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Netgear unveils its NeoMediacast dongle, a Chromecast-like device

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 5:13 am

CES 2014 - Google's Chromecast is a lot of things, but one thing it doesn't do is play local media - Netgear has just unveiled its new NeoMediacast dongle, which features a micro SD card slot for local storage.

 

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Netgear's NeoMediacast is Miracast-enabled, and is compatible with any device running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and above. The Netgear NeoMediacast also comes with a micro USB port, so that you can plug in additional storage and content into the device, streaming it through your TVs HDMI port. This means that no Internet access is needed, another shot fired at Google.

 

Although, Netgear hasn't built-in support for iOS into its NeoMediacast, which is a tick in the negative box when comparing it to Chromecast, which works across a broad range of operating systems, including iOS. We should expect the Netgear NeoMediacast sometime in the next 6 months or so.

LG unveils its production-ready, flexible OLED TV at CES 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 3:40 am

CES 2014 - LG has just unveiled the world's first flexible OLED TV, coming in at a massive 77 inches. What is good about a flexible TV? Well, you can use the included remote control to bend, and unbend the TV - pretty incredible.

 

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LG has offered us an OLED display here, compared to fellow South Korean rival Samsung, who have only used LED - and even then, it was just a prototype from Samsung. LG's flexible OLED is production-ready, and will be hitting store shelves soon. Hyun-hwoi Ha, President and CEO of LG's Home Entertainment Company says: "LG's Flexible OLED TV is a product that has to be seen to be believed because it defies description. What curved is to flat, flexible is to curved. LG continues to lead the evolution of televisions into the next generation."

Garmin joins fitness band market with Vivofit, and its curved display

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 3:14 am

GPS company Garmin entered the fitness band market by announcing the Vivofit fitness band able to easily track and share fitness data. The LCD shows time of day, number of steps, daily fitness goal, goal countdown clock, calories burned, and elapsed distance, which can be accessed with a button located below the display.

 

Garmin plans to release Vivofit sometime by the end of March, with a $129.99 MSRP with no heart rate strap - or $169.99 with a heart rate strap. The Vivofit will learn the owner's activity level and can automatically assign realistic daily exercise goals, making it even easier for users to track health. The wearable band can be worn 24/7 and only needs the battery changed after around one year of continued use.

 

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Garmin has been a longtime leader in exercise and outdoors GPS accessories, but the company didn't want to be left behind in a potentially lucrative casual fitness market.

Valve shows off 13 Steam Machines, we have all the prices and specs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 2:17 am

CES 2014 - Valve has just hosted its CES 2014 event, where details on its 13 third-party Steam Machines have been unveiled. Each machine has basic specs, with even the cheapest offerings kicking dust into the next-gen consoles' eyes.

 

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We've already heard about some of these Steam Machines, including the iBUYPOWER SBX Steam Machine, but we have some amazing looking machines here to drool over for the rest of the year.

Epson announces second-generation smart glasses for augmented reality

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 2:16 am

During the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Epson announced its second-generation Moverio BT-200 smart glasses that include a transparent display, head motion tracking, and Wi-Fi. The BT-200 also has a built-in camera, 960x540 resolution, microSDHC card slot, and Bluetooth 3.0 - and will be released this March with a $699 MSRP.

 

Epson released the Moverio BT-100 first-generation smart glasses in 2011, when the technology was still in relative infancy compared to today.

 

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"The Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses offer consumers crystal clear video as well as access to incredible new augmented reality experiences and relevant information according to their personal interests and needs," said Atsunari Tsuda, Epson Visual Products Division GM, in a statement.

 

Smart glasses and augmented reality continue to increase in popularity, with CES 2014 expected to see a number of augmented reality announcements.

iBUYPOWER unveils its SBX Steam Machine, promises 60FPS gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 2:01 am

CES 2014 - iBUYPOWER has just unveiled its sleek new SBX Steam Machine, something it collaborated with Valve on. The new iBUYPOWER SBX Steam Machine is capable of delivering 60FPS gaming to the world, which will be a nice change with these not-so-great 'next-gen' consoles.

 

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There will be two models on offer, providing gamers with the choice between AMD and Intel CPUs. Darren Su, co-founder and VP of iBUYPOWER says: "What we really wanted to do was make an impact in the living room. We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way."

 

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Each iBUYPOWER SBX Steam Machine will come with an included Steam Controller, with all aspects of the SBX machien optimized for the gaming experience on Steam OS - so don't consider this a small, cheaper PC. iBUYPOWER's SBX Steam Machine will be available later this year, starting for $499 including a Steam Controller.

Microsoft Xbox One racks up 3 million units sold in 2013

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 1:48 am

The Microsoft Xbox One game console is a hot seller for Microsoft, as the company has sold three million units in what little time it was available before the end of the year. As expected, the United States was a major influencer in Microsoft's success, where the company typically outperforms Sony and Nintendo.

 

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"It's been incredible to see Xbox One selling at a record-setting pace for Xbox, and we were honored to see Xbox One become the fastest-selling console in the U.S. during our launch month in November," said Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox Corporate VP of Strategy and Marketing, in a press release. "Since our launch, demand for Xbox One has been strong, selling out throughout the holidays at most retailers worldwide."

 

This is a major victory for the Xbox One, as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo remain locked in a battle to attract console gamers. Racking up three million units sold in six weeks is a great indicator that gamers are throwing their support behind Microsoft's next-generation console. The full scope of the console wars will be telling when a tech analyst group compares sales figures for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles.

Sharp offers up an 85-inch 8K 3D TV... yes, 8K!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 1:15 am

CES 2014 - Sharp has just unveiled a beautiful new high-resolution TV, that makes 4K whimper in the corner. Sharp's new 85-inch 8K TV is 3D-capable, with the company collaborating with Philips and Dolby to offer users a "lifelike 3D picture" without the need of glasses.

 

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Sharp's new 85-inch 8K TV offers a resolution of 7680x4320, which is 16x the resolution offered by 1920x1080, or Full HD. There's absolutely no word on pricing or a launch date, but I would say this TV would only be for the rich, or home theater enthusiasts.

Pebble intros the new Pebble Steel, an all-steel smartwatch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 12:42 am

CES 2014 - Pebble has just unveiled an all-new smartwatch in the Pebble Steel, which is made completely from stainless steel, and a CNC-machined body, and boy does it look slick.

 

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The new Pebble Steel smartwatch is priced at $250, and will be available with its predecessor on January 28th, with pre-orders open today. The new Pebble Steel is a much nicer looking smartwatch, with some marine-grade premium steel helping it look beautiful. We have Corning's Gorilla Glas technology on the face, which should keep most small scratches at bay.

 

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On the side of it, we have tactile metal buttons, a magnetic charging port on the right hand side, and a choice between both leather and metal bands. The Pebble Steel also has a new RGB LED ligiht which will indicate the charge state, but this is open to developers with the SDK.

Storage Visions 2014 - Booth interview with Samsung

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 7, 2014 12:33 am

Storage Visions 2014 - Today we stopped by the Samsung Booth to take a look at some of their new SSD technology. Unfortunately many of the products they planed to show off were delayed by the blizzard that has crippled much of the US this week.

 

 

We did however get a chance to talk with Michael Willett who had the only 1TB Samsung 840 EVO SSD that was on display at the show. Michael showed off the drive as well as talking a little about the EVO series' built-in encryption. The 840 EVO series also won an Visionary Award at last night's awards banquet.

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