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19
Oct
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Google’s Nexus Player gets FCC approval, right on cue


Google Nexus Player at the FCC

Well, that didn’t take long. Just a couple of days after Google stopped pre-orders of the Nexus Player while it waited for the FCC’s all-clear, its Android TV puck has received approval. There aren’t any surprises in the regulatory filing, but it should let you both pre-order the WiFi media hub soon and (hopefully) get it around that originally promised November 3rd release date. If you were worried that you’d have to make do with a Chromecast for a little while longer, you can relax.

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15
Oct
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Nexus player specs


Nexus player

With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google released alongside it the Nexus player.

Specs

Display output

HDMI out (1920×1080@60Hz)

Chipset

1.8GHz Quad-core, Intel Atom

Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine

Memory

1GB RAM

8GB Internal storage

Connectivity

Bluetooth 4.1

MicroUSB 2.0

Wifi 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)

Remote

2AAA batteries

40g

37mm x 140mm x 16mm

Physical specifications

Mass: 235g

120mm x 120mm x 20mm


 

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15
Oct
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Google announces the ASUS Nexus Player, first commercially available Android TV set-top box



Yesterday when the fancy little videos from Google came out with all the Androidify characters I laughed. They were cute, funny and just plain awesome. Two of the videos made sense, the third, where the guy pushes out a speaker and starts a party, got me thinking. It made me wonder if Google had another device up its sleeves that didn’t get daily leak treatment. It did make its rounds in a set of benchmark reports though. Meet the Asus built Nexus Player.

Asus Nexus Player

The Nexus Player is the first commercially available Android TV device to launch. It is powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz with imagination PowerVR Series 6 graphics 2d/3d engine. It offers 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage. It is powered by a typical DC power supply with HDMI out at 1920 x 1080@60Hz. You can see a hand-held physical remote that resembles the Fire TV remote a little, with fewer buttons and is also voice enabled. That allows you to search and do with just your voice. The physical set-top box disk and remote appear to be the primary purchase option as that is all that is listed in the “in-box” section of the spec outlines. That makes the dual joystick wielding gaming controller an add-on accessory.

Asus Nexus Player
Nexus Player set-top box
Nexus Player remote
Nexus Player Gaming Controller


If you are concerned with size, the Nexus Player dimensions are just 120 x 120 x 20 mm. Connection wise, beyond power and HDMI,  you have Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO) and a Micro USB 2.0 port.

In addition to the device operating as a standalone unit with its own apps, Play Store access and other functions, it is also Google Cast Ready. That means you can cast your device content through the Nexus PLayer just as you do with the Chromecast. The Nexus Player falls in-line with the Nexus 9, as in the pre-order date for the device is set for October 17th with a price tag of $99 and is listed to be in store for purchase November 3rd.

Source: Google blog | Nexus Player overview page


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15
Oct
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The ASUS PadFone X mini is coming to AT&T on Oct. 24, $199 contract free on GoPhone


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ASUS, AT&T, and Intel sent out a presser this morning letting us know that the PadFone X will be available on AT&T GoPhone for $199. That means no contract or commitments.

The PadFone X mini features a 4.5-inch IPS+ 854 x 480 display, a 1.6 GHz 2×2 Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 64 GB of extra storage, 5 MP rear camera, 1 MP front-facing camera, an Intell XMM 7160 LTE modem, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

When the phone is docked, you get a 7-inch tablet experience utilizing the 7-inch IPS+ 1280 x 800 display. The phone itself has a 2060 mAh battery and the tablet dock sports 2200 mAh.

We have the full presser after the break.

ASUS, AT&T and Intel to Bring PadFone X mini to United States on Oct. 24

PadFone X mini Available Exclusively on the Nation’s Most Reliable 4G LTE Network[1] with No Annual Contract for $199.99

DALLAS and FREMONT, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • ASUS, AT&T and Intel introduce the ASUS PadFone X mini in the U.S. with no annual contract for $199.99 on GoPhone®.
  • The PadFone X mini will be available in select national retailers in October and in all AT&T retail stores that offer GoPhone on Oct. 24.
  • Powered by an Intel® Atom™ processor and Intel® XMM 7160™ LTE modem, the 4.5-inch 4G LTE smartphone transforms into a 7-inch tablet-like experience when docked.

ASUS, AT&T and Intel Corporation today announced the availability of the ASUS PadFone X mini, a 4.5-inch 4G LTE[2] smartphone powered by the Intel® Atom™ processor and Intel® XMM™ 7160 LTE modem. The PadFone X mini transforms into a 7-inch 4G LTE tablet-like experience when docked into its companion docking station. It will be available in AT&T retail stores on Oct. 24 and in national retailers by November. Exclusively on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, covering more than 300 million Americans, the PadFone X mini will retail for $199.99 on GoPhone®, AT&T’s branded prepaid service.[3] Plans start at only $40 per month for 500 MB of data and 500 minutes of talk time.

