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HTC Vive pre-orders begin on Feb. 29, CEO says VR 'is more important' than smartphones

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HTC now has a pre-order date for its long-awaited HTC Vive virtual reality headset. A new report says that HTC has confirmed February 29 will be when pre-orders begin for the headset, with a wider commercial launch still planned for April 2016. A price tag has yet to be announced.

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1 month ago

You can now play Jeopardy and ask Alexa to skip between chapters on the Amazon Echo

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Amazon has added a number of new features to the Echo this week, including the ability to jump back and forth between chapters of a book with voice commands, and the ability to play Jeopardy. Once enabled in the app settings, you'll be able to ask Alexa to play Jeopardy, at which time you'll be asked a number of questions from categories including world history, travel, pop culture and more.

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1 month ago

Tronsmart Titan is the 5-port quick charging station you want

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Five USB outputs to charge your gear is nice. Put Quick Charge 2.0 rapid charging speed into each port and you've got the Tronsmart Titan.

While multi-port USB chargers have been around for some time, integrating Quick Charge into them has been a more recent development — and most of the time these only integrate a single such rapid charging port. Enter the Tronsmart Titan, which puts Quick Charge into all five of its USB ports.

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1 month ago

Everything you need to know about the ANT VR kit for the Lenovo VIBE K4 Note

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Earlier this week, Lenovo launched the VIBE K4 Note in India. The smartphone packs in an innovative technology, dubbed TheaterMax, that offers an immersive large screen experience on smartphones powered by Lenovo Virtual Reality (VR) technology.

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1 month ago

The best smart scales to get you on the right track to weight loss

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Keep your health goals and achievements in plain view while using one of these Android-friendly smart scales.

The holiday festivities are finally wrapped up and many of us are feeling the repercussions of all that great food over the break. Now that 2016 is in full swing it's time to shed some of those extra pounds you picked up — and to help do that you can add the perfect smart scale under your feet. If you aren't already familiar with these intelligent weight watchers, they provide an easy way to track your weight, BMI, progress and goals using a corresponding app on your Android device. Let's hit the list for the complete rundown.

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1 month ago

Grab a DBPOWER sports armband for your phone for just $3.50 at Amazon with coupon code

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DBPOWER is offering a 50 percent savings on its sports armband at Amazon with the coupon code D4YPGOPP, so you'll only pay $3.50. There are three different size pouches to fit your smartphone of choice in it, whether it be large or small. The pouch allows you to place your smartphone, a house key, ID and even cash if you need it inside, and then it gets strapped to your arm.

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1 month ago

SCOSCHE announces a plethora of new USB-C accessories

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Accessory maker SCOSCHE has announced a new lineup of USB-C products, including new adapters, port hubs, and cables. These new product lines give you several options for connecting, syncing, and charging your devices over USB-C connections like those found on the Chromebook Pixel.

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1 month ago

Google reveals more hardware partners for Android TV and Google Cast

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Google is making new friends and partners as it continues to expand the reach of its Android TV and Google Cast platforms. The company revealed those new partners as part of its CES 2016 announcements.

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1 month ago

Google's Project Brillo has gained a whole lot of partners to help make IOT less terrible

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Project Brillo is slowly becoming more than a just a project.

If there's one thing the disconnected reject pile of internet-connected toothbrushes and refrigerators we begrudgingly refer to as the Internet of Things is in need of, it's direction. Some kind of grand, unifying force that will make using all of these potentially interesting products actually useful when bound together as a single household of objects. Google's Project Brillo, which we first heard about during their most recent developer conference, seems to have all the bits in place to offer that guidance. All we need now is some hardware partners willing to jump into bed with Google and support both Brillo and the Weave networking protocol that will help pull it all together.

Fortunately, this is CES and that's exactly what we have now.

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1 month ago

SanDisk's Connect wireless flash drive gets a storage boost to 200GB

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SanDisk's Connect is a USB 2.0 flash drive that offers Wi-Fi connectivity, letting you connect to the flash drive from your Android device to easily transfer content. At CES 2016, SanDisk is launching a higher-storage model in the series, offering 200GB for those looking to store and stream media on the go.

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1 month ago

Your Amazon Echo may soon be able to start your Ford vehicle with a simple voice command

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Ford and Amazon are working together to add new features to the Amazon Echo connected speaker so its owners can control various features of Ford's cars that will have its new SYNC Connect technology. The partnership was announced today at CES 2016.

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1 month ago

Polaroid debuts its next-gen instant print camera, the Snap+

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Polaroid has debuted its latest instant print camera, the Snap+ at CES 2016. This camera will be able to take, edit and print pics between using just the camera and the Android companion app. The photos are stored on a microSD card inside the camera, and the Snap+ has a 13MP sensor along with the ability to record 1080p video.

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1 month ago

HTC and Under Armour Band, Scale and Heart Rate hands-on and first impressions

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UA HealthBox

A new market for Under Armour to push into, and a growing partnership with HTC is helping it come together.

CES 2016

Under Armour is immensely popular in the sportswear and sports equipment industry, but is now trying its hand at something new: connected fitness equipment. Going in blind is never a good idea, so Under Armour has chosen to partner with HTC for its technology, design and manufacturing prowess. The end result is a new slate of products: UA Band, UA Scale and UA Heart Rate — sold together in the HealthBox.

While the three products will be offered separately, they'll be marketed as being best-used together in a complete package. We've had the ability to use the trio for a little bit now leading up to the announcement, and while we'll have a full review in due time we wanted to share our initial impressions first. Here's a quick look at the UA Band, Scale and Heart Rate monitor.

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1 month ago

HTC and Under Armour announce slate of connected fitness products, including the UA Band

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UA Band

HTC and Under Armour are getting into the connected fitness arena in a big way.

CES 2016

After a weak (and ultimately canceled) attempt at entering the fitness wearable space last year with the Grip, HTC and Under Armour are making a more serious attempt with a full slate of connected fitness products launching together. The official branding for the new line of products is under the Under Amour name, but with prominent "designed by HTC" branding and HTC logos found on each of the products, which shows the strong partnership here. UnderArmour is also partnering with JBL for new audio products.

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1 month ago

Lenovo LINK pulls double duty as a PC flash drive, remote control for your Android phone

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Lenovo is well known for its Windows PCs but also has a growing Android smartphone business, and the new Lenovo LINK is a new accessory that ties the two together. At its most basic level the LINK is a 32GB flash drive, but when you look a bit closer you'll notice it has USB 3.0 port lined up opposite of its USB plug where it connects to your computer. When you plug your phone into that USB port via a standard USB cable, it turns your computer into a remote desktop, of sorts, for the connected phone.

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