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Samson Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System offers high quality sound at an affordable price


We are seeing plenty of new products enter the home automation, automobile, television, and sound spaces at CES 2015. For folks seeking to connect phones and tablets (as well as other devices) to impressive speakers that are not very expensive, Samson has announced the Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System. The Meteor M2 brings what is traditionally found in a three-piece system to a two-speaker setup. It has very clear detail along with deep stereo sound.

The Samson Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System costs $149 and it is already available. We should not that there is no indication of a wireless connection here, but Samson includes a speaker cable to connect the setup and an 1/8-inch auxiliary cable.

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Enjoy The Way Music Should Sound With Samson’s Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System

Inhale a new breath of sonic life into your digital world through Samson’s Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System at CES South Hall 1, booth 21935.

LAS VEGAS – Jan. 6, 2015 – Available for $149.99, Samson’s Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System is the ideal sound solution for desktops, laptops and tablets. Through the use of premium components, innovative sound design and custom digital signal processing, the full metal Meteor M2 breathes new sonic life into your favorite music, movies and games.

Aided by a solid, zinc die cast construction, the Meteor M2 delivers powerful full-range sound that goes way beyond its compact size. The stereo pair speaker system combines two 2.5” drivers and rear-ported passive radiators to produce exceptional low-end depth and punch normally confined to larger speakers and 3-piece systems with dedicated subwoofers.

Samson’s Meteor M2 produces a detailed, true stereo sound field with serious output power. Custom digital signal processing delivers an optimal balance between the low, mid and high frequencies. This makes the Meteor M2s perfect for extended fatigue-free music playback sessions and watching movies. Ready to use right out of the box, the Meteor M2 comes with a speaker cable to connect the stereo pair, as well as an 1/8” Aux cable to instantly connect the speakers to your computer, tablet, smartphone or MP3 player. In addition, the Meteor M2’s zinc die cast construction provides solid durability, while their sleek, elegant finish looks great on any desk.


About Samson Technologies:

Samson Technologies began in 1980 as a pioneer in wireless microphone technology. Today, Samson is an industry leader in professional audio solutions whose products are known for their fidelity and reliability. Samson products are preferred by recording artists, performers, educators and audio professionals throughout the world.

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CES 2015 BRAVEN Hands-on: A closer look at the BRAVEN BRV-PRO and Balance

The big, flowery press events are now over and the meat of CES 2015 has begun today. Our very own Stormy Beach has been up and about on a journey that only be described as “Ringbearer”-esque (Lord of the Rings reference). First up, we have our CES 2015 BRAVEN hands-on where we take a closer look […]

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HTC Desire 826 unveiled at CES 2015

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CES is underway and manufacturers are announcing tons of products. HTC has unwrapped the HTC Desire 826, their newest mid-tier phone that is much like the HTC Desire Eye, but with lesser specs.

The HTC Desire 826 has the same body design as the Desire Eye, with even an option to have the 13 MP camera on front and back like the Desire Eye. However, the base model comes with a UltraPixel camera for good low-light shots. It has BoomSound speakers, now with integrated Dolby Surround Sound (at least, as best as can come from a phone) that are above and below the screen like the Desire Eye. It also has a 5.5″ FHD display, lots of color options, the new Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit processor, and the new Android Lollipop with HTC Sense.

The HTC Desire 826 will be out beginning the end of January in Asia, and a rollout to other countries after that.

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Apple Targeting March for Apple Watch Launch, Retail Training Begins Next Month

While Apple has yet to publicly announce a specific launch date for the Apple Watch beyond “Early 2015″, sources speaking to 9to5Mac say the company is currently planning for a March debut in the initial wave of countries. Sources in the retail segment indicate that select store employees will undergo centralized Apple Watch training the week of February 9, with those employees in turn training others at their individual stores in the days leading up to the device’s launch.


One or two representatives from many Apple Stores in the United States, depending on store and market size, will be sent to Apple offices in either Cupertino, California or Austin, Texas to learn first-hand about the Watch. These training programs will take place between February 9th and February 16th.

The report indicates Apple has been continuing to refine various aspects of the Apple Watch since its September unveiling, focusing mostly on software but also tweaking such components as the inductive charging mechanism.

Developers are currently working with Apple’s WatchKit tools and iOS 8.2 betas to build apps for Apple Watch, starting with lightweight Glances, actionable notifications, and iPhone-based apps that project portions of their interfaces to the watch. More powerful apps running directly on the Apple Watch will be possible later this year.


Unclouded updated to version 2.0, brings Material Design and OneDrive, support

Unclouded version 2.0 Android apps
Unclouded is a cloud storage management app that allows you to sign in to multiple cloud storage accounts, delete duplicate files, and otherwise manage your cloud storage services. Version 2.0 of the application hit the Google Play Store today with some pretty big changes. It was also recently featured on our best designed Android apps of 2014.

