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8 months ago

LG wants you to be fit #CESlive

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Let's get fit!

Georgia and John got to take a few moments with Jim Clayton and Ashley Kim of LG to talk about their big announcements from CES 2014. Previously LG has been known in the smartphone and appliance space, but this year they have introduced the Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones. Much of the focus from CES has been wearables, and it seems as though just about everyone is getting in on the fitness tracking.

LG hopes to make a big impact in your fitness journey with their new devices. Be sure to check out the whole interview for some great information, and be sure to check out the rest of our coverage as well.

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8 months ago

Swiftkey heads to automobiles as they partner with Clarion for smarter in-car technology

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Swiftkey looks to improve the overall experience of in-car technology

While many folks are used to using Swiftkey of their smartphones, the software maker's latest announcement could see you using their keyboard in your car as well. Swiftkey has announced they've teamed up with  in-car entertainment manufacturer Clarion on their AX1 Android car stereo system and are the default keyboard offerings on the head unit.

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8 months ago

PowerbyProxi talks better ways to charge your devices #CESlive

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Ditch the cables and charge wirelessly

John and Rene talk to Fady Mishriki from PowerbyProxi about better ways to charge your mobile devices. Utilizing intelligent wireless charging pads PowerbyProxi is able to charge your devices just as fast as your wired charger, but allow you to move into the world of wireless charging.

PowerbyProxi hopes you will ditch your charging cables in favor of their wireless technology. Be sure to check out what Fady has to say to John and Rene in the 12 minute demo above.

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8 months ago

LG G Flex QuickWindow and Vest cases

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Two cases with distinct functional differences

Accessory support for the recently-announced G Flex is a little light at the moment, but LG is at least showing off early versions of two cases for the bendy behemoth. The QuickWindow and Vest, as they're called, are similar in styling and materials but serve to distinctly different purposes.

The QuickWindow, on one hand, is much the same as we've seen for previous LG devices like the Optimus G Pro and completely covers the front and back of the G Flex. You're getting a hard outer shell with an interesting faux metal pattern on it, a nice stitched material where the front hinges on and a cutout in the screen cover portion to show you bits of information when closed.

With the Vest case, you're getting something a bit more minimalist. The basic idea is to simply protect all four corners of the G Flex against occasional bumps and scratches, while leaving most of the sides and back open to the air. Made of the same material and color as the QuickWindow, it gives a bit more visual flair with interesting cutouts along the edges and a solid portion down the middle of the back plate.

Be sure to take a closer look at the cases with our photo gallery after the break.

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8 months ago

Seidio brings a gaggle of cases to #CESLive

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You want cases for your expensive smartphone? Seidio has cases of all kinds

Seidio knows mobile device accessories. We sell plenty of their products at ShopAndroid for many different model of Android. That's because you want them — and you want them because they look great and work well.

John P. and Rene Ritchie sat down and had a little chat with them on the CESLive stage. Check it out and see what they have to offer, including the new OBEX Waterproof case for the Note 3.

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8 months ago

Turn your TV into a communications center with this Android based adapter

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Join family time even from across the country

Traveling is a large part of many families, and trying to keep in touch while on the go can be a bit difficult. Meet-Bob Ltd. is hoping that they will be able to put families back together even when they are apart with their latest announcement, the Bob. While the name is a bit odd, the device itself is an Android based HDMI stick that will plug into any television set allowing families to communicate, interact, share content and play via the television.

Each member of the family will create a log in for the stick, and this allows for a fully personalized experience each time you log in. Carrying the device with you is easy as it is just about the same size as a USB thumb drive, so just pack it up and get ready to play when you are at your destination.

Bringing families together regardless of the location of each member makes the Bob something that many will enjoy. Being able to watch movies or videos together, share content from across the country or playing a game with the kids while away will be a great selling point.

Unfortunately no information on pricing or availability has been announced yet, but being as everyone in the family will need one of these to participate we can imagine them to be on the affordable side. 

Source: Meet-Bob

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8 months ago

Seidio announces OBEX Waterproof case for Galaxy Note 3

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Seidio today at CES is announcing a new OBEX waterproof case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

The case sports an IP68 rating, meaning that it’s waterproof for up to 30 minutes at 2 meters. (Far better than you’d fare, we’d say.) It’s also rated against dust, and for falls from 6 feet at different angles.

Also, an anti-reflection glass protects the camera lens without getting in the way of your precious selfies. Waterproof membranes protect the speakers and microphones, and rubber stoppers keep the phone’s USB and headphone ports clear of debris. And the case does all this without getting in the way of NFC signals.

The case itself is $79.  Another $10 will get you a holster as well.

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8 months ago

Logitech announces new cases for Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro devices

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Enhance your productivity on Samsung's new tablets with a Bluetooth keyboard case

Earlier today Samsung announced two new tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro, and now Logitech is announcing two new cases for these devices. The Logitech Pro is their latest keyboard case that features several design tweaks to make it work best with Samsung's new devices. With Samsung bringing these devices in a 12.2 inch form factor Logitech was able to get a full sized Bluetooth keyboard inside the case which is something many people will enjoy. 

Some of the other features of the case are the ultra slim design that Logitech was able to pull off by using state of the art materials. They have also added protection for bumps, spills, and scratches with near full protection once inside of the case. Utilizing a SecureLock system Logitech is able to ensure that the tablet won't come loose once clipped in, and they have added the ability to have two different viewing angles depending on how you are using the device. When it comes to battery life Logitech has gone way above and beyond and they claim that the device will last for up to three months on a single charge with around two hours of use each day.

