Sling Media Touch Control 100 video demo at CES

By on January 8, 2010 at 11:31 PM.

Sling Media Touch Control 100 video demo at CES

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We popped over to Sling Media’s booth here at CES and took the new Sling Touch Control 100 for a spin. Overall, it’s pretty impressive and nifty, albeit a bit large, but the big, vivid screen makes up for it. Now, instead of picking up your heavy arm, grabbing the remote control and pushing all those buttons, you can set this thing down beside you and navigate your DVR or Blu-ray player over your wireless network with just the touch of a finger. The layout and set-up is very similar to what you’d see online for navigating content, so it’s quite intuitive. But if you miss that good-old-fashioned remote control look, you can get that up on the screen, too. Hit the break for the video demo! More →

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Samsung Omnia Pro and Jet snapped at CES

By on January 8, 2010 at 8:22 PM.

Samsung Omnia Pro and Jet snapped at CES

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Samsung doesn’t have much in the way of sneak peeks at CES, but we did manage to catch a glimpse of two international handsets. First is the Omnia Pro or Samsung B7610. The Omnia Pro doesn’t look too much like its cousin, the Omnia II, and it features a slide out QWERTY keyboard. It’s also a Windows 6.5 device that has a front-facing camera for video chat. Unfortunately, the only carrier in the U.S. that supports video chat of any kind is AT&T and it’s only one-way video chatting. We’re also looking at a 5 megapixel camera, 800MHz processor, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, push email support and a 3.5″ AMOLED WVGA display. Click on through for the Jet and for the rest of the flicks in our gallery.

Click on over to our Samsung Omnia Pro and Jet gallery! More →

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Powermat shows us their 2010 lineup at CES

By on January 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM.

Powermat shows us their 2010 lineup at CES

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If there is one thing that definitely needs catching up in the gadget industry, it’s battery technology and charging options. Powermat showed us where the future is headed in terms of battery capabilities and new ways to charge them. You’re all probably familiar with how Powermat works: you slip on Powermat’s case onto your iPhone or BlackBerry, or attach the corresponding plug to your device of choice, and place it on the mat for wireless charging. The real issue with current models is that the receivers can be a little gaudy for some of you with Powermat’s bulky cases. In June 2010, however, that’s all going to change. Hit the break for the official press release and more, and some pics of the new Powermat offerings in our gallery!

Click on over to our Powermat CES 2010 gallery! More →

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BlackBerry Presenter does exactly that; it presents, but only PowerPoint

By on January 8, 2010 at 9:18 AM.

BlackBerry Presenter does exactly that; it presents, but only PowerPoint

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We swung by the BlackBerry booth at CES to scoop out what RIM had up its sleeves. For now, it seems the focus is on apps and BlackBerry App World. There are several kiosks set up strictly to demonstrate individual apps. Of course, there was a display of an array of BlackBerrys there, but nothing you couldn’t see at your local carrier store. BlackBerry did have something new for us, however, and that’s the recently announced BlackBerry Presenter. Click for more info and some snapshots of the device. More →

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Motorola BACKFLIP up close and hands on

By on January 7, 2010 at 7:02 PM.

Motorola BACKFLIP up close and hands on

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The folks over at Motorola were nice enough to give us a deep dive into the new BACKFLIP which will be available Q1. You’re all aware that it features MOTOBLUR, Motorola’s UI over Android, so as far as the OS it’s not different from the CLIQ. The big difference is the form factor: it flips backward, hence its name, to close. As you can see above, it’s “Flippin’ Brilliant.” Man, that hurt.

When it’s closed, you have the deactivated keyboard with 5MP camera and LED flash on one side, and a blank slate on the other (screen safely tucked inside). When you flip it open, it’s like having a mini-computer in your hands — the back of the screen even has a trackpad that you can scroll and click on to navigate the screen. Why? So that shiny screen doesn’t get smudgy when it doesn’t have to. You can also flip it open and set it down to watch videos and use it to play a slideshow of all your images. The bonus is that it can go into dock mode or table-side mode, just like the DROID, except you don’t need to purchase a dock for it. Looks pretty good for a mid-range phone. We just don’t have an official release date yet and there haven’t been any carrier announcements from Motorola, but they do say this will be a global device. Click on through to our gallery to check out more pics!

