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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 […]

Toyota’s i-Road concept car is scary, but damn cool

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Toyota’s i-Road, a concept car they’re showing the press at CES 2014, is a hybrid of motorcycle and car, built for an age of short, slow metropolitan commutes. An electric-vehicle at heart, as you can see in The Verge’s hands-on with the car, the i-Road will lean left and right as you turn, yet Toyota claims it cannot be tipped. And while the vehicle may never see the light of day, […]

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 […]

LG reveals its own fitness tracker – the Lifeband Touch

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LG is getting into the wearable technology business with two new fitness devices – the Lifeband Touch fitness tracker and heart rate earphones. The tracker looks very similar to the Nike FuelBand, and is designed to compatible with heart rate monitors and smartphones (via its included LG Fitness app, or third-party apps like Runkeeper) through a Bluetooth connection. The Lifeband Touch includes a touch OLED display that will display stats, incoming […]

LG lets you talk to your appliances with “HomeChat”

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LG is launching a new service called HomeChat, which basically lets you talk to your smart appliances – from washing machines, televisions and the cleaning robot that LG has. It is pretty much self-explainatory: you send a message to your appliance to, for example, turn the oven on or start the cleaning robot. HomeChat also includes natural language processing, so you don’t have to learn a set of commands. It will […]

Garmin reveals new GPS devices, dash cam that records in HD

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Garmin has announced a new line of GPS devices for this year, a brand new update to its HUD+ GPS device, and a brand new dashboard camera that will be able to take full 1080p HD footage of your drive. The Garmin Dash Cam (pictured above) continuously records a wide-angle view of the road while you drive, and has an integrated gravity sensor to detect incidents – like breaking or collisions – […]

NVIDIA announces Tegra K1 – the world’s first 192-core processor

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Well, expect this on your mobile phone or tablet soon. NVIDIA has announced the successor to the quad-core Tegra 4 processor with the Tegra K1. Based on the GeForce Kepler architecture, the Tegra K1 will feature 192 cores – all of them programmable and all of them running in parallel. “We brought the heart of GeForce and the soul of Tesla to the Tegra family,” Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, said in […]

Lenovo reveals updated ThinkPad X1 Carbon and 8.3-inch tablet

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When Stewart Wilson got his hands on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, he absolutely loved it. At this year’s CES, Lenovo has announced that the X1 Carbon and X1 Carbon Touch laptops are getting an upgrade. Still featuring an 14-inch display and still thin as ever, the new X1 Carbon includes better viewing angles and better battery life. The X1 Carbon is its lightest ultrabook to date – weighing only […]