Posts tagged with: CES 2014
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    Athletic apparel company Under Armour has been getting into the software and services game lately, and at CES this week, the company introduced its new UA Record app. The software acts as a hub for gathering data from fitness trackers, helping you analyze that info, and allowing you to connect with other users – really, it doesn't sound too far off from the sort of fitness hubs we've seen already, even with UA promising broad hardware support. The more interesting news, though, might come from a partnership Under Armour has just announced, teaming up with HTC. In a statement, HTC talks ...

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    "Where have all the small phones gone?" "Remember when mini smartphones were actually small?" "Why do small smartphones have to suck on the spec sheet?" Those blurbs, taken from two years' worth of Pocketnow editorial headlines, succinctly illustrate our historic frustration with the smartphone sizing problem. For the past few generations, average device size has skyrocketed: HTC's HD2 was considered massive when it launched four years ago, with HTC selling it under the slogan "take the big screen with you." Today, though, its 4.3-inch display seems almost quaint alongside flagships like ...

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    CES 2014 brought with it some news of what's next for Mozilla and Firefox OS, including the platform making its way to televisions (webOS-style) as well as tablets. The company shared just such a tablet design, and offered a few initial specs, but this week the full picture finally emerges, as we get our hands on the details behind the first Firefox OS tablet. Like some of that early Tizen hardware we've mentioned on occasion, this Firefox tablet is intended specifically for developer use; don't count on seeing this hardware available in stores. That said, it still may be able to give us ...

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    Click this link to join the hangout! . Topic It's been a year since we last talked; well, not really, but back then we still wrote dates containing the number 2013. Much has happened since! We went to Vegas, returned, some of us with nasty souvenirs that put us in bed for a couple of days, however, with some nice memories, and a lot of tech videos to remember all the buzz of an interesting show from the real city that never sleeps. We talked about all-things-CES in not one, but two of our consecutive Podcast installments. However, if you still have unanswered questions regarding the show ...

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    For all the months we spend looking forward to the CES, thinking about which devices we might see, and planning whose booth we're going to hit first, it sure can go by in a flash. Sure, it doesn't seem like it when you're in the thick of things, but looking back on it now, just a week later, it's already starting to seem like a distant memory. Part of that has to be due to just how close we are to MWC, and how quickly we have to transition back into that building-up role as we field the mountains of new rumors for what we'll see there, but before we put CES 2014 to bed, we're bringing you ...

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    [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] That's the text that leads us in to each episode of the Pocketnow Weekly: a column of virtual prompts on the rough rundown reminding us that, after our loosely scripted intro block, there's a gulf of pure off-topic nonsense between the opening music and the rundown's news section. It's a handful of minutes devoted to office banter, good-natured ribbing, and, in today's case, an EQ experiment by our own Taylor Martin that results in him literally reading the "vamp" cues out loud like the delightful troll he is. That's the kind of stuff you're missing if you skip ...

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    The week before CES, Michael and I were discussing what Pebble could possibly announce at the show. We knew it had a press event scheduled for Monday, January 6 in Las Vegas, one day before CES actually started. I recall blatantly saying, "Whatever it is, it isn't hardware. That's for sure." I was at the Pebble press event in 2013 and CEO Eric Migicovsky stood in front of a small group of press and boldly said, Pebble is future-proofed. He explained how the major updates for Pebble in the foreseeable future would be software-only, no hardware updates. I don't think anyone could have ...

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    If you'd told me a year ago that one of my key takeaways from CES 2014 would be a renewed interest in ZTE smartphone developments, I'd have told you to "go home, you're drunk" (which would have been a pretty timely reference back then). Nonetheless, it's true: of the many impressive sights we beheld at this year's International CES, the wares showcased by ZTE were high on my list - and if you're my kind of mobile geek, they should be high on yours too. I need to be fair here and say that not everything from the Shenzhen-based company tooted my horn. ZTE may be the world's fourth-largest ...

