A seven-port USB Charging Station keeps you from being powerless
Whether at home or at work, there's a lot of stuff that needs to be charged -- and sadly there's only so many outlets to charge them on. Even if the number of outlets isn't a problem, who wants to always have to answer the question, "have you seen the iPad?" with the answer, "have you checked the bathroom?" The Satechi Seven-Port Multi Charging Dock is a seven-port charging hub that only takes up one outlet, keeps everything together in a single location, and makes an effort towards the Herculean task of making the rat's nest of cables and devices look nice and neat.
Kodak smartphone has rear 13MP, front 5MP cameras, app store
Kodak revealed the Android smartphone it teased before CES. Built by Bullitt Mobile, the Kodak IM5 is a mid-ranged device which takes advantage of Kodak's history, combining a rear-mounted 13-megapixel auto-focus camera with some custom image management software made to make editing, printing, and sharing the photographs from the smartphone as easy as possible.
Gamevice aims to improve mobile gaming on the iPad
When Apple first announced it would be bringing game controller support to iOS 8, the news was met with much excitement. However, months started to pass and no one seemed to really be interested in creating a quality controller. Wikipad is hoping to change that with Gamevice, designed specifically for the iPad Air and iPad mini. We got a chance to get an early look at the upcoming iPad controller at a private suite during CES and went away with a very positive opinion.
Lightning-to-USB offers reversible connectors at either end; standard not yet approved
While long-time accessory maker Griffin Technology had a few items to show off at this year's Consumer Electronics show, one of the most popular with onlookers there was one of its smallest -- a new Lightning-to-USB cable that featured a redesigned Type A plug that could be inserted in either orientation, just like Apple's Lightning connectors. The company says the new cable will be marketed as officially Made for iPhone (MFi) devices, but the new USB connector has not yet been certified as authorized.
Sound profiles are automatically adjusted for each ear
AKG is attempting to revolutionize headphone technology with its new N90Q. The company has developed an active signal-processing system, known as TruNote, that automatically calibrates the frequency response to suit the listener's own ears. Electronista listened to the new headphones at CES to see if the technology is a gimmick, or the next big thing.
Android device range includes models with thin frames, large batteries
Smartphone producer Blu revealed seven new Android devices at CES. While the company launched three new additions to its Studio range and two Life smartphones, it also launched the 5.1mm-thick Vivo Air, as well as the Studio Energy, a smartphone that manages to pack in a 5,000mAh battery into its 10mm-thick frame, giving it up to four days of battery life.
Redesigned BlackBerry Passport keeps specifications, adds round corners
BlackBerry is bringing BBM to Android Wear devices in the near future, the manufacturer has revealed. At the same time, it announced the BlackBerry Passport will be heading to AT&T with a new rounder look, after BlackBerry redesigned certain aspects of the smartphone's external appearance following requests from the carrier itself.
Compact computing device connects via HDMI, has Intel Atom processor
Alongside the Curie project, Intel used CES to show off a compact computer which can be used with any HDMI-equipped television or monitor. The Compute Stick is an HDMI dongle similar to the Chromecast, except that it is effectively an entire computer running Windows 8.1 or Linux in a package that can be easily disconnected and carried elsewhere.
Confirms new proposed rules will be distributed on February 5, with vote to be taken 20 days later
Today at CES in Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) President Gary Shapiro sat down for a "Super Session" with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and asked what had changed in his world since they spoke at the conference in 2013. "Oh, nothing," deadpanned Wheeler, prompting laughter from the audience, "it's all exactly the same." As the discussion went on, Wheeler's responses to questions seem to be confirming earlier reports that the Commission is strongly leaning towards adopting some level of Communications Act Title II as a base for ensuring Net Neutrality, as urged by President Obama -- similar to how it was imposed on the wireless industry.
HTC Desire 826 has front 4MP Ultrapixel camera, rear 13MP sensor
HTC's first two smartphone launches of the year have landed at CES, both within the Desire range. The Desire 320 is an entry-level device for emerging markets, while the Desire 826 is a mid-ranged smartphone which is the first Desire from the manufacturer to ship with Android Lollipop installed straight from the factory.
Drivers can now use their watch for remote start
Hyundai is among the first automakers to bring its connected-car features to wearable devices, introducing a Blue Link app for Android Wear. Electronista checked out the new service at CES, where Hyundai brought a connected Sonata and a few Android-powered watches to demonstrate the capabilities. Owners of select vehicles can already access the full range of Blue Link features via their smartphone, and the Android Wear implementation simply serves as the watch-based extension of the service.
Ford revamps its oft-derided interface
Ford recently introduced Sync 3, an entirely new infotainment system that serves as a successor to the oft-derided MyFord Touch platform. Electronista stopped by the company's CES booth to try out the revamped interface in person, ahead of its official launch on new models later this year.
Smartwatch from Alcatel OneTouch includes heart rate monitor, USB charger in strap
The Alcatel OneTouch Watch will be shipping in March for $150, it has been revealed. The recently-launched round-faced smartwatch also uses its own software rather than Android Wear, allowing the device to work with iPhones and iPads running iOS 7 or later, as well as Android devices running version 4.3 or later of the mobile operating system.
