Dedicated GPS units may be less popular these days, but Magellan has figured out a way to justify their existence: strap a dash camera to the back. The company’s upcoming RoadMate 6230T-LM DashCam can both guide you through unfamiliar areas and record video to an SD card, saving you the trouble of mounting two devices in your car. Magellan’s hybrid design is also handy even if you don’t need directions, since you can watch live video from either the built-in camera or an optional wireless backup cam. The new RoadMate won’t ship until April, but it will also cost $230 — a relative bargain next to purpose-built dash cams that offer many of the same features.
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A troop of new Joey devices wasn’t the only thing Dish had up its sleeve for CES. In an effort to bring its streaming chops to game consoles, the company has just announced an app for PlayStation that does just that. Dish customers will be able to take advantage of the Hopper’s functionality via its Virtual Joey software on both PlayStation 3 and PS4 consoles to access their favorite TV shows without having to switch devices once that marathon gaming session is up. This software also allows for control via either the DualShock 4 or the Dish remote. The app should arrive for download this spring in the PlayStation Store.
Pioneer‘s new Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) line of products fill the gap between its connected AppRadio set and more traditional in-car products. Pioneer’s five new NEX headunits will take advantage of your smartphone’s (iPhone 4 up and compatible Android set) apps through AppRadio mode and grab your phone’s data connection to improve its built in services and apps. For example, AVICSYNC Networked Navigation (only on AVIC models) will be able to reach out and get local traffic, weather, gas prices and overlay that data right on your maps. Apple’s Siri Eyes Free is also on hand on all NEX receivers by simply poking the icon on the stereo’s display, once activated Siri responds to your every command using the provided mic and plays back through the speakers. Other notable features include Aha Radio across the board, Pandora Station Creation, HD Radio, Sirius-XM ready and support for FLAC lossless files. The The AVIC-8000NEX ($1400 SRP), AVIC-7000NEX ($1200 SRP), AVIC-6000NEX ($900 SRP), AVIC-5000NEX ($750 SRP) and AVH-4000NEX ($700 SRP) should ship by early February.
3PM ET is the time to set your alarm for ASUS’ time in the CES spotlight. The Taiwanese electronics giant is set to reveal several products, including the dual-OS laptop/tablet combo the company teased late last month. We’ll be bringing you the action live from Caesars Palace in Sin City, so tune in right here for everything ASUS at CES 2014.
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If you’re looking for a dual-booting convertible but find ASUS’ Transformer Book Trio a little too clever, you’ll want to check out the company’s just-unveiled Transformer Book Duet TD300. The 13.3-inch PC is really a dual-OS tablet that bundles a keyboard dock with its own hard drive and ports — whether you’re in laptop or tablet mode, you can switch between Android 4.1 or Windows 8.1 on the fly. The slate includes up to a 1080p display, a Core i7 processor and 128GB of solid-state storage; attach the dock and you’ll get up to 1TB in disk space alongside USB, Ethernet and HDMI. ASUS plans to ship the Duet to Asia and Europe late in the first quarter of the year, and to the US by late in the second quarter. When it does ship stateside, the system will start at $599 for a Core i3 model with an “HD” (read: 1,366 x 768) screen, and $699 for a 1080p unit.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen an ASUS smartphone that wasn’t meant to be used with (or as) a tablet, but the company is making up for that absence by launching the ZenFone line. The ZenFone 4, 5 and 6 all sport dual-core Intel Atom processors and a range of exotic color options. They also tout a new interface layer on top of Android 4.3, ZenUI, that promises both simplicity and a What’s Next feature for tracking your daily schedule. Differences between models largely boil down to screen size and performance. The ZenFone 4 starts things off with its namesake 4-inch 800 x 480 LCD, a 1.2GHz Atom chip, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a front VGA shooter. Move to the ZenFone 5 and you’ll get a larger 720p display with pen and glove support, a 2GHz Atom, an 8MP back camera and 2MP at the front. The ZenFone 6 builds on this with an even bigger (though still 720p) screen and a 13MP rear camera. ASUS hasn’t said when the ZenFone series hits shops, although the absence of LTE suggests that the handsets won’t reach 4G-obsessed US carriers in an official capacity. They’ll definitely be cheap to buy off-contract, however — the ZenFone 4 starts things off at $99, while its 5- and 6-inch counterparts will cost $149 and $199.
ASUS’ VivoTab Note 8 has been one of CES’ worst-kept secrets, but we’re still glad to see that it’s finally official. The 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet is a direct foil for Dell’s Venue 8 Pro, and includes a familiar-sounding 1,280 x 800 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera and an HD-capable front cam. Most of the differences revolve around its namesake pen input; the VivoTab includes a Wacom stylus that can handle 1,000 pressure levels, arguably trumping Dell’s less sophisticated (and purely optional) approach. An ever-so-slightly faster 1.86GHz Bay Trail Atom chip doesn’t hurt, either. The tablet should ship either late in the first quarter or early in the second, with prices starting at a frugal $299 for a 32GB model and climbing to $349 for a 64GB edition.
ASUS is giving American tablet fans more than the PadFone X — it just revealed at its CES event that the PadFone Mini will also be coming to the US for $249. The 4-inch smartphone and 7-inch tablet combo that will reach the US isn’t quite the same as what surfaced in Taiwan, though. This version touts a phone with 1.6GHz dual-core Atom Z2560 chip, 8GB of storage and an 800 x 480 display rather than the Snapdragon, 16GB of space and 960 x 540 display from before. ASUS hasn’t said exactly when we’ll see this new Intel-powered PadFone, but we’ll keep you updated.
We’re here at Intel’s CES press conference, and we’ve saved a great seat just for you (but please, sit down fast, because the guy next to us is giving us a dirty look). So, what can we expect from the chipmaker’s big event? There seems to be a fairly good likelihood that the company will be further inserting itself into the uber-hot wearbles conversation by way of those little Quark processors.
Pebble announced today the new Pebble Steel.
We knew that ‘something special’ was coming today at CES, and now it’s here. This new model has a more premium look and feel to the older plastic model.
The big change in the Steel is the new hardware – the stainless steel body and buttons, the Corning Gorilla Glass front, and the brushed stainless and black matte bands. It has the same interface as before, and can run the same apps. It’s also keeping the magnetic connector, but it looks to be slightly different than the older Pebble.
Along with the the new hardware, comes a new price tag. The Pebble Steel is now available for $249, directly from the website.
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