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2 weeks ago

EA releases stunning teaser for Need for Speed: No Limits

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EA has released a new teaser trailer for Need for Speed: No Limits. The footage shows some of the work the developers have made on the visuals. Simply put: it's stunning. The only issue is the wait for the game to be released, which EA states should be some time later this year.

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2 weeks ago

The Razer Forge TV console will play Android games and stream PC games for $99.99

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Razer has finally revealed the first concrete details of its previously announced Android TV game console at CES 2015. The Razer Forge TV console will be able to play Android-based games directly, and will also be able to stream and play PC games from a user's local computer via Wi-Fi.

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2 weeks ago

Kenwood unveils aftermarket Android Auto receiver

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Kenwood today announced the DDX9902S, which will be on display at CES 2015. This new multimedia receiver supports both Apple Carplay and Android Auto, making it an easy choice for someone from either platform. This also means Apple's Siri is at hand, as well as Google Now for Android, providing the driver with a more seamless experience.

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2 weeks ago

Wireless charging standards are about to get a lot less frustrating

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Two of the three competing wireless charging standards groups, The Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance, have revealed plans to merge, with the agreement expected to close sometime in mid-2015.

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2 weeks ago

Alcatel revamps the Pop family with a new tablet, phones (hands-on)

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Alcal Pop 2

2015 is all about affordable LTE devices for the low-cost manufactuer

Alcatel today announced new additions to its affordable Pop family in the form of the Pop 10 tablet and a trio of Pop 2 phones ranging from 4 to 5 inches.

This year is going to be all about LTE for the low-cost manufacturer, and the Pop 10 tablet brings it with Cat. 4 speeds. The tablet's powered by a quad-core MediaTex CPU, has 8GB of storage and sports a 5MP camera 'round back and 2MP out front. It's standout feature, however, is the removable Bluetooth keyboard. It's done in the manner we've become accustomed to over the years, with a little bit of thickness added at the hinge. But the whole smash manages to retain a pretty thin profile. The keys have decent (not great) travel, and the trackpad is clicky enough.

The Pop 2 phones start at 4 inches with a 480x800 resolution, move on to a 4.5-incher at 854x480, and finally to a 5-incher at full HD. All three will sport LTE data, and price points will reflect their various standings in the family. The high end Pop 2 (5) has a plastic textured back which we actually liked a little less than the soft-touch 4.5 model, but to each his own on that one. All three phones will have options for color backs and flip covers.

We've got more on the Pop 8 tablet and Pop 2 phones on down below.

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2 weeks ago

HTC posts first quarterly revenue growth in three years

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It looks like HTC's woes are at an end, as the Taiwanese manufacturer has posted its first quarterly revenue growth since the third quarter of 2011. Much of HTC's turnaround is attributed to the brand's strong showing in the mid-tier segment in emerging markets like China and India, where the Desire series is gaining considerable traction. In Q4 2014, HTC's sales amounted to NT$47.9 billion ($1.5 billion), up from the NT$42.9 billion ($1.34 billion) figure the vendor posted in Q4 2013.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung launches Galaxy A5 and A3 in India, introduces Galaxy E5 and E7

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At a media event in Mumbai, Samsung announced a total of four new devices for Indian customers: The Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7. The metallic chassis Galaxy A3 and A5 are already available in a few countries, but this is the first time we're hearing about the Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7.

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3 weeks ago

Livescribe announces Android support will arrive this Spring

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Livescribe has announced at CES that its award-winning Livescribe 3 smartpen will commence supporting Android this Spring. The ballpoint pen enables you to sync what is written on paper to the app. The company's official app is currently only available for iOS, but will soon migrate across to Google's mobile platform with functionality "designed from the ground up".

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3 weeks ago

G Flex 2 video highlights how LG is looking to redefine the curve

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After announcing the G Flex 2 yesterday at CES 2015, LG has rolled out an official video of the device. The video gives us a look at the back of the device, which is more curvaceous than the original.

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3 weeks ago

Missed yesterday's CES action? Watch press conferences from Sony, Samsung and LG right here

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Yesterday's whirlwind of announcements from CES 2015 included Sony stating that it would offer Android TV on all of its Bravia lineup for 2015, Samsung launching a content store for its head-mounted VR unit and LG announcing a new bendy phone. To check out all the announcements from yesterday, head over to our CES 2015 page.

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3 weeks ago

CES 2015 Day 0 roundup

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CES technically doesn't start until tomorrow, but that doesn't mean the news can't get underway. And that it has, with announcements and reveals large and small across the spectrum of consumer electronics. From the all-new LG G Flex 2 to the ASUS Zenfone 2, mobile innovation was on display. But there's more than smartphones, with a slew of updates from Sony, Acer, and Lenovo, the first HomeKit home automation devices and new CarPlay-compatible vehicles, new and updated wearables, and a radical new concept car from Mercedes-Benz. There's more news than just about anybody could possibly hope to handle, and that's just the way we like it.

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3 weeks ago

Hands-on: HTC's Desire 826 takes UltraPixel selfies, runs Lollipop

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HTC Desire 826

Another six months have gone by, so I guess It's time for an another Desire 8-series to land, right? Right. Well, earlier today at CES 2015 HTC launched the Desire 826, a new mid-range phone destined for the Asia Pacific market -- at least for now. I got a chance to briefly play with the new handset tonight at Digital Experience, and came away pretty satisfied.

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3 weeks ago

Cyanogen announces CM12 nightlies based on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

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The Cyanogen team stated that there would be "something special" in store for the new year, which as it turns out is the announcement of nightly builds of CyanogenMod 12, which is based on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. The first rollout of CM12 nightlies is set to commence soon, although the team notes that work on the M release (milestone snapshot, more stable than a nightly but potentially some issues) is 85 percent complete as of now.

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3 weeks ago

Hands-on with the Kodak Instamatic 5

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Kodak Instamatic 5

An old-school brand meets new-ish Android, but don't let your grandparents be wooed

The reports of Kodak's death have been greatly exaggerated. Or at least been made premature. The Bullitt Group has licensed the Kodak name and today at CES in Las Vegas is officially unveiling the Instamatic 5 Android smartphone — erm, camera.

As far as phones go, it's a pretty basic number. The Instamatic 5 (speaking of iconic names) has a 5-inch IPS display at 720p. It's running a MediaTek octa-core CPU at 1.7 GHz, pushing a custom build of Android 4.4.2 — it'll be updated to Lollipop, the company says. The UI is extremely basic, and that's pretty much the point of the phone. It's meant to be simple for taking and sharing pictures.

In fact, anything you shoot can be automatically added to your lock screen. No muss, no fuss. (You do have control over this stuff, though, for those private times that perhaps are best left unseen by the rest of us. The launcher has large, clearly labeled buttons, with Print, Gallery and Camera featured at the bottom — so you know this is a Kodak device.

And if you're anything like me, your older relatives might see be tempted by the Kodak name. You must help them resist.

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3 weeks ago

Quick look at Acer's refreshed Chromebook 13 with a touchscreen

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The new Chromebook 15 isn't the only bit of Chrome OS news coming out of Acer, as the laptop maker is showing off a refreshed version of its Chromebook 13 with a touchscreen at CES. The new model is physically and internally identical to the original — down to the Tegra K1 processor — but bumps up the appeal with a new 1080p glossy touchscreen on front.

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