Qualcomm Snapdragon 4K TV, Car Processors

Qualcomm has special new processors for your 4K TV and smart car

By on January 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM.

Qualcomm has special new processors for your 4K TV and smart car

Qualcomm on Monday at CES 2014 announced a couple of new processors that will equip different kinds of devices, including 4K TV sets and cars with smart features. These are the Snapdragon 802 (for TVs) and Snapdragon 602A (for cars), and are extensions of their respective families of processors found in many smartphones and tablets. More →

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85-inch Sharp 3D Glasses-Free 8K TV

For when 4K just isn’t enough, Sharp unveils 85-inch 8K 3D TV

By on January 6, 2014 at 3:40 PM.

For when 4K just isn’t enough, Sharp unveils 85-inch 8K 3D TV

Sharp on Monday at CES 2014 unveiled a new 85-inch 8K TV that also offers glasses-free 3D video playback. The company says that the 8K TV has been created together with Philips and Dolby and will offer users a “lifelike 3D picture” without requiring glasses. The television set will offer a resolution of 7680 x 4320 or sixteen times the resolution of today’s HDV TVs. While the company continues to experiment with such ultra high resolution TVs, this 85-inch 8K TV does not have pricing or a launch date just yet. More →

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SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Controller iOS 7

Console gaming experience comes to iPad and iPhone thanks to SteelSeries Stratus

By on January 6, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Console gaming experience comes to iPad and iPhone thanks to SteelSeries Stratus

SteelSeries on Monday announced the Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 7, which will bring a console-like gaming experience to iOS device users. The Stratus connects via Bluetooth 2.1 to iOS devices and offers single player or multiplayer support for up to four gamers connected to a single device. Furthermore, using AirPlay Mirroring, players can enjoy iOS games on big screen TVs hooked up to an Apple TV. With this setup, iOS devices become actual video game consoles that can offer gamers a decent gaming experience. More →

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Parrot Jumping Sumo MiniDrone

Video: At CES, new Parrots jump, fly and climb walls

By on January 6, 2014 at 11:43 AM.

Video: At CES, new Parrots jump, fly and climb walls

It wouldn’t be another CES without new Parrot toys, so the company unveiled two new robots that can be controlled using smartphones and tablets, including the Jumping Sumo and the MiniDrone, BBC reports. The Jumping Sumo can jump up to 80 centimeters in the air and can make sharp 90-degree turns, as each wheel is independently controlled. The device is managed via Wi-Fi and has a camera that can stream video back to the mobile device. As seen in the video, the Jumping Sumo also has an arm that can be used to grab stuff along the way. Unfortunately, the battery of this toy only lasts about 20 minutes between charges. More →

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Roku TV Hisense, TCL Launch

Roku not placing all eggs into one box, moves to TV

By on January 6, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Roku not placing all eggs into one box, moves to TV

Roku TVs are coming later this year from several companies including Hisense and TCL, the company announced a few days ahead of CES 2014. Roku seems ready to metaphorically ditch the box by choosing to preload its software on future television sets. However, the company will not stop selling its Roku devices – the company also announced it shipped more than 8 million Roku units to date. Roku’s move to the TV may be a preemptive move against Apple’s rumored TV plans, with the company seeing the Apple TV maker a potential “big competitor” in case it would actually start selling its own TV set. “Our solution would still be licensing the platform to all the other TV makers,” CEO Anthony Wood told re/code, “the same way the iPhone made other vendors look for an easy solution, and they turned to Android.” More →

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NVIDIA Tegra K1 Mobile Chip

NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 packs 192 GPU cores, promises next-gen console graphics

By on January 6, 2014 at 6:00 AM.

NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 packs 192 GPU cores, promises next-gen console graphics

NVIDIA on Sunday hosted a pre CES 2014 media event to unveil the successor of the Tegra 4: the next-gen mobile processor, the Tegra K1, a 192-core GPU “super chip” that will supposedly bring current-gen console-grade gaming experience to mobile devices. The Tegra K1 features the same Kepler architecture that powers “the fastest GPU on the planet, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti,” the company said, and the chip will be available in two configurations including a 32-bit quad-core, 4-Plus-1 ARM Cortex A15 CPU version, and a 64-bit dual Super Core CPU (codenamed Denver) version. More →

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CES Criticism

CES has sadly become a complete waste of time

By on January 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM.

CES has sadly become a complete waste of time

Las Vegas is a much better place to be in January than Boston, and I’ve typically had fun covering CES in the past. I skipped it this year, however, and after taking a look at all the “big” announcements unveiled by major tech vendors at CES 2013, all I can say is, “Thank God I’m stuck freezing in Massachusetts.” Let’s put it like this: If the most exciting announcements at your electronics trade show are a Sony (SNE) Xperia phone and a Samsung (005930chalkboard, then you have failed horribly at convincing major tech vendors that you’re a worthy launching pad for their best new products. More →

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Future iPhones and Samsung phones could feature new waterproofing tech [video]

By on January 16, 2012 at 2:40 PM.

