4 years ago

CES Day 0 round-up: Samsung, Sony, Huawei, Pebble, and more!


CES officially kicks off on Tuesday, January 7th, but when it comes to the big press announcements, Monday's the day. Today saw press events from Sony, Audi, Samsung, Huawei, LG, and more. The day wasn't short on drama or hilarity, nor new product announcements. Lots of TVs, lots of phones, lots of tablets, and an impending avalanche of smartwatches and fitness trackers. CES hasn't even officially begun yet, but let's dive in! (Tomorrow we'll have a podcast to go here as well — CES be crazy!)

4 years ago

T-Mobile LTE network expands to 14 new markets


Plenty of work left to do on the magenta coverage map

T-Mobile's LTE network is pretty expansive and hits many major markets across the country, but there's still plenty of room for expansion. The so-called Uncarrier is expanding its new high-speed network to over a dozen new markets today, hitting several different areas of the country including many smaller cities.

Check the full list below to see if T-Mobile's network is hitting a new market near you:

  • Ocala, FL
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • The Villages, FL
  • Valdosta, FL
  • Coeur d'Alene, ID
  • Twin Falls, ID
  • Bay City, MI
  • Holland, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Gulfport-Biloxi, MS
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Thomasville-Lexington, NC
  • Olympia, WA

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

Polaroid announces Socialmatic, the Android powered camera and printer in one


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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4 years ago

New Magellan navigation announced with Android OS running underneath


Navigation unit relies on Android to improve experience

In hopes to enhance the user experience and bring a more powerful navigation experience Magellan has released an all new Personal Navigation Device (PND) that has Android running underneath. The first of the units released will be the 5430T-LM which will feature a 5 inch display that they hope will offer the same touch screen controls as a mobile phone. If you have ever used a navigation unit before you have likely become frustrated when you pressed one thing and a different thing displayed. 

"These new models will have the advantage of the Android operating system's superior handling of navigation data and Magellan's record of proven safety and performance," commented Stig Pedersen, associate vice president of product management at Magellan. 

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4 years ago

Eyes on the Sony Core, its first entry into the wearable activity tracking space


Alongside the announcement today of Sony's new Lifelog application was this, what Sony claims may be the tiniest gadget the company has ever produced. Known simply as Core, the diminutive dongle sits at the heart of Sony's first foray into the wearable technology space, and will be available with a companion wristband, or Smartband as Sony labels it.

Beyond the regular – and honestly, pretty boring looking – plain bands that come from Sony, some more fashionable options are being dreamt up through various partners for the project. After all, you're expected to wear this all day, why shouldn't it match your outfit? 

The Core itself will be installable in various types of wearable accessory, and beyond just tracking things like fitness and sleep, with the companion Lifelog app the Core will keep track of your entertainment and social activities too. Making every day a little more fun, as Sony says. 

The Core and the wristband are scheduled to go on sale this spring, but we were told in the press conference to expect more in Barcelona next month at Mobile World Congress. So lots to look forward to after CES already. Head on past the break for a few more snaps of Sony's new wearable. 

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on


Sony's flagship gets miniaturized into a new, smaller form factor while keeping its high-end specs

Following months of teasing, rumors and leaks, Sony today unveiled the Xperia Z1 Compact at its CES 2014 press conference. As expected, the Z1 Compact makes waves by maintaining the same high-end internals found in its larger brethren, the 5-inch Xperia Z1; essentially it's a version of the Z1 f, which recently launched in Japan, for global markets.

While other manufacturers' "mini" smartphones tend to sacrifice hardware muscle in order to pack everything into a smaller, it's impressive that Sony has managed to cram the same internals into a smaller body. The only real downgrades are the screen and battery — both understandable due to the size constraints of this 4.3-incher. You'll get a 720p panel on the Z1 Compact versus 1080p on the regular Z1, and a 2300mAh battery instead of 3000mAh.

Elsewhere you'll find a familiar set of specs — a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and Sony's excellent 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor that works so well on the Z1. The software, too, is essentially identical to that of the Z1 and Z1s — Android 4.3 Jelly Bean topped off with Sony's customizations, including integration with the company's content ecosystems. That means you've got Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited built into the movies and Walkman apps.

The Z1 Compact is also a bit more colorful than Sony's other handsets — in addition to the standard black and white, you also get bright lime and pink color options, which keep the black trim around the display, but sport vivid tones on the outer trim and back panel.

Head on past the break for more photos and hands-on video.

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4 years ago

First look at the T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z1s


Sony just got done with its CES 2014 press conference leaving us with plenty to talk about. One such discussion point is this, the brand new Xperia Z1s, exclusive to T-Mobile. We've had chance to take a quick first look at the new arrival, and on the whole it's a lot like the current Xperia Z1 that we're familiar with.

The first difference between the two is the weight; the Z1s is lighter than the Z1, and it's a little more plasticky in construction compared to its sibling. The design remains largely the same, with the same power button on the side, magnetic charging dock connectors and SIM slot. Cosmetically they're virtually identical then, with only the headphone jack being noticeably different in location on the Z1s. 

Of course, one of the improvements T-Mobile customers can enjoy over the Z1 is the bumped 32GB of internal storage. Inside the Z1s runs a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, has 2GB of RAM, and a 20.7MP G-Lens camera just as on the Z1, and we're coming out of the box now with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.. Oh, and you get a little T-Mobile logo on the rear. 

And that's about it. It's a lot like the Xperia Z1, but a little different in a few areas. For a quick video run through and a few more snaps, head on past the break.

