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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

AT&T Developer Summit to focus on wearables

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Focus shifts to apps for wearables at AT&T hackathon

This year AT&T has put a huge focus on wearable technology at their Developer Summit Hackathon that runs for 48 hours during CES. Usually the hackathon is for regular apps, but this year they have moved the focus from the standard applications over to the wearable ones, with a grand prize of $25,000 on the line.

On site AT&T will provide devices from Pebble, Wahoo, Samsung and various other wearable companies as well as offering developers Audrino boards and other pieces to make their own if they wish. 

In past years there have been tons of great ideas that come from the hackathon, so we are excited to see what the developers can do this year with the new category. With wearables becoming more and more popular it is great to see companies like AT&T getting behind them and pushing developers to get creative with the devices. Stay tuned to our coverage of the event and let's see what these developers are able to put together!

Source: AT&T, @PebbleDev

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1 year ago

Seiko Epson announces the smallest label printer for Android devices

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Tiny printer gets packed with tons of great features

Ahead of their unveiling at CES, Seiko Epson has announced their latest label printer for Android devices, the LW-600P. Coming in at only 24mm this is the smallest and lightest label printer that is on the market. Using Bluetooth the LW-600P can easily connect to your Android smartphone or tablet, and the printer runs either via battery power or an AC plug if you can access one. Through the Epson iLabel application you will be able to take full advantage of the printer from your Android device in ways that we not possible before.

Some of the features that Epson is able to offer that previous label makers were not are

  • “True-view” label preview capability using the camera function to ensure labels perfectly match what’s on the screen
  • Handwriting mode for custom drawing or annotation of labels using the touch screen interface
  • Speech-to-text voice transcription and printing
  • In-app storage of created label for future use
  • Import of custom graphics such as symbols, logos and photographs to copy & paste onto labels for a more professional look or to add a personalized touch
  • Creation of QR code labels for content sharing or barcode labels for inventory management which can be scanned by third-party QR/barcode apps

In addition to these great features Epson offers the options to print labels on a large variety of different tape options. Whether you are looking to print personalized ribbons, create iron-on tags, print glow in the dark or reflective labels you can do it all from the portable LW-600P.  Epson has created an open-source development kit for the printer so you can easily create custom applications for your own business uses to make the printer work best for you.

Epson has made the printer available now for $99 with one roll of ribbon, or $123 for two rolls included, and they will be showing it off at CES. Be sure to stay tuned to for more as we cover CES as it all happens!

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1 year ago

Wikipad announces Gamevice Controller for Android devices

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Turn your Android device into a full gaming machine with the Gamevice

Gaming has become extremely popular on mobile devices but one of the pain points is trying to figure out the varying controls of each game. Wikipad hopes to help solve that issue. The latest offering from Wikipad is a detachable controller that is very similar to a controller you would find on a gaming console. Once the Gamevice is placed on your Android device it transforms the phone into just a screen allowing all the controls to be moved off the screen.

To keep the feel of the Gamevice similar to a console controller Wikipad has added dual analog sticks, both L1/R1 and L2/R2 analog buttons, an analog D-pad, and four analog action buttons so you will feel right at home.

Currently Wikipad is working on versions of the Gamevice for Android and Windows 8 devices, but they have not forgotten about the other platforms. They have stated that they will expand and announced additional support in the future for the other mobile OS's. Wikipad has said that the Gamevice is well underway and should launch for Android and Windows 8 devices at some point in 2014 but no specific time frame at this point.

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1 year ago

First look: The Air Dock wireless charger

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This car dock has a great feature — wireless charging

Wireless charging is a great way to keep your phone battery topped off while it's not in your hands. Having a charger on your desk is really handy, and it makes the worries of battery life on today's big-screen phones just about nonexistent. But one place that really needs some wireless charging love in the car — and it's about to get some.

The folks at Air Dock have kicked off an Indiegogo campaign for what they call the world's best smartphone car charger, and after using it for a couple days I have to agree with them. If you use — and I mean really use — your phone in the car, for navigation, or phone calls, or as a music player or to entertain the passenger with a video or two, this is what you need. 

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