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1 year ago

Staying alive at conferences with Seidio

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Your phone goes through a lot at a show like CES, so gear up!

It’s the last day of CES 2014. People are heading home. Stalls are being taken down. Feet are being dragged. Batteries, both human and otherwise, are drained. Well, most batteries. When we got to our freakin’ sweet stage in South Hall a few short days ago, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the show, we were greeted by a giant pile of accessories from our gracious sponsor, Seidio. Before long, I had my Galaxy S4 decked out with their extended battery and purpose-built Active Extended case, plus their Charging Vault as a back-up. Of course I slapped one of our new AC stickers to represent while out on the show floor. For all of its usefulness, I normally don’t rock the holster, but at a show like this, the fashion police aren’t exactly going to be writing me up.

I had used a few Seidio cases in the past, and even their extended battery for the Galaxy Nexus way back, but it was great to get reacquainted. It also reminded me about how absolutely vital extra battery life is at a show like CES. We had a huge crew coming, so we all leaned on our phones for chatter on Google Hangouts, figuring out who’s grabbing what taxi, where we need our video guys, and finding our way through the massive, sprawling convention area to our next meeting. I expect that the last week has been the busiest ever for any phone I’ve had in my pocket, and it wouldn’t have made it through any day without some extra juice.

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1 year ago

Can't afford an Oculus Rift? Strap a phone to your face with Dive

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Dive was at CES 2014 showing off their recently-launched virtual reality accessory built for smartphones 5 inches and smaller. Besides having adjustable wide angle lenses and the proper straps and clamps in place to make everything work, Dive also has an SDK so developers can make their 3D apps stereoscopic and formatted to work with the accessory. 

I still can't decide if this is so bad it's good, so bad it's bad, or crazy enough that it might just work. While my reaction to wearing the Dive headset wasn't quite as explosive as our demonstrator's here, I was able to get a decent 3D effect, barring a bit of light leakage where the lens sliders are set. I also got to try out the latest Oculus prototype, which obviously blew Dive out of the water when it came to app quality and overall experience, but it's also still very much in a pre-release state. 

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1 year ago

Fitbit talks best-in-class fitness tracking #CESlive

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Force yourself to Flex and enhance your fitness tracking

Cali and Daniel were able to catch up with Lindsay Cook from Fitbit to check out some of the new devices that they brought to consumers in 2013. Showing off the Fitbit Flex and the Fitbit Force they give us a rundown of the features of each product.

Luckily Fitbit has recently released an update which allowed for compatibility with more Android devices so syncing on the go is even easier. Be sure to check out the full interview above to catch all the great stuff that Fitbit has going on.

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1 year ago

Sphero talks creating games and new hardware #CESlive

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Sphero upgrades hardware, allows customizations

John and Daniel got to sit down with Ian and Adam from Sphero to talk about the newly introduced Sphero 2B. Turning a remote controlled ball into a game and then branching out with new customizable hardware, Sphero has been hard at work. Whether you want to complete challenges or freely roam around the office and have some fun with friends, look no further than the Sphero.

To catch all the talk about the new changes from Sphero be sure to check out the entire interview above.

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1 year ago

ReveelSound makes your music sound alive with any headphones #CESlive

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Inline analog device brings back audio detail for any recording

Standard electronics lose audio detail during the calculation to turn electricity into music. These canceled sounds are still there, but we don't get to hear them. This little analog device from ReveelSound can fix that.

This small gadget simply plugs inline with your headphones, and those "lost" sounds are restored. It sounds like Voodoo, but the priceless look on Derek's face around the eight minute mark tells me that it works.

Take a few minutes and see John P and Derek talk with Larry from ReveelSound about this revolutionary new product.

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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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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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