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Beats Music Launches January 21st (With Sonos)

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 07:33

As the story goes, Beats acquired the music streaming service MOG in 2012… and 18 months later, we’re days away from the launch of Beats Music — based on MOG, with custom interface, a few clever new additions, and day 1 availability on Sonos. Of course, the headphone company is banking on their brand to [...]

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Hulu Desktop Support Comes To An End January 31st

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 17:32

Several months ago Hulu quietly pulled their Desktop software from download to barely a ripple in the blogosphere – which I found somewhat surprising giving the company’s various machinations as they decide what they want to be when they grow up and who controls the purse strings. Well, Hulu has now gone ahead and made [...]

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Hands On Asus Padfone Mini

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 08:05

From CES, Asus continues to introduce hybrid devices to accommodate a variety of use cases – from dual OS laptops to “convergent” smartphone-tablet devices as seen from the new Padfone Mini, which mates a 4″ Android smartphone to a 7″ screen. Despite a modest 800×480 resolution, the phone itself looks and feels quite nice — [...]

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The Videos of CES

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 08:45

A roundup of the videos we shot while experiencing CES… LG webOS Smart TV demo (2:30) DISH Virtual Joey app on PS4 demo (1:08) DISH Virtual Joey app on LG Smart TV demo (0:49) ASUS Tranformer Book Duet flips from Windows to Android (0:06) Mashable demos awkwardness of Google Glass (0:06) Humongous LG video wall (0:06) DISH Hopper Boston guys [...]

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Alticast HDMI Stick Shown Running Cox UI and Android

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 18:17

HDMI streaming sticks are everywhere now, but a new one powered by Alticast, and shown for the first time at CES, comes with an interesting twist. The HDMI Media Express Stick includes both the Reference Design Kit (RDK) software bundle developed by Comcast (and now jointly managed with Time Warner), and Android support. That means it [...]

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Vizio Smart Audio: A Jambox With Android Benefits

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 07:37

In the category of products that may never come to market, but nonetheless inspired us at CES, are the Vizio Smart Audio Android boomboxes. Beyond Vizio’s sharp industrial design and decent sound (which did seem to distort at max volume), wouldn’t you prefer your Jambox-esque device ship with a display? Better, yet, how about directly [...]

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CES 2014: That’s A Wrap!

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 09:40

Between insane weather on the way out and animals gone wild upon return, it was “Man Against Nature” for CES 2014. Despite claims of 2013 being a lost year in tech and others suggesting CES was quiet, the trend is quite clear — what we’re seeing is a fragmented state of massive transition, and we’re [...]

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My Two Favorite Gadget Accessories at CES

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 14:20

Going to ShowStoppers at CES is a bit like attending a carnival. The press event has gadget makers hawking their wares alongside display after display of brightly colored signage and geeky gear. It’s always tough to pick out the useful demos from the ones that only attract your eye because they’re shiny (more on that [...]

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Garmin Unveils HD Dash Cam

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 19:18

Industry analyst Ross Rubin knows of my interest in dash cams and turned me onto Garmin’s CES news, as the GPS manufacturer enter this space with two models — the Dash Cam 10 and 20. They run $220 and $250, respectively, and will ship by the end of the month with the only difference being [...]

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MyWayTV Mates Roku Streaming Stick With Antenna

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 18:37

First announced at CES 2013 as a sleek looking Terk antenna paired with a Roku Streaming Stick, the now named MyWayTV has been reintroduced in a more frumpy form with an anticipated Spring 2014 ship date. And at $170, I’m having a hard time finding value in this solution. While it’s pitched as single device to competently handle both over-the-top [...]

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LG Compromises webOS with Interactive Advertising

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 13:53

LG’s re-ignition of webOS as a fresh, fun, and spry smart television platform has been generating a lot of buzz here at CES. Indeed, in my limited exposure, it looks quite nice. But it’s not all about us… as a major component of LG’s webOS strategy revolves around interactive advertising. The strength of webOS is also [...]

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The Evolution Of Vizio Internet Apps

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:21

Vizio was one of the first and perhaps largest manufacturer to take on the Yahoo Internet TV platform. And early iterations could be a bit painful. Fast forward a few years, never minding that brief flirtation with Google TV, and we find ourselves a visually rich, customizable, and robust “VIA” experience based on Yahoo Connected TV [...]

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Kevo Gateway Takes Smartlock Control On The Road

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:30

Even though I’ve yet to wrap up my Kevo Smartlock review, Kwikset has gone ahead and revealed phase two of their Unikey-powered connected home strategy. There’s a variety of ways to slice and dice these smart components, and Kevo only ships with Bluetooth capabilities – unlike some of their competitors, who integrate WiFi. To extend [...]

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Tablo OTA DVR Now Available For Pre-Order

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 09:06

The cord cutting options are heating up, with Tablo poised to ship in February. I spent some quality time at the Digital Experience with CEO Grant Hall going over their offering… that consists of both two- and four-tuner configurations to pull in luscious broadcast video via antenna, without going through a cable company. Like Simple TV, the [...]

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Vizio Doubles Down On The 5.1 Soundbar

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 19:04

Those following closely know the original Vizio 5.1 “soundbar” was one of the best tech purchases I made in 2013. Unlike traditional soundbars, in addition to being paired to a subwoofer, the Vizio also includes a pair of rear channel speakers (that connect to the subwoofer, which communicates wireless to the soundbar) to provide a [...]

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Intel Paints Sci-Fi Picture of the Future

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 16:57

Call me a Sci-Fi nut, but I’m a sucker for stories about human/brain interfaces, virtual reality, and the coming Singularity. And Intel’s press conference hit every one of those trigger points at CES this afternoon. Senior VP Mooly Eden described blended devices where brain and machine are physically linked together and said he believes it’s [...]

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TV OS Wars: Welcome to the Front Line

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 16:03

TV service providers have had a monopoly on the consumer television experience for years, but the CE guys finally have a chance to get in on the game. From LG’s launch of WebOS TVs to the incorporation of the Roku platform in TCL and Hisense sets, CES is full of news about how the TV [...]

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