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Jan

T-Mobile gains 2.1 million customers in last quarter, 8.3 million in 2014


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We are in a new year and that means companies are disclosing 2014 performances. For T-Mobile, it was an excellent year with substantial growth. The carrier gained 2.1 million customers in the final quarter of 2014 and that means 8.3 million were added throughout the entire year. So many people could be switching to T-Mobile because its 4G LTE network now covers 265 million people.

John Legere, T-Mobile CEO, had this to say about the carrier’s 2014 performance:

“We continued to take share from our competitors and attracted 8.3 million net customers in 2014 who were looking for value, simplicity, and transparency. While my competitors are hiding behind less valuable connected device subscriber additions and managing profit expectations to the downside, T-Mobile delivered over 2.1 million customers in Q4, while managing the balance between growth and profitability. Needless to say, 2014 was a record breaking year.”

Hit the break for T-Mobile’s highlights.

Preliminary Full Year 2014 Customer Highlights:

  • 8.3 million total net customer additions
  • 4.9 million branded postpaid net customer additions
  • 4.0 million branded postpaid phone net customer additions
  • 265 million people now covered by the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network

Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2014 Customer Highlights:

  • 2.1 million total net customer additions
  • 1.3 million branded postpaid net customer additions
  • 1.0 million branded postpaid phone net customer additions
  • 266,000 branded prepaid net customer additions

Source: T-Mobile

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7
Jan

Android Auto available in aftermarket Pioneer stereos Q1


AVH-4100NEX Android Auto

Pioneer has announced and is showing off at CES a slew of new products, and three of those are new NEX in-dash stereos that will have Android Auto built-in.

The AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX will all be able to be placed in older cars, but still have the smartphone-connected/safety oriented software Google announced at I/O 2014, Android Auto. Starting at $700, each will have high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen displays, a microphone for hands free voice control, and the ability to integrate the stereos with pre-existing steering wheel controls.

These will be available in Q1 of 2015, with the AVIC-8100NEX costing $1,400 SRP, the AVIC-7100NEX $1,200 SRP, and AVH-4100NEX $700 SRP, with Android Auto compatibility available soon after that.

Pioneer also announced Apple CarPlay compatibility, and many other features for these stereos and more.

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7
Jan

iOS 8 Now Installed on 68 Percent of Active iOS Devices


ios_8_adoption_5jan14Since launching in September alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 has seen its adoption rate grow to 68 percent of compatible iOS devices, according to new numbers posted on the Apple Developer Support page.

With Apple updating data publicly every few weeks, this latest data point represents a four percentage point bump in adoption since the last update on December 23. The significant increase highlights Apple’s strong performance in device activation numbers over the holidays to add to the company’s iOS 8 user base.

Over the longer term, installation numbers are up 5 percentage points over the past month and up 12 percentage points in the past two months. iOS 7 usage has seen an understandable decline as its successor has gained ground, with the older operating system dropping from 33 percent in December to 29 percent in January. Earlier iOS versions represent just 4 percent of the current App Store user base.

Apple initially faced multiple issues following iOS 8’s launch, including what has progressed to a lawsuit over storage space needed to install the OS on smaller GB devices, but the adoption rate has steadily increased as users have decided to upgrade and purchases of devices with iOS 8 preinstalled have increased.

Apple has brought a number of bug fixes and addressed some more significant flaws with recent updates such as iOS 8.1, iOS 8.1.1, and iOS 8.1.2. The company is also continuing to work on iOS 8.2, seeding a third beta to developers in mid-December. In addition to bug fixes and other improvements, iOS 8.2 will include support for integrating with the upcoming Apple Watch.



7
Jan

MediaTek introduces its MT2601 SoC, designed for Android Wear


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MediaTek released some very competitive smartphone chips last year and now has its sights set on the growing wearables market. In Las Vegas, MediaTek has announced its MT2601 SoC designed for wearable devices based on Google’s Android Wear platform.