2TB encrypted local backup over local network
The IDrive online backup service company today revealed a local network backup peripheral. Presented at the Consumer Electronics Show, the IDrive Wi-Fi local backup drive allows users to backup and restore up to 2TB of their data between devices over a local connection, with data protected by encryption.
Sony targets audiophiles with four-figure price tag
Sony has introduced a new flagship Walkman, the NW-ZX2, that serves as the successor to the ZX1 model that was introduced less than six months ago. The revised edition marks Sony's latest attempt to engage the audiophile market, with its core feature being capable of playing Hi-Res Audio formats, traditional lower-bitrate audio files, streaming content and other media. Electronista stopped by Sony's CES booth to try out the new gadget, and ponder its four-figure price tag.
Sakar, Kodak preview new photo accessories at CES
Sakar International and Eastman Kodak today announced a variety of new mobile and DSLR photography accessories at CES in Las Vegas. The partnership has produced a new Smartphone Cradle, all-in-one HDMI Smartphone Cable, and Selfie Tripod with Remote Shutter Release, aimed at those who use their smartphone for the majority of their photo taking.
Small but powerful SSD from Samsung
While Samsung is generally known for its lavish TV announcements during CES, one of the more interesting products it presented during yesterday's keynote was a portable SSD. Dubbed the Portable SSD T1, Samsung's new drive has been designed with a very specific market in mind. Following Samsung's event, Electronista met up with a rep and spent a little bit of time talking about the brand new SSD.
Nikon adds a touchscreen for the first time
Every year, CES acts as a launching ground for a range of new products, and this year is no different. Nikon decided to use the event as an opportunity to officially unveil its new D5500 DSLR, which acts as an evolution of the existing D5300. While the newly-announced D5500 advances upon its predecessor in a number of ways, the most significant change is the introduction of a touchscreen. While the show floor isn't really an optimal ground for testing a new camera, we managed to get our hands on the new Nikon, and spent a little time checking out just what this new product has to offer.
P90 first Lenovo smartphone to use Intel Atom processor
Lenovo has launched two smartphones at CES, devices which were previously rumored to make an appearance. The Lenovo P90 is the company's first to use a 64-bit Intel Atom processor and Intel XMM 7260 LTE-Advanced modem, while the Vibe line is joined by the X2 Pro, complete with an accessory said to help improve lighting for self portraits.
Altec Lansing introduces new speakers for all-weather conditions, 360 degree sound
Two new speakers have been announced today at CES by Altec Lansing, both featuring Bluetooth connectivity. The all-weather Boomjacket offers twice the battery life of Lifejacket, its predecessor, and is capable of playing audio for up to 40 hours on a single charge. Offering durability to resist the effects of rain, dirt, and shock, its dual two-inch neodymium drivers, passive radiator design and aptX wireless audio aim to produce a powerful sound in a range of settings. Priced at $200, the Boomjacket will be accompanied by a carrying pouch, USB charging, a 3.5mm aux-in jack and power supply cables.
Yosemite Install problems, Broadwell chips and poop emojis
Today in the MacNN Forums, one distressed Fresh-Faced Recruit was looking for help resolving a problem with installing Yosemite after something went wrong and the external hard drive they were trying to install it on died. Yesterday, Moderator "P" started a discussion about the release timeline for Intel's latest Broadwell chips that were just announced at CES.
Wacom digitizer with 2,048 pressure levels included in Encore 2 Write tablet
Toshiba has unveiled an update to last years' Encore 2 Windows tablet, adding stylus input to the device. Not to be outdone by its premium stablemate, the cheaper Encore 2 Write has a similar 2,048-levels of pressure sensitivity via a Wacom digitizer for both the 10.1-inch and 8-inch versions of the tablet, and ships with extra productivity apps designed to get the most from the stylus.
Audio-enabled, insulated storage container launches Monday at CES
Portable audio system and food storage container Kube launched Monday at CES in Las Vegas. Designed for outdoor and indoor usage, the Kube offers a Bluetooth range of 50 feet for pairing with a Bluetooth-enabled device, and can deliver sound for up to 20 hours. Its exterior is comprised of aluminum and coated polymer, with five back-lit tactile buttons for controlling audio. Kube additionally includes the ability for charging USB devices with an available port, and its interior insulated food storage compartment features LED lights that automatically engage when the container is opened.
Wall-plugged controller allows non-smart devices to be controlled through apps
Internet of Things (IoT) developer iDevices has debuted Switch, the company's first Apple HomeKit-enabled device at CES in Las Vegas. The device is a hubless home automation solution which plugs into a power outlet and gives the user control of anything plugged into it using an iOS app -- extending "smart home" capabilities to non-smart devices.
Nano-crystal semiconductors used in higher-tier Samsung televisions
Samsung has outlined a new higher tier of Ultra HD televisions for 2015, which it is giving the SUHD designation. The JS9500, JS9000, and JS8500 ranges each include televisions in nine screen sizes ranging from 48 inches to 88 inches, with the screens said to be using Samsung's nano-crystal semiconductors to produce a higher-quality image.
