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4 years ago

Contests, Coverage, and Cool Tech: What you can expect from #CESlive!

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The team has arrived, the gear has been unpacked, and we're ready for #CESLive. This is our biggest year at CES yet. All totaled, we have 22 people on the ground here in Las Vegas covering the content for all our sites this week, including CrackBerry, Android Central, iMore, Windows Phone Central and the newly launched Smartwatch Fans. Aside from the usual faces, the Mobile Nations family is once again teaming up with our friends at Geek Beat: featuring podcast pioneer Cali Lewis and tech evangelist John Pozadzides. 

We'll be covering all areas of tech whether we're talking health and fitness, automotive, home technologies, smartphones, tablets and more. CES is the spot for it all and generally the spot to get a first glimpse at a lot of the cool new technologies that will soon be hitting our lives. Some will make it, others we'll never hear from again, and that's what makes it all exciting!

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4 years ago

Follow the ASUS #CESlive press conference live at 12 p.m. PST!

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Among todays CES festivities is the ASUS press conference, live from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. We'll be live on location, but the great news is that ASUS will be livestreaming the event so all you guys at home can join us for the ride. 

With an appearance from Johnny Shih, an ASUS press conference can be a wild ride, so check back at 12 p.m. PST – 3 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m UK – to see what they've got in store for us. You'll be able to catch the stream at the link below, but as and when it goes live we'll also pull it into this post, and you'll find our liveblog after the break. In the meantime, be sure to pass by our CES hub for all the latest!

Watch the ASUS CES 2014 press conference live!

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4 years ago

Enter to win a Pebble Steel

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Enticed by the new Pebble Steel? Us too. The all-new design is a step up from the previous generation, giving the Pebble a more refined and high-end look. Available in Black Matte and Brushed Stainless, the Pebble Steel features Gorilla Glass, and anti-fingerprint coating and comes with both a metal band and black leather strap.

They're available now for pre-order but if you're on the fence about picking one up, we're running a contest right now and you have not just one — but THREE chances to win. We've got all the Pebble Steel news you could want and more, so head over to Smartwatch Fans for all the details on how to win a Pebble Steel to call your very own.

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4 years 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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4 years ago

Pebble Steel first look: Our favorite smartwatch, sophisticated

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Metal, leather and tweaked hardware add a bit of class (and $100) to the Pebble smartwatch

Put the Pebble smartwatch next to any of its major competitors from the past year, and this much is clear: Metal trumps plastic when it comes to sophistication. We've known it. Pebble's known it.

And now it's doing something about it.

Pebble today is unveiling Pebble Steel — a classed-up metal version of its previously plastic and rubber watch. It's available today for preorder from getpebble.com, ships starting Jan. 28 in mid February,  and costs $249 — a $100 premium over the (now) basic Pebble.

Last month, we spent a day at the Pebble offices in California, getting to know the smartwatch, as well as the folks who make it. Today, we bring you our first look at Pebble Steel.

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4 years ago

In pictures: Pebble Steel gallery

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We've gotten our first look at the new Pebble Steel — and now it's your turn. Available in either brushed stainless or matte black, Pebble Steel addresses what was one of our main complaints (and to be fair, we haven't had many) about the original Pebble — plastic just lacks the sophistication of metal. 

So Pebble Steel is your dad's smartwatch. Better materials, better bands. Same e-paper display, same water-resistance, same excellent extensibility. 

After the break, we present a gallery of Pebble's latest and greatest, the $249 Pebble Steel.

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4 years ago

Join us for the Samsung #CESlive press conference at 2 p.m. PST!

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Live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas this afternoon, Samsung will take the wraps off its first big new products for 2014 at CES. We're live on the ground, so join us for our live blog, and the livestream of the event which we'll embed when it goes live. 

What are we expecting to see? Well, the image up top promises "the next big thing," and we might have gotten a strong hint at something yesterday evening. Whatever Samsung brings us, we'll be bringing it all to you live, so check back at 2 p.m. PST – 5 p.m. Eastern, 10 p.m. in London – and watch it unfold with us. You'll find the liveblog after the break. In the meantime, be sure to swing by our CES hub for everything coming out of Las Vegas. 

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4 years ago

ConnecteDevice launches Cogito and Cogito Pop smartwatches

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Two new smartwatches from ConnecteDevice

We knew CES was going to be big for wearables, and the latest news from ConnecteDevice is that they have just launched the Cogito and Cogito Pop smartwatches as the newest in their lineup. Last year the folks from ConnecteDevice announced the CooKoo, and the Cogito and Cogito Pop are follow ups to that device that bring a bit more style. Both of these devices combines an analog clock face with digital notifications, giving you the best of both worlds.

Unlike some of the other smartwatches on the market at the time the Cogito and Cogito Pop will only display notifications on the device, they won't give you what the message says, or allow you to preview other notifications. These "are meant to be an extension of the phone, not a duplication of it" says ConnecteDevice which they feel is very important as the customization will allow users to set priorities and determine what notifications they need.

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4 years ago

Huawei announces the Ascend Mate 2 4G

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Improved specs and full compatibility with T-Mobile and AT&T LTE networks

Huawei is on stage at CES where CEO Richard Yu has just announced the Ascend Mate 2 4G. Building on the original Ascend Mate, which was announced at CES 2013, the new Ascend Mate 2 4G sticks with the same 6.1-inch screen size but steps up the internals considerably.

Most notably of course is the addition of LTE, which will be available in devices worldwide, including the AT&T and T-Mobile networks here in the states. Backing up the new connection is a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8928), 2GB of RAM, 802.11ac and Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0. On the camera front, Huawei is continuing a focus on imaging with a 5MP front-facing unit, and a 13MP Sony BSI sensor in the back.

