VIZIO announces the Co-Star Google TV set-top box for $99

Back at CES, VIZIO showed off the VAP430, which was a standalone Google TV set-top box. It looks like they re-branded it as the Co-Star. Other than the full blown Google TV experience, it will include VIZIO’s new stream player and OnLive cloud gaming. In fact the Co-Star will be the first steaming player to feature OnLive Gaming. We had a chance to check out Onlive Gaming at CES and it’s pretty cool.

The Co-Star comes with a Bluetooth remote that lets you touch, tap, scroll, and drag. It even has a full QWERTY keyboard. Other features include support for 1080p Full HD, 3D video, Wi-Fi, USB port  to connect hard drives, keyboards and other peripherals, and DLNA so you can enjoy photos, music, and movies from any DLNA-enabled phone, tablet, or computer on the TV screen. We can only hope it has the play to feature that was lacking in the Logitech Revue.

We fully expecting a new version of Google TV to be announced at I/O so we’re hopeful the Co-Star will come pre-installed with it. It’s going to be priced at $99 and pre-orders will begin in July with free shipping.

Full press release after the break

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Qualcomm Wants To Make Snapdragon More Special Than It Already Is By Announcing Its Own SDK


Qualcomm is all set to give developers another means to create optimized software for Snapdragon devices by announcing its own SDK. According to Qualcomm, its new SDK will give “developers and device makers the ability to differentiate their applications on devices by exposing a new set of value-added features”. Among the fruits of Qualcomm’s labor, developers and device makers can look forward to:

  • facial processing, such as blink and smile detection, which makes it easier to take better pictures of people in groups
  • burst capture, which leverages zero shutter lag to photograph a stream of images at once to select the best shot
  • surround sound recording for better audio capture
  • hardware echo cancellation for better real-time audio experiences
  • sensor gestures (tap-left/tap-right, push/pull, face-up/face-down, tilt) that enable developers and device makers to push the envelope on new, differentiated user interfaces
  • low power always on geofencing capabilities; and
  • indoor location that enables apps to continue providing accurate location information even when the user is indoors.

It will definitely be exciting to see how Qualcomm plans on making items such as facial processing, burst capture and surround sound better than the same items found on other chipsets. The SDK is currently in preview at this time, but it probably won’t be too long before we see something released to the masses. You can find more details once you flip past the break.
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Box OneCloud Officially Arrives For Android

Cloud solutions on Android devices are about to be taken to a whole new level with the introduction of Box’s OneCloud for Android. In case you’re not familiar with the service, here’s how it works: OneCloud brings all your mobile business and actions into one cloud service in order to collaborate on the go. Users will then open up a file like a PDF or Word document in Box and they see a cloud logo button on the top menu. Clicking the logo brings a drop-down menu with a list of compatible apps ranging from Dolphin Browser to Fetchnotes, allowing you to open files without leaving the Box app. The sole purpose for OneCloud is to let enterprise users from small businesses be able to easily access apps on a daily basis.

Box was originally developed for the iOS platform, but sees the Android expansion as a natural progression. It is estimated that 40 percent of Box customers are mobile users and 30 percent access Box exclusively from mobile devices. Head of Platform lead Chris Yeh adds that there has been “trememdous interest” in Android devices from businesses.

It looks as if OneCloud is positioned for a successful Android launch too. As of now, there are 50 launch partners on Android and something around 11 of those launch partners overlap with the already existing iOS app. Some of the apps Yeh highlighted include iAnnotate, a PDF annotation offering, as well as e-sign app DocuSign, and Breezy– all in addition to the previously mentioned Dolphin and Fetchnotes. Hit the break to get a better idea of OneCloud and how it works.
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Google Music Gets Trash Bin, Undelete Available For 28 Days

Just in case you were too quick with your delete trigger-finger, Google has added a trash folder to Google Music that lets you undelete songs up to 28 days after you’ve given them the axe. After 28 days, the songs are automatically *poofed* out of existence. You also have the ability to permanently delete songs from the trash folder, removing their play counts and all other data. But keep in mind that any song that you’ve purchased that gets permanently deleted will have to be re-purchased if you change your mind. This is really permanent, so be careful what you give the boot.

To access the new trash folder, click “options” in the top right of the player page, then choose “music trash” from the menu.

source: google support
via: the verge


Google TV Will Get A Big Update At Google I/O


Google TV has had a rocky start with Logitech pulling out and adoption rates overall pretty low. But Google is not giving up. In fact, as we already expected, Google will be announcing a big update during Google I/O this week. The update is said to combine live TV listings, your own DVR content, and Netflix. The idea is to put content front and center.

The Mountain View company is certainly dedicated to making Google TV a success. Through several learning sessions during I/O, Google will help make it easier for developers to get their content onto the platform. Partners are also being added, such as Sony who announced that their NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV will be available July 22nd for $199.

It is not yet known exactly when the update will hit and what devices will get it, though I’m sadly expecting it to bypass my Logitech Revue.

source: fox news
via: bgr

Acer Iconia Tab A700 unboxing and initial hands on review

Acer is making a splash with the Iconia Tab A700. They actually beat ASUS by being the first Android tablet to market with a full 1080p (1920 x 1200) display. For those who want all the bells and whistles, this one is going to be hard to ignore since it’s priced at $449. It features a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) Full HD display, a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core, 12 core NVIDIA GeForce GPU, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD slot for an additional 32GB of storage, 5MP rear camera, 1MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, GPS, micro USB, micro HDMI, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

This one’s a little thick at 10.92mm and isn’t light at all as it weighs in at 667 grams. We will do a full review shortly, but for now check out my initial hands on.

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Verizon GSIII launching July 12 according to online electronics store

With the delay of the Samsung Galaxy S III in the U.S., a feeling of anxiousness has befallen most of us as we bite our nails in anticipation for the arrival of this awesome smartphone. Those of you on Verizon who have pre-ordered may have received notification stating a possible ship out date of July 9 or 10.

We knew early on that Big Red would be the last of the fab four in the U.S. to be graced with the GSIII, and now it appears as if online shopping site hhgregg has confirmed this by stating that the Verizon GSIII will be available on July 12. It’s certainly not 100% until Verizon makes an official statement on the matter, but it’s a good bet that this will indeed be the launch date.

So only 3 weeks until the GSIII has officially saturated the U.S. markets. Seeing as how many over enthusiastic patriots may accidentally lose or damage their phones during the 4th of July celebrations, the expected July 12 release date will certainly come in time for those unfortunate individuals in desperate need of a new phone.

source: hhgregg

Google I/O site updated with access to streaming sessions, community-oriented events schedule, more

Google has updated the website for Google I/O only a few days before the start of the event. The landing homepage has been freshened a bit, a new schedule page is up and running with information on streaming keynotes and other sessions for those following from remote locations.

Visitors now have access to announcements and live status updates. Google also provides instructions on embedding a Liveblogging gadget on your own website to stream sessions, display announcements, and pull Google+ posts in real time. This means you can tune into Talk Android at 9:30am PST on June 27th and 10:00am PST on June 28th to watch the keynotes from our site.

Google also added information on a variety of community-oriented events that will take place during Google I/O, such as a cardboard tube fighting tournament, laser etching and welding workshops for those looking to create a truly unique laptop or mobile device case, or even doing karaoke across the Golden Gate Bridge.
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