Super Slim TV measures only half an inch thick
While the main focus of Sharp's morning keynote was the new Beyond 4K Ultra HD TV, some time was also spent showing off an upcoming Super Slim 4K set. While most details are still unknown, the TV will become available towards the end of 2015 in a 70-inch model. The Super Slim model will very closely mirror the features found in the also-announced UE30 and UH30 TVs, but in a form factor that measures only half an inch thick (excluding the set mount). Beyond Sharp's own SmartCentral 4.0 platform, the Super Slim TV will also include Google's Android TV.
ZenFone 2 has 5.5-inch 1080p display, ZenFone Zoom adds optical zoom
Asus showed off two new smartphones at its keynote, including one designed with photography in mind. The ZenFone 2 is the company's flagship, packing a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, and though the ZenFone Zoom has a similar 13-megapixel rear camera to the ZenFone 2, the Zoom opts for a more sophisticated setup with three-times optical zoom and more advanced camera features.
Flagship CX850 pairs Firefox OS with voice commands
Panasonic has revealed its 2015 lineup of 4K TVs, including several models powered by Mozilla's Firefox OS. The company's Ultra HD lineup has expanded to nine different models in the CX850, CX800, CX650 and CX600 families, adding an upgraded flagship series and new midrange options. Aside from the software features, Panasonic's latest 4K display panels are claimed to bring improved picture quality with brighter presentation and a wider color gamut.
Pixel splitting technology brings near 8k resolution
During its morning press conference at CES, Sharp unveiled its new Beyond 4K Ultra HD TV. The new TV uses a combination of the company's pixel splitting and Quattron technologies to pack 66 million subpixels into a single 80-inch panel. By splitting pixels in half vertically, and allowing each subpixel to create its own color value, Sharp claims the display can reach a resolution that begins to approach 8K (7680 x 4320). The company, however, did not give an exact resolution that the panel can display.
Art Slim OLED panels measure 55, 65, 77 inches, use webOS for smart TV
LG is continuing to commit to OLED-based televisions, by launching a number of sets alongside LCD versions it teased late last month. A total of seven 4K-resolution OLED TVs will be revealed at CES, with the collection including the company's webOS 2.0-based smart TV system, as well as a few new content partnership announcements.
Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit processor used in curved LG G Flex 2
LG has unveiled the latest iteration of its curved smartphone at CES, as part of its pre-event keynote address. The LG G Flex 2, the successor to the G Flex, is one of the first smartphones to be announced as using the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, an octa-core 64-bit processor clocked at 2GHz, which LG has paired with 2GB of RAM.
Small two-inch high HP desktops shipping from January 14
HP is taking advantage of the popularity of its Stream notebook, by producing a pair of compact desktop devices. The HP Stream Mini Desktop and the Pavilion Mini Desktop are similar in stature, measuring just over two inches in height and weighing 1.6 pounds each, but manage to pack in the equivalent of a full Windows desktop into their small frame.
New monitor collection includes four curved screens, 5K-resolution display
HP launched quite a few high-resolution monitors at CES, along with a few other notable displays. The HP Zvr is a virtual reality display that forms part of the company's Blended Reality ecosystem, while two 4K screens are joined by a 5K-resolution model, with the collection rounded out by four curved high-resolution computer monitors.
Griffin adds Bluetooth connectivity to Twenty digital audio amplifier
Griffin is using CES to launch a large number of accessories for mobile devices, as well as something for audiophiles. The collection includes four items in its charging-related accessory range and two iTrip devices, along with an upgraded version of its Twenty digital audio amplifier, adding Bluetooth connectivity and a refined physical design.
Three drives aim at different market segments, highlight Seagate's history
Alongside the LaCie releases, the consumer division of Seagate has released three new products. Also shown today at the Consumer Electronics Show were the Seagate Personal Cloud and Seagate Personal Cloud Two-Bay network attached storage devices, the Seagate Wireless 500GB portable drive, and the Seagate Seven ultra-thin external drive.
New budget Archos mobile devices include 4G connectivity
Archos is adding more phones and tablets to its Android device range, the company has revealed ahead of next week's CES. Alongside new versions of the 45b, 50b, 50c, 70 and 101 Helium mobile devices, the manufacturer has outlined some details for its 50 Diamond 4G smartphone, as well as its upcoming 4G-equipped 80b Helium budget tablet.
New curved display all-in-one desktop and ultrabook models to be shown at CES
Two new computers from Samsung will be making their debut at CES next week, but all the details are available now. The offerings include an all-in-one desktop model with a curved display, and a super-thin ultrabook. The desktop Ativ One 7 marks the first all-in-one from Samsung (or any other firm) equipped with the company's new favorite technology, a curved 27-inch display. If you're looking for something more mobile, the new Ativ Book 9 (2015) promises to be the thinnest ultrabook from Samsung yet, at 2.09 pounds, and slightly less than half-an-inch thick.
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.