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  • CES 2015 roundup part one: from Acer to MSI

    The earliest and (arguably) most important technology extravaganza of the year has come and gone, and while the theme of CES 2015 seemed to be wider, thinner and shinier is better, there were some genuinely exiting technologies that left our mouths agape. Considering that the internet of things, 4K resolution screens, curved screens, quantum dot screens, ridiculously thin screens (just, many screens, essentially) and a number of interesting products were well represented at this year's fiesta, CES 2015 was predominantly the year of the couch potato. There were some more interesting launches catering for the casual gamer, the mobile media...

  • Intel Compute Stick turns your TV into a quad-core Atom PC

    When Intel isn't building tiny button-sized wearable platforms, it's coughing up some more interesting consumer level tidbits. Outed this week is the company's HDMI computer-in-a-stick challenger; it's also called the Compute Stick, which is exactly what it is, really. And simple is the name of the game here. The Chromecast-like dongle runs a full version of Windows 8.1, and probably Windows 10 in the very near future once its out in the wild, and will more than happily run its bevy of apps on any HDMI TV screen. Effectively, that means Netflix and Hulu are fair game, but also apps...

  • Toshiba launches ‘world’s first’ SDHC memory card with built-in NFC

    Toshiba Corporation today at CES announced the launch of the world’s first SDHC memory card with built in NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities. The NFC enables the user to view the contents of the memory card without the need for a PC, laptop or digital camera. The memory card utilizes NFC technology to exchange data over-the-air. User do have to install an app called Memory Card Preview however, but once installed users hold an NFC-enabled Android smartphone over the memory card which then lets users preview the available storage space, as well as thumbnails of the photos stored in the card. Read...

  • Intel Curie is the button-sized wearables platform of the future

    Intel is no stranger to the realm of silicon, and the company needs no introduction on that part, but it has struggled to play a primary role in devices below the 7" screen mark. Although the company's tiny US$50 Raspberry Pi-like Edison board has been available for developers of wares for over a year, Intel has announced a new challenger to the sub-sized micro-board market, and its much, much smaller. The Intel Curie carries a 32-bit Quark microprocessor fit with 384kb flash memory, Bluetooth LE, motion sensors and the ability to charge its host. In essence, it's Intel's Internet of...

  • Parrot Pot knows when to water your plants and does it for you

    Among the many devices and technologies unveiled at this year's CES, this is probably the most impressive and unnecessary. Parrot Pot (yes, from the company that usual makes drones), is a pot plant container that automatically waters and cares for its occupant. The Bluetooth device tells the owner when the plant needs a drink and waters it for you. Pot has built in sensors that can read the level of nutrients, temperature and level of moisture in the soil and will notify you when the plant needs water, food or warmth. The container can hold two litres of water and pours...

  • LG G Flex 2 bends competition with curved body, Snapdragon 810 chipset

    Among the spate of announcements coming from LG at the company's big CES press conference, there was one device in particular that really stood out. Or, turned a corner. The LG G Flex 2 is both the most exciting and innovative phone launch of the year so far, but before the launch I was a bit sceptical. "Do we really need another curved phone LG?", I questioned. Judging by the company's argument, I'd now say a resounding "why not?" When LG isn't making phones, the company's investing millions in the manufacturing and development of OLED technology, but it seems that bendable...

  • Sony’s new Walkman is meant for hardcore audiophiles, costs $1120

    Sony has just unveiled the Walkman NW-ZX2 at CES 2015. Given its hefty price tag, however, the device is clearly not meant for the mainstream music lovers. Yup, the gadget that brings back all of those fond memories of the early nineties is back. Sony doesn't seem to give up on this bad boy anytime soon. Unlike the original mobile cassette player and the MP3 players that followed in the last few years, the new Sony Walkman is geared for hardcore audiophiles. Given its hefty US$1120 price tag, it better impress. The Walkman NW-ZX2 carries 128GB storage with a microSD card slot. Better...

  • 3D Sound Labs launches ‘world’s first’ smart 3D headphones

    The onslaught of new technology and device launches at CES continues, and although smart TVs, wearables and silicon are ruling this year's show, the audiophiles aren't being left out in the cold. French audio company 3D Sound Labs has launched Neoh, which it bills as the "world's first smart 3D audio headphones." What a great day at #CES2015 ! #UnveiledLV #newtech #startups #3DSound #IoT http://t.co/QRA6ViVTwN pic.twitter.com/sDsFKSCrnv — 3D Sound Labs (@3DSoundLabs) January 5, 2015 According to the company, it wishes to keep up with the advancements of visual 3D technology by introducing mobile 3D sound to consumers, and with good reason. The...

  • Don’t invite this beer pong playing robot to your NYE party [Video]

    Beer pong is the king of New Years Eve and St. Patrick's Day games, not so? If you so happen to be an evil scientist (or just a gaggle of robotics majors at university), you'd probably want to build a beer pong machine to rule them all. And that's exactly what these chaps have done. Empire Robotics, a company based in Boston, MA, has just built the Shaquille O'Neal of beer pong playing robots. It's called the Versaball and it makes the game that seems easier than it is seem even easier than it is. But how does it work? Empire...

  • Nvidia Tegra X1 ‘superchip’ brings desktop performance to mobile

    Nvidia had a great 2014, forcing many Wall Street gurus to scratch their heads in pleasant disbelief. In November, the company announced higher-than-expected quarterly revenue figures, and it seems that that was just the tip of the iceberg for Santa Clara. The company has now launched a new mobile chip just months after outing its GTX980 desktop monster -- the Tegra X1. Right, so it seems that Nvidia has simply slapped an "X" over its Tegra "K1" platform, correct? Not entirely. The X1 is based on the company's Maxwell architecture -- the same platform that many of its new desktop GPUs...