The MT2601 packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU accompanied by an ARM Mali-400 MP GPU. The chip can be connected to up to the usual array of external sensors and wireless modems, such as MediaTek’s own MT6630 five-in-one wireless SoC, and supports a qHD display resolution. The package fits in a PCBA footprint of less than 480 square millimeters and is built with 41.5 percent fewer components than some competing chips, helping to keep PCB sizes and costs small.

MediaTek’s latest chip doesn’t quite pack as much power as the quad-core Cortex-A7 powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, which has featured in the Samsung Gear Live, LG G Watch R and Asus ZenWatch smartwatches. However, MediaTek’s solution may be preferable in fitness and location tracking oriented devices.

The MT2601 has an incredibly small die size and is highly optimized for cost and power performance. The platform solution, comprised of MT2601 integrated with Android Wear software, will fuel the maker revolution and empower the application developer community – J.C. Hsu, MediaTek.

The SoC’s low power processor, small die size and limited feature set is well suited for the low cost, low power requirements of wearable technologies, where prolonged battery life is essential. MediaTek states that it will continue to evolve MT2601 to align with the Android Wear road map, so we may see an extended wearable SoC line-up from MediaTek in the future.

The MT2601 has already hit mass production and is ready for deployment in upcoming Android Wear products.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Las Vegas – Jan. 6, 2015 – MediaTek, a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, today announced its MT2601 System on Chip (SoC) for wearable devices based on Google’s Android Wear software. By enabling Android Wear on MT2601, MediaTek is offering a comprehensive platform solution for device makers to implement their own hardware and software, and introduces a multitude of possibilities in Android Wear devices for the fast-growing consumer class globally.

The MT2601 packs a robust set of features in its small size with 41.5 percent fewer components and lower current consumption when compared with other chipsets in the market. Its design advantages translate into lower bill of materials (BoM) costs, smaller printed circuit board (PCB) size and longer battery life, which in turn yield fashionable wearable devices with long usage times and affordable prices.

The MT2601 includes 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A7, ARM Mali-400 MP GPU, and supports qHD display resolution. The MT2601 interfaces with a whole host of external sensors and the wireless connectivity SoC MT6630 for Bluetooth – all in a PCBA footprint of less than 480 mm2. This small PCB size meets the design requirements of the widest variety of wearable devices in sports and fitness, location tracking, and various other categories. MediaTek is a strong supporter of Android Wear and will continue to evolve MT2601 to align with the Android Wear road map.

“The MT2601 has an incredibly small die size and is highly optimized for cost and power performance. The platform solution, comprised of MT2601 integrated with Android Wear software, will fuel the maker revolution and empower the application developer community worldwide to create a broad range of innovative applications and services,” said J.C. Hsu, General Manager of New Business Development at MediaTek.

The MT2601 is in mass production now and ready for inclusion in Android Wear devices.

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About MediaTek Inc.

MediaTek is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company, and a market leader in cutting-edge Systems on Chip for wireless communications and connectivity, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. MediaTek created the world’s first True Octa-core™ smartphone platform with LTE and our CorePilot™ technology releasing the full power of multi-core mobile processors. Through MediaTek Labs™, the company is creating a worldwide ecosystem in support of device creation, application development and services based around MediaTek offerings. With an emphasis on enabling technology for the masses and not the chosen, everyone can be an Everyday Genius. MediaTek [TSE:2454] is headquartered in Taiwan and has offices worldwide. Please visit http://www.mediatek.com for more information.

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7
Jan

Introducing the Best of CES 2015 finalists!


CES 2015 is finally here and boy, have we been busy the past few days. Engadget’s editors have been hard at work pounding the show floor here in Las Vegas to bring you what we think should win the coveted Best of CES awards. Now, we’re ready to announce our finalists for all 17 categories, which range from best home theater product to the most innovative tech we’ve seen at the show. Tomorrow, we’ll announce our winners of each category, along with who will win the Best of the Best award. The recipient for that will be chosen amongst the category winners.

