Hands on with the Huawei Ascend Mate [Video]

Just when we thought Samsung pushed the envelope with the Galaxy Note II and its 5.5-inch display, Huawei drove right over it with the Ascend Mate that was announced earlier today. It sports a whopping 6.1-inch IPS display at 720p. Seriously folks this is just about Nexus 7 territory, but Huawei thinks the consumer will eat it up. The rest of the specs should satisfy everything you desire with Huawei’s Hi-Silicon 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.0MP front camera, and a massive 4050mAh battery. It has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the latest version of the Emotion UI. Looks like China will get it in February, and as usual no word on a U.S. launch. Hit the break for the hands on video.

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Hands on with the Sony TV SideView App [Video]

It’s one thing for a manufacturer to make a flagship phone, but the content is the key. Everyone is fighting to make their own ecosystem. Sony already has Sony Unlimited and PlayStation Mobile, but they know everyone likes to use their phone or tablet while watching TV. That’s why they created the TV SideView app. It lets you control your TV as well as search for what’s playing. It will even make recommendations. If you want to push content, you can do it with compatible Sony TVs. Check out the hands on video after the break.

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Hands on with the Sony Xperia ZL [Video]

We already showed you the hands on with the Sony Xperia Z, but we can’t forget about the Xperia ZL. Both were unveiled at the Sony press event at CES. The Xperia ZL has a smaller footprint, but isn’t dust and water resistance. You will also find a rubberized back as opposed to the glass back found on the Xperia Z. It has the same 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and a microSD slot. It’s a little thicker and again the battery is non-removable. Check out the hands on video after the break, and at the end the Xperia Z makes an appearance for some nice comparisons.

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Hands on with the Sony Xperia Z [Video]

Sony put on an amazing press conference tonight and as expected, they unveiled the Xperia “Zed” or Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. The guts of both phones are essentially the same, but the Xperia Z is dust and water resistant. It also has a glass back and a little bit bigger footprint, but it’s a little thinner at 7.9mm. It sports a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and a microSD slot. The size of the battery wasn’t mentioned, but it’s non-removable. Hit the break for the hands on and also check out the Xperia ZL video since it makes an appearance in that one as well for some good comparisons. It will be available Q1 internationally, but no word on pricing or a U.S. release.

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Hands on with the ASUS Transformer AiO All-In-One (P1801) [Video]

ASUS already unveiled the Transformer (AiO) All-In-One last year at Computex, but we finally got a chance to play with it. It’s a dual boot Windows 8 / Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 computer/tablet. It’s a complete desktop, but you can remove the 18.4-inch display and it becomes a behemoth tablet. It features a Tegra 3 and has a button on the side that switches the OS in seconds. It will be available by the end of the first quarter, but we still don’t have any idea on price. I don’t think anyone is expecting this one to be cheap, but for those that want it all, this one might be for you. Hit the break for the hands on video.

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Hands on with the ASUS Qube Google TV [Video]

As we expected, ASUS unveiled the Qube Google TV box. It’s not only shaped like a cube, but the UI is cube-like. It’s the first Google TV product that has Version 3 of the software, which give you voice support and Google Primetime. It seems to be feature-rich with a nice remote and DLNA, but it appears to lack Miracast. It will be available in February for $129. Hit the break for the hands on.

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Hands On With the LG Smart Refrigerator LFX-31995 [Video]

It seems as though “Smart” is the rage this year at CES. It’s going to be Smart appliances and Smart homes, and LG is going all in with appliances. Many of their top appliances such as washers, dryers, ovens, and refrigerators will have NFC tags for connecting your Android phone and controlling them. They also showed the LFX-31995 smart refrigerator that has a built in display that will allow you to look at recipes, check your Google calendar, build your shopping list, and so much more. The rep wasn’t sure if it was built on Android, but he did say it’s compatible with both Android and iOS, so I suspect not. What it does mean is that your Android phone will be compatible and will sync with it so that you will be able to see your grocery list when you’re at the store. It’s pretty cool, but not sure if it’s worth the extra bucks as you could just buy a Nexus 7 for $199 and slap it on your fridge and save $2,000. Hit the break for the hands on video.

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NFC Business cards from TapMyBiz are high quality and perfect for high impact networking

NFC business cards aren’t new, but they never took off because they have always been credit-card like and who wants to carry a bunch of those around? Well a company called TapMyBiz is the first to offer a true high quality paper-like business card with an NFC chip embedded in it. It just so happened that I needed to order more business cards for CES so I figured I would give it a shot. I was shocked at how awesome the quality was. They will easily fit in a wallet and since I will need to carry a bunch of them to the show, I have no problem doing it since they are no thicker than your typical business card.

TapMyBiz will program each card to do whatever you want it to do when someone touches their NFC enabled phone or tablet to it. It can automatically add your contact information to their device, go to a website, open a video, head to a Facebook Page, or whatever you can think off. You can even set it to place a phone call or even a Skype call. If you ever want to reprogram any or all of your cards to do something else, you can easily do it with most of the NFC tag apps that are available in the Google Play Store.

You would think that a product like this would have a slow turnaround time, but they are able to produce and program your cards within 3 to 4 days. Ordering your card couldn’t be easier as their site offers free templates for designing your own. Of course, if you need any help, they offer 24/7 customer support. Right now they are a little limited in the style card, but come February, they will offer more sizes and different styles like rounded edges. That’s not all because by mid-year they will be offering greeting cards, flyers, and posters.

Check out my hands on video below to see how easy it works, and I am sure you will agree with me that it’s finally time to spice up your business cards with a little NFC.

For more information visit their website, about page, or FAQ

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Featured Android App Review: Floating YouTube Popup Video [Utilities]

If you’ve been secretly jealous of your friends showing off their Samsung Popup Player or their LG Q Slide or if you simply want to be able to multitask while watching YouTube videos, then you need to check out Floating YouTube Popup Video by Sud Software. It’s actually already better than the Q Slide since you can actually watch YouTube videos with it. Just install the app and pick your YouTube video of choice. Then hit the share link and tap the “Floating YouTube Video” icon and bingo, the video will appear on your homescreen as a popup. You are free to do anything you want while watching the video with full sound. You can browse web pages, read/respond to emails, play a game, or just about anything you want to do. You can even resize the video by dragging a corner. If part of the video is in your way of something you’re reading, no problem, just drag it somewhere else. It couldn’t be easier as you can see in my hands on video after the break

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Further proof the U.S. is gadget hungry: We now have more internet connected gadgets than people

I don’t this is going to be a shocker to anyone, but it sure is eye-opening when you consider that there are now more internet connected devices than people in the U.S. According to the NPD Group, there are about 425 million such gadgets in homes that consist of smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and of course desktop computers and laptops. With 311 million people, it’s a lock that this spread will continue to grow.

Desktops and laptops continue to dominate the numbers, but mobile is growing fast and furious. Right now there are roughly 183.8 million desktops and laptops, but between smartphones and tablets, they make up roughly 164.8 million. The rest of the numbers are comprised of video game consoles, HDTVs, media players, and Blu-ray players.

Is it possible that by the end of 2013, smartphones and tablets will overtake computers and laptops?

source: NPD Group