“The PadFone X mini is a powerful device with great features from ASUS and Intel – and all on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T. “Offered at budget-friendly prices, consumers that want a quality device with no annual contract will be thrilled with the performance and value of the PadFone X mini.”

For ASUS, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Communication, Benson Lin stated, “ASUS is passionate about providing incredible experiences. We are excited to work with AT&T and Intel to bring the ASUS PadFone X mini to the U.S. This unique device offers the compelling combination of a 4.5-inch LTE smartphone and the power and versatility of a 7-inch handheld tablet that allows people the best of both world experiences.”

“The combination of Intel’s processor and cutting-edge LTE solution gives the PadFone X mini a robust, one-two punch for U.S. consumers,” said Hermann Eul, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobile Communication Group. “People are demanding more from their devices, and the phone’s unique smartphone and tablet form factor allows consumers to have more capabilities on one data plan, all at an affordable price. Intel, ASUS and AT&T have proven to be a powerful trio to deliver a fast and easy-to-use phone for on-the-go multi-taskers.”

Power, Convenience and Beauty Converge
The PadFone X mini is the first smartphone for the U.S. market powered by an Intel application processor and an Intel LTE solution. The device has an Intel XMM 7160 LTE modem and an Intel Atom processor with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology, which supports four simultaneous application threads for smooth and seamless multitasking and responsive web browsing. Additional features include:

  • Automatic charging with up to 28.3 hours of battery life when the phone is docked into the station, and up to 15.8 hours of battery life on a single charge when used in the smartphone mode.[4]
  • ASUS exclusive 5-megapixel (5MP) PixelMaster camera for high-quality photos.
  • ASUS DynamicDisplay[5] technology that resizes apps for the different display sizes, as well as the ASUS ZenUI, an exclusive user interface for smart devices that includes features such as ASUS ZenUI What’s Next and Do It Later. These new features put users’ next task in front of them or allows them to mark items for follow-up.
  • The Side Flip Cover and TriCover, a stylish and practical cover lined with microfiber with a tough polyurethane outer cover for the phone and docking station that helps prevent scratches, scrapes, and dents in two different landscape orientations.

Availability and Pricing
On Oct. 24, customers can purchase an ASUS PadFone X mini from AT&T for $199.99 with GoPhone plans that start at only $40 per month. Customers can also get the PadFone X mini online at www.asus.com or www.att.com or in AT&T retail stores that offer GoPhone. Starting in October, the ASUS PadFone X mini will be available at national retailers.

ABOUT ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately U.S. $14 billion.

ABOUT AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide based on offering roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at www.att.com/aboutus or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at www.youtube.com/att.

© 2014 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

ABOUT INTEL
Intel (INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world’s first commercially available “conflict-free” microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.comand blogs.intel.com, and about Intel’s conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com.

Intel, Intel Atom, XMM and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

SPECIFICATIONS[6]

ASUS PadFone X mini

Processor

1.6GHz 2×2 Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology

Operating system

Android 4.4 (KitKat) with ASUS ZenUI

Storage/memory

1GB RAM; up to 64GB micro SD card supported

Connectivity

4G LTE: B4/B17/B2/B5, Category 3

3G: 850/1900/2100

2G: 850/900/1800/1900

802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 4.0

GPS (A-GPS with SUPL 2.0)

Data-transfer speed

LTE Category 3

Display

Smartphone: 4.5-inch IPS+ panel / 854 x 480 FWVGA

Station: 7-inch IPS+ panel / 1280 x 800 WXGA

Cameras

Smartphone: 5MP (rear); 2MP(front)

Station: 1MP (front)

Battery

Smartphone: 2060mAh (removable)

Station: 2200mAh (non-removable)

Ports

3.5mm headphone jack; micro USB

Colors

Black

Dimensions

Smartphone: 5.20 (L) x 2.61 (W) x 0.25-0.50 (H) inch

Station: 8.02 (L) x 4.70 (W) x 0.44-0.83 (H) inch

Weight

Smartphone: 5.25 oz

Station: 8.81 oz

Full specifications are available at www.asus.com/us.