But we want to know what you think too. So there’s an additional category called People’s Choice, where you can vote for your favorite product in our pool of finalists. To vote, simply head on over to this poll to make your voice heard. The product with the most votes will win a special People’s Choice award, which will also be given out tomorrow at a ceremony on-stage.

BEST STARTUP

Gogoro

Imagine a world where you don’t have to plug in your electric vehicle to charge it. That’s the vision behind Gogoro, a new startup by former HTC execs that envisions city-wide networks of battery stations so that getting new batteries for your EV can be done in seconds. It also introduced a brand new electric scooter that’s as futuristic as the company’s vision.

Zolt

Zolt replaces your bulky laptop power brick with something significantly smaller. And as a bonus, it can also charge two other devices while your laptop is powering up.

AmpStrip

AmpStrip packs in a heart rate sensor, step tracker and sleep tracker in a single BandAid-shaped sticker. Yes, a sticker.

BEST DIGITAL HEALTH & FITNESS PRODUCT

Cambridge Consultants XelfleX

Cambridge Consultants is a British R&D firm that produces wacky products from mad ideas. This year, the company has built a fitness shirt that, rather than just monitoring your heart rate, can do super-cheap motion capture with fibre-optic cables.

Bragi Dash

Bragi’s “The Dash” smart headphones were a big hit when they launched on Kickstarter this year raising over $3-million. Here at CES the waterproof, touch-controlled, media playing, fitness tracking, do-it-all earbuds have been shown to the public for the first time.

Garmin Vivoactive

The Garmin Vivoactive is the company’s first-ever dedicated smartwatch that has a color touchscreen and the ability to get emails, texts, notifications and more. Staying true to Garmin’s roots, it also has a built-in GPS radio, is waterproof and apparently has tremendously long battery life.

Quell wearable pain reliever

Quell’s new wearable pain reliever sends small electrical pulses to your pained calves. It can be worn 24/7 and promises 40 hours of pain relief in a single charge.

BEST WEARABLE

Parrot Zik Sport

Parrot’s new Zik Sport headphones are noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones that offers a heart rate sensor, pedometers and a five-hour battery as well.

Lenovo Vibe Band VB10

Lenovo’s beautiful Vibe Band VP10 gives a new spin on the standard wearable by offering Bluetooth notifications on an E Ink screen. It also tracks your steps, calories, distance travelled and sleep quality. Plus, it’s waterproof and comes in an array of stylish metallic colors.

Alcatel OneTouch Watch

Alcatel’s OneTouch smartwatch bucks the dominant wearables trend by skipping Android Wear in favor of its own proprietary software. What that means is that it can’t run some of the more out-there apps we’ve seen, but do you really need a watch to be able to start your car? With stylish looks, solid features and a cheap price, it’s certainly an interesting device.

Bragi Dash

Bragi’s Dash smart headphones are so impressive, that they deserved to be in the wearables category too. They’re waterproof and touch-controlled and can do things like play media and track your fitness.

BEST AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Mercedes F 015 Luxury in Motion

Mercedes has taken the idea of the self-driving car to luxurious extremes with the F 015 Luxury in Motion. Since there’s no need for a driver, passengers can sit face to face to chat and anyone can control the car through remote units and gestures. There are even color-coded LED lights and, yes, hardwood floors.

QNX Digital Mirrors

QNX continues to wow with its ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist Systems) improvements. New on this year’s demo car are all digital rear and side-view mirrors. These new displays eliminate blind spots and as an added perk, light up green if the coast is clear for a lane change.

BMW 360-degree collision detection

If all vehicles came equipped with BMW’s new 360-degree collision detection technology, there might not ever be accidents on the road. It uses an array of scanners to figure out its surroundings and the equipped car will do the best it can to avoid any and all obstacles.

Audi’s in-car Android tablet

Audi finally offered us a glimpse at its “retail” Audi Tablet. Scheduled to ship as an option on the 2016 Q7, this unibody aluminum tablet is quite likely the finest handheld we’ve ever used. Not only is the matte display beautiful to behold, it’s been crash tested, too.

