AMD-powered gaming in a small box
Gigabyte launched its latest in the Brix series of ultra-compact PCs this week, the Brix Gaming. Taking the small-form PC to gaming, the Brix Gaming packs AMD technology to power its small box. With a footprint of only 59.6mm x 128mm x 115.4mm (2.35in x 5.04in x 4.54in), the small form factor is jumping to the market when the idea of the Steam machine is still fresh on the mind from this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
55-inch Ultra HD television shipping in Australia by late January
Australian hardware producer Kogan has used CES to launch two devices destined for sale in Australia. The company's first 55-inch Ultra HD television will be going on sale for $999 AUD ($900), and is accompanied on the show floor by the Agora HD Mini 3G tablet, an Android 4.2.2 device with a 7.85-inch, 1,024x768-resolution display.
Four drivers aim to deliver robust audio
Shure brought its latest and greatest audio gear to Las Vegas this week for CES, including the high-end SE846 earphones that arrived in 2013. Wading through a myriad of new audio products at the expo, we weren't expecting to find anything that would really knock our socks off. Trying to remain optimistic, we made sure to try on the SE846 and hear if it is worth its $1000 price tag.
We check out Audi's 10.2-inch Smart Display tablet
Electronista got a chance to briefly check out Audi's newly-announced partnership with Nokia on its Audi Smart Display. The tablet is certainly large, measuring 10.2 inches diagonally -- and while we weren't able to hold it ourselves, we did swipe through its many menus and screens.
Fitness features paired with notifications
As expected, many CES exhibitors chose to focus on wearable technology this year. Razer was among the companies attempting to make a foray into the growing market, introducing the Nabu wristband that provides smartphone notifications and fitness features. We met with one of the product engineers this week to try on a prototype and see how it compares to Nike's FuelBand and more complex devices such as the Galaxy Gear.
Moshi's Versa case features Bluetooth keyboard with sliding storage slot
Accessory maker Moshi yesterday launched its VersaKeyboard case for iPad Air, featuring an origami-style folding stand that includes a Bluetooth keyboard. The keyboard component to the case can be easily hidden away when not in use, due to its 'sliding' keyboard storage feature built into the back. Aimed to provide a versatile keyboard without adding bulk or a need for additional storage, the VersaKeyboard is 0.6-inches thick while being nearly full size -- about 80 percent of the size of a standard keyboard.
Three 8MP cameras capture the action all around users
At CES, French company Geonaute (which roughly translates to "adventurer") showed off its upcoming action-adventure camera. It uses three eight-megapixel cameras mounted in a turret-like arrangement to capture a 360-degree videos in up to 2048x1024 resolution.
Eye-scanning feature on Galaxy S5 response to Apple iPhone 5S
Samsung could be releasing the Galaxy S5 by April, according to the company's executive vice president of mobile business, Lee Young. The follow-up to the Galaxy S4 could potentially include an eye scanner in order to compete with the iPhone 5s and its fingerprint-reading technology, with the smartphone also likely to be paired with a smartwatch at the time of release.
Android-powered TouchPico uses IR stylus to turn surfaces into touchscreens
Singapore-based start-up TouchJet showed Electronista its pocketable TouchPico projector at CES, and we came away fairly impressed. The pico projector runs on Android 4.0 and can connect wirelessly to Android-powered mobile devices to mirror their on-screen content.
2,000-lumen Sony Ultra HD projector sits inches away from wall
Sony will offer consumers an Ultra HD-capable projector that can be placed close to the wall it will project onto. The 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector can show a 4096x2160-resolution image ranging from 66 inches to 147 inches in size on a wall or screen while situated just inches away below the screen area, losing the need for the projector to be placed at a far longer distance.
50 to 70-inch Vizio P-Series displays use 64 active LED zones for high contrast
The new range of Vizio 4K-capable televisions will be priced starting from $1,000, according to the company at CES. The new P-Series Ultra HD Full-Array LED Smart TV collection, launched at the event, will consist of 50-inch, 55-inch, 60-inch, 65-inch, and 70-inch televisions that are all able to show 3840x2160-resolution images, all with considerably lower prices compared to other Ultra HD devices.
Carbon frame keeps weight below 3lb
Among Lenovo's slew of CES announcements, the company introduced a new X1 Carbon notebook. The revised model brings a number of improvements, integrating a newer Core i7 chip, an "adaptive keyboard" and adding a 2560x1440 display option, among other features. We stopped by Lenovo's CES booth to take a closer look at the refresh, which is even lighter than its three-pound predecessor.
