Hands on with the OnLive gaming service [Video]

We had a chance to sit down with OnLive CEO Steven Perlman. As you know OnLive is a cloud based gaming service that was officially launched about a month ago. It’s basically a Netflix type of service for gaming. You can buy in at a monthly rate of $9.99 a month or purchase individual games for approximately $40+ each. Right now there about 200 games available from every genre. You can play with people all over the world and even watch games in action as they are happening as a spectator. You can quickly and easily save highlights from your games and share the via them and others can rate them.

OnLive works on your tablet, smartphone, Logitech Revue, or the recently released Vizio VAP430. Since it’s cloud based, it always saves your game data so you can seamlessly switch from the TV to your tablet or vice verse. You can even pair the controller with tablets and the USB connector works with the Logitech Revue. The app for the revue just launched, however, you can only use it as a spectator. In the coming weeks an update will take place in which it will give us the ability to play any of the 200+ games.

This is truly an amazing service and I believe it’s the future of gaming. Whether you’re a hardcore or casual gamer, you need to checkout this hands on video presentation by Steven.

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Vizio and Google announce the VAP430 standalone Google TV streamer

Google TV is alive and kicking at CES this year, but with Logitech backing out of standalone units, who’s going to pick up the pieces? Vizio and Google just announced the Vizio VAP430 Stream Player. This is a standalone unit that will turn any HDTV into an enhanced VIZIO Internet Apps Plus and smart TV incorporating the latest Google TV. It includes a Chrome browser and will play music, video, and pictures stored on any computer, hard drive, or smart phone connected to a local network or the cloud. Just like the Logitech Revue, it has a pass-through HDMI port for your cable or satellite box, which creates a seamless television experience.

“We’re excited about what Google TV brings to our new VAP430 Stream Player,” says Matthew McRae, VIZIO’s Chief Technology Officer. “This isn’t just an ordinary streaming box that accesses a few predetermined video services. It’s a true entertainment portal that opens up everything the Web has to offer, as well as all the content consumers already have stored on computers and hard drives. And the incorporation of Google TV and our V.I.A. Plus interface makes it all incredibly easy to setup and a joy to use.”

They also plan on launching the VBR430 3D Blu-ray player, which combines the features of the VAP430 with Blu-ray’s state-of-the-art high-definition video and audio playback capabilities. No pricing was announced, but pre-orders will start in the spring for the VAP430.

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Full press release after the break:

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Desire HD, Wildfire and Wildfire S Receive Bootloader Unlock Support by HTC

HTC has been on a quest if you will, to further support the development community by bringing the ability to unlock your phone’s bootloader. In my opinion this is a quest that more phone manufacturers should join (hint, hint Motorola). Well if you were one of the lucky ones to purchase an HTC phone after September of last year then chances are your bootloader is unlocked and if you weren’t and are stuck with an older model, fret not, as HTC is showing some love to their older devices. Yesterday the HTCdev Twitter Account announced that the Desire HD, other Desire models and both the Wildfire and Wildfire S now have Bootloader Unlock support.

As you know, unlocking your bootloader and all related problems are at your own risk as unlocking your bootloader voids your warranty. If you are up for an upgrade or are ready for a new phone I recommend the HTC Rezound as it’s now only $199.99 on 2-year contract and as HTC announced, the bootloader is unlockable leading to some pretty awesome ROMs and MODs down the road. If you don’t have Bootloader Unlock support yet keep looking on the HTCdev site because eventually your phone may see this support. Enjoy!

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Multi-Year Deal, Strategic Mobile Partnership Struck by Intel and Motorola Mobility

Well it appears that Intel is quite serious about jumping on the smartphone and tablet markets as both they and Motorola Mobility announced that they struck a “strategic mobile partnership” with each other. This multi-year agreement will span over multiple devices and Motorola will begin shipping smartphones (pending carrier approval) with Intel® Atom™ processors on the Android™ platform later this year. As Sanjay Jha, Chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility puts it:

“We are delighted to be partnering with Intel to deliver smartphones and tablets based on Intel’s Atom processor to consumers and businesses.”Though there are 5 billion mobile subscribers in the world, less than 800 million are using a smartphone today. With Android as the leading smartphone OS globally and advancements in computing technology we see tremendous opportunity for the converged devices market.”

This in essence could be a pretty big deal for Intel given that Motorola is doing quite well in the smartphone game. Think about it.  If you combine what we saw in the reference design from Intel with what Motorola has to offer, backed by Google when the merger completes, we will have one beast of a device for others to compete with. Things are CES are starting to heat up! If you’re intereest hit the break to read the press release below. What do you think, is this something you’re excited about?
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T-Mobile Makes Statement, Announces Improved HSPA+ 4G And Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G

It seems like a certain mobile carrier has been awfully quiet lately, hasn’t it? Well T-Mobile doesn’t want anyone to forget about its presence down at CES. In fact, T-Mobile is out to make the statement that it intends to have a monstrous and successful 2012. They begin the new year by making 3 major announcements— all revolving around its solid 4G network. The first tidbit of news is T-Mobile has doubled the speed and expanded the reach of its HSPA+ network to cover over 184 million Americans. That means that many of you living in the 217 4G markets will be able to enjoy up to 42Mbps speeds on select 4G-enabled smartphones.

