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Indiegogo trials insurance fee for crowdfunding campaigns

12/02, 8:59pm

Optional fee provides refund on crowdfunding purchases after project failure

People paying into crowdfunding campaigns may gain some protection on their funds, thanks to a new scheme being tried out for the first time. Indiegogo is testing out crowdfunding insurance, with one campaign offering the ability to get back the cost of the donated product or device if the project fails to deliver within a reasonable timeframe.

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Briefly: Snap connector case, TP-Link's Entertainment Adapter

04/27, 11:36pm

3mm connector case for iPhone features accommodations for money, earbuds

Minimalistic case attachment for iPhone and other devices, Snap, has nearly reached its Indiegogo campaign goal of $15,000. Measuring at 3mm thick and 25mm wide, Snap features a system that focuses on its circular, low-profile female connection that can be adhered to any device or case with its commercial-grade 3M adhesive. Snap's connector is accompanied by different types of accessories that range in function from carrying earbud headphones, clipping money, or attaching your smartphone or other device to an adaptive holder for a bicycle. Pledges for backing Snap's Indiegogo campaign start at $10, with estimated delivery of product beginning in June.

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Briefly: Best Buy's XP laptop trade-in, Indiegogo revamped

04/08, 11:45pm

Best Buy offers Windows XP laptop trade-in credit of $100 or more

In light of the discontinuation of support for Windows XP by Microsoft, Best Buy has announced a new trade-in credit program. Between now and April 19, customers can receive a minimum of $100 of credit toward the purchase of a new computer, when bringing in a functional Windows XP running laptop to a Best Buy location. A $25 gift card plus a discount coupon valued at $75 will be issued upon assessment of the device brought in.

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Briefly: Smart water bottle's Indiegogo, Anker debuts 2nd-gen battery

10/14, 10:37pm

BluFit Smart Water Bottle tracks water intake with app

BluFit, the smart water bottle that can track its user's water consumption, is available for pre-order pledging on Indiegogo. The glass bottle encased in a silicone sleeve notifies users to drink more water, based on a calibration of personal data such as weight, age, activity level, and more. The bottle transmits data by way of its Bluetooth LE chip to the BlueFit app, such as when and how much water was consumed.

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PayPal overhauling security policies after crowdfunding issues

09/13, 7:07am

Changes to come after freezing, releasing Indiegogo campaign funds

PayPal is pledging to overhaul its policies to improve how it deals with crowdfunding campaigns in the future. The payment service is looking into what it needs to change in order to preserve security while also allowing for such funding events to take place, after it recently and publicly froze funds destined to prominent crowdfunded projects.

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