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4 years ago

Sony's PlayStation Now wants to be the Netflix of gaming

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Sony has brought a lot of cool stuff to CES 2014, including a look at its forthcoming PlayStation Now gaming service. The simplest way to describe what Sony's trying here; it wants to be the Netflix of gaming. 

The Gaikai guys have been on the show floor demonstrating how things will go. Initially Sony will be supporting PlayStation 3 games, which can be streamed to your PS4, PS Vita, PS3 and selected new Sony Bravia TVs. Beyond this, PS2 and PS One classic titles are also in consideration for future inclusion. But why are we so interested? Because one day, maybe in the distant future times, but one day for sure; Sony wants this on our smartphones and tablets. 

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4 years ago

AT&T's Optimus G Pro gets a small software update

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It's still Android 4.1.2, but OTA brings small fixes and enhancements

Software version E98010n is ready for AT&T's LG Optimus Pro. The 65 or so megabyte file is still Android 4.1.2, but bumps the software version up from E98010k ("n" is more than "k" so it has to be better) and contains these few changes, per AT&T:

  • Closed Captioning: Closed captioning option will appear in full screen mode for video files that are closed captioning supported.
  • Battery and Data icons in AT&T apps folder: You now have quick and easy access from your device home screen in the AT&T folder to manage data usage or optimize battery life.
  • Dual camera: You can take still photos using the front and rear camera at the same time.
  • Video pause and resume: You can pause and resume while recording a video.
  • Smart video: With eye detection, if you stop watching a video, the video will pause.
  • Home button LED: You can set the home button LED for "Favorite" contacts. Go to "Favorite" contact > Edit > Home Button LED.
  • Unused apps: You can set notifications for unused apps at: Settings > Apps > Menu key > Unused apps.

The usual rules apply — you'll need to be on Wifi, you can only "officially" check once per day, and your battery should be nice and charged.

There's a thread in the Optimus G Pro forums where folks are discussing the update, jump in!

Thanks, Mike!

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4 years ago

Amazon offers up Veronica Mars entire series exclusively on Prime Instant Video

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Catch up on the full series ahead of the movie debut in March

If you're looking to catch up on the Veronica Mars series before the official movie debut on March 14th, Amazon is the place to go as they are now the exclusive online-only subscription home for streaming the TV series. The offering comes thanks to an agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for access to all three seasons of the series starring the lovely Kristen Bell.

“The Veronica Mars series has been popular on DVD and Amazon Instant Video for years, so we know how much Amazon customers love this iconic television show,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition. 

Amazon knows how to pick out the stuff folks want. The Veronica Mars movie was a Kickstarter project started by Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell and ended up collecting $5.7 million from fans with $2 million of that having been contributed within the first 10 hours. 

Source: Amazon

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4 years 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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4 years ago

#CESLive morning brief: Thursday, January 9

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While the team in Las Vegas is taking a few extra hours to recover from a late night of mixing and mingling at last night's Mobile Nations/GeekBeat.TV meetup, the east is already gearing up for the penultimate day of #CESLive. If you joined us last night at PBR Bar inside the Planet Hollywood, thanks for coming out, and be sure to Tweet, Instagram and send smoke signals of your photos and video using hashtag #CESLive.

We'll be back on the show floor beginning at 12 noon PST for another busy day of live interviews and features with Blackberry, ZTE, Brookstone, NewTek and more. You can check out the full lineup here. Don't miss it.

While you wait for the sun to rise in Vegas, head on over to our #CESLive hub to catch up on all things CES related, including yesterday's scene stealing news from T-Mobile, and be sure to keep it here all day for news as it happens. 

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4 years ago

CES Day 2 round-up: T-Mobile, WWE, and iPhone tasers

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It's only the second day of CES, but things didn't slow down in the slightest. Between everything happening on the #CESlive stage and the ongoing insanity of the show floor, day 2 of CES 2014 was, for lack of a better term, insane. Kevin checked out the BlackBerry-aping Typo keyboard for iPhone, John Legere insulted the competition, WWE dumped everything they've got on the web, and Georgia tasered herself — along with much much more.

4 years ago

Relive all of T-Mobile's CES 2014 announcements

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Paying off your ETF, dropping all phones to $0 down and launching wideband LTE

T-Mobile let us in on its plans for Uncarrier 4.0, the latest in its initiatives to shake up the U.S. wireless industry, at CES. Along with the requisite swearing and competition bashing that come with T-Mobile CEO John Legere being on stage, the magenta network unveiled a few new carrier initiatives and gave us some insight into how its business has grown throughout 2013.

All of the news, in chronological order:

If you happened to miss the event altogether, you can watch it directly from T-Mobile (requires a sign-up) or follow along with our commentary on the liveblog.