Future iPhones and Samsung phones could feature new waterproofing tech [video]

Both Samsung and Apple may be eyeing a new waterproofing technology for the companies’ next-generation smartphones. The technology, called HzO, creates a nano-scale film barrier with a special water repelling properties that is applied to the inside of a device. Rather than having consumers use a case or sealant, the technology is applied during the manufacturing process. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, ZAGG, the company marketing the technology, applied HzO to a number of devices and repeatedly dunked them into a fish tank full of water. ZAGG is looking to sign big deals with all leading manufacturers, and according to Pocket-lint, the company is in the process of signing deals with a major smartphone partner and a headphones maker in the very near future. “We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung Galaxy S that we had coated with HzO and he couldn’t believe his eyes,” a company representative told Pocket-lint. “Samsung is really excited by the tech.” The company is also in the process of talking to Apple, hoping the Cupertino-based company will make future versions of its iPhone waterproof. “We expect HzO to be in next season’s phones,” said a ZAGG representative. Videos of HzO in action follow after the break. More →

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Samsung to merge Bada OS with Intel-backed Tizen

By on January 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM.

Samsung to merge Bada OS with Intel-backed Tizen

During the Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung announced that the company is working on merging its Bada mobile operating system with the open-source Tizen operating system. “We have an effort that will merge bada and Tizen,” said Tae-Jin Kan, senior vice president of Samsung’s Contents Planning Team, in an interview with Forbes. While he wasn’t aware when the work would be complete, Kang indicated that is has already begun. Read on for more. More →

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Texas Instruments demos new OMAP 5 chipset

By on January 14, 2012 at 2:15 AM.

Texas Instruments demos new OMAP 5 chipset

At the Consumer Electronics Show on Thursday, Texas Instruments showed off the company’s OMAP 5 chipset in a reference platform running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The 28nm system on a chip (SOC) features a dual-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU, 2MB L2 cache, a PowerVR SGX 544MP2 GPU and a dual-channel LPDDR2-533 memory interface. The OMAP 5 supports 24 and 20-megapixel cameras for front and rear 3D HD video recording. It also supports up to 8GB of dual channel DDR3 memory, and includes 3 USB 2.0 ports and a SATA 2.0 controller. “This is the greatest platform on Earth right now… way ahead of Apple, and it’s the first Cortex-A15 (which runs 2x faster than the Cortex-A9) product on the market,” Texas Instruments vice president Remi El-Ouazzane told Engadget. “When running two Cortex-A15 chips at 800MHz, it’s more or less the same performance as running two Cortex-A9s at 1.5GHz. We’re working on multiple form factors — tablets, thin-and-lights — and we think ARM is going to bring tablets to the masses.” The first devices featuring the OMAP 5 chipset aren’t expected to ship until late 2012 or early 2013. More →

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CES 2012 recap: New TV tech excites, tablets are toast

By on January 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM.

CES 2012 recap: New TV tech excites, tablets are toast

The Consumer Electronics Show is one of the biggest technology trade shows in the world, and this year’s CES was as big as it has ever been. It was estimated that between 140,000 and 150,000 people attended the show in Las Vegas this week — CES’s record stands at 149,529, achieved last year — and the show was as busy as we’ve ever seen it. Hundreds of companies touted thousands of gadgets and all of the big names were there showing off their upcoming wares. As is always the case, however, a few products managed to outshine the rest. Here, we provide a quick rundown of our favorite tech from CES 2012. More →

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Motorola Mobility CES 2012 booth tour

By on January 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM.

Motorola Mobility CES 2012 booth tour

Motorola Mobility had quite a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. It launched two brand new high-end smartphones, the DROID 4 and the DROID RAZR MAXX, and Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha also announced that Motorola will become a partner with Intel for its new Medfield processors. The Motorola booth was packed with all of its new technology, as well as a number of products that launched earlier this year. There were even people riding bikes and running on treadmills to show off the company’s exercise-friendly accessories. The booth also had demo stations for testing nearly all of Motorola’s current products, from its MOTOACTV watch to its smartphone docks, tablets and more. Check out all the highlights from Motorola’s CES 2012 booth in our gallery below.

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Huawei MediaPad to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, older models will be updated

By on January 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM.

Huawei MediaPad to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, older models will be updated

Last summer, Huawei’s MediaPad was one of the first manufactures to ship a device pre-loaded with Android 3.2 Honeycomb. The Chinese company is now attempting a similar strategy with the release of Ice Cream Sandwich. Existing models of the MediaPad will receive an Android 4.0 update by the end of the first quarter, and new MediaPads will come pre-loaded with the software beginning some time the first quarter. Additionally, the tablet will be offered in the current color scheme, and will add shadow black, classic brown, and passion pink to the mix. The MediaPad features a 7-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display that supports 1080p full HD video playback, a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor and six hours of battery life. Read on for the company’s full press release. More →

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