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    Unlike my two comrades who joined me, this year marked my third trip to Las Vegas for the annual International Consumer Electronics Show. In that time, I've had a decent chance to gauge my expectations beforehand, to learn what to expect when the plane touches down at McCarran International Airport, and to predict which companies will (or will not) have a presence at the convention. For the past several years, International CES has been growing. And this show was one of the biggest yet, covering over 2 million square feet, hosting over 3,200 exhibitors, and welcoming more than 150,000 ...

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    CES 2014 included a lot of serious work and a ton of walking, but that doesn't mean the guys don't have fun. In fact, a large part of the show culture is about fun. Whether it's coworkers who rarely see each other goofing off in front of a camera at a product unveiling or joking with colleagues a meet-and-greet, there is a lot of fun to be had when you're cramped in a city with 150,000 other nerds who want to drool over the new gadgets just as much as you do. The former part of that statement, though – the goofing off – is something we're particularly good at here at Pocketnow. Oh, and ...

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    A few days before heading out to Las Vegas for my third consecutive Consumer Electronics Show, I started having flashbacks to the … uhm … adventure the previous two shows had been. Not only were they scheduling and logistical nightmares, they were hell on your feet, back, sleep schedule, and morale, much less your health. For anyone who has never been to a trade show like International CES, it's essentially three or four days of intense walking, minimal eating, and lots on stress. Oh, and there might be some (or a lot of) booze in there somewhere. I've learned a lot from these shows. ...

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    Horrible sickness. Missed flights. Broken promises from major airlines. Desert air-induced hacking. A too-late arrival followed by a too-early departure. That's just a partial list of the challenges faced by the four-man three-man Pocketnow team at 2014's International CES in Vegas, easily one of the most difficult trade shows we've ever done. But while the road was rough, the payoff was (mostly) worth it: in exchange for our hardships, we were among the first to spend time with some of the world's newest and hottest mobile gadgetry, and we did the best we could to share it with you in a ...

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    CES 2014 was a blur. Michael, Tony, and I were on the ground, and it felt like it was over as soon as we really got started. We walked dozens of miles, filmed a handful of new and innovative products, and hung out with all our colleagues. Samsung unveiled four new tablets: Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, and Galaxy TabPRO 8.4. Sony pulled the curtain on two new phones: the Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact. ZTE revealed an arsenal of new devices. And Huawei followed up the Ascend Mate from last year with the Ascend Mate2. There were definitely more products released ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about T-Mobile's new plans to reimburse you for early termination fees from competing carriers. We then move to the Moto G as the device has just landed at Verizon for just $100 on a pre-paid plan. Up next we have Archos, a company we haven't talked about before, and its plans for a $50 smartwatch later this year. We later talk about the iPhone 6 and the rumored frame that just got leaked, aside from more details on the phone's camera. We end today's show talking about Samsung, and its plans for the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 4. All this ...

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    LG is entering the ever-popular fitness tracking wearable market with the recently announced, wrist-mounted Lifeband Touch. With a expected battery life of two to five days, a touch-sensitive OLED display, and one-size-fits-all design, it certainly has enough allure to raise some eyebrows. The Lifeband Touch has a companion app which will be available on both Android and iOS, but it will also work with a bevy of third-party applications, as well. It tracks things like steps, workout time, heart rate, and calories burned. You can ignore calls with a simple gesture (though no answering is ...

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    NVIDIAs newest SoC, the Tegra K1, made waves at CES 2014 when it was announced to have 192 cores! Alas, they're graphics cores, not processor cores. Another chip maker has some news out of CES as well! What does Qualcomm has in store for us in 2014? What cool new things can its chips do? Here's all you need to know about Qualcomm's newest Snapdragons: the 410, 602A, 802, and 805. Here's a hint: TVs, cars, and 64-bit are on their way! Smart Cars Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 600 powers some of this year's older phones, such as the HTC One. However, since the 600 isn't the highest-end ...

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    Last week, we talked to you about the idea of companies subsidizing your smartphone's wireless connection, inspired by news that T-Mobile and Facebook were making the latter's apps free-to-use for customers who otherwise lacked data service on their accounts. This week, however, AT&T took things one step further and announced a formal “Sponsored Data” program, inviting companies form all over to make their apps more attractive to AT&T users by offering to pay themselves for the data consumed, rather than putting that cost on the user. For instance, maybe Hulu could sponsor Hulu ...