Galaxy Note Pro shows nice design, slow performance
During yesterday's keynote presentation, Samsung official unveiled its new line of Pro tablets. Featuring four Android 4.4 devices, including the 12.2-inch, 10.1-inch, and 8.4-inch Galaxy TabPro, as well as the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, the new tablets have been designed to meet the needs of not only the average consumer, but also business-minded users. We here at Electronista took some time to brave the hectic Samsung booth and spend some time with the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro.
Formula E race car makes first public demo in Las Vegas
The CES in Las Vegas hosted the first public showing of the FIA Formula E race car. The series, which kicks off in this September in Beijing, will feature 10 teams competing for the championship on city courses throughout the world, with the cars powered entirely by electric motors.
Tech demoed on Vita, Bravia
After a slew of announcements yesterday, Sony waited until this morning to formally introduce its PlayStation Now streaming game technology. The system promises to bring the company's game ecosystem to Bravia TVs and eventually non-Sony hardware such as tablets. We were curious to see the technology in action, so we stopped by Sony's CES booth to try out game streaming from a Vita and a TV.
28-inch Ultra HD screen houses noise cancelling microphone, webcam
Lenovo has revealed even more monitors at CES, including another 4K-resolution model to accompany the ThinkVision displays unveiled yesterday. The 28-inch LI2821 offers another Ultra HD option to consider, while the 21.5-inch LI2223s and the 23-inch LI2323s displays are IPS screens with a 1080p resolution and a borderless design.
RealSense will use embedded 3D cameras to allow for NII interface
Intel's CES press conference on Tuesday focused on the interaction between man and machine, thanks to an embedded 3D camera the company has developed in conjunction with a number of hardware partners. The devices Intel will integrate the technology into include 2-in-1 tablets, ultrabooks, touch-enabled all-in-one PCs, and other mobile devices.
OtterBox announced new Symmetry series at CES 2014 for latest iPhones
Protective accessories company OtterBox has announced its latest case series for iPhone 5 family (as well as the Samsung Galaxy S4), more
Cloud-based DVR service teased alongside Gaikai service rebrand
Sony has revealed that it is naming its online game streaming service PlayStation Now at its CES keynote address, as well as teasing the launch of another cloud-based video service. The Gaikai-powered gaming service will be accompanied by one that will offer live TV, video on demand, and a cloud-based DVR, as Sony attempts to bolster the content available for the PlayStation 4 and its other devices.
Reign fitness band secured by magnets, coming this summer
Accessory producer JayBird is joining the fitness tracking market with its own wristband. The Reign is able to keep tabs on steps and general activity and synchronize over Bluetooth with an app on an iOS or Android device, much like other fitness trackers available today, except that it is also capable of suggesting to users whether they have a healthy lifestyle.
Ultra HD screens added to Toshiba performance notebooks
Fresh off the back of its first Chromebook unveiling, Toshiba has launched two new notebooks with 4K-resolution displays. The upgraded Tecra W50 and the Satellite P50t, complete with Ultra HD screens, are accompanied by an updated Kirabook, with the Ultrabook now packing a Haswell-based Intel Core i7 processor, though not UHD high-resolution screen.
Core sensor to track movement, social activities
After releasing its own SmartWatch, Sony has decided to move into the wearable tracker market. The SmartWear initiative will be made up of a range of devices for tracking a variety of items, with the diminutive Core acting as the central point for all collection activity, as well as a more conventional SmartBand fitness tracker housing to hold the sensor itself.
Ultra HD TVs, sound bars, zipper-style headphones on show at CES
Display manufacturer Sceptre has revealed its 2014 line of televisions and other devices at CES. Though light on details, the company advises that the typical range of HDTVs is accompanied by a group of Ultra HD displays, sound bars, speakers, headphones, and a number of what Sceptre calls a "Mobile Internet Display" but sounds like a collection of tablets.
Polaroid Socialmatic offers social network sharing of images
At the same time as debuting its Q-series of tablets at CES, Polaroid has revealed a new range of cameras. The Socialmatic is a flat and square camera that can share images to social networks and can print its own images, the C3 is a small cube that is billed as an action camera, the XS100i and XS1000i sports cameras, and a family of Wi-Fi bridge cameras with a wide variety of optical zooms.
PowerShot N100 captures shot of photographer, subject at same time
Canon has unveiled three new point-and-shoot cameras at CES, with all offered under its PowerShot range. The PowerShot SX600 HS and PowerShot ELPH 340 HS are relatively conventional cameras from the producer with added Wi-Fi and NFC, while the PowerShot N100 has a Dual Capture mode, which can take a secondary photograph from another camera sensor on the back.
D3300 offers 24MP, in-camera panorama, 60fps Full HD, more
Camera maker Nikon has used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to debut a new line of consumer-oriented Coolpix cameras as well as a replacement for the entry-level D3200 DSLR. It also announced that it will produce a successor to the D4, called the D4S, later this year. The new D3300 now features 24-megapixel shooting, full HD video at 60fps, in-camera panorama and burst shooting. The Coolpix models are mostly point-and-shoot, with one "superzoom" offering.