BEST HOME THEATER PRODUCT

Sling TV

Dish’s Sling TV is a cord-cutters dream. Expected to launch next month, it’s pulled together channels like ESPN, CNN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Travel Channel, Food Network, ABC Family, HGTV, Disney Channel basic – and that’s just for $20-per-month package.

Samsung ‘ring’ speakers

With a compact design drawn straight out of science fiction, Samsung’s pair of new speakers have a ring radiator that pumps music in every direction.

TiVo OnePass

Maybe you remember TiVo Season pass. Well, now it pulls in episodes not just from what has or will be broadcast, but also puts any episodes available already on internet sources on the same screen. Old binge viewing habits meet new.

BEST (CONNECTED) HOME PRODUCT

Energous WattUp

A wireless router that can charge your devices too? It sounds crazy, but that’s exactly what Energous’ new WattUp system does. Using a blend of RF, Bluetooth and patent-pending tech, WattUp could finally make true wireless charging a reality.

Parrot Pot

The Parrot Pot is a smart ceramic pot that’ll dispense the exact amount of water that your plant needs. That, combined with its 8,000 plant database, means you don’t need a green thumb to have a beautiful, thriving house plant in your home.

Misfit Bolt

The Misfit Bolt is a smart light bulb that can change to multiple different colors at your whim. You can pair it to Misfit’s own Shine wearable or the Beddit sleep tracker to wake you up with a simulated sunrise. Best of all is you can get started with just a single $50 WiFi-connected bulb.

BEST SOFTWARE / APP

Sling TV

Sling TV is a new service from Dish designed especially for cord cutters — at last, you don’t need a cable subscription to watch cable content. To go along with that, there’ll also be Sling TV apps for set-top boxes like the Roku as well as Android and iOS.

Lenovo WriteIt

Handwriting recognition on tablets has always been a tough nut to crack, but Lenovo might have finally done it. WriteIt is a new Windows app developed by the company that could actually understand and translate complex written scrawls into text.

BEST INNOVATION (DISRUPTIVE TECH)

Mercedes F 015 Luxury in Motion

Mercedes’ luscious Luxury in Motion concept is a self-driving car that lets passengers face each other. Since there’s no need for a driver, anyone can control the car with remote units and gestures. It’s so fancy that it even has color-coded LEDs and hardwood floors.

Energous WattUp

We’ve nominated this as a Best Connected Home product, but Energous’ WattUp wireless charging system deserves to be on this list too. Not only does it broadcast WiFi through the home, but it’ll charge devices too — no wires necessary.

Intel’s RealSense 3D camera

Intel first showed off its RealSense 3D camera last year, but it’s only now becoming ubiquitous; the technology can be found in many flagships announced this week at CES, from tablets to laptops to all-in-one desktops. The use cases run the gamut too: So far, we’ve seen RealSense used for gaming, green-screening conference calls, building 3D models, and adjusting the focus in pictures.

Gogoro

Gogoro’s introduction of its SmartScooter and battery swapping infrastructure is so innovative that it needed to be in this category too. The ability to easily swap out old batteries for new ones could make electric vehicles much more mainstream and in turn transform urban transport as we know it.

BEST MOBILE DEVICE

Dell Venue 8 7000 series tablet

Dell’s Venue 8 7000 is an 8.4-inch Android tablet with a super high-res 2,560 x 1,600 screen and a depth-sensing camera. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera plus two 720p ancillarry ones that can capture different variations of each shot.

LG G Flex 2

LG’s curved phone gets upgraded in all the best ways. A higher resolution screen that’s consciously smaller, higher-quality design, and internals that includes a top-of-the-range mobile processor from Qualcomm. Oh and there’s also a beautiful red color option.

NVIDIA Tegra X1

Your next smartphone could come loaded with the newly announced NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip, a next-gen mobile chipset that’s the first to offer a teraflop of processing power.

BEST TV PRODUCT

LG Art Slim 4K OLED

LG usually introduces beautiful televisions at CES, and this year is no different. The new “Floating Art Slim” OLED TVs are gorgeous and are available in both flat and curved shapes.