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    Is there even a dividing line between phablets and tablets anymore? Is the 7-inch ASUS Fonepad really a giant phone? Or the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 a tiny tablet? This year the CES brings us one more device to straddle that line, the 6.8-inch X1 from Hisense. “From whom?” you ask, incredulously? That's fair; we haven't really spent any time talking about Hisense as a manufacturer of tablets. Will this X1 manage to finally pique our interest? Well, its hardware sounds respectable enough: Snapdragon 800 SoC, 1080p display, 13-megapixel camera, and a 3900mAh battery. Hisense throws its ...

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    It's been clear that T-Mobile was planning to make with the details behind the next phase of its Uncarrier transformation today at the CES for a while now. Last month, we heard about this plan to offer subscribers to competing networks compensation for their early termination fees should they switch to T-Mobile, supposedly worth up to $350. Then early this morning we saw a leaked T-Mobile ad that seemed to confirm the news, while adding the note that it would only apply to users transition from the three big carriers, and was limited to five lines. This afternoon, T-Mobile has finally ...

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    I've got four cores in my Nexus 5. My old Nexus 7 has four cores. Some of today's smartphones have eight cores (though it's arguable whether or not they can use all eight at the same time). My desktop computer has four hyper-threaded cores, so it looks like I have eight. Now, news out of CES 2014 is that NVIDIA has a 192-core processor: the Tegra K1, and it just might power your next smartphone or tablet. 192-cores: that's what the headlines are saying, but they're wrong -- sort of. Let's take a look at what goes into an SoC, and why NVIDIA's new Tegra K1 might not be all it's cracked up ...

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    (Updated to correct typo in title.) Our tour through ZTE's CES presence isn't over just yet, as we'd be remiss if we didn't stop to check out the company's just-announced (well, last week, at least) phablet, the aptly-named Iconic Phablet. When we first heard about the Iconic Phablet, we didn't have much to go on; ZTE revealed a 5.7-inch 720p display - which while pressing the limits of what manufacturers can get away with before switching to 1080p, is still something we can live with - along with support for wireless charging. We also knew to look for Dolby Digital support, but that still ...

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    ZTE's CES announcements came last week, and while that means there's less for us to be surprised by at the show now that we're there, we're also finally able to check out its new hardware in the flesh. The company had news of a number of devices to share, but one of the handsets we've heard the most about has been the Grand S II. ZTE followed-up yesterday on its initial announcement to share a little more about the phone's advanced voice features, so of course we had to see how those function for ourselves. Jump on down to the video below to join as we get our answers, looking at the Grand ...

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    It wasn't that long ago when we were bringing you a review of the ZTE Nubia 5, and now we're already looking at the arrival of the next Nubia models, the 5s and 5s mini. Today at the CES we went looking to check out the hardware, and ran into the Nubia 5s at ZTE's booth. The handset features what ZTE calls "professional-grade photography hardware," consisting of a 13-megapixel Sony RS sensor and an iris with f/2.0 aperture. It's capable of recording 4K video (to give you something to play back on one of the many, many 4K TVs hanging out at the CES) and offers users advanced manual ...

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    When we heard Samsung announce the Galaxy Camera 2 last week - getting an early start on all this CES hubbub - we were left scratching our heads a little. The thing was, looking at some of the hardware's specs, we found it difficult to suss-out just how it improved over the first-gen Galaxy Camera, launched all the way back in 2012. Clearly, some hands-on action was required if we were going to get to the bottom of just what Samsung was up to with this sequel. Picking the Camera 2 up, if immediately became apparent: this new edition is noticeably lighter than its predecessor - and ...

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    CES is a time of the year for us smartphone-obsessive types where we find ourselves coping with an utter deluge of new announcements, previews, products, and demos. We're keeping you up to date with all the really big news, but the sheer amount of info coming our way means that some of it inevitably gets shuffled around a bit. This afternoon, we're looking back to an announcement that came down the wire overnight, with word arriving of the hardware partner Cyanogen Inc. is going with for its first from-the-ground-up CyanogenMod smartphone. While we've been expecting to get word of this ...

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