Tag Archives: 2015 International CES

Griffin Introduces New Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier, Adds Wirelessly Streaming Capability

Truth be told, the market is chockfull of wireless streamer, but what actually makes the all-new Griffin Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier stands out lies in its versatility. Debuted at CES earlier this month, Twenty is a follow up to company’s first Twenty introduced some two years back. This new iteration is of course, more refined in both aesthetic and functionality. The look is, well, pretty much self-explanatory, but if you really wants to know what we think, we think it looks awesome; something that any style-conscious folks wouldn’t mind leaving on their bookshelves or TV consoles. That’s aesthetic. On the functionality aspect, it has Bluetooth technology, allowing wireless audio streaming from any Bluetooth-enabled sources. Continue reading Griffin Introduces New Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier, Adds Wirelessly Streaming Capability

Sony’s XBR X900C Series UHD TV Is Thinner Than An iPhone 6. Mind-blown.

While Samsung and LG are busy in the pursuit of curved displays, Sony has not forgotten that we, the consumers, might still be yearning for a thinner TV set (do we?). At the world’s most celebrated consumer electronics show earlier this month, the Japanese electronics giant debuted its 2015 4K Ultra HD TVs and among them is the super thin XBR 900C series sets, featuring a new ultra-thin floating style design. The new lineup is built with a new 4K processor X1 that promised improved color accuracy, contrast and clarity and will be offered in sizes ranging from 43 through to 75 inches. Four new series, including the XBR 900C, and ten new models were introduced. It is worthy to note that the XBR X900C series will only available in three sizes: 55, 65 and 75-inch, which will be available this Spring, along with the rest of the lineup. Continue reading Sony’s XBR X900C Series UHD TV Is Thinner Than An iPhone 6. Mind-blown.

Android Comes To Bluetooth Speaker, Does More Than Playing Back Music

Android is everywhere. It exist in watches, TVs, streaming media player, game consoles, cell phones and tablets, and now, it wants to be your music player, or to be more specific, it wants to be your convenient entertainment product. The Zettaly Avy Smart Speaker is just one such device. An Android-powered entertainment product that not only covers you need for music, but also a host of other things like movies (yes, movies!) and perhaps, a digital cookbook too. At the center of the device is a generous 7-inch touch display and behind it, is the Android operating system (Lollipop, if you really must know) that most people have grown accustomed to. Continue reading Android Comes To Bluetooth Speaker, Does More Than Playing Back Music

Insignia and Haier Joins The Rank Of Smart TVs Loaded With Roku OS

If you have yet to dive into Roku TV or in the market for one, you’d be glad that you will have more options this year. Roku has announced (at this year’s CES, naturally) that Roku TV models will also made by Insignia, as well as China’s appliance giant Haier. Built by the manufacturers using Roku TV reference design and Roku operating system, Roku TV aims to expand your entertainment options with over 2,000 streaming channels sans external streaming media player or stick. In a nutshell, those TVs are Smart TVs, offering what brands like Samsung, Sony, LG and more has been offering. It offers personalized home screen, bringing a myriad of TV entertainment options, including devices such as game consoles, cable boxes and Blu-ray players, together along with your favorite streaming channels. There’s no multiple inputs or complicated menus to deal with; just flick on the TV and in a few clicks on the intuitive remote, you will be able to catch a live TV show, stream a movie, or listen to your favorite tunes, right from the Roku TV. Continue reading Insignia and Haier Joins The Rank Of Smart TVs Loaded With Roku OS

ECOXGEAR’s New Solar-powered Gadgets Want You To Live Without Outlets For As Long As Possible

It’s 2015, but we are still plagued by one modern day problem: battery life. It seems that no matter how advanced technology progresses, we still have to reach out for an outlet at the end of the day. So the only solution is to delay such need but how can do so without carrying a 50 lbs battery on our back? Solar power, of course and that’s exactly the direction Grace Digital has taken for the ECOXGEAR ECOSMART outdoor family line of products. The ECOSMART family includes ECOPEBBLE powerbank speaker with over 50 hours of playtime, universal charging Smart Bluetooth 4.0 HD Solar Panel, and ECOSMART 4000 HD solar-powered speaker. It is inevitable that you will have to reach out to the wall outlet, but having an extended battery life means doing so less often – a critical feature when you are spending days out in the wilderness. Continue reading ECOXGEAR’s New Solar-powered Gadgets Want You To Live Without Outlets For As Long As Possible

