HiSense Google TV box now available for $99 via Amazon

Yet another affordable Google TV alternative is set to hit Amazon with a low price of $99. The HiSense Google TV box is essentially similar to the VIZIO Co-Star if you all remember that one. Here’s what the HiSense offers:

  • True plug-and-play versatility, easy set up and connectivity right out of the box.
  • Supporting 480i up to 1080p, as well as H.264, MPEG-4 and AVC formats, the Hisense Pulse with Google TV brings users the most flexible platform available.
  • Picture-In-Picture and Picture-Outside-Picture you can simultaneously watch while searching the web or social networking.

Google TV hasn’t exactly started off in a successful rate, but with these low prices it may just entice the right customers. Hit up the source link below to get yours!

source: Amazon

ARCHOS Video Player released for Android phones and tablets

ARCHOS just released a Video Player for all Android tablets and phones with Android 4.0 and higher. ARCHOS has always been one of the leaders for personal media players so it’s no surprise they would jump in with an app. This one isn’t just any media player. Yes it plays just about every format, but it also can play content from your local network (SMB and UPnP) or from an external USB storage device. It even automatically retrieves Movie and TV show information with poster and backdrops. It’s priced at $4.99, but seems reasonable based on what they are offering. The full list of features include:

  • Hardware accelerated video decoding support for most devices and video formats;
  • Ability to play content from any computer/network storage in your local network (SMB and UPnP) or from an external USB storage device
  • Automatic online retrieval of Movie and TV show information with poster and backdrop for both local and network content
  • Integrated subtitle downloader
  • Network indexing: import remote shared folders (SMB) in your multimedia library
  • Video browsing with either folder or library based navigation
  • Ubiquitous access to TV shows sorted in a series/season/episode hierarchical view
  • Multi-device network video resume
  • TV friendly: Keyboard/remote control compatible
The only thing I would like to see added is “play to” DLNA support and a Google TV app, but hopefully these wishes will arrive in the near future.

“Last Chance” sale for new T-Mobile devices starting December 21st

If you were hoping to pick up a new T-Mobile device for yourself or as a gift for someone, T-Mobile is launching a new “Last Chance” sale starting on Friday, December 21st. Running through the end of the year, T-Mobile is offering buyers the opportunity to get their hands on a new 4G device for $0 down with a qualifying Value plan and Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan. Some of the devices available for no down payment include the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Google Nexus 4. If you are willing to spring for a $100 down payment, you can get your hands on a new Samsung Galaxy Note II.

source: TmoNews

ZTE launches Avid 4G on MetroPCS, costs only $149

ZTE has always been able to make quality devices on a budget, and their latest offering on MetroPCS is no exception. $149 gets you a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a 4 inch screen, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and most importantly, 4G LTE. It also runs Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Anyone thinking about picking up one of these for a holiday deal? Hit the break below for the press release.

“Press” is a beautiful new RSS reader that syncs with your Google Reader account

If you’re looking for a beautiful RSS reader that syncs to your Google Reader account, look no further. “Press” is a gorgeous new app released by TwentyFive Squares that features a heavy emphasis on good design and simplicity. The app was built using Android’s new design philosophy so it already looks natural on your Android phone or tablet, but TwentyFive Squares took the design language a step further and added some nice textures, shadows, icons and typography to really push the app over-the-top when it comes to great design. Press is simple and easy to use and utilizes the two panel navigation that has become so popular with Android apps as of late. Articles look great and you can change the article layout and font if you so choose. The only flaw in the app is that once you are reading an article, there is no easy way to navigate to the next (via swipe gesture or otherwise), so you have to back out to the main menu. The developer has acknowledged this issue and is working on a solution. There is also no widget in the current release, but we’re sure that will be addressed soon as well. The app is $1.99 in the Google Play store for a limited time. Hit the break to see a video, screenshot gallery, and QR code to get the app.

Samsung preparing 5.5 inch flexible screen to show off at CES

Samsung hasn’t really kept their flexible displays a secret, but I guess they wouldn’t have to. Flexible screens are one of the coolest new ideas for not just smartphones, but technology in general. Now we’re hearing word that Samsung is going to demo a bending 5.5 inch screen at CES next year. It will supposedly have a 1,280×720-pixel HD resolution and a 267 pixel density, plus the fact that it’s straight out of a Star Trek episode. They’ll also have a 55-inch screen to wow consumers that are more interested in televisions. Of course, this is only one part of what makes up a touch screen display on a smartphone, but Samsung is well on the way to getting these used in smartphones.

source: CNet

Samsung Premium Suite Update Finally Reaches Galaxy S III Models In The UK

 

It’s been a slow, arduous process so far– but Samsung is getting out its Premium Suite update to the UK variant of the Galaxy S III smartphone. In case you’ve forgotten, the update not only brings a whole lot of Jelly Bean goodness, but it brings items like Multi-Window capability and of course– included Contextual Actions such as Page Buddy. The update is available from today, so all of you Galaxy S III owners in the UK who haven’t gotten that coveted update notification yet should head on down to your Settings and Software Updates in order to grab the update immediately.

Additional details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted gets an update and a sale price of 99-cents

Speed lovers will want to head over to the Play Store right now because Need For Speed: Most Wanted is on sale for 99-cents. That’s a great deal when you consider the regular price is $6.99. Today also brings a new update that includes new tracks, events, and cars:

  • Start trouble in the new Marussia B2 and the Pagani Zonda R
  • Test-drive your fresh wheels in 2 new Hot Rides Events
  • Race NFS Edition cars like the Hummer H1 Alpha! Get ‘em fast – each car is available for ONE week only
  • Collect as many new rides as you can to unlock brand-new milestones
  • We’ve also made some under-the-hood upgrades to keep your game finely tuned and running smooth.

If you’re itching to burn some rubber, hit the break for download links.

$99 Nexus 7 rumors continue to swirl

We started hearing rumors of a $99 Nexus 7 several months ago, and whether they are true or not, I’m sure it will happen sometime in 2013 based on the competition between Amazon, Google, and Apple. The latest comes from DigiTimes, and they are telling us to expect to see it sometime in the 1st quarter 2013, or more likely the 2nd quarter.

This information comes from the fact that O-Film started shipping what’s called glass-film-film (GFF) screens for the Nexus 7 this month. These GFF displays will not only help cut production costs for this cheaper version, but it will also make it thinner. Although it’s expected that the tab could come in at $99, other experts are questioning if it can even be done, and think $129 to $149 is more likely. For initial shipment estimates, Google and ASUS are shooting for 500,000 to 600,000 units with mostly likely the majority of them going to emerging markets.

source: digitimes