-order now to donate $100 to Stand Up To Cancer. Otherwise, they go on sale this holiday season. $299
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Meta M1
Premium timepieces that happen to be smart: Meta’s new smartwatch collection features eight elegant styles, all designed by Frank Nuovo. After a two-hour charge, each M1 stays alive for 5-7 days. Other features include a backlight, 3 ATM water resistance, music controls, weather tracking and more. $249
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Contact Center App
All the ways to stay in touch with friends — in one app. The Contact Center app consolidates everything on your iOS device: texts, emails, FaceTime, contact lists, other apps and more. It’s a shortcut for your entire phone. Free
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Kenyon City Grill
In the cities, where open-flame grilling is a no-go, this portable electric grill is ideal alternative. Made of weather-resistant Marine-grade 304 stainless steel, it heats up in less than seven minutes, can exceed 500 degree temperatures (Fahrenheit) and easily fits on any countertop. $449
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Ollie
What ever happened to remote control cars? Don’t answer that. Sphero’s latest app-controlled robot, Ollie, reaches up to 14mph; can spin, drift, flip and perform tricks; is easily suited for off-roading and has customizable tire and hubcap options. $100+
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Samsung Gear VR
Samsung and Oculus are giving people another to get lost in their phones. The Gear VR is the first widely available mobile VR headset, optimized for the Galaxy Note 4 and designed to “expand the definition of mobile life”. Completely wireless, this wearable technology will change the way people enjoy watching movies, playing games and talking to each other. Phones, it seems, are becoming increasingly less handheld. samsungmobilepress.com
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Primer: The Winds and Waves of Kiteboarding
Sailors rely on wind. Surfers need waves. The best kiteboarders require both. We’ve put together a beginner’s guide to the exciting, fast-growing sport. Read this article

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