Logitech has announced that they will begin selling the Logitech Pro in February 2014 for a suggested retail pricing of $129. 

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8 months ago

Polaroid announces Socialmatic, the Android powered camera and printer in one

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Android powered camera / printer makes sharing memories fun

Polaroid has taken an idea that many have had in the past, and they are bringing it to consumers with their latest creation, Socialmatic. This crazy looking device looks quite similar to the Instagram icon but it is actually a camera and printer, all in one. Beyond just being any camera, it is powered by Android, and on the back of the device it features a 4.5 inch touch screen to allow for easy navigation.

On the front of the device Polaroid has included a 13MP camera, and on the back there is a 2MP camera in case you really need to take yet another selfie. The Socialmatic will also include built in wifi, so sharing the pictures that you take on it to your favorite social media networks will be quick and easy. 

One of the neatest parts of the device is that it features a built in printer which doesn't even require ink. Printing pictures is quick and easy making use of Polaroid's 2 X 3 inch ink-free paper which they call Zero Ink (ZINK) paper. The images that are printed are smudge-proof as well as being water and tear resistant.

No more snapping images on your mobile device of your family and having to email them off, instead you can just print them right then and there, with no worries.

Polaroid has yet to announce a price for the Socialmatic but they have stated that the device will ship in the fall of 2014, so we're going to have to wait a bit.

Source: BusinessWire

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8 months ago

New Parrot Jumping Sumo brings big wheels to the drone party at #CESlive

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The second drone that Parrot was showing off at CES 2014 was the Jumping Sumo. This guy is much bulkier than the mini drone they were also demoing, featuring big wheels, lots of horsepower, and extended range thanks to Wi-Fi connectivity.

There's a little VGA camera on the front which feeds video to your mobile device so you can steer the little guy. The agility on it was really quite surprising - the Jumping Sumo could do flips, turn on a dime, and collapse its wheels for a slimmer profile. 

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8 months ago

Parrot shows off new flying and wheeled mini drone at #CESlive

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The folks at Parrot were showing off two new drones at CES 2014, the first of which is a light, miniature version of the famous AR.drone quadrocopter we know and love.

The Parrot mini drone has two big wheels that let it land gracefully and move around a bit on the ground and ceiling, or you can detach the wheel system and simply fly the drone by itself.

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8 months ago

Checking out Sphero 2B at #CESLive, a mobile-controlled racing robot

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Sphero, the guys who are best known for their globular mobile-controlled toy, have announced at CES 2014 that they're expanding their lineup with a new two-wheel model, complete Bluetooth low-energy connectivity and sensors to enable gaming and racing.

Separate Bluetooth markers can set waypoints for a race, and the infrared sensors allow Sphero 2Bs to battle one another. Tinkerers will even be able to dive into the programming options for the Sphero 2B. We'll be seeing the Sphero 2B on store shelves in fall 2014 with a pricetag of $99 or less.

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8 months ago

Fitbit announces syncing with more Android devices

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Syncing just got easier with more Android devices

Fitbit has just announced that their products will now sync with even more Android devices. Previously Fitbit devices only synced wirelessly with about 5 Android devices, all of them Samsung, so it was a bit inconvenient for many users. Today they have announced that they will be supporting 12 more Android devices.

Fitbit has not hit all the devices, but they have added support for many of the most popular devices. If you own any of the Fitbit products, and one of these devices you will want to grab the app update now to gain wireless sync. We hope that Fitbit is able to accommodate even more devices in the future, and soon there will be no restrictions and users can easily sync regardless of device choices. See the list of new devices after the break.

Source: Fitbit

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8 months ago

Sphero introduces an all new form factor with the Sphero 2B

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New form factor brings interchangeable parts and more

Sphero has drawn a ton of attention with their little robotic balls that were controlled by Android devices, and today they have announced an addition to the family. With the Sphero 2B they have brought a bunch of changes to the device with a whole new form factor, and the ability to change various parts like the hubcaps, wheels, and tires. Having two main points of contacts the Sphero 2B is able to turn on a dime, and offers some crazy speed along with the ease of maneuverability. 

In addition to the new hardware Sphero has also launched seven new applications for CES, which now brings their total up to 35 different titles. In addition to being able to play with this by yourself you can use the built in infrared technology for player vs player or multiplayer game play as well. Priced at $100 the Sphero 2B will start shipping in Fall 2014. If you want to be among the first to have one be sure to hit the link below to reserve your spot, and stay tuned right here to see if we can check one of these out live from Las Vegas.

Source: Sphero

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8 months ago

SuperTooth announces the Disco 4 speaker

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Bluetooth speaker packs power and portability

SuperTooth has been creating Bluetooth speakers for the past couple of years, and this year at CES they will be showing off their latest addition, the Disco 4. This wireless speaker will pair with devices through Bluetooth 4.0, or users can easily pair their devices through the tap-to-pair NFC technology inside the speaker. SuperTooth claims that after charging the device via USB for only two hours you will be able to get anywhere from 3 to 12 hours of use from each charge depending on your volume level.

The speaker itself weighs just over a pound, and features an 8 watt bass reflex system for optimal sound quality. With a 30 foot range on Bluetooth connection managing the music being played through the speaker is sure to be a breeze, and the included carrying strap will make it ultra portable.

At this time SuperTooth has not announced pricing, but they have stated that the Disco 4 will be launching in Q1 of 2014. The Disco 4 will be on display at CES, so stay tuned to see if we can get some hands-on time with it to see how it compares to some of the other options on the market.

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