Hands on with the ASUS PadFone Mini at CES 2014

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At their CES 2014 keynote, ASUS announced the PadFone Mini. The device packs a 4-inch smartphone inside of a 7-inch tablet. A dual-core Intel Atom processor powers the PadFone Mini and it ships with Android 4.3 covered by their ZenUI skin. We were able to get some hands on time after the keynote to play with this interesting combo.

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Sony announces the Xperia Z1S for T-Mobile, available January 13

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There was some confusion when specifications for the Sony Xperia Z1S leaked earlier today. It was believed that it would be a 4.3-inch device that had almost the same specifications as Sony’s flagship Z1; however, that turned out to be the Xperia Z1 Compact. The Z1S is just T-Mobile’s variant of the Z1. While the leaked photo was correct, the specs were meant for the Z1 Compact.

Inside the Z1S is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. The 5-inch display uses Sony’s own TRILUMINOUS technology and underneath it all is a 3000mAh battery. While there are 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot is present to expand the device’s memory. Just like many of Sony’s mobile devices, the Z1S is very durable. It can be put under almost five feet of water for around thirty minutes and it is also dust resistant. On January 13, the Z1S will be available online and T-Mobile will start carrying it on January 22.

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Rdio and Shazam deepen integration to produce Shazam-based playlists

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Rdio and Shazam have deepened the level of integration between the two services with a new playlist feature in Rdio based on Shazam’ed songs. The newest update to the Shazam app, now available in Google Play, includes an option to connect a Rdio account. Once that is done, every time a user tags a song using Shazam, it will be added to a new playlist in Rdio called “My Shazam Tracks.” This ability to automatically have Shazam songs added to a playlist is exclusive to Rdio. The new capability is present in both the free and paid versions of Shazam.

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is just like the Z1, but in a smaller body

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Today, Sony has announced a new member to the Xperia family. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is exactly what you would expect. It is a smaller version of their flagship Xperia Z1 handset. A 4.3-inch display is great for people that do not want monstrous 5-inch phones. And users will not be sacrificing size for specs. Just like the Z1, it has a 20.7MP camera. It even has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor and a 2300mAh battery. The only area that has been downgraded is the resolution of the display. The Z1’s 1080p and this is 720p.

When the Z1 Compact goes on sale in February, it will be available in four colors — white, pink, yellow, and black.

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Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses announced

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At CES 2014 today, Epson announced the next generation for their Moverio “smart glasses” product. The BT-200 utilizes a miniature LCD projection lens system on both sides of a pair of glasses to produce a binocular type display. The system is capable of producing see-through overlays of digital content on top of the physical world seen through the lenses. Powered by Android 4.0, this makes the glasses ideal for augmented reality applications. Read more

Netgear announces NeoMediacast, an HDMI dongle tailored for content providers

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No, that’s not a redesigned Google Chromecast. That’s Netgear’s latest creation, the NeoMediacast, which is similar to Google’s Chromecast but different in many other ways. Like the Chromecast, the NeoMediacast is a small dongle that’s designed to be plugged into an HDMI port on a television, and it runs some version of Android. That’s pretty much where the similarities end, however, as the NeoMediacast has a horrible name is really designed to replace a cable box, not to stream videos and music like the Chromecast.

The NeoMediacast won’t be sold directly to consumers. Instead, Netgear plans to sell the device to content providers, who will then load a content store with their own televisions and movies and then sell the device to consumers, who can then purchase videos from the content store. It’s a bit confusing, but it works like a cable box of today works. You’ll buy the dongle from Comcast, and then purchase programming from Comcast’s media store. It looks to be a more a la carte approach to television, which would give consumers more choice over what they’re paying for. There’s always the chance that this could come with the Play Store or another app store, too. Read more

Logitech announces keyboard case for Samsung’s two new 12.2-inch tablets

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If you are going to purchase a Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 or NotePRO, then here is an accessory that may be appealing. Logitech has just announced a new keyboard case that has a full-sized keyboard attached. One of the perks is that there is a full row for just app shortcuts. When Logitech releases the keyboard case next month, it will cost $130.

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Casio G’zOne Commando Receives Update from Verizon

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Verizon has been working on a few updates today. First with the original RAZR and RAZR MAXX; followed by the Incredible 4G LTE; and now the robust G’Zone Commando from Casio. As far as the update goes it doesn’t add much. In fact it takes away some bloatware. Besides the removal of the V Cast Music app, you’ll see better Push to Talk connectivity. That’s about it.

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Prescription frames and lenses for Google Glass now available from Wetley

wetley-google_glassA big limitation of Google Glass to this point has been the lack of prescription lenses for owners. Well, the first prescription lens solution has been released from Wetley. The company offers a snap-in solution without any need to modify your original headset. They are available with and without lenses, so you can go to your optometrist for the lenses, or have Wetley do it all for you, if you desire.

The frames alone are $99, while the GGRX frames with the single-vision prescription lenses are $149. The products are available right now, and are expected to ship in 2-3 weeks. Check out the official press release past the break and click here for the Optics Planet website.

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AT&T Adds 26 New LTE Markets, Brings Total to Over 500

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AT&T is working on expanding its LTE coverage and with the bevy of devices we’ve seen announced at CES for the network it would only make sense for the carrier to push it even further. Today AT&T announced that they’re bringing LTE to 26 new markets. They include:

  • Hope, AR
  • Greeley, CO
  • Okeechobee, FL
  • Lewiston, ID
  • Crawfordsville, IN
  • Ames, IA
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Cambridge, MD
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • Jackson, MI
  • Red Wing, MN
  • Branson, MO
  • Hannibal, MO
  • Mexico, MO
  • Missoula, MT
  • Keene, NH
  • Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Ashtabula, OH
  • Tahlequah, OK
  • Lebanon, PA
  • Utuado, PR
  • Stephenville, TX
  • St. John, USVI
  • St. George, UT
  • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
  • Walla Walla, WA

The carrier boasts that it now covers over 270 million people and 500 different markets. While it doesn’t have the expansiveness that Verizon has, AT&T is working hard on bringing LTE to its customers. If you’re in any of these towns, you should already see this on capable devices. Let us know in the comments below.

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