Sharp ‘Beyond 4K’ LCD

Sharp’s new 4K TVs showcase an interesting pixel splitting trick that apparently results in a near-8K picture. It also promises better upscalingand an improved LED backlight.

Samsung 65-inch SUHD TV

It’s not CES without a Samsung television, and this year the company has come out with a gorgeous curved model that uses nanocrystal semiconductors for a crisper, more colorful image.

Sony XBR-X940C

Sony’s latest Bravia televisions are some of the thinnest we’ve seen yet, measuring out to only 4.9mm thick. They also have a new X1 4K processor that apparently upgrades the picture quality of any 4K source.

BEST GAMING PRODUCT

Razer’s Forge TV

Razer’s Forge TV is an Android TV box. But unlike the rest, it can stream PC games. With Android onboard it also folds in access to Spotify, Netflix and all the rest. A dedicated gamer TV box.

Skechers as a Simon game

It’s the Simon memory game, but this time it’s on the side of a sneaker — wearable gaming, of a sort. Unfortunately, they only come in kids’ sizes.

NVIDIA X1 chip

NVIDIA’s X1 chip is its most powerful mobile processor yet. Expect to see it in NVIDIA hardware (say, the next Shield) as well as a whole range of devices beyond just gaming.

BEST OFFBEAT PRODUCT

ReST Smart Bed

The ReST bed is pretty smart. It auto adjusts by deflating and inflating as you turn around at night, with 18 air sensors monitoring the pressure of the mattress. The future of beds still isn’t cheap, but perhaps a perfect night’s rest is priceless

Belty smart belt

Belty is an activity and fitness tracker in a slightly different form factor, with the added ability to monitor changes in waist size. Cooler yet, it features a motorized buckle that loosens and tightens, maintaining a consistent level of comfort, based on your seating position and how much you’ve managed to put away at lunch.”

Fogo flashlight

Smart everything. This time, smart flashlights. The Fogo does the fundamental flashlight things, but also adds in GPS, walkie-talkie, auto-adjusting brightness — because it can. All this, and the creators told us that this is just the start.

BEST MAKER-FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGY

MakerBot composite filaments

Combining the elements plastic printing with other materials has been done before, but with the gravitas of MakerBot, it’s more exciting. With iron composite filaments, you can even magnetize your products. Use maplewood filaments, and there’s a faint scent of the wood still there. Your homemade prototypes got an upgrade.

3Doodler 2.0

The 3Doodler sequel improves on the original substantially. More control, substantially smaller and less power hungry, it looks less like a prototype and more like a viable present for the artist you know.

CocoJet

Chocolate printing, combining the 3D printing knowledge 3D Systems with, love it or hate it, Hershey chocolate. The machine can use white, milk and dark chocolate, heating a special mix and printing shapes in an environmentally controlled 3D printer.

BEST PC

Lenovo LaVie HZ550

At 1.7 pounds, Lenovo’s LaVie HZ550 is now the lightest 13-inch laptop in the world. But what does that mean, exactly? Put it this way: When we first got hands-on, we thought we were handling a dummy unit with no components inside. In fact, though, this thing is very real, with a full-fledged fifth-gen Intel Core processor thrumming inside. So far as we can tell, the only tradeoff is the lack of a touchscreen, but even then Lenovo has a solution: Its just-announced LaVie HZ750 is the lightest convertible 13-inch laptop.

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell’s redesigned XPS 13 Ultrabook might not be the lightest 13-inch laptop in the world (that honor goes to Lenovo), but it might well be the smallest. Thanks to some nearly invisible bezels that measure just 5mm wide, Dell was able to cram a 13-inch display into an 11-inch laptop. The result is a 2.6-pound machine that’s more than a third of a pound lighter than the MacBook Air, with a smaller footprint, to boot.

