I haven’t used a boom box in years, but I am starting to get the itch after seeing Avy, a new boom box from Zettaly, inc. It features 10-watt speakers along with a 7-inch (1024 x 600) touchscreen and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. And of course, it’s powered by Android with the Google Play Store, so what’s not to love about it?
Users can stream music directly over Wi-Fi from Pandora, Spotify or other apps that are available in Google Play via Wifi. You can also stream music via Bluetooth connectivity. The other cool thing is that you can even watch videos from YouTube on it or make Skype video calls.
The Galaxy S 6 will be here in less than two months, and you know it will be available on just about every carrier in the world. The full list of model numbers has leaked, which means you can start combing through benchmark sites and the FCC for more information about Samsung’s next great phone. If you do find anything, please let us know.
Now one thing that is very interesting with this list is that there are two model numbers for most carriers. For example, AT&T has SM-G920A and SM-G925A. This could mean that an “Edge” version of the S6 is definitely going to happen. I guess we will have to wait and see.
Hit the break for the full list.
Last year’s CES brought the Garmin Vivofit, so it’s only fitting that CES 2015 brings the followup, dubbed the Vivofit 2. There really isn’t a lot that has changed, at least as far as appearances go, but they have added some subtle changes.
The Vivofit 2 now features audible alerts to remind you to get off your butt and move a little. The activity timer will track and analyze each individual workout. They also added a backlight to improve visibility in the dark. Just like the original, the Vivofit 2 will work with Garmin’s Connect Mobile app that can be found in the Google Play Store.
I know it might not seem all that exciting, but if you’re a Samsung fan and looking forward to the Galaxy S 6, anything is exciting right? One thing you can bet on is there will be a Galaxy S 6, and the second thing you can bet on is there will be accessories. To bad you really can’t bet on them.
Anyways, the official accessory list has leaked and you can expect the usual S-View, Flip Wallet, and Wireless Charging accessories to further empty your wallet. We have the full list along with their code names after the break.
The LG F510L has appeared in GeekBench with Qualcomm’s newest chipset, the Snapdragon 810. This could be the G Flex 2, which will be announced tomorrow or it could be the upcoming G4. Either way, this particular variant is probably headed to U+ in South Korea based on the model number. The G3 for U+ sported the F400L model number, while the original G Flex had F340L.
The Liquid Z410 isn’t the only Acer phone heading to CES this year. The Liquid Jade S was also announced today, which sports a 5-inch display along with a MediaTek 64-bit octa-core processor. That might not be as powerful as something from Qualcomm or Exynos, but couple that with a 13 MP rear camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 5MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE (Cat. 4), and a 7.78 mm body, and you have quite a phone for €299.
One cool feature is the AcerEXTEND app that will let you use your computer keyboard in place of the onscreen keyboard. You will have to connect the Jade S to your desktop, but it might not be bad for those times in which you need to type information in an app that isn’t available on your computer.
ASUS is notorious for releasing teaser videos before big events, and CES 2015 is no exception. There latest video is titled, “See What Others Can’t See” and has a series of tones which sounds a lot like Morse code.
The code translates into “optical zoom,” which obviously indicates that they plan on showing some sort of a device with that feature. We have yet to see smartphones with optical zoom, so this would be a huge feat. Yes, we have had phones like the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, but to me, that’s a camera with the ability to make and place phone calls. Those types of devices are just too big and bulky to really be classified as a smartphone. ASUS could be planning something similar or they could actually be incorporating optical zoom in something a little more compact, such as a traditional smartphone.
The LG G Flex (pictured above) wasn’t a bad phone, but it was just a little too big (6-inch display) in my humble opinion. I remember saying in my review that if it were in the 5-inch range, I might have been all over it. It looks like I might just get to see that next week at CES.
Word is that LG will unveil the G Flex 2 next week, which will most likely be at their press event on January 5th. The G Flex 2 is expected to be around 5.5-inches, just like the G3. It’s also expected to sport the new Snapdragon 810 chip, which is not only 64-bit, but it’s also octa-core.
Getting free WiFi in major cities is no easy task. Even when there is a service offered, most of the time the signal comes from outside polls, which doesn’t work to well indoors. A new player, GoZoneWiFi, is looking to change that with an inside-out strategy.
They partner with bars and restaurants, referred to as “hosts,” that install the equipment for free. When users log in, ads will show up via splash pages. It’s a win-win for everyone. The advertisers can geo-target their customers, the establishments can tout free Wi-Fi, and the consumer gets good quality access to the internet. The host establishment can also send coupon codes to all users on the network.
It’s New Year’s Eve so it’s time for an app sale, and Amazon is game. As you know, Amazon always offers a Free App Of The Day, but today they are bundling 33 apps for Free. If you were to purchase every app on any other day of the year, it would cost you $110. Now it’s unlikely that you can use all of them, but there just might be a handful that interests you, assuming you don’t mind installing the Amazon App Store on your device. Just remember, these apps will only be updated through the Amazon App Store, so you need to keep that app installed on your device. A little bit of a pain, but it won’t cost you a penny.
Full list of apps, along with the link to all of them, after the break.