According to the Google Play Store changelog, here are the changes that occurred in version 2.0:

  • Material Design was added.
  • Support for Box and OneDrive.
  • Animated GIF support.
  • Send files to Unclouded from other apps (sharing).
  • Download files to folder on device.
  • Dark theme (new premium version)
  • Security with PIN, Password, or Pattern (new premium version)
  • Improved memory management.
  • Improved image loading performance.
  • Easier to use duplicates function.

This is a pretty serious update for an application that was already fairly useful. Steve Göllner, the developer, also added in that all previous premium items are now free so if you’ve been holding off on purchasing the app, your patience will officially pay off today. However, there are some items in the new premium version which include the dark theme and added security settings. You can buy them individually as in app purchases, all of them, or you can buy the “Ultimate Premium” version which makes all future premium content available to you as well. It’s also worth noting that a few people have reported issues with the newer features but we imagine those will be ironed out in future patches.

The base app is free to download for anyone who may be interested. This is a great app for people who use a lot of cloud storage on multiple services and this update only made it better. Click the button below to check it out.

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Pioneer joins the Android Auto aftermarket crowd


With all the buzz surrounding Android Auto at CES 2015 this year, you should not have to wait long to buy a new car with your favorite mobile operating system installed straight from the factory. If you have an older vehicle though and want to retrofit Android Auto, you are in luck as several manufacturers are bringing aftermarket solutions to the consumer. We have already seen Parrot announce their Parrot RNB 6 head unit and earlier today Kenwood announced their DDX9902S that will support Android Auto. Now Pioneer is jumping on board as well with three choices for consumers interested in Android Auto enabled devices.

The three Pioneer devices are all part of the company’s Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) line of in-dash multimedia receivers. Each of the models – the AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX – come equipped with 7-inch touchscreens. The 8100NEX gets a capacitive screen while the other two models will get clear resistive screens. All of the units include external microphones and wired remote input so they can be connected to factory installed steering wheel audio controls.

The cheapest of the three will be the AVH-4100NEX with a suggested retail price of $700, the AVIC-7100NEX will list at $1,200, and the top of the line AVIC-8100NEX is slated to sell for $1,400. Pioneer announced the units will be available in March 2015.

You can check out the full press release from Pioneer below and then continue to check TalkAndroid for more CES 2015 coverage.



AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX Android Auto Ready

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today announced it will be among the first to offer Android Auto™ compatible aftermarket products. Three of Pioneer’s second generation Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) in-dash multimedia receivers, the AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX, will feature Android Autointegration, allowing consumers to quickly connect their compatible smartphones and extend the Android platform in a way that’s purpose-built for the car. Designed with safety in mind, Android Auto utilizes a simple and intuitive interface and powerful new voice actions for minimized distraction, so users can stay focused on the road.

“Integrating Android Auto into our second generation NEX receivers provides compatible Android smartphone owners the ability to utilize the power and connectivity of their devices for navigation, communications, music and more,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Android Auto delivers a familiar and consistent user experience that is optimized specifically for the automotive environment with advanced speech technology for quick and easy voice control and a unique visual display of useful and relevant contextual information.”

Pioneer’s Android Auto compatible units feature high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen displays (capacitive on the AVIC-8100NEX and clear resistive on the AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX), an included external microphone for high quality hands free calling and voice control, and a wired remote input used for optional integration with factory installed steering wheel audio controls.

Additional Built-in Features on Compatible NEX models:

  • HDMI® Connectivity
  • Wideband Speech & A2DP AAC Bluetooth® Connectivity
  • Android Auto Compatibility
  • Apple CarPlay™ Compatibility
  • MirrorLink® Connectivity
  • HD Radio™ Technology
  • iDataLink® Maestro® Technology
  • Dual Zone Audio/Video Playback

The Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX ($1,400 SRP), AVIC-7100NEX ($1,200 SRP), and AVH-4100NEX ($700 SRP) will be available in March 2015.

Android Auto compatibility will be available in the 1st quarter of 2015 in the U.S., UK and Australia. For more information about Android Auto, visit

For more information regarding Android Auto compatible product availability by region, visit Auto.

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Sharp wants to put a 120-inch 4K display on commercial walls

                               Every year, TVs are a big deal here at the Consumer Electronics Show. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Sharp would have a huge presence here in Las Vegas. And when I say huge, I mean huge. Just like last year, when it teased its 85-inch 8K TV with glasses-free 3D, Sharp’s now showing off a 120-inch 4K Commercial LCD display. According to the company, one day this could replace video walls in public spaces (like at Times Square, for instance), as well as projectors in classrooms and conference rooms. At the moment, there’s no word on how much one of these would cost interested parties — but it’s safe to imagine it won’t be budget-friendly at all.