ASUS ‘Chi’ detachable laptop

We’ve seen detachable laptops, but ASUS’ 12.5-inch Chi hybrid still manages to impress. At 0.3 inch thick for just the tablet (or 0.65 inch with the keyboard dock), it’s even thinner than the similarly sized Surface Pro 3. Making all this possible is Intel’s low-power Core M chip, which allows not just for skinny designs, but fanless ones too. Best of all, perhaps, is the price: Even with a 2,560 x 1,440 screen option, it’ll ring in at just $799 — not bad at all for what’s essentially a flagship Ultrabook with a detachable keyboard.

BEST ROBOT OR DRONE

AirDog

We’ve seen plenty of camera-friendly drones at CES this year, but AirDog’s is unique. Like others, it’s designed to follow you, but with a waterproof, wrist-worn controller, and sonar to prevent ground collisions, this one’s a true action-sport hero.

Zano

Zano is tiny drone that can launch from your wrist. Kickstarter made the prototype happen, and now its a very real proposition.

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7
Jan

Cogito smartwatches to get activity monitoring feature


Hot on the heels of its announcement of the new Cogito Fit connected watch yesterday, Hong Kong-based CONNECTEDEVICE has announced a new activity monitoring feature coming to its CONNECTED WATCH app and current line of COGITO CLASSIC and POP watch models.

7
Jan

Google app getting a version 4.1 update with the addition of ‘Now Cards’ [APK Download]


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The Google app on Android is getting an update to version 4.1 which brings with it the usual suite of bug fixes and the addition of something known as ‘Now Cards‘. This essentially lets you control what cards appear on your Google Now page with the ability to check card history on the web, delete custom preferences or even turn them off.

The update also brings some security related fixes to the Google app. From the “Ok Google” Detection settings page, users can now toggle ‘Personal Results’ to be shown even when using a secure lock screen. This essentially means that personal data like calendar events can be displayed when using the “Ok Google” command from the lock screen.

For users concerned with the amount of space the Google app can take, Google has also added a manage space button in the Settings which allows you to clear app data. The update should be rolling out to devices as we speak. But if you’re impatient to wait for it to pop up on your device, you can side-load it onto your device using the apk file below.

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7
Jan

Woojer: revolutionary immersion, or an overpriced toy? [review]


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Woojer, the Matchbox-sized device that claims to bring immersive audio to you in an unorthdox way, by allowing you to “feel the sound”. What exactly is it?

It’s a device that acts as a mini “woofer”, connecting to your entertainment hub and attached to your body. Anytime there is bass in the audio you are listening to, whether that be movies, games or music, the Woojer will vibrate at the frequency of that bass. In other words, when firing a gun in a game or throwing a grenade, the bass from the explosion will be felt from the Woojer.

The small device has two auxiliary ports; one for your headphones (if you are wearing them), and the other one connects to whatever is projecting the media (smartphone, TV, stereo center). So, if you were to use the Woojer for gaming, you’re going to need a pretty long aux cable to connect your body to whatever is outputting sound. I found this to be very inconvenient, and very awkward when playing with friends. Most people do not have that long of an aux cable, and if they do, it better have plenty of slack in case you move around while playing, or you’ll either rip the cord out from the Woojer on your chest or rip your entertainment hub right off the wall.

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The Woojer worked in the ways it was suppose to and does what it says it does, but that doesn’t mean I was pleased by it. While some people may enjoy the vibration it gives when playing bass-intensive music, I found it to be distracting and downright strange to have a device strapped to my body for music enjoyment.