Razer Forge TV Brings Android And PC Gaming To Your Living Room

Android-based game console is not the newest news, but one that streams PC games to your living, now that’s news and such is what the Razer Forge TV, introduced at last week’s CES, can do. Razer is going all nuts about Android-based gaming and the Forge TV is set to pose serious competition to traditional game console as well as made-for-living PC boxes, such as steam consoles. Driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip, packing a 2.5GHz quad-core Krait 450 processor and Adreno 420 GPU, the Forge TV is blessed with 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage, and is naturally, outfitted with a host of connectivity options, including Bluetooth 4.1 technology, Wireless ac, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 port, as well as HDMI 1.4 output. Continue reading Razer Forge TV Brings Android And PC Gaming To Your Living Room

Razer’s Open Source Virtual Reality Aims To Unify Virtual Reality, Standardizing VR Development

Ok. Maybe this is not quite a consumer VR headset one might have expected, but it will pave way to a more ‘standardized’ virtual reality, allowing for more developers and makers to hop onboard and from what we see it, it will ultimately create less confusion to consumers. Meet Razer’s Open Source Virtual Reality, the initiative that will help to attain the aforementioned. Apart from curved gadgets, VR will continue to be the big thing in 2015. Last year we have seen a quite bit of VR headsets coming onto the market, including smartphone-driven examples, but until now, it is still pretty messy. There is no direction as to where VR is headed. Consumers have no idea what it is for. For gaming. Sure. But what games? When will it be a reality? You see. There are lots of unanswered questions. This is where OSVR comes in. It is Razer’s shot in standardizing hardware and software components with respect to VR. Razer refers the whole thing as Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem, which is “a new standard in VR gaming to push the VR gaming experience forward.Continue reading Razer’s Open Source Virtual Reality Aims To Unify Virtual Reality, Standardizing VR Development

Acoustic Research’s New Speaker Collection Looks Like Garden Lights And Lights Up Like One Too

Music lovers have benefited much from the advent of Bluetooth technology. Thanks to this awesome wireless technology, music lovers can enjoy music wirelessly transmitted from their smartphones, anywhere, anytime – even when you are chilling out at your backyard. Pretty cool, but Acoustic Research wants to take this enjoyment, specifically when you are in your garden or backyard, a notch higher, by offering a garden light-like weatherproof speakers. We are not kidding when we said “garden light-like”, because this collection of indoor and outdoor speakers do look very much like the garden light you will find in some homes, except that they don’t radiates light. Oh wait. It does, or at least one model does actually lights up. Continue reading Acoustic Research’s New Speaker Collection Looks Like Garden Lights And Lights Up Like One Too

Braven Fuse Portable Audio Mixer Wants You To Play DJ On-The-Go

With the popularity of Bluetooth speakers and portable media players, it is only a matter of time that audio mixers go mobile too. When we said mobile, we do not just mean luggage size kind of portable, but rather, one that can slip easily into a backpack or even a pocket and the Braven Fuse Portable Audio Mixer you see here is one such device. Introduced at the International CES 2015, Fuse boasts multiple Bluetooth connections, thus allowing it to be wirelessly hooked up with two audio sources and two speakers, simultaneously. Once connected, you can then play DJ on-the-go, fading and mixing multiple audio streams to create custom tracks and/or splice songs pulled from different devices. The device is not much different from a full-size rig, just that it is a little streamlined to suit on-the-road usage. Continue reading Braven Fuse Portable Audio Mixer Wants You To Play DJ On-The-Go

Lenovo Announces The First 64-bit Intel Atom-Powered Smartphone With Intel LTE Advanced Modem

Over the years we have accustomed to smartphone sporting Qualcomm or MediaTek chip. Sure, there are a few Intel-powered examples, but they don’t quite make the number to be considered a ‘norm’ among smartphone makers. However, the new 64-bit Intel Atom is Intel’s bet in changing the mood of the market and the first phone to be equipped with it is Lenovo’s P90. Running on Intel’s 64-bit Atom 1.8GHz quad-core processor, the P90 will benefit from faster download – thanks to the LTE Advanced modem which offers up to 150 Mbps download speed. Well, theoretically, that is. We wouldn’t say the design is jaw-dropping. In fact, we thought most handsets look pretty much the same these days. After all, humans’ hands are pretty similar, don’t they? Try some out of the ordinary design like the Blackberry Passport, things may just turn awry. Continue reading Lenovo Announces The First 64-bit Intel Atom-Powered Smartphone With Intel LTE Advanced Modem