At $35 the Google Chromecast is a hell of a deal, but Best Buy's sweetening an already sweet pot. Right now if you buy a Chromecast it comes with 2 months of Hulu Plus and 90 days of Google Play Music All Access, which is $46 worth of content — but if you buy a Chromecast from Best Buy they're throwing in $20 worth of Google Play Credit so you can stream a movie or two to get comfortable with your new little dongle. Add it all together and you get $66 worth of free subscription and download content and a Chromecast for just the $35 cost of the Chromecast.
Toshiba has announced full-sized 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB SD memory cards that can shoot thumbnails over to your Android device for a quick preview simply by tapping your device to your camera. 16 thumbnails and available remaining space are shown through the dedicated Memory Card Preview App, though you'll still need to pop the SD card into a computer to get full access to the pictures. As neat as the mash-up of SD and NFC may be, Toshiba announced a Wi-Fi-enabled SD card that sounds decidedly more useful.
The folks at Orbotix have made quite the name for themselves in the smartphone controlled toy world. Their first creation, Sphero, offers a uniquely entertaining experience with a technically impressive robot that has developed a fascinating third party software library. To follow up the curious little robot ball, Orbotix released Ollie. This robot is a little more like an RC car in how you drive it around, but with only a pair of treads and a contained pill shape it's still got a unique look to it. To make things more interesting, Orbotix has released a special edition "Darkside" version of Ollie, and after rolling this little guy around CES for a few days, and so far there's a lot to like.
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At CES 2015SanDisk came out with an updated version of their Dual USB Drive which now has the power of USB 3.0 technology. SanDisk has made the drive physically smaller with the added capability of storing the full size USB and microUSB sides of the drive inside itself until you want to plug it into your computer or your Android device.
For those that take their gaming really seriously, Mad Catz has unveiled the new L.Y.N.X. 9. This $299.99 controller can fold up to fit in your pocket, and expand to accommodate a 7-inch tablet or dock a phone above. It connects over Bluetooth and has a keyboard add-on, a built-in trackpad, and a microphone to help you navigate.
Along side the announcement of the Grand X Max+ today at CES 2015, ZTE pulled the wraps off of the second generation of their Android powered smart projector — the Spro 2. The updated projector gains improvements to its projection system, battery life, and user interface.
AT&T has announced at CES 2015 that they're opening up their Digital Life home automation platform to partners, including Samsung, LG, Qualcomm, and Lutron. That means, for example, the Samsung Gear S smartwatch could receive home security notifications, which Samsung is showing off as a prototype in Vegas this week.
A whole batch of new smarthome sensors from Belkin have been announced at CES which include a new WeMo room motion sensor, an alarm upgrade system, and a magnetic sensor for windows and doors. The most interesting of the bunch is an accessory that installs into your home's plumbing to monitor water usage. As usual, they connect to your home Wi-Fi network for all sorts of smart home utilities accessible from your phone.
As part of its CES 2015 announcements, SanDisk has revealed its new Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0, which can not only connect to Windows and Mac PCs but can also connect directly to Android smartphones and tablets via a micro-USB port.
At CES 2015 today, Parrot introduced their latest pair of wireless sport headphones — the Parrot Zik Sport. These are not your normal bluetooth headphones, these come packed with all types of sensors and electronics to help make your run even better and more enjoyable.
Netatmo may be a name you're not so familiar with, but at CES 2015 they're on hand showing off their connected home camera system that will support Android, as well as Android Wear. It also boasts that it'll recognize the faces of anyone you tell it to any time that they're in your home.
Seagate has unveiled its lineup for CES 2015, including some new Wi-Fi-enabled hard drives that let you take your data anywhere. Personal Cloud drives offer high-capacity storage for all of your media, accessible from devices such as your Android phone or a Chromecast, while the Seagate Wireless extends the space on your mobile device. They also announced a new portable hard drive in the Seagate Seven, which is said by Seagate to be the world's thinnest portable hard drive.
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