Seiko Epson has formally announced a label maker for Android devices, and it’s one of the world’s smallest at only 24 mm large. That equates to about an inch large, which is easily small enough to carry around wherever you might need it. The Bluetooth-capable label maker is good for printing out labels for clothing, decorations, organizing, etc., and with the free iLabel app, you can even do things like print labels from your own handwriting or from an image taken with your camera. There are also options for things like QR codes and speech-to-text transcription. Pretty powerful for such a small tool.
The label maker is battery powered, but includes an AC adapter if you don’t plan on going mobile with it. The add-on application works on both Android and iOS devices, and Epson has released an open-source SDK to allow personalized development for business use. It will be available for $99 with a single roll of paper, or $123 with two rolls of paper. They plan on really showing off this little device at CES next week, so be sure to keep up with our CES 2014 coverage if you want to find out more.
In a move that may go against certain safe driving rules, Hyundai has announced full Google Glass integration in their 2015 Genesis.
Current safety guidelines technically allow the use of wearable technology, as unlike smartphones it’s often handsfree. Hyundai is aiming at making information readily available to drivers without the need to pull out their smartphone, which could be dangerous and take a drivers attention away from driving. Check out the full press release after the break.
Acer will be showing off its C720 Chromebook at CES next week in a Moonstone White color. The specs are the same as the original, including at touchscreen 11.6-inch LED HD backlit display, 32GB SSD, 2GB RAM, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, and a webcam.
The best part is its price— you can get one for only $299 later this month. You’re looking at a low-cost version of a Chromebook Pixel— it has a lower quality display, and a less powerful battery, but you get a fully functioning and great looking Chromebook for cheap.
Hit the break for Acer’s full press release.
For a while now, Corning’s Gorilla Glass has become the standard material for many screens, but it didn’t seem ready for the curved glass of wearables like Google Glass. Corning announced today that they’re ready. The company can now manufacture 3D Gorilla Glass, that will be able to conform to different shapes, without adding bulk or losing strength.
If all goes according to plan, the 3D glass will be available sometime this year. Corning hasn’t yet named customers, but it’s safe to think that many companies will be interested, considering Corning’s success to this point. Check out the full PR from Corning after the break.
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We all know that the PC market has been shrinking for some time. Although Microsoft has made Windows 8 ideal (in their eyes) for touchscreens, consumers have not responded so well. To aid Microsoft’s big problem, Intel is going with a free solution — devices that can also boot into Android. According to sources close with The Verge, Intel is leading the charge and is in talks with PC manufacturers to unveil these “Dual OS” devices next week at CES in Las Vegas. Read more
We’ve seen the HTC M8 show up multiple times under a few different names, and it seems like we have some important new information. According to ROM developer Mike1986 on XDA, the device will be called the HTC One+, and will be an incremental update from the HTC One, rather than a completely redesigned device.
Included will be an improved Snapdragon 805 processor coupled with a speedier DDR3 RAM, a larger 5-inch screen, and possibly on screen software keys, rather than the capacitative keys we’ve become accustomed to. Also, a bigger 2,900mAh battery, and maybe (hopefully) a micro SD card slot will be on board. You can see all of the leaked specs after the break.
Earlier today, AT&T announced a new incentive that pays customers if they ditch their current carrier to join them. This is AT&T’s answer to whatever John Legere & Co. have up T-Mobile’s sleeve. But in true Legere fashion, the T-Mobile CEO has fired back. In a tweet issued today, Legere says “
#Randall – you gave us cash & spectrum AND we took your customers with #Uncarrier moves, do you really think you can buy them back?” Who is this Randall guy he is questioning? AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. Legere is calling out Stephenson for attempting to win back customers that already jumped ship for T-Mobile’s Un-Carrier ways.
But the chatter did not stop with Legere’s tweet. In an email with Re/code, he states that AT&T must be scrambling “a terrible Q4 and holiday.” Then T-Mobile’s CEO added that he is “flattered that we have made them so uncomfortable” and reminds people to “wait until CES to hear what pain points we are eliminating next. The competition is going to be toast!” We certainly will be waiting as T-Mobile’s next phase is announced next week in Las Vegas.
Hit the break to see what else T-Mobile’s CEO had to say. Read more
To ring in the New Year, Pandora has received an update that brings a long-awaited feature for many users. The Alarm Clock feature does exactly what the name suggests. It starts to play music from Pandora with a station preset by the user. And it does it all right from the lockscreen. So if you need to get some more sleep, there is no digging through to hit the snooze button. Beyond that core feature, you can select what days the feature is activated for and set a sleep timer.
Hit the break for the changelog, screenshots of the changes, and download links. Read more
One of the new features possible with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 processor is set to be demoed next week at CES in Las Vegas. Ultra Sound Notepad technology allows users to write or draw on a piece of paper with a digital pen and have it transfer over to their mobile device. To do this, the device has microphones that pick up ultrasonic vibrations from the pen which translates what has been put on paper to the device’s display. So what would this accomplish? Well, it would eliminate the need to scan paperwork to carry it digitally. And with pressure sensitivity being present, the same quality would carry over digitally for drawings or paintings.
Be sure to stay with Talk Android as we will have more information regarding Qualcomm’s Ultra Sound Notepad technology when it is demoed next week. Hit the break for the video preview. Read more