Archive for category: Gadgets You May Have Missed

Samsung confirms thinner and lighter Galaxy Tab 4 tablet range

Though the FCC already ruined the surprise, Samsung has just launched three new lower-tier Galaxy Tab 4 tablets. The series consists of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8-inch Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and — wait for it — the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. The…

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Sony Enter The VR Arena With Project Morpheus

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC. PROJECT MORPHEUS

In case you hadn’t heard, Sony is attempting to give the still nascent Oculus Rift a run for its money when it comes to Virtual Reality gaming. Announced at GDC this week, “Project Morpheus” is a visor-style, head-mounted display that works with the Playstation Camera to provide a virtual reality gaming experience on the PS4. The headset uses inertial sensors to provide head tracking and can be used with a Playstation Move to represent weapons or other physical objects in the game. Morpheus is still very much in the development stage, and at this point Sony is only saying that they are looking at a future commercial launch. However, with the development popularity of the Oculus Rift and rumours of Microsoft’s own VR solution, this may be the direction that this generation of gaming is heading. For more information on Project Morpheus, click past the jump for the full PR.

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Google Drive Drastically Undercuts Competitors for Online Storage

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 8.22.33 PMGoogle has done something rather radical in slashing its online storage service’s pricing, dropping the price of Google Drive to $9.99 per month for 1TB. Users have always received 15GB free, but now you can jump to 100GB for $1.99 a month (down from $4.99) and get a whopping 1TB for $9.99 a month (down from $49.99). This move undercuts Dropbox’s popular service by a LOT, given that 100GB of Dropbox storage will run you $9.99 a month.

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Apple TV Update Brings Bluetooth AirPlay Features

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 11.31.08 AMIt’s always fun to fall upon new features after a product is released or updated–especially when that product is as near and dear to our hearts as Apple TV is. Following the 6.1 update last this week, a new report is out that Apple has enabled AirPlay device discovery over Bluetooth; this means that in addition to bonjour, iOS 7.1 devices will also look for AirPlay sources via Bluetooth when it scans. We’re hoping for some more substantial Apple TV news next quarter–but for now, we’ll settle for some increased Apple TV functionality.

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Apple Releases iOS 7.1 with CarPlay, New Animations, and Improved Siri

screen-shot-2013-09-15-at-5-10-49-pmIn case you hadn’t heard, Apple made CarPlay official with the release of iOS 7.1…and in addition to the  new in-car functionality, their latest mobile OS update brings enhancements and changes throughout the operating system. New features hit Siri with the ability to press and hold down the home button, and Siri will wait for you to release it before responding; bug fixes are also along for the ride, as well as feature enhancements to iTunes Radio, Calendar, enhanced Touch ID recognition, new animations and icons, and much more. Make sure you tune in to this week’s episode of YourTechReport Radio (Saturdays at 1pm Eastern on SiriusXM ch. 167) to listen to our full review.

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QuakeCon 2014 Pre-Registration Now Open For BYOC Attendees

quakecon-2014QuakeCon is nearly here again and the opportunity to select your seat of choice in the BYOC starts now. The first round of pre-registration is open for a limited number of 250 packages that include guaranteed BYOC seating, express registration, fast pass to all speakers and events, reserved access, and official Quakecon 2014 swag. Now if you don’t manage to grab entry this round, there’ll be further packages coming on March 19th, April 2nd and April 16th. Remember–these packages are for attendees wishing to bring their own rigs to the con and general attendance does remain free.

QuakeCon runs from Thursday, July 17 – Sunday, July 20 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX and you can find detailed info on the BYOC packages after the jump.

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Amazon Wants your Smartphone!

amazon-logoFor those who are turned off by the prospect of having to sell their smartphones on Ebay, Amazon’s Trade-in Program has been offering pretty fair prices for your previously-loved gadgets; and with the Samsung Galaxy S 5 only a month away from its release, we thought we’d share their latest smartphone trade-in values (please note that these prices are subject to change):

  • Samsung Galaxy S4, White (Sprint) – $159.75
  • Samsung Galaxy S4, White (AT&T) – $200
  • Nokia Lumia 1020, Black (AT&T)- $181.75
  • Nokia Lumia 1020, White (AT&T)- $129.75
  • iPhone 4 16GB, White (AT&T)- $72.50
  • iPhone 4S 16GB, Black, (Verizon)- $116
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CruxCASE Announces CruxENCORE for iPad Air

Screen Shot 2014-02-14 at 12.13.21 PMWant to turn your iPad Air into a faux MacBook Air? The CruxENCORE keyboard case on Kickstarter is aiming to do just that. The new rotating keyboard case offers not only a handy keyboard, but also full sized protection for your iPad Air. It connects via Bluetooth and features a full sized keyboard; it’s also lighter and slimmer than you would expect, making it a great travel companion. We’ll have our full report as soon as we get one in-hand; but for now, you can check the full release after the jump to learn more.

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Microsoft’s OneDrive Gets New Paid Plans and Android Auto-Uploads

OneDrive_automatic_camera_backup_Android_thumbnailMicrosoft’s OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) has been updated for Android users, providing a feature already available to users of the iOS version – automatic photo and video uploads. The update has been pushed out and works over WiFi only to help avoid exceeding your monthly data cap; you can also limit file sizes to maximize the 7GB of storage in your OneDrive. The company also introduced new storage options starting at just $4.49 a month for 50GB, going up to $11.49 for 200GB.

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Amazon’s Web TV Box Likely to Be Launched in March

AmazonInstantPrimeMovies_620x433Bored of Apple TV? Get ready for Amazon’s Web TV Box, which is set to compete with the likes of Apple TV and Roku streaming devices. in March. The Amazon Web TV set-top box will be powered by Google’s Android operating system, a tweaked version of which powers the Amazon Kindle Fire. For some time now, Amazon has been building a vast library of digital content for its users, and launching a set-top box and a streaming service right now seems to be the next logical step. The company is also considering expanding its game library. At present, the Amazon Instant Video service is available on mobile devices and game consoles, as well as Smart Televisions, Roku, and a number of other streaming devices.

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