Click on over to our Motorola BACKFLIP hands on gallery!

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LG's army of phones at CES: eXpo, Chocolate touch, GM750, GW550, GT540, more

By on January 7, 2010 at 5:36 PM.

LG's army of phones at CES: eXpo, Chocolate touch, GM750, GW550, GT540, more

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LG certainly has a huge presence at CES this year with displays and phones almost everywhere you turn. So sit back while we bring all the handsets right to you and make you feel like you were here. Sort of. While we’ve seen of these phones before, there are a few that are still awaiting official details from LG. So here are some pics and details to hold you over for now, after the break. More →

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Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot hands on

By on January 7, 2010 at 1:52 PM.

Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot hands on

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We’re here live at Sprint’s 4G palace at CES and we’re giving the Overdrive by Sierra Wireless a test drive. Before we get on with this we review, one thing is clear about this new mobile hotspot: it is hot like fire. Currently we’re writing this post using the Overdrive and we’re seeing 4.6Mbps downlink and 560kbps uplink — plus WiMax in Las Vegas has crystal clear signal where we are. Hit the break for more of our thoughts on the Overdrive and check out the gallery! More →

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Google Nexus One will have Flash 10.1

By on January 6, 2010 at 12:31 PM.

Google Nexus One will have Flash 10.1

Now that you’ve heard everything Google has had to say about the Nexus one, and you’ve seen images of the device from every angle, we have more news for you: Nexus One will be getting dipped in Flash 10.1. Being part of the Open Handset Alliance, it’s no surprise that Google would partner with Adobe to bring Flash 10.1 to Android 2.1. Might as well take advantage of that Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor, right? It’s nice to see these companies coming together and producing hardware and software in an open ecosystem. We’ve got a video demo of Flash 10.1 queued up after the break. More →

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Google Nexus One hands on

By on January 5, 2010 at 4:02 PM.

Google Nexus One hands on

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Alright boys and girls, we’ve just got our hands on a Google Nexus One of our own and here are some first impressions as well as photos… As light as the phone is, it’s not flimsy, and seems to be incredibly well manufactured. This is HTC we’re talking about, after all. The screen is beautiful — gorgeous really — and is very responsive. It’s also very fast with that 1GHz CPU powering the phone, and we’ve been zipping through apps and screens without a single hiccup. Check out some hands on photos in the gallery, and look for our upcoming review!

Click on over to our Google Nexus One hands on gallery!

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Apple set to purchase mobile ad company Quattro Wireless?

By on January 5, 2010 at 8:17 AM.

Apple set to purchase mobile ad company Quattro Wireless?

It looks like Apple is getting ready to take on Google in the mobile ad space as the latter had recently purchased AdMob for $750 million. Quattro Wireless, a direct competitor of AdMob, will be picked up by Apple for a cool $275 million according to BoomTown. The company has already raised approximately $30 million in venture capital funding since starting in 2006 and has worked with big names like the NFL, CBS and Univision. Quattro Wireless has also had a presence on mobile web and in-app ads on the iPhone and Android as well. It will be very interesting to see how mobile ads change in the future and where Apple plans to go with Quattro. So far, neither Apple or Quattro Wireless have confirmed or commented on the buyout but the rumor says the announcement will come very soon even possibly this morning.

UPDATE: It’s confirmed. Check out the confirmation email after the bounce. More →

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Chrome browser climbs over Safari for No. 3 spot

By on January 2, 2010 at 5:47 PM.

Chrome browser climbs over Safari for No. 3 spot

Google’s Chrome browser has only been on the market for 16 months, but it has already taken a good share of the market and beat out Safari for the number three spot. Safari, for the first time ever, is now ranked fourth. By the end of December, Chrome was up at 4.63% market share whereas Safari fell to about 4.46%. Of course, the big boost likely came from the fact that Chrome Beta became officially available for Mac and Linux. Top dogs are still Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer, with IE8 still at the top but failing to see any real growth. So tell us, what browser are you currently using and why (speed, extensions, apps, etc)? More →

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