Unfortunately, no image could do this display justice — you have to be in front of it to see how beautiful it is. It’s extremely, well, sharp, bright and it makes you feel as if you’re staring into a wall, living in whatever world you’re looking at. So, if you’re here at CES, it’s definitely worth checking out. And why not, maybe one day you could see one of these, or something similar, make its way into the consumer market.

Filed under: Displays, Misc, HD



BlackBerry Classic arriving on WIND Mobile very soon

WIND Mobile has been pretty open about the eventual arrival of the BlackBerry Classic on their network. Back in the middle of December they confirmed the device would be arriving and now, they’ve upgraded it to a ‘coming soon’ status, or as their most recent tweet put it, very soon.

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Mophie and Incipio Announce Battery Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus [iOS Blog]

Following on the heels of popular protective smartphone case manufacturer Otterbox announcing its new battery power case for the iPhone 6, both Mophie and Incipio have revealed new iterations of their popular cases for Apple’s newest smartphones as well.

Starting with Mophie, the company announced the Juice Pack Air and Juice Pack Plus for the iPhone 6 and the Juice Pack for the iPhone 6 Plus. Building on Mophie’s history of battery cases, the new Juice Pack line provides thinner, more advanced protection in all versions, with the iPhone 6 Plus seeing more than 60 percent extra battery life using the Juice Pack, and the iPhone 6 receiving 100 percent extra for the Juice Pack Air or 120 percent extra for the Juice Pack Plus.

Mophie says the new batteries yield up to an extra 17 hours of talk time, 12 hours of web browsing, 13 hours of video, and 60 hours of music.

“Our journey to bring the juice pack to consumers for every generation of iPhone continues with our latest solutions for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,” said Daniel Huang, mophie CEO and Co-Founder. “Since release of the original juice pack for the first iPhone, mophie battery cases have become a necessity to legions of smartphone users. Because we understand how vital these solutions are, our team remains intensely focused on quality and the level of innovative design needed to drive the direction of this industry.”

Incipio also revealed new versions of its offGRID battery case line at the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday. The company introduced four charging cases for the iPhone 6 from the offGRID line, but the announcement did not include any versions for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Screenshot (87)Incipio’s offGRID Express
The first was the offGRID Express with a 3,000 mAh battery available only in black and the only case available for purchase today. The offGRID, offGRID SHINE, and offGRID EXO were also announced, sporting more detailed protective “co-mold design” for sudden drops, varying color options, and external charging pins that allow compatibility with the also-announced offGRID Dock. The company says that “2015 marks the year of the offGRID,” said Andy Fathollahi, Chief Executive of Incipio, hoping the dramatic range of product options will satiate old fans and bring in new users.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus versions of the Mophie Juice Pack line are all available for pre-order from the company’s official website with prices starting at $99.95 and shipping in 3-4 weeks. Incipio’s offGRID Express case is available for purchase today for $79.99 at the company’s online store. The three other announced Incipit battery cases, along with the offGRID Dock, will be available in the first quarter of 2015 with prices ranging from $89.99 to $109.99 for the cases and $39.99 for the dock.


ZTE SPro2 Projector making its way to AT&T

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Yesterday, we got a first-hand look at one of ZTE’s newest products unveiled at CES 2015: the ZTE SPro2 Smart Projector. If you are interested in picking one up when it becomes available sometime in the first quarter of 2015, you’re going to have to head over to AT&T for it. The carrier has just announced that they will carry the SPro2 as an AT&T exclusive. On the plus side, this little pico projector can handle 4G LTE speeds, but that also means you’re going to have to sign a contract and pay a monthly fee to connect this to AT&T’s network.

ZTE’s SPro2 Projector can output 720p images up to 120 inches in size, with a brightness of 200 lumens, which is double what its predecessor could produce. It can also work as a 4G LTE hotspot and connect up to 8 devices at one time. On the top of the device sits a 5-inch screen running Android 4.4 KitKat, and also has a 6300mAh battery, a Snapdragon 800 processor as well as multiple USB 3.0, HDMI and audio connector ports. If you’d like more info on this awesome projector, head to our hands-on and first impressions of the ZTE SPro2! (Or take a look at the video below)

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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2015 AT&T1 will exclusively offer the ZTE SPro2TM on AT&T’s network — the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network and the network that has the nation’s strongest LTE signal.2 The latest version provides twice the projector brightness of its predecessor. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.

“The ZTE SPro2TM combines the speed and reliability of an AT&T 4G LTE mobile hotspot with the ability to connect up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices” said Jeff Bradley, SVP, Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T. “AT&T customers will also enjoy features such as the added value and convenience of an Android powered, portable projector, a 5-inch touchscreen, and built-in battery power.”

1AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

2Claim basis: Nationwide carriers’ LTE.  Signal strength claim based ONLY on avg. LTE signal strength.  LTE not avail. everywhere.

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