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4 years ago

OnePlus reveals official partnership with CyanogenMod


Tech startup looks to CyanogenMod to power their device

OnePlus, a new technology startup, has just announced they will be partnering CyanogenMod to bring the best custom Android experience to their devices. The OnePlus One will be the first device from OnePlus to launch running a specifically customized version of CyanogenMod that will take advantage of all the devices features.

With OnePlus' vision of creating devices that feature premium and sleek designs along with high end performance, and CyanogenMod's ability to release an amazing user experience the two companies are extremely excited for this device.

“What’s coming is one of the most popular mobile operating systems specifically developed for the best hardware, with a unique twist,” said Lau. “The smartphone industry is ripe for disruption, and 2014 should prove to be a huge year for the future of the market.”

As of right now both OnePlus and CyanogenMod are hoping to release the device in the first half of 2014 in select markets, with global availability to follow. Unfortunately there is no information at this time on pricing or any specific specs about the device hardware but we hope to find out more soon.

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4 years ago

Sony announces Lifelog application for Android


From capturing to recommending Sony wants to inspire you

Sony has just announced their new and innovative way to keep track of your life through your device with the Lifelog application. With various applications available to capture your movements, achievements, and images from throughout the day the issue is that none of them do it all in one place. Sony hopes to change this by allowing you to capture your physical, social, and internet activities all in one location.

This information is great to have to look over, but Sony is actually going to take it one step further. Sony will be using the information that is captured by the application to help inspire you. Sorting through the information Sony will be able to help inspire you with ideas and recommendations of what to do in the future, based on what you have already done.

Working with partners for hardware and software Sony hopes that they are able to inspire your future through the data that they help collect for you.

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4 years ago

Sony announces the T-Mobile Xperia Z1s


First smartphone with PlayStation app preinstalled

Sony also announced a special treat for T-Mobile customers here in the US this evening, the Xperia Z1s. Toting the "best" camera in any waterproof phone, this Z1 variant will offer special background defocusing for the camera, 32GB of internal storage, and a great entertainment offer consisting of six movie downloads from Sony, a 60-day trial of Sony music unlimited, and a handful of select PlayStation titles for playing on the phone.

In addition, folks who purchase a Z1s and a PlayStation 4 will receive a $100 gift card.

No price was given, but you can register for more information today, buy the Z1s online starting Monday, or grab it from a T-Mobile store starting January 22.

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4 years ago

Sony unveils its Xperia Z1 Compact


It's Sony's turn to take the CES stage, and they've arrived with yet another entry into its Xperia lineup: meet the Xperia Z1 Compact, a miniaturized, colorful version of the company's  Z1 flagship.

We think this model will have the same broad appeal as its Xperia Z1, as it ships with nearly the same specs: we're looking at the same waterproof coating, Snapdragon 800 processor and 2 gigs of RAM.  The Z1 Compact also matches the Z1's camera: here, you'll find the same 20.7 MP shooter with f/2.0 lens and Exmor CMOS sensor, which Sony promises is one of the best mobile shooters in the business.

Here, though, Sony opted for a smaller, 4.3-inch display with 720p resolution. Sony also opted for a more colorful finish, and the Z1 Compact will ship in black, white, yellow and pink.

We'll be hunting down demo units for some quality hands on time once Sony's presser wraps up, but until we do, be sure to head over to our #CESLive hub for the rest of today's news.

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4 years ago

Toshiba unveils its first Chromebook effort at CES


Clean lines and a larger display than most for $279.99

Toshiba today ahead of CES in Las Vegas unveiled its first foray into the Chromebook market. Simply referred to as the "Toshiba Chromebook" (which perhaps is better than some made-up name anyway), this guy's essentially what we've seen (internally, anyway), from the Acer C720.

The $279 Chromebook sports a 13.3-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution, which isn't going to win any awards anytime soon. It weights a mere 3.3 pounds, is powered by a Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor and rocks a couple gigabytes of RAM and a 16GB solid-state drive. Plus, you get 100GB of Google Drive storage. It also has a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port, SDcard reader, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wifi a/b/g/n.

The Toshiba Chromebook will be available starting February 16th.

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4 years ago

Epson announces new Moverio BT-200 smart glasses


Includes motion tracking sensors, camera and stereoscopic display

Google is not the only company making smart glasses. Epson has been working on their own version for quite a while, and the latest iteration — the Moverio BT-200 was announced as a consumer product today at their CES presentation.

Epson's product features dual transparent lenses that have LCD-based projectors to give the equivalent of a qHD resolution at a 23-degree field of view. The glasses also feature sensors to enable head motion tracking, making games and navigation hands-free. If hands-free isn't your thing, there is also hand-held controller. Of course a camera is on board, with an LED to signal to bystanders when you are recording.

Powered by Android 4.0, you have a full compliment of sensors and connectivity options, such as Bluetooth 3.0 and Wifi, and the software includes Dolby support as well as codecs to play MP4 and H.264 ACC files natively.

They should be available in March and will set you back $700. See the full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Sony #CESlive press conference liveblog


We're live today with Sony at the Las Vegas Convention Center for its CES press event, where we'll get to hear about the first new products for 2014. What might they be? Well knowing Sony there could be a bunch about TVs and cameras, but on the mobile front we're not expecting a new flagship product, but who knows exactly what we'll see. 

The good news is that Sony is livestreaming the event, so you guys can join us and watch the whole thing unfold. Check back at 5PM PST – that's 8PM on the east coast and 1AM in the UK – to see what Sony has for us this year. We'll also be liveblogging from the show floor, and you'll find that after the break.

And don't forget to swing by our CES hub to catch all the latest and greatest from Las Vegas.

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4 years ago

New Parrot Jumping Sumo brings big wheels to the drone party at #CESlive


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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