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4 years ago

Google Play gift cards on sale at select retailers

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Digital coupon brings discounts to select retailers

Whether you are looking for a gift for someone else, or you just like a good deal yourself, you will want to check this out. Select retailers are offering a discount on Google Play gift cards to the user of a digital coupon. The current offer gets you $2.50 off of a $25 gift card and $5 off of a $50 gift card. While the discounts may not be huge, it is the equivalent of a few free songs or a free app for yourself.

The promotion is available the retailers listed in the image above and ends on 1/11/14 or when supplies have run out. If you are interested be sure to act quickly on this deal.

Thanks, Ali!

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4 years ago

WWE lays the smack down at CES with a 24/7 network for $9.99 a month

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"It's way over the top"

This year's keynotes at CES came to an epic conclusion tonight with the announcement of the WWE Network.

Yes, World Wrestling Entertainment, which has long existed as a mainstay of pay-per-view, is coming to the web. The service will consist of a 24/7 live streaming service of original content along with a massive on-demand library of past content. Also included is access to all pay-per-view shows past, present and future. Streaming will be available on WWE.com, apps for iOS, Android and Kindle, as well as on PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox, Roku — and at least one platform that Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer, was not allowed to mention.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile used your Speedtest app data to back its claim of 'fastest' network

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T-Mobile and AT&T agree — faster is better

One of T-Mobile's big talking points during their CES presentation was about the speed of their data network. They made it a point to show how their network was substantially faster than AT&Ts or Verizon's, and went as far as joking about Sprint's network performance with one-liners any Internet commenter would be proud of. They pulled no punches.

They briefly mentioned it during the presentation, but a recent press release answers the questions of just how they got the data to make this claim — from Ookla, the folks behind the popular cross-platform Speedtest.net app. They gathered test results from over 1 million users — we presume it was done anonymously — and the analysis shows that their LTE network is the fastest in the country.

They also make it a point to mention how others do their network speed analysis, using "highly paid industry consultants" and data from drive tests. To T-Mobile, real-life data from folks like you and me paints a more accurate picture of the situation. While test results and slides on stage in Las Vegas won't tell the story in your neighborhood, we like the idea of using real customer data like this. 

You can read what T-Mobile has to say about this and some more tidbits about their network plans in the press release after the break.

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4 years 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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4 years ago

Carbon for Twitter finally runs into the token wall

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Well, it's finally happening. Carbon for Twitter, long one of our favorite Android Twitter apps, is finally running up against the token limit Twitter implemented some time ago. Developer M.Saleh Esmaeili dropped the bad news on Google+, meaning the app won't be able to accept new users once the last token is used up. 

That's the same issue just about every major third-party Twitter app has run into, including Falcon Pro and Tweet Lanes. Esmaeili says he won't muck about with API workarounds, so what we've got is what we've got. Esmaeili is looking ahead to his next projects, though. 

Unfortunately, for Carbon, however, we all knew this was coming.

Source: +M.Saleh Esmaeili

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4 years ago

LG Chromebase all-in-one desktop hands-on

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The company's first attempt at Chrome OS is also the first ever all-in-one device with Google's operating system

We've seen Chromebooks, and even Chromeboxes, but LG has partnered with Google this time around to launch the world's first Chromebase, a Chrome OS all-in-one desktop. Other than the larger screen, this really isn't a big departure from what we've seen with Chrome OS devices of the past. We're looking at simple hardware — both in design and internals — running an unedited version of Google's software that's generally being targeted at a lower end of the market.

Although we don't know the exact pricing or availability for LG's first shot at Chrome OS hardware, given what's here we can't expect it to cost all that much. You're getting a 21.5-inch display at 1920 x 1080 resolution, powered by what you find in modern Chromebooks — an Intel Celeron dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an assortment of standard ports. You'll get a standard keyboard and mouse thrown in — color matched to the either white or black system you buy — but aside from that this is a no frills affair.

One interesting aspect of the Chromebase is its ability to act as an external monitor for another device with an HDMI input on the back, which could really open up possibilities for this device. Considering the solid quality of the display (from our time with it), this could be a nice choice to run Chrome OS some of the time and then simply turn into a dumb display for another computer with the flip of a switch.

We can easily see the Chromebase carving out a niche market in education, libraries and homes with simpler computing needs. Particularly if the price is right.

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4 years ago

AT&T's new Sponsored Data plans are a very bad thing

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At CES this year, AT&T made an announcement that is designed to make things easier on your wallet. The single biggest cost in any cellular contract these days is data, and AT&T's new Sponsored Data is being touted as a way to take some of the load off of your data plan and transfer that burden to person whose data you're downloading.

It's called Sponsored Data, and it's designed to break the internet.

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4 years 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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