Everyone should own at least one external battery pack. They allow charging from anywhere even when a wall outlet is not accessible. Sure, external battery packs can be expensive. However, the long-term value is tremendous. Today, a Motorola external battery pack with 3000mAh that normally costs $50 is available for $8.99. Furthermore, the two-pack is available for $14.99 with free shipping. The latter would cost $100 and now it is obtainable for much less.
Divoom, the company behind various audio products built around functionality, has a speaker product that brings together style and durability. The Voombox-Party is a weather-resistant speaker that has a built-in subwoofer, dual radiators, and five drivers. Although it is not gigantic, the speaker is able to fill a room with deep sound. The Voombox-Party pairs with devices via the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Devices just have to be tapped with the speaker and it automatically connects. Then, the entire experience is wireless. The device features more than eight hours of battery life and charges with micro-USB.
The Voombox-Party will cost $119 when it is available online at the end of January. Color options are black and silver.
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If you’re an owner of a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, or its Edge variant, you may have noticed that when you hover your S Pen stylus slightly above the screen, a pointer appears (similar to a PC’s mouse cursor). Cursors aren’t generally known to illicit much excitement from people, but Samsung is hoping to bring a smile to your face by announcing Penvatars.
Penvatars is the name Samsung is giving to its upcoming app for S Pen wielders and it will allow you to customize those pointers. Most likely the only devices that will support this app will be users of the Note 4 (or the Note Edge), with added support for older devices possibly later on.
A project on Kickstarter by eZelleron Inc. is trying to raise funds for production of a mobile electronics energy charger that uses gas instead of electricity to recharge itself. The kraftwerk power generator will enable users to be freed from the power grid by relying on fuel cell technology that converts chemical energy into electrical energy. The device can be refilled using standard camping gas or lighter gas, both of which should be readily available almost anywhere in the world. The kraftwerk also has the advantage of being refilled in mere seconds – 3 according to the project’s description – and will support the equivalent of 11 iPhone charges.
Toshiba announced an SDHC memory card today that comes with a built-in NFC chip. Starting in February, consumers will be able to purchase said memory card in 8, 16 and 32GB capacities. Toshiba used CES to show off these new cards. The cards use NFC to exchange data with just a touch. With help from the Memory Card Preview app, the memory cards give you a heads up as to the amount of storage the card has available plus up to 16 thumbnails of photos stored on the card. This way, you don’t have to pop the card into your computer in order to figure out whats on it.
Other than that it’s a pretty standard SD card with all the functionality that encompasses said card. As far as pricing is concerned, it’s unknown but we’ll update you when we know more. We have the presser after the break and be sure to check out our full coverage of CES.
For those who may have received or purchased an HTC RE Camera over the holidays, your new GoPro-esque camera is about to get even more functionality. Starting tomorrow (Jan. 9) an update for the RE app will hit the Play Store allowing users to live stream video from the RE to YouTube. Those of you with iOS will have to wait a bit longer as an update won’t hit the App Store until later in the first quarter. The live stream option will give users the ability to share moments such as piano recitals or plays with family and friends that can’t be at these events in person.
All you have to do is invite people to watch your broadcast via SMS or through social media. Should they not be able to watch the live stream, the video will be there after the end of broadcast so they can watch it at their earlier convenience. So those of you with a RE Camera should be on the look out for an update for the RE app starting tomorrow. We have the full presser for you after the break.
August, the maker of the Smart Lock, announced “Connect” today at CES.
On Monday, Google launched Cast for Audio. It allows users to mirror audio content to speakers and other multimedia devices. As a launch partner, Sony has introduced six devices that are all Cast for Audio ready.
Hit the break for a description of each. Click here for our full CES 2015 coverage.
A new standard of MHL cable has been announced, and it offers a pretty big jump in features over the current MHL 3 that’s offered. This new standard is being called superMHL, and it has the hardware specifications to back up that name.
The new MHL cables will support 8K video at a full 120 FPS, which is a massive jump from MHL 3′s 4K support at 30 FPS. To power that kind of video output, the connector also supplies 40W of power so your phone doesn’t die 20 minutes into the movie.