Hands on with the Epson Moverio BT-200 augmented reality smart glasses at CES 2014

Moverio_BT-200_Smart_Glasses_01Epson unveiled the second generation of their Moverio augmented reality smart glasses at CES 2014, and we came away quite impressed. The BT-200 is the successor to the BT-100 that was released about a year and a half ago. Since then, Epson has come a long way in not only the design, but also attracting key developers.

Now the first thing we need to get straight is this is NOT a Google Glass competitor. This isn’t a product that you will wear while you are driving, grocery shopping, or any other like activity. This is meant for your personal time, when you can kick back and play an augmented reality game or watch a movie. It can also be used for certain business applications.

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Motorola now offering free Chromecast with purchase of off-contract Moto X

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With most of the sweet holiday deals on the Moto X having already ended, you may have decided to move on from the idea of buying one. However, Motorola isn’t stopping their awesome offerings anytime soon— the company will now throw in a free Chromecast with the purchase of an off-contract Moto X. Combine that with the permanent $100-off price reduction, and you’re getting a very nice deal.

Be sure to purchase the phone before January 14th because the deal ends at midnight on that date. Add a Chromecast to your cart after putting in a 16 or 32GB Moto X and enter the code “STREAM.” The only way to make use of the deal is through the Moto Maker and with Developer edition phones.

Source: Motorola

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in Rose Gold heading to Verizon


For the people who have been holding out on a Rose Gold smartphone, Samsung is finally bringing you one in the United States. According to @evleaks, Samsung’s Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3 is heading to Verizon.

No word on when this will happen, but I am sure there are many women out there that have been waiting for this. Actually, this wouldn’t be a bad idea for a Valentines Day gift, right? Read more

Samsung and Apple to meet at mediation session before March court battle begins


The Samsung vs. Apple battle is truly never going to end until one of the two companies agrees to leave the tech industry forever. But this time, the two sides were able to come to a mutual agreement…to meet at a mediation session before battling in court once again in March over smartphone patents.

The session will be attended by Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon along with their in-house lawyers.

The past has been rough for these two companies, and don’t expect anything to clear up anytime soon either.

Source: Reuters 

Samsung issues guidance suggesting Q4 profits down sharply


Samsung Electronics issued guidance earlier this week suggesting operating profit fell a stunning 18 percent during the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the third quarter. This is not the position the company wanted to be in, which sees two-thirds of its profits from smartphones, as it braces for Apple’s entry into the Chinese market. Rumors also abound that Apple is (finally) working on larger screens for their smartphones to be able to better compete in the market. Samsung suggested 2013 will go down as the year with the weakest profit growth for its smartphones since they started making them in 2007.

Samsung suggested at least part of the reason for the decreased profit is a special bonus paid to employees as part of the 20th anniversary of a “New Management” strategy implemented by Chairman Lee Kun-hee. Analysts suggest the payouts were much larger than anticipated, in the 300 to 700 billion won range ($282 – $658M USD). Increased marketing costs are believed to have also had a negative impact on smartphone profits.

Samsung is estimated fourth quarter sales will be 59 trillion won ($55B USD) compared to a forecast of 61 trillion won ($57B USD). Profits are now estimated at 8.3 trillion won ($7.8M USD) which would be the lowest level since the third quarter of 2012.

source: Reuters

Hisense announces series of Android-powered UHD televisions at CES


Yesterday at CES, Hisense announced a new line of Android-powered Ultra High Definition (UHD) televisions, including the H8c series and Hisense H9 3D series.

The H8c will be available in 65-inch, 55-inch, and 50-inch models, and the H9 will be available in much larger sizes, including 85-inches and 75-inches. The H9 also comes with Bluetooth 3D glasses, an RF remote with NFC, and Smart Interaction capabilities including voice/gesture controls.

Both televisions will ship with versions of Android 4.2 and will include features such as Netflix, Vudu HD Movies, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, Chrome, and YouTube. Best of all, the TVs are Google Play certified so you’ll be able to easily download other applications as well using your Google account.

A third television, the H8s, has a curved UHD display and a 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution. This TV has the same features as the other two series TVs, including built-in HDMIx4, 3 USD ports, the AirBridge Digital Media Player and Receiver, and the Merlin Air Mouse remote control.

Hit the break for the full press releases the new televisions for Hisense.

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Modular phone from ZTE makes appearance at CES 2014


With Motorola manufacturing Moto X devices with a wide variety of customer-selected exterior options, it seems the door is cracked slightly to a future where the entire device is modular in nature. Motorola has even gone so far as to launch Project Ara, which it sees as the future of smartphones. Motorola is not the only company that is looking down that path. While they have only taken the first tentative steps, ZTE also has some ideas for a modular smartphone and tablet. At CES 2014, the company had on hand a model of the Eco-Mobius, ZTE’s take on a modular concept. Read more

Snapdragon 805 on the way with possible May appearance


Qualcomm took some time during CES 2014 to show off the capabilities of their next processor, the Snapdragon 805, scheduled to be released some time during 2014. A new report out of Japan suggests the first device to be released with the Snapdragon 805 will surface in May although it is not clear what that device may be. Some folks are probably hoping the Samsung Galaxy S5 would come with the new chip, but May seems too late for that to happen. Reports have indicated the HTC One+ is supposed to ship with the Snapdragon 805 and a May time frame would be reasonable for that device.

The Snapdragon 805 will probably become the new standard for smartphone processors very quickly after it hits the market. With four Krait 450 cores running at up to 2.5 GHz and an Adreno 420 gpu, the Snapdragon 805 will be capable of handling 2160p video resolutions. Other improvements include faster RAM access speeds and a modem that can handle up to 300 Mbps, double the current level of Snapdragon chips.

The chip will help Qualcomm continue to compete with other chip manufacturers like NVIDIA and their line of Tegra K1 “super chips.”

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Samsung explains reason for lack of truly great smartwatch on the market



Samsung knows that its Galaxy Gear smartwatch will get beat out either by itself or another competitor very soon. Some may even argue that it isn’t or never even was the best smartwatch on the market.

But at least Samsung has provided an explanation.

In a recent interview with Re/code, Samsung Design America studio chief Dennis Miloseski said that the whole concept of the smartwatch is still a work in progress.

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Galaxy S5 May Feature a Stainless Steel and Plastic Combination


One of the biggest complaints in regards to devices made by Samsung is the use of plastic and just how cheap it feels. While it appears that Samsung is listening to the people in build quality, it appears that they’re not too keen on giving up on the plastic just yet.  As rumors suggest, there will be both a premium (Galaxy F) and regular (Galaxy S) model of the device. The regular model will be made of plastic and according to these latest rumors so will parts of the Galaxy F.

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