This leads us to the second bit of news— the formal announcement of a new 4G phone, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G. The phone (which will be among the first to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42), will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S3 chip, which of course is a dual-core processor and will be clocked at 1.5Ghz. In addition, the phone will feature that super sexy Super AMOLED display. T-Mobile has skimped on the specifics, but stresses more details and specifics of the phone will surface over the coming weeks and months. We hope to find out the window of which we can expect the phone to reach T-Mobile stores at a later date as well. Nevertheless, the Galaxy S Blaze 4G looks like it’s going to be a great device for communicating with friends and family.

And this leads us to the third piece of T-Mobile’s announcement: the introduction of the Bobsled Messaging app by T-Mobile. The app is essentially T-Mobile’s answer to Apple’s iMessage and “allows users to send and receive free individual and group messages with friends and family from any Android-powered smartphone or tablet, and any web connected, browser-enabled device”. The app is available in the Android Market today. Also of note is the enhancement of T-Mobile’s Bobsled Calling service which enables users to make free phone calls from their mobile and WiFi-enabled devices including Android-powered smartphones and tablets as well as iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

That’s one heck of a statement T-Mobile is trying to make. Let’s hope we see some more phones in the next few days at CES now. Hit the break for the complete press release from T-Mobile.
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SAFE Launched For Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 by Samsung Mobile

Fresh off the CES announcement of the Galaxy Note for AT&T and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 coming to Verizon sometime soon, Samsung Mobile has decided to bring us the announcement that they will be bringing SAFE to these devices. SAFE is an exclusive suite of security features. It delivers enterprise-friendly capabilities that go beyond Android’s standard features to safeguard sensitive data and communications. These capabilities include: 
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Cyberlink Unveils PowerDirector Mobile App For Android Devices, Stresses Tegra 3 Optimization

One of the most effective video editing applications around is now on its way to a device near you. Cyberlink has decided to use CES to announce the mobile version of its PowerDirector application will be available for the Android platform. PowerDirector has long been known as one of the best video editing programs with a great allotment of features. What’s even better is while the app should work with most Android devices, it will be optimized for devices with Tegra 3 chips. Cyberlink CEO Alice Chang put it best:

“PowerDirector Mobile for Android is an exciting development for us, delivering unparalleled on-the-spot video creation experience. We are delighted to work closely with NVIDIA, enabling consumers to create high-quality personal movies directly from portable devices.”

There’s more too. Here are some of the noteworthy features of the PowerDirector Mobile app:

  • Real-time HD video decoding optimized for maximum bus speed, providing two simultaneous 1080p video real-time decode capability.
  • Theme-base video editing with transition and video effects. Users can create pro-like movies in minutes using their content along with professionally designed templates.
  • 4-thread optimization with unparalleled performance, enabling:
    • Live preview of multiple HD video in real-time
    • Accelerated real-time video frame composition
    • Faster video production with unprecedented encoding speed

No word yet on when PowerDirector Mobile will be formally released or how much it will be, but we expect to get more information in the coming days and weeks. Make sure you hit the break for the full press release.

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Snapseed Photo Editing App Due In Early 2012, Tegra-Based Tablet Owners Rejoice


The continuous announcements of Tegra-optimized programs continues to grow and grow at CES. Nik Software has announced its popular Snapseed app is finally on its way to the Android platform. For those unfamiliar,  “Snapseed offers powerful tools that inspires and enables anyone to create amazing photos. Using Snapseed, anyone can capture, enhance, edit, email and share their photos via social networks in just a few seconds”. Yes that means select Android users will finally be able to enjoy all of those noteworthy photo editing features such as the various enhancements and filters. Notice I said select Android users as the app will only be available for specific tablets when the app is launched in the Android Market. How specific? Well the app will “initially compatible with NVIDIA® Tegra®-powered tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.x)”. That means those of you who are lucky enough have a Tegra 2 or 3-based tablet and Android 4.0 are the only ones who will be able to take advantage of the photo editing app (for now).

Photo editing junkies won’t have to wait very long for the app to arrive in the Android Market too. Nik Software highlights the app will be available in early 2012 and will cost $4.99. Hit the break for the full press release.
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Sphero Unveils Two New App/Games at CES [Video]

A while back we showed you a quick look at Sphero, the robotic ball that is controlled by your Android device. While we were at CES we were able to meet up with the guys from Orbotix to get a run down on two new games that are available for the device, Chromo and Space Fighter. Unfortunately they are only available for iOS devices right now, but are due to drop in the Android Market in the near future.

In Chromo, challenge your coordination and memory by correctly matching the colors on your screen by tilting Sphero in the right direction. And in Space Fighter, use Sphero as the controller to navigate a virtual Sphero through outer-space, dodging flying meteors and gaining power-ups along the way. These mixed-reality apps are only the beginning of many exciting apps to come in the year ahead.

Jump past the break to see these cool games in action and be sure to check out the rest of our CES coverage from this years show!

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