[1]Reliability based on data transfer completion rates on nationwide 4G LTE networks. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
[2]LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
[3]GoPhone devices are restricted to GoPhone service during the first six months after activation, and cannot be used with any other carrier’s service. Commercial resale is prohibited except by AT&T’s authorized agents or retailers. You may not alter any of the hardware or software in GoPhone devices or export them from the US. Activation and use of GoPhone device requires GoPhone service. GoPhone service is subject to the Terms of Service described in the User Guide and Plan Terms described in the rate brochure. You must be in the GoPhone coverage area to place or receive calls. Service may not be accessible at all times due to equipment limitations and certain equipment features may not be functional with GoPhone service.
[4]ASUS measures the talk time/standby time by conductive test with RF equipment (Anritsu 8820 or CMU200 or Agilent 8960). The talking/standby time is derived from “the typical capacity of battery divided from the current measurement.”
[5]Not all applications are DynamicDisplay compatible.
[6]Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

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15
Oct
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ASUS’ PadFone X mini phone-and-tablet hybrid reaches AT&amp;T


ASUS PadFone X mini for AT&T

If you liked ASUS’ PadFone X but weren’t willing to pay that much for the combination of an Android smartphone with a tablet shell, AT&T might soon have what you’re looking for. The carrier is bringing the PadFone X mini to the US on October 24th, when it will sell for $200 to GoPhone’s prepaid customers. There’s a lot of hardware here for the money, although it won’t surprise you to hear that ASUS makes sacrifices to give you two devices for the price of one. The smartphone half is a bit better than the regular PadFone mini thanks to its larger 4.5-inch screen, but you’re still looking at a dual-core Atom processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter. You’re also docking into a 7-inch tablet which houses little more than a front camera and an extra battery, so don’t expect a night-and-day difference when you use the bigger screen. With that said, the PadFone X mini beats getting a budget smartphone by itself — give it a look if you’d rather not buy a separate tablet.

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Source: AT&T

9
Oct
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Apple is now the fifth-largest PC maker in the world, if you ask IDC


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Apple is historically a small player in the PC world compared to many of its peers, but it may have just entered the big leagues. IDC estimates that the company jumped to 6.3 percent market share in the third quarter of the year, making it the fifth-largest PC builder worldwide — a feat it hasn’t managed in decades. It’s still no major threat to heavy-hitters such as Lenovo (20 percent), HP (18.8 percent) and Dell (13.3 percent), but IDC believes that a combination of slight price cuts and improved demand in “mature” markets like North America have helped it grow in a computer market that’s still shrinking.

With that said, the crew in Cupertino probably isn’t breaking out the party streamers right away. Gartner contends that ASUS claimed the fifth-place spot with 7.3 percent, and that Apple only sits in the top five in its native US. So what gives? In short, it’s a difference in methodology; Gartner and IDC don’t have official shipping numbers from everyone, and there’s enough wiggle room in their estimates that it wouldn’t take much for the rankings to change. As precise as these figures may be, you’ll get a better sense of how Apple fared when it posts its fiscal results (and real shipping numbers) in a couple of weeks.

IDC worldwide PC market share, Q3 2014

Gartner's worldwide PC market share estimate, Q3 2014

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Source: IDC, Gartner

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3
Oct
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Which routers are worth buying?


Routers are one of those devices you probably don’t think about very much. As long as it gets you online and gives you the content you need, there’s no reason to. But with bandwidth demands increasing and new wireless standards emerging, the limits of your router start to become a little more apparent and a lot more frustrating. If it’s time for a new one, there’s a lot to consider beyond how fast it is — though that’s pretty important, too. Which routers can handle the traffic you throw at them, and which will support all your devices for years to come? While we don’t review routers here at Engadget, we’ve taken a look at some sources we trust to find a few devices that might fit your needs.

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22
Sep
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How would you change ASUS’ Transformer Book TX300?


Dana Wollman is so well known as Engadget’s in-house laptop expert that, during Q&A sessions on the Engadget Podcast, people would call her “Laptop Lady.” Points off for not learning her name, but the honorific still stands to this day, and her opinion on all things portable is one of the most revered in the business. When we placed ASUS’ Transformer Book TX300 on her desk (before running away to a safe distance), she found that there wasn’t much point to owning one. For a start, a 13-inch slate-plus-keyboard combo isn’t really better than a transforming laptop like the Yoga 13 or XPS 12. The lack of a Wacom digitizer means that pen input was a no-go and launching just before Haswell seemed like bad timing. Still, the question we’d like to put to you is simple: if you bought one, what would you change about it?

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11
Sep
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Why T-Mobile wants to give you a wireless router for free


T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling

If you’re a T-Mobile customer, your company just gave you a very unexpected gift at yesterday’s UnCarrier event: a wireless router. Yes, a fully functioning, magenta-branded, ASUS-built router, which can do essentially everything your current router can do — and if yours is old, this will likely do even more. The device, which would cost roughly $200 if you purchased it on Amazon without T-Mobile’s tweaks, only requires a $25 deposit, which gets returned to you once you’re done using it. The company is going all-in on its commitment to providing every subscriber and every carrier-branded smartphone with free WiFi calling, and the router — called the T-Mobile Personal CellSpot — is the icing on the cake. But, you may ask, why is this a thing that’s happening in the year 2014, especially when most of us already have access to a router (and thus, WiFi calling) nearly everywhere we go?