Aquos lineup gets updated for 2014
During its CES keynote, Sharp announced the next developments for its range of large screen Aquos TVs. Throughout 2014, Sharp will be updating its entire line with the introduction of new models in its Aquos HD, Quattron, and 4K lineups. Furthermore, a new Quattron+ model, which has been designed to bridge the gap between Full HD and 4K, was also announced alongside a new SmartCentral TV platform.
Ion Bluetooth cassette adapter ideal for older vehicles
Ion Audio has introduced a Bluetooth version of a standard audio accessory for vehicle owners who's cars came with no "Aux In" jack but rather a cassette player (which was still standard equipment on many vehicles into the middle of the last decade) -- the cassette adapter. The unit turns itself on and off automatically when inserted or ejected, and has a battery that lasts up to six hours (rechargeable through mini-USB, rather than the turning of the sprocketed wheels as one might expect) and can also route calls through the car's audio system (though a speakerphone is still needed to talk). Pricing and availability have not yet been announced, but the product is on display at Ion Audio's CES booth.
Four Samsung tablets launched at CES with same 2560x1600 resolution
Samsung launched a total of four tablets at its CES press event, including one that appeared in an FCC filing late last year. Three Galaxy Tab Pro tablets, with 12.2-inch, 10.1-inch, and 8.4-inch displays, shared the stage with a stylus-equipped, 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, with the entire collection offering the same 2560x1600 resolution, regardless of the screen size.
LG revives webOS for use on smart televisions
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LG finally showed off what it has been doing with the webOS operating system it bought from HP last year, revealing that the platform will power more than 70 percent of the televisions the manufacturer releases in 2014. LG is hoping that the resurrected operating system will fare better than it did on Palm's ill-fated hardware, and Electronista took a look at the new screen to get a feel for just how well that works out.
Refreshes of Yoga, Flex notebooks include internal upgrades
Lenovo will be bringing to market more convertible notebooks to market in the coming months. The Yoga 2 11 and 13 are refreshes of the original Yoga notebooks, though not offering the 3,200x1,800-resolution display of the Yoga 2 Pro, while the Flex 14D and 15D receive some specification upgrades compared to the versions launched last September.
FinePix S1 offers 50x optical zoom, weather protection
Fujifilm has used CES to launch what it is calling the first weather-resistant bridge camera in the world. The FinePix S1 houses a 16.4-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 50x super zoom 24mm F2.8-1200mm F5.6 lens, stretched further by a 2x Intelligent Digital Zoom to 100x magnification, with the company claiming it to also be protected from splashes, rain, and dust.
Wellograph wearable activity monitor able to graph stats
Revealed at today's CES 2014 Unveiled event, the Wellograph offers users an activity-tracking device that emphasizes its aesthetic, and functions as a standalone device.
First Smart Home-enabled devices shipping from Samsung in first half of 2014
Samsung has laid out its plans for a connected home at CES, one which allows multiple appliances to communicate with each other. Samsung Smart Home is billed as a platform for managing a variety of devices, such as washing machines, refrigerators and televisions, something the company hinted at in late December when it added cross-device communication support to its smart TV SDK.
Galaxy Band, other wearable be in the offing
Samsung may be preparing to reveal yet another wearable computing device in the near future, as Samsung UK hinted this week that such a device was in the offing. A post on the Samsung UK Twitter feed teased the unveiling of a new Samsung device, and the presence of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch in that post has observers speculating that Samsung's next big unveil may be another entry in its nascent line of wearable tech. Some speculate that Samsung could show off a new wrist-mounted device as soon as next week's Consumer Electronics Show.
Hints at possibility of next-gen watch
Smarwatch maker Pebble will make a special CES announcement on Monday, January 6 at 11AM Pacific time, according to an official blog post. The event will be hosted by CEO Eric Migicovsky, and streaming on getpebble.com. Beyond that, the company hasn't revealed any details.
OLED TVs include Ultra HD resolutions, curved designs, upscaling
LG will be using CES to show more OLED-based televisions, alongside the 105-inch Ultra HD TV it previously announced. Various 55-inch and 65-inch OLED TV models will be on show, along with a Gallery OLED TV, a curved OLED set, and an updated version of a 77-inch curved OLED Ultra HD television it showed at IFA last September.
