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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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
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
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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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.
A 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.
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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John Legere really does deserve to defend his company’s reputation. After buying some network spectrum from Verizon, T-Mobile has announced that its LTE coverage has expanded to fourteen new markets. This is likely going to be something Legere & Co. highly tout at their press event on Wednesday (in addition to other things).
Here are the new markets:
- Ocala, FL
- Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
- Punta Gorda, FL
- The Villages, FL
- Valdosta, GA
- Coeur d’Alene, ID
- Bay City, MI
- Holland, MI
- Saginaw, MI
- Gulfport-Biloxi, MS
- Las Cruces, NM
- Thomasville-Lexington, NC
- Olympia, WA
Alongside the Transformer Book Duet TD300 and PadFone mini, ASUS announced three smartphones to join their new ZenFone series. The ZenFone 4, 5, and 6 all have displays that measure with their corresponding number. Each smartphone utilizes ASUS’ ZenUI (on top of Android 4.3) that does not actually seem offensive like other Android skins. They all use processors created by Intel, likely since the two companies have a partnership going on.
While the ZenFone 4 has a 800×480 resolution, the 5 and 6 have 720p displays. The rear cameras go from 5MP to 13MP depending on which model you look at. And if you have been envious of Nokia and their color choices, ASUS is going to offer the ZenFone series in many colors. The prices are $99, $149, $199 for the 4, 5, and 6, respectively. Not bad, especially considering that is without a contract.
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After many leaks, Samsung has finally made the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO series tablets official. At their CES 2014 keynote, they unveiled four new tablets to join to be released this year. The NotePRO is a single device that has a 12.2-inch display. The TabPRO series has three devices with displays measuring 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2 inches. Every single tablet features a 2560×1600 display resolution and will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. As for the cameras, an 8MP one is on the back and a 2MP for the front. WiFi and LTE variants will be available. Depending upon which variant you pick up, you will get either Samsung’s octa-core Exynos or Snapdragon’s quad-core processor.
On the software side, the NotePRO and 12.2-inch TabPRO are capable of having four apps open in each corner of the screen. The other devices will rely on the already-used window panel design for multitasking. Samsung is adding a Magazine UX to display apps and information through tiles (but not quite like Windows). Just like the Galaxy Note 3, each tablet will feature a faux leather backing. Also, the company has yet to move away from on-screen buttons. The usual home button is there; however, while the back button remains, it looks likes there is now a dedicated multitasking button.
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