Focusing on battery life and usage, Huawei claims the Ascend Mate 2 4G is capable of two full days of continuous use, packing a 4050mAh lithium-polymer battery. The device can even act as a charger for other devices — just like an external battery pack — using a MicroUSB cable.

On the software front, Huawei is iterating its Emotion UI with a simpler design, new one-handed features for larger devices and even more options for controlling apps, calls and social networking.

We're still getting through the presser here in Las Vegas, and we'll be updating with additional specs as they become available.

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4 years ago

AT&T puts the connected car in overdrive with AT&T Drive

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Connected service platform and testing facility offered to help turn your car into a mobile computer

AT&T, like some others who have chimed in recently, is serious about turning the connected car dream into a reality. Today they have announced AT&T Drive, a platform for services where partners can use AT&T network and mobile device knowledge to get their vehicles connected and smarter.

Things like in-car entertainment are just the beginning. Think of ideas like wireless vehicle diagnostics that run constantly, alerting you at the first sign of trouble. Or the ability to generate ad revenue based on where you are and where you may be headed. This goes a step further than iPod integration or Google Maps navigation.

They will also have an Atlanta-based 5,000 square-foot facility for testing that partners can use to help implement  their ideas into products. Called Drive Studio, the facility is scheduled to open next month.

Cars with on-board cellular service is a natural progression of mobile tech. It's good to see the major players with a plan to nurture the new ideas and applications. The press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

AT&T announces the ASUS PadFone X

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Smartphone and tablet combo to be an AT&T exclusive in the US

If you've been eyeing ASUS' new PadFone, you'll be happy to hear that AT&T will be carrying the phone and tablet combination right here in the states. The 5-inch phone that docks into a 9-inch tablet is a refresh of the surprisingly well-received original, and this version comes with some beefier internals and a neat camera trick.

ASUS is introducing a new ability it's calling PixelMaster, which uses a pixel binning-like feature to produce a clearer 3-megapixel image from the 13-megapixel sensor. Combined with the Snapdragon 800 CPU for image processing power, if it lives up to the hype we should see some interesting photos come from users.

There's no word on pricing or availability just yet, but we'll keep pestering AT&T until they tell us. then we'll tell you. Today's full press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

Watch the Pebble #CESlive announcement at 11 a.m. PST!

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Pebble is here in Las Vegas for CES, and while there's no actual live press event, there will be an announcement, and it will be broadcast live for everyone to enjoy. We don't know exactly what will be there, but the livestream information does hint at news on the Pebble appstore and some brand new apps that will soon be available on the smartwatch. 

The whole thing kicks off at 11 a.m. PST – that's 2 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. UK – and can be viewed from the video up top. While you're waiting, be sure to stop by our CES hub for all the latest!

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4 years ago

AT&T introduces Sponsored Data plan for businesses

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Making Megabytes a form of currency

At the AT&T Developer Summit today, AT&T senior executive John Donovan introduced everyone to the companies new Sponsored Data packages. Companies will be able to pay AT&T, so that when you use the AT&T network to see their content — whether it be video, inside an app, or a website — it doesn't count against your data cap.

The easy explanation is to think of things as a toll-free 800 number for the web. When you call a 1-800 number, it doesn't cost you anything. The other party is footing the bill. With AT&T Sponsored Data, a company could, for instance, put up a movie trailer you can watch on the AT&T network without the amount of data used counting against your monthly plan limits. AT&T says this fixes a major problem — people like to wait to use the web until they are on Wifi. When the data isn't being deducted from your monthly allotment, AT&T is banking on the idea that you'll use the network for content from these Sponsored Data partners.

On the surface, this sounds good for consumers. We like things that are good for consumers. The transmission rates are no different for Sponsored Data partners than they are for anything else, and the only difference is who is paying for the bandwidth. But this is a slippery slope, with the possibility of changing the way you use the web. This is something we, and policy makers in Washington, need to keep a close eye on.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile announces the LG G Flex

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Pricing and availability will be announced in the coming weeks

LG already told us that we'd be seeing the G Flex on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, but the Uncarrier makes everything official with an announcement of their own. The G Flex is coming to T-Mo.

It's the exact same curved, flexible, self-healing phone we've already see, but equipped to run on T-Mobile's network. You'll get the same Snapdragon 800 CPU, the same 6-inch screen, and the same 13MP camera. Which are all very good things.

There's no word on just when to expect a T-Mobile version of the G Flex, or what it will cost you, but T-Mobile says they will let us know in the coming weeks. Jump past the break for the full press release.

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4 years ago

AT&T makes the LG G Flex official in the US

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Coming in Q1 2014, pricing and availability to be announced later

The first smartphone with a curved screen, the LG G Flex will be available from AT&T. As rumored, the 6-inch "bendable" smartphone will be coming sometime in the first quarter of 2014, though we don't yet have any pricing or firm dates. The G Flex carries the internals you would expect from a high-end smartphone at this stage in the game, with a Snapdragon 800 CPU and 2GB of RAM. We were fairly impressed with LG's hardware when we looked at the G Flex a while ago, and are happy to see a U.S. version.

AT&T is bullish on the G Flex, and thinks they will have a winner on their hands. Jeff Bradley, senior vice-president of devices says:

We’re excited to add LG’s futuristic G Flex on the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network. Its curved form factor and enhanced audio and visual experience is a great addition to our strong line-up of Android devices.

We're excited to try a proper U.S. version, too. Soon.

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