But music might not be exactly what the Woojer was intended for. I played Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox with a very long aux cable connected to the back of a TV all the way to my chest where the Woojer was situated. It was interesting to say the least, and playing with the Woojer on was a new experience of feeling explosions or gunfire. I also appreciated the dial on the side of the Woojer that adjusts the intensity of the vibration, depending on how much you want to “feel”. But this could not compensate how awkward and rather uncomfortable I felt playing a game with the Woojer on. This is NOT something you would want on to play with others, or even seen by other people having it on. But maybe the Woojer is intended for isolated media consumption. I can totally see this being pretty neat if you are gaming with Oculus Rift, adding to the immersion even more with a physical factor.

woojeroculusNow that would be cool.   (source: Woojer+Oculus Rift-YouTube)

Overall, I have more complaints than praises for the Woojer. If the device costed $10-20, then sure, I’d say give it a try. But this glorified vibrator costs $99.00. Anyone with a moderate level of engineering experience can easily go to their hardware store and pick up a vibration motor and a few other items and build one themselves for much cheaper. For what the Woojer offers, paired with the hundred dollar price-tag, I wouldn’t recommend this to many people. If you’re into solo gaming and want to pair the Woojer up with the Oculus Rift for the ultimate immersive gaming experience, you might consider it.

 

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Jan

August Launches ‘Connect’ Wi-Fi Bridge to Add Internet Connectivity to Popular Smart Lock [iOS Blog]


August, the company behind the popular August Smart Lock sold in Apple retail stores, today announced the upcoming launch of August Connect a new $50 bridge that will allow August Smart Lock to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi.

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August Connect plugs into a power outlet inside the home of an August Smart Lock user and connects to their home wireless network and the Internet. This connection enables several new features such as the ability for a user to check the status of their lock remotely and operate it from the August mobile app for iOS or Android on their smartphone or tablet. This allows users to ‘buzz-in’ guests, and such service providers as contractors, dog-walkers, and others remotely while also receiving notifications around all lock activity.

Until now, August Smart Lock has supported only Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users to operate the lock from their iOS and Android devices only while in relatively close proximity to the lock. With the addition of August Connect, however, users will now be able to interact with the lock from anywhere they have a connection to the Internet.

In addition to August Connect, the company is also releasing a private API that will allow select third-party partners such as Nest, SmartThings, and Logitech Harmony to integrate with August to seamlessly automate integrated home entry and exit procedures.

August Connect is priced at $49.99 and is available for pre-order today with shipping beginning in mid-February. August Smart Lock is priced at $249.95.



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Jan

Nokia N1 tablet up for pre-order in China for $260


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November was an interesting month for Nokia, as just days after its CEO went on record and stated his company was finished with phones but brand licensing was possible, it went ahead and announced tablet. And not just any tablet, but one running Android. And not just any Android, but Lollipop complete with the company’s Nokia Z Launcher. And if that trifecta wasn’t shocking enough, it was going to be made by Foxconn of all companies (thus the aforementioned licensing at play).

Well, it’s now been a few months and the fruits of Nokia’s licensing labors are starting to show, in China at least. The aluminum-constructed tablet is now open for pre-orders and slated to ship on January 29th, somewhat earlier than the February time frame originally slated. It will retail for an attractive 1599 RMB (about $256) which no doubt comes as a direct result of Foxconn’s handiwork, as the manufacturing company is handling all aspects of the device save for the name and software.

The specs, as a reminder, are nothing short of sizzling, with a 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 laminated IPS display, a Quad Core 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580 (64-Bit) CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32MB of on-board storage (non-expandable), an 8 megapixel/5 megapixel rear/front camera, dual channel 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0, stereo speakers, and a 5,300 mAh power cell. If that wasn’t enough, the device will also be the first consumer tablet to feature the reversible USB Type-C port which should alleviate difficulties associated charging a device in the dark and other danger zones.

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The tablet is going to be not only distributed by Foxconn, but supported as well. While this will fly in China, it will be a different story entirely if/when the device hits other territories. It’s possible that Foxconn might partner with local domestic companies for distribution and after-service, but nothing is known yet. Given the licensing of the Nokia moniker however, it’s actually a potentially touch-and-go situation at hand, for if the device fails to deliver on any given note, be it build quality, durability, customer service, or anything else, it’s the Nokia brand image that will ultimately be sullied in the minds of the masses who adore the namesake.

The device is also slated to hit some European markets from February with the possibility of a wider international roll-out in the future. At the very least, it will be giving the Nexus 9 some competition in the 4:3 aspect ratio Android market.

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