NFC, Wi-Fi connectivity features in new Samsung cameras
Samsung has revealed two cameras it will be presenting at CES next week. The Galaxy Camera 2 is an Android-based point-and-shoot device that appears to offer a few upgrades when compared to the original device, while the NX30 mirrorless camera appears to be more a successor to the NX20 rather than the NX300, and is accompanied by a couple of new removable lenses.
iGrill2 Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer, iLP Bluetooth Smart Liquid Propane Monitor
Accessory maker iDevices has announced some additional grilling tech products to be showcased at CES 2014 next week. The iGrill2 Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer and the iLP Bluetooth Smart Liquid Propane Monitor are app-connected products that aim to improve the user's grilling efficiency.
E FUN to debut Nextbook 8 and Nextbook 10 tablets at CES 2014
Consumer electronics designer, E Fun, has announced its upcoming debut of its first quad-core Nextbook Android tablets at CES 2014. The Nextbook 8 and Nextbok 10 tablets will feature Android Jelly Bean 4.2, Google Play access, and new narrow frame bezels. Both tablets include 1 GB DDR3 system memory, dual webcams (2 megapixel back-facing, 0.3 megapixel front-facing) with a microphone, an HDMI-out port with video output of 1080p HD, b/g/n 802.11 Wi-Fi compatibility and more.
Thumbnails to apps span lower third of rumored LG webOS TV
LG may have given webOS a considerable makeover for its expected smart television, if a leaked image of a device is genuine. The image, showing what could be the television LG is believed to be launching at CES next week, appears to demonstrate webOS using a thumbnail system relatively similar to the "cards" the original webOS software itself used.
Streaming speakers, home entertainment systems on show from Samsung
Samsung has laid out what it plans to show at CES next week, alongside its 105-inch curved Ultra HD television. The Shape M7 that Samsung launched in October will be accompanied by a smaller model, a Soundbar and Sound Stand, a home entertainment system with a Blu-ray player, and a component audio system for entertaining that offers 2,500W of audio power.
Cambridge Audio preps 2014 lineup for unveiling
Next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Cambridge Audio will show off its 2014 lineup of stereo products, including a range of speakers, amplifiers, and converters. The new units will include refreshes to Cambridge's flagship device lines, as well as a number of other audiophile-oriented equipment. The additions will range in price from $129 up through $2,799, with availability for all set for the first quarter of 2014.
Day six of Apple's "12 Days of Gifts" features free "New Years Eve Mix" from Avicii
Apple's annual 12 Days of Gifts is on its sixth day, with today's offering being the "New Years Eve Mix" single from Swedish DJ Avicii. Each day's gift can be found by using Apple's 12 Days of Gifts app, available for iOS devices, and users can subsequently download the gift item directly from the iTunes Store. Normally priced at $5, the "New Years Eve Mix" single is accompanied by Avicii's music video for "Wake Me Up".
Notebook joined by version with sliding keyboard, AIO desktop
LG has unveiled what computers and notebooks it will be showing at CES in January, alongside audio equipment and large-screened televisions. An update to a sliding notebook launched at the previous event is accompanied by a more conventional version, while a 27-inch Full HD all-in-one desktop PC will also be making an appearance.
Smart Home Tablet to act as central location for connected device interaction
Archos has outlined the range of devices it is preparing for CES next week, including a number of wearable items and some destined for use in the home. A smartwatch and a fitness tracker will be accompanied by a set of "connected objects" centered around home automation, and a separate 7-inch "Home Gateway" Android tablet that will act as a central hub for the collection.
Clip points to three devices with 4, 5, 6-inch displays
Asus could be preparing a trio of smartphones to show off at CES next month, if rumors based on the company's second video teaser are to be believed. The clip, asking "What's your number?" and focusing on the numbers 4, 5, and 6, could be suggesting that Asus will be showing off three devices sporting a 4-inch, 5-inch, and a 6-inch display.
Video teases possible Windows, Android tablet spotted in early December
A dual-booting tablet may be making an appearance at CES, according to a new teaser video from Asus. The hardware producer has released a clip of a computer-generated Statue of Liberty, showing the peace hand gesture and holding a color-changing tablet in the air, with the alternating green and blue hinting at a device that runs both Android and Windows.
Large curved display can show higher-than-4K resolution, uses TFT instead of OLED
LG has revealed two more televisions that it will be showing off at CES in January at the same time as its Ultrawide 4K monitor and the Chromebase all-in-one computer. A television the company calls the world's first 105-inch curved Ultra HD set will make an appearance alongside a smart TV running on WebOS, the operating system the company picked up from HP earlier this year.
Tizen push to begin early next year
Samsung will launch a smart refrigerator running its Tizen operating system at CES next year, sources tell Ubergizmo. January's Consumer Electronics Show will see the unveiling of Samsung's second Tizen-powered product, with the first being a digital camera that shipped earlier this year. The appearance of a smart refrigerator supports prior indications that Tizen was an eminently scalable platform that Samsung would push onto appliances as well as mobile devices.