ASUS Introduces Its First Google TV Device: The Qube


ASUS has thrown its hat into the Google TV arena by introducing its first G-TV device, aptly named the Qube. The Qube aims to give users a unique TV experience thanks to its Qube interface— which is more or less a 3D UI— and of course, access the Play Store. In addition the Qube will come with some nice little perks as ASUS include access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows through Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, while 50GB of WebStorage cloud space pretty much puts the finishing touches on the cubed package.

Unfortunately, ASUS has not provided any details for when the device will be available nor do we know what the cost will be, but hopefully we will see something sooner than later.

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Fujitsu unveils new ScanSnap iX500 scanner, now supporting Android devices

Fujitsu unveiled a new member of their ScanSnap scanner product lineup today, the ScanSnap iX500. Taking a cue from printer manufacturers who are building in wi-fi capabilities directly in their devices, Fujitsu has done the same thing with the ScanSnap iX500. Taking things a step further, Fujitsu has also added the ability for scanned documents to be delivered directly to Android and iOS compatible devices.

Fujitsu’s ScanSnap scanners are very popular in the market thanks to the many features they provide and the ScanSnap iX500 is no exception. The device can scan and create PDF files at the rate of 25 double-sided color pages per minute. Fujitsu includes ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap software with their devices. Combined with the already strong OCR capabilities of Fujitsu scanners, users can quickly transform their scans into editable documents using popular office suite software. The new ScanSnap iX500 also has a customizeable menu, so users can configure a wide variety of “Scan-To applications. If the user doesn’t want to upload the document to their mobile device right away, they can opt to send it to cloud-based services like Evernote, Google Docs, Dropbox, SugarSync, or Salesforce among others.

The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 is available now for $495 or add $100 for a Deluxe Bundle.

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Samsung Takes Over CES By Installing Permanent TecTile Stations Throughout Caesars Hotel


It’s no secret that Samsung’s TecTiles technology is one cool concept, but Samsung is looking to introduce it to the rest of the masses here at CES by announcing to attendees of the event a permanent installation of TecTiles stations throughout Vegas and at all other Caesars Entertainment hotels and casino locaitons worldwide. The TecTiles will allow for everything from checking out information like player guidelines on the casino floor to viewing showtimes or buying tickets for the various entertainment venues to learning all the specifics of a particular shop or attraction guests might be interested in.

Leave it to Samsung to make it easier for us not just at CES 2013, but whenever we visit a Caesars Entertainment hotel and casino during our much-needed vacations… sheesh. Additional details can be found once you hit the break and check out the presser.

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LG Officially Introduces New Line Of Smart Appliances At CES


LG has certainly made a name for itself by introducing some awesome smartphones in 2012, but it seems intent on making 2013 the year of the “Smart House” by introducing several new and innovative appliances here at CES. As the Korean manufacturing giant has indicated in a recent tease, LG has introduced new additions to its Smart Appliances line including a washing machine, dryer, a refrigerator, an oven and even a robot vacuum cleaner— all of which are fully controllable using a user’s Android device by scanning an NFC Tag-on symbol found on the appliance.


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Alcatel updating Evo line of tablets

Earlier today we reported on Alcatel’s new products being shown at CES 2013. These included some high end smartphones, some new tablet devices, and some lower end smartphones. New products are not the only thing Alcatel is announcing today. They are also releasing some details about some upgrades to their existing line of Alcatel One Touch Evo tablets. The One Touch Evo 7 HD is very similar to the One Touch Tab 7 HD with both devices sporting 7-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 screens backed by 1GB RAM, a 1.6GHz cpu and running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Even the base price is the same at $179. However, the One Touch Evo 7 HD has the option to add a mobile data module. Two versions are available – 3G for $249 and 4G for $349.

Moving down a bit, mirroring the One Touch Tab 7 is the One Touch Evo 7. This 7-inch 1024 x 600 screen device carries 1GB of RAM, a single-core 1GHz cpu and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The mobile data option is not as impressive either with only an HSPA+21 module and Bluetooth 2.1. Pricing has not been announced for this model.

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source: Engadget


Acer expands AcerCloud service to support more platforms, including Android

Acer announced today some enhancements to their file sharing/cloud offering, AcerCloud. The service is only available to Acer customers. Up to now, users could upload files from their computer to the cloud service, but they could only view what was already uploaded when using their mobile devices. With this latest update, users with Android and iOS devices will be able to upload files from their devices to the cloud servers as well. Acer promises users won’t be bombarded with messages about capacity limitations.

The updated service added some other new features as well. With a new Remote Files application users can directly access files on their Windows PCs from their mobile devices. AcerCloud Docs will automate the process of pushing Microsoft Office documents out to the cloud. The same type of automation will be offered via PicStream for a user’s photos so that images taken with a smartphone are immediately available on the PC. Similar to the Remote Files application, Acer is also including for multimedia files so music and video files can be accessed and played from any device the consumer has connected.

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Swype adds “Living Language” to latest beta using crowd-sourcing for text predictions

Swype is easily one of the biggest alternative keyboards for Android, right next to SwiftKey. It even comes preloaded on several devices out of the box, like many Samsung phones. Swype didn’t reach that popularity without making some pretty incredible innovations, of course, and it looks like they’re trying to outdo themselves again. The latest beta of Swype offers a new feature called “Living Language.” This feature analyzes the words you text and type and tries to predict your next word based on that analysis. Sounds a little like SwiftKey, right? Well, here’s the other awesome part; this feature is going to track trending words based on the location you’re typing those words. “Packers” would probably have been a pretty hot topic this past weekend in Wisconsin, for instance, so SwiftKey would be able to make some better predictions based on that trend. Pretty impressive. Hit the break below to check out the press release, and don’t forget to check out our CES 2013 coverage this week for the rest of the cool stuff.

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Haier Introduces HXT 3D Smart TV Series, Comes Fully Loaded With Quad-Core Snapdragon Chip And Jelly Bean

TV manufacturer Haier may be a mainstay in many living rooms out there, but it is using CES to introduce itself and its brand into the Android world by launching its HXT 3D Smart TVs. The special line of TVs will arrive in a super slim profile, but come packing a major punch featuring a built-in quad-core Snapdragon processor and operated by the latest version of Jelly Bean (Android 4.2). Additionally, the television will also feature a specialized WiFi Direct QWERTY remote, giving users of the device all sorts of additional functionality and umph.

Unfortunately, Haier is staying mum on how much the Android-powered TV set will cost or when it will be available, but we suspect that both will be known sooner than later.

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Acer announces $150 Iconia B1-A71, a 7-inch tablet running Android Jelly Bean

With the dawn of the Nexus 7, we’ve seen the cost of tablets continue to come down (watch out Apple). Today at CES, Acer is showing us that the cost of tablets will continue to plummet while demand for the computing slates rises. Acer just announced the Iconia B1-A71, a 7-inch tablet that is aimed at the budget-conscious crowd. The tablet is expected to come in at the sub-$150 price range and boasts some pretty decent specs, considering the cost. Inside Acer’s offering you’ll find a dual-core 1.2GHz processor from Mediatek, 512MB of RAM, a 7-inch WSVGA screen, 8GB of storage, a 2710 mAh battery and a front facing 0.3-megapixel camera. The tablet comes in at 11.3 ounces and is a mere 11.3mm thin. Not too bad for a budget device. We’re thinking 2013 will shape up to be the year of affordable tablets. Now if only Google would release that rumored $99 Nexus.

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