Samsung SDI develops new batteries that are both flexible and rollable

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As the smartphone market continues to get saturated, manufacturers will continue to invest in the wearable market. Samsung SDI already offers flexible batteries, but they just unveiled the next generation, which can be rolled in the shape of a paper cup.

Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing these batteries anytime soon since the technology isn’t ready yet. We are probably looking at about three years until the first devices start utilizing them.


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OnePlus announces JBL partnership and E1+ Earphones

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Just after announcing an update that inludes support for high-resolution audio, OnePlus have announced a partnership with audio pioneers JBL and are launching the E1+ Earphones tailor-made for the young company’s flagship device. The headphones feature 9mm JBL drivers with PureBass technology and a flat, tangle-resistant cable. Also included is an in-line three-button remote which does everything you’d expect it to, but can also take photos.
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Hands-on with the HTC RE Camera

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Along with the HTC Desire EYE, HTC finally released its GoPro-esque RE camera at its Double Exposure event and we’re still not sure about it. The periscope style camera is both bluetooth capable and works on Android and iOS. The waterproof device comes in a 16 MP variety and like the Desire EYE, we’re not sure about availability or pricing. That being said, we have a hands-on that gives us a good look at the RE. Check it out after the break.


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HTC RE camera gets made official, offers a portable way to capture wide-angle HD video and photos

htc REHTC’s rumored portable camera has been made official at their Double Exposure event today, and it’s a weird little device. The camera looks like a long tube that bends into a camera lens, and there is no viewfinder or anything aside from the handle and camera.

The RE camera features a 16 megapixel lens that can shoot full HD video, and to get around not having any type of viewfinder or screen, it shoots extremely wide angle videos to make sure that it captures everything you’re pointing it at. You won’t miss anything in the video this way, but it also means you won’t be able to keep the subject perfectly centered, either. However, the device can be used in conjunction with an Android or iOS device so you can get a better view of what you’re shooting. It doesn’t sound convenient, but it’s certainly functional.
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Toshiba shows off eyeglasses with embedded display

Toshiba_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014Most major manufacturers are jumping into the connected wearables market in some way or another, whether that’s with a smartwatch or virtual reality headsets. Toshiba is no exception, and they showed off a new pair of smart glasses at a trade show in Japan this week.

The glasses, called Toshiba Glass, work similarly to Google Glass, but there’s a small difference; there’s a small projector built into the side of the arm of the glasses, right behind the lens. The result is a pretty bulky, goofy looking device, but it’s reportedly quite a bit cheaper than Google Glass, so there’s an advantage. The project displays information on the lens of the glasses, which is then reflected onto the person’s eyes. Again, not quite as sophisticated as Google Glass, but pricing plays a big role here.
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LG looking towards webOS as an option for upcoming smartwatch

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We’ve already got two LG smartwatches running Android Wear — but who said the company couldn’t double dip into the market, this time with a device running webOS?

It doesn’t sound like such a bad idea, as Samsung has already diversified itself by offering Tizen-based smartwatches in addition to its Android Wear devices.

Speculation seems to be true regarding LG and webOS, as the company had a developer website set up earlier today for the project. (Although it has since been taken down.)

There are some screenshots from the site, though — check one out above and another after the break.


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Roku adds screen mirroring beta for Android devices

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Roku has announced today that they are starting to roll out a new beta feature that will enable screen mirroring from some Android devices to Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) devices. This new feature will be available for Android devices running at least Android 4.4.2 and with hardware that supports screen mirroring. Android users are not the only ones getting this new feature as Windows 8.1 powered devices will be able to do the same thing.
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