It’s a very good question, because the CellSpot isn’t a necessity if you want to take advantage of WiFi calling at home, work or the local Starbucks. Chances are you already have a router that can handle that, but CMO Mike Sievert believes customers will enjoy it because it’s a portable device that’s easy to set up wherever you go. “Your office, home, man cave, cabin, any place you get broadband, you can now get T-Mobile coverage,” he said. More importantly — especially for those who still use their phones as, y’know, phones it also prioritizes your HD-quality calls over any other activity on the network; on most routers, your call might get dropped when your significant other starts binge-watching Breaking Bad, whereas the CellSpot ensures that your call gets saved at the expense of your family’s Netflix marathon.

TMO media event SF

Of course, there are enough benefits on T-Mobile’s side to justify the new program. At yesterday’s event, CTO Neville Ray mentioned that the carrier’s traffic has grown by more than 10 times from three years ago, and given the company’s recent growth (it added nearly 3 million new subscribers in August alone, which is a record for T-Mobile), it makes sense to find alternative methods of alleviating the additional burden that comes with it. Thus, when you use the CellSpot (or any WiFi calling, for that matter), everybody wins: The network is less saturated for customers who aren’t in the vicinity of a WiFi hotspot, and subscribers get themselves a brand-new router and full bars of service.

The idea of loaning out equipment to help subscribers improve their coverage isn’t new. Microsites (also known as femtocells) have been around for a while; AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have all offered the tech as the 3G MicroCell, Verizon 3G Network Extender and AiRave, respectively. These devices used your home’s landline or broadband service to offer more bars of coverage in your home or office, which came in especially handy if your abode or workspace fell smack-dab in the middle of a network dead zone. However, these could only be used as peripherals to your WiFi router, instead of replacements. T-Mobile’s new option hits two birds with one stone, providing you with a fresh ASUS 802.11ac router that also happens to boost your signal.

That said, there’s one tiny misnomer in T-Mobile’s marketing efforts: Throughout yesterday’s event and on the company’s website, the company said that the CellSpot program is “like adding millions of towers to your network every single day.” That may technically be accurate, but it’s misleading because you don’t have open access to all of those towers; T-Mobile customers won’t be able to use everyone else’s CellSpots for service as they walk down the sidewalk. CEO John Legere says that such a concept isn’t completely out of the question in the future, but it just wasn’t feasible for UnCarrier 7.

“Do those CellSpots become T-Mobile-ubiquitous sites? Not yet, but we’re going to try to solve that as the industry moves,” he said. “That’s the start of WiFi being a tied-in component to the network. At some point, I wouldn’t rule out every personal CellSpot becoming a tower, but we couldn’t get there yet.” It’s certainly food for thought for upcoming UnCarrier moves (though Legere says there are plenty of ideas in the funnels for 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0 already, and this item likely isn’t on the agenda), as long as T-Mobile can find a way to do it without jeopardizing the privacy of its CellSpot owners. If any John Doe can come along and hook up to your network, it would raise a whole new set of concerns.

Sure, handing out routers seems like a random move for even T-Mobile, but it’s a solid one. And if you’re a customer (or are thinking of making the switch), it’s hard to say no to a free wireless router. It’ll be available in stores beginning September 17th.

[Image credits: Associated Press (router, Neville Ray), T-Mobile (last image)]

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11
Sep
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ASUS asks: Would you prefer 6 ZenFones or 1 Apple?



6 ZenFones or 1 AppleIt looks like everybody in the smartphone industry is having a go at Apple‘s new iPhone announcements. ASUS‘ attempt is a pretty good one, claiming that you can get 6 ZenFones – shaped in a 6, of course – for the price of one “Apple”, presumably referring to the large individual cost of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While ASUS’ latest ZenFone, the ZenFone 6, doesn’t necessarily compete with the new iPhones on a performance level, it must be said that their devices are not bad value, and it’s not at all a bad way, at least, financially, to get your family decked out with smartphones.

For reference, the ZenFone 6 is a 5-inch device carrying a dualcore Intel Atom processor 2GHz and 13MP camera. While the iPhone’s internals look quite a lot like the ZenFone’s on paper, their outright performance could not be more different. The ZenFone 6 isn’t likely to be a candidate for a pocket supercomputer and the new iPhones should be able to stick it to even the newest Android phones. But again, 6 ZenFones or 1 Apple?


What do you think of ASUS’ attempt at commenting on the new iPhone 6 devices? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.

Source: Facebook via Phone Arena


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