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Sony wants you to log your life with SmartBand

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It feels like everyone is making their own fitness tracker these days – and Sony is one of them. The company has announced the SmartBand, which does the usual fitness tracking like all others. It will also notify you of your calls, and control media playback. It seems nothing special, right? However, what makes this interesting is where it fits in with a new vision Sony has for its SmartWare products [...]

Sony announces the Xperia Z1 Compact – exactly like the Z1 but smaller

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Sony has today announced a brand new smartphone at CES that is based on the Xperia Z1. Called the Xperia Z1 Compact, the name pretty much describes what it is – the phone has the same hardware and features, but in a smaller package. It has the same quad-core 2.2GHz processor, the same 20.7-megapixel rear camera, and even the same amount of RAM and storage (2GB and 16GB respectively). And [...]

This is the Samsung Ativ Book 9: lower-resolution screen, “14 hour battery”

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As well as tablets and TVs, Samsung has today announced a new 15.6″ model of the Ativ Book 9 at CES 2014. With a 1080p resolution, the laptop drops the previous Plus title, linked to a 3200 x 1800 resolution found on the 13.3″ model, in favour of a crazy “14-hour battery life”. As well as this, the model offers both an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 128GB or 256GB [...]

This is the Samsung Galaxy TabPro and NotePro

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Samsung will continue to broaden its Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note tablet lineup in 2014, today announcing the Galaxy TabPro and Galaxy NotePro (pictured above) at their CES 2014 keynote. Available in three sizes, 8.4″, 10.1″ and, 12.2″, the Galaxy TabPro is the same as the Galaxy NotePro, apart from no stylus support. The Galaxy NotePro will also only come in a 12.2″ variant but with typical Galaxy Note features, such [...]

Polaroid brings back the instant photo, with a modern twist

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Remember the old days of Polaroid – where you could take a picture and get it instantly printed out? I don’t. But that’s mainly because I probably wasn’t born yet. Well, Polaroid has announced a new camera that collides the old with the new – where you can instantly share your photos to your social media networks or printing them out. Running on Android, the Polaroid Socialmatic camera has a [...]

Toshiba announces the first ever 13″ Chromebook

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Who said Chromebooks would never last? Toshiba is the latest manufacturer to throw its weight behind Chrome OS, showing off a 13.3″, $313 AUD Chromebook that delivers a familiar design with a more premium build when compared to Samsung’s current offerings. Spec-wise, the laptop has the typical 16GB internal memory, 2GB RAM, HD webcam, and 9-hour battery life we’ve come to expect with a Chromebook. Powered by an Intel Bay Trail chip, the [...]

ASUS brings out Padfone mini – “transform” your 4-inch phone to a 7-inch tablet

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For those that have not been introduced to the idea of the Padfone – it’s pretty much a smartphone and tablet combination, but in order to use the tablet you will need to connect the phone to the back. Well, ASUS has announced another Padfone variant called the PadFone mini. Inside, it has an Atom Z2560 processor and 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. Other internal specs include an [...]

Neatamo’s June bracelet is $99 worth of common sense

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Is the Australian sun leaving you red-faced? Netatmo’s June bracelet is the solution, they think. On display at CES 2014, the gemstone bracelet, which will cost $99 USD and come in gold, gunmetal, or platinum, synchronises with an iOS app to inform you of current sun exposure. It will then recommend a hat, sunblock, or sunglasses. The device doesn’t have a screen, with a design by Louis Vuitton and Camille Toupet replacing that functionality. [...]

Toshiba wants their new Kirabook to compete with the MacBook Pro and Chromebook Pixel

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Toshiba’s updating their Kirabook notebooks, just in time for CES 2014. The new model has a Haswell processor, a 9-hour battery life, and will cost $100 USD less, which may change when released in Australia. Releasing mid-February in the US, the notebook remains very similar to its predecessor, with a high-resolution PixelPure display (2560 x 1440-resolution), 256GB of SSD storage, 8GB of RAM, and a 1.17kg weight. To cool it down, AirFlow II will fan the internals, [...]

ASUS launches a bunch of Zenfone smartphones featuring Intel chips

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ASUS has announced a bunch of new smartphones at its CES press conference this year – all branded under the Zenfone line, in all shapes and colours, and all running on an Intel chip. It is available in three different varieties – a four-inch model (Zenfone 4), a five-inch model (Zenfone 5) and a six-inch model (Zenfone 6). None of the Zenfone models, however, support 4G LTE. The Zenfone 4 [...]

ASUS reveals the Transformer Book Duet – first “four in one” laptop running Windows and Android

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ASUS is giving you the best of both worlds by letting you have the option to switch your operating system and your form factor. Dubbed the first “four in one” device, the Transformer Book Duet TD300 lets customers switch between a tablet and laptop, and between Windows and Android. Running on a fourth-gen Intel Core processor, the Duet can switch between Android and Windows 8 in under five seconds. It will [...]

Opinion: LG made a great doormat with their new webOS Smart TV

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It’s 3:00AM in Wollongong. My phone’s alarm rings, causing painful vibration on its nest of coins. Instinctively, I turn it off. I forgot that instinct can be right sometimes. I loved webOS. In its well-documented downfall, the OS broke my heart. I bought a Pre 2, for pure love of the UI and what Palm envisioned. Then, at the start of 2013, I bought an HP Veer, in the hope [...]

Huawei announces another large phablet with the Ascend Mate2 4G

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Last year, Huawei announced one of its largest phones – or phablets – with the Ascend Mate. Now, at this year’s CES, the Chinese smartphone maker has announced its successor. Dubbed the Ascend Mate2 4G, the smartphone still has the same 6.1-inch IPS display and big battery, but adds a better processor and uses power more efficiently (according to them). Internal specs include a quad-core 1.6Ghz processor, 16GB of internal [...]

This is the Pebble Steel

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As promised, Pebble has big plans for 2014, and it all starts today with the announcement of the Pebble Steel. Despite humble beginnings, with the original Pebble coming to life via a $10 million Kickstarter campaign, the company has today announced, via a CES keynote, that the Pebble is getting a premium big-brother, in the form of the approximately $278 AUD Pebble Steel. With the original now described by Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky [...]

LG reveals first line of webOS TVs

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Already revealed in a blog post in Korea, and reiterated at its press conference at this year’s CES, LG has outlined what it will do with webOS and revealed the first line of televisions with the new platform. According to LG, webOS now forms the backbone of its smart TV platform, and has been designed to make everything simple – from connecting, switching and discovering new content. WebOS will also [...]