Belkin Miracast Video Adapter is a pricier Chromecast alternative

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Belkin-Miracast-Video-AdapterThe Chromecast has been one of the hottest new products of 2013, and as any successful technology product, it’s going to inspire alternatives by other companies. The Belkin Miracast Video Adapter is the latest. The Miracast is able to mirror the screen of your phone’s or tablet, allowing users to enjoy games, videos, photos and apps in Full HD on a big-screen TV, just like the Chromecast does. For mirroring, mobile devices must have Miracast support, meaning they must run at least Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for some handsets, or Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for others.

The Miracast runs at $79, which is more than double the price of Google’s Chromecast. Also, the Chromecast has a lot more device support, including iOS, Windows, and OSX, making it seem like the better option, at least at first glance. Still, check out the source link if you are interested.

Source: Belkin

 

Belkin reveals new NetCam HD WiFi camera

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Belkin announced today the release of a new high definition wireless camera to their product line.  The NetCam HD will retail for $149.99 and offers full 720p HD resolution, digital audio, a wide-angle lens, infrared night vision capabilities, setup via mobile devices, movement detection email alerts and the ability to record live video to mobile devices. The camera will also be WeMo SMART capable. WeMo is a wifi based home control platform for other devices in the home using a wireless network. Using the WeMo capabilities with the new camera, users could setup rules for certain actions to occur when the motion sensor is activated. Belkin has developed a free NetCam app for Android and iOS devices that let you monitor the video feed on your mobile device. Belkin expects the new camera to be available in spring 2013.

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Belkin Launches Its WeMo Light Switch For Android Users, Intent On Bringing Awesome Home Automation To All By Summer 2013

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We here at Talk Android love when we can use our Android devices to control items in our homes and Belkin has delivered in a big way by introducing its new WeMo Light Switch— aiming to help home automation just a little bit easier for all. The specialized light switch is basically a WiFi-controlled unit which replaces an existing light switch and connects into your home’s existing electrical wiring—- allowing users to control all aspects of lighting, right from the comfort of their Android devices. Additionally, users can control the lighting in their homes from anywhere at anytime or even make a set of schedules of when to turn on/off the lights.

While the WeMo Light Switch will be on full display at CES 2013 this week, it will be a while before Android users can get their hands on the puppy. Belkin pledges the WeMo Light Switch and app will be available for all Android users by this summer for Android devices operating on Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

While we wait to see this nifty little gadget in person, why not hit past the break to see the full presser?

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NotePRO and TabPRO available in the US later this month

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NotePRO_1In January, we saw the NotePRO and TabPRO tablets from Samsung go up for pre-order in the UK. Today, the US joins the ranks as Samsung announced this morning that the US variants are available for pre-order. As we found out the other day, like their UK cousins, these tablets would come with a hefty price tag.

Prices range from $399.99 for the TabPRO 8.4 all the way up to $849.99 for the 64GB NotePRO 12.2. Of course there are a few perks that come with those price tags. When you buy the tablet, you will receive $25 worth of Google Play credit, a one-year Bloomberg Businessweek+ subscription, six months worth of Cisco’s WebEx Premium 8 package, and 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years. Later on, owners of these tablets will receive free GoGo inflight internet access, up to 36 flights.

There isn’t a cellular variant of any of the tablets just yet, but Verizon is said to be offering the NotePRO 12.2 on its network later this quarter. If you’re wanting the WiFi variant you’ll find it at Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, PC Richard and Sons, Fry’s, Newegg, and Samsung.com. They will be available for pre-order starting today, and available to consumers on February 13. Those who want the NotePRO 12.2 will have to wait until March to get their hands on the premium tablet.

We have the presser for you after the break.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for December 30 – January 5, 2014

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You would think that things would have been slow this week with the New Year’s holiday, but with CES kicking off next week, that wasn’t the case. We had a slew of new announcements from Acer, Samsung, ZTE, and others. We even got a few teasers. Put your seatbelts on folks, because next week is going to be crazy. But first, it’s time to get caught up on everything that happened this past week.

TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Phone for 2013

Guides

How to setup Remote Desktop for Windows 8 Pro on your Android or iOS device

Reviews

Moto G review: Finally a budget Android phone to get excited about

Featured Android Game Review: Farm Fest [Arcade & Action]

Accessories

Seiko Epson unveils incredibly small label printer for Android devices

Apps – New

Widget for Hangouts developed by XDA senior member, now available in the Play Store

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for December 31, 2013

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apps

Version Two of Carbon for Twitter Gets a Visual Redesign

Netflix testing fees based on number of users on an account

Carriers

Moto G will be available at Verizon Wireless on January 9 for $99 off contract

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The Nexus Q Review: Magical Mystery Sphere Or $299 Gutter Ball?

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It’s taken me a little while to be able to review the Nexus Q social media streamer from Google. Why? Because for some reason, the Q was totally incompatible with my home router, a D-Link DIR-655. Something about the router just would not let me see the Q on my network, leaving me unable to control the Q with my Nexus 7 tablet.

Not an auspicious start for Google’s fledgling Play Store content consumption device. But I was determined to get this thing working and went so far as to buy myself a new router, one of the Linksys variety, since all reports from users with Linksys routers were positive, plus I could use a new router anyway.

A hundred bucks later, I had the Nexus Q up and running with no problems at all and have been using it for the last several days. Is it worth the steep $299 retail price tag? Read on to find out.

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Google Acquires Mike and Maiike, the Design Studio Behind Android’s G1 and Microsoft’s X-Box

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If you were to look deep within Bloomberg’s lengthy recap of Google’s recent Motorola acquisition, you would notice that Motorola wasn’t the only company Google acquired throughout the whole process. Google also purchased the San Francisco industrial design studio, Mike and Maaike, who can be credited for designing the G1, Google’s first Android phone, and the Android Smartphone 1 (pictured above – a device that was used internally for testing the Android OS).

Not only has the bay area designer helped Google in the past, they also helped in designing Microsoft’s X-Box 360 and has worked closely with companies such as Belkin, Steelcase, Incase, Dupont, Ironkey, and the City of San Francisco. This is clearly a move to help Google get a leg up on their competitors and should prove to be beneficial when it comes to product design. Motorola’s new CEO, Dennis Woodside, spoke with Bloomberg and had this to say about the acquisition. “Google has always been interested in hardware. The natural next step is for us to get even more serious and to really go for it.” Good for you Google. Not that I dislike Motorola’s overlying design behind the DROID line, I just think it’s time to change things up a bit.

Head over to Mike and Maiike’s website to see some of the other projects they have dabbled in. You will notice a minimalistic look across most of their design that could bode well for future Android design.

source: Bloomberg
via: The Next Web